Acquaints the student with contemporary studies of the nature of language in general and of the English language in particular. Provides students with a foundation in traditional grammar and usage. Historical and structural analysis of English language in stages of its development.
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Considers literature’s relation to social and cultural phenomena of this era, such as urbanization, industrialization, immigration, racial tensions, labor strife, changing gender roles, and the spread of mass media and consumer culture. Study of modernist and contemporary American writers in various genres, 1914 to the present, including Frost, Stein, Faulkner, O’Connor, Baldwin, Morrison, and others. Survey of a range of literary fiction in nineteenth-century America, examining a variety of forms including the novel, sketch, short story, as well as modes (Gothic, romance, sentimental, adventure). Emphasis on methods of research, organization, and writing techniques useful in preparing reviews, critical bibliographies, research and technical reports, proposals and papers. Offers instruction and practice in writing argumentative essays about complicated and controversial issues. Course focuses on understanding and practicing the rhetorical and stylistic choices available to writers of creative nonfiction: options for structure, pacing, language, style, tone, detail, description, authorial presence and voice, etc. Writing no longer means merely words on the printed page. Individual creative or critical projects negotiated with the professor who agrees to offer tutorial assistance.
Attention will be paid to the historical, cultural, and political contexts in which canonical and lesserknown authors wrote. Includes work of Bradstreet, Taylor, the fireside poets, Poe, Emerson, Whitman, Dickinson, and Crane. Examination of the general trends and important contributions found in the work of major and minor American poets. Survey of literary expressions centered mainly in the first half of the twentieth century. A study of the major black American writers, with special emphasis on recent writing. The course focuses on strategies identifying issues, assessing claims, locating evidence, deciding on a position, and writing papers with clear assertions and convincing arguments. Studies academic writing as a means of discovery and record. Today writing means selecting among and scripting multiple media, including photographs, charts, video, images, audio, diagrams, hyperlinks, and more. Examines techniques for analyzing and constructing arguments for different disciplines and professions, especially the use of proofs, evidence, and logic.
Novels and short stories from several ages and countries. A basic course that will enable students to talk and write about poetry. Issues and approaches to the critical study of women writers and treatment in British and American literature. Selected works of English or American literature in relation to a single cultural problem or theme. Intended for the English major and for those with some literate and writing background. British literature and culture in the age of Romanticism and the revolutionary era (ca. Poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction writings from major and minor authors, such as Austen, Blake, Byron, Coleridge, Scott, the Shelleys, Keats, Wollstonecraft, and the Wordsworths. Major poetry and prose, 1830-1900, studies against social and intellectual background of period. Covers short and book-length poetry of the Victorian period. May include groups and movements (such as black writers, poets of projective verse, new regionalists, para journalists, and other experimenters in pop literature, folk writers, and distinctly ethnic writers); several recent novelists, poets, or critics; or any combination of groups. Studies in periods, such as contemporary American children’s literature or Victorian fantasies for children; or genres such as picture books or children’s poetry. May be repeated with different topics, for a maximum of 9 credits. Provides a semester of writing instruction needed before taking Elementary Composition I. The course builds students’ abilities to read written and cultural texts critically; to analyze those texts in ways that engage both students’ own experiences and the perspectives of others; and to write about those texts for a range of audiences and purposes as a means of participating in broader conversations.
1837-1901, by such authors as Alfred Lord Tennyson, Robert Browning, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Matthew Arnold, and George Meredith. A survey of representative authors and works of American ethnic and minority literature with primary focus on Black, Hispanic, and Native Americans. Practice in writing papers for a variety of purposes and audiences. Assignments emphasize the analysis and synthesis of sources in making and developing claims. Exploratory course in the writing of poetry and/or fiction.