Catherine S. Cox

Catherine S. Cox, Survey of English Literature 1, Fall 2018

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. Enrollment in EngLit 0055 presupposes academic skills appropriate for an introductory college literature course as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, and writing.

Materials Needed:

The Norton Anthology of English Literature, volume 1 (Abrams & Greenblatt, eds, 10th edition) is the assigned course textbook, to be used for class, exam, and paper purposes, available as a single volume or a three-part bundle. Texts are available at the UPJ Campus Bookstore or elsewhere if you wish, including online vendors. You will also need to take notes during class, to provide handwritten responses to quiz and exam questions, and to prepare out-of-class assignments as directed.

Catherine S. Cox, Bible as Literature, Fall 2018

Course Objectives:

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 while acquiring a knowledge of the texts in their original world and in relation to our own. We will analyze the literary selections in their historical, intellectual, cultural, and literary contexts, considering a variety of critical approaches. (While religious tradition is obviously an important cultural context, the course will neither endorse nor refute any specific doctrine or beliefs.) 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.
Required Texts:

The JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh (ISBN 10- 0827606974) is the assigned primary text to be used for class, exam, and paper purposes. Additional reading materials will be distributed in class occasionally and/or posted to CourseWeb to accompany the primary texts as announced. You will need to take notes during class (as described above), to write short answers by hand on exams (unless other arrangements are made), and to prepare the out-of-class assignments as directed.

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Catherine S. Cox, Grammar, Usage, and Style, Fall 2018

Course Objectives:

EngWrt 1130 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to master English grammar, usage, and style at the college level and to appreciate the written expression of the language more attentively and comprehensively. We will build upon a foundation of solid language skills and strive to become more proficient readers and writers. Enrollment in EngWrt 1130 presupposes academic skills appropriate for an upper-level writing course, including a college-level literacy and facility with Standard English (hence the EngCmp prerequisite), as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading, thinking, speaking, and writing about language and related topics.

Materials Needed:

There is one assigned textbook: Rules for Writers (Hacker and Sommers, 8th edition). We will be using this almost daily - for class, exercise, exam prep, and paper purposes. Additional required exercises and readings will be distributed in class and/or posted to the CourseWeb (as announced). You will need to take notes during class, to provide handwritten responses to exercise and exam questions, and to prepare out-of-class assignments as directed. Be sure your Pitt email is activated/forwarded for important batch announcements pertaining to assignments and class meetings if/as necessary.

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Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Fall 2018

Course Objectives:

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. Enrollment in EngLit 1553 – whether a program requirement or elective - 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 language and literature.

Materials Needed:

Baugh and Cable's A History of the English Language is the assigned course text for class and paper purposes; the 6th edition, now in inexpensive paperback, is available at the UPJ bookstore; hardback editions are available if you’d prefer. Additional required readings for each unit will be provided in class or posted on CourseWeb, as announced in class. You will need to take notes during class, to provide handwritten responses to exercise questions, and to prepare out-of-class assignments as directed.

Catherine S. Cox, Narrative Literature, Summer 2018

Course Objectives

EngLit 0080 is designed to offer interested students an opportunity to study a variety of narrative texts from classical epic to the modern novel to contemporary children’s literature to current arthouse film. We will read and analyze a range of narrative selections with an attentive consideration of the development of narrative form and of the relationship between voice and content; we will examine the works in their historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts and consider a variety of critical approaches. Enrollment in EngLit 0080 is selective, and presupposes academic skills appropriate for college work, as well as an active and open-minded interest in reading and writing about literature, art, people, and their cultural contexts.
This is a WoK “Global History & Culture” course, with the learning outcome of helping students develop their ability to analyze critically the differences and/or interconnectedness among peoples and their cultures.

Required Texts:

Four books, relatively inexpensive editions, are required for this course: Homer’s The Odyssey, Mandelbaum translation (10: 0553213997); Kundera’s Unbearable Lightness of Being (10: 0061148520); Bechdel’s Fun Home (10:0618871713); and Dubuc’s The Lion and the Bird (10:1592701515). The O’Brien short story text will be distributed in class; the film will be shown in class. You will need to bring basic classroom supplies--paper and writing utensils, necessary texts and related materials – and avail yourself of out-of-class document preparation and printing services (campus computer labs are equipped with Word software, poster templates, printers, etc). Access your Pitt email for batch announcements and reminders.

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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

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