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ENGLISH 225: Postcolonial Tragedy

This course will survey debates on literary tragedy from a postcolonial perspective. Theories of tragedy from Aristotle, Martha Nussbaum, Judith Butler, the German Idealists and various others will be explored for viewpoints on tragedy that will in their turn be tested against a number of literary texts from the postcolonial literary tradition. Works by the Greeks, Shakespeare, Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Gabriel Garcia Márquez, Toni Morrison, Jean Rhys, Arundhati Roy, and Tayeb Salih will be explored for a working definition of postcolonial tragedy.nPlease note that knowledge of Shakespearean tragedy will be taken for granted in this class If you are not already acquainted with Shakespeare you are encouraged to familiarise yourself with Hamlet, Macbeth, King Lear, and Othello before taking the class. Frequent references will be made in class to these and other plays. Familiarity with Greek tragedy will also be useful during the first weeks of the course. Attention will be paid especially to Sophocles' Oedipus Rex and Philoctetes, Aeschylus's Oresteia, and Euripides's Medea.Any kind of familiarity with the Greeks is better than none at all, so please be sure to be at the very least acquainted with their central characters and plotlines.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5
Instructors: Quayson, A. (PI)

ENGLISH 237: Before Novels

What is at stake when we identify ancient, medieval, or early modern works as proto-novelistic, especially when such texts encompass the wondrous, the mystical, the factual, and/or didactic? What do the ¿prosaic¿ dimensions of prose fiction disclose about our conceptions or history, truth, or reality? Readings for this course may include (in English translation where applicable) Lucian, A True History; Kempe, The Book of Margery Kempe; Cervantes, Don Quixote; Nashe, The Unfortunate Traveller; Hooke, Micrographia; Defoe, A Journal of the Plague Year; Austen, Persuasion.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5
Instructors: Yu, E. (PI)

ENGLISH 251: Paradise Lost for Beginners

A reading class for those studying Paradise Lost in its entirety for the first time. A close reading of this very long poem, plus study of pertinent Miltonic prose, as well as historical background and classic interpretive essays.
Last offered: Spring 2019

ENGLISH 251B: Paradise Lost

A reading class for those studying Paradise Lost in its entirety for the first time. A close reading of this very long poem, plus study of pertinent Miltonic prose, as well as historical background and classic interpretive essays.
Terms: Aut | Units: 5
Instructors: Yu, E. (PI)

ENGLISH 253A: Historical Manuscript in Digital Contexts

How can Digital Humanities technologies help explore the contexts of historical texts? How can the physical make-up of a source be coded and represented? What does a text's spatial dimension tell us? This class will use three DH technologies to explore the different contexts of medieval texts, TEI (Text Encoding Initiative), GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework). We will examine these through the multilingual tradition of the romance Floris and Blancheflour, as well as the study of online materials in Stanford's Special Collections.
Terms: Aut | Units: 3-5
Instructors: Backman, A. (PI)

ENGLISH 284H: What is Text?

Words and images, sounds and symbols are transformed into meaning through different media, but how are we to understand the complexity of the messages we encounter daily? We shall explore the ways in which we decipher TEXT through different media (film, book), materials (paper, capacitive touchscreen), tools (pen, recorder, camera), and environment (cinema, bedroom, coffeeshop), and reflect on how we create texts by adaptation into different forms. Students will design their own new versions of well-known texts in this course.

ENGLISH 285: Decolonial Feminist Fiction

Comparative race course focusing on the relationship between thematic content and literary form. By attending to occluded interpretations of the social world through the proliferating perspectives enabled by multifocal narrative structures, decolonial writers amplify the perspectives of marginalized persons in the service of creating a better world. Orange, There There; Evaristo, Girl, Woman, Other; Viramontes, Their Dogs Came with Them; Morrison, A Mercy; Egan, Visit from the Goon Squad; Erdrich, The Plagues of Doves.
Terms: Win | Units: 3-5

ENGLISH 285B: Religion and James Joyce's Ulysses (COMPLIT 278A, COMPLIT 378A, ENGLISH 385B, RELIGST 278, RELIGST 378)

Through a close reading of the novel and with the help of the vast secondary literature the course analyzes the significant roles that religion, specifically Catholicism and Judaism, plays in Joyce's modernist masterpiece--from Stephen Dedalus' sophisticated knowledge and bitter rejection of Irish Catholicism, through Leopold Bloom's ambivalent rapport with Judaism, to Molly Bloom's climatic celebration of a feminist liturgy of nature. Undergraduates register for 200-level for 5 units. Graduate students register for 300-level for 3-5 units.
Terms: Spr | Units: 3-5
Instructors: Sheehan, T. (PI)

ENGLISH 290: Advanced Fiction Writing

Workshop critique of original short stories or novel. Prerequisites: manuscript, consent of instructor, and 190-level fiction workshop. nNOTE: First priority to undergrads. Students must attend the first class meeting to retain their roster spot.
Terms: Win | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Repeatable 2 times (up to 10 units total)
Instructors: Johnson, A. (PI)

ENGLISH 291: Advanced Creative Nonfiction

English 291 takes as its occasion for your creative and critical development an examination of essays and book excerpts in various creative nonfiction subgenres. These essays and excerpts work within traditional and innovative forms to find new and exciting ways to represent personal experience. This course also serves as the continuing examination and practice of creative nonfiction in English 191. You will write, workshop, present to the class, and revise drafts of work. All workshops will serve as the springboard for larger class conversations about theme and craft. A variety of creative prompts, critical exercises, and assigned readings will foster your understanding and appreciation of creative nonfiction, as well as your growth as a creative writer. All prompts will move you toward a culminating project of realizing either an essay to submit for possible publication or a draft book-length synopsis and outline. This course is designed for students who have completed English 191. Students who have completed creative nonfiction writing course elsewhere or who have extensive other writing workshop experience may petition the instructor for enrollment. Energetic, committed participation is a must.
Terms: Spr | Units: 5 | Repeatable 2 times (up to 10 units total)
Instructors: Evans, J. (PI)
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