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English Minor

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Division of Humanities
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2015
  • Required credits in this minor: 20
In English, students study literature and language, including its development over time and contemporary significance. Courses for both majors and non-majors offer a wide range of approaches and topics. Some courses focus on single authors, genres, or historical periods; others emphasize social contexts of literature, investigate representations of race or gender, or explore literary perceptions of the environment. Still others cover film, creative writing, and contemporary popular literature. Objectives--The curriculum introduces students to the main literary genres and important historical periods and movements in English; to representative works of British, American, and Anglophone literature; and to methods of critical interpretation. Students engage in critical reading, oral and written analysis of texts, formal argumentation, and research. English classes tend to be small and conversational. Students collaborate with one another by discussing subtle and complex texts while discovering their own interpretive voices by writing clear and persuasive essays.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Up to 4 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the minor requirements. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the minor to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
ENGL 2501 - Literary Studies [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Take exactly 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 2201 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2202 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
4 of the 20 credits in the minor must have an HDIV designator at 2xxx or above. No more than 4 credits of 2xxx courses, other than the required surveys, may count in the major. A survey course, not used previously, may count as an elective.
Take at most 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 2014 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Science Fiction [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2015 - Introduction to Film Studies [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2016 - Monsters and the Monstrous in English Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2022 - Sports Literature and Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2031 - Gender in Literature and Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2033 - The Bible and Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2041 - Introduction to African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2059 - Introduction to Shakespeare [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2061 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Detection and Espionage in Fiction and Film [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2107 - Writing with Digital Media [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2121 - Topics in Writing: Introduction to Creative Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2171 - Topics in Writing: Editing and Proofreading [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2172 {Inactive} (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2173 - The Nature Essay: Writing and Reading Creative Non-fiction about the Natural World [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2201 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2202 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2xxx
Take 4 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3005 - Understanding Writing: Theories and Practices [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3012 - Advanced Fiction Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3015 - Writing Poetry for the 21st Century [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3016 - Innovations on the Page [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3017 - Book Publishing: History and Contemporary Trends [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3021 - Grammar and Language [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3032 - Creative Nonfiction Writing [ART/P] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3142 - The Rise of the Novel (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3153 - Gothic Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3154 - 19th-Century British Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3155 - 20th-Century British Fiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3156 - Modern Irish Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3157 - English Renaissance Drama (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3159 - Shakespeare: Studies in the Bard (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3161 - Medieval Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3163 - Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500 [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3165 - Seventeenth-Century Revolutions (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3166 - Postcolonial Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3168 - Victorian Literature and Culture (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3171 - The Literature of Creative Nonfiction (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3172 - American Utopian Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3173 - Contemporary British Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3174 - Contemporary Indian and Caribbean Literature [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 2253 - Modern and Postmodern Love in the Novel [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3261 - Modern British and American Poetry (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3262 - 20th-Century American Poetry: From Modern to Contemporary (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3331 - African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3332 - African American Women Writers [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3411 - Critical Approaches to Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3414 - Feminist Theory [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3444 - Holocaust Literature and Film [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3522 - Harlem Renaissance [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3xxx
· ENGL 4004 - Research Seminar: Old English Literature and Language (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4012 - Research Seminar: Imagining the Earth (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4023 - Research Seminar: Nationalism and Irish Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4024 - Research Seminar: Poet's Choice: The Book as the 25th Poem (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4028 - Research Seminar: Inventing a Nation: Early American National Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4029 - Research Seminar: Perspectives on Literacy (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4031 - Research Seminar: Renaissance Romance (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4032 - Research Seminar: Transnational Theory and Literatures (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4034 - Research Seminar: The Adventure Novel in American and British Literature (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4035 - Research Seminar: Booker Watch: Contemporary British Literature and the Emergence of Canonicity [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4036 - Research Seminar: American Biographical Novel (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4xxx
 
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ENGL 2501 - Literary Studies (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An introduction to the tools and methods of literary analysis, including the vocabulary of criticism, the techniques of close reading, and the conventions of literary argumentation. Primarily for English majors and minors. A prerequisite to advanced courses in English. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Engl 1131] prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 2201 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the beginnings to the 18th century. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 2202 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the 18th century to the present. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 2211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of important texts, canonical and non-canonical, and important periods and movements that define the colonial and U.S. experience up to 1865.
ENGL 2212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of selected historical and literary texts in U.S. literature, canonical and non-canonical, from 1865 to the present.
ENGL 2014 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Science Fiction (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to popular literature in a variety of styles and forms with emphasis on analysis and context. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2015 - Introduction to Film Studies (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Develops students' abilities to view films critically and to deepen their understanding of the film experience. Begins with critical analysis skills and terminology, then takes up the study of genres and styles, including documentaries and foreign films. [Note: weekly lab required for viewing films] prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2016 - Monsters and the Monstrous in English Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Monsters in literature reveal our fascination with the supernatural and the grotesque, with the unknown and the boundaries of what it means to be human. Explore how writers have imagined monsters and in what contexts, with examples from the Middle Ages to the present and from British and American literature and film.
ENGL 2022 - Sports Literature and Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to sports literature and sports writing, including exploration of rhetorical modes and techniques. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 2031 - Gender in Literature and Culture (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to literary and cultural representations of gender. Emphasis on the intersections between power and the social relations of gender, race, class, and sexuality. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2033 - The Bible and Literature (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to the role of the English Bible in the western literary tradition. Readings include key Biblical narratives, as well as English and American literary texts that are either deeply influenced by these stories or attempt to re-write them. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2041 - Introduction to African American Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Introduction to issues and themes in African American literature and culture, with emphasis on historical and cultural context. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2059 - Introduction to Shakespeare (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
A careful reading of a representative selection of Shakespeare's poetry and plays (including histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances). Consideration of generic and dramatic conventions, cultural contexts, literary elements, and performance choices on stage and in film. Serves non-majors as well as majors. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2061 - Introduction to Popular Literature: Detection and Espionage in Fiction and Film (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Examination of the detective and espionage genres in relation to 20th-century social and geopolitical pressures. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 2106 - Topics in Writing: The Environmental Imagination: Reading and Writing about the Natural World (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Writing about the environment. Students learn to use the rich possibilities of language to express their responses to nature and convey to others the importance of close contact with the natural world. Readings in poetry and prose, discussion of technique, and experimentation with a variety of styles and literary forms. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 2107 - Writing with Digital Media (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Theory and practice of planning, designing, creating, and revising digital texts, including assessing writing situations to choose appropriate form. Students learn building blocks of writing in digital environments (text, sound, images, video), produce texts using these elements, read about multimodal composing, and analyze digital media works. prereq: 1601
ENGL 2121 - Topics in Writing: Introduction to Creative Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to the basic elements of creative writing, including exploration of poetry, story, and journal writing. Practice with techniques such as dialogue, description, voice, and style. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 2171 - Topics in Writing: Editing and Proofreading (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Students learn and practice the techniques of developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading, while exploring career applications for these skills. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 2173 - The Nature Essay: Writing and Reading Creative Non-fiction about the Natural World (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Students write creative non-fiction centered on the natural world and read the work of noted essayists in the field such as Henry David Thoreau, Gretel Ehrlich, Scott Russell Sanders, Kathleen Dean Moore, and Terry Tempest Williams. prereq: 1601
ENGL 2201 - Survey of British Literature to the 18th Century (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the beginnings to the 18th century. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 2202 - Survey of British Literature from the 18th Century Forward (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from the 18th century to the present. Specific authors vary.
ENGL 2211 - Survey of American Literature to the Civil War (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of important texts, canonical and non-canonical, and important periods and movements that define the colonial and U.S. experience up to 1865.
ENGL 2212 - Survey of American Literature from the Civil War Forward (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of selected historical and literary texts in U.S. literature, canonical and non-canonical, from 1865 to the present.
ENGL 2411 - Representations of American Indians in Popular and Academic Culture (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of representations of American Indians in American popular and academic culture including literature, films, and sports. Particular attention given to how Indian identity, history, and cultures are represented in pop culture by non-Indians and, more recently, Indians themselves. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or declared English major
ENGL 3005 - Understanding Writing: Theories and Practices (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to composition theory: generating, composing, revising, and responding to writing; conventions across disciplines; strategies for teaching and tutoring writing. Weekly short assignments; three formal papers, written and revised in stages; oral presentation of research. Required for first-semester Writing Room staff. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv, soph standing, instr consent, coreq IS 3720 for students working in the Writing Room
ENGL 3012 - Advanced Fiction Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For experienced writers. Focus on developing skills and mastering creative and technical elements of writing fiction. prereq: instr consent
ENGL 3015 - Writing Poetry for the 21st Century (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
A creative writing class. Practice with the different elements of poetry-sound, rhythm, imagery, voice, line-and exploration of the ways contemporary poets use and transform traditional forms and techniques. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 3016 - Innovations on the Page (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
In this creative writing course, students explore new models in literary publishing, literary fiction, nonfiction, and poetry while writing and learning about sudden fiction, the lyric essay, the collage novel, linked short stories, and other innovative forms and movements. prereq: 2121
ENGL 3017 - Book Publishing: History and Contemporary Trends (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Consider the history of the book, the role of publishing in cultural production, the implications of the shift toward digital publishing, and an overview of the tasks involved in contemporary publishing, including acquisitions, editing, design, production, sales, and marketing. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 3021 - Grammar and Language (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Study of the English language. Historical development and current structure. Includes language variation and change, social history of language, phonology, syntax, semantics, development of English grammar, prescriptive versus descriptive grammar, and contemporary theories of grammar.
ENGL 3032 - Creative Nonfiction Writing (ART/P)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
For experienced writers. Focus on understanding and practicing the rhetorical and stylistic choices available to writers of creative nonfiction, especially decisions about structure, pacing, language, style, tone, detail, description, and narrative voice. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 3142 - The Rise of the Novel
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The 18th-century origins of the British novel: experiments with the new form, influence of earlier genres, evolution of formal realism. Authors may include Austen, Burney, Fielding, Richardson, and Sterne. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3153 - Gothic Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
The cultural origins of gothic literature in tension with the neoclassical values of 18th-century Britain and its persistent influence over the next two centuries (including its relationship to modern horror fiction and film). Emphasis on the ways gothic tales encode cultural anxieties about gender, class, and power. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3154 - 19th-Century British Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The rise of the novel to respectability and prominence in Britain from the Romantics to the Victorians. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3155 - 20th-Century British Fiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Major novelists from the Modernist period and after, focusing on the historical context of the new challenges to literary tradition. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3156 - Modern Irish Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The poetry, fiction, and drama of Irish writers from 1890-1927, with attention to the ways that literature shaped a national identity. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3157 - English Renaissance Drama
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A thorough study of the early modern English theater, including readings of 16th- and 17th-century plays and consideration of the literary and cultural contexts that informed them. Special attention is given to the works of Shakespeare's contemporaries, such as Marlowe, Jonson, Cary, Middleton, and Webster. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3159 - Shakespeare: Studies in the Bard
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
A topics-based study of Shakespeare's works and other pertinent texts. Sample topics include "Shakespeare's Women," "Dangerous Rhetoric in Shakespeare," and "Shakespeare and His Sources." Attention is given to historical and literary contexts, and students are asked to consider Shakespeare's work as it is read as well as performed. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3161 - Medieval Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Early and later medieval prose, poetry, and drama produced and/or widely read in England from about 700-1500. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3163 - Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500 (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Travel to York, England, to study the literature and history of the city from Anglo-Saxon times to the end of the Middle Ages. Focus on the role that York played as the second city of medieval England, emphasizing the diverse cultural influences on the city. Day trips to historically significant sites in the vicinity of York. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212 or instr consent
ENGL 3165 - Seventeenth-Century Revolutions
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
An in-depth study of how 17th-century British literature represents and responds to the numerous revolutionary changes of the time, including political, religious, sexual, cultural, and genre-based upheavals. Writers to be considered may include Philip Sidney, John Donne, Mary Wroth, George Herbert, Margaret Cavendish, Aphra Behn, and John Milton. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3166 - Postcolonial Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of literature as site of cultural conflict during and after imperial encounters, from the perspectives of both colonizers and colonized peoples. Particular focus on Britain and its former colonies. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3168 - Victorian Literature and Culture
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501, two from 2201, 2201, 2211, 2212, or #
Typically offered: Every Spring
Studies an array of 19th-century literary forms, including fiction, poetry, drama, and prose, in their social and political contexts. prereq: 2501, two from 2201, 2201, 2211, 2212, or instr consent
ENGL 3171 - The Literature of Creative Nonfiction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131)
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Explore the genre of creative nonfiction as a literary tradition and help to articulate what creative nonfiction is (as well as what it isn't). Students collaborate in creating working definitions for the genre and prepare projects in which they curate and present a list of readings in the genre. prereq: 2501 (or 1131)
ENGL 3172 - American Utopian Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Americans have always been drawn to visions of transformation even as they shrink from imagined dangers. Investigate American literary responses to utopian possibilities and how that literature has shaped and continues to influence the American sense of the possible. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3173 - Contemporary British Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Exploration of contemporary British literature, with emphasis upon a diversity of new voices. prereq: 2501, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or instr consent
ENGL 3174 - Contemporary Indian and Caribbean Literature (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501, two from 2201, 2201, 2211, 2212, or #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Exploration of contemporary literature in English from India and the Caribbean. prereq: 2501, two from 2201, 2201, 2211, 2212, or instr consent
ENGL 2253 - Modern and Postmodern Love in the Novel (HUM)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Modernists and postmodernists are famous for casting an ironic glance on God and Truth. But are they as cynical and skeptical about love? In this course, students work through the writings of prominent 20th- and 21st-century novelists who struggled to define love. prereq: 1601
ENGL 3261 - Modern British and American Poetry
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
A study of the continuities and break with traditions in 20th-century poetry. Focus on innovations and experiments in form and theme. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3262 - 20th-Century American Poetry: From Modern to Contemporary
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Study of the radical shifts in poetry and poetics in 20th-century America. Exploration of the ways that poets such as Robert Lowell, Adrienne Rich, Frank O'Hara, Denise Levertov, Allen Ginsberg, James Wright, and Sylvia Plath broke with modernist conventions and New Critical aesthetics and opened the field for the poetry of the late 20th and early 21st centuries. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examination of literatures by African American, American Indian, Asian American, Chicana/o, U.S. Latino/a, and other under-represented peoples. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or instr consent
ENGL 3311 - American Indian Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of American Indian literature written in English. Particular attention given to language, identity, land, and sovereignty. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or instr consent
ENGL 3312 - World Indigenous Literature and Film (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or #, or AmIn major
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Comparative study of indigenous literature and film from North America, New Zealand, and Australia with particular emphasis given to issues of political and cultural sovereignty, cultural appropriation, self-representation, and colonial nostalgia. prereq: 2501, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, or instr consent, or AmIn major
ENGL 3331 - African American Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of African American literature. Particular attention given to issues of gender, class, power, "passing," and the racialized body. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3332 - African American Women Writers (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
If African Americans struggled to achieve equality and recognition in the racist United States, the situation was even more difficult for African American women, who had to contend with the sexism in both the white and black communities. This course examines the writings of prominent African American women. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv or instr consent
ENGL 3411 - Critical Approaches to Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
An introduction to the major schools of literary theory and cultural analysis; particular attention to the ways in which the dialogue and debate between these approaches define the discipline of literary criticism. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 3414 - Feminist Theory (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01928 - Engl 3414/GWSS 3414
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Same as GWSS 3414. Engages students in a critical examination of several influential works participating in the elaboration of feminist theories. Readings and discussions focus on a series of themes and issues--gender, sexuality, race, class, language, bodies, etc.--and how these issues bear upon society. prereq: [2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212] or [GWSS 1101]
ENGL 3444 - Holocaust Literature and Film (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Survey of Holocaust literature and film, focusing on works that clarify the political ideology that led so many to participate in the murder of two-thirds of Europe's Jews and that articulated what Jews suffered during the Nazi era. prereq: 1601 (or 1011) or equiv
ENGL 3522 - Harlem Renaissance (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
During the 1920s, there was a major aesthetic outpouring in the African American community. Listen to jazz, examine African American artwork, and read poetry, short stories, novels and essays from Harlem Renaissance writers. prereq: 2501 (or 1131), two from 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212
ENGL 4004 - Research Seminar: Old English Literature and Language
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Prose and poetry of early medieval England (650-1100) in translation and in Old English (which is studied), with attention to material (manuscripts) and cultural contexts and to reception history. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4012 - Research Seminar: Imagining the Earth
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of imaginative writing (poetry and prose) about the earth, and an examination of the ways that language transforms or shapes our perceptions of the natural world. In addition to the primary literary works, students read selections about our understanding of the natural world from science, philosophy, and ecocriticism. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4017 - Research Seminar: Tricksters-Conjurers in American Indian and African American Literature (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of tricksters and conjurers in American Indian and African American literature, in particular their ability to maintain traditional practices and subvert the dominant culture and imposed cultural norms. Special attention given to cultural and historical contexts and questions of power, identity, cultural difference, and assimilation. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4023 - Research Seminar: Nationalism and Irish Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of 20th-century Irish literature through the lens of cultural nationalism. How questions of language, race, culture, and colonial history make the idea of Ireland problematic. Exploration of a diverse host of writers interested in Irish myths, ideals, and identities with research from Irish and postcolonial studies. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4024 - Research Seminar: Poet's Choice: The Book as the 25th Poem
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
"If you have a book of twenty-four poems, the book itself should be the twenty-fifth," claims poet James Wright. Study of single volumes of poetry, examination of the book as a whole, and consideration of the sequence of poems and recurring images and themes. Exploration of key movements of the 20th century, placing each volume in its literary context. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4028 - Research Seminar: Inventing a Nation: Early American National Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
At the end of the Revolution, Americans set out to create a literature that would define the new nation. Writers adapted old forms and invented new ones in an effort to make American writing distinct and somehow reflective of the nation's values. This course explores those efforts, including drama, novels, magazine writing, and their contexts. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4029 - Research Seminar: Perspectives on Literacy
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Study of literacies and literate practices, both print and digital; the history and politics of defining literacy; and the role of technologies in literate activities. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4031 - Research Seminar: Renaissance Romance
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
An intensive study of the ever-controversial and paradoxical romance genre of 16th- and 17th-century England. Texts include Sir Philip Sidney's "Arcadia," Lady Mary Wroth's "Urania," Robert Greene's "Menaphon," and William Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale," among others. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4032 - Research Seminar: Transnational Theory and Literatures
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
An intensive study of transnational literature and theory from the turn of the 20th century to the present, emphasizing the movement of marginalized subjects to the center of cultural expression, the intertwining of cultures in contact zones, and the forms of identity emerging from these modern, hybrid cultures. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4034 - Research Seminar: The Adventure Novel in American and British Literature
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Survey of adventure fiction in the Anglo-American tradition from Walter Scott through the mid 20th century, paying particular attention to themes that shaped this tradition, including imperialism and revisions of masculine identity. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4035 - Research Seminar: Booker Watch: Contemporary British Literature and the Emergence of Canonicity (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Comparison of leading contenders for the annual Booker Prize. Student research encompasses the history and controversies that have surrounded the Booker, the generic and national traditions favored in the prize, and the emergence of canonicity through the awarding of the prize. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent
ENGL 4036 - Research Seminar: American Biographical Novel
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: two from 31xx-35xx, #
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Before the 1970s, there were only a handful of biographical novels, but since the 1980s, this genre of fiction has become incredibly popular. Examine what led to the rise of the biographical novel and examine a variety of such novels. prereq: two from 31xx-35xx, instr consent