Please note: The course descriptions displayed here are current as of Wednesday, July 1, 2015, 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. Prerequisite: Must be attending Lawrence London Centre
Also listed as Theatre Arts 170

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. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Also listed as Russian 260

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

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

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

ENG 282
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. Prerequisite: ENG 150 or its equivalent or consent of instructor
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 282

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. 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
Also listed as Physics 215

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. Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Theatre Arts 432

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. Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Theatre Arts 436

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 Wiggelesworth, and other minor and post-Puritan poets. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing
Also listed as Religious Studies 343

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

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

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

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 470
Early American Writing

A study of the ways early writers of America attempted to adapt “Old World” forms and styles to the “New World” — as they sought initially to compose and sustain themselves and gradually to constitute the United States of America. Narratives of exploration and travel, contact with Native Americans, Puritan poetry, and Revolutionary—era political writing are some of the topics the course will address. Selected readings from the 17th and 18th centuries into the early decades of the 19th. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing, ENG 230, 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 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 485
Modernist Poetry

An exploration of modernist poetry, including work by Yeats, Eliot, Stein, Pound, H.D., Williams, Loy, and others. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing, an intermediate course in English, 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. Prerequisite: Junior standing, an intermediate course in English, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Theatre Arts 440

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 498
Representing War in American Writing

This course will analyze the representation of war across the spectrum of American writing, examining the ways that national identity is posited in relation to military experience. Readings from a range of periods but focusing in particular on the Civil War, World Wars I and II, and the Vietnam War. Units: 6. Prerequisite: Junior standing, an intermediate course in English, 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 501
The Graphic Novel

In 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. Units: 6. Prerequisite: ENG 250, junior standing, or consent of instuctor

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

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. Prerequisite: Junior standing, an intermediate course in English or gender studies, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Gender Studies 445

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 2015: The Coming of Age Novel
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. Prerequisite: ENG 280, junior standing, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 518

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. Prerequisite: ENG 280, junior standing, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Ethnic Studies 521

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. Prerequisite: Junior standing
Also listed as Environmental Studies 522

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. Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of the instructor.
Also listed as History 385

ENG 530
The English Language

A study of the sounds, structure, usage, and history the English language. Units: 6. Prerequisite: LING 150 and sophomore standing, or consent of instructor
Also listed as Linguistics 530

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 565
Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry

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

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. 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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