ENGL - English


Course Descriptions

ENGL 1030 Introduction to Literature (3)

Designed to accommodate non-majors. Introduces the perceptive analysis of literature with an emphasis on enhancing the appreciation and enjoyment of literature in ways that extend beyond academic study. Studies a range of literature including such genres as poetry, fiction, and drama.

ENGL 1044 Topics in Literature (3)

Designed to accommodate non-majors. Exposes students to a broad range of literary texts organized around a central topic, theme, or genre.  Topics may include: Best Sellers, Science Fiction, and Mystery.  May be repeated for credit if content differs.  May be counted once for English credit.

ENGL 1050 Introduction to American Literature (3)

Focuses on themes, forms, and styles as they are represented in American literature. Emphasizes the contribution of selected major authors from the beginnings to the twentieth century. Not offered on the St. Louis campus.

ENGL 1060 Protest Literature (3)

Covers works that have a heavily sociological import and directly attack a specific social ill. Emphasizes both the literary values of the work and the social ill that inspired the work. Each section of this course focuses on only one society during one period.

ENGL 1100 Comparative European Literature (3)

Covers major themes, forms, and styles as they are represented in the various European literatures. Emphasizes the contribution of selected major authors, from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Not offered on the St. Louis campus.

ENGL 1900 Introductory Seminar in Literary Analysis

Provides students with the literary analysis skills required for further study in English. Focuses on academic approaches to poetry, fiction, and drama. Required of all English majors before they complete their first 30 hours in the major (first 15 hours for transfer students).

ENGL 2020 Major British Writers I (3)

In this course, students study significant works of British literature from the Middle Ages through 1660, with emphasis on continuity of English literature and its relation to its historical moment. Required of all English majors. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 2030 Major British Writers II (3)

Studies significant works of British literature from 1660 to 1901, with emphasis on continuity of English literature and its relation to its historical moment. Required of majors. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 2035 History of the Novel (3)

Studies significant works by important British novelists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries with an emphasis on the continuity of British literature and its relationship to the historical moment.

ENGL 2050 Major U.S. Writers I (3)

Studies significant works by key authors within the literary tradition of the United States up to 1865, with some emphasis on competing perspectives that shape U.S. literature--race, gender, region. Required of majors. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 2070 Major U.S. Writers II (3)

Continues ENGL 2050. Studies significant works by key authors within the literary tradition of the United States from 1865 to the present. Required of majors. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 2086 Contemporary Multiethnic Literature of the United States (3)

Explores a range of texts by contemporary U.S., writers of varying ethnic/cultural backgrounds to discuss issues of ethnicity, race, naming, identity, and power relations in the United States.

ENGL 2110 Perspectives (3)

Examines a society, social problem, or social institutions from the differing viewpoints of those in and out of power. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ENGL 2150 Creative Writing: Poetry (3)

Writing that explores the essential components of poems. Some work on an individual basis through conference with the instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor.

ENGL 2160 Creative Writing: Fiction (3)

Writing in various forms of fiction. Some work on an individual basis through conferences with the instructor. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor.

ENGL 2170 Creative Writing: Playwriting (3)

Writing that explores the essential components of drama. Some work on an individual basis through conferences with the instructor as well as workshop readings of student work. May be repeated for credit with the permission of the instructor.

ENGL 2180 Creative Writing: Nonfiction (3)

A writing course for students interested in the essay form. Studies a wide variety of contemporary essays as models for student writing, focusing on voice, form, and audience. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor.

ENGL 2190 Creative Writing: Translation (3)

Conducted as a writer’s workshop, this class explores the translation of poetry as creative writing. The discussion of both published and student work will address each translation in terms of its success as a poem in English as well as its fidelity to the spirit, if not the word, of the poem in its original language. Poems for translation will be from a variety of languages. One or more original poems based on the assigned readings may be submitted for credit. Knowledge of a foreign language is helpful but not required. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor.

ENGL 2200 Introduction to English Literature (3)

Focuses on major themes, forms, and styles as they are represented in the literature of Great Britain. Emphasizes the contribution of selected major authors, from Chaucer to the twentieth century. Not offered on the St. Louis campus.

ENGL 2210 Literature into Film (3)

Concentrates on works of literature that have been transferred to film, with the focus on both literature and film. May be repeated for credit if content differs. May be counted once for credit in emphasis.

ENGL 2250 Literary London (3)

Explores the works of writers who lived in or wrote about London. Among the authors who may be discussed are Chaucer, Samuel Pepys, James Boswell, Virginia Woolf, Charles Dickens, and Iris Murdock. Visits to relevant museum and historical sites are organized when appropriate. Offered at London campus only.

ENGL 2300 Worlds of Romance (3)

Explores romance texts from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. Examines the distinctive features of the romance genre and includes medieval romances, gothic novels, and science fiction film. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 2500 Global Dramatic Literature (3)

Studies significant works of global dramatic literature from the classic to the contemporary eras, with an emphasis on the cultural, historic, and artistic influences that shaped those works. Required for all World Drama & Playwriting Emphasis students in the English Department. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 3030 Topics in Poetry (3)

Examines poetry from the perspective of the writer, focusing on problems of technique and craft and how they are solved. Prerequisite: ENGL 2150 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ENGL 3040 Topics in Fiction (3)

Examines fiction from the perspective of the writer, focusing on problems of technique and craft and how they are solved. Prerequisite: ENGL 2160 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ENGL 3050 Topics in Drama (3)

Examines drama from the perspective of the writer, focusing on problems of technique and craft and how they are solved. Prerequisite: ENGL 2170 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ENGL 3100 Modern Drama (3)

Studies selected themes, genres, and playwrights, from Ibsen to Brecht. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of English or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 3130 Contemporary Drama (3)

Studies selected themes, genres, and playwrights, from Brecht to the present. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of English or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 3140 Women Create Women in Literature (3)

Presents literature by women about women of many kinds and varying approaches. Selections will span the historical period from Jane Austen to the present. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 3150 Men Create Women in Literature (3)

Studies female characters who have been created by male authors. Examples chosen from major writers. Places emphasis on the ways in which male attitudes toward women have played a role in the creation of these women. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 3160 Advanced Creative Writing (2-4)

Prerequisite: portfolio review by the instructor prior to registration. In addition to the portfolio review, students must have taken ENGL 2150, ENGL 2160, or ENGL 3010. This class demands a very high level of commitment and no small amount of proven ability. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Offered only in St. Louis.

ENGL 3190 Comedy and Satire (3)

Introduces the patterns characteristic of comedy and satire. Deals with the genres of fiction and drama. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or above. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 3210 Tragic Themes (3)

Explores the development of tragedy in Western literature and asks if tragedy is possible as a literary form in contemporary art. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 3300 20th Century American Poetry (3)

Examines the evolution of aesthetic sensibilities in shaping distinctly American poetry in English. Focus is on the particularly fertile midcentury stomping ground for the disparate and overlapping concerns of the Objectivists, Projectivists, N.Y.C. Schoolers, Confessionalists, Deep Imagists, Free Versers, and others.

ENGL 3400 The Short Story (3)

Explores the development of the short story, its conventions, genres, and innovations.

ENGL 3450 Reading and Writing Autobiography (3)

Combines the study of various kinds of autobiographical writings, with intensive practice in first-person writing. Assumes that studying other people's work can help us write more perceptively about ourselves. Writing includes journals, short exercises, and longer essays.

ENGL 3500 Contexts (3)

Deals with works, ideas, and genres in their historical, social, and/or philosophical contexts. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ENGL 3600 Prize Winning U.S. Writers (3)

Explores the fiction of U.S. writers who have received Nobel, Pulitzer, and National Book Awards with attention to the author’s experiments in form and depiction of American society and social concerns. Prerequisites: Sophomore standing or above.

ENGL 3900 Myth and Classical Literature (3)

Deals with Greek and Roman myths, the Iliad, the Odyssey, and the Aeneid. Occasional pieces of later literature are introduced to show the continuing life of the ancient images of human experience. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of English or permission of the instructor. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 4000 Myth and Modern Literature (3)

Examines twentieth-century writers who have reinvented human life from shards of traditional myths, mythic structures, and the once resonant assurances they provided. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of English or permission of the instructor. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 4010 Art and the Artist (3)

Organized around works that focus on aesthetic questions and on the artist's own development, self-awareness, and relationships with individual persons and with the wider culture. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of English. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 4020 Heroic Themes (3)

Through a study of selected epic works from the Middle Ages on (such as Spenser's The Faerie Queene and Milton's Paradise Lost), this course explores the concept of the hero as it evolves in Western literature. Offered for 16 weeks only. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of English or permission of the instructor.

ENGL 4030 Literature of Latin America (3)

Concentrates on the major authors and themes of the literature of Mexico and Central and South America and the ways these works reflect the artistic, political, and religious ideas of the regions.

ENGL 4130 Seminar in a Single Author (3)

Specialized study of the work of a single poet, dramatist, prose writer, or novelist. May be repeated for credit if content differs. Prerequisite: 6 credits of English and Sophomore standing or above.

ENGL 4150 Shakespeare I (3)

Studies plays from the early part of Shakespeare's career, emphasizing the histories and comedies. Includes discussion of historical and social contexts, genre, and staging. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of English or theatre arts and sophomore standing or above.

ENGL 4160 Shakespeare II (3)

Studies plays from the latter part of Shakespeare's career, emphasizing the tragedies and romances. Includes discussion of historical and social contexts, genre, and staging. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of English or theatre arts and sophomore standing or above.

ENGL 4190 Historical Linguistics: History of the English Language (3)

Studies the development of the language, including the impact of political and cultural events on that development. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 4200 Contemporary Linguistics (3)

Surveys topics such as language and the brain, animals and language learning, slang, regional dialects, how dictionaries are made, and modern grammar. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 4400 Advanced Writing Workshop (3)

Designed for creative writing students who have already exhibited a high degree of accomplishment and commitment. Admission to it requires a preliminary portfolio review and informal interview. May be repeated for credit with permission of the instructor. Offered only in St. Louis.

ENGL 4500 Literary Criticism (3)

Emphasizes the continuity of questions and answers in the history of literary criticism and examines the relationship of the kinds of emphases put on literary values to social, political, and economic concerns. Readings range from Plato to deconstruction, but the approach of the course is toward the problems of criticism, not toward the mastery of texts as ends in themselves. Prerequisites: junior standing; 12 credit hours of English, or permission of the instructor. Offered for 16 weeks only.

ENGL 4600 Portfolio Review (0)

A portfolio of student work in English to be turned in during the final semester of study in the department. Required of all English majors.

ENGL 4610 Reading Course (1-5)

Prerequisites: usually junior standing and filing an official form. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

ENGL 4900 Thesis Workshop (1)

An independent project required of all English honors students. Prerequisite: permission of instructor.

ENGL 4910 Honors Thesis (0)

This course provides certification that the student has attained the level of honors on the thesis project in the Thesis Workshop (ENGL 4900). Prerequisite: ENGL 4900.

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