Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 90

The Master’s College 2014-2015 Catalog
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
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,
Elliot, 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 Lacanian
psychoanalysis (and biblically and critically examines their
origin and development) and applications to the field of
literary and cultural criticism (as well as to aesthetics and
gender theory). Recommended for advanced English
majors seeking to pursue graduate education (or others
who seek graduate education in various disciplines within
the humanities).
E489 Directed Studies in Literature (1-3)
Intensive study of a selected topic in literature under
direction of a member of the English faculty.
Open to English majors only with permission of the department
E491 Senior Thesis & Capstone Portfolio (3)
During the last two semesters before graduation, all
English majors prepare an extensive research paper on
a complex literary topic, question, or issue. Students also
compile an academic portfolio of 4 papers representative
of their scholarship, and a tabular listing of all authors
and titles studied in the English major at TMC. After the
students’ nationally-normed Area Concentration
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