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Writing Intensive Seminars in English (WISE)

In these highly regarded, small-group seminars, students explore unique topics in English language literature, reading select primary texts alongside exemplary critical works and/or other cultural artifacts, while also honing their research and writing skills through series of assignments that culminate in a substantial original research essay.  Classes are capped at 8, allowing for individualized attention and rich feedback.  Enrollment is by permission.  English majors must take at least one WISE to fulfill WIM, ideally before senior year, and may take more than one WISE if there is room.  Non-majors are welcome, space permitting.  Contact Vivian Beebe Sana for more information.

Online preference forms for 2018-2019 WISE classes are due 11:59 pm, September 5, 2019.  Enrollment requests made after that will be accommodated depending on availability.

The 2019-2020 WISE Course Preference Form will be available by August 1, 2019.

 


Autumn 2019

162W-1: Blackness and the American Canon

Instructor: Casey Patterson

MW 4:30-6:20pm

162W-2: Encounters with Asia in American Literature

Instructor: Mai wang

MW 6:30-8:20pm

162W-3: Staging an Epidemic: Queer Drama of the AIDS Crisis

Instructor: Matthew Warner

TTh 4:30-6:20pm

Winter 2020

162W-1: Elizabeth Bishop: Life and Art

Instructor: Armen Davoudian

M W 4:30-6:20pm

162W-2: Shakespeare, Marx

Instructor: Juan Lamata

TTh 4:30-6:20am

Spring 2020

162W-1: Dialogue and Narrative Theory, from Melville to Hitchcock

Instructor: Charlotte Lindemann

MW 6:30-8:20pm

162W-2: Bad Reading: Pleasure and Politics in Literary Value

Instructor: Jessica Jordan

TTh 3:00-4:50pm

162W-3: The Art of Protest

Instructor: Claire Grossman

TTh 6:00-7:50pm


Course Descriptions

2019-2020 course descriptions coming soon!

Blackness and the American Canon

 

Encounters with Asia in American Literature

 

Staging an Epidemic: Queer Drama of the AIDS Crisis

 

Elizabeth Bishop: Life and Art

 

Shakespeare, Marx

 

Dialogue and Narrative Theory, from Melville to Hitchcock

 

Bad Reading: Pleasure and Politics in Literary Value

 

The Art of Protest

 


For more information on previously taught WISE courses, please click here.