The English minor requires a minimum of 18 credit hours.
One of three foundational courses for majors and potential majors in English, Literature Matters introduces students to a central set of problems in contemporary literary studies (for example, Identity and Empire, Shakespeare to Ondaatje). The course includes important canonical works as well as neglected or emerging writers. There is a focus on how to read and understand literature; how reading and writing literature influence identity, meaning and value; and how to develop strategies for reading, discussing, and writing about literary works. Attention is also given to narrative structure. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course in the spring semester of their freshman or sophomore year. Offered spring semester.
This course introduces students to advanced research skills in literary studies. It focuses upon the central questions in literary studies and provides students with the critical and theoretical background to make sense of these questions.
Choose two of the following British and American literature courses (6 hrs):
Students discuss canonical texts of early British writing, with particular attention to close-reading and appreciation. The course often pursues a single theme, genre or motif through the readings.
This course introduces students to major writings from the past 200 years of British writing, with particular attention to close- reading and appreciation. The course often pursues a single theme, genre or motif through the readings.
Students become familiar with major writings from pre?Civil War American culture, with “flashbacks” to colonial American literature. The course often pursues a single theme, genre or motif through the readings.
This course introduces students to major texts of late nineteenth-and twentieth-century literature, with particular attention to modernist and postmodernist writing.
Choose two 300- or 400-level literature courses from the following (6 hrs.):
A study of British and American literary works written by women. Particular consideration will be given to feminist modes of inquiry and critical thought as well as to the contributions of women in literary scholarship.
This course provides an in-depth study of a single author’s literary work. May be repeated when authors vary. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.
This course focuses on the literature of ancient and medieval cultures. Themes vary annually and may include “Representing Good and Evil in the Middle Ages” or “Forms of Love in the Middle Ages.” Counts for the Medieval and Renaissance Studies minor when content focuses on the Middle Ages. This course may be repeated when content varies.
This course asks students to investigate selected topics in literature and culture of the Renaissance through the eighteenth century, including European, British and other cultures. This course may be repeated when content varies.
This course requires students to engage the literature and culture of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with particular attention to interdisciplinary study of Victorian, post-Victorian, Modernist and Post-modern cultures in the Americas and Europe. This course may be repeated when content varies.
This course investigates trends in recent literature, written in or translated into English. Texts will date from about 1980 and later. This course may be repeated when content varies. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.
The backgrounds of African-American culture in African and Caribbean literatures, as well as the history of black American literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, with focus on the contemporary scene.
A survey of French and Francophone writers such as Chre?tien de Troyes, Molie?re, Balzac, Flaubert, Camus, Sartre, Maryse Conde? and an investigation of literary movements: courtly romance, classicism, the Enlightenment, realism, romanticism, symbolism, existentialism and postcolonial discourse. The course is conducted in English; no previous knowledge of French is necessary.
Students read Shakespeare’s plays with a focus on the moral component of his drama. We ask how Shakespeare understood what it meant to live well, and how he understood good and evil and the problems of achieving moral clarity and moral maturity, in our personal and in our public lives. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.
Recommended prerequisite: ENGL 301.
Students study works outside the Anglo-American tradition. This course has been approved as an Honors qualified course.
This course traces the roots of contemporary thinking about the land in literature both ancient and modern. We will read a series of texts from the Bible, classical Greek culture, early modern England, and nineteenth- and twentieth-century America. Students should develop a sophisticated, wide?ranging understanding of how contemporary American culture has imagined (and treated) the natural world.
Literature of the southern American states in the context of the South’s characteristic cultural identity.
Selected Topics are courses of an experimental nature that provide students a wide variety of study opportunities and experiences. Selected Topics offer both the department and the students the opportunity to explore areas of special interest in a structured classroom setting. Selected Topics courses (course numbers 290, 390, 490) will have variable titles and vary in credit from 1-3 semester hours. Selected Topic courses may not be taken as a Directed Study offering.
*Selected topics should be confirmed with the chair of English for consideration as major or minor credit.