Upper Level English and Writing Studies Special Topics Courses

English and Writing Upper Level Special Topics Courses

To see what  special topics courses are being offered in Literary Perspectives (ENG 110), please go to the ENG 110 topics page.

Fall 2021

ENG 421: History of the English Novel II
In her essay "Modern Fiction,” Virginia Woolf contends that "for the moderns, the point of interest [in a story] lies very likely in the dark places of psychology. At once [Woolf argues] a different outline of form becomes necessary, difficult for the reader to grasp, incomprehensible to our predecessors.” The point that Woolf makes here is that works of modern fiction focus not so much on the external happenings or events in a character's life, but rather on what the author wishes to reveal about the psychology of his characters. This mode of storytelling—with its emphasis on psychology—demands that the modernist author invent new modes of fiction, or different ways of narrating his character’s life. For the modern novelist, the traditional omniscient narrative is replaced with impressionism, expressionism and stream of consciousness as the “new” form of the modern novel takes shape. This course traces the attempts of several modern authors whose approach to fiction enabled them to reshape the narrative patterns of the modern English novel. Students can expect to acquire a familiarity with the thematic, aesthetic, and philosophical assumptions that underlie modernist fiction. 

Spring 2021

Eng 367: Global Shakespeare on Film (Dr. Collington)
This course will explore Shakespeare's global impact using film adaptations of some of his best-known works. Plays will be studied in their historical contexts, and then as modern multicultural cinematic expressions. Students will learn about literary adaptation, film criticism, and the "Shakespeare Industry" as a diverse cultural phenomenon.

Fall 2020

ENG 312: Studies in American Authors: Writers of the American Southwest (Dr. Pinti)
In this course, we will read and discuss a variety of authors who write about the American Southwest, including Native American, Chican@, and Anglo writers working in a range of genres, from fiction and poetry to memoir and nature writing.  We will study how the desert southwest and the border region function imaginatively and ideologically in the US, and explore issues related to gender, race, religion, multiculturalism, and the environment (among others) as they are raised by these writers.  Authors will likely include (but not be limited to) Edward Abbey, Rudolfo Anaya, Ana Castillo, Cormac McCarthy, and Leslie Marmon Silko. (Advanced American elective)