English Course Offerings

For a full listing of all English and Writing courses, visit the Spring Hill College Bulletin.

ENG 240. Introduction to Poetry (3) (W) An introduction to poetry by a range
of authors with special attention to poetic forms and devices. Poets covered might
include classic poets such as Shakespeare, Wordsworth, Emily Dickinson, and
Wallace Stevens as well as recent and contemporary poets such as Allen Ginsberg,
Paul Muldoon, Li-Young Lee, and Sharon Olds. Poetic forms studied might
include lyric, narrative, epic, haiku, villanelle, and eclogue. Course emphasizes
appreciation of poetry in everyday life.

ENG 241. Introduction to Fiction (3) (W) An introduction to fi ction as a literary
genre. Readings might include short stories, fairy and folktales, and novels by
the Brothers Grimm, Kafka, Poe, Twain, Borges, O’Connor, DeLillo, Lahiri, or
LeGuin. Course emphasizes the ability of fi ction to teach us about ourselves, our
world, and different ways of thinking and knowing.

ENG 242. Introduction to Drama and Theatre (3) (W) An introduction to
the genre and representative plays covering major movements from classical to
Renaissance to 18th century to realism to postmodernism. Representative authors
might include Sophocles, Aeschylus, Shakespeare, Jonson, Wycherley, Sheridan,
Ibsen, Shaw, Miller, Pinter, Stoppard, Mamet, August Wilson, Wendy Wasserstein,
Marsha Norman, Friel, Synge, and Chekhov.

ENG 243. Introduction to Non-Fiction Prose (3) (W) An introduction to the
many genres of nonfi ction prose. Selections may include the classical works of Aristotle,
Thucydides, Longinus, etc.; the 18th century essays of Addison and Steele;
the personal and meditative essays of Ellison and Dillard; the literary journalism
of Talese and Plimpton; and the nonfi ction novels of Capote and Mailer. Selections
may also include works of science, sports, or travel writing; memoirs and autobiographies;
and much more.

ENG 245. Introduction to African-American Literature (D,W) A multigenre
exploration of the rich literary contributions of African-American writers,
primarily focusing on the 20th century from the Harlem Renaissance through the
Black Arts Movement and Contemporary Fiction. May include some 19th century
texts, such as slave narratives and early poetic works. Readings might include
works from such writers as Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston
Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Malcolm X, Toni Morrison, August
Wilson, and Gwendolyn Brooks.

ENG 246. Introduction to Hispanic-American Literature (3) (D,W) An introduction
to literature written by Hispanic-Americans living in the U. S. and writing
in English. Texts can be essays by Gloria Anzuldua, novels by authors such as
Junot Diaz, Rudulf Anaya, Piri Thomas, Cristina Garcia, Julia Alvarez, and poetry
and short stories by assorted authors. The course usually offers an opportunity to
meet Hispanic-American immigrants and hear their stories.

ENG 248. Introduction to American Indian Literature (3) (D,W) An exploration
of myths and legends, fi ction, poetry, autobiography and other non-fi ction by
American Indians spanning from pre-colonial times through the late 20th century
Renaissance in native writing. Readings include such writers as Zitkala Sa, Leslie
Marmon Silko, Sherman Alexie, Peter Blue Cloud, and John (Fire) Lame Deer.


ENG 308. British Literature to 1798 (3) (W) The period of British literature
from Beowulf to Gulliver’s Travels is astonishingly vast. This course gives students
both a survey of the broadest movements of this period (Medieval Chivalry, Reformation
Theology, and the rise of print journalism) and opportunities for deeper explorations
of forms (the love sonnet and the beginnings of the novel). Key authors
covered include Chaucer, Shakespeare, Spenser, and Milton.

ENG 309. British Literature from 1798 to Present (3) (W) A survey of British
literature from the Romantic period to the present. Readings range across
the genres of poetry, fi ction, non-fi ction prose, and drama and may include such
authors as Mary Wollstonecraft, William Wordsworth, Percy Shelley, Charlotte
Brontë, Robert Browning, Christina Rossetti, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Oscar
Wilde, James Joyce, Virginia Woolf, and Tom Stoppard.

ENG 318. American Literature to 1865 (3) (W) This course covers the beginnings
of what we call American literature from the time of fi rst contact by Europeans
through 1865 in order to understand the evolution of American literature
and culture. Possible authors include Puritans such as Bradford, Bradstreet, and
Rowlandson; colonial writers such as Franklin, Jefferson, and Paine; romantic non-
fiction writers such as Thoreau and Emerson; and creative writers such as Melville,
Hawthorne, Dickinson, and Whitman.

ENG 319. American Literature from 1865 to the Present (3) (W) A multigenre
survey of American literature from the end of the Civil War until the present,
including representative works of Realism, Modernism, the Harlem Renaissance,
Postmodernism, and Contemporary literature. Authors may include Twain, Kate
Chopin, Hemingway, Faulkner, Zora Neale Hurston, Robert Frost, Tennessee Williams,
Kurt Vonnegut, Sandra Cisneros, and Ursula LeGuin.

ENG 320. Literary Movement or Period (3) (W) An in-depth investigation of
the literature of a specific literary period or movement. Topics might include literary
movements (Romanticism or Modernism), historical periods (the Victorian Era
or 1920s America), or literary traditions (the Gothic or Regionalism).
ENG 321. Major Authors (3) (W) An in-depth study of the work and time of
a major author or pair of complementary authors (usually British or American).
Examples include Faulkner, Hawthorne, Jane Austen, Hemingway/Fitzgerald, and

ENG 402. Literary Theory and Criticism (3) (W) A survey of major principles
of literary theory from Plato to the present. Course includes both readings of
primary texts by authors such as Saussure, Derrida, Foucault, Fetterley, Bhaba, and
Greenblatt and applications to literary texts.

ENG 426. European Fiction (3) (W) A study of modernist and postmodernist
European fiction. A substantial number of the writers covered have won the Nobel
Prize in literature (indicated by an asterisk after the names). The course usually
treats writers from most of the major countries and regularly includes Lagerkvist*
and Hamsum* (Scandinavian); Bunin*, Voinovich (Russian); Calvino and Bufalino
(Italian); Camus*, Beauvoir, Yourcenar (French); Hesse*, Wolf, Boll* (German);
Cela* and Rodero (Spanish); Kundera (Czech); Sramago* (Portuguese).

ENG 435. Postmodern Poetry and Poetics (3) (W) A study of the major
postmodern poets writing in English and related poetic theories. Authors might include
Ashberry, Berryman, Bishop, Lowell, James Wright, Charles Wright, Philip
Levine, Brooks, Clifton, Creely, Dove, Ferlinghetti, Ginsberg, Harper, Merwin,
Merrill, and others.

ENG 440. The American Novel (3) (W) A study of classic and popular American
novels from the 18th to the 21st century. Course may include the work of Hawthorne,
Twain, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, DeLillo, Pynchon and key novels, such as
Melville’s Moby Dick, Ellison’s Invisible Man, and Silko’s Ceremony.

ENG 445. American Drama (3) (W) A study of the development of American
drama from its beginnings to the present. Dramatists might include Eugene
O’Neill, Tennessee Williams, Suzan-Lori Parks, August Wilson, Arthur Miller, and
Wendy Wasserstein.

ENG 450. The British Novel before 1900 (3) (W) A study of the development
of the British novel through the start of the modern period. Authors may include
Fielding, Behn, DeFoe, Sterne, Austen, the Brontes, Eliot, Dickens, Hardy,
Glaskell, and Meredith.

ENG 460. Irish Literature (3) (W) A broad survey of the poetry, fiction, and
drama of modern Ireland with attention to major writers such as W. B. Yeats, J.M.
Synge, Sean O’Casey, James Joyce, Patrick Kavanaugh, and Seamus Heaney.

ENG 462. Modern Irish Fiction (3) (W) A study of major Irish fiction writers
from the 19th century to the present, such as Maria Edgeworth, Summerville and
Ross, Elizabeth Bowen, Frank O’Connor, Kate O’Brien, Brian Moore, and James

ENG 485. Shakespeare (3) (W) A detailed study of the best-known works of
Shakespeare—histories, comedies, and tragedies. (Same course as THR 485. This
course can fulfill the major requirement for depth, ENG 321).

ENG 491. The English Language (3) (W) An introduction to the study of language
(linguistics) and to the history and development of The English Language.
The course also surveys current language controversies such as sexism, religious
language, politics and advertising, free speech, bilingual education, and approaches
to the teaching of English in schools. Of special interest to both English and
Education majors. Same course as WRI 491.

ENG 496. Special Studies in Diversity (1-3) (D, W) An exploration of diverse
or non-dominant literary and cultural traditions. Course may focus on multi-ethnic
American literatures or literatures from around the world, exploring critical models
(e.g. identity theory, postcolonialism, globalization, transnationalism) and cultural
backgrounds to help students understand the literary texts. Authors may include
Salman Rushdie, Chinua Achebe, Jamaica Kincaid, Americo Paredes, Louise
Erdrich, and Maxine Hong Kingston.