ENG/ENU/CMP Course Descriptions

  • CMP 100: Effective Composition

    Students in CMP 100 examine and practice writing in public and academic contexts. The course focuses on writing processes and provides sustained practice in critical thinking, reading, and writing demanded by academic and public writing. Student writing and student writers are at the center of the class. Assignments challenge students to expand their approaches to revision and to experiment with a wide variety of writer’s techniques. Particular attention is paid to the intersections of audience, purpose, genre, and context. That is, you will consider not only WHAT to write, but also to whom and in what forms. You will also examine the influences that the writer’s and audience’s circumstances can exert on composition. The conventions of writing, which may include diction, grammar, syntax, usage, and structure, are addressed as part of the process of writing, and students may study how these conventions change with context. CMP 100 fulfills the General Education requirement for a 100-level CMP course.

  • CMP 200: Research and Composition

    Students in CMP 200 practice research and research writing. Assignments challenge you to revise your work and to experiment with a variety of writer’s tools as you put your own voice and perspectives into conversation with those of other writers and thinkers. The course focuses on the development of research questions; the uses of literary databases, the library, and digital resources to find information and perspectives; and writing with research. Particular attention is paid to developing intellectual curiosity, assessing sources’ credibility, reading academic work and studies, and practicing ethical attribution and citation. Student writers are at the center of the class. CMP 200 fulfills the General Education requirement for a 200-level CMP course.

  • ENG 100: Reading and Writing in the Professions

    This course will orient students to the significance of critical reading and different genres of writing in public, professional, creative, and academic careers. Students will analyze a range of print and non-print texts and media from different genres. They will also get experience writing in a variety of different genres. Students will exercise and refine interpretive methods, critical strategies, and writing practices as they also explore and prepare for the varied career opportunities for English and Professional Writing majors.

  • ENG 101CDCT: World Literature I

    World Literature I surveys literary masterpieces from the Ancient period to the Renaissance, focusing on texts outside the traditional canons of American and British Literature. Particular attention will be given to those texts and authors that have had the greatest impact on our literary world.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 102CDCT: World Literature II

    This course features the intensive reading of selected masterpieces of world literature which reflect the evolution of human thought, to develop in the student the power of discrimination and the habit of evaluating. Either semester may be taken independently.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 105CTCD: Experiences in American Literature

    This course covers representative and foundational period writings in American literature. Particular attention is given to works that illuminate national literary development, intellectual and cultural history, and ideals.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 106CTCD: Experiences in British Literature

    This course draws upon texts of the British Isles from the earliest known writing through the present and includes a variety of genres. In this wide-ranging course, students will read (or otherwise experience) a focused selection of British literature that explores the connections and innovations of the literature that continues to shape the world.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 108CTWI: Poetry and Poetics

    This course is an introduction to the college-level study of poetry. Ideal for writers, teachers, and scholars, the course lays foundations for advanced study in specialized courses. The course builds foundations in the language and forms of poetry by studying masterpieces to illustrate the traditions and aesthetic theories of the art.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 111: Bible as Literature

    This course offers a study of the Bible from a secular, literary perspective. The Bible contains an astonishingly rich variety of genres including narrative fiction, history, lyric poetry, wisdom literature, prophecy, parable, apocalyptic writing, and letters. Students in this course will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of this extremely important and influential part of Western literary heritage.

  • ENG 118: Current Themes in Literature-Native American Women Writers

    This course explores Contemporary Native American writers and their storytelling techniques. This course will put the literature of contemporary Native American writers into conversation with other Native meaning makers such as bloggers, journalists, comedians, and musicians, as well as representations of Native peoples in popular culture.

  • ENG 119CTVL: American Genre Film

    This course is a genre approach to film study designed to introduce the general student to basic concepts in film criticism, aesthetics, and history. ENG 119 may not be used to fulfill General Education requirement in Literature.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 120WI: Current Themes in Literature – Apocalyptic Fiction

    This course explores fiction about global catastrophes and the struggle to survive and rebuild civilization following them. This course is aimed at non-majors and fills basic literature requirements.

  • ENG 121: Current Themes in Literature – Science Fiction

    This course features critical analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of modern science fiction, novels and shorter works.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 122: Current Themes in Literature – The Literature of Peace

    This course focuses on the analysis of representative peace-oriented writings of various cultures from ancient times to the present as evidenced in poetry, drama, fiction, and non-fiction.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 123CT: Current Themes in Literature – American Writers and the Environment

    This course uses an Ecocritical approach to representative works in American literature that contemplate nature and reflect on humans’ relationship to the natural world. This course is suitable for both majors and non-majors.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 124: Current Themes in Literature – American Folklore

    This course provides students with an introduction to the major genres of folklore, with an emphasis on American folklore. The relationship between folklore and written imaginative literature is explored. Each student is required to engage in one major collection project.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 125WI: Current Themes in Literature – Detective Fiction

    This course teaches critical analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of novels and stories of detection. This course is aimed at non-majors and fills basic literature requirements.

  • ENG 126: Current Themes in Literature – Sports in Literature: An Examination of a Public Metaphor

    This course offers a literary analysis of works which employ sports as a metaphor for the human condition, its social behavior, and the roles of men and women within it. The authors represented include Robert Coover, Bernard Malamud, Philip Roth, Don DeLillo, Rita Mae Brown, John Updike, Harry Crews, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, David Mamet, and Samuel Beckett.

    Prerequisites:Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 127CTWI: Current Themes in English – Ghost Stories

    This course examines the ghost story as a literary genre from its earliest manifestations in myth and legend through contemporary times, including local ghost lore of the Kutztown area.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivale

  • ENG 128: Current Themes in Literature – The Thriller

    This course introduces students to popular novels best categorized as thrillers. Thrillers feature heart-gripping suspense and heroic people struggling to survive and often save lives or even the world. Students will read and discuss representative novels from such sub-genres as psychological thrillers, supernatural thrillers, spy thrillers, and military thrillers. Some may be current, while others may be of historical interest. Students may also be asked to watch and discuss films that are categorized as thrillers. This course is particularly for non-majors who need to fulfill a general education humanities requirement.

  • ENG 129CDWI: Current Themes in Literature – Jazz Culture

    This course explores the special relationship shared by Jazz and Literature. The course will put the literature about jazz culture into conversation with jazz music, jazz film, jazz dance, jazz theater, and other jazz arts.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 131: Current Themes in Literature – The Small Town in Literature

    The course examines the small town, its attitudes and inhabitants in novels, poetry and drama. Focus is on American writing, but some world classics will also be studied.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 132CTCD: Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Literature

    This course will focus on contemporary gay and lesbian literature with an emphasis on fiction written after the 1969 Stonewall riots. As a relatively new field of literary studies, gay and lesbian literature represents a wide, creative and challenging oeuvre. Novels, poetry, and drama written by and/or about gay men and women will be examined in connection with identity and gender politics, social movements, camp, feminist and queer theory, and the influence of the AIDS epidemic.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 135CDWI: Contemporary African Novel

    Contemporary African Novel will introduce students to a broad sampling of novels written originally in English or translated into English, from Amos Tutuola’s My Life in the Bush of Ghosts (1954) to the present.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivale

  • ENG 136CDWI: Contemporary African Poetry and Drama

    Contemporary African Poetry and Drama will introduce students to a broad sampling of poetry and drama from Africa, written in English or in English translation.

    Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

  • ENG 137CDCT: Experiences in African American Literature

    Students of this course will be challenged as they intensively survey the oral and literary tradition of literature and music written and performed by African Americans from the eighteenth century to the present. Students will read works in different literary and musical genres as they survey African-American literature from its beginnings through the 21st-century poetry, prose, slave narratives, and fiction, including the corresponding history that encourage the literary production and movements in and by Black Americans.

    Prerequisites: ENG 23 or ENG 25

  • ENG 138: Literature Banned in Iran

    Inspired by Reading Lolita in Tehran: A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi, this course will study some of the works read in secret by Nafisi and her students. These works, banned by authorities in Iran as "corrupt," include some of the masterworks by Vladimir Nabokov, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Henry James, Emily Bronte, and Jane Austen. The class will apply multiple lenses to the works: those of traditional Western critics and those of Dr. Nafisi and her students. This course may be used in general education.

  • ENG 141CTVL: Literature and Film

    This course is designed to give the student an opportunity to consider the similarities and dissimilarities between literature and film. The focus for such a consideration is several literary works that have been made into films or upon which films have been based. Specific attention is given to structural aspects common to both, such as imagery, language, theme, and point of view. Critical theories relevant to literature and film provide the student with additional areas of study.

    Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

  • ENG 142: Gothic Literature

    This course examines the history of Gothic literature from the late-eighteenth century Gothic romance to the recent Gothic revival in both literature and film. Representative works and their distinguishing features of doom, mystery, and the supernatural will be explored. Why does the Gothic still have the power to fascinate? What does our attraction to the supernatural mean? What do the subtextual elements in these stories say about our contemporary sense of self and society?

    Prerequisites:  CMP 100 or its equivalent

  • ENG 145: Fairy Tale

    Why do we still care about fairy tales? What makes them so popular and so relatable to our modern lives? To answer these questions, this course examines classic fairy tales, from their earliest oral and written roots to current representations and transformations. It explores the origins of fairy tales and traces their continual evolution in response to their cultural settings. Students will study a number of individual tales in-depth, read fairy tales and poetry by contemporary authors, and views films that both depict traditional tales and re-interpret them.

  • ENG 146: Ireland’s Literary Landscape

    Designed as a study-abroad exploration of Ireland, this course maps the relationship between the Irish landscape and its literature. Ireland boasts one of the world’s richest and most influential literary traditions. Reading both classical and modern Irish literature provides opportunities for students to survey elements of its vital and at times troubling social and cultural history. Site visits buttress readings, illustrating the resonances of the landscape in the literature. This course meets General Education, Literature Minor, and English Major requirements

  • ENG 171: Friendship in Western Cultural Texts

    This course considers friendship, one of the most important elements of human experience, and examines how it is represented in cultural texts (primarily literary works, but also works of film, television, video, and social media). Readings that have been important in the history of friendship, ranging from classical Greek and Roman to British and American texts, will provide background for understanding the ideas about friendship that we have inherited.

  • ENG 180: Literature and Rock and Roll

    This course examines the relationships—social, cultural, and artistic—
    between literature and rock music. Course materials include works of literature, broadly conceived, that directly engage with or seek to represent rock music, and rock music that addresses, comments on, or is influenced by literary history and culture. The course explores the notion that rock music should be taken as seriously as literature, and the complementary notion that techniques of literary interpretation can be productively applied to rock’s intensities, pleasures, and complexities. Readings will rock, listening will be loud.

  • ENG 200: History of the English Language

    Take a linguistic tour through the history of the English language. Learn the origins of our eclectic English spelling, listen to the language of Anglo-Saxon warrior kings, and read ancient illuminated manuscripts dotted with runic letters. This course focuses on the origins and development of the English language, tracing linguistic changes from its Indo-European roots through to today, including the modern emergence of World Englishes. We will focus on cultural and historical developments that influenced Old and Middle English and give particular attention to literary texts from these periods. Throughout this course, students will gain familiarity with basic concepts and terminology of linguistics and engage in the process of research writing.

  • ENG 221: Jane Austen – Early Woman Novelist, Modern Media Property

    This course examines the work of Jane Austen in her multiple roles as the pioneering woman novelist of two centuries ago, the major canonical novelist she became recognized as in the twentieth century, and the living presence in contemporary culture that she remains. Approaches will include historicist, feminist, and multimedia.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 222: Conventions of English Grammar

    This course surveys the fundamentals and conventions of English grammar and syntax. Topics include lexical categories, phrase structure, clause structure, modification, subordination, punctuation, and language acquisition. Additional attention is given to stylistic concerns in order to sharpen students’ prose. This course is recommended for those pursuing degrees in Professional Writing, English, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education/English although it is open to any student wanting a deeper understanding of English grammar.

  • ENG 224: American Modernism

    American modernism is the study of various cultural responses to rapid social changes brought on by innovations in technology that caused sharp changes to the global economy. This course employs interdisciplinary research methods based on the interplay between literature, popular culture {including art, film, and music), and the events that shaped early twentieth-century Americans' sense that they were now inhabiting an irrevocably changed world. Crucially, the course will explore diverse voices reflecting a variety of responses to modernity.

  • ENG 225CDWI: Teaching of Adolescent Literature

    This course will include the study of several classic literary works commonly read by high school students but will focus more intensively on the study of modern and contemporary works written for adolescents.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 229: Literature and Psychology

    In this course, students will use concepts from contemporary psychology to analyze literary works from a variety of genres. Approaching literature through psychology can add greatly to our understanding of literary creation and consumption, and it can teach us about social dynamics and human motivations. This course will consider how authors create their identities, how literary works change our ways of thinking, and how the exchange between literature and psychology increases our understanding of human nature.

  • ENG 230WICT: Advanced Composition

    This course invites students to examine and practice writing as an essential tool for exploring, questioning, and creating knowledge in academic, professional and public spaces. Through advanced study in genre conventions, rhetorical tools, grammatical choices and style, students will be better prepared to analyze and respond to academic, professional or public writing tasks. Students will practice sustained research, close reading, deep revision and reflection on writing processes.

  • ENG 233: Contemporary Fiction

    This course examines representative contemporary fiction, both American and international, from about 1990 through the present. Topics covered include the development of contemporary fiction, the use of traditional and new literary approaches and strategies of representation in contemporary fiction, themes and motifs found in contemporary fiction, and the historical and cultural contexts of these literary works
    and themes.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 234: Ethnic American Literature

    This course is an introduction to selected literary writings by 20th century Asian-American, Native American, and Latino authors, with a critical survey of major themes as well as narrative techniques and strategies.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 235CTWI: The American Autobiography

    The American Autobiography treats a broad spectrum of 18th to 20th-century autobiographies which are characterized by a great diversity in technique, theme, and authorial background.

  • ENG 236: Black American Literature – Poetry/Drama

    This course explores the poetry and drama of Black Americans, beginning with Phillis Wheatley and William Wells Brown as precursors of the Black literary tradition, and ending with, as the focal point, contemporary poets and dramatists.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 237: Black American Literature – Novel

    This course explores the prose writings of Black American novelists and essayists, beginning with the slave narratives as prototypes and ending with, as the focal point, the latest contemporary novels.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 238: African Diasporic Literature

    African Diasporic Literature will introduce students to a broad sampling of the literature written originally in French, Spanish, and Portuguese, and translated into English, by people of African descent dispersed in such places as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guadeloupe Haiti,Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. These, and other, places where people tracing their descent to Africa reside, constitute the African Diaspora. The course will be found useful by students in English, Secondary Education, Modern Languages, Women Studies, and General Education.

  • ENG 239CTWI: Pioneering Pulp Fiction-British Working Class Literature 1800-1860

    This course will examine the literature, publishing history and rise of 19th-century British working-class fiction from 1800-1860, namely, working-class autobiographies, the Newgate novel and the penny dreadful. Sold by the chapter on street corners, the Newgate novel and the penny dreadful are the literary representatives of the Victorian working-class culture and were the only affordable literature available for the emerging literate of Victorian England. This literature of the streets grew so popular, it became the publishing phenomenon of the early nineteenth century and is experiencing an academic resurgence with contemporary interest in Victorian popular culture.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 242CTVL: International Cinema

    This course is designed to explore the underlying structures of film as a communications medium and as an art form. This course will include both foreign and American films.

  • ENG 244: Documentary Film and Theories of Representation

    This course is a study of the documentary film genre, its history, and the theories of representation that have informed its different modes. Whether the intention of the documentary film or video is to preserve its subject, persuade the audience, or analyze a particular person or situation, students will consider the text from a number of perspectives, including that of the filmmaker, the film subject, and the viewer. In conjunction with documentary film history, students will read some of the theory that informs the production and analysis of this filmic genre. This course is suitable for both majors and non-majors.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 245: Aspects Of Language

    Description coming soon.

  • ENG 246CDCT: Feminist Film Theory

    In this course, students will investigate the intersections of feminist film theory and representations of women's experience in international film, as well as explore feminist film practices within the narrative, documentary and avant-garde traditions. (This course is also offered under the WST 246 designation.)

  • ENG 247: Modern Latin American Literature in Translation

    An in-depth study of outstanding Twentieth-Century literary works of Latin American writers. The survey will include representative works from the major literary genres: novel, essay, short story, drama and poetry.

  • ENG 248: Living Literacy

    Literacy isn't learned-it's lived. While we may associate it primarily with school, literacy saturates our work and 'social lives. Further, an educational focus on text-based literacies is complicated by social media, remix practices, and new technologies. "Reading" and "writing," then, need to be understood in light of our shifting culture: technologically, socially, economically, and politically, Students will challenge literacy myths and measures while exploring their own lived literacies.

  • ENG 253: German Literature in English Translation I

    This course is an in-depth study in English translation of some outstanding works in German literature. It is devoted to German writers from Lessing to E.T.A. Hoffmann. Its sequel, ENG/GER 254, is a continuation of ENG/GER 253 and treats outstanding writers from Realism through the 20th century. Either semester may be taken independently.

  • ENG 254: German Literature in English Translation II

    This course is an in-depth study in English translation of some outstanding works in German literature from Realism through the 20th century. It is a continuation of GER 253. Either semester may be taken independently.

  • ENG 255CD: Masterpieces of Russian Literature in English Translation I

    This course entails an in-depth study in English translation of selected masterpieces of Russian literature. This course deals with Russian literature from Pushkin through Tolstoy.

  • ENG 256CD: Masterpieces of Russian Literature in English Translation II

    This course entails an in-depth study in English translation of selected masterpieces of Russian literature. This course deals with Chekhov, continues through Tolstaia and includes a survey of modern Russian poetry.

  • ENG 257: Masterpieces of French Literature in English Translation I

    This course entails an in-depth study of works from French literature selected for their humanistic character, their artistic quality and their present vitality. Primary emphasis is the appreciation of the innovative approach of each author to the universal themes of love and death, Man and Nature, Man's relation to God, war and peace, freedom and bondage. This survey will include representative works from the major literary genres: novel, essay, short story, drama and poetry (in English). The first semester (I) deals with French literature until 1800.

  • ENG 258: Masterpieces of French Literature in English Translation II

    This course entails an in-depth study of works from French literature selected for their humanistic character, their artistic quality and their present vitality. Primary emphasis is the appreciation of the innovative approach of each author to the universal themes of love and death, Man and Nature, Man's relation to God, war and peace, freedom and bondage. This survey will include representative works from the major literary genres: novel, essay, short story, drama and poetry (in English). The second semester (II) deals with French literature until 1800 to the contemporary period.

  • ENG 260: Issues in Composition and Rhetoric Studies

    This course provides undergraduate students an introduction to the history, traditions, issues, problems, and debates of Composition and Rhetoric Studies. Despite its long history and growing influence in academia, many students of English are unfamiliar with the depth and breadth of the field of Composition and Rhetoric. It is the goal of this course to familiarize undergraduate students with the historical development of Composition and Rhetoric Studies and the shape of the field today. This course will include inquiry into the major theoretical, professional and disciplinary issues and challenges of the field. The course also provides an introduction to research methods and resources in Composition and Rhetoric, as well as experience writing academically in and about Comp/Rhet Studies.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 265WICP: Research Writing in the Humanities

    This course provides advanced study of research and research writing in the humanities that will inform students’ work across disciplines, professions, and contexts. Moving beyond the basics of using search engines, students will develop information literacy as they navigate databases and web spaces, closely read academic studies from across disciplines, and interpret visual representations of data. The course moves beyond “library research,” as students conduct first–person research, such as ethnography, case study, oral history, interview, or survey. Students will draft, revise, and present their original research. This course is an elective in the English major.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 270: Short Story

    This course focuses on development of the short story as a distinct literary type traced by means of wide reading and close analysis.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 272CDWI: Women and Violence in Contemporary Literature and Film

    This course will investigate the complex relationship women around the world have with violence. Though formerly only regarded as those in need of protection, women who perpetrate violence have forced a shift in gender roles ascribed to violence. Looking at written and visual texts that depict women as both victims/survivors and perpetrators of violence will allow students to discuss the ways women’s shifting role in violent movements and in texts has changed both the gender ideology and the political climate in a rapidly globalizing world. This course work will look at the ways women’s relationship to violence is constructed and question ideas that women are “naturally” non-violent. While this course does not condone the use of violence, it does study ways women use violent tactics to resist oppression, enact revenge, and find a voice.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 273: The Age of Elizabeth

    The course will examine the literary and political flowering of late 16th century England. The focus of the investigation will be the role of the Renaissance queen in bringing about England’s “Golden Age.”

  • ENG 274CDWI: Women, Writing and Rhetoric

    While the spoken and written word have long been studied for their rhetorical intent and success, this study has been conducted primarily through a male lens. As such, women’s contributions to rhetoric throughout history, like so many other aspects of women’s experience, have yet to be fully explored. Women, Writing, and Rhetoric seeks to expand the study of rhetoric with a multi-layered consideration of how rhetoric has been informed by, and informs, a female consciousness. This is an elective course for English majors and Women’s Studies minors.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 275CDWI: Archetypal Women in Myth and Literature

    This course emphasizes the archetypal images found in portrayals of women from Greek mythology to the present.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 276CDWI: Nineteenth Century Women’s Literature

    This course covers selected literary texts by 19th century British and American women writers. It also focuses on gender-specific conflicts and changing perceptions about the nature, roles, and rights of women during this important era in the history of literature by women.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 278CDWI: Women Writers Around the World

    The focus of this course is modern and contemporary literature by women around the world. Students will read selected fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and examine these works primarily, but not exclusively, from the perspectives of Feminist Critical Theory.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 279WST: U.S. and Canadian Women Writers

    This course explores some of the major U.S. and Canadian women writers from approximately 1880 to the present. Taking a multi-genre and multi-critical approach, students will study the important contributions U.S. and Canadian women authors have made and are making to modern and contemporary literature. This course is suitable for both majors and non-majors.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 283: American Modernists in London

    To be offered as study-abroad in London course, American Modernists in London provides the opportunity to delve into a significant moment in literary history. At the turn of the twentieth century, London was seen as the capital of modern world culture, attracting America’s most significant writers, including Henry James, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Bret Harte, Jack London, Robert Frost, Ezra Pound, H.D. and T. S. Eliot. Students will read works written by these writers while living in London, and they will visit and explore the places these writers frequented. The class will map the influence of turn-of-the-century London on the development of American identity at a pivotal historical moment.

    This course satisfies electives in the English major as well as General Education Humanities and LAS electives.

  • ENG 285CTWI: Victorian Sensation Fiction

    This course will examine the genre of Victorian popular novels known as Sensation Fiction. These novels thrilled and horrified the Victorian middle class readers with tales of sinister conspiracies, bigamy, murder, sexual scandals, and madness. Students will study the cultural role and unusual narrative forms of this subversive and pleasurably horrifying popular literature.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 300: History of the English Language

    This course focuses on the origins and development of the English language, tracing the changes in phonology, morphology and lexicon from its Indo-European roots through the modern period. Focus will be given to the Old and Middle English periods and the early modern era. This linguistic evolution will be considered against the background of relevant cultural and historical developments. Students will also become familiar with some basic concepts of international phonetics and the terminology of linguistics.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 314: Social Media Analytics

    Students will learn how to collect, analyze, and derive insights from social media information. Students will also learn how to craft effective technical reports based on information generated from social media analysis. By examining and reporting effective strategies for creating social media content, students will become better at producing their own social media content, which is an increasingly important ability in a wide range of fields. Students will develop skills in using both freely available and industry-standard digital social media analytics tools.

  • ENG 317CTWI: From Science to Séance – Pseudoscience and Spiritualism in Nineteenth Century Literature

    This course examines the 19th-century fascination with bizarre phenomena such as mesmerism, séances, and weird science of all kinds. Students will read British and American literary and theoretical texts that engage with contemporary scientific, pseudoscientific, and spiritualist theories and practices, including evolution, phrenology, and mediumship.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 319: Culture and Media

    This course is designed to apply a group of diverse texts in cultural criticism and theory to the discursive practices of particular media, specifically public relations and advertising.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 321: Early and Medieval Literature

    This course will explore some of the literature of the Middle Ages (ca. 500-1500) in translation. Readings will be drawn from the Anglo-Saxon period, the era of English and French romance, and the Middle English period. Students will read in a number of genres, including epic, romance, fabliau, saga, and allegorical. Special focus will be given to Chaucer.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 323: Native American Women Writers

    This course provides undergraduate students an introduction to selected Native American Women Writers across several genres. Students will experience a variety of writings which move across traditional boundaries (such as nonfiction, poetry, fiction, theory, activist, and so on). The course also provides students an opportunity to consider Indigenous Feminism in theory and practice. Students will consider issues of gender, identity, cross-cultural understanding, individuality and community by intellectually engaging with the texts and performances of Native American women.

  • ENG 324: Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama

    The best and/or most representative dramatic works of the Golden Age of English drama (exclusive of those by Shakespeare) are read, discussed, and evaluated. Dramatists receiving paramount consideration include Marlowe, Kyd, Greene, Jonson, Chapman, Dekker, Marston, Heywood, Beaumont and Fletcher, Webster, Tourneur, Middleton, Massinger, and Ford.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 325: Seventeenth Century Literature

    The writings of Browne, Burton, Donne, Marvell, Bunyan, and Milton studied within the framework of English life from 1600 to 1675.

  • ENG 326: Punk Cultures in America

    Punk-as style, genre, attitude-is most frequently recognized as a musical
    phenomenon, which emerged in the mid-l 970s as an anarchic, sometimes satiric, always disruptive force. This course broadens that popular concept, engaging a series of cultural moments-between the mid-l 960s through the 1980s-that are crucial for our understanding of punk's appearance and elaboration in the United States. The course will examine a number of artifacts that articulated and incorporated punk's style and energy: records and reviews, but also prose fiction, film, visual arts, graphic narrative, and theoretical discourse. Authors and artists that will be given significant attention include the Stooges, Lester Bangs, Samuel R. Delany, Patti Smith, Black Flag, Los Bros. Hernandez, Kathy Acker, X, Linda Hutcheon, Greil Marcus, Fredric Jameson, and Raymond Williams.

  • ENG 327: Eighteenth Century Literature I

    This course explores poetry, neoclassical literary criticism, and drama from 1660 to 1780 with consideration of central issues and prevailing attitudes reflected therein. This course also places emphasis on major writers.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 328: Eighteenth Century Literature II

    This course addresses English literature of the eighteenth century. Focus is primarily on, but not limited to, prose, especially the novel.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 329: Feminist and Gender Theories

    This course provides an overview of the leading currents, issues, and debates in feminist literary theory, including gendered voice, difference vs. equality feminism, essentialism, and queer theory. Students will read theoretical and literary selections from nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first century feminists.

  • ENG 330: Shakespeare on the Stage

    Offered only in summer sessions, this course is a workshop designed to supplement courses in Shakespeare with reference to the staging and performance of Shakespeare’s plays. The course is based on reading and examining selected plays through the use of videotapes, films, and available staged performances at summer theatres.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalen

  • ENG 331CTWI: Shakespeare’s Earlier Plays

    This course is a study of a selection of Shakespeare’s earlier plays, including The Comedy of Errors, Richard II, Richard III, Henry IV Parts I and II, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night, and of the social, historical, and literary background necessary for their understanding and appreciation. Recordings, movies, and, when possible, “live” and TV productions are utilized.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 332CTWI: Shakespeare’s Later Plays

    This course is a study of a selection of Shakespeare’s later plays, including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Troilus and Cressida, the Winter’s Tale and The Tempest, and of the social, historical, and literary background necessary for their understanding and appreciation. Recordings, movies, and, when possible, “live” and TV productions are utilized.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 333: Digital Rhetoric and Writing

    This course focuses on honing the analysis and production of contemporary digital texts by extending longstanding academic conceptions rooted in the printed word alone. Specifically, the course examines how emerging areas within Rhetoric and Composition such as visual rhetoric, digital writing, and multimodal style are vital in cultivating sophisticated, responsive methods of analysis and production in a variety of online texts. Students will familiarize themselves with issues surrounding the creation, revision, and deployment of digital texts to better understand the complex rhetorics involved when arranging words, images, sounds, coding languages, available designs, fonts, colors, and spaces to make new kinds of 21st-century texts and arguments.

  • ENG 334: Introduction to English Linguistics

    This course is a comprehensive study of the grammar of American English: its sound system, its morphological system, and its syntax from the structural and generative-transformational standpoints.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 335: The Rhetoric of Literature

    This course is a cooperative investigation of the relationships between literature and rhetoric. Selected works of major literary figures will be examined with reference to their persuasive power and their ability to produce attitude change.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent’

  • ENG 337HON: Gothic/Horror Literature

    This course examines the history of Gothic literature from the late eighteenth-century Gothic romance to southern American Gothic fiction and the recent Gothic revival. Representative works, their distinguishing features, their recurrent themes and motifs, their social, psychological and rhetorical implications are also examined.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 338HON: Crime and Punishment in Literature

    This is a course in which students participate in critical analysis and interpretation of an international selection of classic works of literature from Greek drama to modern absurdist stories that create the theme of crime and punishment.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 339: New Media, Story, Change

    This course investigates the crucial role that story plays in creating impactful campaigns within new and emerging media environments. Particular attention will be paid to the ways in which the story continues to be one of the most important rhetorical tools in community and social movements seeking change. Readings will draw from a wide range of disciplines including rhetoric, literacy studies, marketing, public relations, communication studies, social media theory, cognitive psychology, and social movement studies.

  • ENG 340CTWI: Romantic Movement

    This course explores the works of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, and their contemporaries in the light of social background, biography, and critical doctrine.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 341CDWI: Introduction to Afro-Caribbean Literature

    Students of Introduction to Afro-Caribbean Literature study various genres and authors from West Indian countries, including Cuba, Haiti, Martinique, Jamaica, and Trinidad. Authors’ works were originally written in English or translated into English. While students will examine selected Afro-Caribbean texts from within the traditional model of literary criticism, including writing style and skill, content significance, and thematic representation, they will also engage the text’s informing agents, including the critical, socio-political, cultural, and historical motivations that influence the authors’ texts.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 342: American Poetry in the Long 1960’s

    The course is devoted to the analysis of poetry .and poetics written by American authors during the period currently referred to as the long nineteen-­sixties, encompassing the late nineteen-fifties' intensification of the Cold War through the mid-nineteen-seventies, when the Vietnam War and Watergate hearings drew to a close. Students will read closely a variety of poetic forms, both free verse and traditional, produced by authors associated with numerous schools and movements, including the Beats, the confessional poets, the New York School, the language poets, and Black Arts. Students will examine significant poetics produced during the period, and will discuss those theories alongside popular cultural appropriations of poetical form. Students will read canonical and non-canonical texts, and will think through texts' social, political, and aesthetic contexts, situating the works in two turbulent decades of American culture.

  • ENG 343CTWI: Nineteenth Century Studies – Poetry 1840-1890

    The major Victorian poets, Browning, Tennyson, and Arnold, are studied in detail, and certain minor poets are examined.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 344CTWI: Nineteenth Century Studies – Prose 1840-1890

    This course features the study of representative prose works in the novel and the essay.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 345: Rhetoric, Democracy, Advocacy

    The connection between rhetoric and democracy is an old one dating back to the origins of both concepts in Western traditions. Simply put rhetoric the skilled use of argument and persuasive discourse and democracy were seen as ways to replace violence as the primary means of governing and maintaining social order. However, the connections between democracy and rhetoric may not be immediately apparent indeed the two may appear to be in opposition in contemporary society. This course argues that the intimate connections between rhetoric and democracy are critical to retain and reclaim for the health of democratic society and culture. In the era of globalization and digital media these connections are even more important. A healthy democracy requires citizen advocates who are skilled in the analysis of public discourse as well as in the production of persuasive texts.

  • ENG 347: Activists Writing Media: Composing Democratic Futures

    The early 21st century has seen an explosion in the development, re-purposing, and critical use of new media by political activists. Unlike theoretical debates regarding the relative merits of new media compared to more traditional media or the vigorous business interest in “web 2.0” for its marketing possibilities, activists have approached new media in a rhetorical fashion. For activists, new media are part of the “available means” with which political organizing and campaigning take place. This course explores the multiple and complex ways in which activists have made use of and rewritten what counts as media, who counts as an authorized writer, and even what counts as writing. The course will investigate examples of activist campaigns, emergent theories of literacy, and the role of literacy training for the development of activists and how this is often at odds with the literacy instruction students receive in secondary and post-secondary schooling.

  • ENG 348WI: Contemporary Drama

    Contemporary Drama examines works in English of the previous twenty years. The course includes original plays written in English, translations of plays from other languages into English, as well as new interpretations of revived works. The course discusses themes and subjects in plays relevant to contemporary life: the portrayal of politics, economics and business, treatment of the individual and family, philosophy, religion, sexuality, gender, ethnicity and race, for some examples. The course will also note developments in and illustrations of dramatic theories.

    Prerequisites:Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

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  • ENG 349: Teaching of Adolescent Literature

    This course will discuss the historical development of Adolescent/Children's Literature, focusing on the rising popularity of contemporary Young Adolescent Literature (YA), which has made itself evident in the past few decades. In addition to recent texts of YA literature, it will also include the canonical texts that these recent texts are based on by grouping contemporary texts and canonical texts by theme such as dystopia/utopia, coming of age, gender studies, mythology, the American dream, and racial issues. These studies will also entail the application of literary theory in a high school setting and strategies for teaching literature to struggling readers.

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  • ENG 350CTWI: The Times of Melville and Whitman

    This course is an in-depth study of Melville and Whitman as creative forces in the shaping of American poetry and prose. Consideration is given to the cultural background from which their works derive.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 351CTWI: American Literary Realism – 1865-1910

    This course will focus on an analysis of Regionalism, Realism, and Naturalism in American literature between 1865 and 1910. Special attention will be paid to the works of Mark Twain, Henry James, Kate Chopin, Stephen Crane, and New England Regional writers.

    Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

  • ENG 353CTWI: Development of the Drama

    This course is a comprehensive study of world drama from its beginnings to the late 19th century.

    Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

  • ENG 354: Literacy Studies

    This course provides undergraduate students with an introduction to the field of Literacy Studies, including its scientific and theoretical foundations, historical and current perspectives on literacy practices, research methods, and implications for teaching reading and writing. A special emphasis is placed on digital literacies. This course is aimed at deepening and complicating students’ understandings of literacies, as they learn to investigate personal and community assumptions about reading and writing, conduct primary and secondary research, and consider the consequences of Literacy Studies for learning, teaching and critically navigating culture. This is an elective course for the undergraduate English major.

  • ENG 355: Development of the Novel

    This course explores the evolution of the world novel traced from its beginnings to World War I.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 357HON: Gerard Manley Hopkins: Poetry and Prose as Spiritual Autobiography

    This course provides a comparative and intertextual analysis of the poetry and prose of Gerard Manley Hopkins as a spiritual autobiography with a focus on his perspective of the Anglo-Gaelic milieu of the late 19th/early 20th century.

  • ENG 358: Rhetoric of Style

    This course focuses on understanding historical and contemporary rhetorical conceptions of style in order to foster more sophisticated invention, analysis, and production of 21st-century compositions. Specifically, the course examines the idea of style from its ancient understandings rooted in orality up to modern iterations rooted in multimodal composition and digital writing

  • ENG 360CTWI: Contemporary British and Irish Literature

    British and Irish poetry, drama, and prose fiction since 1965 are analyzed in form and content with special attention given to the relationship of literary techniques, and cultural, historical, and theoretical context.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 361: Tolkien and Lewis

    J.R.R. Tolkien has been called “the Author of the 20th Century,” and C.S. Lewis is likewise one of the best-known names among literary and academic figures of the last 100 years. The main goal of this course is to try to explain why two rather marginalized Oxford professors now appear, posthumously, as dominant literary figures for their generation and succeeding ones. While the main concentration will be on the works of Tolkien and Lewis, and their impact on 20th and 21st century fiction, we will also consider the circumstances of their lives and friendship with each other and the group known as the Inklings.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 363WI: Modern Drama

    This course features reading and analysis of selected plays from the time of Ibsen to the present, thus providing a comprehensive view of the best dramatic literature of the Modern American, British, and European theatre since 1870. Recordings, television productions, and stage performances are incorporated whenever possible.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 364CTWI: Modern Poetry

    This course focuses on representative poetry published since 1870 in England and America as the basis for a study of forms, aspects, and tendencies in contemporary verse, with particular reference to poetry as a criticism of modern life.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 365CTWI: Modern Novel

    This course features studies of the world novel since World War I.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 367: Symbol and Theme in 20th Century American Literature

    This course explores symbol and theme as used by representative major American poets, dramatists, and novelists of the 20th century.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 368WI: Postmodernism

    What is the postmodern?  When did it begin-and is it over? Is it an artistic movement or a socio-cultural condition? And why do people get so agitated whenever its name is spoken? To work toward answers to these questions, the course examines representative postmodern literature and arts across a variety of media and genres, with an emphasis on texts produced in the late 20th century in America, with the occasional foray to continental Europe. Primary texts include novels, rock music, theory, films, comics, and visual arts-and some texts that try to incorporate all of the above.

  • ENG 370: Seminar – Selected Topics in English

    This is a course for students who wish to study the work of a particular literary figure or a special topic in language, literature, or communications in-depth. Students may register for this course more than once, up to a maximum of six semester hours of credit, so long as they do not repeat the same topic; however, they may take no more than three hours of credit in any given semester.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent and permission of the instructor

  • ENG 371: Independent Study

    This is a course for students who wish to study the work of a particular literary figure or a special topic in language, literature, or communications in-depth. Students may register for this course more than once, up to a maximum of six semester hours of credit, so long as they do not repeat the same topic.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent and permission of the instructor and department chairperson

  • ENG 373: Native American Writing & Rhetoric

    This course provides undergraduate students an introduction to selected rhetorical strategies, techniques, and tactics of contemporary Native American peoples in four genres: creative nonfiction, stand-up comedy, journalism, and music. The course also provides students an opportunity to research how certain Native American writers, thinkers, performers, artists, or speakers carve space for their voices in the crowded space of modern intellectual thought and practice. Students will consider issues of identity, cross-cultural understanding, individuality and community as they learn to recognize and practice accretive thinking, rhetorical sovereignty, and argument through imaginative storytelling by intellectually engaging with the texts and performances of indigenous practitioners. This class may also include the opportunity for digital storytelling, blogging, interviewing, and community engagement.

  • ENG 379CTWI: Literary Theory

    This course examines the major critical and theoretical texts of western civilization along with the major modern critical approaches to the study, interpretation, and evaluation of literature, and applies such theory to literary works from primarily western writers. This course explores a number of questions and issues that are central to literary studies. Namely, what is literature? What is the function of literature? Is it an aesthetic object that embodies universal truths or a socially constructed text that participates in the cultural discourses and power relations that create it. How do we analyze and evaluate literature in terms of what it represents? What is the role of the literary critic? Are there correct and incorrect ways to read literature? What is the relationship between writers, readers, society, and literature? What do our individual understandings of literature say about each of us as writers, readers, teachers, and literary scholars?

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent and ENG 100, or permission of the instructor and the department chair

  • ENG 380: Professionalization Seminar

    This course will provide students with the tools they need to make the transition from undergraduate academic study to the professional application of skills, apply for and obtain internships, and identify and work towards specific post-graduation goals. Students will learn about internship and professional opportunities for English and Professional Writing majors, create professional resumes and cover letters, complete effective social media profiles, create a professional website, network with professionals, and apply for and obtain internships. Students will be required to update the professional website during the internship to include work done during this experience. 
    This is a required course for all undergraduate English and Professional Writing majors and should be taken prior to the for-credit internship experience.

  • ENG 382: Film Production Theory

    This is a course that uses concepts in Film Theory and Criticism to guide students in the production of a short narrative film. After an intensive study of theoretical and stylistic models found in the work of contemporary and past master filmmakers, students working collaboratively in groups will produce, script, shoot, and edit a short fictional film on digital video. In this course, students will explore how each filmmaker can act as a role model to embody a distinct point of view expressed in the audio-visual language of cinema; students will similarly learn how to embody their own viewpoint through the medium of film.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent, or the permission of the instructor and one of the following courses: ENG 100, 119, 141, 219, 242, 244, 246, 379, WRI 208, 212, 213, 340

  • ENG 390: Professional Writing/English Internship

    The Professional Writing/English internship creates the opportunity for supervised, practical work experience in professional contexts wherein the skills attendant to English Studies are valued and can be developed. Internships are to be secured by the student under the advisement and coordination of English Department faculty, following ENG/WRI 380 Professionalization Seminar. The internship will extend the student's academic studies into the workplace and may fall into such professional categories as Editing, Journalism, Publishing, Public Relations, Social Media, Research, Campaign Organization, Communications, or Marketing.  This internship may be taken for three, six, or nine credits.

  • ENG 395: Honors Independent Study/Thesis

    This course acts as Honors students’ independent study/thesis.

  • ENG 398: See Honors Supplementary Research

    This course features supplementary research conducted by an Honors student in an upper-division (or 300 or 400 level) course in which the student is enrolled. The research is related to a topic in the course, but in addition to the standard requirements of the course, the research should exhibit advanced inquiry or investigation into the topic. The Honors student earns 1, 2, or 3 credits in addition to credits for the course itself. The number of additional credits depends on the amount and intensity of the supplementary research. Each department in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has a specific course number which uses the departmental prefix, but all courses will use a common number (398). The course title will read “Honors Supplementary Research” and will have a variable credit value from 1 to 3 credits, e.g. ENG 398 Honors Supplementary Research.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 430: Rhetorical Traditions and Contemporary Renditions

    This course studies the histories of rhetoric as well as contemporary intersections and applications across disciplines. Depending on the particular interests of the professor, one or more specific area(s) such as media, popular culture, sciences, feminisms and gender studies, composition studies, literary theories, literacies, global issues, pedagogy, arts, and political discourse will be chosen for a more detailed study. Critical to the course are the writing assignments that allow students to examine issues in more depth and explore alternative rhetorical stances and situations.

  • ENG 438: Major Modern Dramatists

    This course is a brief critical survey of British and American drama of the 20th century with primary focus on the work of such major figures as Shaw, O’Neil, O’Casey, Miller, Williams, Albee and Pinter.

    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent

  • ENG 470: Selected Topics in English

    This course will deal in-depth with a specific issue or area in English or a literary figure not covered or only covered briefly in another graduate English course. The course may be taken up to two times (6 credit hours), provided that the selected topic is different.

  • ENG 493: The Twentieth Century British Novel

    This course features comparative studies of selected works of Joyce, Lawrence and Woolf. ENG 493 also features analysis of symbol and archetype as structural and thematic devices as well as rhetorical comparison of elements of style.
    Prerequisites: Any 100 – level CMP course or equivalent