Literature offerings for Fall 2012 through Spring 2014
Please check the current Schedule of Classes for days/times and changes or cancellations.
Fall Quarter 2012
English 46A: English Literature from Beginnings to Milton (4 units)
A survey of selected literary works beginning with the earliest Old English
period (Caedmon's Hymn, Beowulf, etc), Middle English period (the Gawain poet,
Chaucer, etc) and the early modern period (Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton,
etc) focusing on the development of literary genres within specific historical
and cultural contexts.
English 14: Contemporary Fiction (4 units)
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.
English 11: Introduction to Poetry (4 units)
Analysis and discussion of forms, techniques and meanings
of poetry, with emphasis on modern examples in English or translation to develop the
student's ability to read, understand, and evaluate a poem.
English 5: Gay & Lesbian Literature (4 units)
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.
Winter Quarter 2013
English 46B: English Literature 1660-1830 (4 units)
A survey of selected canonical literary works and authors
beginning with the English Restoration period (Milton, Dryden, etc), the
Neoclassical/Enlightenment period (Swift, Pope, etc.) and the Romantic period (Blake, Shelley,
etc.) focusing on the emergence and development of literary genres and styles in response to
specific historical, sociocultural, and philosophical movements.
English 12: African American Literature (4 units)
Literature by African Americans beginning in slavery and
continuing on into the 20th and 21st centuries. Discovery of many of the current stereotypes
in American cultural mythology about African Americans. Study of the complex and varying
forms of resistance and creation African Americans have developed. Definition of issues and
strategies in writings from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries, including audience, identity
(self), gender, family, culture, politics, spirituality and language.
CRWR 41: Poetry Writing (5 units)
Explicit instruction and practice in writing poetry.
Assignments include reading, analyzing and responding to published and student work and
writing original work. Lecture and workshop.
Spring Quarter 2013
English 46C: English Literature Victorian Period to the Present (4 units)
Reading and critical analysis of representative works,
emphasizing social and cultural backgrounds, from the Victorian to the Modern Period.
English 31: Latino/a Literature (4 units)
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.
English 8: Children's Literature (4 units)
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 2013
English 48A: American Literature 1492-1864 (4 units)
Representative works of American literature from Columbus's first voyage in 1492 through the Civil War, focusing on the
development of entirely new literary forms, voices, and perspectives which make American literature unique. Selections from
Native American myths, legends, and autobiographies; reports of early Spanish explorers; English colonial histories and Puritan
poetry; African American slave narratives and poems; Revolutionary War political texts; frontier tall tales; transcendentalist
philosophy; gothic short stories; and romantic fiction. Special emphasis on the contributions of diverse cultures in forging American
literature and identity.
English 17: Introduction to Shakespeare (4 units)
Detailed analysis of representative sonnets, and history, tragedy, comedy, and romance dramas through lecture and discussion.
Consideration of the Elizabethan world.
English 18A: Vampire Literature (4 units)
Survey of vampire literature across a variety of cultures. Discussion and analysis (both written and oral) of vampiric literary texts
within various theoretical and historical contexts, including the gothic, the psychoanalytic, gender and sexuality, race and the
"other," cultural studies, theories of corporeality. Emphasis on historical and cross-cultural analyses.
English 11: Introduction to Poetry (4 units)
Analysis and discussion of forms, techniques and meanings of poetry, with emphasis on modern examples in English or translation
to develop the student's ability to read, understand, and evaluate a poem.
Winter Quarter 2014
English 48B: American Literature 1865-1914 (4 units)
Introduction to representative works of multicultural American Literature in the wake of the Civil War (1865-1914) including satirical
works by Mark Twain; the experimental poetry of Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson; autobiographical and political texts by
African American leaders Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. Dubois; Mexican vaquero fiction; early Asian American texts; and
Native American autobiographies. Emphasis on the radical innovations in literary forms, themes, language, and philosophy which
shaped America's new identity as an emerging world power within a period of fierce conflicts within American society over race,
class, and gender roles.
English 8: Children's Literature (4 units); offered 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.
CRWR 6: Introduction to Creative Writing (5 units)
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. Lecture and
Spring Quarter 2014
English 48C: American Literature: 1914-present (4 units)
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.
English 40: Asian American Literature (4 units); offered online
Introduction to Asian American literature. Readings in 20th Century works, with an emphasis on three relevant themes: problems
of identity as they relate to class, gender, mixed heritages, and sexuality; politics and the history of Asian American activism and
resistance; and diversity of cultures within the Asian American community.
CRWR 39AB: Writing Short Fiction (5 units)
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. Lecture and workshop. Analysis of public readings and/or interviews with writers.
For information on other English courses, see our online Catalog
For other information about Language Arts offerings and labs, including location and hours of operation, call the main division office at (650) 949-7250.
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