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General Bulletin 2008-2010

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 literature. I.

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, H. CAS-B-LIT.

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)

Selected 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)

Introduction 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 are MPT)

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. CAS-B-LIT.

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.

Advanced Courses

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)

This 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 campuses.

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 writing.

226 Introduction to Creative Writing: Short Fiction and Poetry (3)

Techniques 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 FST 236.

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.

238 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 IMS 238.

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.

253 Jewish 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)

Treatment 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 Media (3)

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 novelists' of 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 performances. CAS-B-LIT.

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, H. CAS-B-LIT.

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)

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. 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)

Theoretical foundation 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 decade.

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, and remaindered.

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)

British 16th century non-dramatic literature: More, Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, and others. CAS-B-LIT.

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)

Intermediate course 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)

British prose and poetry from 1830 to 1860. CAS-B-LIT.

MPT 344 English Literature of the Later Victorian Period, 1860-1901 (3)

English 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)

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.

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. Offered infrequently.

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. CAS-B-LIT.

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)

Provides 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)

Examines principles 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 (3)

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)

Practicum in 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.

422 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 BWS 410A.

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)

The central 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 program.

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. Offered infrequently.

620 Studies in Renaissance Literature (4; maximum 12 toward any degree)

Intensive 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 style.

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 program.

660 Studies in 20th Century Literature (4; maximum 12 toward any degree)

Intensive 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)

Addresses history, 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)

Linguistic theory 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)

Teaches 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 12)

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 degree)

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 and composition.

733 Studies in Rhetoric (4)

Historical, theoretical, and analytical approaches to uses of spoken and written discourse (political, legal, literary, scientific, philosophic, etc.).

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 infrequently.

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 8)

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 6).

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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