Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Thursday, October 19, 2017, but the official Course Catalog should be used for all official planning.

ENG 150: Literary Analysis

An introduction to the techniques of literary analysis through the detailed study of individual texts.
Units: 6.

ENG 170: Shakespeare in London

Students 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Theatre Arts 170
Prerequisite: Must be attending Lawrence London Centre

ENG 189: British and International Soccer Culture

A 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.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Must be attending the Lawrence London Centre.

ENG 191: Directed Study in English

Directed 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.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ENG 230: British Writers I

Intensive study of five or six major British authors from Chaucer to Swift. Emphasis on close reading and critical writing.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ENG 150 or its equivalent or sophomore standing

ENG 240: British Writers II

Intensive study of five or six major British authors from Wordsworth to Yeats. Emphasis on close reading and critical writing.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ENG 150 or its equivalent or sophomore standing

ENG 245: The Long Novel

A 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Russian 260
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

ENG 250: American Writers

Intensive study of major American authors from Emerson to Hughes. Emphasis on close reading and critical writing.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ENG 150 or its equivalent or sophomore standing

ENG 260: African American Writers

A 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 360
Prerequisite: ENG 150 or its equivalent or sophomore standing

ENG 263: Greek and Roman Drama in Translation

In 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Theatre Arts 363, Classics 363
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

ENG 265: Greek and Roman Epic in Translation

An 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Classics 370
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

ENG 280: Postcolonial Writers

An 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 280
Prerequisite: ENG 150 or its equivalent or consent of instructor

ENG 281: History of the Book in London

An 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as History 384
Prerequisite: Must be attending the Lawrence London Centre.

ENG 285: Biblical Narratives in Literature

An 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.
Units: 6.

ENG 350: Creative Writing: Non-Fiction

Practice in the writing of non-fictional prose.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

ENG 360: Creative Writing: Fiction

Practice in the writing of short fiction.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor

ENG 370: Creative Writing: Poetry

Practice in the writing of poetry.
Units: 6.

ENG 390: Tutorial Studies in English

Tutorial 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.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ENG 391: Directed Study in English

Directed 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.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ENG 399: Independent Study in English

Advanced study, arranged in consultation with the department chair. Students considering an honors project should register for this course.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ENG 410: Newtonian Lit: Chronicles of a Clockwork Universe

Newtonian 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Physics 215
Prerequisite: ENG 150 or its equivalent, plus any introductory course in the natural sciences (e.g., PHYS 141), plus sophomore standing or consent of instructor

ENG 420: Studies in Medieval Literature

A study of Middle English literature and culture, focusing especially on the oral and performative dimensions of literature produced between 1300 and 1550.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor

ENG 425: Shakespeare

An introduction to Shakespeare’s plays and their literary, historical, and theatrical context.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Theatre Arts 432
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor

ENG 430: Renaissance Literature

A selected study of poetry and prose in Sixteenth Century England. Readings will include Spenser's Faerie, Queene, and lyric poetry from Wyatt to Sidney.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor

ENG 435: Renaissance Drama

A study of eight to ten plays from the early modern period, excluding Shakespeare. Readings include Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton and Webster.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Theatre Arts 436
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor

ENG 440: Milton and the 17th Century

A study of Donne and the metaphysical poets, the poetry and prose of Milton, and the poetry of Dryden. Emphasis on Milton.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor

ENG 443: New England Puritan Poetry

A 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Religious Studies 343
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing

ENG 445: Restoration and 18th-Century Comedy

A 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Theatre Arts 434
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor

ENG 446: Gender and Enlightenment

This 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Gender Studies 446
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor

ENG 447: Eighteenth-Century Terrors

In 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.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 23, or consent of instructor

ENG 448: Enlightenment Selves

An 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Philosophy 448
Prerequisite: One course in either English or philosophy, or junior standing, or consent of instructor

ENG 450: 18th-Century Literature

A study of major works in satire, poetry, and fiction as reflections of 18th-century thought and taste. Readings in Swift, Defoe, Pope, Fielding, Samuel Johnson, and others.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor

ENG 455: Romanticism

A 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.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 240, or consent of instructor

ENG 460: The Victorian Age

A 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.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 240, or consent of instructor

ENG 465: The English Novel

A study of English fiction from 1740 to 1900. Readings include novels by Richardson, Burney, Austen, Dickens, Eliot, and Hardy.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 240, or consent of instructor

ENG 474: American Poets of the Nineteenth Century

This 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.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, an intermediate course in English, or consent of the instructor.

ENG 476: Nineteenth-Century American Women Writers

An exploration of 19th century women writers, including Sigourney, Harper, Stowe, Jacobs, Dickinson, Harding Davis, Chopin, Lazarus, Johnson, Zitlaka-sa and/or others.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Gender Studies 476
Prerequisite: Junior standing, an intermediate course in English, or consent of instructor.

ENG 478: 19th C African-Amer Writers

This 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 478
Prerequisite: ENG 250, ENG 260, or junior standing; or consent of instructor

ENG 480: Modernist British Fiction

A study of selected works of British fiction in relation to early 20th-century thought. Authors include Conrad, Lawrence, Joyce, Mansfield, Forster, Woolf, and others.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 240, or consent of instructor

ENG 481: Joyce's Ulysses

An 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.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor

ENG 483: American Autobiography

A 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.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 250, or consent of instructor

ENG 490: Modern Drama

Studies in some of the major playwrights in Europe, England, and America from the time of Ibsen to the present.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Theatre Arts 440
Prerequisite: Junior standing, an intermediate course in English, or consent of instructor

ENG 495: Modernist American Fiction

A study of American fiction from the first half of the 20th century. Authors include Wharton, Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, Ellison, and others.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 250, or consent of instructor

ENG 500: Contemporary American Fiction

Examination 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.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 250, or consent of instructor

ENG 502: Contemporary Jewish-American Literature

A 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.
Units: 6.

ENG 503: Contemporary American Poetry

Examination 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.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 250, or consent of instructor

ENG 506: Contemporary African-American Women Poets

In 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 506, Gender Studies 506
Prerequisite: ENG 250, ENG 260, or junior standing; or consent of instructor

ENG 510: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

A 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 561
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 250 or 260, or consent of instructor

ENG 515: Gender and Modernist British/American Literature

A study of the construction of gender in early 20th-century fiction and poetry. Authors include Cather, Woolf, Lawrence, Hemingway, Sassoon, and others.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Gender Studies 445
Prerequisite: Junior standing, an intermediate course in English or gender studies, or consent of instructor

ENG 516: Literature and Human Rights

An 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.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 516
Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 280, or consent of instructor

ENG 517: Topics in Human Rights

This 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 Spring 2017: The Coming of Age Novel
Are we growing up according to plot? Is our coming-of-age pre-scripted in the coming-of-age novels we read? This course explores the role of the bildungsroman, or coming-of-age novel, in shaping who we think we should be, who we are, and who we are becoming as human rights subjects.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor

ENG 518: Fictions of Globalization

Is globalization really shrinking the global divide between rich and poor, or is this mere fiction? To explore this question, we will examine contemporary novels and films that showcase individuals in India and China as they grapple with issues such as economic migration, class struggle, and terrorism.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 518
Prerequisite: ENG 280, junior standing, or consent of instructor

ENG 521: Narratives of International News

A study of the literature that re-presents world events in different ways from the mainstream news media. Texts include novels, memoirs, graphic novels, or documentary dramas.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 521
Prerequisite: ENG 280, junior standing, or consent of instructor

ENG 522: Literature and the Environment

An interdisciplinary investigation of the ways that literature shapes environmental values and practices as well as responds to environmental concerns. We will study novels, films, and essays on topics such as organic food and farming, air and water pollution, and environmental justice movements.
Units: 6.
Also listed as Environmental Studies 522
Prerequisite: Junior standing

ENG 525: Contemporary Critical Theory

A survey of important movements. Among the readings are selections by Derrida, Foucault, and Bakhtin as well as selections from more recent figures, such as Judith Butler, Eve Sedgwick, Henry Louis Gates Jr., Cornel West, and bell hooks.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor

ENG 527: History of the Book

To provide an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of Book History, which should help students think more critically about the impact of material culture on intellectual activity. The course will be taught as a speaking intensive seminar, which means that students will frequently be responsible for presenting reading material and leading discussion in the first half of class.
Units: 6.
Also listed as History 385
Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor.

ENG 550: Advanced Creative Writing: Nonfiction

A writing workshop for students with previous creative writing experience.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ENG 350 or ENG 360

ENG 560: Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

A workshop for students with previous fiction writing experience.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ENG 360 or consent of instructor

ENG 562: Advanced Creative Writing: Novel Writing

Course for students composing creative, book-length works of prose.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ENG 350 or ENG 360, and ENG 550 or ENG 560

ENG 565: Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry

A workshop for students with previous poetry writing experience.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ENG 370 or consent of instructor

ENG 568: Poetry as Practice

This workshop-based course is for advanced poetry students who would like to delve more deeply into the craft of poetry. The course will include intensive readings in contempoary poetry and poetics, frequent poetry workshops, and a practical introduction to the world of publishing. Sudents will produce a substantial poetry portfolio and will write several short papers and craft professional documents related to poetry publication. Recommended for students interested in applying to graduate programs in poetry.
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: ENG 370 and ENG 565

ENG 590: Tutorial Studies in English

Tutorial 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.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ENG 591: Directed Study in English

Directed 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.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ENG 599: Independent Study in English

Advanced study, arranged in consultation with the department chair. Students considering an honors project should register for this course.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

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. Each section of the seminar will focus on a theme that can accommodate variety in students' individual research projects.

Topic for Fall 2017: Creativity

Topic for Winter 2018: Failure
Units: 6.
Prerequisite: Majors only; junior standing for spring term, otherwise, senior standing; at least two English courses numbered 400 or above

ENG 690: Tutorial Studies in English

Tutorial 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.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ENG 691: Directed Study in English

Directed 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.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

ENG 699: Independent Study in English

Advanced study, arranged in consultation with the department chair. Students considering an honors project should register for this course.
Units: 1 TO 98.
Prerequisite: Counter Registration Required.

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