Special Course Descriptions
English


ENG 303 10 The Seventeenth Century
Professor Moncrief
Early modern England saw an enormous range of popular printed materials-- many types of poetry, prose, and drama of course, but also pamphlets, ballads, broadsides, sermons, conduct books, medical manuals, domestic guides, woodcuts, and more-- available for public consumption. This course will examine a diverse range of .literary. (Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, Donne, Herrick, Herbert, Marvell, Milton, etc.) and .non-literary. texts in relation to seventeenth-century culture. Class discussions-- with significant contributions from student research-- will explore print materials of the seventeenth century as products/producers of a changing culture through the consideration of cultural topics including but not limited to: politics, monarchy, authority and revolution, the city, urbanization, voyage and .discovery,. nation and national identity, religion and spirituality, imagination and identity.


ENG 317 10/GEN 317 10 Women.s Literature
Professor D. Cousineau
This course will explore the way women writers both draw on literary traditions and introduce important innovations in narrrative form and subject matter. We will consider such psychlogical and cultural issues as the portrayal of female subjectivity and desire, mother-daughter relationships, and hybrid identities (racial and ethnic). Writers will include Jane Austen, Virginia Woolf, Marguerite Duras, and other modern and contemporary novelists.


ENG 326 10 Living Writers: Topics in Non-Fiction
Professor Shenk
This course will illuminate the role of research, voice, and expertise in writing on specific disciplines. Considering such topics as food, sex, and rock .n roll, we will closely read essays, stories, and books . often as a precursor to an encounter with the authors themselves. In addition to short analytical assignments, students will be expected to choose a topic for investigation themselves and to prepare a final creative project.


ENG 494 10 Modernism I
Professor T. Cousineau
A study of selected masterpieces of the early phase of modernist writing (1890-1922). Emphasis will be equally placed on the formal and thematic innovations introduced by the major writers of this period (Henry James, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, D.H.Lawrence, William Butler Yeats, Ezra Pound, and T.S. Eliot) and on their indebtedness to the .great tradition. of western literature.


ENG 494 11 The Gilded Age and American Realism
Professor Knight
This course examines key prose fiction from the Gilded Age of American culture (roughly 1878 . 1901). Careful attention will be given to the intersection of ethnicity, gender, class and environment in the work of Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, Frances E.W. Harper, Charles Chesnutt, and others. By the end of this course, students should be able to: . Identify and critique the various treatments of "Big Business" and industrialization in literature of the period . Discuss the development of regional literature . Assess how urbanization affected the literary imagination of various authors . Identify and analyze multiple manifestations of social inequality in literature of the period.


ENG 494 12 Caribbean Diaspora Literature
Professor Shoge
The course covers literary works of writers of the Caribbean Diaspora published in English from the early 1920s to the present. The writers originate from the English, French, and Spanish islands as well as Guyana and became self-selected exiles or emigrants to the United Kingdom, United States, and Canada. The authors include Claude McKay, George Lamming, Samuel Selvon, Edward Braithwaite, Derek Walcott, Jamaica Kincaid, Junot Diaz, Edwidge Danticat, Fred D.Aguiar, and others and collectively their works cover the colonial to post colonial eras. They write about the Caribbean from the center and from outside the center. Fiction, poetry, and plays of these writers will provide the literary framework from which students can examine the multiplicity of Caribbean native and diasporic cultural identities. Through critical analysis of literary elements students will understand the tensions and symbiotic relations from which the blending and creating of new characters, imagery, symbolism, rhythms and tones emerged.