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: Jessica Clark, 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. CRW 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 and Adolescent Literature
An introduct
ory course to the field of juvenile literature intended for prospective teachers stressing the various genres of children's and adolescent literature, critical analysis of both selected texts and illustrations, and the teaching of juvenile literature in the K-12 classroom.

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
6-2007 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 Lyric and Elegiac Poetry
Readings in Greek and Roman short verse form (Archilochos, Sappho, Alkaios, Catullus, Horace, Martial, etc.); an examination of the subject matter of short poems (lamentation, longing, passion, and dead parrot) as well as some occasions for song (lullabies, harvest, drinking, weddings); a look at parallels in 20th-century American song and verse. Readings all in English. (Also listed as CLA 322.)

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 2006-2007 topic
is listed below.

ENG 315 The Romance of Arthur
A study of the literature surrounding the figure of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table, from its origins in the early Middle Ages to the present. Readings drawn from such works as the Arthurian romances of Chretien de Troyes, the Middle English verse romance Gawain and the Green Knight , Malory's Morte Darthur , Tennyson's Idylls of the King, Twain's A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court , and Marion Zimmer Bradley's The Mists of Avalon . We will also consider offshoots of Arthurian legend in the visual arts, opera, and such films as Excalibur, The Fisher King, and Monty Python and the Holy Grail .

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 2006-2007 topics are listed below.


ENG 347 18th-Century Literature
A study of Neoclassical poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction prose, including works by Swift, Pope, Fielding, Sheridan, Johnson, and Austen.

ENG 351 Victorian Love
An exploration of love both as a theme of poetry, fiction and drama, and, more fundamentally, as a way of structuring the literary text. We will be asking, what kind of social, moral, and philosophical questions were articulated through love-plots? How do different genres variously articulate the problem of achieving intimacy? How were gender roles constructed through the transaction of marriage? The Victorian sonnet sequence will be the heart of the course, which will also include readings by Robert Browning, Matthew Arnold, Alfred Tennyson, Charles Dickens, George Meredith, Coventry Patmore, George Eliot, Oscar Wilde, and Thomas Hardy.

ENG 365 Stearne and Melville
A study of Melville's Moby Dick,   Typee , and works of shorter fiction, and poetry. Laurence Sterne's 18th-century, post-modernist novel  Tristam Shandy is used for comparative purposes. Emphasis is on intellectual history and literary theory.

ENG 366 Charles Dickens
A survey of Dickens' oeuvre through four novels spanning his career. Prerequisite: Junior majors.

ENG 367 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. (Conducted in London.)

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 2006-2007 topics are listed below.


ENG 372 Literature of the Great Depression

This course addresses a variety of literary responses to the suddenly altered social reality brought on by economic collapse: How does social change affect literary subject matter and literary form? What happens to literary work when authors feel suddenly that political impact is of paramount importance? What happens to literary values? What authors or subjects rise? What forms fall out of favor? And perhaps most important, can literature be a form of social action?

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 379 Literary New Orleans
A study of the literary heritage of New Orleans , with a focus on fiction, poetry, and sketches inspired by this "least American of all American cities." Readings from Whitman, Twain, Cable, Chopin, Faulkner, Hurston, Bontemps , Tennessee Williams, Hellman, Capote, Percy, Toole, and others. The course includes an eight-day trip to New Orleans.

ENG 384 Readings in World Poetry
Readings in modern poetry from around the world including Paul Celan, Carlos Drummond de Andrade, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Czeslaw Milosz, Christopher Okigbo, Philip Larkin, Anne Carson, Carol Ann Duffy, Philip Levine, Les Murray, and others.

ENG 385 Ulysses
A close reading of what is widely considered the greatest novel of the 20 th century, James Joyce's Ulysses.

ENG 391 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 500 Senior Seminar
The senior seminar topics for 200
6-2007 were Spenser, Faulkner and Irish Writers.


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 160 Fundamentals of Creative Non-Fiction
A workshop class. Students study and try their hand at a variety of non-fiction genres including memoir, the review, the essay, travel and food writing, humor writing, the editorial, nature writing, and others. We will read writers from different periods including (among others) David Sedaris, Michel de Montaigne, Sir Thomas Browne, Virginia Woolf, Oliver Sacks, Stephen Jay Gould, W.G. Sebald, Annie Dillard, Joan Didion, Edward Abbey, Edward Hoagland, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Jo Ann Beard, as well as selections from the most recent Best American Essays anthology.

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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