Languages & Literatures Courses Spotlight
The department offers a vast array of exceptional courses, which can make it difficult to choose! Here you can find unique courses that have been recommended by faculty for their interesting qualities and fun atmosphere.
English 345 - African American Literature
This course offers undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to study the historical experience of black Americans through the literature of a number of important writers, ranging from Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs, nineteenth-century slaves, to W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes and Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker and Toni Morrison, modern and postmodern authors. Across a variety of genres such as the slave narrative, Harlem Renaissance poetry, and novels, students will develop a rich understanding of the noble legacy of black resistance to all forms of oppression. Moreover, the course uses media productions to provide students with a visual representation of the historical black experience. The course instructor is Dr. Geneva Cobb Moore, a former Fulbright Scholar.
English 266 - Gender in Film
New Course! Fall, 2013
Tuesday & Thursday, 2:15-3:30
Dr. Donald Jellerson
"Gender in Postwar Cinema"
This course combines film studies and gender studies. We will consider films from the era following World War II to better understand how such films take up cultural ideals of masculinity and femininity and repackage them for viewers. In other words, you will learn how cinema both appropriates and constructs gender. In order to accomplish this, you will learn a set of terms and techniques for interpreting film and another set of terms and techniques for analyzing gender and sexuality. Throughout the semester, you will write short analysis papers and work on group projects. The course relies on discussion rather than lectures, so your participation is required. Rather than a final paper or exam, your work will mainly consist of short analytical papers that you will turn in throughout the semester. The goals of the course can be summarized as follows:
- Develop skills in analyzing films in their various cultural contexts
- Become fluent in discussing and writing about gender and sexuality
- Gain a nuanced understanding of how films reflect and represent culture