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Department of English: Storrs CampusCourse Description BookletSpring 2020University of ConnecticutStorrs Campus1

Spring 2020Course DescriptionsClasses begin Tuesday, Jan. 21The pages that follow contain section-by-section descriptions of the Department of Englishundergraduate course offerings for the Spring 2020 semester at the Storrs campus. Prepared byindividual instructors, these descriptions are much more precise and detailed than those given inthe University Catalog.English 1004, 1010, and 1011 are omitted from this booklet. Information about these courses canbe obtained from Lisa Blansett at, in Austin 125, or online at Information on English 2011 is available .phpInformation on graduate courses is available from the Graduate Coordinator, Mary Udal in Austin234.THE UNDERGRADUATE ADVISORY OFFICEAll other questions about the department, its programs, courses, and requirements should be referredto Inda Watrous in the Department of English Undergraduate Advisory Office. Her office is in AUST201B and you are welcome to stop by with questions. The office is open weekdays from 8:00-11:30and 12:30-4:00. Inda keeps track of the records for English majors, assigns major advisors, andgenerally expedites registration procedures.A variety of pamphlets are available to English Majors in the office, including "Writing Internshipin the English Department," "English Majors With An Interest In Law," "If You Plan to be an EnglishTeacher," "Advising Students With An Interest in Business," "Thinking of Graduate Study inEnglish?," "Counseling Services," and "Career Services". Information on the concentrations inCreative Writing, Irish Literature, and Teaching English are also available in the Advising Office.All brochures are available on the department’s website .If you are considering a minor in English, stop by the office to declare the minor and obtain moreinformation about the details. The minor in English requires that you take at least one of the coursesin the two-semester sequence in British literature (English 2100 or 2001) and one of the courses inthe two-semester sequence in American literature (English 2201/W or 2203/W). You have thefreedom to put together your own selection of studies beyond that minimum, with a few exceptions.2

Announcements and brochures concerning Department of English events and English majorprograms are posted on the bulletin boards on the second floor of AUST outside of 208 and 209,and are sent to English majors via the Department of English undergraduate Listserv.COURSE SELECTIONFollowing your academic requirements each semester through PeopleSoft is invaluable. You shouldalso use your assigned Plan of Study for guidance in course selection. Duplicate copies of yourassigned plan can be obtained in the Undergraduate Advisory Office. The courses required forgraduation will vary based on the assigned catalog year.The Department offers courses that fall under a number of categories that include Literature,Honors, Advanced Study, Special Topics, and Writing.HONORS COURSESHonors courses are limited to fifteen to twenty students in each section. They are open only toHonors Students or with the consent of the instructor. This semester, we are offering Creative Writing1701-03, Drama 2405-02, and American Literature since the Mid-Twentieth Century 3207W-01.ADVANCED STUDY COURSESAll students pursuing a major in English must complete an Advanced Study or Capstone Course.These courses are restricted to students who have completed English 1010 or 1011 or 2011 or3800 and have junior standing or higher. The advanced study courses offered this semesterinclude Irish Literature 4302W-01, Seminars in Literature 4600W-01 and 4600-02, and LiteraryCriticism and Theory 4601W-01.WRITING COURSESWhile nearly all of the courses in the Department involve written assignments, the primary focus forsome is on the development of the writer. Whether you aspire to literature, have your heart set on themore commercial world of television, advertising, science, magazine, or children's book writing, oryearn for the private pleasure of a well-kept journal or a fascinating correspondence, skill in writingis a basic prerequisite. These courses will help you sharpen your powers of observation andorganization, improve your ability to think clearly, and add a completely new dimension to yourintellectual growth.“W” Courses: A “W” course is one in which special attention is devoted to teaching the student towrite clearly and cogently. Substantial writing assignments (at least fifteen pages) are required.Students may expect to write successive drafts and consult with the instructor on their revisions. Asubstantial part of the grade for the course, at least half, must be based on the student’s writing.Writing is evaluated for both content and expression.Expository Writing: A facility in expository writing is basic to all forms of writing, includingpoetry and fiction. English 3003W-Advanced Expository Writing provides that groundwork.Remember that 85% of everything that is published is nonfiction, and professional guidance willexpand your capacity to formulate your ideas with coherence and verve.Creative Writing: This semester, the department offers Creative Writing I 1701, Creative WritingII 3701, Writing Workshop 3703, and Creative Writing 3715: Nature Writing Workshop. In order3

to register for the upper division Creative Writing courses, students must receive consent of theinstructor. Students attempting to enroll in these courses must submit materials for review to theinstructor(s). Please review the course descriptions for more details. Please contact the instructordirectly with questions.Independent StudyAdvanced work in creative and expository writing may also be possible through Independent Study3699. Independent Study is a one-to-one tutorial with an instructor of your choice.WRITING INTERNSHIPSWriting Internships provide a singular opportunity for students to learn to write in a non-academicsetting in which they are supervised by a professional writer. The Department of English has maderevisions to English 3091 to allow more flexibility. English majors have priority of choice; however,the course is open to applicants from other disciplines. This is a variable credit course, and studentsmay elect from one to six credits of training. The course may be repeated for credit with no morethan eight credits per placement. Grading is on the S/U scale. Both on-campus and off-campusplacements offering a wide variety of professional experiences are available. For more informationand application materials see the English Department websites:, look underundergraduate, then Internships or ps.html.Instructor consent is required to register for an internship. Internship packets are available online and in the Undergraduate Advisory Office, Austin 201B.4

“W” 1012 BUSINESS WRITING I(Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011)1012W-01(MWF 8:00-8:50)Bird, TrudiThis course provides an introduction to the rhetorical and genre conventions of business writing. Expect to workon letters, memoranda, reports, press releases, proposals, resumes and cover letters for job applications, jobdescriptions, letters of reference, and mission statements. Expect to improve your persuasive skills and become amore effective writer. Depending on the interests of the class, we may also work on the various kinds of writingsinvolved in conducting meetings, and on the etiquette of international correspondence. Since one goal of businesswriting is to be concise, most of the assignments will be under a page in length. Revision of most assignments willbe required, after peer review and instructor feedback. The course requires that these brief written assignments andrevisions be submitted on a near-daily basis, beginning on the first day of the semester. You will write several shortwritten “one-pagers”, responses to the course readings. You will need to purchase a hard-copy version of therequired text. No electronics will be used during class meetings.The course will not duplicate, but will rather supplement BADM4070W and BADM4075W. ENGL1012Wsupplements COMM 2100, Professional Communication. While the University suggests that other courses areprerequisites, ENGL1012W is open to all UConn students.1012W-02Please see description above.(MWF 9:05-9:55)Bird, Trudi“W” 1101 CLASSICAL AND MEDIEVAL WESTERN LITERATURE(Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011)1101W-01(MWF 9:05-9:55)Gallucci, Mary“W” 1103 RENAISSANCE AND MODERN WESTERN LITERATURE(Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011)1103W-01(M 6:00-8:30)Pelizzon, PenelopeThis semester we’ll spend time with some of the most fabulous poems, fictions, letters, and plays of the last 500years. We’ll read works by Syrian, Palestinian, Israeli, Polish, German, Russian, Turkish, Greek, French,Caribbean, English, Argentine, and Mexican authors. We’ll work roughly chronologically backwards, beginningwith some recent writers whose historical context is likely to be more familiar, moving in reverse to periods wherewe’ll call on secondary materials to help ground our understanding of the issues at stake. Authors likely to appearon the syllabus include Gayath Almadhoun, Etel Adnan, Mahmoud Darwish, Yehuda Amichai, WislawaSzymborska, Paul Celan, Nazim Hikmet, Constantine Cavafy, Jorge Luis Borges, Aimé Césair, Virginia Woolf,Charles Baudelaire, Anton Chekhov, Johanne Wolfgang von Goethe, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, and WilliamShakespeare. Assignments: Short written responses to weekly discussion questions, three short papers, an essayfinal.1201 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN STUDIES(Also offered as AMST 1201 and HIST 1503) (Not open to students who have passed INTD 276)1201-01(TuTh 12:30-1:45)American Studies Methods: Fascism, Antifascism and US Culture5Vials, Christopher

This course serves as an introduction to American Studies, a method of studying U.S. culture that brings togethertechniques and materials from across a wide range of disciplines and interdisciplines such as history, literature,political science, political economy, ethnic studies, art history, gender studies, and media studies.In this particular section, we will apply this method to the study of social movements in 20 th century U.S. history,and how these movements, often beginning on the fringes, have transformed beliefs, policies, and institutions inthe American mainstream. Specifically, we will focus on movements of the political left and the political right thathave helped to create the present historical moment. If we look at movements of the last century, we can betterunderstand a present moment marked by Trumpism and the alt-right that co-exists in the same culture as values ofdiversity, racial equality, and even socialism (the appeal of the latter, as we will explore, is not new in the UnitedStates).On the left, we will study the Popular Front of the 1930s, civil rights, the various movements of the late 1960s, andAIDS activism in the 1980s. On the right, we will study the Ku Klux Klan, Father Coughlin’s “Christian Front” inthe 1930s, George Wallace’s third party presidential campaign in 1968, and neoliberalism. As we do so, we willbe mindful of how these U.S.-based political movements were shaped by global political currents, including fascismin Europe, anticolonial struggles in the global south, or communism in Asia and the USSR. We will also studyhow economic structures frame the lived experiences out of which social movements emerge.Some of your assignments will ask you to examine the pamphlets, newspapers, magazines, and (later) websites thatthese movements produced in order to get an overall sense of their programs, their appeals to their memberships,and their places in history.1503 INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE(Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011)1503-01(MWF 10:10-11:00)Gallucci, MaryIntroduction to Shakespeare. In this course we will focus on Shakespeare and the environment. From delightfulgarden to blasted heath; from peace and courtship to war and devastation, Shakespeare examines the many facetsof human interaction on the environment. Plays will include: The Comedy of Errors, As You Like It, Richard II,Henry V, The Tempest, King Lear, Hamlet among others.There will be two papers, one short and one long plus a final exam required in this course.1616 MAJOR WORKS OF ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE(Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011)1616-01(TuTh 11:00-12:15)Fairbanks, RuthThis course will focus on the idea of the hero figure, consideration of the hero’s predicaments, and varioustreatments of the hero in British and American Literature. Readings will include Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,King Lear, Sense and Sensibility, Wuthering Heights, Hawthorne’s short fiction, Turn of the Screw, TheAwakening, Saint Joan, Dubliners, Betrayal. This list may change somewhat but will include novels, some shortfiction, and plays.Course Requirements: Class participation, quizzes, two papers, midterm, final.“W” 1616 MAJOR WORKS OF ENGLISH AND AMERICAN LITERATURE(Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011)6

1616W-01(MWF 8:00-8:50)Makowsky, VeronicaWho Am I? Am I the same person I was yesterday? What will I be tomorrow? To what extent do I control myidentity and to what extent is it imposed upon me by my historical and cultural contexts? To what extent is it formedby my family and the relationships between and among family members? We will explore these questions aboutidentity and change as we read and discuss major works of poetry, drama, and fiction. In the first half of the course,we will survey some important British works from the Renaissance through the nineteenth century, includingHamlet and selections from our anthology, The Norton Introduction to Literature (Shorter, Twelfth Edition),interspersed with one or two twentieth-century American plays that focus on family dynamics. In the second halfof the course, we will concentrate on modernism and on American ethnic literature. Students will write and revisefour short papers. Class participation is essential and will include almost daily in-class writing assignments. Thecourse is intended as an introduction to reading and interpreting English and American literature with nobackground required other than having met the first-year writing requirement.1616W-02(MWF 10:10-11:00)Biggs, FrederickDuring the first part of the semester, we will cover three texts, the anonymous Beowulf, J. K. Rowling’s HarryPotter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, and Mohsin Hamid, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, to open a discussion of therole of a major work in a literary community. During this time, the students will also form groups to decide on twomore texts that will be the focus of the second half of the semester. There will be 2 revised papers (5 pages)submitted before the mid-term break, and a third, revised paper (10-12 pages) due before the date of the final exam.Students will present one group project about one of the first three texts, and a final project about their last paper.All are encouraged to take this class.1616W-03(MW 4:40-5:55)Krzywda, SteveEnglish 1616 starts with Macbeth, arguably the “most vehement, the most concentrated the most tremendous ofthe [four great] tragedies.” Aside from oodles of violence, death, treachery and witchcraft, Shakespeare introduceshis most eloquent villain Macbeth who, as A.C Bradley notes, holds us in thrall by virtue of his speech. For poetry,we will do a brief flyover of Robert Frost. Frost is both readable and enjoyable. But his seemingly casual,conversational style belies his technical and thematic sophistication. We cap off the course with Messiah, by GoreVidal. There are two principals: the narrator and John Cave. That Cave’s initials are JC is no accident. He is amodern-day messianic figure, a charismatic individual, intent on spreading one revelation: “It’s not death which ishard but dying.” “[It] was the dead man who was part of the whole the living were the sufferers from whom,temporarily, the beautiful darkness had been withdrawn, [and] it was dying which was the better part.” Againstall odds, this message catches on—until it all goes sideways! Vidal depicts how messianic figures inspire cults,cults become movements, then religions, and how religions turn into large, self-perpetuating organizations. Courserequirements: three essays, each revised once. I also do a mini grammar lesson at the start of each class that willonce and forever dispel your grammar phobia.1616W-04(TuTh 12:30-1:45)Tonry, KathleenThis course traces an eco-conscious thread through American and British literature. We’ll read fictive works thatask us to consider – with curiosity, reverence, awe, dismay, laughter, and sometimes rage – the relation of humansto the natural world. We’ll use this thread as a guide across several centuries of literature, covering a range of textsincluding medieval animal fables, Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels, and J.M. Coetzee’s The Lives of Animals.Students will be asked to keep up with a fast-paced set of readings, and are expected to write and revise severalshort papers, and make regular contributions to class discussion.1701 CREATIVE WRITING I(Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011)1701-01(MW 4:40-5:55)7Pontacoloni, Michael

Made Things: From Imagination and Idea to Effective Poems and Short StoriesIn this course you will learn strategies and techniques for turning inspiration into art. Through the careful study ofcontemporary poetry and fiction, you’ll examine and explore the ways meaning is created with language. You’llapply these observed methods to your own work while experimenting towards an original style and voice. Peerworkshop, close reading, and revision will be at the heart of the course. Students will conclude the course with aportfolio of poems and stories.1701-02(W 6:00-8:30)Shea, PegiThis course builds you as a writer of poetry and fiction, beginning with short forms including haiku, senryu andone-line poems, and moving into other forms and formats such as rhyming verse, the political poem, and theekphrastic poem (poetry inspired by art). I use the same build-up method with fiction, beginning with micro andflash fiction and culminating the course with a short story (1500-2000 words). Along the way with both poetry andfiction, we will be reading and discussing the art of diverse authors, and developing and honing your creativity andmastery of language. You will also be critiquing peers’ works every week, and considering your peers’ suggestions,along with mine, for revising your own work. You will be required to attend and critique two live readings byvisiting poets. Class participation counts for 20% of your grade and, because we only meet once a week, attendanceand engagement are crucial to your success. There is a midterm portfolio for poetry works, and a final portfolio offiction works.1701-03(TuTh 8:00-9:15)Forbes, SeanHonors SectionThe Speaker: The Eye of the Poem and the Short StoryAccording to Frances Mayes, “the poet ‘finds’ the right speaker and the right listener, usually by trying out severalapproaches.” In this introduction to creative writing class we will examine the different approaches that a writercan take when trying to establish a speaker in a poem or short story. We will look at exemplary works of poetryand fiction from writers like Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Marilyn Nelson, and Justin Torres. Students willproduce a final portfolio of their original work. Class participation is an essential component to this largelyworkshop-based course along with weekly writing prompts such as writing in iambic pentameter and challengingprose sketches.1701-04(TuTh 9:30-10:45)Choffel, JulieThis course

English 1004, 1010, and 1011 are omitted from this booklet. Information about these courses can be obtained from Lisa Blansett at, in Austin 125, or online at

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