Semester II 2022-23

Virtually all courses in the English Department are open to all students, majors and non-majors alike. 100-level courses have no prerequisites. 200-level courses have Writing 120 (Writing and Rhetoric), Writing 111 (FYW), or its equivalent as a prerequisite. 300-level courses ordinarily build upon prior work in the English Department. 300-level creative writing courses generally require prior completion of a relevant a 200-level creative writing course as a prerequisite. 300-level courses in literary studies (English courses other than those in creative writing), generally require as prerequisites English 185 and two 200-level English courses. Any course offered in the English department can count as an elective in any of our majors (English, English with CAL, and Creative Writing).

Please note that these classes are subject to change.

100-Level/Level I

English 150 The Craft of Creative Writing
Reserved seating available for Creative Writing majors and English majors pursuing CAL Licensure

         Section A – J Kwon Dobbs
         Section B – J Patterson

This course introduces the craft of creative writing through contemporary readings and writing exercises in three genres: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students explore the fundamentals of reading and writing literature with attention to how a literary work is made. Emphasis on the elements of craft and revision also provide preparation for discussing literature from a writer’s perspective in a workshop environment should students pursue more comprehensive single genre study in the future. Prerequisite: None. GE: WRI. OLE Core: CRE.

English 185 Literary Studies
Reserved seating available for English majors, English majors pursuing CAL Licensure, and Creative Writing majors

         Section A – Staff
         Section B – S Ward

The foundation course of the English major, English 185 introduces students to poetic and dramatic form, narrative structure, and critical theory.  In addition, students engage with literature as a living practice and address its role in a culture by attending dramatic performance and readings by visiting writers and critics.  Although texts vary with the instructor, all sections explore the contemporary vitality of literatures in English and their strong connections to the past. Prerequisite: None. GE: ALS-L, WRI.

200-Level/Level II


English 209 Arab American Literature and Film – L Mokdad

Description coming soon. GE: ALS-L, MCD. OLE Core: PAR.

English 206 African Literature – J Mbele
OLd major Reqs: Cross Cultural, Post 1800
New Major Reqs: anglophone lit

Africa, the cradle of humanity, is where storytelling started, as an oral tradition. Over time, the tradition evolved and diversified, incorporating such forms as songs, folktales and epics. The invention of writing enabled the textualization of the oral traditions and the creation of literature as written expression. The oldest evidence of such texts comes from ancient Egypt, in the form of folktales, songs, and sayings. With the advent of literacy African storytelling incorporated fiction, poetry and drama in written form. With time, written literature emerged, in languages such as Geertz, Hausa, Swahili and Zulu. With the coming of colonialism, writing in European languages, especially English, French and Portuguese emerged, influenced, from the beginning, by European literature. The medium might change, now embracing film, for example, but the tradition of storytelling persists. African literature draws from several main sources, including indigenous oral traditions, such as the folktale and the epic, and foreign—especially western–literatures. Shakespeare, Defoe, Bunyan, T.S. Eliot, and the Bible have always played a role in the evolution of African literature. On the other hand, major African writers like Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, and Ngugi wa Thiong’o influence other African writers. We will draw attention to these issues as we explore a number works of drama and fiction. Prerequisite: FYW, WRR, or equivalent. GE: ALS-L, MCG. OLE Core: GHS.

English 2XX – TBA – B DeFries

Description coming soon.

English 232 Writing America 1588-1800 – C Wells
OLd major Reqs: literary history, PRE 1800
New Major Reqs: American Literature, Pre 1800

Description coming soon. GE: ALS-L. OLE Core: GHS.

English 242 Children’s and Young Adult Literature – K Marsalek
Reserved seating available for English majors pursuing CAL Licensure
OLd major Reqs: genre, Post 1800
New Major Reqs: elective

Beginning with the backgrounds to children’s literature in books of manners and religious instruction and in the “fairy tale,” this course then traces the history of literature in English written for children from the nineteenth century to the present. We explore the importance of book illustrations from the golden age at the turn of the 19th-20th century to the wonderful rise of the picture book in the mid 20th. We read a wide variety of books for children and young adults, including representative works of fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and the popular and controversial genre we call “contemporary young adult realism.” Prerequisite: FYW, WRR, or equivalent. GE: ALS-L.

English 256 Shakespeare and his Contemporaries – M Trull
OLd major Reqs: Elective, PRE 1800
New Major Reqs: British literature, pre 1800

Description coming soon.

English 275 Literature and Film – B Nordfjord
OLd major Reqs: genre, Post 1800
New Major Reqs: elective

This course alternates between providing a history of the American film industry or focusing on specific periods of American cinema. We will examine the formal and stylistic elements of American film, while also being attentive to relevant cultural, industrial, and historical shifts and trends. Topics may include the star and studio system, genre, authorship, censorship, independent filmmaking, New Hollywood Cinema, as well as production, exhibition and distribution practices. Prerequisite: FYW, WRR, or equivalent. GE: ALS-L.

English 277 Reading and Writing the Spiritual Memoir – K Schwehn
OLd major Reqs: GENRE
New Major Reqs: ELECTIVE

In this course, students read a series of memoirs to investigate the way Christianity has shaped individual people. From snake-handling to baptism, from icon-kissing to communion, from creeds to purity promises, Christian beliefs and practices can, by turns, prove to be life-giving, oppressive, disturbing, and salvific. How does emphasizing differing aspects of theology result in differing attitudes toward sexuality, gender, race, and the environment? In addition to approaching the memoirs from a critical perspective, students also identify and practice craft techniques as they write their own personal religious (or areligious) narratives. Prerequisite: FYW, WRR, or equivalent. GE: ALS-L. OLE Core: RFV, WAC.

English 289 Journalistic Writing – R Eichberger
OLd major Reqs: genre, Post 1800
New Major Reqs: elective

Students critically examine a variety of national, metro, and local media. Students then learn to write their own news copy, including hard news, features, editorials, arts and entertainment reviews, sports, business, and travel stories. Students also learn UPI/AP style copy editing and proofreading, important skills for students applying for internships and print media jobs. Offered periodically. Also counts toward management studies and media studies concentrations. GE: WRI. OLE Core: WAC.

Prerequisites: WRIT 120 or equivalent and at least sophomore status.

English 292 Poetry Writing – J Kwon Dobbs
Reserved seating available for Creative Writing Majors
OLd major Reqs: genre, Post 1800
New Major Reqs: elective

In this course we will immerse ourselves in the process and practice of poetry.  We will use book length collections from individual poets to practice deep attention and to think concretely about craft.  We’ll consider the influence of poetic movements, biography and philosophy, and social/environmental issues like climate change and racial justice on each poet’s work.  Students will do a wide variety of in-class and out-of-class writing activities, often rooted in the poems we’re reading, but also using songs and art and nature and headlines as creative fodder.  Generative writing will be coupled with revision practices, from small group workshops to conferences to radical experiments.  We will also discuss poetry as a way of engaging with others: from reviews to interviews to communal acts of poetry in the public square.  We will all actively work to make the classroom an anti-racist, LGBTQIA+ positive, neurodiverse-safe space where each student feels not only heard but necessary to our conversation. GE: WRI. OLE Core: CRE, WAC.


Level III

English 340 TBA – L Mokdad
OLd major Reqs: 300-level (literary studies)
New Major Reqs: 300-level (literary studies), AMERICAN LITERATURE

Description Coming Soon. Prerequisites: ENGL 185 plus at least two English courses at level II, or permission of the instructor.

English 347 Colonial, Anticolonial, Postcolonial – S Ward
OLd major Reqs: 300-level (literary studies)
New Major Reqs: 300-Level (Literary studies), ANGLOPHONE LITERATURE

Description Coming Soon. Prerequisites: ENGL 185 plus at least two English courses at level II, or permission of the instructor.

English 372 Advanced Fiction Writing – C Bucciaglia
Reserved seating available for Creative Writing Majors
OLd major Reqs: 300-level (creative writing workshop)
New Major Reqs: 300-level (creative Writing workshop)

Students develop and complete individual projects in fiction, deepening and polishing their work. Assignments include multiple pieces of short fiction, the opening chapter(s) of a novel, an analytical presentation of a published short story, and a world building group project culminating in a website. Class sessions are devoted to discussion of craft, examination of literary models (both short stories and novels), and workshopping of student writing. Prerequisites: Completion of English 293 or permission of instructor. GE: WRI.