Course Offerings | English

Division of Humanities

Maryanne Ward (chair), Lisa Broome, Mark Lucas, Daniel Manheim, Mark Rasmussen, Milton Reigelman, John Ward, Philip White, Roberta White, Lisa Williams; students: Brian Murphy, Neil Parrish



The purpose of the major program in English is to produce citizens of sympathetic imagination who are able to draw upon a store of literary knowledge and capable of independent critical thinking and writing.

The program offers courses in British and American literature and in creative writing. In addition to introductory courses at the freshman-sophomore level, the program's offerings in literature include courses on such authors as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Melville, Dickinson, Faulkner, and Woolf, and on such topics as Southern literature, poetry by women, Irish literature, early English novels, African-American literature, the Gothic, modern poetry, Shakespeare and film, and U.S. literature of the Great Depression. Creative writing courses include introductions to the writing of poetry and fiction, as well as more advanced classes. Except for junior and senior seminars, all English courses are open to all students without special permission.


Requirements for the Major

ENG 210, 220, 230;
ENG 301 or 302;
One course each selected from ENG 310-339. 340-369, 370-399 (One of these courses must be a seminar taken during the junior year and numbered 330-339, 360-369, or 390-399);
One additional 300-level ENG course;
ENG 500.


Requirements for the Minor

Three courses chosen from among ENG 210, 220, 230, and either 301 or 302;
Two 300-level ENG courses numbered 303 or higher.

Note: ENG 500 is open to senior English majors only; courses numberd 330-39, 360-69, and 390-99 are open to English majors as well as to English minors with permission of the instructor. All other ENG courses are open to non-majors without special permission.


English Courses

ENG 140 Fundamentals of Poetry Writing
A workshop class devoted to the writing of poetry and to relevant readings designed to guide and inspire the beginning writer.

ENG 205 Children’s Literature
An introduction to children’s literature for elementary school teachers stressing an examination of literary kinds and genres and the critical analysis and evaluation of both text and illustrations.

ENG 210, 220 British Literature-I, II
Survey of major works of British literature from the medieval period to the 20th century, with emphasis upon understanding and evaluating literary works in their historical and cultural backgrounds. Together with ENG 230, provides a general introduction to prosody, the vocabulary of literary analysis, and the varieties of literary criticism.

ENG 230 American Literature
Survey of major works of American literature from its beginnings to the 20th century, with emphasis upon understanding and evaluating literary works in their historical and cultural backgrounds. Together with ENG 210, 220, provides a general introduction to prosody, the vocabulary of literary analysis, and the varieties of literary criticism.

ENG 240 Intermediate Poetry Writing

ENG 250 Poetic Forms: History and Practice
Discussion of poetic forms including the sonnet, sestina, villanelle, prose poem, free verse, and syllabic poetry (among others), with creative assignments. Designed to benefit writers wishing to enrich their knowledge of the craft and their creative abilities, as well as students of literature interested in poetry's history and technical aspects.

ENG 280 Creative Writing: Fiction
Practice in the writing of short fiction, under the guidance of a visiting writer-in-residence. (Offered on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis only.)

ENG 301 Shakespeare-I
A study of the development of Shakespeare as dramatist, with emphasis on the histories and romantic comedies. (Also listed as DRA 331.)

ENG 302 Shakespeare-II
A study of the mature Shakespeare, with emphasis on the later tragedies and romances. (Also listed as DRA 332.)

ENG 305 History of Literary Criticism
Survey of literary criticism from Plato to the present, emphasizing both theory and practical application.

ENG 306 History of the English Language
A history of the English language, from its roots in Indo-European to the present day. Individual student projects focus on such topics as Black English, Kentucky English, slang, gender bias in language, and the history of dirty words.

ENG 310-339 Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature
Study of topics, authors, and genres within the medieval and Renaissance periods. Courses numbered 330-39 are limited-enrollment seminars. In 2001-2002, the following courses will be offered: ENG 310, Shakespeare and Film; ENG 311, Renaissance Women Writers; and ENG 330, Shakespeare and the Comedy of Love.

ENG 340-369 Studies in Eighteenth and Nineteenth-Century Literature
Study of topics, authors, and genres within the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Courses numbered 360-69 are limited-enrollment seminars. In 2001-2002, the following courses will be offered: ENG 340, Early English Novels; ENG 360, Victorian Literature: Age of Reform; ENG 361, Hawthorne and James.

ENG 370-99 Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature
Study of topics, authors, and genres within the twentieth century. Courses numbered 390-99 are limited-enrollment seminars. In 2001-2002, the following courses will be offered: ENG 370, Changes to the Female Form; ENG 371, Modern British Fiction; ENG 372 U.S. Literature of the Great Depression.

ENG 500 Senior Seminar
The senior seminar topics for 2001-2002 will be Virginia Woolf, Emily Dickinson, and William Faulkner.


Special Topics Offered 1998-2001

ENG 12 Journalism Practicum (one credit hour)
This course requires the practical involvement of the student in the production of the Cento. Ordinarily requires five substantive articles of 500 words (or the equivalent) written in clear journalistic prose as well as attendance at journalism workshops and lectures given by outside experts of the journalistic field. Graded on a pass/unsatisfactory basis only; only 3 hours of ENG 12 credit may be applied toward hours required for graduation.

ENG 25 African-American Literature
A critical analysis of the interaction between the lives, times, and works of some noteworthy African-American novelists – e.g., Frederick Douglass, Charles W. Chestnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Octavia Butler, and Toni Morrison.

ENG 25 The Gothic: Theory and Practice
A study of the conventions and development of the Gothic in 18th- and 19th-century prose and poetry. Authors include Walpole, Radcliffe, Coleridge, Keats, Byron, Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, and Stoker. Open to freshmen with permission of the instructor.

ENG 25 Lyric Poetry in the Renaissance
A study of the great efflorescence of lyric poetry in the 16th and early 17th centuries. A variety of poetic modes – love poems, songs, satires, sonnets, and elegies – are explored, with an emphasis on the ways some of the major poets such as Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, and Herbert adapted existing conceptions of verse and helped establish others that still affect the way we think of poetry today.

ENG 25 Modern American Short Fiction
A study of American short fiction of the 20th-century, with a focus on interlocking collections. Works by Gertrude Stein, Sherwood Anderson, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Flannery O’Connor, John Barth, and Gloria Naylor.

ENG 25 Southern Literary Renaissance
An exploration of the literature of the modern South. Works by William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, Katherine Anne Porter, Tennessee Williams, Flannery O’Connor, and others.

ENG 45 20th-Century American Poetry: Modern to Postmodern
A study of modern and postmodern American poetry, focusing on T. S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, Hart Crane, Elizabeth Bishop, John Ashbery, Michael Palmer, and Leslie Scalapino. Prerequisite: ENG 23 and 24.

ENG 45 American Humor
A seminar focusing on the comic novel in the United States, with readings drawn from such works as Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Ponder Heart, Catch-22, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and A Confederacy of Dunces. Prerequisite: ENG 23 and 24.

ENG 45 Irish Writers
A study of the works of W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, Seamus Heaney, and others in the context of their relationship with their politically torn, poverty-stricken, but culturally rich homeland.

ENG 45 Melville
A consideration of some of the works of Melville, including Typee, Bartleby, The Scrivener, and Moby Dick, with an emphasis on American cultural and intellectual history as well as the differences between these works and the pulp fiction of their time and our own.

ENG 45 A Room With a View
Study of 19th- and early 20th-century British literature written on the European continent, especially Switzerland and Italy. Careful attention is paid to the use of setting and point of view. Authors include Byron, Shelley, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, John Ruskin, and E. M. Forster.

ENG 45 Three Women Writers of Modern South
A seminar examination of fiction by Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, and Lee Smith. The Golden Apples, Wise Blood, Oral History, and other works are read.

ENG 45 Keats, Dickens, Browning, Yeats, and Joyce
A reading of selected critical work with emphasis on the author's work in the context of the ongoing tradition of British Literature.

ENG 50 Austen and Dickens
A discussion of the best works of these two novelists, while paying appropriate attention to recent biographies and contemporary criticism. Film versions of works by these novelists provide the class with another way of analyzing their work. The course treats the relationship between comic vision and cultural criticism in four novels: Emma, Persuasion, Great Expectations, and Bleak House.

ENG 50 The Comic Novel
Theories of comedy and the study of comic novels from the 19th and 20th centuries. Novelists include Austen, Thackeray, and Trollope.

ENG 50 Women, Sex, and Marriage in Chaucer
A seminar examining the representation of women, sex, and marriage in Chaucer's works, from The Book of the Duchess to The Canterbury Tales. Some study of contemporary sources to place Chaucer's poems in medieval context.

ENG 50 Faulkner
A seminar study of selected novels by Faulkner: The Sound and the Fury; Absolom, Absolom!; Go Down, Moses; the Hamlet; and others.

ENG 50 Emily Dickinson
A study of the life, letters, and poetry of Dickinson in the context of the religious and social culture of her time.

ENG 50 Virginia Woolf
A study of Woolf’s major novels, including Mrs. Dalloway and The Waves, in the context of Bloomsbury.