English Literature

Note: Course details for Summer 2019 will be available on December 15. The courses below were offered in Summer 2018 and can serve as a guide to what is typically offered.

College of Arts & Sciences

Reading 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.


Children's Literature: Fairy Tales, Fantasy, and Imaginary Spaces

CAS EN 150

What stories do we tell children, and how have those stories changed since 1800? This course focuses on fairy tales, fantasy, and classics of children's literature 1850-2000. It is peopled by incestuous fathers, powerful wizards, cruel schoolmistresses, and kindly beavers. Carries humanities divisional credit in CAS. 4 cr.


British Literature II

CAS EN 323

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


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.


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.


Detective Fiction

CAS EN 373

A survey of crime and detective fiction from the late 18th to the late 20th centuries, in the British and American traditions. Reading, discussion, exams, and written work focus on masters of the genre, including Poe, Doyle, Christie, Sayers, Hammett, Chandler, and Cain. 4 cr.


Romantic Age I

CAS EN 529

Topic for Summer 2018: Romantic Geographies. Explores the power of geographies to inspire British literature in the Romantic era, when Britain's colonial, commercial, and slaving empires underwent radical changes. We will focus on the distinctive landscapes and seascapes of Romantic literature-- islands, beaches, mountains, and cities-- considering how these are located in particular places, including the Alps, India, the Arctic, the English countryside, and London. We will draw on key concepts like the sublime, the beautiful, the picturesque, and the imagination. Major writers covered include Mary and Percy Shelley, Lord Byron, William Wordsworth, John Keats, Samuel Coleridge, Mary Robinson, and Charlotte Smith. 4 cr.


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 vice-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? 4 cr.


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 Webster, Middleton, Ford, and others. 4 cr.


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