Literature Committee

Reading and discussing literature are vital activities that expand our ideas and provide insights into a dynamic and diverse world.
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Reading and discussing literature are vital activities that expand our ideas and provide insights into a dynamic and diverse world. Each year, the Literature Committee presents two highly-regarded literary and cultural programs: The Reading Series and Reading Across Campus.

Upcoming Events

The Literature Committee, Reading Series Presents : Dr. William Barillas

Dr. William BarillasDr. William Barillas (UW-La Crosse) is an Assistant Professor of English and author of "The Midwestern Pastoral: Place and Landscape in Literature of the American Heartland," as well as many essays on American literature, and the editor of the forthcoming "Interior Borderlands: Writings on Latino/a Literature of Chicago and the Midwest." Dr. Barillas will speak about Wisconsin environmentalist Aldo Leopold and lead a discussion on environmentalism and literature.

He will talk about his book and Aldo Leopold, the Wisconsin environmentalist.

His talk is in the LLC 4th floor on Thursday, April 19 from 4:30-5:30.

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Spring 2018 Course Offerings 

  • Lit-203 American Poets. ResB, Arts and Humanities. Poetry of American writers: how culture, race, ethnicity, and nature shape American poetry. 
  • Lit-205 The Short Story. Arts and Humanities. Cross-disciplinary Issues. Style, structure, history and development of short story as a literary form. 
  • Lit-208 Fiction Into Film. ResB, Arts and Humanities. A literary and cultural examination of  lm adaptations. Special attention is given to the evolving depiction of non- dominant racial and ethnic cultural groups in literature and  lm. 
  • Lit-230 American Cinema. ResB, Arts and Humanities. A literary and cultural examination of American cinematic development. Special attention is given to the evolving depiction of non-dominant cultural groups and contemporary issues. Examination of these issues allows students to actively discover, assess, and execute the creative problem-solving needed to be fully engaged with contemporary issues. 
  • Lit-260 Modern American Literature. ResB, Arts and Humanities. Selected poetry, prose and drama produced since World War I. 
  • Lit-273 American Multicultural Literature. ResA, Arts and Humanities. American multicultural literature, focusing on Hispanic, African, Asian, and Native American writers. 
  • Lit-300 Children’s Literature. ResB, Arts and Humanities. Critical survey and ways of presenting literature for children from infancy to age 12.