English & Creative Writing

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English


ENGL-090 College Writing

An intensive introduction to college reading and writing, intended to prepare students for the challenge of college writing and to empower them to become members of a larger writing community. Sections limited to 18 students. For elective credit only; not for credit in the English major or minor or the Central Curriculum.

ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking

An introduction to college writing, reading and discourse. Active discussion among students and instructors in sections limited to 18 participants. Seminars typically focus on a current social problem or a topic of particular interest to the instructor. Not for credit in the major or minor.

ENGL-190 Intro to Modern Publishing

An introduction to the history of modern publishing, to the art and business of producing books (including current trends and problems), and to the practical knowledge and critical skills needed to pursue employment in the industry.

ENGL-200 Literature and Culture

A survey of works from the earliest written texts to the present, emphasizing literary heritage and the global context of literature, and fostering in students the capacity for critical thinking. Texts are chosen according to the interest and expertise of instructors. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or second-semester first-year students who have successfully completed the Writing and Thinking course.

ENGL-205 Literature Studies

Specialized courses surveying a particular theme or topic of literary study and fostering in students the capacity for critical thinking. Texts are chosen according to the interest and expertise of instructors. Recent examples are Wilderness Literature, Beat Literature, Living Writers, and Travel Literature. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or second-semester students who have successfully completed the Writing and Thinking course.

ENGL-240 Literary Themes

An introductory, historical survey of prominent themes in literature including those related to national, transnational, and ethnic literatures. Course topics vary and may include coming of age, human-nature relations, war and revolution, technology, and publishing house culture. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or second-semester first-year students who have successfully completed ENGL-100 Writing and Thinking.

ENGL-245 Comparative American Lit

Surveys the literature of one or more cultural groups, both within and outside the U. S., including African American, Native American, Latina/Latino, Asian American and others. In every case, factors of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and class will be of prime concern. Course selections and course topics vary according to instructor preference. Prerequisite: English and creative writing major or sophomore standing. Satisfies Multicultural/Non-Western requirement.

ENGL-250 World Literature

Surveys the literature, primarily in translation,of both historical and contemporary world writers, emphasizing the global context of literature. Prerequisite: English and creative writing major or sophomore standing. Satisfies Multicultural/Non-Western requirement.

ENGL-255 Jewish Literature

A variable topic survey, in English translation, of the texts, writers, histories and languages that describe Jewish literatures. The course is especially concerned with debates over definitions of "Jewish literature" (what makes Jewish literatures Jewish?), the significance of Jewish literary and cultural diversity and Jewish literary navigations between diaspora and homeland, secularism and religiosity. Readings may include Hebrew and Israeli literature, Yiddish literature, Sephardic literature, or Jewish literatures of Europe and the Americas. Same as JWST:255. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Satisfies Multicultural/Non-Western requirement.

ENGL-265 Forms of Writing

Courses designed to examine both the formal characteristics of a particular genre and its historical development. Focus of a particular section may be the novel, the short story, drama, poetry, the essay, memoir, epic, or popular writing. Prerequisite: English or creative writing major or sophomore standing.

ENGL-269 English Grammar & Writing Proc

A descriptive study of American English grammar and the history of the English language.

ENGL-290 Aesthetics and Interpretation

Intensive and advanced study of reading and writing about literature. Includes close analysis of literary texts in historic, generic and cultural contexts; study of research methods and writing the research paper; and attention to traditional and recent critical theory. Prerequisite: English or creative writing major or sophomore standing.

ENGL-295 Voice and Audience

This course introduces students to academic writing in English studies by exploring varied models of successful scholarly writing. Emphasis is placed on students developing the skills and strategies writers need in order to participate effectively in the diverse conversations that define this field. Prerequisite: ENGL-100 or the equivalent and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ENGL-298 Book Reviewing

An introduction to and an intensive, rigorous workshop in the basic forms of book reviewing: the short book review, the review essay, and the longer literary critical essay. The course builds on the writing skills students have learned in ENGL-100 and 200-level courses in literature, and it includes intensive reading in the forms listed above. Prerequisite: ENGL-100 or the equivalent and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ENGL-299 Professional & Civic Writing

This course offers experience in the theory and practice of professional writing (writing that occurs in the workplace, especially in businesses, in government, and for nonprofits). While the course is required for students in the Publishing and Editing and Professional and Civic Writing emphases of the Department of English and Creative Writing, students from other majors are welcome. Students will first choose a company or organization for which they would like to write. They will then gain experience writing a wide range of genres such as letters and memos; feature stories, interviews, and biographical sketches; press kits; flyers and brochures; and proposals. We also will study the theory of professional writing, including how genres (generally seen as set formulas) evolve over time in response to changing situations; how genres engage power relations; and how genres can be made more open to divergent points of view. Prerequisite: ENGL-100 or HONS-100.

ENGL-300 History of English Language

he development of the language from its origin to the present. Includes standards of written and spoken English and the differences between English spoken in England and that spoken in various parts of America and elsewhere in the world. Partially satisfies early period requirement.

ENGL-305 Themes in Early British Lit

Readings in prose, poetry and drama from the sixth to 17th centuries. Sections may focus on a particular period or range across centuries, and topics vary according to instructor preference. The texts will be in English but will not necessarily have been composed in Great Britain. Partially satisfies early period requirement.

ENGL-315 Themes Early Modern Brit Lit

Readings in prose, poetry and drama from the late 17th century to 1900. Sections may focus on a particular period or range across centuries, and topics vary according to instructor preference. The texts will be in English but will not necessarily have been composed in Great Britain. Partially satsifies early period requirement.

ENGL-325 Themes in Modern British Lit

Readings in prose, poetry and drama from 1900 to the present. Sections may focus on a particular period or range across centuries, and topics vary according to instructor preference. The texts will be in English but will not necessarily have been composed in Great Britain.

ENGL-335 Themes in Early American Lit

Readings in prose, poetry and drama by writers representing various American cultures and literatures, from the pre-Colonial period through 1865. Sections may focus on a particular period or range across centuries, and topics vary according to instructor preference. Partially satisfies early period requirement.

ENGL-345 Themes in Modern American Lit

Readings in prose, poetry and drama by writers representing various American cultures and literatures, from 1865 to the present. Sections may focus on a particular period or range across centuries, and topics vary according to instructor preference.

ENGL-350 Studies in Major Authors

A study of literary works by a single author or perhaps of two writers whose works may be studied in tandem. By reading a number of texts by a single author, students will come to understand individual works better and will gain insight into the author's particular vision and sense of literary craft. Offerings are likely to include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Twain, Austen, Dickinson and Morrison.

ENGL-355 Studies in Anglophone Lit

A study of literature written originally in English by writers from countries other than the United States and Britain. The course may include writers from Canada, Ireland, the Indian subcontinent, the Caribbean and English-speaking countries in Africa. Satisfies Multicultural/Non-Western requirement.

ENGL-361 Studies in Literary Forms

Advanced courses designed to examine the formal characteristics of a genre as well as the historical factors influencing its development or manifestation at any given moment, and the theoretical approaches to understanding the genre. The focus of a particular section may be the novel, short story, drama, poetry, the essay, or autobiography.

ENGL-365 Literature and Gender

Courses exploring such topics as women in literature, literature by women, literature and sexuality, the construction of gender in literature and feminist literary theory. Same as WMST-365.

ENGL-375 History of the Book

In this course we will study the book as a material object, a concrete text that is produced, sold, circulated, and read. More broadly, we will address the wider social and political pressures that have shaped book production as well as the social and political consequences of producing books and other media. We will first examine manuscripts and manuscript culture through a consideration of the New Testament's publication history. We will then shift our attention to the medium of print. As a class, we will study the wider implications of the invention of the printing press. What effect, for instance, did print have upon literacy, the rise of natural science, the transformation of religion, and the twin concepts of authorship and literary property (copyright)? How did censorship constrain what writers, printers, and booksellers were able to publish? Finally, we will study the Internet as an engine of change. In many scholars' estimation, the Internet will have a more profound impact upon society than did the printing press. We will try to gauge this impact and to appraise the ways in which hypertext is changing literature, journalism, and, what's more, how we read and write.

ENGL-381 Rhetoric & the Environment

An interdisciplinary workshop course focusing on the environment. Students explore the way scientists' knowledge, methods, and values have informed public rhetoric and scholarly rhetorical criticism, as well as the ways that rhetorical criticism and awareness have in turn had an impact on scientific discourse. Fundamental to the course is the crafting of students' written arguments in response to readings and personal involvement with environmental issues. The process of writing these arguments is informed by research from the field of composition and models the best practices of that field, making this course useful for future teachers and professional writers, as well as to those who are interested in environmental issues. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

ENGL-382 Read/Write/Teach Difference

Students explore the ways that difference impacts everyone's--students', instructors', and others'--experiences of reading, writing, and teaching/learning. "Difference" includes, among other factors, gender, race, class, religion, ability, sexuality, and national origin. This interdisciplinary course uses readings and concepts from the fields of education, literature, and composition and rhetoric. Students will apply these concepts and readings to their own or to others' reading, writing, and learning experiences inside and/or outside of the traditional classroom. Prerequisite: ENGL-100 and sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

ENGL-388 Publishing: Ethics/Art/Politic

This course explores the cultural, political and commercial functions of publishing. We explore how published texts ask us to take on certain ethical roles as art critics, citizens and consumers. We start by reading Addison and Steele's Spectator; next we examine Jurgen Haberma's theory that newspapers' publication of literary criticism helped enable democratic government; finally, we consider the ways changes in marketing, new formats like the Internet and increases in profitability have obscured the political purposes that may have been served in publishing.

ENGL-390 Special Themes and Topics

Occasional offerings of specialized courses exploring subjects of serious interest to faculty members and to students.

ENGL-440 Issues in Literature

The majority of this course is a research workshop that allows seniors to pursue individual interests in a serious, scholarly way. It is the capstone course of the English and English-secondary education majors. Prerequisites: junior or senior standing, at least 8 semester hours at the 200 level or above.

ENGL-500 Directed Reading & Research

Independent research and writing under the supervision of an appropriate member of the department. Prerequisites: 24 semester hours in ENGL-200 and 300-level courses, 48 total semester hours with at least a 3.0 g.p.a. in the major and department approval.

ENGL-505 Independent Study

Independent research and writing under the supervision of an appropriate member of the department. Prerequisites: 24 semester hours in ENGL 200- and 300-level courses, 48 total semester hours with at least a 3.0 g.p.a. in the major, and departmental approval.

ENGL-520 Practicum

Applied projects in language, literature or craft, including supervised work in literacy projects, in writing projects, at public and school libraries, in shelters and in public institutions. The Susquehanna University Office of Volunteer Programs provides contacts. May apply for major or minor credit to a maximum of four semester hours, depending on the nature of the project. Prerequisites: 24 semester hours in ENGL 200- and 300-level courses, 48 total semester hours with at least a 3.0 g.p.a. in the major, and departmental approval.

ENGL-540 Internship

Research, writing and editing for various public and private organizations, and various on and off campus publications. Open only when positions are available. May apply for major or minor credit to a maximum of four semester hours, depending on the nature of the internship. Prerequisites: 24 semester hours in ENGL 200- and 300-level courses, 48 total semester hours with at least a 3.0 g.p.a. in the major and department approval.

Writing


WRIT-240 Introduction to Genre Writing

This workshop writing course introduces students to the craft of various types of writing, including screenwriting, children's literature, and science fiction. Genres may vary, depending on semester and instructor expertise.

WRIT-250 Creative Writing

Introductory workshop course in the study and practice of, in alternating terms, short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction and the novel.

WRIT-270 Small Press Edit & Publishing

An introductory workshop course in the study and practice of publishing and editing for small presses; includes both historical study of the industry and hands-on publishing and editing projects.

WRIT-350 Intermediate Creative Writing

An intensive, rigorous discussion of student writing in a workshop atmosphere. This course builds upon what students learned in WRIT-250 Introduction to Creative Writing. It includes intensive reading of literature in the genre being studied. Special emphasis on the development of a body of work. Topics will vary and may include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, publishing and editing, or screenwriting. Each workshop may be repeated once. Prerequisite: WRIT-250 or permission of the instructor.

WRIT-450 Advanced Creative Writing

An intense, rigorous discussion of student writing in a workshop atmosphere, along with intensive reading in the genre. Special emphasis on the development of a significant body of work in preparation for an understanding of what is required to write a book in the genre being studied. Topics will vary and may include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, publishing and editing, or screenwriting. Each workshop may be repeated once. Prerequisite: WRIT-350 or permission of the instructor.

WRIT-500 Independent Study

WRIT-520 Practicum

Applied projects in writing under the supervision of an appropriate member of the department. Prerequisites: 24 semester hours in WRIT 200 and 300-level courses, 48 semester hours with at least a 3.0 g.p.a. in the major, and departmental approval.

WRIT-540 Internship

Research, writing and editing for various public and private organizations, and various on and off campus publications. Open only when positions are available.

WRIT-550 Senior Writing Portfolio

The capstone course for all creative writing majors (and interested creative writing minors). Students will prepare a portfolio of their written work with the expectation of the portfolio going "public," that is, meeting the demands of graduate school, employment, or the marketplace. Required for senior creative writing majors; others by successful completion of WRIT-350.

WRIT-590 Independent Writing Project

Completion of a suitable portfolio of fiction, poetry, drama, or creative nonfiction. Permission of the faculty member directing the project must be obtained during preregistration. Prerequisites: 24 semester hours in WRIT 200 and 300 level courses, 48 total semester hours with at least a 3.00 g.p.a. in the major, and department approval.



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