Literature Summer Courses


    Introduction to Reading Fiction: The Modern American Short Story: A Comparative Hemispheric Survey

  • LIT 61F-01

    Session 1

    Close reading of short stories and some novels with the aim of developing critical methods for the analysis and interpretation of prose fiction. Topics include character, plot, narrative structure, and the poetics of prose. The course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA, IH.)


  • Introduction to Reading Fiction: Graphic Novels and Comics

  • LIT 61F-02

    Session 2

    Close reading of short stories and some novels with the aim of developing critical methods for the analysis and interpretation of prose fiction. Topics include character, plot, narrative structure, and the poetics of prose. The course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA, IH.)


  • Introduction to Speculative Fiction (online)

  • LIT 61U

    8-Week

    Online only course. 

    Close reading of speculative and science fiction texts (short stories, novels, and films) with the aim of developing critical methods for the analysis and interpretation of SF as a critique of science, technology, and culture. Course will explore themes like encounters across species; novelty and change; expanded concepts of life; and the role of technology in human development. (General Education Codes: PE-T)


  • Translation Theory

  • LIT 102

    Session 2

    Promotes the understanding of translation and its role in redefining meanings across epochs and cultures, in establishing common norms, and in advancing mutual intelligibility; but also providing encounters with absolute alterity. Actual translations are used as case studies. Prerequisite(s): one year of college-level, non-English language study or the equivalent reading ability in a non-English language. (General Education Code(s): TA.)


  • Topics in Poetry: Poetry and Capitalism after 1970

  • LIT 120A

    Session 1

    Close reading--critical and creative--of poetry. Examines how poets teach, through their writing, to radically attend to reading. The course topics changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Genres, Histories. Distribution requirement: Poetry. (Formerly English Language Literature 120L). May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)


  • Literature in a Global Context: King Kong vs. Godzilla: A Comparative Study of U.S. and Japanese Empires

  • LIT 131D

    Session 2

    Comparative examination of fiction in the modern world and of fictional responses to social change and crisis. Course topic changes; see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirements: Global. (Formerly World Literature and Cultural Studies 115A Fiction in a Global Context.) May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)


  • Pacific Rim Discourse: Gazing at Oceans and Islands

  • LIT 133F

    Session 1

    Examines the rise of the idea of the Pacific Rim: its historical background, ideological assumptions, and various forms of its cultural manifestations. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. Distribution requirements: Global. (General Education Code(s): E.) 


  • Survey of Victorian Literature: Eliot's Middlemarch (Dickens Project)

  • LIT 146B

    Special Session, July 30 - August 5

    A survey of British Victorian literature (1830-1901) featuring representative texts and authors from Tennyson to Oscar Wilde. Readings include poetry, drama, novels, and nonfiction prose. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Histories. (Formerly English-Language Literatures 103F.) 


  • Cinema and Subjectivity: Vampire Film

  • Lit 155A

    Session 1

    An examination of the ways in which the technological and institutional practices of cinema construct modes of modern and contemporary subjectivity. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designations: Media, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global.(Formerly Modern Literary Studies 125J.) May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): IM.) 


  • Modern Ancient Drama

  • LIT 157A

    Session 2

    The study of 20th- and 21st-century productions and adaptations of ancient Greek drama in theater, dance, music, and film, including Stravinsky, Graham, Pasolini, Breuer, and von Trier, discussing artists' goals, the sociopolitical context, ideas of authenticity, and audience response. Critical approach designations: Histories, Media. Distribution requirement: Pre-1750. (Formerly Pre- and Early Modern Literature 137.) (General Education Code(s): IM.)


  • Latin/o American Fiction: Trauma and Dictatorship in Transnational Latino Literature

  • LIT 165B

    Session 1

    Writers in the U.S., Latin America, and the Caribbean have been drawn repeatedly to the theme of intercultural conflict as they recall the traumatic history of the hemisphere. Examining fiction, poetry, and film expands the horizons of "American" literature. Critical approach designations: Genres, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Global. (Formerly World Literature and Cultural Studies 117.) (General Education Code(s): E.) 


  • Methods and Materials: Memoir

  • LIT 179C

    Special Session, June 26 - July 7

    Prerequisites lifted in summer for all students.

    Focuses on a particular process or subject used in the production of a literary text. Course is intended to work as a bridge between invention and scholarship. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for current topic. Critical approach designation: Genres. (Formerly Creative Writing 170.) May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C, A.)