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English

Patricia L. Bizzell, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Humanities

Maurice A. Géracht, Ph.D., Stephen J. Prior Professor of Humanities

Shawn Lisa Maurer, Ph.D., Professor

Jonathan D. Mulrooney, Ph.D., Professor

Lee Oser, Ph.D., Professor

Leila S. Philip, M.F.A., Professor

Paige Reynolds, Ph.D., Professor

Sarah Stanbury, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor of Arts and Humanities

Susan Elizabeth Sweeney, Ph.D., Professor

Christine A. Coch, Ph.D., Associate Professor and Chair 

Oliver de la Paz, M.F.A., Associate Professor

Debra L. Gettelman, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Nadine M. Knight, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Sarah Luria, Ph.D., Associate Professor

Stephanie Reents, M.F.A., Associate Professor

Madigan Haley, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

K.J. Rawson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Jorge Santos, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Melissa Schoenberger, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Leah Hager Cohen, M.S., Visiting Professor

Roya Biggie, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor

Talia M. Vestri Croan, Cand. Ph.D., Visiting Instructor

Morris Collins, M.F.A., Visiting Lecturer

Joanna Huckins MacGugan, Cand. Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer

Joel Simundich, Ph.D., Visiting Lecturer

Language and literature lie at the heart of a liberal education. The study of English attends both to literary works of the imagination — poems, plays, novels, short stories, and non-fiction — and to language crafted to communicate.  Students increase mastery of written expression as they enlarge their appreciation of literary techniques.  By helping students develop into sensitive readers and powerful writers and speakers, courses in the English Department offer the added benefit of preparing students for graduate study in law, medicine, business, and education, and for careers in all professional fields that value effective communication.

Each semester the English Department offers approximately 25 upper-division courses as well as numerous courses for non-majors at the introductory and intermediate levels. Some courses are organized by historical period (Contemporary Irish Literature, American Renaissance, African-American Literature); some by literary type (Medieval Romances, 19th-Century Novel); and some by author (Shakespeare, T.S. Eliot).  Others are arranged regionally or thematically (Caribbean Literature, Rhetoric, Detective Fiction); some deal with aesthetics and criticism (Feminist Literary Theory, Queer Theory); and others focus on the craft of writing (Introduction to Academic Writing; Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry). Tutorials, seminars, and lecture courses on special topics are also offered.  Many of the Department’s courses are cross-listed with the College’s concentrations in Africana Studies; Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies; Latin American and Latino Studies; and Peace and Conflict Studies; as well as with interdisciplinary majors and minors including International Studies and Environmental Studies. 

English majors in the classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020 are required to take 11 courses in English, fulfilling the following specific requirements:

Two Introductory Courses, including:

1. Any Critical Reading and Writing (CRAW) course [e.g. Fiction, Drama, Multigenre] or Montserrat “L” course that is (a) taught by an English Faculty member AND (b) receives approval of its instructor to substitute for the CRAW requirement.

2. Poetry and Poetics (prerequisite see #1, above).

Two Intermediate Courses:

1. Touchstones I

2. Either Touchstones 2A or Touchstones 2B

If the student intends to study abroad in a non-English speaking country in the junior year, it is particularly important that these survey courses be completed in the sophomore year.

Seven Advanced Courses, fulfilling the following categories:

GROUP A (Pre-1800): 2 courses, each from a different period among Medieval, Renaissance, and 18th-Century historical periods.

GROUP B (19th century): 1 course from either the 19th-century British or 19th-century American historical period.

GROUP C (Marginalized Voices): 1 course. This group includes all courses focused on traditionally marginalized groups (i.e. courses that take as their primary focus literature or theory written by or about groups traditionally underrepresented in the canon — e.g. with respect to gender, ethnicity, class).

Group D (Theories and Methodologies): 1 course. This group includes all seminars and all courses that offer a sustained methodological or theoretical consideration of the study of literature or language (e.g.Queer Theory, Literary Theory, Composition Theory and Pedagogy, Rhetoric).

Advanced courses can simultaneously fulfill any of these four groups. That is, “double-dipping” or “triple-dipping” is allowed (e.g. a seminar on “Gender in the Renaissance” could conceivably fulfill Groups A, C, and D at the same time). The remaining courses required for the major can come from any of the upper-division courses listed below, including courses that are approved for Study Abroad and tutorials and honors theses devoted to British or American literature. Up to two creative writing courses (at any level) may also be counted among these courses. If the student is in the Teacher Certification Program, which requires a full semester during senior year, it is also necessary to take all of the requirements for the major by the end of the first term of the senior year.

The purpose of these requirements is to (1) provide a formal grounding in the many forms literature has taken over time; (2) introduce the student to the cultural and historical issues that shape literary responses to their times; and (3) advance the development of close reading and analytical writing skills begun in the introductory courses.

English majors in the class 2021 and later need only take Poetry & Poetics at the introductory level (i.e. they do NOT need to take a Critical Reading and Writing course or Montserrat course as a prerequisite), and must take 8 (rather than 7) upper-level English courses, six of which must be at the 300-level or higher.  All Touchstones and Group category requirements listed above remain the same.

Study Abroad: Students who study abroad for their junior year may transfer a maximum of four courses worth of credit toward the English major, with the exception that students studying at Oxford University or Trinity College, Dublin may transfer five courses worth of credit toward the major.

Creative Writing Concentration: Students have the opportunity to pursue a Creative Writing Concentration within the English major. The program allows students to specialize in poetry, fiction, or creative non-fiction prose. In order to complete the requirements of the Concentration, students take one introductory writing course (either Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry, or Introduction to Creative Writing: Narrative, which includes both fiction and non-fiction) as prerequisite to taking two Intermediate Creative Writing courses, choosing from Intermediate Poetry Workshop, Intermediate Fiction Workshop, and Intermediate Creative Non-fiction Workshop. Majors who complete the three course sequence will be certified as having completed the Concentration on their transcripts. Note that the limit of counting two Creative Writing Courses towards the English Major means that Creative Writing Concentrators will take a minimum of 12 courses in English rather than 11.

Creative Writing Minor: The Creative Writing Minor enables students who are not English majors to focus on the practice of creative writing, providing them with a solid grounding in literary reading as well as opportunities for interdisciplinary coursework.  The Creative Writing Minor requires (1) The three-course sequence required for the Creative Writing Concentration (see above), (2) Two literature courses, one of which must be at the English 300 level or above, and (3) one elective, which could be another English course, or (with the consultation of the Creative Writing Coordinator) could come from outside the English Department. In consultation with their advisors, students take literature courses that amplify their creative interests and suit their abilities.  For example, if a student is working primarily in fiction, she could enroll in a course in the novel genre.  To fulfill a non 300-level course possibility, students can take a relevant introductory or intermediate English course (e.g. CRAW: Fiction, Poetry and Poetics), a Creative Writing elective (e.g. Introduction to Screenwriting), a writing course (e.g. Intermediate Academic Writing), or a relevant non-English course (e.g. Creative Writing in Spanish, Studio Art, or a relevant computer coding course).  The point of these substitutions is to tailor the minor to the student’s interests.  For example, a Computer Science coding course might serve a student interested in narrative video game development, while a course in Photography or Film production might serve a student interested in multimedia creative composition.

Rhetoric and Composition Minor: The English Department offers courses (e.g. Intermediate Academic Writing, Rhetoric) that serve the interdisciplinary Rhetoric and Composition Minor, housed in the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.  See the Center's section of the catalog for a more complete description of the minor. 

The English Department Honors Program is designed for selected members of the senior class who have demonstrated excellence and an aptitude for independent research in their studies of English or American literature. Candidates for honors in English, who are admitted to the program in their junior year, must take a course in literary theory and a seminar, in addition to writing a two-semester senior English honors thesis. Only one semester of this thesis may count as a course toward the major. Admission to honors is by invited application to the English Honors Committee in the junior year. Students may be members of both the College Honors Program and the English Honors Program. Such students need write only one English thesis for both programs.

Sigma Tau Delta — the national English honor society, was established at Holy Cross in 1987. Eligible English majors are elected to membership and actively engage in the promotion of English studies.

Advanced Placement Credit: Students with AP credit in English are not awarded credit in the major or advanced placement in the English curriculum.

 

Courses

English Courses

Introductory Courses
English
110
Fall, spring

Devoted to improving the student’s writing through frequent revisions. Intensive work during the semester concentrates on the student’s own writing, which is examined in class and in conference with the instructor. Class size limited to 12 students. One unit.

English
121
Fall, spring

Course topics are the elements of fiction: narrative structures, various aspects of style, and point of view. This course is also devoted to the writing of student essays on the literature. One unit.

English
122
Fall, spring

Studies carefully dramas from the Western tradition selected because they clearly reflect both the elements of drama and the nature of genre. Professors emphasize the critical analysis of each text rather than performance of them, though each class will attempt to attend at least one production. Students will be asked to write a series of essays which demonstrate their growing ability to write well-organized analytic/argumentative essays. One unit.

English
123
Fall, spring

Examines the genres of literary non-fiction, including literary journalism, the personal essay, and the memoir. Among the literary techniques examined are aspects of style, narrative structure, and narrative voice. Equal emphasis falls on the student’s production of critical essays, which logically organize and persuasively present responses to the texts from a close reading. One unit.

English
124
Fall, spring

Compares different genres of literature and their elements, and can include any combination of the following: poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fiction. The course is organized around a particular theme, e.g. Civil War Literature, Writing about Place. Equal emphasis falls on helping students to write perceptive critical essays about the texts. One unit.

English
130
Fall, spring

This course presents an introduction to the poetic use of language. Exploring a broad range of poets, genres and periods, students will hone close reading skills and learn to discuss poetic form in critical and imaginative ways.  Required for English majors, who are encouraged to take this course as early as possible to prepare for more advanced literary study. Prerequisite: ENGL 121, 122, 123, or 124. One unit.

English
141
Fall, spring

An introductory course in the study of the form and technique of poetry. As readers of literature we study how a work of art and an artist’s vision is pieced together; as aspiring writers of literature we come to have a hands-on understanding of how a poem is created. Emphasis is on the intensive reading of modern and contemporary poems, though the assignments are creative. Class size limited to 12 students. One unit

English
142
Fall, spring

An introductory course in the study of the varied prose forms and techniques of fiction and non-fiction. Emphasis is on the intensive reading and writing of various prose forms. Lectures on form, language and finding material for inspiration. Class size limited to 12 students. One unit

Upper-Division Courses
English
200
Annually

A study of selected major works of British Literature. Non-majors only. One unit.

English
201
Annually

A study of selected major works of American Literature. Non-majors only. One unit.

English
210
Alternate years

Geared toward sophomores and juniors who aim to improve their academic writing. Focused on the student’s own writing with attention to developing arguments, critically engaging with sources, and improving organization and style. Students for whom English is a second language and students who come from a diverse or multicultural background are especially welcome. Students should expect frequent writing, revision, workshops, and conferences with the instructor. Class size limited to 12 students. One unit.

English
211
Every third year

Focuses on the study and practice of various types of writing about scientific phenomena; considers fundamental questions about the relationship between scientific and humanistic modes of inquiry. One unit.

English
212
Every third year

Covers the fundamentals of screenwriting (format, characterization, narrative arcs) through original creative work and close reading of example screenplays. Students will adapt a literary work to learn form, as well a draft, workshop, and revise their own scripts. Class size limited to 12. Permission of instructor required. One unit.

English
230
Fall, spring

This course examines the development of British literature from its beginnings to 1720, presenting at least six common texts while developing the close reading skills initiated at the introductory level of the major. Approved authors include Chaucer, Spenser, Shakespeare, Milton, Pope and Defoe. Should be taken after Poetry & Poetics and before any 300 level offering. One unit.

English
231
Fall, spring

This course examines the development of American literature from its beginnings to the present, presenting at least six common texts while developing the close reading skills initiated at the introductory level of the major. Approved authors include Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, Frederick Douglass, Robert Frost, William Faulkner and Toni Morrison. One of two courses that can fulfill the English major Touchstones 2 requirement. Should be taken after Poetry & Poetics and before any 300 level course. One unit.

English
232
Fall, spring

This course examines the development of British literature from 1720 to the present, presenting at least six common texts while developing the close reading skills initiated at the introductory level of the major. Approved authors include Wordsworth, Coleridge, Dickens, T.S. Eliot, Woolf, Beckett and Ishiguro. One of two courses that fulfill the Touchstones 2 requirement. Should be taken after Poetry & Poetics. One unit.

English
241
Fall, spring

For students who have taken Introduction to Poetry. A more advanced course on the reading and writing of poems with emphasis on prosody, writing in closed and open forms, and writing various types of poems. Lecture and workshop format with more attention to student writing. Class size limited to 12. Prerequisite: English 141 or 142. One unit.

English
242
Fall, spring

For students who have taken Introduction to Fiction. A more advanced course on the reading and writing of the short story with emphasis on refining the skills learned in the introductory course. Workshop format with lectures and readings. Class size limited to 12. Prerequisite: English 141 or 142. One unit

English
243
Fall, spring

For students who have taken Introduction to Non-fiction. A more advanced course on the reading and writing of essays with emphasis on the structural composition of longer, more investigative pieces. Class size limited to 12. One unit.

English
312
Every third year

A study of the flowering of the Romance genre in late medieval England. Exploration of Continental and Middle Eastern origins; focus on popular subject matters of Romance in England, including Robin Hood and King Arthur. One unit.

English
313
Every third year

Develops the student’s ability to deal directly with Middle English texts. Works read include Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, Piers Plowman, and a selection of romances, lyrics, and other 13th- and 14th-century texts. One unit.

English
314
Annually

A reading and critical discussion of the complete Middle English text of The Canterbury Tales and selected minor poems. One unit.

English
315
Every third year

An exploration of gender and sexuality in the Middle Ages in popular works of Arthurian romance, warrior epic, and saint’s life, as well as in letters and trial records. The course also draws on classical, medieval and modern gender theory relevant to topics under discussion, such as virginity, homosexuality, chivalry, and romantic love. One unit.

English
320
Every third year

An exploration of the “golden age” of English Renaissance literature during the reign of Elizabeth I, asking how texts interacted with the Queen, her court, the city of London, the English nation, and ultimately the New World. Readings include poetry, drama, and prose by Sidney, Shakespeare, Spenser, Donne, Harriot, Nashe, and Elizabeth herself. One unit.

English
324
Alternate years

A study of Milton’s early poems, Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes, and selections from the prose. One unit.

English
327
Every third year

An examination of representative plays from the “native tradition” of Medieval England (in translation) as well as those plays which were popular on the early modern stage when Shakespeare first began his career. One unit.

English
328
Every third year

A look at playwrights who are often dwarfed by Shakespeare, but who legitimately competed with him for that greatness. Other topics will include early modern notions of rivalry and collaboration, as well as the increasing tension between governing authorities and the theatre. One unit.

English
329
Fall, spring

A one-semester survey of the major works of Shakespeare, focusing on individual texts as representative of the stages in his dramatic development, with some discussion of Shakespearean stage techniques. One section each for majors and non-majors. One unit.

English
330
Every third year

An examination of theological and philosophical issues in Shakespeare’s plays, with emphasis on tragedies. There will be additional readings from a number of sources, including the Bible, Luther, Montaigne, and major Shakespearean critics. One unit.

English
336
Alternate years

A close examination of the novel as formal prose narrative. Novels by Defoe, Fielding, Richardson, Smollet, the Gothic novelists, Sterne, and Austen are considered in detail with collateral readings. One unit.

English
337
Every third year

A study of the development of 18th-century English poetry from the canonical Augustans, Dryden, Pope, Swift, Anne Finch and Lady Montagu through the mid-century and later work of Gray, Collins, the Wartons, Smart, Cowper, Charlotte Smith, Joanna Baillie and Anna Seward, ending with Blake’s lyrics. One unit.

English
338
Every third year

The course will focus on a variety of 18th-century prose, dramatic, and verse satires, including works by Defoe, Swift, Pope, and others. Special attention will be given to modes of satire (burlesque, parody, travesty, mock epic, etc.) as well as to the objectives of satire (amendment, punishment). One unit.

English
339
Every third year

A survey of English drama from Dryden to Sheridan, including heroic drama, Restoration comedy, sentimental developments of the 18th century, and the re-emergence of laughing comedy. One unit.

English
340
Alternate years

A study of selected writers from the Caribbean whose texts help to address the ways in which Caribbean literary thought and culture has evolved from the colonial times to the present. One unit.

English
341
Every third year

An advanced course in poetry writing. Only those who have completed the Creative Writing Concentration will be considered. Permission of instructor required. One unit.

English
342
Every third year

An advanced course in prose writing. Only those who have completed the Creative Writing Concentration will be considered. Permission of instructor required. One unit.

English
344
Alternate years

A study of the major writers of the Romantic movement – Edmund Burke, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Wordsworth, Dorothy Wordsworth, Coleridge, Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Byron, Keats, Hazlitt, Lamb, and DeQuincey. One unit.

English
345
Every third year

A study of novels, poetry, and prose writings by women writing during and after the Romantic Movement — Frances Burney, Jane Austen, the Brontes, Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, and others. One unit.

English
346
Every third year

A study of the British poetry and poetic theory composed during Queen Victoria’s reign (1837-1901). Authors treated may include Alfred Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, D. G. Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Matthew Arnold, and Gerard Manley Hopkins. One unit.

English
347
Every third year

A close examination of the British novel in the 19th century, including novels by Thackeray, Dickens, the Brontes, George Eliot, and Hardy. One unit.

English
348
Alternate years

A study of the evolution of contemporary American non-fiction narrative, which traces its roots to the 19th-century writing of Emerson and Thoreau. One unit.

English
349
Alternate years

A comparative study of two 19th-century American masters, who revolutionized American writing and made modern fiction possible. Consideration given to works throughout each author’s career and to the ways in which the formal innovations of each can illuminate the other’s work. One unit.

English
350
Every third year

A study of the development of cultural contact between Native Americans and Europeans, the Puritan experiment, and the founding of the nation from 1600-1830. One unit.

English
351
Alternate years

A study of the American Renaissance through selected prose and poetry of Poe, Dickinson, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Hawthorne, and Melville. One unit.

English
352
Alternate years

A study of the rise of variant expressions of realism, its evolution into naturalism, the revival of local color and the flowering of regionalism, all in response to the changing American scene through immigration, segregation, business, technology and other forces between the Civil War and World War I. One unit.

English
353
Every third year

A study of various genres in which 19th-century women engaged restrictive definitions of woman’s sphere. Authors treated may include Davis, Child, Stowe, Alcott, Dickinson, Phelps, and Wharton. One unit.

English
354
Every third year

A survey of how the Civil War and Reconstruction periods have been described in American literature, from both the northern and southern perspective. Possible works include selected Civil War poetry and speeches, Stephen Crane’s Red Badge of Courage, Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, and Charles Frazier’s Cold Mountain. One unit.

English
355
Every third year

This course examines Poe’s contribution as editor and critic; as pioneer of short fiction and science fiction; as inventor of the detective story; as author of strange and powerful poems; and as master of horror. It surveys recurrent topics such as doubleness, death, and insoluble mystery in Poe’s poems, essays, tales, and novel, within the broader context of 19th-century American culture. One unit.

English
356
Every third year

The course will examine the various traditional and heterodox ways in which American writers have conceptualized growing up. Characteristic writers of both fiction and non-fiction that might be examined include M. Twain, E. Wharton, W. Cather, J.D. Salinger, S. Millhauser, M. Robinson, T. Morrison, R. Baker, D. Barthelme, M.H. Kingston. One unit.

English
357
Every third year

A close analysis of the development of American poetry from the early 20th century up to the contemporary period, including such poets as Pound, Eliot, Williams, Crane, Frost, Stevens, Bishop, and others. One unit.

English
358
Alternate years

A study of the emergence of Modernism and other currents in the American novel from 1900 to the contemporary period. One unit.

English
359
Every third year

A study of the writers of the so-called Southern Renaissance that began in the 1920s because of Old and New South tensions, including such figures as Faulkner, Penn Warren, Welty, Tate, Ransom, Styron, Flannery O’Connor, and Tennessee Williams. One unit.

English
360
Every third year

A study of selected contemporary writers from the African Diaspora who are mostly living in Britain and the United States. Such writers include Claude McKay, Jamaica Kincaid, Samuel Selvon, Caryl Phillips, Erna Brodber, Eric Walrond and Curdella Forbes. One unit.

English
361
Alternate years

A study of the relationship between international modernism and the cultural nationalism of the Irish Literary Revival. Authors treated include Oscar Wilde, G. B. Shaw, W. B. Yeats, Lady Augusta Gregory, James Joyce, Sean O’Casey, Elizabeth Bowen, Samuel Beckett, and Liam O’Flaherty, among others. One unit.

English
362
Every third year

A close study of Eliot’s poetry, criticism, and drama, including unpublished and lesser-known writings. One unit.

English
363
Every third year

A close study of Joyce’s modernist epic novel Ulysses as an experimental narrative; preceded by a close reading of A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man or Dubliners. One unit.

English
364
Alternate years

A study of the prose, poetry, and drama produced in Northern Ireland and the Republic from the last quarter of the 20th century to the present. Writers studied include Boland, Doyle, Friel, Heaney, and Ni Dhomhnaill as well as those less familiar to American readers, and readings are explored in light of relevant contemporary cultural concerns such as sectarianism and secularization, globalization, gender and race,the rise and fall of the Celtic Tiger, and post-colonial identity, among others. One unit.

English
365
Every third year

A study of the major British poets in the 20th century, including Hardy, the Georgians, the Imagists, Lawrence, Yeats, Eliot, Auden, and Dylan Thomas. One unit.

English
366
Alternate years

A study of developments in the British novel from 1900-1950, with an emphasis on Modernist texts, through an examination of works by novelists such as Forster, Joyce, Woolf, Lawrence, Rhys, Greene, and Waugh. One unit.

English
367
Every third year

A study of the history of female authorship in America, emphasizing the ways in which individual women circumvented cultural proscriptions against female reading and writing, and manipulated existing literary genres in order to make their voices heard. One unit.

English
368
Annually

A survey of the literary tradition from slave narratives to contemporary writing by authors of African and African-American descent, with emphasis on the tradition’s oral beginnings and the influence of the vernacular on the written literature. One unit.

English
369
Every third year

A study of developments in drama from 1890 to 1960 in England, America, and on the Continent through an examination of selected works of such playwrights as Ibsen, Chekhov, Shaw, Pirandello, O’Neill, Brecht, Williams, and Beckett. One unit.

English
370
Every third year

A study of the theory of tragedy in dramatic and non-dramatic literature. Readings in Greek tragedians, Latin and Continental, as well as English and American literature. One unit.

English
371
Every third year

A study of detective fiction from its 19th-century beginnings (Poe, Doyle) to the British Golden Age (Christie, Sayers), and recent metaphysical parodies of the genre (Pynchon, Auster). One unit.

English
372
Alternate years

An investigation of literature by African-American authors dating from the 1970s to the present day in the genres of science fiction/fantasy, mystery, memoir, novels exploring gender and sexuality, and cultural theory, with emphasis on the issues of visibility and invisibility as well as the theme of the American Dream. One unit.

English
373
Every third year

A study of G.K. Chesterton as a novelist and essaying, in relation to other modern thinkers and writers, including Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche, Joseph Conrad, Walter Pater, Leo Tolstoy, and H.G. Wells. This course is especially recommended for students interested in the Catholic intellectual tradition. One unit.

English
374
Every third year

This course takes its title from Northrop Frye’s book, “The Great Code.” Studies what Frye calls the “mythological universe” of the Bible that stretches from creation to the end of the world, looking particularly at the narrative structures of the Bible and its recurrent patterns of imagery. One unit.

English
375
Every third year

A survey of representative Asian American literature from early twentieth century immigrant narratives to contemporary writings. Examines Asian American literary production and its main literary themes. One unit.

English
376
Every third year

A study of the rise and development of the “postmodern” novel in Britain from the late 1960’s to the present, including works by Rhys, Fowles, Lodge, Rushdie, Weldon, Winterson, Amis, and Barnes. Topics to be discussed include: postmodernism, historicity, post-colonialism, pop culture, and constructions of race/gender/sexuality. One unit.

English
378
Every third year

Explores award-winning British and American literature of the new millennium in an attempt to “take the pulse” of what’s going on in our most contemporary literature. Texts are read in the contexts of late 20th-century literary and theoretical movements such as: postmodernism, post-colonialism, gender studies, and multiculturalism. One unit.

English
379
Every third year

A study of developments in Anglo-American drama from 1960 to the present through the work of playwrights such as Shepard, Mamet, Wasserstein, Norman, Hare, Churchill, Wilson, Fugard, Parks, and Kushner. One unit.

English
380
Alternate years

A study of drama from various epochs and genres, inquiring how legal systems shape plays centered on questions of justice and how drama itself critiques different systems of law. One unit.

English
381
Annually

A consideration of rhetorical theory in the classical texts of Plato and Aristotle, an analysis of some famous examples of persuasive eloquence, and the student’s own exercise of persuasive speech on subjects of public concern. One unit.

English
382
Every third year

Built upon but departing from the identity-based approach of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) Studies, Queer Theory critically investigates cultural normativities related to sexuality, sex, and gender. This highly theoretical course will introduce students to the foundational thinkers of the field, including Foucault, Sedgwick, and Butler. We will also consider literary works that enact queer theory. One unit.

English
383
Every third year

An examination of major directions in 20th-century feminist literary theory, with study of works by writers such as Charlotte Bronte, Chopin, Gilman, Woolf, Atwood, and Morrison. Theory may address such issues as gendered reading and writing, representation of the body and sexuality, gender/race/class, feminism and ideology. One unit.

English
384
Every third year

A study of the aims and procedures of literary criticism and of representative approaches, both ancient and modern. Selected readings from influential critics from Plato and Aristotle to the late 20th century, with application to literary works. One unit.

English
385
Alternate years

An introduction to some of the major positions in modern and contemporary literary criticism: the “old” and “new” historicisms, formalism, reader-response criticism, structuralism, hermeneutics, deconstruction, critique of ideology, and cultural studies. Seeks to clarify literary criticism’s place among the contemporary disciplines. One unit.

English
387
Annually

An investigation of how people learn to write, and how they can be helped to write better. Topics include individual composing processes, academic discourse constraints, and cultural influences on writing. This by-permission course is required for all students who wish to become peer tutors in the Holy Cross Writer’s Workshop. One unit.

English
388
Every third year

Jews have dispersed all over the world, while retaining a collective identity based in their religious culture and attachment to the Promised Land. This course explores literature (from different times and places — mostly written in English) that treats their experiences of living in exile and returning to homeland. One unit.

English
399
Fall, spring

The study of a special problem or topic in literature or language, or a body of literature outside present course listings. Representative examples include: Renaissance Love Lyric, Arthurian Tradition, Contemporary Women Writers, Renaissance Women Writers, 19th-century Novel & Crime, Frost/Stevens. One unit.

Advanced Courses
English
400
Fall, spring

Permission of the instructor and/or the department chair ordinarily required for such courses. One unit

English
401, 405
Annually

Advanced seminars are classes with prerequisites that offer the student an opportunity to pursue an ambitious independent project and to take more responsibility for class experience. Some recent advanced courses have been: Book as Text/Object; Keats and Wordsworth; Gender in the Renaissance; Austen: Fiction to Film; Shakespeare’s Romances; Literary Constructions of Romantic Love; Tolkien; Slavery & the Literary Imagination; and Shakespeare’s Comedies.
One unit each semester.

English
407, 408
Annually

Candidates selected from invited applicants to the English Honors Committee. Two semesters credit, granted at end of second semester. One unit each semester.

English
409
Fall, spring

English Honors thesis students and College Honors English thesis students. One-half credit, granted at end of second semester.