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Spring 2016 Courses


100-level Courses

ENG 101 - Academic Writing and Research (4 credits)

ENG 105 - Writing and Research in the Disciplines (1 credit)

200-level Courses

ENG 201 - Writing Literary Analysis (3 credits)

ENG 207 - Studies in Poetry (3 credits)

Thomas D Lisk

Main features of poetry such as tone, voice, form, diction, figurative language, and sound patterns. Reading of poetry from different periods with the goal of learning how to understand, appreciate, and analyze different kinds of poems.



ENG 207 Studies in Poetry-Spring 2015

Instructor: Tom Lisk


Helen Vendler, Poems, Poets, Poetry, Third Edition

COURSE DESCRIPTION: In this course you will read, discuss and write about poetry as a form of oral and written communication. The readings will help you gain a technical appreciation of poems as artistic unities of form and content, emotion and idea, language and knowledge, sound and sense. 

ENG 208 - Studies In Fiction (3 credits)

ENG 209 - Introduction to Shakespeare (3 credits)

ENG 210 - Introduction to Language and Linguistics (3 credits)

ENG 214 - Introduction to Editing (3 credits)

ENG 219 - Studies in Great Works of Non-Western Literature (3 credits)

ENG 220 - Studies in Great Works of Western Literature (3 credits)

ENG 221 - Literature of the Western World I (3 credits)

ENG 222 - Literature of the Western World II (3 credits)

ENG 223 - Contemporary World Literature I (3 credits)

ENG 224 - Contemporary World Literature II (3 credits)

ENG 232 - Literature and Medicine (3 credits)

Sheila Smith McKoy PhD

ENG 323

Dr. Smith McKoy

Study of  literature and its commentary about illness, epidemics, health disparities, and the science and practice of medicine.  This iteration of the course will focus specifically on literature by African and African descent writers including authors such as Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, James Baldwin, Charles Johnson, Toni Cade Bambara, Bebe Moore Campbell and others.

ENG 248 - Survey of African-American Literature (3 credits)

ENG 251 - Major British Writers (3 credits)

Brian Blackley

Significant British authors chosen from among such figures as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Swift, Pope, Austen, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson, Browning, Bronte, Dickens, Joyce, Eliot, Woolf, and Yeats.Credit will not be given for both ENG 251 andeither ENG 261 or 262.

ENG 252 - Major American Writers (3 credits)

Significant American authors chosen from among such figures as Franklin, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, Douglass, Stowe, Whitman, Dickinson, Twain, James, Frost, Faulkner, Hemingway, and Morrison.Credit will not be given for both ENG 252 and either ENG 265 or 266.

ENG 261 - English Literature I (3 credits)

ENG 266 - American Literature II (3 credits)

ENG 267 - LGBTQI Literature in the U.S. (3 credits)

Howard Gene Melton II

Chronological survey of works of literature by and about gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and intersex communities in the U.S. Primary texts will be considered in historical, political, and literary contexts. Brief consideration of early works from colonial period and 19th century with primary focus on 20th and 21st century texts.

ENG 282 - Introduction to Film (3 credits)

ENG 287 - Explorations in Creative Writing (3 credits)

Introduction to the basic elements and principles of three genres of creative writing: poetry, fiction and drama. Reading and class discussion of student work. Recommended for students with no prior experience in creative writing.

ENG 288 - Fiction Writing (3 credits)

Experience in writing short prose fiction. Class critiquing of student work and instruction in techniques of fiction.

ENG 289 - Poetry Writing (3 credits)

Experience in writing poetry. Class critiquing of student work and instruction in techniques of poetry.

ENG 292 - Writing About Film (3 credits)

Comprehensive study of various approaches to writing about film. Primary focus is on the critical and evaluative practice involved in writing film criticism for non-academic audiences. Film screenings, discussion of assigned readings, and in-classwriting workshops aid students in preparing a portfolio of film writing that includes film reviews of various lengths.

ENG 298 - Special Projects in English (1-3 credits)

Agnes Bolonyai PhD

Language in Globalization

This course explores the role of language in processes of globalization, transnational mobility, and modernity. It focuses on how worldwide interconnectedness and cultural flows have affected the ways in which people use language, construct identities, and manage cultural difference across geographic, cultural and social boundaries. We explore the interplay between global flows and local contexts, highlighting how traditional forms of communication and cultural belonging are destabilized and replaced by new, creative and increasingly complex, ‘superdiverse’ linguistic practices within and outside the U.S. Taking a comparative perspective, we examine the linguistic production of identities in a diverse range of (trans)national and semiotic contexts, including English as a global language; youth language and identities; intercultural communication; multilingual hip-hop; social media and digital communication; multilingual signs in urban spaces; transnational identity narratives; migrant literacy practices; and intercultural communication. Our goal is to uncover the divergent cultural norms, values, and ideologies that inform language use in globalization, the cultural meanings and identities these practices signify in local spaces and communities, and the larger socio-historical context and power structure of which they are part. Critically examining language diversification and use provides a window into our rapidly globalizing world, helping us to make sense of it and make ourselves at home in it. 

300-level Courses

ENG 305 - Women and Literature (3 credits)

Leila S May

In this course, we will approach a number of overlapping issues and concerns affecting women through a broad spectrum of nineteenth- and twentieth-century works by female writers.  We will engage in a number of simultaneous activities: looking at the ways in which various women writers of diverse ethnicities have rejected traditional narratives, such as the courtship plot and kitchen concerns, creating alternative stories based on other types of relationships and other interests; examining the ways in which "madness" gets represented in a society that marginalizes both fantasy and "the feminine,and apotheosizes reason; studying fictions of female development (the female Bildungsroman), and speculating on the differences between female and male "Bildung”; interrogating traditional notions of gender differences; discussing the meaning of the establishment of a tradition of "women's writing":  how, for example, do women writers build upon—or challenge—the works of their literary "mothers"?  Authors will include Charlotte Brontë, Sandra Cisneros, Louise Erdrich, Zora Neale Hurston, Barbara Kingsolver, Maxine Hong Kingston, Toni Morrison, Alice Munro, Jean Rhys, and Leslie Marmon Silko.

ENG 314 - Technical Document Design and Editing (3 credits)

ENG 316 - Introduction to News and Article Writing (3 credits)

ENG 323 - Writing in the Rhetorical Tradition (3 credits)

David M Rieder PhD
Prerequisite: ENG 101
A writing course based on the study of rhetoric. Readings on the principles of invention, arrangement, and style; analysis of written texts; writing of persuasive texts for a variety of audiences and purposes.

ENG 324 - Modern English Syntax (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENG 101

Study of Modern English at the sentence level. Analysis of grammatical structure. Consideration of language variation in English.

ENG 325 - Spoken and Written Traditions of American English Dialects (3 credits)

Caroline Marie Myrick
Prerequisite: ENG 101
Basic issues in the study of language; linguistic terminology and categories; grammatical traditions and topics such as prescriptivism and descriptivism, standard and non-standard, orality and literacy; language acquisition and awareness; language aesthetics and ethics.

ENG 326 - History of the English Language (3 credits)

Prerequisite: ENG 101

Development of the English language from its Indo-European origins to the present. Emphasis on historical and comparative linguistic methodology and on changes in sound, syntax, and meaning.

ENG 330 - Screenwriting (3 credits)

Prerequisite: two film and/or creative writing courses (6 hours total)

In this writing workshop, students will develop skills in narrative structure, screenplay

format, and story elements (character, dialogue, scene construction). In the first portion of

the course, we focus on structure, character and dialogue. The remainder of the course is

devoted to the writing and critique of full-length original screenplays.

ENG 331 - Communication for Engineering and Technology (3 credits)


Preq: Junior standing

This course is aimed primarily at students in engineering and other technological fields. Students may take only ONE of the following courses: ENG 331, ENG 332 or ENG 333. In this course, students become familiar with written communication in industrial and technical organizations. Students are encouraged to adapt writing assignments to their own work experience, professional goals, and major fields of study. Instruction covers all phases of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, and critiquing other people's work). Emphasis is placed on organizing for the needs of technical and management readers; concise, clear expression; and the use of visual aids. Typical assignments include job application letters and resumes, progress reports, proposals, technical instructions, and at least one oral presentation.

ENG 332 - Communication for Business and Management (3 credits)


Preq: Junior standing

This course (formerly ENG 221) is aimed primarily at students in business-, administration-, and management-related fields. Students may take only ONE of the following courses: ENG 331, ENG 332 or ENG 333. This course introduces students to the more important forms of writing used in business and public organizations. Students are encouraged to adapt writing assignments to their own work experience, professional goals, and major fields of study. Instruction covers all phases of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, and critiquing other people's work). Emphasis is placed on organizing for the needs of a variety of readers; concise, clear expression; and the use of visual aids. Students practice writing tasks dealing with the routine problems and details common in a work environment and more specialized writing such as problem analyses and sales and administrative proposals. Each student also gives one or two oral presentations related to the written work.

ENG 333 - Communication for Science and Research (3 credits)


Preq: Junior standing

This course is aimed primarily at students who plan careers in scientific research. Students may take only ONE of the following courses: ENG 331, ENG 332, or 333. This course introduces students to the more important forms of writing used in scientific and research environments. The course explores the relationship between research and writing in problem formulation, interpretation of results, and support and acceptance of research. Students are encouraged to adapt writing assignments to their own work experience, professional goals, and major fields of study. Instruction covers all phases of the writing process (planning, drafting, revising, and critiquing other people's work). Emphasis is placed on organizing for the needs of a variety of readers; concise, clear expression; and the use of visual aids. Typical assignments include proposals, journal articles, and at least one oral presentation.

ENG 349 - African Literature in English (3 credits)

Juliana Makuchi Nfah-Abbenyi PhD


This course will examine modern African literature in English by contemporary male and female writers. We will pay close attention to issues of language and identity, gender and sexuality, class and cultural politics, colonialism and imperialism, postcolonialism, transnationalism and globalization. We will supplement our fiction readings with interviews, critical essays, and films. Required texts include:

Bessie Head, Maru

Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, I Do Not Come to You by Chance

Ferdinand Oyono, Houseboy

Tayeb Salih, Season of Migration to the North

Yvonne Vera, Nehanda


ENG 350 - Professional Internships (3 credits)

Susan M Katz

Directed work experience for CHASS majors including work-site mentoring and evaluation.  Department supervision includes course work directed toward designing employment application materials, developing a portfolio of professional work or relevant research paper, considering a variety of career options, and reading literature on workplace socialization. Students must provide their own transportation to the internship site. Modest liability insurance fee required.

Contact Professor Katz for more information.

ENG 372 - Early Twentieth-Century Poetry (3 credits)

Thomas D Lisk

ENG 372 Early 20th Century Poetry –Spring 2015

Instructor: Tom Lisk               



The Norton Anthology of Modern and Contemporary Poetry, Vol. 1 Modern Poetry.


COURSE DESCRIPTION :  The goals of the course are to give you an overview of British and American Poetry 1900-1950, and to explore the work of several poets in depth.  The material will be centered around three particular years 1922, 1936 and 1947.  We will look in depth at poetry published in the context of other events of historical significance during those three years, including the work of such poets as Wallace Stevens, T. S. Eliot, Mina Loy, Marianne Moore, Langston Hughes and W. B.  Yeats.

ENG 374 - History of Film From 1940 (3 credits)

Technological developments and aesthetic movements that have shaped cinema production and direction from 1940 to the present. Evolution in camera movement, editing, sound, storyline, and the documentary. Post-war decline and re-emergence of the Hollywood film industry and the contributions of foreign filmmakers.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.

ENG 375 - African American Cinema (3 credits)

ENG 376 - Science Fiction (3 credits)

Thomas P. Phillips




ENG 376


This section of Eng 376 examines the science fiction genre from the
general standpoint of its aesthetic and thematic development as
aligned with historical contexts, the latter being invariably
connected to technological advances. Specifically, it will follow the
genre’s ongoing fascination for and insights into the category of the

Assessment: class participation, two formal essays, and two exams.

ENG 381 - Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop (3 credits)

ENG 382 - Film and Literature (3 credits)

Ora Gelley
Ora Gelley
Starting virtually with the birth of the movies, there exists a long history of adapting a variety of kinds of texts–plays, parables, novels, stories, etc–into films. No single “formula” or “theory” of adaptation exists. Rather, the work of adaptation involves a process of translation and transformation, a process which this course will explore. Our study of this process will force us to consider the form or genre of the original source text. In order, for instance, to gain some understanding of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s film (from 1967) based on Sophocles’ play Oedipus Rex, for instance, we must consider not one but three source texts: the Oedipus tale of Greek myth and drama, Sigmund Freud’s interpretation of that tale, and finally, a modern story based on Pasolini’s own autobiography which frames the mythic recreation of the film. In the case of Lars Von Trier’s The Five Obstructions (2003), to give another example, we will explore the process by which a filmmaker, in collaboration with his colleague, re-makes, in five entirely different versions, a short film produced by him 25 years earlier. In this case, the transformation does not involve a  shift from text to screen, but rather, is driven by a series of “obstructions” (devised by the student, Von Trier, for his former film teacher, Jorgen Leth) which determine the form of each re-make. The course will cover a range of textual forms and cinematic and literary genres–including Greek tragedy, the Female Gothic, the novel, the biblical text, the short story,  and the animated film. Issues, in addition to those of genre and adaptation, that will be discussed include: intertextuality; point of view (how, for instance, is the subjective or “first person” voice expressed differently in film and literature?); narrative and narration; historiography.

ENG 385 - Biblical Backgrounds of English Literature (3 credits)

ENG 388 - Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop (3 credits)

Robert J Bateman
An intermediate workshop in creative writing for students with demonstrated understanding of the basic techniques of writing prose fiction.

ENG 392 - Major World Author (3 credits)

Nicholas Halpern

In this class we will engage in an in-depth discussion of the literary career of Fyodor Dostoevsky, author of perhaps the most suspenseful, passionate, brilliant and profound novels ever written. Our readings will include Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Idiot, Demons, and The Brothers Karamazov. These works will be put in a variety of historical, cultural, psychological and literary contexts. There will be three five-to-seven-page papers, a series of response papers, and a final exam.

ENG 394 - Studies in World Literature (3 credits)

ENG 395 - Studies in Rhetoric and Digital Media (3 credits)

400-level Courses

ENG 405 - Literature for Adolescents (3 credits)

Barbara A Bennett

 This course covers the history, types, and characteristics of literature for adolescents, and emphasizes reading and analyzing the literature by exploring the themes, literary elements, challenges, and rationale for young adult literature. It addresses the ways in which this literature can be integrated and implemented in an English curriculum. Although the course is primarily designed for future and current high school English teachers, it can also be valuable for those working with adolescents in any capacity or for enhancing one's understanding of young adult literature past and present.

ENG 416 - Advanced News and Article Writing (3 credits)

ENG 417 - Editorial and Opinion Writing (3 credits)

Paul Cockshutt

This course focuses on the expression of opinion in daily newspapers and other media. The course covers editorials (the newspaper's corporate opinion), columns (both personal and issue-oriented) and reviews (of books, film, food, etc.) There is copious writing in the course, much discussion, guest speakers and field trips. I assume students have mastered the basics of newswriting. Prerequisite is ENG 215 or permission of instructor.

ENG 422 - Writing Theory and the Writing Process (3 credits)

ENG 425 - Analysis of Scientific and Technical Writing (3 credits)

ENG 439 - 17th-Century English Literature (3 credits)

ENG 448 - African-American Literature (3 credits)

Marc K. Dudley

Survey of African-American literature and its relationships to American culture, with an emphasis on fiction and poetry since 1945. Writers such as Bontemps, Morrison, Huston, Baldwin, Hayden, Brooks, Naylor, Harper, and Dove.

ENG 463 - The Victorian Period (3 credits)

ENG 469 - American Realism and Naturalism (3 credits)

Allen Frederick Stein

We will study the highly influential movements known as American Literary Realism and American Literary Naturalism. Writers to be covered are Mark Twain, Henry James, William Dean Howells, Kate Chopin, Stephen Crane, Harold Frederic, Edith Wharton, Frank Norris, and Theodore Dreiser. There will be two papers assigned, one of 7-8 pages, the other of 10-12. There will be a midterm exam and a final exam. The format will be lecture/class discussion.

ENG 470 - American Literature, 1914-1945 (3 credits)

James M. Grimwood


The literary culture of the United States from the Armory Show through Hiroshima.  Intensive study of a vital period.  Average velocity: one year per class.  Fiction, poetry, drama, nonfiction.  Mainstream, popular, avant garde.  Relationships with cinema, painting, music, architecture.  Intersections with science, religion, politics.  Legacies of Realism and Naturalism.  Variations on Modernism and its discontents.  Nascence of Postmodernism.  Consideration of cultural contexts: World War I, Women’s Suffrage, Prohibition, the Jazz Age, the Scopes Trial, the Great Depression, the Scottsboro Case, the New Deal, Pearl Harbor, etc.  Stein, Eliot, Frost, Cather, O’Neill, Hurston, Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wright, etc.  Research in original publications.  A relatively shorter paper and a relatively longer paper; midterm and final exams.


ENG 487 - Shakespeare, The Later Plays (3 credits)

Christopher James Crosbie

Shakespeare’s career writing for the professional London theater spans from roughly 1590 to 1612.  In 1603, near the midpoint of this eventful writing life, Elizabeth I dies and James I ascends to the English throne.  In only a short time, James, a great patron of the theater, decides to take Shakespeare’s acting company (at that time known as the Lord Chamberlain’s Men) and make them his own.  The King’s Men becomes one of the two principal acting companies, and Shakespeare – having grown in popularity from his earliest plays to now – seems at the height of his profession, writing some of his most impressive plays.   This course will examine some of the most prominent plays from this period of Shakespeare's life, with special attention to his tragedies and his late comedies, frequently identified as "romances."  Assignments will include two exams, periodic quizzes, lively discussion, and a final term paper.

ENG 488 - Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop (3 credits)

John J. Kessel

Eng 488 is a writing workshop class for students who have demonstrated competence in writing short fiction. The goal of this course is for you to write successful short stories, to improve your ability to identify in your own work and in others' just what is working and what is not, and to learn how to improve it.

In the course of this workshop your will turn in two complete short stories, and revise one of those stories. You will do written critiques of the manuscripts of your classmates. In the first month there will be readings on fiction techniques and of exemplary published stories. Grades will be based on your critiques of other student stories, your own stories, and your revision. 

ENG 489 - Advanced Poetry Writing Workshop (3 credits)

John Balaban

ENG 489-001, Poetry Writing, TuTh 11:45-1:00, G113 Tompkins

John Balaban, 256 Tompkins.


English 489 will offer individual practice in the craft of poetry.  Each student will be asked to write a minimum of 150 lines of poetry in addition to several formal exercises. Class meetings will be devoted to student work as well as to essays on craft as well as discussions on poetry in the long tradition of poetry written in English. 489 is for undergraduates who have met the prerequisites and who wish to continue with poetry writing.  Any questions should be sent to me at the email address above or to  

ENG 490 - Studies in Medieval Literature (3 credits)

James Robert Knowles



This course explores the fascinating range of visionary literature, both religious and secular, that emerged in the late middle ages in Europe. Writers and texts will include Bonaventure's Itinerary, Chaucer's dream visions, Langland's Piers Plowman, The Cloud of Unknowing, Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine Love, The Book of Margery Kempe, Pearl, Hildegard of Bingen, Christine the Astonishing, and Marguerite Porete (the first heretic to be burned at the stake in the Paris inquisition of 1312). Texts in Middle English will be read in the original language; others in translation. Students will write a substantial research paper. 

ENG 491 - Honors in English (3 credits)

ENG 492 - Special Topics in Film Styles and Genres (3 credits)

Andrew Robert Johnston

Film Comedy and Modernity

What can film tell us about comedy, or comedy about film? This course will examine the boundaries of this genre so central to the history of cinema and trace its various forms--from slapstick to screwball to the musical--while also investigating its relation to theories of comedy and laughter more broadly. As we do so, we will be examining how comedy functions as an aesthetic and social response to changing conditions in modernity. While various "high art" aesthetic practices are usually recognized as indexing or reflecting cultural concerns more broadly, we will examine how comedians from Buster Keaton and the Keystone Cops to Lucille Ball and Richard Pryor utilized a vernacular form to conceptualize and interrogate social and cultural changes. Screenings will include films by directors and comedians such as those listed above and readings will include texts by scholars and theorists such as Walter Benjamin, Henri Bergson, Tom Gunning, Miriam Hansen, and Sianne Ngai.

ENG 498 - Special Topics in English (1-6 credits)

500-level Courses

ENG 506 - Verbal Data Analysis (3 credits)

ENG 510 - Middle English Literature (3 credits)

James Robert Knowles

ENG 510


This course explores the fascinating range of visionary literature, both religious and secular, that emerged in the late middle ages in Europe. Writers and texts will include Bonaventure's Itinerary, Chaucer's dream visions, Langland's Piers PlowmanThe Cloud of Unknowing, Julian of Norwich's Revelations of Divine LoveThe Book of Margery KempePearl, Hildegard of Bingen, Christine the Astonishing, and Marguerite Porete (the first heretic to be burned at the stake in the Paris inquisition of 1312). Texts in Middle English will be read in the original language; others in translation. Students will write a substantial research paper. 

ENG 511 - Theory and Research In Composition (3 credits)

ENG 514 - History Of Rhetoric (3 credits)

Cross-listed with COM 514. Prof. Ken Zagacki

ENG 517 - Advanced Technical Writing, Editing and Document Design (3 credits)

David H. Covington

Preq: for undergraduates: ENG 314 or 317; for graduates: permission of instructor.

ENG 517 Advanced Technical Writing and Editing invites students to explore the writing, editing, and designing skills employed by professional technical writers in their work. The course offers students study in the theory and practice of information design -- that is, in the production of documents that are persuasive, informative, and easy to comprehend. For Spring 2016, we will focus on web design. Assignments include one major website project and shorter assignments in web page design and site navigation (HTML/CSS; Dreamweaver/Fireworks/Photoshop) and the use of contentent management systems (Wordpress). Class time will be devoted to computer activities. The course is aimed particularly at those who wish to pursue careers as technical communicators.

ENG 518 - Publication Management for Technical Communicators (3 credits)

Robert S Dicks

Advanced study of project and personnel management issues as they relate to technical communication. Includes such topics as scheduling, estimating, budgeting, usability testing, staffing, performance evaluation, motivation, subcontracting, and ethics. For students planning careers as technical communicators, or for others managing groups involved in information development.

ENG 519 - Online Information Design and Evaluation (3 credits)

ENG 522 - Writing in Nonacademic Settings (3 credits)

Huiling Ding

Directed work experience for English Department graduate students including work-site mentoring and evaluation and concurrent academic assignments. Academic component includes reading and discussing articles relevant to the day-to-day practice of writing in nonacademic settings and completion of a project that connects academic and nonacademic components. Graduate Standing in an English Department graduate program required. Modest liability insurance fee required. Students must provide their own transportation to the practicum site.

ENG 523 - Language Variation Research Seminar (3 credits)

ENG 530 - 17th-Century English Literature (3 credits)

Margaret Simon Fyfe

Delighting in Disorder: Seventeenth Century Women Writers in Context

“Civil wars are more cruel and unnatural than wars abroad.” So says King James I as he accedes in 1603, uniting the kingdoms of England and Scotland. But James’s words ultimately foreshadow the very violent and unnatural internal conflicts that would come to define much of the century. Despite the grim political landscape, the period was a rich one for English letters.

Taking as its tagline the title from Robert Herrick’s 1647 poetic manifesto, “Delight in Disorder,” this course will explore the possibilities revolution and unrest opened for writers, particularly women writers, as they experimented with genres, shaped their work to fit certain social roles and political alliances, continued to pursue patronage while also carving out a more public space for authorship, and themselves theorized on the role of government, religion, and gender in public and private life.

We will enrich our study of the period by working with seventeenth century manuscript and print sources both online and in person, including planned sessions at UNC’s special collections library.

We will give particular attention to women authors first publishing in this century. Authors include: Mary Sidney, Aemelia Lanyer, John Donne, Ben Jonson, Mary Wroth, Robert Herrick, George Herbert, Margaret Cavendish, John Wilmot (Earl of Rochester), among others.



ENG 533 - Bilingualism and Language Contact (3 credits)

Agnes Bolonyai PhD

A comprehensive introduction to the study of bilingualism and language contact. We explore the most important and fascinating aspects of individual and societal bilingualism, focusing on both theoretical and practical issues. The goal of the course is to better understand the linguistic, cognitive, cultural, and socio-political dimensions of multilingualism and its role in our lives. Some of the questions we will ask include: How do people become bilingual? Is it harder for a child to learn two languages at once? Is the bilingual brain different from the monolingual brain? Why do bilinguals code-switch? What happens when one language encroaches on the other? Can language shift and loss be predicted? Does bilingualism threaten English in the U.S.? 

Additional topics to be covered include: migration, mobility and multilingualism ▪ language, ideology, and identity ▪ multilingual internet and social media ▪ linguistic landscapes in urban settings ▪ superdiverse hybridity: metrolingualism, polylingualism & translanguaging ▪ multilingualism in global marketing ▪ bilingual education.   

ENG 548 - African-American Literature (3 credits)

ENG 564 - Victorian Novel (3 credits)

Leila S May

This seminar is designed to introduce you to the study of the Victorian novel at the graduate level through reading novels by such authors as the Brontë sisters, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, M.E. Braddon, Wilkie Collins, Thomas Hardy, and Bram Stoker. One of the principal areas of focus will be on what was commonly termed "The Woman Question"—something that was, in fact, a series of probes, reactions and heated debates concerning the status of women that transfixed the era. We will look not only at the figure of the Victorian Angel in the House but, in particular, at various "odd" and "other" women, those who go beyond the straightforward models set out for them by the social, legal, medical and domestic ideologies of their day.

ENG 565 - American Realism and Naturalism (3 credits)

Allen Frederick Stein

We will explore fiction by Mark Twain, Henry James, William Dean Howells, Kate Chopin, Harold Frederic, Frank Norris, Stephen Crane, Edith Wharton, and Theodore Dreiser. In doing this, we’ll also explore the relationship of this fiction to the late-nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century movements known as Literary Realism and Literary Naturalism. There will be a paper of seven to nine pages and one of twelve to fifteen. There will also be a midterm exam and a final exam.

ENG 583 - Studies In Composition and Rhetoric (3 credits)

Christopher M Anson

Writing Program Administration: Theory, Research, and Practice

Professor: Chris Anson

Almost everyone who earns a post-graduate degree in rhetoric and composition and pursues a career in higher education will at some point be involved in the administration of a writing program, writing center, or writing-across-the-curriculum effort, and many will become its director. Yet graduate curricula seldom focus on the complex theoretical, pedagogical, political, and managerial dimensions of such work, leaving the new WPA at the mercy of inherited practice—and much trial and error.

This special-topics seminar is designed to focus on current theories, research, and practices of writing program administration, including curricular design and assessment, faculty development, assessment of student achievement, budget oversight, the politics of administration in higher education, and historical studies of writing program administration. The seminar is designed for all interested MA and PhD students, but will be particularly valuable for those considering administrative work in first-year writing programs, writing centers, or WAC/CAC programs at a range of institutions (community colleges, small liberal arts colleges, and large research universities).

MW 1:30-2:45pm

ENG 585 - Studies In Film (3 credits)

Marsha Gabrielle Gordon PhD

ENG 585, Studio Era Hollywood                                             

Tuesdays 6:00-10:00pm

Dr. Marsha Gordon

This course will explore the economics, politics, and aesthetics of the Hollywood Studio System during its amazing Golden Age from the 1920s-1950s.  We will study each of the “major” and “minor” studios that thrived (and struggled) during the era, including representative producers, directors, stars, designers, and of course the movies themselves.  Students will leave the course with an understanding of the business of Hollywood during this era, especially the industry’s capacity for producing publicity and creating/feeding a star-hungry public.  Time will also be devoted to those filmmakers who managed to work outside of the powerful studio system despite the difficulties involved in such endeavors.  Directors will likely include John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, George Cukor, Michael Curtiz, Orson Welles, Tod Browning, Vincente Minnelli, Dorothy Arzner, Preston Sturges, Howard Hawks, Edgar Ulmer, Ida Lupino, and Sam Fuller.  Assignments will include in-class presentations, an archival fan magazine project, a digital exhibition project, and a final research paper (which my draw upon some of the earlier projects).  

ENG 588 - Fiction Writing Workshop (3 credits)

William Wilton Barnhardt

Enrollment is for MFA Fiction students only.

A writing workshop, exclusively, for the graduate students in the Master of Fine Arts program. Expect to produce (at least) three fiction submissions over the course of term.

ENG 589 - Poetry Writing Workshop (3 credits)

John Balaban

ENG 589-001, Poetry Writing Workshop, TuTh 3:00-4:15PM, G113 Tompkins

John Balaban, 256 Tompkins.


English 589 will offer individual practice in the craft of poetry.  Each student will be asked to write a minimum of 150 lines of poetry in addition to several formal exercises such as translating a poem from a foreign language or writing a poem in an arbitrarily chosen form.  Class meetings will be devoted to student work as well as to essays on craft and discussions on published poetry. 589 is the graduate course intended for MFA students or others advanced enough in their poetry. Admission is by portfolio or by MFA poetry program status; anyone not in the MFA poetry program should talk to me about enrolling in the class.

ENG 590 - Studies In Creative Writing (3 credits)

ENG 592 - Special Topics in Film Styles and Genres (3 credits)

600-level Courses

ENG 626 - Advanced Writing for Empirical Research (3 credits)

ENG 636 - Directed Readings (1-6 credits)

Ann M. Penrose

ENG 636 provides directed study in areas of special interest that are not addressed in the department's regular course offerings.  See the grad programs website for information about proposing an independent study:

ENG 675 - Projects in Technical Communication (3 credits)

David H. Covington

ENG 675 Projects in Technical Communication is a 3-credit "capstone course" for the MS Program in Technical Communication, taken as close as possible to the last semester of the student’s curriculum, in lieu of a thesis. You are eligible to enroll only if you are nearing the end of your coursework in the MS Program; you need previous coursework to develop a sustained, more complex project and to defend your projects before the MS faculty. Your projects are the subject matter of this course. Our class sessions will be conducted as seminars, with discussion centering on the progress and problems of researching, designing, developing, and defending a larger project, and on helping each other work within established deadlines and different fields. Your project will provide you with an opportunity to gain deeper insight into your field, and to acquire greater ability to work in the profession of technical communication.

ENG 676 - Master's Project in English (3 credits)

ENG 695 - Master's Thesis Research (1-9 credits)

700-level Courses

ENG 798 - Special Topics in English Studies (3 credits)

800-level Courses

ENG 810 - Directed Readings in English Studies (1-6 credits)


700-level Courses

CRD 790 - Issues in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (3 credits)

CRD 791 - Special Topics in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (3 credits)

800-level Courses

CRD 885 - Doctoral Supervised Teaching (1-3 credits)

CRD 890 - Doctoral Preliminary Exam (1-9 credits)

CRD 893 - Doctoral Supervised Research (1-9 credits)


200-level Courses

HON 293 - Honors Special Topics-Literature (3 credits)

Thomas P. Phillips


As applied to creative disciplines, the term horror has many connotations that reflect diverse aesthetic styles and ideologies over what is arguably a long span of time. Like other genres, horror is also deeply imprinted by the entertainment industry, particularly in the 20th and 21st centuries. This section of HON 293 will examine the genre through a variety of literary and filmic texts (among others, including music and painting) with the aim of gaining insight into the central question of why we are drawn to horror as entertainment and cultural practice.  Additionally, the course will explore five commonly overlapping aspects of the genre: the psychology of spectatorship, horror as cultural commentary, gender, religion, and the democratization of discursive and visual art forms.

Students will be asked to engage with readings ranging from literary to theoretical texts on the aesthetics and psychology of horror as it relates to each medium.  Most films will be viewed outside of class at designated times and places or at the student’s convenience, though we will watch clips in class.  Evaluation will be based on class participation, one response essay, a longer research-based essay, and a final exam.

HON 296 - Honors Special Topics-Science, Technology, Society-H&SS Perspective (3 credits)

400-level Courses

HON 499 - Honors Research/Creative Project 2 (3 credits)