Spring 2018 Electives

English Electives

Advanced Topic Seminars provide our students with the opportunity for imaginative, intensive discussion and research on some of the most exciting subjects in the study of English today. While the content of these seminars varies--some take up topics in history and culture; some, the life and work of individual writers; some, interdisciplinary topics or contemporary theory-- each seminar trains students in critical thinking and independent research. Students interested in writing Honors theses are encouraged to take at least one ATS. Limited to 15.

English Electives Offered Spring 2018:


The Poetics of Rap M W F  11 Adair
Course # Course Name Day / Time Professor
ENGL2212 Introduction to Medical Humanities T TH 12 Boesky
ENGL2212 Introduction to Medical Humanities T TH 9 Ainsworth
ENGL3353 Contemporary Literature of Migration T TH 12 Graver
ENGL4114 Modernism and Visual Culture M W F 10 Lehman
ENGL4447 The Poetics of Rap M W F 11 Adair
ENGL6004 Enviornmental Humanities T 2-4:25 Song

Courses TBA

Course # Course Name Day / Time Professor
ENGL2212.01 Introduction to Medical Humanities  T TH 12 Boesky
ENGL2212.02 Introduction to Medical Humanities  T TH 9 Ainsworth
ENGL2237.01 Studies in Children's Literature T TH 1:30 Rudner
ENGL3316.01 Incendiary Poetics W 2 Roberts
ENGL4447.01 The Poetics of Rap M W F 11 Adair
ENGL5517.01 Capstone: Love & Indoctrination M 4:30-65:50 Kaplan-Maxfield 

ENGL3316 Incendiary Poetics: Whitman and Ginsberg
Wednesdays at 2pm
(1 credit course)

Incendiary Voices: Whitman's Leaves of Grass and Ginsberg's Howl. This seminar will focus on the long poems of Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg, whose work arguably changed the course of American poetry. We'll look at the structure and content of the poems through close reading, with additional short readings to provide context and demonstrate both how revolutionary were the poems themselves, and the ways they continue to talk to each other about American ideals and exceptionalism. Students will be expected to lead discussions on self-selected topics, and to participate fully in dialogue about the poems, the poets, and their times. Short papers, one longer final paper of 5-7 pages.

Susan Roberts


ENGL3324 Great Adaptations
Wednesdays 3-4:30pm
(1 credit course)

How does a writer make a new story out of someone else’s old story? And why?  Shakespeare did it, and James Joyce, and the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  TV and film studios do it constantly.  Adaptations, versions, retellings with a different angle or flavor: what are the delights, and dangers?  This one-credit course will center on Dickens’s Great Expectations, move to Peter Carey’s “Neo-Victorian” adaptation Jack Maggs (1997), which features a version of Dickens himself as a character, and conclude with Alfonso Cuaron’s Americanized 1998 film of Great Expectations, which echoes both its source – and Huckleberry Finn. 

Judith Wilt

Courses TBA

The goals of the course are close reading of poetry, developing the student's ability to ask questions which open poems to analysis, and writing lucid interpretative papers.

Courses TBA

 Course Number  Course Name  Day/Time  Professor
ENGL3392 Syntax and Semantics T TH 3 Foley

ENGL2125 - Introduction to Feminisms - T TH 4:30 - Dept. (Fall, Spring:3.0)

Cross Listed with: HIST2502, SOCY2225, COMM2225
Fulfills Women Writer's requirement for ENGL/LSOE majors.

This introductory course offers both an overview and a foundation for understanding the various movements that make up what has come to be called the feminist movement in the U.S. Because systems of privilege and disadvantage shape women's and men's identities and social positions in multiple and unique ways, Introduction to Feminisms analyzes gender from an interdisciplinary approach and applies numerous academic disciplinary methods to the study of gender, including history, literature, psychology, and sociology, and explores women's and men's experiences within various cultural contexts, including socioeconomic class, race and ethnicity, religion and spirituality, nations of citizenship, origin, and generation.

ENGL4408 - New Women in British and Irish Victorian Fiction - T TH 9 - Murphy (Spring:3.0)

The late nineteenth century saw the flowering of the “New Woman” movement in fiction. It coincided to a degree with First-Wave feminism and the struggle for women’s suffrage. It had literary debts to contremporary writers such as the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen but also to women writers over the previous century from Maria Edgeworth to George Eliot. This course explores those roots while also attending to the work of some of the seminal New-Woman novelists themselves who came from Irish as well as British backgrounds. They include Olive Schreiner, Sarah Grand, Iota, Mona Caird and George Egerton.

James Murphy

ENGL2228 Twentieth-Century Russian Literature - T TH 12 - Shrayer (in translation) (Spring:3.0)
Cross Listed with: ENGL2228

Readings and lectures in English. Undergraduate major elective. Russian major requirement.

Study of major landmarks of Russian literature in light of Russia's turbulent history in the twentieth century. Works by Akhmatova, Babel, Belyi, Berberova, Bunin, Venedikt Erofeev, Gladkov, Olesha, Platonov, Solzhenitsyn, Trifonov, and others.

Maxim D. Shrayer

GERM2239 Knights, Castles, and Dragons (Spring:3.0)
Cross Listed with: ENGL2282

Conducted in English with all texts in English translation.  No knowledge of German is required.  Counts toward German major, German minor, and German Studies minor.

A study of the masterpieces of the first great blossoming in German literature including The Nibelungenlied, Tristan, and Hartmann von Aue's Erec. Central to the works of this age are (1) the rise of knighthood and (2) the spreading to Germany of the legend of King Arthur and the knights of the Round Table. In addition, older Germanic-heroic influences will be examined in certain of the works. The literature will be discussed in the larger context of its sociological and historical background. The literary traditions of France will be systematically linked to contemporary developments in Germany.

Michael Resler