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Department of English

Courses


  • ENG 5900 GRADUATE INTERNSHIP

    This course will offer qualified MA and MFA graduate students in English on-the-job training as interns for regional and online employers. The primary goal of the course is to offer graduate students an opportunity to apply their skills and knowledge as MFA and MA students in a professional setting. The aim is for students togain skills to qualify them for potential career paths relevant to their degree.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 5990 SELECTED TOPICS

    Emphasis on a particular author or group of authors, subject(s), theme(s), literary movement(s), related literary interests, not considered as extensively in the other courses listed here. (1-6 credits)
    Credits: 1.0 - ####

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  • ENG 6000 WOMEN, THE BIBLE AND MODERN LITERATURE

    Attitudes toward women in the Old and New Testaments and other religious literature, the modern liberationist response, and attempts to strike a humanistic balance. Consideration of the role of women in several recent novels, plays and poems: Dickinson, the Bront¿ sisters, A. Walker, T. Morrison, Z. N. Hurston, A. Rich and others.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6080 POE/HAWTHORNE/MELVILLE

    Examination of the major and minor works of Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, and their contemporaries against the background of their political, cultural, and philosophical contexts.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6140 APPLIED ENGLISH LINGUISTICS: GRAMMAR AND STYLE

    A study of modern English grammars (traditional-structural and transformational-generative) and their application to the understanding and appreciation of style in language and literature.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6150 ADVANCED CRITICAL WRITING

    This course explores various modes of essay writing, especially analytical and argumentative essays, along with narratives and critical interpretations of culture and society. Class readings survey the critical and belletristic tradition of the essay form. Students are encouraged to expand and deepen their thematic range, refine their writing styles, and further develop their own voices.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6160 CREATIVE WRITING

    Workshop devoted to writing in a variety of genres including fiction, poetry, and drama. Discussion is devoted to the style and technique of established and contemporary authors.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6170 MODERN TECHNIQUES OF COMPOSITION

    An introduction to, and practical application of, modern techniques of teaching and learning composition, including free writing, embedding, imitation and cumulation. Emphasis is on writing as process, from self-expression through exposition to imaginative creation.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6180 MODRN ENGLISH AND BACKGROUND

    Study of the English language from its origins to the present, with detailed attention to changes in grammar, syntax, phonology and vocabulary.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6190 WRITING MAGAZINE MARKET

    Intended for students interested in developing a professional style of writing. Types of writing may include fiction, nonfiction, poetry-anything that is suitable for periodicals, commercial or noncommercial.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6200 TEACHING WRITING AS PROCESS I

    Designed primarily for high school English teachers, this intensive seminar introduces the many new techniques of teaching composition, discusses the process of writing and explores the results of the latest research. Members of the seminar participate in practical workshops in which they evolve individual methods for use in their own school districts, thereby enhancing the writing process for their students.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6210 FICITION WRITING SEMINAR I

    This intensive seminar covers fundamental as well as experimental techniques employed in the writing of fiction. Students practice a variety of writing, reading, and workshop skills, and peruse contemporary published writing with an eye on its style, voice, theme, and craft.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6220 FICTION WRITING SEMINAR II

    Designed for those students who have completed Fiction Writing Seminar I and who wish to continue their study of fiction writing technique in greater depth. Classroom time is divided among lecture, discussion and analysis of student manuscripts. Each participant should bring a complete, or nearly complete, first draft of a manuscript (a short story or section of a novel) to the first session of the seminar. Prerequisite: ENG 6210
    Credits: 3.0

    Prerequisites: ENG 6210 Minimum Grade of C- OR ENG 621 Minimum Grade of C-

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  • ENG 6230 POETRY WRITING SEMINAR

    This intensive seminar covers fundamental as well as experimental techniques employed in the writing of poetry. Students practice a variety of writing, reading, and workshop skills, and peruse contemporary published writing with an eye on its style, voice, theme, and craft.
    Credits: 3.0

    Cross Listed Courses: ENG 623

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  • ENG 6240 CONTEMPORARY POETRY WRITING SEMINAR

    This intensive seminar is for those students interested in an in-depth study of poetry writing. The course focuses on contemporary writing techniques from mainstream to cutting-edge poetry, studying work primarily from the past two decades.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6250 TEACHING WRITING AS PROCESS II

    An advanced seminar for those teachers or administrators who want to apply the principles learned in "Teaching Writing as Process" or a comparable introductory-level course in composition teaching. Students use their understanding of composition theory to design courses or curricula for use in their institutions. Emphasis is placed on designing assignments, conducting workshops, contemporary research on the project, institutional support, evaluation modes, research opportunities present and preparation of a manuscript for publication. Prerequisite: ENG 6200 or equivalent
    Credits: 3.0

    Prerequisites: ENG 6200 Minimum Grade of C- OR ENG 620 Minimum Grade of C-

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  • ENG 6260 CREATIVE WRITING II

    An advanced workshop required for students in the writing program. Students may be proficient in one or several genres including poetry, fiction, playwriting, screenwriting, memoir, biography, and autobiography. Students will more fully explore their own voices and will be encouraged to try longer, more sustained efforts. Prerequisite: ENG 6160
    Credits: 3.0

    Prerequisites: ENG 6160 Minimum Grade of C- OR ENG 616 Minimum Grade of C-

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  • ENG 6270 WRITING SCRIPTS

    This course is designed to give students practice in writing for movies and television, emphasizing skills in developing pitches, treatments, characters, dialogue, visual cues, scenes and plots. Student writing is supplemented by readings of professional scripts with occasional study of their adaptation to either the big or small screen.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6275 PEDAGOGY OF CREATIVE WRITING

    The Pedagogy of Creative Writing offers students insight into strategies for teaching fiction and poetry at the college level. Targeted towards students interested in teaching creative writing after graduation, this course provides practical advice and guidance in the creation of syllabi, lesson plans, writing exercises, and assessment strategies for the creative writing classroom. This hands-on, workshop-intensive course will offer students the opportunity to reflect upon and explore their own learning and teaching styles as they experiment with various approaches to generating lesson plans as well as assessment tools, and guiding others in pre-writing, drafting, and revision exercises. Prerequisite: ENG 6160
    Credits: 3.0

    Prerequisites: ENG 6160 Minimum Grade of C- OR ENG 616 Minimum Grade of C-

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  • ENG 6280 SHORT STORY WRITING

    This course explores the fundamentals of writing short fiction. Students practice a variety of writing, reading, and workshopping skills, and peruse contemporary and traditional published short story writing with an eye to its style, voice, theme, and craft.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6290 PLAYWRITING

    The principles of dramatic writing applied to the creation of fictional scripts for the stage. Emphasis is on literary style, craft, and structure. There is some lecture and discussion, although the class primarily concerns itself with the critique of student work.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6300 BOOK/MAGAZINE EDITING

    The course is aimed primarily at the student planning a career in publishing. It should, however, be of value to anyone interested in writing, in modern techniques of printing or in the process of book and magazine production. The main focus of the course is on basic skills that any editor must know: copy editing, proofreading, copyfitting, typemarking and indexing.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6310 CREATIVE NON FICTION

    This course is a seminar and writing-intensive workshop in the art of creative nonfictional prose. Students read and write a series of essays, which may include memoirs of childhood, family histories, biographical sketches, travelogues, environmental pieces, reflections on cultural texts, explorations of self identity, or contemplative intellectual works.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6320 EMERSON/THOREAU/WHITMAN

    Examination of the major and minor works of Emerson, Thoreau and Whitman against the background of their political and philosophical contexts.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6330 TWAIN/JAMES/DICKINSON

    Examination of the major and minor works of Twain, James, Crane, Dickinson and their contemporaries within historical, political and cultural contexts.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6340 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN POETRY

    Selected poets from the classic moderns, the Harlem Renaissance, the Beats, the San Francisco Renaissance, the New York School, Black Mountain, and the language poets. Modernism, Post-modernism, formalism, confessional poetry, projective verse, ethnopoetics, and the poetics of performance are among the literary concepts discussed.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6350 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN FICTION

    Examination of the works of American moderns from Faulkner, Fitzgerald and Hemingway to Thomas Pynchon, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, among others, with a consideration of the contemporary trends that their work has engendered.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6360 20TH CENTURY AMERICAN DRAMA

    A study of the variety of dramatic modes ranging from the traditional through the most experimental employed by American playwrights, beginning with O'Neill. Representative plays by Williams, Miller, Hansberry, Albee, Bullins, Hwang, Sondheim, Wasserstein, Kushner, and present-day avante-garde groups.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6380 CHAUCER/CANTERBURY

    A study of the Canterbury Tales with special attention to the tales as a reflection of Chaucer's times. Emphasis is placed on Chaucer's language. Also considered are some of Chaucer's other works, such as Troilus and Criseyde.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6400 SHAKESPEARE'S TRAGEDIES AND ROMANCES

    A close study of selected tragedies and romances, with an emphasis on their historical content and in light of contemporary critical theory.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6410 SHAKESPEARE'S COMEDIES AND HISTORIES

    A close study of selected comedies and histories, with an emphasis on their historical context and in light of contemporary critical theory.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6420 SHAKESPEARES ROMAN WORKS

    This course explores the political nature of Shakespeare's "Roman" works (The Rape of Lucrece, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, Anthony and Cleopatra, Titus Andronicus, Cymbeline) within the context of Plato's theory of constitutional decline as set forth in The Republic.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6430 GOLDEN AGE OF DRAMA

    A study of plays selected to illustrate the development of English drama from the early reign of Elizabeth through the accession of James I. Dramatists include Jonson, Marlowe, Kyd, Dekker, Greene, Chapman, and Webster.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6440 MILTON'S POETRY AND PROSE

    A study of John Milton's poetry and prose, with emphasis on the cultural context in which they were written. Works may include Lycidas, sonnets, Paradise Lost, Areopagitica, and Paradise Regained.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6450 RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY DRAMA

    A study of the cultural and political contexts of Restoration and eighteenth-century drama including such authors as Etherege, Wycherley, Congreve, Farquhar, Behn, Manley, Dryden, Goldsmith, Sheridan, Gay, Burney.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6460 WORLD OF SATIRISTS

    Study of the Augustan humanists' dissatisfaction with the emerging modern age. Consideration is also given to the critics of the Augustan humanist view. Authors include Pope, Swift, Dryden, Rochester, Behn, Defoe, Mandeville, and Manley.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6470 LAKE/WORDSWORTH/COLRDIGE

    A study of the major poems of Blake, Wordsworth, and Coleridge, their critical theories, their relationship to seventeenth- and eighteenth-century precursors and contemporaries and to women writers of the period, and the chief criticism and historical contexts of their work.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6480 BYRON/SHELLEY/KEATS

    A study of the major work of Byron, Shelley, and Keats, of their relationship to women writers of the period, and of the philosophical and political backgrounds of the Romantic movement.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6490 TENNYSON/BROWNING

    A study of the selected verse of Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, and other nineteenth-century British poets, together with some of the notable prose works of Macaulay, Carlyle, Newman, and Arnold.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6500 ROSSETTI AND CIRCLE

    A study of representative works by Morris, Meredith, the Rossettis, Swinburne, Hardy, Wilde, the Yellow Book group, and others.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6510 WOMEN AND AUTONOMY

    Study of several nineteenth- and twentieth-century British and American women writers, from a variety of racial, ethnic, and class backgrounds, to determine how they have imagined and constructed women's roles. Writers studied might include Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, George Eliot, Harriet Jacobs, Kate Chopin, Tillie Olsen, Toni Morrison, Anita Brookner, Pat Barker, and Maxine Hong Kingston.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6520 VICTORIAN NOVEL

    Discussion of representative works of the major Victorian novelists. Attention is given to such novelists as the Brontes, Dickens, Thackeray, Trollope, George Eliot, Meredith, and Hardy. Students are expected to increase their knowledge (through supplementary reading) of the social, political, and religious ideas - conservative and revolutionary - of the period and to evaluate the significance of these ideas in the light of their impact upon the intellectual life of the times.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6530 20TH CENTURY BRITISH DRAMA

    A study of plays by representative British dramatists from the 1890s to the present, with an emphasis on the plays of George Bernard Shaw. Other dramatists include Wilde, Yeats, Synge, Granville-Barker, O'Casey, T. S. Eliot, Osborne, and Pinter.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6540 20TH CENTURY BRITISH POETRY

    A study of the major British poets representing various schools and movements, including Eliot, Yeats, Lawrence, Graves, Auden, Spender, Lewis, D. Thomas, Ted Hughes, Seamus Heaney.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6550 TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITISH FICTION

    A study of major novelists and story writers, including such authors as Conrad, Joyce, H. G. Wells, D. H. Lawrence, Woolf, Mansfield, Bennett, Galsworthy, and Forster. The major criticism of their work is also studied.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6560 CONTEMPORARY MODES OF CRITICISM

    An examination of various contemporary approaches to the analysis and evaluation of literature. Beginning with a consideration of traditional approaches to literary criticism and analysis in Aristotle, Longinus, and Horace, and in twentieth-century normative critics such as Eliot, Brooks, and Richards. The second part of the course introduces the student to trends in contemporary criticism such as Deconstructionism, New Historicism, Feminist Criticism, Queer Theory, and Postcolonial Theory. The principal aim of the course is to familiarize the student with a range of approaches for later exploration.
    Credits: 3.0

    Cross Listed Courses: ENG 656

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  • ENG 6580 THE EARLY ENGLISH NOVEL

    A study of the late seventeenth- and eighteenth-century novel, with particular emphasis on the history and criticism of the novel genre. Studied writers may include Behn, Defoe, Haywood, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Walpole, Smollett, Burney, Austen, and others.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6620 SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY METAPHYSICAL LITERATURE

    Discussion of the poetry of Donne, Marvell, Herbert, Vaughan, Crashaw, Thomas Traherne, Katherine Philips, and the prose of Sir Thomas Browne and Jeremy Taylor. Emphasis is on the metaphysical vision of a universe that is one and organic, concepts of human sexuality and death, and the techniques of private-mode poetry and prose.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6630 JONSON, HERRICK AND THEIR CONTEMPORARIES

    Discussion of the Cavalier or Social Poets of the seventeenth century, including Jonson, Herrick, King, Carew, and Lovelace; the Public Poets, Milton and Dryden; and selected prose of Milton, Burton, and Bacon. Emphasis is on the concept of friendship and the nature of true happiness, which is central to these artists, and on the techniques of social and public poetry and prose.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6640 SENSIBILTY AND ENLIGHTENMENT IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY

    This course historicizes the literature of mid- to late-eighteenth-century Britain - what used to be called "the age of Johnson" - by situating it in relation to a number of literary and social problems of the period. These problems include the relationships between emotion and reason, the slave trade, the "rise of the novel," and the changing conceptions of authorship and nation. In situating the literature in relation to such problems, the course critiques the whole notion of period - that is, what constitutes an age. Selected works by Johnson and Boswell. Laurence Sterne, Olaudah Equiano, Frances Burney, James MacPherson, Hannah More, William Blake.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6710 LITERATURE OF PSYCHOANALYSIS

    Examines the interrelationship between depth psychology and literature, and the use of psychoanalysis in interpreting works, in analyzing artistic creativity and in practicing literary criticism. Selected authors studied include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Joyce, Gide, Beckett and Dostoevski.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6720 THE LITERATURE OF AFRO-AMERICA

    A survey designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the African-American experience as it has been presented in fiction, drama, and poetry. The major focus is on literature as experience, ideas, and social analysis and criticism.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6730 FICTION AND FILM

    An examination of literature that has been adapted from novel, story, play, myth, legend, and the Bible into various film forms, including narrative and animation. Works discussed and viewed may include Tom Jones, Death in Venice, "Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge," "Beauty and the Beast," Black Orpheus, Hamlet, The Gospel According to St. Matthew, and Cinderella.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6740 LITERATURE AND THE ARTS

    A study of literature adapted to art, dance, film, music, opera, television, and spoken-word recording that may include The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and the Disney animation; the Bible and paintings by the Masters; Beaumarchais' The Barber of Seville and Rossini's opera; Henry James's The Golden Bowl and the video adaptation; E. T. A. Hoffmann's stories, The Tales of Hoffmann opera by Offenbach, the Nutcracker ballet by Baryshnikov; Shakespeare's Othello and Verdi's opera adaptation; and Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet in many of the arts, including Zeffirelli's film, Delius's opera A Village Romeo and Juliet, the B.B.C. video production, and Michael Smuin's ballet.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6750 CULTURAL PERCEPT BOOKS AND FILMS

    This course explores the various ways an individual country, its people, and their culture are depicted and perceived by writers and film makers, both natives and non-natives alike. The course focuses on only one country and follows a given theme through a variety of works, although the country and the theme may vary from semester to semester.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6760 WOMEN AND FILM NOIR

    Through film, literature, and cultural history, this course examines key issues raised by the genre of film noir and the film noir heroine. Topics for discussion include what makes a "bad" heroine, the purpose of the film noir heroine fantasy for its audience, how the portrayal of noir heroines reflects historical shifts in attitudes about the role of women, and the relationship between between the noir heroine's rapacious desires and the articulation of selfhood.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6770 ETHNIC AMERICAN LITERATURE

    This course explores the rich multicultural nature of the American experience focusing on immigrant, Native-American, and African-American literatures in their historical and cultural contexts. Students are encouraged to explore their own ethnic roots and family histories.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6780 MODERN LITERARY BIOGRAPHY

    In this course, students examine the evolving genre of biography by reading biographies of literary figures and selected works that established the reputations of these writers. Issues for discussion include the art of writing biography, how critical theory influences the ways biographers approach their subjects and their audience, whether or not connections can be established between a writer's life and a writer's work. Students will have the opportunity to conduct formal biographical research themselves.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6790 BEAT GENERATION

    This course concentrates on the poetry and prose of the Beat Generation with special attention paid to Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William Burroughs, and including Diane DiPrima, Amiri Baraka, and Bob Kaufman. Consideration will be paid as well to other alternative schools of American poetry of the fifties and sixties with which Beat literature shared aesthetic and social concerns--The Black Mountain School, The New York School, and The San Francisco Renaissance.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6800 VIRGINIA WOOLF AND CIRCLE

    A study of the major works of Virginia Woolf by placing her in the different circles in which she moved - modern female writers, modern male writers, artists, poets, biographers, and gay and lesbian writers. This course includes different genres: fiction, poetry, essays, drama, and biography, and also studies developments in art. Gender and sexuality, the new modernist aesthetic, and political ideas such as socialism and pacifism are among the issues explored.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6810 LITERATURE OF THE 1950S

    This course provides an examination of cultural history, popular culture, literary movements, and cultural anxieties of an era fraught with contradictions. Students study fiction, poetry, films, and plays produced in the 1950's, as well as cultural artifacts, commentary, and memoir that look back to this era.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6820 LAW AND LITERATURE

    Using materials from all genres, and cutting across historical periods, the course explores the complex interrelationship between law and literature, using methods of approach from literary theory, legal theory, and cultural studies.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6830 POST-COLONIAL LITERATURE

    An in-depth study of colonial and post-colonial works, written in English, of Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean, within cultural, historical, and theoretical contexts. Students pay close attention to representations of race, nationality, class and gender, to Eurocentric assumptions about culture, and how post-colonial fiction influences and is illuminated by contemporary post-colonial theory. Authors may include Kipling, Conrad, Achebe, Rao, Markandaya, Rhys, Brathwaite, Coetzee, Soyinka, Mukherjee, Kincaid, Jhabvala, Naipaul, Walcott, and others.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6840 GAY, LESBIAN OR QUEER LITERATURE

    This course offers a historical survey of gay, lesbian, or queer literary texts from the Renaissance to the present, with a focus on the aesthetic values, literary forms, and styles in which writers portray same-sex desire.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6850 IRISH LITERARY RENAISSANCE

    This course provides an examination of literature written by Irish writers at the end of the nineteenth and beginning of the twentieth century, with a focus on the complex relationships between political nationalism and culture in modern Ireland. Issues addressed include the relationship between politics and language, the role of English imperialism in forming Irish identities and the ways in which the Irish Literary Renaissance attempted to revise such definitions, the relationship between the Irish present and the Irish past, and the hot-button issue of religion. Selected texts by Irish writers who chose not to make "Irish" Ireland an overt subject of their work are also discussed.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6860 JAMES JOYCE

    This course engages students in a close reading of James Joyce's major works: Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Ulysses. Joyce's works are examined from a variety of critical perspectives which may include feminist and gender criticism, post-colonial criticism, deconstruction theory, reader-response theory, and Marxist criticism.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6870 TRAVEL WRITING SEMINAR

    This course addresses the field of travel writing in both its literary and journalistic forms. Readings and writings are assigned on a weekly basis. Students produce original material in this intensive writing workshop.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6900 MASCULINITY AND NATION

    This course looks at literary constructions of nation and gender, particularly texts that, in various ways, construct the nation in terms of masculinity and masculinity in terms of the nation. As an outgrowth of feminism's challenge to the unproblematic equation of male experience with human experience, masculinity itself has come under new critical scrutiny. At the same time, postcolonial discourse has helped shed light on the construction of the "imagined community" of the nation. The course looks at the role literary texts have played in the interrelated concepts of national identity and masculine identity. The nation and period studied depend on curricular needs and the teacher's expertise. For example, the course might focus on nineteenth-century Britain, exposing students to influential works rarely assigned in other courses, such as boys' school stories, and also offering them a new way to view more canonical works. Alternatively, the course might focus on mid-nineteenth to mid-twentieth century America, and look at the frontier, the New World versus the Old World, African American masculinity, and more. Other possible foci include early-modern England, contemporary America, or nineteenth- and twentieth-century Ireland.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6910 19TH CENTURY EUROPEAN NOVEL

    This course traces the history of the nineteenth-century European novel by studying texts that have been influential in that history. The works that are read come from the realistic and naturalistic tradition. Students study major works of criticism of each author. The novels are read against the social, political, and intellectual milieu of nineteenth-century Europe. Authors studied may include Balzac, Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Gogol, Huysmans, Lermontov, Sand, Stendhal, Tolstoy, Turgenev, and Zola.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6920 WILLIAM FAULKNER AND TONI MORRISON

    This course examines selected major works of William Faulkner and Toni Morrison, two of the most important twentieth-century American writers, reading their novels within the context of their respective cultural, historical, and social backgrounds. Students learn how each author portrays life in American from his/her unique perspective and how each portrays issues of regionalism (north/south), race (black/white), and gender (female/male). The course familiarizes students with the major critical work about each author and with the literary movements of modernism and postmodernism.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6930 STUDIES LITERATURE OF ADOLESCENCE

    A survey of the literature of adolescence in several cultures and historical periods, this course explores selected works of important writers and novelists in their aesthetic, historical, and cultural contexts. Authors may include J.W. von Boethe, Sandra Cisneros, J.D. Salinger, James Joyce, Mark Twain, Judy Blume, Michelle Cliff, Maya Angelou, Esmerelda Santiago, Christ Crutcher, and others. The course familiarizes students with the history of the concept of adolescence, the conventions of the coming-of-age novel, the various definitions of "adolescent literature," and the ways that popular culture and multiethnic and global issues affect the production and consumption of adolescent literature. Students also become familiar with current scholarship in the field.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6940 HISTORY OF RHETORIC

    This graduate seminar focuses on the history of rhetoric, specifically the development and meaning of the term through (and in) Western civilization and thought. Beginning with the origins of rhetoric, the course offers an historical examination of rhetoric through the classical, medieval, Renaissance, Enlightenment, and twentieth century, focusing on both the shifts in definition and the changes in use of the term as revealed through the literature of the periods examined. Readings may include definitive texts by Gorgias, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Boethius, Locke, Nietzche, Bakhtin, I.A. Richards, Derrida, and others. Students produce weekly journals in response to the readings. In addition, they are responsible for presenting at least one theorist/author from our readings to the class, placing that author and their text in historical context.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6950 JANE AUSTEN

    This course is a study of the work of Jane Austen and the social, historical, economic, and political context in which she wrote. Students read her six novels, a brief selection of her correspondence and juvenilia, and critical articles that examine Austen's work from a variety of critical approaches. In this seminar, students also examine the enduring popularity of Jane Austen's work through consideration of contemporary film adaptations. Students also become familiar with current scholarship in the field.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 6990 RESEARCH AND THESIS

    A seminar for graduate students in both concentrations who are writing their master's thesis. Under the direction of the seminar leader, a member of the English graduate faculty, students meet weekly to discuss their progress, articulate and solve problems encountered in their research and writing, and share their work with other writers/researchers. Prerequisite: A thesis proposal approved by the graduate committee the semester preceding the one the student plans on registering for this course.
    Credits: 3.0

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  • ENG 7000 INDEPENDENT STUDY

    With the approval of the faculty advisor and the graduate committee. (1-6 credits)
    Credits: 1.0 - 6.0

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  • ENG 7900 MFA THESIS SEMINAR

    A seminar/workshop for M.F.A students in creative writing who are composing their Master's thesis. In addition to planning and drafting the M.F.A Thesis, students learn manuscript submission procedures, are informed about career opportunities, and complete an essay on the craft of writing.
    Credits: 4.0

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  • ENG 7950 MFA THESIS PROJECT

    During the MFA Thesis Project, students draft and complete a substantial manuscript of publishable quality in the genre of their choice. A full-time faculty member of the English Department will work closely with students supervising the concepualizing and drafting of his/her thesis and completing a reflective essay on their writing. Prerequisite: ENG 7900
    Credits: 4.0

    Prerequisites: ENG 790 Minimum Grade of C- OR ENG 7900 Minimum Grade of C-

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