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Fall '00 Course Guide

Courses in English (Division 361)

Fall Term, 2000 (September 6 – December 22)

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A complete up to date listing of English Department course descriptions can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english/ after March 29th, 2000.

For all English classes, registered students must be present at each of the first two meetings to claim their places. Any student who does not meet this requirement may be dropped from the course. NOTE: If you must miss a class due to religious observances, contact the instructor or leave a message for the instructor with the department (764-6330).

WRITING COURSES:

After taking or placing out of Introductory Composition, students may elect either English 224 or 225 for further practice in the fundamentals of expository and argumentative prose. English 325 offers the opportunity for work in argumentative and expository prose at a more advanced level.

Several sections of English 223, the beginning course in creative writing, are available each term. The work is multi-generic, and two of the following will be covered in each section: fiction, poetry, and drama, or you may take English 227 (Introductory Playwriting). A more advanced course for creative writers is English 323 (Fiction or Poetry), which is available after completion of the prerequisite, English 223. More experienced writers may apply for admission to specialized sections of English 327 (Playwriting), English 423 (Fiction), English 427 (Advanced Playwriting), and English 429 (Poetry). Admission to these advanced courses is by permission of the instructor, who may require writing samples.

INDEPENDENT STUDY:

Independent study in English must be elected under one of the following numbers: 226 (Directed Writing, 1-3 hours), 299 (Directed Reading, 1-3 hours), 426 (Directed Writing, 1-4 hours), 499 (Directed Reading, 1-4 hours). There is a limit to the total hours that may be taken under any one number. Students interested in independent study should obtain an application from the English Department office on the third floor of Angell Hall. Independent study proposals must be approved by a supervising professor and by the Undergraduate Chair of the department. The deadline for Independent Study in the Fall Term 2000 is September 24, 2000.

English 350 & 351

This two-term sequence is designed to give students a principled sense of the range of literary works written in English; the first term will characteristically deal with works produced before the later seventeenth century – to the time of Milton, that is; the second term will begin at that point and proceed to the present. These courses will be open to English concentrators and to non-concentrators alike.

English 370, 371, & 372

Each of these courses will range over the materials of the periods indicated below in one or more of a variety of ways. Some may be multi-generic surveys; some may focus on the development during the period of specific genres; some may be topical, others formal in their principle of organization. All sections will emphasize the development of student skill in writing essays analyzing the materials and evaluating the approaches in question.


Engl. 124. College Writing: Writing and Literature.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Introductory Composition).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

By connecting the two terms of its title, Writing and Literature aims to help prepare the student to produce the range and quality of expository prose expected in college courses. Works of literature will be considered for their effective use of language and argument. They will serve as reference points for thinking and writing strategies. Characteristically, sections of English 124 will involve the writing of 20-30 pages of revised prose, with considerable attention given to the preparation of drafts and to revision. The literary works which will serve as points of reference will vary from section to section and from term to term.

Course descriptions will be posted to the English Department web site (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english) as they have been approved. For a variety of reasons it may be necessary for instructors to change courses or sections prior to the first day of class, although we try to keep this to a minimum. Revised course descriptions will be posted to this web site as they occur.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Engl. 125. College Writing.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Introductory Composition).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No one ever finishes learning to write, so this course focuses on helping students further develop their unique potentials as writers, readers, and thinkers. By analyzing texts from a variety of academic disciplines, students will come to understand the conventions writers follow to present their ideas effectively to their chosen audiences. What rhetorical strategies are common in different disciplines – and why? How and when might we use those strategies in our own writing? For instance, what writing strategies would we call upon for a lab report, and would we use any of those strategies for a philosophical speculation, a history exam, a love letter? Throughout the term, students will work to identify the writing skills they most need to develop, and they'll invent and refine a personal style of expression that can be adapted to different audiences and purposes. Course requirements include at least 40 pages of writing, including at least 20 pages of revised, polished prose.

Course descriptions will be posted to the English Department web site (http://www.lsa.umich.edu/english) as they have been approved. For a variety of reasons it may be necessary for instructors to change courses or sections prior to the first day of class, although we try to keep this to a minimum. Revised course descriptions will be posted to this web site as they occur.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Engl. 140. First-Year Literary Seminar.

Section 001 – Describing the Self in Autobiography

Instructor(s): Shirley Neuman (sneuman@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

How do we tell the stories of our lives? Out of all the details, the small and large events that make up a life, how do we decide what to include? what to omit? what is important? how to make a story out of it? What is the role of memory in telling the stories of our lives? of forgetting? of public record? of private recollection and private intention? How do we use language to convey our stories? how does the language we have available shape our lives and the stories we tell about them? How do our family, social, professional, racial and ethnic, and national circumstances shape our understanding of the "I" telling story? How do we tell the story of who we are if part of what we feel ourselves to be is not acknowledged as fully legitimate by the larger society? Who do we tell the stories of our lives for? who do we tell them to? In telling the stories of our lives, do we present a single, coherent self who parades through our story bearing our name? or are we many selves, depending on the time, people, circumstances? These are some of the questions we will be asking ourselves as we read, discuss, and write about several autobiographies and possibly view some film autobiographies. Our focus will be on autobiographies that describe their authors growing up and discovering a vocation. We will be comparing autobiographies by authors of different racial, ethnic, and national backgrounds.

Students in this first-year seminar will be given opportunities to learn skills of public presentation, will begin to acquire research skills, will improve their writing, and will learn collaborative skills through several small and varied assignments throughout the academic term.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 140. First-Year Literary Seminar.

Section 003.

Instructor(s): Marlon Ross (mbross@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 140. First-Year Literary Seminar.

Section 004 – Rhetorical Activism and U.S. Civil Rights Movements

Instructor(s): Alisse Theodore (alisse@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Only first-year students, including those with sophomore standing, may pre-register for First-Year Seminars. All others need permission of instructor. (3). (HU).

First-Year Seminar

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~alisse/ENGL140f00/desc.html

The signers of the United States Constitution declared freedom of expression the most important right of United States citizens. Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and hundreds of others incited a nation to free millions of enslaved people through their rhetorical activism. Susan B. Anthony and dozens of other women used the only power they had, the power of language, to ensure women their right to vote in this country. And the persuasive eloquence of Martin Luther King, Jr., changed this nation's consciousness. How do people use language to define, reform, and even revolutionize politics and society? That will be our central question as we study texts representing a range of positions from five U.S. civil rights movements: the early woman's rights, antislavery, 1960s civil rights, women's liberation, and gay rights movements. Students will participate in class discussions, write occasional brief responses to readings, and do a project that will include a presentation and a paper.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 223. Creative Writing.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Completion of the Introductory Composition requirement. (3). (CE). May not be repeated for credit.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

All sections of 223 teach the writing of two of the following three genres: fiction (including personal narrative), drama, and poetry. Different sections will emphasize the individual genres to varying degrees. Class work involves the discussion of the process of writing and the work of a few published authors. Students will do exercises meant to develop a sensitivity to language and a facility with evocative detail, voice, form, and so forth. Most classroom time, however, is devoted to reading and discussion of student writing. A final portfolio of revised finished work of 35-50 manuscript pages may be required.

Course descriptions will be posted to the English Department web site as they have been approved. For a variety of reasons it may be necessary for instructors to change courses or sections prior to the first day of class, although we try to keep this to a minimum. Revised course descriptions will be posted to this web site as they occur.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Engl. 225. Argumentative Writing.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Completion of the Introductory Composition requirement. (4). (HU).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course furthers the aims of English 124 and 125 in helping to analyze the various claims of a given issue and to develop ways of exploring and defending positions, ideas, and beliefs in writing. Careful attention will be paid to the process of reasoning, the testing of assumptions and claims, the questioning of beliefs, and the discovery of ideas and evidence through analysis and rigorous articulation in written discourse. The course will also focus on considerations of style, formal strategy techniques, and revision as integral to precision in making points and developing argumentative ideas both for purposes of individual reflection as well as for the purpose of persuading an audience.

Course descriptions will be posted to the English Department web site as they have been approved. For a variety of reasons it may be necessary for instructors to change courses or sections prior to the first day of class, although we try to keep this to a minimum. Revised course descriptions will be posted to this web site as they occur.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Engl. 226. Directed Writing.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of three credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Registration only by arrangement with the instructor.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Engl. 227/Theatre 227. Introductory Playwriting.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Wendy Hammond (wham@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (CE).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 229/LHSP 229. Technical Writing.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Completion of the introductory composition requirement. (4). (HU).

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 230. Introduction to Short Story and Novel.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 239. What is Literature?

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Lillian Back (lillianb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

We will want to, in this class, think about the power and the connectedness that the act of telling stories might provide. For example a character in Ursula Hegi's Stones From the River, thinks: Every time I take a story and let it stream through my mind from beginning to end, it grows fuller, richer, feeding on my visions of those people the story belonged to until it leaves its bed like the river I love. And then I have to tell the story to someone. We will discuss various 20th-century literature (mostly), we will find ourselves grappling with issues as basic as what defines a character and the place that character makes in his or her world. We want to understand how an author has prepared these amazing creations to "speak" to us. We will write 2 essays/workshop our essays, and take a final exam. (Back)

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 239. What is Literature?

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Alan Howes (ahowes@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 239. What is Literature?

Section 003.

Instructor(s): Merla Wolk (merla@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

English 239 Section 003

What a story means has a lot to do with how it's told. In this section of "What is Literature," we will explore some essential questions of contemporary literary discourse through the consideration of narrative and the delights and implications of story-telling. Using as our main source what D.H.Lawrence called "the great book of life," the novel, we will look at the varied strategies authors employ to present their stories to their readers and how those strategies reflect the writers' ideology and culture. We will see that talking about the narrator and modes of narration in a text leads us to new ways of thinking about character and plot and to our roles as readers of these texts. I have chosen some of my favorite stories from some of my favorite authors such as Woolf, Spiegelman, Hemingway, Brontë, O'Brien, Morrison, Alexie, and James. Requirements: a ten-page journal on an author whose work we study in class, done in preparation for the term paper; an essay, about 8 pages on the subject studied in the journal; contributions to the further discussion of class texts on the computer conference (COW); a final exam; regular attendance, and active class participation in discussion.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 239. What is Literature?

Section 004.

Instructor(s): Joyce Meier (meierjzz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course addresses how our expectations of literature are shaped by our assumptions about gender, ethnicity, and class. Who is literature for? What purpose does it serve? What makes a "good" story or novel, and how do we know this? How do specific literary periods and even technological developments (such as the invention of the computer) change our ideas of literature? How might each of us read a literary work differently, and why? This course also explores questions of literary genre, such as the thin line between autobiography and fiction, between prose-poems and stories, and between short stories and novels: for instance, is the difference just one of length? Can a series of short stories be a novel? While we may use an anthology for this course, other works will be chosen from a list that includes Frederick Douglass' Narrative, William Faulkner's As I Lay Dying, Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon, Sandra Cisnero's The House on Mango Street, and Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony, as well as Voltaire's Candide (to read across time) and Chinua Achebe's Things Fall Apart (to read across cultures). We will also read exerpts from Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, which speculates about how a writer's background and audience may influence her art. This course will include a number of informal responses as well as three formal papers, as well as a midterm and a final. Class participation and discussion are essential components of this course. (Meier)

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 239. What is Literature?

Section 005.

Instructor(s): Steven Mullaney (mullaney@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

239 In this course we will examine the ways in which different genres and periods have employed literature to understand and reflect upon historical catastrophes and crises. The genres considered will include drama, narrative poetry, novels, short stories, and the non-fictional memoir, and will range from the 17th century to recent fiction; each work will be paired with another from a different genre or period that shares with it certain themes, which will allow us to determine how our critical questions change when we move from one genre or historical period to another. Shakespeare's King Lear, for example, will be read alongside Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres; Milton's Paradise Lost will be contrasted with James Galvin's account of a harsher Eden lost in this century in the American West. Grades will be based on short weekly writing assignments and two longer essays. (Mullaney)

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 239. What is Literature?

Section 006.

Instructor(s): Yaeger

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 239. What is Literature?

Section 007.

Instructor(s): Lem Johnson (eljay@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 239. What is Literature?

Section 008.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 239. What is Literature?

Section 009.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 239. What is Literature?

Section 010.

Instructor(s): Jonathan Freedman (zoid@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 240. Introduction to Poetry.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Richard W. Bailey (rwbailey@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Poetry sings, tells stories, celebrates, and mourns. It is structured language that becomes fixed in our minds and shapes the way we see the world. Understanding poetry is often challenging and (almost) always rewarding. Poetry teaches slow and careful reading; it invites connections. Learning to read it well is demanding and forms the basis for life-long skills applicable wherever reading is done attentively. Our course will involve close attention to a broad range of poetry; there will be many short response papers to stimulate discussion, a midterm, and a final.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 240. Introduction to Poetry.

Section 002 – Honors.

Instructor(s): George Bornstein (georgeb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is intended for any Honors student wishing to increase his or her enjoyment and understanding of poetry. Through a wide range of poems we will explore both the ways in which poems work and the ways in which we can understand and improve our responses to them. After an introduction to poetic analysis we will progress chronologically from Shakespeare to the present, emphasizing particularly the diversity of the last two centuries and ending with in-depth study of a major modern poet (probably W.B. Yeats). Class discussion and occasional informal lectures will focus primarily on close reading of individual texts, but students should also emerge from the course with some grasp of the historical development of poetry in English. Frequent short papers, the last of which will serve as a final exam; no prerequisites. The text will be The Norton Anthology of Poetry, Fourth Edition. Cost:2 (Bornstein)

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 240. Introduction to Poetry.

Section 003.

Instructor(s): Richard Cureton (rcureton@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the art of poetry so that you can read and discuss any poem with understanding and delight. During the term, we will move from a general survey of poetic techniques and forms to a more detailed study of the work of a selection of authors from the Renaissance to the present. For the former, we will use Western Wind by John Frederick Nims. For the latter, we will use a course pack of selected poems. Formal writing will include three (ungraded) exercises in poetic analysis and four (graded) papers (3-5 pages) on individual authors and poems.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 240. Introduction to Poetry.

Section 004.

Instructor(s):

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 240. Introduction to Poetry.

Section 005.

Instructor(s): Andrea Henderson (akhender@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will provide an introduction to poetry, emphasizing the association of form and content and their link to the historical context in which poems were originally written. Our poets will range from Shakespeare to T.S. Eliot. The course will, for the most part, be organized chronologically, but we will on occasion trace certain themes, techniques, and forms as they appear in a cluster of poems of different periods. We will also use other cultural artifacts to illuminate the workings of the poems of particular eras. The class will discuss, for instance, the common features of Renaissance poems and paintings, and the relationship between twentieth-century impressionism and the poetry of Wallace Stevens. Course requirements include active class participation, several short papers, and a final exam.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 240. Introduction to Poetry.

Section 006.

Instructor(s): Alan Howes (ahowes@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

We will try to get a sense of the potentials as well as the limits of the genre through examining poems with a wide variety of poetic forms and subjects representing different cultures, sensibilites, and historical periods. We will also give substantial attention to two major poets to be chosen after the class is formed. The class will be conducted mainly by discussion and there will be frequent short papers and a final examination.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 240. Introduction to Poetry.

Section 007.

Instructor(s): John Knott (jknott@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

An introduction to lyric poetry, with reading drawn from a wide range of English and American examples, from the earliest English poetry to the present. We will begin by considering some basic elements of poetry (including prosody, diction, tone, metaphor) and various verse forms, with attention to the evolution of some of these (the sonnet, for example). The class will typically proceed by intensive discussion of a few poems each day. We will conclude by spending a couple of weeks on the work of a contemporary poet. Assignments will include exercises, three or four short papers, and a final examination.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 240. Introduction to Poetry.

Section 009.

Instructor(s): Macklin Smith (macklins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A course in ways to understand, feel, enjoy, evaluate, and interpret poems. Poetry differs from ordinary language and from prose in certain fairly conventional and (for poetry) advantageous ways, and we shall try to understand how it does so. As we look at – and hear – poems, we shall consider such things as sound, diction, rhythm, figures of speech, the line, form, genre, authorship, audience, and context. Our readings will come from various cultures, old and now; most readings will be British and American, most of these recent or contemporary. We'll pay some attention to the histories of poetry, and try to get a feel for the contemporary poetry scene. Texts: an Introduction to Poetry book and an anthology, both in course pack form. Everyone will write three essays on increasingly challenging topics. There will be a test on "technical terms," another on the course readings, and a final exam asking for the interpretation and evaluation of some new poetry.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 240. Introduction to Poetry.

Section 010.

Instructor(s): Mary Zwiep (mnz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course begins to answer the question of how to read poetry with pleasure and skill. We will look carefully at poem after poem, with an emphasis on the poet's craft, or how the poem is put together. Requirements will include some memorizing, several short "exercises," two formal papers of analysis, midterm, and final. Regular attendance is expected. Class proceeds by discussion. Text is the complete Norton Anthology of Poetry.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 240. Introduction to Poetry.

Section 011.

Instructor(s): Mary Zwiep (mnz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course begins to answer the question of how to read poetry with pleasure and skill. We will look carefully at poem after poem, with an emphasis on the poet's craft, or how the poem is put together. Requirements will include some memorizing, several short "exercises," two formal papers of analysis, midterm, and final. Regular attendance is expected. Class proceeds by discussion. Text is the complete Norton Anthology of Poetry.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 240. Introduction to Poetry.

Section 012.

Instructor(s): Gorman Beauchamp (gormanb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The first part of this course will concentrate on prosody – the techniques of verse, how poems are put together, how they work. The second part will undertake a mini-history of English poetry, concentrating on some of the major poems from the Renaissance through the Modernists. There will be two exams, short daily writing assignments (a paragraph or so) and two five page analytical papers. The text will be the Norton Anthology of Poetry. (Beauchamp)

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 245/RC Hums. 280/Theatre 211. Introduction to Drama and Theatre.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bert Cardullo

Prerequisites & Distribution: No credit granted to those who have completed or are enrolled in RC Hums. 281. (4). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Theatre and Drama 211.001.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Engl. 267. Introduction to Shakespeare.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Enoch Brater (enochb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Completion of Introductory Composition. (4). (HU).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will concentrate on the movement and development of Shakespearean tragedy by studying "the grand style" of Hamlet, Macbeth, Othello, and King Lear. But in doing so we will also consider the origins of this tragic mode in the earlier tragedies and its later manifestations in Antony and Cleopatra, and Coriolanus. There will be a midterm, a final, and a series of short written assignments. (Brater)

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 270. Introduction to American Literature.

Section 001 – American Voices

Instructor(s): Rosemary Kowalski (rkowalsk@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

R&E

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

One of the major themes in American literature is the "Americanization" of members of the various racial, religious, and ethnic groups within American society. This section of English 270 will follow the theme of Americanization beginning with pieces from Nathaniel Hawthorne, one of the writers in the traditional American canon, and continuing with novels and short stories from other American voices and talents including women, Chicano, Asian-, African-, Native- and European-American writers, selections which more fully represent "American" or United States literature. The class will be a mix of lecture and discussion and all students are expected to read and be fully prepared to discuss the works in class and on COW, a computer conferencing system on the Web. Requirements also include a final and a 6-8 page paper.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 274/CAAS 274. Introduction to Afro-American Literature.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Xiomara Santamarina (xas@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course we will study the emergence and early development of African American literature in the US, from 1773 to 1912. Through close readings of a wide variety of African American texts and genres, we will explore the constraints and opportunities that governed the writing of these texts. We will ask: how did these novels, autobiographies, and poetry speak to the different experiences and concerns of African Americans in the US? How did they help blacks gain a national voice in a slaveholding and racially polarized nation? Writers include Frederick Douglass, Williams Wells Brown, Harriet Jacobs, Frances Harper, and Charles Chestnutt. Assignments will include short response papers and midterm and final exams.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 285. Introduction to Twentieth-Century Literature.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Peter Bauland (pbauland@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

We will consider how a variety of writers reflect and respond to the major historical, social, political, philosophical, and moral issues and preoccupations of the 20th century. The works we will study are eclectic and arbitrarily chosen; there is no attempt to be all-inclusive, nor will we limit ourselves to English and American authors. Our subject will be some representative works of modern thought and literature. We will place equal emphasis on what these works say and how they say it. Our purpose is to sharpen the insight and intelligence with which we read and analyze some of the probing "documents" of our time. Candidates for the reading list [availability of texts and reasonableness of prices will be factors] include works by Albert Camus, Thomas Mann, Franz Kafka, Arthur Koestler, Philip Roth, Saul Bellow, Friedrich Duerrenmatt, Jerzy Kosinski, Margaret Atwood or several others. Informal lecture and discussion, the amount of which will be influenced by the size of the class. Thoughtful, active participation "counts." Two papers [ca. 5-7 pp. each] and a final exam.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 299. Directed Study.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Permission of instructor. (1-3). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of three credits.

Credits: (1-3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Registration only by arrangement with the instructor.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Engl. 305. Introduction to Modern English.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Richard W. Bailey (rwbailey@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Recommended for students preparing to teach English. (3). (HU).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Though a requirement for students seeking certification as secondary school English teachers, English 305 appeals to a broader audience interested in the structure of English and its varieties. Topics to be discussed include: gender-based differences in American English and regional and social dialects in the United States, including African-American English, Appalachian English, Hispanic English, and Native American English; English as a rule-governed language, shaped by its history, and the history of ideas about good (and "bad" English). English 305 is designed for native-speakers of English (with no prior study of the language or of linguistics) who are curious about the language community of which they are a part. A midterm and final examination allow students to demonstrate the ability to make well-founded generalizations based on the material studied. Short papers invite explorations of domains of language. (Bailey)

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 310. Discourse and Society.

Section 001 – The Henry Ford High School Project

Instructor(s): Pilar Anadon

Prerequisites & Distribution: English 124 or 125. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The Henry Ford High School Project.

This course teaches students to use their creative skills and social commitments to facilitate the powerful expressiveness of high school youth. It is rooted in respect for the youths' abilities and voices, in excitement about an educational process that promotes creativity, and in imaginative collaboration with the school faculty and administration. Working two to three hours a week at Henry Ford, Southeastern, and Cooley High Schools in Detroit, Adrian and Maxey Boys Training Schools, Vista Maria, and Boysville, students assist youth in creating their own video tapes, plays, photographs, music, etc. In two hour class meetings we discuss background reading, analyze and develop our work with the youth, and teach each other hands-on methods. A further hour is devoted to meetings between each site team and the instructor. No exams. Admission to the class is by permission of instructor. Check 3275 AH for specially posted hours for interviews for this course. (Anadon)

Cost: 3 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 313. Topics in Literary Studies.

Section 001 – Fantasy

Instructor(s): Eric Rabkin (esrabkin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course explores the nature and uses of fantastic narratives from the beginning of the nineteenth century to the present, drawing texts from such widely different fields as fairy tales, science fiction, and the so-called New Novel. No special background in literature is required. The course requires attendance at two lectures and one discussion section per week. The written work for the course will revolve around a series of short papers and two medium-length papers. There will be no exams. Texts include: Household Stories of The Brothers Grimm; Tales of E.T.A. Hoffmann; The Portable Poe; The Alice books, Lewis Carroll; The Island of Dr. Moreau and Best Science Fiction Stories, H. G. Wells; The Complete Stories, Franz Kafka; Orlando, Virginia Woolf; The Erasers, Alain Robbe-Grillet; The Tolkien Reader; The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster; Cosmicomics, Italo Calvino; Like Water for Chocolate; Laura Esquivel, Woman on The Edge of Time, Marge Piercy.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 313. Topics in Literary Studies.

Section 006 – The Beat Generation. The course meets the American Literature requirement for English concentrators.

Instructor(s): Richard Tillinghast (rwtill@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU). May be repeated for a total of eight credits.

Credits: (4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

"I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked,dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn looking for an angry fix."

That's how Allen Ginsberg described his Beat Generation. The innovations of the 1950s Beat writers were paralleled by the work being done by Action Painters and jazz musicians from the Bebop school. We will explore these three outsider art worlds, listen to recorded jazz, read poetry and fiction, and look at documentary photographs of the major players while reading On the Road, Howl, Naked Lunch, etc., and viewing slides of Abstract Expressionist paintings by Jackson Pollock. The course incorporates multimedia video and audio presentations. Expect brief weekly quizzes, a midterm and a final, plus a three-page and a ten-page paper. A half-dozen films will be shown in the evenings after class. Designed to appeal both to non-concentrators and to English concentrators.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 315/WS 315. Women and Literature.

Section 001 – Women and Space

Instructor(s): Anne Herrmann (anneh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will examine the relationship between women and space in twentieth century writings by women as a way of addressing questions of geography and identity. As elite women experience greater mobility, how do they represent their voluntary migrations? How do interiors continue to locate female experience? How do dislocations, the result of immigration or travel, result in the relocations of female identities within written narratives? How are spatial metaphors used to describe the place of the woman writer in culture? Primary texts include Woolf's A Room of One's Own, Dinesen's Out of Africa, Ehrlich's The Solace of Open Spaces, Cather's The Professor House, Cisnero's The House on Mango Street, Brookner's Hotel du Lac, and Kincaid's A Small Place. Assignments involve several short essays and either a midterm/final or a paper and its revisions.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 315/WS 315. Women and Literature.

Section 002 – Lesbian Fictions

Instructor(s): Suzanne Raitt (sraitt@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Lesbian Fictions The end of the nineteenth century saw the emergence of a "new" sexual identity, the homosexual woman. In this course we shall read a variety of fictional texts – prose, poetry, and drama – to explore the ways in which that identity has been imagined, debated, and experienced. It will not be our aim to establish what a lesbian "is", but rather to explore the imaginative opportunities opened up by the possibility of such an identity. Authors will include Christina Rossetti, Radclyffe Hall, Ann Bannon, Audre Lorde, and Judy Grahn. Requirements include several short papers, a group presentation, and a take-home final.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 317. Literature and Culture.

Section 001 – How to be Gay: Male Homosexuality and Initiation

Instructor(s): David Halperin (halperin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for credit with department permission.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Just because you happen to be a gay man doesn't mean that you don't have to learn how to become one. Gay men do some of that learning on their own, but often we learn how to be gay from others, either because we look to them for instruction or because they simply tell us what they think we need to know, whether we ask for their advice or not. This course will examine the general topic of the role that initiation plays in the formation of gay identity. We will approach it from three angles: (1) as a sub-cultural practice – subtle, complex, and difficult to theorize – which a small but significant body of work in queer studies has begun to explore; (2) as a theme in gay male writing; (3) as a class project, since the course itself will constitute an experiment in the very process of initiation that it hopes to understand. In particular, we'll examine a number of cultural artefacts and activities that seem to play a prominent role in learning how to be gay: Hollywood movies, grand opera, Broadway musicals, and other works of classical and popular music, as well as camp, diva-worship, drag, muscle culture, style, fashion, and interior design. Are there a number of classically "gay" works such that, despite changing tastes and generations, ALL gay men, of whatever class, race, or ethnicity, need to know them, in order to be gay? What roles do such works play in learning how to be gay? What is there about these works that makes them essential parts of a gay male curriculum? Conversely, what is there about gay identity that explains the gay appropriation of these works? One aim of exploring these questions is to approach gay identity from the perspective of social practices and cultural identifications rather than from the perspective of gay sexuality itself. What can such an approach tell us about the sentimental, affective, or aesthetic dimensions of gay identity, including gay sexuality, that an exclusive focus on gay sexuality cannot? At the core of gay experience there is not only identification but disidentification. Almost as soon as I learn how to be gay, or perhaps even before, I also learn how not to be gay. I say to myself, "Well, I may be gay, but at least I'm not like THAT!" Rather than attempting to promote one version of gay identity at the expense of others, this course will investigate the stakes in gay identifications and disidentifications, seeking ultimately to create the basis for a wider acceptance of the plurality of ways in which people determine how to be gay. Work for the class will include short essays, projects, and a mandatory weekly three-hour screening (or other cultural workshop) on Thursday evenings. (Halperin)

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 317. Literature and Culture.

Section 002 – Literature of the American Wilderness. Meets with RC Environmental Studies 407.001.

Instructor(s): John Knott (jknott@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for credit with department permission.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

What is wilderness, and how have American attitudes toward wilderness evolved? The course will explore these questions and others about how Americans (including Native Americans) have perceived the natural world and their relationship to it, as these arise from texts ranging from the earliest writing about America to twentieth-century responses to Alaska. Readings will include texts illustrating the place of wilderness in the American imagination, such as Thoreau's The Maine Woods, Muir's My First Summer in the Sierra, Cather's O Pioneers!, Leopold's Sand County Almanac, Faulkner's The Bear, and Momaday's House Made of Dawn. We will also read poetry (Snyder, Berry, Ammons, Oliver) and selections from twentieth-century nature writers (including Abbey, Dillard, Lopez). Students will be expected to keep a weekly journal, to write a paper of about ten pages, and to take a final examination. Anyone with an interest in the literature and the issues it raises is welcome.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 319. Literature and Social Change.

Section 001 – American Ethnic Literatures

Instructor(s): Joyce Meier (meierjzz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May be repeated for credit with department permission.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course examines primarily twentieth-century immigrant and minority literature from a variety of perspectives: literary, social, historical. Including some autobiography and poetry, the course focuses mainly on fiction by multi-cultural writers, who comment on their sense of community and alienation, their relationship to specific ethnic heritage and to mainstream culture, and their awareness of where ethnic identity intersects with gender and class. Students will be evaluated on class participation, which includes an oral report on a poet of choice, and their course writing, which consists of several 3-4 page papers, a midterm, and a final. Course sessions will alternate between mini-lectures on issues raised and the history of specific ethnic groups, and discussion/close readings of the texts. Students will read excerpts from Unsettling America, an anthology of multi-cultural poetry) and several longer works which may include Anzi Yezierska's The Open Cage, N. Scott Momaday's The House of Dawn, Toni Morrison's Beloved, Joy Kowaga's Obasan, Gus Lee's China Boy, Oscar Hijuelo's The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love, and Sandra Cisneros' The House on Mango Street. (Meier)

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 320/CAAS 338. Literature in Afro-American Culture.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Marlon Ross (mbross@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Afroamerican and African Studies 338.001.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 323. Creative Writing.

Section 001 – Fiction

Instructor(s): Brenda Marshall (bkmarsh@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: English 223 and junior standing. (3). (CE). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this workshop we will focus on writing fiction, studying short stories selected from an anthology titled You've Got to Read This, and critiquing one another's works with thoughtfulness and intelligence. Evaluation will be based on workshop participation, written critiques, and a final fiction portfolio of approximately fifty pages.

In order to enroll in this course, students need 1) Waitlist on CRISP. 2) Submit a 10-15 page portfolio of poetry or prose to the Main Office, room 3187 AH to the Undergraduate Student Services Assistant by noon on the first day of class. 3) When you bring in your portfolio, please complete the 323 registration form. You will be notified by the Department of acceptance into the course, shortly after.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 323. Creative Writing.

Section 002 – Mapping the Moment

Instructor(s): Thylias Moss (thyliasm@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: English 223 and junior standing. (3). (CE). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

We will attempt to isolate the moment, the purest form of the moment, understanding that the moment simultaneously encompasses the events that we experience, events that we remember, events about which we are completely unaware, as well as events that could have happened or that happened only in imagination or dream. Every moment encompasses both the macroscopic and microscopic whether or not we are personally engaged with all of the moment's components. How marvelous and daunting, then, is the task of writing accurately about just one moment. Your task for this class will be to isolate and write with accuracy about just one moment. We will celebrate the fullness of the moment by mapping as much of one moment as is possible in a single term. A poem or substantial revision will be due weekly. Progress and problems in the mapping of the moment will be addressed in our online forum. Two texts: Powers of Ten and Poems for the Millenium volume 2.

In order to enroll in this course, students need 1) Waitlist on CRISP. 2) Submit a 10-15 page portfolio of poetry or prose to the Main Office, room 3187 AH to the Undergraduate Student Services Assistant by noon on the first day of class. 3) When you bring in your portfolio, please complete the 323 registration form. You will be notified by the Department of acceptance into the course, shortly after.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 323. Creative Writing.

Section 003, 004 – Fiction

Instructor(s): Tish O'Dowd (tishod@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: English 223 and junior standing. (3). (CE). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students are expected to maintain journals throughout the term, to comment thoughtfully and intelligently on one another's work and on short stories selected from the text, and to come up with forty pages of reasonably polished fiction. Attendance at the 4-5 readings sponsored by the English Department is also required.

In order to enroll in this course, students need 1) Waitlist on CRISP. 2) Submit a 10-15 page portfolio of poetry or prose to the Main Office, room 3187 AH to the Undergraduate Student Services Assistant by noon on the first day of class. 3) When you bring in your portfolio, please complete the 323 registration form. You will be notified by the Department of acceptance into the course, shortly after.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 323. Creative Writing.

Section 005.

Instructor(s): Macklin Smith (macklins@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: English 223 and junior standing. (3). (CE). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Although we shall read quite a number of modern and contemporary poems in order better to understand our actual and possible contexts as writers, most of our work will take place in workshop format: we shall write poems weekly, exchange them, read them aloud, and critique them both orally and in writing. For the workshop to succeed, everyone will need to turn in work on time and be able to offer constructive criticism– criticism that is respectful but not fawning, honest but not cruel, personally meant but not egotistical. Evaluation will be based on the quality of the work produced weekly, on the quality of a final portfolio, and on workshop citizenship. The goal of the course is that all of us realize our best potential as poets, which should mean that we learn together to improve our craft.

In order to enroll in this course, students need 1) Waitlist on CRISP. 2) Submit a 10-15 page portfolio of poetry or prose to the Main Office, room 3187 AH to the Undergraduate Student Services Assistant by noon on the first day of class. 3) When you bring in your portfolio, please complete the 323 registration form. You will be notified by the Department of acceptance into the course, shortly after.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 325. Essay Writing: The Art of Exposition.

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is an upper-level composition course for students interested in improving their writing, with particular attention paid to the development of individual style expressed in the details of voice, tone, nuance, and rhythm. All classes will proceed on the assumption that these basic principles inform good writing: that writing is thinking; that writing well requires attention to issues of audience; that revision is a necessary part of the writing process; and that all writing reflects the writer's view of the world. Class discussion will include a consideration of student writing. To focus discussion and to provide subject matter for writing assignments, readings by professional writers will be assigned in most sections. Writing assignments will vary according to instructor, but the general requirement is 40 pages of prose (300 words to a page). Course descriptions for individual sections not listed below can be found on the department's Web page or in 3020 Angell Hall.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Engl. 325. Essay Writing: The Art of Exposition.

Section 001 – The Dwarf, The Demon, and The Divided Self

Instructor(s): Lilian Back (lillianb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The Dwarf, The Demon, and The Divided Self. "Works of fiction exist in a space between the Double and the Other. To enter into a work of fiction is in a sense to transform the Other into a Double," writes Professor Coates. Our seminar will concentrate on how authors involve us in the most unlikely identifications. How, for example, does John Irving, in A Prayer For Owen Meany, create a hero for us out of a little guy who looks translucent (his blue veins show through his skin), has a strange sounding voice, and is extremely manipulative. We will be reading works that help us make meaning and connections out of the three unlikely joined subjects in the title of this class. We will want to consider the ways in which we, in the process of reading and writing, actually create the text and recreate our "selves." Coursework includes five 8-page essays with revisions. Cost:2 (Back)

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 325. Essay Writing: The Art of Exposition.

Section 002 – Ripening Memories

Instructor(s): Lilian Back (lillianb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Ripening Memories: The Making of Meaning

"I am moved by fancies that are curled/around these images, and cling," says T.S. Eliot.

In some significant ways a literary text may serve its reader similarly to a past life remembered, a memory, a dream. In this seminar, we will want to concentrate our attention on how that process works. How does an author carve a living, changing world out of print and paper? How do we carve our lives out of past lives – our own and others? What do we choose to remember and what "to forget"? We will, as the seminar progresses, find ourselves asking: "what actually did we hear and see in the past," both in our personal lives as well as in the lives of the characters we meet in the texts and films we read and view, respectively. It will be a fascinating story for us to unfold and we will find some fascinating authors to help us unfold it: for example, John Irving; Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, Isabell Allende, Michael Cunningham. (5 essays and peer responses) (Back)

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 325. Essay Writing: The Art of Exposition.

Section 003.

Instructor(s): Rosemary Kowalski (rkowalsk@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The links between writing and literature are many, and, in this course, we will be examining the variety of connections and practicing the diverse forms. Be prepared to write a literary analysis, a literature review, a personal essay, a (small) literary research project, a piece on composition, a short story, a collaborative piece of writing. Also be prepared to have one of your writings "published" in a class literary magazine. We will be focusing on grammar and mechanics – the nuts and bolts of writing – as well as larger philosophical and pedagogical issues. Students will write about 30 pages of polished prose that has been revised several times, as well as a number of short, 2 page peer critiques. Readings will be determined by the writing assignments and may involve library and web visits.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 325. Essay Writing: The Art of Exposition.

Section 004, 005.

Instructor(s): Jackie Livesay (jlivesay@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

The goal of this course is to provide opportunities for students to learn to write with increased insight, power, and assurance. Given that goal, I've tried to create a course (1) that gives students much writing practice (though not always as formal papers), (2) that allows students to work independently on topics of their own choosing, (3) that offers examples and inspiration from some of the finest prose stylists, and (4) that keeps the whole class sharing ideas and helping each other with writing throughout the term. Readings, discussion, in-class writings, and workshopping of one another's papers will be the primary focus in the classroom. Attendance and participation are essential, given the collaborative nature of the work.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 327/Theatre 327. Playwriting.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): OyamO (oyamo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Engl. 227. (3). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 350. Literature in English to 1660.

Section 001 – This course satisfies either the pre-1600 or the pre-1830 requirement for English concentrators.

Instructor(s): Michael Schoenfeldt (mcschoen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is the first of a two-term sequence designed to study the historical development of literature in English. Most of our attention will be devoted to close analysis of a dazzling variety of texts from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. We will work to foreground the historical, social, cultural, and intellectual issues to which these texts respond, and to interrogate our criteria for designating a text as "major." Writers to be studied include Chaucer, Marlowe, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert,and Milton. There will be two essays of approximately five pages each, a midterm and a final examination.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 367. Shakespeare's Principal Plays.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Steven Mullaney (mullaney@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (HU).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

A study of Shakespeare's dramatic works, selected to represent his exploration of major genres over the course of his career. Although we will be reading the plays intensively as literary works, we will also be considering social and political issues in Elizabethan and Jacobean England in order to clarify the complex engagement of Shakespeare's stage with cultural controversies of his period. Our goal will be to appreciate Shakespeare and to examine the impact of his drama in its own day and its ramification for ours. The plays likely to be studied: A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Merchant of Venice; Measure for Measure; Hamlet; Othello; King Lear; The Tempest. The text used will be The Riverside Shakespeare. There will be a midterm and a final exam, as well as three relatively short essays.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 370. Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature.

Section 002 – New Literary Histories

Instructor(s): Theresa Tinkle (tinkle@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of eight credits with department permission.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

New Literary Histories

What did women write before 1660? How did that compare with men's writing? How were minorities defined? What did books look like before the invention of the printing press? How did the printing press change the way we read? This course explores the new literary histories that attempt to answer these questions. We will read several kinds of literary history, seeking to understand the value and limitations of each. At the same time, we will engage the literary texts emphasized by particular histories. Finally, we will examine early manuscript and print versions of some works in order to determine how material forms shaped early readers' interpretations-and how those forms can help us to appreciate literary works' historical potential for meaning. Course requirements: active participation in discussions, reading response papers, peer critiques, and two short essays.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 371. Studies in Literature, 1600-1830.

Section 001 – (Honors).

Instructor(s): Marjorie Levinson (cecily@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with department permission.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will explore British Romantic poetry, defined by reference to the works of the six canonical poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley, Byron) and with an emphasis on the philosophical projects undertaken through that body of writing. Some examples of such projects: redefinition of the writing and reading subject; fusion of critical and creative functions in poetry; invention of art as a mode of knowledge and politics; literary production as both reflecting and resisting economies of modern life. Requirements: serious and informed class-participation; submission of questions/comments for each syllabus item; weekly essays, 2-5 pages. Written work will consist of two five-page papers and one longer essay (c.15 pages). These first two essays will in part constitute explorations in the longer research project for the course. (Levinson)

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 372. Studies in Literature, 1830-Present.

Section 001 – What Was Modernism?

Instructor(s): Gorman Beauchamp (gormanb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with department permission.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will explore Modernism – the style/movement that dominated the "high" art of the first decades of this century. While we will read a few poems (Eliot, Yeats) and glance briefly at some of the art and music, the focus of the course will fall primarily on fiction. Works to be read include Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Mann's Death in Venice, Joyce's Portrait of the Artist, Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Woolf's To the Lighthouse, Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, Faulkner's The Sound and the Fury, and Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Course grades will depend on two essay exams, frequent short, informal writing assignments, and two five page analytical papers. Regular attendance is essential. (Beauchamp)

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 372. Studies in Literature, 1830-Present.

Section 002 – Victorian and Modern Literature

Instructor(s): Mary Zwiep (mnz@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with department permission.

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

We will explore a representative selection of the best poetry, fiction, and drama written during a period of a hundred years, from roughly 1850-1950. The course should give you a general historical perspective – an understanding of changing techniques and the ideas behind them. Works are chosen chiefly for their aesthetic value and we will keep in mind Stephen Dedalus's criteria for the "wholeness, harmony and radiance" of art. A tentative reading list will cover novels by Trollope, The Warden, James What Maise Knew, Forster Howards End, Woolf To The Lighthouse, and Faulkner As I Lay Dying; short stories of Joyce Dubliners and Hemingway In Our Time; selected poems Tennyson, the "Imagists", Eliot The Wasteland, Stevens "Sunday Morning" and Frost; plays by Shaw Major Barbara and Beckett Waiting for Godot. Class emphasizes discussion based on close reading of the texts. Requirements: at least two essays and an exam, assorted "informal" exercises. (Zwiep)

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 382/Amer. Cult. 328. Native American Literature.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Betty Bell (blbell@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits with department permission.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course, we will read the Native American novels, non-fiction works, and films most commonly associated with the Native American Renaissance and the construction of contemporary pan-tribal culture. Produced in a thirty year period, 1968-98, these texts popularized the Native American experience and profoundly affected the ways in which Americans and Native Americans view indigenous cultures and peoples. The works of Vine Deloria, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Silko, and others will guide our explorations into tribal sovereignty, spirituality, gender, and the creation of a pan-tribal literature. Recent Native American films, such as Smoke Signals and Dance Me Outside, will assist our discussions on native self-representation in popular culture. Course assignments will include three five page papers. (Bell)

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 383. Topics in Jewish Literature.

Section 001 – Jewish Literature in America

Instructor(s): Anita Norich (norich@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). May be repeated for a total of six credits with department permission.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will consider the literature of the past century written by Jews in America. Reading fiction and poetry written by immigrants and those born in the United States, in Yiddish and English, we will consider questions such as the following: What is "Jewish" and "American" about this literature? What are its major themes and concerns? Who writes Jewish literature and how? How central is the Holocaust, Israel, family myths, Biblical themes, tradition? In addition to reading some familiar authors, we will read a number of Yiddish texts in English translation (no knowledge of Yiddish is required) in order to reclaim this largely unknown literature. We will choose among the following: I.B. Singer, Yankev Glatshteyn, Kadia Molodovsky, Saul Bellow, Bernard Malamud, Cynthia Ozick, Grace Paley, H. Leivick, Henry Roth, Philip Roth, and others. Course requirements include lively participation, three papers, and short in-class writing assignments. This course fulfills the American Literature and New Traditions requirements for English concentrators. (Norich)

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 406/Ling. 406. Modern English Grammar.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Richard Cureton (rcureton@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This is an advanced survey of descriptive English grammar. We will look closely at the formal and semantic motivations for basic grammatical categories and processes in English (words, phrases, clauses, and sentences) and we will discuss how these structures contribute to the expressive potential of the system. There will be daily practice in grammatical parsing, weekly quizzes, and a final exam. The course should be attractive to those professionally interested in English education, practical criticism, or further work in linguistic theory – as well as those generally interested in becoming more articulate about the structure of our language. Texts: Randolph Quirk and Sidney Greenbaum, A Student's Grammar of the English Language and John Algeo, Exercises in Contemporary English. (Cureton)

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 407. Topics in Language and Literature.

Section 001 – Reading Old English. Meets with English 501.001

Instructor(s): Thomas Toon (ttoon@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits with department permission.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course is an introduction to the earliest texts written in English over a thousand years ago. We will begin with Old English, the language spoken by our forebears until the unpleasantness at Hastings – the Norman Conquest. Since Old English is so different from Modern English as to seem like another language, the first object of this class will be to master the rudiments of the structure and vocabulary of the earliest attested form of English. The reward is being able to read an excitingly different corpus of prose and poetry. We will conclude with the study of the later texts which continue the Anglo-Saxon tradition alliterative tradition. My chief aim is to help you develop a new appreciation of where our language, culture, and intellectual traditions come from.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 412/Film-Video 412. Major Directors.

Section 001 – American Comic Masters Since the 60's: Allen, Brooks, Edwards, and Ashby

Instructor(s): Peter Bauland (pbauland@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU). Laboratory fee ($35) required. May be repeated for a total of nine credits with department permission.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Lab Fee: Laboratory fee ($35) required.

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Film and Video Studies 412.001.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 415. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literature.

Section 001 – Research and Technology in the Humanities. Meets with English 516.001.

Instructor(s): Eric Rabkin (esrabkin@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This upperclass and graduate-level course fosters both sharpened general analytic and presentational skills and technical mastery of a broad range of modern computer-based technologies for collaboration and for gathering, manipulating, analyzing, and presenting electronic data in the humanities, both locally and via networks, with special attention to creating and publishing "compound documents" (e.g., Web sites and CD-ROMs). The course begins with five weeks of intensive technical training and proceeds to five weeks of discussion of works that question the impacts of technology. By the middle of the semester, restrained only by time and their imaginations, students also will be working in self-selected groups on creating sophisticated multimedia products using a variety of techniques to address some substantial issue in the humanities. Technical topics include at least information gathering from digital sources, HTML authoring, hypertext documents or novels, collaborative technologies, the meaning of the digital revolution, text analysis, and image manipulation. (Rabkin)

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 415. Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literature.

Section 005 – Topic?

Instructor(s): Barbra Morris

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 417. Senior Seminar.

Section 001 – The Stages of Arthur Miller

Instructor(s): Enoch Brater (enochb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior concentrator in English. May not be repeated for credit. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the premiere of Death of a Salesman by offering a complete overview of the work of U-M alumnus Arthur Miller. Beginning by examining his earliest work, the prize-winning entries that garnered him two Hopwood Awards, we will move on to consider the series of plays which have established his international reputation: All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible, A View From the Bridge, Incident at Vichy, his adaptation of Ibsen's An Enemy of the People, After the Fall, The Price, and The American Clock (inspired by Stud Terkel's Hard Times ). Emphasis will be placed on the history of these plays in production, both in the U.S. and abroad. This course will take advantage of the holdings of Miller's work in the Shapiro Library's video collection, and students will also be introduced to the collection of original Miller manuscripts in the University of Michigan's Rare Books Library. There will be 3 short papers of 4-5 pages each, plus a final term project. Students will take an active part in the "Arthur Miller International Symposium" which will take place at the University of Michigan, October 26-29, 2000. This course fulfills the American Literature requirement for English concentrators. (Brater)

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 417. Senior Seminar.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Nicholas Delbanco (delbanco@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior concentrator in English. May not be repeated for credit. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 417. Senior Seminar.

Section 003.

Instructor(s): Julie Ellison (jeson@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior concentrator in English. May not be repeated for credit. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 417. Senior Seminar.

Section 005.

Instructor(s): Lem Johnson (eljay@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior concentrator in English. May not be repeated for credit. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 417. Senior Seminar.

Section 007 – Texts of U.S. Slavery, Race, and Labor. Meets with CAAS 495.001.

Instructor(s): Xiomara Santamarina (xas@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Senior concentrator in English. May not be repeated for credit. (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this seminar we will read antebellum texts on slavery, labor, and African American uplift in order to explore 19th century concepts of race and labor. We will study the various, conflicting representations of enslaved and free Black labor that influenced national debates over slavery, the reform movements of abolition and uplift, and the relation of these representations to national ideas about race and legitimacy. Readings include the autobiographies of former slaves, Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and freeborn Harriet Wilson, as well as writings by Emerson, Olmsted, Marx, and noted slavery supporter, George Fitzhugh. We will focus on how perceptions of Black labor framed the ways in which emancipation and equality were imagined, and on the role of labor in African Americans' efforts to represent themselves as legitimate subjects in the antebellum public sphere. So as to meet the upper-level writing requirement, writing assignments will include short response papers, midterm and final papers.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 423. The Writing of Fiction.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Tish O'Dowd (tishod@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to seniors and graduate students; written permission of the instructor is required. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Students are expected to maintain journals throughout the term, to comment thoughtfully and intelligently on one another's work and on short stories selected from the text, and, to come up with fifty pages of reasonably polished fiction. Attendance at the 4-5 readings sponsored by the English Department is also required. Students who want to enroll in the workshop should get on the waitlist at CRISP and bring a manuscript to class the first evening. A list of those admitted will be posted shortly thereafter.

Cost: 1 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 423. The Writing of Fiction.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Peter Ho-Davies (phdavies@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open to seniors and graduate students; written permission of the instructor is required. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

English 423 is an advanced level course in the writing (and reading) of short fiction. The primary focus of the class will be on original student work, but we'll also study a variety of published contemporary stories. Students will be required to write two complete stories (2500-5000 words) for the workshop, and revise one of these by the end of the semester. Brief weekly critiques of stories to be discussed and occasional short writing exercises will also be assigned. Reading will usually consist of three to four stories each week. Text: Vintage Book of Contemporary American Short Stories ed. Tobias Woolf. Students who want to enroll in the workshop should get on the waitlist at CRISP and bring a manuscript to class the first evening. A list of those admitted will be posted shortly thereafter.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 425. Advanced Essay Writing.

Section 001 – On Finding Your Voice

Instructor(s): John Rubadeau (jwr@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open only to seniors and graduate students. (3). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Much like the English 225 courses I have taught over the last dozen years, this course will focus on (1) improving your vocabulary, (2) strengthening your grammatical, mechanical, semantical, and syntactical skills, and (3) helping you find your voice. I insist that you make the private public (ideally, to illustrate a universal truth or a general principle) in order that you establish your authority to comment on the topic of your essay, that you pen an essay which is not generic, and, most importantly, that you write with a human voice (not dead, wooden prose written by an obscurantist majoring in philosophy [mea culpa to any philosophy major reading this course description]). Although this course is not difficult, it is perhaps the most labor-intensive course you will take. Quid pro quo – be prepared to bust ass for me, and, in the process, you'll learn much about writing. The reading material for this course is your peers' writing. This will be a fun, interesting, profitable, and practical course.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 425. Advanced Essay Writing.

Section 002 – Creative Non-Fiction

Instructor(s): Merla Wolk (merla@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Open only to seniors and graduate students. (3). (Excl).

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In common usage, the term "creative writing" refers to fiction and poetry, something made-up. What I find disturbing in this usage is the implication that creative is one thing essay-writing isn't. In this course in essay writing, we will operate on the premise that those distinctions are false. We will approach the writing of essays as a creative, imaginative process, in which the writer works with a mixture of "facts" and things "made-up" (another distinction that is not so easy to make). It takes imagination to read one's own mind well enough to know what one thinks; it takes imagination to read the mind of others; and it takes imagination to read those minds in relationship as we develop our ideas and find the language to express them. As we work imaginatively, we will discredit another unspoken assumption: that creativity is an ability only artists have. Our class will be run as a workshop in which we read imaginative texts by professional writers (Thernstrom, O'Brien, Rosellen Brown, Russell Banks, and others) and the writers in the class, and use our discussions of them as a springboard for our own writing. You will write three essays, weekly questioning of the texts and their writing strategies, and constructive responses to each other's writing.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 426. Directed Writing.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing and permission of instructor. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-4).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 427/Theatre 427. Advanced Playwriting.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): OyamO (oyamo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: English 327. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 429. The Writing of Poetry.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Alice Fulton (slippage@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Written permission of instructor is required. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit.

Upper-Level Writing

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Written Permission of Instructor Required

This is an advanced workshop for those who have written and read a significant amount of poetry. English 223 or 323 are recommended preliminaries. The class will focus on student poems and discussion of six assigned books by contemporary poets. Everyone must make thoughtful contributions to all discussions and lead one or two sessions. Other requirements include weekly poems, exercises, and short written responses to the assigned books. To be considered for admission, please leave the following in the mailbox outside 3151 Angell Hall before the first day of class: five to ten pages of your poetry; your name, concentration, year of study; previous exposure to poetry; a brief explanation of why you love to read poetry and why you want to take this course. Prospective students must attend the first class meeting. This course fulfills the following program requirements: Senior Writing Requirement. Approximate book cost: $80.00 plus copying costs. (Fulton)

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 430. The Rise of the Novel.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Porter (dporter@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 431. The Victorian Novel.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): David Thomas (dwthomas@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

Many issues that concern us today really took flight in the Victorian period – issues of class, gender, sexuality, politics, popular culture, family life, and more. And the period's most characteristic literary form, the novel, provides a hugely entertaining and suggestive way of thinking about these issues then and now. In this course we explore the pleasures of reading Victorian novels – they were, in effect, the popular miniseries of their day – and enrich our understanding of these novels by keeping an eye to their relevant social contexts. Our primary emphasis goes to canonical authors such as the Brontës, Dickens, Eliot, and Hardy. But we also explore the formation of canonical value by looking to one or two texts from less traditionally celebrated authors. Coursework includes three papers, a presentation, and a reading journal.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 433. The Modern Novel.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Konigsberg

Prerequisites & Distribution: (4). (Excl).

Credits: (4; 3 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 440. Modern Poetry.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Laurence Goldstein (lgoldste@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

In this course we shall study the major poetry in English of the period 1900-1940. Our principal subject matter will be work by the most important poets – Thomas Hardy, W.B. Yeats, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, D. H. Lawrence, H.D., W.C. Williams, Marianne Moore, Robert Frost, Hart Crane, Wallace Stevens – but we will also devote some time to special topics like Imagism, the poetry of The Great War, and the Harlem Renaissance, as well as to the social, historical, and literary backgrounds of modern poetry. The objective of the course is a clear understanding of the techniques and themes of modern poetry, which are especially significant because they continue to influence and inform the poetry of our own time. The format is lecture and discussion. Requirements include two papers, a midterm, and a final examination. This course fulfills the American Literature requirement for English concentrators. (Goldstein)

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 443/Theatre 321. History of Theatre I.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Leigh Woods

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Theatre and Drama 443.001.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Engl. 443/Theatre 321. History of Theatre I.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): Bay-Cheng

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Theatre and Drama 321.002.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Engl. 444/Theatre 322. History of Theatre II.

Section 001 – Renaissance Drama. Meets with RC Humanities 387.001

Instructor(s): Martin Walsh (narenlob@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Foriegn Lit

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See RC Humanities 387.001.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 449/Theatre 423. American Theatre and Drama.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Bert Cardullo (cardullo@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (HU).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

See Theatre and Drama 449.001.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

Engl. 450. Medieval Drama.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Tinkle

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 469. Milton.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Michael Schoenfeldt (mcschoen@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course, which satisfies the pre-1830 requirement of the Department of English, will be devoted to close reading of the works of John Milton, England's greatest epic poet. We will read some of the early poetry and prose, but the lion's share of our attention will be devoted to Samson Agonistes, Milton's closet drama of sexual and political treachery, and to Paradise Lost, Milton's retelling of the central Judeo-Christian myth about the origin of evil in the world. We will be particularly interested in the relationship between Milton's own career as a political revolutionary and his portrait of Satan's rebellion against God, and in his account of the origin of social and sexual difference. Requirements include attendance and participation, 2 five-page essays, a midterm, and a final.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 470. Early American Literature: Key Texts.

Section 001 – American Literature to 1830. Meets the Pre-1830 and American Literature requirements for English concentrators.

Instructor(s): Scottie Parrish (sparrish@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will offer you a broad introduction to the literature of North America from the first Spanish contacts through the period of the Early Republic. We will read, for example, the impassioned theological expressions of New England, narratives of captivity, conversion, and enslavement that emerged from the often violent crossing of cultures and races throughout the colonies, seduction novels by women, and the foundational documents surrounding the Revolution. My interest lies not in defining an American form or story, but in asking why certain forms emerged or were invoked and altered in response to unique historical situations. As texts which you discover yourself are often the most compelling, you will pursue a subject of your own choosing through research in microfilm and rare books, present your finds to the class, and incorporate them into a final paper. There will also be a short paper, a reading journal, and a final exam.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 473. Topics in American Literature.

Section 001 – North & South American Literature. Meets with American Culture 498.001. Meets the American Literature requirement for English concentrators.

Instructor(s): James McIntosh (jhmci@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with department permission.

Credits: (3; 2 in IIIb).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course will identify common cultural dilemmas and opportunities in the Americas and examine common themes and mutual influences in United States and Spanish-American literature. Topics include: (1) García Márquez as creator of an imaginary fictional country with its own American history; (2) Morrison's Beloved as African American history and as a home-grown example of magical realism; (3) Borges and Hawthorne as elaborate provincial artificers, cosmopolitan inventors bred in local American settings; (4) Neruda and Whitman as poets of the vast American landscape and of American sensuality, uncertainty, and fraternity; and (5) Erdrich and Arguedas as storytellers and mediators between native and Euro-American cultures. A reading knowledge of Spanish is desirable but not necessary. Students will be asked to contribute to discussions and write a short paper, a long paper, and a take-home exam.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 482. Studies in Individual Authors.

Section 001 – Yeats, Joyce, and Ireland

Instructor(s): George Bornstein (georgeb@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with department permission.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This seminar will study the work of two major modern Irish writers, Yeats and Joyce. We will focus on Yeats' poetry and on Joyce's fiction (Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist, and Ulysses) in terms of the construction both of international modernism and of Irish cultural and political nationalism. Both aesthetic and cultural strategies will come up for discussion, and students should feel comfortable with poetry as well as with prose. Through both the literature itself and its contested receptions we will also examine notions of cultural hybridity, and will use the extraordinary controversies over recent editions of Joyce's Ulysses and of Yeats' poetry to explore how the often problematic editorial construction of texts shapes interpretation and theory. Besides reading and discussion, course work will include one-paragraph weekly responses, a brief group oral report (on Ulysses), a paper or two, and an exam.

Cost: 2 Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 482. Studies in Individual Authors.

Section 002 – William Faulkner and Robert Hayden

Instructor(s): Laurence Goldstein (lgoldste@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with department permission.

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

WILLIAM FAULKNER AND ROBERT HAYDEN

The largest portion of the syllabus for this course will be given to William Faulkner, whose fiction has exerted a powerful influence on writers around the world. Likely texts are two of his most experimental and highly-orchestrated novels – The Sound and the Fury and Absalom, Absalom – and two of his most controversial popular works – Sanctuary and The Hamlet (the first volume of the Snopes trilogy), as well as several short stories. Robert Hayden's Collected Poems investigates some of the same history that Faulkner scrutinizes, but from an African-American perspective. Together the two authors carry forward themes central to American literature in the 20th century: region and nation, modern sexuality, racial and class identity. At the same time we shall consider questions of career-formation and canonization in these exemplary cases.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 484. Issues in Criticism.

Section 001 – Rhetoric and the Achievement of Women's Rights

Instructor(s): Alisse Theodore (alisse@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: http://www-personal.umich.edu/~alisse/ENGL484f00/desc.html

Most nineteenth-century American women had little or no access to political leaders, higher education, or even the wages they earned; they were not allowed to vote, sign contracts, or own property in the United States. Despite these rigid constraints and tremendous opposition, over a span of eight decades American women generated massive social and political changes. How? By using the only tool available to them: language. Clearly, what we say, how we say it, and to whom it is said can – and does – change the world. In this class, you'll learn to use rhetorical theory as a way to critically examine persuasive appeals while we study speeches and other texts from the nineteenth-century woman's rights movement. Together, we will consider the power of language to define, reform, and even revolutionize politics and society. Students will participate in class discussions, write occasional brief responses to the readings, do a short project, and write one longer paper.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 486. History of Criticism.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): John Kucich (jkucich@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3; 2 in the half-term).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This will be an introductory survey of literary theory from the romantics to the present, but with emphasis on the exciting and absolutely fundamental changes that have taken place in the past twenty-five years. Major areas of study will include Romanticism, Modernism, New Criticism, Post-structuralism, New Historicism, Feminism, and Multiculturalism. We will be using various kinds of literary theory to help us answer basic questions about what and why we read, questions like: What gives us literary pleasure? Do authors determine the meaning of their texts, or do readers? How is literature related to society and politics? Can pornography be literature? Is there a difference between literature and propaganda? How are male readers/writers different from female readers/writers? On what principles was our literary canon established, and should it be revised? Mix of lecture/discussion, but with a strong emphasis on student participation. Two, possibly three short papers, and a final project.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 489/Education 440. Teaching of English.

Section 001.

Prerequisites & Distribution: See School of Education Bulletin. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 492. Honors Colloquium: Drafting the Thesis.

Section 001.

Instructor(s): Adela Pinch (apinch@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Admission to the English Honors Program and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

No Description Provided


Engl. 492. Honors Colloquium: Drafting the Thesis.

Section 002.

Instructor(s): David Thomas (dwthomas@umich.edu)

Prerequisites & Distribution: Admission to the English Honors Program and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl).

Credits: (3).

Course Homepage: No Homepage Submitted.

This course assists you in conceiving and writing an Honors thesis – your most important piece of work in English Honors. In the initial weeks we examine research methods in the humanities and clarify the nature of the Honors thesis (how it differs from a term paper, for example). The remainder of the course is devoted to nurturing and strengthening your individual project through a linked series of tasks (topic statements, notes on secondary sources, bibliographies, drafts of sections). You present your work in progress to the class, and read and critique your classmates' drafts. By the end of the semester, you will have a 20- to 30-page draft of your thesis and a strongly focused sense of what changes and additions are needed before you turn in the final version in March. You should also have a clear sense of the demands and rewards of advanced work in literary studies.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: 1

Engl. 497. Honors Seminar.

Section 001 – Honors.

Instructor(s): Sara Blair

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior or senior standing, and permission of instructor. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Credits: (3).

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Engl. 499. Directed Study.

Prerequisites & Distribution: Junior standing; and permission of instructor. Not open to graduate students. (1-4). (Excl). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a total of six credits.

Credits: (1-4).

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Registration only by arrangement with the instructor.

Cost: No Data Given. Waitlist Code: No Data Given.

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