English Courses

Courses in Literature

ENG-101 Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing
Study of selected works of fiction, poetry, and drama with an emphasis on close reading and expository writing. This course introduces terms and skills necessary for further literary study.

ENG-115 The Classical Tradition
Study of ancient Greek, Roman, or other classical literature, read in translation. This course focuses on the diverse genres of classical literature, including epic, lyric, and drama, while attending to its continuities with medieval continental literature.

ENG-116 Human Rights and Literature
Study of literary works that represent and reimagine issues of human rights in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.

ENG-117 Asian American Literature
Reading and discussion of literature by Asian Americans and an introduction to its literary, cultural, and historical context.

ENG-125 Exploring Literature: Humanities
Explores works by a variety of world authors outside the United States with the purposes of stimulating the appreciation of literary art and considering the various functions of literature in the contemporary world.

ENG-127 Exploring Literature: United States Pluralism
Explores works by writers from one or more subgroups in American culture with the purposes of stimulating the appreciation of literary art and considering the various functions of literature in the contemporary world.

ENG-128 Exploring Literature: Diversity in Western Culture
Explores works by writers from one or more subgroups in Western Civilization outside the United States with the purposes of stimulating the appreciation of literary art and considering the various functions of literature in the contemporary world.

ENG-186 Gender and Literature: Non-Western Perspectives
Examination of a particular author, theme, region, or genre in the context of gender and sexuality studies. Course focuses on topics related to non-western perspectives, such as women in the global south and the role that African American literature plays within different regions of the world.

ENG-187 Gender and Literature: United States Pluralism
Examination of a particular author, theme, region, or genre in the context of gender and sexuality studies. Course focuses on topics related to United States pluralism, such as American Women Writers or Gender and Race in American Literature.

ENG-188 Gender and Literature: Diverse Western Perspectives
Examination of a particular author, theme, region, or genre in the context of gender and sexuality studies. Course focuses on topics related to Western cultural diversity, such as Gender Identity in Literature, Renaissance Women Writers, Women’s Autobiography.

ENG-201 Ancient Mythology
Study of the myths of the ancient Greeks and Romans, while briefly touching on their Near Eastern predecessors as a way of investigating the character of myth and the purpose it plays in society. We examine these myths not only through the ancient texts, but by studying theoretical models and approaches to mythology.

ENG-216 Introduction to Postcolonial Literature
Study of twentieth-century prose and poetry arising out of the cultural, social, economic, and legal harms of imperialism and colonization.

ENG-246 Global Anglophone Literature
Exploration of literatures in English arising from nations, regions, or persons beyond Britain and the U.S., with primary emphasis on the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. May include relevant writings on imperialism, postcolonialism, and emigration.

ENG-267 African American Literature
See also African American Studies (AAM-267)
Reading and discussion of the writings of African Americans, with emphasis on the twentieth century. May include some relevant writings on African Americans by other groups. Study of the artistic values and of the social and cultural significance of these writings. May be taken more than once, with consent of African American Studies administrative coordinator, provided the topics are substantially different.

ENG-275 Contemporary Literature
Study of American or British literature from 1945 to the present.

ENG-281 Literatures in English to 1800
Charts literary developments and transformations before 1800 in relation to changing historical conditions, from the history of books and writing to the wider histories of social, political, and cultural movements. An excursion into the literary, social, and cultural histories of the English speaking world, this course may include works by British, American, or Anglophone writers.

ENG-291 Literatures in English after 1800
Charts literary developments and transformations after 1800 in relation to changing historical conditions, from the history of books and writing to the wider histories of social, political, and cultural movements. An excursion into the literary, social, and cultural histories of the English speaking world, this course may include works by British, American, or Anglophone writers.

ENG-301 The Art of Literary Research
Practice in literary research, with particular attention to the varied critical and theoretical approaches necessary for advanced study. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101).

ENG-327 Literature of the American Renaissance
Study of literature from 1830 to the Civil War or of an author, topic, or genre of the period. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-337 American Realism and Naturalism
Study of literature from the Civil War to World War I, or of an author, topic, or genre of the period. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-347 Studies in Modern or Contemporary American Literature
Study of novels, short fiction, and poetry by American writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries or of an author, topic, or genre of the period. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-367 Studies in African American Literature
See also African American Studies (AAM-367)
Course focuses on specific literary genres or time periods and functions as an intermediate course between the introductory African American Literature (AAM/ENG-267) and the advanced English seminar (particularly Seminar in Literature: United States Pluralism (ENG-707)). Students read and discuss both primary and secondary sources in an effort to gain a fuller understanding and appreciation of the artistic values and of the social and cultural significance of these writings. Specific topics vary from year to year. Possible topics include African American Historical Fiction, African American Speculative Fiction, Literature of the Civil Rights Era, and the African American Bildungsroman. May be taken more than once, with consent of African American Studies administrative coordinator, provided the topics are substantially different. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-415 Studies in European Literature
Study of selected works in English or translation by major European writers. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-416 Studies in Global Anglophone Literature
Focused study of selected works in English arising from nations, regions, or persons beyond Britain and the U.S., including ethnic minority and indigenous communities. This course explores the legacies and effects of postcolonialism and globalization in relation to issues of race, gender, religion, and economic inequality. May focus on writers from one particular region or may take a comparative global approach. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-418 Studies in Transatlantic Literature
Study of selected works in English from the Atlantic world. This course examines the diverse literatures, politics, and trade relations of the Atlantic world and considers how transatlantic relations alter the ways we read and understand national literatures. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-445 The Age of Chaucer
Reading and discussion of literature of the later Middle Ages, with some emphasis on the work of Geoffrey Chaucer. This course may count toward the upper-level early British literature requirement for the English major. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-455 Shakespeare: Comedies and Romances
Reading, viewing, and discussion of comedies and romances spanning Shakespeare’s career. This course may count toward the upper-level early British literature requirement for the English major. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-465 Shakespeare: Tragedies and Histories
Reading, viewing, and discussion of history plays and tragedies, with some emphasis on the middle period of Shakespeare’s career, including the major tragedies. This course may count toward the upper-level early British literature requirement for the English major. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-475 British Renaissance Literature
Study of the development of English literature in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Typically the focus is on either poetry or drama. This course may count toward the upper-level early British literature requirement for the English major. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-485 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature
Study of major works from 1660 to the end of the eighteenth century or of an author, topic, or genre of the period. This course may count toward the upper-level early British literature requirement for the English major. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-495 Romantic Literature
Study of major works from 1780 to 1830, with emphasis on writings by Blake, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Austen, Byron, Keats, P. Shelley, and M. Shelley. This course may count toward the upper-level early British literature requirement for the English major. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-505 Victorian Literature
Study of poetry and prose of the Victorian era from 1832 through the fin-de-siècle, including such writers as Tennyson, Browning, Barrett Browning, Arnold, Mill, Ruskin, C. Rossetti, D. G. Rossetti, Swinburne, Hopkins, and Wilde. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-515 The Nineteenth-Century British Novel
Study of major British novelists such as Austen, Scott, Dickens, C. Brontë, E. Brontë, Eliot, Collins, and Hardy. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-525 Studies in Modern or Contemporary British Literature
Study of novels, short fiction, and poetry by British writers of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, or of an author, topic, or genre of the period. Prerequisite: Introduction to Literary Studies: The Art of Reading and Writing (ENG-101) or consent of instructor.

ENG-701 Seminar in Literature
Advanced study of a specialized topic in literature. As a capstone experience, the seminar fosters student-driven inquiry and requires students to present their work-in-progress and to complete a culminating project (typically, an extensive research paper). To be taken at or near the end of the English major. May be counted toward the upper-level early British literature requirement for the English major when topic is appropriate. May be taken more than once for credit toward the English major. Prerequisites: junior standing, The Art of Literary Research (ENG-301), and an English course numbered 305 or above.

ENG-707 Seminar in Literature: United States Pluralism
Advanced study of a specialized topic in literature. As a capstone experience, the seminar fosters student-driven inquiry and requires students to present their work-in-progress and to complete a culminating project (typically, an extensive research paper). To be taken at or near the end of the English major. May be taken more than once for credit toward the English major.  Prerequisites: junior standing, The Art of Literary Research (ENG-301), and an English course numbered 305 or above.

ENG-815 Honors Research
Development and completion of an honors thesis under the direction of a faculty member of the department. Normally taken in Fall Term of the senior year for an X status grade. Prerequisites: Seminar in Literature (ENG-701) or Seminar in Literature: United States Pluralism (ENG-707) and consent of instructor.

ENG-845 Directed Studies in English
Study of individually chosen topics in literature or execution of projects in writing under the direction of a faculty member of the department. Registration only after the instructor has approved a written proposal for the project. Prerequisite: three courses in literature.

ENG-895 Internship in English
Exploration of a career area related to English. Application and supervision through the Director of Internships.  A minimum of 140 hours on-site experience is required. S/U basis only. This course does not satisfy any of the requirements for a major in English, but with consent of rhetoric department chair, one credit from an appropriate internship may satisfy the requirements for a minor in writing. Prerequisites: junior standing and consent of department chair.