|ENGL 321||Shakespeare||3 Credits|
Students will study in detail the dramatic and literary values of representative comedies, tragedies, histories and romances.
|ENGL 336||African American Literature, Music, and Protest||3 Credits|
Broadly speaking, literature refers to many kinds of written, discipline-specific texts, such as artistic or literary writing, scientific articles and books, medical articles and journals, musical compositions and scholarship, etc. Protest literature reflects writing that argues strongly against a perceived injustice or a forced inadequacy; it may criticize, demand change, or express anger. In many respects, a great deal of African American literature is centered on a form of protest, whether directly stated or implied. This course will investigate the relationship between African American music and writing that gives voice to protest.
|ENGL 356||World Mythology||3 Credits|
In this class, we will learn to read and discuss mythology as a unique kind of storytelling. While we will pay special attention to elements often shared in common by myths across the globe (the hero, the underworld, the trickster, etc.), we also will explore what myths can tell us about the unique cultures, histories, and political contexts of the people who produce them. Our readings (and viewings) will include a wide variety of works both ancient and modern, from The Odyssey and The Arabian Nights to Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone. Required work will include participation in weekly online discussions, short analysis papers, and a multimedia presentation.
|ENGL 357||World Literature I: The Dawn of Story||3 Credits|
This class begins four thousand years ago, with the Epic of Gilgamesh, the first great work of world literature, and then moves through the ancient and medieval world up to the 17th century. Readings may draw from classic works such as The Odyssey, Greek tragedies and comedies, The Aeneid, Beowulf, The Divine Comedy, The Journey to the West, Narrow Road to the Interior, The Canterbury Tales, and Don Quixote. The class may also include writers such as Plato, Aristotle, and Augustine, as well as selections from the Bible, the Koran, and the Bhagavad-Gita.
|ENGL 358||World Literature II: The Modern Mind||3 Credits|
Individuality and personal freedom, or alienation and existential despair? This class explores the development of modernity as reflected and developed in the literatures of the world from the 18th century to the present. Readings will be drawn from various global traditions, and may include authors such as Goethe, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Baudelaire, Rilke, Lu Xun, Kafka, Akhmatova, Camus, Abe, and Allende
|ENGL 370||History of Western Theatre||3 Credits|
This course examines the evolution of dramatic literature through the shared spectrum of major works of drama and the theatrical spaces upon which such plays were performed. Students will explore important plays from classical antiquity through modern drama, and study how conventions of the genre took shape from one playwright to another. Essential to these readings will be an appreciation of how theatre spaces themselves evolved along with the drama, oftentimes shaping the way that playwrights wrote their plays. Students will be encouraged to view drama not only from the perspective of literature, but also as works of performative art.