ENG395 201804 Undergraduate

Summer 2019
ENG 395
Applies To: 
20th Century Literature (WEB)

Corbett Upton

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  • Title: Senior Instructor
  • Additional Title: Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
  • Phone: 541-346-3961
  • Office: 375 PLC
  • Office Hours: 21U By appt; 7/19-8/15/21 WED from 1:00-3:00pm & by appt.
Department Section Description: 

ENG 395 provides selective survey of contemporary literature between 1945 and the present. The course incorporates works of prose, poetry, and drama, and attends closely to philosophical, political, and cultural events that run parallel to developments in twentieth-century literary history. No prerequisites are required, but students should be prepared for advanced university-level work in literary studies. Although readings in the course focus on a relatively narrow period, ENG 395 addresses issues, movements, and intellectual trends that are central to 20th century intellectual history more generally.


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.