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English 115 American Experience (ALU)
Lecture 1           MWF 9:05-9:55              Instructor: Dylan Ford
This course is meant to provide an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of American culture, with a wide historical scope and attention to diverse cultural experiences in the U.S. This particular section will focus on the diverse conceptions and representations of nature throughout American history. Looking at American texts from the nation’s founding through present day, we will examine the way that American thinkers have thought about the natural world. This means being attentive to the production of “nature”/”landscapes” as political spaces which intersect with American ideas of race, gender, and class (among other things). Additionally, we will address some of the many and extremely varied ways in which the land has been embued with supernatural qualities, both positively and negatively. Readings in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose may be supplemented by film, photography, and painting. Possible writers include Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sarah Jewitt, Jean Toomer, Flannery O’Connor, Cormac McCarthy, Octavia Butler, and N. Scott Momaday, among others.  (Gen.Ed. AL, U)

English 115 American Experience (ALU)
Lecture 2           MWF 10:05-11:00          Instructor: David Pritchard
This course provides an introduction to the interdisciplinary study of American culture, with a wide historical scope and attention to diverse cultural experiences in the U. S. We will focus on how conceptions and representations of nature have shaped American imaginations and imaginations of America through history. We will pay special attention to moments of profound national and international crisis—political, economic, ecological—and to writing produced in those moments, in order to ask a basic but fundamental question: What is the relationship between forms of thought and forms of social life? Readings in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose may be supplemented by film, photography, and painting. Possible writers include: Herman Melville, Frank Norris, Emily Dickinson, William James, W. E. B. Du Bois, Claude McKay, Hart Crane, William Carlos Williams, Langston Hughes, Muriel Rukeyser, Gwendolyn Brooks, Amiri Baraka, Frank O'Hara, Shirley Jackson, Edward Dorn. (Gen.Ed. AL, U)

English 115H American Experience Honors  (ALU)
Lecture 1           TuTh 10:00-11:15           Instructor: Mason Lowance
Commonwealth College students only. The course will examine the literature of the antebellum slavery debates in nineteenth-century America in A House Divided: The Antebellum Slavery Debates in America, 1776-1865 (Princeton, 2003) and through the voices of the slave narrators, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Jacobs. Biblical proslavery and antislavery arguments, economic discourse, the conflict of writers and essayists like Emerson and Thoreau, Whitman and Lowell, James Kirke Paulding, and Harriet Beecher Stowe combine with scientific arguments and Acts of Congress relating to slavery to provide the historical background for examinations of the issues surrounding slavery. The seminar will also examine the abolitionist writings of William Lloyd Garrison, Lydia Maria Child, and the New York Abolitionists Arthur and Lewis Tappan and Gerrit Smith. Four literary works will be studied in detail: Stowe's "Uncle Tom's Cabin", Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" and "Pudd'nhead Wilson", and Toni Morrison's "Beloved", all of which represent approaches to the legacy of slavery. We will consider images of minstrel stereotyping, rhetorical strategies in the sentimental novel as a vehicles for abolitionist arguments, and briefly the legacy of slavery in Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Civil Rights movement.   Take home mid term and final, and a brief, 7-10 page paper on student selected topic fulfill requirements for course.

English 116 Native American Literature (ALU) (Anglophone/ethnic American literature pre fall 2016 majors only)
Lecture 1           TuTh 2:30-3:45               Instructor: Laura Furlan
This course introduces students to a wide variety of work by American Indian authors. We will discuss what makes a text “Indian,” how and why a major boom in American Indian writing occurred in the late 1960s, how oral tradition is incorporated into contemporary writing, and how geographic place and tribal affiliation influence this work. We will also survey current theoretical trends in the study of American Indian literature, including debates about aesthetics and literary nationalism.

English 117 Ethnic American Literature (ALU) (Anglophone/ethnic American literature pre fall 2016 majors only)
Lecture 1           MWF 1:25-2:15              Instructor: Mary Griffis
American literature written by and about ethnic minorities, from the earliest immigrants through the cultural representations in modern American writing. (Gen.Ed. AL, U)

English 131 Society & Literature (ALG)
Lecture 1           TuTh 10:00-11:15           Instructor: Melissa Hudasko
This course aims to look beyond the “nature/culture” divide to investigate the close and complex relationship between human civilization and the natural world. How did our ancestors navigate the natural world in the ages before modern industry and technology? What kinds of effects did imperialism, colonialism, and capitalism have on the environment, and how have these practices shaped our modern view of “nature?” How have various writers, from diverse ethnic, cultural, political, and religious backgrounds chosen to deal with the environment in their work, and how are are concerns regarding climate change depicted in contemporary literature?

We will examine texts from the Classical and Medieval periods through the present day, tracing the human relationship to nature over the course of history. Attention will be given to diverse backgrounds, experiences, and cultural traditions and the ways they reflect human relations with the environment. Readings will include (but are not limited to) Anglo-Saxon poetry, African American folklore, Native American writings, New England Transcendentalist writings, travel writing, and science fiction.  (Gen.Ed. AL, G)

English 131 Society & Literature (ALG)
Lecture 2           MWF 11:15-12:05          Instructor: Michelle Brooks
How is literature produced? How are social issues connected to literature? In what ways does literature reflect social norms, and how might literature challenge (or even change) those norms? By investigating the diverse views, experiences, and tensions expressed in texts, this course will examine the ways that society and literature inform and mediate one another. In reading works produced around the world, we will look at the ways literary texts tackle issues such as class, power, and culture. We will also consider the impact of literature on those societies that they depict. We will read a variety of literary genres; selected authors include: Junot Díaz, Geoffrey Chaucer, and Jhumpa Lahiri. (Gen.Ed. AL, G)

English 131 Society & Literature (ALG)
Lecture 3 MWF 1:25-2:15 Instructor: Subhalakshmi Gooptu
Society and Literature: Moving Bodies. How do individuals relate to their societies? If identity and society are inextricably linked, what happens to those who move within and across societies? If societies survive because they continually change, what role might contemporary literature have in this transformation? This course will explore ways in which literature represents and influences society with a special focus on moving populations. We will tackle themes such as immigration, surveillance, language dynamics and community, among others. Primary texts will include a variety of literary genres that explore ever-evolving societies across the world. (Gen Ed. AL, G)

English 131 Society & Literature (ALG)
Lecture 4           MWF 10:10-11:00          Instructor: Sean Gordon
Climate Change and the Literary Imagination. It has been suggested that the relative lack of a response to climate change is due to a failure of the imagination. But of course many writers, scientists, and activists have been working for decades (perhaps much longer) to describe its effects in genres that we might classify as "climate change literature." In this course we will take up the relationship between "society" and "literature" through the specific concerns that climate change poses to the imagination. What capacity does literature have to change our understandings of and responses to climate change? What work does climate change literature do to provide new mythologies of what/who we are with regard to race, gender, national, and species identity? To question our economic and political ecologies? What work does it do to maintain the status quo? Our primary texts will include novels, poetry, film, and nature writing, to be supplemented by short samples from literary theory, visual art, and scientific and political debate. (Gen.Ed. AL, G)

English 132 Gender, Sexuality, Literature & Culture (ALG)
Lecture 1           MWF 11:15-12:05          Instructor: Emily Campbell
This course will consider the roles of language and performance in representing and (de)constructing elements of identity, with particular attention to gender, race, class, disability, and settler coloniality. We will engage with contemporary (20th & 2st-century) texts, artworks, and other cultural objects such as Kara Walker’s A Subtlety, M. NourbeSe Philip’s Zong!, Wangechi Mutu’s The End of Eating Everything, Zainab Amadahy’s The Moons of Palmares, and Octavia Butler’s Fledgling. In dialogue with our readings and viewings, we will discuss questions such as: how is a reader also a spectator and/or performer? how does a text’s positioning of its reader(s) shape what we are able to recognize in its content? (Gen.Ed. AL, G)

English 132 Gender, Sexuality, Literature & Culture (ALG)
Lecture 2           MWF 12:20-1:10            Instructor: Matthew Donlevy
This course will charge students with critically engaging a long history of the de/re-construction of American masculinity.  We will trace the development of various masculine identities and idealities across the Nineteenth century, and place them in conversation with current lived realities.    Students will engage with texts ranging from a nascent portraiture to fashion advertisements, and from labor songs to utopian prose.  We will interrogate the emergence of a working class eroticized body, and the consequences of this in regards to bourgeois masculine self-conceptualizations.  We will trace the role Black masculinity played in influencing both working class and bourgeois masculinities even as being influenced in turn.  We will do so much more.

This will be a discussion driven course with a significant reading load.  However, each of the texts we engage will leave you  wishing you could erase it from your mind and start again.  This class welcomes all members of our academic community that are prepared roll up their sleeves and genuinely interrogate discourses that worked to establish some viable masculinities while negating, often through force, others.Gen.Ed. AL, G)

English 132 Gender, Sexuality, Literature & Culture (ALG)
Lecture 3           MWF 10:10-11:00          Instructor: Korka Sall
This course will examine gender, sexuality and culture in literature from the African Diaspora. We will look at gender norms and how they are represented, challenged, or questioned in the African Diaspora literature and the Global South by tracing the social construction of gender, the performativity of gender, the image of the hero and heroine. Examining and discussing gender, sexuality, literature and culture will help us develop a better understanding of social norms and how they impact different cultures and readers.

Through novels, books, film, music, poetry, essay and articles by artists and writers from the African Diaspora, we will focus on the different representations of masculinity and femininity in literature but also the definitions of sexuality and their effects on the societies of the African Diaspora. Some of the questions this course will discuss include How do colonial and post-colonial thoughts, literature and discussions shape gender, sexuality, literature and culture? How do female and male writers from the African Diaspora reinforce, challenge or question gender norms in literature? What is the image of the hero and heroine and how is it represented in literature? To what extend does the choice of the writers and artists reflect the performativity of masculinity and femininity? Authors may include Suzanne Cesaire, Mariama Ba, Ama Ata Aidoo, Aime Cesaire, Chinua Achebe, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Leopold Sedar Senghor, among others. (Gen.Ed. AL,G)

English 140 Reading Fiction (AL)
Lecture 1           MWF 1:25-2:15              Instructor: Alexandra Itzi
Topic: Reading Modern and Contemporary Horror.  In this course, we’ll be looking at texts which could be categorized as “horror” as a way of reflecting on the art of fiction and larger social and cultural issues--bring a flashlight! This course is designed as an introduction to themes and techniques of fiction through a reading of selected short stories, novellas, and a novel with emphasis on structure, style, point of view, and theme. Some authors we’ll be looking at include Flannery O’Connor, Stephen Graham Jones, Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood, and Shirley Jackson. Reading intensive lecture series with small weekly writing assignments, group/class discussions, and two creative essays.  (Gen.Ed. AL)

English 144 World Literature (ALG) (Anglophone/ethnic American literature pre fall 2016 majors only)
Lecture 1           TuTh 10:00-11:15           Instructor: Sohini Banerjee
Study of major literary texts in English from different parts of a postcolonial "third world" -- African countries, the Caribbean, and India.  Commonalities and differences in literary development in postcolonial nations.  (Gen.Ed. AL, G)

English 146 Living Writers
Lecture 1           Thursdays 4:00-5:15 + discussion          Instructor: Jeff Parker
Living Writers is a new course in contemporary writing and contemporary writers. Students will read the work of contemporary writers including those selected for the term's Visiting Writers Series and write critical and creative responses. A unique feature of Living Writers is the opportunity to ask writers questions about their work and about their experiences as artists during lectures—each author will visit class for an extended Q&A with students. One of the key issues that will be considered throughout the class is how the authors and their works both respond to and are products of contemporary culture, how these creations relate to contemporary music, film, politics, and/or other aspects of the time in which we live.

146 Disc D01AA Thur 4:00-5:15 Instructor: TBA

146 Disc D01AC Thur 5:30-6:45 Instructor: TBA

146 Disc D01AB Thur 4:00-5:15 Instructor: TBA

146 Disc D01AD Thur 5:30-6:45 Instructor: TBA

 

English 200 Seminar in Literary Studies
Lecture 1           TuTh 10:00-11:15           Instructor: Malcolm Sen
Literature and Resistance. This class will introduce students to the practice of critical reading of literary texts. We will examine the ways in which literature plays a crucial role in the construction and critique of ideologies associated with race, gender and the environment. We will read a range of exciting texts from around the world to concentrate on the importance of literary forms and genres: such as the novel, the short story, drama and poetry. The ultimate aim of this course is to introduce methodologies of close reading and foster critical writing skills. Writing assignments will include 2 short papers, which focus on close reading techniques, and 2 longer essay-style analyses, which incorporate critical essays and literary terms.  This course is open to English majors only. Prerequisite: ENGLWRIT 112 or equivalent. 

English 200 Seminar in Literary Studies
Lecture 2           TuTh 11:30-12:45           Instructor: Laura Furlan
Introduction to literary study, concentrating on close reading and analysis of texts, writing and revising critical essays, and discussion of the issues that underlie the study of literature. Prerequisite: ENGLWRIT 112 or equivalent.  This course is open to Pre-English (PR-ENGL) majors only.English majors only. Prerequisite: Gen. Ed. College Writing. 

English 200 Intensive Literary Studies
Lecture 3           TuTh 1:00-2:15               Instructor: Janis Greve
Why be an English major?  What does an English major "do" and how does it matter?  We will investigate those questions while learning "transferable" skills of close reading, reflection, evaluation, group discussion, collaborative feedback, and more.  We will also become familiar with key literary conventions and literary terms as we read a selection of fiction, poetry, drama, memoir, and graphic novels. We will write a lot, in class and out of it, producing an ekphrastic poem, four short essays, an exploratory piece on professional and on-campus opportunities, a team presentation on the same, and a semester portfolio. 

Prerequisite: ENGLWRIT 112 or equivalent.  This course is open to English majors only.

English 200 Intensive Literary Studies
Lecture 4           MW 4:00-5:15                Instructor: Mazen Naous
This course is designed to prepare students to pursue the English major. Our three central tasks will be: reading works of poetry, drama, and prose fiction from a range of historical periods; studying different methods of literary analysis; and honing students’ writing and research skills. This course is writing-intensive; assignments will include short close reading papers and longer interpretive papers. English majors only.  Prerequisite: Gen. Ed. College Writing.

English 200 Intensive Literary Studies
Lecture 5           TuTh 2:30-3:45               Instructor: Ron Welburn
Majoring in English prepares students to become critical readers and thinkers not just for graduate study and teaching careers but also for professions like law, editing, archival research, media production, and academic and commercial book sales among others which demand careful close reading and analytical skills . Majoring in English will enhance your love of narrative language and its nuances as you study the genres of fiction, poetry, drama, and the the essay, examples of which you will encounter in this course' workshop environment of lectures, readings, and the writing of drafts and formal essays. Our primary texts (to be available downtown at Amherst Books) will be the James S. Brown and Scott D. Yarbrough A Practical Introduction to Literary Study. English majors only.  Prerequisite: Gen. Ed. College Writing_.

English 201 Early British Literature & Culture (British literature and culture before 1700 or 200+ elective)
Lecture 1   TuTh 11:30-12:45    Instructor: Marjorie Rubright
Topic: The Word, the World & the Wanderer: Exploring imaginative works by both male and female authors, this survey of literature from 900 C.E. to 1700 C.E. explores literary art as a world-making enterprise. Significant changes in the English language occurred throughout this period, expanding the horizon of what we mean by ‘English’ literature. The course will situate the word, the world, and the wander as touchstones along our path as we travel from the epic poetry of Beowulf to Milton’s Paradise Lost, from the medieval lyrical romance of Marie de France to the erotic romances conveyed in Arthur Golding’s early modern English translation of Ovid’s Metamorphoses. A host of different wanderers will serve as guides: from pilgrims, exiles, seafarers, and translators, to unruly women, queer shape-shifters, werewolves, fallen angels and devils. By the end of the course, you will: have a historicized appreciation of broad changes to the English language, be familiar with a range of genres produced in the medieval and earlier modern periods, have strategies for close reading to carry with you into future coursework, and experience an increased confidence in your ability to puzzle through literature of the distant past.

English 202: Later British Literature & Culture (British literature and culture before 1700 or 200+ elective)
Lecture 1    TuTh 4:00-5:15    Instructor: Adam Colman
In this British literature survey course, we will study a range of literature from the eighteenth century through the twentieth century. We will especially consider how developments in literary form drew from and contributed to major intellectual movements and historical contexts, including the Enlightenment, Romanticism, the Victorian era, and Modernism. Of particular interest will be the different ways in which literature has linked knowledge-acquisition with emotional experience; texts will include works by Samuel Johnson, Anna Laetitia Barbauld, Mary Shelley, Alfred Tennyson, and Katherine Mansfield.

English 204 Intro to Asian American Literature (ALU) (Anglophone/ethnic American literature or American literature and culture after 1865)
Lecture 1           TuTh 2:30-3:45               Instructor: Caroline Yang
This course will introduce students to literature and film by, for, and about Asian Americans. Students will learn a reading practice that consists of contextualizing the texts in their historical production as well as close-reading and critical thinking. Through reading, writing, discussions, and a final group video project, students will explore how Asian American literature shapes the construction of heterogeneous, diasporic, and transnational subjectivities that challenges the very notion of “Asian American” as a uniform identity and object of knowledge.

English 221 Shakespeare AL (British literature and culture before 1700 or 200+ elective)
Lecture 1           MW 12:20-1:10 + discussion      Instructor: Adam Zucker
A survey that covers Shakespeare's entire career, from early, sensationally bloody works like Titus Andronicus to the meditative late plays like Cymbeline and The Tempest. Along the way, we'll investigate the language, the structure, and the elaborate plotting of some of the most famous (and infamous) works ever written in English. Special focus given to Shakespeare's revealing explorations of the interplay between family, political hierarchies, and desire; his interest in distant settings and peoples; and, perhaps most importantly, his attempts to dramatize the struggle of individuals to make sense of the worlds in which they live. Through careful reading and discussion, we will work towards an understanding of why plays that seem so removed from our day-to-day concerns have remained powerfully relevant for four hundred years. Three essays, a mid-term and a final exam. Attendance at lecture and consistent participation in discussion sections required. Discussion section required.

221 Disc 01AA F 10:10-11:00 am Instructor: M. Zapedowska

221 Disc 01AD  F  1:25-2:15 pm  Instructor: A. Siimpson

221 Disc 01AB  F 11:15-12:05 pm  Instructor: A. Simpson

221 Disc 01AE F 10:10-11:00 pm Instructor: M. Perez

221 Disc 01AC  F  1:25-2:15 pm  Instructor: M. Perez

221 Disc 01AF F 11:15-12:05  Instructor: M. Zapedowska

 

English 254 Writing and Reading Imaginative Literature AL (200+ English elective)(creative writing specialization)
Lecture 1           MWF 10:10-11:00          Instructor: Tom McCauleyIn this lecture and discussion course students will learn the nuts and bolts of writing. We will read, analyze, and discuss a diverse array of artists in a variety of genres--including poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and comedy. Students will experiment with different genres and forms of writing while sharing and discussing their work with the class. They will learn helpful techniques for generating and revising material, build their capacity for critical and creative thinking, and discover the awesome benefits writing offers to the world and the individual. Take this class if you're interested in experiencing how a person becomes a writer.  (Gen.Ed. AL)

English 254 Writing and Reading Imaginative Literature  AL(200+ English elective)(creative writing specialization)
Lecture 2           MWF 11:15-12:05          Instructor: Elizabeth Mikesch
This workshop is for writers who want to experiment and rapidly gain experience through sharing and feedback. Each week we will look at a different aspect of the craft—things like dialogue, description, time, and expectation. We will learn from the masters, then write our own short pieces that utilize each craft aspect. The class will cover many different genres and forms. You'll do a little bit of everything, and you'll have a lot of freedom to choose what you want to write about. My hope is that we'll have fun, learn about ourselves as writers, and create a space where writing is celebrated. (Gen.Ed. AL)

English 254 Writing and Reading Imaginative Literature AL (200+ English elective)(creative writing specialization)
Lecture 3           MWF 12:20-1:10            Instructor: Megan Wilson
Analysis of problems of form, elements of genre, style and development of themes of stories and poems, written by class members and in class texts. Lecture, discussion, 5 poems, 2 stories, 2 essays.  (Gen.Ed. AL)

English 254H Writing and Reading Imaginative Literature Honors AL (200+ English elective)(creative writing specialization)
Lecture 1           MW 4:00-5:15                Instructor Daniel Sack
This honors seminar focuses on the analysis of poetry, short fiction, drama, and creative non-fiction, and fosters an environment in which to explore different forms of response. Our focus will be on the fragment across written genres. Students will read and discuss texts by exemplary authors and by their classmates. Assignments include both analytical and creative writing. (Gen.Ed. AL)

English 269 American Literature and Culture After 1865 (American Literature and Culture After 1865 distribution or 200+ English elective)
Lecture 1         TuTh 10:10-11:15           Instructor: Gina Ocasion
Topic: Settler Colonialism and Protest.  This course looks at relationships between land, property, and protest in America through the narrative spaces of literature. We do so to interrogate the intimacies of settler colonialism as it manifests not only in displacement, but also in the elision and erasure of representation, sovereignty, and subjectivity. Our questions will consider the relationships between art and protest, diverse embodiments of protest and resistance, and the cultural and historical contexts that inform these movements. In this line of thought, we will trace back the lines of inquiry that inform our contemporary moment, where Black Lives Matter and water protectors for #NoDAPL stand together. Authors in this survey may include Mark Twain, Sarah Winnemucca, Charles Chestnutt, W.E.B. Du Bois, Harper Lee, Zitkala Ša, and Alice Walker. Assignments will include two short close reading essays and a presentation.

English 298B Literary Classics on Film
Lecture 1           Mon 6:00-9:00   Instructor Kirby Farrell
The Great Novels on Film. This is a 1 credit film series screening adaptations of classic Victorian novels, and especially useful for English majors. Works by Jane Austen, Dickens, George Eliot, Hardy, and others. Mandatory Pass/Fail course. One screening each week. 1 credit. Requirements: attendance.

English 300 Junior Year Writing Seminar in English Studies (junior year writing requirement)
Lecture 1           MW 2:30-3:45    Instructor: Adam Zucker
Topic: The City in Literature: 1600-2017. This course focuses on imaginative responses to urban centers from three different periods – satire and dramatic comedy at the beginning of the 17th Century; prose fiction in the 19th Century and earlier 20th century; and the novel and visual media in our day – to explore the ways in which authors and audiences respond to the local and global developments that accompany urbanization.  Our central texts – Jacobean city comedy and the often filthy satirical texts that accompanied it; Victorian and Edwardian fiction by Dickens and Conan Doyle; and current works by contemporary novelists – will give us opportunities to explore how literary form is met by and shaped within social and economic networks that the material spaces of the city make possible.  In addition to our primary texts, we will read theory and criticism by, among others, David Harvey, Michel DeCerteau, Franco Moretti, and Sharon Marcus.  Students will write two shorter response essays (one on a literary work and one on a critical essay) in addition to pursuing a longer research project in which they choose a contemporary novel, film, or other text to analyze with our work over the course of the semester in mind.

English 300 Junior Year Writing Seminar in English Studies (junior year writing requirement)
Lecture 2          TuTh 10:00-11:15          Instructor: Josh Lambert
Topic: Jews and American Literature. The roles played by Jews in the development of modern American literature are complex and contradictory. While influential American authors, like Edith Wharton and T. S. Eliot, expressed anti-Semitic views in their work, and prejudice excluded Jews from many literary opportunities, nonetheless Jewish publishers, editors, critics, and writers were extraordinarily influential in the development of the field. In the 20th century, American Jews founded leading publishing houses, supported freedom of expression and key literary movements like modernism and postmodernism, and, especially after 1945, wrote some of the most influential works in the tradition. In this course, we will explore the relationship between the ways Jewish characters have been represented in American literature, on the one hand, and their roles in modernizing and expanding the field, on the other. 

As a Junior Year Writing course, the class will aim to build students’ confidence as writers through workshops, revisions, and a range of writing assignments. We will focus on issues of argument, evidence, and style, and students will plan, draft, workshop, and revise essays and other writing assignments multiple times.

English 300 Junior Year Writing Seminar in English Studies (junior year writing requirement)
Lecture 3           Tuth 11:30-12:45                        Instructor: Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge
Topic: Pirates & Mutineers: Treasure, Slavery, Rebellions and MP3s.  No course description at this time.

English 300 Junior Year Writing Seminar in English Studies (junior year writing requirement)
Lecture 4           MW 2:30-3:45                Instructor: Jordy Rosenberg
Topic: Robinson Crusoe and Zombies.  No course description at this time.

English 300 Junior Year Writing Seminar in English Studies (junior year writing requirement)
Lecture 5           TuTh 1:00-2:15               Instructor: Stephen Clingman
Topic: Spy vs Spy in Fiction Television and Film.  This course will be a survey of spy fiction in novels, television and film across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Naturally, we will be exploring some of the “greats,” starting with Conrad’s The Secret Agent, and including a number of novels by Le Carré. But there will be space for other writers and other considerations as well, not least across different media. How does Le Carré’s The Spy Who Came in From the Cold translate to movie form? What of the classic television shows (Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy) and some of the remarkable more recent ones (The Night Manager, The Americans, or Homeland)? In all this, there will be wider issues for us to consider. How does ‘duplicity’ feature in the late-modern world, and what are the structural links between that world and spy-writing? What were the historical resonances of some of the classic texts ( the Cold War, specifically), and how is the spy novel now being rewritten from different perspectives? Perhaps most intriguingly, how does spying, and the reading of duplicity, overlap with the literary itself, not least in issues of decoding and interpretation? Class work will involve some lecturing, lots of discussion, and student projects, culminating, in this junior-year writing class, in a longer piece of work at the end of the semester.

English 313 Intro to Old English Poetry (British literature and culture before 1700 or 300+ English elective)
Lecture 1                       TuTh 10:00-11:15           Instructor: Stephen Harris
Old English is a language spoken in Britain from the early 400s to the 1100s. In this course, you will learn to read it. It will give you a good grounding in English grammar as well as a solid sense of the origin of English vocabulary. Once you can read Old English, you are only steps away from reading Old Norse, the language of the Vikings, as well as Old Saxon and Old Frisian. As well as learning the Old English language, we will read Old English poetry, including "Caedmon's Hymn," "The Seafarer," "The Wanderer," "Dream of the Rood," "The Battle of Maldon," and the epic Judith, about a warrior maiden who leads her army to heroic conquest ("Sloh tha wundenlocc thone feondsceathan fagum mece ..."). It is like no other poetry in English. Reading it in the original language allows you to practice intense close reading, an essential component of a literary education. You will also be introduced to Norse and Celtic myths. Old English inspired J. R. R. Tolkien's Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It inspired Seamus Heaney's North as well as his Beowulf. And it was a profound influence on Jorge Luis Borges. We will examine runes and learn to make manuscripts. A working knowledge of English grammar is recommended.

English 319 Representing the Holocaust ALG (300+ English elective)
Lecture 1           Tu 2:30-3:45 + discussion          Instructor: Jonathan Skolnik
Major writers, works, themes, and critical issues comprising the literature of the Holocaust. Exploration of the narrative responses to the destruction of European Jewry and other peoples during World War II (including diaries, memoirs, fiction, poetry, drama, video testimonies, and memorials).  (Gen.Ed. AL, G)

319 Disc 01AA Th 1:00-2:15 Instructor: N. Erhardt

319 Disc 01AE Th 10:00-11:15  Instructor: S. Lal

319 Disc 01AB Th 2:30-3:45  Instructor: J. Skolnik

319 Disc 01AF Th 11:30-12:45  Instructor: S. Lal

319 Disc 01AC  Th 1:00-2:15  Instructor: A. Hoehling

319 Disc 01AG Th 10:00-11:15  Instructor: Nicole Erhardt

319 Disc 01AD  Th 11:30-12:45  Instructor: A. Hoehling

 

 

English 329H Honors Tutoring Writing: Theory & Practice (Anglophone/ethnic American literature or 300+ English elective)(SPOW Specialization)
Lecture 1           TuTh 1:00-2:15 pm                     Instructor: Donna LeCourt         
Prerequisite: Gen. Ed. College Writing 112 or 113 with a grade of "B" or better.  Students interested in the course should submit an application to writingcenter@acad.umass.edu by March 25: (1) a formal letter explaining why the student is interested and has potential to become a writing tutor; (2) an academic writing sample (attached as a word or pdf file) and (3) the name and email address of the student’s 112 instructor or another instructor who can speak to the student's qualifications.  While the preferred deadline was set for March 10th, additional applicants may be considered if seats are available.  The strongest applications will be invited to an interview.

English 350H Expository Writing Honors (old and new requirements: 300+ English elective)( Creative Writing and SPOW specializations)
Lecture 1           MW 2:30-3:45                Instructor: John Hennessy
This course is designed for students who have a special interest in personal narratives, documentary forms, travel writing, and/or innovative approaches to feature writing. Students will read and write a variety of literary non-fiction forms, including memoir, documentary essays, and profiles, and the course will have a workshop component.  Texts will include works by Joan Didion, Jonathan Ames, Helene Cooper, George Orwell, Alice Walker, and others. Students will also be encouraged to try other forms of non-fiction, including travel writing, interviews, editorials, reviews, etc.  Prerequisite: completion of English 200 and two of the following period survey courses-English 201, 202, 221, 268 or 269.

English 354 Creative Writing: Intro to Fiction (300+ English elective)(creative writing specialization)
Lecture 1           MWF 1:25-2:15              Instructor: Otto Leinsdorf
Ours will be a generative fiction workshop, focusing on the creation of new fiction in a variety of experimental forms, and the performance of that work for an audience of peers, our classmates! Again, creation and performance will be prized over critique. You will perform your own work and even your classmates' work on a regular basis. This means we will read, write, and perform a lot, with an emphasis on the special craft of each discipline. Every week, we will read a short piece of published work by a well-known author.  These published works will be paired with generative writing exercises that will serve as prompts for your own submissions to workshop. The last class of each week (Fridays) will be devoted to performance. As the semester progresses we'll begin to analyze the elements of an effective performance i.e. how speak publicly, how to read to an audience, how to perform a drama. You'll practice these skills almost as much as you will practice reading and writing, and your engagement with the performative aspects of the course will constitute an equal part of your overall grade.

English 354 Creative Writing: Intro to Poetry (300+ English elective)(creative writing specialization)
Lecture 2           MWF11:15-12:05           Instructor: John Goodhue
This course is, in it’s essential form, a workshop. As a workshop, it will be a space to write, read, discuss, listen to, and discover poetry. It will be a space for experimentation, a space to explore convention or do away with it altogether. It will be a space to gain intent or rid oneself of it, a space for ritual as much as irrationality. Our main commitment will be to language and how we can make it new, unique, & of the identities we hold. Using the aid of generative techniques and shared vocabularies, we’ll write original poems to be workshopped in class. We’ll supplement our own work with readings & discussion of the works of other writers to adopt new practices and then invert/imitate/re-imagine them. Lots of participation and sharing can be expected. Students will prepare a portfolio of work at the course’s end.

English 354 Creative Writing: Mixed Genre (300+ English elective)(creative writing specialization)
Lecture 3           MWF 12:20-1:10            Instructor: Rhean Westerlund
Why do we write? What can "good" writing accomplish? How do we do justice to the stories and poems that live inside us? This course seeks to address these questions, not by offering definitive answers but by exploring possibilities in a way that encourages deeper thought and further inquiry. Each week, through our readings, discussions, and workshops, we will focus on a particular aspect of poetry or prose—including but not limited to character, point of view, description, structure, and sound. How do these elements contribute to the effectiveness of a written work? Although we will study a variety of published authors, the emphasis in this class is on helping students to develop a clearer sense of how and what they want to write.

English 356 Creative Writing: Poetry (300+ English elective)(creative writing spec.)
Lecture 1          Tu 4:00-6:30          Instructor: Martín Espada
Students should submit a portfolio of three poems in a Word document to Professor Espada at mespada@english.umass.edu. Students will be notified by the end of the semester of their status. Registration after this date is possible, but priority will be given to students who apply this semester for the fall. Registration by instructor permission only. Prerequisite: English majors only. English 354 or equivalent with a B or better.

English 358 Romantic Poets (British literature and culture after 1700 or 300+ English elective)
Lecture 1           TuTh 2:30-3:45               Instructor: Joselyn Almeida-Beveridge
Open only to English majors.  Prerequisite: completion of English 200 and two of following survey courses: 201, 202, 221, 268, or 269.   No course description at this time.

English 363 Modern British Drama (British literature and culture after 1700 or 300+ English elective)
Lecture 1           MW 2:30-3:45                Instructor: Daniel Sack
A survey of British, Scottish, and some Irish performance texts from 1945 to the present. Our focus will be on the question of nationhood and formations of self in the changing landscape of the British isles. This seminar will feature work from a variety of formal and stylistic perspectives, including devised, documentary, community-based, and more traditional drama. Playwrights read may include: Bola Agbaje, Howard Barker, Samuel Beckett, Edward Bond, Caryl Churchill, Marina Carr, Martin Crimp, Tim Crouch, Brian Friel, debbie tucker green, David Grieg, Zinnie Harris, Sarah Kane, Kwame Kwei-Armah, Rona Munro, Harold Pinter, Enda Walsh, and others.

English 365 20th Century Literature of Ireland AL (Anglophone/ethnic American literature or 300+ elective)
Lecture 1           TuTh 1:00-2:15   Instructor: Malcolm Sen
The Literature of Ireland. “If you have the words, there’s always a chance that you will find the way”, wrote Seamus Heaney. It seems that Irish writers have rarely been at a loss for words. Despite its size, Ireland has produced some of the most influential literary authors of the 20th century. This course gives you an opportunity to read a number of canonical Irish authors (such as W B Yeats and James Joyce) and authors whose works have been crucial to the Irish 20th century but who may not be as well known (such as Eavan Boland). We will pay attention to the social, historical and environmental conditions, which shape these narratives.

This is a General Education course and in it you will also learn to communicate your ideas persuasively and with precision. You will be guided to read literary texts through the lens of contemporary concerns such as environmental degradation and climate change. You will also gain a firm understanding of how literature reflects upon, critiques and sometimes ‘predicts’ political and environmental realities.   (Gen.Ed. AL)

English 366 Modern Poetry (300+ English elective)
Lecture 1                       TuTh 1:00-2:15               Instructor: Ruth Jennison
This course is a survey of modern American poetry. Our guiding question will be: What is the relationship between modern poetry and capitalist modernity? Focusing on the period between 1890 and 1950 and working from a comparativist perspective, we will explore how various poets interpreted their shared historical context through different poetic forms and experiments. In addition to a broad overview of modernism's canonical authors (e.g. Wallace Stevens, T.S. Eliot, W.C. Williams, Ezra Pound), we will spend significant time on the trajectories of African-American poetics (e.g. Claude McKay, Jean Toomer, Langston Hughes), feminist poetics (e.g. H.D., Gertrude Stein) and Depression-era anti-capitalist poetics (e.g. Muriel Rukeyser, Kenneth Fearing). Throughout our readings and discussions, we will look at the ways in which our poets are a part of the shifting cultures, politics, and histories of the first half of the 20th century; their works address American imperialism, world wars, rapid industrialization, racism and anti-racism, working class resistance, and the transformation of gender regimes.

English 367H Contemporary Poetry (300+ English elective)
Lecture 1           TuTh 2:30-3:45               Instructor: Ruth Jennison
This course explores American poetry from the mid-twentieth century through the present. Poetic groupings and trajectories we will explore together include: the Beats, the New York School, Black Mountain, the Black Arts Movement, Language Poetry,  New Formalism, and contemporary poetics that articulate a resistance to economic austerity, labor exploitation, racism, sexism, and homophobia. Key questions will guide us:  How did the Cold War help to shape the poetics of the 1950s and 1960s? How did poets metabolize and represent the new social movements of the 1960s and 1970s? How does the rise of neoliberalism shape contemporary political poetry? What is the relationship between American empire and anti-imperialist and anti-war poetry? How do present-day poets engage with movements for Black liberation, contemporary feminism, and street-level struggles against capitalism?

English 368 Modern American Drama (American Literature and Culture after 1865 or 300+ English elective)
Lecture 1                       Tu 4:00-6:30                              Instructor: Heidi Holder
We begin with the most venerable of dramatic forms: tragedy.  Early in the development of American theatre we see a self-conscious attempt to construct a specifically American notion of the tragic hero, a project that intersects with such political matters as anti-European cultural nationalism, the abolition movement and Native American removal.  By the mid-nineteenth century melodrama seems to eclipse tragedy, as audiences embrace the spectacle, excess, and stark moral oppositions of the newer form.  The course will chart the endurance and variation of these two genres into the contemporary period.  Readings will be drawn from such playwrights as John Augustus Stone, Dion Boucicault, Eugene O’Neill, Langston Hughes, Sophie Treadwell, LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Tony Kushner and Ayad Akhtar.

English 369 Studies in Modern Fiction (Anglophone or 300+ English elective)
Lecture 1                       TuTh 10:00-11:15                       Instructor: Stephen Clingman
This course will survey major trends in twentieth century fiction by taking as its theme the idea of 'writing at the frontiers.' We'll understand this in various ways, ranging from the frontiers of form in the work of some of the century's foremost writers, to the literal frontiers that many of them have faced: of geography, culture, race, gender, politics, and--in the broadest sense--history. We will begin with the cultural phenomenon of modernism--that complex of literary, artistic and philosophical developments which defined a specific shift in modern intellectual consciousness between about 1880 and 1930. In exploring works by Conrad, Forster, and the transitional writer, Jean Rhys, we'll see how they came to terms with some of these specific issues and registered them in their fiction. In going on to read writers such as Achebe, Coetzee, Caryl Phillips and Zadie Smith, we'll see how these issues were sustained and transformed in the second half of the century. Our novels will be set in a variety of countries and cultures in Britain, Africa, India, and the Caribbean, and move from the modern to the postmodern, the colonial to the postcolonial. All the way through, traveling in both space and time, fiction will be our guide to some of the twentieth century's most significant developments. The course will involve both lecturing and discussion, as well as a variety of assignments including some combination of essays, presentations, online work, and possibly an exam.

English 371 African American Literature (Anglophone/ethnic American or American literature and culture after 1865 or 300+ English elective)
Lecture 1           MW 2:30-3:45                Instructor: Sarah Patterson
In this class, we will become familiar with genres and rhetorics that nineteenth-century Black writers employ to articulate perspectives on the African American and Diaspora experience. We will explore notions of identity, public consciousness and national belonging, asking: what is the interplay between the imagination and self-determinism? How do sites of publication influence ideas about race, gender, class and community? Readings will draw from works by Mary Prince, Frederick Douglass, Frank Webb and Harriet Wilson. As a way to consider visual rhetorics, students will sometimes pair readings with contemporaneous newspaper literature and will regularly consider the historical moment out of which readings emerge. In addition to active class participation, assignments will include a short response, mid-term exam, final research paper and digital writing entry.

English 379 Introduction to Professional Writing I (English 300+ elective)(PWTC specialization)
Lecture 1           TuTh 11:30-12:45           Instructor: David Toomey
This course offers an overview of commonly encountered professional genres such as memos, reports, job materials, and grant proposals. Students gain practice writing in these genres, with an emphasis on clarity and concision. They develop more sophisticated research skills and gain experience in communicating specialized information to non-specialist readers. Finally, they are exposed to the range of professional writing careers as they explore writing on both theoretical and practical planes through consideration of audience, as well as wider professional, social, and cultural contexts. Prereq.: ENGLWP 112 or equivalent; junior or senior status with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. (3 credits).

English 379 Introduction to Professional Writing I (English 300+ elective)(PWTC specialization)
Lecture 2           MW 4:00-5:15                Instructor: TBA
See above for course description.

English 380 Professional Writing and Technical Communication I (English 300+ elective)(PWTC specialization)
Lecture 1           TuTh 1:00-2:15               Instructor: Janine Solberg
Junior and Senior students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. Introduces principles of technical writing, software documentation, and page design. Simulates the writing/editing process used in the computer industry; students write a 20-25 page manual documenting a software product, usually Microsoft Word. Prereq.: ENGLWP 112 or equivalent; ENGL 379 (which may be taken concurrently); junior or senior status with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better. (3 credits).

English 391NM Narrative Medicine: How Writing Can Heal (English 300+ elective)
Lecture 1          Th 4:00-6:30               Instructor: Marian MacCurdy
This interdisciplinary writing course investigates the cognitive and emotional benefits of writing for diverse populations including trauma survivors, patients, caregivers, teachers or those who hope to teach—anyone who is interested in the power of personal writing to effect change. Training in reflective writing supports clinical and/or pedagogical effectiveness among medical and educational professionals by enabling them to both listen to and respond to stories of conflict, illness, trauma, and transformation and to express their own histories in writing as well. Students will read, write, and discuss personal essays as well as texts that address the relationship between writing and resilience. We will focus on process—how to produce narratives that are both artistically and therapeutically effective. No prior experience with the medical humanities required.

English 391S Doing Digital: Critical Skills, Literacies and Methods (300+ English elective)(New Media specialization)
Lecture 1           Mon 4:00-6:30               Instructor: Matthew Schilleman
This class is an introduction for students who want to build basic digital proficiencies and a stronger technical foundation while also remaining attentive to broader social, ethical, and political issues. Students can expect to learn how to use a variety of digital tools, programs, and platforms, including but not limited to: HTML and website customizing, interactive storytelling, visualizing research, Photoshop, GIF creation, and introductory programming. This class is now required for the Digital Humanities and New Media Specialization in English at UMass, and it is open to students from the other Five Colleges. No previous technical experience is necessary.

English 391SG  Shakespeare’s Global Afterlives (English 300+ elective)
Lecture 1   TuTh 5:30-6:45  Instructor: Marjorie Rubright
What makes Shakespeare such a global phenomenon? Throughout this course, we will read four Shakespeare plays paired with instances of their afterlives in performance (film, television, theater) and print (novels, plays, poetry, essays, comics). Along the way, we’ll consider how Shakespeare’s plays imagined global cultural exchange in the Renaissance context and, in turn, how they have been revitalized through adaptation and cultural translation to raise new questions about what it means to think globally today. A sample of our readings include: The Tempest with Margaret Atwood’s recent novel The Hag-Seed, Aime Cesaire’s play A Tempest, and Robert Browning’s poem ‘Caliban upon Setebos’; Othello with the film O and Toni Morison’s play DesdemonaHamlet with the mythical performance aboard the Red Dragon ship in 1607, Suleyman Al-Bassam’s The Al-Hamlet Summit, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, and The Simpson’s Hamlet. Assignments will encourage creativity and experimentation, as well as short close readings. You may be invited to: draft a single scene of your own screenplay; write a witty or cantankerous review of a film adaptation; explore what is lost in translation when we edit Renaissance texts for contemporary readers; mock-interview a character from a play in an effort to discover their untold backstory; visually map the real and imagined geographies of a play. No previous study of Shakespeare is required.

English 469 Victorian Monstrosity (English literature and culture after 1700 or 300+ or 400+ English elective)
Lecture 1           MW 4:00-5:15+ mandatory lab on Mon 6-9 PM    Instructor: Kirby Farrell
We'll be reading novels of the 1890s that project visions of monstrosity and crystallized themes of modernity that haunt us today. Radical changes in the 19C raised liberating and terrifying questions about identity: What sort of creatures are we? This is not a conventional literature course: we'll be using history, anthropology, and psychology to examine deformed creatures and grotesque cultural fantasies, from Sherlock Holmes to Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray and Stoker's Dracula.

The course includes a required lab section that meets once a week to screen related films (documentaries, early cinema, and Oscar Wilde's plays, etc). Independent Study credits are available for extra work done in the film lab.  Reading: all or part of seven novels; Richard D. Altick's Victorian People and Ideas, and Karen Horney, Neurosis and Human Growth; and short email handouts.  Plan to write 1-page problem-solving responses and three longer essays. Lab section is required.    

English 491AC The Major and Beyond: Career Exploration for English Majors
Lecture 1           W 2:30-3:45       Instructor: Janis Greve
2 credits. This course is your chance to be pro-active in paving the road to employment both during and after the completion of your degree in English. You will practice job search skills and leave the class with a better sense of your vocational direction. In addition to receiving individualized guidance in creating a cover letter and résumé of immediate use, other assignments are likely to include attendance at career events, two interviews with professionals from fields of interest, a professional presentation, a paper researching vocations, and participation in a mock interview. The course is not an "easy" 2 credits, though the work required can form real stepping stones to a future beyond the major.  Sophomores and Juniors.  Seniors by permission of the instructor only.

English 491JM U.S. Literature in Global Context (American literature and culture before 1865 course or 400+ English elective)
Lecture 1           TuTh 2:30-3:45               Instructor: Laura Doyle
The emergence of the U.S. as a nation unfolded in dynamic interaction with other nations and communities around the globe.  U.S. authors have been aware of those dynamics and have engaged with both national and international histories as they grappled with questions of freedom, collectivity, race, gender, and class.  Our main goal will be to understand the art, insights, and strains in these authors' writing, including both nineteenth- and twentieth-century authors.   To do that, we will read some history.  We will also read history simply to enhance our historical consciousness.  In this way our course combines readings in history and literature so as to enrich our thinking about both of them.

Graded written work will include one exam, informal response papers, and two to three essays.  Attendance and preparation for class discussion will also be part of your final grade.

English 491Z Poetry of the Political Imagination  300+ or 400+ English elective)
 Lecture 1          Mon 4:00-6:30               Instructor: Martín Espada
Juniors and Seniors, International Exchange or National Exchange plans, or Graduate students with TECS subplans only.  Poetry of the political imagination is a matter of both vision and language. Any progressive social change must be imagined first, and that vision must find its most eloquent possible expression to move from vision to reality. Poets have a role in this dynamic process. The poets of the political imagination studied in this course go beyond protest to define an artistry of dissent. The course addresses how best to combine poetry and politics, craft and commitment. Every week, students read and discuss one book by a poet of the political imagination, such as Walt Whitman, Wilfred Owen, Sterling Brown, Pablo Neruda, Allen Ginsberg, Marge Piercy or Carolyn Forché.  Readings are also augmented on occasion by recordings of the poets. Students respond to these poets with papers, presentations, or some combination.

English 494CI Codes, Ciphers, Hackers & Cracker (Integrative Experience)
Lecture 1           TuTh 11:30-12:45           Instructor: Stephen Harris
This course is an Integrative Experience course. As such, it has two major aims. The first is a practical introduction to codes and ciphers. In order to break codes, we will examine the structures of the English language, as well as the distributive characteristics of words and phonemes. We will consider English as a closed system with a fixed rule set. Our second aim is to examine the relationship between a system and its component elements. Starting with the relationship between letters and cipher types, we will explore the relationship between users and networks, and the relationship between hackers (and crackers) and The System. Is there room in a fixed system for invention, rather than just innovation? What role is there for imagination? If imagination and invention are the keys to mass flourishing, as Nobel Laureate Edmund Phelps argues, how can we harness them? How does the world of systems and networks compel us to think differently than does the world of westward expansion or discovery? Finally, we will learn simple coding and apply it to literary texts. No knowledge of codes, ciphers, or computers is necessary, although welcome. Prerequisite: completion of English 200 and one course from following period distribution: British literature and culture before 1700, British literature and culture after 1700, American literature and culture before 1865, American literature and culture after 1865.

English 494FI Philosophizing Your Future (Integrative Experience)
Lecture 1           Thurs 5:00-7:30              Instructor: Laura Doyle
In this class, as we reflect together on your college experience and look ahead to your future, our main theme will be collectivity. We’ll approach this shared project philosophically.  Drawing on your past coursework and other experiences, we'll explore the ways each of us becomes who we are with and among others, as part of a collective world--in various, sometimes conflicting communities. Our reflections on personhood and collectivity will be prompted by readings from philosophy, history, and literature; and we will pay special attention to what they reveal about how our histories shape our engagements with each other. We’ll give attention to our workplaces as well as our families, neighborhoods, and social and ethnic communities. For written work, there will be three personal memoir essays; an integrative analytical essay, and several ungraded thinking assignments. There will also be a group project and an oral presentation based on your interview with someone in a career you are considering.  Open only to senior English majors. Prerequisite: completion of English 200 and one course from following period distribution: British literature and culture before 1700, British literature and culture after 1700, American literature and culture before 1865, American literature and culture after 1865

English 494JI Going to Jail (Integrative Experience)
Lecture 1           Thur 4:00-6:30               Instructor: Suzanne Daly
Why do we put people in cages? And in what ways does the caging of humans impact society? Writers have long used the prison as a space from which to ask questions about the nature and meaning of criminality and the rule of law, about human minds, bodies, and behavior, about society and politics, and about how language makes and unmakes us as human beings. In this class, we will study US fiction, poetry, film, and nonfiction prose (print and digital) by prisoners, journalists, scholars, lawyers, and activists in order to consider these issues for ourselves. Throughout the semester, we will draw on the perspectives you have gained through your gen ed coursework to think about two central questions: first, what contribution does each medium, genre, or disciplinary approach make to the study of prisons and prisoners? Second, what aspects of the US punishment industry do you find most compelling to study, and what methods of exploring these topics seem most useful and appealing to you as a writer? Assignments will include five short response papers and two drafts of a longer final paper. Authors may include: Michelle Alexander, Malcolm Braly, Ted Conover, Angela Davis, Ruth Wilson Gilmore, Emma Goldman, Piper Kerman, Martin Luther King, Constance Lytton, Khalil Gibran Muhammad, David Oshinsky, Helen Prejean, and Malcolm X.  Prerequisite: completion of English 200 and one course from following period distribution: British literature and culture before 1700, British literature and culture after 1700, American literature and culture before 1865, American literature and culture after 1865.

English 494MI Virtual Medieval: Fictions and Fantasies of the Middle Ages (Integrative Experience)
Lecture 1           TuTh 10:00-11:15                       Instructor: Jenny Adams
What is medieval?  Most people learn very little about the foggy period from 500 - 1500 that lies between the end of the Classical era and the start of the Renaissance.  What we do learn usually consists of stereotypes.  Such stereotypes include (in no particular order): jousting, chivalry, repression of women, religious fervor, medical ignorance, lice, Crusades, King Arthur, economic injustice, knights, ladies, and plague.  How are these stereotypes produced and reinforced on-line?  What is their relationship to historical “fact”?  In each module we will take up texts, objects, and concepts that have constructed and reconstructed our ideas about the Middle Ages in order to learn about the ways objects and texts contribute to alternate (and often competing) views of the past.

I have divided this course into three different (yet intersecting) modules: Maps, Buildings, and Lives.  I have also invited several guest speakers who research in different fields to come to our class and push our conversations in even more interdisciplinary directions.  As we explore these areas, I would like us to think of the ways our materials disrupt and/or confirm popular views of the past.  Prerequisite: completion of English 200 and one course from following period distribution: British literature and culture before 1700, British literature and culture after 1700, American literature and culture before 1865, American literature and culture after 1865.

English 499C Capstone Course (300+ or 400+ English elective)(creative writing specialization)
Lecture 1           MW 4:00-5:15                Instructor: John Hennessy
Foundations and Departures in Creative Writing: Fiction, Poetry, and Literary Non-Fiction is a multi-genre, two-semester course in creative writing designed to help students complete a Capstone project within the genre of their choice. Both a class in contemporary literature and a writing workshop, Foundations and Departures will offer students a wide variety of reading assignments and writing exercises from across all three genres. At the end of the first semester students will submit a portfolio of original work; in the second semester students will finish drafting and revising their Capstone projects. Textbooks will include _The Art of the Story_, a fiction anthology, novels by a variety of writers, including Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Virginia Woolf, and Teju Cole, memoir by Helene Cooper, non-fiction by Joan Didion, poetry collections by Major Jackson, Katia Kapovich, and other contemporary poets.

Interested students should submit a personal statement: 1-2 pages, list and briefly discuss your reading preferences: favorite books, writers, poems, poets, etc.; also, tell me if you are a student in Commonwealth College—some priority will be given to ComColl students, but some of the most successful students in 499 in past years have come from outside Commonwealth College. Also include a writing sample—one complete story or essay, or 5-10 poems. Some combination of poetry and prose is also permitted.

SEND TO: jjhennes@english.umass.edu by APRIL 15.