The Catholic University of America

Course Descriptions

English (ENG)

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ENG 101H: Writing: Logic and Rhetoric

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 102: Writing About Literature

3.00 Credits

An intensive composition course (workshop and discussion) treating rhetorical and literary concepts for improving reading of literature and writing. Students who wish to use computers in this course should register for one of the sections so indicated in the class schedule.

ENG 103: English Composition for International Students

3.00 Credits

A course (workshop and discussion) in argumentative and expository writing designed to meet the needs of students for whom English is a second language and open to them only. Placement required for enrollment in this course. Fulfills university writing requirement for appropriate students.

ENG 104: Literature and Composition for International Students

3.00 Credits

The equivalent of 102 for students whose native language is not English.

ENG 120: Exploring Dublin

1.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 124: Classics in the Christian Tradition

3.00 Credits

An interdisciplinary humanities course that introduces students to cultural masterpieces'great works of literature, art, architecture, and music'that have profoundly shaped the ways people see the world and understand the place of Christianity within it.

ENG 201: Form and Value in Poetry

3.00 Credits

An introduction to the serious study of poetry that considers the distinctive ways in which poets use language, the major types of poetry, and representative works from the history of poetry in English as well as from our own time.

ENG 202: Elements of Drama

3.00 Credits

A study of the structural elements of plot, character, thought, and verbal style in selected plays from the classical periods to the present, with emphasis on British and American works. Various movements (Realism, Symbolism, Expressionism, etc.) and genres (tragedy, comedy, melodrama).

ENG 205: The Literature of Fantasy

3.00 Credits

A survey of fantasy literature from its beginning in myth and fairy tales and a consideration of themes and motifs from early development to contemporary fantasy.

ENG 206: Grimms' Fairy Tales in their European Context

3.00 Credits

This course engages with fairy tales in the Western intellectual tradition by analyzing literary fairy tales from continental Europe written between 1600 and 1900. Although the focus is on literary tales, the course is interdisciplinary and also looks at modern literary and film adaptations of the Grimms' tales. Students will explore fairy tales as a genre and its links to socioeconomic class, family conflicts, gender, politics, economics, society, and cultural life in early modern and Enlightenment Europe. The Grimms' tales will be read using literary theory as well as cultural and media studies. This course prepares students to write an academic, analytical essay and to become familiar with academic discourse and library resources.

ENG 209: Studies in Short Fiction

3.00 Credits

A close study of the shorter work of several major writers of British and American fiction.

ENG 210: Intro to Modern & Postmodern Literature

3.00 Credits

A focused survey for non-majors of selected movements and developments in Anglophone literatures of the twentieth century, with particular attention to close reading of works within their literary-historical and aesthetic contexts.

ENG 215: Satire in Modern Literature and Film

3.00 Credits

This course for non-majors examines the ethical, cultural, and aesthetic dimensions of modern satire. The primary emphasis is on twentieth-century poetry and prose, with some attention to film, television, music, and emerging new media genres. Authors considered may include Eliot, Pound, Ellison, Woolf, Pynchon, and Dr. Seuss, among others. Fulfills literature requirement.

ENG 231: The History of English Literature I

3.00 Credits

A general survey and analysis of selected works from the beginnings of English literature to the present, delineating general historical patterns that provide a foundation for subsequent study. 231 starts with the Middle Ages and goes through the eighteenth century; 232 begins with the Romantic movement and closes with the moderns. Covers a broad range of materials, also pauses at regular intervals to consider individual works in depth.

ENG 232: The History of English Literature II

3.00 Credits

See description of ENG 231.

ENG 235: American Literature I

3.00 Credits

Reading in works by major authors from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis in 235 is chiefly on nineteenth-century writers; 236 deals with literature of the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. May be used by English concentrators to fulfill upper-division course requirements.

ENG 236: American Literature II

3.00 Credits

See description of ENG 235.

ENG 245: Detective Fiction

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 250: Medieval Pathways

3.00 Credits

This interdisciplinary course explores the complexity of the medieval world (ca. 300-1500) as a way of introducing students to Medieval Studies. The course introduces multiple different modes of inquiry, or pathways, to the Middle Ages. Team-taught by several instructors, the course focuses on a different unifying theme each year. Students examine both material and written sources, and participate in multiple field trips to receive a hands-on introduction to Medieval Studies and to the many resources on campus and in Washington, D.C. The longer class session is used for occasional off-campus visits. Otherwise, the class will meet twice a week for 75 minutes each. The course serves as a gateway to the Medieval & Byzantine Studies major and minor (as MDST) and may fulfill the Arts & Sciences humanities requirement (as HIST or MDST) or literature requirement (as ENG).

ENG 290: Contemporary Literature and War

3.00 Credits

A survey for non-majors of contemporary literary responses to 20th and 21st century war. The primary focus of the course is on novels, though texts may also include poetry, short stories, memoir, and film. The course will examine questions of how artists have represented and memorialized the First and Second World Wars, the Vietnam War, and the War on Terror.

ENG 301: Creative Writing: Fiction

3.00 Credits

A workshop for students with adequate writing skills, a chance to write fiction under critical supervision. Emphasis is on literary elements and craft.

ENG 302: Creative Writing: Poetry

3.00 Credits

A workshop for students with adequate writing skills, a chance to write poetry under critical supervision. Emphasis is on formal elements and craft.

ENG 305: From Shakespeare to Sheridan, the Irish in the Theatre:1600-1775

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 306: Dublin & the Invention of Ireland

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 311: Greek and Roman Mythology

3.00 Credits

The myths of the Greeks and Romans convey ideas about the divine and the human and the interaction of the two. Investigates creation myths, the divinities and heroes, and such major myth cycles as the Trojan War within their historical and ritual contexts and in terms of their literary and artistic formulations and expressions.

ENG 312: Norse Mythology

3.00 Credits

A survey of the myths and religious practices of Scandinavia in the pre-Viking and Viking periods based on textual sources (eddic and skaldic poetry, sagas) and material evidence (art and archeology). Topics include the creation myth, the structure of the world, eschatology, stories of the main gods and heroes, cults and rituals, and the influence of Christianity

ENG 314: Rome in English Drama

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 324: Introduction to Linguistics

3.00 Credits

An introductory study of linguistics, with concepts and applications from the traditional areas of analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics) as well as from first- and second-language acquisition and development.

ENG 325: Contemporary English Grammar

3.00 Credits

An overview of English morphology, sentence syntax, and text grammar. Special attention to the needs of writers and English education majors.

ENG 326: Workshop: Writing Improvement

3.00 Credits

A workshop for students who wish to improve their writing, provides practice in and study of invention, organization, and style. Limited enrollment insures individual attention and response by the instructor to the special concerns of both upper- and lower-division students.

ENG 327: Argumentative Writing

3.00 Credits

A workshop of techniques for writing convincing, logical arguments. Of special interest to economics, business, politics, education, and pre-law students.

ENG 328: Writing Center Theory & Practice

3.00 Credits

A seminar and practicum for students accepted into the Writing Center Undergraduate Tutor Program. Readings, writing assignments, and discussion will focus on writing center scholarship and pedagogy: literacy theory, composition theory, history of individualized writing instruction, development of reflective tutoring practices. Special emphasis will be placed on grammar instruction and the development of primary research projects.

ENG 331: Intensive Readings: Lyric

3.00 Credits

Two courses from the Intensive Readings group (ENG 331, 332, 333) are required of English concentrators and are normally to be taken by them, one per semester in the junior year. Each involves concentrated readings in the genre at issue--e.g., ballad, sonnet, ode, elegy, dramatic monologue, villanelle, sestina--chosen to highlight major points in its development through British and American literary history. Regular essays on the readings. Open to English concentrators only. Prerequisites: 231, 232.

ENG 332: Intensive Readings: Drama

3.00 Credits

See description for ENG 331. Prerequisites: 231, 232.

ENG 333: Intensive Readings: Narrative

3.00 Credits

See description for ENG 331. Prerequisites: 231, 232.

ENG 337: World Fictions

3.00 Credits

The novel and short story as these have evolved in multiple national literatures during the 19th and especially the 20th Century, exploring in particular the fictional perspectives of writers during the age of empire and their post-colonial successors. Readings will be drawn from such authors as Forster, Bronte, Conrad, Rhys, Narayan, Naipaul, Achebe, Cortazar, and others.

ENG 339: American and British Novels in Counterpoint

3.00 Credits

Reading and analysis of selected pairs of British and American novels in terms of form, theme, and place within the literary and cultural histories of their nations. An example would be the pairing of Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom with Joyce's Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, two novels both written during the first third of the 20th C.-a period of modernist experimentation with novelistic form-and exploring issues of identity formation within cultural settings heavily burdened by the past. Particular novels may vary by semester.

ENG 340: Old English Literature

3.00 Credits

A survey of the language and literature of the Anglo-Saxons (c. 600-1200), based mainly on texts in translation, with a glance at the neighboring and related literatures of Ireland and Scandinavia.

ENG 341: Beowulf and Friends

3.00 Credits

An interdisciplinary introduction (through texts and images) to early medieval England from the 5th century to Norman Conquest, with a brief survey of Anglo-Saxon history, Old English language and literature, insular art, archeology, religion, and manuscript studies.

ENG 342: History of the English Language

3.00 Credits

A linguistic and cultural survey of the development of the English language from its Indo-European origins to the 21st century, exploring the language (and reconstructed pronunciation) of the Anglo-Saxons, Chaucer, and Shakespeare, and discussing, among others, the origin and development of different writing systems, the reasons for the discrepancy of spelling and pronunciation in Modern English, differences between British and American English, and the historical origin of American dialects.

ENG 345: Epic Tradition from Homer to Walcott

3.00 Credits

After examining the roots of the epic in Homer's Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil's response to them in his Aeneid, the course traces the continuation of this epic tradition through Dante's Divine Comedy, Milton's Paradise Lost, and Walcott's Omeros. .

ENG 347: Christian Literary Traditions

3.00 Credits

This course will follow a few major threads of Christian literature from the first century A.D. up to the present day, with special attention to the interplay of cultural forms and literary form, the relationship between hermeneutics and literary criticism, and the fruitful tensions and intersections between theology and literature. Texts to be studied may include foundational texts from Greece and Rome, Jewish and Christian Scripture, St. Augustine, Other early Patristic writings, Hagiography, Medieval English Religious drama and poetry, Arthurian Legends, Dante, Petrarch, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, de Vega, Milton, Metaphysical Poets, Bunyan, Swift, Hopkins, Chesterton, Lewis, Eliot, Joyce, Claudel, O'Connor, Faulkner, Waugh, Greene, Hurston, Levertov, Endo, Milosz, Heaney, Berry, Walcott, etc.

ENG 351: Chaucer and His Age I

3.00 Credits

First semester: a study of the major genres of medieval literature based on selections from the Canterbury Tales and other works; second semester, the major forms and tradition of Middle English literature, with special attention to Chaucer's minor poems, the Troilus, and/or selected religious plays and popular lyrics. Either course may be used by undergraduate English concentrators to fulfill their requirement for a semester of Chaucer.

ENG 352: Chaucer and His Age II

3.00 Credits

See ENG 351 for description.

ENG 353: Chaucer and the Italians (Rome)

3.00 Credits

This course examines how the great writers of fourteenth-century Italy (Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch) inspired the poetic imagination of one of the greatest of English storytellers, Geoffrey Chaucer. Italian texts are read in English translations. No prerequisite

ENG 355: Medieval Monsters

3.00 Credits

The world of medieval literature is inhabited by monsters of various kinds: from dragons and werewolves to dog-headed giants and threatening Saracens and Jews. The course offers an exploration of the concept and nature of the monstrous in medieval culture and the role of monsters in literary texts of different genres (heroic poetry, romances, travelogues, hagiography, etc.).

ENG 356: Arthurian Literature

3.00 Credits

Traces the development of tales of King Arthur and his knights, from their origins in Celtic myth and legend, to the medieval romances of England and France, to modern novels and films.

ENG 360: Modern Irish Literature, 1798 ¿ 1998

3.00 Credits

This class provides a survey of Irish novels, drama, poetry and political tracts composed over the last two centuries, the time during which both the Republic of Ireland and the power-sharing government of the North emerged. Students examine the connection between nationhood, linguistic identity and style in modern Irish literature, beginning with the Rebellion of 1798 and ending with the Good Friday Agreement of 1998. Authors may include but are not limited to Maria Edgeworth, Wolfe Tone, James Clarence Mangan, W. B. Yeats, J. M. Synge, James Joyce, Flann O'Brien, Samuel Beckett and Paul Muldoon.

ENG 363: American Drama Before O'Neill

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 364: Milton's English Poetry

3.00 Credits

A study of Milton's poetry, with emphasis on Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes.

ENG 365: Contemporary American Poetry

3.00 Credits

Contemporary American Poetry. A study of important trends and authors in American poetry since 1960, including representative poets from these movements: "Confessional" Poetry, New Formalism, Language Poetry, Black Arts Movement, Beat Poetry, Deep Imagists, and Neo-Romantics.

ENG 366: American Humor

3.00 Credits

Interdisciplinary study of American humor through history, in various media. Diverse examples are analyzed with attention to literary models, rhetorical and aesthetic techniques, regional and ethnic traditions, and humor as a reflection of culture. Same as MDIA 366.

ENG 368: Seamus Heaney & His Contexts

3.00 Credits

This course offers a critical examination of the poetry, prose and historical place of Seamus Heaney (1939-2013), a writer once boldly described as the "most important Irish poet since Yeats." Students study Heaney's emergence in the so-called 'Belfast Group' of the 1960s and explore his nascent critical legacy, the broad impact his life and work has exerted on the contemporary reception of Irish poetry across the Anglophone world.

ENG 369: Renaissance Poetry

3.00 Credits

A study of sixteenth and seventeenth-century English poetry, including selections from Wyatt, Gascoigne, Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, Raleigh, Greville, Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, Herbert, Lovelace, and Marvell.

ENG 370: 18th Century English Novel

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 371: Readings in Eighteenth-Century English Literature

3.00 Credits

Treats works by Dryden, Defoe, Swift, Pope, Johnson, Collins, Gray and Goldsmith, studied with a literary and political overview of the history of the period 1700-1800.

ENG 372: Restoration & 18th Century Drama

3.00 Credits

A study of 120 years of theatrical innovation, including heroic drama, "affective," bourgeois, and French-influenced tragedy, comedy of wit, late eighteenth century comedy of "good nature," parodies, and burlesques.

ENG 373: Nineteenth Century British Literature

3.00 Credits

Exploration of artistic and cultural developments of the 19th Century in England, including Romantic poetry, the realist novel, pre-Raphaelite art and late-century drama. Writers considered may include Wordsworth, Coleridge, George Eliot, Dickens, Browning, Carroll, Wilde, Hopkins.

ENG 374: 20th Century British Literature

3.00 Credits

Examines the historical and cultural contexts of 20th century British literature through an investigation of how British writers have sought to understand and represent the violence of the modern period. Writers considered will include: Eliot, Woolf, Joyce, Auden, Rushdie.

ENG 377: Film and Fiction 19th Century Adaptations

3.00 Credits

Considers adaptation of 19th century literature into film. Offers introduction to literary and filmic techniques. Possible course content: Dracula's cinematic afterlives, Dickens and silent film, Wilde and screwball comedy, unconventional pairing of 19th century literature with films like Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Black Narcissus.

ENG 378: Italy in American and British Literature (Rome)

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 379: Jane Austen

3.00 Credits

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ENG 380: British Drama (London)

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 381: Poetry and Rock in the Age of Dickey and Dylan

3.00 Credits

An examination of the development of contemporary American poetry and its influence on rock music after Dylan went electric in the mid-60s. Movements and concepts considered include Beat, Confessional, Deep Image, Southern Narrative, L=A=N=G=U=A=G=E, the Rock Opera, the San Francisco Renaissance, Southern Rock, Heavy Metal, and Punk.

ENG 388: American Women Writers

3.00 Credits

A study of writing in several genres by American women, focusing on the twentieth century but including some writers from previous eras.

ENG 390: Literature of the American South

3.00 Credits

Readings in various genres, by Faulkner, O'Connor, Percy, Warren, McCullers, Dickey. Topics include regional identity, sense of place, the interaction of history and myth, and social and racial identities and stereotypes.

ENG 392: Coming of Age in America

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 395: Lincoln in Literature and Film

3.00 Credits

Beginning with Walt Whitman's poetry and D. W. Griffith's epics, this course analyzes depictions of Lincoln in literature, film, music, and some visual art. Examples include both fictional and documentary works, seen in aesthetic, cultural, and historical contexts. Same as MDIA 395.

ENG 397: Modern American Poetry

3.00 Credits

Close reading of works by twentieth-century poets, especially from the period 1910-1945. Emphasizes the historical development of movements in American poetry and their relation to one another.

ENG 399: Modern American Drama

3.00 Credits

A survey of Realist Drama and reactions to it in the twentieth century, including plays by O'Neill, Williams, Wilder, Miller, and others.

ENG 402: English Poetry & World War

3.00 Credits

This class explores the complex relationship between collective memory, literary style, and the conditions of modern warfare endured throughout World War I (1914'1918) and World War II (1939'1945). Readings may include but are not limited to the work of Wilfred Owen, Edward Thomas, David Jones, Isaac Rosenberg, Francis Ledwidge, Ezra Pound, Sidney Keyes, Louis MacNeice and Randall Jarrell.

ENG 403: Mark Twain and Henry James

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 404: Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Stein

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 405: Yeats, Eliot, Pound

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 410: African-American Literature

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 419: Lincoln's Eloquence

3.00 Credits

Surveys Lincoln's accomplishment as a writer and public speaker, examining his rhetorical methods and practices from youthful attempts at poetry, to his career as a political lecturer, debater, and letter-writer, to his justly famous Presidential addresses. Students read sources that influenced Lincoln's style, undertake close readings of his speeches in their historical context, and examine the legacy of Lincoln's eloquence in American political rhetoric.

ENG 430: Art of Rhetoric

3.00 Credits

Examines classical and modern theories of persuasion, focusing on the writer or speaker, the subject, the audience, and the circumstances. Same as MDIA 303.

ENG 431: Coordinating Seminar I

3.00 Credits

A two-semester sequence devoted to the study of a significant British or American author (authors' names are announced each year in time for preregistration the preceding spring semester). The first semester focuses on a systematic reading of the author's works. The second semester explores fundamental questions regarding the nature of literature and its study through application of various critical approaches to the author. Involves writing and discussion in class of several papers by each student during the year. Required of all senior English concentrators, open only to them. Prerequisites: 231, 232, and two intensive reading courses (331, 332, 333).

ENG 432: Coordinating Seminar II

3.00 Credits

See description for ENG 431.

ENG 451: Film Narrative: Hitchcock

3.00 Credits

Viewing and discussion of works from the entire range of Alfred Hitchcock's career. Emphasis on narrative forms, themes and motifs, technical devices. Attention to technical film vocabulary, narratology, and critical approaches to film. Same as MDIA 451.

ENG 452: Film Narrative:Stanley Kubrick

3.00 Credits

Emphasizes the concepts and vocabulary of contemporary film studies. Analysis of the works of Kubrick, director of 2001: A Space Odyssey, Lolita, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket, and other films. Same as MDIA 452.

ENG 453: American Film Comedy

3.00 Credits

This course examines American movie comedies from the silent era to the present, asking questions about genre (what is comedy?) and context (what can comedies tell us about American culture and its history?). Particular emphasis is given to silent film slapstick, the sophisticated "screwball" comedy of the 1930s, the varieties of comedy during the 1950s and 1960s, the anarchic teen comedy of the last 20 years, as well as animated films. Same as MDIA 453.

ENG 455: The Crime Film and Literature

3.00 Credits

Crime films are examined from both cinematic and cultural-sociological perspectives. Main emphasis is on the American genre: gangster films of the 1930s, film noir of the 1940s-1950s, and The Godfather and other organized-crime films of the 1970s and beyond. An international perspective is provided by selections from German, French, Japanese, and British cinema. Readings in film theory and crime fiction supplement film showings. Same as MDIA 455.

ENG 461: Plays of Shakespeare I

3.00 Credits

A one- or two-semester introduction to Shakespeare. Each semester examines a different selection of about a dozen works drawn from the various genres and from the different periods in the career of the author.

ENG 462: Plays of Shakespeare II

3.00 Credits

See ENG 461 for description.

ENG 463: Shakespeare's Italian Plays

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 483: Literature and Religion in 19th Century England

3.00 Credits

Consideration of the complex ways religious thought influenced 19-th century literature in a range of genres including poetry, novels, essays, spiritual autobiography, drama, sermons, and music. The course will go beyond binaries like that of faith and doubt to examine the nuanced and changing place of religion in public life. Writers discussed will include Eliot, Newman, Hopkins, and Wilde.

ENG 485: 20th Century Irish Literature

3.00 Credits

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ENG 489: Hawthorne and Melville

3.00 Credits

Reading and analysis of selected works by Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, in both short and long forms. Attention is given to American cultural contexts, Romantic aesthetics, and narrative traditions.

ENG 498: Undergraduate Comprehensive Examination

0 Credits

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ENG 501: Introduction to Old English I

3.00 Credits

Instruction in the essentials of Old English grammar and prosody, with readings in the shorter prose and verse texts.

ENG 502: Introduction to Old English II

3.00 Credits

Instruction in the essentials of Old English grammar and prosody, with readings in the shorter prose and verse texts.

ENG 503: Beowulf

3.00 Credits

A reading of the entire poem in the original language, with attention to textual and critical problems. Prerequisite: 501 or equivalent.

ENG 509: The Medieval Book: An Introduction to Manuscripts and Manuscript Culture

3.00 Credits

A practical survey of the production and decoration of English vernacular manuscripts; codicology, paleography, and editorial practices; the cultural relationships of scribes, patrons, and readers. Some knowledge of Latin or French desirable but not required; undergraduates must obtain instructor's permission.

ENG 516: Arthurian Literature from Geoffrey of Monmouth to Thomas Melory

3.00 Credits

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ENG 519: Lincoln's Eloquence

3.00 Credits

Surveys Lincoln's accomplishment as a writer and public speaker, examining his rhetorical methods and practices from youthful attempts at poetry, to his career as a political lecturer, debater, and letter-writer, to his justly famous Presidential addresses. Students read sources that influenced Lincoln's style, undertake close readings of his speeches in their historical context, and examine the legacy of Lincoln's eloquence in American political rhetoric.

ENG 524: The Rhetoric of Advertising

3.00 Credits

Examines evolving strategies of persuasion in advertising, in the context of its social history and from a variety of critical perspectives. Same as MDIA 524.

ENG 526: Workshop: Writing Improvement

3.00 Credits

A workshop for students who wish to improve their writing. Provides an opportunity to experiment with different forms of academic, professional, or personal writing. Limited enrollment insures individual attention and response by the instructor to each student's special concerns.

ENG 530: The Rhetoric of Propaganda

3.00 Credits

A study of the history and theory of propaganda, in relation to the art of rhetoric. Focus is on 20th century propaganda.

ENG 559: Utopia: Literature, Religion, Politics

3.00 Credits

The class will begin by discussing the interface between religious criticism and literature and will then proceed to a practical analysis of utopian literature examining the distinction between the emphasis on the political and on the literary. Critical works by Rene Girard, Urs von Balthasar and others, as well as literary works by Nabokov, Burgess and others will be included in the reading list.

ENG 560: 20th Century Catholic Fiction

3.00 Credits

Several classes will be devoted to theoretical issues, followed by examination of prose works by Evelyn Waugh, Willa Cather, Walker Percy, GK Chesterton, and Rumer Godden.

ENG 562: Catholic Topics in Modern Fiction

3.00 Credits

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ENG 565: Renaissance Drama

3.00 Credits

Readings in the dramatic literature of the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods. Selections from the following playwrights: Kyd, Dekker, Chapman, Marston, Heywood, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, Middleton, Beaumont, Fletcher, Webster, Ford, and Tourneur.

ENG 572: Restoration and 18th Century Drama

3.00 Credits

A study of 120 years of theatrical innovation, including heroic drama, "affective," bourgeois, and French-influenced tragedy, comedy of wit, late eighteenth century comedy of "good nature," parodies, and burlesques.

ENG 573: Irish Drama of the 17th & 18th Century

3.00 Credits

A look at plays by the Old English, the New English, Irish Catholics, and the Anglo-Irish; looks at the cultural conflicts of Ireland from 1639-1798.

ENG 576: G. K. Chesterton

3.00 Credits

A mixed lecture/discussion/seminar the purpose of which is to offer a rounded and complete acquaintance with the work of G.K. Chesterton and to defiine his place inside the literature of his age.

ENG 580: Irish Literary Tradition (Dublin)

3.00 Credits

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ENG 582: Modern American Drama

3.00 Credits

A study of American drama since O'Neill, focusing on major trends such as realism, naturalism, and experimental theatre.

ENG 586: Irish Poetry After Yeats

3.00 Credits

A selection from outstanding Irish literature, including work of Austin Clarke, Patrick Kavanagh, Louis MacNeice, Thomas Kinsella, John Montague, Paul Muldoon and Seamus Heaney.

ENG 587: Modern Irish Drama

3.00 Credits

A study of works by major Irish playwrights since the turn of the century.

ENG 588: Contemporary Irish Drama

3.00 Credits

A continuation of 587. Deals with the work of living dramatists from Brian Friel, Thomas Murphy, and Thomas Kilroy, through Frank McGuiness and the young playwrights of Ireland's new dramatic renaissance, including Sebastian Barry, Conor McPherson, and Martin McDonagh, among others. When possible, the class will be addressed by visiting playwrights and directors; students will attend relevant local productions.

ENG 589: The American Tradition in Poetry

3.00 Credits

Readings selected from a broad span of American literary history, with special emphasis on major poets of the American Renaissance and the modernist period. Traces continuities in poetic theory, modes, and techniques that have resulted from a common cultural heritage and from interaction among poets.

ENG 594: Independent Study

3.00 Credits

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ENG 598: Politics, Criticism & Lit

3.00 Credits

An examination of how political and cultural events from the 1930s through the 1960s affected American literature and criticism. Includes writings of the New Critics, the New York Intellectuals, Dos Passos, Ellison, Farrell, Salinger, Baldwin, O'Connor, Barth, Lowell, Ginsberg, Pynchon, and others.

ENG 617: Sem: Boethius, Then & Later

3.00 Credits

The purpose of the course is twofold: to study Boethius, & specifically his Consolation of Philosophy, in the sixth-century Ostrogothic context; & then to explore aspects of the work's subsequent influence in the western Middle Ages.

ENG 621: History of the English Language

3.00 Credits

A philological study of the English language from its prehistoric beginnings to the present time. Undergraduates welcome with permission of the instructor.

ENG 625: General Linguistics

3.00 Credits

Major issues in the traditional areas of language analysis (phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics), as well as in the interdisciplinary fields of pragmatics, sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, and discourse analysis, with applications for composition and literary analysis.

ENG 626: Contemporary English Grammar

3.00 Credits

A guided exploration through the intricacies of a relatively "complete" grammar of contemporary English.

ENG 634: Epic

3.00 Credits

A survey of literary epic from the Iliad to Paradise Lost.

ENG 638: The Historical in Literature

3.00 Credits

no description available

ENG 641: Old English Literature I

3.00 Credits

An introduction to the language and literature of Anglo-Saxon England. Prerequisite: 501 or equivalent; 641 is not a prerequisite for 642.

ENG 642: Old English Literature II

3.00 Credits

An introduction to the language and literature of Anglo-Saxon England. Prerequisite: 501 or equivalent; 641 is not a prerequisite for 642.

ENG 643: Introduction to Old Norse-Icelandic

3.00 Credits

The language and literature of medieval Iceland, with particular attention to the Family Sagas and the poetic sources for Scandinavian mythology.

ENG 644: Old Norse Texts

3.00 Credits

Continued reading in prose and poetic works written in Old Norse. Prerequisite: 643 or equivalent.

ENG 649: Readings in Old Norse

3.00 Credits

Selected readings in Old Norse literature for advanced students of the language. Prerequisites: 643 and 644 or equivalent.

ENG 651: Old English Poetry

3.00 Credits

An advanced-level course in Old English with special focus on poetry. Surveys the entire Anglo-Saxon poetic corpus (in translation) in the context of the four poetic manuscripts and discusses select texts in greater detail in linguistic and literary terms.

ENG 662: Spenser

3.00 Credits

Critical perspectives on the lyrics and The Faerie Queene.

ENG 664: Milton

3.00 Credits

Critical perspectives on the lyrics, Comus, Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes.

ENG 672: Restoration Literature

3.00 Credits

A study concentrating on the major plays of Etherege, Wycherley, and Congreve; the poetry of Waller, Cowley, and Rochester; the works of Dryden.

ENG 673: The Great American Novel ?

3.00 Credits

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ENG 674: The American 1920s

3.00 Credits

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ENG 676: Eighteenth-Century English Poetry and Criticism

3.00 Credits

A study of works by Pope, Thomson, Johnson, Collins, Smart, Gray, Goldsmith, and Burns; and of developments in criticism from Dryden to Wordsworth, concentrating on Johnson.

ENG 678: Scott and the Historical Novel

3.00 Credits

Deals with Scott's position within the romantic movement and with the emergence of the historical novel as a genre, with emphasis on the Waverly novels. Also considers the influence of Scott on later British and continental authors.

ENG 680: Twentieth-Century American Fiction

3.00 Credits

Novels and stories by American writers since World War I, considered both as expressions of national culture and in the context of international developments and techniques.

ENG 681: Readings in Romantic Verse

3.00 Credits

A discussion of key texts by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.

ENG 683: Major Victorian Poets

3.00 Credits

A study of the principal poetic works of Tennyson, Browning, Arnold and selections from their contemporaries.

ENG 684: Aestheticism & Decadence

3.00 Credits

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ENG 685: Victorian Novel

3.00 Credits

Considers major trends in the development of the British novel from 1830 to 1900 through a study of selected works by Dickens, the Bronte sisters, Eliot, Hardy, and other writers.

ENG 686: Achievement of Eliot and Auden

3.00 Credits

A discussion of British poetry from 1920 to 1960 concentrating on changes in idiom and theme introduced by Eliot and Auden. Includes close readings of Waste Land, Four Quartets, and a general description of postwar trends.

ENG 690: Nineteenth-Century American Fiction

3.00 Credits

Novels and stories selected to illustrate the variety of accomplishment by Americans in this genre up to World War I. Topics include traditional considerations of literary history and aesthetics, as well as current thinking about ideology and literature, canon formation, and minority voices.

ENG 691: The Modern British Novel

3.00 Credits

A detailed study of selected works published during the first three decades of the twentieth century. Novelists represented are Conrad, Ford, Forster, Woolf, Lawrence, and Huxley, as well as Katherine Mansfield as a writer of short fiction.

ENG 696: Master's Thesis Research

0 Credits

This course bills at the equivalent of one credit hour.

ENG 698A: Master's Comprehensive Examination (w/Classes)

0 Credits

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ENG 698B: Master's Comprehensive Examination (w/o Classes)

0 Credits

Enrollment in this course bills at the equivalent of one credit hour.

ENG 699: Postmodern Novel

3.00 Credits

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ENG 700: Practicum in the Teaching of Composition

0 Credits

Designed for first-year teaching assistants who are engaged in teaching 101 (Rhetoric and Composition). Supplements ENG 723. To be taken concurrently with ENG 723.

ENG 702: Modern Trends in Criticism

3.00 Credits

A survey of main contemporary critical trends (structuralist, sociological, archetypal, deconstructionist, etc.). Examines the manner in which they influence the comparative study of literature.

ENG 715: Literary Criticism and Religion

3.00 Credits

Seminar: A survey of some critical works and authors who investigated the religious dimensions of literary works; background will be a discussion of the interdisciplinary aspects of religious and literary texts.

ENG 721: Introduction to the Profession of Letters

3.00 Credits

Topics included in this pre-professional course: analytical and descriptive bibliography, textual criticism, enumerative bibliography for the study of English and American literature, and techniques and methods of research in English and American literary history.

ENG 723: Approaches to Teaching Rhetoric and Composition

3.00 Credits

Application of principles from rhetorical and discourse theories to concrete problems in the pedagogy of composition. Teaching assistants and writing center tutors are required to take this course in their first semester of assistantship.

ENG 725: Readings in Medieval English Literature

3.00 Credits

Like 726, 727, 728, and 729, includes extensive reading on an advanced level of major authors and texts as well as a sampling of key scholarly works related to the period under consideration. Recommended for students whose special interests lie in other periods or areas of English and American literature.

ENG 726: Readings in English Literature of the Renaissance

3.00 Credits

Comparison of utopias by More and Margaret Cavendish, psalms by Wyatt and Mary Herbert, sonnets by Shakespeare and Wroth, lyrics by Jonson, Donne and Lanyer, dramas by Jonson, Webster and Elizabeth Cary, verse narratives by Spenser and Milton.

ENG 727: Readings in English Literature of the Restoration and Eighteenth Century

3.00 Credits

See ENG 725 for description.

ENG 728: Readings in English Literature from 1798 to 1914

3.00 Credits

See ENG 725 for description.

ENG 729: Readings in American Literature

3.00 Credits

See ENG 725 for description.

ENG 730: Women Writers & Critical Tradition: Austen, Eliot, Woolf

3.00 Credits

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ENG 736: Word & Image: Art & Lit of Victorian Period

3.00 Credits

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ENG 742: Literature & Religion in Late Medieval England

3.00 Credits

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ENG 743: Texts in Context: Anglo-Saxon Poetry & Culture

3.00 Credits

A study of a selection of Old English poetic texts both as literary works of art as well as contemporary documents of Anglo-Saxon culture. The texts will be read (largely) in Old English and discussed in the context of Anglo-Saxon history, archeology, insular art, and manuscript studies. Previous knowledge of Old English is not absolutely required but very welcome.

ENG 744: Literature and Religion in Early Modern England

3.00 Credits

A study of English religious literature from Reformation to Restoration, including poetry, sermons, dialogues, spiritual autobiography, biblical translation, and popular homiletics.

ENG 753: Chaucer: Troilus and Other Early Poems

3.00 Credits

A study of the development of Chaucer's narrative art in its historical and intellectual context. Readings include The Book of the Duchess, The House of Fame, The Legend of Good Women, and a close analysis of Troilus and Criseyde.

ENG 754: Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

3.00 Credits

The Canterbury Tales (3) - An examination of Chaucer's unfinished masterpiece from various critical and theoretical perspectives.

ENG 760: Renaissance Images of Man

3.00 Credits

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ENG 808: Seminar: James Joyce's Ulysses

3.00 Credits

An intensive study of Ulysses.

ENG 812: From Alfred to the Anarchy: Unification, the Continent, & Literary Tradition

3.00 Credits

The course will soften the divide between Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, showing how concerns about unity, about relations with the continent, and about the basis and exercise of civil and religious authority developed in a single arc between the ascendency of Wessex and the eve of the Angevin era. Literature and law will be taken to illustrate and buttress this analysis, with particular emphasis on the enduring significance of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, monastic texts, and the persistent attempts to reinvent the history of the kingdom.

ENG 821: The Vietnam War in History & Literature

3.00 Credits

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ENG 834: Seminar: Renaissance Epic

3.00 Credits

A study of Renaissance epic, including Orlando furioso, Jerusalem Delivered, The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost. Attention will be paid to the interplay between epic past and historical present in each poem; secondary readings will survey recent critical approaches to the individual poems and to the epic tradition as such.

ENG 835: Seminar: Metaphysical Poetry

3.00 Credits

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ENG 839: Seminar: Civil War Writing

3.00 Credits

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ENG 841: Seminar:Studies in Old English

3.00 Credits

Current topic: an examination of the elegies (established and doubtful) in the Exeter Book, and their Christian, Boethian, Germanic, and Celtic affiliations. Instruction in Old English paleography, textual criticism, and literary scholarship. Prerequisite: 642 or equivalent.

ENG 842: Seminar: Venerable Bede

3.00 Credits

The Venerable Bede ranks among the towering intellectuals of the Middle Ages. In this seminar, we will sample (in translation) a significant portion of his oeuvre, including representative works from all genres in which he worked (exegetical, scientific, didactic, historical). The readings will serve as a window on Bede's thought, the world in which he lived, and the program of monastic learning he sought to create.

ENG 843: Seminar: Beowulf

3.00 Credits

An advanced study of the heroic epic 'Beowulf' and closely related vernacular texts. Topics include date, structure, composition, and characters; parallels and analogues; the origins and significance of monsters; manuscript context and editorial problems; language and style; material culture; translations and modern adaptations (including recent films). Substantial sections of the text will be read in Old English (with glosses).

ENG 847: Seminar: Rhetoric of Narrative

3.00 Credits

Seminar Explores the intersections of rhetoric and narrative/narratology in novels, novellas, and short fiction of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Readings will include theoretical as well as literary texts. Authors may include Dickens, Henry James, Joyce, Mansfield, Porter, Capote, Gass, Carver, and others.

ENG 848: Seminar in Stylistics

3.00 Credits

The conceptual basis of modern stylistics in linguistics, rhetoric, and literary theory. Application of recent stylistic methodologies and techniques to the study of literary texts and non-literary texts. Topics emphasized may differ from semester to semester to accommodate students' specific fields of study.

ENG 851: Seminar in Medieval Literature

3.00 Credits

Directed research for advanced students of medieval literature. Begins with intensive study of a single important manuscript (e.g., the Exeter Book, the Junius Manuscript, BL Cotton Nero A.X.), and focuses on questions of composition and dissemination, paleography, textual criticism, reception history, and literary scholarship. May be repeated for credit when a different topic is offered. Prerequisite: One course in Old or Middle English, or permission of instructor.

ENG 852: Narrative Middles

3.00 Credits

Explores narrative middles and concepts of development in novels by Dickens, Eliot, Thackeray, James, and Woolf. Provides an introduction to narrative and novel theory, criticism and literary history, and background on religious, sociological, and scientific theories of development from the period.

ENG 853: Seminar: Medieval Monsters

3.00 Credits

In medieval literature heroes are often distinguished by their encounters with monsters and exotic beings of various kinds. These monsters are frighteningly different yet strangely familiar at the same time, and as such define and construct the literary heroes themselves. In this seminar we explore the concept of the monster as `other' and its role in a variety of literary genres (myths, bestiaries, heroic tales, romances, travelogues, hagiography, etc.) in medieval English literature and select European vernaculars. The course concludes with a substantial research paper.

ENG 856: Seminar: The Assumptions of Realism and Modern American Drama

3.00 Credits

Dramatic Realism is a convention arising on European stages in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Examines the underlying assumptions of realism and their consequences for American drama, as well as reactions against realism. Covers both major and minor playwrights.

ENG 861: The Renaissance Lyric

3.00 Credits

A study of lyric poetry from Wyatt to Marvell.

ENG 864: Seminar: Augustinian Reformation

3.00 Credits

An intensive exploration of the influence of St. Augustine of Hippo upon the literature of 16th and 17th century England. The course will employ aesthetic, philosophical, theological, and historical perspectives on a variety of works of English literature in multiple genres.

ENG 870: Seminar: John Dryden and Alexander Pope

3.00 Credits

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ENG 875: Seminar in Austen

3.00 Credits

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ENG 877: Seminar: American Renaissance

3.00 Credits

Key works by several writers in the American Renaissance, considered in light of recent literary theory and the writing of literary history.

ENG 878: Seminar: Walt Whitman

3.00 Credits

A study of the poetry and principal prose works of Walt Whitman. Emphasis on Whitman's intellectual and artistic achievement as a forerunner of thought and art in the modern period.

ENG 879: Seminar: Walt Whitman & Emily Dickinson

3.00 Credits

A study of the principal poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, emphasizing topics of lyric writing and social and intellectual movements through a comparative and contrastive view of the works.

ENG 880: Seminar: Evelyn Waugh and the Modern English Novel

3.00 Credits

Concentrates on Waugh's main novels and their place at the crossroads of traditional and new (post-World War II) fiction in England. Employs various critical methodologies, examines important studies of Waugh. By way of context, includes a survey of British fiction both preceding Waugh and subsequent to his death.

ENG 881: Sem:Modern American Poetry

3.00 Credits

A study of the major writers in America, concentrating on 1910-1950, including Pound, Eliot, Frost, Williams, Moore, and Stevens.

ENG 882: Austen, George Eliot, Woolf

3.00 Credits

Graduate seminar exploring narrative innovations in the 19th and 20th centuries through three authors: Jane Austen, George Eliot and Virginia Woolf. In addition to charting the formation of a female literary tradition within the broader context of literary history, the course will also explore the developing figure of the literary critic and essayist alongside changes in authorial voice in fiction. Course content will include novels, short fiction, essays and non-fiction prose, as well as literary criticism.

ENG 885: Seminar in 19th Century Religious Poetry

3.00 Credits

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ENG 886: Sem: The American Century & Its Critics: Lionel Trilling & Robert Penn Warren

3.00 Credits

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ENG 887: Sem: American Poetry Mid-20th Century

3.00 Credits

Course Description for ENG 887: American Poetry of the Mid-Twentieth Century This course is an in-depth study of the significant developments in American poetry during the mid-twentieth century, set in political and social milieu and examining the aesthetic experimentation that developed in this milieu. Among poets to be studied are Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, the Beat poets, The Deep Image poets, Sylvia Plath, John Berryman, James Merrill, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, and Adrienne Rich.

ENG 889: Seminar:Shakespeare

3.00 Credits

An intensive study of selected works with particular attention to recent criticism.

ENG 891: Seminar in Yeats

3.00 Credits

An examination of the structure and coherence evident in Yeats's work as a lyric poet and dramatist over the course of his career. Also studies his letters, his prose, and biographical and critical works written about him. Seminar addresses allied Topics-Modernism. The Irish Literary Renaissance and The Abbey Theatre tradition.

ENG 894: Celtic Revivals

3.00 Credits

This seminar provides an in-depth study of the intellectual history, key controversies and deep connection between the Irish Literary Revival of the 1890s, the Scottish Renaissance of the 1920s, and later, the emergence of modernism and anti-modernism in twentieth-century Wales, Cornwall and Northern Ireland. Central to the course is a comparative examination of Celtic nationalism and stylistic experiment in Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Students consider the complex relation between literary modernism and forms of language purism, analyzing the impact these forces had on attempts to create new national literary idioms for the 'Celtic nations'. Writers will include but are not limited to W. B. Yeats, Douglas Hyde, James Joyce, Hugh MacDiarmid, Edwin Muir, Saunders Lewis, David Jones, Caradoc Evans and Henry Jenner.

ENG 895: Seminar: Shires: History and Place in British and Irish Poetry 1945 - 1998

3.00 Credits

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ENG 896: Seminar: William Faulkner and Robert Penn Warren

3.00 Credits

An intensive study of Faulkner's and Warren's literary careers, and of the central critical issues involving their canons.

ENG 897: Seminar in Contemporary Southern Poetry

3.00 Credits

An intensive study of the poetic theory and practice of selected American Southern writers, principally Robert Penn Warren, James Dickey, and Dave Smith. Also considers the influence of these writers on other poets.

ENG 898: Sem: Jews & Southerners:20 Cent Am Literary & Intellectual History

3.00 Credits

This course examines two influential - though rarely paired - American groups: Jewish intellectuals- including Lionel Trilling, Irving Howe, and Saul Bellow - and Southern literati- including John Crowe Ransom, Robert Penn Warren and Ralph Ellison. The literature, cultural writings and literary criticism of these two groups will be addressed.This course emphasizes competing regionalisms within intellectual culture, the Northeast and the South, on the one hand, and the urban versus the rural on the other. In addition, it scrutinizes the way in which abstractions, like literary modernism, have allowed minority groups to configure their relationship to the twentieth-century United States.

ENG 899: Seminar in 20th-Century American Drama

3.00 Credits

Focuses on problems of interpretation in key dramas by American playwrights of this century.

ENG 996: Doctoral Dissertation Research

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ENG 998A: Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (w/Classes)

0 Credits

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ENG 998B: Doctoral Comprehensive Examination (w/o Classes)

0 Credits

Enrollment in this course bills at the equivalent of one credit hour.