The satisfaction of the English C050 requirement or its equivalent is
a prerequisite for English courses numbered above 50.
0002. Essentials of English Grammar (3 s.h.)
An introduction to and review of parts of speech, major sentence parts, basic sentence patterns, sentence connections, and voice for students who want to acquire a systematic knowledge of basic English grammar. Not primarily a linguistics course but reflects the current state of the scientific study of English. Written assignments include exercises, quizzes, and compositions.
0040. Introduction to Academic Discourse (4 s.h.) F S
English 0040 focuses on writing within a single theme and disciplinary approach. Students create a portfolio of their work including at least six sequenced assignments culminating in a final project made up of parts with independent due dates, and ungraded assignments such as journal entries. Until students have completed their English 40 requirement, they may not enroll in English C050/51 or R050.
0041. Introduction to Academic Discourse (4 s.h.) F S
English 0041 is designed to accommodate the needs of the ESL learner. The guidelines for English 40 are followed in this courses, but in the ESL writing classroom there are cross-cultural implications both of what it means to do academic work and also what it means to share historical and cultural knowledge. Oral participation is encouraged as a way of encouraging fluency and enhancing comfort with participation in American academic settings. Classes are smaller than in English 40, and teachers spend extended time in tutorial conferences with students. Until students have completed their English 41 requirement, they may not enroll in English C050/51 or R050.
These courses are intended for students with little or no background in literature.
C050. College Composition (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: CO
English C050 takes a broader perspective than 40, requiring students to explore a single theme from the point of view of two or more disciplines. Early in the semester C050 students work on defining terms and summarizing arguments they have read. Afterwards, they focus on articulating specific positions and using evidence to support their claims. English C050 requires at least one writing assignment involving library work, citation, and bibliography. English C050/51 or R050 is a prerequisite for Intellectual Heritage X051 and X052 and any upper-level courses in the College of Liberal Arts. English C050/51 or R050 may not be taken for credit by students who have successfully completed English H090.
R050. College Composition (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: RC
English R050 is the same as C050 except that the readings focus on the study of race. It meets the Core Studies in Race requirement as well as the Core Composition requirement. English C050/51 or R050 is a prerequisite for Intellectual Heritage X051 and X052 and any upper level courses in the College of Liberal Arts. R050 may not be taken for credit by students who have successfully completed English H090.
C051. College Composition (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: CO
English C051 is designed to accommodate the needs of the ESL learner. The guidelines for English C050 are followed in this course, but in the ESL writing classroom there are cross-cultural implications both of what it means to do academic work and also what it means to share historical and cultural knowledge. Oral participation is encouraged as a way of encouraging fluency and enhancing comfort with participation in American academic settings. Classes are smaller than in English C050, and teachers spend extended time in tutorial conferences with students. English C050/51 or R050 is a prerequisite for Intellectual Heritage X051 and X052 and any upper-level courses in the College of Liberal Arts. English C051 may not be taken for credit by students who have successfully completed English H090.
C056. American Literature (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: AC
Study of the complex variety of experience in America and how American literature is structured by issues: Native, black, and white; frontier and town; female and male; the individual self and the democratic life; private and public; traditional and radical. How literary works reflect historical, social, political, psychological, and cultural settings as well as specific periods and regional concerns.
0081. Introduction to Poetry (3 s.h.) S
How to read and enjoy poetry. Students read various kinds of poems written in English such as the sonnet, elegy, dramatic monologue, and narrative, rather than survey the history of English and American poetry chronologically.
W082. Introduction to Fiction (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: WI
An introduction to various forms of fiction: tales, fables, stories, and novels. Focuses on close reading and analysis to develop an appreciation of creative works of fiction and skills in critical reading.
C083. Introduction to Drama (3 s.h.) F S Core: AR
How to read plays and enjoy them in the theater, how to recognize their cultural and human values and how to use principles of dramatic criticism. Readings from Sophocles through the moderns.
X084. Introduction to Literature (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: AR and WI
A general introduction to the main types of literature (fiction, poetry, drama) with the goal of teaching the critical enjoyment of a variety of reading. Discussion of some major ways of addressing works of literature.
H090. Introduction to Literature and Composition - Honors (3 s.h.) F Core: CO
An introduction to various forms of literature and to the rhetorical principles in composition. A combination of reading and writing assignments (5000 words minimum). Taken together with Intellectual Heritage X090 and X091 in sequence, this course fulfills the College Composition requirement. Honors Sections: For description of Honors sections of Core Courses (C056, C083, X084), see Honors Program Guide.
Courses numbered 0100-0199 are primarily for students with some (though not necessarily extensive) experience in the techniques of literary analysis. Courses numbered 0200-0399 are designed primarily for students who have demonstrated a firm grasp of the fundamental techniques of literary analysis and composition and who have taken at least one literature course at the 100 level.
W101. Developing Prose Style (3 s.h.) F S Core: WI
For students who feel secure in the fundamentals but want additional instruction beyond the introductory composition courses to improve their writing. Develops powers of analysis and expression as well as awareness of what constitutes effective writing. Readings assigned in accordance with these goals.
W102. Technical Writing (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: WI
For students in engineering and related fields. Covers style, organization, and mechanics of technical papers, with emphasis on special problems that face the technical writer: analyses and descriptions of objects and processes, reports, proposals, business correspondence, and research papers. Students write a number of short reports and one long research paper. By the end of the course, professional standards of accuracy in mechanics and presentation are expected. Some impromptu writing exercises.
W103. Writing the Research Essay (3 s.h.) F S Core: WI
Designed to improve writing skills in general and teach students to use library and on-line resources, conduct research, and organize and present the acquired information effectively. Readings may be assigned, but class and conference time are devoted principally to analysis and discussion of research and writing problems. Students write a total of approximately 5000 words in essays and exercises related to a research project.
W104. Writing for Business and Industry (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: WI
Meets the writing needs of people in business and industry and students who plan professional careers. Extensive practice in various forms of writing appropriate to all levels of management, including reports, proposals, memoranda, and letters. Instruction in research techniques and the writing of a formal researched report on a business topic. Job applications, letters of inquiry, and resumés. Some impromptu writing exercises.
W105. Literacy and Society (3 s.h.) F Core: WI
An exploration of the social context for reading and writing: how concepts of literacy can reinforce, elaborate, or threaten established social orders. Experiential study of how the written word is used; self-observation of our own writing practices and observation of others engaged in puzzling out the world through books, letters, pamphlets, flyers, newspapers, textbooks, billboards, signs, and labels. The purpose is to see literacy in action, see written documents shaping lives and see lives shaping written language. Reading about literacy, and a service or experiential component.
W106. Texts/Cultures of Science (3 s.h.) S Core: WI
How scientists write, and how their writing is read. Students with interests in the natural and social sciences are welcome, but no special background knowledge or expertise is required. Class work will include readings of scientific texts, including popularizations and science fiction; analysis of new forms such as scientific websites; and possibly visits to science museums and workshops. The aim is to learn something about scientific literacy, and why so few people think they have it.
W107. Creative Writing: Poetry (3 s.h.) F S Core: WI
Workshop in which students read and discuss one another’s material and develop skills as both writers and readers. Students may read selected contemporary American poets, but the main texts will be those produced by members of the class.
W108. Creative Writing: Fiction (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: WI
Workshop in which students read and discuss one another's material and develop skills as both writers and readers. Students may read selected contemporary American works of fiction, but the main texts will be those produced by members of the class. Beginning writers welcome, but thorough grounding in the conventions of grammar, spelling, and punctuation essential.
0109. Creative Writing: Plays (3 s.h.)
Workshop in which students read and discuss one another’s material and develop skills as both writers and readers. Students may consider dramatic and stylistic problems in selected contemporary American plays, but the main texts will be those produced by members of the class.
R110. Language and Race (3 s.h.) F S Core: RS
An investigation of language and race in order to evaluate accurately and objectively many common beliefs about the connections between the two. How all languages systematically organize sounds, grammar, and meanings, with a special emphasis on the structure of African American English; how particular ways of speaking may or may not affect one's thought patterns or social identity; public policy issues involving language and race.
0111. Introduction to Linguistics (3 s.h.) F S SSThe nature and structure of human language: the universal properties of language, how languages resemble each other, how children learn languages, how sound and meaning are related to each other, how the mind processes language, and how geographic and social factors affect language. Attention to the scientific methods linguists use to test hypotheses. Not recommended for students who have had Speech Language Hearing 0108, Anthropology 0127, or the equivalent. Only one of the courses, Speech Language Hearing 0108 or English 0111, may be credited toward the B.A. degree.
W112. Technologies of Writing (3 s.h.) S Core: WI
History of writing technologies past and present, including the invention of the alphabet, the use of written and oral communication in ancient societies, the invention of printing and its dissemination, and the use of new media for reading and writing. How changes in writing technologies – from handwriting to printing to computers – have changed no only what we write but who we are, individually and culturally. May be given on-line.
0114. Survey of English Literature: Beginnings to 1660 (3 s.h.) F S SS
Study of major works of English literature from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance in their historical and social settings. Emphasizes close textual analysis along with broad literary and cultural themes. Readings may include Beowulf, Chaucer, and Sir Gawain; Sidney, Jonson, and the Metaphysical Poets (Donne, Marvell, and others), as well as Shakespeare and Milton.
Note: Required for all English majors. Should be taken before most upper-level courses.
0115. Survey of English Literature: 1660-1900 (3 s.h.) F S SS
A study of major works of English literature from the Restoration through the 18th century, romantic, and Victorian periods in their historical and social settings. Emphasizes close textual analysis along with broad literary and cultural themes. Readings may include Dryden, Pope, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Keats, Browning, Dickens, and Wilde.
Note: Required for all English majors. Should be taken before most upper-level courses. A continuation of English 0114.
W116. Survey of American Literature I (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: WI
A survey of American literature from the colonial and federalist periods and the New England renaissance of the mid-19th century in its historical and social settings. Emphasizes close textual analysis along with broad literary and cultural themes. Literary forms include diaries, letters, sermons, poetry, fiction, travel narratives, and historical chronicles. Authors such as Bradstreet, Taylor, Edwards, Franklin, Paine, Jefferson, Freneau, Irving, Bryant, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, and Emily Dickinson.
Note: Required for all English majors. Should be taken before most upper-level courses.
0117. Survey of American Literature II (3 s.h.) F S SS
A survey of American literature from the late nineteenth century to the present in its historical and social settings. Emphasizes close textual analysis along with broad literary and cultural themes. Broad literary movements, such as Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism; historical and cultural contexts, e.g. the Harlem Renaissance, the Great Depression, the Vietnam War; issues of gender construction, racial and ethnic consciousness, the growth of cities, and technology.
Note: Required for all English majors. Should be taken before most upper-level courses.
0120. Reading Non-fiction (3.s.h.)
An examination of issues of audience, voice and rhetorical strategy in selected works of non-fictional prose. Readings may include such forms as autobiography, memoirs, personal essays, political speeches, travel writing, letters, journals, and other documents.
0124. American Playwrights (3 s.h.) F
A study of American playwrights from O'Neill to the present. Principles of dramatic analysis, the distinctively American qualities of the plays and their debt to modern European drama. Writers may include Williams, Miller, Hellman, Hansberry, Baraka, Fuller, Wilson, Mamet, Rabe, Fornes, Shepard.
R125. African-American Literature I (3 s.h.) F Core: RS
A survey of African-American literature from its beginnings to the early 20th century-poetry, prose, slave narratives, and fiction-including the works of authors such as Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, W. W. Brown, Harriet Wilson, Frances E. W. Harper, Charles Chesnutt, B.T. Washington, J.W. Johnson, and W.E.B. DuBois. An examination of racial consciousness as a theme rooted in social and historical developments, with special emphasis on national, cultural, and racial identity, color, caste, oppression, resistance, and other concepts related to race and racism emerging in key texts of the period.
R126. African-American Literature II (3 s.h.) S SS Core: RS
A survey of African-American literature from 1915 to the present, including poetry, prose, fiction, and drama. Analysis of developments in racial consciousness, from "race pride" to the Black Aesthetic and the influences on literature brought about by interracial conflicts, social and historical concepts such as assimilation and integration, and changing notions of culture. Authors such as Toomer, Hughes, McKay, Hurston, Brown, Larsen, Wright, Baldwin, Hansberry, Ellison, Baraka, Morrison, and others.
0130. Arthurian Literature (3 s.h.) S
An exploration of the mythological and historical aspects of the legends surrounding King Arthur and the Round Table, concentrating on the chief British and continental works involving such subjects as Arthur, Merlin, and the Lady of the Lake, Lancelot and Guenevere, Tristram and Isolde, Gawain, Perceval, and the Grail.
W133. Shakespeare (3 s.h.) F S SS Core: WI
A study of major plays of Shakespeare, usually chosen from among the comedies, tragedies, and histories. Teaches appropriate principles of literary analysis, with some attention to social and intellectual background and Elizabethan stage techniques. May focus primarily on the plays as literature, or may study them as performed texts.
0150. Special Topics (3 s.h.) S
Each section of this course explores a carefully defined theme, topic, or type of literature or writing, such as Asian-American Literature, Editing and Publishing a Literary Magazine, etc. Consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
0152. Social Issues in Literature (3 s.h.) S
Specific social, cultural, and/or historical issues as represented in imaginative literature. Such topics as the racial interface of American fiction, social class in British and American literature, and the like. Variable content; consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
0154. The Modern Genres (3 s.h.) F
An introduction to Modernism in the work of several major poets and novelists, such as Eliot, Yeats, Williams, James, Conrad, Lawrence, Joyce, Faulkner, Proust, Mann, and Kafka. Emphasis on social and intellectual background, literary methods, and psychological, philosophical and political implications of Modernist poetry and fiction.
0155. Modern Drama (3 s.h.) S SS
A study of major works of representative late 19th century and early 20th century playwrights, such as Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Pirandello, O'Neill, Shaw. Emphasis on social and intellectual background, dramatic art, and the role of theater in social controversy.
0156. Satire (3 s.h.)
An examination of satiric literature from the Romans to the present, with some attention to satire in such nonliterary forms as the visual arts. Emphasis on close reading of individual works as well as aims, strategies, and effects of satire in general.
0157. The Short Story (3 s.h.) F S
A reading of works by major short story writers, European and American, classic, modernist, and experimental, considering their form and language, and the way in which they refract experience rather differently from other literary kinds.
0158. Children's Literature and Folklore (3 s.h.) F
A study of the literature – the folk, fairy, court, and religious tales, the poetry and drama – either adapted to or written for children. How this literature, more influential than the Bible, forms and conveys cultural and aesthetic values, language, manners, political, social, and spiritual ideals. Emphasis on the genre as it emerged in the 18th century through the Victorian period in England, Europe, Asia, Africa, and America; its sources, significance, and influence on the major authors and in the creation of their audience; what this literature conveys about the history of language, of childhood, of literacy, of race, class, and gender.
0159. Myth and Symbol (3 s.h.) S
A study of certain literary ideas and patterns that have persisted from ancient times to the present in varying forms. Readings may begin with classical texts in translation, and will include selected works of English and American literature from various periods.
W160. Women in Literature (3 s.h.) F S Core: WI
A study of selected literature by and about women. Variable content: consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details. Cross-listed as Women’s Studies W126.
0161. Modern Poetry (3 s.h.)
An introduction to 20th century poetry which views Modernist poetry in light of postmodern perspectives. Topics may include innovation, formalism, contemporary alternatives to Modernism, new directions in post-War and postmodern poetry.
0162. Contemporary Literature (3 s.h.) S
An examination of important trends through selected literary works of the late twentieth century. Emphasis on American fiction, with a sampling of works from other countries and genres. Authors may include Bellow, Coover, Pynchon, DeLillo, Morrison, Hughes, Calvino, Garcia Marquez.
0163. Popular Fiction (3 s.h.) S SS
Readings in recent popular fiction: approxiately one novel a week or the equivalent. Focus may be on one or more genres, such as science fiction, detective novels, and the like. Variable content; consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
0170. The Art of the Film (3 s.h.) F S
Conducted on the premise that a film can be discussed in terms of its structure and components (such as sound and image, shot, and scene) and also placed in wider contexts (such as cultural movements, historical events, conventions, and critical concepts). Basic elements of film language with constant reference to larger issues and concepts relevant to the understanding of each individual film. No previous knowledge of the technical aspects of filmmaking required. In conjunction with English W133, may be offered as Shakespeare in Film.
R170. Art of the Film (3 s.h.) F Core: RS
An exploration of the black presence in American films from the racist portrayals in The Birth of a Nation, the "Stepin Fetchit" films, and Gone with the Wind, through the "blaxploitation" films like Shaft and Superfly, culminating in recent black cinema from directors such as Melvin Van Peebles, Spike Lee and John Singleton. This section satisfies the Studies in Race Core Curriculum requirement.
0172. International Film (3 s.h.) F
An examination, through masterpieces of world cinema, of international film cultures and national cinemas, with emphasis on the cultural, sociopolitical, and theoretical contexts. Offers a global context for film and other arts. Variable content: may be given as post-World War II European Film, French film, Third World film; consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
0175. Intellectual Contexts of Literary Study (3 s.h.) F
An introduction for majors and prospective majors to the intellectual climate which has shaped and influenced Anglo-American literary studies. Readings may include Nietzsche, Freud, DuBois, Dewey, Eliot, Trilling, deBeauvoir, Arendt, Fanon, Said.
0181. Literature and Criticism (3 s.h.) S
An introduction to criticism; some of the main approaches and theories used to interpret texts, with emphasis on modern schools. Such approaches as new criticism, psychoanalysis, social criticism, feminism, poststructuralism, cultural criticism, and new historicism. Readings in theory, with some literary texts as illustration.
0191. Intermediate Honors (3 s.h.)
This course will teach students how to be peer tutors for first-year students in Temple’s basic composition courses. It will involve theoretical analysis as well as practical fieldwork. By the end of the course, students will be prepared to be writing associates in English 40. Students will keep journals, deliver reports, and write research papers.
0200. Career Internship (3 s.h.) F S
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor.
On-the-job training in positions in business, publishing, communications, or cultural institutions for juniors and seniors with a grade point average of at least 3.0. One semester may be counted toward the English major. For additional information consult English Department Undergraduate Director, 1030 Anderson Hall.
0201. Advanced Composition (3 s.h.) S
An examination of the ways in which literacy can be used for personal and political empowerment. Students will read and produce a variety of texts including literature, personal narratives, and political treatises. There may also be a service learning component, involving public school and/or community-based research and writing. Consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
W202. Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction (3 s.h.) S Core: WI
Prerequisites: Successful completion of one lower level writing course and one upper level literature course. Admission by special authorization only.
Workshop intended to help advanced writers produce, revise and critique fiction. In addition to producing original work, students may read and discuss certain contemporary writers and theories of fiction.
0203. Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry (3 s.h.) S Core: WI
Prerequisites: Successful completion of one lower-level writing course and one upper-level literature course. Admission by special authorization only.
Workshop intended to help advanced writers produce, revise, and critique poetry. The premise is that in order to learn to make poems, one needs to learn to read like a poet; in addition to producing original work, therefore, students may read and discuss work by certain contemporary poets.
0204. Advanced Creative Writing: Plays (3 s.h.)
Prerequisites: Successful completion of one lower-level writing course and one upper-level literature course. Admission by special authorization only.
Workshop intended to help advanced writers produce, revise, and critique plays. In addition to writing original work, students may read and discuss work by certain contemporary playwrights.
0205. Writers at Work (3 s.h.)
An examination of problems and issues associated with particular kinds of writing – e.g., biography, memoir, political essays. May include reading in contemporary works, but the intention is for students to bridge the gap between theory and practice by producing texts of their own. Variable content; consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
W211. English Syntax (3 s.h.) Core: WI
Why wouldn't English speakers say "The boots that he died with on were made of cowhide," even though it makes sense? An investigation of English syntax to see how the structure of English actually works; some philosophical and psychological questions in linguistic theory, such as, what do people know about language that allows them to make judgments about sentences like the one above? No previous courses in linguistics required.
0212. Linguistics and Grammar (3 s .h.) S
A review of traditional grammar-parts of speech, subordination, pronoun case, parallelism, modifier placement, punctuation, etc., using the theories and techniques of modern theoretical linguistics. Students perfect their own grammatical knowledge by writing and by exploring linguistic analyses of common writing errors and how to correct them. The linguistic properties of effective prose also discussed.
0213. History of English Language (3 s.h.) SSHow and why did the language of Beowulf become, successively, the language of Chaucer, of Shakespeare, of Swift, James, and Hemingway? In surveying the historical development of English language and style, this course will focus where possible on literary texts, and seek to demonstrate how useful a historical grasp of language can be to the appreciation of literature.
0214. Semantics (3 s.h.) F
"You can't cook eggplant too long." Nobody who speaks English has any trouble understanding that sentence. However, it can mean both one thing (perhaps that eggplant is best eaten rare) and its opposite (eggplant can be cooked indefinitely long with no bad effects). This course on meaning in language will investigate meaning that arises from the structure of sentences and their use, as well as the meanings of words and phrases.
0216. Masterpieces of European Drama (3 s.h.) S
A reading and analysis of a wide range of continental European drama. Representative works from such great ages of drama as classical Greek and Roman, French neoclassic, and modern. Readings may include plays by Aeschylus, Euripides, Terence, Calderon, Racine, Moliere, Goethe, Ibsen, Chekhov, Brecht, and Beckett.
0221. American Romanticism (3 s.h.) F
A study of the development of a distinctively American character in American literature from 1830 to 1865. Traces the literary expression of America's growing consciousness of its own identity; the literary romanticism of Poe and Emerson, the darker pessimism of Hawthorne and Melville, the affirmative optimism of Thoreau and Whitman; technical innovations in poetry, including that of Emily Dickinson.
0222. American Realism and Naturalism (3 s.h.) S
A study of the diverse styles, subject matters, and theories of prose fiction in the late 19th century in terms of their challenge to and/or incorporation of earlier prose styles. Included will be the early realists (Chesnutt, Davis, Cahan, Sedgwick), later realists (James, Jewett, Howells, Garland, Chopin, Cable), and the naturalists (Crane, Norris, Wharton, Frederic, Dreiser).
0223. 19th Century American Fiction (3 s.h .) FA study of the development of the American novel and short story from their genesis after the Revolutionary War through the age of the romance in mid-century to the growth of realism and naturalism (1870–1900).
0224. American Literature and Society (3 s.h.)
A study of social issues as explored in U.S. literature and the social context in which literature is produced. May be offered as The Arts in America, Literature of Slavery, etc. Variable content; consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
0225. Modern American Fiction (3 s.h.) S
Technique and subject -the "how" and the "what"-of a group of American novels from the first half of the 20th century, by such writers as Stein, Anderson, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hurston, West, and H. Roth.
0226. Contemporary American Fiction (3 s.h.) S
A reading and analysis of representative works of late 20th century fiction, some realistic, some experimental, some mid-way between, leading to a sense of the options available to a writer now. Texts may include Bellow, Updike, Barth, Vonnegut, and such recent writers as Morrison, Auster, Mukherjee, Cisneros, Alexie.
0230. Old English (3 s.h.)
An introduction to the language, literature, and culture of Anglo-Saxon England. Short poems, excerpts from sermons, Bede, the Bible, and Beowulf. All works read in the original Old English. No previous knowledge of Old English necessary.
0231. Literature of the Medieval Period (3 s.h.) S
Literature of the Middle English period, as well as the relation of the literature to the traditions of medieval literature throughout Western Europe. Works may include The Owl and the Nightingale, Pearl, Piers Plowman, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and selections from the mystery and morality plays, all usually read in the original in well-annotated texts. No previous knowledge of Middle English necessary.
0232. Chaucer (3 s.h.)
This study of the first major poet of the English tradition will focus on the theoretical as well as practical problems he poses for the modern reader. Readings include early dream visions and the Canterbury Tales and selections from Chaucer's sources and contemporaries to help students understand literary and social contexts. No previous experience with Middle English required.
0233. Advanced Shakespeare I (3 s.h.)
Assumes completion of at least one 100-level literature course.
In-depth readings of selected major plays, usually including histories, comedies, and tragedies. Close textual analysis, social context, and philosophical background.
0234. Advanced Shakespeare II (3 s.h.) S
Readings in a small number of plays by Shakespeare which have presented special critical problems to scholars, general readers, and performers alike. How such problems define critical perspectives on the plays, and how some current critical modes of reading Shakespeare address these texts. Reading may include such plays as Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, Cymbeline.
0235. Seventeenth-Century Comedy (3 s.h.) S
Plays from the golden age of English comedy. Emphasis on the continuity and development of dramatic comedic traditions from the beginning to the end of the 17th century. Among the plays: Much Ado About Nothing, The Wild-Goose Chase, The Man of Mode and The Provoked Wife.
0236. Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama (3 s.h.) F
Study of the extraordinarily talented and productive group of playwrights of the late 16th and early 17th centuries; such dramatists as Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, Webster, Ford, Dekker. Some attention to the plays as performances, and some consideration of social and intellectual contexts of the plays.
0237. Renaissance Writers (3 s.h.)
Studies in Tudor and Stuart literature. May focus on a single author or group of authors or be organized generically or thematically. Possible topics include Spenser, Elizabethan courtly literature, lyric, pastoral, and prose fiction. Variable content; see Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
0238. Milton (3 s.h.)
A study of John Milton's poetry and prose in its cultural and historical context. The course will begin with shorter poems, such as "Lycidas," and spend the majority of the semester on Paradise Lost. Selected prose will highlight Milton’s views on religion, divorce, and censorship.
0240. Restoration and 18th Century Literature (3 s.h.)
Readings in the major writers of the period 1660-1800 -Dryden, Pope, Swift, Addison, Steele, Johnson, Goldsmith, Boswell, Burke -against the background of the age, essential to an understanding of modern culture and intellectual life.
0241. English Novel to 1832 (3 s .h.) F S
A study of the major novelists of the 18th century, beginning with Defoe, extending through Richardson, Fielding, and Sterne, and ending with Mary Shelley and Jane Austen. Emphasis on the social and cultural contexts, narrative form and style, and factors leading to the emergence of the novel as a genre in English.
0242. English Romanticism (3 s.h.) F S
First and second generation romantics, especially Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats; their literary, historical, social, and cultural milieu; and the ideas and issues that contributed to shaping their imaginations and their work.
0243. Victorian Literature (3 s.h.) S
Introduction to masterpieces of Victorian poetry and prose (excluding the novel) from the works of Tennyson, Browning, Carlyle, Arnold, Pater, Dante, Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris, Oscar Wilde, and Ruskin.
0244. Victorian Novel (3 s.h.) F S
A study of works by Bronte, Dickens, Thackeray, Trollope, Eliot, Meredith, and Hardy, among others. These writers wrote novels intended to entertain and instruct, and were not above appealing to laughter and tears or causing their readers to share their moral fervor or indignation. The goal is an understanding of the social and artistic significance of these works in light of the world in which they emerged.
0245. Modern British Fiction (3 s.h.) S
A reading of great novels from the first quarter of the 20th century, the high point of English modernism. May include Conrad's Lord Jim, Woolf's To The Lighthouse, and Joyce's Ulysses. A reevaluation of the achievement of modernism from the perspective of the postmodern age, with the focus on kinds of modernism, kinds of irony, the reinvention of narrative form, and the works' social and moral implications.
0246. Contemporary World Fiction in English (3 s.h.)
Recent Anglophone novels and short stories from India, Africa, Canada, Australia, and multicultural England. Memory and self-invention, new forms of narrative, the politics of language, and the forging of national and global conscience in work by such writers as Graham Greene, Salman Rushdie, Arundhati Roy, Naruddin Farah, J.M. Coetzee, Nadine Gordimer, Michael Ondaatje, Peter Carey, Hanif Kureishi, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ben Okri, Paddy Doyle.
0250. Modern British and American Poetry (3 s.h.) F
A study of the major works and writers of the first half of the 20th century. Such poets as Yeats, Eliot, Stein, Williams, Pound, examined in their social and political contexts, and with reference to their contributions to the development of Modernism.
0251. Post-War British and American Poetry (3 s.h.)
Study of the second wave of Modernism and the beginnings of postmodern poetry -from the beginnings of World War II through its aftermath in the 1950s. Includes major later works by the first generation of Modernists (Eliot, Stein, Williams, etc.), as well as work by later poets (Olson, Creeley, Ashbery, etc.).
0252. Contemporary Poetry (3 s.h.) S
Exploration of the major issues in world poetry of the late twentieth century. Theories and practice of postmodernism; the relation of poetry to other arts; the cultural contexts in which poetry is produced.
0253. Contemporary Drama (3 s.h.) S
A study of European and American drama in the latter part of the 20th century, with equal attention to dramatic and theatrical values. May include Wilder, Miller, Williams, Ionesco, Genet, Pinter, Brecht, Duerrenmatt, Shepard, and Mamet.
0254. Irish Literature (3 s.h.) F
A study of selected modern Irish writers, emphasizing close reading, psychological concepts, and cultural history. Writers may include Wilde, Shaw, Yeats, Joyce, Beckett, Kinsella, Heaney.
0257. Modern World Fiction (3 s.h.) F
A study of significant literary works and developments in fiction in the modern period. Such writers as Flaubert, Joyce, Mann, Proust, and Kafka; or, in the last half of the 20th century, Garcia Marquez, Borges, Saramago, Walcott, Mahfouz, Soyinka, Grass.
0258. Issues in Modern Literature (3 s.h.)
A study of selected literary, cultural, and political issues as they affect recent writing in diverse cultures and nations; offered variously as Postcolonial literature, Resistance Literature, Literature of Exile, and the like. Consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
0259. Advanced Contemporary Literature (3 s.h.) F
An examination of important developments in late 20th century literature. May be offered as Post-Modernist literature (such figures as Barth, Pynchon, Borges, Robbe-Grillett, Butor, Duras, Gombrowicz, Kundera, Garcia Marquez, Coover, Winterson) or as Magic Realism (Garcia Marquez, Calvino, Okri, Rushdie). Variable content; consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
W260. Themes and Genres in Women's Literature (3 s.h.) S Core: WI
In-depth study of ideas, languages, and cultural stances in literature written by women. Variable content: consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details. Cross-listed as Women’s Studies 128.
0270. Advanced Film (3 s.h.) F
In-depth study of particular issues and questions related to cinema history, culture, and theory. Focus may be on a specific period in film history (such as German Expressionist Cinema), an interdisciplinary topic (such as Women and Film), a film genre (such as American Documentary Film), or a textual problem (such as The Development of Film Narrative). Consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
0271. History of Criticism (3 s.h.)
A survey of literary criticism from Plato to the mid-20th century. Key questions in literary theory: what is literature compared to other forms of discourse? Does literature mimic or create? Does literary value adhere to or challenge standards of philosophical or empirical truth? What is the source of literary creation? How does literary value shape social change? These and other questions are addressed through readings in literary and theoretical texts.
W275. Feminist Theory (3 s.h.) S Core: WI
Readings in contemporary theorists who describe how the values of a culture are encoded in its language and who analyze the difficulty of escaping the "prison house of language." How gender roles are created in and enforced by our symbol systems; how specific discourses change, how those changes can be facilitated, and how a new discourse is then read. Along with theoretical readings, some consideration of feminist applications of these strategies in politics, literature, music, and film.
0276. Contemporary Criticism (3 s.h.) S
Comparative study of literary theories from the 1960s to the present. Survey of several contemporary critical schools, including deconstructionist, neo-psychological, neo-Marxist, new historical, feminist, sociological, and aesthetic criticism.
0281. Special Topics I (3 s.h.) F S
Advanced study in a specific area, usually concentrating on pre-1900 works. Variable content; consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
0282. Special Topics II (3 s.h.) F S
Advanced study in a specific area, usually concentrating on post-1900 works. Variable content; consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
R283. Blacks/Literature/Drama/Media(3 s.h.) F Core: RS
Prerequisite: An American literature course and preferably at least one semester of African American literature.
An exploration of representations of racial difference in the fiction and drama of African-American and European-American authors. Primary texts will be read in conjunction with screenings of films, to examine the role of visual media in shaping perceptions. How image-making in theatre, film, and television has influenced the way racial difference is characterized in literature, with an emphasis on the relationship between criticism and creative process.
0284. Theories of Discourse (3 s.h.) F
An examination of language theories which may include rhetorical, composition, and translation theories of language. Focus will be on the theories that articulate social aspects of language. Will include a semester-long project which bridges theories and practice.
0285. Language Variation (3 s.h.)
An examination of differences in language practices that reflect the linguistic register in which one is operating or the community to which one belongs. Study of a variety of informal and formal settings, including one-of-a-kind sites; such variations as regional, social, cultural, and gender-related differences, including the English of ESL, African-American, Hispanic-American, and working-class students.
0288. Independent Study (1 - 3 s.h.) F S
Allows students in their junior and senior year to pursue serious independent research in a subject too specialized or too advanced to appear as a regular course offering. Proposals must be worked out with a supervisor and submitted to the Undergraduate Committee by November 20 for spring semester registration and April 15 for summer or fall.
W300-W399. Senior Seminar (3 s.h.) FS Core: WI
Registration is by Special Authorization only.
All 300-level courses are senior capstone courses designed for advanced English majors. These courses make a close study of a defined body of literary work, using current critical and research methods. Students will be engaged in independent research, reading and critical thought and may be required to write research papers. Variable content; consult Undergraduate Office or English webpage for details.
Note: Required for all English majors. Should be taken during the senior year