Spring 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.

130I 130PI 203 220I 240 252
  258I 260 261 264I 276
277 278 279 320 321 327
332 333 335 338Z 340 341
342 342I 350I 353 354 356
364I 371 375 415 420 421
431 441 450 461 462 464
470 471 474 475    

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 130PI: Academic Writing

Please note: English 130PI is not offered every semester.

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: Shakespeare On 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. 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.

Our readings and viewings will include Henry V (Kenneth Branagh), Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon), Romeo & Juliet (Baz Luhrmann), and King Lear (Akira Kurosawa’s Ran).

This course may be taken as an elective or to fulfill the General Education arts requirement.  

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English 220I: Beginning Creative Writing

Professor: Anna Moore

Professor: Paul Eggers

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English 240: Literature of Life

Professor: Marta Shaffer TR 2- 3:15 p.m.

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English 252: American Indian Literature

Professor: Heather Fisher TR 9:30- 10:45 a.m.

With the Dakota pipeline protests in current conversation and with local proximity to active reservations, wouldn’t it be interesting and extremely relevant to have a deeper understanding of the literature of the indigenous people of the United States?  This course will examine a complex array of American Indian literature, including novels by Sherman Alexie, Louise Erdrich, and Leslie Marmon Silko, poetry by newcomer Natalie Diaz, a myriad of tribal legends representing geographic and tribal diversity, and nonfiction, including excerpts from Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee and The Ecological Indian.  Guest speakers from the Maidu nation and local anthropologists, as well as a potential field trip to the area where Ishi, the last Yahi Indian in the U.S., lived, cap the experience.

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English 258I: World Literature

Professor: Rob Burton TR 9:30- 10:45 a.m.

English 258 uses various technology tools (such as Blogs and PowerPoints) as a way of encouraging students to discuss and write about contemporary world authors such as Kukrit Pramoj (Thailand) and Nawal el Saadawi (Egypt). It is a Writing Intensive (WI) course in the Global Development Pathway (Area C-2). 

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English 260: Great Books

Professor: Athena Murphy MWF 12- 12:50 p.m.

This course will explore humor as a mode of social critique in literature and popular culture. Course texts likely to include works by Mark Twain, Kurt Vonnegut, and Paul Beatty.

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English 261: Women in Hip Hop (Women Writers)

Professor: Kelly Candelaria MW 4- 5:15 p.m.

In the last decade there has been a resurgence of Dystopian Literature. This rise has been led by women authors and their heroines. Through these novels, that have greatly influenced pop culture, we find an interesting focus on the growth of these heroines, their personal agency and political power, and how they are breaking away from traditional gender roles. ENGL 261 will focus on the ways women writers are influencing women and how we are shifting to a stronger, more powerful role in our society through the pages of dystopian literature. By looking through theoretical lenses and the characters in the novels, we will consider how these narratives are breaking all of the rules when it comes to gender constraints.

We will watch films like the Hunger Games and Divergent Series.  This class is M&W from 4 to 5:15.  It counts as C2 (Humanities) and it is a pathway course under Gender and Sexuality Studies.

I'd love for you to join me!


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English 264I: Amer Eth/Reg Writers-WI

Section 1: Professor: Nathaniel Heggins Bryant MWF 9- 9:50 a.m.

This course is designed to introduce students to questions of race and ethnicity as they are handled in sci-fi and speculative fiction novels produced by different writers of color. We will read recent fiction that deals with time travel, alternative futures, historical curses, and near-future apocalypses to think about how history and social contexts are vitally important in the shaping of this fiction. In other words, we will examine how contemporary science fiction writers respond to social environments, particularly regarding race, ethnicity, class, and gender.  The course will stress close reading and textual analysis as the basis for argumentation, and historical research into the social contexts of these works will serve as a constitutive part of the course work as well. The novels to be read may include Octavia Butler’s Parable of the Sower; Sherman Alexie’s Flight; and Sesshu Foster’s Atomik Aztex. They will be supplemented with critical essays and films, including Alex Rivera’s Sleep Dealer and Neill Blomkamp’s Elysium.

Section 2: Professor: Aiping Zhang TR 9:30- 10:45 a.m.

This course is going to be a study of ethnic literature only. It is not designed to give any coverage of regional literature. Three goals will guide the lectures, reading assignments and quizzes in this course; first, to give a detailed critical reading of a representative set of great novels and stories written by Native American, African American, Asian American and Chicano writers; second, to connect these novels and stories into the broader issues of American culture and the deeper traditions of the mainstream American fiction writing; third, to define a basic set of literary terms such as motif, character, plot, voice, time, setting and objects.


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


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English 276: Survey of Early British Lit

Professor: John Traver MWF 2- 2:50 p.m.

“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested.”  -Sir Francis Bacon

This course provides you with a full-course meal of British literature.  We will survey the development of British literature, beginning with the Medieval period (with works such as Beowulf and The Canterbury Tales), continuing through the Renaissance and early Seventeenth Century (with authors such as Shakespeare and Donne), and concluding our repast with the Restoration and Eighteenth Century (with works such as Pope’s The Rape of the Lock and Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels).  In order to survey such a wide-spanning period of history, our pace will have to be fast (i.e., a lot of texts will be “tasted” or hastily “swallowed”).  As a result, you will not only discover how British literary traditions develop over time, but also be introduced to a variety of delectable texts for future periods of digestion.

Assignments will include the following:  a mid-term examination and a final; journals and Blackboard postings; a group presentation; poetry memorization; quizzes.

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English 277: Survey of Later British Lit

Professor: Teresa Traver TR 11- 12:15 p.m.

This course provides an overview of two centuries of literature, from the Romantic era to the dawn of the twenty-first century. We will also explore the historical and cultural contexts that shaped the literature of these time periods. Readings will include poetry, non-fiction prose, drama, and both short and long fiction. Note: In this class, rather than writing one or two “major” papers, you will produce a series of public blog posts in response to specific prompts. Assignments also include in-class writing assignments, a mid-term and a final exam. Class participation and attendance are essential.

Required Texts: (Subject to change) Broadview Anthology of British Literature Concise Edition Volume B; The Longman’s edition of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey; E.M. Forster’s Passage to India.

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English 278: Survey of Early American Lit

Professor: Matthew Brown MWF 1- 1:50 p.m.

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English 279: Survey of Later American Lit

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

This course is a survey of American literature between the end of the Civil War and the start of the Jazz Age. We will start the course with an overview of the historical and cultural context in which American literature transformed itself through a series of major literary experiments. By reading representative texts in various genres, we will study a very diverse group of authors who made key contributions to the development of the “Local Color” Writing, Native American Folklore, Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, Lost Generation, and African American literature during this period. Group presentations will be organized to encourage the students' participation in discussion.

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English 320: Poetry Writing

Professor: Jeanne Clark TR 11- 12:15 p.m. and W 2- 3:50 p.m.

One breath taken completely; one poem, fully written, fully read - in such a moment, anything can happen.

—      Jane Hirshfield (Nine Gates: Entering the Mind of Poetry)


The aim of this course is to make you a better writer of poetry by making you a better reader of poetry.  Reading poetry—and writing it—is a matter of paying attention, of being alive to the possibilities of language, of learning to appreciate craft, and allowing the poem to be what it wants to be, and all it can be, in combining and reacting with the speaker’s sensibility.  You will read poems by both established and up-and-coming poets, representing a wide constellation of voices, approaches, and subjects. 


Each week you’ll complete a poem draft—writing (or rewriting) a poem in response to an instructor prompt.  We’ll read poems—yours and those of well-known and emerging poets—and talk about what we find there in terms of news and craft.  We’ll experiment with revision and talk about the art of submitting work for publication.  Some of the scheduled class periods will be devoted to reading and to craft issues, and some will be devoted to “workshopping” your poems.  The “fifth hour” will be used for alternative activities, both individual and small group activities rather than whole class meetings: visiting art galleries, sauntering through woodlands, talking with visiting writers about writing and the writing life, and so on.


Questions?  Contact Jeanne E. Clark (ARTS 252), jeclark2@csuchico.edu

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English 321: Fiction Writing

Instructor: Paul Eggers MWF 11- 11:50 and M 4- 5:50 p.m.

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English 327: Creative Nonfiction

Instructor: Robert Davidson MWF 12- 12:50 p.m. and W 4- 5:50 p.m.

English 327, Creative Nonfiction, is an intensive workshop-based course in the writing of the literary nonfiction essay. You will be asked to write literary work in this class (i.e., work that is serious, ambitious, well-crafted, contemporary, adult-oriented, emotionally engaging, and so forth). Work that does not aspire to the literary is outside the domain of this class. We shall study writing techniques and craft by reading each other’s work and by studying the work of established authors. Expect to do a lot of writing and revision.

This course is specifically designed with the short essay in mind. For the purposes of this class, we will define a short essay as a self-contained nonfiction prose narrative that does not exceed 5,000 words (about twenty double-spaced pages). Longer essays, including chapters from longer works that cannot be read as stand-alone essays, are outside the domain of this class.

Required Texts (subject to change): Roorbach, Bill, ed. Contemporary Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Truth. New York: Oxford UP, 2001. [ISBN 978-0195135565]

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English 332: Intro to Literacy Studies

Professor: Kendall Leon TR 9:30- 10:45 a.m.

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English 333: Adv. Comp. for Future Teachers

Professor: Sarah Pape TR 12:30- 1:45 p.m. and TR 9:30- 10:45 a.m.

Professor: Kelly Candelaria Online

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English 335: Rhetoric and Writing

Professor: Ayde Enriquez- Loya TR 11- 12:15 p.m. and TR 2- 3:15 p.m.

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English 338Z: Environmental Rhetoric

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

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English 340: Approaches to Literary Genres

Professor: John Traver MWF 12- 12:50 p.m.

This course introduces you to several literary genres (fiction, poetry, and drama) and provides you with a set of analytical skills and strategies for interpreting literary texts.  You will learn to recognize common genre conventions, as well as how skilled authors may work within (or even defy) these conventions in ways which surprise us.  You will also become familiar with common literary terminology and learn how to construct an effective literary argument.

Note:  because this course provides important preparation for the English major, it will involve a number of assignments.  Assignments will include the following:  a midterm and a final; two papers; shorter writing assignments (such as postings on Blackboard); quizzes; memorization of one poem of your choice; class participation.

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English 341: Reading Lit for Future Teachers

Professor: Peter Kittle T 9:30- 10:40 a.m.

Professor: Anna Moore Online

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English 342Z: Literature of the Child

Section 1 and 2: Professor: Teresa Traver TR 2- 3:15 p.m. and 3:30- 4:45 p.m.

Literature of the Child is an introduction to literature written for or about children.  Our readings draw from three centuries of literary depictions of children. Some of the questions we’ll pose include: what is the purpose of children’s literature? Why are children depicted the way they are in literature? What kinds of things does this literature suggest about the role of the developing child in relation to the family, the local community, the environment, and the wider world? Assignments include two papers with multiple drafts, frequent journal entries, oral presentations, a midterm and a final exam. This class provides capstone credit for the Health and Wellness pathway.

Required Texts: (Subject to change): J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan; Mildred Taylor’s Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Francis Hodgson Burnett’s The Secret Garden; Judie Blume’s Are You There God? It’s me, Margaret; and R.J. Palacio’s Wonder.

Section 3: Professor: Heather Fisher TR 8- 9:15 a.m.

We should respect the present hour, the present day. How will the child be able to live tomorrow if we don`t let him/ her live today conscientiously and responsibly?  We shouldn`t neglect them, restrict their present life by reference to the future, we shouldn’t hurry or hurt them. We should respect every moment of their life, because it passes by and will not be repeated; and we should take every moment seriously. When it is not taken seriously it leaves a wound, when it is lost it leaves a bad reminiscence. Let the children enjoy in an unconcerned and trusting way the joy of the early morning. This is how the child likes it.

--Januz Korczak, “How to Love a Child”


If you intend to work with children--or you like children--or you have a plan at some point in the distant future to have a child--or you want to work with people who once were children--do not miss this class!  We will look at such fascinating questions as, why is it, that so many works of literature for the child feature the child as an orphan?  What is the purpose of creating a fantasy world for and of the child?  How does good children’s literature depict the inner life of the child?  Why do personified animals so frequently appear in children’s works, and what does this mean?  How are they metaphoric for the lives of children and adults?  How does the adult author’s construct of the child’s world affect readers of any age and our overall vision of childhood?  What are the physical, emotional, and spiritual “structures” of childhood, and how are they created, upheld, and bent by literature?  We will be reading text such as Peter Pan, Bridge to Terabithia, The Glass Castle, and My Family and Other Animals, as well as seeing a couple of films that engage the question, what is the inner life of the child, and how do adults convey it in literature?  

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English 350I: Science, Technology and Lit

Section 1 Professor: Matthew Brown MWF 11- 11:50 a.m.

Section 2 Professor: Nathan Heggins Bryant TR 8- 9:15 a.m.

This course revolves around science fiction narratives that depict post-apocalyptic societies—especially those concerned with the role of advanced technology—in American literature. For each unit, we will read a representative novel (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The Handmaid’s Tale, and Parable of the Sower) and view a corresponding film (Ex Machina, Children of Men, Sleep Dealer). In all of them, we will consider historical and contemporary anxieties about technology and society, especially as those anxieties involve questions of issues of race, class, and gender in 20th century America. Reading quizzes, discussion board posts, and a group presentation will contribute to the grade, and the final half of the semester will be dedicated to a research paper sequence, including project proposal, annotated bibliography, and final paper.

Section 3 Professor: Kelly Candelaria TR 2- 3:15 p.m.


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English 353: Multicultural Literature

Professor: Rob Burton TR 12:30- 1:45 p.m.

English 353 uses various technology tools (such as Blogs and PowerPoints) as a way of encouraging students to discuss and write about contemporary Multicultural Literature, from the essays of Andrew Lam (Vietnam-U.S.) to the short stories of Jhumpa Lahiri (India-U.S.). It is a GE Upper Division Area C course (Arts and Humanities) in the Global Development Studies Pathway.

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English 354: Classical Literature

Professor: John Traver MWF 11- 11:50 a.m.

"Gods or Monsters?  The Invention of the Human in Classical Literature."

With too much knowledge for the Sceptic side,
With too much weakness for the Stoic's pride,
He hangs between; in doubt to act, or rest;
In doubt to deem himself a God, or Beast.  (Alexander Pope’s An Essay on Man)


This course explores how classical Greek and Roman literature conceptualized “the human” as a category which often overlapped with the opposite extremes of the divine and the monstrous.  From the frequent pettiness of the gods in Ovid’s Metamorphoses, to the inordinate pride (or “hubris”) of rulers in Sophocles’s Oedipus the King and Antigone, classical literature considers the possibilities and pitfalls in the analogy between the divine and the human.  In its many forms (such as Stoicism, Socrates’s dialogues, etc.), philosophy seems to provide humanity not only with a valuable source for truth to reach their potential, but also with a dangerous source for manipulative rhetoric and degenerative corruption (such as in Aristophanes’s The Clouds).  Human characters define themselves not simply in contrast to beasts, such as in the creatures of the Underworld or monsters in The Odyssey, but through resemblance in “metamorphosis,” as human characters become figuratively or even literally beastlike (such as in Apulieus’ The Golden Ass).  In addition to introducing you to important texts and ideas on the nature of “the human,” this class will provide you with a set of analytical skills and strategies for interpreting a diversity of texts and developing an argumentative paper.  This course can fulfill the early period requirement for the English major, the comparative literature requirement for English Studies, or the upper division arts/humanities requirement in the Great Books and Ideas pathway.


Course expectations:  short writing assignments (including regular Blackboard postings), 2 papers, a group presentation, a mid-term, and a final exam.

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English 356: Lit, Politics, and Activism

Professor: Nathaniel Heggins Bryant MWF 10- 10:50 a.m.

This course will examine how theater, politics, the law, and activism interact and intersect. We will also study and implement the Brazilian theorist Augusto Boal’s notions of embodied learning and presence in expressed in his Theater of the Oppressed. The semester will entail reading a series of theatrical texts dealing with the law, crime, and social justice; titles may include Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman; Peter Weiss’s The Investigations; Miguel Piñero’s Short Eyes; Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9; Mario Benedetti’s Pedro and the Captain; Griselda Gambaro’s Information for Foreigners; Ariel Dorfman’s Death and the Maiden, and Actos by Luiz Valdez and Lynn Nottage’s Sweat, as well as pertinent theatrical theory (Brecht, Artaud, Boal). One goal of the course would be to examine how the theater and the law overlap and speak directly to one another as forms of embodied practice and sources of social and legal knowledge.  


The major components of the course will rest on student-written and performed productions on contemporary legal issues that students self-select and orchestrate, as alternatives to midterm and final exams or essays. These performances will be watched and critiqued by students, and then students would produce an extra composition detailing the composition and performance decisions—why they chose their subject, what they included or left out, how dialogue was drafted, what rehearsals were like, and so forth—as a reflection on their work processes. This way students can combine deep historical and social research with theatrical performance to produce a specific kind of theatrical activism.

English 364I: American Ethnic & Reg Literature (Writing Intensive)

Section 1: Asian American Literature

Professor: Aiping Zhang TR 2- 3:15 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.

Section 2: Chican@ Literature

Professor: Ayde Enriquez- Loya TR 12:30- 1:45 p.m.

Section 3: African American Literature

Professor: Nathaniel Heggins Bryant TR 9:30- 10:45 a.m.

In general, ENGL 364 is intended to explore the way environment, class, gender, and sexuality inform and inflect the experience of particular cultural or ethnic groups set against the larger American culture. Classes typically focus on African American, Asian American, Chican@, or Native American literature. This class focuses on African American literature.

The goal of this course is to chart out the enduring legacy of two important social institutions in African American writing—the plantation and the penitentiary. I have chosen breadth over depth this semester, hence we will only read sections of most longer works. All of the writers we will read this semester respond in some way to the way African Americans have responded to these two institutions. We will begin by reading Ta-Nehisi Coates’s Between the World and Me before examining slave narratives and the 20th century prison writing. The semester will culminate in the examination of two contemporary films depicting the slavery era, Django Unchained and 12 Years a Slave.

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English 371: Principles of Language

Professor: Ela Thurgood MWF 11- 11:50 a.m.

This course will introduce students to the general nature and structure of human language. It covers the core areas of linguistics (a) phonetics: the production, description, classification and transcription of speech sounds; (b) phonology: the description of the systematic patterning of sounds in human language; (c) morphology: the study of the internal structure of words; (d) syntax: the study of sentence structure; and (e) semantics: the study of linguistic meaning. In addition, this course addresses other important areas of linguistics, including pragmatics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, and historical linguistics.

Pragmatics is concerned with how people use language within a context and why they use language in particular ways. Psycholinguistics is the discipline that tests assumptions about the processing and the learning of language. It attempts to answer questions about how language is represented and processed in the brain and what areas of the brain are used for language functions and processes. Socio-linguistics deals with the relationship between language and society. The knowledge the students gain in this part of the course will help them to fully comprehend variation in language use; that is, students will address issues in inter-speaker and intra-speaker variation. historical linguistics looks at language change through time (diachronic change) and language change at any given point in time (synchronic change/variation). It also addresses language relationships, both genetic and areal.

This course fulfills the GE breadth requirement for area C2.

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English 375: Introduction to Engl Grammar

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

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English 415: Editing Literary Magazines

Professor: Sarah Pape R 3:30- 4:45 p.m.

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English 420: Advanced Poetry Writing

Professor: Jeanne Clark TR 12:30- 1:45 p.m. and W 4- 4:50 p.m.

News Flash: Former Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky will give a reading on campus & will visit our class.

In this course, you will write new drafts of poems, poems of your own wild imaginings.  You will workshop these poems within a community of fellow writers.  You will read brand-new, hot-off-the-press poems by both established & up-&-coming poets, representing a wide constellation of voices, approaches, & subjects.  You will consider in depth the following craft issues: voice & tone, structure & form, titles, deep revision, & preparing manuscripts for publication.

We will also consider ways for you to support your own writing life, strategies of self-support as well as ways to build community support.  You will need to consider ways of developing muscle & grit to sustain your writing practice & to take care of your work.

Prerequisite: English 320, or permission of the instructor.  Graduate students may take this course for credit.  Questions?  Contact Jeanne E. Clark (ARTS 252, jeclark2@csuchico.edu)

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English 421 Advanced Fiction & Nonfiction Writing

Professor: Robert Davidson MWF 1- 1:50 p.m. and M 2- 3:50 p.m.

English 421 is an intensive workshop-based course in the writing of both fiction and creative nonfiction. All forms of literary fiction and nonfiction (i.e., the short story, the “long story,” the novella, and the novel; also, the memoir, the personal essay, literary journalism, and so forth) are welcome in this class. Students can expect to draft, workshop, and revise a significant amount of new creative work (typically, two full-length prose narratives) over the course of the semester. There will also be assigned expository writing related to the required readings.

            You will be asked to write literary work in this class (i.e., work that is serious, ambitious, well-crafted, contemporary, adult-oriented, emotionally engaging, aspires to art, and so forth). Work that does not aspire to the literary is outside the domain of this class. This includes literature for children, the sentimental romance, formulaic mystery writing, newspaper-style journalism, and the like. We shall study writing techniques and craft by reading each other’s work and by studying the work of established authors. Expect to do a lot of writing and revision.

This course will be conducted as a workshop for dedicated students writing at an advanced level. This means students come to the class having practiced and studied their art in previous courses and independently. The workshop community forms a candid, astute audience for this writing; the authors are ready and eager to hear the comments of their peers in matters of craft and scope, acknowledging that through the workshop process their work can be strengthened in terms of their largest intentions for it. For this reason, they do not bring to the workshop writing they consider “finished” or worthy only of admiration.

A student may write in either genre (fiction or creative nonfiction) so long as the student has legitimate background training in the genre. The reason for this constraint is that the Department of English has upper-division undergraduate courses designed to give students a background in writing fiction and creative nonfiction. First-time, or “beginner’s work,” in an advanced writing workshop is not useful to anyone. So: a legitimate and substantive background in any chosen genre is required, as per the class prerequisites. Students are free to submit work in any genre for which they are qualified.

A secondary focus of this class is the discussion of contemporary literature by established authors in the relevant genres. This may include essays on craft, poetics, aesthetics, and the like.

Finally, please note that in some cases graduate students will have different, more rigorous requirements in this class.

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English 431: Theory/Practice in Tutor Comp

Instructor: Kim Jaxon MWF 2- 2:50 p.m.

English 431 offers training and experience in the tutoring of students in composition. Paid positions in the English 30 Writing Workshop Program require successful completion of this course. 431 provides an introduction to theories and practices of writing instruction and is a recommended prerequisite for English 634: Teaching Academic Writing, the graduate course for teachers of English 130: Academic Writing.

English 431 includes a weekly seminar in which we attempt to understand what it means to teach and support the teaching of writing. While the course is closely connected to our first year writing program, particularly English 130 and English 30, we will think about our work with these spaces as cases that help us explore concepts in teaching and learning related to writing instruction. One unit of this four-unit course is a practicum, which requires you to intern in an English 30 workshop or the ESL Resource Center.  This practicum experience provides a rich resource for us to explore how to mentor student writing.

To get a feel for the course, you can check out our website:http://www.kimjaxon.com/engl431/

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English 441: Shakespeare

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

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 -- including A Midsummer Night's Dream, Twelfth Night, Henry V, Hamlet, and The Winter's Tale. In this course, we will focus on Shakespeare in theatrical performance, learning the conventions and conditions of performance in Renaissance playhouses and watching excerpts of modern theatrical productions. 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. 

The goal of this course is for students to improve their ability to critically read, discuss, and write about Shakespeare’s works. In addition, the course is designed to improve students’ historical and cultural knowledge of Shakespearean theatrical practice.

This is an approved Writing Proficiency course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. Prerequisites: ENGL 130 or JOUR 130 (or equivalent) with a grade of C- or higher; ENGL 276, ENGL 340. 

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English 450: The Victorian Period

Professor: Teresa Traver TR 9:30- 10:45 a.m.

The reign of Queen Victoria covered a long period of historical transition, from 1837 to 1901. The period was full of complicated novels, memorable essays, melodramatic theater, and poetry and paintings full of rich, vibrant and erotically-charged details. In this class, we’re going to sample all of that, and then some! Expect to write two papers, include a researched term paper. There will be short quizzes and in-class writing assignments throughout the semester. In lieu of exams, there will be a researched project on Victorian material culture that will culminate in a “Victorian Material Culture” fair, in which you share the fruits of your research into Victorian homes, dress, musical instruments, food, transportation, mourning objects, etc. with your peers.

Required Texts: (Subject to change)

 Broadview Anthology of British Literature: The Victorian Era; Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre; (Bedford Edition) and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle The Sign of Four (Dover Thrift).

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English 461: Modern Novel

Professor: Robert Davidson MWF 10- 10:50 a.m.

British, American, Continental, and Latin American novels in the twentieth century. Students will write two research-based essays, as well as mid-term and final exams.

Required Reading list (subject to change): Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness; Henry James, The Wings of the Dove; Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; Franz Kafka, The Trial; William Faulkner, The Sound & the Fury; Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man; Carlos Fuentes, The Death of Artemio Cruz; Jamaica Kincaid, Annie John; Amy Tan, The Joy Luck Club.

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English 462: Study in Major American Authors

Professor: Aiping Zhang TR 3:30-4:45 pm

Both William Faulkner and Toni Morrison are Nobel Prize winners and the most influential novelists of their time. They share many themes, concerns and, particularly, literary devices in writing. Despite the difference in their gender, race, time, and experience, both of them have pioneered daring attempts at presenting a vision of a world, to which everyone can relate. This course is designed as an intensive and comparative study of these two authors. By reading their representative works, we will not only examine the beauty and secret of their magical narrative structure, their flowing description, and their creative use of myth and folklore, but also look into all the visions, inventions, subtleties, ambiguities, and controversies both authors have contributed to American novel.

Required Texts

William Faulkner

The Sound and the Fury

As I Lay Dying

Light in August

Absalom, Absalom!

Toni Morrison 





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English 464: Modern World Lit

Professor: Robert Burton W 2- 4:50 p.m.

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English 470: Second Language Acquisition  

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

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English 471: Intsv Theo & Prac 2nd Lang Acq

Professor: Ellen Eggers

Professor: Sara Trechter

Professor: Saundra Wright

Professor: Ela Thurgood

English 471 is a linguistic approach to investigating the complex phenomenon of second language acquisition. We will begin by looking closely at the field of linguistics, primarily through an inductive exploration of the rule-governed systems in language. We will then apply this knowledge to our examination of the issues and theories related to language acquisition from a variety of perspectives (e.g., linguistic, cognitive, social, and educational) in order to gain a better understanding of the processes involved in learning a second language.

Note: Starting Fall 2011, English 471 is a required course for all Liberal Studies students and for students entering the Credential Program. There are, however, two exceptions:

  • Students pursuing a degree in English Education should not take Engl 471. Instead, English Education students should take the sequence Engl 371/470.
  • Students wishing to pursue a Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) should not take Engl 471. Instead, TESOL students should take the sequence Engl 371/470.

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English 474: Syntactic/Morphological Analysis

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

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English 475: History of the English Language

Professor: Corey Sparks TR 2- 3:15 p.m.

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