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[EN111]    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.  
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.    CHAMPOUX, HARRINGTON, SHERIFF
EN114f    Global English: Contemporary Expository Writing Across Media      An examination of "global English" to gain a better understanding of successful written communication, especially expository writing. We will review grammar, with a focus on the most common linguistic differences from other language groups; examine traditional rhetorical forms, from argument to advertising and from polemic to parody; study new media forms such as blogs, websites, Facebook, tweets, and graphic narratives; and explore these questions: How does language construct, reflect, limit, and transcend cultural meaning? How does usage change and why? What are the arguments for and against such changes? Students with working knowledge of more than one language especially welcome.     Four credit hours.  W1.    HARRINGTON
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. 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
[EN115J]    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. Descriptions of the individual sections can be found on the registrar's website.     Three credit hours.  W1.  
EN120fs    Language, Thought, and Writing      A small seminar teaching writing through instruction in critical reading of literature and writing of critical essays. Multi-genre and writing-intensive, it focuses on different ways of conceptualizing the connections between thought and linguistic expression. Topics include developing skills for reading metaphorically and symbolically, using poetic and narrative models; investigating literature as a form of persuasion; and engaging different historical and critical approaches that enlarge ways of writing about literature and representation. Students will be introduced to some of the primary critical modes of thought in literary and cultural studies.     Four credit hours.  W1.    FACULTY
EN126f    American Environmental Writing Since Thoreau: People and Nature      Focusing on broad themes such as observing, exploring, working the land, and dwelling in place, we thoughtfully and critically engage American environmental writing since Thoreau. Students learn about and practice environmental writing using the essay, word pictures and figurative language, storytelling, and poetry. Through reading, writing, art, film, and time outdoors, students develop critical thinking and communication skills and gain an appreciation for the content and process of this distinctive style of American writing. Part of the three-course Integrated Studies 126, "The Green Cluster." Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in Biology 131 (lab section B) and Environmental Studies 126. (Elect IS126.)     Four credit hours.  L.    MACKENZIE
[EN129]    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.  
EN135s    Literary New York      Writing-intensive, using the literature produced in different eras and locations of New York City as content and as a means of reflecting the economic and cultural dynamism of the city. Sample periods include the Gilded Age, Jewish immigration, the Beats, black arts, and the rise of Wall Street. Involves both close reading of imaginative texts in several genres and mimicry of some of those texts, as well as traditional expository essays. Intensive writing in various modes and active discussion will be emphasized. Part of the three-course Integrated Studies 135, "New York: Global City." Prerequisite:  Concurrent enrollment in American Studies 135A and 135B.     Four credit hours.  L,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.    KELLER, WURTZLER
EN151s    Reading and Writing About Literature      Writing intensive. Students will have the opportunity to develop expository writing skills through frequent writing and revision and through conferences with the professor. Because close reading is such a crucial component of clear thinking and cogent writing, class discussions will model how reading carefully, thinking clearly, and writing convincingly are all key elements in the study of literary texts. Particular topics and readings will vary from section to section.     Four credit hours.  L,W1.    KELLER
EN151Af    Reading and Writing About Literature      Writing intensive. Students will have the opportunity to develop expository writing skills through frequent writing and revision and through conferences with the professor. Because close reading is such a crucial component of clear thinking and cogent writing, class discussions will model how reading carefully, thinking clearly, and writing convincingly are all key elements in the study of literary texts. Particular topics and readings will vary from section to section.     Four credit hours.  L,W1.    BRYANT
EN151Jj    Reading and Writing About Literature      Writing intensive. Students will have the opportunity to develop expository writing skills through frequent writing and revision and through conferences with the professor. Because close reading is such a crucial component of clear thinking and cogent writing, class discussions will model how reading carefully, thinking clearly, and writing convincingly are all key elements in the study of literary texts. Particular topics and readings will vary from section to section.     Three credit hours.  L,W1.    N. HARRIS
EN162j    Creating Fiction from Life Stories      This writing workshop will mine your own life experiences through innovative prompts and guide you away from the land of autobiography into fiction, where your own voice is subverted and your past only serves to enhance the stories you have invented on the page. Along the way we will explore the relationship between the structure of your story and its content. We will write during every class and discuss other published pieces of fiction. We will also work hard to arrive at moments in your writing when you really know your characters and can allow them autonomy on the page, signaling your trust in these new voices you have created. Previously offered as English 197 (January 2013).     Three credit hours.  A.    CONLEY
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.    COOK, MANNOCCHI, STOKES
[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 equivalent.     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
EN179f    Imaginative Writing      An introduction to creative writing—poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, screenwriting, graphic story, and memoir. Students will write in each of the genres, perform some of their work in class, read and discuss the work of professional authors, participate in workshops critiquing each others work, and revise extensively. Does not count as part of the creative writing concentration or minor, but will serve as a first experience for interested young writers. Prerequisite:  Any W1 course or equivalent (may be taken concurrently).     Four credit hours.  A.    BOYLAN
EN201f    Visiting Writers Colloquium      With the authors in Colby's Visiting Writers Series as a primary resource, students will read the works of writers in the series and meet occasionally to discuss those works with each other. Students will meet with the visiting writers during their campus visits and speak with working poets, fiction writers, and authors of creative nonfiction about their creative processes and careers. Nongraded.     One credit hour.    BOYLAN
EN214s    Tutoring Writing in Theory and Practice      A pedagogy and training course for writing tutors and writing fellows that focuses on peer review and collaborative learning in both theory and practice. Readings include essays and articles on peer review, learning styles and differences, multilingual student writing, strategies of revision, and writing center pedagogy. Assignments include writing, readings, grammar review and practice, a reflective blog, mock tutorials, and supervised tutorials to prepare enrolled students to help their peers improve as writers and to work with faculty as writing fellows. Students completing the course may apply for work-study positions in the Writers' Center.     Four credit hours.    HARRINGTON
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.  
EN238j    Art of Fly Fishing: Maine and Bishop, California      Fly fishing classics and instruction in casting, knot and fly tying. Week three is spent fishing the Lower Owens River near Mammoth Lakes, Calif. Reading of literary classics (including Thoreau, Hemingway, Izaak Walton), critical essays, and blog required. Includes analysis of online nature writing; acquisition of fly fishing techniques: gear choice, knot and fly tying, casting, fly selection and nymphing; and writing a fishing blog that promotes awareness of and respect for the natural environment. Beginners and experienced fly fishers welcome: students must apply to instructor for admission. Course cost: $1,800 to $2,000 depending on gear owned. Previously offered as English 297J. Prerequisite:  Permission of instructor.     Three credit hours.  L.    SUCHOFF
EN244f    19th-Century American Poetry      A study of the revolutionary poetics of Whitman, Dickinson, Dunbar, and others. We will examine how these poets challenged the function of art and form and reconstituted the meaning of an American art. Students will discuss the poems in class; write analytical papers; study the letters, treatises, and historical contexts of the poems; and engage in communal discussions of the poetry. Prerequisite:  Any W1 course or equivalent.     Four credit hours.  L.    SADOFF
EN251j    History of International Cinema I      Listed as Cinema Studies 251.     Three credit hours.  A.    KELLER
EN252s    International History of Cinema II      Listed as Cinema Studies 252.     Four credit hours.  A.    WURTZLER
EN255f    Studies in American Literary History: Pre-1860      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.    BURKHART
EN264f    Comparative Studies      Survey course for students interested in understanding the fundamentals of literary study, offering a broad introduction to one or more of the following: the evolution of periodization, genre, form, canonicity, national and cultural tradition, and media. Considers how a comparative approach—contrasting, for example, two or more historical periods of literature or two or more forms of imaginative expression—can deepen our understanding of both objects of study. May look at how one author is read over the course of different centuries, how new media can respond to and reshape traditional genres, or how cultural institutions can impact our understanding of literature as part of a certain period or national tradition. Prerequisite:  Any W1 course or equivalent.     Four credit hours.  L.    SAGASER
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 or equivalent.     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 120 or 172 (may be taken concurrently.)     Four credit hours.  L.    MAZZEO, 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 or equivalent.     Four credit hours.  A.    N. HARRIS, 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. No prior experience with poetry presumed. Prerequisite:  English 115 or equivalent.     Four credit hours.  A.    FLYNN
EN279Jj    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. No prior experience with poetry presumed. Prerequisite:  English 115 or equivalent.     Three credit hours.  A.    P. HARRIS
EN280f    Creative Nonfiction Writing I      A creative writing workshop that introduces students to the forms and possibilities of creative nonfiction, including essays of time and place, memoirs, profiles, and literary journalism. Progresses through a review of models, writing exercises, drafts, and finished pieces, with an emphasis on the workshop process, in which students share work and comment on each others' efforts. For 2013, includes an examination of self-censorship. Censorship has usually implied the censor and the censored, but for many writers these two beings are combined into one—the writer, who performs the censorious operation on him/herself. Prerequisite:  Any W1 course or equivalent.     Four credit hours.  A.    BURKE
[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.  
[EN313]    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.  
EN314f    17th-Century Poetry      A course centering on both canonical and less canonical poems written in England's volatile 17th century (during the reigns of James I and Charles I, through the Revolution, Commonwealth, and Protectorate, and into the early years of the Restoration), with a particular focus on Milton's Paradise Lost. We will give great attention to the craft of early modern poems—their language and syntax, forms and tropes, aural power, and representations of voice. At the same time, we will explore the political, religious and social upheavals that give 17th-century poetry its intensity. Questions of gender and authorship, along with representations of femininity and masculinity, will be recurrent focal points. Involves a marathon class reading (12-13 hours) of Milton's Paradise Lost, the epic that wrestles spectacularly with all the themes of the course.     Four credit hours.  L.    SAGASER
EN315s    Medieval Saints and Sinners      What did it mean to be very good—or very bad—in the Middle Ages? We will consider possible answers to this question through readings drawn from a variety of medieval genres and textual traditions, including saints' lives, autobiography, allegory, and handbooks for confessors. We will consider how these stories work as literature that also endeavors to show readers how to live their lives, and will explore the ways that religion, gender, and social class all affect prescriptions for moral living. No previous experience with Middle English is required. Prerequisite:  English 172.     Four credit hours.  L.    COOK
[EN317]    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.  
[EN318]    18th-Century British Literature II      Selected works by writers of the second half of the 18th century.     Four credit hours.  L.  
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]    Topics in Film Theory      Listed as Cinema Studies 321.     Noncredit.  
EN322f    British Romanticism      A study of the literature and culture of the British Romantic period (1770-1840) in its national, international, and comparative contexts. In addition to consideration of canonical writers (e.g., the Shelleys, Byron, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Blake), includes representative texts from studies in political theory, popular poetry and fiction, travel and exploration, cultural materialism, other national literatures, and sub-genres such as the gothic or contemporary drama. The selection of writers varies each semester and the course may be taken more than once. Well-prepared non-majors are welcome. Previously listed as English 321. Prerequisite:  Sophomore or higher standing; English 271 recommended.     Four credit hours.  L.    MAZZEO
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.  
[EN325]    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.  
EN329f    21st-Century Comparative Literature      A consideration of contemporary literature of the first decade of the 21st century, with an international focus. We will read some of the most innovative novels of the current moment in an effort to think more broadly about issues of genre, narrative, modernity and postmodernity, the aesthetics of postindustrial capitalism, globalism, and the resonance between current events and literary representation. Writers featured range from American authors such as Don DeLillo to Polish author Magdalena Tulli and Norwegian writer Per Petterson. Non-majors are welcome. All works are read in English. Previously listed as English 397C (Fall 2012). Prerequisite:  English 271 recommended, but not required.     Four credit hours.  L.    MAZZEO
[EN335]    American Independents: Their Art and Production      Listed as American Studies 335.     Three credit hours.  A.  
[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
[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.  
[EN345]    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.  
[EN346]    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.  
[EN347]    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.  
[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.  
EN351j    Contemporary American Poetry      A study of the two branches of contemporary American poetry: lyric poets Louise Gluck and Olena Kalytik Davis, and narrative poets C.K. Williams and Yusef Komunyaaka. 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 occasional historical and aesthetic documents that contextualize the ramifications of their artistry. Prerequisite:  English 120 or 172.     Three credit hours.  L.    SADOFF
[EN353]    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.  
[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.  
[EN364]    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.  
[EN365]    The Sublime, Supernatural, and Subversive      The intersection of race, gender, and sexuality in popular culture of late 18th-century Britain. Drawing on genres of gothic and horror, we will discuss the ideologies that produced them as well as how these works continue to influence literature, film, and other texts. On the surface these texts may seem escapist, but underneath the warm Mediterranean landscapes, haunted castles, isolated abbeys, demons, despotism, and secret family histories of betrayal, murder, and incest, the genre also reflects the time of social and political revolutions. We will probe the ways constructions of 'otherness' act as projections about an unstable construction of British selfhood. Prerequisite:  Some background in critical theory (such as English 271 or Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 201) strongly encouraged.     Four credit hours.  
[EN368]    Great Books by American Women of Color: from Hurston to Danticat     Listed as American Studies 368.     Four credit hours.  L, U.  
EN368Jj    Great Books by American Women of Color: from Hurston to Danticat     Listed as American Studies 368J.     Three credit hours.  L, U.    MANNOCCHI
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
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.    FLYNN, P. HARRIS
EN380s    Creative Nonfiction Writing II      Advanced course in creative nonfiction. Students will refine their knowledge of the types and tropes of creative nonfiction, and will advance their ability to produce quality nonfiction, through the use of the workshop method. Students will be urged to focus on memoir; personal, reflective, or juxtaposition essays; literary journalism; or adventure narratives. Familiarity with particular examples of nonfiction, exercises, and intensive drafting and review of student work are required. Prerequisite:  English 280 or other nonfiction writing course.     Four credit hours.  A.    BURKE
[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 peers' writings, and produce finished essays and narratives for a final portfolio.     Four credit hours.  A.  
[EN383]    Travel Writing      A writing-intensive seminar on travel writing, publishing, and literary journalism. We will read broadly in the history of travel writing as a genre in order to consider its intended effects and its signature devices. Offers an introduction to publishing and to careers in travel writing and literary journalism. Open to non-majors. Counts as post-1800 for English majors. Prerequisite:  Any W1 course or equivalent.     Four credit hours.  L.  
EN386f    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. Includes 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: Leaps, Surprises! Figures and Images in Poetry      Students will study the language of folktales, myths, and dreams to discover the power of comparison and association in poetry then bring it successfully into their own work. A combination of open discussion, workshop, and individual projects, this class spans centuries and cultures as we look at leaps in Spanish poetry, dark humor in Eastern European works, and universal symbol in African tales. We will seek inventive ways to use imagery and figures of thought to enhance texture and richness, chasing away sentimentality and clich�. We will examine how the Surrealists and Imagists create art and ask questions such as, "How can we use allusions to fairy tales or Greek myths in a fresh way?" and "What is the role of hyperbole in Russell Edson's poems?"     Four credit hours.    FLYNN
[EN387]    Graphic Novel      Surveys the history and theory of the comic book and graphic novel. Readings focus on the alternative tradition (1980 to the present). Attends to developing a critical vocabulary for analyzing text-image combinations. Likely texts include: Art Spiegelman's Maus, Chris Ware's Jimmy Corrigan, The Smartest Kid on Earth, David Mazzuchelli's Asterios Polyp, Alison Bechdel's Fun Home, Howard Cruse's Stuck Rubber Baby, Lynda Barry's One Hundred Demons, Phoebe Gloeckner's A Child's Life and Other Stories, and Jaime Hernandez's The Death of Speedy.     Four credit hours.  L.  
EN397j    Multiethnic American Literature      Moving between literary, cinematic, and historical texts, we will address how the interaction of multiple cultures has led to the shaping of the United States over the centuries following initial European contact. The central groups we will focus on include Native Americans of several tribal backgrounds, African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, and Euroamericans. We will consider aesthetic expressions arising out of these groups alongside the historical conditions from which those texts emerge, contemplating efforts to establish, maintain, and refine cultural self-definition in the context of a nation historically envisioned as a melting pot. Prerequisite:  English 115 or equivalent.     Three credit hours.  L.    BURKHART
EN398s    Native American Literature      Native American prose and poetry written in the 19th, 20th, and early 21st centuries. We will focus on how selected texts arise out of complex, tribally-specific traditions of oral, visual, and written expression. We will discuss how many of these texts are in conversation with other media, giving special consideration to how authors engage material culture, cinema, and popular culture. We will consider the relationship between cultural expressions and historical contexts out of which they arise. How does a text stand in relation to the aims of cultural sovereignty or self-definition in cultural landscapes that historically have not given sufficient weight to indigenous self-representations of community and environmental and political values? Prerequisite:  English 115 or equivalent.     Four credit hours.  L.    BURKHART
[EN411]    Queer Shakespeare      Explores representations of same-sex desire, in several Shakespearean works and the intersections between Shakespeare studies and queer theory though work on male friendship and amity in the plays, historical assessments of the Early Modern representations of lesbian desire and sodomy, and recent criticism on queering Shakespeare. Significant writing required. Fulfills pre-1800 requirement.     Four credit hours.  L.  
[EN412]    Global Shakespeares      Examines international appropriations of Shakespeare's plays, principally through film but also through exploration of translation practices and adaptations. Explores Shakespeare's plays within the context of intercultural dialogs, theories about cultural imperialism, and filming practices in global markets. Significant research required. Required film screenings. Fulfills pre-1800 requirement.     Four credit hours.  L.  
EN413Df    Author Course: Chaucer's Canterbury Tales      Learn Middle English as we read and analyze a selection of the stories drawn on Chaucer's great literary road trip, The Canterbury Tales. Attention will be given to issues of Chaucer's sources, narrative personae, and generic variety, as well as to key themes in recent Chaucer criticism. Through secondary sources, we will develop a context for our readings that includes consideration of the political, social, and literary contexts of late medieval England. No previous experience with Middle English is required. Prerequisite:  English 172.     Four credit hours.  L.    COOK
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
EN413Ff    Author Course: William Faulkner      Close reading of William Faulkner's major short fiction and novels in the context of the modernist struggle for authority and authenticity. The provocative, cross-racial literary discourse between black and white writers during the modernist period will be theoretically situated into a larger cultural context. The "burden of Southern history," the vanishing wilderness, and the politics of race and gender will help thematize the fiction that transformed Faulkner from an almost-out-of-print regionalist writer in 1945 into the Nobel Prize recipient just five years later.     Four credit hours.  L.    BRYANT
EN413Gs    Author Course: Cormac McCarthy: Novels and Film Adaptations      What Flannery O'Connor famously said in 1960 about the influence of William Faulkner's novels and stories on American writers may be said with equal force about the early 21st-century impact of Cormac McCarthy's fiction: "No one wants his mule and wagon stalled on the same track the Dixie Limited is roaring down." O'Connor's paradoxically intimidating and inspiring caution is put to the test by close reading McCarthy's major novels and their film adaptations, including All The Pretty Horses, The Road, and No Country For Old Men, that contribute to the ongoing regional and national dialogue concerning violence and divinity, "being and nothingness," art and entropy.     Four credit hours.  L, U.    BRYANT
EN413Hj    Author Course: Henry James and Edith Wharton      How biographical information and critical responses aid in understanding the key themes, literary projects, and central problems of major works by two of the most famous writers of the American literary tradition, Henry James and Edith Wharton, and how their close friendship may have affected their work. Several filmic adaptations of their texts will also be considered.     Three credit hours.  L.    STUBBS
EN413Js    Shakespeare Texts and Contexts: Renaissance London and 19th-Century America     A close study of Shakespeare's poetics, rhetorical strategies, inventive language, and character construction in five major plays, with attention to how this literature was enabled by the cultural, political, and economic realities of London in the late 16th and early 17th centuries. We will then seek Shakespeare in the growing nation across the Atlantic. Each student will journey through primary sources in Colby's Special Collections to make individual discoveries about the bard's impact on pre-20th-century American life. Throughout, we will think critically about canon formation, the role of literature in national and personal identity, and the complex process of constructing knowledge.     Four credit hours.  L.    SAGASER
[EN417]    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.  
[EN418]    Cross-Dressing in Literature and Film      Examines a wide range of texts and films from Early Modern texts by Jonson, Shakespeare, and others which use cross-dressing to 18th century novellas like Henry Fielding's The Female Husband and autobiographies to 19th-century novels to 20th-century plays like M. Butterfly to films including Tootsie, Victor/Victoria, and The Crying Game. We will explore the way cross-dressing and disguise function within culture and literature to challenge and possibly reinforce gender boundaries. Significant research required. Required film screenings. Fulfills pre-1800 requirement.     Four credit hours.  L.  
[EN435]    Narratives of Contact and Captivity      We will explore the vexed, often violent encounters, interactions, and inter-penetrations of Europeans, Africans, and the indigenous peoples of the Americas. By examining a wide range of representations—both narrative and visual—of the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries depicting contact and captivity, we will investigate critically the construction of gender, race, and nation. Prerequisite:  English 172.     Four credit hours.  
[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.  
EN474f    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.    P. HARRIS
[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
EN493As    Passionate Expression: Love, Sex, and Sexuality in Western Literature     How did women of the 18th century negotiate having public identities—as actresses, activists, authors, and even occasionally, soldiers—at a time when they lacked many of the political and legal statuses we now see as basic human rights? Their goals differed: some sought individual freedom, many wanted political change (e.g., animal rights, abolition, educational reform, political revolution), and a few just seemed to want to entertain others. We will focus in particular on the use of comedy in their self-representations as well as to what extent their work fits into current definitions of feminist activism and theory.     Four credit hours.  L.    MANNOCCHI
EN493Bf    The Beats and the New York School Poets      The historical moment of the 1950s and early '60s—repressive, suburban, conformist, cold-war and corporate influenced—produced resistance among poets to the politics and canonical views of their age. In the process these artists challenged the function of art and artistic form. Influenced by Whitman and Williams, the Surrealists and the paintings of abstract expressionists, these poets' free verse poems and anti-academic stances still dominate American poetry. We will study the poems of Ginsberg, Snyder, Ashbery, O'Hara, Berrigan, Notley and others and read historical and critical documents concerning the age and art.     Four credit hours.  L.    SADOFF
EN493Cs    Going South: The Southern Short Story and Its Traditions      The American short story has delta deep roots in the culture, imagination, and politics of place and time south of the Mason Dixon line. Places with real and apocryphal names like Andalusia, Hohenwald, Jackson, and Yoknapatawpha that are home to a motely crew of characters who live at the P.O., or "beyond the pale" in the Harrikin, where a good man (or woman) is hard to find, and the way to-or away from-them is a worn path. This senior seminar is a close reading of the short story practices of American southern writers, including Tom Franklin, William Gay, Flannery O'Connor, Alice Walker, Chris Offutt, William Faulkner, and Eudora Welty, and the literary traditions, themes, and narrative techniques they have helped to shape in the long 20th century, particularly minimalism; the political body; a mythopoetics of place; and the Southern grotesque.     Four credit hours.  L.    BRYANT
EN493Ds    Ireland and Otherness: James Joyce's Ulysses and Early Writings     An examination of Joyce's idea of otherness as both an English that limited Irish writing and a foreignness that inhabits language and gives a nation different voices. We will study Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man to see how Joyce developed his idea of linguistic identity and difference; then we will go on to 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.  L.    SUCHOFF