Requirement-satisfying Spring term ENG courses with open spots
English 242: Intro to Asian American Literature
English 362: Asian American Writers
English 391: American Novel
English 399: Irish Cinema
English 399: Life Stories
English 399: Crime Noir
English 412: Literary Editing
English 430/530: Old English III
English 491: Rhetoric and Ethics
English 413/513: Theories of Literacy
English 423: Advanced Composition
ENG 407: ST LOUIS SEMINAR: W.B. YEATS & SEAMUS HEANEY (1789+), Prof. Quigley, R 1400-1650
W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney rank amongst the most influential, wide-ranging, and prolific poets working in the English language over the past century. Both were awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature (Yeats in 1923; Heaney in 1995) in recognition of the enduring and widespread impact of their writing. Both were principal heirs of the poetic legacy of British Romanticism and worked to reinterpret that legacy amidst the shifting contexts of key moments in twentieth-century (and, for Heaney, twenty-first-century) literary and cultural history. Both produced major poetic reflections on the revolutionary movements and violent unrest that marked their eras. Both lived and wrote primarily in Ireland and saw their work as contributing to the development of an Irish national literature that would come to be known as one of the most important literary traditions in the modern period. See full course description here.
ENG 430: OLD ENGLISH: BEOWULF (UD ELECTIVE), Prof. Clark, TR 1200-1320
This course 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. As we translate and close read the poem we will pay attention to the language and interpretive issues _Beowulf _is famous for, as well as continuing to develop reading skills in the Old English language.
ENGLISH 451/551: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY, LIFE WRITING, AND THE 19TH-CENTURY ATLANTIC WORLD (1789+), Prof. Heidi Kaufman, M 2:00-4:50
This course unites the study of 19-century travel diaries with contemporary digital technology. We’ll begin by reading a selection of diaries and journals from the Atlantic world, written during a period when British debates about the slave trade (abolished in 1809) and slavery (abolished in the British Empire in 1833) were widely contested in private and public arenas. We’ll consider how diaries and journals–or forms of life writing–engage with or represent period concerns about slavery, human rights, national identity, race, and religion. At the same time, we’ll use digital technology and basic programming languages to analyze the course texts. Along these lines, we’ll create a number of digital visualizations to help us analyze by seeing the worlds these texts represent. From there we’ll create our own digital edition of an unpublished travel diary written by an English merchant, Abraham Septimus Lyon, on his journey to Jamaica. The class will collaboratively create and publish a digital edition of Lyon’s text, drawing from our studies of life writing, travel writing, digital literature, and the cultural contexts that shape and were shaped by travel diaries in this period. The final edition of the journal will draw from the class’s collaborative thinking about how, why, and when to represent rare primary materials in digital form. This course requires no technical expertise, but you should be willing to experiment with digital tools, to work collaboratively with other students, and to engage creatively with digital methods of literary analysis.
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