Course Descriptions

ENGL 190 : FYEP190: Inquiry Seminar

A four-credit seminar to introduce students to the methods and topics of study within a particular academic discipline or field. Students practice the academic skills that are at the center of the General Education Program. (4)

ENGL 213 : Topics in Literature: Themes and Authors - LT

A variable-content course that focuses on the act of reading and interpreting texts. (4)

ENGL 214 : Introduction to Major Literary Genres - LT

Introduction to one or more of the major literary genres (fiction, poetry or drama). Focus of course varies with instructor and term. May be taken more than once for credit with approval of department chair. (4)

ENGL 216 : Topics in Literature: Emphasis on Cross Cultural Perspectives - C, LT

A variable-content course that focuses on literature from non-Euro-American societies. Because course topics may vary considerably, course may be repeated for credit with approval of department chair. (4)

ENGL 217 : Topics in Literature: Emphasis on Alternative Perspectives - A, LT

A variable-content course that focuses on literature that fosters an awareness and understanding of diversity in the United States. Courses may be repeated for credit with approval of department chair. (4)

ENGL 220 : Introduction to Creative Nonfiction - WR

Introduces students to basics of creative nonfiction. Focuses on how genre of creative nonfiction adapts the elements of fiction to create works of literary nonfiction in a range of forms. Required for most 300-level nonfiction writing courses. (4)

ENGL 221 : Research and Writing - WR

Strategies for writing academic research papers are practiced, including developing appropriate research topics, locating and using a variety of relevant sources, substantiating generalizations, and using paraphrase and citation accurately. (2 or 4)

ENGL 225 : Autobiographical Writing - WR

Reading autobiography and writing parts of one's own, with an emphasis on how writing style and personal identity complement each other. (4)

ENGL 227 : Introduction to Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction - WR

A beginning workshop in writing poetry or short fiction. Includes a study of techniques and forms to develop critical standards and an understanding of the writing process. Prerequisite: WRIT 101 or its equivalent, Advanced Placement, or consent of instructor. (4)

ENGL 231 : Topics in European Literature - LT

Representative works of classical, medieval, and early Renaissance literature. Cross-listed with CLAS 231. (4)

ENGL 232 : Women's Literature - A, LT

An introduction to fiction, poetry, and other literatures by women writers. Includes an exploration of women's ways of reading and writing. (4)

ENGL 233 : Post-Colonial Literature - C, LT

Writers from Africa, India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the Caribbean confront the legacy of colonialism from an insider's perspective. Emphasis on fiction. (4)

ENGL 234 : Environmental Literature - LT

Examines representations of nature in literature, and the ways in which humans define themselves and their relationship with nature through those representations. Focuses on major texts from various cultures and historical periods. Includes poetry, fiction, and non-fiction. (4)

ENGL 235 : Children's Literature - LT

An introduction to the critical reading of picture books, chapter books, novels, and nonfiction for young readers, addressing historical and cultural contexts. (4)

ENGL 241 : American Traditions in Literature - LT

Selected themes that distinguish American literature from British traditions, from colonial or early national roots to current branches: for example, confronting the divine, inventing selfhood, coping with racism. (4)

ENGL 251 : British Traditions in Literature - LT

Selected themes that define British literature as one of the great literatures of the world, from Anglo-Saxon origins to post-modern rebellions: for example, identity, society, and God; love and desire; industry, science, and culture. (4)

ENGL 287 : Special Topics in English

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

ENGL 288 : Special Topics in English

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

ENGL 289 : Special Topics in English

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

ENGL 291 : Directed Study

To provide individual undergraduate students with introductory study not available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as DS: followed by the specific title designated by the student. (1 to 4)

ENGL 300 : English Studies Seminar

A variable-content seminar (theme selected by instructor) focusing on the imaginative, critical, and social power of reading and writing. Students will read and write in a variety of genres, engage criticism and theory, and reflect on the broad question of why reading and writing matter. Required for all English majors before taking senior seminar. Strongly recommended for sophomore year or fall semester of junior year. (4)

ENGL 301 : Shakespeare - LT

Critical study of Shakespearean comedies, tragedies, history plays, and late romances, with particular attention to both close-reading and historical context. (4)

ENGL 311 : The Book in Society

A critical study of the history of book culture and the role of books in modern society. Cross-listed with PPAP 301, COMA 321. (4)

ENGL 312 : Publishing Procedures

A workshop introduction to the world of book publishing, involving students in decisions about what to publish and how to produce it. Cross-listed with PPAP 302, COMA 322. (4)

ENGL 313 : The Art of the Book I - AR

This studio course explores the history, aesthetics, and creative dimensions of book design and typography. Prerequisites: Declared PPA minor or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PPAP321, ARTD 315. (4)

ENGL 314 : Art of the Book II - AR

Individual projects to explore further typography and fine bookmaking. Prerequisite: PPAP 321 / ARTD 315 / ENGL 313 with a B grade or better or permission of instructor. Cross-listed with PPAP 322. (4)

ENGL 320 : Intermediate Creative Nonfiction

Intermediate-level writing workshop that focuses on the analysis and writing of creative nonfiction. Prerequisite: ENGL 227. (4)

ENGL 322 : Place-Based Writing

A writing course in which students develop skills in essay, short memoir, and researched nonfiction that is rooted in place, taking a particular community or region as a primary inspiration for the creative work. (4)

ENGL 323 : Writing in Professional and Public Settings - WR

Students working in professional settings analyze the rhetorical demands of their job-related writing. (4)

ENGL 324 : Free-Lance Writing - WR

A workshop in writing for publication, with primary emphasis on the feature article. (4)

ENGL 327 : Intermediate Poetry Writing

An intermediate-level workshop that focuses on the analysis and writing of poems. Prerequisite: ENGL 227. (4)

ENGL 328 : Theories of Reading and Writing - WR

Students are introduced to philosophical, social, and pragmatic issues confronting teachers of writing. Required for certification by the School of Education and Kinesiology. (4)

ENGL 329 : Intermediate Fiction Writing WR

An intermediate-level workshop that focuses on the analysis and writing of fiction. Prerequisite: ENGL 227. (4)

ENGL 334 : Studies in Literature for Young Readers - LT

Study of literature and media produced for and about young audiences, from early childhood to adolescence. Possible topics include genres, themes, historical periods, and traditions. Course content varies. ENGL 334B covers the 1660-1900 time period and ENGL 334C covers 1900-present. Course is repeatable once. with different topic. (4)

ENGL 339 : Special Topics in Fiction Writing

Intermediate-level writing workshop that focuses on the analysis and writing of fiction in a particular style or form. Course topic varies by year. Prerequisite: ENGL 227 or instructor approval. (4)

ENGL 343 : Post Colonial Literature and Theory - LT, A or C

Introduces perspectives of post-colonial theorists as a framework for understanding the relationship of colonialism and its legacies to the works of writers from Africa, the Caribbean, and other ex-colonial territories. Course content varies. ENGL 343B covers the 1660-1900 time period and ENGL 343C covers 1900-present. (4)

ENGL 345 : Special Topics in Literature and Difference - A or C, LT

A variable-content course, focusing on specific authors, themes, genres, or historical periods in literatures in English written by marginalized or under-represented groups. May be repeated for credit with approval of department chair. (4)

ENGL 348 : Studies in Literature, Culture, and Power - LT, A or C

Study of literature in its historical and social contexts through particular critical and cultural lenses that draw attention to the dynamics of power relations. Emphasis is on careful interpretation of literary texts via the application of critical paradigms. Course content varies. ENGL 348A covers the pre-1660 time period; ENGL 348B covers 1660-1900; ENGL 348C covers 1900-present. A or C General Education credit will vary by semester. Course is repeatable once with a different topic.

ENGL 360 : Studies in British Literature - LT

Study of specific historical periods, literary movements, socio-cultural issues and themes, or major authors in British literature. Emphasis is on careful interpretation of literary texts with attention to their contexts. Course content varies. ENGL 360A covers the pre-1660 time period; 360B covers 1660-1900; 360C covers 1900-present. Course is repeatable once with different topic. (4)

ENGL 370 : Studies in American Literature - LT

Study of specific historical periods, literary movements, socio-cultural issues and themes, or major authors in American literature. Emphasis is on careful interpretation of literary texts with attention to their contexts. Course content varies. ENGL 370A covers the pre-1660 time period; 370B covers 1660-1900; 370C covers 1900-present. Course is repeatable once with different topic. (4)

ENGL 380 : Studies in Global Anglophone Literature - LT, C

Study of specific historical periods, literary movements, socio-cultural issues and themes, or major authors in global Anglophone literature. Emphasis is on careful interpretation of literary texts with attention to their contexts. Course content varies. ENGL 380A covers the pre-1660 time period; 380B covers 1660-1900; 380C covers 1900-present. Course is repeatable once with different topic. (4)

ENGL 385 : Special Topics in Creative Nonfiction

An open-topic course focusing on a specific subgenre of or topic in nonfiction prose writing. Possible topics might include the lyric essay, memoir, biography, environmental writing, social justice writing, etc. May be repeated for credit with approval of department chair. (4)

ENGL 386 : Studies in Literary History - LT

Study of how literary genres emerge and evolve; how specific authors shape one or more genres, develop specific literary techniques, or respond to historical moments; or how a literary movement forms, develops a set of principles, and shapes the literature of its own time and beyond. Course content varies. ENGL 386A covers the pre-1660 time period; 386B covers 1660-1900; 386C covers 1900-present. Course is repeatable once with different topic. (4)

ENGL 387 : Topics in Rhetoric, Writing and Culture

Provides writers with a grounding in Rhetoric, the art of shaping discourse to respond to cultural context and to produce cultural and social effects. Strategies for generating discourse, appealing to audiences, and crafting a style will be studied in light of their historical origins, theoretical assumptions, social and ethical implications, and practical utility. Recommended for writing majors. (4)

ENGL 388 : Special Topics in English

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

ENGL 389 : Special Topics in English

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

ENGL 393 : The English Language

Studies in the structure and history of English, with emphasis on syntactical analysis and issues of usage. (4)

ENGL 394 : Studies in Literature and the Environment - LT

Study of literature and media on landscape, human/animal categories, conservation, sustainability, climate, and planet. Approaches may involve ecocritical, ecofeminist, animal studies, or green standpoints. Texts come from genres and movements including ecopoetics, realist fiction, speculative fiction, sf, creative nonfiction, blogs, film, performance, and public art. Course content varies. ENGL 394A covers the pre-1660 time period; 394B covers 1660-1900; 394C covers 1900-present. Course is repeatable once with different topic. (4)

ENGL 395 : Studies in Literature, Gender, and Sexuality - LT, A or C

Study of literature through the lens of gender and sexuality. Students practice feminist and queer approaches to literature from a range of historical periods, genres, and 13 national/global contexts. Additionally, this course creates a venue for students and faculty to study literature written by and about sexual and gendered minority communities, including women writers of color and LGBTQ authors. Course content varies. A or C General Education credit will vary by semester. Course is repeatable once with different topic. (4)

ENGL 396 : Studies in Literature, Race, and Ethnicity - LT, A or C

Study of literature through the lens of race and ethnicity. Students explore English-language texts written by authors of color, and/or writers from marginalized ethnic, immigrant, or indigenous communities. Focus may be on specific authors, themes, genres, or historical periods. Course content varies. ENGL 396A covers the pre-1660 time period; 396B covers 1660-1900; 396C covers 1900-present. A or C General Education credit will vary by semester. Course is repeatable once with different topic. (4)

ENGL 397 : Literatures of Genocide and the Holocaust - LT, A or C

Study of representations and narratives that attempt to engage and make sense of the Holocaust and other genocides. Texts may include a variety of literature written in multiple genres (poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, life writing) and media (film, television, plays, photography, blogs) from a range of historical periods and national/global contexts. Course content varies. ENGL 397A covers the pre-1660 time period; 397B covers 1660-1900; 397C covers 1900-present. A or C General Education credit will vary by semester. Course is repeatable once with different topic. (4)

ENGL 398 : Studies in Literature and the Body - LT, A or C

Study of literary works that address questions of human or non-human embodiment. Topics may include bodily rhetorics, constructions, health, disability, disease, and/or wellness. Course content varies. ENGL 398A covers the pre-1660 time period; 398B covers 1660-1900; 398C covers 1900-present. A or C General Education credit will vary by semester. Course is repeatable once with different topic. (4)

ENGL 400 : Studies in Theory and Criticism

Pre-capstone seminar on applied methods in literary theory and criticism, with a focus on critical approaches to literary analysis since 1900. Students gain experience in applying various schools of criticism and theory to primary texts, while practicing advanced critical writing and research strategies. Required for all English Literature majors prior to registering for the senior literature capstone. Prerequisites: 1) ENGL 300 and 2) junior standing or consent of instructor. (4)

ENGL 425 : Seminar: Nonfiction Writing - SR, WR

An advanced-level workshop in the writing of nonfiction prose. Focus (on genre or theme) varies with instructor. Prerequisite: ENGL 300 and one upper-division course from lines 1, 3 or 4 of writing emphasis, or instructor permission. (4)

ENGL 427 : Seminar: Poetry Writing - SR, WR

An advanced-level workshop that focuses on the analysis and writing of poems. Prerequisites: ENGL 300 and 327, or instructor permission. (4)

ENGL 429 : Seminar: Fiction Writing - SR, WR

An advanced-level workshop that focuses on the analysis and writing of fiction. Prerequisites: ENGL 300 and 329, or instructor permission. (4)

ENGL 451 : Seminar: Major Authors - LT, SR

Concentrated study of the work, life, influence, and critical reputation of a major author in the English-speaking world. The course includes careful attention to the relations of the author to cultural contexts, the framing of critical approaches through literary theory, substantial library research, and a major writing project. (4)

ENGL 452 : Seminar: Theme, Genre - LT, SR

Concentrated study of a major literary theme or genre, as it might appear in various periods, authors, and cultures. The course includes careful attention to practical criticism, the framing of critical approaches through literary theory, substantial library research, and a major writing project. (4)

ENGL 487 : Special Topics in English

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

ENGL 488 : Special Topics in English

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

ENGL 489 : Special Topics in English

To provide undergraduate students with new, one-time, and developing courses not yet available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as ST: followed by the specific title designated by the academic unit. (1 to 4)

ENGL 491 : Independent Study

An intensive course in reading. May include a thesis. Intended for majors only. (4)

ENGL 495 : Internship

To permit undergraduate students to relate theory and practice in a work situation. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as Intern: followed by the specific title designated by the instructor in consultation with the student. (1 to 12)

ENGL 504 : Summer Residency I

16 hours of required workshops. 20 additional hours of lectures and mini-courses (topics in genre/topics in craft), readings. Design an independent course of study with a mentor for the upcoming year. (4)

ENGL 505 : Summer Residency II

16 hours of required workshops. 20 additional hours of lectures and mini-courses (topics in genre/topics in craft), readings. Design an independent course of study with a mentor for the upcoming year. (4)

ENGL 506 : Summer Residency III

16 hours of required workshops, 20 additional hours of lectures and mini-courses (topics in genre/topics in craft), readings. Design an independent course of study with a mentor for the upcoming year. (4)

ENGL 507 : Summer Residency IV

Teaching a class based on critical paper or outside experience. Public reading from creative thesis. Participation in workshops and classes. Graduation. (4)

ENGL 511 : Writing Mentorship I

One-on-one correspondence with a professional mentor in a genre or genres of choice. Approximately 15 hours of work per week on creative and critical writing. 8 mailings. Emphasis on original work. 24 required texts with approximately 40 pages of critical writing. (4 credits fall, 4 credits spring)

ENGL 512 : Writing Mentorship II

One-on-one correspondence with a professional mentor in a genre or genres of choice. Approximately 15 hours of work per week on creative and critical writing. 5 mailings. Continued emphasis on original work. 15 required texts with approximately 25 pages of critical writing. Implementation of a field experience (approximately 100 hours) to be set up in collaboration with the director of the program, who will act as advisor on the project. (4 credits fall, 4 credits spring)

ENGL 513 : Writing Mentorship III

One-on-one correspondence with a professional mentor in a genre or genres of choice. Approximately 15 hours of work per week on creative and critical writing. 3 mailings. Emphasis on critical paper (20-40 pages). (4)

ENGL 591 : Independent Study

To provide individual graduate students graduate-level study not available in the regular curriculum. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as IS: followed by the specific title designated by the student. (1 to 4)

ENGL 595 : Internship

To permit graduate students to relate theory and practice in a work situation. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as Intern: followed by the specific title designated by the instructor in consultation with the student. (1 to 12)

ENGL 598 : Non-thesis Research Project

To provide graduate students with graduate-level non-thesis research opportunities. The title will be listed on the student term-based record as Project: followed by the specific title designated by the student. (1 to 4)

ENGL 599 : Thesis

One-on-one correspondence with a professional mentor in a genre of genres of choice. 3 mailings. Emphasis on organization of creative thesis (book-length manuscript), final revision, planning for public presentation (class or lecture). (8)