Literature Offerings for Spring 2016 through Spring 2017

Please check the current Schedule of Classes for days/times and changes or cancellations.

Spring Quarter 2016

ENGL 48: MODERN AMERICAN LITERATURE: 1914–PRESENT
Introduction to multicultural American Literature in the Modern Age (1914-present) with emphasis on the courageous contributions and literary innovations of diverse authors of Asian American, African American, Anglo American, Latino American, and Native American heritage, including Harlem Renaissance authors such as Hughes and Hurston; the radically experimental fiction of Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner; the rise of modernist poets such as Eliot, Stevens, and Williams; Beat Generation authors such as Kerouac and Ginsberg; Native American authors such as Momaday and Erdrich; feminist poets such as Plath and Rich; and Asian American writers such as Bulosan and Hong Kingston. Special emphasis on the role of these diverse writers in continuously redefining the nature of American literature in the 20th Century, and thereby reshaping American national identity as the United States becomes a global superpower.

CRWR 41A: POETRY WRITING
Explicit instruction and practice in writing poetry. Assignments include reading, analyzing and responding to published and student work and writing original work.

ENGL 8: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE ONLINE
A survey of children's literature from many periods and cultures, including classics, picture books, folktales, fairy tales, biography, poetry, fantasy and fiction. Emphasis on the ideas, didactic and sociological, reflecting relationships among cultures in America included in books usually read by children. Special emphasis on books that explore the cross-cultural influences of our shared oral tradition and folklore as well as the issues arising from a diverse mix of cultures in the U.S.


Summer Session 2016

ENGL 8: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE ONLINE
A survey of children's literature from many periods and cultures, including classics, picture books, folktales, fairy tales, biography, poetry, fantasy and fiction. Emphasis on the ideas, didactic and sociological, reflecting relationships among cultures in America included in books usually read by children. Special emphasis on books that explore the cross-cultural influences of our shared oral tradition and folklore as well as the issues arising from a diverse mix of cultures in the U.S.


Fall Quarter 2016

ENGL 47B: WORLD LITERATURE II 1700 to Present
A comparative study of selected works, in translation and in English, of literature from around the world, including Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, and other areas, from the seventeenth century to the present. A cross-cultural examination of global literatures within broader historical, cultural, political, and social frameworks, including the contexts of class, race and ethnicity, gender, religion, and aesthetics.

CRWR 6: INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING
Explicit instruction and practice in writing poetry and short fiction. Assignments include reading, analyzing and responding to published and student work and writing original work. Analysis of public readings and/or interviews with writers.

ENGL 8: CHILDREN'S LITERATURE ONLINE
A survey of children's literature from many periods and cultures, including classics, picture books, folktales, fairy tales, biography, poetry, fantasy and fiction. Emphasis on the ideas, didactic and sociological, reflecting relationships among cultures in America included in books usually read by children. Special emphasis on books that explore the cross-cultural influences of our shared oral tradition and folklore as well as the issues arising from a diverse mix of cultures in the U.S.

ENGL 41: LITERATURE OF MULTICULTURAL AMERICA
An exploration of American identity, focusing on ethnic, cultural, and national affiliations. Analysis of literary works by Native American, European American, African American, Chicano/Latino, and Asian American writers. Readings selected represent a variety of historical periods and literary genres. Emphasis on issues of identity politics, immigration, internally and externally imposed borders, cultural and linguistic power, assimilation, acculturation, and cultural pluralism as expressed through diverse voices.


Winter Quarter 2017

ENGL 43A: SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE I: BEOWULF TO THE LATE 18TH CENTURY
A survey of canonical literature spanning the earliest Old English texts, Middle English period, Early Modern period, ending with Neoclassicism. Texts discussed and analyzed within historical, sociocultural, philosophical, and aesthetic contexts.

ENGL 14: (ONLINE) TRAVELING THE WORLD THROUGH CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE
Selected fiction written between l950 and the present, with emphasis on English, Canadian, and international works in translation. Students are introduced to various thematic and stylistic trends in contemporary fiction; use of current scientific discoveries, historical theories, religious and cultural developments.

CRWR 39A: INTRODUCTION TO SHORT FICTION WRITING
Explicit instruction and practice in writing a variety of short fiction forms, including short narratives, flash fiction and traditional short stories. Assignments include reading, analyzing and responding to published works and student work, as well as writing original work. Analysis of public readings and/or interviews with writers.

ENGL 22: WOMEN WRITERS
An examination of the works of 19th and 20th Century multicultural women poets, novelists, dramatists, and essayists and their contribution to English and American literature. Includes independent research and the creation of a major project on author, genre, work or theme.


Spring Quarter 2017

ENGL 43B: SURVEY OF BRITISH LITERATURE II: THE ROMANTIC PERIOD TO THE PRESENT
A survey of canonical literature beginning with the 1798 publication of Lyrical Ballads, through the Romantic Period, Victorian Period, twentieth-century Modernism and Postmodernism, to the present. Texts discussed and analyzed within historical, sociocultural, philosophical, and aesthetic contexts.

CRWR 6: INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE WRITING
Explicit instruction and practice in writing poetry and short fiction. Assignments include reading, analyzing and responding to published and student work and writing original work. Analysis of public readings and/or interviews with writers.

ENGL 5: GAY & LESBIAN LITERATURE
Introduction to the history and development of gay and lesbian literature as a continuous theme in the development of mainstream literary traditions and, more recently, as a separate and distinct literary genre. Readings selected to represent a variety of historical periods and contrasting societal attitudes toward same-sex relationships, ranging from ancient Greek and Roman texts to contemporary American poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction prose. Emphasis on the emergence of contemporary gay/lesbian literatures and identities in the United States in the twentieth century within the broader context of on-going class, race, gender, religious, political, and aesthetic debates.

ENGL 31: LATINO/A LITERATURE
Reading and discussion of Latino/a literature and its relationship to social issues and identity politics of Latinos/as. Critical examination of fiction, poetry, essays, and drama by and about the Latino/a communities, including those of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, Caribbean, and South and Central American descent.


For information on other English courses, see our online Catalog.

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