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Department of English

211 Hartwell
(585) 395-2503

Chairperson and Professor: Janie Hinds; Professor: Robert J. Gemmett; Dean of International Programs and Associate Professor: John J. Perry; Associate Professors: Miriam E. Burstein, T. Gregory Garvey, J. Roger Kurtz, Anne Panning; Assistant Professors: Sharon Allen, Ralph W. Black, Stephen Fellner, Jennifer Haytock, Stephan Jurasinski, Megan Norcia, Joseph Ortiz; Lecturers: Jeanne Grinnan, Louis Hillman, Teresa Lehr, Sidney Rosenzweig.

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The Department of English offers a wide range of courses in American, British, and world literatures, composition and creative writing— including workshops in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. The English major is tailored for students who wish to pursue a passion for reading and writing, and for those who seek a general education in literary studies as they plan for careers in education, law, business administration, public relations, advertising, or government—indeed, any field where effective use of the English language and critical thinking skills are seen as essential to a broad humanistic perspective. Our majors choose between a literature or creative concentration (outlined below), where their course work is designed to develop both analytical and creative skills. As an alternative, the English minor gives students an opportunity to select courses appropriate to their individual needs and interests. Students majoring or minoring in English must complete at least 50 percent of their course work (18 credits for the major, nine credits for the minor) at SUNY Brockport.

Major Specialties in English
Students who major in English must select a 36-credit major from one of two options: literature or creative writing.

Option 1: Literature

The English Major-Literature focuses on English, American, and world literatures and affords students extensive practice in critical analysis and writing. The Literature track provides strong preparation for elementary and secondary teachers, for professional careers in business and law, and for the further study of literature in graduate school.

General Guidelines: Literature courses include the genres of poetry, fiction, film, drama, and the essay. Most majors take about 40–45 credits in English. In selecting their required courses, electives, or other courses beyond the 36-credit minimum, students are encouraged to construct personal concentrations in such areas as: American, British, or world literature; film studies; women writers; modern literature, etc., or to explore the diversity of English studies. Individual courses fulfill only one requirement in the major, and only liberal arts courses (designated by an A) can be used to satisfy the 36-credit minimum requirement.

Minimum Course Requirements:
Credits
  ENL 303 Introduction to Literary Analysis (minimum grade of "C")
3
British Literature
  One course in British Literature before 1800
3
  (Examples: ENL 202 British Literature I, ENL 322 British Novel I ENL 411 Chaucer, ENL 416 British Renaissance, ENL 417 The Age of Dryden, Pope and Johnson)
   
  One course in British Literature after 1800
3
 

(Examples: ENL 203 British Literature II, ENL 419 English Romantic Writers, ENL 420 The Victorians and Others, ENL 424 Modern British Literature, ENL 425 Contemporary British Writers, ENL 426 Irish Writers)

   
American Literature
  One course in American Literature before 1900
3
  (Examples: ENL 204 American Literature I, ENL 429 Roots of American Literature, ENL 431 American Literature: The Transcendental Movement)
   
  One course in American Literature after 1900
3
  (Examples: ENL 205 American Literature II, ENL 435 Modern American Poetry, ENL 443 Contemporary American Poetry, ENL 434 American Literature of the Cold War Era)
   
World Literatures and Cultures
  Two World Literature courses only one of which may be at the 100 level
6
  (Examples: ENL 165 International Fiction, ENL 353 The Bible and Modernism, ENL 367 African Novel, ENL 457 Women and Film, ENL 475 Post-Colonial Literature)
  OR
  One World Literature Course and one British or American Literature course which has a significant emphasis on cultural differences (Examples: ENL 235 Introduction to Afro-American Literature, ENL 237 Native-American Literature, ENL 327 Loss of Innocence)
  ENL 315 Shakespeare
3
  Linguistics and Language (ENL 450, ENL 451, ENL 455, or ENL 481)
3
  Two elective courses in English at the 300-400 level
6
  ENL 472 Critical Approaches to Literature (prerequisites: ENL 303 and 9 credits of 300-400 level study in English)
3
   
  Total:
36

 

Teacher Certification Students: Students preparing for teaching in elementary schools are strongly advised to take ENL 305 Advanced Composition and ENL 482 Children’s Literature. Students preparing for teaching in secondary schools must take ENL 305 Advanced Composition and ENL 484 Young Adult Literature as electives.

Preparation for Business, Law and Public Service: Literature courses which emphasize psychological, social, and verbal analysis provide a solid basis for the type of critical thinking needed in professional positions, while courses in writing, business communications, journalism/publication, etc. provide a solid basis in communication skills central to these areas.

Option 2: Creative Writing

The English Major-Creative Writing allows students to follow a program of study in English which will enable them to explore their talents and develop their skills in a series of writing courses and related literature courses.

General Guidelines: Literature courses include the genres of poetry, fiction, film, drama, and the essay. Most majors take about 40–45 credits in English. In selecting their required courses, electives, or other courses beyond the 36-credit minimum, students are encouraged to construct personal concentrations in such areas as American, British, or world literature; film studies; women writers; modern literature, etc., as well as taking additional courses in writing or literature. Individual courses fulfill only one requirement in the major, and only liberal arts courses (designated by an A) can be used to satisfy the 36-credit minimum requirement.

Minimum Course Requirements:
Credits
  ENL 303 Introduction to Literary Analysis (minimum grade of "C")
3
  ENL 210 Creative Writing (the prerequisite for ENL 301 and 302)
3
   
Literature Requirements (one course must be in literature before 1900)
  One course in British Literature
3
  One course in American Literature
3
  One course in World Literature
3
   
Workshop Requirements
  ENL 301 Fiction Writers Workshop
3
  ENL 302 Poetry Writers Workshop
3
  ENL 403 Writers Craft (may be repeated once)
3
  One Advanced Writers Workshop (ENL 301 or 302 are prerequisites for the related Advanced Workshops; these 400 level Workshops may be repeated once)
3
  ENL 491 Advanced Fiction Writers Workshop
  ENL 492 Advanced Poetry Writers Seminar
  ENL 493 The Creative Essay
   
Two elective courses in English at the 300-400 level
6
  ENL 472 Critical Approaches to Literature
  (prerequisites: ENL 303 and 9 credits of 300-400 level study in English)
3
   
  Total:
36

Teacher Certification Students (elementary schools): Students preparing for teaching in elementary schools are strongly advised to take ENL 305 Advanced Composition and ENL 482 Children’s Literature.

Preparation for Business, Law and Public Service: Literature courses which emphasize psychological, social, and verbal analysis provide a solid basis for the type of critical thinking needed in professional positions, while courses in writing, business communications, journalism/publication, etc. provide a solid basis in communications skills central to these areas.

Minor in English

The minor in English allows students majoring in other disciplines to construct a program of study in English that will be appropriate to their individual interests and prospective careers.

English Minor Requirements
The minor requires 18 credits, including ENL 303 Introduction to Literary Analysis with a grade of “C” or better. Of the additional five elective courses (15 credits), at least two must be at the 300 level or above, and only one may be at the 100 level.

Students may wish to construct their individualized English minor around concentrations in such areas as American literature, British literature, film studies, women writers, cultural studies in literature, writing, and modern literature. It is also acceptable to simply choose five electives of interest.

Student Life
The Writers Forum provides exposure to significant contemporary writers and critics. The English Club offers a variety of activities, including the publication of student writing. Sigma Tau Delta, an international honor society, recognizes significant academic accomplishment. Awards are available for student scholarship, and outstanding literary-critical, fiction, poetry, and non-fiction writing.

Study Abroad
Study-abroad programs sometimes are available. Information is available in the Office of International Education.

General Education Requirements
The following courses may be taken to meet the lower-division Humanities (H) requirement:

  • ENL 165 International Fiction
  • ENL 166 Literature and Culture
  • ENL 202 British Literature I
  • ENL 203 British Literature II
  • ENL 204 American Literature I
  • ENL 205 American Literature II
  • ENL 235 Introduction to African-American Literature
  • ENL 237 Native-American Literature
  • ENL 244 Women and Courtly Love

The following courses may be taken to meet the lower-division Comparative Perspectives (C) requirement:

  • ENL 237 Native-American Literature
  • ENL 353 The Bible and Modernism
  • ENL 366 Arabic Culture and the West

The following courses may be taken to meet the Diversity (D) requirement:

  • ENL 165 International Fiction
  • ENL 166 Literature and Culture
  • ENL 204 American Literature I
  • ENL 205 American Literature II
  • ENL 339 Writings by African-American Women
  • ENL 366 Arabic Culture and the West
  • ENL 367 African Novel
  • ENL 378 Women in American Literature
  • ENL 418 Significant Themes in British Literature
  • ENL 470 Women’s Popular Culture
  • ENL 474 Caribbean Literature
  • ENL 475 Post-Colonial Literature
  • ENL 476 Magical Realism

The following courses may be taken to meet the Western Civilization (G) requirement:

  • ENL 163 Literature, Arts, and Western Culture I
  • ENL 164 Literature, Arts, and Western Culture II

The following courses may be taken to meet the Contemporary Issues (I) requirement:

  • ENL 353 The Bible and Modernism
  • ENL 357 Postmodern Culture
  • ENL 366 Arabic Culture and the West
  • ENL 367 The African Novel
  • ENL 378 American Women Writers
  • ENL 439 Asian-American Literature
  • ENL 457 Women and Film
  • ENL 470 Women’s Popular Culture
  • ENL 475 Postcolonial Literature
  • ENL 477 Issues in Science Fiction
  • ENL 495 Literature of the Holocaust
  • ENL 496 Sex and Censorship in Literature and the Media

The following courses may be taken to meet the Perspectives on Women (W) requirement:

  • ENL 205 American Literature II
  • ENL 244 Women and Courtly Love
  • ENL 339 Writings by African-American Women
  • ENL 378 Women Writers in American Literature
  • ENL 427 Women in the Novel
  • ENL 439 Asian-American Literature
  • ENL 441 American Literature: 19th-Century Women’s Novel
  • ENL 442 Topics in Women’s Literature
  • ENL 457 Women and Film
  • ENL 470 Women’s Popular Culture
  • ENL 495 Literature of the Holocaust
  • ENL 496 Sex and Censorship in Literature and the Media

Notes: ENL 112 or equivalent is a prerequisite for any ENL course above 200. Subtitles and contents of topics, seminar, genre, mode, theme, and workshop courses vary by semester. Consult the department for information concerning offerings in any given semester. Each semester the department provides a booklet containing instructors’ descriptions of courses they offer. The booklet may be obtained in the department office.

English Courses

ENL 102 Fundamentals of College Composition (A). For students who need practice in expository writing skills. Provides intensive work in writing standard, edited English as preparation for entering ENL 112. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 112 College Composition (A). Cross-listed as HON 112. Emphasizes the development of written discourse with special attention to the writing process. Students generate, revise, and edit several short essays, as well as practice writing in ways that exercise their critical reading and thinking skills. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 163 Literature, the Arts and Western Culture I (A,G,W). Cross-listed as HON 209. Explores how major literary works reflect significant ideas and issues from gender to power politics, from religious beliefs to racist prejudices, from heroism to hedonism, of the times when they were created. 3 Cr.

ENL 164 Literature, the Arts and Western Culture II (A,G). Cross-listed as HON 215. Examines the intellectual, economic, and political trends in the arts which contributed to the shape and character of American culture. 3 Cr.

ENL 165 International Fiction (A,C,D,H). Focuses on literary works from various cultures as vehicles for an examination of human nature. Assumes that, despite differences in nationality, race and culture, human beings share similar concerns, values, and attitudes. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 166 Literature and Culture (A,C,D,H). Examines selected works of literature to illustrate comparative religious, political, scientific, and artistic issues as well as the conflicts inherent in individual, societal, and cultural values. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 200 Art of the Film (A,F). An introduction to film as an art form combining visual, dramatic, and aural arts. Covers basic film vocabulary, elements of film art, trends in film esthetics, and analysis of style of important selected filmmakers; includes screening of short and feature films. Required for Film Studies minors. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 202 British Literature I (A,H). Explores works from British literature written between 800 and 1800, including those of such writers as Chaucer, Shakespeare and Milton. Examines various styles, forms, and genres. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 203 British Literature II (A,H). Explores British literature written from 1800 to the present, including works by writers such as Wordsworth, Browning, Yeats and Woolf. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 204 American Literature I (A,D,H). Surveys texts written in or about America prior to the Civil War. May include exploration and captivity narratives, Puritan writing, writing of the American Revolution, and major romantic authors such as Emerson, Fuller, Hawthorne, Melville, Douglass, and Stowe. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 205 American Literature II (A,D,H,W). Surveys texts written in or about America from the post-Civil War era to the present. Introduces students to literary movements of the period such as realism, modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat generation, postmodernism, and the rise of ethnic American writing. May include writers such as James, Stein, Hughes, Ginsberg, Pynchon, and Kingston. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 210 Creative Writing (A). Examines techniques for writing poetry; prose, and/or creative nonfiction and requires students to critique each other's and to revise their own work. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 235 Introduction to Afro-American Literature (A,H). Cross-listed as AAS 235. Provides an introductory survey of the literature of people of African ancestry in the Americas. Acquaints students with major literary figures and significant historical periods. Discusses issues regarding the relationship between the writers and socio-political and cultural movements and of questions concerning the socio-cultural function that the black writer serves for his/her community. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 237 Native-American Literature (A,C,H). Surveys Native-American voices and visions on issues such as environment, sex roles, and the problems of mixed racial and ethnic people. Uses historical material to define the issues, but with an emphasis on Native-American writings of the 20th century. 3 Cr.

ENL 244 Women and Courtly Love (A,H,W). Cross-listed as WMS 244. Studies the roles of women in literature of the courtly love tradition in European and British Middle Ages, and the influence of that literature on sex and gender roles. 3 Cr.

ENL 301 Fiction Writers Workshop (A). Prerequisite: ENL 210. Develops mastery of the materials and techniques of writing fiction. Requires students to objectively criticize their own work and the work of others. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 302 Poetry Writers Workshop (A). Prerequisite: ENL 210. Examines the substances and processes of writing poetry through contemporary study and objective workshop criticism of student writing. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 303 Introduction to Literature Analysis (A). For English majors and prospective majors. Provides skills needed to understand literature in English. Includes close reading of selected texts and study of literary genres, critical terms, and the relationship between text and context. Provides practice in writing literary analyses. Emphasizes skills of generating, rewriting, and editing the documented critical essay and other nonfiction prose suitable to the needs and future careers of English majors. Majors and minors must earn a "C" or better. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 304 Creative Non-fiction Writer's Workshop (A). Prerequisite: ENL 210. Introduces students to the diverse subgenres of creative non- fiction such as domestic memoir, travel writing, graphic novels, critical reviews among others. Students develop a greater array of formal possibilities and areas of content in their own non-fiction writing. 3 Cr.

ENL 305 Advanced Composition (A). A workshop course. Covers analytical, persuasive, and research writing and introduces advanced writing techniques. Revision is expected. Encourages participants to think critically and solve writing problems creatively. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 308 Business Writing and Computers (B). Required for business majors. Allows students to expand word processing skills to prepare communications for the business world, including letters, memos, reports, and job applications. Emphasizes editing skills. Cannot be counted for the English major. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 312 Tudor and Stuart Drama (A). Closely examines plays by men and women in England from 1585-1685 in cultural, historical, and political contexts. Playwrights may include Marlowe, Kyd, Beaumont, Fletcher, Jonson, Webster, Marston, Cary, Ford, Milton, Cavendish, Behn. 3 Cr.

ENL 315 Shakespeare (A). Covers several Shakespeare plays, relating them to their cultural, historical, and political contexts. Play titles vary depending on the instructor. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 322 British Novel I (Before 1800) (A). Provides a study of the rise and development of the novel as an art form in 18th-century England from the works of Daniel Defoe to the emergence of the Gothic novel. 3 Cr.

ENL 327 Loss of Innocence (A). Surveys American literary periods and literature within their historical, social, and cultural contexts. Focuses on the expansion of literary subjects, issues, and voices, particularly those of minorities. 3 Cr.

ENL 331 Modern American Drama (A). Studies selected plays by 20th-century American authors, using a variety of critical approaches. 3 Cr.

ENL 339 Writings by African-American Women (A,D,W). Cross-listed as AAS 339, WMS 339. Surveys literary representations in Afro-American fiction from the Harlem Renaissance to the present. Examines the degree to which sexism, cultural stereotypes and racism influence the portrayals and function of women in black American literature. Explores concerns with women's issues and the emergence of the feminist movement in America. 3 Cr.

ENL 350 World Literature I (A). Explores literatures of the world from antiquity to the early modern world, with considerable attention to texts outside the Western tradition. 3 Cr.

ENL 351 World Literature II (A). Explores literatures of the world since 1700, with a focus on texts outside the British and American literary traditions. 3 Cr.

ENL 353 The Bible and Modernism (A,C,I). Provides an interdisciplinary investigation of controversies surrounding the Bible in the modern world. 3 Cr.

ENL 354 Bible as Literature (A). Provides an extensive examination of the design, moral, ethical and historical significance of the Bible, as well as its major literary forms, including short story, myth, proverbs, psalms, historical narrative and apocrypha. 3 Cr.

ENL 355 Classical Mythology (A). Studies Greek and Roman myths as background for Western culture, literature and fine arts. 3 Cr.

ENL 356 World Mythologies (A). Defines myths as prehistoric, preliterate narratives from an oral tradition and sees these narratives as fundamental in many ways, stemming from the earliest days of human thought, development and civilization. Considers myths from Africa, the Orient, American Indians, Europe and South America. Examines what myths say about death, creation, fertility, and the hero. 3 Cr.

ENL 357 Postmodern Culture (A,I). Explores the interrelationship between various aspects of contemporary culture, especially the cultural influences of technology and the mass media on literature, film, and other arts. Explores how social conditions, changing beliefs about human society, international capitalism, and recent technological changes have led to changes in culture, lifestyle, even thinking, that can best be described as postmodern. 3 Cr.

ENL 366 Arabic Culture and the West (A,C,D,I). The Middle East is arguably the area of the world that is most volatile and least understood by people from Western cultural backgrounds. Provides an interdisciplinary exploration of perceptions of the cultural "other," concentrating on cultural products of the Arabic-speaking world. 3 Cr.

ENL 367 The African Novel (A,D,I). Cross-listed as AAS 367. Examines major authors and movements in the development of the novel in Africa. Emphasizes the texts themselves, but with attention to their social and historical contexts. 3 Cr.

ENL 374 American Novel I (A). A historical survey of the American novel to 1900, with readings from a number of significant novelists. 3 Cr.

ENL 375 American Novel II (A). Examines selected American novels according to thematic, stylistic, and chronological patterns. 3 Cr.

ENL 378 Women Writers in American Literature (A,D,I,W). Cross-listed as WMS 378. Examines the ways in which American women writers address the particular circumstances of women's lives during particular decades. Explores the diversity of women's writing by including the works of best-selling writers, women of color, working- class women, and radical experimentalists. Provides students with an historical, social and cultural context in which to locate various works. 3 Cr.

ENL 388 Brockport Career Exploration Course (A). Cross-listed as BCE 338. This course involves students in internships that employ writing, analyzing, researching, explaining, problem solving and/or other skills developed in English courses. Students work closely with Career Services and a faculty sponsor, as well as their internship director. 3 Cr.

ENL 395 Introduction to Canadian Literature (A). Covers the development of Canadian literature in English from 1867 to the present. Emphasizes 20th-century writing throughout Canada, from the Maritimes to British Columbia, and places it within its cultural heritage, which often parallels that of the US. 3 Cr.

ENL 402 Poetry: Theory and Practice (A). Explores issues in contemporary poetic theory, study of selected poets, and close readings of texts. Intended for creative writers and serious readers. 3 Cr.

ENL 403 The Writer's Craft (A). Allows students to meet with the directors of the Writers Forum and guest artists and critics to discuss contemporary literature and the creative process. Contact the department for names of guests set to appear in the semester and other details. May be repeated for credit. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 405 Creative Writing for Teachers (A). Explores how to stimulate writing and creative response to literature. Examines contemporary literature for models and requires students to develop writing exercises and to produce and discuss individual work. Reviews and analyzes current material on the teaching of creative writing. 3 Cr.

ENL 411 Chaucer and his Contemporaries (A). Examines a variety of works by Chaucer. Emphasizes The Canterbury Tales. 3 Cr. Spring

ENL 412 Medieval British Literature (A). Studies medieval British literature in its principal forms: lyric, drama, allegory, and romance; its antecedents in Old English literature; its influence on 15th-century writers; and its connections to European and Middle Eastern literatures. 3 Cr.

ENL 416 The British Renaissance (A). Provides a study of selected poetry, fiction, criticism, and philosophy by British writers, from More to Milton. 3 Cr.

ENL 417 The Age Of Dryden, Pope and Johnson (A). Covers selected works from British literature written between 1660 and 1800, including samples from Dryden, Congreve, Pope, Swift, Defoe and Johnson. Examines some ways these writers resolve the tensions created by the competing demands of reason, tradition, and the imagination during this period. 3 Cr.

ENL 418 Significant Themes in British Literature (A,D). Studies the relation of British literature to Empire-building and Imperialism, with special focus on texts relating to the "high imperialism" of the late 19th century. 3 Cr.

ENL 419 English Romantic Writers (A). Covers major authors of the Romantic period (from Blake through Keats); examines significant figures in Romantic literature (such as Byronic heroes and Wordsworth's wanderers); and assesses Romanticism as a cultural phenomenon. 3 Cr.

ENL 420 Victorians and Others (A). Examines contributions of the era, such as the writings of Tennyson, Browning, Dickens and others from 1832 to World War I, to the development of British literary thought and artistry. 3 Cr.

ENL 421 Seminar in British Writers (A). Provides a study of significant authors treated singly or in coherent combinations. Content varies, with appropriate subtitles provided for the individual course. May be repeated for credit with significant change in focus. 3 Cr.

ENL 424 Modern British Literature (A). Studies major British dramatists, poets, and novelists of the 20th century. Usually includes Shaw, Woolf, Lawrence, and Auden. 3 Cr.

ENL 425 Contemporary British Literature (A). Provides a study of major British writers in the later 20th and 21st centuries. Usually includes Amis, Osborne, Pinter, Golding, Lessing, and Ishiguro. 3 Cr.

ENL 426 Irish Writers (A). Covers major contributions of Anglo-Irish authors to literature in English, including selected works of Beckett, Joyce, Synge, and Yeats. 3 Cr.

ENL 427 Women in the Novel (A,W). Cross-listed as WMS 427. Provides in-depth examination of select novels, with some touching upon novels from other countries, to consider their thematic forms and functions, their literary significance, and especially what they reveal about the roles of women and attitudes to patriarchy. 3 Cr.

ENL 429 Roots of American Literature (A). Provides an intensive study of texts dealing with America between European contact and 1800. May include European fantasy writing, exploration and captivity narratives, Puritanism, texts of the American Revolution, and the origins of the American novel. May include representative authors such as John Smith, Bradstreet, Rowlandson, Occum, Winthrop, Franklin, Otis Warren, and Brockden Brown. 3 Cr.

ENL 430 American Literature: The Romantic Era (A). Provides an intensive study of the blossoming of American literature in the decades prior to the Civil War. Studies the growth of individualism and its impact on various groups of people by studying Transcendentalism, slave narratives, and women's novels. Features major authors such as Cooper, Dickinson, Melville, and Stowe. 3 Cr.

ENL 431 Transcendental Movement (A). Provides an intensive study of the influential Transcendentalist cultural and intellectual movement and its theories of aesthetics, spirituality, politics, and culture. May include readings from Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, Parker, Very, as well as important peripheral figures who were influenced by the movement such as Noyes, Garrison, Dickinson, and Whitman. 3 Cr.

ENL 432 American Realism (A). Examines American realism which, with its emphasis on the representation of everyday events and lives, chronicles the social fabric of late 19th- and early 20th-century America by tackling issues such as industrialization, race relations, women's rights, immigration, and class struggle. May include writers such as James, Chesnutt, Harper, Far, Dreiser, DuBois, and Perkins Gilman. 3 Cr.

ENL 433 The Jazz Age to World War II (A). Study of selected American novelists and poets who deal with the cultural explosion of the period. May include Anderson, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Lewis, Eliot, Frost, and others. 3 Cr.

ENL 434 American Literature of the Cold War Era (A). Examines the major literary movements in post-World War II America, paying special attention to the relationship between political, economic, and cultural changes both inside and outside the United States, and American writing. May include writers such as Hersey, Okada, Friedan, Sontag, Mailer, and Ginsberg. 3 Cr.

ENL 435 Modern American Poetry (A). Provides an investigation into the formative period 1910 - 1945 of 20th-century American verse, emphasizing significant figures from Robinson, Lowell, and Frost to Cummings, Stein, and Eliot. 3 Cr.

ENL 436 Postmodern American Poetry (A). Provides an investigation into American verse written after the mid-20th century, emphasizing figures such as Berrymen and Lowell, as well as their contemporaries Plath and Sexton, and significant poets from more recent times. 3 Cr.

ENL 437 American Gothic (A). Starting with Poe, Brockden Brown and Hawthorn, the course traces the evolution of the Gothic to the present day. Includes other writers who've struggled to portray "the power of darkness": Bierce, Gilman, Lovecraft, Faulkner, O'Connor, Oates and Koja. 3 Cr.

ENL 438 American Poetry: Bradstreet to Whitman (A). A survey of American verse from its beginnings to the late 19th century, emphasizing representative poets such as Bradstreet and Whitman. 3 Cr.

ENL 439 Asian-American Literature (A,D,I,W). Explores Asian-American literature and culture both historically and thematically with an emphasis on the development of Asian-American literary voices and identities from the mid-20th century to the present. Includes major works of fiction, poetry, drama, prose, film, and critical and theoretical essays to facilitate discussion. 3 Cr.

ENL 440 Literature of the American Family (A,I). This course will focus on the family, family interaction, and family problems in modern American literature. Primary and secondary readings in sociology and history will be used to provide a critical perspective on this topic. 3 Cr.

ENL 441 American Literature: 19th Century Women's Novel (A,W). Cross-listed as WMS 441. Provides an intensive study of the novel as a form of women's self-representation and cultural criticism. May include novels about family life, anti-slavery and temperance, slave narratives; historical novels; and representations of urban and industrial experience. 3 Cr.

ENL 442 Topics in Women's Literature (A,W). Cross-listed as WMS 442. Provides advanced study of women in literature and women's literature, focusing, for example, on some aspect of female lives, such as adolescence; on one or more female authors writing in a shared tradition, genre, or period; or on women writing on a common topic or from perspectives held in common. 3 Cr.

ENL 445 American Modernism (A). Focuses upon writers of the first half of the 20th century who defined American modernism by consciously breaking away from artistic conventions of the 19th century through experimentation in language, form, style and a heightened awareness of writing itself. Writers may include Pound, Stein, Hemingway, Neale Hurston, Hughes, and Faulkner. 3 Cr.

ENL 446 American Writers and Travel, 1870-1930 (A). Provides a study of significant American authors treated singly or in coherent combinations. Content varies, with appropriate subtitles provided. May be repeated for credit with significant change in focus. 3 Cr.

ENL 450 Standard English and Its Varieties (A). Examines the development of Standard English and other varieties from a sociolinguistic, historical perspective. Provides a study of language acquisition, regional and social dialects, and the distinction between grammar and usage. Includes practice in and testing of contemporary usage. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 451 Linguistics (A). Prerequisite: Junior or senior status. Provides a study of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and sociolinguistics. 3 Cr.

ENL 455 Sociolinguistics (A). Prerequisite: Junior or senior status. Provides a study of language in social context. Analyzes problems in social dialects and communications, jargons, slang, bilingualism and language of social conflict. 3 Cr.

ENL 457 Women and Film (A,I,W). Cross-listed as WMS 457. Focuses on films by women. Considers the following questions: Have women filmmakers depicted the world differently from "dominant" cinema? What possibilities exist for forms of "feminine" film discourse that are truly different from dominant film discourse? What has been the history of women filmmakers? How many of these women have indeed tried to speak a different "language"? 3 Cr.

ENL 458 Great American Film Actors: Selected Topics (A). Closely studies great actors of American film who have lent their unique talents to film tradition and analyzes the artistic, social, personal, and cultural aspects of these actors and their careers. Focus and actors selected may vary, but may not be repeated for credit. 3 Cr.

ENL 460 Great American Film Directors (A). Using various critical perspectives, provides an in- depth study of major films of selected American film directors–Hitchcock, Capra, Welles. Specific focus shown by subtitle. May be repeated for credit with significant change in focus. 3 Cr.

ENL 462 Selected Topics in Film (A). Explores significant themes and/or eras in film, for example: films of the 1950s, romantic couples, musicals, detective and western films, and film noir in cultural context. Specific topics shown by subtitle. May be repeated for credit with significant change in topic. 3 Cr.

ENL 463 Great International Film Directors (A). Using a variety of critical perspectives, provides for an in-depth study of major films of selected international film directors. Normally focuses on two or three directors such as Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Truffaut, Renoir, Eisenstein, Sagawa, and others. Specific focus shown by subtitle; may be repeated for credit with significant change in focus. 3 Cr.

ENL 464 The Film Star (A). Focuses on the contribution of the actor to the film, differences between acting for silent and for sound films, and differences in acting on stage and in film. Screens films and provides for discussion. 3 Cr.

ENL 465 American Film Comedy (A). Surveys the development of American comic style in film from the silent era to today. Requires screenings of films from Sennett's "Keystone" slapstick to Allen's cerebral comedy. Explores the function(s) of comedy, the theory of laughter, comic visions of America, and personal style vs. genre in comedy. 3 Cr.

ENL 466 Studies in Literary Modes (A). Provides a study of an important literary mode through reading, analysis, and creation of selected works within selected mode. 3 Cr.

ENL 467 Tragedy as a Genre (A). Investigates tragedy as both a literary genre and a way of interpreting the world. Considers both personal and cosmic aspects of tragedy in literary works from differing eras and cultures. 3 Cr.

ENL 470 Women's Popular Culture (A,D,I,W). Cross-listed as WMS 470. Explores women's popular culture to engender a cultural analysis. Considers such questions as how women's popular culture responds to women's psychosocial needs and how it functions within the dominant culture. Examines samples of the fiction and films that represent 20th-century American women's popular culture. 3 Cr.

ENL 472 Critical Approaches to Literature (A). Prerequisite: ENL 303 and nine credits of 300/400 level literature courses. Analyzes literary texts in terms of form and content. Requires students to write papers of analysis from at least three literary perspectives, classify and describe perspectives of various critics, and define critical terms. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 474 Caribbean Literature (A,W). Surveys 20th century literature from the Caribbean, including drama, poetry and narrative. Includes Anglophone writers as well as non-English works in translation. Examines literature in the context of historical and cultural issues such as the nature of Caribbean identity, the role of language, and the reconstruction of history. 3 Cr.

ENL 475 Postcolonial Literature (A,D,I). Surveys some of the most lively literature from areas of the world that were formerly European colonies: the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia in particular. Introduces what is sometimes called the "post-Colonial condition," exploring what it is and how writers have responded to it. 3 Cr.

ENL 476 Magical Realism (A,D). Introduces the important 20th-century literary movement known as magical realism. Examines its roots in Latin America as well as its adoption in other locations, with particular attention to the historical context in each case. 3 Cr.

ENL 477 Issues in Science Fiction (A,I). Covers significant developments in the history of speculative and science fiction. Explores major themes such as sex, science and prejudice. Includes representative authors such as Wells, Asimov, Heinlein and Le Guin. 3 Cr.

ENL 478 Seminar in World Literature (A,D,I). Provides a study of significant authors or topics in world literature (i.e., other than British/American). Content varies, with appropriate subtitles for each individual course. May be repeated for credit with significant change in topic and content. 3 Cr.

ENL 481 English Grammar (A). Provides a study of a variety of options writers have in applying transformational rules when they generate sentences. Also provides appropriate terminology for grammatical form and function. Introduces contemporary grammatical theories and analyzes passages of prose and poetry to illustrate the relationship between rhetoric and syntactic choice. 3 Cr.

ENL 482 Children's Literature (A). Explores the conventions of children's literature; development of genres of children's literature; and biographical, bibliographical and critical resources in the field. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 484 Young Adult Literature (A). Examines the needs of the young adult reader. Surveys genre literature as well as literature in content areas. 3 Cr. Every Semester

ENL 491 Advanced Fiction Writers Workshop (A). Prerequisite: ENL 301. Focuses on the writing of fiction and the applied criticism of fiction. Requires students to bring manuscript to a polished state of form, style and content. May be repeated for credit. 3 Cr.

ENL 492 Advanced Poetry Writers Seminar (A). Prerequisite: ENL 302. Focuses on original poetry writing and applied criticism. Requires intensive critical discussion, revision, and some consideration of work by selected contemporaries. May be repeated for credit. 3 Cr.

ENL 493 The Creative Essay (A). Primarily a writing course in which students "workshop" essays. Explores the historical evolution of the essay and its new forms. Requires students to read a variety of essays and create their own. May be repeated for credit. 3 Cr.

ENL 495 Literature of the Holocaust (A,I,W). Prerequisite: Instructor's permission. Provides for readings and discussions concerning Hitler's attempted destruction of the European Jews, both fiction and non-fiction, including the work of survivors and victims. Incorporates esthetic, moral, and political perspectives, with special emphasis on the relevance for our time. 3 Cr.

ENL 496 Sex and Censorship in Literature and the Media (A,I,W). Cross-listed as WMS 496. Considers the expression of sexual themes–and censorship of them–in contemporary literature, film and media. Includes topics such as the erotic in art, definitions of pornography and obscenity, evolution of censorship standards and practices, the Hollywood Code, the US Commission on Obscenity and Pornography (1970) and its critics, and recent feminist perspectives. 3 Cr.

ENL 499 Independent Study in English (A). To be defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor in accordance with the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr.

The information in this publication was current as of June 2005 when the text was compiled. Changes, including but not restricted to, tuition and fees, course descriptions, degree and program requirements, policies, and financial aid availability may have occurred since that time. Whether or not a specific course is scheduled for a given term is contingent on enrollment, budget and staffing. The college reserves the right to make any changes it finds necessary and may announce such changes for student notification in publications other than the College catalogs. For the purpose of degree and program completion, students are bound by the requirements in effect as stated in the printed catalog at the time of their matriculation at SUNY Brockport. Inquiries on the current status of requirements can be addressed to the appropriate College department of office. Also refer to the Brockport Web site home page at www.brockport.edu for current information.

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