English

View courses in

  • 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 2018: 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.
  • 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. Two topics are offered Fall 2018. Section A1: Section A1: The Novel After Film: This course asks what it has meant to write in the shadow of film. How has film's formal novelty and popular ascendance changed the way novels have been conceived? Auster, Delillo, De Witt, Keaton, Kurosawa, Hitchcock and more. Also offered as CAS CI 390 A1. Section B1: Comic Geniuses: Sturges/Anderson. Intensive study of films written and directed by two comic geniuses, Preston Sturges and Wes Anderson. Readings in theories of comedy, literature, and film criticism relevant to their comic styles and subject matter. Weekly screenings. Also offered as CAS CI 390 B1.
  • 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 386: Topics in Anglophone Literature
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing or one previous literature course.
    May be repeated for credit as topics change each semester. Topic for Fall 2018: Postcolonial Theater. Study of 20th-century Irish, Nigerian, Caribbean, and South African theater; questions of national styles, language and dialect, relations with metropolitan centers of power.
  • CAS EN 389: Fictional Forms
    Topic for Fall 2017: 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 and 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. Three topics are offered Fall 2018. 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: Murakami and His American Sources. Examines elements of postmodernism and intertextuality in the work of the world's best-selling Japanese writer. Readings in Murakami and his literary, cultural, and cinematic influences: Poe, Conrad, Fitzgerald, Chandler, Vonnegut, Carver, Irving, and others. Also offered as CAS LJ 451 A1 and CAS XL 470 B1. Section C1: Bob Dylan: Music and Words. Examines Bob Dylan's music and lyrics from 1962 to 1975 in the context of his life, artistic influences, and milieu. Explores the wealth of criticism and reaction his songs have inspired, paying special attention to questions concerning the nature of his art -- for example, his dependence on musical tradition or the relationship between song lyrics and poetry -- and past and current critical discussion about his legacy.
  • CAS EN 393: Technoculture and Horizons of Gender and Race
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: one previous literature course or junior or senior standing.
    Explores new media theory, postmodernist thought, social media, and video games to confront gender, race, and sexuality. Through critical reading, writing, and hands-on digital technology use, students consider how race, sexuality, and gender live in virtual worlds. Also offered as CAS WS 393.
  • 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 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 2017: Hamlet/Lear/Macbeth: Appropriation and Performance. Historical context, performance histories, and appropriations and transformations of Shakespeare's Hamlet, King Lear, and Macbeth. Films, novels, plays from England, France, Germany, Russia, Australia, Japan, and the US. Theoretical analysis of intertextuality, cultural politics, canon formation, globalization of culture.
  • CAS EN 466: Critical Studies in Literature and Society
    Topic for Fall 2017: Literature of the Early Black Atlantic. This course considers the first century of black Atlantic literature, including poetry and prose by Phillis Wheatley, Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, and Frederick Douglass. How did these writers represent the early modern world? How did they work to change it? Also offed as CAS AA 501 A1.
  • CAS EN 471: Critical Studies in American Literary Movements
    Topic for Fall 2018: Modernity in the Atlantic World. An "Atlantic Studies" introduction focusing on the historical conditions that unite Britain and America in a single, though internally various, culture. Readings include Gilroy, Bailyn, Ellison, Roach, Defoe, Paine, Equiano, Douglass, Dickens, and James.
  • CAS EN 474: Critical Studies in Literary Genres
    Topic for Spring 2018: 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 300 A1 and CAS XL 381 A1.
  • CAS EN 475: Critical Studies in Literature and Gender
    Topic for Spring 2019: Marriage and Money in American Fiction. Marriage as literary plot, legal contract, market commodity, sexual arrangement, gendered constraint, in American fiction from the eighteenth to the twentieth century, with background readings in law, economics, history, criticism. Authors include Foster, Phelps, Howells, Hopkins, Wharton, James, Fitzgerald.
  • CAS EN 482: Critical Studies in Modern Literature
    Topic for Fall 2018: 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.