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English Minor

English Language & Literature
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 16 to 19
Students who minor in English study literature and other forms of verbal expression, literary history and criticism, critical theory, linguistics, and creative writing. Courses offered by the department explore a wide range of discourses written in English--from around the globe, as well as from Britain and America--including poetry, drama, fiction, film, popular culture, and electronic media. Students begin their studies, ideally in their sophomore year, with the department's methods course (ENGL 3001W), then progress to taking Shakespeare (ENGL 3007 or a department-approved Shakespeare course) and a historical foundation course. In addition, students choose at least two English elective courses (6 to 8 credits of 3xxx or higher in ENGL or ENGW). The methods course--ENGL 3001W--provides minors with skills in close and critical reading, the background in history and culture, and multiple approaches to literary works that will guide their continued studies. Shakespeare and the historical foundation course situate literary works in historical, cultural, and theoretical perspective.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Coursework completed outside of the Department of English may be counted, but only with prior departmental approval. At least two minor courses must be completed at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities campus. Students may earn a bachelor of arts in English and a minor in creative writing, or a minor in English and a minor in creative writing. Students may not earn a BA in English and a minor in English. Only one course may count toward both the major and minor or toward both minors.
Textual Analysis
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3001W - Textual Analysis: Methods [WI] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3001V - Honors: Textual Analysis: Methods [WI] (4.0 cr)
Shakespeare
Take exactly 1 course(s) totaling exactly 3 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3007 - Shakespeare [LITR] (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 3007H - Honors: Shakespeare [LITR] (3.0 cr)
or Department-approved Shakespeare course at the 3xxx-level
Historical Foundation Course
Take 1 or more course(s) totaling 3 - 4 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3003W - Historical Survey of British Literatures I [HIS, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3004W - Historical Survey of British Literatures II [HIS, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3005W - Survey of American Literatures and Cultures I [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3026 - Mediterranean Wanderings: Literature and History on the Borders of Three Continents [GP] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3092 - The Original Walking Dead: Misbehaving Dead Bodies in the 19th Century (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3114 - Dreams and Dream Visions (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3116 - Early Modern Drama (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3132 - The King James Bible as Literature (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3133 - Stuart England: 17th-Century Literature and Culture (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3134 - Milton and Rebellion (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3141 - The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century: Sex, Satire, and Sentiment (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3151 - Romantic Literatures and Cultures (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3175 - 20th-Century British Literatures and Cultures I (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3182 - Irish Literature (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3212 - American Poetry from 1900 (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3221 - American Novel to 1900 (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3222 - American Novel from 1900 (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3231 - American Drama (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 4152 - Nineteenth Century British Novel (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 4233 - Modern and Contemporary Drama (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3006W - Survey of American Literatures and Cultures II [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3006V - Honors: Survey of American Literatures and Cultures II [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3025 - The End of the World in Literature and History [HIS] (3.0 cr)
or RELS 3627 - The End of the World in Literature and History [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3101 - Survey of Medieval English Literature (3.0 cr)
or MEST 3101 - Survey of Medieval English Literature (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3102 - Chaucer (3.0 cr)
or MEST 3102 - Chaucer (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3110 - Medieval Literatures and Cultures: Intro to Medieval Studies (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 5110 - Medieval Literatures and Cultures: Intro to Medieval Studies (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3161 - Victorian Literatures and Cultures (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 3161H - Honors: Victorian Literatures and Cultures (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3201W - American Indian Literature [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 3201W - American Indian Literature [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3507W - Introduction to Chicana/o Literature [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
or CHIC 3507W - Introduction to Chicana/o Literature [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3593 - The African American Novel (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 5593 - The African-American Novel (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 3593 - The African American Novel (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5593 - The African American Novel (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
or AFRO 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II [LITR, WI] (4.0 cr)
or AFRO 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4232 - American Drama by Writers of Color [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AAS 4232 - American Drama by Writers of Color (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 4311 - Asian American Literature and Drama [LITR, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AAS 4311 - Asian American Literature and Drama [LITR, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
Electives
Any ENGL 3xxx, 4xxx, 5xxx or its cross-list not used to fulfill other minor requirements may count as an elective.
Take 2 or more course(s) totaling 6 - 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3002 - Modern Literary Criticism and Theory (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3003W - Historical Survey of British Literatures I [HIS, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3004W - Historical Survey of British Literatures II [HIS, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3005W - Survey of American Literatures and Cultures I [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3010 - Studies In Poetry (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3013 - Poems about Cities (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3021 - Captivity in Literature and Film: From the Barbary Coast to Guantanamo Bay (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3022 - Science Fiction and Fantasy (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3023 - Children's Literature (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3024 - The Graphic Novel (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3025 - The End of the World in Literature and History [HIS] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3026 - Mediterranean Wanderings: Literature and History on the Borders of Three Continents [GP] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3027W - The Essay [WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3032 - Shakespeare in London (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3040 - Studies in Film (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3045 - Cinematic Seductions: Sex, Gender, Desire (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3060 - Studies in Literature and the Other Arts (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3061 - Literature and Music [LITR] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3070 - Studies in Literary and Cultural Modes (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3071 - The American Food Revolution in Literature and Television [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3090 - General Topics (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3091 - The Literature and Film of Baseball [LITR] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3092 - The Original Walking Dead: Misbehaving Dead Bodies in the 19th Century (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3116 - Early Modern Drama (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3132 - The King James Bible as Literature (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3133 - Stuart England: 17th-Century Literature and Culture (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3134 - Milton and Rebellion (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3141 - The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century: Sex, Satire, and Sentiment (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3151 - Romantic Literatures and Cultures (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3175 - 20th-Century British Literatures and Cultures I (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3180 - Contemporary Literatures and Cultures (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3181 - Contemporary Literary Nonfiction [LITR] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3182 - Irish Literature (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3212 - American Poetry from 1900 (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3221 - American Novel to 1900 (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3222 - American Novel from 1900 (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3231 - American Drama (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3330 - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Literature (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3350 - Women Writers (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3501 - Public Discourse: Coming to Terms with the Environment [LITR, ENV] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3502 - Nature Stories: Environmental Discourse in Action [LITR, CIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3505 - Protest Literature and Community Action [DSJ] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3506 - Social Movements & Community Education [CIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3601 - Analysis of the English Language (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3711 - Literary Magazine Production Lab I (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3712 - Literary Magazine Production Lab II (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3741 - Literacy and American Cultural Diversity [DSJ] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4003 - History of Literary Theory (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 4090 - General Topics (1.0-4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4152 - Nineteenth Century British Novel (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 4233 - Modern and Contemporary Drama (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 4711 - Introduction to Editing and Publishing (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4721 - Electronic Text (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 4722 - Alphabet to Internet: History of Writing Technologies (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 5040 - Theories of Film (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 5090 - Readings in Special Subjects (1.0-4.0 cr)
· ENGL 5121 - Readings in Early Modern Literature and Culture (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 5140 - Readings in 18th Century Literature and Culture (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 5150 - Readings in 19th-Century Literature and Culture (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 5510 - Readings in Criticism and Theory (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 5743 - History of Rhetoric and Writing (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 5790 - Topics in Rhetoric, Composition, and Language (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 5805 - Writing for Publication (3.0 cr)
· ENGW 3102 - Intermediate Fiction Writing (3.0 cr)
· ENGW 3104 - Intermediate Poetry Writing (3.0 cr)
· ENGW 3106 - Intermediate Literary Nonfiction Writing (3.0 cr)
· ENGW 3110 - Topics in Creative Writing (3.0 cr)
· ENGW 4205 - Screenwriting (3.0 cr)
· ENGW 5102 - Graduate Fiction Writing (4.0 cr)
· ENGW 5104 - Graduate Poetry Writing (4.0 cr)
· ENGW 5106 - Graduate Literary Nonfiction Writing (4.0 cr)
· ENGW 5130 - Topics: Graduate Creative Writing (4.0 cr)
· ENGW 5310 - Reading as Writers (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3006W - Survey of American Literatures and Cultures II [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
or ENGL 3006V - Honors: Survey of American Literatures and Cultures II [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3020 - Studies in Narrative (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 5020 - Studies in Narrative (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3101 - Survey of Medieval English Literature (3.0 cr)
or MEST 3101 - Survey of Medieval English Literature (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3102 - Chaucer (3.0 cr)
or MEST 3102 - Chaucer (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3110 - Medieval Literatures and Cultures: Intro to Medieval Studies (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 5110 - Medieval Literatures and Cultures: Intro to Medieval Studies (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3161 - Victorian Literatures and Cultures (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 3161H - Honors: Victorian Literatures and Cultures (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3201W - American Indian Literature [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 3201W - American Indian Literature [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3301 - Asian America through Arts and Culture [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AAS 3301 - Asian America Through Arts and Culture [AH, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3303W - Writing Differences: Literature by U.S. Women of Color [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
or AAS 3303W - Writing Differences: Literature by U.S. Women of Color [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
or GWSS 3303W - Writing Differences: Literature by U.S. Women of Color [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3507W - Introduction to Chicana/o Literature [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
or CHIC 3507W - Introduction to Chicana/o Literature [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3592W - Black Women's Life-Writing [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 3592W - Black Women's Life-Writing [LITR, DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3593 - The African American Novel (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 3593 - The African American Novel (3.0 cr)
or ENGL 5593 - The African-American Novel (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5593 - The African American Novel (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
or AFRO 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II [LITR, WI] (4.0 cr)
or AFRO 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II [LITR, DSJ, WI] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4232 - American Drama by Writers of Color [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AAS 4232 - American Drama by Writers of Color (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 4311 - Asian American Literature and Drama [LITR, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or AAS 4311 - Asian American Literature and Drama [LITR, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 4612 - Old English I (3.0 cr)
or MEST 4612 - Old English I (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 4613 - Old English II (3.0 cr)
or MEST 4613 - Old English II (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 5501 - Origins of Cultural Studies (3.0 cr)
or CSCL 5401 - Origins of Cultural Studies (3.0 cr)
· ENGL 5597 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 3627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance (3.0 cr)
or AFRO 5627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance (3.0 cr)
or ARTH 3627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance (3.0 cr)
· ENGW 5606W - Literary Aspects of Journalism [WI] (3.0 cr)
or JOUR 5606W - Literary Aspects of Journalism [WI] (3.0 cr)
· Directed Study
Take 0 - 1 course(s) from the following:
· ENGL 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
 
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ENGL 3001W - Textual Analysis: Methods (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00153 - EngL 3001W/3001V
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is designed for English majors and minors, as well any students interested in and attracted to literature and reading. Our concern will be to develop the intellectual foundations to move past our base, instinctive reactions to literature to deeper modes of reading, interpretation, and written analysis/argument. Our goal will be to develop the skills of slow-motion, skeptical reading: to savor the crafting of literary form and to explore how literary rhetoric engages our intellect and emotions; to read not simply for superficial content, but to engage and question the multi-faceted operation of literary texts. In terms of foundational writing skills for the English major, we will work on the development of compelling written literary arguments by breaking the writing process down into various phases. We will work with the basics of argumentation: developing a strong, coherent thesis, drafting, the logic of argument, revision, proper citation and effective use of primary and secondary sources, and more. prereq: [English major or minor or approved BIS or IDIM program with English area]
ENGL 3001V - Honors: Textual Analysis: Methods (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00153 - EngL 3001W/3001V
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is designed for English majors and minors, as well any students interested in and attracted to literature and reading. Our concern will be to develop the intellectual foundations to move past our base, instinctive reactions to literature to deeper modes of reading, interpretation, and written analysis/argument. Our goal will be to develop the skills of slow-motion, skeptical reading: to savor the crafting of literary form and to explore how literary rhetoric engages our intellect and emotions; to read not simply for superficial content, but to engage and question the multi-faceted operation of literary texts. In terms of foundational writing skills for the English major, we will work on the development of compelling written literary arguments by breaking the writing process down into various phases. We will work with the basics of argumentation: developing a strong, coherent thesis, drafting, the logic of argument, revision, proper citation and effective use of primary and secondary sources, and more. prereq: Honors, [English major or minor or approved BIS or IDIM program with English area]
ENGL 3007 - Shakespeare (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01603 - EngL 3007/EngL 3007H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course is a sampling of Shakespeare’s corpus designed for English majors and minors and for other students who wish to study his works in depth. Our goal will be to view these works simultaneously as cultural artifacts of sixteenth and seventeenth-century England and as enduring classics of world literature that seem to transcend their cultural moment. To this end, we will apply various biographical, social, linguistic, generic, theatrical, political, and intellectual contexts to the plays. We will attempt to understand how these documents from early modern England have spoken so profoundly about the enduring mysteries of human experience from the moment of their inceptive genesis to the present day. English majors/minors must take this course A-F only grading basis.
ENGL 3007H - Honors: Shakespeare (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01603 - EngL 3007/EngL 3007H
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Plays from all of Shakespeare's periods, including at least A Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, the history plays, King Lear, Macbeth, The Tempest, Twelfth Night, Antony and Cleopatra, Othello, and The Winter's Tale. prereq: Honors or instr consent
ENGL 3003W - Historical Survey of British Literatures I (HIS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will provide a historical survey of British literature from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century. Our focus will be on tracing the interactions between literature and wider British culture as well as on tracing the development of literary form during this period. You should leave this course being able to identify major literary trends and authors and link them to corresponding formal techniques and innovations. You should also have a sense of the major historical and political events, rulers, and social conditions in Britain at this time. Additionally, because this is a writing intensive course, you will leave this class familiar with the process of writing a research paper with a literary focus, which includes finding and successfully incorporating contemporary scholarly research about your topic into your paper, crafting an original argument, utilizing textual evidence, and evaluating existing scholarship.
ENGL 3004W - Historical Survey of British Literatures II (HIS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
In this wide-ranging survey of British and post-colonial literature from the late eighteenth century to the present, we will explore representative literary texts and genres from British Romanticism, the Victorian period, Modernism, and the postwar era. Besides analyzing the language, aesthetic features, and technical construction of these literary artifacts, we will examine our readings as reflections of and reactions to social upheavals like the Industrial Revolution, challenges to the traditional role of women, scientific discoveries that sparked religious doubt, and the First World War. Additionally, because this is a writing intensive course, you will familiarize yourself with the process of writing a research paper with a literary focus, which includes finding and successfully incorporating contemporary scholarly research about your topic into your paper, crafting an original argument, utilizing textual evidence, and evaluating existing scholarship.
ENGL 3005W - Survey of American Literatures and Cultures I (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This writing-intensive course will survey the Anglophone literature of what would become the United States from the arrival of English settlers to the Civil War. We will define "literature" broadly to not only include fiction and poetry but also the sermon, the letter, the essay, the autobiography, and other non-fictional forms. Course topics will include the Puritan theology that cast such a long shadow over the American cultural imagination; the fraught literary construction in the Revolutionary era of a national identity under the influence of such Enlightenment ideals as reason, civility, cosmopolitanism, and sympathy; the Gothic doubts about democracy that attended the literature of the early republic; the rise in the mid-nineteenth century of a radical intellectual and social movement in Transcendentalism; the antebellum ideological struggles over such political issues as slavery, industrialism, women's rights, and Native American rights; and the self-conscious cultivation of a national literary aesthetic in the Romantic prose and poetry of the period later critics would come (controversially) to call "the American Renaissance."
ENGL 3026 - Mediterranean Wanderings: Literature and History on the Borders of Three Continents (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Situated between three continents and at the intersection of numerous ethnic and national cultures, the Mediterranean is like no other place on earth. A place of diverse languages, religions, economies, governments, and ways of daily life, it serves as a microcosm for the world itself imagined as an integrated global system. This course explores the history of the Mediterranean with particular emphasis on the literatures it has produced over the last three millennia. As the protagonists of these epic poems, religious texts, and novels travel from one shore to another, they experience the Mediterranean as a place of violence, cultural accommodation, hope, ethnic and linguistic bewilderment, and endless moral challenge. This course will place as much emphasis on the region's history as its cultural productions. With that in mind, reading may include David Abulafia's The Great Sea in addition to The Odyssey, The Aeneid, the biblical books of Joshua and Acts, Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata (an epic set during the first crusade), Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Antony and Cleopatra, Flaubert's Salammbo, Akli Tadjer's Les ANI du Tassali, A.b. Yehoshua's Mr. Mani, and Pamuk's The White Castle.
ENGL 3092 - The Original Walking Dead: Misbehaving Dead Bodies in the 19th Century
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examination and analysis of 19th-century British literature about dead bodies, the science of death, burial practices and anxieties, and theories of the supernatural. This course includes fiction and poetry but also non-fiction, historical documents, and sensationalist media.
ENGL 3114 - Dreams and Dream Visions
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Introduction to the literary genre known as the medieval English "dream vision" and to the historical and theoretical discussion of dreams. We concentrate on four late medieval dream visions: Langland's Piers Plowman; Chaucer's Book of Duchess and House of Fame; and the Gawain-Poet's Pearl.
ENGL 3116 - Early Modern Drama
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Reading of selected British plays ranging from the Reformation to the French Revolution. Plays show the evolution of English society and reflect changing social mores from the era of Shakespeare and Jonson to the rise of the bourgeoisie.
ENGL 3132 - The King James Bible as Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Literature of Jewish Bible ("Old Testament"). Narratives (Torah through Kings), prophets (including Isaiah), writings (including Psalms, Job, Ecclesiastes). God's words/deeds as reported by editors/translators.
ENGL 3133 - Stuart England: 17th-Century Literature and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01475 - EngL 3133/EngL 3133H
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Major/representative works of the Restoration and 18th century (1660-1798). Typical authors: Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson, Boswell, Fielding.
ENGL 3134 - Milton and Rebellion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01612
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Milton's prose/minor poems from the Revolution (1641-1660). Post-revolutionary works (Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes). Emphasizes Milton's lifelong effort to bring about reform ("change").
ENGL 3141 - The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century: Sex, Satire, and Sentiment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will introduce you to some of the best literature of the Restoration and eighteenth century in England. Think of this course as a challenge: how can you, as someone who will spend most of your life in the 21st century, learn to appreciate and learn from literature written in far different times and places? A lot depends on your willingness to empathize with ways of thinking and being that are quite different from your own and your comfort with believing that other ages were just as complicated and as interesting as the one you live in. Typical authors include Dryden, Behn, Swift, Pope, Fielding, and Burney.
ENGL 3151 - Romantic Literatures and Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
British literature written between 1780 and 1830. Concept of Romanticism. Effects of French Revolution on literary production. Role of romantic artist.
ENGL 3175 - 20th-Century British Literatures and Cultures I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01618 - EngL 3175/EngL 5175
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Survey of principal writers, intellectual currents, conventions, and genres/themes in Britain/Ireland, from 1900 to 1945. Fiction/nonfiction by Conrad, Richardson, Forster, Joyce, Mansfield, Rhys, West, Woolf, Lawrence, and Huxley. Poetry by Hardy, Hopkins, Loy, H.D., Yeats, Pound and Eliot. Drama by Synge and Shaw.
ENGL 3182 - Irish Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Against competing historical and political narratives, this study of 20th century Irish writers will show how their writing challenges assumptions about identity and nation, producing literature that pointedly does not carry a flag but instead explores the oppression, injustice, and violence that the individual being suffers as a consequence of it, and INSISTS on the right to resist, create, and misbehave. Authors will include Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, as well as others.
ENGL 3212 - American Poetry from 1900
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Famous and lesser-known poems from the Modernist era, the time of Frost, HD, Pound, Eliot and the Harlem Renaissance. The course attends to the intellectual and cultural background of the poets, poetic theory and form.
ENGL 3221 - American Novel to 1900
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Novels, from early Republic, through Hawthorne, Melville, and Stowe, to writers at end of 19th century (e.g., Howells, Twain, James, Chopin, Crane). Development of a national literature. Tension between realism and romance. Changing role of women as writers and as fictional characters.
ENGL 3222 - American Novel from 1900
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
In this course, we will read and study novels of twentieth and twenty-first century American writers, from early 1900's realism through Modernists (e.g., Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald) to more contemporary writers (e.g., Baldwin, Ellison, Erdrich, Roth, Pynchon). We will explore each text in relation to literary, cultural, and historical developments and question the narrative and stylistic strategies specific to each work.
ENGL 3231 - American Drama
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EngL 3231/3231H
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Representative dramas from 18th through 20th centuries. Topics include staging of national identities, aesthetics of modern/contemporary drama. Production concerns of mainstream, regional, community theaters.
ENGL 4152 - Nineteenth Century British Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
British novel during the century in which it became widely recognized as a major vehicle for cultural expression. Possible topics include the relation of novel to contemporary historical concerns: rise of British empire, developments in science, and changing roles for women; formal challenges of the novel; definition of realism.
ENGL 4233 - Modern and Contemporary Drama
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Works written for theater in 19th/20th century. Emphasizes how major aesthetic forms of modern drama (the well-made play, realism, expressionism, symbolism, epic theater, absurdism) presented not just distinctive theatrical styles, but also new ways of .seeing. for the theatrical spectator. How social differences, as informed by gender, class, and race, inform content/presentation.
ENGL 3006W - Survey of American Literatures and Cultures II (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02293 - EngL 3006W/EngL 3006V
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will survey some of the major literary figures, aesthetic movements, and thematic concerns of US literature from the Civil War to the present. Our investigation will identify common traits in the literature that causes it to fit within three very broad literary historical categories: realism, modernism, and postmodernism. We will explore what makes literature created by the people of the United States distinctly "American" during a period that extends from the Civil War and the outlawing of slavery to women's suffrage, workers' movements, the Great Depression, the First and Second World Wars, and the civil rights movement. In addition to reading and analyzing the literature itself in terms of style, form, genre, and language, we will study it in historical context: the complex interplay between the political, the social, the cultural, and the literary in the United States. This approach rests upon the notion that literature is not created in a vacuum; it is influenced by and influences the world in which it is created.
ENGL 3006V - Honors: Survey of American Literatures and Cultures II (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02293 - EngL 3006W/EngL 3006V
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will survey some of the major literary figures, aesthetic movements, and thematic concerns of US literature from the Civil War to the present. Our investigation will identify common traits in the literature that causes it to fit within three very broad literary historical categories: realism, modernism, and postmodernism. We will explore what makes literature created by the people of the United States distinctly "American" during a period that extends from the Civil War and the outlawing of slavery to women's suffrage, workers' movements, the Great Depression, the First and Second World Wars, and the civil rights movement. In addition to reading and analyzing the literature itself in terms of style, form, genre, and language, we will study it in historical context: the complex interplay between the political, the social, the cultural, and the literary in the United States. This approach rests upon the notion that literature is not created in a vacuum; it is influenced by and influences the world in which it is created.
ENGL 3025 - The End of the World in Literature and History (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02549 - EngL 3025/RelS 3627
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For at least two and a half millennia, prophets, politicians, and poets have crafted terrifying accounts about the end of the world. This comparatist seminar examines the way different cultures have imagined a final apocalypse with particular attention to the political and social consequences of their visions. Students will read texts that focus on pandemic, extraterrestrial attack, nuclear holocaust, prophecy, cybernetic revolt, divine judgment, resource depletion, meteoric impact, or one of the many other ways in which humans write of their demise. They will use literary analysis to explore the many historical and contemporary wastelands they will encounter. They will write short papers and give in-class presentations on different kinds of apocalypse.
RELS 3627 - The End of the World in Literature and History (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02549 - EngL 3025/RelS 3627
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For at least two and a half millennia, prophets, politicians, and poets have crafted terrifying accounts about the end of the world. This comparatist seminar examines the way different cultures have imagined a final apocalypse with particular attention to the political and social consequences of their visions. Students will read texts that focus on pandemic, extraterrestrial attack, nuclear holocaust, prophecy, cybernetic revolt, divine judgment, resource depletion, meteoric impact, or one of the many other ways in which humans write of their demise. They will use literary analysis to explore the many historical and contemporary wastelands they will encounter. They will write short papers and give in-class presentations on different kinds of apocalypse.
ENGL 3101 - Survey of Medieval English Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02494
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Major/representative Medieval English works, including Sir Gawain the Green Knight, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Piers Plowman, Book of Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich's Revelations, and Malory's Morte D'Arthur.
MEST 3101 - Survey of Medieval English Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02494
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Major/representative Medieval English works, including Sir Gawain the Green Knight, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Piers Plowman, Book of Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich's Revelations, and Malory's Morte D'Arthur.
ENGL 3102 - Chaucer
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02073
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major/representative works written by Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and the dream visions. Historical, intellectual, and cultural background of the poems. Language, poetic theory, form.
MEST 3102 - Chaucer
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02073 - EngL 3102/MeSt 3102
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major/representative works written by Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and the dream visions. Historical, intellectual, and cultural background of the poems. Language, poetic theory, form.
ENGL 3110 - Medieval Literatures and Cultures: Intro to Medieval Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01617 - EngL 3110/EngL 5110
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major and representative works of the Middle Ages. Topics specified in the Class Schedule.
ENGL 5110 - Medieval Literatures and Cultures: Intro to Medieval Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01617 - EngL 3110/EngL 5110
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major and representative works of the Middle Ages. Topics specified in the Class Schedule.
ENGL 3161 - Victorian Literatures and Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01613 - EngL 3161/EngL 3161H
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The literature of the British Victorian period (1832-1901) in relation to its cultural and historical contexts. Typical authors include Tennyson, the Brownings, Dickens, Arnold, Hopkins, and the Brontes.
ENGL 3161H - Honors: Victorian Literatures and Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01613 - EngL 3161/EngL 3161H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The literature of the British Victorian period (1832-1901) in relation to its cultural and historical contexts. Typical authors include Tennyson, the Brownings, Dickens, Arnold, Hopkins, and the Brontes.
ENGL 3201W - American Indian Literature (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02266
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comparative studies of oral traditions and modern literature from various tribal cultures.
AMIN 3201W - American Indian Literature (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02266
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comparative studies of oral traditions, modern literature from various tribal cultures.
ENGL 3507W - Introduction to Chicana/o Literature (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01817
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Cultural, intellectual, and sociopolitical traditions of Mexican Americans as they are represented in creative literature. Genres/forms of creative cultural expression and their significance as representations of social, cultural, and political life in the United States. Novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, drama, essay, poetry, and hybrid forms of literature.
CHIC 3507W - Introduction to Chicana/o Literature (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01817 - Chic 3507W/EngL 3507W
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Cultural, intellectual, and sociopolitical traditions of Mexican Americans as they are represented in creative literature. Genres/forms of creative cultural expression and their significance as representations of social, cultural, and political life in the United States. Novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, drama, essay, poetry, and hybrid forms of literature.
ENGL 3593 - The African American Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00346 - Afro 3593/Afro 5593/EngL 3593/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore African American novelistic traditions. Plot patterns, character types, settings, symbols, themes, mythologies. Creative perspectives of authors themselves. Analytical frameworks from contemporary literary scholarship.
ENGL 5593 - The African-American Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00346 - Afro 3593/Afro 5593/EngL 5593
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Contextual readings of 19th-/20th-century black novelists, including Chesnutt, Hurston, Wright, Baldwin, Petry, Morrison, and Reed.
AFRO 3593 - The African American Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00346 - Afro 3593/Afro 5593/EngL 3593/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore African American novelistic traditions. Plot patterns, character types, settings, symbols, themes, mythologies. Creative perspectives of authors themselves. Analytical frameworks from contemporary literary scholarship.
AFRO 5593 - The African American Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00346 - Afro 3593/Afro 5593/EngL 3593/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore African American novelistic traditions. Plot patterns, character types, settings, symbols, themes, mythologies. Creative perspectives of authors themselves. Analytical frameworks from contemporary literary scholarship.
ENGL 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01909 - Afro 3597W/EngL 3597W
Typically offered: Every Fall
African American oral tradition, slave narrative, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, and drama, from colonial era through Harlem Renaissance.
AFRO 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01909 - Afro 3597W/EngL 3597W
Typically offered: Every Fall
African American oral tradition, slave narrative, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, and drama, from colonial era through Harlem Renaissance.
ENGL 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II (LITR, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01910
Typically offered: Every Spring
African American oral tradition, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, drama. From after Harlem Renaissance to end of 20th century.
AFRO 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01910 - Afro 3598W/EngL 3598W
Typically offered: Every Spring
African American oral tradition, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, drama. From after Harlem Renaissance to end of 20th century.
ENGL 4232 - American Drama by Writers of Color (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01811
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Selected works by African American, Latinx, Native American, and Asian American playwrights. How racial/ethnic differences are integral to shaping different visions of American drama. History of minority/ethnic theaters, politics of casting, mainstreaming of the minority playwright. Students in this class will have the opportunity to participate in service-learning.
AAS 4232 - American Drama by Writers of Color
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01811 - AAS 4232/EngL 4232
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Selected works by Asian American, African American, American Indian, Latino, and Chicano playwrights. How racial/ethnic differences are integral to shaping different visions of American drama. History of minority/ethnic theaters, politics of casting, mainstreaming of the minority playwright.
ENGL 4311 - Asian American Literature and Drama (LITR, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01865 - AAS 4311/ENGL 4311
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Literary/dramatic works by Asian American writers. Historical past of Asian America through perspective of writers such as Sui Sin Far and Carlos Bulosan. Contemporary artists such as Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, and Han Ong. Political/historical background of Asian American artists, their aesthetic choices.
AAS 4311 - Asian American Literature and Drama (LITR, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01865 - AAS 4311/ENGL 4311
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Literary/dramatic works by Asian American writers. Historical past of Asian America through perspective of writers such as Sui Sin Far and Carlos Bulosan. Contemporary artists such as Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, and Han Ong. Political/historical background of Asian American artists, their aesthetic choices.
ENGL 3002 - Modern Literary Criticism and Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00523 - EngL 3002/3002H
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course is an introduction to contemporary literary criticism and theory. The goal is to provide you with a foundation in theory's terminologies, the different methodologies used in literary and cultural analysis, and a sense of the various schools of criticism that have developed in the postwar period. We will look at the ways that various texts perform as texts; they are not transparent or one dimensional, but rather open themselves to many different readings and styles of engagement.
ENGL 3003W - Historical Survey of British Literatures I (HIS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will provide a historical survey of British literature from the Middle Ages to the end of the eighteenth century. Our focus will be on tracing the interactions between literature and wider British culture as well as on tracing the development of literary form during this period. You should leave this course being able to identify major literary trends and authors and link them to corresponding formal techniques and innovations. You should also have a sense of the major historical and political events, rulers, and social conditions in Britain at this time. Additionally, because this is a writing intensive course, you will leave this class familiar with the process of writing a research paper with a literary focus, which includes finding and successfully incorporating contemporary scholarly research about your topic into your paper, crafting an original argument, utilizing textual evidence, and evaluating existing scholarship.
ENGL 3004W - Historical Survey of British Literatures II (HIS, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
In this wide-ranging survey of British and post-colonial literature from the late eighteenth century to the present, we will explore representative literary texts and genres from British Romanticism, the Victorian period, Modernism, and the postwar era. Besides analyzing the language, aesthetic features, and technical construction of these literary artifacts, we will examine our readings as reflections of and reactions to social upheavals like the Industrial Revolution, challenges to the traditional role of women, scientific discoveries that sparked religious doubt, and the First World War. Additionally, because this is a writing intensive course, you will familiarize yourself with the process of writing a research paper with a literary focus, which includes finding and successfully incorporating contemporary scholarly research about your topic into your paper, crafting an original argument, utilizing textual evidence, and evaluating existing scholarship.
ENGL 3005W - Survey of American Literatures and Cultures I (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This writing-intensive course will survey the Anglophone literature of what would become the United States from the arrival of English settlers to the Civil War. We will define "literature" broadly to not only include fiction and poetry but also the sermon, the letter, the essay, the autobiography, and other non-fictional forms. Course topics will include the Puritan theology that cast such a long shadow over the American cultural imagination; the fraught literary construction in the Revolutionary era of a national identity under the influence of such Enlightenment ideals as reason, civility, cosmopolitanism, and sympathy; the Gothic doubts about democracy that attended the literature of the early republic; the rise in the mid-nineteenth century of a radical intellectual and social movement in Transcendentalism; the antebellum ideological struggles over such political issues as slavery, industrialism, women's rights, and Native American rights; and the self-conscious cultivation of a national literary aesthetic in the Romantic prose and poetry of the period later critics would come (controversially) to call "the American Renaissance."
ENGL 3010 - Studies In Poetry
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Special topics related to reading poetry in various interpretive contexts.
ENGL 3013 - Poems about Cities
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Read/respond to selection of poems about various cities. Emphasis on poetry written in English from 18th through 21st century. Some poetry in translation/from other periods.
ENGL 3021 - Captivity in Literature and Film: From the Barbary Coast to Guantanamo Bay
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01572 - EngL 3021/EngL 5021
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Whether there is a captivity genre in English/Global literature, from early modern period to 21st century. Texts/films from numerous civilizations/histories.
ENGL 3022 - Science Fiction and Fantasy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Science Fiction and Fantasy will introduce students to the study of classic and contemporary science fiction and fantasy literature. Using literary techniques, students will explore the alternate realities, characters, cultures, genders, races, ecologies, politics, settings, and technologies of science fiction and fantasy primarily through reading novels and stories. Questions may include: What does speculation about the future tell us about our present and past? What does the unreal reveal about our real lives? To what extent does science fiction function as both escapist fantasy and prophetic reality?
ENGL 3023 - Children's Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course provides an overview of the traditions of children's and young adult literature. The course will address the following questions among others: What is "children's literature"? What are some of its persistent themes and stylistic traits? In what ways may we say it has changed over time? What distinguishes children's literature, from, say, "grown-up" literature? Our readings will include classic and contemporary works with a focus on diversity regarding the authors, themes, and readership. In addition to becoming familiar with this body of knowledge, we will be developing critical reading skills within a "literary" context. We will also look into how, when, and where literature (specifically children's and young adult literature) and our everyday lives intersect, impact, and interact with each other.
ENGL 3024 - The Graphic Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course aims to read and study a specific kind of narrative we call "graphic novel." The term itself is often a point of contention, but the purpose of this course is not to defend the validity of the term or the medium. "Comic books" and "graphic novels" are not endangered animals. Rather, we will use this example of "sequential art" to think through the ways this genre intersects, uses, and informs various other narrative and artistic forms as well as the way the genre may be unique with its own way of producing meaning. Comics involve a hybrid strategy of image and text, so we will attempt to keep both aspects in mind throughout the semester, never forgetting that comics are neither purely "visual" nor purely "textual." Since comics are often wedded-in mainstream culture-with certain kinds of content (e.g. superheroes), we will also investigate the characteristics of different "genres" within comics, as well as various questions about literariness.
ENGL 3025 - The End of the World in Literature and History (HIS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02549 - EngL 3025/RelS 3627
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
For at least two and a half millennia, prophets, politicians, and poets have crafted terrifying accounts about the end of the world. This comparatist seminar examines the way different cultures have imagined a final apocalypse with particular attention to the political and social consequences of their visions. Students will read texts that focus on pandemic, extraterrestrial attack, nuclear holocaust, prophecy, cybernetic revolt, divine judgment, resource depletion, meteoric impact, or one of the many other ways in which humans write of their demise. They will use literary analysis to explore the many historical and contemporary wastelands they will encounter. They will write short papers and give in-class presentations on different kinds of apocalypse.
ENGL 3026 - Mediterranean Wanderings: Literature and History on the Borders of Three Continents (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Situated between three continents and at the intersection of numerous ethnic and national cultures, the Mediterranean is like no other place on earth. A place of diverse languages, religions, economies, governments, and ways of daily life, it serves as a microcosm for the world itself imagined as an integrated global system. This course explores the history of the Mediterranean with particular emphasis on the literatures it has produced over the last three millennia. As the protagonists of these epic poems, religious texts, and novels travel from one shore to another, they experience the Mediterranean as a place of violence, cultural accommodation, hope, ethnic and linguistic bewilderment, and endless moral challenge. This course will place as much emphasis on the region's history as its cultural productions. With that in mind, reading may include David Abulafia's The Great Sea in addition to The Odyssey, The Aeneid, the biblical books of Joshua and Acts, Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata (an epic set during the first crusade), Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice and Antony and Cleopatra, Flaubert's Salammbo, Akli Tadjer's Les ANI du Tassali, A.b. Yehoshua's Mr. Mani, and Pamuk's The White Castle.
ENGL 3027W - The Essay (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01352
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Incorporating narrative, descriptive, analytical, and persuasive techniques into writing on general topics. Effective argumentation through critical reading. Use of library resources. Awareness of context/audience.
ENGL 3032 - Shakespeare in London
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Summer Odd Year
How are different interpretations of Shakespeare?s works embodied in the theater? How are they transformed by location/context? Students attend/discuss theatrical productions.
ENGL 3040 - Studies in Film
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01610 - EngL 3040/EngL 3040H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics regarding film in variety of interpretive contexts, from range/historic development of American, English, Anglophone film.
ENGL 3045 - Cinematic Seductions: Sex, Gender, Desire
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Gender/sexuality in cinema. Sexuality/identity. Historical contexts of films. Theoretical debates regarding gender/sexuality.
ENGL 3060 - Studies in Literature and the Other Arts
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Examine literature's role in conjunction with other arts, including music, visual arts, dance, etc. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ENGL 3061 - Literature and Music (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
In this course, we will explore the connections and parallels between music and literature, assessing both form and content and drawing upon various genres from both arts. We will examine some of the ways that musical and literary texts can change, subvert, or augment each other by applying critical and literary theories to intertextual readings. Among the subjects we may discuss are how authors use music in their work, both structurally and topically; how musicians use literature, both as lyric and as subject matter; and how members of each group engage the artistic assumptions of the other. Students will gain a greater appreciation of the varied forms of creative expression and an increased understanding of how they influence each other through close reading and listening, discussions, reflective writing, and presentations.
ENGL 3070 - Studies in Literary and Cultural Modes
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Modes of literary expression/representation that transcend conventional demarcations of genre and historical periods. Topics may include horror, romance, mystery, comedy, and satire.
ENGL 3071 - The American Food Revolution in Literature and Television (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Native food landscape in 1930s. Classic literature from rise of movement. Recent work that focuses on personal/environmental ethics of food.
ENGL 3090 - General Topics
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01611 - EngL 3090/EngL 3090H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ENGL 3091 - The Literature and Film of Baseball (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Baseball is the national pastime, often evoked with Mom and apple pie in a trinity of American-ness. How do Americans represent something they see as so quintessentially themselves? In this class, we will look at the variety and complexity of answers given to that question, from sunny nostalgia, to valorization of the individual, valorization of the team, depictions of the dark side of the American dream, critiques of racial relations, and an approach that strives to eliminate both the poetry and the hand-wringing with a long hard look at numbers and facts. In this journey, we will study and participate in a number of ways that literature teaches us to understand society and ourselves. We will examine the idea of American pastoral and anti-pastoral. We will use the great variety of ways to write about baseball as a platform to consider how we come to know and believe. Throughout the course, we will examine the way baseball writing treats race and gender. We will also look at excerpts of films made from some of the texts. Comparing the films to the literature allows us to discuss what representations of America seem more palatable to producers aiming for a larger audience than literature usually reaches and to highlight ways writing makes arguments that films cannot.
ENGL 3092 - The Original Walking Dead: Misbehaving Dead Bodies in the 19th Century
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examination and analysis of 19th-century British literature about dead bodies, the science of death, burial practices and anxieties, and theories of the supernatural. This course includes fiction and poetry but also non-fiction, historical documents, and sensationalist media.
ENGL 3116 - Early Modern Drama
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Reading of selected British plays ranging from the Reformation to the French Revolution. Plays show the evolution of English society and reflect changing social mores from the era of Shakespeare and Jonson to the rise of the bourgeoisie.
ENGL 3132 - The King James Bible as Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Literature of Jewish Bible ("Old Testament"). Narratives (Torah through Kings), prophets (including Isaiah), writings (including Psalms, Job, Ecclesiastes). God's words/deeds as reported by editors/translators.
ENGL 3133 - Stuart England: 17th-Century Literature and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01475 - EngL 3133/EngL 3133H
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Major/representative works of the Restoration and 18th century (1660-1798). Typical authors: Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson, Boswell, Fielding.
ENGL 3134 - Milton and Rebellion
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01612
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Milton's prose/minor poems from the Revolution (1641-1660). Post-revolutionary works (Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes). Emphasizes Milton's lifelong effort to bring about reform ("change").
ENGL 3141 - The Restoration and the Eighteenth Century: Sex, Satire, and Sentiment
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will introduce you to some of the best literature of the Restoration and eighteenth century in England. Think of this course as a challenge: how can you, as someone who will spend most of your life in the 21st century, learn to appreciate and learn from literature written in far different times and places? A lot depends on your willingness to empathize with ways of thinking and being that are quite different from your own and your comfort with believing that other ages were just as complicated and as interesting as the one you live in. Typical authors include Dryden, Behn, Swift, Pope, Fielding, and Burney.
ENGL 3151 - Romantic Literatures and Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
British literature written between 1780 and 1830. Concept of Romanticism. Effects of French Revolution on literary production. Role of romantic artist.
ENGL 3175 - 20th-Century British Literatures and Cultures I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01618 - EngL 3175/EngL 5175
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Survey of principal writers, intellectual currents, conventions, and genres/themes in Britain/Ireland, from 1900 to 1945. Fiction/nonfiction by Conrad, Richardson, Forster, Joyce, Mansfield, Rhys, West, Woolf, Lawrence, and Huxley. Poetry by Hardy, Hopkins, Loy, H.D., Yeats, Pound and Eliot. Drama by Synge and Shaw.
ENGL 3180 - Contemporary Literatures and Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Summer
Examine issues related to the reading and understanding of British, American, and Anglophone fiction and poetry in a variety of interpretive contexts.
ENGL 3181 - Contemporary Literary Nonfiction (LITR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Contemporary literary nonfiction from the 1960s to the present, covering developments in narrative nonfiction, memoir, and personal essay.
ENGL 3182 - Irish Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Against competing historical and political narratives, this study of 20th century Irish writers will show how their writing challenges assumptions about identity and nation, producing literature that pointedly does not carry a flag but instead explores the oppression, injustice, and violence that the individual being suffers as a consequence of it, and INSISTS on the right to resist, create, and misbehave. Authors will include Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, as well as others.
ENGL 3212 - American Poetry from 1900
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Famous and lesser-known poems from the Modernist era, the time of Frost, HD, Pound, Eliot and the Harlem Renaissance. The course attends to the intellectual and cultural background of the poets, poetic theory and form.
ENGL 3221 - American Novel to 1900
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Novels, from early Republic, through Hawthorne, Melville, and Stowe, to writers at end of 19th century (e.g., Howells, Twain, James, Chopin, Crane). Development of a national literature. Tension between realism and romance. Changing role of women as writers and as fictional characters.
ENGL 3222 - American Novel from 1900
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
In this course, we will read and study novels of twentieth and twenty-first century American writers, from early 1900's realism through Modernists (e.g., Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald) to more contemporary writers (e.g., Baldwin, Ellison, Erdrich, Roth, Pynchon). We will explore each text in relation to literary, cultural, and historical developments and question the narrative and stylistic strategies specific to each work.
ENGL 3231 - American Drama
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: EngL 3231/3231H
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Representative dramas from 18th through 20th centuries. Topics include staging of national identities, aesthetics of modern/contemporary drama. Production concerns of mainstream, regional, community theaters.
ENGL 3330 - Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Literature/culture produced by/about gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people. Emphasizes importance of materials falsified/ignored in earlier literary/cultural studies. How traditional accounts need to be revised in light of significant contributions of GLBT people.
ENGL 3350 - Women Writers
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01615 - EngL 3350/EngL 3350H
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Women writers in the 19th and/or 20th centuries. Will focus either on writers from a single country or be comparative in nature. The course will be organized thematically or according to topics of contemporary and theoretical interest.
ENGL 3501 - Public Discourse: Coming to Terms with the Environment (LITR, ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
This course explores significant environmental issues (such as environmental justice, toxic chemicals, climate change) through the analysis of texts from diverse literary genres. It focuses as much on issues of language and meaning as it does on the subjects these texts concern. Students examine the formal dimensions of these texts, as well as their social and historical contexts. In addition, students are introduced to the underlying scientific principles, the limitations of technologies, and the public policy aspects of each of these issues, in order to judge what constitutes an appropriate response to them. Students also learn how to identify and evaluate credible information concerning the environment.
ENGL 3502 - Nature Stories: Environmental Discourse in Action (LITR, CIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Explore contemporary texts from multiple disciplines to analyze the role of stories in interpreting nature. Emphasis on lived experience, civic motivation, and observational research that enrich effective nature writing. Optional service-learning component.
ENGL 3505 - Protest Literature and Community Action (DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
This course combines academic analysis and experiential learning to understand, in both theory and practice, different perspectives on the power of ?protest? in civic life. We will read a selection from the vast genre of progressive protest literature (pamphlets, poems, polemics, lists of demands, teaching philosophies, organizing principles, cultural histories, newsletter articles, movement chronicles, and excerpts from novels and biographies) from four key social-justice movements: the American Indian Movement, the Black Power movement, the post-Great Recession struggle for economic power, and the battle for immigrant rights. We?ll also learn about this experientially as we roll up our sleeves and get involved in local community-based education initiatives and local social-justice organizations through our service-learning. Students receive initial training from CLA Career Services, The Center for Community-Engaged Learning, the Minnesota Literacy Council, as well as orientations at community sites.
ENGL 3506 - Social Movements & Community Education (CIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
In this course, we’ll examine four progressive social movements. After beginning with a foundational civil rights movement example, we will learn about the antiracist feminism branch of the women’s movement, often referred to as “third-wave feminism.” We’ll also study the Occupy movement that arose in response to the Great Recession (the financial crisis beginning in 2008). Then we’ll take a look at two social movements that, while by no means underground, tend to fly below the radar: the prison abolition movement and the fight for public schools. While all of these social movements have different emphases, they also overlap quite a bit in their systemic analysis of society and their strategies for action. As activist, organizer, and trainer Rinku Sen observes, “the history of community organizing and social movements is replete with tactics learned in one movement being applied to another.” As we study these social movements, community organizing will be of particular interest to us. How do the groups, collectives, nonprofits, and communities propelling these different social movements organize themselves, their leadership, their strategies, and their activities? How do they make decisions? What do meetings and planning processes look like? What do they do when they disagree? How do they recruit and mobilize? How do they communicate with – and confront – the general public, elected officials, and the more powerful elements of the ruling class? How do they talk about the work they’re doing? How do they develop a vision of the world they’d like to live in while still inhabiting the present one, with all its flaws and injustices? We’ll also examine the role of education in organizations working for social change. Whether through trainings, “political education,” reading groups, or small group activities associated with popular education, many of the social-movement groups we’ll study have developed educational strategies and curricula. Hands-On Learning through Community Education: As we study these social movements and their approaches to organizing and educating in the comfortable confines of our university classroom, we’ll also learn about them experientially through our service-learning. That is, we’ll work 2 hours per week at local education initiatives in K-12 schools, adult programs, and social-justice organizations in the non-profit and grassroots sectors, comprising a total of 24 hours by the end of the semester. This hands-on learning will strengthen our academic grasp of social movements, organizational dynamics, and teaching and community organizing by providing us with grounded perspectives. More broadly, we’ll get a feel for what it’s like to get involved as citizens, activists, teachers, and learners attempting to build cross-organizational coalitions. And we’ll share what we learn with each other. Representatives from the Center for Community-Engaged Learning (the U's service-learning office) and various community organizations will attend our second class session to tell you about their respective sites and how you can get involved. For our third class session, you will rank the top three community sites you'd like to work at. You will then be "matched" with a community organization, and your community education work will begin as soon as this matching process is complete. (We try to honor students' first and second choices, while also making sure that you also have some fellow classmates at your site.) To help prepare you, at a time convenient for you, you will also attend a training session facilitated by the Minnesota Literacy Council (MLC) or the Center for Community-Engaged Learning – details will be provided in class.
ENGL 3601 - Analysis of the English Language
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to structure of English. Phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics. pragmatics. Language variation/usage.
ENGL 3711 - Literary Magazine Production Lab I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
First of two courses. Students produce undergraduate art/literary magazine The Tower. Students decide upon identity, tone, and direction of the issue. They take on magazine staff responsibilities, call for submissions, make selections, edit/design, set budget, and begin fund-raising. prereq: [instructor consent required, instr consent]
ENGL 3712 - Literary Magazine Production Lab II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
ENGL 3712 is the second of a two-semester course. In this hands-on, experiential lab, we solicit, acquire, edit, copyedit, design, typeset, proofread, print, publicize and distribute the upcoming edition of The Tower, the magazine of undergraduate art and creative writing by University of Minnesota students. This is the semester in which we bring out the finished, printed magazine, and in which we host a launch party on campus. We'll continue to apply and expand the lessons from our exploration in ENGL 3711 of the theory and history of literary magazine production in any number of ways: we'll revise our mission and theme as we draft and revise ancillary copy for the issue itself and as we refresh the marketing copy for our social media, blog, and website; we'll hone our design and typesetting skills as we lay out the issue; we'll refine our aesthetic sensibilities as we collaborate on final selections, strengthening our willingness to revise our opinions as compromise for the greater good; we'll add to our firsthand valuable on-the-job skills of budgeting, scheduling, and vendor relations; and we will deepen our understanding of the publishing profession as it exists today, locally, and nationally. prereq: [3711, instr consent]
ENGL 3741 - Literacy and American Cultural Diversity (DSJ)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Nature, acquisition, institutionalization, state of literacy in United States. Focuses on issues of culturally diverse, disadvantaged members of society. Service-learning component requires tutoring of children/adults in community service agencies.
ENGL 4003 - History of Literary Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
How thinkers from classical to modern times posed/answered questions about language (how words mean), audience (to whom they mean), and the literary (how literary writing differs from other forms of writing). Works by Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Christine de Pizan, Dante, Sidney, Behn, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Woolf.
ENGL 4090 - General Topics
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ENGL 4152 - Nineteenth Century British Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
British novel during the century in which it became widely recognized as a major vehicle for cultural expression. Possible topics include the relation of novel to contemporary historical concerns: rise of British empire, developments in science, and changing roles for women; formal challenges of the novel; definition of realism.
ENGL 4233 - Modern and Contemporary Drama
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Works written for theater in 19th/20th century. Emphasizes how major aesthetic forms of modern drama (the well-made play, realism, expressionism, symbolism, epic theater, absurdism) presented not just distinctive theatrical styles, but also new ways of .seeing. for the theatrical spectator. How social differences, as informed by gender, class, and race, inform content/presentation.
ENGL 4711 - Introduction to Editing and Publishing
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
So, you want to learn how to chisel cuneiform? Have we got a class for you! If the media doomsayers are right, editing is a dying craft. Right now, polytechnic institutes are training the next generation of copyeditors in far-off lands. Newspapers are shedding weight like dueling celebs in an US photo spread. And the Twits are inventing the 140-character news story. But someone, somewhere, has to generate that alumni magazine, the St. Paul Saints season guide, and the co-op newsletter. In other words, a demand persists in the American marketplace for someone who knows how to turn pulp into paper. In this class, we will study editing as a process, a protocol, and a philosophy. To elaborate, we will study the conventions of editing (grammar, story, and style) and we will meet professionals who do it well. (Recent guests have included a super freelancer and founding editor at Thirty Two magazine, a political reporter for Politics in Minnesota, and a first-time novelist and page proofer with a book on Coffee House Press.) We will analyze why creative collaboration can feel like a playground brawl. Mostly, using real, raw manuscripts from newspapers, magazines, and books, we will practice how to screw up the written word--with the ultimate goal of screwing up a little less. prereq: jr or senior or grad student Credit will not be granted if credit has been received for ENGW 5401, ENGL 5711, or ENGL 5401
ENGL 4721 - Electronic Text
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Status/function of text, related questions as framed by electronic text.
ENGL 4722 - Alphabet to Internet: History of Writing Technologies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Equivocal relation of memory and writing. Literacy, power, control. Secrecy and publicity. Alphabetization and other ways of ordering world. Material bases of writing. Typographical design/expression. Theories of technological determinism.
ENGL 5040 - Theories of Film
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Advanced topics regarding film in a variety of interpretive contexts, from the range and historic development of American, English, and Anglophone film (e.g., "Fascism and Film," "Queer Cinemas"). Topics and viewing times announced in Class Schedule. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
ENGL 5090 - Readings in Special Subjects
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 12.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
General background preparation for advanced study. Diverse selection of literatures written in English, usually bridging national cultures and time periods. Readings specified in Class Schedule.
ENGL 5121 - Readings in Early Modern Literature and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topical readings in early modern poetry, prose, fiction, and drama. Attention to relevant scholarship or criticism. Preparation for work in other courses or seminars. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
ENGL 5140 - Readings in 18th Century Literature and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Literature written in English, 1660-1798. Topics may include British literature of Reformation and 18th century, 18-century American literature, a genre (e.g., 18th-century novel). prereq: Grad student or instr consent
ENGL 5150 - Readings in 19th-Century Literature and Culture
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics may include British Romantic or Victorian literatures, American literature, important writers from a particular literary school, a genre (e.g., the novel). Readings.
ENGL 5510 - Readings in Criticism and Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Major works of classical criticism in the English critical tradition from Renaissance to 1920. Leading theories of criticism from 1920 to present. Theories of fiction, narratology. Feminist criticisms. Marxist criticisms. Psychoanalytic criticisms. Theories of postmodernism.
ENGL 5743 - History of Rhetoric and Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Assumptions of classical/contemporary rhetorical theory, especially as they influence interdisciplinary field of composition studies. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
ENGL 5790 - Topics in Rhetoric, Composition, and Language
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
ENGL 5805 - Writing for Publication
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Conference presentations, book reviews, revision of seminar papers for journal publication, and preparation of a scholarly monograph. Style, goals, and politics of journal and university press editors/readers. Electronic publication. Professional concerns. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
ENGW 3102 - Intermediate Fiction Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Exercises, experiments, assigned readings, discussion of student work. prereq: [EngW 1101 OR 1102 OR 1103 OR 1104], students cannot audit course
ENGW 3104 - Intermediate Poetry Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Exercises, experiments, assigned readings, discussion of student work. prereq: [1101 or 1102 or 1103 or 1104], students cannot audit course
ENGW 3106 - Intermediate Literary Nonfiction Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Exercises, experiments, assigned readings, discussion of student work. prereq: [1101 or 1102 or 1103 or 1104], students cannot audit course
ENGW 3110 - Topics in Creative Writing
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics specified in Class Schedule. prereq: 1101 or 1102 or 1103 or 1104 or dept consent
ENGW 4205 - Screenwriting
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
An introductory workshop to screenwriting basics, including formatting, style and structure. In-class and take-home exercises will assist the students in learning techniques for developing engaging characters, writing concise description and vivid dialogue, and outlining a usable plot. prereq: One EngW or EngL 3xxx course, [permission number available in creative writing office]
ENGW 5102 - Graduate Fiction Writing
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advanced workshop for graduate students with considerable experience in writing fiction.
ENGW 5104 - Graduate Poetry Writing
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced workshop for graduate students with considerable experience in writing poetry. Students will explore new poetic possibilities while studying contemporary poetry and poetics.
ENGW 5106 - Graduate Literary Nonfiction Writing
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Advanced workshop for graduate students with considerable experience in writing literary nonfiction.
ENGW 5130 - Topics: Graduate Creative Writing
Credits: 4.0 [max 16.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Workshop. Might include work in more than one genre. prereq: instr consent
ENGW 5310 - Reading as Writers
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: OPT No Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Special topics in reading fiction, literary nonfiction, poetry. Topics specified in Class Schedule.
ENGL 3006W - Survey of American Literatures and Cultures II (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02293 - EngL 3006W/EngL 3006V
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
This course will survey some of the major literary figures, aesthetic movements, and thematic concerns of US literature from the Civil War to the present. Our investigation will identify common traits in the literature that causes it to fit within three very broad literary historical categories: realism, modernism, and postmodernism. We will explore what makes literature created by the people of the United States distinctly "American" during a period that extends from the Civil War and the outlawing of slavery to women's suffrage, workers' movements, the Great Depression, the First and Second World Wars, and the civil rights movement. In addition to reading and analyzing the literature itself in terms of style, form, genre, and language, we will study it in historical context: the complex interplay between the political, the social, the cultural, and the literary in the United States. This approach rests upon the notion that literature is not created in a vacuum; it is influenced by and influences the world in which it is created.
ENGL 3006V - Honors: Survey of American Literatures and Cultures II (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02293 - EngL 3006W/EngL 3006V
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course will survey some of the major literary figures, aesthetic movements, and thematic concerns of US literature from the Civil War to the present. Our investigation will identify common traits in the literature that causes it to fit within three very broad literary historical categories: realism, modernism, and postmodernism. We will explore what makes literature created by the people of the United States distinctly "American" during a period that extends from the Civil War and the outlawing of slavery to women's suffrage, workers' movements, the Great Depression, the First and Second World Wars, and the civil rights movement. In addition to reading and analyzing the literature itself in terms of style, form, genre, and language, we will study it in historical context: the complex interplay between the political, the social, the cultural, and the literary in the United States. This approach rests upon the notion that literature is not created in a vacuum; it is influenced by and influences the world in which it is created.
ENGL 3020 - Studies in Narrative
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examine issues related to reading and understanding narrative in a variety of interpretive contexts. Topics may include "The 19th-century English (American, Anglophone) Novel," "Introduction to Narrative," or "Techniques of the Novel." Topics specified in the Class Schedule
ENGL 5020 - Studies in Narrative
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examine issues related to reading and understanding narrative in a variety of interpretive contexts. Topics may include "The 19th-century English (American, Anglophone) Novel," "Introduction to Narrative," or "Techniques of the Novel." Topics specified in the Class Schedule.
ENGL 3101 - Survey of Medieval English Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02494
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Major/representative Medieval English works, including Sir Gawain the Green Knight, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Piers Plowman, Book of Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich's Revelations, and Malory's Morte D'Arthur.
MEST 3101 - Survey of Medieval English Literature
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02494
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Major/representative Medieval English works, including Sir Gawain the Green Knight, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Piers Plowman, Book of Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich's Revelations, and Malory's Morte D'Arthur.
ENGL 3102 - Chaucer
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02073
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major/representative works written by Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and the dream visions. Historical, intellectual, and cultural background of the poems. Language, poetic theory, form.
MEST 3102 - Chaucer
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02073 - EngL 3102/MeSt 3102
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major/representative works written by Chaucer, including The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and the dream visions. Historical, intellectual, and cultural background of the poems. Language, poetic theory, form.
ENGL 3110 - Medieval Literatures and Cultures: Intro to Medieval Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01617 - EngL 3110/EngL 5110
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major and representative works of the Middle Ages. Topics specified in the Class Schedule.
ENGL 5110 - Medieval Literatures and Cultures: Intro to Medieval Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01617 - EngL 3110/EngL 5110
Typically offered: Every Spring
Major and representative works of the Middle Ages. Topics specified in the Class Schedule.
ENGL 3161 - Victorian Literatures and Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01613 - EngL 3161/EngL 3161H
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The literature of the British Victorian period (1832-1901) in relation to its cultural and historical contexts. Typical authors include Tennyson, the Brownings, Dickens, Arnold, Hopkins, and the Brontes.
ENGL 3161H - Honors: Victorian Literatures and Cultures
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01613 - EngL 3161/EngL 3161H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The literature of the British Victorian period (1832-1901) in relation to its cultural and historical contexts. Typical authors include Tennyson, the Brownings, Dickens, Arnold, Hopkins, and the Brontes.
ENGL 3201W - American Indian Literature (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02266
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comparative studies of oral traditions and modern literature from various tribal cultures.
AMIN 3201W - American Indian Literature (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02266
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Comparative studies of oral traditions, modern literature from various tribal cultures.
ENGL 3301 - Asian America through Arts and Culture (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01863 - AAS 3301/EngL 3301
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
The course focuses on the close analysis and interpretation of individual works by a range of modern and contemporary artists. Students will analyze, critique, and interpret these works in light of the historical and social contexts in which they were produced, their creation and uses of aesthetic form, and their impact on individuals and communities. Discussion, writing assignments, and oral presentations will focus on different ways of encountering and evaluating artistic work; for instance, students will write critical analyses and production reviews as well as dialogue more informally through weekly journal entries and online discussion forums. We will examine what it means to define artists and their work as being "Asian American" and explore how other categories of identity such as gender, sexuality, or class intersect with race. We will study how art works not only as individual creativity but also as communal and social practice; for instance, we look at the history of theaters, such as East-West Players or Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, that have sustained Asian Americans as actors, playwrights, and designers.
AAS 3301 - Asian America Through Arts and Culture (AH, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01863 - AAS 3301/EngL 3301
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
The course focuses on the close analysis and interpretation of individual works by a range of modern and contemporary artists. Students will analyze, critique, and interpret these works in light of the historical and social contexts in which they were produced, their creation and uses of aesthetic form, and their impact on individuals and communities. Discussion, writing assignments, and oral presentations will focus on different ways of encountering and evaluating artistic work; for instance, students will write critical analyses and production reviews as well as dialogue more informally through weekly journal entries and online discussion forums. We will examine what it means to define artists and their work as being "Asian American" and explore how other categories of identity such as gender, sexuality, or class intersect with race. We will study how art works not only as individual creativity but also as communal and social practice; for instance, we look at the history of theaters, such as East-West Players or Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, that have sustained Asian Americans as actors, playwrights, and designers.
ENGL 3303W - Writing Differences: Literature by U.S. Women of Color (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02060
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Interpret/analyze poetry, fiction, and drama of U.S. women minority writers. Relationship of writer's history, ethnicity, race, class, and gender to her writings.
AAS 3303W - Writing Differences: Literature by U.S. Women of Color (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02060
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Interpret/analyze poetry, fiction, drama of U.S. women minority writers. Relationship of writer's history, ethnicity, race, class, gender to her writings.
GWSS 3303W - Writing Differences: Literature by U.S. Women of Color (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02060
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Interpret/analyze poetry, fiction, and drama of U.S. women minority writers. Relationship of writer's history, ethnicity, race, class, and gender to her writings.
ENGL 3507W - Introduction to Chicana/o Literature (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01817
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Cultural, intellectual, and sociopolitical traditions of Mexican Americans as they are represented in creative literature. Genres/forms of creative cultural expression and their significance as representations of social, cultural, and political life in the United States. Novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, drama, essay, poetry, and hybrid forms of literature.
CHIC 3507W - Introduction to Chicana/o Literature (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01817 - Chic 3507W/EngL 3507W
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Cultural, intellectual, and sociopolitical traditions of Mexican Americans as they are represented in creative literature. Genres/forms of creative cultural expression and their significance as representations of social, cultural, and political life in the United States. Novels, short stories, creative non-fiction, drama, essay, poetry, and hybrid forms of literature.
ENGL 3592W - Black Women's Life-Writing (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01616 - Afro 3592W/EngL 3592W
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The literature of African American women writers explored in novels, short stories, essays, poetry, autobiographies, and drama from the 18th to the late-20th century.
AFRO 3592W - Black Women's Life-Writing (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01616 - Afro 3592W/EngL 3592W
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The literature of African American women writers explored in novels, short stories, essays, poetry, autobiographies, and drama from the 18th to the late-20th century.
ENGL 3593 - The African American Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00346 - Afro 3593/Afro 5593/EngL 3593/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore African American novelistic traditions. Plot patterns, character types, settings, symbols, themes, mythologies. Creative perspectives of authors themselves. Analytical frameworks from contemporary literary scholarship.
AFRO 3593 - The African American Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00346 - Afro 3593/Afro 5593/EngL 3593/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore African American novelistic traditions. Plot patterns, character types, settings, symbols, themes, mythologies. Creative perspectives of authors themselves. Analytical frameworks from contemporary literary scholarship.
ENGL 5593 - The African-American Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00346 - Afro 3593/Afro 5593/EngL 5593
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Contextual readings of 19th-/20th-century black novelists, including Chesnutt, Hurston, Wright, Baldwin, Petry, Morrison, and Reed.
AFRO 5593 - The African American Novel
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00346 - Afro 3593/Afro 5593/EngL 3593/
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore African American novelistic traditions. Plot patterns, character types, settings, symbols, themes, mythologies. Creative perspectives of authors themselves. Analytical frameworks from contemporary literary scholarship.
ENGL 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01909 - Afro 3597W/EngL 3597W
Typically offered: Every Fall
African American oral tradition, slave narrative, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, and drama, from colonial era through Harlem Renaissance.
AFRO 3597W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture I (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01909 - Afro 3597W/EngL 3597W
Typically offered: Every Fall
African American oral tradition, slave narrative, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, and drama, from colonial era through Harlem Renaissance.
ENGL 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II (LITR, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01910
Typically offered: Every Spring
African American oral tradition, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, drama. From after Harlem Renaissance to end of 20th century.
AFRO 3598W - Introduction to African American Literature and Culture II (LITR, DSJ, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01910 - Afro 3598W/EngL 3598W
Typically offered: Every Spring
African American oral tradition, autobiography, poetry, essay, fiction, oratory, drama. From after Harlem Renaissance to end of 20th century.
ENGL 4232 - American Drama by Writers of Color (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01811
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Selected works by African American, Latinx, Native American, and Asian American playwrights. How racial/ethnic differences are integral to shaping different visions of American drama. History of minority/ethnic theaters, politics of casting, mainstreaming of the minority playwright. Students in this class will have the opportunity to participate in service-learning.
AAS 4232 - American Drama by Writers of Color
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01811 - AAS 4232/EngL 4232
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Selected works by Asian American, African American, American Indian, Latino, and Chicano playwrights. How racial/ethnic differences are integral to shaping different visions of American drama. History of minority/ethnic theaters, politics of casting, mainstreaming of the minority playwright.
ENGL 4311 - Asian American Literature and Drama (LITR, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01865 - AAS 4311/ENGL 4311
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Literary/dramatic works by Asian American writers. Historical past of Asian America through perspective of writers such as Sui Sin Far and Carlos Bulosan. Contemporary artists such as Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, and Han Ong. Political/historical background of Asian American artists, their aesthetic choices.
AAS 4311 - Asian American Literature and Drama (LITR, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01865 - AAS 4311/ENGL 4311
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Literary/dramatic works by Asian American writers. Historical past of Asian America through perspective of writers such as Sui Sin Far and Carlos Bulosan. Contemporary artists such as Frank Chin, Maxine Hong Kingston, David Henry Hwang, and Han Ong. Political/historical background of Asian American artists, their aesthetic choices.
ENGL 4612 - Old English I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00401
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to the language through 1150 A.D. Culture of Anglo-Saxons. Selected readings in prose/poetry.
MEST 4612 - Old English I
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00401 - EngL 4612/EngL 5612/MeSt 4612
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Introduction to the language through 1150 A.D. Culture of Anglo-Saxons. Selected readings in prose/poetry.
ENGL 4613 - Old English II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02362 - EngL 4613/MeSt 4613
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The second semester of Old English is devoted to a full translation and study of the great Anglo-Saxon epic "Beowulf." J.R.R. Tolkien wrote of the poem that "its maker was telling of things already old and weighted with regret, and he expended his art in making keen that touch upon the heart which sorrows have that are both poignant and remote." "Beowulf" is an exciting tale of strife and heroism; but it is also a subtle meditation upon the character of humanity as it struggles to understand the hazards of a harsh world, the inscrutability of fate, and the nature of history itself. "Beowulf" is not only important for a detailed understanding of Anglo-Saxon culture, but it is also a significant and moving poetic achievement in the context of world literature. We will read and translate the poem in the original Old English; thus ENGL 4612 (or a similar course resulting in a basic reading knowledge of Old English) is a prerequisite. "Beowulf" has been the object of intensive scholarly study; we will delve into the debates over the poem's date, genesis, manuscript and historical context and critical interpretation. Spending an entire semester studying one complex work can be an invaluable experience. Please contact the instructor for any questions concerning the prerequisite.
MEST 4613 - Old English II
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02362 - EngL 4613/MeSt 4613
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The second semester of Old English is devoted to a full translation and study of the great Anglo-Saxon epic "Beowulf." J.R.R. Tolkien wrote of the poem that "its maker was telling of things already old and weighted with regret, and he expended his art in making keen that touch upon the heart which sorrows have that are both poignant and remote." "Beowulf" is an exciting tale of strife and heroism; but it is also a subtle meditation upon the character of humanity as it struggles to understand the hazards of a harsh world, the inscrutability of fate, and the nature of history itself. "Beowulf" is not only important for a detailed understanding of Anglo-Saxon culture, but it is also a significant and moving poetic achievement in the context of world literature. We will read and translate the poem in the original Old English; thus ENGL 4612 (or a similar course resulting in a basic reading knowledge of Old English) is a prerequisite. "Beowulf" has been the object of intensive scholarly study; we will delve into the debates over the poem's date, genesis, manuscript and historical context and critical interpretation. Spending an entire semester studying one complex work can be an invaluable experience. Please contact the instructor for any questions concerning the prerequisite.
ENGL 5501 - Origins of Cultural Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02380 - CL 5401/CSCL 5401/EngL 5401/CS
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Intellectual map of the creation of cultural studies as a unique approach to studying social meanings. Key figures and concepts, including nineteenth- and early twentieth century precursors.
CSCL 5401 - Origins of Cultural Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02380 - CL 5401/CSCL 5401/EngL 5401/CS
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Intellectual map of the creation of cultural studies as a unique approach to studying social meanings. Key figures and concepts, including nineteenth- and early twentieth century precursors.
ENGL 5597 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00703
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Multidisciplinary review of Jazz Age's Harlem Renaissance: literature, popular culture, visual arts, political journalism, major black/white figures. prereq: Grad student or instr consent
AFRO 3627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00703 - Afro 3627/Afro 5627/EngL 5597
Typically offered: Every Fall
Review Harlem Renaissance from variety of perspectives. Literary, historical, cultural, political, international. Explore complex patterns of permeation/interdependency between worlds inside/outside of what W.E.B. Du Bois called "Veil of Color."
AFRO 5627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00703
Typically offered: Every Fall
Review Harlem Renaissance from variety of perspectives. Literary, historical, cultural, political, international. Complex patterns of permeation/interdependency between worlds inside/outside of what W.E.B. Du Bois called "the Veil of Color." prereq: Grad student or instr consent
ARTH 3627 - Seminar: Harlem Renaissance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00703 - Afro 3627/Afro 5627/ArtH 3627/
Typically offered: Every Fall
Review Harlem Renaissance from variety of perspectives. Literary, historical, cultural, political, international. Explore complex patterns of permeation/interdependency between worlds inside/outside of what W.E.B. Du Bois called "Veil of Color."
ENGW 5606W - Literary Aspects of Journalism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00203 - EngW 5606W/Jour 5606W
Typically offered: Every Spring
Journalism isn't fiction. Yet the relationship between what is true and what is artfully constructed toward a "larger truth" -- beyond the facts -- has a complex and intriguing history. This writing-intensive course explores that relationship through close readings of some the best writers of long-form nonfiction, starting with the birth of the novel from journalistic roots in the 18th century and ending with postmodern forms that challenge the notion of what we can ever know. Discover the literary devices used by Stephen Crane's reported street scenes or Nellie Bly's first-hand investigations into conditions for the mentally ill in the 19th century, and, later, Truman Capote's nonfiction novel about a Kansas farm family's murder. Readings include works by pivotal 20th-century writers such as John Hersey, Joseph Mitchell, Lillian Ross, Michael Herr, Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe, and Hunter S. Thompson, and will trace how their pioneering methods influenced contemporary journalism as well as the documentary films of Errol Morris and contemporary nonfiction writers expanding into new forms.
JOUR 5606W - Literary Aspects of Journalism (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00203 - EngW 5606W/Jour 5606W
Typically offered: Every Spring
Journalism isn't fiction. Yet the relationship between what is true and what is artfully constructed toward a "larger truth" -- beyond the facts -- has a complex and intriguing history. This writing-intensive course explores that relationship through close readings of some the best writers of long-form nonfiction, starting with the birth of the novel from journalistic roots in the 18th century and ending with postmodern forms that challenge the notion of what we can ever know. Discover the literary devices used by Stephen Crane's reported street scenes or Nellie Bly's first-hand investigations into conditions for the mentally ill in the 19th century, and, later, Truman Capote's nonfiction novel about a Kansas farm family's murder. Readings include works by pivotal 20th-century writers such as John Hersey, Joseph Mitchell, Lillian Ross, Michael Herr, Norman Mailer, Gay Talese, Joan Didion, Tom Wolfe, and Hunter S. Thompson, and will trace how their pioneering methods influenced contemporary journalism as well as the documentary films of Errol Morris and contemporary nonfiction writers expanding into new forms.
ENGL 3993 - Directed Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Guided individual reading or study. Prereq-One 3xxx, [English major or minor or [BIS or IDIM or ICP] with English concentration], [jr or sr], instr consent, dept consent, college consent.