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ENGL 1420-001: Poetry (Spring 2019)

This course introduces you to the great variety of poetry written in English and to some of poetry's most creative and powerful voices. We will begin by training ourselves in how to recognize a poem – its meter, rhyme, structure, and intense focus on words – and in how to...

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ENGL 1270-001, 002, 003: Intro to American Women’s Literature (Spring 2019)

Introduces literature by women in America. Covers both poetry and fiction and varying historical periods. Acquaints students with the contribution of women writers to the literary tradition and investigates the nature of this contribution. Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: WGST 1270

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ENGL 1250-880: Intro to Global Women’s Literature (Spring 2019)

This course considers global women’s literature from the late nineteenth century to the present. The body of work we discuss will be global not just by virtue of the amalgamation of works we read, by authors from a variety of nations and continents, but also because they tell global stories,...

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ENGL 1250-001: Intro to Global Women’s Literature (Spring 2019)

Introduces global literature by women. Covers both poetry and fiction and varying historical periods. Acquaints students with the contribution of women writers to the literary tradition and investigates the nature of this contribution. Equivalent - Duplicate Degree Credit Not Granted: WGST 1250

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ENGL 1240-001, 002: Planetarity (Spring 2019)

What does it mean to live on the earth? How does this change when humanity gains the power to change the planet and explore outer space? This seminar focuses on a range of post-WWII works of fiction and non-fiction, art, film, and media that confront these questions. We will read...

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ENGL 1230-001: Environmental Literature (Spring 2019)

Introduces students to the tradition of American environmental literature dating from Transcendentalism through realist and experimental contemporary literary texts. Students will study key terms and concepts related to the environment such as anthropocentrism, bioregionalism, eco-cosmopolitanism, environmental justice, deep ecology, and posthumanism. They will apply them to different literary genres toward...

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ENGL 1220-003: From Gothic to Horror (Spring 2019)

Horror is “hot” right now. Prestige television programming such as The Walking Dead and True Detective, the popularity of writers such as Jeff VanderMeer and Thomas Ligotti, and academic interest in weird and new weird fiction attest to this fact. This course examines this current popularity by way of an...

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ENGL 1220-001, 002: From Gothic to Horror (Spring 2019)

Explores literature in the Gothic mode and aesthetic and critical theories related to modern "horror" genres or their precursors. Introduces literary-critical concepts (such as notions of abjection, repression and anxiety) that developed alongside this branch of literature. Students read canonical works in British and American traditions while reflecting on notions...

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ENGL 4820: Honors Seminar

This seminar is designed to help you write an honors thesis that is well-researched, historically and culturally grounded, and responsive to critical trends that have informed your particular topic. It will focus on sharpening the skills needed to write a successful thesis, including research skills, the formulation of an argument,...

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ENGL 3060-014, 015: Modern and Contemporary Literature, Contemporary Fantasy

Since the publication of The Lord of the Rings in the United States in the mid-1960s, fantasy has become immensely popular. However, the fantasy that has become and remains popular tends to be that written in a mode very similar to Tolkien’s, involving quests, Dark Lords, battles between clearly distinguished good guys and bad guys.

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