Catherine S. Cox

Catherine S. Cox, Chaucer, Spring 2018

Course Description:

EngLit 1116 is a major-author seminar designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study critically Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, along with other shorter pieces and excerpts. We will examine the texts in their historical, cultural, intellectual, and literary contexts, and consider a variety of critical approaches. You will acquire a solid knowledge of the literary accomplishments for which Chaucer is known, and build an informed understanding of his significance to literary history and critical practice; you will also develop skills in close reading, critical thinking, and effective speaking and writing. Enrollment in EngLit 1116 is selective, and presupposes academic skills appropriate for upper-division college work, as well as an active and open-minded interest in literature and its relationship to the larger world.

Required Text:

The Riverside Chaucer

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Catherine S. Cox, Dante's Divine Comedy, Spring 2018

Course Description:

EngLit 1033 / ITAL 1181 (cross-listed) offers interested students an opportunity to study, in English translation, Dante's Divine Comedy, generally considered to be one of the most aesthetically and intellectually accomplished literary works of all time. We will examine the work in its historical, intellectual, and literary contexts, considering a variety of critical approaches, with the goal of developing critical skills in reading, thinking, and writing, and gaining the kind of knowledge and insight that the attentive study of great texts in the humanities offers.

Required Texts:

The Bantam dual-language editions of Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (trans. Allen Mandelbaum). ISBN 10: 0553213393; 055321344X; 0553212044.

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Catherine S. Cox, History of Literary Criticism, Spring 2018

Course Description:

This course is designed to give interested students an opportunity to study major developments in the history of literary criticism from Plato to the present day. We will consider the broad chronological development of theory and practice in relation to significant historical and cultural events and conditions via a representative sampling of primary works of criticism, and we will explore a variety of textual applications, availing ourselves of current resources, technologies, and approaches. Enrollment in EngLit 1021 presupposes academic skills appropriate for upper-level college work as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing critically about literature and culture.

Required Text:

The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, second edition.

Catherine S. Cox, Composition 2, Spring 2018

Course Description:

In this semester long course, students further refine their ability to express themselves with clarity and coherence in writing, demonstrate an understanding of the qualities inherent in various genres of writing, refine their ability to understand, employ, and effectively integrate various types of evidence in their written work, and learn how to conduct research on that topic using a variety of scholarly and popular sources and produce college level research papers.

Required Texts:

- The Writer’s FAQs, 6th edition (ISBN 978-0-13-413305-8)
- Touchstone Anthology of Contemporary Creative Nonfiction (ISBN 978-1-4165-3174-6)

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Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Fall 2017

Course Descriptions:

EngLit 1553 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study the cultural and linguistic history of the English language as it has evolved. We will consider the broad historical trajectory of linguistic development and discursive practices in relation to significant historical events and conditions, and examine a chronological sampling of English texts within these contexts. You will acquire a solid knowledge foundation in language elements and linguistic terminology, and develop a detailed understanding of the evolution of the English language across its eras and texts.

Materials Needed:

Baugh and Cable's A History of the English Language

Catherine S. Cox, Bible as Literature, Fall 2017

Course Description:

EngLit 0598 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study, in English translation, the poetry and prose of the Hebrew Bible, developing skills in close reading, critical thinking, and rhetorically effective writing. We will analyze the literary selections in their historical, intellectual, and literary contexts, considering a variety of critical approaches. Enrollment in EngLit 0598 is selective, and presupposes academic skills appropriate for an introductory college literature course, as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing. (While religious tradition is obviously an important cultural context, the course will neither endorse nor refute any specific doctrine or beliefs.)

Materials Needed:

The JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh (ISBN 10- 0827606974)

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Catherine S. Cox, Survey of English Literature 1, Fall 2017

Course Description:

EngLit 0055 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to become acquainted with major texts and authors of English literature from its medieval origins to the 18the century. We will examine a chronological sequence of text selections covering a range of genres and themes in relation to their historical, intellectual, and literary contexts and while considering a variety of critical approaches; you will acquire a solid survey knowledge of English authors, texts, and eras, as well as develop skills in close reading, critical thinking, and rhetorically sound writing.

Materials Needed:

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, volume 1 (Abrams & Greenblatt, eds, 9th edition).

Catherine S. Cox, Composition 1, Fall 2017

Course Description:

EngCmp 0005, the first course of UPJ's standard two-course composition sequence, is designed for students of all majors and is intended to help students build a foundation of core academic skills in close reading, critical thinking, effective expression, attentive documentation, and rhetorically sound writing necessary for success both in completing college curricula and in entering professional careers of choice. Enrollment in EngCmp 0005 presupposes a facility with standard written and spoken English appropriate for freshman-level college work; in addition, you should have, or be willing to develop, an active and open-minded interest in academic preparation and collegial interaction appropriate for the level and scope of the course.

Materials Needed:

- Patterns for College Writing, with the 2016 MLA Update (ISBN 978-1-319-08806-6)
- The Writer’s FAQs, 6th edition (ISBN 978-0-13-413305-8)

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Catherine S. Cox, Dante's Divine Comedy, Spring 2017

Course Description

This course examines Dante's Divine Comedy, in English translation, in its historical, intellectual, and literary contexts, considering a variety of critical approaches.

Required Texts:

-Bantam dual-language editions of Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (trans. Allen Mandelbaum)

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Catherine S. Cox, Advanced Shakespeare, Spring 2017

Course Description

EngLit1129 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to explore Shakespeare's artistry and accomplishment at a level beyond the typical introductory course. Shakespeare is widely considered to be the most significant and influential dramatist in the history of English literature; we will consider why and how, examining a sequence of text selections, covering a range of genres and themes, in relation to their historical, intellectual, and literary contexts, and exploring a variety of critical approaches, including performance studies. Enrollment in EngLit 1129 presupposes academic skills appropriate for a major-author literature course, as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, discussing, and writing, our goal being to develop skills, knowledge, and critical insights in the process.

Required Texts:

We will read closely and analyze critically a series of four texts, supplemented by performances via various media: Hamlet, Merchant of Venice, Taming of the Shrew, Richard III.

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