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Fall 2013 Courses


ENGL 2010: An Introduction to British and American Literary History.
Instructor: Dr. Eric Griffin.
MWF 11:00-11:50
This survey of early British and American has three main objectives: to provide an introduction to the study of British and American Literature in its historical and philological contexts; to build a foundation for future literary study; and to help you begin to look forward to your comprehensive exams. As we move down the centuries -- from the Anglo-Saxon period through the Enlightenment -- we will pay particular attention to the changing shapes of literary representation, observing how shifts in aesthetic fashion can alert us to attendant historical, social and cultural issues. While identifying and examining the major literary genres and modes, we will reflect critically on the idea of literary history itself, as well as on the attendant process of canon formation, asking how it is that one age might value certain kinds of texts above others, while another might not deem a text worthy of inclusion at all. At the same time, we will ask questions about the relationship between Britain and America in broader historical and/or cultural terms. The literary history we chart together will thus be an evolving one -- a story as much about changing literary and linguistic fashion as it is a survey of timeless "classics."

ENGL 3120-01: Sex Comedies in the Eighteenth Century.
Instructor: Dr. Laura Franey.
TTh 10-11:15 am
After the British monarchy was restored in 1660, King Charles II soon became known for his patronage of the theater and a vibrant theater culture developed. Especially popular with Restoration audiences were bawdy comedies that focused on flirtation, infidelity, erotic wordplay, and complex courtship plots. Yet these plays were not just about sex; they often contained strong political and social critiques as well as explorations of philosophical concepts under debate at that time. In this class, we will explore 7-8 comedies written and performed between 1660 and 1770, including William Wycherley's The Country Wife, Aphra Behn's The Rover, William Congreve's The Way of the World, John Gay's The Beggar's Opera, and Oliver Goldsmith's She Stoops to Conquer.

This class satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for English majors.

ENGL 3310 Shakespeare and the Play of Genre. 
Instructor: Dr. Eric Griffin.
MW 2:45-4:00 pm
This course will explore the dramatic career of William Shakespeare from the perspective of contemporary critical approaches, with particular attention to literary genre. Prerequisite: ENGL 1000 is recommended.

ENGL 3350: Faulkner, Film, and Social Justice.
Instructor: Dr. Anne MacMaster.
TTh 1:00-2:40 pm
By exploring Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha, the fictional county that flows from story to story and novel to novel in his works, we'll also explore the culture in which he produced this fiction, Mississippi before the era of Civil Rights. We'll trace the evolution of Faulkner's vision of social justice over the course of his career, considering how Faulkner's allegiances to groups in Mississippi change as he watches the state move (and takes his fictional characters) through the nineteen-twenties, the thirties and forties and into the fifties. We'll compare the conservative stance Faulkner takes on integration in his Nobel Prize Address to the courageous stance on race that he takes in some of his best fiction. We'll read several of Faulkner's short stories and at least two of his full-length novels, with an eye to understanding Faulkner's creative process of building architectonic novels out of smaller units of fiction. While considering this question, we'll explore Faulkner's relation to Hollywood, viewing at least two of the films that he wrote screenplays for -- The Big Sleep and To Have and Have Not -- as well as at least two of the film adaptations of his novels, Intruder in the Dust (1948) and As I Lay Dying (to be released in June 2013).

ENGL 3750.01: 20th Century Latin American Poetry and Prose in Translation.
Instructor: Dr. Richard Boada.
MW 1-2:40 pm
This course presents a panorama of contemporary Latin American poetry and prose in English translation, beginning with the major changes that occurred during the 20th century. While introducing students to a variety of poems and theories about poetics, ranging from those of Jose Marti through the more recent work of Roberto Bolaño, the course allows a link with the most well known authors of the region through significant texts that tell us the principal characteristics of their respective styles. In addition, students will respond to poetry and prose in English and Spanish from the dual perspective of the poet-critic. Creative work will be assigned in the form of poems and revisions; analytic writing will be assigned in the form of informal response papers and formal research papers. Finally, the students will read texts that pertain to the latest generations of Latin American writers with the goal of establishing a possible evolution of the literature in the present.

ENGL 4900 01: Senior Seminar.
Instructor: Dr. Laura Franey.
T 6:30-9:30 pm

This course, required for all seniors graduating with a major in Literature in English, will build upon your previous studies. We will examine mostly non-canonical texts and we will explore the roles and relevance of literature and literary criticism in today's world. Assignments will be varied, but there will certainly be one lengthy research paper that will, I hope, prompt you to do the best work of your career thus far.