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01805/English Courses

Prerequisites: The satisfaction of the ELECT requirements for students placed into ELECT is a prerequisite for any English course beyond the Preparatory Level. However, students enrolled in ELECT classes are encouraged to take English courses at the Preparatory Level. The satisfaction of the College Composition C050 requirement or its equivalent is a prerequisite for English courses numbered 50 or above. Students are expected to work out with their adviser that sequence of introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses which meets their educational goals. For the CAS composition requirement see College Composition C050.


0001. Fundamentals-Prose Composition (2 s.h.) FS
Open during the latter part of the semester to students who have passed ELECT Writing, English 0001 is an intensive expository writing course, taught on an instructor-to-individual student basis. Only ELECT students may take this course; to register, they should go to AB 822, the ELECT office, after mid-term, and obtain permission from the ELECT Director. Hours arranged. Graded Credit/No Credit.

0002. Essentials of English Grammar (3 s.h.) S
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.


These courses are intended for students with little or no background in literature.

C056. American Literature (3 s.h.) (AC/D1) FS 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.) (D1) FS
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.) (D1) FS
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.) (AR/D1) FS
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.) FS
Intended for non-majors. 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.) FS
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.) FS
Prerequisite: College Composition C050 or equivalent. 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. Students write a total of about 5000 words.

W102. Technical Writing (3 s.h.) FS
Prerequisite: College Composition C050 or equivalent. 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.) FS
Prerequisite: College Composition C050 or equivalent. Designed to improve writing skills in general and teach students to use library 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.) FS
Prerequisite: College Composition C050 or equivalent. 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 resumes. Some impromptu writing exercises.

0107. Creative Writing: Poetry (3 s.h.) FS
An introduction to the craft of writing poetry. Form, metrics, imagery, and other aspects of poetry expression discussed in a workshop atmosphere. In addition to producing original work, students may be asked to examine contemporary poetry critically.

0108. Creative Writing: Fiction (3 s.h.) FS
Workshop in which students read and discuss one another's material and develop skills as both writers and readers. Beginning writers welcome, but thorough grounding in the conventions of grammar, spelling, and punctuation essential.

R110. Language and Race (3 s.h.) S
The course will investigate language and race in order to evaluate accurately and objectively many common beliefs about the connections between the two. We will demonstrate how all languages systematically organize sounds, grammar, and meanings with a special emphasis on the structure of African American English. We will investigate how particular ways of speaking may or may not affect one's thought patterns or social identity, and study public policy issues involving language and race.

0111. Introduction to Linguistics (3 s.h.) (D4) FS
The 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.

0114. Survey of English Literature: Beginnings to 1660 (3 s.h.) FS
Required for all English majors. Should be taken before most 0200-level courses. A study of major works of English literature from the middle ages and the renaissance in their historical and social settings. Analysis of individual characteristics and lasting literary value. Readings include Beowulf, Chaucer, and Sir Gawain; Sidney, Jonson, and the Metaphysical Poets (Donne, Marvel, and others), as well as Shakespeare and Milton.

0115. Survey of English Literature: 1660-1900 (3 s.h.) FS
Required for all English majors. Should be taken before most 0200-level courses. A continuation of English 0114. Covers themes, genres, and major literary works in their historical and social settings from the restoration through the 18th century, the romantic, and the Victorian periods. Readings: Dryden, Pope, Johnson, Blake, Wordsworth, Keats, Browning, Dickens, and Wilde.

W116. Survey of American Literature I (3 s.h.) (D1) FS
Required for all English majors. Readings in the colonial and federalist periods and in the New England renaissance of the mid-19th century. The literary forms include diaries, letters, sermons, poetry, fiction, travel narratives, and historical chronicles. Authors include Bradstreet, Taylor, Edwards, Franklin, Paine, Jefferson, Freneau, Irving, Bryant, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Emerson, Thoreau, and Emily Dickinson.

0124. American Playwrights (3 s.h.) F
American Playwrights from Eugene O'Neill to the present. Principles of dramatic analysis, the distinctively American qualities of the plays and their debt to the best of Modern European drama. Authors may include Williams, Miller, Mamet, Rabe, Shepard, Hellman, Maria Irene Fornes. Includes film-viewing and play going.

R125. Afro-American Literature I (3 s.h.) F
A chronological survey of African-American literature from its beginnings-poetry, prose, slave narratives, and fiction-including the works of authors such as Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglas, 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. Afro-American Literature II (3 s.h.) S
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 Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, Sterling Brown, Nella Larsen, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Ralph Ellison, including contemporary writers Baraka, Morrison, and others.

W133. Shakespeare (3 s.h.) (D1) FS
Major plays of Shakespeare chosen from among the comedies, tragedies, and histories. Focuses primarily on the plays as literature: their poetic forms, themes, and values. Teaches appropriate principles of literary analysis. Some attention to social and intellectual background and Elizabethan stage techniques.

0150. Special Topics (3 s.h.) S
Each section of this course explores a carefully- defined theme, topic, or type of literature.

0154. Modern Fiction (3 s.h.) S
Themes and techniques in the work of several major modern writers, such as James, Conrad, Lawrence, Joyce, Faulkner, Proust, Mann, and Kafka. Literary devices and psychological and philosophical implications that make modern fiction representative of modern consciousness. Themes include the role of the artist in society, the alienation of the individual, and the importance of the unconscious mind.

0155. Modern Drama (3 s.h.) S
Representative themes and techniques of modern drama in the works of such playwrights as Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Pirandello, O'Neill, Shaw.

0156. Satire (3 s.h.) F
Satiric literature from the Romans to the present with some attention to satire in such nonliterary forms as the visual arts in an attempt both to master individual works and to understand the motives, strategies, and efforts of satires.

0157. The Short Story (3 s.h.) S
A reading of the best of the major short story writers, European and American, classic, modernist, and experimental, considering the form, the technique, the art of the stories, and the way in which they refract experience rather differently from other literary kinds.

0158. Children's Literature and Folklore (3 s.h.) S
An introduction to the world of childhood and its relation to literature and culture: how the idea of childhood has changed through history; how children's literature is shaped by, and shapes, notions of gender, race, and class. Readings in classics and not-so-classics from the Brothers Grimm to Judy Blume.

W160. Women in Literature (3 s.h.) F
A study of selected literature by and about women. The course is cross-listed with the Women's Studies Program.

0170. The Art of the Film (3 s.h.) 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.

R170. Art of the Film (3 s.h.) F
This course will explore the portrayal of black characters in American films from the racist portrayals in The Birth of a Nation, the "Stepin Fetchit" films, and Gone with the Wind through the black exploitation films like Shaft and Superfly. The course will culminate in a discussion of the new black cinema, beginning with Melvin Van Peebles' Sweet Sweetback's Baadass Song, and progressing to the work of African-American directors, Spike Lee, and John Singleton. We will view Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, and Boyz 'n the Hood. Films will be shown once a week and will range from short films like the 1903 Uncle Tom's Cabin to longer works. Students will also write, produce, and direct a non-racist film as a course project. This section satisfies the Studies in Race Core Curriculum requirement.

0180. Literary Forms and Practices (3 s.h.) FS
First half of the required introductory sequence for majors. Designed to prepare students for the formal demands of advanced work in English. Course will concentrate on major literary practices: the nature of literary genres, basic history of literary forms, principles of close reading, terminology, and practice in the conventions of critical writing. Limited to and required for English majors. Prerequisite for 200-300 level English literature courses.

0181. Literature and Criticism (3 s.h.) FS
(Formerly English 171) The poetry, prose fiction, drama, and essays studied here present more complex problems of interpretation than in English X084 or English 180. While not neglecting approaches, the course explores new kinds of criticism: political, aesthetic, feminist, and new historical, for example, and requires the application of critical principles. A research paper on a literary or critical topic is required.


0200. Career Internship (3 s.h.) FS
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. On-the-job training in positions in business, industrial, or cultural institutions for juniors and seniors with a grade point average of at least 3.0. Includes a seminar which meets regularly. One semester may be counted toward the English major. For additional information consult English Department Advising Coordinator, 1030 Anderson Hall.

0201. Advanced Composition (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Designed to help students improve at composing understandings of academic culture by reading and writing about texts important to contemporary study in the humanities and social sciences.

0202. Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction (3 s.h.) S
Prerequisites: Permission of instructor and successful completion of one lower level writing course and one upper level literature course. Intended to help writers develop their techniques and familiarize themselves with theories of fiction as well as producing fiction in a workshop setting.

0203. Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry (3 s.h.) F
Prerequisites: Successful completion of one lower-level writing course and one upper-level literature course. Workshop intended to help advanced writers develop their techniques and familiarize themselves with contemporary writing.

W211. English Syntax (3 s.h.) S
Why wouldn't English speakers say "The boots that he died with on were made of cowhide," even though it makes sense? Course investigates English syntax to see how the structure of English actually works and includes 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 that one above?" No previous courses in linguistics required.

0212. Linguistics and Grammar (3 s.h.) F
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.) F
How 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. "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.) FS
A reading and analysis of the best of continental European drama. Students will become familiar with a wide range of playwrights and plays as the works selected will be representative of such great ages of drama as classical Greek and Roman, French neoclassic, and modern. These may include plays by Aeschylus, Euripides, Terence, Calderon, Racine, Moliere, Goethe, Ibsen, Chekhov, Brecht, and Beckett.

0221. American Romanticism (3 s.h.) F
The development of a distinctively American character in American literature from 1830-1865. 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 the essay, novel, and 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 (Chestnutt, 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.) F
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.) F
Centers on the social issues expressed in U.S. literature and the social context in which literature is produced. Variable topic; description will be available in the English Department before priority registration.

0225. Modern American Fiction (3 s.h.) FS
Technique and subject-the "how" and the "what"-of a group of American novels from the first half of this 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 the brightest and most provocative fiction since the fifties, some of it realistic, some experimental, some mid-way between, leading to a sense of the options available to a writer now. Texts will include Bellow, Updike, Barth, Elkin and several such writers as Maureen Howard, Paul Auster, Renate Adler, Thomas Berger.

0230. Old English (3 s.h.) S
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.

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.) F
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.) F
Shakespeare's early career, including histories, comedies, and tragedies, among them Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, and Julius Caesar. Close textual analysis, social trends, and philosophical background. (Assumes completion of at least one 100 level literature course.)

0234. Advanced Shakespeare II (3 s.h.) F
Will concentrate on developing students' critical reading of a small number of late plays by Shakespeare, all of which have presented special critical problems to scholars, general readers, and performers alike. Course examines how such problems define critical perspectives on the plays. Students will be encouraged to work toward their own readings of Shakespeare's plays that will take into account the cultural characteristics of their own culture, and some current critical modes of reading Shakespeare. Plays for this semester will be all or some of the following: Troilus and Cressida, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, and Cymbeline. A midterm, a final, two short papers, and announced quizzes.

0235. Seventeenth-Century Comedy (3 s.h.) F
The golden age of English comedy was the seventeenth century. Although the two halves of the period are conventionally taught in separate courses, we will see through the reading of a baker's dozen of the plays the continuity and development (for better or worse) of dramatic comedic traditions. 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.) S
Best known plays of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, excluding those of Shakespeare. Such dramatists as Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, Webster, and Ford.

0237. Renaissance Writers (3 s.h.) F
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.

0238. Milton (3 s.h.) F
A study of Milton's poetry and prose in its cultural and historical context.

0240. Restoration and 18th Century Literature (3 s.h.) S
The major literary developments of the period 1660-1800 in drama, poetry, and journalism; the productions of such writers as Dryden, Congreve, Pope, Swift, and Johnson.

0241. English Novel to 1832 (3 s.h.) F
A study of the major novelists of the 18th century, beginning with Defoe, extending through Richardson, Fielding, and Stern, and ending with Mary Shelley and Jane Austen, considering the cultural background of each work, its technique, its thematic significance, and its art.

0242. English Romanticism (3 s.h.) 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
Study includes 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.) F
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 post-modern age with the focus on kinds of modernism, kinds of irony, the importance of form, and the works' social and moral implications.

0246. Contemporary British Fiction (3 s.h.) S
Studies in the British novel since World War II. Figures include Evelyn Waugh, Elizabeth Bowen, Joyce Cary, Samuel Beckett, Graham Greene, Henry Green, Barbara Pym, Iris Murdoch, and John Fowles.

0250. Modern British and American Poetry I (3 s.h.) F
The major works and writers of the first phase of modernism, from the beginning of the century through the 1920s. 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. Modern British and American Poetry II (3 s.h.) S
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 fifties. 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.).

0253. Contemporary Drama (3 s.h.) S
European and American drama since 1940, 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
Four modern Irish writers, emphasizing close reading, psychological concepts, and cultural history. Major figures are Yeats and Joyce. Also includes works by Flan O'Brien and Seamus Heaney.

0257. Modern World Fiction (3 s.h.) F
A study of significant literary works and developments in fiction in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Representative authors range from Flaubert, Balzac, and Dostoevski, to Mann, Proust, Camus, and Brock.

0259. Advanced Contemporary Literature (3 s.h.) F
Post-modernist literature; such figures as Barth, Pynchon, Beckett, Robbe-Grillett, Butor, Suarraute, Gombrowicz, Kundera, Garcia Marquez. May also include authors from other areas.

W260. Themes and Genres in Women's Literature (3 s.h.) S
A variable content course which studies in depth the ideas, languages, and cultural stances in literature written by women. A specific theme or genre will be taken up each semester; detailed description will be available in English Department office before priority registration.

0270. Advanced Film (3 s.h.) F
This course will focus the study of film on particular issues and questions related to cinema history, culture, and theory. Topics might be a specific period in movie history (such as "German Expressionist Cinema"), an interdisciplinary topic (such "Women and Film"), or a textual problem (such as "The Development Film Narrative"). Students should therefore refer each semester to the particular description of the course offered by a instructor during the period.

W275. Feminist Theory (3 s.h.) S
Many contemporary theorists describe how the values of a culture are encoded in its language, and they analyze the difficulty of escaping the "prison house of language." In this course, we will examine how gender-roles are created in and enforced by our symbol systems. Along with theoretical readings, we will consider feminist applications of these strategies in politics, literature, music, and film. Throughout the course, we will work to develop insights into how specific discourses change, how those changes can be facilitated, and how a new discourse is then read.

0276. Contemporary Criticism (3 s.h.) S
Comparative study of literary theories from the 1960s to the present. Introduction to several contemporary critical schools, which include deconstructionist, neo-psychological, neo-Marxist, new historical, feminist, sociological, and aesthetic criticism.

0281. Special Topics I (3 s.h.) FS
Variable content. Advanced study in a specific area, concentrating on pre-1900 works. Course description available in English Department.

0282. Special Topics II (3 s.h.) FS
Variable content. Advanced study in a specific area, concentrating on post-1900 works. Course description available in English Department.

R283. Images of Blacks in Afro & Euro-Amer. Lit., Drama, & Mass Media (3 s.h.) F
Prerequisite: An American literature course and preferably at least one semester of African-American literature. This course will explore representations of racial difference in the fiction and drama of Afro-American and Euro-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 will be a crucial question, with an emphasis on the relationship between criticism and creative process.

0288. Independent Study (2-3 s.h.) FS
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. Senior Seminar (3 s.h.) FS
All 300-level courses are senior capstone courses designed for advanced English majors or for other students who have had previous coursework in the particular area. These variable content courses make a close study of a defined body of literary work, using current critical methods. Students should be engaged in independent reading and critical thought. All English majors are required to take one senior seminar before graduating. Detailed course description will be available from the English Department before priority registration. Registration is by Special Authorization only.

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