Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of English
Summer 2018

ENG 320B Methodologies of Literary History: Region School or Movement with Bill Johnsen
ENG 342 Popular Literary Genres with Steve Rachman
ENG 351 Readings in Chicano and Latino Literature with Yomaira Figueroa
ENG 478A with Lyn Goeringer

Eng 320B.731 Methods of Literary History: Region (Ireland)
Professor Bill Johnsen

Modern Irish Women's Fiction: Somerville & Ross (The Real Charlotte), Elizabeth Bowen (The Heat of the Day), Val Mulkerns (Mixing Memory and Desire), Anne Enright (Yesterday's Weather).

Greater attention needs to be paid to the strong tradition of fiction written by Irish women writers. Perhaps Mulkerns, who died this month, is the least known, so let Enright's approving remembrance in The Irish Times strike the proper note of understanding and support they drew from their antecedents, and the spirit in which to read them now.

She [Mulkerns] is mentioned in dispatches as one of the occupants of the archaeological site at Wood Quay, where Dublin Corporation was building office blocks, in June 1979. She arrived in the morning with Mary Lavin and Ben Kiely, according to the report in this newspaper. On the site, “Ms Phil Moore, of the Women’s Political Association and the poet Tom Kinsella manned the diggers, the writer James Plunkett had control of a dumper.” Outside, her fellow writer, Ita Daly, had brought her English class from St Louis to march in uniform, myself among them. Val Mulkerns was a vital, engaged member of the thinking classes. Her thoughtful, sharp prose remains as clear and unafraid today, as when it first hit the page.

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ENG 342 Popular Literary Genres
Prof. Steve Rachman

This online course is a brief survey of crime fiction covering the many of the signal developments within the various Anglo-American popular literary genres encompassed by it, tailored for the summer session.  The course will concern itself with both the works on their own terms and the literary culture and the broader society to which the selections address themselves.

The detective novel emerged from the U.S., France, and Great Britain in the mid-nineteenth century out of a number of generic forerunners—some of long standing, others of more recent invention. As a popular form derived from the short stories of the American Edgar Allan Poe its development in the English-speaking world coincided with the rise of the short story and was intimately connected to the growth of mass-circulation magazines, especially in connection with the international success of the Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle. While stage, film, and television adaptations have generally replaced the audience once served by the various forms of short fiction, the demand for the detective novel has grown into a global phenomenon, and detective shows of one variety or another are a staple of television worldwide. In this course we will examine the origins of the form through its modern developments, allowing us to compare and explore contemporary varieties of this durable and highly inventive  popular form.

Some texts and films we will be studying:
Paul Auster, City of Glass (1985) Graphic Novel Version
Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
Arthur Conan Doyle, Six Great Sherlock Holmes Stories (1887-1900)
Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955)
Walter Mosley, Devil In A Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mysteries) (1990)
Mary Roberts Rinehart, The Circular Staircase (1908)
Alfred Hitchcock, Strangers on a Train (1951)
John Huston, The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Billy Wilder, Double Indemnity (1944)
Paul McGuigan, Sherlock: A Scandal in Belgravia (2011 Season 2 Episode 
1) and The Abominable Bride (2016 Season)
Christopher Nolan, Memento (2000)

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ENG 351 Readings in Latinx Lit
Professor Yomaira Figueroa

This course will examine literary + cultural works across an array of Latinx Experiences including: Chicanx, Puerto Rican, Domincan + Salvadoran texts, film + art.  We will situate these works in historical + social contexts, analyze how race, gender +sexuality are complicated in Latinx literature + track critical concepts + frameworks for Latinx + literary studies

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ENG 478A Literature, Technology, and Representation: Podcasting Class
Prof. Lyn Goeringer   

Focus: Have you ever wanted to make your own podcast, but didn’t know how, or even where to begin? In this online summer course, you will be learning how to make your own podcast using affordable tools. We will go over ways that we can tell compelling stories, consider the history of podcasting and radio that influences its structure, all the while working towards making our own podcasts and short audio pieces. This class is perfect for anyone who is interested in podcasting, either as a story-based platform, serial format, or even sound art and music-focused podcasting!  No previous experience required.
Tools needed to successfully complete this course:

·      Access to a computer that can use the internet on a daily basis, that you can also use to complete coursework and sound editing on
·      Audio editing software (Audacity is a free platform that will work for you in this course, though Reaper, Logic, or other digital audio suite is preferred.)
·      A cell phone that can make audio recordings or a digital audio recorder
·      Headphones (For this course, you must use headphones that have a “flat listening response”. Beats and other bass boosting brands are not recommended for this course.  You can get a pair of acceptable quality monitor headphones for $20 and up. Please email the course instructor directly for recommendations on headphones)

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