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FALL 2016 

 

ENG 100-01: Topics: Film Adapting Fictions
Michael Mirabile                                                                                              MWF 12:40-1:40

Emphasis on a particular theme or subgenre in literature to be chosen by the professor. Recent topics have included heroines in British fiction, literature and the environment, love and the novel, history of the lyric poem, and literature of immigration. May be taken twice for credit with change of topic. 

This course will examine major fictions of the twentieth century and their adaptation or transference to the medium of the cinema. Reading fictions and watching films, moving from page to screen, we will ask the comparative question of how the conditions of each art form determine the meanings and cultural resonances of individual narratives and adaptations. We will consider how various theories of literature and film, along with general frameworks of genre, modernism, and postmodernism, offer diverse perspectives on our course materials. Film genres addressed include: film noir, war films, biography, thrillers, horror films, and science-fiction films.

 

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

 

ENG 100-02: Topics: Lit Represent of Childhood
Andrea Hibbard    
                                                                                               MWF 9:10-10:10

Emphasis on a particular theme or subgenre in literature to be chosen by the professor. Recent topics have included heroines in British fiction, literature and the environment, love and the novel, history of the lyric poem, and literature of immigration. May be taken twice for credit with change of topic. 

This course traces the development of Anglo-American literary conceptions of the child from William Blake to the present. Although much of our focus will be on the years leading up to and including the so-called “golden age” of children’s literature (from about 1860 to 1920), we will begin the semester by considering how and why so many important Romantic poets idealized childhood. We will go on to explore the significance of Victorian fictional and non-fictional writings about exploited child workers, lonely orphans, and dying invalids. How did Victorian authors use these children to challenge the social and economic status quo and to satisfy the sentimental tastes of adult readers? We will also examine popular child heroes of adventure narratives, ghost stories, and fairytales. What is the allure of texts that figure the child as the uncivilized or wild “other”? How did these fictions both teach and transgress gender roles? The semester will end with a selection of recent works that seek to express the perspective of children caught in the crossfire of adult struggles over race, religion, and land.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

 

ENG 100-03: Topics: Experimental Fictions
Kristin Fujie                                                                                                         MWF 10:20-11:20

Emphasis on a particular theme or subgenre in literature to be chosen by the professor. Recent topics have included heroines in British fiction, literature and the environment, love and the novel, history of the lyric poem, and literature of immigration. May be taken twice for credit with change of topic. 

In this course we will immerse ourselves in works of British and American post-1900 fiction that employ innovative formal techniques. By studying our writer’ use of devices such as frame narratives, unreliable and non-traditional narrators, stream-of-consciousness style, non-linear plot, and pastiche, we will explore how literature can bend, stretch, break, and otherwise manipulate linguistic and narrative conventions in order to create new experiences for its readers. Along the way we will construct a “tool kit” of literary terms and concepts that will enable you to analyze fiction with greater precision and, I hope, with greater pleasure.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

 

ENG 200-F1: Introdution to Fiction and Fiction Writing
Pauls Toutonghi

MWF 11:30-12:30

Class offers focused, writing-based exercises, coupled with careful reading of different types of fiction, to help build a student’s understanding of the fictional form. Creative work is produced and read in a workshop-based environment. 

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

 

ENG 201-F1: Introduction to Poetry and Poetry Writing
Jerry Harp

TTH 1:50-3:20

Elements of poetry such as imagery, rhythm, tone. Practice in the craft. Frequent references to earlier poets.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

 

ENG 205-F1: Major Periods and Issues in English Literature                        Lyell Asher                                                                                                       TTH 9:40-11:10

Introduction to ways of reading and writing about literature; historical development of English literature from Middle Ages to end of 17th century. Enrollment preference given to English majors and minors.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

 

ENG 205-F2: Major Periods and Issues in English Literature                       Karen Gross                                                                                                    MWF 9:10-10:10

Introduction to ways of reading and writing about literature; historical development of English literature from Middle Ages to end of 17th century. Enrollment preference given to English majors and minors.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

 

ENG 205-F3: Major Periods and Issues in English Literature                        Will Pritchard                                                                                                    MWF 11:30-12:30

Introduction to ways of reading and writing about literature; historical development of English literature from Middle Ages to end of 17th century. Enrollment preference given to English majors and minors.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

 

ENG 240-F1: The Brontes: Legends and Legacies
Andrea Hibbard
MWF 11:30-12:30

Exploration of the mythology that has attached itself to Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte, including how they simultaneously contributed to and distanced themselves from mid-Victorian literary culture, as well as negotiated cultural expectations and anxieties about the growing feminization of the novel. Includes reading of their novels, letters, journal entries, poems, and juvenilia. 

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits

 

ENG 300-01: Fiction Writing
Pauls Toutonghi

TTh 9:40-11:10

Discussion and small-group workshop. Required reading aloud from an anthology, with student-led discussion of authors’ texts. Daily exercises in various elements of short fiction, graduating to full-length stories; emphasis on revision. All students write evaluations of peers’ work and participate in oral critique.

Prerequisites: ENG 200; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Junior standing or consent required.

 

ENG 301-01: Poetry Writing
Jerry Harp

M 3:00-4:30/Th 3:30-5:00

Discussion of student work with occasional reference to work by earlier poets. Students develop skills as writers and readers of poetry.



Prerequisites: ENG 201; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Junior standing or consent required.

 

ENG 323-01: Modern American Literature, 1900-WWII
Kristin Fujie
TTh 11:30-1:00

American literature in the first half of the 20th century as it is shaped by American writers’ growing familiarity with European modernism, with the failure of Victorian values exposed by World War I, and with the increasing presence of women and minority writers. Anderson, Cather, Dos Passos, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Hurston, LeSueur, Stein, Steinbeck, Toomer, West, Wright.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Junior standing or consent required.

 

ENG 326-01: African American Literature
Rachel Cole

TTH 9:40am-11:10am

The African American literary tradition from the late 19th century to the present. Points of contact with, and departure from, the rest of American literary history with emphasis on the black oral tradition, particularly the pattern of call-and-response as writers adapt it to the literary forms of fiction and poetry from spirituals, work songs, blues, jazz, and storytelling. May include Baldwin, Baraka, Brooks, Brown, Chesnutt, Dove, DuBois, Dunbar, Ellison, Gaines, Harper, Hayden, Hughes, Hurston, Charles Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Knight, Morrison, Toomer, Walker, Williams, Wilson, Wright.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Junior standing or consent required.

 

ENG 330-01: Chaucer
Karen Gross

MWF 1:50-2:50

The poetry of Chaucer in its literary, historical, social, and religious contexts. Topics may include the relationship between the sacred and the profane, the representations of men and women in 14th-century English society, the rise of the vernacular in the later Middle Ages, medieval attitudes towards poetry and authorship, the influence of continental European literary forms on English traditions, manuscript culture and ways of reading and writing before the advent of printing, the characteristics of different medieval literary genres, and the critical reception of Chaucer. Readings, predominantly from The Canterbury Tales, are in Middle English.

Prerequisites: None; 4 semester credits
Restrictions: Junior standing or consent required.

 

ENG 450-01: Senior Seminar: John Keats*
Kurt Fosso
MW 3:00-4:30

Varies in focus and content. Subjects addressed in, the context of current critical discourse. Students write a long research-based paper.

Quoting Spenser’s Fairie Queene, John Keats advises his fellow Romantic-era poet and literary pioneer, Percy Bysshe Shelley, “‘Load every rift’ of your subject with ore.”  Keats knew he was nearing the end of his short life, and, alas, he writes little more.  But it is advice he himself had taken in his journeyman’s career, most notably in his perhaps unparalleled annus mirabilis of 1819, when he loaded many a “rift” with literary gold, composing most of the poems that secured his fame and lasting place among the English poets—as he hoped.  Like Shelley, Keats is one of the great crafters of poetry, and to study his work is to engage in his particularly rich and challenging vein of intensified poetic language, with its aesthetic delights, puns aplenty, figurative leaps, literary allusions, philosophical depths, and, as he said of Wordsworth, “dark passages” of human life.

Although we’ll read poems from throughout Keats’s all-too-brief career, we shall focus especially on his mature poems of 1819, including the great Odes.  And of course we’ll read many of his letters, in which he provides a good deal of literary theory as well as observations about his life in a time of political, artistic, and other struggles and crises.  Doing so will help us to see how his poetry engages his life and culture as well as how his life is loaded with so many rifts of poetry.  We’ll also witness and explore how Keats is more than ‘only’ a creator of beauty (“a joy forever”); he is, as his words to Shelley suggest, a daring pioneer into the creation and discovery of truths and meanings—ones that perhaps art alone can offer.

Along with studying Keats’s poetry and selected letters, this seminar’s students will also read a biography of Keats and numerous critical essays.  All seminar members will write a 20-25 page paper providing a clear, substantiated, and well-researched argument focused upon one or more of this author’s poems.  Students will also deliver a key portion of their paper’s findings in a formal presentation. 

Prerequisites: ENG 205, ENG 206, and two 300-level literature courses; 4 semester credits                                                                                                 Restrictions: Senior standing or consent required


ENG 450-02: Senior Seminar: The Novel and Moral Reflection*
Lyell Asher
TTh 11:30AM-1:00PM

Varies in focus and content. Subjects addressed in, the context of current critical discourse. Students write a long research-based paper.

At least since Plato, literature and art have often been considered suspect enterprises, distorting and distracting mirrors that offer pseudo-enlightenment. We’ll test that suspicion by focusing on a handful of novels, and consider what, if anything, they have to say about the things that matter most—how we should live, whom we should love, and what it all means in the face of death. Likely candidates for inclusion are: Jane Austen’s Persuasion, George Eliot’s Middlemarch, Henry James’ Portrait of a Lady, and Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence. Secondary readings from Marilyn Butler, Martha Nussbaum, Richard Rorty, and Mark Edmundson among others.

Prerequisites: ENG 205, ENG 206, and two 300-level literature courses; 4 semester credits                                                                                                 Restrictions: Senior standing or consent required



ENG 450-03: Senior Seminar: Literature of American Slavery*
Rachel Cole
TTh 1:50PM-3:20PM

Varies in focus and content. Subjects addressed in, the context of current critical discourse. Students write a long research-based paper.

This seminar will focus on American slave narratives, both fictional and non-fictional, from the mid-nineteenth century and the late twentieth.

Primary-source texts will include Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845); Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, by Harriet Jacobs (1861); Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter, by William Wells Brown (1853); Kindred, by Octavia Butler (1979); Beloved, by Toni Morrison (1987), and The Known World, by Edward P. Jones (2003).

Each student will pursue an independent project of his or her own design,  culminating in a 20-page seminar paper which contributes to the ongoing critical conversation about the literature of American slavery. Preparatory assignments will include an annotated bibliography, topic proposal, abstract, etc. In the final days of the semester we will hold a workshop, in which students present their projects to and receive feedback from the class.

Prerequisites: ENG 205, ENG 206, and two 300-level literature courses; 4 semester credits                                                                                                Restrictions: Senior standing or consent required


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