ENG 336 Humans and Other Animals in 19th-Century American Literature
The intersections of nature, culture, and species across primarily nineteenth-century literature.
Our English curriculum covers the globe and the centuries: everything from medieval Anglo-Saxon epics to 21st-century African novels. We sharpen minds and unleash imaginations. By reading a wide range of texts critically and imaginatively, you develop writing, thinking and speaking skills that will serve you throughout your life and in any line of work. Our courses examine works of literature and other media in their most important contexts: historical, cultural, linguistic, socio-political and philosophical. You also have the opportunity to study abroad in one of many countries, including England, Scotland, Ireland, India, Italy, Denmark and New Zealand, and we welcome double majors.
You may additionally choose to concentrate in creative writing or the study of race and ethnicity. We also offer a wide array of interdisciplinary courses that combine literature with environmental studies, film, gender and women's studies, history, linguistics, music, Slavic studies and other fields of interest. In recent years, students have had an opportunity to interact with outstanding visiting artists like Art Spiegelman, David Sedaris, Jhumpa Lahiri, Junot Díaz and Dinaw Mengestu.
As an English major, you have a wide range of career opportunities because the creative and analytical skills you acquire are transportable and adaptable. Our majors become physicians, choreographers and Hollywood show runners, as well as writers, teachers and lawyers. In graduate school, they go on to study everything from public health, international relations and business to creative writing, education and law. Whatever your interests, you gain an understanding of human culture and the skills that empower you to succeed in a competitive world.
Courtney Baker teaches courses in visual culture, critical theory, film, and African-American literature.
Blanche McCrary Boyd, the Roman and Tatiana Weller Professor of English and Writer-in-Residence at Connecticut College, teaches three creative writing courses: Writing the Short Story, Narrative Non-Fiction and the Seminar in Fiction. She is the director of the College's Daniel Klagsbrun Symposium on Creative Arts and Moral Vision, a biannual symposium.
Before coming to Connecticut College, Ferhatovic spent two years at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey, first as a visiting assistant professor, then as an assistant professor, teaching two core-humanities classes (Sin-liqe-Unninni to Plato, and Machiavelli to Aitmatov). In Spring 2012, he taught an elective seminar on medieval Germanic epic and saga.
Janet Gezari's writing has focused on the novels of the Brontés, the poetry of Emily Bronté, Victorian and modern novels, contemporary fiction in English and Bob Dylan. She regularly teaches courses on the history of the English novel since Defoe, contemporary fiction in English and in translation, and Dylan (with Professor Charles Hartman).
Charles Hartman studies and practices poetry, jazz, and computer programming, and all three find their way into the classroom. Hartman teaches classes in the writing of poetry, modern poetry, contemporary poetry, science fiction, and poetry and music. His computer program, "English Metrics," a poetry scansion tutorial, is used in introductory level English courses.
Sookyoung Lee's research concerns the discourse of realism from late-nineteenth century to the present, the invention and erosion of mimetic styles, the social and political conditions implied by style. Recently, she has begun to think of these issues in relation to theories of imperialism that emerged concurrently.
Michelle C. Neely's research and teaching focus on questions of nature, culture and democracy in American literature before 1900. As an assistant professor at Connecticut College, Neely has built on her environmental, animal studies, and food studies expertise by developing courses for interdisciplinary contexts such as the Environmental Studies Program and by teaching a wide range of seminars and surveys in American literature before 1900. Neely also advises students as an active faculty fellow in the college’s Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment and is a new fellow in the Ammerman Center for Arts and Technology.
Marie Ostby’s research focuses on the global circulation of modern and contemporary Middle Eastern literatures, with a specialization in Iran and its diaspora. Other research interests include postcolonial and global studies, genre studies, migration studies, women and gender, life narrative, poetry and poetics, cinema studies, graphic narrative, and digital and social media.
As an English professor, Julie Rivkin works on American literature and literary theory, and recently turned her attention to issues raised by gender studies and contemporary literature. She is probably best known for her work on Henry James: her book False Positions: The Representational Logics of Henry James's Fiction (Stanford University Press, 1996) offers approachable yet theoretical readings of James's novels.
As director of the Roth Writing Center, Steven Shoemaker is committed to helping students engage writing as a genuine act of thinking, a powerful means for pursuing the questions they find most compelling. In his course, ENG 300: the Theory and Practice of Teaching Writing, he introduces students to the major pedagogical theories of teaching writing and prepares them to become tutors in the Writing Center.
Jeff Strabone works primarily in the British eighteenth century and Romantic era. His research focuses on the rise of cultural nationalisms within the United Kingdom, poetics and literary form, and questions of race, nation and empire on a global scale.
Lina Perkins Wilder teaches courses on Shakespeare and the early modern period in English literature. Her courses include Essentials of Literary Study; Shakespeare in the 1590s; Shakespeare after 1600; Pain and Violence in Renaissance Drama; Jews and Moors in Renaissance Drama; Milton; Donne, Herbert, Marvell; Shakespeare in Performance; and Shakespeare’s Brain, Shakespeare’s Body.
A: Conn stood out for two reasons: the honor code and CELS (the College’s career program). Those two programs, as well as my experience visiting Conn and sitting in on classes, made it clear to me that this was a place that would fully support both my intellectual and personal growth.
A: My most challenging class, and also the most rewarding, was the Alice Munro seminar that I took with Professor Julie Rivkin, a Munro expert. She brought such a genuine and intense passion for the work that it encouraged me (and the rest of the class) to put maximum effort into every assignment and class discussion. It was both challenging and fascinating to engage with Munro’s immaculate and haunting short stories.
A: As a Roth Writing Center tutor, helping my peers with all aspects of the writing process across all subjects has been one of my most rewarding experiences at Conn. I am also an admission fellow, an Honor Council representative, a student adviser and president of Scuds, Conn’s long form improv comedy group.
A: CELS, the College’s career program, has played a huge role in my professional development and career planning. My CELS adviser's guidance was instrumental in helping me land my dream College-funded internship — doing marketing and providing web content for a professional writing center in Boston. I got to interact with professional writers, publish some of my own work and grow professionally.
A: Right after graduation, I'll start an internship as a member of the marketing team for the Lowell Spinners, a Boston Red Sox minor league affiliate. Looking further down the road, I plan on trying to get a job with a publishing company in New York and continuing to write as much as possible.