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Mystery Masterworks
A fusion of gothic fiction and the detective story, the American “noir “ novel is both a distinctive contribution to the mystery novel and an impressive genre in its own right. Simultaneously dreamlike and realistic, the Noir Novel’s mean streets and nightmare alleys, along with their world-weary heroes and femme fatales have evolved into literary and cultural symbols with archetypal resonance. We will explore ...
  • Format: Online
  • Course Number: CRN 7092 - NLIT 0834 A
  • Birns, Margaret
Aug 26 - Dec 15
Online
Fall 2019
Ten Great Plays
The plays discussed in this course are milestones in the history of theater. We begin with classical tragedy, reading Sophocles’ Antigone. We then move to Shakespearean tragedy with Macbeth. We continue to European modernism with Ibsen’s A Doll House. Next we examine the Theater of the Absurd with Ionesco’s The Bald Soprano and Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. The influential political theater of Brecht is represented by...
  • Format: On Campus
  • Course Number: CRN 7107 - NLIT 0802 A
  • Sussman, Herbert
Aug 26 - Dec 16
On Campus
Monday
6:00 - 7:50 PM
Fall 2019
Other Worlds: Exploring the Critical Realms of Science Fiction
The development of science fiction as a literary genre is deeply connected to a history of colonialism and anthropological projects that sought to document contact with so-called primitive cultures. Students in this course will examine literary and filmic narratives concerning other worlds, bodies, and technologies within this historical legacy. In particular, we will discuss how science fiction writers explore sys...
  • Format: On Campus
  • Course Number: CRN 7099 - NLIT 0530 A
  • Montez, Ricardo
Aug 27 - Dec 10
On Campus
Tuesday
4:00 - 5:50 PM
Fall 2019
Female Biography, Novels, Memoirs: Are Women’s Truths in Their “Fictions”?
In this course, we examine women's biographies and autobiographies, from the ancients to the present, to consider how female lives are written, by whom, and for what purposes. We draw on feminist interpretations of Plato's brief portrait of his teacher Diotima in the Symposium; accounts of women by Ovid and Plutarch; the prison diary of an early Christian martyr, Vibia Perpetua; medieval hagiographies of Hildegard of...
  • Format: On Campus
  • Course Number: CRN 7112 - NLIT 0233 A
  • Walker, Gina
Aug 27 - Dec 12
On Campus
Tuesday
4:00 - 5:50 PM
Fall 2019
Reading James Baldwin
This course offers an intensive examination of James Baldwin's work in its own contexts and in the critical contexts in which others have read it. Baldwin is not only a powerful novelist, but one of the most important political essayists of the 20th century, producing incisive scholarship, literary criticism, and analyses of contemporary U.S. race relations. We examine his contributions to each of these fields. We al...
  • Format: On Campus
  • Course Number: CRN 7115 - NLIT 0384 A
  • Williams, Tracyann
Aug 29 - Dec 12
On Campus
Thursday
6:00 - 7:50 PM
Fall 2019
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