Southwestern

Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives

English

Course Descriptions

 English Course Offerings for Spring, 2018

10-114 College Writing. An introduction to best writing practices for university students. We will discuss and write on a range of topics and we’ll also address rhetoric and grammar. Also Paideia: Design. (Saenger)*

10-124 Great Reads: War. We will be reading a series of books that cope with the idea of war-across generations, species, and cultures. Our readings, going from Ancient Greece to Soviet Russia to modern America, will offer a variety of styles, genres and perspectives. No previous training in English literature is necessary. (Saenger)*

10-244 Introduction to Literary Studies. This course will demystify literary interpretation and provide students with tools to become more effective critical readers and writers.  We will focus on the diverse and often interrelated questions that literary critics ask of texts; the range of questions demonstrates that literature speaks of (and to) aesthetic, political, biographical, and cultural issues. Required for the English major and minor. (Meyers)*

10-304 Children’s Literature of the Transatlantic Nineteenth-Century. This course will explore the burgeoning field of “Childhood Studies” through the lens of 19th-Century Children’s Literature from both England and North America. Texts may include Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, Frances Hodges Burnett’s A Little Princess and The Secret Garden, Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Lewis Carrol’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan. Also Education 45-734. (Cleere)*

10-454 Feminist Film Theory. This course will focus on the way films define gender, and on the direction that film criticism takes when feminism goes to the movies.  Viewing films from the 1940s to the present, we will examine the way that popular culture implicitly (and explicitly) locates gender and sexuality along a continuum of acceptable and perverse types.  Not only will we study cinema’s depiction of men and women in traditional and stereotypical roles, we will attempt to measure the subversive potential of nontraditional themes such as work, crime, indigeneity, colonialism, Gothicism, race, reproduction, and sexual desire. Also Feminist Studies 04-554. Theory. (Cleere)

10-614 Early Drama. This is a brief introduction to early theater in England, going from religious performances of the Bible to the first appearance of female actors on the English stage. Discussion-based, with attention to the many kinds of spaces in which plays were performed. Pre-1785 British. (Saenger)

10-684 Postcolonial London. London is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world. As the seat of what was once the world’s largest political empire, it is marked everywhere by the grandeur and burden of its past. London has attracted people from the former empire and from around the world. This course focuses on writers who are themselves immigrants or the children of immigrants, and who have used London as a scene within which to negotiate colonialism and its legacies, including London’s ambivalent relationship to “Brexit.” It looks at a constellation of texts and issues within contemporary British writing, and addresses various issues within postcolonial literature and theory. Also Paideia: Investigating Identity. Post-1785 British. (Kilfoyle)

10-714 American Gothic: Faulkner, O’Connor, McCarthy. This course uses texts from three of the most significant 20th- and early 21st-century American writers to look at tensions and crosscurrents within American literature and culture. Not necessarily the happiest texts you’ll ever read, but some of the most powerful. In addition to some of Faulkner’s short fiction, we will be reading Absalom, Absalom!; O’Connor’s short fiction, and perhaps her novel Wise Blood; and McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, at least one the Border Trilogy novels, No Country for Old Men, and possibly The Road. Also Paideia: Investigating Identity. American. (Kilfoyle)

10-934: American Nobelity: Faulkner, Morrison, and Dylan. A reading and research course that will begin with questions about the nature of literary prizes, recognition, and canonicity before moving into works by the three most recent American recipients of the Nobel Prize for Literature. The course will culminate in student papers and presentation that grow out of either a deeper reading of one of the semester’s authors or another author the individual student believes worthy of such recognition. (Kilfoyle)

*Appropriate for First Year