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U.S. History Colonial Origins to 1861

Introduces you to the formation of American values and institutions from the early English settlements of North America through the Revolution and Civil War.

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In this course, students will participate in outdoor excursions that prompt them to contemplate their relationship to the natural world. Drawing on an array of classical and contemporary...

One of the advantages of the Stratford Program is the opportunity to study literature in the very places that inform the settings, themes, characters and concerns of the texts. The specific topic...

In his apocalyptic novel, The Day of the Locust, Nathanael West's main character surmises that most people ". had come to California to die." The state's literary inheritance, however, is alive...

In this course, we will examine the life and work of Zora Neale Hurston, "A Genius of the South." While she is best known for the novel Their Eyes Were Watching God, she published more than 50...

Journey with Ishmael as he sails on a Nantucket whaling ship under the command of the despotic Captain Ahab on his mad hunt for the great white whale. Subversive, queer, philosophical, political...

Students read novels, short stories, essays and plays and study their transformation into films. Through these comparisons and a short study of key film techniques and perspectives such as auteur...

An exploration into the deep and longstanding relationship of poetry and song, this course asks (among other things) how the presence of music alters and enhances our experience of poetry; what...

This course explores the experience and self-definition of several major queer writers - in fiction, poetry and memoir. The course is intended for any students who want to deepen their...

Rushdie, the multiple-award-winning author of Midnight's Children, The Satanic Verses and Haroun and the Sea of Stories, was twice named the "winner of all winners" on the 25th and 40th...

Nobel Prize-winning Irish author Samuel Beckett once said, "Every word is like an unnecessary stain on silence and nothingness." And yet his words have proven central - necessary even - to the way...

Whether it is Tolkien's Lord of the Rings or H. G. Wells' The War of the Worlds, science fiction and fantasy can not only delight our imagination but also help us understand our real, present...

This course employs the lenses of critical bookmaking, feminist archival practice/theory, personal reflection and the sociocultural dynamics of gender to examine the 50th anniversary of...

This course is the centerpiece of the Stratford Program. Students attend performances of the plays produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) in Stratford-Upon-Avon, Shakespeare's birthplace...

Literary lovers, it seems, break the rules, exploring the boundaries set by family, society, religion or law. What can we learn from their defiance? Why does such love so often end in disaster? Is...

Drawing from a range of essays and literature about travel, this course seeks to equip students with the tools to process and reflect upon their own personal journeys, abroad and otherwise....

Harlem, New York. 1920s. A constellation of African American writers, artists, performers and thinkers are changing American and world culture, pollinating African American art and literature....

Throughout her decorated career, Toni Morrison celebrated the African American experience as a central and essential component of American history. At the time of her passing in 2019, she was...

Fantastic societies have held a fascination for writers from Thomas More to the present day. Utopia, "no place," represents an idealized society whose inhabitants willingly embrace its difference...

Viet Thanh Nguyen argues that "all wars are fought twice, the first time on the battlefield, the second time in memory." In a war smothered in lies, silence and misinformation, how does the writer...

"I've only ever wanted to write about what it feels like to be alive, and it turns out being alive is always about being in a body. We're never not in bodies: That's just our fate and our...

As the author of five novels, two essay collections and two short story collections, Zadie Smith is one of the leading voices in literature today. Since her 1999 debut novel, White Teeth, Smith...

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