Maymester and Summer Courses


Prerequisite for Upper Division Courses: Completion of English 111 and 112 or their equivalents

The surveys do not have to be taken in sequence.


495-040 Studies in Literature and Culture M-F 10:45-1:45 CRN: 30146

Charles Bradshaw

“Twee: The Gentle Revolution in Literature and the Arts”

This course examines what more and more critics are identifying as a new aesthetic sensibility in millennial students, hipsters, ne’er-do-wells, Three-Wolf-Moon-T-shirt-wearing Nirvana fans, and other post 9-11 twenty-somethings. “Twee” reflects a rejection of traditional hero narratives and an appreciation for the nerd, the geek, and the perpetual underdog. It represents an astute sense of cultural trivia, indie rock, micro-breweries, and a personal commitment to learning the choruses to all of Zooey Deschanel’s songs. Above all, “Twee” takes a firm but gentle stand for beauty, no matter how inane, corporatized, or victimized, wherever it can be found. Some of the writers and “artists” we’ll cover: Jonathan Foer, J.D. Salinger, Thomas Pynchon, Rainbow Rowell, Wes Anderson, Jared Hess, T.S. Eliot, Ann Sexton, Stephen Daldry, Paul Klee, and others!

Summer 1

100-010 English Studies: Critical Thinking & Writing M-F 9:15-10:45 CRN: 30080

Anna Clark


112-010 Composition M-F 11-12:30 CRN: 30092

Heidi Huse


251-010 British Literary Tradition M-F 1-2:30 CRN: 30117

Anna Clark


Summer 1

498-010 Social Protest Rhetoric M-F 3-4:30 CRN: 30135

698-010 CRN: 30136

Heidi Huse

Tea Parties and Black Lives Matter and Suffragettes and Student Environmental Action Coalition and Grandmothers for Peace and Aristotle??

How does the patriarch of traditional rhetoric, the guru of “the study of the available means of persuasion,” inform our understanding of the persuasive strategies in social protest movements?

  • Conservative or not, Aristotle might find Tea Party ranting or late night street protests as rhetoric run amok,
  • or insist that deliberate acts of environmental vandalism or animal liberation lie well outside of the parameters of artful rhetoric,
  • or belittle 1960s student sit-ins or building takeovers as unruly behavior worthy of expulsion,
  • or dismiss the public protests and persuasive performances of the women protesting war or advocating for full enfranchisement as the hysterical ranting of unrefined women.

But these persuasive uses of words, bodies, and action are all worthy of rhetorical examination. In this intense 5-week summer course, we’ll explore the varieties of “available means” drawn upon in the act of social protest historically and currently.


Our textbook: Readings on the Rhetoric of Social Protest, 2nd edition, by Morris and Brown, supplemented by film, websites, & online library reserve readings. Students will lead classroom discussions of rhetorical analysis from the readings as well as from online protest sites, engage each other in Blackboard discussions, and produce their own in-depth rhetorical analysis papers and protest texts.

Summer 2

110-020 English Composition: Critical Thinking & Writing M-F 9:15-10:45 CRN: 30127

John Glass


112-020 Composition M-F 9:15-10:45 CRN: 30132

Jeff Longacre


261-020 American Literary Tradition M-F 11-12:30 CRN: 30134

John Glass


493-020 History of Film M-F 1-2:30 CRN: 30137

693-020 CRN: 30138

Jeff Longacre


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