English 335 Shakespeare

Spend fifteen weeks with the best writer in the history of mankind! (No hyperbole allowed.) Study Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, tragedies, and romances. This course satisfies requirements in both the English and the Theater majors.

TR 2:10-3:25; Writing Flag


English 419 English Novel

What does the autobiography of a castaway doctor have to do with an ingénue’s dream of running a poultry farm or a young girl’s (almost) unrequited love for her kind older cousin? What’s at stake in the legendary case of Jarndyce vs. Jarndyce? Why should you be concerned if a hedgehog drowns in your swimming pool? Are you truly nobody until you’ve read Clarissa? Sign up for English 419, celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen’s Mansfield Park and discover the answers to these and perhaps more legitimate questions about English literary history. For example, who invented the novel and why? When and how did it earn its status as a respectable genre? What is verisimilitude and why is it worth thinking about? Which should you trust more, an unreliable narrator or a happy ending? In short, what do novels “know” that poetry and drama do not?

Tuesdays, 6-8:30


English 422: Topics in Multiethnic American Literature Native American Literature

This course will explore an array of Native American literary works, including creation stories and trickster tales, poems, short stories, novels, memoir, and nonfiction on a range of topics, such as the nature of identity, indigenous sovereignty, resistance to stereotype, and the problems of translation. To deepen our understanding of the literature, we will also examine specific tribal, cultural, and historical contexts and watch several films and documentaries. Throughout the semester, we will see how literary expression remains key to Native American cultural strength and survival.

TR 12:45-2:00; Cultural Awareness & Writing Flags


English 475: Topics in Med-Ren Literature Medieval Drama

We will focus in this course on the four “Ms” of medieval drama: miracle plays, morality plays, mystery plays, and mummings. As we study specimens of these Middle English dramatic genres, we will juxtapose modern renderings of medieval life and culture in cinematic works by such 20th-century heavyweights as Ingmar Bergman, Andrei Tarkovsky, Carl Theodor Dreyer, and Robert Bresson. A collaborative, semester-long research project will culminate in a final performance. Students will develop a sense of how medieval drama set the stage for modern theatre and film.

MWF 2-2:50; Writing Flag