Summer 2017 Course Descriptions

  *online*: ENGL 160A1-131/Mason *online*: ENGL 215-101/Sheehan ENGL 231-031/Staff
    ENGL 260-001/Staff *online*: ENGL 263-101/Pearmain
ENGL 265-001/Staff *online* ENGL 265-101/Staff ENGL 266-001/Staff *online*: ENGL 270-101/Pearmain
*online* ENGL 280-131/Wilson ENGL 300-031.&*online*101/Staff *online* ENGL 302-101/Wells *online* ENGL 310-101/Abraham
*online* ENGL 310-101.102/Zwinger ENGL 311-031/Staff *hybrid* ENGL 373A-001/Mason ENGL 373B-001/Staff
*online* ENGL 373B-101/Staff *online* ENGL 380-131/Nathanson    

ENGL 160A1-131       Introduction to Colonial and Postcolonial Literature                  Mason

Pre-session (online)

A study of non-western texts (from Africa, India, or the Caribbean) that use English as a literary language while incorporating indigenous materials.

ENGL 215-101              Elements of Craft          Sheehan

Pre-Session (online) 

Elements of Craft is a reading and discussion course designed to introduce new or potential creative writing majors/minors to essential terms and concepts across three genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry). We’ll read a range of contemporary authors who are using traditional and innovative formal approaches in their respective genres, as well as do creative writing exercises and reflective writing about literary craft.

ENGL 231-031         Shakespeare's Major Plays         Staff

Pre-session: MTWRF  9:00-11:50 a.m. (In-Person)

A close reading of six to eight plays, including a comedy, a history, a tragedy, and a tragicomedy.

ENGL 260-001       Major British Writers               Staff

First Five Week Session         MTWRF    9-11:50 a.m. (in-person)

Intensive study of selected works by major British writers.
ENGL 266-001         Young Adult Literature            Staff
First Five Week Session     MTWRF       11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
YA Literature is one of the most popular and quickly growing genres. We will read, discuss, and write about a diverse selection of Young Adult novels in order to explore the many facets of this literature and to consider how it shapes our definitions and understandings of adolescence. We will consider the following questions: What purposes does adolescent/young adult literature serve in our culture and society? How do these texts represent and address the adolescent and the state of adolescence? How does this literature reflect and engage the social and cultural contexts in which it was written? How does this literature portray issues of national, cultural, racial, political, and/or sexual/gender identity?

ENGL 280-131               Introduction to Literature           Wilson

Pre-session (online)

Close reading of literary texts, critical analysis, and articulation of intellectually challenging ideas in clear prose.

ENGL 300     Literature and Film                Staff

  • 300-031                        Pre-session                                MTWRF      9:00-11:50 a.m.
  • 300-101                        First Five Week Session           (online)
  • Modern/Contemporary

Comparative study of literature and cinema as aesthetic media.

ENGL 302-101     Magazine Writing Article Workshop       Wells

First Five Week Session (online)

Course covers publication for general audiences, including book reviews, scientific articles, profiles and features, and holiday articles.
ENGL 310-101        Studies in Genres: Minority Autobiography         Abraham
  • First Five Week Session (online)
  • Modern/Contemporary

This course will explore the genre of minority autobiography by considering selections from the following works: The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Angela Davis: An Autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, and Moustafa Bayoumi’s This Muslim American Life: Dispatches From the War on Terror. The course will introduce students to how people of color have used the autobiographical genre to create conceptions of agency and personhood, in the context of oppressive circumstance, to advance personal freedom and liberation. Students will write two short course papers during the summer session, in addition to writing D2L discussion posts in response to instructor and classmate prompts, as well as participating in synchronous discussions.

ENGL 310     Studies in Genres: Epic Fantasy Fiction          Zwinger

  • Pre-session: 310-101     (online)
  • First Five Week Session 310-102   (online)
  • Modern/Contemporary   

This is a course on the wildly popular genre, Epic Fantasy Fiction. We will immerse ourselves in these fictions (feel free to cosplay--it's an online course and no one will be the wiser), reading major exemplars of the genre: The Return of the King (1955, Tolkien), A Game of Thrones (1996, Martin), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997, Rowling), The Hunger Games (2008, Collins),Twilight (2008, Meyer).Your work will include informal writing assignments and online discussion posts. 

ENGL 311-031     The Science Fiction Short Story        Staff

  • Pre-session: MTWRF  9:00-11:50 a.m.  (in-person)
  • Modern/Contemporary

In this class we will explore the literary and cultural phenomenon that is the science fiction short story.  You don't have to be a science-fiction reader to enjoy and learn from the work in this course.  In fact, a central focus of the class will be to use and to investigate SF-genre reading values and literary reading values simultaneously.  We will learn about the deep history of the genre then trace its development from the mid-19th century to the rise of the pulp magazines -- especially Amazing, Galaxy and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction -- before moving into the highly literary and experimental New Wave of the 1960s.  We'll end our survey in the 1980s, perhaps with a brief glance at the present.  We'll become familiar with such SF historians, critics and theorists as James Gunn, Brian Aldiss, Darko Suvin and Farah Mendelsohn.  We'll delve into one short-story collection, Bradbury's The Martian Chronicles, and we'll read work by such authors as Philip Jose Farmer, Clifford Simak, J.G. Ballard, Harlan Ellison, Bob Shaw, Pamela Zoline, Pamela Sargent and Carol Emshwiller.

ENGL 380-131          Literary Analysis     Nathanson

Pre-session (online)

Introduction to the various modes, techniques, and terminology of practical criticism.

ENGL 263-101    Topics in Children’s Literature: Children’s Literature Through the Ages      Pearmain

First Five Week Session (online)

From the “origins” of Children’s Literature to the current day call for diverse voices in the genre, this course examines the development of concepts of the child, children’s literature, and Western Culture. We will read a broad spectrum of historical and contemporary U.S., British, and world literature, and works representing a variety of genres and cultures. Through a survey of folk tales, picture books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, and graphic novels, we will consider the historical development of children’s literature as well as its dual agenda of instruction and amusement.

ENGL 265             Major  American Writers        Staff

  • 265-001     First Five Week Session: MTWRF (in-person)    11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • 265-101     First Five Week Session (online)   

Intensive study of selected works by major American writers.

ENGL 270-101          Approaches to Lit: Exploring World of Children's Picture Books     Pearmain

First Five Week Session (online)

This course will explore the history and format of picture books and analyze how picture books work and why they are of value. While looking at the events (historical, political, economic) that have shaped the picture book industry, we will read old favorites and discuss why they stand the test of time. We will also read contemporary and award-winning picture books and consider what they reflect about today’s world.

ENGL 373A-001           British and American Literature: Beowulf-1660                 Mason

First Five Week Session  MTWR  (Hybrid)      9:00-10:45 a.m.

A survey of British and American literature to 1660, with emphasis on major writers in their literary and historical contexts.
ENGL373B   British and American Literature: Restoration through 19th Century      Staff
  • 373B-101    First Five Week Session (online)
  • 373B-001   Second Five Week Session  MTWRF  (in-person)   9:00-10:45 a.m.
A survey of British and American literature from 1660 to the Victorian period, with emphasis on major writers in their literary and historical contexts.


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