ENG322 202103 Undergraduate

Spring 2022
ENG 322
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Course Description: 

Rise of the novel from Scott to Hardy.

English Novel

Heidi Kaufman

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Associate Department Head, Director, DH Minor
  • Phone: 541-346-3932
  • Office: 327 PLC
Department Section Description: 

The Nineteenth-Century British Novel

This course focuses on the novel’s shifting development in the nineteenth century.  We’ll consider how each generation and/or individual writer boldly overturned, pushed, revised, challenged, or otherwise re-imagined the form and content of the novel. We’ll study efforts to include marginalized perspectives; experiments with interiority and subjecthood; and the use of the novel  to advance social justice movements. Finally, we’ll consider why nineteenth-century novels have remained such an important part of contemporary literary, tv, and film culture. Authors will include Mary Shelley, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Brontë, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.


A & L

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.

C-Literature 1789-Present

Literature, 1789 to the present courses focus on literary work produced over more than two centuries -- from the period of British romanticism and the early republic of the United States up to now -- in order to foster familiarity with key works in British and American literary history.  Literary history illustrates how literary works reflect, address, and resist the social and political environments in which they are produced as well as other works that have preceded them.

English Minor

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.