Theory Courses


ENGL 2350 Introduction to Textual Interpretation and Analysis (Literary Theory)

This course teaches current, declared English majors how to analyze literary texts using various methods of theoretical interpretation including, but not limited to, structuralism, poststructuralism/deconstruction, psychoanalysis, feminist theory, queer theory, postcolonial theory, ecocriticism, critical race studies, and disability theory. The course is a pre-requisite for all upper-level English courses. Full ENGL 2350 Syllabus.


DS 2301 Performing Dis/ability

This course is a core requirement for students in the Disability Studies minor program. Students learn significant concepts in the field of disability studies such as “norm,” “prosthesis,” and “crip,” using literary texts for cultural analysis. Cross-listed with ENGL 2303 and WOMS 2301.  


WOMS 2310 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

This course is a core requirement for students in the Women’s and Gender Studies minor program. Students learn significant, or “threshold,” concepts in the field of women’s and gender studies such as the social construction of gender; power, privilege, and oppression; intersectionality; and feminist praxis or activism. Full WOMS 2310 Syllabus.

Literature Survey Courses


ENGL 2329 American Literature: Literature and Science in the Long Nineteenth Century

This course investigates how science and literature developed as professional fields during the long nineteenth century. Students are asked to consider: How did science and literature become distinct fields during this period? In what ways did literary texts influence science, and vice versa?  How did knowledge construction in each field contribute to notions of sex, gender, race, and class? Authors studied in this course include John James Audbon, Edward Bellamy, Henry James, Mark Twain, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Full ENGL 2329 Syllabus


ENGL 2328 American Literature Survey II: 1865 to the Present

This survey course focuses on major literary movements through the study of selected works of American literature from the Civil War to the present. It takes as its point of departure the question of "American identity." How did authors seek to answer Ralph Waldo Emerson's call in "The American Scholar" for a uniquely American form of literature? In this survey, we cover a wide range of authors and movements including Herman Melville, Mark Twain, Emily Dickinson, Kate Chopin, William Faulkner, e.e. cummings, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Gwendolyne Brooks, Allen Ginsberg, and others. Full ENGL 2328 Syllabus (Maymester).


ENGL 2327 American Literature Survey I: Colonialism to 1865

This survey course adopts a cultural studies approach in its focus on major literary works that "built" America. Before "America" even existed, what was the landscape of American writing? How did it create a literary heritage and American identity with which later writers grappled? How did the writings of America's inhabitants contribute to the construction of a nation and its self-identity? In this survey, we cover a wide range of authors including John Smith, John Winthrop, Cotton Mather, Anne Bradstreet, J. Hector St. John de Creveocour, Thomas Jefferson, Charles Brockden Brown, Hannah Foster, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Catherine Maria Sedgwick, Margaret Fuller, Herman Melville, and others. Full ENGL 2327 Syllabi: Fall Semester Syllabus. Summer Semester Syllabus