English

General Information

In Carleton’s English department, we are passionate about the study of literature and the teaching of writing. We offer a major in English as well as a minor in creative writing. The diverse backgrounds and specialties of English department faculty are reflected in the variety of our literature courses and creative writing workshops. Our courses examine a range of genres, historical eras, literary and cultural traditions, and critical approaches. 

The skills in reading, interpretation, writing, creativity, and communication taught in the English department are essential to all fields of study, whether artistic, humanistic, or scientific. These skills also transfer readily to a broad range of careers.

Requirements for the English Major

Seventy-two credits in English, including the following:

1. Foundations: One designated 100-level course that develops skills of literary analysis and introduces the concept of genre 

  • ENGL 100 Drama, Film, and Society
  • ENGL 100 Literature and Science
  • ENGL 100 Imagining a Self
  • ENGL 100 Writing About America and Globalization
  • ENGL 100 Visions of the Waste Land
  • ENGL 100 Autobiography
  • ENGL 100 How We Read: The History and Science of Reading
  • ENGL 112 Introduction to the Novel
  • ENGL 114 Introduction to Medieval Literature
  • ENGL 115 The Art of Storytelling
  • ENGL 117 African American Literature
  • ENGL 118 Introduction to Poetry
  • ENGL 119 Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature
  • ENGL 125 Norse and Celtic Mythology (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 129 Introduction to British Comedy
  • ENGL 131 Reading Fiction (not offered in 2018-19)
  • ENGL 144 Shakespeare I
  • ENGL 187 Murder
  • ENGL 194 The "Great War" and the Literary Imagination (not offered in 2018-19)
  • LTAM 100 The Politics of Memory in Latin American Literature

2. Historical Eras: 36 credits in literature courses numbered 200-395 (excluding 220 and 295) which must include:

  • Group I: 12 credits in literature before 1660
    • ENGL 126 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 202 The Bible as Literature (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 203 The Age of Beowulf (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 204 History of the English Language (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 205 The Medieval Outlaw (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 206 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 207 Princes. Poets. Power
    • ENGL 208 The Faerie Queene
    • ENGL 209 The Merchant of Venice: A Project Course (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 210 From Chaucer to Milton: Early English Literature
    • ENGL 213 Christopher Marlowe (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 214 Revenge Tragedy (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 216 Milton
    • ENGL 228 Encountering the Other: The Crusades (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 244 Shakespeare I
    • ENGL 302 The Medieval Outlaw (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 310 Shakespeare II
  • Group II: 12 credits in literature between 1660 and 1900
    • AMST 230 The American Sublime: Landscape, Character & National Destiny in Nineteenth Century America (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 212 Nineteenth-Century American Literature
    • ENGL 217 A Novel Education
    • ENGL 218 The Gothic Spirit
    • ENGL 221 "Moby-Dick" & Its Contexts
    • ENGL 222 The Art of Jane Austen
    • ENGL 223 American Transcendentalism (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 225 'Public Offenders': Pre-Raphaelites and Bloomsbury Group (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 239 Democracy: Politics, Race, & Sex in Nineteenth Century American Novels
    • ENGL 319 The Rise of the Novel
    • ENGL 323 English Romantic Poetry
    • ENGL 327 Victorian Novel (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 328 Victorian Poetry (not offered in 2018-19)
  • Group III: 12 credits in literature after 1900 
    • ENGL 215 Modern American Literature
    • ENGL 226 Modernism
    • ENGL 227 Imagining the Borderlands
    • ENGL 234 Literature of the American South (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 235 Asian American Literature (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 236 American Nature Writing (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 238 African Literature in English (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 247 The American West
    • ENGL 248 Visions of California (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 249 Irish Literature
    • ENGL 250 Modern Indian Fiction (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 251 Contemporary Indian Fiction
    • ENGL 252 Caribbean Fiction
    • ENGL 256 Ireland Program: Performing Ireland (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 258 Contemporary American Playwrights of Color
    • ENGL 264 American Lyric: Poetry, Pop and Rap (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 274 Ireland Program: Irish Literature in Ireland (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 281 London Program: Reading London, Writing London
    • ENGL 288 California Program: The Literature of California
    • ENGL 329 The City in American Literature
    • ENGL 332 Studies in American Literature: Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 333 Margaret Atwood
    • ENGL 334 Postmodern American Fiction (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 350 The Postcolonial Novel: Forms and Contexts (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 351 Zadie Smith (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 352 Toni Morrison: Novelist
    • ENGL 362 Narrative Theory
    • ENGL 395 Yeats and Heaney
    • THEA 242 Modern American Drama

3. English 295: Critical Methods

4. English 395: Advanced Seminar

5. English 400: Senior Integrative Exercise (A senior may choose one of the following):

  • Colloquium Option: A group option in which participants discuss, analyze and write about a thematically coherent list of literary works.
  • Research Essay Option: An extended essay on a topic of the student's own devising. Open only to students who have completed their Advanced Seminar by the end of fall term senior year.
  • Creative Writing Option: Creation of a work of literary art. Open only to students who have completed at least two creative writing courses (one of which must be at the 300 level) by the end of fall term senior year.
  • Project Option: Creation of an individual or group multidisciplinary project.

Of the 72 credits required to complete the major:

1. at least 6 credits must be taken in each of the following traditions:

  • T1: Literature of Ireland and Britain
    • ENGL 112 Introduction to the Novel
    • ENGL 114 Introduction to Medieval Literature
    • ENGL 126 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 129 Introduction to British Comedy
    • ENGL 135 Imperial Adventures
    • ENGL 144 Shakespeare I
    • ENGL 202 The Bible as Literature (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 203 The Age of Beowulf (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 204 History of the English Language (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 205 The Medieval Outlaw (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 206 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 207 Princes. Poets. Power
    • ENGL 208 The Faerie Queene
    • ENGL 209 The Merchant of Venice: A Project Course (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 210 From Chaucer to Milton: Early English Literature
    • ENGL 213 Christopher Marlowe (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 214 Revenge Tragedy (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 216 Milton
    • ENGL 217 A Novel Education
    • ENGL 218 The Gothic Spirit
    • ENGL 222 The Art of Jane Austen
    • ENGL 225 'Public Offenders': Pre-Raphaelites and Bloomsbury Group (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 228 Encountering the Other: The Crusades (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 244 Shakespeare I
    • ENGL 249 Irish Literature
    • ENGL 256 Ireland Program: Performing Ireland (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 274 Ireland Program: Irish Literature in Ireland (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 282 London Program: London Theater
    • ENGL 302 The Medieval Outlaw (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 310 Shakespeare II
    • ENGL 319 The Rise of the Novel
    • ENGL 323 English Romantic Poetry
    • ENGL 327 Victorian Novel (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 328 Victorian Poetry (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 351 Zadie Smith (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 395 Yeats and Heaney
    • EUST 232 Cambridge Program: The Great War in Poetry, History and Memory
  • T2: Literature of North America
    • AMST 230 The American Sublime: Landscape, Character & National Destiny in Nineteenth Century America (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 117 African American Literature
    • ENGL 212 Nineteenth-Century American Literature
    • ENGL 215 Modern American Literature
    • ENGL 221 "Moby-Dick" & Its Contexts
    • ENGL 223 American Transcendentalism (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 226 Modernism
    • ENGL 227 Imagining the Borderlands
    • ENGL 234 Literature of the American South (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 235 Asian American Literature (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 236 American Nature Writing (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 239 Democracy: Politics, Race, & Sex in Nineteenth Century American Novels
    • ENGL 247 The American West
    • ENGL 248 Visions of California (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 258 Contemporary American Playwrights of Color
    • ENGL 264 American Lyric: Poetry, Pop and Rap (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 288 California Program: The Literature of California
    • ENGL 329 The City in American Literature
    • ENGL 332 Studies in American Literature: Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 333 Margaret Atwood
    • ENGL 352 Toni Morrison: Novelist
  • T3: Global Anglophone Literatures
    • ENGL 238 African Literature in English (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 250 Modern Indian Fiction (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 251 Contemporary Indian Fiction
    • ENGL 252 Caribbean Fiction
    • ENGL 281 London Program: Reading London, Writing London
    • ENGL 350 The Postcolonial Novel: Forms and Contexts (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 395 The Twenty-First Century Novel
    • FREN 239 Banned Books (not offered in 2018-19)

2. at least 24 credits must be in courses numbered 300-395

3. up to 6 credits may be in literature other than English in the original or translation 

  • ARBC 185 The Creation of Classical Arabic Literature (not offered in 2018-19)
  • CHIN 245 Chinese Vision of the Past in Translation (not offered in 2018-19)
  • CHIN 251 Heroes, Heroines, Exceptional Lives in Chinese Biographical Histories
  • CHIN 355 Contemporary Chinese Short Stories (not offered in 2018-19)
  • CLAS 111 Classical Mythology (not offered in 2018-19)
  • CLAS 112 The Epic in Classical Antiquity (not offered in 2018-19)
  • CLAS 116 Ancient Drama: Truth in Performance (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 233 French Cinema and Culture
  • FREN 237 Page and Stage: The Performance of Culture (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 238 French Classics Reimagined (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 239 Banned Books (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 241 The Lyric and Other Seductions (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 242 Journeys of Self-Discovery
  • FREN 244 Contemporary France and Humor (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 245 Francophone Literature of Africa and the Caribbean
  • FREN 247 The Seven Deadly Sins (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 259 Paris Program: Hybrid Paris
  • FREN 340 Arts of Brevity: Short Fiction (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 341 Madame Bovary and Her Avatars (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 351 Love, War and Monsters in Renaissance France (not offered in 2018-19)
  • FREN 354 The World Beyond
  • FREN 356 Women of Ill Repute: Prostitution in Nineteenth-Century France (not offered in 2018-19)
  • GERM 247 Indo-European Folktales (not offered in 2018-19)
  • GERM 360 Song That Sleeps in Everything (not offered in 2018-19)
  • GRK 204 Intermediate Greek Prose and Poetry
  • GRK 304 Greek Tragedy for Advanced Students (not offered in 2018-19)
  • GRK 305 Homer (not offered in 2018-19)
  • LATN 204 Intermediate Latin Prose and Poetry
  • RELG 161 Making Meaning of the Hebrew Bible (not offered in 2018-19)
  • RELG 162 Jesus, the Bible, and Christian Beginnings
  • RUSS 244 The Rise of the Russian Novel
  • RUSS 266 Dostoevsky (not offered in 2018-19)
  • RUSS 267 War and Peace (not offered in 2018-19)
  • RUSS 351 Chekhov
  • SPAN 220 Magical Realism in Latin American Narrative (not offered in 2018-19)
  • SPAN 224 Latin American Authors Write the U.S. (not offered in 2018-19)
  • SPAN 242 Introduction to Latin American Literature
  • SPAN 260 Forces of Nature (not offered in 2018-19)
  • SPAN 262 Myth and History in Central American Literature (not offered in 2018-19)
  • SPAN 323 The Other American Revolutions (not offered in 2018-19)
  • SPAN 330 The Invention of the Modern Novel: Cervantes' Don Quijote (not offered in 2018-19)
  • SPAN 344 Women Writers in Latin America: Body and Text (not offered in 2018-19)
  • SPAN 366 Jorge Luis Borges: Less a Man Than a Vast and Complex Literature
  • SPAN 371 Yours Truly: The Body of the Letter

4. up to 12 credits may be in creative writing

Double-majors considering completing the integrative exercise during the junior year will need written approval from the departmental chair.

Workshops in Writing

The Department of English offers workshop courses in the writing of fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction for those students who wish to gain experience in writing. Students are encouraged to submit their work to college publications such as The Lens, manuscript, the Clap, and Carleton Progressive.

Writers on the Carleton faculty include poets Gregory Hewett and Susan Jaret McKinstry and novelist Gregory Blake Smith. In addition to those courses offered by regular faculty members, the department brings visiting writers to campus to read and to conduct workshops in their specialties. Visitors have included playwright Tony Kushner, memoirists Richard Rodriquez and Patricia Hampl, poets Robert Creeley, Carolyn Forche, Sharon Olds, and Andrew Hudgins, nature writers Dan O'Brien and David Rains Wallace, and fiction-writers Jane Hamilton, Ann Beattie, Maxine Hong Kingston, Marilynne Robinson, Jonis Agee, Paul Auster, and Siri Hustvedt.

English Creative Writing Minor

The English Creative Writing Minor is intended for students who wish to gain experience in creative writing by taking a series of writing workshops accompanied by the study of literature relevant to their writing interests. Students must complete 36 total credits as described below.

  • 18 credits of creative writing workshops, chosen from college-wide offerings in prose fiction, poetry, playwriting, screenwriting, television writing, and/or creative nonfiction; including at least one course in the English Department and one course at the 300 level: 
    • CAMS 271 Fiction
    • CAMS 278 Writing for Television (not offered in 2018-19)
    • CAMS 279 Screenwriting
    • CCST 270 Creative Travel Writing Workshop
    • ENGL 160 Introduction to Creative Writing
    • ENGL 161 Writing Across Genres (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 261 Telling Your American Story (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 262 Narrative Lab (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 263 Crafts of Writing: Creative Nonfiction (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 264 American Lyric: Poetry, Pop and Rap (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 270 Short Story Workshop
    • ENGL 271 Poetry Workshop
    • ENGL 273 Writing Memoir
    • ENGL 286 Eat the Story (not offered in 2018-19)
    • ENGL 370 Advanced Fiction Workshop
    • ENGL 371 Advanced Poetry Workshop
    • THEA 246 Playwriting (not offered in 2018-19)
  • 18 credits of literature courses drawn from offerings in the Department of English, in courses numbered over 100.  Must include at least one course at the 300 level. Students who wish to complete the Creative Writing Minor are encouraged to choose literature courses that are pertinent to their creative writing interests.

English majors who wish to also minor in Creative Writing may do so, but they may not count more than 18 credits of their major toward the 36 total credits for the minor.

 

 

English Courses

ENGL 099 Summer Writing Program Emphasizing a writing process approach, the Summer Writing Program helps high school seniors learn to compose academic papers that are similar to those they will write in college. Students read both contemporary and traditional literature from classic texts by writers such as Plato and Shakespeare to a variety of modern short stories, essays, and poems by authors such as August Wilson, Margaret Atwood, James Baldwin, Alice Walker, and Adrienne Rich. This literature then becomes the focus of their papers. Students write every day, and although occasional creative writing exercises are included, the main emphasis of the course will be on expository prose. Cannot be used for the Writing Requirement. 6 credits; S/CR/NC; Summer; Deborah Appleman
ENGL 100 Autobiography How do we, how should we, respond to the autobiographical writings of public figures, private citizens, academics, or movie stars? Are there common strategies employed in these acts and processes of self-mapping? Does accuracy matter to us if we happen to find these textual self-portraits appealing? We will keep questions like these in mind as we read, discuss, and write about autobiographies and memoirs by Maya Angelou, Sidney Poitier, James McBride, Barack Obama, bell hooks, and John Hope Franklin. 6 credits; AI, WR1; Fall; Kofi Owusu
ENGL 100 Drama, Film, and Society With an emphasis on critical reading, writing, and the fundamentals of college-level research, this course will develop students' knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the relationship between drama and film and the social and cultural contexts of which they are (or were) a part and product. The course explores the various ways in which these plays and movies (which might include anything and everything from Spike Lee to Tony Kushner to Christopher Marlowe) generate meaning, with particular attention to the social, historical, and political realities that contribute to that meaning. An important component of this course will be attending live performances in the Twin Cities. These required events may be during the week and/or the weekend. 6 credits; AI, WR1; Fall; Pierre Hecker
ENGL 100 How We Read: The History and Science of Reading In recent years, a 500-year-old technology for reading (the printed book) has been challenged by a very new one (the LCD displays in our phones and tablets). At the same time, advances in cognitive neuroscience have deepened our understanding of reading as a mental process. This makes it a good moment to consider how we read now and how we read in the past. We will examine a variety of reading practices, including reading aloud and silent reading, as well as the emotional impact of reading. The course will emphasize the foundational skill of academic reading--“close” reading--but also consider “distant” and “surface” reading. In addition to relevant scholarship, we will read poetry and novels as we reflect on our own habits as readers. 6 credits; AI, WR1; Fall; George G Shuffelton
ENGL 100 Imagining a Self This course examines how first-person narrators present, define, defend, and construct the self. We will read an assortment of autobiographical and fictional works, focusing on the critical issues that the first-person speaker "I" raises. In particular, we will consider the risks and rewards of narrative self-exposure, the relationship between autobiography and the novel, and the apparent intimacy between first-person narrators and their readers. Authors will include James Boswell, Charlotte Bronte, Harriet Jacobs, Sylvia Plath, and Dave Eggers. 6 credits; AI, WR1; Fall; Jessica L Leiman
ENGL 100 Literature and Science Literature and science will seem to most of us disparate enterprises arising from fundamentally different kinds of knowing. This course investigates how nineteenth-century literature responded to the burgeoning authority of newly professionalized natural sciences and what the new sciences borrowed from literature. Reading both literary and scientific texts and paying attention to how writers of either kind understand themselves and their tasks, we will seek to observe how science and literature both threatened and served each other. In the second half of the term we will sample some twentieth-century examples of this fraught and fruitful relation. 6 credits; AI, WR1; Fall; Peter J Balaam
ENGL 100 Rhetoric: Art of Persuasion Rhetoric's all around us: in political manifestos and legal pleadings; in professions of love and advertisements for dog food. We use it whenever we urge someone to believe what we say or do what we want. But how well do we understand the foundations and protocols of this art that teaches us "to see the available means of persuasion?" In this class we'll study the origins and theory of rhetoric (via Aristotle), examine exemplary instances (from Pericles to Trump), and consider the charges (via Plato) that it's all lies and trickery, while learning how to compose persuasive academic papers and presentations. 6 credits; AI, WR1; Fall; Timothy Raylor
ENGL 100 Visions of the Waste Land In his great post-World War I poem, T. S. Eliot described the waste land of western civilization as "a heap of broken images." We will explore how the writers of the first half of the twentieth-century invented ways of reshaping those broken images into a new literary art that has come to be called Modernism. Writers studied will likely include Yeats, Joyce, Woolf, and Faulkner. Attention will be given to the writing of literary critical papers, and to supplying students with the foundational tools for more advanced literary study.  6 credits; AI, WR1; Fall; Gregory B Smith
ENGL 100 Writing About America and Globalization Focusing on rhetorical choices and writing strategies, we will seek to read critically, formulate questions, and write persuasively about contemporary issues of globalization. Varied readings, journalistic, scholarly, and literary, as well as our own experiences, will provide a springboard for discussion of the impact of globalization on particular cultures (in the United States and other countries), economic justice, national sovereignty, sustainability, and human rights in the face of increasing economic interdependence and instant communication in our "globalized" world. Students will refine persuasive skills through research, writing and revising several major essays, peer review, and a final oral presentation. 6 credits; AI, WR1; Fall; Elizabeth McKinsey
ENGL 109 Introduction to Rhetoric English 109 is the single Carleton course devoted exclusively to the study and practice of expository prose. It is designed to provide students with the organizational and argumentative skills they will need in order to write effectively at the college level and beyond. All sections of the course feature diverse readings, weekly writing exercises and essays, and individual tutorials. 6 credits; NE, WR2; Winter, Spring; George Cusack, Dennis M Cass
ENGL 112 Introduction to the Novel This course will explore the history and form of the British novel, tracing its development from the eighteenth century to the present. Among the questions that we will consider: What are our expectations for novels, and what makes them such a popular form of entertainment? How did a genre once considered a source of moral corruption become a legitimate, even dominant, literary form? Authors will likely include: Daniel Defoe, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Virginia Woolf, and Jean Rhys. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Winter; Jessica L Leiman
ENGL 114 Introduction to Medieval Literature This course surveys the poetry and prose of later medieval England, from about 1350-1475--an era of great accomplishment and considerable variety in English writing and great changes and considerable upheaval in English society, a period of plague, heresy, rebellion, and civil war. Readings (in modern translation) will include travel literature and autobiography, dream visions and Arthurian romances, sermons, saints' lives, and allegories. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Spring; George G Shuffelton
ENGL 115 The Art of Storytelling Jorge Luis Borges is quoted as saying that "unlike the novel, a short story may be, for all purposes, essential." This course focuses attention primarily on the short story as an enduring form. We will read short stories drawn from different literary traditions and from various parts of the world. Stories to be read include those by Aksenov, Atwood, Beckett, Borges, Camus, Cheever, Cisneros, Farah, Fuentes, Gordimer, Ishiguro, Kundera, Mahfouz, Marquez, Moravia, Nabokov, Narayan, Pritchett, Rushdie, Trevor, Welty, and Xue.  6 credits; LA, WR2; Spring; Kofi Owusu
ENGL 117 African American Literature This course pays particular attention to the tradition of African American literary expression and the individual talent that brings depth and diversity to that tradition. The course's broader aims will be complemented by an introduction to the concept of genre and by the cultivation of the relevant skills of literary analysis. Authors to be read include Baraka, Ed Bullins, Countee Cullen, Douglass, Ellison, Nikki Giovanni, Hughes, Weldon Johnson, Larsen, and Wheatley. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Fall; Kofi Owusu
ENGL 118 Introduction to Poetry We will look at the whole kingdom of poetry, exploring how poets use form, tone, sound, imagery, rhythm, and subject matter to create what Wallace Stevens called the "supreme fiction." Examples will be drawn from around the world, from Sappho to spoken word. Participation in discussion is mandatory; essay assignments will ask you to provide close readings of particular works; a couple of assignments will focus on the writing of poems so as to give you a full understanding of this ancient and living art. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Spring; Timothy Raylor
ENGL 119 Introduction to U.S. Latino/a Literature We will begin by examining the forefathers and mothers of Latino/a literature: the nineteenth century texts of exile, struggles for Latin American independence, and southwestern resistance and accommodation. The early twentieth century offers new genres: immigrant novels and popular poetry that reveal the nascent Latino identities rooted in (or formed in opposition to) U.S. ethics and ideals. Finally we will read a sampling of the many excellent contemporary authors who are transforming the face of American literature. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Winter; Adriana Estill
ENGL 125 Norse and Celtic Mythology What remains of the beliefs of the pre-Christian Norse and Celts represent some of the stranger and more obscure elements of Western tradition. Preserved thanks to the literacy which was brought by the new religion that extinguished it, the mythology of the Irish, Welsh, and Icelanders left a legacy that reveals itself in surprising places in our modern world. This course studies works such as the Prose and Poetic Eddas, The Mabinogi, and The Táin to explore myths as the products of environment and culture and examine the problems of transmission inherent to Christian descriptions of pagan belief. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 126 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern King Arthur is a figure from Western tradition whose name conjures a clear series of associations: the Sword in the Stone, the Round Table, the Holy Grail. This course traces the development of this tradition, from its origins in an obscure corner of the British Isles to its dominance within both European literature and the popular imagination. Similarly, Arthur himself takes on multiple, sometimes contradictory guises—an enemy of the English and yet a symbol of England, the archetype of the perfect king but a champion of democracy, the epitome of Christian devotion yet suffused with pagan imagery. Our texts range from medieval Welsh legend to modern film; everything is in modern English translation. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 129 Introduction to British Comedy "And those things do best please me / That befall prepost'rously." A survey of comic plays, novels, short stories, films and television from Shakespeare, Austen, Lewis Carroll, Gilbert and Sullivan, Oscar Wilde, through P.G. Wodehouse and beyond. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Fall; Constance Walker
ENGL 131 Reading Fiction Selected texts to be read in this course include those by Daniel Defoe, Thomas Hardy, Charles Johnson, J.M. Coetzee, Zadie Smith, and Sherman Alexie. We will pay close attention to the language of fiction, to the nature of narrative, and to narrative traditions in our ten-week journey from the world of Defoe's Moll Flanders to that of Alexie's Part-Time Indian. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 135 Imperial Adventures Indiana Jones has a pedigree. In this class we will encounter some of his ancestors in stories, novels and comic books from the early decades of the twentieth century. The wilds of Afghanistan, the African forest, a prehistoric world in Patagonia, the opium dens of mysterious exotic London--these will be but some of our stops as we examine the structure and ideology and lasting legacy of the imperial adventure tale. Authors we will read include Arthur Conan Doyle, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Rudyard Kipling and H. Rider Haggard. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IS; Winter; Arnab Chakladar
ENGL 144 Shakespeare I A chronological survey of the whole of Shakespeare's career, covering all genres and periods, this course explores the nature of Shakespeare's genius and the scope of his art. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between literature and stagecraft ("page to stage"). By tackling the complexities of prosody, of textual transmission, and of Shakespeare's highly figurative and metaphorical language, the course will help you further develop your ability to think critically about literature. Note: Declared or prospective English majors should register for English 244. 6 credits; LA; Fall; Pierre Hecker
ENGL 160 Introduction to Creative Writing This course offers training in the writing and revision of poetry and prose fiction, supplemented by examples from published writers and some essays on the creative process. Discussion of each participant's writing is the central mode of instruction. 6 credits; ARP, WR2; Fall, Winter, Spring; Gregory G Hewett, Susan Jaret McKinstry, Gregory B Smith
ENGL 161 Writing Across Genres This course is a practitioner’s guide to the creative writing process. We will work across genres, from poetry and prose fiction to creative nonfiction. Much of the reading in the class will be generated by class participants. Be ready to engage in critical and compassionate editorial conversation/discussion of each other’s writing. 6 credits; ARP, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 187 Murder From the ancient Greeks to the Bible to the modern serial killer novel, murder has always been a preeminent topic of intellectual and artistic investigation. Covering a range of genres, including fiction, nonfiction, drama, and film, this transhistorical survey will explore why homicide has been the subject of such fierce attention from so many great minds. Works may include: the Bible, Shakespeare, De Quincey, Poe, Thompson, Capote, Tey, McGinniss, Auster, French, Malcolm, Wilder, and Morris, as well as critical, legal, and other materials. Warning: not for the faint-hearted. [May not be retaken as ENGL 395.] 6 credits; LA, WR2; Winter; Pierre Hecker
ENGL 194 The "Great War" and the Literary Imagination The First World War shaped the world that we recognize as ours, creating new ways of remembering and forgetting as well as new forms of artistic expression. Writers shattered poetic forms and visual artists traditional modes of representation in order to register the previously unimaginable horrors of mechanized trench warfare and industrial-scale slaughter. Focusing primarily on poetry we will follow the arc of this aesthetic engagement from both British and German perspectives, starting with the late-Romantic musings of Rupert Brooke, through the haunting poems of Wilfred Owen, on to the various short-lived movements that marked the birth of modernism. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 202 The Bible as Literature We will approach the Bible not as an archaeological relic, nor as the Word of God, but "as a work of great literary force and authority [that has] shaped the minds and lives of intelligent men and women for two millennia and more." As one place to investigate such shaping, we will sample how the Bible (especially in the "Authorized" or King James version) has drawn British and American poets and prose writers to borrow and deploy its language and respond creatively to its narratives, images, and visions. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 203 The Age of Beowulf Although the Age of Beowulf ended almost one thousand years ago, its influence endures. Just as the CGI adaptation of Beowulf uses Old English--the language in England during this period--to mark the monstrous, the History Channel's Vikings uses this era as a historical backdrop, and Tolkien's LOTR finds much of its inspiration in Old English literature. In this class, then, we'll return to the source--to tales of demons, dragons, heroes, and saints found in various chronicles, poems, riddles, and more from the Age of Beowulf--and, hopefully, start to understand why this particular epoch looms so large. Texts will be read in modern translation. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 204 History of the English Language This class teaches the history of the English language through the prism of sociolinguistics. Along with teaching phonology, the basics of Old and Middle English, and changes in morphology, pronunciation and vocabulary over time, the course will explore how language both shapes and is shaped by society. We will use the history of English as a vehicle for exploring issues of imperialism, class, and politics that arose throughout the language’s development. Along the way, students see how language plays an active role in both perpetuating and resolving communities’ thorniest social problems, in the past and in the present day. 6 credits; HI, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 205 The Medieval Outlaw Some of the most enduring figures of the Middle Ages are Robin Hood and his Merry Men. However, the Robin Hood we know only appeared in English literature in the Late Middle Ages and his story was not established until the Renaissance. This course traces the development of the outlaw figure from Anglo-Saxon poetry through Irish and Icelandic traditions to the rebels that arose in the Middle English period. We examine the outlaw from several theoretical standpoints, including the postcolonial, anthropological, ecocritical, and gender studies perspectives. All readings are either in Middle English or in Modern English translation. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 206 Arthurian Tradition: From Medieval to Modern King Arthur is a figure from Western tradition whose name conjures a clear series of associations: the Sword in the Stone, the Round Table, the Holy Grail. This course traces the development of this tradition, from its origins in an obscure corner of the British Isles to its dominance within both European literature and the popular imagination. Similarly, Arthur himself takes on multiple, sometimes contradictory guises—an enemy of the English and yet a symbol of England, the archetype of the perfect king but a champion of democracy, the epitome of Christian devotion yet suffused with pagan imagery. Our texts range from medieval Welsh legend to modern film; everything is in modern English translation. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 207 Princes. Poets. Power Can you serve power without sacrificing your principles or risking your life?  We examine the classic explorations of the problem--Machiavelli's Prince, Castiglione's Courtier, and More's Utopia--and investigate the place of poets and poetry at court of Henry VIII, tracing the birth of the English sonnet, and the role of poetry in the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn. 3 credits; LA; Spring; Timothy Raylor
ENGL 208 The Faerie Queene Spenser's romance epic: an Arthurian quest-cycle, celebrating the Virgin Queen, Elizabeth I, and England's imperial destiny.  Readers encounter knights, ladies, and lady-knights; enchanted groves and magic castles; dragons and sorcerers; and are put through a series of moral tests and hermeneutic challenges. 3 credits; LA; Spring; Timothy Raylor
ENGL 209 The Merchant of Venice: A Project Course This interdisciplinary course will explore one of Shakespeare’s most controversial and complex plays, The Merchant of Venice. We will investigate the play’s historical, political, religious, and theatrical contexts as we try to understand not only the world that produced the play, but the world that came out of it. How should what we learn of the past inform a modern production? How can performance offer interpretive arguments about the play’s meanings? Individual and group projects may involve research, writing, dramaturgy, program design, and exhibition curation. Students will be actively involved in a full-scale Carleton Players production of the play. 6 credits; LA, IS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 210 From Chaucer to Milton: Early English Literature An introduction to some of the major genres, texts, and authors of medieval and Renaissance England. Readings may include works of Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, and the lyric poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Spring; Pierre Hecker
ENGL 212 Nineteenth-Century American Literature A survey of the major forms and voices of nineteenth-century American literature during the Romantic and Realist periods, with attention to the historical and intellectual contexts of that work. Topics covered will include the literary writings of Transcendentalism, abolition, and the rise of literary "realism" after the Civil War as an artistic response to urbanization and industrialism. Writers to be read include Irving, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Douglass, Dickinson, Whitman, Twain, James, and Wharton. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Spring; Elizabeth McKinsey
ENGL 213 Christopher Marlowe Christopher Marlowe lived fast, died young, and left behind a beautiful body of work. The course will explore the major plays and poems, as well as the life, of this transgressive Elizabethan writer. 3 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 214 Revenge Tragedy Madness, murder, conspiracy, poison, incest, rape, ghosts, and lots of blood: the fashion for revenge tragedy in Elizabethan and Jacobean England led to the creation of some of the most brilliant, violent, funny, and deeply strange plays in the history of the language. Authors may include Cary, Chapman, Ford, Marston, Middleton, Kyd, Tourneur, and Webster. 3 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 215 Modern American Literature A survey of some of the central movements and texts in American literature, from World War I to the present. Topics covered will include modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, the Beat generation and postmodernism. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Fall; Michael J Kowalewski
ENGL 216 Milton Radical, heretic, and revolutionary, John Milton wrote the most influential, and perhaps the greatest, poem in the English language. We will read the major poems (Lycidas, the sonnets, Paradise Lost, Samson Agonistes), a selection of the prose, and will attend to Milton's historical context, to the critical arguments over his work, and to his impact on literature and the other arts. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Winter; Timothy Raylor
ENGL 217 A Novel Education Samuel Johnson declared novels to be "written chiefly to the young, the ignorant, and the idle, to whom they serve as lectures of conduct, and introductions into life." This course will explore what kinds of education the novel offered its readers during a time when fiction was considered a source of valuable lessons and a vehicle for corruption. We will read a selection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century novels, considering how they engage with contemporary educational theories, notions of male and female conduct, and concerns about the didactic and imaginative possibilities of fiction. Authors include Richardson, Lennox, Austen, Edgeworth, and Dickens. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Fall; Jessica L Leiman
ENGL 218 The Gothic Spirit The eighteenth and early nineteenth century saw the rise of the Gothic, a genre populated by brooding hero-villains, vulnerable virgins, mad monks, ghosts, and monsters. In this course, we will examine the conventions and concerns of the Gothic, addressing its preoccupation with terror, sex, and the supernatural. As we situate this genre within its literary and historical context, we will consider its relationship to realism and Romanticism, and we will explore how it reflects the political and cultural anxieties of the age. Authors include Walpole, Radcliffe, Lewis, Austen, M. Shelley, and E. Bronte. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Spring; Jessica L Leiman
ENGL 220 Arts of Oral Presentation Instruction and practice in being a speaker and an audience in formal and informal settings. 3 credits; S/CR/NC; NE; Winter, Spring; Timothy Raylor, Michael J Kowalewski
ENGL 221 "Moby-Dick" & Its Contexts We will set out after Herman Melville's sublime romance of whale-hunting, researching as we go the myriad cultural contexts that speak within it-- romanticism, nationalism, humanism, religion, idealism, capitalism, science, race, labor, gender, sexuality, masculinity, whiteness. Attention to Melville’s life, career, and other works, his nineteenth-century obscurity and twentieth-century canonization, will lead us to a history of interpretations of Moby-Dick from 1851 to the present. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Fall; Peter J Balaam
ENGL 222 The Art of Jane Austen All of Jane Austen's fiction will be read; the works she did not complete or choose to publish during her lifetime will be studied in an attempt to understand the art of her mature comic masterpieces, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Winter; Constance Walker
ENGL 223 American Transcendentalism Attempts to discern the nineteenth-century Zeitgeist come down, Emerson says, to a "practical question of the conduct of life. How shall I live?" This interdisciplinary course will investigate the works of the American Transcendentalist movement in its restless discontent with the conventional, its eclectic search for better ways of thinking and living. We will engage major works of Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, and Whitman alongside documents of the scientific, religious, and political changes that shaped their era and provoked their responses. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 225 'Public Offenders': Pre-Raphaelites and Bloomsbury Group Two exceptional groups of artists changed aesthetic and cultural history through their writings, art, politics, and lives. The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood began in 1847 when art students united to create “direct and serious and heartfelt” work; the Bloomsbury group began with Cambridge friends sharing their insistence on aesthetic lives. Critics said the PRB “extolled fleshliness as the supreme end of poetic and pictorial art,” and the Bloomsbury Group “painted in circles, lived in squares and loved in triangles.” We will study Dante Rossetti, Holman Hunt, John Millais, William Morris, Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, Roger Fry, Vanessa and Clive Bell. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 226 Modernism In the first decades of the twentieth century, modernist writers, artists, and thinkers confronted a modern world of rapidly accelerating industrialization, urbanization, and militarization with radically new ideas and forms that, by the estimation of many, upended twenty centuries of culture. This course, while centered on literature, will explore the modernist movement on both sides of the Atlantic and across genres and disciplines. We will study William Butler Yeats, James Joyce, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, Albert Einstein, and Sigmund Freud, among others. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Fall; Gregory G Hewett
ENGL 227 Imagining the Borderlands This course engages the borderlands as space (the geographic area that straddles nations) and idea (liminal spaces, identities, communities). We examine texts from writers like Anzaldúa, Butler, Cervantes, Dick, Eugenides, Haraway, and Muñoz first to understand how borders act to constrain our imagi(nation) and then to explore how and to what degree the borderlands offer hybrid identities, queer affects, and speculative world-building. We will engage the excess of the borderlands through a broad chronological and generic range of U.S. literary and visual texts. Come prepared to question what is "American", what is race, what is human. 6 credits; WR2, IDS, LA; Spring; Adriana Estill
ENGL 228 Encountering the Other: The Crusades The Crusades, beginning in 1099, brought the kingdoms of Western Europe into contact with many new cultures. This course studies the literature of the period to understand the attitudes and motivations that initiated it, and takes a postcolonialist approach to characterize texts from the Crusades as an attempt to define the Self against the Other—not just on the part of the Crusaders, but from the perspective of Muslims, Jews, Orthodox Greeks, and others. By examining this material, we can gain insight into the motivations behind prejudice and violence, issues which are of crucial importance today. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 234 Literature of the American South Masterpieces of the "Southern Renaissance" of the early and mid-twentieth century, in the context of American regionalism and particularly the culture of the South, the legacy of slavery and race relations, social and gender roles, and the modernist movement in literature. Authors will include Allen Tate, Jean Toomer, William Faulkner, Robert Penn Warren, Zora Neale Hurston, Eudora Welty, Katherine Anne Porter, William Percy, and others. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 235 Asian American Literature This course is an introduction to major works and authors of fiction, drama, and poetry from about 1900 to the present. We will trace the development of Asian American literary traditions while exploring the rich diversity of recent voices in the field. Authors to be read include Carlos Bulosan, Sui Sin Far, Philip Kan Gotanda, Maxine Hong Kingston, Jhumpa Lahiri, Milton Murayama, Chang-rae Lee, Li-young Lee, and John Okada. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 236 American Nature Writing A study of the environmental imagination in American literature. We will explore the relationship between literature and the natural sciences and examine questions of style, narrative, and representation in the light of larger social, ethical, and political concerns about the environment. Authors read will include Thoreau, Muir, Jeffers, Abbey, and Leopold. Students will write a creative Natural History essay as part of the course requirements. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 238 African Literature in English This is a course on texts drawn from English-speaking Africa since the 1950's. Authors to be read include Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ayi Kwei Armah, Buchi Emecheta, Bessie Head, Benjamin Kwakye, and Wole Soyinka. 6 credits; LA, IS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 239 Democracy: Politics, Race, & Sex in Nineteenth Century American Novels An important preoccupation of nineteenth century America was the nature of democracy and the proper balance of individualism and the social good. An experiment in government, democracy also raised new questions about gender, class, and race. Citizenship was contested; roles in the new, expanding nation were fluid; abolition and emancipation, the movement for women's rights, industrialization all caused ferment and anxiety. The course will explore the way these issues were imagined in fiction by such writers as Cooper, Hawthorne, Maria Sedgwick, Stowe, Tourgee, Henry Adams, Twain, Gilman, and Chesnutt. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Spring; Elizabeth McKinsey
ENGL 244 Shakespeare I A chronological survey of the whole of Shakespeare's career, covering all genres and periods, this course explores the nature of Shakespeare's genius and the scope of his art. Particular attention is paid to the relationship between literature and stagecraft ("page to stage"). By tackling the complexities of prosody, of textual transmission, and of Shakespeare's highly figurative and metaphorical language, the course will help you further develop your ability to think critically about literature. Note: non-majors should register for English 144. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Fall; Pierre Hecker
ENGL 245 Bollywood Nation This course will serve as an introduction to Bollywood or popular Hindi cinema from India. We will trace the history of this cinema and analyze its formal components. We will watch and discuss some of the most celebrated and popular films of the last 60 years with particular emphasis on urban thrillers and social dramas. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 247 The American West Wallace Stegner once described the West as "the geography of hope" in the American imagination. Despite various dystopian urban pressures, the region still conjures up images of wide vistas and sunburned optimism. We will explore this paradox by examining both popular mythic conceptions of the West (primarily in film) and more searching literary treatments of the same area. We will explore how writers such as Twain, Cather, Stegner and Cormac McCarthy have dealt with the geographical diversity and multi-ethnic history of the West. Weekly film showings will include The Searchers, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Unforgiven, and Lone Star. Extra Time Required, evening screenings. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Fall; Michael J Kowalewski
ENGL 248 Visions of California An interdisciplinary exploration of the ways in which California has been imagined in literature, art, film and popular culture from pre-contact to the present. We will explore the state both as a place (or rather, a mosaic of places) and as a continuing metaphor--whether of promise or disintegration--for the rest of the country. Authors read will include Muir, Steinbeck, Chandler, West, and Didion. Weekly film showings will include Sunset Boulevard, Chinatown and Blade Runner. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 249 Irish Literature We will read and discuss modern Irish poetry, fiction, and drama in the context of Irish politics and culture. Readings will include works by W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, Patrick Kavanaugh, Samuel Beckett, Brian Friel, Edna O'Brien, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, and Ciaran Carson, among others. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Winter; Constance Walker
ENGL 250 Modern Indian Fiction In this course we will follow the various paths that the novel in India has taken since the early twentieth century. Reading both works composed in English and some in translation we will probe in particular the ways in which questions of language and national/cultural identity are constructed and critiqued in the Indian novel. We will read some of the most celebrated Indian writers of the last 100 years as well as some who are not as well-known as they should be. The course will also introduce you to some fundamental concepts in postcolonial studies. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 251 Contemporary Indian Fiction Contemporary Indian writers, based either in India or abroad, have become significant figures in the global literary landscape. This can be traced to the publication of Salman Rushdie's second novel, Midnight's Children in 1981. We will begin with that novel and read some of the other notable works of fiction of the following decades. The class will provide both a thorough grounding in the contemporary Indian literary scene as well as an introduction to some concepts in post-colonial studies. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IS; Winter; Arnab Chakladar
ENGL 252 Caribbean Fiction This course will examine Anglophone fiction in the Caribbean from the late colonial period through our contemporary moment. We will examine major developments in form and language as well as the writing of identity, personal and (trans)national. We will read works by canonical writers such as V.S Naipaul, George Lamming and Jamaica Kincaid, as well as by lesser known contemporary writers. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IS; Spring; Arnab Chakladar
ENGL 256 Ireland Program: Performing Ireland This interdisciplinary course, while focusing on Irish drama, performance, film, music, and Celtic seanchas (folklore, or storytelling), will explore the history and culture of both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Authors may include Synge, O’Casey, Beckett, Behan, McDonagh, Friel, and others. The interrelatedness of history, politics, culture, and the performing arts will be central to our exploration of Ireland’s self-representation. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 258 Contemporary American Playwrights of Color This course examines a diverse selection of plays from the 1960s to the present, exploring how different theatrical contexts, from Broadway to regional theater to Off-Off Broadway, frame the staging of ethnic identity. Playwrights and performers to be studied include Amiri Baraka, Alice Childress, Ntozake Shange, George C. Wolfe, Luis Valdez, David Henry Hwang, August Wilson, Philip Gotanda, Maria Irene Fornes, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Anna Deavere Smith. There will be occasional out-of-class film screenings, and attendance at live theater performances when possible. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Winter; Nancy J Cho
ENGL 261 Telling Your American Story This is a creative nonfiction course focused around students writing their American stories. The goal of the course is the generation of new narratives to enrich and add complexity to the popular stories of what constitutes America(n). Each assignment will build on the next, culminating in a final portfolio of student writing about their lives and its place in American history and context. Prerequisite: Any one English course. 6 credits; ARP, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 262 Narrative Lab We’ll explore narrative in any number of styles and guises, reading and writing various forms including the fairy tale, prose poem, ten minute play, and short fiction. We may veer toward the pilot and we will touch on the narrative potential in video games. A few of the questions we'll consider: What do we require of narrative in 2017? What form is best suited to specific material? What basic material must be included in this form but is not essential to that form? Some projects will be collaborative and others will be done solo. 6 credits; ARP, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 263 Crafts of Writing: Creative Nonfiction Do you like it when true things happen? Would you like to take those true things and make them sound truer than true? Would you like to use words while doing that? In this course, students will write an evocation, a piece of long-form narrative journalism, and a personal essay. Class time will be spent on live writing assignments, giving and receiving feedback, learning writing and research techniques, and having discussions about things that seem trivial right up until the moment that their ultimate significance is revealed. Prerequisite: One previous English course. 6 credits; ARP, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 264 American Lyric: Poetry, Pop and Rap In this course we will look at the shifting boundary between genres that share a common root in lyrical expression. From the sonnet to chart topping pop to underground rap, what it means to be American has been built and is continually refurbished from the lyric up. We will be asking many questions. How does Kendrick Lamar’s song “i” echo and update Walt Whitman’s “Song of Myself”? What happens in the overlap between T. S. Eliot and Missy Elliott? How is the new generation of American poets integrating song and rap into their work? Our answers will come in both critical and creative forms. Prerequisite: Not open to students who have taken ENGL 100.00 Fall 2016. 6 credits; ARP, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 270 Short Story Workshop An introduction to the writing of the short story (prior familiarity with the genre of the short story is expected of class members). Each student will write and have discussed in class three stories (from 1,500 to 6,000 words in length) and give constructive suggestions, including written critiques, for revising the stories written by other members of the class. Attention will be paid to all the elements of fiction: characterization, point of view, conflict, setting, dialogue, etc. Prerequisite: One prior 6-credit English course. 6 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP, WR2; Fall; Gregory B Smith
ENGL 271 Poetry Workshop This course offers newer poets ways of developing poetic craft and vision. Through intensive writing and revision of poetry, supplemented by reading and discussion of poetry, each member of the group will create a portfolio of poems. Prerequisite: One prior 6 credit English course. 6 credits; ARP, WR2; Winter; Gregory G Hewett
ENGL 273 Writing Memoir This writing workshop allows students to explore the craft of memoir through intensive writing, critique, and revision in order to create their own memoir. To develop their skills, students will read and discuss memoirs in varied forms (including visual arts), and consider the competing demands of truth, narrative, fiction, and non-fiction in this rich and complex genre. Prerequisite: One prior 6 credit English course or instructor permission. 6 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP, WR2; Fall; Susan Jaret McKinstry
ENGL 274 Ireland Program: Irish Literature in Ireland Through selected readings, discussion, lectures, and site visits this interdisciplinary course will provide the necessary intellectual foundation and context for understanding Ireland past and present. The goal of the course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to Ireland. The physical and material realities of Ireland--of its history, culture, geography, and politics--will serve as lenses through which we read the works of such authors as Yeats, Heaney, Moore, O’Brien, Joyce, Bruen, Doyle, Kavanaugh, Boland, Carson, Binchey, Tóibín, Bennett, and others. 6 credits; LA, IS, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 279 London Program: Urban Field Studies A combination of background readings, guided site visits, and personal exploration will give students tools for understanding the history of multicultural London. Starting with the city's early history and moving to the present, students will gain an understanding of how the city has been defined and transformed over time and of the complex cultural narratives that shape its standing as a global metropolis. 3 credits; S/CR/NC; NE; Spring; Gregory G Hewett
ENGL 281 London Program: Reading London, Writing London The course will center on the neglected genre of the non-academic essay, also referred to as creative nonfiction. Students will also have opportunities to experiment by including poetry and prose fiction with their essays. We will read and discuss historical and contemporary British essayists for a deeper understanding of rhetoric and aesthetics, for insight into London, and as models for writing. Each student will write a series of creative nonfiction essays (and some poetry and/or prose fiction, if they wish) based on cultural artifacts and sites from various periods in London’s history, as well as the present. In the tradition of the essay, the writing for this course will combine both personal and critical perspectives. Through workshops and revision, each writer will learn strategies for effectively establishing their own literary voice. Prerequisite: Participation in OCS London program. 6 credits; ARP, IS, WR2; Spring; Gregory G Hewett
ENGL 282 London Program: London Theater Students will attend productions (at least two per week) of classic and contemporary plays in a range of London venues both on and off the West End, and will do related reading. We will also travel to Stratford-upon-Avon for a 3-day theater trip. Class discussions will focus on dramatic genres and themes, dramaturgy, acting styles, and design. Guest speakers may include actors, critics, and directors. Students will keep a theater journal and write several full reviews of plays. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Spring; Gregory G Hewett
ENGL 286 Eat the Story What happens when kids stop playing with their food? We write about it, Instagram it, Tweet it. Our obsession has also inspired a bumper crop of new food prose: call it desk-to-table. "Eat the Story" will be a writing workshop, with a focus on foodways, heirloom crops, and community/urban ag. Our reading menu will draw on contemporary post-Pollan food journalism. (Depending on our appetite, we may visit with local food producers.) These samples will serve as fodder for our main course: practical field reporting and writing projects, from blog posts to longer features. Prerequisite: One prior 6-credit English course. 6 credits; ARP, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 287 Storytelling in a Changing Media Landscape There have never been more platforms available to journalists--from Twitter to full-length films and everything in between. But each of these platforms has is own strengths and weaknesses as a way to communicate, and simply porting older forms like newspaper and magazine writing to new platforms is doomed to be unsatisfying to both storyteller and audience. We'll look at the tools and technologies available to today's journalists, identify how they might be most effectively deployed, and do case studies on some of the best work happening at the frontier of the media business. Prerequisite: One prior 6 credit English course or Cinema and Media Studies Digital Foundations course. 2 credits; ARP; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 288 California Program: The Literature of California An intensive study of writing and film that explores California both as a place (or rather, a mosaic of places) and as a continuing metaphor--whether of promise or disintegration--for the rest of the country. Authors read will include John Muir, Raymond Chandler, Nathanael West, Robinson Jeffers, John Steinbeck, and Joan Didion. Films will include: Sunset Boulevard, Chinatown, The Grapes of Wrath, Zoot Suit, and Blade Runner. 6 credits; LA, IDS; Winter; Michael J Kowalewski
ENGL 290 London Program: Directed Reading Students will read selected material in English history, literature and culture, and do short presentations, in either pairs or small groups, based on the readings. 3 credits; S/CR/NC; NE; Spring; Gregory G Hewett
ENGL 295 Critical Methods Required of students majoring in English, this course explores practical and theoretical issues in literary analysis and contemporary criticism. Not open to first year students. Prerequisite: One English Foundations course and one prior 6 credit English course. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Fall, Winter; Nancy J Cho, Susan Jaret McKinstry
ENGL 302 The Medieval Outlaw Some of the most enduring figures of the Middle Ages are Robin Hood and his Merry Men. However, the Robin Hood we know only appeared in English literature in the Late Middle Ages and his story was not established until the Renaissance. This course traces the development of the outlaw figure from Anglo-Saxon poetry through Irish and Icelandic traditions to the rebels that arose in the Middle English period. We examine the outlaw from several theoretical standpoints, including the postcolonial, anthropological, ecocritical, and gender studies perspectives. All readings are either in Middle English or in Modern English translation. Prerequisite: One English foundations course and one other 6 credit English course. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 310 Shakespeare II Continuing the work begun in Shakespeare I, this course delves deeper into the Shakespeare canon. More difficult and obscure plays are studied alongside some of the more famous ones. While focusing principally on the plays themselves as works of art, the course also explores their social, intellectual, and theatrical contexts, as well as the variety of critical response they have engendered. Prerequisite: One English Foundations course and English 144 or 244. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Winter; Pierre Hecker
ENGL 319 The Rise of the Novel A study of the origin and development of the English novel throughout the long eighteenth century. We will situate the early novel within its historical and cultural context, paying particular attention to its concern with courtship and marriage, writing and reading, the real and the fantastic. We will also consider eighteenth-century debates about the social function of novels and the dangers of reading fiction. Authors include Behn, Defoe, Haywood, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Walpole, and Austen. Prerequisite: One English foundations course and one other 6 credit English course. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Winter; Jessica L Leiman
ENGL 323 English Romantic Poetry "It is impossible to read the compositions of the most celebrated writers of the present day without being startled with the electric life which burns within their words"--P. B. Shelley. Readings in Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, and their contemporaries. Prerequisite: One English foundations course and one other 6 credit English course. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Spring; Constance Walker
ENGL 327 Victorian Novel We will study selected British novels of the nineteenth century (Eliot's Middlemarch, Dickens' Bleak House, Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Du Maurier's Trilby, C. Bronte's Jane Eyre, and E. Bronte's Wuthering Heights) as literary texts and cultural objects, examining the prose and also the bindings, pages, and illustrations of Victorian and contemporary editions. Using Victorian serial publications as models, and in collaboration with studio art and art history students, students will design and create short illustrated serial editions of chapters that will be exhibited in spring term. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 328 Victorian Poetry Victorian poets are prolific, challenging, inventive, and deeply engaged with the intersection of words and visual images in poetry, painting, and photography. We will read the competing aesthetic theories that frame their art, and study works by Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, Oscar Wilde, Matthew Arnold, Dante Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll), Gerard Manley Hopkins, and others. Prerequisite: One English foundations course and one other 6 credit English course. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 329 The City in American Literature How do American authors "write the city"? The city as both material reality and metaphor has fueled the imagination of diverse novelists, poets, and playwrights, through tales of fallen women and con men, immigrant dreams, and visions of apocalypse. After studying the realistic tradition of urban fiction at the turn of the twentieth century, we will turn to modern and contemporary re-imaginings of the city, with a focus on Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Selected films, photographs, and historical sources will supplement our investigations of how writers face the challenge of representing urban worlds. Prerequisite: One English foundations course or one other 6 credit English course, or instructor permission. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Spring; Nancy J Cho
ENGL 332 Studies in American Literature: Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald An intensive study of the novels and short fiction of William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. The course will focus on the ethos of experimentation and the "homemade" quality of these innovative stylists who shaped the course of American modernism. Works read will be primarily from the twenties and thirties and will include The Sound and the Fury, In Our Time, Light in August, The Great Gatsby, The Sun Also Rises, and Go Down, Moses. Prerequisite: One English foundations course and one additional 6 credit English course. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 333 Margaret Atwood Margaret Atwood is among the most influential and important writers of our time. In this class we will study a wide range of her major work from the beginning of her career to the present, asking questions about genre, feminism, form, etc. While her novels will be our focus, we will also read some of her poetry, short stories, and essays. There will be occasional out-of-class screenings of television and film adaptations of Atwood's work. Prerequisite: One Foundations course in ENGL and one additional 6 credit course in English courses. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IS; Fall; Arnab Chakladar
ENGL 334 Postmodern American Fiction We will get lost in the funhouse of postmodern fiction, in whose mirrored rooms we will encounter Maxwell's Demon, a depressed Krazy Kat, and the icy imagination of the King of Zembla. (Time will be budgeted for side-excursions into pastiche, dreck, and indeterminacy.) Authors read will include Nabokov, Pynchon, Barthelme, and DeLillo. Prerequisite: One English foundations course and one additional 6 credit English course. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 350 The Postcolonial Novel: Forms and Contexts Authors from the colonies and ex-colonies of England have complicated understandings of the locations, forms and indeed the language of the contemporary English novel. This course will examine these questions and the theoretical and interpretive frames in which these writers have often been placed, and probe their place in the global marketplace (and awards stage). We will read writers such as Chinua Achebe, V.S Naipaul, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Salman Rushdie, Nuruddin Farah, Arundhati Roy and Zadie Smith as well as some of the central works of postcolonial literary criticism. Prerequisite: One English foundations course and one additional 6 credit English course. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 351 Zadie Smith In this course we will study the majority of the oeuvre of Zadie Smith, a writer who stands at the intersections of a number of traditions of literary study as traditionally construed. All the novels will be read along with some short stories and much of her critical essays and other non-fiction work. We will read the growing body of criticism on her work as well and analyze the ongoing development of one of the major writers of our time. Prerequisite: One English foundations course and one additional 6 credit English course. 6 credits; LA, IS; Not offered 2018-19
ENGL 352 Toni Morrison: Novelist Morrison exposes the limitations of the language of fiction, but refuses to be constrained by them. Her quirky, inimitable, and invariably memorable characters are fully committed to the protocols of the narratives that define them. She is fearless in her choice of subject matter and boundless in her thematic range. And the novelistic site becomes a stage for Morrison's virtuoso performances. It is to her well-crafted novels that we turn our attention in this course. Prerequisite: One English foundations course and one other 6 credit English course or instructor permission. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IDS; Winter; Kofi Owusu
ENGL 362 Narrative Theory "Does the world really present itself to perception in the form of well-made stories?" asks Hayden White, metahistoriographer. To try to answer that question, we will read contemporary narrative theory by critics from several disciplines and apply their theories to literary texts, films, and cultural objects such as graphic novels, television shows, advertisements, and music videos. Prerequisite: One 6-credit foundations course plus one 6-credit English course or Cinema and Media Studies 210, 211, 214 or 243. 6 credits; LA, WR2; Fall; Susan Jaret McKinstry
ENGL 370 Advanced Fiction Workshop An advanced course in the writing of fiction. Students will write three to four short stories or novel chapters which will be read and critiqued by the class.  Prerequisite: English 160, 161, 261, 262, 263, 270, 271, 273, 280, 286, Cinema and Media Studies 271, 278, 279, Cross Cultural Studies 270 or Theater 246. 6 credits; S/CR/NC; ARP, WR2; Winter, Spring; Gregory B Smith
ENGL 371 Advanced Poetry Workshop For students with some experience in writing poetry, this workshop further develops craft and vision. Readings and exercises will be used to expand the poet's individual range, and to explore the power of poetic language. Over the ten weeks, each poet will write and revise a significant portfolio.  Prerequisite: English 160, 161, 261, 262, 263, 270, 271, 273, 280, 286, Cinema and Media Studies 271, 278, 279, Cross Cultural Studies 270 or Theater 246. 6 credits; ARP, WR2; Spring; Chris Martin
ENGL 395 The Twenty-First Century Novel This seminar focuses on fictional masterpieces published since 2005. We will map out the threads of multiple storylines and track the variety of voices and dialects in Verghese's Cutting for Stone, Adichie's Americanah, and James's A Brief History of Seven Killings. The heft and scope of these three long narratives will be complemented by shorter, but equally multilayered, ones including Danticat's Claire of the Sea Light, Selasi's Ghana Must Go, Mengestu's The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears, and Diaz's The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. Prerequisite: English 295 and one 300-level English course. 6 credits; LA, WR2, IS; Spring; Kofi Owusu
ENGL 395 Yeats and Heaney "How should a poet properly live and write? What is his relationship to be to his own voice, his own place, his literary heritage, and his contemporary world?"--Heaney. We will read the major works and literary criticism of the two great twentieth-century Irish poets W. B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney, studying their art in relation to their place and time. Prerequisite: English 295 and one 300-level course, or by permission of the instructor Prerequisite: English 295 and one 300 level English course. 6 credits; LA; Fall; Constance Walker
ENGL 400 Integrative Exercise Senior English majors may fulfill the integrative exercise by completing one of the four options: the Colloquium Option (a group option in which participants discuss, analyze and write about a thematically coherent list of literary works); the Research Essay Option (an extended essay on a topic of the student's own devising); the Creative Option (creation of a work of literary art); or the Project Option (creation of an individual or group multidisciplinary project). The Research Essay Option is open to students who have completed a senior seminar in the major by the end of fall term senior year. The Creative Option is open only to students who have completed at least two creative writing courses (one of which must be at the 300 level) by the end of fall term senior year. 6 credits; S/NC; Winter, Spring