This course covers British literature of the Restoration to Neoclassical periods (roughly 1600-1798), but begins with Shakespeare's tragedy "Othello." The main goal of the course is to introduce students to the literature of the period, help them become familiar with it, and bolster their ability to analyze and think critically about literary works.

This course offers and introduction to the genre of science fiction focused mainly on United States and China, focusing primarily on the major themes and concerns it frequently deals with (dystopia, aliens, time travel, space exploration, etc). 

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the genre of detective fiction in a globalized cultural field. Since this genre tends to focus on the individual (the detective) and has taken on so many different localized forms in countries around the world, the course also tries to explore the ways detective fiction can be understood from a number of interesting comparative standpoints. The structure of the course (see below) also tries to give a (roughly chronological) overview of detective fiction first, as it has grown up in the United States, and second, as it has developed outside the US, from England to Argentina, and Japan.