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ENG 505 Sex/Gender in World Literature (A). 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 or the European Renaissance) or explore the concepts diachronically, to discover how they change over time. 3 Cr.

ENG 516 The British Renaissance (A). Studies selected poetry, fiction, criticism, drama, and philosophy by British writers from More to Milton. 3 Cr.

ENG 542 Topics in Women's Literature (A). Prerequisite: ENG 303 or equivalent; 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 549 20th Century Asian American Writing (A). Examines the formation of the Asian American Literary canon from the late 19th Century to the present. Examines issues of racialized gender and sexuality, cultural memory, the immigrant experience and American identity. Considers similarities and differences between Asian American writers of different backgrounds. 3 Cr. Odd Spring. 3 Cr. Odd Spring.

ENG 550 20th Century Asian American Literature (A). Examines the formation of the Asian American Literary canon from the late 19th Century to the present. Examines issues of racialized gender and sexuality, cultural memory, the immigrant experience and American identity. Considers similarities and differences between Asian American writers of different backgrounds. 3 Cr.

ENG 562 African Film and Fiction (A). 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 573 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 576 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 577 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 578 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 579 Linguistics (A). Provides a study of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and sociolinguistics. 3 Cr.

ENG 581 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 582 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 583 Career Preparation for English Majors (A). Prepares English majors for internships and career transition with emphasis on writing cover letters, rsums, 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 584 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 585 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 590 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 595 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 599 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.

ENG 600 Introduction to Graduate Studies (A). Introduces MA-Lit Track students to research methods in English at the graduate level and to literary theory as applicable to course work in the discipline. Requires independent research, work with peers, interaction with guest scholars, and a conference-length research paper and presentation. 3 Cr. Fall.

ENG 603 Seminar in Creative Writing (A). Brings the theory and method of creative writing to the study of selected readings in poetry and/or prose. Topics will vary, but may include the lyric poem; the novel; memoir, publishing and the literary journal; prosody; and the teaching of writing. Instructor’s permission required; may be repeated once for credit. 3 Cr. Fall.

ENG 604 World Modernisms (A). Through close, culturally contextualized, comparative critical readings ranging across conventional geo-cultural and generic divides, this seminar reconsiders Modernist domains, dimensions, and dynamics. While revisiting texts and contexts that have defined Modernism- from Proust’s Paris to Woolf’s London- our study is reoriented towards anticipatory and alternative modernisms in Petersburg texts by Dostoevsky and Bely, in Machado de Assis’s and Mario de Andrade’s hallucinated cities. 3 Cr.

ENG 605 Studies in World Literature (A). Examines selected authors, issues, or topics in world (non-British or American) literature. Provides intensive study that may vary by course and may be repeated for credit if topic changes. 3 Cr.

ENG 606 Studies in Early English Literature (A). Variable topic. Focuses on a major example of literature written in English in either the Old English (ca. 600-1100) or Middle English (1150-1450) periods, along with advanced readings in the relevant scholarship. Repeatable with different topic. 3 Cr.

ENG 610 Studies in 18th Century Literature (A). Introduces the student to a specific topic in the study of eighteenth-century British literature. Considers a number of texts ( from various genres) alongside important historical and social contexts. The specific topic of the course will vary each time it is offered. 3 Cr. Even Spring.

ENG 611 Literary Approaches to the Bible (A). Studies the Bible, or portions thereof, from critical perspectives informed by contemporary literary theory. May focus on the Bible’s influence on later literature (e.g., the Bible and the novels of William Faulkner or John Milton and the Bible) or on discrete portions of the Bible itself (e.g. the writings of Paul, Jesus and the Gospels, narrative from the Hebrew Bible, etc.). Alternatively, the topic may be driven by theory (e.g. Biblical Intertextualities or Feminist Approaches to the Bible). 3 Cr.

ENG 615 Evil in World Literature (A). Explores the theme of evil in world literature through careful examination of a handful of texts from a variety of national literatures and literary traditions, ancient and modern. Focuses on analysis and interpretation of works of literary art with an aim toward exploring and understanding the pressing psychological, ethical, philosophical, and even theological problems these texts raise. 3 Cr.

ENG 616 Studies in the English Renaissance (A). Focuses on an important topic in literature and culture in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century England. Topics and authors will vary each year, though authors may include Shakespeare, Milton, Spenser, Marlowe, Donne, Jonson. 3 Cr.

ENG 629 Seminar in Modern British Literature (A). Advanced readings in the major authors, genres and themes of the period of British Modernism (approx. 1900 - 1950). Meets requirement for late British Literature for graduate students in English. 3 Cr.

ENG 630 Seminar in Nineteenth Century British Literature (A). Advanced readings in the major authors, genres, and themes of the British Romantic and Victorian periods, c. 1798-1901. May be repeated for credit when the topic changes. 3 Cr.

ENG 631 Studies in Contemporary British Writers (A). Studies two or three major contemporary English authors. Typically includes Pinter, Lessing, Fowles, Golding, Stoppard and Lodge. Specific focus indicated by subtitle. 3 Cr.

ENG 632 Studies in American Literature Before 1870 (A). Covers selected major authors before 1870. Includes authors such as Puritan writers, Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville and other important writers. Specific focus indicated by subtitle. 3 Cr.

ENG 633 Studies in American Literature Since 1870 (A). Covers selected advanced topics in American Literature since 1870. Provides intensive study of specific topics that will vary by course. May be organized around particular literary figures, movements, or issues. 3 Cr.

ENG 682 Seminar in 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 may include a focus on the “Golden Age” of children’s literature (1865-WWI), representative genres, themes in children’s literature, and extensive discussion of critical and theoretical resources in the field applied to picture books, poems, or novels. 3 Cr. Spring.

ENG 684 Seminar in 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 range of genres and social issues, such as identity formation, discrimination, parent/child conflicts, and bullying. Offers an extensive introduction to the literary-critical dialogue within the field. 3 Cr. Fall.

ENG 690 Advanced Writing in the Discipline (A). Capstone course for the English MA, Literature track. The purpose is twofold: 1) to prepare students for the final project (ENG 697), a 30-35 page scholarly essay that contributes substantially to current discussions within the student’s chosen field; 2) to acquaint students with the practices and conventions of advanced academic writing (such as peer review and revision). 3 Cr. Every Semester.

ENG 691 Prose Workshop (A). A seminar in the practice of prose writing (fiction and/or nonfiction), with particular attention given to discussion and critique of student’s own work. The workshop is supplemented by readings in modern and contemporary prose, essays on craft etc. May be taken 3 times for credit. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

ENG 692 Poetry Workshop (A). A seminar in the practice of poetry writing, with particular attention given to discussion and critique of students’ work. The workshop is supplemented by readings in modern and contemporary poetry, essays on craft, etc. May be taken 3 times for credit. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

ENG 697 Advanced Project in Literature (A). Allows students to complete their final project for the MA in Literature, supervised by the Director of Graduate students and an additional reader. The project will consist of revising and enhancing a paper previously submitted in ENG 690 Advanced Writing. Successful completion of the project will include an oral defense. 3 Cr. Every Semester.

ENG 698 Thesis (A). Arranged with the thesis director. While thesis may be taken for one to six credits, normally students enroll for either three or six credits. 1-6 Cr. By Arrangement.

ENG 699 Independent Study in English (A). Designed individually through consultation between student and instructor to suit the student's needs and interests and the special competence of the instructor. Additional requirements may be imposed by the department. 1-6 Cr. By Arrangement.

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