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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

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.

Spring 2018

    • Genres, Forms, and Themes ENVIRONMENTAL WRITING - ENGL 3026 - Steve Edwards
    • Seminar: Literature of Empires - ENGL 4400 -  Aruna Krishnamurthy

    Graduate Topics Courses

    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.

    SPRING 2018

    • British Representation of Disease and Disability - ENGL 9072 -- Kisha Tracy

    The study of ancient to medieval representations of disability and disease is still an emerging field. In this course, we will explore early literary depictions of the diseased and the disabled. By analyzing these texts and applying (or redefining) modern frameworks for these concepts, we will discover the complex array of social perceptions and the variation, and even conflict, in early perceptions of disability and disease. Selected authors/texts: Chaucer, Shakespeare, Henryson, Malory, Marie de France, various saints' lives, etc. Projects will include working with the Medieval Disability Glossary and various international museums and libraries.

    Archive of Courses



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


    • Style Studio - ENGL 3002 - Elise Takehana
    • Writing for Finance - 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

    • Analyzing 21st Century America - Benjamin Railton
    • 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


    • British Representation of Disease and Disability - ENGL 9072 -- Kisha Tracy
    • Post Apocalyptic Science Fiction - ENGL 9031 -- Heather Urbanski
    • Genres, Adaptation, and Hybridity - ENGL 9017 - Elise Takehana
    • American Modernism - ENGL 9038 - Michael Hoberman
    • Chaucer - ENGL 9010 - Kisha Tracy
    • American Art and Literature 1800-1860 - ENGL 9046 - Michael Hoberman
    • Post Apocalyptic Science Fiction - ENGL 9031 -- Heather Urbanski