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FALL 2014 Courses

​ENG 204 001 Literary Journalism

Series S (F 2:30 pm-5:00 pm)
E. C. Osondu
A plus on any résumé, magazine journalism gives students practical hands-on experience editing and publishing a literary journal. We will solicit and edit work, design and help produce The Alembic. Students will read literary texts in several genres within a critical context and formulate, discuss, and develop sophistication in critical issues. Comparative essays, close readings, and book reviews will all be part of the course.

ENG 231 001 Survey of British Literature I

Series K (TR 11:30 am-12:45 pm)
Raphael Shargel
This course is an intensive survey of English literature from its Anglo-Saxon beginnings through the 18th century.  The course traces the rise of the English language as a vehicle for literary art and emphasizes historical development of literary genres.

ENG 232 001 Survey of British Literature II

Series M  (MWF 2:30 pm-3:20 pm)
Alexander Moffett
This is an intensive survey of English literature from Romanticism to Modernism. The course emphasizes the development of a specific British literary tradition, manifested in a variety of literary genres.

ENG 285 001 Introduction to Creative Writing

Series V (T 4:00 pm-6:30 pm)
Chard deNiord
Introduction to Creative Writing in fiction and poetry for Creative Writing majors and other interested students. Classes discuss reading and writing assignments in seminar and workshop settings. Students keep reading journals, write substantive critiques of each other’s work, a book review on poetry or fiction, and assemble a portfolio of their work including nine poems and three short stories, all with two to four revisions.

ENG 301 001/002 Intermediate Writing
Series E  (MR 10:00 am-11:45 am &) & Series I (MWF 12:30 pm-1:20 pm)
This course emphasizes argumentative writing. Students will write and discuss essays in order to master the art of persuasion. Considerable attention will also be given to matters of style and organization. Prerequisite: Intensive Writing Level I proficiency.

ENG 304 001 History of the English Language

Series L (TR 1:00 pm-2:15 pm)
Margaret Healy-Varley|
This course examines the historical and linguistic development of the English language as revealed through selected literary texts from the Middle Ages to the present. We will examine the technical aspects of language (semantics, syntax, phonology), as well as larger literary concerns.

ENG 311 001 Shakespeare: Histories and Comedies
Series N (TR 2:30 pm-3:45 pm)
Robert Reeder
This course concentrates on Shakespeare’s early plays, primarily comedies and histories, with close analysis of the texts in the light of relevant political, social, and cultural contexts, and with some attention to stage history and film productions. Crosslisted with:  TDF 311-001

ENG 312 001 Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances
Series Q (T 2:30 pm-5:00 pm)
Stephen Lynch
This course concentrates on Shakespeare’s later plays, primarily tragedies and romances (or tragic-comedies), with close analysis of the texts in the light of relevant political, social, and cultural contexts, and with some attention to stage history and film productions.  Crosslisted with:  TDF 312-001

ENG 314 001 Spenser
Series F (TWF 9:30 am-10:20 am)
Anthony Esolen
This course provides us with the universe according to the great allegorist of Elizabethan England, Edmund Spenser. He is placed within the context of authors whom he quarried (Vergil, Ovid, Petrarch, Ariosto, Tasso, Castiglione, Sidney; two or three of these will be studied each semester) to construct his monumental poem The Faerie Queene. We will read that poem in its entirety.

ENG 317 001Seventeenth-Century Literature
Series V (T 4:00 pm-6:30 pm)
Russell Hillier
“Be no longer so horridly, hellishly, impudently, arrogantly wicked as to judge what is sin, what not, what evil and what not, what blasphemy and what not.”  
          — Abiezer Coppe

“Whether we fall by ambition, blood, or lust,

Like diamonds we are cut with our own dust.”
          —  John Webster

“Do well, and right, and let the world sinke.”  
          — George Herbert

Seventeenth-century England, as a popular ballad of 1643 depicted the epoch, was “a world turned upside down.”  It was a century in which a bloody Civil War was waged between fathers, brothers, and sons.  It was an age in which the killing of a King by his people was conceived and executed.  The literature of this period reflects this social upheaval, but its poetry and prose also scintillate with timeless political, philosophical, theological ideas that are as dangerous as they are exciting.  Here is an embarrassment of riches: the glory of Jacobean drama; the soul-stirring poetry of John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell, Aemilia Lanyer, and Henry Vaughan; the radical writings of Rachel Speght; the entrancing babble of the counter-cultural hipster and Ranter Abiezer Coppe; the compelling polemic of the proto-communist and Digger Gerrard Winstanley; John Bunyan’s great allegory The Pilgrim’s Progress; the weird and wonderful prose of Sir Thomas Browne and Robert Burton; The Bloody Tenent of Persecution, which was composed by Roger Williams, the non-conformist founder of Rhode Island; and the breath-stopping verse of the blind bard John Milton.

ENG 356 001 American Literature 1865 – 1914
Series L (TR 1:00-2:15 pm)
Margaret Reid

This course surveys American literature through some of the most difficult years in our history, the years of industrialization and urbanization. Major authors include Twain, James, Dickinson, Crane, Robinson, Wharton, Frost, and Adams. Some regionalist and naturalist works are also read. Crosslisted with: 
AMS 356-001

ENG 358 001 Communications Internship
Series X (By Arrangement)
Juniors and seniors may obtain internships at local businesses and agencies to develop and apply skills in writing and analysis, in the workplace. In addition to the 10-15 hours per week of supervised experience, students must compose and fulfill a contractual learning agreement. Pass/Fail credit only.

ENG 363 001 Twentieth-Century British Novel
Series H (MWF 11:30 am-12:20 pm)
Alexander Moffett
Surveys the pre-World War I period, the inter-war years, and the post-1945 period.  Authors include Conrad, Joyce, D.H. Lawrence, Forster, Woolf, Greene, Ford, Orwell, Waugh, Burgess, and others.  Occasionally, non-British works are included.  Topics for discussion range from the modernist revolt and the age of crisis, to the tensions between tradition and change.

ENG 364 001 Modern American Fiction
Series J (MWF 1:30 pm-2:20 pm)
Suzanne Fournier
Covers American fiction since World War I.  Authors include Anderson, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Cather, Dos Passos, Faulkner, Welty, O’Connor, Salinger, Heller, Percy, Pynchon, Morrison, and Fellow.  Topics for discussion include the search for identity through tradition, the disillusionment of the ’30s, the Southern Renaissance, and the problematics of mass society. Crosslisted with:  AMS 364-001

ENG 365 001 Twentieth-Century African American Literature
Series L (TR 1:00 pm-2:15 pm)
Tuire Valkeakari
A reading-intensive introduction to 20th-century African-American fiction, autobiography, drama, and poetry, with particular attention to social and cultural contexts. Writers include Nella Larsen, Ralph Ellison, Amiri Baraka, Toni Morrison, John Edgar Wideman, and Anna Deavere Smith.  Focus on race, class, and gender, and on the authors' approaches to the role of literary arts in society.  Fulfills the Core Curriculum’s Writing II and Diversity proficiencies.  Crosslisted with:  BLS 365-001 and AMS 365-001

ENG 372 001  Contemporary Drama
Series I (MWF 12:30 pm-1:30 pm)
Stephanie Boeninger
A survey of drama from 1960 to the present. Emphasizes the relationship between the theater and national identity, and discusses how issues involving race, gender, language, and culture are represented in plays from a variety of nations. Crosslisted with:  TDF 372 001

ENG 380 001 Creative Writing in Fiction
Series V (T 4:00 pm-6:30 pm)
E. C. Osondu
ENG 380 002 Creative Writing in Fiction
Series P (M 2:30 pm-5:00 pm)
Alison Espach
This course helps students learn to write short stories. Exercises are designed to strengthen students’ skill in rendering the elements of fiction. All work is discussed in a workshop situation. An anthology of short stories is read along with students’ work. A folio of exercises, short stories, and revisions provides the basis for the course grade.

ENG 381 001 Creative Writing: Poetry
Series Q (T 2:30 pm-5:00 pm)
ENG 381 002 Creative Writing:  Poetry
Series P (M 2:30 pm-5:00 pm)
Chard deNiord
This course helps students learn to write poetry.  Exercises are designed to sharpen students’ skill in rendering the elements of poetry. All work is discussed in a workshop situation. An anthology of poetry is read along with student work. A folio of exercises, poems, and revisions provides the basis for the course grade.

ENG 400 001 Literary Criticism and Theory
Series K (TR 11:30 am-12:45 pm)
Bruce Graver
An intensive examination of major works of literary criticism, from Plato to the present. Students will learn to write theoretically about literature and will be asked to apply specific critical methods to literary works. Readings may include Plato, Aristotle, Coleridge, Nietzsche, Freud, Derrida, Foucault, Nussbaum, and Cixous. Prerequisite for students writing a senior thesis.

ENG 441 001 Studies in Literature:  Literature and the Environment
Series A (MR 8:30 am-9:45 am)
William Hogan 

An intensive examination of major works of literary criticism, from Plato to the present. Students will learn to write theoretically about literature and will be asked to apply specific critical methods to literary works. Readings may include Plato, Aristotle, Coleridge, Nietzsche, Freud, Derrida, Foucault, Nussbaum, and Cixous. Prerequisite for students writing a senior thesis.

This course is a study of the tradition in English of literary writing that engages with, imagines, and depicts the nonhuman world (ie, the 'environment'), and illuminates the complex relationship between it and human culture. Because of the breadth of this tradition, the course is not structured chronologically, but rather around a number of thematic 'points of contact' between human imagination and the nonhuman world, including but not limited to:

• the connection between nature and religious or spiritual life; 

• the idea of wilderness (and its obverse, the idea of 'civilization,' the city, and the built environment)

• food and food production;

• agrarianism and the 'land ethic';

• ideas about waste and refuse

• the relationship between technology and the body

• environmental justice and globalization

While we will read works from several historical periods, the emphasis will be on contemporary works that interact with these themes, and in so doing, develop longstanding concerns of environmental writing in English. Authors studied may include Gilbert White, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Annie Dillard, Edward Abbey, Barbara Kingsolver, Wendell Berry, Linda Hogan, Leslie Marmon Silko, Margaret Atwood, Amitav Ghosh, Ruth Ozeki, Mary Oliver, Gary Snyder, W.S. Merwin, Derek Walcott, and others.

ENG 441 002 Studies in Literature:  Fantasies & Feminism
Series E (MR 10:00 am-11:15 am)
Gloria-Jean Masciarotte
Crosslisted with:  WMS 470-001 and AMS 470-001
ENG 480 001 Seminar: Novels of Jane Austen
Series K (TR 11:30 am-12:45 pm)
Bruce Graver
ENG 481 001  Seminar:  Prosody
Series T (M 4:00 pm-6:30 pm)
Eric Bennett

This course offers a practical history of poetic forms.  You will learn about the varieties of blank verse, ballad stanzas, ottava rima, free verse, and much else, by practicing the writing of these forms.  As both a survey of poetry from the renaissance to the twentieth century and also a study in creative writing, the course should be of interest to any student who wants to learn about rhythm, rhyme, and the history of the language from the inside.  Good for both aspiring artists and aspiring scholars.  Assignments include weekly readings from some of the best poets in English and from handbooks on prosody and weekly exercises in original composition. 

ENG 481 002 Seminar:  England in Literature & Film
Series E (MR 10:00 am-11:15 am)
Elizabeth Bridgham
What is it to be English?  How does Englishness differ from Britishness?  How is England today different from (or similar to) England at the height of the British Empire?  Concepts of nationality are slippery at best, shifting over time and skewed by concepts like patriotism, tradition, race and ethnicity, and religion.  This course will examine England’s idea of itself through the lens of its nineteenth- through twenty-first-century novels and films.  Our study will be organized around a variety of perspectives on the nation:  England’s relationship to its own history and its repercussions, political and military crises, England’s varied landscape and the changing global environment.  Representative authors may include Dickens, Gaskell, Hardy, Forster, Huxley, Rhys, and Gaiman, and films may include The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Passage to India, Blow-Up, Chariots of Fire, 28 Days Later, and The Queen.  As we read, watch, and discuss these works, we will take a virtual tour of the UK, studying the different regions, cultures, and subcultures that comprise the nation. 

ENG 499 - Senior Thesis
Designed for seniors wishing to undertake a significant research project. Students work with a faculty advisor who will guide them from the planning stages of the thesis to its completion. A written proposal must be approved by a faculty advisor and department chair before registering. The thesis will be evaluated by the advisor and a second reader. Prerequisite: ENG 400

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The Department of English is located in the Ruane Center for the Humanities, LL37. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, email or contact the following people.

Dr. Bruce E. Graver
Ruane LL33          

Assistant Chair
Dr. Margaret Reid
Ruane LL32

Adminstrative Assistant
Janet Masso
401-865-1192 [Fax]

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