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Literary Studies Concentration

English Major Advisement Audit Literary Studies Concentration

The  concentration  in  Literary  Studies  invites  students  to  study  literature  as  an  imaginative  artifact conditioned by history, culture, and society. Students read various literary genres such as poetry, prose, and drama with sensitivity to literary and rhetorical devices, as well as aesthetic features, in order to understand how a text produces meaning, and how an interpretation is shaped by a community of readers. Given details from the imagined world of the literary text, students engage with ambiguity, draw inferences, employ critical terminology, and ultimately shape persuasive analytic readings in response to the patterns, representations, and ideas found in these works.

Writing Intensive Gateway. Students in the Literary Studies concentration must take ENG 203 Introduction to Writing Literary Criticism and may choose either ENG 204 or ENG 205 to complete the gateway requirement.

Literary Studies Concentration Requirements (18 credits)

Choose one course from each of the three categories:

I. Literary Analysis, Form, and ­Theory (3 credits)
  • ENG 125 Introduction to Literature
  • ENG 130 Literary Analysis
  • ENG 225 Fiction
  • ENG 226 Drama
  • ENG 227 Poetry
  • ENG 310 Contemporary African American Poetry
  • ENG 358 Literary Theory
  • ENG 359 Film Theory
II.Literary History and Traditions
  • ENG 214 English Literature to 1798
  • ENG 215 English Literature from 1798
  • ENG 223 Survey of American Literature
  • ENG 234 Contemporary Fiction
  • ENG 317 Renaissance Literature
  • ENG 321 19th-Century American Short Story
  • ENG 325 Modern Drama
  • ENG 327 Renaissance Drama
  • ENG 328 Children’s Literature
  • ENG 332 Modern British and American Poetry
  • ENG 333 The Modern Novel
  • ENG 335 Shakespeare’s Comedies
  • ENG 336 Shakespeare’s Tragedies

III. Literature in Cultural Context (3 credits)

  • ENG 216 Scottish Literature and Culture
  • ENG 228 Poetry of Women
  • ENG 233 Contemporary Poetry
  • ENG 252 Literature and Culture of the Harlem Renaissance
  • ENG 255 African American Literature
  • ENG 256 Native American Literature
  • ENG 257 Contemporary Drama and Society
  • ENG 258 Asian-American Literature
  • ENG 259 Chicano/Chicana Literature and Culture
  • ENG 307 Medieval Women Mystics
  • ENG 313 Native American Novel
  • ENG 314 Indigenous Studies
  • ENG 316 Love and War in Medieval British Literature
  • ENG 318 Restoration Literature
  • ENG 319 Age of Sensibility
  • ENG 320 Victorian Literature and Culture
  • ENG 322 The Romantic Period
  • ENG 329 Adolescent Literature
  • ENG 330 Science Fiction
  • ENG 331 Early Eighteenth-Century Literature
  • ENG 337 Sex and Love in Chaucer
  • ENG 339 Shakespeare and Film
  • ENG 342 Literature of New England
  • ENG 344 Literature of Africa
  • ENG 350 Southwestern Literature
  • ENG 352 Lesbian Literature
  • ENG 356 Women Writers to 1900
  • ENG 357 20th-Century Women Writers
  • ENG 399 The Lord of the Rings
IV.Electives Within the Literary Studies Concentration (9 credits)

Choose any three additional literature courses listed above Sections  of  ENG  365,  Topics  in  Literature  and  Language  may  be  designated  as  fulfilling di­fferent categories in the Literary Studies concentration. Students may count multiple sections of ENG 365 towards the completion of their concentration requirements, provided that those sections are on different topics.