Welcome to English 353, Women and the Contemporary Novel! This summer, we’ll read widely as we consider some trends in contemporary fiction, as written by women writers.

Find your way around our site! Examine the Syllabus and Assignments for our course policies and the to-dos. Check out the Reading Schedule to plan your summer. And be sure to sign up for our course Slack and a Book of the Month subscription. You can always contact me by the means outlined on the Contact Info page.

Join Book of the Month

Our final book of the semester will be a surprise– to all of us! We’re going to subscribe to Book of the Month, a monthly book subscription service that rebooted in 2016. On the first of June, we’ll read the Judges’ summaries of the monthly selections, and vote on a title to read as a class. Then, we’ll eagerly await our boxes, examine all of the goodies (bonus points if you vlog the experience of opening the box!) , and discuss the book and the online BOTM community. You’re especially encouraged to post on Instagram and Facebook, and participate in the online discussion boards. The more you put in to BOTM, the more you’ll get out of it.

The best part is, the first month costs only $5. You can cancel after you receive your book. Click here to begin the signup! Please sign up by June 1, but do not select your book until after our class vote.

Getting Started with Slack

This summer, we’re going to be using Slack as our primary mode of communication. Slack is like a cross between gchat and a chat room, and is a great way for a group of people to communicate (in both a serious and lighthearted fashion). Only your fellows classmates and I will have access to this channel, so our communication will be private.

By May 18, please complete the following:

  1. Get to know the platform by reading this helpful description. https://get.slack.help/hc/en-us/articles/115004071768
  2. Sign up for our team channel here: https://eng353.slack.com/signup. You will need to sign up using your @msu.edu email account.
  3. Set up your account: add your name, an image, and a description.
  4. Introduce yourself to the class! Tell us where you’re at, your major, your interest in the course, and the most recent book you read for fun.

Please get in contact with me if you are having difficulty getting Slack set up; I am happy to help.