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Fall 2021

ENGL 2100 British Literature I
Monday 3:35PM-6:05PM, Dr. Frederick Roden
Content Area: CA 1
Pre-Requisite(s): Engl 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011
Requirement(s) Met: Engl 2100 counts for the English major B1 requirement, elective credit, and pre-1800 distribution; the English minor; and GenEd 1b. For the 2021 major Plan of Study, it counts for the “Early Literary, Cultural, and Linguistic History” core and the “Literary Histories and Legacies” track.

This is a course in Western drama, from ancient Greece to today. Playwrights will include Sophocles, Hroswitha, William Shakespeare, Aphra Behn, Henrik Ibsen, Tennessee Williams, Ntozake Shange, and Lynn Nottage. Drama exists in some form in every culture. What deeply human needs does drama serve? How is drama related to rituals, games, trials? Can drama be part of everyday life? What is tragedy? Why do we seek out spectacles of others' suffering? Why have ideas about gender and race been so crucial to drama? Is drama defined by the author's aims, the actors' skill, or the audience's response? What are the shapes of comic form and what makes us laugh? Can theater be a political act? Why have philosophers attacked theater as evil and dangerous? We'll touch on all of these questions and address some of the major trends and debates in dramatic literature and performance history. Required: weekly Journal on readings and films; a report on playgoing; midterm and final.


ENGL 2203 American Literature since 1880
Tuesday & Thursday 11:00AM-12:15PM, Dr. Grégory Pierrot

This course will cover American Literature from 1880 to today. The upheaval and turmoil of these 150 years were announced, echoed and inspired by literature. Our goal in this course will be to gain a better understanding of the developments and trends in American literature throughout that period, exploring their aesthetic and ideological characteristics. We will discuss what made modern American literature, what ideals and concerns it grappled with, how it engaged with the national and individual questions of its time. We will read a variety of fiction, poetry and drama from Maria Amparo Ruiz de Burton to Toni Morrison, Stephen Crane to Sherman Alexie.


ENGL 2408 Drama
Tuesdays & Thursdays 3:30AM-4:45PM, Professor Pamela Brown
Content Area: CA1

Requirement(s) Met: 3C[English]

This course will focus on texts produced in and about North America --histories, autobiographies, poems, plays, and novels--in the period between initial European incursions and the first decade of the United States. While much of the course will focus on English-language material related principally to the English colonies of North America, we will also read material from and about Spanish, French and Dutch colonies in the same space, but also in the Caribbean. Matters of colonization; religious and political thought; growing regional and national identities; race and gender, and slavery in the region are simultaneously global and local, national and international. We will develop a sense and a picture of the roots of the cultures and literatures of North America.


ENGL 2411 American Horror
Tuesdays & Thursdays 12:30AM-1:45PM, Dr. Grégory Pierrot

"American Horror Stories"
“What went we out into this wilderness to find?” asked the horror film The Witch (2015). Set in 17th century America, it found evil in the woods, a founding motif of American horror fiction, and one of the many we will discuss in this course. In fiction, film, graphic art and games, horror brings to day the untold deeds of the American night. From Edgar Allan Poe to Tananarive Due, H.P. Lovecraft to Poppy Z. Brite, The Exorcist to Get Out, we will see what gives America the chills.


ENGL 3013 Media Publishing: Blogging/Culture
Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00AM-3:15PM, Professor Pamela Brown
Content Area: CA1

Requirement(s) Met: W skills requirement

Why are most blogs so forgettable, all flash and no substance? Very few stand out for stylish writing, original ideas, forceful arguments, and critical thinking. In this course, you will create a blog that does stand out for the right reasons. Using free templates, you will create a blog the first week and begin to post. Your fellow students will serve as your test market, as you respond to prompts about social media, music, movies, books, sports, art, food, activism, local, national, and international issues and more. You will also suggest topics to the class and share your blog on a class website. By posting frequently, generating and keeping a log of ideas, and commenting on others’ writing, you will work toward the goal of achieving a more lively, personal, and distinctive style. Required graded work: creation of a working blog; weekly posts; a log of ideas; written feedback to other students; and a final presentation.


ENGL 3318 Literature and Culture of the Third World: TOPIC -- Global Jewish Literature: Exile and Home
Tuesday 5:30PM-8:00PM, Dr. Frederick Roden
Content Area: CA 4-INT.
Pre-Requisite(s): Engl 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011
Requirement(s) Met: Engl 3318 counts for English major B3, for major elective credit, for the English minor and as a GenEd 4-International requirement. For pre-2017 major plans of study, it satisfies a diversity requirement. For the 2021 major Plan of Study, Engl 3318 counts for the “Antiracism, Globality, and Embodiment” core (Group 1) and the “Literature, Antiracism, and Social Justice” track. Engl 3318 may be repeated for credit with a change in topic. For the concentration in teaching English, Engl 3318 counts for the international requirement.

Global Jewish literature (beyond “western” culture, Europe and North America) encompasses not only ancient Africa and Asia but also Early Modern Latin America and modern Australia. The journeys of diaspora are inherent to Jewish literature, often leading to mixed and conflicted “belongings” across space. As we study this literature and culture, we will pay particular attention to the tensions of home. Who are my neighbors and how do I relate to them? What is my nation; how must I belong (across time and place) to more than one simultaneously? Where is my home, and where might I feel at home, even if in literary imagination rather than geography? We will compare Jews with other “foreigners” in lands. We will also consider Jewish identity (however it is defined) through an intersectional repertoire, focusing not only on time and place (premodern to postmodern).

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