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English Courses

Fall 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 Politics of Language
Holly Davis, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM
Holly Davis, T Th 1:10 PM-2:30 PM

ENG 118 Water: Science and Politics
Naila Moreira, 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
Peter Sapira, 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 -9:30 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
David Maine, M W 7:30-8:50 p.m.

FYS 106 Growing Up Asian American
Floyd Cheung, M W F 10:00-10:50 a.m.

FYS 126 Literature of the Fantastic: Dystopian Worlds
Gillian Kendall, M W F 9:00-9:50 a.m.

FYS 131 Opera: The Book and the Music (Saints and Spitfires)
Robert Hosmer, 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 162 Ambition & Adultery
Michael Gorra, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM

FYS 168 Damaged Gods: Myth and Religion of the Vikings
Craig Davis, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

FYS 175 Love Stories
Ambreen Hai, T Th 1:10-2:30 p.m.

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
Naomi Miller, T Th 10:30 -11:50 AM
Andrea Stone, T Th 1:00 -2:20 PM

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


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
Scott Bradbury, T Th 9:00 AM-10:20 AM
Maria Banerjee, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

ENG 205 Old Norse
Craig Davis, M W F 10:00-10:50 AM

ENG 230 American Jewish Literature
Justin Cammy, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 PM

ENG 231 American Literature Before 1865
Dean Flower, M W 1:10-2:30 PM

ENG 238 What Jane Austen Read: The 18th Century Novel
Douglas Patey, M W F 9:00 AM-9:50 AM

ENG 239 American Journeys
Juliana Hu Pegues, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

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

ENG 243 The Victorian Novel
Michael E. Gorra, T Th 10:30 AM-11:50 AM

ENG 249 Literatures of the Black Atlantic
Andrea Stone, T Th 3:00 PM -4:20 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, M W 2:40 PM-4:00 PM

ENG 252 Sixteenth Century Literature
William Oram, T Th 1:00 PM-2:50 PM

ENG 256 Shakespeare
Naomi Miller, T Th 1:10 PM -2:30 PM

ENG 282 The Harlem Renaissance
Daphne M. Lamothe, 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, Th 7:30 PM-9:30 PM

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

ENG 295 Advanced Poetry Writing
Arda Collins, T 1:00 PM-2:50 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 at the English department office by the last day of the preregistration period. The instructor will select the students admitted from these applicants.

ENG 305 Seminar: Poets, Pageantry, and Monarchs
Lynn Staley, T 1:00 PM-2:50 PM

ENG 333 Seminar: Major British or American Writer
Eric Reeves, T 3:00 PM-4:50 PM

ENG 365 Seminar: Studies in Nineteenth Century Literature
Cornelia Pearsall, Th 1:00 PM-2:50 PM


Cross-listed and Interdepartmental Courses


CLT 266 20th- Century Literatures of Africa
Katwiwa Mule

FLS 241 Genre/Period
Topic: American Cinema from the Depression to the Sixties

Alexandra Keller

THE 261/THE 262 Writing for the Theatre
Andrea Hairston/Leonard Berkman

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

Spring 2016

(subject to change)


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

ENG 118 Colloquia in Writing: Politics of Language, Holly Davis, TTh 9:00-10:20

ENG 118 Colloquia in Writing: No, Seriously….What’s so Funny? Writing about Humor, Peter Sapira, TTh 10:30-11:50

ENG 119 Writing Roundtable: What’s for Dinner? Writing about Food, Sara Eddy, TTh 9:00-10:20

ENG 119 Writing Roundtable: Our Overheating Planet, Naila Moreira, TTh 10:30-11:50

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

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

ENG 120 Shakespeare and Film, Gillian Kendall, TBA

ENG 135 Introduction to Writing Creative Nonfiction, Writing about Health and Healthcare in the US., Nell Lake, day/time TBD

ENG 135 Introduction to Writing Creative Nonfiction, Writing about the Arts, Brooke Hauser, day/time TBD

ENG 170 The English Language, Doug Patey, MWF 11:00-12:10

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

ENG 199 Methods of Literary Study, Juliana Hu Pegues, TTh 1:00-2:20

ENG 200 The English Literary Tradition I, Nancy Bradbury, MW 1:10-2:30

ENG 201 English Literary Tradition II, Cornelia Pearsall, TTh 9:00-10:20

ENG 201 English Literary Tradition II, Andrea Stone, TTh 1:00-2:20

ENG 203/CLT 203 Western Classics II, Robert Hosmer, MW 9:00-10:20, Maria Banerjee TTh, 10:30-11:50

ENG 207 Technology of Reading and Writing, Doug Patey, MWF 9:00-10:20

ENG 216 Intermediate Poetry Writing, TBD, W 1:10-4:00

ENG 220 Witches, Witchcraft,and Witch Hunts, Michael Thurston, MWF 10:00-10:50

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

ENG 229 Lakes Writing Workshop, Pamela Petro, TBD

ENG 233 American Literature 1865-1914, Floyd Cheung, MWF 11:00-12:10

ENG 236 African-American Literature: 1900 to the Present, Kevin Quashie, TBD

ENG 242 A History of Mystery, Dean Flower, MW 2:40-4:00

ENG 257 Shakespeare, William Oram, MWF 11:00-12:10

ENG 260 Milton, Eric Reeves, MW 2:40-4:00

ENG 276 Contemporary British Women Writers, Robert Hosmer, MW 1:10-2:30

ENG 283 Victorian Medievalism, Nancy Bradbury and Cornelia Pearsall, TTh 10:30-11:50

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

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

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

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

ENG 333 Seminar: A Major British or American Writer: Ursula LeGuin, William Oram, T 3:00-4:50, Th 3:00-4:00

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

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

ENG 384, Writing about American Society: The Climate of the Country, Dava Sobel, T 1:00-2:50