UNH English Upper-level Courses for Spring 2014
Unless otherwise indicated, the only prerequisite is ENGL 1110 (formerly E110) Composition and Literature.
ENGL 2212 (01): Modern British Writers–Dr. Edward Geisweidt—MW 9:25-10:40 a.m.
This course is a reading intensive survey of English literature from the Romantic period, the Victorian Age, and the Twentieth Century. We will look at the ways literature shaped, and was shaped by, prevailing theories and schools of thought, as well as how authors responded to social, political, and intellectual movements and events. Through our readings of poetry, fiction, drama, and essays, we will encounter the forces of literary tradition and innovation, emotion and reason, and industrialization, world war, colonization, and meaninglessness. By tracing tradition and change over three centuries, we will see how literature lives, evolves, and haunts its readers and writers. (CC 1.2 or 6, English literature elective, or free elective)
ENGL 2214 (01): Modern American Writers—Dr. Diane Russo—TR 3:05-4:20 p.m.
America—is it a place, a concept, an unreachable ideal? One resource for engaging with this question is the literature of our time and the recent past. This course embraces the diverse literary voices of America in the post-Civil War era through our contemporary moment—the voices who long for an America as they need it to be, those who celebrate the concept of America in its most ideal form, and those who fight to claim America as their own. The literary voices of America in the modern era are those of dissent, triumph, contemplation, and isolation. Come find your America! (CC 1.2 or 6, English literature elective, or free elective)
ENGL 2220 (01): Writing for Business & Industry—Dr. Diane Russo—TR 10:50-12:05 a.m.
If you want to communicate like an insider and be empowered in your workplace, this course is for you. You will learn to read organizational culture and use rhetorical strategies to produce documents that get results. You will prepare documents ranging from the seemingly ordinary email message to the business report with an awareness of their acceptable formats as well as the values that motivate individuals to help you and your organization meet its goals. (CC 1.2, English writing elective or free elective)
ENGL 2225 (01): Technical Writing & Presentation—Dr. Jeffrey Foster—M 6:30-9:10 p.m.
In this course, students will learn, through intensive practice, how to write technical descriptions, reports, processes, and manuals. This is a “must” course for those wishing to expand their repertoire of writing skills. (CC 1.2, English writing elective or free elective)
ENGL 2251 (01): Narrative Nonfiction: Writing the Self—Prof. Richard Farrell—TR 1:40-2:55 p.m.
Can you tell the truth creatively? Read some personal writing: memoir, literary journalism, etc. Then write about your formative experience: people, places, events that have shaped your values and goals. Explore ways to make your “self” important to readers—a goal for students of all majors. (English writing elective or free elective)
ENGL 2267 (01): Creative Writing I—Dr. Jeffrey Foster—TR 4:30-5:45 p.m.
If you consider yourself something of a fiction writer or poet (or just want to explore your hidden writing talents), this course is for you. You will compose various forms of poetry (everything from haiku to Spenserian sonnets) and fiction (especially shorter forms, such as flash fiction). Write on! (English writing elective or free elective)
ENGL 2275 (01): Popular Lyrics—Prof. Wesley Davis—MW 3:05-4:20 p.m.
Popular lyrics have always reflected the shifting values and concerns of American life—from the songs of the Jazz Age, the Depression, and World War II to rock ‘n’ roll and the music video revolution that followed. Through printed lyrics, recordings, and videos played in class, such topics as the American Dream, love and relationships, the changing image of women, teen angst, and war and protest will be traced in the songs of Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, and Rogers & Hammerstein; from Tin Pan Alley and Broadway to the Beatles, Bob Dylan, and Paul Simon; from rhythm & blues and country & western to folk, rock, and rap. (CC 1.2 or 6, English literature elective, or free elective)
ENGL 3323 (01): Renaissance in England—Prof. Richard Farrell—MW 1:40-2:55 p.m.
What happened when the influence of the Renaissance, an astonishingly rich period in Italy, reached England? To answer, explore key cultural texts—and painting, architecture, and other arts—from both countries. Investigate Machiavelli’s prince, Castiglione’s courtier, More’s utopians, Shakespeare’s lovers, and other figures whose power is still felt today. (CC 1.2 or 6, English literature elective, or free elective)
ENGL 3394 (01): American Humor—Dr. David Sloane--online
Laugh your way into the comic literature of the U.S. Read race in The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Black No More, Woody Allen, Garrison Keeler and Vance Randolph's Pissin’ in the Snow, and other great comedy. Applied Literature topics include humor in business and health. Comment and submit a weekly joke. Dress is optional; it's on the Internet. (CC 1.2 0r 6, English Literature Elective, or Free Elective)
ENGL 4407 (01): Russian & Eastern European Literature—Dr. Meg Savilonis—TR 9:25-10:40 a.m.
Chekhov, Kafka, Havel, Mrozek, Dostoyevsky, Szymborska—Perhaps you’ve heard these names, maybe you’ve even read a story or a poem by one of these writers. Perhaps you’ve simply heard someone use the adjective “Kafkaesque” but weren’t sure exactly what it meant. Join us for a look at the work, in translation, of 19th, 20th, and 21st-century writers of fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction from countries including Russia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Poland. We will consider the symbiotic relationship between art and culture, examining historical and socio-political contexts, along with aesthetic movements from various periods. Additionally we will explore theories of translation and cross-cultural exchange. (CC1.2 or 6 English literature elective, or free elective)
ENGL 4481 (01): ST: Literature of the American Frontier—Dr. Christopher Dowd—TR 12:15-1:30 p.m.
The frontier is more than a setting; it has long been a symbol of hope, independence, vitality, democracy, and, at times, even despair. The frontier has also been a cultural contact zone where individuals and communities redefine their identities, in part through participation in the construction of an American mythology. This course will investigate all of these qualities of the frontier, noting their evolution, overlap, and consequence. Selected readings will trace the westward movement of the frontier across the continent from colonial New England through the Central Plains and include major American authors, Native American writers, and a selection of contemporary writers who explore the legacy of the frontier in other genres including science fiction, fantasy, and westerns. Additionally, this class will be a unique learning opportunity for students because it will run concurrently with an identical course at Kansas Wesleyan University. The two classes will connect through video conferencing and other technologies, and collaboration and interaction between students from both schools will be part of the course. (CC 1.2 or 6, English literature elective, or free elective)
ENGL 4482 (01): ST: Coming of Age in World Literature—Dr. Pamela K. Asmus—MW 11:50 a.m.-12:05 p.m.
Frequently mislabeled “the best years of your life,” adolescence is often more stress and anxiety than pleasure. And each nation provides its own unique pressures on young people. From the conflicts facing a boy growing up in war torn Nigeria, to girl from Morocco facing prejudice in France while coping with her father’s abandonment, to an immigrant from Vietnam who is about to leave for college and needs to understand her mother’s past, we will study the ways in which young people face their problems and move toward adulthood. Although this course will be exciting and enlightening for all students, it will especially beneficial for students planning to teach high school. (CC1.2 or 6 English literature elective, or free elective)
ENGL 4491 (01): ST: Advanced Poetry Workshop—Dr. Randall Horton—W 6:30-9:10 p.m.
Students are encouraged to write poetry of the very highest quality. Workshop format makes use of in-class writing exercises and discussions of student work. Students become familiar with a wide range of models and formal strategies. Prerequisites: Students must have completed ENGL 2267 or 2268. (English writing elective or free elective)