Course Descriptions

  • CWR 100: College Writing
    Designed to enhance students' reading, writing, and reasoning strategies - and to build their confidence and enjoyment in college writing - this course requires critical response, careful analysis, and research-based argument. Through critical engagement with texts and writing processes, students will learn how to construct arguments to meet the challenges of academic and professional writing. This course is designed to improve students' writing habits, reduce anxiety associated with writing, and improve overall academic performance. (Does not meet GEC Humanitites Requirement.)
  • ENGL 101: Writing Tutorial
    An expository writing course for students identified by the director of writing programs. (Does not apply toward the major. Not open to upperclass students. Does not meet GEC Humanities Requirement.)
  • ENGL 110: Literary Studies
    Designed to introduce prospective majors to English studies. Primarily for first-year students but also for others who wish to acquire useful skills as readers and writers by developing critical abilities in studying literature. This course offers students an introduction to specific subject areas in the literary canon and contemporary texts. (Counts as an elective for the English major, Literature Track. Meets GEC First-Year Writing Requirement.)
  • ENGL 111: Intro to Prof Writing
    (Introduction to Professional Writing) This course introduces students to the kind of writing they may encounter in the work world by exploring the rhetorical principles, writing strategies, and information-mapping practices necessary for producing organized, readable documents - from traditional print business letters and reports to email correspondence and social-media text. This course will provide the tools to effectively gather and refine information, organize it in reader-friendly fashion, and adapt it for the appropriate audience and genre. Students will also hone an economical, direct prose style, which is standard for effective professional writing. No prerequisites.
  • ENGL 112: Intro to Editing and Publishing
    Introduction to Editing and Publishing. Designed to introduce students to the sorts of questions that arise in contemporary publishing. Primarily for students who wish to acquire useful skills as editors and writers for both campus and professional publications, including print and electronic magazines, journals, or books. Among the topics covered in this course: editorial workflow; copyediting, fact checking, and proofreading; contracts and copyright; working with authors; and marketing and publicity. In order to best use these practical skills, we also look at the differences implicit in various publishing environments (including print and electronic) and the fundamental relationships between author and audience that determine the shape of the text. Prerequisites: No prerequisites Corequisites: No corequisites
  • ENGL 135: Creative Writing
    A beginning course in the art of writing fiction, poetry, and nonfiction prose. Literary analysis will be combined with creative assignments. Group discussions and individual conferences. (Not open to students who have completed English 235.)
  • ENGL 180: Religion, SciFi, and Fantasy
    (Religion, Science Fiction, Fantasy) Of the literary genres, perhaps science fiction and fantasy best allow creative artists to imagine real and possible answers to the deep religious questions that have historically driven philosophers, theologians, and thinkers. Who are we? What do we want? Where did we come from? How does everything end? What is the meaning of life, the universe, and everything? In this class we examine science fiction and fantasy short stories, motion pictures, novels, and television programs to ask how creative artists and wider society have asked and answered these questions. We also consider how science fiction and fantasy have commented on and mirrored real-world religions. No prerequisites. Intended for first-year students and sophomores only.
    Cross-listed as: RELG 180
  • ENGL 203: Early American Literature
    A survey of early American literature including Native American oral stories and trickster tales, Puritan literature, Smith and Pocahontas accounts, captivity narratives, voices of nationalism, early slave narratives, and women's letters.
    Cross-listed as: AMER 203
  • ENGL 204: Nineteenth Century American Lit
    Works of representative writers: Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, Emerson, Whitman, Dickinson, and Twain. Topics of discussion include Emerson's influence on American culture, developments in American literary form, and themes of American community and nature.
    Cross-listed as: AMER 204
  • ENGL 205: Twentieth Century American Lit
    Works of representative writers. Topics of discussion include American identity and the 'American dream,' developments in literary form, and the social and political values of modern literature.
    Cross-listed as: AMER 205
  • ENGL 206: American Environmental Lit
    An historically organized survey of the various rhetorics through which nature has been understood by Americans from the Puritans to contemporary writers: the Calvinist fallen landscape, the rational continent of the American Enlightenment, conservation and 'wise use,' and preservation and 'biodiversity.'
    Cross-listed as: AMER 206, ES 206
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  • ENGL 207: Literature of Place: Chicago
    This course will examine Chicago history and literature by privileging its location. In other words, we will consider the city and its environs as central characters in the stories we study, moving through the history of the region with a narrative lens. This method will suggest the ever-changing character traits of Chicago as it develops from Pottawatomie war plain to fur trading post to early mercantile settlement to booming and (for a time) busting metropolis. We will begin with accounts of the Joliet expedition along with narratives of early settlers to the region. Other readings will draw from classic works by Jane Addams, Theodore Dreiser, John Dos Passos, Richard Wright, and Saul Bellow, Thomas Pynchon, Joe Meno, and Stuart Dybek, among others. Additionally, these narratives will be read in the context of theoretical offerings in ecocriticism. Students should keep Friday afternoons free for a series of field trips, to be scheduled well in advance.
    Cross-listed as: ES 207, AMER 207
  • ENGL 210: Ancient and Medieval Literature
    The origins of Western literary tradition traced through such classic figures as Homer, Virgil, and Dante. A survey of major English literary texts, culminating in Chaucer. (Meets GEC First-Year Writing Requirement.)
  • ENGL 211: English Literature I
    The continuation of the Classics of Literature Sequence, focusing on such major figures as Shakespeare, Milton, Swift, and Pope seen against the developments and traditions of the two periods. Prerequisite: English 210, or permission of instructor.
  • ENGL 212: English Literature II
    The third in the Classics of Literature Sequence, from the Romantics through Modernism, seen against the developments and traditions of the last two centuries. Prerequisite: English 210 and English 211, or permission of instructor.
  • ENGL 216: African American Literature I
    A study of slave narratives and contemporary revisions. Includes works by Equiano, Douglass, Delaney, Jacobs, Morrison, Johnson, and Williams. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: AFAM 216, AMER 216
  • ENGL 217: African American Literature II
    An examination of narrative attempts before, during, and after the Harlem Renaissance to move from imposed stereotypes toward more accurate representations of African American experiences. Includes works by Chesnutt, Du Bois, Hurston, Larsen, Hughes, Toomer, Baldwin, and Walker. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: AFAM 217, AMER 217
  • ENGL 218: Blues Women in African Amer Lit
    An analysis of the representation of 'blues women' and the music in writings by African Americans. Authors include Larsen, Hurston, Morrison, Wilson, Jones, and Walker. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: AFAM 218, AMER 218, GSWS 218
  • ENGL 220: Shakespeare
    Selected plays to show Shakespeare's artistic development; intensive analysis of major plays.
    Cross-listed as: THTR 236
  • ENGL 221: Literature and Medicine
    This course will introduce students to literary narratives about illness, disease, and healing written by patients, physicians, and others. We will read texts that explore various aspects of this genre including: the interactions between patients and doctors; the naming of illness or disease and the attendant experience, evolution, and therapy; and interpretation by patient, doctor, and reader.
  • ENGL 224: Literature of the Vietnam War
    This course examines the Vietnam War as refracted through various literary genres. The readings for the course include Graham Greene's The Quiet American, Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried, and Truong Nhu Tang's Vietcong Memoir. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: AMER 224, ASIA 224
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  • ENGL 225: Remixes in a Post-Burroughs World
    This .5-credit seminar will explore the legacy of cut-ups, remix, and avant-culture strategies connected to the legacy of William S. Burroughs (1914-1997) and his collaborators. While the course will pay particular attention to the outsized influence of Burroughs in contemporary aesthetics, we will freely investigate cut-ups, mash-ups, remixes, dj culture, user-generated content, conceptual literature, crowdsourcing, social media, and related strategies in publishing and aesthetics that together produce a collaborative critique of Romantic definitions of authorship and genius. In these domains, we will cover everything from Girl Talk to "Auto-Tune the News" to _Star Wars: Uncut_ to what's happening tomorrow, all through the lens of user-based textual interventions. Lecture, discussion, and appropriation-based responses in hard copy and digital forms. No prerequisites. Course begins on the first day of classes after mid-semester break.
  • ENGL 227: The Literary Magazine in America
    For well over a century, literary publishing in America has relied on constellation of magazines both large and small to cultivate and disseminate the work of poets and prose writers. Between 1912 - when Chicago's Poetry magazine was founded - and 1950, over 600 were begun, and by the end of the twentieth century that number grew into the thousands. What role did these magazines play in shaping our literary history? How do they continue to function in our own time alongside the internet and new media? What is their future? This course will guide students through the history, editorial process, and technology of literary publishing by focusing on the evolution of Poetry magazine and its past and present contemporaries. It will include examination of historically significant archival materials as well as practical explorations of the day-to-day workflows of state-of-the art journal editing and publishing.
  • ENGL 228: Women Writing Women
    This course will survey selected women writers, in diverse genres past and present, with a focus on American women in the 20th and 21st centuries. Writers may include: Muriel Rukeyser, Adrienne Rich, Maxine Hong Kingston, Louise Erdrich, Gloria Anzaldua, and Jamaica Kincaid, as well as women writing in recent genres like creative nonfiction, memoir, and transgender fiction. We will explore questions such as: Does the diversity of American women in terms of race, ethnicity, sexuality, and gender identification trouble the very concept of 'U.S. women writers'? What are ways that women have defined and undermined the concept of 'woman' in their writing? (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: AMER 228, GSWS 228
  • ENGL 229: Selfies and Drones
    This .5-credit seminar will explore these two interrelated contemporary topics, with particular focus on ideas of automation and remote control. We will explore "drone" as an umbrella term not only for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), which run from children's toys to weapons of war, but also as technological "noise" that increasingly confronts us in our daily lives. In this, we will look to representation of automation in literature, in texts such as Galatea 2.2 by Richard Powers. Similarly, the "selfie" is not only the picture one takes on a smart phone, but also a current mode of representation that has significant literary and visual antecedents in portraiture and autobiography. Accordingly, course "texts" may include everything from The Picture of Dorian Gray, to a selfie stick, to industrial drone music, although the dominant lens of the course will be literary. No prerequisites. Course begins on the first day of classes after mid-semester break.
  • ENGL 230: Hist Drama I: Greeks to Shakespeare
    (History of Drama I: Greeks to Shakespeare to Moliere) This required course for theater majors examines the history of drama and theater from its origins in religious ritual of ancient Greece to the productions of Shakespeare's London and Moliere's Paris. In addition to in-depth study of plays, emphasis is placed on acting styles, production techniques, stage and auditorium architecture, and the socio-political milieu that formed the foundation of the theater of each culture and period. Offered yearly.
    Cross-listed as: THTR 230
  • ENGL 232: The Teaching of Writing

  • ENGL 233: Performance Art
    This course will provide students with an understanding of performance art as a constantly evolving and flexible medium. The class will trace the emergence and development of performance art as a form of expression both distinct from and yet dependent upon traditional and experimental forms of theater and other contemporary manifestations of theatricality. Students will negotiate, through reading, research, discussion and planning and practical application, the blurred boundaries between performing and living, entertainment and art.
    Cross-listed as: THTR 224, ART 237
  • ENGL 234: Hist Drama II: Modern Contemporary
    (History of Drama II: Modern and Contemporary) This required course for theater majors examines the history of drama and theater from the late nineteenth-century plays of Ibsen and Chekhov up until the present day. In addition to in-depth study of plays, this course explores the conventions of acting and stagecraft and cultural conditions that influenced each period's theater.
    Cross-listed as: THTR 231
  • ENGL 236: 20th Cent Theater: Musical Theater
    A study of representative musical comedies, operettas, and related works that will provide topics for papers by students. Emphasis will be placed on relationship to political, social, and cultural events. Videotapes of musicals are viewed and discussed. Among works to be discussed are Show Boat, Oklahoma!, South Pacific, My Fair Lady, Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, A Little Night Music, Sunday in the Park with George, and others.
    Cross-listed as: AMER 236, MUSC 235
  • ENGL 239: Shakespeare on Film
    This course will focus on major cinematic adaptations of Shakespeare's plays, with attention both to the original texts and to the process of transferring them to the new medium by film directors. We will pay special attention to plays that have been filmed a number of times, so that we can develop useful comparisons: Richard III (Olivier, Loncraine), Romeo and Juliet (Zeffirelli, Luhrmann, Shakespeare in Love), Henry V (Olivier, Branagh), Hamlet (Olivier, Zeffirelli, Almereyda), and Macbeth (Polanski, Kurzel). Major goals will be to develop our ability to do close readings of both the original texts and the films, to do creative film adaptation projects, and to develop effective ways of expressing both our analytical and our creative ideas. No prerequisites.
    Cross-listed as: THTR 240, CINE 240
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  • ENGL 240: Theater Criticism
    An intensive course on reading and writing brief, journalistic play critiques designed to help theatergoers make informed consumer decisions. Attention to journalistic basics and issues of individual sensibility and taste. Class writings will be considered for campus publications. No prerequisites.
    Cross-listed as: THTR 257
  • ENGL 241: African American Drama & Theater
    This course surveys the work African American theater artists from the nineteenth century to the present day. Playwrights surveyed may include Richardson, Hughes, Hansberry, Childress, Bullins, Baraka, Fuller, Wilson, Cleage, Shange, and Parks. Readings are supplemented by field trips to Chicago theaters that feature African American plays. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: THTR 241, AFAM 241
  • ENGL 242: Playwriting
    This course focuses on the collaboration between director, designers, and playwright in the creation and production of new works for the stage. Projects will include writing, script analysis, casting, and presentation of original student works and/or student-adapted works by professional authors. Offered every other year.
    Cross-listed as: THTR 270
  • ENGL 245: Novel Writing Boot Camp
    An intensive course focusing on the craft of novel writing. Students will study the novel form and the possibilities and frameworks of different genres of fiction and hybrid prose. Students will draft their own novels and develop plans for completing their manuscripts and submitting them to publishers within the framework of the course. Group discussions and individual conferences. Prerequisites: None, though ENGL 135 is recommended.
  • ENGL 250: Contemporary Lit
    This course will examine literary texts that address questions of ideology and the marketplace, and it will include diverse multicultural literary perspectives.
  • ENGL 251: Grateful Dead and American Culture
    More than fifty years after the band?s founding, the Grateful Dead looms larger than ever. From Haight-Ashbury acid-testers to visionary entrepreneurs, the band that grew up and out of the revolutions of the tumultuous 1960s found a way to mix everything from roots music to free jazz to rock into an "endless tour" that put them in the Fortune 500. The Grateful Dead provided a cultural soundtrack for not only the 1960s, but also the paranoia of the Watergate years, the Reagan-soaked 1980s, and on to the jam-band present. This course will focus on the band?s performance of authentic "Americanness" throughout its half century run. We'll listen to their music, and also to their fans, enthusiasts, and scholars. We'll understand the various subcultures that separate the sixties and now, and in doing so, offer answers to this key question: Why do the Dead survive? (Elective for English, Theater, and Music)
    Cross-listed as: AMER 200, MUSC 222, THTR 206
  • ENGL 252: Bookbinding for Artists and Authors
    This course will provide a practical introduction to a variety of bookbinding techniques, from Japanese and pamphlet bindings to hard-cover case binding, in addition to portfolio and presentation box construction. Students will produce both unique books and small-run multiples of original literary and/or visual work, according to their curricular focus. Special emphasis will be placed on how the poetry, prose, drawings and prints students produce for this course can best be presented in the format of their handmade books. Prerequisites: No prerequisites Corequisites: No corequisites
    Cross-listed as: ART 252
  • ENGL 253: Modern Irish Writers
    A course in Irish fiction, poetry, and drama of the twentieth century, including works by Joyce, Beckett, Yeats, and Synge. We will explore questions of nationalism, language, and modernism in Irish literature and will consider the works in historical contexts.
  • ENGL 255: Dramaturgy
    An introduction to the role of the dramaturg within the theatrical production process. Includes readings by and about dramaturgs and hands-on experience in the following areas of dramaturgical pursuit: evaluating new scripts; creating a production-specific 'protocol' (research compendium); analyzing and preparing a script for rehearsal; serving as an 'in-house critic'; collaborating with directors, designers, and actors; creating and running educational programs for school and adult audiences; rehearsal functions and decorum; documentation techniques.
    Cross-listed as: THTR 255
  • ENGL 262: The History of the Book and Beyond
    This course will investigate the links between new media and electronic writing and publishing in terms of the rich history of one of the modern world's most robust technologies: the printed book. Starting with the Guttenberg printing press and its revolutionary productions through a culture considerably abbreviated on the Kindle's e-screen, this course will ask this key question. Is the printed book really on its deathbed, and what, if anything, will emerge to take its place? This course will draw freely from the last seven centuries, making much, for instance, of texts such as Tristram Shandy's famous "marbled page" (individual to each volume), the Newberry Library's convict narrative bound in human skin, the popular Dante's Inferno video game, and the "twitterature" version of Moby Dick. This course has no prerequisites, but is suited best for students with some interest or experience in the literary tradition from 1450 to the present.
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  • ENGL 263: Nobel Laureates in Literature
    What do the books Voices from Chernobyl: The Oral History of a Nuclear Disaster (1997); Thinking, Fast and Slow (2011); Strength to Love (1963); The Passport (1986); and Chance and Necessity (1994) all have in common? First, they are all written by Nobel Prize winners; second, they all tell different parts of the wide-sweeping story of the human desire for political, intellectual, scientific, and social freedom during the twentieth century up to today. In this course we will trace how freedom and humanity have been changed, challenged, and charged by Nobel Prize winners in literature, economics and social science, physiology (medicine), and physics. Our laureates will reveal to us how genetic structures, our place in the universe, economic and political oppression, class, national origin, tragedy, and the pursuit of freedom reveal some of the most important, current views on our common humanity. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
  • ENGL 264: The Beat Generation
    (The Beat Generation: Influences and Legacy.) The core members of the group of writers known as the Beats?Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, and William S. Burroughs?have had a profound influence on the development of postwar American literary and artistic culture. In this course students will be introduced to some of the Beats' major predecessors (notably William Blake, Walt Whitman, and William Carlos Williams) as well as writers whose work has brought the Beat legacy into the twenty-first century (Anne Waldman, Roberto Bolaño, Amiri Baraka, Eileen Myles, and others). Students will read these writers with an eye toward their contributions to such topics as LGBT rights, the environmental movement, the introduction of Buddhism and Eastern philosophy to the United States, and postmodern cut-up and sampling techniques. No prerequisites. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
  • ENGL 285: Creative Arts Entrepreneurship
    Creative Arts Entrepreneurship will offer an overview of the processes, practices, and decision-making activities that lead to the realization of our creative ideas. Students from across the humanities, arts, sciences, and business will learn the unique contexts and challenges of creative careers, with an emphasis on collaborative projects. The course will help students understand the nature and structure of arts enterprise while cultivating their own career vision and creative goals. Creative Arts Entrepreneurship is designed for students interested in developing, launching, or advancing innovative enterprises in arts, culture, and design, and those who love the initiative, ingenuity and excitement of putting creative ideas into action. The course combines readings and in-class discussions with site visits, case studies, guest lectures by working artists and creative professionals, and student-driven projects. No prerequisites.
    Cross-listed as: MUSC 285, ENTP 285, ART 285, THTR 285
  • ENGL 302: John Donne
    Literature of the earlier seventeenth century with close study of works by Donne, Herbert, Jonson, Burton, Browne, and others in the baroque tradition. Prerequisites: English 210 and 211.
  • ENGL 304: Romantic Period
    Key works, both poetry and prose, of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Lamb, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. Exploration of themes and ideas of a revolutionary era. Prerequisite: English 212.
  • ENGL 305: Victorian Literature
    Masterpieces of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by Dickens, Tennyson, Browning, Carlyle, Arnold, Hardy, Wilde, and others. Prerequisite: English 212.
  • ENGL 306: 19th-Century British Novel
    This course will explore the flowering of the novel in England in the nineteenth century, with attention to the novel?s development of "literary realism" and its shifting interplay with Romanticism, the novel's increasingly sophisticated orchestration of sub-genres (bildungsroman, essay, letter, gothic tale, among others), its refraction of nineteenth-century social and cultural upheavals, and its response to changing publication practices and a growing readership. Depending on the semester?s emphasis, the course may focus on one illustrative British novelist from this period or compare several novelists, including but not limited to Austen, Scott, Shelley, the Brontes, Dickens, Gaskell, Eliot, and Hardy. Prerequisite: Any 200-level English course or permission of instructor.
  • ENGL 307: Novel Origins
    This course will focus on the beginnings of the novel in England, particularly its evolution and influence with regard to both internal and external literary forces (classical and contemporary) during the eighteenth and very early nineteenth centuries. Authors will include Cervantes and Sterne, and may include other authors ranging from Heliodorus to Burney, and Voltaire to Scott. Prerequisite: Any 200-level English course or permission of instructor.
    (Not open to students who have completed ENGL 333.)
  • ENGL 308: Renaissance Drama
    Who were the other popular playwrights of Shakespeare's day? Have they been overshadowed by the Bard's fame? In this course we will discuss, watch films of, and stage scenes from the vibrant and stage-worthy plays of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries in England, including the witty comedies of Jonson and Dekker, and the horrific tragedies of Kyd, Marlowe, Marston, Middleton, Tourneur, Webster, and Ford. The course will culminate in a discussion of the film Shakespeare in Love, which portrays playwrights, actors, managers, and other historical figures of the English Renaissance.
  • ENGL 309: The Chaucerian Tradition
    This course will focus on Chaucer's Canterbury Tales by enabling students to read the work in its entirety. Students will explore the intellectual debates on marriage and women that Chaucer's tales engage; the religious and ethical framework of his tales (with special emphasis on Augustine and Boethius); his variations on the 'estates satire' tradition and his play with other popular medieval genres; and his transformation of continental literary sources (including source study of Boccaccio, Petrarch, and Jean de Meun/Guillaume de Lorris, among others). Prerequisite: English 210. (Not open to students who have taken ENGL 300: Medieval Studies: The Chaucerian Tradition)
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  • ENGL 310: The Arthurian Tradition
    This course will explore the medieval tradition of Arthurian literature. The first half of the course will be devoted to the medieval roots of the Arthurian legend, from chronicle history to courtly romance, with readings ranging from Gildas to Malory. The second half of the course will consider the reception of this medieval mythic tradition by later British writers from the Renaissance to the present. Writers representing that tradition of medievalism might include Spenser, Tennyson, Morris, T.H. White, Murdoch, and Winterson, among others. Prerequisite: English 210. (Not open to students who have taken ENGL 300: Medieval Studies: The Arthurian Tradition.)
  • ENGL 311: Hidden Chicago
    (Hidden Chicago: Culture, Class, Conflict). This course will explore specific aspects of Chicago 'hidden' away, either deliberately or accidently, as well as those simply effaced by time. To this end, we will look at 4 specific erasures that may include: 1) Fairs: The Colombian Exposition of 1893 (U of C and Jackson Park) and the 1933 Century of Progress Exhibition (Northerly Island); 2) Utopias and religious communities: the company town of Pullman and the early history of the Nation of Islam (and possible links to the jazz musician Sun Ra); 3) Public Housing and the Black Belt: The 'ghettos in the sky' that formerly dominated South State Street, and the period of black migration; the Chicago Defender; Richard Wright's novel Native Son and 4) Popular Myths and Movements: the city before the 1871 fire, the Potawatomie fur-trading era, the 'pirate' of Streeterville, various 'vice' districts, gangland Chicago, the House Music movement, etc.

    This field course will take students out of the classroom whenever possible. Or, put another way, the city shall be our classroom. The course texts will be both literary and historical in nature.

    Cross-listed as: AMER 311
  • ENGL 312: Black Metropolis
    (Black Metropolis: A Study of Black Life in Chicago). This course is a study of race and urban life in Chicago. From the founding of Chicago by a black man to the participation of blacks in the rebuilding of the city following the Great Chicago fire, and into an exploration of Bronzeville, 'a city within a city,' this course will highlight blacks and their contributions to this great city. Study of landmark texts, documentaries, novels, and photography, along with at least one field trip to the Chicago area, will reveal the impact of the Great Migration on the city; contributions of talented musicians, writers, and photographers involved in the Chicago Renaissance; and the origins of the famous black Chicago newspaper, the Chicago Defender, including its regular column by Langston Hughes. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: AFAM 312, AMER 312
  • ENGL 316: Voices of Reform
    A study of African American literature and theory published immediately before and following the Civil War. Readings will focus on identity (re)formation, social order, morality, Northern neo-slavery, institution building, women's rights. Authors will include Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Anna Julia Cooper, Harriet Wilson, Frances E.W. Harper, William Wells Brown, Sojourner Truth, Charles Chesnutt, and Frederick Douglass. English 216 is the prerequisite for first-year students and sophomores; no prerequisite for juniors and seniors. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
  • ENGL 321: Modern Fiction
    An exploration of modern fiction as it developed in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, including such writers as Dostoevsky, Joyce, Lawrence, Kafka, and Hemingway. Prerequisite: any 200-level literature course.
  • ENGL 322: Modern Poetry
    Major figures in English and American poetry of the twentieth century. Prerequisite: any 200-level literature course.
  • ENGL 323: LFC Press/&NOW BOOKS
    This course will involve students in the work of Lake Forest College Press with particular focus on the biennial book, The &NOW AWARDS: The Best Innovative Writing. The course will focus on all stages of the editorial, production, and publicity process. The entire class will meet once per week, and students will engage in independent and small-group sessions with the instructor as they pursue practical, directed publishing-related projects. Prerequisite: Any one of the following: English 111, 112. 135, or permission of instructor.
  • ENGL 324: LFC Press: Plonsker Prize
    This course will involve students in work of Lake Forest College Press/&NOW Books, focusing on the annual Madeleine P. Plonsker Emerging Writers' Residency Prize. Students will explore questions of literary quality through the robust analysis of course texts drawn from the prize's large applicant pool. These works-in-process suggest the possibilities for contemporary writing and publishing; students will learn how a winning manuscript may become a fully realized book, and will have the opportunity to directly influence this process. This course will not only allow students to become editors, but will also explore the larger context of what it means to edit, to judge, and to shape a literary text as the start of the winner's literary career. The entire class will meet once per week, while students also engage in small-group sessions with the instructor as they pursue practical, directed publishing-related projects that will inform the College's publishing initiatives. Prerequisite: Any one of the following: English 111, 112, 135, any twentieth-century-focused literature course, or permission of the instructor.

  • ENGL 325: Black Literature of the 60s
    (Black Literature of the 60s and its Legacy.) A study of the literature produced by major participants in the Black Arts and Civil Rights movements, along with an examination of writings after the 60s to determine the legacy of the themes of protest and social change. Authors may include Amiri Baraka, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King Jr., Haki Madhubuti, Sonia Sanchez, Assata Shakur, Eldridge Cleaver, Gil Scott-Heron, Angela Davis, Tupac Shakur, Jay Z, M.K. Asante, Jr., Common, Ice Cube, Lupe Fiasco, among others. Prerequisite: English 217 or permission of the instructor. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)

    Cross-listed as: AFAM 325, AMER 325
  • ENGL 326: Postmodernism
    An interdisciplinary study of postmodernism as a literary and cultural phenomenon that redefines both local and global communities. The course will investigate aesthetic production during the post-WWII period by American and world writers and artists, with an additional focus on the theoretical basis of postmodernism.
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  • ENGL 327: Comedy Writing
    This course teaches the art of writing comedic sketches for both live theatre and film. The course will employ literary analysis combined with creative assignments, group discussions and individual conferences, along with workshops and guided revisions. Students will learn to brainstorm ideas, write dialogue, and understand elements of storytelling, while also creating political and social satire, physical comedy, parody, and other comedic forms. The course will provide regular opportunities to perform in front of audiences as part of the feedback/review process. Prerequisite: ENGL 135 or THTR 226 or permission of the instructor.
    Cross-listed as: THTR 326
  • ENGL 328: Diasporan Writings
    (Diasporan Writings from Contemporary Black Writers). This course presents stories by immigrants of African descent from throughout the Caribbean as well as African writers, and significant writings by American authors of African descent. These works will illustrate the scope and variety of aesthetic, cultural, and political concerns that have motivated the authors. Course may include Jamaica Kincaid, Edwidge Danticat, Michelle Cliff, Paule Marshall, George Lamming, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Tsitsi Dangarembga, J. Nozipo Maraire, Edward P. Jones, Suzan Lori-Parks, Natasha Tretheway, Rita Dove, Walter Mosley, M. K. Asante. Authors will vary with different semesters. Prerequisite: ENGL/AFAM 216 or 217 or permission of Instructor. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: AFAM 328
  • ENGL 329: Advanced Publishing
    This course will provide students with hands-on experience in all stages of the editorial and publishing process from project selection to production to publicity, by involving them directly in the work of Lake Forest College Press / &NOW Books. Past advanced publishing projects have included the editing and production of The &NOW Awards anthology and editing and publicizing books by winners of the Madeline P. Plonsker Emerging Writers Residency Prize. The entire course will permit students to work in small, entrepreneurial-focused groups as they explore traditional publishing areas as well as marketing, communication, web presentation/design, blogging, and social media. Prerequisite: One of the following: JOUR 120 (formerly COMM 120), ENGL 111, 112, 135, any 20th-century focused literature course, or permission of the instructor.
  • ENGL 336: British Women Writers
    This course will focus on British women novelists of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Studying them within their historical and literary context, we will explore the following topics: 1) how women writers address questions of female authorship and authority, 2) how they define their female identity in relation to society, nature, and/or the divine, and 3) how they navigate economic, social, religious, and cultural constraints. British writers to be studied might include Jane Austen, Anne and Charlotte Bronte, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, Iris Murdoch, A. S. Byatt, Jeanette Winterson, and Zadie Smith. Prerequisite: English 210, or permission of instructor. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
  • ENGL 337: Women in Theater
    (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)
  • ENGL 338: Renaissance Humanism
    This course will examine how humanism evolved during the early modern period (1374-1667). Particular emphasis will be given to literature from France, Italy, Holland and Germany in the first half of the course; while in the second, we will concentrate entirely on literature from England. This approach will show how early modern English literature evolves in correlation with and correspondence to continental characteristics of humanism. In particular, we will explore the works of authors such as Petrarch, Boccaccio, Erasmus, More, Luther, Rabelais, Montaigne, Calvin, Spenser, Nashe, Shakespeare, Bacon, Browne, Herbert, Vaughn, and Milton. Prerequisite: ENGL 211 or permission of the instructor.
  • ENGL 345: 19th Century American Novels
    A seminar-style discussion of nineteenth-century American novels both outside and within the traditional canon. Topics to be examined will include the dynamic form of the novel, the schools of romance, realism, and naturalism, as well as themes of the city, American history, and American identity.
  • ENGL 346: Jewish-American Literature
    An historically organized reading of Jewish-American writers from Mordecai Noah and Emma Lazarus to Jonathan Safran Foer and Nathan Englander, the course will consider themes of assimilation, tradition, captialism, and anti-semitism in texts in English, as well as translations from Yiddish and perhaps Ladino. To what extent is Jewish-American literature an intact and coherent tradition? How have these texts registered a narrative of American history, and how have they defined, and perhaps reified, a version of Jewish-American identity? The chief texts of the class will be novels, but there will be readings in poetry and memoir as well. Prerequisite: English 204 or English 205 or permission of instructor. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)

  • ENGL 351: Gender and Literature
    This course examines the social practices, the economic/political environment, and the religious beliefs of the late nineteenth century. It shows how culture, history, and gender influenced women authors and their audiences. Authors include Alcott, Chopin, Gilman, Wharton, and others. (Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement. Prerequisite: English 204.)
  • ENGL 360: Fiction Writing
    An intermediate course in the craft of the short story. Group discussions and individual conferences. Prerequisite: English 135.
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  • ENGL 361: Poetry Writing
    An intermediate course in the craft of poetry. Group discussions and individual conferences. Prerequisite: English 135 or 235.
  • ENGL 362: New Media/Electronic Writing
    The practitioner of new media and electronic writing is an author who combines human language and computer code to create new kinds of literary experience. Works of electronic literature can exceed the possibilities of print in their scale, dynamic variability, visual and temporal qualities, and attentiveness to the reader. The environment of the network (internet) also provides new opportunities for collaboration and sampling of found material. In this writing studio, we will survey varied forms of electronic literature including interactive hypertext / hypermedia, multi-user environments, codeworks, e-poetry, writing for virtual reality, and text-driven digital performance. Students will engage the potential of computational literature by creating original works using a variety of web- based programming languages taught in the weekly sessions. No previous programming experience is required. Students are required to have regular access to a laptop computer.
  • ENGL 364: Creative Unwriting & Remix Workshop
    This intermediate writing course explores the principles behind a broad range of contemporary innovative writing methods and styles including remix, mash-up, conceptual, uncreation (a la Kenny Goldsmith), and cut-up techniques. The course starts from the principle that writers do not start with a blank page. Rather, all writing is created from the substance of preexisting artworks. For a generation more familiar with turntables and text messaging than the traditions of classical poetics, this course will explore the former in the context of the latter, offering a philosophical base from which to create, or uncreate, works that respond most deftly to contemporary aesthetics. Prerequisite: ENGL 235 or permission of the instructor.
  • ENGL 365: Poetry and Nature
    This course explores the long history of poetry and its relationship to the natural world, from its roots in Classical Asian and European poetry to its postmodern manifestations. Understanding the natural processes that served as inspiration and subject matter of nature poetry will enrich student understanding of the poem as work of literature and also the poetry-writing process. If enrolled in ES 365, students will respond to the poems with literary and natural history analysis; if enrolled in ENGL 365, students will respond with their own poetry and creative writing. Prerequisite: One 200-level English course or 200-level Environmental Studies course.
    Cross-listed as: ES 365
  • ENGL 367: Environmental Writing
    This course focuses on writing about the environment. Students will explore different approaches to the environmental essay, including adventure narrative, personal reflection, and natural history. Poetry and fiction will also play a role as we explore the practice of place-centered writing. We will also use the immediate surroundings of the Chicago area as an environment for our writing. Prerequisite: English 135/235 or a lower-level Environmental Studies course. Not open to students who have completed ENGL 332.
    Cross-listed as: ES 367
  • ENGL 368: Advanced Nonfiction Writing
    An intermediate course in the craft of creative nonfiction that may include the memoir, personal essay, literary journalism, lyric essay, visual essay, and digital essay. Group discussions and individual conferences. Prerequisite: English 135. (Not open to students who have completed ENGL 330.)
  • ENGL 369: Professional Writing
    (Professional Writing in the Digital Age). This course will focus on the development of creative and effective digital personas for websites, resumes and blogs, with special emphasis on the application of these personas in publishing and literary-based careers. Writing these personas will prepare students for the larger post-baccalaureate world of applications, interviews, and career building. In a dedicated writing workshop environment, students will design and maintain a blog, establish and develop an online identity, construct a professional portfolio, practice job hunting, engage in the interview process, learn about grants and scholarships, and generally develop the public writing skills needed to enter the twenty-first century professional and publishing world. Prerequisites: English 111, English 135 or permission of instructor.
  • ENGL 385: Topics 20th Cent: GLBT Voices
    This class will study the recent flourishing of gay, lesbian, and transgender voices in theater. We'll look at various styles of activism and performance, from farce to realism, to camp/ drag, to 'queer' theater. Figures to be discussed include Charles Ludlam, Harvey Fierstein, Larry Kramer, William Hoffmann, Paula Vogel, Paul Rudnick, Tony Kushner, Jane Chambers, and Holly Hughes. (Cross-listed as THTR 235 and WOMN 235. Meets GEC Cultural Diversity Requirement.)

    Cross-listed as: WOMN 235
  • ENGL 391: Tutorial
    In this writing-intensive course, students exercise their interviewing, investigative and story-telling skills to produce a variety of magazine articles that will be posted--along with digital photos--on their own journalism blogs. Prerequisite: English 231.
  • ENGL 392: Publishing Practicum
    (Publishing Practicum: Theory/Design Production) This practicum allows a student to study print and digital design through the completion of required readings, response papers (in electronic media), and weekly meetings with the supervising faculty member. Beyond this, the student engages in a practicum component of ten hours per week in Visual Communications as a supplement to the course's theoretical work. In this capacity, the student engages in targeted design projects that reinforce the academic aspects of the practicum. The student benefits from the professional mentoring of our graphic design staff, and uses the Adobe Design Suite, in preparation for a publishing-industry career. Readings may include The Books to Come by Alan Loney, and From Gutenberg to Opentype by Robin Dodd. Prerequisites: ENGL 112, ART 142, and either ENGL 323 or ENGL 324, and permission of instructor.
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  • ENGL 400: Herman Melville
    An advanced seminar examining Melville's fiction and poetry in the context of nineteenth-century American culture. Readings will include Typee, Moby Dick, Israel Potter, and 'Battle Pieces.' Prerequisites: English 204 and significant progress in the Classics of Literature Sequence.
  • ENGL 401: John Milton
    An intensive study of the poetry of Milton, with extended attention to Paradise Lost. Emphasis on the classical and Judeo-Christian context of Renaissance culture. Prerequisite: English 210 or 211.
  • ENGL 402: Chaucer
    An advanced course including study of The Canterbury Tales. Emphasis on Chaucer's earlier masterpiece Troilus and Criseyde as well as his dream-vision poems. Prerequisite: English 210.
  • ENGL 403: Emily Dickinson
    An advanced seminar on the poetry and letters of Emily Dickinson. Emphases on the cultural context of Dickinson's work and its critical reception.
    Cross-listed as: GSWS 403
  • ENGL 404: W. B. Yeats
    William Butler Yeats, one of the most significant poets working in English, writes from a complex cultural situation. His work is deeply connected to Irish nationalism and its cultural manifestation, the Celtic Twilight, as well as to international literary modernism and to a deeply idiosyncratic mysticism. In this course we will study his poetry, prose, and dramatic works in the context of his life and in the context of the literary, cultural, and political movements of his time. In addition, we will read works by some of the writers Yeats influenced, and those who influenced his work, including Ezra Pound and J.M. Synge. Prerequisite: English 212.
  • ENGL 405: J.R.R. Tolkien and the Inklings
    (J.R.R. Tolkien and the Literature of the Inklings.) This seminar will examine the literary legacy of J.R.R. Tolkien and his fellow writers C.S. Lewis, Charles Williams, and Owen Barfield -- all pioneers of the twentieth-century fantasy fiction genre. This course will involve close reading of major works by each author as well as opportunity to discuss the fascinating biographical, historical, aesthetic, and mythic underpinnings of their works. The seminar will pay especial attention to the Inklings' intellectual and artistic indebtedness to the medieval past, to their discourses about religion, politics, and ethics, to their eccentric relationship with "literary modernism," and to the way their fiction refracts major twentieth-century events, particularly World Wars I and II. Prerequisite: ENGL 210 or permission of the instructor.
    Cross-listed as: RELG 380
  • ENGL 440: Advanced Writing Seminar
    An advanced course in which each student completes a Senior Writing Project (a portfolio of work in poetry, fiction, drama, or nonfiction prose), while interacting with Chicago in two distinct ways: 1) students will generate writing from the study of specific Chicago neighborhoods, and, 2) students will participate in the literary life of the city through attending and staging literary events. Group discussion and individual conferences. Intended for senior majors in the writing track. Prerequisites: (a) English 135; and (b) any 300-level writing course (English 330, 332, 360, 361, 363, or 364), or English 242/Theater 270. (Meets GEC Senior Studies Requirement.)
    Cross-listed as: AMER 440
  • ENGL 450: Theory of Literature
    Important critical modes and approaches to literature; an integrating experience for the senior major. (Meets GEC Senior Studies Requirement.)