Spring 2014 Course Offerings
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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 All the World's a Stage
Roger Pinches, MW 1:10 PM-2:30 PM
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, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM
ENG 118 The Documentary Impulse
Luke Bloomfield, T Th 1:10 PM-2:30 PM
ENG 118 How to Live
Pamela Thompson, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM
ENG 119 Writing Roundtable: What's for Dinner? Writing about Food
Sara Eddy, T Th-9:00 AM-10:20 AM
ENG 135 Intro to Creative Nonfiction: Writing about Place and Travel
Pamela Petro, M W 9:00 AM-10:20 AM
ENG 135 Intro to Creative Nonfiction: Writing about the Arts
Nancy Cohen, M W 7:30 PM-8:50 PM
First-level Courses in Literature and Cross-listed First-year Seminars
ENG 120 Fiction
Robert Hosmer, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM
ENG 120 Shakespeare and Film
Gillian Kendall, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM
Courses numbered 199–249. Open to all sophomores, juniors and seniors, and to qualified first-year students.
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
Jefferson Hunter, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 PM
Andrea Stone, T Th 3:00 PM-4:20 PM
ENG 201 The English Literary Tradition II
Cornelia Pearsall, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM
Michael Thurston, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM
These courses in particular are designed to interest non-majors as well as majors.
ENG 203 Western Classics: De Troyes to Tolstoy
Robert Hosmer, M W 9:00 AM-10:20 AM
Maria Banerjee, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM
ENG 207 Technology of Reading and Writing
Eric Reeves, MW 2:40 PM-4:00 PM
ENG 211 Beowulf
Craig Davis, M W F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM
ENG 227 Modern British Fiction
Michael Gorra, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM
ENG 228 Children's Literature
Gillian Kendall, Th 1:00 PM-2:20 PM
ENG 233 American Literature from 1865-1914
Richard Millington, M W F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM
ENG 235 Modern American Writing
Dean Flower, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM
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 255 What Makes a Tale Worth Telling?
Michael Gorra, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM
ENG 257 Shakespeare
William Oram, M W F 11:00 AM-12:10 PM
ENG 259 Rhyming, Railing, and Roguery Before 1800
Nora Crow, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM
ENG 268 Literary Genres: Lyric Poetry
Naomi Miller, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM
ENG 283 Victorian Medievalism
Nancy Bradbury,Cornelia Pearsall, T Th 1:00 PM-2:20 PM
ENG 293 The Art and History of the Book
Martin Antonetti, MW 1:10 PM-2:30 PM
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
Emily Barton, T 1:00 PM-2:50 PM
ENG 206 Intermediate Fiction Writing-Section 2
Sue Miller, W 1:10 PM-4:00 PM
ENG 216 Intermediate Poetry Writing
Ellen Watson, W 1:10 PM-4:00 PM
ENG 290 Writing Essays New Yorker Style
Nora Crow, Th 1:00 PM-2:50 PM
ENG 295 Advanced Poetry Writing
Joan Larkin, T 1:00 PM-4:00 PM
ENG 296 Advanced Fiction Writing
Emily Barton, Th 1:00 PM-2:50 PM
ENG 384 Writing About American Society: The Climate of the Country
Dava Sobel, T 1:00 PM-2:50 PM
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.
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 303 Seminar: American Literature: Willa Cather's Fiction
Richard Millington, Th 7:30 PM-9:30 PM
ENG 306 Seminar: Foundations of Celtic Europe
Craig Davis, T 3:00 PM-4:50 PM
ENG 310 Seminar: Enabling Fictions: Writing Women's Lives
Sharon Seelig, Th 1:00 PM-2:50 PM
ENG 333 Seminar: Major British or American Writer: Ursula K. Le Guin
William Oram, T 3:00 PM-4:50 PM
Cross-listed and Interdepartmental Courses
AAS 202 Topics in Black Studies: Black Music and Literature
AAS 202 Topics in Black Studies: Race and Love
CLT 266 Studies in South African Literature & Film: South African Literature & Film Since 1948
FLS 234 The Art of Film
SWG 360 The Cultural Work of Memoir
Susan Van Dyne