We look at theories on sibling kinship in anthropology, history, psychoanalysis, and gender studies with readings of 19th-century and contemporary literature. Students challenge their inherited thinking about family dynamics and identity.
Discussions of "madness" and anger guide our examination of 19th- and 20th-century British and American literature. We trace a legacy of female authorship through novels and short fiction that query women's cultural positioning.
Introducing the critical vocabulary of literary studies, this course explores Romantic poetry and prose through diverse lenses, from new criticism to feminist, queer, trans theory; race studies and postcolonial theory; and environmental studies.
We track themes and motifs of monstrosity through the bodies of literal monsters—pieced-together creatures, goblins, parasitic insects—as well as bodies and minds that have been driven into a monstrous existence by external forces.