200 Level Courses in English

358:203 Shakespeare and Film

01   TTH5   CAC   08287   LEVAO   MU-211 The course has two primary goals: 1.) To introduce students to the pleasures of reading and interpreting Shakespeare’s plays and 2.) To study and appreciate the ways in which modern filmmakers represent, interpret, and transform those plays. Rather than judge films for their fidelity to an original text, we will regard both literary work and film as imaginative creations that draw strength from each other, evoking our active participation as critical readers and...

358:215 Introduction to 21st Century Literatures

01   MW5   CAC     05658     MILLER, R.     MU-115 The Internet has given everyone with web access the opportunity to publish whatever they wish: blogs, vlogs, voice-over video game narrations, Instagram photo stories, fan fiction, anonymous commentary, even evidence of criminal activity. At the same time, streaming services have enabled new ways to engage with all this productivity: you can “binge” watch and “binge” listen to your choice of shows, movies, lectures, music, and podcasts from a virtually...

358:241 Introduction to Poetry

01   TF2   CAC    08289      KING   MU-114 A lot of students are intimidated by poetry because they think there is some hidden meaning that they just don’t “get.” This course aims to dispel your preconceived notions about the genre and make poetry much more approachable and enjoyable! We will explore the concepts of rhyme, meter, metaphor, rhythm, imagery, form, etc. and then use that vocabulary to slowly pick apart each poem line by line. The requirements for the course will include two in-class exams,...

358:250 Introduction to Autobiography

This course the same as 195:360:01 01   TH4   CAC   07335   WALKER   HH-A4 What do St. Augustine, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Mother of Michitsuna, Shen Fu, Michel de Montaigne, Son of Old Man Hat, Issa, Frederick Douglass, Alison Bechdel, Annie Ernaux, Amiel, Nirad Chaudhuri, and Samuel Pepys have in common? They all either wrote or had written with them an autobiographical text, whether a lengthy, novel-like text, a graphic novel, a diary, or an essay. Though the term autobiography has its origin in...

358:252 Introduction to Children's Literature

01     MTH3    CAC    08290  JACKSON    MU-301  

358:254 Introduction to Science Fiction

01   MTH2    CAC     08291   KURNICK    MU-211  

358:256 Introduction to the Graphic Novel

01   TTH5    CAC   08292   GLISERMAN   MU-114

358:275 The Cultural History of Now

01    TF3     CAC          SCANLON        AB-2160 The Culture of Sport Sport is one of the most visible and influential aspects of modern popular culture. This course will explore the cultural aspects of sport, focusing on basketball, cricket, soccer, American football, and track using literature, film, journalism, memoirs, along with a small selection of secondary material. Requirements: 2 4 pp. and 1 8 pp. papers.

359:201 Principles of Literary Study

01 MTH3 CAC  08321 KURNICK MU-210 02 MW7  CAC 08322 KERNAN MU-111 03 MW6 CAC 08323 IBIRONKE SC-206  04 MW5  CAC  08324  CHOI MU-204 05 MTH1  CAC 08325 POWELL  MU-111  06 TF1  CAC  08326  BEATTY MU-113 07 TTH6 CAC 08327 CODNER SC-206  08 MTH2  CAC  08328 GANIY MU-210 09 TTH5  CAC 08329 ZINER SC-206 10    CAC        90 ASYNCHRONOUS    08330 BUCKLEY ONLINE Sections 01-90 This course provides an introduction to principal methods and materials in contemporary literary studies. In order to suggest some of the range of the field, ordinarily it includes close attention to works from at least two genres and two historical periods to be selected by the instructor...

359:220 Introduction to Performance Theory

01  TTH5   CAC   18760     MURPHY   VH-104 This class introduces the critical study of performance as an artistic, cultural, and political practice. Why ask if someone (something?) is performing? How might performance show us different ways to move, read, act, or relate to each other? In this class, we will take up theories of performance (performativity, liveness, representation, ritual, and others), as well as the impact of performance on the humanities more broadly. We will also discuss performances...

African American Literature

358:370 Black Narrative

01   TTH4   CAC   08307   WALLACE   MU-211

358:376 Harlem Renaissance

01  MW5   CAC   08308    KERNAN   SC-120 This course provides students with both exposure to some of the seminal texts of the and with the interpretive tools needed to situate those texts in their respective contemporary contexts: literary, political, and international. We will consider issues like: How did the contemporary politics and material conditions of production that surrounded the creation of Harlem Renaissance texts inform their aesthetics? How did Africa-American authors to the “triple demand” of...

358:377 Black Writers and the 1960s

01   TTH4   CAC   08309   MATHES   MU-204

358:379 Black Women Writers

01 TTH6   CAC     08310    OWENS     SC-221

358:381 Issues and Problems in Black Literature and Culture

02  TF3     CAC    08312    PANARAM    SC-119 In the United States, slavery and daring attempts to escape it have become the subject of such popular works as 12 Years a Slave, Underground, and Harriet. We have heard less, however, about the “Middle Passage,” one of the most difficult parts of the slave trade to represent. The Middle Passage refers to the involuntary migration of enslaved people across the Atlantic Ocean and, specifically, the weeks and months they spent abroad ships as they crossed from...

358:381 Issues and Problems in Black Literature and Culture

01  TTH5     CAC   08311    PAIGE    SC-114  In her field-defining monograph, Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle (2006), Katherine McKittrick asserts “traditional geography” renders black women and their bodies “ungeographic” and the spaces they occupy as “uninhabitable.” Yet and still, McKittrick insists upon the vitality of black people, particularly black women, deemed nonexistent and black places depicted as unlivable and even unimaginable. In this course, we will engage...

Drama and Performance Studies

358:314 Shakespeare: The Early Plays

01  CAC    TF3      08296    LEVAO    SC-202 This course will explore the first half of Shakespeare’s dramatic career, plays written by him during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, up until her death in 1603. Eight major works will represent the Folio's three genres of comedy, history, and tragedy and include some of the best-known, controversial, and fascinating works in English literature:  Romeo and Juliet, A The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Henry IV Part One, Henry IV Part Two, Julius Caesar, Twelfth...

358:325 Restoration and Eighteenth Century Theater and Drama

90    ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE       08299    BUCKLEY  

358:357 Later Twentieth Century Theater and Drama

01   TTH4   CAC  18759   MURPHY   VH-104 Radical Plays In the decades after the off-off-Broadway movement in the US and the end of stage censorship in the UK, experimental theater took on new social and political force. This class explores innovative drama written in English in an era defined by reactionary cultural politics. Focusing on radical plays of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, we will consider dramatic critique, from the socialist feminisms of Caryl Churchill and Maria Irene Fornes to Suzan-Lori...

358:410 Drama and Performance Capstone

01   By Arrangement   08135    Permission to add by Department Staff

358:426 Seminar: Shakespeare

01    M 2,3     CAC   08317      BARTELS     AB-2200 What does it mean to read or see Shakespeare’s plays at this moment? How can the past inform our understanding of the present, and our present inform our understanding of the past? Why Shakespeare? Why now? In this course, we will pair Shakespeare’s plays with issues that are particularly pertinent currently. Our pairings will include: Richard III and the rise of autocracy; Othello and the policing of women’s bodies; Twelfth Night and the regulation of...

359:220 Introduction to Performance Theory

01  TTH5   CAC   18760     MURPHY   VH-104 This class introduces the critical study of performance as an artistic, cultural, and political practice. Why ask if someone (something?) is performing? How might performance show us different ways to move, read, act, or relate to each other? In this class, we will take up theories of performance (performativity, liveness, representation, ritual, and others), as well as the impact of performance on the humanities more broadly. We will also discuss performances...

Film

354:350 Major Filmmakers: Agnes Varda

01   TTH4   CAC   07251   FLITTERMAN-LEWIS  MU-301           TH 6,7                FILM SCREENING   MU-301

Internships

Internships

The English Department Internship Initiative SPRING 2024 EVENTS Life After Rutgers with Alex Kasavin, RU English Class of '07:  Wednesday, February 21 @ 5:30pm in Murray 302.  A relaxed evening to meet RU English Department graduates and talk about how they pursued their interests and passions after Rutgers. Food and drink too! Alex Kasavin is a senior product manager on the Tech for Social Impact team at Microsoft, where he leads the development of data and AI products for the nonprofit sector. He...

Literatures of the Global South

358:338 Nineteenth Century Latinx Literary and Cultural Pasts

01  TTH7   CAC  08301   SOTO   SC-114  Does the term “Latinx” and its other gendered forms, Latina and Latino, make sense only in the 20th century? Or is a Latina/o/x population made in 1848, when the U.S. annexed a swath of Mexico’s territory in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo? Can we speak of Latina/os before 1848? Alongside these questions, this course will explore how our ideas of nation, space, and society change when we read the past through the lens of a Latinx nineteenth century. Our readings...

358:361 Twentieth Century Global Literature

01       MW7   CAC   08305    IBIRONKE     SC-203  

358:389 Asian-American Literatures in English

01   MTH3   CAC   08313   CHOI   ED-025A This course offers an introductory overview of the field of Asian American and diasporic literature. We will cover the foundational debates, central issues, and canonical literary texts that have grounded the study of Asian racial formation in the United States and established Asian American literature as a discipline. But we will also read lesser known or more recent works that reflect the constantly evolving conceptualization of this literary category...

358:460 Seminar: Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature

01   MTH1    CAC   08319  MANGHARAM  ED-025A

Medieval

358:305 Medieval Romance

01   MW5   CAC  08295   NOVACICH   MU-213 When people think of medieval romance, they often think of King Arthur and the Round Table, women described as matchlessly beautiful, knights who go on impossible quests, or giants and dragons threatening kingdoms. They’re not wrong. This course will consider all of these things, as well as magical landscapes, political identities, the importance of genealogy, representations of gender and hierarchies of authority, the relationship between devotion and...

358:308 Culture of the Middle Ages

01   TTH4    CAC  07342   SERRANO  CI-203

358:422 Seminar: Medieval Literature and Culture

01   CAC    TF1     08316    SCANLON    AB-2250 Reading Chaucer Now Geoffrey Chaucer was the first English poet to be read continuously from his own time to the present, and, with the possible exception of William Shakespeare, the single most influential poet in the entire English-speaking tradition. The Canterbury Tales is his most famous work and was the most widely read poem in later medieval England. While it has always been relatively popular with modern readers, the past few decades has seen a...

Nineteenth Century

358:334 Nineteenth Century Poetry

01   CAC    TF1    08300    KING   SC-114 In this course we will explore an array of 19th-century poets in an attempt to answer such questions as, What is it that makes a poem uniquely “Victorian”? What are these writers able to accomplish with the poetic form that 19th-century novelists perhaps could not? How do these poems reflect and create the culture and values of the time? The requirements for the course will include one paper, one in-class exam, weekly in-class written response paragraphs, an...

358:338 Nineteenth Century Latinx Literary and Cultural Pasts

01  TTH7   CAC  08301   SOTO   SC-114  Does the term “Latinx” and its other gendered forms, Latina and Latino, make sense only in the 20th century? Or is a Latina/o/x population made in 1848, when the U.S. annexed a swath of Mexico’s territory in the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo? Can we speak of Latina/os before 1848? Alongside these questions, this course will explore how our ideas of nation, space, and society change when we read the past through the lens of a Latinx nineteenth century. Our readings...

358:341 Antebellum American Literature

01   CAC   MW5   08302    IANNINI   MU-301

358:344 American Realism and Naturalism

01   TF3   CAC   08303   EVANS     HH-A1 This class offers an intensive reading of U.S. literature published between 1865 and 1920, a volatile, transitional period in the nation’s history during which almost everything we understand to be part of our contemporary way of life came into being. The period saw the closing of the western frontier, the end of the Civil War and beginning of racial segregation, the first debates about women’s suffrage, massive waves immigration, the advent of multiculturalism...

Renaissance

358:314 Shakespeare: The Early Plays

01  CAC    TF3      08296    LEVAO    SC-202 This course will explore the first half of Shakespeare’s dramatic career, plays written by him during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, up until her death in 1603. Eight major works will represent the Folio's three genres of comedy, history, and tragedy and include some of the best-known, controversial, and fascinating works in English literature:  Romeo and Juliet, A The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Henry IV Part One, Henry IV Part Two, Julius Caesar, Twelfth...

358:316 Milton

01      MW4     CAC  08297  COIRO    MU-210                  Reading Milton’s poetry is an exhilarating and deeply thought-provoking experience. The core of Milton’s poetics is the insistence that we, the readers, must decide what is right and wrong at every juncture. In this class we will take on that challenge. Milton rivals Shakespeare as foundational to English, American and global anglophone literature and history. In your other classes and for years to come, you will discover many and uncanny echoes of Milton in other...

358:426 Seminar: Shakespeare

01    M 2,3     CAC   08317      BARTELS     AB-2200 What does it mean to read or see Shakespeare’s plays at this moment? How can the past inform our understanding of the present, and our present inform our understanding of the past? Why Shakespeare? Why now? In this course, we will pair Shakespeare’s plays with issues that are particularly pertinent currently. Our pairings will include: Richard III and the rise of autocracy; Othello and the policing of women’s bodies; Twelfth Night and the regulation of...

Restoration/Eighteenth Century

328:324 Pre-Romantic Poetry and the Lyric Self

01  CAC    MTH1     08298     SILVER    MU-210        Pre-Romantic Poetry and the Lyric Self Easy to spot, but hard to define, the lyric has become the pre-eminent genre of poetry, the thing we probably think of when "poetry" is mentioned. By "the lyric," we mean poetry as the exploration of intense personal experience, especially if it involves the development of a particular voice. For this reason, the lyric mode of poetic expression has been understood to develop alongside institutions like modern individualism,...

358:325 Restoration and Eighteenth Century Theater and Drama

90    ASYNCHRONOUS ONLINE       08299    BUCKLEY  In this course we will explore the evolution of British and continental European drama and theatre from the 1660s through the French Revolution.  Our focus will be on the major plays and dramatic genres of the period, with particular attention to the way changes in dramatic literature during this time reflect the transition to modern society and shape the rise of popular culture.  This course will be taught in an interdisciplinary fashion, and introduce...

358:435 Seminar: Jane Austen From Enlightenment to Romance to Realism

01   CAC   W 3,4    08318     YOUSEF   AB-2200 Jane Austen: From Enlightenment to Romance to Realism Jane Austen wrote in an age of revolutions and war, and in the midst of profound cultural and economic change. She revolutionized the novel with her choice of subject matter, her reinvention of romance, and her formal innovations. This course will offer an opportunity to study her novels in depth—on their own, in conversation with important political and philosophical ideas of the Enlightenment (eg. Locke on...

Seminars

358:422 Seminar: Medieval Literature and Culture

01   CAC    TF1     08316    SCANLON    AB-2250 Reading Chaucer Now Geoffrey Chaucer was the first English poet to be read continuously from his own time to the present, and, with the possible exception of William Shakespeare, the single most influential poet in the entire English-speaking tradition. The Canterbury Tales is his most famous work and was the most widely read poem in later medieval England. While it has always been relatively popular with modern readers, the past few decades has seen a...

358:435 Seminar: Jane Austen From Enlightenment to Romance to Realism

01   CAC   W 3,4    08318     YOUSEF   AB-2200 Jane Austen: From Enlightenment to Romance to Realism Jane Austen wrote in an age of revolutions and war, and in the midst of profound cultural and economic change. She revolutionized the novel with her choice of subject matter, her reinvention of romance, and her formal innovations. This course will offer an opportunity to study her novels in depth—on their own, in conversation with important political and philosophical ideas of the Enlightenment (eg. Locke on...

358:460 Seminar: Colonial and Post-Colonial Literature

01   MTH1    CAC  08319    MANGHARAM     ED-025A

359:410 Seminar: Sound Studies

01   TTH5   CAC   08338   MATHES   AB-3100  

Theories and Methods

359:315 Theories of Allegory

01      MTH2  CAC    08331   JACKSON   MU-301    

359:316 Literary Journalism

This course same as 04:567:413:01 01   M 1,2   CACm   08332   GREENBERG   SC-106

359:352 Literature and Scientific Writings

01  MW6     CAC   08334    IANNINI      SC-220

359:360 Theories of Text and Image

01   MTH1   CAC   08335  EDWARDS  SC-203 Texts are always material things: printed on paper made from wood pulp or recycled rags; written by hand on animal skins or tree bark; stored in bitstreams on hard drives or in data centers. In this course, we will explore what happens when texts transform from one such material version to another. A single text can begin as a manuscript, get printed in newspapers and magazines, come out as an illustrated hardcover book, get reprinted as a cheap paperback,...

359:362 Digital Literary Study

01   TF2   CAC   08336    GLISERMAN   SC-116 We will be reading four novels from the 1920’s—written by Hemingway, Woolf, Larsen and Fitzgerald. We will be reading them slowly and in a different way, using digital tools to see into the matrix of language underneath the linear narrative. In addition to the novels, we will read relevant critical and theoretical essays on information theory (Gleick, Hofstadter, Bateson) to give us perspective on what we are looking for and why. The software tools will allow...

359:410 Seminar: Sound Studies

01   TTH5   CAC   08338   MATHES   AB-3100  

Twentieth Century

358:354 Modernist Poetry

01   MW4   CAC    08304  GROGAN    SC-101 Modernist Poetry  This course takes as its subject the revolutions and renovations in poetry of the first half of the twentieth century that we now know as modernism. What was modern about modernism? How did poetry evolve and change—in form, subject, and politics—in this period? Can we read modernism as a global movement? What do we mean when we call modernist poetry ‘experimental’? We will begin the course with a refresher in the techniques and vocabulary...

358:357 Later Twentieth Century Theater and Drama: Radical Plays

01   TTH4   CAC  18759   MURPHY   VH-104 Radical Plays In the decades after the off-off-Broadway movement in the US and the end of stage censorship in the UK, experimental theater took on new social and political force. This class explores innovative drama written in English in an era defined by reactionary cultural politics. Focusing on radical plays of the 1970s, 80s, and 90s, we will consider dramatic critique, from the socialist feminisms of Caryl Churchill and Maria Irene Fornes to Suzan-Lori...

358:361 Twentieth Century Global Literature

01  CAC     MW7    08305    IBIRONKE     SC-203

358:363 The Coming Apocalypse

01  CAC   MW4   08306     MILLER     MU-211   The End Times are at hand, again, as always. Millennialists state with confidence that the world's final hour is approaching: the signs are everywhere, for those who know how to see them. Scientists warn that our planet is warming dangerously: in your lifetime, you will see the oceans rise; hurricanes and tornados of unprecedented intensity will become the norm; earthquakes, tsumanis, floods will sweep the earth. For those unmoved by the inevitable consequences of...
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