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ENG 100 Comprehensive Writing Fundamentals

Gen Ed Foundations

This course is an intensive course intended to bring inexperienced writers up to speed with the fundamental skills required in academic writing. The Comprehensive track runs in parallel with the Writing Fundamentals sibling course, but, with twice the contact hours, it elevates student competence more gradually, at a pace more appropriate for inexperienced writers. Successful completion of the course grants access to Writing from Research (ENG 102).

ENG 200 Survey of British Literature I

Core

The course surveys the major writers from the Anglo-Saxon period, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and the Enlightenment such as the Beowulf poet, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Spenser, Milton, Pope, Swift, and Samuel Johnson.

ENG 203 Writing Rome

Major Elective

Writing Minor Elective

This course explores the city of Rome through writing. On-site classes provide an interdisciplinary, studio-art approach to the generation of written work. Through the studied practice of descriptive writing and the examination of setting as a vital literary component, students will create their own textual map of the Eternal City.

ENG 207 Drama: Genre, Technique, and Structure

Core Elective

Literature Minor Core Elective

This course serves as an introduction to the variety of forms and themes of dramatic literature. Major problems treated by dramatists will be examined, as well as genres: tragedy, comedy, farce, melodrama, tragicomedy, and the thesis play.

ENG 303 Images of Italy in British and American Writers

Major Elective

Literature Minor Elective

This course examines Italy and its impact on British and American writers, investigating the complicated ways Italy figures in the Anglo-American imagination. Selected readings, discussion and analysis from the writings of Hawthorne, James, Wharton, Forster, Lawrence, Pound and others will be discussed.

ENG 309 Shakespeare’s Italian Plays

Major Elective

Literature Minor Elective

The intensive study of five or six of Shakespeare’s comedies and tragedies set in Italy, ancient and early modern, with attention to English attitudes toward Italy and Shakespeare’s use of Italy, the nature of comedy and tragedy, and the shape of Shakespeare’s career.

ENG 317 Writing Fiction for Children and Young Adults

Major Elective

Writing Minor Elective

This advanced writing course is designed to develop students’ skills in writing fiction expressly for children and young adults. The course will focus on the writing process and the approaches to writing for various age groups within the genre, specifically examining story structure, character, plot, and theme. In addition to writing and work-shopping their own work, students will read and analyse texts from classic and contemporary children’s and YA literature.

ENG 321 A Moveable Feast: Writing about Food

Major Elective

Writing Minor Elective

Food writing is defined in many ways: cookbooks to non-fiction essays, restaurant reviews to travel and personal narratives. This course will examine food writing in its various professional forms and will instruct students in approaches to writing about food for publications.

ENG 327 The Art of the Review: Movies, Books, and the Arts

Major Elective

Writing Minor Elective

This is an upper-level writing intensive course that focuses on the technique of writing about various arts using journalism’s forms, principles and ethics.

ENG 413 Literature and Race

Major Elective

Literature Minor Elective

This course looks at the intersection of literature and race in major literary works from a comparative perspective. Similarly themed novels are read against each other, as well as their historical, cultural, and literary context/co-text, represented by a mix of contemporary primary (documental) sources, and scholarly analysis. In this process, students will understand the (often contradictory and controversial) ways in which literature tackles crucial ethical, social, or political issues with its unique tools and methods, and how it impacts, and is impacted by, its socio-cultural environment.

William Styron and James Baldwin

ENG 101 Writing Fundamentals

Gen Ed Foundations

This course introduces students to the rigors and discipline of the writing process, stage by stage, from choosing a topic, to collecting information, brainstorming, planning and outlining, drafting, revising and editing, to proofreading and finalizing. Each stage is punctuated with assignments and exercises that familiarize students with the rhetorical modes, from description, to comparison/ contrast, narration, classification, extended definition, cause-effect, and argument. In in-class and at home work, students will practice producing grammatically correct and logically sound claims, arranged in coherent paragraphs; understand and develop the thesis statement; learn to distinguish between primary and secondary sources; learn to annotate sources, and incorporate quotes in their writing with proper lead-in sentences and follow-up; begin familiarizing with citation styles; learn to use information technology, from research to writing and formatting.

ENG 201 Survey of British Literature II

Core

Literature Minor Core

Writing Minor Core Elective

This course surveys the major writers from the Romantic and Victorian periods and through the twentieth century such as Blake, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Keats, Dickens, Arnold, Browning, Joyce, Eliot, and Woolf.

ENG 204 Survey of American Literature

Core

Literature Minor Core

Writing Minor Core Elective

The course is a study of American literature from the colonial, though the romantic, realist/naturalist, modernist and contemporary literary periods, with particular focus on the major writers Particular emphasis is placed on the diversity and representativeness of American literature.

ENG 208 Fiction: Genre, Technique, and Structure

Core Elective

Literature Minor Core Elective

Writing Minor Core Elective

This introductory level literature class is designed to help students acquire the skills for reading, appreciating, writing, and critically analyzing fiction. This course intends to introduce the students to basic concepts about literary technique, elements of fiction, and innovation while honing their critical thinking skills.

ENG 305 Literary Editing and Publishing

Core

Writing Minor Core

This course is an overview in literary editing for publication. We will explore in-depth the publishing industry for both writers and editors. Students will develop skills such as copyediting, revision, query letters, literary critique and analysis, and submitting and reviewing work.

ENG 311 The Art and Craft of Writing: Advanced Expository Writing

Major Elective

Writing Minor Elective

This course focuses on the practice of writing lively, research-informed essays.

ENG 318 Laughter, Satire, and the Comic Form

Major Elective

Literature Minor Elective

Using examples from Juvenal to Jon Stewart, this course examines elements of comedic and satiric technique, style, and genre. It will investigate the psychological, social, and political functions of laughter and comedy, as well as satire’s most common targets and its various forms. Through practical exercises, literature, and screenings of TV, film, and stand-ups, students will explore what and why we find some things funny.

ENG 322 Travel Writing

Major Elective

Writing Minor Elective

This workshop instructs students in the mechanics of travel writing from research, interviewing techniques and pitching editors to crafting essays and articles for newspapers, magazines, books, and the internet.

ENG 401 Major American Authors: Hemingway

Major Elective

Literature Minor Elective

This course will examine the life and expatriate writings of Ernest Hemingway, exploring his themes, style, and narrative technique. We will examine not only issues of style and technique but also how Hemingway’s expatriate experience influenced his writing.

ENG 498 Capstone Senior Project

Core

A seminar in which students select a publication, production or research project to complete over the course of two semesters. Students are required to choose a project in creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, or creative non-fiction), or a scholarly thesis, work with an advisor to complete their projects over the course of their final two semesters as seniors.

ENG 102 Writing from Research

Gen Ed Foundations

This course prepares students to plan, research, and write academic-level research papers au- tonomously. Students are guided through all writing stages, from preparing an articulated re- search proposal, to collecting sources and arranging them in an annotated bibliography, to out- lining, drafting, and, finally, completing the paper in accordance with current MLA guidelines. Each stage is also punctuated with writing drills in the form of in-class essays, citing and quot- ing drills in the form of worksheets, annotation drills on select academic sources related to the class theme, and a thorough overview of the use of library resources, both material and elec- tronic. Students will also practice discussing and explaining their project in workshop sessions.

ENG 202 Writing from Theory

Gen Ed Foundations

This course is a seminar on the principles of effective expository writing with a focus on the critical perspectives and theories that enliven contemporary literary, art, and cultural studies. Through an historical survey of critical theory, including an introduction to relevant terminology, the course will cover various types of arguments, appropriate to different concerns and cultural contexts. The theory addressed in this course spans theories of race, class, gender and national identity, postmodern and poststructuralist perspectives, Marxist critique, and psychoanalytic approaches. Writing assignments will provide students with the opportunity to apply these theories to literary works, film, painting, and built space.

ENG 206 Poetry: Genre, Technique, and Structure

Core Elective

Literature Minor Core Elective

This introductory level literature class is designed to help students acquire the skills for reading, appreciating, and critically analyzing poetry. This course intends to introduce the students to some basic concepts about literary technique and innovation.

ENG 300 Creative Writing

Major Elective

Writing Minor Elective

This course explores the creative process, giving students concrete ways to enhance their creative thought and writing. Through writing assignments and numerous inventive classroom exercises, students learn how to write more interesting characters, fascinating plots and colorful stories.

ENG 308 Playful Subversion: Understanding Postmodern Text

Major Elective

Literature Minor Elective

The aim of the course is to situate select theoretical and literary texts within the post-modern aesthetic, and to understand both postmodern theory and post-modern writing as commentary on, and reaction to, a world disenchanted of the myth of progress, suspicious of the legitimacy of authority, and filled with anxiety over the attribute of authenticity in identity, experience, and “things in the world.”

ENG 313 Creative Non-Fiction Writing

Major Elective

Writing Minor Elective

Nonfiction is a genre that has grown more diverse and creative than ever, embracing all styles from serious to whimsical and encompassing every topic imaginable. This course will focus on the creative process and the generation of several different forms of writing within the nonfiction genre, including the personal essay, the memoir, biography, and the journalistic or magazine profile

ENG 320 Modernism and the Making of the New

Major Elective

Literature Minor Elective

Modernism was an international movement that drew from influences throughout Europe in its desire to break with the past and create a new way of expressing experience--to “Make it New”— to use Ezra Pound’s famous phrase. This course will examine the characteristics that define the “Modern” in literature, but we will also examine how the modernist aesthetic influenced other cultural and artistic expression in the early decades of the twentieth century

ENG 325 The Grand Tour and the Literature of Tourism

Major Elective

Literature Minor Elective

This course will examine the literature and history of The Grand Tour, from it origins in the Renaissance and its heyday in the eighteenth century to the sentimental tourism of the nineteenth century and its evolution into modern tourism. We will take an interdisciplinary approach and examine theory, history, non-fiction accounts, and literary travel writing.

ENG 411 The Literature of War

Major Elective

Literature Minor Elective

From the Iliad to Beowulf to Saving Private Ryan, war is a constant of human experience and as such a major topic in all forms of cultural and artistic expression. This course will examine the various literary responses to war and the ways in which artists and writers have negotiated power, violence, and resistance within the context of military conflict.

ENG 499 Capstone Senior Project

Core

A seminar in which students select a publication, production or research project to complete over the course of two semesters. Students are required to choose a project in creative writing (fiction, poetry, drama, or creative non-fiction), or a scholarly thesis, work with an advisor to complete their projects over the course of their final two semesters as seniors.

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