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ENGLISH 192. (3) LITERATURE AND YOUTH. This course focuses on literary works--short stories, novels, poetry, some films--that dramatize the experience of coming of age in a complex world. Students read versions of the Bildungsroman (or novel of education) and the Künstlerroman (or novel of the growth of the artist), in the process considering the varying ways in which young men and young women experience the transition from youth to adulthood. In addition, students develop techniques of reading, interpreting, and analyzing works from several historical periods and genres. Prerequisite: none. ENGLISH 194. (3) LITERATURE OF WAR. This course introduces students to a wide variety of writing about the topic of war, across different time periods and cultures, ranging from antiquity to the 21st century, and including fiction, non-fiction, poetry, drama, and other types of literary expression. Class discussions focuses on literary form and interpretation, especially the ways in which literature works to represent the experiences of war. Assessment includes regular short papers, longer essays, and student presentations. Prerequisite: none. ENGLISH 195. (3) LITERATURE AND MEDICINE. Drawing on representations of illness, health, science, and the body, this course explores connections between the discourses of medicine and literary writing. Students will analyze literary, historical, and other cultural texts from a variety of traditions and told from the point of view of practitioners, patients, and onlookers. Topics to be considered might include questions of medical and narrative authority, storytelling and diagnosis, and how new technologies impact medical narratives. Readings will be chosen at the instructor’s discretion, but could include authors such as Anton Chekhov, William Carlos Williams, and Margaret Edson and cultural texts such as The Patient Bill of Rights, as well as assorted poems, essays, and short stories. Prerequisite: none. ENGLISH 196. (3) RELIGION AND LITERATURE. This course introduces students to literary analysis through an exploration of religious themes in literary works, such as the inexpressibility of the transcendent; the significance of suffering; the relationship between beauty and the divine; and our place within family, community, and history. The assigned texts will

vary from semester to semester, but they may include work by fiction writers such as Dostoevsky, Hawthorne, Kafka, O’Connor, Kawabata, McCarthy, and Ozick; poets such as Milton, Donne, Blake, Hopkins, Dickinson, Eliot, Stevens, Plath, Snyder, and Larkin; and dramatists such as Aeschylus, Beckett, and Shaffer. Prerequisite: none. ENGLISH 197. (3) THE LEGENDS OF KING ARTHUR. An introductory survey of the literature about King Arthur and the Arthurian legend from the Middle Ages to the present, including a variety of literary forms and genres. Prerequisite: none. ENGLISH 199. (3) AMERICAN NATURE WRITING. A study of selected American works which deal with the relationship between human beings and the natural world. The course is an examination of American attitudes toward the uses of nature--as a source of delight, of ethical wisdom, and of revelation in some larger sense--and of the methods by which the individual can prepare himself to receive such benefits. Authors include Cooper, Emerson, Thoreau, Frost, Cather, Faulkner, and Silko. Prerequisite: none. Offered: spring semester of oddnumbered years. ENGLISH 211-212. (3-3) THE HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE. The first semester surveys major authors, works, and literary types from the beginnings through the eighteenth century, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Milton; the second semester continues the history to the present day, including Wordsworth, Tennyson, and Eliot. Appropriate critical approaches other than the historical are employed. Prerequisite: none. Offered: 211 in the fall semester; 212 in the spring semester. ENGLISH 221-222. (3-3) AMERICAN LITERATURE. A general study of American literature from colonial times through the Civil War (221) and from the Civil War to the present (222). We focus especially on major figures: Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, and Whitman; Dickinson, Twain, Frost, Stevens, Hughes, Faulkner, Baldwin, and others. Prerequisite: none. Offered: 221 in the fall semester; 222 in the spring semester.

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Academic Catalogue 2019-20  

Academic Catalogue 2019-20