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ENGC 301 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (EA) [AC]

Focuses on writing the creative essay and might include other creative nonfiction forms as well (such as feature writing), all with an eye toward publication. Emphasis is placed upon studying professional nonfiction works and conceiving, composing, editing, critiquing, and re-writing student work. Prerequisite: W1 and LS.

ENGL 110 Introduction to Academic Writing (W1)

Instruction and practice in the forms, styles, grammar, and analytic skills necessary for success in academic writing at the undergraduate level. Open to first-year students recommended by the English Department. Open to other first-year students and sophomores only by permission of the instructor. 

ENGL 258 American War Literature (LS, W1)

An examination of narrative, poetic, and cinematic responses to war from the Civil War to the present. The focus of the course varies, with three chief versions: a chronological survey of the entire span; an examination of a more limited period (even to one armed conflict); and an inquiry on the human body as an instrument and artifact of war. Not all authors are combatants/veterans/men/U.S. citizens. Fall 2016 Description/Syllabus.

ENGL 272 African American Literature (LS, W1)

This course examines the significance of African American literature both as a literary tradition in its own right and as a frame for understanding the black American experience as well as American culture more broadly. Although exact course content varies from term to term, the course studies different literary genres and other representational forms, their historical and political contexts, and the ways in which gender, sexuality, class, globalism, and other issues emerge from the texts. Spring 2019 Description/Syllabus.

ENGL 273 The Essay (LS, W1)

A 200-level “Introduction to Literary Studies” course, ENGL 273: The Essay satisfies the college’s literary studies domain requirement (LS) and the writing level 1 requirement (W1). Unlike other courses of this kind, however, which generally require you to read fiction, poetry, drama, and film, and then to write essays, this course offers the advantage of studying and writing the same genre. The studied texts serve as your models; your writing process serves as another mode of study. Spring 2016 Description/Syllabus.

ENGL 275 Literature & the Environment  (LS, W1)

An examination of how literary and other representations have depicted their culture’s relationship to the environment. The exact content will vary from term to term, though the course will study various literary and representational forms, including some theoretical writing. While the course examines how writers have experienced, understood, and envisioned their environment and their place in it, other aspects of the texts will also be studied (character, point of view, gender, race, economics,  etc.). Cross-listed as EVST 275. Fall 2018 Description/Syllabus

ENGL 330 Modern American Poetry (LS)

Close analyses of works by Frost, Stevens, Williams, Pound, Eliot, Moore, Brooks, Hughes, Bishop, Cummings, and other representative poets. Prerequisite: completion of one 200-level literary studies course or permission of the instructor. Fall 2017 Description/Syllabus.

ENGL 335 American Modernism (1900-1945)  (LS)

This course asks, What is modernism? We address that question by exploring texts from the era as artistic objects as well as framing that exploration in terms of the cultural moment they both responded to and helped create. We primarily study fiction and poetry, though other genres (film, drams, nonfiction) may receive consideration.  Prerequisite: completion of one 200-level literary studies course or permission of the instructor. Spring 2019 Description/Syllabus.

ENGL 336 Postmodern American Literature (1945+) (LS)

In what ways does postmodern literature react against or further the modernist project, and how does the post-war period contribute to this process? Where has contemporary American literature taken us? We begin to answer these questions through the study of fiction and poetry, though other genres, including drama and literary theory, may receive consideration.  Prerequisite: completion of one 200-level literary studies course or permission of the instructor. Spring 2017 Description/Syllabus.

ENGL 395 The Spanish Civil War in Literature & Film

The Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) captivated the imagination of writers and artists around the globe, many of whom traveled to Spain to witness it, to fight in it, or both—George Orwell, Muriel Rukeyser, Langston Hughes, André Malraux, and Ernest Hemingway, just to name a few. The conflict still inspires the creative arts. This course will investigate the representations of and responses to the war in literature and film. Fall 2018 Description/Syllabus.

ENGL 397 Imagined Việt Nam (LS)

This course aims to develop an appreciation and understanding of how Viet Nam has been imagined in literature and film by Vietnamese, American, and European artists, within the context of Vietnamese history from the early 19th century to the present. Course material covers the spectrum of narrative expression by including prose fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and film.  Prerequisite: completion of one 200-level literary studies course or permission of the instructor. Spring 2018 Description/Syllabus.

ENGL 464 Faulkner and Wideman Seminar (LS, W2)

William Faulkner and John Edgar Wideman provide a study in contrast and a study of deep similarities: a white rural Mississippian writing in the early part of the century and a black urban Pennsylvanian writing in the current era, both of whose works not only show stylistic similarities but also share persistent concerns of the past's presence in the present; of place; of race and gender; and of the use of fiction to investigate the author's personal sense of history, home, and self. We will explore three of Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha novels and then Wideman's Homewood trilogy. Open to seniors; open to other students only by permission of the instructor.  Prerequisite: completion of any 300-level course in English. Spring 2019 Description/Syllabus.

ENGL 465 Ernest Hemingway Seminar (LS, W2)

An in-depth study of Hemingway’s career, from In Our Time to his posthumously published The Garden of Eden. Literary criticism of Hemingway will also be a major subject of study. In addition to papers, students are expected to research the criticism and to lead class discussions based upon their research. Open to seniors; open to other students only by permission of the instructor.  Prerequisite: completion of any 300-level course in English. Fall 2016 Description/Syllabus.

ENGF 490 Topics: War Film (LS, W2)

A close examination of war films that takes advantage of the parallel development of war and cinema, starting with the Great War and sampling up through the present. Different kinds of film, produced by several different nationalities, will be examined. Readings will supplement viewings. Prerequisite: completion of any 300-level ENGF course or ENGL 258 (see above); or by permission of the instructor.