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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 538: Teaching American Literature
Undergraduate Prerequisites: CAS EN 220.
This course focuses on teaching American literature at the high school level. Goals include building a knowledge base in American literary history, modeling deep learning with selected texts, addressing theoretical questions in English Language Arts pedagogy, and learning practical classroom skills.
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.
Syllabus varies from semester to semester but this course may be taken only once for credit.
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 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.
CAS EN 566: Milton
Explores John Milton's prose and poetry in the context of both the seventeenth century and our current critical moment. Issues include religious liberty, gender, republicanism, genre, sexuality, slavery, friendship, English civil wars, ecocriticism, career anxiety, and changing ideas of reading.
CAS EN 568: Studies in British Literature
Topic for Spring 2015: Shakespeare and Film. Study of Shakespeare's tragedies, including Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth, in multiple film versions of each play by such directors as Olivier, Welles, Nunn, Eyre, Branagh, Luhrmann, Taymor, and Kurosawa. Previous study of Shakespeare recommended.
CAS EN 578: Studies in British Writers
Topic for Fall 2014: Virginia Woolf. A careful examination of one of the most enigmatic, challenging, and consistently astonishing writers of the modern era. Students read a thorough selection of Woolf's fiction and exploratory essays, while contemplating recurrent problems of subjectivity, experimentalism, metaphor, gender, and history.
CAS EN 579: Studies in American Writers
Topic for Fall 2014: Emerson, Whitman, Dickinson. Whitman and Dickinson as unruly eccentrics and as wholly representative nineteenth-century American writers, in the context of Emerson's call for a literature that embraces "the common." A course in cultural history and in close reading.
CAS EN 582: Studies in Modern Literature
Topic for Fall 2016: Joyce and After. Readings in transatlantic modernism (Irish, British, American) from 1922 forward. Joyce's Ulysses is central. Other readings from authors such as James Baldwin, Allison Bechdel, Samuel Beckett, Elizabeth Bishop, Ralph Ellison, William Faulkner, Langston Hughes, Alice Walker, and Virginia Woolf.
CAS EN 584: Studies in Literature and Ethnicity
Topic for Fall 2016: Literature of the Migrant. A reading of eleven novels that all bear on human migrations. Besides examining major issues, the focus is on how these books were made. Some of the texts are translations, but most of them are written by American authors.
CAS EN 588: Studies in African American Literature
Topic for Spring 2017: Tracking Changes in the Twentieth-Century African American Novel: Negotiations of Genre and Gender. Readings of Slave Narratives and Neo Slave Narratives, and the Urban Novel. Authors include Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, and Walter Mosley. Also offered as CAS AA 502.
CAS EN 590: Studies in Comparative Literature
Topic for Fall 2014: Cultural Crossings with Asia in the US. Explores how the availability of English translations and other formative cultural encounters with Asia shaped the development of American literature. Readings include works by Franklin, Paine, Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Whitman, Stein, Pound, Eliot, and Richard Wright.
CAS EN 593: Studies in Literature and the Arts
Topic for Spring 2016: Films of Steven Spielberg. Intensive study of films by Steven Spielberg and some of the novels he adapted for the screen. Topics include: the blockbuster mentality, childhood sentimentalities, and made-to-order visionary experience. Weekly screenings. Also offered as CAS CI 548.
CAS EN 594: Studies in Literature and the Arts
Topic for Spring 2016: The Sister Arts. Explores intimate but conflicted relations between word and image in western culture. Centers on case studies, from ancient Greece to modern America, that illustrate the means by which artists and writers have attempted to combine showing and telling. Also offered as CAS AH 598.