Major Authors: Aphra Behn is an examination of this important writer who dominated London theatre in the 1670s and 80s, invented the English novel, translated philosophic and scientific works, protested the slave trade, and wrote romantic and satiric poetry of sparkling wit and sensitivity, including poems expressing love between women. Behn is especially important to study with regard to issues of politics, power, and gender equity; the emerging new scientific knowledge of her time; and early-modern conceptions of feminism, race, gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation. Work for the course will include a midterm, a reading journal, an in-class presentation, and a final project.
This advanced seminar will expose students to some of the major fiction of two of the twentieth-century’s most influential American writers, Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Students will submit a weekly response paper and will generate an independent research project at the end of the term.