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|Associate professors:||C. Barnes, G. Bond, K. Hoffmann (on leave term(s) II, III), L. Khor, D. McGlynn (chair), T. Spurgin (Bonnie Glidden Buchanan Professor of English Literature)|
|Assistant professor:||M. Range|
The English Department at Lawrence offers students the opportunity to develop their skill at critical reading, writing, and analysis—skills that can be applied not only to "literary" texts but also to the texts and images produced by the cultures that surround us. Literature courses include analysis of British, American, African American, and postcolonial cultures. In creative writing, the department offers courses in fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.
Required for the English major
- ENG 150 or its equivalent
After ENG 150, students majoring in English are required to complete eight six-unit courses, distributed as follows:
- Two courses from the intermediate group: ENG 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, 281
- Two courses focusing on periods before 1800: ENG 400, 420, 430, 435, 440, 443, 445, 446, 448, 450, 470, 527, and either 425 or 170 (but not both together)
- One course focusing on the nineteenth century: ENG 455, 460, 465, 472, 473, 474, 476
- One course focusing on the twentieth or twenty-first centuries: ENG 480, 483, 485, 490, 495, 498, 500, 501, 503, 510, 515, 516, 517, 518, 521
- One additional course in English
- In completing requirements 2-6, students are required to take course-work representing a range of literary and cultural traditions. Students are required to take at least one course, at any level, from each of the following three categories: 1) British, 2) American, and 3) African American, OR postcolonial. A course in African-American literature may satisfy either categories 2) or 3), but not both simultaneously. See the cultural traditions list below for which courses correspond to which group.
- Finally, majors are also required to complete the English department’s Senior Experience (see further explanation below).
Cultural traditions categories for the major
Students must take at least one course, at any level, from each of the following three categories:
- British: ENG 170 (London Centre course), 230, 240, 281, 400, 420, 425, 430, 435, 440, 445, 446, 448, 450, 455, 460, 465, 480, 515, 527
- American: ENG 250, 443, 470, 472, 473, 474, 476, 483, 485, 495, 498, 500, 501, 503, 510, 515
- African American: ENG 260, 472, 510 OR postcolonial: ENG 280, 282, 517, 518, 521
When students officially declare themselves English majors, they should choose a departmental advisor who will be responsible for guiding them in planning and completing their major course of study. Questions about the advising of English majors should be addressed to the department chair.
Senior Experience in English
The English department’s Senior Experience may be fulfilled through one of several options:
- ENG 600: Senior Seminar in English: a seminar involving analysis of theoretical, historical, critical, and literary readings at an advanced level in conjunction with students' research and writing of an original, substantial paper (taken during the senior year or, in some cases, during spring term of the junior year);
- An advanced course in creative writing with additional work determined by the instructor (taken during the junior or senior year); students should plan ahead so that they complete the necessary prerequisite for the advanced course in creative writing;
- Student teaching in English, along with a paper co-directed by the student's academic advisor in English and a faculty member in the education department; or
- An honors project in English (or adequate progress toward completing an honors project as approved by departmental petition); Students pursuing double majors or double degrees are encouraged to consult with faculty from the English department and the other major department prior to taking ENG 600 if they wish to undertake a research topic that draws upon both of their majors. Students pursuing double majors or double degrees also have the option of doing an honors project that is interdisciplinary in nature, as long as one of the directors of the project is a professor in the English department.
Required for the English minor
Six six-unit courses in English, distributed as follows:
- Two courses from the following introductory and intermediate group: ENG 150, 230, 240, 250, 260, 280, 281
- One course focusing on periods before 1800: ENG 170 (London Centre course), 400, 420, 425, 430, 435, 440, 443, 445, 446, 448, 450, 470, 527
- One course focusing on the nineteenth century: ENG 455, 460, 465, 472, 473, 474, 476, 478
- One course focusing on the twentieth or twenty-first centuries: ENG 480, 483, 485, 490, 495, 498, 500, 501, 503, 506, 510, 515, 516, 517, 518, 521
- One additional course in English
Required for the Creative Writing Minor
For students majoring in English, completing the creative writing minor requires taking a minimum of three courses in creative writing, including courses in at least two different literary genres. These courses can be at any level. THAR: 427 Playwrighting may also be used to fulfill one of the courses in the minor.
For students with majors outside of English, completing the creative writing minor requires taking a minimum of three courses in literary studies at any level in the English department as well as a minimum of three courses in creative writing. These creative writing courses need to include work in at least two different literary genres and can be at any level. Again, THAR: 427 Playwrighting may also be used to fulfill one of the courses in the minor.
Certification for Secondary teaching in English
Students preparing to teach English in secondary schools should bear in mind that they must have from 30 to 40 semester hours of preparation in English for certification. Freshman Studies and Literary Analysis (ENG 150) count toward certification. Requirements for the major satisfy requirements for certification in Wisconsin, except that the student seeking certification must satisfactorily complete at least one course in writing (e.g., ENG 350, 360, or 370); at least one course in linguistics or the English language (e.g., LING 105 or 150); a tutorial in literature for adolescents; and either ENG 260, or 510 or a tutorial in literature by writers of color in America. Please refer to the Department of Education listing for more detailed information on preparation for teacher certification.
All students who have earned a 4 or better in the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition Exam will be given credit for one course in English; for majors, this credit will fulfill the requirement of “one additional course in English.” All students who have earned a 4 or better in the Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition Exam will be given credit for one course in English and will receive advanced placement in courses at the intermediate level (ENG 230, 240, 250); for majors, this credit will fulfill the requirement of ENG 150. Questions about exemption and placement should be addressed to the department chair. The application of AP credit towards the general education requirements for either the B.A. or the B.Mus. degrees will be determined by university policy. Please see the following link for more information about university credit for AP Examinations.
AP Examination Information (PDF)
Students considering graduate work in English are advised that they should try to take two or more English department classes with at least two different members of the department. They will likely want to do more English course-work than the minimum that is required for the major. For the masters degree, most graduate schools require demonstrated proficiency in at least one modern language in addition to English. For the doctorate, the usual requirement is demonstrated proficiency in two modern languages, and, in some cases, also an ancient language. ENG 525: Contemporary Critical Theory is also an asset when preparing for graduate school. College work leading toward graduate study should be planned with these considerations in mind.
Courses - English
ENG 150: Literary AnalysisAn introduction to the techniques of literary analysis through the detailed study of individual texts.
ENG 170: Shakespeare in LondonStudents will study several plays by William Shakespeare selected from among the current offerings by the Royal Shakespeare and other companies. Discussions will address the plays themselves, production techniques, and the audiences to whom they appeal. Students are required to attend performances of the plays under study. Offered at the London Centre.
ENG 189: British and International Soccer CultureA study of the myths, narratives, and cultural implications of the British and international football (soccer) industry, from its Victorian roots to its global present. Offered at the London Centre.
ENG 191: Directed Study in EnglishDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
ENG 230: British Writers IIntensive study of five or six major British authors from Chaucer to Swift. Emphasis on close reading and critical writing.
ENG 240: British Writers IIIntensive study of five or six major British authors from Wordsworth to Yeats. Emphasis on close reading and critical writing.
ENG 245: The Long NovelA comparative study of nineteenth century Europoean realism, with readings taken from a variety of national traditions. Authors studied may include Dickens, Flaubert, and Dostoevsky. Collaborative teaching of each text will expose participants to a wide range of critical and pedagogical methods. With instructor approval students may also register for an additional tutorial (3 units) in which we will read and discuss important theoretical works on the history of the novel form.
ENG 250: American WritersIntensive study of major American authors from Emerson to Hughes. Emphasis on close reading and critical writing.
ENG 260: African American WritersA survey of African American literature from slave narratives through contemporary literature. Readings include works by Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Amiri Baraka, Audre Lorde, and Toni Morrison.
ENG 263: Greek and Roman Drama in TranslationIn this course we analyze ancient plays both as great works of literature and as artifacts of a particular artistic, cultural, and political context. Students will read excerpts and complete plays in English from a variety of ancient authors, including (from Classical Athens) Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, and Menander, and (from late Republican and early Imperial Rome) Plautus, Terence, and Seneca.
ENG 265: Greek and Roman Epic in TranslationAn examination of ancient epic literature through the study of Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey and Virgil’s Aeneid, all read in English translation. Emphasis on the important features and themes of the epic genre, ancient conceptions of the hero, and the literary, cultural, and political resonance of these texts in classical antiquity.
ENG 280: Postcolonial WritersAn introduction to major postcolonial works in their literary, historical, and cultural contexts. Readings include novels by African, Asian, and Caribbean authors such as Chinua Achebe, Salman Rushdie, and Jean Rhys.
ENG 281: History of the Book in LondonAn introduction to the interdisciplinary field of the history of the book, focusing especially on London's role as a site of book production, distribution and consumption. We will work directly with manuscripts and rare books, studying the material history of books and writing techniques form early manuscripts to iPads. Offered at the London Centre.
ENG 285: Biblical Narratives in LiteratureAn interdisciplinary exploration of the retelling of biblical narratives in modern literature. We will examine novels and poems that revisit biblical scenes, from the binding of Isaac to the crucifixion of Jesus, as independent literary works and in comparison to the biblical text and its retellings in early exegesis.
ENG 350: Creative Writing: Non-FictionPractice in the writing of non-fictional prose.
ENG 360: Creative Writing: FictionPractice in the writing of short fiction.
ENG 390: Tutorial Studies in EnglishTutorial study in the literature of various periods, English and American, and in literary forms and composition. Intended primarily for juniors and seniors. Arrangements should be discussed with the department chair.
ENG 391: Directed Study in EnglishDirected study follows a syllabus set primarily by the instructor to meet the needs or interests of an individual student or small group of students. The main goal of directed study is knowledge or skill acquisition, not research or creative work.
ENG 399: Independent Study in EnglishAdvanced study, arranged in consultation with the department chair. Students considering an honors project should register for this course.
ENG 410: Newtonian Lit: Chronicles of a Clockwork UniverseNewtonian Lit is a course that investigates the connections between the literature and science of the Enlightenment, particularly with respect to contemporary notions of space and time. Students will analyze important texts from the fields of English and Physics, notably Laurence Sterne’s The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman and Isaac Newton’s Principia.
ENG 420: Studies in Medieval LiteratureA study of Middle English literature and culture, focusing especially on the oral and performative dimensions of literature produced between 1300 and 1550.
ENG 425: ShakespeareAn introduction to Shakespeare’s plays and their literary, historical, and theatrical context.
ENG 430: Renaissance LiteratureA selected study of poetry and prose in Sixteenth Century England. Readings will include Spenser's Faerie, Queene, and lyric poetry from Wyatt to Sidney.
ENG 435: Renaissance DramaA study of eight to ten plays from the early modern period, excluding Shakespeare. Readings include Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton and Webster.
ENG 440: Milton and the 17th CenturyA study of Donne and the metaphysical poets, the poetry and prose of Milton, and the poetry of Dryden. Emphasis on Milton.
ENG 441: John Donne and the Metaphysical PoetsThis lecture/discussion class will explore the rich historical, sexual, and religious tensions of 17th century British poet, courtier, and Anglican priest, John Donne. We will also explore the same tensions, manifested very differently, in the poetry of Donne's contemporary poet-priest, George Herbert. Students will write short weekly papers and a substantial final paper. In addition to Donne and Herbert, we will also read works by Sir Thomas Wyatt, Andrew Marvell, and others.
ENG 443: New England Puritan PoetryA study of New England Puritan poetry in the context of new world spiritual aspirations and anxieties. Readings will include sections of Martin Luther's writings and Perry Miller's and others' criticism, as well as the poems of Anne Bradstreet, Edward Taylor, Michael Wiggelsworth, and other minor and post-Puritan poets.
ENG 445: Restoration and 18th-Century ComedyA study of English comedies as reflections of changing taste and thought in the period 1660-1800. Authors include Wycherley, Etherege, Congreve, Farquhar, Steele, Fielding, Goldsmith, and Sheridan.
ENG 446: Gender and EnlightenmentThis course will examine writings by both men and women that reflect on the changing social roles for women in eighteenth-century Britain. Focusing on women's labor, reproduction, reading, and writing, the course will consider to what extent women could participate in the project of the Enlightenment.
ENG 447: Eighteenth-Century TerrorsIn this discussion course, we'll consider British poetry and prose of the eighteenth century specifically designed to frighten readers in order to uncover just what anxieties—cultural, racial, political—these texts are meant to awaken. Students will complete numerous short assignments, a group research project, and a researched term paper. Authors might include: Defoe, Walpole, Gray, Radcliffe, Austen.
ENG 448: Enlightenment SelvesAn interdisciplinary investigation of key concepts of identity and the emotions as understood during the Enlightenment. Students examine philosophical and literary texts to uncover how seventeenth and eighteenth century people conceived of their mental and emotional existence, and how these historical conceptions still influence contemporary theories of mind and self.
ENG 451: The Revolutionary Eighteenth CenturyEighteenth-century Britain was bookended by revolutions of the political sort—the Glorious Revolution (1688) and the French Revolution (1789)—yet also rife with revolutions of the social sort: abolition, women's rights, libertinism, etc. We'll consider prose, poetry, and fiction from the period, paying particular attention to how they're imagining social and other forms of change. Regular short assignments, group research project, and researched term paper. May not be taken by students who have already earned credit for ENG 450.
ENG 455: RomanticismA study of the period from 1790 to 1830, focusing on the development and elaboration of what we now call Romanticism. Readings in the major authors of the period: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Keats, Percy Shelley, and Mary Shelley.
ENG 460: The Victorian AgeA study of the period from 1830 to 1900, focusing on poetry, fiction, and critical prose. Readings range widely, including selections from Carlyle, Tennyson, the Brownings, the Rossettis, and Oscar Wilde.
ENG 465: The English NovelA study of English fiction from 1740 to 1900. Readings include novels by Richardson, Burney, Austen, Dickens, Eliot, and Hardy.
ENG 467: Jane Austen and the History of the NovelIntensive study of Austen's achievement and legacy. In additon to her six novels, readings will include books by earlier and later writers. these readings will help us to trace Austen's development as a writer and to consider her crucial place in literary history. Regular short assignments, brief oral reports, and a final examination.
ENG 474: American Poets of the Nineteenth CenturyThis course will read across the spectrum of nineteenth-century American poetry, considering how and why writers turn to this versatile genre as their preferred mode of expression. Readings from Dickinson, Piatt, Melville, Whitman, Harper, Horton, Larcom, and others.
ENG 476: Nineteenth-Century American Women WritersAn exploration of 19th century women writers, including Sigourney, Harper, Stowe, Jacobs, Dickinson, Harding Davis, Chopin, Lazarus, Johnson, Zitlaka-sa and/or others.
ENG 478: 19th C African-Amer WritersThis lecture/discussion class will explore the rich literature African-American authors created, against great adversity, in nineteenth-century America. We will read works by Frederick Douglass, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Charlotte Forten Grimke, Paul Laurence Dunbar and others. Students will write short weekly papers and a substantial final research paper.
ENG 480: Modernist British FictionA study of selected works of British fiction in relation to early 20th-century thought. Authors include Conrad, Lawrence, Joyce, Mansfield, Forster, Woolf, and others.
ENG 481: Joyce's UlyssesAn intensive study of Ulysses, covering the entire novel. Discussions will focus on Joyce's experiments with language and narration, his exploration of human psychology and sexuality, and (time permitting) his unique sense of humor. Seminar with short papers.
ENG 483: American AutobiographyA study of prominent American autobiographies from the 19th and 20th centuries. The course will examine how autobiography responds to social, cultural, and aesthetic conditions and the relationship of the genre to the larger American literary tradition.
ENG 490: Modern DramaStudies in some of the major playwrights in Europe, England, and America from the time of Ibsen to the present.
ENG 495: Modernist American FictionA study of American fiction from the first half of the 20th century. Authors include Wharton, Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, Ellison, and others.
ENG 500: Contemporary American FictionExamination of selected works of American fiction, with particular emphasis on the literary movements of the post-World War II era, including postmodernism, multiculturalism, regionalism, and other topics. The course will include a diverse array of readings, which will vary by term and topic, as well as selected films and theoretical texts.
ENG 501: The Graphic NovelIn recent years, graphic novels have taken a decidedly autobiographical turn as an increasing number of artists explore their own personal histories though a genre typically reserved for the fantastic and imagined. This course will examine a diverse array of contemporary graphic novels, ranging from popular comics to autobiography to experimental forms. Though the course will concentrate primarily on American graphic novels, it will include works produced by writer-artists in Asia, Western Europe, and elsewhere.
ENG 502: Contemporary Jewish-American LiteratureA survey of contemporary American-Jewish authors, as Phillip Roth, Cynthia Ozick, Paul Auster, Art Spiegelman, Jonathan Safran-Foer, and others, exploring the question of identity, gender, minor-literature, religion, immigration, and heritage. The course will also examine the two key components of these works -- Jewish and American -- and inquire into their validity.
ENG 503: Contemporary American PoetryExamination of selected works of American poetry with particular emphasis on the post-World War II era. The course will consider individual poets’ responses both to poetic traditions and to formal and thematic innovations of the 20th century.
ENG 504: Multiethnic American LiteratureA study of selected works reflecting the ethnic and cultural diversity of American literature, with primary attention to minority voices and experiences. Selected texts will center on a specific theme such as hybridity, migration, or belonging. Works are taught in their literary, historical, and cultural context, critical readings will also be incorporated. Students will complete several short writing assignments and a researched term paper.
ENG 506: Contemporary African-American Women PoetsIn this lecture/discussion course, we'll look at the great stylistic variety of poetry that Black women have been writing during the past twenty years. Students will consider poetry through the lenses of critical race and gender criticism and will write weekly short papers and a substantial research paper. Poets may include Marilyn Nelson, Natasha Trethewey, Claudia Rankine, Tracy K. Smith, Nikky Finney and others.
ENG 510: Literature of the Harlem RenaissanceA study of poetry, fiction, and essays by African American writers from the era of World War I through the 1930s. Authors include Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, Nella Larsen, W.E.B. Du Bois, and others.
ENG 515: Gender and Modernist British/American LiteratureA study of the construction of gender in early 20th-century fiction and poetry. Authors include Cather, Woolf, Lawrence, Hemingway, Sassoon, and others.
ENG 516: Literature and Human RightsAn interdisciplinary investigation of the aesthetics and ethics of representing human rights and their violations in literature and film. Texts include novels, plays, essays, and films on topics such as genocide, torture, and development.
ENG 517: Topics in Human RightsThis course will address an advanced topic in the study of human rights such as human rights and narrative forms, ethical witnessing, or humanitarianism.
Topic for Fall 2018: Children's Rights and Children's Literature
What do children’s books teach toddlers, tweens and teens about their human rights and responsibilities? This course explores how children’s literature (ranging from picture books to young adult books) shape the ideas young people have about themselves, their power, and their place in the world.