2023 Fall Term
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INTENSIVE COLLEGE WRITING AND READING
An intensive introduction to college writing and reading for students with appropriate placement scores. Emphasis on textual analysis of a variety of genres (both fiction and nonfiction), critical argumentation, the writing process, conventions of academic prose, and improvement of grammatical control and proofreading skills.
INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING AND READING
Critical reading and writing with emphasis on textual analysis of a variety of genres (both fiction and nonfiction), critical argumentation, the writing process, and conventions of academic prose.
INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING, READING, AND RESEARCH
Continuation of ENGLISH 100/ENGLISH 101 with additional emphasis on modes of inquiry, the research process, and the completion of a formally documented, argument-based research paper.
FRESHMAN ENGLISH HONORS
An accelerated course in the reading and writing of college-level prose that satisfies the Proficiency writing requirement for students in the University Honors program. Study of the major literary genres, and composition of substantial papers and a library research paper. NOTE -- students will be able to receive AP or other test credit for English 101 and ENGLISH 102, but they may not enroll in English 101 or ENGLISH 102 for credit after completing this course.
POPULAR CULTURE AND LITERATURE
This course introduces students to the textual study of popular culture in such forms as film, television, video games, or comics by pairing such texts with literary periods and/or movements that inform them. Students will question the boundaries between "high culture" and popular culture as reflected in the mass media.
BRITISH LITERATURE SURVEY I
A survey of British literature from the Old English period through the eighteenth century.
AMERICAN LITERATURE SURVEY I
A survey of American literature from the seventeenth century through the Civil War to acquaint the student with the foremost writers of our literary culture.
THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE
This course will survey the Bible and some other related Near Eastern literature, focusing on the development of genres, motifs, and other literary forms that have influenced the form and content of Western literature, including the parable, the proverb, the loss of Eden, exile and return, origin stories, and hero stories.
THE CONTEMPORARY NOVEL
A study of significant British and American novels and novelists of the last decade.
GENDER AND FILM
Students will learn to critically view, consider, and describe films, with special attention to representations of sexuality and gender. The course will include instruction in gender theory and methods for deploying gender analysis in the context of film studies.
CRITICAL WRITING IN THE FIELD OF ENGLISH
This course will help students become proficient in the skills of research, organization, writing, and revising that they will need in upper-division English courses. Students will learn both the general conventions of academic writing about literature (literary criticism) and the specific methods of some of the most important kinds of literary criticism.
Study, discussion and writing of description, narration, verse and the short story.
INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE STUDY
An introduction to the basic tools and concepts for the study of language through study of the sounds, grammar, vocabulary, history, and cultural context of English.
This course explores the rich and varied field of European literature from its beginnings in Greek and Roman literature to present-day continental European literature, through studies of theme, genre, theory, or cultural analysis; topics will vary by instructor.
LITERATURE OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (1660-1820)
This course will examine the various contexts; cultural, historical, and political; that comprise the long eighteenth century (1660-1820) as they are revealed by various modes of literary endeavor in Britain and its vast empire.
STAGE PLAYS ON FILM
In this course, students will study stage plays as well as the ways in which screenwriters and filmmakers adapt those plays for the big screen. Repeatable with change in topic.
AMERICAN LITERATURE IN THE POSTMODERN AGE (1945-PRESENT)
This course is designed to acquaint students with the rich tradition of American fiction and poetry of the last fifty years. Focusing on such figures as Ellison, Plath, Morrison, Pynchon, Baraka, and Delillo, this course invites students to debate the role that literature plays in a postwar American society. In doing so, we will focus on how writers address such postwar developments as: dawn of the nuclear age, Vietnam, the rise of mass culture, and rapid technologizing of American society.
AMERICAN MINORITY WOMEN WRITERS
A survey of poetry, fiction, drama, and essays written by African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American, and Asian-American women.
A course in advanced exposition and argumentation.
An intensive course in the writing of poetry requiring a minimum of 250 lines of good verse (after revision). The course will consider examples from some of the best contemporary verse, as well as criticism by students and the instructor of student work.
Practical experience in writing scripts for cinema and/or television, with special emphasis on the creative, theoretical, and critical processes.
This workshop introduces students to the history, theory, tradition and practice of creative nonfiction in its many forms, including the edited journal, personal essay and memoir, nature essay, literary journalism, and academic/cultural criticism. Through a mix of seminar-style discussions, graduated writing assignments, and intensive workshop response and revision, students work to develop a substantive portfolio (40-50 pages) of their own work by the end of the semester.
SPECIAL TOPICS WRITING WORKSHOP
Creative writing workshop, variable topics.
A study of the works of Shakespeare which will include representative genres and which will not duplicate works studied in English 405.
CURRENT THEORIES OF COMPOSITION FOR TEACHERS
A course in theories and methods of teaching composition, including practice in the evaluating of student writing. Recommended for Juniors and Seniors only.
SEMINAR IN LITERATURE BEFORE 1800
As the capstone course for English Literature and English Education majors, this senior seminar will offer the student an intensive study of a topic in literature before 1800, including a semester-long research project and an oral presentation. Topics will vary.
APPLIED STUDY: INTERNSHIP IN WRITING
Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Internships, as available, in business or government for suitably prepared students wishing to make careers as writers. Repeatable for a maximum of six credits in degree.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.
FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH
A course for students whose reading and writing skills need improvement through study of basic grammar and rhetoric before they attempt other English courses. This course does not count toward the 120 credits required for graduation, nor does it fulfill General Studies requirements, nor may it be counted toward the English major or minor. It may not be taken by students who are simultaneously taking or have satisfactorily completed another English course on this campus.