Focuses on developing strategies for college-level reading. Students will build vocabulary, learn to master unfamiliar words through context, and develop critical thinking and analytical skills. Prerequisites: None.
BASIC WRTNG FOR NONNATIVE SPEAKERS
Introduces academic rhetorical style through frequent paragraph compositions and an intensive review of grammar. Students must satisfactorily complete this course before enrolling in ENG 110. Credits do not count toward graduation requirements. Prerequisites: For non-native speakers of English only. (Enrollment by placement.)
BASIC WRITING SKILLS
Focuses on developing skills needed for college-level writing. Students required to take ENG 99 must complete it before enrolling in ENG 110. Credit does not count toward graduation requirements. (Enrollment by placement)
BASIC WRITING SKILLS
Continuation of skills taught in ENG 099B for students who are recommended to take it by their instructor. Permission of instructor.
ENG 110 W
This first-year course integrates critical reading and writing skills. Course topics will vary, but every section will emphasize academic writing. Students will develop competence in finding and using source materials, and in writing research papers. Individual conferences, peer reading, and revision are some of the essential elements in this process-oriented approach to college writing. Prerequisite: ENG 099; OKE 110.
ENG 111B 1C
COMICS, POLITICS & DEATH
This course will focus on the contemporary graphic novel as both a literary genre and as a contemporary cultural product. We will examine the historical context of these works together with the literary and aesthetic devices they employ. Close, astute reading will be an integral part of our classroom work. An exploration of contemporary (post-1945) graphic novels will serve as a gateway to meaningful examinations of the values, beliefs, and experiences of those in the world around us. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in a W-tag course. This course is for first-semester freshmen or freshmen transfers.
ENG 111C 1C
This course examines "life writing" not only as a literary genre, but also as a tool for exploring one's own culture, experience and beliefs. Through reading and discussing selected examples of life writing, ranging from conventional autobiographies and memoirs to autobiographical fiction, journals and graphic novels, students will practice skills of literary analysis and interpretation. They will seek out others' stories, gathering oral histories from members of their families and communities. Finally, students will apply these skills to construct their own life stories, writing personal narratives that articulate their changing identities and perceptions of the world. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course. This course is for first-semester freshmen or freshmen transfers.
ENG 111D 1C
TALES OF HUMAN NATURE
This course explores a variety of representations of human existence in an interdisciplinary way using the approaches of literary studies and philosophy. The course is intended as a stimulation and motivation to continue looking at, understanding, and interpreting human nature in some of its many depictions. Students will be applying our discussions and thoughts through interviews and projects in the community. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course. This course is for first-semester freshmen or freshmen transfers.
ENG 111E 1CE
"Eco-fiction" will invite students to reflect upon their identities, values, beliefs, spiritualties, and worldviews in the context of literary explorations of ecological themes. The course focuses on fictional narratives including speculative utopias, science fictional fantasies, and Native American myths. In addition to these literary pieces, students will learn to analyze popular culture in relation to themes of ecology, "going green," and sustainability. Looking at literature and popular culture will allow students to consider how their lives and actions are influenced by such narratives as well as to think carefully about how they can make intentional and thoughtful choices about living in the world. Student work will include writing about course texts, writing about the natural world, researching a popular culture or local narrative and applying eco-criticism, and presenting that research to the Edgewood community. Prerequisite:W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course. This course is for first-semester freshmen or freshmen transfers.
ENG 111F 1CD
COMING OF AGE:MULTICULTR FIC & FILM
The Bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel, has a long and distinguished history in American letters. Some critics have even seen the process of grappling with incipient adulthood a topic inherently suited to "American" themes of rebellion, individualism, and modernity. From Huckleberry Finn to The Catcher in the Rye, the argument has held true. But contemporary literature takes on the question of coming of age from diverse racial and ethnic perspectives. The rites of passage, cultural expectations, even the very definitions and values of personhood may differ according to a person's heritage (and claimed group identities). This class seeks to redefine the "classic" Bildungsroman, taking into account portrait presented in the diverse and multifaceted novels of today. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in a W tag course. This course is for firs- semester freshmen or freshmen transfers.
ENG 111G 1C
LITERARY MEMOIRS/CLTRL MONUMNTS-HNR
This class is about memory: nostalgia in our own lives, cultural monuments to the past, and the work of remembering through writing, creating art, and performing rituals. The course has three main parts: Memoirs; Rituals and Reflection; and Communal Remembering. In the first section, we will think about what it means to connect to memories and how we write and create art as ways of making sense of our own past. While reading short and long, we will write short autobiographical pieces that will grow into a longer creative memoir project that can include written and other components. In the second section, we will experience rituals and ways of reflecting. In the final section of the course, we will think about how we commemorate the past through monuments and memorials, and students will work in groups to create a monument or memorial. This project allows students to bring abstract ideas into a concrete form using creative design that can include any kind of written, visual, digital, or other aspects. We will not only think about these questions directly, but also from a broader conceptual standpoint through critical readings about memoir-writing, nostalgia, and cultural memory among other topics. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 112 1CQ
FAIRY TALES AND FEMINISM
Fairy tales are complicated. Traditionally, they emphasize teaching us to behave in order to achieve a "happy ending." Yet, they are also inherited fictions, passed down through generations, inviting revision and reinvention. From the Brothers Grimm to the latest Disney hit - this seminar will trace how fairy tales have changed over time and the various ways in which they have worked to construct and define gender roles. You will explore fairy tales from different cultures, a wide range of revised tales by contemporary authors, discussions of fairy tales by scholars, and popular versions in film and television. Along the way, we will read some of the most significant arguments in feminist theory, and bring them to bear on our analysis of fairy tales.
Prerequisite: ENG 110
ENG 201 UX
INTRODUCTION TO JOURNALISM
This course will produce student journalists capable of working as reporters, writers or editors in our college milieu. Students will gain the knowledge and skills to evaluate the overwhelming flow of the news media that constantly bombards us every day. They will take on the role of reporters for the paper and will write stories and articles based on issues that arise in their lives on our campus. Students will also be required to read and discuss the daily New York Times on class days. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
(2.00 - 4.00 credits)
The overall aim of the practicum is to provide journalism students with the closest approximation possible of working for a professional newspaper, magazine, or other journalistic publication. Students are expected to publish two to four major stories in the college newspaper (depending on the number of credits) assigned or pitched and accepted by editors. Prerequisite: ENG 201.
ENG 205 BX
INTRO TO CREATIVE WRITING
This is an introductory course for those interested in creative writing. Students will write short stories of their own, and these stories will go through a peer-review process before being presented to the class as a whole. Students will also write short critiques of all student work presented to this writing workshop. In addition, we will be reading work by established writers. English 205 is the gateway course to more advanced writing courses in Fiction Writing, Poetry Writing, and other creative-writing courses. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 210 CX
INTRO TO LITERATURE
Supplies students with the critical tools to analyze, evaluate and appreciate fiction, poetry and drama. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 215 CQX
An introduction to the work of women writers from a variety of literary genres and periods. The course will also teach fundamentals of literary interpretation. Texts may include autobiography and memoir, fiction, journals, graphic novels, and works from other literary genres. Cross-listed WS 215. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 220 CX
ISSUES AND THEMES IN LITERATURE
Each iteration of this course will focus on one particular theme of issue in literary studies and will choose readings accordingly.
Possible topics include Arthurian legends, the literature of dissent, or power relations in literature. The study of specific issues or themes in literature allows a course to choose texts that may vary widely in period, region, style, and genre in order
to consider how a number of writers have addressed a specific social question, political problem, or other important development over time. This course may limit its focus to a very specific period and set of writers or may traverse national boundaries and time periods. Ultimately this course examines not only a specific issue or theme but the capacity of literature to give voice to cultural concerns and to reflect on and critique cultural
questions and problems. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 222 CX
STUDY OF LITERARY GENRE
Each iteration of this course will focus on either one particular literary genre, such as the Gothic, detective fiction, historical novels, Realism, fairy tales, or satire, or on several genres in order to think about literary genre itself and how it is constructed. This course may limit its consideration to one period or may look at a genre(s) across a range of periods. In literary terms, genre can be defined in a very broad sense (the novel, poetry, drama) or in a more specific sense (the medieval epic, Romantic odes). Studying genre is also a way of examining historical and cultural contexts, as well as how literature itself works: genres evolve over time and reformulate their formal definitions in reaction to cultural shifts, radical new styles of writing, and other factors. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 222A CX
STD OF LIT GENRE: GOTHIC LITERATURE
This course will focus on the Gothic as a genre and as a cultural and historical phenomenon. We can find elements that
resemble the Gothic in literature throughout history, but the Gothic genre took shape only in the past few centuries. It is a genre that plays on our fears
and anxieties about social change, about shifting identities, and about the questions and issues that haunt us. This course will look at how and why
writers began to write terrifying tales set in Medieval castles in books that gave shape to the Gothic genre. From Frankenstein and Dracula to Edgar Allan Poe’s stories and the later Southern Gothic movement, this genre has been so evocative that it continues to evolve into film, television, graphic
comics and novels, music, video games, and beyond. The power of this genre is one reason that readers and writers find it so compelling, and its
uniqueness as a genre even as it expands across great time periods and crosses into new forms and genres make the Gothic fascinating reading. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 224 CQX
TOPICS IN LITERATURE AND GENDER
Because literature has long had a special capacity to evoke and reflect on complex social issues, some of the deepest thinking about gender and sexual identities has emerged in literary representations. Mainstream social discussions about these issues have often followed later. Each period and cultural context has its own way of thinking about gender identity, divisions between men and women, and ways of thinking about sexual identity in relation to gender. While much of canonical literature evokes these themes, scholars have been somewhat slow at times in addressing them for a variety of reasons. Courses under this topic heading seek to both uncover these themes in the traditional canon and to examine more generally how literary depictions of gender in fiction from the past help us to understand how ideas about such issues developed over time. Possible iterations of the course might focus on; feminism in literature, masculinity in hard-boiled detective fiction, transgender memoirs, or gender and power. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 234 CX
INTRODUCTION TO THE SHORT STORY
In this course students will read texts of a distinctive literary genre: the short story. Students will read stories by a wide range of authors in various styles with culturally and socially diverse content and will gain a sense of the historical development of this literary form. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 235 CX
INTRODUCTION TO POETRY
This course examines a cross-section of English and American poetry from the late 16th century to the present day. Students will learn the specialized vocabulary appropriate to the discussion of poetry and will develop the analytical and critical thinking skills necessary to understanding and appreciating it. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
INTRO TO DRAMA: TOPICS
ENG 236 is a series of topics courses designed to give an introduction to drama. Varies by topic. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 236A CG
INTRO DRAMA:GLOBAL DRAMA IN CONTEXT
This course will survey global drama in translation, beginning with the development of a modern tradition in the 17th century and continuing into the present day. The class is designed to help students acquire the tools for understanding, appreciating, and critically analyzing drama as literature, as well as theatre as performance. Students will be expected to exercise critical thinking skills as they read, analyze, and discuss a variety of plays. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 242 CDX
LITERATURE OF AMERICAN MINORITIES
This course provides an introduction to literatures of ethnic minorities in the US, including Native American, African American, Hispanic American, and Asian American literatures. We will read a number of significant 20th and 21st century texts that have shaped ethnic minority traditions and have become part and parcel of American literature. We will explore such major issues as identity, culture, history, race, gender, sexuality, and class. We will examine how these texts present specific ethnic experiences via diverse literary means and innovations and by doing so contribute to American literature and culture. Cross-listed with ETHS 242CDX. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
TOPICS IN LITERATURE
ENG 250 is a series of topics courses designed to give an introduction to literature. Varies by topic. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 250B CD
FAULKNER&MORRISON: SLAVERY'S LEGACY
Through readings from William Faulkner Toni Morrison, and others, this course will examine how our culture grapples with the legacy of slavery. Both authors use experimental narrative techniques to convey the traumatic aspects of slavery. This course will consider these writings in literary contexts as well as cultural and historical contexts. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 250C CGX
CRIMINAL UTOPIAS SCI FI & CRIME LIT
This course will include an examination of the origins of science fiction and the crime literature genre in a broader historical perspective, drawing on British and American texts and theories to facilitate a closer analysis of Scandinavian texts. Through the reading of a variety of novels and short stories, as well as viewing of films, the course aims to heighten the ability of the students to engage in analytical and critical thinking, voice coherent argumentation, explore, examine, reason and write academic essays as well as other forms of written expression. This course will create a global perspective by comparing Scandinavian world views, as expressed in the genres, to those experienced by the students in contemporary USA. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 250D CDX
TPC LIT: MULTI-ETH AMER GRAPHIC NOV
This course is designed to introduce to students to contemporary multi-ethnic American literature through the graphic novel as an increasingly significant literary genre for academic inquiry. We will read a number of significant graphic novels by Native American, African American, Latino/a American, Jewish American, Asian American, and white American graphic novelists and will explore such major issues as identity, culture, history, memory, community, race, gender, sexuality, and class. Students will gain knowledge of diverse multi-ethnic experiences and various literary expressions through the genre of the graphic novel and will develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills to interpret literary texts. Cross-listed with ETHS 250D CDX. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 250E CEX
TPC: WILDRNSS & LIT OF AMER WEST
A course in the fiction, poetry and nonfiction prose of the American West focusing on wilderness and the environment. Concepts of ecology are central to the course; we will trace an arc from the writings of John Muir and the founding of the Sierra Club to the modern-day environmental movement. We will explore the writings of other fiction writers, poets and nonfiction writers who have captured in their work something of the majesty and vulnerability of the Western landscape. We will also consider the contradictory myths of the American West, with its competing claims of individualism and conservation. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 250F CX
TPC: SCIENCE FICTION
This course is an exploration of the genre of science fiction. Themes such as artificial intelligence, evolutionary change, confrontations with the Other, and ecological responsibility will emerge in our investigation of science fiction. It will quickly become clear that science fiction is about more than galaxies that are far, far away; it is also about some of the most important issues of our time: technology, gender, globalization, sexuality, multiculturalism, and how to live in peace. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 250G CX
TPC:AMER RENAISS & CONTEXTS 1840-70
This course will examine the period of vibrant American literary production during the early to middle of the nineteenth century that has been called the “American Renaissance.” This was a time of cultural revolutions that were aided by and reflected in movements such as Transcendentalism, the fight to abolish slavery, and the push for women’s rights, among others. Prominent writers include Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, slave narrative authors such as Frederick Douglass, and the abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe. Collectively, writers of this period laid the foundation for a distinctly American kind of literature. This course contributes to the pre-1865 literature requirement. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 250I CPU
TPC:MORTALITY & LIMITS OF KNOWLEDGE
This course will track some major veins of thought through philosophical and literary lenses to show how engagement with the question of death as a metaphor for the confrontation with the limits of knowledge has proceeded through philosophical inquiry and literary figurations. Prerequisites: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course; PHIL 101.
ENG 250J CX
TPC IN LIT: NOIR IN FILM & FICTION
Noir is an American genre, one of our darkest and getting darker. It was named for us by admiring French critics and is now exported globally. This class will be an exercise in Popular Culture Studies, which borrows from other disciplines (gender studies, anthropology, psychoanalysis, feminism, and so on) to devise an eclectic critical theory. We will move through classic Noir novels and films of the 1940s and 50s, then into neo-Noir, where the formula widens to combine with other genres (e.g., Noir science fiction such as Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner). Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 250K CX
TOPIC: HEMINGWAY'S LOST GENERATION
This course is a study of foundational expatriate writers in Paris during the 1920s, where we see the formulation of modernist writing that travels back to America and flourishes for the next 50 years. Works studied span Hemingway's career, from "The Sun Also Rises" to "The Garden of Eden," where students will study his transition from modernist to postmodernist themes, including a complete revision of his attitudes toward sexual practices and gender. Students will also study other writers from that time, including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Djuna Barnes. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 250L CX
TPC:LIT MONSTERS & HUMAN IMAGINATN
From early local vampire myths to Bram Stoker’s Dracula and today’s proliferation of adolescent vampires, and from the very early Gilgamesh epic to contemporary science fiction, monsters of one sort or another have been part of the cultural imagination throughout human experience. This course examines how monsters have long reflected cultural anxieties. We will also look at how they have helped in every age to define what it means to be human. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 250N CEX
TPC LIT: NATURE & LIT OF MIDWEST
"This course explores fiction, poetry, and environmental writing of the Midwest, with a special emphasis on Wisconsin and its natural environment. Concepts of ecology are central to this course. Some of the readings specifically address environmental issues of preservation and sustainability, while other readings provide us with an environmental history of the natural world, as it has been observed by writers at different times and in different parts of the Midwest. The course also introduces students to concepts of literary analysis and interpretation. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 259 CGX
LITERATURE OF THE QUEST
Focuses on the theme of the hero and the quest in literature and heroic legend. Includes texts from the earlier literary traditions of England, France, Spain and Germany. Emphasizes the structure of the quest-myth and the influence of local or national culture in shaping its form. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
TOPICS IN ETHNIC LITERATURES
A series of topics courses dealing with the literary contributions of various ethnicities. Topics will be sub-numbered 260A, 260B, etc. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 260A CDX
LIT TPC: AMERICAN SLAVE NARRATIVES
During the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, slaves of African origin composed a series of autobiographies that gave voice to experiences of slavery unknown to most Americans at the time. These were political texts that helped promote the movement to abolish slavery. These were also literary texts that formed a distinctly American genre of writing. Today, these fascinating texts tell the hidden stories of slavery, help us to understand the cultural contexts of bondage, and provide poignant insights into the problems facing a nation founded on freedom and equality while still supporting a system of human bondage. Cross-listed with ETHS 250B CDX. This course contributes to the pre-1865 literature requirement. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 270 CGX
TOPICS: INTRO TO WORLD LITERATURE
ENG 270 is a series of topics courses designed to give an introduction to world literature. Varies by topic. Themes may include the role of the artist in the modern world; colonialism, decolonization and race; intellectuals and contemporary diaspora; tradition and modernity, sexuality and gender; culturally- and gender-specific aesthetic and literary expressions, and the various intersections and interrelations of these issues. We will study these texts from different continents as literary and artistic expressions of modern and contemporary human experiences in a global context. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 270A CGX
WORLD LIT:STUDIES IN THE EPIC
Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 276 CX
A study of myths and their influence on literature and the arts. Works may include the Odyssey, the Aeneid, and the Metamorphoses. Attention will be given to the way the presentation of myths changes over time. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 277 J
LANGUAGE SOCIETY AND THE INDIVIDUAL
Students will investigate the different varieties of English and what they mean to the people who speak them. They will reflect on our assumptions and reactions to the language of different groups and search for the source of those reactions. Students will also analyze their language rituals and what role these rituals play in interpersonal relationships. Areas of study will also include the nature of the language faculty, the effects of human interaction on its development, and how language is processed by the brain. Prerequisites: None.
ENG 278 A
THE NEW DOCUMENTARY
Students will view selected documentaries that reflect the rising status and influence of documentaries in popular film and contemporary society, respectively. Films will be chosen for their social and/or political significance and aesthetic qualities. The socio-political context will be examined through supplemental materials, and the purpose, intended effect, and impact of the films will be examined. Students will learn about the new documentary genre, various documentary film techniques and respond critically to their aesthetics. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 281 CI
INTRODUCTION TO LITERARY STUDIES
An Introduction to the study of Literature focusing on genre, research methods, and critical approaches. In the twenty-first century, navigating the world of interpretation also means learning how to work with information technology, and how to use technological tools for scholarly and creative work. This course substantially concerns itself with contemporary literary and cultural studies in the digital age. Students will not only read about critical digital practices, they will become practitioners of digital information science and critical digital humanities projects. This course thus prepares students in the English major to navigate the cultural and critical modes of the twenty-first century. Digital humanities and critical digital humanities projects and methodologies are now central components of teaching and learning on almost every college and university campus. These are prominent aspects of pedagogy and scholarship in the humanities and are also points of intersection with the humanities and other areas of inquiry. In order to prepare students for the digital-rich environments of our contemporary culture, this course has been developed in collaboration with information science and digital humanities experts on campus, and both programs will provide instruction and expertise in the course as needed to fulfill its ILOs.
In this course, students will learn about different approaches to literature, developing an understanding of the critical frameworks that provide the assumptions, strategies, and governing questions for the practice of interpreting texts, at the same time as they make use of the technological tools that are now the everyday reality of literary research and interpretation. Librarians will help guide instruction in information technology tools and methodologies, and students will build projects that make use of critical digital methodologies within a digital humanities platform.
This is a gateway course required for English-Literature, English-Writing, and English-Teaching majors.
Prerequisite: ENG 110 or W tag.
Writing for specific audiences and purposes. Topics may include professional organizational writing, academic/scholarly writing, or environmental writing. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 301 X
Students will read and discuss outstanding examples of magazine writing published in the previous year, then produce four magazine length articles or features of their own modeled on their readings. They will be encouraged to bring their skills up to a professional level and submit their work to our college newspaper, as well as outside publications that fall within their interests. Students will learn proper journalistic organization, diction and attribution, and interviewing techniques. Attention will be devoted to issues of libel law and plagiarism. Prerequisite: ENG 201.
INTRO TO THE STUDY OF LANGUAGE
Challenges commonly held assumptions about language through an exploration of how we use and perceive our primary medium of communication. Topics include language learning, dialects, language change, language and the brain, conversational interactions, and the basic areas of linguistics: sound, meaning, word building, and word order. Prerequisite: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
GRAMMAR FOR TEACHERS
Provides a solid base in grammar and the best practices for teaching grammar. Topics include parts of speech, punctuation, phrasal grammar, dialects and education, and cognitive grammar. Prerequisites: W tag or concurrent enrollment in W-tag course.
ENG 305 BX
This is a writer's workshop for students interested in writing short fiction. The student's own original stories will be analyzed and discussed in both peer-review groups and an all-class workshop setting. In addition to writing stories of their own, students will be expected to write short critical responses to all work by their peers. Students will also read and analyze stories by professional writers. Prerequisites: ENG 205.
A workshop course for students interested in writing poetry. Prerequisite: ENG 205.
ENG 308 2X
ADV WRTNG WKSP: WRITING 4 COMMUNITY
Focuses on organizational and professional writing. Course is built around a major project for a community organization that will include a variety of media and written forms. Emphasis is on writing for professional and public audiences, including document design and applicable technology. Prerequisites: COR 1 and W tag.
THE NONFICTION NOVEL
A study of the transforming movement of the sixties that continues and develops, having given birth to the new nonfiction novel, including true crime and gonzo journalism, using an immersion reporting style that borrows narrative techniques from the traditional novel. Readings include works by such writers as Truman Capote, Norman Mailer, Hunter Thompson, and Tome Wolfe. Prerequisite: W tag.
TOPICS IN JOURNALISM
Topics in journalism, varying by semester. Offerings might include environmental journalism, minority journalism, countercultural journalism, and advocacy journalism, including studies of how subcultures and marginalized interest discourse through media with the constantly changing mainstream in American culture. Prerequisite: W tag.
TPC IN JRN: VIDEO PRODUCTION
ENG 314 X
This course will introduce student writers to literary journalism, alternatively called creative nonfiction. Students will have an opportunity to study, read, and write their own literary journalism. The class will read and discuss a diverse selection of short and masterful examples of the genre in our text and from handouts of recent examples collected from the New Yorker and other magazines that foster the practice of literary journalism in its short form. Prerequisite: ENG 201.
ENG 316 B
A beginning level course emphasizing filming techniques and editing video works. Students will choose their own topics to videotape and edit, including topics about student life, journalism issues, public service topics and ethnographic ethical issues and techniques. Emphasis on documentary-style video production and editing finished works based on assignments, self-selected topics and group critiques. Students will learn to shoot digital video cameras and learn Final Cut Pro editing software, which includes sound, music and graphics editing. Prerequisites: None.
VIDEO PRODUCTION BASICS
This course will teach students to use video cameras, shoot video footage well, and learn interviewing skills, ethnographic field production video techniques, and basic editing on industry editing software. Cross-listed with COMMS 430H. Prerequisites: None.
ENG 317 B
Introductory course in digital photography with emphasis on photojournalism techniques for newspaper, magazine and online content. Students will learn to operate digital cameras and Photoshop CS4 photo processing software. Both black and white and color photographs will be created in this class. Students will learn editorial photography techniques and ethical decision-making relating to photojournalism. Prerequisites: None.
ENG 318 B
Introductory short course in digital photography with emphasis on photojournalism techniques for newspaper, magazine and online content. Students will learn to operate digital cameras and Photoshop CC photo processing software. Both black & white and color photographs will be created in this class. Students will learn editorial photography techniques and ethical decision-making relating to photojournalism. This is a basic course for students who want to learn photojournalism techniques and basic Photoshop, and who cannot take the longer photojournalism class for 4 credits in the Fall or Spring semesters. (W)
TOPICS IN ETHNIC AMERICAN LIT
A study of selected works from one of the following ethnic literary traditions in the United States: African American literature, Asian American literature, Latino/Hispanic American literature, or Native American literature. Cross-listed with ETHS 325. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 325A CDQ
ASIAN AMERICAN WRITERS
This course offers a study of selected works of various genres (e.g., fiction, poetry, drama, and film) by Asian American women and men of diverse ethnicities. Emphasizing the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality, and informed by critical studies of race and ethnicity, feminist criticism, and cultural studies, we will explore the following main questions: What are the major themes and issues in Asian American literature and literary studies? What textual strategies do Asian American writers employ to represent Asian American self-identities and cultural politics? In what ways do these writers challenge or accommodate dominant representations of Asian American women and men as raced and gendered subjects? In what ways do the subject positions of the writers, characters, and readers impact our understanding of Asian American texts? Cross-listed with ENG 325A CDQ. Prerequisites: ENG 110 W and Sophomore standing.
ENG 327 CQ
TPC: LITERATURE AND GENDER
A study of literary works from a variety of periods and genres in relation to issues of gender. Specific iterations of the course could include emphases on gender, sexuality and representation; queer theory; feminist theory, especially feminist narrative theory; textuality and sexuality; women's writing and society; or tough guys in literature. All possible versions of the course will require attention to how literature represents, reinforces, and/or attempts to subvert social roles attached to gender and sexuality. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 327A CQ
WOMAN IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY
This course looks at writings by and about women in America during the long nineteenth century when the roles and expectations of women were changing dramatically. Before Mary Shelley’s radical novel, Frankenstein (1818), her mother Mary Wollstonecraft published A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) and thereby helped found the modern movement to examine the social and political roles and rights of women. From this point forward, literature by and about women took up the “Woman Question” in a variety of ways. This course contributes to the pre-1865 literature requirement. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 331 CX
Concentrated study of a single major author, including literary works, cultural and historical contexts and influences. Possible course offerings include Shakespeare, Chaucer, Milton, Austen, Melville, Shaw, Joyce, Woolf, Twain, Faulkner, and Morrison. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 331B CX
LITERARY FIGURES: SHAKESPEARE
Reading and writing about Shakespeare's plays. Selections will include a cross-section of comedies, tragedies, histories, and romances, as well as sonnets and longer poetry. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 333 G
ENGLISH AS A GLOBAL LANGUAGE
One facet of globalization is linguistic globalization, and the increasing prominence of English as the lingua franca of the world is as full of benefits and dangers as is globalization itself. We will explore the historical context and cultural foundation of the global spread of English as well as the cultural legacy of the language in both English and non-English speaking countries. This will include an examination of the growing prominence of English in different regions of the world including South America, Africa, and Southeast Asia in terms of English varieties or "Globish" as well as the impact English has had on the native languages, national attitudes toward the English and Americans, cultural resistance, economic mobility, and the likelihood that one's second language will be English to the exclusion of others. We will also study specific settings requiring a common language, such as aviation and travel. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 358 CX
Works from European literature before 1485. The course may include Old English poetry, Chaucer, the Pearl-poet, Malory, and a variety of writers from non-English traditions. It will also emphasize cultural and linguistic contexts, historical development, and political and economic background. This course contributes to the pre-1865 literature requirement. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 359 CX
A selection of works from British literature, ranging from the last years of the fifteenth century, through the Elizabethan age. The course may draw from a wide variety of poetry, drama and prose, including More, Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe and others. It will emphasize literary form and style, as well as cultural and social contexts. This course contributes to the pre-1865 literature requirement. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 360 CX
17TH CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
A survey of selected writers of late Renaissance and 17th century Britain, from the Stuart period through the English Civil War and the Restoration. This tumultuous and action-packed age was filled with unparalleled achievements in the theatre, milestones in publishing, political and religious unrest, the beginnings of global trade, and colonization of the New World. The course will include authors such as Jonson, Donne, Marvell, Wroth, and Milton. This course contributes to the pre-1865 literature requirement. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 361 CX
RESTORATION & 18TH CENTRY BRIT LIT
A survey of British literature of the "long 18th century," from the Restoration through the 1700s. Enormous cultural transformations, from the explosion of print culture, to the philosophical and scientific revolutions of the Enlightenment, to experiments in modern democratic thought, to the speed of travel and international trade, mark the era as one of the most turbulent and exciting in Western history. The course will include authors such as Behn, Defoe, Swift, Pope and Johnson. This course contributes to the pre-1865 literature requirement. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 362 CX
ROMANTIC AND VICTORIAN LITERATURE
This course examines a selection of literature from the British long nineteenth century, from the late eighteenth century Romantics to the end of the Victorian era in 1901, and may cover a full survey of this period or only one part (e.g. only the Romantic or the Victorian period). Readings may include: John Keats, William Blake, Mary Shelley, Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, Thomas Hardy, or any of the many other writers of the period. Prerequisite: W tag.
A study of literary modernism during the beginning of the twentieth century that may include emphases on any of the following: the Harlem Renaissance, the relationship between realism and modernism, the gender of modernism, and/or transnational influences on modernist writing. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 367 CX
AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1865
Encompassing a wide range of literary movements and authors from the 1600s through the end of the American Civil War in 1865, this course may be organized as a survey course looking at writers from each period or may focus on one or more periods in depth. From the early settlers seeking religious or economic freedoms to the tumultuous revolutionary period to the establishment of a distinctive American literature and culture in the nineteenth century, the territories that became the United States forged new political and social frontiers that are reflected in a wide range of imaginative literary works. This course contributes to the pre-1865 literature requirement. Prerequisite: W tag.
This course begins with the post-Civil War period of tumult and moves through the rise of realism in the late nineteenth century and Modernism in the early twentieth century. Writers in this period struggled to find innovative ways to get at the basic truths of life experience by experimenting with new forms of writing and new subjects to examine. This period of radical thinking and cultural revolutions produced creative experiments from Mark Twain, Henry James, Kate Chopin, Gertrude Stein, and T. S. Eliot among many others. This course may look at a survey from all periods or choose to focus in more depth on one or more periods. Prerequisite: W tag.
TOPICS:WORLD LITERATURES IN ENGLISH
An examination of a particular national literature other than that of the United States or Britain, or a survey of literature by writers from a variety of regions around the globe. Specific courses might include Irish Literature or Postcolonial Literatures. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 370A CGX
TPC WORLD LIT: MODERN IRISH LIT
Irish Literature may be viewed as the first postcolonial literature of the 20th century and provides a well-focused lens for an examination of contemporary global issues. Students will read not only those iconic writers associated with the Irish Literary Revival of the period immediately preceding and following the Easter Rising of 1916 (Yeats, Joyce, Synge, and company), but also those later 20th century writers who have chronicled the extraordinary changes in Irish culture and society. As Ireland has moved into the 21st century, so has Irish literature admitted the diverse voices of an ethnically, racially, and culturally changing nation. Indeed, a central question is the following: who are the Irish? It's not as simple as it sounds. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 370B CGX
TPC: POSTCOLONIAL FICTION
This course will provide students with an opportunity to explore fiction from the former British colonies and from Great Britain itself. In order to experience the literature of this course as fully as possible, our readings of the primary texts will be informed by historical grounding, geographical/political contexts, as well as cultural and literary theory to do with postcolonial subjectivity. How do we, in North America, read the work of those in other parts of the world and learn from what they have to tell us? Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 371 CX
POSTMODERN AND CONTEMPORARY LIT
This course will discuss postmodern and contemporary themes such as the search for meaning, revisionism, consumerism, community, and the relationship between literature and cultural change. We will look closely at issues of form and genre and will discuss critical terms including magical realism, postcolonialism, and poststructuralism. Students will be required to participate actively in discussions about the course readings and their writings. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 377 C
ISS & THEME IN LIT: NAR TRAV & ADVN
Some of the earliest novels, even before the genre had a name, were fictionalized travel narratives. These novels were read alongside, sometimes interchangeably with, chronicles of real-life experience. Tales of travel and adventure have enjoyed popularity for centuries: they show us the hopes and fears of every era as their denizens venture into the unknown. They reflect a culture’s values and prejudices as characters confront both foreignness and their own limitations. What remains to be explored and understood in the literature of our increasingly globalized world? This course will take on a broad historical swath of fiction and non-fiction in an effort to find out. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 377A CX
This course will look at a let of three literary traditions that overlapped during the late eighteenth and early to mid-nineteenth centuries: Romanticism, Transcendentalism, and Gothicism. These traditions are closely linked to each other: late 18th century British Romanticism gave rise to an American Romantic tradition. Romanticism also gave rise to British as well as American Gothic traditions. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 377B CX
THM: THE SHAKESPEARE EFFECT
This course addresses the issue of literary adaptation. Using plays by Shakespeare as case studies, students will examine the way artists in different genres (including film, fiction, and musical theater) adapt and reimagine Shakespeare for different eras and audiences. Prerequisite: W tag.
INDEPENDENT STUDY: ENGLISH
(1.00 - 4.00 credits)
Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
ENG 380 CUX
LITERARY CRITICISM AND THEORY
This course builds on the theoretical principles taught in ENG 280 or ENG281 to further provide students with the critical tools used in upper-division literature course work. It is devoted to examining critical perspectives and theories in detail, including New Criticism, New Historicism, queer and gender studies, psychoanalytic criticism, feminism, and deconstruction, exploring them through primary readings and case studies. Students will develop a greater understanding of the critical frameworks that provide the assumptions, strategies, and governing questions for the practice of interpreting texts. Prerequisites: ENG 280 or 281.
A study of literature through the lens of genre, such as the novel, film as literature, contemporary drama or poetry, popular genres, including fantasy or horror. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 391A U
AMERICAN ROMANTIC FILM COMEDY
The formula for this uniquely American genre was brainstormed on the set by director Frank Capra's writers scripting a day ahead of shooting "It Happened One Night.," starring Clark Gable and Claudette Colbert. This template emerged during a molten period that realigned the rituals of romance, gender, and class, as couples initially clashed and quarreled before softening up. Tweaked over the decades, the basic formula remains intact: chances are examples are playing in theaters here this week. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 395 CEX
This course covers literature from the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries that puts the environment at the center of discourse and considers humans as part of (rather than apart from) nature and ecosystems. Specific iterations of the course might focus on nature writing, urban environments, deep ecology, eco-feminism, eco-criticism, and/or activist literature. As an upper-level literature course, "Environmental Literature" will require attention to both primary and secondary texts. Extensive writing will be required, including both analytical essays and examples of nature writing or eco-fictional prose. Prerequisite: W tag.
TEACHING OF COMPOSITION
Application of composition research to the teaching of composition today, along with an examination of materials and techniques. This course should be completed before student teaching. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 406 BX
ADVANCED FICTION WRITING
This is an advanced fiction writing workshop for students interested in writing short stories or chapters of a novel. While the emphasis is on realistic fiction, students may choose to write in various genres such as science fiction, fantasy, or mystery. Students will also read and analyze stories by both established writers and accomplished student writers. Prerequisite: ENG 205.
A project-oriented seminar for long investigative projects. Prerequisites: ENG 201.
ENG 415A CDQ
BLACK WOMEN WRITERS
This course offers a study of selected novels, short stories, and essays by African American women writers in the 20th and 21st centuries. Emphasizing the intersections of race, gender, class, and sexuality, and informed by critical studies of race and ethnicity and black feminist criticism, we will explore the following main questions: What are the major themes and issues in black women's literature? What textual strategies do African American women writers employ to represent "blackness" and "femaleness?" In what ways do these writers challenge or accommodate dominant discourses of race, gender, class and sexuality. What does it mean to be a black feminist reader, and what does it mean for non-black and/or non-female readers to interpret black women's writings. Cross-listed with ETHS 415A CDQ and WGS 415A CDQ. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 416 CGX
LIT & CULT OF EARLY TRANSLANTC WORL
This advanced course examines transatlantic literature (between Europe, Africa, and the Americas) during the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries (specifically, the period of the Enlightenment). Literature of this period reflected radical new social and political realities: 1) Globalization on the heels of the age of exploration 2) the exploitative side of this age and the slave trade 3) focus on writings by and about evolving gender roles. This is a broad topics course that would allow various iterations. The emergence of new literary and cultural forms makes this an especially dynamic period. The study of literature of the period is likewise an especially rich frame for looking at this period because new genres emerged alongside new cultural and political forms. Prerequisite: W tag.
FOCUSED STUDY: ETHNIC AMERICAN LIT
A close examination of a particular ethnic American literary period, genre, or theme, such as the Harlem Renaissance, immigrant narratives, or Asian Americans in popular culture. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 443A CDQ
PASSING NARR: ETHNIC AM LITERATURE
This course offers a study of selected "passing narratives" of various genres (fiction, autobiography, and film) by women and men from diverse ancestries in American literature. By focusing on the intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality in passing narratives and situating these texts in their historical, cultural, and critical contexts, we will explore questions surrounding discourses of difference, assimilation, and identity. Cross-listed with ETHS443A CDQ. Prerequisite: W tag.
ENG 443B CDX
FOC STUD: ETHNIC AM STUDIES-SLAVERY
This course will examine a range of scenes of slavery as depicted in literary fiction, period accounts, historical documentation, photography and other imagery, and critical theory. This range of texts and images will reveal the lived experiences of slaves across time periods and different geographic locations. We will examine how slaves were transported to the Americas (particularly North America), how their enslavement was achieved materially and psychologically, how their bodies were treated and abused, how they were viewed by sympathizers and opponents of slavery, how the idea of slavery figured in debates about the establishment of the new United States, how they revolted and rebelled and how these rebellions were quashed, how they were controlled through legal and cultural circumscription, how they sought control of their own circumstances and destinies, how they sought escape and sometimes succeeded, and how they wrote accounts of their experiences in an effort to be heard. Prerequisite: W tag. Cross-listed with ETHS 443B CDX.
FOCUSED STUDY OF WORLD LITERATURE
A study of masterpieces from the Western and/or non-Western traditions, selected for their cultural or literary significance. This course may be organized around a central theme or question, such as the nature of literary tragedy or the role of the individual in the community. Prerequisite: W tag.
ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP
Directed study in the writing of various literary forms, such as the informal essay, nature writing, scriptwriting, genre fiction, the long poem, the novella, or other forms. Prerequisite: ENG 205.
SEMINAR IN LITERARY STUDIES
A special study of a literary period, figure, genre, or group, of some other special literary focus. Prerequisite: W tag.
INDEPENDENT STUDY - ENGLISH
(1.00 - 4.00 credits)
A program of independent reading/research in a genre, or an author, or a period if a comparable course is not offered in the same year. This program may be one or two semesters in length. Prerequisites: a literature course at the 300/400 level or consent of instructor.
INDEPENDENT STUDY - ENGLISH
(1.00 - 4.00 credits)
A program of independent reading/research in a genre, or an author, or a period if a comparable course is not offered in the same year. This program may be one or two semesters in length. Prerequisites: a literature course at the 300/400 level or consent of instructor.
FOCUSED STUDY OF LITERARY CRITICISM
A study of a particular approach or issue in contemporary criticism and theory, such as feminist theory, gender studies, trauma studies, or migration and diaspora. Prerequisites: ENG 280 or ENG 281 and a prior course in Women's and Gender Studies.
ENG 480A GQU
FOCUSED STD LIT CRIT: CNTM GLOB FEM
This course is an exploration of the methods, concepts, and experiences of feminism as it is practiced all over the world in different ways. The historical development and cultural mappings of feminism since the second wave will be our main concern, but we will maintain specificity by focusing on particular locations, and on locational concerns. Feminist theorists from a variety of disciplines including philosophy, literature, political science, history and sociology will provide groundwork for our explorations, which will be filled out through case studies, historical texts and literary narratives. Cross-listed with ETHS 481 and WS 480. Prerequisites: W tag and ENG 280 or ENG 281.
ENG 481 3K
ADVANCED STUDIES IN ENGLISH
The first half of this course will explore different approaches to the course theme. Tenured and tenure-track members of the English Department will each take responsibility for one day's course content by assigning readings in advance and then conducting one class. In this way, students will learn how the course theme relates to different fields. The instructor of the course will be responsible for all other classes and will organize assignments. The second half of the course will be a workshop focusing on student work. Readings will be determined by student interest and course time will be spent discussing those readings, developing project proposals, learning and using research techniques, and putting together student projects. Prerequisites: COR 2 and ENG 280 or 281.
(1.00 - 4.00 credits)
An investigation combining two or more disciplines, such as gender and communication, Psycho-linguistics, or a course combining literature with philosophy, sociology, history, or one of the other arts. Prerequisites: None.
(1.00 - 4.00 credits)
A planned and faculty-supervised program of work that utilizes skills learned in earlier English course work.