Works representing the principal literary genres.
Money Is Life: Twentieth-Century American Drama
This course explores how twentieth-century American playwrights raise concerns about this American life. Through reading Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raising in the Sun, we critically examine how the obsession with money blinds Americans to reality and social justice. The characters in these plays tear down the myth of equal opportunity and bring the truth of how systemic injustice seriously divides US society to the stage. By thoroughly close-reading these modern plays, we investigate how American experience and realities in the 40s and 50s have already mirrored contemporary social inequalities.
Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience. Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.