Interim 2020-21

Writing 111 (FYW) or its equivalent is a prerequisite for all courses in the English department except some Level I Interim courses. While a few courses have additional prerequisities, most Level I (ENGL 100 to 199) and Level II (ENGL 200 to 299) courses are open to all — majors and non-majors alike — after Writing 111 (FYW) or its equivalent. Level III courses (numbered 300 or higher) are primarily for English majors and ordinarily build upon prior work. All Level III courses require as a prerequisite English 185 and at least one Level II course in an area of relevant background as confirmed by the instructor or the department. Any course offered in the English department can count as an elective in the major.

Please note that these classes are subject to change.

Level I

English 108 Trickster – J Mbele

Students examine various heroic and trickster figures as a manifested in post-colonial literature from Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, both oral and written, and seek to understand what basic human needs and realities these figures express and fulfill. Prerequisites: None. (MCS-G, ALS-L)

English 123 Introduction to Poetry – J Naito

This course introduces students to poetry in many forms and from a range of perspectives. Students learn to analyze the aesthetic elements that make poetry unique as a mode of communication and consider the overlap between poetry and music. Students also learn to consider poetry meaning in a variety of contexts, from the author’s life and identity to the way poetry interacts with other topics or discourses, such as race, gender, nationality and politics. To experience the medium of poetry in the fullest sense, students will discuss, write about, recite, and experiment with composing poetry. Prerequisites: None. (ALS-L, ORC)

Level II

English 260 Topic: Shakespeare and Film – K Marsalek (Cross Disciplinary; Pre 1800)

Forthcoming (ALS-L)

English 263 Narratives of Social Protest – M Allister (Cross Disciplinary, Post 1800)

In this course, students consider the intersections of art and politics in their dynamic historical frameworks, testing the positions of various artists and cultural commentators who claim that art accomplishes nothing in the “real world” or that politics ruin art. The course is interdisciplinary, comparing literature to other artistic forms such as music or film. Representative texts may include Ellison’s Invisible Man, Dylan’s songs, and Van Sant’s film Milk. Prerequisites: FYW or its equivalent. (ALS-L)

English 279 – Psychopathy in American Culture- C Gallego (Cross Disciplinary, Post-1800)

In the Psychopathology of Everyday Life, Freud explores the common unconscious practices that define “normal” actions like forgetting, slips of the tongue, mistakes, clumsiness, and superstitions, while in Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious he describes the unconscious workings at play in humor (jokes, puns, witty responses, etc.). Although the psychopathological tendencies at work in these “everyday” activities are accepted as “normal,” they nonetheless provide a foundation for more dangerous practices, such as those noted by Freud in Civilization and Its Discontents. The structural nature of such discontent, addressed by later theorists like Theodor Adorno and Jacques Lacan, continue to be of interest today and can easily be applied to “everyday” pathologies from celebrity infatuation to war and financial crises. 

This course will explore the everydayness of psychopathology in American culture. Exploring various approaches, but emphasizing a psychoanalytic-Marxist methodology, we will analyze how pathology gets normalized in culture and how such pathologization obstructs or corrupts collective attempts at social justice. Stated differently, we will study how such pathologies arrest the development of social progress. Areas to be explored include madness, criminality, and politics. Texts and films/television series to be analyzed include Dexter, Batman, The Talented Mr. Ripley, True Detective (season one), and American Psycho. Prerequisites: FYW or its equivalent. (ALS-L)

ENGL 287: Professional and Business Writing – R Eichberger (Genre)

This course gives students a hands-on opportunity to develop their use of writing strategies and technologies appropriate to workplaces. Course themes include workplace practices, professional ethics, technology resources, promotional resources, and writing on behalf of an organization. Students create individual and collaborative projects including employment documents, proposals, brochures, memos, and other professional genres. Through case studies, readings, and/or client-based projects, students analyze writing practices in a range of professional settings. Course fee for document production. Also counts toward management studies concentration. Prerequisites: FYW or its equivalent. (WRI)