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Upcoming Spring Courses

Spring 2019 Course Offerings

EN 111 College Writing (3)
A writing intensive course that develops students’ college-level writing competence; writing is taught as a process that entails a series of revisions through the completion of several short assignments and longer expository essays. Includes preparation of a research paper and instruction in MLA style.

EN 202 Introduction to Drama (3)
Instructor: L. Grancagnolo MW 8:30am-9:45am

Studies eight plays representing the major stages in the development of drama from ancient ritual to contemporary commercial theater.

EN 202 Introduction to Drama (3)
Instructor: L. Grancagnolo MW 10:00am-11:15am

Studies eight plays representing the major stages in the development of drama from ancient ritual to contemporary commercial theater.

DR 205 Solo Performance (3)
Instructor: M. Lindroth TR 1:00pm-2:15pm

This course will introduce students to the solo performance form, and its related forms of the monologue, the monologue play, the monopolylogue and the autoperformance, as it developed in the 20th and 21st centuries. While the majority of the course, especially in the last half, will rely on the students’ writing and performance, the course will begin with a survey of the history of the solo performance. As part of the preparation for creating their own monologue, students will also read texts and excerpts of texts written by various solo performers, watch video clips of various solo performers in action, and stage their own versions of several of the solo performance texts. Depending upon what’s going on in the theater world when the course is offered, the class might attend a live solo performance as well.

EN 207 Global Literature (3)
Instructor: T. Harney-Mahajan TF 10:00am-11:15am

Explores non-western literature, including works from Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

EN 221 Women in Literature (3)
Instructor: M. Lindroth TR 11:30am-12:45pm

Examines the presentation of woman and her roles in a selection of literature by and about women. Examples chosen from each professor’s classic and contemporary favorites.

EN 229 Literature and the Arts (3)
Instructor: M. Lindroth MW 1:00pm – 2:15pm

Surveys the relationships between literature and other major art forms: music, dance, film, painting, sculpture, and demonstrates what is gained and lost when literary classics are interpreted in other creative media.

EN 240 Introduction to Poetry (3)
Instructor: M. Miller MW 1:00pm-2:15pm

Provides a solid foundation in the essential vocabulary for interpreting poems and appreciating the techniques of poets both traditional and contemporary. Offers an optional service-learning component, giving the opportunity to volunteer to work in groups with a local, published poet in a variety of ways.

EN 303 Literature of the Romantic Movement (3)
Instructor: K. Kornacki MW 1:00pm-2:15pm

Studies the origin, development and influence of Romanticism in English literature from 1798 to 1830 as evidenced in the work of Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, and others.

EN 304 Literature and Diversity (3)
Instructor: D. Anderson MW 3:00pm-4:15pm

This course focuses on the literary works (novels, short stories, poems, and works of nonfiction) that foreground or thematize forms of social diversity or difference. The course introduces students to works of (mostly) American literature that explore the social construction and significance of diverse identities. Enriched Core: Global Awareness & Cultural Understanding

EN 306 English Literature (3)
Instructor: M. Miller MW 10:00am-11:15am

Covers the development of English literature from early medieval to modern times, including readings from representative authors of each period.

EN 308 Telling Tales: Narrative from Beowulf to Beloved (3)
Instructor: D. Anderson TR 11:30am-12:45pm

Explores complexities of narrative in a body of works ranging from early texts in the Anglo-American tradition to the contemporary novel. The course also introduces students to a number of key concepts in the study of narrative, including narrative perspective, focalization, the unreliable narrator, the implied author, frame narrative, master plots, narrative contestation, etc.

EN 319 Writing the Self in Poetry and Prose (3)
Instructor: M. Ladany W 4:20pm-6:50pm

A hybrid literature/creative writing/performance course that allows students to explore the possibilities for self-expression in poetry and personal essays. Students read and analyze examples of personal essays and lyric poetry by published authors; read and discuss a guidebook discussion of craft; write their own pieces in a collaborative, workshop setting that encourages critique and revision; and, ultimately, perform selected pieces for their classmates and/or campus audience in a campus venue. Though there will be a strong autobiographical element in the writing studied and produced for the course, students will also be encouraged to think about how their experiences and concerns as individual writers intersect with the wider world and can be expressed in ways that will engage an audience.

EN 332 Modern Irish Drama (3)
Instructor: T. Harney-Mahajan MW 10:00am-11:15am

Presents a critical and historical study of Irish drama from the end of the nineteenth-century to the present. The principal focus is the theatrical dimensions of Irish drama, but the relevant socio-political context is also considered. Playwrights include: Yeats, Synge, O’Casey, O’Brien, Friel, McPherson, McDonagh, and Carr.

EN 334 Refugee Crisis in World Literature (3)
Instructor: D. Anderson TR 10:00am-11:15am

The number of people forced to flee their homes by war, persecution, poverty and environmental degradation is greater today (over sixty-five million) than at any other time in world history. Stories of deadly journeys, squalid camps, border walls, travel bans, separated families and rising xenophobia have become a commonplace of the nightly news, but so too have individual acts of kindness and collective expressions of solidarity with the most vulnerable. As David Miliband, head of the International Rescue Committee has powerfully argued, how individuals and their governments respond to the refugee crisis is a test not only of a society’s laws and policies but of our values: “Empathy and altruism are two of the foundations of civilization. Turn that empathy and altruism into action and we live out a basic moral credo.” EN 334: Refugee Crisis in World Literature explores the ethical questions raised by current and past refugee crises through the lens of global literature, inviting students to read novels, short stories, poems, plays, creative non-fiction and graphic narratives for what they can tell us about our ethical duty to one another, especially as that duty may be complicated by cultural differences, social divisions and the operation of social forces beyond individual control.

EN 345 African American Literature (3)
Instructor: K. Kornacki TF 1:00pm-2:15pm

This course focuses on African-American literature from slave narratives, folk tales, and African-American spirituals through migration stories, the literature of the Harlem Renaissance, blues and jazz-inflected works, social protest literature, the literature of the Black Arts Movement, feminist statements and beyond. It introduces students to such important American voices as Phillis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, Francis E. W. Harper, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Charles W. Chesnutt, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin, June Jordan, August Wilson, Alice Walker, Walter Mosley, Edwidge Danticat, and Toni Morrison.

CO 402 Screenwriting (3)
Instructor: R. Carey MW 1:00pm-2:15pm

This course will focus on the process and craft of screenwriting by examining story structure, dialogue, character development, and cinematic methods. We will examine the conventions of Hollywood film and the divergency of independents, and how final markets can dictate screenwriting methodology. Students will examine various scripts of notable films for content and style, and create short screenplays of their own.

EN 410 English Seminar (3)
Instructor: M. Miller TR 1:00pm-2:15pm

One of the final courses that an English major takes, the English Seminar provides an in-depth study of a few major authors chosen by the professor in relation to critical themes. English requirement restricted to junior and senior majors.

EN 417 Shakespeare: Plays of Love (3)
Instructor: M. Lindroth TR 10:00am-11:15am

Explores Shakespeare’s use and interpretation of the literary conventions of love while tracing his dramatic development through critical reading of representative plays and sonnets.


Honors Courses

Note: Only Honors Program students may enroll in these courses.

HP 318 Evolution’s Lessons
Instructor: W. Velhagen TR 1:00pm-2:154pm

Fulfills Natural and Physical Science Core BI 103/106

HP 326 Music and the Arts (WI)
Instructor: L. Greenwald MW 10:00am-11:15am

Examines the connections between music, art, and architecture. (Core Substitution: MU 122 or Global Understanding cluster of the enriched core.)

HP 332 The Family in U.S. Literature (WI)
Instructor: K. Kornacki MW 3:00pm-4:15pm

Analyzes the changing concept of family, family dynamics, and the family-in-society through selections in American literature. (Fulfills English Core: Literature; Substitution: EN core2)