Catalog
2016-17

English

Dr. Jeffrey Myers
Chair of the Department

The goals of the English major at Manhattan College are to develop in students an understanding of literary texts and issues that is coherent, informed, and broadly responsive; to develop in students the ability to articulate that understanding orally and in writing through a critical vocabulary and a variety of methodological and rhetorical structures; and to develop that understanding in a range of courses in English literature, American literature, and world literature in translation.

Major

Requirements for a Major in English: Thirty credits on the 300 level, including:

ENGL 306Introduction to Literary Study3
ENGL 309British Literature: Beowulf to the Augustan Age3
ENGL 310British Literature II: The Romantics through the Twentieth Century3
ENGL 372American Literature to 19143
ENGL 395Senior Seminar3
Electives15
Students in the School of Education with a concentration in English must take one of the following: *
Advanced Composition
History of the English Language
Theories of Composition
Grammar and Writing
Total Credits30
*

Students in the School of Education with a concentration in Childhood Education must take ENGL 365 Children's Literature

Additional details about elective options for Education majors will be found in the Education section of this catalog.

A minimum grade of C is required for all major courses. ENGL 110 First Year Composition or its equivalent is a prerequisite for all 300 level courses.

Minor

Requirements for a Minor in English: Fifteen credits on the 300 level including:

ENGL 309British Literature: Beowulf to the Augustan Age3
or ENGL 372 American Literature to 1914
Electives12
Total Credits15

A minimum grade of C is required for courses to satisfy these requirements. or its equivalent is a prerequisite for all 300 level courses.

Courses

ENGL 103. Writing Lab: Introduction to Composition for Science Students. 3 Credits.

This course introduces science students in the C-Step program to college-level expository writing. Focusing on writing and research about science, it pursues an inquiry-driven approach to teach analysis and argumentation. Students will develop a range of rhetorical skills as they learn the process of writing. Open only to C-STEP students. Permission of C-STEP Advisor.

ENGL 106. Introduction to Composition. 3 Credits.

A preparation for English 110 through introductory level assignments designed to acclimate students to narrative, argumentative, and expository writing. The course employs a variety of exercises to teach students about the stages of composition: invention, revision, and reflection. Course assignments provide students with the intellectual tools to write argumentative essays.

ENGL 110. First Year Composition. 3 Credits.

English 110 pursues an inquiry-driven approach to writing and research, teaching rhetorical anyalysis and argumentation. The course emphasizes writing as an intellectual, social process both in terms of content and structure. Sections are thematically organized and use writing to explore that particular theme and fram writing as a process that involves stages of invention, revision, and reflection; course activities and assignments provide students with the rhetorical tools to understand how language works in defining reality, explaining positions, and persuading others. The course aims to prepare students for the responsibilities of literate adult citizenship and the rhetorical challenges of their chosen fields and careers.

ENGL 150. Roots: Literature. 3 Credits.

An intensive and critical examination of selected literary texts from the medieval period to the present that contribute to an understanding of the modern world.

ENGL 151. Roots: Literature (First Year Seminar). 3 Credits.

A writing seminar that critically examines selected literary texts and developments from the medieval period to the present that contribute to an understanding of the modern world. (For freshmen in the Schools of Liberal Arts and Sciences only.).

ENGL 209. Writing Consultant Training. 3 Credits.

A course designed to train students to be competent tutors in the Manhattan College Writing Center. Permission by instructor only.

ENGL 210. Advanced First Year Composition. 3 Credits.

An advanced alternative to English 110, the course will emphasizes writing as an intellectual, social process both in terms of content and structure. An exploration of strategies for expository and argumentative writing and research techniques, English 210 pursues an inquiry-driven approach to writing and research, teaching rhetorical analysis and argumentation. Emphasizing writing as a process that involves stages of invention, revision, and reflection, course activities and assignments provide students with the rhetorical tools to understand how language works in defining reality, explaining positions, and persuading others. This course will fulfill the ENGL 110 requirement for advanced freshman students placed by the Department Chair. (Does not satisfy English literature requirement in Business, Education, or Engineering.).

ENGL 211. Written Communication. 3 Credits.

An intermediate course that focuses on the specialized communications skills required by professionals in the field of business. Emphasis is placed on research techniques and on the rhetoric and diction necessary to persuade different audiences, as demanded by a variety of case studies. (For students in the School of Business only.).

ENGL 212. Latino/Latina Literature. 3 Credits.

An examination of key themes and narratives of Latino/a literature. Students will engage the work of authors from a range of time periods in a variety of genres, such as novels, short stories, drama, poetry, and/or non-fiction essays. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 240. Introduction to Creative Writing. 3 Credits.

A study of the craft of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction writing and an introduction to the creative writing workshop. Course assignments include exercises in form and technique and the creation of original stories and poems. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 245. Introduction to Shakespeare. 3 Credits.

An introductory-level survey of the major histories, comedies, and tragedies for non-majors. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 248. British Literature and Culture. 3 Credits.

An exploration of selected works from the prose, poetry, and drama of the British Isles from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 253. American Literature and Culture. 3 Credits.

A study of selected works from the prose, poetry, and drama of the Americas from the U.S. Colonial period to the present. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 255. Introduction to Film Studies. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the formal/aesthetic analysis of film. Through screening and discussion of representative films, students develop their ability to describe, analyze, interpret, and evaluate the film experience. Not open to students who have taken COMM 212.(Does not satisfy literature requirement in Business, Education, or Engineering.).

ENGL 256. Types of Film Experience. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the cultural/ideological analysis of film. Through screening and discussion of representative films, students explore the ways in which cinema reflects and shapes contemporary society. Specific topics covered include, but are not limited to, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and class and power as they relate to film experience. (Does not satisfy literature requirement in Business, Education, or Engineering.).

ENGL 260. Comedy and Tragedy. 3 Credits.

An exploration of the genres of comedy and tragedy in a variety of literary texts. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 262. Gender and Literature. 3 Credits.

An introduction to interpreting literature through the lens of gender. A specific theme (women's writing, masculinity, gay and lesbian literature, the gendered body, etc.) will be explored in selected literary texts. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 265. Global Literature in English. 3 Credits.

A comparative study of selected literary texts by African, Asian, Caribbean, Australian, and Latin and North American writers responding to the impact of Western colonization and imperialism. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 270. Crime and Detection. 3 Credits.

An investigation of the origin, development, and achievement of the detective story and the crime novel. Most readings will be drawn from the 19th and 20th century authors to the present. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 274. Reading Poetry. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the experience of reading, interpreting, and evaluating poetry. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 275. The Short Story. 3 Credits.

A study of the origin, development, and theories of the genre as exemplified in short stories chosen from the major writers in this form. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 276. Introduction to Drama. 3 Credits.

A survey of world drama through selected plays and representative dramatic styles, ranging from classical to contemporary. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 279. Literature and the Environment. 3 Credits.

A study of the important role the environment plays in literary texts. Themes may include the relationship between the urban and the wild, the role of animals in human affairs, and the question of human stewardship of this planet. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 280. Irish Literary Revival. 3 Credits.

A study of the major Irish writers of the late 19th and 20th centuries whose works constitute the modern Irish literary renaissance. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 285. Literary New York. 3 Credits.

A study of selected literary works in which New York City figures prominently as a subject, a metaphor, or a muse.

ENGL 287. Fantasy and Science Fiction. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the literature of fantasy and science fiction and their relation to each other and to other fiction. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 292. Topics In the Study of Literature. 3 Credits.

An introductory study of a genre, period, literary form, author, or theme not currently listed in the general literature courses (200-level). The subject to be studied will vary each time it is offered. (Satisfies 200-level literature elective in Business, Engineering, and Education.).

ENGL 305. African-American Literature. 3 Credits.

An examination of important texts by African-American authors, with special emphasis on recent writings.

ENGL 306. Introduction to Literary Study. 3 Credits.

The first course in the major, intended to teach students beginning their major-coursework to think and write like English majors. It emphasizes the close reading of texts, developing a heightened sense of language, making cogent literary arguments with well integrated evidence, and developing familiarity with literary terms and different critical approaches. (For English majors and minors only.).

ENGL 309. British Literature: Beowulf to the Augustan Age. 3 Credits.

A survey of the development and continuities of British literature studied in significant writers, works, literary movements, and social and historical backgrounds. (For English majors and minors only.).

ENGL 310. British Literature II: The Romantics through the Twentieth Century. 3 Credits.

A continuation of the study of key British writers, works, literary movements, and their social and historical backgrounds. (For English majors and minors only. Prerequisite: ENGL 309.).

ENGL 312. Studies in Medieval British Literature. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of medieval writers, themes, genres, and/or literary movements through critical reading of prose, drama, and poetry of Great Britain. The subject to be studied will vary from semester to semester.

ENGL 323. Studies in Eighteenth-Century British Literature. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of eighteenth-century writers, themes, genres, and/or literary movements through critical reading of prose, drama, and poetry from Great Britain. The subject to be studied will vary from semester to semester.

ENGL 326. Advanced Composition. 3 Credits.

Non-fictional prose; analysis of models of the brief essay for practicing a variety of its forms. (Does not satisfy literature requirement in Business, Education, or Engineering.).

ENGL 329. Shakespeare I. 3 Credits.

An examination of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, early tragedies, narrative poems, and sonnets. (Not open to freshmen.).

ENGL 330. Shakespeare II. 3 Credits.

An examination of Shakespeare’s problem plays, mature tragedies, and romances. (Not open to freshmen.) ENGL 329 is not a prerequisite.

ENGL 331. History of the English Language. 3 Credits.

The development, structure, and function of the English language. (Does not satisfy literature requirement in Business, Education, and Engineering.).

ENGL 332. Theories of Composition. 3 Credits.

An overview of contemporary composition studies, examining various movements in the field and the ways in which these movements define the act of writing. The course will focus on both theoretical principles of composition and practical concerns of writing pedagogy.

ENGL 333. Grammar and Writing. 3 Credits.

An intensive study of modern English grammar in the context of writing. The course moves recursively between theory and practice, exploring the rules and conventions of usage in standard English and the complex functioning of these rules and conventions in writing. (Does not satisfy Literature requirement in Business, Education, and Engineering.).

ENGL 334. Studies in British Romanticism. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of writers, themes, genres, and literary movements through critical reading of prose, drama, and poetry from the British Romantic period (1789-1832).

ENGL 335. Studies in Victorian Literature. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of Victorian writers, themes, genres, and literary movements through critical reading of prose, drama, and poetry from Great Britain (1832-1901).

ENGL 336. History of the Essay. 3 Credits.

An intensive study of the history and development of the essay genre. Historicizing the definition and function of the essay, this course investigates how issues regarding authorship and authority have evolved and contributed to how we understand the form today, including, but not limited to, its rhetorical and academic functions.

ENGL 337. Literature by Women. 3 Credits.

An exploration of women's writing and the gender issues such writing raises. Topics may include questions of authorship, identity, difference, power, canon, sexuality, family as they intersect with social categories like race and class.

ENGL 338. Studies in Twentieth-and Twenty-first-Century American Literature. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of twentieth and twenty-first century American writers, themes, genres, and literary movements through critical reading of prose, drama, and/or poetry.

ENGL 340. Studies in Creative Writing. 3 Credits.

An advanced workshop in the genre of creative writing, usually poetry or fiction. Focus on developing voice and technical skills. Extensive study of form, genre expectations, and contemporary texts. Prerequisite: ENGL 240 and accepted writing sample, or permission of instructor. May be taken two times for different genres.

ENGL 342. Medieval Literature . 3 Credits.

A study of selected works of the early and late Middle Ages analyzed as expressions of medieval thought.

ENGL 343. Studies in Renaissance Literature. 3 Credits.

Selected literary works in their relations to the thought and culture of Europe, 1341-1674.

ENGL 345. Environmental Literature and Ecocriticism. 3 Credits.

An exploration of environmental literature, a genre whose primary focus is the natural world and the human relationship to it. Primary literary texts will be viewed through the lens of ecocriticism, an emergent critical theory that examines the representation of the natural world in literature and culture with a commitment toward environmentalism.

ENGL 346. Twentieth Century Irish Literature. 3 Credits.

An examination, through readings in various genres, of the expressive and varied literature of Ireland in the twentieth-century as well as the development of cultural narratives of Ireland.

ENGL 347. Literature and War. 3 Credits.

A study of the representation in fiction, poetry, drama, and film of such catastrophic human conflicts as the World Wars and the Vietnam War.

ENGL 348. Postcolonial Literature. 3 Credits.

A sampling of world fiction in English written in the last fifteen years, focusing on authors’ divergent techniques to address the issues of colonialism, history, politics, social change, and art. Emphasis on the novel as an arena for heterogeneity of sensibilities and the clash of ideologies.

ENGL 361. British Drama. 3 Credits.

The tradition of British theatre in a wide range of theatrical styles and conventions, from medieval cycle plays to postmodern performance.

ENGL 364. The Modern English Novel. 3 Credits.

Major English, Irish, and British Commonwealth novels of the Modern era and their cultural contexts. This may include novels written in English, from India, Africa, and the Caribbean.

ENGL 365. Children's Literature. 3 Credits.

A study of widely-read, influential, and sometimes controversial books for children, surveying major achievements and genres in children's literature, examining various approaches to the field, and commenting on social and pedagogical issues that surround it. (For students in the School of Education only.).

ENGL 367. Literary Criticism and Theory. 3 Credits.

An introduction to contemporary literary criticism, and theory, with special emphasis on their application to literature. This course analyzes major methodologies for reading and thinking about literature in the twentieth-century, including post-structuralism, cultural materialism, psychoanalysis, feminism, queer theory, new historicism, and ecocriticism, with some attention to the earlier history of criticism, extending back to Plato. Essential for students planning to attend graduate school in English. (Does not satisfy literature requirement in Business, Education, and Engineering.).

ENGL 369. Chaucer. 3 Credits.

A study of The Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and the minor poems.

ENGL 370. Milton. 3 Credits.

A study of Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, Samson Agonistes, and selected shorter works.

ENGL 372. American Literature to 1914. 3 Credits.

A study of major figures and significant trends in American Literature from the colonial era to 1914. For English majors and minors only.

ENGL 373. American Fiction since 1914. 3 Credits.

A study of significant trends in the novel and other forms of prose narrative written by United States-based writers in the twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Some emphasis will be placed on the relationship between fiction and historical events, such as world war, civil and human rights movements, and globalization.

ENGL 374. The American Novel to 1914. 3 Credits.

A study of the birth and rise of the novel in the United States from the late eighteenth century to 1914.

ENGL 375. Studies in Early and Nineteenth-Century American Literature. 3 Credits.

An in-depth study of writers, themes, genres, and/or literary movements in American literature before 1914. The subject to be studied will vary from semester to semester. (Does not satisfy ENGL 372 requirement.).

ENGL 376. American Poetry. 3 Credits.

A survey of the American poetic tradition, from its beginnings to the present, with a focus on major authors, themes, and/or movements.

ENGL 378. Modern American Literature. 3 Credits.

A study of major writers and significant trends in American literature from 1914 to 1945: fiction, drama, poetry.

ENGL 379. Contemporary American Literature. 3 Credits.

A study of major writers and significant trends in American literature since 1945: fiction, drama, poetry.

ENGL 380. Ethnic American Literature. 3 Credits.

The study of the literature of one or more ethnic groups in the U.S., with a focus on important authors, themes, genres, and/or movements.

ENGL 381. American Drama. 3 Credits.

A study of landmark plays and their theatrical styles as well as theatrical styles reflecting America's unique contribution to world drama.

ENGL 385. Film Narrative. 3 Credits.

An intensive examination of the components and history of film narrative. Students view films and read literary texts, critical essays, and foundational theoretical works in order to gain an understanding of both the process of adapting literary narrative and the unique mechanisms of film narrative (cinematography, sound, editing, etc.).

ENGL 392. Topics in the Study of Literature. 3 Credits.

An major-level study of a genre, period, literary form, author, or theme not currently listed in the general literature courses. The subject to be studied will vary for each offering.

ENGL 395. Senior Seminar. 3 Credits.

A capstone course that examines either a literary period, genre, theme, or author (s); or an issue, theme, theory or practice of composition or rhetoric through readings, class discussion, and student papers; student papers will emphasize research methodologies and will be presented and critiqued in class. The subject of the course will vary each semester. (Required for senior English majors in the School of Liberal Arts and for those concentrating in secondary education in the School of Education and Health.).

ENGL 399. Independent Study. 3 Credits.

An individual study of a major writer, genre, theme, or movement in English, American, or world literatures in English with a member of the department. (Seniors English majors only. Approval of the Chair of the Department and consent of the individual instructor required.) A student may elect this course once only.

ENGL 400. The Theater and the City. 3 Credits.

Taking full advantage of the spectrum of Broadway and Off-Broadway performance, this course invites students to experience theater as a multi-dimensional and collaborative art. Class discussions, on-site performances, and behind-the-scene accounts of selected theatrical events will enlighten the students' knowledge and appreciation of drama. (Special fee; permission of the chair.).

ENGL 475. Internship. 3 Credits.

Students participate in an off-campus training experience closely related to their area of study. Frequent meetings with the faculty internship advisor and a paper are required. Internships are arranged through the Center for Career Development and must be approved in advance by the chair and the Dean of the School of Liberal Arts. A student may elect this course once only.

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