Upper Division Literature and English Studies Courses
Eng 300: Foundations for Literary Studies. Block 1, D. Cowles
Introduces literary studies with emphasis on research methodologies, elementary literary theory, analysis, and the skills necessary to read and respond to poetry, fiction, and drama.
Eng 306: Development of Modern English. Block 7, Reynolds
Treats the evolution of English in an historical light, giving special emphasis to each phase of its development. Comparatively examines Old English, Middle English, and Modern English. Gives attention to the nature of language, as well as to the history and structure of African American Vernacular English.
Eng 308: Survey of British Literature. Block 1, Washington
Surveys British Literature covering major authors, periods, and key texts from the 9th through the 21st centuries; provides an introductory foundation for further study.
Eng 309: Survey of American Literature. Block 1, Edwins
Surveys American Literature covering major authors, periods, and key texts from the 16th through the 21st centuries; provides an introductory foundation for further study.
Eng 333: The Victorians. Block 3, D. Cowles
Explores the intersection between imaginative writing and cultural issues during this period (1830 to 1900) of intensive change regarding gender roles, economic and social inequality, individual liberty versus traditional values, the rise of science (including evolution), religious difference, the role of art and literature, and the justification of any belief in a time of intellectual and spiritual disagreement.
Eng 342: Writing in Early America. Block 4, Flannagan
Covers the philosophical, historical, and literary beginnings of American literature through 1820. Examines literary purpose, audience, and genre for a variety of texts authored by Native Americans, Puritans, African Americans, visitors to America, and Revolutionary thinkers. Texts will include sermons, diaries, histories, autobiographies, biographies, poetry, plays, letters, pamphlets, captivity narratives, songs, and fables.
Eng 348: African-American Literature. Block 4, Jones
Presents an overview of literature produced by African Americans from the mid-19th century to the present. Explores how African-American writers address issues surrounding gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and identity. Using poetry, novels, essays, autobiographies, short stories, and speeches, examines themes, literary movements, and the development of an African-American literary tradition. Authors include Frederick Douglass, Richard Wright, Jessie Fauset, Ralph Ellison, Toni Morrison, and James Baldwin.
Eng 352: History of American Drama. Block 4, Tuttle
Surveys American dramatic literature from the colonial period to the modern, including developments in form, technology, aesthetics and dramatic theory in the context of American culture and politics.
Eng 361: Shakespeare. Block 5, Jacobs
Examines in detail selected histories, comedies, and tragedies. Requires outside reading and individual research to broaden the student’s comprehension and appreciation of Shakespeare’s works.
Eng 363: World Literature to 1650. Block 6, Marley
Introduces the range of world literature in the Ancient World (to 476 C.E.). Studies texts from East and West in the context of the cultures that produced them. A substantial portion of the course will be devoted to Asian and African literature.
Eng 383: Film, Genres and Styles. Block 8 (Electives), Smolen-Morten
Explores the history and form of specific types of films as they have been grouped by critics, viewers, and movie makers. Follows the development of film types, like science fiction or the western, and situates each film in its historical and cultural context and analyzes its structure.
Eng 426: Rise of the British Novel. Block 2, Johnson
(Prerequisite: 300) Focuses exclusively on the development of prose fiction from 1660 through 1832. Covers a representative sample of novels and explores various explanations for the “sudden” development of the novel as a distinct genre.
Eng 447: Advanced Study in American Literature–Cormac McCarthy. Block 4, Miller
Eng 466: Advanced Study in International Literature–Caribbean Literature. Block 6, Marley
Focusing on a wide array of writers from Barbados, Trinidad, Jamaica, and other Caribbean nations, this course will examine the development of literature in the West Indies from 1920 to present day. As the 20th century brought an end to 500 years of colonial rule, the literature of the period reflects considerable social, political, and racial tension. We will pay special attention to how Caribbean writers struggle to formulate both national and individual identities under the weakening rule of colonial power. While some writers, such as George Lamming and Jean Rhys, distort European Modernist forms to explore—and perhaps define—the Caribbean’s role in an increasingly cosmopolitan, globalized world, others, like Roger Mais, use dialect and regional language to highlight intercultural conflicts. In analyzing such works, we will be particularly sensitive to the historic and social contexts in which they are written. Even today, there is a tendency—especially in the United States and Europe—to group Caribbean nations into a homogenous mass, so we’ll work to develop a deeper understanding of these nations by paying careful attention to the uniqueness of their individual languages, cultures, and politics.
To contextualize our discussion, we will discuss some brief criticism and articles by writers such as Aimé Césaire, Mary Lou Emery, Simon Gikandi, Frantz Fanon, and Urmila Seshagiri, among others.
No prior experience with Caribbean literature is required. Students will be required to complete 5 short response papers, two longer academic essays, and a final exam. Regular attendance and participation is mandatory.
Eng 496: English Capstone Experience. Block 9, Miller
Education License: Eng 313: Literature for the Young Child. Weldy. Not applicable toward General Education Requirements (Literature), English Liberal Arts major, Professional Writing option, minor, or collateral. Studies the prominent writers and illustrators of books for young children. Special emphasis on the process of sharing books with children. Required of all Early Childhood majors.
Education License: Eng 315: Literature for Children. Weldy. Not applicable toward General Education Requirements (Literature), English Liberal Arts major, Professional Writing option, minor, or collateral. Studies the history and scope of children’s literature as well as the prominent illustrators of children’s books. Emphasis on the evaluation of books suitable for the preschool, elementary, and middle school child. Required of all Elementary Education majors.
Creative Writing Courses
Eng 367: Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop. Kostoff
English 367 emphasizes the establishment of a community of writers and the opportunity to be a practicing fiction writer. Depending on their interests, students may write stories in a variety of genres, everything from fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, literary fiction, or romance. The class will cover genre conventions and the techniques inherent in all short fiction. Students will also learn to develop and apply editorial skills to their own and professionally published writers. The course is designed for those wanting to try their hand at writing stories and for those who have already been writing stories.
Eng 370: Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop. Flannagan
Introduces students to writing poetry. Class discussion will center on the work of class members. All students will be expected to compose and to share their poems with the instructor and with other students.
Eng 371: Creative Writing: Advanced Poetry Workshop. Edwins
(Prerequisite: 370; one previous literature course is strongly recommended). Builds on the fundamentals of poetry writing with an emphasis on increased mastery and a wider range of techniques. Students will write numerous original works to be discussed in workshop, with the better works to be submitted for publication.
Professional Writing Courses
Eng 305: Business Writing. Staff.
Introduces students to the written communications requirements of business and industry. Students write for specific audiences and learn organization, conciseness, and clarity in writing.
Class simulates real-life business situations. To be eligible for English 498, majors and minors in Professional Writing must earn at least a B in this course.
Eng 307: Foundations of Professional Writing. Staff
Introduces students to professional writing. Emphasizes analyzing professional writing to study how combinations of language, style, design, formatting, organization, punctuation, and grammar, among other features, affect professional documents. Students will also gain extensive practice in careful proofreading and editing
Eng 318: Technical Communication. Kunka
Introduces students to the conventions of writing in technology and the sciences. Students learn technical writing style, the integration of visual aids, collaborative processes, and document production cycles. To be eligible for English 498, majors and minors in Professional Writing must earn at least a B in this course.
Eng 498: English Internship. Edwins
(Prerequisite: Permission of department and internship agency; overall grade point average of at least 2.33; grade point average in major or minor of at least 3.0; plus at least a B in 305 and 318) Directed internship in communications work for a business, public service agency, or industry. With permission of the department, the course may be repeated in a subsequent semester for an additional 3 credits.
Rhetoric and Composition
Eng 341: Advanced Composition for Teachers. Nelson, Owens
Extensive work in analysis and composition of texts written by and for professional educators. Assignments involve careful reading and practice composing in various modes relevant to early-childhood, elementary, and middle-level teachers. Students also explore connections among writing, teaching, and learning as they examine the implications that their experiences as writers have for their work as teachers, particularly teachers of writing.
Eng 340: Theories of Writing. Love
Offers a treatment of the composing process, emphasizing matters useful to teachers of writing, especially current theories. Most assignments involve essay writing, including a substantial amount of application of critical theory to literary texts. Practicum requires student work in the Writing Center or English Laboratory two hours per week.
Eng 421: Gender and Public Rhetoric. Love
Interested in the power of language to shape ideas, perceptions, public opinion, and even the way we see our own gender identity? In “Gender and Public Rhetoric” we will explore how gender and sex are constructed through a variety of nonfiction texts. We will focus our inquiry on the following:
The history of public rhetoric
How language constructs our views of masculinity
The ways in which “womanly language” has been excluded from the public sphere
The means used by women to persuade
The ways public space works rhetorically to construct views about gender and sex
How popular figures are reshaping the relations among gender, sex, and race
We will read the speeches and writing of both literary and popular figures such as