Fall 2014 Courses

ENG 231 The Gothic: Vampires, Zombies, Frankenstein (Hybrid)
TTH 1:00-2:30, LPC
Face-to-Face Meeting Dates: TBD

This course treats Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein: both the works of art that influenced it as well as the Frankenstein complex Shelley’s novel helped spawn. Towards this end, we will read Goethe’s Sorrows of Young Werther (a novel about suicide), and excerpts from Plutarch’s Lives, and Milton’s Paradise Lost. We will read works of art the creature read (those listed above, striving to understand his point of view. We will then turn to outgrowths of that famous summer in 1816 at the Villa Diodati, when Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, and John Polidori helped to create the literary legend of the vampire, taken up so interestingly by Bram Stoker in his novel. We will also read a novel from the steam-punk genre, Tim Powers’ The Stress of Her Regard, which makes allusions to writers we will be reading in this course. How did steam-punk evolve out of gothic tendencies in literature, and what do modern film treatments of zombies and vampires in such works as Twilight and Warm Bodies owe to their literary predecessors? This class will focus on literature, but we will look at film clips for purposes of comparison and contrast.

ENG 471 Bibliography and Literary Research
T 6:00-9:15, LPC
The New Bibliography

In the 1980s, Jerome McGann’s A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism challenged the Gregg-Bowers-Tanselle approach to literary editing, focusing on the fact that single editions of works were no longer tenable or desirable. McGann’s Radiant Textuality discusses the implications of the world wide web for editing. He notes how editing specific nineteenth century texts, such as the works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti, challenged him to think in new ways about the field of bibliography. We will consider how editors have struggled with the tasks assigned to them, by reading Alexander Pettit’s collection of essays which discusses editions of Faulkner, Conrad, Cather and other writers. We will also look at specific internet sites, such as the Blake Archive, the Rossetti project, Romantic Web Circles, and the Dickens website to conduct research. Students will learn to write abstracts in preparation for presentations at scholarly conferences.

Past Courses

HON 101: World Literature
ENG 471: Bibliography and Literary Research
ENG 340: Nineteenth Century English Literature
HON 205: Interdisciplinary Arts
ENG 112: Bibliography and Literary Research
LSP 112: Focal Point Seminar: Thomas Jefferson’s Scrapbooks
ENG 245: The British Novel
HON 205: Orpheus in literature and the visual arts: HONORS