English Writing

20th Century African American Women's History

Using both a chronological and topical format, this course will investigate the history, culture, and activism of African American women in the twentieth century through readings of historical texts and articles, autobiography, and oral testimony.  The content of the course includes an exploration of the responses of African American women to racism, sexism, and class and color consciousness within different historical periods.

Combined Section: AFRCNA 0536

Afro-American History 1

This course surveys the history of Afro-Americans from their African origins to their emancipation during the Civil War.

Combined Section: HIST 0670

Introduction to Journalism and Nonfiction

This course is designed to develop your skills as a nonfiction writer. Through a combination of required readings, creative exercises, peer critiques and critical discussions, you will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of journalism as well as an introduction to the wide-ranging possibilities of nonfiction writing as a genre: narrative long form, the personal essay, immersion journalism and forms of creative nonfiction. This class will be divided into two components; gathering information and shaping stories.

Introduction to Poetry Writing

Through writing exercises, analysis of modern and contemporary poetry and frequent revision of their own poetry, students learn the basic elements of poetry writing.

Introduction to Creative Writing

This course offers the opportunity to experiment with forms of poetry and fiction and to read and discuss from a writer's point of view contemporary writing in these genres.

Climate, Weather, and Literature

This course will examine the intersections between literature and the environment by considering the textual representations of weather and climate.  We will read drama, poetry, fiction, and nonfiction work from the Renaissance to the present, with a focus on literature from the romantics to the twentieth century; readings will include a Shakespeare play, lyric poetry, a canonical novel, and speculative fiction.  We will examine these texts in conjunction with works in the meteorological humanities, which brings together such disciplines as literary criticism, art history, environmental stu

Contemporary Environmental Literature

This course examines the ways in which contemporary writers in English have engaged with the natural environment.  We will read a range of authors, from the 1960s to the present day, to consider how they have looked critically at the human effects on ecosystems, and we will also study the interdisciplinary scholarly field of ecocriticism and its responses to such writings.  Throughout, we will be attentive both to the literary qualities of writings about the environment and to their historical and political contexts.