English

Program Offerings

Offering type
A.B.

In the Department of English, students read widely across the genres and periods of British, American and Anglophone literature and explore approaches to literary study with a distinguished, internationally renowned faculty. The department's ranks include historicists and formalists, theorists and poets, and postcolonialists and feminists; the faculty teach not only poetry, prose and drama, but film, music, art, architecture and technology. The department is united by a passion for works of the imagination and for thinking about what they mean and the difference they make in the world.

The department offers courses that cover more than two millennia of literature and culture, in settings ranging from large lectures to small seminars to one-on-one advising. A typical program of study embraces new and experimental writing, important rediscoveries and the most hallowed texts of the Western literary tradition, the "news that stays news." The department cultivates a common critical vocabulary and joins in debating enduring questions about art, language and society. The junior year begins with a diverse array of junior seminars, which couple the study of a specific subject with methodological training in critical reading and writing. Juniors and seniors pursue independent work on subjects of their choosing in collaboration with the faculty. The department also encourages majors who wish to pursue interdisciplinary work through certificate programs and minors.

English majors graduate as incisive readers, cogent thinkers and persuasive writers. They carry with them a lasting ability to take informed pleasure in all forms of literature, in the process of writing and in the meanings and powers of culture. Graduates go on to become leaders in such fields as education, law, medicine, journalism, business, politics and the creative arts. Simply put, learning to read closely and write fluently — the twin pillars of the discipline — are among the most valuable skills graduates can bring to the world's work.

Goals for Student Learning

Courses in the Department of English enable students to develop crucial transferable skills, including:

  • Analytical, critical and interpretive skills — students develop these faculties through close attention to the structures of arguments, specific aspects of language and expression, and conceptual synthesis.
  • Excellent writing — students develop the ability to communicate in clear, efficient and elegant prose, and to write deliberately with a specific audience in mind.
  • The ability to read closely and carefully, to attend to historical, rhetorical and grammatical aspects of English.
  • Attention to translation — many students work with texts in other languages, comparing them with their English translations, to comprehend how English relates, stylistically and historically, to materials in other languages.
  • Research skills that will enrich and improve these reading and writing skills — for instance, students acquire tools and methods for archival research, to understand the history of books and book production, how to read data and various modes of expression and interpretation, and the histories of aesthetics and literary criticism.
  • The ability to understand, engage and assess relevant critical work (secondary sources that comprise the discipline or interdisciplinary fields like American studies, African American studies, Asian American studies, etc.).
  • The exercise of these skills with an understanding of historical developments of English-language literatures, demonstrating an ability to situate a text, movement or style in relation to broader aspects of period or genre.
  • The exercise of these skills with an understanding of how particular English-language literatures and theories address, and are implicated in, historical operations of power and empire.
  • The ability to propose a subject for sustained research, analysis or critical interpretation, and to see the project to effective completion.
  • The ability to recognize, use and assess a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives.

In sum: students develop the ability to compose thoughtful, cogent, compelling and deliberate analytical writing, supported by careful consideration of evidence and informed by a comprehensive understanding of how language is implicated in questions of history, culture, aesthetic value and power.

Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisite courses for the major in English, but prospective majors should take at least one course in English in the first and second years.

Program of Study

English majors must take a total of 10 courses: the Junior Seminar (ENG 300), one designated course in Literary and Cultural History (LCH), and eight departmental courses. The junior seminar is a topical introduction to research methods in the discipline and prepares students for their independent work. Literary and Cultural History (LCH) courses ask questions about tradition and transmission over longer periods, and provide background for more specialized study. 

Distribution Requirements

Departmental distribution requirements ensure breadth in each major's program of study. Everyone must take at least one course in each of the following areas:

  • Literary and Cultural History (LCH)
  • Literature and Culture before 1700 (pre-1700)
  • Literature and Culture from 1700–1900 (1700–1900)
  • Literature and Culture from 1900–present (post-1900)
  • Difference and Diversity (D&D)
  • Theory and Criticism (T&C)

Each semester, the department offers a wide variety of courses in each distribution area, and a full list is available on the department website. A single course cannot be used to satisfy two distribution requirements simultaneously. In total: There are six required distributions, plus the junior seminar (ENG 300), plus three additional English courses, for the 10 required courses for the major.

A few rules regarding departmental courses:

  • Majors may not take English courses on a pass/D/fail (P/D/F) basis. This includes cross-listed courses, even if English is not the home department.
  • Students who study abroad may count up to two courses taken abroad as departmental courses. The exception to this is the English department's UCL semester: students may count two classes plus the Princeton seminar.
  • Cross-listed courses do not count against the Rule of 12 as long as the home department is not English.
  • The Rule of 12. A student in the A.B. program is limited to 12 one-term courses (plus independent work) in a given department, plus up to two departmental prerequisites taken during the first year or sophomore year. Students who exceed the 31-course requirement for graduation may exceed the Rule of 12 by as many courses (e.g., if you take 32 courses total, you can exceed the rule of 12 by one course). For most English majors, this means only 12 courses primarily designated as English courses (ENG courses or cross-listed courses where ENG comes first—e.g., ENG 327/GSS 332). Departmental cognates do not count against the Rule of 12.

Departmental Tracks

Tracks and Certificate Programs

Tracks in Creative Writing and Theater. The English department has many majors with a strong interest in creative writing and theater, and offers special programs for students pursuing certificates in those closely related subjects.

  • Creative Writing: Students accepted to the certificate program in creative writing may cognate two CWR courses as departmental courses in English and may substitute a thesis in CWR for the thesis in English.
  • Theater: Students accepted to the certificate program in theater may cognate two THR courses as departmental courses in English.

Certificate Programs. English encourages students with interdisciplinary interests to bring them to the department, and to pursue connections with literary and cultural studies. Students who will receive a certificate in another discipline, and who can show (in their coursework or independent work) vital connections with their studies in English, may count one course in that discipline toward their studies in English, by permission of the director of undergraduate studies.

Independent Work

The Junior Seminar (ENG 300)

The JRS is a required introduction to the methods of research and the arts of criticism that must be taken in the fall of junior year. During the sophomore sign-ins, students are placed into one of four seminars at Princeton. The junior seminar instructor advises each member of the seminar on class selection for the spring.

The completed junior paper takes the form of one 20–30-page JP, which is begun in conjunction with the junior seminar and which students complete in the spring semester, continuing the advising established during the junior seminar for the student's independent work.

The Senior Thesis

Theses are 60–75 pages in length, on a topic chosen in collaboration with the thesis adviser. One chapter or 20 pages of the thesis is due in December.

Senior Departmental Examination

All English majors take the senior departmental examination, which is explained in further detail here.

Honors

Honors are decided by each cohort and not a set number. Honors in English are computed at graduation according to the following percentages:

  • Departmental courses (excluding the junior seminar): 50%
  • Thesis: 25%
  • Junior Independent Work: 7.5% junior paper; 7.5% junior seminar
  • Senior Oral Exam and Reflection Paper: 10% (7.5% for the exam, 2.5% for the reflection paper)

Note that in English, it is not permissible to drop the lowest-graded departmental course from your average; all departmental courses are counted.

Study Abroad

The department encourages students to consider studying abroad. We especially invite students to consider the department's term at University College London. There, students attend a special LCH seminar with a Princeton English professor and receive support for independent work, while also attending courses taught through the University of London.

Courses taken abroad may, with approval, receive both departmental and distribution credit (in general, the department can accept two courses for study abroad). Students considering study abroad should consult the director of undergraduate studies at an early stage.

Offering type
Minor

In the Department of English, students are trained to read critically and to attend to the imbricated histories of language, literature, culture and power. Students read widely across genres and periods of British, American and Anglophone literature as well as across a variety of critical and theoretical approaches. In addition to lectures and seminars devoted to poetry, prose and drama, English offers courses on cinema, photography, architecture, the public essay, and data and culture, among other media and topics. We encourage students to think across disciplines and languages, and we offer vital skills and resources that support independent research.

An English minor serves Princeton undergraduates from all majors, sharpening thinking and writing in ways that support work in their respective concentrations. English courses foreground language, style and rhetoric; they train students’ attention to effective writing as well as to a variety of analytical, critical and interpretive modes. In English courses, students pay close attention to the structures of arguments, to specific aspects of language and expression, to the history of literature in English, and to the cultural and grammatical aspects of the language. English courses also foreground the historical operations of language and power, affording students invaluable resources not only for addressing the inequities and disparities that shape our world but also for imagining the futures that can reinvent that world.

Goals for Student Learning

Courses in the Department of English enable students to develop crucial transferable skills, including:

  • Analytical, critical and interpretive skills — students develop these faculties through close attention to the structures of arguments, specific aspects of language and expression, and conceptual synthesis.
  • Excellent writing — students develop the ability to communicate in clear, efficient and elegant prose, and to write deliberately with a specific audience in mind.
  • The ability to read closely and carefully, to attend to historical, rhetorical and grammatical aspects of English.
  • Attention to translation — many students work with texts in other languages, comparing them with their English translations, to comprehend how English relates, stylistically and historically, to materials in other languages.
  • Research skills that will enrich and improve these reading and writing skills — for instance, students acquire tools and methods for archival research, to understand the history of books and book production, how to read data and various modes of expression and interpretation, and the histories of aesthetics and literary criticism.
  • The ability to understand, engage and assess relevant critical work (secondary sources that comprise the discipline or interdisciplinary fields like American studies, African American studies, Asian American studies, etc.).
  • The exercise of these skills with an understanding of historical developments of English-language literatures, demonstrating an ability to situate a text, movement or style in relation to broader aspects of period or genre.
  • The exercise of these skills with an understanding of how particular English-language literatures and theories address, and are implicated in, historical operations of power and empire.
  • The ability to propose a subject for sustained research, analysis or critical interpretation, and to see the project to effective completion.
  • The ability to recognize, use and assess a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives.

In sum: students develop the ability to compose thoughtful, cogent, compelling and deliberate analytical writing, supported by careful consideration of evidence and informed by a comprehensive understanding of how language is implicated in questions of history, culture, aesthetic value and power.

Prerequisites

There are no specific prerequisite courses for the minor in English, but prospective minors are encouraged to take at least one course in English during their first or second year.

Admission to the Program

The Department of English will hold an “open enrollment” period every spring for prospective minors. While students are encouraged to declare in their sophomore year, to take advantage of departmental guidance and the potential “clusters” curated by faculty, they may declare a minor any time before the beginning of their junior spring. A student might join the minor after that, but only with the support of the DUS and their residential college dean, and after having a detailed conversation about advising and guidelines.

English courses taken prior to the formal declaration of the minor may be counted retroactively.

Program of Study

English minors must take five courses, at least two of which are seminars. Just as there are no prerequisites, there are also no required courses for the minor. As detailed above, the department will offer suggestions as to possible clusters, but we will also invite students to chart their own paths and propose a new cluster.

Minors are required to complete a reflection paper after completing the requirements for the minor. For this reflection paper, students are tasked with describing their paths through the minor and outlining the knowledge and skills they’ve acquired across their English courses.

Students may submit their reflection papers at any time after they’ve completed the course requirements for the minor, but no later than March of their senior spring. The reflection paper, submitted to the director of the English Minor and read by members of our Committee on Departmental Studies, is the equivalent, for minors, of the Senior Departmental Exam our graduating majors must take, which also includes (as one component) a reflection paper.

Additional Information

No more than one elected pass/D/fail course may be counted toward the requirements for the minor.

Students are not able to count courses taken to fulfill the requirements of their concentration toward the requirements for the minor (i.e., no double-counting).

Faculty

  • Chair

    • Simon E. Gikandi
  • Associate Chair

    • Sophie G. Gee (spring)
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies

    • Russ Leo
  • Director of Graduate Studies

    • Joshua I. Kotin
  • Professor

    • Eduardo L. Cadava
    • Anne Cheng
    • Andrew Cole
    • Bradin T. Cormack
    • Maria A. DiBattista
    • Jill S. Dolan
    • Jeff Dolven
    • Diana J. Fuss
    • Simon E. Gikandi
    • William A. Gleason
    • Gene Andrew Jarrett
    • Claudia L. Johnson
    • Lee C. Mitchell
    • Rob Nixon
    • Jeff Nunokawa
    • Sarah Rivett
    • Gayle Salamon
    • Esther H. Schor
    • D. Vance Smith
    • Nigel Smith
    • Susan J. Wolfson
  • Associate Professor

    • Zahid R. Chaudhary
    • Sophie G. Gee
    • Joshua I. Kotin
    • Russ Leo
    • Meredith A. Martin
    • Kinohi Nishikawa
    • Tamsen O. Wolff
    • Autumn M. Womack
  • Assistant Professor

    • Monica Huerta
    • Paul Nadal
    • Robbie Richardson
  • Senior Lecturer

    • Sarah M. Anderson
  • Lecturer

    • Ryan Heuser
  • Visiting Lecturer

    • Fintan O'Toole

For a full list of faculty members and fellows please visit the department or program website.

Courses

ENG 132 - Imagining America Not offered this year LA

An introduction to the cross-cultural study of American literatures, with special attention to the multiple points of connection, conflict, dialogue, and exchange that characterize American writings. Texts may be drawn from a broad range of periods, regions, and cultures. One lecture, two classes. Staff

ENG 200 - Rewriting the World: Literatures in English, 1350-1850 Spring LA

An introduction to English literary history. Centered on four great writers--Chaucer, Spenser, Milton, and Pope. Two lectures, one 50-minute preceptorial. R. Lewis

ENG 203 - The Essay Spring LA

This course introduces students to the range of the essay form as it has developed from the early modern period to our own. The class will be organized, for the most part, chronologically, beginning with the likes of Bacon and Hobbes, and ending with some contemporary examples of and reflections on the form. It will consider how writers as various as Sidney, Hume, Johnson, Emerson, Woolf, C.L.R. James, and Stephen Jay Gould have defined and revised The Essay. Two lectures, one 50-minute preceptorial. J. Nunokawa

ENG 230 - Public Speaking Not offered this year LA

Emphasis upon the preparation and delivery of expository and persuasive speeches before audiences composed of the speaker's fellow students. Consultations with the instructor, readings in textbooks, and written analyses of speeches supplement frequent practice in speaking. One 90-minute lecture, two classes. T. Wolff

ENG 235 - Studies in the Classical Tradition (also CLA 335/COM 390/HLS 335) Spring LA

ENG 240 - Origins and Nature of English Vocabulary (also CLA 208/LIN 208/TRA 208) Spring LA

ENG 259 - Film and Media Studies (also AMS 259) Not offered this year LA

This course offers a survey of the varieties of animation across the twentieth and twenty-first centuries as well as their critical reception. Animation is a ubiquitous form, present across media and in advertising. Many viewers take its components and effects for granted. But the archive of animation fundamentally complicates any easy assumptions about "realism" in the twentieth century; animation, moreover, challenges assumptions about bodies and their functions, exaggerating their features and functions, promoting alternatives to more mundane notions of life and liveliness, and relatedly, to ideas of time, contingency, and experience. M. Huerta, R. Leo

ENG 264 - Contemporary Theories of Gender and Sexuality (also GSS 400) Spring SA

ENG 300 - Junior Seminar in Critical Writing Fall

Students learn to write clear and persuasive criticism in a workshop setting while becoming familiar with a variety of critical practices and research methods. The course culminates in the writing of a junior paper. Each section will pursue its own topic; students are assigned according to choices made during sophomore sign-ins. Required of all English majors. One three-hour seminar. Staff

ENG 302 - Comparative History of Literary Theory (also COM 303) Not offered this year LA

ENG 303 - The Gothic Tradition (also COM 372) Spring LA

ENG 304 - Children's Literature Spring LA

A close examination of fairy tales and fantasies written for children but also addressed to adults. Questions to be considered will be literary, cultural, and psychological: the role of fantasy in an age of repression, didacticism versus amorality, male versus female writers, and the conventions of the Victorian fairy tale. Two lectures, one preceptorial. W. Gleason

ENG 305 - Contemporary Literary Theory (also COM 312) Not offered this year LA

Fundamental questions about the nature, function, and value of literary theory. A small number of strategically selected theoretical topics, including exemplary literary works as reference points for discussion. One three-hour seminar. Z. Chaudhary, C. León

ENG 306 - History of Criticism (also COM 340) Fall LA

A study of particular developments in criticism and theory, from Aristotle to Nietzsche. The course will also consider the relation of contemporary criticism to movements and issues such as deconstruction, feminism, psychoanalysis, and cultural materialism. One three-hour seminar. A. Cole

ENG 310 - The Old English Period (also MED 310) Not offered this year LA

An intensive introduction to the English language spoken and written in the British Isles approximately 500 to 1100 C.E., leading to a critical survey of the literature. Attention is paid both to linguistic questions and to the cultural context of such poems as Beowulf and the Dream of the Rood. Two 90-minute seminars. S. Anderson

ENG 311 - The Medieval Period (also MED 309) Not offered this year LA

A study of the Middle English texts that span the period from the Norman Conquest to the Tudor Renaissance, with attention paid to Middle English as a language. Readings will be chosen from verse romance, drama, political and religious writings, romance and/or lyric. One three-hour seminar. D. Smith

ENG 312 - Chaucer (also MED 312) Not offered this year LA

A study of Chaucer's art with reference to the intellectual, social, and literary conventions of the Middle Ages. The course introduces the student by this means to the characteristically medieval aspects of Chaucer's poetry. Two 90-minute seminars. A. Cole

ENG 317 - Poetry and Poetics, 1500 to 1700 (also GSS 407) Spring LA

This class considers short poems of the 16th and 17th centuries that are variously concerned with love, desire, and sexual intimacy. What are the modes of address in the erotic lyric? How do poems represent the subject and object of desire, and how do they represent the ethics of the erotic encounter? What is the social, political, and philosophical work of a personal and intimate poetry? Alongside a wide range of poems (including at least one contemporary collection placed in dialogue with the earlier poems), the course will include several short theoretical readings on the representation of desire. B. Cormack

ENG 318 - Shakespeare: Toward Hamlet (also THR 310) Fall LA

A study of Shakespeare's plays, covering the first half of his career. Emphasis will be on each play as a work of art and on Shakespeare's development as a poet and dramatist. Two lectures, one preceptorial. B. Cormack

ENG 319 - Shakespeare: Hamlet and After Spring LA

A study of Shakespeare's plays, covering the second half of his career. Emphasis will be on each play as a work of art and on Shakespeare's development as a poet and dramatist. Two lectures, one preceptorial. B. Cormack

ENG 323 - Topics in German Culture and Society (also COM 347/GER 307) Fall/Spring EMLA

ENG 325 - Milton (also COM 371) Not offered this year LA

A study of Milton's poetry and prose, with particular attention to Milton's poetic style and development and his indebtedness to various classical traditions. Emphasis will also be given to Milton as thinker and to the place he holds in 17th-century thought. Two lectures, one preceptorial. R. Leo

ENG 330 - English Literature of the 18th Century (also ECS 368) Not offered this year EMLA

A study of major figures from the Augustan Age through the Age of Johnson: Swift, Pope, Fielding, Boswell, Johnson, Sterne, and Blake. Selections include a wide range of literary types from Gulliver's Travels and Joseph Andrews to Boswell's London Journal and Blake's Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Two lectures, one preceptorial. C. Johnson

ENG 331 - The Later Romantics (also ECS 382) Spring LA

A study of the young writers who defined English literary culture, especially the Romantic movement, in Regency and late Georgian England. Course material will include poetry, prose, and fiction, with emphasis on close reading as well as cultural contexts. Among the major figures to be studied are the Shelleys, Byron, and Keats. Two 90-minute seminars. S. Wolfson

ENG 334 - Literatures of the American Renaissance, 1820-1865 Fall LA

A study of the major forms and traditions of American literature during the earlier 19th century, with main emphasis on such writers as Poe, Hawthorne, Melville, Emerson, Thoreau, Dickinson, and Whitman. The artistic achievement of these writers will be studied in relation to developing literary conventions and cultural patterns in pre-Civil War America. Two 90-minute seminars. E. Cadava

ENG 338 - Topics in 18th-Century Literature (also AMS 348/HIS 318) Not offered this year LA

This course will at different times deal with particular currents of literature and thought in the 18th century, or with individual authors. Two lectures, one preceptorial. R. Richardson

ENG 339 - Topics in 18th-Century Literature (also COM 342/GSS 438) Fall LA

This course will at different times deal with particular currents of literature and thought in the 18th century, or with individual authors. Two lectures, one preceptorial. C. Johnson

ENG 340 - Topics in American Literature (also AMS 359) Not offered this year LA

An investigation of issues outside the scope of traditional surveys of American literature. Topics may include: definitions of "America," literature of the South, contemporary poetry, New Historicism, America on film, the Harlem Renaissance, the Vietnam War, the sentimental novel, colonial encounters, literature of the Americas, fictions of empire, Jewish American writers. Two lectures, one preceptorial. E. Schor, D. Nord, M. DiBattista

ENG 342 - Indigenous Literature and Culture Not offered this year CDLA

This course will look to understand the current and historical role of Indigenous people as a trope in both Western culture and in American culture more specifically, the material effects of such representations and the longstanding resistance to them among Indigenous people, and work toward developing ways of supporting Indigenous sovereignty and futurity. It will include a cross-disciplinary program of learning that will work closely with the Indigenous holdings in both Firestone Library and the Princeton Art Museum. R. Richardson

ENG 344 - Topics in Romanticism Not offered this year LA

An intensive study of particular aspects of British Romanticism, which may include individual authors, genres, experiments, and legacies. Two 90-minute seminars. E. Schor

ENG 345 - 19th-Century Fiction Fall LA

Novels of the Romantic and Victorian periods, beginning with Jane Austen, including the Brontës and the major Victorians, and ending with Hardy. Two lectures, one preceptorial. J. Nunokawa

ENG 346 - 19th-Century Poetry Not offered this year LA

This survey of 19th-century British poetry will explore the ways in which Victorian poetry and poetic form influenced and were influenced by national movements: education, empire, voting reform, gender relations, and the rise of technology. It will consider how the afterlife of 19th-century poetry haunts our interpretation of early 20th-century poetry, and re-historicize Victorian poetics amid the vibrant and complicated tapestry of the 19th century. Students will read poems by Tennyson, D.G. Rossetti, Christina Rossetti, Barrett Browning, Browning, Swinburne, Hardy, Clough, Bridges, and Hopkins. Two 90-minute seminars. M. Martin

ENG 347 - Victorian Literature and Society Not offered this year LA

An examination of the responses of Victorian novelists, poets, social critics, and graphic artists to poverty, industrialization, the "woman question," prostitution, slum life, and other social and political issues of the day. Special emphasis on the development of a language and imagery of social criticism. Two lectures, one preceptorial. Staff

ENG 348 - Late Victorian Literature: Decadence and Rebellion Not offered this year LA

This course studies the literature of the last decades of the Victorian era, often referred to as the fin de siècle (or end of the century). It will focus on literary, cultural, and social developments in the final years of the nineteenth century and first years of the twentieth, among them aestheticism, decadence, literary naturalism, imperialism, socialism, the arts and crafts movement, and the "new woman." Authors to be considered include Wilde, Conrad, Pater, Schreiner, Shaw, Hopkins, Hardy, Bridges, Kipling, Morris, Gissing, and Stevenson. Two ninety-minute lectures, one-hour preceptorial. D. Nord

ENG 349 - Literature and Photography (also COM 352/ECS 342) Fall LA

ENG 351 - American Literature: 1865-1930 Spring LA

A study of the development of American literature within the context of the shifting social, intellectual, and literary conventions of the period. Emphasis will be on the artistic achievement of writers such as James, Howells, Twain, Dreiser, Crane, Adams, Wharton, Cather, Fitzgerald, and Faulkner. Two lectures, one preceptorial. L. Mitchell

ENG 352 - African American Literature: Origins to 1910 (also AAS 353) Fall LA

ENG 357 - Topics in American Literature Fall LA

An investigation of issues outside the scope of traditional surveys of American literature. Topics may include: definitions of "America," literature of the South, contemporary poetry, New Historicism, America on film, the Harlem Renaissance, the Vietnam War, the sentimental novel, colonial encounters, literature of the Americas, fictions of empire. Two lectures, one preceptorial. L. Mitchell

ENG 358 - Caribbean Literature and Culture (also AAS 343/AMS 396/LAS 385) CDLA

The Caribbean is an archipelago made up of islands that both link and separate the Americas - islands that have weathered various waves of colonization, migration, and revolution. How do narratives of the Caribbean represent the collision of political forces and natural environments? Looking to the many abyssal histories of the Caribbean, we will explore questions of indigeneity, colonial contact, iterations of enslavement, and the plantation matrix in literary texts. How do island-writers evoke gender and a poetics of relation that exceeds tourist desire and forceful extraction? Staff

ENG 360 - Modern Fiction Fall LA

The Modern movement in English fiction, from Conrad and Joyce to the present. Two lectures, one preceptorial. M. DiBattista

ENG 361 - Modern Drama I (also COM 321/THR 364) Fall LA

A study of major plays by Ibsen, Strindberg, Jarry, Chekhov, Pirandello, Brecht, and Beckett. Emphasis will be given to the theatrical revolutions they initiated and to the influence they continue to exert on contemporary drama and theater. Two 90-minute seminars. M. Cadden

ENG 366 - African American Literature: Harlem Renaissance to Present (also AAS 359) Spring LA

ENG 368 - American Literature: 1930-Present (also AMS 340) Fall LA

A study of modern American writings, from Faulkner to Diaz, that emphasize the interplay between formal experimentation and thematic diversity. Two lectures, one preceptorial. L. Mitchell

ENG 370 - Contemporary Fiction Not offered this year LA

An exploration of the connections and disconnects of our ever-smaller world, viewed through English-language novels and films of the last 25 years. At stake: translatability of language and ideas, processes of immigration, dynamics of economic development, history and memory, heroism and maturity, and notions of the future itself, in societies of rapid change. Throughout, the intersections between state policy and individual lives will be considered, such that while the course is premised on grand geopolitical questions, attention will focus on localized examples: specific texts, close reading. Two lectures, one preceptorial. S. Chihaya

ENG 371 - Contemporary Poetry Not offered this year LA

With an emphasis on British, Australian, and American poetry from 1945 to the present, this course covers a range of work. It considers such groups as the Beats, the Confessionals, the Surrealists, and the New York School, but attention will mostly be devoted to major works by MacDiarmid, Bishop, Lowell, Auden, Berryman, Brooks, Jarrell, Thomas, Larkin, Levertov, Ammons, Creeley, Duncan, Ginsberg, O'Hara, Ashbery, Merwin, Tomlinson, Walcott, Hill, Plath, Murray, Trantner, Kinsella, and others. Classwork will be supplemented by attending readings on and off campus. Two lectures, one preceptorial. S. Stewart

ENG 372 - Contemporary Drama (also THR 372) Not offered this year LA

An examination of some of the best literature written for the stage since the Second World War. Two lectures, one preceptorial. T. Wolff

ENG 373 - Acting, Being, Doing, and Making: Introduction to Performance Studies (also ANT 359/COM 359/THR 300) Not offered this year LA

ENG 383 - Topics in Women's Writing (also AMS 483/GSS 395) Fall CDLA

In this course, students will think dynamically about the relationship between archival records of Black life and Black women's creative expression to interrogate the possibilities and the limits of historical archives. Through hands-on engagement with archival objects in special collections and deep readings of literature, poetry, and visual arts, we will explore what the archival record affords, erases, and silences, and, conversely, how imaginative practices can begin to address and redress its subjects and their histories. A. Womack, L. Brown

ENG 384 - Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies (also GSS 394) Fall/Spring CDLA

This course explores early modern figurations of gender and sex in the literature and philosophy of Europe. We will look carefully at poetry, plays, utopian fiction, and natural philosophy from early modern England, France, Spain, the Netherlands, and the wider Atlantic world. Orienting our reading around the intersecting paradigms of faith, labor, and utopia, this course will offer us the chance to explore historical theories of gender, sex, and desire as well as consent, race, and property. We will also consider how early modern problems and assumptions inform more recent debates concerning gender and sexuality. R. Leo, M. Wolfert

ENG 388 - Topics in Critical Theory (also AAS 391/COM 399) Fall/Spring LA

Think Space asks whether our tendency to think space via language, narrative, desire, subjectivity, and the condition of "being in time" is useful or exhaustive. This class is an experiment in what it means to "be" in space, inhabit a place. A. Cole

ENG 390 - The Bible as Literature (also COM 392/HUM 390/TRA 390) Fall LA

The Bible will be read closely in its own right and as an enduring resource for literature and commentary. The course will cover its forms and genres, including historical narrative, uncanny tales, prophecy, lyric, lament, commandment, sacred biography, and apocalypse; its pageant of weird and extraordinary characters; and its brooding intertextuality. Students will become familiar with a wide variety of biblical interpretations, from the Rabbis to Augustine, Kafka and Kierkegaard. Cinematic commentary will be included--Bible films, from the campy to the sublime. Two lectures, one preceptorial. D. Smith

ENG 392 - Topics in African American Literature (also AAS 392/GSS 341) Not offered this year LA

ENG 393 - African American Autobiography (also AAS 325/REL 366) Not offered this year LA

ENG 397 - New Diasporas (also AAS 397/COM 348) Not offered this year LA

This course will explore the works of contemporary authors of the African and Caribbean diaspora in Europe and North America in relation to the changing historical and cultural context of migration and globalization. The course will consider how these writers have represented the process of relocation, acculturation, and the transnational moment. What is the role of the imagination in the rethinking of identities lived across boundaries? Why and how do these authors use the term diaspora to describe their experiences? How do the works of a new generation of writers from Africa and the Caribbean transform theories of globalization? S. Gikandi

ENG 401 - Forms of Literature LA

Each term course will be offered in special topics of English and American literature. One three-hour seminar. L. Mitchell

ENG 402 - Forms of Literature (also MED 401) HALA

Each term course will be offered in special topics of English and American literature. One three-hour seminar. S. Stewart

ENG 403 - Forms of Literature LA

Each term course will be offered in special topics of English and American literature. One three-hour seminar. C. Johnson

ENG 404 - Forms of Literature (also COM 448) Not offered this year LA

Each term course will be offered in special topics of English and American literature. One three-hour seminar. Staff

ENG 405 - Topics in Poetry Fall LA

A focused view of a problem or issue in poetry, changing from year to year. Recent topics have emphasized problems of poetic language, metrics, poetry and social life, poetic influence and canonization, and the relations between poetry and other art forms. One three-hour seminar. J. Kotin, N. Smith

ENG 409 - Topics in Drama (also HUM 409/THR 410) Fall LA

A detailed discussion of different bodies of theatrical literature, with emphasis and choice of materials varying from year to year. The focus will be on a group of related plays falling within a specific historical period, the developing work of one playwright, or the relationships among thematics, characterization, and structure. Two lectures, one preceptorial. B. Sincox

ENG 411 - Major Author(s) (also AAS 413/AMS 411) CDLA

A close study of the works of one or two authors. May include Austen, Dickinson, Wordsworth, George Eliot, Dickens, Melville, Faulkner, James, Stevens, or Woolf, among others. Two 90-minute seminars. E. Cadava

ENG 412 - Major Author(s) LA

A close study of the works of one or two authors. May include Austen, Dickinson, Wordsworth, George Eliot, Dickens, Melville, Faulkner, James, Stevens, or Woolf, among others. One three-hour seminar. Staff

ENG 413 - Major Author(s) Not offered this year LA

A close study of the works of one or two authors. May include Austen, Dickinson, Wordsworth, George Eliot, Dickens, Melville, Faulkner, James, Stevens, or Woolf, among others. One three-hour seminar. S. Stewart

ENG 414 - Major Author(s) (also AAS 455) Spring LA

A close study of the works of one or two authors. May include Austen, Dickinson, Wordsworth, George Eliot, Dickens, Melville, Faulkner, James, Stevens, or Woolf, among others. One three-hour seminar. R. Rainof

ENG 415 - Topics in Literature and Ethics (also AFS 415/COM 446/JRN 415) Fall CDEM

Courses offered under this rubric will investigate ethical questions in literature. Topics will range from a critical study of the textual forms these questions take to a historical study of an issue traditionally debated by both literature and ethics (responsibility, rhetoric, justice, violence, oppression). Two lectures, one preceptorial. S. Gikandi

ENG 416 - Topics in Literature and Ethics Not offered this year LA

Courses offered under this rubric will investigate ethical questions in literature. Topics will range from a critical study of the textual forms these questions take to a historical study of an issue traditionally debated by both literature and ethics (responsibility, rhetoric, justice, violence, oppression). Two lectures, one preceptorial. S. Gikandi

ENG 417 - Topics in Postcolonial Literature (also AFS 416/COM 423) Not offered this year LA

Approaches to the connections between literature and nationality, focusing either on literatures outside the Anglo-American experience or on the theoretical issues involved in articulating nationality through literature. Two 90-minute seminars. Z. Chaudhary

ENG 418 - Topics in Postcolonial Literature Not offered this year LA

Approaches to the connections between literature and nationality, focusing either on literatures outside the Anglo-American experience or on the theoretical issues involved in articulating nationality through literature. Two lectures, one preceptorial. D. Smith

ENG 420 - The Lyric (also COM 309/SPA 349) Not offered this year LA

ENG 424 - Vladimir Nabokov (also COM 406/RES 417/SLA 417) Fall LA

ENG 425 - Topics in London (also COM 462) Not offered this year LA

In conjunction with University College London, this topic course addresses a range of topics, including the role of class, gender, ethnicity, race, and sexuality in the social dynamics of London life. Students will be considering works that represent the city in terms of the longing for kinds of relation that the city promises but may withhold. We will consider London as a city of neighborhoods, a national and imperial metropolis, a postcolonial and global city. By attending to our texts in their historical contexts and in relation to one another, we will be exploring writing about London that is as restless as the city itself. T. Wolff

ENG 440 - The Modern European Novel (also COM 306) Not offered this year LA

ENG 442 - God, Satan, Goddesses, and Monsters: How Their Stories Play in Art, Culture, and Politics (also CLA 352/HIS 353/REL 350) Not offered this year CDEC

ENG 499 - Princeton Atelier (also ATL 499) Fall LA