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 to fulfill the general education literature elective.)
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 37 plays and viewing a film version of an eleventh; additional extensive readings
from the Sonnets. Short lectures and discussions on a wide range of topics throughout the semester explore the cultural
background of Elizabethan England. 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:
Thomas Hardy, Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, the War Poets, E. M. Forster, W. B. Yeats, George Eliot, Virginia Woolf,