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 Spring 2015 Course Descriptions

 Following are descriptions for courses being offered in the Spring 2015 semester. Please contact the professor with any questions. 

English 107: Introduction to Literary Studies I

Dr. Michael Bibby
MW 3:30-4:45

English 107: Introduction to Literary Studies I

Dr. Cathy Dibello
TR 9:30-10:45

Designed to be the first required course for English majors, Literary Studies I introduces the fundamental components of the major genres of literature (fiction, drama, poetry), including plot, character, narrative point-of-view, figures of speech, rhyme and rhythm. Students are taught to identify and evaluate those components in a range of representative works. This course will also teach the fundamentals of literary research and the conventions associated with writing about literature. In this section of the course, we will write three papers, present oral reports, and take two exams.

English 111: Introduction to Literary Studies II
Dr. Rich Zumkhawala-Cook
TR 11:30-12:15

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

English 234: American Literature II

Dr. Michael Bibby

MW 2:00-3:15

English 236: British Literature I
Dr. Shari Horner

MWF 11:00-11:50

Catalogue Description:

First part of a two-part, chronologically-based survey of British literature. Works of drama, prose, and poetry by major British writers of this period are studied.  Representative writers include Chaucer, Jonson, and Milton.  In addition, some attention will be given to the history ofideas  associated with the writers of this period. Students should expect to write at least one analytic paper dealing with one or more of the works read for the course. 

Course Description:

This course surveys English literature from its earliest 8th century beginnings through the 18th century.  That means we will cover 1,000 years of literature written (mostly) in English, and we'll go fast.  Our goal will primarily be "breadth"-- you will (I hope) gain a clear understanding of the history of early English literature, its landmarks and lesser-known works, its movements and patterns, and its socio-cultural contexts.  In addition, you will work on "English major" skills:  careful critical analysis of literature through reading, writing, thinking, and talking. I will occasionally lecture, but there will be many opportunities for you to talk in class, and such talking is expected.  You will also have the opportunity to lead a class discussion.

 Assignments may include:

At least two analytical essays (with research)

Class discussion leader

Reading quizzes


English 237: British Literature II
Dr. Mary Libertin
TR 2:00 - 3:15

English 238: Technical/Professional Writing I 
Dr. Carla Kungl
TR 9:30 - 10:45

Dr Laurie Cella
11:00 - 12:15

English 307: Poetry Writing
Dr. Nicole Santalucia
MW 2:00-3:15

English 308: Fiction Writing
Prof. Neil Connelly

MWF 12:00-12:50

English 318: Studies in Renaissance Literature

Dr. Deborah Montuori 
TR 2:00 - 3:15

This course will cover a selection of English drama from the 16th and 17th centuries that focus on female characters and the lives of women in the period.  Possible plays include:

  • Anonymous, Arden of Feversham
  • Elizabeth Cary, The Tragedy of Mariam
  • John Webster, The Duchess of Malfi
  • John Ford, ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore
  • Thomas Middleton, Women Beware Women or A Chaste Maid in Cheapside
  • Ben Jonson, Epicoene (The Silent Woman)
  • Francis Beaumont, The Maid’s Tragedy
  • Middleton & Dekker, The Roaring Girl
  • John Marston, The Dutch Courtesan
  • Middleton , Rowley, & Ford, The Witch of Edmonton

Our starting point will be Virginia Woolf’s essay, “Shakespeare’s Sister,” a ‘biography’ of an imaginary woman who longs for a career in the theater but is prevented by the restrictive gender roles of her day.  The essay provokes questions that will shape our examination women’s roles in Early Modern English society and their representations in drama.  How accurately did male playwrights depict the lives of contemporary women?  What gender stereotypes, conventions, and prejudices do these plays address, and are these challenged or promoted?  What factors shaped and defined gender roles?  In our efforts to respond to these and other questions, we will read excerpts from contemporary writings by and about women, including diaries, letters, conduct books, sermons, and poetry.  We will also read and discuss several critical essays, with a focus on feminist, cultural, and New Historicist approaches.

Required coursework, in addition to regular and active participation, includes midterm and final exams; a presentation; and an 8-12 analytic paper.

English 323: Reviewing the Arts for Publication
Dr. Carla Kungl
MWF 10:00-10:50

The course provides practical experience in writing critically about the arts--music, dance, theater, painting, sculpture, literature, photography, and film.   During the semester, in response to arts events on campus or in the local area, students will write several reviews, plus an extended feature article on a particular artist, group of artworks, or theme of contemporary artistic interest.  For the most part, you will choose the events that you write about and thus determine the deadlines for submitting your work. I'll be like your "editor," offering suggestions for improvement in your work as your create a professional portfolio, to be turned in at the end of the semester.

In addition to our textbook, we will read a range of styles and types of reviews from different media. We will also work steadily on writing through simple but important exercises.  In keeping with the professional emphasis of the course, we will hold several workshops and hands-on editorial sessions.

Overall, this course will be excellent for students who are able to work independently and who have an interest in building up a portfolio of quality work for newspapers or magazines. My goals are to help you improve your writing style, to help you learn effective strategies for meeting different audiences' needs, and ultimately, to help you get published!

English 330: Shakespeare
Dr. Deb Montuori

TR 11:00-12:15

English 335: Creative Nonfiction Writing
Dr. Kim van Alkemade
T 6:30 - 9:15

English 343: Film Criticism

Dr. Michael Pressler
WF 10:00- 10:50 AND M 10:00-11:50

English 366: History and Structure of English Language

Dr. William Harris
TR 5:00-6:15

English 370: Queer Studies

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

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 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 writers.      

Required Text:

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


English 377: Studies in Restoration/18th Century Literature
Dr. Sharon Harrow
TR 12:30-1:45

English 377:

Restoration and 18th-century British Literature

Dr. Sharon Harrow 

Course Description

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, politics, writers and writing. 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 383: 20th-Century American Literature
Dr. Erica Galioto
TR 9:30-10:45 


“Form, Content, and Consciousness” will move through the literary movements known as Modernism and Post Modernism and examine the complex relationship among FORM (how something is written), CONTENT (what is written about), and CONSCIOUSNESS (the state of awareness of an individual).  Each text read will highlight the changing beliefs about human consciousness exposed during the 20th Century and will provide us with complexities related to the overlapping identities of race, gender, and sexuality; the focus on narrative play, experimentation, and irony; the expected and actual roles of the writer and the reader; the representation of pleasure and pain in textual form; and the continued evolution of “The Great American Novel.”  The course reading list will be drawn from the following: Sherwood Anderson’s Winesburg, Ohio (1919), Nella Larsen’s Passing (1929), William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury (1929), Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood (1965), Art Spiegelman’s Maus I and II (1986), Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye (1970), Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony (1977), Donald Barthelme’s Snow White (1965), John Barth’s Lost in the Funhouse (1968), A. M. Homes’ The Safety of Objects (1990), and (maybe!) David Foster Wallace’s Infinite Jest (1996).  Students in this course will also be exposed to cultural criticism, narrative theory, and psychoanalytic theory related to the concepts under examination.  Three papers and one presentation are required, as well as periodic written responses and active discussion.      

English 385: Studies in Literature of the Post-Colonial World
Dr. Cathy Dibello
TR 12:30-1:45

Course Description

This section of ENG 385 will concentrate on twentieth-and twenty-first-century African novels. Obviously, no single course can fully represent the rich, diverse literature of this large continent, and African fiction cannot be reduced to a simple list of homogeneous traits. Instead, this course will focus on six novels and on the cultural, historical, and biographical background necessary to understand these works. This student-centered course will emphasize discussion and oral presentations. Written assignments include a short paper on Things Fall Apart, a longer paper on any of the course's texts, and a final essay exam. For English majors, ENG 385 fulfills the post-1800 Literary Traditions and the Multicultural Literature categories. For International Studies students, ENG 385 counts as a Selected Topics course.

Required Texts

Chineu Achebe--Things Fall Apart, Buchi Emecheta--The Joys of Motherhood, Sembene Ousmane--God's Bits of Wood, Ngugi wa Thiong'o--Weep Not, Child, Nuruddin Farah--From a Crooked Rib, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie--Half of a Yellow Sun

ENG 394: Selected Topics in English
Dr. Matthew Cella
MWF 1:00-1:50

In this course we will read and discuss various works of American environmental literature and examine the ways in which this literature influences our understanding of the relationship between culture and nature.  We will examine fiction, nonfiction, and poetry from “canonical” nature writers—like Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Leslie Marmon Silko, and Mary Oliver—as well as foundational works of ecocriticism. The second half of the course will focus on the literature of our local environment, the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, as we will investigate how storytelling shapes the way we respond and connect to the places we inhabit. There will be a variety of interactive field experiences at sites on and around campus meant to enrich our appreciation of the role literature plays in fostering sustainable communities, particularly in this era of accumulating environmental crises. Requirements will likely include a series of reading response essays as well as a longer research paper. There will also be a midterm and final exam.

Readings may include but are not limited to the following: selected essays from Henry David Thoreau, Gary Snyder, Barry Lopez, Annie Dillard, Gretel Ehrlich, Edward Abbey and Rachel Carson; Leslie Marmon Silko's Ceremony; James McBride's Song Yet Sung; and Lamar Herrin's Fractures 

English 426: Teaching Adolescent Literature

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

English 427: Advanced Poetry Workshop
Dr. Nicole Santalucia
MW 3:30-4:45

English 438: Technical/Professional Writing II 
Dr. Carla Kungl
TR 11:00 - 12:15

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 466: Seminar in Literary Theory
Dr. Rich Zumkhawala-Cook
TR 9:30 - 10:45

English 469: Seminar in Poetry
Dr. Dawn Vernooy
T 6:30 - 9:15