English

Students may complete a major or a minor in English. Within the major, students may complete a concentration in Creative Writing. Students may also combine an English major with or minor in Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, or Gender and Sexuality Studies; alternatively, a concentration in Gender and Sexuality Studies is available.

Faculty

Linda-Susan Beard, Associate Professor of English on the Rosabeth Moss Kanter Change Master Fund (on leave semesters I and II)

Peter Briggs, Professor of English

Jennifer Callaghan, Lecturer

Anne Dalke, Term Professor of English (on leave semester II)

Jennifer Harford Vargas, Assistant Professor of English

Jane Hedley, K. Laurence Stapleton Professor of English

Gail Hemmeter, Senior Lecturer in English and Director of Writing

Betty Litsinger, Instructor

Hoang Nguyen, Associate Professor of English and Film Studies

Matthew Ruben, Lecturer in English and the Emily Balch Seminars

Bethany Schneider, Associate Professor of English

Jamie Taylor, Associate Professor of English

Kate Thomas, Chair and Associate Professor of English

Michael Tratner, Mary E. Garrett Alumnae Professor of English

Emily Weissbourd, Visiting Assistant 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 writing and speaking, 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 of 30-40 pages, developed during a senior research seminar in the fall semester and individually mentored by a faculty member in the spring. Students are expected to take at least two English courses at Bryn Mawr before signing up for the major or minor.

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 Major

  • Eight courses, including at least three at the 300 level (exclusive of 398 and 399). 300 level courses must be taken at BMC or HC.
  • ENGL B250 Methods of Literary Study (prerequisite: 1 or preferably 2 200-level English courses)
  • ENGL B398 Senior Seminar (offered Mondays in the fall, 2:30-4pm. Prerequisite Engl:250)
  • ENGL B399 Senior Essay
  • One 200 level Creative Writing class can count towards the major.

Summary of the Minor

  • ENGL B250 Methods of Literary Study (prerequisite: 1 or preferably 200-level English courses)
  • Five English electives (at least one at the 300 level). 300 levels must be taken at BMC or HC.
  • One 200 level Creative Writing course may count towards the minor.
  • At least half the courses for the minor must be taken at Bryn Mawr.
  • Students must declare their minor by the end of their junior year.

Writing Requirement

By the end of their junior year, English majors must satisfy the College’s Writing Intensive Requirement by taking one Writing Intensive (WI) course taught by English Department faculty.

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 minors in Africana Studies, in Environmental Studies, and in the Program in Gender and Sexuality.

Students Going Abroad

Students should complete both English 250 and one 300-level course before leaving for a semester or year abroad.

English Majors and the Education Certification Program

English majors planning to complete an education certification in their senior year should file a work plan with the chairs of the Education and English Departments no later than December 1 of their junior year. English majors on this path will follow an accelerated writing schedule in their senior year.

Extended Research

Some students seek a longer horizon and a chance to dig deeper into their research interests. Rising juniors and seniors in English frequently apply for fellowship support from the Hanna Holborn Gray program, to pursue original research over the summer or through the year. The projects may be stand-alone or may lead to a senior essay. In either case, students work closely with faculty advisers to define the goals, methods, and potential outcomes of their research

Departmental Honors

Students who have done distinguished work in their courses in the major and who write outstanding senior essays will be considered for departmental honors.

COURSES

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Todd,J., Ruben,M., Callaghan,J.
(Spring 2016)

ENGL B126 Workshop for Multilingual Writers

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.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Litsinger,B.
(Fall 2015)

ENGL B127 Workshop for Multilingual Writers (Advanced)

This course, which may be taken in place of or after English 126, offers more advanced instruction in writing essays in English. Designed for students who have some experience writing academic papers, English 127 helps students develop their argumentation technique and produce more sophisticated college-level essays. Students will practice writing for various academic audience, will refine their ability to use written sources to effectively support claims, and will improve their style in English. Writers will receive frequent feedback and individualized instruction. Students will be referred to English 127 on the advice of Writing Program instructors. Placement in either ENGL B126 ENGL B127, will be done on the basis of a writing sample.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 0.5
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B193 Critical Feminist Studies

Combines the study of specific literary texts with larger questions about feminist forms of theorizing: three fictional texts will be supplemented by a wide range of essays. Students will review current scholarship, identify their own stake in the conversation, and define a critical question they want to pursue at length.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Taylor,J.
(Fall 2015)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hedley,J.
(Spring 2016)

ENGL B203 Imagined Worlds: Utopia and Dystopia in Literature

When Thomas More coined the term “Utopia” in 1516, it meant both “good place” and “no place” – an ideal society, and an unreachable one. Since then, the term (as well as its opposite, dystopia) has been applied to representations of imagined worlds that hold a mirror up to our own. In this class, we’ll read texts from the early modern period (Utopia, The Blazing World) through the present day (The Handmaid’s Tale, The Hunger Games) that use invented societies to critique the ‘real world.’ We will pay particular attention to how descriptions of imagined places explore very real tensions around class, gender and racial identities. Do these texts offer a path to better worlds, or do such fantasies always remain out of reach?
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Weissbourd,E.
(Spring 2016)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B205
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nguyen,H.
(Spring 2016)

ENGL B206 Romance to Bromance

This course examines the ongoing popularity of romance, examining the genre from the Middle Ages to contemporary romantic comedies. In doing so, we will pay particular attention to the gender politics romance produces, supports, and challenges, exploring how various historical moments and media conceptualize love, desire, sex, and marriage. Texts will include Chaucer’s “Troilus and Criseyde”, Marlowe’s “Hero and Leander”, Richard Hurd’s eighteenth-century “Letters on Chivalry and Romance,” and nineteenth-century bodice rippers. We will also discuss the ongoing publication of Harlequin romances, the popularity of romantic comedy in film (from the 1930s to now) as well as the reimagining of romance tropes and male intimacy in films like “Brokeback Mountain” and buddy comedies.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Taylor,J.
(Spring 2016)

ENGL B207 Eating Empire: Food, Diaspora and Victorian Britain

This class will explore British culinary culture across the long nineteenth century, focusing on how food culture was used in the ordering and Othering of the world and its populations. Our lens is the relationship of food to nineteenth-century colonial and imperial discourse and we will analyze how food both traced and guided global networks of power, politics and trade. We will be particularly interested in theorizing the paradox that the trademark English comestibles – the sweet cup of tea, the curry – are colonial imports, and we will also construct a history of the industrialization of food that facilitated exportation. As we are tracing the flows of capital and foodstuffs, we will also consider the power of resisting food, by studying anti-saccharite abolitionist protests, hunger strikes and food adulteration campaigns. Organizing units will include sugar, chocolate, tea, spices. Texts will include slave narratives, nineteenth century cookbooks and colonial culinary memoirs, Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, Stoker’s Dracula, Caroll’s Alice in Wonderland.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Thomas,K.
(Spring 2016)

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.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hedley,J.
(Fall 2015)

ENGL B213 Theory in Practice: Critical Discourses in the Humanities

An examination in English of leading theories of interpretation from Classical Tradition to Modern and Post-Modern Time. This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): COML-B213; FREN-B213; GERM-B213; ITAL-B213; HART-B213; RUSS-B253; PHIL-B253
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Higginson,P.

Fall 2015: Critical Theories. Structuralism, Poststructuralism, Feminism, Postcolonialism.

ENGL B216 Re-creating Our World: Vision, Voice, Value

To this shared project, the discipline of English literary studies will contribute an awareness of the limits and possibilities of representation, asking what is foregrounded, what backgrounded or omitted, in each verbal, visual, aural or tactile re-presentation of the world. Asking, too, what might be imagined that has not yet been experienced, “Re-creating Our World” invites students both to create their own multi-modal representations of the spaces they occupy, and to re-create, in some way, the space that is Bryn Mawr. This course offers a shared exploration of imaginative images and texts, with a global reach and in a range of genres (photography, film, poetry, as well as multiple narratives, in forms that will vary from satire to science fiction, from apocalypse to utopia). On field trips to local sites, we will also study “representations” of the world in the form of various “shaped spaces,” including The Center for Environmental Transformation in Camden, the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum, John James Audubon’s house @ Mill Grove, Wissahickon Valley Park, Chanticleer (a pleasure garden in Wayne), and the Laurel Hill Cemetery.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B217 Narratives of Latinidad

This course explores how Latina/o writers fashion bicultural and transnational identities and narrate the intertwined histories of the U.S. and Latin America. We will focus on topics of shared concern among Latino groups such as imperialism and annexation, the affective experience of migration, race and gender stereotypes, the politics of Spanglish, and struggles for social justice. By analyzing novels, poetry, performance art, testimonial narratives, films, and essays, we will unpack the complexity of Latinadad in the Americas.
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B217
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Harford Vargas,J.
(Fall 2015)

ENGL B218 Ecological Imaginings

Re-thinking the evolving nature of representation, with a focus on language as a link between natural and cultural ecosystems. We will observe the world; read classical and cutting edge ecolinguistic, ecoliterary, ecofeminist, and ecocritical theory, along with a wide range of exploratory, speculative, and imaginative essays and stories; and seek a variety of ways of expressing our own ecological interests.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B220 Writing in Theory/Writing in Practice

This Praxis course is designed for students interested in teaching or tutoring writing at the high-school or college level. The course focuses on understanding the relationship between high school and college-level writing. Readings focus on the theory and pedagogy of writing, on literacy issues, and on writing culture.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Crosslisting(s): EDUC-B219
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hemmeter,G.
(Spring 2016)

ENGL B221 Roaring Girls & Ranting Widows: Narratives of Crime

Narratives of Crime and Adventure will explore the figure of the female outlaw (picara), in literary and visual texts from the early modern period to today. Through reading British and American texts that feature the figure of the female outlaw (or picara), students will understand the ways in which literary content and literary form function together, and how they reflect cultural changes and norms. Students will focus their readings through the role of the female outlaw to the more common picaro, male outlaw. Students will learn how the “female picaresque” (as seen in novels, other writings, and visual texts) explores gender, changes in moral and aesthetic values, class, race, politics, colonialism, the body, and sexuality.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B228 Silence: The Rhetorics of Class, Gender, Culture, Religion

This course will consider silence as a rhetorical art and political act, an imaginative space and expressive power that can serve many functions, including that of opening new possibilities among us. We will share our own experiences of silence, re-thinking them through the lenses of how it is explained in philosophy, enacted in classrooms and performed by various genders, cultures, and religions.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Dalke,A.
(Fall 2015)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Crosslisting(s): ARTT-B230
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B232 Pirates in the Popular Imagination

This course will explore popular representations of pirates from the seventeenth century to the present, in memoirs, first-hand and fictional accounts (including children’s literature), and films. The context will be global, with an emphasis on the transatlantic world. Topics will include slavery, gender/sexuality, captivity, class/status, race, and imperialism/colonialism.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ricketts,R.
(Spring 2016)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B234
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B237 Latino Dictator Novel in Americas

This course examines representations of dictatorship in Latin American and Latina/o novels. We will explore the relationship between narrative form and absolute power by analyzing the literary techniques writers use to contest authoritarianism. We will compare dictator novels from the United States, the Caribbean, Central America, and the Southern Cone.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B237; COML-B237
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B238 Topics: The History of Cinema 1895 to 1945

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): RUSS-B238; HART-B238; COML-B238
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B240 Wit and Witness: English Literature 1660-1744

The rise of new literary genres and the contemporary efforts to find new definitions of heroism and wit, good taste and good manners, sin and salvation, individual identity and social responsibility, and the pressure exerted by changing social, intellectual and political contexts of literature. Readings from Defoe, Dryden, early feminist writers, Pope, Restoration dramatists and Swift.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Briggs,P.
(Spring 2016)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Briggs,P.
(Fall 2015)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Briggs,P.
(Spring 2016)

ENGL B247 Shakespeare’s Teenagers

There was no such thing as a teenager in Shakespeare’s England; the word doesn’t enter the English language until the 20th century. Yet present-day writers and filmmakers often cast Shakespeare’s young adults as teenaged characters, using adaptations to tell the story of today’s teens coming of age. In this course, we’ll study several Shakespeare plays and current versions them, including film, fiction, music and even a production of Romeo and Juliet conducted entirely over Twitter. Why do so many artists choose to represent present-day teen culture through Shakespeare? And can the notion of a “teen” protagonist productively be applied to Shakespeare’s plays?
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Weissbourd,E.
(Fall 2015)

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. English Majors and Minors should take before their senior year. Prerequisite: One English course or permission of instructor. English Majors and Minors should take before their senior year.
Approach: Course does not meet an Approach
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Taylor,J., Harford Vargas,J., Schneider,B.
(Fall 2015, Spring 2016)

ENGL B253 Romanticism

Through an emphasis on Romanticism’s history and its readers, this course will explore the Romantic movement in English literature, from its roots in Enlightenment thought and the Gothic to contemporary visions of Romanticism. By reading over the shoulders of writers such as Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Tom Stoppard, the course will explore fiction, prose, and especially poetry of the period 1745 to 1848. While these years mark revolution and expansion in almost every cultural sphere in Europe, America, and the Caribbean—politics, the arts, literature, and science—writers looked inward to the thoughts and passions of individuals as they never had before. Readings will also include poetry and prose by William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Lord Byron, William Blake, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Mary Shelley, and Charlotte Smith, among others.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.”
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B261 Topics: Film and the German Literary Imagination

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): GERM-B262
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B262 Survey in African American Literature

Pairing canonical African American fiction with theoretical, popular, and filmic texts from the late-19th Century through to the present day, we will address the ways in which the Black body, as cultural text, has come to be both constructed and consumed within the nation’s imagination and our modern visual regime.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Major Writing Requirement: Writing Intensive
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B264 Black Bards: Poetry in the Diaspora

An interrogation of poetic 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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B266 Travel and Transgression

Examines ancient and medieval travel literature, exploring movement and cultural exchange, from otherworld odysseys and religious pilgrimages to trade expeditions and explorations across the Atlantic. Mercantile documents, maps, pilgrim’s logbooks, and theoretical and anthropological discussions of place, colonization, and identity-formation will supplement our literary analysis. Emphasizes how those of the Middle Ages understood encounters with “alien” cultures, symbolic representations of space, and the development of national identities, exploring their influence on contemporary debates surrounding racial, cultural, religious, and national boundaries.
Crosslisting(s): COML-B266
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Environmental Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Child and Family Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B272 Queer of Color Critique

Queer of color critique (QoCC) is a mode of criticism with roots in women of color feminism, post-structuralism, critical race theory, and queer studies. QoCC focuses on “intersectional” analyses. That is, QoCC seeks to integrate studies of race, sexuality, gender, class, and nationalism, and to show how these categories are co-constitutive. In so doing, QoCC contends that a focus on gay rights or reliance on academic discourse is too narrow. QoCC therefore addresses a wide set of issues from beauty standards to terrorism and questions the very idea of “normal.” This course introduces students to the ideas of QoCC through key literary and film texts.
Approach: Cross-Cultural Analysis (CC); Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B276 Transnational American Literature

This course asks students to re-imagine “American” literature through a transnational framework. We will explore what paradigms are useful for conceptualizing U.S. literature given shared political histories, aesthetic modes, racial discourses, and patterns of migration in the hemisphere. Reading canonical Anglo American writers alongside ethnic minority writers, we will examine how their aesthetic engagements and cultural entanglements with Latin America transform our understanding of what constitutes a national literary tradition.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B277 Nabokov in Translation

A study of Vladimir Nabokov’s writings in various genres, focusing on his fiction and autobiographical works. The continuity between Nabokov’s Russian and English works is considered in the context of the Russian and Western literary traditions. All readings and lectures in English.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Crosslisting(s): RUSS-B277
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Harte,T.
(Fall 2015)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B279
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B281 Writing Taste: Food Studies with Resident Food Writer

After a discussion of key texts on “taste”—from philosophy, literature, and sociology, students will analyze the “new world” of taste criticism from important food critics to Yelp. As food has become increasingly virtual (food advertising and online forums), does the intellectual vocabulary for taste also need to change? After analyzing the cultural-historical background of food writing (from M.F.K. Fisher to Anthony Bourdain), James Beard Award-winning food writer Craig Laban will lead the class through a wide range of tasting/thinking/writing exercises. These will include in-class tasting sessions where students will develop critical and—crucially—creative ways of talking about what they taste in conjunction with specially designed field exercises (local restaurants and markets, building local food maps of cities, interviews with food organizations).
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B288 The Novel

This course will explore the multi-vocal origins of the novel in English and the ways in which its rapid development parallels changes in reading, vision, thought, and self-perception. The course will trace the novel’s evolution from its 17th-century beginnings in romance, spiritual autobiography, and travel literature; through its emergence as a middle-class mode of expression in the 18th century; to its period of cultural dominance in the Victorian era; and to modernist and postmodern experimentation. In studying the novel’s historical, cultural, and formal dimensions, the course will discuss the significance of realism, parody, characters, authorship, and the reader.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B290 Modernisms

Between the two world wars—1918—1939—a revolution occurred in literature that is called “Modernism.” While the phenomenon was worldwide, this course will focus on the major British writers of the period, novelists Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, E.M.Forster, and poets W.H.Auden, T.S.Eliot, and William Butler Yeats. Their work is experimental, demanding, and idiosyncratic. We will strive to define what they have in common, what historical, social, and scientific developments they are responding to, and why they wrote what they did. Kipling and Smith will help us contextualize their work as a response to what came before and a major influence on much more recent work.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Tratner,M.
(Spring 2016)

ENGL B292 The Play of Interpretation

Designated theory course. A study of the methodologies and regimes of interpretation in the arts, humanistic sciences, and media and cultural studies, this course focuses on common problems of text, authorship, reader/spectator, and translation in their historical and formal contexts. Literary, oral, and visual texts from different cultural traditions and histories will be studied through interpretive approaches informed by modern critical theories. Readings in literature, philosophy, popular culture, and film will illustrate how theory enhances our understanding of the complexities of history, memory, identity, and the trials of modernity.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: International Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B293; PHIL-B293
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Seyhan,A.
(Spring 2016)

ENGL B293 Critical Feminist Studies: An Introduction

Combines the study of specific literary texts with larger questions about feminist forms of theorizing. Three book length texts will be supplemented by on-line readings. Students will review current scholarship, identify their own stake in the conversation and define a critical question they want to pursue at length.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B297 Terror, Pleasure, and the Gothic Imagination

Introduces students to the 18th-century origins of Gothic literature and its development across genres, media and time. Exploring the formal contours and cultural contexts of the enduring imaginative mode in literature, film, art, and architecture, the course will also investigate the Gothic’s connection to the radical and conservative cultural agendas.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI)
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B299 History of Narrative Cinema, 1945 to the Present

This course surveys the history of narrative film from 1945 through contemporary cinema. We will analyze a chronological series of styles and national cinemas, including Classical Hollywood, Italian Neorealism, the French New Wave, and other post-war movements and genres. Viewings of canonical films will be supplemented by more recent examples of global cinema. While historical in approach, this course emphasizes the theory and criticism of the sound film, and we will consider various methodological approaches to the aesthetic, socio-political, and psychological dimensions of cinema. Readings will provide historical context, and will introduce students to key concepts in film studies such as realism, formalism, spectatorship, the auteur theory, and genre studies. Fulfills the history requirement or the introductory course requirement for the Film Studies minor.
Approach: Critical Interpretation (CI); Inquiry into the Past (IP)
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B299
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H.
(Fall 2015)

ENGL B301 Women on Top: Gender and Power in Renaissance Drama

From virtuous queens to scheming adulteresses and cross-dressed “Roaring Girls,” powerful female characters are at the center of a number of Renaissance plays. This class will explore how playwrights such as Shakespeare, Webster and Dekker represent both fantasies and anxieties about tough women who take charge of their destinies. We will read these plays first in the context of the historical position of women in early modern England, and then turn to gender theory (e.g. Butler, Sedgwick, Rubin) to examine constructions of gender identity and female agency.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Weissbourd,E.
(Spring 2016)

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).
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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. Prerequisite: A course in Film Studies (HART B110, HART B299, ENGL B205, or the equivalent from another college by permission of instructor).
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B306; COML-B306
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): King,H.
(Fall 2015)

ENGL B307 Philadelphia Freedom: Slavery, Liberty, Literature 1682-1899

Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, a space of religious diversity, the hotbed of the American Revolution, the first large “free” city north of the slave states, a major center of free Black culture. In this course we will examine literature written in and about Philadelphia before the Civil War, exploring how and why Philadelphians engaged questions of freedom and non-freedom. Beginning with William Penn and the colonial city, moving through the literatures of Revolution and the Civil War, we will conclude with W. E. B. DuBois’ The Philadelphia Negro. We will take two field trips to the city and students will be expected to pursue city-based research projects.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Schneider,B.
(Fall 2015)

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.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Schneider,B.
(Spring 2016)

ENGL B310 Confessional Poetry

Poetry written since 1950 that deploys an autobiographical subject to engage with the psychological and political dynamics of family life and with states of psychic extremity and mental illness. Poets will include Lowell, Ginsberg, Sexton, and Plath. The impact of this`movement’ on late twentieth century American poetry will also receive attention. A prior course in poetry is desirable but not required.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hedley,J.
(Fall 2015)

ENGL B311 Renaissance Lyric

For roughly half the semester we will focus on the sonnet, a form that was domesticated in England during the sixteenth century. The other half of the course will focus on the “metaphysical” poetry of John Donne, George Herbert, and Andrew Marvell. There will be a strong component of critical and theoretical reading to contextualize the poetry, model ways of reading it, and raise questions about its social, political and religious purposes.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B313 Ecological Imaginings

Re-thinking the evolving nature of representation, with a focus on language as a link between natural and cultural ecosystems. We will observe the world; read classical and cutting edge ecolinguistic, ecoliterary, ecofeminist, and ecocritical theory, along with a wide range of exploratory, speculative, and imaginative essays and stories; and seek a variety of ways of expressing our own ecological interests. Prerequisites: Environmental Studies minors, Gender Studies concentrators, or English majors.
Counts towards: Environmental Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Counts towards: Film Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B324 Performing Race on the Renaissance Stage

Black, white, Christian, Jew, Muslim, native and foreigner: these are important and contentious categories today, and our understanding of them has been shaped by a complex history. This course will explore how these categories emerge in Renaissance drama, pairing sixteenth and seventeenth century plays with critical theory on race (Balibar, Bhaba, Stuart Hall). We will attend in particular to how these texts represent racial, religious and national identity as a social performance. Readings will include plays by canonical English writers such as Shakespeare and Webster as well as a few lesser-known Spanish plays (in English translation), which may completely up-end our assumptions about representations of race in the renaissance.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B325 Why Shakespeare?

Shakespeare has been widely proclaimed the greatest playwright in the English language – but why and how did this come to be? Did Shakespeare really, as one famous critic has claimed, “invent the human,” or have a series of historical circumstances conspired to set the playwright on a pedestal? This course has two aims: first, we will perform close readings of selected Shakespeare sonnets and plays through the lens of cultural history; second, we will draw on critical theory (e.g. Barthes, Foucault) to investigate theories of authorship and “genius,” exploring how the posthumous construction of Shakespeare as an author shaped how we understand these very categories.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B326 Topics in Renaissance Literature

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Weissbourd,E.

Fall 2015: Lovers and Others. In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, England came into contact with previously unknown lands and peoples on an unprecedented scale. These interactions raised important questions: who is an ally? who is an enemy? who can be incorporated into a community, and who is irreconcilably “other?” In this class, we will read plays by Shakespeare and his contemporaries that attempt to address these questions, pairing them with critical theory that relates these early modern texts with debates about identity and difference today. We will focus in particular on plays that stage marriages that cross geographic, cultural and religious boundaries, exploring how such representations work to create (and complicate!) theories of national identity.

ENGL B330 Sidekicks: Natives in the American Literary Canon from Crusoe to Moby Dick

How have written Indians — the Tontos, Fridays, Pocahontases and Queequegs of the American canon — been adopted, mimicked, performed and undermined by Native American authors? This course will examine how canonical and counter-canonical texts invent and reinvent the place of the Indian across the continuing literary “discovery” of America from 1620 to the present. Readings include The Last of the Mohicans, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Moby Dick and Robinson Crusoe. Critical texts, research presentations, written assignments and intensive seminar discussion will address questions of cultural sovereignty, mimesis, literacy versus orality, literary hybridity, intertextuality and citation.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B332 Novelas de las Américas

What do we gain by reading a Latin American or a US novel as “American” in the continental sense? What do we learn by comparing novels from “this” America to classics of the “other” Americas? Can we find through this Panamericanist perspective common aesthetics, interests, conflicts? In this course we will explore these questions by connecting and comparing major US novels with Latin American classics of the 20th and 21st century. We will read these works in clusters to illuminate aesthetic, political and cultural resonances and affinities. This course is taught in Spanish. Prerequisite: at least one SPAN 200-level course.
Counts towards: Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): SPAN-B332
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B334 Topics in Film Studies

This is a topics course. Content varies.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B334
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B336 Topics in Film

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B336
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nguyen,H.

Spring 2016: Queer Cinema. This 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.

ENGL B345 Topics in Narrative Theory

This is a topics course. Course content varies.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Latin Amer/Latino/Iberian Peoples & Cultures
Crosslisting(s): COML-B345
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B347 Medievalisms

This course assesses how the “Middle Ages” has been and continues to be constructed as a period of history, an object of inquiry, and a category of analysis. It considers how the past is formulated and called upon to conduct the ideological and cultural work of the present, and it reads historical documents and literary texts in dialogue with one another. Suggested Preparation: At least one 200-level course in any area of medieval studies (although more than one course is preferred), or by permission of the instructors. Additionally, this course is not open to students who took ENG/HIST 246 in 2013.
Crosslisting(s): HIST-B347
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B351 Jane Austen: Contexts, Criticism, Adaptations

This course will engage upper-level students in a close and rigorous examination of the writing of Jane Austen in its cultural contexts, as well as critical responses to and re-envisionings of her works. Situating her writing in the tradition of the “novel of manners,” the course will explore the roots of Austen’s work in earlier literary forms--the romance, the “true history,” the novel of sentiment, and the gothic novel--many of which Austen herself read. We’ll then interpret her works in the light of critical perspectives that reveal connections between the form and cultural contexts of Austen’s work: formalist approaches; feminism, gender, and queer theory; postcolonialism; and cultural studies. The bulk of the reading will be from Austen’s own corpus of novels, and also include works like Samuel Richardson’s Sir Charles Grandison, Frances Burney’s Evelina, Henry MacKenzie’s The Man of Feeling, Ann Radcliffe’s Sicilian Romance, and the poetry of Byron. We’ll end by exploring several modern novelistic and film adaptations. Work for the course will include frequent short papers and in-class presentations, a mid-term essay, and a substantial final paper.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Tratner,M.
(Fall 2015)

ENGL B355 Performance Studies

Introduces students to the field of performance studies, a multidisciplinary species of cultural studies which theorizes human actions as performances that both construct and resist cultural norms of race, gender, and sexuality. The course will explore “performativity” in everyday life as well as in the performing arts, and will include multiple viewings of dance and theater both on- and off-campus. In addition, we will consider the performative aspects of film and video productions.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Ricketts,R.
(Spring 2016)

ENGL B356 Endgames: Theater of Samuel Beckett

An exploration of Beckett’s theater work conducted through both reading and practical exercises in performance techniques. Points of special interest include the monologue form of the early novels and its translation into theater, Beckett’s influences (particularly silent film) and collaborations, and the relationship between the texts of the major dramatic works and the development of both modern and postmodern performance techniques.
Crosslisting(s): ARTT-B356
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B365 Erotica: Love and Art in Plato and Shakespeare

The course explores the relationship between love and art, “eros” and “poesis,” through in-depth study of Plato’s “Phaedus” and “Symposium,” Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” and “Antony and Cleopatra,” and essays by modern commentators (including David Halperin, Anne Carson, Martha Nussbaum, Marjorie Garber, and Stanley Cavell). We will also read Shakespeare’s Sonnets and “Romeo and Juliet.”
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Crosslisting(s): POLS-B365; PHIL-B365; COML-B365
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies; Film Studies
Crosslisting(s): HART-B367
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Nguyen,H.
(Fall 2015)

ENGL B368 Pleasure, Luxury, and Consumption

Course will consider pleasure and consumerism in English texts and culture of the 17th and 18th centuries. Readings will include classical and neoclassical philosophies of hedonism and Epicureanism, Defoe’s “Roxana”, Mandeville’s “Fable of the Bees”, Pope’s “Rape of the Lock”, John Cleland’s “Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure” and early periodical essays, among others. Secondary readings will include critical studies on cultural history and material culture. Prerequisites: at least two 200-level English courses.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B373 Masculinity in English Literature: From Chivalry to Civility

This course will examine images and concepts of masculinity as represented in a wide variety of texts in English. Beginning in the early modern period and ending with our own time, the course will focus on texts of the “long” 18th century to contextualize the relationships between masculinity and chivalry, civility, manliness, and femininity.
Counts towards: Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B379 The African Griot(te)

A focused exploration of the multi-genre productions of Southern African writer Bessie Head and the critical responses to such works. Students are asked to help construct a critical-theoretical framework for talking about a writer who defies categorization or reduction.
Counts towards: Africana Studies; Gender and Sexuality Studies
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

ENGL B381 Post-Apartheid Literature

South African texts from several language communities which anticipate a post-apartheid polity and texts by contemporary South African writers which explore the complexities of life in “the new South Africa.” Several films emphasize the minefield of post-apartheid reconciliation and accountability.
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B381
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Counts towards: Africana Studies
Crosslisting(s): COML-B388
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)

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.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Hemmeter,G., Taylor,J.
(Fall 2015)

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.
Units: 1.0
Instructor(s): Taylor,J.
(Spring 2016)

ENGL B403 Supervised Work

Advanced students may pursue independent research projects. Permission of the instructor and major adviser is required.
Units: 1.0
(Fall 2015)

ENGL B425 Praxis III: Independent Study

Praxis III courses are Independent Study courses and are developed by individual students, in collaboration with faculty and field supervisors. A Praxis courses is distinguished by genuine collaboration with fieldsite organizations and by a dynamic process of reflection that incorporates lessons learned in the field into the classroom setting and applies theoretical understanding gained through classroom study to work done in the broader community.
Counts towards: Praxis Program
Units: 1.0
(Not Offered 2015-2016)