Topics in Literature, circa 1850 to Present
Winter 2022 - Professor Huneven is a terrific instructor! She is really sweet and honestly so freaking smart. Her special topics often change, but "reading like a writer", had a focus on reading short stories, with a very strong emphasis on "realistic" fiction, most of the stories happened to be about everyday life. That being said, the stories she picked were fire. 6/10 stories came from the New Yorker. She curated a very fun reading list, which had me falling in love with nearly every story. I felt by the end of the class I could identify the tangible things an author did to make me feel some type of way. The "textbook" How Fiction Works by James Wood is excellent too. I'm a sophomore and I found the class very useful in honing my close-reading skills (if you don't have the prereqs just ask Janel Munguia, she'll enroll you regardless). During the 10-minute class break, Professor Hunven would step outside, and on one occasion I saw her through the window squirrel watching and it was probably the most adorable thing I have ever witnessed. I only wish she spoke more in class and lectured on her own literary interpretations (class time was almost entirely student-led), but every time she did share with the class it was like the clouds had opened up and a ray of sheer genius would shower down upon the class. Those moments were magic. She's definitely worth your time!