The English Department is instituting a new course numbering system beginning Summer 2013. The new numbers are listed below with the old numbers in parentheses.
English 15 (formerly Eng. 24), Shakespeare I, at the 10 hour with Professor Crewe
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: W. Course Group I, CA tag Genre-drama.
English 24 (formerly Eng. 36), Victorian Literature and Culture, 1837-1859, at the 10 hour with Professor Gerzina
This course examines early Victorian poetry, prose and fiction in the context of cultural practices and social institutions of the time. We will locate cultural concerns among, for example, those of capitalism, political reform, scientific knowledge, nation and empire. And we will consider revisions of space, time, gender, sexuality, class, and public and private life that characterized formations of British identity during this period. Texts may include work by Charles Dickens, Thomas Carlyle, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charlotte Bronte, John Ruskin, and Charles Darwin. We will also read selections from recent criticism of Victorian culture. Dist: LIT. WCult: W. Course Group II. CA tags Cultural Studies and Popular Culture, National Traditions and Countertraditions.
English 35 (formerly Eng. 46), 20th Century American Fiction: 1900 to World War II, at the 10 hour with Professor Favor
A study of major American fiction in the first half of the twentieth century. Works by Dreiser, Stein, Fitzgerald, Cather, Larsen and Faulkner, and a changing list of others. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Course Group III. CA tags National Traditions and Countertraditions, Genre-narrative.
English 41 (formerly Eng. 55), 20th Century British Fiction, World War II to the Present, at the 10A hour with Professor Giri
A study of the multiple currents within British fiction in a period characterized by major literary, cultural, and social transitions in Britain, including the emergence of a "post" (-war, -empire, -modern) sensibility. Writers may include Amis, Sillitoe, Greene, Golding, Burgess, Lessing, Wilson, Carter, Swift, Atkinson, MacLaverty, Ishiguro, Barker, Barnes, McKewan, Smith. Dist: LIT; WCult: W. Course Group III. CA tags Genre-narrative, National Traditions and Countertraditions.
English 42 (formerly Eng. 58), Introduction to PostColonial Literature, at the 2A hour with Professor Giri
An introduction to the themes and foundational texts of postcolonial literature in English. We will read and discuss novels by writers from former British colonies in Africa, South Asia, the Caribbean, and the postcolonial diaspora, with attention to the particularities of their diverse cultures and colonial histories. Our study of the literary texts will incorporate critical and theoretical essays, oral presentations, and brief background lectures. Authors may include Chinua Achebe, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, V.S. Naipaul, Merle Hodge, Anita Desai, Bessie Head, Nadine Gordimer, Paule Marshall, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Salman Rushdie, Earl Lovelace, Arundhati Roy. Serves as prerequisite for FSP in Trinidad. Dist: LIT or INT; WCult: NW. Course Group III. CA tags Genre-narrative, Multicultural and Colonial/Postcolonial Studies.
English 52.13 (formerly Eng. 66.13), The Victorians Through Six Children's Novels, at the 11 hour with Professor Gerzina
British children's novels offer several ways of understanding the Victorians and Edwardians: through ideas about childhood and orphanhood, literature, scientific discovery and invention, social history, the imagination, and material culture. We will read The Water Babies (1863); Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (1865); Treasure Island (1883); The Wind in the Willows (1908); Peter Pan (1911); and The Secret Garden (1911). In addition we will read critical materials on Victorian childhood and literature, and examine manuscript materials and early versions of the texts in Special Collections. Dist: LIT; WCult W, pending faculty approval. Course Group II. CA tags Genre-narrative, National Traditions and Countertradtions.
English 80, Writing and Reading Fiction, at the 10A hour with Professor Tudish
A beginning workshop and reading course in fiction. Open to sophomores, juniors, seniors, and first-year students who have completed Writing 5. Seminar-sized classes meet for discussion and include individual conferences. Topics and emphases may vary from term to term. English 80 is the prerequisite to English 83, Intermediate Workshop in Fiction. Dist: ART.
Last Updated: 4/19/13