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English Courses

Fall 2014 Course Offerings

Smith College reserves the right to make changes to all announcements and course listings online, including changes in its course offerings, instructors, requirements for the majors and minors, and degree requirements.

Level I

Courses numbered 100–170: introductory courses, open to all students. In ENG 118 and 120, incoming students have priority in the fall semester, and other students are welcome as space permits.

First-level Courses in Writing

ENG 118 Politics of Language
Holly Davis, M W 9:00 AM-10:20 AM
Holly Davis, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

ENG 118 To Hell and Back
Peter Sapira, M W 9:00-10:20 AM

ENG 118 All the World's a Stage
Roger Pinches, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 PM

ENG 118 Water: Science and Politics
Naila Moreira, T Th 9:00-10:20 AM

ENG 118 Consumer Culture
Sara Eddy, T Th 9:00-10:20 AM

ENG 118 No, Seriously...What's so Funny?: Writing About Humor
Peter Sapira, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

ENG 118 The Space in Our Identity: Writing about Home
Alejandro Cuellar, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

ENG 118 The Documentary Impulse
Luke Bloomfield, T Th 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

First-level Courses in Literature and Cross-listed First-year Seminars

ENG 112 Reading Contemporary Poetry
Patrick Donnelly, T 7:30 PM -9:30 PM

ENG 120 Reading and Writing Short Poems
Maya Janson, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 PM

ENG 184 Survey of Afro-American Literature 1746-1900
Daphne Lamothe, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 PM

FYS 115 Reading the Civil War
Michael Gorra, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

FYS 122 Eden and Other Gardens
Nancy Bradbury, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

FYS 126 Literature of the Fantastic: Dystopian Worlds
Gillian Kendall, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

FYS 128 Ghosts
Cornelia Pearsall, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

FYS 131 Opera: The Book and the Music (Saints and Spitfires)
Robert Hosmer, MW 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

FYS 133 Reading the Landscape
Dean Flower, MW 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

FYS 142 Reacting to the Past
William Oram, T/Th 1:00 PM-2:50 PM

FYS 167 Viking Diaspora
Craig Davis, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

Level II

Courses numbered 199–249. Open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors, and to qualified first-year students.

Gateway Courses

These courses serve as entry points to the major, introductions to the critical, historical and methodological issues and questions that underlie the study of literatures in English. English majors must select at least two courses from this menu. Fall gateway courses are open to first-year students with the English Literature and Composition AP score of 4 or 5, or a score of 710 on the Critical Reading portion of the SAT.

ENG 199 Methods of Literary Study
Floyd Cheung, M W F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM
Naomi Miller, T/Th 1:10 PM -2:30 PM

ENG 200 English Literary Tradition I
Douglas Patey, M W F 11:00 AM-12:10 PM

ENG 231 American Literature Before 1865
Richard H. Millington, M W F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM


These courses in particular are designed to interest non-majors as well as majors.

ENG 202 Western Classics: Homer to Dante
Robert Hosmer, M W 9:00 AM-10:20 AM
Maria Banerjee, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM
Thalia Pandiri, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 PM

ENG 214 Medieval Welsh
Craig R. Davis, M W F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM

ENG 241 The Empire Writes Back: Postcolonial Literature
Ambreen Hai, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

Level III

Courses numbered 250–299. Open to sophomores, juniors and seniors; first-year students admitted only with the permission of the instructor. Recommended background: at least one English course above the 100 level or as specified in the course description.

ENG 250 Chaucer
Nancy Bradbury, T Th 3:00 PM-4:20 PM

ENG 256 Shakespeare
William Oram, M W F 11:00 AM-12:10 PM
Naomi Miller, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

ENG 261 Seventeenth-Century Potery
Gillian M. Kendall, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

ENG 263 Romantic Poetry and Prose
Melina Moe, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

ENG 264 Faulkner
Michael Gorra, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

Advanced Courses in Writing

Only one course in writing may be taken in any one semester, except by permission of the chair. Courses in writing above the 100-level may be repeated for credit only with the permission of the instructor and the chair. For all writing courses above the 100-level, no student will be admitted to a section until she has submitted appropriate examples of her work and received permission of the instructor.   Kindly review the course descriptions below for specific instructions and deadlines.

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ENG 206 Intermediate Fiction Writing
David Maine, T 3:00 PM-4:50 PM

ENG 290 Crafting Creative Nonfiction
Robert Hosmer, T 1:00 PM-2:50 PM

ENG 290 Crafting Creative Non-fiction: Writing About Science
Dava Sobel, T 1:00 PM-2:50 PM

ENG 295 Advanced Poetry Writing
Joan Larkin, T 1:00 PM-3:50 PM

ENG 296 Advanced Fiction Writing
Emily Barton, Th 1:00 PM-2:50 PM

Level IV

300-level courses, but not seminars. These courses are intended primarily for juniors and seniors who have taken at least two literature courses above the 100-level. Other interested students need the permission of the instructor.

ENG 399 Teaching Literature
Samuel Scheer, W 7:00 PM-9:30 PM

Level V

Seminars are open only to juniors and seniors, and admission is by permission of the instructor.

Seminars in the English department stand as the capstone experience in the major. They bring students into the public aspects of intellectual life, and the papers they require are not only longer but also different in kind from those in 200-level classes. These papers require a research component in which students engage the published arguments of others, or at least demonstrate an awareness of the ongoing critical conversation their work is entering. But such work proves most useful when most available, and so we also require that students present their thinking in some way to the semi-public sphere of the seminar itself.

All students who wish to take a seminar must apply at the English department office by the last day of the preregistration period. The instructor will select the students admitted from these applicants.

ENG 308 Seminar: One Big Book- The Waste Land
Michael Thurston, T 1:00 PM-2:50 PM

ENG 319 South Asians in Britain and America
Ambreen Hai, Th 1:00 PM-2:50 PM

ENG 323 Seminar: Toni Morrison
Kevin Quashie, T 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

ENG 333 Seminar: Major British or American Writer
Douglas L. Patey, T 3:00 PM-4:50 PM

ENG 362 Satire: Execution by Words
Nora F. Crow, Th 1:00 PM-2:50 PM


Cross-listed and Interdepartmental Courses


CLT 205 Twentieth Century Literatures of Africa

Katwiwa Mule

FLS 241 Genre/Period-Topic: The Western and American Identity after World War II

Alexandra Keller

THE 261 Writing for the Theatre

Andrea Hairston

THE 262 Writing for the Theatre

Andrea Hairston

CLT 300 Foundations of Contemporary Literary Theory

Anna Botta

Spring 2015 courses

Level I

ENG 118 Colloquia in Writing:
The Politics of Language
Holly Davis
All the World’s a Stage
Roger Pinches
No, Seriously. What’s so Funny? Writing about Humor
Peter Sapira
The Documentary Impulse
Luke Bloomfield
How to Live
Pamela Thompson

ENG 119 Writing Roundtable

What’s for Dinner? Writing about Food
Sara Eddy

ENG 135 Introduction to Creative Nonfiction

Writing about Place and Travel
Pamela Petro
Writing about the Arts
Nancy Cohen

ENG 120 Colloquia in Literature

Reading and Writing Short Stories
Gillian Kendall
Mysteries and Investigations
Nancy Mason Bradbury

ENG 170 History of the English Language
Douglas Patey

ENG 175 Gothic
Craig Davis

Level II-Gateway Courses

ENG 199 Methods of Literary Study

Ambreen Hai
Richard Millington

ENG 201 The English Literary Tradition II
Cornelia Pearsall
Michael Gorra

Level II-Electives

ENG 203 Western Classics in Translation,from Chrétien de Troyes to Tolstoy
Maria Banerjee
Elizabeth Harries

ENG 207 The Technology of Reading & Writing
Douglas Patey

ENG 208 Science Fiction? Speculative Fiction?
William Oram

ENG 217 Studies in Medieval Literature
Craig Davis

ENG 235 Modern American Writing
Dean Flower

ENG 239 American Journeys
Richard Millington

ENG 244 The Novel Now
Michael Gorra

Level III

ENG 257 Shakespeare
Gillian Kendall

ENG 260 Milton
William Oram

ENG 278 Asian American Women Writers
Floyd Cheung

ENG 285 Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theory
Ambreen Hai

ENG 287 Shakespeare’s Sisters: Representing Women in the Renaissance
Naomi Miller

ENG 293 The Art and History of the Book
Martin Antonetti

Intermediate/Advanced Writing Courses

ENG 206 Intermediate Fiction Writing
Tom Hopkins

ENG 206 Writing the Marvelous Real
Sheree Renée Thomas

ENG 216 Intermediate Poetry Writing

ENG 295 Advanced Poetry Writing
Joan Larkin

ENG 296 Advanced Fiction Writing
Emily Barton

ENG 384/AMS 351 Writing About American Society
Dava Sobel

Level IV

Level V-Seminars

ENG 308 One Big Book: Troilus and Criseyde
Nancy Mason Bradbury

Cross-listed and Interdepartmental Courses

AAS 202 Topics in Black Studies: Topic: Race and Love
Kevin Quashie

THE 261/THE 262 Writing for the Theatre
Andrea Hairston

CLT 266 Studies in South African Literature and Film
Topic: Adapting Violence to the Screen

Katwiwa Mule