Department of English
Undergraduate Course Descriptions
ENG 1080 Basic Writing Emphasizes fluency and coherence in written expression. Students write and revise short, whole pieces to prepare for the more advanced writing required in English 110. Note: Credits for this basic skills course are not applicable toward degree requirements. Prerequisite: Basic Skills Test.
ENG 1100 Writing Effective Prose A workshop course in which students develop a variety of essays, taking them through various stages of planning and revision. Students share their writing with the instructor and their peers, receive feedback on drafts, and consider this feedback as they progress through the writing process. This course develops student’s writing competency for several audiences and purposes at the college level. Prerequisite: Basic Skills Test.
ENG 1500 Introduction to Literature Develops the student’s appreciation and enjoyment of significant works of fiction, drama, and poetry. Works selected represent a variety of historical periods and diverse cultures. Substantial writing is used as a means of gaining insight into literary creations and effective reading practices. Prerequisite: ENG 110.
ENG 2000 Methods of Literary Analysis An in-depth study of selected short stories, poems, plays, and/or novels, with focus on analytical and evaluative techniques of interpretation. Within the context of various critical frameworks, students gain practice in employing precise literary terms, understanding genre conventions, situating work in historical, biographic, cultural, and theoretical contexts, and conducting research. Portal course required in both literature and writing concentrations. Prerequisite: ENG 150.
ENG 2030 Structure of Standard American English An introduction to the structure of Standard American English, emphasizing both abstract grammatical knowledge and intensive practice in the manipulation of grammatical structures for clarity, emphasis, and grace. Prerequisite: ENG 110. Elective.
ENG 2070 Effective Business Writing Develops skills in writing various forms of business correspondence, including reports, letters, data sheets, resumes, curriculum vitae, and abstracts. Prerequisite: ENG 110. Elective.
ENG 2080 The Bible As Literature Examines the Bible as literature and its influence on other works of art, literature, and film. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Elective.
ENG 2110 Modern Drama Introduces modern drama and performance through a study of representative works of modern European and American drama, emphasizing the nineteenth-century roots in Ibsen, Strindberg, and Shaw; twentieth-century masters like Pirandello, O’Neill, and Miller; contemporary playwrights like Stoppard, Kushner, and Sondheim; and theorists like Artaud and Brecht. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Period course after 1900; elective.
ENG 2140 Contemporary Drama Studies the mid-century roots of contemporary drama in playwrights like Beckett and Albee, and of recent realistic, experimental, and musical theater. Recent playwrights may include Stoppard, Mamet, Fierstein, Fornes, Sondheim, Shaffer, Wasserstein, Hwang, Kushner, Soyinka, Churchill, Shepard, Valdez, and Wilson. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Period course after 1900; elective.
ENG 2160 Science Fiction and Fantasy Studies classical and recent science fiction, fantasy for adults and children, and utopian and anti-utopian fiction. Short stories, novels, and films are the basis of class discussions. The course explores genre conventions as well as the historical significance of the texts. Authors may include Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein, LeGuin, Lewis, Tolkien, Vonnegut, and Wells. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Elective.
ENG 2170 Images of Women in Modern Literature Studies the portrayal of women in modern literature written mostly by women. The course examines the various roles women have played in literature and the ways in which race, class, sexual orientation, and ethnicity shape the works. Selected writers may include Tillie Olsen, Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Sandra Cisneros, Toni Morrison, Margaret Atwood, Louise Erdrich, Jeanette Winterson, and Barbara Kingsolver. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Period course after 1900; elective.
ENG 2190 Nineteenth-Century Women’s Voices Studies various writers of the nineteenth century whose work challenges traditional assumptions about women’s roles. Attention is paid to the political and cultural contexts of the works. Writers may include Mary Shelley, Harriet Jacobs, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charlotte Bronte, Louisa May Alcott, Mary E. Wilkins Freeman, Sarah Orne Jewett, and Kate Chopin. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Period course before 1900; elective.
ENG 2210 The Mystery Story An historical, philosophical, cultural, and literary study of the mystery story through an examination of such fictional forms as the detective story, the suspense novel, the story of strange or frightening adventure, the tale of espionage, the tale of crime, and the Gothic novel—with an emphasis on detection. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Elective.
ENG 2280 Latino/a Literature in the United States An introduction to the various cultural expressions that have emerged from Mexicans, Cubans, Dominicans, Puerto Ricans, dual-identity American/Latinos, and recent Latin American migrations into and within the United States, this course promotes awareness, knowledge, and appreciation of the development of Latino/a literature. Authors may include Cristina Garcia, José Martí, Richard Rodriguez, Cherrie Moraga, John Rechy, Gloria Anzaldua. (Cross-listed with LAS 228 and SPAN 228) Prerequisite: ENG 150. Elective. Fulfills GE Non-Western requirement.
ENG 2290 Films and Literature The study of selected stories, plays, and novels, and their film adaptations. An examination of the challenges of adapting fiction to film. Works to be studied may include Romeo and Juliet, A Room with a View, It Happened One Night, Rear Window, Rashomon, and Blow-up. In addition, race and gender issues are considered in such works as The Joy That Kills and Almos’ a Man. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Elective.
ENG 2310 Introduction to Creative Writing A workshop leading to the development of writing skills in poetry and fiction; may also cover such genres as drama, screenwriting, and creative non-fiction. Through readings and discussions on topics such as style, theme, and voice, students are encouraged to develop imaginative power and originality in creative writing. Prerequisite: ENG 150.
ENG 3000 Technical Writing Intensive work on the elements of successful technical writing through such forms as the expanded definition, the instruction manual, the annotated bibliography, the informative abstract, and the long technical report. Prerequisite: ENG 110. Advanced writing course; elective.
ENG 3010 English Literature Through the Neoclassical Period Introduces selected representative works of British literature, from the Old English Period through the Eighteenth Century, with attention to the formal elements of the texts and the genres in which the authors wrote. Special emphasis will be placed on the socio-cultural contexts of the works. Selected writers/texts may include Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer, Margery Kemp, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Dryden, Swift, and Pope. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Survey; elective.
ENG 3020 English Literature: Romantic Through Modern Critically studies selected prose, poetry, and drama from the early nineteenth century to the late twentieth century in social, intellectual, and national contexts. Included are such major authors as Wordsworth, Byron, Tennyson, the Brownings, Emily Brontë, Christina Rossetti, Wilde, Joyce, Yeats, Woolf, Achebe, Caryl Churchill, and others. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Survey; elective.
ENG 3030 American Literature to 1865 Critically studies American authors from the Colonial period through the American Renaissance with attention to their social and intellectual background. Authors may include Columbus, Bradford, Rowlandson, Bradstreet, Wheatley, Occom, Cooper, Stowe, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, and Fuller. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Survey; elective.
ENG 3040 American Literature 1865-1914 Critical study of American authors from the Civil War to World War I, with attention to their social and intellectual backgrounds. Authors may include Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, Chopin, James, Wharton, and Crane. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Survey; elective.
ENG 3050 Literature of Western Europe: To the Renaissance Surveys the Western canon drawn from two thousand years of continental European literature, beginning with Greek and Roman writers like Homer, Sappho, Sophocles, Plato and Virgil; continuing through the Judeo-Christian Bibles, St. Augustine, and Dante; and concluding with Renaissance figures like Petrarch, Machiavelli, and Cervantes. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Survey; elective.
ENG 3060 Literature of Western Europe: Renaissance Through Modern Surveys the Western canon drawn from continental European literature of the last three hundred years, beginning with neoclassical writers like Moliere, Racine, Marie de LaFayette, and Voltaire; continuing with romantic, realistic, naturalistic, and symbolist writers like Rousseau, Goethe, Hugo, Pushkin, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, Baudelaire, Tolstoy, and Ibsen; and concluding with modernist writers like Pirandello, Proust, Mann, Rilke, Kafka, Lorca, and Camus. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Survey; elective.
ENG 3070 Latino Cultural Studies This course offers a comparative, analytical, and critical perspective on the popular culture of the Latino population in the United States. It examines the interplay of history, belief systems, cultural assumptions, traditions, and world views as expressed in the literature, film, music, television, and cultural artifacts produced by and for the 33 million Latinos currently living in this country. It introduces the theories of cultural studies, feminism, Marxism, and Race/Ethnicity and their application to the evolving study of Latino cultural identity. The course seeks to expand the knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of the heterogeneous national immigrant cultures that are shaping the emerging Latino group identity within our multicultural society. (Cross-listed with LAS 305 and SPAN 305). Elective.
ENG 3090 Book and Magazine Editing Develops skills in the practical techniques of evaluating manuscripts and editing and preparing books and magazines. Designed for those interested in a publishing career as well as for readers and writers interested in the production process. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Advanced writing course; elective.
ENG 3100 Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama A critical reading and appreciation of Shakespeare’s forerunners and contemporaries in drama: Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, and others. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course before 1900; elective.
ENG 3110 Literature of the English Renaissance Selected English prose and poetry of the sixteenth century. Special attention is given to the early English humanist theories of education, eloquence, and language and their literary influence, and important developments in English poetry. The focus is on such figures as Thomas More, Philip Sidney, and Edmund Spenser. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course before 1900; elective.
ENG 3120 Donne, Jonson and Their Contemporaries A study of several representative works of the first sixty years of the seventeenth century in Britain, with particular emphasis on John Donne and Ben Jonson. Attention is paid to the various literary forms and genres of the seventeenth century, the cultural and intellectual context in which the authors were writing, and the authors’ influences on one another. In addition to Donne and Jonson, selected authors may include Webster, Wroth, Bacon, Hobbes, Herbert, Marvell, Herrick, Philips, and Milton. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course before 1900; elective.
ENG 3130 The Age of Dryden, Pope, and Swift (1660-1750) Studies selected works of British Literature, from 1660 to 1750, with particular emphasis on John Dryden, Alexander Pope, and Jonathan Swift. Special attention is paid to the intellectual and cultural context in which the authors were writing. Selected authors may also include Bunyan, Behn, Defoe, Addison and Steele, Montague, and Gay. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course before 1900; elective.
ENG 3140 The Age of Johnson (1750-1798) The course focuses on the decline of Augustanism and the rise of Romanticism (1750-98). Students read imaginative, critical, and political works by writers such as Johnson, Boswell, Goldsmith, Radcliffe, Burke, Burney, Inchwald, Sterne, Burns, and Wollstonecraft. The class examines issues such as sentimentalism, manners, revolution, and the emergence of the novel. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course before 1900; elective.
ENG 3150 Romantic Movement in England Critically studies Romantic poetry and prose within the contexts of literary and cultural history. The course addresses the works’ thematic content and form as well as issues such as gender, class, nation, ethnicity, religion, and education. Authors may include Blake, Wollstonecraft, Baillie, Burns, Wordsworth (William and Dorothy), Coleridge, Scott, Byron, Shelley (Percy and Mary), Hemans, Keats, and the Brontës. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course before 1900; elective.
ENG 3160 Literature and Culture of the Victorians This course examines the poetry, fiction, and nonfictional prose of the Victorians in their social context. Readings may include such poets as Tennyson, the Brownings, and Arnold; novelists such as Eliot, Stoker, Dickens, and Hardy; nonfictional writers such as Carlyle, Mill, Ruskin, and Pater. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course before 1900; elective.
ENG 3170 Modern American Literature Introduces major twentieth-century movements like modernism, social protest, regionalism, and confessional writing that shaped American fiction, poetry, and drama in the period from the end of World War I to the end of the Vietnam War. Writers may include Frost, Eliot, Hughes, Millay, Ginsberg, and Plath; Glaspell, O’Neill, Hellman, and Albee; Cather, Fitzgerald, Parker, Hemingway, Faulkner, Hurston, Steinbeck, O’Connor, Kerouac, and Barthelme. Prerequisite: ENG 150
ENG 3180 Modern British Literature Introduces the major developments in twentieth-century British literature from approximately 1910 until 1980, emphasizing the development of modernism in Joyce, Eliot, and Woolf; drama from Shaw through Beckett to Osborne and Stoppard; the poetry of Yeats and Auden, Thomas and Larkin; the fiction of Lawrence, Greene, Orwell, and Lessing; and the impact of the literatures of the Empire in Ireland, Africa, the Caribbean, and India/Pakistan. Prerequisite: ENG 150
ENG 3190 Modern British and American Poetry Studies selected British and American poets of the twentieth-century, including such figures as Yeats, Frost, Eliot, Pound, H.D., Lawrence, Auden, Thomas, MacDiarmid, Williams, Moore, Stevens, Smith, Hughes, Plath, Bishop, Lowell, Ginsberg, Baraka, O’Hara, Levertov, Rich, Lorde, Gunn, and Heaney. Literary concepts such as literary concepts as symbolism, imagism, modernism, postmodernism are discussed. Works are studied within historical and political contexts. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course after 1900; elective.
ENG 3200 The English Novel: Defoe to Austen Critically studies the origins of the English novel in the eighteenth century, with attention to the ways it emerged out of contemporary genres such as travel narrative, letters, memoirs, scandal chronicles, and journalism. Authors may include Behn, Defoe, Richardson, Walpole, Fielding, Sterne, Burney, Radcliffe, Edgeworth, and Austen. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course before 1900; elective.
ENG 3210 The English Novel: Dickens to Hardy Critically studies novels of the Victorian period and their contexts — social, scientific, political, religious, domestic, economic, historical, and literary. Selected authors may include Dickens, Eliot, Thackeray, Trollope, the Brontës, and Hardy. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course before 1900; elective.
ENG 3220 The Nineteenth-Century European Novel Studies major continental European novels against the social, political, and intellectual milieu of nineteenth-century Europe. Within the framework of the Romantic, realistic, and naturalistic literary movements, novelists may include Lermontov, Manzoni, Balzac, Turgenev, Sand, Stendhal, Hugo, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Zola. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course before 1900; elective.
ENG 3230 Twentieth-Century European Fiction Studies major continental European fiction against the social, political, and intellectual milieu of twentieth-century Europe. Within the framework of the modernist and postmodernist literary movements, authors may include Gide, Colette, Proust, Dinesen, Rilke, Malraux, Camus, Robbe-Grillet, Sarraute, Duras, Celine, Nin, Bernanos, Unamuno, Mann, Remarque, Kafka, Böll, Aichinger, Broch, Grass, Kunera, Calvino, Svevo, Moravia, Silone, Nabokov, Solzhenitsyn, and Babel. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course after 1900; elective.
ENG 3240 Modern Biography and Autobiography Examines modern autobiographies and biographies of writers, artists, musicians, and figures from history and popular culture. A study of how autobiography and biography function as art forms and reflect the political and cultural contexts of their times. The course also introduces students to the process of writing autobiography and biography. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Period course after 1900; advanced writing course; elective.
ENG 3250 Literature Across the Americas The course focuses on fiction, poetry, and drama produced in North, Central, and South Americas, offering comparative readings of selected texts. Writers may include Munro, Atwood, Hurston, Faulkner, Hemingway, Borges, García Marquez, Clarice Lispector, Graciliano Ramos, and Jorge Amado. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Period course after 1900; elective. Fulfills GE Non-Western requirement.
ENG 3260 Native American Literature A study of the work of contemporary Native American writers including Louise Erdrich, Leslie Marmon Silko, N. Scott Momaday, and Sherman Alexie. The course focuses on novels but may include poetry, short fiction, and some works which defy classification. Themes such as orality, myth, community, storytelling, and genre boundaries will be examined. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Period course after 1900; elective. Fulfills Non-Western requirement.
ENG 3300 Critical Writing I This course in nonfiction writing covers a variety of forms and genres, such as the academic paper, the book or film review, the personal essay, and the editorial. Students produce frequent expository and/or analytical writings on selected cultural topics. While learning to edit their own as well as others’ work, students develop skills in writing-as-process, grammar and style, argument, persuasion, and research. Prerequisite: ENG 150
ENG 3320 Advanced Creative Writing Designed to meet the needs of students who, having successfully completed one semester of creative writing, desire further time for supervised writing and specialized instruction. Prerequisite: ENG 231. Advanced writing course; elective.
ENG 3330 Critical Writing II This course covers advanced nonfiction writing techniques for a variety of purposes and audiences. In writing essays or analyzing literature, mass media, or other cultural texts, students practice various critical approaches and persuasion strategies. The course also treats advanced topics in manuscript conventions, style and voice, research methods, logical argument, and rhetoric. Prerequisite: ENG 330. Advanced writing course; elective.
ENG 3340 Creative Non-fiction Writing This advanced writing seminar covers various forms of creative non-fiction prose, treating such genres as the personal essay, memoir, literary journalism, the nature piece and the travel essay. Prerequisite: ENG 231 or ENG 330. Advanced writing course; elective.
ENG 3360 Introduction to Adolescent Literature A study of classical and contemporary coming-of-age narratives written by, for, and about adolescents. The course may include works by writers such as Twain, Frank, Salinger, and Kincaid. Prerequisite: ENG 150
ENG 3370 Introduction to Children’s Literature A study of genres including fairytales, historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction in a variety of classical and contemporary works. The course may include works by writers such as Carroll, White, Barrie, Rowling, and Taylor. Prerequisite: ENG 150
ENG 3380 Fiction Writing A writing workshop with an emphasis on crafting stories or longer fictional works. The elements of fiction – character, dialogue, narrative voice, description, point of view, plot, structure – will be discussed and analyzed in the work of professional story-writers. Prerequisite: ENG 231. Advanced writing course; elective.
ENG 3390 Poetry Writing An advanced workshop for students committed to further work in poetry, with emphasis on exposure to a variety of poetic methods and forms and the development of each writer’s individual voice and style. Students work on individual projects as well as meet as a group to discuss craft, collaborate in editing workshops, and gain background in the history of poetry. Prerequisite: ENG 231. Advanced writing course; elective.
ENG 3400 Contemporary Literature An introduction to both traditional and experimental fiction, poetry, and drama drawn from all cultures from approximately 1960 to the present. Novelists may include Marquez, Morrison, Kundera, Kureishi, Carver, Oates, and Cisneros; poets may include Rich, Ashbery, Walcott, Heaney, Amichai, Lorde, Milosz, and Szymborska; and playwrights may include Albee, Stoppard, Mamet, Kushner, Wasserstein, and Fugard. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Period course after 1900; elective.
ENG 3410 The Beat Generation An exploration of the poetry, fiction, and memoirs of the Beat Generation. Authors may include Jack Kerouac, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg, Paul Bowles, Diane di Prima, and Helen Adam. The course also assesses the legacy of the Beat Generation. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Period course after 1900; elective.
ENG 3420 Contemporary American Fiction A survey of American fiction since 1968, this course explores selected works of important short story writers and novelists in their aesthetic, historical, and cultural contexts. Authors may include Donald Barthelme, Raymond Carver, T.C. Boyle, George Saunders, Sandra Cisneros, Bharati Mukherjee, E.L. Doctorow, Don DeLillo, Toni Morrison, Barbara Kingsolver. The course familiarizes students with the conventions of the short story and novel genres, as well as investigates how postmodern sensibilities, consumer/mass culture, and multiethnic and global issues impinge on current American literary practices. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Fulfills GE Elective for Non-Majors. Period course after 1900; elective.
ENG 3430 Writing Experimental Fiction This advanced writing class focuses on the creation of experimental fiction, with attention to its 20 th century literary history. Students practice techniques of surrealism, metafiction, pastiche, cut-ups and other non-realistic, non-traditional and postmodern methods of producing fiction. In a workshop format, students share their writings and critique the work of peers throughout the semester. Readings include innovative fiction by the likes of John Barth, Donald Barthelme, Angela Carter, Robert Coover, Jamaica Kindcaid, Rick Moody, Haruki Murakami and others. Prerequisite: ENG 231 Introduction to Creative Writing. Counts as an Advanced Writing Course for Writing Concentration students; elective.
ENG 3500 Ethnic American Literature Explores the rich multicultural nature of the American experience, focusing on Immigrant, Native-American, and African American literature in their historical and cultural contexts. Writers include Toni Morrison, Pietro Di Donato, Henry Roth, Amy Tan, Piri Thomas, Maxine Hong Kingston, James Welch, Jerre Mangione, Anzia Yezierska, Zora Neale Hurston, Toni Cade Bambara, Louise Erdrich, among others. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Period course after 1900; elective.
ENG 3510 Asian American Literature A literature course introducing modern and contemporary Asian American literature, including oral histories, novels, poetry, and memoir. These works will be examined within their historical, social and cultural contexts. Authors may include Kingston, Hwang, Mukherjee, Jen, Hagedorn, Yamanaka, Hongo, Bulosan. Prerequisite: ENG 150. Period course after 1900; elective. Fulfills GE Non-Western requirement.
ENG 3520 African American Poetry
Critically studies African American poetry, including vernacular forms. Identifies formal elements of poetry while attending to the political and historical contexts of the writing. Authors may include Wheatley, Horton, Hammon, F.E.W. Harper, DuBois, J.W. Johnson, Dunbar, Hughes, McKay, Toomer, Spencer, G.D. Johnson, Brooks, Jones, M. Harper, Hayden, Jordan, Reed, Giovanni, Sanchez, Clifton, Mullen, Alexander, Komunyakaa. Vernacular forms studied may include spirituals, work songs, sermons, the blues, gospel, jazz, hip hop. Prerequisite: ENG 200. Period course after 1900; elective.
ENG 3530 Studies in Modern Indian Literature An examination of significant works of the literature of India, from the colonial period to the present, which may include novels, poetry, memoirs, and travelogues. Course will focus on modern and contemporary authors and will offer an opportunity to examine works in their historical, social, and cultural contexts. Authors may include Rudyard Kipling, R.K. Narayan, Rabindranath Tagore, Salman Rushdie, Anita Desai, Arundhati Roy. (Cross-listed with ASN 353.) Prerequisite: ENG 150 and ASN 201 or ENG 200. Period course after 1900; elective. Fulfills GE Non-Western requirement.
ENG 3540 Readings in Global Literature This course introduces students to a selection of representative texts in global literatures from across the world, focusing especially on literatures from the global south/ non-western world, from the ancient to the modern and contemporary periods. The course emphasizes a broadly comparative perspective which situates texts in specific cultural and political contexts, as well as studies them from a broadly literary perspective to explore the representation of universal themes and conflicts of race, gender, and class. Prerequisite: ENG 150 and ASN 201 or ENG 200. Period course after 1900; elective. Fulfills GE Non-Western requirement.
ENG 3550 Writing Sudden Fiction This advanced writing class focuses on the composition of brief works of fictional prose known variously as sudden fiction, short-short fiction, micro fiction and flash fiction. Through reading and writing assignments, the course explores the full range of this thriving genre--touching on the prose poem, the anecdote, the epistle, the fable, the parable and other related forms along the way. Throughout the semester, students share their writings and critique the work of their peers in a workshop format. Readings include short literary texts by Baudelaire, Kawabata, Cisneros, Edson, Kincaid, Lydia Davis, Alessandro Baricco and others. Prerequisite: ENG 231 Introduction to Creative Writing. Counts as an Advanced Writing Course for Writing Concentration students; elective.
ENG 3570 Becoming New York: Literature, History and Culture, 1844-1898 A multi-disciplinary approach to the literature, history, and culture of New York that includes subjects such as immigration, the Civil War and the draft riots; the intrigue of New York as celebrated by Melville, Poe, Whitman, James, and Howell; the impact of building public transportation and public space such as Central Park, and the Brooklyn Bridge; tenement housing and reform movements, the unification of the five boroughs. Also included are films such as The Gangs of New York and Washington Square. (Cross-listed with URBN 357.) Period course before 1900; elective. Prerequisite: ENG 150
ENG 3580 Women in Modern Japanese Literature This course introduces students to the treatment of women, gender and sexuality in 20th-century Japanese literature (in English translation). The course examines modern Japanese society and culture and the interplay between tradition and modernity through the prism of canonical and contemporary works. Topics include notions of the self, national and gender identity, and the impact of Westernization, modernization, urbanization, industrialization and globalization. (Cross-listed with ASN 325, JPAN 325, WS 326.) Prerequisite: ENG 150. Elective.
ENG 3690 Imagining War: Intellectual and Cultural Responses to Warfare Taught in conjunction with the History Department, the course explores war as imagined and remembered through primary sources, memoir, poetry, fiction, film, media, and the visual arts. Any war could be the focus of study. A course that considers World War I would examine gender and class issues, pacifism, nationalism, the Home Front, and wars beyond the Western Front. (Cross-listed with HIST 369.) Prerequisite: ENG 150. Period course after 1900, with Chair's permission; elective.
ENG 3760 Life and Writings of Indigenous Women / Marginalized Women This course studies the richness of the culture and literatures of women from indigenous communities, and the systemic oppression that they have been and are subject to due to race, caste, gender and class. The communities will include Native American, Australian Aborigine, and Dalit women from India. The traditional and historical status of these women in relation to their social, economic and political status today will be studied in individual stories, memoirs, songs, poetry and fiction. S ignificant texts in translated literary forms and other original works will be used as primary resources. (Cross-listed with ASN 376 and WS 375.) Prerequisite: ENG 150. Elective. Fulfills Non-Western requirement.
ENG 3990 Selected Topics A topic of special literary interest proposed by a faculty member for one semester only. (1-6 credits) Prerequisite: ENG 200
ENG 4010 Linguistics and Grammars Study of contemporary grammars to understand the structures and functions of the varieties of English. Prerequisite: ENG 110
ENG 4020 Development of the English Language A historical survey of changes in English vocabulary, pronunciation, spelling, and grammar, including the social context of language change. Prerequisite: ENG 110
ENG 4030 Grammar and Style The study of the contemporary American English sentence in its historical and sociolinguistic contexts, with attention to the structure of the sentence, editing problems for writers, the role of Standard English, and variation for stylistic effect. Prerequisite: ENG 110
ENG 4100 Chaucer and His Age Emphasis is on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and Chaucer’s language, late Middle English of the South East Midlands. Some attention is given to the historical background of the period and, if time permits, a number of Chaucer’s shorter works are read and discussed. Prerequisite: ENG 200
ENG 4110 Shakespeare: Comedies and Histories Explores the richness and variety of Shakespeare’s drama through plays such as The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Richard II, I Henry IV, and Henry V. Prerequisite: ENG 200
ENG 4120 Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances Explores the richness, variety, and historical context of Shakespearean drama through plays such as Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Othello, King Lear, and The Tempest. Prerequisite: ENG 200
ENG 4130 Milton An intensive study of the selected works of John Milton, with emphasis on Paradise Lost. Particular attention will be paid to the social, religious, political, and intellectual climate in which he wrote. Course may also include some of Milton’s shorter works, such as “Lycidas,”, “Areopagitica,” selected sonnets, and “Samson Agonistes.” Prerequisite: ENG 200
ENG 4800 Seminar in English Literature An in-depth study of a single British author, work, or movement, chosen by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 200
ENG 4810 Seminar in American Literature An in-depth study of a single American author, work, or movement, chosen by the instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 200
ENG 4900 Internship in English On-the-job training with regional employers. Students write regularly for the employer and the academic coordinator. Prerequisite: ENG 200, junior or senior level, GPA 3.0 or better
ENG 4920 Writing Capstone
An in-depth, writing-intensive exploration of a special literary topic or genre. Through practice of interpretative and compositional literary skills at advanced levels, portfolio preparation, and guidance on publishing and career opportunities, this course serves as a capstone experience for English Majors in the Writing Concentration.
ENG 4990 Independent Study As approved and to be arranged. Prerequisite: ENG 200