Course Descriptions: Undergraduate Classes, Fall 2018

For the most up-to-date information on class times and numbers, see the University Schedule of Classes.

1:200:201:Q1, Introduction to Creative Writing, MW1:00, Luan

  • Satisfies the College's core Arts & Media requirement.

21:200:311:Q1, Modernists, Beats & Beyond, TTh10:00, Staff

21:200:324:Q1, Beginnings, Middles, Ends: Scenes in Fiction, M2:30 W1:00, Wong

21:350:206, Shakespeare for the 21st Century, M6:00, Baker

  • Students will read Shakespeare with attentiveness to the issues and challenges of the 21st century, including ethnic clashes, the environment, disparities of wealth, gender, and race.  The course examines the ways in which Shakespeare speaks to the concerns and complexities of global citizenship. Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement. Satisfies the English major's pre-1800/pre-1900 requirement.

21:350:215, Literary Masterpieces, T6:00, Elias

  • An interdisciplinary course that studies classic ancient literature in its historical and cultural contexts.  Readings, in translation, are of Greek drama and mythology, biblical narrative, and some of the world’s oldest poetry, including Homeric and Roman epics. The ancient texts are brought into dialogue with modern experiences of gender, race, religion, class politics, "the Orient," and empire. Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement. Satisfies the English major's pre-1800/pre-1900 requirement.

21:350:223, Introduction to Global Literature, W6:00, Moosavi

  • Literary Cultures of the Modern Middle East. Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement. Satisfies the English major's post-1900 requirement.

21:350:225, Love Stories: Medieval to Modern, TTh4:00, Heffernan

  • A consideration of love in literature from the 14th-century courtly romance to the 20th-century American best-selling novel. Readings will include a memoir by a 14th-century mystic, plays by Shakespeare, novels by Jane Austen and D.H. Lawrence, as well as short stories by James Joyce.
  • Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement. Satisfies the English major's pre-1800/pre-1900 requirement.

21:350:243:01, Reading Poetry, TTh11:30, Abbas

  • Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement.

21:350:243:Q1, Reading Poetry, MW10:00, Hadas

  • Through close readings of one or two poems a week, starting with Shakespeare and moving into the 21st century,  this course will introduce the principal elements of the genre of poetry: prosody, figurative language, and formal schemes, with special though not exclusive emphasis on the sonnet.  Students will write two short papers and plenty of in-class exercises; they will each memorize a sonnet; and they'll have the opportunity to try their hand at writing one.  Throughout our study of reading poems, we'll constantly keep in mind the crucial element of pleasure.
  • Writing Intensive. Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement.

21:350:253, Green Lit: Reading & Writing the Earth, MTh1:00, Larson

  • In this interdisciplinary course, we will read and write about the Earth to get reacquainted with our common home. We’ll sample America’s best nature and environmentalist writers, including Native Americans; see eye-opening films; study the diverse environmental movement here and abroad; analyze websites, ads, food labeling, and marketing; weigh news stories and diverse opinion about controversial issues, including environmental racism, agribusiness, and climate change; and debate philosophical and ethical questions, including the relationship of humans to the rest of nature, and the kind of society we really want. Students will also experience nature firsthand through an outdoors tour of our campus, an observation project, and field trips nearby. Classes will emphasize discussion. Although green lit draws in many topics, students do not need to arrive with any special expertise. Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement.

21:350:308, Foundations of Literary Studies, Online, Sohrawardy

  • Introduces students to a range of interpretive issues in the study of literature. Students read a relatively few works while sampling a range of critical perspectives for engaging with those works. The course emphasizes close reading while also stressing varied contexts in which close reading may operate. It also introduces literary research methods and the conventions of citation. Required of all English majors and minors.

21:350:319, Shakespeare: Early Works, Online, Sohrawardy

  • A sampling of history, tragedy, comedy, and romance in plays representing the early part of Shakespeare’s creative life. Satisfies the English major's Authors and pre-1800/pre-1900 requirements.

21:350:363, Special Topics in Film, TTh10:00, Miller

  • Satisfies the English major's post-1900 requirement.

21:350:369:Q1, The Short Story, TTh10:00, Hirschberg

  • Reading and critical study of classical, medieval, and modern short stories; discussion of predominant techniques and theories.

21:350:371, Milton, MW1:00, Baker

  • Literary and social backgrounds; the life of Milton, and his English and Latin works (the latter in translation). Satisfies the English major's Authors and pre-1800/pre-1900 requirement.

21:350:386, Topics in Modern Literature: Immigrant Lives, Bartkowski

  • The Design Consortium’s Director/Professor Chantal Fischzang is partnering with English Professor Fran Bartkowski to teach an interdisciplinary course in which Graphic Design and English major students will perform historic and ethnographic research surrounding US immigration.
  • Conducted as an advanced competitive elective, students will employ design-thinking methodologies and will explore how history, current events, television, film & politics, play a role in social communication & culture in regards to immigration life.
  • Similar to a professional creative practice model [design studios, advertising agencies, marketing firms, publishing houses(?)], designers and writers will pair to develop communication objects that reveal stories, raise awareness and educate our community.
  • The goal is to provide Arts, Culture & Media (ACM) and English & Literature students with a quasi-professional experience in which they can apply their distinct skills to ideate and collaborate on self-driven projects that serve/aid the greater Newark community. Satisfies the English major's post-1900 requirement.

21:350:389, Topics in Global Literature, MW4:00, Moosavi

  • War and Representation in the Middle East. This course offers an overview of contemporary Arabic and Persian literatures and cinemas through the exploration of the theme of war in literature and film originating from the Eastern Arab World, Iran and Afghanistan. Using works of prose fiction, poetry and film produced from roughly 1975 until the present day, we will interrogate the various ways in which the people of the region have attempted, through literature and film, to grapple with some of the most brutal conflicts that the world has witnessed in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Throughout the course, we will explore literary and cinematic works produced from the Lebanese Civil War, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Iran-Iraq War, Iraq since 1991, Afghanistan since 1979 and the current Syrian Civil War. Aside from war, we will also touch upon related themes such as ideology, religion, gender, mourning, memory and exile through a comparative framework. In addition to regular readings, there will be occasional film screenings outside of class. Satisfies the English major's post-1900 requirement.

21:350:417, Literary Criticism: Genealogies of Cultural Studies, M2:30 W1:00, Lomas

  • This 400-level course, Literary Criticism: Genealogies of Cultural Studies, will examine philosophers and cultural theorists who have been influential in defining culture and the study of culture, in the humanities and in interdisciplinary projects, with special attention to traditions of decolonial, feminist, queer, black and Latinx theory. Students in this advanced seminar will practice writing cultural theory that can problematize the way we have come to know and narrate our present moment, and thus complicate the discourses of culture that have shaped who we are or who we may yet become. This theoretical writing pushes beyond the limits of any single discipline, but much interdisciplinary work in the humanities begins with careful reading and analysis of texts in Literature Departments. Cultural theorists may include Immanuel Kant, Michel Foucault, Walter Benjamin, Louis Althusser, Jacques Derrida, Raymond Williams, Stuart Hall, Frantz Fanon, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, Enrique Dussell, Walter Mignolo, Sylvia Wynter, Erna Brodber, Gloria Anzaldúa, Audre Lorde, Dionne Brand, Saidiya Harman, Cristina Sharpe. We will examine select literary texts to explore how literature can disrupt or supplement a theoretical tradition or propose alternative models for theorizing culture. Satisfies the English major's post-1900 requirement.

21:350:481, Readings in a Major Author: Langston Hughes, MW4:00, Foley

  • Satisfies the English major's Authors and post-1900 requirements.

21:352:207:Q1, Writers at Newark I, MW10:00, Lima

  • Satisfies the English major's post-1900 requirement.

21:352:207:Q2, Writers at Newark I, TTh2:30, Staff

  • Reading of at least four books from the Writers at Newark Reading Series, one book per event; attend four scheduled events in the reading series; and write four responses to the readings each semester. After checking in with the master of fine arts (MFA.) program coordinator before each reading at the Paul Robeson Gallery, students will attend the reading and email a short response to a teaching assistant in the M.F.A. program. Readings include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry by a diverse group of nationally known writers. Satisfies the English major's post-1900 requirement.

21:352:209, Literature of New Jersey, MW10:00, Kiniry

  • Investigates New Jersey writing from the Revolutionary era to the present, looking at fiction, poetry, and memoirs and highlighting the theme of New Jersey myths. Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement.

21:352:211, Contemporary American Literature, TF8:30, Hirschberg

  • Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement. Satisfies the English major's post-1900 requirement.

21:352:212, Contemporary American Literature, TTh11:30, Hirschberg

  • These courses emphasize close reading and writing about contemporary American literature.  They focus upon novels and plays from the mid-1960s to recent times while aiming to provide students with a solid foundation for interpretation and literary analysis.  Playwrights include Sam Shepard and Christopher Durang; fiction writers include Khalid Hosseini, Ursula LeGuin, Kurt Vonnegut, Jerzy Kosinski, and Amy Tan. Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement. Satisfies the English major's post-1900 requirement.

21:352:213, American Lit of 19th C before 1865, W8:30 F10:00, Bland

  • Nineteenth century American literature in the decades before the Civil War emerged from a broad variety of literary voices.  Each of these voices was seeking to address the qualities and characteristics particular to the experiences of being American.  This course will particularly concentrate on the historical contexts of American literature, its origins, the development of its canon, and the diversity of its writers and readers.  We will examine topics including nature, race and slavery, the roles of women, and other broad, national ideas during this period.  The course will focus on one major issue:  How did the United States establish its own voice and literary culture?
  • The readings in this course are primarily drawn from the early decades of the nineteenth century through the Civil War.
  • Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement. Satisfies the English major's pre-1800/pre-1900 requirement.

21:352:214, American Lit of 19th Century after 1865, WF11:30, Bland

  • This course examines some of the major developments in American literature of the nineteenth century—an era of rapid and sweeping social, economic, political, technological, and cultural changes, and an era during which the definitions of both “American” and “literature” have been hotly contested.  Our study of the major literary movements of this period—Romanticism, Realism, and Naturalism, plus selected subgenres within these—will focus on two major issues: Whyparticular movements emerged in particular historical moments, and how those literary techniques and strategies both reflect and help to shape individual and collective experience in those periods.
  • The readings in this course are primarily drawn from the years surrounding the Civil War to the beginning of the twentieth century.
  • Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement. Satisfies the English major's post-1900 requirement.

21:352:232, Reading Latino/a Literature, MW4:00, Lomas

  • Latina/o Literature: Borderlands/ La Frontera and Narratives of Migration, focuses on twentieth- and twenty-first century Latina/o texts that represent an "interstitial" or border subjectivity and the cultural residues of both coloniality and migration. Texts will include Chicanx Gloria Anzaldúa, Puerto Ricans Miguel Algarín, Mariposa Ferández and Eduardo Lalo, Cubana Lourdes Casal, Haitian/ Dominican authors, including Edwidge Danticat and Junot Díaz, Panamanian-American Cristina Henríquez, Salvadoran Oscar Martínez and Peruvian-American filmmaker, Alex Rivera. Our readings will bring into focus a literary and cultural traditions through which we can approach 20th- and 21st-century histories of migration in the Americas, including the current migrant crisis unfolding in the borderlands of the United States. Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement.

21:352:250, Lit of the American Revolution, M2:30 W1:00, Kiniry

  • The American Revolution was partly a war of words. This course looks at some of the classic and not-so-classic texts of the Revolution and its aftermath. The classic texts include The Declaration, The Constitution, Common Sense, and The Federalist Papers. The lesser-known texts include journalism, sermons, poetry, a play, and a novel. The course’s central theme is argument, and the focus is upon antagonisms among Americans. Satisfies the College's core Literature requirement.

21:352:363, The Novel in America to 1950, MW10:00, Foley

  • Satisfies the English major's post-1900 requirement.

21:352:395:Q1, African American Literature before 1900, Saturday 9:00, Oliver

  • Satisfies the English major's pre-1800/pre-1900 requirement.


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