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English (ENGL)

Chair: Professor Gregory Blake Smith

Emeritus Professor: Robert G. Tisdale

Professors: Susan Jaret McKinstry, Michael J. Kowalewski, James McDonnell, Elizabeth McKinsey, Kofi Owusu, Timothy J. Raylor, Gregory Blake Smith, Constance H. Walker

Visiting Professor: Carol Oliver

Associate Professors: Nancy J. Cho, Gregory G. Hewett

Assistant Professors: Peter Balaam, Adriana Estill, Pierre Hecker, Jessica L. Leiman, George G. Shuffelton

Visiting Instructor: Dennis Cass

Lecturer: Carol A. Rutz

General Information:

Courses numbered from 100 to 290 (introductory courses) are designed for non-majors and prospective majors alike. With the exception of English 200, Methods of Interpretation, they have no prerequisites. Literature courses numbered 300 and above (upper-level courses) normally require as a prerequisite ONE course numbered 110-175 or the written permission of the instructor. Prerequisites for upper-level courses in writing (English 370, 371 and 375) are as noted below. Courses that fulfill the "advanced seminar requirement" have as a prerequisite English 200. First year students normally do not enroll in courses numbered 300 or above.

Students wishing to prepare for public school teaching should consult with the chair of the department and the Department of Educational Studies as soon as possible.

Students considering graduate study in English should be aware that most graduate schools require one or two ancient or modern languages.

Requirements for a Major:

A. Sixty-six credits in English (not including English 100, 109, 290) distributed as follows:

1. English 110 and 111 preferably taken in this sequence before entering upper-level courses. English 112.

2. English 200, for which any two of the following-English 110, 111, 112-are prerequisites, preferably taken in the sophomore year. Not open to first-year students.

3. At least 36 credits in courses numbered 300-395 taken at Carleton, including six credits in each of the following four groups. One course (6 credits) may be the 200 level (excluding English 200).

Group I: Medieval and Renaissance Literature

300, Chaucer I: The Canterbury Tales; 301, The Courtly Chaucer; 308, English Renaissance Verse; 310, Shakespeare: Histories and Comedies; 311, Shakespeare: The Tragedies

Group II: Restoration and Eighteenth Century Literature

313, The Faerie Queene; 314, Paradise Lost; 318, Gothic Spirit; 319, The Rise of the Novel; 322, The Art of Jane Austen

Group III: Nineteenth Century British and American Literature

239, American Best Sellers; 323, English Romantic Poets; 327, Nineteenth Century Fiction; 328, Victorian Poetry; 331, American Transcendentalism; 336, Romance to Novel: Poe, Hawthorne, James; 381, London Program: Landscape and Cityscape

Group IV: Modernist and Contemporary Literature

227, Borderlands: Places and People; 230, African American Autobiography; 234, Southern Literature, 235, Asian American Literature; 236, American Nature Writing; 238, African Literature in English; 241, Language Thieves, Women in american Poetry; 249, Irish Literature; 330, Literature of the American West; 332, Studies in American Literature: Faulkner, Hemingway, and Fitzgerald; 334, Studies in American Literature: The Postmodern American Novel; 339, Contemporary American Playwrights of Color; 341, Contemporary Poetry; 342, Contemporary Latino/a Poetry; THEA 343, Modern British and European Drama; 344, Twentieth Century Literature; 395, Toni Morrison; American Studies 396, Visions of California

4. An advanced seminar (English 362 or 395) to be taken during the senior year or the second or third term of the junior year, after at least two 300-level courses.

5. An integrative exercise. A senior may choose:

a. Essay Option: An extended essay on an approved topic. Open only to students who enroll in English 400 winter term.

b. Examination Option: A written examination given early in spring term.

B. Six credits in literature other than English, read either in translation or, preferably, in the original language.

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

The Two-Credit Essay:

The department encourages students to write a long essay (about 20 to 25 pages) on a subject growing out of an upper-level course. Such essays will normally require additional reading and will be written either while taking the upper-level course or within two terms of completing it. Students wishing to write a two-credit essay must obtain the consent of the instructor before enrolling.

Workshops in Writing:

The Department of English offers workshop courses in the writing of fiction, poetry, memoir, and the essay for those students who wish to gain experience in writing. Students are encouraged to submit their work to college publications such as The Observer, manuscript, and Breaking Ground.

Writers on the Carleton faculty include poet Gregory Hewett 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 in recent years have included playwrights Lee Blessing and Tony Kushner, memoirists Carol Bly and Patricia Hampl, poets Robert Creeley, Carolyn Forche, Donald Justice, and Czeslaw Milosz, and fiction-writers Paule Marshall, Jane Hamilton, Ann Beattie, Alison McGhee, and John Updike.

The Writing Requirement:

Part I of the College's Writing Requirement may be fulfilled by taking an English course designated as a WR course. Typically, these courses are at the 100-level (e.g. English 100, 109, 110, 111, 112, etc.)

English Courses:

ENGL 099. Summer Writing Program Emphasizing a writing process approach, the Summer Writing Program helps high school juniors and 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 cr., S/CR/NC, ND, SummerD. Appleman

ENGL 100. Reading, Interpreting and Writing We will read, interpret, and write about short stories, poems, and plays from The Norton Introduction to Literature. We will, for example, read short stories by Atwood, Baldwin, Bambara, Chekhov, Gordimer, Garcia Marquez, Hawthorne, Joyce, and Poe; poems by Brooks, Barrett Browning, Coleridge, Dickinson, Lorde, Pound, and Rich; and plays by Sophocles, Wilde, Tennessee Williams, and August Wilson. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, AL, FallK. Owusu

ENGL 100. Joseph Conrad: Capitalism, Colonialism and Courage Conrad's fiction spans the globe, from the dingy streets of London to silver mines in South America and trading outposts in the South Sea islands. His interests read like tomorrow's front-page news: exploitation of the third world by transnational corporations, suicide bombers, spy networks, and the question of what heroic ideals might survive in our modern world. We will read several of his novels and shorter works. Considerable emphasis will be placed on the techniques of writing interpretive argument for courses in the humanities and the social sciences. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, AL, FallG. 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 cr., S/CR/NC, AL, FallJ. Leiman

ENGL 100. Shakespeare on Film With an emphasis on student writing, this seminar explores the many ways in which Shakespeare's plays have been adapted for film. From Hollywood to Bollywood to Japan, and from Westerns to Sci-fi to cartoons, Shakespeare has been reworked and reconceived in every filmmaking culture and in every genre. Using the tools of both literary criticism and film analysis, this course seeks to assess the interpretive value of both "straightforward" and unconventional film adaptations of several of Shakespeare's major plays. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, AL, FallP. Hecker

ENGL 100. The Carleton Miscellany An in-depth study of the Carleton Miscellany, a nationally known literary quarterly published at the college for two decades, from 1960-1980. The work of 17 Pulitzer Prize winning authors, as well as that of many Carleton faculty, appeared in the pages of the Miscellany. The magazine, which mixed cosmopolitan taste with a touch of prairie populism, was characterized by its literate whimsy. We will explore the significance of the Miscellany in the context of the history of "little magazines" in America. The class will include a variety of student research assignments, some of them in the Carleton archives. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, AL, FallM. Kowalewski

ENGL 100. Literature Seminar A writing seminar designed to teach college students to be successful readers and writers, each section includes a variety of readings in poetry, fiction, prose and drama in order to teach the skills of essay writing, editing and revision, collaborative work and oral presentations. Because of the focus on critical reading and writing, the course also serves as an excellent foundation to the English major. The following sections will be offered in 2006-2007: Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 109. Writing Seminar Instruction and practice in writing clear and persuasive prose, with an emphasis on making sound arguments. Weekly essays; readings in Plato, Aristotle, Swift, Johnson, and Orwell, among others. 6 cr., ND, FallC. Walker

ENGL 109. Writing Seminar The principles and practice of persuasive argument, with classic and contemporary readings, and regular writing assignments. 6 cr., ND, FallT. Raylor

ENGL 109. Writing Seminar This course focuses on critical reading and analytical thinking and the practice of purposeful, effective, and persuasive academic writing. Students will read and analyze a variety of literary forms by American writers and will compose frequent papers, using invention to generate ideas, defining audience, planning rhetorical strategies, drafting, and revising. Through a writing workshop approach, students will be encouraged to hone their critical skills and to refine their own writing strategies. 6 cr., ND, Fall,WinterC. Oliver

ENGL 109. Writing Seminar We will apply ourselves to the skills and arts of critical reading and persuasive writing through reading of recent journalism and commentary about "globalization." Students will learn to note the particular rhetorical purposes and performed innovations of works asking: Are national cultures safe against globalization? Is the idea of the sovereign nation obsolete? What are the ethics of consumerism and cultural export in this new era? Students will do lots of informal writing, compose and revise three major essays, and present a talk in a final symposium on globalization. Readings from George Orwell, Pico Iyer, Michiko Kakutani, Arundhati Roy. 6 cr., ND, SpringP. Balaam

ENGL 110. English Literature, I Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton and lyric poets of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Required of English majors. 6 cr., AL, Fall,Winter,SpringStaff

ENGL 111. English Literature, II Neoclassic, Romantic, and Victorian literature. Required of English majors. 6 cr., AL, Fall,Winter,SpringStaff

ENGL 112. Introduction to American Literature American literature to 1914 with an emphasis on the periods of Romanticism and Realism. 6 cr., AL, Fall,Winter,SpringStaff

ENGL 117. African American Literature This course provides an overview of African American literature. We will pay particular attention to the tradition of African American literary expression and the individual talent that brings depth and diversity to that tradition. Authors to be read include Baldwin, Baraka, Brooks, Ed Bullins, Douglass, Du Bois, Dunbar, Nikki Giovanni, Hayden, Hughes, Weldon Johnson, Locke, McKay, Morrison, Toomer, Wheatley, and Wilson. 6 cr., AL, WinterK. 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 cr., AL, SpringT. 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 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 120. Modern Literature: British and American Selected poems and prose narratives written since 1910. Senior English majors may take this course only with the consent of the instructor. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 130. Shakespeare I We will read eight or nine plays ranging from the great tragedies to the bright comedies, with side-trips to the history plays and the romances. Attention will be paid to the plays as literary works in and of themselves, to their position as cultural artifacts of the English Renaissance, and to questions of interpretation and staging that challenge contemporary actors and directors. 6 cr., AL, WinterP. Hecker

ENGL 200. Methods of Interpretation This course is required of students majoring in English. It will deal with practical and theoretical issues in literary analysis and contemporary criticism. Prerequisites: English 110 and 111. Not open to first year students. 6 cr., AL, WinterG. Hewett, S. Jaret McKinstry

ENGL 220. Arts of Oral Presentation Instruction and practice in being a speaker and an audience in formal and informal settings. 3 cr., S/CR/NC, ND, SpringT. Raylor

ENGL 227. Borderlands: Places and People The borderlands provide a powerful metaphoric vehicle for discussing contemporary cultural expression. We will engage this metaphor through a broad chronological and generic range of American literary and visual texts. Gloria Anzaldúa's Borderlands/La Frontera and John Sayles's Lone Star will initiate our discussion through their reflections on the U.S.-Mexico border and its production of border identities. We will then address additional narratives that defy racial, gender, sexual, ethnic, cultural, or religious classification. Finally, we will consider the ways in which individual hybrid, mestizo, or border identities are related to particular understandings of the nature of place and community. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 230. African American Autobiography The African American slave narrative chronicles remarkable transformations: how a (wo)man was made a slave and how a slave was made a (wo)man. The ex-slave's affirmation of selfhood found expression in first-person narratives that launched a literary tradition. We will place this emerging tradition in its historical context, discuss its defining characteristics, and trace its development in twentieth century African American autobiography. Our definition of "the literary" will not be divorced from relevant cultural codes and historical context. We will read classic slave narratives by Equiano, Douglass, and Jacobs; and twentieth century autobiography by Washington, Hurston, Wright, Malcolm X, Angelou, Brooks, and Njeri. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, RAD, SpringK. Owusu

ENGL 234. Southern Literature A study of the southern literary imagination from the Civil War to the present, with particular emphasis on the Southern Literary Renaissance in the early twentieth century. We will examine the cultural iconography of the South, reading poetry, fiction, and drama that explores southern writers' engagement with race, history, gender and "place." Authors read will include William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, Zora Neale Hurston, and Eudora Welty. We will also watch a few films, including Gone with the Wind in connection with the course. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, WinterE. McKinsey

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. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, RAD, Not offered in 2006-2007.

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, Mary Austin, Jeffers, Abbey, Snyder, and Terry Tempest Williams. Students will write a creative Natural History essay as part of the course requirements. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 238. African Literature in English We will read and discuss classic texts of African literary expression drawn from English-speaking Africa. Authors to be read include Chinua Achebe, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ayi Kwei Armah, Buchi Emecheta, Bessie Head, Ben Okri, Ngugiwa Thiong'o, and Wole Soyinka. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, RAD, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 239. American Best-Sellers A "book's popularity is itself a kind of criticism, complex evidence that the best-seller in question expressed the hopes and fears of people who found them nowhere else so forcibly put. In this course--a literary, historical, and cultural exploration of best-selling nineteenth century American fiction--we will seek to understand not only which books became popular, but why they did, how their formal qualities and particular engagements moved contemporary readers to buy and read them so avidly. Page-turners, barn-burners, and tear-jerkers, nine of them, by Rowson, Cooper, Stowe, Alger, Burroughs, Zane Grey, Wharton. Group III. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 241. Language Thieves: Women in American Poetry An examination of how gendered identities affect the uses of poetry. Beginning with the modernists, we will look at the relationship their poetry builds to traditional gender identities. Next we will explore how feminism radically redefines poetry and its traditions. Finally we will turn to a few contemporary poets in order to question how poetry today responds to changes in women's and men's social roles. We will read a number of poets, including Gertrude Stein, Marianne Moore, Elizabeth Bishop, Adrienne Rich, Audre Lorde, Lyn Hejinian, Harryette Mullen and Julia Alvarez. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 249. Irish Literature After a brief introduction to earlier literary texts, the course will concentrate on twentieth century fiction, poetry and drama by W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, J. M. Synge, Brian Friel, Frank O'Connor, Sean O'Faolain, Edna O'Brien, William Trevor, Patrick Kavanagh, Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon, Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill and many others. We will pay particular attention to the recurrent themes of national and cultural identity, the plight of women in a repressive society, the perspectives of children, the power of religion and the prevalence of violence. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, SpringJ. McDonnell

ENGL 260. Introduction to Creative Writing This course offers blocks of intensive training in poetry, prose fiction, and what has recently been termed "creative non-fiction." The primary objective is to come to an understanding of the varying and at times overlapping capabilities of these three genres and to produce works in each. Discussion of each participant's writing is the central mode of instruction. This will be supplemented by examples from published writers and some theoretical essays on the creative process. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, AL, Fall,SpringG. Hewett, S. Jaret McKinstry

ENGL 270. The Crafts of Writing: The Short Story An introduction to the writing of the short story. Each student will write and have discussed in class three stories (from 1,500 to 4,000 words in length) and give constructive suggestions about the stories written by other members of the class. Students are expected to write brief critiques of each story written by their classmates. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, AL, Fall,WinterG. Smith

ENGL 271. The Crafts of Writing: Poetry This course concerns itself with the development of poetic vision as much as craft. Through intensive writing and revision of poetry, supplemented by reading and discussion of contemporary poetry and poetics, each member of the group will form a body of work and a statement that stakes a poetic claim. The objective is to begin to discover how each of us fits or does not fit into the modern poetical tradition and the diverse contemporary poetry scene, so as to free us from solipsism and vague notions of the powers of poetry. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, AL, WinterG. Hewett

ENGL 275. Writing The Essay: From Imitation to Invention Practice in various styles and structures of expository and argumentation prose through imitation of models, ancient and modern, from Francis Bacon and Sir Thomas Browne through Twain and Orwell to Tom Wolfe and Molly Ivins. This course embodies the conviction that we learn to use language through imitation and fashion our own styles by response to the best we have read and heard. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 290. Directed Reading: London Program Students accepted for the London Program will read selected books and essays intended to provide them with a background for the program; the works will focus on British history and theater and will include one or two literary pieces. 4 cr., S/CR/NC, ND, SpringE. McKinsey

ENGL 300. Chaucer I: The Canterbury Tales A study of The Canterbury Tales in Middle English (no previous knowledge assumed), concentrating on the pilgrims as narrating subjects, and Chaucer's legendary status as the "Father" of English literature. Group I. 6 cr., AL, SpringG. Shuffleton

ENGL 301. The Courtly Chaucer None of the 493 documents in the Chaucer Life Records mention his poetry; most describe his activities as a courtier and royal administrator. This course seeks to reconcile this courtly Chaucer with his writing prior to the Canterbury Tales. As we read his early dream visions, we will immerse ourselves in the courtly cultures Chaucer learned by reading French and Italian works in translation, and by examining the art and manners of the English court. The final weeks will be spent reading his finished masterpiece, Troilus and Criseyde, sometimes called "the first novel in English." Group I. 6 cr., AL, WinterG. Shuffelton

ENGL 310. Shakespeare: The Histories and Comedies A study, first, of Shakespeare's second tetralogy (the "Henriead"); and then of the eolution of Shakespearean comedy, encompassing the early plays of the 1590s, the mid-career "problem" plays, and the later comedies, or romances. Group I. 6 cr., AL, FallP. Hecker

ENGL 311. Shakespeare: The Tragedies We will read and discuss the major tragedies from Hamlet to Antony and Cleopatra (or maybe Coriolanus), with our eye on their preoccupation with irrationality, and on Shakespeare's "preference for things untidy, damaged, and unresolved over things neatly arranged, well made, and settled" (Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the World). Group I. 6 cr., AL, SpringJ. McDonnell

ENGL 313. Major Works of the English Renaissance: The Faerie Queene A study of Spenser's romance epic. Group II. 3 cr., AL, FallT. Raylor

ENGL 314. Major Works of the English Renaissance: Paradise Lost An examination of Milton's masterwork. Group II. 3 cr., AL, FallT. Raylor

ENGL 318. 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, as we address its preoccupation with terror, sex, madness, and the supernatural. We will locate this genre within its historical and literary context, considering its excesses in light of the political and cultural anxieties of the age, and exploring the relationship between Gothicism, sensibility, and Romanticism. Reading will include novels, verse, and drama by Walpole, Radcliffe, Austen, Lewis, Byron, and Mary Shelley. Group II. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

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 will include Behn, Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne and Radcliffe. Group II. 6 cr., AL, WinterJ. Leiman

ENGL 322. 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. Group II. 6 cr., AL, SpringC. Walker

ENGL 323. English Romantic Poets "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. Group III. 6 cr., AL, WinterC. Walker

ENGL 327. Nineteenth Century Fiction This course will study some of the major novels of the nineteenth century, examining their concern with social debates over the public and the private, crime and the law, the collective and the individual, and the masculine and the feminine. Group III. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 328. Victorian Poetry A study of Victorian poetry with particular emphasis on Pre-Raphaelite poetry and paintings. Group III. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 330. Literature of 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, Castillo, and Cormac McCarthy have dealt with the geographical diversity and multiethnic history of the West. Films will include The Searchers, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Unforgiven, and Lone Star. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, FallM. Kowalewski

ENGL 331. American Transcendentalism The roots and aims, friends and some enemies, of this nineteenth century reform movement, with particular attention to its literary aspects and its legacy in U.S. cultural history. Major works of Emerson, Thoreau, Margaret Fuller as well as of lesser figures. We will weigh the movement's contributions to religious and social reform and examine its politics, especially its relation to slavery and abolitionism, feminism, and the environment. Group III. 6 cr., AL, SpringP. Balaam

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 experimentation ethos and "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. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, SpringM. Kowalewski

ENGL 334. Studies in American Literature: The Postmodern American Novel Is there such a thing as Postmodernism? And if there is, how do we define it? What sets Postmodern literature apart from the literature of the first half of the twentieth century? Or is Postmodernism merely a deviant branch of Modernism? We will try to answer these questions, first by using a classic Modernist text (let's say, Hemingway), to define Modernism, and then by reading a number of authors frequently referred to as Postmodern (Nabokov, Barth, Pynchon, Morrison, and others). Group IV. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 336. Romance to Novel: Poe, Hawthorne, James Major works of these crucial U.S. writers in cultural contexts between 1830 and 1900. What did the nineteenth century U.S. have to offer the ambitious, socially observant writer of fiction? What did U.S. audiences expect in a book? Attention to the gothic, Romanticism, psychological realism, and the emergence of the "international theme." Several tales and some literary theory from each, with longer works including Pym Blithedale Romance, House of Seven Gables, and Portrait of a Lady. Group III. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 339. Contemporary American Playwrights of Color This course will examine a diverse selection of plays from the 1970s to the present with an attempt to understand how different theatrical venues frame our understanding of ethnic identity. Playwrights and performers to be studied include Ntozake Shange, George C. Wolfe, Luis Valdez, David Henry Hwang, August Wilson, Philip Gotanda, Wakako Yamauchi, Maria Irene Fornes, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Ann Deavere Smith. There will be occasional video screenings and we will attend live theatrical performances when possible. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, RAD, SpringN. Cho

ENGL 341. Contemporary Poetry Studies in poetry written in English since 1945. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 342. Contemporary Latino/a Poetry In-depth examination of the major Latino/a poets from the 1960s to the present, including Julia Alvarez, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Sandra Cisneros, Sandra María Esteves, Carolina Hospital, Tato Laviera, Pedro Pietri, Alberto Rios, and Gary Soto. We will examine the particular historical moments that enabled their voices to emerge and situate their styles and themes within the broader contexts of American literature and Latino studies. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 362. Narrative Theory "Does the world really present itself to perception in the form of well-made stories?" asks Hayden White (historiographer). To try to answer that question, we will read contemporary narrative theory and analyze various literary texts and films. This course fulfills the advanced seminar requirement. Prerequisite: English 200. 6 cr., AL, FallS. Jaret McKinstry

ENGL 365. British Comedy A study of the elements of comedy­plot, character, dialogue, wit, and humor­in British comic plays, poems, novels, and films. Authors will include Shakespeare, Sheridan, Austen, Peacock, Wilde, and Stoppard. 6 cr., AL, Not offered in 2006-2007.

ENGL 370. Advanced Crafts of Writing: The Short Story An advanced course in the writing of fiction. Students are expected to write brief critiques of each story written by their classmates. Students must submit a story to the English Department Office prior to registration. Final enrollment is based on the quality of the submitted work. May be repeated for credit. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, AL, SpringG. Smith

ENGL 371. Advanced Crafts of Writing: Poetry For students with some experience in writing poetry. We will take a workshop approach that develops the individual poet's craft and vision. Readings and exercises will be used to explore the poet's individual range and expand ideas about what poetic language can do. The goal of this course is for each poet to create a sequence of eight poems unified by technique, subject matter, form, or sensibility as well as eight experimental poems. A group public reading will be scheduled. Students must submit three poems to the English Department Office prior to registration. Final enrollment is based on the quality of the submitted work. 6 cr., S/CR/NC, AL, SpringG. Hewett

ENGL 380. London Program: London Theater Students will attend productions of classical and contemporary plays in London and Stratford-on-Avon. Class discussions and papers will compare and contrast dramatic genres, acting styles, and production design. The class will meet with actors, critics, and directors from the Royal Shakespeare Company, The National Theatre, and the wider theatrical community of London. 6 cr., AL, SpringE. McKinsey

ENGL 381. London Program: Landscape and Cityscape in Nineteenth Century English Literature Focusing on major authors of the nineteenth century, we will visit some of the places, look at the paintings, and read some of the works that influenced their sense of place and of England, their views of country and city, of art and life, perception and taste, and of class and society. We will also read some works of this period by Americans in England. Authors may include: Austen, Wordsworth, Keats, Irving, Dickens, Thackeray, Emily Bronte, George Eliot, James, Woolf; painters will include: Constable, Turner, Martin Ward. Group III. 6 cr., AL, SpringE. McKinsey

ENGL 395. Seductive Fictions Stories of virtue in distress and innocence ruined preoccupied English novelists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This course will focus on the English seduction novel, considering the following questions: What was the allure of the seduction plot? What does it reveal about sexual relations, femininity and masculinity, power, and class during this period? How does the seduction plot address and provoke concerns about novel-reading itself during a time when the novel was considered both an instrument of education and an agent of moral corruption? Authors may include: Eliza Haywood, Samuel Richardson, John Cleland, Charlotte Lennox, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, and Bram Stoker. 6 cr., AL, SpringJ. Leiman

ENGL 395. Toni Morrison: Nobel Laureate We will read Morrison's nonfiction collection, Playing in the Dark, and her fiction (The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Tar Baby, Beloved, Jazz, Paradise, and Love) and discuss the impact of this writer and critic on African American and American literature and letters. Group IV. 6 cr., AL, FallK. Owusu

ENGL 395. T. S. Eliot and the Metaphysical Poets We will examine the impact of Donne and his followers on T. S. Eliot and the founding documents of modernism (especially The Waste Land); assess Eliot's role in canonizing the metaphysical poets; and try to account for the literary and philosophical qualities that led Eliot to champion their work. 6 cr., AL, WinterT. Raylor

ENGL 400. Integrative Exercise Senior English majors may fulfill the integrative exercise either by taking a comprehensive examination based on a departmental reading list, or by writing a senior thesis on a topic approved by the department. The topic must be convincingly defined before the end of fall term, a substantial portion must be written by the middle of winter term, and the final draft must be submitted by the due date early in spring term. Those who choose the exam option should form groups to discuss the texts on the reading list. The six-hour exam will be given early in the spring term. No student may change from the paper to the exam option later than the deadline established by the department (one week after the winter term portion is due). Students may register for the integrative exercise according to their individual requirements, the grade will be registered at the end of spring term. 6 cr., S/NC, ND, Winter,SpringJ. Leiman, M. Kowalewski

Other Courses Pertinent to English:

LING 250 Linguistics and the Literary Art

THEA 242 Twentieth Century American Drama

THEA 343 Modern British and European Drama