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  • CAS EN 508: Seminar: Creative Writing, Poetry
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom a selection of poems must be submittedduring the period just before classes begin.
    Individual conferences. Enrollment limited chiefly to graduate students.
  • CAS EN 509: Playwriting 1: Analysis to Inspiration
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom a short play or scene from a play must be submitted during the period just before classes begin.
    A seminar in the fundamentals of dramatic form, structure, characterization, and theme. Students read and discuss playwrights such as Brecht, Chekhov, and Shepard and, through written exercises, develop their individual plays.
  • CAS EN 510: Playwriting 2: Writing Short Plays
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom a short play or scene from a play must be submitted during the period just before classes begin.
    A seminar in the writing of short, original plays, addressing structure, language, and theme. Students read and discuss the masters of modern drama, and writing exercises are assigned to stir the imagination and develop craft.
  • CAS EN 512: Readings for Writers: Contemporary Literary Nonfiction
    Intensive reading seminar for students interested in literary nonfiction, a wide-ranging, sometimes controversial genre in which writers use techniques associated with fiction and poetry to make meaning of facts. Explores the wealth and breadth of contemporary literary nonfiction -- memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, travel, science, and medical writing -- with an eye toward helping students think about their own nonfiction writing practices.
  • CAS EN 518: Linguistic Problems in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor.
    Application of linguistic concepts to the teaching of English as a foreign language. Includes description of contemporary English grammatical structures that pose problems for learners and teachers.
  • CAS EN 519: Drama in Theory and Practice
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom a short play or scene from a play must be submitted during the period just before classes begin.
    May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Topic for Fall 2012: Social and Political Theatre. A seminar in the social/political role of theatre addressing writers who have dramatized the pressing issues of their times (Aeschylus through Nottage). Theatrical forms are explored to help students deal forcefully with issues that illuminate the present. Topic for Spring 2013: Solo Performance: Theory and Practice. A survey of contemporary one-person plays and analysis of the form, including confessional, historical, documentary. Also monologuists and performance artists. Time is dedicated to creating original one- person plays, with a performance workshop at semester's end.
  • CAS EN 520: Drama in Theory and Practice
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom a short play or scene from a play must be submitted during the period just before classes begin.
    May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Topic for Fall 2012: Structure and the Contemporary Script. A comparison and analysis of the design of plays from the last decade, encouraging students to imitate the form, character, and plot from these plays while experimenting with their own narrative structures.
  • CAS EN 522: Literature of the Middle Ages 2
    Topic for Spring 2015: War in the Age of Shakespeare. Works by Shakespeare and others portraying warfare and soldiering. Readings consider martial ethics, values, psychology, politics and social organization, the demise of honor culture, the rise of piracy, and anticipations of the military revolution, imperialism and radical politics to come.
  • CAS EN 530: The Romantic Age
    Studies in British literature from 1789 to 1832. Romanticism considered in light of social, aesthetic, historical, and philosophical issues. Authors may include Blake, Burke, Wollstonecraft, William and Dorothy Wordsworth, Coleridge, Godwin, Byron, Cobbett, Scott, Clare, Mary and Percy Shelley, Keats, De Quincey, and Hazlitt.
  • CAS EN 533: American Literature: Beginnings to 1855
    American literature from the beginning to the brink of the Civil War. Puritan origins, print culture, American poetic taste, entertainment, and the debate over slavery. Works by Bradstreet, Jefferson, Franklin, Poe, Emerson, Hawthorne, Stowe, Jacobs, and Melville.
  • CAS EN 534: American Literature: 1855 to 1918
    American literature from the Civil War to WWI, from Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Tarzan of the Apes. Realism and regionalism, race and class, the history of taste and the emergence of high culture.
  • CAS EN 535: Twentieth-Century British and Irish Poetry
    Close reading of balladic, lyric, and longer poems by Hardy, Yeats, Lawrence, Auden, Rosenberg, Mew, Loy, MacDiarmid, Gurney, Douglas, Larkin, Hill, Harrison, Prynne, others. Poets' essays and opposed schools and approaches. Reference to other arts, and times of political tragedy.
  • CAS EN 536: Twentieth-Century American Poetry
    Modernist and later twentieth American poetry, including selected long poems and shorter lyrics, with attention to poets' prose, collaborations. Crane, Williams, Stevens, Stein, Loy, O'Hara, Olson, others. Some emphasis on unusual forms and persistence of visionary poetry despite anti-romantic stances.
  • CAS EN 543: The Nineteenth-Century British Novel
    The development of the novel form in its social-historical context. Authors may include Austen, Thackeray, the Brontës, Dickens, George Eliot, Hardy, and others.
  • CAS EN 544: The Modern British Novel
    Conrad, Woolf, Lawrence, Joyce, Rhys, Isherwood, Beckett. Emphasis on prose style; narrative craft; dialogue forms; laughter; the novelistic page of print; the political backgrounds of the first half of the twentieth century.
  • CAS EN 545: The Nineteenth Century American Novel
    Development of prose fiction in the United States, with works by Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, Twain, Stowe, James, Howells, and others. Topics include print culture, realism and romance, the Civil War, and sentimentalism.
  • CAS EN 546: The Modern American Novel
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: junior or senior standing; or two English courses.
    Topic for Fall 2013: Modernism and Modernity: History and Literature of the United States between the World Wars. Team taught look at history and literature of US in interwar (1920-1945) period, emphasizing rise of modernism as cultural response to "modern" economic, cultural, and social developments. Readings include Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, alongside historical documents and scholarship. Also offered as CAS HI 312.
  • CAS EN 547: Contemporary American Fiction
    Syllabus varies from semester to semester but this course may be taken only once for credit. Topic for Spring 2015: Major American Novels since 1984. Novels by De Lillo, Morrison, O'Brien, Oates, Roth, Lee, Alexie, K. Desai, and Diaz. Course topics include risk, multiculturalism, trauma and memory, cosmopolitanism and bilingualism.
  • CAS EN 551: English Drama to 1590
    Mystery, Morality, Interludes, and the first rollicking public-stage plays. Piety, blasphemy, scatological humor, horrific violence, trans-gendering, black magic, bad verse, and politically-incorrect fun, from Anonymous to early Shakespeare, including the bad-boy playwrights of London's first mass-entertainment industry.
  • CAS EN 561: Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
    A reading of some of the Canterbury Tales and several books of Troilus and Criseyde, emphasizing the rhetorical strategies with which Chaucer attempted to turn the linguistic, social, political, religious, and cultural chaos of fourteenth-century England into courtly amusement.