Prerequisites: Junior standing and completion of the Aesthetic Appreciation/Literature requirement or ENGL 210, ENGL 222 or ENGL 223; or permission of the instructor. May be repeated with different writers.
A study of one or more significant writers or a distinct school of writers.
The following topics have been offered recently:
ENGL 342 Jane Austen
A close analysis of the art of Jane Austen, emphasizing the resources of her language and her powers of social perception. Reading will include Austen's six completed novels: Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Emma, Northanger Abbey, and Persuasion. (WS)
ENGL 344 Woolf and Forster
An analysis of the lives, art, and ideas of E. M. Forster and Virginia Woolf. Texts may include Forster's A Room with a View, Howard's End, and A Passage to India, and Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, and The Waves. (WS)
ENGL 346 Erdrich, Silko, Alexie
A study of three of America's most influential contemporary Native American writers. The class will explore these authors' historic and cultural contexts to some degree. Readings may include
Silko's Ceremony and Storyteller, Erdrich's Antelope Wife and Plague of Doves, and Alexie's Indian Killer and Flight. (WS)
ENGL 347 Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson
This course is an in-depth study of the two most important poets of nineteenth-century America, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson. In addition to a close examination of Whitman's antebellum poetry and Civil War work and Dickinson's manuscript fascicles and letters, the course will use recent criticism and biographical sources to help illuminate the works in question. (WS)