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  • CAS EN 220: Seminar in Literature
    Fundamentals of literary analysis, interpretation, and research. Intensive study of selected literary texts centered on a particular topic. Attention to different critical approaches. Frequent papers. Limited class size. Required of concentrators in English. Satisfies WR 150 requirement.
  • CAS EN 221: Major Authors
    Introduction to the major works of ancient and medieval literatures that influenced later Continental, English, and American literature: the Bible, Homeric epic, Greek tragedy, Vergil's Aeneid, and Dante's The Divine Comedy. Required of English majors.
  • CAS EN 304: Writing of Poetry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom five to ten poems must be submitted during the period just before classes begin.
    The writing of poems discussed in a workshop setting. For the more advanced student. Individual conferences. Limited enrollment.
  • CAS EN 305: Writing of Fiction
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom two or three short stories must be submitted during the period just before classes begin.
    The writing of short stories and perhaps longer fiction discussed in a workshop setting. For the more advanced student. Individual conferences. Limited enrollment.
  • CAS EN 306: Introduction to Playwriting
    Students write and discuss their plays in a workshop setting. Individual conferences. Limited enrollment.
  • CAS EN 313: Variation in Dialects of English
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS LX 250; or consent of instructor.
    Exploration of how dialects of English differ from each other, focusing on grammatical variation in the US, with occasional forays into British dialects. Students come to appreciate how linguists investigate grammatical diversity scientifically, revealing the complex structure of non-standard dialects. Also offered as CAS LX 365.
  • 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 324: Topics in Medieval Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one previous literature course, or junior or senior standing.
    May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Spring 2017: Love and Death in Medieval England. Exploration of romance, sex, and death in a variety of medieval texts, including works by Chaucer, the Pearl-Poet, and Gower. Some attention to Latin, French, German, Icelandic, and other sources.
  • CAS EN 325: Topics in Early Modern British Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one previous literature course, or junior or senior standing.
    May be repeated for credit as topics change each semester. Topic for Fall 2017: The Social Media of the English Revolution: From the Pamphlet Wars to Paradise Lost. Explores how, long before Twitter and texting, writers of the English Revolution imaginatively reinvented textual forms and technologies to change their worlds. Analyzes battles over politics, gender, sexuality, religion and violence, across genres including newsbooks, romances, poems, plays, and memoirs.
  • CAS EN 326: Arts of Gender
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one EN literature course or junior or senior standing.
    Examines representations of gender and sexuality in diverse art forms, including drama, dance, film, and literature, and how art reflects historical constructions of gender. Topic for Fall 2017: Gender and Life Writing. Explores gender and "life writing," a term used by Virginia Woolf, in diverse forms including lyric essay, memoir and graphic memoir, poetry, fiction, biography, and visual portraits. Writers and artists may include Woolf, Bechdel, Didion, Kincaid, Nelson, Rankine, Arbus, Kahlo, Mann, Walker.
  • 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 Spring 2017: Transnationalism and American Literature. Challenging nationalist assumptions, the course traces the development of U.S. literature by exploring the formative impact of the immigrant experience, the middle passage, expatriation, black internationalism, translation, and transpacific exchange. Readings by Crevecoeur, James, Cather, Stein, Hughes, Wright, and others.
  • CAS EN 331: Topics in Nineteenth-Century British Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one previous literature course, or junior or senior standing.
    May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2017: Jane Austen's Romantic Realism. Close study of Austen's six novels. Questions of love and marriage; the novel genre; psychology; comedy. If realistic fiction highlights social conditions and romance speaks to our idealism, how do we understand Austen's seemingly paradoxical blending of romance and reality?
  • CAS EN 333: American Literature: Beginnings to Civil War
    American literature from the beginnings to the Civil War. Readings include works by major authors such as Bradstreet, Jefferson, Franklin, Irving, Poe, Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, Douglass, Whitman, and Jacobs. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS EN 533.
  • CAS EN 334: American Literature: Civil War to World War I
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing or one previous literature course.
    American literature from the Civil War to the end of World War I in 1918. Changing literary forms in the age of Reconstruction, robber barons, the New Woman, westward expansion. Authors may include Whitman, Alger, Twain, James, Crane, Wharton, Chesnutt.
  • CAS EN 335: British & Irish Poets: 1890 to 21st Century
    An exploration of major poets of the long twentieth century, from Thomas Hardy and W.B. Yeats through the War Poets, Eliot, Loy, Auden, and Lawrence to Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, and Paul Muldoon. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS EN 535.
  • 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 345: Nineteenth-Century American Fiction
    Development of prose fiction in the United States, often including works by Child, Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Stowe, Webb, Dreiser, Gilman, and others. Topics include print culture, realism and romance, the Civil War, and sentimentalism. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to CAS EN 545.
  • 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 Fall 2017: Contemporary World Literature. The ways in which international works of fiction depict social change and their effects on individuals and communities. Authors discussed may include Adichie, Adiga, Muenuddin, Coetzee, Knausgaard, Dangarembga.
  • CAS EN 348: Topics in Modern Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one previous literature course or junior/senior status.
    May be repeated for credit as topics change each semester. Topic for fall 2017: Modern Irish Writers. Poetry, plays, and fiction by Irish authors from 1890s to present. Writers may include Wilde, Yeats, Synge, Joyce, Beckett, Heaney, Muldoon, Boland.