Courses


 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSES

English 107: Introduction to Writing

Concentration on the concepts of focus, organization, and development of expository writing. Introduction to research skills and writing, with an emphasis on critical thinking.

English 108: Academic Writing

Concentration on developing students’ abilities to produce analytical academic writing. Special attention to developing research skills and strategies. Students will be engaged in reading and discussing texts and writing within complex rhetorical situations. Students will work on a variety of written assignments ranging from informal exercises to fully-developed essays. Ultimately, students will produce a college-level research project based on a topic of their choice.

English 160: Introduction to Literature

Study and discussion of three major genres of literature (poetry, fiction, and drama) with an emphasis on critical analysis.

English 206: Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to the skills required to read poetry, and to a variety of poets and poetic forms.

English 260: Approaches to Literary Studies

Introduction to the discipline of literary study for students majoring and minoring in English and language arts. The course emphasizes writing about literature and critical strategies and information resources. This is a writing intensive course.

English 264: Introduction to Creative Writing

Introduction to the principles and practices of writing poetry and fiction. Students will develop their skills as writers of imaginative literature by becoming conscious of craft, becoming effective critics of each other’s works, and improving their abilities to judge quality writing.

English 301: British Literature I

Survey of British writers from medieval times to the Romantic period, including Marie de France, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Behn, Austen, and the Romantic poets.

English 302: British Literature II

Survey of British writers from the Romantic period to the present. Possible authors include: Wollstonecraft, Rossetti, Wilde, Eliot, Joyce, Lawrence, Woolf, Beckett, Gordimer, Coetzee, Rushdie, Walcott, and Zadie Smith.

English 311: American Literature II

Survey of American writers from the turn of the twentieth century to the present, including Whitman, Twain, Jewett, Faulkner, Stein, Stevens, Ellison, Ginsberg, Plath, Morrison, and Alexie.

English 314: Literary Theory and Criticism

Study of the major trends in contemporary literary theory, including structuralism, poststructuralism, Marxism, feminism, psychoanalytic theory, queer theory, new historicism, and postcolonialism, among others. Course also provides for practical experience with current methods and assumptions guiding the analysis and interpretation of literary texts.

English 350: World Literature

Survey of works of world literature in translation. Possible authors include: Basho, Moliere, Equiano, Dostoevsky, Ibsen, Chekhov, Tagore, Brecht, Borges, Cesaire, Devi, and Achebe.

English 363: Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

Advanced instruction in the techniques of short story and longer fiction writing. Writing workshop with student conferences. Students take part in public presentation/publication of their work.

English 370: Literature by Women

Considers some established traditions in women’s writing, from the early nineteenth century to the present. Examines the development of various themes, genres and styles, paying close attention to how those themes, genres and styles are both revisited and revised by subsequent writers. Considers how the authors and texts are in dialogue with one another as well as whose voices and experiences remain silenced in various texts. Seeks to highlight both the establishment of and resistance to traditions in literature by women. Authors may include: Austen, Chopin, Larsen, LeGuin, Naylor, Plath, Satrapi, Sidhwa, Stein, and Woolf.

English 496: Senior Seminar: Postmodernism

Capstone experience of the undergraduate career. Students will draw upon the critical and analytical powers learned in previous literature and criticism courses, along with the research and writing skills practiced in Academic Writing (ENG 108), Approaches to Literary Studies (ENG 260), Advanced Written and Oral Communications (ENG 312), and Literary Theory and Criticism (ENG 314). The seminar culminates in an extensive written research paper derived from in-depth critical reading, research, and analysis, and a public oral presentation based on the paper. The course introduces the concept of postmodernism, its theories and examples, and its historical and cultural contexts. Reading list may include: Richard Brautigan, Don DeLillo, Gayl Jones, Carole Maso, Jean Toomer.

English 496: Senior Seminar: Women Writing Resistance

Same general description as capstone experience listed above. This particular course theme considers how various women writers across the twentieth century have experimented with literary form and explores the implications of these acts of resistance on the authors, on notions of gender, on the world. Reading list may include: Harryette Mullen, Grace Paley, Claudia Rankine, and Gertrude Stein.


 

GRADUATE COURSES

English 501: Foundations of Graduate English

Introduces students to graduate studies in English literature and language. Focuses on current professional issues in the field, various contemporary theoretical approaches to literature and language, their practical implications in writing and teaching, and the principles and procedures of scholarly research.

English 514: Literary Theory and Criticism

Focuses on the examination and application of the theoretical concepts and contexts that are critical to success in graduate literary studies, including such concepts as formalism, structuralism, poststructuralism, feminism, queer theory, new historicism, Marxism, and postcolonialism.

English 535: Studies in Multi-Ethnic Literature

Reveals the ethnic diversity of North American literature, asking readers to consider both common themes and cultural specificities found in diverse “minority” literatures. Explores themes and theories of alienation, fragmentation, dislocation, hybridity, borderlands/border crossing, appropriation, resistance, and generational difference. Considers the ways ethnic writers both resist and appropriate dominant languages in an attempt to formulate their own modes of communication. Reading list may include: Sherman Alexie, Ana Castillo, Junot Diaz, Eva Hoffman, Gish Jen, Joy Kogawa, Jhumpa Lahiri, N. Scott Momaday, Salvador Plascencia, Ishmael Reed.

English 539: Witchcraft and Gender

Explores early American notions of gender, especially as they relate to and inform the infamous witch hunts in Salem and beyond. Examines relevant early American literature to connect and complicate the relationship between conceptions of womanhood and the hysteria of the witch-craze.

English 606: Experimental Literature by Women

Considers how various women writers across the twentieth century have experimented with literary form and explores the implications of this experimentation on the authors, on notions of gender, and on the world. Possible authors include: Gloria Anzaldua, Djuna Barnes, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Harryette Mullen, Grace Paley, Claudia Rankine, Gertrude Stein, and Virginia Woolf.

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