Course Descriptions - Literature
LIT210 Children's Literature (3-0-3)

This course examines literature written for children from preschool through adolescence. It explores a variety of genres and forms and traces the historical development of literature for children. Students interpret literature from multiple perspectives and examine illustrations in terms of their relationship to the text. PR: ENG 123

LIT211 Native American Literature (3-0-3)

This course will introduce students to the large and diverse array of literature produced by Native Americans in North America, from pre-contact oral literature to contemporary writings in English. Genres studied will include any or all of the following: myths; chants, ceremonies, and rituals; songs; speeches; personal narratives; essays; poems; short stories and novels. The course will concentrate on post-contact literature, especially on the issues faced by men and women of native descent in the United States. PR: ENG 123

LIT212 Literature of the Hudson-Mohawk (3-0-3)

This course explores the rich and diverse cultural and literary heritage of the Hudson-Mohawk Region as well as its geography and history. Students will read works that are either set in the Hudson-Mohawk Region or written by authors who lived within the region. They will also undertake research to uncover more of the region's literature. PR: ENG 123

LIT214 Black Literature (3-0-3)

This course introduces students to the large and diverse array of literature produced by Africans and African Americans in North America, from slavery to the modern period. Genres studied include fiction (novels and short stories), drama, poetry and song, and non-fiction prose. The course emphasizes the ways in which African and African American authors have articulated and responded to issues of identity and empowerment within the Euro-American context. PR: ENG 123

LIT215 Introduction to Poetry (3-0-3)

This course is an introduction to poetic genres, forms, and modes. It fosters appreciation for and critical analysis of poetry and acquaints students with the historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts of that poetry. This course also introduces students to poetics, prosody, and poetry criticism. PR: ENG 123

LIT216 Mythology (3-0-3)

This course will introduce students to selected major myths, and to representative or noteworthy minor myths, which various cultures have created in their efforts to come to terms with perceived reality. The course will also explore the belief systems which underlie those myths. The course also will enable students to recognize the continued value and relevance of myth and myth-making. PR: ENG 123

LIT218 Law in Literature (3-0-3)

This course introduces students to literature which embodies significant legal concepts. Students read and discuss works from literature and analyze how writers portray legal issues through plot, theme, and character development. Legal theory and literary analysis are presented in social and historical context. PR: ENG 123

LIT220 Women's Literature (3-0-3)

This course explores the contributions of women authors to literature in diverse eras, cultures and nations. In addition to investigating such issues as the literary canon and the roles played by race, ethnicity, class, se