Fall 2017

The following are the course numbers of the classes offered through the English Department (listed within The University Catalog under ENGL). Each number will send you to a brief description of the course, when available.

130EI 130I 203 220I 230 240
252 258I 260I 261I 264I 276
277 278 279 304 315 320
321 327 332 333 335 338Z
340 341 342Z 350I 353 355
364I 371 375 415 431 441
451 459 465 467 470 471
472 477 478 481

English 130EI: Academic Writing- English as Second Language

Instructor: Janet Clowser TR 2-3:15 p.m.

English 130I: Academic Writing

English 130I, “Academic Writing,” is a core General Education Foundation course (Area A2) that introduces you to the challenges of university level writing, reading, and critical thinking.  This course uses writing to develop your scholarly curiosity.  To do this, instructors focus on:

  • deepening your research skills,
  • developing your ability to read and respond to difficult texts, and,
  • most importantly, helping you through the writing process in a social, collaborative, revision-focused environment.

All writing-intensive GE courses require a minimum of 2,500 words, and students enrolled in English 130 or 130P must demonstrate the ability to criticize, analyze, and advocate ideas with persuasive force in writing. A grade of C- or better is needed to pass this course.

Depending on your instructor, the focus for research in English 130I varies. Your specific course may research issues in digital culture, identity, food, popular culture, or music, just to name a few of the options. The common thread among all sections is an inquiry-based approach to pursuing research questions that are interesting to students. 

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English 203: Shakespere in Film

Instructor: Erin Kelly W 4-6:50 p.m.

Shakespeare’s plays were originally performed on the public stage in Elizabethan and Jacobean London. Since then, they have been performed on stages around the world and adapted for the silver screen countless times. In English 203, we will engage with a range of film adaptations of Shakespeare’s work, exploring what Shakespeare has meant for different cultures and in different time periods. We’ll watch classics like Akira Kurosawa’s Throne of Blood and compare them to new films like the 2015 Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. The class includes tragedies, history plays, and comedies like Much Ado About Nothing (see image above from Joss Whedon’s 2012 version). In order to aid our discussions, students will read the texts of Shakespeare’s plays as well as shorter readings on film theory and terminology. We will think about how his texts work on the page, on the stage, and on the screen. Classes will be a mixture of lectures, discussions, and film viewings.


This course may be taken as an elective or to fulfill the General Education C1: Arts requirement. English 203 can be used to fulfill the Arts requirement within the Ethics, Justice & Policy Pathway or the Gender & Sexuality Studies Pathway.

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English 220I: Beginning Creative Writing

Instructor: Rob Davidson MWF 9-9:50 a.m. and M 4-5:50 p.m.

Instructor: Paul Eggers MWF 1-1:50 p.m., W 2-3:50 p.m., MWF 12-12:50 p.m., and M 2-3:50 p.m.

Instructor: Jeanne Clark TR 9:30-10:45 a.m. and W 2-3:50 p.m.

Instructor: Sarah Pape TR 12:30-1:45 p.m. and R 3:30-5:20 p.m.

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English 230: Introduction to Technical Writing

Instructor: Ayde Enriquez-Loya TR 3:30-4:45 p.m.

Our class mission is to write scientific and technical documents that will guide society to prepare for and rebuild after a Zombie Apocalypse. During such a natural disaster, this classroom becomes the space from which we interrogate the rhetorical systems of power and address multiple ethical concerns as we work together to rebuild society. Individual and group projects and major writing assignments will draw on various student majors to ensure society’s survival. (Prerequisites: ENGL 130 )
As part of the class, we will read and review the following materials:
1. Brooks, Max. The Zombie Survival Guide. New York: Three Rivers P, 2003.
2. Shaun of the Dead. Dir. Edward Wright. Universal Pictures. 2004
3. Zombieland. Dir. Ruben Fleischer. Columbia Pictures. 2009.
4. Nightmares in Red, White and Blue: The Evolution of the American Horror. Dir. Andrew Monument. Kino Lorber Films. 2011. (Netflix Documentary)
5. Zombie Preppers. Discovery Channel, 2013. (Documentary)
6. Zombies A Living History. Dir. David V. Nicholson. History Channel. 2011. (Documentary)

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English 240: Literature for Life

Instructor: Sandra Flake TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.

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English 252: American Indian Literature

Instructor: Sandra Flake TR 12:30-1:45 p.m.

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English 258I: World Literature

Instructor: Nathaniel Heggins Bryant TR 9:30-10:45 a.m. and MWF 11-11:50 a.m.

Interested in prisons? Know something about them but only in US contexts? Want to read some interesting non-Western literature written or about prison? This class will read about Soviet gulags in One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich; Latin American prisons (Pedro and the Captain; the Brazilian film Carandiru); Australian aboriginal boarding schools (Rabbit-Proof Fence); Middle Eastern women’s prisons (Woman at Point Zero); and North Korean penal labor colonies (Escape from Camp 14). We will methodically build towards one longer paper due at the end of the semester.

The course fulfills the following requirements: Humanities(C2); Global Cultures Course; Global Development Studies Pathway; GE Writing Intensive

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English 260I: Great Books

Instructor: TBD MWF 12-12:50 p.m.

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English 261I: Women Writers

Instructor: TBD TR 2-3:15 p.m.

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English 264I: American Ethnic and Regional Writers

Instructor: TBD TR 11-12:15 p.m.

Instructor: James Louis Melton MWF 2-2:50 p.m.

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English 276: Survey of Early British Literature

Instructor: Corey Sparks TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.

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English 277: Survey of Later British Lit

Instructor: Teresa Traver MWF 10-10:50 a.m.

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English 278: Survey of American Literature

Instructor: Aiping Zhang TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.

This course is a survey of early American literature. We will start the course with a quick look at the literature of the New World before the birth of American literature, from the Native American oral tradition to the letters of Columbus. Through a selected reading of various works, such as treatise, memoirs, autobiography, essay, poetry, and fiction, we will examine major literary movements, schools, and writers that have made key contributions to the emergence and development of what we call "American literature" today.

Required Texts

Nina Baym, ed., The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Vols. A & B, 9th edition.

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English 279: Survey of Later American Lit

Instructor: Matt Brown MWF 10-10:50 a.m.

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English 304: Comics and Graphic Novels: Images of Power, and the Power of Images

Instructor: John Traver TR 5-6:15 p.m.

“Comic books are definitely harmful to impressionable people, and most young people are impressionable…. I think Hitler was a beginner compared to the comic-book industry.  The time has come to legislate these books off the newsstands and out of the candy stores.”  (Frederic Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent, 1954)

Why are comics sometimes dismissed as low-brow   entertainment and merely “kids’ books?”  What could seem so threatening about comics in the 1950s that they would prompt school-sponsored comic book burnings, a police raid of a comic book company’s offices, and even televised Senate hearings?  Often feared for their “great power”—and criticized as shirking their “great responsibility”—comics have become a site of anxiety for existing power structures as comics seem to embody a threat to conventional prescriptions of art, morality, and society.  Despite their depiction of stereotypes and reflection of some accepted societal prejudices, comics offered an alternative to traditional forms of literacy and held direct appeal to immigrant communities.  Comics appealed not simply to a marginalized readership, but to the host of unconventional and talented creators who had often been excluded from more legitimized art forms.  In their early form as comic strips in newspapers or as comic books on the newsstands, to their later manifestations in trade paperbacks and webcomics, comics have tackled a range of social issues and enabled outsiders to challenge existing power structures through the power of word and image.  We’ll consider representative samples from both earlier and later comics and from a diversity of genres, ranging from horror, science fiction, romance, the western, comedy, realism, and yes—to super-heroes.

 Non-English majors are welcome to take this course!  The course also fulfills a “Late American Literature” requirement in the English Studies major or a “Later Literature” requirement in the Literature major.  Assignments should include the following:  a mid-term and a final; three papers; short writing assignments and/or Blackboard Learn postings; a group presentation; class participation.

Required texts should include the following:

Neil Gaiman and Kelley Jones.  The Sandman:  Dream Country.

Scott McCloud.  Making Comics.

Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.  Watchmen.

Osamu Tezuka.  Buddha, Vol. 4:  The Forest of Uruvela.

Jeff Smith.  Bone (volume TBA).

Marjane Satrapi.  Persepolis:  The Story of a Childhood.

Chris Ware. Jimmy Corrigan:  The Smartest Kid on Earth.

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English 315: Intro to Literary Edit/Publish

Instructor: Sarah Pape TR 2-3:15 p.m., T 3:30-4:45 p.m.

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English 320: Poetry Writing

Instructor: Jeanne Clark TR 2-3:15 p.m., W 12-1:50

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English 321: Fiction Writing

Instructor: Rob Davidson MWF 10-10:50 a.m., W 2-3:50 p.m.

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English 327: Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Paul Eggers MWF 11-11:50 a.m., W 4-5:50 p.m.

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English 332: Intro to Literacy Studies

Instructor: Kim Jaxon T 5-7:50 p.m.

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English 333: Advanced Composition for Future Teachers

Instructor: Kim Jaxon MW 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Instructor: Peter Kittle TR 12:30-1:45 p.m

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English 335: Rhetoric and Writing

Instructor: Kendall Leon TR 11-12:15 p.m. and TR 12:30-1:45 p.m.

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English 338Z: Environmental Rhetoric

Instructor: Laura Sparks TR 9:30-10:45 a.m. and TR 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Instructor: Ayde Enriquez-Loya TR 11-12:15 p.m.

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English 340: Approaches to Literary Genres

Instructor: Corey Sparks TR 11-12:15 a.m.

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English 341: Reading Literature for Future Teachers

Instructor: Kim Jaxon MW 4-5:15 p.m. and TR 12:30-1:45 p.m.

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English 342Z: Literature of the Child

Instructor: Teresa Traver MWF 11-11:50 a.m.

Instructor: Heather Fisher MW 5:30-6:45 p.m.

Instructor: Heather Fisher TR 9:30-1-:45 a.m.

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English 350I: Science, Technology, and Literature

Instructor: Matt Brown MWF 9-9:50 a.m.

Instructor: Kelly Candelaria MW 4-5:15 p.m. and TR 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Science fiction has a way of asking us difficult questions as a society.  In our section of Science, Technology and Fiction we will consider these issues by looking through four themes:  Dystopian Worlds; Time Travel; Apocalyptic Events; and Aliens, Monsters, and Zombies. Be ready to join other worlds that have something to say about ours. Texts and movies to be discussed include:  Kindred by Octavia Butler; “The Langoliers” by Stephen King; I am Legend; The Terminator;  and The Road by Cormac McCarthy.   

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English 353: Multicultural Literature

Instructor: Nathaniel Heggins Bryant TR 12:30-1:45

This class will examine literature produced by indigenous writers from the Americas (Canada, the US, and Latin America) and Oceania (Australia and New Zealand). In reading these texts, we will consider the history of colonialism and neocolonialism on indigenous communities, study the often violent processes of cultural assimilation and deracination faced by these communities, and chart out various forms of resistance to these forms, including current cultural revitalization projects. The class will engage in a semester-long public bibliography project contextualizing the relationships between indigenous communities, to be started and maintained online.  

The class counts for: Upper Division; Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UDC); Global Development Studies Pathway; U.S. Diversity Course. 

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English 355: Bible, Literature, and Culture

Instructor: John Traver TR 12:30-1:45 p.m.

Why do President Obama’s speeches positively reference a “brother’s keeper?”  Why does the narrator of Moby Dick want to be called “Ishmael?” In John Milton’s Paradise Lost, how much of the “story” is of his own invention? To answer such questions, readers need a shared familiarity with the Bible that many writers and thinkers have taken for granted.

This course will provide you with a working knowledge of the structure and themes of the Bible to help you recognize allusions and perceive its influence on the shape of English literature and the broader culture; we’ll look at the Bible alongside examples of the texts it has influenced. We’ll also examine the genres and literary qualities of the Bible itself, such as its use of symbols, typology, repetition, acrostics, and even puns! Our goals are to have a greater appreciation of the Bible as a work of literature in itself and to understand its profound effect on the shape of subsequent literature and culture.

Note that this class fulfills either the genre or period requirement for the English major, or serve as an upper-division arts and humanities GE requirement in the EJP pathway.  All levels of familiarity with the Bible are welcome (from none, to knowledgeable).  We will be reading in translation selections from the Hebrew Bible (or “Old Testament”), the New Testament, and the deuterocanonical works (or “Apocrypha”). 

Texts will probably include:

Robert Crumb.  The Book of Genesis Illustrated.

Ed. Herbert Marks.  The English Bible:  King James Version.  The Old Testament.  Norton Critical Edition.

Ed. Gerald Hammond and Austin Busch.  The English Bible:  King James Version.  The New Testament and the Apocrypha.  Norton Critical Edition.

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English 364I: American Ethnic and Regional Literature in Focus

Asian American Literature

Instructor: Aiping Zhang TR 2-3:00 p.m.

This course is intended as an in-depth study of Asian American literature. It will touch upon various traditions and issues of Asian American experience in literature. We will explore early and contemporary novels, short stories, and plays by writers of different gender, ethnicity, and culture. While giving major Asian groups --- Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Filipino, and Indian --- particular attention, this course seeks to present the larger Asian American literary and intellectual landscape. Also, we will try to examine how key elements in novel writing, such as motif, character, plot, voice, time, setting, and objects, enhance the thematic significance and the stylistic richness of a text. The purpose is to develop our analytical skills through the reading of the chosen texts and the comparisons to mainstream writers. Students will be encouraged to share their thoughts and experiences in group activities and classroom discussions.

This is an approved Writing Intensive course for the Diversity Pathway in General Education and the US Diversity requirement.

Chicano Literature

Instructor: Ayde Enriquez- Loya TR 3:30-4:45 p.m.

African American Literature: Queer African American Narratives

Instructor: Nathaniel Heggins Bryant MW 5-6:15 p.m.

What historical issues have motivated Black Lives Matter to foreground the presence and work of queer people within the African American community? Why is Barry Jenkins’s 2017 Best Picture Oscar Award winner Moonlight so important for film—not just for African American or queer cinema, but for film itself? How might Afrofuturist queer science fiction help us to examine and interrogate issues of heteronormativity, reproductive rights, and colonialism? This class will create a broader context and genealogy for these issues and others by examining a variety of work by LGBTQ African American writers and filmmakers who have navigated the complicated intersections of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability. Writers under examination may include Nella Larsen, James Baldwin, Octavia Butler, Audre Lorde, and others, and will include the films Moonlight and Pariah

This course satisfies the following general education requirements: Upper-Division Arts/Humanities (UD-C); Diversity Studies Pathway; U.S. Diversity Course; GE Writing Intensive. Counts for Multicultural & Gender Studies majors and minors in MCGS, Sexual Diversity Studies, and African American Studies.

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English 371: Principles of Language

Instructor: Ela Thurgood MWF 2-2:50 p.m.

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English 375: Introduction to English Grammar

Instructor: Sara Trechter T 3:30-4:20 p.m.

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English 415: Editing Literary Magazines

Instructor: Sarah Pape TR 9:30-10:45 a.m., T 11-12:15 p.m.

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English 431: Theory/ Practice in Tutor Composition

Instructor: Chris Fosen TR 2-3:15 p.m., T 11-12:15 p.m.

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English 441: Shakespeare

Instructor: Erin Kelly TR 2-3:15 p.m.

Whether you are a lover of the Bard or are suffering from Shakespeare-phobia, ENGL 441 is the course for you. Shakespeare’s plays were originally living, breathing moments of popular entertainment, and we will cast aside centuries’ worth of stuffiness and difficulty to experience the plays anew.

English 441 is an introduction to the plays of William Shakespeare. We will read plays from all four dramatic genres – comedy, history, tragedy and romance. In this course, we will focus on Shakespeare in theatrical performance, learning the conventions and conditions of performance in Renaissance playhouses, watching excerpts of modern theatrical productions, and performing scenes in class. Through this approach, we will discuss how Shakespeare works within and against the conventions of dramatic genres and consider the variety of ways that these plays can be presented on stage. Students who plan of teaching high school will leave ENGL 441 with notes for future lesson plans. Every student will have the opportunity to put their own voice in conversation with other critics in the final term paper, and those students who plan on applying to graduate school will leave with a good writing sample option.

This is an approved Writing Proficiency course. This course is also an approved GE capstone substitute; please contact Matt Brown or Peter Kittle with any questions. Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent); ENGL 276, ENGL 340.

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English 451: Modern Poetry

Instructor: Jeanne Clark TR 12:30-1:45 p.m.

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English 459: Later American Literature

Instructor: Aiping Zhang TR 11-12:15 p.m.

This course will introduce you to the major issues, themes, and genres in American literature between the end of the Civil War and World War II. Through selected and in-depth readings, we will examine the major literary movements, schools and inventions, such as Realism, Naturalism, and Modernism, with which the writers on our reading list were involved, and find out how they redefined, enriched and expanded both the "myth" and the literary canon of America.

Group presentations/activities will be organized to encourage students' participation in discussion.


Willa Cather, My Antonia

Theodore Dreiser, Sister Carrie

Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward

Henry Adams, The Education of Henry Adams

Gertrude Stein, Three Lives

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury

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English 465: American Literary Topics

Instructor: Matt Brown MWF 12-12:50 p.m.

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English 467: Teaching Multicultural Literature

Instructor: Tracy Butts TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.

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English 470: Second Language Acquisition

Instructor: Ela Thurgood MWF 1-1:50 p.m.

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English 471: Intensive Theory and Practice of Second Language Acquisition

Instructor: Ela Thurgood MWF 12-12:50 p.m.

Instructor: Sara Trechter TR 11-12:15 p.m.and TR 2-3:15 p.m.

Instructor: Saundra Wright Online

Instructor: TBD TR 8-9:15 a.m., and W 4-6:50 p.m., TR 12:30-1:45 p.m.

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English 472: Pedagogical Grammar

Instructor: Ela Thurgood MWF 9-9:50 a.m.

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English 477: Semantics: Language and Meaning

Instructor: Saundra Wright MWF 10-10:50 a.m.

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English 478: Approaches to Reading

Instructor: Peter Kittle TR 11-12:15 p.m.

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English 481: Sociolinguistics

Instructor: Sara Trechter TR 9:30-10:45 a.m.

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