ENG 101 English for Foreign Students (A). For speakers of other languages whose command of English is limited. Involves intensive experience in spoken and written English and prepares students for either ENG 102 or ENG 112, depending on the recommendation of the instructor. 3 Cr. Fall.
ENG 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 ENG 112. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 112 College Composition (A,Q). Develops skills in composition, critical inquiry and information literacy. Students generate, revise and edit several essays with special attention to the writing process. Includes an argumentative research paper that incorporates critical analysis of various sources and the use of proper documentation. 3cr. every semester. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 163 Literature, the Arts and Western Culture I (A,G,W,Y). 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.
ENG 210 Creative Writing (A,P). 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.
ENG 220 Early World Literature (A,H,O). Explores literatures of the world from antiquity to the early modern world, with considerable attention to texts outside the Western tradition. 3 Cr.
ENG 221 Who Wrote the Bible (A,H,O). Introduces students to the Bible through consideration and application of various theories of biblical authorship. Situates the Bible in its ancient near eastern cultural context. 3 Cr.
ENG 222 Genres in World Literature (A). Explores transcultural and transhistorical trajectories of a genre or related genres of world literature, examining the development of genres such as epic, picaresque, tragedy, etc. across Eastern and Western Civilizations. 3 Cr.
ENG 223 Modern World Literature (A,H,O). Explores literatures of the world since 1700, with a focus on texts outside the British and American literary traditions. 3 Cr.
ENG 224 Filming Rome (A,H,W). Studies the history, institutions and society of the Roman Empire, including Rome's emergence as a global power and the roles women and slaves played in its cosmopolitan imperial society. Each unit of inquiry culminates in consideration of how Roman history and society have been represented in contemporary film and TV productions focusing on Rome. 3 Cr.
ENG 225 The Empire Writes Back (A,D,H). Examines texts and writers that are generally categorized as "postcolonial," with a particular focus on literature from Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean. Studies how writers from those regions respond to the historical conditions created through the experience of colonialism and the various strategies that they use to assert a literary voice to counter the dominant European narrative--how "the Empire writes back," to use Salman Rushdie's phrase. Includes reading of primary texts (especially novels) and secondary readings that introduce ideas in postcolonial literary theory. 3 Cr.
ENG 228 Literature and Arts of Ancient China (A,H,O). Studies Confucian and pre-Confucian texts and practices of Ancient China. Includes a study of classical literary/philosophical works such as the I Ching, Book of Songs, Art of War, and the Analects of Confucius. Studies Chinese aesthetics and philosophy in their historical contexts. Includes practical study of the art of calligraphy, Tai Chi, and methods of addressing prejudice and conflict resolution. 3 Cr.
ENG 229 Shakespeare and Film (A,H). Engages with questions of close reading, performance, adaptation, and translation by exploring several of Shakespeare's greatest comedies and tragedies as well as various film productions of them. 3 Cr.
ENG 230 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.
ENG 231 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.
ENG 232 Women and British Short Fiction: Shelley to Woolf (A,H,W). Surveys the short story from the early nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries, paying particular attention to the spread of new genres (the detective story, for example). Emphasize women’s contributions to the genre, especially as innovators in the fields of Gothic and sensation tales. 3 Cr.
ENG 234 Jane Austen and Popular Culture (A,H,W). Introduces students to the early nineteenth-century contexts that Jane Austen wrote her works in, and the modern and post-modern offshoots, adaptations, transformations of, and obsessions with her works. Studies four Austen novels in both their Regency contexts and in relation to the twentieth and twenty-first century continuing popularity of Austen’s work. Special attention to questions of gender and genre will help to shape the course. 3 Cr.
ENG 235 Introduction to African-American Literature (A,D,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 questions concerning the socio-cultural function that the black writer serves for his/her community. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 240 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.
ENG 241 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.
ENG 242 Legacies of Slavery in American Literature (A,D,H,W). Requires reading of and responding orally and in writing to literary texts documenting the effects of slavery in America, from the 1780s to the present. Examines major themes and tropes of slavery, both during and after its practice in the U.S. including restlessness and rootlessness, passing invisibility, faith, guilt, and redemption. Investigates differing effects of slavery on men and women, including popular conceptions of virtue and sexuality, economic and family stability, and implications for parenthood. 3 Cr.
ENG 295 Writing Skills Workshop (A). Refines students' writing skills through workshopping essays. Focuses on a topic essential to the students’ success as English majors with particular emphasis on argumentation, thesis development, grammar, usage, punctuation, and incorporating sources ethically and effectively. 1 Cr.
ENG 300 Advanced Composition (A,Q). 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.
ENG 302 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.
ENG 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.
ENG 304 Fiction Workshop (A). Prerequisite: ENG 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.
ENG 305 Poetry Workshop (A). Prerequisite: ENG 210. Examines the substances and processes of writing poetry through contemporary study and objective workshop criticism of student writing. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 306 Literary Nonfiction Workshop (A). Prerequisite: ENG210. This course will introduce students to diverse subgenres of creative non-fiction such as domestic memoir, travel writing, graphic novels, and critical reviews among others. Students will develop a greater array of formal possibilities and areas of content in their own non-fiction writing. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 307 Topics in Creative Writing (A). This workshop course will offer close study of flash fiction, a subgenre defined less by length than by its effects and techniques, as well as practice in conceiving, drafting, critiquing, and revising students' own flash fiction. Text will include considerations of the form by David Jauss as well as exemplars by such established contemporary writers as Alice Walker, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, grace Paley, Ron Wallace, and others. 3 Cr.
ENG 308 Close Reading Topics in Early British Literature (A). Examines authors, issues, and/or topics in early (pre-1800) British literature. Develops students' close reading skills. Content varies, with appropriate subtitles for each individual course. May be repeated for credit with significant change in topic and content. 3 Cr.
ENG 309 Close Reading Topics in World Literature (A). Examines authors, issues, and/or topics in World (ie, non-British or American) literature. Develops students' close reading skills. Content varies, with appropriate subtitles for each individual course. May be repeated for credit with significant change in topic and content. 3 Cr.
ENG 310 Ancient Mediterranean Literature (A). Surveys literature of the Mediterranean world from antiquity to the middle ages, with considerable attention to texts outside the western tradition. Emphasizes textual analysis, with attention to social and historical contexts. 3 Cr.
ENG 311 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. Fall.
ENG 312 Classical Mythology (A). Studies Greek and Roman myths as background for Western culture, literature and fine arts. 3 Cr. Spring.
ENG 313 Close Reading Topics in Late British Literature (A). Examines authors, issues, and/or topics in late (post-1800) British literature. Develops students' close reading skills. Content varies, with appropriate subtitles for each individual course. May be repeated for credit with significant change in topic and content. 3 Cr.
ENG 314 Modern European Literature (A). Examines particular themes, genres, historical moments or movements in European literature in translation, charts the development of a discrete European national literary tradition, or critically engages the works of a seminal European author such as Balzac, Kafka, Pessoa, Mann, Proust, Sarraute, etc. Emphasizes textual analysis while attending to European cultural and socio- historical contexts. 3 Cr.
ENG 315 Caribbean Literature (A,W,Y). 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.
ENG 316 The African Novel (A,I). Cross-listed as AAS 316. 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. Fall.
ENG 317 Slavic Literature (A). Examines particular themes, genres, historical moments or movements in Russian and East European literature in translation, charts the development of a discrete Slavic national literary tradition (Russian, Czech, Polish, etc.) or critically engages the works of a seminal Slavic author such as Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Bulgakov, Hasek, Kundera, etc. Emphasizes textual analysis while attending to Russian and/or East European cultural and socio- historical contexts. 3 Cr. By Arrangement.
ENG 319 Comparative Literature (A). Studies major literary trends, movements, genres, or problems from a comparative perspective. Specific topics will vary but always includes a comparative study of non-Western literature analysis of social conflict arising from the particular topic. 3 Cr.
ENG 320 Myths and Sagas of the Viking Age (A). Considers the literature of medieval Iceland, and Norway. Readings will include the collections of mythological texts known as the Eddas (which narrate the deeds of the major Norse gods) as well as historical and pseudo-historical narratives such as the Saga of the Volsungs, Njal's Saga and the Laxdoela Saga. Attention will also be given to representations of the Viking Age in nineteenth-century prose and verse. 3 Cr. Odd Spring.
ENG 322 Victorian Childhoods (A). Analyzes the multiple, often conflicted representations of Victorian childhood experience, from the nonsensical adventures of Lewis Carroll’s Alice to the blighted urban existence of Hesba Stretton’s working-class protagonists. Through close readings of works for and about children, students will ask how the Victorians understood childhood voice and agency—the possibility that children could actively shape their worlds, from the home to the empire. 3 Cr.
ENG 323 Shakespeare's Histories and Tragedies (A). Explores several histories and tragedies to gain a detailed and in-depth understanding of the issues and themes central to Shakespeare's works. Although knowledge of historical background is essential, the primary focus will be on the poetic, thematic and dramatic elements that cause these plays to resonate so profoundly today. 3 Cr.
ENG 324 Shakespeare¿s Comedies and Romances (A). Explores several comedies and romances to gain a detailed and in-depth understanding of the issues and themes central to Shakespeare's works. Although knowledge of historical background is essential, the primary focus will be on the poetic, thematic and dramatic elements that cause these plays to resonate so profoundly today. 3 Cr.
ENG 325 Shakespeare (A). Shakespeare plays, relating them to their cultural, historical, and political contexts. Play titles vary depending on the instructor. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 326 Genres in British Literature (A). Undertakes the study of British drama, poetry, or short story and novelistic fiction with an emphasis on genre study, close reading, formal analysis and critical writing. Content, genre focus and time period vary with each course centering upon the conventions of selected genres within their historical frames such as Modern and Contemporary British Drama or Poetry. 3 Cr.
ENG 327 Comedy and Tragedy in British Literature (A). Provides a study of comic and tragedy genres in British literature across historical periods and literary genres. Emphasizes close attention to be the conventions of comic and tragic genres and forms, and skills of close reading, literary and critical writing. Content and historical generic foci (drama, fiction, poetry, film) vary. 3 Cr.
ENG 328 Close Reading Topics in Early American Literature (A). Examines authors, issues, and/or topics in early (pre-1900) American literature. Develops students' close reading skills. Content varies, with appropriate subtitles for each individual course. May be repeated for credit with significant change in topic and content. 3 Cr.
ENG 329 Captivity and Slavery in Black, White and Red (A). Focus is on the clashes of cultures in the context of captivity and slavery. Readings (in translation) from texts originally written in English, Spanish and French ranging from 1542 to 1861, from Nova Scotia to Sierra Leone. Study of these narratives provides a broad historical and literary overview of New World literature before the Civil War. 3 Cr.
ENG 331 American Novel I (A). A historical survey of the American novel to 1900, with readings from a number of significant novelists. 3 Cr.
ENG 332 American Novel II (A). Examines selected American novels after 1900 according to thematic, stylistic, and chronological patterns. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 333 Close Reading Topics in Late American Literature (A). Examines authors, issues, and/or topics in late (post-1900) American literature. Develops students' close reading skills. Content varies, with appropriate subtitles for each individual course. May be repeated for credit with significant change in topic and content. 3 Cr.
ENG 336 Asian-American Literature (A,I,W,Y). 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.
ENG 337 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.
ENG 338 Contemporary American Poetry (A). Examines the unique character of poetry after World War II: aesthetic theory, significant themes, prominent contributors. Improves students' critical analytical skills via written assignments of varying character. 3 Cr.
ENG 343 Lesbian and Gay Literature (A,D,W,Y). Cross-listed with WMS 343: Focuses on gay and lesbian authors; analyzes the intersections between race, class, gender and sexuality in contemporary literature. Requires oral presentations, intensive critical discussion and written responses to texts. 3 Cr.
ENG 344 Black Poets (A). Explores Black American poetry and poetics of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries with emphasis on the cyclical dynamic of political discomfort for African Americans & the subsequent poetic movements created in response. Pursuant to this aim, major authors such as Hughes, Walker, Brown, Brooks, Baraka, Neale, Sanchez, Dove, Komunyakaa, Alexander, Schockley, Hayes and the Roots are studied. 3 Cr.
ENG 345 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. Every Semester.
ENG 346 Techniques in the Novel (A,W). Course is designed to acquaint students with varieties of novels, emphasis on conventions and techniques of English and American novels. Takes both a generic and a historical approach. Students practice close reading skills and study critical terms related to the novel and related genres (e.g. medieval romance and travel narrative). Critical writing and basic literary-critical and /or historical research are required. 3 Cr.
ENG 348 Sex and Gender in Literary Theory (A,W). Provides an advanced introduction to the traditions of literary theory and criticism related to sex and gender studies. Closely analyzes primary theoretical material as well as literary texts in relation to theory. Requires students to write papers of analysis from multiple critical perspectives, classify and describe perspectives of various critics, and define critical terms. 3 Cr.
ENG 349 Introduction to Literary Theory (A). 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. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 350 Tragedy & Trauma (A). Prerequisite: ENG 303. Explores tragic drama with special attention to how tragedians represent physical and emotional violence. May focus on a single period of literary history (e.g. classical antiquity or early modern Europe) or approach tragedy diachronically. May also consider non-dramatic literary works written in the tragic mode (e.g. the novels of Toni Morrison) 3 Cr.
ENG 353 Bible and Modernity (A,I,O). Provides an interdisciplinary investigation of controversies surrounding the Bible in the modern world. 3 Cr.
ENG 354 Texts and Contexts Topics in Early British Literature (A). Examines authors, issues, and/or topics in early (pre-1800) British literature. Develops students' ability to relate literary texts to theoretical, historical, biographical, or other context. Content varies, with appropriate subtitles for each individual course. May be repeated for credit with significant change in topic and content. 3 Cr.
ENG 355 Disability Studies and American Literature (A,I). Synthesizes an introduction to disability studies with narrative and linguistic analysis. Includes a number of 20th and 21th century American literary texts in multiple genres (including drama, novels, short stories, memoir, and poetry) through the lens of disability studies. Integrates knowledge from multiple knowledge areas (Humanities, Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, and Arts) and disciplinary perspectives (including medicine, sociology, political science, history, cultural studies, and literary studies). Students will be expected to learn the basic tenets of disability studies and apply them to upper level literary analysis. 3 Cr.
ENG 356 Medieval Law and Literature (A). Considers the development of law in England from the Anglo-Saxon period to the Reformation. Begins with early influences on English law (such as the "barbarian laws" of the Continent and Norse law) as preparation fror examining the Magna Carta and other legislation. Examines texts as responses to legal change. 3 Cr.
ENG 357 Texts and Contexts Topics in Late British Literature (A). Examines authors, issues, and/or topics in late (post-1800) British literature. Develops students' ability to relate literary texts to theoretical, historical, biographical, or other context. Content varies, with appropriate subtitles for each individual course. May be repeated for credit with significant change in topic and content. 3 Cr.
ENG 359 Romantic Nationalism and the Origin of Human Rights (A,I). Examines the simultaneous origins of human rights and the modern idea of the nation. Studies literary texts that represent this intersection in antebellum America. Texts include James Fenimore Cooper, Last of the Mohicans, Daniel Defoe's Moll Flanders; and important theoretical works on the rise of the modern idea of nationhood and on the origins of human rights. Draws on meterial from the Humanities and Social Sciences. 3 Cr.
ENG 360 Magical Realism (A). 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.
ENG 363 Writing in Exile (A). Examines the exile as a familiar figure in literary history and a quintessential figure of modernity. Considers how exile, positioned between cultures, recasts each. Focuses on how modern exiles—Joyce, Conrad, Beckett, Brodsky, Ionesco, Nabokov, Kundera, Makine, Hoffman, Soyinka, Aciman, Mukherjee, Satrapi—draw on and redraw abandoned and adopted literary landscapes as well as the transnational and transhistorical terrain constituted by literature of exile. 3 Cr.
ENG 364 Visions and Revisions: Transcultural Literary Metamorphoses (A). Explores the ways that later literature responds to (re-imagines, interrogates, critiques) classical or “classic” texts in discrete historical contexts. Might explore revisions of Greek and Roman myth in modern literature, non-Western revisions of European novels of “becoming”, twentieth century revisions of Shakespearian tragedy, etc. 3 Cr.
ENG 365 Confronting Death (A,I). Students are encouraged to consider the implications of human mortality through a varied program of reading that addresses the following issues: the plausibility of life after death, public and private mourning and consolation, the ethical permissibility of suicide, and the effects of modern biomedical advances on our understanding of death. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 366 Literature and Forgiveness (A,I). Examines texts from literature and the humanities, from antiquity to the present, to explore the human experience of forgiveness from multiple perspectives, including literary, philosophical, religious, judicial, and political perspectives. Students explore possible definitions of forgiveness, complexities in its conception, and real-life application in recent human history. 3 Cr.
ENG 367 Women in World Literature (A). Cross-culturally examines writing by and about women. May be focused on particular themes, genres, historical moments, movements or international women authors. May address questions concerning literary canons, social and cultural contexts for literary representations of women, women writers working within particular genres, politics of women’s writing and publication, etc. 3 Cr.
ENG 368 Non-Western Literatures of the Ancient World (A). Studies the epic, religious and dramatic traditions of the ancient non-Western world from their beginnings to 1700. Includes study of the literary and philosophical traditions of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. 3 Cr.
ENG 369 Texts and Contexts Topics in World Literature (A). Examines authors, issues, and/or topics in world literature (i.e., other than British/American). Develops students' ability to relate literary texts to theoretical, historical, biographical, or other context. Content varies, with appropriate subtitles for each individual course. May be repeated for credit with significant change in topic and content. 3 Cr.
ENG 370 Beowulf and Its World (A). Focuses on the Old English poem Beowulf, its place in the world of Viking-Age Europe, and aspects of its critical reception. Includes instruction in Old English grammar with the aim of reading the poem in its original language. 3 Cr.
ENG 371 Religion in Early English Literature (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303. Study the complex and shaping role of religion and religious Conflict on English Renaissance literature. Includes an examination of high literary texts (Milton, Spenser, etc.) as well as popular and community-produced works. Includes a study of Early Modern print culture along with historical, critical, and theoretical readings. 3 Cr.
ENG 372 Sex and Gender in the Renaissance (A). Focuses on matters of sex, sexuality and gender in the literature of the British Renaissance. Examines a variety of works from the 16th and 17th centuries, with attention to those by and about women; depictions of masculinity and femininity and the sex act; and treatments of same-sex friendships and sexual relationships. 3 Cr. Fall.
ENG 374 Tudor and Stuart Drama (A). Prerequisite: ENG 303 or equivalent. Involves close study of plays by men and women in England from 1585-1685 in a cultural, historical and political context. Specific playwrights may include Marlow, Kyd, Beaumont, Fletcher, Jonson, Webster, Marston, Cary, Ford, Milton, Cavendish and Behn. 3 Cr.
ENG 375 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.
ENG 376 British Novel II (A). Surveys major British novelists from the Victorian period to the present day. Authors covered may include Dickens, Eliot, Forster, Ishiguro, and McEwan. 3 Cr.
ENG 377 J.R.R. Tolkien and His Influence (A). Studies the historical and intellectual influences on the writing of the seminal fantasy writer J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as the way that his writing has influenced modern and contemporary writers. Includes a study of the medieval and other works that influenced Tolkien, as well as Tolkien’s major works alongside his poetry, drama, essays and letters. Includes study of current Tolkien scholarship. 3 Cr.
ENG 378 Twentieth and Twenty-first Century British Literature (A). Examines literatures from the Britain, the Empire and the Commonwealth in terms of the historical and geopolitical changes within these entities since 1900. Considers modernist, postmodern, post colonial and contemporary writers and texts through lenses of national cultural and political history and literary and intellectual developments. 3 Cr.
ENG 380 Early American Gothic (A). Traces the evolution of early American Gothic literature, up to around 1900. Studies the particularly American expression of this movement, rooted in the mystical and Calvinist traditions of Spanish, French, English and African immigrants that resulted in a “native” literature. 3 Cr.
ENG 381 Popular Culture in Early America (A). Analyzes emergence of genres of popular culture such as scandalous novels, detective story, and popular domestic romance. Also explores changing cultural technology related to mass production in the period between 1760-1900. 3 Cr.
ENG 382 American Gothic (A). Starting with Poe, Brown and Hawthorne, the course traces the evolution of the Gothic to the present day. Includes other writers who have struggled to portray the power of darkness: Gilman, Faulkner, O'Connor, Oates, Koga, and Morrison. 3 Cr. Fall.
ENG 383 After the Slave Narrative (A). Co-requisite: ENG303. History of African-American experimental writing from the slave narrative to autobiographical writing “after” the slave narrative—“after” meaning both later in time and “in the manner of” the slave narrative. Study of the influence of slave narratives on later African-American writing and culture throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Requirements include several short, analytical essays; some basic literary-critical and/or historical research. 3 Cr.
ENG 384 Texts and Contexts Topics in Early American Literature (A). Examines authors, issues, and/or topics in early (pre-1900) American literature. Develops students' ability to relate literary texts to theoretical, historical, biographical, or other context. Content varies, with appropriate subtitles for each individual course. May be repeated for credit with significant change in topic and content. 3 Cr.
ENG 385 Jazz Age Literature and Culture (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303. Studies the “jazz age” as cultural and literary phenomenon. While this course focuses on literature, and other cultural materials will be introduced to help understand this decade. 3 Cr.
ENG 386 Writings By African-American Women (A,I,W,Y). Cross-listed as WMS 389. 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.
ENG 387 American War Literature (A). Focuses on literature about American experiences in several wars: the Civil War, World War I, World War II, and/or Vietnam. Examines the relationship between history, fiction, and experience as well as authorial authority, and explores how the experience of war, at home and on the battlefront, changed the nature of American literature. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 388 Texts and Contexts Topics in Late American Literature (A). Examines authors, issues, and/or topics in late (post-1900) American literature. Develops students' ability to relate literary texts to theoretical, historical, biographical, or other context. Content varies, with appropriate subtitles for each individual course. May be repeated for credit with significant change in topic and content. 3 Cr.
ENG 389 American Literature and Environmental Imagination (A). This interdisciplinary course explores American environmental writing from both scientific and literary perspectives and investigates the relationship between natural science, natural history and environmental literature. Examines how subjective and objective investigations of the natural world enrich one another and lead to a more complete sense of place. Course includes lectures, discussions, group presentations and field exercises emphasizing description, measurement and aesthetic response. 3 Cr.
ENG 392 Labor and Equality in Nineteenth Century America (A). Analyzes representations of work and labor in nineteeth-century United States, including factory, slave, unionized, farm and domestic labor. Studies these forms of work in relation to the language of equality. Authors may include Melville, Douglass, Whitman, and lesser known popular authors who wrote about bankruptcy, crime and “get rich quick” schemes. 3 Cr.
ENG 393 American Short Forms (A,W). This course covers the rise of the “short short” story in recent American literature as well as its impact on other literary forms such as the prose poem, the 10-minute play, and “brief” literary non-fiction. Includes a focus on the use of this alternative form as a way to express subversive or marginalized perspectives. 3 Cr.
ENG 394 Soldiers, Trauma, and Identity in American Literature (A,I). Examines literature of American wars, mostly recent, to understand how the soldier’s identity is tied to American values and how literature registers trauma. Uses readings in Trauma studies to contextualize and engage with literary readings. Requires students to argue for interpretations of texts as representations of trauma. 3 Cr.
ENG 396 Children's Literature (A). Explores literature written for children and evolving representations of the child, childhood, and/or child-rearing in texts written from the eighteenth- to the present. Course will study historical and social contexts and may include a focus on the “Golden Age” of children’s literature (1865-WWI), representative genres, themes in children’s literature, and an introduction to bibliographic and critical resources in the field. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 397 Young Adult Literature (A). Explores the representation of the young adult in literature with an emphasis on the portrayal of the diverse experiences of coming of age across differences in race, gender, nation, and historical era. Covers a wide range of genres and social issues, such as identity formation, discrimination, parent/child conflicts, suicide, and bullying. Introduces students to bibliographic and critical resources. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 401 Ancient Christian Literature (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Explores important texts from the diverse world of ancient Christianity, either surveying the wide body of late antique Christian literature that survives, or focusing on particular topic, such as Gnostic religion and literature or ancient Christian poetry. This course emphasizes cultural and historical context, as well as theoretical approaches to the study of ancient Christian literature. 3 Cr.
ENG 402 Faith and World Literature (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Considers literature from various eras, national traditions, and religious worldviews; represents and investigates religious faith. In the process of considering how discrete texts engage with particular religious traditions and institutions, the course also considers how literature explores questions about God, revelation, sin, retribution, the afterlife, and related “religious” topics. 3 Cr.
ENG 403 New Testament Literature (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Explores the diverse literature of the New Testament, either surveying this part of the Christian Bible or focusing on a particular topic, such as Jesus and the gospels or Paul and his epistles. Emphasizes cultural and historical context, as well as theoretical approaches appropriate to the study of the New Testament. 3 Cr.
ENG 405 Sex/Gender and World Literature (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Explores how sexuality and gender is represented in world literature, with special attention to how diverse cultures and literary traditions construct these concepts differently. May examine sex and gender in various genres and literary traditions during a single period of literary history (e.g. classical antiquity, the European Renaissance, postmodernism) or explore concepts diachronically, to discover how representations of sexuality change over time. 3 Cr.
ENG 407 Dialogues with Dostoevsky in World Lit (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Examines how modern literature and art explore pathologies in urban life, moral philosophy, individual psychology, and aesthetics. Taking as its fulcrum Dostoevsky’s fictions and their Gothic, Romantic, and Realist contexts, our inquiry pursues dialogues with Dostoevsky in works ranging from Gogol’s stories to novels by Machado de Assis, Kafka, Bulgakov, Sokolov, Lins, Saramago, Coetze, and Pelevin, to Pessoa’s poetry, to films by Buneuel, Bresson, Bergman, and Tarkovsky. 3 Cr.
ENG 408 City, Carnival, & Consciousness in Latin American Literature (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Examines the association between Latin American literature and carnival, post-colonial critique, and postmodern playfulness. Focuses on peculiarly urbane aspects of Latin American, especially Luso-Brazilian literature: considering the city as both fictional and socio-historical setting for the production and critique of modern Latin American literature, carnival as an apt context for understanding ambivalent cultural consciousness, and reflexive consciousness—anxious, playful, polyphonic, wholly urbane. 3 Cr.
ENG 409 Postmodernism in World Lit & Theory (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Examines postmodern world literature and theory, contending with such issues as literary reflexivity (writing in the margins of the text or the rewriting of literary tradition), rewriting of history (writing on cultural margins), problematics of memory, cultural identity, dissent and dissembling, the death of the author, cosmopolitanism, globalization, etc. 3 Cr.
ENG 410 Apartheid and After: South African Literature (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Examines South African literature both before and after the country’s watershed historical moment in 1994, when the apartheid era formally ended. Compares the role of literature in resisting apartheid to its post-apartheid functions of assessing history and defining a multi-racial South African national identity. Draws from relevant contemporary cultural theory. 3 Cr.
ENG 411 Heart of Darkness: The Literary Legacy (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Explores the enduring significance and controversy of Joseph Conrad’s novel in shaping the literary image of Africa. Examines literary precursors on Conrad, and uses Heart of Darkness as a touchstone text for exploring more recent representations of the racial and geographic Other. Draws from relevant contemporary cultural theory. 3 Cr.
ENG 412 Literature in the Context of Transnationalism &Globalization (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Explores cultural expressions of sameness and difference in an age of globalization, with its peculiar seductions and discontents. May focus on transnational expressions of secularism and faith, on the metropolis and suburbia, on forms of cross-pollination in world literature, cinema, music, etc. 3 Cr.
ENG 415 Postcolonial Literature and Theory (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Examines representative postcolonial texts (e.g., South Asian, African and Caribbean) through the lens of postcolonial theory (e.g., Said, Spivak, Bhabha, Fanon), which emphasizes the nature and function of narrative, representation, and cultural identity under colonial power relations and also since independence. Key issues include the role of ideology, class, language, cultural identity, forms of cultural expression, and the shifting dynamics of global economic relations. 3 Cr.
ENG 416 Slavic and European Theory (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. With particular attention to historical and cultural contexts, critically examines intersections, insights, and limits of literary study through such critical lenses as Russian formalism, Bakhtinian scholarship, French Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, the Tartu School of Cultural Semiotics, and transnational cultural theory. 3 Cr.
ENG 418 How Theory Travels (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Explores counterpoints and convergences of Western and non-Western approaches to world literature. May draw from disciplines including comparative literature, history, and anthropology, focusing on how concepts in world literature and theory are incorporated into new cultural contexts. 3 Cr.
ENG 420 Topics in World Literature (A). 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. Every Semester.
ENG 422 New Worlds in Renaissance Literature (A). Examines the significance of these “new worlds”—both real and fantastic—for early modern literature throughout the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Readings will include texts by Christopher Columbus, Sir Walter Raleigh, St. Thomas More, Edmund Spenser, Francis Bacon, William Shakespeare, John Donne, Johannes Kepler, and Margaret Cavendish. 3 Cr.
ENG 423 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. Every Semester.
ENG 424 Chaucer and His Contemporaries (A). Examines a variety of works by Chaucer. Emphasizes The Canterbury Tales. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 426 Advanced Shakespeare (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Course builds upon the required Shakespeare or other British Renaissance course, focusing in depth on a theme or topic in Shakespeare’s works. Students may also be required to read works by Shakespeare’s contemporaries, plus a substantial amount of secondary material, including criticism, theory, and historiography. Culminates in an independent research project. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 427 Milton and Paradis(s) Lost (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Focuses on the life and works of John Milton, one of England’s greatest writers and most radical thinkers. Opens with Milton’s early poems and selections from his daring defenses of divorce, freedom of speech, and political revolution. Focus will be on products of the writer’s later years: Paradise Lost, paradise Regined, and Samson Agonistes. 3 Cr.
ENG 429 British Gothic Literature (A). ENG429 Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. A study of the social, psychological, and aesthetic significance of British Gothic literature. It begins with an examination of the Gothic revolution at the opening of the nineteenth century and its relationship to the catastrophic historical events of the time. It explores the extent to which this literature developed as an avant garde art form, its connection with British romantic writings, and the impact it had on nineteenth-century American literature. 3 Cr.
ENG 430 The Long Eighteenth Century (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. Every Semester.
ENG 431 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. Every Semester.
ENG 432 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. Every Semester.
ENG 433 Victorian Poetry (A). Introduces major poets and poetic forms from c. 1832 – 1901, with attention to emerging genres such as the dramatic monologue and the verse novel. Requires substantive research essay. Authors may include Arnold, the Brownings, the Rossettis, Swinburne and Tennyson 3 Cr.
ENG 435 British Literature of Colonization and Decolonization (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Studies the relation of British, British colonial and immigrant literatures to British empire-building, imperialism and decolonization, primary across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Familiarizes students with prominent critical and theoretical positions on colonial, postcolonial, commonwealth and Black British literatures. Engages students in a significant independent research project that is critically and theoretically engaged. 3 Cr.
ENG 436 Modern British Literature (A). ENG436 Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Studies major British dramatists, poets, and novelists of the 20th century. Usually includes Shaw, Woolf, Lawrence, and Auden 3 Cr.
ENG 437 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. Every Semester.
ENG 438 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. Every Semester.
ENG 440 Seminar in Later 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. Every Semester.
ENG 442 Topics in Women's Literature (A,W,Y). Prerequisite: ENG 303 or equivalent; 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.
ENG 443 Beauty and Performance: Black Women's Writing (A,W). Examines how Eurocentric philosophical theories of aesthetics and beauty became popularized and have affected Black women and women in general. Pursues an understanding of the ways Black women writers have engaged in discourse with these theories and resisted the harm they perpetuate. Covers works of literature by and about Black women, films and documentaries, and other artifacts of popular culture. 3 Cr.
ENG 445 Issues in Early American Literature and Culture (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Focuses on new World writing before 1800, with particular emphasis on cultural contexts of a limited scope. Contexts will differ from seminar to seminar: e.g. the immigrant experience, politics, the natural world, religion, etc. 3 Cr.
ENG 450 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. Every Semester.
ENG 451 American Literature: the Romantic Era (A). An intensive study of the blossoming of American literature in the decades prior to the Civil War, the growth of individualism, and its impact on various groups through Transcendentalism, slave narratives and women's novels. Features major authors such as Cooper, Dickinson, Melville and Stowe. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 452 American Literature: 19th Century Women's Novel (A,W,Y). Pre-requisite: ENG 303; Cross-listed as WMS 452. 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. Every Semester.
ENG 453 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 Gilman. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 454 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, Hurston, Hughes, and Faulkner. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 462 African Film and Fiction (A,I). Examines the emerging field of African cinema and its relation to literature from that continent. Films and readings reflect major cultural issues in contemporary Africa, and offer insight into artists' responses to those issues. Draws on interdisciplinary methods and approaches from the arts (cinema and literary works), the humanities (textual criticism) and the social sciences (postcolonial cultural theory). 3 Cr.
ENG 463 Linguistics and Second Language Acquisition (A). Contrastive analysis of the language components of English, French and Spanish; phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, and semantics. Examines sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives related to the role of language in culture, identity and learning. Explores languages acquisition theories, and their application to bilingualism and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. 3 Cr.
ENG 471 Topics in Late American Literature (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303. Provides advanced study in literature, theory, and culture in twentieth-century and later U.S. literature. Topics vary by semester. 3 Cr.
ENG 472 Capstone Seminar in Literature and Theory (A). Designed for students in their senior year, capstone seminars give students the opportunity to pursue specialized work based on focused reading of texts, criticism, literary history, and/or theory. Students engage in independent research and writing, culminating in the completion of an extended, theoretically-informed seminar paper or project. This class requires students to bring together skills and knowledge developed through throughout their pursuit of the major. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 473 Linguistics for Second Language Acquisition (A). Contrastive analysis of the language components of English, French and Spanish; phonetics and phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, and semantics. Examines sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives related to the role of language in culture, identity and learning. Explores languages acquisition theories, and their application to bilingualism and the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. 3 Cr.
ENG 476 American Dialects (A). Considers regional and social dialects of American and British English, African-American English and its history, pidgins and creoles, and observed differences in the speech of men and women. Attention given also to matters language policy, such as the use of non-standard dialects in reading instruction or “English Only” laws. Includes instruction in use of the International Phonetic Alphabet and in the methods of descriptive grammar. 3 Cr.
ENG 477 Language Awareness for Writers (A). Introduces students to aspects of language and culture currently of importance to writers, educators and the general public. Students explore new perspectives in the study of language about topics including but not limited to the effects of technology on language and communication, language and politics, propaganda, and the language of advertising. Students are encouraged to develop critical thinking to discuss and write about current language issues in the U.S. Helps students to connect language study to reading and writing. 3 Cr.
ENG 478 History and Structure of English (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.
ENG 479 Linguistics (A). Prerequisite: Junior or senior status. Provides a study of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and sociolinguistics. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 480 Old English (A). Pre-requisites: ENG303 & 9 hrs. 300-level lit credits. Focuses on forms of written English employed between 600-1100 A.D., with the aim of reading substantial examples of Old English prose and verse in the original language. Readings may include selections from “Beowulf,” “The Dream of the Rood” and “The Battle of Maldon,” as well as saints’ lives. 3 Cr.
ENG 481 Grammar of Standard Written English (A). Surveys Perscriptive, Descriptive, Generative, and Contextual theories of grammar. Reviews the conventions of Standard Written English. Students analyze samples of their own writing to discover grammatical structures their personal styles favor, and they become aware of the variety of structural choices available to them as writers. 3 Cr. Every Semester. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
ENG 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.
ENG 483 Career Preparation for English Majors (A). Prepares English majors for internships and career transition with emphasis on writing cover letters, résumés, and polishing interview skills. Focuses on how students can market the skills honed in the literature and creative writing classroom. The swing course is appropriate for sophomores seeking internships and scholarships through grad students interested in non-academic careers. 3 Cr.
ENG 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.
ENG 485 Professional Writing (A). Builds on the close reading and critical thinking skills of Humanities students to strengthen detail-oriented, audience-driven written documents, both print and electronic, appropriate to expectations in a variety of workplaces. For Humanities majors and graduate students. 3 Cr.
ENG 490 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. Every Semester.
ENG 491 Advanced Fiction Workshop (A). Prerequisite: ENG 305 and either ENG 304 or ENG 306. 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. Every Semester.
ENG 492 Advanced Poetry Workshop (A). Prerequisite: ENG 305 and either ENG 304 or ENG 306. 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. Every Semester.
ENG 493 Advanced Literary Nonfiction Workshop (A). Prerequisite: ENG 305 and either ENG 304 or ENG 306. 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. Every Semester.
ENG 495 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 writing 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.
ENG 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. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester.