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Current Courses

Spring 2015

Here are the English courses being offered in Spring 2015 and the different ways in which they can be used to fulfill the English major and the Creative Writing minor. For a full description of each course, including the Special Topics courses, click on the course numbers below.

  • ENG 101 10-23: Literature and Composition

    ENG 101 10: Lit & Comp  (Kurzen)                               MWF 8:30-9:20

    ENG 101 11: Lit & Comp Kurzen)                                  MWF 9:30-10:20

    ENG 101 12: Lit & Comp  (Rydel)                                  MWF 9:30-10:20

    ENG 101 13: Lit & Comp  (Walsh)                                 MWF 10:30-12:20

    ENG 101 14: Lit & Comp-ELL (Knight)                         MWF 11:30-12:20

    ENG 101 15: Lit & Comp  (Walsh)                                 MWF 12:30-11:20

    ENG 101 16: Lit & Comp  (Meehan)                              MWF 1:30-3:20

    ENG 101 17: Lit & Comp  (Daley)                                  TTH 8:30-9:45

    ENG 101 18: Lit & Comp  (Hall)                                     TTH 10-11:15           

    ENG 101 19: Lit & Comp (Foster)                                  TTH 10-11:15

    ENG 101 20: Lit & Comp  (Wagner)                               TTH 11:30-12:45

    ENG 101 21: Lit & Comp  (Daley)                                  TTH 1-2:15

    ENG 101 22: Lit & Comp (Santamaria)                           TTH 8:30-9:45


    This course is intended to develop the student’s capacity for intelligent reading, critical analysis, and writing through the study of literature.  There are frequent writing assignments, as well as individual conferences on the student’s writing.

    Counts for:  First-Year Graduation Requirement

  • *ENG 103 10: Introduction to Creative Writing

    *ENG 103 10: Intro to Creative Writing (Dubrow)         MWF 11:30-12:20

    *ENG 103 11: Intro to Creative Writing (Mooney)        TTH 1-2:15


    A workshop on the forms of creative writing—primarily poetry and fiction as practiced by the students themselves. Readings in contemporary literature and craft.


    Restriction:  None (open to all students)

    Counts for:  Creative Writing minor

  • *ENG 206: Shakespeare II

    TTH 2:30-3:45           Moncrief

    This course, the second part of the Shakespeare sequence, will examine some of Shakespeare’s best known later plays both in the context of early modern English culture and as play scripts/performances.  Class discussions–with significant contributions from student papers–will explore Shakespeare’s writings through the consideration of issues including authority and justice, appearance and identity, seeing and believing, memory, forgiveness, family, sexuality, and gender.  Using films and local live productions (if available) we will also consider the plays as they have been and as they might be interpreted for performance.


    Counts for:  Pre-1800, elective

    Also counts for:  Humanities distribution

  • *ENG 208: History of English Literature II

    *ENG 208 10 History of English Literature II      MWF 10:30-11:20      O’Connor       

    *ENG 208 11 History of English Literature II      MWF 1:30-2:20          O’Connor       


    A survey of the development of English literature from Anglo-Saxon times to the present with attention to the historical background, the continuity of essential traditions, and the characteristic temper of successive periods. The second semester begins approximately with the Restoration in 1660.


    Counts for:  200-level

    Also counts for:  Humanities distribution

  • *ENG/AMS 210: Intro to American Lit II

    *ENG/AMS 210 10: Intro to American Lit II                     TTH 11:30-12:45       De Prospo

    *ENG/AMS 201 11: Intro to American Lit II                     TTH 1:00-2:45           De Prospo


    This course surveys American literature and culture from 1865 through the beginning of the twenty-first century. Students will examine various literary modes and movements as they develop in fiction, poetry, and autobiography of this period, from realism, naturalism, and regionalism in the nineteenth century to modernism and post-modernism in the twentieth to contemporary representations of American identity in the twenty-first. Paying particular attention to the ways in which a diverse group of authors negotiates issues of race and ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality, and place, students will consider how the American experience has been imagined, defined, and reconfigured since the end of the Civil War. Using historical, formal, and cultural analytic approaches, we will ultimately discuss the relationship between literary tradition and the formation of American culture. 


    Counts for:  200-level

    Also counts for:  Humanities distribution

  • ENG/AMS/BLS 213 10: Intro to African American Lit

    MWF 12:30–1:20       Knight

    This course is a survey of African American literature from its beginnings to our current time. It is designed to introduce students to the writers, texts, themes, conventions and tropes that have shaped the African American literary tradition. Authors studied in this course include Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Nella Larsen, Langston Hughes, along with other black writers of the 20th and 21st centuries.


    Counts for: 200-level

    Also counts for: Humanities distribution, Black Studies minor, American Studies major

  • *ENG 221 10: Intro to Nonfiction

    MWF 10:30-11:20      Meehan

    We study the essay, the oldest and arguably most significant form of nonfiction. As you will see, this is not necessarily the “essay” you were asked (or forced) to write in earlier schooling. Essayists, from Montaigne and Emerson to contemporary writers of what’s called creative nonfiction have viewed this literary form not as punishment or even pedagogy so much as performance and experiment. “Essay is a verb, not just a noun,” the contemporary essayist John D’Gata notes, “essaying is a process.” We will explore that process as both readers and writers of essays across three parts of the course, moving us from classic to contemporary examples, and from critical perspectives on the essay to creative performance of our own essaying. Part One: The Philosophy of the Essay—origins and principles of the form. Part Two: The Rhetoric of the Essay—the essay in series or book collection, used to argue, expose, explore. Part Three: The Poetics of the Essay—innovations of the essay in recent forms of “creative nonfiction,”  including multimedia. The course will culminate with a substantial essay that students develop and prepare for actual publication.


    Counts for: 200-level

    Also counts for: Humanities distribution

  • *ENG 222 10: Intro to Poetry

    TTH 2:30-3:45           Hall

    This course will provide an introduction to the study of various styles and forms of poetry. By reading a wide range of poetic styles from a number of aesthetic schools, students will consider the ways in which poetry has become a conversation across centuries, how the genre may act simultaneously as a personal and a political voice, and how it may be interpreted not only as intimate confession but also as “supreme fiction.”


    Counts for: 200-level

    Also counts for: Humanities distribution

  • *ENG 223 10: Intro to Drama

    MWF 12:30-1:20        Rydel


    This course will examine plays as literary texts, as play scripts, and as performances. It will investigate theatre/drama from a variety of styles and themes across several centuries (from ancient Greece to renaissance England to contemporary USA) to understand dramatic conventions and assumptions. The course will consider how writers from across the globe in various time periods consider, rework, and comment upon similar subjects and themes.


    Counts for: 200-level

    Also counts for: Humanities distribution

  • *ENG 302 10: Arthurian Lit

    MWF 11:30-12:20                  Rydel


    Throughout the Middle Ages, the story of King Arthur and his knights was continually adapted and eagerly retold in epics, romances, and histories alike. In this course, we will examine the development of the Arthurian legend from its Celtic roots through the signature English treatment of the story by Sir Thomas Malory. We will end the semester with a look at the continuation of the legend in modern film.

    Counts for:  Pre-1800, elective

  • *ENG 361: Literary Romanticism in the US

    W 7-9:30         De Prospo

    An introduction to the romantic revolution in literature in the US, beginning with a reading of Poe as representative of what immediately preceded it.


    Counts for: Post-1800, elective

    Also counts for:  American Studies

  • *ENG/AMS 363: Gilded Age & Am Literary Realism

    TTH 10-11:15            Knight


    This course examines key prose fiction of the Gilded Age of American literary history and culture (roughly 1878 - 1901). Careful attention will be given to various treatments of “Big Business,” industrialization, urbanization, regionalism and social inequality in the work of Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, Frances E.W. Harper, Charles Chesnutt, and others.


    Counts for: Post-1800, elective

    Also counts for:  American Studies

  • *ENG 393: Journalism Practicum

    Th 6-7 pm                   McIntire      

    This course teaches basic news reporting and writing – the who, what, when, where, why & how of story organization; getting quickly to the point; conciseness; straightforward exposition; accuracy, fairness and balance, and ethical issues.


    This is a two-credit course. Students may count no more than 4 journalism practicum credits toward the English major.


    Counts for: elective

  • *ENG 394 10: SpTp: Hamlet and Its Afterlife: Adaptations and Appropriations

    TTH 1-2:15    Moncrief

                                        To die, to sleep–
    To sleep, perchance to dream–ay, there’s the rub,
    For in that sleep of death what dreams may come,
    When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
    Must give us pause; there’s the respect
    That makes calamity of so long life;
    For who would bear the whips and scorns of time…,
    To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
    But that the dread of something after death,
    The undiscover’d country from whose bourn
    No traveller returns, puzzles the will
    And makes us rather bear those ills we have
    Than fly to others that we know not of?

     (Hamlet 3.1.63-81)


    The title of this course acknowledges both the plays obsession with the afterlife and the afterlife, in the four centuries since its composition, of the play itself.  It will examine both William Shakepeare’s masterwork Hamlet and many of its adaptations and appropriations in an effort to understand its continuing popularity and cultural significance.  A sample includes: film versions (from Olivier, Gibson, Branagh, Tennant, and others); film adaptations (A Midwinter’s Tale, The Banquet/Legend of the Black Scorpion, Hamlet the Vampire Slayer, Hamlet 2); drama (Stoppard’s Rosencranz and Gildenstern are Dead, Rudnick’s I Hate Hamlet, Blessing’s Fortimbras); fiction (Updike’s Gertrude and Claudius, Atwood’s “Gertrude Talks Back,” “Haig’s The Dead Father’s Club); poetry (Soyinka’s “Hamlet,” Gwynn’s “Horatio’s Philosophy,” Tretheway’s Bellocq’s Ophelia); art (Millais’s “Ophelia,” and others); television, (The Simpsons: “Tales from the Public Domain, Monty Python’s Flying Circus: Hamlet episode 43) and popular music (Natalie Merchant:  “Ophelia,” Nick Cave and the Bad Seed’s “Hamlet Pow, Pow, Pow”). Students will, by the end of the semester, produce their own creative response to Hamlet.


    Counts for:  Pre-1800, elective

    Also counts for:  Drama major

  • *ENG/AMS 394 11: SpTp: Contemporary Multiethnic American Lit

    MWF 1:30-2:20       Kurzen

    This course will provide students the opportunity to engage with a broad range of contemporary ethnic American literatures. We will approach the works of Chicana/o, Dominican American, Native American, African American, Vietnamese American, and Indian (Bengali) American authors from cultural, formal, and historical perspectives. Students will read, analyze, and write about representative works of various genres within a cultural context. Over the course of the semester, students will consider such topics as identity construction; struggles for self- determination and self-representation; immigrant experiences; language and bilingualism; the marketing of and to ethnic American populations; and the relationship of the author to his or her communities. While studying how these texts negotiate issues of race, class, gender, and sexuality, we will ultimately discuss how they enrich and enliven conversations surrounding American culture. 


    Counts for: Post-1800, elective

    Also counts for:  American Studies

  • *ENG 394 12: SpTp: Postcolonial Literature: Works of Resistance

    MWF 12:30-1:20        O’Connor


    This course will investigate the impact of British colonialism, national independence movements, postcolonial cultural trends, and women’s movements on the global production of literary texts in English. Our analysis will focus around current debates regarding identity, globalization, language, and nationalism. We will read and discuss works by Olive Schreiner, Rudyard Kipling, Jamaica Kincaid, J.M. Coetzee, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Salman Rushdie, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie  from a range of critical and theoretical approaches.

    Counts for:  Post-1800, Elective

  • *ENG 394 13: SpTp: Irish Novel

    TTH 2:30-3:45           Mooney


    The course in the Irish novel will introduce you to some acclaimed and important Irish novels of the 19th and 20th Centuries, from Maria Edgeworth to Roddy Doyle, and in doing so acquaint you with the complexities of Irish history and culture.  We will examine the novel as form and forms of the novel as it pertains to this culture’s approaches to the genre.   The material will inspire lively discussion out of which ideas for essays can be generated.  We will read, analyze and discuss seven complete works of fiction and, along with them, trends in literary thought as formed by Irish historical realities and cultural shifts.


    Counts for: Post-1800, elective

  • *ENG 394/DRA 14: SpTp: Greek and Roman Drama

    TTH 8:30-8:45           Walsh


    The genre of the dramatic play stands as an enduring legacy of ancient Greece and Rome, and today live performances of classical plays thrive on stages all around the world. In this course we will read representative plays of the Greek and Roman tragedians (Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Seneca) and comedians (Aristophanes, Menander, Plautus, Terence). Topics to be discussed include the socio-political context of ancient drama; its adaptation of myth, ritual, and history; its treatment of gender, sexuality, obscenity, and violence; its stagecraft and performance; and the reception of Greek and Roman drama in the modern world.


    Counts for: elective

    Also counts for:  Drama major

  • ENG 394 15/ PHL 394 10 SpTp: Existentialism and Literature

    MWF 12:30-1:20            Weigel


    Existentialism profoundly influenced several disciplines in the previous century; its dynamism still appearing today in philosophy, theology, art, drama, literature, and psychology. This course introduces students to the nature and development of Existentialist thought in select literary and philosophical texts. Characteristic themes include: the problem of meaning, facing apparent absurdity in life, alienation and despair, the struggle for authenticity, the centrality of the God question, and an emphasis on individual freedom. Readings are from Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard, Sartre, Camus, Kobo Abe and others. No prerequisite. Strong writing background and permission of instructor is recommended for entering freshmen.  


    Counts for: Elective

    Also counts for: Philosophy major

  • ENG 394 16/ DRA 394 11 SpTp: The Screenplay

    11:30-12:45           Price


    This course will introduce participants to the basic architecture of the film play. Instruction will concentrate on the synopsis, the treatment and sequencing. Through this exploration participants will acquire a basic understanding of conventional and experimental designs of screenwriting.  Students will explore cinematic techniques that provide a vocabulary for creating tightly crafted film stories.
    Although heavily weighed toward creative writing the nature of the medium requires a brief exploration of film history and an exploration of the evolution of film technology.

    Counts for: elective

    Counts for: Creative Writing minor

    Also counts for:  Drama Major

  • *ENG 452 10: Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

    W 4-6:30         Mooney         


    This workshop offers guided practice in the writing of short fiction.  Using the work of established writers as models, considerable effort is put toward the objective of learning to read as writers and, in the process, becoming better critics of the student’s own work and the work of others in the group.  By offering a more intimate familiarity with the elements of fiction, students write and revise prodigiously and, in the process, learn and practice a repertoire of literary strategies in preparation and in support of short stories of their own composition. 


    Prerequisite: ENG 103 Introduction to Creative Writing. Primarily intended for juniors and seniors.


    Counts for: elective

    Counts for: Creative Writing minor

  • *ENG 453: Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry

    M 1:30-4         Hall


    Poetry Writing Workshop helps students create 6-8 original poems while thinking critically about form, genre, and the canonical tradition of poetry.  Students will respond to and write in an array of aesthetic traditions while also writing analytically about the poet’s tools of craft.  Students will read widely and broadly in contemporary poetry, including four single-volume books of poetry.  We will read and respond also to prose by poets, all in order to help us discover what makes a thing a poem, and what makes a poem successful.  We will immerse ourselves in the world of poetry, in making what Lewis Turco calls “the art of language.”  


    Prerequisite: Introduction to Creative Writing. (Students who completed Freshman Creative Writing or Intermediate Creative Writing in previous years are also eligible to register.) Primarily intended for juniors and seniors.

    Prerequisite: ENG 103 Introduction to Creative Writing. Primarily intended for juniors and seniors.


    Counts for: elective

    Counts for: Creative Writing minor