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  • CAS EN 375: Topics in Literature and Film
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one EN literature course or junior or senior standing.
    Major themes and techniques explored by both writers and filmmakers. May be repeated for credit as topics change. Topic for Fall 2016: Black Humor. What is funny about death and suffering? Fiction and film responding to the absurdity of mortal existence with savage hilarity. Readings by Swift, O'Connor, Beckett, Nabokov; films include Kind Hearts and Coronets, Harold and Maude, Dr. Strangelove, Brazil. Weekly screenings. Also offered as CAS CI 390 A1.
  • 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.
  • CAS EN 389: Fictional Forms
    Topic for Fall 2016: The Gothic: Monsters, Myths, History. Survey of Gothic as a narrative form (by contrast with the realistic novel) with attention to history (as a Gothic narrative) and modern myths (Frankenstein's monster, vampire, zombie, cyborg). Nineteenth & twentieth-century fiction primarily, with an eye on today throughout.
  • CAS EN 390: Topics in Comparative Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing or one previous literature course.
    May be repeated for credit as topics change each semester. Two topics are offered Fall 2016. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: 1001 Nights in the World Literary Imagination. What is The Thousand and One Nights? How has this ever-expanding collection appealed to its diverse audiences? Focus on Nights' structure and themes, notable translations and offshoots in western literature and art, and later appropriations by Arab and Muslim writers. Also offered as CAS LY 441 A1 and CAS XL 441 A1. Section B1: King Arthur Exploded: Beyond Boundaries. Tradition and innovation in works of literature, paintings, and films inspired by King Arthur's court (6th-21st centuries). Themes include spiritual and erotic love; history and imagination; conquest and nationalism; memory and forgetting; tropes of quest; sin and redemption. Conducted in English. Also offered as CAS LF 430 A1 and CAS XL 384 A1.
  • CAS EN 401: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of Honors Committee.
  • CAS EN 402: Senior Independent Work
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: approval of Honors Committee.
  • CAS EN 404: Literary Criticism I
    A historical survey of western literary-critical standards from the earliest surviving formulations in classical Athens to the dawn of the twentieth century. Writers include Plato, Aristotle, Dante, Johnson, Hegel, Nietzsche, Du Bois, Freud; questions of truth, rhetoric, pleasure, selfhood, politics.
  • CAS EN 405: Advanced 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. Manuscripts read and discussed in class. Individual conferences.
  • CAS EN 406: Literary Criticism II
    Survey of literary critical perspectives and trends in humanistic theory relevant to literary interpretation from the middle of the twentieth century onward, including formalism, structuralism, post-structuralism, gender studies, new historicism, and post-colonial studies. Frequent writing assignments of varying length.
  • CAS EN 465: Critical Studies in Literature and Society
    Topic for Fall 2015: Modernity/Shakespeare/Film. Filmed adaptations of Shakespeare in contrasting "Renaissance" and contemporary styles. How is the past imagined? What are the functions of nostalgia? How is modernity represented? Plays read alongside multiple films as well as theories of performance, reception, and visual pleasure. Also offered as CAS CI 465.
  • CAS EN 468: Critical Studies in British Literature
    Topic for Fall 2014: Humanism & Novel. Instead of following the history of the novel from the eighteenth century forward, this course looks backward, tracing the modern novel (Defoe, Haywood, Fielding, Richardson, Sterne, and Austen) back to Renaissance and early modern Humanism and the Deist movement.
  • CAS EN 472: Critical Studies in American Literary Movements
    Topic for Spring 2015: Transnational Modernism. Explores how internationalization shaped the emergence of modernism in fiction, poetry, and visual art in the U.S. and Caribbean. Close analysis of texts informed by theories of cosmopolitanism, translation, vernacular and print culture, primitivism, creolization, world history, and transpacific exchange.
  • CAS EN 475: Critical Studies in Literature and Gender
    Topic for Spring 2016: Early Modern Women Authors. A survey of European women writers from the 1400s to the early 1600s, and of the modern critical thinking that has redefined their literary-historical importance. Christine de Pizan, Theresa of Avila, Marguerite de Navarre, Gaspara Stampa, Elizabeth I, and others. Also offered as CAS WS 305 D1 and CAS XL 381 C1.
  • CAS EN 476: Critical Studies in Literature and Gender
    Topic for Spring 2015: Sex, Gender, and the Body in Medieval Literature. Focusing on the medieval era, this course explores the history of sexuality and gendered identities, as well as sexuality's radical potential to disrupt and transform bodies and selves over time. Medieval literature, alongside critical readings in gender and sexuality studies.
  • CAS EN 480: Critical Studies in American Writers
    Topic for Fall 2014: Pragmatism and Literature. Major American authors (including Emerson, Dickinson, Henry James, Crane, Du Bois, and Frost) read in relation to classical pragmatist philosophers such as William James, Peirce, Dewey, and Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
  • CAS EN 482: Critical Studies in Modern Literature
    Topic for Spring 2017: Approaches to the Postcolonial Novel. Modern stories from Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean. An introduction to historical background and critical approaches to the works of authors such as Amos Tutuola, Buchi Emecheta, Nadine Gordimer, Jean Rhys, Salman Rushdie, and Daniyal Mueenudin.
  • CAS EN 485: Representing Gender in American Literature and Film
    Explores representations of gender in classic American literature and film. Treating such subjects as "rites of passage in cultures of consumption" and "struggles for vocation among writers and filmmakers," this course considers gender as accessible only through particular histories.
  • CAS EN 491: Independent Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, department, and CAS Room 105.
    Application forms available in CAS Room 105.