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  • CAS EN 120: Freshman seminar in Literature
    Limited enrollment. Variable topics. Through discussions and frequent writing assignments, students develop skills in the close reading of literary texts and learn to express their interpretive ideas in correct and persuasive prose. Satisfies CAS WR 100 requirement.
  • CAS EN 121: Reading World Literature
    Study of literature in English or English translation -- poetry, drama, and prose narrative -- outside of British and American traditions. Attention to such topics as cultural self-construction, relationships of historical context to artistic expression, and development of literary forms. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 122: Medieval Worlds
    Why does the deep medieval past continue to haunt our dreams? In novels, games, and on TV? Medieval literature and its afterlives. Topics may include Arthurian romance, otherworld visions, monsters and heroes, women's lives and writing, modern medievalism. Topic for Fall 2017: Heroes, Games, and Thrones in Medieval Romance. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 125: Reading Modern Literature
    Introduces key concepts for understanding major developments in modern literature. Readings in poetry, drama and fiction from varying traditions, designed to motivate an interest in some of the most engaging, and challenging, works of our time. Topics vary by instructor. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 127: Reading American Literature
    Readings may include works of fiction, poetry, or drama composed in America from the colonial period to the present. Attention to a wide range of literary works and historical and cultural contexts. Topics vary by instructor. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 128: Representing Boston
    The literary and cultural geography of the city of Boston, from Puritan sermons to modern crime fiction. Readings by Winthrop, Wheatley, Hawthorne, Alcott, King, Malcolm X, Lowell, and Lehane; required fieldwork in graveyards, war memorials, the MFA, and Fenway Park. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 129: Introduction to African American Literature
    An introduction to the political, cultural, and historical roots of the African American experience through readings of a range of African American literature from Colonial to Contemporary. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. Also offered as CAS AA 103.
  • CAS EN 130: Science/Fiction
    Through readings in British and/or American literature, an exploration of some of the following topics: science and technology as literary themes; historical construction of science and art; similarities and differences between literary and scientific methods; the development of science fiction. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 141: Introduction to Fiction
    Introduces critical concepts for analyzing works of fiction. Readings in different periods, genres, and traditions, ranging from canonical masterpieces to unheralded literary gems, aimed to cultivate an appetite for the pleasures, and rigors, of narrative art. Topics vary by instructor. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same number that was previously titled "Literary Types: Fiction." Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 142: Introduction to Poetry
    Introduction to the understanding, interpretation, and appreciation of a wide range of poetry. Focus on poetic form, genre, and style, with explorations of cultural and aesthetic contexts. Particular emphasis on close, careful reading and discussion. Topics vary by instructor. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same number that was previously titled "Literary Types: Poetry." Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 143: Introduction to Drama
    Introduction to dramatic literature and performance. Readings may include works from the classical period to the present, with particular emphasis on learning how to read and understand dramatic literature as a form and in cultural context. Topics vary by instructor. This course cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course with the same number that was previously titled "Literary Types: Drama." Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 144: Theater in Boston
    Live plays and performances around Boston taught in conjunction with discussions of theater history and theories of acting. Readings and performances vary, but typically include one Greek drama, one Shakespeare play, and at least one modern work. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 150: Children?s Literature: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Imaginary Spaces
    What stories do we tell about children? What guidance do we imagine them needing? Examines fairy tales; the Golden Age of Children's Literature (1860--1920); fantasy; genre and adaptation. Authors include Grimms, Bronte, Lewis Carroll, Tolkien, Le Guin, Pullman, Sendak. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 163: Reading Shakespeare
    A critical introduction to Shakespeare through intensive analyses of six or seven plays. Possible attention to such topics as literary sources, early modern stagecraft, performance history, and contemporary film adaptation. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 164: Reading Shakespeare
    Representative tragedies, comedies, and histories. Primarily for students not concentrating in English. CAS EN 163 not prerequisite for EN 164. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 170: The Graphic Novel
    Examination of the rise, nature, and status of the contemporary book-length graphic novel. Topics include graphic vs. traditional novel, word and image, style and space, representations of subjectivity, trauma, and history. Authors may include Spiegelman, Bechdel, Nakazawa, Sacco, Satrapi, Backderf.
  • CAS EN 175: Literature and the Art of Film
    Provides an overview of fundamental concepts for the analysis and understanding of film. Films are screened weekly and in conjunction with works of literature. Students must register for screening, discussion, and lecture. Also offered as CAS CI 201.
  • CAS EN 177: Introduction to Asian American Literature
    Explores Asian American literature from the early twentieth century until today. Addresses questions of identity, immigration, national belonging, diaspora, war, and global capitalism. Authors include John Okada, Maxine Hong Kingston, Chang-Rae Lee, Jhumpa Lahiri, Monique Truong, and Ha Jin. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS.
  • CAS EN 180: Post-Apocalyptic Narratives
    Why is contemporary culture drawn to stories of zombies, social collapse, and environmental disaster? What fascinates us about dystopia? Stories, novels, graphic novels, film, and television all examined to explore questions of narrative, interpretation, genre, politics, "high" vs. "popular" culture.
  • CAS EN 202: Introduction to Creative Writing
    An introduction to writing in various genres: poetry, fiction, plays. Students' work discussed in class. Designed mainly for those with little or no experience in creative writing. Does not give concentration credit. Enrollment limited.