Self Pulls a Switcheroo: Bates English Courses Replace Gracie’s Visit to the Doctor

Self was browsing the web — hubby deep into Phoenix-San Antonio playoff, but since self likes Steve Nash and Shaq, she’d rather not watch — when she decided to determine the identity of the professor at Bates who teaches her in a course called “Asian American Writers.”

And here is her name: L. Shankar.

And, in the course of self’s investigations, she discovered that the English Department at Bates has exceedingly interesting courses! Here are just a few examples:

    Monsters, Magicians, and Medievalism
    Arthurian Literature
    Asian American Women Writers
    Tolkien’s Middle Ages
    The Brontes
    Frankenstein’s Creatures
    Music and Metaphor: The Sounds in African American Literature
    African and Diasporic Ecological Literature
    Shakespeare: Race and Gender
    Dickens Revised
    The Literatures of Women of the African Diaspora

And here are the courses in the Department of Women and Gender Studies:

    The Politics of Pleasure and Desire: Women’s Independent and Third Cinema and Video from the African Diaspora
    Women and Russia
    African American Women’s History and Social Transformation
    Voice and Gender
    Blood, Genes, and American Culture
    The Decorated Body
    The Body, Liberation, and Medieval Mysticism
    Goddesses and Goddess Worship in India
    Performance, Race, and the Body
    Race and U.S. Women’s Movements

If self were 25 years younger and inured to the cold, she would enroll in Bates, just for the opportunity to take any or all of these courses!

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