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English Courses

Spring 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 Politics of Language
Holly Davis, T Th 9:00 AM-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, M W 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

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

ENG 119 Writing Roundtable: What's for Dinner?
Sara Eddy, T Th-9:00 AM-10:20 AM

ENG 119 Writing Roundtable: This Overheating World
Naila Moreira, T Th-10:30 AM-11:50 AM

ENG 135 Intro to Creative Nonfiction: Writing about Health & Healthcare in the U.S.
Nell Lake, M W 7:30 PM-8:50 PM

ENG 135 Intro to Creative Nonfiction: Writing about Food
Susan Chang, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 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

ENG 120 Shakespeare and Film
Gillian Kendall, T Th 3:00 PM -4:20 PM

ENG 170 The English Language
Douglas Patey, M W F 11:00 AM-12:10 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
Ambreen Hai, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 PM
Juliana Hu Pegues, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

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

ENG 201 The English Literary Tradition II
Cornelia Pearsall, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM
Andrea Stone, T Th 1:00 -2:20 PM


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

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

ENG 207 Technology of Reading and Writing
Douglas Patey, M W F 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

ENG 227 Modern British Fiction
Michael Gorra, MW 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

ENG 236 African-American Literature 1900 to the Present
Kevin Quashie, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

ENG 242 A History of Mystery
Dean Flower, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 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 257 Shakespeare
William Oram, M W F 11:00 AM-12:10 PM

ENG 260 Milton
Charles E. Reeves, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 PM

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

ENG 275 Witches, Witchcraft and Witch Hunts
Michael Thurston, M W F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM

ENG 283 Victorian Medievalism
Cornelia Pearsall, Nancy Bradbury, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

ENG 293 The Art and History of the Book
Martin Antonetti, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 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 216 Intermediate Poetry Writing
Joan Houlihan, M 1:10 PM-4:00 PM

ENG 291 Lakes Writing Workshop
Pamela Petro, Th 3:00 PM-4:50 PM

Advanced Courses

ENG 295 Advanced Poetry Writing
Marilyn Chin, T 1:00 PM-2:50 PM

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

ENG 384 Writing About American Society: The Climate of the Country
Dava Sobel, T 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.

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 309 Seminar: Black Prison Intellectuals
Andrea Stone, Th 3:00 PM-4:50 PM

ENG 333 Seminar: Major British or American Writer: Ursula K. Le Guin
William Oram, T 3:00 PM-4:50 PM

ENG 333 Seminar: Major British or American Writer: Henry James
Michael Gorra, T 3:00 PM-4:50 PM

ENG 333 Seminar: Major British or American Writer: Thomas Malory
Craig Davis, T 3:00 PM-4:50 PM

ENG 353 Advanced Studies in Shakespeare: Shakespeare's Women,Women's Shakespeares
Naomi Miller, T 1:00 PM-4:00 PM


Cross-listed and Interdepartmental Courses


CLT 177 Journeys in World Literature
Topic: Epic Worlds

Craig Davis

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

Katwiwa Mule

THE 261/THE 262 Writing for the Theatre
Leonard Berkman