Fall 2021 Course Descriptions: Stamford Campus

Fall 2021

General Information:

For guidance about courses, majors, and minors, contact any English faculty member or Professor Roden, Curriculum Coordinator, at frederick.roden@uconn.edu or Inda Watrous, English Undergraduate Advisor, at inda.watrous@uconn.edu.


Helpful Information for Non-Majors

  •  1000-level courses do not count toward the English major but are terrific introductions to literary study and typically serve General Education Category 1b or 4.
  • If you think you might be interested in an English major, try out a course; if you know you’re set on the major, plan on taking English 2600 as early as possible.
  • Non-majors are welcome in advanced courses. Check your preparedness with an instructor before registering if you have questions. Following completion of the English 1010/1011 First-Year Writing requirement, upper-level courses are open to all students. If you encounter difficulty in registering, contact the instructor or Professor Roden.
  • The English minor is highly recommended and easy to accomplish: English 2100 or 2101; 2201 or 2203; and your choice of almost any 3 upper-level courses. See the Minoring in English page for more information.
  • Remember that English courses make great “related field” classes for many other majors. Check with your major advisor for appropriateness of choices.

Helpful Information for Majors and Minors

  • English 2600 (Requirement A) is offered annually in the Fall semester.
  • A Major Author course (Requirement D) is offered annually or every third semester.
  • An Advanced Study course (Requirement E) is typically offered every third semester. The next planned offering for an Advanced Study is the spring 2022.
  • We offer at least one pre-1800 course each semester. This semester, we are offering English 2200. All plans of study require two pre-1800 classes. Check with your advisor or the coordinator if you have questions.
  • We offer a variety of survey and methods courses each semester. The details are listed beneath each course entry.
  • Catalog years prior to 2017 limit the number of Advanced Composition or Creative Writing courses that can count towards the major.
  • Catalog years prior to 2015 allow for 6 elective credits (Requirement F). Later catalog years allow for 9 elective credits. Courses that meet a requirement that you have already satisfied can count as Elective Courses. You are able to change your catalog year to have more flexibility to enroll in courses that you may be interested in.

Optional Concentrations

The Stamford Campus offers the Concentration in Teaching English and the Concentration in Creative Writing as part of the major. These can typically be obtained by taking five courses that already count for your major.

This semester, we are offering several courses that count towards each concentration:

  • Teaching in English: English 1701, 2401, 2407, and 3003W
  • Creative Writing: English 1701W and 3003W

If you are interested in a concentration, consult your advisor and review the courses list, as you may have already met requirements. These include Linguistics 2010W (The Science of Linguistics), a Q course that can serve as a Related Field class for the English major.

For more information, contact Professor Roden or Inda Watrous, Undergraduate Advisor for English.

1000-Level Courses

1601W: Race, Gender, and the Culture Industry

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

1601W | F 10:10-12:40  | Quinones, Lisa 

FAIRY TALES & LATINX LIT will explore feminism in classic Fairy Tales and coming of age Latinx Literature (in fiction, memoir and poetry) - specifically mother/daughter relationships, Gender Roles, "culture schizophrenia" - and the underlying influences that fairytale motifs play in both Latinx Literature and Culture.

2000-Level Courses

2100: British Literature I

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2100 | M 3:35 - 6:05 | Roden, Frederick  

For English speakers, the literary production and culture of Britain is the oldest and perhaps the most important tradition of influence. Global literature including cultural output in America has its roots in this history from (before) “Beowulf to Virginia Woolf” (and beyond). This course will provide an introduction to the literary history of Britain (Medieval, Renaissance, Restoration/Enlightenment) to the end of the eighteenth century. As we analyze “canonical” works, we interrogate modern constructions of gender and sexuality, race, religion, ethnicity, dis/ability, and nationhood. We trace these western notions from their original contexts. When we study texts that became the canon (and its borderlands), we explore “what makes a classic.”

2203: American Literature Since 1880

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2203 |  TuTh 11:00 - 12:15 | Pierrot, Gregory

2401: Poetry

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2401 |  M 6:20 - 8:50 | Fisher, Ira

2407: The Short Story

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2407 |  S 10:00 - 12:30 | Moeckel-Rieke, Hannah

2408: Modern Drama

Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2408 | TuTh 3:30 - 4:45 | Brown, Pamela 

Theater is mysterious: why do we love to see real people play imagined ones, in fictions about human emotions and conflicts and joys?  How does theater work on us, and what is its purpose?  What are the major forms and styles of modern drama? How do race, class, gender and sexuality intersect in this genre, especially in the dimension of performance? This course will strive to make you a better reader, viewer, critic and audience for the many dramas you take in on film and in the theater.   You will read and see works by major playwrights from the late 19thc century to today, including Oscar Wilde, Eugene Ionesco, Bertolt Brecht, Tennessee Williams, Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, and Lynn Nottage, among others. Required: weekly journals, play report, midterm, final.

    2409: The Modern Novel

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

    2409 | F 1:25 - 3:35 | Cramer, Patricia  

      2411W: Popular Literature

      Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

      2411W | TuTh 12:30 - 1:45 | Pierrot, Gregory 

        2600: Introduction to Literary Studies

        Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or 3800; open to English majors, others with instructor consent.

        2600 | W 3:35 - 6:05 | Cramer, Patricia  

          2701: Creative Writing I

          Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011. May not be taken out of sequence after passing ENGL 3701, 3703, or 3713.

          2701 | 12:00-12:00 | Shaw, Francine (W)

          3000-Level Courses

          3003W: Advanced Expository Writing

          Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

          3003W | 12:00-12:00 | Shaw, Francine (W)


          3013W: Media Publishing

          Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Cannot be taken for credit after passing ENGL 3011.

          3013 | TuTh 2:00 - 3:15 | Brown, Pamela 

          Blogging Culture 

          Why are most blogs so forgettable, all flash and no substance? Very few stand out for stylish writing, original ideas, forceful arguments, and critical thinking. In this course, you will create a blog that does stand out for the right reasons. Using free templates, you will create a blog the first week and begin to post. Your fellow students will serve as your test market, as you respond to prompts about social media, music, movies, books, sports, art, food, activism, local, national, and international issues and more. You will also suggest topics to the class and share your blog on a class website. By posting frequently, generating and keeping a log of ideas, and commenting on others’ writing, you will work toward the goal of achieving a more lively, personal, and distinctive style. Required graded work: creation of a working blog; weekly posts; a log of ideas; written feedback to other students; and a final presentation.

            3318: Literature and Culture of the Third World

            Prerequisites: ENGL 1007 or 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

            3318 | Tu 5:30 - 8:00 | Roden, Frederick  

            Jewish writings from prehistory have been preoccupied with the idea of “home,” a sense of place. The earliest Jewish story in the Bible begins with a quest for a new land. Throughout antiquity, in both expulsions and determined dispersions (the first diasporas, “scatterings across”), Jewish literature has simultaneously looked back and forward: to where one came from and where one was going. To “be” Jewish is an active verb. This narrative is not a simple precursor of some temporal and geographical European relationship to ancient Israel as a foundational culture. Rather, Jewish life has been global beyond the Judean Middle East for more than two millennia, including Africa and Asia as well as the Mediterranean world.

            In this course, we will study what it means to create an identity and self whose single constant is complex location. Global Jewish literature (beyond “western” culture, Europe and North America) encompasses not only ancient Africa and Asia but also Early Modern Latin America and modern Australia. The journeys of diaspora are not limited in origin to the destruction of Jerusalem in the first century

            of the Common Era, but rather are inherent to Jewish literature, often leading to mixed and conflicted “belongings” across space.

            As we study this literature and culture, we will pay particular attention to the tensions of home. Who are my neighbors and how do I relate to them? What is my nation; how must I belong (across time and place) to more than one simultaneously? Where is my home, and where might I feel at home, even if in literary imagination rather than geography? We will compare Jews with other “foreigners” in lands. We will also consider Jewish identity (however it is defined) through an intersectional repertoire, focusing not only on time and place (premodern to postmodern), but also gender, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, class, language, social change, and especially questions of diversity both within and beyond “peoplehood.”