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Courses in: Creative Writing | Literature

College of Arts & Sciences

Creative Writing

Introduction to Creative Writing

CAS EN 202

An introduction to writing in various genres: poetry, fiction, plays. Students' work discussed in class. Designed mainly for those with little or no experience in creative writing. Does not give concentration credit. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

Summer 2 (June 30-August 7)

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Writing of Fiction

CAS EN 305

Prereq: 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 discussed in a workshop setting. For the more advanced student. Individual conferences. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Literature

Readings in Modern Literature

CAS EN 125

Introduces key concepts for understanding major developments in modern literature. Readings in poetry, drama and fiction from varying traditions, designed to motivate an interest in some of the most engaging, and challenging, works of our time. Topics vary by instructor. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

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Seminar in Literature

CAS EN 220

Topic for Summer 2014: Contemporary American Fiction. Novels and short stories published in America since about 1980, literary and genre works, graphic fiction, and a wide range of criticism, from blogs and tweets to academic essays. Authors will include Toni Morrison, Philip Roth, Cormac McCarthy, David Foster Wallace, Margaret Atwood, Jonathan Franzen, Michael Chabon, Allegra Goodman, Ha Jin, Art Spiegelman, Junot Diaz, and others. Satisfies WR 150 requirement. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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British Literature I

CAS EN 322

Prereq: (CAS EN 220 & CAS EN 221). Literature from the beginnings to the Restoration. Includes works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, and others. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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British Literature II

CAS EN 323

Prereq: (CAS EN 322). Literature from the Restoration to the end of the nineteenth century. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 8)

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Shakespeare I

CAS EN 363

Six plays chosen from the following: Richard II, Henry IV (Part I), Troilus and Cressida, As You Like It, Hamlet, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Winter's Tale. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 21-June 25)

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Shakespeare II

CAS EN 364

Six or seven plays chosen from the following: Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, King Lear, Macbeth, Coriolanus, and The Tempest. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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Introduction to African American Women Writers

CAS EN 370

Topic for Summer 2014: 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. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 20-June 26)

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Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

CAS EN 377

A study of the major writers of the Harlem Renaissance in the context of the art and music of the period. Explores how they proclaimed a renewal of racial consciousness and cultural pride, and how they challenged racial and cultural barriers in American society. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (July 1-August 7)

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Critical Studies in Literature and Gender

CAS EN 476

Topic for Summer 2014: Theories of Gender and Sexuality. Introduces major movements and texts in gender and sexuality studies central to literary studies. Sub-topics include race, nationhood, family, erotics, the self, public/private spheres, and literary forms. Readings include theoretical works (feminist, queer, transgender, etc.), novels, graphic novels, and films. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 21-June 25)

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American Literature I

CAS EN 533

A survey of American literature from its (contested) beginnings through the mid-nineteenth century. Focuses on fiction, poetry, and autobiography from major authors (including Melville, Hawthorne, Dickinson, Whitman, Douglass, and Thoreau). Also briefly encounters other genres such as sermons, essays, and exploration narratives. Among our lines of inquiry are these: How do political and philosophical questions shape literary forms and styles (and visa-versa)? How do authors write themselves into (and out of) literary traditions, particularly in matters of influence? And how do the roots (and routes) of early American literature continue on in twentieth- and twenty-first-century U.S. literature? Touches on examples from Crane, Ginsberg, Billy Collins, Annie Dillard, McCarthy, and Morrison. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 1 (May 21-June 25)

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English Drama from 1590 to 1642

CAS EN 552

The heritage of Marlowe and Shakespeare: the collapse of a historic world; Jacobean pessimism and decadence in the plays of Jonson, Webster, Middleton, Ford, and others. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400

Summer 2 (June 30-August 6)

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Graduate School of Arts & Sciences

Literature

Critical Studies in Literature and Gender

GRS EN 676

Topic for Summer 2014: Theories of Gender and Sexuality. Introduces major movements and texts in gender and sexuality studies central to literary studies. Sub-topics include race, nationhood, family, erotics, the self, public/private spheres, and literary forms. Readings include theoretical works (feminist, queer, transgender, etc.), novels, graphic novels, and films. 4 cr. Tuition: $5496

Summer 1 (May 21-June 25)

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Metropolitan College

Note: Distance Education/Online Courses may not be taken for credit by Boston University students toward any CAS, CGS, GRS, or SMG degree. MET EN 240 is not open to students enrolled in the Metropolitan College Online Undergraduate Degree Completion Program.

The Sounds of Poetry

MET EN 240

Online offering. This course is based on the idea that the art of poetry, like speech itself, is both intellectual and physical: vocal, though not necessarily performative. The Favorite Poem Project, founded by Robert Pinsky, is dedicated to celebrating, documenting and encouraging poetry's role in Americans' lives. Through watching the FPP videos, reading the accompanying anthology, An Invitation to Poetry, as well as Professor Pinsky's guide, The Sounds of Poetry, students gain a better understanding of poetry, hear more of what is happening in poems, and are able to better articulate the ways in which words can have an effect on a speaker/listener/reader. Students write weekly responses to poems and videos, watch poetry lectures by distinguished contemporary poets, and compile their own personal poetry anthologies. The course culminates in a presentation of a Favorite Poem video as well as a discussion with Robert Pinsky about the Favorite Poem Project and all things poetry. For further information, please call the Office of Distance Education at 617-358-1960. 4 cr. Tuition: $2400; technology fee: $240; total charge: $2640

Summer 2 (June 30-August 8)

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