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SPRING 2016 English Department Course Descriptions

EN 103:   Literary Culture of the East: Israeli & Arab

Instructor: Professor Louis Martin
An exploration of non-Western culture via literary forms such as film, prose, and poetry, this course places cultural understandings in context and relates the past to the present.  This semester the course will focus on Israeli and Arabic films and poetry.  (Core, Non-Western Cultural Heritage) 
MF 2:00-3:20

EN 170  Ecology in Short Fiction 
Instructor: Professor Matt Skillen and Professor David Bowne
Ecology in Short Fiction is a course that joins the study of ecology with the art of creative writing. Students will participate in a number of discussions about the science and study of ecology as well as read a variety of short stories in which ecological principles are illustrated in the text. Students will also engage in the creative writing process to write their own eco-fiction story (Core, CE or NPS (non-lab))
TH 12:30

EN 200 Major British Writers

Instructor: Professor Kimberly Adams
Major British Writers is a survey introducing English majors and minors to the literature of Britain and the British empire, to important literary and historical concepts, and to interpretive and writing techniques.  The Romantic period (1785-1830) will be defined by the writers William Blake, William Wordsworth, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and Mary Shelley, and the Victorian period (1830-1901) by Thomas Carlyle, Charles Dickens, and John Ruskin.  For the twentieth and twenty-first century, we will open our lens to consider authors from countries once colonized by Britain, such as Ireland and India.  Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is the central text of the course, helping us to think about the monsters that define and horrify each age—monsters such as modern technology, industrialization, imperialism, war, and the violence found within.  EN 200 satisfies requirements for all three English concentrations. (English major)
TH 12:30

EN 220: British Literature- Renaissance- Woman and Man
Instructor: Professor Louis Martin
This course explores the cultural heritage of the English Renaissance through the literature of the period.  We will discuss widely different aspects of the time such as cosmology, political issues, sex roles, and aesthetics.  We will also consider how Queen Elizabeth, William Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, John Donne, Andrew Marvell and other important figures shaped the Renaissance, and how the Renaissance contributed to the shaping of modern attitudes.( English major; Core, Western Cultural Heritage; GWR)
MF 11:00

EN 220: British Literature-Medieval-Romance & War
Instructor: Professor Louis Martin
This course explores the cultural heritage of Medieval England through the literature of the period.  We will discuss widely different aspects of the time such as aesthetics, political issues, sex roles, and chivalric values.  Alfred the Great, Cynewulf, William the Conqueror, Chaucer, The Pearl Poet and other important figures helped shape 1,000 years of English literature, and we will consider ways that Medieval attitudes contributed to the culture of later ages up through current times. ( English major; Core, Western Cultural Heritage; GWR)
MF 9:30  

EN 230:  British Literature- Romantic:  Nature of Revolution
Instructor: Professor Suzanne Webster
This course examines seminal works of poetry and prose from the British Romantic period (c.1770/1789–1835). Works explored include representative examples of this era's most popular genres and forms (e.g., lyric poems, magazines, ballad stanzas, and blank verse). The works cover a wide range of subjects and themes, from social justice and revolution to self-consciousness and the Sublime.  (English major; Core, Western Cultural Heritage; GWR)
WF 12:30

EN 230: British Literature: Victorian- Gender & Ambition
Instructor: Professor Kimberly Adams
Self-made men and fallen women.  Treacherous aristocrats and a madwoman in the attic.  A teenaged governess in love with her employer, and a female Methodist preacher who works in a factory.  The Virgin Mary, the Lady of Shalott, Lancelot.  These are some of the figures we will encounter in British literature and art from the Victorian age (1830-1901).  We will read two novels, George Eliot’s Adam Bede and Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre; Poems by Alfred Tennyson, Robert Browning, and Gerard Manley Hopkins; and some literary criticism.  We will also look at paintings by Pre-Raphaelite artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt. (English major; Core, Western Cultural Heritage; GWR)
TH 9:30

EN 240: American Literature-Realism:  Gender, Race & Money
Instructor: Professor John Rohrkemper
This course will examine the literature of the United States from about 1865 till 1914, from the end of the Civil War to the beginning of the First World War. We will consider this writing in the context of the social, cultural, and political history of one of the most tumultuous and formative periods of American history. We will read the work of such writers as Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Henry James, Stephen Crane, W.E.B. DuBois, and Kate Chopin (English major; Core, Western Cultural Heritage; GWR)
TH 11:00 & 2:00

EN 245: Growing Up in America
Instructor: Professor Carmine Sarracino
This is a course in which we explore what is distinctive about America, and what it means to grow up here rather than elsewhere in the world. What are the social and cultural forces that shape us in our formative years? For example, my book, The Porning of America, published in 2008, examined the way porn saturates all aspects of our popular culture-movies, music, advertisements, magazines, clothing styles, language- and therefore has become a very powerful influence on us all. (English major; Core, Humanities; GWR)
TH 9:30 & 11:00

EN 251: Multicultural Lierature
Instructor: Professor John Rohrkemper
This course will focus on the rich diversity of contemporary American culture and literature with a special emphasis on the experiences of recent immigrants. Sample text: Sandra Cisneros’ The House on Mango Street (English major; Core-Humanities; GWR)
MW 9:30

EN 317: Narrative & Film: Austen & G. Eliot
Instructor: Professor Kimberly Adams
We will read three British novels about courtship and marriage—Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park and George Eliot’s Daniel Deronda—and will watch films based on them.  Pride and Prejudice is “light & bright & sparkling,” as Austen said.  But the other two novels reveal more somber aspects of a young woman’s life.  Mansfield Park resembles Jane Eyre, if Jane had never gotten away from those disdainful cousins.  And Eliot (whose real name was Marian Evans) revises Pride and Prejudice by showing marital entrapment resulting from an ambitious and mistaken choice.  The three films for the course—Bride and Prejudice, Patricia Rozema’s Mansfield Park, and the BBC production of Daniel Deronda—make use of (post)colonial and European settings, which will help us consider inequities of race/ethnicity and religion as well as of gender, money, and status in the worlds of Austen and Eliot.  This course fulfills the Genre/Themes requirement for the English major and minor and also counts toward the Film Studies and Women and Gender Studies minor. (English major)
TH 2:00

EN 370: Composing in Digital Platforms
Instructor: Professor Matt Skillen
What is your Elizabethtown College story? It is a question with thousands of answers because everyone who has ever interacted with our college and our town has a compelling story to tell.  In this course students will study and apply place-based writing approaches to tell his or her own Elizabethtown story, and each will use digital tools (Instagram, Vine, high definition video cameras, and non-linear editing software) to produce and share their new compositions with an online audience.  There are no pre-requisites to take the course and the credit earned in this course can be applied an approved elective to your English major. (English major)
MW 9:30

EN 430: British Authors: Byron & Shelley
Instructor:  Professor Suzanne Webster
This course will examine poetry and prose written by the radical Second Generation Romantic authors, George Gordon Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley. In the contexts of their lives and historical backgrounds, we will explore some of the letters that the men wrote to each other; selections from several of Byron's "short epic" poems; Shelley's tract in support of vegetarianism; some of the men's most famous lyric poems; and parts of a guide book, or travel-writing text, published by Shelley and his wife, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin Shelley. This course will likely challenge any perceptions you may have that eighteenth- to nineteenth-century authors are not exciting to study! (English Major)
WF 2:00


EN 180: Introduction to Creative Writing: Poetry and Poetics
Although we may not always be aware of it, the form or structure of an idea—the manner in which it is presented to us—matters just as much as its substance. Sometimes, form and content work together harmoniously: sometimes, though, they seem to jar, as if message and means are at odds. Students taking this course will engage with the “form/content” dynamic both as readers and as writers, doing so in the context of works composed in four “closed” poetic forms: couplets, quatrains, sonnets, and blank verse. While exploring and learning from the compositions of eminent English and British poets, from William Shakespeare to Don Patterson, class-members will produce four poems of their own, one in each of the poetic forms named above. This course offers a solid examination of composition techniques employed in the majority of poems written between the Renaissance and the early twentieth century; and students who have read and written poetry in the free verse form will find that this class involves the development of quite different technical skills and disciplines.(Core, Creative Expression; Creative Writing minor)
WF 9:30

EN 185: Introduction to Professional Writing
Instructor: Professor David Downing
This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of research, writing, and editing tasks most common to professional writers. We will discuss guidelines, contexts, and good and bad models of writing in the worlds of journalism, business and advertising, technical writing, book or magazine publishing, and webpage design.  (English major)
MW 12:30

EN 281: Writing and Analyzing the Short Story
Instructor: Professor Jesse Waters
Some say short fiction is dying – but is it dead? Most people don’t read short stories unless they have to, or have the genre thrust upon them by another person. Still, short stories can be powerful, and convenient – they often pack a powerful punch, be it emotional, intellectual or psychological, and they’re economic in the sense that a short story can (usually) be read in its entirety in one sitting. English 281 is an introduction to the analysis and creation of short stories, and the classic components of what a short story is. Students will exploit concepts of literary criticism in order to discuss and write about short fiction, and will exercise their understanding of the elements of fiction to generate a variety of topic papers, including (but not limited to) a research paper and one original, new short story. Through these various approaches, students will increase their comfort level in working with the genre. (English major; Core, Creative Expression; GWR)
MF 11:00 & 12:30

EN 285:  Business and Public Relations Writing
Instructor: Professor David Downing
Students will learn the most common writing tasks in business and public relations, including instruction and practice in writing and laying-out news releases, brochures, newsletters, in-house proposals, feasibility studies, and business plans. (English major) Register by Instructor
TH 12:30

EN 286: Creative Non-Fiction
Instructor: Professor Mark Harman
While essay writing is challenging, it can also be--contrary to popular opinion--great fun. In this course, we read a range of stimulating and provocative essays from Ancient Greece to the present day. Inspired by this exposure to experienced writers in the genre, students then write their own personal, creative essays.(English major) Register by Instructor
MW 9:30

CW 386: Word, Web, and Design
Instructor: Professor Matt Willen
This course counts as the capstone course for the Creative Writing minor, and as a publishing course in the English: Professional Writing major track. In the spring semester, we will begin by developing websites, integrating principles of design and multimedia elements. Students will also learn the principles of writing for the web, and will do some creative projects for the web. Following the introduction to websites and internet design, we will take a foray into alternative forms of print publishing and dynamic media. NOTE: This course is for Junior and Senior majors and minors. Students enrolled in this course are expected to have a portfolio of creative and/or professional writing and projects with which to work in this course. Students without a portfolio should wait to take this course until they have developed one.(English major; Creative Writing minor,) Register by Instructor
W 2:00-5:00

LAT 112:  Elementary Latin 2
Instructor:  Professor Jennifer Besse
This course is designed for students to continue their study of the Latin language and the history, philosophy, religion, literature, and sentiments expressed by it.  Students will build on the knowledge learned in Latin 1 by exploring more advanced concepts in the structure and grammar of the language. Additionally, this course will provide students with an understanding of Roman history and culture in order to further their ability to make informed translations of Latin into English.  Class sessions will include discussion of new grammatical concepts, reading practice, review of homework assignments, and discussion of cultural nuances.  Because the course is designed to develop the ability to read Latin, quizzes and exams will emphasize translation from Latin into English.  Some homework exercises, however, will ask students to translate English into Latin. After completing this course, students will have a good foundation for the reading and study of authentic texts by Latin authors. (Core, Power of Language)
MWF 2:00-3:20


EN 301:  English Grammar and Linguistics

Instructor: Professor Matt Skillen
This course dedicated to the study of the English language system. Students enrolled in the course will gain new insight and understanding on the language and learn how to pass on their passion for the language to others.(English major, English Education concentration) 
TH 11:00

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