Spring 2019

ENGL 230: Exploring Literature

MW 11:00-12:15
Instructor: TBA

M 7:05-9:45
Instructor: Emma Wiley

TR 9:30-10:45
Instructor: TBA

Instructor: Kerry Jones

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

You 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 11:30-12:45
Instructor: Dr Leisl Sachschewsky

The 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 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 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 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 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

An introductory course; the techniques and practice of imaginative writing in its varied forms, primarily literary poetry and fiction. Prerequisites: ENGL 101, 102.

ENGL 301: Fiction Writing

T 2:00-4:20
Instructor: Margaret Dawe

Primary emphasis on student writing of literary fiction. Students study form and technique by reading published works and apply those studies to the fiction they write. Course may be repeated once for a total of 6 hours credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 285 with a B- or better.

ENGL 303: Poetry Writing

M 2:00-4:20
Instructor: Sam Taylor

In this poetry workshop, we will focus on writing as a way of intimately exploring the world and the self.  This course will include a lot of fun, but it also requires an intense engagement with your whole being and should be entered with purpose and intention. Beyond any concern for product, we will prioritize each student's deepening relationship to the creative process itself-—beginning with freeing him/her from inhibitions, self-censorship, fears of vulnerability, and rational control, 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 indeed anything can happen. Throughout the semester, we will read diverse models of successful poems and gradually introduce formal considerations of the craft as we respond constructively to each other's work. 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 in an attempt to understand the complexities of the adaptation process and to compare the relative strengths and weaknesses of fiction and film as modes of storytelling.

ENGL 310: The Nature of Poetry

MW 9:30-10:45
Instructor: Dr. T.J. Boynton

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. General education advanced further study course.  Prerequisite: ENGL 102.

ENGL 315: Introduction to English Linguistics

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

The 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. General education advanced further study course. 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

The 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. General education advanced further study course. 

ENGL 330: The Nature of Fiction

MW 9:30-10:45
Instructor: Kerry Jones

This 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. General education advanced further study course. 

TR 4:30-5:45
Instructor: Ben Nickol

General education 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 multicultural literature, both classic and contemporary, including works by American Indian, African American, Asian American, and Hispanic American authors but not limited to these groups. As we read, we will try to enhance our understanding of how ethnic and national identities have been formed through literature, analyze the social, cultural, and political contexts that have shaped so-called “multicultural” writers’ perspectives, and examine how ever-changing definitions of race and ethnicity have contributed, at various times, to both the inclusion and exclusion of many authors from the American literary landscape. Course includes diversity content. 

ENGL 360: Major British Writers I

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

This 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. General education advanced further study course.  Prerequisite: ENGL 102.

ENGL 361: Major British Writers II

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

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. General education advanced further study course. 

ENGL 362: Major American Writers I

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

“Major American Writers I: Early American Literature in Context” 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, as well as secondary sources that 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: Dr. Jean Griffith

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. General education advanced further study course.  Prerequisite: ENGL 102.

ENGL 401: Fiction Workshop

W 2:00-4:20
Instructor: Ben Nickol

Advanced course. Manuscripts are critiqued to develop skill in writing, rewriting, and polishing literary fiction. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 301.

ENGL 403: Poetry Writing

M 2:00-4:20
Instructor: Sam Taylor 

Advanced course. Manuscripts are critiqued to develop skill in writing, rewriting and polishing literary poetry. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 303.

ENGL 517: Scripwriting I

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

ENGL 580AE: Game of Thrones: In Print, on Screen, and in Popular Culture

MW 11:00-12:15
Instructor: Dr. Jean Griffith

This special topics course will explore the world created by George R. R. Martin’s novel series A Song of Ice and Fire and what the popularity of both the novels and the HBO series A Game of Thrones might say about our world. Placing passages from Martin’s work alongside the television series, we will consider such questions as: How does Song/GoT construct good and evil? How does it construct power? What issues of gender, ethnicity, class, sexuality, body image, ability, politics, etc. are explored in the novels/series, and how are they explored? Who are the heroes in Martin’s world, and who are the villains? In addition to exploring Song/GoT themselves, throughout the semester we will look at multiple media sources to scrutinize the myriad and complex ways they have been received: how do different audiences interpret them differently? Why do certain groups identity with the characters they do? How do the novels and show get compared with other popular fantasy stories? Why is GoT such common fodder for internet memes? What does our love of GoT say about us? Students need not have read Martin’s novels, but they will need to have access to them, since we will be looking at various passages together. Students should, however, view the series before the semester starts and make sure they can review scenes/episodes (including the final season) during the semester. Assignments for the course will include presentations and research essays. Winter is coming to WSU!

ENGL 580AF: Language and Language Attitudes in the U.S.

R 4:30-6:50
Instructor: Dr. Mythili Menon

Cross-listed as LING 590M.

ENGL 590: Senior Seminar

M 4:30-6:50
Instructor: Dr. Rebeccah Bechtold

This version--"Divergent Voices: Race Relations in Early America"--examines the early American perception of racial difference as revealed in the prominent writings of the antebellum period. Throughout the semester, we will survey texts by both white and minority authors whose literary and extraliterary representations of Native Americans, Mexican-Americans, and African Americans altered not only early Americans’ attitudes toward racial difference, but their perception of gender and economic inequalities as well. In addition to our study of these early American writings, we will trace the lineages of these discourses to the present day in order to discuss the role of the humanities—and specifically the English degree—in today’s modern society. By the end of the semester, you will have compiled a final portfolio of your classwork that includes both your academic research as well as select professional documents appropriate to your specific post-degree plans.   

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 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.