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ENGL 110-139 Writing about Literature (CORE—Foundation/Writing)

Prerequisite: Placement on the Basic Skills Inventory test. Open to freshmen and sophomores. May be repeated once with a different topic with permission of the English Department Chair. Credit by exam. (Both semesters/3 credits).

An expository writing course that emphasizes reading to become a better writer. Classes will focus on close reading, and students will respond to the texts in short analytical essays. Various topics offered each semester. May not be audited or taken without satisfactory performance on the Basic Writing Skills Inventory.

The following topics have been offered recently:

  • ENGL 113 Children's Literature 
    A college education begins in children's literature. This statement will be explored by looking closely at popular children's literature, its authors and its illustrators.

  • ENGL 114 Medieval Texts, Modern Expressions
    This course will focus on how (and why) modern day literature recycles literature from the medieval period. Though some medieval literature will be read, the class will focus primarily on modern retellings of medieval myths and tales. Texts may include The Lord of the Rings, Beowulf, The Mists of Avalon and the romances of King Arthur.

  • ENGL 128 Gothic Tradition
    An expository writing course that also explores the psychological and moral horror of the Gothic novel. Course wil consist of class discussion of assigned reading, lecture on the six central modes of discourse, and writing. Texts include Wuthering Heights, The Castle of Otranto, Christabel, Jamaica Inn, and Frankenstein.

  • ENGL 131 In Search of Identity: The Cultural Construction of Self in Literature
    A look at the way individuals of various social and ethnic backgrounds forge an identity within the context of primarily Eurocentric American culture, to understand how culture both shapes and reflects our identity. Authors may include Amy Tan, Michael Dorris, Bebe Campbell, Ernest J. Gaines, Sandra Cisneros and John Irving.

  • ENGL 136 Humans with Insides: Some Literary Believers
    “What is our human worth? Are we moral subjects to be respected, or subjects fit for manipulation? How do various writers view this bedrock ethical issue? This course will have a look. Works will include Hemingway’s Hills Like White Elephants, Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily, O’Connor’s Guest of the Nation and Erdich’s The Red Convertible.

  • ENGL 138 Literary Encounters with the Real World  
    Many British and American writers have dramatized the crucial and sometimes harrowing passage into adulthood. We'll consider how some of them have viewed this transition. Hawthorne, Frank O'Connor, Faulkner, and Louise Erdrich will be among them.