|In Memoriam – Glyn Salton-Cox
The English Department is devastated to announce the death over the New Year of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox. To his family, loved ones, and friends here, in his native Britain, and throughout the world, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Glyn was a brilliant scholar, a very popular teacher, and the kindest of colleagues.
The Department of English invites you to a commemoration of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox on Friday, March 3d, 2023.
We will gather in the Faculty Club’s Betty Elings Wells Pavilion at 3:00 pm and then move to the Terrace at 4:00 pm for a reception. Please let us know of any accessibility requests.
Introduction to Literary Study
Boredom and the Everyday
- Course Number: ENGL 10
- Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 10
- Quarter: Summer B 2016
The central question of this course is simply this: what does it mean to read, write, and think like an English professor? And as an introductory dry run for English majors-to-be, or for those fulfilling their mandated GE requirements, another question follows quickly on the heels of the first: what place does the study of literature have in a liberal arts education? What’s useful about literature, if use seems to be the dominant framework for our STEM-driven moment? How can reading well hope to link up with living well? In anticipation of a response, this class routes such questions through the philosophical category of repetition, examining how fictional moments of wishful thinking, desire, entrapment, despair, sameness, and even boredom can create a meaningful engagement with both literature and everyday living. Starting with Ben Lerner’s Leaving the Atocha Station and moving through the literature of escapism, poetic structure, scenes of the routine, and radical breaks therefrom this course seeks to ask and to answer, as many times as our short summer session allows, a single question: how is boredom meaningful, what makes the everyday anything but mundane?