Fall 2018

Fall 2018 Literature Courses

Students, scroll down to check out the English Department’s amazing line-up of Fall 2018 literature courses. Registration is open, so make sure to get a seat in the class of your choice by registering now, on CUNYfirst.

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Below is some additional information about some of our special, themed Literature Courses.

Introduction to Women Writers

  • Staff
  • ENG 2150-D539
  • Monday / Wednesday 2:30-3:45pm
  • Individual and Society (Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description
    • This survey course is designed to introduce both men and women to the writings of selected women writers, through readings by both major authors and less well-known writers. Issues of form, structure and genre will be discussed. Students will read, analyze and discuss themes raised by women writers. A variety of genres will be discussed including essays, short stories and poems, and a novel will be explored. Women writers from the United States, Great Britain, and the Caribbean may be included.

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Introduction to Women’s Studies

  • Professor Julian Williams
  • ENG 2160-E542
  • Wednesday 6:00-8:30pm
  • World Cultures & Global Issues (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description
    • This course focuses on literature, scholarly writing, and films that examine specifically the role(s) of girls and women, both nationally and internationally, and determine whether women themselves or others (external forces, individuals, or social systems) construct definitions of womanhood. The course utilizes texts by both men and women, and addresses such themes as womanism, stereotypes, feminism, violence, politics, intimate/familial relationships, sex, sexuality, sexual orientation, and prescribed and evolving gender roles as they relate to girls and women.

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Science Fiction

  • Professor  Jill Belli
  • ENG 2420-D556
  • Tuesday / Thursday 2:30-3:45pm
  • Individual and Society (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description
    • Study of science fiction literature and film, with attention to cultural implications of the genre. Explores the questions science and technology raise about past, present, and future societies. Projects, presentations, and exams based on readings.

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The Graphic Novel

  • Professor Rebecca Mazumdar
  • ENG 3402-D616 (Topics in Literature)
  • Tuesday / Thursday 8:30-9:45am
  • Individual and Society (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course, Capstone Course for LAA and LAS degrees
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1121 or any 2000-level literature (AFR, ENG LATS)
  • Course Description
    • In this exciting class, you’ll learn about the history of comic books and graphic novels, as well as the ways the genre has revolutionized contemporary literature. Where else will you find a class that encourages you to discuss superheroes, fantasy, and global politics… perhaps all in the same conversation?

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Evolution of a Spy: John Le Carre’s George Smiley

  • Professor Aaron Barlow
  • ENG 3403-D617 (One Major Author)
  • Tuesday / Thursday 11:30am-12:45pm
  • Individual and Society (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course, Capstone Course for LAA and LAS degrees
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description
    • John Le Carre’s most famous character, the spy-master George Smiley, burst into fame with Le Carre’s third novel, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. In this course, students investigate the culture of the Cold War that serves as the backdrop to the Smiley novels as well as Smiley’s growth as a character that came about as Le Carrédeveloped as a ‘serious’ writer. Students will also investigate the complex weave of intelligence agencies of the USSR, Great Britain and the United States replete with agents and counter-agents that serves as a backdrop to the Smiley novels.

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The Literature of Illness and Care

  • Professor Kate Falvey
  • ENG 3404-HD18
  • Thursday 4:00-5:15pm; Hybrid Course with in-person meetings
  • Individual and Society (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course, Capstone Course for LAA and LAS degrees
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1121 or any 2000-level literature (AFR, ENG LATS)
  • Course Description
    • ARE YOU INTERESTED IN MEDICINE? Do you love reading? This class will be an in- depth study of the literature of illness and care through reading and writing about memoirs, fiction, essays and poetry.

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Gothic Literature and Visual Culture

  • Professor Ruth Garcia
  • ENG 3407-D618
  • Tuesday / Thursday 11:30am-12:45pm
  • Creative Expression (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course, Capstone Course for LAA and LAS degrees
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1121 or any 2000-level literature (AFR, ENG LATS)
  • Course Description
    • Students critically read, analyze, and write about the popular genre of the Gothic. As represented in both literary and visual terms, in both Europe and the United States beginning in the late-18th century to today. Key concepts include horror, haunting, madness, and monsters.

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