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Author and Topics Classes

The following list displays a selection of course topics that have been authorized as academically viable by the department over the years.

Offerings depend on financial and faculty resources. There is no guarantee that these courses will be offered, though students interested in taking a course on one of these authors or topics should contact the department.

ENGL 469: Critical Studies in Major English Writers

ENGL 479: Critical Studies in Major American Writers

ENGL 488: Topics in Rhetoric and Writing Studies

ENGL 489: Critical Studies in Major Topics in Literatures Written in English

ENGL 498: Topics in English

ENGL 583: Special Topics in Literature

ENGL 681: Seminar in Major Authors

ENGL 683: Seminar in Special Topics in English Studies

ENGL 469: Critical Studies in Major English Writers

  • Austen, Jane
  • Beckett, Samuel
  • Behn, Aphra
  • Brontës
  • Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
  • Dickens, Charles
  • Donne, John
  • Durrell, Lawrence
  • Eliot, George
  • Eliot, Thomas Stearns
  • Forster, Edward Morgan
  • Fowles, John
  • Hardy, Thomas
  • Joyce, James
  • Keats, John
  • Lawrence, David Herbert
  • Milton, John
  • Shaw, George Bernard
  • Spenser, Edmund
  • Tolkien, J.R.R.
  • Wilde, Oscar
  • Woolf, Virginia
  • Wordsworth, William
  • Yeats, William Butler

Multiple Authors

  • Boswell & Johnson
  • Dryden & Pope
  • Malory, Kempe, & Hoccleve
  • Marlowe, Marvell, & Milton
  • Wells & Huxley
  • Wroth, Cavendish, & Philips

ENGL 479: Critical Studies in Major American Writers

  • Carver, Raymond
  • Dickinson, Emily
  • Eliot, Thomas Stearns
  • Ellison, Ralph
  • Erdrich, Louise
  • Fante, John
  • Faulkner, William
  • Hawthorne, Nathaniel
  • Hughes, Langston
  • James, Henry
  • Jeffers, Robinson
  • MacLeish, Archibald
  • Mason, Bobbie Ann
  • Melville, Herman
  • Morrison, Toni
  • Munro, Alice
  • O’Neill, Eugene
  • Poe, Edgar Allan
  • Sandburg, Carl
  • Thoreau, Henry David
  • Twain, Mark
  • West, Rebecca
  • Wharton, Edith
  • Whitman, Walt
  • Williams, Tennessee
  • Williams, William Carlos
  • Wright, Richard

Multiple Authors

  • Barth & Nabokov
  • Brockden Brown & Jefferson
  • Fitzgerald & Hemingway

ENGL 488: Topics in Rhetoric and Writing Studies

  • Advanced Argumentation
  • Multimedia Composition
  • (Post) Modern Persuasion
  • Real World Writing

ENGL 489: Critical Studies in Major Topics in Literatures Written in English

  • The Anti-Hero
  • The Beats
  • Early Modern Women
  • Literary Bloomsbury
  • Literature of Los Angeles
  • Reason, Revolution, Romanticism
  • Ut Pictura Poesis: Art and Literature of the Romantic Period

ENGL 498: Topics in English

  • American 1920s/1930s
  • American Novel and Film
  • The Bible in American Literature
  • Children’s Literature and Film
  • Detective Fiction
  • Finnegans Wake
  • Gays and Lesbians in Literature
  • Hemingway on Film
  • Images of Blacks in American Literature
  • Joyce’s Dublin: Fiction and Reality
  • Literature and Psychoanalysis
  • Medieval Society
  • Modernism and the City
  • Poetry and the Self
  • Romanesque Spirit
  • Salman Rushdie
  • Science as Literature
  • Short Fiction and Film
  • Teaching ESL Academic Writing
  • Women in Early Modern Europe and America, 1500-1800

ENGL 583: Special Topics in Literature

  • African-American Fiction
  • Modes of Fantasy
  • Satire
  • Theory of Fiction
  • Tragedy
  • Women Writers

ENGL 681: Seminar in Major Authors

  • Chaucer, Geoffrey
  • Defoe, Daniel
  • Dryden, John
  • Faulkner, William
  • Fowles, John
  • Frost, Robert
  • Jeffers, Robinson
  • Johnson, Samuel
  • Joyce, James
  • Keats, John
  • Malory, Sir Thomas
  • Melville, Herman
  • Munro, Alice
  • Pope, Alexander
  • Shakespeare, William
  • Swift, Jonathan
  • Yeats, William Butler

Multiple Authors

  • Defoe, Swift, & Pope
  • Stevens and Williams

ENGL 683: Seminar in Special Topics in English Studies

  • American Autobiography
  • American Indian Literature
  • American Jewish Literature
  • American Women Writers 1850-1900
  • Autobiography
  • Beowulf
  • Current Issues in Rhetoric and Composition
  • Ethnic American Fiction
  • Feminism / Modernism
  • History of Composition Instruction
  • Irish Short Story
  • Medieval Drama
  • Nineteenth-century American Women Writers, 1850-1900
  • The Novel and Postmodernism
  • The Places and Spaces of Early English Drama
  • Revision and Editing Processes
  • Styles & Genres
  • Teaching Basic Writing
  • Teaching Literacy
  • West Coast Writing after World War II

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