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The Master’s College 2015-2016 Catalog

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UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

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.

E405 Shakespeare (3)

Intensive reading of ten of Shakespeare’s thirty-

seven plays and viewing a film version of an

eleventh; additional extensive readings from the

Sonnets. Short lectures and discussions throughout

the semester explore the cultural background of

Elizabethan England on a wide range of topics.

Two-thirds of class sessions revolve around student

group performance. Substantial term paper project

also required.

E406 Milton (3)

Reading of John Milton’s major poetry and much of

the prose. Includes substantial amount of contextual

reading in Calvin, Luther, Erasmus, Arminius,

Augustine, Pelagius, Origen, and other theological

and non-theological writers from the ancient to

the early modern world. Additional attention to the

scriptural passages that Milton used as catalysts for

his own writing.

E415 Contemporary Literature (3)

An intensive study of selected contemporary literary

works from around the world. This course examines

the current international trends in literature, with

special attention given to the body of literature

loosely labeled “postmodern.” Students will become

familiar with its concept, content, and style; further,

they will develop, from a biblical perspective, a

critical ability to respond to its cognitive and aesthetic

challenges.

E416 Modern British Writers (3)

A study of British fiction, drama, poetry, and prose

from 1910 to the 1940s. Authors are selected from

among the following: Hardy, Conrad, Joyce, The War

Poets, Forster, Yeats, Eliot, Woolf, Orwell, Lawrence,

Huxley, Mansfield, Greene, Auden, Lewis. Reading

of whole works, together with identification and

discussion of techniques, subject matters, themes,

historical influences, and crux issues.

E425 Twentieth Century American Writers (3)

An in-depth study of influential 20th century

American novelists, short story writers, poets, and

playwrights. Students will read whole works or a

body of work by authors selected from among the

following: Bellow, Bishop, Carver, Cullen, Cummings,

Dos Passos, Ellison, Eliot, Faulkner, Fitzgerald,

Frost, Ginsberg, Hemingway, Hurston, Kerouac,

Kingston, Mamet, McCarthy, Miller, Morrison,

O’Connor, O’Neill, Plath, Porter, Steinbeck, Tan,

Updike, Vonnegut, Walker, Welty, Williams, and

Wolfe. Includes contextual readings to help identify

and engage with significant historical and cultural

trends and events. (English majors selecting E425

may waive E232 and select an additional elective.)

E435 Literary Criticism & Critical Theory (3)

An introduction to literary criticism and theoretical/

conceptual systems from the Pre-Socratics and Plato

to modern and emerging postmodern thinking.

Readings in primary texts, with emphasis on

developing a biblical-critical theory for approaching

literature, philosophy, art, culture, and

theory itself.

This

basic theoretical model will derive from the scriptural

record regarding human wisdom and knowledge.

E436 Contemporary Critical Theory (3)

An examination of the main trends in the

development of critical and cultural theories

since the New Criticism, focusing on (French)

poststructuralism, (German) hermeneutics, and

(American) Pragmatism, as well as (post-)Marxism

and (Lacanian and post-Lacanian) psychoanalysis.

This course also looks at some major outgrowths of

these approaches, namely, contemporary feminism,

deconstruction, and (so called) postmodernism.

E453 Psychoanalytic Criticism (3)

An in-depth investigation and critique of the theory

and praxis of psychoanalysis as it is applied to the

study of literature and culture. Introduces students

to the terminology and the concept of Freudian and