Courses in Literature in English

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ENGL 2000 Introduction to Literary Studies (4 sem. hours).

This course is a prerequisite to most courses in the English Department. It focuses on a variety of interpretive problems and on different kinds of texts, including films.

ENGL 2010 British and American Literary History I (4 sem. hours).

A history of British and American literature from the beginnings to 1800, with an emphasis on the meaning and development of literary history.

ENGL 2020 British and American Literary History II (4 sem. hours).

A history of British and American literature from 1800 to the present, with an emphasis on the meaning and development of literary history.

ENGL 2440–2450 Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature (4 sem. hours).

Courses in this category cross disciplinary boundaries and are cross-listed with another department. Possibilities include literature and history, literature and art, literature and philosophy, or literature and religion. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3000 Literary and Cultural Theory (4 sem. hours).

English 3000 introduces major trends in literary and cultural theory, demonstrating their utility for literary analysis, creative writing, and communication studies. The course is designed to deepen critical thinking skills and prepare students for advanced research and writing in the department’s three majors. Prerequisite: Junior standing. Offered annually.

ENGL 3100 Studies in Medieval Literature (4 sem. hours).

This course is designed to introduce students to a wide range of themes, genres, and texts written before 1500. The specific topics will vary in different years, but may include the romance, women’s spiritual autobiography, cycle plays, or religious writings. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. This course or ENGL 3300 is offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3110 Studies in Renaissance Literature (4 sem. hours).

This course will include the study of poets, playwrights, and prose writers of the Tudor, Stuart, and Commonwealth periods. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3120 Studies in Restoration and 18th-Century Literature (4 sem. hours).

This course will focus on a variety of themes and topics in literature from the English Restoration through the 18th century. The topics, which will vary from year to year, will include satire, the novel, drama, and Johnson and His Age. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3130 Studies in 19th-Century British Literature (4 sem. hours).

The specific content of this course will vary from year to year, with topics focusing on significant issues in Romantic and/ or Victorian literature. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3150 Studies in American Literature Before 1920 (4 sem. hours).

A study of the literary history of the United States, focusing upon the poetry, drama, and/or fiction of the Colonial and Federal period, on the American Renaissance, or on the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Course content will vary from semester to semester. The course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3170 Studies in 20th-Century Literature (4 sem. hours).

Students will read, discuss, and write about English-language literature of the 20th century. The specific content will vary from year to year, but possibilities include such topics as modernism as a literary movement, the modern novel, modern and contemporary poetry, and 20th century drama. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3180 Studies in Contemporary Literature (4 sem. hours).

Students will read, discuss, and write about contemporary English-language literature. The specific content will vary, but possibilities include works in such genres as fiction and non-fiction prose, poetry, drama, and film. The course may also emphasize such special topics as cultural or gender studies, literary history or theory, and may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3190 Postcolonial Literature (4 sem. hours).

Students will read, discuss, and write about English-language literature produced by writers from former British and American colonies or spheres of influence in Africa, the Caribbean, and South Asia.

ENGL 3200 Special Studies in Literary History (4 sem. hours).

This course will involve the study of the transformations, transitions, and continuities in literary history. Specific topics will vary, but possibilities include the transition from Neoclassical to Romantic literature, the move from the Victorian to the modern period, or the development of American autobiography. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3300 Chaucer (4 sem. hours).

This course will consider Chaucer’s major works, including “The Canterbury Tales” and “Troilus and Criseyde,” in the larger cultural context of the 14th century. Special attention may be given to Chaucer’s experimentation with a wide variety of poetic forms. This course or ENGL 3100 offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3310 Shakespeare and the Play of Genre (4 sem. hours).

This course will explore the poetic and dramatic career of William Shakespeare from the perspective of contemporary critical approaches, with particular attention to literary genre. Offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3320 Milton (4 sem. hours).

With a primary emphasis on “Paradise Lost,” this course will consider Milton’s works and his career. Offered in alternate years.

ENGL 3340 Special Studies in Shakespeare (4 sem. hours).

While considering a different set of plays from those offered in ENGL 3310, this course will explore areas of continuing relevance to literary studies. With Shakespearean drama providing our primary focus, the course may emphasize such special topics as gender studies, literary theory, history, or film. This course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Prerequisite: ENGL 3310. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3350 Authorial Studies (4 sem. hours).

This course will be devoted to the works of one or more authors, focusing on their texts in the context of their lives and cultures. Possible authors include Hawthorne, James, and Wharton; Joyce and Woolf; Faulkner and Welty; or Austen and Scott. The course may be repeated for credit with a different topic. Prerequisite: by petitioning the instructor.

ENGL 3450 Writing for New Media (4 sem. hours).

An investigation of the approaches, styles, and challenges of writing in a Web 2.0 environment. This course is the same as COMM 3450. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3500 Studies in Genre (4 sem. hours).

This course will be devoted to studying genres such as the novel, the lyric, the short story, and the drama. The particular genre will vary from year to year; students may repeat the course for credit when the topic is different.

ENGL 3540 Film Studies (1, 2, or 4 sem. hours).

This course will consider the cultural and artistic significance of film. The content of the course will vary, potentially emphasizing such issues as the relationship between film and another genre, films of a particular period or style, or the history of film.

ENGL 3760–3762 Special Projects in Writing (1, 2, or 4 sem. hours).

This course is designed for students who want to pursue an independent writing project beyond work done in one of the established courses. Students must obtain permission of the instructor to register for this option.

ENGL 3750 Special Topics in Literature and Culture (4 sem. hours).

The specific content will vary, but this course will consider the interplay of texts and their cultural or multicultural contexts. Offered occasionally.

ENGL 3800–3803 Directed Study in English (1, 2, 3, or 4 sem. hours).

If students wish to pursue a subject or problem beyond the standard curricular offerings, they must plan such a course with an instructor and obtain that instructor’s permission to register for this option.

ENGL 3852 Internships in English (2 sem. hours).

Under the guidance of an English Department faculty sponsor, students may elect to take up to two internships (each worth two semester hours), working in such areas as public relations, advertising, theatre, or journalism.

ENGL 4750–4753 Special Topics (1–4 sem. hours).

Offered occasionally.

ENGL 4850–4853 Internship (1–4 sem. hours).

Offered occasionally.

ENGL 4900 Senior Seminar (4 sem. hours).

English majors are required to take this course designed to help students consolidate and build on their studies.

ENGL HI–HII Honors Project 1 and 2 (1–4 sem. hours).