Spring 2020

ENGL 230: Exploring Literature

MW 11:00-12:15
Instructor: TBD

MW 12:30-1:45
Instructor: TBD

W 7:05-9:45
Instructor: TBD

TR 9:30-10:45
Instructor: TBD

Instructor: TBD

General education humanities introductory course. ENGL 230 is a general education introductory course designed to expose students to the reading of literature in its major traditional period or genres (fiction, poetry, drama). Prerequisite (or co-requisite): ENGL 102.

ENGL 232K: Images of Insanity

Instructor: Lael Ewy

General education humanities introductory courseYou wake to the sound of screams. You are immobilized, the covers of your bed cinched down so tight that you can barely breathe. Craning your neck in the half-light, you can make out a room full of white lumps on bed frames—your co-inhabitants in a world of clinical white. Here, somehow, you must begin to heal. Images of Insanity uses the work of some of America’s greatest writers to bring students the realities of overwhelming emotional experiences and extreme states of mind. Together, we challenge stereotypes and break stigma to see how creating and engaging in the literary arts can bring us deeper understanding and greater compassion for what we face when we face madness. General education introductory course. Pre- or corequisite: ENGL 102. 

ENGL 232T: Hip-Hop and Culture

MW 12:30-1:45
Instructor: Dr Leisl Sachschewsky

General education humanities introductory courseThe goal of this course is to introduce students to the terms, analytic techniques, and interpretive strategies within cultural studies and think about how they are a fruitful site for exploring the vast world of hip-hop music and culture. An emphasis will also be placed on how cultural processes and artifacts are produced, shaped, distributed, consumed, and responded to by audiences, as well as how that impacts culture and cultural production. Through small and large group discussion, research, writing, and presentations, students will be encouraged to critically examine these various dimensions of culture and their broader social, political, aesthetic, and ethical contexts. General education introductory course. Pre- or corequisite: ENGL 102.

ENGL 241: Jane Austen & Popular Culture

Instructor: Carrie Dickison 

General education humanities and fine arts advanced further study course. Explores adaptations of Jane Austen's novels in relation to the literary works on which they are based. Students are introduced to recent theories of adaptation and investigate adaptations of Austen's novels in both established genres, such as film, fiction and drama, and emerging genres, such as web series and role-playing games. Students are required to develop their own adaption of literary work. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, 102, and/or instructor's consent.

ENGL 273: Science Fiction

Instructor: John Jones

General education humanities introductory course. Survey of key classic and contemporary works of science fiction and speculative literature, emphasizing themes and ideas common in the genre and its subgenres. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, 102.

ENGL 276: The Literature of Sports

TR 11:00-12:15
Instructor: Ben Nickol

General education humanities introductory course. Introduces the general education student to interpretations and representations of sports as a cultural phenomenon. Readings may include fictional and nonfictional texts and films. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, 102.

ENGL 278: LGBTQ in Literature

Instructor: Michael Cole 

General education humanities and fine arts advanced further study course. Looks at LGBTQ+ fiction through various forms of literature, including novels, poetry, short stories, graphic novels and films. Emphasizes close-reading techniques and character and style analysis. Course includes diversity content. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, 102, and/or instructor's consent.

ENGL 285: Introduction to Creative Writing

TR 11:00-12:15
Instructor: Margaret Dawe

General education humanities introductory courseStart using both sides of your brain in college: take English 285: Introduction to Creative Writing! We’ll practice writing poems and short stories and creative nonfiction by working on short assignments and sharing them with your fellow students in the class. For poetry, for instance, you’ll learn how to write a poem with lines that pull your reader down the page. In fiction, for instance, you’ll write a story about a character on a quest. You’ll learn how to listen to helpful criticism and how to give helpful criticism to your fellow student writers. By the end of the semester you’ll have become a better writer: guaranteed.

TR 5:35-6:50
Instructor: Ben Nickol

General education humanities introductory course. So much of the world around us is composed of language and story. How we speak, how we dress, how we think about our place and posture in society, how we arrange facial expressions, what we expect from those around us (or try not to expect), how and where we imagine ourselves along the path of young to middle-aged to old--all of this finds its body in the words we choose, how we speak them, and the narratives we use those words to build.

In ENGL 285--Introduction to Creative Writing, you'll explore the art of choosing those words and building those stories, and through this exploration begin crafting your own works of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction. Or perhaps you're already writing creatively? If that's you, ENGL 285 will be a venue for formalizing your talent in these areas, and nurturing your work toward polished, and possibly published, achievement. 
Prerequisites: ENGL 101, 102.

ENGL 301: Fiction Writing

T 2:00-4:20
Instructor: Margaret Dawe

This course continues the work of learning to write literary fiction, begun in English 285, by using writing exercises to help students learn how to shape a story which has a beginning, middle, and end. Learning how to write dialogue and action that compels the reader to turn the page is the goal. We will practice such story forms as the quest, a stranger comes to town, and doing-the-prohibited to study story structure, and we’ll work on how to write with sentence variety (or not!) and how to suit the words of the story to the character and action. Students will find their writing to have become more polished, powerful, and compelling by the semester’s end. Prerequisite: ENGL 285 with a B- or better.

ENGL 303: Poetry Writing

M 2:00-4:20
Instructor: Sam Taylor


In this course, we will focus on writing poetry as a way of exploring the world and the self. Beyond any concern for product, this course will prioritize each student's deepening relationship to the creative process—beginning with freeing students from inhibitions, self-censorship, and fears of vulnerability, and guiding each writer to touch the world up close with the imaginative power of language. The poem will be presented as a field in which a vision of the world is enacted, a space in which anything can happen, a song in which essential experience comes to life. We will read diverse models of great poems and gradually introduce formal considerations of the craft as we share and respond constructively to each other's work.

More perhaps than any other class, this course is all about you. How do you touch the world, see the world, feel the world? What is your vision? However, while this course is about you, writing poetry is more than just a means of self-expression, more than a way of expressing our familiar selves. Rather, it can be a way of exploring the mystery of the world and of our selves beyond all our accustomed identities and concepts—a vehicle that can help us to realize a magical and transformative self that connects with all things everywhere. It is presumed that, if you enroll in this class, you seek to explore your world through words, and your total engagement with both the class and your writing process is expected. Though this class offers much opportunity for fun and playful discovery, it also demands an intense commitment on a daily level. Prerequisite: 
ENGL 285 with a grade of B- or better.

ENGL 307: Narrative in Literature and Film

TR 12:30-1:45
Instructor: Mary Sherman

In this course, we will study film adaptations of classic and contemporary novels, short stories, and plays to gain a better understanding of the theoretical and practical issues involved in the adaptation process and to compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of fiction and film as modes of storytelling. Case studies of adaptations will include Rear Window, Of Mice and Men, and Crazy Rich AsiansThis course may be used as an elective towards the Certificate in Film Studies.

ENGL 310: The Nature of Poetry

MW 11:00-12:15
Instructor: Dr. T.J. Boynton

General education humanities and fine arts advanced further study course. Poetry is perhaps the most caricatured and misunderstood of literary forms. Pop-cultural depictions of poetry portray it as a spontaneous gushing of flowery or sentimental language devoted to wooing a love interest, rhapsodizing over one’s passions, or brooding over one’s sufferings. Anyone who has these universal motivations and experiences can write poetry; he/she need only purchase a fountain pen and moleskin notebook and find a secluded forest glade or a quiet corner of the local coffee shop. As this course will show, the popular perception of poetry is as wrong as it is cliché. Poetry is not only a serious literary form marked by extreme technical discipline and imaginative creativity; it is, per square inch of text, perhaps the most difficult one to engage with. This course will train you in the concepts and skills required to appreciate and interpret this extremely challenging literary form. We will examine a wide variety of poetic genres by a historically and nationally diverse range of poets, and in the process we shall see that, in sharp contrast to its popular image, poetry is both one of the most demanding and one of the most rewarding of human creative pursuits.  Prerequisite: ENGL 102.

ENGL 315: Introduction to English Linguistics

MW 9:30-10:45
Instructor: Dr. Mythili Menon

General education advanced further study courseThe main goal of this course is twofold: (i) to introduce students to the basic methodology and results of modern linguistics, (ii) to teach analytic reasoning through the examination of linguistic phenomena and data. This means that you will be taught a basic introduction to some of the main results and ideas of modern linguistic theory as well as the scientific reasoning behind them, so that you might apply that reasoning to novel cases, both in language and in other spheres of life. Course includes diversity content. Cross-listed as LING 315.

ENGL 317: History of the English Language

MW 12:30-1:45
Instructor: Dr. Mythili Menon

Cross-listed as LING 317. Linguistic and cultural development of English. Specifically designed for prospective English teachers, but open to all interested students. Prerequisite: ENGL/LING 315 or departmental consent. 

ENGL 323: World Literature

MW 12:30-1:45
Instructor: Dr. T.J. Boynton

General education humanities and fine arts advanced further study courseThe history of literature is filled with examples of authors alluding to, quoting, adapting, and outright stealing from previously published works. A special category of such forms of literary borrowing is the wholesale rewriting of classic texts. This course will emphasize this unique type of aesthetic repackaging by highlighting contemporary rewritings of canonical or classic works. We will read three classic source texts and their more recent, modified versions and will attempt thereby to probe the ongoing utility and relevance of classic literature to the contemporary world. Why do old stories, plays, and poems continue to speak to us, and what advantages might rewriting them hold over the creation of original works? We will pursue this question through “classic” texts from ancient Greece to Victorian England, through contemporary rewritings from Africa to the Caribbean, and amid literary forms such as the short story, epic poetry, and the novel. Along the way we will also develop our skills as close readers, writers, and thinkers about literature and will gain increased awareness of and insight into the diverse cultures from which our chosen texts originate. 

ENGL 330: The Nature of Fiction

MW 9:30-10:45
Instructor: Kerry Jones

General education humanities and fine arts advanced further study courseThis course is designed to acquaint students with narrative fiction in a variety of forms, from the short story to the novella and novel. We will cover work from a variety of cultures (although Western literature will be the primary focus) and historical periods, giving some attention to the historical development and to the theories of fiction, and we will examine various techniques used by different authors. The focus of this course will be on craft and technique. In addition to our anthology, our novels and novellas will include A Prayer for the Dying, Picnic at Hanging Rock, and We Have Always Lived in the Castle, among others. 

TR 4:30-5:45
Instructor: TBD

General education humanities and fine arts advanced further study course. Acquaints the student with narrative fiction in a variety of forms: the short story, short novel and novel. Covers works of fiction drawn from different cultures and historical periods; focuses on the characteristics of fiction, giving some attention to historical development and to theories of fiction. Prerequisite: ENGL 102.

ENGL 346: American Multicultural Literature

TR 9:30-10:45
Instructor: Mary Sherman

In this course, we will study a broad range of American ethnic literature, including American Indian, African American, Asian American, and Latinx writing as well as literature from other ethnic groups. As we go, we will try to enhance our understanding of how ethnic and national identity have been formed through literature, analyze the social and cultural contexts that have shaped ethnic writers’ perspectives, and examine how ever-changing definitions of race and ethnicity have contributed, at various times, to the inclusion and exclusion of these writers from the American social and cultural landscape. Works to be studied include The Joy Luck Club, Bless Me, Ultima, Fences, and other selections. Course includes diversity content. 

ENGL 360: Major British Writers I

TR 12:30-1:45
Instructor: Dr. Katie Lanning

General education humanities and fine arts advanced further study courseThis course studies major authors in British literature from the Anglo-Saxon period to the late eighteenth century. In addition to tracking important developments in British literary history, we will also investigate how readers have accessed and continue to access these works. How and why do certain texts enter the canon of British literature? How do we assess works that have never made it into an anthology? What is our responsibility as scholars to preserve and explore centuries-old works of literature? We will approach this survey of British literature in three units: Medieval, Early Modern, and Restoration/Eighteenth Century.  Prerequisite: ENGL 102.

ENGL 361: Major British Writers II

TR 12:30-1:45
Instructor: Dr. Mary Waters

General education humanities and fine arts advanced further study course. The second half of the British literature survey, covering the period from 1789 through the twentieth century, includes some of the most important and best loved of all British writers, many of them writing about some of the most contentious issues in British history—issues such as women’s rights, labor reform, the abolition of the slave trade, social responsibility, technological progress, gender relations, nationalism and patriotism, and the possibilities for a spiritual life. We will read works in all major literary genres—poetry, fiction, drama, essay, autobiography—by writers such as William Wordsworth, Olaudah Equiano, Mary Wollstonecraft, John Keats, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Virginia Woolf, and many others.

ENGL 362: Major American Writers I

Instructor: Dr. Rebeccah Bechtold 

General education humanities and fine arts advanced further study course. “Major American Writers I” emphasizes the various social, political, and economic upheavals that mark early American lives. A survey of American literature and culture from exploration to the mid-nineteenth century, the course will introduce you to representative works that frame our understanding of early American culture. We therefore will be examining a wide range of texts from the early conquest and colonization period through the American Renaissance and Civil War, all the while attempting to understand how and why we define American literature as we do. In addition to more conventional genres of literature (namely poetry and fiction), we will be reading and discussing a variety of textual forms, from sermons and scientific texts to personal narratives, essays, and pamphlets; lecture material, as well as secondary sources, further help historicize our readings. “Major American Writers I” thus challenges the traditional sense of narrative—what literature is and does—in order to seek a broader understanding of the place of literature and writing within the period we explore and within the field of American Studies as well.  General education advanced further study course. Prerequisite: ENGL 102.

ENGL 363: Major American Writers II

TR 11:00-12:15
Instructor: Kerry Jones

General education humanities and fine arts advanced further study course. This course will survey the major trends in American literature from the end of the nineteenth century to the present, focusing on realist, modern, and postmodern innovations in short fiction, poetry, drama, and the novel. Since our course will begin with the period in which the United States emerged as a world power, we will pay attention to the cultural conditions that made the twentieth century “the American Century” and how the major writers of the period have responded and continue to respond to that context.   Prerequisite: ENGL 102.

ENGL 378: Technologies of the Book

TR 11:00-12:15
Instructor: Dr. Katie Lanning

General education humanities and fine arts advanced issues and perspectives course. Books are not simply inert accumulations of paper and ink, nor are they neutral vessels for conveying the work of an author. Rather, books are objects that themselves convey meaning; they are collaborative technologies, a nexus where writers, visual artists, craftsmen, and entrepreneurs join their particular skills to materially embody a text for public consumption. They tell stories about the cultures that produced them, the people who used them, and how people valued them over time. This course will approach books in this spirit: it will instruct students in thinking about books as physical objects (paper, ink, dust jackets, screens, etc.), about the roles that books have played in shaping culture and society, and about the people involved in creating and sustaining manuscript and print cultures. As a public-facing course, this class will challenge students to present their work to real audiences and to engage with local spaces like WSU Special Collections. Through a mixture of lectures, discussions, presentations, and labs, we will think about the history and future of books, learn how to describe and analyze physical features of books, discover the development of text technologies from the beginnings of humanity to the present, and think about the impact of the book – material, digital, and otherwise – on the various communities we inhabit. This course includes both class sections and regular workshops in Ablah's Special Collections library. Prerequisites/Corequisites: ENGL 101 and 102.

ENGL 379: Story, Video Games, and Literature

TR 11:00-12:15
Instructor: Dr. Darren DeFrain

General education humanities and fine arts advanced further study course. Introduces students to literary theories that bridge literature and narrative-driven video games and game design. Specifically, this course aims to understand the unique structure of interactive narratives and their effects on those who play them. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, 102.

ENGL 401: Fiction Workshop

W 2:00-4:20
Instructor: Ben Nickol

Like many writers, you've started down the road of writing fiction and can't seem to stop. Wherever you go, the people you meet and situations you encounter beg to be developed into stories. Endlessly, you're imagining new worlds and circumstances, and asking yourself questions like, What kind of person would it take to navigate these worlds? and How would it feel to be trapped in these circumstances?

If this is you, and if you want to earn course credit for developing your story ideas into polished, imaginative narratives, then consider enrolling in ENGL 401--Fiction Workshop, where students move beyond the basics of fiction writing and encounter more deeply the mystery of what stories are and how best to tell them. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: 
ENGL 301.

ENGL 403: Poetry Writing

M 2:00-4:20
Instructor: Sam Taylor 

Students who have already taken ENGL 303: Poetry Writing can continue their exploration of poetry in ENGL 403. Students in ENGL 403 will participate in all activities of ENGL 303 (see above) and will also develop a portfolio of work that they will submit to journals and magazines. (Course may be repeated for credit) Prerequisite: ENGL 303.

ENGL 503: American Literature I

MW 11:00-12:15
Instructor: Dr. Rebeccah Bechtold 

Death, Mourning, and the Macabre in Early America
This course presents select texts from the early American period (1800-1865) that speak to the culture of dying in the United States. Reading the prose and poetry of Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Emily Dickinson, Herman Melville, Fanny Fern, and Walt Whitman, among others, the class will explore a variety of questions regarding “deathly” practices and mourning rituals, from the theorization and medicalization of the body/corpse to American anxieties over the processes and procedures of dying (body snatching! being buried alive!). Students will be expected to take a historical approach to these questions, presenting a final research project/paper that uses an archival framework.

ENGL 517: Scripwriting I

MW 2:00-3:15
Instructor: Jeannine Russell

ENGL 576: Advanced Study In Graphic Novels

Instructor: Dr Darren DeFrain

Designed to allow in-depth study of the graphic novel with special emphasis on critical responses. Readings may be thematically or historically focused. Prerequisites: junior standing, ENGL 377, and at least one other college literature course or instructor's consent.


ENGL 585: Writer's Tutorial: Prose Fiction

Instructor: TBD

ENGL 586: Writer's Tutorial: Poetry

Instructor: TBD

ENGL 590: Senior Seminar

M 4:30-6:50
Instructor: Dr Katie Lanning

This is a required capstone course for the English major and should be taken during a student's final year of study. Prerequisite: completion of 18 hours toward the major. Not available for graduate credit. [N.B.: please contact the Undergraduate Coordinator, Fran Connor, if you need to enroll in this class.]


ENGL 668: Field Methods of Linguistics

W 4:30-6:50
Instructor: Dr Mythili Menon

In Wichita State's first ever ENGL/LING 668: Field Methods of Linguistics, you will have an immersive, applied learning experience of working with a language consultant, a speaker of a Bantu language from Africa. Instead of traveling to Africa, we will work in eliciting the language with the help of the language consultant in the classroom. Students will record the language, create linguistics report, and experience a different kind of cultural immersion. Students will also have a service learning requirement, working with refugees at the International Rescue Committee, majority of whom come from African countries. This experiential learning course will help build community ties with the greater Wichita area and it will also help in broadening the students' horizons by providing an opportunity to learn about the cultures and languages of the African subcontinent. Cross-listed as LING 668.

ENGL 680: Theory and Practice in Composition 

T 4:30-6:50
Instructor: Carrie Dickison 

Introduces theories of rhetoric, research in composition and writing programs, and practices in schools and colleges. Students investigate the process of writing, analyze varieties and samples of school writing, and develop their own writing skills by writing, revising and evaluating their own and others' work. Designed especially for prospective and practicing teachers; may not be taken for credit by students with credit in ENGL 780.