Professors: Paula Closson Buck, Greg J.H. Clingham, Carmen Gillespie, Shara M. McCallum, Ghislaine G. McDayter (Chair), Saundra K. Morris, Harriet Pollack, John S. Rickard, Harold Schweizer, Anthony Stewart

Associate Professors: Christopher A. Camuto, Glynis Carr, Michael J. Drexler, Eric S. Faden, Jean Peterson, Meenakshi Ponnuswami, Robert A. Rosenberg, Alfred K. Siewers, G.C. Waldrep III, Virginia Zimmerman

Assistant Professors: Alexandra M. Block, Erica Delsandro (visiting), Katherine Ann Hays (visiting), Derek Palacio, Joseph Scapellato (visiting), Claire Watkins

The Bucknell English Department provides students with opportunities for intensive study in language and literature. Courses in English introduce students to important works of literary art in the English and American literary traditions, to other national and regional literary traditions in English, and to diverse and multicultural voices and traditions. Students in English classes learn to express themselves critically and creatively, developing analytical and communication skills that will serve them well in their other University courses and in their professional lives following their education at Bucknell. The English major helps students achieve competency in writing, formal presentation, and information literacy — invaluable skills for citizenship and careers.

Majors in English find themselves well prepared for graduate school in English, creative writing, and film and media studies, for teaching, for law school and other professional schools, and for careers in publishing, management, advertising, journalism, and other professions requiring creativity, careful attention to language and critical thinking.

Kinds of Departmental Course Offerings

The Department of English offers five kinds of courses, all of which are intended to contribute to the liberal education of students regardless of their majors and to offer a coherent program of study for the student majoring in English:

  • Those including considerable emphasis on English composition, along with the study of literature, intended primarily as first-year courses.
  • Those dealing with a specific author, special topic, genre, or period of literature.
  • Those dealing with the theoretical and practical nature of criticism, the history of the English language and theories of grammar, the history and analysis of film, and methods of teaching composition and literature.
  • Those providing students with the opportunity to develop abilities in creative writing.
  • Those that introduce students to film and media history and production.

The Major in English: The English Department offers a choice of three major concentrations: Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Film/Media Studies. Students intending to major in English who are unsure of their concentration choice are encouraged to begin their coursework with ENGL 198 Ways of Reading, ENGL 199 Survey of English and American Literature and a 200-level literature course.

The English Department urges majors to take the required survey course (ENGL 199) as early as possible in their major coursework, as this requirement is designed to introduce students to important questions concerning literary history relevant to the broader concerns of the major. All English majors will receive formal instruction within the major related to the educational goals of the College Core Curriculum, including writing within the major, formal presentation skills, and information literacy.

Note: Courses in women's literature, cultural studies, minority literature, and literary theory fulfill requirements for historical period requirements and/or seminars when so organized.

Concentration in Literary Studies

The minimum requirement for a major in English with a Concentration in Literary Studies is nine courses in English. Foundation Seminars or 100-level English courses other than ENGL 198 and ENGL 199 will not satisfy major requirements. Specific requirements of the Concentration in Literary Studies are:

  • ENGL 198 Ways of Reading (Literary Studies concentrators are stongly encouraged to take this course as early in their program of coursework as posssible).
  • ENGL 199 Survey of English and American Literature (English majors are strongly encouraged to take this course as early in their program of coursework as possible).
  • Two courses in Medieval or Early Modern Literature (historical period requirement) — such courses generally concern themselves with texts composed from the beginnings of British literature to approximately 1660.
  • One course in Enlightenment or 19th-century Literature (historical period requirement) — such courses generally concern themselves with texts composed from 1660 to 1900.
  • One course in African-American Literature, Postcolonial literature, or another designated Race and Ethnicity Studies course (can double-count for historical requirement).
  • Two seminars. (Seminar courses may double-count for historical requirements); Independent Study (ENGL 319) will not satisfy the seminar requirement.
  • Sufficient electives in English at the 200-level or above to ensure the completion of the required nine courses; may include additional seminar courses.
  • The English Experience: a Culminating Experience that requires seniors concentrating in Literary Studies to attend six appropriate events during one senior semester selected from a list designated by the department as acceptable for the English Experience. Students will submit a 250-word response to their advisers after each event, and advisers will submit a pass/fail grade for this Culminating Experience. Students may petition the department chairperson if they wish to suggest an alternative project as their Culminating Experience.

Concentration in Creative Writing

The Concentration in Creative Writing combines courses in literary studies with a series of courses in creative writing. This option allows students to learn to write creatively and artistically while encountering models for good writing through the study of literature.

No Foundation Seminars or 100-level English courses other than ENGL 198 and ENGL 199 will satisfy major requirements for the Concentration in Creative Writing. Students intending to concentrate in creative writing are encouraged to begin their studies with the survey course (ENGL 199) or a 200-level literature class.

Students electing the Concentration in Creative Writing will take a minimum of nine courses, including:

  • ENGL 199 Survey of English and American Literature
  • One course in literature before the 19th century
  • One course in 19th-century literature
  • One course in 20th-century literature
    (One of the literature courses listed above must be a seminar)
  • ENGL 202 Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction or ENGL 203 Introduction to Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction
  • ENGL 204 Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry
  • ENGL 210 Special Topics in Creative Writing or ENGL 229 Ecopoetics
  • One seminar in creative writing
  • One additional elective English course

Students concentrating in creative writing may fulfill their senior-year Culminating Experience requirement in one of two ways:

  • The English Experience: a Culminating Experience that requires seniors concentrating in Creative Writing to attend six appropriate events during one senior semester selected from a list designated by the department as acceptable for the English Experience. Students will submit a 250-word response to their advisers after each event, and advisers will submit a pass/fail grade for this Culminating Experience. Students may petition the department chairperson if they wish to suggest an alternative project as their Culminating Experience.
  • Participation in the Poet-in-Residence Master Class.

Concentration in Film/Media Studies

The Concentration in Film/Media Studies applies traditional literary practices of close reading and critical thinking to the realm of film and media. This option allows students to learn about film and media practices through historical study of American and world cinema, theoretical analysis, and creative production.

Students electing the Concentration in Film/Media Studies must take ENGL 130 Introduction to Film/Media Studies plus a minimum of nine additional courses (four in the English core and five in Film/Media Studies) above the 100 level.

English Core (Four courses):

  • ENGL 199 Survey of English and American Literature
  • One 19th-century course
  • One 20th-century course
  • One of the following theory courses (or another theory course approved by adviser): ENGL 198 Ways of Reading or ENGL 300 Seminar in Literary Theory and Criticism

Film/Media Studies Concentration (Five courses):

  • ENGL 337 Film Theory
  • Two of the following courses: ENGL 231 Pre- and Early Cinema; ENGL 232 Film History I; ENGL 233 Film History II; ENGL 234 National Cinemas; ENGL 235 Gender and Film; ENGL 238 Special Topics in Film Studies; ENGL 258 Shakespeare and Film
  • One of the following seminars: ENGL 332 Film and Technology; ENGL 336 Film Genres and Auteurs; ENGL 338 Special Topics in Film/Media Studies; ENGL 339 Film/Video Production; ENGL 358 Seminar in Shakespeare and Film
  • One of the following courses: FREN 255 Introduction to French Cinema (Prerequisite: permission of the instructor); ITAL 250 Italian Cinema (Prerequisite: permission of the instructor); RUSS 225 Russian Cinema: From the Revolution to Repentance (Prerequisite: permission of the instructor); ANTH/EAST 247 Japanese Film as Anthropology; ARTH 227 Introduction to Visual Culture; ARST 234 Digital Photography; ARST 340 Multimedia and Installation Art; EAST 222 Passion/Perversion: Japanese Film; ECON 280 Political Economy of Media and Advertising; HUMN 450 Hybridity, Identity, Postmodernity; RELI 203 Hinduism and Film; THEA 245 Entertainment Technology; THEA 252 Sound Design; UNIV 258 Star Power: Aesthetics of Classic Hollywood; UNIV 275 Post WW II European Cinema.

Students concentrating in film/media studies may fulfill their senior-year Culminating Experience requirement through participation in The English Experience: a Culminating Experience that requires seniors concentrating in film/media studies to attend six appropriate events during one senior semester selected from a list designated by the department as acceptable for the English Experience. Students will submit a 250-word response to their advisers after each event, and advisers will submit a pass/fail grade for this Culminating Experience. Students may petition the department chairperson if they wish to suggest an alternative project as their Culminating Experience.

The Minor in English

Two minors are available in the English Department:

  • The English minor in Literary Studies consists of five courses in English above the 100 level (with the exception of ENGL 198 and ENGL 199, which does count toward the minor). One of the five courses must be a seminar. Students planning to minor in Literary Studies are strongly encouraged to meet with a professor in the English Department to construct a coherent minor that focuses on a particular area of study (for example, Race and Ethnic Studies, Dramatic Literature, Literary Theory, Medieval and Renaissance Literature, Women Writers, or Anglophone Literature)
  • The English minor in Creative Writing requires five courses: two creative writing courses at the 200 level, one creative writing seminar at the 300 level, and two film and media studies or literary studies courses in the English Department (at the level of 198 or above).

Honors in English

The student, under the guidance of a faculty member, undertakes a specifically tailored sequence of courses and independent work culminating in an honors thesis, evaluated by a panel of three faculty members. Students may also write a departmental thesis without applying for Honors in English. Students writing theses should enroll in ENGL 379 Senior Thesis during the semester in which they plan to complete the thesis.

For information on teaching English and communication in secondary school, see Professor Saundra Morris.

 

First-year Courses

101.  Literature and Composition (I and II; 3, 0)
Introduction to the critical study of literature and instruction in composition. First-year students only; others by permission of the instructor.

106.  Literature and Creative Writing (I and II; 3, 0)
Introduction to creative writing through the reading and writing of poetry and prose (fiction or creative nonfiction). Does not count toward the creative writing concentration or minor. Prerequisite: seniors by permission of the instructor.

107.  Introduction to World Literature (I or II; 3, 0)
This course introduces students to literary works from several countries, covering five continents and many cultures. It also provides instruction in composition. Prerequisite: first-year students only; others by permission.

109.  Public Speaking in the 21st Century (I and II; 3, 0)
Introduction to public speaking, with a focus on historical speeches. Study and practice of speech writing and organization, verbal and nonverbal communication.

120.  Literature and the Environment (I; 3, 0)
Interdisciplinary study of major texts which demonstrate an abiding interest in nature and in cultural and social values concerning the environment.

130.  Introduction to Film/Media Studies (I or II; 3, 0)
Introduction to film grammar, history, genres, and movements using theoretical texts and primary source films. Emphasis on critical thinking skills through video essay projects.

150.  Art, Nature, and Knowledge (I or II; 4, 0)
An interdisciplinary study of selected works in art, music, literature, science and philosophy from European Renaissance through the early 20th century. Crosslisted as HUMN 150.

 

General Literature Courses

198.  Ways of Reading (I and II; 3, 0)
Introduction to literary creation, criticism, and theory, with emphases on reader/writer; text; context; and identity.

199.  Survey of English and American Literature (I and II; 3, 0)
A survey of major authors, texts, concepts, and developments in English and American literature with participation of weekly guest lecturers from the English Department.

217.  Studies in Dramatic Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Selected movements and topics in drama such as Restoration drama, African-American dramatic literature, the Theatre of the Absurd.

218.  Studies in Children's Literature (I or II; 3, 0)
Fairy tales, fantasy, animal fables, and tales of adventure from 19th-20th centuries, with a sampling of contemporary films, primarily American.

220.  Young Adult Fiction (I or II; 3, 0)
Study of literature that appeals to adolescent and young adult readers, with particular emphasis on British and American fiction and non-fiction prose from the 19th century to the present.

224.  Visions of the Susquehanna (I or II; 3, 0)
This course examines literature of the Susquehanna Valley. Crosslisted as ENST 224. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

225.  Susquehanna Country (AI or AII; 2, 3)
Interdisciplinary studies in environment, philosophy, literature and communities of the Susquehanna region. Crosslisted as ENST 225 and HUMN 290.

226.  Irish Literature (I or II; 3, 0)
Introduction to Irish literature, with attention to Irish mythology, history, and politics as they affect Irish art.

227.  Caribbean Literature (I or II; 3, 0)
Introduction to selected literature of the Caribbean, with close analysis of text and context.

230.  Nihilism, Modernism, Uncertainty (I; 3, 0)
An interdisciplinary study of major texts, figures, and concepts of the 20th century. Designed to follow HUMN 128 and HUMN 150. May be crosslisted as HUMN 250.

275.  Greece and Turkey: East and West (S)
This course is based around a three-week summer study abroad experience in Greece and Turkey. Themes and materials will vary from year to year. Prerequisite: interview prior to admission. Crosslisted as CLAS 275 and HUMN 275.

280.  Modern Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
A selective introduction to the varied forms, significant authors, and literary movements from the turn of the century to the recent past.

282.  Modern Poetry: Rilke and Eliot (AI or AII; 3, 0)
A close study of two major modernist poets, Rainer Maria Rilke and T.S. Eliot, whose work shaped generations of writers.

286.  The Modern Novel (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Selected major novelists (English, Irish, continental, American).

287.  Modern Drama (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Studies in modern dramatic literature, theatre history, and performance theory.

288.  Studies in Contemporary Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
An intensive study of selected British and American authors of the past 40 years.

290.  Special Topics (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Flexible in subject matter and in method. Topics such as Literature and Psychology, Literature and Myth, Science Fiction.

291.  London in Literature (AI or AII; 3, 0)
How London's urban realities shape the literary imaginations of writers and readers, and how their imaginative visions shape our perceptions and experience of London. Only offered in London on occasion.

294.  Literary Arts Administration and Editing (I or II; 3, 0)
Focused on literary arts administration and editing, this course is particularly useful for students interested in careers in the world of arts administration and/or publishing. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

297.  The Teaching of English (I; 3, 0)
Discussion and practice related to the teaching of English in secondary schools. Required for 7th to 12th grade certification in English.

 

English Literature Courses

240.  Medieval English Literature to 1485 (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Survey of the poetry and prose of medieval England.

241.  The Green World (I or II; 3, 0)
An examination of the roots, contexts, and major texts of early British literature with emphasis on views of nature and subjectivity from an ecocritical perspective.

243.  Chaucer (I or II; 3, 0)
The major works and language of Chaucer.

244.  Elvish Writing: Chaucer, Spenser and Early Phenomenology (I or II; 3, 0)
Major works of Chaucer and Spenser examined in the context of early Insular poetic traditions of intersubjectivity.

250.  Renaissance Literature, 1485-1660 (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Survey of the poetry and prose of representative authors, including Spenser and Milton.

251.  Studies in Renaissance Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Selected major prose and poetry.

257.  Shakespeare (I or II; 3, 0)
Selected plays.

258.  Studies in Shakespeare (I or II; 3, 0)
Studies in such special topics as ''Shakespeare and Film,'' ''Shakespeare's History Plays,'' ''Psychoanalysis and Shakespeare.''

260.  Restoration and 18th-century Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Survey of the poetry and prose of representative authors.

261.  Studies in Restoration and 18th-century Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Selected authors and various genres, including the relationship between literature and politics, history, and the sciences.

263.  Sex and the Single Heroine (I or II; 3, 0)
Introduction to the 18th-century novel, focusing on issues of gender, sexuality, and class, in a wide range of novels and contemporary conduct books. Crosslisted as WMST 263.

270.  Romantic Literature, 1780-1832 (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Examination of selected authors in poetry and prose, read in relationship to contemporary political and cultural influences.

271.  Studies in 19th-century English Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Selected major prose and poetry.

283.  The Early English Novel (I or II; 3, 0)
The rise of the novel as a genre, and analysis of representative novels.

284.  The 19th-century English Novel (I or II; 3, 0)
Major developments in the novel as a genre and representative novels.

285.  Modern British and American Poetry, 1890-1960 (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Selected major poets of England, the United States, and other English-speaking cultures.

289.  Theatre in London (I and II; 2, 3)
This course is offered off campus in London through the Bucknell in London program. Introduces students to all aspects of the London theatre. Crosslisted as THEA 264.

 

American Literature Courses

205.  Early American Colonial Literature (I or II; 3, 0)
Study of American literature from Columbus through the American Revolution.

206.  Early American National Literature (I or II; 3, 0)
Study of American literature from the Revolution to the Civil War.

207.  American Romanticism (I or II; 3, 0)
Examination of selected texts in various genres, read in their cultural contexts.

208.  American Realism and Naturalism (I or II; 3, 0)
Study of selected texts by American writers from 1865 to 1900.

209.  Modern American Literature (I or II; 3, 0)
Study of selected texts by American writers from 1900 to 1950.

211.  Southern Exposure (I or II; 3, 0)
Twentieth-century literature of the American South. Probes the legacy of a culture that celebrated honor, but was built on slavery. Crosslisted as WMST 212.

212.  Contemporary American Literature (I or II; 3, 0)
Study of selected texts by American writers from 1950 to the present.

213.  Special Topics in American Literature (I or II; 3, 0)
Selected special topics in American literature.

216.  Studies in American Literary Genres (I or II; 3, 0)
Study of a selected genre of texts in American literature.

219.  Studies in Selected American Authors (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Authors selected from among Hawthorne, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, Cather, Melville, Wharton, James, H.D., Frost, Hemingway, Faulkner, O'Neill, Stein, Welty, O'Connor, and Morrison.

221.  African-American Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Introduction to selected texts founded upon the Black experience in America.

228.  Gender and Sexuality in America (I or II; 3, 0)
Literature and popular culture exploring such topics as construction of gender identities, sexualities, GLBT cultures and gender-based violence. Crosslisted as WMST 228.

268.  Jewish-American Literature (I or II; 3, 0)
Examines the literary and cultural production of American Jews through the study of diverse series such as novels, short stories, plays and film. Crosslisted as UNIV 268.

 

Literature Seminars

300.  Seminar in Literary Theory and Criticism (I; 3, 0)
Advanced study of literary and critical theory, research, and other elements of literary scholarship. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

301.  Seminar in American Literature Topics (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Advanced topics, such as Cross-Cultural Encounters, The American Novel, Gender and American Poetics, and Beat Generation. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

302.  Seminar in Selected American Writers (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Study of the works of one or more major American writers. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

305.  Seminar in Early American Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Seminar in a special topic or genre of Early American and/or 18th-century American culture. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

306.  US: Fever/Fantasy/Desire (I; 3, 0)
Seminar on American literature between 1770-1861 with an emphasis on psychoanalytic approaches to literary and cultural study. Authors may include Brown, Sansay, Poe, and Melville. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as HUMN 306.

307.  Seminar in 19th-century American Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Seminar in a special topic, author, or genre of 19th-century American literature and culture. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

310.  Seminar in Modern American Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Seminar in a special topic, author or genre of modern American literature and culture. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

311.  Seminar in Contemporary American Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Seminar in a special topic, author, or genre of contemporary American literature and culture. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

315.  Unsettling Memories (I or II; 3, 0)
Cultural analysis of unsettling, historically powerful racial ideas about purity and pollution written on the "lady's" and "black" bodies in 20th-century Southern fiction and photography. Crosslisted as WMST 315.

319.  Individual Projects (I and II; R)
Individual special projects supervised by instructor; honors thesis. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

321.  Seminar in African-American Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Study of selected thematic, aesthetic, and ideological issues in Black American writing. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

326.  Seminar in Irish Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Advanced topics in Irish literature, including Irish Women Writers, Nationalism and Literature, and Contemporary Irish Writing. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

327.  Seminar in Caribbean Studies (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Study of selected thematic, aesthetic, and ideological issues in Caribbean writing.

340.  Seminar in Early English Literature to 1485 (I or II; R; 3, 0)
The language and literature of Anglo-Saxon or medieval England. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

341.  Seminar on Ecocriticism and Ecosemiotics (AI or AII; 3, 0)
This seminar will focus on research and discussion of ecocritical and ecosemiotic approaches to literature. Crosslisted as ENST 341.

350.  Seminar in Renaissance Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Special topics. Student reports, oral and written. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

358.  Seminar in Shakespeare (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Special topics. Student reports, oral and written. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

360.  Seminar in Restoration and 18th-century Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Studies in canonical and marginalized texts, cultural and philosophical formations, and the continuing historical and theoretical relevance of the period. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

361.  Law and Literature (I or II; 3, 0)
Studies in the relationship between law, narrative and social and fictional forms in the 18th century and modern Britain and America as these raise questions about identity, justice, historical powers, God, and the nature of civil obligations.

370.  Seminar in 19th-century English Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Examination of a wide range of poetry and prose by selected authors with emphasis given to the literature's historical and cultural groundings. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

378.  Thesis Workshop (I; 3, 0)
A colloquium on problems arising from the writing of a scholarly thesis. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

379.  Senior Thesis (II; 3, 0)
The writing of a scholarly or creative honors or senior departmental thesis. Students must confer with and submit a proposal to an adviser prior to registering for the thesis. Prerequisites: senior status and permission of the instructor.

382.  Seminar in Contemporary Literature (I or II; R; 3, 0)
A selective study of the most recent developments in English and American prose or poetry. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

391.  Seminar in Poetry (I or II; R; 3, 0)
A study of poetry as a genre and an analysis of the work of selected poets. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

392.  Seminar in the Novel (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Special topics. Student reports, oral and written. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

393.  Seminar in Contemporary Drama (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Special topics. Student reports, oral and written. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

394.  History of Sexuality (I or II; 3, 0)
A cross-cultural and interdisciplinary examination of the signification of sexuality in literature, philosophy, scientific discourse, and the visual arts. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as HUMN 320 and WMST 325.

397.  Seminar in Special Topics (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Topics such as comparative literature, literature and the arts, queer theory, or satire. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

398.  Issues in Literary/Critical Theory (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Advanced topics in the study of literary and critical theory. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

399.  Seminar in Cultural Studies (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Introduction to significant issues and debates characterizing the field known as Cultural Studies. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

 

Courses in Creative Writing

Advanced courses in creative writing are conducted as workshops; therefore enrollment in these courses is restricted. ENGL 303, ENGL 308 and ENGL 309 may be repeated for credit if taken with a different instructor. Individual projects in writing (e.g., a novel or a collection of verse) may be taken under the rubric of ENGL 319.

202.  Introduction to Creative Writing: Fiction (I or II; 3, 0)
Principles of writing fiction, with constant practice. Designed for students planning to concentrate or minor in creative writing. Preference given to juniors, sophomores, and first-year students. Prerequisite: seniors by permission of the instructor.

203.  Introduction to Creative Writing: Creative Nonfiction (I or II; 3, 0)
Theory and practice of creative nonfiction, including travel writing, memoir, and other forms. Designed for students planning to concentrate or minor in creative writing. Preference given to juniors, sophomores, and first-year students. Prerequisite: seniors by permission of the instructor.

204.  Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry (I or II; 3, 0)
Principles of the writing of poetry, with constant practice. Designed for students planning to concentrate or minor in creative writing. Preference given to juniors, sophomores, and first-year students. Prerequisite: seniors by permission of the instructor.

210.  Special Topics in Creative Writing (I and II; R; 3, 0)
Studies in such special topics as prosody, stylistics, characterization, or narrative theory. Course emphasizes formal or structural elements within particular genres and an appreciation of craft from a writer's perspective. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

229.  Ecopoetics (II; 3, 0)
An exploration of poetry as site-specific ecological practice. Intended for students interested in both Creative Writing and Environmental Studies. Prerequisite: ENGL 204 or permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as ENST 227.

303.  Seminar in Writing Creative Nonfiction (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Advanced workshop in writing of creative nonfiction. Prerequisites: ENGL 202 or ENGL 203 and permission of the instructor.

308.  Seminar in Writing Poetry (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Advanced workshop in writing poetry. Prerequisites: ENGL 204 and permission of the instructor.

309.  Seminar in Writing Fiction (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Advanced workshop in writing fiction. Prerequisites: ENGL 202 or ENGL 203 and permission of the instructor.

 

Courses in Film Studies

231.  Pre- and Early Cinema (I or II; 3, 0)
Traces cinema's technological ancestors and examines film's profoundly different possibilities and alternatives prior to 1918. Weekly screenings illustrate cinema's various functions in its earliest years.

232.  Film History I (I or II; 3, 0)
World cinema history from 1918 to 1945. Weekly screenings.

233.  Film History II (I or II; 3, 0)
World cinema history from 1945 to present. Weekly screenings.

234.  National Cinemas (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Concentration on the history and style of a particular national cinema. Weekly screenings.

235.  Gender and Film (I or II; 3, 0)
Current debates about gender and American film, from WW II to the present. Diverse critical approaches for interpreting film within the broad context of gender studies.

238.  Special Topics in Film Studies (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Examination of a specialized topic in film studies. Weekly screenings.

332.  Seminar in Film and Technology (I or II; 3, 0)
Traces technology's impact on film form and content. Topics include early cinema, sound technology, widescreen, and computer-generated images. Weekly screenings. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

336.  Seminar in Film Genres and Auteurs (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Examination of a particular genre (film noir, Hong Kong action movies, Westerns, etc.), director, cinematographer, screenwriter, or producer. Weekly screenings. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

337.  Seminar in Film Theory (I or II; R; 3, 0)
Survey of approaches to film analysis and critique, ranging from realist/formalist debates to psychoanalytic, feminist, and semiotics approaches. Weekly screenings. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

338.  Special Topics in Film/Media Studies (I or II; R; 3, 0)
This course covers specialized, rotating topics in film/media studies. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

339.  Film/Video Production (I or II; R; 3, 0)
This course applies film theory concepts to advanced video/audio production through a range of hands-on production assignments. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

 

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