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 Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

 Following are descriptions for courses being offered in the Spring 2014 semester. Please contact the professor with any questions. 

English 107: Introduction to Literary Studies I

Dr. Michael Bibby
TR 11:00-12:15

English 107: Introduction to Literary Studies I

Dr. Matthew Cella
MWF 12:00-12:50

English 111: Introduction to Literary Studies II
Dr. Erica Galioto
TR 12:30-1:45

This course introduces students to the fundamentals of the writing and research process as well as critical approaches to writing in the English major.  Our dual focus, as we shall see, is actually one in the same, for standard writing and research practices in our discipline rely on our ability to understand, apply, and challenge critical perspectives, such as New Historicism, psychoanalysis, feminist criticism, queer theory, deconstruction, Marxism, cultural studies, postcolonial theory, and reader-response criticism.  This introduction to the major schools of literary criticism emphasizes perspective-taking as a tool for understanding how literary theory informs the analysis of literature.  Reading Louise Erdrich’s Love Medicine, Philip Roth’s American Pastoral, Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar, and Henry James’ The Turn of the Screw through these various lenses and examining their accompanying critical discussions exposes students to the multiple interpretations and conversations that surround any literary work.  After this comprehensive exposure, students should feel comfortable adopting their own “lenses” as they move to the 300- and 400-level English courses that expect theoretical analyses of literature.  Course work includes rigorous reading, formal and informal writing assignments, presentations, and active participation.

English 233: American Literature I 
Dr. Nathan Mao
TR 9:30-10:45

English 234: American Literature II

Prof. Misun Dokko

MW 2:00-3:15

English 236: British Literature I
Dr. Sharon Harrow

MW 2:00-3:15

This class will familiarize you with British literature from the Middle Ages (to ca. 1485) to the Renaissance (1485-1660) and the Restoration/ 18 th Century (1660-1798). Given that we must cover centuries of material, this will be a broad chronological survey. We will focus on histories of ideas as a way to contextualize the texts we read. We will consider the various social, political, economic, and religious questions that influenced writers. There are many more exciting and compelling works than we have time to read together, and I strongly encourage you to read beyond the requirements of this syllabus. Endeavor to read additional authors in the Norton as a way of filling out what we cover in class and for pleasure. Throughout the course, I hope you will consider the ways in which the ideas we discuss inform our present day culture. This course will help you understand literary history and hone your literary critical skills. Possible Assignments :

mid-semester exam:  25%
essays: 20%
final exam: 25%
quizzes/ blackboard writing or presentation: 20%
small group work, in-class participation: 10% 

English 237: British Literature II
Dr. Dawn Vernooy
T 6:30-9:15

English 243: Art of the Film
Dr. Mike Pressler
M 12:00-12:50; W 12:00-1:50; F 1:00-1:50

English 256: Intro to Mythology
Dr. Mike Pressler
MWF 10:00-10:50steinberg_Truth(1)

This course is a quick walk through a dense wood.  Approaching myth as poetic truth rather than primitive or naïve delusion, we will consider mythology both as literature and as a medium for cultural definition, as well as our primary way of defining ourselves and our relation to the world at large.  Special attention will be given to ancient and classical mythology and to the still-operative force of myth in our daily lives.


  • Mountains, Caves, and Graves
  • Creation Myths
  • The Heroic Journey
  • Rituals of Death and Resurrection
  • The Earth Mother
  • The Trickster
  • Snakes, Minotaurs, and Moon Goddesses
  • The Topography of Heaven and Hell


  • Regular Attendance and Participation
  • Two Exams and a Final
  • A Research Report

EDU 290: Introduction to ELA Education
Dr. Thomas Crochunis
MWF 12:00-12:50

This course introduces you to several different spheres of knowledge that are important to your developing as a secondary English Language Arts teacher. Through the course’s readings, discussions, activities, and assignments, you will improve your knowledge of the concepts associated with education practice in secondary schools and learn about and apply elements of effective pedagogy, becoming more comfortable with classroom practices such as devising assignments, developing lesson plans, and leading activities in class. The course will ask you to read and interpret professional literature in order to refine your assumptions about teaching English, and invite you to rehearse the kinds of targeted diligence needed to teach effectively over time and to develop the habits of mind and heart that a teacher needs to serve students well.

English 307: Poetry Writing
Dr. Vincent Guerra
TR 2:00-3:15

English 308: Fiction Writing
Prof. Neil Connelly

MWF 12:00-12:50

English 323: Reviewing the Arts for Publication
Dr. Laurie Cella

MWF 10:00-10:50

English 330: Shakespeare
Dr. Deb Montuori

TR 11:00-12:15

English 335: Creative Nonfiction Writing
Dr. Laurie Cella
MWF 11:00-11:50

English 336: Theories and Approaches

Dr. Erica Galioto
TR 9:30-10:45 

Reading and Writing about Trauma in the English Classroom (ENG-336) seeks to introduce students to the field of Trauma Studies through the overlap of psychoanalysis, pedagogy, and literature. The course will primarily examine the causes, effects, and various approaches to trauma when it appears in the classroom in literary content, student writing, and “real life.” As we will find, teaching and trauma, when put in dialogue, gain from each other and so do the students and teachers who are transformed through their synergy. This course is appropriate for students who want to teach, are interested in psychology, and/or like to read books like Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close or The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Our examination of traumatic witness and testimony will allow us to consider the necessity of being seen and heard individually and collectively.

English 366: History and Structure of English Language

Dr. William Harris
T 6:30-9:15

English 370: Queer Studies

Dr. William Harris
MW 5:0-6:15

English 375: African-American Literature

Dr. Raymond Janifer, Sr.

TR 12:30-1:45 

Covers the origins and development of literary works by African-Americans from the 18Th century to the present day. Students will read autobiographies, poems, novels, short stories, and essays by Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison. 

Course Objectives:

         Familiarize students with a generalized overview of the African American experience.       

         Familiarize students with a representative sampling of work by writers.

         Familiarize students with the evolving role of literature written by African American writers.  

          Familiarize students with the theoretical construct of voice in relation to African American

Class Meets: 

         Tuesdays and Thurs 12:30-1:45 . 

Required Text:

         Gilyard and Wardi, Eds. African-American Literature. New York: Pearson and Co., 2004.


English 376: Studies in Medieval Literature 
Dr. Shari Horner
MWF 11:00-11:50

In this course you'll get to read Old English, Middle English, and Old French texts, with a particular emphasis on the romance, arguably the most important—and most popular—genre in medieval secular literature.  Unlike most modern notions of “romance,” medieval romance is characterized by several conventional motifs:  the arduous quest, chivalric identity, fantastic adventure, the supernatural, personal development, and, typically, fin amour, or courtly love.  While medieval romance narratives are invariably fantastic, they also reveal medieval cultural anxieties, such as an overt concern with the instability of gender, the rewards and responsibilities of power and privilege, the constraints of social rules, and the significance of religious identity. Medieval romances thus provide commentary on the cultural politics of the late Middle Ages.

We will also consider ways in which medieval texts ranging from Beowulf to The Miller’s Tale—texts that are decidedly not romances—aid in our understanding of the genre.  Epics, elegiac poetry, saints’ lives, fabliaux and more will shape our understanding of romance.  We will read texts both in Middle English and in Modern English translation.  

Note:  this course fulfills the English Department's pre-1800 requirement.


English 377: Studies in Restoration/18th Century Literature
Dr. Sharon Harrow
MW 3:30-4:45

Pugilists, pirates, prostitutes, rogues, highwaymen, murderers, adulterers, seducers, cross-dressers, political criminals, war criminals, slavers, cutpurses, immoralists, revolutionaries, writers. Such figures populated the pages of 18th-century British literature. Called an age of reason and an age of enlightenment, the eighteenth century was a time of great social upheaval. Writers were fearful of and fascinated by crime and social transgression. We will read major works of literature against political and social movements, exploring how eighteenth-century British writers represented morality, corruption, crime, sex, commercialism, patriarchy, and politics. In addition to great commercial, religious, and social changes, the eighteenth-century bore witness to a veritable explosion of literary genres. We will read across genres, including periodical essays, plays, poems, novels, criminal biographies, and political satire, questioning the way genres overlapped and developed. Writers were very self-consciously concerned with what makes good literature and with what value literature has. This course aims to understand how writers envisioned such literary and social value. This course will help you understand literary history and hone your literary critical skills. And it will be a lot of fun! 

English 382: 20th Century British Literature
Dr. Mary Libertin
TR 2:00-3:15

English 385: Studies in Literature of the Post-Colonial World
Dr. Richard Zumkhwala-Cook
W 6:30-9:15

English 419: Tutoring and Teaching Writing
Dr. Karen Johnson
TR 11:00-12:15

EDU 422: Methods in Teaching English
Dr. Erica Galioto
TR 8:00-9:15

This “Methods” course is a practicum in English/Language Arts instruction for secondary certification English majors in the semester before student teaching.  Our primary concern will be the joining of theory about teaching and learning with the practical methods of implementing such theory in a secondary classroom.  In our weekly readings and discussions, we will explore the theoretical foundations of different learning styles, composing practices, teaching models, ranges of critical thought, and education philosophies, to name a few.  Extending beyond abstract analysis, we will then move these theories into their practical applications, as we use them to inform and challenge our own classroom practices.  Each class will include a practical workshop component; we will often focus on planning lessons, sequencing assignments, constructing assessments, and differentiating the classroom.  Drawing on our varied experiences as both teachers and students, we will develop teaching strategies, activities, and assignments that will address the diverse learners in our secondary classrooms.  The students in this practicum will begin to form personal pedagogies that are situated in the larger field of English education, but are also very much rooted in their own classroom practices.  Expect to leave this course equipped with a practical portfolio, philosophy of teaching statement, and an understanding of how to put theory into practice.     EDU-290: Introduction to English/Language Arts Education and ENG-426: Teaching Adolescent Literature are pre-requisites for this course.

English 426: Teaching Adolescent Literature

Dr. Shannon Mortimore-Smith
MW 6:30-9:15

English 427: Advanced Poetry Workshop
Dr. Vincent Guerra
TR 5:00-6:15

English 438: Technical/Professional Writing II 
Dr. Carla Kungl
TR 8:00-9:15

This seminar tackles some practical and theoretical issues raised in all types of professional communication: ethical and legal considerations, writing for various audiences, persuasive strategies, and research methodology.  Reflecting actual workplace strategies, much of the work we do this semester will be collaborative, with each group member actively creating and contributing to the larger project. This project entails identifying a community or university presence in need of a web site. Your team will then collaboratively write a proposal to build a website (or a portion of a larger one), and upon approval from the community contact, will build that site. The site will then get presented to the client at the end of the semester.

By the end of the semester, you’ll learn how to make clean, navigable sites using Adobe Dreamweaver, improve clarity and coherence in your writing across different platforms, understand thoroughly how purpose and audience affect your work, and develop greater skill in document design. In this small seminar-style course, students get individual attention and have freedom to work on projects meaningful to them.

Students who have gotten jobs in the fields technical writing, editing, or web site building tell me that this was one of the most valuable courses they took here at Ship. This class is also part of the Technical/Professional Communications Minor and can fill up fast! Technical/Professional Writing I is being offered Winter Term; students can register for both courses at the same time.

Text: Markel, Mike. Technical Communication. 10th ed. Bedford/St Martins, 2012.
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English 469: Seminar in Poetry
Dr. Michael Bibby
TR 9:30-10:45

Telling Truth (to Power) Slant: Radical Praxis in Post-1945 American Vanguard Poetry

This seminar will explore relationships between poetry vanguard cultures in the US and left political praxis as manifested in the various struggles of post-1945 history. We will discuss poetry from the Beat, Black Arts, feminist, Language, and spoken word movements and consider how their poetics articulate, enact, and/or perform political ideologies. Our readings of the poetry will be informed by studies in critical theory, post-1945 political activism, and social history. Course work will involve summary abstracts of critical sources, class presentations, a short midterm paper, and a final research project. 

NOTE: This course fulfills a post-1800 period requirement.

English 490: Seminar in Selected Topics: Historical Fiction

Dr. Deborah Montuori

TR 2:00-3:15

This course will focus on some of the best historical fiction written in the last 30 years.  Although historical fiction is sometimes overlooked because of its popular appeal, it can be as finely written and as thought-provoking as other genres, and many historical novels have won prestigious literary awards.  Course content will include novels set in England and the Commonwealth nations, from the court of Henry VIII to the years following World War II.  Additionally, students will read historical documents and other materials that will illuminate each novel, as well as critical essays, reviews, and author interviews to increase their understanding of the process and purposes of writing historical fiction and its validity as a serious literary genre.  Texts will include Bring Up the Bodies (Hilary Mantel), Restoration (Rose Tremain), Regeneration (Pat Barker), Atonement (Ian McEwan), and Small Island (Andrea Levy).