FALL 2018

ENGL 2110

Intro to World Lit


ENGL 2120

Intro to British Lit


ENGL 2130

Intro to American Lit


ENGL 3105

Practical Grammar


ENGL 3040: Introduction to Literary Studies

Materials, methods, and terminology used in the discipline of literary studies. This course develops the skillset required for effective critical writing and introduces the forms, genres, critical theories available for advanced interpretation and analysis.

KOCELA  M/W  11AM  or  NORTON  T/R  2:30

FOLK 3100: Folklore and Literature

Not just for English majors, this course approaches literature as a word-based art form, both oral and written. Featured are narrative forms of oral literature—folktales, legends, myths, and ballads—and a methodology for identifying and analyzing uses of folklore in novels, short fiction, nonfiction prose, poetry, and drama.


ENGL 3300: Old English

When did literature in English begin? We look back a thousand years to when “England” was just beginning to be imagined and “English” was so different that it seems like a foreign language. Study the rudiments of the Old English language and explore medieval manuscripts using the many digital resources available today. Read heroic poetry celebrating the feats of dimly remembered heroes, stories of voyages to exotic places, and the miraculous lives of saints.


ENGL 3400: Courtiers, Clergy, and Poets

A savvy female monarch, a burgeoning global empire, and the introduction of printed books: this course examines one of the greatest and most formative periods in English literary history. We focus on writing from three principal venues: the church, the court, and the stage. Read works by such authors as Elizabeth I, Thomas More, Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser, Christopher Marlowe, and William Shakespeare.

VOSS  M/W  3:30

ENGL 3410: Seduction, Revolution, and the Birth of Science

When, on the morning of 30 January 1649, Charles I was led onto the scaffold outside St. James’s Palace and publicly executed, England was suddenly without a monarch. This course studies how various writers responded to some of the nation’s most violent and turbulent decades. It was a period in which sensual poetry flourished and modern scientific writing was published for the first time. Read works by Francis Bacon, John Donne, George Herbert, Thomas Hobbes, Aemilia Lanyer, Andrew Marvell, and John Milton.


ENGL 3695: LGBTQ Literature

Literature written by LGBTQ authors and other texts addressing queer identities and experiences. Emphasis on writers such as Wilde, Cather, Forster, Woolf, Baldwin, Auden, Williams, Ginsberg, Bechdel, Hwang, and Eugenides.


ENGL 3810: American Romantics

Explore the major works of the American nineteenth century—including stories by Poe and Hawthorne, poetry by Whitman and Dickinson, and prose by Douglass, Emerson, Fuller, and Thoreau. We discuss race and slavery, poetry and politics, and the importance of “nature” in American writing; and we read every page of Moby-Dick.


ENGL 3830: American Modernisms

Work and Play in 20th-C American Literature, focusing on writing by Langston Hughes, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Gertrude Stein, Zora Neale Hurston, Mourning Dove, John Dos Passos, and Raymond Chandler. Topics will include New York after hours, women’s work, writing in the Great Depression, and the rise of Hollywood and Western entertainments.

GOODMAN  T/R  2:15

ENGL 3850: American Poetry

Political, social, personal, and historical activism as explored in stories told in American poetry from Anne Bradstreet and Phillis Wheatley, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson to Langston Hughes’ The Weary Blues, T. S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, Anne Sexton’s Transformations, and Natasha Trethewey’s Thrall.

MCHANEY  M/W  3:30

ENGL 3885: Contemporary Literature

In this course, we will focus on contemporary novels, poetry, and short stories from writers whose ethnicity would have historically marginalized their work in the U.S. (Hybrid Course: Class meets on Mondays and requires computer access for significant online instruction. All American Literature is Ethnic American Literature.)


ENGL 3915: Literature of the Early South

This course explores literature of the early south, from early colonial settlement through the end of the eighteenth century. We will examine early conceptions of the region’s economic and cultural development, consequences of the transatlantic slave trade, the dispossession of indigenous lands, and the emergence of the South as a distinct region within the newly formed U.S. Authors include Thomas Harriot, Richard Ligon, Aphra Behn, Ebenezer Cooke, John Marrant, Olaudah Equiano, William Bartram, and Thomas Jefferson.

CASION  T/R  12:45

ENGL 3940: Postcolonial Literature

Literature in English from former and current members of the British Commonwealth, such as Australia, Canada, India, Nigeria, and South Africa; consideration of cultural and political issues.


ENGL 3945: Literature and Global Conflict

This course covers a hundred and twenty years of American fiction and life writing focused on the politics, technologies, and legacies of war. We will address issues such as the construction of gender roles and identity, nationalism and imperialism, the relationship between history and fiction, and the psychological impact of technologies and strategies unique to modern warfare, including trench combat, systematic bombing of civilian targets, and “guerrilla” warfare, among others.

KOCELA  M/W  9:30

ENGL 3950: African American Literature

Major writers from the eighteenth century to the present. Includes such authors as Equiano, DuBois, Hughes, Petry, Baldwin, Hansberry, Ellison, and Walker.

HEATH  T/R  5:30

ENGL 3960: African American Literature by Women

A survey of literature from the eighteenth century to the present. Includes such authors as Wilson, Wheatley, Larsen, Hurston, Dove, Hansberry, and Morrison.

WEST  T/R  3:45

ENGL 3990: Women’s Literature After 1800

Selected work by women writers after 1800. Multicultural and inclusive in scope; authors studied may include Mary Shelley, the Brontes, Dickinson, Woolf, Cather, Hurston, Morrison, and Esquivel.


ENGL 4101: Edward Albee

Edward Albee. Explore the issues, public and private, that so influenced Albee’s vision, from his first great success, The Zoo Story (1959), to his last play, Me. Myself, & I (2008). This special seminar will be a comprehensive account not only of the plays (The Zoo Story, The American Dream, and, among others, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) and the artist who wrote them, but of the theatrical, social, and political context in which they were written.

ROUDANE  M/W  12:30

ENGL 4130: Shakespeare, Earlier Works

Selected works from the first half of Shakespeare’s career, such as Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, Richard III, The Merchant of Venice, Hamlet, and early poems.


ENGL 4150: Milton

A selection of Milton’s works, including Paradise Lost, other poetry, and selected prose.


ENGL 4300: Senior Seminar

This course encourages real-world understanding and application of theoretical approaches (psychoanalytical, historicist, materialist, gender/race, etc.), and thus affords us as a class the opportunity to explore the transferability of the English major’s skill set from an academic to a non-academic setting. For English majors only.


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