Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


Course Descriptions

English Department Course Offerings for Spring 2017

10-114 College Writing* A course in persuasive, analytical and researched writing that includes critical response to readings. (Saenger)

10-124 Great Reads: American Short Story* A description will be available soon. (Pipkin)

10-134 Introduction to Creative Writing* This introductory-level class examines the form and structure of narrative prose fiction with special attention to character and plot development.  We will read short stories to examine how authors practice their craft, and regular writing assignments will help students develop story ideas. (Pipkin)

10-244 Introduction to Literary Studies* This course helps students extend and hone their skills at interpreting and writing about literature. It also extends their familiarity and facility with tools of literary research, and helps them engage with the range of questions literary critics and literary studies typically ask. (Cleere)

10-304 Indigenous Myth and Narrative This course examines oral and written narratives in Native American cultures and communities (past and present) to show how such narratives serve as ways of encoding culture and identity, notions about world and self, and serve as a powerful means of passing those ideas on generationally. Students will have the opportunity to read collections of narratives, listen to narratives being told via audio recordings, as well as examine more contemporary methods of narrative transmission, including comic books, animation, and the internet. (Mello)

10-314 Playwriting Theory and practices of playwriting. Includes the writing of scripts for theatre reading and production. (Swenson)

10-514 World Cinema A history of narrative film from its origins to the present with an emphasis upon European, Asian, Indian and Third World cinema. Cultural contexts and technological evolution are emphasized. Lang, Eisenstein, Renoir, Truffaut, Fellini, Bergman, Fassbinder, Kurosawa, Ray, Almodovar, and Campion are among the directors studied. German cinema of the Weimar Period, Soviet Silent Cinema and the Theory of Montage, Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, the Japanese Postwar Renaissance and emergent Third World Cinema are among the organizing principles of this survey. (Gaines)

10-604 Heroes & Monsters in Medieval Literature* We will learn about Medieval European culture by looking at representations of heroes and monsters in a range of texts, from Anglo-Saxon riddles and saints’ legends to an Icelandic saga to present-day or near present-day texts, including Tolkien’s The Hobbit. We will grapple with understanding what heroes and monsters are, but will also explore other questions and areas of interest the texts present. Throughout the semester we will be developing close-reading skills and the ability to develop critically informed arguments in discussion and writing. We’ll also have some fun. (Kilfoyle)

10-684 20th-Century British Women Writers This course will provide an overview o 20th-century British history by focusing on key modernist and contemporary female-authored texts. This focus on women writers will highlight not only the continuities within the British female literary tradition but also stark differences within it; thus this course simultaneously assumes that gender is an important category of analysis for literary study and refutes any notion that anatomy is literary destiny. Thematic considerations include the development of the female artist, the wrestling with and revising of precursor texts, the resistance to and reinscription of the primacy of heterosexual romance, the nature of love, and the (re) vision of national identity and identifications. (Meyers)

10-734 American Transcendentalism A survey of the major essays and works of Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, and Henry David Thoreau. We will also examine the historical context of early nineteenth-century American and how philosophical views of Transcendentalism shaped American identity. (Pipkin)

10-864 Novel English Majors This course will have a dual-focus: the representation of literary types in contemporary fiction (e.g., Eugenides The Marriage Plot) and diverse career narratives for non-fictional English majors.  We will both analyze literature and explore how to turn the skills associated with such work into a fulfilling, economically-viable life. (Meyers)

10-934 Capstone Seminar: Textual Ownership and Appropriation This course will begin by focusing on three important theoretical works relating to the idea of owning, adapting or appropriating texts. Each student will identify three papers they have written in the course of their English coursework (or related work, such as French). Then we will identify which of these seeds for further research would best morph into a capstone project in the light of our theoretical frame. (Saenger)

*Appropriate for First Year