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Spring 2018

Engl 3120: Creative Writing Poetry
Instructor: Dr. Pinkard

A workshop in writing poetry, this course will emphasize trends and genres in African American poetic form. The course examines the techniques involved in writing poetry by folding in approaches to various poetic modes and relating poetry to other forms of art. Each week we will discuss the work of renowned poets, and critique the poems of workshoppers. By the end of the course, students will have a number of polished and completed poems. Understanding the demands and rewards of a poetry inspired life will be our shared goal and motivation.

Engl 3640:   Lit of Black Life in America ( Theme: The City)
Instructor: Dr. Hayes

"Tha Block is Hot, Tha Block is Hot ha, ha-ha” --Lil Wayne
“Living just enough, just enough for the city” --Stevie Wonder
“It's like a jungle sometimes It makes me wonder how I keep from goin' under”
-- Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five

Throughout the semester, we will consider the various challenges Black men and women confront in U.S. urban spaces.  As we negotiate the complex realities of urban living, students will study how the city simultaneously represents a space of possibility and limitation.

Engl 3800: African Literature
Instructor: Dr. Dixon

Catalog Description: This course is a survey of Sub-Saharan African Literature written and translated into English. The course offers an examination of the themes, motifs, style, and structure of the literature. The literature will be studied in relationship to the cultural, social, historical, political, and economic issues which have served to inform the development of African literary traditions. While the primary focus of the course is Black African writers from 20th and 21st centuries, limited exposure to North African Literature, Literature of non-indigenous groups, and Oral Traditions is provided. Readings this semester include: Achebe, Ngugi, Mphahlele, Matlwa, Coetzee, Senghor, and Magona.

ENGL 4012 and PHIL 4400
Instructors: Dr. Field and Dr. Bowie

ENGL 4012-01 and PHIL 4400-01, Black Comics and Graphic Novels, is an exploration of the invaluable contributions to the comics medium from African American creators and which focus on African American characters. This course is designed as an introduction to these often unheralded and underappreciated works. Since this course is double numbered as an English and a Philosophy course, students will be exposed to a survey of Black comics and graphic novels and relevant philosophical materials to help them identify and appreciate deeper themes in the works. 

ENGL 4320: Shakespeare
Instructor: Dr. Hennequin 

This course will examine Shakespeare’s “greatest hits” in all three of his major genres (comedies, tragedies, and histories).  The course will not only analyze the plays, but attempt to put them in literary, cultural, and material context, so we’ll be  looking at the physical realities of Shakespeare’s theaters and acting companies, the historical events that influence the plays, and the cultural and poetic trends that Shakespeare uses and abuses in his works.  I’ll also be making an effort to connect our texts to appropriate literary theories. Texts will include Hamlet, Macbeth, and Othello, Much Ado about Nothing and Twelfth Night, The Merchant of Venice, at least one history play, and one other play.  Students will write response papers on every play and also write a major research project.  There will also be a midterm and final (both take-home).

Fall 2017

Engl 3010: Critical Approaches  
Instructor: Dr. Morgan-Curtis

Catalog Description: A writing-intensive introduction to major critical theories with emphasis on application to interpretation of literary works. Students interpret a number of literary works drawn from different genres and periods, applying several different theoretical perspectives, such as feminism, new historicism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, and cultural and gender studies. Prerequisites: ENG 1010, 1020, 2011 (or 2018), and 2021 (or 2028). The course is required of all English majors and is a prerequisite or corequisite for English majors to all upper-division courses in literature. 

Engl 3106/7: Tech Report Writing (several sections)
 
Instructor: Prof. Williams, Dr. Irby 

Catalog Description: A study of fundamentals of written reports in a variety of professional fields, with the emphasis on grammar, sentence structure and style, as well as on specialized techniques. 3105 focuses on reports required in professional engineering. 3106 is the study and preparation of forms and reports required of students majoring in Criminal Justice. 3107 is the study and preparation of forms and reports required of social workers. Acquaintance with documents of various agencies is stressed. 

Engl 3110: Creative Writing Short Story 
Instructor: Dr. Phillips 

Catalog Description: A workshop in short story writing. The course examines the techniques and problems involved in writing the short story and places emphasis on the use of the senses and the writing about the experience of living.

Engl 3290: Survey of British Lit. I
Instructor: Dr. Hennequin

Catalog Description: A survey of important British writers beginning with the Old English tradition and continuing to the Romantic Period.

Engl 3410: Literature of Romantic Movement
Instructor: Dr. Powers

Catalog Description: A study of representative selections from 1798 to 1832. Attention is given both to poetry and prose.

Engl 3650: Contemporary Black Novel
Instructor: Dr. Hayes 

In English 3640, students will explore African American writers through the theme of transformation. Throughout the semester, we will consider the various challenges Black men and women have faced in the U.S. and the various strategies they used to survive, thrive, and carry-on. When you hear the word contemporary, what comes to mind? New, Fresh, Now…In Contemporary Black Novel, we will read contemporary works written by African-American writers. The texts will challenge genre conventions while uncovering connections between the past and charting a course for the future. These writers all envision a complex future by reflecting on ever present issues from the past. Join us as we travel forward while looking back.

Engl 3720: Adolescent Literature  
Instructor: Dr. Shafer

A survey of literature relevant to the interests, concerns, and development of young adults. Required of English majors enrolled in the Teacher Education Program. This course provides an introduction to the interpretation of texts (books, poetry, short stories, music, films, TV shows, video games, etc.) that have been constructed for young adults. This course emphasizes the use of various literary, linguistic, and media-specific approaches as part of the analysis of these young adult texts. While this course includes a brief history of the development of young adult literature, its primary goal is to help students practice reading and evaluating young adult texts in order to cultivate engagement with different literary forms through the development of various cultural, interpretive, and modal literacies.

Engl 3730: Children's Literature
Instructor: Prof. Parham

English 3730 is a survey of literature written for children from preschool through elementary school ages.  This course offers perspective teachers of the primary grades the opportunity to become familiar with literature suited to the needs and tastes  of children.  Principles that underline the selection of children’s literature for classrooms and libraries are considered.  Required for all candidates for certification in Elementary Education.

Engl 4000: Senior Seminar  
Instructor: Dr. Murillo  

English 4000 Senior Seminar is designed to complete the English major by inquiring into the purposes and methods of the liberal arts in general and literary study in particular.  Attention is paid to the resources for literary scholarship, criticism, revision, and publication.  This course is required for all English majors.

Engl 4840: History and Literature of the British Empire
Instructor: Dr. Dixon

A survey of the major social, cultural, and political developments associated with the British Empire from 1850 to the present.  The course explores the impact of Empire on the British, colonized peoples, and the development of postcolonial cultures and identitiesA survey of the major social, cultural, and political developments associated with the British Empire from 1850 to the present. The course explores the impact of Empire on the British, colonized peoples, and the development of post-colonial cultures and identitiesA survey of the major social, cultural, and political developments associated with the British Empire from 1850 to the present. The course explores the impact of Empire on the British, colonized peoples, and the development of post-colonial cultures and identities

Engl 4920: Advanced Poetry Writing  
Instructor: Dr. Pinkard  

In advanced workshop in writing poetry we will give close attention to your poetry.  We will read and discuss a variety of poetic forms, with a special interest in African American poetic form. The course examines the techniques involved in writing poetry by folding in approaches to various poetic modes and relating poetry to other forms of art. The course covers such elements of poetry as rhythm, lineation, image-making, and figurative language. Each week we will discuss the work of renowned poets, and critique the poems of workshoppers. We will engage in longer works and more strategic approaches toward revision. By the end of the course, students will have a number of polished and completed poems. Understanding the demands and rewards of a poetry inspired life will be our shared goal and motivation. 

Summer 2017

Engl 3106: Tech Report Writing
Instructor: Dr. Field

Catalog Description: A study of fundamentals of written reports in a variety of professional fields, with the emphasis on grammar, sentence structure and style, as well as on specialized techniques. 3105 focuses on reports required in professional engineering. 3106 is the study and preparation of forms and reports required of students majoring in Criminal Justice. 3107 is the study and preparation of forms and reports required of social workers. Acquaintance with documents of various agencies is stressed. 

Engl 3730: Children's Literature
Instructor: Prof. Parham

English 3730 is a survey of literature written for children from preschool through elementary school ages.  This course offers perspective teachers of the primary grades the opportunity to become familiar with literature suited to the needs and tastes  of children.  Principles that underline the selection of children’s literature for classrooms and libraries are considered.  Required for all candidates for certification in Elementary Education.

Engl 4010: (Special Topics) Intersecting Lives in Paris
Instructors: Drs. Dixon and Hayes

Ten students will go to Paris, France to learn more about African American, transnational, and literary histories. Students will be introduced to intersectionality, a term that encourages readers to see the interlocking oppressive aspects of identity. The program is entitled "Intersecting Lives: Reading African American Literature through a Black Feminist Lens." As noted in the proposal for the course, “Paris holds a special place in the hearts of many writers; especially those obsessed with the Harlem Renaissance. During this period, African-American artists of diverse genres flocked to the city to escape the realities of a racist society.”