Catherine S. Cox

Catherine S. Cox, Reading Poetry, Summer 2016

Course Description

By studying various kinds of poetry from a number of sources, this course introduces students to particular forms of poetry and kinds of poetic language. Because poetry invites very close reading, students will explore various techniques for making sense of poems.

Required Texts:

-Poetry: An Introduction, ed. Michael Meyer (Bedford , 6th or 7th edition)

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Catherine S. Cox, Narrative Literature, Summer 2016

Course Description

Traces the course of narrative literature from the epic through the novel, with an emphasis on the search for form.

Required Texts:

-Bantam/Mandelbaum edition of Virgil's Aeneid
-Norton Critical Don Quijote
-Bantam/Ginsburg Notes from Underground
-Alison Bechdel's Fun Home

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Catherine S. Cox, Dante's Divine Comedy, Spring 2016

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, Chaucer, Spring 2016

Course Description

This course closely examines major works by Chaucer—The Canterbury Tales and Troilus and Criseyde. Students will view Chaucer's work in its historical, social, artistic, and intellectual contexts. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-The Riverside Chaucer

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Catherine S. Cox, Introduction to Shakespeare, Spring 2016

Course Description

This course will focus on a number of Shakespeare's major plays from all phases of his career. Class discussion will consider the historical context of the plays, their characterization, theatrical technique, imagery, language, and themes. Every attempt will be made to see the plays both as poems and as dramatic events.

Required Texts:

-Yale/Annotated Romeo and Juliet
-Yale/Annotated A Midsummer Night's Dream
-Signet Classic Hamlet
-Ian Pollack Graphic Shakespeare edition of King Lear

Syllabus: 

Catherine S. Cox, Reading Poetry, Spring 2016

Course Description

By studying various kinds of poetry from a number of sources, this course introduces students to particular forms of poetry and kinds of poetic language. Because poetry invites very close reading, students will explore various techniques for making sense of poems.

Required Texts:

-Poetry: An Introduction, ed. Michael Meyer (Bedford , 6th or 7th edition)

Syllabus: 

Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Fall 2015

Course Description

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 from its Indo-European origins to its current form in the United States today. 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 that correspond to the time, place, and purpose of their creation and circulation within this context. Enrollment in EngLit 1553 is selective and 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. The course is WE, writing enhanced, for GenEd purposes.

Required Texts:

-Baugh and Cable's A History of the English Language, in either the revised 6th edition or recent 5th edition

Catherine S. Cox, History of Literary Criticism, Fall 2015

Course Description

This course concentrates on the major developments in the history of literary thought and criticism from Plato to modern and postmodern developments. The major documents of literary criticism are studied in relation to the contexts—historical, cultural, and philosophical—that gave rise to these responses. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-The Norton Anthology of Theory & Criticism, second edition

Catherine S. Cox, Bible as Literature, Fall 2015

Course Description

This introductory course acquaints students with what is in the Bible and provides background information drawn from various disciplines about the elements and issues that give it its distinctive character. Attention is necessarily given to its religious perspectives, as they govern the nature and point of view of the biblical narratives, but no specific religious view is urged.

Required Texts:

-The JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh (ISBN 10- 0827606974)
-Harris's Understanding the Bible (optional)

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Catherine S. Cox, Reading Poetry, Fall 2015

Course Description

By studying various kinds of poetry from a number of sources, this course introduces students to particular forms of poetry and kinds of poetic language. Because poetry invites very close reading, students will explore various techniques for making sense of poems.

Required Texts:

-Poetry: An Introduction, ed. Michael Meyer (Bedford , 6th or 7th edition)

Syllabus: 

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