An introduction to topics in literary studies for non-majors. Fall.
This course includes both critical reading and creative writing. The emphasis is on close-reading and literary analysis skills, with a focus on particular topics, themes, or literary genres. Students will respond to literary texts through critical analysis and through original creative writing by way of imitation, rewriting, and reinterpretation.
Introduction to the basic strategies and techniques of writing creative nonfiction. Extensive writing and reading of creative nonfiction will be discussed in class. Opportunity to develop creative and critical writing skills through assignments and independent work. Fall, Spring.
Introduction to the basic strategies and techniques of writing fiction and verse. Assigned exercises, accompanied by readings, are discussed in class. Opportunity to develop creative and critical skills through assignments and independent work. Fall, Spring.
Examines a particular period or literary movement, works of a particular author or group of authors from the British Isles, or a recurring theme in fiction or other literary forms. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Fall, Spring.
An introduction to significant writers of the United States and their work, which may include fiction, drama, poetry, and nonfiction prose. May explore a particular theme, period, genre, or group of writers. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Fall, Spring.
An interdisciplinary introduction to African American literature and culture, which considers oral, written, and performed texts by African American cultural practitioners. Literary texts from 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-centuries. African American writers will be read in conversation with critical musical, political, and theoretical works. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Fall.
Examines 18th- to 21st-century European literature in historical and cultural contexts. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Annually.
Examines the culture of European Jews before the Holocaust and literature that reflects the destruction of that culture in World War II. Includes texts by such authors as Ida Fink, Elie Wiesel, Primo Levi, Nelly Sachs, Imre Kertesz, and Jurek Becker. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Cross-listed as IHHGS 251. Spring.
Reading and discussion of selected literary texts from the ancient to the modern world. Course will investigate literary production and reception in relation to historical, social, religious, economic, biographical, or textual contexts. May be repeated once as topics change. Prerequisite: ITW 101.
This interdisciplinary course introduces students to the traditions of environmental literature. Students will learn to think across the humanities, arts, and sciences. May explore a particular group of writers, genre, historical period, or bioregion. May be repeated once as topics change. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Annually.
Reading and discussion of representative texts and illustrations from the genres of children's literature, such as folklore, fantasy, contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, biography, poetry, and information books. Prerequisite: ITW 101. Fall, Spring.
A course in literary genre and theme for nonmajors. This course will explore the distinctive features of one or more literary genres and themes. Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. (Not open for credit toward the English major.) Annually.
An in-depth study of a particular author's work. Emphasis is placed on the importance of context (social, historical, economic, cultural). Prerequisite: 24 credits in ISP, including ITW 101 and QL. (Not open for credit toward the English major.) Annually.