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  • CAS EN 492: Independent Study
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, department, and CAS Room 105.
    Application forms available in CAS Room 105.
  • CAS EN 493: Critical Studies in Literature and The Arts
    Topic for Spring 2016: Film Theories. Intensive study of major theories of film (Soviet montage, semiotics and structuralism, feminist psychoanalytic theory, genre theory, postmodernism, digital means of production) discussed in relation to exemplary films, screened weekly. Also offered as CAS CI 510.
  • CAS EN 495: Critical Studies in Literary Topics
    Topic for Fall 2016: Time and Literature 1800-1930. From 1800-1930, momentous changes in technology (railway, telegraph, photography) and science (geology, Darwin, Einstein) inspired a re-conception of time. This course examines narrative time in Byron, Wordsworth, Hardy, Woolf, and Proust in relation to these strange new ideas about time.
  • CAS EN 502: Crafting a Nonfiction Voice Workshop
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: a writing sample (fiction or non-fiction) of no more than ten pages.
    A writing workshop that explores the notion of voice on the written page. Through reading, analysis, writing exercises, and independent projects, students become familiar with techniques for recreating the voices of others and for shaping a distinctive nonfiction voice (or voices) of their own.
  • CAS EN 503: Fiction Workshop
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom two or three stories or a portion of a novel must be submitted during the period just before classes begin.
    A workshop in the writing of fiction. Manuscripts read and discussed in class. Individual conferences. Enrollment limited chiefly to graduate students.
  • CAS EN 504: Fiction Workshop
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom two or three stories or a portion of a novel must be submitted during the period just before classes begin.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom two or three stories or chapters from a novel must be submitted during the period just before classes begin.
    A workshop in the writing of fiction. Manuscripts read and discussed in class. Individual conferences. Enrollment limited chiefly to graduate students.
  • CAS EN 505: Poetry Workshop
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom a selection of poems must be submittedduring the period just before classes begin.
    A workshop in the writing of poetry. Manuscripts read and discussed in class. Individual conferences. Enrollment limited chiefly to graduate students.
  • CAS EN 506: Poetry Workshop
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom a selection of poems must be submittedduring the period just before classes begin.
    Graduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom a selection of poems must be submittedduring the period just before classes begin.
    A workshop in the writing of poetry. Manuscripts read and discussed in class. Individual conferences. Enrollment limited chiefly to graduate students.
  • CAS EN 507: Seminar: Creative Writing, Fiction
    Undergraduate Prerequisites: consent of instructor, to whom two or three stories or chapters from a novel must be submitted during the period just before classes begin.
    A workshop in the writing of fiction. Manuscripts read and discussed in class. Individual conferences. Enrollment limited chiefly to graduate students.
  • 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 513: Modern English Grammar and Style
    This course shows how to systematically analyze grammar and style of sentences and longer units of discourse. Explores academic and popular debates on grammar and grammar instruction and helps the student become a better speaker and writer.
  • 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. Two topics are offered Spring 2017. Students may take one or both for credit. Section A1: Adaptation and the Theatre. A seminar focusing on translation versus adaptation, comparing the two, and culling material from other writing genres. Students write their own stage adaptations as well as read various texts translated from the World Theatre. Section B1: Experiments with Character and Form. Includes reading and analysis of dramatic works, experimentation with full-length monologues and small cast plays with attention to structure and style. Presentation and critique of student work in workshop format. Students attend and write critiques of professional productions.
  • 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 2016: 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 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. Realism and naturalism, industrialism, sexuality, the American Dream, the New Woman, race and class, the image of the west. Authors may include Alger, Twain, James, Crane, Wharton, Norris, Wister, Chesnutt, Jewett.
  • 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.