LIT - Literature

LIT 132 Introduction to Literary Studies

This course is restricted to ENG, English/Communications, Childhood Education, secondary Ed/ENG students in their first or second years.

Course Description: This course prepares students to understand literature and to articulate their understanding in essays supported by carefully analyzed evidence from assigned works. Major genres and the literary terms and conventions associated with each genre will be explored. Students will be introduced to literary criticism drawn from a variety of perspectives.

Course Rotation: Fall.

3 credits

LIT 196H Topic: Literature of the Supernatural

4 credits

LIT 196N Topic: American Detective Fiction for Nactel Program

4 credits

LIT 200C Global Crossings: Challenge & Change in Modern World Literature - Nactel

Course Description: Students in the course will read literature from a range of international traditions and will reach an understanding and appreciation of the texts for the ways that they connect and diverge. The social and historical context of the works will be explored and students will take from the course some understanding of the environments that produced the texts.

4 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211 Literature I

3 credits

LIT 211B British Literature I

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).

Course Description: This course focuses on reading, interpreting and writing about early Celtic myths, the legends of Celtic, Anglo Saxon and later English heroes such as Beowulf and King Arthur. It will also consider the elements of magic in the literature that infused the religious and cultural beliefs of these early people.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211C Early World Literature: The Search for Truth and Meaning

Course Description: A comprehensive and comparative study of reading in a variety of Eastern and Western cultures beginning with classical Greece and Rome.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211D The Individual and Society

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).

Course Description: This course explores a selection of literary works representing a variety of historical periods and cultural traditions relating to the theme of the individual and society.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D or English Placement

LIT 211E American Literature I

Course Description:Studies the origins of American Literature beginning with the indigenous peoples and conquistadors who made first contact, and continuing up until the Civil War. Touches on Colonial and Puritanical writings from key figures such as Anne Bradford and Cotton Mather, moving on to the Revolutionary War writings of founding members such as Jefferson, Franklin, and John Jay. Literary movements to be examined include Transcendentalism (Emerson, Fuller, and Thoreau) and the American Renaissance (Hawthorne, Poe, Alcott, and Melville). Debates on feminism and slavery will also be explored.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211F Worlds In Literature: The Asian Diaspora

Course Description: Diaspora has come to refer to mass dispersions of people with common roots. This course examines the Asian diaspora through readings of contemporary literature. In the course, we discover and define a growing body of contemporary writing, which includes immigrant/migrant histories, memories of exile and refuge, as well as the fiction of imagined homelands. We will study books against their historic, political, economic, geographic, and social backdrops, with a focus on gender, class, and national origins. Authors to be studied Maxine Hong Kingston, Ha Jin, Jumpha Lahiri, Kazim Ali, Haruki Murakami, Craig Santos Perez, Chang-Rae Lee, Nam Le, Lan Cao, and Amy Tan.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211H Introduction to Shakespeare

Course Description: This course will explore 2 Shakespeare plays - Macbeth and The Merchant of Venice --in the context of their historical moments. The course will employ the "Reading to the Past" pedagogy developed at Barnard College to engage students in complex games, set in the past, to explore the ideas and desires of Shakespeare, his patrons, this theater troop and his audiences.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211J American Voices

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).

This course may be taken for English major elective credit with the instructor's approval.

Course Description: A study of American ethnic literature from the Latino community: these ethnic Americans write about their personal journeys in trying to fit into the U.S., as immigrants. The course will explore and introduce immigration studies in order to better comprehend the novel, short story or poem written by authors who have encountered different issues on their way to becoming Americans. The universal appeal of ethnic literature is coupled with many kinds of migratory issues.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211L Sex, Gender, and Love in Early World Literatures

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).

Course Description: This course will explore attitudes to sexuality, gender roles, and various interpretations of the meaning of love as they are reflected in a variety works from early world cultures, including the Africa, the Middle East, South and East Asia, South America, and the West. Students will observe and analyze how different geographies, histories, and traditions might affect attitudes toward sex, gender, and love.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211P Literature of African Peoples I

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).

Course Description: This course surveys short stories and poems by writers of African descent.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211T Tragic and Comic Vision

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).

Course Description: This course explores the tragic and comic vision of the human condition in literary works.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211V The Literature of War and Peace

Course Description: "On these battlefields," F. Scott Fitzgerald once wrote, "my lovely, safe world blew itself up." In this course we will explore works of literature and film about World War I (1914-1918), known at the time as "The Great War," as well as works that portray the return to peace and the turn to materialism in the 1920s. Among the works we will study are The Great Gatsby by Fitzgerald, The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway, and The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West; poetry by Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Own; the play Journey's end by R.C. Sheriff; and the films Paths of Glory by Stanley Kubrick and Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211W Women in Literature I

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).

Course Description: This course surveys literature by and about women before 1900.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211Y Travel Course: Greece A Modern Odyssey

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).

Course Description: Greece: A Modern Odyssey integrates the study of mythology, literature, architecture, archeology, philosophy , history, sports and geography in an attempt to recreate the lifestyle of the Classical Greeks. The seminar students cruise the greek islands and experience the same ambiance that Plato and Aristotle described and are taught how to implement the ancient values and activities into their lives.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 211Z World Mythologies

Course Description: Those Western and Eastern mythologies that have had the greatest impact on the Western tradition will be studied in this course. Greek and Norse mythology in Europe and Hebrew, Mesopotamian, and Egyptian mythology in the ancient Near East will be discussed with the goal of learning how myth functions in societies and cultures.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 212 Literature II

3 credits

LIT 212C World Literature II

Course Description: Study of key writers from the 17th and 20th centuries. Authors to be studied may include Moliere, Mon?zaemon, Rousseau, Equiano, Voltaire, Blake, Goethe, Kafka, Jacobs, Tagore, Borges, Mahfouz, Achebe, and Brecht.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 212E American Literature II

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).

Course Description: This course explores such themes and subjects as race, gender, class, ethnicity, identity, family relationships, and the individual vs. the community in selected works of American Literature from the mid 1800s through the late 20th century through analysis, discussion, and critical writing.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 212F Global Crossings: Challenge and Change in Modern World Literature

New Core: /strong> Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).
Course Description: How individuals face change in their societies is dependent upon both the individual personality and the values and tensions of his and her society. This course will cover literature from a range of traditions, principally non-Western (India, Nigeria, Senegal, Japan), but with a sampling of European and North American works. The course will focus on how societies and individuals confront change, sometimes adapting, sometimes resisting, and how they face cultural challenges that come from inside their culture or from the outside, as cultures collide.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 212H Literature of Crime and Criminality

May be taken for English elective credit with the Instructor's approval. New Core: Fulfills 3 Credits in Area of Knowledge II or IV. (WEC)

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D or ENG 102 Min Grade D

LIT 212J The Native American Experience

This course may be taken as part of Women's and Gender Studies Major or Minor.

Course Description: This course is designed to help students gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the diversity of the Native American experience today and in the past. We will pay particular attention to literature written by contemporary American Indian women and to issues of culture, gender and identity as they surface in the poetry, fiction, autobiography we read. From creation stories, to the book acclaimed as the first Native American novel (Ceremony by Leslie Marmon Silko), to the controversial essays of Lakota scholar Vine Deloria, and spoken word of John Trudell, students will explore the meaning and significance of community, ceremony, healing and storytelling. Other authors include Suzan Shown Harjo (Cheyenne/Muscogee), Wilma Mankiller (Cherokee), and Linda Hogan (Choctaw).

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 212P Literature of African Peoples II

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge III or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).

Course Description: This course surveys short stories and poems written by authors of African descent after 1900.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 212R Romanticism and the Modern World

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).

Course Description: This course explores the development of romanticism as a literary and cultural phenomenon.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 212V Love and Romanticism in 19th Century English Literature

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC). Prereq is ENG 120. Satisfies 3 credits in AOK II and IV; writing-enhanced.

Course Description: In this course we will read Jane Austen's famous novel Pride & Prejudice, the story of the courtship of Miss Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy, and we will watch clips from the A&E miniseries based on the book. We will also study poetry of the Romantic era by writers such as William Wordsworth and William Blake.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 212W Women in Literature II

New Core: Fulfills 3 credits in Area of Knowledge II or 3 credits in Area of Knowledge IV. (WEC).

Course Description: This course surveys literature by and about women written after 1900.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 212Y American Women Writers

This course may be taken for WS elective credit.

Course Description: This course will focus on American women writing from the late 19th century to the present. These writers, who come from a variety of social, ethnic, and racial backgrounds, might include the following: Kate Chopin, Edith Wharton, Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston, Carson McCullers, Louise Erdrich, Grace Paley, Gish Jen, Bharati Mukherji, and Nicholasa Mohr.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 230 Greek and Roman Literature in Translation

Course Description: A comprehensive study of Classical writers of Greek Archaic period to the Roman Silver age, including Sophocles, Aristophanes, Homer, Hesiod, Plato, Menander, Xenophon, Plautus, Catullus, Horace, and Virgil.

3 credits

LIT 280 Shakespeare Goes to the Movies

(PLV)
3 credits

LIT 292J Seminar: Money and Power in the Renaissance

Course Description:With the rise of trade routes and venture capital, wealth was open to ambitious individuals such as the "Merchant-Princes" of Italy. Power became consolidated in nations and family dynasties rather than in the regional land lords of the medieval period. This course will study several works of literature that explore the inner workings of money and power in the period 1500-1600, including Machiavelli's The Prince, Castiglione's The Courtier, Marlowe's Dr. Faustus, and Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice.

3 credits

LIT 296A Topic: Literature and Culture of Contemporary India

Course Description: Students in this course will explore the culture of India, a nation playing a central role in globalization. While focus of the course will be literature, students will begin by learning about formative events in modern Indian history and go on to explore Indian film culture (Hooray for Bollywood!), religions of India (including Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and others), the development and role of Indian diasporic culture, and current social practices and issues regarding gender and class. The debate on IWE (Indian Writing in English) - e.g., what makes a work "Indian" -- will be central to discussions in the course. Texts will include writing in English (Midnights Children, Malgudi Days, The God of Small Things, etc.), translations from India's many languages, films, and essays. This class will be of special interest to students curious about post-colonial literature, concerned with social issues and globalization.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 or ENG 120

LIT 296B Topic: Great Britain: Literature, Art, and Culture

Course Description: Great Britain is a county with a rich literary and artistic history. In this course, we will study how the country's arts - literature, painting, architecture, landscape architecture, and music - were shaped by and, in turn, reflected the country's history and culture. Using the arts as a mirror, we will see how the eighteenth-century Industrial Revolution changed Great Britain from a rural, agricultural society to an increasingly urban, wealthy, socially mobile, technological one. We will watch the rise and fall of the global British Empire. Changing gender roles will be examined, along with the many other social changes that occurred as Great Britain transformed itself into a modern society. Writers to be studied include Wordsworth, Blake, Austen, Tennyson, Kipling, Wilde, and Woolf.

3 credits

LIT 297A Topic: Storytelling: Creativity and Community

Course Description: This course will focus on the literary genre known as "storytelling" and look at the ways the movement known as Photo Voice has created a kind of visual storytelling for disenfranchised communities. In addition to online class discussion and analysis of selected texts, Pace university students engage in the art of mentoring children at the Pleasantville Cottage School, helping these children to create verbal and visual stories of their own lives.

Course Rotation: Spring, even years.

4 credits

LIT 301 Young Adult Literature

Formerly LIT 396L. Prerequisite: LIT 212 or permission of department.

Course Description: This course covers American literature written about and marketed to young adults (6th-12th grades). The writers to be studied may include the following: J.D. Salinger, Harper Lee, Mildred Taylor, S.E. Hinton, Paul Zindel, Robert Cormier, Walter Dean Myers, Jerry Spinelli, Katherine Paterson, Sarah Dessen, and Laurie Halse Anderson.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 or ENG 102

LIT 303 Introduction to Cultural Studies

Course Description: This course introduces Cultural Studies as it is practiced in the U. S. and elsewhere. In addition to examining literature and popular culture, this course will explore cultural theory and criticism.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 304 Postcolonial Literature

Course Description: This course examines the literatures that have emerged following decolonization in Asia, Africa, and the Americas. The course will also consider more popular forms and introduce postcolonial theory and criticism.

Course Rotation: NYC: Fall, even years; PLV: Fall, even years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 308 Women and African Literature

3 credits

LIT 310 Children's Literature

ENG/COM Major Elective.

Course Description: This class gives students an understanding of the history of children's literature and of some of its major genres, including picture books, fairy tales, fantasies, realistic fiction, and verse. Students will closely read a variety of key texts and will articulate their understanding of what they read in essays supported by carefully analyzed evidence from the primary sources. Throughout the term we will consider what texts from different periods say about the particular era's views of children. Among the classic texts to be studied are Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, and The Wind in the Willows, The Velveteen Rabbit, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and Anne of Green Gables.

Course Rotation: PLV: Fall.

4 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 313A Studies in the Novel: Twenty First Century

Studies of the novels reflecting the historical and cultural forces that shaped these texts and their authors. This course may focus on English, American, World, or comparative literatures. This course may be taken for credit more than once in versions A through C, focusing on different centuries or themes, such as the development of the novel and Realism, or the contemporary novel.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 315 The 20th Century Novel

Course Description: Topics in literature reflecting the dominant influences of 20th century life and culture. Instructors may offer this course focusing on American, British, World, or comparative literatures. The course may be organized around a specific theme, movement, or genre, and may be taken for credit more than once. Topics may include existentialism, postmodern literature, and diasporic literatures.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 315A Topic: Twentieth Century Literature: Post-Modern Literature

Course Description: "Topics in literature reflecting the dominant influences of twentieth-century life and culture. Instructors may offer this course focusing onAmerican, British, World, or comparative literatures. The course may be organized around a specific theme, movement, or genre, and may be taken for credit morethan once. Topics may include existentialism, postmodern literature, and diasporic literatures."

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 315B Twentieth Century Literature: Labyrinths in Literature and Film

Course Description: Labyrinths can be found all over the planet in a variety of forms: in nature (the inner ear, the brain, spiders? webs, shells, snails, ammonite fossils, etc.), as buildings and cities, as sewers and subways, as visual representations, in mythology and literature, as architecture, as spiritual centers of cathedrals, in dances, in mandalas, in children?s games, in puzzles, in films and video games. Even the ?World Wide Web? with its various links can be seen as a form of labyrinth. This course focuses on exploring why the symbol of the labyrinth is among the most fascinating, perplexing, and enduring as we read 20th-21st-century fiction and see films that draw on theme of the labyrinth as it has appeared in the mythology, art, literature, and popular culture of societies from around the globe. As we read surrealist, magic realist, and postmodern fiction by such authors as Jorge Luis Borges, Julio Cort zar, Andr‚ Gide, Gabriel Garc¡a M rquez, and Jennifer Egan and see several labyrinthine films, we?ll consider how each medium views and employs the symbol of the labyrinth or maze.

3 credits

LIT 318 The Short Novel

Course Description:The short novel, or novella, employs a smaller canvas than the full-length novel to explore broad philosophical ideas, dramatic events, and curious characters. An ideal form for exploring an idea in depth, we will study the preoccupations of Henry James, Edith Wharton, James Joyce and others through their novellas. The art of concision and narrative intensity in the late 19th century and early 20th century short novel offers a unique lens into the craft of fiction.

3 credits

LIT 319 Introduction to Literary Studies for Majors

Course Description: A methodologies course for majors to be taken as soon after completing sophomore literature requirement as possible. The course will be conducted as a seminar with emphasis on discussion and sharing of written work, as well as group projects. Recommended particularly for majors who plan on becoming teachers or attending graduate school.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 320 American Literature I

Prerequisite:ENG 120.

Course Description: This course considers major developments in American literature from the beginnings to the end of the 19th century. Authors may include Hawthorne, Melville, Jacobs, Dickinson, Twain, Dreiser, and Chopin.

Course Rotation: NYC: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 321 Masters of American Literature II

Course Description: This course considers selected authors in American literature from the beginning of the 20th century to the present. Authors may include Eliot, Anderson, Stein, Hemingway, Wright, Faulkner, Kingston, and Morrison.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 326 African American Literature

Prerequisite:ENG 120.

Course Description: Study in African-American thought and literature, focusing on specific time periods, topics, or themes. Authors may include Douglass, Jacobs, Du Bois, Hurston, Wright, Baldwin, Brooks, Ellison, Walker, Wideman, and Kincaid.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 329 Literary Theory and Criticism

An introduction to contemporary theories as well as other selected approaches to literary criticism. Topics may include deconstruction, feminism, Marxism, psychoanalytic theory, reader response, new historicism, and cultural studies.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 330 Greek and Roman Literature in Translation

Prequisite: ENG 120 or Eng 102.

Course Description: Study of selected literary works from Greek and Roman literature.

Course Rotation: PLV-TBA

3 credits

Prerequisites

LIT 211 Min Grade D and LIT 212 Min Grade D

LIT 331 Modern European Drama

3 credits

Prerequisites

LIT 211 Min Grade D and LIT 212 Min Grade D

LIT 342H Studies in American Literature: The Harlem Renaissance

Course Description: This course surveys African American authors whose writings published during the 1920's continue to hold relevance in the contemporary world. The PBS broadcast, A Walk Through Harlem cites James Weldon Johnson?s Black Manhattan as a major source for the documentary. W.E.B. DuBois warned about the levees of New Orleans more than fifty years ago. Langston Hughes? reputation is international. We have just seen a screen adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston?s Their Eyes Were Watching God. Sterling a. Brown, Claude McKay, Dorothy West, James Vanderzee, Carter G. Woodson, Paul Robeson, Alaine Locke and many other writers and poets, visual artists and educators bring us a vital literature that is both local, Harlem based, and international since many of the authors traveled the world This course highlights the beauty and acknowledges the terror of the period in American history when Harlem was ?in vogue?.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 342L Studies in American Literature: Toni Morrison

Course Description: Topics in American literature and culture, which may range from the beginnings to the present.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 343 Contemporary American Literature

3 credits

LIT 343A Contemporary American Literature

Prerequisite: Open only to students enrolled in an Online Accelerated Bachelor's Degree Completion Program. Permission of Director required. Contact Janet Kirtman at JKirtman@pace.edu for further registration information.

4 credits

LIT 345 Literatures of Diversity

Course Description: A study of important works of authors with diverse class, racial, ethnic, and sexual identities.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 347 American Short Fiction

Course Description: A survey of American fiction which includes short stories and novellas.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 347A American Short Fiction

Prerequisite: ENG 120.

Course Description: A survey of American fiction which includes short stories and novellas.

Course Rotation: PLV: Summer

4 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 348 Literature and Film

Prerequisite: ENG 102 or ENG 120 or permission of Instructor.

Course Description: A study of the relationships between literature and film. Through an analysis of significant films, prose, fiction, and plays, the course will examine film adaptations of literary works and/or the characteristic structures of literary and cinematic forms.

Course Rotation: Spring - Odd years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 348B Literature and Film: Ambiguous Discourse in Film and Literature

3 credits

LIT 348C Literature and Film: Screen Adaptations of African American Literature

Course Description This course will examine African American literature that has been adapted to film or video. Selected novels, short stories and plays will be analyzed in relation to screen versions of the same works, focusing on the additions, deletions, and other changes made by the filmmakers in adapting the source material for the screen.

3 credits

LIT 349A African American Drama

Course Description: This course will focus on the study of selected plays by major African American dramatists from the early 20th century to the present and explore themes and developments in African American theatre related to issues of culture, performance, politics, race, ethnicity, class, and gender. Some playwrights whose works will be examined include Lorraine Hansberry, August Wilson, Alice Childress, Amiri Baraka, and Charles Fuller.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 350 Comparative Medieval Literature

Course Description: A study of major Old and Middle English texts in the context of continental drama, romance, epic, lyric, and narrative poetry. This course will be offered in A and B forms focusing on different time periods, themes, or bodies of work, both of which may be taken for credit.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 351A Early Modern Literature: Early Modern Women's Writing

3 credits

LIT 352 Seventeenth Century Literature

A study of English literature from Donne to Dryden.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120Min Grade D

LIT 353 Eighteenth Century Poetry and Prose

Major period or major elective course.

Course Description: Study of English literature of the 18th century, with reference to the historical and cultural environment. Authors may include Swift, Pope, Dryden, Ann Radcliffe, and Aphra Behn.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 355 Victorian Literature

Course Description: A study of the literature of the Victorian period (1832-1900) with referene to the historical and cultural background. Authors may include Dfickens, the Brontes, George Eliot, and Wilde. While the focus will be on English literature, instructors may offer a comparative approach with American authors of this time period.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D ENG 102 Min Grade D

LIT 356 American Detective Fiction

Prerequisite: ENG 120 or ENG 102.

Course Description: This course studies the growth of American crime fiction with particular attention to the figure of the detective as a focus of social values and to the cultural contexts in which this genre has developed. Students will become familiar with the foundational work of Poe and the further development of the genre in authors such as Hammett, Fisher, Chandler and others.

Course Rotation: PLV: TBA

4 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 357 Literature of the Supernatural

Course Description: This course will trace the development of the supernatural as a literary device and a vehicles for social concerns from the 18th century to the present in a variety of works, including novels and short stories, non-fiction and films.

Course Rotation: PLV: Summer; Fall

4 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 360 Shakespeare on Film

Course Description: A critical study of filmed versions of Shakespeare's plays alongside the original texts.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 361 Chaucer

Course Description: Study of the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer, primarily in the original Middle English. Includes The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde and selected minor poems.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 362 Shakespeare

Course Description: Study of Shakespeare as poet and playwright. This course uses performance-based activities to explore the plays in the terms of their original context and their possibilities for modern audiences.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 362 Shakespeare

3 credits

LIT 363 Shakespeare: Before 1600

Course Description: Study of Shakespeare as poet and playwright. This course will be offered in A and B forms, both of which may be taken for credit.

Course Rotation: NYC: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 364 Shakespeare II

Course Description: Study of Shakespeare as poet and playwright in the plays written after 1600, with emphasis upon the great tragedies.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 366 Milton

Course Description: A comprehensive study of Milton's major works in prose and poetry, with emphasis on his artistic and intellectual development.

Course Rotation: PLV: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

LIT 212 Min Grade D

LIT 369

3 credits

LIT 369A Great Authors: Emily Dickinson

3 credits

LIT 369D Great Authors: Joyce Carol Oates

3 credits

LIT 369F Great Authors: The Bronte Sisters

3 credits

LIT 369R Great Authors: Jane Austen

3 credits

LIT 373 Masters of Modern English Fiction

Course Description: In this course, we will read short stories and novels by authors whose works reflect the great changes that occurred in British literature and culture from 1890, through the outbreak of World War I in 1914, to the end of the 1920s. Authors to be studied: Thomas Hardy, E.M. Forster, Ford Madox Ford, James Joyce, Katherine Mansfield, D.H. Lawrence, and Virginia Woolf.

3 credits

Prerequisites

LIT 211 Min Grade D and LIT 212 Min Grade D

LIT 374 Studies in Poetry: Modern Poetry

Revised Course Description: Where does ?modern poetry? begin? What makes it ?modern?? What forms does it take? This course begins with an examination of some of the major forerunners of ?modern poetry? from an international perspective?the French poets Charles Baudelaire, Arthur Rimbaud, St‚phane Mallarm‚, and Paul Val‚ry-- and continues by examining some of the major modern poets whose work we will read in translation, including Pablo Neruda (Chile), Rainer Maria Rilke (Czechoslovakia), Gabriel Garc¡a Lorca (Spain), Andr‚ Breton (France), Paul luard (France), C‚sar Vallejo (Peru), Anna Akhmatova (Russia), Marina Tsetayeva (Russia), and C.P. Cavafy (Greece). Students will also achieve an understanding of theories and problems of translation.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 374A Studies in Poetry - A

Course Description: Study of major poets and poetic forms and their social and artistic influences. Focusing on American, English, World, or comparative literatures, this course may be organized around a particular time period, literary movement, or theme, such as the metaphysical poets, modernism, or contemporary American poetry. This course will be offered in A and B forms, both of which may be taken for credit.

Course Rotation: TBA.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 379 Feminist Issues in Literature

Course Description: Each time that the course is offered it will focus on a different topic such as Women, Culture and Fiction; Major Women Poets; Literature of American Ethnic Women; Feminist Theories and Criticism; Gender and Genre; etc. The course may be taken more than once.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 382 Literary Criticism

Course Description: Introduction to specialized study in selected areas of literature and the application of contemporary critical theory. Open to upper-division majors from any discipline.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 384 Images of Women in Literature

3 credits

LIT 387 Open Seminar

Selected topics ,focusing on a particular genre, theme, director, among others, will be studied intensively. Emphasis will be placed on independent research under the guidance of the instructor. This course may be taken for credit more than once.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 387C Open Seminar: Shakespeare and Literary Theory

Course Description: In this course, students will close-read three Shakespeare plays and film productions thereof, examining them through the lens of contemporary literary theory, which includes new historicism, cultural materialism, postcolonial critcism, feminism, performance criticism, reader-response criticism and post-structuralism. In addition to studying plays, students will read a range of essays written by theorists in the above fields. Students can expect to write and edit at least four essays in which they adopt and apply literary theory to the Shakespeare playtexts.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 387D Open Seminar: Literature, Technology, and Culture

Course Description: This course examines the complex relationship between literature, technology, and culture. In addition to addressing the ways in which technological change affects the production, distribution, and consumption of cultural materials, including literacy texts, we will consider how cultural norms affect technological development. Although the course?s primary focus will be contemporary, we will consider early periods as well, considering, for example, how the advent of movable type and the printing contributed to the development of the novel and how film, radio, and television impacted existing genres. The course has both in-class and online components. In addition, to attending weekly class meetings, students are required to complete regular Blackboard assignments and utilize other electronic resources.

Course Rotation: NY: Spring, even years.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 395 Independent Study in Literature

Prerequisite: Junior standing and a minimum CQPA of 3.00.

Course Description: With the approval of the appropriate faculty member, the department Chairperson, and the academic dean, students may select a topic for guided research that is not included in the regular course offerings. The student meets regularly with the faculty member to review progress. A research project or paper must also be submitted.

Course Rotation: Fall, Spring, and Summer.

1 - 6 credits

LIT 395A Independent Study in Literature (A)

1 - 6 credits

LIT 396F Topics in Literature: The Female Gothic

May be taken for Women's Studies Credit.

Course Description: The "Female Gothic," a distinct category of Gothic fiction, explores key issues such as women's role in marriage, restrictions on female freedom, the maternal relationship, and the role of the woman writer. These and other concerns will be traced in several British and American works from the 19th and 20th centuries.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 or ENG 120

LIT 396H Literature of the Supernatural

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 396S Topic: Oral Literature and History

Prerequisite: ENG 120 and Junior or Senior standing (minimum 64 credits).

Course Description: This service learning course will focus on the traditions of oral literature and oral history, including storytelling, folktales, and oral memoir. In addition to online class discussion and analysis of selected texts, students will serve elderly residents of nursing homes or lower-income housing by visiting them on a regular basis to record their memories and stories. Working with the professor, students will develop their own project by contacting local advocates for the elderly, finding a person to interview and scheduling visits. These visits will help students gain ahnds-on experience in oral lilterature and history, while offering the elderly interviewee companionship and the opportunity to speak about his or her life to the larger world (through the Web archive we will create). The interview tapes will be transcribed to create an electronic archive of oral literature and history, which will be published on the Dyson college webpage, creating a resource for students, the elderly participants and anyone interested in oral history.

4 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120

LIT 396T Modern British and American Poetry

Course Description: A study of the most representative and influential British and American poets from 1900 to the present.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 396V Topics in Literature: The Brontes

Course Description: This course will be concerned with the novels of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bronte, including Jane Eyre, Villette, Wuthering Heights, and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall. This is a course on major nineteenth-century women novelists.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 482 Seminar: Jane Austen and Her World

3 credits

LIT 482E Seminar: The Fairy Tale

Course Description: Fairy tales and folk tales charm us with their depictions of princes and princesses, fairy godmothers, enchantments, wishes granted, true love found, and the promise of living happily ever after. But these stories also have a dark side that has been censored in modern times. Familiar tales such as ?Little Red Riding Hood,? ?Sleeping Beauty,? and ?Hansel and Gretel? originally depicted acts of cannibalism, incest, and rape. Even tales that have been sanitized for today?s children contain power struggles, family conflicts, and extreme acts of cruelty. While these stories date back at least a thousand years, they remain a source of entertainment and truth for adults, as well as children, in books, films, operas, and popular culture. In this class, we will examine many of the classic tales by Straparola and Basile (Italy), Perrault (France), the Grimm Brothers (Germany), Jacobs and Lang (England), and Andersen (Denmark). We will also study modern literary works and films that take these tales as their inspiration. Among the modern writers we will read are Angela Carter, Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, and Anne Sexton.

3 credits

LIT 486 Seminar on Film

3 credits

LIT 499 Senior Year Experience:Culture, Creativity, Communication

Prerequisite: Junior Standing or permission of the Department Chair.

Course Description: A course designed to serve as a capstone for majors in the English Department. Emphasis is on analytical reading, advanced writing and research directed toward individual students' career goals or plans for advanced study.

Course Rotation: PLV: Spring.

3 credits

LIT 499A Senior Year Exp: The Outsiders: Writers and Rebellion

Prerequisite: Senior standing or permission of Instructor.

Course Description: This seminar explores literature from around the world in which writers take on important social issues and look critically at their cultures. We will consider the role of the literary artist in shaping and revising the moral values of a culture and analyze the way literature is a necessary force for creating a humane society.

3 credits

Prerequisites

ENG 102 Min Grade D or ENG 120 Min Grade D

LIT 499C Senior Year Experience: Capstone Seminar

Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing in ENG, ECM, TAE or CED, or permission of chair.

Course Description: Literature Between Worlds provides a broad survey of contemporary women's fiction, focusing on 20th and 21st century writers whose writing negotiates cultural spaces "between worlds." These spaces often relate to issues of dislocation, split identity, family disunity, culture shock, language barriers, marginalization, and racial, cultural, and national oppression. The course explores some of the ways in which communication and culture are intertwined and how freedom and belonging are articulated through women's writing.

3 credits