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English Courses

Spring 2015 Course Offerings

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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 The Space in Our Identity: Writing about Home
Alejandro Cuellar, M W 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

ENG 118 All the World's a Stage
Roger Pinches, M W 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 Documentary Impulse
Luke Bloomfield, T Th 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 Place and Travel
Pamela Petro, M W 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

ENG 135 Intro to Creative Nonfiction: Writing about the Arts
Brooke Hauser, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 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

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 Mysteries & Investigations
Nancy Bradbury, M W F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM

ENG 120 Reading and Writing Short Stories
Gillian Kendall, T Th-10:30 AM-11:50 AM

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. 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
Ambreen Hai, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM
Richard Millington, M W F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM

ENG 201 The English Literary Tradition II
Michael Gorra, 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 in Translation, from Chrétien de Troyes to Tolstoy
Elizabeth Harries, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM
Maria Banerjee, T Th 10:30-11:50 AM

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

ENG 208 Science Fiction? Speculative Fiction?
William Oram, M W F 9:00-9:50 AM

ENG 209 Topics in Black Studies
Kevin Quashie, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

ENG 217 Studies in Medieval Literature
Craig R. Davis, T Th-10:30 AM-11:50 AM

ENG 234 Gothic
Craig R. Davis, M W F 10:00 AM-10:50 AM

ENG 235 Modern American Writing
Dean Flower, M W 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

ENG 239 American Journeys
R. Millington, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

ENG 244 The Novel Now
Michael Gorra, 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 257 Shakespeare
Gillian Kendall, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

ENG 260 Milton
William Oram, M W F 11:00 AM-12:10 PM

ENG 278 Asian American Women Writers
Floyd D. Cheung, M W F 11:00 AM-12:10 PM

ENG 285 Intro to Contemporary Literary Theory
Ambreen Hai, T Th 1:00 PM-2:30 PM

ENG 287 Shakespeare's Sisters: Representing Women in the Renaissance
Naomi Miller, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

ENG 293 The Art and History of the Book
Martin Antonetti, M W 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
Thomas Hopkins, Th 1:00 PM-2:50 PM

ENG 206 Intermediate Fiction Writing: Writing the Marvelous Real
Sheree R. Thomas, W 1:10 PM-3:00 PM

ENG 216 Intermediate Poetry Writing
Maya Janson, W 1:10 PM-4:00 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

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 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
Nancy Bradbury, T 3:00 PM-4:50 PM

ENG 316 Contemporary Topics in Afro-American Studies
Daphne Lamothe, T 1:00 PM-4:00 PM

ENG 365 Studies in 19th Century Literature
Cornelia Pearsall, Th 3:00 PM-4:50 PM


Cross-listed and Interdepartmental Courses



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