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  • CAS EN 221: Major Authors I
    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 concentrators in English. Cannot be taken for credit in addition to the course by the same title that was formerly numbered CAS HU 221.
  • 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 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 Spring 2016: Gender Trouble, Genre Trouble. Through readings of plays, poetry, novels and graphic novels, as well as film, television and other media, examines how various genres have been used to explore, challenge and reimagine gender over centuries. Theoretical perspectives include feminist, queer, transgender, and intersex. 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 2016: Imagining US South in Modern Fiction, Drama, Film, and Other Media. D.W. Griffith, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Zora Neale Hurston, Margaret Mitchell, Flannery O'Connor, Tennessee Williams; selected contemporary fiction from Dorothy Allison and Edward P. Jones; South-themed movies, TV dramas.
  • 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 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 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.
  • 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 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 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 2016: 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 305.
  • CAS EN 372: Politics and Culture in Britain, 1660-1759
    Introduction to British politics, philosophy, religion, society, and literature, 1660-1759. Many modern ideas, including democracy and individual liberty, had their origins in these years; literary works include slashing satire, sparkling comedy, wicked obscenity, and profound meditations on human nature. Also offered as CAS HI 357.
  • 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.