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EL-121. Poetry. 3 Credits.

This introductory literature course is designed to help students develop the skills necessary to understand and enjoy poetry. The class will explore the diversity and range of poetry, emphasizing the analysis of short lyric poems, and selected examples of verse drama, verse essay, and narrative poems. Prerequisites: CM-115, CM-117 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-122. Drama. 3 Credits.

This class introduces students to the creative, eclectic and wonderful world of theatre in order to develop an appreciation for the art. Members of the class work together on creating a greater awareness of the role of theatre in its aesthetic, cultural, historical, and educational settings, helping students to gain a strong and well-rounded understanding of the role theatre plays in our everyday lives. Prerequisites: CM-115, CM-117 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-134. Fiction. 3 Credits.

Designed to initiate and develop understanding and appreciation of the nature, properties, and traditions of prose fiction; and to stimulate critical interest in this literary form by establishing standards of judgment and evaluation. Prerequisites: CM-115, CM-117 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-175. Acting Workshop I. 3 Credits.

Theater director: script analysis and development, performance construction for stage and screen. Prerequisites: CM-115, CM-117 OR CM-120.

EL-176. Acting Workshop II. 3 Credits.

Continuation of Part I including presentations for theatre and video space creation of video suitable for use as an audition piece. Prerequisites: CM-115, CM-117 OR CM-120.

EL-201. English Literature I. 3 Credits.

A study of major works in British literature from the Old English period to the late eighteenth century, with emphasis on literary forms, genres, and themes, as well as key linguistic, cultural, and historical contexts. Required of all English majors. Prerequisites: CM-115, CM-117 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-202. English Literature II. 3 Credits.

A study of major works of British literature from the Romantic Era to the present, focusing on thematic concerns and aesthetic innovations within British literary production in relation to the socio-historic development of the cultures of Great Britain and its Commonwealth. Required of all English majors. Prerequisites: CM-115, CM-117 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-203. American Literature I. 3 Credits.

Two elements of the American Dream have been present from the very beginning-freedom and opportunity. We will explore the earliest treatments of those ideas and others in works from authors such as John Smith and Edgar Allan Poe. (Group 3) Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-204. American Literature II. 3 Credits.

This course surveys the literature of America in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries that shape evolving notions of what it means to be American. Through a variety of literary texts and genres, students will make connections between form, content and meaning while exploring how American literature delineates the capacious and often contested sense of American identity. Topics may include immigration and migration; performance, race, class, and gender; notions of liberty and oppression; place and space. Critical and writing skills will be enhanced through close analysis of texts and the application of basic literacy concepts and methods of interpretation. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-205. Survey of World Literature. 3 Credits.

An introductory survey of the modern and contemporary literatures of the developing world, with particular emphasis on interdisciplinarily situating texts in terms of their various cultural, political, economic, and historical contexts. As an introductory literature course, this class will also serve to introduce students to the methods of close-reading-based textual analysis. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-250. Live Performance Art. 3 Credits.

Participants will be enlightened, enriched, entertained, by attending performances representative of Broadway musicals, ballet, concerts, dance, and opera. Additional course fee of $235. Prerequisites: CM-115, CM-117 OR CM-120.

EL-252. Creative Writing. 3 Credits.

Creative Writing is designed to teach the craft of writing creatively; the objective of the course to produce original work through the study of published authors with a wide range of styles, determined by the genre focus. These writing workshops will work on audience, point of view, tone, language choice, plot, character, setting, dialogue and description, depending on the overall form. Students may repeat the course depending on the subject matter, which will alternate between creative writing and the short story, the novel, poetry, drama and fan-fiction. Prerequisites: CM-115, CM-117 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-254. Dramatic Writing Workshop. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the basics of dramatic writing, this course is for students who wish to concentrate on developing scripts for the stage. Prerequisites: CM-115, CM-117 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-293. Today's Film Scene. 3 Credits.

Students will meet in Manhattan to view and analyze contemporary films, often before they are released to the general public. At times the film makers are likely to participate. The course will give students a knowledge of the contemporary film scene as well as skills in film analysis. Additional course fee of $235. Prerequisites: CM-115, CM-117 OR CM-120.

EL-295. Credited Internships. 3 Credits.

EL-298. Epic England. 3 Credits.

In this course we will consider the epic tradition in English literature, from the Middle Ages into the 21st century. We will analyze selections of epic poems and novels within their historical contexts and will at times view and analyze film adaptations of them too. Then, over the spring break, we will visit the sites of their inspiration and creation. Course Type(s): International (Travel).

EL-304. Medieval English Literature. 3 Credits.

Survey of the Old English period (499-1066), covering selected prose and poetry, including Beowulf, and the Middle English period (1066-1485), surveying the works of Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, Malory and others. (Group 1) Prerequisites: EL-123 OR EL-134 GROUP 1.

EL-305. Chaucer. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and several of the minor poems. (Group 1) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 1).

EL-306. Textual Analysis: Theory and Practice. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the predominant contemporary methodologies of literary/cultural studies analysis and their theoretical underpinnings, this course will introduce core disciplinary concepts and develop awareness of the "schools" of criticism that make up the field of literary/cultural studies analysis as it stands today (new historicism, feminism/gender studies, deconstruction, etc.), thereby grounding students in the constitutive disciplinary practices of the field of English.

EL-310. Gender and Sexuality in Film. 3 Credits.

An introduction to an understanding of the ways in which gender and sexuality have been represented in film and the mass media. Beginning with an introduction to methods of film analysis, it will explore socio-cultural presumptions about gender and sexuality, how some of these have changed over time, and how they have influenced social expectations, body types, and narrative structure. It will also look at diversity within categories and how "woman" can include Charlize Theron, Kate McKinnon, Lillian Gish, and Marilyn Monroe and "man" can include John Wayne, Kevin Hart, and Pee Wee Herman.

EL-311. The Renaissance: Major Texts. 3 Credits.

Interpreting the term "texts" broadly (as any important intellectual or artistic productions emerging from the variously and often vaguely defined era called the Renaissance), this course examines crucial literary works-including Don Quixote, Hamlet, the sonnets of Petrarch, and Calderon's Life is a Dream-as well as important artists (Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael) and philosophers (Descartes and Pascal, among others) of the period. (Group 1) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 GROUP 1.

EL-313. Renaissance Drama. 3 Credits.

A reading and analysis of a variety of Renaissance plays from England and the continent (including Spain, Italy and Portugal). (Group 1) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 1).

EL-314. Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama. 3 Credits.

A study of important dramatists, from Marlowe to Ford, excluding Shakespeare. Revenge tragedies, history plays and city comedies are examined both as literature and as plays intended for performance. (Group 2) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 2) Course Type(s): Writing Intensive,Core curriculum course.

EL-315. Studies in Shakespeare. 3 Credits.

A critical appreciation of representative sonnets, history plays, comedies, "problem comedies", tragedies, and romances. Works are studied within their historical context, and plays are approached both as published literature and as work designed for the stage. (Group 2).

EL-321. 17th Century English Literature. 3 Credits.

Prose and non-dramatic poetry from Donne to Milton. Students read, discuss, analyze and debate issues reflected in literature from a variety of genres and sources, ranging from religious meditations to secular poetry, political pamphlets and philosophical essays, considering the social and religious issues raging at that time and today.(Group2) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 2).

EL-324. Restoration and Eighteenth Century Drama. 3 Credits.

After the English Civil war and Charles II's restoration to the throne, English theater saw a revival and openness to new themes and broader participation (with women joining the ranks of players and playwrights). In this class, we will examine wickedly satirical comedies of manners, highly emotional tragedies, and new genre of opera, and more - on the page and in performance. Prerequisites: EL-123 AND EL-134.

EL-330. Greek Mythology: When Women Were Gods. 3 Credits.

This course will introduce students to the study of myths, as well as an interpretation of these stories as a way of exploring the nature of women in myths, considering their individuality, societies, and nations. It will encompass poetry, short fiction, drama, nonfiction, and excerpts from novels. Students will develop stronger reading skills in analysis, interpretation, and evaluation. We will examine the values and themes common to women's experiences in antiquity. We will explore also tragic heroines of ancient Greek myth and theatre, focusing on the works of Aristophanes, Aeschylus, Euripides, and Sophocles.

EL-331. English Romanticism. 3 Credits.

An exploration of major trends in English Romanticism with particular attention to the question of why writers of this era had such an explosive effect on the course of English literature. (Group 3) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 3).

EL-334. Victorian Prose and Poetry. 3 Credits.

An exploration of significant trends in Victorian literature primarily through a study of the works of its major poets, essayists, and novelists. (Group 3) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 3).

EL-335. Victorian Life and Literature. 3 Credits.

A study of art, education, history, religion, and science in the literature of the Victorian era. (Group 3) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 GROUP 3.

EL-345. Gothic Literature. 3 Credits.

The Gothic mode in fiction has been popular for over two centuries. This course explores stories and novels, from The Castle of Otranto to The Exorcist, that reflect crucial elements of the genre. We will be reading all forms of the Gothic-supernatural, mechanical, and psychological. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.

EL-353. The American Short Story. 3 Credits.

A study of selected nineteenth and twentieth- century American short story masterpieces. (Group 4) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).

EL-354. American Drama. 3 Credits.

An exploration of works by important American playwrights-including O'Neill, Williams, Hansberry, Mamet, and Wilson-this course examines how plays present universal concerns of family, identity, and the search for meaning, as well as specifically American themes of race, class, and gender. (Group 4) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).

EL-356. Modern American Poetry. 3 Credits.

A study of the lives and works of selected American poets, including Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, and Sylvia Plath. (Group 4) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).

EL-358. Contemporary Literature. 3 Credits.

This course examines writers-American, British, and Global-from the 1960's to the present with focus on both stylistic and social/political concerns. (Group 4) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4); Course Type(s): Pluralism,Core curriculum course.

EL-360. LGBTQ Drama. 3 Credits.

This Group 4 course will focus on 20th and 21st Century American drama that deals with the subject of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer life. Members of the community wrote some pieces others use an LGBTQ character in a unique manner. All of the pieces contend with the history of this minority group in a historical context each piece seeks to decipher the place of minority (and often multi-minority) cultures in America.(Group 4) Prerequisites: EL-123.

EL-361. Hitchcock. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to offer an in-depth study of the films of Alfred Hitchcock. Examining the major films against the director's life and the Hollywood system, students will understand the parameters of auteur theory and the working of the Hollywood system. Particular emphasis will be placed on Hitchcock's story-boarding method, stylistic and cinematic technique, and his innovative use of editing and sound. Prerequisites: CM-115/CM-117 OR CM-120.

EL-363. Modern British Novelists. 3 Credits.

Studying the work of modern and post-colonial writers like Conrad, Forster, Woolf, Mansfield, Amis, and Smith, this course examines topics such as colonialism and war, perspectives on ethnicity and gender, and the role of the artist's voice in society. (Group 4) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).

EL-368. Modern and Post-Modern Fiction. 3 Credits.

Through the study of writers such as Woolf, Kafka, Pynchon, DeLillo, and Marquez, this course examines the cultural and historical trends that gave rise to the literary responses know as modernism and post-modernism. We will look at upheavals of politics, class, and geography, revolutions of mind and culture, and breakthroughs in technology and artistic production that caused writers to confront old ideas in new ways, and to use their new manners of expression to impact how we see and value the world. (Group 4) Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4); Course Type(s): Pluralism,Core curriculum course.

EL-402. Literary Theory. 3 Credits.

Studying a range of writers-from Plato and Aristotle, through Arnold, Pater, and Woolf, to Jameson, Barthes, Foucault, Said, and Irigaray, among others-this course explores developments in literary theory from classical times to the present, with emphasis on defining and applying different theoretical approaches to various works of literature and other forms cultural production. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.

EL-403. Great Books. 3 Credits.

Designed to provide a background in intellectual history and provoke consideration of ethics and values, this course studies texts fundamental to the Western literary tradition and to a liberal education. Writers include Homer, Plato, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Cervantes, Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Dostoevsky. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.

EL-420. Contemporary Theatre. 3 Credits.

Appreciation of contemporary theatre through attendance of Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off- Broadway theatre in New York City. Additional course fee of $235. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.

EL-450. Capstone Seminar. 3 Credits.

A required seminar on a topic in English or American literature. As part of its content, the course will provide an introduction to literary theory and criticism applicable to the seminar's focus. Students will engage in extended research and write and present a capstone thesis. Prerequisites: EL-123 EL-134; Course Type(s): Capstone,Writing Intensive.

EL-473. Shakespeare: From the Page to the Stage. 3 Credits.

Since Shakespeare's plays were intended to be performed live, not read in silence, we will both critically analyze a selection of his works and then bring the texts alive in performance, employing both original theatrical practices and modern acting techniques. (Group 2) Prerequisites: EL-123 EL-134.

EL-493. Film Noir: Dark Side of American Film. 3 Credits.

An introduction to this American Film genre with reference to its origins in European films and painting of the 1920's and 1930's, and in American hard-boiled detective fiction of the 1930's, as well as to its significance to the development of Hollywood and today's mass media. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 Course Type(s): Values,Core curriculum course.

EL-498. SPCS Capstone. 3 Credits.

Required for certain SPCS students in consultation with advisor. The course will examine the relationships between humanities, social sciences and other disciplines through literature and writing, and will culminate in a thesis. Course Type(s): Capstone.

EL-499. Special Topics. 3 Credits.

(Group 4) Prerequisites: EL-123 AND EL-134; GROUP 4 Course Type(s): Writing Intensive,Pluralism,Core curriculum course.