English Literature

Catherine S. Cox, History of the English Language, Fall 2014

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 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 the English Language, Spring 2011

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

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

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Catherine S. Cox, Narrative Literature, Summer 2014

Course Description

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

Required Texts:

Norton Critical Don Quijote
Bantam/Ginsburg Notes from Underground
New Directions/Levitin Soulstorm.

Syllabus: 

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

Syllabus: 

Catherine S. Cox, Reading Poetry, Fall 2012

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 edition)

Syllabus: 

Catherine S. Cox, Reading Poetry, Fall 2014

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, 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: 

Catherine S. Cox, Reading Poetry, Spring 2013

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 , 7th edition)

Syllabus: 

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