Course Offerings

Introductory Courses:
Introductions to Literary Study

203 Arthurian Tradition                                                                    M. Davies

An introduction to literary study focusing on the nature of literary tradition and its relationship to cultural and historical contexts. The rich, varied, and enduring tradition connected with the figure of King Arthur is explored through a consideration of English, French, and Welsh texts written between the early Middle Ages and the fifteenth century, although some more modern works may be considered. The course is concerned with (among other topics) how different cultures, historical epochs, and individual authors have adapted Arthurian tradition to meet their own needs and concerns and with what has made Arthurian tradition such a compelling source of material for so many different interests right up to the present.

204 American Literatures: Native American Writers                S. Wider

An introduction to literary study focusing on the question of what it means to identify a national tradition of literature. This course examines Native American authors of the late twentieth century in relation to the works of some of their contemporaries, including works by Linda Hogan, Louise Erdrich, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Simon Ortiz.

205 Literature and Cultural Study:
The Jazz Age                                                                                   
M. Coyle

An introduction to literary study that explores the relations among different arts and kinds of writing. Focusing on American culture in the 1920s, this course includes poetry by T.S. Eliot, Langston Hughes, and William Carlos Williams; novels by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anita Loos, and Nella Larsen; plays by Dubose Heyward and Eugene O’Neill; and musical productions such as George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. The course explores how our ways of reading inform (and inevitably transform) what we read and interpret.

206 Approaches to Literary Analysis:
Innocence and Experience                                                               
C. Harsh

An introduction to literary study with attention to essential questions: What counts as literature? Why group writers in literary periods? What effect does a work’s genre or mode have on a reader? In this course, some works, sharing a thematic concern with innocence and experience, facilitate the examination of those questions. These works may include William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience, Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle, and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.

207  New Immigrant Voices                                                             K. Page

What does is mean to say "America is a nation of immigrants?"  As a literary form, the American immigrant narrative describes the process of migration.  Americanization and (un) settlement.  Reading narratives of twentieth century American immigration, in this course we will pay particular attention to how race, gender, class and sexuality as well as the changing character of American cities shape the immigrant experience.  In addition, we will explore the following questions:  Is ethnicity in opposition to Americanness?  How is identity transformed by migration?  How and why is home remembered?  How is coming of age paralleled with migration?   What narrative strategies are deployed?  Finally, what are the constitutive tropes of American immigrant fiction?

208  Introduction to Literary Study:  Sex and the City          A. Feinstein

An introductory course using the relationship between modern literature and the cultural and historical context of the modern city as a jumping off point for considering the problems, practices, and possibilities of literary study.  The course undertakes close reading of modern texts to discover how urban settings influenced understandings of identity and human relationships--particularly gender roles and relationships between men, between women, and between men and women--and what impact the newly-found anonymity and populousness of the urban center had on sexual behaviors and sexual identity.  It also addresses ways that the city provided new forms and content for both modern identities and modern narratives.  Writers may include Djuna Barnes, E. M. Forster, James Joyce, Jean Rhys, Gertrude Stein, Robert Louis Stevenson, Oscar Wilde,  and Virginia Woolf, contextualized by a variety of critical and historical works from the fin-de-siecle era and our own.

209 American Texts and Contexts: Visions and Revisions of the Antebellum South            L. Johnson

An introduction to literary study exploring the relations among texts and various contexts, both historical and critical. Addressing questions about why, what, and how people read in the discipline of English, this course focuses on five texts representing the antebellum South: The Narrative of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, and William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom!

Introductory Courses:
Literary Forms and Genres

211 Tragedy and the Tragic Vision                                                                    S. Cerasano

Man’s creation — and continual re-creation —
of the Western tragic vision as expressed in the drama. Readings, ranging from classical texts to the present-day comic tragedians, explore theories and definitions of tragedy. Topics for discussion include the tragedy of history, enlightenment, manners, family, society, diplomacy, and the psychology and aesthetics of the tragic. This course is open to sophomores and first-year students only. Students with credit for ENGL 266  may not receive credit for
ENGL 211.

213 Literary Genres: Autobiography                                                                Staff

An introduction to literary analysis through an examination of a particular genre or kind of writing. The focus of this course is on representative autobiographies from St. Augustine to the present with particular emphasis on narrative structure. Readings include autobiographies of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas DeQuincey, John Stuart Mill, Frederick Douglass, Robert Graves, Sylvia Plath.

215 Introduction to Poetry                                                                            G. Hudson

An introduction to the reading and criticism of poetry emphasizing an understanding of the means by which poetry communicates. The course includes discussions of language, rhythm, sound, form, voice, etc., and extensive readings of poetry written in English, with comparison of poems from other traditions and parallel readings in critical texts.

217 Introductory Workshop in Creative Writing                    P. Balakian, J. Brice

An introduction to the writing and reading of fiction, non-fictional prose, or poetry. In a given term, the emphasis is determined by the instructor. This course is open to sophomores and first-year students only.


Introductory Courses:
Surveys of Literature in English

241 British Literature I                                                            Staff

A survey of authors, texts, and genres in British literature from medieval times through the eighteenth century. Sophomores and first-year students only; juniors and seniors by permission of the chair.

242 British Literature II                                                        Staff

A survey of authors, texts, and genres in British literature from the eighteenth century through 1945. Sophomores and first-year students only; juniors and seniors by permission of the chair.

243 American Literature I                                                Staff

A survey of authors, texts, and genres in American literature from the early colonial period to the Civil War, with attention to important historical developments. Sophomores and first-year students only; juniors and seniors by permission of the chair.

244 American Literature II                                            Staff

The development of U.S. literature from the close of the Civil War through the Gilded Age, Progressivism, the Jazz Age, and the Great Depression, examining works of fiction, prose non-fiction, and poetry as literary art and also in the context of the movements of the times: Realism, Regionalism, Naturalism, and Modernism.

Introductory Theater Courses

See below under "Course Offerings: Theater."

Advanced Courses

301 History of the English Language                                                                        M. Davies

A study of the historical development of the English language from the first written records of the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. The course is concerned both with the linguistic "laws" governing the development of English and with the political, economic, and cultural factors that have helped to determine the character of the language we speak today. Students engage in some close study of earlier forms of English. (Pre-1800 course.)

302 The Literature of the Early Middle Ages                                                        M. Davies

A study of early medieval literature, focusing mainly on the great tales and poems of the Germanic and Celtic traditions. Readings include such representative major works as Beowulf, the Irish Táin Bó Cuailnge, the Welsh Mabinogi, and selected Icelandic sagas. By approaching these texts both as literary works and as characteristic expressions of their respective cultures, the course works toward situating Old English literature in a broader European context. Texts are in translation, with some exposure to original languages for interested students. (Pre-1800 course.)

303 Self and Society in Late Medieval England                                                    L. Staley

A study of key texts of late medieval England in relation to changes in social, religious, and political institutions.  Readings include Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde, selections from William Langland's Pier's Plowman, and the Gawain-poet, as well as lesser-known works of the 14th and 15th centuries. (Open to juniors and seniors; sophomores by permission only.  (Pre-1800 course)

305 The Female Protagonist                                                                            C. Harsh, D. Knuth, S. Wider

A study of women’s roles in British and American fiction in the eighteenth, nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. (Post-1800 course.)

306 Writing and Society in the American Renaissance                                L. Johnson

A study of literary and non-literary texts in the context of American society from 1830 to 1860. Focusing on various reforms, especially abolition, utopianism, and women’s rights, the course explores the impact of such social movements as revealed in addresses, essays, poetry, and fiction. The material includes works by Frederick Douglass, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Fanny Fern, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Thoreau, and Walt Whitman. (Post-1800 course.)

307 The American Novel                                                                                    L. Johnson

A study of representative works by nineteenth- and twentieth-century American novelists. (Post-1800 course.)

308 Periods in British Literature                                                                            Staff

A detailed study of works chosen to illustrate the historical development of literature in Great Britain.  Taught in London.

309 Fiction                                                                                                                    Staff

A study of narrative fiction. Students should consult the department and registration material to learn what specific topic will be considered during a given term.

313 Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture                  D. Knuth

Works of John Dryden, John Milton, Mary Astell, Daniel Defoe, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Jonathan Swift, and Alexander Pope analyzed in light of their political, religious, and literary background. Figures from the cultural context of the period — Wren, Handel, Hogarth — are also studied. (Pre-1800 course.)

314 The Augustan Age                                                                                            D. Knuth

The rise and establishment of neo-classic sensibility in England (1660–1744) as it is formulated, idealized, and satirically defended in the prose and poetry of Dryden, Swift, Pepys, Defoe, Pope, and others. The accent falls on public self-consciousness and satire. . (Pre-1800 course.)

315 The Romantic Poets and Essayists                                                                E. Sun

A close examination of the work of two or three major figures in English literature of the early nineteenth century, with emphasis on their place in Romantic thought and art. (Post-1800 course.)

317 American Poetry                                                                                                P. Balakian

American poetry from the mid-nineteenth century to World War II. Poets studied include Whitman, Dickinson, Robinson, Jeffers, Frost, Moore, Williams, Eliot, Crane, Stevens, Cummings, and others. This course is offered in the fall term. (Post-1800 course.)

318 Contemporary American Poetry                                                                    P. Balakian

American poetry from World War II to the present. Poets studied include Plath, Bishop, Sexton, Lowell, Roethke, Berryman, Hugo, Ashbery, Levine, and others. This course is offered in the spring term. (Post-1800 course.)

321, 322 Shakespeare                                                                                S. Cerasano, D. Knuth, M. Maurer

Selected comedies, tragedies, and histories of Shakespeare, considered from a variety of critical, theatrical, historical, and textual perspectives, depending on the individual instructor’s interests. The fall (ENGL 321) and spring (ENGL 322) term courses include different plays; therefore, students may elect both 321 and 322, although only one of these courses may be counted toward the pre-1800 requirement for the English concentration. (Pre-1800 courses.)

325 Milton                                                                                                                    G. Hudson

A study of the works of Milton with emphasis on the early poems and the epic Paradise Lost. The course includes close reading of the texts and an examination of their relationship to the art and ideas of the period. (Pre-1800 course.)

330 Contemporary Poets in England and Ireland                                                P. Balakian

A study of British and Irish poets. (Post-1800 course.)

331 Modern British Literature                                                                                Staff

A study of British fiction, poetry, and drama of the twentieth century. (Post-1800 course.)

332 London Theater                                                                                            D. Pinner, M. Davies, D. Knuth

A study of the drama, both classic and modern, as it is represented in current London productions. This course is offered in London. (Post-1800 course.)

            333 African/Diaspora Women's Narrative                                                                K. Page

Using the concept of the African diaspora with its broad cultural, social, political and economic implications, this course examines narratives by African, African-American and Caribbean women writers.  Students explore how these texts represent women's experience cross-culturally.  How does the condition of each nation-state with its attendant hierarchy of race, ethnicity, class and gender shape the (dis)continuities in these texts?  Ultimately, they question whether these narratives can cohere under the rubric of African/diaspora women's literature.  (Post-1800 course.)

334 African American Literature                                                                            P. Richards

A study of works by and about black Americans. Short fiction, the novel, drama, poetry, and the essay are examined with an eye for determining the nature of the black American’s role, as writer and as subject, in the context of American literature as a whole. (Post-1800 course.)

335 Asian American Literature                                                                                Staff

A study of Asian American literature and its major themes. Works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by contemporary Asian American writers are studied and placed in the larger context of American literature. Texts include, among others, the works of Garrett Hongo, Gish Jen, Maxine Hong Kingston, Bharati Mukherjee, David Mura, and Amy Tan. (Post-1800 course.)

336  Native American Literature                                                                                S. Wider

A study of literature by First Nations peoples.  Works of fiction, nonfiction, drama and poetry are studied with emphasis on the combination of and oftentimes conflict between different expressive traditions.  Can an oral tradition become part of a written literature?  What is the function of "story" within different cultural traditions?  Writers include M. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Simon  Ortiz, Louise Erdrich, Linda Hogan, Luci Tapahonso, Irvin Morris, Esther Belin, and Craig Womack  (Post-1800 course).

337 African Literature                                                                                                Staff

African novels written in English. This course uses a number of outstanding novels by African authors to introduce students to African writing in English, the distinctive features of the novel as written by Africans, and to some of the problems relating to culture, politics, and society in African countries in the post-colonial period. (Post-1800 course.)

338 Contemporary Critical Theory                                                                        M. Coyle, E. Sun

A survey of important developments in the formation of literary criticism as a modern discipline. Topics may include Freudian, feminist, deconstructive, Marxist, semiotic, and historical approaches. (Post-1800 course.)

339 Modernism                                                                                                            M. Coyle

Selected British and American poets active between 1900 and 1950. Amidst all our discourse about the "postmodern," it becomes increasingly clear that there is no consensus about just what it is that we are "post." More recent versions of the "postmodern" argue that it is not a period but a mode — one coeval with Modernism itself. Modernity and postmodernity can thus be understood only in relation to one another. This course pursues that relation by focusing on poets like W.H. Auden, Sterling Brown, T.S. Eliot, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Mina Loy, Marianne Moore, Ezra Pound, Muriel Rukeyser, Wallace Stevens, Melvin Tolson, or William Carlos Williams. (Post-1800 course.)

343 Early American Literature                                                                            P. Richards, S. Wider

Poetry, sermons, essays, non-fiction prose, and some fiction of early seventeenth to early nineteenth century American literature. Close attention is paid to the origins and evolution of an American sensibility and the search for an American identity. Writers studied include William Bradford, Edward Taylor, Anne Bradstreet, Cotton Mather, Jonathan Edwards, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Woolman, Charles Brockden Brown, Philip Freneau, and William Cullen Bryant. (Pre-1800 course.)

346 The Victorian Poets and Essayists                                                                        E. Sun

A close examination of the work of two or three major figures in English literature of the Victorian period (1837–1901) with emphasis on their place in nineteenth-century thought and art. (Post-1800 course.)

349 Dramatic Encounters: Theater Through the Ages                                            Staff

See below under "Course Offerings: Theater."

350 Practicum                                                                                                                   Staff

See below under "Course Offerings: Theater."

352 Advanced Design                                                                                                    M. Kellogg

See below under "Course Offerings: Theater."

354 Advanced Acting/Basic Directing                                                                    J. Levy

See below under "Course Offerings: Theater."

355 Advanced Acting II, Alternatives to Realism                                                  J. Levy

See below under "Course Offerings: Theater."

356 Playwriting                                                                                                            J. Levy

See below under "Course Offerings: Theater."

357 Workshop in Children’s Theater II                                                            S. Bay-Cheng

See below under "Course Offerings: Theater."

359 Performance II: Voice and Stage Presence for Actors                            Staff

See below under "Course Offerings: Theater."

360 Living Writers                                                                                                Staff

An examination of how serious writing is achieved, primarily how manuscripts become books, and secondarily how books are reviewed and distributed. This course is offered in the fall and is open to juniors and seniors. (Post-1800 course.)

361 Chaucer                                                                                                        L. Staley

The social, political, and cultural background to Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. Open to juniors and seniors.  Sophomores by permission only.  (Pre-1800 course.)

363 Contemporary Fiction                                                                                Staff

A study of very recent short and long fiction by writers both renowned and slightly secret. (Post-1800 course.)

364 American Writers: Studies in Nonfiction                                              J. Brice

The development of nonfiction writing in contemporary American literature. This course focuses on the works of individual writers (James Agee, Truman Capote, Tom Wolfe, John McPhee, Joan Didion, Annie Dillard, among others). In addition to analysis of each writer’s style, consideration is also given to the larger cultural forces which have led to a flourishing of new nonfiction forms. (Post-1800 course.)

374 Nonfiction Prose I                                                                                       J. Brice

A workshop in the writing of creative nonfiction. The course includes practice in the formal and informal essay. Prerequisite: instructor’s approval on the basis of writing samples.

377 Writing Fiction I                                                                                           Staff

A workshop in the writing of prose fiction. The course includes study of other writers’ work, with group analysis of students’ work and individual conferences. A minimum of 75 pages of fiction is required by term’s end. Prerequisite: permission of instructor on the basis of writing samples.

378 Poetry Writing Workshop                                                                        P. Balakian

An advanced workshop in the writing of poetry; group analysis and criticism. Prerequisite: instructor’s approval on the basis of writing samples.

385 Literature of the Sixteenth Century                                                    M. Maurer

The writings of Wyatt, Sidney, Spenser, Ralegh, Marlowe, Shakespeare, and their contemporaries; includes works in prose, poetry, and drama. (Pre-1800 course.)

386 Literature in the Seventeenth Century                                                G. Hudson

The impact of Renaissance science and political and economic turmoil on English literature through the revolution of mid-century. The course includes works in prose, poetry, and drama of the "metaphysical" and "cavalier" schools: Donne, Jonson, Webster, Herbert, Herrick, Browne, Marvell, and their contemporaries. (Pre-1800 course.)

388 Survey of British Fiction I, ca. 1700–1870                                        C. Harsh, D. Knuth

A study of representative works, from the early novel through the Victorian period. Readings include novels by such writers as Defoe, Fielding, Austen, Brontë, Eliot, and Dickens. (Post-1800 course.)

389 Survey of British Fiction II, ca. 1870–1930                                    M. Coyle, A. Feinstein

A study of representative works, including Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles; Conrad, Lord Jim; Lawrence, Sons and Lovers; Woolf, To the Lighthouse. (Post-1800 course.)


402 Medieval Celtic Literature                                                                    M. Davies

An intensive study of selected texts from the medieval Welsh or Irish literary traditions. Readings span the period from the eighth to the fourteenth centuries and include such works as the tales of the Ulster Cycle, the Buile Shuibhne (Sweeney Astray), the Mabinogi, and the poetry of Dafydd ap Gwilym. The course considers these works as cultural and historical artifacts, and also explores their accessibility to more modern critical and theoretical approaches. (Pre-1800 course.)

405 The Brontës                                                                                            C. Harsh, J. Pinchin

A consideration of the major works of the Brontës — Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre and, Villette,  Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne Brontë’s Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. This seminar also examines Bronte biography, taking Elizabeth Gaskell's The Life of Charlotte Bronte as its point of departure.  Students will gain an understanding of the Brontes' literary and social contexts; they will also gain an appreciation of the powerful myth that has grown up around these three sisters.  (Post-1800 course.)

408 The Literature of Medieval Women                                                    L. Staley

A study of key texts from the 12th to the 15th centuries in which the authors attempt to articulate individual identity in relation to the medieval social codes and expectations that shaped their experience.  We will consider issues like love, gender, religious vocation, court and town life.   (Pre-1800 course.)

412 Jane Austen and the Rise of the Woman Novelist                            D. Knuth

A reconsideration of the history of the novel in the eighteenth century, using contemporary critical approaches to early women novelists. Jane Austen has held an unchallenged place in a great tradition of nineteenth-century authors, but has only recently been read in the context of her female predecessors. Reading Maria Edgeworth, Fanny Burney, and Charlotte Lennox gives the students in this course a new way to read Austen; reading among the many current critical theories about women as producers and consumers of fiction in the eighteenth century helps raise more general questions about the literary canon and how it has been formed. This course is open to juniors and seniors only. (Pre-1800 course.)

416 The Rise of the English Novel:   Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Stern        D. Knuth

A critical study of the origins and development of the eighteenth-century novel, Joseph Andrews, Robinson Crusoe, Clarissa, Tristram Shandy, etc., against the social background of the age. Concentrators are given preference in enrollment. (Pre-1800 course.)

418 Studies in American Literature                                                                        Staff

An advanced seminar in a topic — author, genre, or theme — in American literature.

420 Emerson and Thoreau                                                                            L. Johnson, S. Wider

A study of the two major figures of American Transcendentalism in their social, political, and religious context. The course focuses on the major writings of Emerson and Thoreau, with some attention to related works by their contemporaries. (Post-1800 course.)

421 The Whitman Tradition                                                                                  P. Balakian

The visionary sensibility in American poetry as it evolves from Walt Whitman. The following poets are studied: Whitman, Williams, Crane, Roethke. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (Post-1800 course.)

423 American Autobiography                                                                            L. Johnson

An examination of autobiographical writing in America, with special attention to the following issues: autobiography as a literary genre; the relation between "truth" and fiction in autobiography; the role of gender, race, and social status in the writing and reception of autobiographies; and the ways in which specific cultural situations have shaped both the conception and the representation of the "self" in writings from the colonial period through the twentieth century. (Post-1800 course.)

425 Dickens and His Time                                                                                Staff

A study of Dickens’ writings in their intellectual and social context and as major works of art. (Post-1800 course.)

427 Hardy                                                                                                            Staff

A study of the major fiction. (Post-1800 course.)

430 Joseph Conrad                                                                                           Staff

Major novels and tales, including representative sea narratives, political novels, and autobiographical fiction. Concentrators are given preference in enrollment. (Post-1800 course.)

433 West Indian Literature                                                                         K. Page

An introduction to the literature and culture of the English-speaking Caribbean. The topic varies from term to term. The course is of special relevance to students with Caribbean connections and to those interested in gender issues with cultural studies. (Post-1800 course.)

434 The Harlem Renaissance                                                                P. Richards

An examination of the Harlem Renaissance as a literary period extending from the end of World War I to the beginning of the 1930s. Works studied include the manifestos of cultural promoters such as W.E.B. DuBois and Alain Locke as well as the art of Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, Countee Cullen, Claude McKay, Nella Larsen, and Zora Neale Hurston. Attention is given not only to the literary innovations of these figures but to the social ethos of their work. (Post-1800 course.)

436 Johnson and His Circle                                                                    D. Knuth

Readings in Johnson, Boswell, Reynolds, Gibbon, and Burke; analysis of belles lettres — history, biography, travelogue, art and literary criticism, political and moral essays — as imaginative literature. (Pre-1800 course.)

437 Literature and Culture                                                                    M. Coyle

Seminal writings from the hundred-year period between Carlyle’s Sartor Resartus (1834) and Ezra Pound’s Guide to Kulchur (1938). The course considers how the notion of culture has informed our understanding of the nature and purpose of art and literature. One course in nineteenth-century British literature is recommended. (Post-1800 course.)

438 Special Topics in Contemporary Critical Theory                       M. Coyle, E. Sun

Topics in contemporary critical theory studied at an advanced level. (Post-1800 course.)

               441 James Joyce                                                                                    A. Feinstein

A study of several of the author's major works, including Ulysses.  Prior course work in Shakespeare, nineteenth- or twentieth-century narrative recommended.  (Post-1800 course.)

442 Virginia Woolf and E.M. Forster                                                    J. Pinchin

Novels, stories, and essays by the two major writers of the Bloomsbury Group. (Post-1800 course.)

443 Modernist Poetry                                                          P. Balakian, M. Coyle

An advanced seminar focused on the works of one or more of the important modernist poets, such as Crane, Eliot, H.D., Frost, Moore, Pound, Stein, Stevens, Williams, or Yeats. One course in nineteenth-century poetry is recommended. (Post-1800 course.)

447 Studies in the Nineteenth Century                                                E. Sun

An advanced seminar in a topic, author, genre, or theme in English literature, 1798–1901. (Post-1800 course.)

448 Studies in Nineteenth-Century Fiction                                        C. Harsh

An advanced seminar in a topic — author, genre, or theme — in nineteenth-century English fiction. Prior course work in nineteenth-century British literature is recommended but not required. (Post-1800 course.)

454 Advanced Directing                                                                         J. Levy

See below under "Course Offerings: Theater."

455 Theories of Acting, Directing, and Design                                S. Bay-Cheng

See below under "Course Offerings: Theater."

458 Shakespeare's Contemporaries                                                   S. Cerasano

English drama from the mid-sixteenth century to the closing of the theaters in 1642, including plays by Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton, Webster, and others of Shakespeare’s contemporaries.  (Pre-1800 course.)

460 Studies in the Middle Ages                                                            M. Davies, L. Staley

An advanced seminar in a topic — author, genre, or theme — in medieval English literature. (Pre-1800 course.)

461 Studies in the Renaissance                                                S. Cerasano, G. Hudson, M. Maurer

An advanced seminar in a topic — author, genre, or theme — in English literature, 1580–1660.  (Pre-1800 course.)

471 Major American Novelists                                                            Staff

An intensive study of the works of one or two writers, as announced. (Post-1800 course.)

472 Faulkner                                                                                        L. Johnson

A study of the major novels and selected short stories of William Faulkner. (Post-1800 course.)

473 Wharton and James                                                                    S. Wider

A study of the art of fiction as practiced by Edith Wharton and Henry James. Readings include their short stories, novels, and essays. Students study both the fiction they wrote and what they wrote about fiction. (Post-1800 course.)

477 Advanced Workshop                                                                P. Balakian, J. Brice

An advanced workshop in the writing of prose fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction which builds on work accomplished in earlier workshops. It includes study of other writers’ work, with group analysis of students’ work and individual conferences. In a given term, the emphasis of the course — prose, poetry, or creative nonfiction — is determined by the instructor. Prerequisite: permission of instructor on the basis of writing samples; one 300-level workshop preferred.

484 Evangelical Culture: The Puritan Tradition in American and African American Literatures from the Seventeenth to the Late Nineteenth Century                        P. Richards

A study of the patterns of the Puritan experience as they shaped the literary structure and provided the central themes of American and African American literature from the colonial period to the late nineteenth century. These patterns are established through an examination of social histories, biographies, and church histories. The literary evolution of these patterns is assessed in poetry, novels, slave narratives, and other texts. (Pre-1800 course.)

490 Special Studies for Honors Candidates                                Staff

Writing the honors essay. This course must be taken in addition to the eight courses required for concentration. See HONORS AND HIGH HONORS.

291, 391, 491 Independent Studies                                            Staff

Individually supervised studies for students of high ability. Prerequisite: approval of department chair.

503 Advanced Special Studies                                                    Staff

593 Special Projects for M.A.T. Students                                Staff

Course Offerings: Theater

250 Stagecraft                                                                                S. Wohlleber

A study of technical aspects of theater, including set and properties construction, scene painting, costumes, lights, and sound. Course requirements include 20 hours of backstage work on University Theater productions. This course is open to all students, with theater concentrators and minor concentrators given priority. Seniors are admitted by permission only. This course is offered every term.

252 Scenic Design                                                                         M. Kellogg

Elements of scenic design from initial concept to practical realization, including script analysis, the creation of a ground plan, elevations, renderings, and a model. Aspects of costume design are also covered. Course requirements include twelve hours of backstage work on University Theater productions. This course is offered every term.

253 Costume Design                                                                   M. Marrero

A study of the phases of costume design including script analysis, the investigation of character, period research, and appropriate techniques of painting, drawing, and collage. This course is offered in the spring term and includes designing for University Theater spring festival plays.  Seniors admitted by permission only.

254 Basic Acting                                                                        S. Bay-Cheng

Introduction to acting technique, improvisation, and ensemble work; a prerequisite for advanced acting. Course requirements include ten hours of backstage work on University Theater productions. This course is offered every term.

257 Workshop in Children’s Theater I                                S. Bay-Cheng

Creating a children’s theater piece — either based on something in the extant literature (book, story, fairy tale, myth) or on material arising from the students themselves (personal, familial, cultural). ENGL 257 is offered in the fall and is continued by ENGL 357, presentation and touring, the following spring term.

259 Performance I                                                                        J. Levy

Credit for performance in a University Theater production. This one-half credit course may be combined with any other half-credit course.

266 Introduction to Drama                                                    S. Cerasano, G. Hudson, M. Kellogg

A study of dramatic literature from Greek tragedy through Ibsen and Chekhov. This course is open to sophomores and first-year students only.  Students with credit for ENGL 211 may not receive credit for ENGL 266.

267 Twentieth-Century Plays                                                    Staff

Readings in American and European drama. This course is open to first-year students, sophomores, and juniors; seniors are admitted by permission of the instructor. Offered in the spring.

349 Dramatic Encounters: Theater Through the Ages        Staff

This course explores the practices, purposes, and audiences of theater through the ages. It covers major developments and theatrical innovations from the Greeks and Romans to the realistic drama and performance arts of today. In addition to the readings in theater history, students have the opportunity to examine firsthand accounts of actors, playwrights, critics, and theatergoers of the time.

350 Practicum                                                                            Staff

Concerted, directed work in a specific theatrical skill. Variable credit.

352 Advanced Design                                                            M. Kellogg

Advanced study of stage design, with additional emphasis on drawing, rendering and model-building as tools for collaborating with directors and other designers. This course is offered in the spring term and includes designing for University Theater spring festival plays. Prerequisites: ENGL 252 or permission of instructor.

354 Advanced Acting/Basic Directing                              J. Levy

Advanced acting technique, scene study, and script analysis. Required text: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams. Prerequisites: one course in acting, on-stage experience, or permission of instructor. This course is offered in the fall term.

355 Advanced Acting II, Alternatives to Realism            J. Levy

An exploration of the acting methods of a particular style, e.g., Brecht, verse drama, absurdism. Prerequisite: ENGL 354.

356 Playwriting                                                                    J. Levy

General principles of playwriting. The goal of the course is the creation by each student of a piece that can be presented as finished work: a one-act play or one act of a longer play. Specific critiques of the works in progress are given regularly, and students are expected to edit and rewrite on the basis of these critiques. This course is offered in the fall term, though not every year.

357 Workshop in Children’s Theater II                         S. Bay-Cheng

The continuation of ENGL 257, offered in the spring term.

359 Performance II: Voice and Stage Presence for Actors    Staff

Class instruction in the use of voice, including voice production, diction, projection, breathing techniques, accents, and regional speech, and in stage stance, entrances and exits, and audition technique. The technical instruction, though continuing throughout the course in the form of notes and supervisory observations, is mainly given in the first half of the semester. In the second half, the work is applied within a University Theater stage production; students in the course constitute the acting company and appear on stage in the University Theater spring festival. Course requirements include eight hours backstage work on University Theater productions. This course is offered in the spring term.

454 Advanced Directing                                                            J. Levy

Directing plays to be produced by the University Theater spring festival. The entire directorial process, from text analysis through performance, is covered under instructor’s supervision. Prerequisites: ENGL 354 and permission of the instructor. With approval of English department chair, ENGL 454 can satisfy the seminar requirement of the English concentration. This course is offered in the spring term.

455 Theories of Acting, Directing, and Design                S. Bay-Cheng

Advanced seminar exploring the acting, directing, and design concepts of a variety of important theoreticians: Stanislavsky, Brecht, Artaud, Strasberg, Grotowski, Clurman, and Craig, among others. Open to seniors and juniors only. One course in theater is preferred. With approval of English department chair, ENGL 455 can satisfy the seminar requirement of the English concentration. This course is offered in the spring term.