Winter 2017

ENG 303

ENG 303 Studies in World Literature

Section 01
Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Blumreich
MW 4:30pm-5:45pm
LHH 121


An in-depth comparative study of texts, themes, genres, and authors from literatures of the world in translation, including one or more from the following areas: Africa, Middle East, Asia, India, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Prerequisite: Fulfillment of the freshman writing requirement and one literature course. Three credits.

ENG 324

ENG 324 British Literature: Victorian-Present

Instructor: Dr. Jim Persoon
M 6:00 - 8:50PM
ASH 1310


An in-depth study of texts, themes, and authors representative of British literature and post-Colonial Anglophone literature from the Victorian period through the present. Topics vary by semester. Prerequisites: Fulfillment of the freshman writing requirement and ENG 220 and 221 or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit if content varies. Three credits.

 

ENG 328

ENG 328: Literature and 9/11

Instructor: Dr. Rob Franciosi
MW 3:00pm-4:15pm
LHH 102

How have the attacks of September 11, 2001 entered our cultural, political, and literary memory? Often described as the defining moment of our times, the day when “everything changed,” 9/11 has been the subject of a steady stream of books, plays, poems and films. In this course we will consider how these texts reflect the ways in which we remember traumatic events. Our approach will be roughly chronological, beginning with the morning of September 11, 2001, but will move from the attacks and their aftermath to subsequent literary efforts to understand, interpret, commemorate, and even exploit them. The course will fulfill Category A or D (American literature and Approaches to Literature) requirement for English majors.

ENG 330

ENG 330 Studies in Fiction

Instructor: Dr. Ashley Shannon
TR 4:00pm-5:15pm
LHH 122

Focuses on the formal properties of fiction and studies the conventions of the genre as it develops within or across historical periods and/or cultures. Prerequisite: Any two foundation courses or declared Writing major or minor. Three credits.

ENG 340

ENG 340: Studies in Drama

Instructor: Dr. Rachel Anderson
MW 4:30pm-5:45pm
LSH 226


Focuses on the formal properties of drama and studies the conventions of the genre as it develops within or across historical periods and/or cultures. Prerequisites: Two foundation courses or declared Writing major or minor. Three credits.

 

ENG 360

ENG 360: Holocaust Memoirs

Instructor: Dr. Rob Franciosi
T 6:00pm-8:50pm
EC 410

One assumption underlying memoir or life writing is that authors engage their audiences by sharing fundamentally factual stories which readers can connect to their own lives. If memoir writing fosters self-understanding, then memoir reading, by closely engaging the lives of others, offers another route to inner awareness. It should come as no great surprise, then, that memoirs and autobiographies often dominate The New York Times bestseller list for non-fiction. But how do readers approach life stories radically different from their own? Are some experiences beyond memoir, even impossible to convey? Can a form be called life-writing when its main subject is death? In this course we will engage these and other questions by considering examples from the vast literature written after the Holocaust—by survivors and by those who inherited their stories. The course will fulfill the Category C (International Literature) requirement for English majors.

ENG 380

ENG 380: Horror Literature

Instructor: Dr. Kathleen Blumreich
MW 1:30pm-2:45pm
LHH 161

This semester, our focus will be on depictions of the "monster" in literary texts. Among our aims will be to determine the ways in which these creatures function symbolically, as manifestations of cultural fears and taboos. Authors will likely include: Thomas Disch, Shirley Jackson, Stephen King, Kathe Koja, Victor LaValle, H. P. Lovecraft, Anne Rice, Mary Shelley, and Bram Stoker.

ENG 440

ENG 440: Major Author: J.M. Coetzee

Instructor: Dr. Brian Deyo
MW 1:30pm-2:45pm
LSH 134

 

This course will provide an in-depth, comprehensive examination of the fiction, critical oeuvre, and theoretical contributions of the South African writer, J.M. Coetzee, the recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature (2003) and the winner of two Booker Prizes (widely considered to be the most prestigious award for international fiction in English). While Coetzee is commonly known as a “postcolonial” writer, one can make the case that his writing transcends categorization. Though we’ll use postcolonial theory to examine how and why Coetzee’s writing is strenuously preoccupied with the history of European colonialism and imperialism and its legacies—with a particular emphasis on critical race theory—we’ll also consider the ways in which his writing is engaged with patriarchy, capitalism, and recent environmental thought. We will read Dusklands, Waiting for the Barbarians, The Life and Times of Michael K, Disgrace, Youth (his memoir on his childhood in South Africa), and The Lives of Animals. We will also read selected examples of his literary criticism, including White Writing: On the Culture of Letters in South Africa, several interviews, and works of literary criticism and scholarship by major Coetzee scholars.  

 



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