English

Amy Martin, Chair

Cynthia Meehan, Academic Department Coordinator


111 Shattuck Hall
413-538-2146
https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/english

Overview and Contact Information

English courses at Mount Holyoke offer students an opportunity to study texts and writers from the many cultural traditions that have shaped, and been shaped by, the English language. Our offerings range from Anglo-Saxon England through the twenty-first century and encompass multiple national, racial, and cultural identities. The department’s courses cultivate skills in close reading, critical thinking, and persuasive writing. For students interested in writing, a number of courses offer practical instruction in the techniques of fiction, poetry, and other literary genres, as well as journalism. The major helps prepare students for a wide range of careers, including teaching at all levels, law, business, and graduate study in literature and culture.

The department reflects in its offerings a balanced variety of historical and theoretical approaches to the study of language, literature, and culture. Many courses locate British and American literary texts within their historical contexts; many courses employ approaches drawn from gender studies, queer theory, and postcolonial theory. We regularly offer courses on African American, Asian American, and other ethnically defined American literatures, as well as on writings from Africa, Asia, the Pacific Rim, and Ireland. Some members of the department study visual culture in many different media, including film. The department expects its majors to study texts from a variety of historical periods and challenges students to respond to new questions about the theoretical relationships of literary and cultural forms and historical transformation.

See Also

Faculty

This area of study is administered by the Department of English:

Christopher Benfey, Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English, On Leave 2016-2017

Joanne Creighton, Five College Fortieth Professor of English; President Emeritus of the College

Corinne Demas, Professor of English

Amy Martin, Professor of English

Donald Weber, Lucia, Ruth and Elizabeth MacGregor Professor of English

Elizabeth Young, Carl M. and Elsie A. Small Professor of English

Nigel Alderman, Associate Professor of English

Iyko Day, Associate Professor of English

Kate Singer, Associate Professor of English, Teaching Fall Only

Wes Yu, Associate Professor of English

Kimberly Brown, Assistant Professor of English and Africana Studies

Amy Rodgers, Assistant Professor of English

Suparna Roychoudhury, Assistant Professor of English

Sally Sutherland, Senior Lecturer in English

Leah Glasser, Dean of Studies; Lecturer in English

Mark Shea, Coordinator of ESOL; Lecturer in English

Valerie Martin, Professor of English, Teaching Fall Only

Susannah Richards, Visiting Associate Professor in English

Catherine Manegold, Visiting Senior Lecturer in English

Andrea Lawlor, Visiting Lecturer in English

Katherine O'Callaghan, Visiting Lecturer in English

Requirements for the Major

A minimum of 36 credits:

ENGL-199Introduction to the Study of Literature 4
32 additional credits in English, which include:32
Two courses in literature written in English before 1700, at either the 200 or 300 level 1
One course in literature written in English between 1700 and 1900, at either the 200 or 300 level 1
Four courses at the 300 level, two of which must be taken at Mount Holyoke and one of which must be a designated seminar 2
Total Credits36
1

Course descriptions indicate which courses fulfill these historical requirements

2

Course descriptions indicate which courses fulfill the seminar requirement

Additional Specifications

  • First-Year Seminars do not count toward the completion of the English major.
  • ENGL-295 and ENGL-395 do not count toward the completion of the English major.
  • An English major offers the opportunity to study various texts written in English, both those in traditions of British and American literature as well as those from other parts of the world. A student of English should be acquainted with works from different historical periods and different national traditions and different genres—fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama.
  • This discipline consists of a variety of intellectual-interpretive approaches. Each major should take advantage of the department’s diverse offerings by thoughtfully devising her own path of study while becoming familiar with all genres. Core requirements encourage a modest acquaintance with writings and critical methodologies essential to a mastery of the field.
  • We also urge majors to explore the creative process by taking writing courses and to link the study of literature in English with the study of history, the arts, and other literatures. Courses in classical and modern languages and literatures, art history, music, dance, theater, film, politics, anthropology, psychology, philosophy, religion, history, and the sciences complement and supplement courses in English. “Nothing human is alien” (Terence) to an English major.

Requirements for the Minor

A minimum of 16 credits:

Two courses in English at the 200 level8
Two courses in English at the 300 level8
Total Credits16

Additional Specifications

  • At least one course at each level should be taken at Mount Holyoke.
  • The choice of courses is at the discretion of the student, with no departmental approval required. Members of the department are, of course, available for consultation about possible minor programs. The approval of the chair is necessary for any exception to the requirements.
  • ENGL-295 and ENGL-395 do not count toward the completion of the English minor.
  • First Year Seminars do not count toward the completion of the English minor.

Teacher Licensure

Students interested in pursuing licensure in the field of English can combine their course work in English with a minor in education.  In some instances course work in the major may coincide with course work required for licensure. For specific course requirements for licensure within the major of English, please consult the chair of the English Department. Further information about the minor in education and the Teacher Licensure program is available in other sections of the catalog, or consult Ms. Lawrence in the psychology and education department.

Licensure also requires a formal application as well as passing scores on the Massachusetts Test of Educator Licensure (MTEL) in both the literacy component and the subject matter component. Copies of the test objectives for the MTEL are available in the Department of English and in the Department of Psychology and Education.

Additional information about the Licensure Program, including application materials, can be found on the Teacher Licensure Program website.

Course Advice

Writing

The department offers two kinds of courses particularly intended for first-year students: many first-year seminars offered by English faculty under the FYSEM designation and Spring sections of ENGL-199, which second semester first years are welcome to take. The first-year seminars taught by English department faculty are writing-intensive seminars on various topics which strengthen a student’s proficiency and confidence as a writer.ENGL-199, also writing-intensive, is an introduction to literary studies and a required gateway to the major. Students who, in the fall, a writing-intensive first year seminar and who are considering a major in English ordinarily take ENGL-199 in the spring. First-year students interested in ENGL-201, require the permission of the instructor.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may elect ENGL-201 or courses such as Introduction to Journalism (ENGL-202), Short Story Writing I (ENGL-203), Verse Writing I (ENGL-204), Playwriting (ENGL-205), or Expository Prose (ENGL-206).

Course Offerings

ENGL-103 Academic Discourse and Multilingual Speakers

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

In this course we to seek to achieve clarity and precision of expression within a discussion of complex questions. Past semesters' topics include: the role of education in society; the relationship between religion, culture, and nature; and the use of maps in ordering the world. In addition to the academic content, the course focuses on the writing and revising process, academic research and argumentation, and the nature and purpose of academic discourse. This course is intended for students whose native language is not English and who would like to refine their writing and speaking skills. Although it is the first in a two-course sequence (103-104), multilingual students who have already taken English 104 may register.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
M. Shea

ENGL-104 Academic Discourse and Multilingual Speakers

Spring. Credits: 4

In this course we to seek to achieve clarity and precision of expression within a discussion of a complex topic. Course readings and writing assignments guide students through an examination of topics related to society and culture. Past semesters' topics include: the role of education in society; the relationship between religion, culture, and nature; and the use of maps in ordering the world. In addition to the academic content, the course focuses on the writing and revising process, academic research and argumentation, and the nature and purpose of academic discourse. This course is intended for students whose native language is not English and who would like to refine their writing and speaking skills.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
M. Shea

ENGL-199 Introduction to the Study of Literature

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

This course examines various strategies of literary representation through a variety of genres, including such traditional literary forms as the novel, lyric poetry, drama, and autobiography, as well as other cultural forms, such as film. Particular attention is given to student writing; students are expected to write a variety of short essays on selected topics. Though the themes of specific sections may vary, all sections seek to introduce students to the terminology of literary and cultural discourse. Please note that this course is a requirement for all English majors.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
N. Alderman, A. Martin, K. O'Callaghan, A. Rodgers, S. Roychoudhury, S. Sutherland, E. Young, W. Yu, The department
Prereq: Any first-year seminar.
Notes: English 199, required for the English major, introduces students to critical issues in the study of English literature. Students considering an English major will ordinarily take English 199 after taking a first year seminar.

ENGL-207 Topics in Science Writing

ENGL-248 Effective Public Speaking

Spring. Credits: 2

This course provides the opportunity to develop speaking skills in a range of academic and professional situations. Through speaking, revision, and reflection, students identify their strengths as speakers, evaluate their improvement, and develop strategies for formal and informal speaking contexts.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive
M. Shea
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Notes: Half semester course. This section is designed to consider the needs of multilingual and second language speakers, but it is open to upper-level students of any language background.

ENGL-276 Mapping Jewish American Generations

Spring. Credits: 4

This course sets canonical Jewish American literature in creative dialogue with contemporary Jewish American writers, filmmakers, and performance artists to explore how early twentieth-century figures (Abraham Cahan, Anzia Yezierska, and Henry Roth) continue to influence --inspire--a rising generation of authors. The key mediating figure in this generational dialogue is Philip Roth, whose work we will examine as well. Topics to be explored include "immigrant" writing then and now; the uses of nostalgia; genealogies of standup comedy and popular culture in general; the emergence of "hipster" Judaism and its various modes of expression (above all via websites).

Crosslisted as: JWST-276
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
D. Weber
Prereq: 4 credits in English, religion, Jewish studies, history, sociology, or film studies.

Writing Courses: Prose and Poetry

ENGL-201 Introduction to Creative Writing

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

This course offers practice in writing various kinds of narrative. Assignments emphasize clarity, concision, and creativity. Exercises lead to longer work: sketches or short stories. Students hone critical as well as writing skills. Student papers are duplicated and discussed in class, along with selected works by published authors.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
C. Demas, L. Glasser, A. Lawlor, V. Martin
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Advisory: Second-semester first-years with permission of instructor.

ENGL-202 Introduction to Journalism

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

The finest journalists are professors to the people. They educate citizens so as to facilitate reasoned, fact-based dialogue on subjects as diverse as politics, poverty, war, science, and the arts. We will look at journalism's role in the culture with a particular view to some of the profession's failings and foibles. Students are expected to leave the comfortable confines of the classroom as they try their hand at covering an event, writing a profile, and reporting on an issue of local significance. Throughout the term we will employ the journalistic skills of interviewing, research, and thoughtful analysis to produce snapshots of the world inside and outside the College gates. Curiosity leads. Mastery follows.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Community-Based Learning, Writing-Intensive
C. Manegold
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Advisory: Second-semester first-years with permission of instructor.

ENGL-203 Short Story Writing I

Fall. Credits: 4

This workshop will introduce students to the short story form as practiced by contemporary and canonical writers. Students will learn to read fiction actively, as writers developing their craft. We will focus on understanding the elements of fiction with an eye toward eventual mastery. Writing short stories will comprise the main work of this course, and students will work specifically on point of view, development of scenes, characterization, plot, and narration.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
V. Martin
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors

ENGL-204 Verse Writing I

Fall. Credits: 4

This course gives students practice in the basic elements of the poet's craft, emphasizing revision. It involves class criticism and conferences as well as collateral reading.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
A. Lawlor
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors

ENGL-206 Expository Prose

ENGL-206MA Expository Prose: 'Making the Argument'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Societies evolve through the exchange of information and ideas. This course explores that exchange as it occurs in contemporary opinion (or op-ed) pieces. Though we begin with Aristotle, most readings will come from the debates of our time. Our aim is to include divergent opinions on a wide array of subjects. Students will team up for close readings, exploring issues of evidence, structure and style. Extensive independent research and considerable rewriting required. This course is intended for students in all disciplines who seek mastery as prose stylists confronting the contentious issues of the day.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
C. Manegold

ENGL-208 Topics in Journalism

ENGL-300 Writing Historical Fiction

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Does historical fiction offer readers something history books cannot? What obligation does the writer of historical fiction have to the verifiable facts of the past? Is history a place we can visit, or is it a living force, defining the present? Isn't there a sense in which all fiction is historical fiction? In this course we'll consider these and other questions as we read and write historical fiction. We'll go out with our shovels and teaspoons to dig in the past, unearthing the psychological atmosphere, the gossip, the voices, and the important lies that will show us the way to breathe new life into the cold, dead facts of history.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
V. Martin
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: ENGL-203.
Advisory: Online application required
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-301 Studies in Journalism

ENGL-301JH Studies in Journalism: 'Journalism History and Ethics'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Can a story be accurate but false? Should reporters value protecting national security over telling the truth? Is it ethical to tell a lie if it allows access to important information? Journalists face difficult ethical dilemmas every day. But how do they know what to do? Are there rules? In this class we will study ethics in journalism from the time of the muckrakers to the rise of the blog.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
C. Manegold
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-301MW Studies in Journalism: 'Magazine Writing - Sequence I'

Spring. Credits: 4

Students in this class will produce original works at magazine length. Assignments will get them out of the classroom and into the world, exploring feature stories and local issues of importance. A student's mastery of her chosen topic will rest on personal observation, extensive interviews, and deep research. All pieces produced will go through multiple drafts. Readings are designed to shape classroom discussion and lend inspiration. These will include classics of the genre, as well as material from current issues of the in the New Yorker, Slate, Atlantic Monthly, Vanity Fair, the New York Times Sunday Magazine, and other publications.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Community-Based Learning, Writing-Intensive
C. Manegold
Prereq: Intro to Creative Writing or Narrative-Non Fiction.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-301MX Studies in Journalism: 'Magazine Writing - Sequence II'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course is designed for students committed to moving their writing to the next level. In this class we will read extensively from New Yorker, Slate, Vanity Fair, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and other mainstream publications as we study the impact and the techniques of the best magazine writing in America today. Students will produce their own magazine-length work on topics of their own choosing. These pieces will be distinguished by extensive reporting and research coupled with compelling and original prose.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
C. Manegold
Advisory: Intro to Journalism, Narrative Non-fiction, Magazine Sequence I or permission of the instructor
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-301NN Studies in Journalism: 'Narrative Nonfiction'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Exceptional works of nonfiction will guide us as we weigh the challenges of building energetic narratives out of small mountains of facts. Story development, research, structure, 'voice,' and the translation of specialized language into accessible prose will be our focus throughout. Students will read widely, dipping into the best work now in print; yet the core endeavor will be to produce two original works of nonfiction at magazine length. Workshops, peer-edits and individual meetings will help students move toward powerful writing aimed to shape--and perhaps even reshape--readers' understanding of a corner of the world.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
C. Manegold
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Prereq: ENGL-202.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-301SC Studies in Journalism: 'Science Writing'

Fall. Credits: 4

This class is designed to immerse students in some of the most extraordinary science writing published today. Drawing from magazines, the web, and longer works such as 'Five Days at Memorial,' 'Tom's River' and 'The Sixth Extinction,' we will closely examine how writers bring complex scientific material to life for the general reader. Students will be coached through a series of writing challenges culminating in the production of one magazine-length work. Throughout, we will focus on clarity of expression, felicity of style, the delivery of complex facts and concepts in accessible language, and the building of narrative.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
C. Manegold
Instructor permission required.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-302 Nonfiction Writing

ENGL-303 Short Story Writing II

Spring. Credits: 4

This workshop is for students seriously engaged in writing short stories. Students will refine their technical skills and work on the subtleties of style. Extensive readings are required.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
C. Demas
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Instructor permission required.
Prereq: 8 credits in department beyond ENGL-101, including ENGL-203 or equivalent, submitted writing sample, and permission of instructor.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-304 Verse Writing II

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

In this workshop students will generate new poems, working in both free verse and traditional forms. Emphasis will be given to honing elements of craft, to developing one's 'voice,' and to the all-important process of revision. Readings will include books by contemporary poets, with workshops devoted to critiquing student work and discussing the poems of established writers.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
R. Shaw
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: ENGL-204 and 4 additional credits from English above 101.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-305 Writing Literature for Children

Spring. Credits: 4

A workshop focusing on writing for children at different age levels. Students will work on a variety of projects in fiction and nonfiction, and experiment with different styles, forms, and approaches. Weekly writing and editing assignments and selected readings of children's literature are required. The course includes guest lectures (which are open to the campus) and field trips.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
C. Demas
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Instructor permission required.
Prereq: 8 credits in department including ENGL-201, ENGL-204, or ENGL-265, and permission of instructor. Creative writing sample must be submitted to instructor during advising week.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

Intermediate Literature Courses

ENGL-207MG Topics in Science Writing: 'Imagining Illness'

Spring. Credits: 4

An exploration of the ways writers from a range of time periods and cultures represent--directly or metaphorically--illness and disease, diagnosis and treatment, suffering and healing. The course considers, as do growing numbers of medical educators and health professionals, the relations between interpretative skills and clinical practice, especially in attending to the stories both patients and texts try to tell. Readings will be selected from works by Berger, Edson, Fadiman, Grealy, Kafka, Lahiri, Lessing, Mann, McEwan, O'Neill, Saramago, Sontag, Sophocles, Williams, and Woolf.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
S. Sutherland

ENGL-210 The Development of Literature in English: Medieval through Commonwealth

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

A narrative of English literary history from the Old English period to the Restoration of the monarchy (700-1660), paying attention to works, authors, and genres, and to changes of language and culture. Readings include Beowulf, selections from The Canterbury Tales, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a Shakespeare play, and selections from such authors as Julian of Norwich, Sir Thomas Wyatt, Edmund Spenser, Sir Philip Sidney, John Donne, Andrew Marvell, and John Milton.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
S. Sutherland
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Notes: meets English department pre-1700 requirement

ENGL-211 Shakespeare

Fall and Spring. Credits: 4

A study of some of Shakespeare's plays emphasizing the poetic and dramatic aspects of his art, with attention to the historical context and close, careful reading of the language. Eight or nine plays.

Crosslisted as: THEAT-281
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
A. Rodgers
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Notes: meets English department pre-1700 requirement

ENGL-212 English Renaissance Poetry

Spring. Credits: 4

An introduction to the literary period known as the English Renaissance. Through short lyric poems and some narrative verse, we will explore the era that saw the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, the Reformation of the Catholic church, the Scientific Revolution, and the exploration of the Americas. Reading an array of poets, we will immerse ourselves in the early modern world by exploring its representations of beauty, power, love, faith, art, and knowledge. Our emphasis will be on close reading, with a view to understanding form and appreciating excellence.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
S. Roychoudhury
Prereq: ENGL-199 or ENGL-200.
Notes: Intended as an alternative to English 211; meets English department pre-1700 requirement

ENGL-213 The Literature of the Later Middle Ages

Fall. Credits: 4

This course will examine a variety of English works and genres written in the thirteenth through fifteenth centuries. Our concentration will be principally on the Gawain-poet, Chaucer, Langland, Margery Kempe, and Lydgate. Most of our readings are in Middle English.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
W. Yu
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Prereq: ENGL-199 or ENGL-200.
Notes: meets English department pre-1700 requirement

ENGL-214 Topics in Medieval Studies

ENGL-214CM Topics in Medieval Studies: 'The Curious Middle Ages'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

While influenced by Augustine's warning that worldly inquiry could endanger the pilgrimage of the soul, medieval literature contains many instances of curious looking. Exploring the medieval desire to know, this course considers how the period's tendencies toward spiritual and metaphysical thought are balanced against its fascinations with the observable world. We will study the ways allegories, travel narratives, romances, and dream visions intersect with natural philosophy, historiography, cartography, and architecture. Literary analysis is the basis for our investigative work to uncover the epistemological impulses that inform medieval art and literature.

Crosslisted as: MEDST-217CM
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
W. Yu
Prereq: A first-year seminar.
Advisory: English 210, English 213, History 115, or History 232 recommended.
Notes: meets English department pre-1700 requirement

ENGL-214LR Topics in Medieval Studies: 'Love and Reason in Medieval Romance'

Spring. Credits: 4

Arthurian legend conjures enduring stereotypes of chivalry and romantic love, but how do we go about situating medieval romance in literary history? Where does it come from, why was it written, who read it, and how did it change over time? In this course, students will learn about romance's historical and social contexts, its form, tropes, and imagery. We will think about romance's contemplation of justice, loyalty, subjectivity, love, and shame, especially as this body of literature grapples with the conflicts that arise between the mortal and divine. Course readings will include works by Marie de France, Chrétien de Troyes, Chaucer, Lydgate, and Spenser. We will read in Middle English where possible.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
W. Yu
Advisory: ENGL-210, ENGL-213, or MEDST-217 recommended.
Notes: meets English department pre-1700 requirement

ENGL-215 Early Chaucer

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

We will examine Chaucer's explorations of love, human will, and various conceptions of closure (in literary terms, the efficacy of complaint, the work of poetic endings, and the poet's accomplishments). These topics will be studied in light of Chaucer's ranging literary influences, especially his assimilation and renovation of classical poetry, French and Italian vernacular verse, romance, saints' lives, allegory, and beast fables. All readings are in Middle English, consisting of a selection of Chaucer's short poems and his major works prior to The Canterbury Tales.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
W. Yu
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Instructor permission required.
Notes: meets English department pre-1700 requirement

ENGL-217 Topics in English

ENGL-217BF Topics in English: 'British and Irish Fiction 1900-1945'

Spring. Credits: 4

This course examines fiction by some of the key British and Irish writers from the first half of the twentieth century (1900-1945). We will be interested in the ways in which the form and content of the novel and the short story have been impacted by changes in social and cultural contexts. The course will cover topics such as the end of empire and the pervasive influence of music on modernist writers. The reading list will include works by James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, Katherine Mansfield and Elizabeth Bowen.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
K. O'Callaghan
Prereq: ENGL-199 or ENGL-200.

ENGL-217GE Topics in English: 'Global English: Its Written and Spoken Forms'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

What is the relationship between language and social and political power? This course is an interdisciplinary study of the global role of the English language. Migration, education, and identity are major themes of the course, and we look at how linguists, policy-makers, and individuals grapple with these complex topics. This course also focuses on students' development of their written and spoken communication skills and is open to students in all disciplines. Our approach to writing and speaking may be particularly effective for students who do not identify as native speakers of English.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
M. Shea

ENGL-217SC Topics in English: 'Stage to Screen'

Spring. Credits: 4

A study of ten to twelve plays and their film adaptations. Plays are drawn from a range of periods and genres, and films are chosen to show the scope of adaptive approaches from filmed play to radical re-imaging. The course will include readings on the theory and history of theatre-to-film adaptations. Playwrights will likely include Christopher Marlowe, Oscar Wilde, Tennessee Williams, Eugene O'Neill, Lorraine Hansberry, Edward Albee, Harold Pinter, David Mamet, and David Henry Hwang.

Crosslisted as: FLMST-220SC; THEAT-234ST
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
S. Sutherland
Prereq: 4 credits in English, Film Studies, or Theatre Arts.

ENGL-218 Topics in English

ENGL-218LT Topics in English: 'Introduction to Latina/o Literatures'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

We will explore a number of readings across different genres (the novel, play, poem, short story, graphic novel). Students will endeavor to understand how each author defines Latinidad. What characterizes Latina/os for each of these writers and how do their works articulate the historical conditions out of which they emerge? How is Latina/o literature marked by notions of language, nationality, gender, sexuality, class, race, politics, form, and genre? The readings will provide both a survey of general ideas in the study of Latina/o literatures as well as specific case studies and historical examples. The reading list is not meant to be comprehensive but to provide a sampling of texts.

Crosslisted as: LATST-212, GNDST-204LT
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
J. Hernández

ENGL-219 Topics in English

ENGL-219QT Topics in English: 'Queer and Trans Writing'

Spring. Credits: 4

What do we mean when we say "queer writing" or "trans writing"? Are we talking about writing by queer and/or trans authors? Writing about queer or trans practices, identities, experience? Writing that subverts conventional forms? All of the above? In this course, we will engage these questions not theoretically but through praxis. We will read fiction, poetry, comics, creative nonfiction, and hybrid forms. Expect to encounter work that challenges you in terms of form and content. Some writers we may read include Ryka Aoki, James Baldwin, Tom Cho, Samuel R. Delany, kari edwards, Elisha Lim, Audre Lorde, Cherríe Moraga, Eileen Myles, and David Wojnarowicz.

Crosslisted as: GNDST-204QT
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
A. Lawlor
Prereq: ENGL-201 and 4 credits in Gender Studies.

ENGL-220 Introduction to British Literary and Cultural Studies since 1660

This course offers a broad study of selected figures in modern literary and intellectual history and helps prepare students for more advanced classes in British and/or postcolonial studies. We will use these figures to probe the dynamic relationship between imaginative practice and social change, which may involve global as well as national contexts. This course will introduce students to writing sustained pieces of critical analysis, challenging them to explore the theoretical relationship between literary form and historical transformation in the modern period.

ENGL-223 United Colors of Neoliberal America

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

What can Brown do for you? This question captures a central theme of this course: how a word like "Brown" evolved from a 1970s signifier of antiracist coalition building into a motto of the United Parcel Service (UPS), selling speed, efficiency, and access to networks of the global economy. Using interdisciplinary methods, we will explore the way multicultural imagery, Civil Rights discourse, and state policy have converged in the service of global capitalism. Focusing on fiction (egs. Octavia Butler, Karen Yamashita), film (egs. Crash, Sleep Dealers) and secondary sources, we will examine the impact of neoliberal multiculturalism and how cultural producers amplify and challenge its logics.

Crosslisted as: CST-223
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive
I. Day

ENGL-231 British Romanticism: Revolution and Reaction

Fall. Credits: 4

This class will examine the ways Romantic-era writers figured revolution and the reaction against it, in the wake of the French Revolution's spectacular but failed promises of liberty, fraternity, and equality for all. We will pay special attention to how British writers envisioned their own versions of freedom and equality, extending them to women, slaves, and the poor. Likewise we will explore how this project for social change was necessarily related to revolutions in language and aesthetics. Authors may include Burke, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Smith, Barbauld, Blake, Austen, Keats, Percy and Mary Shelley, Byron, and Hemans.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
K. Singer
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Notes: meets English department 1700-1900 requirement

ENGL-234 American Drama, 1787 to present

Fall. Credits: 4

This course offers a broad survey of American drama in the context of performance traditions such as minstrelsy, melodrama, realism, the Broadway musical, and the avant-garde. We read works that challenge and expand concepts of national identity and their connection to discourses of race, class, ethnicity, and gender. How do the characters and landscapes of these plays reflect historical events and theatrical inventions? What do they tell us about what it means to be an "American," and how have our answers changed over time? Playwrights will include Tyler, Baker, Aiken, Brown, Boucicault, O'Neill, Stein, Hurston, Treadwell, Wilder, Williams, Miller, Shepard, Kennedy, Wilson, Mamet, Hwang, Kushner, Parks, Ruhl, and Jacobs-Jenkins.

Crosslisted as: Theatre Arts 234AD
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
A. Holder

ENGL-235 Modern British Poetry

Fall. Credits: 4

This introduction to modern British poetry pays special attention to the emergence, consolidation, and dismantling of modernist poetry and poetics. It will link this literary history with, amongst other things, the loss of faith, the two world wars, and the relationship between monumental aesthetics, utopian poetics, and totalitarian politics. Writers will include Hardy, Yeats, Eliot, H.D., and Auden.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
N. Alderman
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors

ENGL-238 Modern Irish Literature

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course will introduce students to the literature of modern Ireland beginning with Swift, moving through the nineteenth century, examining the Irish Literary Revival and Irish modernism, and finally contemporary drama, poetry, and fiction. We will focus on Irish women writers and their literary interventions concerning colonial history, nationalism, and Unionism. We will pay particular attention to representations of Irishness, the relationship between literature and national history, and questions of violence and representation. The course will explore how the genres, styles, and forms of Irish writing are determined by the experience of colonial trauma and the imperative to imagine national identity.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
A. Martin
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Prereq: ENGL-199 or ENGL-200.

ENGL-239 Novels of the Later Eighteenth Century

ENGL-239CB Novels of the Later Eighteenth Century: 'Contemporary British and Irish Poetry'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

An introduction to the most important poetic figures, movements, and backgrounds in contemporary British and Irish poetry, with an especial interest in poetry as a contested domain in which, and through which, poets wrestle new social content into poetic form. Poets may include Philip Larkin, Geoffrey Hill, Seamus Heaney, Denise Riley, Paul Muldoon, Grace Nichols, and Carol Ann Duffy.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
N. Alderman
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Prereq: ENGL-199 or ENGL-200.

ENGL-239WH Novels of the Later Eighteenth Century: 'Worthy Hearts and Saucy Wits'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Eighteenth-century England witnessed the birth of the novel, a genre that in its formative years was both lauded for its originality and condemned as intellectually and morally dangerous, especially for young women. We will trace the numerous prose genres that influenced early novelists, including conduct manuals, epistolary writing, conversion narratives, travelogues, romance, and the gothic. In doing so, we will concomitantly examine the novel's immense formal experimentation alongside debates about developing notions of gender and class as well as the feeling, thinking individual. Authors may include Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Walpole, Burney, and others.

Crosslisted as: GNDST-204WH
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
K. Singer
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Notes: meets English department 1700-1900 requirement

ENGL-240 American Literature I

Fall. Credits: 4

A survey of American literature from the literature of exploration through the major authors of the mid-nineteenth century, with special attention to the formation of an American literary tradition, along with the political, social, and religious context that helped shape the imaginative response of American writers to their culture.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
D. Weber
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Notes: meets English department 1700-1900 requirement

ENGL-241 American Literature II

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

A continuation of English 240, which explores the diversity of writers and literary forms that arose in U.S. society in the period from the Civil War to World War I. Authors may include Alcott, Chopin, Crane, Dreiser, Dunbar, Dunbar-Nelson, DuBois, Sui-Sin Far, Gilman, Harper, James, Jewett, Stein, Twain, Wharton, and Whitman. Will address the development of realism, naturalism, and modernism; will explore literary redefinitions of race, gender, sexuality and class as shaped by social pressures during this era.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
E. Young
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Notes: meets English department 1700-1900 requirement

ENGL-242 Topics in American Literature

ENGL-243 American Gothic

Fall. Credits: 4

An examination of the gothic--a world of fear, haunting, claustrophobia, paranoia, and monstrosity--in American literature and culture, with an emphasis upon issues of race and gender. Topics include slavery and the gothic; gothic sexuality; Southern, Northern, and national gothic; freakishness and grotesquerie; and visual gothic. Focus on fiction, with some film and photography. Authors, filmmakers, and artists may include Alcott, Arbus, Browning, Crane, Dunbar, Dunn, Elmer, Faulkner, Gilman, Hitchcock, Kubrick, McCullers, Morrison, O'Connor, Oates, Parks, Poe, Romero, Turner, and Wood.

Crosslisted as: FLMST-220AG
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
E. Young
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors

ENGL-251 Contemporary African American Literature II

Spring. Credits: 4

This course will examine African American literature and culture in the postwar period as American identities are coalescing around the concept of the US as a world power. Specifically, our task during the semester will be to discuss the myriad ways black authors and artists attempt to interrogate the structure of racial hegemony by creating poetry and prose meant to expand notions of culture and form. We will also examine music, visual art, and advertisements from this era to have a greater sense of the black experience through various cultural representations. Writers will include James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ralph Ellison, Michael S. Harper and bell hooks.

Crosslisted as: AFCNA-251
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
K. Brown

ENGL-256 Transnational Literature

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Surveys the growing body of literature termed 'transnational,' with special focus on the theme of memory. How is culture defined by how we remember? What separates private and public histories? What role does temporality play in narratives extending across geographic regions? Reading novels, memoirs, short stories, and poems from the last half-century, we will consider themes of nostalgia, trauma, cognition, repression, archaeology, and myth in the contexts of colonialism, cosmopolitanism, migration, and diaspora. Authors include Nabokov, Rushdie, Ishiguro, and Ondaatje, among others.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
S. Roychoudhury
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors

ENGL-265 Children's and Young Adult Literature

Instructor permission required.

ENGL-265CL Children's and Young Adult Literature: 'A View from Childhood to the World'

Fall. Credits: 4

This course provides an overview of the field of history of American Literature for youth with an emphasis on literature from the 1960s to the current day. Students will read diverse literature from multiple genres and engage in thoughtful analysis of the literature as it reflects the historical, cultural, psychological and sociological nature of American society past, present, or future.

Applies to requirement(s): Meets No Distribution Requirement
S. Richards
Prereq: 8 credits from English beyond the 100 level.

ENGL-271 Twentieth-Century American Women Writers

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course examines the work of a variety of twentieth-century women writers located in the United States, focusing on the genre of prose fiction and the themes of gender, race, and sexuality. Particular attention will be paid to developments in African American women's writing, to Southern writers, and lesbian literary representation. Writers may include Gwendolyn Brooks, Willa Cather, Kate Chopin, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Carson McCullers, Flannery O'Connor, Gertrude Stein, Alice Walker, Edith Wharton, and Hisaye Yamamoto.

Crosslisted as: GNDST-204AW
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
E. Young
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Notes: enrollment may be limited

ENGL-274 Introduction to Asian American Literature

Fall. Credits: 4

This course introduces students to Asian American literature, considering its historical origins and evolution. Throughout the course we explore questions of identity, immigration and citizenship, generational conflict, war and migration, and mixed and cross-racial politics. Readings of primary texts will be supplemented by historical and critical source materials. Authors may include Nina Revoyr, Ruth Ozeki, Nam Le, Chang-rae Lee, Aimee Phan, Susan Choy, and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
I. Day

ENGL-280 Literary and Cultural Theory

Spring. Credits: 4

An introduction to literary and cultural theory with an emphasis on twentieth century and contemporary thought. We will explore crucial questions that have focused, and continue to focus, critical debate. These questions may include representation, subjectivity, ideology, identity, difference, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and nation. Throughout we will be particularly interested in the ways in which language and form mediate and construct social experience.

Crosslisted as: CST-280
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
A. Rodgers
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors

ENGL-283 Graphic Narrative

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course will examine form and theme in the graphic narrative. Focusing on a small group of contemporary memoirs and novels, we will also analyze some antecedents, such as the early twentieth-century 'wordless novel'; relevant works in other media, such as documentary film; and selected secondary criticism. Topics will include: relations between word and image; constructions of time, space, and sequence; representations of gender and sexuality; depictions of memory, archive, and history. Authors, filmmakers, and critics may include Barry, Bechdel, Chute, Eisner, McCloud, Pekar, Satrapi, Spiegelman, Ward, and Ware.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
E. Young
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors

ENGL-284 Adaptation From Page to Screen

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

The Oxford English Dictionary lists as its primary definition for 'adaptation': 'the bringing of two things together so as to effect a change in the nature of the objects.' This course considers the complex relationship between a source and its retellings, including the way in which such retellings permanently alter the source material and how each incarnation of a given narrative offers us a window of insight into a particular historical moment. Readings/films will include Macbeth, Frankenstein, The Silence of the Lambs, and No Country for Old Men.

Crosslisted as: FLMST-220PS
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
A. Rodgers
Prereq: ENGL-199/ENGL-200 or FLMST-201.

ENGL-286 Sexuality and Women's Writing

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

An examination of how U.S. women writers in the twentieth and twenty-first century represent sexuality in prose. Topics to include: lesbian, queer, homoerotic, and transgender possibilities; literary strategies for encoding sexuality, including modernist experiment and uses of genre; thematic interdependencies between sexuality and race; historical contexts, including the 'inversion' model of homosexuality and the Stonewall rebellion. Authors studied may include Barnes, Bechdel, Cather, Chopin, Feinberg, Highsmith, Jackson, Larsen, McCullers, Moraga, Nestle, Stein, and Truong; supplemental critical readings may include Butler, Lorde, Rich, and Sedgwick.

Crosslisted as: GNDST-204SW
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
E. Young
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors

Advanced Literature Courses

Prerequisites for Advanced Courses

The stated prerequisites for 300-level courses are junior and senior standing and 8 credits of work in English beyond a first-year seminar, often including a specified course such as ENGL-199, ENGL-210, or ENGL-240. A sophomore who has completed the specified 8 credits may enroll with prior permission of the instructor. Any student without the prerequisites should consult the instructor.

Seminars and Courses on Special Topics

These courses offer advanced study of literature in English. Reading texts from different periods and genres, seminars aim for depth and specific focus and require of every student both original work and partial responsibility for leading class discussions.

Each year the department offers various upper-level seminars and special topics courses. Enrollment in these seminars and courses is restricted (15 to 20 in seminars; 30 or fewer in courses). Interested students should pay particular attention to the prerequisites; preference for admission is usually given to seniors.

ENGL-308 Contemporary Women's Short Fiction

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

In this course we will read and discuss short stories written by living masters of the form. We will not speculate about the meaning of the work or the author's intent, rather we will read as writers, noting and comparing each author's decisions about voice, diction, syntax, image, metaphor, and tone that, within the narrow confines of this challenging form, bring a world into being. In addition students will undertake various exercises culminating in a short story of their own. Class presentations, short papers, and original fiction constitute the graded material for this course. Authors will include Margaret Atwood, Andrea Barrett, Sabina Murray, Andrea Lee and Jhumpa Lahiri.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
V. Martin
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits from the department.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-311 Chaucer: Stories & Storytellers

ENGL-311CT Chaucer: 'The Canterbury Tales'

Fall. Credits: 4

Known as a storyteller par excellence, Chaucer was also a famous reader of classical epic, romance, and philosophy. This research seminar will give students the opportunity to read the Canterbury Tales in light of the work's cultural, historical, and literary contexts. Throughout the semester, students will engage with Chaucer's tales and his favorite sources to examine and discuss his representations of gender and class, his perspectives on religious authority, his use of the English vernacular, and his commitment to poetry.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
W. Yu
Prereq: ENGL-199 or ENGL-200.
Advisory: English 210 or 213 recommended
Notes: meets English department pre-1700 requirement; meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-312 Shakespeare

ENGL-312SF Shakespeare: 'Shakespeare and Film'

Fall. Credits: 4

We will read plays by Shakespeare, watch films based on those plays, and study the plays, the films, and the plays-as-films. 'Shakespeare' comes first, of course, both historically and as the source/inspiration for the films. Yet each film has its own existence, to be understood not just as an 'adaptation,' but also as the product of linked artistic, technical, and economic choices. Considering Shakespeare's plays as pre-texts (rather than pre-scriptions), we will look at early and recent films, both those that follow closely conventionalized conceptualizations of 'Shakespeare,' and those that tend to erase or emend their Shakespearean sources.

Crosslisted as: FLMST-380SF
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
A. Rodgers
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits from English beyond the 100 level, including ENGL-211.
Notes: Note: this section does not meet the English department pre-1700 requirement; does not meet the English department seminar requirement

ENGL-317 Studies in Renaissance Literature

ENGL-317MD Studies in Renaissance Literature: 'Early Modern Drama'

Spring. Credits: 4

All the world's a stage." This course surveys the era of literary history that invented this powerful idea. The drama of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is obsessively self-conscious, bursting with disguises, confidence tricks, cross-dressers, masques, and plays-within-plays. Reading several playwrights, we will situate Shakespeare among his rivals and peers: Marlowe, Jonson, Webster, and others. More generally, we will explore early modern notions of performance and theatricality, considering how they were entwined in conceptions of desire, evil, gender, and politics.

Crosslisted as: THEAT-334EA
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
S. Roychoudhury
Prereq: ENGL-199/ENGL-200 and ENGL-210, ENGL-211, or ENGL-212.
Notes: meets English department pre-1700 requirement; meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-317MJ Studies in Renaissance Literature: 'Marlowe, Jonson, Middleton'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

A seminar on three major early modern dramatists--Christopher Marlowe, Ben Jonson, and Thomas Middleton--focusing on the range of genres, characters, conflicts, and aspirations explored in their plays. These playwrights, along with their contemporary Shakespeare, shaped the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century theatre into a site for performing authority and conquest, national and individual identity, trickery and carnival, desire and sexuality, and complex unfoldings of revenge. Readings of two or three plays by each of the three dramatists will be supplemented by recent studies of early modern theatricality.

Crosslisted as: THEAT-334MJ
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
S. Sutherland
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: ENGL-199 or ENGL-200 and ENGL-210 or ENGL-211.
Notes: meets English department pre-1700 requirement; meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-317TR Studies in Renaissance Literature: 'Trauma in the Premodern World'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

When told that his wife's madness cannot be cured, Macbeth asks: 'Canst thou not minister to a mind diseased?' Although the term 'trauma' was not used to describe a psychological state until the nineteenth century, Macbeth's query suggests that premodern subjects both understood and experienced the sorts of psychic injury the term denotes. This course will explore how trauma was discerned, expressed and represented in premodern European culture. Readings will include contemporary theoretical explorations of trauma, as well as works by Shakespeare, Marlowe, Aphra Behn, and Daniel Defoe.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
A. Rodgers
Prereq: ENGL-199 or ENGL-200 and ENGL-210 or ENGL-211.
Notes: meets English department pre-1700 requirement; meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-319 The Renaissance

ENGL-319SR The Renaissance: 'Literature and Science in the Renaissance'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course explores the interplay between literary art and scientific thinking in the period held as the dawn of modernity, in which the distinction between such as terms as 'art' and 'science' was anything but clear. Reading the works of prominent poets and dramatists (Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, Milton) alongside scientific and philosophical literature (Lucretius, Montaigne, Bacon, Burton) we will ponder the relation between aesthetic and empirical paths to truth. Topics will include the anatomical body, faculties of mind, illness and healing, matter and spirit, animals and plants, navigation, alchemy, and magic.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
S. Roychoudhury
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: ENGL-199 or ENGL-200 and ENGL-210 or ENGL-211.
Notes: meets English department pre-1700; meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-321 Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature

ENGL-321WD Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature: 'William Wordsworth and George Eliot'

Spring. Credits: 4

William Wordsworth and George Eliot grew up in a revolutionary age: the American Revolution, the French Revolution, the Haitian Revolution, wars of independence and of imperial conquest, and, behind it all, the social transformations arising from the industrial revolution. Both Wordsworth and Eliot wrestled with how to adapt their art to these new realities: he introduced dramatically new content into poetry and experimented with a startling variety of poetic forms; she transformed the various prose genres to construct a novelistic form able to represent the totality of British society. By so doing, they forged a revolution in literary forms with the emergence of the modern lyric and the realist novel.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
N. Alderman
Prereq: 8 credits from English.
Notes: meets the English department 1700-1900 requirement

ENGL-323 Gender and Class in the Victorian Novel

Fall. Credits: 4

This course will investigate how representations of gender and class serve as a structuring principle in the development of the genre of the Victorian novel in Britain. We will devote significant attention to the construction of Victorian femininity and masculinity in relation to class identity, marriage as a sexual contract, and the gendering of labor. The texts chosen for this course also reveal how gender and class are constructed in relation to other axes of identity in the period, such as race, sexuality, and national character. Novelists will include Dickens, Eliot, Gaskell, C. Bronte, and Hardy. Supplementary readings in literary criticism and theory.

Crosslisted as: GNDST-333SS
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
A. Martin
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits from English, including ENGL-220 or ENGL-230.
Notes: meets English department 1700-1900 requirement

ENGL-324 British Literature Since 1945

ENGL-325 Victorian Literature and Visual Culture

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course will examine literary texts that represent new forms of visuality in nineteenth-century Britain as well as examples of visual culture that provide a framework for reading Victorian culture in innovative ways. We will study nineteenth-century photography--portraiture, prison photography, imperial photographs, and private and popular erotic images--as well as novels and autobiographical writing that engage with new photographic technology and its transformation of the ways in which Victorians understood identity, politics, aesthetics, and representation. The course will take a similar approach to painting, literary illustration, political cartoons and caricature, and advertising.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
A. Martin
Prereq: ENGL-220 or ENGL-323 and at least 4 credits from art history or film studies.
Notes: meets English department 1700-1900 requirement; meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-327 Seminar in the Literature of the Romantic Period

ENGL-328 T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Modernism

Fall. Credits: 4

This course will chart the development of Modernism in poetry and prose by examining the careers of two of the most important writers in the first half of the twentieth-century: the poet, T. S. Eliot and the novelist, Virginia Woolf. We will focus on the way both writers initially seek to wrestle into representation new content within the frame of pre-existing forms and, by so doing, discover that these forms are inadequate or buckle under the strain and need to be revised, renewed, and transformed.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
N. Alderman
Prereq: 8 credits from English.

ENGL-329 Multicultural London: 1950-2015

Spring. Credits: 4

This course explores how London has emerged as a rich site of literature and popular culture, a multicultural contact zone drawing writers and filmmakers to the metropolitan center of the former imperial Empire. It focuses on Britain's more recent experience of migration, displacement, and transplantation. The course examines how contemporary writers investigate the meaning of 'Englishness,' along with their own vexed relation to British history and identity. Authors include Sam Selvon, V.S. Naipaul, Salman Rushdie, Hanif Kureishi, Andrea Levy, Zadie Smith, Caryl Phillips, and Neel Mukherjee. Films include My Beautiful Laundrette, My Son the Fanatic, and Anita and Me.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
D. Weber
Prereq: 8 credits in the department.

ENGL-334 Asian American Film and Visual Culture

ENGL-334BG Asian American Film and Visual Culture: 'Beyond Geishas and Kung Fu Masters'

Spring. Credits: 4

This course examines contemporary Asian American film and visual culture through the lens of cultural recovery, self-invention, and experimentation. Focusing primarily on film and photography, we will explore issues of race and visuality, Hollywood orientalism, memory and postmemory, and racial impersonation and parody. Students will engage with a variety of theoretical and critical approaches. Artists may include Nikki S. Lee, Margaret Cho, Tseng Kwong Chi, Jin-me Yoon, Justin Lin, Binh Dahn, Richard Fung, Mira Nair, Deepa Mehta, and Alice Wu.

Crosslisted as: FLMST-320BG
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive
I. Day
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits in English.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-339 The Visual Culture of Protest

Spring. Credits: 4

This course examines social protests from the perspective of the visual. Examining cultural productions from 1948-2015 we will focus on the geographical specificity of planned and spontaneous protests that have mobilized people into action. We will use a black studies framework to engage the possibilities present in resisting disparate power structures of race, gender, sexuality, class, and region. Artists, musicians, activists, writers, and grassroots organizers of social movements have been ever cognizant of the role of the visual in subverting power structures. We will use this opportunity to place visual culture at the center of a conversation concerning resistance, human rights, political agency, citizenship, and freedom.

Crosslisted as: AFCNA-339, CST-339
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
K. Brown
Prereq: ENGL-199/ENGL-200 or AFCNA-200.

ENGL-341 American Literature III

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course explores the range and variety of American literary expression from the 1920s through the early 1940s. Topics include the role of regionalism; the emergence of a 'modernist' aesthetic; ethnicity and modernism; debates within African American literary culture. Authors include Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Henry Roth, and Pietro Di Donato.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
C. Benfey
Prereq: 8 credits from the department.

ENGL-345 Studies in American Literature

ENGL-345HJ Studies in American Literature: 'Henry James on Film'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This seminar will examine the various screen adaptations of assorted novels by Henry James. We will read the novels against the films, exploring how James's texts translate--or do not translate-- into film. Novels and films to be studied include Washington Square, The Europeans, Portrait of a Lady, The Turn of the Screw, and Wings of the Dove.

Crosslisted as: FLMST-380HJ
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Writing-Intensive
D. Weber
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits from the department.
Notes: meets English department 1700-1900 requirement; meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-345RG Studies in American Literature: 'Race, Region & Ethnicity in Modern American Literature'

Spring. Credits: 4

This course explores the range and variety of American literary expression from the 1920s through the early 1940s. Topics include the role of regionalism; the emergence of a "modernist" aesthetic; ethnicity and modernism; debates within African American literary culture. Authors include Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Henry Roth, and Pietro Di Donato.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
D. Weber
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits from English beyond the 100 level.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-345RW Studies in American Literature: 'Richard Wright: Career and Influence'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

The first half of this seminar examines the major works of Richard Wright, including Uncle Tom's Children, 12 Million Black Voices, Native Son, Black Boy, and Black Power. The second half explores Wright's literary influence along with his political legacy to a range of modern and contemporary authors, including Zora Neale Hurston, Chester Himes, James Baldwin, and Toni Morrison.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
D. Weber
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits from the department.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-346 Irish Gothic

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This advanced seminar will study the gothic as a genre and as a malleable yet persistent discursive site in Irish literary and political tradition. From the eighteenth century to the present, the gothic has been used to explore aspects of Irish history, in particular colonialism. The course will focus on texts that engage with three primary problems that the Irish gothic is used to explore: violence and terror, famine, and vampirism as a political metaphor. We will read novels, short fiction, poetry, and archival newspaper writing, including work by Maturin, Edgeworth, Lady Wilde, Mangan, LeFanu, Stoker, Joyce, Bowen, Enright, Deane, Boland, and Heaney.

Crosslisted as: CST-346
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
A. Martin
Instructor permission required.
Advisory: online application required
Notes: meets English department 1700-1900 requirement; meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-347 Modern Urban British Novel

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

As London and the British novel enter the new millennium, both are sites of competing histories, traditions, and agendas. This course will map the city's progress from the center of an empire to a node in the global world's economy, and chart the twentieth-century novel's movement from realism to postmodernism and beyond. Beginning by contrasting the realist London of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes with Virginia Woolf's modernist version in Mrs. Dalloway, we will go on to trace the development of the post-1945 British novel.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
N. Alderman
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits in English including ENGL-199/ENGL-200.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-349 Cosmopolitanism

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Nothing human can be alien to me.' Taking its cue from Terence's maxim, and focusing on works of contemporary transnational literature, this seminar explores the idea of 'cosmopolitanism.' Can there be such a thing as global citizenship, a set of values or commitments that transcend local particulars and instead emphasize universality? How does cosmopolitanism square with nationhood and global mobility? What in particular constitutes literary cosmopolitanism? To find our way through these questions, we will read fiction and non-fiction from the Caribbean, Africa, South Asia, and East Asia, as well as philosophical and theoretical texts. Authors may include Achebe, Naipaul, Coetzee, and Desai.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
S. Roychoudhury
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: ENGL-199/ENGL-200 and 4 English credits in post-1900 literature.

ENGL-350 Studies in African American Literature

ENGL-350TM Topics in African American Literature: 'Toni Morrison'

Fall. Credits: 4

This course will examine the work and the centralized black world of the last American Nobel laureate in literature, Toni Morrison. Morrison is the author of eleven novels and multiple other works, including nonfiction and criticism. In a career that has spanned over forty years and has informed countless artists and writers, Morrison's expansive cultural reach can hardly be measured accurately. In this course we will endeavor to critically analyze the arc and the import of many of Morrison's writings. Readings include: The Bluest Eye, Sula, Song of Solomon, Jazz, Playing in the Dark, Paradise, and A Mercy.

Crosslisted as: AFCNA-341TM
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
K. Brown
Prereq: ENGL-199 or ENGL-200.

ENGL-351 Sex, Race, and the Visual

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course examines categories of race, gender, sex, and sexuality through the lens of the visual. Using contemporary literature, photography, performance art, film, and theories of the visual, our task is to investigate the import and utility of embodiment. How do race, gender, and sexuality function in the artistic imaginary? What can we glean from cultural productions that engage the viewer/reader in ways that challenge ideas about conformity, fluidity, belonging, and self-reflection? More than a linear literary or theoretical trajectory, this course will provide a template for all the mechanisms of the visual--psychological and ocular, interpretive, rhetorical and performative.

Crosslisted as: AFCNA-351
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities; Multicultural Perspectives
K. Brown
Prereq: ENGL-199 or ENGL-200.

ENGL-353 Readings in Literary Biography

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

Biography is both a literary genre and a mode of literary scholarship. This course will explore some varieties of the biographical impulse in both fiction and nonfiction. We will begin with eighteenth-century British models: Samuel Johnson's Lives of the English Poets and James Boswell's Life of Johnson. Then we will turn to ideas of biography and literary portraiture in the work of Henry James and Gertrude Stein. We will explore the shift associated with the advent of Freud and the Bloomsbury innovations of Lytton Strachey and Virginia Woolf, and with close attention to recent experiments in biography by writers such as Janet Malcolm, Rachel Cohen, and Richard Holmes.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
C. Benfey
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits from the department.
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-354 Vindicated: The Wollstonecraft-Shelley Circle

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

The dynamic mother-daughter duo of Mary Wollstonecraft and Mary Shelley is often read as part of the "Godwin-Shelley circle," a cadre of writers circulating around their respective literary husbands. This course will place them at the center of literary innovation, examining their expansive work in multiple genres. Asking what it means to be an ardent and provocative women writer during this period, we will discuss their radical politics, their gender theories, and their ideas about literature intervening in the public sphere. We will also consider short pieces by others in their circle, potentially including Godwin, P. Shelley, Mary Hayes, Mary Robinson, Claire Claremont, and Byron.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive
K. Singer
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits in English.
Notes: meets English department 1700-1900 requirement; meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-373 Women in American Literature

ENGL-373DH Women in American Literature: 'Desperate Housewives in 19th- through early 20th-century American Literature'

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course will explore visual and literary images of nineteenth through early 20th-century marriage and motherhood. Discussion of Virginia's Woolf's 'A Room of One's Own' and Barbara Welter's essay 'The Cult of True Womanhood' will serve as the springboard for our focus on representations of women in the home. We will incorporate a visit to the art museum, and will analyze film adaptations of some of the texts we read. The course will focus primarily on American literature, film, and art, with the exception of Ibsen's A Doll's House; selected written texts will include works by writers such as Hawthorne, James, Stowe, Gilman, Freeman, Chopin, Hurston, and Wharton.

Crosslisted as: GNDST-333DH
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
L. Glasser
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits from the English department.
Notes: meets English department 1700-1900 requirement; meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-373NT Nature and Gender: Representations of Women and Nature in American Literature (Nineteeth-Twentieth Century)

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This course will focus on portrayals of women in nineteenth through mid-twentieth century America, particularly in the context of nature and landscape. We will explore how women, often objectified in visual images of the period, appropriated established devices or developed new images and structures to represent womanhood in their own terms. Texts will include selected poetry, sketches, autobiographical essays or memoirs, short stories, novels, paintings, films, and photography.

Crosslisted as: GNDST-333MM, ENVST-373WN
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
L. Glasser
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits from the English department.

ENGL-374 Hitchcock and After

Spring. Credits: 4

This course will examine the films of Alfred Hitchcock and the afterlife of Hitchcock in contemporary U.S. culture. We will interpret Hitchcock films in a variety of theoretical frames, including feminist and queer theories, and in shifting historical contexts, including the Cold War. We will also devote substantial attention to the legacy of Hitchcock in remakes, imitations, and parodies. Hitchcock films may include Spellbound, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Mamie, and The Birds; additional works by Brooks, Craven, and De Palma. Readings in film and cultural theory; screenings at least weekly.

Crosslisted as: FLMST-380HA
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
E. Young
Prereq: 4 credits in Film Studies and 4 credits in English.
Notes: meets English Department seminar requirement; film screenings Mondays, 7:00-10:00 pm

ENGL-377 Feminist Poetics: The Poetess, Prophet, and Revolutionary

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

This seminar will explore innovations in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century women's verse. By investigating experiments with narrative, genre, stanza form, meter, and figurative language, we will contemplate what political, social, and ideological problems women writers attempted to present and perhaps solve through linguistic creativity. Larger questions include how to define 'feminist poetics' and what potential such a project might afford poets and thinkers today. To this end, we will read selections of poetry in conversation with contemporary feminist theory as well as representations of women's incantation, prophecy, and singing by male poets and novelists of the day.

Crosslisted as: GNDST-333PR
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive
K. Singer
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Prereq: 8 credits from English and/or Gender Studies beyond the 100 level.
Notes: meets English department 1700-1900 requirement; meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-381 Film Melodrama and Horror

Not Scheduled for This Year. Credits: 4

An examination of classic and contemporary works in two important film genres, melodrama and horror. Topics of particular interest: affinities as well as contrasts between genres; feminist analyses and uses of genre; normative and alternative representations of sexualities; genre and the representations of race; spectatorship and the production of affect - tears and screams - by these genres. Extensive readings in film studies and cultural theory. Directors may include Almodóvar, Cronenberg, Curtiz, DePalma, Hitchcock, Kent, Lee, Onwurah, Polanski, Ray, Romero, Sirk, Vidor, and Whale.

Crosslisted as: FLMST-320MH
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
E. Young
Prereq: 4 credits in Film Studies and 4 credits in English or permission of instructor.
Notes: enrollment may be limited

ENGL-382 Topic

ENGL-382PW Topic: 'Once More With Feeling: Intimacies and Affects in a Posthuman World'

Fall. Credits: 4

Affect theory offers a varied and rich critical language to explore how emotion circulates within and among human bodies-and nonhuman ones as well. If emotions operate through bodily changes and chemical exchanges, then animals and nonhumans might similarly be seen as bodies replete with affective materials in motion and at rest. In this course we will read through an array of affect theory from cognitive science, animal studies, and posthumanist debates on the affect of objects. We will consider how humans know what they feel (and when), how animals love, how forests think, and how affects might cross human and nonhuman boundaries.

Crosslisted as: CST-349PW
Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive
K. Singer
Restrictions: Course limited to sophomores, juniors and seniors
Advisory: Prior experience with theory is helpful but not necessary.

ENGL-383 Reading James Joyce

Spring. Credits: 4

This course will include all of James Joyce's major works: Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and Finnegans Wake (extracts). Students will be encouraged to explore the oral, interpretative, performative, and musical aspects of Joyce's writing. The texts will be explored in the context of politics and colonialism, and will be contextualized through discussions of modernism, postmodernism, and the Irish literary tradition.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
K. O'Callaghan
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Advisory: English 217BF, English 324, and/or English 346 highly recommended
Notes: meets English department seminar requirement

ENGL-392 Advanced Topics in English

ENGL-394 Advanced Topics in English

ENGL-394MN Advanced Topics in English: 'Music and the Irish Novel'

Fall. Credits: 4

Music and the Irish Novel introduces students to Irish novelists from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In these novels music plays a significant role, as a thematic, formal, or aesthetic inspiration. Traditional, opera, ballads, jazz, classical, pop, and contemporary music; all play a role in this literature. What do we mean when we say that a language, or a piece of literature, is "musical"? Why do writers of contemporary historical fiction favor musical references? This intertextual link will lead to inquiries into the role of music in prose fiction, and in particular in the Irish novel.

Applies to requirement(s): Humanities
Other Attribute(s): Speaking-Intensive, Writing-Intensive
K. O'Callaghan
Restrictions: This course is open to Juniors and Seniors.
Advisory: English 217BF, English 324, and/or English 346 highly recommended

Independent Study

Students with special interests, adequate preparation, and a capacity to work well on their own may apply for independent study, either ENGL-295 or ENGL-395. An application for independent study must be submitted the semester prior to which the work will be completed. For more information, visit this page: https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/english/independent_study. Note: ENGL-295 and ENGL-395 do not count toward the completion of the English major or minor.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors may take ENGL-295 for 1 to 4 credits, if suitable directors for the proposed projects are available.

Juniors and seniors who have devised projects in literary criticism and scholarship, or  in writing prose and poetry, and demonstrate strong preparation, are encouraged to take ENGL-395 for 4 credits. They should discuss their ideas for projects with their academic advisor and others in the department who might serve to direct the project. In most cases, a student should seek out department members with whom she has already studied; but if this is not possible, her advisor or the department chair will help her find someone to supervise the project. (Students studying off campus may pursue such arrangements by email.) The department will try to find such advisors for students, but cannot guarantee a student will be allowed to undertake independent study. Planning ahead increases the probability of success. Again, preference is given to students who can demonstrate thorough preparation, normally through appropriate course work at the 300 level.

Seniors who have done well in one semester of ENGL-395, and who meet the College requirement of a 3.00 grade point average, may, with the approval of the director of the project, continue the independent work for an additional 4 credits, with the intent of writing a thesis to be submitted for honors.

ENGL-295 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 4

The department
Instructor permission required.

ENGL-395 Independent Study

Fall and Spring. Credits: 1 - 8

The department
Instructor permission required.