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Department of English

Chair

William A. Gleason

Associate Chair

Daphne A. Brooks

Departmental Representative

Sophie G. Gee

Director of Graduate Studies

Zahid R. Chaudhary

Professor

Daphne A. Brooks, also African American Studies 

Eduardo L. Cadava 

Anne A. Cheng, also African American Studies 

Bradin Cormack

Maria A. DiBattista, also Comparative Literature 

Jill S. Dolan, also Lewis Center for the Arts, Theater 

Diana J. Fuss 

Simon E. Gikandi 

William A Gleason 

Claudia L. Johnson 

Lee C. Mitchell 

Deborah E. Nord 

Jeff E. Nunokawa 

Esther H. Schor 

D. Vance Smith 

Nigel Smith 

Valerie A. Smith, also African American Studies 

Susan A. Stewart 

Susan J. Wolfson 

Associate Professor

Zahid R. Chaudhary

Andrew Cole

Jeffrey Dolven

Sophie G. Gee

Meredith Anne Martin

Tamsen O. Wolff

Assistant Professor

Joshua I. Kotin

Russell J. Leo

Sarah Rivett

Gayle M. Salamon

Alexandra T. Vazquez, also African American Studies

Instructor

Sarah Chihaya

Lecturer

Sarah M. Anderson

Yulia Ryzhik, also Council of the Humanities

Robert N. Sandberg, also Lewis Center for the Arts, Theater

Associated Faculty

April Alliston, Comparative Literature

Leonard Barkan, Comparative Literature


Information and Departmental Plan of Study

In the Department of English, students read widely across the genres and periods of British, American, and Anglophone literature and explore approaches to literary study with a distinguished, internationally renowned faculty. The department's ranks include historicists and formalists, theorists and poets, and postcolonialists and feminists; the faculty teach not only poetry, prose, and drama, but film, music, art, architecture, and technology. The department is united by a passion for works of the imagination and for thinking about what they mean and the difference they make in the world.

The department offers courses that cover more than two millennia of literature and culture, in settings ranging from large lectures to small seminars to one-on-one advising. A typical program of study embraces new and experimental writing, important rediscoveries, and the most hallowed texts of the Western literary tradition, the "news that stays news." The department cultivates a common critical vocabulary and joins in debating enduring questions about art, language, and society. The junior year begins with a diverse array of junior seminars, which couple the study of a specific subject with methodological training in critical reading and writing. Juniors and seniors pursue independent work on subjects of their choosing in collaboration with the faculty, and they may elect tracks in British, American, or Anglophone literatures, arts and media, theory and criticism, creative writing, theater and performance studies, or comparative literatures. The department also encourages concentrators who wish to pursue interdisciplinary work through certificate programs.

English concentrators graduate as incisive readers, cogent thinkers, and persuasive writers. They carry with them a lasting ability to take informed pleasure in all forms of literature, in the process of writing, and in the meanings and powers of culture. Graduates go on to become leaders in such fields as education, law, medicine, journalism, business, politics, and the creative arts. Simply put, learning to read closely and write fluently--the twin pillars of the discipline--are among the most valuable skills graduates can bring to the world's work.

Prerequisites

English department prerequisites provide a background in literary history and familiarity with one of the major genres. Concentrators take both ENG 200 (British Literature from the 14th to the 18th Centuries) and one of the 200-level Reading Literature courses: ENG 205 (Poetry), ENG 206 (Fiction), ENG 207 (Drama), or ENG 208 (The Essay).

Program of Study

English concentrators must take a total of 11 courses: two 200-level prerequisites, the Junior Seminar, and eight departmental courses, seven of which must be at the 300 level or above. With the permission of the departmental representative, concentrators may count one cognate course from another department, where that course adds depth or perspective to their studies in English. (Some optional tracks may permit more cognates or specify their nature: see below.)

Distribution Requirements. Departmental distribution requirements ensure historical and generic breadth in each concentrator's program of study. Foundations (two courses in British literature before 1800, only one of which can be Shakespeare, and one course in American literature before 1900) grounds concentrators in the history of English. Modernity (one course in literature after 1800) brings them up to date. Diasporas (one course in Anglophone or U.S. minority literatures) explores the racial, cultural, and geographical diversities that inform literary tradition. Theory and Criticism (one course) provides tools for thinking critically across all these periods, identities, and genres. Each semester, the department offers a wide variety of courses in each area, and a full list is available on the department website. (By arrangement with the departmental representative, some courses may satisfy two requirements simultaneously.)

A few rules regarding departmental courses:

Majors may not pass/D/fail English courses. This includes cross-listed courses, even if English is not the home department.

If you study abroad, you may count two courses per semester abroad toward your departmentals. The exception to this is the Junior Seminar in London: you may count two classes plus the seminar.

Cross-listed courses do not count against the Rule of 12 so long as the home department is not English.

In the Department of English, it is not permissible to drop the lowest-graded departmental course from your average.

Tracks. Optional tracks offer the chance for students with special interests to focus their programs of study within the discipline of English and on questions that lie between disciplines. Concentrators may elect a track at any time: a junior may already know she wants to focus on literary theory; a second-semester senior may realize he has been writing about literature and the arts all along. Some tracks, however, have more requirements than others (arts and media, theater and performance studies, and creative writing in particular), and students are advised to make a start as early as the sophomore year.

Literature, Culture, Language:
Concentrators may focus on a particular national or international body of work: British, American, or Anglophone.

British: Literature and culture of the British Isles. Requirements: four courses in British literature; one junior paper and the senior thesis on a British topic. One cognate course in another department (history, art and archaeology, etc.) on a British topic may be counted.

American: Literature and culture of the territories that became the United States, from native peoples and the first European settlers to the present day. Requirements: four courses in American literature (including at least one of ENG 201, ENG 353, or ENG 366); one junior paper and the senior thesis on an American topic. One cognate course in another department (history, art and archaeology, etc.) on an American topic may be counted. This track is often combined with a certificate in American studies or African American studies.

Anglophone: Literature and culture of English as a global language. Four courses in Anglophone literature; one junior paper and the senior thesis on an Anglophone topic. Up to two cognate courses in another department (history, art and archaeology, etc.) on an Anglophone topic may be counted.

Arts and Media:
Literature in relation to other arts, including architecture, visual art, film, photography, music (classical, popular, or other); and/or in relation to its circumstances of production and transmission, from manuscript to print to radio, television, and the Internet. Requirements: three courses in topics related to the arts and media, including up to two cognates from other departments; one junior paper and the senior thesis on a related topic.

Comparative Literatures:
English in relation to the literature of another language. Requirements: at least three and no more than four 300-level courses in a single foreign language (with no other cognates permitted); one junior paper and the senior thesis on a comparative topic (including translation). With permission of the departmental representative, some foreign language classes may be used to satisfy the departmental distribution requirements.

Theory and Criticism:
For students interested in thinking about the underlying principles by which we understand literature. Considers the history and theory of literary interpretation from Plato to the present, including such methods and movements as linguistics, structuralism, feminism, psychoanalysis, Marxism, cultural studies, gender and sexuality studies, race studies, postcolonial studies, and deconstruction. Requirements: three courses in literary or cultural theory and literary criticism, including either ENG 305 or ENG 306; one junior paper and the senior thesis on a topic in theory and criticism, or making imaginative use of critical methodologies.

Theater and Performance Studies:
A home for the study of dramatic literature, performance culture, and/or performance studies. Includes traditional theater, live and recorded music, popular culture performances, avant-garde arts, stand-up comedy, street theater, contemporary dance, and slam poetry. Requirements: one introductory class in theater by the end of sophomore year; at least two and not more than three 300- or 400-level courses in theater, counted as departmental courses (no other cognates are allowed); departmental courses must also include one upper-level Shakespeare course, one course in drama and/or performance before 1700, and one course in drama and/or performance after 1700; one junior paper and the senior thesis on a related topic.

Creative Writing:
Students elect the creative writing track provisionally; final admission depends on the permission of the Program in Creative Writing to write a creative thesis. The Department of English recommends that students take at least one 200-level creative writing course by the end of sophomore year. Requirements: a minimum of two and a maximum of three courses at the 300 level or above in creative writing counted as departmental courses (no other cognates are allowed); creative thesis. Students not approved to write a creative thesis revert to one of the other tracks. One 300-level creative writing class may be used as a cognate.

Individual Program of Study:
By special arrangement with the departmental representative, students may design an interdisciplinary track in an area not covered by the above, counting two cognates taken in other departments toward their eight departmentals.

Cognates. Concentrators are ordinarily allowed one cognate course (a course in another department that is counted toward the requirements of the Department of English). Cognates should have a bearing on your studies in English (a history course in a period or place whose literature you have studied, a course in related literature of another language, etc.), and they must be approved by the departmental representative. (You can request approval by email.)

Independent Work

Concentrators write two junior papers, the first in conjunction with the fall junior seminar, and the second with a faculty adviser chosen at the end of the fall term. The senior thesis is written with an adviser chosen in the spring of junior year.

The Junior Seminar

An introduction to the methods of research and the arts of criticism, taken in the fall of junior year. Concentrators choose one from a menu of five or six seminars when they sign into the department as sophomores. The courses are typical (ranging from Emily Dickinson to "Theater and Sacrifice"), but all of them involve intensive practice in the reading and writing of literary criticism. The fall junior paper is written in conjunction with the seminar, with the seminar instructor as adviser.

During the junior fall, students should plan a program of departmental courses for the next two years. The planned course work for the junior spring and senior year should be discussed with the junior seminar leader, who signs the SCORE sheet and acts as the junior adviser during the fall term.

Senior Theses. For English concentrators, senior theses are typically 20,000 words (or 80 pages) in length, on a topic chosen in collaboration with the thesis adviser and approved by the committee of departmental studies. One chapter or 20 pages of the thesis is due in December.

Senior Departmental Examination

Comprehensive examinations are set at the end of the senior year, in two four-hour parts on successive days. The first day consists of 15 to 20 passages from the full range of genres, periods, and geographies taught in the department; students write about three. The second day poses questions on period, genre, and theory.

The Rule of 12

A student in the A.B. program is limited to 12 one-term courses (plus independent work) in a given department, plus up to two departmental prerequisites taken during the freshman or sophomore year. Students who exceed the 31-course requirement for graduation may exceed the Rule of 12 by as many courses (e.g., if you take 32 courses total, you can exceed the rule of 12 by one course). For most English concentrators, this means only 12 courses primarily designated as English courses (ENG courses or cross-listed courses where ENG comes first--e.g., ENG 327/GSS 332). Departmental cognates do not count against the Rule of 12.

Study Abroad

The department encourages students to consider studying abroad for a semester or a year. We especially invite students to consider the junior fall term at University College London. There students attend a special Junior Seminar with a visiting Princeton professor and receive direct supervision for the fall junior paper while also attending courses taught through the University of London.

Courses taken abroad may, with approval, receive both departmental and distribution credit (in general, the department can accept two or three courses for each semester abroad). Students considering study abroad should consult the departmental representative at an early stage.

Certificate Programs. The department encourages concentrators to pursue certificates from other programs in conjunction with their studies in English. The creative writing and theater and performance studies tracks are specifically designed to accommodate students seeking the relevant certificates, and most students who specialize in comparative literatures get a certificate in their second language. Concentrators who specialize in American literature, culture, and language will find the program fits well with certificates in American studies or African American studies, but students in almost any track will find that their work in English can be profitably combined with such certificates as gender and sexuality studies, Judaic studies, Latin American studies, medieval studies, visual arts, environmental studies, or other programs.

Honors in English at graduation are computed according to the following percentages:

  • Departmentals (excluding the Junior Seminar) 50 percent
  • Thesis 25 percent
  • Junior Independent Work 5 percent for each junior paper; 5 percent for Junior Seminar
  • Comprehensives 10 percent

Further Information. For further information, consult the departmental representative and the department's website.


Courses


ENG 132 Imagining America   Not offered this year LA

An introduction to the cross-cultural study of American literatures, with special attention to the multiple points of connection, conflict, dialogue, and exchange that characterize American writings. Texts may be drawn from a broad range of periods, regions, and cultures. One lecture, two classes. Staff

ENG 200 Introduction to English Literature: 14th to 18th Century   Spring LA

An introduction to English literary history. Centered on four great writers--Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, and Pope. Two lectures, one 90-minute preceptorial. S. Gee

ENG 205 Reading Literature: Poetry   Fall LA

An introduction to the art of poetry in English from Shakespeare to Mother Goose, from free verse to sestinas, from the beginnings to the 21st century. Discussions will range from the minutiae of how poetry works--rhythm, syntax, trope, image, lineation, sound--to the role of its unique kinds of thinking and feeling in our world. Two lectures, one 90-minute preceptorial. E. Schor

ENG 206 Reading Literature: Fiction   Spring LA

This course is designed to provoke and cultivate an interest both in close reading of particular texts and in the huge range of different forms of fiction. The goal is to enrich our understanding of the real world by knowing more about how the imagination works. Works studied will run from The Odyssey to contemporary English and American fiction. Two lectures, one 90-minute preceptorial. Z. Chaudhary, S. Chihaya

ENG 207 Reading Literature: Drama   Fall LA

This course is designed to teach students how to read plays as literature written for performance. Key assumptions are that every act of reading is an act of interpretation, that a good reader of dramatic literature engages in an activity nearly identical to that of a good director or actor or designer, and that a reader might learn from theater practitioners how to make critical choices based on close reading. Students will get on their feet to explore exactly how a play is what it is. Two lectures, one 90-minute preceptorial. R. Sandberg

ENG 208 Reading Literature: The Essay   Not offered this year LA

This course introduces students to the range of the essay form as it has developed from the early modern period to our own. The class will be organized, for the most part, chronologically, beginning with the likes of Bacon and Hobbes, and ending with some contemporary examples of and reflections on the form. It will consider how writers as various as Sidney, Hume, Johnson, Emerson, Woolf, C.L.R. James, and Stephen Jay Gould have defined and revised the essay's shape and scope. Two lectures, one 90-minute preceptorial. J. Nunokawa

ENG 230 Public Speaking   Spring LA

Emphasis upon the preparation and delivery of expository and persuasive speeches before audiences composed of the speaker's fellow students. Consultations with the instructor, readings in textbooks, and written analyses of speeches supplement frequent practice in speaking. One 90-minute lecture, two classes. T. Wolff

ENG 240 Origins and Nature of English Vocabulary (see CLA 208)

ENG 241 Introduction to Language and Linguistics (see LIN 201)

ENG 300 Junior Seminar in Critical Writing   Fall

Students learn to write clear and persuasive criticism in a workshop setting while becoming familiar with a variety of critical practices and research methods. The course culminates in the writing of a junior paper. Each section will pursue its own topic; students are assigned according to choices made during sophomore sign-ins. Required of all English majors. One three-hour seminar. Staff

ENG 303 The Gothic Tradition (see COM 372)

ENG 305 Contemporary Literary Theory   Spring LA

Fundamental questions about the nature, function, and value of literary theory. A small number of strategically selected theoretical topics, including exemplary literary works as reference points for discussion. Two 90-minutes seminars. G. Salamon

ENG 306 History of Criticism   Spring LA

A study of particular developments in criticism and theory, from Aristotle to Nietzsche. The course will also consider the relation of contemporary criticism to movements and issues such as deconstruction, feminism, psychoanalysis, and cultural materialism. One three-hour seminar. A. Cole

ENG 310 The Old English Period (also MED 310)   Not offered this year LA

An intensive introduction to the English language spoken and written in the British Isles approximately 500 to 1100 C.E., leading to a critical survey of the literature. Attention is paid both to linguistic questions and to the cultural context of such poems as Beowulf and the Dream of the Rood. Two 90-minute seminars. S. Anderson

ENG 311 The Medieval Period   Spring LA

A study of the Middle English texts that span the period from the Norman Conquest to the Tudor Renaissance, with attention paid to Middle English as a language. Readings will be chosen from verse romance, drama, political and religious writings, romance and/or lyric. Two lectures, one preceptorial. S. Anderson

ENG 312 Chaucer   Fall LA

A study of Chaucer's art with reference to the intellectual, social, and literary conventions of the Middle Ages. The course introduces the student by this means to the characteristically medieval aspects of Chaucer's poetry. Two lectures, one preceptorial. A. Cole

ENG 317 The Modern European Novel: Joyce, Mann, and Proust (see COM 306)

ENG 320 Shakespeare I   Fall LA

A study of Shakespeare's plays, covering the first half of his career. Emphasis will be on each play as a work of art and on Shakespeare's development as a poet and dramatist. Two lectures, one preceptorial. R. Leo

ENG 321 Shakespeare II   Spring LA

A study of Shakespeare's plays, covering the second half of his career. Emphasis will be on each play as a work of art and on Shakespeare's development as a poet and dramatist. Two lectures, one preceptorial. R. Leo

ENG 322 Spenser   Spring LA

A study of the development of the epic romance from Vergil to Spenser through a reading of the Aeneid and the three great Renaissance epic romances: Ariosto's Orlando Furioso, Tasso's Gerusalemme Liberata, and Spenser's The Faerie Queene. Two lectures, one preceptorial. J. Dolven

ENG 323 The 16th Century   Not offered this year LA

The study of 16th-century literature, both prose and poetry, in order to define the achievement of the English Renaissance. Literary accomplishments will be placed in the more general context of Elizabethan culture and Renaissance intellectual history. Readings in Wyatt, Surrey, Sidney, Shakespeare, Marlowe, Spenser, Donne. Two 90-minute seminars. J. Dolven

ENG 325 Milton   Spring LA

A study of Milton's poetry and prose, with particular attention to Milton's poetic style and development and his indebtedness to various classical traditions. Emphasis will also be given to Milton as thinker and to the place he holds in 17th-century thought. Two lectures, one preceptorial. N. Smith

ENG 326 The 17th Century   Fall LA

A study of the interaction of literature, culture, and politics during the 17th century. The course will focus on the nature of political work done by literary texts, the representation of changing gender relations, and the evolution of literary forms. Authors include Jonson, Herbert, Donne, Marvell, Hobbes, Milton, Dryden, and the Cavalier Poets. Two 90-minute seminars. Y. Ryzhik

ENG 327 The English Drama to 1700   Not offered this year LA

A study of English drama from its medieval origins to Restoration comedy, with special attention to the astonishingly vital commercial theater of the Renaissance. The course will consider the aesthetic and cultural power of dramatic texts and the theater's characteristic production of social anxiety. Two 90-minute seminars. R. Leo

ENG 328 Topics in the Renaissance   Not offered this year LA

An intensive study of various aspects of Renaissance literature. Topics may include sex and gender in the Renaissance, Shakespearean comedies, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, Renaissance lyric poetry. Two 90-minute seminars. N. Smith, R. Leo

ENG 329 Topics in the Renaissance   Not offered this year LA

An intensive study of various aspects of Renaissance literature. Topics may include sex and gender in the Renaissance, Shakespearean comedies, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, Renaissance lyric poetry. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff

ENG 330 English Literature of the 18th Century   Not offered this year LA

A study of major figures from the Augustan Age through the Age of Johnson: Swift, Pope, Fielding, Boswell, Johnson, Sterne, and Blake. Selections include a wide range of literary types from Gulliver's Travels and Joseph Andrews to Boswell's London Journal and Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Two lectures, one preceptorial. S. Gee

ENG 331 English Fiction before 1800   Not offered this year LA

Primarily a course in novels of the 18th century, though early narratives may also be read. Among writers read will be Defoe, Smollett, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, the Gothic novelists, and Jane Austen. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff

ENG 334 Criticism Workshop (see THR 326)

ENG 335 American Literature before 1825   Not offered this year LA

An examination of the literature of early America within the context of the intellectual, social, and literary traditions. The course will survey writers from Anne Bradstreet and Edward Taylor to Irving and Cooper, with emphasis on the influence of Puritanism and the Enlightenment. Two lectures, one preceptorial. S. Rivett

ENG 338 Topics in 18th-Century Literature   Not offered this year LA

This course will at different times deal with particular currents of literature and thought in the 18th century, or with individual authors. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff

ENG 339 Topics in 18th-Century Literature   Not offered this year LA

This course will at different times deal with particular currents of literature and thought in the 18th century, or with individual authors. Two lectures, one preceptorial. C. Johnson

ENG 340 Romanticism and the Age of Revolution   Fall LA

A study of the Romantic movement in an age of revolutions: its literary culture, its variety of genres, its cultural milieu, and the interactions of its writers. Major figures to be studied include Wollstonecraft, Blake, Wordsworth, and Coleridge. Two 90-minute seminars. S. Wolfson

ENG 341 The Later Romantics   Spring LA

A study of the young writers who defined English literary culture, especially the Romantic movement, in Regency and late Georgian England. Course material will include poetry, prose, and fiction, with emphasis on close reading as well as cultural contexts. Among the major figures to be studied are the Shelleys, Byron, and Keats. Two 90-minute seminars. S. Wolfson

ENG 342 Experimental Fiction (see COM 325)

ENG 344 Topics in Romanticism   Not offered this year LA

An intensive study of particular aspects of British Romanticism, which may include individual authors, genres, experiments, and legacies. Two 90-minute seminars. E. Schor

ENG 345 19th-Century Fiction   Fall LA

Novels of the Romantic and Victorian periods, beginning with Jane Austen, including the Brontës and the major Victorians, and ending with Hardy. Two lectures, one preceptorial. J. Nunokawa

ENG 346 19th-Century Poetry   Not offered this year LA

This survey of 19th-century British poetry will explore the ways in which Victorian poetry and poetic form influenced and were influenced by national movements: education, empire, voting reform, gender relations, and the rise of technology. It will consider how the afterlife of 19th-century poetry haunts our interpretation of early 20th-century poetry, and re-historicize Victorian poetics amid the vibrant and complicated tapestry of the 19th century. Students will read poems by Tennyson, D.G. Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Barrett Browning, Browning, Swinburne, Hardy, Clough, Bridges, and Hopkins. Two 90-minute seminars. M. Martin

ENG 347 Victorian Literature and Society   Not offered this year LA

An examination of the responses of Victorian novelists, poets, social critics, and graphic artists to poverty, industrialization, the "woman question," prostitution, slum life, and other social and political issues of the day. Special emphasis on the development of a language and imagery of social criticism. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff

ENG 348 Literature of the Fin de Siècle   Not offered this year LA

This course will study the literature of the Fin de Siècle,with forays into its afterlife in Edwardian England. It will be concerned especially with how these texts embody and illuminate various crises--aesthetic, linguistic, sexual, metric, ethnic, economic--that occupied the culture of the late 19th and earliest 20th centuries. Authors to be considered include Wilde, Conrad, Gilbert and Sullivan, Pater, Shaw, Hopkins, Hardy, Bridges, Patmore, Meynell, Kipling, Newbolt, Saintsbury, Rossetti, Field, Morris, and Yeats. Two lectures, one preceptorial. M. Martin

ENG 349 Modern Irish Theatre: Oscar Wilde to Martin McDonagh to Riverdance (see THR 316)

ENG 350 Literature of the American Renaissance, 1820-1860   Spring LA

A study of the major forms and traditions of American literature during the earlier 19th century, with main emphasis on such writers as Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, and Whitman. The artistic achievement of these writers will be studied in relation to developing literary conventions and cultural patterns in pre-Civil War America. Two 90-minute seminars. L. Mitchell

ENG 351 American Literature: 1865-1930   Not offered this year LA

A study of the development of American literature within the context of the shifting social, intellectual, and literary conventions of the period. Emphasis will be on the artistic achievement of writers such as James, Howells, Twain, Dreiser, Crane, Adams, Wharton, Cather, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner. Two lectures, one preceptorial. L. Mitchell

ENG 352 African American Literature: Origins to 1910 (see AAS 353)

ENG 356 Topics in American Literature   Spring LA

An investigation of issues outside the scope of traditional surveys of American literature. Topics may include: definitions of "America," literature of the South, contemporary poetry, New Historicism, America on film, the Harlem Renaissance, the Vietnam War, the sentimental novel, colonial encounters, literature of the Americas, fictions of empire, Jewish American writers. Two lectures, one preceptorial. L. Mitchell

ENG 357 Topics in American Literature   Fall LA

An investigation of issues outside the scope of traditional surveys of American literature. Topics may include: definitions of "America," literature of the South, contemporary poetry, New Historicism, America on film, the Harlem Renaissance, the Vietnam War, the sentimental novel, colonial encounters, literature of the Americas, fictions of empire. Two lectures, one preceptorial. L. Mitchell

ENG 358 American Genres: Western, Screwball Comedy, Film Noir (see AMS 328)

ENG 360 Modern Fiction   Spring LA

The Modern movement in English fiction, from Conrad and Joyce to the present. Two lectures, one preceptorial. M. DiBattista

ENG 361 Theatre and Society (see THR 309)

ENG 362 Modern Poetry   Spring LA

British poetry from the end of the 19th century to the middle of the 20th--from the height of empire to its dissolution. Special attention to the ways in which poets respond to crises historical and personal. Poets considered include Hardy, Yeats, Eliot, Auden, Stevie Smith, and Dylan Thomas, among others. Two lectures, one preceptorial. M. Martin

ENG 363 Gender, Sexuality, and Contemporary U.S. Theatre and Performance (see GSS 363)

ENG 364 Modern Drama   Spring LA

A study of major plays by Ibsen, Strindberg, Jarry, Chekhov, Pirandello, Brecht, and Beckett. Emphasis will be given to the theatrical revolutions they initiated and to the influence they continue to exert on contemporary drama and theater. Two lectures, one preceptorial. R. Sandberg

ENG 365 Isn't It Romantic? The Broadway Musical from Rodgers and Hammerstein to Sondheim (see GSS 365)

ENG 366 African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to Present (see AAS 359)

ENG 367 American Women Writers   Not offered this year LA

Nineteenth- and 20th-century literature by American women, with particular emphasis on their historical, cultural, and critical contexts. This course will survey the diversity of writings by American women in relation to questions of canon formation, immigration, race and ethnicity, genre, aesthetics, modernism, and postmodernism. Two lectures, one preceptorial. D. Fuss

ENG 368 American Literature: 1930-Present   Not offered this year LA

A study of modern American writings, from Faulkner to Diaz, that emphasize the interplay between formal experimentation and thematic diversity. Two lectures, one preceptorial. L. Mitchell

ENG 370 Contemporary Fiction   Not offered this year LA

An exploration of the connections and disconnects of our ever-smaller world, viewed through English-language novels and films of the last 25 years. At stake: translatability of language and ideas, processes of immigration, dynamics of economic development, history and memory, heroism and maturity, and notions of the future itself, in societies of rapid change. Throughout, the intersections between state policy and individual lives will be considered, such that while the course is premised on grand geopolitical questions, attention will focus on localized examples: specific texts, close reading. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff

ENG 371 Contemporary Poetry   Not offered this year LA

With an emphasis on British, Australian, and American poetry from 1945 to the present, this course covers a range of work. It considers such groups as the Beats, the Confessionals, the Surrealists, and the New York School, but attention will mostly be devoted to major works by MacDiarmid, Bishop, Lowell, Auden, Berryman, Brooks, Jarrell, Thomas, Larkin, Levertov, Ammons, Creeley, Duncan, Ginsberg, O'Hara, Ashbery, Merwin, Tomlinson, Walcott, Hill, Plath, Murray, Trantner, Kinsella, and others. Classwork will be supplemented by attending readings on and off campus. Two lectures, one preceptorial. S. Stewart

ENG 372 Contemporary Drama   Not offered this year LA

An examination of some of the best literature written for the stage since the Second World War. Two lectures, one preceptorial. T. Wolff

ENG 373 Acting, Being, Doing, and Making: Introduction to Performance Studies (see THR 300)

ENG 379 Clues, Evidence, Detection: Law Stories (see CHV 375)

ENG 383 Race, Sex, and the Marriage Plot in American Film Comedies (see AAS 324)

ENG 385 Children's Literature   Spring LA

A close examination of fairy tales and fantasies written for children but also addressed to adults. Questions to be considered will be literary, cultural, and psychological: the role of fantasy in an age of repression, didacticism versus amorality, male versus female writers, and the conventions of the Victorian fairy tale. Two lectures, one preceptorial. W. Gleason

ENG 386 Literature and Environment (also ENV 386)   Not offered this year LA

Examines how literature defines concepts of "nature'' or "environment'' from agrarian to postindustrial times. The course will consider rural-urban interaction; forms of pastoral and anti-pastoral; representations of plant or animal life; images of place and region; influence of geography, ecology, and evolutionary biology on modern literary expression. Two 90-minute seminars. Staff

ENG 388 The Female Literary Tradition (also GSS 399)   Not offered this year LA

The development of women's writing from the 18th century to the present with readings in poetry, fiction, and drama. Emphasis on relationships between gender and genre, and on historical, cultural, and theoretical issues raised by a female literary tradition. One three-hour seminar. , D. Nord Staff

ENG 389 Women Writers of the African Diaspora (also AAS 389/GSS 389)   Not offered this year LA

A reading of fiction by African, Caribbean, and African American women writers. Diverse strategies for addressing issues of race, gender, and culture in local, global, personal, and political terms are considered. Two lectures, one preceptorial. D. Brooks

ENG 390 The Bible as Literature (also COM 207/HUM 207)   Not offered this year LA

The Bible will be read closely in its own right and as an enduring resource for literature and commentary. The course will cover its forms and genres, including historical narrative, uncanny tales, prophecy, lyric, lament, commandment, sacred biography, and apocalypse; its pageant of weird and extraordinary characters; and its brooding intertextuality. Students will become familiar with a wide variety of biblical interpretations, from the Rabbis to Augustine, Kafka and Kierkegaard. Cinematic commentary will be included--Bible films, from the campy to the sublime. One 90-minute lecture, one 90-minute preceptorial. E. Schor

ENG 392 Topics in African American Literature (see AAS 392)

ENG 393 African American Autobiography (see AAS 325)

ENG 394 Migration and the Literary Imagination (see AAS 365)

ENG 398 Special Topics in Performance History and Theory (see THR 331)

ENG 401 Forms of Literature   Spring LA

Each term course will be offered in special topics of English and American literature. One three-hour seminar. Topic: The Saga and the Medieval Imagination. S. Anderson

ENG 402 Forms of Literature (also AAS 408/LAO 402)   Fall LA

Each term course will be offered in special topics of English and American literature. One three-hour seminar. Topic: Introduction to U.S. Latina/o Literature. A. Vazquez

ENG 403 Forms of Literature   Not offered this year LA

Each term course will be offered in special topics of English and American literature. Two 90-minute seminars. M. Martin

ENG 404 Forms of Literature   Not offered this year LA

Each term course will be offered in special topics of English and American literature. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff

ENG 405 Topics in Poetry   Not offered this year LA

A focused view of a problem or issue in poetry, changing from year to year. Recent topics have emphasized problems of poetic language, metrics, poetry and social life, poetic influence and canonization, and the relations between poetry and other art forms. Two lectures, one preceptorial. J. Kotin

ENG 409 Topics in Drama (also THR 443)   Not offered this year LA

A detailed discussion of different bodies of theatrical literature, with emphasis and choice of materials varying from year to year. The focus will be on a group of related plays falling within a specific historical period, the developing work of one playwright, or the relationships among thematics, characterization, and structure. Two lectures, one preceptorial. M. Cadden

ENG 411 Major Author(s)   Spring LA

A close study of the works of one or two authors. May include Austen, Dickinson, Wordsworth, George Eliot, Dickens, Melville, Faulkner, James, Stevens, or Woolf, among others. Two 90-minute seminars. E. Cadava

ENG 412 Major Author(s)   Not offered this year LA

A close study of the works of one or two authors. May include Austen, Dickinson, Wordsworth, George Eliot, Dickens, Melville, Faulkner, James, Stevens, or Woolf, among others. Two 90-minute seminars. Staff

ENG 413 Major Author(s)   Not offered this year LA

A close study of the works of one or two authors. May include Austen, Dickinson, Wordsworth, George Eliot, Dickens, Melville, Faulkner, James, Stevens, or Woolf, among others. One three-hour seminar. Staff

ENG 414 Major Author(s)   Not offered this year LA

A close study of the works of one or two authors. May include Austen, Dickinson, Wordsworth, George Eliot, Dickens, Melville, Faulkner, James, Stevens, or Woolf, among others. One three-hour seminar. Staff

ENG 415 Topics in Literature and Ethics   Not offered this year EM

Courses offered under this rubric will investigate ethical questions in literature. Topics will range from a critical study of the textual forms these questions take to a historical study of an issue traditionally debated by both literature and ethics (responsibility, rhetoric, justice, violence, oppression). Two lectures, one preceptorial. L. Mitchell

ENG 416 Topics in Literature and Ethics (also COM 313)   Not offered this year EM

Courses offered under this rubric will investigate ethical questions in literature. Topics will range from a critical study of the textual forms these questions take to a historical study of an issue traditionally debated by both literature and ethics (responsibility, rhetoric, justice, violence, oppression). Two lectures, one preceptorial. S. Gikandi

ENG 417 Topics in Postcolonial Literature (also COM 423/AFS 416)   Not offered this year LA

Approaches to the connections between literature and nationality, focusing either on literatures outside the Anglo-American experience or on the theoretical issues involved in articulating nationality through literature. Two 90-minute seminars. S. Gikandi

ENG 418 Topics in Postcolonial Literature   Not offered this year LA

Approaches to the connections between literature and nationality, focusing either on literatures outside the Anglo-American experience or on the theoretical issues involved in articulating nationality through literature. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Z. Chaudhary

ENG 419 Seminar. Types of Ideology and Literary Form (see COM 401)

ENG 420 The Lyric (see COM 309)

ENG 424 Vladimir Nabokov (see SLA 417)

ENG 425 Cultures of the Afro-Diaspora (see AAS 412)

ENG 426 For Your Viewing Pleasure: Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary American Theatre, Film, and Popular (see GSS 403)

ENG 428 Latina/o Performance (see AAS 428)

ENG 430 The Age of Emerson (see AMS 315)