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English Literature Course Descriptions

ENG 1050 English for Non-Native Speakers
3 credits
These courses prepare students for a variety of academic reading and writing tasks. Students practice every stage of the writing process from developing a topic, researching, and outlining to drafting, revising, and editing. Students are required to read and prepare written responses to college level articles. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director of ESL.

ENG 1051 English for Non-Native Speakers
3 credits
These courses prepare students for a variety of academic reading and writing tasks. Students practice every stage of the writing process from developing a topic, researching, and outlining to drafting, revising, and editing. Students are required to read and prepare written responses to college level articles. Prerequisite: Permission of the Director of ESL.

ENG 1075 Introduction to Literature
3 credits
A course designed to introduce students to the principal genres of imaginative literature: fiction, poetry, and drama, as well as to a variety of technical concepts and skills of literary study. Emphasis is on reading and discussing selected, representative short stories, poems, and plays, and then on writing critical essays about them. Distribution Requirement: GN.

ENG 1100 Foundations of Literature: King Arthur
3 credits
A course that introduces students to variants on one of the great myths that informs all of western culture and literature: the attempt to establish an ideal order founded on chivalry and courtly love. Readings are drawn mostly from medieval sources, though modern versions of the myth are also examined. Distribution Requirement: EU.

ENG 1101 Foundations of Literature: The Hero
3 credits
A course that introduces students to both the common and the discrete elements of the heroic ideal as depicted in some of the world’s landmark works of literature as well as in some noteworthy achievements from the popular culture. Distribution Requirement: GN.

ENG 1102 Foundations of Literature: The American Short Story
3 credits
A study of the American short story from Hawthorne and Poe to the present. Distribution Requirement: US.

ENG-LAL 1104 Foundations of Literature: Ancient, Classical and Biblical
3 credits
The course provides students with a measure of familiarity with landmarks of literature from the ancient Middle East, Greece, Rome, Celtic Europe, and Israel. Works studied may include Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Greek tragedies, The Aeneid, the Táin bo Cualnge, and many of the books of the Old and New Testaments of The Bible. Distribution Requirement: EU.

ENG 1600 Writing Seminar
3 credits
An intermediate course designed to provide students with further experience and practice in writing beyond the level of College Composition. Students will work to improve their command of the principles of grammar, style, and essay organization while they study a variety of expository and argumentative forms. Prerequisite: WRT 1030 or its equivalent. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

ENG 2007 Literary Genres: The Gothic and the Grotesque
3 credits
This course explores the distinction between the gothic and the grotesque in literature, film and criticism. It is focused on the themes of psychology, gender and sexuality. Emphasis will be on the short story. Readings will include texts from the eighteenth century to the present by such authors as Edgar Allan Poe, Sheridan Le Fanu, Arthur Machen, Algernon Blackwood and H.P. Lovecraft.

ENG 2010 The Craft of Writing Fiction
3 credits
A study of various techniques required to write convincing and significant fiction through workshop methods. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ENG 2015 The Craft of Writing Poetry
3 credits
An examination of poetic structures and an introduction to the writing of poetry through workshop methods. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ENG 2020 Major English Authors I: Medieval and Renaissance
3 credits
To provide a general background of English literature from the Old English period to the Seventeenth Century. Our readings will include Beowulf and selections from Chaucer, The Pearl Poet, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Donne, Herrick, Herbert, Marvell and Milton. Prerequisite: Any one of ENG 1075, ENG 1100, ENG 1101, ENG 1102, ENG-LAL 1104 or its equivalent or permission of instructor. Distribution Requirement: EU.

ENG 2021 Major English Authors II: Neoclassical and Romantic
3 credits
To provide a general background of English literature in the Neoclassical (1670-1770) and Romantic (1770-1840) periods. The readings may include works by Dryden, Congreve, Pope, Swift, Fielding, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelly, and Byron. Prerequisite: Any one of ENG 1075, ENG 1100, ENG 1101, ENG 1102, ENG-LAL 1104 or its equivalent or permission of instructor. Distribution Requirement: EU.

ENG 2022 Major English Authors III: Victorian and Modern
3 credits
To provide a general background in English literature in the Victorian (1840-1890) periods and Modern (1890-1930) periods. The readings may include works by Tennyson, Arnold, Browning, Dickens, Hopkins, Hardy, the “trench poets” of WWI, Yeats, Woolf, Conrad, and Joyce, among others. Prerequisite: Any one of ENG 1075, ENG 1100, ENG 1101, ENG 1102, ENG-LAL 1104 or its equivalent or permission of instructor. Distribution Requirement: EU.

ENG 2025 The Craft of Creative Non-Fiction
3 credits
This is a writing course focusing on current forms of “creative” essay writing through workshop methods. Distribution Requirement: CP.

ENG-LAL 2030 Native American Literature
3 credits
An introduction to Native American myths and legends, the oral literature of the past, and to contemporary Native American writers, including Louise Erdrich, Michael Dorris, Leslie Marmon Silko, Paula Gunn Allen, and James Welch. Distribution Requirement: NW.

ENG 2039 Literature Into Film
3 credits
A course which examines literature (essentially American, but including some European) and how it is developed into cinema. Distribution Requirement: US.

ENG 2042 American Literature: Beginnings to the Civil War
3 credits
This course introduces students to American literature beginning with the oral traditions of Native American peoples and ending with the shift toward a distinctive American literature in the years immediately preceding the Civil War. It offers a survey of major movements and authors. Prerequisite: Any one of ENG 1075, ENG 1100, ENG 1101, ENG 1102 or its equivalent or permission of instructor. Distribution Requirement: US.

ENG 2043 American Literature: Civil War to 1945
3 credits
This course introduces students to American literature written between the years 1860 and 1945. It covers the range of literary movements that took shape during the second half of the Nineteenth Century and follows the shifts in those movements into and during the first half of the Twentieth Century. Prerequisite: Any one of ENG 1075, ENG 1100, ENG 1101, ENG 1102, ENG-LAL 1104 or its equivalent or permission of instructor. Distribution Requirement: US.

ENG 2044 American Literature: 1945 to Present
3 credits
This course introduces students to American literature written between the years 1945 and the present. It covers the range of literary movements that took shape during the second half of the Twentieth Century. Prerequisite: Any one of ENG 1075, ENG 1100, ENG 1101, ENG 1102, ENG-LAL 1104 or its equivalent or permission of instructor. Distribution Requirement: US.

ENG 2180 Expository Writing
3 credits
Designed to help students organize and develop their thoughts on any topic that is subject to analysis and to demonstrate methods of organization which will lead to concrete, concise, and logical writing.

ENG 2250 Shakespeare
3 credits
An investigation into Shakespeare’s dramaturgy including comedies, tragedies, history plays and romances in which we will study the structural aspects (plot, characterization, themes, language devices, etc.) of Shakespeare’s plays as well as the milieu of Elizabethan England that fostered such activity. Prerequisite: Any 2000 level ENG course. Distribution Requirement: EU.

ENG 2260 Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
3 credits
A study of Shakespeare’s major tragedies as well as one or more works of other great Elizabethan tragedians in an effort to understand what constitutes dramatic tragedy in the age of Elizabethan and Jacobean Dramatists. Writers in our study will vary from year to year but will include such luminaries as Kyd, Marlowe, Webster, Marston, Ford, Beaumont, Fletcher, Tourneur, etc. Prerequisite: Any 2000 level ENG course. Distribution Requirement: EU.

ENG 2300 African-American Literature: A Survey
3 credits
A survey of African-American literature that spans the period from the early Colonial era to the present. Readings will chart the evolution of a distinct African-American literary tradition giving special attention the Nineteenth Century slave narratives and abolitionist narratives, late nineteenth and early Twentieth Century narrative and poetry that explore the question of identity, and mid-Twentieth Century narratives that lead to and run through the Civil Rights movement. Prerequisite: WRT 1020. Distribution Requirement: US. Offered Term I and Term II.

ENG-AMS-HIS 3000 Race and American Identity
3 credits
A study of the way in which race has influenced the question of American identity; readings include W.E.B. Du Bois, Ralph Ellison, Richard Rodriguez, Amy Tan, Louise Erdrich. Prerequisite: One course in American Studies or American History and any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044.

ENG 3010 Nineteenth Century America: The American Renaissance
3 credits
This course offers an in-depth exploration of the American transcendental movement through a study of the writings of the major literary figures of the early Nineteenth Century including Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, and Harriet Beecher Stowe. We will begin with a look at the early roots of American transcendentalism within Puritan New England and move from the religious and philosophical underpinnings to the overt political uses especially within the writings of Sedgewick, Thoreau, and Douglass. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044.

ENG 3015 Advanced Creative Writing
3 credits
This is an advanced workshop in strategies, techniques and the art of writing fiction and poetry, including in-depth discussions of contemporary fiction and poetry, developments and movements in creative writing as an art, and current trends in theories and schools of fiction and poetry. Prerequisites: ENG 2015 or ENG 2010 or ENG 2025.

ENG 3020 Twentieth Century America: Fiction of the Thirties
3 credits
A reading of such authors as Nathaniel West, Steinbeck, Faulkner, Thomas Wolfe, R.P. Warren, enabling students to trace the effects of the great depression on the urban poor, on uprooted farmers, and on political, social and economic institutions. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044.

ENG 3021 Twentieth Century America: Fiction Since 1950
3 credits
A study of the response of some of the following contemporary authors to the challenge of making a life in a world threatened by atomic power, doubts about the future of America as well as doubts about religions, philosophies, and institutions which have traditionally seemed to sustain life: Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Norman Mailer, Kurt Vonnegut, John Barth, and John Updike. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044.

ENG 3022 Twentieth Century America: Fiction of the Twenties
3 credits
A reading of such authors as S. Anderson, Hemingway, Dos Passos, Lewis, and Fitzgerald, enabling students to experience the rejection of the ideals and literary style of the Victorians and the search for new values and literary forms. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044.

ENG-AMS-HIS 3025 Nature and the American Imagination
3 credits
A study of the intellectual and cultural responses to nature from the colonial period to the present, focusing on arts, literature, and philosophy.

ENG 3030 Individual Writers: Mark Twain
3 credits
A detailed study of the life and writings of Samuel L. Clemens—Mark Twain. Students will read a collection of Clemens’ primary texts (the “Matter of Hannibal”) as well as a sample of his short fiction and the autobiography, and will examine the themes that dominate these tales as the literary persona Mark Twain emerged and as Clemens matured as a writer. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044.

ENG 3031 Individual Writers: Sir Thomas Malory
3 credits
A detailed study of Sir Thomas Malory’s monumental Fifteenth Century version of the Arthurian myth, Le morte d’Arthur, with particular attention paid to its place in the larger context of medieval romance. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044.

ENG 3073 Novel: Modern British
3 credits
Examination of the development of the novel as exemplified in the work of recognized British masters of the Twentieth Century: Conrad, F.M. Ford, Joyce, Lawrence, Forster, Woolf, Huxley. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044.

ENG-WMS 3075 Twentieth Century British Women Writers
3 credits
A study of selected writings by twentieth-century British women authors, with attention to prominent themes, contemporary theoretical issues, literary techniques and genres, and relevant cultural and historical contexts. Prerequisite: WRT 1020 and one prior course in literature. Offered in Term I and Term II.

ENG 3090 Chaucer and Medieval Literature
3 credits
A detailed study of the works of Geoffrey Chaucer, of his place in British medieval literature, and of significant other writers of the period, among them the Pearl Poet, Marie de France, John Gower, William Langland, and Thomas Malory. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043, or ENG 2044. Fulfills W-course requirement.

ENG 3091 Poetry: Milton and Donne
3 credits
A detailed study of the works of two of the greatest British poets of the Seventeenth Century. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

ENG 3092 Poetry: Wordsworth and Keats
3 credits
A detailed study of the works of two of the greatest British romantic poets of the Nineteenth Century. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

ENG 3093 American Poetry Between the Wars
3 credits
A detailed study of several major American poets of the 1920’s and 1930’s, including Frost, Stevens, Williams, Cummings, and others. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

ENG 3094 Contemporary American Poetry
3 credits
A detailed study of the works of several recent major American poets, representing a variety of poetic styles and trends. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

ENG 3110 Irish Writers: Yeats, Joyce and Synge
3 credits
A detailed study of three great Irish writers in three genres, the poet William Butler Yeats, the novelist James Joyce, and the dramatist J.M. Synge. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044.

ENG 3175 British Drama: 1950 to 1975
3 credits
A study of the major trends in British drama from mid-century through the 1960s to 1970s and of representative plays of at least ten major, playwrights of the period, including Beckett, Pinter, Osborne, Orton, Arden, Stoppard, and Shaffer. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044.

ENG-LAL 3180 Modern Drama
3 credits
A study of the development of modern drama in both Europe and America, this course will examine the innovative ideas and dramatic techniques of such writers as Ibsen, Shaw, Chekhov, O’Casey, Pirandello, Brecht, Lorca, O’Neill, Miller, and Williams. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044. Fulfills W-Course Requirement.

ENG 3191 Ninetieth Century America: Realism and Naturalism
3 credits
A reading of such authors as Mark Twain, William Dean Howells, H. James, Edith Wharton, and S. Lewis focuses on the rejection of the ideals and style of Romanticism and the evolution of “literary realism.” A reading of such authors as S. Crane and Dreiser focuses on the attempt of the “Naturalistic Novel” to promote social justice and to call attention to forces limiting modern man’s free will. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044.

ENG-AMS 3200 Mapping America
3 credits
Explores the complex relation between writing, mapping, and national identity in the United States. Distribution Requirement: US. Offered Term I.

ENG-LAL-PHR 3319 History of Literary Criticism and Theory
3 credits
An introduction to the history of literary theory and criticism, beginning with the classical approaches of Plato and Aristotle. Also includes an introduction to modern literary theory, covering several of the more influential approaches to reading and thinking about literature. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044.

ENG-PHR 3320 Ethics and Literature in the Twentieth Century
3 credits
A study of the impact of works by several British and American writers on moral philosophy in the Twentieth Century. Prerequisites: One course in PHR at 1000 level, any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044. Fulfills W-Course Requirement. Offered as needed.

ENG-AMS 3400 Recent American Fictions
3 credits
A study of American fiction since 1980, with a focus on issues of national and personal identity. Texts selected from Philip Roth, Don DeLillo, Han Ong, Lorrie Moore, Jennifer Egan, T.C. Boyle, Aimee Bender, Charles Baxter, Thomas Pynchon and Emma McLaughlin. Prerequisite: Any of ENG 2020, ENG 2021, ENG 2022, ENG 2042, ENG 2043 or ENG 2044 or AMS 2010 and AMS 2020.

ENG 4590 Senior Seminar: The Literary Canon
3 credits
A course that focuses on the debate over both the definitions and descriptions of culture, especially how or whether an internal academic debate holds any importance for our culture at large. The course investigates how that debate shapes our notion of literary canon, considers why and how and what we read, and examines the relationship between reading, literary criticism, and literary theory. Prerequisites: Senior standing and 18 credits of ENG (at least one 3000 level course). Fulfills W-Course Requirement.