English Literature

Note: All tuition rates listed on the Summer Term 2018 website are pending approval.

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.


Seminar in Literature

CAS EN 220

Topic for Summer 2017: Shakespeare after Shakespeare. This course investigates how and why Shakespeare's texts have been reincarnated through the twenty-first century in fiction, drama, and film. How do his plays still speak to questions of race, romance, gender, rebellion, class, and power? And what makes Shakespeare the ultimate cultural icon? Satisfies CAS WR 150 requirement. 4 cr.


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.


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.


Literature of the Middle Ages I

CAS EN 521

Topic for summer 2017: Medieval Narrative in Prose and Verse. English, French, German, Icelandic, Latin medieval narrative in prose and verse, including saints' lives, epic, romance, and saga. Special attention is paid to Beowulf, Song of Roland, Arthurian romances, Njal's saga, Tristan, and Parzival. Historical, rhetorical, and erotic concerns in these texts are given their due. Latin and vernacular lyric (troubadours, Archpoet and Carmina Burana) also provide some amusement. 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.


Rise of the Novel

CAS EN 542

Examines the rise of the novel and its popularization on stage and screen. Students read a number of eighteenth and nineteenth century novels that entered the popular mainstream in part through creative adaptations. The focus will be on female novelists (Jane Austen, Mary Shelley and Emily Bronte) and their male counterparts (Defoe, Fielding, Sterne, and Dickens). Includes frequent screenings of films, and students develop ways of analyzing shifts from one medium to another. The course explores the earliest works of the "Gothic," the first "Postmodern" novel (published in 1759-66!), the origins of science fiction, and the coming of age novel. 4 cr.


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