Texts and Meaning
An introduction to the study of the structures and methods by which texts create and convey meaning. Texts and approaches will be determined by individual instructors, but all emphasize reflective, critical reading, as well as text-centered discussions and written assignments.
Development of effective written and oral communication skills, critical thinking, research strategies, collaboration, and professional and ethical behavior in workplace environments. Job search and interviewing strategies will also be covered.
Emerson to Dickinson
Study of Emerson, Thoreau, Douglass, Stowe, Whitman, Fuller, Poe, Hawthorne, Melville and Dickinson. Through exploring poems, essays, novels, and personal narratives, this course examines living well, considering relationships to nature, to God, and to one's self. In addition, the course examines concepts of good and evil and the political realities of slavery and the disenfranchisement of women.
American Novel to WW I
Examination of literary romanticism, realism, and naturalism as reflected in a selection of American novels and study of their cultural contexts, including war, gender roles, slavery, expatriation, and immigration. Authors might include Cooper, Hawthorne, Stowe, James, Twain, Norris, Chopin, and Cather.
American Novel Since WW I
Examination of modern and post-modern novels, emphasizing how these works reflect cultural assumptions about social class, race, ethnicity, gender roles, politics, technology, religion, art and entertainment. Authors might include Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Hurston, Kesey, Walker, and Tan.
Examining literature that evokes terror and horror, explores the possibility of supernatural forces, portrays mental disintegration, transgresses social, political, and moral norms, and exposes cultural anxieties and oppression. Topics and texts may vary.
Senior Seminar in English
Course topic changes with each offering.
American Dream Ideal & Reality
An exploration of the concept of America as a place of political and religious freedom, social and economic mobility, and opportunities to achieve personal fulfillment. Students will analyze both literary texts and contemporary culture.
Issues in Women & Gender Stds
Focus on both classical and contemporary issues in Women's and Gender Studies. Survey of feminist theory and historical developments in the women's movement, it provides a foundation for the understanding of contemporary women's issues, including education, family, health, religion, economics and politics.