English 18, History of the English Language, at the 10 hour with Professor Otter
The development of English as a spoken and written language as a member of the Indo-European language family, from Old English (Beowulf), Middle English (Chaucer), and Early Modern English (Shakespeare), to contemporary American English. Topics will include some or all of the following: the linguistic and cultural reasons for 'language change,' the literary possibilities of the language, and the political significance of class and race. Open to all classes. Dist: SOC. Course Group IV. CA tags: Cultural Studies and Popular Culture, National Traditions and Countertraditions, Literary Theory and Criticism.
English 24, Shakespeare I, at the 10 hour with Professor Luxon
A study of about ten plays spanning Shakespeare’s career, including comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances. Attention will be paid to Shakespeare’s language; to his dramatic practices and theatrical milieu; and to the social, political, and philosophical issues raised by the action of the plays. Videotapes will supplement the reading. Exercises in close reading and interpretative papers. Prerequisite: English 2/3, English 5 or English 5 exemption status. Dist: LIT; WCult: EU. Course Group I. CA tag Genre-drama.
English 43, Early Black American Literature, at the 11 hour with Professor Chaney (crosslisted with AAAS 34)
A study of the foundations of Black American literature and thought, from the colonial period through the era of Booker T. Washington. The course will concentrate on the way in which developing Afro-American literature met the challenges posed successively by slavery, abolition, emancipation, and the struggle to determine directions for the twentieth century. Selections will include: Wheatley, Life and Works; Brown, Clotel; Douglass, Narrative; Washington, Up from Slavery; DuBois, Souls of Black Folk; Dunbar, Sport of the Gods; Chestnut, House Behind the Cedars; Harriet Wilson, Our Nig; Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex-Coloured Man; and poems by F. W. Harper, Paul L. Dunbar and Ann Spencer. Dist: LIT. WCult: W. Course Group II. CA tags National Traditions and Countertraditions, Cultural Studies and Popular Culture.
English 67.1, Race and Class in Postwar British Fiction, at the 3A hour with Professor Phillips
This course looks at how postwar Britain from 1945 to the present has come to terms with shifting attitudes towards race and class as reflected in literature and film. We will look at four novels, two plays, two collections of essays, and eight films. All films will be viewed outside of class time. We will look at only selected film extracts during class. Readings include Osborne's Look Back in Anger and the film of the same name (1959, directed by Richardson), Selvon's The Lonely Londoners, MacInnes's City of Spades, Braithwaite's To Sir with Love and the film of the same name (1967, directed by Clavell), the film Room at the Top (1959, directed by Clayton and based on the novel of Braine), the film A Kind of Loving (1962, directed by Schlesinger and based on the novel of the same name by Barstow), a play, A Taste of Honey, by Delaney, a film Flame in the Streets (1961, directed by Baker), Kureishi's essay The Rainbow Song, the film My Beautiful Laundrette, (1985, directed by Frears), essays Imaginary Homelands by Rushdie, the film Bhaji on the Beach (1993, directed by Gurinder), Smith's White Teeth, and the film East is East (1999, directed by O'Donnell). Course Group III. CA tags National Traditions and Countertraditions, Multicultural and Colonial/Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies and Popular Culture. Dist: LIT, WCult: W, pending faculty approval. Course Group III. CA tags National Traditions and Countertraditions, Multicultural and Colonial/Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies and Popular Culture.
English 80, Creative Writing, hour to be arranged with Professor Hebert
This course offers a workshop in fiction and poetry. Seminar-sized classes meet twice a week and include individual conferences. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and to first-year students who have completed Writing 5 (or have exemption status). Students who wish to enroll in 80 must submit their applications to the administrative assistant in the English Office by the last day of the term preceding the term for which they wish to enroll. Students do not submit work for entry into the course. A brief application form is available in the English Office. English 80 is the prerequisite to all other Creative Writing courses. Dist: ART.
English 83, Creative Writing-Literary Non-Fiction, at the 10A hour with Professor Tudish
This course offers students training in the writing of literary nonfiction. The class proceeds by means of group workshops on student writing, individual conferences with the instructor, and analysis of work by contemporary writers Dist: ART.
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