Current and Upcoming Honors Courses

English Honors Courses 2019-2020

To apply to English Honors to go: http://english.gmu.edu/undergraduate/honors/english
Direct questions to English Honors coordinator, Professor Samuelian at ksamueli@gmu.edu

Fall 2019 ENGH 400: Postcolonial Bodies
Professor Amal Amireh

Suicide bombers, sexy pop stars, tortured men, and queer women are some of the figures roaming the postcolonial landscape this course will study. By investigating the intersection between body politics and politics of the body in a selection of literary and visual texts, we will seek to understand the complex ways colonial, imperial, national, and revolutionary desires are inscribed on the bodies of postcolonial male and female subjects. We will combine our close examination of the texts (mostly novels and films) with some readings in postcolonial and cultural studies theory that will guide us in understanding central issues in the field of postcolonial studies. Texts
are from Algeria, Canada, Jamaica, Sudan, Libya, India, Pakistan, and Palestine, among others. Requirements include class participation (discussion, reading quizzes), short papers, and a final term paper. !

Spring 2019 ENGH 400: Today’s Histories: Contemporary Historical Fiction
Professor Michael Malouf

Contemporary global fiction has been obsessed with the past in a way that has rarely been seen before. This course reads award-winning, 21st century novels from England, Ireland, Nigeria, Jamaica, and India that are set in historical periods from as far back as Tudor England and as recent
as 1970s Jamaica. Among the questions we will consider will be: Why this turn to the past now? What are the ways that can fiction represent history? We will read the following books set in these periods: Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall (Tudor England); Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies (19th
c India); Emma Donoghue, The Wonder (19th c. Ireland); Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun (1960s, Nigerian Civil War); Colum McCann, Let the Great World Spin (1970s New York); Marlon James, A Brief History of Seven Killings (1970s Jamaica); Kate Atkinson, Life After Life (1920s England).

Spring 2020 ENGH 401: Honors Thesis Writing Seminar
Professor Kristin Samuelian

Prerequisites: permission of department and ENGH 400. This course gives students who wish to write an English honors thesis guidance in research methods, while offering the opportunity to share works in progress in a workshop format. Scholarly or creative theses are written under the
supervision of the instructor and a faculty mentor with expertise in the thesis area. Note: BA students with a concentration in Creative Writing may substitute ENGH 495 for ENGH 401 with permission of the instructor and Honors coordinator.