Course Offerings - Catalog 2012-13


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English, Creative Writing, and Film Studies

Division of Humanities


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 English and minors in creative writing and film studies.

The program offers courses in British and American literature, creative writing, and film. 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.

Faculty

Mark Lucas(chair), Helen Emmitt, John Kinkade, Dan Manheim, Christian Moody, Stacey Peebles, George Phillips, Mark Rasmussen, Milton Reigelman, Philip White, Lisa Williams (Director of Creative Writing)


Students

Audrey Jenkins, Garrett Powers

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;
One addtional course, either an ENG course numbered 200 or higher or an FLM course (film studies);
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 FYS 121, FYS 140, DRA 330, CRW 140, 150, 160, 240, 245, 250, 280, 300, or other creative writing courses approved by the English program. CRW 240 and 280 may be repeated for credit toward the minor;
Two literature courses in English

Requirements for the Film Studies Minor

FLM 205 and 305;
Three courses numbered 200 or higher chosen from a list of offerings in Film Studies and courses approved by the program committee

2009-2012 courses approved to satisfy film studies minor requirements: CLA 333, DRA 360, ENG 270, 271, 272, 275, GER 325, HUM 282, HUM 285, PSY 255, and SPA 456.


English Courses

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 170 Topics in Writing
A course in college-level writing that emphasizes building effective arguments, integrating sources effectively, and writing English prose with clarity and control.  Students will practice writing in various modes and genres, with special attention to the conventions of academic and scholarly writing. 

ENG 205 Children’s 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 215 History of the English Language
A study of the history of the English language, from its most distant origins in Indo-European to the present. Emphasis both on changes to vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation over time and on how the language mirrors historical and cultural change. Each student completes an independent research project.  Typical topics might include study of a regional dialect of American English (Appalachian and Kentucky dialects, Tidewater dialects, California English, Gullah, etc.), the English Only controversy, the history and structure of African American Vernacular English, the history of efforts to eliminate gender bias from the language, the history of English dictionaries, the use of English dialects by particular literary authors (Twain, Faulkner, Joyce, Zora Neale Hurston), language and the internet, the future of English as a world language, and the history of English obscenities. No prerequisites.

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 Translation

ENG 235  Third World Women Writers
A study of a variety of writings (poetry, prose, drama, non-fiction) by third-world women writers from India, Latin America, Africa, and China. After a brief survey of the traditions in or against which third-world women authors write, the course explores some of the cultural issues addressed by them. We will also utilize feminist theory to analyze the relationship between gender and cultural history. As time permits we will look at several films produced by third-world women. Readings in English; no prerequisites.

ENG 235 Comedy and Satire in Antiquity and Today
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.

ENG 235 Monsters in Word and Image
Students explore monsters and the broad cultural issues raised by their inclusion in literary, visual, and performance arts, tracing some perennial types (e.g., the biformed human, the ogre, the werewolf) from antiquity to the present as they appear in such genres as epic and lyric poetry, fiction, drama, opera, film, painting and sculpture. No prerequisites.

ENG 270 Introduction to Film
This course traces some of the major movements in film history with an emphasis on film’s response to—and anticipation of—societal issues and concerns. Topics include a basic vocabulary for film study, the relationship of art and life, notions of authority and resistance, the attractions of genre, and the place of film in the digital era.

ENG 275 American Film Genres
Genre has been described as the story you already know, one that’s familiar enough to be satisfying while including just enough variables to keep you guessing (and buying tickets). This course examines a number of major American film genres, including early films that defined the genre in question as well as more recent films that reiterate or challenge that genre’s fundamental characteristics. No prerequisites.

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 2011-12 topics are listed below.

ENG 313 Chaucer
Selected works from Chaucer's early poetry, Troilus and Criseyde, and The Caturbury Tales, read in Middle English.

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

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 2010-11 topics are listed below.

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 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. Offered in London.

ENG 369 Crime In Literature
An examination of how writers imagine crime in literature from the 18th century to the 21st century. In the early 18th century, criminals often had a celebrity status, and novels celebrated the exploits of highwaymen and petty thieves. However, as police forces and detectives came into being in the 19th century, writers often gave hero status to the new crime-fighting professionals. In the 20th century, writers frequently returned to criminals as their primary subjects, but they rarely celebrated them as heroes, instead focusing on the idea of crime as symptom of a sick culture. This course emphasizes the literary achievement of the works as well as their ties to the cultures from which they emerge.

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 2010-11 topics are listed below.

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.

ENG 376 Contemporary British Literature
A study of novels, short fiction, poetry and drama by British and Commonwealth writers since World War II.

ENG 387 U.S. Fiction in the 21st Century
An investigation of particularities, preoccupations, and trends in contemporary American fiction. Focusing on literature from the 1990's to the present, the course looks at the effects of contemporary society, scientific advancement, world events, and literary traditions on the fiction being written and published today. Sampling from a variety of recent works, the class will begin to identify and examine some fundamental features of our current moment.

ENG 393 Modern British Literature
A study of selected British novelists, playwrights, and poets such as Conrad, Joyce, Forster, Woolf, Shaw, Eliot, and Auden in the context of modern cultural history.

ENG 500 Senior Seminar
The senior seminar topics for 2011-2012 were Dickinson and Faulkner.

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 150 Fundamentals of Fiction Writing
A workshop class devoted to the writing of short stories and to relevant readings designed to guide and inspire the beginning fiction 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 245 Intermediate Fiction Writing
This course builds upon the fundamentals of fiction writing. Students advance their understanding of writing fiction through the composition of their own short stories, through minor project work in an alternative genre and through the examination of a range of established writers' approaches to the form, structure, and function of the short story. Prerequisite: ENG 150 or permission of the instructor.

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.

CRW 300 Advanced Creative Writing Across Genres (poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction)
For the committed writer of poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction who wants to engage in serious discussion of their work and that of their peers and of relevant readings. Students work on a longer manuscript in a primary genre, and one shorter piece in a secondary genre. Students select (most of) the texts for the class. We will also look at contemporary journals and webzines that publish these genres, as well as seminal essays about them. The class is run as a seminar-type discussion and intensive workshop class. Active and regular participation in discussion is required. Prerequisite: At least two courses in creative writing or permission of the instructor.

Film Studies Courses

FLM 205 Introduction to Film
This course traces some of the major movements in film history with an emphasis on film’s response to—and anticipation of—societal issues and concerns. Topics include a basic vocabulary for film study, the relationship of art and life, notions of authority and resistance, the attractions of genre, and the place of film in the digital era. (Previously offered as ENG 270)

FLM 305 Film Theory
Film Theory introduces students to the major developments in film criticism and theory beyond the basics of film technique and history covered in Introduction to Film. Approaches to film that we will address (through readings and accompanying film screenings) will include ideas about spectacle and surveillance, audience reception, auteur theory, gender and psychoanalytic theory, and postcolonialism. Prerequisite: FLM 205.