Classes

Expository Writing 20. “A Pirate’s Life for Me”: legends of buccaneers at sea (Harvard Writing Program)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2022

 

In this course, we will read (and watch!) some of the best-known stories about pirates in the age of sail. We’ll explore both the myths and realities of these infamous outlaws, and ask why their crimes were treated so uniquely: sometimes the stateless “villains of all nations,” society’s most wanted criminals; sometimes celebrated for their daring, or even seen as patriotic heroes. We’ll also consider what work stories about pirates do in our culture. The “wooden world” of the ship’s decks offers a space for thinking about how communities are made. It is a...

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Introduction to Literary Methods: Literature and Getting Lost (Emmanuel College, English)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2021
This class explores what it has meant to people in different places, times, and linguistic traditions to strike out into the unknown; to find themselves lost; to lose themselves; to lose others; to lose hope, but also to find it, or to find in loss the possibility of something new. Even getting lost in something—a book, a task, a hobby, a passion—can paradoxically be a way to find a new part of yourself. As any pilgrim knows, sometimes you have to get lost in order to be found.

English 98R—Precarious Lives: tales of survival at the margins of English society (Harvard College, Department of English)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2020

The emergence of capitalist forms of market society in England saw a myriad of textual genres attempting to represent the lives of people surviving at the margins: pirates, prostitutes, highwaymen, thieves, criminals, foundlings, slaves, and people who were just plain poor. This junior research seminar looks at some of these “lives” of the socially outcast, the different, and the down-and-out, both biographical and fictional, from the eighteenth through the nineteenth centuries. It serves as an introduction to the history of the novel from Eliza Haywood to Charles Dickens, to the genres...

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ENG 198: Undergraduate Research Workshop (UC Berkeley)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

How do scholars craft papers and present their work? This course focused on method for researchers in the humanities. Participants presented and workshopped abstracts, literature reviews, and drafts for their projects, and discussed strategies for reading criticism, analyzing texts, and crafting an argument. Discussion was supported by readings from major journals which were analyzed with an eye to questions of composition and methodology. The class also served as an introduction to library and database research, to Berkeley's resources for undergraduate research, and to opportunities for...

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Writing Workshop: Poetry

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2014

A peer-led writing workshop offered through the Chernin Program at the UC Berkeley English Department. This course combined readings in 20th-century American and British poetry with weekly workshops for participants' own creative writing.