English Literature Course Descriptions

Scheduling requirements and limited resources prevent all courses from being offered every term or every year.  Some courses may be offered exclusively via distance delivery. Course numbers, titles, course and program applicability, prerequisites, instructional format, delivery methods, and content may change without notice.  Students are advised to consult with an advising specialist each term to select courses, create and maintain personal educational plans, and obtain the most current information.


ENG 104
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE – FICTION

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students read, discuss, and analyze a variety of short stories and novels, exploring the techniques of fiction and learning the language and process of literary criticism for use in oral and written responses. Through exposure to a wide range of human expression, students will learn to compare/contrast the attitudes and values of specific historical periods and diverse cultures.

 

ENG 105
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE – DRAMA

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students read, discuss, and analyze a variety of plays. They will learn about the conventions of literary drama and dramatic literature’s implications both on the page and on the stage. Through

exposure to a wide range of human expression, students will learn to compare/contrast the attitudes and values of specific historical periods and diverse cultures.

 

ENG 106
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE – POETRY

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students read, discuss, and analyze a variety of poems, both historical and contemporary, formal and free verse. Emphasis will be on finding personal meaning in poetry as well as mastering the

techniques of literary criticism. Through exposure to a diversity of texts, students will be able to compare/contrast approaches of poets from specific historical periods or differing world cultures.

 

ENG 107
WORLD LITERATURE: THE ANCIENT WORLD

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students study a variety of texts by authors from the ancient world (Sumerian, Jewish, Greek, Roman, Christian, and Muslim) including poetry, drama, and religious texts. We will study the

cultural, literary, political, religious, and social contexts for each work, and will examine the shift from oral to written storytelling traditions. GLISH LITERATURE

 

ENG 108
WORLD LITERATURE: MEDIEVAL/RENAISSANCE

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students study a variety of texts by authors from the Medieval and Renaissance eras (Italian, French, English, Spanish) including poetry, drama, and prose. We will study the cultural, literary, political, religious, and social contexts for each work, and will examine the shift from manuscripts to printed texts.

 

ENG 109
WORLD LITERATURE: AFRICA, ASIA & LATIN AMERICA

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students read a sampling of the literature written in the developing world, including texts from Africa, Asia, and South America. We will read folk tales, poetry, short stories, and novels. We will examine primary texts from each region, but will also look at how colonialism has imparted a cross-pollination of cultures.

 

ENG 180
GOTHIC LITERATURE

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students study a sampling of literature written in the Gothic tradition, including British and American literature from 1800 to the present. Emphasis will be on reading the works; discussing them, and analyzing style, content, and theme. We will also examine how the themes of Gothic literature have been “resurrected” in popular culture today (film, fashion, music).

 

ENG 201
SHAKESPEARE I

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students study works by Shakespeare with a particular emphasis on Shakespeare's early period and the history plays and early comedies and sonnets. We will study the literary and cultural contexts for each play, as well as theatrical traditions.

 

ENG 202
SHAKESPEARE II

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students study plays written during Shakespeare's Middle period; the problem plays, tragedies, comedies. We will study the literary and cultural contexts for each play, as well as theatrical traditions.

 

ENG 203
SHAKESPEARE III

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students study plays from Shakespeare's later period, including the Romance genre. We will study the literary and cultural contexts for each play, as well as theatrical traditions.

 

ENG 204
ENGLISH LITERATURE – MEDIEVAL

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students study a variety of works by Medieval English authors including fairy tales, poetry, legends, and longer works such as Beowulf and Canterbury Tales. We will study the cultural, literary, political, religious, and social contexts for each work, as well as the early history of the English language.

 

ENG 205
ENGLISH LITERATURE – RENAISSANCE

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students study a variety of works by Renaissance English authors including Shakespearian (Macbeth) and non-Shakespearian (Faust) drama, lyric poetry, epic poetry, and an early novel. We will study the cultural, literary, political, religious, and social contexts for each work, as well as how the printing press revolutionized literature.

 

ENG 206
ENGLISH LITERATURE – VICTORIAN & MODERN

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students study a variety of texts by Victorian and Modern British authors including novels, poems, and short stories. We will study the rise of the female author in England and will examine works by post-colonial authors. We will also discuss how changes in the British Empire altered the voice of British literature.

 

ENG 214
LITERATURE/PACIFIC NORTHWEST

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students learn appreciation and understanding of the interplay of literature and place, with an emphasis upon the northern coast of Oregon. Through study, discussion, and writing about selected literature of the Pacific Northwest and through the direct observation of our natural environment, students will learn about the cultural and environmental factors that have shaped this region’s landscape and literature. Examples and literary models will be drawn primarily from the coastal Northwest. Students also learn the perceptions and practices of Native Americans and other populations who have lived in this region through their stories.

 

ENG 220
MULTI-CULTURAL AMERICAN LITERATURE

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students read, discuss, and analyze the literature of one or more American minority groups, thereby examining the historical bases and evolutions of diverse cultural ideas. Assigned texts will explore social constructs in terms of power relationships, and guided discussion will help students recognize how culturally-based assumptions influence perceptions and behaviors described in literature.

 

ENG 221
|INTRODUCTION TO CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students examine a variety of texts from the children's literary tradition, including folk tales, fairy tales, classic stories, nursery rhymes, poems, pictures books, and longer works. Emphasis will

be on reading and discussing the works, as well as analyzing style, content, and themes.

 

ENG 253
SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students read, respond to, and analyze works of major authors of American poetry and prose during the period from 1630 to 1860 in the context of the literary movements including Puritanism, Classicism, and Romanticism.

 

ENG 254
SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students read, respond to, and analyze 19th Century American prose and poetry in light of the development of American civilization.

 

ENG 255
SURVEY OF AMERICAN LITERATURE

(3.00 Lecture Hrs./Wk.) 3 Credits

Students read, respond to, and analyze 20th century American prose and poetry in light of the development of American civilization.