Completion of the first-year composition sequence is a prerequisite for all 200-level English classes.
200-001 Introduction to Literary Style TR 11-12:15 CRN: 40821
In this course we’ll cover the basics of literary style, focusing on the relationship between form and content, text and context, theory and analysis. In short, you’ll learn the “language” of English studies and how to communicate in the literature classroom and through critical writing. We’ll also get you to meet some of the instructors in the department, learn about options for the major, and read and respond to some great literature! (This course is required for all English majors and recommended for English minors.)
English 251 may be taken before English 250; English 261 may be taken before English 260; English 271 may be taken before English 270.
250-001 British Literary Tradition I MWF 9-9:50 CRN: 40822
This will be a fast-paced, reading-intensive introduction to the beginnings of English literature. Starting with Beowulf, we will read multiple works involving knightly heroism, love and desire, and how people determine what makes for true goodness. We will focus on social and material contexts of the works we read, but we will also spend a good amount of time discovering how writers respond to each other and to the demands of the forms they choose to write in: epic, romance, lyric, drama, religious prose, and so on. Major writers we are sure to cover include Shakespeare and Chaucer, Milton and Pope, Jonson and Johnson, Sidney and Donne.
250002 British Literary Tradition I MWF 11-11:50 CRN: 40823
Discover the adventures that shaped British culture and literary traditions as they emerged. Where did they begin? How do monsters, villains, heroes, tyrannical leaders, devils, philosophers, and chivalric “knights” help to create those traditions? In English 250, students examine literature written in Britain from approximately the eighth century to 1798. In this section of English 250, we will focus on issues of growing political and literary identity, personal introspection and examination, and conceptual otherness as social constructs. Literature including Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a couple of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Dr. Faustus, Othello, Paradise Lost, Oroonoko, Gulliver’s Travels, and Rasselas present these issues in differing and intriguing ways. Students will develop an understanding of the literary traditions in Britain in the context of historical, political, economic, religious, and philosophical developments.
250-003 British Literary Tradition I TR 9:30-10:45 CRN: 40824
English 250 explores a wide range of early British Literature, including the medieval romances of Chaucer, the plays of Shakespeare, and the poetry of Donne. Our focus will include not only the works themselves, but also the historical and cultural context underlying their creation.
251-001 British Literary Tradition II TR 1-2:15 CRN: 40825
This will be a fast-paced, reading-intensive introduction to great works of British literature from the late 18th century to the present. Beginning with the passionate and political Romantics, we will continue our study with the erudite writers of the Victorian era and conclude with the alienated modernists of the 20th century. Particular attention will be given to the influence of culture and history on literature. Notable authors will include William Wordsworth, John Keats, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and T.S. Eliot.
251-002 British Literary Tradition II TR 2:30-3:45 CRN 40826
This course will provide an introduction to the great works of British literature from the late 18th century to the early 20th century. Beginning with the passionate and political Romantics, we will continue our study with the erudite writers of the Victorian era and conclude with the alienated modernists of the 20th century. Particular attention will be given to the influence of culture, history, and science on literature. We will also explore innovations in print media developing throughout this time period and consider how the publication format of periodicals, three-volume novels, and collections of poetry, short fiction, and essays influenced representations of culture in the literature we will be reading. Notable authors will include William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Christina Rossetti, Charles Darwin, Charles Dickens, Henry James, Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and T. S. Eliot.
260-001 American Literary Tradition I MWF 1-1:50 CRN: 40828 260-002 American Literary Tradition I MWF 2-2:50 CRN: 40829
While we will look at some of the seminal texts and authors that make up the American literary tradition, our task will be to read, discuss, and describe the complexity and richness of American literature before the Civil war and its relationship to other cultures, both indigenous and foreign. We will move triumphantlyand certainly naivelyfrom European discovery and exploration through colonization. Then, according to God’s sovereign pleasure we’ll suffer with the Puritans and reason our way into the 18th century and Revolutionary War. We will end our class, rising above petty convention with the help of the transcendentalists. We’ll also see what voices left out of these grand narratives have to say about America and being American. Certainly women, Native American, African American and other writers will offer exception and richness to our literary tradition.
260-003 American Literary Tradition I W 6-8:50 CRN: 40830
The Making of Early American Literature: In this course we will read and write about poetry and prose by American authors from pre-colonial times until the mid 19th century. We’ll cover a variety of texts and genres, including Native American trickster tales, captivity and slave narratives, sermons, fiction, essays and poetry. Through extensive reading and critical analysis of literary texts, we will seek insights regarding American history, art and culture and the role of the literary artist within that culture. We will also consider universal themes relevant for today’s reader.
260H-001 Honors American Literary Tradition I MWF 9-9:50 CRN: 40827
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Students in Honors 260 will read and discuss major, and some minor, literary works that shaped and continue to reflect the culture and character of America from the arrival of the first European explorers to the crisis and the division of the Civil War.Class discussion and writing assignments will focus particularly on understanding individual readings in themselves and also within the broader cultural contexts in which they appear.We will be guided by overarching questions about the forming of America’s national character and the relationship between the concerns and desires of those long dead and the lives and ideas of those now living.Students should expect to read extensively, participate meaningfully and daily in class discussion, write two papers, and take mid-term and final exams. All Honors Program students and students with A grades in English 112 are encouraged to enroll.
261-001 American Literary Tradition II MWF 8-8:50 CRN: 20831
This course will survey selected American authors representing the major periods, schools, and traditions in American literary history. Our texts will span the mid-1800 to our contemporary era; include multiple genres (fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drama); and be race and gender inclusive. Some attention will also be paid to the historical/cultural contexts of the literary periods.
270-001 World Literature TR 11-12:15 CRN: 40851
Mary Ellen Cowser
What makes a hero? What are the myths of our beginnings? English 270 asks such questions within the context of the Western tradition from the classical period through the seventeenth century. Experience the magnificence of the epic, the beauty of the lyric, and the passion of the tragedy. Uncover the historical, cultural, and philosophical paradoxes that have helped shape the modern world; discover the worlds of the Ancients through the texts such as the Iliad and the Odyssey, the plays by Sophocles, and the Divine Comedy.