2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog

English

Students may complete a major or minor in English. Within the major, students may complete a concentration in Creative Writing. English majors may also complete concentrations in Africana Studies, in Environmental Studies or in Gender and Sexuality.

Faculty

Linda-Susan Beard, Associate Professor
Peter M. Briggs, Professor
Anne Lindsey Bruder, Lecturer
Anne F. Dalke, Senior Lecturer
Eleanor Jane Hedley, Professor
Gail C. Hemmeter, Senior Lecturer
Hoang Tan Nguyen, Assistant Professor
Katherine A. Rowe, Professor and Chair
Bethany Schneider, Associate Professor
Jamie K. Taylor, Assistant Professor
Kate Louise Thomas, Associate Professor
Karen Tidmarsh, Associate Professor (on leave semester I)
Michael Tratner, Professor

A rich variety of courses allows students to engage with all periods and genres of literature in English, as well as modern forms such as film and contemporary digital media. The department stresses critical thinking, incisive written and oral analysis, and a sense of initiative and responsibility for the enterprise of interpretation.

With their advisers, English majors design a program of study that deepens their understanding of diverse genres, textual traditions, and periods. We encourage students to explore the history of cultural production and reception and also to question the presuppositions of literary study. The major culminates in an independently written essay, developed during a senior research seminar in the fall semester and individually mentored by a faculty member in the spring.

Summary of the Major

•   Eight courses, including at least three at the 300 level (exclusive of 398 and 399)
•   ENGL B250 Methods of Literary Interpretation
•   ENGL B398 Senior Seminar
•   ENGL B399 Senior Essay

As students construct their English major, they should seek to include courses that provide:

•   Historical depth—a sense of the construction of traditions.
•   Formal breadth—experience with more than one genre and more than one medium: poetry, prose fiction, drama, letters, film, epic, non-fiction, essays, documentary, etc.
•   Cultural range—experience with the Englishes of more than one geographical location and more than one cultural tradition, and of the exchanges and transactions between them; a course from another language or literary tradition can be valuable here.
•   Different critical and theoretical frameworks—the opportunity to experiment with several models of interpretation and the debates that animate them.

Summary of the Minor

•   ENGL B250 Methods of Literary Interpretation
•   Five English electives (at least one at the 300 level).

Minor in Film Studies

There is no limit to the number of courses in film studies that may count toward the English major, except for a student majoring in English who is also seeking to declare a minor in film studies. In that case two (and only two) of the courses that comprise the six-course film studies minor may also count towards the 11-course English major. The minimum number of courses required to complete an English major and a minor in film studies will thus be 15 courses.

Concentration in Creative Writing

Students may elect a concentration in creative writing. This option requires that, among the eight course selections besides ENGL 250, 398 and 399, three units will be in creative writing; one of the creative writing units may be at the 300 level and may count as one of the three required 300-level courses for the major. Students enrolling in this concentration must seek the approval of their major adviser in English and of the director of the Creative Writing Program; they must enroll in the concentration before the end of their sophomore year.

Other Concentrations

The Department of English contributes courses toward concentrations in Africana Studies, in Environmental Studies, and in the Program in Gender and Sexuality.

ENGL B125 Writing Workshop
This course offers students who have already taken an Emily Balch Seminar an opportunity to develop their skills as college writers. Through frequent practice, class discussion, and in-class collaborative activity, students will become familiar with all aspects of the writing process and will develop their ability to write for an academic audience. The class will address a number of writing issues: formulating questions; analyzing purpose; generating ideas; structuring and supporting arguments; marshalling evidence; using sources effectively; and developing a clear, flexible academic voice. Students will meet regularly with the course instructor, individually and in small groups, to discuss their work.
(Callaghan, Ruben, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B126 Writing Workshop for Non-Native Speakers of English
This course offers non-native speakers of English a chance to develop their skills as college writers. Through frequent practice, class discussion, and in-class collaborative activity, students will become familiar with the writing process and will learn to write for an academic audience. Student writers in the class will be guided through the steps of composing and revising college essays: formulating questions; analyzing purpose; generating ideas; structuring and supporting arguments; marshalling evidence; using sources effectively; and developing a clear, flexible academic voice. Writers will receive frequent feedback from peers and the instructor.
(Litsinger)

ENGL B201 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales
Access to and skill in reading Middle English will be acquired through close study of the Tales. Exploration of Chaucer’s narrative strategies and of a variety of critical approaches to the work will be the major undertakings of the semester.
(Taylor, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B202 Understanding Poetry
This course is for students who wish to develop their skills in reading and writing critically about poetry. The course will provide grounding in the traditional skills of prosody (i.e., reading accentual, syllabic, and accentual-syllabic verse) as well as tactics for reading and understanding the breath-based or image-based prosody of free verse. Lyric, narrative, and dramatic poetry will be discussed and differentiated. We will be using close reading and oral performance to highlight the unique fusion of language, rhythm (sound), and image that makes poetry different from prose.
(Hedley, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B204 Literatures of American Expansion
This course will explore the relationship between U.S. narratives that understand national expansion as “manifest destiny” and narratives that understand the same phenomenon as imperial conquest. We will ask why the ingredients of such fictions—dangerous savages, empty landscapes, easy money, and lawless violence—often combine to make the master narrative of “America,” and we will explore how and where that master narrative breaks down. Critical readings will engage discourses of nation, empire, violence, race, and sexuality. Texts will include novels, travel narratives, autobiographies, legal documents, and cultural ephemera.
(Schneider, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B205 Introduction to Film
This course is intended to provide students with the tools of critical film analysis. Through readings of images and sounds, sections of films and entire narratives, students will cultivate the habits of critical viewing and establish a foundation for focused work in film studies. The course introduces formal and technical units of cinematic meaning and categories of genre and history that add up to the experiences and meanings we call cinema. Although much of the course material will focus on the Hollywood style of film, examples will be drawn from the history of cinema. Attendance at weekly screenings is mandatory.
(Tratner, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HART B205

ENGL B209 Literary Kinds
Beginning with a biological evolutionary model, we examine a range of explanations for how and why new genres evolve. Readings will consist of critical accounts of genre; three hybrid novel forms will serve as imaginative test cases for these concepts. Students will identify, compare, and write an exemplar of a genre that interests them.
(Dalke, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B210 Renaissance Literature: Performances of Gender
Readings chosen to highlight the construction and performance of gender identity during the period from 1550 to 1650 and the ways in which the gender anxieties of 16th- and 17th-century men and women differ from, yet speak to, our own. Texts will include plays, poems, prose fiction, diaries, and polemical writing of the period.
(Hedley, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B214 Here and Queer: Placing Sexuality
The power of the marching-cry “We’re here. We’re queer. Get used to it.” emanates from the ambiguity of the adverb “here.” Where is “here?” In the face of exclusion from civic domains, does queerness form its own geography or nationality? This course will ask what it means to imagine a queer nation, and will work towards theorizing relations between modern constructions of sexuality, nationality, and ethnicity. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which assertion of queer presence can cut both ways: both countering discourses of displacement and functioning as vehicles for colonial or racial chauvinism.
(Thomas, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B219 Facing the Facts/Essaying the Subjective

Nonfictional prose genres, which may well constitute the majority of all that has been written, are very seldom the focus of literature courses. This class will address that gap, by exploring the use-value of the category of non-fictional prose in organizing our experience of, and our thinking about, literature. Might our attending to such texts alter our sense of what literature is?
(Dalke, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B220 Writing in Theory/Writing in Practice
This course is designed for students interested in tutoring college or high-school writers or teaching writing at the secondary-school level. Readings in current composition studies will pair texts that reflect writing theory with those that address practical strategies for working with academic writers. To put pedagogic theory into practice, the course will offer a praxis dimension. Students will spend a few hours a week working in local public school classrooms or writing centers. In-class collaborative work on writing assignments will allow students to develop writing skills and share their insights into the writing process with others.
(Hemmeter, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as EDUC B219
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B223 The Story of Evolution and the Evolution of Stories
In this course we will experiment with two interrelated and reciprocal inquiries—whether the biological concept of evolution is a useful one in understanding the phenomena of literature (in particular, the generation of new stories), and whether literature contributes to a deeper understanding of evolution. We will begin with science texts that explain and explore evolution and turn to stories that (may) have grown out of one another, asking where they come from, why new ones emerge, and why some disappear. We will consider the parallels between diversity of stories and diversity of living organisms. Lecture three hours a week.
(Dalke, Grobstein, Division II or Division III)
Cross-listed as BIOL B223

ENGL B225 Shakespeare
This introduction to Shakespeare’s plays will explore the Bard’s language, sources, print and stage history, and cultural geography. We’ll think about form and performance, race and nationhood, authority and intimacy, gender and servitude, law and land. We’ll read several plays and poems, watch film adaptations, and attend a stage performance.
(Staff, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B229 Movies and Mass Politics
This course will trace in the history of movie forms a series of debates about the ways that nations can become mass societies, focusing mostly on the ways that Hollywood movies countered the appeals of Communism and Fascism.
(Tratner, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B229
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B230 Topics in American Drama
Considers American plays of the 20th century, reading major playwrights of the canon alongside other dramatists who were less often read and produced. Will also study later 20th century dramatists whose plays both develop and resist the complex foundation established by canonical American playwrights and how American drama reflects and responds to cultural and political shifts. Considers how modern American identity has been constructed through dramatic performance, considering both written and performed versions of these plays.
(Hemmeter, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARTT B230

ENGL B231 Modernism in Anglo-American Poetry: After Us the Savage God
This course will familiarize students with the broad outlines of that movement in all the arts known as Modernism, and in particular, with Modernism as it was evolved in Anglo-American poetry—both from its American sources (Marianne Moore, Wallace Stevens, William Carlos Williams) and from its European sources (T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Gertrude Stein). The course prepares students for ENGL 232, American Poetry Since World War II; together, these courses are intended to provide an overview of American poetry in the 20th century.
(Kirchwey, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B233 Spenser and Milton
The course is equally divided between Spenser’s Faerie Queene and Milton’s Paradise Lost, with additional short readings from each poet’s other work.
(Briggs, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B234 Postcolonial Literature in English
This course will survey a broad range of novels and poems written while countries were breaking free of British colonial rule. Readings will also include cultural theorists interested in defining literary issues that arise from the postcolonial situation.
(Tratner, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B234
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B238 The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945 Silent Film: From United States to Soviet Russia and Beyond
This course will explore cinema from its earliest, most primitive beginnings up to the end of the silent era. While the course will focus on a variety of historical and theoretical aspects of cinema, the primary aim is to look at films analytically. Emphasis will be on the various artistic methods that went into the direction and production of a variety of celebrated silent films from around the world. These films will be considered in many contexts: artistic, historical, social, and even philosophical, so that students can develop a deeper understanding of silent cinema’s rapid evolution.
(Harte, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B238
Cross-listed as HART B238
Cross-listed as RUSS B238

ENGL B239 Women and Cinema: Social Agency and Cultural Representation
(Gorfinkel, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HART B239
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B241 Modern Drama

A survey of modern drama from the 19th century to the present, beginning with Georg Buchner and ending with living writers. We will explore the formation of modern sensibilities in playwriting through careful study of the evolution of dramatic form and the changing relationship between written text and performance.
(Lord, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARTT B241
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B242 Historical Introduction to English
Poetry I
This course traces the development of English poetry from 1360 to 1700, emphasizing forms, themes, and conventions that have become part of the continuing vocabulary of poetry, and exploring the strengths and limitations of different strategies of interpretation. Featured poets: Chaucer, Jonson, Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton.
(Briggs, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B243 Historical Introduction to English
Poetry II
The development of English poetry from 1700 to the present. This course is a continuation of ENGL 242 but can be taken independently. Featured poets: Wordsworth, Browning, Christina Rossetti, Yeats, Heaney, Walcott.
(Briggs, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B250 Methods of Literary Study
We will explore the power of language in a variety of linguistic, historical, disciplinary, social, and cultural contexts, focusing on the power of the written word to provide a foundational basis for the critical and creative analysis of literary studies. This course will help to broaden our ideas of what texts and language accomplish socially, historically, and aesthetically. Students will thus refine their faculties of reading closely, writing incisively and passionately, asking productive questions, producing their own compelling interpretations, and listening to the insights offered by others. Limited to sophomores and juniors.
(Beard, Taylor, Thomas, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B254 Female Subjects: American Literature 1750-1900
This course explores the subject, subjection, and subjectivity of women and female sexualities in U.S. literatures between the signing of the Constitution and the ratification of the 19th Amendment. While the representation of women in fiction grew and the number of female authors soared, the culture found itself at pains to define the appropriate moments for female speech and silence, action and passivity. We will engage a variety of pre-suffrage literatures that place women at the nexus of national narratives of slavery and freedom, foreignness and domesticity, wealth and power, masculinity and citizenship, and sex and race “purity.”
(Schneider, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B256 Milton and Dissent
John Milton’s epic poem, Paradise Lost, was written during a period of cultural turmoil and innovation. This renaissance poem has helped shape the way later writers understand their profession, especially their obligation to foster dissent as a readerly practice. Exploring this legacy, readings interleave Paradise Lost and Milton’s political writings with responses by later revolutionary writers, from Blake to Philip Pullman.
(Rowe, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B257 Gender and Technology
Explores the historical role technology has played in the production of gender; the historical role gender has played in the evolution of various technologies; how the co-construction of gender and technology has been represented in a range of on-line, filmic, fictional, and critical media; and what all of the above suggest for the technological engagement of everyone in today’s world.
(Dalke, McCormack, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as CMSC B257

ENGL B258 Finding Knowledge Between the Leaves: 19th-Century Literature of Education
This class will examine innovative extra-institutional methods and spaces of learning. We will explore a genealogy of unconventional and progressive models of instruction found in imaginative literature, in personal letters, and in material culture. Our readings will range from novels by Catharine Maria Sedgwick and Louisa May Alcott to poetry and letters by Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson to personal narratives by Henry David Thoreau and Booker T. Washington.
(Bruder, Division I or Division III)
Cross-listed as EDUC B258

ENGL B259 Victorian Literature and Culture
Examines a broad range of Victorian poetry, prose, and fiction in the context of the cultural practices, social institutions, and critical thought of the time. Of particular interest are the revisions of gender, sexuality, class, nation, race, empire, and public and private life that occurred during this period.
(Thomas, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B262 Survey in African American Literature: Laughin’ to Keep from Cryin’
A study of African American representations of the comedic in literary and cinematic texts, in the mastery of an inherited deconstructive muse from Africa, and in lyrics that journey from African insult poetry to Caribbean calypso to contemporary rap. We will examine multiple theories about the shape and use of comedy, and decide what amendments and emendments to make to these based on the central texts of our analysis.
(Beard, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B263 Toni Morrison and the Art of Narrative Conjure
All of Morrison’s primary imaginative texts, in publication order, as well as essays by Morrison, with a series of critical lenses that explore several vantages for reading a conjured narration.
(Beard, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B264 Black Bards: Poetry in the Diaspora
An interrogation of poetric utterance in works of the African diaspora, primarily in English, this course addresses a multiplicity of genres, including epic, lyric, sonnet, rap, and mimetic jazz. The development of poetic theories at key moments such as the Harlem Renaissance and the Black Arts Movement will be explored. Prerequisite: Any course in poetry or African/American literature.
(Beard, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B268 Native Soil and American Literature:1492-1900
This course will consider the literature of contact and conflict between English-speaking whites and Native Americans between the years 1492 and 1920. We will focus on how these cultures understood the meaning and uses of land, and the effects of these literatures of encounter upon American land and ecology and vice-versa. Texts will include works by Native, European- and African-American writers, and may include texts by Christopher Columbus, John Smith, William Bradford, Handsome Lake, Samson Occom, Lydia Maria Child, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Sarah Winnemucca Hopkins, John Rollin Ridge, Mark Twain, Mourning Dove, Ella Deloria and Willa Cather.
(Schneider, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B269 Vile Bodies in Medieval Literature
The Middle Ages imagined the physical body as the site of moral triumph and failure and as the canvas to expose social ills. The course examines medical tracts, saint’s lives, poetry, theological texts, and representations of the Passion. Discussion topics range from plague and mercantilism to the legal and religious depiction of torture. Texts by Boccaccio, Chaucer, Dante, and Kempe will be supplemented with contemporary readings on trauma theory and embodiment.
(Taylor, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B270 American Girl: Childhood in U.S. Literatures, 1690-1935
This course will focus on the “American Girl” as a particularly contested model for the nascent American. Through examination of religious tracts, slave and captivity narratives, literatures for children and adult literatures about childhood, we will analyze U. S. investments in girlhood as a site for national self-fashioning.
(Schneider, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B271 House of Wits
An extended visit with one of America’s most interesting and influential families: the unruly, expansive children of Henry James, Sr. The course will focus on the remarkable writings of the diarist Alice, who became a feminist icon; the great novelist Henry; and the groundbreaking psychologist and philosopher William.
(Dalke, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B275 Food Revolutions: History, Politics, Culture
This course traces an arc from the industrial revolution of the 18th and 19th centuries through to the present day food crisis. We will explore the cultural, political, philosophical, ethical and ecological histories of what and how we eat, and look towards sustainable, biodiverse and local agriculture.
(Werlen, Thomas, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B277 Nabokov in Translation
(Harte, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as RUSS B277
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B279 Introduction to African Literature
Taking into account the oral, written, aural and visual forms of African “texts” over several thousand years, this course will explore literary production, translation and audience/critical reception. Representative works to be studied include oral traditions, the Sundiata Epic, Chinua Achebe’s Anthills of the Savannah, Ayi Kwei Armah’s Fragments, Mariama Bâ’s Si Longe une Lettre, Tsitsi Danga-rembga’s Nervous Conditions, Bessie Head’s Maru, Sembène Ousmane’s Xala, plays by Wole Soyinka and his Burden of History, The Muse of Forgiveness and Ngugi wa Thiong’o’s A Grain of Wheat. We will address the “transliteration” of Christian and Muslim languages and theologies in these works.
(Beard, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B279
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B284 Women Poets: Giving Eurydice a Voice
This course covers English and American woman poets of the 19th and 20th centuries whose gender was important for their self-understanding as poets, their choice of subject matter, and the audience they sought to gain for their work. Featured poets include Elizabeth Bishop, Gwendolyn Brooks, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Lucille Clifton, H.D., Emily Dickinson, Marianne Moore, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Christina Rossetti, Anne Sexton, and Gertrude Stein.
(Hedley, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B290 Modernisms
This course will investigate a wide range of works that have been labeled “modernist” in order to raise the question, “Was there one modernism or were there many disparate and competing ones?”
(Tratner, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B292 The Play of Interpretation
(Seyhan, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B293
Cross-listed as PHIL B293

ENGL B293 Critical Feminist Studies: An Introduction
Combines the study of specific literary texts with larger questions about feminist forms of theorizing. A course reader will be supplemented with three fictional texts to be selected by the class. Students will review current scholarship, identify their own stake in the conversation and define a critical question they want to pursue at length.
(Dalke, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B294 Art and Exploitation: Gender and Sexuality in 1960s American Cinema
(Gorfinkel, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HART B294
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B296 Introduction to Medieval Drama
Introduces students to the major types of dramatic production in the Middle Ages: mystery plays, morality plays, and miracle plays. Also examines early Protestant political drama know as “interludes” and the translation of medieval plays into contemporary films and novellas. Explores the construction of local communities around professional acting and production guilds, different strategies of performance, and the relationship between the medieval dramatic stage and other kinds of “stages.”
(Taylor, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARTT B296
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B299 History of Narrative Cinema
(King, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HART B299
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B303 Piers Plowman
A contemporary of Chaucer, William Langland dedicated his life to writing and rewriting a moving poem that questions the relationship between artistic expression, social activism, and spiritual healing. We will read his great text, Piers Plowman, both as our subject and point of departure for thinking about the literary, political, and religious cultures in late 14th- and early 15th-century England. In addition, we will contextualize the poem using selections from penitential manuals, legal documents, treatises on translation, and rebel broadsides, as well as texts by contemporary authors (including Chaucer, Gower and Lydgate).
(Taylor, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B305 Sociology of Culture
(Washington)
Cross-listed as SOCL B325
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B306 Film Theory
An introduction to major developments in film theory and criticism. Topics covered include: the specificity of film form; cinematic realism; the cinematic “author”; the politics and ideology of cinema; the relation between cinema and language; spectatorship, identification, and subjectivity; archival and historical problems in film studies; the relation between film studies and other disciplines of aesthetic and social criticism. Each week of the syllabus pairs critical writing(s) on a central principle of film analysis with a cinematic example. Class will be divided between discussion of critical texts and attempts to apply them to a primary cinematic text.
(King, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B306
Cross-listed as HART B306
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B309 Native American Literature

This course focuses on late-20th-century Native literatures that attempt to remember and redress earlier histories of dispersal and genocide. We will ask how various writers with different tribal affiliations engage in discourses of humor, memory, repetition, and cultural performance to refuse, rework, or lampoon inherited constructions of the “Indian” and “Indian” history and culture. We will read fiction, film, and contemporary critical approaches to Native literatures alongside much earlier texts, including oral histories, political speeches, law, and autobiography. Readings may include works by Sherman Alexie, Diane Glancy, Thomas King, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Gerald Vizenor.
(Schneider, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B311 Renaissance Lyric
(Hedley, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B314 Troilus and Criseyde
Examines Chaucer’s magisterial Troilus and Criseyde, his epic romance of love, loss, and betrayal. We will supplement sustained analysis of the poem with primary readings on free will and courtly love as well as theoretical readings on gender and sexuality and translation. We will also read Boccaccio’s Il Filostrato, Robert Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid and Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida.
(Taylor)
Cross-listed as COML B314

ENGL B315 Experimental Fictions, 1675 to 1800
This course will examine a deliberately eclectic set of readings, mostly in prose, in order to explore different dimensions—aesthetic, social, psychological, substantive—of 18th-century creativity. Readings will range from Bunyan and Defoe to Fielding and Sterne, from Aphra Behn to William Hogarth to Frances Burney.
(Briggs, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B322 Love and Money
This course focuses on literary works that explore the relationship between love and money. We will seek to understand the separate and intertwined histories of these two arenas of human behavior and will read, along with literary texts, essays by influential figures in the history of economics and sexuality. The course will begin with The Merchant of Venice, proceed through Pride and Prejudice to The Great Gatsby, and end with Hollywood movies.
(Tratner, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B323 Movies, Fascism, and Communism
Movies and mass politics emerged together, altering entertainment and government in strangely similar ways. Fascism and communism claimed an inherent relation to the masses and hence to movies; Hollywood rejected such claims. We will examine films alluding to fascism or communism, to understand them as commenting on political debates and on the mass experience of movie going.
(Tratner, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B324 Topics in Shakespeare: Shakespeare on Film
Films and play texts vary from year to year. The course assumes significant prior experience of Shakespearean drama and/or Renaissance drama.
(Rowe, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B333 Lesbian Immortal
Lesbian literature has repeatedly figured itself in alliance with tropes of immortality and eternity. Using recent queer theory on temporality, and 19th and 20th century primary texts, we will explore topics such as: fame and noteriety; feminism and mythology; epistemes, erotics and sexual seasonality; the death drive and the uncanny; fin de siecle manias for mummies and seances.
(Thomas, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B334 Topics in Film Studies: Queer Cinema in a Transnational Frame

The course explores how communities and subjects designated as “queer” have been rendered in/visible in the cinema. It also examines how queer subjects have responded to this in/visibility through non-normative viewing practices and alternative film and video production. We will consider queer traditions in documentary, avant-garde, transgender, AIDS, and global cinemas.
(Nguyen, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HART B334

ENGL B336 Topics in Film
This course examines experimental film and video from the 1930’s to present. It will concentrate on the use of found footage: the reworking of existing imagery in order to generate new aesthetic frameworks and cultural meanings. Key issues to be explored include copyright, piracy, archive, activism, affect, aesthetics, interactivity and fandom.
(Nguyen, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HART B336
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B337 Contemplating Art Cinema: Michael Haneke, Claire Denis, and the Dardenne Brothers
(Gorfinkel, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HART B337
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B349 Theories of Authorship in the Cinema
(King, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HART B349
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B354 Virginia Woolf
Virginia Woolf has been interpreted as a feminist, a modernist, a crazy person, a resident of Bloomsbury, a victim of child abuse, a snob, a socialist, and a creation of literary and popular history. We will try out all these approaches and examine the features of our contemporary world that influence the way Woolf, her work, and her era are perceived. We will also attempt to theorize about why we favor certain interpretations over others.
(Tratner, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B356 Endgames: Theater of Samuel Beckett
(Lord, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as ARTT B356
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B359 Dead Presidents
Framed by the extravagant funerals of Presidents Washington and Lincoln, this course explores the cultural importance of the figure of the President and the Presidential body, and of the 19th-century preoccupations with death and mourning, in the U.S. cultural imaginary from the Revolutionary movement through the Civil War.
(Schneider, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B360 Women and Law in the Middle Ages
Studies the development of legal issues that affect women, such as marriage contracts, rape legislation, prostitution regulation, and sumptuary law, including the prosecution of witches in the 14th and 15th centuries in official documents and imaginative fictions that deploy such legislation in surprising ways. Asks how texts construct and interrogate discourses of gender, sexuality, criminality, and discipline. Broadly views the overlap between legal and literary modes of analysis. Examines differences between “fact” and “fiction” and explores blurred distinctions.
(Taylor, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B362 African American Literature: Hypercanonical Codes
Intensive study of six 18th-21st century hypercanonical African American written and visual texts (and critical responses) with specific attention to the tradition’s long use of speaking in code and in multiple registers simultaneously. Focus on language as a tool of opacity as well as transparency, translation, transliteration, invention and resistance. Previous reading required.
(Beard, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B364 Slum Fiction
David Simon’s acclaimed television show The Wire has repeatedly been related to the Victorian novel. This course links Victorian London and 20th-century Baltimore by studying: literary relations between Dickens and Poe; slum writing; the rise of the state institution; a genealogy of serial fiction from the nineteenth century novel to television drama.
(Thomas, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B367 Asian American Film Video and New Media
The course explores the role of pleasure in the production, reception, and performance of Asian American identities in film, video, and the internet, taking as its focus the sexual representation of Asian Americans in works produced by Asian American artists from 1915 to present. In several units of the course, we will study graphic sexual representations, including pornographic images and sex acts some may find objectionable. Students should be prepared to engage analytically with all class material. To maintain an atmosphere of mutual respect and solidarity among the participants in the class, no auditors will be allowed.
(Nguyen, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as HART B367

ENGL B369 Women Poets: Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, Sylvia Plath
In this seminar we will be playing three poets off against each other, all of whom came of age during the 1950s. We will plot each poet’s career in relation to the public and personal crises that shaped it, giving particular attention to how each poet constructed “poethood” for herself.
(Hedley, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B372 Composing a Self: American Women’s Life Writing
Beginning with Rowlandson’s 1682 captivity narrative and concluding with Kingston’s The Woman Warrior, we examine how American women have constructed themselves in print. Gender, ethnicity, spirituality and sexuality inform public narratives; while letters and diaries serve as a counterweight, revealing private selves and prompting exploration of authority, authorship, history, citizenship and identity. Course includes personal life-writing and archival research in the College’s Special Collections.
(Bruder, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B377 James Joyce
(Tratner, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B378 Eating Culture: Food and Britain 1798 to 1929
This class will explore British culinary culture across the long 19th century. One of our main goals will be to explore the role of matters culinary in the ordering and Othering of the world and its populations. We will pay particular attention to the relationship of food to 19th-century class and labor relations, colonial and imperial discourse, and analyze how food both traces and guides global networks of power, politics and trade. We will work towards theorizing food’s materiality, considering the physiognomy of food, the aesthetics of a menu, and the hermeneutics of taste.
(Thomas, Division III: Humanities)
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B385 Problems in Satire
An exploration of the methodological and theoretical underpinnings of great satire in works by Blake, Dryden, Pope, Rabelais, Smiley, Swift, Wilde, and others.
(Briggs, Division III: Humanities)

ENGL B387 Allegory in Theory and Practice
Allegory and allegories, from The Play of Everyman to The Crying of Lot 49. A working knowledge of several different theories of allegory is developed; Renaissance allegories include The Faerie Queene and Pilgrim’s Progress, 19th- and 20th-century allegories include The Scarlet Letter and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man.
(Hedley, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B387
Not offered in 2010-11.

ENGL B388 Contemporary African Fiction
Noting that the official colonial independence of most African countries dates back only half a century, this course focuses on the fictive experiments of the most recent decade. A few highly controversial works from the 90’s serve as an introduction to very recent work. Most works are in English. To experience depth as well as breadth, there is a small cluster of works from South Africa. With novels and tales from elsewhere on the huge African continent, we will get a glimpse of “living in the present” in history and letters.
(Beard, Division III: Humanities)
Cross-listed as COML B388

ENGL B398 Senior Seminar
Required preparation for ENGL 399 (Senior Essay). Through weekly seminar meetings and regular writing and research assignments, students will design a senior essay topic or topics of their choice, frame exciting and practical questions about it, and develop a writing plan for its execution. Students will leave the course with a departmentally approved senior essay prospectus, an annotated bibliography on their chosen area of inquiry, and 10 pages of writing towards their senior essay. Students must pass the course to enroll in ENGL 399.
(Hemmeter, Schneider)

ENGL B399 Senior Essay
Supervised independent writing project required of all English majors. Students must successfully complete ENGL 398 (Senior Conference) and have their Senior Essay prospectus approved by the department before they enroll in ENGL 399.
(Staff)

ENGL B403 Supervised Work
Advanced students may pursue independent research projects. Permission of the instructor and major adviser is required.
(Staff)