Course Offerings | English and Creative Writing

Division of Humanities

Dan Manheim (chair), Helen Emmitt, John Kinkade, Mark Lucas, Heather Morton, Mark Rasmussen, Milton Reigelman, Philip White, Lisa Williams; students: Kevin Duke, Jason McCartin



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 a major and minor in Engish and a minor in creative 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 English 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 English Minor

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

Requirements for the Creative Writing Minor

Four creative writing courses, chosen from among FRS 121, DRA 330, CRW 140, 240, 250, 280, or other creative writing courses approved by the English program. ENG 240 and 280 may be repeated for credit toward the minor;
One literature course in English.


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 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 235 Topics in Literature in Transalation, 200
5-2006 Topics:

ENG 235 Introduction to Classical Mythology
The "biographies" of the major divinities of Greek mythology are studied in depth, using various ancient texts in translation and secondary materials from such related fields as anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and psychology. Near Eastern and Roman mythologies are compared with the Greek. A course in translation. Also listed as CLA 330.

ENG 235 French Masterworks in Translation
A study of French essays, poetry, novels and plays in English translation, by such authors as Rabelais, Montaigne, Moliere, Balzac, Flaubert, Proust and Camus. Conducted in Strasbourg.

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 Literary Criticism: Theory and Practice
What is literature? What is literature good for? What makes a work of literature good? What does it mean to "interpret" a literary work? What makes a particular interpretation good? These are some of the great questions addressed by literary theory, from Plato to the present. In this course we will read and discuss some classic responses to these questions, and we will consider as well such recent critical approaches as the New Criticism, reader response theory, Marxist criticism, feminist criticism, psychoanalytic criticism, structuralism, deconstruction, new historicism, and cultural studies. The course has two aims: first, to help us become more aware of what we do, and why we do it, when we study literature; and, second, to help us write better literary criticism ourselves, as we apply a range of methods to the works we study.

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. The 200
5-2006 topics are listed below.

ENG 314 Paradise Lost
An intensive study of Milton 's Paradise Lost.

ENG 316 Renaissance Poetry
This class studies the great efflorescence of lyric poetry in the 16th and early 17th centuries, including poems from a variety of lyric modes--song, love poem, elegy, contemplative poem--as well as key ways poets of the period engaged and transformed the themes, genres, and styles they inherited from the classical tradition and from earlier English and Italian poets.

ENG 332 Discovering the Middle Ages
A study of medieval literature, history and culture incorporating individual and class visits to medieval sites. Conducted in Strasbourg.

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. The 200
5-2006 topics are listed below.


ENG 346 Henry James: Fiction, Film, Biography
A study of the three phases of James' fiction, of the extraordinary James family, and of the classic and contemporary films based on his novels. Emphasis is on James' interest in crossing cultures.

ENG 350 Romanticism
An examination of the aesthetic and thematic developments of poetry and prose in the Romantic period, with emphasis on Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.

ENG 364 Reaching Toward Concord
An examination of Concord , Massachusetts , as a center of literary creativity in the mid-nineteenth century. In addition to authors who actually reached Concord at one time or another, students consider those who gravitated toward it in one way or another. Authors considered could include Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, Hawthorne, Whitman, Dickinson, Melville, with a few twentieth-century echoes. The course includes readings about pertinent historical events and cultural experiments such as Fruitlands and Brook Farm. Prerequisite: Junior English majors only.

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. The 200
5-2006 topics are listed below.

ENG 373 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 375 Flannery O'Connor
A study of the life and work of the 20th-century American short story writer Flannery O'Connor. Readings include Wise Blood, selected letters, and all of O'Connor's short stories. There will be a four-day trip to O'Connor sites in Milledgeville and Savannah , Georgia , in the third week of the course.

ENG 382 Contemporary American Poetry
A seminar study of contemporary American poets, including Anne Carson, Charles Wright, Mark Strand, Jorie Graham, Brigit Pegeen Kelly, Li-Young Lee, and Linda Gregg. While reviewing the contemporary poetry scene, we will look at John Ashbery, Jay Wright, Heather McHugh, Susan Wheeler, as well as others selected by students from contemporary journals and anthologies.

ENG 393 Modern British Fiction
A study of selected British novelists such as Conrad, Woolf, Forster, and Murdoch with emphasis on the art of fiction and the British social context. Junior English majors only.

ENG 394 American Women Poets
An exploration of select 19th century and 20th century women poets. Questions considered: How do we see women's narrative voice and uses of poetic form changing? To what degree might language, self-presentation, and even the form of the poem have particular meaning, or pose particular challenges, for women poets? We will be looking at a wide range of poets, but some of the poets we will discuss are Emily Dickinson, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Gwendolyn Brooks, and May Swenson. Prerequisite: For junior English majors.

ENG 500 Senior Seminar
The senior seminar topics for 200
5-2006 were Jane Austen, William Faulkner and Emily Dickinson.


Creative Writing Courses

CRW 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.

CRW 240 Intermediate Poetry Writing
A workshop class. Students write approximately a poem a week to be workshopped by class members and then revised. Reading and discussion of several new volumes of poetry by contemporary poets. Prerequisite: ENG 140 or FRS 121 or ENG 250 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for additional credit.

CRW 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.

CRW 280 Creative Writing: Fiction or Poetry
Practice in the writing of short fiction or poetry, under the guidance of a visiting writer-in-residence. Offered on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis only. May be repeated for additional credit.




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