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English Courses

Fall 2016 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 Consumer Culture
Sara Eddy, T Th 9:00-10:20 AM

ENG 118 No, Seriously...What's so Funny?: Writing About Humor
Peter Sapira, M W 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

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

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

ENG 112 Reading Contemporary Poetry
Patrick Donnelly, T 7:30 PM -9:00 PM

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

ENG 120 Reading and Writing Short Stories
Gillian Kendall, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

FYS 128 Ghost Stories
Cornelia Pearsall, T 1:00 PM-2:20 PM

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

FYS 134 Bookmarks: Reading and Writing from Plato to the Digital Age
Nancy Bradbury/Katherine Rowe, T Th 9:00-10:20 AM

FYS 160 The End of the World as We Know It: The Post-Apocalyptic Novel
Gillian Kendall, M W F 9:00-9:50 a.m.

FYS 192 America in 1925
Richard Millington, T Th 3:00 PM -4:20 PM

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. 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
Andrea Stone, T Th 1:00 PM-2:20 PM
Lily Gurton-Wachter, M W F 10:00-10:50 AM

ENG 200 English Literary Tradition I
William Oram, M W F 11:00 AM-12:10 PM
Douglas Patey, M W F 1:10-2:30 PM

Electives

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
Michael Thurston, M W F 11:00-12:10

ENG 222 Spirometers, Speculums, and the Scales of Justice: Medicine and Law in 19thC African Diasporic Literature
Andrea Stone, T Th 3:00 PM -4:20 PM

ENG 231 American Literature Before 1865
Richard Millington, M W F 11:00 AM-12:10 PM

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

ENG 243 The Victorian Novel
Cornelia Pearsall, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

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, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 PM

ENG 256 Shakespeare
William Oram, M W F 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

ENG 263 Romantic Poetry and Prose
Lily Gurton-Wachter, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 PM

ENG 276 Contemporary British Women Writers
Robert Hosmer, M W 1:10-2:30 PM

Intermediate and 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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Intermediate Courses

ENG 245 Worldbuilding: Topics in Reading and Writing Creative Fiction
Gillian Kendall, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

Advanced Courses

ENG 290 Crafting Creative Non-fiction
Andrew Leland, Th 3:00 PM-4:50 PM

ENG 295 Advanced Poetry Writing
Arda Collins, T 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

ENG 296 Advanced Fiction Writing
Ruth Ozeki, T 1:00 PM-4:00 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 directly to the instructor teaching the course by the last day of the preregistration period. The instructor will then select the students admitted from these applicants.

ENG 310 Seminar: Women and Gender in Early Modern Europe-The Art of Self-Fashioning
Mihoko Suzuki, T 1:00 PM-2:50 PM

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

ENG 391 Seminar: Modern South Asian Writers
Ambreen Hai, Th 1:00 PM-2:50 PM

 

Cross-listed and Interdepartmental Courses

 

AMS 230 Asian American Experiences
Floyd Cheung

CLT 177 Journeys in World Literature
Topic: Epic Worlds

Craig Davis

CLT 205 20th-Century Literatures of Africa
Katwiwa Mule

CLT 300 Literary Theory and Literary Practice: Conflicts and Consensus
Anna Botta

THE 261/THE 262 Writing for the Theatre
Leonard Berkman

 

Spring 2017

(Preliminary Listing: subject to change)

 

ENG 112 Reading Contemporary Poetry
Patrick Donnelly, T 7:30-9:00

ENG 120 Reading and Writing Short Stories
Gillian Kendall, T Th 9:00-10:20

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

ENG 120 Literature and War
Lily Gurton-Wachter, T Th 10:30-11:50

CLT 177 Journeys in Comparative Literature: Epic Worlds
Craig Davis, T Th 10:30-11:50

ENG 199 Methods of Literary Study
Ambreen Hai, M W 1:10-2:30

ENG 199 Methods of Literary Study
Rick Millington, M W F 11:00-12:10

ENG 200 English Literary Tradition I
Nancy Bradbury, M W 1:10-2:30

ENG 201 English Literary Tradition II
Cornelia Pearsall, T Th 10:30-11:50

ENG/CLT 203Western Classics in Translation, from Chretien de Troyes to Tolstoy
Maria Banerjee, T Th 9:00-10:20

ENG 204 Arthurian Legend
Nancy Bradbury, T Th 10:30-11:50

ENG 207 Technology of Reading and Writing
Doug Patey, M W F 9:00-9:50

ENG 216 Intermediate Poetry Writing
TBA

ENG 217 Studies in Medieval Literature: Old Irish
Craig Davis, M W F 10:00-10:50

ENG 223 Contemporary American Gothic Literature
Andrea Stone, T Th 3:00-4:20

ENG 229 Turning Novels into Films
Ambreen Hai, T Th 1:00-2:50

ENG 233 American Literature from 1865-1914
Floyd Cheung, M W F 11:00-12:10

ENG 235 Modern American Writing
Michael Thurston, M W F 9:00-9:50

ENG 238 What Jane Austen Read
Doug Patey, M W F 11:00-12:10

ENG 257 Shakespeare
Gillian Kendall, T Th 10:30-11:50

ENG 273 Poetry of War
Cornelia Pearsall, T Th 1:00-2:20

ENG 279 American Women Poets
Michael Thurston, M W F 11:00-12:10

ENG 285 Introduction to Contemporary Literary Theory
Andrea Stone, T Th 1:00-2:20

ENG 291 Lakes Writing Workshop Topic: Prompt and Circumstance: A Creative Lab for the Performing Writer
Lenelle Moise, T 3:00-4:50

ENG 293 The Art and History of the Book
Martin Antonetti, M W 2:40-4:00

ENG 295 Advanced Poetry Writing
Marilyn Chin, T 1:00-4:00

ENG 296 Advanced Fiction Writing
Ruth Ozeki, T 1:00-4:00

ENG 333 Seminar: A Major British or American Writer: Nabokov
Dean Flower, T 3:00-4:50

ENG 333 Seminar: A Major British or American Writer: Hawthorne's Fiction
Rick Millington, Th 7:30-9:30 p.m.

ENG 333 Seminar: A Major British or American Writer: Reading William Blake
Lily Gurton-Wachter, Th 1:00-2:50

ENG 384/AMS 351 Writing about American Society Andrew Leland, Th 1:00-2:50