[This semester went fast, felt slightly more familiar than the very strange last couple years, and featured some wonderful individual moments that exemplified why I do what I do. So this week I’ve highlighted one such moment from each class—leading up to this weekend post on a few things I’m looking forward to in Spring 2023!]
just getting started, but here are a few signs of Spring (semester) I’m still
Sci Fi/Fantasy: I get to teach the Intro
to Science Fiction and Fantasy course I created back in 2007 about every
three years, so every section of it feels like the welcome return of an old
friend. But that rotation means that the last time I taught it was the semester
that turned into SPRING
FREAKING 2020, so let’s just say it didn’t end up being everything it could
have been (and/or felt like as the semester went along we descended directly
into one of the dystopias about which we were reading). So I’m even more stoked
for my Spring semester section of this class, one for which I’ve added a
contemporary novel I haven’t had the chance to read and am thus equally excited
to read and teach: Nnedi
Okorafor’s Akata Witch (2011)!
American Novel to 1950: I believe the Spring 2017 section about which I
wrote in that hyperlinked post was the last time I got to teach this upper-level
American literature seminar, so this Spring’s section will offer an even more overdue
and welcome return to an old friend (which I taught in my very first Spring
semester at FSU). It’s a class where I get to teach some of my all-time
favorite American novels, from The House
of the Seven Gables to The Marrow of
Tradition to My Ántonia. And it’s
a class that ends with the most challenging book I teach in any FSU class,
William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.
Can’t beat that with a golf club!
A New (to Me) Grad Class: For the last year
and a bit I’ve had the chance to serve as the Chair of our Graduate English
Studies program, which has been its own super fun way to get more connected to
our amazing grad students. But nothing beats teaching a Grad class, which is
why I try to do one every year; sometimes in our condensed Summer sessions, but
sometimes, as this coming Spring, during regular semesters. For this Spring’s,
I get to teach for the first time something that’s been on the books but (I
believe) not taught for a while, Multiethnic American Literatures. I haven’t
finalized what I want to teach in there yet, but I’m leaning toward voices and
stories of individuals who are themselves multiethnic, representing that cross-cultural
identity and community I’ve been thinking about since at least my second book.
That means I have plenty of starting points for texts we might read, but as
always I’m very open to and appreciative of suggestions for more!
series starts Monday,
are you looking forward to?