General course descriptions can be found in the English Catalog.
*Course Descriptions are subject to change when a class is taught by a new instructor.*
ENG 108 Topics in British and American Literature: “Empathy and Imagination” – Matt Phillips, WI
This course will explore how authors interpret empathy, our ability to imagine ourselves in another’s shoes. In our study of prose and poetry, we’ll witness how authors across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries engage with empathy in intriguing ways. We’ll see how empathy functions not only in interactions between fictional characters, but also within us as readers. The authors we study will represent both sides of the Atlantic, as we delve into this uniquely human phenomenon.
ENG 108 Topics in British and American Literature: “Magic and the Supernatural” – Will Smith, WI
This course focuses on the narrative function of magic and the supernatural, particularly as a means of social commentary. Using the Middle Ages as a starting point, students will examine the ways that authors use magic and the supernatural to explore elements of their culture that would have otherwise been inaccessible.
ENG 208 Topics in Global Literature: “Books for a Borderless World” – Patrick Crowley, WI
Until recently, experts described world literature in terms of distinct national traditions, each with its own history and classical authors. But many of the world’s most important writers and texts emerge from movements that cross national borders and histories. These writers are better defined, in fact, by relations between multiple cultures, histories, locations, and languages. This course examines works of literature that convey cross-border experiences of migration, exile, diaspora, and homecoming, and that combine these experiences into a global present. We will consider how these phenomena influence the development and understanding of transnational cultures, identities, and political practices.
ENG 208 Topics in Global Literature: “The Wide Worlds of Fairy Tales” – Michael Pittard, WI
Fairy tales have a special place in the American and Western imagination. They are often among the first stories we are exposed to as children, in the form of movies, TV shows, and oral traditions. But many of the tales we know and love have been cleaned up and edited over the years, often to a remarkable distance from their older forms. In this class, we will explore the older versions of beloved tales such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Beauty & The Beast, as well as the various implications these tales have in both their violent editions and their child-friendly current form. Later, we will compare Western canonical tales with non-Western fairy tales, both rewritten ones and completely independent stories, and see what similarities and differences between cultures fairy tales share, what is universal about the human need for stories and what is specific to cultures, regions, ideologies, and time periods.
ENG 208 Topics in Global Literature: “Humans and Other Objects in Contemporary World Fiction” – Dr. Christian Moraru, WI
This Topics in Global Literature course deals, as its subtitle suggests, with material culture in twenty-first-century world fiction, specifically with novels whose focus is on objects and their global presence, trajectories, and bearings on life, human and otherwise, in the contemporary era. In this class, the contemporary is defined as the post-Cold War period, principally as the decades lapsed since 9/11. If the contemporary is, as some have argued, a time of permanent crisis, then how do the world’s objects and their configurations illuminate and respond to this crisis? Conversely, how do human objects handle non-human objects in such times? These are among the main questions raised in a course where everything that exists is treated as an object being on the same existential level as any other object, alive or not. In this class, we will concentrate particularly on living (biological) objects belonging to a range of species, and subsequently on inanimate objects.
This 208 section has a global focus twice. First, it has a cross-cultural, transnational, and, indeed, planetary scope, covering as it does a number of literary and cultural traditions, Western and non-Western, and spanning continents. Second, the works discussed are recent and speak to a growing feeling worldwide that we have entered a new age, the age of “time-space compression,” “network society,” and the “global village,” in which peoples, cultures, and communities around the world are more interconnected, more mobile, but also more vulnerable than ever before. Our authors include Mohsin Hamid, Kayte Nunn, Sarah Delijani, and Andrey Kurkov, among others. This is a College Writing course in which students get trained in writing and therefore revise previously submitted papers.
ENG 209 Topics in Non-Western Literature: “Love and Global Warming” – Beth Miller Ball, WI
This course focuses on contemporary South Asian novelists and themes of the environment, environmentalism, and love. Beginning in India in the late 90s, we will watch for the ways in which global warming appears, subtly at first, in descriptions of land and environment. But as we travel forward in time with contemporary novelists, we will see this representation grow both more present and more overt. Throughout the course, we’ll add nonfiction essays and talks from the authors to our own discussions to uncover how novelists manage the expectations of “literary” fiction alongside the specter and threat of climate change. But what brings our novels together, aside from a place and series of moments in time, are the lyrical love stories contained inside their covers.
ENG 209 Topics in Non-Western Literature: “Native Perspectives” – Sharayah Bradley, WI
In this course, we will engage with Native stories from across the globe. Important themes we will discuss include settler colonialism, Native kinship, love & erotic, valuing non-human entities (land, animals, etc.), Native futurism, and more. Please do not worry if you are unfamiliar with these concepts. We will work together to establish important definitions and discuss historical contexts as a class that will help us effectively engage with the Native works assigned throughout the course.
ENG 104 Approach to Literature- Rebecca Ethridge, WI
In this section of Approach to Literature, we will analyze texts from writers of various cultures that centralize windows and reflections as spaces to challenge societal components of normality. This course aims to observe and analyze how writers, through windows and reflections, reinvent and reclaim themes like identity, representation, and culture. This course will allow us to explore various settings, historical contexts, and heritages to inform our understanding of the texts we read. As the course progresses, you will develop your critical thinking, reading, writing, and analysis skills as you discover and consider new insights about each text.
ENG 105 Introduction to Narrative: “Exploring Family” – Emma Boggs, WI
What constitutes a “family,” and how have writers used the concept of family as a thematic and practical tool for constructing narrative? By extension, what are our own unique understandings of family, and how can we add to the conversation by writing about them? In this course, we will consider these questions–and more–by reading short stories, novels, creative nonfiction, and narrative poetry that explore ideas about family as well as the interrelated notions of identity, belonging, and community.
ENG 105 Introduction to Narrative: “Mapping Evironmental Literature – Catherine Bowlin, WI
How do you define “nature,” “environment,” and “environmental literature”? How do American authors represent humans’ relationships to the natural world in poetry, short fiction, and novels? What can we learn about our world through fictional speakers’ and characters’ varied journeys through place and time? How do contemporary authors write about our climate disaster? Though many themes will be discussed in this class, we will focus our attention on mapping environmental literature and numerous portrayals of connections between humans and the natural world. By studying texts that can be considered “environmental,” you will develop your critical thinking, reading, writing, and analysis skills as you consider the impact of the humanities on real-life concerns.
ENG 105 Introduction to Narrative: “Postcolonial Narratives” – Taylor Roberts, WI
How can narrative help us to rethink definitions of humanness, citizenship, freedom, and identity? In this course we will examine how narratives of resistance by writers living in occupied and post-occupation contexts can open up insights into these wide-ranging concerns. We will read works by primarily Asian and African authors who explore creative, artistic responses to experiences of occupation and resistance. These works will help us to better understand how literature responds to struggles for power and oppression.
ENG 105 Introduction to Narrative: “Narratives of Healing” – Elena Makarion
Our conversations will focus on trauma and mental health, especially dominant narratives in the media. We will read authors who envision new ways to discuss “medical” experiences and care through alternatives in language and story. We will read a graphic novel, short stories, poetry, memoirs, and novels. Our short stories are themed around women and “madness,” magical-thinking, gothic tropes, and asylum narratives in the late 19th century. We will also write creatively together, including activities such as: writing reflective pieces, writing poems, nature journaling, composing metaphors, and writing in the senses.
ENG 106 Introduction to Poetry – Andrew Saulters, WI
Introduction to Poetry promotes critical reading and analysis of British and American lyric, dramatic, and narrative poetry. We will consider historical, cultural, and literary backgrounds when doing so will aid us in perceiving the full dimensions of the poetry we study. Of particular interest are the ways in which social and intellectual movements inform, push, and are pushed by poets and their works. Our course is writing intensive, meaning that the practice of writing about poetry will critically shape our engagement with the form. While we are not undertaking a survey of British and American poetry, we are trying to see and appreciate all of the effects—emotional, musical, intellectual, cultural—that British and American poetry can achieve under a reader’s devoted attention. We are trying to be maximally affected by poetry and by poems.
ENG 110 World Literature in English: “Postcolonialism, Globalization and the Environment” – Mohammad Ataullah Nuri, WI
The 20th and 21st centuries have been tumultuous times for humanity, as the world has undergone significant political, cultural, and environmental shifts. These phenomena have also shaped the literatures of the world. In this course, we will read, watch, and discuss works of world literature (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama, and films) concerned with identity, history, and environmental crisis. Our texts, largely by writers who belong to formerly colonized nations, explore their respective historical and cultural contexts: the West Indies, South Asia, Canada, Africa. Course goals include developing a greater understanding of postcolonial and environmental perspectives in the contemporary world.
ENG 115 Literature Off the Page – Gillian Perry
Has a hulu adaptation done justice to your favorite novel? Should classic literary texts be brought to the stage? This course examines what happens to a narrative’s plot, characters, and themes when a text is brought from the page to another, more complex medium. From audiobooks to musicals, films to stage productions, this class is interested in the minutiae of storytelling. How does cultural context inform a reproduction or adaptation? What can a digital medium offer to a literary text? What can and cannot be translated? Is every adaptation simply a repetition of a classic, unchanging plot structure–is anything original anymore? We’ll open up these questions and conduct analyses of literary devices, digital storytelling, and embodied storytelling as we attempt to determine how adaptations are made, what purpose they serve, and how they allow classic texts to evolve and be made anew. From Jane Eyre to The House on Mango Street to Macbeth you’ll learn how to unpack the storytelling techniques through voice, body, and production as well as how to analyze authorial intent across mediums. This is a course for storytellers and creative thinkers, and also realists and analysts. In both our close reading and our creative reimagining, we’ll work together to decide what makes an adaptation worthy of being called art.
ENG 115 Literature Off the Page – Leslie Knight
ENG 123 Speaking Out for Change: Advocacy Communication Across Contexts – Joe Dunne
ENG 123 Speaking Out for Change: Advocacy Communication Across Contexts – Carter
ENG 123 Speaking Out for Change: Advocacy Communication Across Contexts – Valerie Kelco
ENG 123 Speaking Out for Change: Advocacy Communication Across Contexts – Kathy Goodkin
ENG 140 Literature, Health, & Wellness: “Narratives of Healing” – Elena Makarion –
Our conversations will focus on trauma and mental health, especially dominant narratives in the media. We will read authors who envision new ways to discuss “medical” experiences and care through alternatives in language and story. We will read a graphic novel, short stories, poetry, memoirs, and novels. Our short stories are themed around women and “madness,” magical-thinking, gothic tropes, and asylum narratives in the late 19th century. We will also write creatively together, including activities such as: visiting the art museum and the archives, writing reflective pieces, writing poems, nature journaling, composing metaphors, and writing in the senses.
ENG 140 Literature, Health, & Wellness: “Feeding Our Minds” – Kate Burt
In 1825, the French gastronome Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin wrote, “Tell me what kind of food you eat, and I will tell you what kind of man you are.” Our relationships with food are deeply personal, and yet food also sits at the intersections of culture, medicine, the environment, economics, politics, and psychology. We will consider how writers center food, eating, and cooking in their stories as a way of exploring these intersections. We will talk about the sensory aspects of food, the way food often serves as a language, the politics of taboo eating, and how food can be both a tool of comfort and of self-destruction. By the end of the semester, you will better understand what kind of person you are, what kind of person you want to be, and how these identities emerge in your relationship with food.
ENG 140 Literature, Health, & Wellness: “Knowing the Self, Knowing Others” – Abby Bryan
What does it mean to truly know oneself? What does it mean to know others? And how can deepening one’s knowledge of oneself and others be a means of individual and collective care? This course explores how literature can help us to better understand ourselves and others. Through the study of a variety of literary genres and forms, we will work to define “selfhood” and to understand the extent to which the self—our selves as well as others’—can be expressed through writing. We will consider what it means to “story” ourselves and grapple with the possibilities and limitations of telling another person’s story. Ultimately, we will consider what personal storytelling can do for our own sense of wellbeing and for the wellbeing of our communities—what kind of social, political, and rhetorical work personal storytelling can accomplish.
ENG 140 – Literature, Health, & Wellness – Maggie Kelly
Why is our culture obsessed with blood? Just think of all of the vampire books, shows, and movies out there. Or, consider the overly graphic and immensely bloody scenes in horror films and crime shows. This course will explore, through various modes of literature (from vampire fiction to lyric poetry), the symbolic meanings we attach to blood and how these meanings relate to our own cultural identities. This course will include assignments such as a final essay and a creative research project.
ENG 190 Literature, Gender, & Identity: “Beyond Binaries” – Patrick Crowley
Binary thinking categorizes people, things, and ideas in terms of mutually exclusive distinctions that separate one from another. It has been central to modern ideas about gender identity and sexual difference. This class invites students to read, discuss, and analyze works of literature that challenge binary understandings of gender and identity across multiple societies, cultures, and histories. Our work will involve using literature to rethink gender and sex as nonbinary dimensions of selfhood that intersect in complicated and surprising ways with surrounding structural hierarchies and normative classifications, such as race, ethnicity, class, religion, nationality, modernity, able-bodiedness, and so on.
ENG 190 Literature, Gender, & Identity – Hannah Roberts
In this course, we will examine identity as a fluid concept and explore the work of BIPOC poets, authors, and artists who investigate connections between self-image, cultural identity, and ongoing histories of oppression. From haikus written by Japanese internment camp prisoners during WWII, Laguna Pueblo hummah-hah stories, essays about non-binary lived experiences, and Chicana metafiction, to Rupaul’s Drag Race, Beyoncé’s Renaissance, and Kara Walker’s Darkytown Rebellion exhibit, course readings will challenge you to consider how identity is explored, solidified, and expressed.
ENG 190 Literature, Gender, & Identity: “Literary Horror” – Kate Burt
As a genre, horror is often derided as being a genre full of cheap reboots, base appeals to sex and gore, and simplistic plots and characters. However, horror has always been about finding what makes us uncomfortable, what anxieties we hold within ourselves, and twisting the knife of those fears until we have no choice but to face ourselves. Horror is often an exploitative genre that glorifies and eroticizes violence. Yet, it has also been a welcoming place for those labeled as deviant, and marginalized communities have historically used horror to share stories of survivorship and to confront audiences that both fear and obsess over their bodies. In this course, we read and analyze texts from this paradoxical genre—including novels, films, plays, and poetry—as creations by and about people who defy social norms.
ENG 190 Literature, Gender, & Identity – Andrew Saulters
ENG 205 Sports and Literature – Richard Moriarty
In this course, we will explore relationships between literature, culture, and sports; we will also consider literary portrayals of exceptional and athletic bodies alongside investigations of athleticism, race, gender, and embodiment. We will consider the ways we talk and write about sports, as well as how and why poets and authors of fiction and drama describe sports in the specific ways they do. Through class discussions and written assignments, we will explore the world of sports literature, which is filled with stories about what it means to be an individual and also part of a larger, shared experience.
ENG 210 Literature and the Arts: “Writing Home” – Angela Winsor, WI
How do authors write toward the idea of “home”? How do they reclaim home or memorialize it? Admire or admonish homes in their work? We will explore these questions as we read fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction featuring themes of home, belonging, and identity. We’ll pair our readings with visual art, focusing especially on the works of photographers, and discuss collaborations between artists and writers. Our work together will culminate in a multi-genre anthology project.
ENG 211 Major British Authors: Medieval to Eighteenth Century – Professor Gary Lim
This course introduces students to the major authors and works of early English literature, a period that covers eight hundred years of literary history, from Anglo-Saxon England to the 18th century. In the process we will encounter a wide-range of genres (epic, verse romance, comic fabliau, lyric poetry, dramatic tragedy, satire, and proto-novel) as well as assorted ideas about politics, religion, and desire. While the course is primarily structured as a chronological survey of early English literature, we will also think about how each era conceived of what it meant to be “human” and come to some conclusions about how being human was variously conceptualized throughout our period of study.
ENG 215 Literature and Film: “Apocalypse and Aftermath” – Carole-Anne Morris
The apocalyptic tradition is an ancient concept that seeks to predict the causes of global catastrophe and its consequences for life on earth. This tradition continues to manifest in various forms today, perhaps more than ever before, due to an increasingly globalized awareness of the social, political, and environmental impacts of human activity. In this course, we will consider the ways in which the apocalyptic tradition has been established and the ways in which it continues to evolve by discussing selected works of literature and film. Students will explore manifestations of the apocalyptic tradition by participating in class discussions and by creating written texts and presentations.
ENG 215 Literature and Film – Professor Jessie Van Rheenen
Groundbreakers and Genre-shapers: Transforming Literature Into Film
In this course, we will read novels, plays, and stories by authors who break the rules and bend our expectations, as well as view transformations of these works to the screen. Our focus will be on literary techniques and cinematic adaptations over the decades, with an emphasis on fundamentals distinct to both prose and camera—and how authors’ and directors’ approaches to genre (gothic/horror, coming of age, psychological thriller, etc.) shape these choices. Coursework in our discussion-based class will emphasize multiple forms of deeply “close reading” texts, including storyboard design projects, presentations, and written critical analysis.
ENG 215 Literature and Film: “Visual Text and Literary Film” – Evan Moore
Adaptations must change source material to better fit its new medium. Changes made when a written work becomes visual are often open to an extra level of criticism and fan-based critique, even outrage. At the same time, filmmakers have freedom to tell their own versions of stories, knowing the originals still exist. Often, discussions about adaptation acknowledge that novels and films, by virtue of being different mediums, require different narrative, plot, and character styles. But why? What about novels that “read like films” or comics, which are inherently visual? What about films that are experienced “like books” and adaptations that retain some literary, rather than cinematic, aspects? This section of Literature and the Arts will interrogate the limits, advantages, disadvantages, and uses of literature, film, and where the two intersect.
English 219 Business Writing – Elma Sabo – Online, Asynchronous, WI
This writing-intensive course focuses on building the skills needed to report and write for print and online forms of journalism. Subjects include accuracy, attribution, newsworthiness, and audiences. Students will write inverted pyramid stories, a short digital feature, headlines, and photo captions. They will do a reporting project on a topic of their choice. They will understand the difference between journalism and public relations and the ways the two fields interact. Associated Press style is part of the
ENG 223 Advocacy Writing – Janie Raghunandan
ENG 223 Course focused on public-oriented writing around topics linked to students’ academic interests; students engage in reflection and develop public-facing arguments connected to an issue of concern for them.
ENG 225 Writing Fiction: Introductory – Professor Jessie Van Rheenen
English 225 is an introduction to fiction writing with an emphasis on the basic elements of craft and technique. This combined seminar-workshop emphasizes learning to read fiction closely and deeply for matters of language, structure, and theme. Together, we will explore the elements of narrative fiction and writing style by (1) analyzing and critiquing short fiction, (2) generating and developing story ideas, and (3) writing and revising your own original short stories.
ENG 230 Writing for the Workplace and Public Audiences – Sam Phillips
ENG 235 Topics in Speculative Fiction – Evan Fackler, WI
This course will look at science fiction, fantasy, horror, and utopian writing from the 18th century to the present. We’ll discuss the historical relationship of these genres to the Age of Discovery and the Industrial Revolution, and explore how socially conscious writers, readers, philosophers, and even game makers have turned to speculative genres to mediate conversations about race, gender, technology, sexuality, disease, and, more recently, climate change.
ENG 290-01 Social Movement and Social Justice Rhetorics – Dr. Nancy Myers
This course examines the verbal and non-verbal rhetorical strategies of groups and individuals attempting to effect social change and the counter-strategies of those who oppose them. We look at how social movements attempt to transform perceptions of social reality, alter the self-perception of protestors, legitimize the movement, prescribe courses of action, mobilize for action, and sustain the movement. We begin by understanding how the rhetorics of social movements operate by looking at two time periods in America: Reconstruction right after the Civil War when Black men achieved the right to vote (1865-1880) and the Civil Rights Movement (1950s-1970s). We then move to current global social movements that you choose to examine, the rhetorical techniques they use, from songs and slogans to television and Twitter. All readings are attached in Canvas.
ENG 303 Literary Theory – Professor Gary Lim, WI
What are some of the assumptions that inform how we analyze texts? Did we always read as we do today? Is there a difference between reading a text for pleasure and studying it for college credit? Why will two English professors have vastly different interpretations of the same poem? What defines English as a discipline? By studying several major areas of literary and critical theory we will begin to formulate answers to these questions. We will consider several major approaches to the study of literature that came to the forefront of the American literary studies from the mid-twentieth century: New Criticism, structuralism, deconstruction, psychoanalytical theory, feminism and queer theory, and cultural-historical approaches. While we will spend a good deal of the course considering these theories in their own right, we will also study scholarly articles with an eye to exploring how they are applied to spark literary insight and develop arguments about interpretation.
ENG 307 Public Advocacy and Argument – Dr. Heather Adams
*ENG 307 is the core course in the English Department’s minor in Rhetoric and Public Advocacy, a minor open to majors in any discipline.
Do you want to develop techniques for advocating change that is important to you? Do you want to cultivate strategies for shifting attitudes and fostering action in the places where you work, live, and play? Do you want to improve your capabilities for advocating for yourself in professional contexts? Get course credit for working toward these goals in ENG 307: Public Advocacy and Argument.
In this course, you will learn how to become more persuasive (through writing, speaking, and other means) by exploring time-honored and emerging tactics. Together, we’ll consider the differences between activism and advocacy (and explore why that difference is important). We’ll study real-life advocates as models of best practices in advocacy. We’ll also learn about “argument” from traditional perspectives and from newer perspectives that question long-held goals and forms of engagement.
In short, this hands-on class will provide you with a host of tools for your advocacy and argument toolkit, enabling you to apply this learning to whatever is most meaningful in your life.
English 315 Postcolonial Literatures: “Human- and Plant-Things in Recent Postcolonial and World Fiction” – Dr. Christian Moraru
This English 315 course deals, as its subtitle suggests, with material culture in world fiction, specifically with novels whose focus is the cross-species interactions in several postcolonial and world traditions in the contemporary era. In this class, the contemporary is defined as the post-Cold War period, principally as the decades lapsed since 9/11. How do humans and non-humans, specifically plants, engage with each another during this time? This is the main question raised in a class where everything that exists is treated as an object being on the same existential level as any other object, human or not, organic and inorganic. This 315 section has a cross-cultural, transnational, and, indeed, planetary scope, covering a number of postcolonial and world traditions, Western and non-Western. Our authors include Kayte Nunn, Karen Hugg, Sarah Delijani, and Edan Lepucki, among others. Midterm and final paper.
English 325 Writing of Fiction: Intermediate – Derek Palacio
ENG 325 is an intermediate level fiction writing course with an emphasis on revision. This is a workshop-based class that emphasizes learning to read fiction closely for matters of language, structure, theme, etc. Students will deepen their grasp of narrative craft and vocabulary by (1) analyzing and critiquing fiction, (2) generating and developing story ideas, and (3) writing, revising, and editing short stories. Students will generate, revise, and develop a single manuscript across the term, employing various modes of revision along the way. This course will help students explore the potential of early drafts while also cultivating self-aware techniques for refining one’s initial creative vision.
Prerequisite: ENG 225 or permission of instructor
ENG 327 Writing for Professionals and Entrepreneurs – Candace Chambers, WI
This course features principles of written communication emphasizing clarity, rhetorical awareness, audience analysis, arrangement, and collaboration applied to a variety of professional and entrepreneurial writing tasks and workplace settings.
English 342 The Seventeenth Century: “Literature in Crisis” – Dr. Chris Hodgkins, WI (Special 7-week schedule)
Plague! Insurrection! War! But enough about the 2020s…In this course we’ll turn back to the century that, in many ways, made us possible, a century of constant upheaval and “re”-invention: Renaissance; Reformation; Revolution; Restoration. How do Seventeenth-Century British writers respond to a crisis of cultural consensus and bewildering change? In our survey of major authors and works from 1600 through the 1660s, we will emphasize their varied reactions to cultural collapse: from the “metaphysical” writers—Donne, Webster, Herbert, Crashaw, Brown, Vaughan, and Traherne—who turned inward to the shared solipsism of the bedchamber, or upward to the eternal presence of God; through the courtly and “cavalier” poets—Jonson, Herrick, Carew, Suckling, Lovelace, Waller, and Cowley—who defended royal power and embraced worldly pleasure in equal measure; to the Puritans—Milton and Marvell—who insisted that only God is King, removed the earthly king’s head, tried to make God’s kingdom come in a more righteous Republic, and lived through its collapse—and dreamed of something better in America. Lyric and epic poetry, comic and tragic drama, and sharp-edged political prose—we’ll read them all, combining discussion and lecture, with an emphasis on textual explication. One 2-3 page paper will be required earlier in the term, explaining a lyric poem by John Donne; plus two critical annotations on assigned days, and a Research Essay and Revision due during the last month of the term. Exams will consist of a midterm and final, each covering one half of the course. Occasional reading quizzes. Required Texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature: The Sixteenth Century and the Early Seventeenth Century—10th Edition; paperback available in UNCG Bookstore and online at Amazon.com, Alibris.com, Thriftbooks.com, etc.; plus handouts posted on Canvas.
ENG 343 Love Poetry – Dr. Jennifer Keith, WI CIC
What can we learn about love from poets? We will address this question by reading as well as writing and talking about a variety of poems that express love for a range of beloveds, including romantic lovers, friends, the divine, and nature. Exploring love poems by writers from the Renaissance to the Romantic eras, we will discover many qualities of love, including connections between intimate topics and wider cultural contexts, and examine similarities and differences between earlier representations of love and those of today, especially in the context of new media. With a focus on reading these poems aloud during our class meetings, this course will deepen your pleasure and skill in interpreting love poetry. We will study works by William Shakespeare, Mary Wroth, John Donne, Katherine Philips, Anne Finch, Jonathan Swift, Isaac Watts, Elizabeth Singer Rowe, Anna Seward, William Cowper, Charlotte Smith, William Wordsworth, and John Keats. This course carries a Writing-Intensive marker (under the GEC system) and a College Writing marker (under the CIC system). Assignments will include regular notebook entries, class presentations (with oral and written components), and a research paper you will develop and revise in several stages.
English 357 Modernism – Dr. Anthony Cuda
A study of the exciting experimental literature of the early Twentieth Century, focusing on the avant-garde writing of writers like Marcel Proust, Virginia Woolf, Ezra Pound, T. S. Eliot, and others, and considering the related experiments in the visual arts and in the fields of music and dance, including Picasso, Stravinsky, and the Russian Ballet.