C-Literature 1789-Present

Literature, 1789 to the present courses focus on literary work produced over more than two centuries -- from the period of British romanticism and the early republic of the United States up to now -- in order to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.


Barter, Faith

Working from the 19th century to the present, this course will consider African American and Afro-Caribbean literature that troubles our notions of the “natural” and the “real.” Exploring narratives of hallucination, prophecy, and divination, we will study the ways that Black writers have... (read more)


Southworth, Helen

The focus of the class will be Virginia Woolf's London. We'll read the major London novels, including Jacob's Room and Mrs Dalloway, and a selection of Woolf's essays, including her The London Scene essays and A Room of One's Own.  We'll learn about Woolf's intense... (read more)


Thorsson, Courtney

In this course, we will study selected writings of Toni Morrison in their historical, political, and literary contexts. In addition to Morrison's work as a novelist, we will consider her work as a literary scholar, editor, and advocate for and representative of contemporary African American... (read more)


Sayre, Gordon

D’Arcy McNickle and Louise Erdrich were both born into métis or mixed-blood families on the northern plains, and wrote novels about the life of indigenous and immigrant peoples in and around a fictionalized version of a reservation, the Flathead Reservation in Montana and the Turtle Mountain... (read more)


Alaimo, Stacy

Although reading novels is generally a solitary activity, the novel as a genre has not only encompassed a multitude of voices but has promoted social visions. The diverse set of novels in this class begin with William Faulkner’s weird tale of modernist alienation and isolation, moving toward... (read more)


Peppis, Paul

This course participates in the ongoing reassessment of relations between aesthetic modernism and popular culture. The rise of "New Modernist studies" over the past twenty five years, with its expansive historical orientation and interest in modernism's original cultural contexts, has led to a... (read more)


Johnson, Mat

In this seminar, we will examine the form of sequential art we call comic books. The course is composed of two parts: close reading of landmark graphic novels and comics, and writing of original comic scripts. Throughout the term, we will examine a wide variety of groundbreaking graphic novels,... (read more)


The Black Fantastic 

In 2020, against the backdrop of a pandemic, wildfires, anti-Black violence, a global wave of protests and social unrest, and political upheaval, Octavia Butler’s 1993 Afrofuturist novel, Parable of the Sower, reached the New York Times bestseller... (read more)


Kelp-Stebbins, Kate

In the last two decades, comics journalism has become one of the most provocative forms of creative nonfiction and an essential field of comics art. University of Oregon alum Joe Sacco, who received his BA in journalism in 1981, effectively founded contemporary comics journalism through his... (read more)


In this course, we will study poetry of the Black Arts Movement (BAM) in its literary, political, and cultural contexts. BAM is the cultural arm of the Black Power Movement and was at its peak from about 1965 to about 1976. BAM writers are diverse in terms of form, genre, gender, geography, and... (read more)


Brown, Kirby

La Malinche. Pocahontas. Sacagawea. These are likely the only Indigenous women with whom many are familiar. Though real historical figures, these Indigenous women are often depicted in popular literature along a rigid spectrum as race traitors or colonial sympathizers, virtuous princesses or... (read more)


Pyle, Forest

British Romantic Writers

This course will be a sustained examination of the question: “What is Romanticism? This is a question which has no single or ultimate answer given that there seem to be as many answers as there are “askers.” There is, however, a rich and complex body of literature... (read more)


Saunders, Ben

Once upon a time, the four-color world of the superhero was a comfortingly simple place.  Whether they came from distant galaxies or our home planet, the super-powered beings of the 1940s and 50s were secure in their sense of righteousness and generally saw no contradiction between truth,... (read more)


Clevinger, Kara

Escape! Whether we’re reading for pleasure or entertainment, the novel has been a means of escape for readers: an escape from reality, from the anxieties or doldrums of everyday life and into other lives and worlds. For nineteenth-century American readers who craved a fictional escape,... (read more)


Upton, Corbett

After the end of the world

after death

I found myself in the midst of life

creating myself

building life

--“In the Midst of Life,” Tadeusz Rózewicz

After the cataclysm of WWII, the old order was beginning to crumble. In this aftermath, many artists viewed the... (read more)


Johnson, Mat

In this seminar, we will examine the form of sequential art we call comic books. The course is composed of two parts: close reading of landmark... (read more)


Rossi, William

This course could be called “The Thoreau You Don’t Know.”  Although commonly known as an insufferable hermit, a strange guy who turned his back on... (read more)


Quigley, Mark

Narrating the Sunset of the British Empire: The Twentieth-Century Novel from Modernism to Postmodernism

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Clevinger, Kara

Identity fraud! “America” as place, myth, and dream has long been imagined as where people can be whatever they want to be and are free to... (read more)


Gershow, Miriam

We are in unprecedented times, and what matters to me about this course is that we read together, talk about books together, and bring the authors... (read more)


Miller, Quinn

This course explores sexuality and self-expression by studying transgender comedy, including in poetry, novels, and digital performance. We will... (read more)


Carroll, Anna

On the back of Broken Harbor (in the Dublin Murder Squad series by Tana French, of which we’re reading the first installment), a reviewer’s comment reads: “It’s literature masquerading as police procedural.” While the overlapping genres of detective fiction, mystery, and psychological... (read more)


Kelp-Stebbins, Kate

How can artists ethically represent war? Are certain media predisposed to certain kinds of narratives and interpretations of war? Do... (read more)


Barter, Faith

Wherever slavery existed, there were those who resisted it, many of whom paid with their lives. This course examines the literature of... (read more)


Barter, Faith

Hallucinations, Prophecies, and the Supernatural. Working from the 19th century to the present, this course will consider African... (read more)


Whalan, Mark

This course presents a survey of American novels in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. It will cover a variety of styles and... (read more)


Quigley, Mark

“Things Fall Apart”: Revolution, Reaction and Renewal in Early Twentieth Century Culture (1895-1945)... (read more)


Rossi, William

According to Wendell Berry, “You don’t know who you are until you know where you are.” Yet, as we know from the fierce... (read more)


Brundan, Katherine

This course focuses on fictional constructions of nation in British novels of the nineteenth century. In an era embracing massive... (read more)


Upton, Corbett

What makes a poem modern or a poet a modernist? The history of modern poetry, like that of any literary period, is a ... (read more)


Kaufman, Heidi

In recent years Jewish fiction and non-fiction writers have turned to the archive quest narrative to explore family secrets, confusing histories, and lost or... (read more)


Wonham, Henry

Writers and scholars of the American novel have for some time denigrated sentimentalism by affiliating it with a weak, weepy sense of femininity. But... (read more)


Kaufman, Heidi

This course will delve deeply into George Eliot’s last multi-plot novel, Daniel Deronda (1876). On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of her birth, the course will... (read more)


Rossi, William

This course will survey several of the greatest literary hits of nineteenth-century America, including poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and the novel. Some... (read more)


This class will explore the intersections between race, literature, and film. We will study poetry, fiction, essays, and comics that... (read more)


Clevinger, Kara

The novel as a newer literary genre was a powerful, even potentially dangerous force in the newly-formed American nation. One 1838... (read more)


We will read four novels that span the time period from the early twentieth century to the present day, interpreting each novel in... (read more)


Upton, Corbett

ENG 395 provides selective survey of contemporary literature between 1945 and the present. The course incorporates works of prose,... (read more)


This course will explore multicultural youth literature, covering literature for ages 0 to young adult. Students will engage with... (read more)


LeMenager, Stephanie

This course begins with the question of what is the American novel? It is a question asked and answered by some of the most ingenious and challenging thinkers... (read more)


Quigley, Mark

This course will explore the remarkable literary legacy of W.B. Yeats whose groundbreaking work charted the turmoil of revolution, war, and the collapse of a... (read more)


Johnson, Mat

In this seminar, we will examine the form of sequential art we call comic books. The course is composed of two parts: close reading of landmark graphic novels... (read more)