ENGL 3246: Topics in Popular Culture

Studies special topics in popular culture; specially designed for English majors. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for a total of 6 credit hours for different topics. Repeatable: Repeatable for up to 6.00 total credit hours. Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors) only. Additional...


ENGL 3246: Weird/New Weird or Punk

This class will read and think about weird and new weird fiction as well as some of the theoretical and scholarly debates surrounding this topic. Briefly put, weird fiction emerged in the late nineteenth century as a loose genre of texts concerned with inhuman forces, massive timescales, and cosmic indifference...

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ENGL 3106: Intro to Literary Studies with Data Science

We all know that computers do not have feelings. Yet how might we leverage technology to think about what it is to be human; to identify the emotional state of a speaker; to anticipate the affective response a text aims to produce in a reader or audience member? Or what...

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ENGL 4685: Special Topics in American Literature

Reading, Response & Self-Reflection in American Literature A word is dead, when it is said, Some say— I say, it just begins to live That day —Emily Dickinson We are absurdly accustomed to the miracle of a few written signs being able to contain immortal imagery, involutions of thought, new...

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ENGL 3675: Major Authors in American History - Toni Morrison

This course takes a deep dive into the writings of Toni Morrison, the foremost African-American novelist of our time. Winner of the Pulitzer and Nobel Prizes for Literature, Toni Morrison’s works probe vital questions about race, gender, and power in our contemporary culture. Starting with The Bluest Eye and going...

Zora Neale Hurston

ENGL 3235: American Novel

This course examines how what we have come to think of as “the canon” is entwined with the US’s ethnic literary tradition. We will explore how the two are not only inseparable but in fact mutually constitutive, marking the major shifts in US literary history. Authors may include Herman Melville,...

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ENGL 3005: Literature of New World Encounters

Explores American literature as a site of cultural intersection between European settlers and indigenous peoples. Requisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors). Additional Information: Arts Sci Gen Ed: Distribution-Arts Humanities Departmental Category: American Literature Taught by Ramesh Mallipeddi .

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ENGL 4624: The Ruin in 18th/19th Century Art and Literature

This course will explore from multiple points of view why ruins are so popular: whether those be architectural, literary, or political, or all of these simultaneously. We will read poetry, novels, and look at paintings of ruins. Although the class mostly focuses on the Romantic era in Britain (1776-1832), I...

London, England

ENGL 3164: History & Literature of Georgian England

The Georgian era, named after the reigns of Georges I–IV (1714–1830), was a period of major economic, social, and cultural upheavals, during which Britain became a modern, global superpower, thereby setting the stage for the world we live in. Together we shall study a wide range of texts and images...

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ENGL 2504: British History After 1660

Surveys key trends and works in British literature from 1660 to 1900 by focusing on issues such as modernity; national identity; political, economic, social, and scientific revolutions; reading and media technologies; and the relationship between literary and visual culture. May include works by Aphra Behn, William Hogarth, the Wordsworths, Jane...