Fall 2020

Fall 2020 Literature Courses

Students, scroll down to check out the English Department’s incredible line-up of Fall 2020 literature courses! Registration is ongoing, so make sure to get a seat in the class of your choice by registering as soon as you can, on CUNYfirst.

Please note that all “Day” and “Evening” classes for fall 2020 are hybrid by default: they are scheduled to meet online for the first half of the semester, and then, potentially, in person for the second half. Fully online classes will be marked as “online.”

Finally, this page is still in progress: courses with “TBA” instructors will be updated as information becomes available.

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ENG 2001 (Introduction to Literature: Fiction), 4 sections

  • Creative Expression (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description: Analysis and critical understanding of selected fiction. Exams and essays based on readings.

ENG 2002 (Introduction to Literature II: Drama), 2 sections

  • Professor TBA
    • ENG 2002-D531
    • Monday/Wednesday 10:00-11:15 AM
  • Professor Annette Saddik
    • ENG 2002-D534
    • Tuesday/Thursday 2:30PM – 3:45PM
  • Creative Expression (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description: Analysis and critical understanding of selected plays. Exams and essays based on readings.

ENG 2003 (Introduction to Literature III: Poetry), 2 sections

  • Professor Nina Bannett
    • ENG 2003-D530
    • Monday/Wednesday 10:00 – 11:15 AM
  • Professor Mark Noonan
    • ENG 2003-D537
    • Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:45
  • Creative Expression (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description: Analysis and critical understanding of selected English and American poems. Exams and essays based on readings.

ENG 2150: Introduction to Women Writers (1 section)

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  • Fulfills Individual And Society Requirement for Pathways, Writing Intensive, Gender & Sexuality Studies Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description:Introduction to the writings of selected women writers, both major authors and less well-known women writers. A variety of genres including essays, fiction, poems and plays will be explored.

ENG 2160: Introduction to Women’s Studies (1 section)

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  • World Cultures & Global Issues (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course, Gender & Sexuality Studies Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description: This course focuses on literature, scholarly writing, and films that examines specifically the role(s) of girls and women, both nationally and internationally, and determines 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.

ENG 2180: Studies in Identity and Orientation (1 section)

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  • Professor Laura Westengard
  • ENG 2180-D540
  • Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:45 PM
  • U.S. Experience in its Diversity (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course, Gender & Sexuality Studies Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description: This course provides students with an introductory understanding of identity, focusing specifically on the concepts of gender and sexuality as they intersect with race, class, ethnicity, and other aspects of social location and identification. The course also includes an analysis of the appearance of gender and sexuality as integrated social concepts by reading and discussing contemporary American texts across multiple genres and media.

ENG 2200: American Literature I (2 sections, Fall Semester Only)

  • Professor Mark Noonan
    • ENG 2200-D541
    • Tuesday/Thursday, 10:00-11:15 AM
  • Professor Archie Porter
    • ENG 2200-D545
    • Monday/Wednesday – 2:30-3:45 PM
  • U.S. Experience in its Diversity (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description: American writing from the Colonial beginnings to the middle of the 19th century, with emphasis on the literature as an expression of the cultural and intellectual life of the times. Exams and essays based on readings.

ENG 2300: Great Works of Literature I, Fall semester ONLY (1 section)

  • Professor: TBA
  • ENG 2301-D548
  • Tuesday/Thursday 8:30AM – 9:45AM
  • World Cultures & Global Issues (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description
    • Representative readings, many in translation, from the great books of Western culture from ancient times to the Middle Ages and the Renaissance. Exams and essays based on readings

ENG 2400: Films From Literature (4 sections)

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  • Professor Sean Scanlan
    • ENG 2400-D552
    • Thursday 2:30-5 PM
  • Professor TBA
    • ENG 2400-D548
    • Friday 11:30 – 2:00 PM
  • Professor TBA
    • ENG 2400-E250
    • Wednesday 6-8:30 PM
  • Creative Expression (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description: This course will allow students to examine the relationship between film and their literary sources. Through classroom discussions and out-of-class assignments, students will analyze classic and contemporary literary texts and their cinematic versions. Students will examine the relationship between film and literature, with specific focus on the techniques used in fiction, drama and film, and the influences of censorship and society. Students will focus on the similarities and differences of literary works adapted into films.

ENG 2420: Science Fiction (1 section)

  • Professor Jill Belli
    • ENG 2420-D557 (Science Fiction)
    • Tuesday/Thursday, 11:30-12:45
  • 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.

ENG 3401: Law through Literature (1 section)

  • Professor Rebecca Mazumdar
  • ENG 3401-D614
  • Tuesday/Thursday 4:00PM – 5:15PM
  • Individual and Society (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course, Capstone Course for LAA and LAS degrees
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1121 or ENG 2000-level course
  • Course Description: An exploration of concepts of justice, higher law, customary law and written law expressed through works of fiction and non-fiction. The course seeks to enhance the student’s sensitivity to issues of ethics, gender bias and class consciousness as they affect the administration of justice. Readings improve communication skills and strengthen legal skills of identifying, articulating, and locating problems in the context of underlying legal issues. Written assignments will emphasize expository writing skills.

ENG 3402 (Topics in Literature): Paradise, Perfection, Anarchy and Apocalypse: The World-Building of Utopias and Dystopias (1 Section)

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  • Professor Jill Belli
    • ENG 3402-D618
    • Tuesday/Thursday 2:30-3:45 PM
  • 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: This course explores the blurry line between utopias and dystopias (perfection gone awry) historically and in our contemporary moment through literature, films, critical theory, music, reality TV, new media, social media, and our own experiences.

ENG 3407: Gothic Literature and Visual Culture (2 Sections)

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  • Professor Sean Scanlan
  • ENG 3407-D628
  • Monday/Wednesday 11:30-12:45 PM
  • 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.