ENG 103 - THE COLLEGE ESSAY (3)
What does it mean to write at the college level? Focus on the organization, coherence, and development required for college papers. Intensive study of the conventions of written English, including grammar, punctuation, and sentence construction. Placement determined by the Writing Program staff.
Fall semester. Department.
ENG 104 - ACADEMIC WRITING I (3)
(GEN. ED. #1) Introduction to the rhetorical and mechanical skills necessary to develop confident, informed academic voices. Study and practice of writing processes, including critical reading, collaboration, revision, and editing. Focuses on the aims, strategies, and conventions of academic prose, especially analysis and argumentation. May confer college writing proficiency based on student portfolio. Placement determined by the Writing Program.
Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Department.
ENG 105 - ACADEMIC WRITING II (3)
(GEN. ED. #1) (LER-WP) Advanced study and practice in the development of an academic voice, preparing students to engage with more complex and specialized texts and questions. Students plan, write, and revise several papers, honing their rhetorical skills and developing strategies for analysis, argumentation, and integration of both primary and secondary sources. Those who demonstrate their ability to write on the college level will earn college writing proficiency. Prerequisite: ENG 104 or permission of the Writing Program.
Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Department.
ENG 106 - ACADEMIC WRITING III (3)
(GEN. ED. #1) (LER - WP) Focuses on refining questions for writing, finding, evaluating, and incorporating evidence and writing rhetorically and grammatically correct and engaging prose. By adding tutorial instruction to classroom work, the course provides each student with intensive, individualized practice. Designed specifically for students who have not yet achieved college writing proficiency, the course allows those who demonstrate their ability to write on the college level to earn proficiency. Placement determined by the Writing Program.
Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Department.
ENG 111 - MASTERPIECES OF ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)
(GEN. ED. #9) (LER-TXT) An introduction to college-level analysis of major works of literature in various genres. Texts and emphases will vary with the instructor.
Spring semester. Department.
ENG 112 - ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE FICTION (3)
(GEN. ED. #11) (LER-ENV) An introduction to college-level analysis of major works of literature. We will be reading (and viewing) science fiction with plots and characters that will help us imagine the consequences of our action or our inaction for environmental sustainability and perhaps give us the courage to unflinchingly examine our situation and save our environment.
ENG 120 - INTRODUCTION TO FICTION WRITING (3)
(GEN. ED. #8) (LER-ARC) Introductory weekly seminar/workshop, developing basic techniques of fiction writing: plotting, characterization, imagery, tone, and other fundamentals. The discussion group employs student work as text along with exemplary works of fiction.
Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Turtle, Flann, U'Ren.
ENG 200 - CLOSE READING, CRITICAL WRITING (3)
(GEN. ED. #7) This course is intended to provide new English majors with the skills that will enable them to approach unfamiliar texts with confidence. Students will learn what is meant by — and how to perform — close readings of texts. Students will also explore how one goes about conducting literary research. Overall, this course intends to provide a strong foundation to make future encounters with literature more meaningful and rewarding. Students can obtain writing proficiency in the major in this course. Prerequisite: limited to students who have completed their college writing proficiency and are considering a major or minor in English. May confer writing proficiency in the major.
Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Department.
ENG 202 - SHORT-STORY WRITING (3)
(GEN. ED. #8) (LER-ARC) Fiction techniques with special attention to the short story. Supervision of individual short stories. Seminar discussion of student work. Prerequisite: submission of a sample of fiction writing to the instructor.
Fall semester, repeated spring semester. U'Ren, Flann, Turtle.
ENG 203 - FEATURE WRITING FOR NEWSPAPERS AND MAGAZINES (3)
Intensive writing workshop stressing techniques of interviewing and organizing material into feature stories. Interviews of various subjects from the community. Weekly stories. Final project aimed at publication.
ENG 205 - INTRODUCTORY POETRY WORKSHOP (3)
(GEN. ED. #8) (LER-ARC) A poetry-writing course with in-class discussion of each class member's poems. Assignments in common poetic forms (sonnet, sestina) as well as "free verse." Readings in recent British and American poetry. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
Fall semester. Turtle.
ENG 206 - PROFESSIONAL COMMUNICATION (3)
Techniques of and practice in writing audience-oriented communication, including essays, reports, surveys, abstracts, persuasive arguments, and articles based on primary and secondary research and experimentation. Students will often work collaboratively and in real-world settings. Prerequisites: college writing proficiency. Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Department.
ENG 208 - JOURNALISM WORKSHOP (3)
Introduction to the basic techniques of journalism and practice in forms of news, interviews, features, and reviews. Critical study of the media and theories of the press. Guest lectures by professional journalists. Prerequisite: college writing proficiency.
ENG 211 - ENGLISH LITERATURE: BEOWULF TO DRYDEN (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) Comparative study of the literary forms and attitudes dominant in England from Beowulf to Dryden. Prerequisite: college writing proficiency or sophomore standing.
Fall semester. Sanders, Myers.
ENG 212 - ENGLISH LITERATURE: POPE TO ELIOT (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) Comparative study of the literary forms and attitudes dominant in the British Isles from the beginning of the 18th century to the Early Modern period. Prerequisite: ENG 200 (or concurrent enrollment).
Spring semester. Wells, Rauwerda.
ENG 215 - LITERARY THEORY: EIGHT WAYS OF LOOKING AT A TEXT (3)
(GEN. ED. #9) This course explores why we do what we do. Prerequisite: English 200 or permission of instructor.
Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Sanders, Tokarczyk, Marchand.
ENG 219 - LINGUISTICS (3)
An introduction to modern linguistics, with special attention to grammatical structures, word and sound formation, and semantics. The course also explores recent linguistic theories, as well as the history of the English language. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.
Spring semester. Alternate years. Garrett.
ENG 221 - THEORIES OF COMPOSING, TUTORING, AND TEACHING (3)
Designed for students who are recommended as potential Writing Center tutors; students who are interested in teaching careers; and students in the cognitive studies and theory, culture, and interpretation concentrations. Study of current theory and research on how writers write and what teaching methods are most effective. Discussion of collaborative learning, error analysis, writing styles, and tutoring strategies. One hour a week peer tutoring in Writing Center required. Prerequisites: college writing proficiency; the instructor's permission based on a recommendation by a Goucher College faculty member; and instructor's review of college transcript, a writing sample, and an interview.
Fall semester. Tokarczyk.
ENG 222 - WOMEN AND LITERATURE (3)
(WS 222) (GEN. ED. #9 and #10) Topic will be posted in the course registration booklet.
Variable semesters. Department.
ENG 226 - CREATIVE NONFICTION I (3)
(GEN. ED. #8) (LER - ARC) An introduction to the techniques of creative nonfiction and possible subjects. Emphasis on memoir. Peer revision, readings of contemporary essays, conferences. Prerequisite: certified proficiency in writing or instructor's permission.
Fall semester, repeated spring semester. Tokarczyk, Flann.
ENG 230 - THE CLASSICAL TRADITION (3)
(GEN. ED. #4) This survey of Greek and Roman literature will provide useful background for further study in English literature and such fields as women's studies, theater, anthropology, and history. The focus will be "Greece to Rome to America," studying our reception of the ancient world's values and its literature's strategies for representing war and peace, love and hatred, justice and injustice, and other foundational cultural concepts.
ENG 232 - SHAKESPEARE (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) Study of plays in all of the Shakespearean genres and an introduction to the criticism of the plays. Viewing one or two plays to supplement an approach to the plays as drama. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.
Spring semester. Myers.
ENG 240 - MEDIEVAL LITERATURE (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) (LER-TXT AND DIV) Study of a major author or a broad issue in the literature of the Middle Ages. Aesthetic and cultural study of Medieval English verse and prose to rediscover pre-Modern cultural values. Emphasis on oral performance in pre-literate communities, manuscript construction and circulation, and the 15th-century transition to moveable type printed editions, using digital voice boards, original manuscripts, and early print editions from Goucher's Special Collections and the instructor's collection, and in facsimile. Chaucer, the anonymous "Gawain"(or "Pearl") poet, Malory, and other anonymous romancers, lyric poets, and dramatists. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or permission of instructor.
Variable semesters. Sanders.
ENG 241 - ARCHEOLOGY OF TEXT (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #7) This interdisciplinary English course uses hands-on "laboratory" methods to introduce students to archival research using Goucher's Rare Book Collection and online digital archives. Working backward in time, from the present to the Early Modern and Medieval periods, the course will survey ways people have packaged and used written/visual information, from digital media to early printed books to manuscripts. After training in codicology (rare book and document analysis), iconography (study of visual design), and paleography (study of old handwriting) students will conduct independent research using materials from Special Collections and Archives. Field trips to the Garrett Library (Johns Hopkins), the Library of Congress Rare Book Collection, and the Folger Shakespeare Library. Students who have completed the course will be equipped to do additional archival research in 200- and 300-level courses, and for continued work in Special Collections and Archives and internships at Johns Hopkins, Library of Congress, and the Folger. Prerequisite: college writing proficiency or permission of instructor.
Fall semester. Sanders.
ENG 242 - FROM PURITAN DIARIES TO OPRAH'S BOOK CLUB: READERS AND WRITERS IN AMERICAN HISTORY (4)
(HIS 242)(AMS 242) Using insights gleaned from various disciplines, this course examines the history of reading and writing in America. In particular, we will study how written texts are produced, disseminated,
and consumed. Topics include Indians and the discovery of print; the sentimental novel; slave narratives; religious readers; the making of an American literary canon; comic books in modern America; and, of course, Oprah's book club. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or HIS 110 or HIS 111.
Alternate years. Hale.
ENG 243 - RENAISSANCE LITERATURE (3)
Study of a major author or broad issue in the literature of the Renaissance, from Sidney to Massinger, emphasizing Shakespeare and his contemporaries. Prerequisite: ENG 211.
Variable semesters. Myers.
ENG 246 - ENGLISH LITERATURE 1660-1800 (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) Studies of major literary themes and traditions in historical, intellectual, political, and aesthetic contexts. Extensive readings in Swift, Pope, Johnson, and Austen. Prerequisite: ENG 212.
ENG 249 - THE LEGACY OF SLAVERY (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #10) In this interdisciplinary course on African-American literature, culture, and history students will examine the impact and legacy of slavery on the experiences of all Americans, but particularly African Americans as they negotiate and define "freedom" for themselves throughout history. The theme of enslavement will be explored from the American Colonial period to the present in literary genres that include slave narratives, poetry, drama, fiction, nonfiction, and science fiction. Authors include Butler, Chesnutt, Douglass, Hansberry, Ellison, and Wright. Prerequisite: college writing proficiency, permission of the instructor, or sophomore standing.
Variable semesters. Robinson.
ENG 250 - AMERICAN LITERATURE I (3)
This course explores issues of nationality, spirituality, race, gender, and sexuality from the Colonial period to the Civil War in literary genres that include letters, journals, essays, poetry, the sermon, autobiography, short story, novel, and the slave narrative. Prerequisite: college writing proficiency.
Fall semester. Robinson.
ENG 254 - AMERICAN LITERATURE II (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) This course traces developments in American literature from the 1880s through the 1920s, a period dominated by the rags-to-riches plot. Students will explore how writers such as Alger (Ragged Dick), Twain (Puddn'head Wilson), Dreiser (Sister Carrie), James (Daisy Miller), Wharton (The House of Mirth), Chopin (The Awakening), Chesnutt (The Passing of Grandison), Norris (McTeague), and Burroughs (Tarzan) obsessively reworked this plot, even as they grappled with the moral costs of social ambition and the obstacles that women, minorities, and the lower classes faced in their struggle upward. Prerequisite: college writing proficiency.
Spring semester. Marchand.
ENG 255 - THE MODERN AMERICAN NOVEL (3)
(GEN. ED. #9) Studies of modern American fiction. Special topics. Announced prior to registration.
Variable semesters. Cordish.
ENG 256 - MULTIETHNIC AMERICAN LITERATURE ()
(GEN. ED. #9) (LER-TXT AND DIV) An examination of literature written by Americans of various ethnic and racial backgrounds. Works studied may include Native American tales, Sui Sin Far, Anzia, Yezierska, Rudolfo Anaya, and Maxine Hong Kingston. Course also discusses theories of ethnic literature and immigrant experience. Prerequisite: college writing proficiency.
Variable semesters. Tokarczyk, Robinson.
ENG 257 - ROMANTICISM (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) Prerequisite: ENG 212 or sophomore standing.
Spring semester. Alternate years. Wells.
ENG 259 - THE VICTORIAN PERIOD (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) Topic: The Education of the Senses. A study of the worship of beauty in the Victorian period, including Pre-Raphaelitism in literature and painting, aestheticism, decadence, and the fascination with femmes fatales as "idols of perversity."
Alternate years. Wells.
ENG 260 - THE EARLY ENGLISH NOVEL (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) Study of the themes and forms of major 18th- and early 19th-century novels within the context of social and intellectual history. Works by Defoe, Richardson, Fielding, Sterne, Austen. Prerequisite: Frontiers or sophomore standing.
Variable semesters. Alternate years. Wells
ENG 264 - THE VICTORIAN ENGLISH NOVEL (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) Study of the themes and forms of major Victorian and early 20th-century novels within the context of social and intellectual history. Works by Dickens, Eliot, Thackery, Hardy, Conrad, Ford. Prerequisite: Frontiers or sophomore standing.
ENG 270 - MODERNISM (3)
(GEN. ED. #9) (LER-TXT) "Text and the City." This course is a study of important works of literature that are situated intricately and with great spatial specificity into the geography of a major city during the first half of the 20th century. Our primary task is to measure the effect of the modern urban experience — social, political, psychological, kinetic — on modern consciousness and consequently on literary content and form. We explore how works by Forster, Joyce, Woolf, Eliot, Auden, Isherwood, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, and Rhys appropriate and transform city space into literary space. Beginning with a look at the age-old polarity of country and city, we move to several of the great metropolitan and artistic centers of the era: Dublin, London, Berlin, and Paris. In the process, we also chart the arc of the historical times: World War I, the boom and high modernism, the bust, and decline toward World War II. Preq: writing proficiency.
ENG 272G - INTENSIVE COURSE ABROAD: SHAKESPEARE: STAGE AND PAGE (3)
(GEN. ED. #3) This course examines the relationship between Shakespeare as literature and Shakespeare as theater; we examine Shakespeare's works both from a historical/critical perspective and from a performance perspective. January intersession.
Variable years. Curry and Myers.
ENG 272Y - INTENSIVE COURSE ABROAD
(GEN. ED. #3) Course includes a pre-departure or post-departure, seven-week course or both in the fall and/or spring and a three-week intensive course abroad in the winter or summer.
ENG 273 - POSTMODERNISM (3)
(GEN. ED. #9) This course explores various theories and examples of postmodern literature and culture. Texts, from 1960 to the present, that focus on writing, reading, and storytelling as acts of profound political, social, and existential significance will be studied. Authors include Pyncheon, DeLillo, Gibson, Wallace. Prerequisite: ENG 212 or junior standing.
Spring semester. Alternate years. Cordish.
ENG 275 - LITERATURE OF THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #10) (LER-TXT AND DIV) Poetry and fiction conventionally assigned to the Harlem Renaissance. Authors include Hughes, Hurston, Cullen, and McKay. Discussion of the delineation of the movement's boundaries, both temporally and by subject, the construction and reconstruction of a racial identity, and the tension between a progressive literary movement and the "masses" it would represent. The approach will be interdisciplinary. Fulfills American studies elective. Prerequisite: college writing proficiency. Fall semester. Robinson.
ENG 276 - MODERN POETRY (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) An exploration of works by British and American poets of the early 20th century in their historical, intellectual, and cultural context. Yeats, Pound, Eliot, Auden, Stevens, Moore, Frost, and their contemporaries. Prerequisite: Frontiers or sophomore standing.
Variable semesters. Tokarczyk.
ENG 277 - CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN POETS (3)
(GEN. ED. #9) Major writers representing various schools, regions, and ethnic groups. Particular attention will be paid to the historical and cultural context of the work. Lowell, Ginsberg, Ashbery, Rich, and others. Prerequisite: Frontiers or sophomore standing.
Variable semesters. Tokarczyk.
ENG 280 - THE NOVEL AND THE FILM (3)
(GEN. ED. #9) The Films and Sources of Stanley Kubrick. This course offers a comparative study of form and theme in the novel and film versions of Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, and Eyes Wide Shut. Prerequisite: one course in literature or film or sophomore standing.
ENG 285 - CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE FROM INDIA, AFRICA, AND AUSTRALIA (3)
(GEN. ED. #9 and #10) (LER-TXT AND DIV) How do the time you spend abroad and the time you spend on campus fit together? What is the legacy of colonialism in the modern world? This contemporary literature course may allow you to find some answers by examining works from three very different locales (India, Africa, and Australia). We will pursue our literary study of novels, plays, and poetry while also considering the socio-cultural contexts that produce these works and the historical events and legacies that have made them what they are. Prerequisite: Frontiers or sophomore standing.
ENG 290 - INTERNSHIP IN ENGLISH (3-4)
Internships involving the application of knowledge and skills in composition, language, and literature, typically in editing, publishing, journalism, radio and television, advertising, and public relations. Businesses, professional firms, and government agencies sometimes accept students with composition skills as interns. Credit for off-campus experience is available in some cases to students working for the college newspaper. Prerequisite: Varies according to the nature of the internship, but usually consists of a course in journalism, ENG 221, or a 200-level course in composition. Faculty sponsorship required. May be taken either for a letter grade or pass/no pass.
ENG 299 - INDEPENDENT WORK IN ENGLISH (1.5-4)
ENG 300 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGLISH (3)
Advanced creative writing workshop taught by a visiting writer to the Kratz Center for Creative Writing. Prerequisite: ENG 315 and/or manuscript submission and approval of Madison Smartt Bell. Can be taken twice. Spring semester. Visiting instructor.
ENG 305 - WRITING WORKSHOP: POETRY (3)
(GEN. ED. #8) Supervision of individual creative projects in poetry. Formal and thematic weekly assignments with in-class discussion of class members' poems. Prerequisites: ENG 205 or permission of the instructor. Spring semester. Spires
ENG 306 - WRITING WORKSHOP: FICTION (3)
Supervision of individual creative projects. Individual conferences and weekly seminar meetings. Prerequisites: ENG 202 and submission of a sample of creative writing to the instructor.
Spring semester. Blau.
ENG 307 - CREATIVE NONFICTION II (3)
(GEN. ED. #8) Further work in creative nonfiction. This writing workshop requires several extensively revised papers, peer critiques of essays, work on a class anthology, and submission of a final portfolio. Prerequisite: ENG 226 or another 200-level writing course, certified proficiency in writing.
Spring semester. Alternate years. Tokarczyk.
ENG 315 - ADVANCED SEMINAR IN CREATIVE WRITING (3)
An advanced workshop with sections on fiction and poetry. Written work for the seminar will be an extended project consisting of either three or four finished short stories or 10 to 15 pages of poetry. In-class critique of student's work. Can be taken twice if different topic. Prerequisites: ENG 202 or ENG 306, or ENG 205 or ENG 305. For admission to the seminar, students may be asked to submit creative writing samples to Jessica Anya Blau (fiction) or Elizabeth Spires (poetry).
Fall semester. Blau, Spires.
ENG 325 - OVERSEAS: WHEN WORLD TRAVELERS WRITE (3)
This course starts by examining iconic nonfiction travel narratives such as Graham Greene's Journey without Maps and its contemporary successor, Tim Butcher's Chasing the Devil: A Journey Through Sub-Saharan Africa in the Footsteps of Graham Greene. We then consider how creative nonfiction narratives of being an immigrant differ from travel narratives, using Michael Ondaatje's Running in the Family as an example. Finally, we shift to what will be the course's primary focus: fiction written by third culture authors (where "third culture" means authors who spent their formative childhood years outside their ostensible "home" nation). As examples of third-culture authors we treat, among others, Ian McEwan and Barbara Kingsolver. Prerequisite: junior standing or permission of instructor.
Offered alternate years. Rauwerda.
ENG 330 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGLISH LITERATURE TO 1700 (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) Topic: Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales: A complete reading of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales with attention to the critical controversies of the past 500 years and to the cultural context from which the tales emerged. Early Modern (1475-1700) commentaries on and editions and translations of the tales will be consulted in Goucher's Rare Book Collection and at the Garrett Library (Johns Hopkins). May be repeated for credit with different topic. Prerequisite: ENG 211, ENG 240, or ENG 243, or permission of the instructor.
Spring semester. Offered 2011-12 and alternate years. Sanders, Myers.
ENG 340 - SPECIAL TOPICS IN ENGLISH LITERATURE SINCE 1700 (3)
(GEN. ED. #7 and #9) Topic for 2012-2013: Austen, Brontë, Eliot. This course focuses on major works of three 19th-century British novelists: Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Emma, Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre and Villette, and George Eliot's The Mill on the Floss and Middlemarch. Our study of conditions of authorship and reception will include hands-on work in Goucher's Jane Austen Collection. Other topics for discussion will include treatment of the Bildungsroman and approaches to gender and artistry.
ENG 350 - SEMINAR IN SHAKESPEARE (3)
(GEN. ED. #4 and #9) Topic for 2012-2013 A close reading of Shakespearean drama, supplemented by secondary readings from both Shakespeare's time and the subsequent critical heritage, as an exploration of Shakespeare's world and our interpretation of it. Topic: A very close reading of King Lear in an attempt to understand (or at least understand why we don't understand) every line in the play. We will also examine the quarto and folio texts, supplemented by important secondary material on the play. Prerequisite: ENG 211 or ENG 232.
Offered 2011-12. Myers.
ENG 361 - STUDIES IN FICTION (3)
(GEN. ED. #7 and #9)
ENG 361. STUDIES IN FICTION (3)
TOPIC FOR 2012-2013: Virginia Woolf: Her Work and World. Virginia Stephen Woolf, novelist, essayist, and critic remains one of the most important and influential writers of the modern world. This seminar focuses on close reading of the majority of her major works within the historical, intellectual, and aesthetic context of the Bloomsbury Group, feminism, and modernism. Prerequisite: Junior standing.
Spring semester. Cordish.
ENG 371 - SEMINAR IN AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)
Herman Melville's Moby Dick
Fall 2013. Marchand.
ENG 372 - SEMINAR IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE (3)
Topic: The African American Novel — an examination of thematic, structural, and stylistic characteristics of the African American novel from its rise in the 19th century through contemporary works. Prerequisite: sophomore standing and a course in literature, or permission of the instructor.
Spring semester. Robinson.
ENG 392 - CONTEMPORARY LITERARY THEORY (3)
An introduction to postcolonial theory, which is one branch of literary theory, this course deals with international contexts and the power differences between the Western world and its former colonies. We study works by Said, Fanon, Bhabha, and Spivak. Though this counts as a literature seminar for students in the English major, we do not emphasize the study of literature, but rather ideas about what "postcoloniality" means and what its implications are. The texts we read are, admittedly, challenging, but are provocative and exciting, too. This course will hopefully expand your own ideas about race, gender, nationalism, and the effects of political and cultural influence. Prerequisite: ENG 215.
Spring semester. Alternate years. Rauwerda.
ENG 400 - INDEPENDENT WORK IN ENGLISH (1.5-4)
Fall and spring semesters. Department.
ENG 450 - SENIOR THESIS (4/4)
Fall and spring semesters. Department.