Course Offerings


  • ENG 502 Theories of Composition
    Examination of contemporary theories and practices of teaching expository writing and assumptions (pedogogical, linguistic, psychological) which underlie them.  Examination of how to integrate comlementary theories and bases for choice between competing theories in putting together a course of study and gathering materials for work in the classroom. SS--3--

  • ENG 537 Ethnicity and Cultural Diversity in Literature
    Study of the theoretical backgrounds and consequences of study of ethnic and minority literatures, concentrating on English-speaking nations with a primary emphasis on the United States a second emphases on English-language literatures of Africa and Asia. Readings in critical and literary-historical literature, along with study of representative writings of these ethnic groups. SS--3--

  • ENG 566 Literary Criticism
    An overview of mainly contemporary developments in literary criticism, with some reference to classical esthetics and to developments through the new criticism mainly as preparation for understanding contemporary trends. SS--3--


British Literature Courses (also see Advanced Seminar Courses)

  • ENG 510 Medieval England
    Some important writings of the Old and Middle English period, including Beowulf, Maldon, Dream of the Rood (Dream Vision) and selections from the Elene., Geoffrey of Monmouth's History Regem Brittanum, Malory, Piers Plowman, The Pearl, Gawain, selections from The Canterbury Tales Mystery plays, Everyman, Ir--3--
  • ENG 512 Prose & Poetry: Donne-Marvel
    Study of English non-dramatic literature from Donne to the Restoration, exclusive of Milton, including Donne, Jonson, Bacon, Herbert, Vaughan, Herrick, Burton, Hobbes, Coweley, Marvell., Ir--3--
  • ENG 515 British Romantic Writers
    Readings from the major poets of the Romantic period in English literature with emphasis on their philosophy and artistry and on the society in which they lived. Authors include William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Gordon, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats. Ir--3--
  • ENG 516 Victorian Writers
    Major writers of the Victorian age in Britain, studied in relation to the following themes: Geology and Benthamism, The Oxford Movement, The Utilitarians and the Workers. The Poet as Prophet. Science and Progress, Moralism, High Victorian Ennui, The Aesthetes; PreRaphaelitism and its Branches, The Decadents, The Fading of Empire. Ir--3--

American Literature Courses (also see Advanced Seminar Courses)

  • ENG 530 Colonial and Federal American Literature
    A study of American literature from the beginning through the Federal period. New England Puritanism, Edwards, Franklin, Paine and the founding fathers, Beginnings of the Romantic movement from Freneau to Bryant and Irving. Ir--3--
  • ENG 531 American Romanticism
    Study of mid-nineteenth century writers who reflect or react against the religious, cultural, esthetic, and political movements associated with romanticism. Study will include Dickinson, Douglass, Emerson, Fuller, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Stowe, Thoreau, and Whitman. Ir--3--
  • ENG 532 American Realism and Naturalism
    Examination of the primary literary movements between the Civil War and 1914 seen through social, political, and intellectual developments in the United States. Authors studied include the following: DeForest, Chopin, Clemans, Howells, James, Wharton, Cather, Bierce, Garland, Crane, Norris, London, Anderson, and Dreiser. Ir--3--


Fiction (also see Advanced Seminar Courses)

  • ENG 521 18th-Century English Novel
    This course generally covers the first century of the English novel by concentrating upon the established major figures--Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Smollett, and Austen--as well as others such as Goldsmith, Walpole, Radcliffe, Beckford, Lewis, Smith, Maturin, Day, or Brooke. Ir--3--
  • ENG 522 19th-Century English Novel
    This course concentrates on key works--for instance those by Scott, the Brontes, Dickens, Thackeray, Eliot, Meredith, Trollope, or Hardy--as well as those by less well established writers who are representative of other aspects of the period. Ir--3--
  • ENG 523 20th-Century British Novel
    A study of Modern and Contemporary authors writing in the context of 20th Century British culture. May include Commonwealth, Colonial, and Post-Colonial writers. Some attention to the cultural and critical contexts of the works studied. May include authors such as Ford, Joyce, Woolf, Forster, Lawrence, Waugh, Beckett, Murdoch, Lessing, Rhys, Naipaul. Ir--3--
  • ENG 542 19th-Century American Novel
    Study of the development of American longer fiction through examination of novels by writers including the following: Brown, Cooper, Hawthorne, Melville, Stowe, Twain, James, Howells, Crane, Norris, Chopin. Ir--3--

Drama Courses (also see Advanced Seminar Courses)

  • ENG 518 Elizabethan Drama
    Study of Shakespeare's predecessors and contemporaries, including Lyly, Kyd, Marlowe, Jonson, Chapman, Beaumont and Fletcher, Middleton, Tourneur, Webster. Emphasis on the complexity and variety of the age. Ir--3--
  • ENG 519 Shakespeare
    An introduction to the major poetic and dramatic writings of William Shakespeare. The student will study Shakespeare's achievement in the sonnet, the narrative poem and the major genres of his drama--narrative verse, sonnets, histories, comedies, tragedies, romances. Ir--3--
  • ENG 540 Modern American Drama
    Analysis of the important trends in 20th century American drama, O'Neill to the present. Topics include Realism, and experiment in the 1920's, leftist politics, social concern, and the influence of Hollywood in the 1930's, escapism and decline in the 1940's, renewal through neo-realism of Williams and Miller in the 1950's and 60's. The development of Off-Broadway theater, and the new experimentalism in the recent theater. Ir--3--
  • ENG 550 Modern Drama
    Study of selected dramatists from the European continent and the English-speaking world, from Ibsen to the present, addressing the following topics: Romanticism, the age of melodrama, Realism and its development, departures from realism. Ir--3-