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2301 British Literature

Prerequisite(s): ENG 1302 and 1304; or equivalent.

A study of the literature of Great Britain, emphasizing the works of major writers such as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, the Romantic poets, the Victorian poets, and the major novelists.

 

2304 American Literature

Prerequisite(s): ENG 1302 and 1304; or equivalent.

A study of the literature of the United States, emphasizing the work of major writers such as Hawthorne, Melville, Poe, Dickinson, Whitman, Twain, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Morrison.

 

2306 World Literature

Prerequisite(s): ENG 1302 or FAS 1302, and ENG 1304; or equivalent.

A study of the literature of countries other than Britain and the United States, emphasizing the work of major writers such as Homer, Sophocles, Virgil, Dante, Boccaccio, Cervantes, Goethe, Flaubert, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy, and giving attention to selected classical works of non-

Western literature.

 

3311 English Literature through the Sixteenth Century

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Old English (Anglo-Saxon), Middle English, and English poetry, prose, and drama to 1600, studied in relation to the cultural and social character of the period.

 

3331 English Literature of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

English poetry, prose, and drama from 1600 to 1800, studied in relation to the cultural and social character of the period.

 

3351 British Literature from the Nineteenth Century to the Present

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either ENG 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

British poetry, prose, and drama from 1800 to the present, studied in relation to the cultural and social character of the period.

 

3370 Religion and Literature (Cross-listed as REL 3370)

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Topics exploring the relationship between religion and literature, and between religious ideas and the literary expression of those ideas.

 

3371 History of Critical Theory

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Critical writing about literature from Aristotle through the New Criticism.

 

3372 The Oxford Christians

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Works of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and other members of the group of writers called the Oxford Christians.

 

3374 Short Fiction: A Reading Course

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Development and forms of the short story.

 

3375 Post-Colonial Literature

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Twentieth-century literature from India, Africa, the Caribbean, and other emerging postcolonial traditions.

 

3376 African American Literature

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

A study of works of African American writers. Selections may include slave narratives, poetry, plays, short stories, and novels from the colonial period to the present.

 

3377 The Art of Film

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

A study of film, with an emphasis on film’s literary qualities and on various forms of cinematic theory and criticism.

 

3378 Topics in Literature

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Topics not included in ENG 4374 seminars, especially topics such as detective fiction and science fiction. Topic announced for each semester or session. May be repeated once for a total of six credit hours with content change.

 

3380 American Literature through Whitman

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

American poetry and prose to 1870, studied in relation to the cultural and social character of the period.

 

3390 American Literature from Whitman

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

American poetry, prose, and drama from 1870 to the present, studied in relation to the cultural and social character of the period.

 

3393 Literature of the American West and Southwest

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing or consent of instructor. The works of writers of the American West and Southwest.

 

4310 Old and Early Middle English Literature

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Old English and Early Middle English poetry and prose in translation from the seventh through the thirteenth century read in the context of the historical, social, religious, political, art historical and philosophical trends of the periods.

 

4313 Later Middle English Literature Excluding Chaucer

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Middle English poetry, prose, and drama primarily in the original text from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries read in the context of the historical, social, religious, political, art historical and philosophical trends of the periods.

 

4314 Chaucer

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Chaucer’s major and minor works and their cultural milieu; read in Middle English and in translation. One of his continental sources will also be read.

 

4316 Special Topics in Medieval Literature

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Specialized topics in medieval studies, such as paleography, the medieval mystics, and Chaucer and the Italian tradition. Topic announced for each semester or session.

 

4320 English Drama to 1642

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Development of English drama from its medieval origins to the closing of the theaters in 1642, excluding Shakespeare.

 

4322 Sixteenth-Century Poetry and Prose

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

English poetry and prose of the Tudor and Elizabethan periods, with emphasis on the development of the sonnet and Petrarchan conventions.

 

4324 Shakespeare: Selected Plays

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Representative comedies, histories, tragedies, and problem plays.

 

4330 Early Seventeenth-Century Poetry and Prose

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

English poetry and prose of the early Stuart period, the Interregnum, and the early Restoration, with emphasis on the metaphysical and cavalier poets.

 

4332 Milton

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Milton’s poetry with emphasis on Paradise Lost; examination of selected prose; consideration of biographical and historical materials related to the poetry.

 

4340 English Poetry and Prose from 1660 to 1745

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Development of poetry and prose during the Augustan Age, with emphasis on the satire of Dryden, Swift, Gay, Pope, and Fielding.

 

4342 English Poetry and Prose from 1745 to 1798

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

The development of poetry and prose in the later eighteenth century, with emphasis on sensibility in the works of Gray, Johnson, Boswell, and Sterne.

 

4344 English Drama from 1660 to 1800

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Development of English drama from the reopening of the theaters after the Interregnum through the eighteenth century.

 

4347 Eighteenth-Century British Novel

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301, and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Development of fictional narrative form in eighteenth-century Britain, with emphasis on Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Smollett, Sterne, and Burney.

 

4354 Romantic Poetry

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing. British poets of the early nineteenth century, with emphasis on Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats.

 

4360 Victorian Prose

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Development of English prose in the nineteenth century, with emphasis on Macaulay, Carlyle, Newman, Ruskin, Arnold, Eliot, Pater, and Wilde.

 

4362 Victorian Poetry

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

British poets of the later nineteenth century, with emphasis on Browning, Tennyson, Arnold, and Hopkins.

 

4364 The Brownings

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

The Brownings’ major poems, with emphasis on Men and Women, The Ring and the Book, Aurora Leigh, and Sonnets from the Portuguese; introduction to the Armstrong Browning Library collection.

 

4368 Nineteenth-Century British Novel

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Development of fictional narrative form in nineteenth-century Britain, with emphasis on Austen, Scott, the Brontes, Thackeray, Dickens, Eliot, and Hardy.

 

4369 Modern British Novel

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

British novelists from 1900 to 1945, with emphasis on Woolf, Joyce, and Lawrence.

 

4370 Women Writers

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Major women writers and their representative works. Readings may emphasize British, American, or international writers, a genre, or a theme.

 

4371 Modern British Poetry

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

British poets from 1900 to 1945, with emphasis upon Eliot, Yeats, Lawrence, Thomas, and Auden.

 

4372 Modern British and Continental Drama

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Development of modern European Drama and Theater from 1880 to the present.

 

4374 Special Topics in Literature

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Topics not ordinarily included in period, genre, or author courses. Topic announced for each semester or session. May be repeated once for a total of six credit hours with content change.

 

4378 Contemporary Novel

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Novelists from the twenty-first century either writing in English or studied in translation.

 

4379 Great Books of the Western World

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Various topics and texts of the Western World. Periods, themes, genres, or problems may be the organizing element, e.g., Greek Tragedy, Roman Elegy, the Medieval Mind, the Enlightenment, French Post-war Intellectual Thought.

 

4380 American Renaissance

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Works of American writers of New England in the mid nineteenth century.

 

4381 Early American Literature

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing; or consent of instructor.

Prose and poetry of American writers from 1620 to 1820.

 

4382 Major Authors

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

A study of the works of a particular writer. Topics announced for each semester or session. May be repeated once under different topic.

 

4383 American Realism and Naturalism

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

American writers from 1860 to 1900.

 

4384 Contemporary Critical Theory

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Contemporary approaches to the critical interpretation of literature, emphasizing primary texts, e.g., psychoanalytic, feminist, structuralist, deconstructive, new historical, reader-response, formalist, semiotic, neo-Aristotelian.

 

4385 Contemporary Poetry

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

British and American poets of the twenty-first century with special emphasis on recent developments in poetic form and method.

 

4386 Postmodern American Novel

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

American novelists from 1945 to 2000.

 

4387 Modern American Novel

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

American novelists from 1900 to 1945, with emphasis on Wharton, James, Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, and Hurston.

 

4388 Christian Literary Classics (Cross-listed as REL 4388)

See REL 4388 for course information.

 

4389 Postmodern American Poetry

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

American poets from 1945 to 2000.

 

4390 Literature of the South

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Works of writers of the American South, with emphasis on Poe, Faulkner, O’Connor, and Welty.

 

4391 Modern American Poetry

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

American poets from 1900 to 1945, with special emphasis upon Frost, Pound, Cummings, Stevens, Williams, and Bishop.

 

4394 American Drama

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing.

Development of American drama, with emphasis on O’Neill, Williams, Miller, Albee, and Hellman.

 

4397 Internship for Literature Majors

Prerequisite(s): ENG 3300 or 3303 or 4309.

An internship to provide literature majors supervised experience in a business or professional setting. Elective credit only. Student may register for course in last semester of senior year only

 

43C1 Aesthetic Perception and Experience (Cross-listed as ART 43C1 and MUS 43C1)

Prerequisite(s): Senior standing; major in English, Art or Music; or consent of instructor. Aesthetic Perception and Experience (ART/ENG/MUS 43C1) presents specific analytical approaches to visual art, literature, and music, leading students to learn analytical skills in those three areas. The professors then lead students to arrive at, then apply, general principles for aesthetic experience for all artistic fields.

 

4V18 Independent Study in Literature (1 to 3 sem. hrs.)

Prerequisite(s): ENG 2301 and either 2304 or 2306; and upper-level standing and consent of instructor.

Supervised individual reading and research. Repeat once with change of topic for maximum of six hours.

 

4V98 Maastricht Topics (1 to 4 sem. hrs.)

Prerequisite(s): ENG 1302, 1304, 2301, or 2304 or 2306.

Special topics in literature developed in conjunction with Baylor-in-Maastricht program.