College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
English

English Course Topics

Descriptions of recently offered courses:

Intro to Discipline of English

This course will be built around study of three major genres (poetry, fiction and drama). Through close reading, class discussion and writing we will exercise our ability to interpret, argue for interpretations and appreciate diverse interpretations. At the same time we will gain practical knowledge of literary terms and become acquainted with major approaches in critical theory.

Intro Creative Writing: Poetry

Focuses on the connection between reading and writing.  Emphasis on techniques of writing poetry. 

Intro Creative Writing: Prose

Focuses on the connection between reading and writing.  Emphasis on techniques of prose writing, fiction, and non fiction.  

Inquiries in American Literary and Cultural History I

This course will be organized around a theme in early American literature, and thereby seek to increase students' understanding of major works, authors and literary movements of the period.  Texts for the course will come primarily from the period up to the American civil War, and both the texts and the authors studies will be placed within their larger literary and cultural contexts.  Particular themes for the course will be published each semester in the schedule of classes.

Inquiries in American Literary and Cultural History II

This course will be organized around a theme in early American literature, and thereby seek to increase students' understanding of major works, authors and literary movements of the period.  Texts for the course will come primarily from the period after the American civil War, and both the texts and the authors studies will be placed within their larger literary and cultural contexts.  Particular themes for the course will be published each semester in the schedule of classes.

Inquiries in British Literary and Cultural History I

This course will be organized around in early British literature, and thereby seek to increase students' understanding of major works, authors and literary movements of the period.  Texts for the course will come primarily from the period up to 1800, and both the texts and the authors studies will be placed within their larger literary and cultural contexts.  Particular themes for the course will be published each semester in the schedule of classes.

Inquiries in British Literary and Cultural History II

This course will be organized around in early British literature, and thereby seek to increase students' understanding of major works, authors and literary movements of the period.  Texts for the course will come primarily from the period after 1800, and both the texts and the authors studies will be placed within their larger literary and cultural contexts.  Particular themes for the course will be published each semester in the schedule of classes.

Comparative Literature

Studies world literature in historical, aesthetic, and cultural context.

Studies in Major Authors

Specific courses focusing on extensive study of one or two major writers, their lives, their art, and their development.

Studies in Rhetoric

Studies in Rhetoric. This course provides an introduction to rhetoric, the art of producing effective communication. We will read widely in rhetorical theory and criticism and practice employing various rhetorical strategies. In addition to studying the traditional divisions of rhetoric, we will also consider such topics as the relationship between rhetoric and poetics and the effects of social context on rhetorical performance. 

Studies in Literary Criticism

Specific courses in the history of literary criticism, important groups of critics, or the application of literary critical methods.   

Studies in Professional Writing

You will learn some basic forms of professional writing as well as some of its special purposes, such as public education and outreach; argument and advocacy; reporting; reviewing; or entertaining.  You will learn to write within such areas as the environment, health and medicine, science and technology. 

Shakespeare

Studies representative comedies, tragedies, and histories in both their historical and intellectual contexts and their adaptations to modern performance.

Research Seminar 

Focusing on a single text, or a set of texts by a single author, this course is designed to equip students with the research and writing skills necessary for advanced work in English.

 

 

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