Michigan State University, Instructor
Introduction to Literary Studies (ENG 210) | F17, S18
U.S. and the World (IAH 201) | Sum16
Alternate History: Fictions of Another America (IAH 221c) | Sum17
Michigan State University, TA
Globalization and U.S. Popular Culture (IAH 201) | F15, S16
Race in American Literature (IAH 207) | F16
Dangerous Art (IAH 209) | S17
University of Massachusetts Boston, TA
Popular Culture in the U.S. (AMST 101) | F13, S14
The Thirties (AMST 203) | S14
The Sixties (AMST 206) | F13
COURSE DESCRIPTIONS / SYLLABI
Introduction to Literary Studies — this 200-level, seminar-sized course is a core requirement at MSU for English majors. I teach it primarily as a course in close-reading, emphasizing how to investigate, find meaning in, grapple with questions posed by, and ask question about texts—whether “Literature,” traditionally defined, or otherwise. I also highlight general concerns for exploration in further coursework, such as canon, genre, form, identity/subjectivity/ideology, literary production, intertextuality, adaptation, the “Great American Novel” (by whom? for whom? about whom?), and the importance of literary-critical thinking in the twenty-first century.
Alternate History: Fictions of Another America — originally designed for an eight-week online summer session, this course explores how the alternate history genre has been used by a diversity of authors to meditate upon the meanings of history, reality, and what it means to be American by thinking what might have been, had history gone differently. Readings emphasize the co-constitutive historical (de/re)construction of Americanness, race, gender, and coloniality.
Science Fiction and American Culture — this course, developed for an online summer session, traces the history of American culture in the 20th century, especially the meanings of American identities and belonging, by studying the developments in concurrent science fictional literature, film, television, comics, and even radio dramas.
Fantasy / Feminism / Science Fiction — this course analyzes the intertwined histories of feminism as a political/social justice movement and theoretical field on the one hand and SFF literatures and media on the other.