Changing the World

Current Undergraduate Literature Courses

Spring 2018 

ENG 121: Literature for ESL Learners

William Orth | MW 2:50pm-4:10pm UPH 365

Designed to introduce second-language speakers to literatures in English and structured around the analysis of three literary forms (drama, poetry, and prose). Readings are accompanied by a discussion of historical and cultural contexts; special attention is given to critical thinking and analysis. Students will learn to recognize and apply various modes of literary criticism through both class discussion and written assignments.

ENG 122 Popular Literature: Detective/Historical Fiction

Kaara Peterson | TR 11:40AM-1PM | UPH 262

Exploration in detail of one genre of popular literature. Possible subjects include detective fiction, science fiction, western, and romance novel. Special attention given to why a culture invests in popular genres. MPF IIB. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 124: Introduction to Fiction

William Fischer | TR 10:05am-11:25am EGB 165

Study of basic characteristics (narrative design, character, point of view, style, and tone) and essential forms (short-short story, story, novella, and novel) of the genre of literary fiction. MPF IIB. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 171: Humanities and Technology

Jim Porter | TR 10:05am-11:25am UPH 262 

Study of basic characteristics (narrative design, character, point of view, style, and tone) and essential forms (short-short story, story, novella, and novel) of the genre of literary fiction. MPF IIB. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 231: The Short Story

MW 1:15pm-2:35pm SHD 009
MW 2:50pm-4:10pm UPH 255

Study of the short story as a literary genre with its own unique conventions. Examples from both early and present-day masters. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 232: Women Writers

Mary Jean Corbett | TR 2:50pm-4:10pm UPH 167

Introduction to women's writing in English. Readings may include poetry, drama, fiction and non-fiction by women writers from various historical periods and national traditions. IC. CAS-B-LIT. Cross-listed with WGS 232.

ENG 236: Experimental Film

Erin Edwards | MW 2:50pm-4:10pm UPH 298

Study of major films and cinematic trends in world cinema. Emphasis on film in which the classical conventions of narrative are questioned or disrupted. Study motives and methods of film makers whose concern is not primarily the telling of a story, or for whom the conventional entertainment narrative is an object of radical investigation. MPT. Cross-listed with FST 236.

ENG 237: GLBTQ Literature

Madelyn Detloff | TR 1:15pm-2:35pm BAC 143

Study of literature by and about sexual minorities, including Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgendered and Queer identities, cultural contexts, and social movements. CAS-B-LIT. Cross-listed with WGS 237.

ENG 248: Asian American Literature

Dr. Yu-Fang Cho | MW 8:30am-9:50am BAC 143 

Survey of Asian American writing (including the novel, poetry, drama, nonfiction, etc.) from the early 20th century to the present. Addresses immigration experiences, growing up in America, and writing as cultural expression. Course uses an interdisciplinary approach to the study of literature, drawing on history, sociology, ethnic studies, and current trends in American literary studies. Hybrid course.  MPF. IC, IIB, IIIB. CAS-B-LIT. Cross-listed with AAA/AMS.

ENG 251: Introduction to European Literature

Cynthia Klestinec | MW 1:15pm-2:35pm BAC 346

Introduction to the masterpieces of European literature, its creation stories, its epic heroes and heroines, its infamous loves and equally infamous deaths. From these literary works, you will gain a sense of the variety of human experiences across time and cultures and broaden your understanding of literary purpose. MPF. IIB, IIIB. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 262: Children's Literature

Anita Wilson | TR 10:05am-11:25am BAC 138  / TR 1:15pm-2:35pm BAC 143

Broad study of children's books, with emphasis on acquiring skill to evaluate children's literature. Practice in the literary analysis of prose and poetry with emphasis on the impact of good literature for children. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 269: Colonial & Postcolonial Literature

Nalin Jayasena | MW 10:05am-11:25am BAC 346

Introduction to postcolonial literature and theories of colonial and postcolonial identity. MPF IIIB. CAS-B-LIT. Cross-listed with AAA 269.

ENG 275: American Literature to 1900

Andrew Hebard | TR 10:05am-11:25am BAC 346

Introduction to American Literature written from the colonial period through 1900. The course considers a multiplicity of voices as expressed in literary texts. MPF IIB. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 276: American Lit 1900-Present

TR 8:30am-9:50am BAC 219

Introduction to American Literature and its cultural contexts written from 1900 to the present. MPF. IIB. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 298: Introduction to Literary and Cultural Study

Stefanie Dunning | MW 10:05am-11:25am BAC 346
Nalin Jayasena | MW 11:40am-1:00pm UPH 127
Collin Jennings | TR 2:50pm-4:10pm BAC 250

Introductory skill-based course to be taken within one semester after declaring literature major. Covers critical and interpretive terms and basic concepts of literary genre; develops skills of close reading, interpretation, and critical analysis; provides instructions in techniques of research and citation; and introduces various critical methods and approaches. ADVW. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 331: 17th-Century Literature

Katharine Gillespie | MW 10:05am-11:25am BAC 138

A sustained inquiry into the wide variety of writings that emerged from the tumultuous times of 17th-century Britain. The course may cover plays, poetry, court masques, visions, new world explorations and utopias, short romance, early novels, and popular pamphlets produced by proliferating printing presses. It may include works by Donne and the metaphysical poets; Jonson and the Cavalier poets; radicals such as Milton, Marvell, the Levellers, the Ranters, and the Diggers; and women writers such as Lanyer, Wroth, Cavendish, Hutchinson, Trapnel, and Behn. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 337: African American Writing 1878-1945

Stefanie Dunning | MW 11:40am-1:00pm BAC 346

Survey of African American writing from after the Reconstruction era to World War II, with special attention to the emergence and history of the New Negro Renaissance. Among the writers studied are Paul Laurence Dunbar, Charles W. Chesnutt, W.E.B. DuBois, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Sterling A. Brown, Alain Locke, Margaret Walker, and Richard Wright. MPT. CAS-B-LIT. Cross-listed with BWS.

ENG 338: African American Writing 1946 – Present

Cheryl Johnson | TR 10:05am-11:25am BAC 256 / TR 11:40am-1:00pm BAC 256

Survey of African American writing since World War II, with special attention to literary and cultural contributions of such writers as James Baldwin, Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Paule Marshall, Toni Morrison, and Alice Walker. MPT. CAS-B-LIT. Cross-listed with BWS.

ENG 351: Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Asian/America

Yu-Fang Cho | TR 10:05am-11:25am BAC 108 

Intensive interdisciplinary study of imaginative representations of the encounters between "Asia" and "America," broadly conceived, particularly the entangled relations among their diverse constituencies in the contexts of colonialism and globalization. Key topics include feminist critique of gendered violence and human rights issues; Euro-American militarism and sex tourism; the emergence of new categories of sex, gender, and kinship as lived experiences mediated by transnational consumer culture and institutional structures; masculinity and Asian diasporic nationalisms; pan-Asian movements against racism, colonialism, and neoliberalism both in Asia and the U.S.; and the emergence of new critical, artistic and aesthetic practices. Humanities (CASB); Hybrid (Partially Online) IC. Cross-listed with AAA/WGS.

ENG 353: American Realism & Naturalism

Andrew Hebard | TR 1:15pm-2:35pm BAC 346

Intensive study of issues animating American culture and literature from the Civil War to World War I, as articulated in selected texts from a variety of literary forms. Engages with American realism and naturalism. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 370: Literary & Cultural Theory

Erin Edwards | MW 11:40am-1:00pm BAC 138

Surveys significant movements in recent critical theory, such as formalism, structuralism and poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, Marxism and historicism, feminism, race and ethnic studies, gay and lesbian studies, and cultural studies. Attention also given to applying particular methods to one or to several literary texts. May be repeated once for credit when content changes. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 373: Shakespeare – Late Works

Kaara Peterson | TR 10:05am-11:25am UPH 258

Intensive study of Shakespeare's late-career plays, primarily focused on the "problem plays," late tragedies, and romances, with some attention to stage performance during the golden age of early modern English theater in London. CAS-B-LIT.

ENG 387: Studies in Poetry

cris cheek | MW 11:40am-1:00pm UPH 209 

Examines conventions and traditions in a variety of poetry. Course topic varies by section. CAS-B. Prerequisite: ENG 298.

ENG 388: Studies in Prose

Jody Bates | MW 1:15pm-2:35pm UPH 209

Examines conventions and traditions in a variety of prose forms, such as the novel, short story, flash fiction, magic realism, creative nonfiction, the lyric essay, and the collage essay, with attention to trends and evolving and contested definitions of the genres. Course topic varies by section. CAS-B. Prerequisite: ENG 298.

ENG 432: Feminism and the Diaspora

Cheryl Johnson | TR 2:50pm-4:10pm BAC 143

Concerns issues of language, history, geography, social-psychology, and culture for U.S. women of color (black, Asian-American, Latina, American Indian, and others). Includes works by and about women on gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and other differences. IC. Cross-listed with BWS/WGS 432, & WGS 510.D.

ENG 437: Black Feminist Theory

Tammy Brown | W 4:25pm-7:05pm BAC 143

This course examines critical and theoretical issues in black feminism from slavery to the present. One of the central goals of the course is to interrogate race, gender, class, and sexuality in the context of black women's thoughts and experiences. The class will read, discuss and analyze a wide variety of texts including critical essays, films, selected fiction, print and visual media. IC. Cross-listed with BWS/WGS.

ENG 490T: Novel Knowledge

Collin Jennings | TR 11:40am-1:00pm BAC 250

In the last several years, numerous journalists and critics have claimed that we have entered a “post-truth” age. From science skepticism, to the dissemination of fake news, to the impact of social media on political discourse, different trends have eroded faith in traditional methods of producing knowledge. But how did we come to associate ideas like factuality, rationality, and even enlightenment with modern knowledge in the first place? What if we’ve always been post-truth? This course explores how, despite the standard narratives of scientific and technological progress, fiction and conjecture became unacknowledged pillars of modern Western culture. We will trace the relationship between the eighteenth-century English novel and other prominent forms of modern make believe—such as scientific hypothesis, economic prognostication, and the national lottery, which emerged in eighteenth-century Britain. What’s more, we will posit our own hypotheses and conduct our own experiments by using digital methods to compare the language of early fictional works with scientific and historical genres. No technical expertise is needed. Readings will include works by Margaret Cavendish, Isaac Newton, Eliza Haywood, Daniel Defoe, Laurence Sterne, Adam Smith, Maria Edgeworth, and Jane Austen.

ENG 495C: Capstone in English Literature: The Misinformation Age: Conspiracy, Post-truth, and Contemporary Political Fiction

Tim Melley | MW 1:15pm-2:35pm UPH 343 

“Fake news, “state secrets, “alternative facts,” conspiracy theories, weaponized information, corporate public relations, mass surveillance, covert operations, segmented news feeds, social media bubbles, election tampering, cyberwar. These are said to be the symptoms of dysfunction in the contemporary public sphere. And yet the public sphere is the basis and the guarantor of democracy.  What happens to democracy when citizens do not have access to reliable information, when they are deliberately misled, or when they come to doubt the veracity of widely circulated reports and narratives? This course explores this question from the Cold War to the present.  We will examine a wide range of texts, including classic accounts of the public sphere, propaganda, advertising, psychological warfare, and public relations; films and television programs; critical theory; pop culture sources; history; criticism; and novels by most of the following: Margaret Atwood, William Gibson, Don DeLillo, Joan Didion, Mohsin Hamid, and Gary Shteyngart.

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