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
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, George Orwell, D. H. Lawrence, Aldous Huxley, Katherine Mansfield, Graham Greene, W. H. Auden,
and C. S. 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 twentieth 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: Saul Bellow, Michael
Bishop, Raymond Carver, Countee Cullen, E. E. Cummings, John Dos Passos, Ralph Ellison, T. S. Eliot, William
Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Robert Frost, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Jack Kerouac,
Maxine Hong Kingston, David Mamet, Cormac McCarthy, Arthur Miller, Toni Morrison, Flannery O’Connor, Eugene
O’Neill, Sylvia Plath, Katherine Anne Porter, John Steinbeck, Amy Tan, John Updike, Kurt Vonnegut, Alice Walker,
Eudora Welty, John Edward Williams, and Thomas 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
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
This basic theoretical model will derive from the
scriptural record regarding human wisdom and knowledge.