111. Topics in Literature, Film, or Cultural Studies
Writing seminar for first-year students, an intensive engagement with a topic in literature, film, or cultural studies. See Topics Courses. (Writing Requirement)

201. Introduction to Literary Studies
Introduces students to methods of reading, analyzing, and interpreting literature. Focus on understanding conventions and technical aspects of a literary work and on introduction to multiple genres of literature. Students do close reading and are introduced to additional methods of critical inquiry involving literature. Shows students how to apply critical and literary vocabulary, and to develop writing and research skills. (Humanities)  

202. Introduction to Film Studies
An introduction to film as an art form, cultural practice, and institution. The class focuses on questions of film form and style (narrative, editing, sound, framing, mise-en-scène) and introduces students to concepts in film history and theory (e.g. national cinemas, periods and movements, institution, authorship, spectatorship, ideology, style, genre). Students develop a basic critical vocabulary and research practices for examining film. They apply their skills in oral and written analysis and interpretation to a wide range of films: old and new, local and global, mainstream and less familiar. (Humanities)

215. Introduction to Creative Writing
Beginning course in creative writing and an introductory course to the English major. Students will explore a myriad of writing techniques and approaches to writing in a variety of genres. Students will write, share work, and offer critiques. The course also includes the study of published authors as models for student writing, as literary historical context for artistic creation, and for the study of creative theory. Students will learn to analyze texts from a writer’s perspective, which they will apply to their own writing and to the study of literature in the major. (Fine Arts)

220. Nature Writing
A creative writing workshop focused on writing concerned with the environment and human relationships with the environment. Our focus will be on non-fiction and the lyric essay. Students will produce a range of creative works and will engage in thoughtful discussion and critique of peers’ work. We will also read widely in the tradition of environmental writers, including writers such as Rachel Carson, Aldo Leopold, Sigurd Olson, Annie Dillard, Barry Lopez, Terry Tempest Williams, and Gary Snyder to study techniques used by these writers. Offered in alternate or every third year. (Fine Arts)

240. Theatre, Architecture, and the Arts-Great Britain
Theatre, Architecture, and the Arts in Great Britain Beginning course in creative writing and an introductory course to the English major. Students will explore a myriad of writing techniques and approaches to writing in a variety of genres. Students will write, share work, and offer critiques. The course also includes the study of published authors as models for student writing, as literary historical context for artistic creation, and for the study of creative theory. Students will learn to analyze texts from a writer’s perspective, which they will apply to their own writing and to the study of literature in the major. Prerequisite: Writing designated course (W). (Humanities)

267. Multicultural Literature
Critical analysis of texts by national and international writers of "minority" status, which may include groups marginalized by race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic class. Consideration of the role of an author's status or identity in literary study. (Humanities)

273-277. Topics in English Studies
A focus on a topic in literary studies, in film, or on a topic that bridges literature, film, creative writing or other arts. See Topics Courses.

280/380. Internship: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 280/380.

311. Grammar and the Politics of English
An examination of the structures and forms which currently govern standard usage of the English language. Encompasses a broad view of grammar as a subject by a wide-ranging investigation of the history and development of the language. Examines the social and political implications of the development of English as a global language. Prerequisites: sophomore standing and a writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years. (Humanities)

317. Advanced Poetry Writing
Advanced course in writing poetry. Students will study techniques, share work, and offer critiques. The course will also include the study of published poetry. Additional topics will include publication options, manuscript submission procedures, and resources for writers. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: ENG 215 and sophomore standing. Alternate years. (Fine Arts)

318. Advanced Fiction Writing
Advanced course in writing fiction. Students will study techniques, share work, and offer critiques. The course will also include the study of published fiction. Additional topics may include publication options, manuscript submission procedures, and resources for writers. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisites: ENG 215 and sophomore standing. (Fine Arts)

319. Advanced Critical Writing
Advanced course in academic writing. In discussion, intensive workshops, and individual instruction, students will critically read and evaluate their own work and the work of their peers, as well as professional academic writers. In addition to writing several papers, students will substantially revise and expand the research for a paper they have written for a previous course. Students must bring to class on the first day a short paper they are prepared to further research and revise. The course will also give considerable attention to advanced information literacy and advanced writing style. This course is especially appropriate for students who intend to pursue graduate study or careers with a strong writing component. Prerequisites: junior standing and a writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215.

321. Studies in Medieval Literature
Topical concentrations in English and world literature of the Middle Ages, including cultural context. Topics may include: Arthurian romance, Dante, Chaucer, the mystical tradition, or chivalry. Prerequisites: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215, and sophomore standing. Offered every third year. No S/U option. (Humanities)

322. Medieval and Renaissance Drama: Shakespeare's Rivals
A research seminar studying the drama of Shakespeare’s predecessors, contemporaries, and rivals – such as Cary, Dekker, Ford, Marlowe, Middleton, etc. – within the context of the booming printing and theater trades of early modern England. Prerequisite: writing designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Offered every third year. (Humanities)

323. Shakespeare I: Comedies and Romances
Analytical, cultural-historical, and performative approaches to Shakespeare. Discussion of selected comedies and romances in their cultural contexts. Prerequisite: writing designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities) 

324. Shakespeare II: Histories and Tragedies
Critical analysis of Shakespeare's histories and tragedies, with attention paid to their cultural contexts and performative aspects. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities)

325. Renaissance Non-Dramatic Literature
English and world literature from the period 1500-1660. Topics may include: women writers; literature of geographic exploration; lyric poetry; studies of authors, such as Donne, Elizabeth I, Spenser, or of authors’ circles, such as the Sidney family. Prerequisite: ENG 111, 201, or 215. Offered in alternate years or every third year. (Humanities)

326. Milton
This course will provide a deep and thorough engagement with John Milton's epic poem, Paradise Lost. Attention will be given to the reading practices of early modern and post-modern audiences. Additional materials may include critical articles and other works by John Milton, like Comus, Samson Agonistes, or selections from his sonnets or prose works. The course will conclude with a consideration of contemporary uses for Milton's epic. Prerequisites: writing-designated course (W), and ENG 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years or every third year. (Humanities)

327. Shakespeare after Shakespeare: Performance and Cultural Criticism
A study of Shakespeare’s plays as blueprints for performance, and of the historically and culturally diverse forms of Shakespearean performances on stage and screen, including Asian, East European, and other renditions. Focus on the relationship of performance to the processes of cultural formation and reflection. Students in the class engage in performance workshops and production activities enabled by the Stephen Lacey Memorial Shakespeare Fund. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years or every third year. (Humanities)

328. Eighteenth Century English Literature
Drama, poetry and essays of the period 1660-1798. Discussion of the interplay between culture and literature. Topics may include colonialism; civility, honor and barbarism; politics and poetics of Restoration drama. Authors may include Behn, Wycherly and Rochester, Addison and Steele, Swift, Pope, and Eliza Haywood. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years or every third year. (Humanities)

329. Eighteenth Century Fiction
Examination of fiction written between 1660-1789. Discussion of the novel and the anti-novel using works such as Pamela, Joseph Andrews, The Female Quixote, Tristram Shandy, and Northanger Abbey. Some discussion of contemporary creative and critical responses to eighteenth-century fiction. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 111, 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years or every third year. (Humanities)

331. British Literature of the Romantic
An examination of intellectual, political, and aesthetic movements of the English Romantic period 1789-1832. May focus on a topic such as gender and Romantic poetics, the Gothic impulse, or slavery and abolition. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W),or ENG 111, 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years. (Humanities)

332. Queering the Restoration
This course examines the construction and disruption of gender--especially on the stage--during Restoration England (1660-1714). Readings will include comedy and drama from the period, along with historical and contemporary theories of gender and theatre. Assignments include papers, research projects, and performance. This course also counts towards the GSS major. Prerequisites: W course, ENG 201, 202, 215, or GSS 171. (Humanities)

333. Victorian Literature
Poetry, novels, essays, and plays written between 1837 and 1901. May focus on a topic, such as the Victorian life cycle, political reform movements, or turn-of-the-century decadence. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years. (Humanities)

334. Nineteenth Century English Novel
A study of one or more forms: the domestic novel, the Gothic novel, the serial novel, the novel of social critique. Authors may include Austen, Shelley, Dickens, Eliot, Trollope, and Wilde. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years. (Humanities)

335. Virginia Woolf
Novels and essays by the iconic and innovative early twentieth century British writer and critic, Virginia Woolf, including A Room of One's Own and other groundbreaking essays, novels such as Jacob's Room, To the Lighthouse, Mrs. Dalloway, The Waves, Orlando, and Between the Acts, and her autobiographical writing "A Sketch of the Past." Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years. This course also counts toward the GSS major. (Humanities)

336. Early Twentieth Century Literature
Texts from the first half of the twentieth century, chosen from British and American writers such as Rebecca West, Ernest Hemingway, Dorothy Richardson, H. D., Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Zora Neale Hurston, and others. The course may include films of the early twentieth century, and may focus on a topic such as films and literature of World War I or transatlantic modernist experiments in literature and film. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years. (Humanities)

343. The American Renaissance
Literary and cultural trends in the early- and mid-nineteenth century with attention to Transcendentalism, Melville's Moby-Dick, and philosophical contradictions within the period. Authors in addition to Melville may include Emerson, Thoreau, Fuller, Douglass, and Alcott. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Offered every third year. (Humanities)

345. Late Nineteenth Century American Literature
Literary and cultural trends of the late-nineteenth century with a focus on the relationship between literary and social movements of the time period. Authors may include Twain, James, Whitman, Davis, Gilman, and Riis. Course may include a civic engagement component and/or group research project investigating the role of literature in reform movements. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years. (Humanities)

347. Modern American Literature: Encountering the Wilderness, Literature, and Photo-Writing at the Boundary Waters (Wilderness Field Station, Minnesota)
The class will immerse ourselves in the glorious September outdoors, as we canoe, study wilderness journals, literature, art and photography and consider the interplay between our own encounters with the wilderness and the artworks about the wilderness that we study. We will reflect upon art and meditation as ways of relating to the wilderness; we will keep journals/portfolios of projects involving writing, literary analysis, meditation, and photography (including a one-photo-a-day project inspired by Jim Brandenberg’s works). Open to seasoned campers & neophytes. Registration entails additional costs, estimated $500. Prerequisite: writing (W) course, ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities)

350. American Nature Writers
Study of writers who share a concern with human relationships with nature, landscape, and the environment. Authors may include Muir, Leopold, Dillard, Carson, Abbey, and Krakauer. Prerequisite: writing (W) course, ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities)

351. Studies in African-American Literature
Study of African-American Literature and/or film. Topics may include African-American women writers and directors. This course also counts towards the GSS major. Prerequisite: writing (W) course, ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities)

361. Modern Poetry
Poetic trends in the first half of the twentieth century. Poets may include Eliot, Stevens, Williams, Stein, Loy, Millay, Hughes, and H.D. Prerequisite: writing (W) course, ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities)

363. Contemporary Fiction
Intensive look at recent and experimental developments in fiction as represented by writers such as Sherman Alexie, Leslie Marmon Silko, Maxine Hong Kingston, Don DeLillo, and Tim O'Brien. Prerequisite: writing (W) course, ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities)

364. Contemporary Poetry
Poets whose work has come to prominence since 1950 and an overview of poetic trends in America. Poets may include Lowell, Ginsberg, Ashbery, Rich, Plath, Olds, and Graham. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Offered every third year. (Humanities)

365. Comparative Literature and Cinema
Investigating some of the multi-faceted connections between literature and film, this course may focus on a topic such as the investigation of transatlantic avant-garde film and the "little magazines" or film societies and literary coteries of the early twentieth century. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years. (Humanities)

370. AIDS Literature, Film, and Social Theory
Study of the historical emergence and consequences of HIV/AIDS through memoirs, novels, plays, documentary and feature films, and essays. In evaluating the way literature shapes our understanding of HIV and AIDS, we will explore pertinent issues of race, gender, nationality, and sexual identity. May include service learning component with required field trips. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Offered in alternate years or every third year. This course also counts towards the GSS major. (Interdisciplinary)

371. Literary Theory
Survey of literary theories with emphasis on the second half of the twentieth century through the present. Theories considered may include Narrative Theory, Feminist theories, Reader-Response Theory, New Historicism, Postmodernism, and Cultural Studies as well as newer approaches. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. Alternate years. Recommended for students who may be interested in pursuing graduate studies in English. (Humanities)

372. Film and Film Studies
The course will explore the arc of Hitchcock’s film career, from early British films (and perhaps his role at the London Film Society of the late 1920s) to Hollywood films of the 1950s and 1960s.  We will consider Hitchcock as an auteur, Hitchcock within his cultural moment(s) and the art and craft of his film aesthetics, including cinematography, narrative structures, and artful manipulation of the viewer.  We will immerse ourselves in scholarship about Hitchcock films, as well as the films themselves. (This is not a film production course.) This course also counts towards the GSS major. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. (Humanities)

373-374. Advanced Topics in Literature
Intensive focus on an advanced topic in literary studies, or on a topic that bridges literary studies and other media of artistic expression. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215; individual courses may have additional prerequisites. See Topics Courses. (Humanities)

377-378. Advanced Topics in Film, Intermedia, or Cultural Studies
Intensive focus on an advanced topic in film or other new media. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215; individual courses may have additional prerequisites. See Topics Courses

380. Internship
Diverse internship options may include writing and editing in the commercial world, such as working for a newspaper, a magazine, a publishing house, or another communications medium. Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215. See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 280/380. (CR)

381-383. Advanced Topics in Creative or Media Writing
Advanced study of creative writing or writing for one of the communications media.  Prerequisite: writing-designated course (W), or ENG 201, 202, or 215; individual courses may have additional prerequisites. See Topics Courses.

390. Individual Project: See Additional Academic Programs, All-College Independent Study Courses 390. (CR)

411. Senior Seminar
“The Writer-Critic and the English Major.” This course will examine the tradition of the “writer-critic” as a means to explore what the English major offers you as an intellectual and creative pursuit beyond the undergraduate experience. We will pay particular attention to criticism that places the author’s individual work in a tradition or aesthetic framework. For instance, we will read about Rachel Blau DuPlessis’s relationship with H.D. and a variety of feminist poets, Alice Fulton’s reading of Emily Dickinson through Fulton’s critical lens of “fractal poetics,” and Dean Young’s embrace of Andre Breton and the surrealist tradition. These writers grapple with who they are as artists and scholars and the influences that shaped them. They offer models for our own interrogations as we try to articulate who we are as English majors. This course offers you the opportunity to tell your story of how and why you came to study literature. At the same time, students will plan a project for their senior workshop and will develop a prospectus for this final project. Prerequisites: English major and senior standing. (Humanities)

411. Senior Seminar
Advanced, theoretically informed engagement with literary studies, broadly defined, including reflection on what the English major brings to intellectual and creative life beyond the undergraduate years. See Topics Courses for current topics and course descriptions. Prerequisites: English major and senior standing. (Humanities)

412. Senior Project in Creative Writing
This course serves as the second half of the capstone experience for students completing the English major’s creative writing concentration. Students will work independently on a creative writing project started in previous workshops, meet independently with the instructor to discuss their progress and work on successive drafts, and meet with other students for an intensive workshop of projects. Students will also work with the instructor to create, complete, and discuss a reading list relevant to their project. The goal is to produce work for publication and/or public performance. The Senior Project Workshop will be conducted as a combination of workshop with other course members, independent study, and one-on-one mentoring. The block will also include professional training in the submission and publication process as well as graduate school and careers in writing.

413. Senior Project in Critical Writing
This course serves as the second half of the capstone experience for students completing the English major’s concentrations in Literary Studies and in Film and Literary Studies. Students will work independently to develop a project proposed in ENG 411 into a theoretically informed research thesis of substantial length. The goal is to produce work for public presentation or for publication in an undergraduate journal or comparable venue. The course will also include professional training in the processes of conference and publication submission and review. The Senior Project Workshop will be conducted as a combination of workshop with other course members, independent study, and one-on-one mentoring.

510. Book Arts (1/4)
The course will introduce participants to the field of book studies, including letterpress and book arts, typesetting, printing, and book construction through demonstrations and hands-on experience. Sessions may also include field trips to libraries and museums, fine presses, and/or Book Studies Programs. To earn credit, students must complete four sessions and complete a culminating project. A complete schedule of workshops and fieldtrips will be distributed at an informational session to be held at the beginning of the academic year. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. (CR)

715. Literature in Action: Editing (1/4)
Serving in one of the supervisory positions for the English Department literary magazine Open Field (or similar magazine): Editor, Assistant Editor, Web Editor, Art/Design Editor. Participation must be supervised by a member of the Department and the work carried out within a single semester. May be repeated for credit. (Fine Arts) (CR)