English Department

English Department Course Descriptions

Courses by requirements

Pre-1700

  • ENGL 238 Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
  • ENGL 239 Arthurian Literature
  • ENGL 305 Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde
  • ENGL 313 Shakespeare: Poetry and Drama
  • ENGL 316 Renaissance Poetry: The Metaphysical & Cavalier Poets
  • ENGL 317 Major Tudor and Stuart Drama
  • ENGL 318 Restoration Literature
  • ENGL 414 Milton

Pre-1900

  • ENGL 240 Gothic Literature
  • ENGL 256 Consent of the Governed: Nineteenth-Century American Literature
  • ENGL 263 Rebels, Realists, and the Rise of the Novel in the US
  • ENGL 319 Rise of the Novel
  • ENGL 320 Eighteenth-Century British Literature
  • ENGL 322 Money, Class, & Marriage in the British Novel
  • ENGL 325 British Romanticism
  • ENGL 327 The Long and the Short of It: 19th Century British Poetry
  • ENGL 328 Victorian Literature and Culture
  • ENGL 329 Sense and Sensation in the 19th Century U.S. Novel
  • ENGL 343 Sexuality before Sex in Early American Literatures
  • ENGL 416 The Satire of Pope, Swift, & Gay
  • ENGL 418 Blake
  • ENGL 420 Topics in Romantic Literature
  • ENGL 432 Jane Austen
  • ENGL 435 The Brontës
  • ENGL 441 Topics in Victorian Literature
  • ENGL 463 US Nineteenth Century: Great Books Then and Now
  • ENGL 467 Nathaniel Hawthorne

Post-1900

  • ENGL 205 Literature and the Inarticulate
  • ENGL 223 Literary and Cinematic Adaptations
  • ENGL 235 American Non-Fiction Narrative
  • ENGL 245 African Novel
  • ENGL 248 The Holocaust in Literature, Theory, and Film
  • ENGL 249 Literature and/as Illness
  • ENGL 250 Women and African Literature
  • ENGL 251 Contemporary Commonwealth Fiction, 1980-Present
  • ENGL 258 American War Literature
  • ENGL 265 Masterpieces of World Literature
  • ENGL 271 Crime Literature and Film
  • ENGL 275 American Literature and the Environment
  • ENGL 321 Post-Colonial Literature
  • ENGL 330 Modern American Poetry
  • ENGL 332 Southern Literature
  • ENGL 335 American Modernism
  • ENGL 336 Postmodern and Contemporary American Literature (1945-present)
  • ENGL 342 Faulkner
  • ENGL 348 Literature after Auschwitz
  • ENGL 350 British Modernism
  • ENGL 353 Experimental British Fiction
  • ENGL 363 English as a Global Language
  • ENGL 366 Creative Criticism
  • ENGL 397 Vietnam in the Literary Imagination
  • ENGL 450 Topics in Modern and Contemporary British Literature
  • ENGL 454 Lawrence and Woolf
  • ENGL 455 Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka
  • ENGL 464 Faulkner and Wideman
  • ENGL 465 Ernest Hemingway

Literary Theory

  • ENGF 381 Film Theory
  • ENGL 362 Literary Theory
  • ENGL 390 Topics in Literary Theory
  • PHIL/ARTH 389 Aesthetics and Contemporary Art

Writing Courses

Writing courses do not count toward an English major or minor.

ENGL 110 Introduction to Academic Writing (W1)

Instruction and practice in the forms, styles, grammar, and analytical skills necessary for success in academic writing at the undergraduate level. Open to first-year students recommended by the English Department. Open to other first-year students and sophomores only by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 118 English for Academic Purposes I

An intensive language course that teaches the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. The course includes relevant cultural material. Intended for students whose first language is not English. This course is a credit-only course and enrollment is based on a placement exam.

ENGL 119 English for Academic Purposes II

An intensive language course that teaches the basic skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing in English. The course includes relevant cultural material. Intended for students whose first language is not English. This course is a credit-only course and enrollment is based on a placement exam.

ENGL 210 Advanced Academic Writing (W1)

Advanced instruction and practice in the forms, styles, grammar, and analytical skills necessary for successful writing at the undergraduate level. Intended for students not recommended for 110, and students who took English 110 but who want additional focused writing instruction.

Creative Writing

Not for students in their first year of study

ENGC 301 Creative Writing: Non-Fiction (EA) [AC]

Focuses on writing the creative essay and might include other creative nonfiction forms as well (such as feature writing), all with an eye toward publication. Emphasis is placed upon studying professional nonfiction works and conceiving, composing, editing, critiquing, and re-writing student work. Prerequisite: W1 and LS.

ENGC 303 Creative Writing: Poetry (EA) [AC]

Directed writing of poems. Workshop format, with theory of poetry and reading assignments. Prerequisite: W1 and LS.

ENGC 304 Creative Writing: Fiction (EA) [AC]

Directed writing of prose fiction. Workshop format, with theory of fiction and outside reading assignments. Prerequisite: W1 and LS.

ENGC 306 Exploring Nature Writing (EA) [AC]

Students are invited to explore what nature means as an idea and an experience, and to arrive at an enriched understanding of their own relationship to nature through creative writing. Readings include selected examples from literature (particularly creative nonfiction essays, with some fiction and poetry) and sociology. The primary emphasis of the course is on creative writing and attentiveness to form and purpose in an interdisciplinary context. Cross-listed as SOCI 306. Prerequisite: W1 and LS.

ENGC 390 Creative Writing: Special Topics (EA) [AC]

Changing topics allow students to study and practice various writing genres. Prerequisite: W1 and LS.

ENGC 403 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry (EA) [AC]

Directed writing of poetry, with close attention to technique, form, and voice. Students offer constructive criticism of one another’s work. Some outside reading required. Prerequisite: ENGC 303.

ENGC 404 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction (EA) [AC]

Directed writing of short stories or novels, with close attention to technique, structure, and voice. Students offer constructive criticism of one another’s work. Some outside reading required. Prerequisite: ENGC 304.

ENGC 490 Advanced Creative Writing: Special Topics (EA) [AC]

Seminar topics are determined yearly. Open to seniors; open to other students by permission of the instructor.

ENGC 497 Creative Writing Senior Thesis Seminar (EA, W2) [AC]

Limited to senior English majors with a Creative Writing Emphasis, this seminar course focuses on independent writing projects. Departmental faculty and seminar members provide input and critiques as each student works toward a creative manuscript and a critical essay addressing narrative strategies or poetics. The project is defended orally. Students must have a second reader (not necessarily an English Department member); students must receive project idea approval by Fall Break of the senior year. The instructor and the second reader consult to determine the student’s grade.

Film Studies

See FILM courses under the Film Studies program.

ENGF 269 Introduction to Film Studies (LS, W1)

A basic introduction to the concepts and techniques of film analysis and criticism.

ENGF 275 Film and the Environment (LS, W1)

While “Film and the Environment” might bring to mind conventional nature documentaries featuring an authoritative voiceover describing intricate phenomenon, this course instead considers how every film relates to the environment, insofar as every film reflects and creates a world through the mechanical reproduction and mass production of space and time. Moreover, cinema—itself an art of ephemera—can slow, reveal, or accelerate changes in the environment. This course explores film’s revelatory capacity and creative production of the environment through a range of film examples.

ENGF 310 French New Wave (LS)

The French New Wave refers to a period of world film history (generally 1959-1964) in which artists feverishly directed their cinephilia toward the creation and criticism of a generically-hybrid, formally experimental, and highly allusive cinema. Impatient with films that merely adapted literary narratives or painterly aesthetics, French New Wave artists and critics self-reflexively called attention to cinematic techniques of making meaning and telling stories. This course explores the important films and writings by/about French New Wave artists such as Varda, Truffaut, Godard, Resnais, Chabrol, and Rohmer. Recommended Prerequisite: ENGF 269 or ENGL 223.

ENGF 358 African Film (CW, LS)

A study of feature films and documentaries made by African filmmakers, focusing on issues of globalization, education, gender, popular culture and environmental change in contemporary Africa. Cross-listed as AFRI 358. Recommended: At least one previous course in African literature or African history.

ENGF 370 Film History (LS)

This course features canonical films of world cinema, including national cinemas such as Soviet Montage, German Expressionism, Italian Neo-realism, Hollywood/American Independent, and additional world films of historical significance. In addition to studying significant films, people and movements of film history, this course also considers how and why certain films merit this canonical status. In this class, studying the history of cinema involves studying the history of questions about aesthetics, culture, and politics that inform and are created by film. Recommended Prerequisite: ENGF 269 or ENGL 223.

ENGF 381 Film Theory (LS)

A study of 20th and 21st century theories of how and why film make meaning, how and why spectators create and absorb these meanings, and the changing conception of film within historical, cultural, aesthetic, and social contexts. Recommended Prerequisite: ENGF 269 or ENGL 223.

ENGF 382 Non-Fiction Film (LS)

A study of non-fiction film in the context of ethical, ideological, socio-political, cultural, environmental, and aesthetic concerns. Recommended Prerequisite: ENGF 269 or ENGL 223.

ENGF 390 Topics in Film Studies (LS)

Intensive focus on a particular cinematic subject. Possible subjects include Film Comedy, Silent Cinema, Women and Film, Coming of Age in Cinema, Melodrama, Art Cinema, Film Noir, Cinephilia, Films of the 1950s (or other decades/years), Cinema and Landscape, Cinematic Time, Star Studies, and additional genres or national cinemas. Recommended Prerequisite: ENGF 269 or ENGL 223.

ENGF 490 Topics in Film Studies (LS, W2)

Intensive study of a particular subject in film studies. This course focuses on a particular film genre, figure (e.g. director, star, theorist), national cinema, or school of theory or criticism. Prerequisites: any 300-level course in English. Open to seniors; open to other students by permission of the instructor. Recommended Prerequisites: ENGF 269, ENGL 223, or any 300-level ENGF course.

Introduction to Literary Studies

For students in their first or second years of study, upon recommendation of the English Department.

ENGL 205 Literature and the Inarticulate (LS, W1)

This course features literary texts that reflect diverse forms of language trouble, including “baby talk,” nonsense, stuttering, autism, Tourette’s syndrome, and muteness. Writers may include Lewis Carroll, Carson McCullers, Larry Eigner, and filmmaker Jan Campion.

ENGL 220 Short Fiction (LS, W1)

A study of various examples of short narrative fiction from several cultural and linguistic traditions, the aim of which is to perform literary analyses through a process of close reading. To that end, students develop a vocabulary of technical and formal terms for the study of narrative.

ENGL 221 Poetry (LS, W1)

Close readings of poems from the Renaissance to the present day.

ENGL 222 Drama (LS, W1)

An introduction to the various periods and genres of world drama.

ENGL 223 Literary and Cinematic Adaptations (LS, W1)

Study of short novels and the films made from them that introduces students, via the practice of close reading, to the specifically literary and cinematic properties of each form. The course interrogates the idea that cinematic adaptations of literary works must necessarily be thought of in terms of success and failure, that is, in terms of fidelity.

ENGL 235 American Non-Fiction Narrative (LS, W1)

This course studys book-length non-fiction literary narratives from Indian captivity narratives and slave narratives to nature writing, social documentary, “new journalism” and “nonfiction novels,” and other manifestations up to the present. Writers may include Thoreau, Agee, Didion, Herr, Mailer, Orleans, and Eggers.

ENGL 238 Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (LS, W1)

A study of the diverse genres within Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, read in Middle English.

ENGL 239 Arthurian Literature (LS, W1)

The evolution of the Arthurian canon in English, from the 14th century to the present.

ENGL 243 Gothic Literature (LS, W1)

This course explores the Gothic from its first appearance in the middle of the 1700’s to its current deployment in film and popular culture. Reading works by Walpole, Lewis, Shelley, Stoker, Stevenson, and others, students study the conditions that made the Gothic possible, the coherence of the conventions that organize it, and the rich variety of the authors ranged under its standard. In this course students examine the different ways that it manages (or fails to manage) historically specific problems of sexual, political, and racial difference.

ENGL 245 African Novel (LS, W1)

Novels from the 1950s to the present that reflect Africa’s diverse cultures and history.

ENGL 248 The Holocaust in Literature, Theory, and Film (LS, W1)

This course explores representations of and reflections on the Holocaust. Students consider what it means to represent an extreme or limit experience—an experience felt by perpetrators and victims alike to be unrepresentable. Course texts include novels, memoirs, graphic novels, films, and excerpts from an array of theoretical works.

ENGL 249 Literature and/as Illness (LS, W1)

The course examines responses to illness in literary, cinematic, and theoretical texts from the late 19th century to the present. Is illness an aberration that should be ameliorated in any way possible? Or is it an alternative to a painful, unhealthy normativity? Our ultimate questions will be about the relation of diagnosis to interpretation. Do we read the body as we read a text? Are doctors like critics? How do we do justice to the illnesses/aberrations that characterize bodies and texts alike and still diagnose or interpret them?

ENGL 250 Women and African Literature (CW, LS, W1)

Works by women writers from a variety of African regions and cultures.

ENGL 251 Contemporary Commonwealth Fiction, 1980-Present (LS, W1)

A study of various prose works published in the past 30 years in Britain and other member states of the Commonwealth (especially, but not only, Australia, Canada, Pakistan, and South Africa).

ENGL 256 Consent of the Governed: Nineteenth-Century American Literature (LS, W1)

An examination of the many literary cultures that flourished in the nineteenth-century United States, with special attention to how authors imagined issues of consent and governance. Course texts include novels, short fiction, essays, poetry, and possibly drama, along with short selections from critical and theoretical texts.

ENGL 258 American War Literature (LS, W1)

An examination of narrative, poetic, and cinematic responses to war from the Civil War to the present. The focus of the course varies, with three chief versions: a chronological survey of the entire span; an examination of a more limited period (even to one armed conflict); and an inquiry on the human body as an instrument and artifact of war. Not all authors are combatants/veterans/men/U.S. citizens.

ENGL 263 Rebels, Realists, and the Rise of the Novel in the U.S. (LS, W1)

An introduction to the novel form as it developed in the eighteenth- and early nineteenth-century United States. Discussions connect the novel’s evolution to the shifting social and political circumstances it addressed.

ENGL 265 Masterpieces of World Literature (LS, W1)

An examination of various aspects of world literature; areas covered include Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, India, Japan, China, and Africa.

ENGL 271 Crime Literature and Film (LS, W1)

An examination of crime fiction and non-fiction from the 1840’s to the present, including focuses on Poe’s early detective stories, Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes canon, the Golden Age of British detective fiction, the American “hard-boiled” detective genre, and police procedurals. Crime film offerings include film noir, Hitchcock’s canonical works, and neo-noir.

ENGL 273 Studies in Literature (LS, W1)

An introduction to studying literature with a topic that varies year-by-year.

ENGL 275 American Literature and the Environment (LS, W1)

An examination of how American writers have depicted their culture’s relationship to the environment, mostly through fictional representations (novels and short stories), but with some attention paid to nonfiction, poetry, and theoretical writing. The course examines how writers have imagined their environment and their place in it, though other aspects of the texts will also be studied (character, point of view, gender, race, or economics). Cross-listed as EVST 275.

Advanced Studies in Literature

Prerequisite: completion of one 200-level literary studies course or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 280 Literary Analysis

An intensive introduction to literary study, the course is designed to help prospective English majors understand the distinctive features of various genres of literature. Through an examination of selected poetry, prose, and drama, students read critically, understand critical terminology, and develop a basic vocabulary for discussing and writing about literature.

ENGL 305 Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde (LS)

A reading of Chaucer’s masterpiece as a work of comedy, tragedy, and romance.

ENGL 313 Shakespeare: Poetry and Drama (LS)

An examination of selected sonnets and six plays representing all genres.

ENGL 316 Renaissance Poetry: The Metaphysical & Cavalier Poets (LS)

An historical and critical study of the major developments in seventeenth-century lyric poetry.

ENGL 317 Major Tudor and Stuart Drama (LS)

A study of English drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries excluding the plays of Shakespeare. Plays are selected from the major works of Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, Webster, Ford, Tourneur, and Marston.

ENGL 318 Restoration Literature (LS)

A survey of English literature from 1660 to 1707, with an emphasis on the poetry, drama, and criticism of the era. Special attention is paid to works by Dryden, Pepys, Wycherly, and Congreve.

ENGL 319 Rise of the Novel (LS)

This course explores the emergence and early development of the British novel. Working with several representative novels, students discuss and write about the narrative conventions eighteenth-century writers absorbed, resisted, or created; competing ideas about readers and readership in the period; and the place of the upstart novel among more well-established literary objects.

ENGL 320 Eighteenth-Century British Literature (LS)

A study of eighteenth-century prose and poetry (excluding the novel) and drama. Special attention is focused on the works of Pope, Swift, Gray, Johnson, Sheridan, and Blake.

ENGL 321 Post-Colonial Literature (CW, LS) [GA]

Fiction, drama, and poetry from the former British Empire, addressing the diversity of colonial legacies in the Caribbean, India, Africa, and Asia.

ENGL 322 Money, Class, & Marriage in the British Novel (LS)

The impact of social institutions on domestic happiness in novels from Defoe to Hardy.

ENGL 325 British Romanticism (LS)

A study of Romantic poetry, fiction, and criticism. The course is centered on careful reading of the literature, but also considers the connection of Romanticism to contemporary politics and culture.

ENGL 327 The Long and Short of It: 19th Century British Poetry (LS)

A focused study of nineteenth-century British poetry, with attention to issues of length, comleteness, and closure. Poems studied range in length from several lines to several hundred pages.

ENGL 328 Victorian Literature and Culture (LS)

An examination of Victorian poetry and prose. The course explores formal developments in the period, as well as contemporary theories of art and the connection of the literature to developments in industry, commerce, science, and religion.

ENGL 329 Sense and Sensation in the 19th Century U.S. Novel (LS)

A survey of the 19th century U.S. novel, with particular attention to its attempts to provoke and shape its readers’ sense perceptions and ethical sensibilities.

ENGL 330 Modern American Poetry (LS)

Close analyses of works by Frost, Stevens, Williams, Pound, Eliot, Moore, Brooks, Hughes, Bishop, Cummings, and other representative poets.

ENGL 335 American Modernism (1900-1945) (LS)

This course asks, What is modernism? We address that question by exploring texts from the era as artistic objects as well as framing that exploration in terms of the cultural moment they both responded to and helped create. We primarily study fiction and poetry, though other genres (film, drams, nonfiction) may receive consideration.

ENGL 336 Postmodern and Contemporary American Literature (1945-present) (LS)

In what ways does postmodern literature react against or further the modernist project, and how does the post-war period contribute to this process? Where has contemporary American literature taken us? We begin to answer these questions through the study of fiction and poetry, though other genres, including drama and literary theory, may receive consideration.

ENGL 343 Sexuality before Sex in Early American Literatures (LS)

An intensive survey of the literatures of the early Americas, with particular attention to the questions of gender, sexuality, and embodiment. Primary sources are drawn from the seventeenth, eighteenth, and early nineteenth centuries; secondary sources include theoretical and historical writing on gender, sexuality, and the body.

ENGL 348 Literature after Auschwitz (LS)

How has the Holocaust influenced postwar literature? Our focus will be on texts outside of the canon of Holocaust literature, often written by the writer who did not experience its events directly. Out particular goal will be to consider the effect of the Holocaust (especially the felt need to understand it) on literary form. Course texts will include works of prose—both fiction and non-fiction—from a number of liguistic traditions.

ENGL 350 British Modernism (LS)

Emphasizes close study of the stylistic and formal strategies used by writers in Britain and its colonies in the first half of the 20th century. Also considers representations of colonialism, cosmopolitanism, industrialization, suffragism, and the institution of mass media in the period.

ENGL 353 Experimental British Fiction (LS)

This course investigates the category of “the experimental” to consider British narratives—literary, cinematic, and theoretical—from across the full span of the 20th century. One aim of the course is to challenge the habitual distinction between modernism and postmodernism. Another is to consider the experimental in relation to its ostensible opposite, the familiar or conventional. The course asks students to consider the puzzling fact that, particularly in Britain, the most experimental—that is, the strangest—narratives often seem to take the most conventional form.

ENGL 361 The Black Writer (LS)

A study of the Black literary tradition in American literature with attention to complementary works by international Black authors.

ENGL 362 Literary Theory (LS)

Considers “theory” as an interdisciplinary enterprise that explores the meaning of signifying systems, in part by rejecting so-called common sense. Examines structuralism, post-structuralism, deconstruction, postcolonial theory, feminism, and queer theory, among others. Intended for students of all disciplines.

ENGL 363 English as a Global Language (CW, LS)

The spread of the English language and Anglophone literature beyond England, from medieval Scotland to 20th-century Singapore. Also examines the impact of global English on indigenous languages and cultures.

ENGL 366 Creative Criticism (LS)

An intensive study of the stylistic and topical cross-pollination between texts commonly described as “literature” and those generally classified as “criticism,” this historically wide-ranging course will encourage students to experiment with both the form and the content of their own analytical writing.

ENGL 385 Topics in Literary Theory (LS)

An introduction to a school of theoretical inquiry. Topics vary depending on instructor. Prerequisites: Junior standing and one 300-level English course. We recommend that students complete ENGL 280 prior to taking this course.

ENGL 395 Topics in Literature (LS)

Directed, intensive study of a special literary subject.

ENGL 397 Vietnam in the Literary Imagination (LS)

This course aims to develop an appreciation and understanding of how Vietnam has been imagined in literature and film by Vietnamese, American, and European artists, within the context of Vietnamese history from the early 19th century to the present. Course material covers the spectrum of narrative expression by including prose fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and film.

Seminars in Literary Studies

Prerequisite: completion of any 300-level course in English.

ENGL 414 Milton (LS, W2)

A study of Milton’s English poetry and some of his prose. Attention is given to Paradise Lost, the sonnets, and selections from Areopagitica. Open to seniors; open to other students only by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 416 The Satire of Pope, Swift, & Gay (LS, W2)

An in-depth study of the major satires of Pope, Swift, and Gay. Open to seniors; open to other students only by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 418 Blake (LS, W2)

A survey of Blake’s view of society and religion as these are reflected in his lyrics, his prophetic books, and his paintings. Open to seniors; open to other students only by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 420 Topics in Romantic Literature (LS, W2)

An intensive study of a topic in Romantic literature or a writer from the Romantic period.

ENGL 432 Jane Austen (LS, W2)

A study of Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion. Open to seniors; open to other students only by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 435 The Brontës (LS, W2)

An examination of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights, Anne Bronte’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall and Agnes Grey, and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Shirley, and Villette. Open to seniors; open to other students only by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 441 Topics in Victorian Literature (LS, W2)

An intensive study of a topic in Victorian literature or a writer from the Victorian period.

ENGL 450 Topics in Modern and Contemporary British Literature (LS, W2)

An intensive study of a topic or writer from this period.

ENGL 454 Lawrence & Woolf (LS, W2)

A study of fictional and non-fictional prose by the modernist British writers D. H. Lawrence and Virginia Woolf. We suggest that, despite differences in style, the two writers are similarly preoccupied by the concept of the irrational, especially as it is figured as antagonism, aggression, and war. In so doing, we ultimately focus on each writer’s conception of literary form.

ENGL 455 Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka (LS, W2)

A study of Achebe’s classic novels and short stories and of Soyinka’s masterworks of drama, autobiography, and fiction. Works include No Longer At Ease, A Man of the People, Death and the King’s Horseman, and Ake’. Open to seniors; open to other students only by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 460 Topics in American Literature (LS, W2)

The special subject of the seminar is determined on a year-by-year basis. Open to seniors; open to other students only by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 463 US Nineteenth Century: Great Books Then and Now (LS, W2)

In this course, we critically examine the shifting standards by which literary scholars have deemed some texts “great.” Our conversations focus on the assumptions those scholars bring to the act of literary interpretation and the methods of reading and analysis those assumptions dictate. Readings include novels, narratives, and perhaps poetry written and read in the nineteenth-century United States, as well as extensive selections from critical commentaries past and present.

ENGL 464 Faulkner and Wideman (LS, W2)

William Faulkner and John Edgar Wideman provide a study in contrast and a study of deep similarities: a white rural Mississippian writing in the early part of the century and a black urban Pennsylvanian writing in the current era, both of whose works not only show stylistic similarities but also share persistent concerns of the past’s presence in the present; of place; of race and gender; and of the use of fiction to investigate the authors’ personal sense of history, home, and self. We explore three of Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha novels and then Wideman’s Homewood trilogy.

ENGL 465 Ernest Hemingway (LS, W2)

An in-depth study of Hemingway’s career, from In Our Time to his posthumously published The Garden of Eden. Literary criticism of Hemingway is also be a major subject of study. In addition to paper(s), students are expected to research the criticism and to lead class discussions based upon their research. Open to seniors; open to other students only by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 467 Nathaniel Hawthorne (LS, W2)

This seminar will provide an in-depth study of representative works of Nathaniel Hawthorne. Class time is spent in review of the historical and cultural contexts surrounding Hawthorne’s major works and in discussion of his stylistic development. Open to seniors; open to other students only by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 490 Special Topics (LS, W2)

The special subject of the seminar is determined on a year-by-year basis. Open to seniors; open to other students only by permission of the instructor.

ENGL 497 Senior Thesis Seminar (W2) [UR]

This course taken during spring of the senior year focuses on independent research projects. Departmental faculty and other seminar members provide input and critiques as the student works toward a significant piece of original literary criticism. The project is presented/defended orally. Each student must have a second reader (advisor); the student must solicit the second reader and receive approval of the project idea by Fall Break. The second reader does not necessarily need to be an English Department faculty member. The ENGL 497 instructor and the second reader consult to determine the student’s grade. This course is limited to senior English majors.