Majors reservation week is October 29 - November 2. See your advisor that week to sign up early for Spring 2019 English classes.
- Literature Track Advising Guide
Introduction to Literary Analysis 5869 ENG 303.01 Intro to Literary Analysis MWF 1:25-2:15 Hinds, Janie 5870 ENG 303.03 Intro to Literary Analysis TR 11:00-12:15 Allen Sharon 5871 ENG 303.04 Intro to Literary Analysis MWF 10:10-11:00 Garvey, Greg 7680 ENG 303.05 Intro to Literary Analysis TR 2:00-3:15 Fellner, Steve
American Literature Before 1900 7574 ENG 235.01 Introduction to Afro–American Literature TR 9:30-10:45 Tait, Althea 7025 ENG 380.01 Early American Gothic MWF 12:20-1:10 Hinds, Janie
American Literature After 1900 7598 ENG 235.01 HON Afro–American Literature TR 12:30-1:45 Tait, Althea 6590 ENG 240.01 American Literature I MWF 1:25-2:15 Young, Phil 7587 ENG 241.01 American Literature II MWF 12:20-1:10 Young, Phil 7678 ENG 333.01 American Drama MWF 12:20-1:10 Haytock, Jennifer 7600 ENG 344.01 Black Poets TR 3:30-4:45 Tait, Althea 7576 ENG 355.01 Disability American Literature MWF 1:25-2:15 Obourn, Milo 7575 ENG 394.01 War Trauma & American War Literature MWF 9:05-9:55 Haytock, Jennifer
Shakespeare 6137 ENG 323.01 Shakespeare Histories Tragedies TR 11:00-12:15 Slater, Michael 6594 ENG 323.02 Shakespeare Histories Tragedies TR 3:30-4:45 Slater, Michael
British Literature Before 1800 7573 ENG 230.01 British Literature I TR 2:00-3:15 Kerfoot, Alicia 7597 ENG 427.01 Milton Paradise TR 2:00-3:15 Slater, Michael
British Literature After 1800 7577 ENG 376.61 British Novel II ONLINE Kerfoot, Alicia 7586 ENG 429.01 British Gothic Literature MWF 9:05-9:55 Burstein, Miriam
World Literature 7677 ENG 221.01 Who Wrote the Bible MWF 2:30-3:20 Busch, Austin 7589 ENG 312.01 Classical Myth MWF 10:10-11:00 Busch, Austin
Capstone 6818 ENG 472.01 Capstone Seminar TR 12:30-1:45 Allen, Sharon
Electives 5864 ENG 210.01 Creative Writing TR 9:30-10:45 Metzger, Thomas 6412 ENG 210.01T Creative Writing TR 9:30-10:45 (TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY) 5865 ENG 210.02 Creative Writing MWF 1:25-2:15 Iuppa, MJ 6177 ENG 210.02T Creative Writing MWF 1:25-2:15 (TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY) 5866 ENG 210.03 Creative Writing MWF 1:25-2:15 Cedeno, Sarah 6413 ENG 210.04 Creative Writing MWF 11:15-12:05 Cedeno, Sarah 6414 ENG 210.04T Creative Writing MWF 11:15-12:05 (TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY) 7599 ENG 210.05 Creative Writing MW 3:35-4:50 Whorton, Jim 6936 ENG 210.06 Creative Writing MWF 2:30-3:20 Whorton, Jim 6937 ENG 300.01 Advanced Composition TR 11:00 - 12:15 Baker, Robert 5867 ENG 304.01 Fiction Workshop TR 12:30-1:45 Panning, Anne 6178 ENG 304.02 Fiction Workshop TR 2:30-3:20 Panning, Anne 7590 ENG 305.01 Poetry Workshop TR 11:00-12:15 Fellner, Steve 6952 ENG 305.61 Poetry Workshop ONLINE Fellner, Steve 7679 ENG 348.01 Sex & Gender in Literary Theory TR 2:00-3:15 Obourn, Milo 7718 ENG 396.01 Children’s Literature W 6:30-9:15 Norcia, Megan 7719 ENG 396.61 Children’s Literature ONLINE Norcia, Megan 6817 ENG 397.01 Young Adult Literature TR 9:30-10:45 Proehl, Kristen 6271 ENG 397.02 Young Adult Literature TR 2:00-3:15 Proehl, Kristen 7654 ENG 473.01 Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition TR 12:30-1:45 Barski-Moskal, Ewelina 7593 ENG 483.01 Career Preparation English TR 9:30-10:45 Norcia, Megan 6830 ENG 492.01 Advanced Poetry Workshop M 6:30-9:15 Black, Ralph 7596 ENG 493.01 Advanced Literary Nonfiction Workshop T 6:30-9:15 Panning, Anne 5877 ENG 495.01 Writer’s Craft W 6:30-9:15 Black, Ralph
Close Reading Courses(ENG 300—ENG399) 7589 ENG 312.01 Classical Myth MWF 10:10-11:00 Busch, Austin 7678 ENG 333.01 American Drama MWF 12:20-1:10 Haytock, Jennifer 7600 ENG 344.01 Black Poets TR 3:30-4:45 Tait, Althea 7679 ENG 348.01 Sex & Gender in Literary Theory TR 2:00-3:15 Obourn, Milo
Texts and Contexts Courses (ENG 350—ENG 399) 7577 ENG 376.61 British Novel II ONLINE Kerfoot, Alicia 7025 ENG 380.01 Early American Gothic MWF 12:20-1:10 Hinds, Janie 7576 ENG 355.01 Disability & American Literature MWF 1:25-2:15 Obourn, Milo 7575 ENG 394.01 War Trauma & American Literature MWF 9:05-9:55 Haytock, Jennifer 7718 ENG 396.01 Children’s Literature W 6:30-9:15 Norcia, Megan 7719 ENG 396.61 Children’s Literature ONLINE Norcia, Megan 6817 ENG 397.01 Young Adult Literature TR 9:30-10:45 Proehl, Kristen 6271 ENG 397.02 Young Adult Literature TR 2:00-3:15 Proehl, Kristen
400-Level Seminar 7597 ENG 427.01 Milton Paradise TR 2:00-3:15 Slater, Michael 7586 ENG 429.01 British Gothic Literature MWF 9:05-9:55 Burstein, Miriam
Creative Writing 5864 ENG 210.01 Creative Writing TR 9:30-10:45 Metzger, Thomas 6412 ENG 210.01T Creative Writing TR 9:30-10:45 (TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY) 5865 ENG 210.02 Creative Writing MWF 1:25-2:15 Iuppa, MJ 6177 ENG 210.02T Creative Writing MWF 1:25-2:15 (TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY) 5866 ENG 210.03 Creative Writing MWF 1:25-2:15 Cedeno, Sarah 6413 ENG 210.04 Creative Writing MWF 11:15-12:05 Cedeno, Sarah 6414 ENG 210.04T Creative Writing MWF 11:15-12:05 (TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY) 7599 ENG 210.05 Creative Writing MW 3:35-4:50 Whorton, Jim 6936 ENG 210.06 Creative Writing MWF 2:30-3:20 Whorton, Jim 5867 ENG 304.01 Fiction Workshop TR 12:30-1:45 Panning, Anne 6178 ENG 304.02 Fiction Workshop TR 2:00-3:15 Panning, Anne 7590 ENG 305.01 Poetry Workshop TR 11:00-12:15 Fellner, Steve 6952 ENG 305.61 Poetry Workshop ONLINE Fellner, Steve 6830 ENG 492.01 Advanced Poetry Workshop M 6:30-9:15 Black, Ralph 7596 ENG 493.01 Advanced Literary Nonfiction Workshop T 6:30-9:15 Panning, Anne 5877 ENG 495.01 Writer’s Craft W 6:30-9:15 Black, Ralph
- Creative Writing Track Advising Guide
Introduction to Creative Writing 5864 ENG 210.01 Creative Writing TR 9:30-10:45 Metzger, Thomas 6412 ENG 210.01T Creative Writing TR 9:30-10:45 (TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY) 5865 ENG 210.02 Creative Writing MWF 1:25-2:15 Iuppa, MJ 6177 ENG 210.02T Creative Writing MWF 1:25-2:15 (TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY) 5866 ENG 210.03 Creative Writing MWF 1:25-2:15 Cedeno, Sarah 6413 ENG 210.04 Creative Writing MWF 11:15-12:05 Cedeno, Sarah 6414 ENG 210.04T Creative Writing MWF 11:15-12:05 (TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY) 7599 ENG 210.05 Creative Writing MW 3:35-4:50 Whorton, Jim 6936 ENG 210.06 Creative Writing MWF 2:30-3:20 Whorton, Jim
Introduction to Literary Analysis 5869 ENG 303.01 MWF 1:25-2:15 Hinds, Jamie 5870 ENG 303.03 TR 11:00-12:15 Allen, Sharon 5871 ENG 303.04 MWF 10:10-11:00 Garvey, Greg 7680 ENG 303.05 TR 2:00-3:15 Fellner, Stephen
American Literature 7574 ENG 235.01 Introduction to Afro-American Literature TR 9:30-10:45 Tait, Althea 7025 ENG 380.01 Early American Gothic MWF 12:20-1:10 Hinds, Janie 7598 ENG 235.02 HON Afro-American Literature TR 12:30-1:45 Tait, Althea 6590 ENG 240.01 American Literature I MWF 1:25-2:15 Young, Phil 7587 ENG 241.01 American Literature II MWF 12:20-1:10 Young, Phil 7678 ENG 333.01 American Drama MWF 12:20-1:10 Haytock, Jennifer 7600 ENG 344.01 Black Poets TR 3:30-4:45 Tait, Althea 7576 ENG 355.01 Disability & American Literature MWF 1:25-2:15 Obourn, Milo 7575 ENG 394.01 War Trauma & American Literature MWF 9:05-9:55 Haytock, Jennifer
British Literature 7573 ENG 230.01 British Literature I TR 2:00-3:15 Kerfoot, Alicia 6137 ENG 323.01 Shakespeare Histories & Tragedies TR 11:00-12:15 Slater, Michael 6594 ENG 323.02 Shakespeare Histories & Tragedies TR 3:30-4:45 Slater, Michael 7597 ENG 427.01 Milton Paradise TR 2:00-3:15 Slater, Michael 7577 ENG 376.61 British Novel II ONLINE Kerfoot, Alicia 7586 ENG 429.01 British Gothic Literature MWF 9:05-9:55 Burstein, Miriam
World Literature 7677 ENG 221.01 Who Wrote the Bible MWF 2:30-3:20 Busch, Austin 7589 ENG 312.01 Classical Myth MWF 10:10-11:00 Busch, Austin 6818 ENG 472.01 Capstone Seminar TR 12:30-1:45 Allen, Sharon
Creative Writing Workshops 5867 ENG 304.01 Fiction Workshop TR 12:30-1:45 Panning, Anne 6178 ENG 304.02 Fiction Workshop TR 2:00-3:15 Panning, Anne 7590 ENG 305.01 Poetry Workshop TR 11:00-12:15 Fellner, Steve 6952 ENG 305.61 Poetry Workshop ONLINE Fellner, Steve
Advanced Creative Writing Workshops 6830 ENG 492.01 Advanced Poetry Workshop M 6:30-9:15 Black, Ralph 7596 ENG 493.01 Advanced Literary Nonfiction Workshop T 6:30-9:15 Panning, Anne
Writer's Craft 5877 ENG 495.01 Writer's Craft W 6:30-9:15 Black, Ralph
Electives 7718 ENG 396.01 Children’s Literature W 6:30-9:15 Norcia, Megan 7719 ENG 396.61 Children’s Literature ONLINE Norcia, Megan 6817 ENG 397.01 Young Adult Literature TR 9:30-10:45 Proehl, Kristen 6271 ENG 397.02 Young Adult Literature TR 2:00-3:15 Proehl, Kristen 7654 ENG 473.01 Linguistics/Second Language Acquisition TR 12:30-1:45 Barski-Moskal, Ewelina 7593 ENG 483.01 Career Preparation English TR 9:30-10:45 Norcia, Megan 6830 ENG 492.01 Advanced Poetry Workshop M 6:30-9:15 Black, Ralph 7596 ENG 493.01 Advanced Literary Nonfiction Workshop T 6:30-9:15 Panning, Anne 5877 ENG 495.01 Writer’s Craft W 6:30-9:15 Black, Ralph
- Undergraduate Course Descriptions
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 argumentative research paper that incorporates critical analysis of various sources and the use of proper documentation. 3 Cr. Every semester.
ENG 210 — Creative Writing 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 221 (CRN 7677) — Who wrote the Bible?
MWF 2:30-3:20 — Dr. Austin Busch
Carefully examines select Old and New Testament writings in order to answer questions of authorship. Who wrote these books? How do we know? Were any based on earlier writings? What are their literary status? Historiography? Pius fiction? Liturgical or love poetry? Letters? Something else entirely? How do biblical writings relate to other ancient writings? How do all these questions relate to traditional views of scriptural inspiration held by Jews and Christians today? How do they relate to broader philosophical questions regarding the feasibility of communication between human beings and a divine other (God)? We will closely read a selection of biblical writings in order to discover the frequently surprising answers they offer to questions such as these.
ENG 230 (CRN 7573) — British Literature I
TR 2-3:15 — Dr. Alicia Kerfoot
In this course, you will learn how to read literary texts (poems, works of fiction, novels) in relation to their historical time period. We will begin with the earliest English literature, and will study three different eras: The Middle Ages, The Renaissance (or Early Modern period), and the Restoration and Eighteenth Century. Although these texts were written a long time ago (and are sometimes set in the even-more-distant past), there are some literary plots, characters, or settings that might seem familiar to you. We will pay special attention to the literary convention of the hero and heroine and will ask how each work that we study portrays a hero or heroine in complex ways. The goal is to help you develop your understanding of historical context, your ability to read literary texts, and your critical analysis, writing, and communication skills with each work you study this term.
Some of the questions we will ask in this course are:
Why tell stories from the past?
Why read stories about the past?
Why use a particular genre (epic, poetry, prose, novel) to express an opinion or tell a story about both past worlds and contemporary worlds?
What do the course authors gain from telling others’ stories and representing other worlds?
ENG 233 (CRN 6821) — Sex Money Brit Lit
TR 12:30-1:45 — Dr. Alissa Karl
In this course we’ll read poems about prostitutes, stories about working women and mooching men, and a range of things in between. Our aim will be to explore how sex, gender, money, class and wealth—and how they’re related—emerge and change in British literature of the past 200 years. Our consistent focus will be understanding how sex, gender and economics are related to one another throughout the two centuries—and particularly the economic terms and constructs through which women and femininity are positioned.
ENG 235 01 (CRN 7574) Dr. Althea Tait TR 9:30-10:45
Intro Afro-Amer Lit
ENG 235.02 (CRN 7598) Dr. Althea Tait TR 12:30-1:45
HON- Afro-Amer Lit
This course is designed to explore African American’s contribution to the American literary canon. In the process of this exploration, we will consider five primary discourses: 1) the 19th and 20th century discussions of citizenship, freedom, and human rights, 2) the rationale as to why a separate genre of literature exists within the overarching American literary tradition, 3) the way in which intersectionality, or a collision of intersecting forces of race, class, gender, religion, orientation, etc. influence the visibility of African American authors and the availability of their works, 4) how Black writers have employed American literary traditions and aesthetics while inventing a tradition and aesthetic uniquely their own, 5) and how Black writers depict a black representation of life, or an expression of “the human condition through a Black lens,” as Mari Evans has argued.
We will start our reading journey in the 18th century and end it in the 20th century with moments in which we look to cultural artifacts beyond the literature in order to see if the issues, motifs, and discursive framings of living and fictional realities of dwelling and resisting the margin are still at work in American culture and contemporary Black literature.
ENG 240 (CRN 6590) Dr. Phil E Young MWF 1:25-2:15
American Lit I
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 241.01 (CRN 7587) Dr. Phil Young MWF 12:20-1:10
American Lit II
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 300 (CRN 6937) Robert Baker TR 11:00-12:15
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
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 Intro to Literary Analysis
Acquaints students with a broad range of literary texts and methods for analyzing those texts. Students are responsible for reading, along with poetry, short fiction, a short novel, and a play, short descriptive discussions of literary terms and techniques of. Assignments include two explication essays and one analysis essay, along with a mid-term and final exam.
ENG 304.01 (CRN 5867) Dr. Anne Panning TR 12:30-1:45
ENG 304.02 (CRN 6178) Dr. Anne Panning TR 2:00-3:15
In this course students will focus on the art and craft of writing short fiction. The course will be divided into three 5-week sessions: 1) Creativity 101: How to Steal Like an Artist; 2) ‘Zines: The Making of Your Own Small Magazine; and 3) Short Story Workshops: Conceptualizing, Crafting and Critiquing Short Fiction.
ENG 305.01 (CRN 7590) Dr. Stephen Fellner TR 11:00-12:15
ENG 305.61 (CRN 6592) Dr. Stephen Fellner Online
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 312 (CRN 7589) Dr. Austin Busch MWF 10:10-11:00
Studies Greek and Roman myths as background for Western culture, literature and fine arts.
ENG 323.01 (CRN 6137) Dr. Michael Slater TR 11-12:15
Shakespeare Hist Trag
ENG 323.02 (CRN 6594) Dr. Michael Slater TR 3:30-4:45
Shakespeare Hist Trag
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 333 (CRN 7678) Dr. Jennifer Haytock MWF 12:20-1:10
In this course, students will study a representative set of twentieth- and twenty-first century American plays and develop their close reading skills. We will examine representations of social issues, such as family, gender and sexuality, African-American experiences, labor and the American Dream, and the nation, and how playwrights used and modified the genre to tell their stories. Although we will consider some staging and performance issues, this course emphasizes a critical approach to the content and historical context of American plays. This course requires that students write regularly in both formal and informal contexts, research reviews and critical interpretations of plays (and understand the difference), attend a performance, and consider the implications of film adaption.
ENG 344 (CRN 7600) Dr. Althea Tait TR 3:30-4:45
Employing literary criticism, black poetics and/or studies, Black feminist and/or womanist critical race theory, visual and music studies, this course is designed to understand the power of Black poetry. As Harryette Mullen has proffered in reference to her own work, Black poetry is for “… the eye and the ear at once, at that intersection of orality and literacy…”; she further argues, as a poet she desires “to make sure that there is a troubled, disturbing aspect to the work so that it is never just a ‘speakerly’ or a ‘writerly’ text.” Mullen’s position speaks to the black aesthetic that influences the black poet and she speaks to the dimensions of the work that is both “speakerly” and “writerly.”
Through this parallel Mullen conveys the dynamics between major black poetry periods.
In this course, students will trace the black aesthetic in poetry spanning 70 years and more. Students will briefly examine the germinal works (late 18th century, late 19th century, and the early 20th century—the Harlem Renaissance more specifically) that gave momentum to later movements. This return to the start of the black poetic genealogy will help students to map the political, social, and aesthetic contexts that led to major black American poetry movements covered during the course such as the Black Arts Movement or BAM, Spoken Word, and Hip Hop.
ENG 348 (CRN 7679) Dr. Milo Obourn TR 2-3:15
Sex Gender Lit Theory
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 355 (CRN 7576) Dr. Milo Obourn MWF 1:25-2:15
Disability & Amer Lit
This course provides an advanced introduction to the traditions of literary theory and criticism related to sex and gender studies. We will closely analyze primary theoretical material as well as literature in relation to theories of gender and sexuality. The course is organized according to the “school” of criticism or theory that each of our critics works within. Most gender and sexuality theories draw on multiple schools of thought; be prepared to see overlaps in critics’ approaches. Though theories of sex and gender have a long, complex and international history, we will focus on selected contemporary critical approaches largely by authors from Europe and the Americas. We will touch on sex and gender criticism in relation to structuralist, post-structuralist, psychoanalytic, queer, intersex, Marxist, critical race, postcolonial, and disability theory. This is not an exhaustive list but does cover many of the main schools of contemporary critical thinking about gender and sexuality.
The course includes both the theory itself and the applied theory: you will learn not just theoretical descriptions of gender criticism and theory, but how to use this theory in your critical thinking, reading and writing practices. To that end, we will read a novel along with some applied criticism.
ENG 376.61 (CRN 7577) Dr. Alicia Kerfoot Online
British Novel II
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 380 (CRN 7025) Dr. Janie Hinds MWF 12:20-1:10
Early Amer Gothic
Traces the evolution of early American Gothic literature, up to around 1865. 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" American literature. Readings include authors such as Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Jacobs, and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
ENG 394 (CRN 7575) Dr. Jennifer Haytock MWF 9:05-9:55
War Trauma Am Lit
This course guides students in studying the contemporary issue of war trauma through the fields of literature (Humanities) and trauma studies (Art, Humanities, and Social Sciences). We will focus on American literature of recent wars, primarily that in Iraq, although we will also examine literature of older wars in order to understand how the genre of the war novel functions, including its relationship to American identity and masculinity in particular, and how different generations and genders have responded to war trauma. These texts represent the trauma of combat, the loss of comrades, the misunderstanding and inability to communicate with loved ones at home, and the possibilities for healing. We will read works by such authors as Tim O’Brien, Brian Turner, Ben Fountain, Helen Benedict, Toni Morrison, Kevin Powers, and others. Counts as a Contemporary Issues course and, for English majors, a late American literature course and Texts and Contexts course.
ENG 396 (CRN 7718) Dr. Megan Norcia W 6:30-9:15
ENG 396.61 (CRN 7719) Dr. Megan Norcia Online
The delightful outcome of countdowns of films or books or superfoods is that they generate lots of animated discussion, some in support of the top choices, and some incensed that their favorites were overlooked. This semester, we will apply this notion of the “Top Five” impulse to children’s literature by generating, collaborating, and researching our own topical lists by genre, topic, issue, author, or era. After reading a range of children’s literature, students will be invited to come up with their own Top Fives for possible publication in our library as a series of posters, flyers, or a reference book for patrons. This will be a high-impact learning experience, offering a chance to investigate the much-debated divide in children’s literature scholarship: is children’s literature written to instruct or to entertain? We will find out by reading and discussing poetry, novels, short excerpts, and formulating written analyses through online postings, presentations, papers, and a culminating event at our library.
ENG 397.01 (CRN 6817) Dr. Kristen Proehl TR 9:30-10:45
Young Adult Lit
ENG 397.02 (CRN 6271) Dr. Kristen Proehl TR 2-3:15
Young Adult Lit
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 427 (CRN 7597) Dr. Michael Slater TR 2-3:15
This course will explore the writings and poetry of John Milton, among the most prolific and accomplished poets of the seventeenth century. We will pay particular attention to Paradise Lost, the crowning achievement of his poetic career. An epic tale about the biblical creation narrative and the fall of Adam and Eve, Paradise Losttackles an extraordinary array of issues facing both Milton’s culture and our own—private love, sex and gender, the corruption of the political state, a radically new conception of the physical world, the tension between free will and divine providence, and the nature of God, to name only a few. Throughout the term, we will supplement our investigation of Paradise Lostwith other poems by Milton, including Paradise Regainedand Samson Agonistes, as well a sample of his political tracts and pamphlets on such topics as divorce, freedom of speech, and the role of a free press.
ENG 429 (CRN 7586) Dr. Miriam Burstein MWF 9:05-9:55
Brit Goth Lit
Thanks to cheap print and ever-growing quantities of popular literary magazines, all sorts of horrors flourished during the Victorian and Edwardian eras: ghosts, vampires, werewolves, magic paintings, strange monsters…After beginning with some key texts from the early nineteenth century, including Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and James Hogg's Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner, we will read a cross-section of both literary and “pulp” Gothic (“penny dreadfuls” or “shilling shockers”) from the mid-nineteenth to the early twentieth centuries. Readings will include selections from Varney the Vampire(not the whole thing!), Dracula, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and The Picture of Dorian Gray, along with selected short stories. Note: most of the books are quite short. Short(er) essay, research project with associated exercises, oral presentation, quizzes.
ENG 472 (6818) Dr. Sharon Lubkemann Allen TR 12:30-1:45
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 (CRN 7654) Dr. Ewelina Barski-Moskal TR 12:30-1:45
Ling Sec Lang Acq
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 483 (CRN 7593) Dr. Megan Norcia TR 9:30-10:45
Career Prep ENG
Ready to find out what you can do with an English major? This course will guide English majors to prepare for careers that utilize the skills and abilities they have honed in their literature classes. Students will read articles and textbook excerpts about English and humanities graduates, and hear advice from guest speakers and alums in fields relying on written and oral communication. Students will practice writing, revising, and editing job application materials including cover letters, résumés, a Linked In profile, producing as well a reflective process paper outlining and explaining their choices in crafting these materials. Students will also begin researching dream job companies, practice applying for internships and networking at the Non-Profit and Volunteer Fair and at the Research and Internship Day at the College. In the process, they will polish grammar, mechanics, and editing, as well as working on their interview and presentation skills. The course is well suited for sophomores and juniors looking for internships and scholarships, as well as seniors and graduate students preparing for non-academic careers.
ENG 492 (CRN 6830) Dr. Ralph Black M 6:30-9:15
Adv Poetry Wkshp
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 (CRN 7596) Dr. Anne Panning T 6:30-9:15
Adv Lit Nonfict Wkshp: Food Writing
In this course, you will write various forms of literary nonfiction, with a specific thematic focus on food. Some of the writing will require you to do research, both field/experiential and library/academic. For example, if you love avocados, I may have you write a researched piece on their history that explores some surprising aspect for readers. Some of your work will require interviewing people; some of it will require eating, walking, observing, eavesdropping, and menu pilfering. I will also urge you to experiment with form. Creative nonfiction does not have to.
ENG 495 (CRN 5877) Dr. Ralph Black W 6:30-9:15
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.
FLM 250 (CRN 5897) Dr. Carter Soles TR 2-3:15
Film History I
Traces the evolution of cinema from its origins in the 19th century through the silent era, into the Golden Age of sound cinema. Examines the major films and movements in the development of film as a global, cross-cultural art form and industry. By situating cinema historically, investigates how different cultures imagine themselves within diverse social, historical, and ideological contexts with an emphasis on aesthetics. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
FLM 251 (CRN 6138) Sidney Rosenzweig TR 6:30-9:15
Film History II
Traces the evolution of cinema from WWII until the present-day “blockbuster era.” Examines the major films and movements in the cross-cultural evolution of film since the emergence of the “international art cinema” in the 1950s and the new Cinemas of the 1960s. Investigates how different cultures imagine themselves within diverse social, historical, and ideological contexts as film culture becomes increasingly globalized in the latter half of the twentieth century. 3 Cr. Every Semester.
FLM 301 (CRN 5572) Dr. Carter Soles TR 11-12:15
Theory and Crit Film Introduces and develops a specialized set of advanced critical tools used to evaluate, explicate, and interrogate filmic texts. 3 Cr.
FLM 310 (CRN 7585) Sidney Rosenzweig TR 3:30-5:30
Provides an in-depth study of major films of selected film directors using various critical perspectives. Specific focus shown by subtitle. May be repeated for credit with significant change in focus. 3 Cr.
FLM 403 (CRN 7584) Dr. Carter Soles TR 9:30-10:45
Surveys the New Hollywood period, roughly 1967-1980. Studies young filmmakers who were influenced by the American social upheavals of the 1960s and the cinematic innovations of the French New Wave and who brought explicit sex, drugs, rock and roll, and a countercultural ethos to the American cinema throughout the decade of the 1970s. Uses historical and critical readings as well as formal analysis of films. 3 Cr.
- Graduate Course Descriptions
ENG 549 (CRN 6572): Twentieth Century Asian American Literature
This course looks at formations of the Asian American literary canon from the late 19th century to the present. We examine major themes in Asian American literary works in cultural and historical context. We will discuss representations of race, gender, sexuality, cultural memory, immigrant experience, American identity, and inter-generational conflict. We will think and talk about how authors use genre and intertexutality in relation to such representations. Though this is not a "representative" account of all Asian American experience, we will consider similarities and differences between Asian American writers of different backgrounds. Through studying selected literary texts by Asian American authors, we will look at various histories of oppression and prejudice faced by different Asian American populations. We will discuss "model minority" versus "negative" racial stereotyping and historical events such as Chinese exclusion, Japanese internment, and the Vietnam War that led to the construction of such stereotypes. We will debate the importance of literature to Asian American politics and political movements, as well as the political, social and literary value of the umbrella term "Asian American."
ENG 595 (CRN 4853): Writer's Craft
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 600: Introduction to Graduate Studies
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 603.01 (CRN 4872): Seminar in Creative Writing
This seminar is primarily for graduate students in the MA Creative Writing track, but if there is space available, MA Literature track students are welcome, as well. The course will focus on three different topics that will all, ideally, overlap: Creativity & Writing, Reading & Writing in the Digital Age, and Creative Writing Pedagogy
Much will be asked of students in this course, including frequent written assignments for class, designing syllabi for creative writing courses, and many eclectic reading/viewing assignments. There will also be a field trip to a small independent bookstore, as well as a guest speaker or two to enlighten us on new technologies for writers (time and guest availability permitting).
ENG 604.01 (CRN 6359): Studies in World Literature
Studies in World Literature will analyze a handful of Shakespeare's plays in a comparative context. In particular, it will read Shakespeare alongside roughly contemporaneous Spanish dramatists, as well as consider how early modern drama culminates literary traditions originating in classical Greece and Rome, and the ancient west Asian world. One unit will focus on the tradition of Senecan revenge tragedy, originating in Neronian Rome and coming into full maturity with early modern dramatic works such as Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Hamlet and the Spanish dramatist Lope de Vega's Fuente Ovejuna.
A second unit will consider Greco-Roman historiographical literature—especially Plutarch's fascinating and highly readable biographies—and how it influenced Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus. A final unit considers how Renaissance Drama rewrites biblical pre-texts, with special attention to Calderón's Crown of Absalom and Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. This course provides a conceptual model and practical example of how to situate works central to the English literary canon within a broader global context.
ENG 631.01 (CRN 6360): Contemporary British Writers: Precarity and the Novel
Contemporary experience can be described by the vulnerability of living in a world with others, and by a pervasive sense of uncertainty and fear. In this class we will consider how novels of the past twenty or so years provide a form for helping us think through the precariousness of the present. We will begin by investigating some useful approaches to the concepts of precarity and precariousness from philosophy, social theory, and literary studies, and will then study how novels contribute to an analysis of precarity in the present.
The novel has been historically treated as a genre that not only represents, but is formative of, how readers see and imagine their social and political realms. We will carry this line of thinking up to the present, exploring works from a British site of production that deal with historical and cultural matters that contribute to a sense of precarity and instability, including: the demise of the British welfare state, labor unrest and changing regimes of work (generally from more to less "secure" forms of employment), the "Brexit" referendum and its aftermath, and the impact of destabilizing world events like financial crises. We will read novels as not merely documenting historical and social precarity, but as ways of imagining ourselves and our collective arrangements within and among them (including gendered divisions of labor and new constructs of class and social authority) and of theorizing precarity and precariousness as modes of life.
ENG 633.01 (CRN 6361): Studies in American Literature After 1870: American Modernism: Time, History, and Technology
In 1914 Ezra Pound exhorted writers to "Make it new!", a mantra that scholars of literary modernism have often also taken as their guiding principle. "Newness"—in form, content, and attitude—has been privileged as the dominant and most valued principle in literature in the early part of the twentieth century. Yet scholars have also been for some time testing and teasing the perceived dominance of "newness" and implications of this emphasis: focusing on the "new" eclipses important voices and literary strategies and sidelines a good portion of American readership. Recently, Melanie Dawson and Meredith Goldsmith have advocated for an approach to modernism through "a focus on modernity as the process of change and transition, rather than the product...; an emphasis on attitudes toward the changes of modernity, which ranged from excitement to apprehension to anxiety and nostalgia; and the permeable boundaries invoked to define literary categories." In this course we'll examine literature produced by American writers from the early part of the twentieth century, attending to the cultural and aesthetic questions raised by their works as well as examining the scholarly frames that have tried to capture this particular literary era. We'll look at literary engagements with technology and change as well as history, nostalgia, and the past. Primary texts may include works by T. S. Eliot, Jean Toomer, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Djuna Barnes, and more.
ENG 692.01 (CRN 5631): Poetry Workshop
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.