Course Descriptions: Hartford Campus

Fall 2020


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.

1000-Level Courses

1201: Introduction to American Studies

This course satisfies the following:

  • General Education Requirements: Content Area One (Arts & Humanities)

1201 | MWF 1:25 - 2:15 | Testa, Richard

What does it mean to be American? This course introduces ways of examining the United States while investigating significant historical and contemporary events and popular culture. How has America imagined itself through its history and culture? How does America imagine itself today? Students will also be introduced to the practice of American Studies; the course is designed to teach students to critically analyze United States culture and society.

Note: the major topic for this semester will be Election Day, November 3, 2020; we will examine issues, advertisements, polling, and candidates’ and voters’ views of what it means to be an American in this age.

1601W: Race, Gender, and the Culture Industry

This course satisfies the following:

  • General Education Requirements: Content Area Four (USA) and one Writing Competency course
  • Meets the Multicultural Literature requirement for the Concentration in Teaching English

    1601W | MWF 12:20 - 1:10 | Horn, Jacob

    1616W: Major Works of English and American Literature

    This course satisfies the following:

    • General Education Requirements: Content Area One (Arts & Humanities) and one Writing Competency course

    1616W-H71 | TuTh 4:00 - 5:40 | Kneidel, Gregory

    This is a law and literature-themed W-course. Literary readings will be supplemented by a robust selection of legal-themed podcasts, as well as by writing assignments from our primary writing guide, They Say / I Say. Possible literary readings include Kushner’s Angels in America, Orwell’s 1984, Okobo’s Citizen 13660, and Hamid’s How to Get Filthy Rich in Rising Asia. We will likely visit the Wadsworth Atheneum or other Hartford-area cultural institutions. We will also discuss some law-related podcasts.

    Requirements include four essays (with drafts and revisions), as well as quizzes and active and informed class participation.


    1616W-H90 | MW 4:40 - 5:55 | Duni, Michael

    During this semester we shall concern ourselves with selected works by both English and American writers. Authors have attempted to share their perceptions of the world and how it works. Consequently, the representations of man and his world according to various writers prove as varied as does each one of our descriptive explanations of our world. We shall examine major works including Shakespeare, Donne, Wordsworth, Emily Bronte, Dickens, E.M. Forster, Hawthorne, Melville, Crane, Tennessee Williams, and Michael Chabon to encounter each writer’s configuration of the world and what he or she has to say about it. In this way, ourunderstanding of how the world might work and how man may fit into this world will become enhanced, if not further complicated!  Beware: You are expected to read voraciously.

    I have chosen works that I like and that I believe prove provocative. Provocative in that they offer suggestions about themes in life as well as insights about the characters and the authors of these characters. I feel that these works will say something about each one of us as well. Yes. We read about others so as to discover truths about ourselves. What might each work say about you?!

    Along with our perusals and close examinations of these works, our composition tasks will become effective exercises for the expression of this enhancement or confusion. As authors offer their arguments, you will share your reactions, impressions, and further contributions regarding these literary works and their messages in written responses and academic essays. Writing is a required and crucial component of this course.

    2000-Level Courses

    2408: Modern Drama

    This course satisfies the following:

    • General Education Requirements: Content Area One (Arts & Humanities)
    • English Major Requirements:
      • 2008-2016 Plans: Section C (Methods) or Section F (Elective Courses)
      • 2017-2019 Plan: Section C (Genre) or Section F (Elective courses)
    • Meets one of NEAG’s Secondary Education Genre requirements
    • Meets the Genre requirement for the Concentration in Creative Writing

    2408 | TuTh 9:15 - 10:45 | Shea, Thomas

    2413W: Graphic Novel

    This course satisfies the following:

    • General Education Requirements: Content Area One (Arts & Humanities) and one Writing Competency course
    • English Major Requirements
      • 2008-2019 Plans: Section F (Elective Courses)
    • Meets the Elective requirement for the Concentration in Creative Writing

    2413W | MWF 9:05 - 9:55 | Horn, Jacob

    2600: Introduction to Literary Studies

    This course satisfies the following:

    • English Major Requirements:
      • 2008-2019 Plans: Section A (Introduction to Literary Studies)

    2600 | TuTh 2:00 - 3:15 | Kneidel, Gregory

    This class surveys critical approaches the literary study and attempts to assess their strengths and limitations. Readings will be diverse--from different periods and countries, in several genres and media--and (hopefully) coordinated with events and performances at Hartford-area cultural institutions (e.g., exhibits at the Wadsworth Atheneum; plays at TheaterWorks or Hartford Stage).

    We will also practice locating and using secondary criticism, learn about the history of the discipline of literary studies, and discuss its future. Assessments will include three short papers, one longer paper, and lively class participation.

    3000-Level Courses