Santa Clara University


English Course Descriptions

Below is a description of courses offered in the Department of English


English - Undergraduate

  • 1
    Composition and Rhetoric
    Study and practice of academic discourse emphasizing rhetorical knowledge and the composing processes, with special focus on critical contexts for thinking, reading, and writing. Attention to the rhetorical relationship of writer, subject, purpose, and audience and the recursive nature of the writing process, including drafting, responding to feedback, and revising.
  • 1A
    Critical Thinking & Writing I
    First course in a two-course, themed sequence featuring study and practice of academic discourse, with emphasis on critical reading and writing, composing processes, and rhetorical situation. There are course by course variations as to the theme of the course.
  • 1H
    Critical Thinking and Writing I: Honors
    First course in a two-course, themed sequence featuring study and practice of academic discourse, with emphasis on critical reading and writing, composing processes, and rhetorical situation. There are course by course variations as to the theme of the course.
  • 2
    Composition & Rhetoric II
    Composition & Rhetoric II
  • 2
    Composition and Rhetoric II
    A continuation of Composition and Rhetoric I topics in critical thinking, reading, and writing with focus on increasingly complex rhetorical tasks, including attention to such issues as genre, multiple audiences and authorial voices, and collaborative work. There are course by course variations as to the theme of the course. Prerequisite: ENGL 1.
  • 2A
    Critical Thinking & Writing II
    Second course in a two-course, themed sequence featuring more advanced study and practice of academic discourse, with additional emphasis on information literacy and skills related to developing and organizing longer and more complex documents.
  • 2H
    Critical Thinking and Writing II:Honors
    A continuation of Critical Thinking and Writing I topics in critical thinking, reading, and writing with focus on increasingly complex rhetorical tasks, including attention to such issues as genre, multiple audiences and authorial voices, and collaborative work. There are course by course variations as to the theme of the course. Prerequisite: ENGL 1H.
  • 3
    Composition & Rhetoric Lab
    A one-unit writing lab taken in conjunction with the SCU Bridge Program section of English 1. Enrollment by permission of instructor only.
  • 11H
    Cultures & Ideas I: Hnrs
    A two-course sequence focusing on a major theme in human experience and culture over a significant period of time. Courses emphasize either broad global interconnections or the construction of Western culture in its global context. Courses may address Barbarians and Savages, and other topics.
  • 11A
    Cultures and Ideas I
    A two-course sequence focusing on a major theme in human experience and culture over a significant period of time. Courses emphasize either broad global interconnections or the construction of Western culture in its global context. Courses may address Cross Cultural Contact; Nature and Imagination; and other topics.
  • 12H
    Cultures & Ideas II: Hnrs
  • 12A
    Cultures and Ideas II
    A two-course sequence focusing on a major theme in human experience and culture over a significant period of time. Courses emphasize either broad global interconnections or the construction of Western culture in its global context. Courses may address Cross Cultural Contact; Nature and Imagination; and other topics.
  • 14
    Introduction to Literary History and Interpretation
    "Introduction to English studies, including the practice of close reading, the study of genre, and the understanding of literary and cultural history. Readings will be drawn from literatures in English from various historical periods and in various genres. Includes attention to interpretation, research in and among old and rare books, and practice writing in both print and digital forms."
  • 15
    Introduction to Cultural Studies and Literary Theory
    In this course, one of three foundation courses for the English major, we will explore ways of thinking and writing about the relationships among literature, culture, and society. We will examine some of the most influential theoretical and critical approaches to literature and culture of the 20th and 21st centuries, including New Criticism, reader-response theory, psychoanalysis, Marxism, poststructuralism and deconstruction, feminism and gender studies, postcolonialism and critical race theory. Students will also develop skills in applying these approaches to their own analyses and interpretations of literary works and cultural texts such as films.
  • 16
    Introduction to Writing and Digital Publication
    Introduction to current scholarship and major issues in writing studies, including digital literacy and publication. Readings will cover such topics as: civic discourse and rhetorics of social justice; composition and multiliteracies; argumentation and logic; visual rhetoric and principles of design. Participants will publish their coursework in an electronic portfolio.
  • 20
    Introduction to Literary Study
    The foundation course of the English major program, ENGL 20 introduces students to the discursive and critical skills required for the study of literature, emphasizing critical reading and writing, and requires practice in using various techniques of literary research. Required of all English majors and minors. Restricted to English majors and minors and Creative Writing minors only. Prerequisites: ENGL 1 and 2 or 1A and 2A. Fulfills the Foundation req. in the English major.
  • 21
    Introduction to Poetry
    This course is designed to show students how to read and enjoy poetry. 'Enjoyment' will arise from feeling the rhythm, hearing the verbal music, savoring the rimes, laughing at the wit, and experiencing the emotions and moods of all kinds of poetry. Conducted as a workshop, the course will introduce students to critical techniques such as explication, analysis, and critical evaluation. It will consist of lots of reading, writing, and discussion. Ideally, it will provide students with the skills required for a sophisticated interpretation of the poetry encountered in upper-division courses. Fulfills the Foundation req. in the English major.
  • 25
    Reading Film
    An introduction to the history, genres, directors, screenwriters, and technical background of movie-making through the viewing of film masterpieces. Fulfills the Additional Historically Grounded req. in the English major.
  • 31
    Survey of American Literature I
    An introduction to the various and intersecting traditions of American literature from the European arrival in the New World to the Civil War. A representative selection of writers and genres will be read within their cultural, historical, and literary contexts, ranging from cross-cultural contact and Revolution to transcendentalism and slavery debates.
  • 32
    Survey of American Literature II
    An historical survey of American literature from the Civil War until recent times.
  • 35
    African American Literature
    This course will provide insight into what some might call an emerging literary tradition; in this case we will examine the literary tradition of African American writing from slavery through the 1970s by both male and female novelists and poets. Themes of confining spaces, struggles for voice, and the search for identity, and the meanings of freedom are some of the prominent themes that will be discussed. Cross listed with ETHN 36.
  • 35G
    African American Women Writers
    Dreaming in Color: Women, Race, Class, and Sexuality in Harlem Renaissance Fiction: A study of women writers of the Harlem Renaissance period, illustrating the intersection of gender, race, and class. We will read, discuss, and write about paradigms that lead to inequity and injustice while analyzing themes of gender empowerment, miscegenation, colorism, passing, sexuality, and motherhood. Using poetry, short stories, plays, and film, we will identify how these women engaged in acts of resistance as they sought to rescue themselves from negative stereotypes and redefine themselves in the new world. Cross listed with ETHN 35.
  • 36
    Chicano Literature
    This is an introductory course on contemporary literature written by mestizo authors who call themselves Chicanos. The term, mestizo, literally means "mixed-breed" (often compared to the term mulatto) and has been transformed into a nationality by those Chicano writers whose works we will examine. This course includes a brief history of the spiritual origins of the Chicano Movement, the Chicano poet as historian, the Aztec myths and Native North American prophecies from which a Chicano aesthetic, through archetypes, is found. We will focus our attention in this class on the oral traditions inherent in the legends, prose, poetry, songs and drama written during and after the Chicano Movement.
  • 37
    Native American Literature
    This course offers an introduction to Native American literature through reading selected nineteenth and (mostly) twentieth century works by authors from a variety of tribes and regions. Our reading list will likely include Yellow Bird's Joaquín Murieta, set in California during the Gold Rush (and the first published novel by a Native American); Zitkala-a's autobiographical stories of Dakota life before and after Indian boarding school; Louise Erdrich's canonical Love Medicine; Greg Sarris's biography of his aunt, a Pomo medicine woman; and Sherman Alexie's collection of short stories, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. Students will also have an opportunity to be exposed to a variety of Native American texts beyond the syllabus.
  • 38
    Asian American Literature
    Introduction to Asian American literatures.
  • 39
    Multicultural Literature of the United States
    We will read, discuss, and write about U.S. multicultural literatures, primarily short fiction, but also essays, autobiographical texts, and poems that reflect the diversity of cultures, perspectives, and voices in the U.S., focusing primarily on the 20th and 21st centuries. We will also read some historical and theoretical texts that explore ideas about race, ethnicity, and multiculturalism in U.S. history and literature. We will explore questions of power and difference; racial, ethnic, gendered, and national identities; and the relations between literary works and their cultural, social, political, and historical contexts. Many of our readings will reflect traditions and cultures that have been under-represented in the American literary canon: Chicano/a and Latino/a, Asian American, African American, and Native American. We will also explore other identities and cultures (e.g., multiracial, immigrant, gay and lesbian, Jewish) that have helped to shape American literature and society. We will also see at least one film and occasional videos related to the authors and issues we will be discussing.
  • 39G
    Multicultural Literature of the United States
    Short stories, film, autobiography, and poetry from many cultural communities in the United States with particular attention to gender as it intersects with race, class, sexuality ethnicity, disability and age. Also listed as WGST 16.
  • 41
    Survey of English Literature I
    A survey of major English works from the Anglo-Saxon, Middle English, and Renaissance periods which includes Beowulf, Chaucer, Shakespeare, and Donne, this course explores history and culture as well as literature. Fulfills the Medieval req. in the English major.
  • 42
    Survey of English Literature II
    A survey of major English works from the Neo-Classical and Romantic periods including authors such as Dryden, Pope, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Shelley, and Keats; this course explores ways that changes in the historical milieux (including intellectual and cultural cross-currents) affected themes, genres, and styles.
  • 43
    Survey of English Literature III
    A survey of major English works from the Victorian, Edwardian, and modern periods.
  • 54
    Readings in selected major plays. Combines writing instruction with a close reading of literary texts to serve as subjects and stimuli for writing. Prerequisites: ENGL 1 and 2.
  • 66
    Radical Imagination
    Survey of historical novels on the Haitian Revolution to the present day. Students will analyze how American writers use Haiti as a trope to explore ideas of cultural identity, rebellion, and freedom and make connections to the large and often neglected tradition of political radicalism in the United States. (4 units)
  • 67
    U.S. Gay and Lesbian Literature
    Development of gay and lesbian literature in the United States from the mid-19th century to the present. Texts may include novels, short stories, poetry, and drama. Cross listed with WGST 34.
  • 68
    Literature and Women
    This course will focus on contemporary American women fiction writers (those writing from about 1960 to the present). We will examine how these writers explore and sometimes explode social and cultural ideas about gender, especially as these intersect with issues of race, class, and sexuality. We will focus on fiction (short stories and probably two novels), although we will also read some relevant theoretical and critical essays. Writers will likely include Sandra Cisneros, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Jhumpa Lahiri, Tillie Olsen, Margaret Atwood, Maxine Hong Kingston, Barbara Kingsolver, Ursula Le Guin, Louise Erdrich, Adrienne Rich, Gloria Anzaldua, and bell hooks.
  • 69
    Literature by Women Writers of Color
    This course is designed to introduce and familiarize students with how Black women poets, novelists, dramatists, and theorists across the globe describe and analyze the changing literary discourses of race, gender, identity, resistance, freedom, and nationhoods from the intellectual and activist traditions of the 1960s to the present moment. Cross-listed with WGST 15.
  • 71
    Fiction Writing
    An intensive introduction to fiction writing, we will develop skills for creating the most truthful, vivid, and surprising short fiction possible. We'll read about and discuss the elements of narrative craft; study numerous short stories by masters of the form; and develop our short fiction through exercises, workshops, and one-on-one conferences.
  • 72
    Poetry Writing
    This introduction to the writing of poetry will provide a workshop setting in which to explore the pleasures and challenges of writing poetry. We will experiment with the elements of craft and read poems by established poets for models to develop skills in writing, evaluating, and revising original material.
  • 73
    Life Writing
    Introduction to reading contemporary models of life writing and writing memoir, autobiography, and dramatic non-fiction in a workshop setting. This course will also provide students with an introduction to the theory and practice of writing in the context of the spiritual journey. In so doing, we will explore the hypothesis that autobiography and the contemplative life, if practiced regularly and sincerely, has the effect of increasing one's levels of awareness, compassion, and wisdom, while decreasing stress and anxiety.
  • 73S
    Life Writing
    Topic: Creative Writing II: Human Spaces Human spaces are where comedy meet tragedy, where the personal meets the public, where are meets life. Under the guidance of expert writers and teachers you will explore these spaces through two of the most powerful modes of human expression: memoir and drama. Through a rich mix of writing exercises and practical workshop sessions, you will learn how to make literature out of your own experience, and take major steps towards writing for the stage. You will also have the opportunity to visit sites of historic and natural beauty to inspire your writing. Highlights: Fulfills CORE 3rd Writing. Performing Arts credit approval pending. The course will culminate in performance of students work in front of a live audience at the Macrobert Arts Centre. The bill will be headlined by a leading Scottish writer.
  • 77
    Business Communication in Online Environments
    Instruction and practice in adapting classical writing techniques to the requirements of the online world, with an emphasis on defining and understanding usability requirements for audience, content, format, interactivity, and graphics. Recommended for business majors, technical writers. Prerequisite: ENGL 1 and 2. (4 units) NCX
  • 78
    Writing for Ethics in Biotechnology & Genetics
    Writing for Ethics in Biotechnology & Genetics. This course provides students supervised practice in critical reading and writing related to ethical issues in biotechnology and genetics. Students will develop active reading practices that enhance their ability to comprehend, analyze and assimilate abstracts, journal articles and other course readings. Students will also develop strategic writing processes for taking tests, preparing poster sessions and presentations, and submitting papers. Must be enrolled in Biology 171. Core: Advanced Writing
  • 79A
    Writing & Non-Western Culture
    Instruction and practice in writing critically about selected literary and cultural texts. Topics vary from section to section. Combines writing instruction with close reading of non-Western literary texts that serve as subjects and stimuli for writing. May be taken more than once when topics differ. Prerequisites: ENGL 1A and 2A.
  • 79G
    Writing About Lit & Culture
    This course focuses on the intersections between writing and 20th century African American culture. Our critical readings will provide a lens to analyze in discussion and by writing journal responses and three formal essays the primary readings at-hand. We will use writing as a way to tease out theories of black gender politics. The purpose of our study is to use discussion and writing as a way to understand how numerous theoretical frameworks assist us in engaging black sexual and gender politics within a historical and contemporary context. This course includes film screenings and a field trip to the theater, so do not miss out!
  • 79T
    Writing About Lit & Culture
    Instruction and practice in writing critically about selected literary works. Topics vary from section to section. Combines writing instruction with a close reading of literary texts to serve as subjects and stimuli for writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 1 and 2. Fulfills the Core Curriculum third-writing requirement for non-English majors and the Core World Cultures--Global/Thematic requirements.
  • 79R
    Writing About Literature & Culture
    Instruction and practice in writing critically about selected literary works. Topics vary from section to section. Combines writing instruction with a close reading of literary texts to serve as subjects and stimuli for writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 1 and 2. Fulfills the Core Curriculum third-writing requirement for non-English majors and the Core World Cultures--Area/Regional requirement.
  • 79
    Writing about Literature and Culture
    This is a discussion-oriented, writing-intensive course aimed at preparing us to be perceptive readers of texts and persuasive writers of academic arguments. We will examine images of and ideas about the body in literature, television, and filmfrom the medieval to the postmodernwith particular emphasis on representations of gender, the monstrous/marvelous body, and disability. Questions we will consider include: How are cultural constructions of monstrous, marvelous, or disabled bodies used to delineate as well as problematize ideas of the normal body? What is the relationship between the body and identity and how do bodies serve as material sites for expressing cultural attitudes about love, power, knowledge, justice, and technology? We will begin with the uses of disabled, fragmented, and monstrous bodies in Beowulf and Game of Thrones, and consider (among other possibilities) how these unruly bodies disrupt normative ways of perceiving the world. We will also consider the work of the body in Shakespeares Othello (and its screen adaptations), including how representations of the body and gender are used to articulate emerging categories of race, nationhood, and sexuality. As we work toward approaches to the postmodern and posthuman body our reading of Katherine Dunns science fiction novel, Geek Love, will lead us to investigate the commodification of the freak and probe the metaphorical uses of disabled bodies to speak to tortured emotional states. Finally, in analyzing Christopher Nolans film, Memento, we will explore approaches to disability that question mind/body divisions and re-imagine the body as a writing space for the construction of memory and identity.
  • 91
    Supervised practical application of previously studied subject matter. May be related to the California Legacy Project or to the Santa Clara Review. Students are graded P/NP only. May be repeated for credit. Cross listed with ENGL 191.
  • 100
    Literature & Democracy
    Studies of selected authors, works, and genres associated with the effort to extend political, social, and economic democracy. Possible major authors include Langston Hughes, Michael Gold, Meridel LeSueur, Tillie Olsen, Kenneth Fearing, Upton Sinclair, Emma Goldman, Frank Norris, Nelson Algren, Richard Wright, Dorothy Allison, Thomas King, and others.
  • 101
    General survey of the science of linguistics: phonology, morphology, syntax, grammar, and usage.
  • 102
    Theories of Modern Grammar
    Analysis of the basic problems of describing grammatical structure: traditional, structural, and transformational-generative grammars. (5 units)
  • 103
    History of the English Language
    This course is a historical survey of the origin, structure, and development of the English language. Special attention will be given to the vocabulary and syntax of Old and Middle English as well as of Modern English
  • 104
    Teaching English as a Second Language
    Introduction to theories of instruction; survey of methods and materials used in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. (5 units)
  • 105
    Literacy and Social Justice
    This course examines how people learn to read and write in a variety of multicultural contexts. It explores theories about literacy and cultural identity, and literacy and social inequality. Readings include studies of workplace literacy, literacy variation across cultures in the U.S., and gender and literacy. (5 units) Fulfills the Theory and Writing req's in the English major.
  • 106
    Advanced Writing
    We will analyze nature writing, essays, short stories, and art and will focus on how writers and artists have shaped understandings of the wild. As we consider these texts, we will also analyze how these works influence our own beliefs regarding what is wild and will compose a range of essays so as to understand better how the wild is understood, constructed, used, and abused. The ultimate goalalong with improving writing and research skillsis to see how writing might transform our relationship with nature for the better.
  • 106EL
    Advanced Writing
    Students in this course will read and write about what it means to be a good citizen in the 21st century. Relationships of individuals to states, global population movements, and formations of communities have all changed recently. When politicians, economists, and academics struggle with theories of global citizenship, they are labeled visionary. When laborers struggle with the realities of global citizenship, they are labeled differently. Both of these groups are trying to answer the question of what it means to be a good citizen. Note: This course requires participation in community-based learning (CBL) experiences off campus.
  • 107L
    Life Stories & Film Lab
    In this course, students will learn various media, editing, and production techniques needed to successfully complete a 5-minute trailer for the documentary film proposal they are writing in the companion course, English 107.
  • 107
    Life Stories and Film
    Focusing on the intersection of film and narrative, the course is grounded in powerful life stories of Holocaust survivors. Along with studying oral histories, students read theoretical texts about memory, cinema, and testimony, and they examine documentary films based on life stories. The final project is a proposal for a short documentary film and a trailer made as a digital media project. The course includes a required 2-unit media lab component.
  • 107
    Special Topics
  • 108
    Writing About Medicine: Issues & Debates
    How far should scientific inquiry go? When do scientists question whether experiments go too far? How do scientists determine whether studies should continue and whether to publish specific findings? Through case studies this course teaches students to comprehend why scientists question certain experiments and how scientists enter into informed dialogue about such questions so scientific inquiry can be advanced for a social good. This course also requires students to conduct scholarly research into why scientists arrive at different conclusions regarding specific topics (e.g., scientists differing views about paying organ donors). Students will analyze how those competing perspectives impact society. Prerequisites: ENGL 1A and 2A.
  • 109
    Literature and Performance
    Also listed as THTR 172. For course description see THTR 172. Formerly listed as ENGL 194.
  • 110
    Classical Tragedy
    Also listed as CLAS 181 and THTR 181. For course description see CLAS 181. Fulfills Additional Historically-Grounded course for the English major.
  • 111
    Classical Comedy
    Also listed as CLAS 182 and THTR 182. For course description see CLAS 182.
  • 112B
    Seminar in Theatre & Dance After 1700
    Course topics include Musical Theatre after the 1700's, works of Sondheim, Asian Drama, August Wilson. Can be repeated for credit as topics vary. Cross listed with THTR 189.
  • 112A
    Seminar in Theatre & Dance Prior to 1700
    Course topics include: Medieval Drama, Commedia Dell'Arte, Elizabethan and Restoration Drama, Classic Drama East and West.
  • 112
    Topics in Theatre and Drama
    Also listed as THTR 112 or 113 For course description see THTR 112 or 113 (5 units)
  • 113
    British Drama
    Modern British Drama: Empire, war, class, gender, and race on the British stage from Queen Victoria to the present, in the plays of Oscar Wilde, George Bernard Shaw, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, and Caryl Churchill, among others. Fulfills the 20th century historically-grounded course requirement for English majors; crosslisted with the Department of Theatre and Dance, and fulfills one of the elective requirements for majors.
  • 116
    Shakespeare's Tragedies
    Shakespeare's tragedies explore the deepest conflicts of the human heart--moments of decision, discord, and despair while affirming the beauty of our human potential. Examining the characters' conflicts and choices, this course will focus upon tragic theory and the tragic personality in four major tragedies: Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Macbeth and Othello. Also listed as THTR 116.
  • 116
    Special Topics
  • 117
    Shakespeare's Comedies
    A selection of Shakespeare's most important comedies will enable us to explore the plays in as much detail as possible. Plays to be studied represent Shakespeare's early, middle, and later work; differing traditions and conventions of comedy; and varieties of comic experience, including, in modern critical terms, romantic comedy; dark, or so-called problem comedy; and a late play (classified in the First Folio of 1623 as a comedy, and drawing on the newly developing Renaissance genre of tragicomedy). We will give particular attention to discussion of the plays complex cultural and historical contexts as well as to the ways in which Shakespearean comedy explores issues of gender. Required writing, attendance at productions, oral reports, and the option of in-class performance work are all done to stimulate close analysis of the text and discussion of important topics. Also listed as THTR 117. Fulfills 17th century in the English major.
  • 118
    Shakespeare Studies
    Renaissance playwrights like Shakespeare interpreted history and classical literature through Italian, French, and English translations. They were also influenced by native traditions and medieval legends. Shakespeare's plays about ancient Greece and Rome reflect his attempt to synthesize ambiguous and often conflicting values. We will be studying: Titus Andronicus, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Troilus and Cressida, Pericles, and Coriolanus. Also listed as THTR 118.
  • 119
    Modern American Theatre History (1915Present)
    Also listed as THTR 119. For course description, see THTR 119. (5 units)
  • 120
    Studies in Comparative Cinema
    Study and analysis of cross-cultural contact in the contexts of border crossings and border killings in fiction and film. What happens when European, Latin American and North American cultures clash? How do communities react to immigration and border crossings in this world of globalization? How is the Latin American and border experience represented in literature and film?
  • 121
    Studies in American Film
    Course focuses on the ethnic experience in literature and films. How does history become his/her story as narrations on the printed page and on celluloid take on life? How do these renderings transform identity politics and gendered subjectivity as they attempt to invest survival in between worlds with a new meaning?
  • 122
    Film and Culture
    Film and Culture taken off campus through an affiliated study abroad program
  • 122
    Film, Gender and Sexuality
    "This upper division class, intended primarily for juniors and seniors, explores various types of lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender film to address the question, ""What is queer cinema?"" Readings cover a range of film theory from historical, feminist, activist, cultural studies, and queer theory perspectives. Cross-listed as WGST 134.
  • 122AW
    Film, Gender, & Sexuality
    This course explores cultural representations and social constructions of the gendered human body and sexuality. Students will be encouraged to focus on cross-connections between the categories of gender, sexuality, and the body. Gender and sexuality are constructed through other categories such as race, ethnicity, age, and physical disability, and this course therefore has a significant diversity component. As categories of gender and sexuality occasion both privilege and oppression, social justice is an essential theme in this course. Cross-listed with WGST 134AW.
  • 123H
    Studies in the History of Literary Theory
    Literature and Ethics: Does literature contribute to the ethical development of individuals and/or society? Can individual literary works (and other imaginative works, such as films) be morally improving or morally harmful for their audiences? If so, how and why? This course will explore such questions through reading and discussion of classic and contemporary texts in literary theory and philosophy--from Plato to the present--that have explored the relationship between literature and ethics, and through our own analyses of selected short stories, Vladimir Nabokov's infamous novel Lolita, and Barbara Kingsolver's novel The Bean Trees. This course is cross-listed with Honors. This course fulfills the English major requirement for an upper-division Theory Course.
  • 123
    Studies in the History of Literary Theory: Literature and Ethics
    Does literature contribute to the ethical development of individuals and/or society? Can individual literary texts (and other imaginative works, such as films) be morally improving or morally harmful for their audiences? If so, how and why? This course will explore such questions through reading and discussion of classic and contemporary texts in literary theory and philosophy--from Plato to the present--that have explored the relationship between literature and ethics, and through our own analyses of selected short stories and Vladimir Nabokov's infamous novel "Lolita."
  • 124
    Studies in Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory
    We all read and love novels, but just what is a novel? When and where did the novel as a genre emerge historically, and how has it developed since? How do novels create or challenge notions of self, reality, time, desire? And what is it about novels that allow us to lose ourselves in their imagined worlds? This course provides the opportunity to study the history, the genre, and multiple theories of the novel. In addition to reading a good deal of novel theory, we will also read selected English-language novels (both British and American) of the 18th century--the century that, most scholars agree, gave birth to the novel. This course can satisfy the theory or the eighteenth-century historically grounded requirement for the English major..
  • 125
    Feminist Literary Theory and Criticism
    Course explores recent feminist literary theory and criticism, from an interdisciplinary and multicultural perspective. Examines the social and cultural constructions of gender and the intersections among gender, race, class, and sexuality. In addition to reading feminist theoretical texts, we will read and analyze several works of fiction and poetry. Course includes interdisciplinary work in gender studies, body studies, gay and lesbian studies, and multicultural feminism. Emphasis on seminar-style discussion of literary and theoretical texts and issues. Cross-listed with the Women's and Gender Studies Program, for which it fulfills the Theory requirement. Also fulfills the English major requirement for a course in Theory/Methodology and can be counted for the English major gender/sexuality requirement. Cross listed with WGST 163.
  • 126
    Creative Writing & Social Justice
    This course will explore the intersections of creative writing, social justice, and vocation with special attention to issues of poverty and homelessness.  Students will read and write creative prose and poetry, have a community-based learning placement, and learn from several guest speakers. Note: This course requires participation in community-based learning (CBL) experiences off campus.
  • 127
    Writing Genre Fiction
    Introduction to and practice in planning and drafting works of genre fiction (historical, science fiction, magical realism, fantasy) for an adult or young adult audience.
  • 128
    Studies in the Literature of the Middle Eastern and Islamic World
    Exploration of selected texts of the Middle Eastern and Islamic world. Authors could include Elias Khoury, Laila Lalami, Liana Badr, Leila Abouleta, Orhan Pamuk, Amos Oz, and others.
  • 129
    California Literature
    Literature written by Californians and/or about California. Authors may include Steinbeck, Jeffers, Ginsberg, Didion, and Snyder. (5 units)
  • 130
    Studies in African American Literature
    This discussion-oriented course focuses on readings and writings pertaining to the black fantasticspeculative fiction and films that embrace the supernatural and otherworldly while remaining rooted to some kind of black realism/life. Examining short stories, critical essays, and novels, we will make connections between writing, culture, and the speculative genre. Some guiding questions will be: How do we read and interpret these speculative texts? What do they tell us about Americas pasts, presents and futures? In what ways do our reading strategies limit or enhance what the texts disclose? What roles do the historical past, personal experiences, and social environments or conditions play in defining who we are? In critical research and web essays as well as writing in the speculative genre form, we will explore these questions as we chart the complex voices, times, places and myths found in our texts. Cross-listed with ETHN 130.
  • 131
    Studies in Early American Literature
    Literature and Revolution in the Atlantic. In the late 18th century, three dramatic and interrelated revolutions in North America in 1776, in France in 1789, and in Haiti in 1791 rocked the Atlantic world. How did the literature produced during and after these events represent and respond to the promise and the violence of revolution? Our readings of selected novels and periodical writings from about 1770-1820 includes a strange cast of forgers, liars, flirts, cross-dressers, and sleepwalkers. How do we account for the unusual content of such writing, and for its often equally unusual form? How do we explain the strange mixture of expectation and paranoia that characterizes this writing? What effect, in other words, might political revolution have on narrative, and what effect might writing have on political revolution?
  • 132
    Studies in 19th-Century American Literature
    We will read collections of short stories, novels and poetry from the end of the nineteenth and the beginning of the twentieth centuries, paying particular attention to questions of gender, race, social critique and narrative technique. In a period when identity was being codified and legislated, literary representations of identity become increasingly ambiguous and perplexing. We will discuss the features and limitations of a variety of definitions of realism as we examine writers in their literary, historical and other contexts. Writers/works included: Sarah Orne Jewett, Mark Twain, Charles Chesnutt, Kate Chopin, Sui Sin Far and Paul Laurence Dunbar. This course satisfies the English major's historically-grounded (19th century or additional) requirement, and the ethnic/global or gender/sexuality studies requirement.
  • 132G
    Studies in 19th-Century American Literature
    A discussion-oriented course focused on questions of gender, race, social critique, and literary style in short stories, novels and poetry from the 1890s, a period when ideas about sexual and racial identity were becoming codified and legislated as obvious and unchangeable. Literary representations of identity suggest fluidity, ambiguity and resistance: racial and sexual passing, cross-dressing, identity-switching, role-playing and mistaken, unknown and unknowable identities. Writers include Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Mark Twain, Sarah Orne Jewett, Charles Chesnutt, Kate Chopin, Sui Sin Far, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. Cross-listed with WGST 164
  • 133
    Studies in Modern American Literature
    This section of English 133 will focus on modern fiction set in the far west, with special emphasis on their evocation of western landscape and history and their place within the larger context of cultural assumptions about the west. As a result, we will be exploring the connections between serious fiction, popular culture, and history in order to understand better our western cultural legacy. Authors include Willa Cather, Walter Van Tilburg Clark, John Steinbeck, and Wallace Stegner.
  • 134G
    Studies in Contemporary American Literature
    Study of selected works by contemporary American writers. Writers, genres, and topics vary each term. May focus on periods, movements, and themes such as multi-ethnic literatures, contemporary women novelists, postmodernism, the Beat generation, literature and politics, literature of the 1960s, or experiments in poetic and narrative form. Genres may include poetry, novels, short stories, essays, plays, and/r autobiographies. May be taken more than once when topics differ. Also listed as WGST 186.
  • 134
    Studies in Contemporary American Literature: The Short Story
    This course will focus on American short stories written since 1965. We will read and discuss works by a diverse, multicultural group of writers working in a variety of styles, from realistic to postmodern. We will examine the literary works in their aesthetic, ethical, cultural, social, political, and historical contexts. We will consider such questions as the following: What are the relations between tradition and innovation in contemporary American fiction--in terms of themes as well as use of language, form, structure, and technique? How does contemporary American fiction both reflect and challenge contemporary culture, including contemporary ideas about race, ethnicity, and gender? How do contemporary writers imagine identity, family, community, and Americanness? This course should enhance your ability to read literary texts closely, carefully, and contextually, and develop your analytical and interpretive skills. It should deepen your understanding of the short story as a genre and of contemporary American life, culture, and literature.
  • 135
    Studies in American Fiction
    Study of selected American fiction. Authors vary each term. May focus on periods, movements, themes, or issues. May be taken more than once when topics differ. (5 units)
  • 135G
    Studies in American Fiction
    Despite contemporary dismissals by male novelists (including, famously, Nathaniel Hawthorne's complaint about the "mob of scribbling women"), women writers dominated the market for fiction in much of the 1800s. Hawthorne (almost immediately) reversed his opinion (after reading Fanny Fern). Historians and academics took a little longer, until late twentieth-century feminist criticism established the importance of this extraordinarily varied body of work. In this class we will look in particular at sentimental, protest and utopian fictions by writers such as Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Jacobs, Louisa May Alcott, Harriet Wilson, Fanny Fern, Helen Hunt Jackson, Zitkala-Sa, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Julia Ward Howe, Rebecca Harding Davis and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Emphasis on discussion. Includes an independent research project. Course is also listed with Women and Gender Studies.
  • 137
    Studies in American Poetry
    This section of English 137 is designed to broaden your knowledge of American poetry of roughly the first half of the twentieth century, a period that includes the Modernist writers of the "Pound era" as well as a number of important poets who fall outside of that group. In order to sharpen our appreciation of the astonishing variety of works that belong to this period, we will also be exploring how many of these poets experimented with lyrical and narrative modes of presentation in order to convey their ideas in art.
  • 137G
    Studies in American Poetry
  • 138
    Internet Culture and Information Society
    Internet culture. Discussion of major issues raised by internet participation and practical introduction to civic engagement online.
  • 139
    Special Topics
  • 139
    Special Topics in American Literature
    Advanced study of an issue, theme, or genre in American literature that crosses historical periods. Topics change each term. May be taken more than once when topics differ. (5 units) NCX
  • 140
    Studies in Chicano Literature
    This course includes a review of the contemporary Chicano/a literary tradition in the United States. We will learn about the Chicano/a literary movement and figures, its more important genres, its conceptualization of national identity, literary history.
  • 141
    Studies in Medieval Literature
    The High Middle Ages: This course highlights the literary genres and themes which flourished in Britain after the Conquest of the Island by William, the ambitious Norman Duke who defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. William's rule brought into England not only European law and language but Continental literary styles and subjects as well. The course will examine and compare the most important of these styles and subjects. Readings will include the earliest Chronicles of Arthur, the Anglo-Norman lais of Marie de France, Arthurian tales both in rhymed couplets from the urbane Chaucer and in alliterative stanzas from the anonymous Gawain poet, lyrics and ballads, and selected Viking narratives which at once complement and contradict other courtly models. Except for some Middle English selections, all readings will be in translation.
  • 142
    Study of The Canterbury Tales in the context of medieval literature and culture. Emphasis on Chaucers language and style. (5 units)
  • 143
    Studies in Renaissance Literature
    Renaissance literature in its political, religious, historical, social and cultural contexts. May be taken more than once when topics differ.
  • 145
    A study of Milton's major poetry and prose in the light of recent criticism.
  • 146
    17th & 18th Century Literature
    The literature of England and Ireland from 1660 to 1798, excluding the novel. Authors may include Congreve, Dryden, Swift, Pope, Finch, Montagu, Johnson, Boswell, and Wollstonecraft.
  • 147
    Romantic Movement
    The Romantic Movement is a reading course in British literature from 1780s to 1832, which depicts a literary revolution against eighteenth-century values. Visionaries like Blake, Wordsworth, Keats, and Percy Shelley found in Nature symbols of human freedom and limitless potential. Coleridge, and Byron explored the world of dream and nightmare. Together they created a new world-view in English literature, one still influential today. Fulfills 19th century req. for the English major.
  • 148
    Victorian Literature
    Victorian Vampires and Ghosts: The Gothic, the weird, and the supernatural in British Victorian fiction, from Wuthering Heights to Dracula to the popular penny dreadfuls. Authors will include Emily Bronte, Arthur Conan Doyle, Elizabeth Gaskell, Henry James, Robert Louis Stevenson, Bram Stoker, and Oscar Wilde. Fulfills the historically-grounded nineteenth-century requirement for English majors.
  • 148EL
    Victorian Literature
    The literature of England from 1833 to 1902, with an emphasis on class structure and marginalization, and on Victorian social institutions (education, prisons, religion, banks, etc.) and how they relate to our own. Authors may include factory workers, Carlyle, Dickens, Gaskell, the Brontés, Ruskin, and others. Note: This course requires participation in community-based learning (CBL) experiences off campus.
  • 149
    Modern British Literature
    Twentieth-century poetry and prose. Authors will include Forster, poets of WW I, Joyce, Lawrence, Eliot, and Woolf. (5 units)
  • 150
    Contemporary Literature
    British ,American, and world poetry, fiction, and drama since World War II. Authors may include Cheever, Leavitt, Amis, Duong Thu Huong, Carey, and Kincaid. (5 units)
  • 150EL
    Contemporary Literature
    This course uses 9/11 and the financial crisis of 2008 to examine literature of the 21st century that places questions of commitment and social engagement at the center of the writer's vocation. Students will ask what beliefs are for, as they participate in a social placement through the Arrupe Center.
  • 151
    Studies in British Fiction
    In our era of globalization, a great many people live and move in more than one culture. The Anglo-Irish offer an interesting historical example of this phenomenon: descendants of English colonists in Ireland, they lived between two separate and hostile cultures, neither of which claimed them. Their writings reveal tensions and contradictions between and within notions of British and Irish nationhood, colonizer and colonized. Among the writers to be considered are Jonathan Swift, Oliver Goldsmith, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, Edmund Burke, and Maria Edgeworth. Fulfills the 18th century requirement for English majors.
  • 152
    Women, Literature, and Theory
    This course is designed to allow us to read, think, and talk together about the broad topic of women, literature, and theory. We will share an ongoing, and at times recursive, discussion of works that engage your intellect, your imagination, and your empathy. The theoretical focus is ecofeminism, a relative newcomer to literary studies, so we'll be exploring new and constantly developing ideas about women, literature, and the environment. Also listed as WGST 166.
  • 153
    Studies in Global Gay and Lesbian Cultures
    This course explores cultural aspects of same-sex love and cross-gender behavior in historical and contemporary India, China, Japan, and Asian diasporic communities. The impact of globalization on international and regional discourses of gender and sexual identities is a major theme of the course. Also listed as WGST 122.
  • 154
    Literature & Environment
    What assumptions in western thought undergird ideas about the relationship between humans and the natural world? While literature and the environment have a long shared history, only in the last two decades has serious consideration and critique been given to the nature of this connection and what it means for both of these expansive--and problematic--terms. This course will explore ideas and facts about our environment from three different perspectives (non-fiction environmental writing, theory, and contemporary fiction) to help us understand how these powerful assumptions developed and how we might change our priorities to create a sustainable future.This course fulfills one of the requirements for the Literature and Cultural Studies track in the major and minor in English, or the upper-division theory/methodology requirement, or can serve as an elective; it fulfills the pathway in sustainability; it fulfills one of the requirements for ENVS majors and minors in the Environmental Studies concentrations in Environmental Thought. Cross-listed with ENVS 154: Literature & Environment.
  • 155
    Studies in Asian American Literature
    This course will focus on Asian Americans and popular culture, with a special emphasis on Asian Americans and American cinema.
  • 156
    Interdisciplinary Gay and Lesbian Studies
    This course explores the interdisciplinary field of lesbian/gay studies through diverse disciplines such as history, biology, sociology, literature, law and economics. The course examines socially and historically contextualized notions if sexual identity and gender expression through a variety of topics, with attention to the diversity of lesbian/gay people as a group. May be repeated for credit with different topics. Fulfills Theory and Gender for the English Major. Also listed as WGST 136.
  • 157
    Postcolonial and Commonwealth Literature and Theory
    Literature written with a postcolonial emphasis since 1945 in former European colonies (e.g. India, Nigeria, Jamaica, Australia, Morocco, Egypt, Brazil, Colombia). Some writings from postcolonial theorists, such as Frantz Fanon and Edward Said. (5 units)
  • 158G
    Native American Women Writers
    This special offering of 158 focuses on writing by and about Native American women. Our readings will all come from the 20th century, and will include short fiction, novels, poetry, and a few essays. As we read, well consider: How are contemporary Native writings related to patterns of oral storytelling, to ethnographic discourse, to Western literary modes? How do Native women writers use and reflect on the past and the present? What are indigenous understandings of gender and sexuality? How is identity related to the tribe and family; to the environment and landscape; to history and culture? Writers and texts will likely include Ella Deloria (Sioux/Dakota), Leslie Marmon Silko (Laguna Pueblo), Paula Gunn Allen (Laguna Pueblo), Joy Harjo (Muscogee/Creek), Janet Campbell Hale (Coeur dAlene), and Linda Hogan (Chickasaw).
  • 158
    Studies in Native American Literature
    The most contemporary Native American literary works frequently share with the oldest Native American stories the presence of trickster figures or trickster discourse. But what is a trickster? And what kinds of cultural and literary meaning do trickster stories have? In this course, we will explore this beguiling and hilarious trickster presence--known variously as Coyote, Rabbit, Spider, Raven, Naanabozho--through readings of Native American trickster tales, trickster novels, and essays about tricksters. Major authors will include Louise Erdrich (Anishnaabe), Thomas King (Cherokee), and James Welch (Blackfoot). The course presumes no prior knowledge of Native American literature or culture--students need bring only a willingness to read and learn.
  • 159
    Special Topics
  • 159
    Studies in Indian Subcontinental and Diasporic Literature
    Study of selected readings in the contemporary literature of South Asia: literature in English and in translation. Course may focus on particular authors (Tagore, Roy, Devi, Ghosh), particular regions or genres (Bengal, Kashmir; diasporic memoirs), or topics (religion; Bollywood). May be taken more than once when topics differ.
  • 160
    Children's Literature
    Designed in particular for those planning to teach, as well as those interested in the topic in general, this course offers an introduction to the critical appreciation, evaluation, and application of children's literature. Using a variety of sources including critical articles on children's literature, picture books, children's novels, and (some) YA fiction, we will analyze and write critically about the texts themselves and their related social and political issues.
  • 161
    The Bible as Literature
    Since the Bible has recently assumed a prominent role in contemporary religious controversies over culture, society, and politics, an ability to read it intelligently is crucial. To that end, this course is designed to provide appropriate techniques for accurate interpretation of the various literary genres or forms through which the Bible conveys its religious message: such as the creation myth in Genesis, traditional wisdom in Job, new-genre gospel in Mark, etc. Each genre will be interpreted within the context of its contemporary Mesopotamian, Babylonian, Hellenistic, and Roman cultures. The course also fulfills the second Religious Studies requirement.
  • 162
    Studies in Comparative Literature
    Comparative study of selected works, in translation if not written in English, from more than on linguistic and/or national category, organized by theme, genre, or time period. May be taken more than once when topics differ. Cross listed with CLAS 180/THTR 181A
  • 164
    Special Topics
  • 164
    Studies in Caribbean Literature
    Study of selected readings in the contemporary literature of the Caribbean, including Anglophone, and/or Hispanophone and Francophone literature in translation, or a combination of the three. Course may focus on particular authors (Lamming, Naipaul, Cesaire, Ponte), particular regions or genres (Trinidad and Jamaica, Cuba; experimental fiction, family chronicles), or topics (U.S. intervention, relations with England). May be taken more than once when topics differ.
  • 165
    Studies in African Literature
    Study of selected readings in the contemporary literature of Africa: literature in English and in translation. Course may focus on particular authors (Ngugi, Achebe, Coetzee, Salih), particular regions or genres (West Africa; children as protagonist), or topics (women in society; hunger). May be taken more than once when topics differ.
  • 166
    Pan-African Literature
    Readings in the literature of the black diaspora. Writers from Africa, the Caribbean, and the United States. (5 units)
  • 167
    Modern Fiction
    Selected works of continental, English, and American fiction that are peculiarly modern in sensibility or style. (5 units)
  • 168
    Women and Literature
    It has often been observed that, for such a comparatively small country, Ireland has had an enormous effect on modern literature, and the names summoned up in support of this assertion are generally male: Shaw, Wilde, Yeats, Joyce, OCasey, Beckett, Heaney, etc. But it is worth remembering that Irelands first national novelist, the authors of its finest realistic novel, the indispensable figure of its great literary movement, and the most acute observers of twentieth-century Irish society have all been women. This course will examine the work of authors often considered to be outsiders in terms of both gender and nationality: Irish women writers from Maria Edgeworth the eighteenth century to Emma Donoghue in the twenty-first. Given Irelands long and painful experience of British colonialism, doing so gives us an opportunity to look at a significant body of writing from both feminist and postcolonial perspectives. Among the writers to be considered are Elizabeth Bowen, Emily Bronte, Lady Augusta Gregroy, Edna OBrien, Jennifer Johnston and Molly Keane. Cross listed with WGST 167.
  • 169
    Non-English Literature in Translation
    Non-English literature in translation. Areas and topics vary from year to year. (5 units)
  • 169
    Special Topics
  • 170
    Writing for Children and Young Adults
    Workshop in writing for children and young adults, with emphasis on the pleasures and challenges of creative writing itself, collaborative and individual revision, and the joys of creating literature for younger readers.
  • 171
    Advanced Fiction Writing
    Writing fiction, with emphasis on the short story. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 71.
  • 172
    Advanced Poetry Writing
    In this advanced seminar, we will focus on freeing the writer and honing the editor in a supportive workshop, reading and critiquing each others poems weekly to help develop editing skills and produce the richest work possible. We will feed the poet by exploring many styles and forms of poetry as well as poetic techniques, studying the masters (poetry and essays by poets) and practicing through writing exercises and games. We will also explore the growing world of poetry in online, visual, and performance media.
  • 173
    An introduction to the fundamentals and format of screenplay writing. Critical analysis of characterization and narrative structure in contemporary movies, as well as workshops in the writing of film treatments, outlines, and scripts. May be repeated for credit. Also listed as THTR 173 Prerequisites: ENGL 71 or permission of the instructor.
  • 174
    Nonfiction Writing
    Writing for Publication. Study of, and extensive practice in, reading and writing nonfiction. Stress on the changing forms of professional writing -- from public relations and advertising to blogs, websites, print and television -- in the Age of the Internet. Students will create their own blog, learning basic reporting skills, develop their narrative abilities, edit copy and learn how to construct a career as a full- or part-time professional writer. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisites: ENGL 1 and 2. Fulfills the writing req for the English major.
  • 175
    Creative Nonfiction
    Development of skills in the elements of creative nonfiction, such as narration, character development, persona, and voice. Focus is on one or more modes of creative nonfiction, such as landscape writing, popular cultures, literary journalism, profile and memoir. Prerequisites: ENGL 1A and 2A.
  • 176
    Intensive Writing
    Movies, television, comic books, YouTube videos, music, etc. captivate our attention at every turn. They are what we use to entertain ourselves, to relax, to relieve boredom, or just to understand what everyone is buzzing about. But can they be objects of serious scholarship? In this course, you will discover that popular media can go much deeper than you might think. These forms of entertainment can help us gain an understanding of our current culture, and can offer insight into the human condition. Through research, collaboration, critical thinking, and writing, you will become pop culture scholars. In this course, you will be learning how to write the type of academic discourse that professional scholars (i.e. your professors) create. You will focus on a single topic of your choice to research and write on throughout the class, which will go toward two class projects: a virtual academic conference and a class academic journal, Pop Culture Intersections.
  • 176L
    Visual Media & Holocaust Narratives Media Lab
    This course offers instruction and support for the media project required in English 176: a 5-minute promotional trailer supplementing the proposal for a documentary film based on the video testimony of a Holocaust survivor. During the first six weeks of the course, students will learn to evaluate, write and produce a digital film trailer. The last four weeks of the course will be devoted to guidance and technical support for their projects. Applications taught include iMovie, iShowU, and Photoshop.
  • 177
    Argumentative and persuasive writing, ideal for students planning careers in business, politics, or law. Prerequisites: ENGL 1 and 2 or 1A and 2A. Fulfills the Writing req. for the English major prior to Fall 2014. Fulfills one of the three required courses in the Writing strand for the English major beginning Fall 2014.
  • 178
    Technical Writing
    Instruction in the writing of formal reports, procedures, proposals, and journalistic pieces, such as brochures and feature articles. Attention given to techniques of information gathering (including conducting interviews and surveys), document design, and editing, in both print and online environments. Open to students of all majors. Ideal for those planning careers in health care, the sciences, or industry. Prerequisites: ENGL 1 and 2.
  • 179
    Practical Business Rhetoric
    The way you present yourself is critical to your success in business both personally and for your company. This class will explore various strategies for crafting an appropriate and attractive business personality though resumes and cover letters, job interviews, informal public speaking, email and other correspondence. You will learn how to shape your image by controlling tone, stance, voice, and persona. Prerequisites: ENGL 1 and 2 or 1A and 2A. LIMITED to juniors and seniors. Preference given to senior Business majors. Fulfills the Writing req. for the English major.
  • 180
    Writing for Teachers
    Research suggests that the single best predictor of teacher effectiveness is verbal skill. This course is designed to help prospective teachers improve both oral and written communication and critical thinking as applied to educational topics and issues. It also includes a strong experiential component whereby you'll write practical pieces. In addition, we'll consider social justice issues inherent in teaching, as they present themselves in working with, for example, impoverished or otherwise disadvantaged students, diverse student populations, English-language learners, etc. All of this will be governed by the ultimate goal of teaching: to transform individuals for the betterment of their own lives and the health of their communities and the world at large.
  • 181
    Applied Engineering Communications I
    The first of a required three-course sequence in advanced writing for senior engineering majors. Prerequisites: ENGL 1A and 2A. Enrollment by permission of instructor. ENGL 181 is taught only in fall.
  • 182A
    Applied Engineering Communications IIA
    The second of a required three-course sequence in advanced writing for senior engineering majors.Prerequisite: ENGL 181. Enrollment by permission of instructor. ENGL 182A is taught only in winter.
  • 182B
    Applied Engineering Communications IIB
    The third of a required three-course sequence in advanced writing for senior engineering majors. Prerequisites: ENGL 181. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Fulfills the Advanced Writing req. for the senior engineering major. ENGL 182B is taught only in spring.
  • 182H
    Engineering Communications-Honors
    This course focuses on effective written and oral communication specifically targeted for engineers in the industrial environment. Major topics include audience analysis, document design, revision, the design and use of graphics, ethical issues in communications, and oral presentation techniques. Open only to electrical and computer engineering majors. Prerequisites: ENGL 1 and 2.
  • 183
    Writing for Business
    In this course students will individually or collaboratively produce the kind of writing they can expect to encounter in the workplace: from resumes and e-mail, to quantitative and qualitative analyses, collaterals and executive summaries, formal reports and evaluations, etc. Students will learn on the job applying the rhetorical principles they learn as they develop and implement a community service project designed to further SCU's mission. Prerequisites: ENGL 1 and 2 or 1A and 2A. Fulfills the Writing requirement for the English major.
  • 184
    Special Topics
    Major authors, genres, literary or theoretical movements, or themes. May be repeated for credit when topics differ. Cross listed with SPAN 149.
  • 184
    Special Topics
    Major authors, genres, literary or theoretical movements, or themes. May be repeated for credit when topics differ. (5 units)
  • 184A
    Special Topics
  • 184E
    Special Topics
    In this course students will study a selection from the work of William Shakespeare in relation to Elizabethan culture and the wider literary traditions of renaissance drama. The plays that we study will be considered both as texts that reflect the preoccupations of both sixteenth century writers and their audience and as plays alive in performance.
  • 184F
    Special Topics
  • 184W
    Special Topics
  • 185
    Grants, Proposals, and Reports
    Students work in teams to prepare and submit a proposal and grant application to solicit funding for a local service agency or community organization. A report delivered to the group for whom they prepared their proposal details the team's processes, defines their strategies and justifies their decisions. Instruction focuses on developing students' ability to think strategically, analyze professional documents to discover purposes and values, communicate effectively with diverse audiences, and work collaboratively to solve problems, prepare documents and give presentations. Prerequisites: ENGL 1 and 2 or 1A and 2A.
  • 186
    Women in Antiquity
    Investigation into the representation and the reality of women's lives in ancient Greece or Rome. Focus varies from year to year. May be repeated for credit when topics differ. Also listed as CLAS 185 or 186.
  • 187
    Classical Mythology in the Western Tradition
    Also listed as CLAS 184. For course description see CLAS 184.
  • 189
    Literature and Religion
    Defining religion as a belief in a supernatural power, this course will scrutinize both religious and secular literary texts for evidence of the presence or absence of the transcendent and will then explore how such presence or absence colors the authors presentation of fictional reality. The course will consist of reading, discussion, and sharing of personal responses to the assigned texts. Students will read five novels: 1. Darkness Visible in which William Golding explores a human beings blind search for meaning amid a confusing welter of visions and experiences; 2. The End of the Affair where Graham Greene depicts two atheists' struggle against belief in God; 3. Wise Blood in which Flannery OConnor recounts the manifestation of Gods presence in moments of grotesque violence; 4.Gilead, Marilyn Robinsons account of a father and sons conflict about the legitimacy of war; and 5. The Road set in a post-apocalyptic world where Cormac McCarthy depicts the struggle of a father to pass on hope to his son in a meaningless universe.
  • 189G
    Literature and Religion
    Topic: Women Poets, Spirituality & Justice. Contemporary women poets of diverse U.S. ethnicities explore experiences and intersections of gender, ethnicity, race, class, spirituality, engaged justice work and vocation. Their work involves both feminist and religious perspectives that stimulate analysis of root causes and paradigms of structural injustice related to systems of domination, power, and privilege. Using disciplines of literary criticism and gender studies, and with attention to cultural contexts, we will analyze the work of women poets, relevant theologians, and selected essayists whose writing and lives inspire integrative critical inquiry, reflection, and discovery about one's spiritual journey, beliefs, vocation, and issues concerning gender and social justice. May be repeated for credit when topics differ. Fulfills Gender and Additional Historically Grounded for the English major. Cross listed with WGST 154.
  • 190
    Senior Seminar
    Special topics in English, American, or comparative literature for senior English majors. Enrollment by permission of instructor. Fulfills Senior Seminar req. for the English major.
  • 191
    Supervised practical application of previously studied subject matter. May be related to the California Legacy Project or to the Santa Clara Literary review. Students are graded P/NP only. May be repeated for credit. Cross listed with ENGL 91.
  • 191B
    Practicum for Tutor Certification
    Students who have completed at least 30 hours in the writing center may apply for certification. In addition to positive performance evaluations, students seeking certification will complete a special project. Students are graded P/NP only.
  • 191A
    Practicum for Writing Tutors
    Through theory and praxis, this course highlights how tutoring differs from teaching. Emphasis is on best practices and current research on the teaching of writing, the learning process, how cultural and linguistic backgrounds influence writing and tutoring processes, and how one-on-one meetings between potential tutors and writers can foster learning. Prerequisites: ENGL 1A and 2A. Seniors can enroll only by permission of the instructor.
  • 192
    American Theatre from Black Perspective
    Also listed as THTR 161. For course description see THTR 161. (5 units)
  • 193
    Advanced Playwriting
    Also listed as THTR 171 (Advanced Playwriting). For course descriptions see THTR 171. May be repeated for credit when topics differ.
  • 193W
    Also listed as THTR 170 (Playwriting). For course description see THTR 170. May be repeated for credit when topics differ. Fulfills the Writing req. for the English major. Cross listed with THTR 170.
  • 194
    Peer Educator in English
    Peer educators are invited by faculty to work closely with them, facilitating learning in a lower-division course. May be repeated for credit by permission of the instructor.
  • 195
    Also listed as THTR 185. For course description see THTR 185.
  • 196
    Writing in the Community
    In this class, fiction writers and poets facilitate creative writing workshops at placements and agencies served by the Arrupe Center. Permission of instructor required. (5 units) NCX
  • 197
    Special Topics
    An exploration of the work of James Joyce, focusing on his short story collection Dubliners, his autobiographical novel A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and the masterpiece of Modernist fiction, Ulysses. The course counts as one of the historically grounded courses for English majors.
  • 197W
    Special Topics
    Style and voice distinguish great writing from the merely competent, but it is often difficult to pinpoint their exact origins. What gives a text its particular style? What characteristics breathe voice into an otherwise pedestrian manuscript? And how does one craft a style or shape a voice? In this class, youll learn to analyzeand to createstyle and voice using resources afford by grammar, usage and rhetoric.
  • 198
    Writing Internship
    Work-study program for students of superior writing ability who gain course credit by supervised writing on newspapers, magazines, or for government or private agencies. Enrollment is by permission or invitation of the instructor and department chair. May be repeated once for credit. Students are graded P/NP only.
  • 199
    Directed Reading/ Directed Research
    In special circumstances and with permission of the department chair, a student may request a course in directed reading or writing from an instructor. May not be taken in a subject listed in this bulletin. (5 units) NCX
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