English

Students can study literature and creative writing with renowned scholars and award-winning authors in GW’s English program. Part of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences’ arts and humanities program, the Department of English fosters critical reflection on literature and culture, connecting reading practices with lucid writing and persuasive argumentation. Students explore issues including community, creativity, cultural conflict and history within an extraordinary range of texts.

Professors C.W. Sten, D. McAleavey, O.A. Seavey, A. Romines, J.A. Miller, J. Shore, F. Moskowitz, M. Alcorn, J.J. Cohen, J.G. Harris, K. Moreland, S. Knapp, R.L. Combs, G. Wald, T.G. Wallace, M. Frawley, R. McRuer (Chair), T.V. Mallon, E. Schreiber, A. Huang, P. Cook, A. Thompson, D. Mitchell

Associate Professors G. Carter, D. Moshenberg, M.S. Soltan, J.M. Green-Lewis, P. Chu, P. Griffith, J.C. James, K. Daiya, H. Dugan, A. López, J. Hsy

Assistant Professors H.G. Carrillo, D. DeWispelare, J. Chang

Adjunct Professors A.C. Stokes, L. Page

Professorial Lecturer K.Z. Keller

Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington B. Skyhorse

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

Note: The department strongly recommends a literature course, such as ENGL 1315 Literature and the Financial Imagination through ENGL 1711 Introduction to Postcolonial Literature or ENGL 1830 Tragedy or ENGL 1840 Comedy, as a prerequisite to upper-division English courses. All creative writing courses are limited to 15 students. Two creative writing courses in the same genre may not be taken during the same semester.

All graduate English courses, except ENGL 6100 Introduction to Literary Theory, may be repeated for credit with permission of the director of graduate studies.

ENGL 1000. Dean's Seminar. 3 Credits.

ENGL 1210. Introduction to Creative Writing. 3 Credits.

An exploration of genres of creative writing (fiction, poetry, and/or playwriting). Basic problems and techniques; examples of modern approaches; weekly writing assignments; workshop and/or conference discussion of student writing.

ENGL 1305. Colonial/Post-Colonial British Literature. 3 Credits.

ENGL 1315. Literature and the Financial Imagination. 3 Credits.

Literary studies focused broadly on representations of business, finance, or commerce; the economics of literary production; and/or theories of economic class as they pertain to literary works. (Fall and spring).

ENGL 1320. Literature of the Americas. 3 Credits.

American literature considered in a transhemispheric framework as writing that probes and spans the boundaries of the nation, connecting the United States to the rest of the Americas and to other parts of the globe.

ENGL 1320W. Literature of the Americas. 0-3 Credits.

American literature considered in a transhemispheric framework as writing that probes and spans the boundaries of the nation, connecting the United States to the rest of the Americas and to other parts of the globe.

ENGL 1330. Myths of Britain. 3 Credits.

Why much great English literature turns out not to be so English after all. The literature of the island within a transnational frame. Readings generally range from Beowulf to Arthurian myths to Shakespeare. Topic, genre, and time period vary by instructor.

ENGL 1330W. Myths of Britain. 3 Credits.

Why much great English literature turns out not to be so English after all. The early literature of the island within a transnational frame. Readings range from Beowulf to Arthurian myths to Shakespeare.

ENGL 1340. Essential Shakespeare. 3 Credits.

Links between Shakespeare’s geographical and theatrical "Globes." How did Shakespeare and his company represent racial, cultural, and linguistic difference in the Globe? What place did they imagine for England and Europe in this newly globalized world?.

ENGL 1340W. Shakespeare's Globe. 0-3 Credits.

Links between Shakespeare’s geographical and theatrical “Globes.” How did Shakespeare and his company represent racial, cultural, and linguistic difference in the Globe? What place did they imagine for England and Europe in this newly globalized world?.

ENGL 1351. Shakespeare Seminar. 3 Credits.

ENGL 1410. Introduction to English Literature. 3 Credits.

Representative works by major British authors studied in their historical context; discussion of recurrent themes and introduction to various types and forms of imaginative literature. Middle Ages through the 18th century.

ENGL 1410W. Introduction to English Literature I. 3 Credits.

Representative works by major British authors studied in their historical context; discussion of recurrent themes and introduction to various types and forms of imaginative literature. Middle Ages through the 18th century.

ENGL 1411. Introduction to English Literature. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 1410. Representative works by major British authors studied in their historical context; discussion of recurrent themes and introduction to various types and forms of imaginative literature. 19th and 20th centuries.

ENGL 1411W. Introduction to English Literature II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 1410. Representative works by major British authors studied in their historical context; discussion of recurrent themes and introduction to various types and forms of imaginative literature. 19th and 20th centuries.

ENGL 1510. Introduction to American Literature I. 3 Credits.

Historical survey. From early American writing through Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson.

ENGL 1510W. Introduction to American Literature I. 3 Credits.

Historical survey. From early American writing through Melville, Whitman, and Dickinson.

ENGL 1511. Introduction to American Literature. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 1510. Historical survey. From Twain, James, and Crane to the present.

ENGL 1511W. Introduction to American Literature II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 1510. Historical survey. From Twain, James, and Crane to the present.

ENGL 1610. Introduction to Black American Literature I. 3 Credits.

Survey of several genres of African American literature. From the 18th through the late 19th centuries, in such cultural contexts as the developing concept of “race.”.

ENGL 1610W. Introduction to Black American Literature I. 3 Credits.

Survey of several genres of African American literature. From the 18th through the late 19th centuries, in such cultural contexts as the developing concept of “race.”.

ENGL 1611. Introduction to Black American Literature II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 1610. Survey of several genres of African American literature. From the early 20th century to the present day, in such cultural contexts as the “new Negro” Renaissance and the civil rights and Black Power movements.

ENGL 1611W. Introduction to Black American Literature II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 1610. Survey of several genres of African American literature. From the early 20th century to the present day, in such cultural contexts as the “new Negro” Renaissance and the civil rights and Black Power movements.

ENGL 1710. Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film I. 3 Credits.

Introduction to postcolonial literature from the perspectives of colonizer and colonized in Great Britain, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Anglophone Africa, and the Caribbean region; literature written on the wing, in diaspora.

ENGL 1710W. Introduction to Postcolonial Literature I. 3 Credits.

Introduction to postcolonial literature from the perspectives of colonizer and colonized in Great Britain, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Anglophone Africa, and the Caribbean region; literature written on the wing, in diaspora.

ENGL 1711. Introduction to Postcolonial Literature. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 1710. Introduction to postcolonial literature from the perspectives of colonizer and colonized in Great Britain, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Anglophone Africa, and the Caribbean region; literature written on the wing, in diaspora.

ENGL 1711W. Introduction to Postcolonial Literature II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 1710. Introduction to postcolonial literature from the perspectives of colonizer and colonized in Great Britain, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Anglophone Africa, and the Caribbean region; literature written on the wing, in diaspora.

ENGL 1830. Tragedy. 3 Credits.

Modes of tragedy as developed in drama, nondramatic verse, and prose fiction in literature from ancient to modern times—Book of Job to Beckett.    (Fall and spring).

ENGL 1830W. Tragedy. 3 Credits.

Modes of tragedy as developed in drama, nondramatic verse, and prose fiction in literature from ancient to modern times—Book of Job to Beckett.

ENGL 1840. Comedy. 3 Credits.

Modes of comedy as developed in drama, nondramatic verse, and prose fiction—Chaucer to Borges.    (Fall and spring).

ENGL 1840W. Comedy. 3 Credits.

Modes of comedy as developed in drama, nondramatic verse, and prose fiction—Chaucer to Borges.

ENGL 2240. Play Analysis. 3 Credits.

Traditional and nontraditional (Aristotelian and non-Aristotelian) approaches to the analysis of dramatic literature; literary and theatrical techniques used by playwrights. Same as TRDA 2240.

ENGL 2250. Dramatic Writing. 3 Credits.

A workshop in playwriting and screenwriting, with emphasis on dramatic structure. Same as TRDA 2250. Recommended preparation: ENGL 1210 and two semesters of literature courses.

ENGL 2460. Fiction Writing. 3 Credits.

The writing of fiction. Recommended preparation: ENGL 1210 and two semesters of literature courses.

ENGL 2470. Poetry Writing. 3 Credits.

The writing of poetry. Recommended preparation: ENGL 1210 and two semesters of literature courses.

ENGL 2560. Intermediate Fiction Writing. 3 Credits.

The writing of fiction. Prerequisite: ENGL 2460 .

ENGL 2570. Intermediate Poetry Writing. 3 Credits.

The writing of poetry. Recommended preparation: ENGL 1210 and two semesters of literature courses.

ENGL 2800. Critical Methods. 3 Credits.

The topics and techniques of literary analysis, applied to English and American poetry, prose fiction, and drama. Attention to stylistic and structural analysis, narratology, and critical theory applied to specific literary texts.    (Fall and spring).

ENGL 2800W. Critical Methods. 3 Credits.

The topics and techniques of literary analysis, applied to English and American poetry, prose fiction, and drama. Attention to stylistic and structural analysis, narratology, and critical theory applied to specific literary texts.

ENGL 3240. Introduction to Dramaturgy. 3 Credits.

Fundamentals of classical and contemporary dramaturgical practice, including analyzing plays, doing research, supporting directors and actors in rehearsal, writing program notes, and leading post-show discussions. Same as TRDA 3240.

ENGL 3250. Intermediate Dramatic Writing. 3 Credits.

A workshop developing scripts for both theatre and film. Same as TRDA 3250. Prerequisite: ENGL 2250 . May be repeated for credit with departmental approval.

ENGL 3360. Advanced Fiction Writing. 3 Credits.

Further workshop study of the writing of fiction. Prerequisite: ENGL 2560 . May be repeated for credit with departmental approval.

ENGL 3370. Advanced Poetry Writing. 3 Credits.

Further workshop study of the writing of poetry. Prerequisite: ENGL 2570 . May be repeated for credit with departmental approval.

ENGL 3380. Creative Writing Workshop. 3 Credits.

Taught by the Jenny McKean Moore Writer in Washington; for undergraduates and graduate students. Prerequisite: an upper-division creative writing course. May be repeated for credit if taught by a different instructor.

ENGL 3390. Topics in Creative Writing. 3 Credits.

Topics announced prior to the registration period; may be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. Topics may include poetry and poetics; forms and methods in fiction; forms and methods in poetry; memoir and personal narratives; creative nonfiction; "Literature, Live"; avant-garde and experimental writing.

ENGL 3410. Chaucer. 3 Credits.

Chaucer’s major works seen as exciting, lively texts from the modern perspective and as products of specific economic, social, and cultural trends of the late 14th century. Focus on The Canterbury Tales, read in the original Middle English.

ENGL 3410W. Chaucer. 3 Credits.

Chaucer’s major works seen as exciting, lively texts from the modern perspective and as products of specific economic, social, and cultural trends of the late 14th century. Focus on The Canterbury Tales, read in the original Middle English.

ENGL 3420. Medieval Literature. 3 Credits.

Readings from a wide range of medieval genres, including romances, saints’ legends, mystical narratives, lyrics, civic drama, and social satires. How these texts responded to and shaped changing patterns of medieval culture, as the clergy, the aristocracy, and the urban bourgeoisie attempted to define a culture of their own.

ENGL 3420W. Medieval Literature. 3 Credits.

Readings from a wide range of medieval genres, including romances, saints’ legends, mystical narratives, lyrics, civic drama, and social satires. How these texts responded to and shaped changing patterns of medieval culture, as the clergy, the aristocracy, and the urban bourgeoisie attempted to define a culture of their own.

ENGL 3430. The English Renaissance. 3 Credits.

Verse and prose written in the period 1515-1625, examined in relation to cultural practices and social institutions that shaped English life. More, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Jonson, Bacon, Herbert, many others.

ENGL 3440. Shakespeare I. 3 Credits.

Close study of six or seven plays each semester, with emphasis on the texts in history and ideology. Attention to current critical practices (feminist, materialist, psychoanalytic), modern performance practice, and Shakespeare as a cultural institution.

ENGL 3440W. Shakespeare I. 3 Credits.

Close study of six or seven plays each semester, with emphasis on the texts in history and ideology. Attention to current critical practices (feminist, materialist, psychoanalytic), modern performance practice, and Shakespeare as a cultural institution.

ENGL 3441. Shakespeare II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3440. Close study of six or seven plays each semester, with emphasis on the texts in history and ideology. Attention to current critical practices (feminist, materialist, psychoanalytic), modern performance practice, and Shakespeare as a cultural institution.

ENGL 3441W. Shakespeare II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3440. Close study of six or seven plays each semester, with emphasis on the texts in history and ideology. Attention to current critical practices (feminist, materialist, psychoanalytic), modern performance practice, and Shakespeare as a cultural institution.

ENGL 3446. Shakespearean London. 3 Credits.

An examination of London's unique cultural landscape and its influence on Shakespeare's plays. Restricted to Instructor approval required.

ENGL 3450. Topics in Shakespeare Studies. 3 Credits.

Critical study of a particular aspect of Shakespeare’s work, or of a distinctive approach to the plays. Projected topics: Shakespeare on film, the history plays and Elizabethan England, 18th-century rewritings of Shakespeare, Shakespeare as poet, cultural materialist readings of Shakespeare.

ENGL 3460. Milton. 3 Credits.

Study of the major works in verse and prose, following the course of Milton’s career.

ENGL 3470. English Drama I. 3 Credits.

Shakespeare’s contemporaries.

ENGL 3471. English Drama II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3470. Historical survey, 1660 to present.

ENGL 3480. The Eighteenth Century I. 3 Credits.

Readings in significant 18th-century English and Continental writers—Dryden, Swift, Pope, Johnson, Montesquieu, Voltaire, and others—with emphasis on tracing the ways in which literary texts contain, perpetuate, and subvert social and political ideologies.

ENGL 3480W. The Eighteenth Century I. 3 Credits.

Readings in significant 18th-century English and Continental writers—Dryden, Swift, Pope, Johnson, Montesquieu, Voltaire, and others—with emphasis on tracing the ways in which literary texts contain, perpetuate, and subvert social and political ideologies.

ENGL 3481. The Eighteenth Century II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3480. Readings in significant 18th-century English and Continental writers—Dryden, Swift, Pope, Johnson, Montesquieu, Voltaire, and others—with emphasis on tracing the ways in which literary texts contain, perpetuate, and subvert social and political ideologies.

ENGL 3481W. The Eighteenth Century II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3480. Readings in significant 18th-century English and Continental writers—Dryden, Swift, Pope, Johnson, Montesquieu, Voltaire, and others—with emphasis on tracing the ways in which literary texts contain, perpetuate, and subvert social and political ideologies.

ENGL 3490. Early American Literature and Culture. 3 Credits.

The shaping of America’s early literary and cultural traditions as shown by significant writers of the colonial and early national periods: Bradstreet, Cotton Mather, Edwards, Franklin, Crevecoeur, and others.    (Fall).

ENGL 3490W. Early American Literature and Culture. 3 Credits.

The shaping of America’s early literary and cultural traditions as shown by significant writers of the colonial and early national periods: Bradstreet, Cotton Mather, Edwards, Franklin, Crevecoeur, and others.

ENGL 3510. Children's Literature. 3 Credits.

Nineteenth- and twentieth-century children’s texts that illuminate the several worlds of childhood: the "small world" of childhood perception, the larger world of social and historical forces, and the "secondary world" of fantasy.

ENGL 3520. American Romanticism. 3 Credits.

The shaping of America’s literary and cultural traditions as shown by significant writers of the Romantic era: Poe, Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, and others.    (Spring).

ENGL 3520W. American Romanticism. 3 Credits.

The shaping of America’s literary and cultural traditions as shown by significant writers of the Romantic era: Poe, Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, and others.

ENGL 3530. The Romantic Movement. 3 Credits.

Major figures and topics in English and Continental romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Lamb, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Hazlitt, DeQuincey, and others.

ENGL 3530W. The Romantic Movement. 3 Credits.

Major figures and topics in English and Continental romanticism: Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Lamb, Byron, Shelley, Keats, Hazlitt, DeQuincey, and others.

ENGL 3540. Victorian Literature I. 3 Credits.

ENGL 3540W. Victorian Literature I. 3 Credits.

Close study of six or seven plays each semester, with emphasis on the texts in history and ideology. Attention to current critical practices (feminist, materialist, psychoanalytic), modern performance practice, and Shakespeare as a cultural institution.

ENGL 3541. Victorian Literature II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3540. 1865–1900—Eliot, Hardy, Conrad; Swinburne, the Rossettis, Morris; Pater, Wilde, the Nineties.

ENGL 3550. The English Novel I. 3 Credits.

The 18th century—Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, and others.

ENGL 3551. The English Novel II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3550. The 19th century—Austen, the Brontës, Dickens, George Eliot, Hardy, and others.

ENGL 3551W. The English Novel II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3550. The 19th century—Austen, the Brontës, Dickens, George Eliot, Hardy, and others.

ENGL 3560. American Realism. 3 Credits.

The shaping of America’s literary and cultural traditions as shown by significant writers of the Realist school: Twain, James, Crane, Howells, Wharton, Chopin, Robinson, and others.    (Fall).

ENGL 3560W. American Realism. 3 Credits.

The shaping of America’s literary and cultural traditions as shown by significant writers of the Realist school: Twain, James, Crane, Howells, Wharton, Chopin, Robinson, and others.

ENGL 3570. 19th-Century Black Literature. 3 Credits.

Studies in 19th-century black literature of the Americas and the transatlantic. Writing from the United States, Latin America, the Caribbean, Britain, and Africa may be included. Topics and emphasis may vary.

ENGL 3610. Modernism. 3 Credits.

The emergence of modernist experimentation (and the sense of epistemological and moral crisis it expressed) in the poetry and prose of Pound, T.S. Eliot, Woolf, Kafka, and others.

ENGL 3620. American Poetry I. 3 Credits.

Close examination of major American poems. From the beginnings to the early 20th century: works by Poe, Emerson, Whitman, Dickinson, and others.

ENGL 3620W. American Poetry I. 3 Credits.

Close examination of major American poems. From the beginnings to the early 20th century: works by Poe, Emerson, Whitman, Dickinson, and others.

ENGL 3621. American Poetry II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3620. Close examination of major American poems. Since the early 20th century: Frost, Eliot, Stevens, Bishop, Hughes, Ashbery, and others.

ENGL 3621W. American Poetry I. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3620. Close examination of major American poems. Since the early 20th century: Frost, Eliot, Stevens, Bishop, Hughes, Ashbery, and others.

ENGL 3630. American Drama I. 3 Credits.

19th-century melodrama and the emergence of realism; works by O’Neill and other dramatists of the early 20th century.

ENGL 3631. American Drama II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3630. Developments in modern American drama since World War II, including works by Williams, Miller, Albee, Shepard, Rabe, Guare, Mamet, Henley, Wasserstein, Shange, Hwang, Wilson, and others.

ENGL 3640. The American Novel I. 3 Credits.

Historical and critical study of major works in the American novelistic tradition. From the beginnings through the 19th century: Hawthorne, Melville, James, Twain, Dreiser, and others.

ENGL 3640W. The American Novel I. 3 Credits.

Historical and critical study of major works in the American novelistic tradition. From the beginnings through the 19th century: Hawthorne, Melville, James, Twain, Dreiser, and others.

ENGL 3641. The American Novel II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3640. Historical and critical study of major works in the American novelistic tradition. The 20th century: Wharton, Cather, Anderson, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Wright, R.P. Warren, Nabokov, and others.

ENGL 3641W. The American Novel II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3640. Historical and critical study of major works in the American novelistic tradition. The 20th century: Wharton, Cather, Anderson, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Wright, R.P. Warren, Nabokov, and others.

ENGL 3650. The Short Story. 3 Credits.

An extensive survey of short fiction by a wide variety of writers of the 19th and 20th centuries, about half of them American; readings on the art of the short story by writers and literary critics.

ENGL 3660. 20th-Century Irish Literature I. 3 Credits.

Irish writers from the time of the literary revival in the late 19th century to the present. Yeats and other Irish poets and playwrights of his time and after—Synge, O’Casey, Kavanagh, Heaney, and others.

ENGL 3661. 20th-Century Irish Literature II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3660. Irish writers from the time of the literary revival in the late 19th century to the present. Joyce through Ulysses and other fiction writers of later generations—O’Brien, Beckett, and others.

ENGL 3661W. 20th-Century Irish Literature I. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3660. Irish writers from the time of the literary revival in the late 19th century to the present. Joyce through Ulysses and other fiction writers of later generations—O’Brien, Beckett, and others.

ENGL 3710. Contemporary Drama. 3 Credits.

Examines drama written since 1960 in the light of postmodernism as both a literary and a theatrical theory. Explores the ways contemporary playwrights and directors challenge the perceptions and assumptions of today’s audience.

ENGL 3710W. Contemporary Drama. 3 Credits.

Examines drama written since 1960 in the light of postmodernism as both a literary and a theatrical theory. Explores the ways contemporary playwrights and directors challenge the perceptions and assumptions of today’s audience.

ENGL 3720. Contemporary American Literature. 3 Credits.

Historical, critical, and theoretical study of American literature since the 1960s. Various authors and genres.

ENGL 3720W. Contemporary American Literature I. 3 Credits.

Historical, critical, and theoretical study of American literature since the 1960s. Various authors and genres.

ENGL 3721. Contemporary American Literature. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3720. Historical, critical, and theoretical study of American literature since the 1960s. Various authors and genres.

ENGL 3721W. Contemporary American Literature II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 3720. Historical, critical, and theoretical study of American literature since the 1960s. Various authors and genres.

ENGL 3730. Topics in Postcolonial Literature. 3 Credits.

Historical, critical, and theoretical study of post-colonial literatures-African, Asian, Commonwealth-written in English. Topics vary with instructor; may be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.

ENGL 3730W. Topics in Postcolonial Literature. 3 Credits.

Historical, critical, and theoretical study of post-colonial literatures—African, Asian, Commonwealth—written in English. Topics vary with instructor; may be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.

ENGL 3810. Selected Topics in Literature. 3 Credits.

Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes; may be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. Topics may include the Bloomsbury group; southern literature; the picaresque; literature of the Holocaust; literature and politics; Freud, Dostoevsky, and Shakespeare.

ENGL 3810W. Selected Topics in Literature. 3 Credits.

Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes; may be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. Topics may include the Bloomsbury group; southern literature; the picaresque; literature of the Holocaust; literature and politics; Freud, Dostoevsky, and Shakespeare.

ENGL 3820. Major Authors. 3 Credits.

In-depth studies of a single figure or two or three authors (of British, American, or other nationality) who have written in English. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes; may be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.

ENGL 3820W. Major Authors. 3 Credits.

In-depth studies of a single figure or two or three authors (of British, American, or other nationality) who have written in English. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes; may be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.

ENGL 3830. Topics in Literary Theory/Cultural Studies. 3 Credits.

Selected topics in the diverse theoretical methodologies and interdisciplinary studies that characterize contemporary English and American literary studies. May be repeated for credit provided that topic differs.

ENGL 3830W. Topics in Literary Theory. 3 Credits.

Selected topics in the diverse theoretical methodologies and interdisciplinary studies that characterize contemporary English and American literary studies. May be repeated for credit provided that topic differs.

ENGL 3840. Gender and Literature. 3 Credits.

Symbolic representations of culturally defined roles and assumptions in literature. Male and female gender roles as fundamental to culture; the representation of culture, in literature especially and in the arts and humanities generally. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.

ENGL 3840W. Gender and Literature. 3 Credits.

Symbolic representations of culturally defined roles and assumptions in literature. Male and female gender roles as fundamental to culture; the representation of culture, in literature especially and in the arts and humanities generally. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs.

ENGL 3850. Ethnicity and Place in American Literature. 3 Credits.

The relationships among ethnic identity, authorship, regional setting, and national consciousness. Differences in the literary culture of ethnically, racially, and regionally diverse American populations; how considerations of ethnicity and place have been reshaping the American literary canon. Texts and emphases vary with instructor.

ENGL 3860. Topics in the History of the English Language. 3 Credits.

The cultural and literary functions of English across time and space. Scope and methodology vary by instructor. Topics may include language and identity, theoretical and linguistic approaches to language, multilingualism, diasporic writing, or history and periodization.

ENGL 3910. Disability Studies. 3 Credits.

Consideration of cultural texts that illustrate or illuminate issues of ability and disability-terms that extend the prism through which human experience may be understood. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic differs.

ENGL 3920. U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the basic texts in the Chicana/o, Cuban-American, Dominican-American, and Puerto Rican literary and cultural traditions. Works by U.S. writers of Central American origin are discussed as well.

ENGL 3930. Topics in U.S. Latina/o Literature and Culture. 3 Credits.

In-depth exploration of a critical issue in the field of Latina/o literary and cultural studies. Topics may include ideologies of literary recovery, transnationalism and diaspora, blackness and latinidad.

ENGL 3930W. Topics in Creative Writing. 3 Credits.

In-depth exploration of a critical issue in the field of Latina/o literary and cultural studies. Topics may include ideologies of literary recovery, transnationalism and diaspora, blackness and latinidad.

ENGL 3940. Topics in African American Literary Studies. 3 Credits.

Intensive study of a single aspect of African American literature: major authors, genre, theme, movement. Substantial attention to the critical tradition.

ENGL 3945. African American Poetry. 3 Credits.

Topics in African American poetry from the Black Atlantic through contemporary spoken word and web-based experiments in hypertext composition. Topics vary. Possible topics may be Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, poetry manifestoes, poetry and social justice, or eco-poetics of the black experience.

ENGL 3950. Cultural Theory and Black Studies. 3 Credits.

Selected topics in critical and cultural theories—often interdisciplinary—as used in understanding African American literature and culture. Topics may include genre, medium, period, social change, and leading contemporary African American thinkers/writers.

ENGL 3950W. Cultural Theory and Black Studies. 3 Credits.

Selected topics in critical and cultural theories—often interdisciplinary—as used in understanding African American literature and culture. Topics may include genre, medium, period, social change, and leading contemporary African American thinkers/writers.

ENGL 3960. Asian American Literature. 3 Credits.

How Asian American writers construct their identities in dialogue with shifting ideas of “America.” Asian American history, gendering subjects, orientalism and postcolonial subjectivity, interracial relations, canonization. Representative writers: Kingston, Hwang, Jen, Chang-rae Lee, Ondaatje, Lahiri, Bulosan, Hagedorn.

ENGL 3960W. Asian American Literature. 3 Credits.

How Asian American writers construct their identities in dialogue with shifting ideas of “America.” Asian American history, gendering subjects, orientalism and postcolonial subjectivity, interracial relations, canonization. Representative writers: Kingston, Hwang, Jen, Chang-rae Lee, Ondaatje, Lahiri, Bulosan, Hagedorn.

ENGL 3965. Topics in Asian American Cultural Studies. 3 Credits.

Consideration of Asian American literature as a tradition that questions mainstream constructions of Asian American race and ethnicities, provides alternative accounts of Asian American experiences, and examines how Asian American literature is becoming a global literature with global concerns.

ENGL 3970. Jewish American Literature. 3 Credits.

Consideration of Asian American literature as a tradition that questions mainstream constructions of Asian American race and ethnicities, provides alternative accounts of Asian American experiences, and examines how Asian American literature is becoming a global literature with global concerns.

ENGL 3970W. Jewish American Literature. 3 Credits.

One hundred years of Jewish American writing in fiction, autobiography, poetry, drama, and non-fictional prose. The immigrant experience, American philosemitism and antisemitism, the Holocaust and after, the New York intellectuals, Jewish feminism, and the patriarchal tradition.

ENGL 3980. Queer Studies. 3 Credits.

Examination of literature and culture in the context of the history and experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people, with consideration of sexual identity as a core component of human experience. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic differs.

ENGL 3980W. Queer Studies. 3 Credits.

ENGL 3990. Literary Studies Workshop. 1 Credit.

Examination of literature and culture in the context of the history and experience of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people, with consideration of sexual identity as a core component of human experience. May be repeated once for credit provided the topic differs.

ENGL 4020. Studies in Contemporary Literature. 1-3 Credits.

ENGL 4040. Honors Seminar. 3 Credits.

Genre and genre theory; literature as cultural artifact and as instrument of cultural criticism; various critical approaches—ideological, historical, and ahistorical. Open only to first-semester senior honors candidates in English.

ENGL 4040W. Honors Seminar. 3 Credits.

Genre and genre theory; literature as cultural artifact and as instrument of cultural criticism; various critical approaches—ideological, historical, and ahistorical. Open only to first-semester senior honors candidates in English.

ENGL 4135. Folger Seminar. 3 Credits.

The history of books and early modern culture. Use of the archive at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Students must obtain departmental approval in the preceding semester. Same as HIST 4135/ FREN 4135.

ENGL 4220. Creative Writing Senior Thesis. 3 Credits.

Under the guidance of an instructor, the student composes an original manuscript of poetry or short fiction accompanied by an essay situating the student’s work in the contemporary context. Open only to seniors admitted to the English and creative writing major.

ENGL 4220W. Creative Writing Senior Thesis. 3 Credits.

Under the guidance of an instructor, the student composes an original manuscript of poetry or short fiction accompanied by an essay situating the student’s work in the contemporary context. Open only to seniors admitted to the English and creative writing major.

ENGL 4250. Honors Thesis. 3 Credits.

Under the guidance of an instructor, the student writes a thesis on an approved topic. Open only to senior honors candidates in English.

ENGL 4250W. Honors Thesis. 3 Credits.

Under the guidance of an instructor, the student writes a thesis on an approved topic. Open only to senior honors candidates in English.

ENGL 4360. Independent Study. 1-4 Credits.

For exceptional students, typically majors, whose academic objectives are not accommodated in regular courses. Students must obtain departmental approval and arrange for supervision by an appropriate member of the faculty.

ENGL 4470. Internship. 1-4 Credits.

Position of responsibility with a publication, educational project, firm, or cultural organization offering practical experience in research, writing, editing, etc. Restricted to junior and senior English majors; approval of supervising faculty required for registration. May be repeated for credit; a maximum of 3 credits may be counted toward the English major. P/NP grading only.

ENGL 6100. Introduction to Literary Theory. 3 Credits.

An overview of methodologies for examining texts as linguistic and cultural productions. Methodologies explored may include structuralism, formalism, deconstruction, cultural materialism, postcolonial theory, feminism, gender studies, and queer theory.

ENGL 6120. Advanced Literary Theory. 3 Credits.

The course focuses on a major figure or topic in theory (e.g., Foucault, Lacan, Barthes, Kristeva, Bakhtin, post-Marxist theory, language and power, the canon).

ENGL 6130. Selected Topics in Criticism. 3 Credits.

Topics may include cultural studies, film, gay/lesbian studies, others.

ENGL 6220. Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. 3 Credits.

Topics may include gender and body; postcolonial approaches to the period; surveys of poetry and/or prose with a special thematic coherence.    (Fall).

ENGL 6240. Literature of the British Archipelago. 3 Credits.

The literary and historical texts of early modern and medieval Britain within a pan-insular framework: England in conflict and coexistence with Ireland, Wales, Scotland.    (Fall).

ENGL 6250. Transnational England. 3 Credits.

The early literature of England within a global framework: England, Spain, France, Italy, Turkey, the Levant, the Americas, Africa, India, the Caribbean. (Spring).

ENGL 6260. Seminar in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. 3 Credits.

Trends and cutting-edge research in medieval and early modern studies. (Spring).

ENGL 6350. Nineteenth Century I. 3 Credits.

Topics in British and American nineteenth-century writing and culture, exploring national traditions and international movements and issues, such as Romanticism, Realism, and others.

ENGL 6351. Nineteenth Century II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 6350. Topics in British and American nineteenth-century writing and culture, exploring national traditions and international movements and issues, such as Romanticism, Realism, and others.

ENGL 6352. Nineteenth Century III. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 6351. Topics in British and American nineteenth-century writing and culture, exploring national traditions and international movements and issues, such as Romanticism, Realism, and others.

ENGL 6353. Nineteenth Century IV. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 6352. Topics in British and American nineteenth-century writing and culture, exploring national traditions and international movements and issues, such as Romanticism, Realism, and others.

ENGL 6450. Twentieth Century I. 3 Credits.

Topics in twentieth-century British and American writing and culture, exploring national traditions and international movements and issues, such as literary modernism, anti-modernist and post-modernist currents, others.

ENGL 6451. Twentieth Century II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 6450. Topics in twentieth-century British and American writing and culture, exploring national traditions and international movements and issues, such as literary modernism, anti-modernist and post-modernist currents, others.

ENGL 6452. Twentieth Century III. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 6451. Topics in twentieth-century British and American writing and culture, exploring national traditions and international movements and issues, such as literary modernism, anti-modernist and post-modernist currents, others.

ENGL 6453. Twentieth Century IV. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 6452. Topics in twentieth-century British and American writing and culture, exploring national traditions and international movements and issues, such as literary modernism, anti-modernist and post-modernist currents, others.

ENGL 6510. Writing, Race and Nation. 3 Credits.

Literary culture as a basis for exploration of intersections of origins and evolution of racial and ethnic identities and national myths and political objectives.

ENGL 6520. Ethnicity and Identity. 3 Credits.

Literary culture is used to explore how individuals, communities, and societies construct self-awareness and knowledge about others for cultural exchange.

ENGL 6530. Conceptualizing Genders. 3 Credits.

Structures of sex and gender difference considered historically and theoretically, including masculinity/femininity, sexualities, and their textual representations.

ENGL 6540. Women and Writing. 3 Credits.

Selected topics in the traditions, theory, and texts of women’s literary production and culture. Same as WSTU 6251.

ENGL 6550. Studies in Genre I. 3 Credits.

Questions of genre, considered theoretically and practically. Content varies.

ENGL 6551. Studies in Genre II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 6550. Questions of genre, considered theoretically and practically. Content varies.

ENGL 6560. Postcolonialism. 3 Credits.

Postcolonial theory and texts by representative writers.

ENGL 6620. Medicine and Society. 3 Credits.

The interaction of medicine and society in ways that touch on philosophy, economics, sociology, and public policy, but that cannot be fully understood in terms of any single perspective. Society’s effect on medicine and medicine’s effect on society.

ENGL 6630. Literature and Medicine. 3 Credits.

Methods of critical theory applied to issues concerning the practice of medicine. The polar constructs of illness and health, life and death, and life’s worth or its waste.

ENGL 6720. Independent Research. 3 Credits.

Written permission of instructor required. May be repeated for credit to a maximum of 9 hours.

ENGL 6740. Mastering the Canon. 3 Credits.

Independent reading under a faculty member.

ENGL 6810. Folger Institute Seminars I. 3 Credits.

Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. Consult the graduate advisor before registration.

ENGL 6811. Folger Institute Seminars II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of ENGL 6810. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. May be repeated for credit provided the topic differs. Consult the graduate advisor before registration.

ENGL 6998. Thesis Research. 3 Credits.

ENGL 6999. Thesis Research. 3 Credits.

ENGL 8998. Advanced Reading and Research. 1-12 Credits.

Limited to students preparing for the Doctor of Philosophy general examination. May be repeated for credit.

ENGL 8999. Dissertation Research. 3-12 Credits.

Limited to Doctor of Philosophy candidates. May be repeated for credit.