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Beginning-Level English Courses and Electives
British and European Literature
Literature of the United States
World Literatures/Global Encounters
Language and Writing
Additional Advanced Courses

ENMO 300 Modernity in Literature (3)
Study of important developments in the literature of the West from the late 19th century through the present.

Beginning-Level English Courses and Electives

ENGL 100 Special Topics (3)
Various topics will be offered under this course designation.

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 114 Introduction to Short Fiction (3)
A study of the evolution of the short-story form, from the nineteenth century through post-modernism.

ENGL 117 Shakespeare for Beginners (3)
An introduction to the fascinating work of the world’s most famous playwright through text and performance.

ENGL 118 Introduction to Poetry (3)
An appreciation and examination of a wide range of poetic forms and styles, with an emphasis on sharpening students' interpretative skills.

ENGL 135 American Horror Story (3)
A study of American horror fiction and film, with particular emphasis on central practitioners (Edgar Allan Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Alfred Hitchcock, and Stephen King) as well as the philosophical and cultural implications of their works.

ENGL 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 286 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
Study and practice of creative writing techniques. Students write a short story and some poems.

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British and European Literature

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 304 The Epic (3)
Students will encounter the complete texts of major epic poems, from Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey through medieval and early modern epics (Dante’s Commedia and Milton’s Paradise Lost). The course considers epic both as a literary genre and as a way of viewing and representing reality. Fulfills British/European pre-1650 requirement.

ENGL 305 Chaucer (3)
A study of The Canterbury Tales and selected minor works in the contexts of medieval European culture and modern interpretation.

ENGL 306 The Medieval Romance (3)
A study of the romance tradition in the Middle Ages, including the rich literature about King Arthur and his court.

ENGL 307 Medieval Women (3)
An exploration of writings for, by, and about women of the Middle Ages, with a focus on challenging stereotypes about gender and the period.

ENGL 315 Renaissance Literature (3)
A study of English writers in the context of the European Renaissance and Reformation.

ENGL 318 Shakespeare (3)
A study of Shakespeare's drama in the contexts of Tudor-Stuart culture and modern critical/theatrical interpretation.

ENGL 320 18th century British Literature (3)
Topics include origins of the English novel, survey of 18th-century literary forms, and theoretical questions related to culture and politics.

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 325 The Romantic Movement (3)
A study of the English Romantic poets and some Romantic novels written in 19th century Europe.

ENGL 326 19th century English Novel (3)
Novels of the Brontë sisters, Dickens, Trollope, Eliot and Hardy are read in the context of Victorian culture.

ENGL 327 19th century Russian Literature (3)
Works by Pushkin, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Chekhov are studied in the context of Russian cultural and artistic issues.

ENGL 328 Modern Irish Literature (3)
Fiction, poetry and drama are studied in the context of the Celtic Renaissance and more contemporary times in Ireland.

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Literature of the United States

ENGL 330 Early American Literature (3)
A study of early America's major writers and genres from the colonial through the Federal eras, including the origin of the American novel.

ENGL 331 American Renaissance Literature (3)
Focus on the American Romantics, including works by Dickinson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, and Stowe.

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 338 Contemporary American Literature (3)
Novels and short fiction by contemporary American writers.

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.

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World Literatures/Global Encounters

These courses fulfill the Global Encounters requirement.

ENGE 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.

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 368 Japanese Literature and Culture (3)
A study of Japanese literary, religious and cultural traditions with special attention to 20th century fiction.

ENGE 370 Latin American Fiction (3)
A study of fiction from Mexico and South America.

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.

ENGE 378 Stories of Islam (3)
A study of selected literary works produced in Islamic societies, from the time of the Prophet to the present.

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Language and Writing

ENGL 380 The English Language (3)
A study of the English language: history, syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics and related topics.

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

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Additional Advanced Courses

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 388 Literature of the Environment (3)
An examination of the ways literary texts from a variety of cultures capture how humans have understood and interacted with the natural world.

ENGL 390, 391, 393, 394 Special Topics (3)
Various topics not covered in regular advanced electives may be offered under these headings. Students may suggest topics to the faculty.

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.

ENGL 498 Senior Seminar (3)
Available only to seniors, this course provides a capstone experience for their study in the English major. Students will engage in advanced work in literary studies, including research projects.

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