College of Liberal Arts
English Course Descriptions
English 110-188: for English majors, minors and for students interested in further literary study
ENGL 110 The American Western: Fiction and Film (3)
A study of the American western as a distinct genre of writing stories and turning them into movies. Classic texts (e.g., Shane, The Virginian) will be read, and defining films in the tradition will be screened (e.g., Stagecoach, High Noon). Changes to the genre in more recent films will also be examined.
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.
ENGL 113 Children's Literature (3)
An examination of fiction and poetry written for child readers, including works by authors such as Louisa May Alcott, Robert Louis Stevenson, L. M. Montgomery, Mark Twain and others.
ENGL 261-262 Introduction to Literary Study I, II (3, 3) - Formerly ENGL 276-275
An introduction to the ways of reading and writing about literature. Study in 261 (offered in the fall) is devoted to medieval and Renaissance texts, in 262 (offered in the spring) to texts from the eighteenth century through the modernist period.
ENGL 306 The Arthurian Tradition (3)
A study of the literature of King Arthur and his knights from the earliest texts to contemporary works. Primary emphasis is on the rich literature of the Middle Ages. (Fall, odd years)
ENGL 332 American Literature, 1865-1910 (3)
A study of realist and naturalist American authors. Includes works by Twain, James, Chopin, Chesnutt, Dreiser, Jewett and Cahan and grapples 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 338 Contemporary American Literature (3)
American fiction, poetry and drama written since World War II, studied in the context of contemporary American culture and literary forms. (Spring, even years)
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. (Spring, odd years)
ENGL 350 Literature of the American West (3)A study of literature focusing on themes such as the Gold Rush, Western pioneers, indigenous cultures of the West, Hollywood, Asian and Latino culture in the West, and contemporary Western experience.
ENGL 351 Literature of the American South (3)
A study of literature focusing on representations of plantation and slavery culture, on the post-Civil War experience of black and white Southerners, on the Civil Rights movement in the South, and on the question of whether there really is a distinct Southern culture.
ENGL 360 African Literature (3)
A study of literature, mostly fiction, that has emerged as a response and reaction to the European colonization of African countries. (This course also fulfills the non-Western core requirement.)
ENGL 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. (This course also fulfills the non-Western core requirement.)
ENGL 365 Non-Western Women's Writing (3)
Through the study of writing by and about women outside the Euro-American tradition, various topics in this course address questions of women and culture, women and political movements, and issues of global feminism. (This course also fulfills the non-Western core requirement.)
ENGL 368 Japanese Literature and Culture (3)
A study of Japanese literary, religious and cultural traditions with special attention to 20th-century fiction. (This course also fulfills the non-Western core requirement.)
ENGL 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. (This course also fulfills the non-Western core requirement.)
ENGL 378 Topics in Non-Western Literature (3)
A study of special topics in non-Western literature or of the relationships between the literatures of Western and non-Western cultures. (This course also fulfills the non-Western core requirement.)
ENGL 387 The Catholic Imagination (3)
A study of the pervasive religious sensibility that inclines Catholics to see manifestations of God in all creation. This course will concentrate on the work of Catholic poets, short-story writers, novelists and dramatists. It will include such authors as Dante, Hopkins, Dubus, Powers and O'Connor.
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 dean for academic affairs.
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 dean for academic affairs must approve the internship in advance.
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