English

 

I.  Major American Writers (ENGL 2313.01)

            Instructor: Lauren LaFauci

            Time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays—9:00-9:50 AM

            Location: Zink Hall, 354

In this course, students will read and discuss important American poetry, prose, and drama from the beginnings of American literature to the present.  Course work emphasizes critical approaches to literary study.  Students will learn to write literary criticism.  

II.  Road Films (ENGL 2343.01)

            Instructor: Claudia Nogueira

            Time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays—3:00-3:50 PM

            Location: Lorton Hall, 312

“This road will never end.  It probably goes all around the world” (My Own Private Idaho, dir. 1991).  Largely considered an American genre, road films have been, and are being, utilized by filmmakers from around the world to explore issues of identity, connections to place, and narrative forms.  This course will focus on road films from many different countries in order to ascertain the elements of the genre and to understand how the genre is translated through national landscapes.  Films may include, but are not limited to: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert; Easy Rider; It Happened One Night; Wages of Fear; Motorcycle Diaries and Thelma and Louise.  We will consider such questions as: How does the quest motif, one that is prevalent in road films as well as in narratives from around the world, become a nationally defining instrument?  How do such constructions as family, community, and home get (re)defined by road films?  How do gender, sexuality, and race affect access to mobility and the freedom that roads represent?   

III.  Major British Writers I (ENGL 2513.01)

            Instructor: Lars Engle

            Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays—11:00 AM-12:15 PM

            Location: Zink Hall, 354

Students will read and discuss important British poetry, prose, and drama from the Anglo-Saxon period to 1800, exploring critical approaches to literary study and learning to write literary criticism.  

IV.  Major British Writers II (ENGL 2523.01)

            Instructor: Kristen Marangoni

            Time: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays—10:00-10:50 AM

            Location: Zink Hall, 354

Students will read and discuss important British poetry, prose, and drama from the 19t, 20th, and 21st centuries, exploring critical approaches to literary study and learning to write literary criticism.  

V.  Literature & Film: Sherlock Holmes (ENGL 3053.01)

            Instructor: Joseph Kestner

            Time: Mondays—6:00-8:45 PM

            Location: Zink Hall, 354

This course explores the relationship between literature and film, considering topics such as literature as a source for film, differences between sources and film, cinematic and literary languages, adaptation from literature to film, and the screenplay as a literary form.  

VI.  Modernism & Visual Culture (ENGL 3803.02)

            Instructor: Kristen Marangoni

            Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays—12:30-1:45 PM

            Location: Lorton Hall, 314

Nicholas Mirzoeff has stated that “[v]isual culture does not depend on pictures but on th[e] modern tendency to picture or visualize existence.” In this course, we will explore this concept as it relates to modernist art, film, literature, advertisements, and photography. Among the texts we will be reading/viewing are Citizen Kane, The Adventures of Jimmy Corrigan, The Picture of Dorian Gray, New Selected Poems of Stevie Smith, and various essays by Woolf, Barthes, Sontag, Benjamin, and Richardson. We will also be taking several trips to the university’s special collections department to study original Stevie Smith drawings, war advertisements, and early image capturing devices such as the magic lantern and the Kodak Brownie.