A message from Professor Sophie Gee, Director of Undergraduate Studies:
I would like to draw your attention to some classes being offered by the Department this spring, that we think are very exciting, and which may have gone under your radar. Strongly encouraging you to check these out. Do read through these descriptions below -- you'll see how exciting these classes will be. Two classes are taught by faculty in collaboration with advanced graduate students. If you haven't taken one of these seminars, it's an amazing format for intense, memorable learning experiences.
ENG 363: Virtual Victorians
Professor Meredith Martin, co-teaching with Ph.D. student Miranda Marraccini
Read poems like the Victorians. This course uses Rare Books and Special Collections and new digital archives to imagine how 19th-century readers thought about literature. What was a viral meme in Victorian poetry? How does that compare to the way we navigate our media climate now? In the 19th-C, short poems, like tweets, were copied, circulated, and re-circulated. This course is about how we decide what to read in a world of information overload.
ENG 374: Fighting Words, or Cultures of Protest
Professor Zahid Chaudhary
Professor Deborah Nord, co-teaching with Ph.D. student Rosalind Parry
We will consider visual materials—illustration, painting, and film—in conjunction with our texts. This seminar is open to interested students at all levels and from all majors.
ENG 414: The World Wallace Stevens Made
Professor Susan Stewart
"Wallace Stevens is the modern American poet who has had the greatest and most lasting influence on the generations of poets that have followed." --David Lehman, editor, The Oxford Book of American Poetry and series editor, The Best American Poetry
Wallace Stevens, 1879-1955, left nine books of poems, uncollected poems, essays, and letters of extraordinary originality and inventiveness. This is a seminar for those who want to get to know that work well and to understand the development of abstraction and the role of the imagination in Modernist poetry.
In addition to using the 20th century resources of the Princeton Art Museum, we will be taking a field trip to the Philadelphia Museum to see the Arensberg Collection, a group of art works that were important to Stevens himself.