Descriptions of My Courses offered at Wesleyan and elsewhere since 2002


HUMS 651 Literary Ireland

Summer 2003
What better way to experience Irish literature, history, and culture than in Ireland?
In the summer of 2003, Daniel Burt, one of GLSP’s very popular professors, will lead a study trip to Ireland. Students who joined Dr. Burt’s Literary London study trip in 2001 described it as a life-changing experience, and this course promises to be just as spectacular. Using locations in Ireland as the classroom, this course will examine some of the world’s great works of literature in the settings that inspired them.

Scheduled from July 2 to 19, 2003, the program will begin with a nine-night stay in Dublin in apartment suites on the campus of Trinity College. Walking tours and lectures will cover Viking and Medieval Dublin, the Augustan Dublin of Jonathan Swift, the Victorian Dublin of Oscar Wilde and George Bernard Shaw, and the key sites associated with the Irish Renaissance, Uprising, and Civil War. Particular attention will be paid to the life and times of James Joyce that will include following in his footsteps and those of his most famous creations, Stephen Dedalus and Leopold Bloom.

Following the stay in Dublin, the group will journey to the west of Ireland to Sligo, in the heart of Yeats Country where the program will be based from July 11 to 19, residing in six-person houses at the Yeats Village. Excursions in and around Sligo will include trips to the Lake Isle of Innisfree, Yeats’s Tower at Thoor Ballylee, to the Aran Islands where Synge based many of his plays, and into Donegal.

HUMS 632 The Modern Short Story

Fall 2003
No other literary form has proven to be as flexible or as expressive as the modern short story.
HUMS 632	The Modern Short StoryDeveloped from the ephemeral prose sketch and tale by such early practitioners as Irving, Hawthorne, and Poe, the modern short story evolved in the hands of such masters as Chekhov, James, Mansfield, and Lawrence to become the principal literary form that helped to transform modern fiction. We will explore the development of the modern short story through a close examination of some of the greatest examples of the form. Special emphasis will be placed on the modern short story sequence as displayed by such writers as James Joyce, Ernest Hemingway, Flannery O’Connor, and Raymond Carver.

Students will lead discussions on authors and their works and write short critical analyses of individual stories. The final project will be to select a collection of short stories for a proposed anthology that best represents the achievement in the modern short story form and write a critical introduction justifying your choices.