Undergraduate Courses, Fall 2008

Times and locations of class meetings are subject to change. Consult the UF Schedule of Courses for official class times and locations and an explanation of the class period abbreviations.

Lower Division (1000–2000) Special Content Courses

Note: Only course descriptions are listed below. For a comprehensive summary of course numbers, sections, times and locations, titles, and instructors, see the following web page:

Fall 2008, Lower Division, Special Content

AML 2410

Domesticity & Desire in American Literature

Megan Leroy

In this course, we will examine how American literature presents domesticity, especially in relation to desire. While it may be conventional to associate domesticity with interior space, with women, with housework, and with servants, this course will investigate how individual American literary texts define domesticity in ways that are often marked by significant tensions, and that change over time. We will be particularly concerned to understand how these texts, read alongside one another, invite us both to complicate traditional understandings of domesticity and to explore how past literary texts might challenge contemporary popular assumptions about domesticity.

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AML 2410

Fascinated with Fantasy: American Youth & the Rise of the Fantastic

Cari Keebaugh

“Harry Potter-mania” has left in its wake a renewed acceptance of, and fascination with, young adult fantasy fiction in America. However, America’s relation with fantasy is anxiety-ridden, complicated by social commentary and repressed messages, and simultaneously encouraged and marred by a consumerist culture. This course will focus on the development of fantasy in America, and what this development says about both our notions of “young adult” consumers and our culture at large. We will read a broad range of texts – including fantasy books, movies, and video games – selected to represent the history and future trajectory of trends in YA fantasy and American culture.

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AML 2410

The Radical Novel: 1900–World War II

Mike Mayne

AML 2410 encourages students to analyze literature, write critical arguments, and gain knowledge of American culture and history. We will read American novels with radical narratives written in the first half of the twentieth century. We will discuss what “radical” means in American contexts, and focus on writing polished and persuasive arguments about texts. The class will review literary styles, forms, and interpretive approaches, though its main mode of inquiry will be historicist. Throughout the course, I expect students to work with me to create a community in the classroom that will help us situate our readings within the larger communities of our social groups, the university, the city, and the nation.

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AML 2410

Social Justice & Reform in American Children’s Literature

Ramona Caponegro

This course will focus on the diverse ways in which social justice and reform issues (for example, issues related to racism, classism, criminal justice systems, and labor movements) are presented in American picture books, intermediate fiction, and young adult novels. We will ask such questions as: How authentic are the representations of marginalized peoples and historical events in these works? What themes and events recur in them? What themes and events are consistently ignored?

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AML 2410

Creating American Authors

Trish Kanaan

This course will examine the ways in which U.S. writers – from Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson forward – have come to be defined as key literary figures, or “American Authors,” through processes of editing, publishing and canon-formation. We will read primary texts alongside literary theory as we attempt both to understand and to question what it means to be an “American Author.”

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CRW 2300

Honors Poetry Workshop

William Logan

“I suppose you want me to go to night school and read poems.”

–James Cagney, The Public Enemy

The University of Florida has one of the strongest creative writing programs in the country, and graduate faculty sometimes offer a beginning workshop for honors students. The best students will afterwards be eligible for upper-division workshops, always taught by graduate faculty. Poetry demands close attention to the meaning and music of language, to emotion and the structures of emotion, and to the burdens of the past. The best poetry has an understanding of psychology, botany, religion, philosophy, and how much French fries cost at the mall. No one can be a poet without reading. The beginning workshop is in part a course in poetic literature.

Poets will write one poem a week, which will form the basis of workshop discussion, along with poems of the past and present. No workshop can succeed without an inclination toward laughter and wry jokes. Field trips may be possible – no year in Gainesville is complete without a visit to alligators. Students are not expected to have written poetry before, but must have strong language skills (you can’t manipulate the language effectively without grammar and spelling). Please do not take this course if you don’t know the difference between an adjective and an adverb, or the correct usage of it’s and its, lay and lie, and who and whom. Student who don’t know what complete sentences are will be asked to drop the class.

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