English Major

2014 - 2015 Catalog

English major leading to BA degree

A major in English leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree requires 11 three or four credit courses, exclusive of ENGL 101, 105, and 201. The credits must include:

  1. One or two English courses numbered between 202 and 295
  2. ENGL 299 (should be completed by the end of the sophomore year)
  3. Eight or nine additional courses numbered at the 300-level or above, with the optional inclusion of one course from a list of approved cognate courses from designated departments and programs
  4. Completion of the capstone writing requirement with either ENGL 413 (3) or 493 (3-3)
  5. At least two courses must be chosen from each of the following areas. ENGL 370 can be used in any area.
    1. Early British Literature: ENGL 311, 312, 313, 316, 318, 319, 320, 326, 330, 333, 334, 335, 358, 370, 386, and when the topic is appropriate, 380 and 403
    2. Later British Literature and World Literature in English: ENGL 334, 335, 341, 342, 345, 348, 350, 351, 352, 353, 354, 355, 358, 370, 373, 384, 387, 388, and when the topic is appropriate, 365, 380 and 403
    3. American Literature: ENGL 354, 359, 361, 362, 363, 364, 365, 366, 367, 368, 369, 370, 373, 382, and when the topic is appropriate, 365, 380 and 403

The English faculty urges majors to craft their courses of study to include lyric poetry, narrative, nonfiction prose, and drama.

Students may petition the chair to include one cognate course at any level in the English major; this elective credit cannot count in a distribution area. If a student has not taken ENGL 202, THTR 220 may be used as a cognate course. Courses that may be appropriate for such credit, such as some literature courses in languages other than English, must focus on reading literature closely and recognizing subtle and complex differences in language use; and require at least 15 formal graded pages of writing about literature or a substantial portfolio of creative writing.

  1. One or two English courses numbered between 202 and 295
  2. Take ENGL 299
    • ENGL 299 - Seminar for Prospective Majors

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall, Winter
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisites: Completion of FW composition requirement, at least one course chosen from English courses numbered from 203 to 295.

      A study of a topic in literature issuing in a research process and sustained critical writing. Some recent topics have been Justice in Late Medieval Literature; Tragedy and Comedy; Western American Literature; Emily Dickinson; and Thomas Hardy: Novelist and Poet.

      Fall 2014 Topics:

      ENGL 299-01: Seminar for Prospective Majors: Detective Fiction (3). A close study of the popular sub-genre, detective fiction, culminating in the writing of a research paper. We study detective fiction from the beginnings of the form in the nineteenth century to contemporary examples, touching on the golden age of British detective fiction ("whodunits" and puzzlers), private eyes, hard-boiled detectives, police procedurals, psychological thrillers, and historical and metaphysical mysteries. Authors are selected from among the following: Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle, Dorothy Sayers, Raymond Chandler, James M. Cain, Josephine Tey, P. D. James, Ruth Rendell, Paul Auster, Laurie R. King, Walter Mosley, P. B. Kerr, and Alan Bradley. Some authors and modes are represented by film adaptations rather than by novels. (HL) Keen
       

      ENGL 299-02: Seminar: The Native Writes Back:American Indian Literatures and U.S. History (3). "History is written by the victors. Literature is written by the survivors." For most of U.S. history, the voices and testimonies of Native American writers have been absent, silenced, or erased from our textbooks and cultural mythology. With few exceptions, non-natives usually told the Native American story in America. With the start of the Native American Literary Renaissance in the late 1960s, however, Indian writers have been using fiction, memoir, poetry, creative non-fiction, film-making, stand-up comedy, and music to re-write U.S. history from a Native point of view. This course examines specific events in U.S History from a Native American perspective as reflected in Native-authored texts to see how Indians present that re-visioning, how it is translated from various sources into literature, and the effectiveness it has in helping U.S. citizens re-imagine ourselves in contemporary times. (HL) Miranda.

    • (should be completed by the end of the sophomore year)
  3. Eight or nine additional courses numbered at the 300-level or above, with the optional inclusion of one course from a list of approved cognate courses from designated departments and programs
  4. Completion of the capstone writing requirement with either
    • ENGL 413 - Senior Research and Writing (3)

      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Fall, Winter
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisites: Six credits in English at the 300 level, senior major standing, and instructor consent. Enrollment limited to six.

      A collaborative group research and writing project for senior majors, conducted in supervising faculty members' areas of expertise, with directed independent study culminating in a substantial final project. Possible topics include poetic voice, ecocriticism, literature and psychology, material conditions of authorship, and modern Irish studies.

      Fall 2014 topics:

      ENGL 413-01: Senior Research and Writing: Memoir (3). This course examines 20th- and 21st-century self-writing, considering theories of selfhood within genres of fiction, memoir, and the personal essay. Concepts of memory, identity, experience, agency and audience are theorized and studied in relation to disparate texts, including the novel Gilead by Marilynne Robinson, and memoirs by Mary Karr, Deborah Miranda, and Eric Wilson. We also view self-writing as narrative, studying autobiographical texts as art forms, reading details about individual lives and historical moments primarily as crafted art forms. At the same time, we study the techniques of self-writing by analyzing individual texts in relation to specific tools writers have identified as useful to the composition of autobiography. We take all of this and apply it to the development of our own self-writing, which we practice in response to prompts that are keyed to the week's topics and generic forms. In the final third of the course, after completing a research paper on autobiographical texts, we develop a longer piece of creative self-writing that reflects the careful thinking about theories of selfhood, as well as specific writing tools, that we have studied and/or used throughout the term. (HL) Gertz

      ENGL 413-02: Senior Research and Writing: Queering the Text (3). Does text have a gender or sexuality? Or does text both embody and challenge socio-political norms? One of the aims of this seminar is to investigate the inherent queerness of text and the textuality of queerness. Reading select texts across historical periods, we ask whether postmodern constructs of sexuality and gender inform or problematize studies of premodern and early modern texts, and how race, class, and culture complicate notions of the queer. We learn how to engage in practices of queering, a la Raymond Williams, through a series of keywords: desire, friendship, romance (and "bromance"), performativity, author, reader, time, normativity, marriage, conduct, reproduction, the abject, and happiness. Short primary texts may include works by Geoffrey Chaucer, Chrétien de Troyes, William Shakespeare, Walt Whitman, Henry James, Gertrude Stein, Truman Capote, and Carson McCullers. Queer theorists may include Michel Foucault, Eve Sedgwick, Judith Butler, Wayne Koestenbaum, Jack Halberstam, Lee Edelman, Gloria E. Anzaldúa, and José Esteban Muñoz. Students compile a portfolio of reading responses in the first half of the seminar as preparation for their individual guided research project. (HL) Kao

      ENGL 413-03: Senior Research and Writing: Cultural Conflicts in the American West (3). In this section, we study a few key texts about the American West and then see what else each student wants to explore. There are many cultural conflicts from which to choose and wonderful texts about these conflicts in many genres. Among the conflicting groups are American Indians, Hispanics, Asians, and white Europeans, all fighting for their land, families, names, ethnic identities, histories, culture, economic livelihood, and virtually everything else human beings can fight for. Although we focus on literature, we also explore these conflicts historically and politically, grappling with the challenges of dealing with them today. (HL) Smout
       

    • or
    • ENGL 493 - Honors Thesis (3-3)

      Credits: 3-3
      Planned Offering: Fall-Winter
      Credits: 3-3


      Prerequisite: Senior major standing and honors candidacy. Instructor consent.

      A summary of prerequisites and requirements may be obtained at the English Department website (english.wlu.edu).

  5. At least two courses must be chosen from each of the following areas.
    • ENGL 370 - Literary Theory

      FDR: HL
      Credits: 3
      Planned Offering: Winter in alternate years
      Credits: 3


      Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

      An introduction to literary theory, focusing on classic texts in literary criticism and on contemporary developments such as Formalism, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Marxism, New Historicism and Cultural Studies, Feminism and Gender Studies, and Ecocriticism.

    • can be used in any area.
    • Early British Literature:
      • ENGL 311 - History of the English Language

        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter 2015 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        In The Canterbury Tales, Chaucer's Friar can "make his Englissh sweete upon his tonge." this course examines not only the alleged "sweetness" of English but also the evolution of the language from its origins to the present. We study basic terms and concepts of linguistics and trace the changes in structure, pronunciation, and vocabulary from Old English, Middle English, Early Modern English, to Modern English. We consider how historical and cultural forces - invasion, revolution, migration, colonization, and assimilation - shape the language. Moreover, we examine language myths, the construction of "standard" English, issues of correctness, orality, pidgins and creoles, and the variety of Englishes in their diverse configurations. Finally, we ask how new media and technological praxes - hypertext, email, texting, and tweeting - have changed the English language, and if English may or may not be the lingua franca of our increasingly globalized world.

      • ENGL 312 - Gender, Love, and Marriage in the Middle Ages

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2014 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        A study of the complex nexus of gender, love, and marriage in medieval legal, theological, political, and cultural discourses. Reading an eclectic range of texts--such as romance, hagiography, fabliau, (auto)biography, conduct literature, and drama--we consider questions of desire, masculinity, femininity, and agency, as well as the production and maintenance of gender roles and of emotional bonds within medieval conjugality. Authors include Chaucer, Chretien de Troyes, Heldris of Cornwall, Andreas Cappellanus, Margery Kempe, and Christine de Pisan. Readings in Middle English or in translation. No prior knowledge of medieval languages necessary.

      • ENGL 313 - Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2014 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        This course considers the primary work on which Chaucer's reputation rests: The Canterbury Tales. We pay sustained attention to Chaucer's Middle English at the beginning of the semester to ease the reading process. Then we travel alongside the Canterbury pilgrims as they tell their tales under the guise of a friendly competition. The Canterbury Tales is frequently read as a commentary on the social divisions in late medieval England, such as the traditional estates, religious professionals and laity, and gender hierarchies. But despite the Tales' professed inclusiveness of the whole of English society, Chaucer nonetheless focuses inordinately on those individuals from the emerging middle classes. Our aim is to approach the Tales from the practices of historicization and theorization; that is, we both examine Chaucer's cultural and historical contexts and consider issues of religion, gender, sexuality, marriage, conduct, class, chivalry, courtly love, community, geography, history, power, spirituality, secularism, traditional authority, and individual experience. Of particular importance are questions of voicing and writing, authorship and readership. Lastly, we think through Chaucer's famous Retraction at the "end" of The Canterbury Tales, as well as Donald R. Howard's trenchant observation that the Tale is "unfinished but complete." What does it mean for the father of literary "Englishness" to end his life's work on the poetic principle of unfulfilled closure and on the image of a society on the move?

      • ENGL 318 - Medieval and Renaissance Drama

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter 2014 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        A study of English drama from its origins to the closing of the theaters in 1642; an introduction to the religious and secular drama of the Middle Ages, with emphasis upon the principal plays of the major Tudor and Stuart playwrights-Marlowe, Jonson, Tourneur, Chapman, Middleton, Webster, and Ford.

      • ENGL 319 - Shakespeare and Company

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        Focusing on the repertory and working conditions of the two play companies with which he was centrally involved, this course examines plays by Shakespeare and several of his contemporary collaborators and colleagues (Jonson, Middleton, Fletcher). Attentive to stage history and the evolution of dramatic texts within print culture, students consider the degree to which Shakespeare was both a representative and an exceptional player in Renaissance London's "show business."

      • ENGL 316 - The Tudors

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter 2014 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite or corequisite: ENGL 299.

        Famous for his mistresses and marriages, his fickle treatment of courtiers, and his vaunting ambition. Henry VIII did more to change English society and religion than any other king. No one understood Henry's power more carefully than his daughter Elizabeth, who oversaw England's first spy network and jealously guarded her throne from rebel contenders. This course studies the writers who worked for the legendary Tudors. focusing on the love poetry of courtiers, trials and persecution of religious dissidents. plays. and accounts of exploration to the new world. We trace how the ambitions of the monarch. along with religious revolution and colonial expansion. figure in the work of writers like Wyatt, Surrey and Anne Askew; Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare and Southwell; and Thomas More and Walter Ralegh.

      • ENGL 320 - Shakespearean Genres

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        In a given term, this course focuses on one or two of the major genres explored by Shakespeare (e.g., histories, tragedies, comedies, tragicomedies/romances, lyric and narrative poetry), in light of Renaissance literary conventions and recent theoretical approaches. Students consider the ways in which Shakespeare's generic experiments are variably inflected by gender, by political considerations, by habitat, and by history.

      • ENGL 326 - 17th-Century Poetry

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        Readings of lyric and epic poetry spanning the long 16th century, and tracing the development of republican and cavalier literary modes. Genres include the metaphysical poetry of Donne, Herbert, Katherine Philips, and Henry Vaughan; erotic verse by Mary Wroth, Herrick, Thomas Carew, Marvell, Aphra Behn, and the Earl of Rochester; elegy by Jonson and Bradstreet; and epic by Milton.

      • ENGL 330 - Milton

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        This course surveys one of the most talented and probing authors of the English language -- a man whose reading knowledge and poetic output has never been matched, and whose work has influenced a host of writers after him, including Alexander Pope, William Blake, William Wordsworth, and Mary Shelley. In this course, we read selections from Milton's literary corpus, drawing from such diverse genres as lyric, drama, epic and prose polemic. Students have the opportunity to read Milton in the context of literary criticism and to place him within his historical milieu, not the least of which includes England's dizzying series of political metamorphoses from Monarchy to Commonwealth, Commonwealth to Protectorate, and Protectorate back to Monarchy.

      • ENGL 333 - Studies in Restoration and Early 18th-Century Literature

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        An examination of British literature written between 1660 and 1740. Thematic or generic focus varies from year to year. In a given term, the course focuses on either one or two major genres (e.g., comedic stage plays, prose narratives, periodicals, satiric poetry) or a topic addressed in a variety of genres. Authors are likely to include Behn, Dryden, Wycherley, Congreve, Addison, Steele, Haywood, Defoe, Swift, Pope, Gay, and Montagu.

      • ENGL 334 - Studies in Later 18th-Century Literature

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        An examination of British literature written between 1740 and 1800. Thematic or generic focus varies from year to year. In a given term, the course focuses on either one or two genres or subgenres (e.g., sentimental novels, travel writing, odes and elegies) or a topic addressed in a variety of genres. Authors are likely to include Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Gray, Goldsmith, Thomson, Burney, and Wollstonecraft.

      • ENGL 335 - 18th-Century Novels

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        A study of prose fiction up to about 1800, focusing on the 18th-century literary and social developments that have been called "the rise of the novel." Authors likely include Behn, Haywood, Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Burney, and/or Austen.

      • ENGL 358 - Literature by Women Before 1800

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        A study of poetry, narrative, and drama written in English by women before 1800. Texts, topics, and historical emphasis may vary, but the course addresses the relation of gender to authorship; considers particular constraints and liberties encountered by women writers; and examines how women's literary productions reflect and participate in constructing their material and social circumstances.

      • ENGL 370 - Literary Theory

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        An introduction to literary theory, focusing on classic texts in literary criticism and on contemporary developments such as Formalism, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Marxism, New Historicism and Cultural Studies, Feminism and Gender Studies, and Ecocriticism.

      • ENGL 386 - Supervised Study in Great Britain

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 4
        Planned Offering: Spring 2014
        Credits: 4


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299 or instructor consent.

        An advanced seminar in British literature carried on in Great Britain, with emphasis on independent research and intensive exposure to British culture. Changing topics, rotated yearly from instructor to instructor, and limited in scope to permit study in depth.

      • and when the topic is appropriate:
        • ENGL 380 - Advanced Seminar

          FDR: HL
          Credits: 3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring
          Planned Offering: Fall, Winter, Spring
          Credits: 3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring


          Prerequisite: ENGL 299. Enrollment limited.

          A seminar course on a topic, genre, figure, or school (e.g. African-American women's literature, epic film, Leslie Marmon Silko, feminist literary theory) with special emphasis on research and discussion. The topic will be limited in scope to permit study in depth. Student suggestions for topics are welcome. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

          Fall 2014 topics:

          ENGL 380-01: Advanced Seminar: Cormac McCarthy (3). A study of selected works by one of America's most renowned post-modern authors, who treats shocking subjects in an inimitable style. McCarthy has developed gradually over the last 50 years from a struggling writer and auto parts worker too poor to buy toothpaste to a number one box office draw, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, eager candidate for the Nobel Prize, and author of a major motion picture. Our key questions: Why is McCarthy so famous now? How does he do it? What do his works say to us that we are drawn to hear? (HL) Smout. Fall 2014

          ENGL 380-02: Advanced Seminar: Celluloid Shakespeare (3). The films adapted from or inspired by William Shakespeare's plays are a genre unto themselves. We study a selection of films, not focused on their faithfulness to the original playscript, but on the creative choices and meanings of the distinct medium of film. We see how the modern era has transmuted the plays through the lens of contemporary sensibility, politics, and culture--and through this new visual mode of storytelling. This course is very much an exploration of how to interpret and appreciate film broadly, as we learn the concepts and lexicon of film with Shakespeare as our case study. Our methods vary: sometimes we study the play in detail and compare several film versions; or we see a film fresh--without having read the play--to approach it as a work of art on its own terms; or we hear individual reports from students about additional films to expand the repertoire of films we study and enjoy. The films we view range from multiple versions of Hamlet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, to adaptations of As You Like It and Henry V, to original Shakespeare-inspired films such as Forbidden Planet, A Thousand Acres, and My Own Private Idaho. (HL) Dobin. Fall 2014

          ENGL 380-04: Thrilling Tales: New North American Fiction (3). A study of 21st-century novels and short stories by North American authors. We examine the recent movement of literary fiction into genres traditionally limited to pulp writing. Texts may include: McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales edited by Michael Chabon; Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake; Isabel Allende's Zorro; Sherman Alexie's Flight; Octavia Butler's Fledgling; Cormac McCarthy's The Road; Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Colson Whitehead's Zone One, and Austin Grossman's Soon I Will Be Invincible. (HL) Gavaler. Fall 2014

        • and
        • ENGL 403 - Directed Individual Study

          Credits: 3
          Credits: 3


          Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

          A course designed for special students who wish to continue a line of study begun in an earlier advanced course. Their applications approved by the department and accepted by their proposed directors, the students may embark upon directed independent study which must culminate in acceptable papers. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

    • Later British Literature and World Literature in English:
      • ENGL 334 - Studies in Later 18th-Century Literature

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        An examination of British literature written between 1740 and 1800. Thematic or generic focus varies from year to year. In a given term, the course focuses on either one or two genres or subgenres (e.g., sentimental novels, travel writing, odes and elegies) or a topic addressed in a variety of genres. Authors are likely to include Richardson, Fielding, Johnson, Gray, Goldsmith, Thomson, Burney, and Wollstonecraft.

      • ENGL 335 - 18th-Century Novels

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        A study of prose fiction up to about 1800, focusing on the 18th-century literary and social developments that have been called "the rise of the novel." Authors likely include Behn, Haywood, Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Burney, and/or Austen.

      • ENGL 341 - The Romantic Imagination

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter 2014 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        A study emphasizing the poetry of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, but giving some attention to their own prose statements, to prose works by such associates as Dorothy Wordsworth, Lamb, Hazlitt, De Quincey, and Mary Shelley, and to novels by Austen and Scott.

      • ENGL 345 - Studies in the 19th-Century British Novel

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        Novels and topics vary from year to year depending upon the interests of the instructor and of the students (who are encouraged to express their views early in the preceding semester). Authors range from Austen and Scott through such high Victorians as Dickens, Gaskell, Eliot, and Trollope to late figures such as Hardy, Bennett, and James. Possible topics include the multiplot novel, women novelists, industrial and country house novels, mysteries and gothics, and the bildungsroman .

      • ENGL 348 - Victorian Poetry

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        A study stressing the lyric, dramatic, and narrative poetry of Tennyson and Browning as the central achievements of the period, but giving attention to the criticism and verse of Arnold, to the Pre-Raphaelites, to the Paterian decadents, and to the growing self-consciousness and power of such women poets as Barrett Browning, Rossetti, and Mew.

      • ENGL 350 - Postcolonial Literature

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2015
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        A study of the finest writers of postcolonial poetry, drama, and fiction in English. The course examines themes and techniques in a historical context, asking what "postcolonial" means to writers of countries formerly colonized by the British. Topics include colonization and decolonization; writing in the colonizer's language; questions of universality; hybridity, exile, and migrancy; the relationship of postcolonial to postmodern; Orientalism; censorship; and the role of post-imperial Britain in the publication, distribution, and consumption of postcolonial literature.

      • ENGL 351 - World Fiction in English

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2016 and every third year
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        Topics in narrative fiction written in English by writers from nations formerly colonized by the British. Readings include novels and short stories originally written in English. Emphasis on techniques of traditional and experimental fiction, subgenres of the novel, international influences, and historical contexts.

      • ENGL 352 - Modern Irish Literature

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2014
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        A study of the major Irish writers from the first part of the 20th century, focusing particularly on Joyce, Yeats, Synge, and Gregory. Some attention is paid to the traditions of Irish poetry, Irish history and language, and the larger context of European modernism that Irish modernism both engages and resists. Major themes may include the Irish past of myth, legend, and folklore; colonialism, nationalism and empire; religious and philosophical contexts; the Irish landscape; and general modernist questions, such as fragmentation, paralysis, alienation, and the nature of the work of art.

      • ENGL 353 - 20th-Century British and Irish Poetry

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter 2016 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        Selected readings in British poetry from the turn of the century to the present, including the English tradition, international modernism, Irish, and other Commonwealth poetry. We will examine how many poets handle inherited forms, negotiate the world wars, and express identity amid changing definitions of gender and nation.

      • ENGL 354 - Contemporary British and American Drama

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        This course examines both the masterpieces and undiscovered gems of English language theater from Samuel Beckett to the present. The course investigates contemporary movements away from naturalism and realism towards the fantastical, surreal, and spectacular. Student presentations, film screenings, and brief performance exercises supplement literary analysis of the plays, though no prior drama experience is presumed.

      • ENGL 355 - Studies in British Fiction Since 1900

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2017
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        Focused study of novels and short stories by 20th- and 21st-century British writers. Topics may include modernist experimentation, theories of the novel, cultural and historical contexts, and specific themes or subgenres. Emphasis on the vocabulary and analytical techniques of narrative theory.

      • ENGL 358 - Literature by Women Before 1800

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        A study of poetry, narrative, and drama written in English by women before 1800. Texts, topics, and historical emphasis may vary, but the course addresses the relation of gender to authorship; considers particular constraints and liberties encountered by women writers; and examines how women's literary productions reflect and participate in constructing their material and social circumstances.

      • ENGL 370 - Literary Theory

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        An introduction to literary theory, focusing on classic texts in literary criticism and on contemporary developments such as Formalism, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Marxism, New Historicism and Cultural Studies, Feminism and Gender Studies, and Ecocriticism.

      • ENGL 373 - Hitchcock

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 4
        Planned Offering: Spring in alternate years
        Credits: 4


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        An intensive survey of the films of Alfred Hitchcock: this course covers all of his major and many of his less well-known films. It supplements that central work by introducing students to several approaches to film analysis that are particularly appropriate for studying Hitchcock. These include biographical, auteur, and genre-based interpretation, psychological analyses, and dominant form theory through the study of novel-to-film adaptations.

      • ENGL 384 - Ireland in Literature, History, and Film

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: Three credits in 200-level English.

        An immersion in the history and culture of Ireland through a range of media and methods. Through literary readings, texts of cultural history, memoir, folklore, and film, we seek to understand the major movements in Ireland that led to its great cultural achievements in the 20th century, as well as the near-century that has followed the "Irish Renaissance" and that still structures Ireland to this day. The seminar also functions as the prerequisite to the ENGL 388: Spring Term in Ireland taught in the succeeding term.

      • and when the topic is appropriate:
        • ENGL 365 - Studies in Contemporary Poetry

          FDR: HL
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Winter 2014 and alternate years
          Credits: 3


          Prerequisite: ENGL 299 or instructor consent.

          Focused study of poetry in English from 1980 to the present. Topics vary but can include the role of place in contemporary writing or 21st-century poetry and performance. Depending on interest and department needs, readings may involve mainly U.S. authors or English-language poetry from other regions such as Ireland or the Pacific.

        • ENGL 380 - Advanced Seminar

          FDR: HL
          Credits: 3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring
          Planned Offering: Fall, Winter, Spring
          Credits: 3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring


          Prerequisite: ENGL 299. Enrollment limited.

          A seminar course on a topic, genre, figure, or school (e.g. African-American women's literature, epic film, Leslie Marmon Silko, feminist literary theory) with special emphasis on research and discussion. The topic will be limited in scope to permit study in depth. Student suggestions for topics are welcome. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

          Fall 2014 topics:

          ENGL 380-01: Advanced Seminar: Cormac McCarthy (3). A study of selected works by one of America's most renowned post-modern authors, who treats shocking subjects in an inimitable style. McCarthy has developed gradually over the last 50 years from a struggling writer and auto parts worker too poor to buy toothpaste to a number one box office draw, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, eager candidate for the Nobel Prize, and author of a major motion picture. Our key questions: Why is McCarthy so famous now? How does he do it? What do his works say to us that we are drawn to hear? (HL) Smout. Fall 2014

          ENGL 380-02: Advanced Seminar: Celluloid Shakespeare (3). The films adapted from or inspired by William Shakespeare's plays are a genre unto themselves. We study a selection of films, not focused on their faithfulness to the original playscript, but on the creative choices and meanings of the distinct medium of film. We see how the modern era has transmuted the plays through the lens of contemporary sensibility, politics, and culture--and through this new visual mode of storytelling. This course is very much an exploration of how to interpret and appreciate film broadly, as we learn the concepts and lexicon of film with Shakespeare as our case study. Our methods vary: sometimes we study the play in detail and compare several film versions; or we see a film fresh--without having read the play--to approach it as a work of art on its own terms; or we hear individual reports from students about additional films to expand the repertoire of films we study and enjoy. The films we view range from multiple versions of Hamlet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, to adaptations of As You Like It and Henry V, to original Shakespeare-inspired films such as Forbidden Planet, A Thousand Acres, and My Own Private Idaho. (HL) Dobin. Fall 2014

          ENGL 380-04: Thrilling Tales: New North American Fiction (3). A study of 21st-century novels and short stories by North American authors. We examine the recent movement of literary fiction into genres traditionally limited to pulp writing. Texts may include: McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales edited by Michael Chabon; Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake; Isabel Allende's Zorro; Sherman Alexie's Flight; Octavia Butler's Fledgling; Cormac McCarthy's The Road; Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Colson Whitehead's Zone One, and Austin Grossman's Soon I Will Be Invincible. (HL) Gavaler. Fall 2014

        • and
        • ENGL 403 - Directed Individual Study

          Credits: 3
          Credits: 3


          Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

          A course designed for special students who wish to continue a line of study begun in an earlier advanced course. Their applications approved by the department and accepted by their proposed directors, the students may embark upon directed independent study which must culminate in acceptable papers. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

    • American Literature:
      • ENGL 354 - Contemporary British and American Drama

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisites: ENGL 299.

        This course examines both the masterpieces and undiscovered gems of English language theater from Samuel Beckett to the present. The course investigates contemporary movements away from naturalism and realism towards the fantastical, surreal, and spectacular. Student presentations, film screenings, and brief performance exercises supplement literary analysis of the plays, though no prior drama experience is presumed.

      • ENGL 359 - Literature by Women of Color

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        This course focuses on the intersection of race and gender as they meet in the lives and identities of contemporary women of color via literature: African-Americans, Native Americans, Chicanas, Asian-Americans, and mixed bloods, or 'mestizas.' Our readings, discussions and writings focus on the work that "coming to voice" does for women of color, and for our larger society and world. Students read a variety of poetry, fiction, and autobiography in order to explore some of the issues most important to and about women of color: identity, histories, diversity, resistance and celebration. Literary analyses-i.e., close readings, explications and interpretations-are key strategies for understanding these readings.

      • ENGL 361 - Native American Literatures

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter in every third year
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        A study of American Indian literature, primarily from the 20th century but including some historical and prehistorical foundations (oral storytelling, early orations and essays). Texts and topics may vary, but this course poses questions about nation, identity, indigenous sovereignty, mythology and history, and the powers of story as both resistance and regeneration. Readings in poetry, fiction, memoir, and nonfiction prose. Authors may include Alexie, Harjo, Hogan, Erdrich, Silko, Chrystos, Ortiz, LeAnne Howe and Paula Gunn Allen.

      • ENGL 362 - American Romanticism

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        A study of American themes and texts from the middle decades of the 19th century. Readings in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose. Representative figures could include Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, Whitman, Dickinson, Poe, Hawthorne, and Melville.

      • ENGL 363 - American Poetry from 1900 to 1945

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2016 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        A consideration of American poetry from the first half of the 20th century, including modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, and popular poetry. Students will investigate the interplay of tradition and experiment in a period defined by expatriatism, female suffrage, and the growing power of urban culture.

      • ENGL 364 - American Poetry at Mid-Century

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall 2015 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299 or instructor consent.

        Readings from the middle generation of 20th century U.S. poets with attention to the Beats, the New York School, Black Arts, and many other movements. Writers may include Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, Sylvia Plath, Robert Hayden, and others.

      • ENGL 365 - Studies in Contemporary Poetry

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter 2014 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299 or instructor consent.

        Focused study of poetry in English from 1980 to the present. Topics vary but can include the role of place in contemporary writing or 21st-century poetry and performance. Depending on interest and department needs, readings may involve mainly U.S. authors or English-language poetry from other regions such as Ireland or the Pacific.

      • ENGL 366 - African-American Literature

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter 2015 and alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        A focused engagement with the African-American literary tradition, from its beginnings in the late 18th century through its powerful assertions in the 21st. The focus of each term's offering may vary; different versions of the course might emphasize a genre, author, or period such as poetry, Ralph Ellison, or the Harlem Renaissance.

      • ENGL 367 - 19th-Century American Novel

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        A reading of major American novelists, focusing especially on Hawthorne, Melville, and James. We also consider the relationship between the novel and social reform, especially in the domestic novels of mid-century (Stowe and Fanny Fern, for example) and in fictions at century's end by Crane, Jewett, and Chopin.

      • ENGL 368 - The Modern American Novel

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        An examination of the American novel in the first half of the 20th century, from the late Realist and Naturalist writers through World War II. The heart of the course focuses on the major figures of American Modernism-Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and Faulkner-but may also consider various early and late Modernist writers (Anderson, Toomer, Wharton, Hurston, West). Major concerns include the motif of exile, the figure of the artist, the Lost Generation, the rise of the city and decline of the village or pastoral ideal, conflicts of race and gender, existentialism and religious crisis, and the meanings and impact of Modernism itself.

      • ENGL 369 - Contemporary American Fiction

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Fall in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        An exploration of the formal, thematic, and cultural discontinuities which have reshaped contemporary American fiction.

      • ENGL 370 - Literary Theory

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 3
        Planned Offering: Winter in alternate years
        Credits: 3


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        An introduction to literary theory, focusing on classic texts in literary criticism and on contemporary developments such as Formalism, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Marxism, New Historicism and Cultural Studies, Feminism and Gender Studies, and Ecocriticism.

      • ENGL 373 - Hitchcock

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 4
        Planned Offering: Spring in alternate years
        Credits: 4


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299.

        An intensive survey of the films of Alfred Hitchcock: this course covers all of his major and many of his less well-known films. It supplements that central work by introducing students to several approaches to film analysis that are particularly appropriate for studying Hitchcock. These include biographical, auteur, and genre-based interpretation, psychological analyses, and dominant form theory through the study of novel-to-film adaptations.

      • ENGL 382 - Hotel Orient

        FDR: HL
        Credits: 4
        Planned Offering: Spring 2014 and alternate years
        Credits: 4


        Prerequisite: ENGL 299 or instructor consent.

        This seminar charts the historical encounters between East and West through the very spaces that facilitate cross-cultural transactions from the medieval to the postmodem. If modem hotel consciousness is marked by transience, ennui, eroticism, and isolation, we ask whether or not the same characteristics held true in premodern hotel practices, and if the space of the Orient makes a difference in hotel writing. Semantically, "Orient" means not only the geographic east. As a verb, to orient means to position and ascertain one's bearings. In this sense, to write about lodging in the East is to sort out one's cultural and geopolitical orientation.

      • and when the topic is appropriate:
        • ENGL 365 - Studies in Contemporary Poetry

          FDR: HL
          Credits: 3
          Planned Offering: Winter 2014 and alternate years
          Credits: 3


          Prerequisite: ENGL 299 or instructor consent.

          Focused study of poetry in English from 1980 to the present. Topics vary but can include the role of place in contemporary writing or 21st-century poetry and performance. Depending on interest and department needs, readings may involve mainly U.S. authors or English-language poetry from other regions such as Ireland or the Pacific.

        • ENGL 380 - Advanced Seminar

          FDR: HL
          Credits: 3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring
          Planned Offering: Fall, Winter, Spring
          Credits: 3 in fall or winter, 4 in spring


          Prerequisite: ENGL 299. Enrollment limited.

          A seminar course on a topic, genre, figure, or school (e.g. African-American women's literature, epic film, Leslie Marmon Silko, feminist literary theory) with special emphasis on research and discussion. The topic will be limited in scope to permit study in depth. Student suggestions for topics are welcome. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.

          Fall 2014 topics:

          ENGL 380-01: Advanced Seminar: Cormac McCarthy (3). A study of selected works by one of America's most renowned post-modern authors, who treats shocking subjects in an inimitable style. McCarthy has developed gradually over the last 50 years from a struggling writer and auto parts worker too poor to buy toothpaste to a number one box office draw, winner of the Pulitzer Prize, eager candidate for the Nobel Prize, and author of a major motion picture. Our key questions: Why is McCarthy so famous now? How does he do it? What do his works say to us that we are drawn to hear? (HL) Smout. Fall 2014

          ENGL 380-02: Advanced Seminar: Celluloid Shakespeare (3). The films adapted from or inspired by William Shakespeare's plays are a genre unto themselves. We study a selection of films, not focused on their faithfulness to the original playscript, but on the creative choices and meanings of the distinct medium of film. We see how the modern era has transmuted the plays through the lens of contemporary sensibility, politics, and culture--and through this new visual mode of storytelling. This course is very much an exploration of how to interpret and appreciate film broadly, as we learn the concepts and lexicon of film with Shakespeare as our case study. Our methods vary: sometimes we study the play in detail and compare several film versions; or we see a film fresh--without having read the play--to approach it as a work of art on its own terms; or we hear individual reports from students about additional films to expand the repertoire of films we study and enjoy. The films we view range from multiple versions of Hamlet, Macbeth, and A Midsummer Night's Dream, to adaptations of As You Like It and Henry V, to original Shakespeare-inspired films such as Forbidden Planet, A Thousand Acres, and My Own Private Idaho. (HL) Dobin. Fall 2014

          ENGL 380-04: Thrilling Tales: New North American Fiction (3). A study of 21st-century novels and short stories by North American authors. We examine the recent movement of literary fiction into genres traditionally limited to pulp writing. Texts may include: McSweeney's Mammoth Treasury of Thrilling Tales edited by Michael Chabon; Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake; Isabel Allende's Zorro; Sherman Alexie's Flight; Octavia Butler's Fledgling; Cormac McCarthy's The Road; Junot Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao; Colson Whitehead's Zone One, and Austin Grossman's Soon I Will Be Invincible. (HL) Gavaler. Fall 2014

        • and
        • ENGL 403 - Directed Individual Study

          Credits: 3
          Credits: 3


          Prerequisite: Instructor consent.

          A course designed for special students who wish to continue a line of study begun in an earlier advanced course. Their applications approved by the department and accepted by their proposed directors, the students may embark upon directed independent study which must culminate in acceptable papers. May be repeated for degree credit if the topics are different.