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Courses - ENGL Graduate Level

See Comparative World Literature and Classics Department for other course offerings applicable to the MA in English.

505A. Seminar in Fiction Writing (4)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MFA in Creative Writing.
Discussion, criticism, and detailed evaluation of works in progress.
Letter grade only (A-F).

505B. Seminar in Fiction Writing (4)

Prerequisites: Admission to the MFA in Creative Writing and ENGL 505A.
Discussion, criticism, and detailed evaluation of works in progress.
Letter grade only (A-F).

506A. Seminar in Poetry Writing (4)

Prerequisite: Admission to the MFA in Creative Writing.
Discussion, criticism, and detailed evaluation of works in progress.
Letter grade only (A-F).

506B. Seminar in Poetry Writing (4)

Prerequisites: Admission to the MFA in Creative Writing and ENGL 506A.
Discussion, criticism, and detailed evaluation of works in progress.
Letter grade only (A-F).

510./410. Theories of Writing and Literacy (3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 309 or ENGL 310 or consent of instructor.
Focuses on several cross-disciplinary theories of producing written discourse. Studies how writing is learned, taught, viewed by the public, and used in social and academic interchange.
Letter grade only (A-F).

511./411. Research Methods in Rhetoric and Composition (4)

Introduction to interdisciplinary research methods in Rhetoric and Composition. Focuses on methods that have been motivating research since 1985, including archival, case study, ethnographic, historiographic, and teacher research. Intensive practice in conducting and writing research for interdisciplinary and/or public audiences.
Letter grade only (A-F).

523./423. Semantics (3)

Study of meaning in language. Letter grade only (A-F).

526./426. History of the English Language (3)

Development of the English language from its beginnings to the present day.
Letter grade only (A-F).

535. Theories and Practices in Composition (3)

Prerequisite: ENGL 435 or consent of instructor.
Focuses on formation of composition studies in the latter half of the twentieth century. Studies relationships among theories, practices, and research concerned with the teaching of writing, particularly at the college level.
Letter grade only (A-F).

537. Selected Topics for In-Service Teachers (3)

Designed for in-service teachers. Intensive studies and research in special, timely topics related to the teaching of English.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units with different topics in the same semester. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

550. Old English Language and Literature (4)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Beowulf and other representative selections from Anglo‑Saxon literature in the original language.
Letter grade only (A-F).

551. Middle English Language and Literature (4)

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor.
Chaucer and other representative selections from Middle English literature in the original language.
Letter grade only (A-F).

552./452. Literature of the Renaissance (1500‑1603) (3)

Prose and poetry of Marlowe, Sidney, Raleigh, Spenser and other predecessors and contemporaries of Shakespeare, noting the influence of Humanism and the emergence of literary identity.
Letter grade only (A-F).

553./453. Literature of the Late Renaissance (1603‑1660) (3)

Poetry and prose (chiefly non‑dramatic) of Milton, Bacon, Jonson, Donne and the 'Metaphysicals' and their contemporaries.
Letter grade only (A-F).

554./451. Medieval Literature of the British Isles (3)

Representative selections of Old and Middle English prose and poetry read for the most part in modern English, including Beowulf, the romance, medieval drama, Chaucer, and the ballad.
Letter grade only (A-F).

555./455. English Literature of the Enlightenment (1660‑1798) (3)

Prose and poetry (chiefly non‑dramatic) of Swift, Dryden, Pope, Johnson, Boswell, and their contemporaries, with emphasis on major satires such as Gulliver's Travels and The Rape of the Lock.
Letter grade only (A-F).

556./456. English Literature of the Romantic Period (1798‑1832) (3)

Poetry and prose (chiefly non‑dramatic) of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats, and their contemporaries, emphasizing the modern Romantic spirit, theories of literary art, and the concept of the self.
Letter grade only (A-F).

558./458. English Poetry and Prose of the Victorian Age (1832‑1900) (3)

Poetry and prose of Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Carlyle, Mill, and others, emphasizing literary, social, and political issues, and religious controversies.
Letter grade only (A-F).

559./459. English Literature of the Twentieth Century (1900‑Present) (3)

Prose and poetry of Shaw, Conrad, Yeats, Lawrence, Joyce, Woolf, and others, emphasizing artistic experimentation and the development of modern value systems.
Letter grade only (A-F).

562./462. Chaucer (3)

Works of Geoffrey Chaucer in Middle English.
Letter grade only (A-F).

566./466. Irish Literature in English (3)

Major Irish authors from the Celtic Revival to the present. The literature will be placed in its historical and political contexts, paying particular attention to the relationship between politics and literature, the status of women, and questions of national identity.
Letter grade only (A-F).

567A,B./467A,B. The English Novel (3,3)

History and development of long prose fiction in the British Isles to and since 1832.
Letter grade only (A-F).

568./468. English Drama (3)

Readings from the history of English drama, excluding Shakespeare, including Marlowe, Jonson, and Restoration comedy.
Letter grade only (A-F).

572./472. American Literature: 1820-1865 (3)

Major authors and works, along with newly recovered texts, from the period that is often called the "American Renaissance."
Letter grade only (A-F).

573./473. American Literature: 1865-1918 (3)

Developments in poetry, the novel, the short story, and non-fictional prose in the United States between the Civil War and World War I.
Letter grade only (A-F).

574./474. Twentieth-Century American Literature (3)

American literature from about 1914 to the present.
Letter grade only (A-F).

575./475. The American Short Story (3)

History and development of the short story and its criticism in the United States.
Letter grade only (A-F).

576A,B./476A,B. American Poetry (3,3)

History and development of poetry and its criticism in the United States to and since 1945.
Letter grade only (A-F).

577A,B./477A,B. The American Novel (3,3)

History and development of the novel and its criticism in the United States to and since the 1920s.
Letter grade only (A-F).

578./478. American Drama (3)

History and development of drama and its criticism in the United States.
Letter grade only (A-F).

590. Directed Reading (3)

Students are assigned a reading list developed with the assistance of faculty. Works are discussed with the instructor during a series of conferences. Comprehensive paper due at end of semester.
Taken for two semesters during student's second year of residency in MFA program. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

598. Directed Studies (1‑3)

Prerequisites: Baccalaureate degree, consent of instructor.
Independent creative writing activity under the supervision of a creative writing faculty member.
May be repeated to a maximum of 6 units. Letter grade only (A-F).

605A. Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing (4)

Prerequisites: Admission to the MFA in Creative Writing, ENGL 505A, and ENGL 505B.
Discussion, criticism, and detailed evaluation of works in progress.
Letter grade only (A-F).

605B. Advanced Seminar in Fiction Writing (4)

Prerequisites: Admission to the MFA in Creative Writing, ENGL 505A, ENGL 505B, and ENGL 605A.
Discussion, criticism, and detailed evaluation of works in progress.
Letter grade only (A-F).

606A. Advanced Seminar in Poetry Writing (4)

Prerequisites: Admission to the MFA in Creative Writing, ENGL 506A, and ENGL 506B.
Discussion, criticism, and detailed evaluation of works in progress.
Letter grade only (A-F).

606B. Advanced Seminar in Poetry Writing (4)

Prerequisites: Admission to the MFA in Creative Writing, ENGL 506A, ENGL 506B, and ENGL 606A.
Discussion, criticism, and detailed evaluation of works in progress.
Letter grade only (A-F).

652. Seminar in the English Renaissance (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive studies in the literature of the period, chiefly Elizabethan.
Letter grade only (A-F).

653. Seminar in the Age of Milton (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive studies in English literature of the Stuart and Commonwealth periods, including Milton.
Letter grade only (A-F).

655. Seminar in Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive studies in English literature of the Restoration and eighteenth century.
Letter grade only (A-F).

656. Seminar in Romantic Literature (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive studies in English literature of the Romantic period.
Letter grade only (A-F).

657. Seminar in Victorian Literature (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive studies in English literature of the Victorian period.
Letter grade only (A-F).

659. Seminar in Twentieth-Century English Literature (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive studies in English literature from about 1900 to the present.
Letter grade only (A-F).

671. Digital Rhetoric (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive studies of consumption and production of digital media. Analyses relationships among rhetoric, writing, cultural studies, and technology; examines means of production transforming literate practice in humanities; and engages students in writing with digital media.
Letter grade only (A-F).

672. Seminar in the Nineteenth-Century American Renaissance (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive studies in American literature from about 1820 to about 1865.
Letter grade only (A-F).

673. Seminar in American Realism (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive studies in the development of realism in American literature.
Letter grade only (A-F).

674. Seminar in Twentieth-Century American Literature (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive studies of twentieth-century American writers.
Letter grade only (A-F).

681. Selected Topics - Seminar in Major Authors (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive studies in the works of one to three specific major authors.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units with different authors in the same semester. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes. Not open for credit to students with credit in ENGL 469 or ENGL 479 covering the same author.

  • A. Geoffrey Chaucer
  • B. Daniel Defoe
  • C. William Faulkner
  • D. John Fowles
  • E. Robert Frost
  • F. Robinson Jeffers
  • G. Samuel Johnson
  • H. James Joyce
  • I. Thomas Malory
  • J. Herman Melville
  • K. Alexander Pope
  • L. William Shakespeare
  • M. Jonathan Swift
  • N. Oscar Wilde
  • O. William Butler Yeats
  • P. Wallace Stevens and William Carlos Williams
  • Q. J.R.R. Tolkien
  • R. Jane Austen

683. Selected Topics - Seminar in English Studies (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive explorations of topics in English studies.
Letter grade only (A-F). May be repeated to a maximum of 8 units with different topics in the same semester. Topics announced in the Schedule of Classes.

  • A. American Autobiography
  • B. American Indian Literature
  • C. American Jewish Literature
  • D. American Women Writers, 1850-1900
  • E. Autobiography
  • F. Beowulf
  • G. British Encounters with India, 1757-1857
  • H. Current Issues in Rhetoric and Composition
  • I. Ethnic American Fiction
  • J. Feminism/Modernism
  • K. History of Composition Instruction
  • L. Medieval Drama
  • M. The Novel and Postmodernism
  • N. The Places and Spaces of Early English Drama
  • O. Revision and Editing Processes
  • Q. Teaching Basic Writing
  • R. Teaching Literacy
  • T. West Coast Writing after World War II
  • U. Victorian Imperial Romance

684. Seminar in Advanced Literary Theory (4)

Prerequisite: Completion of ENGL 696.
Intensive study in one or more of the principal theories of literature.
Letter grade only (A-F).

685. Seminar in Rhetorical History and Theory (4)

Prerequisite/Corequisite: ENGL 696.
Intensive study of rhetorical history and theory from ancient to contemporary times.
Letter grade only (A-F).

696. Seminar in Theory, Criticism, and Research (4)

Intensive study of critical theory, literary criticism, and research methods. Introduction to graduate-level writing and research, including compiling bibliographies, using scholarly resources, and writing critical research papers.
Students not allowed to take ENGL 696 unless admitted to MA program. (English MA candidate may not be enrolled in any other 600 course without completion of or concurrent enrollment in ENGL 696.) Letter grade only (A-F).

697. Directed Research (1‑3)

Prerequisites: ENGL 696 and consent of instructor.
Individual research or intensive study under the guidance of a faculty member.
Letter grade only (A-F).

698. Thesis (1‑6)

Prerequisites: ENGL 696 and consent of instructor.
Planning, preparation, and completion of a thesis under supervision of a faculty committee.
Must be advanced to candidacy. Must be taken for a total of 6 units.


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