Summer School Coordinator:

Mike Gutierrez –

Summer 2018 Courses




ENGL 129            G. AVILEZ           M-F       1:15-4:30

Literature and Cultural Diversity

Studies in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, Native American, Anglo-Indian, Caribbean, gay-lesbian, and other literatures written in English.

ENGL 281            F. DORE                             M-F       11:30-2:45

Literature & Media

This course will examine short fiction written between the 1950s and 2000, along with films and music form the same era, to explore how media altered fiction in the second half of the twentieth century.  In the early 1960s the former literature scholar Marshall McLuhan argued that highways and information technology were shrinking space by decreasing the amount of time it takes to connect humans between points on the globe.  At the same time, McLuhan and other critics of the era shifted their focus from literature to media, suggesting that the telegraph, the phonograph, and the typewriter mattered just as much as poems, novels, or plays.  This course examines how this change registered in short fiction by Flannery O’Connor, James Baldwin, Thomas Pynchon, and Lorrie Moore, among others.  Along with the fiction, we will watch Alfred Hitcock’s Vertigo, Billy Wilder’s The Apartment, and study the historical emergence of key rock songs like Jackie Brenston’s “Rocket 88,” Elvis Presely’s “That’s All Right,” and Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say.”

ENGL 443            P.GURA              M-F       9:00-12:15

American Lit. to 1860-Issues

A junior- or senior-level course devoted to in-depth exploration of an author, group of authors, or topic in American literature to 1860.

ENGL 292            L. LANGBAUER  M-F       9:00-12:15

Depictions of Childhood

This course considers a range of texts, including children’s literature, to focus on the aesthetic, historical, and social factors grounding depictions of childhood. Other material includes literature and visual texts in various forms. The course stresses original student research.

We plumb the riches of the special collections at Carolina to focus on the depiction of childhood. How do understandings of childhood change over time? How might representations of children attempt to shape the thinking or behavior of actual children? to enforce or refuse stereotypes of children? to give voice to children themselves? We ask questions about form: what different conventions shape photographs and comic books? We also stress specific social and historical contexts: in what particular circumstances were these works produced: when? where? given what economic means? by whom exactly (what age? what gender? what race? what else?might their authors or artists be)? On the first day, with the help of library specialists, you select a text about children from our archives. Then we all work together, posing research questions, discovering background, establishing important contexts, following up leads. By the last day, you have become the expert on your text: you can explain to the rest of us why it is important and exactly what it tells us. Our exploration of key topics in childhood studies provides a foundation for you to learn how to research and to communicate your findings to others.


EE credit. This is an in-depth research workshop—fast-paced original work. You learn what a literary researcher does by doing it. Seminar method: interpretive discussion (whole class; small group) and original individual research; in-class presentation of materials throughout the term and of final projects at term’s end; reading and class discussion of assigned published works and of materials discovered by class participants; extensive hands-on exploration of digital or print or manuscript texts; full class feedback, as we make discoveries together.


ENGL 105            J. LARSON          M-F       9:45-11:15

English Comp and Rhetoric

This college-level course focuses on written and oral argumentation, composition, research, information literacy, and rhetorical analysis. The course introduces students to the specific disciplinary contexts for written work and oral presentations required in college courses



ENGL 124            J. HO                   M-THR  4:15-6:15

Contemporary Literature

Talking about Race in Short Forms So often people say there is too much talk about race. Yet how much of this talk is actually productive? This Summer Session I course will focus on contemporary short form literature (essays, short stories) that engages with themes of race and ethnicity overtly, covertly, and often implicitly. One goal of this course will be to read good literature, the kind of stories and essays that can take your breath away and make you feel and think. And we will do this while discussing race and ethnicity. Another goal of this class is to have direct and honest conversations about race. Often I hear students explain that they are afraid to talk about race and that they are afraid of saying the wrong thing and offending people. In this class we will talk about race and ethnicity in ways that respect the life experiences and intellectual engagements that we all bring with us into the classroom. We will also watch short films, YouTube clips, peruse websites, and visit the Ackland Art Museum where we will analyze the optics of race and ethnicity.

ENGL 140            W.WEBER          ONLINE

Intro to Gay/Lesbian Literature

Introduces students to concepts in queer theory and recent sexuality studies. Topics include queer lit, AIDS, race and sexuality, representations of gays and lesbians in the media, political activism/literature.

Same as: WGST 140.

ENGL 146            D. ROSS                             ONLINE


Readings in and theories of science fiction, utopian and dystopian literatures, and fantasy fiction.

ENGL 225            R. KENDALL        M-F       9:45-11:15


Shakespeare wrote his plays to be performed, not to be read.  So, how were his plays acted in his time, what resources were available to him and his players, and how did the Renaissance stage create meaning from his texts? And, how over time, on both stage and on film, do we continue the process of understanding Shakespeare’s plays through their enactment? During the term, we will look closely at five plays with an eye toward performance history: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Henry IV, Part One, Much Ado About Nothing, Hamlet, and King Lear.  How could a Renaissance acting company create day and night without artificial lighting? How distinguish between court and wood on a bare stage?  How can five different film versions of the “unstageable” Dover cliff scene in Lear illuminate the clash between naturalism and abstraction?  These are some of the questions we will address in our discussions. Your assignments will include daily short journal entries alternating with brief quizzes, one analytical paper, and an essay format final examination.  Film clips will be shown during class, but you will be invited to view complete film versions of the plays through streaming or the collection at the Media Resources Center of the Undergraduate Library.

ENGL 307            M. GINGHER      M-TUES, THURS                             3:15-5:50


Permission of the program director. Creative writing minors only. An occasional intermediate course that may focus on such topics as living writers, poetic forms, and imitation, but which is offered every fall as Gram-o-Rama, the study of language and grammar as stylistic tools.


ENGL 340            I.BRODEY           ONLINE

Studies in Jane Austin

This course focuses on both the novels of Jane Austen and their fate since publication in the early 19th century. They have inspired countless imitations, over 150 sequels and continuations, and more than 30 full-length films. We will trace the transmission and transformation of the original texts across time and cultures.


ENGL 100.001    T.TAYLOR           M-F       9:45-11:15

                  .002 STAFF                    M-F       8:00-9:30

                  .003 STAFF                    M-F       8:00-9:30

Basic Writing

Required for incoming students with SAT I Writing scores of 460 or lower. Provides frequent practice in writing, from short paragraphs to longer papers, focusing on analysis and argument. Workshop format.


ENGL 105 .001   T. TAYLOR          M-THURS           3:00-5:00

                  .002   P. HORN             M-F                      9:45-11:15

                  .003   H. VEGGIAN       M-F                      11:30-1:00

                  .004   G. RODRIGUEZ  M-THURS           4:15-6:15

                  .005   STAFF                  M-F                      1:15-2:45

                  .006   STAFF                  M-F                      9:45-11:15

ENGL 105 .301-.305 ARE RESERVED

English Comp and Rhetoric

This college-level course focuses on written and oral argumentation, composition, research, information literacy, and rhetorical analysis. The course introduces students to the specific disciplinary contexts for written work and oral presentations required in college courses

ENGL 121            P.COOPER          M-TUES, THURS                             3:15-5:50

Brit Lit 19th Century/Early 20th

This course (or ENGL 150) is required of English majors. Seminar focusing on later British literature. Students learn methods of literary study and writing about literature.

ENGL 123            S.PALMER          M-F                                    11:30-1:00

Intro to Fiction

Novels and shorter fiction by Defoe, Austen, Dickens, Faulkner, Wolfe, Fitzgerald, Joyce, and others.

ENGL 128            C. CURRENT       M-TUES, THURS                             3:15-5:50

Major American Authors

A study of approximately six major American authors drawn from Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, Whitman, Clemens, Dickinson, Chesnutt, James, Eliot, Stein, Hemingway, O’Neill, Faulkner, Hurston, or others.

ENGL 140            W. WEBER         ONLINE

Intro to Gay/Lesbian Literature

Introduces students to concepts in queer theory and recent sexuality studies. Topics include queer lit, AIDS, race and sexuality, representations of gays and lesbians in the media, political activism/literature.

ENGL 144            D. CHRISTMAS  M-THURS                          4:15-6:15

Popular Genres: Dystopian Fictions & Futures

Dystopian fiction often imagines bleak, post-apocalyptic futures that are controlled by totalitarian regimes, subjugated by technology run amok, devastated by environmental disaster, or blighted by plague and all manner of contagion. As negative as these imagined worlds might be, however, they nevertheless manage to do productive, even positive, cultural work in our own. By focusing on and exaggerating contemporary problems—by making a space for them—dystopian fiction has the potential to open up new frontiers in the real world. Our emphasis throughout this class will be how this potential manifest in a variety of literary texts and cultural objects including dystopian classics like Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” and George Orwell’s 1984, and more recent blockbusters like Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Go, and Suzanne Collins’s The Hunger Games. 

ENGL 149            D. ANDERSON   M-F                                    9:45-11:15

Networked & Multimodal Comp

This class studies contemporary, networked writing spaces. The class will investigate electronic networks, linking them with literacy, creativity, and collaboration. The course also explores multimodal composing. Students will develop projects using images, audio, video, and words. Topics include the rhetoric of the Internet, online communities, and digital composition.


ENGL 155            E. CRYSTALL       ONLINE

Visual & Graphic Narrative

This course examines a number of visual texts, including graphic novels and emerging narrative forms that include visuals as well as words. The course explores how meaning can be conveyed through the composition, juxtaposition, and framing of images as well as through the relationship between words and images.

ENGL 263            J. ROSENTHAL   M-F                                    1:15-2:45

Literature and Gender

Intensive study, focused on gender issues of criticism and writing.

ENGL 283            M. GUTIRRREZ  M-THURS                          3:00-5:00

Life Writing

Exploration of different forms of life writing such as autobiography, biography, and autoethnography. Readings will include theories of autobiography and selected literature.