NEIU English Institute
The NEIU English Institute has stimulating courses available to enroll in for non-credit. Take a course for continuing education hours or just for personal growth and enrichment. To enroll, follow the link below for the course(s) you would like to take and pay online by credit card. No application process is needed for a non-credit enrollment other than creating an account in our registration system. Current and future NEIU students seeking college level credit can take these courses by registering through the normal process. (Visit our Admissions page and register as a degree-seeking student or student-at-large if you are not already registered as a NEIU student.)
As the great Kentucky writer Wendell Berry says, the truest and most valuable regionalism is “local life aware of itself.” This course on Southern literature will focus on how literary modes of representation reflect the unique histories and cultures that comprise the region. Beginning in the Civil War period, we’ll explore texts that reflect the experience of slavery and the wider, enabling socio-political context. We will conduct an intensive reading of twentieth-century Southern literature exclusive of Faulkner with emphasis on the sociological and psychological aspects of the literature as they mirror in America's South.
Eight-week course, 4:30-9 p.m Wednesdays beginning Oct. 21 and running through Dec. 9. Remote instruction via Zoom.
Bradley Greenburg, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bradley Greenburg specializes in Shakespeare, as well as teaching film and creative writing. His publications range from articles on Shakespeare to T. S. Eliot, Pushcart Prize-nominated short stories and poems (Cimarron Review, The South Dakota Review, Midwest Review, The Beloit Poetry Journal), and a novel, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed" (Sandstone Press, UK: 2014). His feature-length screenplay "Our Hearts Go Out" was a semi-finalist in the 2017 Screenplay Festival Competition and a top finalist in the 2018 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Competition.
In this course, we will read a range of oceanic literature including the drama of Shakespeare’s "The Tempest" and Ibsen’s "The Lady from the Sea," the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Derek Walcott, the fiction of Jamaica Kincaid and Linda Hogan, and theories of Édouard Glissant and Christina Sharpe.
Ryan Poll, email@example.com
Ryan Poll teaches in the English Department at Northeastern Illinois University where his research focuses on the intersection of popular culture, aesthetics, and politics. His first book, "Main Street and Empire: The Fictional Small Town in the Age of Globalization," examines how the fictional small town is used to frame and stage normative US narratives throughout the 19th, 20th- and into the 21st century. Other publications include essays on "Get Out," Bruce Springsteen, and detective fiction. He is currently finishing a book on representations of the Global Ocean and the Anthropocene in Aquaman comics (U Nebraska P) and is a staff writer at PopMatters.
This course engages with American women’s literature and ideas about race, tracing dialogue—and its obstacles—between Black, Indigenous, Asian, and White women writers and thinkers. Starting with a working definition of race, we will turn to literature as a mode of cultural interrogation and theorizing. Theoretical essays will provide us with a critical vocabulary of race and help us navigate and appreciate our main focus on literature.
Kristen Over, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristen Over specializes in medieval British and post-1865 American literature. Her research examines cultural antagonisms and the construction of difference, both in premodern and contemporary contexts. She wrote a book on Arthurian romance in the context of medieval colonialism, and has published articles on medieval Welsh literature. In 2015-16 she taught American literature as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Bergen in Bergen, Norway.
Are you committed to being a writer, whatever form it takes? Do you love to play with language? Are you interested in combining nonfiction and fiction, fiction and poetry, poetry and critical writing, critical writing and creative writing, text and image, or something yet to be invented? Hybrid-form Writing is, like all writing, creative; this mode of writing either combines genres (poetry and fiction, for example) or is itself genre-less--refusing categories, binaries, and oppressive dominant structures. We'll examine examples of Hybrid-form Writing (like a Lit class) AND produce our own works of Hybrid-form Writing (like a Creative Writing Class); even the course is a hybrid of forms! We will experiment with different forms, conceive of projects, and consider how form affects content/why certain forms might be culturally or personally privileged.
Olivia Cronk, email@example.com
Olivia Cronk is the author of "Louise and Louise and Louise" (The Lettered Streets Press, 2016), and "Skin Horse" (Action Books, 2012). With Philip Sorenson, she edits The Journal Petra.
“Creative writing” is, in some respects, a creaky and misleading term. Arguably, all writing is “creative” in that as we set our thoughts and ideas down on the page, regardless of format or genre, we manipulate what we believe and experience and shape it in some meaningful way for an audience. This course focuses on practice in the craft of poetry, and the study as well as discussion of its writing process through close readings of student and published poets' work, essays on craft, and the workshopping of student poems. It is designed for both beginners as well as practicing poets—no prior experience is required.
Larry O. Dean firstname.lastname@example.org
Larry O. Dean was born and raised in Flint, Michigan. He has worked with Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, published essays and reviews on popular culture in the alternative press, and cartooned for fanzines and other underground outlets. He is the author of full-length collections "Activities of Daily Living" (2017), "Brief Nudity" (2013), "Basic Cable Couplets" (2012) and many others. His work has been widely anthologized and translated into Chinese, Italian and Spanish.
This literary fiction writing class is as much about *how* you write as *what* you write. You’ll spend time thinking about what you’re obsessed with, what you care about, what you want to know…and how you can explore that with the conventional (and unconventional) craft of making stuff up. You’ll learn how to think about/talk about/make fiction, all while working on one story—composing, reworking, revising, monkeying, fine-tuning, etc.—throughout the semester. It’s not a traditional workshop; it’s a collective, fun plunge into what happens when you commit deeply to making the fiction *you* believe should exist. You’ll read one another’s work, and contemporary short stories from writers across the spectrum of traditions and backgrounds. Total beginners, secret novelists, and everyone else willing to do work and have fun are welcome!
Amanda Goldblatt, email@example.com
Amanda Goldblatt is the author of the novel "Hard Mouth," published by Counterpoint Press. Her work can lately be found in NOON, Fence, and Diagram. She was a 2018 National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellow, and teaches creative writing at Northeastern Illinois University. More information is available at amandagoldblatt.com.
Curious about creative nonfiction? Come explore in CNF I! In this creative writing course, we delve into the craft elements of memoir, personal essay, speculative nonfiction and more. How do we define “true” when writing about a slippery memory? What are the ethics of crafting stories that include other “real” people? Enroll and find out!
Christine Simokaitis, firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Simokaitis is a prose writer whose work has appeared in anthologies including “Are We Feeling Better Yet? Women Speak About HealthCare in America,” and the journals Upstreet, Calyx, Paper Darts, and MAKE among others. She currently teaches Composition, Creative Nonfiction, Fiction and Flash Forms at NEIU.
Throughout this summer of the COVID-19 pandemic, faculty graduate students and alumni from the English Department have published a series of articles in PopMatters.com, edited by Dr. Ryan Poll, entitled "Literature of Pandemics: from Boccaccio to Indigenous Futurism," touching upon literature across centuries, across genres, and across nation-states. This fall, the department is offering this one-credit 300-level seminar to share some of our work in an engaging seminar format.
For eight weeks on Saturdays from September to the end of October, different faculty from the department will lead discussion on texts giving us literary historical perspective on our own time, from Chaucer, Shakespeare and Poe to Octavia Butler, Leah Lakshmi, Piepsna-Samasarihna and other contemporary writers. No tests. No formal papers.
$100 for an eight-week course, 10 a.m.-noon Saturdays, beginning Sept. 5. Remote instruction via Zoom.