Winter 2017 Course Descriptions


100-Level Courses

200-Level Courses

300-Level Courses


ENGL160A1: Introduction to Colonial and Postcolonial Literature             Rosenberry

  • 160A1-101            Lecture                                (fully 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 209                 Introduction to the Writing of Poetry             

  • ENGL 209-001             MTWRF   9:00 a.m.-11:50 a.m.                  Palacios
Beginning techniques of poetry writing, taught through exercises, the writing of original poetry, and readings in contemporary poetry.

ENGL 248B-101                  Introroduction to Fairy Tales       (fully online)                    Zwinger

So many of us grew up on Disney's version of fairy tales; they are a part of people's childhoods and in fact are enjoyed by people well beyond their early years. Beautiful, witty, and timeless, for many people Disney means fairy tales. But fairy tales are very old forms of narrative entertainment, with some of them harking back to even older forms.And the older versions do not limit themselves to princesses in blue ball gowns and gruff but ultimately good-hearted bad guys.  In this section of "Introduction to Fairy Tales," we will view some of the iconic Disney versions of fairy tales, read the tales on which they are based, and think about what cultural and personal role these apparently deathless tales play, then and now. Work will consist of informal writing assignments and online discussion. 

ENGL 265-101   Major American Writers: Antisociality     (fully online)         Donham

In this course we will read short stories, poems, plays, and novels by Sylvia Plath, William Burroughs, Amiri Baraka, Patricia Highsmith, Shirley Jackson, and other mid-twentieth century authors whose works illustrate antisocial feelings such as pessimism, melancholy, boredom, and paranoia. We will consider issues of race, gender, and nation while critically examining and writing about the political and philosophical implications of these texts.

ENGL 280-101            Introduction to Literature    (fully online)     Rischard

English 280 is a Tier-II, one-semester course that engages students in college-level reading and writing practices for the study of literature in English. While students get the chance to explore works of prose, poetry, drama, and film across time and space during various literary movements, we will be guiding our interpretation through the lens of the Gothic.

Originally an Anglo-Saxon term borrowed from Latin to refer to Eastern peoples seen as foreign and uncivilized, Gothicism in the Anglophone literary tradition has come to define many macabre encounters with the misunderstood and the unexplainable in Western Society. From individual, supernatural experiences to global, colonial conflicts, Gothic literary elements pervade the canon from early works of Elizabethan drama in the 16th Century to the postmodern horror film of the present. Most interestingly, the Gothic as a source of fear and “otherness” returning to present conflicts allows us to interpret threads of inquiry along the lines of class, race, and gender as they create recurring social tensions.

In an accelerated learning environment, ENGL 280 students learn about the basics of academic research, college-level argumentation, and practice with the conventions of literary writing. Because the course has semester’s worth of writing instruction to cover in a winter break, the course moves very quickly. Students will be asked to read and/or watch a film most days, interact with the theoretical concepts provided in online lecture content to write brief daily responses, and experiment with different approaches to the Gothic as they practice literary inquiry to develop their own final writing project.

ENGL 373A-101   British and American Literature: Beowulf-1660      (fully online)     Mason

A survey of British and American literature to 1660, with emphasis on major writers in their literary and historical contexts.

ENGL 380-101   Literary Analysis    (fully online)    Nathanson

This is a course in “close reading.” The reading assignments will be short, to allow us to pay close attention to individual texts and individual passages. We’ll read many poems and some short stories, with an eye toward mastering the close reading techniques crucial to the sort of literary analysis we practice in upper-division literature courses (and beyond). For this online course, daily participation in discussion boards will be a major course requirement. Students will also write approximately eight short exercises (roughly 1 page each) and two papers (roughly 3-4 pages each). There are no exams.

There’s no booklist for this course. All course materials will be available online.

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ENGL 396A-101         Junior Proseminar              (fully online)     Mason

This junior-level proseminar introduces students to methods and materials of literary research.  Content of individual seminars will vary, based upon instructor.



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