Monday, June 03, 2013

Study Popular Romance Fiction Online

Professor Pamela Regis would like to announce that McDaniel College is offering a 4-credit, undergraduate (sophomore/junior level) literature course on

Popular Romance Fiction

Where: It’s online. Anyone with an internet connection can take this course.

When: July 8 through August 9, 2013 but the course is asynchronous. In other words, you sign onto the course when your schedule permits. You will never be required to be in front of your computer at any set time in order to attend class. You attend class on your schedule, because the course is available on the College’s Blackboard server 24/7.

Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Miller, specialist in nineteenth-century British lit, the gothic, disability studies, and romance fiction.

Course description: Popular Romance Fiction will be an investigation of the most popular form of fiction in the western world: the romance novel. Readings begin with the advent of the modern form of the romance novel in England in 1740, but are drawn mostly from the nineteenth-through-twenty-first century romance novel. We will be reading the following romances:

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Boomerang Bride, Fiona Lowe
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Jane, April Linder
Dead Until Dark, Charlaine Harris
Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick

Students will explore the popularity of romance fiction, and consider its depiction of courtship and sexuality through a variety of critical approaches including formalist, feminist, and gender studies. Assignments will include regular contributions to the course’s discussion board, an active presence on social media related to the romance writer/reader community, short writing assignments, an argumentative essay, and a web portfolio.

To register: Drop Pam Regis an email and she will email you the brief enrollment form and instructions. You do not have to be admitted to McDaniel College through our regular admissions process in order to take this course.

Cost: ENG 2272-OL Popular Romance Fiction, 4 credits: $1570. Auditing the course: $785.

Enrollment deadline: July 1, 2013.

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