Offerings | English and Creative Writing
Division of Humanities
Philip White (chair),
Helen Emmitt, John Kinkade, Mark Lucas, Dan Manheim, Heather Morton, Mark Rasmussen, Milton Reigelman,
Daniel Smith, Lisa Williams; students: Jessica Clark, Joey McGill
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 first-year/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, 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;
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, FRS 176, 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.
ENG 205 Childrens and Adolescent Literature
An introductory 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, 2007-2008 Topics:
ENG 235 Ancient & Modern Comedy and Satire
A course in English. Readings in Greek and Roman comedy and satire (Aristophanes, Plautus, Terence, Horace, Juvenal); theories of humor and comedy (e.g., Aristotle, Freud); and a consideration of modern comedy and humor, including political and social satire from Washington to Dave Barry and the Simpsons. Readings in English; weekly movies. Also listed as CLA 323.
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
2007-2008 topics are listed below.
ENG 313 Chaucer
Selected works from Chaucer's early poetry, Troilus and Criseyde , and The Canterbury Tales , read in Middle English.
ENG 314 Paradise Los
An intensive study of Milton's Paradise Lost.
ENG 333 Spencer
A seminar study of the poetry of Edmund Spenser, concentrating on Books I and III of The Faerie Queene and on some of the shorter poems, with an emphasis both on the rich literary qualities of the poems and on their intricate connections to the culture of Elizabethan England. Prerequisite: Junior majors only.
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
2007-2008 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 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 368 Marriage and Maturity in the 19th-Century Novel
The bildungsroman (novel of development) and the domestic plot were the two dominant narrative forms in the nineteenth century. But how do the stories of growing up and getting married fit together? More specifically, how does a novel suggest genuine development in a life-story that ends at early adulthood? Or alternatively, how can a protagonist grow past the unfortunate marriage choice that signaled his early immaturity? This course takes up four justly famous nineteenth-century novels, Emma, David Copperfield, Great Expectations, and Portrait of a Lady , to explore the range of issues these plots raise for the protagonist: class identity, professional development, social discernment, and self-knowledge. Prerequisite: Preference to junior English majors.
ENG 370-99 Studies in
Study of topics, authors, and genres within the twentieth century.
Courses numbered 390-99 are limited-enrollment seminars. The 2007-2008 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 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 383 Modern American Poetry
A survey of American poetry of the early twentieth century, with greater attention given to three or four of the following poets: Frost, Stevens, Moore, Williams, Pound, Eliot, and Robinson.
ENG 386 Getting Back to Nature
A study of US literary works in which the primary concern is the relation between the natural world and the human mind. After addressing seminal 19th-century works by Emerson, Thoreau and others, we will spend the rest of the term on more recent essays, poetry, and fiction, including such authors as Frost, Dillard, Faulkner, Ehrlich, and Berry.
ENG 500 Senior Seminar
The senior seminar topics for 2007-2008 were Faulkner, Emily Dickinson, Henry James and Irish Poetry.
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.