Alison Byerly holds an interdisciplinary appointment as College Professor at Middlebury, where she served in the College’s administration for thirteen years, most recently as Provost and Executive Vice President. While on leave in 2012-13, she is a Visiting Scholar in Literature at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is the author of two books, Realism, Representation, and the Arts in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Cambridge, 1998), and Are We There Yet? Virtual Travel and Victorian Realism (U of Michigan, forthcoming 2012). She has lectured widely on the topics of digital humanities, curricular innovation, and social media past and present in venues including the annual conference of the Modern Language Association, the biannual Media in Transition conference, and MIT’s Communications Forum. Courses she has offered over the last several years include “Time and Narrative,” a team-taught International Studies seminar on “Politics and the Novel,” and a multimedia course on “Fictional Worlds.”
Alison Byerly's personal homepage: : http://blogs.middlebury.edu/alisonbyerly/
Courses offered in the past four years.
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ENAM 0276 - Fictional Worlds
What makes the imaginary world created by a novel feel “real”? What aspects of narrative in any medium contribute to our sense of being immersed in a coherent and convincing universe? From the Victorians who addressed letters to Mr. Sherlock Holmes at 221B Baker Street, to fans of a Middle Earth that now encompasses multiple books and films, readers have always been drawn to narratives that create a place that seems large and vivid enough to enter. In this course, we will look at novels from the 18th century through the present that create compelling fictional worlds, comparing them to a few works in contemporary media that cultivate a similar sense of immersion in the worlds they represent. Works to be studied will include Defoe, Robinson Crusoe; Eliot, Middlemarch; Joyce, Dubliners; Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring; Herbert, Dune; the film, The Matrix, and television episodes of Battlestar Galactica.
Fall 2010, Fall 2011
ENAM 0438 - Time and Narrative
Time and Narrative: Serial Novels to "24"
How can a novel of any length attempt to capture a particular span of time and continuous flow of events? How does narrative time contrast with, or parallel, lived experience? We will explore the relationship between narrative form and represented time from the 19th century to the present, beginning with a serialized novel by Dickens, and ending with a few episodes of "24." Additional texts will include: Bronte, Wuthering Heights; Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; DeLillo, White Noise; Michael Joyce's hypertext novel afternoon; and Ondaatje, Anil's Ghost. 3 hrs. lect.
ENAM 0500 - Special Project: Lit
Special Project: Literature
Winter 2010, Spring 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012, Winter 2013
ENAM 0560 - Special Project: Writing
Special Project: Creative Writing
Spring 2010, Spring 2011, Spring 2012
ENAM 0700 - Senior Essay: Critical Writing
Senior Essay: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking one-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical essay writers also take the essay workshop (ENAM 700Z) in either Fall or Spring Term.
Fall 2009, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Spring 2012
ENAM 0710 - Senior Thesis: Critical Writ.
Senior Thesis: Critical Writing
Individual guidance and seminar (discussions, workshops, tutorials) for those undertaking two-term projects in literary criticism or analysis. All critical thesis writers also take the thesis workshop (ENAM 710z) in both Fall and Spring terms.
Fall 2009, Winter 2010, Spring 2010, Fall 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Fall 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012
ENAM 0711 - Senior Thesis: Creative Writ.
Senior Thesis: Creative Writing
Discussions, workshops, tutorials for those undertaking two-term projects in the writing of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction.
Winter 2010, Spring 2010, Winter 2011, Spring 2011, Winter 2012, Spring 2012