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ENGL 395: Dickinson, Moore, Bishop

An intensive study of lyric invention and innovation in Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, and Elizabeth Bishop, 1859 to 1969. Starting with formalist approaches to the poems and exploration of subjects these poets held in common (self, society, knowledge, loss, nature, gender, the senses, empiricism, arts of poetry), we will historicize and situate their poetic practice, reception, influence, and typical poetic effects in relation to specifics of place: Amherst, Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, Key West, and Brazil. Prerequisite: English 295 and one 300-level English course
6 credits; LA; Offered Fall 2019; P. Balaam

ENGL 395: Seductive Fictions

Stories of virtue in distress and innocence ruined preoccupied English novelists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This course will focus on the English seduction novel, considering the following questions: What was the allure of the seduction plot? What does it reveal about sexual relations, gender, power, and class during this period? How does the seduction plot address and provoke concerns about novel-reading itself during a time when the novel was considered both an instrument of education and an agent of moral corruption? Authors include: Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, Choderlos de Laclos, Thomas Hardy, and Bram Stoker. Prerequisite: English 295 and one 300 level English course
6 credits; LA, WR2; Offered Spring 2020; J. Leiman