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 106-01: Introduction to Poetry
Professor Terry Kennedy
This is an introductory yet intensive course in the study of poetry with a particular emphasis given to historical, cultural, and literary backgrounds. Poets studied will
include Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Carl Sandburg, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, Maya Angelou, Sonia Sanchez, Lucille Clifton, Seamus Heaney, and Rita Dove.
ENG 208-81: Topics in Global Literature – Lives and Journeys of Things in Contemporary World Fiction
Professor Christian Moraru
This is an online, asynchronous Topics in Global Literature course that deals with material culture in twenty-first-century world fiction, specifically with novels whose focus is on objects—humans included—and their global presence, trajectories, and transformations 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 humans handle other living and (apparently) non-living objects in such times? How do human and nonhuman objects interrogate and complicate existing modes and views of contemporaneity? These are some of the 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.
Our 208 section has a global focus twice. First, it has a cross-cultural, transnational, and, indeed, planetary scope, covering several 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 Daniel Kehlmann, Emily St. John Mandel, and Mohsin Hamid, among others. The class will be run on Canvas. Written responses and a final exam due June 12th
Dr. Ben Clarke
This course surveys British literature from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth century. Students will read texts by major authors who worked in this period and analyze developments in literary technique and genre. They will also consider the relationship between these texts and the historical conditions within which they were produced.
ENG 251-01: Colonial and U.S. Literature to 1865
Dr. Karen Weyler
In English 251, we will read literary texts drawn from the time of European exploration of North America through the fraught decades of the 1840s and 1850s, as questions about abolition, women’s rights, and Native American rights roiled the nation. Our readings include short stories, poetry, essays, and more by well-known writers such as Nathaniel Hawthorne and Edgar Allan Poe, as well as writers who may be new to you, such as Fanny Fern, Phillis Wheatley, and Frances Harper.