Summer 2017 Undergraduate English Courses: Special Topics
359:201 Principles of Literary Study
B6 5/30-7/7 TTH 6:00-10:00 PM CAC 03204 SCANLON MU-115
H1 7/11-8/17 MTWTH 10:15 AM- 12:05 CAC 03230 MONESCALCHI MU-113
H1-One of two gateway courses to the English major, this class provides students with strategies for reading and writing about poetry in English. While learning about meter, form, and structure, we will also investigate how poets operate within and respond to the confines of genre—such as pastoral, elegy, lyric, and ballad. We will also pay attention to the historical circumstances surrounding the composition of the poems we read so as to more clearly discern the relationship between poetry and politics. Though we will read poetry that was written in England during the Early Modern and Romantic periods, we will also read contemporary American poetry that responds to 9/11 and the Black Lives Matter movement. Students can expect to read the writings of canonical British (Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Keats, the Brownings) and American poets (Bradstreet, Wheatley, Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Dickinson, Stevens), as well as poetry by persons of color (Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks). We will also be reading the poetry of some non-canonical early American writers (Ann Eliza Bleecker, Timothy Dwight, Lydia Sigourney, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, William Cullen Bryant). Students will write two short close-reading papers and a 5-7 page final paper.