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ENGL-200 Children's Literature


  ENGL-200 Course Outline

Children’s literature examines the historical background and development of works written for young people. Students are presented with criteria for assessing both text and illustrations of classic and contemporary works written for diverse audiences of children and young adults. This is a writing-intensive course with time needed for selecting, reading, and writing about the material. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-201 American Literature I
  ENGL-201 Course Outline

American Literature I surveys a range of work produced in the United States of America from the time of the European immigrations of the 1600s through the post-Civil War era. Representative literary works from diverse ethnic, racial, and social groups are studied in their historical, social, political, and economic context for what they both reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience including fiction, nonfiction, and writings from the American Revolution. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121.  (3 hours weekly)


ENGL-202 American Literature II
  ENGL-202 Course Outline

American Literature II, the second semester of a sequence, studies literature written in the United States of America from the mid-nineteenth century to recent times. Works are chosen to represent diverse ethnic, racial, and social groups in historical, political, and economic contexts for what they reflect and reveal about the evolving American experience and character. Representative works include Realist and Naturalist literature, immigrant and Native American experience, classic works from the WWI and WWII eras, and feminist expression, among others. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-203 English Literature I

  ENGL-203 Course Outline

English Literature I examines language, ideas and political/cultural values in English literature from Anglo-Saxon times through the Renaissance and into the 1700s. Students read poetry, letters, and drama, including works by Shakespeare, Swift, and other important writers. Key motifs from the texts include history, ideology, and the evolving ideas about humanity and rise of individualism. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-204 English Literature II
  ENGL-204 Course Outline

English Literature II, the second course of a sequence, studies English literature from the Romantic period of the late 1700s through the Victorian era and into the 1900s. Students read poems, plays, and novels encompassing issues like civil rights, colonialism, sexuality, and political power; they study writing that celebrates new freedoms and new ways of assessing humanity, self, and the world with classic authors like Blake, Wordsworth, Tennyson, Hardy, Yeats, Wolfe, Joyce, Eliot, and others. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121.  (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-205 The Short Story

  ENGL-205 Course Outline

The Short Story offers a basic introduction to this genre of literature. Students focus on the critical evaluation of representative short stories by diverse authors from around the world, with an emphasis on American and European writers of the 19th and 20th centuries like Hemingway and others; they are presented with literary terminology and concepts necessary to the discussion and evaluation of these works. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121.  (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-206 African American Literature

  ENGL-206 Course Outline

African American Literature studies oral and written stories of African American writers from the 18th century through the Harlem Renaissance to present times, including well-known authors like Zora Neale Hurston, Langston Hughes, Martin Luther King, Jr., and others. Students analyze major themes like alienation, identity, double-consciousness, racism, classism, rebellion, revolt, and escape.  They evaluate these works both for their literary merit, discovering connections among these stories, and their own experiences. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121.  (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-207 Ethics in Literature

  ENGL-207 Course Outline

Ethics in Literature studies poems, short stories, drama, and novels with the intention of probing both their literary merit and the ethical questions embedded within them. Students use literary terminology and basic principles of ethics to understand and appreciate these works.  The course emphasizes close, perceptive reading and thoughtful discussion and reflection. ENGL-207 is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-208 Contemporary American Poetry
  ENGL-208 Course Outline

Contemporary American Poetry focuses on the richness and diversity of America’s finest poets, including Pulitzer Prize winners.  The course begins with a brief selection of earlier significant poets who provide an historical perspective. Students then concentrate on the literary elements and merit of material written from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Coursework emphasizes readings and class discussions of a body of works varied in style and content. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-209 Modern Drama

  ENGL-209 Course Outline

Modern Drama studies work written for European and American theatre in the last and present century. Students discuss and appraise plays; identify basic elements that distinguish modern drama from earlier periods; evaluate performances of contemporary plays; and study what playwrights have said about the nature of drama. Students also discuss the impact of major philosophical and scientific achievements on dramatic material. This course, also listed as THET-209, is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-210 Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama

  ENGL-210 Course Outline

Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, and Drama studies conventions and characteristics of these three genres of literature and is particularly recommended for students new to the study of literature. Students study terminology and literary concepts in order to interpret, analyze, and critically evaluate selections from stories, poems, and plays. In addition, they are introduced to critical reading strategies, literary criticism, and an expanding literary canon that encompasses the work of culturally diverse writers — including a classic piece from Greek or Shakespearean theatre. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-211 Science through Science Fiction

  ENGL-211 Course Outline

Science through Science Fiction focuses on themes of controversial scientific discovery and innovation, exploring both the wonder and the danger. Students view films and read short stories and novels — then illustrate their comprehension of scientific background and literary concepts through class discussion, essays, exams, and literary projects. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-212 By and about Women

  ENGL-212 Course Outline

By and about Women provides an historical sampling of literature written by female authors or about female characters. Through group discussion and written assignments, students critically evaluate six novels for form and technique. In addition, students analyze the validity of the female experience as portrayed in literature — and are expected to gain insight into the challenges and power of women in literature and in life. This course, also listed as WMST-212 (Women’s Studies), is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-213 Latin American Literature
  ENGL-213 Course Outline

Latin American Literature, in English translation, from the pre-Colonial era to the present, introduces students to major literary topics and themes within a variety of Latin American nations and cultures, including indigenous and Afro-Latin voices. Genres studied include the novel, the short story, poetry, the testimonial narrative, and historical nonfiction. Readings, films, and discussion help provide the social and historical context necessary for understanding and appreciating Latin American literature from Mexico, the Caribbean, Central and South America. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly).

ENGL-214 Middle Eastern Literature 
  ENGL-214 Course Outline

Middle Eastern Literature in English translation will examine major works by Arab and Arab-American writers from the advent of World War II to the present. The course will introduce students to major Middle East literary topics and themes, most notably from those countries that felt the greatest impact of Western influence, signaling a change in literary technique and theme: Egypt, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Iran and Iraq. Genres studied will include the novel, the short story, poetry and historical nonfiction necessary for understanding the broad social, cultural and political changes wrought by Western presence, including the changing roles of women in Arab/Islamic culture. The course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-215 Advanced Creative Writing

  ENGL-215 Course Outline

Advanced Creative Writing is designed for those students who have mastered the fundamental elements of creative writing. Students write in at least one of the following literary genres: poetry, short story, or drama. They are encouraged to draw on their backgrounds and experiences to shape their writing. This course differs from ENGL-115 in terms of proficiency expected; advanced creative writing students are expected to achieve a higher level of proficiency and/or be further along in their work. Prerequisite: ENGL-115. (3 hours weekly)


ENGL-216 Contemporary Drama: Topics in Diversity

  ENGL-216 Course Outline

Contemporary Drama studies works written for European and American theatre from 1950 until current practice. Students discuss and appraise plays; identify basic elements which distinguish contemporary drama from earlier periods; evaluate performances of contemporary plays; and study what playwrights have said about the nature of drama. Students are introduced to the formalist conventions and characteristics, terms and concepts, and critical theory of drama in order to master skills in interpretation, analysis, and critical evaluation Students also discuss the impact of gender, race, culture, and sexual orientation studies on dramatic material. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL121. NOTE: Also listed asTHET-216.

ENGL-217 The English Bible as Literature 
  ENGL-217 Course Outline

Introduction to Film and Literature is a comparative study of films and the literary sources upon which they are based, with special attention given to basic differences between genres. Students are introduced to the formalist conventions and characteristics, terms and concepts, and critical theory of film and literature in order to master skills in interpretation, analysis, and critical evaluation. The course explores a variety of styles, periods, and forms, but individual sections of the course may focus on a genre, topic, or theme. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as FILM-218.

ENGL-218 Introduction to Film and Literature 
  ENGL-218 Course Outline

Introduction to Film and Literature is a comparative study of films and the literary sources upon which they are based, with special attention given to basic differences between genres. Students are introduced to the formalist conventions and characteristics, terms and concepts, and critical theory of film and literature in order to master skills in interpretation, analysis, and critical evaluation. The course explores a variety of styles, periods, and forms, but individual sections of the course may focus on a genre, topic, or theme. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as FILM-218.

ENGL-226 World Literature I 
  ENGL-226 Course Outline

Students read, analyze, and research diverse and significant literary texts from antiquity to the Renaissance in the context of their cultural values and historical periods and apply basic literary terms, concepts, and critical strategies while learning to appreciate the conventions of a variety of genres. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-227 World Literature II

  ENGL-227 Course Outline

Students read, analyze, and research diverse and significant literary texts the Renaissance to the present in the context of their cultural values and historical periods and apply basic literary terms, concepts, and critical strategies while learning to appreciate the conventions of a variety of genres. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-228 Introduction to Memoir and Autobiography

  ENGL-228 Course Outline

Introduction to Memoir and Autobiography studies the literary genres and conventions of memoir and autobiography and is particularly recommended for students interested in writing about their life experiences. Students research and study literary elements of narrative forms, storytelling traditions of different cultures, and listen to a variety of authors and original voices in order to critically analyze stories that define the human experience. Students draw on their backgrounds and experiences to create memoirs. They also explore practical applications of narrative writing in journals and contemporary media. This course is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-250 Shakespeare from Page to Stage

  ENGL-250 Course Outline

Shakespeare from Page to Stage focuses on reading, analyzing, and interpreting Shakespeare’s plays as literary texts; understanding them as products of specific historical, cultural, and artistic currents; and evaluating them as performance text meant for production. Emphasis is given to the process that transforms literary text through production, informed by literary and theatrical elements. This course, also offered as THET-250, is writing intensive. Prerequisite: ENGL-121 or ENGL-101. (3 hours weekly)

ENGL-251 Shakespeare from Page to Screen
  ENGL-251 Course Outline

Shakespeare from Page to Screen focuses on reading, analyzing and interpreting Shakespeare’s plays as they have been adapted to film; understanding them as products of specific historical, cultural and artistic currents, as performance text meant for production within the constraints of the medium of film. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly) NOTE: Also listed as FILM-251 and THET-251.