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Winter 2018

ENG 104 Introduction to Literature: Fiction

Bostrom, Margaret

This course will address a theme within contemporary U.S. experimental literature. Course readings may include graphic novels, novels in verse, micro fiction, or narrative video games. We will address foundational questions about the nature of prose narrative by reading texts that push the limits of traditional literary form. A primary skill you will take away from this class is the ability to close read a variety of experimental fictions and offer interpretations of their form and content in your own writing. You will learn to analyze elements of verbal and visual artistic craft including narrative structure, point of view, setting, and characterization. Major assignments will improve your skills as essay writers, while also encouraging you to engage creatively and experimentally with our course materials. As an introduction to the field of literary studies, this course satisfies the university’s Group Requirement in the Arts and Letters category. It also counts as a lower-division elective in the new (2016) English major.

Gen Ed (A&L); Major II: Lower-Division Elective


ENG 104 Introduction to Literature: Fiction

Wheeler, Elizabeth

Why do stories matter? In this class we will read novels of childhood and adolescence, both fantasy and realistic, and compare them to the stories that matter in our own lives and families. The novels come from India, England, South Korea, and the United States. By the end of the course you should be able to break down the fundamental components of fiction and you will have sharpened your writing skills. As a basic introduction to a major genre in the field of literary studies, this course satisfies the university’s Group Requirement in the Arts and Letters category. It also counts as a lower-division elective in the new (2016) English major.

Gen Ed (A&L); Major II: Lower-Division Elective


ENG 104 Introduction to Literature: Fiction

Rovak, Angela

This course will focus on the literary representations of black girlhood. In ENG 104: Introduction to Fiction we will read the stories of young black women as they move through the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. We will read novels and short stories that show a diversity of experiences of black girlhood. We will consider how black women’s stories of girlhood and coming-of-age narratives function as literature through discussions of plot, characterization, historical context, point of view, setting, voice, narrative structure, and experimentation. While this class is not a survey of black fiction or black women’s fiction, we will consider how the intersection of race, gender, and age influence authors’ literary strategies.

Gen Ed (A&L); Major II: Lower-Division Elective


ENG 106 Introduction to Literature: Poetry

Saunders, Ben

This course is designed to provide students with a basic understanding of the formal properties of poetry in English. Through careful analysis of poems by major writers, students will be challenged to explain not only what a given poem might mean to its readers, but also how a poem communicates meaning differently than a work of fiction, drama, or some other mode of literary expression. ENG 106 is not a comprehensive introduction to the traditions of English and American poetry; it is, rather, a series of intensive exercises designed to equip students with the analytical tools needed to read, discuss, and write about poetry effectively. Weekly readings are relatively short but extremely demanding, and students will do a substantial amount of critical writing, including formal essays totaling at least 8-10 pages.

Gen Ed (A&L); Major II: Lower-Division Elective


ENG 108 World Literature

Shankman, Steven

English 108 is the second quarter of a year-long survey of World Literature, between antiquity and the modern period. In European literature, this period includes the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Rather than sample a smattering of various texts from this period, we will read a single great text, Cervantes’ Don Quixote.


Don Quixote, written by Miguel de Cervantes (1547-1616), is the first truly modern novel in the Western tradition. Cervantes, who was a contemporary of Shakespeare, lived an eventful life. He was wounded in the famous naval battle fought at Lepanto (1571) in the Gulf of Patras in Western Greece, in which Christian forces defeated the (Muslim) Ottoman Empire. As a consequence, at the age of twenty-four Cervantes lost the use of his left hand. He was captured by pirates in 1575 and spent five years as a slave in northern Africa. After an unsuccessful career as a dramatist, in 1597 he was imprisoned for alleged malfeasance for his work as a tax collector. He was imprisoned again in 1605, where some believe he began writing his masterpiece, El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de La Mancha (The Ingenious Gentleman Don Quixote of La Mancha).


We will focus on two aspects of Cervantes’ novel: what it says about the nature of literature (including of “bookishness”); and of ethics.


Cervantes’ protagonist Don Quixote is so enthralled by the heroic exploits of the knights he reads about in his beloved tales of chivalry that he loses possession of his rational faculties and devotes himself to saving those around him from what he imagines are mortal dangers.


What does Cervantes’ novel say about ethics, about my responsible for the other in front of me? Don Quixote is an idealist, someone who is absolutely devoted to doing good in the world, but he is also apparently mad. Is Don Quixote a saint or is he a deluded fool who harms rather than helps others? Or is he both a saint and a fool? Is Cervantes suggesting that it is crazy to be good?


What is Cervantes telling us about the relation of ethics to the reading of literature? Is Cervantes saying that getting lost in a powerfully imaginative work of fiction is a form of madness that diverts us from our responsibilities to others? Or does Cervantes believe that reading, that books, can inspire us to be good?

Gen Ed (A&L); Multicultural; Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective


ENG 110 Introduction to Film and Media

Graman, Claire

This course will introduce you to cinema studies, including history, culture, analysis, theory, aesthetics, and production, through the lens of genre. Why are there certain genres of film and what do they say about our culture? By examining classic and contemporary films within the western, horror, romantic comedy, science fiction, and crime genres, we will explore larger issues of class, race, gender, sexuality, and ability.

Gen Ed (A&L); Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective; Digital Humanities Minor


ENG 200 Public Speaking as a Liberal Art

Elizabeth LeRud

This course explores the art of public speaking as grounded in theories of rhetoric, especially those pertaining to the relationship of a speaker to an audience, the importance of listening as an aspect of speaking, and the socioethical contexts of public discourse. Assignments and activities are aimed at helping students build skills in oral argumentation, starting with dialogic inquiry and discussion and moving toward crafted speeches in a variety of styles and formats. Along the way, students will assess various kinds of public discourse happening in our surrounding world in order to learn from the successes and strategies of others.

Prereq:  WR 122 or equivalent.

Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective


ENG 205 Topic: Autobiography

Wood, Mary

This course will examine the development of autobiography as a literary genre from the spiritual narratives of medieval women mystics to the graphic memoirs of twenty-first century writers. Along the way we will consider a range of autobiographical forms, including slave narrative, immigrant autobiography, disability narrative, personal-political essay, autobiographical novel, memoir, and letters. Questions addressed may include: How did spiritual autobiography enable women mystics to sidestep charges of heresy? Why did former slaves working in the abolitionist movement find the genre of autobiography particularly useful to argue for universal freedom and equality? How have race, class, gender, and citizenship status defined life stories in the American context? How have life stories reproduced, intersected with, and resisted dominant narratives of life trajectories?

Major I: Lower-Division Elective; Major II: Genre Requirement


ENG 205 Topic: Lyric

Pyle, Forest

From the Early Modern lyric poetry of Shakespeare and Donne through the “lyrical ballads,” songs, and odes of British Romanticism and the American lyrical experiments of Dickinson and Whitman and the work of modernist and post-modernist lyric poets to the “lyrics” of our contemporary popular music in the troubadour and hip-hop traditions, we will explore the many forms and experiences of the “lyric.” While there is no consensus about the classification or definition of the “lyric,” there are many explorations of this term and the variety of literary and cultural practices it might describe. For some authors and critics, the lyric announces a new deepened experience of selfhood, one marked by the prevalence of the subjective voice. For others, the lyric refers to any non-narrative poem that emphasizes its own musical qualities. Some artists and critics believe that the “lyric” refers to a “spot of time” or “privileged instance” that erupts from and interrupts the chronological unfolding of time. And there are prose fiction writers, filmmakers, and videographers who believe that the “lyric” or the “lyrical” is something that can be experienced in any medium.  Over the course of this term, we will explore this range of possibilities in narrative film, prose fiction, and contemporary music as well as certain forms of poetry.

Major I: Lower-Division Elective; Major II: Genre Requirement


ENG 208 Shakespeare

Pyle, Forest

This course, which focuses on four of the later plays of Shakespeare’s career, is designed as an introduction to the language, themes, contexts, and implications of Shakespeare’s most mature work. Though our close reading of these plays will lead us to consider any number of the many topics which are developed throughout Shakespeare’s work, I have chosen these four plays with special attention to their depictions and “stagings” of psychic, cultural, and social extremities. You need not have taken ENG 207 to appreciate this course: no prior familiarity with Shakespeare or Renaissance literature is required or expected.

Gen Ed (A&L); Major I: Shakespeare; Major II: Lower-Division Elective


ENG 209 Craft of the Sentence

Sayre, Gordon

The goal of this course is to learn to analyze the structure of English sentences, or syntax. The method is sentence diagramming, a technique for identifying and separating the elements of a sentence, the subject, object, verb, conjunctions and clauses, in a graphic arrangement. We will only occasionally be concerned with English usage (choosing the appropriate word, on the basis of signification or register), and rarely with punctuation and capitalization. A secondary goal of the course is for students to improve their writing by knowing how to construct better sentences. Rather than simply try to respond to the admonitions of writing and literature teachers, who complain about awkward or flabby writing and mark up grammar and punctuation errors without explaining the reasons behind their complaints, students can learn the rules and structures of sentence-level grammar.

Major I: Lower-Division Elective; Major II: Lower-Division Elective, Writing Requirement


ENG 230 Introduction to Environmental Literature

Curry, Liz

This course will introduce students to literature that depicts ‘the environment’ in various ways: as resplendent landscape, as increasingly industrialized space, as ecologically compromised animal habitat, and as chemically altered agricultural swath. This course will read fiction, nonfiction, and film to explore how environmental depictions use ideas about nature, ecology, farming, and landscape in their representations of space. We will focus largely on how these ideas and depictions intersect with the real and imagined lives of animals.  Readings will include works that take us beyond terra firma to see how environments of the air, land, and sea are depicted by writers who at the same time integrate concerns for animal life into their stories. We will finally ask how literary representations of animals ask readers to see the environment as something beyond what can be captured in art, and whether such artistic works nevertheless promote action and care that emerges from these circumscribed depictions.

Gen Ed (A&L); Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective


ENG 244 Introduction to Native American Literature

Warren, Joyce Pualani

What story does your body tell? Beyond the assumptions others may make based on physical appearance, or what you might convey through adornment, what narrative does your body perpetuate? The Proto Polynesian word “tatau” (tattoo) is both a noun, the physical mark inscribed on the body, and a verb, to write. Rooted in this etymology, this course will examine Pacific Islander and Native American bodies within and across the Pacific Ocean, treating them as texts that tell the stories of individuals and communities. As a result of forces such as colonialism, migration, and tourism, the contemporary Pacific and the United States are home to myriad bodies, which are often a complex amalgamation of diverse races, nationalities, cultural perspectives, sexualities, and socioeconomic classes. We will analyze a wide range of sources—fiction, film, drama, essays, paintings, photographs, legal documents, rap music, comedy sketches, and even beauty pageants—to examine the ways contemporary Native peoples navigate and instigate the multiple and overlapping readings of their bodies as texts. We will pay special attention to the ways Native authors and artists draw on international and/or transnational cultural, intellectual, and political ideas and movements to create inter/textual notions of global Native identities.

Gen Ed (A&L); Multicultural; Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective


ENG 245 Introduction to Ethnic American Literature: Topic

Li, David

This class is a sampling of American writing by its ethnic and racial minority writers. Generically speaking, we shall devote ourselves to prose fiction and non-fiction.

Gen Ed (A&L); Multicultural; Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective


ENG 250 Special Studies: Literature and Digital Culture

Simnitt, Emily

What does it mean to be at home? How does it feel to lose one’s home? And how do ideas of home and homelessness shape our sense of self or security? This course builds on these questions to look at a collection of literary works that focus explicitly on the idea of home in American culture. We’ll study different kinds of texts–a graphic novel, a memoir, short stories of haunted houses, among others–to help us think through concepts of home and homelessness as they intersect with class, race, ability and disability, and citizenship. At the same time, we’ll learn how to use digital culture to analyze the texts we study. Through the experience of building maps, learning how to use data and databases, creating network visualizations from twitter feeds, and showcasing work on digital publishing platforms, this course will provide opportunities to learn how to use and evaluate digital tools’ ability to make or study ideas of home. This class satisfies a General Education Arts and Letters Group Requirement. It is a required course in the DH minor and serves as a prerequisite for English 470: Technologies and Texts Capstone.

Gen Ed (A&L); Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective; Digital Humanities Minor


ENG 260 Media Aesthetics

Miller, Quinn

This course develops critical reading and research skills. It introduces technical vocabulary for analyzing the form of moving image texts in the study of media aesthetics. We address material objects and cultural history related to media technology, looking at print culture, audiobook, still photography, Tumblr, experimental film/video, and other independent and mainstream productions.

Multicultural; Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective; Digital Humanities Minor


ENG 260 Media Aesthetics

Gopal, Sangita

This course aims to develop your media literacy by providing you with a precise set of critical tools for analyzing moving image texts. Although our primary focus will be on the formal analysis of image and sound rather than media history or social issues, we will study the interplay between artistic and social conventions and the role of ideology in shaping the meaning of media texts. We will view and critique numerous film and television clips, as well as several feature-length films. Online group projects will enable students to shape course content by choosing media clips that illustrate concepts covered by readings and lectures. While not oriented toward the technical or industrial aspects of media productions, the course builds skills that are beneficial to both media producers and consumers.

Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective; Digital Humanities Minor


ENG 266 History of the Motion Picture

Rust, Stephen

This is the second course in a three-term sequence that studies the evolution of cinema as an art form and economic and cultural institution. English 266 continues from the end of the silent film era early 1960s. The aim of the course is to develop interpretive skills relevant to the study of cinema by examining the history of major movements in Hollywood and world cinema. Such historical developments in cinema have themselves been shaped or influenced by larger social and political events.  This confluence means that, in addition to analyzing the techniques used by filmmakers to tell stories, we will be investigating the history of the cinema and the history of the world (or at least a few parts of it) as it is reflected through motion pictures.

Gen Ed (A&L); Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective


ENG 302 Foundations of the English Major: Theory

Ginsberg, Warren; Kaufman, Heidi; Ovalle, Priscilla

English 302 is one course of a three-course sequence that offers students an introduction to the discipline of English as it is practiced at the University of Oregon, encompassing the broad range of fields, forms, and textual concerns addressed by department researchers. Designed for students beginning the major and for those seriously considering it, the ENG 301, 302, 303 sequence provides a common intellectual experience for majors and a foundation for future studies in English, American, and Anglophone literatures, media, and folklore. A full year of study in the Intro sequence will give a solid background in the history of the different kinds of texts we study, from the Medieval period to the present, as well as in the theory, key debates, and critical reading practices of the discipline. We emphasize these reading and writing strategies not only because they are foundations within the discipline of English, but because they offer a powerful set of interpretive practices that help us to engage with larger humanistic questions being asked beyond the walls of the classroom. The department strongly encourages you to take these courses sequentially. If necessary, you may begin the sequence with ENG 301 or ENG 302 but not with ENG 303.


English 302 orients students to the intellectual rationale behind the English major by presenting the discipline’s history and debates including various modes and approaches to reading texts. This includes introducing students to many of the major methodologies and theories which have informed the genre of literary criticism from its origins up to the present day. Theories covered in this class include philological, biographical, close/textual, feminist, structural, and post-structural approaches; and methodologies which analyze issues of race, ethnicity, gender, and sexuality. The course also models how these theories work as interpretive tools by showcasing their use in reading the same literary text, an approach which will allow students to compare and evaluate different and sometimes contradictory interpretations of the same material.


This course is organized around three central texts relating to the subject of female authors/subjects; students read these texts alongside essays that model methods of theoretical engagement. For the Medieval section of this course, we will discuss different theoretical approaches to Chaucer’s Wife of Bath’s Tale. In the nineteenth-century section of this course we will discuss several critical/theoretical approaches to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818). The Newer Media component will address film theory and criticism, focusing on classical Hollywood cinema.

Major I & II: Major Requirement


ENG 313 Teen and Children’s Literature

Saxon, Rebecca

This course will explore multicultural youth literature, covering literature for ages 0 to young adult. Students will engage with literature that represents a diversity of cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds, primarily in the American context. We will read books such as Brown Girl DreamingThe Hate U GiveAristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe and Lenore Look’s Alvin Ho and Ruby Lu books.


Multicultural Youth Literature is often discussed in terms of mirrors (reflections of one’s own experience) and windows (insights into other people’s experiences). Recently the debate about diverse literature, its importance, and who possesses the authority to write it has heated up. In this course we will explore examples of inclusive literature, reflecting on questions such as: Why does diverse literature matter? How do we identify quality diverse youth literature that accurately portrays culture beyond “food, fashion, fiestas, folklore, and famous people”? How can cultural outsiders write and/or evaluate diverse literature?

Major I & II: 1789+


ENG 321 18th Century Novel

Brundan, Katy

The English Novel: Subject, Object and Abject

This course circulates through the world of the novel by taking a slightly unusual perspective: that of subjects and objects. The rise of the novel goes hand-in-hand with a focus on objects and commodities that help construct the subject as a fully-fledged individual. Our first novel, Robinson Crusoe, follows this obsession with objects — and people-treated-as-objects — to cement the hero’s status as a colonial subject. We then move to the abridged version of Richardson’s Clarissa, taking in Julia Kristeva’s notion of the abject (neither fully subject nor object) to help steer us through this surprisingly compelling and immersive novel. We finish with Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, where objects interact with the heroine in unusual ways, encouraging us to consider our own relationship with the novel as a commodity. This course will introduce students to concepts of literary theory, as well as an understanding of the early English novel.

Gen Ed (A&L); Major I & II: 1500-1789


ENG 335 Inventing Arguments

Frank, David

Analysis and use of patterns of reasoning derived from the disciplines of rhetoric, informal logic, cognitive science, and the theory of argumentation.

Gen Ed (A&L); Major I: Literary Theory/Criticism; Major II: Theory/Rhetoric


ENG 361 Native American Writers

Brown, Kirby

Cherokee/Choctaw scholar Louis Owens declared that all Native novels are centrally occupied with recovering and (re)articulating an Indigenous sense of identity from within the discursive and linguistic contexts of colonialism. For Owens, this inherently dialogic process draws heavily on elements of the oral tradition and finds its most powerful articulation in the mixed-blood protagonist. Often depicted as a mongrel degradation of both Indian and non-Indian peoples, Owens argues that the mixedblood becomes in the work of Native writers a figure of possibility and transformation whose return home signals not a loss of authenticity but an attempt by Native writers to write themselves into “other destinies and other plots.”


Though important for its attention to the intersections between Native, narrative, and postcolonial studies, some criticize Owens’ work for unnecessarily privileging the mixedblood experience and foregrounding mediation and negotiation with the colonial center at the expense of local and diasporic Indigenous experiences and histories. Still others question the practical efficacy of postcolonial theory (i.e. after colonialism) to address the politics of Native writing. Informed by the questions organizing this debate, this reading-intensive course examines the Native novel/novella from its emergence to the present day, paying particular attention to the ways in which critical methodologies define and delimit understandings of the politics of Native writing.

Multicultural; Major I: 1789+, FEW; Major II: 1789+, Empire/Race/Ethnicity


ENG 363 Chicano and Latino Writers

Wald, Sarah

Latinx Literary Environmentalisms

Latinx literature and culture sit at the cutting edge of contemporary environmental thought. This class examines the intertwining of social and environmental justice in contemporary Latinx literature and cultural production, including fiction, film, and visual arts. We will particularly attend to environmental justice and to the forms of environmentalism that emerge from Chicana feminism.

Multicultural; Major I: 1789+, FEW; Major II: 1789+, Empire/Race/Ethnicity


ENG 381 Film, Media, and Culture

Gopal, Sangita

Study of film and media as aesthetic objects that engage with communities identified by class, gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality.

Gen Ed (A&L); Multicultural; Major I: Upper-Division Elective; Major II: Media/Folklore/Culture; Digital Humanities Minor


ENG 385 Graphic Narratives and Cultural Theory

Fickle, Tara

Asian American Comics

The growing acceptance of comics and graphic novels as “serious” literature owes much to the genre’s embrace as a powerful vehicle for memory, especially by minority writers seeking to showcase “non-normative” accounts of American life: the experiences of being gay, non-white, foreign, non-Christian, etc. This course offers an in-depth examination of one particular group – Asian Americans – which has gained especial prominence in the comics world in recent years. Artists like Gene Yang, Lynda Barry, and Adrian Tomine have begun to demonstrate how the combination of image and text can capture the unique position of Asian Americans as both racially hyper-visible and socially invisible. How do these texts define what it means to be Asian in America, and what counts as an “Asian American” work? How do they visually represent the experience of being seen as a “model minority,” or of being racially discriminated against? How, ultimately, do these texts change what we think – or what we think we know – about Asian American culture, history, and literature?

Gen Ed (A&L); Major I: Literary Theory/Criticism; FEW; Major II: Theory/Rhetoric, Ethnicity/Race/Empire; Comics Studies Minor


ENG 386 Bodies in Comics

Wheeler, Elizabeth

One could say that most comics are about the human body, in all its variations, exaggerations, erotics, poses, powers, and vulnerabilities. This course looks at the human body in contemporary comics with particular attention to disability and gender. We’ll read 4 comics genres: anime, memoir, fantasy, and superheroes. We’ll also read disability and gender studies to discover how comics represent identity through fantasy, visual metaphors, and good storytelling. Popular texts like Tokyo Ghoul, Hyperbole and a Half, Axe Cop, El Deafo, Hawkeye, and Daredevil offer a portal into key questions of self and diversity. You will do some drawing in class and as homework for this course. Your drawings will be judged not on their artistic talent but on the degree they reflect an understanding of comics.

Gen Ed (A&L); Multicultural; Major I: FEW; Major II: Gender/Ability/Sexuality; Disability Studies Minor (Social Models option); Comics Studies Minor


ENG 391 American Novel

Gazaille, Brian

Secret Agency: Navigating Race and Identity in Passing Fictions

While nineteenth-century America touted itself as a place where people could reinvent themselves as self-made, prosperous, fully enfranchised citizens, it was also the period when categories like race, gender, and class became most restrictive and “natural.” Especially in the wake of mid-century evolutionary theory, countless white scientists, politicians, and social reformers sought out biological explanations for racial difference to justify the systematic oppression of people of color. This course examines how American writers—Herman Melville, William Wells Brown, Frances E. W. Harper, Mark Twain, and Pauline Hopkins—participated in or worked against such constructions of identity. The class features texts about racial passing, where the major characters perform, reveal, and conceal particular parts of their identities to evade social constraints and increase their agency. Considering conventions like the tragic mullata archetype, detective fiction, and sentimentalism, we will explore the fluidity of identity and questions about the relationships among fiction, form, and personhood.

Ged Ed (A&L); Major I: 1789+, FEW; Major II: 1789+, Empire/Race/Ethnicity


ENG 392 20th Century American Novel

Bryant-Berg, Kristy

This course develops appreciation and understanding of 20th Century American novels by examining provocative samples exemplifying notable trends. We will explore both modernist roots reshaping the American novel and contemporary highlights challenging the novel’s form and complicating American identity. Each novel will be examined individually for accurate comprehension, as well as intertextually to observe how 20th Century American novels address and/or suppress national sins spawning and haunting American culture. Brief lectures and supplementary critical readings will provide background about each author’s larger work and identify controversies surrounding each novel; class discussions will aim to inspire nuanced close reading through careful attention to form as content.

Ged Ed (A&L); Major I: 1789+; Major II: 1789+, Gender/Ability/Sexuality


ENG 407 St. Louis Seminar: Poetry

Wonham, Henry

Students in ENG 407, “Poetry and Pragmatism,” the St. Louis Seminar in Poetry, will read, discuss, and write about major American poetry of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries using the philosophical lens of pragmatism to guide their inquiry.  The course will prioritize poetry by Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, Wallace Stevens, and Elizabeth Bishop, though other writers will play an important role. The philosophical inspiration for this adventure in reading is Ralph Waldo Emerson, whose essays will form a foundation for the theoretical issues at stake in the class.  The literary critic whose thinking most directly informs the idea of the course is Richard Poirier, whose books include The Renewal Of Literature: Emersonian Reflections, and, even more directly relevant, Poetry and Pragmatism.

Major I & II: 1789+


ENG 429 Old English II

Clark, Stephanie

OEII builds on the grammatical foundations learned in OEI and adds to students’ knowledge of Anglo-Saxon literature and culture through reading a varied selection of shorter poems and prose in Old English and performing a version of Bede’s story of Cædmon. In addition, OEII continues to strengthen students’ knowledge of the grammatical properties of language while training them to organize complex information in detailed, disciplined ways. Because Old English is a dead language, the course will also familiarize students with some of the basic language tools for studying and reconstructing Old English and word etymologies. The final goal of this course is to prepare students to translate Beowulf in the Spring term in ENG 430/530.

Prereq: ENG 428.

Major I & II: Upper-Division Elective


ENG 434 Spenser

Dawson, Brent

Examines the work of Edmund Spenser.

Prereq: Junior standing.

Major I & II: 1500-1789


ENG 442 Milton

Bovilsky, Lara

Participating in the political revolution, religious ferment, and literary experimentation of his time, the poetry and prose of John Milton offer us fascinating and beautiful examples of the engagement of literature with real-world political and ethical crises. This work may resonate with particular force in our own time and place. Students in ENG 442/542 will learn about Milton’s work as a literary, political, and religious radical across his long career. We’ll read his major poetry and additional texts, engaging topics that will include his understanding of individuality; literary invention and ambition; marriage, partnership, and sexuality; faith and sin; environmental purity and corruption; and the necessity of government to meet the needs of the governed.

Major I & II: 1500-1789


ENG 448 Restoration and 18th-Century Literature

Bohls, Elizabeth

In 1797 the London Critical Review proclaimed, “This may be called the age of peregrination; for we have reason to believe, that the desire of seeing foreign countries never before so diffusively operated.”  British travelers circled the globe, pursuing exploration, trade, diplomacy, scientific curiosity, and tourism. British readers were deeply curious about the wider world and the expanding British Empire. Travel writing was a respected literary genre and a profitable category in the print market. Travel writers strove to define British identity in relation to other cultures, both familiar and exotic, confronting important philosophical, scientific, and political issues.  Fictional genres also took up themes of travel and inter-cultural encounter. We’ll read a selection of travel writing and two fictional narratives, analyzing their formal features and rhetorical strategies as they approach controversial questions of the “global 18th century.”

Major I & II: 1500-1789


ENG 479 Major Authors: Jonathan Franzen


This is a single author study course on Jonathan Franzen, arguably the most important contemporary American novelist, one of the few who has made the cover of Time Magazine. Franzen shall visit our class in person towards the end of the term, and give a public reading as the Collins Distinguished Speaker (2018).

Major I & II: 1789+


ENG 486 New Media and Digital Culture

Fickle, Tara

Study of media emerging from computer-based digital techniques, including digital cinema, cyborgs, interactive games, multiplayer online simulations, and viral videos. Offered alternate years.

Major I: Upper-Division Elective; Major II: Media/Folklore/Culture; Digital Humanities Minor


ENG 493 Modern Rhetorical Criticism

Crosswhite, James

Rhetorical criticism is the appreciation and analysis of how we are persuaded—and often includes judgment concerning the nature of the persuasion. The course will address the following questions, among others: What is criticism? What is rhetoric? What is rhetorical criticism? What are its elements and kinds? How is it accomplished? What can it do? What is it good for? You will gain knowledge of rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism, and you will gain experience and skill in rhetorical criticism through completing a course project.

Major I: Literary Theory/Criticism; Major II: Theory/Rhetoric


ENG 496 Feminist Film Criticism

Miller, Quinn

This course introduces students to the legacy of feminist film criticism, which we approach in the context of queer trans media studies, production, and fandom. Examining camp, melodrama, action, musical, and documentary productions, we adopt a variety of feminist approaches while emphasizing queer of color critique. Assignments include ongoing contributions to a collaborative digital humanities research project on the LGBT television program In the Life (1992-2012).

Multicultural; Major I: Literary Theory/Criticism, FEW; Major II: Theory/Rhetoric, Gender/Ability/Sexuality

Writing, Folklore, Other


WR 320 Scientific and Technical Writing

One section

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.

Major I: Upper-Division Elective; Major II: Writing Requirement, Upper-Division Elective


WR 321 Business Communications

One section

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 develop a critical awareness of the conventions of discourse in these areas and how they result from interpersonal and organizational contexts encountered in these fields. As aspects of such business writing conventions, this course pays close attention to logical development and stylistic and format choices. The knowledge gained is applicable to academic as well as vocational situations. Prerequisite: Completion of the University Writing Requirement and upper-division standing.

Major I: Upper-Division Elective; Major II: Writing Requirement, Upper-Division Elective


FLR 483 Folklore and Mythology of the British Isles

Dugaw, Dianne

The complex cultural history of Great Britain and Ireland is the focus of this course. We study folk and popular traditions that are current or have been collected in this region, particularly noting how these influence art, literature, history, and socio-political institutions as well as customary life. Beginning with the Celts, we trace interactions and identities of early historical cultures especially as their legacies persist. The course has two parts:  (1) a focus on myth, belief, and worship, and the values these embody, examined through narratives and the objects of materials culture; and (2) a focus on customs and performance as examined through ceremonies, festivals, music, folk drama, and dance. At every point we consider the larger mechanism of cultural syncretism and the popular imagination.

Major I: 1500-1789, FEW; Major II: 1500-1789, Media/Folklore/Culture


HUM 245 Food, Art, and Literature

Wald, Sarah

We will explore issues related to food production and consumption through fictional and non-fictional representations of farmers and farmworkers in contemporary U.S. literature and culture. We will look at food production, food distribution, and food access through the lens of agriculture, paying particular attention to race, gender, and the environment.

Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective