Undergraduate Courses

Times and locations of class meetings are subject to change. Consult the UF Schedule of Courses for official class times and locations and an explanation of the class period abbreviations.

Spring 2019


Non-Repeatable Courses

Students may not repeat for credit courses that are not listed as repeatable in the Undergraduate Catalog.  If you register for non-repeatable courses that you have previously taken, you will earn no credit for those courses and they will not copunt toward fulfillment of degree requirements.

While some upper-division courses taught by the Department of English are repeatable for credit, many are not.  You are responsible for knowing which courses may, and which courses may not, be repeated.  You should, therefore, consult the Undergraduate Catalog in order to confirm that courses for which you wish to be registered more than once are, in fact, repeatable.

Lower Division (1000–2000) Special Content Courses

Note: Course numbers listed in the table below are linked to course descriptions. Descriptions will open in a new web page in this window.

Course # Section Class # Time(s) Room Course title Instructor
AML 2410 1615 10509 M W F 6 MAT 0116 Issues in American Literature and Culture: From Damsels in Distress to Dragon Slayers Matthews
AML 2410 1616 10510 M W F 3 MAT 0112 Issues in American Literature and Culture: Essays on Embodiment in Contemporary American Culture Kuheylan
AML 2410 4800 10511 T 8-9, R 9 MAT 0151 Issues in American Literature and Culture: Crossing Color Lines Rodney
AML 2410 5700 10443 M W F 7 MAT 0114 Issues in American Literature and Culture: American Empire and Territories Hartnett
ENC 1145 35G2 14016 M W F 8 MAT 0115 Topics for Composition: Writing about Literary Genre Fiction Johnson
ENC 1145 35G3 14017 T 2-3, R 3 MAEB 0229 Topics for Composition: Secondary Worlds and (Imaginary) Travel Narratives Baugus
ENC 1145 35G4 14018 T 8-9, R 9 TUR 2328 Topics for Composition: Writing about Pictures Stewart-Taylor
ENC 1145 35G6 14019 M W F 5 CSE E221 Topics for Composition: Writing about School and School Culture Bang
ENC 1145 35G7 14020 M W F 6 CSE E221 Topics for Composition: Giant Monsters and Mega Mechs: The Monstrous in Media Cooper
ENC 1145 35G8 14021 M W F 7 CSE E221 Topics for Composition: Writing about Migration Rajan
ENG 1131 13889 Teen Television
ENG 1131 13890 Politics of the Superhero
ENG 1131 13891 Adaptation and the Intertextual Fairy Tale
ENG 1131 13892 Disability in Print and Visual Culture

Upper-Division (3000-4000) Courses

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Course # Section Class # Time(s) Room Course title Instructor
AML 3285 1H61 10444 M W F 7 TUR 2305 Contemporary Queer Literature Kidd
AML 3607 1H62 10445 M W F 4 TUR 2305 African-American Literature 2 Steverson
AML 3673 1C15 10446 T 7, R 7-8 MAT 0116 Refugees, Illegal Aliens, and Immigrants in Asian America and APIA Schueller
AML 4170 1C44 10447 M W F 5 TUR 2318 American Genre Fiction: The Western and the Hard-Boiled Detective Hegeman
AML 4225 1H66 10448 M W F 4 TUR 2346 Scientia in the American Renaissance Smith
AML 4311 1H72 10449 T 2-3, R 3 TUR 2336, TUR 2346 Toni Morrison King
AML 4453 1H77 10450 M W F 3 TUR 2342 Consumer Society & Beyond Hegeman
AML 4685 102H 10451 M W F 3 TUR 2305 Race & Disability Steverson
AML 4685 305C 10452 M W F 6 TUR 2333 Race and Sexualities in Chicano/a and Latin/x Civil Rights Hedrick
CRW 3110 1625 13133 M 9-11 TUR 2334 Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing
Manuscript submission required; click here for details
CRW 3110 2A96 13161 W 9-11 CBD 0212 Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing
Manuscript submission required; click here for details
CRW 3310 08B3 13162 T9-11 CBD 0210 Advanced Seminar in Poetry Writing
Manuscript submission required; click here for details
CRW 4905 102B 13163 M 9-11 CBD 0216 The Art of Dialogue
Manuscript submission required; click here for details
CRW 4905 338F 13164 T 9-11 CBD 0238 The Art of Constraint
Manuscript submission required; click here for details
CRW 4906 2017 13165 M 9-11 CBD 0224 Writing the Sonnet
Manuscript submission required; click here for details
ENC 3414 39F2 21757 T 8-9,R 9 ARCH 0116 Hypermedia: Digital Rhetorics Crider
ENG 3010 334G 13924 M W F 7 TUR 2346 Modern Criticism and Theory Murchek
ENG 3122 12CG 13925 T 7, R 7-8
M 9-11
TUR 2334
ROL 0115
History of Film 2 Ray
ENG 3125 12DD 13926 T 4, R 4-5
M 6-8
ROL 0115 History of Film 3 Turim
ENG 4015 1F20 13927 M 10-E1 TUR 2333 Defenses of Humanism Rudnytsky
ENG 4133 11D0 13928 M W F 2
W 6-8
TUR 2322
ROL 0115
Film Trailers Burt
ENG 4133 32CG 13956 M W F 5
R 9-11
TUR 2322
ROL 0115
East/West: European Art Cinema Gitto
ENG 4134 12G4 13957 T 5-6, R 6
M E1-E3
ROL 0115 Women and Film Turim
ENG 4135 12HA 13958 M W F 3
W 9-11
TUR 2334
ROL 0115
New German Cinema Mennel
ENG 4135 13EC 13959 T 7,R 7-8
T 8-10
ROL 0115 Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Global Cinema Xiao
ENG 4136 12ED 13960 T R 6-8 TUR 2322 Basic Video Production Mowchun
ENG 4844 DEP-X DEP-X T 7, R 7-8 MAT 0117 Queer Theory TBA
ENG 4905 DEP-X DEP-X TBD TBD Independent Study Cech
ENG 4911 DEP-X DEP-X TBD TBD Undergraduate Research in English Cech
ENG 4936 DEP-X DEP-X M W F 7 CBD 0212 Honors Seminar: Literature and Medicine Gilbert
ENG 4936 DEP-X DEP-X M W F 5 LIT 0117 Honors Seminar: Sci Fi: The Pulps Harpold
ENG 4940 DEP-X DEP-X TBD TBD Internship Cech
ENG 4953 1G49 13558 M W F 3 RNK 0215 Skepticism Burt
ENG 4970 DEP-X DEP-X TBD TBD Honors Thesis Project Cech
ENL 3122 17A9 13596 T 2-3, R 3 TUR 2305 The English Novel: 19th Century Yan
ENL 3251 13E4 13597 M W F 10 TUR 1105 Victorian Literature Gilbert
ENL 4221 154A 13598 T 10-E1 TUR 2322 John Donne Rudnytsky
ENL 4333 1003 13599 T 2-3, R 3 TUR 2349 Shakespeare Homan
LIT 3400 41HF 22964 M 5-7 LEI 0104 Poetics of Justice: Law, Literature, and Film Kligerman
LIT 4233 13G9 15520 T 9-11 TUR 2346 Contemporary African Literature Amoko
LIT 4331 DEP-X DEP-X M W F 7 TUR 2306 Children’s Literature TBA
LIT 4333 1B85 15522 M W F 5 TUR 2328 Literature for Adolescents Kidd
LIT 4554 1304 15523 T 10, R 10-11 TUR 1101 Intersectionality: Theory and Visual Rhetoric Galvan
LIT 4930 017C 15524 R 9-11 CBD 0210 Screenwriting
Manuscript submission required; click here for details
LIT 4930 06A5 15525 M 9-11 CBD 0212 Creative Non-Fiction Hofmann
LIT 4930 0792 15526 M 6-8 TUR 2350 Blending Boundaries, Breaking Barriers: An SF Workshop Smith
LIT 4930 106F 15553 T 5-6, R 6 TUR 2354 19th Century Literature and Scientific Imagination Yan
LIT 4930 2C37 15554 T, 7-8, R 7 CBD 0210 Jewish Cinema Kujundzic
LIT 4930 4E67 DEP-X T, 5-6, R 6 MSY 0151 From the Bible to CNN in Translation Abend-David

Fall 2018

Lower Division (1000–2000) Special Content Courses

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AML 2410 The Objects & Material Cultures of American Literature

French philosopher Andre Breton had memorably declared “Nothing that surrounds us is object, all is subject,” reminding us that the animate and inanimate worlds are often more connected than what meets the eye. Literature is conventionally believed to be governed by characters and ideas rather than objects. But what happens to the way we understand literary texts and histories when we interpret them through the material objects represented in them? This course aims to introduce students to key works of American Literature where we find objects not as incidental components of narratives, but as rich signifiers of socioeconomic and cultural phenomena. Tracing the social history of things in the U.S. is an intellectually rewarding exercise since material cultures have always been central to American social life and literary production. For example, we shall study the expropriation of indigenous resources and lives in colonial America, the commodification of people in chattel slavery, industrial production defining American national character during the Gilded Age and the Cold War eras, the affective value of objects in diasporic cultures, and the impact of virtual reality on material cultures. Our attempt would be to understand how things have a social life of their own and often come to define individuals and cultural epochs.

Assignments will include an in-class presentation, 5 short reading responses, and 2 critical thinking papers. The course texts include:

Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God
Henry Brown, Narrative of the Life of Henry “Box” Brown
Herman Melville, Selected sections from Moby Dick
Henry James, The American Scene
Flannery O’ Connor, “Good Country People,” “The Lame Shall Enter First,” “The Life You Save May Be Our Own,” “Parker’s Back”
Louise Erdrich, Selections from The Red Convertible
Octavia Butler, Kindred
Ernesto Quinonez, Bodega Dreams
Selected episodes from the HBO television series Westworld

Times: M W F 8
Room: DAU 0342

AML 2410 Southern Gothic

“Anything that comes out of the South is going to be called grotesque by the Northern reader, unless it is grotesque, in which case it is going to be called realistic.”
—Flannery O’Connor
Merging elements of mystery, dread, and the supernatural from European Gothic traditions with the strange and turbulent landscape of the Southeastern U.S., Southern Gothic writers of the early 20th century crafted a world of crumbling plantations, looming church steeples, urban decay, and treacherous swamps. Re-scripting romanticized depictions of the antebellum South, Southern Gothic uses both magic and mayhem to focus in on the South’s systemic poverty, violence, racism, and ostracizing of any and all who do not easily fit into traditional Southern culture.
Through reading a selection of Southern Gothic texts, this course will interrogate the ghosts that occupy the American South’s swamps and cotton field—from the specter of slavery and morally bankrupt aristocracy to the darker aspects of religious oppression. By the end of this course, students will arrive at a better understanding and appreciation of the sociopolitical work that Southern Gothic performs by engaging with Southern Gothic texts from both Southern and Northern perspectives. Readings may include works by Edgar Allan Poe, Zora Neale Hurston, Flannery O’Connor, William Faulkner, Harriet Jacobs, Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, Toni Morrison, and Karen Russell. We will also examine Gothic representations of the South in film, photographs, and music.
Assignments will include a close-reading analysis, a comparative analysis, a multimedia research group presentation (including annotated bibliography), and a final traditional research paper. In addition, there will be a number of in-class writings and other activities designed to help students flex the composition and analysis skills needed for completing essays in the course.

Times: T 2-3, R 3
Room: TUR 2354

AML 2410 Photo-Graphic American Literature

This course examines the interrelationships between literature and the photo-graphic, particularly photography, film and graphic novels. We will engage in close and contextualized readings of our course texts, considering key historical, social, political, cultural, racial, gendered and personal contexts to understand how the literary and the photo-graphic construct national identity. Entering ongoing conversations about literature, the photo-graphic and memory, we will attend to questions regarding how photo-graphic discourse has informed literature—and how literature influences the way we read photo-graphic forms.
We will survey selections from: W.J.T. Mitchell, Susan Sontag, Roland Barthes, Walter Benjamin, John Berger, Mieke Bal and David Marriott; Walt Whitman, Hilda Dolittle, John Steinbeck, Richard Wright, W.H. Auden, Gwendolyn Brooks, Frank O’Hara, Octavia Butler, Michael Ondaatje, Aaron McGruder, James Agee and Walker Evans, Te-Nehisi Coates, and Claudia Rankine.
The writing assignments will include: (1) five short analytical papers which will ask students to write about how visual culture shapes a specific text, (2) a close reading assignment on any one of the course texts, (3) a midterm paper based on a visual analysis, (4) A research paper which will ask students to apply the critical readings to an argument on the representations of visual culture in a work of American literature.

Times: M W F 2
Room: TUR 2336

AML 2410 Literature of Resistance: From Nat Turner to Black Panther

From the moment it hit theaters, Black Panther was a movement. Scholars and novices alike have speculated on how Black Panther can incite a revolution. But long before the glitz of the red carpet, the film and even the comic series, the literature of Black peoples have relied on resisting oppressive powers. From Slave Rebellions to Suffrage, and from the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter, Black Americans have fought for freedoms denied them. This course will examine the literature that intends to invoke resistance, defy propaganda and create dissent, while examining the different types of resistance within Black feminist and Womanist theory. We will attempt to answer the question: Is resistance literature a useful tool for freedom? Our key figures and texts will include Nat Turner, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin and portions of the comic series Black Panther.
Writing assignments for this course will include short critical analysis essays, a historical analysis paper, a presentation, mid-term and final. Students will address the role resistance plays not only in literature, but also on contemporary issues such as Black Lives Matter and Black Girl Magic.

Times: T 8-9, R 9
Room: 0118

ENC 1145 Writing about Summer

Adventure! Freedom! Self-Discovery! No School! These are only a few reasons why the summer season has become mythic in North American culture—especially for adolescents and young adults. Free of the limitations and strictures of the traditional school year, they openly gain knowledge of the world, the self, and, perhaps most importantly, love. For the better part of a century, media images of summer correlated these forms of knowledge with boundless optimism. Summer was when budding adults could define themselves as they confidently transitioned into adulthood.
But do these myths of summer match reality? And does this optimism apply equally to children in disadvantaged or marginalized communities? Literary and media representations of summer began addressing such questions overtly, shifting toward the tumultuousness of growing up in marginalized communities. While these media artifacts often end on an upbeat note, creators temper that optimism with uncertainty, fear, and disappointment. Hope burns at the end of summer, but that hope must now be earned through emotional and physical trials and tribulations. This course seeks to address the significance of this shift in summer-centric media, and to explore its broader cultural implications and revelations.
Our writing assignments include various long (a researched argument, a textual analysis, and a synthesis argument) and short-form (weekly critical reading responses) modes of argumentative writing, as well as in-class discussions and activities. To complete these assignments, students will engage texts with plots occurring over a single summer—in multiple forms, including prose (Dandelion Wine, The Body, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh), comics (This One Summer, Lumberjanes), television (Gravity Falls), and film (Meatballs, Friday the 13th, Stand by Me, Wet Hot American Summer).

Times: M W F 9
Room: MAT 0010

ENC 1145 Character Spaces in British & Irish Literature

We are surrounded by different spaces, which contribute to our individual and social development: physical spaces, such as architectural buildings, corner spaces of shelter and solitude, spaces within nature, and our metaphysical environments. In this class we will apply Yi-Fu Tuan’s idea that “Place is security, space is freedom” to novels, short stories, poetry, and plays by British and Irish Writers. Throughout the course we will compare literary works with film adaptations, in addition to viewing digital archives and listening to audio recordings. We will consider spaces in terms of a character’s gender, class, and education, applying spatial theory to literary texts and media.
Our primary questions will be: What is space and how is it constructed? Who possesses control over specific environments and why? How do particular key figures in novels shape the spaces? What does that entail for the other characters? Can these spaces shape a character’s development and agency? Do the adaptations misconstrue the author’s original concept of space? How do the archives depict space in comparison to the original work? The class will study both physical and metaphysical (psychological) spaces within literature, film, and digital archives.
Students will receive short readings from key theoretical ideas by Gaston Bachelard, Yi-Fu Tuan, and Gillian Rose. Possible literary texts include Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Austen’s Mansfield Park and Pride and Prejudice, Blake’s poetry, Brontë’s Jane Eyre, Wollstonecraft’s A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, Edgeworth’s The Absentee, Agatha Christie’s Curtain, Seamus Heaney’s poetry, Barry’s The Secret Scripture, and Brian Friel’s Translations. Writing assignments will include analysis papers, online discussion posts, and a final term paper.

Times: M W F 3
Room: MAT 0105

ENC 1145 Writing Journeys: Travel, Tourism and Tales

This course will examine different aspects and purposes of travel narratives. Travel allows us to reimagine our identities through cultural and socio-political encounters. Physical or spiritual journeys allow individuals to interrogate the familiar and make new discoveries about it. Unfamiliar and hostile terrains allow people to reformulate their relationships with each other to conceive new forms of community. Large scale immigration of communities builds diaspora which change the socio-political dynamics in a particular geographical space. This course will examine the forms and dynamics of travel narratives. More specifically, the course will examine how travel, immigration, tourism and diaspora affect gender roles and identities. To what extent does gender affect commercial tourism? For instance, how do men and women negotiate issues of migration and displacement, in terms of their gender roles? To what extent does gender affect commercial tourism? What role does gender play in the perception of immigrant or diasporic communities?
Addressing questions of navigation, mobility, gender and class, we will read a variety of texts across cultures and countries including the Caribbean, Asia, Europe and the US. The course will include a range of authors like Elizabeth Gaskell, Frances Trollope, Pandita Ramabai, Jamaica Kincaid, Gaiutra Bahadur, Mohsin Hamid and V.S. Naipaul.
As a General Education course that fulfills 6,000 of the university’s writing requirement (WR), the course will provide instructions on effective academic writing such as developing an argument, using textual evidence and correct mechanics. Our assignments will include short analytical responses, a close reading paper, an annotated bibliography, a critical paper and a creative archival project.

Times: T 2-3, R 3
Room: MAEA 0327

ENC 1145 Writing about Toys

What is a toy? What is the purpose of playing with toys? How do the stories we tell about toys affect our relationship with them? Do toys represent a twisted marketing scheme designed to brainwash children into constant consumption and rigid gender norms? Or do they unlock imaginative worlds with limitless potential in the minds of blooming creators?
This course will tackle such questions by examining and performing writing about toys. Our course will consider documentary film (Netflix’s The Toys that Made Us), children’s picture books (Winnie the Pooh, The Elf on the Shelf), comic strips (Calvin and Hobbes), fiction (Rumer Godden’s The Doll’s House), stop-motion film and animation (Rankin-Bass productions, Toy Story), studies concerning sociological topics (Barbie and body image, Batman and criminology), and, finally, commercial narratives like Transformers.
To unravel the logic, violence, and love that exists between toy and player, our readings will also examine the nature of play itself (Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman’s Rules of Play) and the political roles of toys (Jonathan Alexandratos’ Articulating the Action Figure).
These readings will fuel various modes of composition as the course unfolds. Students will be responsible for composing a short analytical essay about the political work of toys and play at midterm, and a long-form final research project. Students are also accountable for a creative reflection essay, in which they articulate the significance of a toy from their own lives and harness their personal reflections for a rhetorical purpose. Finally, students will practice critical making alongside their critical thinking, creating their own toy or play-item and writing an accompanying reflective essay.

Times: M W F 7
Room: MAT 0117

ENC 1145 Writing About the “Other” Bloomsbury

Undoubtedly, Virginia Woolf is the most notable and recognized figure within the Bloomsbury Group, but its impact on art and culture extends further than Woolf alone. The other figures within and on the fringe of the Bloomsbury circle have immense value to the study of Modernism. In this course we will look at how this “lost” set of people came together to form an eccentric band of misfits that quickly rose to literary and artistic distinction. Students will consider how the Bloomsbury Group channeled WWI into their work, and how the Group’s resistance to rigid societal standards shaped their respective lifestyles and fragmented identities. Mapping this network of writers and artists, the course will challenge students to consider non-traditional as well as traditional works of art.
This class will include a variety of short and novel length works of fiction, as well as political and economic writings. The course will include readings from David Garnett, Vita Sackville-West, Lytton Strachey, John Maynard Keynes. Visual art will also play a vital role in this class, including artists Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant, Dora Carrington, and Mark Gertler. We’ll take trips to view the Harn’s collection of post-impressionist paintings within the Modern Collection.
Potential assignments include creative projects that allow students to understand the Bloomsbury Group’s artistic processes as well as papers that expect students to discuss a selected piece of visual art in relation to a written text Students will also work with Modernist manifestos to mimic the writers’ and artists’ aesthetic theories and creative strategies. Through multi-media platforms such as Tumblr and WordPress, students will explore different modes of approaching texts through images, music, and video. These engagements with contemporary media will help us better understand writing, artistic criticism, and the Modernist movement.

Times: T 8-9, R 9
Room: MAEB 0238

ENG 1131 13862 Writing through Media in the Age of Superheroes
ENG 1131 13863 Literary Adaptations on Television
ENG 1131 13864 (Re)Mediating Comicss
ENG 1131 13867 Metagaming
ENG 1131 13868 Horror and Adaptation

Upper-Division (3000–4000) Courses

Non-Repeatable Courses
Students may not repeat for credit courses that are not listed as repeatable in the Undergraduate Catalog. If you register for non-repeatable courses that you have previously taken, you will earn no credit for those courses and they will not count toward fulfillment of degree requirements.

While some upper-division courses taught by the Department of English are repeatable for credit, many are not. You are responsible for knowing which courses may, and which courses may not, be repeated. You should, therefore, consult the Undergraduate Catalog in order to confirm that courses for which you wish to register more than once are, in fact, repeatable for credit.

AML 3284 African American Women & the Culture Critique

Cross-listed with WST 3930/21114 & AFA 3930/10255
Description: This course engages the work of world-renowned literary theorist Hortense Spillers and, in fact, carries the name of a course she taught while at Emory University. As such, it investigates whether Spillers’ theories concerning Black women’s literary production articulate the theoretical concepts of Afro Pessimism. By focusing foremost on representations of the captive female body within the social and political context of the United States, it examines the subject positions of African American women and the power of transformative rage. As an inquiry generated by Spillers’ work as well as current issues in literary scholarship, it addresses some of the assumptions of womanist and feminist investigation by exploring the following questions. If feminist praxis and epistemology are grounded in notions of “freedom,” “individuality,” and the freedom of the body to “labor,” deeply implicated in the rise of modern capitalism, then what gaps must be brought to light in order for this discourse to achieve a broader articulation? If womanism is both a social change perspective and a way of being in the world, how do texts written by African American women engage that perspective and mode of being? Do they engage either? In other words, what do African American women writers offer as survival strategies for those living in environments that appear content with promoting the “social death” of Black women? Finally, the course considers the points of conversion and foreclosure between Womanism and White feminism.

Format: The readings and teaching methods of this course are eclectic in pursuit of a variety of texts and experiences. The class sessions include lectures, discussions, and student reports. We will focus on the critical work of Hortense Spillers and six novels. As investigators and scholars, our inquiries will play in the spaces between practice and theory in order to address the commonalties, disruptions, gaps, absences, and silences that exist among the primary texts.
Times: M W F 5
Room: TUR 2336

AML 3605 African American Literature I

Delia Steverson
Cross-listed with AFA 3930/10251

This course is designed as an introductory survey of texts and discourses within the African American literary tradition. As we explore critical works within this tradition, from the earliest slavery to the Harlem Renaissance, we will frame our close textual readings and literary analyses within the context of critical movements and discourses in social, cultural, and literary history. We will be particularly engaged in examining the manner in which literary works and other forms of African American cultural production reveal and respond to social and cultural ideologies, especially those that impact constructions of difference and the formation of identity, subjectivity, and/or the notion of the self.

Times: T7, R 7-8
Room: TUR 2346

AML 3673 Asian-American Studies

Alyssa Hunziker

Between the late-19th and mid-20th centuries, the US would colonize or militarily intervene throughout the Pacific and many parts of Asia: including colonies in Hawai’i and the Philippines, and ongoing wars in Korea and Vietnam. Given this history of US empire in the Pacific, this course examines the relationship between empire and Asian American literature. We will discuss how Asian American authors reflect, historicize, or reject US imperial ideologies through literature. To narrow our historical context, our units will focus on Asian American settler colonialism in Hawai’i, and empire in Vietnam, the Philippines, and Korea. As such, students will be introduced to concepts such as orientalism, militarism, colonial schooling, neo- and post-colonialism, and settler colonialism, while also looking at how racial and gender identities inform colonial relationships.

We will primarily discuss novels and some critical essays, but may also discuss poems and a film. Possible texts include works by R. Zamora Linmark, Gary Pak, Aimee Phan, Lois-Ann Yamanaka, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Jessica Hagedorn, and Peter Bacho. Assignments may include reading quizzes, two short papers, and one final research paper.

Times: M W F 7
Room: TUR 2336

AML 4311 The World of James Baldwin and Critical Race Theory

Mark A. Reid
Cross-listed with AFA 4931/10249

This course employs an interdisciplinary approach that requires students to familiarize themselves with James Baldwin’s literary and sociopolitical writings. The course expects that students apply critical race theory in their analysis. Such theorizing will borrow from writing by scholars as Frank B. Wilderson III, Jared Sexton, Saidiya Hartman, Calvin Warren and essayists like Ta-Nehisi Coates. Class discussion and written work will discern whether there exists evidence of Afro-Pessimism and or postNegritude moments in Baldwin’s oeuvre that easily dismisses post-racial fantasies and the machination of neo-liberal gestures.

The seminar critically surveys James Baldwin’s writings, lectures, and selected biographies that explore Baldwin’s life in the United States, France, and Turkey. Baldwin was engaged in the sociopolitical world that surrounded and sometimes consumed his artistic and moral energies. He was active in the U.S. Civil Rights movement and international concerns about the construction of nation, race, and sexuality. One critic wrote of Baldwin in these words: “Following publication of Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time, James Baldwin’s literary star approached its peak during the turbulent 1960s. His burgeoning role as celebrity, prophet, and leader heaped an unsustainable amount of pressure and responsibility onto his slight frame in an American landscape that doubly punished Baldwin for being both black and gay, and he often turned to Turkey for sanctuary.”

This course will reveal the artistry, compassion, and moral commitment of one of America’s greatest writers. Students will critically study how James Baldwin fared as an American writer and social critic and how critical race theory might reveal or deny the persistence of anti-black violence in words and deeds. Class discussion will consider how Baldwin imaginatively exposed and fervently articulated the coming consciousness that generates “Black Lives Matter” awareness and endgame.


Baldwin, James. Early Novels and Stories. New York, NY: The Library of America, 1998. ISBN: 9781883011512 or ISBN: 1883011515
Baldwin, James. Collected Essays. New York, NY: The Library of America, 1998. ISBN: 9781883011529 or ISBN: 1883011523
Baldwin, James. Blues for Mister Charlie: A Play. New York: Vintage, 1964. ISBN: 9780679761785
Campbell, James. Talking At The Gates: A Life of James Baldwin. Berkeley, Los Angeles, London: U. California Press, 1991. ISBN: 0520231309
Youngblood, Shay. Black Girl in Paris. New York: Riverhead Books, 2001. ISBN: 1573228516
Note: Assigned and recommended texts and readings are held at the Reserve Desk on the second floor of Library West. Check the Reserve List for this course to see if any assigned essays, book chapters, and plays are available as PDF files on ARES (ELECTRONIC RESERVE). Use the course title AML 4311 on the Smathers Library Website. Look under Reid and the course section number.


Pop quizzes on weekly readings as well as film(s) screened in the earlier class 30 points. (1–3 points each)
Individual 5-minute oral presentation and 5-min Q&A. Instructor assigns each student their oral presentation of a required reading Due Weeks 3–11 (20 points)
The assigned reading will be graded on the following criteria:
The importance of the material presented to the class. Students must make brief references to primary scenes in a literary work (or film) to illustrate important racial, class, gender, sexuality and or regional issues to support their argument.
The clarity of the written and oral work. Here, “clarity” refers to smooth oral delivery, correct use of descriptive terminology and grammar.
The student’s ability to pose important questions to the class during their oral presentation. Students must introduce the argument/thesis of their oral presentation based on their assigned section.
1-page outline each student must hand in a typed outline of their 5-minute discussion. Due the day of her/his 5-minute discussion. (10 points)
Individual groups 1-8 PAPER & PRESENTATIONS. (20 points)
The 5-page INDIVIDUAL STUDENT PAPERS cover each student’s assigned presentation. Each group member is responsible to hand in a 5-page critical paper (10 points) and a 2-page annotated bibliography (10 points) for their paper. Each group compiles each paper into a group paper that shows each student’s section. There is a separate grade for each student’s paper. THERE IS NO GROUP GRADE. You will have several opportunities to pose questions when I meet with each group on Week 12 – Monday, 5 November, in my 4318 Turlington Hall office.

The only excusable absence is one that results from an illness that is documented by a written letter from a doctor or nurse.

Times: M W F 5
Room: TUR 2346

AML 4685 Women Writing About Race: “The Trouble Between Us”

Debra Walker King
Cross-listed with AFA 4931/10248 & WST 4930/21186

Description: This course surveys women’s writing during the late 20th Century to the present, focusing on gendered Black and White race relations as presented in their literature and in American culture critiques. Students will trace, analyze and discuss how Black and White women talk about each other, coop and reject each other, or, simply, ignore each other in literature as they and their characters negotiate gendered social, political, and personal challenges. The primary goal of the course is to discover how change and racial relations develop both in our culture and in the manner writers and their readers respond to those changes and situations. Students will discuss how Black and White women, as represented in literature (and film adaptations), move through and solve challenging racial situations and bonding opportunities.

Format: The readings and teaching methods of this course are eclectic in pursuit of a variety of texts and experiences. The class sessions include lectures, discussions, and student reports. Our discussions will focus on novels, short stories, poetry, essays, videos and films. As investigators and scholars, our inquiries will play in the spaces between practice, method, and theory in order to address the commonalties, disruptions, gaps, absences, and silences that exist among the primary texts.

Times: M W F 3
Room: TUR 2333

CRW 3110 Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing

Camille Bordas

Our workshop will be conducted in traditional workshop fashion: each week, we will discuss two short stories (or novel excerpts), by two different students. Every student will turn in two pieces of fiction over the course of the semester.

The writer whose work is being critiqued is expected to turn in a piece he or she believes to be as close to being finished as possible. The students critiquing the piece will treat it as published work, meaning they will discuss it as if the writer has deep intentions behind every line (which hopefully they do) and they, as readers, want to understand those intentions. Students are expected, each week, to write letters to those who are being critiqued : letters that describe what the piece that is being critiqued has achieved, what it hasn’t achieved, what it might achieve, etc

Dedication to understanding what each writer is trying to do, regardless of their aesthetic preferences, is mandatory. Also mandatory: that the writers be prepared to hear what the others have to say about their work. It is hard being critiqued, but we’re all here to help each other become better writers.

Students will be required to read (from a course-packet) one or two short stories a week, which we’ll discuss in class. The focus of these discussions will be on how the stories operate on the reader. In other words, we’ll try to dissect published works to see what makes them work.

Manuscript submission required; view details

Times: W 9-11
Room: TUR 2306

CRW 3110 Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing

Uwem Akpan

CRW 3110 is a fiction writing workshop. The purpose is to build a community that supports this mode of storytelling. In the course of the semester, we are expected to submit two or three short stories or novel excerpts. We are also expected to write a critique of each submission, to help the class discuss the work in depth and to encourage the writer in the important work of rewrite. As Steven Gillis, author of Benchere in Wonderland says, “The art of writing is in the rewriting.”

And since good writing or rewriting begins with good reading (or hearing of the story), we will be exposed to the works of celebrated writers and how they have dealt with key issues like craft, motivation, voice, suspense, characterization, etc. We will also be required to attend two readings by visiting writers.

Manuscript submission required; view details

Times: T 9-11
Room: TUR 2350

CRW 3310 Advanced Seminar in Poetry Writing

Ange Mlinko

CRW 3310 is a poetry workshop geared to students who have already taken at least one introductory poetry (not fiction) workshop. It is a seminar format, so attendance is important; we will write poems, sometimes in strict forms, and appraise them for their ability to move us and amuse us. We will also be reading individual poems from an anthology, and imitating techniques and genres. Students in this class should be prepared to think about language and its limits, as well as how language disciplines and amplifies emotion.

Manuscript submission required; view details

Times: T 9-11
Room: TUR 2353

CRW 3310 Imaginative Writing: Poetry

William Logan

“Poorly depicted clouds — which most people would not notice as wrong — are so disturbing to Dr. Thornes that they almost spoil visits to museums. For a meteorologist, the distraction is as great as the ordinary viewer being confronted by a figure with three arms. . . . [He added that] too many artists had painted [clouds] as they would a backcloth in a theatre.”
—Guardian (London), 9 August 2000

They told stories about [the country and western singer] Bill Monroe biting into his first bagel (“Dang! This is the worst doughnut I ever did eat!”).
—Burkhard Bilger, New Yorker, May 14, 2007

In this workshop we will attend to words as closely as a painter attends to paint—or to clouds. You will read a broad selection of modern poetry, from Emily Dickinson to Gjertrud Schnackenberg and Henri Cole, and write a poem a week. Every week in addition to poems from students the workshop will consider for discussion poems from poets past and present. This is an advanced workshop in poetry, for students who have already taken at least one lower-division workshop (CRW 1301 or CRW 2300) and who want to press their understandings of poetic language even further.

Email of your manuscript is necessary for early registration. Please submit four poems to wlogan@english.ufl.edu in one attachment in .pdf format. Mention the workshops you have previously taken.

Required reading (tentative):

American Poetry: The Twentieth Century, Volume 1: Henry Adams to Dorothy Parker
Donald Justice, New and Selected Poems
W. H. Auden, Selected Poems
Robert Lowell, Life Studies and For the Union Dead
Louise Glück, The First Four Books of Poems

Manuscript submission required; view details

Times: M 9-11
Room: CBD 0212

CRW 4905 Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing

Uwem Akpan

CW4905 is a fiction writing workshop. The purpose is to build a community that supports this mode of storytelling. In the course of the semester, we are expected to submit two or three short stories or novel excerpts. We are also expected to write a critique of each submission, to help the class discuss the work in depth and to encourage the writer in the important work of rewrite. As Steven Gillis, author of Benchere in Wonderland says, “The art of writing is in the rewriting.”

And since good writing or rewriting begins with good reading (or hearing of the story), we will be exposed to the works of celebrated writers and how they have dealt with key issues like craft, motivation, voice, suspense, characterization, etc. We will also be required to attend two readings by visiting writers.

Manuscript submission required; view details

Times: W 9-11
Room: CBD 0216

CRW 4906 Advanced Seminar in Poetry Writing

Michael Hofmann

This is the senior undergraduate poetry workshop at UF. Because poetry is like a googly (or ‘wrong’un’ — that’s a curveball to you), because it moves ‘round the corner’ and a little unpredictably, like a knight at chess, I’m proposing to offer two books from Eastern (or Central) Europe: Zbigniew Herbert’s Selected Poems, and Luljeta Lleshanaku’s Negative Space. That’s one from Poland, and one from Albania.

If poetry is about restraint, I don’t see why one shouldn’t learn from tyranny and censorship. It’s good practice, anyway.

The course will appeal to enterprising and cosmopolitan souls. You will write poems to a wide array of prompts and subjects (and none).

Manuscript submission required; view details

Times: M 9-11
Room: CBD 0216

ENC 3310 Advanced Exposition: Makeademia

Emily Brooks

We are already in the habit of daily verbal and textual exposition: describing observations, narrating events, providing instructions, linking causes to effects, comparing and contrasting ideas, illustrating our points of view, defining moments, classifying new experiences, and making connections. We generate these strings of characters, syllables, words to make something that has never quite existed in exactly that combination before—just as makers use the same toolboxes, technologies, or raw materials to make new, unique artifacts. How is writing, then, a form of making? In this course, we will explore how humanist scholars experiment, create, and make things through research.

This course will teach you how to enhance your writing style (clarity, coherence, cohesion, concision, and elegance) and design thinking habits (color, typography, layout, visuals, and medium). You will read a style handbook and select chapters and project snapshots from Making Things and Drawing Boundaries: Experiments in the Digital Humanities. Based on the readings, you will make things like zines, animated GIFs, and 3D prints and write 6000 words as blog posts in various expository exercises.

Times: M W F 8
Room: TUR B310

ENG 3011 The Theorists: Anzaldúa and Moraga

Raúl Sánchez

This course examines major texts by chicana feminist writers Gloria Anzaldúa and Cherríe L. Moraga, as well as secondary sources about these texts. Anzaldúa’s Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza and Moraga’s Loving in the War Years: Lo Que Nunca Pasó por Sus Labios will form the core of the course, around which additional readings will revolve.

Before each class meeting, you will write a detailed question about the day’s reading assignment and post it to the course discussion board for others to read. You will also write an annotated bibliography (15 entries minimum) and a literature review (2500 words minimum) on a topic we will have chosen together.

Times: M W F 6
Room: TUR 2336

ENG 3011 Critical Theory & Jewish Studies

Dragan Kujundzic
Cross-listed with REL 4936/19710 & JST 4936/18176


Times: T 9-11
Room: WAL 0201D

ENG 3121 History of Film I

Trevor Mowchun
Cross-listed with GET 3520/19079
The course provides an overview of the history of film from its origin to the coming of sound. The course is designed as the first part of a sequence on the history of film, but does not need to be taken in chronological order. The objective is to gain an overview of the historical development of early cinema, based on an understanding of key concepts in film studies and approaches to early cinema in film theory. Topics will include the beginning of film, the emergence of genres (western, horror, melodrama, comedy); the early social melodrama and the race film; montage and expressionism; and the aesthetics of a silent film language. The course relies on regular required weekly film screenings and readings.

Times: T 5-6, R 6, M 9-11
Room: TUR 2322 (T, R), TUR 0115 (M)

ENG 4015 Psychoanalysis and Literature

Peter Rudnytsky

This course has three aims: to introduce students to the major schools of psychoanalytic thought, to use these theories to read classic literary works, and to see how literature can deepen our understanding of psychoanalysis. The psychoanalytic readings will feature Freud, Klein, Winnicott, Lacan, Kohut, and Bowlby, while the literary texts will include Oedipus Rex, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Othello, Poe’s “The Purloined Letter,” The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Nin’s Winter of Artifice, and Philip Roth’s Portnoy’s Complaint and My Life as a Man. Course requirements are a midterm, final, and one five-page paper, plus weekly nongraded journal entries. Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions are also expected.

Times: M10-E1
Room: TUR 2333

ENG 4133 Intro to European Road Movie

Holly Kay Raynard
Cross-listed with EUS 3100/14299

Like its American predecessor, the European road film has typically served as a powerful vehicle for cultural criticism, personal introspection and transformation. Yet the European map—replete with national borders, linguistic differences and imposing barriers like the Berlin Wall—hardly evokes the “open road” of America’s mythical frontier, where a traveler can venture some 3000 miles without a foreign phrasebook, passport, travel visa or police authorization. Migration, deportations, and social inequity have further complicated the notion of European mobility even as globalizing forces seem to promise increased cross-cultural traffic. In sum, European travel narratives offer a new perspective on the journey as such and the cultural issues engaged by travelers. This course will explore Europe’s dynamic cultural terrain from the 1950s to the present as it maps the essential coordinates of European travel and the road movie genre.

Times: T 8-9, R 9
Room: TUR 2334 (T, R), ROL 0115 (R)

ENG 4133 Digital Film Editions

Richard Burt

We will explore digital cinephilia by attending to the many and quite varied ways in which digital film releases have been modelled on the critical literary edition, focusing as much on the supplements as on the films themselves. We look primarily at digital editions published by the Criterion Collection, BFI, and Eureka! Masters of Cinema, but we will also look at other cinephilic editions that default to the literary critical edition (such as Francis Ford Coppola’s Bram Stoker’s Dracula). Films will range from silent to talking, from black and white to color, and by nation. We will be looking at films closely the way filmmakers do. Requirements: TOTAL ATTENDANCE; co-lead class discussion twice, once on a Tuesday and once on a Thursday; two discussion questions; and three Film SHOTS for each class; three 700 word papers; and a willingness to reflect, think, respond, by paying very, VERY, VERY close formal attention to texts and films. For more information, please click here.​

Times: T 4, R 4-5, W 9-11
Room: TUR 2334 (T, R), ROL 0115 (W)

ENG 4135 Chinese Film & Media

Xiao Ying


Times: M W F 9, W 10-E1
Room: MAT 0115

ENG 4135 Brazilian Cinema

Mary Ginway
Cross-listed with PRT 3391/19643

This class examines Brazil’s contributions to world cinema with a focus on contemporary films and their roots in Brazil’s social reality, including issues of race, violence, poverty and social disparities in a variety of film genres, from Cinema Novo to the New Brazilian Cinema and beyond. Readings and discussions will focus on the evolution and political context of Brazilian cinema, including its modern metamorphosis under dictatorial and neoliberal regimes. Require work includes short response papers, two exams, a presentation and class participation.

Times: M W F 5, R 9-11
Room: TUR 2334

ENG 4136 Basic Video Production: Process and Expression

Trevor Mowchun

This course is a meditation on the creative process and an exploration of the unique and inexhaustible ways that the cinematic medium activates such processes and leads the imagination into free uncharted territory. We will begin with a survey of various creative principles, methods, tools and general philosophies of “making” as expressed by artists, teachers, critics and theorists from diverse backgrounds, with particular attention paid to the insights of independent and experimental filmmakers. The goal of this “study phase” is to open a window into the inner workings of the creative process, analyze films from the perspective of their own making, and ultimately enrich, stimulate and guide creativity throughout the entire filmmaking process from concept to screen. Along the way we will be concerned with a view of cinema as a unique, evolving, visionary artform with great individual and social impact. Students will be introduced to the expressive and experimental potential of cinema through a wide range of short exercises exploring the medium’s many technological, aesthetic and hybrid facets (i.e. image, sound, time, space, movement, montage, the frame, the face). These film exercises or “sketches” will be compiled into two film notebooks to be submitted. Students will also be asked to keep a written notebook related to the activities of the film notebooks, documenting creative processes, inspirations, concepts and ideas, research findings, aesthetic and technological problems, etc., in addition to written responses to readings and screenings assigned in class. A final project will grow of a rigorous process of selecting, organizing, revising and expanding material from the film notebooks, resulting in an aesthetically coherent final notebook of filmic expression.

Admission to this course is restricted to students who have taken one of the following 3000-level film and media studies courses: Introduction to Film: Criticism and Theory (ENG 3115), History of Film 1 (ENG 3121), History of Film 2 (ENG 3122), or History of Film 3 (ENG 3125).

Times: M 5-6, W 6, R 9-11
Room: ROL 0115

ENG 4146 Advanced Video Production: Cinematic Consciousness

Trevor Mowchun

In this advanced film production course, we will take seriously and experiment with the radical notion that the medium of film can function not only as a mode of expression but also of thought, in the deepest sense of the word. Through an examination of the resonant connections between film theory and practice, we will explore and perhaps discover a variety of audiovisual configurations which break away from conventional representations of human experience, thus opening new aesthetic horizons of awareness and insight into the world in which we live. Such an endeavor involves building a deeper understanding and appreciation of how film works as a multilayered artistic language, in addition to how such a language might be expanded, refined and rendered amenable to interpretation. Our studies will cover some of the ways classical and contemporary film theorists discuss the old question “What is film?”, as both a bottomless source of inspiration for making new films and as a means for keeping the nature or ontology of film fundamentally open-ended. The speculative power of film theory will also serve as a basis for posing questions of a more philosophical nature through the medium of film, giving way to a form of questioning directed at the medium itself. Exploratory works of film theory will therefore be as vital in guiding the filmmaking process as the achievements of individual films, fueling experimentations with narrative, sound, mise-en-scène and montage. Using the idea of “cinematic consciousness,” students will conceptualize, research and create a fully realized short film with its own singular thought process, one which not only supersedes the narrative logic and ostensible subject matter but also exceeds in some way the limits of human consciousness itself. Substantial material from preproduction, production and postproduction phases of work—i.e. research, annotated bibliographies, journals, treatments, screenplays, graphic designs, storyboards, camera tests, formal experiments, shooting plans, sound design, rushes, rough cuts, music, etc.—are required and must be submitted periodically throughout the semester to ensure that the film is coming together effectively and on schedule. Students will also be required to critique and interpret each other’s work in written form.

Admission to this course is restricted to students who have taken the prerequisite Basic Video Production course (ENG 4136).

Times: M 5-6, W 6, R 9-11
Room: ROL 0115

ENG 4905 Independent Study

Faculty Member of Choice

An Independent Study course may be taken for 1 to 3 credit hours, but will only count toward the fulfillment of the 10-course requirement for the English major if a student registers for 3 credit hours.

This course is for advanced students who desire to supplement the regular courses by independent reading or research under the guidance of a member of the faculty. The student must find a faculty member who is willing to supervise the semester-long study, and together, the two create a project. The student must meet with the professor at designated times, agreed upon in advance, and complete all assignments in a timely manner.

Times: TBD
Room: TBD

ENG 4911 Undergraduate Research in English

Undergraduate Coordinator


Times: TBD
Room: TBD

ENG 4936 Honors Seminar: Blending Boundaries, Breaking Barriers in SF

S.A. Smith

From the inaugural work of body-modification, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, fictions that engage deeply with science have often sought to extend, explore, confuse or break the confines of the human body, in order to more fully understand what it means to be human. Whether contemplating technological interventions, such as the inventions we call robots, androids or cyborgs, like the novel I, Robot, or genetic ones, in which human genomes are scrambled, infected or recoded, as in the novel Dawn, SF has repeatedly sought to challenge the limits of both known science and accepted norms regarding human embodiment. In this honors seminar we shall revisit older fictions that take on the task of re-imagining the human body, read critical theory about such works, and in the end perform some fictional thought-experiments about the body of our own. Readings will include probably include works by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, C.L. Moore, Ursula K. Le Guin, Frederick Pohl, Donna J. Haraway, Octavia Butler, and more.

Times: T 5-6, R 6
Room: TUR 2305

ENG 4936 Honors Seminar: Law and American Literature

Susan Hegeman

In this course, we will study works of American literature written between 1850 and 2018 that substantially engage with some aspect of our legal system. We will discuss how works of literature address important themes related to the law including justice, crime, punishment, and the power of the state. We will also study the formal relationships between legal and literary forms of storytelling, and compare literary interpretation and legal reasoning. Course reading will include novels (Herman Melville’s Billy Budd, Richard Wright’s Native Son, Louise Erdrich’s The Round House, among others), court cases, and works of legal and literary theory and criticism.

Times: T 4, R 4-5
Room: TUR 2349

ENG 4940 Internship

Undergraduate Coordinator

The English Department at the University of Florida offers three* credit hours of internship to its majors who provide the following to the Undergraduate Coordinator for approval:

An offer to hire (from the employer) which states that the student will be working at least 12 hours per week for the entire semester (Fall, Spring, or Summer C), or 24 hours per week for a Summer A or B term. Said document should be produced on the company letterhead and should outline the job duties for the internship position.
A personal statement (submitted along with the offer of hire) about why the student wants to take the internship and how it relates to the student’s future plans.
Once the Undergraduate Coordinator has approved the internship requested by the student, the department will register the student for the internship credits.

Upon completion of the internship:

The supervisor of the student must submit a job performance evaluation to the Undergraduate Coordinator by Wednesday of finals week so that a grade of Satisfactory or Unsatisfactory may be submitted to the Registrar. The evaluation may be faxed, mailed, or hand delivered.
The student must submit a personal evaluation of the work experience provided by the internship by the same day as above.
*For two credit hours, the student would need to work 8 hours per week in a Fall, Spring, or Summer C semester; and 16 hours per week for Summer A or B.

*For one credit hour, the student would need to work 4 hours per week in a Fall, Spring, or Summer C semester; and 8 hours per week for Summer A or B.

Please note the following limitations on the English Internship:

A student may register for the English Department Internship for three credits ONLY ONCE; no more than three hours worth of internship credit may be counted toward coursework in the major.
Because no English Department course carrying fewer than 3 credit hours counts towards the major, your internship will not count as part of your major coursework if you register for fewer than 3 credits.

Times: TBD
Room: TBD

ENG 4953 Writing Childhood

John Cech

Through a number of genres of writing for young people as well as through works intended for adults, this seminar will explore some of the ways that we write about childhood. In a sense, this creative process is an act of memory, of recovering those feelings and experiences — real, imagined, archetypal — that guide each of us in our construction and reconstructions of our own childhoods as well as in our larger, cultural understanding of childhood. This course is meant to inspire your own journeys into that past that still lingers within each of us and that may find expression through narrative, poetry, drawing, music, autobiography, drama, film, photography, and other acts of the imagination. The focus of the seminar will be on the wide-ranging creative works that you will produce during the semester. ​

Times: T 6-8
Room: TUR 1101

ENG 4953 Queer Life/Writing

Kim Emery

This course explores autobiography, memoir, and autobiographical fiction produced by LGBTQ authors in the United States during the latter 20th and early 21st centuries. Because queer self-fashioning has, historically, very often occurred within hostile and/or uncomprehending environments, we will seek to contextualize these works not only in relation to the broad literary tradition of life writing, but also in connection to specifically queer concerns, including theoretical and historical frameworks, genre conventions, and life expectations especially influential in shaping queer self-invention and representation.

As a department seminar, this class will be reading intensive and discussion based. Several informal reading responses, one class presentation, and two analytical papers are required. Please email the instructor with any questions: Prof. Kim Emery, kimemery@ufl.edu

Times: M W F 8
Room: PUGH 120

ENG 4970 Honors Thesis Project

Faculty Members (2) of Choice

Students must have have completed at least one semester of ENG 4936, Honors Seminar. Open to English Honors students.

The student must select two faculty members: one to direct the reading, research, and writing of a thesis on a topic of the student’s and director’s chosing, and another as the second reader. An abstract (100 to 200 words) must be delivered to the CLAS Academic Advising Center on Fletcher Road at least 10 days before graduation.

Times: TBD
Room: TBD

ENL 3122 Nineteenth-Century British Novel

Pamela Gilbert

This course samples key developments in the British novel through the nineteenth century. We will examine the novels within three contexts: historical, literary-historical, and critical. If you have not had English 2022, you should plan to familiarize yourself with the period: the Norton Anthology introduction to the period is a good place to start. Gilmour’s and Houghton’s books are also very useful and are on reserve in the library.

The Victorian period was the great age of the novel’s emergence as a dominant popular form within a newly extensive literary marketplace, and Victorian novelists were consummate entertainers driven to sell widely and well. They were also preoccupied with the condition of their own culture; to paraphrase Richard Altick, rarely is the Present so much present in literature as it is in the novel of this period. Victorian novelists considered it their duty and pleasure to criticize, praise and generally comment upon current issues, and they developed new forms and genres to accommodate their purposes. These issues represent the formative phases of social concerns which we have inherited and which still define us: for example, the role of mass media, the ethics of capitalism, gender roles, the responsibilities of liberal government, the welfare state, pollution, the role of nation in the global community, etc. We will read a range of representative genres and consider them not only in the light of the emergence of the novel as a dominant form, but as documents of a culture’s attempts to represent and work out these issues of contemporary importance—aesthetically and ethically—and consider the ways in which Victorian ideas resonate for us today.

This course provides upper-division credit in the major, and will be taught with that in mind; therefore, students will be expected to know how to do research in the field and to attempt the application of critical frameworks. Due to the nature of the material, there is a considerable amount of reading. Carefully consider your reading speed and the expectations of the other courses you are taking before committing to this course.

Possible texts:

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South
Charles Dickens, Bleak House
M. E. Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret
George Eliot, Mill on the Floss
H. Rider Haggard, She
other critical readings to be provided.​

Times: T 4, R 4-5
Room: TUR 2333

ENL 3230 Before Jane Austen: Eighteenth-Century Women Novelists

Roger Maioli

Jane Austen is now firmly established as one of the supreme novelists in the English language. The influential critic F.R. Leavis placed her at the beginning of a “Great Tradition” in the British novel, a highly exclusive club with a total membership of four. Other Austen admirers viewed her instead as the climax of an earlier novelistic tradition dating back to the early eighteenth century. On this view, Austen’s predecessors — or the “early masters of English fiction,” as one critic called them — included Daniel Defoe, Samuel Richardson, Henry Fielding, Tobias Smollett, and Laurence Sterne. Notice that these are all male names. Fair as twentieth-century critics often were to Austen, they also implied that she was the first woman to have written novels worth reading. Today, thanks to decades of hard work by feminist critics, that picture has changed. Scholars of the British novel have come to acknowledge the central role played by earlier women novelists in shaping the conventions that Austen brought to perfection. Austen’s female predecessors, however, remain little known outside specialist circles. This course will introduce you to their work, their accomplishments as novelists, and the range of social and political issues they addressed. We will read novels and proto-novels written by women between 1689 and 1811 (the year of Austen’s first appearance in print). We will begin with shorter fiction by Aphra Behn, Jane Barker, Penelope Aubin, and Mary Davis; we will then proceed to Sarah Fielding’s The Adventures of David Simple, novels of manners by Frances Burney and Maria Edgeworth, and Ann Radcliffe’s thrilling Gothic masterpiece The Mysteries of Udolpho; and we will close by reading (or re-reading!) Austen’s timeless Pride and Prejudice.

Times: T 4, R 4-5
Room: TUR 2333

ENL 3251 Victorian Bodies

Rae Yan

During the Victorian Era, Britain saw a population boom—in the city of London alone, the population exploded from roughly 1 million people in 1800, to over 6 million by the century’s end. The change in demographics brought Britons to a new awareness of the diversity of bodies now a part of the Empire and the diversity of bodies that lived just outside the Empire. As we will see, Victorian texts are crowded with this self-consciousness about bodies that are old, young, global, classed, gendered, pathologized, and racialized. We will read broadly across the Victorian age in order to explore the political, historical, and cultural significance of these myriad bodily representations. In the process, we will study literary texts (novels, short stories, poems), alongside essays, political tracts, and scientific treatises. Course texts will likely include works by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Anne Brontë, Elizabeth Gaskell, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Arthur Conan Doyle.

Please note that this is a seminar-style class that requires active participation and daily attendance. Assignments include (a) submitting notes taken during the reading of each text; (b) short response papers; and (c) a final paper that synthesizes literary analysis, historical contexts, and literary criticism.

Times: M W F 7
Room: MAT 0009

ENL 4273 Twentieth Century British Literature: Conrad, Joyce, Woolf and the Modernist Revolution

Phillip E. Wegner

In one of her best-known interventions in the literary debates of the first half of the twentieth century, Virginia Woolf claims “that in or about December, 1910, human character changed.” As a consequence of this change, Woolf goes on to suggest, “All human relations have shifted—those between masters and servants, husbands and wives, parents and children. And when human relations change there is at the same time a change in religion, conduct, politics, and literature.” It would be the project of the variety of artistic and cultural movements that we now describe as modernism to give voice to the experience of these and many other of the explosive social and cultural changes of the new century. In this course, we shall investigate some of the issues surrounding the modernist revolution, while also considering modernism itself as a kind of revolution, as they are raised in the work of three of the most important “British” authors of the first half of the twentieth-century: Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, and Virginia Woolf. In addition to exploring the rich aesthetic and formal issues raised by these writers’ work—what, for example, did T. S. Eliot mean when he wrote that Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses (1922) is “not a novel?”—we shall look at the way that these writers’ works respond to and help us understand the cultural and social histories in which they unfold. Indeed, one of the first questions these writers force us to confront is what is “British” about British literature in this moment—after all, Conrad is the child of exiled Polish patriots and only learns English as an adult; Joyce is Irish, writing in a language that is always for him, as his character Stephen Dedalus puts it, “an acquired speech;” and Woolf tirelessly interrogates the status of the woman artist in relationship the traditional centers of English cultural power. Similarly, these works will lead us into an investigation of the relationship between literature and the fundamental realties of the new century: the massive institution of British imperialism; the creation of a global culture; industrial technology; the rise of mass culture; the experience of the city; the proximity of social revolution; new media such as film; and the changing place of women in culture and society. Finally, all of these works will ask us important questions about the roles of the artist and the work of art in this newly emerging world. Our readings will be divided into three roughly five week sections and will include, Joseph Conrad’s Marlow cycle of Youth (1898), Heart of Darkness (1899), and Lord Jim (1900); James Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1917) and Ulysses (1922); and Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (1927) and The Waves (1931).

Times: M W F 4
Room: TUR 2305

ENL 4333 Shakespeare and Extreme Mental States

Peter Rudnytsky

This course will undertake close readings of one early comedy and selected major tragedies and romances to explore Shakespeare’s depiction of the outer—and inner—reaches of human experience, from various forms of severe mental illness to problems of identity and radical forgiveness and love. We don’t need psychoanalysis to understand Shakespeare, but if we can understand Shakespeare we will grasp the essence of psychoanalysis. The plays will likely be The Comedy of Errors, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Coriolanus, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest, with perhaps a few supplementary critical essays. Course requirements are a midterm, final, and one five-page paper. Regular attendance and active participation in class discussions are also expected.

Times: T 10-E1
Room: TUR 1105

LIT 3041 All Joking Aside: The Art and Craft of Comedy

Sid Homan

The assumption in all my theatre courses is that the text of a play is not just what is written on the page but that text in performance, delivered by actors before an audience. This means the play’s text also includes gestures, movement, blocking (the stage picture), and sub-text (what the character is saying inwardly, beneath the lines delivered onstage, as well as the “history” for that character invented by the actor). In the theatre, we would further supplement this text with lighting, sound, set, costumes, props, and make-up. To be sure, one can approach a play in a thousand ways—as literature, as a repository for the thinking of an age, as the springboard for political or cultural issues. But, since I work both on campus and in the theatre as an actor and director, and since the theatre itself is a unique medium with its own aesthetic principles, I approach the plays, with my students, and as a fellow “student,” as something meant to be performed by an actor and ratified by an audience. In the class each student will have a scene partner with whom he or she stages several scenes each semester. Once performed, the class and I, as co-directors, “work” that scene with the two actors, trying out options, rehearsing it. The emphasis, therefore, is on learning by doing, and I judge student work by intent, what goes into the performance—not by finesse. If there is finesse, that is considered a bonus. Each actor also writes a short paper assessing his or her experience during rehearsal for a scene. Performances and the scene papers count equally.

In LIT 3041 we explore through such in-class performances the genre of stage comedy. What makes us laugh? Why do we find this character or this situation funny? How does the general term “comedy” manage to include everything from farce to satire, from romantic or sentimental or surreal comedy to the profound comic world of, say, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencratnz and Guildenstern Are Dead? These questions come under the “Art” in the course’s subtitle.

But of equal importance is that other word, “Craft.” How can we make something comic on stage? What is the “craft” (the particular skill, the various strategies, the “rules” of enactment, the styles) of the comic actor? As actors and directors, how do we establish a comic “world”? How do you make a joke or a comic situation work with an audience?

Along with Stoppard’s play mentioned above, we use as our text the book Laugh Lines: Short Comic Plays, edited by Eric Land and Nina Shengold. There we will try our hands at performing everything from a parody of the psychologist/patient relationship in Alan Ball’s Your Mother’s Butt, from the physical comedy of the circus contortionist in Eric Coble’s Ties That Bind, to Christopher Durang’s take off of all unwelcomed former lovers in Wanda’s Visit, from the bitter-sweet comic meeting of a teenager and an older woman in Eric Lane’s The Statue of Bolivar, to Elaine May’s savage satire on the 1% in The Way of All Fish, not to mention Steve Martin’s “wild and crazy” The Zig-Zag Woman. And more!

Sidney Homan is Professor of English at the University of Florida and an actor and director in professional and university theatres.

Times: M W F 2
Room: TUR 2305

LIT 3043 Modern Drama: Learning by Doing

Sid Homan

The assumption in all my theatre courses is that the text of a play is not just what is written on the page but that text in performance, delivered by actors before an audience. This means the play’s text also includes gestures, movement, blocking (the stage picture), and sub-text (what the character is saying inwardly, beneath the lines delivered onstage, as well as the “history” for that character invented by the actor). In the theatre, we would further supplement this text with lighting, sound, set, costumes, props, and make-up. To be sure, one can approach a play in a thousand ways—as literature, as a repository for the thinking of an age, as the springboard for political or cultural issues. But, since I work both on campus and in the theatre as an actor and director, and since the theatre itself is a unique medium with its own aesthetic principles, I approach the plays, with my students, and as a fellow “student,” as something meant to be performed by an actor and ratified by an audience. In the class each student will have a scene partner with whom he or she stages several scenes each semester. Once performed, the class and I, as co-directors, “work” that scene with the two actors, trying out options, rehearsing it. The emphasis, therefore, is on learning by doing, and I judge student work by intent, what goes into the performance—not by finesse. If there is finesse, that is considered a bonus. Each actor also writes a short paper assessing his or her experience during rehearsal for a scene. Performances and the scene papers count equally.

In this course, we will thus consider Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, Embers, All That Fall, Play, Eh Joe, Not I, and Come and Go; Harold Pinter’s The Lover, Old Times, Betrayal, and No Man’s Land, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead; and a variety of short comic sketches by Steve Martin, Elaine May, Christopher Durang, and others in the collection Laugh Lines (edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold).

A word of comfort: whether you have acted before or not, experience in the theatre is not a factor in the class. We use acting as a way of studying the text. Have no fears on this issue!

If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail Professor Homan at shakes@ufl.edu.

Times: M W F 3
Room: TUR 2350

LIT 3374 The Bible as Literature

Anastasia Ulanowicz

According to conventional wisdom, the Judeo-Christian Bible is a book. Indeed, in certain religious communities, it is regarded as The Book. However, as both theologians and secular literary critics have observed, the Bible is not so much a singular book as it is a collection of many different literary forms composed during various historical periods and only later anthologized by representatives of dominant socio-religious communities. Moreover, the Bible can be defined as much as by what it excludes as by what it includes: indeed, different communities read different editions of the Bible.

The purpose of this class, then, is to analyze the disparate forms and genres contained within the Judeo-Christian biblical canon (New Oxford Annotated edition, with apocrypha). We will examine such different literary forms as origin myths (Genesis), romance/quest narrative (Exodus), lyrical poetry (the Psalms), erotic poetry (Song of Songs/the Song of Solomon), prophecy (Isaiah), fairy tales (Job), gospel tales (the synoptic gospels and the Book of John), epistolary writing (Paul), and apocalyptic literature (Daniel and the Revelations of St. John the Divine). We will also study the influence of these forms on secular works of literature (e.g., those by Kafka, Kierkegaard, Melville, and Milton). In doing so, we will consider how the formation of the Biblical canon influenced the formation of the secular literary canon.

N.B. This is a literature course — not a course on religion or theology. Previous familiarity with the Bible is not a prerequisite.

Times: M W F 4
Room: TUR 2346

LIT 3383 American Women in Comics

Margaret Galvan

Despite a long history of female creators, readers, and nuanced characters, women’s participation in American comics has frequently been overlooked. Contemporary scholars have focused on recovering these forgotten women. In this class we will explore why women’s contributions have not been visible in comics histories. We will start by reading how comics have been variously defined. Reading these definitions alongside this understudied tradition of women’s comics, we will ask: is there something about the definitions that exclude women in comics? We will read comics by women in addition to reading comics for and about women, since female fandom and characters have also been minimized. We will read a variety of forms, both print and digital, and consider how we might wield this digital space to right the balance.

Course assignments will include digital reflections on a shared course website, a short formal essay, and a research project that includes an annotated bibliography, proposal, Wikipedia edits, and formal paper.

Times: M W F 4
Room: TUR 2336

LIT 3400 Imaging Climate, Seeing the Anthropocene

Terry Harpold

We live in an age of growing ecological instability. Climate change, accelerating environmental degradation, and mass extinction are reshaping the collective futures of humans and other living things of the Earth on a scale that is without precedent in the memories of our civilization and our species. As we enter this new phase of the Anthropocene, the geological epoch defined by human influence, our former habits of mind and body are incompatible with new situations on the ground, in the air, and under the water. But humans are by nature conservative and timorous; creating new habits is difficult for us, who find willful neglect, cynicism, and despair the easier solutions. In this course we will start with the fundamentally humanist conviction that how we prepare for and respond to the world to come depends on how we may (re)envision that world and our roles in it. Hopeful resolve to think and act differently, and the ability to do so, come to us first by way of the creative imagination.

This course will focus principally on visual imaginaries of the late Anthropocene. We will read widely in contemporary graphic fiction and — nonfiction on the subject of global climate change and ecological crisis, and view a small number of fiction films on these themes. Our principal model for the work of bearing witness and renewed insight will be a landmark art exhibition at UF’s Harn Museum of Art, “The World to Come” (September 18, 2018 – January 6, 2019). The exhibition, which features works by more than 45 contemporary international visual artists, will challenge us to discard assumptions about human privilege and mastery of nature, to rethink the bond of humans to non-human life, and to locate an openness and sense of wonder that may lead to critical reflection, shared responsibility, and the possibility of a *planetary* humanism.

Course writing assignments include participation in threaded discussions of weekly readings, a short research paper on selected works and artists exhibited in “The World to Come” and a take-home final exam.

Times: T 5-6, R 6
Room: TUR 2306

LIT 3400 Poetics of Justice: Law, Literature, and Film

Eric Kligerman

In his brief yet complex parable “Before the Law” Franz Kafka describes how a man from the country searches for the law but is stopped outside the gates by a menacing guard, never to gain entrance to the law. What is the significance of this failure to grasp the law? How does Kafka’s perplexing tale shed light on questions pertaining to the interplay between justice, law and violence, and how do we as individuals encounter these conflicts within the social and political spaces in which we live?

This interdisciplinary course sets out to explore these very questions and collisions by juxtaposing shifting modes of representations. By turning to the works of history (Thucydides), Religion (Book of Job), philosophy (Plato, Nietzsche and Arendt), literature (Sophocles, Dostoyevsky and Kafka) and film (the Coen brothers and Tarantino), our objective is to trace the narrative of justice through ancient Greece, the Enlightenment, the modern and postmodern periods. In particular, we will examine the realm of trials (both real and imaginary) to probe the relation between justice and ethics along with the various questions pertaining to law, guilt, responsibility, violence and punishment. How do writers critique the institutions of law and justice through works of literature and art? Our goal is to rethink these dynamic relationships by turning to the spaces of history, philosophy, political thought, literature and

Final Research Paper (8-10 pages) 25%
Participation 20%/attendance 5% 25%
Midterm Essay Exam (take home) 25%
Final Essay Exam (take home) 25%​

LIT 4188 South African Literature

Apollo Amoko


Times: M 9-11
Room: TUR 1101

LIT 4233 Postcolonial Bildungsroman

Apollo Amoko


Times: W 9-11
Room: TUR 1101

LIT 4331 Children’s Literature

Kenneth Kidd

This course considers Anglophone children’s literature from its beginnings to its current interdisciplinary and popular material forms. We will use literary theory and criticism to illuminate children’s literature (and vice versa) and to think about how written and multimedia texts are circulated and institutionalized. We will sample from a number of historical and contemporary genres, including picture books and graphic novels, and across national contexts. Requirements include response papers, regular participation, and several longer essays. Students will undertake one research project based in our local and very fabulous Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature.The course will be conducted as a seminar and active involvement is crucial.

Times: T 9-11
Room: TUR 1101

LIT 4333 Literature for the Adolescent

Anastasia Ulanowicz

In this course, we will account for major themes and trends in American “young adult” (or “YA”) literature. As we analyze each of the assigned texts, we will pay particularly close attention to the ways in which works of YA literature draw on culturally-constructed notions of adolescence to shape the adolescent characters within them — and how, in turn, they seek to draw in and interpellate the adolescents who read them. Additionally, we will address issues of class, race, gender, sexuality, national identity, and consumerism implicit within the assigned texts.

Times: M W F 5
Room: TUR 2305

LIT 4334 Golden Age of Children’s Literature

Rae Yan

The “Golden Age” of children’s literature in Britain and the United States ran from the mid-nineteenth century to the early twentieth century, producing some of the most enduring representations of children and childhood in our cultural imagination. Alice, Mowgli, Dorothy, and Peter Pan are just a few of the characters from that Golden Age who challenge readers to question their basic assumptions about culture, economics, gender, politics, society, and understandings of the self. In our course, we will turn to works of the Golden Age by Lewis Carroll, Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, L. Frank Baum, Kenneth Grahame, J. M. Barrie, W. E. B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, and A. A. Milne to explore the construction of childhood during the Golden Age. Additionally, we will contextualize this formative era in children’s literature by dipping into other literary traditions. For example, we may want to ask: how does Golden Age literature respond to earlier Augustan (eighteenth century) and Romantic (early nineteenth century) configurations of children and childhood? How and why do references to Classical literature impact the interpretation of this Golden Age? In what ways do traditions of periodical or serial literature shape the production of such children’s literature?

Please note that this is a seminar-style class that requires active participation and daily attendance. Assignments include (a) a brief presentation on the historical/biographical context behind one of the works we study; (b) four workshops on textual, biographical, historical, and formal analysis; and (c) a final project based on research conducted using materials from UF’s Baldwin Library of Historical Children’s Literature or electronic archives of children’s literature.

Times: M W F 5
Room: TUR 2306

LIT 4483 Cultural Studies & Comics

Margaret Galvan

Comics studies has emerged as a scholarly field of inquiry over the past 25+ years, but many foundational thinkers considered only the form of the comic in their scholarship. Recent scholarship has both extended and challenged this formalist approach by engaging with questions of cultural studies that prioritize how race, class, ideology, gender, sexuality, etc. shape comics. In this class, we will read these cultural studies-infused approaches along with the comics that they focus on and ask how these theories shift our understanding of comics and how the comics themselves represent ideas of culture.

Course assignments will include digital reflections on a shared course website, a short formal essay, and a research project with a digital component.

Times: M W F 6
Room: TUR 2305

LIT 4930 Loser Literature

Richard Burt

As we have witnessed the destruction of the liberal welfare state and its replacement by the neoliberal warfare state, the self-help movement, or what could be called moral studies, has gained an increasingly firm hold on academia. To understand why this should me so, we will begin with the Victorian origins of self-help and contrast it to a subaltern, counter-history I call shelf-help. In the bookshelves of a good library, one finds all kinds of literary and philosophical losers, writers who have no interest in “getting ahead.” Sometimes they have a physical illness. Sometimes they have a mental illness. Sometimes they have both. But they all have achieved the highest (and lowest) distinction of all: LOSER! Anyone can try to become a loser: it’s an equal opportunity affirmative action position open to all races, genders, classes, and sexualities. All UF students are welcome to enroll. Films and readings will include, Office Space (dir. Mike Judge, 1999); Idiocracy (dir. Mike Judge, 2006); The Lady Vanishes (dir. Alfred Hitchcock, 1939); 20 Feet From Stardom (dir. Morgan Neville, 2013); Walter Benjamin, “Books by the Mentally Ill: From My Collection” Selected Writings; Samuel Smiles, Self-Help; Avital Ronell, Loser Sons; Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener: A Tale of Wall Street; Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wakefield; Adam Phillips, Missing Out in Praise of the Unlived Life; Thomas Bernhard, The Loser?; Thomas Bernhard, My Prizes; Friedrich Nietzsche, Ecce Homo: How One Becomes What One Is; Valerie Solanas, SCUM Manifesto; Robert Montgomery, Sheppard Lee, Written By Himself; Jack Black, You Can’t Win (Foreword, William S. Burroughs); Paul de Man, “The Concept of Irony”; Friedrich Schlegel, “On Incomprehensibility”; Friedrich Schlegel, Lucinde; Friedrich Schlegel, “On Incomprehensibility”; Paul de Man, “The Concept of Irony”; Jörg Kreienbrock, Malicious Objects, Anger Management, and the Question of Modern Literature; Seneca, “On Anger”; Friedrich Theodor Vischer, “Eight Attacks of Rage” and “The Torture of the Little Leather Pouches”; Alexander Pushkin, Queen of Spades; Stefan Zweig, Twenty-four Hours in the Life of a Woman; E. T. A. Hoffmann, Gambler’s Luck; Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Gambler; Franz Kafka, The Verdict; Stefan Zweig, Amok; Samuel Taylor Coleridge, “Rime of the Ancient Mariner”; Michel de Montaigne, “That to Philosophize is to Learn How to Die.”​ Requirements: Two papers; discussion questions due before each class; two co-led classes; two unexcus​ed absences (three or four will mean a drop in your final grade; more than four and you have failed the class). To get a higher final grade than a “C,” you will have to participate productively in class discussion. For more information, please click here.

Times: T 2-3, R 3
Room: TUR 2333

LIT 4930 Children’s Literature of Florida

Kenneth Kidd

This course explores children’s literature set in the Sunshine State, with attention to how Florida’s environment, history and culture has shaped writing for young people and vice versa. We’ll likely begin with Marjorie Kinnan Rawling’s The Yearling (1938) and collected folktales by Zora Neal Hurston (e.g. What’s the Hurry, Fox?) and move on to texts such as Lois Lenski’s Strawberry Girl (1945), Marjorie Stoneman Douglas’s Alligator Crossing (1959), and Carol Ryrie Brink’s The Pink Motel (1960). More contemporary texts might include Edward Bloor’s Tangerine (1997), Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn Dixie (2000), and Carl Hiaasen’s Hoot (2002). We may also work with the Florida Book Awards winners and/or the Sunshine State Young Readers Award Books. Assignments will likely include short response papers and several longer critical essays.

Times: T 7, R 7-8
Room: TUR 2333

LIT 4930 Israeli History and the Contemporary Novel

Dror Abend-David

The course will discuss a number of the leading Hebrew novels (but not necessarily Historical Novels) since the 1950’s and their representation of Israeli History. The course will first provide some background about the relation between history and fiction, and the place of the novel (of various subgenres) as a tool for historiography. The discussion will then place the Hebrew novels within this context and ask students to apply theoretical methods to draw their own conclusion about the representation of Israeli history in the texts that they read.

Times: T 5-6, R 6
Room: MAT 0102

LIT 4930 Vampire Cinema

Dragan Kujundzic
Cross-listed with JST 4936/18177


Times: T 6-8
Room: WAL 0201D

LIT 4930 From Nuremberg to South Park: Representations of Nazism In Film and Literature

Eric Kligerman
Cross-listed with GET 3930/19004 & JST 3930/18200

This course examines the representation of the Nazi epoch in pre- and postwar visual culture and literature. In addition to exploring the historical, political and ideological implications of how National Socialism is recollected and represented, we will also track the transformation of the Nazi perpetrator in the cultural imagination of Europe and America. This course shifts attention from the debates regarding the commodification of the victims of the Holocaust, which has led to the provocative terms “Shoah business” and “Holocaust industry,” to what Susan Sontag describes as “fascinating fascism”: our commercial fascination with the perpetrators of genocide. How have those responsible for the crimes of the Third Reich been represented, theorized, turned into metaphors as well as clichés through the space of film and literature? By shifting our attention from the tragic images of the victims to the figure of the perpetrators, we will examine the ethical implications as well as moral ambiguities behind various representations of Nazism.

Beginning with Riefenstahl’s documentary films, we will examine the circulation of the Nazi aesthetic and its associations with questions of beauty, power, gender and eroticism. How has this aesthetic been re-circulated in postwar cinema? How does the Nazi figure function in documentary films, German cinema (the rubble films, New German Cinema and contemporary German film), Italian neorealism, and American popular culture? Does the representation of Nazism in shifting periods and forms critique, explain or bring about an understanding of those who committed the crimes of the Third Reich? Or, do they perpetuate the spectator’s obsession with the horrors of Nazism while circumventing issues of guilt, responsibility and historical comprehension? Our probing of the Nazi aesthetic along with the stereotype of unimaginable evil will be conjoined to how such concepts like Arendt’s “banality of evil” and Sontag’s “fascinating fascism” are treated in films that focus on iconic Nazi imagery and the central perpetrators: Hitler, Himmler, and Eichmann.

Interrogating the boundaries of representation, where the figure of the Nazi is not outside the frame of the imagination but occupies our day-to-day world, our objective is to explore how these films position the spectator in relation to the Nazi past. What moral and aesthetic complexities arise when the Nazi figure inhabits such genres as documentary, comedy, horror and erotica?

Times: M 6-8
Room: TUR 2318

LIT 4930 Kafka & Kafkaesque

Eric Kligerman
Cross-listed with GEW 4930/19083 & JST 4936/18185

This seminar will explore the writings of Franz Kafka and the effect that his literary legacy has had on literature and film. Our objective will be to analyze how elements of modern consciousness and “the Kafkaesque” reappear in selected texts of later modern and postmodern writers and filmmakers. The first part of the seminar will focus on understanding Kafka’s complex narratives and his place and influence in literary and cultural history of Jewish-German-Czech Prague in the first decades of the 20th century. Our study of Kafka’s work will be situated alongside the debates regarding European modernity within the context of Jewish languages, culture and identity. In addition to reading short stories (including The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, and The Hunger Artist), we will turn to his novels The Castle and The Trial,, personal diaries and correspondences. Our readings of Kafka will center on such topics as law and justice, family and solitude, humans and animals, modernity, travel, the crisis of language and Judaism.

After our in-depth analysis of Kafka’s works, we will explore the major role Kafka played in the construction of the modern and postmodern literary canon of the twentieth century. The course will explore Kafka’s impact on World literature and aesthetic culture, whereby his writing has triggered multiple responses in shifting languages and media. We will trace “the Kafkaesque” in the narrative fictions of selected authors, including Jorge Luis Borges and Albert Camus, and filmmakers such as the Coen brothers and David Lynch.

Times: W 5-7
Room: WAL 0201D

LIT 4930 Black Englishes

James Essegbey

Cross-listed with SSA 4930/20367, LIN 4930/17603, & AFA 4931/10375

Unlike Danish which is the language spoken by the Danes or Japanese which is the language the Japanese, English is not just a language of the English, even if that is where it originates. Today, the language has spread across the globe and has been appropriated by regions such that we can talk of Australian English, Nigerian English, etc. While most of the varieties of English can be understood for the most part by every English speaker, there are restructured varieties such as Sranan spoken in Surinam that are more difficult to follow. In fact, these have developed into different languages.

The aim of this course is to present students with varieties of Englishes spoken by Blacks in Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. Students will learn about the structure of these varieties as well as the social histories which underpin them. They will be made to appreciate difficulties in using terms like dialect versus language to describe these varieties. Further, they will watch movies and interact with native speakers of these varieties with a view to identifying features that set them apart. Students will also be introduced to such concepts like “pidgins” and “creoles”. Students will also learn to distinguish between “broken English” and Pidgin or Creole English.

Times: M W F 6
Room: AND 0013