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Spring 2017 Commencement

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students at the English Department’s Commencement ceremony, Friday, May 12, 2017 in the Mary Rippon Theatre (the outdoor theater in the center of Hellems). We will host a casual reception at the north end of the theater beginning at 11:00 am; ceremony will begin at 11:30 am.
When does ‘na na na nah’ become poetry?
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Students have a new place to study in Hellems
‘Teddy’ Hamstra, humanities scholar, just getting started
Writer and CU professor Marcia Douglas helps others find their voice

Featured Courses


ENGL 1001-001: Freshman Writing Seminar: Writing as Ethics

Read some very good books with an English professor and think about the beginning of your college career. The course will develop the writing and reasoning skills central to all courses at the university, from science to philosophy. Read more

ENGL 5029-001: British Literature and Culture Before 1800: Slavery and Eighteenth-Century British Literature

The course is intended as an introduction to the long eighteenth century, given its attention to several canonical and popular texts from the period. Read more
literature and time

ENGL 1001-002: Freshman Writing Seminar: Literature and Time

This Freshman Writing Seminar introduces students to the practice of writing analytic essays about literature and culture. Accordingly, the goal of the course is for students to become proficient at writing essays that establish, make and support academic arguments. Read more
modern essay

ENGL 1001-003: Freshman Writing Seminar: Developing the Essay

In this course, you will embark on a writing apprenticeship of sorts, honing your own craft and voice as you study the work of great essayists. You will be encouraged to think of yourself as a tinkerer in a literary laboratory of sorts; essays are selected to provide a sense of the rich history of modern prose, and some outliers are included. Read more

ENGL 5029-002: Polity in Shakespeare and Others

This seminar will explore how Renaissance dramatists—with primary emphasis on Shakespeare—broach questions of collective existence in their plays. Placing Shakespeare in dialogue with a number of precursor and contemporary dramatists will help us identify some of the most important formal resources available to playwrights for representing, thinking about, troubling, or otherwise engaging questions of communal being. Read more

ENGL 5059-001: Nation and Post-Nation in Contemporary British Fiction

This course will survey the landscape of contemporary British fiction, focusing primarily on fiction published after 2000. In particular, it will think about the construction of British national identity and political sovereignty in the face of so-called “post-national” forces, including globalization, regionalism, devolution, the European Union, migration, and multiculturalism. Read more
evil binx

ENGL 1220-001, 002: From Gothic to Horror

Horror is “hot” right now. This course examines this current popularity by way of a historical investigation of the roots of the horror genre in the Gothic, its development in the ghost stories and weird fiction of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and its current appropriation and subversion by contemporary writers of color. Read more
green book

ENGL 1230-001, 002: Environmental Literature

This course introduces students to the tradition of American environmental literature dating from transcendentalism through realist and experimental contemporary literary texts. Read more
NYC Pofest

ENGL 1420-100: Poetry

This course introduces you to the great variety of poems written and composed in English from the very beginning of the English language until recently. Read more
slave ship

ENGL 1600-880: Masterpieces of American Literature

You may not associate the term “masterpiece” with seduction, incest, banditry, abandonment, cross-dressing, immolation, ventriloquism, and … bear costumes. But you should! We will read best-selling, literarily, and culturally significant works from the early US, questioning each of the central terms from the class’s title: what makes a text “literature”? what makes it “American”? and how does one define a “masterpiece”? Read more
dig media

ENGL 2036-001: Intro to Digital Media for Humanities

This course will serve as a humanities-based introduction to digital media structures such as the digital archive and reading/writing software that fundamentally affects what we ourselves are able to read/write; theories and methodologies for under-taking digital media scholarship in the humanities; and, finally, digital textualities ranging from text messaging, blogging, and games to digital fiction and poetry. Read more

ENGL 2112-003: Introduction to Literary Theory

This course provides a survey of contemporary literary and critical theory. It is organized around a series of "keywords" in literary studies that are of established or new resonance in the reading, interpretation, and discussion of texts. Read more
Joaquin Murieta

ENGL 2655-001: Introduction to American Literature I

What story do the stories of early America tell? This course traces the development of an American literary tradition from contact (“discovery”) to settlement (colonies) to nationhood (revolution) to secession and tentative resolution (the Civil War). Read more
surrealist map

ENGL 2767-001: Survey of Postcolonial Literature

This course will first explore how early twentieth-century writer Joseph Conrad saw empire and colonization and then how contemporary writers from the Caribbean, West Africa and South Asia negotiate between the lived effects of globalization and the failed dreams of liberation. Read more
lit crit

ENGL 2102-004: Literary Analysis

This course teaches how to analyze poetry and prose. It assumes some experience with literary analysis but not advanced knowledge. It is divided about equally between poetry and prose, with poetry in the first half. Read more