Undergraduate Courses, Summer 2011

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.

Upper Division (3000–4000) Courses, Summer Sessions A & B

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:

AML 3271

Survey of African American Literature II

Amy Ongiri

This course will examine African American literature and culture in relationship to the tremendous social, political, and cultural change that characterized the post-war period. Special attention will be given to the ways in which African American social change movements such as Civil Rights, Black Power, and Black Feminism effect African American cultural production and African American aesthetic practices.

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AML 4242

New Century, New Woman: Early Twentieth-Century Women Writers

Kristin Allukian

By the end of the nineteenth century, the New Woman – the term used to define women who were pushing against the limits which society imposed on women – had emerged in American literature. This course traces where she went after this emergence by reading, writing, and thinking about the literature of early twentieth-century writers. We will begin with short readings from the nineteenth-century to understand how and why the literary New Woman emerged before the turn of the century; the rest of the semester will be spent exploring the directions that the New Woman takes after the turn of the century. Students will also read the fiction and nonfiction of writers, both male and female, who were opposed to these new directions. To undertake this examination, the course will focus on forces including image, lifestyle, work, education, reform, sexuality, and race. Course material will be drawn from essays, poetry, fiction, and literary criticism. Authors may include Nella Larson, Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, Emma Goldman, and Theodore Dreiser.

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ENC 3310

Advanced Exposition

Lauren Glenn

This advanced exposition course will assist you in refining and improving your academic and professional compositions. The primary focus will be on various forms of expository writing (definition, analysis, compare and contrast, and description). We will read a number of published essays, which will serve less as models than as examples of how to probe new areas of thought concerning expository writing and writing as a process. Throughout the semester, there will be an emphasis on self-evaluation and the principles of revising prose. You will write 4 essays, participate in writing workshops in class, and learn to evaluate and develop your own writing style. This course satisfies all Gordon Rule Requirements.

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LIT 3041

Studies in Drama: Citizen Comedy & Domestic Tragedy in the Age of Shakespeare

Robert Thomson

A study of a group of plays unified by being set in the contemporary London and environs of their authors in the late sixteenth century or the opening decades of the seventeenth century. The main focus will be upon the texts and their social, political, historical and cultural contexts.

It has been suggested that City Comedy (however we define it) moved to the center of the Elizabethan Stage when Londoners started to reflect upon their new social roles and their urban setting. Social mobility with its attendant pretensions, hypocrisy, greed, pathos etc, arose in the midst of the new middle class society of trade and commerce and gave substance to these plays, as did the threatened state of an increasingly impoverished and newly dependent gentry.

The plays to be studied will be :

Two essays will be set (ca. 2000 words) and in addition there will be a number of in-class tests and oral reports. There will be no final exam. Absences will affect final grades.

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LIT 4331

Children's Literature

Anastasia Ulanowicz

Course description not available at this time.

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AML 4242

The Poetics & Politics of Postmodernism

Mark Tabone

Jean-François Lyotard begins his well-known 1979 “Report on Knowledge” by characterizing the “postmodern condition” as a “crisis of narratives.” For Lyotard and other postmodern thinkers, this crisis entails not only a radical questioning of the ability of language to faithfully communicate ideas or information, but also a seismic destabilization of the “grand narratives” that served to legitimate some of the “modern” West’s most taken-for-granted “truths” about the world. Scholars like Linda Hutcheon and Brian McHale agree that this de-naturalization of some of the dominant features of our way of life, of language, and even of ontology (or “Being” itself), has effectively placed the entire “world,” and our “existence” in that “world,” in “scare quotes.”

Needless to say, the postmodern “condition” is not without its political and ethical implications. Postmodern literature and critical theory tends to exhibit more self-aware, self-contradictory, often politically subversive engagements with the ways in which languages and signs construct narratives, and how narratives construct “truths,” which are always already political.

This course will explore how the postmodern manifests itself in American literature from the final four decades of the twentieth century. We will examine, discuss, and write about the poetics of postmodern texts – the ways in which authors use a newly unruly language to make sense of the world or to represent its fundamental nonsense – as well as the political projects in which these texts engage. Special attention will be devoted to the politically volatile decades of the 1960s and 1970s, and to the politics of race and gender. To frame the discussion, we will read now-classic essays about postmodernism by Lyotard and Fredric Jameson, as well as selected excerpts from influential works of theory and criticism that will complement our readings of some challenging but rewarding literary texts. Probable primary texts include:

Kathy Acker, Empire of the Senseless
Toni Cade Bambara, The Salt Eaters
Adrienne Kennedy, In One Act (selections)
Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire
Ishmael Reed, Flight to Canada
Ntozake Shange, For colored girls . . .
Naomi Wallace, In the Heart of America

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ENC 3312

Advanced Argumentative Writing

Sid Dobrin

This course focuses on making arguments; in particular, it addresses writing arguments. We will examine rhetorical argumentative structures and theories, ranging from classical to contemporary rhetoric. We will consider how we read arguments, but in service of better developing strategies for writing our own arguments. We will spend a substantial amount of the semester specifically considering the role of new media technologies and visual culture in making written arguments. We will also write a lot and talk about our writing a lot.

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ENL 3241

The Romantic Period

Donald Ault

This course will focus on Blake, Coleridge, and Byron, with some readings in Wordsworth, Keats, and selected literary theoretical texts. The work in the course will emphasize close reading of texts that present interpretive difficulties at the level of their material production (including variant editions, revisions, different versions, spatial layout of syntax, etc.), taking into account the tendency of Romantic texts to resist being “finished.” We will read these texts against the grain in order to explore interferences within their ideological and textual fields.

Text requirement: course pack from Xerographic Copy Center, 927 NW 13th St.

Requirements: good attendance, productive class participation, several short papers, and a final paper/project.

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ENL 3251

Victorian Literature

Christopher Gage

This course concentrates on literary representations of the Victorian city and the urban experience as it was narrated by contemporary writers. The literature of nineteenth-century England's urban industrial centers, London and Manchester, will be our primary focus. Readings will cover a broad range of genres, texts, and authors, from canonical mainstays like Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Oscar Wilde, to other, relatively lesser-known figures in the study of Victorian literature.

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ENL 4333

Shakespeare

Peter Rudnytsky

Course description not available at this time.

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