Fall 2020: Core Courses
ENGL 3020 | Fiction | Baumgartner
Prerequisites: ENGL 1020 or equivalent. This course will focus on the study of fiction as a genre. Special attention will be given to form and technique in the short story and novel. We will read and discuss fiction from a range of cultures and traditions, including a novel by J.M. Coetzee and stories by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Kate Chopin, Anton Chekhov, James Baldwin, Eudora Welty, Flannery O’Connor, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gabriel García Márquez, Andre Dubus, Amy Hempel, and many others.
The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, 8th Edition (Full), edited by Richard Bausch and R.V. Cassill [ISBN13: 978-0-393-93775-6]
Waiting for the Barbarians, by J.M. Coetzee [ISBN13: 978-0143116929]
ENGL 3141 | Creative Writing I: Poetry | Graves
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1020 or equivalent; and one 2000-level literature course. Creative Writing I will focus on poetry this fall. This class is designed to help you learn the techniques, habits, and discipline of writing literary poems. We will study in the whole craft of writing poetry, generally based on the model used successfully in the other arts, and will learn by observing, imitating, and practicing the approaches used by accomplished poets. It is not simply a “writing workshop,” though we will spend a good deal of time considering and discussing poems that you write and submit to the class. We will read great poems from the past and present, and do our best to write some great poems of our own.
A Book of Luminous Things, edited by Czeslaw Milosz, ISBN: 0156005743
The Poetry Home Repair Manual, by Ted Kooser, ISBN: 0803259786
ENGL 4907/5907 | Creative Writing II: Fiction | Baumgartner
Prerequisites: ENGL 3142 or permission of the instructor. In this advanced workshop course, students will read contemporary short fiction from a range of cultures and traditions, and have an opportunity to write and submit new work of their own. Special emphasis will be given to advanced issues of form and technique in the short story. We will observe—and attempt to emulate—the process used by writers of successful literary fiction. After we’ve examined some of the finest published stories around, we’ll shift our attention to exploring outstanding student fiction submitted for workshop. Although we will dedicate a significant portion of the semester to student writing, you should come prepared to read and write critically (as well as creatively) on a weekly basis.
The Anchor Book of New American Short Stories, by Ben Marcus (editor) [ISBN-13: 978-1400034826]
The Girl in the Flammable Skirt: Stories, by Aimee Bender [978-0385492164]
Burning Bright: Stories, by Ron Rash [ISBN-13: 978-0061804120]
Summer II 2020
ENGL 3010 | Poetry | Graves
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 1010 and 1020 or equivalents. This course is a study of poetry as a genre with attention to its form and techniques. Reading and analysis of poems written by acknowledged masters of the genre will be included.
The Norton Introduction to Poetry, 9th Edition, edited by Hunter, Booth, and Mays.
Collected Poems, Sylvia Plath.
Please see The Clarion on the Literature and Language webpage for complete details on all courses offered in the department.