Master of Arts in the Humanities
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Fall 2014

Dates To Be Determined

Creative Writing

HUM 234CW Advanced Screenwriting
SATURDAY
Instructor
: Drew Brody
Course description to come.

HUM 246CW Playwriting
SUNDAY
Instructor
: Joan Johnson
Course description to come.
 

Cultural Studies

HUM289CS Cervantes and Bacon
SATURDAY
Instructor
: Montserrat Reguant
Course description to come.

HUM289CS Graphic Novel and Memoir
SUNDAY
Instructor
: Justine VanMeter
Course description to come.
 

History

HUM269H Radical Movements in U.S. History
SATURDAY
Instructor
: Pat Ash
Course description to come.

HUM269H Conspiracy Theories in History
SUNDAY
Instructor
: Jane Crawford
Ever wonder why we humans love the idea of conspiracies? Nothing of moment happens without a group deciding that “it just didn’t happen-it was planned  that way.”  But by whom and why? That’s the fun of it. Was there conspiracy  behind the French Revolution? The Russian Revolution? Pearl Harbor?  9-11? Targeted as conspirators have been aliens (from outer space), Jewish bankers,  the CIA …and many more. Come along and see what the truth is about conspiracy theories and why we seem to be strangely attracted to them.
 

English

HUM245E Single Author: Shakespeare and Gothic
SATURDAY
Instructor
: James Quick
Two years before the publication of Walpole's seminal Gothic fiction (The Castle of Otranto) in 1764, Bishop Richard Hurd's Letters on Chivalry and Romance (1762) already makes the case for the Shakespearean Gothic. In fact, Bishop Hurd could be read to suggest that it is the Gothic in Shakespeare that makes him great. No doubt you too are familiar with the elements of the Shakespearean Gothic – the ghost of a king haunting the battlements of a castle, the possibility of incestuous betrayal, women in sexual distress, the prophetic conjuring of a trio of "witches," an imaginary dagger, human sacrifice, cannibalism, an enchanted forest, a bother’s betrayal, a "fish-man" and a sprite on a magical island, an old man howling on the heath after being betrayed by his daughters, and so on. In addition to considering the Gothic elements in Shakespeare, we'll also consider how these elements influence the rise of the Gothic novel in the 18th and 19th century.

HUM 212E Classical Literature
SUNDAY
Instructor
: Millie Kidd
Course description to come.

HUM249E Digital Humanities
SUNDAY
Instructor
: Susan Lewak
This course explores the ways in which the digital age informs the scholarly field of little magazine (independently- published collections of poetry and prose) research. It will introduce students to the field of the "Digital Humanities," loosely defined by The Center for Scholarly Communication at Northwestern University as scholarship that is digital, "enabled" by digital tools, about digital culture, experiments with digital technology, and is "critical of its own digital-ness". It will also introduce them to little magazines and independently published works of the modernist era (roughly 1890-1950) through both digital as well as brick-and- mortar archives. One is the "The Modernist Journals Project", run by Brown University and The University of Tulsa. The other is The Mount's college archives (run by Vicky McCargar at the Chalon campus) that contains both hard-copy and digitized works by MSMC students and faculty originally published during the modernist period. Students will explore how the shift to digital archiving has altered and developed little magazine scholarship through enhanced access to, and juxtaposition of, these rare materials. They will also study the digitization, preservation, and curation process by creating a little magazine composed entirely of modernist-era works by MSMC students and faculty.
 

One Unit Courses

HUM 240E Children's Literature
OCTOBER 25-26
Instructor
: Melissa Berry
Course description to come.

Capstone Courses and Electives

HUM 298A Introduction to Humanities
SATURDAY
Instructor
: Millie Kidd

HUM 296A Capstone Proposal Workshop
OCTOBER 25 and NOVEMBER 29 ONLY
Instructor
: Millie Kidd

HUM 296B Capstone Project Proposal Workshop
Instructor
: (TBD)
Before registering for the project, students must complete HUM 296A and must have their proposals approved by their advisors, the Humanities Committee, and the Director of the Program.

HUM 297ABCD Capstone Project Continuation
Students may register for additional units if necessary to complete the final project/thesis.

HUM 299A Approaches to Teaching
Instructor
: (TBD)
This one-unit class provides instruction and practice in pedagogical method. Students act as Teaching Assistants during the term under the guidance of an assigned lead professor. Students also read and discuss articles on pedagogical issues and submit an essay at the end of the semester. Successful completion of the course also depends upon a positive report submitted by the lead professor. The class meets at the beginning of the semester on June 8 for Teacher Training and again on the final weekend on August 16 for half a day. During the semester, students meet for one-hour lunches during teaching weekends to discuss practices and issues that arise in their classrooms as well as the readings.
Prerequisites: To be eligible, students will have completed their Humanities coursework and be at the thesis writing stage.

HUM 299B Internship
Instructor
: (TBD)