Current Courses

ENG 339: Science, Symbols, and Strangers in Early Shakespeare
Department of English
UNC Greensboro, Fall 2017

Dark ladies, potions, cannibals, hermaphrodites: Shakespeare’s poems and plays abound with queries into the natural and medical sciences and the question of how to read markers of difference. In this course, we will read Shakespeare’s early poems and plays with an eye toward exploring the interplay between science, symbols, and strangers in Shakespeare’s construction of meaning.

Upcoming Courses

ENG 340: Shakespeare’s Mystical Futures
Department of English
UNC Greensboro, Spring 2018

How does one “lay the future open”? In this course, we will be exploring Shakespeare’s mystical interests, from the demonic to the transcendent, confronting ghosts, prophetic witches, talking statues, and gaps of time to think about memory and desire and the ways in which they open up, and complicate, possible futures. How, Shakespeare might ask, can mystical thinking alter time and futurity? We will navigate through Shakespeare’s dark and deep later plays—tragedies, problem comedies, and romances—and witness how they unveil “more things in heaven and earth… / Than are dreamt of in [our] philosophy.”

Recent Courses

Bio/Techno/Magical Thresholds from Shakespeare to Stranger Things: Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Utopia
Department of English and Comparative Literature
UNC Chapel Hill, Spring 2017

This course explores the imaginative permutations of the threshold, specifically through how writers of speculative fiction experiment with various thresholds in and of our imaginations, through science, through technology, through magic, or otherwise. How might we imagine and re-imagine possibilities outside of our present reality, and how do those acts of imagination enable us to return to our reality with an expanded sense of what, indeed, is possible? Our journey to explore thresholds and their corresponding transitions, entrances, and exits—between worlds, between moments, and between states of being—thus spans science fiction, fantasy fiction, and utopian/dystopian literature, from Renaissance magic and travel fiction to 21st-century digital games and film, and the experimental possibilities they afford.

English Rhetoric and Composition: Afterlives of Humanity
Department of English and Comparative Literature
UNC Chapel Hill, Fall 2016

Microthemes: Intellectual and Social Futures, Advancing Life, and Imagining Afterlives. Students work towards conference paper submission for interdisciplinary conferences:
Feminisms Here and Now conference: Communicating Alongside | Across | Against.
Console-ing Passions: International Conference on Television, Video, Audio, New Media, and Feminism

English Rhetoric and Composition: Strange Eating
Department of English and Comparative Literature
UNC Chapel Hill, Spring 2016

Truths, Experiments, and Fiction: The Stories of Humanity
Department of English and Comparative Literature
UNC Chapel Hill, Fall 2015