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In this cluster students can work in a range of courses involving questions of national, ethnic and racial identity. How do issues of ethnic and racial identity figure in forms of literary and cultural expression for authors and for readers? How does our own cultural identity affect the way we read and think about literature?
This cluster focuses on gender and its impact on writing. What does it mean in a specific cultural or historical moment to be a man or a woman, and how does it affect the way literature is read and written?
Students interested in the diverse traditions and cultures of the United States can pursue and develop those interests in this cluster. What is an American? Is there a distinctive American tradition in literature or culture? How do Americans negotiate their multiethnic, multiracial identity? Students in this cluster can pursue a distinct track in African American literature and culture.
The "Middle Ages" was a term coined in the early modern era to describe that period of history, and its attendant cultures, that was defined by the demise of the classical world and the beginning of the "Renaissance," although these lines of demarcation can be challenged. This cluster explores the literature and language of England from the ninth to the sixteenth centuries, as well as the roots that contributed to it (Classical and Scriptural Backgrounds) and modern adaptations of it (what we call "medievalism").
This cluster explores the literature and culture of the twentieth century -- a time marked by confusion and crisis, chaos and catastrophe. It was also a time of innovation and experiment, giving rise to radically new and exciting forms of literary expression. This cluster invites students to explore and compare some of the distinct genres of the modern era.
Novels have always been a popular literary form; some would argue that they are the most sigificant literary development of the modern era. This cluster allows students to investigate the appeal of novels and the power of different storytelling traditions.
People have always associated the study of literature with its great authors, its great books. But the idea of what constitutes canonical "greatness" changes from age to age. This cluster introduces students not only to traditional canonical authors and works, but to the new voices that we count as outstanding as time unfolds, or as emphases change.
This cluster concentrates on dramatic literature and history, with one segment of production/performance emphasis.
This cluster focuses on the history, theory, and practice of verse expression in the English language.
This cluster gives students a chance to write original poetry and fiction and to study influential modern and contemporary writers with an eye to developing their own style.
This cluster focuses on oral, written, and visual communication, in both the theoretical study of writing and media and the practical applications of journalism, publishing and debate.
Only students who have completed at least one course in this cluster by the end of the Spring 2010 semester may complete it. This cluster concentrates on cultural representations of science, medicine, and technology, primarily literature, documentary, and film. While it has an inter-departmental component, its emphasis is on British and American texts that document uses and effects of technology or romanticize or "demonize" them through popular conceptions.
A cluster allowing students to study various aspects of theater performance, acting, and theatrical technique.