Women's writing in a particular genre or form (prose, fiction, drama, poetry, autobiography, folksong) examined in the context of current feminist literary theories. Repeatable three times when topic changes.
This class explores liner notes written for vinyl records and other media formats. With a focus on the 1950s-1970s and labels like Rosetta Records, we study essays printed on LP packaging – on the cardboard sleeves that contain, transport, and protect the recorded sound of an album – doing so in order to interpret and connect both specific texts and also women’s overall contributions to the poetics of music production and consumption. Analyzing in particular the back covers of record cases, we explore the types of writing women have historically circulated in this popular venue for expressive critique, with the goal of recognizing new facets of the roles women have played in the publishing, marketing, and distribution of music, its material culture, its related industries, and its fandoms.
Multicultural, Identity, Pluralism, and Tolerance (IP) courses examine the social construction of collective identities, the emergence of representative voices from varying social and cultural standpoints, and the effects of prejudice, intolerance, and discrimination. The purpose of courses in this category is to analyze the general principles underlying tolerance, or the lack of it.
US: Difference, Inequality, and Agency courses focus on race and ethnicity in the United States by considering two or more racial and ethnic groups.
Media, Folklore, and/or Culture courses focus on print and non-print media to explore culture and its processes of creative expression.
Gender, Ability, Queer Studies, and/or Sexuality courses focus on the ways that issues of sexuality, gender, queerness, and disability are represented, critiqued, and developed in media and literature.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.