by Chloë Moore ’24

We at The Words are so excited to introduce our readers to this year’s crop of student workers! We have some old-timers as well as five wonderful new hires, and we wanted to give them the opportunity to introduce themselves on their own terms. So, please peruse the following syllabi, created by our students about themselves, in case anyone is searching for readings lists or new class ideas. Don’t worry, there won’t be a test!


Senior Newsletter Editors

ENGL-420: Hot “Girl” Media: A Survey on Chloë Moore

The complete lyrics of Taylor Swift’s discography

My Neighbor Totoro (1988), dir. Hayoa Miyazaki

Beautiful World, Where Are You, by Sally Rooney

New and Selected Poems, by Mary Oliver

Little Women (2020), dir. Greta Gerwig

Fleabag: The Scriptures, by Phoebe Waller-Bridge

The complete lyrics of Phoebe Bridgers’ discography

Women, Race, and Class, by Angela Y. Davis

Ecology and Socialism, by Chris Williams

“vines that butter my croissant,” from Classic Vines on YouTube

All The Young Dudes, by AO3 author MsKingBean89

Bel Canto, by Ann Patchett

The Female Persuasion, by Meg Wolitzer

Lady Bird (2017), dir. Greta Gerwig


ENGL-624: Girlboss, the Masterclass: Advanced Zoe Scheuerman

The complete works of Louise Glück

“Julia” by SZA

A field trip to an undisclosed forest, date and time TBD. You have never been there before, and you will never be there again. Try not to get lost.

The Deportees and Other Stories by Roddy Doyle 

POLARLICHT by Reinmar Cunis

“Kids” by Marteria 

American Sonnets for My Past and Future Assassin by Terrance Hayes

Burnt Shadows by Kamila Shamsie

The complete works of May Ayim 

Coffee beverages to be provided in-class


Associate Newsletter Editors

ENGL-69 (Cross-listed for THDA-80085): Bopping, Crying, and Watching Reality TV: The Patrick Coy-Bjork Experience

Required Texts

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz

The Laramie Project & The Laramie Projects Five Years Later by Moisés Kaufman

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Required Soundtracks


Next to Normal

The Last Five Years

Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812

Amelie (2017)

Man of La Mancha

Fun Home (as a musical this time)

Required Viewings

Every season of Survivor (U.S.) + supplemental Survivor podcasts

Every season of The Great British Bake-Off

The first two seasons of The Mole

The bisexual season of Are You The One


ENGL-888: The Midwest Emo to Lesbian Pipeline: A Study of Anna Šverclová

In the Dream House by Carmen Maria Machado

The Dead and the Living by Sharon Olds

“How to Grow Out a Mullet” by r/haircutadvice

The complete lyrics of My Chemical Romance’s discography

“The Haymakers Jig”

Duck Butter (2018)

Fun Home by Alison Bechdel

Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo

“Midwest” by Girlgoyle

“Aerials” by System of a Down


Office Workers

ENGL80085: A Thematic Breakdown of Brain Rot Media, after Charley Eatchel

Disney’s Descendants Trilogy

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

West Side Story (2021)

Another Birth and Other Poems by Forugh Farrokhzad

Modern art piece, Once Upon a Time

The Drowsy Chaperone by Bob Martin and Don McKellar

A thirty-second long stop-motion film about two gay lighthouse keepers falling in love but breaking up that my friend made when she was bored

The Slow Regard of Silent Things by Patrick Rothfuss

The Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Evanescence’s “Breathe No More”


ENGL-307: Books and Ballads: How to Laugh Through Tears with Marley Craine

Conversations with Friends, by Sally Rooney

These Precious Days, by Ann Patchett

Commonwealth, by Ann Patchett

Faithful and Virtuous Night, by Louise Glück

The complete Nancy Drew book series, by Carolyn Keene

La La Land (2016)

The Center Will Not Hold (2017), documentary about Joan Didion

Every episode of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (2017—)

The complete work of Kate McKinnon on Saturday Night Live

Music and lyrics of “Georgia” by Phoebe Bridgers 

Taylor Swift’s work: all music, lyrics, and films


WINN-101: Multimedia Memories 

Looking for Alaska, by John Green

Where the Sidewalk Ends, by Shel Silverstein 

I’ve Just Seen a Face by the Beatles  

Self Control by Frank Ocean 

Wildflowers by Tom Petty 

Silver Linings Playbook, directed by David O. Russell 

Stuck in Love, directed by Josh Boone


ENGL-101: Someone Who’s Just Trying Their Best: Willow

Nectar in a Sieve by Kamala Markandaya

The Entirety of Warrior Cats

The Kane Chronicles

“Not Too Late” by Lily Pichu

“Soldier, Poet, King” by The Oh Hellos


ENGL-211: Global and Local Narratives: A Survey of Tim Delventhal

The complete lyrics of The Decemberists’ discography

V. by Thomas Pynchon

Selected works by Ken Kesey

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Silent Spring by Rachel Carlson

Complete lyrics of Steely Dan’s discography

The Condition of Postmodernity by David Harvey

Selected Readings by Joyce and Beckett

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

Vineland by Thomas Pynchon


DAN-101: Introduction to the Illustrious Life of Daniel Graham

Watch every Bucks’ basketball game during the semester

Watch The Grand Budapest Hotel

Thinking Basketball, Ben Taylor

Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro 

Broken April, Ismail Kadare

Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison

Good Omens, Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Usagi Yojimbo, Stan Sakai

Watchmen, Alan Moore

Lyrics to Chief Keef’s Love Sosa

Selected works by J. Cole, JID, and Childish Gambino

Final project: Watch game replays of every game from the Milwaukee Bucks’ 2021 NBA Championship run, and prepare a full report on that season, complete with pictures and graphs. Then, make a case for why they will win the championship this season, and why Giannis Antetokounmpo deserves to win the MVP and DPOY.


Social Media Managers

ORNITHOLOGY 1313: Fiction, Fandom, and Feelings: A Breakdown of Birdie Keller

Eva Noblezada’s rendition of “Take Me to Church”

The Broken Earth trilogy by N.K. Jemisin

“Arrival” (2016), dir. Denis Villeneuve, starring Amy Adams

V.E. Schwab’s complete works

“Supernatural” seasons 1-5 (in an actually unironic way)

Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt

This is How you Lose the Time War by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar

“Les Miserables” Tenth Anniversary Album

“Arcane” (TV Series)