Registration for Spring 2018 will open on November 13, 2017 

We thought that you might like to see descriptions of a few of the courses we are offering.  Please make return visits to this site as changes are often made to course details.  If one or more of these descriptions catch your eye and you would like to register for them, please go to to see if they fit into your schedule.


ENGL 200X/F01  World Literature: Animals

Komodo dragons, Tasmanian devils, polar bears, giant squid, blue whales, emperor penguins, domestic dogs, and gastric brooding frogs.  As this list indicates, the world is inhabited by an array of fascinating--and sometimes dangerous--animals.  If scientists have studied these animals, attempting to discover what they thin, what they feel, how they behave, and how the perceive the world, then so have authors of literature.  This semester, we'll explore representations of animals in an array of literary works from a variety of mediums.  We'll begin in the Middle East with One Thousand and One Nights, a collection of folk tales.  And we'll conclude in the Arctic with Never Alone, a video game.  Along the way, we'll visit Chile, Canada (by way of Trinidad), New Zealand, and Australia, examining Pablo Neruda's poems, Andre Alexis's novel Fifteen Dogs, Niki Caro's film Whale Rider, and Evie Wyld's graphic memoir, Everything is Teeth.  Instructor: Jennifer Schell  MWF  9:15a-10:15a  GRUE 206

 ENGL 200X/FH1  World Literature  

We will read a selection of Nobel Prize in Literature winners from the past 50 years, as a cross-section of what has been widely valued in world literature over that span.  We will reach backwards from Kazio Ishiguro and Bob Dylan to Lessing, Gordimer, Heaney, Morrison, Marquez, Neruda, and Beckett, trying to understand both the range of their cultural materials and the ethical concerns that they share.  Instructor: Eric Heyne  MWF  11:45a-12:45p  GRUE 301 

ENGL 307/F01  Survey of American Literature: Civil War to the Present: Environmental Imagination

Rachel Carson might have launched the modern environmental movement in 1962 with the publication of Silent Spring.  She was neither the first nor the last American author to tackle such issues, however.  This semester we will study the development of the American environmental imagination between 1865 and 2017, a period which witnessed dramatic changes to many, if not most, American ecosystems.  As we will see, authors from diverse backgrounds felt compelled to respond to these changes.  As they did so, they adopted myriad styles, perspectives, and approaches to their material.  Thus, among other things, our readings will include John Muir's nonfiction, Mary Tall Mountain's poetry, Octavia Butler's science fiction, and a little be of everything in between.  Instructor: Jennfer Schell   MWF  2:15p-3:15p   DUCK 354

ENGL 310/F01  Literary Criticism

 Have you ever asked yourself what it means to be a literary critic?  Or what relationship literary criticism has to your writing?  Join us this semester as we try to answer these questions and many more.  Throughout the course, we'll explore the development of literary criticism over time, discussing different ways of reading and understanding texts.  We'll also talk about some of the more current schools of thought developed by scholars interested in cultural and environmental studies.  And we'll discuss strategies for working with literary criticism in your own research-based writing.  Instructor: Jennifer Schell   MWF   10:30a-11:30a  DUCK 354.

ENGL 420/F01  St. Medieval & 16th Century British Literature: Monstrosity and Otherness in Medieval Literature

This course examines the depictions and constructions of monstrosity and otherness in the Middle Ages.  Using primarily medieval English texts, select works from the continent, and ancient and biblical sources, the course will explore the literary presentations of monsters, foreign and marginalized peoples, and legendary races and beings and how these presentations develop and are portrayed in different time periods and contexts.  Topics explored include medieval perceptions of religion, masculinity and femininity, race, war, and social expectations.  In addition to examining a selection of influential texts across a range of literary genres, students consider the way historical and cultural occurrences and concerns are reflected in these primary texts.  Major genres will include travel literature, Saints' Lives, catalogs of women, and Crusade literature.  Instructor: Eileen Harney.  Tues/Thurs 2:00-3:30  DUCK 352 

ENGL/FLPA 427/F01 Topics in Film Studies: Film Noir

This course will explore the dynamics of one of America's most popular and influential firm phenomenon.  We will look at the question of genre versus style and the relationship to the social milieu and popular culture.  We will discuss the theory of genre as well as the employment of technical and psychological conventions as we watch and analyze American cinema from 1940 to 1959.  Instructor: James Ruppert  M 3:30-6:00p  and  W 3:30-5:00p  Schble Aud.

ENGL 465/F01 Genre: Contemporary Science Fiction

Who are the best science fiction writers of the 21st century?  What contemporary political or scientific topics are they interested in extrapolating about?  What modes (utopian/dystopian, socially progressive, techno-flashy, borderline-fantasy, alternate history, "hard" science-y) seem to be popular these days and why?  We'll rad novels and short stories, and talk about a few movies and television shows, working towards a rigorous critical and pop-cultural understanding of SF in English in 2018.  Instructor: Eric Heyne  Tues/Thurs  2:00-3:30p  EIEL 304

ENGL 612/F01: Studies in American Literature after 1918: The Paranoid Novel

We will read such novels as Invisible Man, Catch-22, The Crying of Lot 49, Expensive People, The Man in the High Castle, Libra, and The Handmaid's Tale as literary explorations of what Richard Hofstadter called "The Paranoid Style in American Politics."  We will examine clinical, literary, and popular notions of paranoia as we discuss how 20th-century North American writers have used that concept to explore race, gender, war, alternate worlds, and other challenges to our sense of a shared stable reality.  Instructor: Eric Heyne  Wed  2:15-5:15p  GRUE 204

ENGL/ACNS 620/FE1:  Images of the North: Circumpolar Cinema

We will explore the cinema of a variety of circumpolar countries.  We will discuss the aesthetic responses to the Arctic as man's confrontation with nature and with self become narrative and visual.  We will look at historical cinematic examples as well as contemporary.  I hope that we can also compile a bibliographic text to document our research and thinking.  Instructor: James Ruppert  Tues.  6:00-9:00p  GRUE 412











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