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EL-175. Fundamentals of Acting I. 3 Credits.

Students will use scenes, activities, and games to learn to improvise, move on stage, project their voices, understand a scene, and develop a character.

EL-176. Fundamentals of Acting 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-116 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-116 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-116 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-116 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-116 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-206. 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-116 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-207. 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-116 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Core curriculum course.

EL-208. 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-116 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.

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-265. Screenwriting. 3 Credits.

This course is designed to introduce the fundamentals of writing for film and television. Students experience the same creative process as a professional screenwriter, moving through the various levels of a typical Hollywood "step" deal. During the first two weeks of class, the students conceive, plan, outline and "sell" their ideas for either a feature length film (75-120 minutes) or a television program (sit-com or drama series pilot). Prerequisites: CM-115 OR CM-120; Course Type(s): Writing Intensive,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. Additional course fee of $50. Course Type(s): International (Travel).

EL-303. Dante Boccaccio and Chaucer. 3 Credits.

In this course we will study, analyze and compare three literary giants of the late Middle Ages: Dante, Boccaccio and Chaucer. Each writer will be studied separately and in a comparative context. In addition, we will look at the influence of these writers on one another, Dante on the other two and Boccaccio on Chaucer. Naturally, each of the writers will be discussed in his historical context, how the three express medieval thought and values and can be read as precursors of the early Renaissance. Prerequisites: ONE COURSE FROM EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 OR EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE: FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

EL-305. Chaucer. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and several of the minor poems. (Group 1) Prerequisites: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

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. Prerequisites: ONE COURSE FROM EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 OR EL-208.

EL-308. Literature and Pop Culture. 3 Credits.

Literature and Pop Culture will focus upon a different author or aspect of contemporary literary fandom each semester it is offered. It will consider how composers of fan fiction, spinoffs, mashups, screenplays, vlogs, video games, and more adapt the works of their favorite authors in order to extend their experiences in these beloved "universes" and to bring their characters along with them, addressing issues of their own times. Prerequisites: ONE COURSE FROM EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 OR EL-208.

EL-309. Women in Drama. 3 Credits.

This class will explore the multitude of contributions made to the world of drama and theatre by female-identifying playwrights, producers, directors, designers and performers to help you develop an appreciation and understanding for their historical impact for this art form. Prerequisites: ONE COURSE FROM EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 OR EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

EL-312. Fantasy: Worlds of Wonder. 3 Credits.

Fantasy, comprised of tales rooted in history and myth, still retains contemporary resonance. From the fairy tale aspect of The Wizard of Oz to the epic scope of The Lord of the Rings, fantasy as a literary genre continues to fascinate readers. This course will draw on such diverse scholarly sources as J.R.R. Tolkien's approach to world-building to Joseph Campbell's arc of the hero's journey to explore classics of this compelling type of literature. Students will read and analyze selected works to determine not only the power of creative aesthetics found therein but also to analyze why such stories are experiencing a popular resurgence in today's society. For those who have spent years secretly wishing for an acceptance letter from Hogwart's, this course will provide entry into quests, quidditch, and cavernous wardrobes that open into magical realms! Prerequisites: ONE COURSE FROM EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 OR EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE; FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208; 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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

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

A study of Greek Mythology: the theories of myth and their specific influence in literature, media, and art. Prerequisites: MUST COMPLETE TWO COURSES FROM EL-121, EL-122, EL-134, EL-201, EL-202, EL-203, EL-204.

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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

EL-332. W. Wordsworth Percy B. Shelley J.Keats. 3 Credits.

Issues to be discussed in this class include the nature of Romanticism, the Romantic Revolution, and these writers and other Romantic poets as rebels against the work and views of poets of the Eighteenth century. Important themes which these poets focused on and which we will discuss are the poet, himself or, rather, his feelings and ideas as the subject of his verse. Another theme, especially in our discussion of William Wordsworth, is the poet's relationship and view of nature. And, finally, we shall study the work of these poets as expressions of deep feelings, and attitudes and their defense of emotion as a legitimate subject of poetry. Prerequisites: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207, EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

EL-339. Literature of the Black Atlantic. 3 Credits.

Africana culture has flowed across the Atlantic Ocean littoral from the earliest days of the trans-Atlantic slave trade - not just from West Africa to the New World, but back and forth in complex circuits interconnecting the black peoples of West Africa, the Caribbean, the United States, and the United Kingdom. This is what scholar Paul Gilroy, in his groundbreaking formulation, calls "the Black Atlantic": an Africanist socio-cultural entity that traverses national and geographic borders. This course examines the literature of the Black Atlantic, proceeding from a survey of different theorizations of blackness to an analysis of select works by black authors that focus particularly on social and cultural encounters, exchanges, movements, and inter-group conceptualizations of different Africana peoples. Prerequisites: ONE COURSE FROM EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 OR EL-208; Course Type(s): Pluralism,Writing Intensive.

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: ONE COURSE FROM EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 OR EL-208.

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

A study of selected nineteenth and twentieth- century American short story masterpieces. (Group 4) Prerequisites: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE; FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208; 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: 1 COURSE; FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208; Course Type(s): Pluralism.

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-362. African American Literature. 3 Credits.

Students will experience the artistry of American writers of color by tracing their development from the early slave narrative to contemporary works of film, novels, and poetry. Discussions will revolve around these texts to familiarize readers with theories of formal literary reading, and cultural/ethnic distinction subjects include gender-based criticism, theories of community, and attitudes toward racism and prejudice. Prerequisites: CM-115, CM-116 OR CM-120 AND ONE 200-LEVEL COURSE.

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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE; FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208; 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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

EL-423. American Film. 3 Credits.

Through lectures, films shown in class, readings, and research projects, this course will develop the students' ability to analyze film in depth as well as to understand the historical and artistic development of the Hollywood film industry. Classical and current films will be studied in relation to American as well as foreign film traditions. Prerequisites: ONE COURSE FROM EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 OR EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE; FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208; Course Type(s): Capstone,Writing Intensive,Senior Seminar.

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: 1 COURSE FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208.

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: 1 COURSE EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208; ONE SEQUENCE: PL-130 PL-140 OR 2 COURSES FROM TH: Course Type(s): Values.

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: 1 COURSE; FROM COURSES EL-201 EL-202 EL-203 EL-204 EL-205 EL-206 EL-207 EL-208; Course Type(s): Writing Intensive,Pluralism,Core curriculum course.