Department of English

Dr. Paul Almonte, Chairperson

The Department of English offers a major in English Literature and a minor in English.

Requirements for English Literature Major

Degree of Bachelor of Arts

Six of the required credits for the major count towards the Core Curriculum Requirements.

EL-123Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama 13
EL-134Fiction 13
EL-201Survey of English Literature I3
EL-202Survey of English Literature II3
EL-Elective from Group 1: The Beginnings through the Early English Renaissance3
EL-Elective from Group 2: Shakespeare through the Age of Reason3
EL-Elective from Group 3: Romanticism through the Late Victorian Era3
EL-Elective from Group 4: Modernism through the Contemporary Era3
EL-Capstone Course3
Choose four English Electives at 200-level or above12
Total Credits39

Special Notes on English Literature Major Requirements

The Hopkins Scholar Program

The Hopkins Scholar Program offers students the opportunity to work individually under the direction of a faculty member on a special project. In a two-semester se­quence (6 credits), typically as part of the Honors Program, students are introduced to the methods of research and become acquainted with the background material for their research projects. This enrichment of the English curriculum is continued as the Hopkins Scholar undertakes an independent research project and produces a senior thesis. Participants must have a 3.0 average in English courses.

Requirements for a Minor in English

EL-123Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama3
Select four English Electives12
Total Credits18


EL-123. Forms of Literature: Poetry and Drama. 3 Credits.

Designed to initiate and develop understanding and appreciation of the nature, properties, and traditions of poetry and drama and to stimulate critical interest in these literary forms by establishing standards of judgment and evaluation. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 OR CM-120.

EL-134. Fiction. 3 Credits.

Designed to initiate and develop understanding and appreciation of the nature, properties, and traditions of prose fiction and to stimulate critical interest in this literary form by establishing standards of judgment and evaluation. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 OR CM-120.

EL-201. Survey of English Literature I. 3 Credits.

A study of major works in British literature from the Old English period to the late eighteenth century, with emphasis on literary forms, genres, and themes, as well as key linguistic, cultural, and historical contexts. Required of all English majors. Prerequisites: EL-123 AND EL-134.

EL-202. Survey of English Literature II. 3 Credits.

A study of major works of British literature from the Romantic Era to the present, focusing on thematic concerns and aesthetic innovations within British literary production in relation to the socio-historic development of the cultures of Great Britain and its Commonwealth. Required of all English majors. Prerequisites: EL-123 AND EL-134.

EL-254. Dramatic Writing Workshop. 3 Credits.

An introduction to the basics of dramatic writing, this course is for students who wish to concentrate on developing scripts for the stage. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 CM-120.

EL-293. Today's Film Scene. 3 Credits.

Students will meet in Manhattan to view and analyze contemporary films, often before they are released to the general public. At times the film makers are likely to participate. The course will give students a knowledge of the contemporary film scene as well as skills in film analysis. Prerequisites: CM-115 CM-117 OR CM-120.

EL-295. Co-Op. 3 Credits.

EL-304. Medieval English Literature. 3 Credits.

Survey of the Old English period (499-1066), covering selected prose and poetry, including Beowulf, and the Middle English period (1066-1485), surveying the works of Chaucer, Langland, the Gawain poet, Malory and others. (Group 1) Prerequisites: EL-123 OR EL-134.

EL-305. Chaucer. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the Canterbury Tales, Troilus and Criseyde, and several of the minor poems. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 1).

EL-311. The Renaissance: Major Texts. 3 Credits.

Interpreting the term "texts" broadly (as any important intellectual or artistic productions emerging from the variously and often vaguely defined era called the Renaissance), this course examines crucial literary works-including Don Quixote, Hamlet, the sonnets of Petrarch, and Calderon's Life is a Dream-as well as important artists (Giotto, Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Raphael) and philosophers (Descartes and Pascal, among others) of the period. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 1).

EL-313. Renaissance Drama. 3 Credits.

A reading and analysis of a variety of Renaissance plays from England and the continent (including Spain, Italy and Portugal). Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 1).

EL-314. Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama. 3 Credits.

A study of important dramatists, from Marlowe to Ford, excluding Shakespeare. Revenge tragedies, history plays and city comedies are examined both as literature and as plays intended for performance. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 2).

EL-321. 17th Century English Literature. 3 Credits.

Prose and non-dramatic poetry from Donne to Milton. Students read, discuss, analyze and debate issues reflected in literature from a variety of genres and sources, ranging from religious meditations to secular poetry, political pamphlets and philosophical essays, considering the social and religious issues raging at that time and today. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 2).

EL-331. English Romanticism. 3 Credits.

An exploration of major trends in English Romanticism with particular attention to the question of why writers of this era had such an explosive effect on the course of English literature. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 3).

EL-334. Victorian Prose and Poetry. 3 Credits.

An exploration of significant trends in Victorian literature primarily through a study of the works of its major poets, essayists, and novelists. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 3).

EL-345. Gothic Literature. 3 Credits.

The Gothic mode in fiction has been popular for over two centuries. This course explores stories and novels, from The Castle of Otranto to The Exorcist, that reflect crucial elements of the genre. We will be reading all forms of the Gothic-supernatural, mechanical, and psychological. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.

EL-348. American Literature to 1870. 3 Credits.

Two elements of the American Dream have been present from the very beginning-freedom and opportunity. We will explore the earliest treatments of those ideas and others in works from authors such as John Smith and Edgar Allan Poe. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 3).

EL-353. The American Short Story. 3 Credits.

A study of selected nineteenth and twentieth- century American short story masterpieces. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).

EL-354. American Drama. 3 Credits.

An exploration of works by important American playwrights-including O'Neill, Williams, Hansberry, Mamet, and Wilson-this course examines how plays present universal concerns of family, identity, and the search for meaning, as well as specifically American themes of race, class, and gender. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).

EL-356. Modern American Poetry. 3 Credits.

A study of the lives and works of selected American poets, including Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, William Carlos Williams, and Sylvia Plath. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).

EL-358. Contemporary Literature. 3 Credits.

This course examines writers-American, British, and Global-from the 1960's to the present with focus on both stylistic and social/political concerns. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).

EL-363. Modern British Novelists. 3 Credits.

Studying the work of modern and post-colonial writers like Conrad, Forster, Woolf, Mansfield, Amis, and Smith, this course examines topics such as colonialism and war, perspectives on ethnicity and gender, and the role of the artist's voice in society. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).

EL-368. Modern and Post-Modern Fiction. 3 Credits.

Through the study of writers such as Woolf, Kafka, Pynchon, DeLillo, and Marquez, this course examines the cultural and historical trends that gave rise to the literary responses know as modernism and post-modernism. We will look at upheavals of politics, class, and geography, revolutions of mind and culture, and breakthroughs in technology and artistic production that caused writers to confront old ideas in new ways, and to use their new manners of expression to impact how we see and value the world. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134 (GROUP 4).

EL-401. World Literature. 3 Credits.

Selected readings of important works from around the world (read in translation), principally from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.

EL-403. Great Books. 3 Credits.

Designed to provide a background in intellectual history and provoke consideration of ethics and values, this course studies texts fundamental to the Western literary tradition and to a liberal education. Writers include Homer, Plato, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Cervantes, Rousseau, Nietzsche, and Dostoevsky. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.

EL-420. Contemporary Theatre. 3 Credits.

Appreciation of contemporary theatre through attendance of Broadway, Off-Broadway and Off-Off- Broadway theatre in New York City. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.

EL-450. Capstone Seminar. 3 Credits.

A required seminar on a topic in English or American literature. As part of its content, the course will provide an introduction to literary theory and criticism applicable to the seminar's focus. Students will engage in extended research and write and present a capstone thesis. Prerequisites: EL-123 EL-134 (SENIORS ONLY).

EL-473. Shakespeare: From the Page to the Stage. 3 Credits.

Since Shakespeare's plays were intended to be performed live, not read in silence, we will both critically analyze a selection of his works and then bring the texts alive in performance, employing both original theatrical practices and modern acting techniques. (Group 2) Prerequisites: EL-123 EL-134.

EL-493. Film Noir: Dark Side of American Film. 3 Credits.

An introduction to this American Film genre with reference to its origins in European films and painting of the 1920's and 1930's, and in American hard-boiled detective fiction of the 1930's, as well as to its significance to the development of Hollywood and today's mass media. Prerequisites: EL-123, EL-134.

EL-499. Special Topics. 3 Credits.

CM-115 CM-117 OR CM-120;.