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Current Courses

Spring 2016

Here are the English courses being offered in Spring 2016 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            MWF 8:30-9:20                      Kurzen 

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

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

    ENG 101 13: Lit & Comp            MWF 10:30-11:20                  O’Connor       

    ENG 101 14: Lit & Comp            MWF 10:30-11:20                  Sovich

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

    ENG 101 16: Lit & Comp            MWF 12:30-1:20                    Walsh

    ENG 101 17: Lit & Comp            MWF 1:30-2:20                      Meehan                      

    ENG 101 18: Lit & Comp            TTH 8:30-9:45                        Daley

    ENG 101 19: Lit & Comp            TTH 11:30-12:45                    Wagner

    ENG 101 20: Lit & Comp            TTH 1-2:15                             Daley

    ENG 101 21: Lit & Comp            TTH 2:30-3:45                        Foster             

    ENG 101 22: Lit & Comp            TTH 4-5:15                             Beck


    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 10/11: Introduction to Creative Writing

    *ENG 103 10: Intro to Creative Writing            TTH 10-11:15            Sovich

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


    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

    *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 10/11: History of English Literature II

    *ENG 208 10: History of English Literature II            MWF 10:30-11:20            Gillin              

    *ENG 208 11: History of English Literature II            TTH 10-11:15            Gillin  


    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 10: Intro to American Lit II

    *ENG/AMS 210 10: 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 II

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

    *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 223 10: Intro to Drama

    *ENG 223 10: Intro to Drama          MWF 11:30-12:20      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 294 10: Intro to World Lit

    *ENG 294 10: Intro to World Lit            MWF 1:30-2:20            O’Connor


    This course covers representative masterpieces of ancient, classical, medieval, and modern literature not from the Anglo-American tradition. Stress on intercultural relationships as well as individualizing characteristics of works will be analyzed. The works will be read in translation. 


    Counts for: 200-level

    Also counts for: Humanities distribution

  • *ENG 301 10: Chaucer

    *ENG 301 10: Chaucer            MW 2:30-3:45            Rydel 


    Chaucer’s fellow poets hailed him as “the father of English poetry” for his ability to transform diverse genres and sources into a living tradition of English poetry that continues to this day. This course will focus on The Canterbury Tales, Geoffrey Chaucer’s most popular and beloved work, and its creation of fictional and real communities. We will become comfortable with Chaucer’s poetry in the original Middle English, and acquaint ourselves with current scholarly debates and the historical and literary context of the Canterbury Tales, observing how he transforms genres as diverse as Latin epics and philosophy, Italian novelle, French love poetry and fabliaux.


    Counts for: Pre-1800, elective

  • *ENG 321: Romanticism

    *ENG 321:  Romanticism            TTH 11:30-12:45            Gillin


    The movement from the late eighteenth century to 1832 considered as a revolution in the aims and methods of poetry. Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.


    Counts for: Post-1800, elective

  • *ENG 334: The Irish Short Story

    *ENG 334: The Irish Short Story            TTH 2:30-3:45            Mooney


    The modern short story is part of an international tradition. The form is a relative newcomer to literature, and for various reasons that we will investigate, the Irish have taken to it with particular verve. Through lecture-discussions and response paper and essay assignments, the course teaches techniques for interpreting stories from the abundantly rich Irish imagination evident in its mythology and folklore to the modern agora of the written page. Writers include Maria Edgeworth, Elizabeth Bowen, Liam O’Flaherty, Frank O’Connor, Sean O’Faolain, Edna O’Brien, and William Trevor.


    Counts for: Post-1800, elective

  • *ENG 340: Women Writers 1800-Present

    *ENG 340: Women Writers 1800-Present            MWF 12:30-1:20            O’Connor


    We will begin with Mary Robinson and Jane Austen in the early 19th century and read a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama by women up to the present. The course will also introduce students to a range of feminist theory.


    Counts for: Post-1800, elective

  • *ENG 342: Children’s & Adolescent Lit

    *ENG 342: Children’s & Adolescent Lit            MWF 1:30-2:20            Kurzen   


    The purpose of this course is to survey a wide variety of contemporary children’s and young adult texts with specific focus on multilingual, multicultural, and multiethnic literatures that treat constructions of race and ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, and power structures. In order to develop an understanding and appreciation of these literatures through reading and studying their characteristics and distinct qualities, we take our cue from various scholars of children’s and young adult literatures, imagining ourselves joining an ongoing, intellectual conversation about the topics and texts we encounter in this course. While we will certainly examine multiple aspects of these disciplines, avenues of inquiry will principally concern the ways in which authors of color complicate questions of identity by creating characters and contexts that engage with interrogations of origins and the formations of cultural or racial communities for a children’s or adolescent audience. By the end of the semester, students should have a working knowledge of the field of children’s and adolescent literatures, understanding how and why these texts in particular resist, revise, and affirm conventional understandings of childhood and young adulthood in the US and abroad.  


    Counts for: Post-1800, elective

  • *ENG 371: Faulkner and Literary Modernism in the US

    *ENG 371: Faulkner and Literary Modernism in the US            W 7-9:30           De Prospo     


    The course will concentrate on the novels of Faulkner as exemplifying modernism.


    Counts for: Post-1800, elective

    Also counts for: American Studies

  • *ENG 393: Journalism Practicum

    *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/AMS 300/BLS 294/GEN: Special Topic: Black Men: Images of Race and Gender in American Culture

    *ENG 394/AMS 300/BLS 294/GEN: Special Topic: Black Men: Images of Race and Gender in American Culture                


    TTH 10-11:15            Knight            


    This course examines black masculinity in American literature, print culture and the media.  The course is structured around stereotypes like the Sambo/Black Minstrel, the Coon, the Black Menace, and their contemporary renditions like the Absent Father/Baby’s Daddy.  At the beginning of each unit, students will practice “reading” stereotypical images of black men shown in print and non-print materials.  Then we will read and analyze the treatment of the stereotype in a literary text.  We will also read and respond to critical secondary sources by literary scholars and cultural intellectuals.  By the end of this course, students should be able to understand and critically analyze:

    1. the origins of different stereotypical images of black men

    2. the way in which these images have influenced the literary imagination of 20th and 21st century African American authors

    3. the notions of sex/sexuality, humor, violence, Black Power and Black Cool in African American literature.


    Counts for: Post-1800, elective

    Also counts for:  American Studies, Black Studies minor, Gender Studies minor

  • *ENG 411 10: Milton

    *ENG 411 10: Milton            TTH 1-2:15            Moncrief


    This course focuses on Milton’s poetry, especially his epic poem Paradise Lost, with some attention to his minor poems and prose. Emphasis includes study of the following: the formal elements of his poetry; the importance of his poetry in literary history; Milton’s biography, especially his experience of blindness and revolutionary defeat; Milton’s writing in relationship to his culture (regicide and revolution, the turmoil of the seventeenth-century Puritan experiment, the commonwealth government, and restoration of the monarchy.)


    Counts for: Pre-1800, elective

  • *ENG 452 10: Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction

    *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

    *ENG 453: Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry            M 1:30-4            Dubrow


    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

  • *ENG 494 11: Poetry and Book Arts: Writing, Printing, Binding

    *ENG 494 11: Poetry and Book Arts: Writing, Printing, Binding            W 1:30-4           Sovich


    Letterpress printing allows writers to consider the printed page as a form with its own limitations, its own rules to test and break. Students will learn to hand set their writing in lead type and feel the physical weight of their own words. The class will work toward writing, designing, letterpress printing, and hand binding a small-edition chapbook that will feature each student’s poetry, written during the semester. The focus of the class will be the exploration of briefer forms and experimentation with utilization of the page. Class time will be split between discussions and demonstrations.

    Counts for: elective

    Counts for: Creative Writing minor