Topics Courses

Fall 2018

Every quarter, the English Department offers variable topics courses such as English 315 (Studies in a Literary Genre), English 324 (Studies in Literary Topics) and English 515 (Senior Seminar) on selected topics. The topics for these courses change each quarter, and the courses may be repeated for credit as topics change. Those scheduled for Fall 2018 are described below. If you'd like further information about these courses or other English Department offerings, please contact the instructor. You'll find their contact information on our faculty information pages.

ENG 316. Juan Delgado. Re)Imagining the (Un)Conventional. Wed. 1:00-4:50 pm. PDC.

Storytellers are interested in seeking unique ways of telling, presenting and displaying their stories. With each new unconventional telling of a story, we gain not only new insights into the art form, but also insights into how we define genres, how we use language, and how we make sense of the world around us. With the advent of new media, a whole world of possibilities for innovative storytelling has opened up. This course looks at the ways storytelling changes and adapts when combined with unconventional modes of delivery. As creative writers, we will ask: how can the traditional texts we produce (i.e. poems, plays, short stories, etc.) be enhanced through non-traditional means (i.e. within multimodal, interactive, cross-genred, or digital texts)? Students will produce and workshop both traditional and non-traditional imaginative works.

ENG 441. Margaret Doane. Willa Cather. MWF 9:20-10:40 am.

The course will examine the novels of Pulitzer Prize-winning, Modern American regional writer Willa Cather.  We will read six of her novels:  O Pioneers!, My Antonia, A Lost Lady, My Mortal Enemy, The Professor's House, and Death Comes for the Archbishop.  Course requirements include two exams and an extended paper.

ENG 443. Chad Sweeney. 1960s Poetic Revolutions.  Fri. 9:00-12:50 pm. PDC.

1960s Poetic Revolutions explores the remarkable innovations in poetry launched in response to cultural exhaustion and conformity, racism, sexism, war and environmental degradation. The 1960s witnessed a flowering of such poetic movements as the San Francisco Renaissance, the Deep Image poets, the Black Mountain poets, the New York School, the Objectivists, Confessionalism, the L-a-n-g-u-a-g-e poets and the Native American Renaissance, all of which continue to influence us today as vital forces in poetry and life. (Please note ENG 443 is not a variable topics course and cannot be repeated for credit).

ENG 515. Holly Henry. Virginia Woolf. TR 4:00-5:50 pm.

This course will explore major works by modernist British author Virginia Woolf.