2014 Course Catalogs | Undergraduate Catalog 2014-15 | Colleges | The College of Arts and Sciences | English 



M.C. White

Associate Professors
Petrino, chair

Assistant Professors

Visiting Assistant Professor

Professors Emeriti
M. Regan
R. Regan
N. Rinaldi













J. Rinaldi






M.M. White

"What do you read, my lord?"
"Words, words, words."

As Hamlet's reply to Polonius amply indicates, we live in a world of words - written, spoken, read, recited, analyzed, debated. In the English Department, students learn to appreciate the inherent value of reading and writing, to value the beauty and power of language. At the same time, our students are trained to sharpen their skills for an ever-competitive job market by developing the ability to write clearly and persuasively, to think critically and creatively, and to engage in thoughtful analysis, skills that are essential to success in our contemporary, global marketplace.

While there are many ways to pursue English studies, we have some basic goals that apply to all of our many, varied programs. Our goals include:

  • To foster students' abilities to reflect on and create texts as global citizens and as members of an academic community;
  • To impart to students a sense of the history of English language and literature, in its local, national, and transnational forms, as well as their interconnections;
  • To teach skills in close reading, textual analysis, thesis development, and argumentation;
  • To acquaint students with various types of imaginative literature such as the novel, the short story, poetry, and drama;
  • To develop students’ analytic and organizational skills through the interpretation of literature and through their own writing;
  • To give students further training in the organization and effective articulation of ideas in writing, including in some cases preparation for careers as professional writers or for careers where strong writing skills will be an asset;
  • To give students an appreciation of the value of the writing process, including revision;
  • To provide a variety of writing experiences, including the application of research methods;
  • To address issues such as literacy studies, using new media for composing or reception of text, and training teachers for the language arts.


English Major

There are many different ways to pursue an English major, based on students' interests and career goals.

  1. Students must first complete the EN 11-12 core curriculum sequence; all of the requirements below are in addition to EN 11-12.
  2. All English majors complete the department core curriculum of five EN literature classes beyond EN 11-12; the five EN literature courses can include the literature course taken as part of the core curriculum.
  3. All English majors complete a concentration of five additional courses. All concentrations include at least one EN/W writing class (other than Internship or Independent Study) and a capstone experience; students develop the concentration in consultation with their department academic adviser.

Department Core Courses

Given the large number of literature courses, students have considerable freedom to pick classes that will both interest them and benefit them in terms of education and career plans.

After completing EN11-12, most majors begin the program by taking a 100-level literature class that also counts as their final English core course. With instructor permission, they can take a 200-level lit course instead of the 100-level. Students can use only one 100-level course to fulfill the requirements of the English major. They then take four additional 
literature courses at the 200 or 300 levels. At least one course must be at the 300 level.

Of the five literature courses in the department core curriculum, at least two must be centered in the years before 1800 and at least one must be centered in the years after 1800. The historical period is listed as follows in the catalog: A (before 1800) and B (after 1800).  The historical period also appears
in the online description of literature courses 

The Concentrations

All English majors also complete one of the Department's six concentrations. The coursework is in addition to the university core and 16 department core courses. The concentrations are:

  • Literature
  • Creative Writing
  • English Studies
  • Journalism
  • Professional Writing
  • Teacher Education

All concentrations include at least one EN/W writing course (not including Internship or Independent Study) and a capstone experience. Students are allowed to complete more than one concentration; the second concentration will be listed as an academic minor on a student's transcript for graduation.

Course of Study

Concentration in Literature

The Literature concentration is designed for students interested in a challenging and stimulating study of literature and culture. This concentration promotes a theoretical and interdisciplinary approach that moves beyond national and canonical boundaries. Students learn to interpret texts within the sociohistorical contexts of their production and reception. They will acquire knowledge in a number of theoretical frameworks to develop this approach (e.g., historical materialism, post structuralism, feminist theory, postcolonial studies, queer studies, race and ethnic studies, science studies, and critical theory). Students completing the concentration are able to offer a historically grounded and rigorous critique of global formations that structure literature, culture, and the self. The concentration is especially useful in preparing students for graduate or professional school.

The requirements for the Literature concentration include:

Introductory Courses

Students take one of the following:
EN 351 Literary Theory
EN 352 Cultural Studies

Specialized Courses

Students take all of the following:
One EN course at the 200 or 300 level
One EN/W course
One EN course cross-listed with an Interdisciplinary Program (e.g., Program on the Environment, The Program in Peace and Justice Studies, Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies)

Capstone Experience

Students in the Class of 2018 will take the capstone course for the Literature concentration. Students in the Class of 2015-2017 must take either the capstone or an alternative approved by the Chair.

Concentration in Creative Writing

The Creative Writing Concentration seeks to develop writers in various genres, including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction and drama, as well as writers who wish to express themselves in more than one genre.  The concentration is both rigorous and flexible to student needs, by offering a wide variety of classes in various genres and at various levels, and by allowing students to follow their own interests.  In addition to preparing students to write creatively, the Concentration also prepares students to go into the field of publishing and editing by offering a sequence of publishing classes.  In conjunction with publishing, students may elect to work on our national literary magazine, Dogwood.

Students in the Class of 2018 should follow the curriculum outlined below for creative writing.  Students in the Class of 2015-2017 should follow the curriculum or alternate courses with permission of Coordinator of Creative Writing.

Introductory Courses

Students take two of the following:
ENW 200 Introduction to Creative Writing
ENW 202 Creative Writing:  Poetry I
ENW 204 Creative Writing:  Drama
ENW 205 Creative Writing:  Fiction I
ENW 206 Creative Writing:  Nonfiction I

Intermediate Courses

Students take at least one of the following:
ENW 302 Creative Writing:  Poetry II
ENW 305 Creative Writing:  Fiction II
ENW 306 Creative Writing:  Nonfiction II 

Specialized Courses

Students take at least one of the following:
ENW 207 Themes in Creative Writing
ENW 307 Form & Theory of Creative Writing
ENW 340 World of Publishing
ENW 341 World of Publishing II
ENW 350 Special Topics:  Writing
***Or another ENW course with permission of Coordinator of Creative Writing

Capstone Experience

Students take at least one of the following:
ENW 345/6 Internship
ENW 347/8 Independent Writing Project
ENW 399 Advanced Portfolio Workshop

Concentration in English Studies

The Concentration in English Studies provides students with special interests the opportunity to create a customized program of studies across literary, various writing concentrations and literacy studies in consultation with their adviser.  Students might put together a coherent package of literature courses of their own choosing, mix and match writing courses in different concentrations, or combine relevant literature and writing course work. All department core requirements must still be met; at least one course must be in writing (other than Internship or Independent Study).


Students take at least one of the following:
EN/W 345/6 Internship
An Independent Study in either literature or writing

Concentration in Journalism

The journalism concentration is designed for students interested in strengthening their news gathering, reporting, and writing skills. Many students in this concentration pursue careers as writers, editors, and reporters at web sites, newspapers, magazines, radio/television stations, web sites, and marketing and publishing companies. Students interested in careers in public relations and marketing especially find it useful.

The requirements for the journalism concentration include:

Introductory Courses

Students take the following two courses, in sequence:
EN/W 220 News Writing (may be taken simultaneously with EN 12)
EN/W 221 Digital Journalism (does not have to be taken immediately after EN/W 220)

Specialized Courses

Students take at least one of the following:

EN/W 222 Journalism Editing and Design

EN/W 320 Writing the Feature Story

EN/W 323 Photojournalism 

EN/W 329 Issues in News Writing

EN/W 330 Literary Journalism

Capstone Experience

Students take at least one of the following:
EN/W 345/6 Internship
EN/W 397 Journalism Practicum

Students must also complete a fifth EN/W course of their own choosing.

Concentration in Professional Writing

The professional writing concentration is designed for students who want to strengthen their writing and speaking skills as preparation for careers in business, the non-profit sector, legal studies, government, public relations, fundraising, politics, or education. Courses in this concentration focus on using writing and communication to make information accessible, usable, and relevant to a variety of audiences. Internships are available to students in the professional writing concentration, including placements in corporate communication, grant writing, advertising, marketing, technical writing, and the mass media.

The requirements for the professional writing concentration include:

Introductory Course

Students are required to take the following course:
EN/W 332 Business Writing

Specialized Courses

Students take at least two of the following:
EN/W 214 Professional Presentations: Writing and Delivery
EN/W 222 Journalism Editing and Design
EN/W 317 Traditional and Structural Grammar
EN/W 335 Technical Writing
EN/W 336 Issues in Professional Writing (e.g., Writing for Public Relations)
EN/W 338 Persuasive Writing
EN/W 339 Grant and Proposal Writing

Capstone Experience

Students are required to take the following course:
EN/W 345/6 English Internship

Students must also complete a fifth EN/W course of their own choosing.

Concentration in Teacher Education

This concentration is designed for students who interested in careers teaching English in elementary or secondary schools. It prepares students with the content knowledge needed for successful student teaching, the Praxis exams, and a career in teaching. This concentration is designed both for students who plan to enroll in the joint B.A./M.A. program in teacher education at Fairfield University and for students who seek other teaching positions, such as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant or a Teach for America Fellow. Qualified students who minor or major in the Education concentration in the English Department are given preferred admission status in graduate programs in Elementary, Secondary, and TESOL education in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions.

The requirements for the teacher education concentration include:

Required Courses

EN/W 311 Advanced Composition for Teachers
EN/W 317 Teaching and Learning Grammar
EN 141, 213, or 214 [any course on Shakespeare]
EN 200- or 300-level course in American literature
EN 200- or 300-level course in British literature

Recommended Courses

Students are encouraged to take one or more of the following:

A course on African American literature (e.g. EN 105; 261, 262, 264, 265, 284)
A course on Latino/a literature (e.g. EN 282)
A course on world literature (e.g. EN 102, 111, 113,114; 274; 375)
EN 172 Literacy and Language
EN 292 Contemporary Children's Literature
EN/W 290 Writing and Responding

[The EN courses listed above may also be used as Department Core courses.]


Students who enroll in the joint B.A./M.A. program take their capstone course at the end of the M.A. program. Students who do not enroll in the joint B.A./M.A program take at least one of the following:
EN/W 345/6 Internship or EN 399, Independent Study.

English Minor

English minors must take five EN or EN/W courses at the 200- or 300-level beyond EN 12. Only one EN 100-level course will count toward the minor. Note: Students may complete a concentration for a minor in English.

Introductory Core Courses

Students gain experience with college reading and writing strategies, including the processes of invention, revision, editing, and publication. They practice inquiry, reflection, critical thinking, and argumentation through the reading and composing of increasingly complex texts across a range of academic and literary genres and audiences. Students gain experience with academic research projects and make connections to writing across the Core Curriculum. Core Writing students prepare rich, multi-artifact portfolios to record and demonstrate their development as readers, writers and thinkers at the college level.

EN 11 Texts and Contexts I: Writing As Craft and Inquiry

This course engages students in the academic life by introducing them to the many kinds of reading and writing they will do across the curriculum and beyond. Students learn to draft, revise, and edit their own texts and respond effectively to the texts of their peers. EN 11 offers practice with writing & reading assignments that call on different contexts (purposes, audiences, forms or modes). Through the careful use of primary and secondary sources, students will foster their academic curiosities, practice reflection, and read deeply to join the conversation of ideas. Designated sections may have specific themes and/or meet the U.S. or world diversity requirement. Three credits.

EN 12 Texts and Contexts II: Writing About Literature

English 12 builds on the reading, writing, and critical inquiry work of English 11, focusing on the development of increasingly sophisticated reading, writing, researching and inquiry skills through the exploration of literary texts and their contexts. Students will practice close reading techniques, be introduced to key terms and concepts in literary study, and practice writing in a variety of academic and creative genres. The course is intended to foster greater appreciation for the power of literature and literary study as a foundation to all the liberal arts. (Prerequisite: EN 11 or its equivalent). Designated sections may meet the U.S. or world diversity requirement. Three credits.

Literature Courses

The 100-level courses are introductory classes appropriate for the University Core Curriculum requirement for non-majors and as the first literature course for majors. If students identify a 200-level or 300-level literature course that they wish to take instead of a 100-level course to fulfill the University Core Curriculum requirement, they can request permission from the instructor to take that course instead. Students are required to have completed the EN 11-12 requirement to register for 100-level EN courses.

(Note on Special Topics Courses: Under the title of "Special Topics," a literature course can be offered once before it is reviewed for final acceptance into the Fairfield University Undergraduate Course Catalog. Each such course will correspond to a specific curricular area and have a course number that ends with a zero. For example, since literature courses from EN 210 to EN 219 are listed as "British surveys," any Special Topics course in British Surveys would be listed as 210. These "Special Topics" literature courses satisfy the requirements for the major, minor, and concentrations. Students can take a Special Topics course more than once as long as it has a different description after the EN number.)

A = Literature before 1800
B = Literature after 1800

EN 101 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies

This course allows students to develop ways of reading, analyzing, and interacting with texts in English from around the globe. You will focus on such questions as: How are literary texts produced? How do local, national, and global cultures and events affect the way authors fashion their texts? Do literary works produced in different cultures at the same time "speak to each other" across time and space? The course will be run as a combination of lecture and small group discussion and will make use of web-based background materials to provide context and depth to the readings. This course meets the world diversity requirement. Three credits. (B)

EN 102 Introduction to Contemporary World Literature

Students will review recent fiction from around the world, including Africa, Latin America, the Caribbean, New Zealand, and the Middle East. Students learn strategies for comparing stories and narrative styles from different cultures, subject positions, and sociopolitical frameworks. Students develop a stronger awareness of different types of subjectivity in a global context. The course is suitable for non-majors seeking to fulfill the world diversity and English core requirements, and for English majors who have not yet taken more than one course beyond EN 11 and EN 12. This course meets the world diversity requirement. Formerly EN 263. Three credits. (B)

EN 103 Fairy Tales

A study of classic fairy tales in their oldest preserved versions by authors like Charles Perrault and the Brothers Grimm; in nineteenth- and twentieth-century literature influenced by the fairy tale tradition; in post-modern literary retellings; and in film and popular culture. The class leads to the production of a term paper involving research in primary sources and literary and folklore criticism. Three credits. (B)

EN 105 African Diaspora: Literature and Culture

This course offers an interdisciplinary introduction to the African Diaspora, incorporating texts from Africa, the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. Beginning with colonization in Africa and representations of the Middle Passage, the course covers historical topics such as enslavement and the plantation system, abolition movements, migration within and out of the Caribbean, resistance movements, the Harlem Renaissance, and independence struggles. As we study the Atlantic world and globalization across several centuries, we will examine cultural syncretism, commodity culture rooted in the Triangle Trade, and creative endeavors in literature and the arts (painting and sculpture, film, music, dance, theatre). This course meets the World Diversity requirement. Three credits. (B)

EN 106/CL 103 Masterpieces of Greek Literature in English Translation

See CL 103 for course description. Formerly EN 203. Three credits. (A)

EN 107/CL 104 Masterpieces of Roman Literature in English Translation

See CL 104 for course description. Formerly EN 204. Three credits. (A)

EN 108/CL 121 Myth in Classical Literature

See CL 121 for course description. Formerly EN 221. Three credits. (A)

EN 109/CL 122 Greek Tragedy in English Translation

See CL 122 for course description. Formerly EN 222. Three credits. (A)

EN 110 Major Works of European Literature

This course surveys major works of world literature from ancient times to the present. Because the works are chosen from a broad span of cultures and periods, the course focuses on the function of literature: What kinds of stories do people tell about their societies? What are their major concerns, and how are these represented in fiction? How can we compare stories from one culture or period with those from another? The course discusses genre and style as well as content. Texts may include the Epic of Gilgamesh, as well as works by Boccaccio, Marguerite de Navarre, Madame de Lafayette, and Gabriel García Márquez. Formerly EN 265. Three credits. (A)

EN 111 International Short Fiction

This course examines works of short fiction from around the world written during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. The degree to which - and the specific manners in which - these works contribute to a characteristically modern sense of human existence and the function of narrative art forms the basis for reading selections. Through textual analysis, students compare and contrast various versions of the modern experience as produced by authors such as Gogol, Melville, Mansfield, Joyce, Lawrence, Cather, Tolstoy, Chekhov, Kafka, Hemingway, Lessing, Borges, Barth, Böll, Mishima, Achebe, Erdrich, and Atwood. Formerly EN 285. Three credits. (B)

EN 112 19th-Century Russian Novel and World Literature

This comparative study of major Russian authors and their counterparts in France, Germany, England, and the U.S. begins with short fiction and moves to novels such as Père Goriot, Crime and Punishment, A Hero of Our Time, and Madame Bovary. Russian writers include Pushkin, Lermontov, Dostoevsky, Turgenev, and Tolstoy. Topics include the role of marriage and attitudes towards the family, urban versus rural experience - especially the role of the city, the fantastic in literature, narrative technique, and the development of 19th-century fiction. Formerly EN 266. Three credits. (B)

EN 113 Literature of the Holocaust

After an introduction to the historical, political, and social backgrounds of the Holocaust, this course investigates through literature the systematic genocide of Jews and other groups by Germany (1933-1945). The course seeks to discover how the Holocaust came about and what it means now to our understanding of human nature and of our civilization. Readings and films include Appelfeld's Badenheim, 1939, Weisel's Night, Borowski's Survival in Auschwitz, Epstein's King of the Jews, Ozick's The Shawl, and Speigelman's Maus. Formerly EN 290. Three credits. (B)

EN 114/FR 295 Caribbean Literature: History, Culture, and Identity

See FR 295 for description. Formerly EN 295. This course meets the world diversity requirement. Three credits. (B)

EN 115/IT 289 Dante

See IT 289 for course description. Formerly EN 257. Three credits. (A)

EN 116/IT 262 Rome in the Cultural Imagination

See IT 262 for course description. Three credits. (A)

EN 117/FR 260 Sub-Saharan African Culture

See FR 260 for course description. Three credits. (B)

EN 118/CI 250 Modern China through Fiction and Film

See CI 250 for course description. Three credits. (B)

EN 119/CI 252 The City in Modern China

See CI 252 for course descriptionn. Three credits. (B)

EN 120/TA 123 American Women Playwrights

See TA 123 for course description. Three credits. (B)

EN 121 American Literature and the Environment

This course aims to explore the ways in which ideas about the physical, "natural" environment have been shaped in American literature. The course will survey a variety of important texts in this tradition and introduce students to the scholarly perspective known as "Ecocriticism." Texts may include those by Austin, Cather, Leopold, Muir, Silko, Thoreau. Formerly EN 274. Three credits. (B)

EN 122 The Frontier in American Literature

For the last five centuries, the frontier - understood as the place where humanity comes into contact with its apparent absence in the shape of alien beings and landscapes - has been the subject of some of the most lasting and powerful American stories. In this course, students concentrate on some of the major representations of the frontier produced between the 1820s and the present to learn how to recognize and talk about the position that the American western has occupied in our culture. Authors include Cooper, Twain, Cather, and McCarthy; filmmakers include Ford, Peckinpagh, and Eastwood. Formerly EN 271. Three credits. (B)

EN 123 Ethnic American Literature

This course focuses on stories from writers whose countries came in contact with American colonization. The course examines postcolonial themes in a historical context, and asks what it means to be a writer whose identity is formed by the diasporic flight of one's people. We begin with theorizing postcoloniality and move to a study of 20th century writing by Puerto Rican, Filipino, Vietnamese, and other ethnic American writers. Topics include the influences of English on vernacular literatures and the relationship of the postcolonial to contemporary politics and art. Three credits. (B)

EN 124 American Literature: Myths and Legends

Our national literary tradition has been defined by the stories we tell about ourselves and our conversations about important social and political issues, including race, reform, democracy, suffrage, Native American removal, class, technology, and Manifest Destiny. This course explores how literature reflects, constructs, and questions the dominant image and understanding of the American identity from the Puritans through the nineteenth century. The course leads to developing a term paper drawing on research and using literary criticism. Writers include Bradstreet, Franklin, Wheatley, Irving, Douglass, Poe, Whitman, Dickinson, James, and Twain. Formerly EN 270. Three credits. (B)

EN 125/TA 120 American Drama

See TA 120 for course description. Formerly EN 264. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Three credits. (B)

EN 126 American Social Protest Literature

This course explores the long tradition of non-violent social protest in American literature. We examine how many writers have challenged their contemporaries to become aware of important issues - race, women's rights, Native American activism, the environment, war, and poverty. Students keep a journal in which they reflect on the literature and develop strategies for changing themselves and the world around them. A final project asks students to consider ways to raise awareness about a social issue at the University or in the larger community. Selected writers include Stowe, Davis, Thoreau, Crane, Douglass, Steinbeck, King, Wright, and Ginsberg. Formerly EN 277. Three credits. (B)

EN 127/CL 127 Romantic Love in Greek and Roman Literature

The course of true love never did run smooth.  From Homer’s Penelope to Ovid’s Remedies of Love we will examine the permutations of romantic desire and its frustrations in the literature of Greece and Rome.  Readings also include selections from Sappho’s poetry, Sophocles’ Women of Trachis, Euripides’ Phaedra and Medea, comedies by Menander and Terence, Catullus’ poems to Lesbia, Vergil’s tale of Dido and Aeneas, selections from the elegies of Tibullus, Sulpicia, Propertius and Ovid, and briefer excerpts from other authors.  All readings are in English translation. Three credits.  (A)

EN 128 Cities in Literature

This course offers a comparative, cross-cultural approach to literature about the city, focusing primarily on fiction from the nineteenth century to the present.  Beginning with a novel by Balzac, stories by Gogol’ and Dostoevsky, and poetry by Baudelaire and Whitman, we discuss topics including detective narratives, the figure of the flâneur, the country/city dichotomy, the crowd, the metropolis and mental life, and the rise of an urban middle class. In texts by authors such as James Joyce, Edith Wharton, Naguib Mahfouz, Monica Ali, Edward P. Jones, and Paulette Poujol-Oriol, issues surrounding gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and citizenship emerge as central topics.  Three credits. (B)

EN 129 The American Short Story

The American Short Story covers the rise of this genre form from the early Nineteenth Century begin­ning with Poe and continues through the realistic/naturalistic periods up through modernist and post-modernist movement through the present. Some of the authors studied include Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Crane, Twain, Cather, McCullers, Welty, O’Connor, Hemingway, Faulkner, Roth, Updike, O’Brien, Lahiri. (Formerly EN 272) Three credits. (B)

EN 130 Literature by Women: Vision and Revision

This study of transatlantic, post-1800 literature by women will adopt Virginia Woolf’s notion that “books continue each other.”  The course will be anchored in such “touchstone” texts as Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre, and Edith Wharton’s The House of Mirth.  Each touchstone work will be grouped with a number of subsequent literary texts responding to and/or revising the earlier work.  Readings will reach across centuries and continents.  Topics include the social constructions of race, sexuality, gender, class, and beauty, intertextuality, influence, and canon formation. Three credits. (B)

EN 131 Contemporary Women Writers of Color

This course focuses on works by Latinas, Native, Asian American, and African American women writ­ers, as well as moving beyond the borders of the U.S.to include writers from the Americas, emphasizing the decades from the 1970s to the present. We consider the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual­ity, and socio-economic class, as these contribute to concepts of identity - for both the individual and the community. Authors may include Gloria Anzaldúa, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Lan Cao, Nora Okja Keller, Sky Lee, Ana Castillo, Carla Trujillo, Achy Obejas, Loida Maritza Pérez, Danzy Senna, Dorothy West, and Chitra Diakaruni. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Formerly EN 348. Three credits. (B)

EN 132 20th-Century Russian Fiction

In this comparative study, students read works by Russian and Soviet authors in tandem with texts by novelists from Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Americas. From the Silver Age, the course move to post-Revolutionary fiction and versions of dystopia, considers exile, dislocation, relocation, and dual iden­tity, then examines the effects of the Stalin years, and concludes with contemporary fiction of the post-Soviet era. The course sets the literature with its historical, political, and cultural contexts, incorporating mate­rial from the arts, as well. Formerly EN 366. Three credits. (B)

EN 133 The African American Literary Tradition

This survey course examines the development of African American literature from the late eighteenth century to the present, with a focus on issues of litera­cy, authority, and identity. The course traces this tradi­tion's history from Phillis Wheatley's role in defining American poetry and Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative, to the narratives of enslavement by authors such as Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass, to the New Negro Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and contemporary African American fiction and poetry. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Formerly EN 253. Three credits. (B)

EN 134 20th Century Jewish American Literature

Storytelling is central to Jewish identity and search for meaning, from the Old Testament to graphic novels and comic books about Jewish life and culture after the Holocaust. Twentieth-century American Jewish writing strongly influenced TV, film, Broadway, social justice movements and more, reaching out to the widest range of American audiences. This course surveys American Jewish literature’s use of Yiddish and Jewish ethnic and historical sources to produce lasting and relevant American prose, drama, poetry, and film. (Prerequisite: EN 12 or equivalent and sophomore-level status) Three credits.

EN 141 Imagining Shakespeare

Shakespeare is considered the greatest writer in the English language. This course will investigate how his genius is expressed in comedy, history, tragedy, and romance. We will study how each kind of play influences the others in every part of Shakespeare's career. Plays include The Taming of the Shrew, Richard III, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Henry IV, Twelfth Night, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, The Winter's Tale, and The Tempest. We will take a multimedia approach by analyzing performances as well as text. The history of Shakespeare's era and of his critics will be studied as well. Formerly EN 255. Three credits. (A)

EN 142 Myths & Legends of Ireland & Britain

This course studies the literature of early medieval cultures of Ireland and Great Britain, with special attention to Celtic culture. The course is divided into four parts, focusing on the Irish Táin Bó Cuailnge, the Welsh Mabinogion, the Latin Christian legends of Celtic saints, and the Old English epic Beowulf. Critical issues for discussion include: paganism and Christianity; conceptions of law, kinship, and nationhood; warrior culture and the idea of the hero; the status of art and poetry; orality and literacy; the natural and the supernatural; the construction of gender. Counts towards the minor in Irish Studies. Formerly EN 256. Three credits. (A)

EN 143 The "Greenworld": English Literature and the Environment

A survey of prose, poetry, and drama, EN 143's focus is on the "Greenworld" in early modern English literature. The "Greenworld" encompasses all visions of the natural world - forests, gardens, oceans, caves, parks, animals, etc. - as represented in many different aesthetic forms. Students will be introduced to a number of environmental studies topics, including land dispossession, natural disasters, New World plantations, land stewardship, and animal rights, as these topics appear in literature. Course readings range broadly from Virgil, Montaigne, and Shakespeare to James Cameron's Avatar, and from the philosophical transactions of the Royal Society to transcriptions of witchcraft trials. Three credits. (A)

EN 161 Irish Literature

The course studies the deep connections between the literature and history of Ireland from 1800 to the present. Building on EN 11 and 12, it further develops the ability to read literature closely (to analyze and interpret the figurative language and stylistic features of fiction, drama, and poetry) and to write convincingly about the meanings and ideas that such close reading yields. It also adds to this skill by teaching students to recognize and articulate the inherent links between literature, history, and culture - links which are particularly evident in modern Irish writing, and which are revealed through close reading. Formerly EN 279. Three credits. (B)

EN 162 Irish Women Writers

A study of women writers both Anglo and Gaelic, from 19th-century fiction to 20th-century poetry. The course focuses on the cross-cultural differences between these two groups, one privileged, the other marginalized, and perhaps who share only a common language. Besides women's issues - education, emigration, marriage, motherhood, and equality - the themes include the Big House, colonization, the Literary Revival, folklore, theology, the tradition of the storyteller, and the roles of religion and politics in the society. Among the authors to be explored are Maria Edgeworth, Lady Morgan, Somerville and Ross, Elizabeth Bowen, Lady Gregory, Marina Carr, Peig Sayers, Mary Lavin, Edna O'Brien, Eilis Ni Dhuibhne, Eavan Boland, Nula Ni Dhomhnaill, and Medbh McGuckian. Formerly EN 278. Three credits. (B)

EN 170 Writing the Self: Autobiography

Autobiography holds a special place in its presentation of the writer’s self, enlisting the reader’s belief in the author’s “confession” while crossing the line between fictional work and truth. This course examines autobi­ography and related genres, including memoir, diaries, and personal essays and considers their purpose: what do these authors reveal about themselves, and why? How much is convention, how much is truth? What impact do race, gender, class, nationhood, and ethnicity have on the construction of identity? Writers may include Franklin, Shepard, Douglass, Barnum, Johnson, Winnemucca, Zitkala-Sa, Malcolm X, Wright, Baldwin, Stein, Walker, and Cisneros. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Formerly EN 362. Three credits. (B)

EN 171 Literature and the Visual Arts

This interdisciplinary course will examine the dynamic relationship between literature and the visual arts. Special attention will be paid to literature written in English during the 19th and 20th centuries - a time when writers and cultural critics were increasingly interested in the visual arts in general (painting, sculpture, photography, film, etc) and the impact of the new mass media in particular. These artists forged a unique and significant relationship between their bodies of work and the visual arts; several of the writers studied worked in the tradition known as "ekphrasis" (e.g., poems "speaking" to a work of art). Writers of focus might include Blake, Poe, the Brownings, the Rossettis, Siddall, Wilde, Wharton, and Larsen. Three credits. (B)

EN 172 Literacy and Language

This course examines the concept of literacy as it is represented in fiction and non-fiction texts. Reading widely—in memoirs, essays, fiction, creative non-fiction, and drama—we will consider individual experiences with literacy, language, and schooling, as well as the relationship between literacy and power.  The course includes a service learning experience that connects issues from the course to the real context of a local elementary school.  Because the course considers impact of social factors, including class, race and gender, on representations of literacy, the course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Three credits. (B)

200 level Literature Courses

Students must complete the EN 11-12 sequence and a 100-level literature course before enrolling in 200-level literature courses. They also can receive permission of the instructor to take a 200-level literature course without first completing a 100-level course.

Studies in Genre

EN 201 Introduction to Poetry

This course is an introduction to the genre of poetry. It is offered for students with no previous knowledge of poetry, or those who wish to develop and enrich their understanding of the genre. Topics vary in each offering of the course but fit into one or more of the general areas of poetry studies: theories of poetry and poetic production; an examination of a specific poet; surveys focusing on work in historical periods or (trans-)national literatures; studies of critical and prose writings of poets. Formerly EN 260. Three credits.

EN 202 American Poetry

This course surveys a range of significant works of American poetry. It is an introduction to various movements (e.g., transcendentalism or modernism), various schools (e.g., New Formalism), and the turn to a multi-lingual and multi-vocal poetry found in the Harlem Renaissance and Spoken Word movements. The course pays particular attention to form, while grounding understanding of form within a socio-historical context. Readings may range from Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, William Carlos Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Wallace Stevens, Gwendolyn Brooks, Robert Frost, Langston Hughes, Pedro Pietri, Joy Harjo, and others. Formerly EN 342. Three credits. (B)

EN 203 English Epic

Study of large-scale, verse narratives created or received as English national epics, or composed in the epic tradition.  Texts will represent the major time periods of earlier English literary history: Beowulf from the Old English period; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight or Morte d’Arthur from the Middle English period; excerpts from Spenser’s Faerie Queene from the Elizabethan period; Milton’s Paradise Lost from the seventeenth century; Pope’s Rape of the Lock from the eighteenth century.  Critical attention will be paid throughout to changing and competing conceptions of England, nation, and epic. (Prerequisite: 100-level English literature class or the equivalent, or permission of instructor.) Three credits. (A)

EN 204 Introduction to the British Novel

An intensive study of the novel as a developing literary form over the first 200 years of its existence, this course considers stylistic and thematic aspects of this earliest or traditional phase of the novel with regard to its historical evolution. Authors may include Aphra Behn, Eliza Haywood, Daniel Defoe, Henry Fielding, Laurence Sterne, Jane Austen, Emily Brontë, and Charles Dickens. Formerly EN 364. Three credits. (A)

EN 207 The Contemporary American Novel

The Contemporary American Novel covers the past 30 years of this genre form.  The course introduces the student to on-going developments in the realistic novel as well as post-modernist forms such as magical realism and metafiction, as well as the novel of social criticism.  Some of the writers studied include Philip Roth, Marilynne Robinson, Elizabeth Strout, Ann Patchett, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Edward P. Jones, Jeffrey Eugenides, Charles Frazier, Jonathan Lethem, Ha Jin. Three credits. (B)

Surveys in British Literature

EN 211 The Age of Chaucer

A survey of the literature of late-medieval England, focusing on its richest period, the second half of the fourteenth century - the age of Chaucer and his contemporaries. Students will gain access to the Middle English language, and study examples of the main genres of medieval literature, including religious and secular lyric, mystical writing, courtly romance, religious drama, chronicle, and comic narrative. Literature will be considered within its social and historical contexts, with special attention to representations of social order, and challenges to that order, notably the Great Rebellion of 1381. Prerequisite: 100-level English literature class, or permission of instructor. Three credits. (A)

EN 213 Shakespeare I

In the first half of Shakespeare's career, comedy, tragedy, and history plays express both the spirit of the Elizabethan age and their own identities as different genres that reference each other. A Midsummer Night's Dream, Romeo and Juliet, Henry IV, and Much Ado About Nothing are among a selection of ten plays that explore dimensions of love, religion, and politics. We learn how critics have approached Shakespeare in many different ways, and how to evaluate and respond to critical opinion. Multimedia presentations show how performance and text combined enrich our understanding of this great writer. Formerly EN 355. Three credits. (A)

EN 214 Shakespeare II

The second half of Shakespeare's career begins with bright Elizabethan comedies (As You Like It, Twelfth Night) and transitions to the darker Jacobean tragedies (Hamlet, Othello, King Lear). These troubling modern visions lead through problem plays to the antiheroic late tragedies and the romances (The Tempest), exploring issues of racism, colonialism, and social justice. We learn how critics have approached Shakespeare in many different ways, and how to evaluate and respond to critical opinion. Multimedia presentations show how performance and text combined enrich our understanding of this great writer. Formerly EN 356. Three credits. (A)

EN 215 Introduction to British 18th Century Literature

This selective survey of 18th-century English literature includes authors such as Pope, Swift, Gray, Jonson, Boswell, Goldsmith, Burns, and Montague. Formerly EN 361. Three credits. (A)

EN 216 Victorian Poetry and Poetics

This course examines the poetry and theories of poetry posited by Victorian men and women who explored concepts of identity vis-á-vis Victorian notions of culture, religion, science, politics, and sexuality. Beginning with Arnold and ending with Wilde, the course covers both poetry and literary movements such as Pre-Raphaelitism, Decadence, aestheticism, and symbolism. Formerly EN 275. Three credits. (B)

EN 217 Romantics, Victorians, Moderns: British Literature 1800-1950

A survey of three distinct but overlapping periods in British literary history - Romantic, Victorian, and Modern. As much a study of ideas as of literary works, the course examines the crucial ideological, philosophical, and cultural transformations that shape each of these important literary eras. Formerly EN 252. Three credits. (B)

EN 218 20th Century British Literature

A survey of major developments in twentieth-century British, Irish, and Anglophone Post-colonial literature. 20th-Century England is shaped by rapid technological changes, the breakdown of Victorian mores and orthodox beliefs, the devastation of the Great War, the advent of psychoanalysis, and the height and decline of the British empire. Students learn to recognize and evaluate how these events relate to the new, experimental styles of Modern, Postmodern, and Postcolonial writing. Authors studied range from early figures such as Joseph Conrad, Virginia Woolf, W.B. Yeats, and James Joyce to contemporary stars such as Kazuo Ishiguro, J.M. Coetzee, and Zadie Smith. Formerly EN 267. Three credits. (B)

EN 223 Comparative Renaissance Literature

A comparative introduction to European literature written from 1500-1700. Students will learn popular Renaissance genres, such as epic, lyric, closet drama, pastoral, and tragedy, in addition to major literary and artistic achievements. Coterminous historical movements will also be discussed: scientific revolution(s), religious warfare, magic and witchcraft, colonization and empire, gender hierarchies, and the rise and fall of sovereignty. We will pay careful attention to the biases of Eurocentrism, and repeatedly evoke alternative traditions and histories. Authors include Wyatt, Ariosto, Spenser, Montaigne, Sidney, Tasso, Rabelais, Shakespeare, and Milton. Three credits. (B)

Surveys in American Literature

EN 231 Early American Literature

A study of the origins of literature of the Americas with an emphasis on the Puritans and early Republic through 1830. We begin with the oral history of Native Americans and the literature of colonization and exploration. We also explore the rich tradition of spiritual autobiography, poetry, narrative history, and sermons among the Puritans. Turning to the eighteenth-century, we examine captivity narratives and democratic writing of the Revolutionary period, with an emphasis on the impact of the slave trade, colonization, Independence, and contemporary issues of the post-colonial period. (Prerequisite: EN 100-level course or permission of instructor.) Three credits. (A)

EN 233 American Literature, 20th Century to the Present

A survey of 20th Century American Literature to the present within the socio-historical context of diverse and overlapping literary and cultural traditions of the United States, such as (though not limited to) Native American, African American, Anglo American, and Asian American. Writers might include Eliot, Hemingway, Faulkner, Yezierska, Hughes, Hurston, McNickle, Bellow, Okada, Kerouac, Rich, Plath, Welch, Gaines, Jen. Three credits. (B)

EN 234 American Women Writers of the 19th Century

A study of American female writers who have made an impact on the world through their fiction, journalism, or poetry. The course is organized thematically around a set of topics related to nineteenth-century women's lives and selves: gender and domesticity, suffrage, slavery, labor, frontier life, sexuality, and social activism. African-American and Native-American women's writings and those of other ethnicities also form an integral part of the tradition. Writers may include Alcott, Beecher, Cary, Child, Chopin, Dickinson, Fern, Freeman, Gilman, Jacobs, Kirkland, Harper, Keckley, Jewett, Piatt, Ruiz de Burton, Sin Far, Spofford, Stowe, and Wharton. Three credits. (B)

EN 235 Edith Wharton and Her Circle

A study of fiction by American realist Edith Wharton in the context of her peers, including writers she read and those she inspired. While Wharton serves as a focal point, the course also examines the works and ideas of such influential figures as Balzac, Flaubert, Maupassant, Chekhov, James, Crane, Dreiser, and Freeman, as well as adaptations of Whartonian themes by such novelists as Larsen, Bushnell, von Ziegesar and Tóibín. Topics include the social construction of “whiteness,” the art of social climbing, turn-of-the-century gender crises involving masculinity and the New Woman, and the social and cultural transformations wrought by the modern city. (Pre-requisite: 100-level English literature class, or permission of instructor) Three credits. (B)

Postcolonial Literature and Studies

EN 251 British/Imperial Texts

Maps the trajectory of the novel from the 18th century to its modern avatar in the 20th century by investigating how Victorian novelists addressed tensions between the classes and contentions between the sexes and races. It situates the origins of ideological, psychological, and social issues that come to dominate the modern novel by deconstructing the discourses around the self, gender/woman/sexuality, and family/marriage. Authors include Sand, Eliot, Dickens, Thackeray, Pater, Hardy and Forrester. Questions raised in this context focus on colonized subjectivities through tropes of nation/narration, minority discourse/canonical injunctions, imperial/colonial subjectivity, identity, home, and location/dislocation. Formerly EN 370. Three credits. (B)

EN 252 Topics in Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature

A survey of important themes and developments in 20th-Century Irish literature. Specific authors and topics may vary, but the course always emphasizes an understanding of Irish literature in historical and political contexts. In particular, the course examines the compelling, tense relationships between the aesthetic aims of Irish literature and its engagement with social and political concerns such as nationalism, decolonization, class conflict, postcolonial identity, migrations, transnational culture, and/or globalization. Formerly EN 279. Three credits. (B)

African American Literature

EN 261 The African American Literary Tradition

This survey course examines the development of African American literature from the late eighteenth century to the present, with a focus on issues of literacy, authority, and identity. The course traces this tradition's history from Phillis Wheatley's role in defining American poetry and Olaudah Equiano's Interesting Narrative, to the narratives of enslavement by authors such as Harriet Jacobs and Frederick Douglass, to the New Negro Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and contemporary African American fiction and poetry. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Formerly EN 253. Three credits. (B)

EN 262 The Harlem Renaissance

This course examines African American literature and culture from Washington's Up from Slavery and Du Bois's The Souls of Black Folk, through the 1920s and the Great Depression, to the eve of U.S. participation in World War II. Grounded in U.S history, the course explores fiction, poetry, and other forms of cultural production such as painting, sculpture, film, and music. It examines the aftermath of Reconstruction, the effects of the Great Migration, and the responses to Du Bois's call for a "Talented Tenth." The Harlem Renaissance provides the major focus, as do the debates about whether there was such a movement at all. The course looks towards the development of a contemporary Black tradition in literature and culture. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Formerly EN 339. Three credits. (B)

EN 263 African American Women Writers

This course offers a survey of writing by African American women from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, focusing primarily on autobiography and fiction. Beginning with Jacobs's Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and examining late-nineteenth-century fiction by authors such as Harper, the course examines issues of redefining womanhood, participating in racial uplift, and coming to voice as both women and as writers. Moving through the twentieth century and into the twenty-first, the course may include writers such as Larsen, Fauset, Hurston, Petry, Morrison, Lorde, Naylor, Sapphire, Blackman, Youngblood, and Packer. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Formerly EN 371. Three credits. (B)

EN 264 African American Fiction 1940 to 1980

A comparative study of novels by African American men and women, beginning with Richard Wright and Ann Petry in the 1940s, continuing through the 50s and 60s with writers such as Ralph Ellison, Gwendolyn Brooks, James Baldwin, and Alice Walker, and ending with major novelists from the 1970s, such as Charles Johnson, Toni Cade Bambara, Ernest Gaines, and Toni Morrison. The course focuses on topics such as family, religion, education, and urban experience, education, gender and sexuality, and shifting definitions of Blackness. Narrative techniques offer a main thread of discussion throughout the course. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Formerly EN 344. Three credits. (B)

EN 265 Contemporary African American Fiction

This course studies African American fiction from 1980 to the present, offering a mix of non-canonical authors such as Wideman and Morrison, along with emerging writers such as Helen Elaine Lee and Paul Beatty. The course begins with a neo-slave narrative and a novel that illustrates how the legacies of enslavement persisted into the twentieth century, and explores both urban and rural experience in primarily African American towns and neighborhoods, as well as analyzing the consequences of desegregation in different locales. Gay and lesbian lives have become more prominent in Black fiction in the past three decades, as depicted in several of the texts. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Formerly EN 347. Three credits. (B)

Comparative and Transnational Literature

EN 274 Modernism in World Literature

A survey of the international literary movement known as "Modernism" (roughly 1890-1930, though earlier and later figures are often included). The radical aesthetics of literary Modernism respond to the rapid social and political transformations of the 20th century and to innovative styles in the visual arts, film, music, and architecture. They are also controversial: Are these new styles subversive or reactionary? The art of Europe's elite or the art of a global revolution? Students learn to debate these issues in an informed way, and produce core-integrative projects that explore the connections between modernist literature and other fields of study. Formerly EN 397. Three credits. (B)

EN 275 Modern Women Writers

This course examines the work of late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century American and British "sisters in error" (as described by poet Dilys Laing). We consider literature and its contexts - social, historical, political, ideological, artistic, and more. Among the concerns raised by these women are the following: the body, sexuality, marriage, motherhood, domesticity, vocation, the making of art and the artist, the homosocial, patriarchy, the struggle for individuality, relations between the sexes, tensions between True Woman and New Woman, and what it means to be "modern." The reading list embraces fiction, poetry, drama, and nonfiction prose. Writers of focus may include Bowen, Chopin, Dinesen, Eaton, Gilman, Glaspell, Hurston, Larsen, Mansfield, O'Connor, Parker, Porter, Spencer, West, Wharton, and Woolf. Formerly EN 289. Three credits. (B)

EN 276 20th-Century Russian Novel & World Literature

In this comparative study, students read works by Russian and Soviet authors in tandem with texts by novelists from Eastern Europe, Asia, and the Americas. From the Silver Age, the course move to post-Revolutionary fiction and versions of dystopia, considers exile, dislocation, relocation, and dual identity, then examines the effects of the Stalin years, and concludes with contemporary fiction of the post-Soviet era. The course sets the literature with its historical, political, and cultural contexts, incorporating material from the arts, as well. Formerly EN 366. Three credits. (B)

Ethnic American Literature

EN 281 Native American Literature

This course focuses on novels, short stories, and poems written by Native American writers during the 20th century. For purposes of background, the course also covers a number of significant works composed prior to this century. Students examine texts primarily for their literary value, but also consider the broad image of Native American culture that emerges from these works. The course also examines the philosophical, historical, and sociological dimensions of the material. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Formerly EN 386. Three credits. (B)

EN 282 Latino/a Literature

This is an introductory course on the literature produced by Latinos in the U.S. The course approaches the subject from an interdisciplinary lens, examining the literature from not only the tools available in literary studies but history and sociology, as well. The course will address historical, contemporary political and socioeconomic issues affecting Latinos (the most historically prevalent of which have been immigration status, language regulation, and racial/ethnic discrimination) and connect them to cultural production. We read such authors as Sandra Cisneros, Junot Díaz, Ed Vega Yunque, various Nuyorican and Chicano Poets, and others to better understand the literary and cultural products of the now largest minority group in the U.S. Course readings and discussions are in English. Spanglish is welcomed. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Formerly EN 280. Three credits. (B)

EN 283 Films and Novels in the Asian Diaspora: Challenges to Citizenship

This course examines the explosion of Asian American fiction/cinema to understand how representations of diaspora, colonial histories, border, cultural and ethnic identities operate. Texts include novels, films, and artworks that deal with the interpellation of citizenship challenges of hyphenated American identities – Indian, Afghan, Pakistani, Chinese, Japanese, Bangladeshi, Vietnamese, and Sri Lankan writers/artists into host cultures. We study how Asian American filmmakers adapt genre categories to stress their historical presence in the U.S., to claim American citizenship, and to challenge racist stereotypes of "aliens" as outsiders and foreigners. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Formerly EN 286. Three credits. (B)

EN 284 American Women Writers of Color

This course focuses on works by Latinas, Native, Asian American, and African American women writers, as well as moving beyond the borders of the U.S. to include writers from the Americas, emphasizing the decades from the 1970s to the present. We consider the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, and socio-economic class, as these contribute to concepts of identity - for both the individual and the community. Authors may include Gloria Anzaldúa, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Lan Cao, Nora Okja Keller, Sky Lee, Ana Castillo, Carla Trujillo, Achy Obejas, Loida Maritza Pérez, Danzy Senna, Dorothy West, and Chitra Diakaruni. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Formerly EN 348. Three credits. (B)

Thematic Courses

EN 291 Gender & Sexuality in Film & Literature

This course examines the way gender and sexuality are represented in film and literature, beginning with an overview of lesbians and gays in film history with Vito Russo's The Celluloid Closet. The course then moves through popular films and novels from the 1960s to the present day, looking at the ways attitudes about gender are enmeshed with representations of homosexuality. Themes and topics include: What is the relationship between gender and sexuality? How are concepts of masculinity and femininity presented in novels and on screen? How have these representations changed as our culture's rules about gender and sexuality have become less rigid? The course aims to develop an analysis of current cultural assumptions about gender and sexuality, as they are revealed in film and literature. Formerly EN 335. Three credits. (B)

EN 292 Contemporary Children's Literature

This course explores children's literature published in the United States between 1950 and the present. The course will give you both the chance to re-acquaint yourself with books that you enjoyed as a child and encounter books you missed when you were young. You will develop what critic U.C. Knoephflmacher calls "the double perspective" - that is, the ability to consider books written for children as both a child and an adult reader. You will read literary criticism on children's literature, as well as information on careers in children's books publishing. Three credits. (B)

300 level Literature Courses

Students must complete at least one 100-level or 200-level literature course before enrolling in 300-level literature seminars.

Advanced Studies in Genre

EN 309 Modern and Contemporary Drama

This course covers the modern and contemporary (postmodern) periods of drama, from the 1850s to the present. Students read plays by such major Western dramatists as Buchner, Ibsen, Shaw, Pirandello, Chekhov, and Brecht, as well as writers who might be considered minor, non-canonical, and/or non-Western. This course emphasizes close reading and requires participation in discussions in which students demonstrate a grasp of dramatic conventions, form, structure, themes, as well as context including the cultural/material conditions under which each play was written and produced. Formerly EN 376. Three credits. (B)

Advanced Studies in British Literature

EN 311 Chaucer's Canterbury Tales

This course introduces students to Middle English language and literature through a close study of the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer, focusing on his Canterbury Tales. Students analyze the stylistic forms and representations of 14th-century society through tales, selected for their generic and stylistic variety, that include the tragic and the comic, the sacred and the profane. Formerly EN 352. Three credits. (A)

EN 314 Renaissance Eros

This course explores eroticism in literature and visual culture in the Italian and English Renaissance(s), a time period from the late fourteenth century to the early seventeenth century. Topics of study include desire, sexual love, and beauty; the philosophy of friendship; the legacy of Petrarchanism; the pervasiveness of same-sex desire; cross-class relationships; and female sovereignty. The course offers a variety of interpretive models to analyze the complex role of eros in the works of Petrarch, Boccaccio, Plato, Shakespeare, Lyly, Marlow, and Montaigne. Formerly EN 354. Three credits. (A)

EN 316 Theoretical Readings of 19th Century Novel

This course discusses and debates the meaning of "decadence" as an aesthetic and literary category. Beginning with the works of the pre-Raphaelites in mid-19th-century England, moving to Walter Pater and Oscar Wilde in the Victorian era, and then into Europe with Baudelaire, Flaubert, and Mann, the course focuses upon the role of pleasure in European cultures. Paintings by Moreau, Delacroix, and Ingres complement the understanding of the literary texts. The course treats metaphors of Salome as a femme-fatale and literary characters such as Huysmans' Des Esseintes or Wilde's Dorian Gray as models for behavior - figures in a typology of unorthodox self-fashioning. Theoretical frameworks posited by Adorno and Benjamin will be used to query the constrictions and deconstructions of the European self in that critical cusp between the centuries. Formerly EN 336. Three credits. (B)

EN 317 Advanced Studies in 20th Century British Literature

An intensive study of an important theme, topic, or debate that spans most or all of the 20th century in British literature. Possible topics include: the distinction between modernism and postmodernism; the significance and value of aesthetic innovation; interrogation of the British empire; imperial cultural traditions and their aftermath; defining and redefining "Britishness" from modernity through the contemporary global and transnational era; history, memory, and narrative; poetry, poetics, and social change. Formerly EN 374. Three credits. (B)

EN 319 James Joyce

An intensive study of James Joyce's comic novel Ulysses, emphasizing thorough close reading of the text, understanding the work relative to Joyce's other fictional masterpieces, and extensive reading of related criticism and scholarship. Highly recommended: students should have read at least one complete work by James Joyce before taking the course. Formerly EN 393. Three credits. (B)

EN 321 Life & Print Culture in 18th-Century London

What was it like to live in eighteenth-century London? This course will explore daily life in London from the Great Fire to the French Revolution, using novels alongside other forms of popular literature - pamphlets, ballads, broadsides, cookbooks, and newspapers - to trace what ordinary people talked about and care about in their workaday world. Popular art such as Hogarth's engravings will show us what London and its people looked like. The course will investigate how to evaluate and discuss all forms of popular print culture within the larger context of literature. Formerly EN 276. Three credits. (A)

Advanced Studies in American Literature

EN 332 American Romanticism

This course explores transcendentalism and romanticism during the flowering of intellectual and social life in America from 1830 to 1865. Studying the transatlantic origins of this movement in philosophy, religion, and literature, we examine how these writers responded to literary influences and crafted their unique style. The course also focuses on the relationship between literature and American culture, including a study of the visual arts and material culture. Authors include Emerson, Fuller, Thoreau, Alcott, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Douglass, Davis, Whitman, and Dickinson. Formerly EN 381. Three credits. (B)

EN 333 American Realism and Naturalism

This course examines the literary modes of representation known as realism and naturalism. We will consider the ways in which literature represents, responds to, and shapes the extraordinary transformations in American culture from 1865 through the turn into the twentieth century. The course will consider literature and its contexts - social, historical, political, ideological, artistic, and so on. Writers may include Chesnutt, Chopin, Crane, Davis, Dreiser, Du Bois, Eaton, Freeman, Gilman, Howells, James, Jewett, Norris, Twain, Washington, and Wharton. Formerly EN 382. Three credits. (B)

EN 334 American Modernism

This course explores the wide ranging cultural dynamics of American literary modernism (roughly 1920-1950) in the works of writers such as Hurston, Hemingway, Yezierska, Eliot, Hughes, Falkner, Matthews. Topics to discuss include, but are not limited to, time, space, gender, nations(s), race, and ethnicity. Formerly EN 383. Three credits. (B)

EN 335 Contemporary American Literature & Culture

This course examines significant developments in American Literature and Culture from the period following World War II to the present. The course explores the turn to cultural studies in the field of literary studies that occurred during this period, allowing us to examine non-traditional literary texts such as music, film, graphic novels, and games. We ground our discussion heavily in literary theory. Formerly EN 384. Three credits. (B)


EN 351 Literary Theory

The course examines the major theoretical approaches to the study of literature that developed in relation to important political and intellectual movements of the twentieth century. Despite highly significant differences, we presuppose that all literary theories pose similar questions: What is literature? Why does literature matter, and how do critics assign aesthetic value? This course studies the way various schools of theories have answered these questions. Included in our study are Formalism/New Criticism, Poststructuralism, Psychoanalytic criticism, Feminist theory, Gender and Queer Studies, Postcolonialism, and others. Course readings range broadly from Kant to Derrida, Freud to Spivak. Formerly EN 337. Three credits. (B)

EN 352 Cultural Studies

This interdisciplinary course examines the concept of culture as it is constructed, sustained, and contested within the United States and the United Kingdom. Readings focus on the history, theory, and practice of culture (high and mass) in the two countries. Class discussions focus on the interactive impact of our understanding of the term "culture" upon contemporary societies as it factors into nationhood, race, gender, class, sexuality, and media. As a way of understanding the various theories that undergird the experiential manifestations of culture, students will be exposed to print/visual texts and multimedia forms of expressions circulating in society. Formerly EN 349. This course meets the U.S. diversity requirement. Three credits. (B)

EN 353 Representations

This course focuses on "ways of seeing" and the "gaze" that are constructed and maintained in contemporary culture within the concept of representation. The course balances on the margins of textual and visual materials (paintings and films); offers an interdisciplinary theoretical base; examines the presentation and representation of self, subject, and identity as narrative, biography, and autobiography; and questions notions of realism and politics of realism as manifested by deploying race, class, nationality, sexuality, and gender. By reading theoretical tracts on the ways of seeing and by using films and visual art to test these theoretical materials, students critique contemporary notions of seeing and being seen. Formerly EN 345. Three credits. (B)

EN 354 Theories of/in Globalization

This course teaches students how globalization is defined by major theorists and how to interpret the effects of its massive and random forces. Students grasp the differences between economic, political, and cultural explanations and the actual impact of globalization. The theories are tested against new literatures to see how novelists manipulate the forces of globalization - such as explaining the feminization of poverty, ethnic cleansing, human rights violations, access to natural resources like water and land, terrorisms and proliferation of nuclear arms, religious fundamentalisms - through their characters. One of the crucial and consistent foci of class discussions is exploration of ethical ways to deal with globalization, the potential for civic engagement, and the responsibility we all share in creating a global civil society. This course meets the world diversity requirement. Formerly EN 287. Three credits. (B)

EN 355 Gender Theory

This course explores recent theories of gender and sexuality. Topics include the debate over origins (nature versus nurture), changing historical ideas about gender and sexuality, transgender identity, and intersexuality. The course focuses on theoretical material, fiction and film. Formerly EN 338. Three credits. (B)

Advanced Thematic Studies

EN 371 Comedy

This course studies various forms of literary, dramatic, and film comedy, emphasizing how comic writers and directors use structure, character, tone, and convention to create comic forms, including festive comedy, satire, comedy of manners, farce, and black comedy. Weekly short papers engage critical theories of humor and of comedy as literary and social form. Authors and directors include Voltaire, Molière, Austen, Shaw, Huxley, Beckett, Heller, Kubrick, Stoppard, Nichols, Hallström, Lee, Coen. Formerly EN 372. Three credits.

EN 372 All About Eve

This course surveys the literary and artistic representation of the legendary first woman of the Judeo-Christian tradition from Genesis to the present, with attention to both feminist and antifeminist traditions. The course centers on a reading of Milton's Paradise Lost. Other authors include Christine de Pizan, Aemilia Lanyer, Mary Wollstonecraft, Mark Twain, and Ursula Le Guin. In a final research paper, students locate and interpret depictions of Eve in contemporary popular culture. Non-English sources are read in English translation. Formerly EN 357. Three credits. (A)

EN 373 Literature for Young Adults

During the past two decades, adolescent literature has proliferated, grown more diverse, and improved in richness and quality. The course explores the major current authors, poets, and illustrators of works written for young adults. Topics include theories and purposes of reading literature in the classroom; criteria development for evaluating adolescent literature; reader response in the classroom; reading workshop; and adolescent literature integration across the curriculum. Formerly EN 305. Three credits. (B)

EN 374 The Woman Question: Early Feminism & 19th-Century Transatlantic Literature

This course will examine the issue properly known as the Woman Question through some of the major works of 19th-century literature. Because the philosophical and political debates concerning Woman's role preoccupied not only 19th-century America but also Victorian Britain, we will consider American and British discussions as part of a transatlantic conversation. The course begins with early Victorian literature, moving across the Atlantic to the 1840s and 50s, when a group of "domestic feminists" became the most popular writers in the U.S. The course closes at the fin de siècle, when the conventions of sentimental fiction and "True Womanhood" were being superseded by realism and naturalism, and when an explicitly anti-domestic image of womanhood began to be formulated around the figure of the "New Woman." Authors may include Brontë, Fuller, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Stowe, Fern, Jacobs, Christina Rossetti, Taylor, Mill, Patmore, Linton, Dickinson, Alcott, James, Harper, Gilman, Chopin, Freeman, and Wharton. Formerly EN 346. Three credits. (B)

EN 375 Caribbean Women Writers

This course offers a Pan-Caribbean study of women's writing, primarily contemporary fiction. Setting the novels in a context that begins in the Middle Passage or comparable forced migration to the Americas, we examine the interconnections between those traumatic experiences and the relations established and demanded by imperialism. Topics for discussion include spaces and languages of resistance; genealogies, family trees, roots; memory and exile; political activism and its consequences; labor and socioeconomics; the role of education in colonialism and in immigrant life; and challenges to conventional categories of identity. Authors may include Marshall, Hopkinson, Kincaid, Condé, Danticat, Santiago, Santos-Febres, Obejas, McWatt, Brand, Collins, Mootoo, Espinet, Lara, and John. This course meets the World Diversity requirement. Formerly EN 396. Three credits. (B)

EN 376 Global Women's Fiction

This comparative study of fictional works by women begins with a discussion of issues raised in Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, and focuses on writers from the early twentieth century to the present. Drawn from a wide range of world literatures and cultures, authors may include Aleramo, Djebar, al-Shaykh. Aidoo, Truong, Valenzuela, Menéndez, Roy, Dangarembga, Gordimer, Olsson, Rachlin, and Lispector. Topics include narrative techniques, women's relationship to the polis, women's participation in public culture and their artistic creativity, gender and sexuality, cross-class relations between women, and contemporary issues linked to globalization. This course meets the World Diversity requirement. Formerly EN 398. Three credits. (B)

EN 377 Urban Texts & Contexts

This course explores literary and visual evocations of the city from an interdisciplinary and theoretical perspective. In many ways, a city is as much a mental construct as a physical one, referred to as image, idea, myth, metaphor, vision, catalyst, and more. The course considers how such terms apply to representations of a metropolis, as well as how the city can be viewed as artifact or fiction. Drawing upon theories from geography, architecture, sociology, and urban studies, we examine the traditional dichotomy between city and country, the relationship between gender and sexuality and urban representation, and the ways that community is defined and envisioned in contemporary urban contexts. Formerly EN 392. Three credits. (B)

EN 399 Independent Study

See department chair for details. Three credits. 

Writing Courses

EN 12 or equivalent is a prerequisite for all EN/W courses unless otherwise noted.

EN/W 200 Creative Writing

This course fosters creativity and critical acumen through extensive exercises in the composition of poetry and fiction. Three credits.

EN/W 202 Creative Writing: Poetry I

This workshop course concentrates on the analysis and criticism of student manuscripts, devoting a portion of the course to a discussion of major trends in contemporary poetry and significant movements of the past. The course considers traditional forms, such as the sonnet and villanelle, as well as modern experimental forms and free verse. Students learn how to prepare and submit manuscripts to publishers. Three credits.

EN/W 205 Creative Writing: Fiction I

This course for the student who seeks an intensive workshop approach to fiction composition emphasizes the short story and focuses on the analysis of student manuscripts. It includes some discussion of the work of significant authors (past and present) as a way of sharpening student awareness of technique and the literary marketplace for fiction. Three credits.

EN/W 204 Creative Writing: Drama

This course teaches the writing of one-act plays for the stage in a workshop format that involves envisioning, writing/drafting, and regular revision of seed-ideas and subjects. The process requires skillful, imaginative handling of the formative elements of drama, including plot, character, language or speech-action, envisaged staging, and form. It also involves timely submission of assignments and drafts of scenes and whole plays for periodic in-class readings and feedback. Students are expected to submit at specified times midterm and final drafts that demonstrate the technique or art of playwriting as well as conform to the general requirements of the course. Three credits.

EN/W 206 Creative Writing: Nonfiction I

This course offers students the opportunity to study and practice the art and craft of literary nonfiction. Students will study the work of accomplished writers in the field, both past and present, as a foundation for analyzing and critiquing each other's manuscripts in workshop format. Forms studied and practiced will include the memoir, personal essay, and reflective essay. Three credits.

EN/W 207 Themes in Creative Writing

This course provides an opportunity for students to study how a single theme is treated by a number of writers in the diverse genres of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and to experiment with writing in all three genres as well.  Topics will vary by year, but students will get the opportunity to write creatively and analytically on the theme in a course that combines techniques of literary study with those of creative writing. (Prerequisite: EN/W202, EN/W 205, EN/W 203, EN/W 206 or permission of the instructor) Three credits.

EN/W 214 Professional Presentations: Writing and Delivery

The ability to speak confidently and convincingly is an asset to everyone who wants to take an active role in his or her workplace and community. This interdisciplinary and writing-intensive course provides students with the necessary tools to produce audience-centered presentations and develop critical-thinking skills. It also introduces the techniques of argumentation and persuasion, and the use of technology in presentations. Three credits.

EN/W 220 News Writing

This introductory course emphasizes the techniques used by reporters to collect information and write stories for newspapers, magazines, the Internet, and broadcast outlets. Students learn to gather information, interview sources, write leads, structure a story, and work with editors. Students analyze how different news organizations package information, hear from guest speakers, and visit working journalists in the field. Students develop a higher level of media literacy and learn to deal with the news media in their careers. (Can be taken simultaneously with EN 12) Three credits.

EN/W 221 Digital Journalism

The journalism world is in the middle of a transformation in the way stories are conceptualized, generated and communicated. Digital Journalism will help students discover how to take advantage of the multimedia possibilities in this new world of online story telling. This intermediate writing and multimedia course will allow students to build more complex and engaging story packages, taking advantages of new computer tools like the Adobe Creative Suite. It also will introduce students to the literature of publication design and help them develop an appreciation of the contributions that various world cultures have made to communication and design aesthetics. (Prerequisite: EN/W 220 News Writing) Three credits.

EN/W 222 Journalism Editing and Design

Editing skills are in high demand in today's journalism job market both for traditional and online sources of information. This intermediate level course emphasizes conciseness, precision, accuracy, style, and balance in writing and editing. The course includes researching and fact-checking, basic layout and design, headline and caption writing, and online editing. (Prerequisite: EN/W 220 or permission of instructor) Three credits.

EN/W 290 Writing and Responding

This course introduces the field of contemporary composition theory. Composition theorists consider ways of responding to the words of other people in a manner that is thoughtful, careful, and provocative. At the same time, they learn that by responding to the work of others, they ultimately become better writers and better thinkers themselves. This course focuses specifically on the response types appropriate for one-to-one work with writers. Students also gain hands-on experience in the course by writing extensively, sharing writing with other class members, critiquing student texts, and engaging in trial tutoring sessions. This course is a prerequisite for anyone wishing to apply for a paid position as a peer tutor in the Fairfield University Writing Center. May be taken concurrently with EN 12. Three credits.

EN/W 295 Composition and Style

This intermediate course in basic non-fiction prose expands the writing skills gained in EN 11, emphasizing cultivation of an individual style in short essays on everyday topics. Three credits.

EN/W 302 Creative Writing: Poetry II

In a workshop setting, the class discusses six assignments, writing about a painting or writing in a structured form such as a sestina or sonnet. In addition to looking at models that illustrate individual assignments, the class reads collections by six poets and discusses a book on traditional forms. (Prerequisite: EN/W 202) Three credits.

EN/W 305 Creative Writing: Fiction II

This advanced workshop further develops skills begun in EN/W 205 by looking closely at the craft of fiction. Students produce a substantial body of quality work such as several full-length short stories or substantial revisions, a novella, or several chapters of a novel. In addition to reading selections from published fiction writers, students read and comment extensively on their peers' work. (Prerequisite: EN/W 205 or permission of instructor) Three credits.

EN/W 306 Creative Writing: Nonfiction II

This advanced workshop builds upon students’ experience in creative nonfiction and allows students to practice the art of memoir in a workshop setting. Students will read in subgenres such as Adversity/Transformation, Family/Generational, Political/Social, and Spiritual Memoirs and comment extensively upon their peers’ work while reading exemplary work in the genre. (Prerequisite: ENW 206 or permission of instructor) Three credits. 

EN/W 307 Form and Theory of Creative Writing

This course invites deeper study into the theoretical underpinnings of and diversity of formal choices available within a given genre in creative writing. Students will study theories of composition, the origins and utility of certain techniques specific to the genre, and will be asked to experiment with how these theories and practices inform their own experience of writing in the genre. Sustained attention to the functioning of language within the genre, and discussion of the process by which literary works within that genre gain their specific meanings. (Prerequisite: EN/W202, EN/W 205, EN/W 206 or permission of the instructor) Three credits.

EN/W 311 Advanced Composition for Teachers

This course prepares students to teach writing in grades 7-12. The course explores four significant questions: How do students learn to write? What assignments encourage good writing? What do professional or state standards (such as the Common Core State Standards) require students to know about writing? and, How should writing be assessed? We will also examine topics such as censorship, the "achievement gap," and the ethical responsibilities of a writing teacher. Three credits.

EN/W 317 Teaching and Learning Grammar

This course is intended for students who may want to teach English Language Arts and who want to build (or build on) a strong foundation in both traditional and alternative models of English grammar and pedagogy.  This course will help students develop the knowledge skills and competences to meet the NCTE/ NCATE Standards for the Initial Preparation of Teachers of Secondary English Language Arts.  A primary goal of the course is to help future teachers understand the study of grammar as more than learning a static list of "rules," but rather as a set of overlapping inquiries into the origins, nature, uses, and consequences of language.  Three credits.

EN/W 320 Writing the Feature Story

Students learn how to generate and develop feature story ideas, including human-interest stories, backgrounders, trend stories, personality profiles and other softer news approaches for use by newspapers, magazines, and web sites. The course stresses story-telling techniques and use of alternative leads. Interviewing, web research and rewriting techniques are stressed. (Prerequisite: EN/W 220) Three credits.

EN/W 323 Photojournalism

Photography is derived from the Greek words for light and writing. Just as a journalist masters the art of words, a photographer masters the art of writing with light. A photographer tells a story with a single image, or multiple images, which impact the readers with a wide variety of human emotions. This course is about reporting with a camera, the visual aspect of journalism. Some technical aspects will be covered, but the majority will be hands-on assignments that are typical of newspapers, magazines, and web sites. There is substantial reading on photojournalism, plus a variety of writing assignments. EN/W 220 or photography experience recommended. Formerly Visual Journalism. Three credits.

EN/W 329 Issues in News Writing

This intermediate course will focus on a different dimension of news writing each semester. Guest speakers will help students develop an ethical decision-making approach to journalism and deepen their understanding of the role of the press as a government watchdog. Students may take this course twice under different subtitles. Replaces EN/W 324-326. (Prerequisite: EN/W 220) Three credits.

EN/W 330 Literary Journalism

This course focuses on the use of story-telling techniques in writing creative nonfiction. Students learn how to make factual articles come alive by incorporating techniques such as narrative, dialogue, scene-setting, pacing, conflict and resolution. The course emphasizes interviewing and advanced research techniques used in writing these creative nonfiction articles for newspapers, magazines, books, and on-line sources. There will be substantial reading and analysis of classics in the literary journalism field. No formal pre-requisites beyond EN 11-12, but students are encouraged to have completed EN/W 220, EN/W 320, or have taken several literature courses. Three credits.

EN/W 332 Business Writing

This course investigates the demands of business writing, including designing documents that visually display information and invite readers to read either quickly or thoroughly. The course stresses theoretical issues as well as practical skills. Students practice writing skills on a variety of projects including memos, proposals, reports, collaborative writing, and writing as part of the job-hunting process. Learning goals include understanding the purposes of writing in business and industry, writing with a clear sense of audience, becoming familiar with document design and electronic communication, ethical and cross-cultural issues, and reviewing scholarly writing and research in this academic field. Three credits.

EN/W 335 Technical Writing

This course investigates the theory and practice of writing in technical fields, introducing students to types of oral, written, and hypertext communication that technical writers use in workplace settings. In-class writing activities, workshops, and lengthier projects familiarize students with the styles, organizations, and formats of various documents, and prepare students for the special demands of technical writing. The course also introduces students to research and scholarly writing in the academic field. This course is suitable for advanced undergraduate students preparing for writing-intensive careers or graduate school, as well as technical writing professionals and practitioners who wish to plan, research, and write more effectively. Three credits.

EN/W 336 Issues in Professional Writing

This course investigates a variety of issues relevant to contemporary professional writing. In addition to surveying theoretical positions in the discipline, the course emphasizes preparing effective written products for academic and professional settings. In-class writing activities, workshops, and lengthier projects prepare students to think critically in this dynamic and ever-changing profession while familiarizing them with the writing styles, organizations, and formats of various documents. Topics include writing for public relations, multimedia writing, and technical and professional editing. This course is suitable for advanced undergraduate students preparing for writing-intensive careers or graduate school. Students may take this course twice under different subtitles. Three credits.

EN/W 338 Persuasive Writing

This course sharpens students' skills in argument and encourages a clear, forceful prose style. Students practice writing skills in a variety of projects including resumes and cover letters, editorials, formal proposals, and public service announcements designed for video podcasts. Students will learn how to analyze an audience and use key features of persuasion such as concessions, disclaimers, rebuttals, and effective leads. The course examines the ethical responsibilities of a persuasive writer in business and civic life. Three credits.

EN/W 339 Grant and Proposal Writing

This course prepares students to write effective proposals and reports. Students learn to define and write problem statements, objectives, plans of action, assessment documents, budget presentations, and project summaries. In addition, they sharpen their teamwork, editing, writing, audience awareness, and design skills as they engage in collaborative projects with non-profit organizations in the community. Relevant historical and ethical considerations are discussed. A service-learning component is included in this course. Three credits.

EN/W 340 The World of Publishing

This course introduces students to the field of publishing, particularly book and magazine publishing. It provides students with a solid foundation in the publishing field (e.g., selecting and editing manuscripts, book/magazine production, and marketing) and offers students practical hands-on experience similar to that of an internship position at a magazine or publishing house. In addition to attending lectures and participating in discussion, students work on the University's national literary magazine, Dogwood. Three credits.

EN/W 341 The World of Publishing II

Students gain hands-on experience in the field of publishing, particularly book and magazine publishing, by working as associate editors in the preparation of the University’s national literary magazine, Dogwood, including work with digital publishing and design platforms. Prerequisite: EN/W 340 The World of Publishing or permission of instructor if student has equivalent experience. Three credits.

EN/W 345/346 Fall/Spring Internship

The internship program allows students to gain on-site experience in the fields of journalism, publishing, and public relations through supervised work for local newspapers, magazines, publishers, and news agencies. These positions are available upon recommendation of the department intern supervisor, under whose guidance the students assume the jobs, which require 10 to 15 hours a week. Students may take one internship for credit toward the English major. Students may take a second internship for elective credit. The internship workshop is held in the evening, once a month. (Prerequisite: Permission of department intern supervisor) One to three credits.

EN/W 347/348 Fall/Spring Independent Writing Project

Students undertake individual tutorials in writing and can obtain credit for writing for The Mirror, The Sound, or for other projects of personal interest. Only one independent writing project can be counted toward fulfilling the five field electives required to complete an English major. The department will consider exceptions only if multiple Independent Writing Project courses cover different subject areas and approval in advance is obtained. (Prerequisite: Permission of instructor) Three credits.

EN/W 350 Special Topics: Writing

This course is an umbrella under which a variety of courses can be taken on an experimental or temporary basis, exploring different writing styles and approaches. Three credits.

EN/W 397 Journalism Practicum

Students apply the material learned in class by working as a reporter, photographer or editor with the campus newspaper, The Mirror. The course is designed for Mirror editors or students with equivalent experience. Prerequisites: EN/W 220 News Writing, junior/senior status, and one semester on Mirror, or approval of instructor. Three credits.

EN/W 398 Publishing Practicum

Students apply material learned in World of Publishing as they serve in a senior editorial role as a Managing Editor in the preparation of the University’s national literary magazine, Dogwood. Prerequisite: Junior/senior standing and ENW 341 The World of Publishing II or equivalent experience. Enrollment by permission only. Three credits.

EN/W 399 Advanced Portfolio Workshop

English 399 is a capstone course for Creative Writing concentrators who want to work on longer creative projects (novel, memoir, collection of short stories, essays, or poems; or some combination thereof). The course will be run as a workshop class, with students submitting creative work in one (or more) of the three genres, to be read and critiqued by the faculty member and students. Students can expect to submit a minimum of 50 pages of prose or 30 pages of poetry or some equivalent of the two. Students will also be required give a final public reading of their work during the semester. Three credits. (Prerequisites: EN/W 302: Poetry II or EN/W 305: Fiction II or EN/W306: Nonfiction II) Three credits.