Upcoming 2017 Courses: Summer and Fall

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies at Wake Forest University


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Master of Arts in Liberal Studies

Upcoming 2017 Courses: Summer and Fall

Summer 2017:

LBS 726  Reading the City: Introduction to Urban Design

This course provides an introduction the fields of urban planning and urban design, focusing on the principles of planning, the goals of urban design, and the new ideas that sustainability studies bring to our design of cities. Our course texts will explore our cultural expectations for cities, practices that have revitalized our cities, and urban ideas that have shaped our cities, both historically and in the present.  We will also explore how the designs of our cities and urban spaces can be interpreted by understanding the major contemporary theories of urbanism, architecture, planning and spatial analysis.  Hands-on observations and design exercises will draw on the urban spaces and neighborhoods of Winston-Salem.

MONDAYS AND WEDNESDAYS         6:00 – 9:00 PM
Wednesday May 24 – Monday June 26
Brookstown Campus – Room 302B
David Phillips, Ph.D.          phillidp@wfu.edu

David Phillips (PhD University of Pennsylvania) has focused his recent scholarship on the intersection of the fields of public humanities, environmental humanities, and digital humanities. His latest research, presented at the C19 conference at Penn State examines the role of softscape in reimagining waterfront zones in New York City and creating urban and environmental design interventions in the landscape. With an academic background in urban planning, planning history, architecture and urban design, anthropology, Japanese studies, and literature, Phillips has utilized his knowledge in place-based, community-based and culture studies to develop courses in a range of fields that engage intellectual questions related to place in the humanities and to environmental sustainability. Community organizations he has worked with in forging partnerships for student research projects and the Community Mapping Project include the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, the Sierra Club, Forsyth Backpack Program, Piedmont Environmental Alliance, Yadkin Riverkeeper, and Forsyth Futures.

LBS 723   Early American Lives and Stories

Stories shaped Colonial America. Tales of savagery and civilization, the holy and profane, masters and slaves, and life and death traveled along forest paths, muddy streets, and ocean currents, structuring their world. Come explore what these stories and lives might reveal to us of an era perched at the edge of modernity. This course examines the stories created by individuals and communities in the colonial period of American history. We will also explore foundational scholarship that seeks to understand these sources and their relationship with evolving identities in the colonial Atlantic and transcultural encounters. Some of our characters – Pocahontas and Ben Franklin – hold a near-mythic place in contemporary awareness. Others, such as Ben’s sister Jane Franklin Mecom, the unfortunate English indentured servant William Moraley, or enslaved African author Olaudah Equiano, should offer unfamiliar and productive counterpoints. We will explore analyze the sources and methodologies with which historians reconstruct the worlds of the past.

TUESDAYS AND THURSDAYS              6:00-9:00 pm
Thursday, July 6 – Tuesday, August 8
Brookstown Campus Room 302B
Jake Ruddiman, Ph.D.               ruddimja@wfu.edu

Dr. Jake Ruddiman is an Associate Professor of History at Wake Forest University where he teaches colonial and revolutionary American history. His first book, Becoming Men of Some Consequence (2014) examines the lives and choices of young men in the military maelstrom of the American Revolution. His current research explores the Revolutionary era in the Southeast and he is completing a project that examines the place of slavery and enslaved people in soldiers’ travel writing during the War of American Independence. Ruddiman has been drawn to Early America as a teacher and historian because it stands as a hinge between eras, mixing the familiar and foreign, the mythic with controversial.

Fall 2017

LBS 720 The World and Work of the Brontës

This seminar explores the world and work of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë by reading five of their novels and studying biographical materials about their family life and relationships, contextual historical documents on nineteenth-century England, and current literary criticism. We begin with Charlotte Brontë’s popular Jane Eyre and Villette, then progress to Emily Brontë’s Gothic novel Wuthering Heights and a selection of her poetry, and conclude with Anne Brontë’s Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, two novels experiencing a recent critical revival. As writers experimenting with Gothic conventions, Romantic-era aesthetics, the popular “three-decker” Victorian novel form, and the Bildungsroman (literally “novel of education or formation”), the Brontë sisters offer incisive perspectives on gender norms, class struggles, race and imperialism, and religion in their writings. We will also seek to disentangle fact from fiction by considering the many incarnations of “the Brontë myth” forged by biographers (then and now), reviewers, and literary scholars. By the end of the semester, you will gain a broad understanding of the lives and writings of the Brontë sisters and complete a research paper on a distinctive topic relating to the world and work of one or more of these authors.

WEDNESDAYS   6:00 – 8:30 pm
August 30 – December 6
Brookstown Campus – Room 302B
No class on November 22 – Thanksgiving Break

Elizabeth Way (PhD, University of Georgia) is an Adjunct Professor of English and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wake Forest University. Dr. Way specializes in nineteenth-century British literature and culture, women’s and gender studies, and the Gothic. She has published works on Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Mary Seacole and has an article forthcoming in The Wordsworth Circle on Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Dr. Way’s current book project examines the creation of authority and sincerity in Romantic women’s writing through hybrid generic forms.

LBS 723   Empire, Race, and Sexuality in British and World Literature

This seminar explores the intersection of imperialism, race, and sexuality in British Literature and World Literature. In what ways have British and world authors imagined other cultures, other races, and other sexualities in the contexts of imperialism, mass migration, and globalization? How does literature in English – from Shakespeare’s age up to our own contemporary moment – represent realities of inequality, exclusion, and discrimination, especially for those peoples perceived as “other” and less than human? And how might an emphasis on otherness and difference in literature point to more open, fluid, and democratic models of race, sexuality, and human community? In addition to covering a diverse range of authors from the UK, South Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa, this seminar ultimately seeks to examine the numerous ways authors have questioned the powers and limits of the literary imagination to confront and potentially re-imagine otherness for an increasingly interconnected but unequal world. Among the readings we will explore for this class are William Shakespeare’s Othello, Arundhati Roy’s The God of Small Things, Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, and selections from The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano.

THURSDAYS      6:00 – 8:30 pm
August 31 – December 7
Brookstown Campus – Room 302B
No class on November 23 – Thanksgiving Break

Omaar Hena (PhD University of Virginia) is an Associate Professor of English at Wake Forest University, where he teaches courses in modern and contemporary poetry in English, postcolonial literature, and global literary studies. His book, Global Anglophone Poetry: Literary Form and Social Critique in Walcott, Muldoon, de Kok and Nagra, was published with Palgrave’s series in Modern and Contemporary Poetry and Poetics. He is currently working on a new project on the intersection of race and violence in global avant-garde poetics.