by Morgan Mann
It’s that time of year again… registration is here, and it’s happening whether you’re ready or not. Let’s face it, feeling certain about anything during registration is tough, but rest assured, because I’m going to break down your English class options for Fall 2016. Below is a list of the regular upper division classes for Fall, along with the professor, a short summary, and the potential reading lists.
ENG306: Poetry Workshop
Learn and apply elements of poetry in your own writing while reading the works of contemporary poets and follow classmates. The instructor of this class is Elyse Fenton, a prize-winning poet who took part in our Readings & Lectures Series last November, and her reading list is bound to be wonderful.
ENG311: Advanced Writing
Work with Professor McDonald or Fr. Hannon on writing and revising expository essays in workshops, as well as reading exemplary fine essays.
ENG317: Composition Theory and Practice
If you were nominated to be a Writing Assistant next year, take this class as training. Study composition, rhetoric, linguistics, and psychology related to the writing process with Professor Hersh.
ENG324: Renaissance British Literature
Professor Swidzinski offers a survey of poetry, drama, and prose written in “Renaissance” England (c. 1485-1660) while focusing on the development of poetic form in a variety of contexts. Readings may include Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, Elizabeth Cary, Mary and Sir Philip Sidney, Elizabeth I, John Donne, George Herbert, Margaret Cavendish, and John Milton.
ENG345: Victorian Literature
Study a scope of fiction, poetry, children’s literature, and travel writing from the Victorian period with Professor Weiger, looking at special social, political, and environmental contexts. Writers may include Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, George Eliot, Isabella Bird, and Oscar Wilde.
ENG355: American Literature 1865-1914
Investigate the diverse works written by American authors between the Civil War and WWI with Professor Hiro, looking closely at questions of national identity, race, gender, indigenous people, religion, psychology, and more. Possible readings include Twain, Crane, James, Chopin, Dreiser, Wharton, Jewett, Chesnutt, and Sui Sin Far.
ENG375: Studies in Irish Writers
Explore Irish fiction, drama, and poetry from 1900 to today for issues of identity, nationalism, gender, history, and faith with Professor Brassard. Readings can include Joyce and Yeats, as well as Lady Gregory, Edna O’Brien, Roddy Doyle, Colm Toibin, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland, and Marina Carr.
ENG461: Oregon and Northwest Writers – Larson
Investigate with Professor Larson the spatial nature of Pacific Northwest literature. Readings can include Kesey, Maclean, Dillard, Gloss, Egan, Duncan, Vlautin, and Alexie.
The following Honors classes are also offered:
ENG375H A (Irish Writers) with Professor Brassard
ENG391H A (Reconceiving Family) with Professor Weiger
ENG391H B (Art of the Great War) with Professor Orr
For more information, refer to the official course listings in Self Serve, or speak with your advisor or professors (which hopefully you’re already doing!). With a little something for everyone, hopefully picking an English class gets you excited as we draw nearer to registration.