Courses of Instruction
ENGLISH (ENG-Arts and Science; includes Linguistics)
104/105 Writing Studio (1, 1)
A laboratory that supports students in
their writing across the curriculum. Small group interaction provides intensified
engagement with essentials of college writing such as invention, peer response,
revision, critical thinking, research, documentation, editing and delivery. Students
reflect upon specific guidelines, goals, and contexts of writing assignments they
encounter in courses in which they are enrolled across the curriculum.
108 English for International Students (4)
For students who need further work
in English before enrolling in college composition. May be used as an elective,
but not to meet the Miami Plan or the College of Arts and Science requirements.
MPF 109 English for International Students (3)
Adaptation of ENG 111 for nonnative
speakers; satisfies in part the Miami Plan requirement of six hours of composition
and literature. I.
MPF 111 College Composition (3)
Study and practice of effective explanatory,
expressive, and persuasive writing. I.
MPF 112 Composition and Literature (3)
Study and practice of effective explanatory,
expressive, and persuasive writing in the context of an introduction to critical
study of literature. Prerequisite: ENG 111. I.
MPF 113 Advanced College Composition (3)
For students who, on the basis of Advanced
Placement exam or high proficiency scores, have earned three credit hours of the
composition and literature requirement. It shares the basic objectives of ENG 111, 112: to improve writing skills and to enhance ability to read and understand
MPF 121 Comedy or Tragedy (3)
Exploration of one of the two fundamental narrative
genres, comedy or tragedy. How is it that comedy and tragedy remain the most topical
and contemporary of forms, even as they continue to work with universal archetypes
and situations? Surveys highlights of the western tradition of theatre, from the
classical plays of Sophocles, Aristophanes, Shakespeare, Molière, Chekhov,
and Shaw to films from the early 20th century and contemporary television. IIB,
MPF 122 Popular Literature (3)
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. IIB. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 123 Introduction to Poetry (3)
Exploration of the wide range of literature
and oral performance called poetry. Study of critical terms used to discuss and
write about poetic conventions, forms, and sub-genres. IIB. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 124 Introduction to Fiction (3)
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. IIB. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 125 Introduction to Drama (3)
Critical analysis of dramatic literature from
the ancient Greeks to modern performance art, using dramatic structure and theory
to read play texts as productions of their cultural contexts. IIB, H. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 131/132/133 Life and Thought in English Literature (3, 3, 3) (131)
major texts and issues in English literature and culture from the beginning to
1660, including The Civil War and Paradise Lost, with attention to historical
context reflected in religious, philosophical, political, and social perspectives
and issues such as gender, class, ethnicity, and canon formation; (MPT 132) British
literature from 1660 to 1901, with attention to issues of class, race, and gender
in the context of accelerating economic, social, environmental, political, and
religious change; to developments in education, psychology, philosophy, science,
and technology; and to relations with other literatures and arts; (MPT 133) selected
British fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama from 1901 to present with special
attention to the impact on literary imagination of two global conflicts and loss
of Empire. IIB, H. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 134 Introduction to Shakespeare (3)
to Shakespeare's works.
Gives students who are new to collegiate-level literary studies an overview of
the range of Shakespeare's works and the variety of approaches to those
works. Prerequisite or Corequisite: college composition. IIB. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 141/142/143 Life and Thought in American Literature (3, 3, 3) (142, 143
Introduction to multiplicity of voices in American culture as expressed
in literary texts written in and about America: (141) from colonial period through
1865; (MPT 142) 1865 - 1945 (MPT 143) 1945 to present. IIB, H. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 144 Major American Authors (3)
Introduction to American literature and culture
through the study of a small group of important writers. Selected authors represent
a range of traditions and may include writers as diverse as Bradstreet, Franklin,
Dickinson, Douglass, Whitman, Melville, Wharton, Twain, Cather, Baldwin, Faulkner,
and Morrison. IIB. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 161 Literature and Politics (3)
Study of literary representations of political
events, examining both how literary works dramatize social and political concerns
and how literature shapes political perceptions. IIB. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 162 Literature and Identity (3)
Study of literary constructions of individual
and collective identity. Focuses on depictions of racial and ethnic types, gender,
sexuality, social class, and regional or geographical differences. IIB, IIIA.
MPF 163 Literature and Travel (3)
Study of travel literature from a range of
periods and genres. Includes the relation of individual and national identity,
imperialism and cultural relativity, the invention of geography, and the politics
of tourism. IIB, H. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 165 Literature and Sexuality (3)
Study of literary representations of sexuality
with a focus on the impact of gender and sexuality on the development of identity.
IIB, H. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 168 Romanticism: Roots of Modernity (3)
A multidisciplinary investigation
of the literature, philosophy, and artistic creations of European Romanticism.
Cross-listed with GER 161. IIB, IIIB, H. CAS-B Lit.
169 Disability Identity (3)
Study of the construction of disability identity
through literature, memoir, and popular culture.
MPF, MPT 171 Humanities and Technology (3)
Introduction to methods of thinking
used in humanities disciplines (literature, history, philosophy, classics, etc.),
computer technologies, and their relationship. Practical skills (web page making;
research on the Internet) and analytical skills (how to tell good information
from bad) combined with theories about the Information Society. IIB, CAS-B. Cross-listed
with IMS 171.
179 Introduction to Jewish Studies (1)
Introduction to Jewish studies as a subject
of academic study, basic concepts in Jewish studies and multidisciplinary approaches
to Jewish studies. Cross-listed with ART, GEO, GER, HBW, HST, POL, PSY, REL.
Note: ENG 111, 112 or 113 is the general prerequisite for all advanced courses.
ENG 298 is the prerequisite for literature majors for all 300- and 400- level
courses. All 300-level courses are open to sophomores as well as juniors and seniors.
All 400-level courses in literature, except 480, are open to juniors as well as
seniors. 500- and 600-level courses are open to qualified seniors with departmental
permission. 700-level courses are open only to graduate students.
MPF 201 Language Awareness (3)
Introduces various ways of looking at language:
sociological, psychological, and formal. Students study how language plays a role
in every human activity, from gender and racial stereotyping to the development
of automata. IIC.
MPF 202 Varieties of English: Dialect Diversity and Language Change (3)
interactive course focuses on varieties of English within the context of diverse
cultures in the United States. Primary topics include: linguistic diversity, language
change, gender differences in language use, language (use) and social class, attitudes
toward language as well as examination of specific varieties of English such as
African American English, Appalachian English, Native American English, Vietnamese
American English, English spoken by persons of Latin American descent, Hawaiian
Pidgin English, Gullah, Louisiana Creole, and others. IIB, IIIA.
215 Technical Writing (3)
For associate's degree students in technical,
applied science, and pre-engineering courses. Practice in varieties of technical
correspondence and communication with emphasis on writing clear, concise, and
accurate informal and formal reports. Offered only on Hamilton and Middletown
MPT 220 Literature and Film (3; maximum 6)
Study of the relationship between
film and genres of literature, focusing on a comparison of techniques of rhetoric,
fiction, and drama and those of film. Primary consideration given to film adaptations
of works of fiction and drama. Extensive screenings of films. May be repeated
once when topic changes. Cross-listed with FST 220. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 221 Shakespeare and Film (3)
Study of selected plays of Shakespeare that
have been filmed. Students read plays and view one or more versions of each play.
Cross-listed with FST 221. CAS-B- LIT.
225 Advanced Composition (3)
Practice in various types of expository and narrative
226 Introduction to Creative Writing: Short Fiction and Poetry (3)
and principles of creative writing with special application to the short story
and to poetry.
230 Studies in Themes and Genres (3; maximum 6)
Study of traditional literature,
mainly English and American, organized according to themes and genres rather than
by chronology. May be repeated once when topic changes. Does not count toward
the English major. CAS-B-LIT. Offered infrequently.
231 The Short Story (3)
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.
MPT 232 American Women Writers (3)
Survey of American Women's writing
from Anne Bradstreet to the present. Cross-listed with WMS 232. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 233 British Women Writers (3)
Works by British women, from the 19th century
to the present. Cross-listed with WMS 233. CAS-B-LIT.
235 Classics of Film (3)
Study of film classics from the silent era to the present.
Particular attention is given to the evolution of narrative conventions in films
such as Birth of a Nation, Potemkin, The Last Laugh, M, Citizen Kane, Rome: Open
City, Rules of the Game, Hiroshima Mon Amour, and others. Weekly screenings. Does
not count toward the English major. Cross-listed with FST 235. Offered infrequently.
MPT 236 Alternative Traditions in Film (3)
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. Cross-listed with
237 Gay and Lesbian Literature (3)
Introduction to gay and lesbian literature
of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Introduction to Queer Theory. Attention to
historical context in political, philosophical, social, and religious perspectives,
as well as issues regarding identity, orientation, gender, race, and class. CAS-B-LIT.
Narrative and Digital Technology (3)
Applies to digital games those notions about narrative
structure and character development that have evolved in literature. Students will explore
digital art as literary critics, asking whether games are "art" and
analyzing how post-modern literary/digital art participates in globalization.
Students compose narratives in writing as well as 3-D graphics. Cross-listed with
MPF 246 Native American Literature (3)
Survey of published Native American
fiction, poetry, memoir, drama, and non-fiction from the mid-19th century to the
present. Explores cultural contexts and emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach
that includes historical, sociological, and anthropological as well as literary
perspectives. IIB, IIIA. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 247 Appalachian Literature (3)
Survey of published Appalachian fiction, poetry,
drama, and non-fiction from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Addresses
migration experiences, identity, landscape, and regionalism. Emphasizes an interdisciplinary
approach to the study of literature, drawing on history, sociology, ecology, and
current trends in American literary studies. IIIA
MPF 248 Asian American Literature (3)
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. IIB, IIIA. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF 251/252 Life and Thought
in European Literature (3, 3)
Selected masterpieces of European literature: (251)
from the beginning to 1800; (252) from 1800 to the present. IIB, H. CAS-B-LIT.
251L/252L European Literature (4, 4) (251: 18th century;
252: 19th century and after).
Introduction to critical and cultural study of Europe
as presented in literary texts. Texts will be used as springboards to an understanding
of the sweeping social changes of the periods and the ensuing responses. The course
will examine textual presentation of the art, history, and philosophy of the period,
as well as of the concurrent evolution of society. Offered at the European Center
only. Note: Credit for graduation will not be given for more than one of ENG 251
and 251L, nor more than one of ENG 252 and 252L. IIB, H. CAS-B-LIT.
Identity and Russian Literature (3)
This course examines how images of Jews in
mainstream literature helped form conceptions (and misconceptions) of Jewish identity
in modern Russian culture. Taught in English. Cross-listed with RUS 253.
MPF 254 Latino/a Literature and the Americas (3)
Study of fiction,
poetry, and non-fiction by Chicano/a, Cuban-American, Puerto Rican, and Central
American writers, with an emphasis on the various cultural and historical contexts
that influence and are represented in the writings. Specific study of writing
in transnational communities situated in more than one part of the Americas. Cross-listed
with LAS 254. IIB, IIIA. CAS-B-LIT.
MPF, MPT 255 Russian Literature from Pushkin to
Dostoevsky in English Translation (3)
Examines works by Pushkin, Lermontov, Gogol,
Turgenev, and Dostoevsky and a number of critical essays representative of a variety
of viewpoints. Uses an interdisciplinary approach that takes into account social,
historical, political, religious, as well as literary factors. Cross-listed with
RUS 255. IIB. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 256 Russian Literature in English Translation: From Tolstoy to Nabokov (3)
of selected works of Russian literature (realism, modernism, post-modernism) with
attention to Tolstoy, Chekhov, Bunin, Sologub Bulgakov, Babel, Solzhenitsyn, and
Nabokov. Cross-listed with RUS 256. CAS-B-LIT.
257 Scriptwriting: Electronic
Writing for radio, television, and new media, with emphasis on scriptwriting
for feature film and narrative for television; treatment of documentary subjects;
introduction to native form in new media. Cross-listed with COM 257.
258 Copywriting: Electronic Media (3)
Writing for radio, television, and new
media with emphasis on commercial, non-commercial and promotional copywriting,
announcements. Cross-listed with COM 258.
259 The Modern World Novel (3)
Intensive study of selected ‘world
the 20th century from Joyce through the present. CAS-B-LIT.
261 Modern Drama (3)
Introduction to major dramatists of the modern era, from
birth of modernism to performance art. Exploration of plays as written texts and
262 Children's Literature (3)
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.
262M Children's Literature for Middle Childhood (3)
Study of literature
for grades 4-9 with emphasis on literary analysis and interpretation. Literary
themes and social issues pertinent to this age group will be considered, as will
the selection and evaluation of literature for upper- elementary and middle school
grades. Notes: open only to Middle Childhood Language Arts majors who have completed
the college composition requirement. Credit for graduation will not be given for
more than one of ENG 262 and 262M. CAS-B-LIT.
265 European Jewish Cinema (3)
Survey of European films by Jewish filmmakers,
or films dealing with Jewish themes, from 1920s to the present. Films with English
subtitles. Readings and discussions in English.
MPF 271 Cultures and Literature of the American South (3)
Focuses on the culture
and literature of the South as a region unique within the United States. Studies
the complex ways Southern authors present their world views through fiction -
and the ways political passions are manifested in a tumultuous society such as
the American South in the era prior to, during, and after the Civil Rights Movement.
Musical forms of expression such as the blues will also be studied. IIB, IIIA,
281 The English Novel (3)
Canonical British fiction from the 18th century through
the present. CAS-B-LIT.
282 American Fiction (3)
Introduction to the variety and key elements of American
fiction from the late 18th century to the present. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 283 Modern Poetry (3)
Major modern poetry in English, from the late 19th
century to the present. CAS-B-LIT.
284 English Drama, 1660-1800 (3)
Development of various types of dramas and
theater history of the long 18th century, from the reopening of theaters in 1660
to the flourishing of Romanticism about 1800. CAS-B-LIT. Offered infrequently.
MPT 293 Contemporary American Fiction (3)
Study of new trends and movements
in American fiction of the last 10 to 15 years, focusing upon such issues as vision
of society, experiments in narrative form and content, mode of humor, treatment
of reality, and changing images of the self. CAS-B-LIT.
298 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies (3)
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. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 301 History of the English Language (4)
Linguistic and cultural history
of British and American English, and other varieties of English around the world.
MPT 302 Structure of Modern English (4)
Linguistic structure of American English
with specific reference to application in teaching.
MPF 303 Introduction to Linguistics (4)
Scope of linguistics: fundamental concepts
and methods of linguistic science in its descriptive and historical aspects. Cross-listed
with ATH and GER 309, SPN 303. V. CAS-E.
MPT 304 Backgrounds to Composition Theory and Research (3)
of composition theory and research, emphasizing structure of writing, composing
process, contemporary rhetoric, and linguistic based theories of composition.
311 Contemporary Fiction (3)
In-depth study of contemporary fiction for creative
writing majors. Works studied come from both the United States and abroad, with
emphasis on works published within the last 25 years, usually within the last
312 Contemporary Poetry (3)
In-depth study of contemporary poetry, written both
in the United States and other countries, with emphasis on works published during
the last 25 years, usually within the past decade.
MPT 313 Introduction to Technical Writing (3)
Introduction to the principles
of technical writing. Attention to defining purpose, analyzing audience, developing
document structure, creating visual design, drafting and revising communications.
Practice in varieties of technical communication.
314 Playwriting (4)
See entry under Department of Theatre.
315 Business Writing (3)
Study of writing techniques used in business environments
and practice in applying them.
320 Intermediate Creative Writing: Fiction (3; maximum 6)
Techniques and principles
of narrative writing with special application to the short story. May be taken
twice, but not with same instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 226.
321 The Literary Marketplace (3)
Provides creative writing students with an introduction
to the literary marketplace. Designed for students interested in careers as editors
or reviewers, or for anyone interested in how books are produced, marketed, reviewed,
323 Creative Non-Fiction (3)
Intermediate workshop in creative non-fiction.
Reading and analysis of published creative non-fiction books and essays, as well
as critiquing and class discussion of student writing in this genre.
MPT 327 Medieval Literature (3)
Study of English literature from Beowulf to
the poetry of Dunbar, especially in translation. CAS-B-LIT.
328 The Renaissance: Nondramatic Literature of the 16th Century (3)
16th century non-dramatic literature: More, Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, and
329 Disability Poetics and Narrative Theory (3)
Studies in poetic and narrative
theory emerging from literature about disability, with readings from ancient Greece
to Shakespeare and contemporary literature.
330 Intermediate Creative Writing: Poetry (3; maximum 6)
in theory and practice of poetry writing with seminar study of relevant contemporary
materials and criticism of student work in class and conference. Assigned exercises
in techniques and forms. An average of 10 to 15 poems due each semester. May be
taken twice, but not with same instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 226.
331 17th-Century Poetry and Prose (3)
British prose and poetry of the earlier
17th century. CAS-B-LIT.
334 English Literature of the Restoration (1660-1714) (3)
British prose and
poetry of the later 17th and early 18th centuries, 1660-1714. CAS-B-LIT.
335 English Literature of the 18th Century (3)
British prose and poetry of the
18th century. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 336 African American Writing, 1746-1877 (3)
Survey of the beginnings of
African American literature to the end of Reconstruction. Among the various writers
discussed are Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglas, Frances E.W. Harper, William
Wells Brown, Linda Brent, and Harriet Wilson. Particular attention is given to
the origins of poetry, fiction, slave narratives, and drama as well as to the
relative importance of speeches, political tracts, newspaper writing, and folk
forms of literature. Cross-listed with BWS 336. CAS-B-LIT. Offered infrequently.
MPT 337 African American Writing, 1878-1945 (3)
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. Cross-listed with BWS 337. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 338 African American Writing, 1946-Present (3)
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. Cross-listed with BWS 338. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 339 Writers of the Early Romantic Period (3)
British literature during the
time of the American and French Revolutions and the Napoleonic Wars. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 342 Writers of the Later Romantic Period (3)
British literature from the
Regency to the accession of Queen Victoria. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 343 English Literature of the Early Victorian Period, 1830-1860 (3)
prose and poetry from 1830 to 1860. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 344 English Literature of the Later Victorian Period, 1860-1901 (3)
prose and poetry of the later Victorian period, from 1860 to Victoria's
death in 1901. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 345 British Modernism, 1890-1945 (3)
Study of British culture and literature
at the end of the Empire; readings include Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Virginia
Woolf, and their contemporaries. CAS-B-LIT.
347 Postwar/Postcolonial British Literature, 1945-Present (3)
Study of British
culture and literature in the years when the United Kingdom was relinquishing
its colonial possessions and relocating itself in changed global politics; readings
by such writers as Julian Barnes, Samuel Beckett, Graham Greene, Jean Rhys, Fay
Weldon, and their contemporaries. CAS-B-LIT.
348 Ethnic American Literatures (3)
Intensive introduction to theories of race,
ethnicity, and identity through the study of American literature by ethnic minorities.
Cross-listed with AMS 348. CAS-B-LIT.
349 Colonial and Early National American Literature (3)
Intensive study of issues
animating American culture from the period of discovery to the early 19th century,
as articulated in selected texts from a variety of literary forms. CAS-B-LIT.
350 Topics in Film (3)
In-depth and concentrated studies in film. Focuses on
specific topics in film such as national film traditions (American, Japanese,
French, etc.), genres (science fiction, western, detective, etc.), and themes
(film and society, women in film, political conspiracy, etc.). May be repeated
once when topic changes. Cross-listed with FST 350 and WMS 350.
352 American Literature, 1810-1865 (3)
Intensive study of issues animating American
culture between 1810 and the end of the Civil War, as articulated in selected
texts from a variety of literary forms. CAS-B-LIT.
353 American Literature, 1865-1914 (3)
Intensive study of issues animating American
culture from the Civil War to World War I, as articulated in selected texts from
a variety of literary forms. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 354 American Literature, 1914-1945 (3)
Intensive study of issues animating
American culture between 1914 and 1945, as articulated in selected texts from
a variety of literary forms and traditions. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 355 American Literature, 1945-Present (3)
Intensive study of issues animating
American culture from 1945 to the present as articulated in selected texts from
a variety of literary forms and traditions. CAS-B-LIT.
356 Contemporary Jewish Fiction in Europe (3)
Fiction and autobiography from
the 1970s to the present by Jewish authors of diverse European backgrounds. Emphasis
on national identity and changing relationships to the Holocaust. Readings and
discussions in English. Cross-listed with FRE/ GER 356.
360 Interdisciplinary Special Topics (1-4; maximum 8)
Study of a selected topic
examined from the perspective of two or more disciplines. Does not count toward
the English major. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 364 From Marco Polo to Machiavelli (3)
Examination of Classical and Asian
influences in Italian culture from the Middle Ages through the Renaissance. Works
of Marco Polo, Dante, Petrarca, Boccaccio, the Italian Humanists, and Renaissance
artists and writers, such Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Ariosto, Castiglione,
and Machiavelli, including women poets, such as Vittoria Colonna, Gaspara Stampa,
and Veronica Franco, are read and discussed against the historical background
of Mediterranean trade and culture from the 13th through the 16th century, when
the Italian peninsula was a crossroads between Europe, Africa, and Asia. Taught
in English. Cross-listed with ITL 364. Offered every two years. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 368 Feminist Literary Theory and Practice (3)
Introduction to feminist literary
theory; deals with how feminism has shaped reading and interpretive practices,
and develops some practical strategies for literary study. Cross-listed with WMS 368. CAS-B-LIT.
369 Colonial & Postcolonial Literature (3)
Intensive introduction to theories
of colonial and postcolonial identity through the study of South Asian Literature
and Culture from India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka. Readings include R. K. Narayan,
Salman Rushdie, Shyam Selvadurai, Sara Suleri, Anita Desai, Arundhati Roy and
their contemporaries. CAS-B-LIT.
370 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory (3; maximum 6)
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.
372/373 Shakespeare's Principal Plays (3, 3) (372)
Critical study of plays
from the early period; (373) critical study of plays from the late period. CAS-B-LIT.
381 African Lusophone Literature (3)
A focus on questions of gender, race, class
and stereotypes in the African Lusophone countries. Taught in English. Prerequisite:
Any literature course. Cross-listed with POR/BWS/FST.
383 By or About (Afro-) Brazilian Women (3)
Addresses questions about gender,
race, class and stereotype of women's bodies in 20th-century Brazil. Cross-listed
with BWS/POR/WMS 383.
MPT 390 Studies in American Regionalism (3; maximum 6)
Literature of the West:
imaginative treatments of the American frontier and the post frontier West, Cooper
to the present; major Southern American writers from Byrd to the present. CAS-B-LIT.
MPT 401 Dante's Divine Comedy (3)
Intensive examination of Dante's
major work, The Divine Comedy, read in a bilingual edition. Lectures and discussion
in English. No prerequisites. Offered every two years. Cross-listed with ITL 401.
MPC 405/505 Advanced Linguistics (3)
Advanced study of contemporary linguistic
theories on syntax, semantics, and/or phonology. Though largely situated within
a generative-transformational framework it also explores other contemporary approaches
to linguistic theories, especially as a context for the development of generative-transformational
theory. Students learn how to discern patterns within language data, to form hypotheses
about the underlying structures of language, and to choose from among competing
hypotheses. Prerequisite: ENG 303 or equivalent. Offered alternate years.
MPC 406 Discourse Analysis: Speech Acts in Context (3)
Students work on projects
to discover how linguists observe, collect, and analyze language data. Students
learn to apply linguistics methodologies to problems about how language shapes
our perceptions, how language mediates between people and institutions, or how
to develop formal systems that enable computers to parse human sentences. Projects
often touch upon concerns of other disciplines. Offered alternate years.
411/511 Visual Rhetoric for Technical and Scientific Communicators (3)
an introduction to the theory and techniques of visual rhetoric used by technical
and scientific communicators. Covers elements of layout, design, and typography,
giving students practice with short and longer print texts and non-print media.
Prerequisite: ENG 215 or 313 and junior standing.
412/512 Editing for Technical and Scientific Communicators (3)
and practices of editors of technical and scientific publications. Preparing communications
for publication emphasized. Students edit their own and other students' work,
and that of outside clients. Prerequisite: ENG 215 or 313.
413/513 Writing Reports and Proposals (3)
Intensive study of the principles
and processes involved with preparing technical and scientific reports and proposals.
Prerequisite: ENG 215 or 313 and junior standing.
414/514 Designing and Testing User Documents for Technical and Scientific Communicators
Advanced study of theories and practices involved with the production of user
documents in both print and other media. Prerequisite: ENG 215 or 313.
MPC 415 Practicum in Technical and Scientific Communication (3)
project management specifically designed to provide professional writing majors
with practical experience related to technical or scientific communication practices.
This final course for the undergraduate major in technical and scientific communication
is designed to teach communicator/client relationships, problem-solving skills
and professionalism in conduct and product. Students are expected, with close
supervision and feedback, to take a significant amount of responsibility for planning
and designing their senior projects. Prerequisite: senior standing and ENG 215,
313, 411/511, 412/512, 413/513, and 414/514 or permission of BATSC Executive Committee.
420 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop (3; maximum 6)
Study and practice
in various forms of creative and imaginative writing with emphasis upon the problems
and the craft of fiction. Analysis of examples from contemporary literature accompanies
class criticism and discussion. Prerequisite: ENG 320 and permission of instructor.
Creative Writing: Screenwriting (3)
Advanced workshop in feature film screenwriting.
Analysis of examples of contemporary screenplays, with emphasis on the craft of
writing screenplays. Class discussion and sharing of student-written screenplays.
Cross-listed with COM 421.
430/530 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop (430: 3, maximum 6; 530:
3, maximum 9)
Practice in writing poetry with emphasis on development of style.
Advanced course in the theory and practice of poetry writing with seminar study
of relevant contemporary materials and criticism of student work in class and
conference. Prerequisite: ENG 330 and permission of instructor.
435/535 Queer Theory (3)
Analysis of how gender and sexuality have informed
our understandings of cultural texts and contexts. Emphasizes how discourses of
gender and sexuality function within a variety of historical, cultural, and/or
aesthetic traditions. Cross-listed with WMS 435/535.
MPT 440 Major English and American Writers (3; maximum 6)
Intensive study of
individual major writers in the British and American literary traditions. May
be repeated once for credit when content changes. CAS-B-LIT.
450 Studies in Genre (3; maximum 6)
Focused study of issues related to one or
more literary genres. Consult the English department course supplement for additional
information. May be repeated once for credit when content changes. CAS-B-LIT.
MPC 460/560 Issues in Creative Writing (3)
Integrates reading and writing of
poetry and fiction at the highest levels. The issue or problem organizing the
course is applicable to both fiction writers and poets; readings in both poetry
and fiction illustrate, problematize and/or offer solutions to the issue under
discussion. Students read and think as writers and respond to the issue or problem
in both an analytic and creative manner. Specific requirements vary according
to instructor and topic. Prerequisite: ENG 226 and at least two of the required
upper-level writing courses; four of the five literature courses; one of the other
two theory and practice courses; at least one foreign language or literature in
translation course; senior standing.
MPT 468 Gender and Genre (3)
Includes a variety of areas within the disciplines
of English and American literary and linguistic studies. Subject material varies
with instructor's area of expertise, but focus is on the relation between
gender and genre in the reading and/or writing process. Cross-listed with WMS 468. Offered infrequently.
470 Studies in Literary Theory (3; maximum 6)
Intensive examination of one or
more schools, methods, or significant writers of literary and cultural theory,
such as structuralism, poststructuralism, Marxism, and feminism. May be repeated
once for credit when content changes. CAS-B-LIT.
410A Black Feminist Theory (3)
Examines black feminist theory from a variety
of perspectives. Samples diversity of texts by theorists in the U.S. and the African
Diaspora. Readings include both well known and lesser known thinkers/scholars
as well as classic texts and newly published works. Cross-listed with WMS and
480 English Honors (3)
Students interested in earning honors in English must
confer with associate chair.
481/581 Writing Center Consulting (3)
In this intensive course, students study
existing scholarship on the theories and practices of writing center work as well
as practice various approaches to one-on-one and small-group consultations for
multiple and diverse student writers. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.
490 Special Topics in Literary Study (3; maximum 6)
Intensive study of some
aspect of contemporary literary study, including such topics as American regional
writing, literature of war, or writing by women of color. May be repeated once
for credit when content changes. CAS-BLIT.
490 Special Topics in Literary Study (3; maximum 6)
Intensive study of some
aspect of contemporary literary study, including such topics as American regional
writing, literature of war, or writing by women of color. May be repeated once
for credit when content changes. CAS-B-LIT.
MPC 494 Disability in Global and Local Contexts (3)
Examines contemporary disability
issues and policies and the lived experiences of persons with disabilities in
international and local contexts, with emphasis on understanding disability within
particular communities-both locally and in other countries-and on learning multiple
research methods. Cross-listed with DST/SPA/COM/SOC and EDP 489. Prerequisite(s):
Permission of instructor.
MPC 495 Capstone in Literature (3)
Intensive study, including reading and independent
research. Specific course requirements vary according to instructor and topic,
but all Capstones include extensive reading, writing, and discussion. Students
read and think as informed readers and respond to issues or problems in an analytic
and creative manner. Capstones in literature are selected annually from proposals
submitted by faculty. Prerequisite: Senior standing.
MPC 496 English Studies: Reflections on Literature & Language (3)
goal of the course is to help pre-service teachers begin to construct, understand,
and reflect upon the definitions, images, and lived realities of English teachers.
600 Special Topics in Literature (2-4; maximum 4)
Study of individual works
and types of literature which may fall outside traditional areas of study, but
are important to the secondary teacher.
601 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (2-4)
Basic concepts of language
and its use from both historical and contemporary perspectives, with special attention
to occasions of use.
602 Introduction to Rhetoric (2)
Principles of expository and persuasive prose.
603 Literary Theories and Their Histories (4)
Study of the fundamental perspectives
in literary criticism and their application to literary texts.
605 Issues in the Profession (2)
Colloquium designed to introduce beginning
graduate students to the profession, and especially to contemporary debates about
the status and variety of literary history. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate
610 Topics in Literary and Cultural Studies (4; maximum 8)
Examination of aesthetic,
historical, theoretical issues in literary/cultural studies. Detailed description
of topics available from the Director of Graduate Studies.
614 Medieval English Literature (4)
Literary and linguistic study of Middle
English prose and poetry. Offered infrequently.
617 Chaucer, The Major Poems (4)
Intensive study of The Canterbury Tales and
Troilus and Criseyde with emphasis on recent major critical studies, intellectual
milieu, contemporaneous aesthetic, principal sources, and modern critical approaches.
620 Studies in Renaissance Literature (4; maximum 12 toward any degree)
study of selected Renaissance writers such as More, Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe,
Jonson, Webster, Bacon, Donne, Milton, and Shakespeare; or of a particular theme
such as the courtesy tradition; or of a poetic type such as the Renaissance sonnet
or the Renaissance pastoral.
630 Studies in the Restoration and the 18th Century, 1660-1789 (4; maximum 12
toward any degree)
Intensive study of selected authors such as Dryden, Pope, Swift,
Johnson, Fielding, Goldsmith, and Sheridan, or of a literary group, genre, or
640 Studies in 19th-Century English Literature (4; maximum 12 toward any degree)
Intensive study of selected 19th century authors such as Wordsworth, Coleridge,
Byron, Keats, Thackeray, Dickens, George Eliot, Conrad, Arnold, Browning, and
Tennyson, or of a literary group, a genre, or theme.
650 Graduate Fiction Workshop (4; maximum 16)
Study and practice in writing
fiction, with attention to subtle aspects of character development, structure,
story, point of view, figuration, tone, style, etc. Emphasis on group critiquing
student work and on revising manuscripts, with the goal of producing a portfolio
of professional quality contemporary fiction. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate
creative writing program.
651 Graduate Poetry Workshop (4; maximum 16)
Study and practice in writing poetry
with attention to the advanced, preprofessional poet's aesthetic, formal
and conceptual concerns. Emphasis on group critiquing student work and on revising
manuscripts, with the goal of producing a portfolio of professional quality contemporary
poetry. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate creative writing program.
652 Issues in Creative Writing (4)
Analytical and practical approach to selected
topics in creative writing. Focus changes each term. Criticism as well as creative
compositions are produced. Prerequisite: admission to the graduate creative writing
660 Studies in 20th Century Literature (4; maximum 12 toward any degree)
study of selected 20th century writers such as Auden, Eliot, Huxley, Joyce, Lawrence,
O'Casey, Shaw, Spender, Synge, Woolf, Yeats, or of a literary group, a genre,
or a tradition.
670 Studies in American Literature, 1800-1865 (4; maximum 12 toward any degree)
Intensive study of selected pre-Civil War American writers such as Dickinson,
Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Thoreau, and Whitman.
680 Studies in American Literature, 1865-1919 (4; maximum 12 toward any degree)
Intensive study of selected post-Civil War major American writers such as Stephen
Crane, Dreiser, Howells, James, Robinson, and Twain. Offered infrequently.
690 Studies in Modern American Literature, 1919 to Present (4; maximum 12 toward
any one degree)
Intensive study of selected modern major American writers such
as Anderson, Hart, Crane, Dos Passos, Eliot, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Frost, Hemingway,
O'Neill, Pound, Steinbeck, and Stevens.
692 Introduction to Technical and Scientific Communication (4)
aims, assumptions, and methods of the profession of technical and scientific communication.
Introduces problem-solving as a strategy for communicating and managing information
on technical and scientific subjects. Focuses on writing theory and practice.
693 Technical and Scientific Editing (2)
Roles, responsibilities, and practices
of the editor of technical and scientific communications. Prerequisite: ENG 692
(or concurrent enrollment) or permission of instructor.
694 Technical and Scientific Writing (4)
Instruction and practice at writing
effective technical and scientific communications. Prerequisite: ENG 692 (or concurrent
enrollment) or permission of instructor.
695 Linguistics for Technical and Scientific Communicators (2)
and analysis of written and oral language use in technical and scientific environments.
Prerequisite: ENG 692 or permission of instructor.
696 Managing Technical and Scientific Communication Departments, Publications,
and Policies (2)
Introduction to responsibilities of people who manage technical
and scientific communication systems, including in-house communication departments,
independent companies, organization-wide information policies, and professional
journals and similar publications. Prerequisite: ENG 692 or permission of instructor.
697 Information Design for Technical and Scientific Communicators (4)
the principles of effective document design, the role of the technical communicator
in the design process, and the application of professional design principles and
production techniques to create effective print and non-print communications.
Prerequisite: ENG 692 or permission.
700 Research for Master's Thesis (1-12; minimum 6, maximum 12)
701 Internship in Technical and Scientific Communication (1-12; minimum 6, maximum
While working full-time as a technical and scientific communicator, student
applies knowledge gained in course work to practical experience in professional
situations. Student works for a business, government, or nonprofit organization
under guidance of an appropriate mentor. Prerequisites: COM 619; ENG 602, 692,
693, 694, and 697.
710 Seminar (4; maximum 24)
Advanced study of limited subjects, to be announced
in the class schedule.
730 Studies in Composition Research and Pedagogy (4; maximum 12 toward any one
Intensive study of one or more areas of composition research, theory,
or pedagogy such as design, testing and evaluation, discourse theory, history
of composition, invention, syntax, style, and composing process.
731 The Theory
and Practice of Teaching Composition (4)
Examination and evaluation of current
methods and strategies for teaching college writing with emphasis on classroom
application of composition theory and research. Major topics include composing
process, invention, argumentation, the sentence and the paragraph, testing and
evaluation, recent research in composition, reading and writing, and composition
and literature. Prerequisite: graduate standing. Summer only.
732 Studies in Composition Theory (4)
Intensive study of one or more areas of
composition theory, such as discourse analysis, composing process, and computers
733 Studies in Rhetoric (4)
Historical, theoretical, and analytical approaches
to uses of spoken and written discourse (political, legal, literary, scientific,
734 Issues in Composition Pedagogy (4)
Intensive study of one or more areas
of composition teaching, such as collaborative learning, writing assessment, revision,
or invention. Prerequisite: ENG 731 or equivalent.
735 Research Methods in Composition (4)
Introduction to methods of qualitative
and quantitative research in the study of writing. Prerequisite: ENG 731 or equivalent.
736 Linguistics and Writing (4)
Study of language in relation to developmental
learning skills and to literary style. Prerequisite: ENG 601 or equivalent. Offered
740 Literary Criticism and Theory (4; maximum 12)
Intensive study of recent
developments in literary theory and criticism. Prerequisite: ENG 603 or equivalent,
or permission of instructor.
750 Histories and Methodologies in Literary and Cultural Studies (4; maximum
Practicum centering on an area of contemporary theory/critical practice that
students integrate with their interests. Required for literature doctoral students,
who may take the course again when topic changes; suggested for Masters' students
intending to pursue doctoral work. Detailed description of scheduled topics available
from the Director for Graduate Studies. Prerequisite: ENG 603 or equivalent.
751 Special Problems (1-6; maximum 6 toward any degree)
Special research study
in a topic not covered in a regular course, usually culminating in an essay of
the kind found in literary journals. Application for this course must be made
by the 14th week of the previous semester or by the end of the first week of new
semester, and approved by departmental committee.
752 Independent Study in Technical and Scientific Communication (1-6; maximum
Individual or team research on a topic related to technical and scientific
communication. Prerequisite: graduate standing and approval by executive committee
of technical and scientific communication program.
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