Literature

Stack of old books"The study of literature incorporates many other disciplines. It certainly is valuable to learn about philosophy and religion. But the study of literature is the study of philosophy and religion. And politics. And history. And the arts. Not to mention gender, race, class, and a whole host of other topics that are both fascinating and relevant. In that sense, literature is the broadest and most encompassing of the humanities.

And if you like film — well, that’s actually a branch of literary studies. Many English professors already incorporate films into our lit-survey courses, including movies like Chinatown and The Color Purple, and screen adaptations of Shakespeare’s plays."

~Rob Jenkins, "The Forgotten Value of a Literature Course"

ENGL V01B - CRITICAL THINKING AND COMPOSITION THROUGH LITERATURE - 4 Units

Study of literature, critical thinking and composition. Emphasis on writing about literature using principles of logical analysis, criticism, advocacy of ideas, inductive and deductive reasoning.

ENGL V14 - INTRODUCTION TO CREATIVE NONFICTION - 3 Units

A study of creative nonfiction with an emphasis on critical reading, analysis, interpretation, and creative writing.

ENGL V15 - INTRODUCTION TO POETRY - 3 Units

A study of poetry with emphasis on critical reading, analysis, and interpretation. The student will learn the different forms and elements of poetry. The students will write papers critically analyzing poetry.

ENGL V16 - INTRODUCTION TO FICTION - 3 Units

Analysis and interpretation of representative short stories and novels. Emphasis on structure, style, character, setting, and tone.

ENGL V18 - CHILDREN'S LITERATURE AND FILM - 3 Units

This course introduces representative works of children’s and adolescent literature and film, develops students’ close reading and analytical writing skills, and promotes an appreciation for the aesthetic qualities of literature and film created for children and adolescents.

ENGL V21A - BRITISH LITERATURE BEFORE 1800 - 3 Units

A survey of British literature in its cultural framework from the Celtic epic tradition to the late 18th century, covering the Heroic Age, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, and Neoclassicism.

ENGL V21B - BRITISH LITERATURE SINCE 1800 - 3 Units

This course surveys British literature from the late eighteenth century to contemporary British and post-colonial texts.

ENGL V22A - AMERICAN LITERATURE: COLONIAL PERIOD TO 1865 - 3 Units

A survey of American literature, including its religious, social, political, and cultural contexts from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War. This course will cover Puritanism, Reason and Revolution, Transcendentalism, Romanticism, and Multiculturalism/Abolitionists/Native-American writers.

ENGL V22B - AMERICAN LITERATURE: 1865 TO PRESENT - 3 Units

A survey of American literature from 1865 to the present, including poetry, fiction and drama. Emphasis will be on the political, social and cultural influences on writers of the Realistic, Regional, Naturalistic, Modern, and Post-Modern movements with readings from both traditional and multicultural writers represented.

ENGL V23 - INTRODUCTION TO DRAMATIC LITERATURE - 3 Units

This course is a beginning study of dramatic theory. Plays from various time periods will be studied and analyzed as literary works in the historical context, traced through their production history, considered for their relevance and importance for today’s artists and audiences, and analyzed for their production possibilities. The course will emphasize critical reading, analysis, and interpretation.

ENGL V26 - INTRODUCTION TO SHAKESPEARE AND FILM - 3 Units

In this course, students will draw connections between traditional and contemporary literary genres as they read William Shakespeare's plays and critically analyze film adaptations of these plays.

ENGL V29A - AESTHETICS OF FILM I - 3 Units

Introduction to the study of film, especially feature length commercial films. Emphasis is on creative and critical interpretation and evaluation of film techniques and effects.

ENGL V29B - FILM AS LITERATURE II - 3 Units

Additional study of the film as a medium for dramatic presentation. Emphasis is on creative and critical interpretation of films. Films seen and evaluated in the introductory film course will be different from films presented in this course.

ENGL V30 - WORLD LITERATURE: ANTIQUITY TO 1650 - 3 Units

A survey of world literature and its cultural framework from ancient times to the Renaissance.

ENGL V31 - WORLD LITERATURE: 1650 TO PRESENT - 3 Units

A survey of world literature and its cultural framework from the Renaissance to the present.

ENGL V33 - INTRODUCTION TO AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE - 3 Units

An analytical, in-depth study of the literature of the African American experience in the United States. A student receiving credit in ENGL V33 will not receive credit in ENGL V133.

ENGL V34 - INTRODUCTION TO CHICANO LITERATURE - 3 Units

This course is designed to introduce the literature of the Chicano. The novel, short story, essay, theatre, song, and poetry of the Chicano will be analyzed and interpreted in-depth.

ENGL V35 - MULTICULTURAL AMERICAN LITERATURE - 3 Units

This survey course focuses on the ethnic American experience in the United States, various literary genres, and the cultural, historical, and social frameworks of literary works.

ENGL V36 - WOMEN IN LITERATURE - 3 Units

This course is an examination of the images, roles, and identities of women in literature, focused on the contributions of women to a variety of literary genres..