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EN111f Expository Writing Workshop For first-year students who are non-native speakers of English to advance their skills in academic writing in English, especially their fluency in grammar, syntax, idiom, and the conventions of the American college-level essay. Prepares students for English 115 and other writing-intensive courses through immersion in forms of expository writing and rhetorical modes, with intensive practice in composing essays and revising prose. Nongraded. Three credit hours. HARRINGTON
EN112fs Writers' Workshop For any student who wants extra work in writing. Taken in conjunction with English 115 or with a writing-emphasis course in another department in any level. Meets as an individual tutorial in the Writers' Center. Each student must meet with the tutor for at least 10 sessions during the semester. The goal is for the students to improve their writing, and the expected outcome is that they will complete the course with improved skills in grammar and essay writing. Nongraded. One credit hour. HARRINGTON, HUSSAIN
EN115fs English Composition Frequent practice in expository writing to foster clarity of organization and expression in the development of ideas. The assigned reading will vary from section to section, but all sections will discuss student writing. Required for first-year students. Students with an Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5 are exempted. Descriptions of the individual sections can be found on the registrar's website. Students should enter their first-choice section as a course selection and submit alternate preferences via the Web page provided. Four credit hours. W1. FACULTY
EN115Jj English Composition Frequent practice in expository writing to foster clarity of organization and expression in the development of ideas. Assigned reading will vary from section to section, but all sections will discuss student writing. Required for first-year students. Students with an Advanced Placement score of 4 or 5 are exempted. Descriptions of the individual sections can be found on the registrar's website. Three credit hours. W1. N. HARRIS, MILLS
EN126f Literature of Environmental Ethics An introduction to the literature of the environmental debate and the emergence and evolution of varying land ethics in America. The Puritan sense of the wild as evil needing to be tamed and the traditional values of indigenous peoples are two of the opposing forces driving the conversation. Students will read both foundational material and recent contributions to the field, as these authors articulate fundamental principles of human behavior toward the land. Part of the three-course Integrated Studies 126, "The Green Cluster." Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in Biology 131 (lab section C) and Environmental Studies 126. (Elect IS126.) Four credit hours. L. STOKES
EN129s Islands in the Sun Considers the ways in which islands function in literature and popular culture as microcosms and reductions of society, as rich metaphors and settings, and as self-contained entities. Students will study imaginative texts and popular culture products that focus on or are set on islands, including Robinson Crusoe, Lord of the Flies, and Lost. Prerequisite: First-year standing. Four credit hours. W1. BURKE
[EN137] 1930s Narratives What are the stories people needed to tell in America during the 1930s, and how did they tell them? The 1930s bear witness to multiple kinds of narration: economic depression and social upheaval, yet the promise of renewal through social incentives at the zenith of the modern age. This writing-intensive course explores several genres and media through which the 1930s channeled its narratives. Students will analyze the relationship between this context and the stories that emerge from within it. Part of the three-course Integrated Studies 137 cluster, "American Stories: Understanding the Great Depression." Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in American Studies 137 and History 137. (Elect IS137.) Four credit hours. L,W1.
EN141f Beginning Playwriting Listed as Theater and Dance 141. Four credit hours. A. CONNER
EN142fs Introduction to Cinema Studies Listed as Cinema Studies 142. Four credit hours. A. WURTZLER
[EN151] Reading and Writing about Literature Topics, texts, and genres will vary from section to section, but all sections will emphasize close reading, detailed analysis of imaginative literature from different times and cultures, and careful critical writing. Prerequisite: English 115 or exemption. Four credit hours. L.
EN172fs The English Seminar The initial gateway to the study of literature for English majors, introducing students to the genres of poetry, drama, and fiction; emphasizing close reading; raising issues of genre, form, and an interpretive vocabulary; and providing practice in writing critical essays and in conducting scholarly research. Prerequisite: English 115 or equivalent. Four credit hours. FACULTY
[EN172J] The English Seminar The initial gateway to the study of literature for English majors, introducing students to the genres of poetry, drama, and fiction; emphasizing close reading; raising issues of genre and form, and an interpretive vocabulary; and providing practice in writing critical essays and in conducting scholarly research. Prerequisite: English 115 or exemption. Three credit hours.
EN174j Introduction to Public Speaking The fundamentals of effective presentation for an audience, integrating vocal production, strategies for physical relaxation and poise, research, writing, memorization, argument building, rehearsal, debate and persuasion, supported by critical-thinking skills. Individual and collaborative exercises in each student's major or area of interest, as well as practices from other disciplines. Culminates in a written portfolio and oral performances open to the larger community. Two credit hours. DONNELLY
EN197j Reading and Writing the Graphic Novel An exploration of the graphic novel genre, with an emphasis on the memoir. We will study the roots and history of comic art over the past 100 years, leading to the present popularity of the graphic novel. Reading and analyzing seminal works in the genre, such as Spiegelman's Maus and Satrapi's Persepolis, we will study the interplay between text and graphics and learn how the graphic novel is particularly well-suited to exploring the self. Students examine their own life stories, and by combining writing and illustration, chart an outline for their own graphic memoir and draft several pages of their story. Two credit hours. CHAISON
EN214s Tutoring Writing A training course for writing tutors. Assignments include writing, readings, grammar lessons, mock tutorials, and actual supervised tutorials to prepare enrolled students to help their peers improve as writers. Combines theories of writing center pedagogy with tutoring practice. Students completing the course may apply for work-study positions in the Writers' Center. Nongraded. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Two credit hours. HARRINGTON, HUSSAIN
EN224f Performance History I Listed as Theater and Dance 224. Four credit hours. L. COULTER
EN226s Performance History II Listed as Theater and Dance 226. Four credit hours. L. CONNER
[EN231] Tolkien's Sources An examination of some of the mythologies, sagas, romances, tales, and other writings that are echoed in the stories of Middle Earth. Not an introduction to Tolkien's fantasy literature; a knowledge of The Silmarillion, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings is assumed. Topics include the role of myth and fantasy in society and the events of Tolkien's life as they relate to the world he created. Three credit hours. L.
[EN237] Postcolonial Pastoral: Ecology, Travel, and Writing A critical examination of the pastoral as a literary genre from a global postcolonial perspective. Conducted at the Bija Vidyapeeth, an institute on sustainable agriculture based in Dehradun, India. Students combine their interest in civic engagement with a critical study of traditions relating to land, food, ecology, sustainability, and community, emerging in the global south. Students reflect on and write about their experiences of land and community from the perspective of informed observers, participants, and travelers. Prerequisite: English 115. Three credit hours. L, I.
EN251f International History of Cinema I Listed as Cinema Studies 251. Four credit hours. ROGERS
EN252s International History of Cinema II Listed as Cinema Studies 252. Four credit hours. WURTZLER
EN255f Studies in American Literary History: Puritans to the Civil War Introduces English majors to key movements in American literature and works written by American writers of different cultural backgrounds. Attends to themes that run throughout American literature prior to 1865 and considers how and why they are adapted and transformed. Explores the role of literature in shaping conceptions of the American self and how it has been used as a form of social protest. Traces the development of the American literary tradition, with particular attention to relationships between generic traditions, contexts surrounding the birth of certain genres, and how genre relates to a work's cultural and historical context. Four credit hours. L. STUBBS
EN256s Studies in American Literary History: Civil War to the Present American literature from the Civil War to the present. Examines literary works in all genres in their relationship to the times they both reflect and shaped and explores their significance for readers in later and different worlds. Four credit hours. L. BRYANT
[EN265] Studies in British Literary History: 1500 to 1900 As we study literature from the 16th through early 19th centuries, students will not only gain skill and confidence in reading poems but will also gain a sense of literary history: a complex, open-ended sense, guided by the following questions. In what ways do the poets of one cultural moment respond to the poetry of preceding cultural moments? How is poetry shaped by the political, economic, religious, and social dynamics of its time? What are the uses and limits of dividing literary history into standard time periods or movements (Renaissance, Restoration, 18th-Century, Romantic, Victorian, etc). We'll also explore a variety of secondary sources. Four credit hours. L.
[EN266] Studies in British Literary History: 1600 to 1900 A survey of British literature from early modernity through the Industrial Revolution. Focuses in depth on writers whose influential works resonate with the historical shock waves caused by the rise of the middling classes with their new ideology of domesticity, by the challenges posed to established religion by secularism and science, and by the industrialization and urbanization of England within a Great Britain newly conscious of its global power: Aprhra Behn; John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester; Daniel Defoe; Jonathan Swift; Mary Shelley; Thomas de Quincey; Elizabeth Gaskell; and Charles Dickens. Concludes with Peter Carey's recent postcolonial retelling of Great Expectations, Jack Maggs. Four credit hours. L, I.
EN268s Survey of International Women Writers Through lectures, discussion, and critical writing, students will explore different aspects of creativity that have inspired international women writers in their struggle for civil and political rights. Designed to attract, in addition to English majors, students from global studies, anthropology, women's studies, and sociology who are not specifically trained in literary analysis. Students will be trained to read fiction with a critical eye and will be encouraged to respond to specific historical and cultural contexts and to write from varying perspectives—as ordinary readers, as historians, and as cultural critics. Prerequisite: English 115. Four credit hours. L, I. ROY
EN271fs Critical Theory Introduction to major ideas in critical theory that influence the study of language, literature, and culture. Students gain mastery over an array of theoretical discourses and develop awareness of how underlying assumptions about representation shape reading practices. Possible approaches include classical theory, cultural materialism, structuralism, poststructuralism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, feminist theory, or postcolonial theory. Students learn to read complex arguments, recognize assumptions about interpretation and language, and use theoretical approaches and tools for interpreting the systems of representation that constitute culture. Prerequisite: English 172 (may be taken concurrently.) Four credit hours. L. MAZZEO, OSBORNE, ROY, SUCHOFF
EN278fs Fiction Writing I A course in writing short literary fiction. No prior experience with fiction writing presumed, only interest. Class sessions will be devoted to talking about fiction basics, analyzing short stories, and critiquing fellow students' fiction in workshops. Outside of class, students will be writing fiction exercises and complete stories, as well as reading professional stories. By the end of the semester, students should have insight into the creative process. They should have learned the basics of the craft of writing, and they should have practiced what they have learned through writing and rewriting. Prerequisite: English 115. Four credit hours. A. BOYLAN, SPARK
EN279fs Poetry Writing I Students will learn to identify and internalize the fundamental techniques and strategies of poetry. Each week students will read the work of published poets, write their own poems, read poems aloud, and critique the work of their peers. To help hone writing abilities and aesthetic judgment, there will be practice in revision and in analytic craft annotation. By semester's end, students will produce a portfolio of revised poems and a statement of what they have learned about their creative process, their aesthetic preferences, and their growing mastery of craft. This class presumes no prior experience with poetry writing. Prerequisite: English 115. Four credit hours. A. BLEVINS, P. HARRIS
[EN311] Middle Ages: Medieval Narratives and Cultural Authority A survey of selected late medieval narratives and the ways in which they resist various forms of cultural and institutional authority in 14th-century England and 15th-century France. Reading canonical authors and others who have only recently been included in the body of work commonly studied and taught. Investigation of the literary, historical, theological, and social contexts in which these works were written and transmitted. While remaining open to the multiple meanings and values of these works, focusing specifically on the transgressive (if sometimes subtle) dissent that informs many different genres of later Middle English writing. Four credit hours. L.
EN313f Renaissance Poetry The nature, power, and history of poetry; the forms and uses—social, political, religious, personal—of lyric and narrative poetry written in English during the 16th and early 17th centuries. Analysis of the poems' constructions of voice and their representations of thought, selfhood, national identity, love, desire, faith, and mortality. The period's poetic theory, including important defenses of poetry, and the debate about rhyme. Readings in Wyatt, Pembroke, Spenser, Sidney, Marlowe, Raleigh, Daniel, Campion, Shakespeare, Donne, and others. Four credit hours. L. SAGASER
[EN314] 17th-Century Poetry Close reading of canonical poems (mostly by men) and less canonical poems (mostly by women) written during England's volatile, fascinating 17th century. A comparison of these texts, charting representations of gender, developments in poetic style, the interrelations of secular and sacred poetic traditions, and the intersections of personal and political concerns. Readings include works by Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, Lanyer, Speght, Herbert, Wroth, Herrick, Milton, Marvell, Philips, Behn, and others. One weekend day and night will be spent in a marathon reading of Milton's Paradise Lost. Four credit hours. L.
EN317f Drama and Lyric Poetry of the Restoration and Early 18th Century The Restoration and early 18th century changed the way we watch, participate in, and think about plays and poetry. For the first time, women performed on the English stage, occasionally in works by the first female professional playwrights, such as Aphra Behn. As the century progressed, English theater and poetry continued to evolve, drawing on the past to create the sense of a national tradition and solidifying Shakespeare's place as a cultural icon. At the same time, they challenged and debated issues of the present, such as class conflict, the role of religion in government and society, empire, the role of women, and slavery. Four credit hours. L. KUGLER
EN318s 18th-Century British Literature II The frequent claim that 18th-century England was the birthplace of the modern novel raises a number of questions. How do certain texts slip in and out of the canon, while others remain fixtures in classrooms, scholarly works, and bookshelves? What do we even mean by "novel"? We will look at bestsellers from the era, texts we now consider "classics," as well as the "fathers of the English novel" and the implications and complications of such labels. We will also look at some recently-discovered novels that are changing the way we view the novel and the 18th century. Alongside these primary sources, we will explore some of the theories, histories, and myths surrounding the "birth of the English novel." Four credit hours. L. KUGLER
EN319s Fictions of Empire Using Edward Said's Orientalism as a starting point, an exploration of the rich literature of the long colonial era beginning with the 17th century and leading up to the 20th. The complex ways in which the historical, social, and political forces accompanying colonization produced the sense of the "other," one that served to define and limit, but also test, the often fluid borders of Western identity and culture. Authors include Shakespeare, Jonson, Aphra Behn, Conrad, and Kipling. Four credit hours. L, I. ROY
[EN321] British Romantic Poetry An intensive study of the major verse forms of the British Romantic period. Emphasis on poetry of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Keats. Will include attention to formal elements of poetry, to constructed and historical nature of aesthetic judgment, to theories of the lyric and poetic voice, and to the role of interpretation in morality. Students will be asked to memorize significant amounts of poetry, to write occasional imitation exercises, and to engage in sustained discussion and reading of some of the central poetic texts of the British literary tradition. Four credit hours. L.
EN323f Victorian Literature I The idea of "culture" in the mid-Victorian period and the social pressures of class, religion, gender, and race that formed and transformed it. Readings include Victorian predecessors such as Walter Scott, novels by Charles Dickens, Emily Brontë, and George Eliot, prose by Thomas Carlyle, J.S. Mill, and Matthew Arnold, and poems by Alfred Tennyson and the Rossettis. Novels, essays, and poems considered as participants in Victorian debates that created "culture" as a political category and helped shape modern literary and cultural criticism. Four credit hours. L. SUCHOFF
[EN324] Victorian Literature II Examination of the transformations that questions of empire, race, sexuality, and popular social discontent registered in late-19th-century British culture through early modernism. Study of this fin-de-siècle period by concentrating primarily on the growing split between a "high" culture, which fears an increasingly democratized society, and the popular voices of the period. Authors include Browning, Hardy, Wilde, Yeats, Synge, Joyce, and others. Overall course objective: critical thinking. Discussion and close attention to the text in class and in writing are considered. Four credit hours. L.
EN325f Modern British Fiction A historically informed critical study of modern British writers between 1898 and 1945, namely Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, H. G. Wells, E. M. Forster, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, D. H. Lawrence, and Aldous Huxley. Focus is on the competing visions of modernity and the ways in which these writers simultaneously challenged and upheld the dominant social, cultural, political order and the sexual codes operating within urban British society. Special attention to questions about literary representation and history and to issues of language and form that emerge within the context of an emerging modernist tradition in Britain. Four credit hours. L. ROY
EN335j American Independents: Their Art and Production Listed as American Studies 335. Three credit hours. A. MANNOCCHI
[EN336] Early American Women Writers Is there a female literary tradition in America? Moving from the Colonial era to the early 20th century, an exploration of many of the themes central to women's lives and an investigation of the literary genres traditionally associated with women's writing, exploring the insights of feminist historians, and assessing the recent critical reclamations of "female" genres such as domestic fiction and the sentimental. Prerequisite: English 172. Four credit hours. L, U.
EN341s American Realism and Naturalism Three literary genres that dominated late-19th-century American literature: realism, regionalism, and naturalism. How these cultural categories developed in relation to specific social and economic conditions. Four credit hours. L. STUBBS
[EN343] African-American Literature Particular attention to the much-neglected contributions of African-American women writers such as Jessie Fauset, Nella Larson, and Zora Neale Hurston, leading to a critical understanding of the ways African-American writers in the 19th and 20th centuries have responded artistically to problems inherent in American democracy concerning race, identity, marginality, gender, and class. Interpretive methods that will inform readings by James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and Chester Himes include formalism, historicism, feminist criticism, and myth criticism. Four credit hours. L, U.
[EN344J] 19th-Century American Poetry Concentrates on the poetries of Dickinson and Whitman, but also examines Emerson, Dunbar, and a few of the so-called Sentimental poets. These poets all wrote during a period of growing American expansionism and liberalism, and they had a concomitant faith in the transformative powers of art, thereby altering the texture and dynamic of poetry itself. Dickinson and Whitman both explore the boundaries of gender and sexuality, selfhood and identity, spirituality and death, as well as their place in their cultural moment. Prerequisite: English 172, 271, and sophomore or higher standing; one of 255, 256, or 266 strongly recommended. Three credit hours. L.
EN345f Modern American Fiction Major works of American fiction since 1920—by Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Bellow, O'Connor, Alice Walker, and others—will be analyzed, emphasizing the pattern of experience of the protagonist in conflict with the modern world. Prerequisite: English 115 or equivalent. Four credit hours. L. BRYANT
EN346f Culture and Literature of the American South In a cold, New England dormitory, a northern student asks his southern roommate to "tell about the South." The effort to do so engenders not just one narrative about what it means to grow up amid the palpable shadows of the Civil War and institutional slavery, but a whole tradition of imaginative fiction demarcated by elusive terms like "regionalism," "grotesque," "realism," and "modernism." Because so many of our writers are Southerners by birth, experience, and disposition, the South, as myth and reality, has become a trope for what is essentially and problematically "American"—and what isn't—in our literature and cultural history. Four credit hours. L. BRYANT
EN347s Modern American Poetry An examination of the Modernist movement in American poetry: the aesthetics, manifestos, and historicity of high and low Modernism. Analysis of work by various figures from the period, including Pound, Stein, Eliot, Moore, Stevens, Williams, H.D., and Hughes. Prerequisite: English 172 or 271 recommended, but not required. Four credit hours. L. P. HARRIS
[EN348] Postcolonial Literatures An introduction to modern global literature through the intensive exploration of postcolonial literature from Africa, South Asia, and the Caribbean. Specifically addresses the ways in which postcolonial literature challenges, modifies, or radically alters the inherited legacy of colonialism; re-imagines the dominant narratives of both Empire and nationhood; interrogates gender and class politics; and questions the cultural politics of modern neo-imperialism. Writers include Achebe, Soyenka, Ngugi, Coetzee, Habila, and Adichie (from Africa); Rushdie, Ghosh, Desai, Selvadurai, and Aslam (from South Asia); Cesaire, Lamming, Walcott, Kincaid (from the Caribbean); and Kureishi, Okri, and Emecheta (from postcolonial Britain). Four credit hours. L, I.
[EN349] Modern Jewish Writing: From Diaspora to the Modern Israeli Novel How did the ancient, ritual language of a European minority, no longer a spoken tongue, arise to become one of the most vibrant and creative literatures of the postmodern world? In English translation, an introduction to the literature of modern Israel, Zionist programs and their conflicts, and the roots of the modern Hebrew novel in the diaspora, the Yiddish-speaking world of Sholom Aleichem, and the shtetl. Four credit hours. L, I.
EN351j Contemporary American Poetry A study of three important contemporary poets: Frank O'Hara, C.K. Williams and Haryette Mullen. These poets reflect different aesthetic, social, moral and metaphysical stances both toward their art and toward the age in which we live. Close, analytical readings of the poetry are supplemented by historical and aesthetic documents that contextualize the ramifications of their artistry. Prerequisite: English 172. Three credit hours. L. SADOFF
EN353f The American Short Story A historical, cultural, and analytic look at the American short story from its origins to the current day, including works by Hawthorne, Melville, Freeman, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Hughes, O'Connor, Updike, Cheever, Baldwin, O'Brien, Robert Olen Butler, Carver, Grace Paley, Jamaica Kincaid, Louise Erdrich, and John Barth. Students will write two papers and a take-home exam synthesizing class concerns and will respond to a structured question on weekly forums. The forums serve as triggering devices for class discussions. Prerequisite: English 172 and 271. Four credit hours. L. SADOFF
[EN360] The Car in Modern American Literature and Pop Culture Examines the signal intersections between mass culture, literary production, and the American car—the "machine in the garden" that as symbol and substance, myth and reality, metaphorizes modernism and postmodernism in the 20th century. An eclectic combination of "texts," including fiction by Flannery O'Connor, Stephen King, and F. Scott Fitzgerald; music by the Eagles, Bob Seger, Tracy Chapman, and Patti Griffin; films by Martin Scorsese and Jonathan Demme; and deconstruction theory, are among required readings. Prerequisite: English 115. Four credit hours. L, U.
EN364f Buddhism in American Poetry Non-Western religions have affected American poets as far back as Emerson and Whitman. By the beginning of the 20th century, East Asian poetry's emphasis upon unelaborated image had sparked the revolutionary poetics of Pound and William Carlos Williams. Since World War II, the rise of Zen practice in North America has prompted many poets to explore the kinship between poetry and Buddhism's non-dualistic world view. Emphasis will be on readings in Zen and in contemporary American poetry. Four credit hours. L. P. HARRIS
EN378fs Fiction Writing II An advanced workshop in writing fiction. Focuses on the writing and revision of the literary short story, with particular attention to the structure of dramatic action, character, texture and tone, inspiration, and the process of revision. Prerequisite: English 278. Admission may require submission of a manuscript. Four credit hours. BOYLAN, SPARK
EN379fs Poetry Writing II Presupposes basic familiarity with the poetic uses of metaphors, images, lines, and fresh and rhythmic diction. Requires students to read more extensively and analytically in contemporary poetry and continue their practice working with the kind of divergent thinking that makes poetry possible. Students will also undertake a more sophisticated investigation of the interplay of syntax with lineation, the nuances of pacing and structure, the resources of associative thinking, the gambits of rhetoric, and the complexities of tone. Final portfolio, emphasis on revision. Prerequisite: English 279. Four credit hours. BLEVINS, P. HARRIS
EN380f Creative Nonfiction Run as a writing workshop that helps student find their own voices as well as their most distinctive and authentic material. A sequence of writing assignments and revisions provides practice in various aspects of creative nonfiction, including essays of time and place, memoirs, profiles, and opinion pieces. These lead up to a longer personal essay on a topic of the student's choice. Prerequisite: English 115 (or exemption). Four credit hours. A. N. HARRIS
[EN382] Environmental Writing: Writing on Place Creative writing using the workshop method to teach students about the principles, strategies, and achievements of writing about the relationship of human to nonhuman. Focus on the role that place plays in that relationship. Students study professional models, draft exercises, workshop their peer's writings, and produce finished essays and narratives for a final portfolio. Four credit hours. A.
EN386s Special Topics: Documentary Radio Students will listen to and make a variety of short documentary pieces, learning how to use recording equipment, interview, write radio scripts, and edit and mix sound. They will produce radio essays, public service announcements, vox pops (person-on-the-street-type interviews), soundscapes, and profiles. They should expect to go off campus for assignments, as well as to spend time in the Theater and Dance Department's sound studio. Readings about sound reporting and the making of "This American Life," as well as guests from on and off campus. Four credit hours. SPARK
EN386Bs Special Topics: Great Writers, Sentence by Sentence Investigates the relationship between syntax and emotional and intellectual energy and drama in our most masterful English sentence writers. Separates grammar from dogma with a close analysis of the inventive syntactical practices of works by Virginia Woolf, William Faulkner, William Gass, John Berryman, C.K. Williams, and Vladimir Nabokov. Class time will be divided between investigative discussions of exemplary strategies and practices and workshops of student imitations, culminating in an original work of prose or series of poems. Four credit hours. BLEVINS
EN386Cs Special Topics: Advanced Creative Nonfiction Students who have had some experience with Creative Nonfiction or with imaginative prose will further hone the skills already acquired, and produce a body of work (personal or reflective essays, segmented essays, extended narratives) of their choosing during the semester. Begins with a review of definitions, conventions, and examples of the genre, then moves into the preparation and review of student work. A final portfolio of work will be submitted at the close of the semester. Prerequisite: English 278, 378, 380, 382, or 386. Four credit hours. BURKE
[EN386J] Special Topics: Gendered Memoir An examination of the role gender plays in the stories we tell of our own lives. Students will read contemporary memoirs in which gender plays a defining role—Augusten Burroughs's Running With Scissors, Mary Karr's Cherry, Alice Sebold's Lucky, and the professor's She's Not There—and will react to these texts by writing their own autobiographical piece. That work in progress will be examined in workshop. Three credit hours.
EN397Af Graphic Novel Considers the history of comic art in the United States and builds a formalist vocabulary for analyzing works that combine text and image. In the second half of the course, we will concentrate on the alternative comics tradition and examine several themes and topics. These themes will vary with each offering, but may include the use of the stereotype by ethnic American comic artists, representations of gender and sexuality, the significance of autobiography and memoir in contemporary graphic narratives, the form's affinity for traumatic narratives, and film adaptations of comic books. Four credit hours. ORCHARD
EN397Bf Prose Poem Rather than defining the form we'll luxuriate in its adventurousness, its blurring of boundaries, and its diversity: prose poems can be fables, lyric explorations, associative sound play, social parodies, or brief narratives. Popularized by Baudelaire and Rimbaud, transformed by Gertrude Stein and Kafka, the prose poem combines the lyric compression of poetry with the logic of prose narrative. We'll begin with a transatlantic historical overview, then concentrate on contemporary prose poems by Herbert, Trakl, Edson, Mullen, Hass, Hejinian, Calvino, and others. Prerequisite: English 172. Four credit hours. L. SADOFF
EN397Cf Environmental Literature/Literacy Using literature to understand the human to non-human relationship is one of the primary innovations in literary studies of the last 30 years. Such a study allows students to see the ways by which we perceive and articulate values we hold about the environment. Works considered will range from canonical works of nonfiction (Thoreau, Muir, et al.), to surprising examples of works that can be read through the ecocritical prism (Hawthorne, Cather, and Atwood). Prerequisite: English 115. Four credit hours. L. BURKE
EN398As How We Write Now: Cross-Cultural Rhetoric As globalism extends across cultures, so does written communication across languages. McDonald's rebuilds its website to appeal to global audiences; musicians in India sell Bollywood CDs to Americans. We examine cross-cultural texts to gain an understanding of written communication at this moment of global change and exchange. For context we review rhetorical forms in English, from argument to advertising, polemic to parody. We explore new media (websites, Facebook walls, blogs, tweets) and primarily visual forms that use text (posters and graphic narratives). Students present a research project that advances an argument about cross-cultural rhetoric. Non-English texts in translation; students fluent in a second language especially welcome. Four credit hours. HARRINGTON
EN398Bs Latina/o Literature Surveys literature written by U.S. Latinas and Latinos. In addition to reading works by Latino authors, we will also consider competing definitions of the term "Latino" and examine the complicated and intersecting histories of groups collected under that term. Four credit hours. ORCHARD
EN398Cs History of the English Language An introduction to the English language from an historical, social, and linguistic perspective, as well as an overview of the many varieties of contemporary English as a global and dynamic presence. While providing students with an understanding of language change through history, the course will also examine language as a social and cultural force. Topics will include Indo-European, Proto-Germanic, Old, Middle and Early Modern English, language change, language death, linguistic register and style, spelling and writing, etymology, dialects, slang, American English, world Englishes, and creoles. Four credit hours. ADAMS
EN398Ds Life and Literature in Nazi-Occupied Paris Considers international and Anglophone literature written in France during the Second World War and the period of the Nazi occupation, with an eye toward interrogating questions of "national literature," the relationship between literature and forms of political propaganda, and the genre of the memoir and nonfiction as it develops in the 20th century. Authors and artists include Nemirovsky, Zinovieff, Berr, Hemingway, Cocteau, Laval, Beach, and Tartiere; photography of Zucca; films of Arletty; art/music by Breker, Picasso, Reinhardt; additional secondary materials. All works read in English. Four credit hours. MAZZEO
EN398Es Arthurian Literature Arthurian literature is among the most influential cultural forces of all time. Playing a major role in the development of 'courtly love', it gave rise in turn to modern romance. It was essential to Gothic, Victorianism, and Modernism, and remains so for young adult and contemporary fiction. This course introduces students to the historical and cultural origins of modern love through close reading of medieval literature, history, and later adaptations. Readings will include Malory's Morte Darthur, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Tristan and Isolde, and Celtic and French romances; topics will include Merlin, the Grail, Guinevere, chivalry, and sacrifice. Four credit hours. ADAMS
EN411f Patriarchy and the Shakespearean Family An exploration of Shakespeare's recuperative and subversive representations of early modern social structures and the family, including sibling relationships, extended households, amity, and patriarchal hierarchies. Significant writing and research required. Four credit hours. L. OSBORNE
EN412s Shakespeare Text and Performance An exploration of various competing, material forms in which Shakespeare's plays circulate, established at one extreme as canonical literary texts and realized at the other as only authentic in performance. Materials will include film and theatrical performances as well as interactions of text and performance within the plays. Four credit hours. L. OSBORNE
EN413Af Author Course: Jane Austen An examination of how Jane Austen's novels responded to the changing social positions of women and the rising classes in the late 18th and early 19th century and created new forms of social and literary expression. How could women record and express desires for cultural enfranchisement without appearing like a gothic or revolutionary threat? Did women novelists like Austen, and predecessors like Fanny Burney, help create gender stereotypes or challenge them while struggling to make middle-class desires acceptable? Austen responded to these and other political issues while raising questions about the social position of women that are still a contemporary concern and will be our subject. Four credit hours. L. MAZZEO
EN413Bf Author Course: Frances Burney During the 18th century women began consuming and producing a larger portion of English literature. Exemplifying this, Frances Burney experienced popular, financial, and critical success, and her work heavily influenced later authors, such as Jane Austen. Alongside Burney's work, we will examine the social and market pressures shaping the work of other mid- to late-18th-century professional women writers, as well as current approaches in feminist literary criticism. Four credit hours. L. KUGLER
EN413Cs Author Course: Geoffrey Chaucer An introduction to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, reading closely in the poetry and investigating the historical, social, and material contexts in which Chaucer's work was written and transmitted. The poetry will be read as performed verse in its original Middle English form and will be approached through a variety of topical and critical issues grounded in the history of late medieval literary life and practice. Four credit hours. ADAMS
EN413Ds Author Course: James Baldwin An exploration of the multifaceted literary and cultural contributions of James Baldwin's life and work, as a "doer of the word," whose novels, essays, short fiction, and reviews helped shape a razor-edged national discussion about race, sexuality, marginality, and culture during the most turbulent era of political and social change in 20th-century America. From Baldwin's early work as a book reviewer and cultural critic through his major fiction and classic essays, we read his work within and against a wide range of exigent questions about American identity and, as poet Wallace Stevens emphasized, the complicated matter of "finding what will suffice." Four credit hours. L. BRYANT
EN413Es Author Course: Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville An examination of significant works by each author, considered through multiple lenses: their life histories; relationship with each other; and the larger historical, cultural, economic, and political contexts conditioning their representations. We will pay special attention to how critics in the new millennium have understood these texts, focusing on the new interpretations made possible by the insights of recent scholars of gender and sexuality. Four credit hours. L. STUBBS
EN417s Literary Criticism: Derrida, Levinas, and Alterity Readings in deconstructive theory and its relation to ethics and the question of the "other." With Emmanuel Levinas and biblical texts as background, a reading of Jacques Derrida's late texts on the gift, hospitality, the question of the nation, and his rethinking of the idea of tradition in a transnational context, examining sources for postmodern thought in religious texts and philosophy. Prerequisite: English 271 or a philosophy course. Four credit hours. L. SUCHOFF
[EN418] Cross-Dressing in Literature and Film An exploration of gender performance on stage and screen, ranging widely, from Early Modern texts that use cross-dressing to 19th-century novels to 20th-century plays (M. Butterfly) to films including Tootsie, Victor/Victoria, The Crying Game. We will explore the way cross-dressing and disguise function within culture and literature to challenge or even to reinforce gender boundaries. Extensive writing and viewing required. Fulfills the pre-1800 requirement. Four credit hours. L.
[EN423] Jews in Literature: Medieval to Modern Focuses on the representation of Jews and Judaism in a wide range of literature from medieval to modern, informed by and contextualized with historical, cultural, theological, and critical readings. Particular attention to the variety and instability of representation and to the interpretive possibilities available in the literary works. Also concerned with stereotypes, anti-types, anti-Semitism, race and religion, representations of the outsider, gender and Jews, assimilation politics, and intellectualizing Jewish identity. Dissent, thoughtful debate, and informed argumentation are strongly endorsed. Four credit hours. L.
[EN426] African-American Women Writers A focus on the unique and still largely marginalized literary contributions of African-American women novelists, poets, essayists, and playwrights during the 19th and 20th centuries. Writers will be discussed in context of the issues central to their work, including magical realism, race, (re)membering the female body, (black) feminism and literary production, and reconstructing black womanhood. Four credit hours. L, U.
[EN457] American Gothic Literature Horror, especially gothic horror of the American variety, always masquerades as something else; it can usually be found "playing in the dark," in Toni Morrison's phrase, or beneath a monster-other mask. Surveying horror's effects—the narrative strategies that make horror fiction so horrifying—is a focus, but emphasis is on learning to use various critical tools, Jungian myth, psychoanalytical, feminist, and race criticism to explore the deeper, semiotic relation of signs and signifying that codify the cultural meaning behind the monster masks—werewolves, shape-shifters, vampires, succubi, demons, and (extra)terrestrial aliens—that conceal a humanity too terrifying to confront consciously. Four credit hours. L, U.
EN474fs Public Speaking An intensive course in the practice of public speaking, with special attention to current political and social issues and the development of an effective and persuasive platform personality. Attendance at campus debates and speech contests required. Four credit hours. MILLS
EN478s Advanced Studies in Prose An advanced "group independent" workshop, providing a capstone experience to creative writing concentrators and minors working in fiction, drama, or creative nonfiction. Students will execute a semester-long writing project. This may be a series of short stories, a novella, novel chapters, a script, a screenplay, or some other project to be approved by the instructor. Prerequisite: English 378 or 379. Two to four credit hours. BOYLAN
EN479s Advanced Studies in Poetry An advanced "group independent" workshop, providing a capstone experience to creative writing concentrators and minors working in poetry. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor. Two to four credit hours. BLEVINS
[EN480] Teaching Poetry in the Schools A service learning class in which Colby students teach the writing of poetry at community elementary schools. Four credit hours.
EN483f, 484s Honors Thesis An independent, substantial project approved by the department. The student will work in close consultation with a faculty member. Students are responsible for selecting their faculty tutor and submitting their proposal by May of their junior year. Prerequisite: A 3.25 grade point average in the major and approval from a faculty tutor. Two to four credit hours. FACULTY
EN491f, 492s Independent Study Individual projects exploring topics for which the student has demonstrated the interest and competence necessary for independent work. Prerequisite: Permission of a project advisor and the chair of the department. One to four credit hours. FACULTY
EN493Af Passionate Expression: Love, Sex, and Sexuality in Western Literature A study of the Western tradition in love literature focusing on representative masterworks both from mainstream culture and from countercultures through the ages. Topics begin with the Bible, Greek drama, and medieval lyric and conclude with classic Hollywood versions of love stories and the fiction of contemporary liberation movements. Also taught as English 429. Four credit hours. L. MANNOCCHI
EN493Bf Ireland and Otherness: James Joyce's Ulysses and Early Writings An examination of Joyce's idea of otherness as both an English that censored Irish writing and a foreignness that inhabits language and gives a nation different voices. We will study The Dubliners and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man to see how Joyce developed his idea of linguistic identity and difference; then we will study the chapters of Ulysses, each with a different narrator, learning how to read the Bloom, Stephen Dedalus, and the allusions that allowed Joyce to remake the realist novel in a comic, self-conscious vein. Four credit hours. SUCHOFF
EN493Cs Seminar: American Melodrama Examines melodrama as a genre and mode of discourse in American cultural and political life. How melodramatic modes have been enlisted in discourses on race, gender, and sexuality as well as how melodrama has been used to think about virtue, nationhood, and citizenship. Begins with antebellum melodrama and proceeds to the contemporary soap opera. Looks at melodrama in a variety of forms, including drama (Boucicault's The Octoroon), fiction (Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, Mario Vargas Llosa's Aunt Julia and the Scriptwriter, Denise Chavez's Loving Pedro Infante), the romance comic (Gilbert Hernandez's Palomar), film (Vincente Minnelli, Douglas Sirk, Todd Haynes), and television (Ugly Betty). Four credit hours. ORCHARD
EN493Ds Seminar: Literature and Film Adaptation From Beowulf to Fight Club, literary texts become films in ways that expand our understanding of the relationship between literature and adaptation. This seminar will explore adaptation studies, moving beyond fidelity studies, through an array of films and literary texts, including some chosen by seminar participants. Four credit hours. OSBORNE
[EN498] Question of the English Regency From 1811 to 1820, during the "madness" of King George III, his son, the flamboyant, aesthetic, and scandalously licentious Prince of Wales, acted as Regent of Britain. During this decade Jane Austen published all of her novels, including Emma, which was dedicated to the prince, earning her status as the quintessential Regency writer. Also, the "mad, bad, and dangerous to know" poet Lord Byron became the first celebrity writer in British history and wrote his "Regency" masterpiece Don Juan. Readings include novels by Austen, significant amounts of Romantic-era poetry, especially by Byron, and secondary materials theorizing literary periodization and cultural productions. Four credit hours.