Course Code Credits

CORE: Literature Cornerstone

Only open to students that have not completed the Literature Cornerstone requirement. Limited to 25. The Literature Cornerstone courses are topical, with the topics changing each semester. See the Registrar's Course Listing page ( to view the individual course topic descriptions.

ENG100 3

First-Year Seminar: Island Living/Island Leaving

This seminar will explore the literature of islands. This will be a semester-long inquiry into how the unique conditions of island living shape literature and culture. We will study texts about castaways, pirates, tourists, islanders, and adventurers in order to discern what makes stories about islands so compelling and enduring. Fulfills the Cornerstone Literature Requirement. Limited to 16.

ENG110 4

First-Year Seminar: Rites of Passage: Metamorphosis in Western Literature

This course introduces students to the methods and strategies of critical thinking and writing, focusing on the theme of transformation (physical and otherwise) in Western literature, from Ovid through Shakespeare and on to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Through close reading of our key texts, we will explore issues of language, power, gender, race, class, and identity formation, and consider the ways in which literature is itself a process of metamorphosis. Fulfills the Cornerstone Literature Requirement. Limited to 16.

ENG111 4

First-Year Seminar: First Person: Film Theory/Film Practice

This seminar will introduce students to film, and film representation, through theory and practice: intensive study of film language, technique, and theory will be followed by a basic introduction to filmmaking (creating short films). This will enable students to apply the theories and techniques they have learned in class. *Four-Credit version open to First-Year Students only. Three-Credit version fulfills the Cornerstone Literature Requirement. *Four-Credit version fulfills the First-Year Seminar and Cornerstone Literature Requirements. Limited to 16.

ENG112 4

First-Year Seminar: Machine Culture: Our Technology, Ourselves

This course explores the representation of technology as created by artists from ancient Athens to the 21st century. Questions we will pursue: is technology the friend or foe of humanity? Will machines enable our perfection or enhance our flaws? Should our machines be more or less like us? Fulfills the Cornerstone Literature Requirement. Limited to 16.

ENG113 4

First-Year Seminar: The Importance of Being Lazy: Idlers, Loafers & Slackers in Literature

The figure of the shiftless lounger who resists the powerful imperative to work hard (or to work at all) has long been a literary mainstay. In this course we will read works from Shakespeare to Melville and beyond to ask questions about the cultural opposition of work and leisure. You will get acquainted with famous slackers from various significant moments in western cultural history, in poems, dramas, novels, and films-from Shakespeare's history play Henry IV, Part 1, for instance, in which the heir to the English throne prefers to hang around with sketchy characters in taverns rather than toil at the palace; to Herman Hesse's novel Narcissus and Goldmund, about an overachiever and a gifted bum; to the "Dude," a bowling slacker from Los Angeles in the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski. You will also read widely in social and cultural history on the subject of idleness, and become familiar with key literary terms and concepts. Limited to 25.

ENG115 4

First-Year Seminar: Literature in Translation?

Many of the texts that you read in your core courses are translations into English. What exactly does it mean to read a text in translation? We will ask and answer that question, using these 19th-century texts: Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du mal/Flowers of Evil; Flaubert, Madame Bovary; Tolstoy, Anna Karenina. Limited to 25.

ENG116 4

First-Year Seminar: The Subject of Travel

One of the oldest and most intriguing themes found in Western literature is that of movement, travel and exploration. From the Classical epics of Homer and Virgil to the narratives of Renaissance exploration to the 20th century novel, travel and the subsequent descriptions of oneself and others form a very broad area of literature. In fact, the phrase "the subject of travel literature" can be understood in two ways: first, travel literature as a type or sub-genre of literature and, second, how we read individuals as "subject" to the places they find themselves in, and how they in turn describe and create people and places in language as textual subjects. In this course, we'll explore both of these levels - the generic and the subjective - and come to terms with the problem of representing people and places which at first seem quite alien to us. We'll also explore the metaphor of reading and writing as themselves a type of "travel". Limited to 25.

ENG117 4

First-Year Seminar: War, Memory & Gender

How do we narrate war? What are the challenges of telling stories and writing about the often traumatic experiences of war? What is the connection between war stories and memories? What does war tell us about society

ENG118 4

First-Year Seminar: Seven Nobel Laureates

In this course students will read from and write about the work of seven recent winners of the Nobel Prize in Literature who write in English. The seven laureates whom we'll read are from various parts of the globe, but their recognition by the Nobel Committee suggests that their work speaks not just about its place of origin but to something beyond national borders. Is this perhaps what is meant by "world literature"? We'll explore this question and others via the fiction of South Africans Nadine Gordimer and J. M. Coetzee, American Toni Morrison, and Trinidadian-born Briton V. S. Naipaul; the poetry of Seamus Heaney of Ireland and Derek Walcott of Saint Lucia; and the plays of London-born Harold Pinter. Naturally, we'll read and discuss their Nobel lectures, too, as well as other prose works wherein our writers discuss why they write, for whom they write, and what they imagine the role of literature to be in the world. Limited to 25.

ENG122 4

First-Year Seminar: Of 'Savages' & Civilization

This course examines the figure of "the primitive" (and its avatars: the "cannibal," the "barbarian," the "savage," and so on) in Western literature and visual art from the sixteenth to the twentieth century. We will trace the persistent life of these invented "Others" from early modern travel narratives and drama to Enlightenment-era philosophy to modern anthropology, social science, novels, and imperial politics. Through these texts, we will examine how racial, ethnic, and national identities are intertwined with the emergence of the modern conception of the human - and of the idea of "the modern" itself. Our semester will end with a section devoted to the Sudanese novelist Tayeb Salih to consider how a postcolonial African author responds to European constructions of Otherness. Additional texts to be covered may include Montaigne's "On Cannibals," Shakespeare's Othello, Darwin's The Descent of Man, Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Kipling's "Gunga Din," Gauguin's Noa Noa, Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Gide's The Immoralist, Maugham's The Moon and Sixpence, Forster's A Passage to India, and Orwell's essays. Limited to 25.

ENG125 4

First-Year Seminar: The Art of Memory

This course will be an interdisciplinary study of memory that encourages students to investigate both critically and creatively how different artists, writers, and filmmakers depict memory. We will discuss not only how it's used in their work, but also how they represent the way it functions and how different approaches and mediums reveal or expose different aspects of experience. Artists, writers, filmmakers and composers we may explore include: Jonathan Caouette's Tarnation, Chris Marker's La Jetee, poet Marie Howe's What the Living Do, Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time, Joe Brainard's I Remember, as well as various essays (by authors such as Joel Agee and bell hooks). We will also examine the artwork of Christian Boltanski, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, and Harry Dodge and Stanya Kahn, as well as composer William Basinski's Disintegration Loops. Limited to 25.

ENG127 4

First-Year Seminar: Wonderlands

A portal opens to another world: what wonders will we find there? In this course, we will travel down rabbit holes, through secret doorways, across borders, and back in time, encountering the stuff of dreams-and sometimes nightmares. Along the way, we will ask what these alternate realities tell us about our own world and our own imaginations. Limited to 25.

ENG128 4

First-Year Seminar: Monstrous Representations

The topic of this course is, simply put, monsters. These figures have occupied the imagination for centuries. Even today, they continue to haunt our cultural consciousness in literature and film. Horrifying, strange, sometimes even seductive, monsters inhabit the space of difference, calling into question cultural values (such as those of gender, race, sexuality, etc.) and exposing the anxieties, fears, and desires of the cultures that generate them. But what does it mean to be a monster? What separates monsters from men? What happens when these boundaries are crossed? Why do monsters always return? In what ways do they change with each new return? How do they stay the same? In this course, we will examine these and other questions as we encounter monstrous representations from a variety of literary periods and genres. Through studying figures as diverse as the Blemmyae of medieval travel narratives, the creations of Dr. Moreau, and Bram Stoker's Count Dracula, we will investigate what these monsters can tell us about the cultures that create and consume them. Limited to 25.

ENG129 4

First-Year Seminar: Fairy Tales, Folklore & Fantasy

Fairy tales, folklore and fantasy are repositories for literary and cultural expression across the boundaries of period and genre. This course will use the lens of the fairy tale, its reinterpretation and adaptation, to introduce students to various literary genres, including poetry, prose and drama, as well as close reading, literary analysis, and critical thinking. Texts, from a diverse range of nineteenth- and twentieth-century authors, will be thematically linked through questions ofclass and gender that often surface in the re-imaginings of classic tales. Only open to students that have not completed the Religious Studies Cornerstone requirement. Limited to 25.

ENG130 4

First-Year Seminar: Extreme Makeovers: Transformative Texts

From Ovid's Metamorphoses to America's Next Top Model, culture has long been fascinated by extreme makeovers. Investigating this fascination, this course examines a variety of transformative texts, ones depicting transformations that can also transform their readers. Particular emphasis will be placed on becoming skilled close readers and persuasive, articulate writers. Limited to 16.

ENG131 4

First-Year Seminar: Altered States: Literature & Intoxication

Various types of altered states of consciousness have long been reflected in Western literature. Changes to identity - not just states brought about by alcohol or drugs, but also spiritual or other intensely emotional experiences - have been a broad theme explored by many authors, from Homer's Lotus eaters to the enchantments of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream to contemporary confessional memoir. In this course, we will explore the many ways in which altered states have been represented by authors, ranging from the celebratory to the repentant, and the ways in which they construct or challenge the identities of authors, characters and audiences. We will also consider the acts of writing and reading as themselves challenges to conventional identity. Only open to students that have not completed the Literature Cornerstone requirement. Limited to 25.

ENG132 4

First-Year Seminar: The Local & the Global

The Local and the Global: In this course we study the literature of place with a focus on the local (natural environment, home, and the city) as well as the global (travel, tourism, and imperialism) in order to explore how identities and communities are shaped by various social, cultural, and historical spaces. Possible texts include: Cisneros, House on Mango Street; McCarthy, The Road; Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard or Shakespeare, The Tempest; Kincaid, A Small Place; Schneider, The Wall Jumper; Wenders, Wings of Desire (film). Only open to students that have not completed the Literature Cornerstone requirement. Limited to 25.

ENG133 4

First-Year Seminar: From Camelot to Panem: Imaginary Worlds in Literature

What is the purpose of fantasy? How do the imaginary worlds of science fiction and fantasy relate to our own? How do these worlds present escapes from or solutions to the issues that plague our society? How might they reflect or call into question the values of the culture that creates them? In this course, we will explore these questions and more as we engage with literature that both engenders other worlds and re-envisions the world around us. Venturing into such places as Arthur's Camelot, Alice's Wonderland, and the dystopic universes of modern science fiction, we will consider what lies "down the rabbit hole" or "in a galaxy far, far away" in order to think about the ways in which these idealized societies, magical realms, and futuristic visions might embody their own culture's fears and desires.

ENG134 4

First-Year Seminar: American Women Writers

In this course, we will read poetry, drama, and fiction written by American women during the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. We will consider how gender identity is constructed by, and interacts with, race, class, history, geography, politics, and socio-economic realities in our country in an attempt to arrive at an understanding of a vision (or visions) American women writers seek to articulate and how this understanding of our culture(s) and lives helps inform and enhance American literature as a whole. In what ways do the social, political, and historical context that women have written from and the range of racial and class barriers they face inform the content or style of these works? How have these writers been categorized and evaluated based on gender? For that matter, how important is the identity of the author to the work in question? Are women's lives of universal importance to readers of both genders or do we risk ghetto-izing work written by women by identifying it as such? Be prepared to share your ideas and opinions, to think and reflect about what these writers and your peers say, and to respond thoughtfully. Only open to students that have not completed the Literature Cornerstone requirement. Limited to 25.

ENG135 4

First-Year Seminar: What is Beauty? A Literary Investigation

This course is centered on what seems like a straightforward question: what is beauty? We will spend the semester reading and discussing texts that attempt to answer that question

ENG136 4

First-Year Seminar: American's Abroad

American writers have long been fascinated with Europe as place, idea, rite of passage, and site of reinvention. How have writers represented both "Europeanness" and "Americanness"? How have gender, race, sexuality, and aesthetics intersected with nationality? We will investigate these questions through readings of fiction, films, and theories of nationalism. Only open to First-Year Students that have not completed the Literature Cornerstone requirement. Limited to 16.

ENG137 4

Introduction to Literary Studies

Introduction to the vocabulary and practices of criticism and the skills of close reading. Limited to 15.

ENG200 3

Literary History I

Introduction to English literary history through poetry, drama, and narrative from Anglo-Saxon roots to the development of British literary genres in the medieval and early modern periods. Limited to 50.

ENG201 3

Literary History II

Exploration of literature in the modern period, paying particular attention to the development of genres, the expansion of the British Empire, and the emergence of the British and American literary traditions. Limited to 50.

ENG202 3


Through the study of traditional and non-traditional types of drama (to include screenplays as well), students are introduced to new ways of classifying and reading texts. Designed for both entering and upper-level students with a particular emphasis on close reading. Limited to 23.

ENG204 3


Through the study of traditional and non-traditional types of fiction (to include short stories as well), students are introduced to new ways of classifying and reading texts. Designed for both entering and upper-level students with a particular emphasis on close reading.

ENG205 3

Introduction to Topics in Literature

Introductory literary seminars that emphasize the development of writing and analytic skills necessary for upper-division English courses. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 18.

ENG220 3

Global Detective Fiction

A critical study of contemporary novels by authors offering new, globally inflected twists on an old form. Readings might include mysteries and crime fictions by Henning Mankell, Luiz Garcia Roza, Dennis Potter, Alexander McCall Smith, and Donna Leon.

ENG257 3

Film & Story

An introduction to film art through a comparison of its distinguishing features with those of fiction and of drama. Limited to 25.

ENG271 3

Film History

A survey of major film industries and canonical texts presented in a chronological order serving specific themes (for example, film-making in a given geographical region). Limited to 25.

ENG272 3


A survey of Alfred Hitchcock's work and obsessions. This course welcomes students with no prior experience in the study of film. Additional screening time required. Limited to 50.

ENG273 3

Shakespeare for Everyone

This course provides a general introduction to the drama of William Shakespeare. We will carefully explore the genres that Shakespeare mastered'comedy, tragedy, romance, and the history play'by focusing primarily on how Shakespeare uses language to create character and dramatic tension and engages with larger ethical, social, and political questions. Limited to 50.

ENG280 3

Critical Theory

Introduction to contemporary theory - its origin and framework - by examining literary criticism as an institutional discourse. Pre-requisite: ENG 200. Limited to 15.

ENG300 3

Topics in Medieval Literature

A thematic study of texts, figures, and influences associated with the literature of the Middle Ages. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 25.

ENG301 3

Topics in Early Modern Literature

A thematic study of texts, figures, and influences associated with the literature of the early modern period. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 23.

ENG304 4

Topics in British Literature, 1700-1900

A critical analysis of various cultural and literary issues that emerge in British literature. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 25.

ENG306 3

Topics in British Literature, 1900-Present

A critical analysis of various cultural and literary issues that emerge in British Literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Course may be taken twice.

ENG307 3

The Romantic Age

A comprehensive study of the literature of the Romantic Age in British literature (1789-1832). Examination of the poetry, novels, drama, and non-fiction prose of the period with attention to aesthetic inheritance and historical context. Authors include Blake, Wordworth, Coleridge, Godwin, Burke, Wollstonecraft, Paine, Keats, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Byron, Austen, Scott, Hazlitt, De Quincey, Clare, and others. Limited to 23.

ENG315 3

Topics in World Cinema

A critical study of specific topics related to cinema production in countries outside of Europe and North America, with emphasis on the periods since the introduction of sound. Course may be taken twice under different topics. Limited to 25.

ENG322 3

Topics in Television Studies

An examination of specific topics related to television genres or periods through application of contemporary critical theories. Course may be taken twice as topics change. Limited to 25.

ENG324 3

Film & Ideology

A critical study of films representing the images, myths, and rituals that reflect commonly held beliefs and attitudes regarding sex, gender, race, and class. Limited to 25.

ENG325 3

Topics in American Cinema

A critical study of specific topics related to the American narrative film. Course may be taken twice as topics change. Limited to 25.

ENG326 3

European Cinema

A critical study of specific topics related to the European narrative film, with emphasis on the periods since the introduction of sound. Limited to 23.

ENG327 3

Film & Gender

The study of gender issues on both sides of the camera: the representation of gender in film and the participation of women and men in film production. Texts include classic and contemporary cinema and critical readings.

ENG328 3

The Romance

An historical survey of the romance from Heliodorus to the Harlequin.

ENG336 3

Topics in Creative Writing: Poetry

An introduction to poetry writing that will include the examination of literary models in a variety of genres, writing exercises, and writing workshops. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 15.

ENG342 3

Topics in Creative Writing: Short Fiction

An introduction to narrative writing, including description, setting, dialogue, characterization, plot. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 15.

ENG343 3

Topics in Creative Non-fiction

Writing the essay based on various modes of expository writing. Discussion of rhetorical discourse, writing techniques, and publication possibilities. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 15.

ENG344 3

Topics in Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

This course will provide students who have already taken ENG 343 the opportunity to advance their fiction-writing skills and develop longer, more complex narrative forms. Pre-requisite: ENG 343 or Permission of Instructor. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 15.

ENG345 3

Topics in Catholicism and Literature

An engagement with Catholic writers and themes in British and American Literature. Course may be taken twice.

ENG347 3

Topics in Irish Literature

A critical analysis of various cultural and literary issues that emerge in Irish fiction, poetry, and drama. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 25.

ENG349 3


Close readings of Shakespeare's work. Limited to 25.

ENG353 3

Shakespeare's Rivals

A study of theater in early modern culture, with attention to the drama of Shakespeare's competitors: Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, and Middleton. Limited to 23.

ENG354 3

Topics in British and Continental Literature, 1660-1800

A critical study of various genres and figures from the Restoration through the 18th century. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 23.

ENG356 3

Topics in Twentieth-Century American Literature

An examination of themes in twentieth-century literature. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 25.

ENG366 3

Topics in 19th Century American Literature

An examination of themes in nineteenth-century literature. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 25.

ENG367 3

Topics in Contemporary Literature

A critical study of contemporary writing linked by thematic or theoretical interests. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 25.

ENG371 3

Modern Drama

A critical survey of world drama since the late nineteenth century. Limited to 25.

ENG381 3

Taking the Victorians to the Movies

An exploration of why the Victorians have never gone out of style, using films to understand the novels on which they are based and vice-versa.

ENG385 3

Topics in Modernism

Critical study of representative literature from the modernist period. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 23.

ENG390 4

Topics in Gender & Sexuality Studies

A study of issues of gender, race, and class as they emerge in critical and literary texts. Course may be taken twice.

ENG391 3

Topics in Postcolonial and Global Literature

An investigation of themes within the frame of postcolonial studies. Topics will vary from semester to semester. Course may be taken twice. Limited to 25.

ENG392 3

Sexuality and Textuality

A critical examination of the definitions of sexual orientation found in diverse texts.

ENG394 3

Telling Tales: Theories of Narrative

The study of how and why we construct stories: an introduction to narrative theory, using texts from Jane Austen to comic books. Pre-requisite: ENG 200. Limited to 23.

ENG398 3

English Capstone Seminar

An examination of thematically related works within the framework of contemporary critical theory. Pre-requisite: ENG 300. Open to English majors and minors. Course may be repeated under different topics. Limited to 15.

ENG422 4

Internship in English

Designed to give English majors an acquaintance with and experience in careers that extend from their training in the major. Internships provide a practicum where students work for a particular business and a seminar where students meet on a regular basis with the instructor. Must be approved by the Department Chair and the Faculty member supervising the Internship. Limited to 30.

ENG475 6

Teaching Apprenticeship

Designed for senior English majors seriously intending to pursue graduate study, this apprenticeship gives the students experience in creating and coordinating a general studies course under the direction of a faculty member. Pre-requisites: ENG 200 and ENG 300. Permission of Department Chair. Limited to 10.

ENG476 3

Directed Study

Opportunity for upper-level students to do an advanced research project or investigation in a field of special interest not covered by a normally-scheduled course. Student and a full-time faculty member familiar with the student's area of interest agree on a plan of study and research and on evaluation methods. Students must obtain the signatures of the faculty director and the Department Chair.

ENG490 3