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English Studies Courses

By changing our department name to English Studies, we have signaled our continuing efforts to connect to some of the core curricular trends in our discipline: the emergence of cultural studies and its many affiliated fields such as film studies and gender studies, the inclusion of new textualities such as digital media and graphic novels, and a rejuvenated focus on rhetoric and composition. We plan to continue expanding into these fields and subjects, to complement and connect with our continued strengths in many other areas of English Studies including Shakespeare, Medieval Literature, African American literature, journalism, and secondary education.

Undergraduate Topic and Theme Course Descriptions

Spring 2019

    • Genres, Forms, and Themes: Creative Writing Cycles - ENGL 3026 - DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld

    This course will give creative writing students the opportunity to write a collection of connected short fiction, short creative nonfiction, and/or a cycle of poetry. Students will write at least twenty pages of poems or forty to sixty pages of prose that are connected by theme, characters, or ideas. Students will read published writers’ collections as models, write and workshop individual pieces, and compile and workshop an entire collection. This is a writing and reading-heavy course and students are encouraged to have taken ENGL 3500, ENGL 3510, ENGL 3520, or ENGL 3890 prior to this class.

    • Seminar - ENGL 4400 

    Fall 2018

    • Major Authors: Toni Morrison - ENGL 4000 - Chola Chisunka
    • Hispanic Literature and Culture - ENGL 2003 - Diego Ubiera

    This course is a survey of major works and authors in their aesthetic, historical, and biographical contexts. We will explore cultural products from a broad range of genres in order to reflect upon key questions in Latin American Studies: modernism and modernity, citizenship and nationhood, revolution, dictatorship and post-dictatorship, migration and globalization. Our discussions will focus on works by writers such as Gabriela Mistral, Pablo Neruda, César Vallejo, Alfonsina Storni, Delmira Agustini, Horacio Quiroga, Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cortázar, Alejo Carpentier, Mario Vargas Llosa, , Carlos Fuentes, Gabriel García Márquez, Elena Poniatowska, Ana Lydia Vega, Roberto Bolaño, and others. Students will contribute oral and written assignments reflecting upon these works and will learn to think critically about Hispanic literature, history and politics.

    • Genres, Forms, and Themes STYLE STUDIO - ENGL 3026 - Elise Takehana

    This studio course will focus on understanding style and rhetorical devices to copy models and invent unique styles. Because we use writing so often and most frequently in casual and pragmatic ways, it is easy to forget its flexibility as a medium. Our goal is to grasp language’s agility by playing with words. We will analyze written texts closely for their rhetorical and stylistic qualities, paying attention to the relationship between style and content. We’ll also exercise our skills in replicating and inventing multiple and diverse stylistic patterns.

      Graduate Topics Courses

      SPRING 2019

      • Graphic Novel as Literature - ENGL 9044 -- Heather Urbanski

      This course will examine illustrated narrative and sequential storytelling as literature, considering the distinct narrative and visual elements of this particular form. We will primarily consider comic books and graphic novels, with specific focus on current texts from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. This course will combine theoretical analyses and close reading to examine texts across multiple genres including science fiction, memoir, and novel adaptations. Potential authors include Scott McCloud, Gail Simone, John Lewis (and Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell), and Art Speigelman.

      SUMMER 2018

      • Native, African, and Asian American Literature - ENGL 9064 -- Benjamin Railton

      The focus of this course is on relationships between culture and society as works by three groups of Americans are considered within historical, ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Discussion may concern questions of identity, family, initiation, politics and ideology, education, gender, aggression and violence. Special attention is paid to the novel as a popular art form in aesthetic and social terms.

      Archive of Courses



      • Culture of Science Writing - Heather Urbanski
      • Environmental Writing - Steve Edwards


      • Hispanic Literature and Culture - ENGL 2003 - Diego Ubiera
      • Black Feminist Discourse - ENGL 3008 - DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld
      • Style Studio - ENGL 3002 - Elise Takehana
      • Writing for Finance, Service, and Industry - ENGL 3005 - Heather Urbanski
      • Science Fiction and Fantasy Novel - ENGL 3026 - Heather Urbanski
      • Environmental Writing - English 3061 - Steve Edwards
      • Experimental Writing - ENGL 3062 - Elise Takehana
      • Writing Sci-Fi and Fantasy: A Community Approach - ENGL 3063 - Heather Urbanski
      • Online Activism - ENGL 3001 - Doris Schmidt

      SEMINAR - ENGL 4400

      • Literature of Empires - Aruna Krishnamurthy
      • Analyzing 21st Century America - Benjamin Railton
      • Aesthetics and Stylistics of Tragedy - Chola Chisunka
      • Shakespeare, Donne, and Milton - Lisa Gim
      • Texts of World War I - Irene Martyniuk
      • "Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know": Byron and the Byronic Hero - Frank Mabee
      • Aesthetic Literature: Tragedy and Comedy - Chola Chisunka
      • Early Modern Masters: Shakespeare, Donne, & Milton - Lisa Gim
      • Colonial & Post-Colonial Literature - Aruna Krishnamurthy
      • Women in World Cinema - Joe Moser
      • Early American Literature - Michael Hoberman
      • Choice and Voice: Memoirs of Crisis - Judy Budz


      • Mark Twain - Benjamin Railton
      • Anton Chekhov - Joseph Moser
      • Salmun Rushdie - Irene Martyniuk
      • Philip Roth - Michael Hoberman
      • Bronte Sisters - Aruna Krishnamurthy
      • Chaucer - Kisha Tracy
      • Toni Morrison - Chola Chisunka
      • W.E.B. DuBois - Benjamin Railton
      • Virginia Woolf - Irene Martyniuk
      • Philip Roth - Michael Hoberman

      Graduate Topics Courses

      • British Representation of Disease and Disability - ENGL 9072 -- Kisha Tracy
      • Post Apocalyptic Science Fiction - ENGL 9031 -- Heather Urbanski
      • American Modernism - ENGL 9038 - Michael Hoberman
      • British Modernism - ENGL 9006 - Irene Martyniuk
      • Analyzing 21st Century American Literature - ENGL 9051 - Benjamin Railton
      • Issues and Trends in English Education - ENGL 9027 - Wendy Keyser
      • Experimental Writing Workshop - ENGL 9005 - Elise Takehana
      • Ethnic American Literature - ENGL 9005 - Benjamin Railton
      • Women in World Cinema - ENGL 9023 - Joseph Moser