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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 intend to pursue a Multiple Subject 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

(rewriting) and oral presentation of the work. (May not be counted to fulfill the general education literature elective.)

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 Before 1900

An historical development study of the English novel before 1900 with the influences of neoclassicism and romanticism

shaping philosophic perspectives. Novel selections representative of but not limited to Fielding, Gaskell, Goldsmith,

Austen, Scott, Dickens, the Brontës, Thackeray, Eliot, Stevenson, Doyle, Hardy, and Wilde are included. Emphasis on

critical reading and writing through a study of selected novels.

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.

E346 International Writers: Russians (3)

Russian literature has been noted for its probing the depths of the human soul in its attempt to understand the place of

mankind in the universe and in relation to God. Two writers, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Anton Chekhov, represent the

golden age of Russian literature, a period in the 19

th

century when Russian writers are said to have equaled the

achievements of Western Europe. Dostoevsky represents the high point while Chekhov writes in the sunset of the time.

This course will look at the decline of the Tsarist Russian and the beginnings of Marxist Leninism.

E348 Genre Studies: Detective Fiction (3)

This course addresses the concept of detective/mystery fiction. Because of the popularity of this genre and the

increasing attention to serious scholarship, the study will work through the history of its development from the seminal

work by Poe to contemporary authors in various historical and cultural settings. In addition to Poe, writers are selected

from among Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler, Ellis

Peters, P. D. James, and others of students’ choices. The course attempts to answer questions such as: what is the appeal

of detective fiction? What vision of human nature and society emerges from the detective genre? Other issues involve

questions about meaning, knowledge, law, justice, gender, society, and morality.

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 to fulfill the general education literature elective.)