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2016 Summer Graduate Courses

english department

  Session 1: May 17 through June 24
ENGL8887 Introduction to Advanced Research M W 2:00-4:25 Robert Stanton

This course will acquaint you with the essential resources to carry out the central tasks of literary scholarship. Bibliography (broadly defined as the investigation of the production, dissemination, collection, location, and identification of literary artifacts) is indispensable to scholarship and criticism of all kinds, just as a critical sensibility guides our choice of what books to look for.  You will be guided through the reference works and databases available in the Boston College library and others, discuss the goals, purposes, and future of the field of literary studies, and produce an original project based on archival sources.


Session 2: June 27 through August 5

ENGL7793 American Fiction and the Family M W 2-4:25 Laura Tanner

This class will explore the representation of family dynamics and everyday life in American fiction of the last century.  We will consider how the construction of individual and familial identity is shaped by the contexts of grief, violence, consumerism, poverty, disaster, race, class, aging, and domestic space. Texts may include Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying, Robinson’s Housekeeping, DeLillo’s White Noise, Krauss’s The History of Love, and McCann’s Thirteen Ways of Looking, as well as short fiction by Hemingway, Baldwin, Lahiri, Carver, Alexie and others.