Summer Sessions 2020 offers opportunities to explore multiple areas of interest, from Fantasy Fiction to Whodunits, from Shakespeare to the life stories of Hawaiʻi…

The Department of English offers a range of courses which fall into the fields of Literary Studies in English, Cultural Studies, Creative Writing and Composition and Rhetoric. The Department also has special emphases in Hawaiian and Pacific literatures, life writing, and oral traditions.


Summer 1 (online, 5/26-7/2/20)

ENG 271: Introduction to Literature: Life Writing in Hawaiʻi
Lauren K. K. Nishimuralaurenk9@hawaii.edu • (808) 386-5075
Explore how literary elements within auto/biographies, poetry, blogs, plays, and film both document and provide roots of cultural, social, and political resurgence that continues to produce contemporary Kanaka Maoli (Native Hawaiian) literature. This course is particularly timely given the surge in life writing texts produced in the wake of the Kū Kiaʻi Mauna movement.(3 credits) DL, NI, WI

ENG 273: Introduction to Literature: Creative Writing and Literature: Writing Fantasy Fiction
Ida Yoshinagaida@hawaii.edu
This course is for writers of fantasy, whether they enjoy epic (quest), urban, dark, fabulist, magical realist, superheroic, experimental, or other forms of this genre which even the best international scholars have found challenging to define. Is fantasy simply a made-up story (or narrative mode) that defies the rules of our physical world; does it exercise the imagination, so as to allow us to “play” in our minds and refresh our spirits; or does fantasy serve a societal function, getting us to risk thinking outside of convention in ways that subvert the political status quo? Let’s attempt to answer these questions, as we practice fantastic storytelling! (3 credits)

Summer 2 (online, 7/6-8/14/20)

ENG 271: Introduction to Literature: Genre: Mysteries & Whodunits
Ruth Y. Hsurhsu@hawaii.edu
Are humans addicted to whodunits because we secretly want to be the detective-hero or the daring criminal? Crime fiction is old and can be found in fantasy, science fiction, realist novels, and more, going back to One Thousand and One Nights. Texts in this course include a game-changing 2014 podcast, a detective story by a Dutch diplomat in the first-half of the 20th century and based on a Tang dynasty (A.D. 700-900) story, works by world-renowned Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, and Knives Out (2019 film). Students will create reviews in the form of podcasts aimed at general public. (3 credits) DL, NI, WI

ENG 272: Introduction to Literature: Culture & Lit: Decolonial Futures (Online)
Noʻu Revillanrevilla@hawaii.edu
What are decolonial futures? How have writers and activists used storytelling as a tool of liberation? In this online course, we will build intellectual community in the intersection between culture and literature. Specifically, we will focus on writing that imagines what a decolonized world looks, acts, feels, and loves like. This course centers the voices of Indigenous, women, queer, and nonbinary writers. Since poetry forms the core of our archive, students have the chance to produce their own poetry. Added bonus: Textbook Cost: $0 (3 credits) DL, NI, WI

ENG 311: Autobiographical Writing (Online)
Daphne Desserdesser@hawaii.edu
In this course you will have the opportunity to try your hand at writing based on your own life experiences in a fun and supportive atmosphere. We will do this by reading from memoirs (including one of your own choice) to inspire you and help you experiment with different ways of telling your story. The assignments will include short reading responses, short writing exercises, a report on a memoir of your choice, and three short autobiographical pieces. The only required text will be a memoir of your own choice, while additional secondary readings will be distributed via PDF. Textbook Cost: $0 (3 credits) DA, WI

ENG 381: Popular Literature (Online)
Ruth Y. Hsu • rhsu@hawaii.edu
Books adopted by book clubs and featured on bestseller lists of major newspapers are often profoundly insightful; they reflect our aspirations and fears. Course reading list: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Fifth Season (Sci-Fi/speculative), The Weight of Ink (historical fiction), and Maus I (graphic novel). (3 credits) DL, WI

Varied Dates (online)

Eng 445: William Shakespeare (3-week intensive – 7/27-8/14/20)
Steven Holmesholmessd@hawaii.edu
This course is an intensive study of the works and literary milieu of William Shakespeare, the most adapted author in the world. We will explore the dramatic and literary contexts of two tragicomic romances, Cymbeline and The Winter’s Tale, including Robert Greene’s Pandosto. In conjunction with exploring the sexual, political, and literary implications of Shakespeareʻ’s late romances, we will analyze some of Shakespeare’ʻs most devastating tragedies: Macbeth, King Lear, and Titus Andronicus. (3 credits) DL


Please check the University of Hawaiʻi Summer Sessions Class Availability page for course changes or contact the English department at (808) 956-7619 for instructor contact information.

Updated 04/16/20