The English and American Studies Departments at UMBC will introduce two joint courses for the Summer 2 session, both based on popular young adult book series.
AMST 342/ENGL 328: The Twilight Effect explores topics including "the historical and contemporary role of the vampire in literature and film; the controversial 're-imagining' of classic stories for current audiences; and wider concepts such as extreme fandom, escapist culture/subcultures and controversies caused by the Twilight saga by Stephenie Meyer," according to the course catalog.
The class, which will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 to 2:15 p.m., has a capacity of 40 students. Dr. Iman Liv assistant professor in the American Studies Department, will teach it.
"I'm looking forward to teaching [the class]," said Liv "We're really taking a multi-media approach to the class, watching clips, looking at websites, even listening to some music, so I think it will be a good time as well as educational."
Livencourages all students, not only Twilight or vampire fans, to consider the course.
"I think it's very universal," said Liv "because the course merely uses Twilight as a jumping point to a wide expanse of topics that everyone can relate to and learn from. The class will undoubtedly fill up fast, so any interested student should email me right away!"
Harriet Edgewood, a sophomore history and American studies double major, heard about the course and expressed interest in it.
"I love Twilight, so I would definitely sign up for the class if I weren't studying abroad this summer," said Edgewood. "I think it's great that UMBC is offering a class that allows students to learn about fandom among the youth cohort, look at the intriguing and controversial evolution of the vampire character and engage in intelligent discourse about Robert Pattinson's hair."
Junior political science major Valerie Chamberlain said, "I probably wouldn't take this course. ... I tried to read the first [Twilight book] but quickly lost interest, and Kristen Stewart's inability to convey human emotion makes the movies unwatchable."
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