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English Undergraduate Course Descriptions

  Summer 2022

ENG 223223summer
Creative Writing I: Mixed Genre
Dr. Olivia Clare Friedman

In this course, you will write your own original fiction and poetry. Class sessions will be organized around craft topics, which will include assigned readings and writing exercises. We’ll begin with fiction. Craft topics will include: character, dialogue, setting, structure, revision, and more. For poetry, craft topics will include: the line, sound, imagery, and more.

Fall 2022

eng200ENG 200
Intro to Drama
Dr. Alexandra Valint
T/Th 11:00-12:15

Theatre is a magical and unique artform. Within a few hours, a play takes its audience on an emotional and intellectual journey through the characters’ ambitions and conflicts; by the play’s end, the audience is left processing, thinking, and feeling. The primary goal of this course is to make you more confident, enthusiastic, and sophisticated readers of plays. We will explore a diverse selection of plays, from Ancient Greek tragedy to comedies to contemporary Pulitzer-Prize winning dramas. We will pay particular attention to how these plays engage with issues of gender, race, love, and war, as well as to how they represent the struggles of individuals, relationships, and societies. We will practice analyzing and articulating how plays work--how they are structured, how they affect us, what they mean, their limitations and possibilities. Whether you are a seasoned theatre practitioner or a new visitor to the world of drama, you are welcome in this class. Together we will experience the wisdom and wonder of theatre. We will likely read plays by Edward Albee, Aziza Barnes, Euripides, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, Lynn Nottage, William Shakespeare, Paula Vogel, Oscar Wilde, and Tennessee Williams.


ENG 208eng208
Video Games and Interactive Fiction
Dr. Craig Carey
TuTh 4:00-5:15 LAB 101

This course introduces literary and critical methods for playing, reading, and writing video games and interactive fiction. Students will explore the relationship between games, fiction, narrative design, and culture, learning how games and interactive fiction transform how we tell stories, build worlds, create immersive experiences, and think through social issues concerning race, class, gender, sexuality, and mental health. As an introduction to the topic, the course is designed for gamers and non-gamers alike, or anyone curious about video games and interactive fiction as a dynamic form of narrative expression. Through various projects and workshops, students will also gain experience writing, developing, and creating interactive narratives for diverse platforms and genres.


ENG 221 
Fiction Writing I 
Instructor:  TBA
Tu/Th 1:00-2:15 PM   

In this class, you will write your own original fiction. Class sessions will be organized around craft topics, which will include assigned outside readings and writing exercises. You will also write one short story or novel chapter. Craft topics will include: character, dialogue, setting, structure, style, revision, and more. 


eng222ENG 222/322/422
Poetry Writing
Dr. Michael Aderibigbe
M/W 4:00-5:15

Fall 2022's English 222/322/422, Poetry Workshop I, II, and III will encourage students to write original poetry. We will explore many forms and themes. And through the guidance of our text, Robert Pinsky's Sounds of Poetry, we will explore even more interesting poetic territories. This class is open to poets of all levels, irrespective of skill and experience.


ENG 223eng223
Creative Writing I: Mixed Genre
Dr. Olivia Clare Friedman
T/Th 4:00-5:15

In this course, you will write your own original fiction and poetry. Class sessions will be organized around craft topics, which will include assigned readings and writing exercises. We’ll begin with fiction. Craft topics will include: character, dialogue, setting, structure, revision, and more. For poetry, craft topics will include: the line, sound, imagery, and more.

Recommended Text:
Imaginative Writing, 3rd or 4th Edition, Janet Burroway

Short stories and poems to be distributed in class


eng301ENG 301
Advanced Grammar
Ms. Amy Carey
M/W 9:30-10:45

A study of the structures, origins, power, and rhetorical nature of language and the effects of different approaches to grammar. This course is designed for both English and English Licensure students and will fulfill the language elective requirement for licensure students. Students will analyze standard and rhetorical features of English language and grammar, also considering how history, culture, and systems of power have traditionally defined grammatical standards and how those standards are continually changing and adapting. Participants will gain confidence in their own mastery of advanced English grammar; they will also deepen their ability to analyze its rhetorical effects and communicate that analysis to others through Field Notes assignments and a final research project. This course will use a rhetorical framework for studying both prescriptive and descriptive grammar structures and apply that framework to students’ own writing.

Required Text: Rhetorical Grammar: Grammatical Choices, Rhetorical Effects, Kolln & Gray, 8th edition


ENG 312 or ENG 411Eng312
Survey of Postcolonial Literature: Cruising the Caribbean:
Dr. Damon Franke
W 6:00-9:00

The 20th Century to a very large degree is a century of decolonization. Nation-states were born around the globe as colonies revolted against their mother countries. The British Empire began to set. After the Second World War, the postcolonial movement spread to the Caribbean, our concern for the semester. While Haiti, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic had already gained independence, Antigua, Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad among others broke from the U.K. Over the course of the semester, we will “cruise” around the Caribbean and island hop as we learn of the literature and culture of these new countries. The peoples of these places are richly diverse with mixed ethnicities, blending native and colonizer blood and heritage drawn from Africa and India. As we analyze the literature, we will focus on the creation of a national identity through counternarratives, estrangement, and mimicry. We will ask if the Caribbean is experiencing neocolonialism in various forms. We will embrace the resilient culture of these places and experience Caribbean food, music and rituals. We will listen to the music of Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff, The Maytals, Rihanna, and others and discuss ska, rocksteady, reggae, and dancehall genres. Our daily schedule will be in the form of a cruise itinerary! Students in film, history, geography, the sciences, and other programs can design their own projects according to their interests such as short films, music videos, history reports, geographical analyses, etc. The ENG 411 section satisfies various requirements for the English major and minor. The ENG 312 section of the course satisfies similar requirements but is not writing intensive. All students should be able to earn an “A.”
We will read five books: C.L.R. James' Toussaint Louverture, a play about the revolutionary leader who led the Haitian independence movement; Marlon James' A Brief History of Seven Killings, the prize-winning novel about the assassination attempt on Bob Marley and the crack epidemic of the 80s; Julia Alvarez’ In the Time of the Butterflies, a historical fiction telling the story of the Mirabal sisters as they struggled against dictatorship in the Dominican Republic, V.S. Naipaul’s Guerrillas, another work of historical fiction exploring the cult surrounding Michael X in Trinidad, and Jamaica Kincaid's Annie John, a classic coming of age story of an Antiguan girl that we will read alongside our first weeks’ discussion of the phenomenon of Rihanna and her rich, multiple endeavors.


eng314ENG 314
Popular Fiction: The Horror Genre
Dr. Ery Shin
M/W 4:00-5:15

Surveying landmark books and films from around the world, this course explores the horror genre’s theoretical underpinnings as well as practices. Which gestures create which psychological effects; what the raw experience of being stricken with fear really means; why audiences seek out these sensations; viewing as an anonymous collective in theaters as opposed to in private homes; the matter of subgenres—such strands will anchor class discussions as they unfold.

Sample reading/viewing list:
Sigmund Freud, “The Uncanny”
Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, Goodnight Mommy
Octavia E. Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
Jordan Peele, Us
Ryū Murakami, Audition
Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves
Han Kang, The Vegetarian
Sophocles, Oedipus Rex
Toshio Matsumoto, Funeral Parade of Roses


ENG 321/421eng321
Fiction Writing II and III
Dr. Olivia Clare Friedman
T/Th 1:00-2:15

In this class, you will write your own original fiction and workshop one another’s fiction. In addition to honing your craft, you will be working on your workshop skills. Craft topics will include: character, dialogue, setting, structure, style, revision, and more. You may turn in either short stories or novel chapters.

Recommended Text:
Writing Fiction, 10th Edition, Janet Burroway, Elizabeth Stuckey-French, Ned Stuckey-French

Short stories and novel excerpts to be distributed in class


eng350ENG 350
British Literature I
Dr. Jameela Lares
T/Th 8:00-9:15

This course surveys major British literature from its Anglo-Saxon beginnings to the later eighteenth century. We will focus not only on significant authors, texts, and genres but also on strategies for reading and discussing them. Preferred course outcomes include not only students’ establishing a basic knowledge of the various periods, authors, and genres of earlier English literature but also their increasing their vocabulary of literary terms, gaining additional skills in writing academic prose, and learning the difference between claim and evidence in academic argument.

Required Texts and Materials
Norton Anthology of English Literature, 10th edition, ed. Stephen Greenblatt, et al., volumes A, B, and C (W. W. Norton, 2018), ISBN 978 0393603125.
Chris Baldick, Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms, 4th edition (Oxford, 2015), ISBN 9780198715443.
Materials on Canvas or elsewhere on line as assigned.


English 365eng365
Digital Literacies
Dr. Shane Wood
M/W 9:30-10:45am

ENG 365: Digital Literacies introduces the history of writing as technology and the rhetoric of digital design in a range of contexts and rhetorical situations. This course approaches digital literacies through theory and practice. What is digital literacy? What is digital rhetoric? How does technology change the way we read, write, and communicate? What does it mean to communicate effectively in the 21st century? We will spend time talking about multimodal practices and theories, as well. So, in this course we will study the ways in which digital texts and technologies expand our understanding of reading and writing and composing. We will analyze, explore, and play around with different modes and mediums, including podcasting. We will learn more about the processes of composing digitally and analyze how technology makes us think, feel, react, and behave.


eng371ENG 371
American Literature II
Dr. Ery Shin
M/W 2:30-3:45

Picking up in the aftermath of the Civil War, this introductory survey traces how ongoing tensions surrounding the balance of power between genders, races, classes, religions, regions, technologies, and even species have molded the American imagination. The question of how literature forms out of, and feeds into, a distinctly national ethos will be of particular interest.


ENG 372eng372
African American Literature
Dr. Michael Aderibigbe
M/W 1:00-2:15

ENG 372 focuses on literature (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, drama) produced by African Americans about their experiences. This class will encompass works by writers who experienced slavery and those after them. We will explore texts by Frederick Douglass, Phyllis Wheatley, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, James Baldwin, August Wilson, Gwendolyn Brooks, and Jericho Brown, among others.


eng400ENG 400
Art and the City in Contemporary Literature
Dr. Monika Gehlawat
T/Th 11:00-12:15

In this senior capstone seminar, we will read contemporary American novels that focus on city life and the aesthetic experiences characters have therein. Art - in the forms of music, film, sculpture, theater, painting, and dance - plays a central role in certain urban novels written after 2000. We’ll read novels by Siri Hustvedt, Teju Cole, Rachel Kushner, Ben Lerner, and Sheila Heti, among others, who use the production and reception of artwork in order to develop characterization, narrative tension, and epiphany in their work. Alongside our reading, we will study various art forms in order to understand why these writers prioritize aesthetic experience in their novels and how it influences the way we interpret the desires and demands placed upon their contemporary narrators and characters. In particular, these writers interrogate how the contemporary image regime of digital and social media conditions a culture of visual distraction that aesthetic engagement attempts to withstand and even reverse. Thus we'll see how creativity, perceptual sensitivity, and curiosity are values that emerge in their novels alongside the perceptual and psychological experience of absorbed beholding of art and other subjects.


ENG 400eng400
Bodyminds / Medicine / Literature
Dr. Emily Stanback
M/W 9:30-10:45
This course focuses on depictions of healing, treatment, and medical experimentation across several literary genres, ranging from the real to the realistic to the fantastical. By looking at medicine and the biomedical from a literary perspective, this course seeks to explore the intellectual—and practical—value of the literary study in approaching topics related to human health. We will study texts ranging from personal letters to poetry to science fiction to drama to film.
Our goals are twofold. First, we will examine how medical themes offer literary authors avenues to explore pressing philosophical and ethical issues—about what (or who) counts as “human,” for example, or the nature of human subjectivity, or the significance of our embodied lives. Second, we will explore the insights literary authors and humanistic scholars are in a unique position to contribute about topics related to health, illness, and disability.


ENG 402eng402
H001/G001 Literature Study for Teachers
Dr. Kate Cochran

This course is designed to examine both theoretical and practical problems in the teaching of literature. Through reading poems, short stories, memoirs, and novels as our primary texts, we will become acquainted with textual and generic issues while our secondary text offers pedagogical and methodological guidance for instructors charged with teaching literature. Students will practice class activities, create a book talk, complete a multigenre research project, take a final comprehensive essay exam, and observe a class video, including writing a reflection on the observation. As a required course for English Licensure students and an elective course for Elementary Education students at the undergraduate level, this course seeks to help students understand the current theories and processes of teaching literature. Students will learn about themselves as readers and will work together to further deepen their understanding of how students learn.

Required texts:
Richard Beach et al, Teaching Literature to Adolescents, 4th edition
Angeline Boulley, Firekeeper’s Daughter
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
Donna Barbra Higuera, The Last Cuentista
Lois Lowry, The Giver
Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood
Elie Wiesel, Night


eng410ENG 410
Studies in Ethnic Literature
Dr. Luis Iglesias
T/Th 1:00-2:15;
The Latino Boom and Beyond: Contemporary Latino Literature

“The Latino Boom and Beyond: Contemporary Latino Literature” will trace the growth of contemporary Latine literature that has emerged (not unproblematically) with the so called “Latino Boom” of the 1960s. Looking at a range of Latino/a/x writers, we will seek to unpack the term “Latino,” which has come to represent a diverse set of communities that often share but frequently resist cultural and literary commonality. At the same time, we will seek to locate those moments – aesthetic and cultural – that define Hispanic identity in the United States through this rich (and prolific) body of writings as they have evolved to the present day.

Among the Assigned Texts:
Garcia, Christina. Dreaming in Cuban (1992)
Espada, Martin. Imagine the Angels of Bread (1996)
Quiñonez, Ernesto. Bodega Dreams (2000)
Zamora, Javier. Unaccompanied (2017)
Urrea, Luis Alberto. The House of Broken Angels (2018)
Acevedo, Elizabeth. Poet X (2018)
Lopera, Juliana Delgado. Fiebre Tropical (2020)


ENG 418eng418
Adolescent Literature
Dr. Kate Cochran
T/Th 9:30-10:45

Adolescent literature, more properly known as young adult/YA literature, refers to any fiction written for a readership ranging between 12 and 18 years of age. This course will examine YA lit chronologically, working from the “golden age” of adolescent literature in the mid-20th century to the present, including realistic fiction, the graphic novel, fantasy/sci-fi, mixed-genre, and historical fiction, to appreciate the wide spectrum of texts representing adolescent literature. We will supplement our primary texts with secondary readings; I also hope we will be making use of the excellent De Grummond Children’s Literature Archive. Our focus will be on examining YA fiction as literature worthy of analysis and serious study. Students will be required to read thoughtfully, participate meaningfully in class discussion and activities, present a book talk, and craft a formal researched essay.

Required texts:
S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
Judy Blume, Forever
Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak
Walter Dean Myers, Monster
Nancy Farmer, The House of the Scorpion
John Green, Looking for Alaska
Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian
Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese
Elizabeth Wein, Code Name Verity
Nicola Yoon, The Sun Is Also a Star
Angie Thomas, The Hate U Give
Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X


eng445ENG 445/545
International Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Dr. Jameela Lares
T/Th 1:00-2:15

This seminar will explore the world of children’s and young adult literature from countries outside the Anglo-American tradition to see how other cultures understand childhood and adolescence. Readings will focus on three areas—schools, conflicts/adventures, and fantasy—but undergraduate seminar members will be able to add to the conversation by reporting on an additional text, while graduate members will be able to add their further insights by teaching one of the assigned texts. Undergraduates will also facilitate class discussion on an assigned text, while graduate members will report on a critical article, chapter, or even book. Our assigned readings will be primarily novels, but class members may also explore other genres or media (pictures books, movie tie-ins, games, etc.) for their presentations and their seminar paper.


eng468ENG 468/568
British Women Writers
Dr. Nicolle Jordan
T/Th 11:00AM-12:15PM
How does female identity vary depending on whether it is depicted in a rural or urban setting? Is one setting more congenial to the heroine—or the woman writer—than another? How does a woman’s experience of the country and/or the city vary depending upon her social status? In this course we will read British poetry and novels that imagine female characters in an array of settings, from the bucolic English countryside to the bustling social season of London. We will explore whether a woman’s value, and her values, change depending on the familiarity or strangeness of her surroundings.


HUM 201hum201
Medieval Times!
Dr. Courtney Luckhardt, Dr. Leah Parker, Dr. Paula Smithka
T/Th 1:00-2:15
Course fulfills GEC 03 requirement. In this course, we examine two distinct global cultures of enduring significance from the perspective of history, literature, philosophy, and religion. Since the material available to us is so vast, we will focus on themes in two distinct global (Western and nonWestern) cultural contexts. The two cultures to be focused on this semester are medieval Europe and the medieval Middle East, ca. 400-1500 CE. The three themes are: 
1) politics and power structures 
2) science and technology 
3) ethics and beliefs 
To focus on these themes, we will be reading primary sources – that is, texts produced in the Middle Ages. Students will read and interpret these primary sources, critically reflect on them, and compare and contrast these two societies and their norms with each other and with contemporary American culture.



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