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Department of English, Philosophy, Modern Languages Upcoming Courses

Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages

Upcoming Courses

2000-Level Classes

ENGL 2326-01: British Masterpieces

British Literatures. Shakespeare, Blake, Austen, Wordsworth, Keats, Woolf, Yeats, Auden, & Rushdie. These authors may sound hard, but their works are beloved by people everywhere because they make usthink about the most important LIFE questions in strikingly immediate, personal, and transformative ways.

MW 11:00am-12:15pm; Instructor: Doty.
ENGL 2321-70: British Literature-Gods and Monsters

In this course, we will investigate some of the most famous villains ever depicted—Grendel and his mother; Macbeth; Satan; Frankenstein’s Creature; Mr. Hyde; Dracula—focusing on the intersections between creation and destruction, inspiration and desolation, divinity and monstrosity.

Web-based; Instructor: M. Hart.
ENGL 2326-01: American Literature-Literature of War

An exploration of war through literature, focused primarily on American and British fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and film.  We will particularly discuss issues of romanticism vs. realism, truth vs. fiction, and reality vs. representation when it comes to the writing of combat and warfare.

TTh 3:00-4:15 pm; Instructor: Hunt.
ENGL 2341-01: Introduction to Literature-The Dark Side: Witches and Ghouls

Investigate the way various literary genres—short story, drama, prose, poetry—deal with their creepiest characters in this exploration of literature and the occult.

MWF 11:00-11:50am;  Instructor: Trela.
ENGL 2341-02: Introduction to Literature-Heavy Metal as a Literary Genre

This course will examine heavy metal music as a literary genre.  We will examine the forty-year history of heavy metal, interrogate major themes and how they persist and/or change with(in) the principal metal movements and sub-genres, and speculate as to the potential literary future of heavy metal.

TTh 11:00am-12:15pm; Instructor: Jacobsen.

3000/4000-Level Classes


ENGL 3302: Creative Writing-Non-Fiction. 

This seminar-workshop focuses on the essay as literary form and rhetorical genre. Participants will study and discuss a range of published essays, and produce original works for exchange, review, revision, and presentation.

W 6:00-8:40pm; Instructor: Walls.
ENGL 3306: Creative Writing-Poetry

This workshop combines writing assignments with an exploration of a variety of poetry from across the ages. Students create poetic forms ranging from the sonnet to prose poems while developing their own voices. Each week the work of a poet is discussed and assigned poems critiqued. The goal is for students to finish with a portfolio of polished and completed poems.

M 6:00-8:40pm; Instructor: Tyrer.
ENGL 3311: Language Structure

Language makes us, us. To understand language structure is to understand the foundation of the human condition.  From sounds (phonology) to words (morphology) to sentences (syntax) to speeches (discourse), linguistics illuminates the basic components of language and the fundamental behavior of humanity itself.  Th: 6:00-8:40pm; Instructor: Jacobsen.

ENGL 3352: English Literature Since 1700. 

A little something for and from everyone: 18th-century (Pope, Johnson, Swift,Haywood, Gay, Goldsmith, Gray), the Romantic era (the "Big Six" poets, Edgeworth, M. Shelley, Austen), the Victorian age (Tennyson, E.B.B.,Browning, Arnold, Carlyle, Dickens, the Rossettis, Gaskell, Wilde), and the 20th century (Yeats, Woolf, Loy, Auden, Heaney, Harrison, Stoppard)

MWF: 11:00-11:50am; Instructor: M Hart.

ENGL 3361: American Literature after 1865.

Survey of U.S. literaturefrom 1865 through the 1940s.  We will consider literature in the historical and cultural contexts of the Civil War, the growth commerce and capital, the globalizing of U.S. culture, the changing role of the author, the attempt by literature at creating social reform, WWI and the aesthetics of selected Modern works. 

MWF: 10:00-10:50am; Instructor: MacDonald.

ENGL 3383: World Literature to 1605: or, How to Live

This course examines moral codes and religious beliefs in pinnacle works of pre-modern civilizations. Readings include: Homer, Sappho, Sophocles, Virgil, The Bhagavad-Gita, the Christian Bible, Augustine, the Koran, Dante, The Thousand and One Nights, Chinese T’ang poetry, Murasaki Shikibu, Zen Buddhist haiku, and Montaigne. The course culminates in a detailed study of Book 1 of Cervantes’ Don Quixote.

MWF: 9:00-9:50am; Instructor: Doty.  
ENGL 4305 : The Ethics of Visual Language

Advanced Topics in Tech Comm. This course will explore the ethical implications of the choices that writers make when crafting visual language, including pictures, graphics and web pages.  Readings will include an overview of visual design theory,ethical theory and case studies. TTh: 9:30-10:45pm; Instructor: Severn.  
ENGL 4310: Advanced Grammar

Though we commonly speak of grammar as something that we learn, grammar exists in our heads whether we study it or not. The study of grammar, then, is a rigorous attempt to codify abstract systems and structures—to demystify language through language. Metalinguistic understanding improves both communication and thought, making the study of grammar valuable no matter one’s course of study or professional aspirations.

MW: 3:00-4:15pm; Instructor: Walls.  
ENGL 4311: Language Acquisition

How users of English make meaning though language.  Emphasizes phonology, morphology, semantics and syntax.

MW: 9:00-10:15; Instructor: Jacobsen.  
ENGL 4332: The 19th-Century Novel-“Country Girls in Chaos.”  

Contrary to popular belief, the Victorians not were just a bunch of sexually repressed, uptight fuddy-duddies who wrote long, baggy, boring novels. Pull back the cover on any Victorian novel and you’re likely to find murder, riots, heresy, incest, treason, rape and (gasp) even…. dancing! You’ll encounter all of this and more as we navigate Emily Brönte’s Wuthering Heights, Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South and Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles – three texts united in their focus on a rurally based female heroine who struggles to adapt to the rapidly changing socio-economic landscape of 19th centuryBritain.  TTh: 11:00-12:15pm; Instructor: Severn.  
ENGL 4350-70: Medieval Literature

Read the “greatest hits” and most influential texts of medieval British and European literature, including Beowulf, Dante, Boccaccio, Chaucer, Malory, and more. Web-based; Instructor: Brown.

ENGL 4352: Shakespeare-Friends, Lovers, Sons, and Saints

Two remarkable things about Shakespeare are the different kinds of relationships he explores and the intense stress he applies to those relationships. This course examines four different ways of relating to others: as a friend (Two Gentleman of Verona and Henry IV); as a lover (As You Like It and Antony and Cleopatra); as a son (Hamlet and Coriolanus); and as a saint (Romeo and Juliet and Measure for Measure).

MW: 1:30-2:45; Instructor: Doty.

ENGL 4363: Southwest Literature

This borderlands course considers issues of cultural hybridity, contact zones, ecotones, and frontiers both historical and of the future.  In addition to important texts of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona borderlands (including authors Rudolfo Anaya, Ana Castillo, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Cormac McCarthy), we will study some shockingly hip literature of Amarillo and theTexas panhandle.

TTh: 1:30-2:45pm; Instructor: Hunt.