Fall 2019

Fall 2019 Literature Courses

Students, scroll down to check out the English Department’s amazing line-up of Fall 2019 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.

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ENG 2000 (Perspectives in Literature), 3 sections

  • Professor Rebecca Mazumdar
    • ENG 2000-D545
    • Tuesday 11:30AM – 2:00PM
  • Professor Annette Saddik
    • ENG 2000-D545
    • Tuesday 11:30AM – 2:00PM
  • Professor: Staff
    • ENG 2000-D529
    • Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 – 5:15pm
  • Individual and Society (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description
    • Readings in and writings about literature across genres, eras and locales. Themes include family, the individual and society, good and evil, gender, faith, and “”the human heart in conflict with itself.”” Essays and exams based on readings.

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

  • Professor: Staff
    • ENG 2000-D528
    • Tuesday/Thursday 8:30AM – 9:45AM
  • Professor: Staff
    • ENG 2000-D530
    • Monday/Wednesday 11:30AM – 12:45PM
  • Professor: Staff
    • ENG 2000-D531
    • Monday/Wednesday 8:30AM – 9:45AM
  • Professor Sean Scanlan
    • ENG 2000-D531
    • Monday/Wednesday 8:30AM – 9:45AM
  • 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 Suzanne Miller
    • ENG 2002-D533
    • Monday/Wednesday 10:00AM – 11:15AM
  • 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: Poetry), 3 sections

  • Professor: Staff
    • ENG 2003-D535
    • Monday/Wednesday 10:00AM – 11:15AM
  • Professor Camille Goodison
    • ENG 2003-D536
    • Tuesday/Thursday 11:30AM – 12:45PM
    • ZERO Textbook Cost
  • Professor: Staff
    • ENG 2003-E222
    • Wednesday 6:00PM – 8:30PM
  • Professor George Guida
    • ENG 2003-HD40 (hybrid)
    • Thursday 2:30PM – 3:45PM
    • ZERO Textbook Cost
  • 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)

  • Professor Ruth Garcia
  • ENG 2150-D537
  • Tuesday/Thursday 2:30PM – 3:45PM
  • Individual and Society (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course, Gender & Sexuality Studies Course
  • 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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ENG 2160: Introduction to Women’s Studies (1 section)

  • Professor Monique Ferrell
  • ENG 2160-D538
  • Tuesday/Thursday 10:00AM – 11:15AM
  • ZERO Textbook Cost
  • 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.

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

  • Professor Laura Westengard
  • ENG 2180-D540
  • Tuesday/Thursday 2:30PM – 3:45PM
  • 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.

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ENG 2200: American Literature I, Fall semester ONLY (3 sections)

  • Professor: Staff
    • ENG 2200-D539
    • Tuesday/Thursday 8:30AM – 9:45AM
  • Professor Mark Noonan
    • ENG 2200-541
    • Tuesday/Thursday 10:00AM – 11:15AM
  • Professor Patricia Rudden
    • ENG 2200-HD44 (hybrid)
    • Monday 2:30PM – 3:45PM
  • 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 2250: Asian American Literature and Culture (1 section)

  • Professor Juanita But
  • ENG 2250-D545
  • Wednesday 2:30PM – 5:00PM
  • U.S. Experience in its Diversity (Flexible Common Core Requirement), Writing Intensive Course
  • Prerequisite of ENG 1101
  • Course Description
    • This survey course introduces students to representative Asian American literary and cultural productions including fiction, poetry, drama, and autobiography by writers across generations. Diverse as these writers are in style and ethnicity, their works, depicting the Asian experience as immigrants and minorities in North America, echo each other. We will analyze thematic and formal elements such as immigration, cultural assimilation, gender characterization, racial relocation and identity displacement in order to establish an intertextual and coherent understanding of this literary tradition

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

  • Professor: Staff
  • ENG 2300-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)

  • Professor: Staff
    • ENG 2400-D550
    • Friday 11:30AM – 2:00PM
  • Professor Patrick Corbett
    • ENG 2400-D551
    • Tuesday 2:30PM – 5:00PM
  • Professor Caroline Hellman
    • ENG 2400-D552
    • Thursday 2:30PM – 5:00PM
  • Professor Sean Scanlan
    • ENG 2400-E250
    • Wednesday 6:00PM – 8:30PM
  • 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.

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ENG 2420: Science Fiction (1 section)

  • Professor Jason Ellis
  • ENG 2420-D556
  • Tuesday/Thursday 2:30PM – 3:45PM
  • ZERO Textbook Cost
  • 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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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): Humor in American (1 section)

  • Professor George Guida
  • ENG 3402-HD16 (hybrid)
  • Wednesday 4:00PM – 5:15PM
  • 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 will examine the theory and practice of humor in America. Texts will include works of literature, graphic art, theater, performance art, film, television, digital media, music and other genres. Students will be encouraged to understand the form, function, effects and ethics of humor in American society, from the Colonial Era to the present.

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ENG 3403 (One Major Writer): Warrior Poet: The Revolutionary Life, Poetry, & Politics of Audre Lorde

  • Professor Megan Behrent
  • ENG 3403-D617
  • 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 1121 or any 2000-level literature (AFR, ENG, LATS)
  • Course Description
    • Audre Lorde is one of the most important writers, thinkers and activists of the 20th Century. As an activist and writer, Lorde dedicated her life and work to the struggle against racism, sexism, homophobia, class inequality, and imperialism. This course will explore Lorde’s poetry and prose so as to understand her artistic and political legacy and the resonance of her work in the current political moment. Throughout the course, we will contextualize Lorde’ s work vis-a-vis the political movements of which she was a part, reading her work in conversation with other writers in feminist movements, Black Power & civil rights movements, socialist thinkers, and anti-racist activists internationally. In reading Lorde’s work, this class will also engage with broader political debates about the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality.

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ENG 3404: The Literature of Illness and Care

  • Professor Ellen Falvey
  • ENG 3404-HD18 (hybrid)
  • 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 any 2000-level literature (AFR, ENG, LATS)
  • Course Description
    • 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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ENG 3407: Gothic Literature and Visual Culture

  • Professor Lucas Kwong
  • 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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