1. University of Virginia
  2. Arts & Sciences

Summer Session 2016

First Session, May 16 to June 11

  • INTRODUCTORY TOPICS IN LITERATURE
ENLT 2555   Animal Fables & Beastly Fantasies
1030 – 1245
Charles Sligh
 
This course will explore the long history of beast fables and fantasy works featuring animals as characters, from Aesop's Tortoise to Roald Dahl's Mr. Fox.  Readings will be drawn from the ancient literatures of India and Greece, medieval fabliaux, African storytelling traditions of Jamaica and the American South, and a variety of 19th- and 20th-century authors.  Satisfies the prerequisite for the English major.  Satisfies the Second Writing Requirement.
  • AMERICAN LITERATURE

ENAM 3559 Reading UVA
1030-1245
Jennifer Greeson

In this course we will immerse ourselves in the works of three American literary figures with significant Virginia connections: Thomas Jefferson, Edgar Allen Poe, and William Faulkner.  We'll read their writings keyed to the place of central Virginia and the mission of higher education; we'll take extremely local field trips (during the class meeting time) to explore the rich resources available in our midst for studying each author.  This course fulfills the 1700-1900 historical distribution requirement for the English major.

  • SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE

    ENSP 3300 Literary Editing
    1300-1515
    Jeb Livingood

Students will learn the fundamentals of modern proofreading, editing, and typesetting, designing and creating a literary project in both print and ePub formats.  Students must have access to a personal laptop, the UVA wireless network, and Adobe InDesign, the leading desktop publishing software used by the publishing industry.  (Most students will be able to obtain the Adobe InDesign software for free by installing a 30-day trial version after the class has started.)  In addition to textbook costs, students will pay a nominal print-on-demand fee to print their final projects.

Second Session, June 13 to July 9

  • INTRODUCTORY SEMINARS IN LITERATURE

    ENLT 2524 Studies in Drama
    1300 - 1515
    Walter Jost

Designed for prospective English majors and other interested students, this course will introduce students to ways of understanding texts within the discipline of literary studies and improve skills in critical thinking and writing.  We will discuss four plays, ranging from Elizabethan to contemporary drama.  Satisfies the prerequisite for the English major.  Satisfies the Second Writing Requirement.

  • MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE

    ENMC 3500 Contemporary Short Stories
    1300-1515
    Victoria Olwell

This course examines contemporary short stories in the context of today's broader literary culture.  Works by authors including Alice Munro, Haruki Murakami, Nadine Gordimer, George Saunders, Jennifer Egan, Junot Díaz, Edwidge Danticat, Roberto Bolaño, Dave Eggers, and Jhumpa Lahiri.

  • SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE

    ENSP 3860 Game of Thrones
    1030-1245
    Lisa Woolfork

    We will look closely at the work of fantasist George R. R. Martin, as represented by one of his novels and the HBO series based on his fiction.  We will read these two different kinds of texts on their own, but also and especially in comparison with each other as literary and visual representations.  Topics to be discussed include characterization, geography, racial and cultural allegory, resistant conclusion and promiscuous identification.

Third Session, July 13 to August 7

  • WRITING

    ENWR 2700 Introduction to News Writing
    1030-1245
    C. Brian Kelly

    Enrollment limited to 22 students.

    Intermediate-level writing in news-media format, beginning with traditional hard-news stories and progressing to political stories and features.  Both overnight and in-class writing assignments.  Workshop environment.  

    Satisfies the Second Writing Requirement.

  • INTRODUCTORY TOPICS IN LITERATURE

    ENLT 2555 Popular Song Lyrics
    1300-1515
    Jon D'Errico

    This course will explore the lyrics of popular songs of the rock era. Among other issues, we will consider how lyricists inherited and sometimes transformed tropes of marginality, gender, race, and class.  Satisfies the prerequisite for the English major.  Satisfies the Second Writing Requirement.

  • SPECIAL TOPICS IN LITERATURE

    ENSP 3850 Film Noir: Chinatown to Sin City
    1030-1245
     Walter Korte

    Enrollment limited to 25 students.

    An analysis of Film Noir in Hollywood from the Seventies to the present, concentrating on how the typical noir concerns with alienation, obsession and criminality are expressed visually. Films will include Blade Runner, L. A. Confidential, Seven, Memento and The Usual Suspects.  (Students must also attend weekly screenings on Tuesdays, 1700-1915.)