Department of Languages and Literature

Courses in English Language & Literature

The Department offers a variety of courses in English Language & Literature to meet the interests and needs of students. For the most updated information about course offerings, please consult the University course catalog and BenULive course schedule, or contact the Department.

Toni MorrisonLITR 100 | Introduction to Literary Analysis

Introduction to literary study and criticism. Focus on genres, techniques and development of literature. Emphasis on critical reading and writing. Introductory course for Literature majors; prerequisite for 300-level Literature courses. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.

 

LITR 210 | Literature and Film

Selected literary texts and their representation on film; analysis of the relationship between the two genres, and differences between written texts and visual media. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Spring Term, Odd Years.

 

LITR 250 | Medieval Literature

Study of literature from the medieval era of British history. Students will learn to read Old English and/or Middle English; texts to be studied may include work by Chaucer, the Gawain poet, Langland, medieval dramatists, and other major writers. Counts as pre-1800 course for majors. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Fall Term, Odd Years.

 

LITR 255 | American Literature I

Survey of American literature from its Colonial roots, particularly the influence of the Puritans, to its flowering in New England. Counts as pre-1800 course for majors. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Fall Term.

 

LITR 256 | American Literature II

Survey of American literature since the Civil War. Emphasis on development of Realism and Naturalism in the 19th century, and modernism in the 20th. Counts as post-1800 course for majors. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Spring Term.

 

LITR 257 | British Literature I

Historical survey of representative British literary texts from the Anglo-Saxon period to 1800, with attention to modes of critical reading and development of important genres. Counts as pre-1800 course for majors course for majors course for majors course for majors course for majors. IAI H3 912. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective.Typically offered: Fall Term.

 

LITR 258 | British Literature II

Historical survey of representative British and Anglophone literary texts from 1800 to the present, with attention to the larger cultural context and contemporary modes of literary analysis. Counts as post-1800 course for majors. IAI H3 913. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Spring Term.

 

LITR 259 | World Literature

Comparative study of major works of the Ancient World, Middle Ages, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romantic Age, periods of Realism and Naturalism, and Modern World. IAI H3 907. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Fall Term, Even Years.

 

LITR 263 | Literature of the Early Modern Period

Selected literary and cultural texts drawn from the late sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Places these texts in the context of emerging modernity. Counts as pre-1800 course for majors. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Spring Term, Odd Years.

 

LITR 264 | Global/Postcolonial Literature and Theory

A comparative study of literature and theory concerning colonial, postcolonial, third world, and diasporic cultures and communities. The course may include such topics as education and the colonial/postcolonial condition; intellectual culture and imperialism; the politics of tourism, identity and diaspora; travel, migration, and globalization; and trauma, genocide, and historical fiction. Counts as diversity elective for majors. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Spring Term, Odd Years.

 

LITR 265 | Shakespeare

Critical reading of representative comedies, tragedies, and histories. Emphasis on such issues as his dramatic art, critical response, and role in constructions of literary culture. Counts as pre-1800 course for majors. IAI H3 905. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

 

LITR 266 | Studies in the Novel

Critical study of selected novels, with emphasis on British and American writers and forms in English; theories of the novel as literary genre. Topics will vary. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective and Writing Intensive course. Typically offered: Spring Term, Odd Years.

 

LITR 267 | Studies in Poetry

Critical study of selected poetry, with attention to both formal and interpretive issues; theories of poetry as literary genre. Topics will vary. IAI H3 903; EGL 915. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective and Writing Intensive course. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

 

Shakespeare, First FolioLITR 268 | Studies in Drama

Critical study of selected dramatic literature from a range of cultures and periods; theories of drama as literary genre. Topics will vary. IAI EGL 916. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective and Writing Intensive course. Typically offered: Fall Term, Odd Years.

 

LITR 269 | Introduction to Creative Writing

Writing workshop for students; introduction to various forms of modern fiction and poetry. Students will have the opportunity to create original poetry and fiction. 3 semester credit hours. Fine arts core elective.Typically offered: Fall Term, Odd Years.

 

LITR 279 | U. S. Multiethnic Literature

A comparative study of literature reflecting the diversity of American culture. In our exploration of just a sampling of the multiple voices of U. S. literature, we will consider these narratives within specific historical, cultural, rhetorical, and literary contexts. Counts as diversity elective for majors. IAI H3 910D; EGL 918. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Fall Term, Even Years.

 

LITR 280 | African-American Literature

Historical and critical exploration of African-American writers' contributions to American fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction, from the oral tradition to the present. May include an Afrocentric approach. Counts as diversity elective for majors. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

 

LITR 281 | Gender and Literature

Introduction to gender studies as a mode of literary analysis, and to the role of literary texts in shaping gender constructions. Counts as diversity elective for majors. IAI H3 911D. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Fall Term, Even Years.

 

LITR 291 | Topics in Literature

Intermediate-level study of authors, themes, movements and genres; attention to historical context. Sample topics: American Renaissance; 19th century British Women Writers; Gothic; Science Fiction; and Lyric. May count as pre-1800, post-1800, or diversity course for majors, depending on topic. 3 semester credit hours. Literature core elective. Typically offered: Periodically. Course repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.

 

LITR 301 | Advanced U.S. Literary and Cultural Studies

Explores critical questions, analytical categories and common methodologies that structure the practice of U.S. literary and cultural studies. Students will work with primary literary texts as well as secondary sources and theoretical works. Students will also complete a research paper. Prerequisite: LITR 100. 3 semester credit hours.Typically offered: Fall Term, Even Years.

 

LITR 305 | Critical Theory

Survey and application of contemporary theories of literature and language. Covers the intersection of modern literary theory with philosophy, linguistics, psychology, anthropology and other humanistic fields. Prerequisite: LITR 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term, Odd Years.

 

LITR 307 | Modern English Language

Study of traditional, structuralist and transformational theories of grammar and language, with attention to practical applications for language instruction. Includes introduction to contemporary linguistic theory. Prerequisite: LITR 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.

 

LITR 315 | American Literary Realism and Naturalism

This course provides advanced study of U.S.realist and naturalist literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Counts as post-1800 course for majors. Prerequisite: LITR 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

 

LITR 322 | Reading, Writing and Thinking in the Middle and Secondary School Curriculum

Examines the relationship between reading, writing, oral communication and thinking and explores strategies for integrating these areas across the curriculum. Examines a variety of theoretical perspectives and instructional strategies involving simulation, role-playing, case studies, inquiry, problem-solving, critical thinking and environmental learning. Lesson and unit plan development emphasized. Prerequisite: cumulative GPA of 2.5 and TEP. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term.

 

LITR 352 | Young Adult and Multicultural Literature in the Middle and Secondary School Curriculum

Evaluation, selection and teaching of literature to serve the interests and reading needs of students from the middle-school through high school. The course includes literature which reflects the culture and heritage of America's multiethnic/multicultural population. The course emphasizes theory and research in reading comprehension, literary criticism, including reader response and curriculum and instruction. In addition, the course includes critical analysis, methods of teaching literature and the uses of literature in the curriculum. Prerequisite (Main Campus): cumulative GPA of 2.5 and TEP. Prerequisite (Springfield Campus): cumulative GPA of 2.75 and TEP. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically.

 

William Butler YeatsLITR 357 | The Nineteenth Century

Advanced study of 19th century fiction, poetry and/or drama. Topics may include Victorian literature, the 19th century novel, and Romanticism. Counts as post-1800 course for majors. Prerequisite: LITR 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Odd Years.

 

LITR 362 | Modern Literature

Examines the evolution of poetic and narrative forms since the late 19th century. Emphasis on major British and/or American poets and novelists; may also include translated works from other cultures. Counts as post-1800 course for majors. Prerequisite: LITR 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

 

LITR 364 | Global/Postcolonial Literature and Theory

A comparative study of literature and theory concerning colonial, postcolonial, third world and diasporic cultures and communities. The course may include such topics as education and the colonial/postcolonial condition; intellectual culture and imperialism; the politics of tourism; identity and diaspora; travel, migration and globalization; and trauma, genocide and historical fiction. Counts as diversity elective for majors. Prerequisite: LITR 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Odd Years.

 

LITR 369 | Creative Writing: Fiction

Advanced writing workshop with focus on writing and revision of fiction: includes group discussions and individual conferences. Students will produce a professional portfolio of fiction. Prerequisite: LITR 269. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

 

LITR 370 | Creative Writing: Poetry

Advanced writing workshop with focus on writing and revision of poetry: includes group discussions and individual conferences. Students will produce a professional portfolio of poetry. Prerequisite: LITR 269. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Even Years.

 

LITR 381 | Theories of Gender in Literary Analysis

Advanced readings in literature and in selected gender-based modes of textual analysis, as well as theories of the relationship between gender and language. Counts as diversity elective for majors. Prerequisite: LITR 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Spring Term, Odd Years.

 

LITR 385 | Major Authors and Genres

Detailed study of major writers and/or literary genres. Authors to be studied may include such figures as Jane Austen, Toni Morrison, Geoffrey Chaucer, or Zora Neale Hurston; genres to be studied may include the history of drama and the rise of the novel. May count as pre-1800, post-1800, or diversity course for majors, depending on topic. Prerequisite: LITR 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term, Odd Years.

 

LITR 391 | Advanced Topics in Literature

Advanced study of authors, themes, movements and genres; attention to historical context. Sample topics: Literature and the Environment; Women Writers of Color; Satire; focused study of major author. May count as pre-1800, post-1800, or diversity course for majors, depending on topic. Prerequisite: LITR 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Periodically. Course repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.

 

LITR 395 | Independent Study

Students with interest in independent study of topics not offered in the curriculum may propose a plan of study in conjunction with a faculty member. Approval based on academic appropriateness and availability of resources. Prerequisite: LITR 100 and junior or senior standing. 3 semester credit hours. Department Consent Required. Course repeatable. Maximum number of units allowed 99.

 

LITR 399 | Senior Seminar

Group workshop and individual instruction in literary research and critical writing, leading up to the completion of a major paper in a literary field of the student's choice. Prerequisite: senior standing, LITR 100. 3 semester credit hours. Typically offered: Fall Term.

 

Books have a unique way of stopping time in a particular moment and saying: Let’s not forget this.

– Dave Eggers