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  • CAS EN 310: British and Irish Writing: Poetry and the Novel Since 1900
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the BU London Internship Programme.
    Detailed study of texts selected from a variety of representative and influential modern British and Irish authors since 1900.
  • CAS EN 322: British Literature I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EN 220 and CAS EN 221.
    Beginnings of English literature from Anglo-Saxon period to end of the seventeenth century. Topics include the development of various poetic forms, medieval romance, and British drama. Authors may include Chaucer, Kempe, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Donne, and Milton.
  • CAS EN 323: British Literature II
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EN 322.
    Overview of English literature between 1700 and 1900. Topics include London as urban center, modern prose fiction, Romantic and Victorian poetry, tensions between religion and science. Authors may include Pope, Swift, Wordsworth, Austen, Dickens, Tennyson, Wilde.
  • CAS EN 326: Arts of Gender
    Examines representations of gender and sexuality in diverse art forms, including drama, dance, film, and literature, and how art reflects historical constructions of gender. Discussions of dramatic and literary texts are supplemented by film screenings, performance events, and readings in feminist and queer theory. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course entitled "Voices of Women" numbered CAS EN 326. Also offered as CAS WS 326.
  • CAS EN 327: Topics in American Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one EN literature course or junior or senior standing.
    May be repeated for credit as topics change each semester. Topic for Fall 2015: Fictions of the Modern American South. Novels, short stories, drama, film, and other media imagining the US South. Discussion of D.W. Griffith, Faulkner, Welty, Hurston, Margaret Mitchell, Flannery O'Connor, Tennessee Williams; South- themed movies, TV dramas.
  • CAS EN 340: Visionary Capital: The Writing of London
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: enrollment in the London History & Literature Programme.
    Using a selection of poems, plays, and novels, this course explores the imaginative potential of London. Close attention to specific historical developments in relation to works by authors from Spenser to McEwan.
  • CAS EN 341: History of the Novel in English
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing or one previous literature course.
    An introduction to the history of the Anglophone novel, from its origins in early modern England to its status as the dominant literary form of modernity. Readings include Defoe, Austen, Dickens, James, Woolf, Morrison, and Coetzee.
  • CAS EN 347: Topics in Contemporary Fiction
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one EN literature course and junior standing, or consent of instructor.
    May be repeated for credit as topics change each semester. Topic for Spring 2016: Post-1990 Anglophone Literature. Stories of people who get ahead from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Zimbabwe, China, Malaysia, and elsewhere. Set in the era of globalization and free markets, we compare tales of ambition, disappointment, solidarity, disaffection. Themes of gender, class, and race explored.
  • CAS EN 355: Modern Drama I
    Theatre history from 1870 to 1920. Plays by Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Wilde, Shaw. The birth of modern techniques of acting, design, and directing. Students stage short scenes; no experience required.
  • CAS EN 356: Modern Drama II
    Modern drama and theatre history from roughly 1920 to the present. Playwrights may include Pirandello, Beckett, Ionesco, Brecht, O'Neill, Miller, Williams, Albee, Pinter, and Churchill. The development of modern techniques of acting, stage design, and directing.
  • CAS EN 357: Modern British Drama: A Critic's Perspective
    Offers a broad study of major developments in British drama over the past fifty years as they relate to British society. The work of specific writers is analyzed in detail. Prerequisites: advanced (junior or senior) standing; previous coursework in British drama, British literature, or theatre arts. Enrollment is limited to 15 students. A course fee will be charged in London to cover the costs of theatre excursions.
  • CAS EN 363: Shakespeare I
    Six plays chosen from the following: Richard II, Henry IV, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, Julius Caesar, Troilus and Cressida, Hamlet, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Winter's Tale. Some attention to the sonnets.
  • CAS EN 364: Shakespeare II
    Six or seven plays chosen from the following: Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Macbeth, Coriolanus, and The Tempest.
  • CAS EN 368: Seminar in Shakespeare Studies
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: acceptance into the London Internship Program.
    General background on Shakespeare's drama and focus on various thematic, structural, and historical issues. Close critical readings of five plays.
  • CAS EN 370: Introduction to African American Women Writers
    Examines the African American female literary tradition through selected texts by African American women, written from slavery to the present. Topic for Fall 2015: Toni Morrison's American Times. Examines four of the Nobel Laureate's novels, using primary and secondary materials to construct historical contexts and critical perspectives. Also offered as CAS AA 304.
  • CAS EN 373: Detective Fiction
    A study of the major writers in the history of literary crime and detection, mainly British and American, with attention to the genre's cultural contexts and development from the eighteenth century to the present.
  • CAS EN 375: Topics in Literature and Film
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing or one previous literature course.
    Major themes and techniques explored by both writers and filmmakers. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2015: Hollywood Genre Films. Study of the history, conventions, and development of four Hollywood film genres to determine what these films say about the culture that made and watched them. Readings in literature, film criticism, and genre theory. Weekly screenings. Also offered as CAS CI 529.
  • CAS EN 377: Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
    This study of the Harlem Renaissance (1919-1935) focuses on literature with overviews of the stage, the music, and the visual arts. Authors include Du Bois, Locke, Garvey, Schuyler, Hurston, McKay, Larsen, Fisher, Hughes, Cullen. Also offered as CAS AA 507.
  • CAS EN 379: American Poetry
    A survey of American poetry, from the Revolutionary era up through the post-WWII period, introducing the fundamentals of poetic form and lyric practice, as well as the historical and cultural contexts surrounding the development of Romanticism, Modernism, and beyond.
  • CAS EN 380: Twentieth-Century African American Novel
    Topic for Spring 2013: Transformations of Genre in the Twentieth-Century African American Novel. Major works drawn from the Harlem Renaissance, Realism, Modernism, the Black Arts Movement, and the contemporary period. Authors may include Jean Toomer, Nella Larsen, Wallace Thurman, Richard Wright, Anne Petry, Ralph Ellison, Octavia Butler, John Wideman, Gloria Naylor, and Toni Morrison. Also offered as AA 502.