Courses in English Language and Literature (Division 361)

See English introductory paragraphs under the Spring half-term.

125. College Writing. ECB writing assessment. (4). (Introductory Composition).

See English 125 (Spring Term).

Sections 206 and 207 must be elected through CSP.

223. Creative Writing. Completion of the Introductory Composition requirement. (2). (HU). May not be repeated for credit.
Section 201 Creative Writing and the Other Arts.
This section of 223 explores ways of combining writing with other forms of art in various media, including pictorial/graphic and performance arts. It presupposes experience with at least one art form and interest in finding ways of combining it with others in a workshop setting of collaboration and group discussion. (Wright)

Section 202. All sections of 223 teach the writing of two of the following three genres: fiction (including personal narrative), drama, and poetry. 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 discussing of student writing. Final portfolio of revised finished work of 25-35 manuscript pages may be required.

225. Argumentative Writing. Completion of the Introductory Composition requirement. (3). (HU).

See English 225 (Spring Term).

230. Introduction to Short Story and Novel. (2). (HU).

This course will survey a wide variety of styles and strategies in fiction, in the short story, the novella and the novel. We will read a score or so of short stories, three or four novellas, and three or four novels. If the class size allows, the format will be mostly discussion. Grades will be based on a number of short papers and a few "pop" writing assignments and, perhaps, depending on how things go, a final exam. Regular attendance is expected, active participation will be rewarded. Cost:2 WL:1 (Beauchamp)

240. Introduction to Poetry. Prerequisite for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (2). (HU).

The student in this course learns to read and study poems in order to increase enjoyment, knowledge and appreciation of poetry. This course is a prerequisite to the English concentration program.

270. Introduction to American Literature. (2). (HU).

We will study authors and traditions of American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to present, beginning with Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Whitman, and Dickinson. Written work will include journals, short reports, and a longer paper. Cost:2 WL:1 (Wright)

Primarily for Juniors and Seniors

325. Essay Writing: The Art of Exposition. (3). (Excl).

This is an upper level composition course for students interested in improving their writing. 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. You will write one paper (4-5 pages) per week. (Section 201: Lenaghan; 202: Staff)

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(s) 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.

370. Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Literature. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with department permission.

In this course we will read some of the CANTERBURY TALES, from the beginning, and PARADISE LOST, from the end of our time span. In between, we will read a concentrated selection of short poems and two or three non-Shakespearean plays of the Renaissance. The class work will be largely devoted to discussion of some of the assigned readings. There will be short written exercises, three papers and two special exams, and a final. The course text will be the first of the Norton Anthology of English Literature, 5th edition, ed. Abrams et al. This course meets the pre-1600 requirement for the English concentration program. WL:1 (Lenaghan)

372. Studies in Literature, 1830-Present. (3). (Excl). May be repeated for credit with department permission.
Section 201 Modern Projects: Developing Family Pictures; Remaking Wartime Narratives.
In this course, we will read texts dealing with two major subjects in post-Romantic literature: development of self, family, and vocation in modern life; and gendered representations of war and peace in modern writing. Our aim is to examine how Victorian and modern writers of traditional, revisionist, and variously innovative literary texts configure these subjects and their intersections. To carry out this project, we will read stories, poems, and novels selected from British, Irish, Canadian, and American literatures from 1832 to the present. The fiction readings will include: Joyce, "The Dead", Lawrence, SONS AND LOVERS, Fitzgerald, TENDER IS THE NIGHT, Atwood, CAT'S EYE, Oates, HEAT AND OTHER STORIES, Phillips, MACHINE DREAM. The poets will include Tennyson, C. Rosseti, Yeats, Millay, Owen, Sassoon, Hughes, Rich, Kumin, Simpson, and Ehrhart. Class meetings will proceed by discussion and the occasional lecture. Attendance is mandatory, and participation in discussion is expected. Required writing: weekly 1-2 page response papers, two 5-7 page essays, and a final exam. (Heininger)


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