College of Liberal Arts
English Course Descriptions
CVEN 102 Literature of the West: Renaissance to Revolutions (3)
Survey of developments in the literature of the West from the Renaissance through the Age of Revolutions, about 1400-1850. (Spring)
CVEN 201 The West in the Modern World: Literature (3)
Study of important developments in the literature of the West from the late 19th century through the present. (Fall and Spring)
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 114 The Short Story (3)
A study of the evolution of the short-story form, from the nineteenth century through post-modernism.
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 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 300 Ancient and Medieval Literature (3)
A study of selected major works from classical, biblical and medieval European literatures. (Spring, odd years)
ENGL 305 Chaucer (3)
A study of The Canterbury Tales and selected minor works in the contexts of medieval European culture and modern interpretation. (Fall, even years)
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 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. (Spring)
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 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.
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, 1865-1910 (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 370 Latin American Fiction (3)
A study of fiction from Mexico and South America. (This course also fulfills the non-Western core requirement.) (Spring, odd years)
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 286 Introduction to Creative Writing (3)
Study and practice of creative writing techniques. Students produce a short story and some poetry. (Fall)
ENGL 380 The English Language (3)
A study of the English language: history, syntax, phonology, morphology, semantics and related topics. (Spring, even years)
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 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 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.