School of Humanities and Sciences

English Courses

Introductory literature courses (level 1) are 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.

Level-3 courses are intended primarily for juniors and seniors, but they may be taken by sophomores who can meet the prerequisites.

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

ENGL 10500 - Introduction to American Literature 3A HU LA

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 3A HU LA

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 3A HU LA

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 3A HU LA

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 3A HU LA

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 3A HU LA

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 20007 - Honors Intermediate Seminar 3A 3B H HU LA

ENGL 20100 - Approaches to Literary Study 3A HU LA

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 3A HU LA

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 - Survey of Science Fiction 3A HU LA

Survey of fantasy and science fiction from Beowulf to cyberpunk. Prerequisites: One course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL 21500 - Contemporary Topics in Science Fiction 3A HU LA

Courses offered under this number will focus on varying topics within the genre of science fiction. Prerequisite: one course in the humanities or social sciences, or sophomore standing. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL 21600 - Contemporary British Fiction 3A H HU LA

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 3A HU LA

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 3A H HU LA

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 3A HU LA

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 3A H HU LA

A study of African American literature from the slave narrative to the present. Writers whose works are examined include Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. DuBois, 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 23100 - Ancient Literature 3A G H HU LA

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 3A H HU LA

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

ENGL 27100 - Renaissance Literature 3A H HU LA

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: Molière, 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 3A 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: English 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 and sophomore standing. 1-3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL 31100 - Dramatic Literature I 3A H HU LA

Studies in dramatic literature prior to Ibsen. Prerequisites: Any three courses in English, history of the theater, or introduction to the theater. 3 credits. (F,Y)

ENGL 31200 - Dramatic Literature II 3A G HU LA

Studies in modern drama. Prerequisites: Any three courses in English, history of the theater, or introduction to the theater. 3 credits. (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, 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

Stephen Crane, Dreiser, and the naturalist movement. Later writers such as Sherwood 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 32300 - Biblical Interpretation in Judaism and Christianity HU LA

Examines the theological and literary dimensions of reading the Bible in the Jewish and Christian traditions. Focuses on the comparative study of Jewish and Christian methodologies for interpreting the Bible. Prerequisites: Three courses in the humanities, at least one of which is in English, Jewish studies, or religious studies. 3 credits.

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
ENGL 33100 - Studies in the English Renaissance HU LA
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. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. Also offered through the London Center. 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 37100 - Studies in African American Literature HU LA

Studies in selected topics involving African American literature, literary movements, and traditions. This course may be repeated once for credit when topics vary for a total of 6 credits. Prerequisites: 9 credits in English. 3 credits. (F-S, Y)

ENGL 37101 - Studies in African American Literature HU LA
ENGL 37102 - Studies in African American Literature HU LA

Studies in selected topics involving African American literature, literary movements, and traditions. This course may be repeated once for credit when topics vary for a total of 6 credits.
Prerequisites: 9 credits in English. 3 credits. (F-S, Y)

ENGL 37103 - Studies in African American Literature HU LA

Studies in selected topics involving African American literature, literary movements, and traditions. This course may be repeated once for credit when topics vary for a total of 6 credits. Prerequisites: 9 credits in English. 3 credits. (F-S, Y)

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 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 38000 - Studies in World Literature HU LA

Studies in world literature, with a focus on literatures and cultures outside of the United States and Great Britain. This course may be repeated once for credit when topics vary for a total of 6 credits. Prerequisites: 9 credits of English. 3 credits. (F or S, Y)

ENGL 38001 - Studies in World Literature HU LA
ENGL 38002 - Studies in World Literature HU LA
ENGL 38003 - Studies in World Literature HU LA

Studies in world literature, with a focus upon literatures and cultures outside of the United States and Great Britain. This course may be repeated once for credit when topics vary for a total of 6 credits. Prerequisites: 9 credits of English. 3 credits. (F or S, Y)

ENGL 38100 - Romantic-Victorian Literature

ENGL 38200 - Studies in Modern Literature HU LA
ENGL 38201 - Studies in Modern Literature HU LA
ENGL 38202 - Studies in Modern Literature HU LA
ENGL 38203 - Studies in Modern Literature HU LA

Studies in 20th-century European literature, mostly British and Irish. Concentration may be on a theme, a genre, a particular author or group of authors, etc. Since content varies each semester, course may be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: 9 credits of literature. 3 credits. (IRR)

ENGL 38400 - Modern British Women Writers HU LA

This course will explore a wide range of fiction, drama, and poetry written by 20th-century women, with close attention not only to the historical conditions out of which these texts arose and how female writers speak to (and about) one another, but also to how style, form, and genre bear on the representation of marriage, sexuality, religion, parenthood, authority, and the expression of identity. Authors vary, but may include Mansfield, Woolf, Spark, Sayers, Churchill, Stevie Smith, Eavan Boland. Prerequisites: 9 credits of English. 3 credits. (Y)

ENGL 38600 - Studies in Indian Literature HU LA
ENGL 38601 - Studies in Indian Literature HU LA
ENGL 38602 - Studies in Indian Literature HU LA
ENGL 38603 - Studies of Indian Literature HU LA

Studies in Indian literature, with topics varying from semester to semester. Concentration may be on a particular author, a group of authors, a theme, a style, etc. This course may be repeated once for credit when topics vary for a total of 6 credits. Prerequisites: 9 credits of English. 3 credits. (Y)

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)

ENGL 41000 - Seminar in Medieval English Literature HU LA

Open to upper-class English majors and to other upper-class students with permission of instructor. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 23200; permission of instructor. (F or S,Y)

ENGL 42000 - Seminar in Shakespeare HU LA

Open to upper-class English majors and to other upper-class students with permission of instructor. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 21900; permission of instructor. (F or S,Y)

ENGL 43000 - Seminar in the English Renaissance HU LA

Open to upper-class English majors and to other upper-class students with permission of instructor. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 27100; permission of instructor. (F or S,Y)

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

Open to upper-class English majors and to other upper-class students with permission of instructor. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 27200; permission of instructor. (F or S,Y)

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

Open to upper-class English majors and to other upper-class students with permission of instructor. 3 credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 38100; permission of instructor. (F or S,Y)

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

Open to upper-class English majors and to other upper-class students with permission of instructor. 3 credits. Prerequisites: Four literature courses, at least two of which are 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: Either four literature courses, ENGL 31100, or ENGL 31200; permission of instructor. 3 credits. (F or S,Y)

ENGL 47000 - Seminar in American Literature HU LA
ENGL 47100 - Seminar in American Literature HU LA
ENGL 47200 - Seminar in American Literature HU LA
ENGL 47300 - Seminar in American Literature HU LA
ENGL 47400 - Seminar in American Literature HU LA
ENGL 47500 - Seminar in American Literature HU LA
ENGL 47600 - Seminar in American Literature HU LA
ENGL 47700 - Seminar in American Literature HU LA
ENGL 47800 - Seminar in American Literature HU LA
ENGL 47900 - Seminar 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 Literacy Criticism HU LA

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

ENGL 48200 - Twentieth Century Irish Poetry: Yeats and Heaney HU LA

This seminar will be devoted to the poetic works of the two Irish poets who received the Nobel Prize in the 20th century. William Butler Yeats (1865-1939) will forever be associated with the violent birth of the modern Irish nation, especially as it is recounted in "Easter 1916," the poem commemorating the ill-fated rebellion that initiated Irish independence. Yeats, who sought in his poems "benefitting emblems of adversity," addressed the political cataclysms of Irish rebellion and subsequent civil war. Likewise, Seamus Heaney (b. 1939), whose career has paralleled the modern "troubles" of Northern Ireland, has said that he seeks "symbols adequate to our predicament," and his poetry has embodied the deep tensions of his divided society and a humane and complex response to those division. While there will be some time spent clarifying the political, historical, and religious context in which each of the poets wrote, the main focus of the seminar will be an intensive study of the poems themselves, with special attention paid to the ways in which Heaney has embraced and transformed Yeats's earlier poetic version.

ENGL 49500 - Internship: English 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 LA

First course in a two-semester sequence of independent work on an individual project arranged by a 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 LA

Second course in a two-semester sequence of independent work on an individual project arranged by a 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: ENGL49801. 1-3 credits. (S, Y)

ENGL 49900 - Advanced Independent Study 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 and junior standing. 3 credits. (IRR)