2021 Summer Course Offerings

Summer 2021

Registration for Summer 2021 will begin on March 22. More information about Summer at UConn can be found here

Class listings for First-Year Writing courses, which include ENGL 1004, 1010, and 1011, are available here.

May Term: May 10 – May 28

2407: The Short Story

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

2407 | Asynchronous | Litman, Ellen | Waterbury

This course is an introduction to the short story genre. Students will read a wide variety of short stories, both classical and contemporary, ranging in style from realism to postmodernism to magic realism, and representing the best of the genre from around the world. Coursework will involve active online discussions, journal posts, quizzes, two assignments, and an online presentation. No textbook required. Course readings and media will be available within HuskyCT, through either an Internet link or Library Resources.  

2401: Poetry

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

2401 | Asynchronous | Kneidel, Gregory | Hartford

Summer Session 1: June 1 – July 2

2407: The Short Story

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

2407 | Asynchronous | Carillo, Ellen | Storrs

This course is designed to introduce students to the short story as a literary form. The course, which includes short stories from a range of periods and authors, invites students to engage with these stories through formal writing assignments and discussion board posts. Students will also read theoretical texts and pieces of literary criticism, which they will apply to the assigned stories. 

3503: Shakespeare I

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

3503 | Asynchronous | Semenza, Gregory | Storrs

"The remarkable thing about Shakespeare is that he is really very good, in spite of all the people who say he is very good." -- Robert Graves

After many years of teaching and studying Shakespeare, we still marvel at how good he really is. Our major goal in this asynchronous online class is simply to share some of the things we’ve learned about his plays over the years, and to explore with you the reasons why his artistry continues to influence and move us 400 years after his death. Our more technical goal is to instill appreciation and understanding of the following: the major Shakespearean dramatic genres, comedy, tragedy, and history; the chief characteristics of Shakespeare's dramatic style: systematic indeterminacy, pervasive metatheatricality, and dialectical structuring; the basic terms and devices of Shakespearean drama, including soliloquy, aside, play-within-the-play, and exposition; the major characters, such as Hamlet, Lear, and Juliet; and the major dramatic themes, including nature vs. nurture, fate and freewill, and sacred and profane love. An additional subject of this course will be on Shakespeare’s cultural legacy.

Required reading includes Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, Twelfth Night, and Macbeth.

Alternative Session 1: June 1 – July 9

2276W: American Utopias and Dystopias

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

2276W | Asynchronous | Bedore, Pamela | Avery Point

The very notion of “America” is, arguably, bound up in utopian impulses. This course explores the importance of utopia in understanding America by asking several questions: What is utopia? What do we gain by understanding utopia as an impulse, a philosophical orientation, a literary or popular genre? What is the relationship of utopia to dystopia? To what degree do utopian and dystopian literature shape our thinking today about the past and the future? 

This is a W course, so we’ll be doing lots of informal writing, revising, and formal writing. We will read five novels: Edward Bellamy’s Looking Backward, Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, Octavia Butler’s Dawn, M.T. Anderson’s Feed, and Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One. We will also watch the film version of Ready Player One.

2730W: Travel Writing

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

2730W | Asynchronous | Deans, Thomas | Storrs
Here’s the catalog language: Introduction to the craft of travel writing, with attention to the history, variety, and ethics of the genre. W and CA 1But you deserve more detail: Travel writing is both a report of an unfamiliar place and a revelation of the self. We will explore this vibrant genre of non-fiction by reading a range of travel writing, most of it contemporary; you will also compose original essays grounded in your experiences. You don’t have to be journeying to exotic places during the course, but you do need to adopt the attitude of an explorer and storyteller, taking account of your travels (past or present) in either far-off or nearby locales--or in this strange year of covid-19, maybe even in your home. We will write 4 major essays: 2 critical analyses of published travel writing and 2 creative essays that report and reflect on your experiences. You will also select one of those essays to remix into another medium, such as a video, audio essay, illustrated narrative, or annotated map. All the essays will be composed in drafts, with peer review. Other requirements include posting to discussion boards, completing tests and quizzes, reviewing the drafts of others, and assembling a final portfolio. This is a compressed course, so the pace for both our reading and writing will be pretty fast!

3213: 18th & 19th Century African American Literature

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

3213 | Asynchronous | Salvant, Shawn | Storrs

A course in eighteenth and nineteenth-century African American literature.  Students will become familiar with the development of African American literary history and the recurring themes of the period.  We will read through a selection of texts including slave narratives and post Reconstruction-era fiction.  We will discuss the literary and cultural significance of each text and author.  We will also track the forces shaping this period of African American literature -- historical and political movements (slavery, emancipation, reconstruction), modes of expression and production (literacy and orality, authentication), and literary forms (imagery, symbolism, narrative, genre, style).  In addition to scholarly secondary readings, primary readings will include texts by James Gronniosaw, Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Solomon Northup, Sojourner Truth and others.  Grade will be based on quizzes, journal entries, discussion boards, essays.

Summer Session 2: July 13 – August 14

1616: Major Works of English & American Literature

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

1616 | Asynchronous | Reynolds, John | Storrs

2274W: Disability in American Literature & Culture

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

2274W | Asynchronous | Duane, Anna Mae | Storrs

2407: The Short Story

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

2407 | Asynchronous | Codr, Dwight | Storrs

2409W: Writing through Research

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

2409W | Asynchronous | Carillo, Ellen | Storrs

Writing Through Research is intended for students in all majors. The first part of the course is devoted to working together as a class on a research project on the subject of technology in order to practice the elements of research, including how to develop a research question, find sources to guide this exploration, engage sources, develop a first draft, and revise this draft. The rest of the course is devoted to applying this methodology. Students will develop and explore an individual research question relevant to them, which will culminate in a large-scale research paper. Topics of previous research essays include:

• The health risks associated with cell phone usage

• The ethics of sex selection

• The role of social programs in urban settings

• The use of placebos in the medical field

• The effect of fast-food on Americans

• The place of authors’ diaries, personal letters, and notes in interpreting their literature 

Alternative Session 2: July 12 – August 20

2627: Topics in Literary Studies

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

2627 | Asynchronous | Grossman, Leigh | Storrs

This course traces major themes and concepts in science fiction from the Golden Age writers of the
1930s, through the New Wave of the 1960s and 1970s, to the present day. You will read works by Isaac
Asimov, Octavia Butler, Orson Scott Card, Arthur C. Clarke, Samuel Delany, Philip K. Dick, Robert A.
Heinlein, Ursula Le Guin, and other seminal writers—some still well-known and some almost forgotten—and learn about their impact on the field. Mostly, the course traces the development and impact of particular ideas in speculative fiction, along with the relationship of science fiction literature to other genres and other media. The state of the SF publishing field today—including the dramatic editorial and demographic shifts of the last few years—will also be an ongoing focus of the course.

3122: Irish Literature in English Since 1939

Prerequisite: ENGL 1007 and 1008 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011

3122 | Asynchronous | Bertekap, Sarah | Storrs