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Columbus State University

English option

ENGL 2155. Introduction to Literary Studies: Critical Methods (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102. In this introductory course for English majors, students will acquire a familiarity with key literary terms and genres and will sharpen the tools needed to interpret different kinds of literature. Much of the course will be devoted to understanding the development of literary theory and its importance for analyzing literature. Schools of theory that will be discussed include formalism, historicism, Gender Studies, post-structuralism, post-colonialism, psychological criticism, and more. The course will also equip students with the research skills they will need to navigate the traditional card catalog, electronic environments, bibliographic databases, contextual primary sources, reviews, etc.

ENGL 3145. Early American Literature (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. This course offers students the opportunity to read literature critical to an understanding of early and colonial America (to 1800), its values and beliefs. While canonical writers will be emphasized, the instructor should include numerous alternative voices, including those of Native Americans, African Americans, and women writers. Genres will include non-fiction (historical accounts, diaries, religious treatises, sermons, political documents), autobiography, Native American texts, short stories, poetry, and plays.

ENGL 3146. American Renaissance (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. This course will examine American literature from 1800-1865, a period in which writers were concerned largely with social reform and with creating a distinctly American literature. Course readings will include essays, poems, novels, short stories, and autobiographical writings by Anglo, Hispanic, African, and Native American men and women. Students will consider these writings within multiple social and literary contexts, including manifest destiny and Native America; the women.

ENGL 3147. American Realism and Naturalism (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. With the historical bookends of two tragic wars (Civil War and WWI), the literary movements of realism and naturalism responded to and reflected the rapid changes in American culture, including reconstruction and industrialism. In this course students will learn to describe the shift in American literature away from Romantic ideas and aesthetics to Realism and Naturalism. We will explore the development of the short story and the maturation of the realistic and naturalistic novels during this period, including a consideration of regionalism and the local color movement. This course will include the works of both canonical and marginalized writers.

ENGL 3148. American Modernism (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. This course will examine the varieties of modernism in the first half of the twentieth century. It will focus on major works of modernist fiction, poetry, and drama, and study the various subtypes such as high modernism, the Harlem Renaissance, populist writing, social realism, etc. The modernist aesthetic, deriving from changes in industrialization, urbanization, and immigration, will be linked to key historical and cultural events such as early twentieth century technological innovations, World War I, The Roaring Twenties, The Great Depression and World War II.

ENGL 3149. Contemporary American Literature (3-0-3) Prerequisite: ENGL 1102 and ENGL 2157 with a grade of "C" or better and Prerequisite: or Corequisite: ENGL 2155 and ENGL 2156 with a grade of "C" or better. The purpose of this course is to gain a valuable understanding of American literature between 1945 and the present. The course examines all of the major literary genres (poems, short stories, plays, and novels) and looks at a wide range of the aesthetic, cultural, and political issues that emerged during the period. In addition, students of this class will study the various literary forms and approaches of the last sixty years (such as New Criticism, confessional poetry, postmodernism, and post-colonialism), learning not only what the principles of these forms and approaches are but how they influenced one another. Students will also examine the ways in which literature was affected by the historical and cultural events of this period (such as the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Vietnam War, and Feminism) as well as those events that preceded this period (the Depression, World War II).