29 courses:
  • EN-302A

    Junior Seminar

    This seminar traces a single theme and kind of literature as it develops and changes over time while focusing on academic writing and critical approaches to literature. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission
  • EN-302B

    Sem:Lit.Criticism & Theory

    This seminar examines the history and practice of literary criticism and theory. Students will practice applying various theoretical approaches to several literary texts. Prerequisite: junior standing or instructor permission
  • EN-303

    Living Literature

    In Living Literature, students will read and write intensively about and in response to the work of five selected local authors who will visit campus and work directly with students. Authors will include novelists, poets, nonfiction writers, journalists, and dramatists. The texts chosen will focus on such themes as representations of disability; war and its aftermath; gender, race, and class issues; and family dynamics. Prerequisites: EN105, EN106, and EN211
  • EN-304


    Students will travel to a selected location such as London, Dublin, or Greece for intensive study of the literature and drama of that culture. The course includes guided tours of theatrical and literary sites and an in-depth study of a variety of literary works and plays in performance, as well as attendance at theatre performances and lectures and completion of assigned papers. Prerequisites: EN 105, EN 106
  • EN-305

    Major American Writers I

    An intense study of American culture and literary forms reflected in significant works by American writers. Relevant literary criticism and the potential impact of gender and race will be considered. Prerequisite: EN 105.
  • EN-305A

    Major American Writers II

    Through the study of significant works of literature by U.S. authors from Reconstruction to the present day, this course will explore realism, modernism, and postmodernism, and will consider the role of political and cultural upheavals, from suffragism to Civil Rights, as sources of creative impetus. Authors to be considered may include DuBois, Cather, Faulkner, Morrison, Kingston. This course need not be taken in sequence with
  • EN-306

    American Lit. Landscape

    This course features the exploration of one geographical region (place) as a contributing influence on American literature. The course will focus on one area, such as Boston and its environs, or one area as it relates to a literary movement, such as the Harlem Renaissance or Transcendentalism and Concord, MA. Prerequisites: EN 105, EN 106, or EN 211, or instructor permission
  • EN-309

    Post-Colonial Literature

    Students will explore postcolonial literature in English, primarily from Africa, India, and the West Indies. They will examine issues of colonization and decolonization, in addition to the historical contexts and the aesthetic and political challenges posed in texts by Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta, Ama Ata Aidoo, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Nadine Gordimer, J. M. Coetzee, Salman Rushdie, and V. S. Naipaul. Prerequisites: EN 105, EN 106, EN 211, or instructor permission
  • EN-311A


    This course offers a consideration of Shakespeare's plays using the lenses of law, justice, and politics. The course will include plays from several of Shakespeare's major dramatic genres. In addition to a close literary examination of the plays, students will consider issues of law, justice, and leadership that informed Shakespeare's work and help us grapple with the critical-and eternal-questions that still engage us today. Prerequisites: EN 105, EN 106
  • EN-312A

    Shakespeare:Hist & Tragedies

    Students will consider plays different from those discussed in EN 311A. The course may be themed to consider a particular genre or topic within Shakespeare studies. Prerequisites: EN 105, EN 106
  • EN-314

    Adv.Rhetoric:Art of Argument

    This advanced writing course focuses on the study of selected theories of argumentation as a means of improving students' abilities to understand, analyze, and create visual and written arguments. Students will begin with a brief review of the Aristotelian model of persuasion and then move on to an in-depth study of several forms of argument, including debate, satire, as well as the Toulmin and Rogerian models. By the end of this course, students will understand how to craft convincing, logical arguments for a variety of purposes and audiences. Prerequisites: EN 105, EN 106, EN 223
  • EN-315

    Victorian Literature

    A study of the poets and prose writers of the Victorian Period: Ruskin, Mill, Carlyle, Tennyson, the Brownings, Arnold, the Rossettis, Wilde and Swinburne. We consider literary production as it relates to the writers cultural and social milieu. Particular attention is given to the connection between literature and the arts. Prerequisite: EN 105.