Fall 2016 Courses


100-level Courses

ENG 100 - Reading and Writing Rhetorically (4 credits)

Intensive practice in reading and writing critically and rhetorically, with attention to how those change according to purpose and situation. Introduction to rhetorical concepts and elements with application to a variety of academic, professional, or civic texts. Exploration of principles of argument and organization. Guidance in developing flexible, self-aware reading and composing processes. Practice in seeking, providing, and responding to constructive feedback. Practice with making choices about grammar, mechanics, and style appropriate to specific rhetorical situations. Extensive writing practice and individualized coaching to support ongoing development as a writer. Intended as preparation for ENG 101.

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 201 - Writing Literary Analysis (3 credits)

ENG 207 - Studies in Poetry (3 credits)

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 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 246 - Literature of the Holocaust (3 credits)

Fictional and nonfictional versions of the Holocaust, focusing on themes of survival, justice, theology, and the limits of human endurance.

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

ENG 251 - Major British Writers (3 credits)

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)

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 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)

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

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

ENG 321 - Survey of Rhetorical Theory (3 credits)

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

Gwendolynne Collins Reid

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. Prerequisite: E
NG 101, Academic Writing & Research

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 327 - Language and Gender (3 credits)

ENG 328 - Language and Writing (3 credits)

Jeffrey Leo Reaser

We will investigate the language and writing and the intersection of these from a descriptive point of view. We will examine English phonetics, morphology, and syntax, with an eye toward refining understanding of and approaches to teaching about writing and writing errors. Ultimately, students are asked to consider how meta-linguistic awareness helps teachers lead their students to explore and discover information about language. ENG 328 is designed specifically for students in the LTN and MSL tracks. Non-teacher-education majors are welcome to take the class, but there is some assumed knowledge of educational psychology and pedagogy. Contact the instructor if you want more information about the appropriateness of the class for you. Please note that this is not a class aimed at improving your writing or editing.


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 350 - Professional Internships (3 credits)

ENG 364 - History of Film to 1940 (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 378 - Women & Film (3 credits)

Marsha Gabrielle Gordon PhD

ENG 378: Women and Film (T/Th 9:35-11:25)

Fall 2016

Dr. Marsha Gordon

This course will cover the rich history of women’s participation in the motion picture industry.  Focusing on female directors, we will study the ways women have gone about the art and business of filmmaking both within the context of well-established national studio systems as well as independently.  We will analyze films directed by women in a number of countries (including the U.S., France, Czechoslovakia, Italy, India, and Iran), from cinema’s earliest decades through the present day.  In addition to considering the aesthetic and formal elements of women’s films, we will discuss the range of social issues at play within them. Students will read film criticism written by women throughout film history and engage critically with contemporary essays about film history and feminism.  Course requirements include weekly screenings and readings, regular class participation, a presentation, two papers, and a cumulative final examination.

ENG 381 - Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop (3 credits)

ENG 382 - Film and 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 393 - Studies in Literary Genre (3 credits)

ENG 394 - Studies in World Literature (3 credits)

James Robert Knowles

Heaven and Hell: Literary Visions of Life and Afterlife

Is there a connection between religious commitment and literary art? How are abstract theological ideas translated into stories about how to live in the world? What is the relationship between the human and the divine? What do poetic imaginings about life and afterlife, heaven and hell, reward and punishment tell us about the way we structure our politics, our social systems, and our relations with the people we love and hate? Can stories just be stories without laying claim to some higher moral or theological truth? This course will focus on literary representations of the connection between life and afterlife. Beginning with Aeneas’s descent into the underworld in book VI of Virgil’s Aeneid, we will proceed to a pair of medieval Catholic versions of paradise and perdition in Dante and the Pearl-poet, followed by John Milton’s retelling of the Christian creation narrative in Paradise Lost. Jumping from the seventeenth to the twentieth century, we will expand our study culturally and geographically to include post-war Palestine (Ghassan Kanafani, Men in the Sun), and post-9/11 America (Marilynne Robinson, Gilead).  Requirements: active participation, blog posts, mid-term and final exams, one substantial research paper. GEP credits for Humanities and Global Knowledge.


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

Chen Chen

Theme: Rhetoric and Social Media


Interacting with both scholarly and popular publications, this course will provide a survey of social media rhetoric with the creation and analysis of social media discourse through the lens of rhetorical theories. We will become aware of our social media presence and online identity as well as analyze and engage in public writing through collaboration with a local non-profit news organization. We will explore other related issues such as ethics and privacy in these communicative practices.Using rhetorical and discourse analysis, we will analyze various aspects of social media phenomenon such as texts, images, hashtags, etc. in the context of particular current issues/events.

400-level Courses

ENG 400 - Applied Criticism (3 credits)

W J Miller

Types and methods of literary criticism designed specifically for students intending to teach English in high school.

ENG 411 - Rhetorical Criticism (3 credits)

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

ENG 420 - Major American Author (3 credits)

Jennifer Anne Nolan-Stinson

F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Jazz Age & Beyond 

It was an age of miracles, it was an age of art, it was an age of excess, and it was an age of satire. (1931)

Perhaps no other author’s work is more appropriate for reflecting on the Jazz Age than that of F. Scott Fitzgerald, who coined the term to describe the Roaring Twenties and chronicled, critiqued, and in many ways embodied the era. Though best known now as the author of The Great Gatsby (1925), Fitzgerald also published short fiction prolifically in well-paying popular magazines, and thus our examination of his career will consider both novels and the short stories with which he often supported himself. Through a consideration of his works, life, the cultural moment, and the posthumous critical reappraisal of his legacy, this course will examine the processes through which F. Scott Fitzgerald and his writing both define and transcend modern understandings of this era.

ENG 426 - Analyzing Style (3 credits)

David M Rieder PhD

Introduction to the analysis of style in print-based texts, hypertexts, and visual culture. The semester will be divided among three analytical approaches. First, we begin with Richard Lanham's textbook, Analyzing Prose, which introduces you to the important roles that style plays in prose writing. This first section will offer you a grounding in the rhetorical canon of style. Next, we'll study the changing role of style in the electronic form of hypertext writing. We'll focus our attention on Shelley Jackson's hypertext novel, Patchwork Girl. Finally, we'll look up and off the page/screen to analyze (postmodern) American culture, which is heavily influenced by communicational issues related to style.

In addition to two 6-7 page essays (and other shorter writing assignments), you will learn how to write a hypertextual essay in StorySpace, the same software program that Jackson used to write her hypertext novel.

ENG 449 - 16th-Century English Literature (3 credits)

John N. Wall Jr

This course explores literature of the English Court in the early modern period.  Here, writers influenced by poets of the Italian Renaissance sought the language and forms to give voice to a developing sense of self – self in love, self in relationship, self seeking to shape the context and outcome of the times. We will explore the claim, made by some readers of this material, that we see in the works of these writers the development of a language of feeling, of inner human experience, perhaps creating in the process our understanding of the modern autonomous individual self.

 We will look especially at short works of Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, and Shakespeare. We will especially be concerned with the reception of the Petrarchan tradition into English culture and its outcome.  Attention will be given to the political, religious, and social contexts in which these writers lived and worked, and to the ways in which they responded to and helped to shape the major cultural issues of the day.

Since no time is less complex than another, we will begin and end in satire.  

ENG 455 - Literacy in the U.S. (3 credits)

Christopher M Anson

ENG 455 Literacy in the United States

At this moment, astonishingly complex processes are at work as you read, interpret, and reflect on these words. For most of us, these processes are unconscious: we read because we have been reading for most of our lives. It's something that, from our perspective as educated people, we take mostly for granted, yet almost every aspect of our lives—including our social and familial relationships, our further education, our jobs, our ambitions, even, on some level, our survival—depends on it.

In this course, we'll examine the nature of literacy, including its history, purposes, acquisition, institutionalization, and present status in the United States, with special focus on cultural diversity and social equity. We'll learn about where written literacy came from, what actually happens (moment by moment) when we read, what's required to learn to read, and why some adults in the U.S. are illiterate. We'll explore controversies about the best approaches for reading instruction, the relationship of reading and writing, the relationship of speaking and reading (including the role of spoken dialects), and how new technologies are affecting literacy. We'll also consider some of the social, political, and ethical issues of literacy in the U.S.—for example, how literacy is related to power, or how written texts can exploit, deceive, or exclude. Course requirements include frequent posts to a small-group forum, brief presentations of outside research, papers, and quizzes. The course is participatory: limited lecturing and lots of interaction.

ENG 468 - American Romantics (3 credits)

Allen Frederick Stein

The writers we'll be studying in English 468 are Emerson, Hawthorne, Poe, Melville, Thoreau, Whitman, and Dickinson. As we talk about these writers and their works, we'll also be talking about that amorphous and profoundly influential outlook called "Romanticism," which historian of ideas Isaiah Berlin called "certainly the largest step in the moral consciousness of mankind since the ending of the Middle Ages, perhaps since the rise of Christianity." We'll take note, as well, of some ways in which Romanticism in America differed from European Romanticism. There will be a mid-term exam and a final, a seven-page paper, a ten-page paper, and several one-page response papers. The class format will be a mix of lecture and discussion. 

ENG 476 - Southern Literature (3 credits)

Barbara A Bennett

Literary traditions of the Southeastern United States from colonization through the present, including study of such major writers as Byrd, Jefferson, Simms, Poe, Douglass, Twain, Chesnutt, Glasgow, Hurston, Tate, Wolfe, Faulkner, Warren, Wright, Welty, Williams, O'Conner, Percy, and Smith.

ENG 486 - Shakespeare, The Earlier Plays (3 credits)

Marvin W Hunt

Shakespeare's major works before 1600 with emphasis on his development as a playwright.

ENG 488 - Advanced Fiction Writing Workshop (3 credits)

ENG 490 - Studies in Medieval Literature (3 credits)

ENG 491 - Honors in English (3 credits)

Margaret Simon Fyfe

Forbidden Knowledge

The question of when and how knowledge becomes dangerous and should be curtailed or even forbidden is age old. The phrase “A little knowledge is a dangerous thing” is a cliché. Derived from Alexander Pope’s Essay on Criticism, the actual lines are “A little learning is a dangerous thing:/ Drink deep, or taste not the Pierian spring.” This course heeds Pope’s call for in-depth study, asking students to “drink deeply” from a range of texts noted for their interest in forbidden or otherwise dangerous forms of knowledge. Looking to a wide range of texts from English, continental, Eastern, and transatlantic authors, this course stages encounters with the not-to-be-known, asking what it is that makes certain forms of knowledge threatening and why the need to control knowledge and its transmission has endured across human history.


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

Marsha Gabrielle Gordon PhD

ENG 492/IDS 496, Alfred Hitchcock + Billy Wilder [special topics in film]

Dr.  Marsha Gordon

Two of the most successful American film directors of the studio era in Hollywood were European emigres who made many of America's most popular twentieth century films.  There's a reason for this: Wilder and Hitchcock were visionaries who mastered making the kinds of films--horror, comedy, thriller, melodrama, detective--they each specialized in.  They worked with the greatest actors of their day--Marilyn Monroe, Cary Grant, Jack Lemmon, Jimmy Stewart, Joseph Cotten, Barbara Stanwyck. This class will focus on Hitchcock and Wilder over the course of their long careers, affording students an opportunity to learn about the workings of the American studio system during its heyday and decline.  Students will learn about each of these two immensely talented directors thorugh their films, their writings, primary and secondary criticism about their work, and rigorous weekly discussions.  Papers, presentations, and class participation are required.  No prior coursework in film studies is necessary, although it is welcomed.   

Films will include: Shadow of a Doubt (1943); Rear Window (1954); Vertigo (1958); North by Northwest (1959); Psycho (1960); Double Indemnity (1944); The Lost Weekend (1945); Sunset Boulevard (1950); Some Like It Hot (1959); The Apartment (1960).







ENG 498 - Special Topics in English (3-6 credits)

500-level Courses

ENG 508 - Usability Studies for Technical Communication (3 credits)

Robert S Dicks

Advanced study of usability inspection, inquiry, and testing theories and practices related to instrumental and instructive texts (i.e., computer-related, legal, medical, pharmaceutical, financial, etc.). Practical experience testing a variety of texts using several testing methods, including completion of a substantial, lab-based usability test. For students planning careers in technical communication, human factors, software design, and multimedia design.

ENG 510 - Middle English Literature (3 credits)

Timothy Linwood Stinson

This course will survey major works of medieval English literature, considering them in a historical context that reveals both their influences on and reflections of social and cultural change. We will examine how poets of the era drew upon a wide range of sources, including Anglo-Saxon traditions, continental genres and verse forms, Scripture and religious writings, and classical histories, legends, and myths, to create new forms of English poetry that responded in subtle and sophisticated ways to social upheaval, linguistic change, and political turmoil. Topics to be covered include Arthurian literature, dreams and visions in medieval literature, ballads and lyrics (including early Robin Hood narratives), courtly romance, and literary models of ideal societies.

Texts to be read include Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Piers Plowman, Pearl, and Siege of Jerusalem.

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

Dana Cockrum Gierdowski

ENG 511 is a graduate seminar, and provides an introduction to foundational theories and research in the field of composition studies. During the semester, we will focus on the dynamic, and sometimes competing, nature of these theories, keeping in mind the historical and political contexts in which they emerged. The goal of the course is to examine assumptions underlying current theory and research and to explore implications for the teaching and practice of writing. 

ENG 512 - Theory and Research In Professional Writing (3 credits)

ENG 513 - Empirical Research In Composition (3 credits)

Ann M. Penrose

ENG 513/798 introduces principles of research design and explores a range of empirical methods available for critical inquiry in composition and related fields. The course aims to develop the basic understanding of research design needed for reading and evaluating published research and for pursuing new questions in these fields. Intended for students with diverse interests in writing research, including, for example, academic literacy, writing and new media, composition pedagogy, technical and professional communication, information technologies and cultures.

Quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-method designs will be examined, with the goal of identifying methodological tools and resources pertinent to students’ individual research interests.  Topics include developing engaging questions, crafting research designs to investigate those questions, exploring ethical and epistemological implications of questions and methods, collecting and interpreting data, situating research in disciplinary contexts--in short, making data-based knowledge.

CRDM students can register under ENG 798 for doctoral credit.

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

ENG 516 - Rhetorical Criticism: Theory and Practice (3 credits)

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

ENG 524 - Introduction to Linguistics (3 credits)

ENG 525 - Variety In Language (3 credits)

Walter A Wolfram

The course offers an overview of English language variation in the United States from a current sociolinguistic perspective. Social, regional, ethnic, gender, and stylistic variation are examined, along with models for describing, explaining, and applying sociolinguistic knowledge. Students are exposed to a wide range of data on language variation focused on vernacular varieties of American English in general and prominent exemplars from North Carolina in particular. Open to all graduate students and upper-level English majors. 

ENG 527 - Discourse Analysis (3 credits)

Agnes Bolonyai PhD

This course focuses on how language functions in maintaining social actions, relations, and identities and how the way people communicate both shapes and is shaped by social structure, culture, and the choices they make as individuals. You will be acquainted with the major theories, concepts and approaches in the field of discourse analysis: pragmatics, ethnography of speaking, interactional sociolinguistics, conversation analysis, critical discourse analysis, narrative analysis, positioning theory, and politeness theory. For each approach, we will learn its assumptions and distinctive characteristics, methods of analysis, and the important questions for investigation.  In specific, we will examine, in theory and in practice, how the tools of discourse analysis can be put to use to investigate fundamental questions about identity: how we communicate to each other who we are in and through discourse. We will also explore a wide range of issues including how speakers use language to create meaning and negotiate interpersonal relations in everyday talk; what are the linguistic structures and strategies social agents deploy in discourse to achieve their communicative and social goals; how speakers draw inferences about one another’s intended meanings; what is the relationship between the ‘orderliness’ of interactions and ‘naturalized’ social beliefs; how relations of power and conflict are enacted in face-to-face interactions, cross-cultural conversations, and public discourses; how ideologies are acquired, expressed, and reproduced through talk and text; what role language use plays in struggles to impose or resist the new world order of globalization. 


ENG 528 - Sociophonetics (3 credits)

Erik R Thomas

The course is designed to introduce students to sociophonetics.  Sociophonetics involves application of modern phonetic techniques to the investigation of language variation and change, including acoustic analysis, perception experiments, and phonetic theories.  Study of English development and English dialects; processes of language change; historical linguistic methodology; field research; language variation and change.  The course structure consists of lectures and discussion, with some laboratory activities.

ENG 548 - African-American Literature (3 credits)

Marc K. Dudley

This course is designed to offer students an opportunity to study the African American literary tradition and experience from the perspective of African American writers. Designed to familiarize students with the study of literature at a progressive level, this course is a reading intense exercise in “close,” critical reading. During the course of the semester, we will explore the development of our country’s literature over the last half century, from the black perspective.  

With the help of several seminal texts, including short stories and novels, we will conduct a survey of African-American literature and its relationships to American culture as we understand it, with an emphasis on fiction (drama and poetry) from, roughly, World War II to the present. As literary critics and social historians, we will attempt to show how these texts in turn define America as we see it, think it, and/or hope it to be. Sometimes this conception is in correlation with that of the dominant culture; often, however, we will see, it is at odds with it.  This duality becomes, very much, the basis for African American consciousness in the twentieth century, something Du Bois labels a pervasive sense of “two-ness.” In addition, we will see how our chosen artists negotiate history, and how the past is ever-present in the African American text. 

ENG 558 - Studies In Shakespeare (3 credits)

Christopher James Crosbie

Shakespeare Among the Philosophers

The most renowned philosophers – classical, medieval, and early modern alike – emerge in multiple guises throughout Shakespeare’s works.  This course will investigate how Shakespearean drama engages with philosophical traditions of various stripes even as the dramatist presents his works as popular entertainment in the commercial theater.  What strands of intellectual history appear in his plays and to what purpose?  How does the theater translate abstract philosophy into material performance?  This seminar will examine the relation of Shakespearean drama to key philosophical categories (such as ethics, metaphysics, and aesthetics) as well as to particular traditions (such as Aristotelianism, Platonism, Lucretian atomism, and Epicureanism).  Our intent always will be to illuminate the plays themselves.  What, after all, did it meant to perform them for a popular audience in the commercial theaters of early modern London?  For this seminar, we'll read six plays by Shakespeare, each paired with readings from some of philosophy's greatest luminaries; in order to provide greater context, we'll also frequently examine the source materials Shakespeare used for his plots.  Course grades will be determined by a mix of a brief midsemester writing assignment, a final seminar paper, and class participation.

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 582 - Studies in Literature (3 credits)

Anne Baker

Nineteenth-Century American Novel

In this course we will read and discuss eight to nine novels published in the U.S. between the end of the eighteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth.  Major topics to be addressed over the course of the semester will include the role of narrative in the development of an American national identity, controversies over slavery and race, industrialization and urbanization and their impact on the novel, and the way novels reflect debates about changing gender roles in nineteenth-century culture.  In addition, we will explore literary movements such as Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism and how these sets of ideas spur literary innovation.  Authors may include: Hawthorne, Melville (definitely Moby-Dick), Stowe, Twain, James, Howells, Dreiser, Chopin, Norris, and Wharton.

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

Huiling Ding

ENG 583. Intercultural professional and technical communication

Eng 583 investigates how professional writing and technical communication operate in an international context. It explores the cultural, educational, and practical impacts of information technologies, digital media, and multimodal forms of communication on the way professionals communicate about their work to subject matter experts, colleagues, users, and the general public. Students will learn the latest trends in international professional and technical communication, produce professional information products for global users, and conduct practical research on such intercultural practices. A wide range of topics will be covered in the course, which include comparative and contrastive rhetoric, world Englishes, second language writing, simplified English, global English, technical English, globalization and its impacts, world risk society, internationalization and localization, virtual teams, translation, cross-cultural design, global UX, and global content strategy.

ENG 585 - Studies In Film (3 credits)

Franklin D Cason

ENG 585: Studies in Film/Media Style and Authorship

Dr. Franklin Cason

Theories of authorship continue to generate heated debates. This course will consider both the historical and contemporary debates around the controversial notion of authorship as it relates to the notions of signature and style. Drawing on debates in film and media theory, literary theory, and philosophy, we will examine how artists as varied as Alfred Hitchcock, Chantal Akerman, Jean-Luc Godard, Wes Anderson, Nadine Labaki, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, and Marguerite Duras explore and challenge the romantic conflation of the author as stylistic innovator, site of influence, collaborator, and iconoclast. Some of the scholars and theorists considered include: Roland Barthes, Wayne Booth, Richard Dyer, Michel Foucault, Claire Johnston, Lev Manovich, Judith Mayne, Alina Ng, Andrew Sarris, Paul Sellors, Janet Staiger, Francois Truffaut, and Patricia White. Throughout the semester we will ask: what is the impact of stylistic innovation in media culture? And, why does an author matter? Students will write a substantial research paper.

ENG 587 - Interdisciplinary Studies in English (3 credits)

Helen Jane Burgess

Multimodal Writing and Critical Making - ENG 587/798-005

This class will cover theories and practice in the fields known variously as multimodal composition and critical making, exploring in particular how we can use 3d objects and design as a “way of thinking” about texts and the world. We will focus on building and working with objects that convey complex informational and argumentative meaning, and developing a vocabulary to talk about the work we produce.

Includes both analog and digital components; some physical computing (arduino, circuit stickers etc), but will assume no technical knowledge. Students will work collaboratively in class sessions to produce objects and texts. The second half of the semester will be devoted to individual and/or group projects (based on preference), with the option to produce seminar papers for publication.

ENG 588 - Fiction Writing Workshop (3 credits)

Belle McQuaide Boggs

Graduate fiction workshop for the MFA Candidates. Expect to workshop three pieces of fiction.

ENG 589 - Poetry Writing Workshop (3 credits)

ENG 590 - Studies In Creative Writing (3 credits)

Miriam E Orr


Prerequisite: ENG 588 or 589 or permission of the instruvtor.  A writing workshop in Memoir.  Techniques special to writing memoir, which include those we import from fiction and poetry.  Some readings in classical and contemporary memoir.  Topics likely to arise: How do we define truth in memoir?  How imaginative can memoir be?  Who is a memoir’s audience?  Must memoir have “the narrative arc”?  Likely experiments: micro-memoir; writing in second or third person; mapping a longer memoir.

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

Marsha Gabrielle Gordon PhD

See Eng 492, Alfred Hitchcock+Billy Wilder, for description. Eng 592 (a dual-level course) is only open to MA English students enrolled in the film concentration. Email marsha_gordon@ncsu.edu for permission to add only if you are an MA film concentration student.

600-level Courses

ENG 624 - Teaching College Composition (3 credits)

Casie J Fedukovich

Preparation for Graduate Teaching Assistants teaching college composition. Introduction to pedagogical principles and practices. Practice in setting course goals, designing writing assignments to meet those goals, developing instructional activities to support assignments, and evaluating student writing. The course is scheduled as a 5-day workshop before classes begin, followed by weekly meetings and mentoring during the fall semester.

ENG 636 - Directed Readings (3 credits)

ENG 669 - Bibliography and Methodology (3 credits)

John D Morillo

ENG 669 Methods and the Profession

This course introduces you to the world of research; the current profession; your department and our research and writing expectations for you. Class lectures and discussions will include expanding domains of current research materials available in both print and electronic media; the variety of methods in current English studies. You will become familiar with some of the intellectual endeavors that make up modern research in the humanities, begin your own research, and refine the formal, professional oral and written presentation of your information.

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

ENG 685 - Master's Supervised Teaching (3 credits)

ENG 688 - Non-Thesis Masters Continuous Registration - Half Time Registration (1 credit)

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

ENG 699 - Master's Thesis Preparation (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 704 - Communication, Technologies, and Pedagogy (3 credits)

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

Huiling Ding

Intercultural professional and technical communication

CRM 791 investigates how professional writing and technical communication operate in an international context. It explores the cultural, educational, and practical impacts of information technologies, digital media, and multimodal forms of communication on the way professionals communicate about their work to subject matter experts, colleagues, users, and the general public. Students will learn the latest trends in international professional and technical communication, produce professional information products for global users, explore theories related to culture and inter/transcultural communication about health, risks, and science and technologies, and conduct publishable research on such intercultural practices. A wide range of topics will be covered in the course, which include comparative and contrastive rhetoric, world Englishes, second language writing, simplified English, global English, technical English, globalization and its impacts, world risk society, internationalization and localization, virtual teams, translation, cross-cultural design, global UX, and global content strategy.

800-level Courses

CRD 809 - Colloquium in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media (1 credit)

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

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

CRD 895 - Doctoral Dissertation Research (1-9 credits)


200-level Courses

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

James M. Grimwood

Metamorphosis and Metaphor     

          As Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from uneasy dreams he found himself transformed in his bed into a gigantic insect.

          Traditions of metamorphosis from Homer and Ovid to the Incredible Hulk and Spider Man, with examples from non-Western as well as—primarily—Western cultures.  Treatment of the history of literary representations of change.  Attention to metamorphic operations generally, including especially metaphor and other figures, translation, and cross-media adaptation.  Readings in Homer's Odyssey, Ovid’s Metamorphoses , Dante’s The Divine Comedy, Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Chesnutt’s The Conjure Woman, Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis,” etc.  Three papers; a midterm exam and a final exam.

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

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

Paul CAmm Fyfe

Interpretive Machines

This course invites first-year students into a historically ranging, critically intensive, and creatively hands-on learning environment about the technologies by which humans transmit our cultural inheritance and new ideas. “Interpretive Machines” takes a long view of how we got to now, from the history of manuscripts and books to the opportunities for innovation in the digital present. It argues 1) that, then and now, our technologies for sharing text, image, and data crucially shape the ideas which they convey, and 2) these contexts can significantly help students plan and execute new mechanisms for communication, from software to hardware prototypes. The course moves through a series of chronological modules from manuscript production, codex books, illustration techniques, hypertexts, multimodal digital composition, and physical computing. Each module offers a critical framework of background readings and discussions, a hands-on laboratory for the materials or skills involved, and a mini-project in which students experiment with their own creations. The course culminates in a collaborative group project in which students design and build their own prototype of an interpretive machine whether in physical, digital, or hybrid form. Ultimately, “Interpretive Machines” seeks to marry the critical insights of the humanities with the design-and-build impulses of engineering, blending NCSU’s “Think and Do” motto into a discovery experience for undergraduates.