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Course Descriptions (Summer 2017)

Summer Term 2017 Beloit Blocks

ANTH 375: Migrants, Immigrants and Refugees (L1, W, C) with Jennifer Esperanza

This summer block course is an interdisciplinary examination of the mass movement of populations throughout the world. We will explore the various reasons behind people’s geographic displacement, and their experiences with resettlement in new communities. Utilizing materials from anthropology, political science and international relations, literature, sociology, and history, this course is intended to give students a solid background on the global and local movements of people, particularly over the last two centuries.

This course will especially make use of migration issues relevant to the city of Beloit, the Stateline area and beyond. Topics we will examine include (but are not limited to): the mass migration of African Americans from the southern US to the North during WWII; the contemporary movement of refugees due to violence in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Burma; and Latino migrant and immigrant communities in the US. Students will engage in daily readings, writing, discussions and group exercises. Finally, the course will culminate with a service learning project that involves collaborations between Beloit College students and local migrants, immigrants, and refugees who currently reside in the Stateline area.

Prerequisites for this Summer Block course may be fulfilled with the successful completion of one of the following courses: ANTH 100, SOCI 100, CRIS 165 or POLS 160

CLAS 201: Ghosts of Rome (2A, C, LAP1) with Lisl Walsh & Matthew Taylor

Rome is a city of ghosts, of sharp juxtapositions between ancient and modern, then and now. It is haunted by a past that also sustains it, culturally and economically. Some ghosts are sanctioned, others are not; some are displayed, some reveal themselves, and others have to be sought. This course engages students in an imaginative approach to the ancient and modern city, exploring its past and present and learning how our own experiences (of history, urban spaces, culture, and even college itself) inevitably change the landscape of our investigation. Students spend a week in Beloit immersing themselves in Roman history, calibrating approaches to on-site study, and planning for study abroad. The class then travels to Italy, where we spend ten days hunting the ghosts of Rome—those that live there, and those we bring with us.

No prerequisites.

ENGL 223: Creative Writing in the Archives (2A,W) with Francesca Abbate

This summer, be inspired! The Beloit College Archives offer a wealth of fascinating material to work with, and this Summer Blocks class will mine that material as a source of inspiration in writing creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. We’ll be working primarily with the Diary Repository that Archivist Fred Burwell has built, as well as with selected groups of letters, in order to create works across the genres meant for a wider audience. The Blocks format allows us ample time to spend in research, writing, and sharing our results in workshops. We’ll also present our work to the community via evening readings and a pop-up exhibit.

Our models are texts that work extensively with primary source materials, including Kevin Young’s epic poem Ardency, A Chronicle of the Amistad Rebels, inspired by the original letters the rebels wrote in jail, Sherman Alexie’s Flight, a time-hopping YA novel originally prompted by a documentary on 9-11, Charles Simic’s Dimestore Alchemy, a genre-blurring work incorporating the diaries and art of Joseph Cornell, and Penelope Fitzgerald’s meticulously researched and celebrated novella The Blue Flower, about the German Romantic poet Novalis. No prerequisite beyond curiosity and the desire to research and write. English majors may take the course as ENGL 223.

No prerequisites.

SPAN 320/CPLT 230: Uncovering the Uncanny and the Unknown in the Hispanic Short Story (5T, W, C) with Amy Tibbitts

This course takes an in-depth look at one of Hispanic literature’s most celebrated literary genres—the short story. Students in this class will investigate the representative twentieth and twenty-first century short story texts primarily from Latin America (a few from Spain), taking into account the cultural and historical influences and tensions surrounding each. The course will cover the main Latin American “Boom” authors, such as Jorge Luis Borges, Gabriel García Márquez, Julio Cortázar, Juan Rulfo, and Carlos Fuentes, as well as post-boom authors and postmodern authors including Luisa Valenzuela, Isabel Allende, and Cristina Peri Rossi, to name only a few. A brief list of the themes considered in the course include, gender roles, feminism, machismo, masculinity/femininity, surrealism, realism, fantasy, power, the sublime, psychoanalysis, aging, illness, desire, love, poverty, exile, and privilege. This course is taught in English.

The prerequisite is one other college-level literature course.