English Literature

Catherine S. Cox, Bible as Literature, Fall 2016

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) is the assigned primary text to be used for class, exam, and paper purposes. Additional materials within "fair use" copyright limits, primarily from Harris's Understanding the Bible, will be distributed in class occasionally and assigned as background and historical reading material to accompany the primary text. (Interested students might wish to consider purchasing the Harris book as an additional, though completely optional, resource.) Other optional materials for interested students will be available on the CourseWeb site for this course across the term as announced.

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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, 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

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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, Chaucer, Spring 2017

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 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, 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

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