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Cates Baldridge

Battell-Stewart Professor of English and American Literatures

 work(802) 443-5330
 Spring Term: Mon & Wed 11-12:00, 1:30-2:30 and by appointment.
 Axinn Center 308



"Voyeuristic Rebellion: Lockwood's Dream and the Reader of Wuthering Heights," Studies in the Novel, Fall, 1988.

"The Problems of Worldliness in Pendennis," Nineteenth- Century Literature., December, 1989.

"Alternatives to Bourgeois Individualism in A Tale of Two Cities," Studies in English Literature, Autumn, 1990.

"Observation and Domination in Hardy's The Woodlanders," Victorian Literature and Culture, Spring 1993.

"The Instabilities of Inheritance in Oliver Twist, Studies in the Novel, Summer, 1993.

"Agnes Grey: Brontë's Bildungsroman That Isn't," The Journal of Narrative Tchnique, Winter 1993.

"Antinomian Reviewers:  Hogg's Critique of Romantic-Era Magazine Culture in The Confessions of a Justified Sinner," Studies in the Novel, Vol. 43, No. 4 (Winter, 2011), pp. 385-405.

"The White Hotel's Scandalous Finale:  An Allegory of Reading"  The Journal of Modern Literature 37.2 (Winter, 2014)

“The White Hotel’s Marcusean ‘Camp,’” LIT:  Literature, Interpretation, Theory 27.3 (Summer, 2016), pp. 173-90.



The Dialogics of Dissent in the English Novel, University Press of New England, 1994.

Graham Greene's Fictions: The Virtues of Extremity, University of Missouri Press, 2000.

Prisoners of Prester John:  The Portuguese Mission in Ethiopia in Search of the Mythical King, 1520-1526, McFarland and Co., 2012.




Course List: 

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CRWR 0560 - Special Project: Writing      

Special Project: Creative Writing
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Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

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CRWR 0701 - Senior Thesis:Creative Writing      

Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking one-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.

Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

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ENAM 0103 - Reading Literature      

Reading Literature
Please refer to each section for specific course descriptions. CW LIT

Spring 2018, Fall 2019

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ENAM 0205 / CMLT 0205 - Intro:Contemporary Lit. Theory      

Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theory
In this course we will introduce several major schools of contemporary literary theory. By reading theoretical texts in close conjunction with works of literature, we will illuminate the ways in which these theoretical stances can produce multiple interpretations of a given literary work. The approaches covered may include New Criticism, Psychoanalysis, Marxism and Cultural Criticism, Race Theory and Multicultural Criticism, Feminism, Post-Colonial Criticism, Queer Studies, Eco-Criticism, Post-Structuralism, and others. These theories will be applied to various works of fiction, poetry, and drama. The goal will be to make students critically aware of the fundamental literary, cultural, political, and moral assumptions underlying every act of interpretation they perform. 3 hrs. lect/disc. EUR LIT

Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Spring 2020

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ENAM 0241 - 19th Century Literature      

Nineteenth Century British Literature (II)
The 19th century is the era of “peak novel,” for never before or since has the genre exhibited such confidence in its ability to tell the truth about both the teeming world and the private life. But far from merely reflecting social reality, the novelists and poets of the period played an active part in constructing their readers' ideas about gender and sexuality, imperialism and colonialism, class, religion, and technology, insisting that literature be relevant and revelatory in a time of swift and sometimes frightening cultural and intellectual innovation. Works to be covered will include novels by Emily Bronte, Dickens, George Eliot, and Hardy, and the poetry of Tennyson, Browning, and Christina Rossetti. 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR LIT

Spring 2017, Spring 2019

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ENAM 0250 - The Romantic Revolution      

The Romantic Revolution
he generation of British poets and novelists known collectively as the Romantics decisively rebelled against earlier conceptions of what literature could speak about, how it could best describe a rapidly changing world, and who was fit to be its reader. Arguably the first environmentalists, the Romantics also initiated our modern discussions of gender, class, race, and nationalism. To encounter the Romantics is to witness intellectual courage taking up arms against habit, prejudice, and tyranny. We will trace their genius and daring (and follow their personal attachments for, and rivalries with, each other) through the poetry of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, and the novels of Mary Shelley and Emily Brönte. 3 hrs. lect./disc. EUR LIT

Spring 2018, Spring 2020

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ENAM 0285 / CMLT 0285 - Magical Realism(s)      

Magical Realism(s)
Novels that juxtapose the marvelous with the everyday have shadowed (and mocked) mainstream realism for the better part of two centuries, and have proliferated in recent years to the point where they may constitute the predominant genre of our globalized culture. Why should such strange mélanges of the quotidian and the supernatural strike so many authors as the perfect vehicle to express 20th and 21st century anxieties and possibilities? We will explore examples of these boundary-defying fictions across several decades and various national literatures. Authors to be studied will include Woolf, Kafka, Calvino, Morrison, Pynchon, Rushdie, and Garcia-Marquez. CMP LIT

Fall 2017, Fall 2019

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ENAM 0443 - The Body in Literature      

Writing in Blood: Literature’s Body
To what extent is our condition defined and our destiny determined by the physical bodies that envelop us? In this course we will accompany novelists, playwrights, and poets as they investigate the ecstasies, agonies, ambiguities, and transformations that flesh imposes upon our daily lives. Simultaneously, we will consider their various attempts to transcend our bodily limitations, whether by means of religion, imagination, sexuality, or pharmaceuticals. Along the way, we will collaborate with our writers as they scrutinize the human form as a biological fact, social segregator, philosophical conundrum, and undiscovered country. Authors will include Mary Shelley, Dickinson, Kafka, Beckett, Silko, and Coetzee. 3 hrs. sem. EUR LIT

Spring 2019

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ENAM 0463 - Coetzee and DeLillo      

Imagined Nations: Coetzee and DeLillo
J. M. Coetzee, chronicler of pre- and post-apartheid South Africa, asserts that “when the order of justice collapses in the state, it collapses in the heart too.” But to what extent can art and literature remedy a culture’s disease? Don DeLillo, examiner of America’s hyper-commercialized soul, fears the extinction of the writer’s individual voice in a world where “the future belongs to crowds.” Geographically worlds apart, Coetzee and DeLillo are united by an unsparing commitment to diagnose their respective nations’ social maladies and to assess literature’s imperiled relevance amid the postmodern condition. We will read the best of both authors, including Waiting for the Barbarians, Disgrace, White Noise, and Mao II. 3 hrs. sem. CMP LIT

Spring 2017

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ENAM 0500 - Special Project: Lit      

Special Project: Literature
Approval Required.

Winter 2017, Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Winter 2018, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Winter 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Winter 2020, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021

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ENAM 0700 - Senior Thesis:Critical Writing      

Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking one-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the Senior Thesis Workshop (ENAM 700Z) in either Fall or Spring Term.

Spring 2017, Fall 2017, Spring 2018, Fall 2018, Spring 2019, Fall 2019, Spring 2020, Fall 2020, Spring 2021

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ENAM 1001 - Fictional Fictions      

Fictional Fictions
In this course we will engage with novels whose primary focus is the novel itself—how the genre is imagined, structured, written, sold, read, celebrated, and denounced. Our chosen meta-fictions will variously focus on the psychology of artistic production, on the philosophical issues surrounding the telling of “true lies,” on the social function of novels in our culture, and on what is at stake in the supposedly private act of reading. Our texts will include works such as Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, McEwan’s Atonement, Graham Greene’s The End of the Affair, Cunningham’s The Hours, and DeLillo’s Mao II. This course counts as an ENAM elective. LIT WTR

Winter 2017, Winter 2020

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FYSE 1477 - Anti-Heros      

How do works of literature persuade us to undertake the difficult work of opening our closed minds, softening our hard hearts, and questioning our deepest unexamined assumptions? Sometimes by presenting us with protagonists whose flaws seem to far outnumber their virtues, and who resemble people we have been taught to avoid and disdain in our actual lives. Keeping our eyes open as we begin to empathize with various monsters, failures, and lunatics, we will engage fundamental questions concerning literature’s persuasive techniques, psychological effects, and social responsibilities. Our syllabus will include novels, poems, and plays from the Elizabethan era to the present day. 3 hrs. sem. CW LIT

Fall 2018

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Department of English & American Literatures

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