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Fall 2018

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: Drs. Field, Irby and Williams 

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.

English 3150.01: The Film
Instructor: Dr. Wise

Catalog Description: A study of films: their makers, their message, and their appeal. Students not only view films but also read articles and books about movies. Instructor Description:  In this class, you will learn: Film History, Film Techniques, Film Genres, Film Language and more.

English 3510:  Twentieth Century British Literature
Instructor: Dr. Powers

Catalog Description: A study of the major trends in poetry, drama, and the novel of the twentieth century. Emphasis is placed on themes, techniques, and social criticism. Representative British, Irish, and Commonwealth writers are included.

Engl 3620: American Literature II
Instructor: Dr. Anderson

Catalog Description: A study of literary trends since the Civil War, with emphasis on such major figures as Twain, Crane, Dreiser, Frost, Eliot, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Ellison, Lowell, Bishop, Baldwin, Rich, and Bellow and such movements as realism, naturalism, modernism, and postmodernism.

Engl 3710: Methods in Teaching High School English 
Instructor: Dr. Shafer

Catalog Descriptions: A course in the methods of teaching English in the secondary schools. Clinical and field-based experiences which call for active participation by students are part of the course requirements. Required of all English majors in the Teacher Education Program. Prerequisite: official admission to Teacher Education Program.

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.

English 4160.01: Writing for Publication
Instructor: Dr. Pinkard

Interested in publishing your creative vision? Want to explore how your writing can both reflect and change the world?  In this course, we will learn about literary publishing processes, from manuscript construction through editing and production to distribution of the finished publication.  Catalog Description: Writing principles and practices for a variety of professional and popular audiences.

English 4230-01: Literature of the Middle Ages
Instructor: Dr. Hennequin

Before Game of Thrones there was the Literature of the Middle Ages.  Join us as we solve the mysteries of the Middle Ages:
• Why it’s impossible to date Beowulf!
• What women want most!
• How to properly divide a fart!
• How to find the Green Chapel without GoogleMaps!
Catalog Description:   Studies in prose and poetry of the Middle Ages, including Beowulf and works of the Pearl poet, Langland, and Malory.

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).