• ENGL 100: How We Read: The History and Science of Reading

    In recent years, a 500-year-old technology for reading (the printed book) has been challenged by a very new one (the LCD displays in our phones and tablets). At the same time, advances in cognitive neuroscience have deepened our understanding of reading as a mental process. This makes it a good moment to consider how we read now and how we read in the past. We will examine a variety of reading practices, including reading aloud and silent reading, as well as the emotional impact of reading. The course will emphasize the foundational skill of academic reading–“close” reading–but also consider “distant” and “surface” reading. In addition to relevant scholarship, we will read poetry and novels as we reflect on our own habits as readers.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · George Shuffelton
  • ENGL 100: Imagining a Self

    This course examines how first-person narrators present, define, defend, and construct the self. We will read an assortment of autobiographical and fictional works, focusing on the critical issues that the first-person speaker “I” raises. In particular, we will consider the risks and rewards of narrative self-exposure, the relationship between autobiography and the novel, and the apparent intimacy between first-person narrators and their readers. Authors will include James Boswell, Charlotte Bronte, Harriet Jacobs, Sylvia Plath, and Dave Eggers. 6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Jessica Leiman
  • ENGL 100: Milton, Shelley, Pullman

    We will read Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials as responses to and radical revisions of Milton’s Paradise Lost.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Constance Walker
  • ENGL 100: Rhetoric: Art of Persuasion

    Rhetoric’s all around us: in political manifestos and legal pleadings; in professions of love and advertisements for dog food. We use it whenever we urge someone to believe what we say or do what we want. But how well do we understand the foundations and protocols of this art that teaches us “to see the available means of persuasion?” In this class we’ll study the origins and theory of rhetoric (via Aristotle), examine exemplary instances (from Pericles to Trump), and consider the charges (via Plato) that it’s all lies and trickery, while learning how to compose persuasive academic papers and presentations.

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Timothy Raylor
  • ENGL 100: Spirit of Place

    We will consider a range of texts (in fiction poetry, drama, nonfiction) that explore the intangible and multifaceted nature of “place” in literary works. We will attempt to determine what influence place has on human perception and behavior and study the variety of ways in which writers have attempted to evoke a “spirit of place.” Authors read will include Shakespeare, Hardy, Frost, Erdrich and Heaney.  6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Michael Kowalewski
  • ENGL 100: Writing About America and Globalization

    Focusing on rhetorical choices and writing strategies, we will seek to read critically, formulate questions, and write persuasively about contemporary issues in the U.S. in a globalized world. Varied readings – journalistic and scholarly – as well as our own experiences, will inform discussion of the impact of globalization on particular issues, such as economic and social justice, national sovereignty, sustainability, and human rights in the context of economic interdependence and instant communication across the globe; topics this year will include gender, winners and losers, COVID-19, and the Black Lives Matter movement. Students will refine persuasive skills through research, writing, and revising several major essays, through peer review and feedback from the professor. 

    6 credits; Argument and Inquiry Seminar, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Elizabeth McKinsey
  • ENGL 109: The Craft of Academic Writing

    This course is designed to demystify the practice of academic writing and to introduce students to the skills they’ll need to write effectively in a variety of academic disciplines and contexts. Students will learn how to respond to other authors’ claims, frame clear arguments of their own, structure essays to develop a clear logical flow, integrate outside sources into their writing, and improve their writing through revision. All sections will include a variety of readings, multiple writing assignments, and substantial feedback from the course instructor.

    6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2021, Spring 2021 · Peter Balaam, Timothy Raylor
  • ENGL 112: Introduction to the Novel

    This course explores the history and form of the British novel, tracing its development from a strange, sensational experiment in the eighteenth century to a dominant literary genre today. Among the questions that we will consider: What is a novel? What makes it such a popular form of entertainment? How does the novel participate in ongoing conversations about family, sex, class, race, and nation? How did a genre once considered a source of moral corruption become a legitimate literary form? Authors include: Daniel Defoe, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Bram Stoker, Virginia Woolf, and Jackie Kay.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2021, Spring 2021 · Jessica Leiman
  • ENGL 114: Introduction to Medieval Narrative

    This class will focus on three of the most popular and closely connected modes of narrative enjoyed by medieval audiences: the epic, the romance, and the saint’s life. Readings, drawn primarily from the English and French traditions, will include BeowulfThe Song of Roland, the Arthurian romances of Chretien de Troyes, and legends of St. Alexis and St. Margaret. We will consider how each narrative mode influenced the other, as we encounter warriors and lovers who suffer like saints, and saints who triumph like warriors and lovers. Readings will be in translation or highly accessible modernizations.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 115: The Art of Storytelling

    Jorge Luis Borges is quoted as saying that “unlike the novel, a short story may be, for all purposes, essential.” This course focuses attention primarily on the short story as an enduring form. We will read short stories drawn from different literary traditions and from various parts of the world. Stories to be read include those by Aksenov, Atwood, Beckett, Borges, Camus, Cheever, Cisneros, Farah, Fuentes, Gordimer, Ishiguro, Kundera, Mahfouz, Marquez, Moravia, Nabokov, Narayan, Pritchett, Rushdie, Trevor, Welty, and Xue.  6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2021 · Kofi Owusu
  • ENGL 116: The Art of Drama

    An exploration of drama approached as literature and in performance. New digital resources enable us to take world-class productions from the National Theatre and elsewhere as our texts. Drawing examples both globally and across time, we will consider plays and recent productions in their historical and cultural contexts. Students will develop critical vocabularies, debate interpretations, and hone their interpretive and rhetorical skills in writing reviews and essays. Additional time required for viewing performances.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020, Spring 2021 · Pierre Hecker, Peter Balaam
  • ENGL 117: African American Literature

    This course pays particular attention to the tradition of African American literary expression and the individual talent that brings depth and diversity to that tradition. The course’s broader aims will be complemented by an introduction to the concept of genre and by the cultivation of the relevant skills of literary analysis. Authors to be read include Baraka, Ed Bullins, Countee Cullen, Douglass, Ellison, Nikki Giovanni, Hughes, Weldon Johnson, Larsen, and Wheatley. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 118: Introduction to Poetry

    We will look at the whole kingdom of poetry, exploring how poets use form, tone, sound, imagery, rhythm, and subject matter to create what Wallace Stevens called the “supreme fiction.” Examples will be drawn from around the world, from Sappho to spoken word. Participation in discussion is mandatory; essay assignments will ask you to provide close readings of particular works; a couple of assignments will focus on the writing of poems so as to give you a full understanding of this ancient and living art. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020, Winter 2021 · Timothy Raylor, Constance Walker
  • ENGL 119: Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature

    We will begin by examining the forefathers and mothers of Latino/a literature: the nineteenth century texts of exile, struggles for Latin American independence, and southwestern resistance and accommodation. The early twentieth century offers new genres: immigrant novels and popular poetry that reveal the nascent Latino identities rooted in (or formed in opposition to) U.S. ethics and ideals. Finally we will read a sampling of the many excellent contemporary authors who are transforming the face of American literature. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 125: Norse and Celtic Mythology

    What remains of the beliefs of the pre-Christian Norse and Celts represent some of the stranger and more obscure elements of Western tradition. Preserved thanks to the literacy which was brought by the new religion that extinguished it, the mythology of the Irish, Welsh, and Icelanders left a legacy that reveals itself in surprising places in our modern world. This course studies works such as the Prose and Poetic Eddas, The Mabinogi, and The Táin to explore myths as the products of environment and culture and examine the problems of transmission inherent to Christian descriptions of pagan belief.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 126: Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern

    King Arthur is a figure from Western tradition whose name conjures a clear series of associations: the Sword in the Stone, the Round Table, the Holy Grail. This course traces the development of this tradition, from its origins in an obscure corner of the British Isles to its dominance within both European literature and the popular imagination. Similarly, Arthur himself takes on multiple, sometimes contradictory guises—an enemy of the English and yet a symbol of England, the archetype of the perfect king but a champion of democracy, the epitome of Christian devotion yet suffused with pagan imagery. Our texts range from medieval Welsh legend to modern film; everything is in modern English translation.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 129: Introduction to British Comedy

    “And those things do best please me / That befall prepost’rously.” A survey of comic plays, novels, short stories, films and television from Shakespeare, Austen, Lewis Carroll, Gilbert and Sullivan, Oscar Wilde, through P.G. Wodehouse and beyond. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 131: Reading Fiction

    Selected texts to be read in this course include those by Daniel Defoe, Thomas Hardy, Charles Johnson, J.M. Coetzee, Zadie Smith, and Sherman Alexie. We will pay close attention to the language of fiction, to the nature of narrative, and to narrative traditions in our ten-week journey from the world of Defoe’s Moll Flanders to that of Alexie’s Part-Time Indian. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 135: Imperial Adventures

    Indiana Jones has a pedigree. In this class we will encounter some of his ancestors in stories, novels and comic books from the early decades of the twentieth century. The wilds of Afghanistan, the African forest, a prehistoric world in Patagonia, the opium dens of mysterious exotic London–these will be but some of our stops as we examine the structure and ideology and lasting legacy of the imperial adventure tale. Authors we will read include Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Rudyard Kipling and H. Rider Haggard.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2020 · Arnab Chakladar
  • ENGL 136: Black Speculative Fiction

    This course introduces the black speculative tradition from the nineteenth century to Black Panther (2018). We will situate our readings within the science fiction/fantasy genre to investigate the ways black authors construct narratives about technology and the future to advocate for racial, sexual, and gender equality. We will discuss dichotomies of human/alien life, blackness and technology, and purity and hybridity, in addition to cosmic narratives of gender and sexuality and interspecies tolerance. Course materials include works by Octavia Butler, Samuel R. Delaney, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Janelle Monae.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 144: Shakespeare I

    A chronological survey of the whole of Shakespeare’s career, covering all genres and periods, this course explores the nature of Shakespeare’s genius and the scope of his art. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between literature and stagecraft (“page to stage”). By tackling the complexities of prosody, of textual transmission, and of Shakespeare’s highly figurative and metaphorical language, the course will help you further develop your ability to think critically about literature. Note: Declared or prospective English majors should register for English 244. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Fall 2020 · Pierre Hecker
  • ENGL 160: Creative Writing

    You will work in several genres and forms, among them: traditional and experimental poetry, prose fiction, and creative nonfiction. In your writing you will explore the relationship between the self, the imagination, the word, and the world. In this practitioner’s guide to the creative writing process, we will examine writings from past and current authors, and your writings will be critiqued in a workshop setting and revised throughout the term. 

    6 credits; Arts Practice, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020, Winter 2021, Spring 2021 · Gregory Hewett, Susan Jaret McKinstry, Christopher Martin
  • ENGL 187: Murder

    From the ancient Greeks to the Bible to the modern serial killer novel, murder has always been a preeminent topic of intellectual and artistic investigation. Covering a range of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, drama, and film, this transhistorical survey will explore why homicide has been the subject of such fierce attention from so many great minds. Works may include: the Bible, Shakespeare, De Quincey, Poe, Thompson, Capote, Tey, McGinniss, Auster, French, Malcolm, Wilder, and Morris, as well as critical, legal, and other materials. Warning: not for the faint-hearted. (May not be retaken as ENGL 395.)

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2021 · Pierre Hecker
  • ENGL 202: The Bible as Literature

    We will approach the Bible not as an archaeological relic, nor as the Word of God, but “as a work of great literary force and authority [that has] shaped the minds and lives of intelligent men and women for two millennia and more.” As one place to investigate such shaping, we will sample how the Bible (especially in the “Authorized” or King James version) has drawn British and American poets and prose writers to borrow and deploy its language and respond creatively to its narratives, images, and visions. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 203: Other Worlds of Medieval English Literature

    When medieval writers imagined worlds beyond their own, what did they see?  This course will examine depictions of the afterlife, the East, and magical realms of the imagination. We will read romances, saints’ lives, and a masterpiece of pseudo-travel literature that influenced both Shakespeare and Columbus, alongside contemporary theories of postcolonialism, gender and race. We will visit the lands of the dead and the undead, and compare gruesome punishments and heavenly rewards. We will encounter dog-headed men, Amazons, cannibals, armies devoured by hippopotami, and roasted geese that fly onto waiting dinner tables. Be prepared. Readings in Middle English and in modern translations.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2021 · George Shuffelton
  • ENGL 204: History of the English Language

    This class teaches the history of the English language through the prism of sociolinguistics. Along with teaching phonology, the basics of Old and Middle English, and changes in morphology, pronunciation and vocabulary over time, the course will explore how language both shapes and is shaped by society. We will use the history of English as a vehicle for exploring issues of imperialism, class, and politics that arose throughout the language’s development. Along the way, students see how language plays an active role in both perpetuating and resolving communities’ thorniest social problems, in the past and in the present day.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 205: The Medieval Outlaw

    Some of the most enduring figures of the Middle Ages are Robin Hood and his Merry Men. However, the Robin Hood we know only appeared in English literature in the Late Middle Ages and his story was not established until the Renaissance. This course traces the development of the outlaw figure from Anglo-Saxon poetry through Irish and Icelandic traditions to the rebels that arose in the Middle English period. We examine the outlaw from several theoretical standpoints, including the postcolonial, anthropological, ecocritical, and gender studies perspectives. All readings are either in Middle English or in Modern English translation.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 206: Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern

    King Arthur is a figure from Western tradition whose name conjures a clear series of associations: the Sword in the Stone, the Round Table, the Holy Grail. This course traces the development of this tradition, from its origins in an obscure corner of the British Isles to its dominance within both European literature and the popular imagination. Similarly, Arthur himself takes on multiple, sometimes contradictory guises—an enemy of the English and yet a symbol of England, the archetype of the perfect king but a champion of democracy, the epitome of Christian devotion yet suffused with pagan imagery. Our texts range from medieval Welsh legend to modern film; everything is in modern English translation.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 207: Princes. Poets. Power

    Can you serve power without sacrificing your principles or risking your life?  We examine the classic explorations of the problem–Machiavelli’s Prince, Castiglione’s Courtier, and More’s Utopia–and investigate the place of poets and poetry at court of Henry VIII, tracing the birth of the English sonnet, and the role of poetry in the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn.

    3 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Spring 2021 · Timothy Raylor
  • ENGL 208: The Faerie Queene

    Spenser’s romance epic: an Arthurian quest-cycle, celebrating the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I, and England’s imperial destiny.  Readers encounter knights, ladies, and lady-knights; enchanted groves and magic castles; dragons and sorcerers; and are put through a series of moral tests and hermeneutic challenges.

    3 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis; offered Spring 2021 · Timothy Raylor
  • ENGL 209: The Merchant of Venice: A Project Course

    This interdisciplinary course will explore one of Shakespeare’s most controversial and complex plays, The Merchant of Venice. We will investigate the play’s historical, political, religious, and theatrical contexts as we try to understand not only the world that produced the play, but the world that came out of it. How should what we learn of the past inform a modern production? How can performance offer interpretive arguments about the play’s meanings? Individual and group projects may involve research, writing, dramaturgy, program design, and exhibition curation. Students will be actively involved in a full-scale Carleton Players production of the play.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 210: From Chaucer to Milton: Early English Literature

    An introduction to some of the major genres, texts, and authors of medieval and Renaissance England. Readings may include works of Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and the lyric poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 212: Nineteenth-Century American Literature

    A survey of the major forms and voices of nineteenth-century American literature during the Romantic and Realist periods, with attention to historical and intellectual contexts including ideas about race, class, gender, and the nature of democracy. Topics covered will include the literary writings of Transcendentalism, abolition, and the rise of literary “realism” after the Civil War as an artistic response to urbanization and industrialism. Writers to be read include Irving, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Fuller, Jacobs, Douglass, Dickinson, Whitman, Twain, James, and Chopin.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Elizabeth McKinsey
  • ENGL 213: Christopher Marlowe

    Christopher Marlowe lived fast, died young, and left behind a beautiful body of work. The course will explore the major plays and poems, as well as the life, of this transgressive Elizabethan writer. 3 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 214: Revenge Tragedy

    Madness, murder, conspiracy, poison, incest, rape, ghosts, and lots of blood: the fashion for revenge tragedy in Elizabethan and Jacobean England led to the creation of some of the most brilliant, violent, funny, and deeply strange plays in the history of the language. Authors may include Cary, Chapman, Ford, Marston, Middleton, Kyd, Tourneur, and Webster. 3 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2021 · Pierre Hecker
  • ENGL 215: Modern American Literature

    A survey of some of the central movements and texts in American literature, from World War I to the present. Topics covered will include modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat generation and postmodernism.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2021 · Michael Kowalewski
  • ENGL 216: Milton

    Radical, heretic, and revolutionary, John Milton wrote the most influential, and perhaps the greatest, poem in the English language. We will read the major poems (Lycidas, the sonnets, Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes), a selection of the prose, and will attend to Milton’s historical context, to the critical arguments over his work, and to his impact on literature and the other arts. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 217: A Novel Education

    Samuel Johnson declared novels to be “written chiefly to the young, the ignorant, and the idle, to whom they serve as lectures of conduct, and introductions into life.” This course will explore what kinds of education the novel offered its readers during a time when fiction was considered a source of valuable lessons and a vehicle for corruption. We will read a selection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels, considering how they engage with contemporary educational theories, notions of male and female conduct, and concerns about the didactic and imaginative possibilities of fiction. Authors include Richardson, Lennox, Austen, Edgeworth, and Dickens. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Jessica Leiman
  • ENGL 218: The Gothic Spirit

    The eighteenth and early nineteenth century saw the rise of the Gothic, a genre populated by brooding hero-villains, vulnerable virgins, mad monks, ghosts, and monsters. In this course, we will examine the conventions and concerns of the Gothic, addressing its preoccupation with terror, sex, and the supernatural. As we situate this genre within its literary and historical context, we will consider its relationship to realism and Romanticism, and we will explore how it reflects the political and cultural anxieties of the age. Authors include Walpole, Radcliffe, Lewis, Austen, M. Shelley, and E. Bronte.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Jessica Leiman
  • ENGL 219: Global Shakespeare

    Shakespeare’s plays have been reimagined and repurposed all over the world, performed on seven continents, and translated into over 100 languages. The course explores how issues of globalization, nationalism, translation (both cultural and linguistic), and (de)colonization inform our understanding of these wonderfully varied adaptations and appropriations. We will examine the social, political, and aesthetic implications of a range of international stage, film, and literary versions as we consider how other cultures respond to the hegemonic original. No prior experience with Shakespeare is necessary.

    3 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2021 · Pierre Hecker
  • ENGL 220: Arts of Oral Presentation

    Instruction and practice in being a speaker and an audience in formal and informal settings. 3 credits; S/CR/NC; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement; offered Winter 2021, Winter 2021, Spring 2021, Spring 2021 · Timothy Raylor, Michael Kowalewski
  • ENGL 221: “Moby-Dick” & Race: Whiteness and the Whale

    From its famous opening line to its apocalyptic close, Melville’s lofty and profane romance of the whaling-industry is gripped by the myths and marked by the traumas of race. Exploring its black-and-white thematics and racialized characters in nineteenth- as well as twenty-first-century social and political contexts, this course takes Melville’s stupendous book as an anatomy of “whiteness” as a racial construct in U.S. cultural history.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2021, Spring 2021 · Peter Balaam
  • ENGL 222: The Art of Jane Austen

    All of Jane Austen’s fiction will be read; the works she did not complete or choose to publish during her lifetime will be studied in an attempt to understand the art of her mature comic masterpieces, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020, Spring 2021 · Constance Walker
  • ENGL 223: American Transcendentalism

    Attempts to discern the nineteenth-century Zeitgeist come down, Emerson says, to a “practical question of the conduct of life. How shall I live?” This interdisciplinary course will investigate the works of the American Transcendentalist movement in its restless discontent with the conventional, its eclectic search for better ways of thinking and living. We will engage major works of Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, and Whitman alongside documents of the scientific, religious, and political changes that shaped their era and provoked their responses.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2021 · Peter Balaam
  • ENGL 225: ‘Public Offenders’: Pre-Raphaelites and Bloomsbury Group

    Two exceptional groups of artists changed aesthetic and cultural history through their writings, art, politics, and lives. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood began in 1847 when art students united to create “direct and serious and heartfelt” work; the Bloomsbury group began with Cambridge friends sharing their insistence on aesthetic lives. Critics said the PRB “extolled fleshliness as the supreme end of poetic and pictorial art,” and the Bloomsbury Group “painted in circles, lived in squares and loved in triangles.” We will study Dante Rossetti, Holman Hunt, John Millais, William Morris, Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, Roger Fry, Vanessa and Clive Bell.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 226: Modernism

    In the first decades of the twentieth century, modernist writers, artists, and thinkers confronted a modern world of rapidly accelerating industrialization, urbanization, and militarization with radically new ideas and forms that, by the estimation of many, upended twenty centuries of culture. This course, while centered on literature, will explore the modernist movement on both sides of the Atlantic and across genres and disciplines. We will study William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Albert Einstein, and Sigmund Freud, among others. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 227: Imagining the Borderlands

    This course engages the borderlands as space (the geographic area that straddles nations) and idea (liminal spaces, identities, communities). We examine texts from writers like Anzaldúa, Butler, Cervantes, Dick, Eugenides, Haraway, and Muñoz first to understand how borders act to constrain our imagi(nation) and then to explore how and to what degree the borderlands offer hybrid identities, queer affects, and speculative world-building. We will engage the excess of the borderlands through a broad chronological and generic range of U.S. literary and visual texts. Come prepared to question what is “American”, what is race, what is human.

    6 credits; Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies, Literary/Artistic Analysis; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 228: Encountering the Other: The Crusades

    The Crusades, beginning in 1099, brought the kingdoms of Western Europe into contact with many new cultures. This course studies the literature of the period to understand the attitudes and motivations that initiated it, and takes a postcolonialist approach to characterize texts from the Crusades as an attempt to define the Self against the Other—not just on the part of the Crusaders, but from the perspective of Muslims, Jews, Orthodox Greeks, and others. By examining this material, we can gain insight into the motivations behind prejudice and violence, issues which are of crucial importance today.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 230: Studies in African American Literature: From the 1950s to the Present

    We will explore developments in African American literature since the 1950s with a focus on literary expression in the Civil Rights Era; on the Black Arts Movement; on the new wave of feminist/womanist writing; and on the experimental and futuristic fictions of the twenty-first century. Authors to be read include Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Lorraine Hansberry, Malcolm X, Audre Lorde, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed, Alice Walker, August Wilson, Charles Johnson, Ntozake Shange, Gloria Naylor, Suzan-Lori Parks, Kevin Young, and Tracy Smith.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2020 · Kofi Owusu
  • ENGL 233: Writing Empathy/Writing Black Life

    At the end of the nineteenth century, amidst legalized segregation and widespread racism, U.S. black writers undertook radical experiments in literary art. We will read Charles Chesnutt, W.E.B. Du Bois, Pauline Hopkins, and Ida B. Wells, considering their strategies to inspire readers’ empathy and to shape new possibilities in black life. We will end by discussing how conceptions of empathy in our own moment influence black writing, in works such as Paul Beatty’s The Sellout (2015) or Danez Smith’s Don’t Call Us Dead (2017).

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 234: Literature of the American South

    Masterpieces of the “Southern Renaissance” of the early and mid-twentieth century, in the context of American regionalism and particularly the culture of the South, the legacy of slavery and race relations, social and gender roles, and the modernist movement in literature. Authors will include Allen Tate, Jean Toomer, William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, William Percy, and others. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Spring 2021 · Elizabeth McKinsey
  • ENGL 235: Asian American Literature

    This course is an introduction to major works and authors of fiction, drama, and poetry from about 1900 to the present. We will trace the development of Asian American literary traditions while exploring the rich diversity of recent voices in the field. Authors to be read include Carlos Bulosan, Sui Sin Far, Philip Kan Gotanda, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jhumpa Lahiri, Milton Murayama, Chang-rae Lee, Li-young Lee, and John Okada. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2021 · Nancy Cho
  • ENGL 236: American Nature Writing

    A study of the environmental imagination in American literature. We will explore the relationship between literature and the natural sciences and examine questions of style, narrative, and representation in the light of larger social, ethical, and political concerns about the environment. Authors read will include Thoreau, Muir, Jeffers, Abbey, and Leopold. Students will write a creative Natural History essay as part of the course requirements. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 237: Black British Literature

    A survey of black British literature across Great Britain, focusing on regional identity and tensions between rural and urban spaces. This course examines the history of black British communities and their overlapping diasporas, and the ways the British nation state has defined black British identity. Readings include poetry, novels, and short stories by John Agard, Jackie Kay, George Lamming, Grace Nichols, Helen Oyeyemi, Samuel Selvon, and Zadie Smith, and foreground issues of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and class.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 238: African Literature in English

    This is a course on texts drawn from English-speaking Africa since the 1950’s. Authors to be read include Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ayi Kwei Armah, Buchi Emecheta, Bessie Head, Benjamin Kwakye, and Wole Soyinka. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; offered Spring 2021 · Kofi Owusu
  • ENGL 239: Democracy: Politics, Race, & Sex in Nineteenth Century American Novels

    An important preoccupation of nineteenth century America was the nature of democracy and the proper balance of individualism and the social good. An experiment in government, democracy also raised new questions about gender, class, and race. Citizenship was contested; roles in the new, expanding nation were fluid; abolition and emancipation, the movement for women’s rights, industrialization all caused ferment and anxiety. The course will explore the way these issues were imagined in fiction by such writers as Cooper, Hawthorne, Maria Sedgwick, Stowe, Tourgee, Henry Adams, Twain, Gilman, and Chesnutt.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 241: Latinx Voices in the Age of Trump

    The last few years have placed Latinx communities under siege and in the spotlight. The demands of the census and new policies around immigration mean that who counts as Latinx and why it matters has public visibility and meaning. Simultaneously, the last few years have seen an incredible growth of new literary voices and genres in the world of Latinx letters. From fictional and creative nonfiction accounts of detention camps, border crossings, and asylum court proceedings to lyrical wanderings in bilingualism to demands for greater attention to Afrolatinidad and the particular experiences of Black Latinxs–Latinx voices are rising. We will engage with current literary discussions in print, on twitter, and in literary journals as we chart the shifting, developing terrain of Latinx literatures. 

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2020 · Adriana Estill
  • ENGL 244: Shakespeare I

    A chronological survey of the whole of Shakespeare’s career, covering all genres and periods, this course explores the nature of Shakespeare’s genius and the scope of his art. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between literature and stagecraft (“page to stage”). By tackling the complexities of prosody, of textual transmission, and of Shakespeare’s highly figurative and metaphorical language, the course will help you further develop your ability to think critically about literature. Note: non-majors should register for English 144. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Pierre Hecker
  • ENGL 245: Bollywood Nation

    This course will serve as an introduction to Bollywood or popular Hindi cinema from India. We will trace the history of this cinema and analyze its formal components. We will watch and discuss some of the most celebrated and popular films of the last 60 years with particular emphasis on urban thrillers and social dramas. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Spring 2021 · Arnab Chakladar
  • ENGL 247: The American West

    Wallace Stegner once described the West as “the geography of hope” in the American imagination. Despite various dystopian urban pressures, the region still conjures up images of wide vistas and sunburned optimism. We will explore this paradox by examining both popular mythic conceptions of the West (primarily in film) and more searching literary treatments of the same area. We will explore how writers such as Twain, Cather, Stegner and Cormac McCarthy have dealt with the geographical diversity and multi-ethnic history of the West. Weekly film showings will include The Searchers, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Unforgiven, and Lone Star. Extra Time Required, evening screenings. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Michael Kowalewski
  • ENGL 248: Visions of California

    An interdisciplinary exploration of the ways in which California has been imagined in literature, art, film and popular culture from pre-contact to the present. We will explore the state both as a place (or rather, a mosaic of places) and as a continuing metaphor–whether of promise or disintegration–for the rest of the country. Authors read will include Muir, Steinbeck, Chandler, West, and Didion. Weekly film showings will include Sunset Boulevard, Chinatown and Blade Runner. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 249: Modern Irish Literature: Poetry, Prose, and Politics

    What can and should be the role of literature in times of bitter political conflict? Caught in partisan strife, Irish writers have grappled personally and painfully with the question. We will read works by Joyce, Yeats, and Heaney, among others, and watch films (Bloody SundayHunger) that confront the deep and ongoing divisions in Irish political life.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2021 · Constance Walker
  • ENGL 250: Indian Fiction 1880-1980

    In this course we will follow the various paths that the novel in India has taken since the late nineteenth century. Reading both works composed in English and some in translation we will probe in particular the ways in which questions of language and national/cultural identity are constructed and critiqued in the Indian novel. We will read some of the most celebrated Indian writers of the last 100 odd years as well as some who are not as well-known as they should be. The course will also introduce you to some fundamental concepts in postcolonial studies.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2020 · Arnab Chakladar
  • ENGL 251: Contemporary Indian Fiction

    Contemporary Indian writers, based either in India or abroad, have become significant figures in the global literary landscape. This can be traced to the publication of Salman Rushdie’s second novel, Midnight’s Children in 1981. We will begin with that novel and read some of the other notable works of fiction of the following decades. The class will provide both a thorough grounding in the contemporary Indian literary scene as well as an introduction to some concepts in post-colonial studies. 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Spring 2021 · Arnab Chakladar
  • ENGL 252: Caribbean Fiction

    This course will examine Anglophone fiction in the Caribbean from the late colonial period through our contemporary moment. We will examine major developments in form and language as well as the writing of identity, personal and (trans)national. We will read works by canonical writers such as V.S Naipaul, George Lamming and Jamaica Kincaid, as well as by lesser known contemporary writers.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2021 · Arnab Chakladar
  • ENGL 253: Canadian Fiction

    This course will serve as an introduction to Canadian fiction in English of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. We will read a number of major novelists and short story writers, as well as newer voices. Our attempt will be to trace the major trajectories along which Canadian literature has developed in the period and explore the faultlines that complicate the question of a national literature. 

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2021 · Arnab Chakladar
  • ENGL 256: Ireland Program: Irish History and Culture

    In this course we will examine the beliefs, practices, and relationships that shaped the Irish historical experience, providing students with an historical grounding for their explorations and studies in Ireland. In addition to history and politics, topics will include language, folklore, music, and visual culture.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 258: Playwrights of Color: Taking the Stage

    This course examines work by U.S. playwrights of color from the 1950s to the present, focusing on questions of race, performance, and self-representation. We will consider opportunities and limitations of the commercial theater, Off-Off Broadway, ethnic theaters, and non-traditional performance spaces. Playwrights may include Alice Childress, Lorraine Hansberry, Amiri Baraka, Ntozake Shange, Luis Valdez, Cherrie Moraga, August Wilson, David Henry Hwang, Philip Gotanda, Maria Irene Fornes, Anna Deavere Smith, and Chay Yew. We will watch selected film adaptations and attend a live performance when possible. 

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2021 · Nancy Cho
  • ENGL 263: Crafts of Writing: Creative Nonfiction

    Do you like it when true things happen? Would you like to take those true things and make them sound truer than true? Would you like to use words while doing that? In this course, students will write an evocation, a piece of long-form narrative journalism, and a personal essay. Class time will be spent on live writing assignments, giving and receiving feedback, learning writing and research techniques, and having discussions about things that seem trivial right up until the moment that their ultimate significance is revealed.

    Prerequisites: One previous English course 6 credits; Arts Practice, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 264: American Lyric: Poetry, Pop and Rap

    In this course we will look at the shifting boundary between genres that share a common root in lyrical expression. From the sonnet to chart topping pop to underground rap, what it means to be American has been built and is continually refurbished from the lyric up. We will be asking many questions. How does Kendrick Lamar’s song “i” echo and update Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”? What happens in the overlap between T. S. Eliot and Missy Elliott? How is the new generation of American poets integrating song and rap into their work? Our answers will come in both critical and creative forms.

    Prerequisites: Not open to students who have taken ENGL 100.00 Fall 2016 6 credits; Arts Practice, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 265: News Stories

    This journalism course explores the process of moving from event to news story. Students will study and write different forms of journalism (including news, reviews, features, interviews, investigative pieces, and images), critique one another’s writing, and revise their pieces for a final portfolio of professional work.

    6 credits; Arts Practice, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2021 · Susan Jaret McKinstry
  • ENGL 266: Research Writing

    This writing-rich course will address techniques for designing an extended research project and using that research to write in a variety of genres. Students will begin the term by designing an overall research topic in an area of their interests (not necessarily limited to literary studies or the humanities). Over the course of the term, students will research this topic independently while the class examines how different audiences and purposes determine the ways that writers use evidence, organize information, and convey their ideas. Writing assignments throughout the term will draw on students’ research and may include project proposals, literature reviews, blog posts, op-ed pieces, and posters.

    6 credits; Does not fulfill a curricular exploration requirement, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2021, Spring 2021 · George Cusack
  • ENGL 270: Short Story Workshop

    An introduction to the writing of the short story (prior familiarity with the genre of the short story is expected of class members). Each student will write and have discussed in class three stories (from 1,500 to 6,000 words in length) and give constructive suggestions, including written critiques, for revising the stories written by other members of the class. Attention will be paid to all the elements of fiction: characterization, point of view, conflict, setting, dialogue, etc. Prerequisites: One prior 6-credit English course 6 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020, Winter 2021 · Gregory Smith
  • ENGL 271: Poetry Workshop

    This course offers newer poets ways of developing poetic craft and vision. Through intensive writing and revision of poetry, supplemented by reading and discussion of poetry, each member of the group will create a portfolio of poems. Prerequisites: One prior 6 credit English course 6 credits; Arts Practice, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2021 · Gregory Hewett
  • ENGL 273: Writing Memoir

    This writing workshop allows students to explore the craft of memoir through intensive writing, critique, and revision in order to create their own memoir. To develop their skills, students will read and discuss memoirs in varied forms (including visual arts), and consider the competing demands of truth, narrative, fiction, and non-fiction in this rich and complex genre. Prerequisites: One prior 6 credit English course or instructor permission 6 credits; Arts Practice, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 274: Ireland Program: Modern Irish Literature in Ireland

    In Dublin we will read and discuss works by Joyce, Frank O’Connor, and Eavan Boland; in Galway, poems by Yeats; and in Northern Ireland, works by Seamus Heaney, Ciaran Carson, and Brian Friel, among others. We will also meet with writers and attend readings, lectures, films, and plays.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 278: London Program: Shakespeare’s England

    This course concentrates on the relationship between the works of Shakespeare and his contemporaries, the world in which they lived, and the vitality of performance. Particular attention will be paid to Tudor and Stuart historical sites as students explore England through the lens of Renaissance literature and the literature through the lens of Renaissance England.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2021
  • ENGL 282: London Program: London Theater

    Students will attend productions of both classic and contemporary plays in London and Stratford-on-Avon and do related reading. Class discussions will focus on dramatic genres and themes, dramaturgy, acting styles, and design. Guest speakers may include actors, critics, and directors. Students will take backstage tours, keep a theater journal, and work on theater criticism and reviews.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2021
  • ENGL 285: Textual Technologies from Parchment to Pixel

    As readers, we rarely consider the technologies, practices, and transactions that deliver us our texts. This course introduces students to the material study of writing, manuscripts, books, printing, and digital media. It attends to the processes of copying, revision, editing, and circulation; familiarizes students with the disciplines of descriptive bibliography, paleography, and textual criticism; and introduces the principles of editing, in both print and electronic media. It offers hands-on practice in most of these areas.

    6 credits; Humanistic Inquiry, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2021 · George Shuffelton, Austin Mason
  • ENGL 288: California Program: The Literature of California

    An intensive study of writing and film that explores California both as a place (or rather, a mosaic of places) and as a continuing metaphor–whether of promise or disintegration–for the rest of the country. Authors read will include John Muir, Raymond Chandler, Nathanael West, Robinson Jeffers, John Steinbeck, and Joan Didion. Films will include: Sunset Boulevard, Chinatown, The Grapes of Wrath, Zoot Suit, and Blade Runner.

    6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Winter 2021
  • ENGL 295: Critical Methods

    Required of students majoring in English, this course explores practical and theoretical issues in literary analysis and contemporary criticism. Not open to first year students. Prerequisites: One English Foundations course and one prior 6 credit English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020, Spring 2021 · Peter Balaam, Susan Jaret McKinstry
  • ENGL 302: The Medieval Outlaw

    Some of the most enduring figures of the Middle Ages are Robin Hood and his Merry Men. However, the Robin Hood we know only appeared in English literature in the Late Middle Ages and his story was not established until the Renaissance. This course traces the development of the outlaw figure from Anglo-Saxon poetry through Irish and Icelandic traditions to the rebels that arose in the Middle English period. We examine the outlaw from several theoretical standpoints, including the postcolonial, anthropological, ecocritical, and gender studies perspectives. All readings are either in Middle English or in Modern English translation.

    Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one other 6 credit English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 310: Shakespeare II

    Continuing the work begun in Shakespeare I, this course delves deeper into the Shakespeare canon. More difficult and obscure plays are studied alongside some of the more famous ones. While focusing principally on the plays themselves as works of art, the course also explores their social, intellectual, and theatrical contexts, as well as the variety of critical response they have engendered. Prerequisites: One English Foundations course and English 144 or 244 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2021 · Pierre Hecker
  • ENGL 319: The Rise of the Novel

    A study of the origin and development of the English novel throughout the long eighteenth century. We will situate the early novel within its historical and cultural context, paying particular attention to its concern with courtship and marriage, writing and reading, the real and the fantastic. We will also consider eighteenth-century debates about the social function of novels and the dangers of reading fiction. Authors include Behn, Defoe, Haywood, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Walpole, and Austen. Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one other 6 credit English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2021 · Jessica Leiman
  • ENGL 323: Romanticism and Reform

    Mass protests, police brutality, reactionary politicians, imprisoned journalists, widespread unemployment, and disease were all features of the Romantic era in Britain as well as our own time. We will explore how its writers brilliantly advocate for empathy, liberty, and social justice in the midst of violence and upheaval. Readings will include works by Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Percy and Mary Shelley, and their contemporaries.

    Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one other 6 credit English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Constance Walker
  • ENGL 327: Victorian Novel

    Puzzled about nineteenth century novels, Henry James asks, ‘But what do such large loose baggy monsters with their queer elements of the accidental and the arbitrary, artistically mean?” (“Preface,” The Tragic Muse). What, indeed? Practicing close reading, surface reading, and distant reading, we will examine the prose, design, and illustrations of Victorian editions, and ask how big data might help us define and interpret the nineteenth century novel. Authors might include George Eliot, Charles Dickens, Emily Bronte, Charlotte Bronte, E.M. Forster, Lewis Carroll.

    Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one additional 6 credit English course or instructor consent 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Quantitative Reasoning Encounter; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 328: Victorian Poetry

    Living in an era of rapid progress and profound doubt, Victorian poets are prolific, challenging, inventive, and insistent that poetry address contemporary questions of social inequity, science, gender, nation, self, race, and knowledge itself. Readings will include works by Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Oscar Wilde, Matthew Arnold, Dante Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Gerard Manley Hopkins, and others, as well as cultural images and documents.

    Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one other 6 credit English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Winter 2021 · Susan Jaret McKinstry
  • ENGL 329: The City in American Literature

    How do American authors “write the city”? The city as both material reality and metaphor has fueled the imagination of diverse novelists, poets, and playwrights, through tales of fallen women and con men, immigrant dreams, and visions of apocalypse. After studying the realistic tradition of urban fiction at the turn of the twentieth century, we will turn to modern and contemporary re-imaginings of the city, with a focus on Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Selected films, photographs, and historical sources will supplement our investigations of how writers face the challenge of representing urban worlds.

    Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one other 6 credit English course, or instructor permission 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2021 · Nancy Cho
  • ENGL 332: Studies in American Literature: Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald

    An intensive study of the novels and short fiction of William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The course will focus on the ethos of experimentation and the “homemade” quality of these innovative stylists who shaped the course of American modernism. Works read will be primarily from the twenties and thirties and will include The Sound and the Fury, In Our Time, Light in August, The Great Gatsby, The Sun Also Rises, and Go Down, Moses.

    Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one additional 6 credit English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 333: Margaret Atwood

    Margaret Atwood is among the most influential and important writers of our time. In this class we will study a wide range of her major work from the beginning of her career to the present, asking questions about genre, feminism, form, etc. While her novels will be our focus, we will also read some of her poetry, short stories, and essays. There will be occasional out-of-class screenings of television and film adaptations of Atwood’s work.

    Prerequisites: One Foundations course in ENGL and one additional 6 credit course in English courses 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 334: Postmodern American Fiction

    We will get lost in the funhouse of postmodern fiction, in whose mirrored rooms we will encounter Maxwell’s Demon, a depressed Krazy Kat, and the icy imagination of the King of Zembla. (Time will be budgeted for side-excursions into pastiche, dreck, and indeterminacy.) Authors read will include Nabokov, Pynchon, Barthelme, and DeLillo. Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one additional 6 credit English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 345: Queer Literature

    This course focuses on the relationship between literature and queer theory: how concepts of queerness have shaped, and been shaped by, literary art. Through the study of fiction, poetry, and essays, the class explores changing definitions of LGBTQ+ culture at the intersections of race, ability, size, class, and ethnicity. We will examine how queer political movements create radical spaces to rethink identity politics, and investigate queer literature’s portrayal of queer themes and culture. Authors and theorists include: Judith Butler, Jack Halberstam, Audre Lorde, Jose Munoz, Leslie Feinberg, Michael Cunningham, James Baldwin, Carmen Maria Machado, and Roxane Gay.

    Prerequisites: One English foundations courses and one other six credit English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 350: The Postcolonial Novel: Forms and Contexts

    Authors from the colonies and ex-colonies of England have complicated our understandings of the locations, forms and indeed the language of the contemporary English novel. This course will examine these questions and the theoretical and interpretive frames in which these writers have often been placed, and probe their place in the global marketplace (and awards stage). We will read a number of major novelists of the postcolonial era from Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean and the diaspora as well as some of the central works of postcolonial literary criticism.

    Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one additional 6 credit English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Fall 2020, Spring 2021 · Arnab Chakladar
  • ENGL 351: Zadie Smith

    In this course we will study the majority of the oeuvre of Zadie Smith, a writer who stands at the intersections of a number of traditions of literary study as traditionally construed. All the novels will be read along with some short stories and much of her critical essays and other non-fiction work. We will read the growing body of criticism on her work as well and analyze the ongoing development of one of the major writers of our time.

    Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one additional 6 credit English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, International Studies; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 352: Toni Morrison: Novelist

    Morrison exposes the limitations of the language of fiction, but refuses to be constrained by them. Her quirky, inimitable, and invariably memorable characters are fully committed to the protocols of the narratives that define them. She is fearless in her choice of subject matter and boundless in her thematic range. And the novelistic site becomes a stage for Morrison’s virtuoso performances. It is to her well-crafted novels that we turn our attention in this course. Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one other 6 credit English course or instructor permission 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, Intercultural Domestic Studies; offered Fall 2020 · Kofi Owusu
  • ENGL 359: World Literature in the Twenty-First Century

    Our focus will be on contemporary writers who tend to localize the global and/or globalize the local in their decidedly textured fiction and nonfiction published since 2001. Selected writers include Zinzi Clemmons, Ta-Nehisi Coates, J.M. Coetzee, Junot Diaz, Esi Edugyan, Nuruddin Farah, Yaa Gyasi, Dinaw Mengestu, Chigozie Obioma, and Zadie Smith.

    Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one additional 6 credit English course or instructor permission 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement, International Studies; offered Winter 2021 · Kofi Owusu
  • ENGL 362: Narrative Theory

    “Does the world really present itself to perception in the form of well-made stories?” asks Hayden White, metahistoriographer. To try to answer that question, we will read contemporary narrative theory by critics from several disciplines and apply their theories to literary texts, films, and cultural objects such as graphic novels, television shows, advertisements, and music videos.

    Prerequisites: One 6-credit foundations course plus one 6-credit English course or Cinema and Media Studies 210, 211, 214 or 243 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 366: The Carleton Miscellany

    An in-depth study of the Carleton Miscellany, a nationally renowned literary quarterly once described as “the nation’s most delightful magazine.” Published at the college for two decades, from 1960-1980, the Miscellany featured the work of a dozen Pulitzer Prize winning authors and that of numerous Carleton faculty. The magazine had a cosmopolitan, international perspective but also reflected its origins in a small, leafy Midwestern college town. We will explore the significance of the Miscellany in the context of the history of “little magazines.” The class will include a variety of student research assignments, some of them from the Carleton archives. 

    Prerequisites: One English foundations course and one additional 6 credit English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; not offered 2020–2021
  • ENGL 370: Advanced Fiction Workshop

    An advanced course in the writing of fiction. Students will write three to four short stories or novel chapters which will be read and critiqued by the class. 

    Prerequisites: English 160, 161, 263, 265, 270, 271, 273, Cinema and Media Studies 271, 278, 279, Cross Cultural Studies 270 or Theater 246 6 credits; S/CR/NC; Arts Practice, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2021 · Gregory Smith
  • ENGL 371: Advanced Poetry Workshop

    For students with some experience in writing poetry, this workshop further develops craft and vision. Readings and exercises will be used to expand the poet’s individual range, and to explore the power of poetic language. Over the ten weeks, each poet will write and revise a significant portfolio. 

    Prerequisites: English 160, 161, 263, 265, 270, 271, 273, Cinema and Media Studies 271, 278, 279, Cross Cultural Studies 270 or Theater 246 6 credits; Arts Practice, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2021 · Gregory Hewett
  • ENGL 395: Narrative

    Roland Barthes claims that “narrative is international, transhistorical, transcultural: it is simply there, like life itself.” Yet metahistorian Hayden White wonders, “Does the world really present itself to perception in the form of well-made stories?” To study narrative is to confront art’s distinctive interplay of fiction and nonfiction, invention and truth. We will read contemporary narrative theory by critics from several disciplines and apply their theories to textual and visual narratives such as literary texts, graphic novels, films, images, television shows, advertisements, and music videos. Students will collaborate on a digital storytelling project.

    Prerequisites: English 295 and one 300 level English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Fall 2020 · Susan Jaret McKinstry
  • ENGL 395: Seductive Fictions

    Stories of virtue in distress and innocence ruined preoccupied English novelists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.  This course will focus on the English seduction novel, considering the following questions: What was the allure of the seduction plot?  What does it reveal about sexual relations, gender, power, and class during this period?  How does the seduction plot address and provoke concerns about novel-reading itself during a time when the genre was considered both an instrument of education and an agent of moral corruption?  Authors include: Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, Susanna Rowson, and Bram Stoker.

    Prerequisites: English 295 and one 300 level English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2021 · Jessica Leiman
  • ENGL 395: T. S. Eliot and the Metaphysical Poet

    We will examine the impact of Donne and his followers on T. S. Eliot and the founding documents of modernism (especially The Waste Land); assess Eliot’s role in canonizing the metaphysical poets; and try to account for the literary and philosophical qualities which led Eliot to champion their work. Prerequisites: English 295 and one 300 level English course 6 credits; Literary/Artistic Analysis, Writing Requirement; offered Spring 2021 · Timothy Raylor
  • ENGL 400: Integrative Exercise

    Senior English majors may fulfill the integrative exercise by completing one of the four options: the Colloquium Option (a group option in which participants discuss, analyze and write about a thematically coherent list of literary works); the Research Essay Option (an extended essay on a topic of the student’s own devising); the Creative Option (creation of a work of literary art); or the Project Option (creation of an individual or group multidisciplinary project). The Research Essay Option is open to students who have completed a senior seminar in the major by the end of fall term senior year. The Creative Option is open only to students who have completed at least two creative writing courses (one of which must be at the 300 level) by the end of fall term senior year. 6 credits; S/NC; offered Winter 2021, Spring 2021