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DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH

Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Fall 2017

LING 152: Language of Food  
MW 9:30-10:45
Instructor: Mythili Menon

In this course, we examine how the ways we talk about food offers us a window into history, psychology, culture, and economics. Students will be asked to think critically about language and taste as well as explore the hidden meanings and influence of the language that surrounds us. We will analyze the language of food through menus, recipes, Yelp reviews, TV food shows, as well as the history and etymology of food words. Some of our examples will be drawn from East Asian, South Asian, and Latin food and culture in addition to, and as a point of contrast with, food and cultures that may be more familiar to students.

ENGL 230: Exploring Literature
M 7:07-9:45
Instructor: TBA

MW 8-9:15
Instructor: Anne Marie Woods

TR 9:30-10:45
Instructor: Josh Zimmerer

TR 12:30-1:45
Instructor: TBA

Other sections available online.

ENGL 230 is a general education introductory course designed to expose students to the reading of literature in its major traditional period or genres (fiction, poetry, drama). Prerequisite (or co-requisite): ENGL 102. This course may not be counted for credit toward the English major or minor.

ENGL 232D: Literature in the Jazz Age
Online
Instructor: Kerry Jones

ENGL 232K: Images of Insanity
Online
Instructor: Leal Ewy

You wake to the sound of screams. You are immobilized, the covers of your bed cinched down so tight that you can barely breathe. Craning your neck in the half-light, you can make out a room full of white lumps on bed frames—your co-inhabitants in a world of clinical white. Here, somehow, you must begin to heal.
Images of Insanity uses the work of some of America’s greatest writers to bring students the realities of overwhelming emotional experiences and extreme states of mind. Together, we challenge stereotypes and break stigma to see how creating and engaging in the literary arts can bring us deeper understanding and greater compassion for what we face when we face madness.

ENGL 232R: Horror and the Supernatural
Online
Instructor: Michael Cole

This course looks at horror and the supernatural through various forms of literature, including novels, poetry, short stories, graphic novels, and films, built around the idea of real-world fears and anxieties reflected through the use of the supernatural in literature and film. While this course focuses mostly on literary analysis, close reading techniques, and character and style analysis, some discussion of social issues will also be touched on, including both American and international issues, issues of race, gender, and sexuality.
Major projects include four short essays, weekly Discussion Board participation, weekly journals, weekly quizzes, and assigned reading. Prerequisites: ENG 101, 102, and/or instructor's consent.

English 232S: Writing By Women of Color
Online
Instructor: Xavia Warren

English 273: Science Fiction
Online
Instructor: John Jones

ENGL 285: Introduction to Creative Writing
TR 12:30-1:45
Instructor: Sam Taylor

ENGL 301: Fiction Writing
W 2:00-4:20
Instructor: Kerry Jones

ENGL 310: The Nature of Poetry
TR 9:30-10:45
Instructor: Albert Goldbarth

LING/ENGL 315: Introduction to English Linguistics
TR 11-12:15
TR 4:30-5:45
Instructor: Mythili Menon

The main goal of this course is twofold: (i) to introduce students to the basic methodology and results of modern linguistics, (ii) to teach analytic reasoning through the examination of linguistic phenomena and data. This means that you will be taught a basic introduction to some of the main results and ideas of modern linguistic theory  as well as the scientific reasoning behind them, so that you might apply that reasoning to novel cases, both in language and in other spheres of life.


ENGL 323: World Literature
TR 9:30-10:45
Instructor: T.J. Boynton

The history of literature is filled with examples of authors alluding to, quoting, adapting, and outright stealing from previously published works.  A special category of such forms of literary borrowing is the wholesale rewriting of classic texts.  This course will emphasize this unique type of aesthetic repackaging by highlighting contemporary rewritings of canonical or classic works.  We will read three classic source texts and their more recent, modified versions and will attempt thereby to probe the ongoing utility and relevance of classic literature to the contemporary world. Why do old stories, plays, and poems continue to speak to us, and what advantages might rewriting them hold over the creation of original works?  We will pursue this question through “classic” texts from ancient Greece to Victorian England, through contemporary rewritings from Africa to the Caribbean, and amid literary forms such as the short story, epic poetry, and the novel.  Along the way we will also develop our skills as close readers, writers, and thinkers about literature and will gain increased awareness of and insight into the diverse cultures from which our chosen texts originate.

ENGL 330: The Nature of Fiction
MW 9:30-10:45
Instructor: Margaret Dawe

Online
Instructor: Carrie Dickison

ENGL 340: Shakespeare
TR 8:00-9:15
Instructor: Francis X. Connor
Shakespeare and Imagination

William Shakespeare is almost certainly the most venerated English writer, often (mis-) understood as a singular genius who painstakingly crafted some of the greatest plays known to man. Because of his esteemed position in our literary heritage, it is very difficult to imagine him as his contemporaries saw him:  a struggling upstart and cunning businessman who, despite his relative lack of learning and cultural refinement, gradually became one of London’s most popular playwrights.  While this course will primarily serve as an introduction to Shakespeare that covers the range of genres he works in–including narrative poetry, sonnets, comedies, histories, and tragedies–our thematic focus will center on the concept of the imagination.  In the early modern period, imagination was understood as an echo of divine power embodied in the imitation of nature. Writers valued imagination as a means to mediate between the lived world and an ideal world; poetry and drama often offered an imaginative golden world to which the fallen, brazen material world could aspire to. Shakespeare constantly asks his audience to imagine worlds onstage, and his plays frequently portray people reveling in (or reacting against) imagination. Our readings will attempt to discern Shakespeare’s theory of the imagination, and, by looking at some of the source texts for his own work, we will try to specifically consider Shakespeare’s own literary imagination.

English 346: American Multicultural Literature
TR 11:00-12:15
Instructor: Mary Sherman

In this course, we will study a broad range of American multicultural literature, both classic and contemporary, including works by American Indian, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic American authors but not limited to these groups. As we read,
we will try to enhance our understanding of how ethnic and national identities have been formed through literature, analyze the social, cultural, and political contexts that have shaped so-called “multicultural” writers’ perspectives, and examine how ever-changing definitions of race and ethnicity have contributed, at various times, to both the inclusion and exclusion of many authors from the American literary landscape.

ENGL 361: Major British Writers II
TR 12:30-1:45
Instructor: T.J. Boynton

The period of British literature to which this course will introduce you begins around the turn of the nineteenth century and ends around 1960.  We will move in rough chronological order through a broad-ranging series of essays, short stories, novels, plays, and poems that demarcate the key socio-historical concerns—economics, technology, politics, race, class, gender, crime, religion/morality, violence, imperialism/colonialism, nationalism, science (to name a few)—preoccupying “British” authors during this fraught era.  The overarching goal of the course is to give you a general overview of the major historical concerns on which the literature of the period rests and to probe intensively the diverse and evolving ways in which its major authors responded to these concerns.  All literature constitutes a veiled commentary on historical circumstances: this core premise will guide our investigation of the strange and fascinating world of British literature from the early nineteenth through the late twentieth centuries, and it will also guide us toward another of the central goals of the course, namely to help you become better informed, more astute interpreters not only of British literature but of literature in general.

ENGL 363: Major American Writers II
MW 11:00-12:15
Instructor:  

ENGL 401: Fiction Workshop
T 2:00-4:20
Instructor: Margaret Dawe

 
ENGL 504: American Literature II
W 7:05-9:45
Instructor: Kimberly Engber

Collectors
Moving from Walt Whitman’s leaves and specimens to Emily Dickinson’s fascicles, Mark Twain’s fingerprints to Charles Chesnutt’s conjure tales, and Gertrude Stein’s portraits to Sherwood Anderson’s grotesques, we will trace various kinds of collecting and possessing.This course engages students in advanced study of major issues and themes in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction prose from the postbellum period to 1920, with attention to the social and cultural contexts that shaped such trends as realism and modernism.  Students in this course will aim to: understand social and cultural contexts that shaped realism and modernism; understand how American literature responds to urbanization and incorporation; engage with the concept of "collection" as it applies to 19thC/early 20thC American poetry and fiction; read deeply; research carefully; present research and interpretation to the class; write an article-length seminar paper for a broad and intellectually curious audience of readers.
Readings: Herman Melville, Battle Pieces and Aspects of War (1866) ; Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (1876, Centennial Edition) and from Specimen Days and Collect (1882); Emily Dickinson, Poems (1890); Frances E. W. Harper, Iola Leroy (1892); Stephen Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets (1893); Mark Twain, Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894); Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs (1896); Charles Chesnutt, The Conjure Woman/The Wife of His Youth and Other Stories of the Color Line (1899); Henry James, TBD; Gertrude Stein, TBD; T. S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock" (1917); Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio (1919); Alan Trachtenberg, The Incorporation of America: Culture and Society in the Gilded Age (1982/2007); Leah Dilworth, Acts of Possession: Collection in America (2003).

ENG 518: Screenwriting II
MW 4:00-5:15
Instructor: Jeannine Russell

ENGL 590: Senior Seminar
Instructor: TBD