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Current and Upcoming Courses

Summer 2014

ENGL-553—Modern English Grammar

An intensive study of the syntax of present day English. The course also includes a review of traditional grammar, focusing primarily on the parts of speech. Special attention is given to linguistic theory, particularly regarding the acquisition of language.

Fall 2014

ENGL 502: Shakespeare. Tues. 7-9:45.  Professor Pilhuj. Meets at The Citadel.  (Fulfills requirement for pre-1800 British literature.)

This course will take as its focus the multiple perspectives of political matters that an examination of Shakespeare’s plays affords.  Issues considered will include the nature of effective leadership, definitions of kingship (and queenship), the consequences of dynastic politics, military leadership, gender concerns, the relationship between subject and ruler, the formation of various ideas of nation and kingdom, empire-building, perspectives of history (both our own and Shakespeare’s), and related questions about performance and adaptation.

ENGL 509: Romantic Literature. Mon. 4:00-6:45. Profesor Beres Rogers. Meets at CofC. (Fulfills requirement for post-1800 British literature.)

Until recently, the Romantic era has been studied as the era of the imagination, a backlash to the rationality and scientism that (ostensibly) characterized the Enlightenment.  This course will examine recent scholarship that calls this characterization into question, delving Romantic authors’ relationships to various sciences.  We will read Richard Holmes’s The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, as well as a number of recent articles, to historicize writing by Charlotte Smith (botany), William Wordsworth (geology), Jane Austen (brain science), Samuel Taylor Coleridge and John Keats (medicine and chemistry), and Mary Shelley (biology).  These specific disciplines, then grouped as Natural Philosophy, informed and structured the Romantic understandings of imagination and self.

ENGL 512: Southern Literature. Wed. 4:00-6:45. Professor Eichelberger. Meets at CofC. (Fulfills requirement for American literature.)

A study of selected texts, both canonical and lesser-known, by and about residents of the U. S. South. Authors will include William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Yusef Komunyakaa, Tennessee Wiilliams, and a variety of others, as well as folklore, music, and film. Course requirements will include a class presentation, short writing assignments, a longer paper, a midterm, and a final exam. The course will emphasize works produced since 1900 and will explore some of the recurring themes often associated with the U. S. South: race, class, family, and place; land, labor, and the pastoral ideal; nostalgia and history; regionalism, nationalism, and the global South. In addition to doing textual analysis, students will do research on the historical and cultural circumstances in which texts were produced. Course assignments will invite students to either challenge or confirm prevailing beliefs about the region.

ENGL 517: Lyric Theory, Lyric Practice. Mon. 7:00-9:45. Professor Rosko. Meets at CofC. (Fulfills elective credit.)  

This class combines a broad historical survey of poetry and poetics poetics (writing and thinking about poetry) from Aristotle to the present with both critical and creative engagements with those materials.  We will begin by exploring the roots of lyric as a form or mode, and attend to the specific generic elements of lyric poetry as they have developed historically, moving from a selection of ancient Greek and Latin translations through the English Renaissance and up to contemporary poetry. In our reading of poems, we will be especially concerned with identifying the tropes, themes, and formal building blocks of specific lyric forms and how they evolve over time. Canonical theoretical/poetics essays and more recent critical essays on poetry will supplement our reading of poems. Course requirements include: the composition of poems that emulate (or experiment with) prosody and form or otherwise enact theoretical ideas relevant to the course; a close reading, analytical workshop in which one of your poems will be discussed; a presentation on a poetics essay; and a final paper that traces a specific poetic form or idea of the lyric through three poems from different historical periods.

ENGL 700: Caribbean Literature. Revising the Canon: The Empire Writes Back. Thurs. 4:00-6:45. Professor Maxwell. Meets at The Citadel. (Fulfills seminar requirement as well as requirement for post-1800 British literature.)

This course focuses on Caribbean literature that responds to canonical British works. Throughout the semester, we will investigate how and why Caribbean authors revise a wide selection of literary works considered to be part of the English literary canon. We will contemplate what the canon is, how it can be read in relation to Caribbean literature, and why it inspires the Empire to write back to its colonial center.

ENGL-595—Methods and Materials for English Language Arts

This course exposes students to theories and practices of teaching English (to include reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing and thinking) in grades 9-12, including preparation for reflective practice and classroom-based teacher research. In-class instruction is augmented by field experiences that expose students to the professionalism of practicing ELA teachers and the realities of working with a diverse population of students. This course is intended to prepare candidates for a teaching internship. Prerequisites: EDUC- 501 and EDUC-592.

Note: For students in the M.A.T. in English program only.

ENGL-563—Creative Writing—Fiction

Class discussion of student writing using twentieth-century fictional works as models.

Spring 2015

ENGL564- Teaching with Technology

Teaching with Technology will give you the opportunity to learn about different web-based resources that you can use when you're teaching to improve your students' writing and get them excited about learning. This class will provide interactive instruction designed to inspire imaginative approaches to incorporating these resources. Everything you do for this class will utilize technologies in local schools and will focus on texts that you'll likely be teaching in the future, so you'll be developing applications you can actually use in your future classes.

ENGL-535—African American Literature

A study of African American literature from the early days of slavery, to the struggle for emancipation, to the twentieth-century Harlem Renaissance and civil rights movement. Readings will cover poetry, fiction, and drama, as well as autobiographies and cultural commentaries.

ENGL-552—Adolescent Literature

A study of literature for the adolescent, including methods of introducing the major literary genres to the secondary school student.

Note: For students in the M.A.T in English program only.

Summer 2015

ENGL-554—History of the English Language

A historical survey of the syntactic and phonological features of Old, Middle, Early Modern, and present day English. Special attention is given to the varieties of American English, particularly African American Vernacular English.

ENGL-521—A Survey of World Literature II

Masterpieces of world literature in translation from around 1650 to the present time with special attention to the philosophical content and the development of literary forms.

Fall 2015

ENGL-560—Film Studies

A study of films from a variety of nations and filmmakers. Attention is given to how techniques of filmmaking such as mise en scène, montage, and lighting communicate a filmmaker's construction of meaning. In some cases, comparisons may also be made between films and their written sources to demonstrate differing approaches to conveying comparable meaning.

Spring 2016

ENGL-550, 551—Special Topics in Composition or Language One – Writing Children's Books

A study of a special author, period, topic, or problem in composition or language which is outside the routine offerings of the department. The subject for each course will be announced.