Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

English Courses

Introductory Literature Courses

This category is intended mainly for nonmajors, and no more than 6 credits (with the exception of ENGL-11300 Introduction to Poetry and ENGL-21900 Shakespeare) can be counted toward the fulfillment of requirements in the English major. However, some courses that concentrate on basic practice in critical reading of literature and in critical writing are strongly recommended for beginning English majors.

ENGL-10500 Introduction to American Literature HU LA 3a

Study of literary modes, such as fiction, poetry, essays, and drama, in which American writers have expressed ideals of individual conduct and social relationships or have appraised and challenged the practices of society. Emphasis is placed on class participation. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENGL-10700 Introduction to Literature HU LA 3a

Works of English, American, or European literature from early or recent times are considered in relation to one or more recurrent themes. Emphasis is placed on class participation. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENGL-10900 Introduction to Drama HU LA 3a

Critical discussion of drama, covering a broad range of forms and techniques, with an emphasis placed on class participation. Recommended for beginning English majors. Also offered through the London Center. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENGL -11000 Introduction to Fiction HU LA 3a

Critical discussion of fiction, covering a broad range of forms and techniques. Emphasis is placed on class participation. Recommended for beginning English majors. Also offered through the London Center. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENGL -11200 Introduction to the Short Story HU LA 3a

Critical discussion of short stories, covering a broad range of forms and techniques, with an emphasis placed on class participation. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENGL -11300 Introduction to Poetry HU LA 3a

Critical discussion of poetry, covering a broad range of forms and techniques, with an emphasis placed on class participation. Recommended for beginning English majors. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENGL-20100 Critical Practice HU LA 3a

An examination of the discipline of literary studies. Explores issues that concern literary critics as they read and write about works of literature, including the historical development of literary studies, canonicity, the conventions of literary-critical discourse, and the assumptions and interpretive consequences of different theoretical and critical approaches to literature. Designed to develop skills for reading both primary and secondary texts. Intended for English majors; open to nonmajors on a space-available basis. Prerequisites: One course in English. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ENGL-21000 The Literature of Horror HU LA

Survey of horror literature from its commercial origins in the 18th century through contemporary writers. Writers whose works are examined include Edgar Allan Poe, Henry James, Franz Kafka, Bram Stoker, and H. P. Lovecraft. Prerequisites: One course in literature. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ENGL-21100 Jewish-American Writers HU LA 3a

Study of dramas, short stories, and novels of Jewish-American writers who have gained prominence since the 1950s, such as Miller, Malamud, Mailer, Singer, Roth, and Bellow. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-21400 Science Fiction HU LA 3a

Survey of fantasy and science fiction from H. G. Wells to Harlan Ellison. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL-21600 Contemporary British Fiction HU LA 3a, h

Deals with works of British fiction since World War II for their literary value and for their portrayal of British society during the last five decades. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-21800 Twentieth-Century American Drama HU LA 3a

Study of the leading American dramatists of the 20th century, such as O'Neill, Behrman, Odets, Sherwood, Anderson, Wilder, Hellman, Miller, Williams, Inge, Albee, and Eliot. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-21900 Shakespeare HU LA 3a, h

Study of six to eight Shakespeare plays as examples both of the way dramatic literature works and of the achievement of the greatest of English writers. Since plays vary each semester, course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. Also offered through the London Center. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENGL-22000 Black Women Writers HU LA 3a

Study of black women writers such as Hurston, Angelou, Morrison, and Walker. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-22100 Survey of African American Literature HU LA 3a, h

A study of African American literature from the slave narrative to the present. Writers whose works are examined include Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, and Toni Morrison. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F or S, Y)

ENGL-22500 Literary Modernism and the Visual Arts HU LA 3a, h

Introduction to the concept of literary modernism as it developed from 1900 to 1925, a period during which a close relationship between literature and the visual arts existed. The use of the visual arts of the period as a lens through which to read modern literature provides an enhanced understanding of modern writers. Prerequisites: One course in literature; sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F,Y)

Periods of Literature

All English majors are required to take three of the following five courses. Majors must also take either the remaining two courses listed in the Periods of Literature section or 6 credits of designated substitute courses (a list of substitutes is available in the department).

ENGL-23100 Ancient Literature HU LA 3a, h, g

Works that have dominated the Western imagination and set standards for art and life for nearly 3,000 years: the epics of Homer and Virgil, the plays of Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, and Aristophanes, and selections from the Bible. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-23200 Medieval Literature HU LA 3a, h

Readings are drawn from the northern European epic, medieval romances, and medieval drama. Also Dante, The Divine Comedy; Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, The Canterbury Tales. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENGL-27100 Renaissance Literature HU LA 3a, h

The continental backgrounds: Renaissance writers in Italy, France, and Spain. Major trends in English literature from the early 16th century through Milton, with an emphasis on Elizabethan and Jacobean drama. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENGL-27200 The Enlightenment (1660-1770) HU LA

The neoclassical drama of France and England: Moli?re, Restoration comedy. Also Voltaire, major works of Dryden, Pope, Swift, and Johnson. The rise of the novel: Defoe, Fielding, Smollett, and Richardson. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F-S,Y)

ENGL-28100 Romantic-Victorian Literature HU LA

Romanticism in France and Germany; English romantic and Victorian poetry. The movement toward realism, especially in the French and English novel. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-29900 Independent Study HU LA

Reading and writing focused on an individual project arranged by a student with a particular faculty member. Offered on demand only. A maximum of 3 credits may be counted toward requirements for the English major or minor. Prerequisites: One literature course; sophomore standing. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

Upper-Level Courses

Upper-level courses are intended primarily for juniors and seniors but may be taken by sophomores who can meet the prerequisites.

ENGL-31100 Dramatic Literature HU LA 3a, h

ENGL-31200 Dramatic Literature HU LA 3a, g

First semester: Studies in dramatic literature prior to Ibsen. Second semester: Studies in modern drama. Prerequisites: Any three courses in English, history of the theater, or introduction to the theater. 3 credits. (ENGL-31100-F, ENGL-31200-S,Y)

ENGL-31600 Creative Writing Workshop in Poetry FA LA

Discussion and practice in writing poetry. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL-31800 Short Story HU LA

Survey of 19th- and 20th-century short stories, British and American, by Poe, Hawthorne, Crane, Joyce, Hemingway, Lawrence, Bowen, Nabokov, Updike, Malamud, and others. History and development of the short story. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL-31900 Great American Writers before 1890 HU LA

Puritan writers; Benjamin Franklin; romantic writers such as Poe, Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Melville, Twain, and Whitman; and James. Lecture and discussion. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-32000 Great American Writers after 1890 HU LA

Crane, Dreiser, and the naturalist movement. Later writers such as Anderson, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Ellison. Poets such as Robinson, Frost, Eliot, and Stevens. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-32400 Literature of the Bible HU LA

A study of major narratives and poetry from the Bible, together with their influence on subsequent literature. Emphasis is placed on literary strategies and historical knowledge that enable critical understanding. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities. 3 credits. (S,E)

ENGL-32500 Studies in Medieval English Literature HU LA

Topic varies. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-33100 Studies in the English Renaissance HU LA

Topic varies. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-34100 Studies in the Enlightenment (1660-1770) HU LA

Topic varies. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-35000 Imagining Herself: Women's Autobiography HU LA

Examination of the way women have employed autobiography as a form of self-expression and gender definition. Consideration of the way autobiographies differ from other forms of personal expression and how they can be analyzed as literary texts. Authors may include Beryl Markham, Zora Neale Hurston, Audre Lorde, Annie Dillard, Dorothy Allison, Maxine Hong Kingston, Nancy Mairs, May Sarton, and Temple Grandin. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities, one of which is an English course; sophomore standing. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-35200 Studies in 19th-Century English Literature HU LA

Topics vary. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-36300 Irish Literature HU LA

A study of the sudden flowering of Irish literature between 1885 and 1939, and its influence on the political and social history of the time. Readings from Yeats, Joyce, Synge, and O'Casey. as well as lesser known figures of the period. Also offered through the London Center. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL-36500 Studies in the Novel HU LA

Studies in the novel, with topics varying from semester to semester. Concentration may be on a theme, a period, a type, etc. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-36900 Studies in Multicultural American Literature HU LA

Studies in diverse voices in American literature, including African American, Jewish American, Native American, Hispanic American, and Asian American writers. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (F,S)

ENGL-37000 American Poetry HU LA

A survey of the main currents of American poetry from the middle of the 19th century to the present. Beginning with the poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, the course establishes the dialectic poles of attraction for American writing, concentrating on such major 20th-century poets as Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Theodore Roethke, Robert Lowell, and James Wright. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. It is recommended that students take either ENGL-11300 Introduction to Poetry or ENGL-10500 Introduction to American Literature prior to this course. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL-37200 Studies in American Literature HU LA

Studies in different selected figures in American literature each semester. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. Since content varies each semester, course may be repeated once for credit. Also offered through the London Center (F-S). 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-37300 Renaissance Drama HU LA

Study of the English drama after Shakespeare. Visits to museums and sites in London for the background of the Jacobean and early Caroline periods. Readings from Beaumont, Fletcher, Ford, Jonson, Middleton, and Webster. Prerequisites: ENGL-21900 or ENGL-27100. Also offered through the London Center (S,Y). 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL-37400 Shakespeare and the Jews HU LA

This course examines Shakespeare's representations of Jews in light of three historical contexts: medieval English and continental literature about Jews; Elizabethan literary anti-Semitism and debates about usury, commerce, religion, and treason; and modern productions, rewritings, and critical readings of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice by both Jews and non-Jews. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature courses, including ENGL-21900. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL-37700 Nineteenth-Century British Novel HU LA

The writings of Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, Henry James, and Thomas Hardy in their historical and cultural context. Critical approaches to the study of the novel. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. Also offered through the London Center (F). 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-37800 Twentieth-Century British Novel HU LA

The development of the British novel from the end of the 19th century. A comparison of theme, style, and structure within the historical and cultural context. Authors such as James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, E. M. Forster, Graham Greene, and William Golding. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. Also offered through the London Center (S,Y). 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-38200 Modern Literature I HU LA

Introduction to modern literature through representative figures: Mann, Gide, Lawrence, Joyce, Yeats, Eliot, Auden. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL-38300 Modern Literature II HU LA

Supplement to ENGL-38200, providing a broader survey of modern literature. Such authors as Woolf, Conrad, Thomas, Forster, Waugh. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL-38700 Teaching Literature in High School HU LA

Designed for potential high school teachers of English. Study of various works of literature frequently taught in high school, with an emphasis on presentation to younger students. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (IRR)

Seminars and Tutorials

Open to upper-class English majors and to other upper-class students with permission of instructor. 3 credits. Seminars ENGL-41000 through ENGL-47900 vary in content from semester to semester and provide an opportunity for advanced research and discussion.

ENGL-41000 Seminar in Medieval English Literature HU LA

Prerequisites: ENGL-23200; permission of instructor. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-42000 Seminar in Shakespeare HU LA

Prerequisites: ENGL-21900; permission of instructor. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-43000 Seminar in the English Renaissance HU LA

Prerequisites: ENGL-27100; permission of instructor. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-44000 Seminar in the English Enlightenment
(1660-1770) HU LA

Prerequisites: ENGL-27200; permission of instructor. (IRR)

ENGL-45000 Seminar in 19th-Century Literature HU LA

Prerequisites: ENGL-38100; permission of instructor. (IRR)

ENGL-46000 Seminar in 20th-Century English Literature HU LA

Prerequisites: Four literature courses, at least two of which must be at level 2 or above; junior standing. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-46500 Seminar in Drama HU LA

Selected topics in classic or contemporary drama. Prerequisites: Four literature courses, or ENGL -31100, or ENGL-31200; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-47000-ENGL-47900 Seminars in American Literature HU LA

Topics may include Hemingway, contemporary American poetry, Whitman/Dickinson, Hawthorne/James, 20th-century women writers, among others. Prerequisites: ENGL-31900 or ENGL-32000, if appropriate. Different prerequisites may be specified when appropriate. (F or S,Y)

ENGL-48000 Studies in Literary Criticism HU LA

Selected topics in the history and theory of literary criticism. Prerequisites: Four literature courses; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL-49500 Internship NLA

Allows students to combine literary study with on-site work experience under the guidance of a faculty supervisor. Internships require the approval of both the sponsoring agency and the faculty supervisor. Also available through the London Center. A maximum of 3 credits may be used to fulfill requirements for the English major. Prerequisites: Four literature courses; junior standing or above; permission of instructor. Variable credit. (IRR)

ENGL-49801 Honors Project I U LA

First course in a two-semester sequence of independent work on an individual project arranged by the student with a particular faculty member. Research, writing, and discussion culminating in a proposal for an honors thesis and an extensive annotated bibliography, defended before a department honors committee. Prerequisite: Department approval. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ENGL-49802 Honors Project II U LA

Second course in a two-semester sequence of independent work on an individual project arranged by the student with a particular faculty member. Research, writing, and discussion culminating in an honors thesis of approximately 50 pages, defended before a department honors committee. May not be used as elective credit in the English major. Prerequisite ENGL-49801. 3 credits. (S,Y)

ENGL-49900 Independent Study U LA

Special research on an individual project arranged by a student with a particular faculty member. Final paper will be based on research in both electronic and print sources. Offered on demand only. A maximum of three credits may be used to fulfill requirements for the English major or minor. Prerequisites: Four literature courses; junior standing. 3 credits. (IRR)