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Summer 2024 Semester

Undergraduate Courses

Composition courses that offer many sections (such as ENGL 033, 101, 201, 277, and 379) are not listed on this schedule unless they are tailored to specific thematic content or particularly appropriate for specific programs and majors. Please consult Banner to see our offerings for the summer term, all of which are online.

400-level and Graduate Courses

ENGL 492.ST1/592.ST1: Film History

May 28-June 28 (Online)

Professor Steven Wingate

What we know as "the movies" began about 120 years ago, entering human culture at the same time as the automobile and ushering in the modern age. Since then it has evolved into dozens of distinct varieties that still maintain the same essence of film: giving the appearance of life through the motion of light. This course examines the history of film from its beginnings, but with a twist: student projects will start with their favorite movie genres in the present (horror, romantic comedies, etc.) and look back to search for their origins in the global history of film. Three credits; available to undergraduate (CRN 55186) and graduate students (CRN 55188).

ENGL 792.ST1: Women Writers, History and the Gothic

July 1 to August 2 (Online)

Dr. Sharon Smith

With the publication of Horace Walpole’s The Castle of Otranto in 1764, Gothic literature officially came into being. Dark tales of physical violence and psychological terror, Gothic literature incorporates elements such as distressed heroines pursued by tyrannical villains; gloomy estates with dark corridors, secret passageways, and mysterious chambers; haunting dreams, troubling prophecies, and disturbing premonitions; abduction, imprisonment, and murder; and, of course, a varied assortment of corpses, apparitions, and “monsters.” In this course, we will consider Gothic literature by English and American women writers from the eighteenth century to the present. As we do so, we will emphasize their engagement with social and historical contexts marred by the effects of gender oppression, colonization, and slavery. As the authors of much Gothic literature suggest, the true horrors of human existence are rooted more in worldly experiences than supernatural phenomenon. The texts we read may include Ann Radcliffe’s The Sicilian Romance (1790), Hannah Craft’s The Bondwoman’s Narrative (c. 1853), Louise Erdrich’s The Sentence (2022), and the stories of Elizabeth Gaskell and Zitkala-Ša.