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Monica Berlin

Professor & Chair of English

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Galesburg, IL 61401-4999

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ENG 101 College Writing I

Basic instruction in expository writing. Emphasis on identifying an audience, formulating a thesis, developing an argument, supporting the argument, marshaling evidence, citing authorities, answering possible objections. Students are asked to respond to and analyze a variety of texts and to critique each other's work. ENG 101 includes a brief review of grammar and punctuation. Offered annually, WI; Staff

ENG 102 College Writing II

Advanced instruction in expository writing. ENG 102 does not include a review of grammar and punctuation; it does include some library work and a research paper. The course is intended for all writers, weak or strong, who wish to improve their writing and research skills. W; Offered annually, SP; Staff

ENG 104 Writing Studio (1/2 or 1)

An introduction to the writing arts, this course will allow students to engage in creative practice through an exploration of techniques in craft. Students will learn how to generate and shape their writing, while experimenting with genre and elements of form. Specific offerings may vary from year to year, but all iterations will encourage students to develop a habit of practice, where the play of language can reshape familiar subjects or guide the writer toward new discoveries. ARTS; AC; Can be taken twice for credit; Usually offered annually; Staff

ENG 105 Reading Studio (1/2 or 1)

An introduction to literary close reading, this course explores foundational approaches to interpretation alongside literature�s demonstrated capacity to reflect social, political and cultural predicaments. Students will engage questions of ongoing human significance that arise through the process of reading. This course will foster a community of readers who will guide one another to read more confidently. It will encourage and stimulate readers to consider, construct, and defend original interpretations of text. Specific offerings may vary from year to year, but all iterations will examine literature through close reading strategies. HUM; IC; Can be taken twice for credit; Usually offered annually; Staff

ENG 120 The Literary Arts

Using a variety of literary texts from a range of voices, this course introduces students to craft, interpretation, and criticism. Readings include both historical and contemporary fiction and poetry, and at the instructor�s discretion, nonfiction, drama, or film. HUM; W; IC; Offered annually, usually every term; Staff

ENG 123 Foundations of Theatre and Drama

An introductory study of theatre as a collaborative art form, examining dramatic writing and theatrical production, and the process whereby scripts are translated into performance by theatre artists, and exploring theatre's capacity to reflect and promote social, political, and cultural change. HUM; Cross Listing: THTR 151; W; IC; J. Grace; E. Carlin Metz

ENG 124 Introduction to Film

This course introduces students to film as a distinct art form with its own language. Films selected represent a variety of cinematic movements or technical advances and are studied from historical, theoretical, and formal perspectives. HUM; Cross Listing: FILM 124; IC; Offered annually multiple terms; R. Smith; E. Anderson

ENG 125 The Bible in Literature

A focus on the Bible and its influence on Western historical and contemporary literature. Readings include selections from the Bible and literary texts on which the Bible has had an impact. Some attention is given to cultural, historical, and political contexts. The course will prepare students for more advanced study in writing, literature, and religious studies. HUM; Cross Listing: RELS 125; W; IC; Usually offered annually; G. Franco; C. Fitch

ENG 126 Environmental Literature, Film, and the Arts

This course builds on the premise that the natural environment is the �original text� that shapes all other texts, the model for interconnectivity and aesthetics. Selections of literature, film, visual art, and landscape may vary, but will consider the movement�s writers, artists, and pressing issues. HUM; Cross Listing: ENVS 126; IC; Usually offered alternate years; Staff

ENG 200 Reading Theories

Students will investigate the act of "reading," and by studying modes of interpretation, consider different critical approaches to reading texts. Integrating theory and practice, we test the usefulness of models provided by theoretical movements such as New Criticism, Feminist Criticism, Reader-Response, Deconstruction, Psychoanalysis, New Historicism, and Race and Queer Theories. These models will guide our analysis of literary and cultural texts. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ENG 105 or 120 or 125 or permission of the instructor; IC; Offered annually, usually multiple terms; R. Smith; E. Anderson; G. Franco; R. Biggie

ENG 201 Business and Technical Writing

The course is intended for any student wishing to improve written communication skills, but especially for those students who want to gain skills in writing clear and effective business-related prose. The course focuses on the business and technical writing skills necessary to communicate effectively in a variety of professional settings. Students analyze, evaluate, and create a variety of professional documents: letters, memos, resumes, reports, proposals, business plans, presentations, etc. Cross Listing: BUS 201;BUS 201;CTL 201; W; J. Haslem

ENG 202 Teaching Writing

The course is designed to provide students with a thorough understanding of the theory, practice, and pedagogy of writing. What defines good writing? How do we learn to write? What are the most effective ways to work with writers one-on-one and in the classroom? As we answer these questions, students learn not only how to effectively teach writing, but also how to improve their own writing. Cross Listing: CTL 202; W; J. Haslem

ENG 203 The Careful Editor

This course will acquaint you with the publishing industry. We will discuss how a manuscript travels from author to finished product and how that process is now changing. We will introduce you to the role of the editor and provide famous examples of editor and writer relationships. The course will also give you an opportunity to learn line-by-line editing skills, following The Chicago Manual of Style, while in the process honing your own writing skills. Usually offered alternate years; Staff

ENG 204 Genres and Forms

This course will introduce the concept of literary classification (genre) through the focused exploration of one particular species (form). Possible offerings may include Lyric Essay, the Ode, the Novella, etc. Students will learn to identify generic traits and to analyze forms (within a genre) by examining the evolution and workings of their internal design. Prerequisite(s): ENG 105 or 120 or 123 or 125 strongly recommended; sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; IC; Offered annually; Staff

ENG 205 Beginning Poetry Translation

Discussion of theory, contemporary practice, and student work, plus conferences with members of the language faculties. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): Proficiency in a language taught at Knox besides English; ENG 208 strongly recommended; AC, IC; Offered alternate years; G. Franco

ENG 206 Beginning Creative Nonfiction Writing

A seminar in the practice of creative nonfiction writing, through workshops and the examination of various forms. This course will foster opportunities to develop one�s voice through focused attention upon essential craft elements such as perspective, setting, narrative arc, etc. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): ENG 104 or 105 or 120 or 125 or permission of the instructor; W; AC; Offered annually, usually every term; M. Berlin; N. Regiacorte; C. Simpson; C. Fitch; B. Marzoni

ENG 207 Beginning Fiction Writing

A seminar in the practice of fiction writing, through workshops and the examination of various forms. This course will foster opportunities to develop one�s voice through focused attention upon essential craft elements such as character, setting, narrative strategies, etc. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): ENG 104 or 105 or 120 or 125 or permission of the instructor; W; AC; Usually offered every term; B. Tannert-Smith; C. Simpson; C. Fitch; S. Kiraly

ENG 208 Beginning Poetry Writing

A seminar in the practice of poetry writing, through workshops and the examination of various forms. This course will foster opportunities to develop one�s voice through focused attention upon essential craft elements such as image, syntax, cadence, line, etc. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): ENG 104 or 105 or 120 or 125 or permission of the instructor; W; AC; Offered annually, usually every term; M. Berlin; G. Franco; N. Regiacorte

ENG 209 Beginning Playwriting

A seminar in the practice of writing for the stage, through workshops and the examination of various forms. This course will foster opportunities to develop one�s voice through focused attention upon essential craft elements such as dialogue, dramatic action, writing for a collaborative medium, etc. ARTS; Prerequisite(s): THTR 151/ENG 123 or THTR 131 or ENG 207 or ENG 208; or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: THTR 209; W; AC; Offered annually, usually multiple terms; S. Kiraly

ENG 221 Gender and Literature

Emphasis is on the use of gender as a category of analysis by which to examine literary characters, styles, and techniques, as well as the circumstances and ideology of authors, readers, and the literary canon. HUM; Cross Listing: GWST 221; DV; M. Roy-Fequiere; staff

ENG 223 Introduction to Children's Literature

This course is designed to familiarize students with various types of children's literature, including folklore, modern fantasy, picture books and realistic fiction. Students will learn how to evaluate the literary standards and pluralistic character of the literature. Authors may include Nodelman, Park, Lowery, Pullman, Taylor and Feiffer. Prerequisite(s): ENG 105 or 120 or 125 strongly recommended; IC; Offered annually; B. Tannert-Smith

ENG 227 Introduction to Shakespeare

Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare's texts enthrall audiences and readers and have come to define great English literature. This course introduces students to Shakespeare's canon and to the historical, political, religious, and artistic contexts in which he wrote. Students read a range of Shakespeare's dramatic and non-dramatic work from across the scope of his career, including at least three of the four dramatic genres in which he wrote (comedy, tragedy, history, romance) and samples of his shorter or longer poetry. The course also considers Shakespeare's continuing relevance through modern film and stage adaptation. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ENG 105 or 120 or 123 or 125 or sophomore standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: THTR 281; IC; Usually offered annually; R. Biggie

ENG 231 American Literature: Inventing America

A survey of literature from colonization through the major authors of the mid-19th century. We examine the formation of an American literary tradition in the context of cultural, intellectual, political and economic developments. Authors may include de Vaca, Bradstreet, Edwards, Wheatley, Emerson, Melville, Dickinson, Stoddard, Brent, Douglass and Stowe. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ENG 105 or 120 or 125 strongly recommended; IC; Offered annually, usually FA; R. Smith

ENG 232 American Literature: Shaping New American Identities

A survey of literatures produced in the United States since the Civil War. We examine relationships between cultural and intellectual currents and the political, economic, and social development of the United States during this period, focusing particularly on race, gender and class as analytic categories. Authors may include Howells, Twain, Jewett, Chopin, Cather, Chesnutt, Fitzgerald, Pynchon, Cisneros, Morrison, Harjo, Gibson. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ENG 105 or 120 or 125 strongly recommended; IC; Offered annually, usually WI; R. Smith

ENG 233 African-American Literature

A survey of African-American literature from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. Major literary movements, major writers, and folk literature are studied in historical, cultural and purposive context. Consideration is given to the form and language of the literature, as well as to the question of cultural repression. HUM; Cross Listing: AFST 233; DV; IC; Offered alternate years; F. Hord

ENG 234 African and Black Caribbean Literature

A survey of twentieth-century African and Black Caribbean literature. After tracing the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century backgrounds of that literature, the Indigenism, Negritude, and Negrista movements are explored, including the interaction between African and Black Caribbean writers. Post-World War II writing includes emphasis on its increased visibility in the 1950s, and the art, nationalism/Pan-Africanism, and orality orientations since 1960; and the question of language. HUM; Cross Listing: AFST 234; F. Hord

ENG 235 African American Women Writers

A broad survey of the poetry, fiction, autobiographies and literary criticism of African American women. Beginning with late eighteenth-century poetry, we explore the themes and images of black women and men, language, settings and form of that literature. With African American women at the center of discourse speaking as subjects, we further examine the interlocking of gender, race, and class and the uniqueness of their experience as reflected in their literature, as well as how the historical context of internal colonialism has affected their voices. Alternate years. HUM; Cross Listing: AFST 235;GWST 235; DV; Offered alternate years; M. Roy-Fequiere

ENG 242 The Effects of Empire: Postcolonial Literatures

How do writers engage with or write back to European colonization? In this course, we will read literatures from Britain, Southeast Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific as we examine histories of conquest, enslavement, and subjugation that are at once deeply personal and resolutely political. As we explore issues like belonging, exile, nationalism, migration, and representation, we will also turn to the colonial and postcolonial theories of pivotal scholars like Edward Said, Franz Fanon, Homi Bhaba, Gayatri Spivak, Trinh T. Minh-ha, and Sara Suleri as frameworks for the consideration of colonial impact. Prerequisite(s): at least sophomore standing; at least one course in music, art, literature, political science or history. Concurrent course in the humanities, history, or social sciences recommended; DV; PI; Offered occasionally; R. Biggie; B. Marzoni

ENG 243 U.S. Latino Literature: Identity and Resistance

The course examines major works by U.S. Latino writers. We explore the themes of identity and resistance as they are developed in the poetry, fiction, theater and essays of Chicano and Puerto Rican authors. Taking as our starting point the cultural nationalist discourses developed by the Chicano writers in the late 1960s, we analyze Puerto Rican and Chicano critiques of the American ideal of the "melting pot." We see how poets, novelists and dramatists have grappled with questions regarding Spanish as a proud marker of identity, with the impossibility of the return to an ideal Island paradise, or to an "Aztlan." In addition, special attention is given to the discussion of gender dynamics as they are expressed in the literature and culture. M. Roy-Fequiere

ENG 245 Literature and Power

A study of the relationship between literature and power. This course will examine the cultural forces that influence the creation, circulation, and interpretation of texts. Specific offerings may vary from year to year, but in each incarnation, the course will examine literature through the lens of cultural diversity and power. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ENG 105 or 120 or 125 or 200; DV; IC; PI; Offered annually, usually multiple terms; Staff

ENG 245E

Through reading historical and contemporary literature, this course will explore how the experience of health, illness, and medicine is shaped by language into multiple acts of storytelling. We�ll be challenged in our understanding of patients and doctors, power and weakness, health and illness, body and mind. We�ll read accounts of how different cultures imagine health and healing. And we�ll investigate and imagine, through metaphor and fact, the meaning of embodied experience. This course is designed for students in literary studies and other Humanities disciplines, students in Health Studies or interested in health care, and any student who wants to be challenged to think about the humans at the heart of medicine. Meets HUM; DV; IC; PI; elective in English, and �cultural context of health� requirement in Health Studies minor.

ENG 247 Moral Life in Literature

Literature raises two different types of moral questions: those concerned with the moral parameters guiding the creative process and those dealing with the moral issues raised from within the literary work itself. This course examines both issues. Regarding the former, we ask: Must good literature be moral or can an accomplished work of art be immoral? If there are moral guidelines for the production of literature, what are they? Regarding the latter, we use literature to better understand particular moral issues. What, for example, can literature add to our understanding of friendship, courage, community and the pursuit of individuality? In short, how can novelists help us better understand the human good? Cross Listing: PHIL 247; IC; W. Young; B. Polite

ENG 248 Teaching Assistant (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff

ENG 251 English Literature: Clans to Colonization

A study of English literature in the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Emphasis is on literary works by early writers and the periods� pivotal transformations, such as the solidification of the English nation, the rise of humanist thought, and the breakthroughs of science and medicine. Students will read writers such as the Beowulf poet, Geoffrey Chaucer, Margery Kempe, Edmund Spenser, William Shakespeare, Aemilia Lanyer, John Donne, Margaret Cavendish, and John Milton alongside contemporaneous archival sources, including but not limited to bestiaries, religious treatises, and travelogues. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ENG 105 or 120 or 125 strongly recommended; IC; Usually offered annually, usually FA; R. Biggie

ENG 252 English Literature: Enlightenment to Empire

A study of English literature from the late 17th century through the end of the 19th century, with an emphasis on Restoration, Enlightenment, Romantic, and Victorian writers in their historical and cultural contexts. The course examines the development of literary styles and themes in light of political, social, religious, and philosophical movements, such as revolution and terror, the launch of modern science, the education of women and slaves, and the advent of the photograph. Readings may include Margaret Cavendish, Jonathan Swift, Eliza Haywood, William Blake, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley, Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and Oscar Wilde. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ENG 105 or 120 or 125 strongly recommended; IC; Usually offered annually, usually WI; G. Franco

ENG 253 Modernist Literature

In the 20th century a new artistic movement emerged that reconsidered art's meaning and purpose in a world that was changing quickly and drastically. Modernism transcended borders and challenged traditional moral, social, intellectual, and aesthetic values. Through a variety of representative readings from British, Irish, and American authors, we will consider the experiments and innovations of modernism as well as its relationship to social and historical contexts. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ENG 105 or 120 or 125 strongly recommended; IC; Usually offered annually, usually SP; B. Marzoni

ENG 261 Women and Film

This is a course examining the representation of women in the cinematic medium. We will especially focus on the intersection of two interpretive theories, psychoanalysis and feminism, and their multi-varied application to the literary text that is cinema, with particular interest in questions of dream, hysteria and transference. Prerequisites: ENG 124 or permission of instructor. Students need familiarity with basic film technique and history. HUM; Prerequisite(s): ENG 124 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: FILM 261;GWST 261; IC; PI; DV; Offered occasionally; R. Smith

ENG 263 Structure of the English Language (1/2)

This course investigates the English language, beginning with the theory and principles of syntactic analysis. Specifically, it analyzes the difference between real and apparent sentence structure. Ultimately, we will consider how an understanding of the history of the language can help us analyze literary texts more fully. Prerequisite(s): ENG 105 or 120 or 125 or sophomore standing; Offered during weeks 1-5; Offered alternate years; E. Anderson

ENG 264 History of the English Language (1/2)

This course investigates the history of English, specifically as a literary language. It traces English from its Indo-European roots to its contemporary manifestations around the world. Ultimately, we will consider how an understanding of the history of the language can help us analyze literary texts more fully. Prerequisite(s): ENG 105 or 120 or 125 or sophomore standing; Taught weeks 6-10; Offered alternate years; E. Anderson

ENG 270 The Mind of the Journalist: Newswriting and Reporting

This course introduces print journalism through an exploration of its mindset and fundamental forms. Writing- and reporting-intensive, it involves regular assignments for publication about local issues and events, with readings and class discussion. Focusing on Galesburg as a microcosm of reporting anywhere, students form the Knox News Team, meet with city officials and business leaders, and cover stories ranging from recycling to law enforcement to the arts. Articles are regularly printed in local daily and weekly newspapers and on-line venues. Topics include: story research; interviewing and developing a source; covering standard news beats; style and structure of news stories; fact-checking; meeting deadlines; journalism and the law. HUM; Cross Listing: JOUR 270; W; J. Dyer

ENG 275 Advanced Composition

Students will be given formal instruction in advanced composition with a particular emphasis on written argumentation as a part of the rhetorical tradition. Topics will include the history of rhetoric and its relevance today, particularly in terms of the written argument, recognizing and avoiding logical fallacies, the various ways to appeal to an audience, and writing as a way to construct knowledge. Cross Listing: CTL 275; W; J. Haslem

ENG 295 Special Topics (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of literature or related topics not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff

ENG 300L Library Research (.0)

This lab is a co- or prerequisite for certain 300-level courses in the English department (see course descriptions). It teaches the fundamental research strategies students will need in order to write informed and relevant literary criticism. Students learn to evaluate and cite sources, produce annotated bibliographies, and use the library's databases and resources to their fullest. Offered annually, usually every term; Staff

ENG 306 Creative Nonfiction Workshop

Intensive work in the reading and writing of creative nonfiction; workshops plus individual conferences. Prerequisite(s): ENG 206 or written permission of the instructor; May be taken three terms; O; W; Offered annually, multiple terms; N. Regiacorte; M. Berlin; C. Fitch

ENG 307 Fiction Workshop

Intensive work in the reading and writing of fiction; workshops plus individual conferences. Prerequisite(s): ENG 207 or written permission of the instructor; May be taken three terms; O; W; Offered annually, multiple terms; B. Tannert-Smith; C. Simpson; C. Fitch; S. Kiraly

ENG 308 Poetry Workshop

Intensive work in the reading and writing of poetry; workshops plus individual conferences. Prerequisite(s): ENG 208 or written permission of the instructor; May be taken three terms; O; W; Offered annually, multiple terms; M. Berlin; N. Regiacorte; G. Franco; B. Marzoni

ENG 309 Playwriting and Screenwriting Workshop

Intensive work in the writing of plays and film or television scripts; workshops and individual conferences. Prerequisite(s): ENG 209 or THTR 209 or written permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: THTR 309; W; May be taken three terms; Offered annually; S. Kiraly

ENG 311 Advanced Writing (1/2 or 1)

Individual projects in writing non-fiction, fiction, poetry, or drama. Conducted on a tutorial basis by members of the department. Prerequisite(s): Reserved for exceptional students, after consultation, and with written permission of the instructor; May be repeated for credit; O; W; Offered occasionally; Staff

ENG 320 Fairy Tale: Historical Roots and Cultural Development

Focusing mainly on the European fairy tale (Italian, French, German, English), the course seeks understanding of the genre's roots in early modern oral culture; of its transition to fashionable literary circles and to children's bookshelves; of its relationship to issues of class and gender; and of its psychological appeal. Some attention also given to modern and postmodern American and film treatments of the fairy tale. Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently; W; Offered occasionally; B. Tannert-Smith

ENG 323 Studies in Adolescent Literature

The course will consider the evolution of young adult literature as a literary genre and a consumer market using a variety of representative texts and critical approaches and with a specific focus on the ways in which this literature constructs and commodifies the adolescent experience. Authors may include J.D. Salinger, S.E. Hinton, Walter Dean Myers, David Levithan, and Laurie Halse Anderson. Prerequisite(s): ENG 223 and one other 200-level course in literature, film or theory. ENG 200 strongly recommended; Usually offered alternate years; B. Tannert-Smith

ENG 327 English Prosody

A methods course meant to attune students more fully to the dynamic and expressive music of the English language, chiefly in poems written between the 14th through the 21st century, but touching upon meters and rhythms in other contemporary media. Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory or junior standing, or permission of the instructor; Usually offered alternate years; N. Regiacorte

ENG 330 Chaucer

Focus on Chaucer's poetry (in the Middle English) with emphasis on The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde and on the cultural and literary contexts in which Chaucer wrote. We read selected Chaucerian sources as well as secondary sources on medieval life, customs, and culture. Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; W; Offered occasionally; Staff

ENG 331 Shakespeare: Histories and Comedies

Study of Shakespeare's histories and comedies with combined attention to the plays as rich poetry and as texts for performance. Some discussion of the plays in connection with selected critical essays on them, and some in-class analysis of scenes from filmed productions of the plays. HUM; Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: THTR 381; Offered alternate years; R. Biggie

ENG 332 Shakespeare: Tragedies and Romances

Study of Shakespeare's tragedies and romances with combined attention to the plays as rich poetry and as texts for performance. Some discussion of the plays in connection with selected critical essays on them, and some in-class analysis of scenes from filmed productions of the plays. HUM; Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: THTR 382; Offered alternate years; R. Biggie

ENG 334 Literary Criticism

This course is a highly focused workshop-seminar designed to facilitate the careful discussion of a few selected critical theories and their application to a range of literary and cultural texts. Theories discussed may include New Historicism, Feminist Criticism, Psychoanalysis, Deconstruction, and Queer Theory. The term culminates in a theory-based project on a topic of the student�s choosing. Prerequisite(s): ENG 200 and one additional 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; Usually offered alternate years; E. Anderson; G. Franco; R. Smith

ENG 335 Studies in American Romanticism

Specific offerings may vary from year to year. Individual topics of study may include "The American 'Renaissance' Revisited"; "American Women Writers of the 19th-Century"; "Literature and Moral Reform"; "Antebellum Poetics: Poe, Whitman, Dickinson". Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory (ENG 200 and ENG 231 strongly recommended) and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; W; Offered alternate years; R. Smith

ENG 336 Studies in the Literatures of America

A study of the proliferation of American literatures since 1860. Specific offerings vary from year to year but might include: "Fiction of the Gilded Age"; "The Rise of Naturalism"; "The Harlem Renaissance"; "Midwestern Literature"; "Multi-Ethnic Literatures of the United States"; "American Postmodernism"; and "American Gothic." Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory (ENG 200 and ENG 232 strongly recommended) and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; W; Offered alternate years; R. Smith

ENG 342 Renaissance Literature and Culture

Explores the crossover between a complex cultural issue from the 16th to 17th centuries and a set of literary and/or dramatic texts from the same period. Topics include: the racialized and gendered body; queer sexuality; travel and cross-cultural interactions; and reexaminations of anatomy and the natural world. Possible authors: Philip Sidney, Christopher Marlowe, Lady Mary Wroth, Elizabeth Cary, John Webster, Margaret Cavendish, and John Milton. Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory (ENG 200 and ENG 251 strongly recommended) and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; W; Usually offered alternate years; R. Biggie

ENG 343 Enlightenment Literature

This course traces the development of English literature from 1660-1789. It focuses on the evolution of the novel from its inception through realism and unreliability. Possible topics include the representation of woman as either "virgin" or "whore," the invention of fiction as a genre, and Enlightenment literature�s struggle with the Enlightenment ideals of equality, empiricism, and truth. Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory (ENG 200 and ENG 252 strongly recommended) and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; W; Offered alternate years; E. Anderson

ENG 344 Romantic Literature

This course traces the development of English literature from 1789-1837. Possible topics include Romantic obsessions with the monstrous and the unnatural, Gothic transgressive sexualities, controversies over female minds and bodies, the idealizing of colonized and enslaved populations towards the making of empire, the reimagining of religious language in aesthetic contexts, and theories of self, sublimity, and human consciousness. Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory (ENG 200 and ENG 252 strongly recommended) and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: RELS 344; W; Offered alternate years; G. Franco; E. Anderson

ENG 345 Victorian Literature

This course traces the development of English literature from 1837-1900. Possible topics include the evolution of the novel from the Gothic to high realism, the representation of women as "angels in the house," the development of irony and fin-de-siecle literature, and Victorian anxieties about religion, evolutionary science, and the abolition of slavery. Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory (ENG 200 and ENG 252 strongly recommended) and ENG 300L, which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; W; Offered alternate years; E. Anderson; G. Franco

ENG 346 Modern and/or Contemporary Poetry

A study of modern and contemporary poetry. Attention is directed toward various traditions and innovations in poetic art. Emphasis will vary, but may include consideration of specific authors, themes, movements, and trends in the field. Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory, or permission of the instructor; Usually offered alternate years; M. Berlin; N. Regiacorte; G. Franco

ENG 347 Modern and/or Contemporary Fiction

A study of modern and contemporary fiction. Attention is directed toward various traditions and innovations in narrative art as they reflect and incorporate shifting social, cultural, and aesthetic attitudes and values. Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory, or permission of the instructor; W; DV; Usually offered alternate years; B. Marzoni; C. Simpson

ENG 348 Teaching Assistant (1/2 or 1)

Prerequisite(s): Permission of instructor; May be graded S/U at instructor's discretion; Staff

ENG 351 World Theatre and Drama I: Greeks through the Renaissance

A study of the origins and evolution of drama and theatre beginning with Greece, Rome, and medieval Europe through Early Modern England, Italy, and France. Additional examination of the development of theatrical practice in Japan, China, and India. HUM; Prerequisite(s): At least one literature course (THTR 151/ENG 123 is preferred) and sophomore standing; or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: THTR 351; IC; J. Grace

ENG 352 World Theatre and Drama II: Restoration through World War I

A study of the developments of dramatic forms and major theatrical movements from Restoration era comedies (1660) through World War I. Additional examination of influences from nonwestern traditions. Focus placed on the theatre as a cultural, social, political, industrial, and economic institution. HUM; Prerequisite(s): at least one literature course (THTR 151/ENG 123 is preferred) and sophomore standing; or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: THTR 352; W; IC; E. Carlin Metz; J. Grace; staff

ENG 353 World Theatre and Drama III: 1915 to the Present

A study of the developments of dramatic forms and major theatrical movements throughout the world from 1915 to the present. The plays are discussed in their literary, cultural, social, political, and theatrical contexts. HUM; Prerequisite(s): at least one literature course (THTR 151/ENG 123 is preferred) and sophomore standing; or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: THTR 353; DV; IC; E. Carlin Metz; J. Grace

ENG 363 Film Theories

This course explores some of the main currents in film theory, which may include Formalist, Structuralist, Psychoanalytic, Feminist, or Poststructuralist approaches. Specific offerings vary from year to year. Possible topics include "Genre versus Auteur," "Psychoanalysis and Film," "Narrative of Film," "Experimental Film," and "Noir." HUM; Prerequisite(s): ENG 124 and one 200-level course in literature, film, or theory (ENG 200 recommended) and ENG 300L which may be taken concurrently, or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: FILM 363; Offered alternate years; R. Smith; E. Anderson

ENG 370 Feature Writing and Narrative Journalism

Students study the feature article, its distinguished history--including the birth of the Muckrakers at Knox College--and its alternative forms, including the underground press and "new journalism" beginning in the 1960s, narrative journalism, and online story-telling today. Students also produce professional quality feature stores, some in narrative journalism form, drawing on a broad range of communication skills, including critical thinking, reporting, research, writing and edition. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 270 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: JOUR 370; W; Staff

ENG 371 In-Depth Reporting

Passionate, fact-based investigative news stories can have a profound impact on society, as the history of McClure's Magazine and the Muckrakers demonstrates. In this course, students work in teams on locally based topics of national significance to produce a substantial investigative story of publishable quality. Students confer with subject-area mentors who provide guidance in research and understanding the technical, scientific or other specialized issues involved. The course will involve substantial background research and interviewing, in addition to writing a major investigative feature story. Prerequisite(s): JOUR 270 or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: JOUR 371; W; Staff

ENG 380 Studies in English and American Literature

Concentration on one or two English or American writers, or on a period or genre. Writers vary from term to term. HUM; Prerequisite(s): two 200-level courses in literature, film, or theory or permission of the instructor; May be repeated, with permission of the instructor; Offered annually, usually multiple terms; Staff

ENG 383 Women Playwrights

Analysis of the works of female playwrights who represent diversity in race, nationality, perspective, and style. A brief review of the evolution of feminisms is traced in order to identify the areas of thought and conflict that most influence the condition of the female writer and specifically the playwright. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: AFST 383;GWST 383;THTR 383; W; DV; E. Carlin Metz

ENG 384 American Drama and Theatre

This course is a survey of dramatic writing and theatrical expression in America. Close investigation placed on themes such as the American dream, the American family, and the struggle for racial, ethnic, economic, and sexual equality. Plays are discussed within particular social, historical, political, and artistic frameworks. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: THTR 384; J. Grace

ENG 386 Theatre and Society

A study of the relationship between theatre and society. This course examines a variety of plays and theatre practitioners and theoreticians, focusing on theatre's capacity to reflect and participate in social, political and cultural discourse. Specific topics vary from term to term. Prerequisite(s): junior standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: THTR 386; J. Grace; E. Carlin Metz

ENG 386C Musical Theatre History

This course will examine the history of American and European musical theatre from 1900 to the present. Students will examine dramatic writings and recorded performances from this period with emphasis placed on the social, cultural, and economic contexts in which the musicals were written and performed. Additionally, we will investigate trends in style that include composition, direction, and choreography. At the conclusion of this course, students will have an understanding of the development of musical theatre within particular social, historical, and artistic frameworks. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: THTR 386C; J. Grace

ENG 387 Studies in Dramatic Literature

Close examination of the work of a single playwright or theatre practitioner (such as Caryl Churchill or Bertolt Brecht), or of a period (e.g., Jacobean) or genre (e.g., tragedy). Prerequisite(s): junior standing or permission of the instructor; Cross Listing: THTR 387; J. Grace; E. Carlin Metz

ENG 394 Topics in Investigative Journalism

Topics vary from term to term as does the media platform in which the story or stories are told. Cross Listing: JOUR 374; Staff

ENG 395 Special Topics (1/2 or 1)

Courses offered occasionally to students in special areas of literature or related topics not covered in the usual curriculum. Staff

ENG 398 Senior Seminar for Literature Majors

The capstone seminar engages a key issue in contemporary literary studies. The seminar culminates in a conference where students present papers and answer audience questions. Prerequisite(s): senior standing; W; O; Offered annually, WI; R. Smith; E. Anderson; G. Franco; R. Biggie

ENG 399 Senior Portfolio for Writing Majors

The Senior Portfolio consists of two parts: an edited selection of the student's writing and an introduction of approximately twenty-five pages. Prerequisite(s): senior standing; Offered annually, SP; M. Berlin; N. Regiacorte; C. Fitch; C. Simpson

ENG 400 Advanced Studies (1/2 or 1)

See College Honors Program. Staff

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