Courses that fulfill
General Education Requirements:
- (A-AR) = Analytical - Abstract Reasoning
- (A-QR) = Analytical - Quantitative
- (D-D) = Diversity - Domestic
- (D-I) = Diversity - International
- (D-L) = Diversity - Language
- (RCH) = Research
- (W) = Wellness
- (WI) = Writing Intensive
- (AY) = Offered in Alternative Year
*ENG 203 WOMEN AND LITERATURE (4 credits)
An introduction to the study of literature by and about the lives of women, written in a variety of genres and periods, from a number of cultural traditions. Explores ways in which a study of a writer's ideas and techniques and a text's background (e.g., biography of the author, political climate, religious tradition) can lead to greater appreciation and understanding of a work, a writer, a reader and a time. A variety of critical points of view with particular attention to Feminist and Womanist theories. Appropriate for first-year students. Also listed as WGSS 203. (WI, D-D)
*ENG 204 AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE (4 credits)
An introduction to the study of literature focusing on the works of Americans of black African ancestry, with possible attention to works of African Caribbean. Special attention to major developments in form and themes, major writers and the evolution of an African American literary tradition. Introduction to issues of black literary theory and criticism. Appropriate for first-year students. Also listed as AAAS 204. (WI, D-D)
*ENG 205 AMERICAN LITERATURE AND ECOLOGY (4 credits)
A study of American environmental literature and its imaginative forms in relation to environmental concepts, movements and philosophy, including changing ideas of nature and wilderness; representations of space and place; the deep ecology, ecofeminism, bioregionalism and environmental justice movements; urban nature; the impact of climate change and the Anthropocene; and the relation between human ideas and language and the more-than-human world. Includes attention to cultural issues of ecology, such as how ecological imagination affects sense of identity and social and economic practices. May include writers such as Thoreau, Muir, Aldo Leopold, Margaret Atwood, Linda Hogan and Helena Viramontes. Appropriate for first-year students. Also listed as ENSU 205. (WI) (AY)
*ENG 206 LITERATURE AND IDENTITY (4 credits)
This course focuses on the way literature can be used as a vehicle to explore issues of identity. Topics may include but are not limited to: Irish Literature, Literature of Immigration, Coming-of-Age Narratives, Early Modern Literature. Appropriate for first-year students. (WI; D-D or D-I depending on topic)
*ENG 207 LITERATURE AND FILM (4 credits)
Introduces film analysis skills that focus on technical details of the cinematic medium, and how they influence narration, character and theme. Highlights important topics in film and literary theory and analyzes the functions and forms of film as a medium in comparison to other forms of media that use words. Appropriate for first-year students. Also listed as FILM 207. (WI) (AY)
*ENG 208 CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE (4 credits)
This course covers the contemporary literary scene with particular attention paid to bestsellers and prizewinners in multiple genres such as the novel, short story collections, poetry and non-fiction. Appropriate for first-year students. (WI) (AY)
*ENG 209 RELIGION AND POPULAR LITERATURE IN THE UNITED STATES (3 credits)
This course will examine popular religious literature published in the United States — such as The Autobiography of Malcolm X and the Left Behind series — and ask how it embraces or pushes against established religious traditions and literary norms. Students will investigate how authors use different literary genres to explore religious belief, practice and community. Appropriate for first-year students. Also listed as REL 209. (D-D, WI)
ENG 211 RELIGION AND SPIRIT IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE (3 credits)
This course looks at religious and spiritual elements in African American literature. How do literary texts embrace or push back against religious beliefs and communities? And, how have black American writers used religion and spirituality to think through race and inequality in the United States? Also listed as AAAS 211 and REL 211.
ENG 221 INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING (4 credits)
An introduction to creative writing and the writing workshop process, focusing on the genres of poetry and short fiction but also occasionally exploring other genres (such as playwriting or creative non-fiction). Includes intensive writing and discussion of the craft and process of writing. Appropriate for first-year students.
*ENG 302 FOUNDATIONS OF LITERARY STUDY (4 credits)
This course lays the groundwork for English majors and minors by addressing the question “Why study Literature?” in relation to a wide range of literary texts and theoretical approaches. The class will study a variety of works and genres from American, British and World literary traditions, including attention to literary history, influence and periodization. Students will develop the fundamental skills of literary interpretation, including interpretive writing and research, while also learning about future professional opportunities for English majors. Appropriate for first-year students with a strong writing background and significant interest in majoring in English. (WI)
ENG 309 PROPHETIC BLACK WOMEN (3 credits)
This course is a study of Black religious women in the U.S., and how they wrote about their religious beliefs and experiences. Students will encounter leaders who changed or led established movements such as Zilpha Elaw and Jarena Lee, women who had religious visions such as Shaker Rebecca Cox Jackson, and literary writers who interrogated religious groups and practices such as Nella Larsen. Students will be asked to consider how religious belief and practice might shape the way people conceptualize what it means to be a Black woman in the U.S. Also listed as AAAS 309 and REL 309.
*ENG 310 CONTEMPORARY JAPANESE LITERATURE (3 credits)
This is a companion course to JPNS 343 that will examine a selection of short stories and novels spanning the Shôwa and Heisei periods. The class will address questions of genre, legitimacy, canon, translation, the social role of the writer, and the place of female authors. Also listed as JPNS 310 and WGSS 310. (D-I, WI)
ENG 350 CONTESTING AMERICA (4 credits)
A study of U.S. literature and notions of “America,” with possible inclusion of literatures from other American countries. The primary focus will be on literature written in English. This course may be taken more than one time for credit when the topics are different. This class requires extensive readings as well as additional meetings for group work, writing instruction and other activities. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor.
ENG 351 CLASS AND IDEOLOGY IN LITERATURE (4 credits)
An analysis of the topic of class and ideology in literature in English from different periods. This course may be taken more than one time for credit when the topics are different. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor.
*ENG 353 TOPICS IN PEACE AND JUSTICE (4 credits)
Selected topics determined by the instructor that address issues of peace and justice in relationship to literature. Readings may be interdisciplinary and will focus on literature written in English. This course may be taken more than one time for credit when the topics are different. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor. (D-D or D-I, depending on topic)
ENG 358 GENDER AND SEXUALITY IN LITERATURE (4 credits)
Using key concepts from feminist, womanist and queer theorists, this course looks at how literature can be the site to document the intersections between issues of race, class, gender and sexuality. This course may be taken more than one time for credit when the topics are different. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor.
ENG 359 SHAKESPEARE (4 credits)
This course focuses on Shakespeare's plays, and on the ways they represent an exacting storytelling craft filled with precise techniques: character webs and conflicts, symbols, and scene weaves. Along the way, students will team up to explore how Shakespeare pioneered some kinds of stories still read and seen today, and discover what Shakespeare's stories have to say about the how and why of human experience. Also listed as THEA 359.
*ENG 364 POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE (4 credits)
An examination of the widely-debated term "post-colonialism" and its relation to other intersecting terms and critical concepts, such as the "Commonwealth," "Third World," "imperialism," "Orientalism" and "neocolonialism." Uses literatures from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia to explore questions such as: How have writers from the previously colonized world used literature to respond to the economic, political and cultural realities of (de)colonization? What does it mean to "write back" to the Empire? Authors include Chinua Achebe, Ngugi Wa Thiong'O, Jean Rhys, Mahasweta Devi and critical essays by Frantz Fanon, Edward Said and Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, among others. Includes attention to issues of empire, nation, race, class, gender and sexuality. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor. (D-I)
ENG 369 CONTEMPORARY LITERARY THEORY (4 credits)
An introduction to some of the major trends in contemporary literary theory, such as Marxism, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Reception Theory and a variety of Feminist approaches. All theories applied to works of literature. Sample theorists are Saussure, Bakhtin, Freud, Gates, Jameson, Showalter, Spivak, Barthes, Derrida, Kristeva and Butler. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of the instructor.
ENG 373 TOPICS IN LITERARY THEORY (4 credits)
This course focuses on specific kinds of literary theory, critical techniques, and/or interpretive approaches. It may be taken more than one time for credit when the topics are different. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor. (AY)
ENG 378 ROMANCES, EPICS, AND QUESTS (4 credits)
A study of how romances, epics, and quest narratives reflect on the social, political and cultural conflicts of the time. May focus primarily on one of these three areas or may compare all three. This course may be taken more than one time for credit when the topics are different. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor.
ENG 379 THE NOVEL (4 credits)
An examination of the genesis and development of the novel, with particular emphasis on its role in literatures written in English. This course may be taken more than one time for credit when the topics are different. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor.
ENG 380 DRAMA (4 credits)
Studies in the nature, techniques and appreciation of plays approached through the reading of selected plays written in English across various time periods. This course may be taken more than one time for credit when the topics are different. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor. (AY)
ENG 381 TOPICS IN LITERARY PERIOD (4 credits)
This course will explore a specific literary period or periods, in terms of the genres of literature written during that period, literary influences, and broader historical and cultural context. Periods might include: Early English; Renaissance; Restoration and 18th Century; Romanticism; Victorian; Ante-Bellum American; American Realism and Naturalism; or Modernism (other periodizations are also possible). The course will include some attention to how and why such periods are defined, together with potential challenges to that definition.
ENG 382 TOPICS IN GENRE AND NARRATIVE (4 credits)
This class will examine some aspect of how genres (types of literature) and/ or narratives work, including narrative forms, structures and other characteristics. The class may focus on a specific genre (e.g. detective novels, fantasy, Southern Gothic) and/ or a type of narrative (e.g. folklore, postmodern, narratives addressed to children). The course may be taken more than one time for credit when the topics are different. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor.
ENG 383 UNDERSTANDING POETRY (4 credits)
Studies in the nature, techniques and appreciation of poetry approached through the reading of selected poems written in English across various time periods. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor.
ENG 386 READING AND WRITING SHORT FICTION (4 credits)
Combines the analysis of short fiction with the creation of short fiction. Students will produce both analytical writing and short stories. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor.
ENG 387 READING AND WRITING POETRY (4 credits)
This class analyzes the craft of writing poetry by combining analysis of published poems with workshops of students’ own poetic writing. Students will produce both analytical writing and poems. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor.
*ENG 401 JUNIOR RESEARCH SEMINAR (4 credits)
This course offers an intensive experience in scholarly research and writing. Students will learn advanced techniques in finding and using research sources; figuring out which sources are most important or relevant to specific research questions; establishing one’s own position in dialogue with existing scholarship; writing and revising research-based essays; and making public presentations. The class will culminate in each student writing a 15-20 page seminar paper, with the goal to create a potential graduate school writing sample and/or publishable scholarly article. English majors should aim to take this course if possible in their junior year. Prerequisite: ENG 302 or consent of instructor; for declared English majors only. (WI, RCH)
*ENG 463 TOPICS IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE (4 credits)
Topics include particular writers or literary movements as well as interdisciplinary or thematic concerns. For example: an exploration of the Slave Narrative and its influence on contemporary Black fiction; a close study of the Harlem Renaissance. May include the nonfiction prose of DuBois, Morrison, Lorde and Baldwin. Prerequisite: 200-level English course or consent of instructor. This course may be taken more than one time for credit when the topics are different. Also listed as AAAS 463. (D-D)
ENG 470 ADVANCED WRITING WORKSHOP (4 credits)
In this workshop-based class, students will explore the genre of creative nonfiction, which uses literary techniques to create factually accurate narratives about real people and events. In addition to drawing on their lived experience, students will consider how research can enrich the personal narrative by revealing connections between wider social forces and our day-to-day lives. Students will write three short essays, choosing one of these to revise and expand at the end of the semester, and conduct a project on an essayist of their choosing. Prerequisite: ENG 221.
ENG 471 PLAYWRITING (3 credits)
This course will focus on the tools and craft of playwriting — how to write dialogue, shape characters, create scenes and structure whole plays. Through reading, writing and discussion the class will seek practical application of the concepts that are explored. In brief, this is a writing workshop — where the practice of playwriting begins not with brilliance, but by finding the time and space and presence of mind to write.
ENG 481 INTERNSHIPS, FIELD STUDIES AND OTHER FIELD EXPERIENCES (1-3 credits)
Covers a variety of experiences (e.g., internships, EPIC Advantage programs) whose design and learning goals have departmental approval.
ENG 483 TEACHING ASSISTANTS (1-3 credits)
ENG 484 FORD/KNIGHT RESEARCH PROJECT (1-4 credits)
Collaborative research with faculty funded by the Ford/Knight Program.
ENG 485 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-3 credits)
Intended for the advanced student. An investigation of a specific topic conceived and planned by the student in consultation with a faculty adviser.
ENG 488 SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE (4 credits)
An exploration of a literary theme or subject matter with cross-disciplinary dimensions, and at a level which requires the student to bring an accumulation of literary and analytical skills and value judgments to bear. Subject determined by the instructor in consultation with the Department. Prerequisite: Senior standing and ENG 302.