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, sexual orientation, and cultural context, the course introduces students to feminist literary theory and feminist literary criticism. PR: ENG 123

LIT221 Hispanic Literature of the Western Hemisphere (3-0-3)

This course provides a survey of major authors and literary works originating in Hispanic culture, and examines their global impact. The selection of authors and texts (in translation, when appropriate) introduces students to diverse geographical, political, and cultural climates that exist within the border of the Hispanic community -- a community that includes Central and South America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and portions of the U.S. In addition, course texts inform students of the historical background, extensive influence, and continuing impact of Spanish colonization of the Western Hemisphere. PR: ENG 123

LIT223 The Detective in Fiction and Film (3-0-3)

In this course students study the history and development of detective fiction. They read and analyze works of detective fiction from a variety of historical periods and view and analyze some of the genre's pivotal films. Discussions focus upon the elements of fiction as they apply to this genre, the historical, societal, and ethical aspects of detective fiction, and the elements of film noir. PR: ENG 123

LIT225 Contemporary World Fiction (3-0-3)

This course explores prose fiction from around the world written since the mid-twentieth century by authors of various nationalities, ethnicities, and races. It covers the aesthetic and cultural dimensions of the individual works in the context of relevant literary and cultural cross-currents. PR: ENG 123

LIT231 Drama Classics to 1870 (3-0-3)

This course surveys works of world dramatic literature from the ancient Greeks to the nineteenth century. It examines characteristic values and styles of the Classical, Medieval, Early Modern, Baroque, and Romantic periods in their tragic, comic, and mixed modes. PR: ENG 124

LIT233 Drama Classics:Modern and Contemporary (3-0-3)

This course surveys major schools of dramatic literature from the latter 19th to the 21st century, e.g. Realism, Naturalism, Expressionism, Symbolism, Epic Theater, Surrealism, Absurdism, Post- Modernism. It places primary emphasis on the works, theories, and influences of major European and American dramatists. PR: ENG 124

LIT252 British Literature Before 1800 (3-0-3)

This course surveys works of British literature from its origins in pre-Norman England through the eighteenth century. It fosters students' appreciation for literature and their acquaintance with texts written in English during the years of this survey; introduces them to the historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts of these texts; and hones their critical thinking skills in the analysis of literature. PR: ENG 124 or HON 124 F

LIT254 British Literature Since 1800 (3-0-3)

This course surveys works of British literature from the eighteenth-century to the present. It fosters students' appreciation for literature and their acquaintance with texts written in English during the years of this survey; introduces them to the historical, intellectual, and cultural contexts of these texts; and hones their critical thinking skills in the analysis of literature. PR: ENG 124 or HON 124 S

LIT256 American Literature to 1865 (3-0-3)

This course surveys writing in America from pre-colonial times through 1865, focusing on how the historical growth of the country contributed to the emergence of a distinctly American literature. The course will cover key literary figures and movements within the diverse range of American literary history, including those historically under- represented. PR: ENG 124 F

LIT258 American Literature Since 1850 (3-0-3)

This course surveys American Literature from 1865 through the present, focusing on the growing diversity in authorship and formal experimentation during this period. Literature by key literary figures, representative of major movements, will be examined. The course will also introduce more experimental works and emerging authors. PR: ENG 124 S

LIT260 The American Short Story (3-0-3)

This course focuses on the American short story as a literary form. It emphasizes the diversity of the form by looking at a variety of early, modern, and contemporary short stories from a variety of regions, cultures, and ethnic groups. It analyzes the formal elements of short fiction and also focuses on its social, cultural, and historical contexts.

LIT266 Literary Science Fiction (3-0-3)

This course provides an introductory exploration of the literary genre of science fiction. It identifies the thematic and formal characteristics of the genre, and traces its development from and relationship to other forms of literature and the history of science. PR: ENG 123 and either ENG 124 or HON 124

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