Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 89

English
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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS
E231, 232 American Literature I, II (3, 3)
A survey of the writings of famous American authors,
this course emphasizes those who help students to
understand the American heritage and the influences
combining to shape American literature. First semester:
1607-1860, Puritans through Whitman and Dickinson.
Second semester: 1860-1960, Twain through selected
contemporary writers.
E299 Studies in Classic Film (3)
An introduction to film history, technique, and theory,
with an emphasis on genre conventions. Students will
study approximately twelve feature-length and several
shorter films, with particular attention to how the technical
and artistic elements, such as cinematography, plot, and
direction, control meaning and worldview. The focus of
the course is on developing a biblical-critical-analytical
approach to film viewing, resulting in discernment of the
philosophical foundations of individual works. (Fulfills
non-survey literature elective).
E313 Age of Romanticism (3)
A study of the poetry and prose of the major writers of
the English Romantic Movement (1785-1830) with a view
to understand their lives, work, and literary importance.
Selected minor writers and one novel are also included.
E314 Victorian Age (3)
A study of major poets and prose writers of England’s
Victorian period (1830-1901). Emphasizes those writers
whose work both created and responded to crucial issues
during this transitional era. Several minor authors and at
least three Victorian novels are included.
E322 Children’s Literature (3)
A survey of the various types of literature for children.
Requires extensive reading and evaluation of children’s
books (May be counted as a literature elective by English
majors
only
when they are pursuing a secondary teaching
credential).
E332 Advanced Composition (3)
An advanced writing course emphasizing theory and
praxis of composition. Special attention given to the five
canons of Classical Rhetoric (i.e., invention, arrangement,
style, memory, and delivery) to develop conceptual
depth in content, and to broaden and refine stylistic and
organizational repertoire in expression. Involves extensive
practice in writing (re-writing) and oral presentation of the
work. (May not be counted as an elective to fulfill the
general education literature requirement in English.)
E333 Drama as Literature (3)
A study of selected works of Western playwrights from
ancient to modern. Concurrently, this genre course
explores the history, nature, and types of drama, especially
the tragic and comic traditions, as well as the rise of new
forms.
E334 The Short Story (3)
A study of short fiction from masters of the short story
genre. Explores the fictional elements, techniques, themes
and interpretation of representative works from classic and
contemporary authors. Includes attention to the historical
development of the genre.
E335 The English Novel (3)
A historical study of the development of the English
novel. Emphasis on critical reading and writing through
a study of selected novels from the eighteenth century
to the present.
E336 Poetry & Poetics (3)
A study of metrical and stanzaic conventions of
poetry. Emphasis on close reading of a wide range of
representative poems from an anthology.
E353 Modern English Grammar (3)
A detailed structural examination of Modern English at
the level of the clause, sentence, and discourse. Explores
the concept and vocabulary behind traditional grammar
as well as contemporary linguistic theories. Involves
extensive practice in text analysis. Strongly recommended
for all students seeking to qualify for the California
Single Subject Teaching Credential in English. (May not
be counted as an elective to fulfill the general education
English requirements.)
E364 History of the English Language (3)
A systematic survey of the major periods in the
development of the English language: Old English,
Middle English, Early Modern English, and Modern
English. Provides deeper understanding of the nature of
language and language change. Incorporates discussion
of contemporary linguistic (and sociolinguistic) theories.
E374 Studies in Jane Austen (3)
Reading and analysis of the major Austen canon: seven
novels, focusing on the context of Austen’s life and times,
modes of reading, thematic implications, and issues raised
by Austen criticism. Some attention to film adaptations
of her fiction.
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