Literature Summer Courses


    Introduction to Speculative Fiction (online) (5 credits)

  • LIT 61U

    Session 2

    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.)

    Course video

    Proposed Instructor: Zac Zimmer

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  • Translation Theory (5 credits)

  • 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.)

    All students - if you satisfied the language prerequisite at another college or via the UCSC Literature Department proficiency exam, email litdept@ucsc.edu to request a permission code. To schedule a language proficiency exam, call the Literature Department at 831-459-4778.

    Proposed Instructor: Wlad Godzich

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  • William Shakespeare (5 credits)

  • LIT 111D

    Session 2

    Study of representative works by William Shakespeare. Course topic changes; please see the Class Search for the current topic. Critical approach designations: Canons, Media. Distribution requirements: Poetry, Pre-1750. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.) 

    Proposed Instructor: Sean Keilen

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  • Charles Dickens: Barnaby Rudge (5 credits)

  • LIT 112C

    Special Session: July 14 - July 20

    Study of representative work by Charles Dickens. Course topic: Barnaby Rudge.  Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): TA.)

    Proposed Instructor: John Jordan

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  • Herman Melville: Modern Epic: Reading Moby-Dick (5 credits)

  • LIT 112K

    Session 2

    Study of representative work by Herman Melville, including novels and short stories. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. (General Education Code(s): PE-E.)

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  • Victorian Monsters (5 credits)

  • LIT 116G

    Session 2

    Through an examination of monsters in literature, course explores anxieties, fears, and ideals of Victorian society, paying close attention to issues of gender, sexuality, class, race, empire, scientific, and technology. Critical approach designations: Canons, Histories. (General Education Code(s):TA.)

    Proposed Instructor: Tara Thomas

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  • Vampire Film (5 credits)

  • LIT 155L

    Session 1

    Examines development and central themes of vampire film from the silent era to the present. Critical approach designations: Genres, Media. (General Education Code(s): IM.)

    Proposed Instructor: Marshall H. Leicester, Jr.

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  • The War on Terror (5 credits)

  • LIT 160M

    Session 1

    Investigates the cultural logic of U.S. imperialism in its contemporary form, highlighting the use of metaphor and language in constructing enemies at home and abroad. Students will engage with a range of media—novels, plays, poetry, film, graphic literature, music—and draw on interdisciplinary theoretical texts. Critical approach designations: Geographies, Power & Subjectivities. (General Education Code(s): TA.)

    Proposed Instructor:  Talib Jabbar

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  • Animals and Literature: Text, Tentacles, and Tails (5 credits)

  • LIT 167F

    Session 1

    Course examines the presences of non-human animals as they appear in a variety of narrative forms: poetry, prose fiction, and non-fiction. Utilizes these texts to ask larger questions about the ethics and expression of non-human animals, and to consider questions of authorship, subjectivity, identity, and expression. Critical approach designations: Histories, Power and Subjectivities. Distribution requirement: Poetry. (General Education Code(s): TA.)

    Proposed Instructor: Courtney Kersten

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  • Methods and Materials: Memoir (5 credits)

  • LIT 179C

    Special Session: June 24 - July 8

    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: Memoir. Critical approach designation: Genres. Enrollment is restricted to creative writing literature majors. May be repeated for credit. (General Education Code(s): PR-C.) 
    All students - restrictions waived in summer.
    Proposed Instructor: Micah Perks