Advice on Fall Courses

1) ENGL206 or ENGL207 (World Literature) is recommended-- thiese courses count toward your general education requirements (F), and also toward the major.  They are also great courses!

2) Taking ENWR220 early on makes sense; note topic differences – Next fall we are offering six different sections.  While they all teach the same skills -- writing the analytic essay through close reading -- each section is quite different in focus.  All of us who teach the course design thematic courses of our own choosing!, so you need to select the one the theme that you are interested in. Please go to
EMA to read descriptions.

3) Follow your Heart/Manage Your Life: As you select courses, pay attention not only to requirements, but to your interests and to what you can manage to read. Can you take three classes that assign multiple novels and do well?  Be mindful of what you can handle, and balance your wish-list with practicality.

4) Look out for infrequently offered courses, and those that are typically only offered once a semester.  In particular, the topics offered in Special Topics courses and 400 level courses (ENGL493 and ENGL494) are offered only occasionally (and 400 level courses, marked as "senior" courses, are for juniors and seniors).  Please read the descriptions on EMA, and also below.



ENGL 330: The Hebrew Bible/Old Testament as Literature
Prof. Lee Behlman
Wed./Fri.  10:00 am - 11:15 am

Adam, Eve, and the Serpent. The binding of Isaac.  Mighty Samson. Yael and her tent pegs of death.  Moses and Miriam at the Sea of Reeds. David and Solomon. The Song of Songs. Job's unprecedented challenge to God. And much more.  The Old Testament is a work filled with memorable characters and stories of extraordinary richness and variety.  It is also of fundamental importance for understanding world literature.  This class will introduce historical and literary approaches to reading the Bible. Students of all faith backgrounds or of no faith whatsoever are welcome. 
Fulfills the international literature and women / gender studies requirements.

Enlt 375: Modern Drama Ibsen to O’Neill
Prof. Wendy Nielsen
T 01:00-02:15PM + asynchronous online daytime meeting
What is the tragedy of the modern family? How are family members expected to perform? And can the theater even begin to portray the comedy and tragedy (or tragicomedy) that is modern life? So-called Anti-Aristotelian dramas, or the plays written and produced between ca. 1870 and 1930, address these and many other questions. This course covers Naturalist Drama through Modern Drama. We will read and consider the performance histories of Scandinavian, German, Anglo-Irish, and Italian theater: Ibsen (Doll House, Hedda Gabler, Master Builder), Strindberg (The Father, Miss Julie), Ernst Rosmer (pseudonym for Elsa Bernstein, author of Twilight), F. Wedekind (Spring Awakening), Oscar Wilde (Importance of Being Earnest), and Eugene O'Neill (Long Day's Journey into Night). Students will leave with a profound appreciation for the development of modern Europe and its playhouses. This asynchronous hybrid course will meet on campus on Tuesdays; students will do online activities by 10am on Thursdays so that they can respond to other students by 10am on Fridays.
Meets Drama, pre-1900, multinational requirements.

ENGL 338: Contemporary American Fiction
Professor Emily Cheng
Thurs. 2:30 - 5:00

In this course we will explore a selection of fiction writing from the late 20th century and early 21st century. A common theme in  our readings will be the construction of “reality.” In these texts the “real world” may not be what it seems, and characters may have different presentations of themselves in public and in private, and at the extreme, even take on alter egos. We will explore how our authors use such themes of subterfuge and deception to comment on our social order and get us to question our “common-sense” understandings of society. We will consider a variety of topics, such as Cold War conformity and the individual, family, capitalism and meat production, and the performance of race.
This course fulfills the class issues and minority writers/ethnic studies requirements.

ENWR 311: Intermediate Fiction Workshop
Prof. David Galef
W 8:30-11:00 a.m.

ENWR 312: Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Prof. Michael Robbins
MW 11:30-12:45 p.m.

And still one summer course with room!

ENWR 220: Writing in the Major
Prof. Patricia Matthew (
MW 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
May 26-July 2

This course will focus on the writing that shaped, and reflected, England’s transition from a slave-owning and trading culture to one that embraced the abolition of slavery as a moral imperative of national importance. We will work with first-person narratives about slavery, consider the representations of people of color in canonical and underread literature, and study the political writing that addressed the issue of abolition. We'll read poetry published during the Romantic era and slave narratives and screen "Belle" and "Mansfield Park" along with other relevant texts. Students will also have the opportunity to work in on-line archives.



For the full course catalog, click here: Course Catalog.  Please note that the English Department offerings include courses beginning with ENFL, ENGL, ENGL, ENID, ENLT, and ENWR.

For the Graduate Program, click here.