Contact:
Dr. Jo Van Arkel
Chair of English Department
Professor of English
Director of the Writing Center
Office: (417) 873-7273
jvanarke@drury.edu

English Course Descriptions

100 Level Courses:
ENGL 150: Composition

200 Level Courses:
ENGL 200: Literature Matters
ENGL 201: British Literature I: Medieval through Eighteenth Century
ENGL 202: British Literature II: Nineteenth Century through the Present
ENGL 203: American Literature I: 1620-1865
ENGL 204: American Literature II: 1865-1980
ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay
ENGL 208: Practicum: Tutoring in a Writing Center
ENGL 212: Comparative Mythology
ENGL 219: The Lawyer in Literature & Film
ENGL 235: The History of Film

ENGL 251: Editing and Publishing
ENGL 253: Grammar and Style
ENGL 266: Creative Writing I - Fiction
ENGL 267: Creative Writing I - Poetry
ENGL 268: Creative Writing I - Nonfiction
ENGL 290: Selected Topics
ENGL 291, 292: Research

300 Level Courses:
ENGL 301: Theory and Practice
ENGL 302: Women Writers
ENGL 303: Single Authors
ENGL 305: Studies in Ancient through Medieval Literature
ENGL 306: Studies in Sixteenth- through Eighteenth-Century Literature
ENGL 307: Studies in Nineteenth- through Twentieth-Century Literature
ENGL 311: Studies in Contemporary Literature
ENGL 317: African-American Literature
ENGL 330: Dangerous Liaisons: French Literature in Translation
ENGL 342: Shakespeare and Ethics
ENGL 344: Studies in World Literature
ENGL 345: Literature and Ethics
ENGL 353: Nature of the English Language

ENGL 354: Writing for Stage and Screen
ENGL 355: Small Press Publishing
ENGL 356: Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language
ENGL 366: Creative Writing II - Fiction
ENGL 367: Creative Writing II - Poetry
ENGL 368: Creative Writing II - Nonfiction
ENGL 375: Land and Literature
ENGL 381: Southern Literature
ENGL 390: Selected Topics
ENGL 391, 392: Research
ENGL 397, 398: Internship

400 Level Courses:
ENGL 455: Advanced Writing Workshop
ENGL 493: Senior Seminar
ENGL 490: Selected Topics
ENGL 491, 492: Research
ENGL 497, 498: Internship


ENGL 150: Composition. 3 hours.
Writing course designed to develop students' abilities to write in a variety of modes for a wide range of purposes. Same as COMM 150.

ENGL 200: Literature Matters. 3 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. We focus on how we 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. Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in this course in the spring semester of their freshman or sophomore year. Offered spring semester.

ENGL 201: British Literature I: Medieval through Eighteenth Century. 3 hours.
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.

ENGL 202: British Literature II: Nineteenth Century through the Present. 3 hours.
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.

ENGL 203: American Literature I: 1620-1865. 3 hours.
Students become familiar with major writings from pre-Civil War American culture, with "flashbacks" to colonial American literature. The course often traces a single theme, genre, or motif through the readings.

ENGL 204: American Literature II: 1865-1980. 3 hours.
This course introduces students to major texts of late-nineteenth-and twentieth-century literature, with particular attention to modernist and postmodernist writing.

ENGL 207: Expository Writing: Art of the Essay. 3 hours.
Expository writing provides students with valuable opportunities to write in a wide variety of modes of nonfiction, including narrative essays, film and book reviews, cultural analyses and journalistic essays. Students read and discuss published nonfiction and participate in workshops where they respond to one another's writing in small groups. The workshop format enables students to respond to issues of form, purpose, voice and audience. Same as COMM 207.

ENGL 208: Practicum: Tutoring in a Writing Center. 1 hour.
Prerequisite: ENGL 207.
Students work in a tutorial setting two hours per week and meet one hour per week to discuss assigned readings in composition studies. S/U grading only.

ENGL 212: Comparative Mythology. 3 hours.
A study of mythic literature in ancient, medieval and contemporary cultures, with close attention to the archetypal codes revealed in all mythologies.

ENGL 219: The Lawyer in Literature & Film. 3 hours.
This course explores the role of attorneys in film and literature. Using a wide range of texts, the course examines how lawyers can be represented as either heroes, who use the law to fight social injustice or villains, whose mastery of the law enables them to overpower others, especially the voiceless. Students will consider why attorneys are viewed through these competing lenses and how these stories and images help us understand our own struggles to gain agency and freedom in increasingly complex diverse world.

ENGL 235: The History of Film. 3 hours.
A survey of major international and American film accomplishments beginning with Griffith and Chaplin and continuing through contemporary directors such as Bergman, Fellini and Allen. Some attention will be given to film technique, theory and analysis. Same as THTR 235 and COMM 235.

ENGL 251: Editing and Publishing. 3 hours.
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 253.
A practical course devoted to publishing and editing in both print and electronic media.

ENGL 253: Grammar and Style. 3 hours.
Students intensively investigate modern English grammar and usage. The course acquaints students with models of understanding and teaching grammar and with opportunities for experimenting with a variety of styles.

ENGL 266: Creative Writing I - Fiction. 3 hours.
Students learn techniques for and practice in writing fiction. The course focuses on student workshops. Same as COMM 266.

ENGL 267: Creative Writing I—Poetry. 3 hours.
Students learn techniques for and practice in writing poetry. Same as COMM 267.

ENGL 268: Creative Writing I -Nonfiction. 3 hours.
Students learn techniques for and practice writing nonfiction. Same as COMM 268.

ENGL 301: Theory and Practice. 3 hours.
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.

ENGL 302: Women Writers. 3 hours.
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.

ENGL 303: Single Authors. 3 hours.
This course provides in-depth study of a single author's literary work. May be repeated when authors vary.

ENGL 305: Studies in Ancient through Medieval Literature. 3 hours.
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 Studies minor when content focuses on the Middle Ages. This course may be repeated when content varies.

ENGL 306: Studies in Sixteenth- through Eighteenth-Century Literature. 3 hours.
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.

ENGL 307: Studies in Nineteenth- through Twentieth-Century Literature. 3 hours.
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.

ENGL 311: Studies in Contemporary Literature. 3 hours.
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.

ENGL 317: African-American Literature. 3 hours.
The backgrounds of African-American culture in African and Caribbean literatures as well as the history of black American literature in the 19th and 20th centuries, with focus on the contemporary scene.

ENGL 330: Dangerous Liaisons: French Literature in Translation. 3 hours.
A survey of French writers such as Chretien de Troyes, Moliere, 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. Same as FREN 330.

ENGL 342: Shakespeare and Ethics. 3 hours.
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.

ENGL 344: Studies in World Literature. 3 hours.
Recommended prerequisite: ENGL 301.
Students study works outside the Anglo-American tradition.

ENGL 345 Literature and Ethics 3 hours.
Recommended Prerequisite: ENGL 301.
Students read literary texts as studies of ethical behavior in order to understand the range of ethical responses, the limits of various ethical models, and the way works of literature can develop capacities to make wise ethical decisions.

ENGL 353: Nature of the English Language. 3 hours.
In this diachronic study of the English language, special attention is given to the development of the English language from its Anglo-Saxon origins to the present and to the varieties of English spoken in contemporary American society.

ENGL 354: Writing for Stage and Screen. 3 hours.
Students study play and film structure, character creation and the art of writing dialogue. Course responsibilities include the writing of two short plays and/or films. Same as THTR 354.

ENGL 355: Small Press Publishing. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ENGL 253.
This course provides an opportunity to explore book binding, book structures, limited-edition runs, and writing for small-press publishing.

ENGL 356: Teaching English as a Second Foreign Language. 3 hours.
This course is intended to help students gain introductory understanding of learning theory as it applies to English as a second/foreign language. Students will develop skills and practical teaching experience in ESL.

ENGL 366: Creative Writing II—Fiction. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ENGL 266 or ENGL 267 or ENGL 268.
By participating in writing workshops, students learn advanced techniques for and practice in writing fiction.

ENGL 367: Creative Writing II - Poetry. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ENGL 266 or ENGL 267 or ENGL 268.
This course trains students in advanced techniques for and practice in writing poetry.

ENGL 368: Creative Writing II - Nonfiction. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ENGL 266 or ENGL 267 or ENGL 268.
This course provides advanced study of different kinds of nonfiction writing, with a practical emphasis aimed at preparing apprentice writers to publish their work as they become familiar with a wide range of publications.

ENGL 375: Land and Literature. 3 hours.
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.

ENGL 381: Southern Literature. 3 hours.
Literature of the southern American states in the context of the South's characteristic cultural identity.

ENGL 455: Advanced Writing Workshop. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: Any 300-level imaginative writing course such as ENGL 354, 366, 367, or 368.
This intensive workshop provides writing majors a final opportunity to refine their poetry and prose. Students will be required to submit their work for publication and to create a professional portfolio.

ENGL 493: Advanced Study of Literature and Language. 3 hours.
Prerequisite: ENGL 301 and senior status.
This seminar-style course provides a capstone for both the English and Writing majors. Students will do independent research and synthesize their education at Drury, looking backward at how they have developed, and forward to where they will go next.

ENGL 290, 390, 490: Selected Topics. 1-3 hours each.

ENGL 291, 292, 391, 392, 491, 492: Research.

ENGL 397, 398, 497, 498: Internship.