English Literature

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, Chaucer, Spring 2011

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, Chaucer, Spring 2013

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

Syllabus: 
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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

Syllabus: 
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Catherine S. Cox, History of Literary Criticism, Fall 2012

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, is the assigned text for class and paper purposes; you will also need Milan Kundera's The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Harper paperback) late in the term. Additional readings will be made available online through CourseWeb or for use at the library, to supplement textbook material and to aid in the preparation of the course paper.

Catherine S. Cox, History of Literary Criticism, Fall 2013

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, is the assigned text for class and paper purposes. Additional readings will be made available online through CourseWeb or distributed in class within copyright allowances, to supplement textbook material and to aid in the preparation of the course paper. Be sure to activate your Pitt email or have it forwarded, since important updates and information will arrive via batch email.

Catherine S. Cox, History of Literary Criticism, Fall 2014

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, 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, History of the English Language, Fall 2012

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, 5th edition, is the assigned course text for class and paper purposes; additional required readings for each unit will be provided in class or posted on CourseWeb. Additional optional materials will be posted on CourseWeb as well; interested students are invited to consider using these items to supplement the material covered in class and to aid in the preparation of papers.

Syllabus: 

Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Fall 2013

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, 5th edition, is the assigned course text for class and paper purposes; additional required readings for each unit will be provided in class or posted on CourseWeb. Additional optional materials will be posted on CourseWeb as well; interested students are invited to consider using these items to supplement the material covered in class and to aid in the preparation of papers.

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