ENG 213: The Poem

This course explores the ways of reading and understanding poetry of many cultures and literary periods. The material ranges from ancient poetry to contemporary song lyrics. This course investigates the origin of poetry and addresses such questions as “Where does poetry come from?” “What is it that we pay tribute to when we write poetry?”

ENG 215: Visions of Nature

Using examples of the nature writing tradition begun by Gilbert White and continued by writers such as Edward Abbey, Rachel Carson, Charles Darwin, Annie Dillard, Michael Pollan, Wallace Stegner, Henry David Thoreau, this course examines the sources of the nature-writing tradition in prose and poetry. Students explore definitions of the pastoral, wilderness and the birth of environmentalism that looks toward ecocentric visions for the 21st century.

ENG 216: Irish Literature

This course examines Irish literature in its cultural context. Special attention is given to Anglo-Irish relations, Catholicism, the Famine, Irish nationalism and Ireland’s hold on the Irish-American imagination. Students read a sampling from Ireland’s rich literary heritage ranging from ancient heroic narratives to writers more familiar to 21st century readers, such as Heaney and McCourt.

ENG 221: American Literature I

This course is the study of selected representative works by American writers before 1865. Special attention is paid to literary periods, major literary themes and major authors.

ENG 222: American Literature II

This course is the study of selected representative works by American writers from 1865 to the present. Special attention is paid to literary periods, major literary themes and major authors.

ENG 229: Native American Literature

This course is a study of representative works created by native peoples of the Americas, including traditional songs and chants from the oral traditions of past centuries as well as poetry, fiction and autobiographical writings from such contemporary authors as Sherman Alexie, Michael Dorris, Louise Erdrich, Joy Harjo, Leslie Silko and N. Scott Momaday.

ENG 234: Mythology and Folklore

This course introduces students to the genre of mythology and folklore. Students study ancient and modern stories from a variety of cultures and discuss how myths serve as foundations for spiritual discovery and expression while defining cultural beliefs and values.

ENG 238: World Literature I

This course introduces the origins of human expression in non-Western cultures. The readings begin with some of the first works of recorded literature and end with the discovery of new worlds. Students study the contexts and meanings of the texts as well as the new and important perspectives they can bring to our own lives.

ENG 239: World Literature II

This course focuses on modern European and non-Western literature. Students examine cultural expression in language and art, the impact of emigration and exile on identity and gender and the deep connections among globalization, politics and the literary imagination.

ENG 242: The Art of Reading

In this course students approach such questions as “What is literature?” “How do literary texts relate to each other?” and “How does literature relate to ordinary life?” Students learn critical vocabulary and perform close readings in a variety of literary genres. Students focus on the conventions pertinent to different literary forms as well as the way in which social and cultural concerns impact theory formation. Students will be expected to complete an in-depth research project on a body of imaginative literature defined by culture, genre or theme.

ENG 244: The Novel in a Global World

This course focuses on novels that portray a modern, globalized world and how individuals cope with cultural change. The underlying questions that we explore are: “What makes us who we are as individuals?” “How is identity shaped by environment?” and “What happens when individuals need to reinvent themselves in a new environment?”

ENG 265: Literature and Film

This course explores the similarities and differences in both the form and content of works of literature — short stories, novels, nonfiction, drama — and their cinematic adaptations. Using literary and filmic examples from a variety of cultural traditions, the course considers how the two media draw on their unique aesthetic elements to develop characters, themes, narrative lines and points of view.

ENG 266: African American Literature

This course is a historical survey of African American Literature. Students will study a wide variety of genres — the slave narrative, folklore, the blues, the novel, poetry - to better understand the unique contributions writers of African descent have made to the American imagination. Other possible topics include the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement and African American women authors.