New Course Descriptions for Fall 2013

The English Department is delighted to announce two new courses that will be offered in our department next semester.  The first, "Early African American Print Cultures," will be taught by Professor Lara Cohen, who is joining our department as tenure-track faculty.  We are certain that you are going to enjoy working with her and learning about her various areas of specialty.  She is a scholar of early American literature who has authored a book about fraudulence in American literature and is currently working on a project that explores underground American subcultures after the Civil War.   She has also edited a collection of essays on early African American work in printing and publishing, as well as African American authorship. Her interest in print culture and underground movements is partly shaped by her experience of publishing a zine prior to becoming an academic.  Don't miss this pre-1830 course! 

ENGL 060. Early African American Print Cultures  (pre-1830) 

African American literature has traditionally been defined in terms of authorship, but how might we expand this definition to consider editing, illustration, printing, circulation, and reading?  And how might this expanded definition change our understanding of the field?  This course will examine a wide variety of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century African American print culture, including poetry, sermons, manifestos, newspapers, slave narratives, and novels.     
1 credit.
Fall 2013. Cohen.
Tuesday/Thursday, 1:15-2:30, Martin 213.  

We are also very happy to welcome Professor John Patrick Leary, who will be a visiting professor with our department in the Fall of 2013.  Prof. Leary's brings expertise in representations of Cuba in US literature, and also a wide-ranging body of writing on cities, the notion of geographical space, and attitudes toward the annexing of new territories in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century literature.  He will be offering a great class on the Geographical Imagination, which counts as a post-1830 course.  Don't miss this one either! 

ENGL 057B Geographical Imagination in Postbellum Literature (post-1830) 

This class explores representations of national space after the Civil War, in Reconstruction accounts of national dismemberment and reunification; the literature of expansion in the west and Caribbean; and movements in regionalism and environmental writing. What connections exist between the space of "home" and the frontier, the warfront, and the city? And how are the nation's "underdeveloped" spaces-the slum, the south, the Indian reservation-represented in a period of rapid modernization and industrialization? Authors to include Chesnutt, Crane, Twain, Zitkala-Sa, Jewett, Riis, Harper, and Marti.  
1 credit.
Fall 2013. Leary.
Tuesday/Thursday, 2:40-3:55, SCI 181.  

If you have questions or would like to talk over any of this material, contact Professor Nora Johnson.