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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.
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ENGL 4039-001: Critical Thinking in English Studies, Literature and the City

A promise of opportunity; a site of misery and alienation; an escape from the country; a space of deviance and crime—the city has historically alternately fascinated and repelled, a spatial locus that mediates the dreams and fears saturating our cultural imaginaries. Read more

ENGL 4039-003: Critical Thinking in English Studies, British Radicals of the Nineteenth Century

Atheist, feminist, socialist, vegetarian, gay rights activist: these are just a few modes of radical politics that circulated in nineteenth-century Britain, in prose, poetry and fiction. We will consider how these authors arrived at their various politics of resistance and contrast their approaches with the growing liberalism of the age (which is a much more moderate approach). Read more

ENGL 4039-004: Critical Thinking In English Studies, The Literature of Defiance

All too often, English majors are told that their studies are impractical. W.H. Auden’s famous line, “Poetry makes nothing happen,” is often misunderstood as admitting the powerlessness of literature in general. In fact, though, literature has a track record of empowering social change. Read more

ENGL 1600-100: Masterpieces of Literature

We will begin with some masterpieces by 19th American poets Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson... Read more

ENGL 5029-001: British Literature and Culture Before 1800, Literature and Human Rights

Rights are entitlements or justifiable claims; human rights are a special kind of claim that... Read more
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ENGL 2102-100: Literary Analysis

A good reader of literature is a good reader of anything—a tweet, a blog, an advertisement, a news story, a movie review, a market analysis, a cookbook. If you read something, you will read it better—with more understanding, and with more appreciation—if you become adept in the specific techniques and approaches that literary analysis requires. Read more

ENGL 5059-001: British Literature and Culture after 1800, Romantic Culture/the Canon

We will have two primary aims in this class. First, we will explore together the poetry and drama of canonical romanticism. While many courses on romanticism now focus on writers that have been neglected or issues that have been ignored, we will start by reading widely in the “Big Six” poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats). Read more

ENGL 4039-005: Critical Thinking in English Studies, Posthuman/Postnature

The course considers a selection of contemporary American ecofictions in the context of posthuman and... Read more

ENGL 3000-100: Shakespeare for Nonmajors

Introduction to Shakespeare introduces students to 6-10 of Shakespeare's major plays. Comedies, histories, and tragedies will be studied. Some non-dramatic poetry may be included. Viewing of Shakespeare in performance is often required. Read more
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ENGL 5109-001: Survey of Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory, Posthuman/Postnature

The course considers a selection of contemporary American ecofictions in the context of posthuman and postnatural theory. These ecofictions rework the category of “nature” outside of a realist narrative framework but still take their bearings from notions of environmental degradation and sustainability. Read more

ENGL 4048-001: Modern British and Irish Novel

As we read a selection of writings by Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and China Miéville, we will consider the textual innovations and cultural issues at stake in modern British and Irish fiction. Read more

ENGL 3164-001: History and Literature of Georgian Britian

Georgian England is a dynamic moment in British history. It covers the literature, life, and history during the reign of four King Georges (1714-1830). It was a time of the revival of Greek classicism’s serenity and in contrast a time of explosive revolutions. Read more

ENGL 1001-001: Freshman Writing Seminar

This course explores storytelling traditions of Native America by a range of contemporary writers while teaching mastery of college-level writing and composition skills. We read stories from contemporary L/Dakota, Pueblo, Cherokee, Mohawk, Oneida, Hopi, Okanogan, and other indigenous authors, and we learn tools of close reading, literary interpretation, and analysis. Read more

ENGL 2115-001: American Frontiers

An exploration of the American “Self,” this class investigates the frontiers that kept people in nineteenth-century America bottled up and fenced in even as the territorial frontiers were being expanded. As people went West, what happened to those who stayed East? What internal struggles did people experience as they tried to situate themselves in an industrializing world? Read more

ENGL 3021-001: Intermediate Poetry Workshop

In this course we will write about the world we live in and experience everyday. We will read poetry that does the same and touches on subjects from comic books, to the presidential election to the last rap or pop song you listened to last night. Find ways to manipulate and control language, to translate rhythm to a blank page, and to express your experience living within the context of our age. Read more