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Department of English


Fall 2012



ENGL 310 – 02 Shakespeare’s Ancient World: Representing Greece and Rome on the English Renaissance Stage (Samuel Smith, MWF 1.00-1.50)

Note: this course also counts as an ENGL 360 Genre (Drama)

More than one-fourth of Shakespeare’s complete works are devoted to representations (and interrogations) of classical Rome and Greece.  These plays stretch throughout Shakespeare’s twenty plus years in theatre, and so they also offer a trajectory of his playwriting career.  This begins early in that career, with The Comedy of Errors, which imitates Roman comedy in a Roman setting, and his early revenge tragedy Titus Andronicus, and extends to his late romance about Roman Britain, Cymbeline (the one play where Shakespeare actually puts a god on stage – Jupiter), and a bitter play co-authored with Thomas Middleton, Timon of Athens.  Three of his greatest tragedies—written at the height of his creativity—mark this preoccupation: Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus.  And perhaps his most enigmatic play, Troilus and Cressida stages the epic tragedy of Troy.  In this course we will concern ourselves with how and why Shakespeare joins his early modern English contemporaries in reading and representing the ancient classical past as a way of understanding and representing his own culture’s “form and pressure.”  Requirements: TBD (may be a contract-graded course – contact Professor Smith with any questions regarding this).

Seniors note: This course counts as ENGL 348 Shakespeare in the old curriculum.


ENGL 201 Introduction to English Studies I (Professor Roth)

Focusing on the development of interpretive acuity in both written and oral discourse, this course offers an introduction an introduction to the history of literature and criticism in English and also provides insight into the English Major and its relevance to life beyond college.


ENGL 203-01 Introduction to Creative Writing (Professor Roth)

This course is a multi-genre introduction to creative writing.  In general, the purpose of the course is two-fold: to examine the craft of writing across a broad spectrum, and to inspire students to produce satisfying creative works of their own.  In the end, students should feel that they are not only better writers but better readers, as well.  The course will be divided into two units: poetry and fiction.  Students will be asked to produce and to share with others work in both of these genres.  This course is a pre-requisite for all ENGL 305 Writing Workshop courses.


ENGL 305-01 Newswriting (Professor Arke)

This course is designed to provide an introduction to journalism, including the study and practice of gathering and writing news.  It will also deal with some of the ethical issues and controversies affecting editors and writers in journalism.  We will be exploring this topic across media platforms, including print, radio, television and online.  Seniors Note: this course was ENGL 112 in the old curriculum.


ENGL 305-02 Writing: Drama [Playwriting] (Professor Walker)

Note: This course also meets the requirements for ENGL 360 Genre (drama), and ENGL 203 is a prerequisite for this course.

Instruction and practice in the fundamentals of writing plays for the theater.  Classroom work is a mix of reading contemporary plays and scene writing exercises.  Coursework culminates in writing a full one-act play and staging it for an audience.

Seniors Note: This course counts as ENGL 303 Playwriting Workshop in the old curriculum.


ENGL 305-03 Writing for Business (Professor Markley)

This course is designed to improve clarity, conciseness, and speed in writing for the business world.  Emphasis is on organizing written business communications to meet the readers’ needs.  Seniors Note: this course was ENGL 211 in the old curriculum.


ENGL 310-01 Survey of British Literature to 1800 (Professor Smith)

This course will be primarily a reading course, surveying British literature from the medieval period, through the Renaissance, and into the Enlightenment.  We will read various genres, including drama, lyric poetry, verse romance, epic (selections), and prose.  Texts will include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (one of Tolkien’s favorite stories), selections from The Canterbury Tales, plays by Marlowe and Jonson (this survey excludes Shakespeare), poetry by John Donne and George Herbert, epic selections from John Milton and Alexander Pope, and prose stylists from Francis Bacon and Thomas Browne to Joseph Addison and Jonathan Swift.  There will be a strong emphasis on learning literary terms (you will need your Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms) and recognizing features of literary periods in English before 1800. Requirements: reading quizzes and sectional exams. This course will be particularly useful for English majors pursuing secondary certification as preparation for Praxis literature exams.

Seniors Note: this course counts as ENGL 244 in the old curriculum.


ENGL 330-01 Women and the Origins of the American Novel (Professor McFarlane-Harris)

Romance! Seduction! Manners! Morals! Social protest! Religious fervor! Racial uplift! Herstory? Absolutely. All this and more when you take this upper-division American literature course where we will ask some of the most important questions in the discipline of English: What IS a novel, anyway? And how did “lady novelists” contribute to the rise of this important genre? To answer these questions, we will read several novels published from the 1790s through 1900. Significant authors will likely include: Susanna Haswell Rowson (Charlotte Temple), Lydia Maria Child (Hobomok), Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle Tom’s Cabin), Harriet E. Wilson (Our Nig), Frances E. W. Harper (Iola Leroy), Louisa May Alcott (Little Women), and Kate Chopin (The Awakening). As we delve into the nuances of genre, we will also pay particular attention to the functions of social categories such as gender, race, ethnicity, class, and religion in American literature. Finally, in addition to honing your “close reading” skills, we will examine a variety of secondary criticism related to the primary texts at hand. Requirements: active participation in class discussions, two analytical essays, a blue book final exam, and a number of shorter writing assignments to demonstrate your engagement across the term.

Note: this course also counts as an ENGL 360 Genre course (novel).

Seniors Note: This course counts as ENGL 252 in the old curriculum.


ENGL 350 World Literature (Professor Dzaka)

Note: this course also counts as an ENGL 360 Genre course (novel).

Selected World Authors

What do these individuals have in common: Cao Xueqin, Shusaku Endo, Arundhati Roy, Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Naguib Mahfouz, Derek Walcott, and Kofi Anyidoho? These are all prize-winning, world-class writers from around the world—must-reads for all students of English. This class will introduce you to these authors and how their writing fit into, depart from, revise, or signify upon the tradition of the English novel and poetry. History and theory of the novel, as well as postcolonial theory will be important backdrops to the discussion in this class.

Seniors Note: this course counts as ENGL 369 in the old curriculum.


ENGL 360 Film Adaptation

Fiction into Film:  This course introduces students to a vibrant subfield of film studies:  Adaptation. After discussing the artistry of 6 to 7 novels, we will watch films that have been made from them, assessing the legitimacy of changes as imagery, characterization, events and themes are transposed from page to screen.  Students will be introduced to basic theories of the novel as well as about film, becoming conversant with film semiotics: the study of signs that give film meaning. Rather than a final, students will write an adaptation study of a novel/film combination of their choice, proving their understanding of the fundamentals of the field.

Seniors Note: this course counts as ENGL 324 in the old curriculum.


ENGL 370-01 Composition Theory and Pedagogy (Service Learning) (Professor Corey)

Note: this course also meets an ENGL 305 requirement.

This class is an introduction to current theory and pedagogical practices in composition.  We will examine various notions of writing and their implications for our own practices as writers, editors, tutors, or future teachers.  Our inquiry throughout the semester will be aimed at putting theories in conversation with each other, as well as in conversation with our lived experience as writers and thinkers.  Designated as a service learning course, this course includes a 10 hr. service learning component.

Seniors Note: this course counts as ENGL 396 in the old curriculum.



ENGL 494-01 Literature Seminar (Professor Downing)

Divided in five sections, this class will be run like a graduate-level seminar, where students are free to pursue their own topics of discussion and research. For Section A, the teacher will model, through her book, how the study of literature by a Christian can lead to analysis of larger philosophical and theological issues. In Section B, students will provide xeroxed readings of their chosen topic, leading a discussion after giving a quiz. Sections C - E, students will xerox their developing 20-30 page research papers for peer-review.


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