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Spring 2017

ENGL 101-01

College Writing

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Jake Mohan

Notes: Instruction and practice for writing in college. This course does not satisfy the requirements for the English major or minor. (4 credits)

ENGL 105-01

American Voices

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Daylanne English

Notes: American literature contains a greater variety of voices than most other national literatures. Each section of this course explores some aspect of that wide range of voices and may include the writing of women, of minority groups, or of various sub-groups from the dominant literary culture. Consult the detailed course descriptions in the English department or on its web page for the content of individual sections. (4 credits)

ENGL 115-01

Shakespeare

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Penelope Geng

Notes: This course will offer an introduction to his work through a wide-ranging survey of his major plays in all categories (history, comedy, tragedy, and romance) plus maybe some poetry. Texts and topics will vary. (4 credits)

ENGL 135-01

Poetry

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Taylor Schey

Notes: An introduction to the study of poetry. Topics and methods vary, but all sections emphasize techniques of close reading, critical inquiry, and engaged communication fundamental to the discipline of literary studies. Consult the detailed course description in the English department or in its web page for the content of individual courses and sections. (4 credits)

ENGL 136-01

Drama

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Andrea Kaston Tange

Notes: An introduction to the study of drama. Topics and methods vary, but all sections emphasize techniques of close reading, critical inquiry, and engaged communication fundamental to the discipline of literary studies. Consult the detailed course description in the English department or on its web page for the content of individual courses and sections. (4 credits)

ENGL 137-01

Novel

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: James Dawes

Notes: An introduction to the study of the novel. Topics and methods vary, but all sections emphasize techniques of close reading, critical inquiry, and engaged communication fundamental to the discipline of literary studies. Consult the detailed course description in the English department or on its web page for the content of individual courses and sections. (4 credits)

ENGL 150-01

Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: James Dawes

Notes: The focus of this course is on the development of skills for writing poetry and short fiction through a close study of the techniques involved in these forms, analysis of model literary works, and frequent writing exercises. This course must be completed at Macalester as a PREREQUISITE for the further study of creative writing at Macalester. (4 credits)

ENGL 150-02

Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Matthew Burgess

Notes: The focus of this course is on the development of skills for writing poetry and short fiction through a close study of the techniques involved in these forms, analysis of model literary works, and frequent writing exercises. This course must be completed at Macalester as a PREREQUISITE for the further study of creative writing at Macalester. (4 credits)

ENGL 150-03

Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Matthew Burgess

Notes: The focus of this course is on the development of skills for writing poetry and short fiction through a close study of the techniques involved in these forms, analysis of model literary works, and frequent writing exercises. This course must be completed at Macalester as a PREREQUISITE for the further study of creative writing at Macalester. (4 credits)

ENGL 150-04

Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Ping Wang

Notes: The focus of this course is on the development of skills for writing poetry and short fiction through a close study of the techniques involved in these forms, analysis of model literary works, and frequent writing exercises. This course must be completed at Macalester as a PREREQUISITE for the further study of creative writing at Macalester. (4 credits)

ENGL 150-05

Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Ping Wang

Notes: The focus of this course is on the development of skills for writing poetry and short fiction through a close study of the techniques involved in these forms, analysis of model literary works, and frequent writing exercises. This course must be completed at Macalester as a PREREQUISITE for the further study of creative writing at Macalester. (4 credits)

ENGL 150-06

Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Benjamin Voigt

Notes: The focus of this course is on the development of skills for writing poetry and short fiction through a close study of the techniques involved in these forms, analysis of model literary works, and frequent writing exercises. This course must be completed at Macalester as a PREREQUISITE for the further study of creative writing at Macalester. (4 credits)

ENGL 230-01

Nineteenth-Century British Literature

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Andrea Kaston Tange

Notes: A study of literature's dynamic interaction with historical change in the period that has been called the "Pax Britannica" ("British Peace"), but also "The Age of Revolution," "The Age of Capital," "The Age of Democracy," and "The Age of Empire." Emphais on the diversity of forms emerging alongside the novel; poetry, drama, policital writing, and print journalism. Authors may include Wordsworth, Coleridge, the Shelleys (P.B. and Mary), Godwin, Keats, Bryon, Tennyson, Arnold, Rossetti, the Brontes (Charlotte and Emily), Swinburne, Hopkins, Pater, Carlyle, Mill, and Marx. Novelists may include those listed under English 331. Articles and manifestos from Blackwood's, The Westminster Review, The Saturday Review, and Household Words. Particular themes vary. (4 credits)

ENGL 240-01

Twentieth Century British Literature

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Amy Elkins

Notes: A study of works of British and Irish fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction prose from 1900 to the present. Along with novelists such as those enumerated under English 341 below, this course treats selected poets such as W. B. Yeats, W. H. Auden, Stevie Smith, and Philip Larkin, playwrights from the Irish National Theater at the beginning of the century (Lady Gregory, Sean O'Casey, J. M. Synge) through Samuel Beckett to current dramatists such as Michael Frayn or Tom Stoppard, and non-fiction commentary from Virginia Woolf, George Orwell, and others. (4 credits)

ENGL 260-01

Science Fiction: From Matrix Baby Cannibals to Brave New World

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: James Dawes

Notes:

ENGL 275-01

African American Literature to 1900

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Daylanne English

Notes: This course will trace the development of an African American literary tradition from the end of the eighteenth century to the turn of the twentieth century, from authors such as Phillis Wheatley and Olaudah Equiano to Frances Harper and Charles Chesnutt. The course will investigate the longstanding project of writing an African American self as both a literary and a political subject, and it will consider texts from multiple genres, such as lyric poetry, protest poetry, slave narratives, spirituals, folktales, personal correspondence, essays, short stories, autobiographies, novels, transcribed oral addresses, and literary criticism and theory. Cross-listed with American Studies 275. (4 credits)

ENGL 281-01

Crafts of Writing: Fiction

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Matthew Burgess

Notes: This course will focus in a variety of ways on the development of skills for writing fiction, building on the work done in English 120. Depending on the instructor, it may approach the creative process through, for example, writing from models of the short story (both classic and contemporary), working with the technical components of fiction (e.g., plot, setting, structure, characterization), or developing linked stories or longer fictions (or other methodology selected by the instructor: see department postings for details). It will involve extensive readings and discussion of fiction in addition to regular fiction writing assignments. The course may be conducted to some extent in workshop format; the emphasis will be on continuing to develop writing skills. Course may be taken twice for credit, so long as it is with a different instructor. (4 credits)

ENGL 282-01

The Crafts of Writing: Creative Nonfiction

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Marlon James

Notes: This course will focus in a variety of ways on the development of skills for writing nonfiction, building on the work done in English 120. Depending on the instructor, it may approach the creative process through, for example, translating personal experience into autobiography or memoir, or developing the essay form, the opinion piece, the journalistic report or a variety of other forms. It will involve extensive readings and discussion of nonfiction in addition to regular nonfiction writing assignments. The course may be conducted to some extent in workshop format; the emphasis will be on continuing to develop writing skills. Course may be taken twice for credit, so long as it is with a different instructor. (4 credits)


ENGL 284-01

Crafts of Writing: Screenwriting

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Peter Bognanni

Notes: *First day attendance required*

This course will focus in a variety of ways on the development of skills for writing screenplays, building on the work done in English 120. The emphasis will be on narrative films, with the objective of writing a feature-length screenplay during the semester. There will be extensive readings and discussion of published and unpublished screenplays in addition to regular writing assignments. The course may be conducted to some extent in workshop format; the emphasis will be on continuing to develop writing skills. (4 credits)

ENGL 286-01

Narrative Journalism

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Stephen Smith

Notes: This creative nonfiction course will focus on the basic elements of narrative journalism. Students will conduct interviews and research to create powerful stories that may be print, audio, and/or web-based. Every other year. (4 credits)

ENGL 294-01

Literary Humor Writing

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Peter Bognanni

Notes: *First Day attendance required*


ENGL 294-02

Crafts of Writing:Prose Poems

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Ping Wang

Notes:

ENGL 294-03

Introduction to Literary Theory

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Taylor Schey

Notes:

ENGL 294-04

Topics Course in ENGL

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Amy Elkins

Notes:

ENGL 294-06

Topics Course in ENGL

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Taylor Schey

Notes:

ENGL 294-08

Musical Fictions

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Mark Mazullo

Notes: *Cross-listed with MUSI 294-01; counts as fine arts general distribution* What can music teach us about literature, and, conversely, how can literature lend meaning to music? In this course, we will read novels (and short stories, novellas, and/or plays) that deal explicitly with musical themes. Perspectives we will consider in our discussions include: the history of musical aesthetics; the question of musical value/s; musical empathy; music and semiotics; the history of subjectivity; music’s function in formations of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Our reading will include: Kazuo Ishiguro, The Unconsoled (1995); James Baldwin, “Sonny’s Blues” (1957); Rose Tremain, Music & Silence (1999); Peter Shaffer, Amadeus (1979); E. M. Forster, Howards End (1910); Marguerite Duras, “Moderato Cantabile” (1958); Jonathan Lethem, You Don’t Love Me Yet (2007); Michael Chabon, Telegraph Avenue (2012); and Richard Powers, Orfeo (2014). In a semester-long independent project, students will write a critical essay on a musical-fictional topic of their own devising.

ENGL 394-01

1859

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Andrea Kaston Tange

Notes:

ENGL 394-02

Topics in Creative Writing

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Marlon James

Notes:

ENGL 400-01

Capstone: Shakespeare and Literary Methods

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Penelope Geng

Notes: A study of a particular topic of interest to students of literature in English. Students will read widely in relevant materials and produce a significant final project. (4 credits)

ENGL 406-01

Projects in Creative Writing

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room:
  • Instructor: Marlon James

Notes: This seminar will provide a workshop environment for advanced students with clearly defined projects in poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, drama or a combination of genres. The seminar will center initially on a group of shared readings about the creative process and then turn to the work produced by class members. Through the presentation of new and revised work, and the critiquing of work-in-progress, each student will develop a significant body of writing as well as the critical skills necessary to analyze the work of others. (4 credits)

Fall 2016

ENGL 101-01

College Writing

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 227
  • Instructor: Rebecca Graham

Notes: Instruction and practice for writing in college. This course does not satisfy the requirements for the English major or minor. (4 credits)

ENGL 105-01

American Voices

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: MAIN 001
  • Instructor: Daylanne English

Notes: In this introductory English course, we will listen to a wide range of American voices in a number of genres, from short stories to novels, to graphic narratives, to a play. The course will focus on dystopia and utopia, misery and joy, in relation to physical or geographic space and time. The texts in this course, although all are “American,” explore what it means to live in a range of times and places that may be hostile or welcoming, or both. Our authors express and represent, and in some cases perform, complex and layered identities that have been shaped by: national origins, regions, class, languages, races and ethnicities, sexualities, genders, experiences of war and other forms of violence, aesthetic experiences of music and literature, and time periods including the future. In the process, they often test or expand the limits of literary, as well as visual and musical, form. We will study works by Sandra Cisneros, Junot Díaz, Tim O’Brien, Alison Bechdel, Octavia Butler, and Janelle Monàe, among others. Course requirements include: an in-class oral presentation, a brief written response to each primary reading, and three essays of about 5-7 pages each (one of which must be revised). This course will fulfill either the foundation course in literature requirement or the literature by U.S. writers of color requirement for the English major.

ENGL 115-01

Shakespeare

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: MAIN 002
  • Instructor: Penelope Geng

Notes: Shakespeare has been called the “star of poets” and “wonder of the stage.” How do his plays delight, puzzle, and instill “wonder”? How did he transform Renaissance poetry? To answer these questions, we will analyze Shakespeare’s formal and stylistic techniques in some of his most celebrated works, including the Sonnets, the comedies (Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, The Tempest), the history plays (Richard II, Henry IV, Part 1), and the tragedies (Macbeth, Hamlet, and Othello). Our study will deepen through class discussions, essays, and performances: watching professional productions and performing scenes from the plays. For centuries, Shakespeare has inspired and challenged writers to imagine and feel in new ways, to perfect their craft and pursue their creative ambitions. You are invited to participate in this exciting and evolving literary tradition. This course fulfills the foundation course requirement for the English major. No prerequisites.

ENGL 125-01

Studies in Literature: Ghosts of the Victorians

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: MAIN 002
  • Instructor: Andrea Kaston Tange

Notes: *First Year Course only* This first-year course opens with ghost stories from the heyday of the genre: specters and haunts from the pens of nineteenth-century masters, including the likes of Amy Levy, Charles Dickens, Grant Allen, Oscar Wilde, and Emily Bronte. Examining short stories and one novel, we will consider both what terrifies and how. What are the formal qualities of a good ghost story? What are the requirements it places on readers? To what degree are ghosts historically or culturally specific? With these readings for a strong base, the second half of the course considers the legacies of these Victorians. How do the shadows of the past haunt the present, in terms of unhealthy fascinations, or whispers of doubt, or standards of greatness to which a writer must rise? Are modern ghost stories forever in the debt of long-dead writers? How do the Victorians themselves haunt our present moment? Is steampunk or Victorian nostalgia a ghostly presence of the nineteenth century in the twenty-first? This course will ultimately consider both old and new ghost stories, stories that are tied to the nineteenth-century and those that attempt to break free of it, to investigate what is revealed about ourselves or our cultural moments by looking to the narratives of things that haunt us.

ENGL 135-01

Poetry

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: OLRI 170
  • Instructor: Taylor Schey

Notes: It is entirely possible for one to analyze the meanings of most texts—their themes, morals, historical significances, and so on—without paying much attention to the formal and linguistic elements that produce such meanings. Fortunately, poems make this difficult and ask us to attend more closely to how language does the things that it does. How, for example, can a single word generate multiple, even conflicting, interpretations concerning its significance? How do the rhetorical devices foregrounded in poetry—such as metaphor, metonymy, apostrophe, and personification—structure the modes of relation through which we organize our lives? How do various arrangements of words move us to tears, open new worlds, instigate actions, and even make nothing happen (as W. H. Auden famously poeticizes the power of poetry)? This introductory course will take up these and other questions as we develop our abilities to read, write, and think as students of literature. Our readings will draw mainly from British lyric poetry in its different sub-genres—e.g. sonnet, elegy, ode, dramatic monologue, lyrical ballad—but we will also make forays into works from different geographical contexts. While our primary focus will be on learning how to engage with the subtleties of poetic language, this engagement will lead us to consider the broader philosophical, political, and cultural issues that our readings raise, concerning, for example, the place of poetry in modern life, the use and uselessness of poetry, the type of knowledge (and ignorance) that poetry may or may not offer, and the very question of what poetry is. This course counts as a foundation course toward the English major, but all students are welcome and no prior knowledge or experience is expected.

ENGL 137-01

Novel: On Beauty

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-10:40 am
  • Room: MAIN 011
  • Instructor: Amy Elkins

Notes: This course explores the concept of beauty in its many forms, from feelings associated with beautiful places and people to the history of visual attraction and attention. Reading novels from the nineteenth century to the present, we will learn to see beauty from different perspectives and to ask how the visible world intersects with larger social issues. For example, can the beautiful be political? What happens to nature's beauty in an era of environmental crisis? And how are shifting gender norms redefining beauty in today's world? The novels we will study critique and analyze these issues even as they revel in the complexity of beauty across time, space, artistic forms, media, and cultures. Our readings will likely include, among others, Northanger Abbey (Austen), A Picture of Dorian Gray (Wilde), A Room with a View (Forster), Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (Joyce), The Hungry Tide (Ghosh), Lucy (Kincaid), and On Beauty (Smith). Students will write several analytical papers and create a book cover final project.

ENGL 150-01

Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 10:50 am-11:50 am
  • Room: MAIN 011
  • Instructor: Peter Bognanni

Notes: *First day attendance required* In this course we will dive right into the study of creative writing by reading and writing poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and personal essays. We will study how published authors craft their pieces, how they convey sensation and emotion, and how they artfully tell a story. Along the way, you’ll try your hand at each literary form we study. This is the basic template you can expect on a day-to-day basis. But, beyond this relatively simple pattern, what I hope will happen this semester is that you’ll lose yourself entirely to the daring act of creating literature. I hope you’ll disappear into what John Gardener calls the “vivid and continuous dream.” I hope you’ll use your growing knowledge of writing technique and literary history to say something fearless and artful about the world around you. And I hope you will see that what you write matters. Great creative writing aspires to more than just a pleasant diversion from life. At its best, it directly engages with life and even tries to change it. We look to stories, poems, and essays to give us an experience in language that we’ve never had before, to deepen our knowledge of the world, to allow us into the hearts and minds of others. I hope this semester will be a window into that experience for you.

ENGL 150-02

Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: MAIN 011
  • Instructor: Peter Bognanni

Notes: *First day attendance required* In this course we will dive right into the study of creative writing by reading and writing poetry, flash fiction, short stories, and personal essays. We will study how published authors craft their pieces, how they convey sensation and emotion, and how they artfully tell a story. Along the way, you’ll try your hand at each literary form we study. This is the basic template you can expect on a day-to-day basis. But, beyond this relatively simple pattern, what I hope will happen this semester is that you’ll lose yourself entirely to the daring act of creating literature. I hope you’ll disappear into what John Gardener calls the “vivid and continuous dream.” I hope you’ll use your growing knowledge of writing technique and literary history to say something fearless and artful about the world around you. And I hope you will see that what you write matters. Great creative writing aspires to more than just a pleasant diversion from life. At its best, it directly engages with life and even tries to change it. We look to stories, poems, and essays to give us an experience in language that we’ve never had before, to deepen our knowledge of the world, to allow us into the hearts and minds of others. I hope this semester will be a window into that experience for you.

ENGL 150-03

Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: OLRI 101
  • Instructor: Matthew Burgess

Notes: The focus of this course is on the development of skills for writing poetry and short fiction through a close study of the techniques involved in these forms, analysis of model literary works, and frequent writing exercises. This course must be completed at Macalester as a PREREQUISITE for the further study of creative writing at Macalester. (4 credits)

ENGL 150-04

Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: THEATR 204
  • Instructor: Marlon James

Notes: *First Year Course only* Prose. Poetry. Fiction. Nonfiction. Narrative. Linear. Categories. Boundaries. Limitations. What if you want to write a prose poem? A short story that rhymes? A memoir with footnotes? An event in reverse? A thought that stretches time, or a point of view that switches bodies in the same story? Paragraph? Line? Maybe you wish to write something that you have never seen before and are not sure exists? Maybe you want to confront a memory from childhood in the voice of YA, or maybe your fan fiction suddenly came to life. What does it mean to write without boundaries? At the end of this course you will know what it means to write like a storyteller and read like a writer. As such, Intro to Creative Writing will be as much about active reading as it will be about actual writing. To become a better rule breaker first you have to know the rules. You must learn how to objectively analyze and critique a wide range of texts in your genre. How did the author make that text work? Intro to Creative Writing will be for many an introduction to the writer inside you, a person that you might be meeting for the first time. It’s about the joys and challenges of expression and learning about your abilities and yourself. It’s an introduction to the art of writing in all shapes and forms, and the craft of critiquing your work and the work of your peers. Inside out, upside down, at the end of this course you will write like you were meant to.


ENGL 150-05

Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: NEILL 217
  • Instructor: Ping Wang

Notes: The focus of this course is on the development of skills for writing poetry and short fiction through a close study of the techniques involved in these forms, analysis of model literary works, and frequent writing exercises. This course must be completed at Macalester as a PREREQUISITE for the further study of creative writing at Macalester. (4 credits)

ENGL 150-06

Introduction to Creative Writing

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: MAIN 001
  • Instructor: Benjamin Voigt

Notes: What makes a story move, a poem sing, an essay say? How do writers get from blank pages to thinking, feeling readers? In this first foray in creative writing, we’ll begin to explore the huge range of things language can do, and try a few of them out ourselves. Together we’ll read like writers, write like readers, and work the muscles of our imaginations. Our concentrated study of a range of texts will introduce you to the mechanics of fiction, poetry and nonfiction—things like image, voice, character, plot and genre. Frequent writing exercises will help develop your technique, and prepare you to compose a handful of longer, more finished pieces. Discussing your classmates’ writing, you’ll also train to be good literary citizens, capable of giving valuable feedback. The course will consist, in other words, of serious play and playful work. Come prepared, and by the end, you’ll know much more about the practice of literature, your own process as a writer, and possibly yourself.

ENGL 200-01

Major Medieval and Renaissance British Writers

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: MAIN 001
  • Instructor: Penelope Geng

Notes: This survey offers both an introduction to medieval and early modern literature and an immersion in current scholarly conversations about the impact of literature on British politics, religion, manners, concepts of gender, and aesthetics. Hwæt is old, middle, and early modern English? How does lyric differ from epic and romance? What’s meter and scansion? When did drama acquire its characteristic structure? What happened to literary writing after the invention of the printing press? We’ll address these questions and many more. Rich in soil but poor in military defense, early England presented an attractive target for foreign invaders. By the tenth century, England had been conquered by the Romans (Julius Caesar: “I came, I saw, I conquered”), the Celts, the Angles, the Saxons, and the Danes. In 1066, William of Normandy emerged as the victor of the Battle of Hastings, inaugurating an era of Norman (French) rule in England. While violent and destructive, each invasion fertilized English culture with new ideas, practices, and languages. For example, the cosmopolitanism of medieval English culture is evident in Chaucer’s poems, which combined French, Italian, Latin, and Anglo-Saxon languages and poetic forms. During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, writers including Philip Sidney, Mary Sidney Herbert (Philip’s sister), Christopher Marlowe, Edmund Spenser, Shakespeare, John Donne, Aemilia Lanyer, Elizabeth Carey, Mary Wroth, and Milton boldly experimented with English poetry, drama, and prose, publishing their works in both manuscript and print. The ascension of King James in 1603 was a watershed moment in the unification of the British Isles. An idea of a British empire, one to rival the Spanish and French, began to take shape. Growing in economic and military power, Britain expanded its boundaries during the seventeenth century. Nationalism in turn inspired fresh debate about what it meant to write, think, act, and live as a “British” subject.


ENGL 208-01

Literary Publishing

  • Days: W
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: MAIN 001
  • Instructor: Anitra Budd

Notes: To the average person, the field of literary publishing can seem somewhat opaque. How does a novel go from scribbled notes to finished paperback? What goes into editing, printing, and marketing a poetry collection? This course will aim to shed light on this exciting field through a combination of readings, talks with local publishing professionals, in-class discussion, and hands-on work. The centerpiece of the course will involve working with a local writer to produce finished, bound copies of their work. In collaboration with each other and the author, students will edit the work, create publicity and marketing plans, design potential covers, and develop a sales and distribution strategy. We will also explore the history of literary and small press publishing, as well as recent technology trends in the field. This course will be helpful to students considering literary publishing as a profession, writers interested in someday having their own work published, and readers who are curious about what goes into the production of their favorite books.

ENGL 220-01

Eighteenth-Century British Literature

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: MAIN 002
  • Instructor: Taylor Schey

Notes: This course will introduce you to a wide variety of long eighteenth-century British literature, from the scabrous and scatological poetry of the second Earl of Rochester to the country house novels of Jane Austen. In the period between the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660 and the revolutionary turn of the nineteenth century, writers not only developed a number of new literary genres and reevaluated what counts as literature; they also registered tremendous social and economic changes and grappled with many issues that continue to preoccupy us today, including nationalism, finance capitalism, and the construction of gender identities. In this course we will explore how such issues are shaped in and through the literature of this historical period, paying particular attention to the relation between literary form and the discourses of satire, sensibility, Enlightenment, and liberty. Our readings will range widely across genres, from prose fiction and lyric poetry to philosophical prose, political treatises, and periodical essays, including texts by Jane Austen, Aphra Behn, Daniel Defoe, Olaudah Equiano, Eliza Haywood, David Hume, Samuel Johnson, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Alexander Pope, Samuel Richardson, the second Earl of Rochester, Jonathan Swift, and William Wycherley, among others. The course fulfills one of three required courses in pre-1900 literature for English majors.

ENGL 240-01

20th Century British Literature: The Politics of Place

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 02:20 pm-03:20 pm
  • Room: MAIN 011
  • Instructor: Amy Elkins

Notes: This semester, we will study the literature of Great Britain and Ireland from 1900 to the present. During this period, the British Isles underwent exciting and radical changes, from the fading of the empire to the emergence of new and contestatory perspectives on race, class, and gender. In this course, we will pay particular attention to how literary texts can illuminate relationships between place and the political. We will ask, for instance, how twentieth-century British and Irish texts suggest interactions between built environments (e.g. museums, estate houses, or operating rooms) and processes of social and political change (e.g. world wars, revolution, mass protest, or the rise of the welfare state). We will also ask, in a related manner, how texts illuminate natural spaces (e.g. bogs, rivers, or islands) as politicized, from providing sites of nostalgia and romance to offering metaphors for civilization and the primitive. In addition to writing several essays, students will collaborate on a PlaceMaking final project.

ENGL 277-01

Angels and Demons of the American Renaissance (1835-1880)

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 09:40 am-11:10 am
  • Room: CARN 06A
  • Instructor: James Dawes

Notes: As the United states lurched toward murderous civil war, a group of passionate, visionary, and bizarre artists set out to discover the soul of America. From 1850 to 1855, in one of the most astonishing creative convergences in literary history, the artists of what would come to be known as the American Renaissance wrote stories and poems that would enlighten, thrill, and terrify generations of readers. With aesthetic wonder and philosophical insight, they revealed both the angels and demons of human nature, inventing a uniquely American spiritual movement of unprecedented optimism at the same time that they damned it all to hell. Their works were spiritual and blasphemous, elegant and profane, beatific and pornographic, irreverently comic and heartwrenchingly sentimental. Everything that was written in America after this period would, in one way or another, have to come to terms with the brilliant and disturbing achievements of this small cluster of artists. In this course we will read texts by Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Frederick Douglass, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson. (4 credits)

ENGL 280-01

Crafts of Writing: Poetry

  • Days: M
  • Meeting Time: 07:00 pm-10:00 pm
  • Room: ARTCOM 102
  • Instructor: STAFF

Notes: This course will focus in a variety of ways on the development of skills for writing poetry, building on the work done in English 120. Depending on the instructor, it may approach the creative process through, for example, writing from models (traditional and contemporary), formal exercises (using both traditional and contemporary forms), or working with the poetry sequence (or other methodology selected by the instructor: see department postings for details). It will involve extensive readings and discussion of poetry in addition to regular poetry writing assignments. The course may be conducted to some extent in workshop format; the emphasis will be on continuing to develop writing skills.

Course may be taken twice for credit, so long as it is with a different instructor. (4 credits)

ENGL 281-01

Crafts of Writing: Fiction

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: ARTCOM 202
  • Instructor: Marlon James

Notes: This course will focus in a variety of ways on the development of skills for writing fiction, building on the work done in English 120. Depending on the instructor, it may approach the creative process through, for example, writing from models of the short story (both classic and contemporary), working with the technical components of fiction (e.g., plot, setting, structure, characterization), or developing linked stories or longer fictions (or other methodology selected by the instructor: see department postings for details). It will involve extensive readings and discussion of fiction in addition to regular fiction writing assignments. The course may be conducted to some extent in workshop format; the emphasis will be on continuing to develop writing skills. Course may be taken twice for credit, so long as it is with a different instructor. (4 credits)

ENGL 294-01

Demonology

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: MAIN 001
  • Instructor: Penelope Geng

Notes: The story goes like this. While performing Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus—a play featuring spell-casting, necromancy, and other devilish arts—the actors noticed that “there was one devil too many amongst them.” They stopped the play; the audience panicked. Whether a true story or not (the anecdote comes down to us through a seventeenth-century source), it captures one of the “certainties” of the period: that demons, devils, witches, and other things of darkness are a part of the here and now. In this course, we explore sixteenth- and seventeenth-centuries tales of the demonic. At the same time, we examine how authors used the public’s fascination with the supernatural to explore urgent issues of the day: laws governing service, controversies regarding freewill and election, customs informing rites of hospitality and charity. Hence, just as characters strive to see beyond appearances and outward show, so we shall investigate the religious, political, and legal debates out of which the texts arise. Central to our study are the major works of early modern English literature: Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus, Webster’s The White Devil, Spenser’s The Faerie Queene, Shakespeare’s Macbeth and The Tempest, and Milton’s Paradise Lost, and lesser known texts such asThe Witch of Edmonton, The Discovery of Witchcraft, and King James’s Demonology.

ENGL 294-02

Literary Adaptation: From Fiction to Film

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 01:10 pm-02:10 pm
  • Room: MAIN 011
  • Instructor: Peter Bognanni

Notes: *First day attendance required* The focus of this course will be on the process of adaptation. We will examine the way novels, short stories, graphic novels, and nonfiction books are transformed into films. Then we will try our hands at some adaption projects of our own. In reading and viewing fiction and film, we will engage in a comparative study of the mediums. Each art has its own ways of creating meaning and telling a story. Each has its own language. Yet, the gap between them is not an unbridgeable one. There are many similarities and comparable tropes and techniques. By studying the methods of this transformation we will come to better understand the process of adapting our own projects. Possible adaptations may include: Patricia Highsmith’s The Price of Salt to Todd Haynes’s Carol, The stories of Raymond Carver to Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman, and Susan Orlean’s The Orchid Thief to Charlie Kaufman’s Adaptation.

ENGL 294-03

Mystery Narratives

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 03:00 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: OLRI 170
  • Instructor: Matthew Burgess

Notes: In this literature and creative writing hybrid course, students will be expected to create original narrative works and write critical essays that engage with the mystery genre, which will be broadly defined to include Oedipus Rex,Chinatown, the Sherlock Holmes stories, Agatha Christie, Raymond Chandler, The Intuitionist, Megan Abbott's re-imagining of the Casey Anthony trial, episodes of The Wire and Veronica Mars, the podcast Serial, and the video game Her Story.

ENGL 294-04

Muslim Women Writers

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 12:00 pm-01:00 pm
  • Room: CARN 404
  • Instructor: Jenna Rice

Notes: *Cross-listed with INTL 294-02 and WGSS 294-05; counts for social science general distribution* Against the swirling backdrop of political discourses about women in the Islamic world, this course will engage with feminist and postcolonial debates through literary works by Muslim women writers. The course will begin with an exploration of key debates about women’s agency and freedom, the Islamic headscarf, and Qur’anic hermeneutics. With this in mind, we will turn to the fine details of literature and poetry by Muslim women. How do these authors constitute their worlds? How are gendered subjectivities constructed? And how do the gender politics of literary texts relate to the broader political and historical contexts from which they emerge? Themes will include an introduction to Muslim poetesses and Arabic poetic genres, the rise of the novel in the Arabic speaking world, and Muslim women’s literary production outside of the Middle East: from Senegal to South Asia, and beyond.

ENGL 331-01

Nineteenth-Century British Novel

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: OLRI 170
  • Instructor: Andrea Kaston Tange

Notes: Nineteenth-century Britain saw the explosion of the novel as a genre with many iterations--from gothic adventure to psychological realism, from sensational page-turner to consciousness-raising text. This advanced study of the the novel brings together issues as diverse as the rise of serial fiction, the ways empire served to underpin British culture, and the relationship between rural and urban life. Rather than being focused thematically, the course aims to explore the diversity of genres, audiences, and interests that made up the Victorian novel-reading public, considering such questions as: who was reading and how? What were the material conditions of reading and writing? For whom was reading considered important? Or dangerous? How were novels part of larger cultural conversations, such as debates about the New Woman? How did different sub-genres of the novel appeal to different populations of readers or raise different issues within cultural conversations? Novels on the reading list include: Northanger Abbey, Jane Eyre, The Mill on the Floss, Lady Audley's Secret, She, Tess of the d'Urbervilles, The Romance of a Shop, and some excerpts of Dickens's serialized fiction. We will also read other nineteenth-century documents that provide a sense of the frameworks in which these novels appeared, as well as select theoretical and scholarly materials.

ENGL 394-02

Dead White Men: Time & Truth in Era of Ideology & Biopower (Crit Thought from Descartes to Zizek)

  • Days: MWF
  • Meeting Time: 03:30 pm-04:30 pm
  • Room: NEILL 213
  • Instructor: Kiarina Kordela

Notes: *Cross-listed with GERM 337-01 and MCST 337-01*


ENGL 400-01

Special Topics in Literary Studies: The Novel and Human Rights

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: MAIN 003
  • Instructor: James Dawes

Notes: Suffering deforms and destroys language, turning articulated sound into inarticulate sobs and groans. But suffering also accelerates language, calling into being not only fervent acts of supplication and prayer but also the ornate literary and cultural lament. This course examines the relationship between literature and violations of human rights. How does literature represent the shock that results from witnessing bodies opened in torture and on the battlefield? How does it represent the trauma of peacetime structural violence and domestic injury? What kinds of suffering are more difficult to narrate and why? How can we use language to alleviate suffering or to decelerate group violence? We will consider the variety of ways authors and cultural theorists have attempted to speak the unspeakable, paying particular attention to the relationships among pain, belief, and the body. Authors of interest may include Edwidge Danticat, Junot Diaz, Nathan Englander, Julia Alvarez, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, John Edgar Wideman, and others.

ENGL 406-01

Projects in Creative Writing

  • Days: TR
  • Meeting Time: 01:20 pm-02:50 pm
  • Room: NEILL 217
  • Instructor: Ping Wang

Notes: