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MET EN 104: English Composition
Fall 2023 "Writing and You": In EN 104, we will be answering that age-old question: Who am I? I'm sure you have some idea about this, but how much do you really know about yourself? I hope you will delight in the connections made between language and identity and discover how best to express your values and beliefs. Readings and videos will be by or about Kurt Vonnegut, Elizabeth Holmes, David Foster Wallace, Jerry Seinfeld, and others. Your essays will be personal, analytical, and satirical. A research paper will precede a final portfolio, which will be your last chance to revise your work.
MET EN 125: Readings in Modern Literature
Representative fiction, poetry, and drama from modern Continental, British, and American writers. Primarily for students not concentrating in English.
MET EN 127: Readings in American Literature
Selected American writers from the Colonial period to the present. Prose and poetry representative of the American tradition. Primarily for students not concentrating in English.
MET EN 141: Literary Types: Fiction
Representative English and American novels from the eighteenth century to the present. Required papers. Primarily for students not concentrating in English. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Ethical Reasoning, Aesthetic Exploration.
MET EN 175: Literature and the Art of Film
Survey and analysis of cinema as an expressive medium from the silent period to the present. Films are screened weekly and discussed in conjunction with works of literature. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Digital/Multimedia Expression, Aesthetic Exploration.
MET EN 201: Intermediate Composition
Undergraduate Prerequisites: or MET-approved equivalent or exemption.
Topic-based seminar emphasizing advanced critical reading strategies, methods for scholarly research, and models for writing relative to discipline, audience, and rhetorical context. Attention to argumentation, prose style, and revision. Exercises in reflection and self-assessment, peer-review, and one-on-one work with instructor.
Fall 2023 topic: AI and the Humanities: Nature, Writing and Imagination in the Era of Intelligent Machines
How can scientific insight, technological advancement, business interests, the humanities, and the coming wave of AI find common ground in creating a sustainable and livable future where freedom, equality and human rights are respected? In this English 201 course, we'll engage with the profound philosophical insights from Heraclitus, the wisdom of indigenous Nations, and study the works of 19th and 20th Century writers like William Wordsworth, E.M. Forster, and Joy Harjo to tackle the modern dichotomy between rational and intuitive thought which has become particularly relevant in the age of AI. We will put special attention on the process of thinking and writing and deploy practical methods for empowering the writing process through critically and imaginatively engaging the intricate relationship between the mind, nature, technological artifacts and the tools of composition. Our goal is to learn methods for navigating the interplay among imagination, language, AI, and various landscapes. This exploration will prepare us to use AI and writing technology and techniques effectively, enabling us to create pragmatic written works powered by our expansive imaginations.
Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Writing, Research, and Inquiry and Research and Information Literacy.
MET EN 202: Introduction to Creative Writing
Designed mainly for those with little or no experience in creative writing. An introduction to writing in various genres: poetry, fiction, and plays. Students' works discussed in class. Limited enrollment.
MET EN 304: Poetry Writing
This is primarily a poetry writing workshop, in which students write and revise their own poetry, and read their peers' poems with generosity, providing constructive feedback. Students also learn to read closely the work of master poets past and present.
MET EN 305: Advanced Writing of Fiction
The writing of short stories and perhaps longer fiction discussed in a workshop setting, including one-on- one meetings to discuss student work.
MET EN 322: Survey of British Literature I
Prereq: MET HU 221. Beginnings of English literature from Anglo-Saxon period to end of the seventeenth century. Topics include the development of various poetic forms, medieval romance, and British drama. Authors may include Chaucer, Kempe, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Donne, and Milton. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.
MET EN 323: Survey of British Literature II
Undergraduate Prerequisites: MET EN 322
Overview of English literature between 1700 and 1900. Topics include London as urban center, modern prose fiction, Romantic and Victorian poetry, tensions between religion and science. Authors may include Pope, Swift, Wordsworth, Austen, Dickens, Tennyson, Wilde. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.
MET EN 355: Modern Drama
A century's transformations of drama and stage. Reading and discussion of plays from early realism and expressionism to the theatre of the absurd and present trends: Ibsen, Strindberg, Chekhov, Shaw, Synge, Pirandello, Brecht, Sartre, Ionesco, Beckett, Genet, Pinter, and others.
MET EN 363: Shakespeare I
Six plays chosen from the following: Richard II, Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV (Part 1), Troilus and Cressida, As You Like It, Hamlet, Othello, Antony and Cleopatra, and The Winter's Tale. Effective Fall 2020, this course fulfills a single unit in each of the following BU Hub areas: Aesthetic Exploration, Historical Consciousness.
MET EN 364: Shakespeare II
Six plays chosen from the following: Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Much Ado About Nothing, Measure for Measure, Twelfth Night, Julius Caesar, King Lear, Macbeth, Coriolanus, and The Tempest.
MET EN 546: The Modern American Novel
In this course we will read and discuss American novels and short stories published between 1900 and 1945. We will examine the roots of "modernism," consider various definitions of modernism, and identify characteristics of modernism in American narratives including short stories and films as well as novels--works by Chesnutt, Chopin, Perkins Gilman, Twain, Dreiser, Anderson, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Toomer, and Hurston. We will also locate the historical and cultural contexts of these works. Some of these novels were widely read at the time they were published; other works had a more limited distribution, but subsequently have been recognized as valuable contributions to the American literary tradition. We will consider art forms in their larger cultural context and consider what "cultural work" any artistic expression does. How does literature convey the values and attitudes of the people who produce it? And conversely, how does literature influence the values and attitudes of the people who read it?
MET EN 552: English Drama from 1590 to 1642
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.