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NOTE: This is not a list of ALL English courses offered Spring 2013. This is a list of descriptions for some of the courses being offered. Please check Banner for the full list of available courses.
ENGL 1000Appreciating LiteratureDEBauerStudents will have the opportunity to appreciate literature from their own back yard: we will read novels, a play, and poetry by North Carolina writers or set in North Carolina.Charles Chesnutt, The Marrow of Tradition (a novel)
Paul Green, The House of Connelly (a play)
Josephine Humphreys, Nowhere Else on Earth (a novel)
Ron Rash, The World Made Straight (a novel)
ENGL 1000Appreciating LiteratureT-Th 9:30-10:45HoagLecture and discussion. "Close reading" explorations in the genres of fiction (short stories), poetry, drama, and film (two movies) with emphasis on the aims and techniques of both the writer's craft and the reader's/viewer's effort to understand and appreciate good literature. Three tests and a final exam; one optional essay. Reasonable reading assignments and just one value-priced book. One book: Literature: The Human Experience, ed. Abcarian & Klotz (Bedford/St. Martin's)
ENGL 2000Interpreting Literature001, MW 2:00-3:15; 003, MWF 10:00-10:50ShieldsAn introduction to literary interpretation with an emphasis on the different genres of literature, particularly poetry, narrative fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama/film. Students will write several short papers, learning what counts as good reasoning and evidence in analyzing texts as literature.Among others, writers in the various genre include:

Poetry by Robert Frost, William Wordsworth, Phillis Wheatley, Jonathan Swift, Natasha Tretheway, Billy Collins, and Oliver Wendell Holmes;

Short stories by Eudora Weltey, Willa Cather, Sherman Alexie, Charles Chesnutt, as well as folk tales.

Creative non-fiction by Mark Twain, John Muir, Annie Dillard, and David Sedaris;

Drama by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and a film to be chosen by the class.
ENGL 2000 Section 002Interpreting Literature: The Literature of BaseballTR 2-3:15DouglassENGL 2000 section 002 reviews the literature of baseball, its social historical development, and its literary value. This writing intensive course is a seminar and introduces the student to some of the best American writing in the genre. The Natural by Bernard Malamud (1952)
Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game by Michael Lewis (2003)
Bang the Drum Slowly by Mark Harris (1956)
Summerland by Michael Chabon (2011)
The Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith (2010)
Shoeless Joe by WP Kinsella (1982)
Pride of the Bimbos by John Sayles (1975)
ENGL 2000 Section 005American Autobiography, Biography, and Memoir TR 11-12:15DouglassENGL 2000 Section 005 explores the distinction between autobiography, biography, and memoir (and their relation to other genres.) The course also introduces the student to some of the finest examples in contemporary American Literature. The course will be taught in seminar and will host literary biographer Jerome Loving in the Spring of 2013.Frank McCourt. Angela’s Ashes. 1996.
David Sedaris. Me Talk Pretty One Day. 2000.
Alex Haley. The Autobiography of Malcolm. X 1965.
Sherman Alexie. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. 2007.
Joseph Ellis. American Sphinx: the Character of Thomas Jefferson. 1996.
Jerome Loving. Mark Twain: the Adventures of Samuel L. Clemens. 2010.
ENGL 2200Major American WritersTR 9:30-10:45DouglassEnglish 2200 (WI) introduces some of the influential writers of American letters. In fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and drama, the American voice has become singular in its power and presence in the world. One small anthology of short stories provide a selection of writers – and six individual works present a vision and model for the American sense of longing in the world – to be unique, individual, free from tradition and the past, and empowered to create and re-create in the world. This course uses the Paideia approach for reading and seminar discussions.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave (1845)
Walden and Civil Disobedience by Henry David Thoreau (1854)
My Antonia by Willa Cather (1918)
Winesburg, Ohio by Sherwood Anderson (1919)
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison (1977)

ENGL 2200Major American WritersT-Th 12:30-1:45HoagLecture and discussion. Emphasis on close readings of shorter works (stories, poems, nonfiction) by major American writers from colonial times to today. Writers include Anne Bradstreet, Thomas Paine, Washington Irving, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry Thoreau, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, Mark Twain, Stephen Crane, Kate Chopin, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and others. Reasonable reading assignments average 10-20 pages per class. Writing Intensive course with one paper and a take-home midterm essay exam. Quizzes / final exam.A one-book course: Concise Anthology of American Literature, ed. McMichael & Leonard (Pearson/Prentice Hall)
ENGL 2700Introduction to Language StudiesMW 2-3.15BosseThe course introduces students to different topics related to the study of language, such as animal communication systems and how they differ from human languages, language variation(s)/dialects, language as it interacts with society and culture, and language acquisition. In addition some basic concepts needed for the study of language are covered (sounds, words, sentences, meaning).
ENGL 2710English Grammar TR 9:30 amAcetoThis course is designed to give students an overview of the grammar (i.e. structure or syntax) of English, primarily standard written American English as well as related vernacular dialects. We will examine the “naturalness” of the standard and how it deviates from the everyday English that native speakers learned without instruction as children. Most of the course will be a discussion of the internal structure or grammar of English, but there also be a short examination of how sounds are used by speakers to build words, how words are used to build phrases, and how phrases are used to build sentences or utterances.Understanding English Grammar (A Linguistic Approach) by Ronald Wardaugh (Blackwell; second edition).
ENGL 2900Introduction to Film StudiesMW 2:00-3:15FroulaThe goal of this course is to introduce students to the broad field of film studies including formal analysis, genre studies, film history, and theory. Modern Times (Charlie Chaplin, 1936), Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (Edgar Wright, 2010), Rear Window (Alfred Hitchcock, 1954), Casablanca (Michael Curtiz, 1942), 28 Days Later… (Danny Boyle, 2002), The Hurt Locker (Katherine Bigelow, 2009)
ENGL 3000History of British Literature to 1700MWF 10:00-10:50TaylorThe relationship between literature and British history and culture from the medieval period to the eighteenth century. Includes Chaucer, Milton, and Shakespeare, but also many less famous authors and works that bring to life the astonishing people and landscapes of early modern Britain.Longman Anthology of British Literature, Vol, 1 (parts A, B, and C)
ENGL 3010History of British Literature, 1700-1900MW 2:00-3:15 TedescoThis survey of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century British literature will cover eighteenth-century drama, satirists Jonathan Swift and Alexander Pope, essayists Samuel Johnson and Joseph Addison, and poets Robert Burns, Wordsworth, Coleridge, and Anna Barbauld. We'll read late Romantic poets Shelley, Byron, and Keats and novelists Jane Austen and Charles Dickens. We’ll examine short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling and poems by Emily Bronte, Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Tennyson, and Robert Browning.Persuasion by Jane Austen
Hard Times by Charles Dickens
Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti
The Clandestine Marriage by David Garrick and George Colman, elder
Gulliver's Travels (selected chapters)by Jonathan Swift
ENGL 3020History of American Literature to 1900MWF 11:00-11:50ShieldsAn examination for English majors and minors of the various periods of American literature and their relationship to the history and cultures of the times, from the first European and Native American contacts to 1900. In addition, basic research skills for historically-based literary and cultural study will be taught. Grades will be determined by online reading responses, three research projects, a research paper, and an in-class final essay.We will not use an anthology. Instead, all readings will be available electronically, either through publicly accessible sites, ECU subscribed databases, or posted files on the course Blackboard site. The two main sites are the “Primary Sources” section (formerly known as the “Teacher Toolbox”) from the National Humanities Center's America in Class website <> and, for general historical background, the Digital History website from the University of Houston's College of Education <>. Students should also have a copy of the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers, 7th ed. (New York: MLA, 2009).
ENGL 3230Southern LiteratureMWF 9-9:50 FranksThis course surveys southern literature from Antebellum writers, through the Southern Renaissance period, to contemporary writers. Topics include geographies of the South, the relationship between regional and national literatures, and Native, African, and Anglo American relations.William Faulkner, Collected Stories
Tennessee WIlliams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Charles Frazier, Thirteen Moons
Other texts will be available online and through Blackboard
ENGL 3240U.S. Latino/a LiteratureMWF 11:00-11:50UlibarriThis course explores literature written in English in the United States by/about Latinas/os, including Chicanas/os, Cuban-Americans, Dominican-Americans, and Nuyoricans or Puerto Rican-Americans, to name a few. In particular, this course will introduce students to this literature through the concept of the body. The body comes to represent many aspects of the Latina/o experience within the literature, from sexuality to race to performance to labor.
ENGL 3260African American Literature2-315 pmWatson

Course Objective:
The Black American Literature tradition has, in the past, been largely overlooked on all levels of education. It has only been recently that efforts have been made to increase public and educational awareness of the African-American’s contributions to literature. This course is designed to present a few of the many black-authored works so that a thorough and critical analysis can be made. In this course you will learn how to read, write, and think critically so that you can respond competently through either written or verbal expression. The goal of this course is to help you gain a full appreciation and understanding of the African-American tradition.
Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass: An American Slave Written by Himself
Frederick Douglass
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale Hurston
Native Son Richard Wright
Beloved Toni Morrison
Black Voices: An Anthology of Afro-American Literature Chapman (optional)
A Turbulent Voyage Floyd W. Hayes, III

ENGL 3300Women and LiteratureMWF 1:00-1:50TedescoThis class examines American and British girlhood literature from 1840 to the present, looking at classic and contemporary portrayals of girls growing into marriageable women or making choices about their futures. We'll look at the ways girls' books frame romantic decisions, female friendships, and feminine beauty in novels about white middle-class, working-class, and ethnic girlhoods.Faith Gartney's Girlhood by A. D. T. Whitney
Carney's House Party by Maud Hart Lovelace
The Blue Castle by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Road to Memphis by Mildred Taylor
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents by Julia Alvarez
This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
ENGL 3300Women and LiteratureTR 2-3:15FederThis course surveys literature written by women in English with a focus on women’s continuing struggles for freedom. Issues of gender and sexuality, race and class, and the relationship between nature and culture figure prominently. As we have only one very short semester to study this enormous body of literature, we will examine selected key works and genres of the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries. Norton Anthology of Literature by Women.
Edith Wharton, Ethan Frome.
Lucy, Jamaica Kincaid
ENGL 3340Contemporary Drama11-12:15, Tue & ThurSiegelThe class will explore the work of playwrights working in theater in the U.S., Great Britain, and Continental Europe.Equus
How I Learned To Drive
The Pittman Painters
Joe Turner has Come and Gone
The History Boys
ENGL 3480Science FictionMWF 11:00PalumboThis is a course in science fiction literature and film. No previous knowledge of or familiarity with science fiction is needed. This is a literature course; there is no science in it. The course will probably cover four novels and four films: Flowers for Algernon, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, The Stars My Destination, Dune, Star Wars, Back to the Future, The Terminator, and Twelve Monkeys.Flowers for Algernon
The Stars My Destination
Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
Back to the Future
The Terminator
ENGL 3570American FolkloreMW 3:30-4:45 or MWF 1-1:50KittaThe intention of this class is to reveal the depth and diversity of folklore as an academic subject as well as familiarize you with folklore scholarship. Topic covered include fairy tales, urban legends, campus folklore, medicine, technology, and the supernatural. Tales, Rumor, and Gossip by Gail de Vos
Living Folklore by Sims and Stephens
The Peanut Butter Surprise by Whatley and Henken
The Terror that Comes in the Night by David Hufford
Haunting Experiences: Ghosts in Contemporary Folklore by Diane Goldstein, Sylvia Grider and Jeannie Banks Thomas
Supernatural (TV series)
ENGL 3600Representing Environmental Crisis (Lit and Film)TR 9:30-10:45FederThe Gulf oil “spill” … the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster …hurricanes, toxic waste, deforestation, the sixth mass extinction of species on earth. How do representations of environmental crisis shape our understanding of them, and of our role in environment? How do they shape future crises? This course will examine texts which represent varieties and versions of environmental crises, as well as visions of post-ecological and posthuman futures, across several genres: mainstream Hollywood movies, fiction, science writing, documentaries, science fiction, memoir, biopic, and more.Them!, Gordon Douglas; The Birds, Alfred Hitchcock; Grizzly Man, Werner Herzog; Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, Philip K. Dick; The End of Nature, Bill McKibben; A Small Place, Jamaica Kincaid; A Primate’s Memoir, Robert Sapolsky
ENGL 3630Bible as LiteratureMWF 10:00-10:50Wilson-OkamuraHow to understand the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation.
ENGL 3720Writing systems of the worldTR 12:30 pmAcetoThis course presents a linguistic perspective on the emergence of writing systems around the world. Spoken (and, in some cases, gestured, e.g. signed) languages are the defining characteristic of the human species. However, a subset of cultures around the world have consciously created writing systems for a variety of reasons that will be explored in this course (e.g. to record their histories, business transactions, et al.). This course will examine the relationship between spoken and written systems of language (i.e. alphabets, syllabaries, and morpheme/word writing) in order to better understand their similarities and differences, as well as the propensity of the human species to use language in a variety of forms. Students will also receive an introduction to the scientific discipline of linguistics, which is the empirical study of human languages based on data. When the course is over, students will have an understanding of what human language is, what it means to speak a human language/languages, and the supporting role that writing plays in many cultures.Writing Systems: A Linguistic Approach (Blackwell Textbooks in Linguistics) by Henry Rogers
ENGL 3740Structure of English: Syntax and SemanticsMW 3.30-4.45BosseWe look at the formal structure of English sentences and how it can be represented. We investigate different sentence types (question, declarative statements). Furthermore we discuss how this structure interacts with the meaning of sentences and how meanings of individual words play a role in the meaning and structure of a sentence.
ENGL 3815Introduction to Creative WritingT 6:30-9:30WhisnantThis course is an introduction to creative writing in four genres: poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction (CNF). We will write poems, essays, short stories, film and theater scripts, flash fiction, etc, and study each genre in as much detail as time permits. Note: Engl 3815 does not count toward the Foundations Curriculum humanities requirement (or any other Foundations requirement). It does count towards the "Language Study" requirement of the English major or as an English elective for the major or minor. There's no text. All readings will be on handouts.
ENGL 3815Introduction to Creative WritingMW 5:00-6:15 PMThomasEnglish 3815 is a dynamic course in which students will develop creative writing skills through active participation in individual creative writing projects, group discussions, and the study of literature. Students will use strategies that real writers use to produce works of fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, and drama. This course will assist students in uncovering their unique creative perspectives and what they want to say through their writing. The environment in this class is one of support and encouragement, welcoming self-expression and development.The Practice of Creative Writing by Heather Sellers
ENGL 3820Scientific WritingTR 9:30-10:45 or TR 2:00-3:15WoodENGL 3820, Scientific Writing, focuses on communication in scientific fields. Specific areas covered include exploring evolving scientific communication practices in the digital age, along with identifying and analyzing professional journals and the documentation styles used in these journals. Students examine a variety of article types found in the journals (with an emphasis on experimental research reports and literature reviews), prepare a mini-grant proposal, and explore ethical issues in presenting scientific information to general audiences.
ENGL 3840Introduction to Poetry WritingMW 2:00-3:15 PMThomasENGL 3840 is a dynamic course in which students will develop poetry writing skills through active participation in individual creative writing projects, group discussions, and the study of contemporary poetry. Students will develop critical expertise of poetic forms through writing and the engagement in workshop critique. This course will assist students in uncovering and expanding upon their unique creative perspectives. The environment in this class is one of support and encouragement, welcoming self-expression and development.The Art of Syntax: Rhythm of Thought, Rhythmn of Song by Ellen Bryant Voigt

The Art of the Poetic Line by James Longenbach

The Art of Attention: A Poet's Eye by Donald Revell
ENGL 3850Introduction to Fiction Writingt/th 11-12;15WielandYou will learn the basics of writing a good short story. You will read published short stories (from the text and elsewhere) and use the workshop method to critique the work of your classmates.THE ART AND CRAFT OF FICTION Michael Kardos (Bedford/St Martin's)
ENGL 3850Introduction to Fiction WritingW 6:30-9:30WhisnantThis course is a workshop designed for people who take themselves seriously as writers of fiction, with an emphasis on nuts and bolts: technique, form, structure, style, character, plot, theme, and setting. Students will share their story drafts with the class and receive constructive criticism designed to aid in revision. We'll also read a number of contemporary short stories as model texts. Note: Engl 3850 is an elective; it does not satisfy any Foundations requirements; nor does it count for WI credit.Jerome Stern, Making Shapely Fiction
Sybil Johnston, The Longman Guide to Fiction Writing for Beginners
Weekly handouts of stories by contemporary writers
ENGL 3860Introduction to Nonfiction WritingWM 33:30 - 4:45AlbrightDesigned for students serious about writing and who intend to make writing an important part of their lives. Primary focus will be on writing creative nonfiction (cnf: aka literary journalism, the fourth genre, immersion journalism, new journalism, literary essay) for magazine and newspaper audiences. Students should have an interest in descriptive and narrative writing and a willingness to openly participate in class discussions, workshops, and instruction. Articles/essays may be written in a variety of genres of cnf: reviews, narratives, travel or service articles, memoir, autobiography, biography, personal essay, place & history article, profile, interview, and culture criticism. This is NOT a reporting or feature writing class.
Skills such as generating ideas and angles, drafting, revising, finding suitable markets, copyediting, and ms. preparation will be taught as complements to individual talents and interests. After an introduction to the genre through exercises and readings, students will be introduced to workshop techniques and philosophy. By semester’s end, students should have mastered the basic techniques of CNF.
Miller & Paola, eds. Tell It Slant. McGraw-Hill, 2012. REQUIRED
Jones & Kitchen, eds. In Short. Norton, 1996. REQUIRED
Strunk & White The Elements of Style, any edition. Recommended
ENGL 3885Writing and Publications Development/Process TR 3:30-4:45CoxThis course examines document design and construction practices in professional communication. This includes writing (planning, preparing, production) and layout (visual design, spacing, formatting, etc.). We will look at several genres such as computer documentation instructions, employee manuals, publicity, social media, digital communications, and policy and procedural manuals. We will also look at aspects of publication management including scheduling and budgeting. White Space is Not Your Enemy: A Beginner's Guide to Communicating Visually through Graphic, Web and Multimedia Design by Kim Golombisky and Rebecca Hagen
ENGL 3901Film History Part II: History of Film from 1945 to the PresentT, TH: 11-12:15pm Film screenings: T: 6:30 pmKleinThis is a survey of the major films, genres, regulatory bodies, and economic structures that define American and international cinema from WW II through the present. The course addresses the cultural, industrial, and aesthetic history of film, tracking milestones such as the disintegration of the American studio system and the development of film industries in Third World countries. We'll also address specific formal, narrative and rhetorical choices made by the individual films and filmmakers. A Taste of Honey (1961, Tony Richardson), The Killer (1989, John Woo), Black Girl (1966, Ousmane Sembene), Double Indemnity (1944, Billy Wilder), Superfly (1972, Gordon Parks, Jr.), Talk to Her (2002, Pedro Almodóvar)
ENGL 4090Shakespeare: TragediesTR 3:30-4:45MontgomeryIn this course, we’ll read Shakespeare’s four major tragedies. This is primarily a course in learning to read Shakespeare with close attention to both dramatic form and thematic content. We’ll consider the plays as historical documents of early modern England and as dramatic fictions whose concerns—from family tensions to loneliness to racial identity to political violence—still speak to us today.Hamlet, Othello, Macbeth, King Lear
ENGL 4120Eighteenth-Century British LiteratureMWF 11:00-11:50TaylorNaughty plays, daring novels, and a brilliant range of accessible and engaging literature from the sensational return of theatre in 1660 after Puritan rule, through the development of the novel and new literary forms, to British Romanticism. An introduction to historical research in the field.Broadview Anthology of British Literature:Restoration and the Eighteenth Century
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders
Samuel Richardson, Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded
Frances Burney, Evelina
ENGL 4360World Literatures in EnglishDistance EducationArnoldIn this online course, we will study contemporary fiction from China, India, Africa, the Caribbean, and Oceania, with a primary focus on themes related to identity formation within contexts of intra- and intercultural tension and conflict, colonization and decolonization. Meets Humanitites and Writing Intensive Requirements.Dai Sijie, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
Xiaolu Guo, Village of Stone
Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things
Ngozi Chimamanda, Purple Hibiscus
Witi Ihimaera, The Whale Rider
Patricia Grace, Potiki
ENGL 4530ST: Peer Tutoring and Writing MW 3:30-4:45CaswellThis course prepares students to be writing center consultants or writing mentors. We will cover tutoring theory and practice, research writing in the disciplines, and explore why writing centers emerged. This course will cover a number of topics to prepare you to work with other writers, help you develop your own best practices as a writing consultant and, enhance your own writing skills. The St. Martin's Sourcebook for Writing Tutors
Communicating Mindfully
and other Writing Center readings to be found on blackboard.
ENGL 4710TESOL: Theories and Principleswww - BlackboardCopeWhat do teachers need to know about how languages are learned? Why is such knowledge important? How does such knowledge translate into day-to-day teaching practice? This course provides an introduction to the theories of second language acquisition (SLA) and their implications for second language teaching. Throughout the course, we will compare first and second language acquisition, and study the many factors (psychological, linguistic, and social) that influence the process of learning another language. ENGL4710 provides meaningful knowledge of the multifaceted process of language learning for teachers in today’s multicultural classrooms, for language learners themselves, and for those interested in how we come to acquire languages. This course is appropriate for both pre-service and in-service teachers, anyone seeking a certification in TESOL, and is helpful to teachers seeking the add-on licensure in ESL. Ariza, E. N. Whelan (2006). Not for ESOL teachers. 2nd ed. Allyn & Bacon.
Brown, H. D. (2007). Principles of language learning and teaching. 5th ed. White Plains, NY: Pearson/Longman.
Tarone, E., & Swierzbin, B. (2009). Exploring learner language. Oxford University Press.
ENGL 4740TESOL Methods www - BlackboardCopeThis course links the theory and practice of teaching English to speakers of other languages. You will learn about approaches, methods, techniques and strategies for teaching ESL at various educational levels, develop teaching materials, observe ESL teachers’ instruction, and practice/continue ESL teaching yourself.

•To critically understand major approaches and methods used in ESL teaching, including current trends in educating ESL learners such as Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol (SIOP) and dual language immersion (DLI) education
•To get accustomed to reflective thinking about our attitudes, opinions, and beliefs concerning ESL teaching
•To learn how to effectively observe and assess ESL language classrooms
•To develop competence in using various teaching techniques
•To gain practical experience in conducting the needs assessment
•To be able to evaluate, adapt, and develop instructional materials and activities
•To be able to design and conduct small action research projects in your own classroom
Possible textbooks (still under consideration):
Brown, H. D. (2001). Teaching by principles. An interactive approach to language pedagogy. White Plains,NY: Addison Wesley Longman, Inc.

Herrell, A. L., & Jordan, M. L. (2011). Fifty strategies for teaching English language learners. (4th ed.) Boston: Pearson Education.

Peregoy, S., & Boyle, O. (2008). Reading, writing, and learning in ESL. A Resource book for K-12 teachers (5th ed.). Boston: Pearson Education
ENGL 4890/4891Internship in Professional Communicationn/aHenzeStudents with strong academic records can earn up to six credits by completing a professional communication internship. Internships give you an opportunity to apply your academic skills in a practical work setting while gaining experience working with seasoned professionals.
Interns a minimum of 140 hours of communication-related work in a professional setting (e.g., a non-profit organization, campus office, business, or government agency). Tasks might include writing, editing, research, document design, publicity, or other functions related to an organization's communication goals.
If you are interested in completing an internship, contact the internship supervisor, Dr. Henze, at
No required texts.
ENGL 4985Film Capstone: American Film Genres Then and Now (WI)T, TH: 12:30-1:45pm Film screenings: T: 6:30 pmKleinThis course will explore several key film genres and modes—the Western, the gangster film, the musical, film noir, the screwball comedy, the melodrama, and genre parodies—looking at both classic and contemporary examples of each. We will examine how genre films simultaneously reflect unchanging themes while also changing to suit the needs and belief systems of their audiences. This course will serve as a capstone for the film studies minor.The Departed (2006, Martin Scorsese), The Bandwagon (1953, Vincente Minelli), Dreamgirls (2006, Bill Condon), The Big Heat (1953, Fritz Lang), Brick (2005, Rian Johnson), Knocked Up (2007, Jud Apatow)
ENGL 5280Twentieth-Century PoetryTR 3:30-4:45HoppenthalerReducing the scope of 20th-Century poetry to a manageable array of representative poets, this section will focus on the poetry of the United States and will cover a variety of poets from Frost to Ginsberg. Major schools and period styles will be discussed, as will the different modes of reading each sort of poetry requires. Relevant historical background and some literary theory will be brought to bear as needed. Still to be determined, but the poets covered will certainly include W.C. Williams, Wallace Stevens, H.D., Elizabeth Bishop, Allen Ginsberg, Robert Lowell, Anne Sexton, Sylvia Plath, T.S. Eliot, Ezra Pound, Langston Hughes, Robert Hayden, and Gwendolyn Brooks.
ENGL 5840Advanced Poetry WritingT 6:30-9:30HoppenthalerThis is a course that concerns itself with the writing and revision of poetry. Using a variety of formal and free verse strategies, students produce and revise a number of poems that are turned in at the end of the course in a portfolio. While no particular aesthetic style is privileged, it is expected that students will be able to examine, understand, and articulate the choices they've made in the creation of their art. The class is structured in the classic workshop style, with a minimum of lecture. The major text in the course is the poetry of its students; however, two volumes of new poetry, Natasha Trethewey's Thrall and one other, as yet, undetermined volume, will be read and discussed.
ENGL 5850Advanced Fiction WritingTR 12:30-1:45Wieland
ETHN 3501Arabs in Arab-American Literature & American FilmDERussellThis course contrasts how Arab-American portray themselves through poetry, memoirs, and fiction with their portrayal in American film and television. We will examine how this depiction changes over time, particularly after 9/11, as well as continuities e.g. evocations of memory, home, and family. This course can count as an English elective with approval from Dr. Montgomery.Khalil Gibran, <<The Madman>> (1918)
Orfalea and el-Musa, <<Grape Leaves>> (Anthology) ( includes writers from early 19th century up to about a decade before pub. (1999).
Samia Serageldin, <<Love is like Water>> (2009)
<<The Sheik>> (Melford, 1921)
<<The Mummy>> (Freund, 1932)
<<Sleeper Cell>> (Showtime, 2005)
MRST 5000Spenser and the Renaissance2-3:15 M/WHerronStudy of the poetic and political works of the famous poet and Irish colonial administrator Edmund Spenser, in the context of the renaissance. Attention will be paid to his English, Continental (including French) and classical sources and to influential writings by his contemporaries, especially William Shakespeare. The course will feature a voluntary field-trip to Washington, DC to the Folger Shakespeare Library to see an exhibit on early modern Ireland (involving Spenser's works) and a performance of Shakespeare's nationalistic play, Henry V. Guest lectures for the course will also be scheduled. The course can count as an English major elective with approval from Dr. Montgomery as an an English MA Literature Pre-1800 course with approval from Dr. Eble.Edmund Spenser, *The Faerie Queene* (selections)
Spenser, *Amoretti and Epithalamion*
William Shakespeare, selections from the poetry
Shakespeare, *Henry V*
Andrew Hadfield, *Edmund Spenser: A Life*
Joachim du Bellay, *The Antiquities of Rome* (trans. Richard Helgerson)