ENGL 050: Classical Mythology
4 Credits – CRN 44618
Introduction to the study of the Greco-Roman myths in their social, political, and historical contexts. Equal emphasis on learning the myths and strategies for interpreting them as important evidence for studying classical antiquity.
ENGL 060: Dramatic Action
4 Credits – CRN 40105
English majors cannot use this course for WI
ENGL 098: Literature and Social Justice
4 Credits – CRN 44598
How do literary writers account for poverty in a land of extreme colonial wealth? How do they espouse the national ideal of freedom in an empire dedicated to slavery? How do they promote social equality in a nation where women are openly considered inferior to men? This course will confront these types of questions as we examine the strategies by which social justice causes such as poverty, prejudice, slavery, and feminism are established and promoted in representative texts from British and American fiction, poetry, music, art and philosophy. We will also use this course as an opportunity to investigate whether literature is an under-utilized space for thinking about the geneses of other contemporary causes associated with social justice. For instance, does the contemporary discourse about gay marriage owe its genesis to a series of lesbian marriages promoted in eighteenth-century fiction and newspapers?
ENGL 125: Heroes and Weirdos: British Literature 1
4 Credits – CRN 4107
Since its beginnings, English literature has grappled with questions of national identity and belonging. What does it mean to belong to a particular culture? Who gets to be part of an “us,” and who gets labeled as an outsider? In this course, we will explore how some of the “heroes” of British literature (e.g. Shakespeare, Milton, Behn, Blake) use both exemplary and oddball characters to define (and sometimes push the boundaries of) an idealized national identity – alongside some “weirdo” lesser-known texts that may completely up-end your expectations of early British literature. Throughout, we’ll pay attention to the relevance of these earlier texts to our present-day understandings of culture, belonging and national identities.