Fall 2021 Course Descriptions: Avery Point Campus

Fall 2021

Each semester the faculty for the Department of English provide course descriptions that build upon the University's catalog descriptions. These individually crafted descriptions provide information about variable topics, authors, novels, texts, writing assignments, and whether instructor consent is required to enroll. The details, along with reviewing the advising report, will help students select course options that best meet one's interests and academic requirements.

The following list includes Undergraduate courses that are sequenced after the First-Year Writing requirement and will change each semester.

2000-Level Courses

2100: British Literature I

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2100 | MW 11:15-12:30 | Troeger, Rebecca 


2408: Modern Drama

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2408 | Th 3:30 - 4:45 | Rogers, Lynne D. 

In Modern Drama, the class will read a variety of American, British and International dramas from the slam of the door that shook Europe in Ibsen’s “the Doll House” to the current American off Broadway theatre. The selection of drama read will introduce students to the various forms of theatre including social realism and the diverse responses to realism. The class will look at the historical and cultural context of the dramas as well as the relationship of the text to the physical structure of the performance space. Class discussion will look at the process of reader response in light of the performative and imaginative considerations of the drama as seen by an audience. Questions addressed will include what is unique to the genre of theater and how does the communal nature of a performative event change or modulate our reading of the text. At the end of the semester, students should be able to identify the major trends of realism, naturalism, expressionism, social criticism and political protest. The class will be reading approximately a play a week and students should come to class prepared for discussion. For each play, the class will brainstorm together over possible paper topics or the instructor will assign short topics and also refer to the essays in the textbook for inspiration. For additional topics, we will also view some film clips of selected dramas to look at the different interpretations of the ‘skeleton’ script.

3000-Level Courses

3320: Literature and Culture of India

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed ENGL 3318 with a topic of "India."

3320 | TuTh 5:30 - 6:45 | Rogers, Lynne D.

Literature and Culture of India will look at the literature of India from three periods; the British Colonization of India, their departure and the Partition and conclude with recent writings from the last five years. Each of these periods of political unrest has produced a rich body of both fiction and nonfiction as an emotional and intellectual response to the turmoil. The readings will introduce students to the diverse historical and cultural background to these periods of grave political and historical change. Readings will include selections from the modern canon of contemporary Indian literature as well as more popular literature. The readings selected will explore the gender, religious, economic, and political challenges faced by India as well as the moral choices of the individual caught in the web of these challenges. The class will watch some films together to help students contextualize the settings of the literary works. The class will also look at some postcolonial criticism as a tool to approach the readings and to deepen their understanding of the text and the collective concerns addressed by the texts. The class will brainstorm for the papers together to help students focus on a topic. For each section, students will write a five page paper with secondary sources. Students are not expected to have a familiarity with the culture and literature of India but to have a curiosity about this part of the world and an objective of the course is to open up the rich tapestry of Indian culture to students.

4000-Level Courses

4600: Advanced Study: Seminars Literature

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; at least 12 credits of 2000-level or above English courses or consent of instructor; open to juniors or higher.

4600 | Th 9:30 - 10:45 | Bercaw Edwards, Mary K.