ENGL 115 Sections

01. Pandemic Literature. MW 11.35am-12.50pm

Ryan Wepler 

Literary plagues of sickness, sleep, blindness, and death will challenge us to explore the relationships between suffering and self-knowledge; destruction and imagination; terror and freedom. We’ll seek to understand how literature can help us make sense of the present.

02. Visual Narratives. TTH 1.00pm-2.15pm

Anna Hill 

This course examines how authors and artists construct narratives through text-image forms like graphic novels, cartoons, zines, and other unconventional print genres. We will investigate how visual narratives imagine themselves as sites of clever subversion, serious resistance, and playful experimentation.

03. Against Racial Capitalism: Black Art, Black Power. TTh 2.30pm-3.45pm

Tim Kreiner

This course considers the global uprising against white supremacy in response to the murder of George Floyd in relation to the Great Uprising and Black Arts Movement of the black power era.

04. Narrating Desire. TTh 11.35am-12.50pm

Maggie McGowan

What sparks desire, and what sustains it? What does desire do to us, and what can it do to others? Should we indulge or restrain it? In this course, we’ll read works of fiction that wrestle with this unpredictable and often unmanageable feeling.

05. Truth, Power, and the Scientific Mind. MW 2.30pm-3.45pm

Stephanie Ranks 

06. U.S. Afro-Latinx Literatures. TTh 4.00pm-5.15pm

By what authority can a government declare something to be true? And by what power can citizens resist that imposition?  This course will explore how literary works throughout history have dealt with the real or threatened imposition of authoritarian power.

Cera Smith 

Does being a dually diasporic person—both “Black” and “Latinx”—impact how U.S.-based Afro-Latinx people relate to themselves, their families, and local and global communities?  This course explores the complexities of identity, migration, language, and power represented in Afro-Latinx literatures.