Spring 2017 Courses


100-level Courses

ENG 101 - Academic Writing and Research (4 credits)

Intensive instruction in academic writing and research. Basic principles of rhetoric and strategies for academic inquiry and argument. Instruction and practice in critical reading, including the generative and responsible use of print and electronic sources for academic research. Exploration of literate practices across a range of academic domains, laying the foundation for further writing development in college. Continued attention to grammar and conventions of standard written English. Most sections meet in computer classrooms. Successful completion of ENG 101 requires a grade of C- or better. This course satisfies the Introduction to Writing component of the General Education Program.

Prerequisite: A grade of C- or better in ENG 100 or placement via English department guidelines.

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

Examination of inquiry and writing across a range of academic disciplines, laying the foundation for further writing development in college-level writing across the curriculum. Refinement of basic principles of rhetoric and how those connect to writing in disciplinary communities. Restricted to transfer students with a transferring first-year writing course Successful completion of ENG 105 requires a grade of C- or better. Together with approved transfer credit hours, this course satisfies the Introduction to Writing component of the General Education Program.

Restricted to: Transfer students with a transferring first-year writing course.

200-level Courses

ENG 207 - Studies in Poetry (3 credits)

ENG 208 - Studies In Fiction (3 credits)

Thomas P. Phillips

This section of Studies in Fiction examines various narrative forms and themes that challenge conventional modes of thought, discourse and reading. Through a selection of novels and short stories we will consider distinctions between such poles as convention and radicalism and high and low fiction to determine not only their validity or invalidity but their function with regards to the lived life of a reader. Authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Isaac Asimov, Raymond Carver, Shirley Jackson, and Don DeLillo.

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)

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

ENG 251 - Major British Writers (3 credits)

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 260 - Introduction to Literary Study (3 credits)

ENG 261 - English Literature I (3 credits)

A survey of English literature to 1660, including Old English, Middle English, and Renaissance writing, focusing on such central authors as Chaucer, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare, Jonson, Donne, and Milton. Credit will not be given for both ENG 261 and ENG 251.

Credit is not allowed for both ENG 261 and ENG 251.

ENG 262 - English Literature II (3 credits)

A survey of English literature from 1660 to the present. Poetry, fiction, drama and intellectual prose by such central writers as Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, Bronte, Carlyle, Tennyson, Browning, Yeats, Woolf, Joyce and Eliot. Credit will not be given for both ENG 262 and ENG 251.

ENG 265 - American Literature I (3 credits)

A survey of American literature from the beginnings to the Civil War, including such central authors as Edwards, Franklin, Irving, Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Stowe, Douglass, Thoreau, and Whitman. Credit will not be given for both ENG 265 and ENG 252.

ENG 266 - American Literature II (3 credits)

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

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)

300-level Courses

ENG 305 - Women and Literature (3 credits)

Deborah Anne Hooker PhD

In her 2009 work, A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx, Elaine Showalter proposes that the female tradition of literature in the U.S. has been shaped by 3 primary factors:

  • women's relationship to the literary marketplace and other gate-keeping institutions like schools and libraries that identify and promote "worthwhile" writing
  • literary influences (what women read and the models they emulated)
  • pressures on women to lead private rather than public lives, to conform to cultural norms and expectations about femininity
We will explore and challenge Showalter's thesis through our examination of poems and autobiographical writings by 17th and 18th century women  as well as novels, short stories, poems (and a play) by more contemporary authors such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Louise Erdrich, Louise CLifton, Jamaica Kinkaid, and Jane Martin.  These readings will be augmented by fairy tales and myths, recent and enduring essays from feminist and cultural studies, and when appropriate, by writing from women residing ouside the territorial boundaries of the U.S.
As part of our testing of Showalter's proposal, ENG/WGS 305 will highlight the ways in which socioeconomic class and racial identity intertwine with gender to produce differing representations of female experience. Although we will focus primarily on female representations, masculinity as it is represented and contested in various texts will also be explored. 

Course requirements include guided reading journals, Moodle posts, one shorter literary analysis, a longer final project, a mid-term and final exam.  

This course fulfills the GEP Literature and the US Diversity requirements.
Prerequistie:  Sophomore standing 

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

Prerequisite: ENG 214, ENG 101
Techniques of writing news stories and feature articles. Components of newsworthiness, examination of evidence, interview techniques, varied writing styles. Role of newspapers and journalism in America.

ENG 317 - Designing Web Communication (3 credits)

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

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 327 - Language and Gender (3 credits)

ENG 330 - Screenwriting (3 credits)

Susan Jenny Coulson

Through lectures, film clips, screenplay examples, collaborative brainstorming, and original writing, we will explore the craft and art of screenwriting. Students will learn about structure, characterization, creating dynamic dialogue, subtext, subplots, theme, exposition, etc utilizing established screenplay formats. The course will involve studying great films and scripts, participating in critiques, and the writing and revising of original material. At the end of the semester the students should have a clear understanding of cinematic storytelling techniques and will have completed multiple scenes.

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

Prerequisite: 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)

Prerequisite: 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)

Prerequisite: 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 350 - Professional Internships (3 credits)

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.

Visit the English Department Internship Program website for more information.

ENG 363 - The British Novel of the 19th Century (3 credits)

In this course we will explore the nineteenth-century British novel from a variety of interrelated vantage points. We will examine the conditions of production--the historical and cultural contexts--which generate these works and which they in turn participate in generating. Of particular concern will be the ways in which representations of gender, sexuality, work, class relations, and the family function in these texts, as well as the effect of narrative form and technique on these representations. The literary genres on which we will most closely focus this semester will include the gothic, sensation, and fin-de-siècle ("end of the century") fiction. Novelists will include Jane Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, M. E. Braddon, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Bram Stoker. Grades will be based on informal writings, two papers (or a paper and a project), weekly contributions to web discussions, a midterm and a final exam.

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

This course is the second in a two part series in film history. The first part of the series, ENG 364 (History of Film to 1940) explored the international history of cinema from its inception to the beginning of the sound era in the late 1920s and 1930s. This course, COM/ENG 374–Film History From 1940 to the Present– is structured as a survey class on international film movements and styles from the beginning of the 1940s to the present. We will look at the tensions and confluences between discourses of aesthetics and film form, nationalism, third world and postcolonial critique, and identity politics by considering films from diverse cultural and national contexts, including, among others, Iranian, Italian, German, Czechoslovakian, and Romanian films as well as Hollywood productions. The course will also examine the changing paradigms for film analysis and the ways in which particular modes of film analysis have been dominant in the understanding of certain kinds of films (for example, postcolonial perspectives on "third cinema," feminist and "auteur" theory in relation to classical Hollywood cinema, etc.). Lastly, throughout the semester we will consider the politics of modes of representation in film (i.e., how do films represent history and memory, racial, national, cultural or gender identity, and what are the political implications of those representations?). Filmmakers such as Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, Milos Forman, the Dardenne brothers, Lars Von Trier, Jean-Pierre Jeunet, Cristian Mungiu, Roman Polanski, Lynn Shelton, Paul Verhoeven, and others will be considered in relation to specific national and transnational film movements, as well as international film history and technological changes/advances. Course requirements include prompt attendance and participation, three short critical "response" papers, and two in-class examinations (a midterm and a final). There are no prerequisites for this course.

ENG 375 - African American Cinema (3 credits)

ENG 376 - Science Fiction (3 credits)

ENG 377 - Fantasy (3 credits)

A historical and thematic survey of forms of non-realistic fiction.  The course will consider fantasy as a loosely associated set of fictions that violate the tenets of realism.  We will examine the origins of fantasy in folk and fairy tales, trace its development as a separate genre into the twentieth century in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, and his followers, and read works in related genres such as supernatural horror fiction, surrealism, magic realism, nonsense, and metafiction.  Readings will typically include such works as The Hobbit, Dracula, Alice in Wonderland, The Book of the New Sun, A Wizard of Earthsea, and works originally published in other languages by Kafka, Borges, Garcia Marquez, and others.

ENG 381 - Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop (3 credits)

ENG 382 - Film and Literature (3 credits)

ENG 388 - Intermediate Fiction Writing Workshop (3 credits)

English 388 is a fiction writing class for students who have taken Eng 287 or 288 or have experience writing stories. Though I believe that no writer is ever beyond issues of craft, I will assume you have some familiarity with the essentials of fiction writing.

Students will be asked to read a considerable number of published works of fiction, to write exercises early in the semester, and to write two short stories and one revision. You will do written critiques of the manuscripts of your classmates and discuss them in workshop session that will take up our class time after the first month or so. Grades will be based on your critiques of other student stories, your own stories, and your revision.

ENG 390 - Classical Backgrounds of English Literature (3 credits)

Thomas Hardy opens his elegiac sequence “Poems of 1912-1913,” written for his recently deceased wife, with a Latin epigraph: veteris vestigia flammae—the vestiges of an old flame. In their original context in Virgil’s Aeneid, these words are spoken by Dido, Queen of Carthage, to express her burning desire for the Trojan hero who arouses feelings in her that she thought long dead. Centuries before Thomas Hardy, however, English literary tradition had made a habit of copying, borrowing, and stealing from ancient Greek and Latin sources. This course studies a selection of the ancient flames that have burned most brightly in the English literary imagination. We will read texts by Sappho, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Horace, Virgil, Ovid, Augustine, Prudentius, and Boethius. Student projects will do the work of connecting these precursor texts with their British and American followers, including but not limited to: Chaucer, Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Milton, Emerson, Whitman, Dickinson, Hardy, Stevens, Eliot, and Pound. All Latin and Greek texts will be read in translation. 

This course satisfies the GEP Humanities requirement.

ENG 394 - Studies in World Literature (3 credits)

Prerequisite: Sophomore standing and above
Study of a subject in world literature: for example, African literature, Asian literature, Hispanic literature, East European literature, Comedy, the Epic, the Lyric, Autobiography, the Faust legend, or Metamorphosis. Subjects vary according to the availability of faculty. Readings in English translation.

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

This class is an introduction to User Experience (UX) and designed to help students interested in technical communication explore a set of concepts to the broader field of UX research. People who work in UX are strategists who assist in the creation of products, services, and policies across digital and physical environments. They contribute to the processes of design, research, and development of information tools. Designing rhetorical experiences requires empathy for people and an understanding of context of use.

In this class students will explore concepts from rhetoric, design, and development that are foundational strategies used by UX practitioners. Thanks to the ongoing growth and convergence of the internet and software industries, UX designers an emerging and viable professional field of study for those interested in technical communication. The content of this class capitalizes on a vital need for people-centered experiences across converging technologies, services, and processes. Students will engage in inventive problem solving and ideation of a project as well as develop products through user personas, journey mapping, and wireframing. Finally, students will learn to develop live interactive prototypes of software solutions. No previous technological experience is required to take this course but a willingness to learn new digital tools is.

400-level Courses

ENG 405 - Literature for Adolescents (3 credits)

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 407 - Postmodernism (3 credits)

ENG 411 - Rhetorical Criticism (3 credits)

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

ENG 417 - Editorial and Opinion Writing (3 credits)

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 420 - Major American Author (3 credits)

In this course we will explore Willa Cather’s development as a fiction writer from her first “prairie novel,” O Pioneers! (published in 1913), to her final book, Sapphira and the Slave Girl (1937).  Issues to be addressed include the historical and political contexts of Cather’s fiction, questions of gender and sexuality, and her role in literary modernism.  We will focus in particular on Cather’s remarkable ability to evoke a “sense of place” in her fiction.  In order to have points of comparison for the way Cather depicts the customs, language, history, and landscape of various places, we will read a few texts by other “regional” writers such as Jewett, Chopin, Chesnutt, and Faulkner.

ENG 421 - Computer Documentation Design (3 credits)

At one time, users of most technologies expected to find some form of documentation accompanying their purchase. Some forms, like the humble instruction manual, detailed steps for product assembly or operation. Others, like procedures, did the same but also conveyed the product designers’ understanding of the tasks and goals supported by those technologies. As developers of these documents, technical communicators wrote about tasks and audiences in ways that assumed a style of work that was software- or tool-specific and highly individual. But in an age when most users are networked to other users, where technologies are networked to other technologies, and where tasks traverse the boundaries between settings and applications, these assumptions no longer hold. At risk and in need of reconsideration is the role of the technical communicator. Although technical communicators continue to work for companies, with the charge of documenting that company’s products, the documentation they produce must adapt to the networked circumstances that shape how users experience and employ those technologies. The object of this course is to address this challenge by looking at how technical documentation is reinvented for the networked age.

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

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

This course examines the role of communication in the development and exchange of scientific and technical knowledge. We will first investigate how scientific writing developed as a genre from the seventeenth century to the early twentieth century. Then we will read introductory works on rhetorical theory and examine the purposes, issues, audiences, and conventions of written communication in a variety of scientific and engineering contexts. After exploring the values and purposes that shape scientific arguments, we will use these rhetorical principles and scientific values as critical frameworks for analyzing the role of communication in science and technology. Students will work on individual and team projects that involve analysis and production of scientific and technical writing.

ENG 426 - Analyzing Style (3 credits)

ENG 448 - African-American Literature (3 credits)

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 451 - Chaucer (3 credits)

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

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)

ENG 491 - Honors in English (3 credits)

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

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

500-level Courses

ENG 509 - Old English Literature (3 credits)

An introduction to both the Old English language and the main literary types of Old English writings.  Linguistic aspects will focus on the grammar and pronunciation of Old English, with attention paid to historial explanations for Old English patterns.  Literary aspects will involve translations of excerpts of poetry and prose, including Beowulf, historical writings, and religious works.

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

English 511 provides a broad survey of the histories and philosophies of composition studies and composition research. This seminar is a prerequisite for students who wish to teach composition at North Carolina State University. English 511 will help students become familiar with the theories and voices which frame composition studies; understand the development of composition as a research site; become acquainted with the major resources in the field, in order to conduct independent exploration; assemble professional-level materials and apply reading knowledge so as to join disciplinary discussions; and develop frames for the evaluation of sound, ethical research in writing studies.

ENG 515 - Rhetoric Of Science and Technology (3 credits)

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

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)

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)

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)

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 536 - Research Methods in Phonology (3 credits)

This course explores laboratory and computational tools for investigating linguistic sound systems. By the end of the semester, students should (1) understand some of the main issues of modern phonological theory, including phonological typology and the concept of phonetic naturalness, (2) know how to use laboratory techniques for studying language and speech, such as acoustic analysis of speech corpora, ultrasound imaging of the tongue, electroglottography, aerodynamic measurement, and perception experiments, and (3) have working knowledge of computational tools involved in collecting and analyzing phonetic data, including phonological databases, forced alignment, scripting in Praat, Python, R, and/or Matlab, and some Linux commands.

ENG 539 - Seminar In World Literature (3 credits)

This course examines modernist literary, filmic, and artistic modernist movements of the twentieth century in a global context. The traditional story of modernist literature was for a long time a narrowly circumscribed affair, focusing mainly on Anglo-European literature produced between 1914-1945 and enlivened by an occasional dose of Irish and American expatriate writers (a very small way that global movement was a recognized part of modernism, conventionally defined). But over the last decade or so, the fields of cultural studies, critical race theory, women's studies, postcolonial studies, political theory, and cultural geography have helped modernist studies become more responsive to the dynamics of colonization and imperialism, to race, and to ideas about nation and sovereignty. The result has been an expansion of modernism’s geographic borders (to imagine “modernist literature” to mean more than texts produced in Paris/London/New York) as well as a push to extend its temporal borders later into the twentieth century (as one scholar has put it, to assume modernism exists between the two world wars is like one hand clapping).

This course will explore an array of Anglo/American/European and non-western modernist writers spanning the globe and will feature texts that are both familiar and less well-known in the modernist canon. Primary authors will be drawn from this slightly longer list: James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, E.M. Forster, French surrealist novelist Rene Crevel, Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Jean Rhys, Albert Camus, Sarojini Naidu, Rabindranath Tagore, Premchand, Mulk Raj Anand, Naguib Mahfouz, Tayeb Salih, Amitav Ghosh, and/or Arundati Roy. Films may include Borderline (1930) or Dark Sands/Jericho (1937). The first half of the twentieth century will be our main emphasis but the last portion of the course will push beyond this. Alongside primary works, we will read some scholarly texts that address empire, cosmopolitanism, globalization, geopolitics, translation, diaspora, and planetarity.

Cross-listed with FL 539

ENG 550 - English Romantic Period (3 credits)

A comprehensive, advanced introduction to the groundbreaking literature in Britain from 1785-1825. Emphasis on representative poetry of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats, with selected readings from other poets, prose writers, and dramatists of the period. Primary readings are balanced with critical essays from various journals to represent current topics of interest to scholars in America and Britain. Papers and oral presentation/teaching practice. Fulfills later British literature requirement.

ENG 575 - Southern Writers (3 credits)

The origins, boundaries, achievements, and failings of the literary culture of the Southeastern United States.  Emphasis on connections between literary expression and other manifestations of Southern culture, with particular attention to attitudes towards language, literacy, eloquence, and authority.  Race, class, gender.  The plantation, slavery, secession, the Old South, various New Souths, the Civil Rights Movement, the Sun Belt.  Relationships between regional identity and local, national,and global markets of meaning.  Mosaic of mostly short readings from many authors, including “major” figures (Jefferson, Poe, Douglass, Twain, Faulkner, Wright, Welty, Warren, O’Connor) and “minor” figures (Augustus Baldwin Longstreet, Irwin Russell, Thomas Dixon).  A short paper, a long paper, a midterm exam, and a final exam.

ENG 577 - 20th-Century American Prose (3 credits)

Organized around the theme, Home and Exile, we will read from a number of American writers (primarily fiction writers) publishing between 1940 and the present.  Authors likely to be included are Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Richard Wright, Shirley Jackson, Flannery O’Connor, John Edward Williams, Toni Morrison, Marilynne Robinson, Tim O’Brien, Cormac McCarthy, and Teju Cole, though I am still fine-tuning the syllabus.

ENG 581 - Visual Rhetoric: Theory and Criticism (3 credits)

Advances in communication technology have resulted in new and more accessible means for creating and distributing visual images and artifacts.  At the same time, the rhetorical impact of these images and artifacts is not yet well documented or understood.  This course examines what rhetorical theory and criticism can offer to our understanding, interpretation, and use of visual images. 

Units of study include:

  • Photography, Painting, and Public Art
  • Commemorative Arts: Memorials, Monuments, and Museums
  • Mediated Images and Digital Design

ENG 585 - Studies In Film (3 credits)

ENG 587 - Interdisciplinary Studies in English (3 credits)

This course will provide an overview of book history from the invention of the codex through current digital manifestations of books such as Google Book Search. We will focus on the history of the book both as a discipline and as a nexus of other disciplines and specializations. Course time will be divided between studying and analyzing books as physical objects and investigating the many social roles involved in creating and using books, including those of author, editor, printer, publisher, reader, and seller. Topics to be covered include medieval manuscripts and illumination, the invention and spread of the printing press, newspapers, and the impact of printing on a variety of literature, including early modern drama, Victorian novels, and popular fiction.

ENG 588 - Fiction Writing Workshop (3 credits)

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)

This course offers 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)

John Balaban

English 590 (Literary Style) is a special topics course intended for MFA and other students who wish to examine closely what comprises a literary style. It counts in the MFA distribution requirements as a Literature course. We will treat style as an author’s fingerprints, i.e. his or her “pattern of choosable recurrents," the linguistic choices a writer makes again and again so that something recognizably, say, Nabokovian or Lowellian emerges identifiably in its components of syntax, morphology, and phonology. This is a linguistic approach to style and, in case it sounds forbidding, all the linguistics you will have to know will come from Paul Robert’s English Sentences, a junior-high school grammar which I will provide. Fiction writers will get a close look at poetry and how it works in prose. Poets should learn something about prosody in free and formal verse, as well the movement towards poetic technique in modern fiction.

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

600-level Courses

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

Huiling Ding

ENG 626 is a seminar and workshop for graduate students in empirical research fields who are working on grant proposals, theses and dissertations, papers for professional journals, conference proposals, or other significant research texts. The course provides intensive practice and feedback on writing, grounded in an introduction to rhetorical principles and analysis.

ENG 636 - Directed Readings (1-6 credits)

ENG 675 - Projects in Technical Communication (3 credits)

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 685 - Master's Supervised Teaching (1-3 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 703 - Communication Networks (3 credits)

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

This seminar will explore theories of animation and media in moving image culture. While animation is many times considered children’s entertainment, this course situates it as the technical coincidence of life and movement and examines its relation to the nature of different media and their embedded landscapes. Though cinema is one form we will study, it will be placed in a long history of moving images that we will interrogate along with the roles different techniques and technologies play in that history’s formation. The course will begin with an examination of nineteenth century optical devices like zoetropes and phenakistoscopes and then study handmade and industrial animation practices before focusing on digital animation, effects technology, and animation's relationship with video games. Particular attention will be paid to the role of movement in media aesthetics and the sense of vitality objects and figures take on in animation. How is life attributed to this illusion of movement? How is the threshold between the animate and inanimate used to define our understandings of media and mediation?

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 202 - Inquiry, Discovery, and Literature (3 credits)

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