College of Liberal Arts
English Course Descriptions
ENGL 111 Detective Fiction and Film (3)
A study of the two main traditions in detective writing: the rational problem-solver (Sherlock Holmes and his successors); and the American private eye (Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and others). Both readings and films will be analyzed and discussed.
ENGL 112 War Literature and Film (3)
A study of the representation of war in literature and film and of the attendant moral and psychological problems that arise during war: courage/cowardliness, loyalty/protest, justifiable taking of life/murder. World War II and the Vietnam War will be of special interest.
ENWI 261-262 Introduction to Literary Study I, II (3, 3)
An introduction to the ways of reading and writing about literature. Study in the first course is devoted to medieval and Renaissance texts, in the second course to texts from the eighteenth century through the modernist period.
ENGL 301 Reading like a Writer (3)
This course develops a student's interpretive skills while cultivating an aesthetic awareness of craft, form, and style essential to the practice of creative writing.
ENGL 321 Jane Austen in Literature and Film (3)
Includes a study of Austen's novels and at least one film adaptation of each novel, focusing on what Austen had to say about her own time and why she speaks clearly to ours.
ENGL 332 American Literature, 1865-1914 (3)
A study of realist and naturalist American authors. Includes works by Twain, James, Chopin, Chesnutt, Dreiser, and Jewett, and grappling with subjects such as immigration and social reform.
ENGL 335 Modern American Literature (3)
A study of major American works from the first half of the 20th century, including Wharton, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Frost, O'Neill, Wright, Williams, Stevens, Faulkner and O'Connor.
ENGL 340 American Autobiography (3)
A study of American autobiography in the modern era. Attention to the development of autobiography as a literary genre in its various forms. Students will have opportunities to develop their own autobiographical voices.
ENGL 345 African-American Literature (3)
An examination of the African-American tradition from the colonial period to the present. Possible topics include the slave narrative, the Harlem Renaissance, the influence of folk traditions, and women's writing.
ENGL 348 American Women Writers (3)
A study of women authors, representing the diversity of the American experience and responding to social, political and literary circumstances. Addresses gender considerations in literary production and the question of a distinct woman's voice.
ENGL 349 Literature, Faith, and Secularization (3)
A study of Chopin, O'Connor, and Morrison, three writers who had orthodox and unorthodox, conventional and controversial levels of engagement with the Catholic Church. Examines how they work out their religious beliefs in fiction.
These courses fulfill the Global Encounters Veritas requirement.
ENGE 363 Literature of the Caribbean (3)
A study of the distinctive cultures and histories of the English-speaking Caribbean islands. Through the study of fiction, drama and poetry, the course examines how the rich Caribbean culture has drawn from African, South Asian and other roots to form its own "Creole" identity.
ENGE 377 Literature of Modern India (3)
Through the study of 19th- and 20th century literature, this course gives students an understanding of Indian culture with its regional and religious diversity.
ENGL 385 Fiction Workshop (3)
An advanced study of the techniques and strategies used to produce fiction, including characterization, point of view, tone, image, and conflict. Students will study and discuss the fiction of accomplished stylists, will read and respond to the works of classmates, and will produce at least two short stories of their own.
Prerequisite: ENGL 286
ENGL 386 Poetry Workshop (3)
Students will learn the techniques of writing and rewriting poems in all the traditional forms as well as free verse. They will learn how to use verse forms, imagery, metaphor, and alliteration. Course will include critical evaluation of students' original works, will locate places where poetry is published, and students will send out poetry for possible publication.
Prerequisite: ENGL 286
ENGL 387 The Catholic Novel (3)
A study of novels that effectively illustrates the Catholic version of the person and society, this course concentrates on the work of Catholic novelists such as Bernanos, Endo, Greene, Hansen, Hassler, McDermott, O'Connor, Percy, Powers, among others.
ENGL 398 Independent Study (3)
Available only to English majors and minors who have established their ability to do independent work by their performance in regular English courses.
Permission is required from the supervising instructor, the English department chair and the associate provost.
ENGL 480 Internship (3)
A combination of professional work and academic study guided by an employer and a faculty supervisor. Available only to students who have completed their sophomore year. Students may arrange for a six-credit internship, but only three credits may be applied to the English major. The internship will fulfill an elective in the major, not a period or national/cultural requirement. The faculty supervisor, English department chair and the associate provost must approve the internship in advance.
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