Southwestern

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English

Curriculum

Department course offerings support the General Education Program of the University. Normally, a student will take at least one introductory literature course before taking other courses in the department.

English 10-144, 10-154, 10-164, 10-174 and 10-284 are introductory courses, open to all students. English 10-284 is strongly recommended to the prospective major or minor, as is one or more courses among 10-154, 164, and 174.

Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings.  See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

  • 10-114 COLLEGE WRITING
    A course in persuasive, analytical and researched writing that includes critical response to readings. Not to be counted toward an English major or minor, or included in the 56 credit limitation in one subject area. (Annually) (WA)
  • 10-144 INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
    The analysis and interpretation of works selected from English and world literature. (Biennially) (H) (WA)
  • 10-154 SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE I
    Beowulf to 1785. A historically organized course spanning a millennium of literary greatness, with particular emphases on social and cultural change and methods of literary analysis. May be taken independently of English 10-164. (Annually) (H) (WA)
  • 10-164 SURVEY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE II
    1785 to present. A historically organized course. May be taken independently of English 10-154. (Annually) (H) (WA)
  • 10-174 SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE
    From before Columbus to the present. A historically organized course. May be taken independently of English 10-154 and English 10-164. (Annually) (H) (WA)
  • 10-204 GREEK AND ROMAN MYTHOLOGY
    See Classics 07-204 and Religion 19-504. (H) (R) (IP) (WA)
  • 10-214 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE
    See Education 45-734.
  • 10-224 MODERN BRITISH FANTASY FOR CHILDREN
    See Education 45-794. (H) (ScS)
  • 10-284 LITERARY ANALYSIS AND METHODS
    An introduction to issues and methods of literary analysis. Topics and readings will vary from semester to semester. (Annually) (H)
  • 10-314 PLAYWRITING
    See Theatre 74-314. (FAL)
  • 10-324 CREATIVE WRITING
    A writing workshop in either prose fiction or poetry. May be repeated for credit. Approval of instructor required. (Biennially) (H) (WA)
  • 10-334 ADVANCED WRITING
    An intensive course in writing with emphasis on the critical essay. May be repeated with change in topic. (Biennially) (H) (WA)
  • 10-384 SHAKESPEARE THROUGH PERFORMANCE
    This course introduces students to Shakespeare through the collective rehearsal and performance of one play. Whether individual students perform or not, each student will reach a deep understanding of the art of Shakespeare’s language and theater as they build their actual staging in specific scenes. Within this focused study of performing a specific play, many advanced topics of Shakespearean studies are addressed. May be repeated with different play. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-404 LITERARY CRITICISM/LITERARY THEORY
    An introduction to major critical and theoretical approaches to literature. Prerequisite: English 10-284. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-444 THE TEACHING OF WRITING
    A seminar emphasizing issues and strategies involved in working with student writing from various disciplines. Approval of the Writing Program Director required. (Annually) (H) (WA)
  • 10-474 TOPICS IN THEORY
    This course offers a focused engagement with a theoretical question, problem or method.  Possible offerings include Feminist Film Studies, Foucault and the Legacies of New Historicism, Problems in Textuality, Who Put the Post in Postcolonial?, Technical Advances in Ecocriticism, Psychoanalytic Theory and Its Discontents. May be repeated with change of topic. Prerequisite: 10-284. (Biennially) (H) .
  • 10-504 TOPICS IN FILM
    Diverse themes and approaches (such as narrative, historicist, genre, feminist) to Hollywood and/or independent film traditions.  Possible offerings include Film Noir, Shakespeare in Hollywood, Romantic Comedies, 60s Hollywood, Reel Jews, and LGBT Film.  May be repeated with change of topic. (Biennially) (H)
  • 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. (Annually) (H)
  • 10-524 AMERICAN MOVIES
    A history of narrative film from its origins to the present with an emphasis upon Hollywood cinema. Historical contexts and technological evolution are emphasized. Griffith, Chaplin, Welles, Hitchcock, Ford, Kubrick, Altman, Coppola and Anderson are among the directors studied. The Studio System, silent comedies, sound film, genre study (musical, comedy, western and gangster films), New Hollywood and digital technology are among the organizing principles of this survey. (Annually) (H)
  • 10-534 POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURE
    A study of literature produced at the intersection of cultures. Consideration of ways cultural differences and legacies of colonization are negotiated. Major figures vary from year to year but will usually include Achebe, Gordimer, Head, Ngugi, Rushdie and Soyinka. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-544 AMERICAN POP
    A study of American popular culture, with particular attention to social and cultural change. Focus will vary from an advanced survey of various popular culture venues (literature, music, film, television, journalism) to occasional theme courses on "authors" such as Bob Dylan, the Beatles ("honorary Americans" by virtue of their influence) and others. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-574 TOPICS IN WOMEN’S LITERATURE
    Informed by feminist and queer theory, this course will explore the ways in which diverse female literary traditions construct and challenge conceptions of gender, genre, canon, period and nation. Likely offerings will include Early American Women Writers, Women and Captivity Narratives, Other Victorian Women and/or Women Writing Multiculturalism. May be repeated with change in topic. Also Feminist Studies 04-574. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-594 TOPICS IN CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
    A study of literature written in English from the 1960s to the present. Topics and authors will vary from semester to semester to reflect the breadth and depth of contemporary literary traditions. May be repeated with change in topic. Also Feminist Studies 04-694. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Annually) (H)
  • 10-604 TOPICS IN MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
    An advanced introduction to some of the best literature of the medieval period. Topics will vary but may include such authors as the Beowulf-poet, Chaucer, Malory and Langland. Some possible topics include quest-narratives, piety, drama, images of women, autobiography and allegory. May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-614 TOPICS IN EARLY ENGLISH LITERATURE
    This course covers literature of the Medieval and Renaissance periods, with varying focus. Potential themes include Medieval and Renaissance Drama, Early English Lyric Poetry, the Renaissance, Narrative Form and Earlier English Religious Poetry. May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-624 SHAKESPEARE
    An intensive introduction to the works of William Shakespeare. The selection of works will vary from semester to semester but will address the breadth of Shakespeare’s achievement. Also Theatre 74-704. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Annually) (H)
  • 10-634 TOPICS IN SHAKESPEARE
    An intensive introduction to the works of William Shakespeare, with the same reading load and difficulty as English 10-624, but with a topical focus. Topics may include Shakespearean Comedy, Shakespeare’s Poetry, Shakespeare and Gender, or Shakespeare and His Contemporaries. May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-654 TOPICS IN 18TH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
    A study of British writing of the long 18th century (1660-1800), with particular attention to cultural continuity and change. Focus and authors will vary; offerings include Sexual Politics of the Restoration Age, Reason and Madness in 18th-Century Fiction, Enlightenment Self-Fashioning, Center and Periphery: the Problem of the "British" 18th Century. May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-664 TOPICS IN ROMANTICISM
    This course will emphasize the poetry and prose of traditional Romantic writers such as Wordsworth, Keats, Coleridge, Hazlitt, Tighe and Barbauld, and will explore the Romantic-era work of novelists like Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Smith, Sir Walter Scott and Ann Radcliffe. Topics for this course will vary and may include Romanticism and Gender, The Byronic Hero, and Romanticism and Aesthetics. May be repeated with change in topic. Also Feminist Studies 04-634. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-674 TOPICS IN VICTORIAN LITERATURE AND CULTURE
    This course will explore the Victorian period in British culture through the dominant literary genre of that period: the novel. Authors studied may include Dickens, Eliot, Trollope, Hardy, Braddon, Wilde, Collins and the Bronte sisters. Specific topics for this course will vary and may include Austen and Bronte, Victorian Mystery, Realism and Sensationalism, and Victorian Arts. May be repeated with change in topic. Also Feminist Studies 04-664. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-684 TOPICS IN 20TH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
    This course will focus on the development of British modernisms and postmodernisms, with particular attention to the diverse aesthetic strategies that challenged, reinforced, and reconstructed ideas about subjectivity, gender, sexuality, nation and novels. May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-714 TOPICS IN AMERICAN LITERATURE
    A thematic study of American writers from an interdisciplinary perspective. American Poetry, Southwestern Literature and Making and Unmaking of Democratic Selves are among the variants offered. May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-734 TOPICS IN 19TH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE
    A study of American writers of the 19th century, with particular attention to social and cultural change. Focus will vary from an advanced survey of such writers as Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, Whitman, Dickinson and Twain to dual-author courses such as Hawthorne and Melville. May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-754 TOPICS IN 20TH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE
    A study of American writers of the 20th century, with particular attention to social and cultural change. Focus will vary from an advanced survey of such writers as James, Adams, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Ellison, Salinger, Morrison and DeLillo to thematically organized courses such as America Since the 1960s, Postwar(s) America, Popular versus Literary Culture, and America and the Movies. May be repeated with change in topic. Prerequisite: One course in English or permission of instructor. (Biennially) (H)
  • 10-764 AMERICAN ETHNIC LITERATURE
    A study of the literatures of American ethnic communities, analyzing the relationships between ethnicity, history, and literature.  Possible subjects include, but are not limited to, African American, Asian American, Latina/o, and Native American literature.  Discussion is attentive to the intersections of ethnic identity with gender, sexuality, citizenship, and class. (Biennially) (H) (WA)
  • 10-934 SEMINAR
    Fulfills the requirement for a capstone experience. Prerequisite: 10-284. (WA)
  • 10-001 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 10-002 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 10-003 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 10-004 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 10-301 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 10-302 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 10-303 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 10-304 SELECTED TOPICS
    May be repeated with change in topic.
  • 10-901 TUTORIAL
  • 10-902 TUTORIAL
  • 10-903 TUTORIAL
  • 10-904 TUTORIAL
  • 10-941 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 10-942 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 10-943 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 10-944 ACADEMIC INTERNSHIP
    Must be taken Pass/D/F.
  • 10-951 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 10-952 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 10-953 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 10-954 INDEPENDENT STUDY AND RESEARCH
    May be repeated with change in content.
  • 10-984 HONORS
    Students who wish to undertake an Honors project should develop a proposal in consultation with the faculty member who has agreed to direct it. The proposal must then be endorsed by the department as a whole. Students who plan to undertake an Honors project are strongly encouraged to take English 10-404 before beginning the project.