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COURSE PROPOSALS

Form RC:

Revised Course Proposal

FORM RC

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Discipline:

English

 

 

Date:

9/11/02

 

Course Revision #1

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Engl 1031. Imagining Contemporary America. (HDiv; 4 cr; offered when feasible)

Examination of selected recent literary works reflecting the diversity of U.S. culture.

 

Engl 1100. Variable Topics in Interpreting Literature. (See specific topics for general education categories; 4 cr; repeatable when topic changes; offered when feasible)

Introduction to the study of literature. Emphasis on gaining basic skills of analysis. Topics vary.

 

Engl 1102. Variable Topics in Interpreting Literature: The Environmental Imagination. (Envt; 4 cr; offered when feasible)

Study of selected poetry and prose on nature and the environment.

 

Engl 1105. Variable Topics in Literature: Strange Places, Marvelous Races: Medieval Travel Literature. (Hum; 4 cr)

 

Engl 1106. Variable Topics in Literature: Icelandic Saga. (Hum; 4 cr)

The medieval prose literature of Iceland, in translation, with selections from the family sagas (tales of Icelanders), the sagas of ancient times, and the myths.

 

Engl 1107. Variable Topics in Literature: Novel into Film. (Hum; 4 cr)

Classic novels such as “Grapes of Wrath” and “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” will be read and their film versions analyzed. An introductory course to Film Technique.

 

Engl 1108. Variable Topics in Literature: Myth and Literature. (Hum; 4 cr)

The course will look at primary texts in Greek and Roman myth and at the ways English and American writers have made use of those myths from the Renaissance to the present.

 

Engl 1113. Variable Topics in Interpreting Literature: Literature of Slavery. (Hum; 4 cr)

Rhetorical and literary study of writings that contested, defended, or tried to comprehend the “peculiar institution” of chattel slavery in the US. We’ll read texts written prior to the Civil War as well as some twentieth-century novels set during that era.

 

Engl 1114. Variable Topics in Interpreting Literature: Immigration, Identity, and the American Dream. (Hum; 4 cr)

Personal, fictional, and historical narratives of peoples facing the complex reality of life in the “promised land.”

 

Engl 1116. Variable Topics in Interpreting Literature: Introduction to African American Literature. (HDiv; 4 cr)

An intensive introduction to the major genres and narrative themes of this literature, beginning with slave narratives and continuing to contemporary texts. Emphasis on the historical contexts necessary for comprehending this literature, as well as its relationship with political and gender struggles facing the African American community. An elective for majors; open course for nonmajors.

 

Engl 1117. Variable Topics in Interpreting Literature: Modern Drama: Exploring Nightmares. (Hum; 4 cr)

The drama of the 20th century often grappled with difficult and unpleasant themes: isolation, broken families, unrealized dreams, and even madness. Readings from a wide range of post-World War I plays according to a thematic organization that enables exploration of some of these ideas.

 

Engl 1118. Variable Topics in Interpreting Literature: Queer Multiculturalism. (HDiv; 4 cr)

The politics of queer representation, with a special focus on issues of cultural diversity. Sites of investigation include literary texts, official documents, critical articles, and visual art.

 

Engl 1119. Variable Topics in Interpreting Literature: Islands, Inns, and Haunted Houses. (Hum; 4 cr)

Review of 18th-Century English novels and plays by authors like Sheridan, the Brontes, Jane Austen, and others, examining to what extent setting helps to determine authorial choices as well as plot and character.

 

Engl 2102. Variable Topics in Writing: Writing Poetry from Art: An Ekphrastic Experience. (ArtP; 4 cr; prereq 1011 or equiv) Focus on developing skills for poetry writing through the study of the collaborative and reciprocating nature of art and poetry.

 

Engl 3053. Variable Topics in Literature and Language I: Chicana and Chicano Literature. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 11xx, 2011)

Examination of Chicana and Chicano literature—poetry, fiction, drama, and essays—from the 1960s to the present, exploration of how the writings were influenced by and helped shape cultural and social politics including the Chicana/o civil rights movement, identity and land issues, and feminist and gay/lesbian issues.

 

Engl 3056. Variable Topics in Literature and Language I: Gender, Genre, and Sexuality in Modernist Literature. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 11xx, 2011)

Exploration of how issues of gender and sexuality helped to shape the forms of literary experimentation during the modernist period

 

Engl 3059. Variable Topics in Literature and Language I: Introduction to Critical Theory. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 11xx, 2011)

An introduction to theories of literary and cultural interpretation. This course is strongly recommended for students considering further study of literature on the graduate level.

 

Engl 3321s. Women’s Literature. (4cr.; prereq 1100; 2011)

Examination of women writers as a distinct group, with attention to ethnic, class, and cultural differences; includes readings in feminist theory.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

These courses are no longer being taught.

 

Course Revision #2

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Engl 1021 2121f. Introduction to Creative Writing. (ArtP; 4 cr; prereq 1011 or equiv)

An introduction to the basic elements of creative writing, including exploration of poetry, story, and journal writing. Practice with techniques such as dialogue, description, voice, and style.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Changed number reflects new distinction between 1131 general introductory course and separate introductory topics at the 2xxx level.

Course Revision #3

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Engl 2011f,s. Introduction to Poetry and Poetic Language. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 1011 or equiv)

A prerequisite to advanced courses in English. An introduction to the techniques of close reading and the analysis of poetry. Emphasis on appreciating and understanding poetic form.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Replaced as the prerequisite for advanced courses in English by the new 1131 course, but still an important elective to offer before advanced study in English.

Course Revision #4

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Engl 2031. Gender in Literature and Culture. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 2011 1011 or equiv; offered when feasible)

Introduction to literary and cultural representations of gender. Emphasis on the intersections between power and the social relations of gender, race, class, and sexuality.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Removing the prerequisite will make the course more accessible to non-majors, while still allowing majors to take it as an elective.

Course Revision #5

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Engl 3101f. Medieval to Renaissance in English Literature. 2201f. British Literature Survey I. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq. 1011 or equiv, 1131, 2011)

Readings in English poetry, prose, and/or drama from 1300 to 1600, the beginnings to the 18th century. with particular attention to the development of an English national literature and the challenges posed by periodization (i.e., "Medieval" and "Renaissance"). Specific authors vary.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Movement of required surveys from the 3xxx to the 2xxx level, providing a clear distinction between specialized topics at the 3xxx level and the broader subject matter in a survey course. Description also reflects broader time span instructors wish to cover.

Course Revision #6

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Engl 3201 2211. The Pluralistic Roots of U.S. Literature American Literature Survey I. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 1011 or equiv, 1131, 2011)

Study of important texts, canonical and non-canonical, and important periods and movements that define the colonial and U.S. experience up to 1870 1865.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

New title and new number reflect introductory position in the major curriculum; new date better reflects natural break in the literature.

 

Course Revision #7

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Engl 3211 2212. New Visions of U.S. Literature American Literature Survey II. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 1011 or equiv, 1131, 2011)

Study of selected historical and literary texts in U.S. literature from 1870 1865 to the present.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

New title and new number reflect introductory position in the major curriculum; new date better reflects natural break in the literature.

Course Revision #8

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Engl 3011s. Advanced Creative Writing. (ArtP; 4 cr; prereq #)

For experienced writers. Focus on developing skills and mastering creative and technical elements of writing poetry and fiction.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

This course has been replaced by two advanced creative writing courses in separate genres.

 

Course Revision #9

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Engl 3111s. British Romanticism: Origins and Influence. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 11xx, 2011)

The study of Romanticism as an historical movement in English literature—its origins in reaction to 18th-century neoclassicism and its influences on subsequent literature.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

See Form NC for new British Literature Survey II, which combines this course with Engl 3121, Victorian-Modern, reducing the number of survey courses so as to streamline major requirements at this level, allowing students to complete the British Lit. survey in two rather than three semesters (students almost never took all three in the past).

Course Revision #10

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Engl 3121s. Victorian and Modern British Literature. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 11xx, 2011)

Analysis of literature as a product and cause of cultural change in Great Britain from 1839 to 1939.

II. Rationale (see instructions):

See Form NC for new British Literature Survey II, which combines this course with Engl 3111, Romanticism, reducing the number of survey courses so as to streamline major requirements at this level, allowing students to complete the British Lit. survey in two rather than three semesters (students almost never took all three in the past).

Course Revision #11

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Engl 3131. The English Novel. (4 cr; prereq 1100, 2011; offered when feasible. Study of the development of the English novel in the 18th and 19th centuries.

 

Engl 3141. Irish literature from the 18th century to the Present. (4 cr; prereq 1100, 2011; offered when feasible. Readings in Irish literature and its relationship to historical contexts.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

This course has been replaced by more specific courses

 

Course Revision #12

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Engl 3041 3162 Chaucer. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 1131, 2011 two of 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212; offered when feasible not offered 2003-04, 2004-05)

Concentrating on the Canterbury Tales but also reading some of Chaucer's other poetry, students study the writing of this influential poet, his fourteenth-century context, and the history of critical responses to his work.

 

Engl 3041 3162H. Honors: Chaucer. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 1131, 2011 two of 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212, participation in the Honors Program or #; offered when feasible not offered 2003-04, 2004-05)

Intensive study of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales as well as some of Chaucer's other poetry. Students explore genre, language, medieval context, and medieval and modern critical reception.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Changed number and prerequisite as part of revised major; more precise description of content.

Course Revision #13

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Engl 3051. Variable Topics in Literature and Language I: 3161 Medieval Literature. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 1131, 2011 two of 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212; not offered 2003-04)

Early and later medieval prose, poetry, and drama produced and/or widely read in England from about 700-1500.

 

English 3058 3163 Variable Topics in Literature and Language I. Life in a Medieval City: Literature and Culture in York, 700-1500. (Hist; 4 cr.; prereq 1131, 2011 two of 2201, 2202, 2211, 2212 or #; offered when feasible)

A May session course held in York, England. Study of the literature and history of the city from Anglo-Saxon times to the end of the Middle Ages. Focus on the role that York played as the second city of medieval England, emphasizing the diverse cultural influences on the city. Day trips to historically significant sites in the vicinity of York.(Students who have taken Hist 3104 will not receive credit for this course.)

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

New number to clarify groupings, new title to reflect removal of variable topics status, new prereq. as part of revised major. No course description appears in current catalogue.

Course Revision #14

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Engl 3221. Development of the Novel in the United States. (4 cr; prereq 1131, 2011 two from 2201, 2202, 2211 or 2212; offered when feasible not offered 2004-05)

Study of the development of the novel in the United States in the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

New prerequisites as part of revised major.

 

Course Revision #15

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Engl 3301s f. U.S. Multicultural and Multiracial Literatures. (Hum HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1131, 2011 two from 2201, 2202, 2211 or 2212)

Comparative e Examination of literatures by African American, Native American, Chicano/a, and Asian American, Chicana/o, U.S. Latino/a, and other under-represented peoples. writers.

 

Engl 3311f. Native American Literature. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1131, 2011; not offered 2001-02 two from 2201, 2202, 2211 or 2212; offered when feasible not offered 2004-05)

Study of Native American Indian literature written in English from 19th century to the present and its historical and cultural contexts. Particular attention given to Emphasis on the literature's engagement with language, identity, land, and sovereignty.

 

Engl 3331f. African American Literature. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1131, 2011; not offered 2002-03 two from 2201, 2202, 2211 or 2212; offered when feasible not offered 2003-04, 2004-05)

Study of African American literature from the slave narrative to the contemporary novel, with attention to formative historical and cultural contexts, as well as theoretical and critical debates. Particular attention given to issues of gender, class, power, “passing,” and the racialized body.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change of prerequisites and description to better reflect subject matter of course

 

Course Revision #16

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Engl 3031s. 3159. Shakespeare. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 1100, 2011; 1131, two from 2201, 2202, 2211, or 2212)

A careful reading of a representative selection of Shakespeare's plays, with attention to their historical context, the poetic and dramatic aspects of Shakespeare's art, and a variety of approaches to his work.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change in course number/prerequisite

 

Course Revision #17

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Engl 3054. Variable Topics in Literature and Language I: 3271. Making the American Man. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 1131, 2011 two from 2201, 2202, 2211, or 2212; offered when feasible)

Study of the rise of the “self-made man” and other mythic conceptions of American masculinity as they were expressed in the literature of the late eighteenth to early twentieth century.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

New number to clarify groupings, new title to reflect removal of variable topics, new prereq. as part of revised major.

 

Course Revision #18

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Engl 3401 3261f. Modern British and American Poetry. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 1131, 2011 two from 2201, 2202, 2211, or 2212; offered when feasible not offered 2004-05)

Study of important movements and figures in 20th-century poetry from 1900 to the present. A study of the continuities and break with traditions in 20th century poetry. Focus on innovations and experiments in form and theme.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

This is an elective designed to give majors an opportunity to study a specialized area of literature.

 

Course Revision #20

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Engl 3341. Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o Literatures. (HDiv; 4 cr; prereq 1131, 2011; offered when feasible two from 2201, 2202, 2211 or 2212; offered when feasible not offered 2003-04)

Study of Chicana/o and U.S. Latina/o literature from late nineteenth century to present and its historical and cultural contexts. Particular attention given to themes of language, identity, land, immigration/migration, and spirituality.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

Change of prerequisites

 

Course Revision #21

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Engl 4004s. Senior Seminar: Variable Topics in Literature and Language II: Old English Literature and Language. (Hum; 4 cr; prereq 1131, 11xx, 2011; # two from 2201, 2202, 2211 or 2212; not offered 2004-05)

Prose and poetry of early medieval England (650-1100) in translation and in Old English (which we will study), with attention to material (manuscripts) and cultural contexts and to reception history.

 

II. Rationale (see instructions):

New prerequisites as part of revised major, updated semester designation, and indication to this is now the only variable topics series.