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.


Weeber, Susan

In ENG 104, we will explore texts that articulate the connections between the textual body and the human body it seeks to represent. We will pay special attention to themes of joy, resilience, and beauty as they relate to embodiment. To consider how these texts navigate race, gender, embodiment... (read more)


Barter, Faith

Though the slave narrative genre reached its peak in the mid-19th century, this mode of autobiography has a history that stretches from the 1700s to the present across numerous oceans, islands, and continents. We will take seriously the historical origins of the slave narrative, while also... (read more)


Bovilsky, Lara

Students in ENG 207 read and discuss Shakespeare's earlier work. Specific topics for discussion may include Shakespeare’s representations of friendship, gender, sexuality and desire, familial and political conflict, consciousness, emotion, history, ethics, power, and authorship itself,... (read more)


Clark, Stephanie

In this course you’ll learn the language of grammar: the technical terms and the conceptual principles needed to describe the grammatical structure of sentences. You’ll learn sentence diagramming in order to help see the patterns behind grammatical concepts, and you’ll learn to better apply... (read more)


appreciation for the power of environmental literature to contribute to the move toward a more ethical In order to address the current climate and environmental crises, it is important to look at not just technological and scientific solutions, but at the ways in which cultural productions can... (read more)


Thorsson, Courtney

This course is a survey of writings by African American authors. We will study fiction, essays, and poetry in their historical, political, and literary contexts from the late-eighteenth century to the present. We will investigate whether there are specific formal and thematic elements that... (read more)


This introductory course explores the forms, cultural resonances, aesthetics, and political exigency of Latinx literatures in the United States. From the Chicano Civil Rights Movement to current debates on citizenship, this course examines how Latinx literature from the 20th and 21st centuries... (read more)


Brown, Kirby

In 1968, Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday's House Made of Dawn was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for American literature. Momaday's award signaled for many the “arrival” of Native authors to the American literary scene and ushered in an unprecedented era of Native literary production widely... (read more)


Ok, HyeRyoung

This course explores the fundamentals of film and media aesthetics, including narrative, mise-en-scène, cinematography, editing, and sound. By learning how to analyze film and utilize proper cinematic language, students will begin to critically understand film as an art form and a product of... (read more)


Kelp-Stebbins, Kate

This course provides an introduction to the analysis of comics and graphic narratives in terms of their poetics, genres, forms, history, and the academic discipline of Comics Studies. Our multifaceted examination will balance close reading with in-depth research and analysis of the development... (read more)


Miller, Quinn

This class explores the histories of women writers creating culture around vinyl records. With a focus on the 1950s-1970s and labels like Rosetta Records, we study essays printed on LP packaging – on the cardboard sleeves that contain, transport, and protect the recorded sound of an album –... (read more)


Barter, Faith

Working from the 19th century to the present, this course will consider African American and Afro-Caribbean literature that troubles our notions of the “natural” and the “real.” Exploring narratives of hallucination, prophecy, and divination, we will study the ways that Black writers have... (read more)


Miller, Quinn

This course introduces students to critical thinking about the historical and economic factors influencing film, media, and cultural production in Hollywood and in response to Hollywood. Unconventional textual and contextual dynamics, understood as queer history, are the focus of the course,... (read more)


Kelp-Stebbins, Kate

Comics and graphic narratives are uniquely suited to exploring cultural location because they transform the storytelling unit of the page into a space of representation. The comics page graphically negotiates dynamics of home and away, self and other, as well as race and culture. In this course... (read more)


Myers, Kate

ENG 399 Writing Associates Development is a variable-credit, hybrid, companion course designed to support tutors in ENG 404 Internship for Writing Associates. The course focuses on the professional development of the Writing Associates and their continuing study of the practice and... (read more)


Southworth, Helen

The focus of the class will be Virginia Woolf's London. We'll read the major London novels, including Jacob's Room and Mrs Dalloway, and a selection of Woolf's essays, including her The London Scene essays and A Room of One's Own.  We'll learn about Woolf's intense... (read more)


Simnitt, Emily

Community Literacy In The Virtual World

ENG 413: Theories of Literacy explores the history of and current ways in which reading and writing work in our global, digital world and what that means for diverse stakeholders in local communities. In the university, we tend to privilege academic... (read more)


Burkert, Mattie

This course is the capstone for the Digital Humanities minor. In it, students will develop an original, term-length digital research project of their own design, bringing together all the skills and knowledge they have developed as they have taken other classes toward the minor. The project... (read more)


Thorsson, Courtney

In this course, we will study selected writings of Toni Morrison in their historical, political, and literary contexts. In addition to Morrison's work as a novelist, we will consider her work as a literary scholar, editor, and advocate for and representative of contemporary African American... (read more)


Wojcik, Daniel

Introduces the study of beliefs about the supernatural by examining diverse approaches to the description and analysis of belief traditions and religious cultures. Topics include apparitions, apocalyptic cults, magic, zombies, possession states, and supernatural assault.  A&L, IC, ENGL,... (read more)


Emphasis on form, function, and style of scientific, professional and technical writing: weekly writing assignments include proposals, reports, definitions, instructions, summaries. Use of documentation in publication. Junior standing required. Prerequisite: completion of UO writing requirement... (read more)


Upton, Corbett

Practice in writing and analyzing internal and external messages common to business, industry, and professions. Suggested for business and management students.

WR 321 offers practice in writing and analyzing communication common to business, industry, and related professions. Students will... (read more)


Practice in writing and analyzing internal and external messages common to business, industry, and professions. Suggested for business and management students.

WR 321 offers practice in writing and analyzing communication common to business, industry, and related professions. Students will... (read more)


LeMenager, Stephanie

ENG 104 introduces you to fiction and its formal elements by reading, discussing, and writing about short stories and one short novel. To highlight the imaginative work of fiction, we will focus in this course on speculative fiction, including science fiction, weird fiction, and fantasy. Each... (read more)


Burkert, Mattie

This course will ground our ongoing experience of the COVID-19 crisis in the literature of plague and pandemic stretching back four centuries. We will begin with contemporary fiction by Carmen Maria Machado (“Inventory”), Ling Ma (Severance), and Emily St John Mandell (Station... (read more)


Dawson, Brent

This course is an introduction to the genre of comedy. It surveys examples of comedy across a long historical range—from classical Greece to contemporary America—and a breadth of media forms, including drama, novel, film, and stand-up. Among other questions, we’ll ask: why is comedy so difficult... (read more)


Bohls, Elizabeth

Travel, or the journey, is often conceptualized in relation to home as the point of departure and return: in Homer’s Odyssey, the hero wanders as his wife waits faithfully in Ithaca. These gendered roles—man as traveler, woman as homebody—reflect age-old assumptions about travel. But... (read more)


Frank, David

This course satisfies an Arts and Letters Group requirement. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of the rhetorical principles that underlie the invention of arguments, i.e. the process that leads to the selection of premises and appeals that become the basis for reasoned... (read more)


Sayre, Gordon

D’Arcy McNickle and Louise Erdrich were both born into métis or mixed-blood families on the northern plains, and wrote novels about the life of indigenous and immigrant peoples in and around a fictionalized version of a reservation, the Flathead Reservation in Montana and the Turtle Mountain... (read more)


Alaimo, Stacy

Although reading novels is generally a solitary activity, the novel as a genre has not only encompassed a multitude of voices but has promoted social visions. The diverse set of novels in this class begin with William Faulkner’s weird tale of modernist alienation and isolation, moving toward... (read more)


Laskaya, C. Anne

ENG 427 invites students to engage selections from Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Texts will include the more familiar, like the Knight's Tale and the Wife of Bath's Tale, but also some less familiar elegiac, philosophic, and comic tales. Chaucer will be read in the... (read more)


Brown, Kirby

There is perhaps no image more widely recognized yet more grossly misunderstood in American popular culture than the “Indian.” Whether viewed as irredeemable savages and impediments to progress or as idealized possessors of primitive innocence and new-age spiritualism, “the Indian” stands as an... (read more)


Crosswhite, James

In this course, you will explore important concepts in rhetoric and in argumentation theory, and you will practice reasoning, speaking, and writing as ways to develop fruitful and constructive questions and build fitting and convincing arguments. You will gain higher skills in discovering the... (read more)


Bergquist, Carolyn

Shakespeare Page and Stage (ENG 352) explores Shakespeare’s play texts as a basis for a production on stage. We will use our own close analyses of Shakespeare’s sentences, the play’s structural components, and our own informed imaginations to create character, scene, and image maps of Macbeth... (read more)


Saunders, Ben

In the England of 1601, the disciplines of politics, philosophy, science, medicine, law, and literature were all to some degree subsumed by the master discourse of religion.  But by 1701, the human and the natural sciences had begun to emerge in something like their modern forms, while (at least... (read more)


Hatay-Ferens, Molly

Liars, Fools, and Con Artists. In this class, we will read misleading, deceptive stories and untrustworthy narrators. When you can’t trust the narrator, what should you focus on? What do untrustworthy narrators and deceptive stories reveal about the nature of reading, writing, and interpretation... (read more)


Peppis, Paul

This course participates in the ongoing reassessment of relations between aesthetic modernism and popular culture. The rise of "New Modernist studies" over the past twenty five years, with its expansive historical orientation and interest in modernism's original cultural contexts, has led to a... (read more)


Alilunas, Peter

People respond to movies in different ways, and there are many reasons for this. We have all stood in the lobby of a theater and heard conflicting opinions from people who have just seen the same film. Some loved it, some hated it, some found it just OK. Perhaps we've thought, "What do they know... (read more)


Clark, Stephanie

Old English III will use the tools and knowledge acquired in previous terms of Old English to read the monsters section of Beowulf with critical and philological skill. We will pay attention to language, literary, and scholarly issues, including more in-depth study of Old English poetic... (read more)


Tiwari, Avinnash

We will engage with a rich tradition of Black-centered essay writing articulating how Blackness shapes (and shapes our understanding of) existence in an anti-Black world. Kelley, Du Bois, and Gordon lead us to the inherent contradictions in Institutions of thought and thought, itself. Sharpe,... (read more)


Johnson, Mat

In this seminar, we will examine the form of sequential art we call comic books. The course is composed of two parts: close reading of landmark graphic novels and comics, and writing of original comic scripts. Throughout the term, we will examine a wide variety of groundbreaking graphic novels,... (read more)


Theme: Disability in Modern Fiction

Instrucror:  A. Steele

ENG 104 introduces you to prose narrative and its formal elements by reading, discussing, and writing about works of modern literature. To help us better recognize these formal elements, we will pay specific attention to the... (read more)


Burkert, Mattie

ENG 105 is an introduction to drama—literature written for performance or with the conventions of performance in mind. In this course you will read, discuss, and analyze a diverse selection of influential plays by English and American writers, in addition to works in translation. The texts we... (read more)


Garcia, Rogelio

People respond to movies in different ways, and there are many reasons for this. We have all stood in the lobby of a theater and heard conflicting opinions from people who have just seen the same film. Some loved it, some hated it, some found it just OK. Perhaps we've thought, "What do they know... (read more)


Crosswhite, James

In this course, you will review and explore important concepts in rhetoric and argumentation theory, and you will gain skill in discovering the questions that drive controversies and the arguments that can be made on all the different sides of an issue. You will also practice speaking, writing,... (read more)