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Course Offerings

Below is a list of available courses offered by the Classics Department. Consult the Registrar’s Office and the College Catalog for registration information.

Course List

ENGL 111 - WRITING WOMEN

"Why are there no great women writers?" Virginia Woolf pondered in 1929 in order to examine and challenge the historical and cultural constraints on women's creativity and artistic production. This course explores selected poetry, fiction, and essays by women who have written - brilliantly - in spite of, out of, and/or from within those constraints. Thematic topics may vary by semester (examples include "Women Writing Romance" and "Science/Fiction"). Emphasis on critical approaches to literature and the writing of literary analysis. Hours credit: 3.

ENGL 112 - SPORTS LITERATURE

Walt Whitman said of baseball, it "belongs as much to our institutions, fits into them as significantly as our constitutions." This course examines sports as subject for both analytical and imaginative writing. Students read works that present an American identity through sport, the tension between being self-reliant and playing for the team; or, as Whitman would have it, "the snap, go, fling of the American atmosphere." Hours credit: 3. Alternate years.

ENGL 113 - INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE

Emphasis on critical approaches to literature and the writing of literary analysis. Topic changes from year to year. Hours credit: 3. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. Offered second semester.

ENGL 140 - CLASSICS OF AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE

A historical survey of artistically and culturally significant works by writers such as Equiano, W. W. Brown, Jacobs, Douglass, Keckley, Dunbar, B. T. Washington, DuBois, A. Grimké, J. W. Johnson, and various contributors to the Harlem Renaissance. Hours credit: 3. Alternate years.

ENGL 142 - F. SCOTT & ZELDA

How did a disorganized college student become a world-class novelist? This course traces the development of F. Scott Fitzgerald's art through the wide range of his writing, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Attention will be given to his collaboration and competition with Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, as well as to relevant cultural phenomena such as media celebrity and the rise of Hollywood. Hours credit: 3. Alternate years

ENGL 156 - PULP FICTION

Considering classics like Homer's Odyssey and the tales of the Arabian Nights, this course will examine how sensational literature has evolved into a mass-market genre. Emphasis will be placed on twentieth-century examples of fantasy, detection, romance, and adventure. Authors may include Edgar Rice Burroughs, Raymond Chandler, Ian Fleming, Stephen King, and Jacqueline Susann. Hours credit: 3. Alternate years

ENGL 161 - INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING

The writing of poetry, fiction, and plays, focusing upon group discussion of student work. The work of modern and contemporary authors will be used as models for discussions of theme, theory, and technique. Hours credit: 3.

ENGL 167 - EXPLORING CREATIVE WRITING

A 7-week introduction to creative process and the writing of poetry, short fiction, plays, or creative nonfiction. Taught by the current Randolph Writer in Residence. Hours credit: 1. First-year students have registration priority. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only.

ENGL 240 - ESL TEACHING METHODS

This course will help students who are considering teaching English to speakers of other languages develop a theoretical framework, explore methods of teaching and then learn to plan effective lessons based on principles they can discuss and defend. Students will learn to evaluate materials for teaching and testing and to use the various resouces (such as conferences, journals, websites) available for ESL (English as a Second Language) teachers. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing. This course fulfills the intercultural competence graduation requirement.

ENGL 253 - READING POETRY

A study of lyric, narrative, and dramatic verse. Students will discover meaning by examining the formal properties of poetry, including meter, diction, imagery, and tone. Readings will include a range of genres such as epic, elegy, pastoral, and ode. Representative authors may include Spenser, Milton, Wordsworth, Whitman, and Dickinson. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 255 - READING PROSE

A study of non-fiction prose, including autobiography, intellectual essay, reportage, criticism, and literary theory. Students will investigate the boundaries of critical thinking and creative imagination; of fact, fiction, and truth. Representative authors may include Aristotle, Montaigne, Douglass, Hazlitt, and Woolf. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 256 - READING FICTION

A study of the short story and the novel with particular attention given to form and technique. Students will explore a variety of narrative types such as picaresque, epistolary, naturalistic, satiric, and experimental. Representative authors may include Voltaire, Austen, Twain, Joyce, García Márquez, and Walker. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 263 - WRITING POETRY

Intensive work in the writing of poetry. Reading of theory along with examples from contemporary poets as models. Primary focus on the workshopping of students' poems. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: English 161R or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 265 - WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION

Intensive work in the writing of creative nonfiction. Reading of theory along with examples from contemporary writers as models. Primary focus on the workshopping of students' essays. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ENGL 161R or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ENGL 266 - WRITING FICTION

Intensive work in the writing of fiction. Reading of theory along with examples from contemporary fiction writers as models. Primary focus on workshopping of students' stories. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: English 161R or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 274 - ANCIENT POETRY IN TRANSLATION

A survey of the major genres of ancient Greek and Roman poetry, including epic, lyric, drama, and satire. Texts will be read in English translation. Hours credit: 3.0. Prerequisite: ENGL 103, ENGL 113, or permission of the department. One time only.

ENGL 276 - READING DRAMA

A study of tragedy, comedy, and other varieties of works for the theatre, with attention given to historical and social context. Students will examine periods such as the Restoration, types such as melodrama, and movements such as theatre of the absurd. Attendance at screenings and at live productions by the theatre department may be required. Representative authors may include Sophocles, Behn, Ibsen, Shaw, and O’Neill. Identical with Theatre 276. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 277 - SHAKESPEARE

An introductory course dealing with the principles of Renaissance stagecraft, the nature of performance, the construction and themes of the plays, and the concept of genre or type. Representative plays in all genres from throughout Shakespeare’s career. Identical with Theatre 277. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 279 - WRITING PLAYS

In this course, students learn how to structure a scene, how to structure a play, how to create, hold, and release the tension of a dramatic moment through taut and convincing dialogue, how to create characters that an audience will identify with and care about. Through the reading of modern and contemporary plays, both short and full length, students will study the ways that highly accomplished playwrights solve the problems presented by a variety of dramatic situations, and will begin to implement into their own scenes and plays the elements of the craft that they discover. Identical with Theatre 279. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ENGL 161R or THTR 142 or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ENGL 328 - BEATS & HIPPIES

An examination of post-World War II American literature, focusing on the works of alienation and rebellion by such writers as Kerouac, Ginsberg, Burroughs, Kesey, and Brautigan. Attention is given to the influences of American Romanticism and European Existentialism on this counter-culture literature. The new and gonzo journalism of Tom Wolfe and Hunter S. Thompson will also be explored. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisites: 100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ENGL 331 - TOPICS IN LITERATURE

The work in the course varies from year to year. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit when topic differs.

ENGL 333 - LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAN SOUTH

A seminar-style, topically-arranged investigation of prose, poetry, and drama of the southern United States through selections from four centuries of Anglophone writing in the region. Topics, e.g. The African-American South, The Southern Renascence, Quintessential Faulkner, (Re)Constructions of the Old South, Belles and Ladies and Not, will vary. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ENGL 336 - INSPIRED BY THE SEA

An exploration of the maritime imagination that proceeds from the sea as setting, subject, and figure to transnational notions of "sea consciousness" that challenge traditions of geopolitical "mapping" in literary and cultural studies. Texts will be selected from a range of ancient and modern writers such as Virgil, Columbus, Equiano, Melville, Conrad, and Carson. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ENGL 338 - THE PROSTITUTE IN LITERATURE

The prostitute, the whore, the fallen woman, the sexually voracious woman, call her what you will, populates the literary landscape. She is a central figure in cultural debates about sexuality, about the role of women in public markets (both literal and authorial), and about the relationship between romance and fiction. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 341 - AUTHOR, AUTHOR!

The work in this course varies from year to year. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 342 - POE, POE, POE!

Inventor of the detective story, master of the macabre, arbiter of literary taste, Mr. Edgar Allan Poe is alive and well in our literary world. Students will read Poe's fiction, poetry, and prose and then study how a 1950s philosophical debate about "The Purloined Letter" sparked a critical firestorm. In more recent years, writers have "solved" the murder of Poe's "Marie Rogêt" and the mystery of Poe's own death. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor. Rotating

ENGL 343 - TRANSATLANTIC BRONTE

The British sisters Anne, Charlotte, and Emily Brontë burst upon the Victorian literary scene with novels featuring passion and violence. Their astonishing fictions evoked outrage and admiration, and inspired responses not only from other British writers, but also from writers in the United States. This course will explore the cultural and literary contexts -- and legacies -- of the transatlantic Brontë phenomenon. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite:100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ENGL 346 - FAULKNER & MORRISON

Arguably the greatest American novelists of the twentieth century, William Faulkner and Toni Morrison write from opposite ends of that period: he from the segregated South of pre-WWII, she from the empowered culture of post-civil rights and -feminist turmoil. Yet each has the same concern: depicting identity in a land of racial conflict. Provocative Pairings: The Sound and the Fury & The Bluest Eye; Absalom, Absalom! & Beloved; and Sanctuary & Jazz. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 100 or 200 level literature course or permission of the instructor. Rotating.

ENGL 353 - SATIRE

A study of writers who ridicule the status quo not only for our amusement but also for our improvement. Attention given to irony, wit, and lampoon. Readings from canonical satirists such as Juvenal, Swift, Twain, Huxley, Parker, and Ellison are complemented by Kubrick's Dr. Strangelove, Trudeau's Doonesbury, and The Colbert Report. The Onion, "America's Finest News Source," provides online late-breaking news. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor. Rotating.

ENGL 357 - RADICAL TURNS

Just before the turns of the 19th and 20th centuries, the vogues of Gothicism and Naturalism, respectively, featured radical imaginations that shocked readers and redefined the terms of literature. Works by British and U.S. writers will provide a study of the phenomenon of creative extremity, as well as its influence and enduring power. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor. Alternate years.

ENGL 363 - ADVANCED CREATIVE WRITING

A workshop in the writing of poetry, fiction, creative non-fiction, or playwriting. Students may pursue the genre(s) of their choice. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ENGL 161R and two of the following: ENGL 263; 265; 266; ENGL/THTR 279; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of nine hours.

ENGL 364 - FEMINIST LITERARY THEORY

This course provides an introduction to feminist literary criticism/theory. It also examines the ways that this strand of criticism overlaps, influences, and expands other fields of literary criticisms, including (among others) Marxist theory, queer theory, cultural studies, post-colonial theory, psychoanalytic theory, and new historicism. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor. Rotating

ENGL 367 - WRITER-IN-RESIDENCE MASTER CLASS

A 4-week intensive study of the theory and practice of writing poetry, short fiction, plays, or creative nonfiction. Taught by the current Pearl S. Buck Writer in Residence or Anne Spencer Poet in Residence. Hours credit: 1. Prerequisite: ENGL 161R and/or permission of the Coordinator of the Creative Writing Program. Majors and minors have registration priority. Offered on a Pass/Fail basis only. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 378 - GENDER IN RENAISSANCE ART & LITERATURE

This course seeks to understand, analyze, and interpret representations of gender and sex within Renaissance art and literature (in both England and Italy). Using contemporary texts when possible and readings from the disciplines of literature, social history, feminist theory, and art historical texts, the course aims for a fuller assessment of gendered Renaissance life as it pertains to art and literature. Identical with Art 378. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 381 - ABSURD YOUNG MEN

Albert Camus proposes that man desires order in a world of chaos, leading to the absurd predicament. Question: whether to be angry about the human condition or, as Camus imagines Sisyphus, happy? Students will examine this existential paradox through the post-World War II dramas of playwrights such as Osborne, Pinter, Beckett, Ionesco, and Albee. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: 100- or 200-level literature course or permission of the instructor. Rotating

ENGL 390 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

ENGL 490 - INDEPENDENT STUDY

ENGL 493 - SENIOR SEMINAR

A course designed to help develop critical perspectives in literature. The aim is to increase understanding of such key concepts as genre, period, school, and critical approach. The course will require both essays and oral presentations. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: permission of the Department.

ENGL 494 - SENIOR PAPER

Each student will work closely with a faculty supervisor to prepare a major paper of about 25 pages. At the end of the semester, faculty and students will meet as a group to hear oral presentations of the students' work. Hours credit: 3. Prerequisite: ENGL 493 and permission of the Department.

ENGL 497H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

ENGL 498H - HONORS IN THE MAJOR

ENGL 601 - POETRY WORKSHOP

This poetry workshop introduces students to graduate-level poetry writing, reading, and practical criticism. The semester begins with a ten-day residency of lectures, discussions, panels, workshops, and readings. Students finish the residency with an individualized study plan for a semester of reading deeply, writing creatively, and revising intentionally, all under the one-on-one guidance of a faculty mentor. Hours credit: 15. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 603 - FICTION WORKSHOP I

This fiction workshop introduces students to graduate-level fiction writing, reading, and practical criticism. The semester begins with a ten-day residency of lectures, discussions, panels, workshops, and readings. Students finish the residency with an individualized study plan for a semester of reading deeply, writing creatively, and revising intentionally, all under the one-on-one guidance of a faculty mentor. Hours credit: 15. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 605 - NONFICTION WORKSHOP I

This nonfiction workshop introduces students to graduate-level literary nonfiction writing, reading, and practical criticism. The semester begins with a ten-day residency of lectures, discussions, panels, workshops, and readings. Students finish the residency with an individualized study plan for a semester of reading deeply, writing creatively, and revising intentionally, all under the one-on-one guidance of a faculty mentor. Hours credit: 15. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 641 - POETRY WORKSHOP II

This second workshop builds upon the student’s progress in the first poetry workshop, deepening their understanding and experience of craft, criticism, research, revision, voice, and imagery. As in the first workshop, the semester begins with a ten-day, preparatory residency and continues with one-on-one mentorship. This second semester adds the additional requirement of regular peer workshopping and explorations in contemporary publishing. Hours credit: 15. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 643 - FICTION WORKSHOP II

This second workshop builds upon the student’s progress in the first fiction workshop, deepening their understanding and experience of craft, criticism, research, revision, voice, and imagery. As in the first workshop, the semester begins with a ten-day, preparatory residency and continues with one-on-one mentorship. This second semester adds the additional requirement of regular peer workshopping and explorations in contemporary publishing. Hours credit: 15. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 645 - NONFICTION WORKSHOP II

This second workshop builds upon the student’s progress in the first nonfiction workshop, deepening their understanding and experience of craft, criticism, research, revision, voice, and imagery. As in the first workshop, the semester begins with a ten-day, preparatory residency and continues with one-on-one mentorship. This second semester adds the additional requirement of regular peer workshopping and explorations in contemporary publishing. Hours credit: 15. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 670 - CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP II

The applied criticism semester builds upon the previous genre workshops, requiring an initial residency session and regular creative writing, reading, and workshopping with one-on-one mentorship. The major project of the third semester is the completion of a substantial essay incorporating applied criticism and craft analysis, as well as theory, publishing, translation, literacy, and/or pedagogy. Hours credit: 15.

ENGL 690 - THESIS WORKSHOP

The thesis requires the completion of a book-length work of poetry, fiction, or nonfiction. The thesis semester begins with a preparatory residency and concludes with a graduation residency in which students present a craft lecture and a public reading. In the event that the thesis shows progress but would benefit from additional work, a thesis semester may be repeated. Hours credit: 15. May be repeated for credit.

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