Spring 2017

In Spring 2017, we will be offering both lower division general education courses and upper division courses in literature and English studies, creative writing, professional writing, and studies in rhetoric and composition.

Upper Division Literature and English Studies Courses

Eng 300: Foundations for Literary Studies. Block 1. Johnson
Introduces literary studies with emphasis on research methodologies, elementary literary theory, analysis, and the skills necessary to read and respond to poetry, fiction, and drama.

Eng 308: Survey of British Literature. Block 1. Washington
Surveys British Literature covering major authors, periods, and key texts from the 9th through the 21st centuries; provides an introductory foundation for further study.

Eng 309: Survey of American Literature. Block 1. Flannagan
Surveys American Literature covering major authors, periods, and key texts from the 16th through the 21st centuries; provides an introductory foundation for further study.

Eng 310: Modern English Grammar. Block 7. Reynolds
Reviews traditional grammar, requiring students to demonstrate mastery of traditional grammar and grammatical terminology. Introduces analysis of style and modern grammatical theory, including structural linguistics and transformational-generative linguistics. Gives attention to language acquisition by children and to regional and social variations of modern American English.

Eng 326: Medieval Literature. Block 2. Eleazer
Surveys the literature produced in England during the Old and Middle English periods, with special attention to the epic, lyric poetry, visionary literature, admonitory prose, histories, and drama. Readings from earlier periods or contemporaneous European sources may also be included.

Eng 334: Modernism. Block 3. Marley
Focuses primarily on the literature of British authors from 1890 to 1950. Takes an interdisciplinary approach, situating literature within larger social, cultural, and artistic movements, exploring the decline of the British Empire, the persistence of the social class system, the disillusionment with the techno-rationalism of modernity, experimental forms of representation such as Cubism, Psychological Realism, Expressionism, Imagism, Futurism, Surrealism, and Existentialism.

Eng 347: Contemporary American Literature. Block 4. Edwins
Emphasizes post-World War II American literature. Readings may include a focus on individual genres or schools or a survey of fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Emphasizes close readings of primary texts and puts works in larger historical, cultural, and theoretical contexts.

Eng 349: Literature of the South. Block 4. Miller
Studies the literature and culture of the U.S. South. Emphasizes writers and works from the 20th century Southern Literary Renascence (e.g. Faulkner, Williams, Tate, Warren) to contemporary times, with attention to how these writers engage questions of region.

Eng 350: American Women Writers. Block 4. Edwins
Familiarizes students with women’s literature in the United States, focusing on women as creators of, and characters within, American literature. Covers novels, essays, short stories, poems, and plays with special emphasis on their social and historical contexts. Draws from texts stretching from the 17th to the 20th centuries and considers, among many other subjects, issues of gender, class, race, and artistic form.

Eng 361: Shakespeare. Block 5. Jacobs
Examines in detail selected histories, comedies, and tragedies. Requires outside reading and individual research to broaden the student’s comprehension and appreciation of Shakespeare’s works.

Eng 362: Mythology and Literature. Block 6. Marley
Studies worldwide mythologies (with emphasis on the Greek) and their relation to selected literary works, leading to an understanding of universal mythic themes and their application to literature.

Eng 365: Modern Drama. Block 6. Tuttle
Surveys 2-th century world drama and dramatic theory. Examines the literary, technical, and aesthetic developments in world drama since the late 19th century, beginning with Realism, then tracing the various reactions to it, including Symbolist, Expressionist, Absurdist and Epic theatre, and contemporary hybrid forms. Emphasizes seminal playwrights, directors, and theatre companies important to the cultivation of the modern theatre audience.

Eng 385: Sex, Gender, and Literature. Block 7. Rooks
This course can count towards a gender studies minor or collateral.
Eng 385 utilizes gender theory and gender-related concerns (including sexuality) as a lens through which to examine various texts. Although it arises originally out of feminist criticism, gender theory doesn’t focus exclusively on women’s issues; rather, it looks at the interactions between male and female in literature (in terms of both writer and reader / interpreter) and at how the constructed identities of gender and textuality shape and relate to each other.
Selected works:

  • Mariama Bâ  So Long a Letter (1980)
  • Brad Land  Goat: A Memoir (2004)
  • Marilynne Robinson  Housekeeping (1981)
  • Ursula K. LeGuin The Left Hand of Darkness (1969)
  • Alison Bechdel  Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic
  • David Henry Hwang M. Butterfly (play) (1988)
  • Chuck Palahniuk Fight Club (1996)
  • PRIDE (film, dir. Matthew Warchus 2014)
  • GOAT (film, dir. Andrew Neel 2016)
  • Assorted short texts

Eng 433: The Victorian Novel. Block 3. D. Cowles
Focuses on the development of the novel as an art form in 19th century Britain, examining the history of the book, readership, serialization, publishing practices, and lending libraries. Also explores the manner in which novels represent several historical and cultural themes, such as class boundaries and conflict, expectations of gendered behavior, domesticity, servitude, detection, imperialism, science, industrialization, and other social issues.

Eng 467: Advanced study in Language, Rhetoric, or Theory: Serial Narratology. Block 7. Clemons
This course introduces serial narratology by giving an historical and theoretical overview of the serial as form by examining theories of narratology through cultural studies, psychoanalytic, and (primarily) formalist-structuralist lenses. After establishing the key concepts of serial narrative studies in the first month of the semester, the course will invite students to read, interpret, and discuss serial narrative in several media as it has emerged since the Industrial Revolution: Serial novels, radio programs, television, franchise films, and comic books.  The course will end with a look at transmedia texts, para-authorial texts, and fantexts as ways “participatory culture” has been formed to help audiences cope with the delay of desire associated with serial structure.
Tentative serial texts include:

  • The Shadow (radio only)
  • Harry Potter (Prisoner of Azkaban–book and movie)
  • Leverage (Pilot, “The Rashomon Job”, “The Long Goodbye Job”)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (episodes from Seasons 5, 7, and “season” 8)
  • Marvel: Civil War (Comic trade book volume 1 and film)
  • Serialized fanfiction texts

Eng 496: English Capstone Experience. Block 9. Miller

Education License: Eng 313: Literature for the Young Child. Weldy.  Not applicable toward General Education Requirements (Literature), English Liberal Arts major, Professional Writing option, minor, or collateral.
Studies the prominent writers and illustrators of books for young children. Special emphasis on the process of sharing books with children. Required of all Early Childhood majors.

Education License: Eng 315: Literature for Children. Weldy.  Not applicable toward General Education Requirements (Literature), English Liberal Arts major, Professional Writing option, minor, or collateral.
Studies the history and scope of children’s literature as well as the prominent illustrators of children’s books. Emphasis on the evaluation of books suitable for the preschool, elementary, and middle school child. Required of all Elementary Education majors.

Education License: Eng 316: Literature for Young Adults. Weldy. Not applicable toward General Education Requirements (Literature), English Liberal Arts major, Professional Writing option, minor, or collateral.

Creative Writing Courses

Eng 367: Creative Writing: Fiction Workshop. Kostoff
English 367 emphasizes the establishment of a community of writers and the opportunity to be a practicing fiction writer. Depending on their interests, students may write stories in a variety of genres, everything from fantasy, sci-fi, mystery, literary fiction, or romance. The class will cover genre conventions and the techniques inherent in all short fiction. Students will also learn to develop and apply editorial skills to their own and professionally published writers. The course is designed for those wanting to try their hand at writing stories and for those who have already been writing stories.
Eng 368: Creative Writing: Advanced Fiction Workshop. Kostoff.
Prerequisite: 367; one previous literature course is recommended
Builds on the fundamentals of prose fiction writing and emphasizes the study and mastery of a wide range of techniques in original student fiction using classroom discussion and workshop formats. Also explores strategies for submitting fiction for publication.

Eng 370: Creative Writing: Poetry Workshop. Flannagan
Introduces students to writing poetry. Class discussion will center on the work of class members. All students will be expected to compose and to share their poems with the instructor and with other students.

Eng 372: Creative Writing: Playwriting Workshop. Tuttle.
One previous literature course is recommendedIntroduces students to writing for the stage. Class discussion emphasizes stagecraft, character development and dramatic conflict. Students will be expected to write their own plays for in-class critique and possible submission for production/publication.

Professional Writing Courses

Eng 305: Business Writing. Staff.
Introduces students to the written communications requirements of business and industry. Students write for specific audiences and learn organization, conciseness, and clarity in writing. The class simulates real-life business situations. To be eligible for English 498, majors and minors in Professional Writing must earn at least a B in this course.

Eng 318: Technical Communication. Masters
Introduces students to the conventions of writing in technology and the sciences. Students learn technical writing style, the integration of visual aids, collaborative processes, and document production cycles. To be eligible for English 498, majors and minors in Professional Writing must earn at least a B in this course.

Eng 405: Advanced Business Communication. Hanson
Teaches advanced skills required to communicate effectively in a contemporary business setting, including written and oral presentation formats. Written formats include printed and electronic forms.

Eng 411: Rhetoric of New Media. Masters
Teaches visual and digital rhetorical strategies needed in writing for multimedia programs, websites, and other new media. Class provides practice in planning, writing, designing, and testing materials developed for business and organizational clients.

Eng 418: Advanced Technical Communication. Hanson
Designed to help students become more independent technical communicators, preparing them to work as lead writers in team projects or as independent writing contractors. Students work and study at specific client sites, identify their own documentation projects, develop an implementation plan, and then follow through as lead writers, relying on classmates and subject experts as quality reviewers. Students develop documentation projects from conception to publication.

Eng 498: English Internship. Masters
(Prerequisite: Permission of department and internship agency; overall grade point average of at least 2.33; grade point average in major or minor of at least 3.0; plus at least a B in 305 and 318) Directed internship in communications work for a business, public service agency, or industry. With permission of the department, the course may be repeated in a subsequent semester for an additional 3 credits.

Rhetoric and Composition

Eng 341: Advanced Composition for Teachers. Owens, Nelson
Extensive work in analysis and composition of texts written by and for professional educators. Assignments involved careful reading and practice composing in various modes relevant to early childhood, elementary, and middle-level teachers. Students also explore connections among writing, teaching, and learning as they examine the implications that their experiences as writers have for their work as teachers, particularly teachers of writing.