Prerequisites: The satisfaction of the English 1002 (C050) requirement or its equivalent is a prerequisite for English courses numbered above 1002. The only exception is for entering freshmen who must postpone 1002 (C050) until the second semester; these students may take English 1301 (C056) or English 1131 (C083) in the first semester.
Note: Starting Fall 2007, English 2097 (W100) will be a prerequisite for most 3000-level courses. Also starting Fall 2007, prerequisites for the senior seminars will include 2097 (W100), at least two of the four literature surveys [2201 (0114), 2202 (0115), 2301 (0116), 2302 (0117)], and at least one 3000-level literature course. Consult the department website for more specific information about these new prerequisites.
Sequence: Students, and especially English majors, are expected to work out with their advisors the sequence of courses which best meets their educational and professional goals.
Offerings: Offerings are subject to change, and some courses have variable content. Students should consult the list of detailed, up-to-date course descriptions which is available in print in the Undergraduate English Office (1030 Anderson) and on-line at www.temple.edu/English/courses/UndergraduateCourses.asp
during registration each semester.
Literary Forms and Critical Practices
Surveys the major literary forms and traditions and the critical practices that have characterized academic literary study from its origin to the present. Required of doctoral students. Courses at or above the 500 level are open to students in the M.A. in Creative Writing or Ph.D. program in English and, with the instructor's permission, to students matriculated in any graduate program at Temple.
Composition Theory and Practice
This course is designed to introduce students to the theory and practice of writing instruction. The course requires a modest amount of reading accompanied by brief assignments. Courses at or above the 500 level are open to students in the M.A. in Creative Writing or Ph.D. program in English and, with the instructor's permission, to students matriculated in any graduate program at Temple.
Surv. Of Res. And Rhet
Introduces students to research questions and methods in the fields of composition studies and the pedagogy of literature.
Movies/Film/Cinema: Histories and Practices
An introduction to film studies that considers the historical, institutional, and technological contexts of film production and reception, with attention to different film traditions and genres. Courses at or above the 500 level are open to students in the M.A. in Creative Writing or Ph.D. program in English and, with the instructor's permission, to students matriculated in any graduate program at Temple.
American Writers After 1880
Generally taught not as a survey but with a focus on some aspect of American writing: may cover any genre or focus on the literature of a particular racial or ethnic group.
Readings in Poetry
Documentary Poetics: an examination of the ways, purposes and consequences of incorporating documents into contemporary poetics.
English Literature of the Renaissance
This course examines the relationships among imitation, innovation, literary production, and circulation in sixteenth and early seventeenth century England.
This course will introduce students to Milton's life and his writings. Class sessions will consider the canonical position that Milton occupies for both our profession and for the tradition of writers who follow Milton.
Dryden to Burns
This course surveys major literary figures and representative literary forms of the 18th Century. We will consider literature's relation to political, social, and cultural developments.
Examines poetry of the Romantic period in relation to the social and historical forces surrounding its prodction and the critical traditions involved in its interpretation.
Major novelists of the Victorian period, from the Brontes to Hardy. Social and cultural backgrounds of the Victorian Age.
British Literature in Transition
The transition between Victorian and Modernist literature; roughly 1880-1920. Content varies, e.g., the aesthetic movement, naturalism, colonialism and postcolonialism, gay/lesbian issues.
American Writing: 1800-1865
This course juxtaposes works that have achieved the status of "classics" with rediscovered works by women and African Americans. The class explores the relationship between aesthetic judgments and political or ideological values; the consequences of reading canonical works in new literary and historical contexts.
American Writing: 1865-1910
May survey the period 1865-1910, concentrating on major figures together with a sampling of the full range of literary discourse, or may focus on single theme or genre.
American Writing 1940 to Present
May be taught as a survey or as an examination of a single category of American literature such as Asian-American writing or African-American poetry.
Victorian Prose and Poetry
Examination of a theme, topic, or group of writers in more than one genre; may include fiction, poetry, drama, essays, and/or popular culture.
20th C. Lit. Criticism & Theory
Analysis of important features of twentieth century literary criticism and of the interactions between competing theoretical explanations of literary practice.
Theory and Methodology of American Literary Studies
An examination of the major approaches to the study of American literature over the past fifty years, emphasizing methodologies and underlying theoretical assumptions and demonstrating the ongoing debate over the nature of American literary study.
Modern Literature - Major Texts
A close examination of a small group of modern literary texts. The most recent offering focused on the novels of James Joyce.
Modern Literature: Background and Movements
Introduction to the intellectual traditions and principal movements of twentieth century world literature, including representative major writers.
Twentieth Century American Poetry
We will study early modernist poetries up to about 1930 treating a variety of figures. Emphasis will be placed (1) On poetics, (2) on the poets' many interactions and affiliations, (3) on the ways ideologies and debates emerge in poetic texts, and (4) on contemporary critical interventions studying modernism.
Twentieth Century American Fiction
The craft of fiction: a study of contemporary American fiction through analysis of the fictional strategies selected by the author.
British Literature: The 1920s
Early Modernism as illustrated by the leading writers and movements of the decade.
Major American Writers After 1900
A comparative readings of American writers in the twentieth century together with a practice in the methods of scholarship useful for understanding American literature.
African American Literature of the Twentieth Century
Considers the emergence of African American Studies as a field with literature as a sub-field. Rhetoric that were paramount at the outset of the century will be examined, with particular emphasis on how at the end of the century critical approaches to African American literature are in transition.
Twentieth Century World Fiction, 1900-1945
Comparative study of fiction from the first half of the twentieth century, much of it read in translation.
20th Century World Fiction
Examines the novel as genre and its contemporary strategies through works which represent the varieties of fiction practiced today. May include postcolonial theory and practices.
Epochs of Literary Criticism
A comprehensive survey of major critical schools and approaches from classical beginnings to early modern developments. Emphasis is on the changing relations between critical theory and literary practice within the culture in each period.
Philosophy of Literary Criticism
A study of problems that arise from reflection on the critic's tasks of describing, interpreting, and judging literary works. Among the topics to be considered are the language of poetry, metaphor, style, form in literature, symbolism, truth, criteria of evaluation, obscenity.
Survey of world drama including plays representing: the Classical Age; the Middle Ages; the Renaissance in Italy, Spain, and England; the French, neo-Classical period; the Romantic epoch in Germany and France; the Modern Age.
Advanced Textual Analysis
A study of complex texts, analyzing the discourses of disciplines, professions, and public institutions.
Ideas and Forms
A variable content course. Recent topics have included lyric practices in poetry and prose since 1848, modernist prose, and the problems involved in film adaptations of works from literature or other fields.
Approaches to Literature
A variable content course which generally considers one or two formal techniques or critical methods in conjunction with appropriate literary texts. The literary content may be from any genre or historical period.
A variable content course. Recent topics have included rhetorical theory and scientific discourse.
Open only to students in the Creative Writing MA program. Intensive discussion of student poetry and the work of established poets whose concerns are related to those of the students. Frequent individual conferences.
Open only to students in the Creative Writing M.A. program. Intensive discussion of student fiction and the work of established fiction writers whose concerns are related to those of the students. Frequent individual conferences.
Preliminary Examination Preparation
Sixteenth Century Studies
Various literary, intellectual, and critical traditions, including Spenser and other major authors, movements, forms, themes, or critical procedures.
Seventeenth Century Studies
Seminar with varying content, from Donne, Jonson, and Bacon to the Restoration.
Studies in Victorian Prose and Poetry
Students will learn the bibliographical and research techniques needed to tap the primary sources available in Philadelphia libraries and place the materials in historical context.
Studies in Victorian Novelists
Seminar in Victorian fiction and critical analysis.
Studies in Major 20th Century Poets
A study of issues in poetry and poetics which may emphasize recent long poems, a survey of important genres, or other approaches to the relations among form, subjectivity, ideology and the construction of authorship.
Studies in Modern British Fiction
Variable content: individual authors (Woolf, Joyce, etc.) or special topics.
Studies in American Literature Since 1900
A variable topic course which may focus on a theme, a group of authors or texts, a technique, or some other aspect of American writing.
Studies in Literary Criticism
An intensive analysis of current trends in critical theory and method, in the context of their philosophical, literary and historical backgrounds. Special emphasis is given to the various purposes of contemporary critical activity.
Studies Lit. of Restn + 18th C
Variable content: has recently been taught as Eighteenth-Century Poetry
Studies in Victorian Novelist
Advanced seminar in Victorian fiction; may take up one novelist or a group of writers.
Master's Manuscript Tutorial
For English: Creative Writing majors. A tutorial in which the creative manuscript required for graduation is developed. Related readings. Weekly conferences. Two semesters are required.
Intensive Study of Single Authors
Advanced scholarly exploration of the problems of interpreting the work, the life and the past and present critical and cultural contexts of single authorial figures.
St in Am. Lit since 1800
Advanced seminar with variable content. Recent topics have included American Realism to 1945.
Ideas and Forms in Lit.
Advanced seminar with changing focus: may be interdisciplinary or international
Recent Literary Crit.
Advanced seminar in critical theory and practice
Literature and Society
Advanced investigation of social, sociological and historical frameworks for studying literary production and for debating the nature of "literature."
A variable-content seminar devoted to an exploration of a topic in media studies, such as a film or television genre, a national cinema, the work of a particular director or a critical and theoretical issue of current debate.
For doctoral candidates who select the M.A. option.
Dissertation seminar for doctoral candidates.