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The English Department offers language, literature and writing studies on several levels. It provides varied experiences in the careful reading of literary texts and it promotes Willamette’s writing culture.

Requirements for the English Major (8 Credits)

Core course

  • ENGL 301 (W) The Study of Literature (1)

One course from the following

  • ENGL 116 (IT) Topics in American Literature (1)
  • ENGL 117 (IT)Topics in British Literature (1)
  • ENGL 118 (IT) Topics in World Literature (1)
  • ENGL 119 (IT) The Forms of Literature (1)

One  course in Shakespeare (1)

  • ENGL 341 Shakespeare Comedies (1)
  • ENGL 342 Shakespeare Tragedies (1)
  • ENGL 450 Advanced studies in Authorship (with Shakespeare focus.) (1)

Four additional courses (4)

  • Two English courses numbered above 301 (2)
  • One English course numbered 400 or above (1)
  • One additional course in English (1)

Senior Experience (1)

  • ENGL 490 Independent Study (1) or
  • HUM 497 Humanities Senior Seminar (1) 

The advisor and the student will develop together a major program that ensures the study of a wide variety of literary texts and varied interpretive strategies.

Individual research is encouraged through Reading and Conference (ENGL 390, 391) and, for students with excellent academic records in their English studies, Independent Study (ENGL 490). Senior evaluation for the English major will usually consist of a senior thesis developed from a Humanities Senior Seminar or in the senior seminar in English. Some advanced students may produce the senior thesis or a directed creative project in Independent Study (ENGL 490).

English majors are encouraged to take courses from the following related fields: theatre, music, religion, classical studies, philosophy, art history, history, and interdisciplinary arts courses.

To be eligible for honors in the department, a student must complete at least two 400-level courses besides the Senior Seminar and have a GPA of 3.8 in the department.

Requirements for the English Minor (5 Credits)

The minor program in English consists of five credits-two required courses and the options listed below - selected in consultation with an English Department advisor from the following:

  • ENGL 301 (W) The Study of Literature (1)
  • Two credits chosen in consultation with your English Department advisor from English courses numbered above ENGL 301. At least one of these credits must be numbered 400 or above (2)
  • Two other English credits (2)

Requirement for the Film Studies Minor (5 Credits)

  • ENGL 210 (W) History of Cinema: The Rise of Classical Narrative  (1)
  • ENGL 211 History of Cinema: Alternatives to Classicism (1)

Three credits from the following (3)

Faculty

  • Kenneth S. Nolley, Professor, Chair
  • Francisco J. Barbosa, Minority Graduate Fellow
  • Gerard F. Bowers, Professor
  • Linda G. Bowers, Associate Professor
  • Gretchen Flesher Moon, Assistant Professor, Director, Writing Center
  • Janice Gould, Hallie Brown Ford Chair in Writing
  • Yvette Koepke, Assistant Professor
  • Thabiti Lewis, Assistant Professor
  • Carol S. Long, Professor
  • Frann Michel, Associate Professor
  • Michael H. Strelow, Professor

Course Listings

ENGL 116 (IT) Topics in American Literature (1)

A study of topics in American Literature ranging over the history of American letters. Topics may be organized around a major author, an idea, a genre, a major work, a literary movement, or a critical approach. Topics, texts and emphases will vary according to the instructor.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 117 (IT) Topics in British Literature (1)

A study of topics in significant texts from British literature. Topics may be organized around a major author, an idea, a genre, a major work, a literary movement or a critical approach. Topics, texts and emphases will vary according to the instructor.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 118 (IT) Topics in World Literature (1)

In this course students examine the principle literary genres and authors in world literature from various time periods (for example, Medieval, Renaissance, 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th centuries). We analyze these texts, on the one hand to understand their genre and stylistic attributes and literary value, and on the other hand to reach an understanding of cultural and historical values. While the focus is literary, discussions will include cultural material of relevance to the literature: influence of one national literature on another, cultural interaction in matters of the formal beauties of literature, cross-national influences of literary theories and the dynamic processes of literary aesthetics-literary ideologies and movements.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 119 (IT) The Forms of Literature: The Art of Reading Poetry, Drama, Fiction (1)

An introduction to the art of reading imaginative literature: poetry, drama and prose fiction. Emphasis on understanding and enjoyment of literature as a rich part of our cultural heritage.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 134 (W) Writing Across Cultures (1)

A writing-centered course with a focus on developing the skills necessary for effective cross-cultural discourse. Working from readings about, as well as examples of, effective cross-cultural communication, students will explore and analyze the diversity of styles and genres appropriate to writing across cultures. The course will alternate focus to include such topics as Japanese culture, Middle East culture and alternate cultures within American society.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 135 (W; CA) Creative Writing (1)

Writing and analysis of short fiction, poetry, or drama at the beginning level. Writers will explore verbal and imaginative resources and the act of creation with language.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Strelow, Staff

ENGL 137 (W) Writing Workshop (1)

A course in expository writing. We begin writing brief critical responses to single texts and move on to papers which engage several texts. We will focus on classical and recurring problems: how does one find a topic? articulate a thesis? find support? organize the material effectively? express one's ideas clearly?

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Moon

ENGL 210 History of Cinema: The Rise of Classical Narrative (1)

A study of the development of traditional narrative cinema. The course will consider films ranging from the early primitive period to the 1950s, including particularly the contributions of Griffith, of the German and Soviet silent schools, of France between the wars and of Hollywood throughout the period.

  • Offering: Alternate years in Fall
  • Instructor: Nolley

ENGL 211 History of Cinema: Alternatives to Classicism (1)

A study of the development of critical alternatives to the traditional narrative cinema. The course will consider experimental films beginning in the 1920s and stretching to the present, including particularly the contribution of Dziga Vertov, the American independent cinema, the French New Wave and the work of important directors such as Bunuel, Kurosawa, Fellini, Bergman and others.

  • Offering: Alternate years in Spring
  • Instructor: Nolley

ENGL 220 (W) Prose Style (1)

A course about prose style in English for readers who wish to develop their skills in textual analysis and for writers who wish to develop confidence, fluency, and versatility in prose style. We will examine many models of published prose written for a variety of purposes (e.g., expressive, informative, persuasive, artistic) and audiences (e.g., literary, academic, professional, popular). We will analyze the surface structure of sentences in English, paying particular attention to the conventions of standard edited American English as they are reinterpreted in different social and cultural contexts.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: Closed to freshmen.

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Moon, Staff

ENGL 239 (CA) Poetics and Practice (1)

An entry-level creative writing course which balances the reading of poetry with the writing of poetry. Equal emphasis is placed on poetry, poetics and practice.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 242 (W) The Essay (1)

A writing-centered course which will examine a variety of classic and contemporary writing through a thematic/genre focus (e.g., nature writing, autobiography, race and sports). Students will read, analyze and explore by means of their own expressive and expository writing processes an array of genres, regions and styles of representative writing. Creating in the Arts and Environmental Cluster with nature writing focus.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered, Creating in the Arts and Environmental Cluster

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 253 (IT) Diversity in American Literature (1)

Late nineteenth and early twentieth-century American culture and literature are marked by social and stylistic diversity. This course draws on poetry, essays, drama and prose fiction to explore literary responses to the increase in immigration, the gap between rich and poor, the different lives of men and women and what was called the "problem of the color line." Emphasis will be on close reading and on discussions of the relations between form and content.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 254 Literature of the American West (1)

This course will examine the connections between literature and the specific culture of the American West as reflected in a variety of works of prose, poetry, and drama.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Strelow

ENGL 255 Literature of the American South (1)

This course will examine the connections between literature and the specific culture of the American South as reflected in a variety of works of prose, poetry, and drama.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Strelow

ENGL 256 Literature of the American Northwest (1)

This course will examine the connections between literature and the specific culture of the American Northwest as reflected in a variety of works of prose, poetry, and drama.

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Strelow

ENGL 260 South Africa: Literature and Life of a Transforming Society (1)

This course will operate as a late December/early January intersession (45 contact hours) and will focus on the contemporary literature and other cultural manifestations marking South Africa as a country in “Transformation.” Students will read a wide range of literature, view theatrical productions, and visit museums and townships in South Africa. The course includes visits to Cape Town, the eastern Cape provinces (cities of Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown), and KwaZulu Natal (Durban & Pietermaritzburg).

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Pelton

ENGL 301 (W) The Study of Literature (1)

This writing-centered introduction to literary study includes the careful reading of primary and secondary texts and an intensive critical writing program. Students will read poetry, drama, prose fiction and critical essays and focus on elements of prosody, forms of verse, figurative language and selected critical approaches.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: One 100-level literature course

  • Offering: Every semester
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 302 (W) History of the English Language (1)

A study of the history of the English language from its Indo-European origins to the present day. This writing-centered course makes extensive use of literature from the early eras: Beowulf, Chaucer’s Tales and Johnson’s Dictionary.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 319 (IT) Literary Genre and Literary Interpretation (1)

This course examines the concept of genre: for example, epic, tragedy and novel; and explores the difference that genre makes in the representational possibilities and limitations of literary works. It also considers how genres embody and convey cultural values.

Mode of Inquiry: Interpreting Texts

  • Offering: Annually
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 329 (W) Creative Non-fiction (1)

Through a combination of reading and writing, students will explore the treatment of various kinds of subject matter in various modes of creative nonfiction; investigate the use in creative nonfiction of techniques from various genres, including poetry and narrative fiction; and develop their ability to construct a range of written voices, from colloquial to formal, while also achieving an individual voice in their writing.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: A 200-level writing or writing-centered course or permission of the instructors

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: G. Bowers

ENGL 331 (CA) Imaginative Writing I (1)

Practice in the writing and analysis of short fiction, poetry or drama (depending on the interests of those enrolled each semester) to explore and develop one's own verbal and imaginative resources.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Gould and visiting writers

ENGL 332 (CA) Imaginative Writing II (1)

Practice in the writing and analysis of short fiction, poetry, or drama (depending on the interests of those enrolled each semester) to explore and develop the student's own verbal and imaginative resources. Although ENGL 331 is not a prerequisite for ENGL 332, students continuing from ENGL 331 will have the opportunity to work on longer projects such as a novel or group of related short stories, a series of poems, a play or screenplay.

Mode of Inquiry: Creating in the Arts

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Gould and visiting writers

ENGL 334 Film Genre (1)

A study of the shaping power of convention in the narrative cinema. This course will examine the structure and development of a particular film genre, considering the numerous aesthetic, social and moral assumptions embodied in that genre's defining conventions.

Prerequisite: ENGL 210, ENGL 211 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years in spring
  • Instructor: Nolley

ENGL 335 Film Directors (1)

A study of the work of individual filmmakers with particular emphasis on the nature of their visions and the formal cinematic expression of those visions. The course will also consider theories of authorship in film criticism, their promise and their limitations.

Prerequisite: ENGL 210, ENGL 211 or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years in fall
  • Instructor: Nolley

ENGL 336 (AR) Visible Evidence: The History and Theory of Documentary Film (1)

This course examines the tradition of the documentary film, considering its historical development, changing presentational strategies and the ways in which it inevitably intertwines evidence and argument.

Mode of Inquiry: Analyzing Arguments, Reasons and Values

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Nolley

ENGL 337 African American Literature (1)

A study of modern/contemporary literature written by African-Americans. Formal and thematic analysis of the novel with secondary examples from folktale, lyric and drama.

Prerequisite: A 100-level Literature course and a minimum of sophomore standing

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 340 Medieval Literature (1)

Insight into the literary genius and turbulent life of medieval England. Introduction of Anglo-Saxton literature and to early Arthurian romance through Sir Garwain and the Green Knight, study of works by Chaucer.

Prerequisite: A 100-level Literature course

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 341 Shakespeare: The Comedies (1)

A study of Shakespeare's comic drama "the farces, romantic comedies, comic histories, problem comedies and romances" giving particular attention to the evolution of Shakespeare's comic vision and craft.

Prerequisite: A 100-level Literature course

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: Moon

ENGL 342 Shakespeare: The Tragedies (1)

A detailed study of Shakespeare's tragic drama, illustrating his development from the early plays of the genre into the mature craftsmanship of his later period.

Prerequisite: A 100-level Literature course

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: L. Bowers

ENGL 344 Major Author (1)

Study of the works of a major author (such as Chaucer, Milton). Consideration of significant influences, development of literary style and vision through consideration of the author's primary texts; critical appraisal of influence on later authors; survey of major criticism to the present. May be repeated for credit with focus on a different author.

Prerequisite: A 100-level literature course

  • Offering: Fall
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 352 Theories of Criticism (1)

A study of the historical foundations of literary criticism with emphasis on the development of the student's own critical theories. An attempt will be made to sharpen reading awareness through the study of critical theories as they relate to works of literature.

Prerequisite: A 100-level Literature course

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: G. Bowers

ENGL 354 The Novel (1)

A close reading of several novels with emphasis on the characteristics of this genre; a study of the novel as an expression of cultural, political and economic backgrounds. The emphasis will alternate among the novels of a variety of cultural traditions.

Prerequisite: A 100-level Literature course

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Long

ENGL 355 (W) Feminist Criticism (1)

Writing-centered study of approaches to literature from a variety of feminist perspectives. Consideration of the impact of feminist thought on literary study, and analysis of feminist innovations, revisions and critiques of critical methods and literary theories. Conventions of feminist critical discourse. Applications of feminist theories to works of literature.

General Education Requirement Fulfillment: Writing centered

Prerequisite: At least one Literature course or consent of instructor

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Michel

ENGL 357 Ethnicity and Race in American Literature (1)

Exploration of traditions in America’s multicultural literatures: literary representations of relations between and within different ethnic and racial groups. Texts and emphases will vary.

Prerequisite: A 100-level Literature course

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Michel

ENGL 361 The Lyric (1)

The critical study of significant achievements in lyric poetry, with special emphasis on its forms and purposes. Readings, drawn primarily from British and American literature, will vary according to the instructor.

Prerequisite: A 100-level Literature course

  • Offering: Spring
  • Instructor: G. Bowers

ENGL 372 Modernism in Britain and America (1)

A study of the emergence of Modernism as a literary doctrine. Through a selection of works from various movements (e.g., Impressionism, Imagism, Vorticism) modernist concepts of image, symbol and expression will be traced. Authors such as Eliot, Pound, HD, Joyce, Woolf and Faulkner will be studied in relation to the movement.

Prerequisite: A 100-level Literature course

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Long

ENGL 373 Contemporary Literature (1)

A study of contemporary works (works from the last two decades) which students and faculty will read together in order to evaluate and interpret new forms in light of a variety of critical theories.

Prerequisite: A 100-level Literature course

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Long, Strelow

ENGL 390 and 391 Reading and Conference (.5 or 1)

To enable a student to acquire the necessary knowledge and experience of literary periods which are not covered by courses offered at Willamette University.

Prerequisite: Consent of instructor

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 394 Major Program Internship I (1 or 2)

See Internship Program description.

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 438 Literature and Sexuality (1)

Study of literary representations of sexuality, gender, the body, desire. Analysis of normative literary constructions of sexuality and subversions of norms. Texts will vary, but will be drawn primarily from British and American literature.

Prerequisite: A 100-level Literature course

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Michel

ENGL 441 Tradition and Influence in Literature (1)

The role of tradition, authorial influence and literary history in a broad range of works chosen from English, American and world literatures.

Prerequisite: ENGL 301 and one additional 300-level English course

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 450 Advanced Studies in Authorship (1)

An intensive study of specific topics arising from close study of an author's works. Topics will vary, but may include historical development of the idea of authorship, theoretical debates about the nature of authorship, and opportunities for upper-level students to apply their skills in analytical thinking and critical writing to problems arising from an author's texts.

Prerequisite: ENGL 301 and one additional 300-level English course; Recommended: ENGL 341 or 342

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: L. Bowers, Staff

ENGL 453 Advanced Studies in Literature 1300-1800 (1)

The advanced studies in literature courses are designed specifically for the English major who is contemplating graduate study in English or Comparative Literature. Both courses are in-depth studies of British and American canonical texts. Not open to freshmen.

Prerequisite: ENGL 301 and one additional 300-level English course

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 454 Advanced Studies in Literature 1800-Present (1)

The advanced studies in literature courses are designed specifically for the English major who is contemplating graduate study in English or Comparative Literature. Both courses are in-depth studies of British and American canonical texts. Not open to freshmen.

Prerequisite: ENGL 301 and one additional 300-level English course

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 456 Advanced Studies in Genre (1)

Examination of generic conventions through study of exemplary literary texts and critical works. Emphasis will vary. (Possibilities include Lyric, Epic, Novel, Autobiography) Not open to freshmen.

Prerequisite: ENGL 301 and one additional 300-level English course

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 458 Advanced Studies in Literary Theory (1)

This course will offer students intensive readings in major theoretical texts from Formalism to the present. We will also examine the mutually influential relationships between recent literary theory and such disciplines as philosophy, anthropology, linguistics and psychoanalysis. Possible theories might include: Formalism, Structuralism, Deconstructionism, Reception Theory, New Historicism, Psychoanalytical Theory, Post-Colonialist Theory. Not open to first year students.

Prerequisite: ENGL 301 and one additional 300-level English course; Recommended: ENGL 352 and ENGL 355

  • Offering: Alternate years
  • Instructor: Staff

ENGL 490 Independent Study (1)

Intensive study of a selected area.

Prerequisite: Permission of the department; 3.5 g.p.a. in major

  • Offering: On demand
  • Instructor: Staff