Course Descriptions

Course numbers followed by an asterisk (*) require no prerequisites when taken by a non-English major.

ENG 201 Experiencing Literature     3 CR
This class introduces students to literary expression across the globe. Through an analysis of prose (fiction and nonfiction) poetry, and drama, students will develop and refine their close reading skills, including understanding basic literary terminology. At the same time, the course focuses on writing and thinking critically about stories. Ultimately, this course will offer students an opportunity to “experience” and appreciate literature of the world.

ENG 220* Studies in British Literature to 1603     3 CR
Major works of British poetry and prose, beginning with Old English and Beowulf and expanding through the literature of the Middle Ages with special emphasis on Chaucer and Elizabethan poets. Some drama, exclusive of Shakespeare, is included. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 221 The British Tradition I     3 CR
This course studies British Literature from its earlier stages in Anglo-Saxon literature (pieces such as “Caedmon’s Hymn” and “Beowulf”), to the Middle Ages, to the Elizabethan/Jacobean period, to the mid- and later 17th Century including the Metaphysical Poets, Milton and Dryden and concludes with the literature of the 18th Century. Sophomore level, required for English majors only.

ENG 222 The British Tradition II     3 CR
From the Age of Reason to the Age of Anxiety. Course highlights romantic writers like Wordsworth and Keats, Victorians like Dickens and Arnold, modernists like Joyce and Woolf. Sophomore level, required for English majors. Prerequisite: ENG 221

ENG 223* Shakespeare     3 CR
Explores a wide variety of plays from a literary as well as a theatrical perspective, with emphasis on Shakespeare’s development as a dramatist and the relationship of his plays to their historical and cultural context. Prerequisites:  ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 224* Studies in Seventeenth-Century British Literature     3 CR
Examines the works of Jonson, Donne, Herbert, Marvell, some of the lesser-known Metaphysical and Cavalier poets and Milton. Prose writings of Browne, Burton and Bunyan are also studied. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 225* Studies in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century British Literature     3 CR
Dryden, Pope, Swift and Johnson are read, as well as Restoration dramatists (Congreve, Etherege, Wycherley) and early novelists (Defoe, Richardson, Fielding). Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 226* Studies in the Romantic Period in British Literature     3 CR
Emphasis on the literature written during and immediately after the French Revolution and England’s ensuing war with France. The relationship between the individual and political, social and intellectual environments is studies. Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats are read. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English Majors

ENG 227* Studies in the Victorian Period in British Literature     3 CR
Explores the literature of Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Dickens, Eliot, Newman, Ruskin, Pater, Swinburne and others. Focuses on major writers of the period (1830-1901) beginning with the poetry and concluding with studies in the Victorian novel. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 228* Studies in Twentieth-Century British Literature     3 CR
Addresses modernism as it is shaped and constructed in the classic texts of Conrad, Woolf, Yeats, Joyce, Lawrence and others. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 229* Studies in British Literature: Special Topics     3 CR
Course description varies each time the course is offered. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 230* Colonial and Federal American Literature     3 CR
Focuses on Colonial American Writing: 1620-1800. Bradford, Edwards, Taylor and Franklin are studied. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English major

ENG 233* Literature of the American Renaissance     3 CR
A study of transcendentalists: Hawthorne, Melville, Poe. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 234* Studies in Dickinson to Eliot     3 CR
Reveals much about America’s "Gilded Age" and American’s emergence into the modern world with its writers of "the wasteland" and the "lost generation." Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 235* Studies in Faulkner to the Present     3 CR
Modern American literature in content and technique reflects 20th-century preoccupation with loss of faith, the rise of individual consciousness and the dilemma of radical alienation in an increasingly fragmented society. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 236* Contemporary American Fiction     3 CR
Deals with current American authors; course description varies each time the course is offered. Prerequisites: ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 237* Studies in Writing: Nature Writing     3CR
This course explores the connections between our natural environment and the diverse ways we communicate our ideas, perceptions and feelings about that environment. Writers work to discover a rhetorical stance and voice that effectively evokes the natural world in prose.

ENG 238 American Experiences     3 CR
A one-semester survey of the most important works of American Literature. Required for English majors only.

ENG 239* Studies in American Literature: Special Topics     3 CR
Course description varies each time the course is offered. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 240* Studies in Early American Black Literature     3 CR
African-American literature from 1790 to 1900, including the slave narratives, the mockingbird school and folk poetry. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 241* Studies in Black Writers in America     3 CR
A consideration of Black writers from Dunbar and Chesnutt to the present. Study of Harlem Renaissance writers, including Wright, Ellison, Hayden, Brooks, Tolson, Baldwin, Baraka and the Black arts movement. Emphasis on the relation of the works to traditional images of Blacks in America and to themes found in American literature as a whole. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 242* American Women of Color     3 CR
This course examines the writings of African-American women: the specific authors change each time the course is offered. Prerequisites: ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 243* Latin-American Literature in Translation     3 CR
This course explores the works of well-known writers from the Latin-American world. The specific authors vary each time the course is offered.

ENG 244* Studies in World Literature     3 CR
Explores works both inside and outside the Western canon. Prerequisites: ENG 222 and ENG 238 for English majors

ENG 251* Modern Catholic Authors     3 CR
Explores the works and ideas of important Catholic authors.

ENG 252* Developing a Writing Voice     3 CR
From the colloquial to the informal to the formal, this course examines the development of writing voice and explores the stylistic and rhetorical choices writers make to communicate meaning and knowledge.

ENG 253 Introduction to Creative Writing     3 CR
An introductory course and workshop in creative writing, with a focus on poetry and short stories though other forms are welcome and encouraged. It is intended for students who have not had another course in creative writing at the college level but who have an interest in imaginative writing and who may be writing on their own without formal discussion or review of their work. This course is also the prerequisite for the Minor in Creative Writing.  

ENG 256 Studies in Writing: Playwriting     3 CR
Students learn the techniques of writing plays through reading and extensive writing assignments.

ENG 269 Studies in Criticism or Theory: Special Topics     3 CR
Course description changes each time course is offered. Prerequisite: permission of the Department Chair for non-majors

ENG 270 Short Story Writing     3 CR
An introductory course and workshop on the history and craft of the short story. The first part of the course is comprised of reading and using interpretive techniques for close reading of both canonical and new canonical versions of the short story. In the second part of the course, students will write a short story using some of the strategies and techniques of the short stories read in the first part of the course. Prerequisite: ENG 253 for the Creative Writing Minor

ENG 271 Writing Social Fiction     3 CR
An examination of fiction as a form of social and ideological critique and the society that provided the backdrop from which the fiction emerged. The course also examines the interconnection between embodied experience and political agency with particular emphasis on diasporic groups, working class, and women. Students will have an opportunity to create their own form of social fiction using new media technologies. Prerequisite: ENG 253 for the Creative Writing Minor

ENG 272 Writing Flash Fiction     3 CR
A course in writing very short narratives: flash fiction, prose poetry, prosetry, sudden fiction, micro-writing, and postcard stories. This is not traditional fiction writing or the writing of short stories. This is a literary form related to narrative poetry, fables, and writing that defines or describes “moments.” It provides an additional avenue of literary experiment for students currently writing in more traditional forms. Workshop atmosphere allows peer interaction and frequent student/instructor consultation. Prerequisite: ENG 253 for the Creative Writing Minor

ENG 273 Poetry Writing     3 CR
A seminar in the writing of poetry. The course includes various readings about poetry and its writing as well as background readings of contemporary American and world poetry. Discussion of student work will be the focus of the seminar. Workshop atmosphere allows peer interaction and frequent student/instructor consultation. Prerequisite: ENG 253 or permission of the instructor. Prerequisite: ENG 253 for the Creative Writing Minor

ENG 274 Creative Writing Pedagogy     3 CR
An introduction to the genealogy of the “Creative Writing Movement” from 1880 to the Second World War and the writers and theorists who shaped it. It will further examine the key themes in the institutional history of creative writing and its tenuous relationship to English Studies. The course will include literary, critical, and philosophical readings on creative writing as a practice and theory, and examine the major currents and compelling voices that shape its disciplinarity. The course is for students who may want to teach creative writing in secondary school environments, students preparing for graduate school, or students who want to learn more about the historical roots of the “Creative Writing Movement.” Prerequisite: ENG 253 for the Creative Writing Minor

ENG 285 Seminars on Single Authors     3 CR
Studies the works and criticism of a single author. Limited enrollment. Prerequisite: Permission of the Department Chair

ENG 299 Special Topics in Literature     3 CR
Designates new or occasional courses that may or may not become part of the department’s permanent offerings. Courses capitalize on a timely topic, a faculty member’s particular interest, an experimental alternative to existing courses, etc. Prerequisites established by the department as appropriate for the specific course. Course title is shown on the student’s transcript. Consult the current course schedule for available topics and current prerequisites.

ENG 359 Studies In Writing: Special Topics     3 CR
Course description varies each time the course is offered.

ENG 360 History and Structure of the English Language     3 CR
A survey of the major changes in structure, vocabulary and uses of the language from the earliest times to the present. Explores important aspects of modern linguistic scholarship. Required for secondary education. Usually offered as an independent study for students needing the course as a Connecticut state teaching requirement; see the English Department Chair.

ENG 361 Literary Theory     3 CR
An overview of the history and major concepts of critical theory from Nietzsche through Marx, Freud, Lacan, Barthes, Foucault, Kristeva, Cixous, Derrida, Gates and others. Important schools of thought include the New Criticism, Semiotics, Phenomenology, Structuralism, Neo-Marxism, Deconstruction, Gender Studies, African- American Criticism and Post-Colonialism. Required for all English majors. Prerequisite: Permission of Department Chair for non-majors.

ENG 362 Rhetoric and Composition Pedagogy     3 CR
This course is designed for students who will be teaching writing in a secondary educational environment. The course demonstrates how research, scholarship and theory can inform the teaching of writing.

ENG 371 Advanced Poetry Writing I     3 CR
An advanced seminar and workshop in the writing of poetry. Weekly writing assignments and revisions. Discussion of student work and small group revision conferences will form the foundation of each class. Emphasis is on the continuing development of the individual poetic voice. Prerequisite: ENG 273 for the Creative Writing Minor

ENG 372 Advanced Poetry Writing II     3 CR
The continuation of EN 371 and intended principally for students enrolled in the poetry track of the Creative Writing Minor. The emphasis is on revision of poems in preparation for individual publication and on the shaping of a first collection. Discussion of student work and small group revision conferences will form the foundation of each class. Additional emphasis on the continuing development of the individual voice and on public readings. Prerequisite: ENG 371 for the Creative Writing Minor

ENG 373 Independent Study: Poetry     3 CR
An independent writing project, directed by the instructor and intended for advanced students in the poetry track of the Creative Writing Minor who will work on a chapbook or full-length collection of poems. The course is also available to advanced students in place of EN 372. Prerequisite: By arrangement with instructor and permission of the Department Chair

EN 374 Independent Study: Fiction     3 CR
An independent writing project, directed by the instructor and intended for advanced students in the fiction track of the Creative Writing Minor who will work on a collection of short stories or write a draft of a full-length novel. Prerequisite: By arrangement with instructor and permission of the Department are required

ENG 376 Advanced Short Story Writing     3 CR
This course is intended principally for students in the fiction writing track of the Creative Writing Minor. Students in this course will develop mastery in their chosen form—short story or novel. This course enables students to work toward a book-length, publishable manuscript. Students will also learn how to write a query letter and search for markets to publish their work. Prerequisite: ENG 270 or ENG 271 for the Creative Writing Minor

ENG 380 Independent Study     1–3 CR
Work on a special topic to be arranged with an instructor who will direct this work. Permission of the department chairperson is granted to qualified English majors on the basis of a written prospectus.

ENG 390-391 Capstone     3 CR
ENG 390 is for students in the literature concentration; ENG 391 is for students in the writing concentration. English majors only (see advisor)