Courses in English (Division 361)

125. Introductory Composition. ECB writing assessment. (Introductory Composition).

Descriptions for sections of English 125 are available in the main English office, 7611 Haven Hall.

Primarily for Freshmen and Sophomores

Courses numbered 200 and above may be elected only after the Introductory Composition requirement has been completed.

225. Argumentative Writing. English 125 or 167 or equivalent. (HU).
Section 201.
The course will require writing on virtually every day of the term. Most of this writing will be entered (for all class members to read) on a computer course conference. DOING THIS WRITING WILL REQUIRE YOUR BEING AT A COMPUTER (IN ANY OF THE NUMEROUS WORK STATIONS ON THE NORTH AND MAIN UM CAMPUSES) SEVERAL TIMES WEEKLY THROUGHOUT THE TERM. In meetings of the class, there will be: 1) short interruptible lectures on such key concepts as argument, argumentative and other so-called modes of discourse, and the relevance of contexts to the meanings of all texts; 2) discussion of readings in a short course pack, whose contents will relate to the concepts named in (1) above; 3) discussion of classmates' written work. Besides the assigned writing and computer work, regular attendance, from day one, is an unwaivable requirement for a grade in the course. (Van't Hul)

230. Introduction to Short Story and Novel. (HU).
Section 201.
The main work of this course will be to read short stories, then novels, and to write SHORT (one- and two-page) responses to features of the assigned works. All but one of the novels will exemplify the serious genre called "comic fiction." Almost all written work will be entered (for all class members to read) on a computer course conference. DOING THIS WORK WILL REQUIRE YOUR BEING AT A COMPUTER (IN ANY OF THE NUMEROUS WORK STATIONS ON NORTH AND MAIN UM CAMPUSES) SEVERAL TIMES WEEKLY THROUGHOUT THE TERM. We will spend much class meeting time in discussion of both 1)the assigned fiction, and 2) classmates' written responses to assignments focused on the assigned fiction. There will be a handful of interruptible lectures on such key concepts as (a) point of view, (b) plot and characterization, and (c) genres of fiction. Besides the assigned reading and writing, regular attendance in class meetings is, from day one, an unwaivable requirement for a grade in the course. (Van't Hul)

240. Introduction to Poetry. Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (HU).
Section 201.
In this course we read and study poems rather carefully so that we can read poetry with some enjoyment and knowledge. This activity is prerequisite to a concentration in English. The course can also be a good one for students not intending an English concentration but who want to know more about poetry. We go by as much reading of poems in class and as much discussion as we can. We invite familiarity with the main manifestations of English and American verse through the reading of a large number of poems written over the centuries as well as through the close reading of a given few. That way we can hope to get some sense of the range of lyric poetry as well as some skill at seeing how different kinds of poems are put together and how they work; and this not for its own sake but so that we can know more clearly, enjoy more deeply. There will be a number of written exercises, one paper, one hour exam and a final exam. (McNamara)

Primarily for Juniors and Seniors

314. Topics in Literature Before 1800. (HU). May be repeated for a total of 6 credits with department permission.
Section 201.
MEDIEVAL ENGLISH ROMANCES. The romance was a French invention of the twelfth century. Fusing stories of adventure and of that kind of love we now call romantic, it quickly became popular all over Europe, representing and analyzing a new kind of ideal life. The greatest English examples of the type were written some two hundred years later and are, variously ironic, variations on romantic themes. In this course our primary focus will be on three of these works: SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT, Malory's MORTE D'ARTHUR, and Chaucer's TROILUS AND CRISEYDE. We will also read a number of works such as the LANCELOT of Chrétien de Troyes and some Arthurian texts both as independent works and as context for the English romances. This will be a discussion course. There will be a final exam, at least one paper and at least one hour exam. The course will satisfy the pre-1800 requirement for the English concentration. (Lenaghan)

355. Core I (Great English Books). (HU).
Section 201.
Core I is a survey of Medieval and Renaissance English literature and we shall divide our time between reading and writing about what we read. We'll read selections from Chaucer's CANTERBURY TALES, SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT, THE SECOND SHEPHERD'S PLAY, selections from Malory's MORTE D'ARTHUR, lyric poetry of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries, Jonson's VOLPONE, Browne's THE URN BURIAL, most of PARADISE LOST, and FIRE IN THE BUSH by Gerrard Winstanly. Members of this section will write three essays, each of which will come out of a preliminary draft (ungraded) that the instructor and other members in the class criticize in both written comments (graded) and conversation. There will be a final examination. Students should have taken English 240 before electing this course; those who have not will probably find the course hard going. Prospective students are welcome to discuss the course with the instructor, whose office hours in the Winter Term are Monday, 1-2 and Friday, 2-4, 2634 Haven Hall. (Adams)

356. Core II (Great English and American Books). (HU).
Section 201.
This section of Core II studies poetics and philosophical works and related literary cultural arts in Britain in the 18th and early 19th centuries. Principal authors to be studied include: Addison, Pope, Johnson, Blake, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats and Shelley. Written work includes in-class essays and a longer paper. (Wright)

357. Core III (Great English and American Books). (HU).
Section 201.
The third in the Core sequence for English concentrators, this course will treat British and American literature from the mid-nineteenth to the mid-twentieth centuries. Although the emphasis will fall on fiction, some poems of the major poets of the period - Tennyson, Browning, Yeats, Eliot, and Auden will be studied. The fiction to be read includes George Eliot's MIDDLEMARCH, Henry James' PORTRAIT OF A LADY, Joseph Conrad's HEART OF DARKNESS, James Joyce's PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN, D.H. Lawrence's LADY CHATTERLY'S LOVER, F. Scott Fitzgerald's THE GREAT GATSBY, Ernest Hemingway's THE SUN ALSO RISES, and William Faulkner's THE BEAR. There will be two medium-length papers (about six pages) and two hourly exams. The course will combine lecture and discussion. (Beauchamp)

367. Shakespeare's Principal Plays. (HU).
Section 201.
In this course we will study nine of Shakespeare's plays, representing the three genres in which he excelled, comedy, history, and tragedy. The nine plays will probably be: THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, ROMEO AND JULIET, A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, TWELFTH NIGHT, HENRY IV, HAMLET, OTHELLO, KING LEAR, and THE TEMPEST. The approach to the plays will be eclectic and (I hope) undogmatic. The format will alternate between lecture and discussion. There will be a variety of writing assignments that should total about 10-12 pages; and a midterm and a final exam. (Beauchamp)

417. Senior Seminar. Senior concentrator in English. May not be repeated for credit. (Excl).

NOTE: ENGLISH 417 SHOULD BE ELECTED BY SENIOR ENGLISH CONCENTRATORS ONLY. English 417 along with the Core courses meets the Junior-Senior writing requirement for English concentrators ONLY. Please ADD the ECB MODIFICATION for 417 AT CRISP.

Section 201. WILLIAM BLAKE'S ILLUMINATED WORKS. This seminar studies the verbal/visual arts of William Blake's illuminated books, together with some of his other writings and pictorial works. The principal illuminated books to be studied are SONGS OF INNOCENCE AND OF EXPERIENCE, THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL, and THE BOOK OF URIZEN. Written work includes classroom reports and a longer paper. (Wright)

433. The Modern Novel. (HU).
Section 201.
A study of the development of and changes in the Modern Novel (mostly, but not exclusively, British) with attention both to literary history and to the novels as distinctive works of art. A tentative reading list (subject to modification by students): Hardy's JUDE THE OBSCURE, Bennett's THE OLD WIVES' TALE, Woolf's TO THE LIGHTHOUSE, Lawrence's WOMEN IN LOVE, Fitzgerald's TENDER IS THE NIGHT, Lessing's THE GOLDEN NOTEBOOK, and Robbe-Grillet's JEALOUSY. The class combines discussion with the interruptible lecture. Two short papers, a midterm, and a final examination. (Gindin)


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