Course Electives

English Literature Elective Courses for Fall 2018

ENG 110 – Serpents Swords Symbols and Sustainability

Meeting Time: MTH 9:30 – 10:50am
Professor: Deborah Robinson  (drobinson@rwu.edu)
Course Description
Using the natural world as a point of departure, students learn the universal language of symbols from ancient cultures to the present, as they assess the evolution of the relation between human beings and the natural world, once perceived as reciprocal and interdependent, now distinct and isolated. Students analyze interdisciplinary & cross-cultural literary and visual works in non-fiction and natural history,  literature, and film. No prerequisites.  This course counts as a lower level elective in the English Literature major.  All students are welcome.

CW 210 – Form in Poetry

Meeting Time: TTH 12:30 – 1:50pm
Professor: Renee Soto  (rsoto@rwu.edu)
Course Description
This course studies essential poetic forms (villanelle, sonnet, sestina, etc) and contemporary voice.  In seminars and workshops, we combine the critical study of published writing and the development of student work to learn how form and its history create the basis for all poetry.  We will read writers such as John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, T.S. Elliot, Phillip Larkin, Sylvia Plath, Frank O’Hara, Theodore Roethke, and William Carlos Williams.  No prerequisites. THIS COURSE IS A LOWER LEVEL INTERDISCIPLINARY ELECTIVE OPTION for ENG majors.  ENG majors may substitute one (1) interdisciplinary option for an ENG elective at the upper or lower level.

ENG 320 –  Global Literature: The Holocaust in Literature

Meeting Time: TF 2:00 – 3:20pm
Professor: James Tackach (jtackach@rwu.edu)
Course Description
This course examines the European literature of the Holocaust, prior to and during World War II.  The course will include first-hand accounts, The Diary of Anne Frank, Elie Wiesel’s Night, and texts composed during the post-Holocaust decades, such as John Boyne’s The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and Martin Sherman’s Bent.

CW 360 – Writers Reading Fiction Seminar

Meeting Time: T 5:00 – 7:50pm

Professor:  Adam Braver (abraver@rwu.edu)
Course Description
In this course, students will learn to “read as writers” by studying contemporary canonical writers’ technical craft. This class helps students practice the writing process by developing their own writing skills. Students will be exposed to essential works of writers such as, Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz, Sherman Alexie, Chang-Rae Lee, and Sandra Cisneros. Prerequisites: CW 210, CW 220, and a 200 or 300 level Writing Course. Or by permission of the instructor.  Interested students without pre-reqs should contact Prof. Braver.