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ENGL480 Literary Seminar<p>​In this capstone experience, you will partner with Morris Library to combine your literary studies with skills in archival research, digital humanities, and exhibition design.  We will begin with the Harlem Renaissance writings of Langston Hughes, and then trace Hughes and his contemporaries as their work evolved through the World World II, civil rights, and Black Arts eras.  We will read poetry, plays, and fiction while also digging into collections of original letters, manuscripts, and ephemera held in UD’s Special Collections.  At the end of the semester, the class will work as a team to mount an exhibition showcasing our research. </p><p>ENGL 480 is reserved for Senior/Junior English majors to satisfy the English Capstone requirement.  It also satisfies the university Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) requirement and the university Capstone requirement.</p>0
ENGL462 Experiential Learning<p>Whether you want a career in marketing, public relations, technical writing/editing, publishing, social media management, or you plan to go to graduate school or law school, an e-portfolio helps you tailor your materials to showcase your best writing and media samples.  We’ll craft, develop, and edit your work while also analyzing job ads, resumes, cover letters, and how to create a professional social media presence.  At the end of the semester, UD alumni will visit to review and workshop your portfolios. ENGL 462:</p><ul><li>Is reserved for Senior/Junior English majors to satisfy the English Capstone requirement.  </li><li>Satisfies the university Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) requirement and the univeristy Capstone requirement.<br></li></ul><p> </p>0
ENGL410 Technical Writing<div class="ExternalClass8EF85466452C49A78FA4193380A3755E"><p>Selected problems in technical communications, the preparation of reports and technical editing. Seats reserved for Seniors and Juniors majoring in Agriculture & Natural Resources; Business & Economics; and Engineering. Unused seats will be released to students in all majors on February 7, 2020.<br>ENGL 410 satisfies the Second Writing Requirement.<br></p></div>0
ENGL409 Topics in Journalism<div class="ExternalClassE577CC04F70646299724CAB641BAE268"><p>Can be taken up to 3 times when topics vary. Prerequisite: ENGL 110. Special topics change each semester. For Fall 2019:<br>Section 010: Food, Film, & Tech Reporting with Professor Dawn Fallik<br>Section 011: Social Media & Start-Ups with Professor Deborah Howlett<br></p><p>ENGL 409 satisfies the College Second Writing requirement<br></p></div>0
ENGL397 Digital Rhetoric<div class="ExternalClassCE3C42A91B504A189232A33B275A294A"><p>Writing doesn't only happen on the printed page. It happens in all of the various modes and media you access every day: The pictures you post on Instagram - the podcasts you listen to - the video games you play. ENGL397 helps guide you through what it means to "write" in the age of digital data: screens, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and smart phones. We'll explore how digital technologies and the Internet affect the way we read, write, and think. To expand the concept of writing as more than text, we'll compose and analyze images, videos, and podcasts to learn how they all work together to create meaning.</p> <p>For Fall 2020, ENGL 397 substitutes the ENGL 416 requirement in the Interactive Media minor.<br></p></div>0
ENGL376 World Literature<p>World literature brings unexpected lessons. Promising to take us beyond our own nation space to the global stage, it often returns to us the complexity of our own situation, asking us to engage with our own frames of reference and our own perspectives. Attending closely to narrative and style, we'll explore how world literature negotiates this distance between us, entangling literary and historical cultures, crossing genres, and blending times and places.</p><p>ENGL 376 is resersved for English majors and English Ed majors only.</p><p>ENGL 376: </p><ul><li>Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement in the English major.  </li><li>Satisfies the Diverse Literature requirement in the English Education major.  </li><li>Satisfies the College Second Writing requirement.</li></ul>0
ENGL372 Studies in Drama<p>The stage has often been a place where radical ideas, provocative notions, and wild energy could live and breathe, at least for a few hours. What would not be possible, acknowledged or imagined in our daily lives, can become a lived experience, shared with actors on stage and the audience around us. Plays can remake us, and they can release us back into the world with new notions of gender and sexuality, the structure of the city or the meaning of family. Plays might encourage us to dress differently, live differently, or love differently. </p><p>We’ll read plays from recent American writers such Danai Gurira, Suzan-Lori Parks, and Dominique Morisseau, as well as older works, like those written by Aphra Behn, the first English woman to make her living through her pen. We’ll also take a turn performing drama in- and out-of-class, for instance William Shakespeare’s festival of disguise and desire, <em>Twelfth Night</em>. This class is discussion-based, with several papers and exams. Whenever possible, we we’ll also attend local productions, speak to playwrights and actors, and visit performance spaces. </p><p>ENGL 372 satisfies the College Second Writing requirement. </p><p> </p>0
ENGL367 Seminar<p>UD scholar, Mark Miller, has characterized our contemporary era as “the age of migration,” involving vast movements of people across and within national borders. We'll explore stories of migration and refugeeism in a range of genres, including fiction, poetry, and memoir. We'll investigate some of the key causes of migration, from environmental crisis to violent conflict to economic stagnation. In addition to the causes of migration, we'll think about the effects. How do these writers describe the loss of home, separation from family and friends, and the possibilities for belonging in a new place?</p><p>We'll partner with ENGL 334: Studies in Environmental Humanities: “Climate Change and Environmental Refugees,” taught by Professor Brooke Stanley, which investigates climate change’s human impact through the lens of global literature. Students in ENGL 367 and ENGL 334 will collaborate to develop a new section about climate migration for the Moving Fictions web site <a href="https://sites.udel.edu/movingfictions/">https://sites.udel.edu/movingfictions/</a> </p><p>Interested students are encouraged to enroll in both classes for a richer exploration of how migration and environment intersect. </p><p>ENGL 367 satisfies the College Second Writing requirement.</p>0
ENGL348 Contemporary Jewish-American Literature<p>​What does it mean to be a Jew in America? Since the beginning of the 20th century, Jewish Americans have been major players in our culture yet have often remained invisible or marginal. In music, film, and literature, Jewish stories have become American stories whether we know it or not. Are Jews ethnic outsiders or American insiders?  From Bob Dylan to Steven Spielberg; Bernie Sanders to Sarah Silverman, Jewish Americans give us some of our most influential and popular visions of this country. In this class, we will track those visions through 20th and 21st century literature. We will pay attention to the special brand that is Jewish humor, the experience of immigration and upward mobility, and the fragility of assimilated life in America. Our texts will include short stories, novels, graphic novels, popular music, and films. We will read literature by writers such as Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Deborah Eisenberg, and Art Spiegelman alongside popular media from 1900 to today.ENGL 348 satisfies:</p><p>•The College Second Writing requirement</p><p>•The Creative Arts & Humanities requirement</p><p>•The Cultural Diversity requirement in the English major</p><p>•The Diverse Literature requirement in the English Education major</p>0
ENGL345 African American Literature II<p class="ExternalClass57DAC8CE87C5463BA30F3C1C71294C28">No, you don't need to have taken ENGL 344-African American Lit I, in order to take ENGL 345. One is not the prerequisite for the other. The only difference is they each cover literature from different time periods.</p><p class="ExternalClass57DAC8CE87C5463BA30F3C1C71294C28">For our purposes, "literature" will be broadly defined to include songs, film, poetry, plays and fiction by major African American artists of the 20th century.</p><p class="ExternalClass57DAC8CE87C5463BA30F3C1C71294C28">We'll confront fundamental issues that still shape our early 21st century lives such as racism, poverty, urban violence and police brutality, black nationalism, and the continuing legacy of American slavery. We'll explore: How do various writers, artists, and cultural icons "perform blackness" in their work? What is "Black Art" and who is it for? How do political and economic circumstances, in a particular era, affect artistic production by African Americans?</p><p class="ExternalClass57DAC8CE87C5463BA30F3C1C71294C28">ENGL 345 is crosslisted with AFRA 345.</p><div class="ExternalClass57DAC8CE87C5463BA30F3C1C71294C28">ENGL/AFRA 345:</div><div class="ExternalClass57DAC8CE87C5463BA30F3C1C71294C28"><ul><li>Satisfies the Group B: History and Cultural Change Breadth Requirement<br></li><li>Satisfies the Second Writing Requirement<br></li><li>Satisfies the university Multicultural Requirement</li></ul></div>0
ENGL338 Studies in Victorian Lit<p>You think the internet is overwhelming? OK, maybe, especially when we’re all stuck at home. All the time. Endlessly Zooming. </p><p>But try living in the world of Victorian print culture – the first age of mass publishing. Newspapers. Magazines. Thousands and thousands of novels. And no Google, no online reviews, no digital shortcuts. A time, as Dickens once said, when he could imagine “motes of new books in the dirty air” of the London streets through which he walked. </p><p>So how did fiction help the Victorians make sense of their universe? How did it mediate the transatlantic dialog between Europe and the New World of the Americas? How did it sustain British national identity during an age of expansion into Empire? How did it manage the upheavals caused by the paradigmatic shifts resulting from the new discoveries of science, above all Darwinian theory? </p><p>We’ll look for answers to these questions and more through reading a range of texts (short stories, novellas, novels), written by authors you’ll have heard of (such as Dickens) and some famous then but now largely vanished from view (such as Harriet Martineau), exploring how they were published in their original form as serials in popular magazines, and examining how they morphed into new lives when reprinted in America or shipped out to the British colonies. </p><p>ENGL 338 satisfies the College Second Writing requirement.<br></p><p> </p>0
ENGL334 Studies in Environmental Humanities <p>Climate change might once have seemed like a distant threat. But today, it's an urgent reality around the world. More and more people are becoming climate refugees, displaced by amplified natural disasters or changes in temperature, rainfall, and sea level. </p><p>We'll investigate climate change’s human impact through the lens of global literature. We'll consider how climate change is shifting both our lives today and our visions of the future. We'll pay particular attention to environmental refugees, whether they are displaced by climate change, by other environmental problems, or by conservation policies. Our readings will take us to India, Nigeria, the southern United States, the Caribbean, and South Africa, including science fiction, speculative fiction, realism, and film. </p><p>We'll partner with ENGL 367: Topics in Global Literature: “Moving Fictions,” taught by Professor Emily Davis, which focuses on stories of migration and refugeeism in a range of genres, including fiction, poetry, and memoir. Students in ENGL 334 and ENGL 367 will collaborate to develop a new section about climate migration for the Moving Fictions web site: <a href="https://sites.udel.edu/movingfictions/">https://sites.udel.edu/movingfictions/</a> </p><p>You're encouraged to enroll in both ENGL 334 and ENGL 367 for a richer exploration of how migration and environment intersect. </p><p>ENGL 334 satisfies the College Second Writing requirement.</p>0
ENGL324 Shakespeare<div class="ExternalClass0CDDE60B6C0A4C639D2DCB3A4A292837"><p>William Shakespeare died over 400 years ago. If he was anyone else, we might all be forgiven for asking "Shake-who?" But, no, Shakespeare lives on, his body, his being (apparently) translated into plays and poems whose scripts we still inhabit. ENGL 324 asks why that may be the case? How is it that these plays and poems and so the name that is "Shakespeare" survives? And, perhaps, more importantly, what does it mean to read and see Shakespeare's plays today? What kinds of meaning can we derive from them? Focusing on a range of plays as they were performed in Shakespeare's England and their adaptation to TV, film, and other media, please join us for this crash course in, not just a writer, but also in a cultural phenomenon. </p> <p>ENGL 324 satisfies a Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities Breadth requirement.</p></div>0
ENGL317 Film History<div class="ExternalClass42A6864C7C354BEEB948578224308050"><p>Tired of being bombarded by mindless political advertising, meaningless news stories about rising and falling poll numbers, and below-the-belt personal attacks? Offended by political candidates whose mission in life seems to be insulting your intelligence? Join a class determined to fight back by making fun of politics and politicians even though American politics, as many pundits have observed, have increasingly become so absurd on their own terms that it's become more and more difficult to make fun of them through exaggeration or ridicule. This course surveys seventy-five years of Hollywood films, from <em>The Great Dictator</em> to <em>Team America: World Police</em>, that rise to the challenge of exaggerating or ridiculing political institutions and political figures some apparently fictional, some pretty obviously based on real-life people and nations that are already patently ridiculous. We'll consider what's so funny about Hitler's Third Reich, why national elections are simultaneously comical and scary, how films from <em>The Great McGinty</em> to <em>Election</em> use small-scale settings to illuminate large-scale problems, whether it's possible to make a politically unaligned satire, and what good political satire can do. Written assignments will include four brief papers graded with particular attention to helping you write better than the penguins who right press releases. Students of all political persuasions subversive socialists, militant libertarians, judicious centrists, and independents who don't fit any of those boxes are welcome to join in the mudslinging as long as they don't mind a little mud being slung their way as well.</p></div>0
ENGL309 Feature & Magazine Writing<div class="ExternalClass53B66775EB9D4FC393F869E52954EC21"><p>We'll discuss the exploration, research, reporting, structuring, writing and editing of longer pieces of nonfiction, especially newspaper- and magazine-style features. The goal is to produce work that shows excellent quality in three areas: reporting, writing, and structure. You'll be challenged to show exceptional imagination and execution, with fresh ideas, eloquent, even flawless writing, and abiding intelligence. Above all, this is your opportunity to develop original sources for your feature topics, blazing new ground rather than researching previously reported content.</p> <p>ENGL 309 satisfies the Second Writing Requirement.<br></p></div>0
ENGL308 Reporter's Practicum<p class="ExternalClass7749715A54F945D8BEDFA521DD4C1EB2">Builds on ENGL307 with extensive reporting and writing for the campus newspaper. Attention to libel and privacy issues.</p><p class="ExternalClass7749715A54F945D8BEDFA521DD4C1EB2">ENGL 308 satisfies:<br></p><div class="ExternalClass7749715A54F945D8BEDFA521DD4C1EB2"><ul><li>The Second Writing Requirement<br></li><li>The university Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) Requirement<br></li></ul></div>0
ENGL306-011: Topics in Writing<p>So, before you win your Pulitzer or option your novel into a Netflix series, you'll likely have to earn a living writing a bunch of stuff for other people. You might, as a copywriter, have to make foot cream sound sexy or, as a social media manager, need to make your company or product a viral topic on Twitter or Buzz Feed. This class gives the tools needed to do that and to maybe even get your parents off your back about choosing an "impractical" (not!) major. <br></p><p>Reserved for English majors and English Ed majors only.<br></p>0
ENGL305 Fiction Writing<div class="ExternalClass7B47F9B8AF25489B8A312AC14EBA2076"><p>You will create and improve your fiction writing the short story in particular and receive guidance in both writing and revising your work. In addition to writing short stories, you'll also read and respond to the writings of workshop peers. Together, we'll work towards developing the sensibility to offer tactful and valuable aesthetic responses to the writing of others, both published writers and your peers in the workshop. You'll learn to respond to your own writing as objectively as possible. The aim is to grow in your knowledge of contemporary writings, authors, and journals in the field.</p><p>ENGL 305 reserved for English & English Ed majors only.<br></p></div>0
ENGL304 Poetry Writing<div class="ExternalClass7037D9CA251346C1890E54AA23362049"><p>We will read, commit to memory, and recite poems. We'll examine and discuss poetic techniques. Over the semester, you'll draft, workshop, revise, and complete a portfolio of 12 poems. Revision emphasis will be on shaping and opening your poems to make art with words.</p><p>ENGL 304 reserved for English majors and English Ed majors only.<br></p></div>0
ENGL303 Script Writing<div class="ExternalClassADEDAEB68B4F4BDE80F382A0DC537B7D"><p>This is a playwriting course highlighting basic ways in which writing for the stage is different from writing for TV or film. How can you take advantage of the fact that a bunch of people are agreeing to let you hold them captive in a space for a good chunk of time? What do you show them? How does it make them feel? Why does it have to be live and not on a screen or in a book? What did it gain from not just being words on a page? Find the answers in this workshop-style playwriting class.<br></p></div>0
ENGL294 English Language: Grammar and Usage<div class="ExternalClassA14CBDF53E3C408EBF0D05DC6356B54A"><p>ENGL 294 involves descriptive study of patterns and structures of language use, with an emphasis on standard written and spoken English; attention to punctuation, mechanics, and style. Intended for prospective English teachers.</p></div>0
ENGL280 Approaches to Literature for Non-Majors<p class="ExternalClassEC2D2879B42D433686B69CDE20E89D0A">Dual emphasis on reading and writing. Offers an introduction to poetry, fiction, and drama, and provides extensive practice in writing about literary subjects.</p><p class="ExternalClassEC2D2879B42D433686B69CDE20E89D0A">ENGL 280: <br></p><div class="ExternalClassEC2D2879B42D433686B69CDE20E89D0A"><ul><li>Satisfies a Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities Breadth Requirement <br></li><li>Satisfies the Second Writing Requirement</li></ul></div>0
ENGL230 Introduction to Environmental Literature<p>What role does literature play in allowing us to appreciate the complex beauty of the natural world? How can art help us to both understand and feel the impacts of a changing climate? Our exploration of humanity's ethical and artistic connections to local and global environments offers reflection on our relationship to animals, plants and the places we call home. We'll read and respond to work reflecting a diverse range of perspectives influenced by race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.</p><p>ENGL 230: </p><ul><li><p>Counts as a Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities Breadth Requirement.</p></li><li><p>Satisfies a required core course in the Environmental Humanities minor.</p></li></ul>0
ENGL227 Introduction to Creative Writing<p>Creative writing is not just for personal pleasure. It's a valued skill in all careers and medias. Whether you're a corporate or marketing executive, a science professional, a public servant, or a social media producer, you're challenged to write interesting content that captures your audience's attention and compels them to engage in your message and point of view. Intro to Creative Writing helps you to:</p><ul><li>Understand the craft of creative writing and its vocabulary</li><li>Read as a writer</li><li>Think critically by reading contemporary authors, poets, classmates, and your own writing</li><li>Practice creative ways to think and write </li><li>Establish intellectual discipline in daily writing </li><li>Learn strategies of revision </li><li>Use language rhetorically and effectively</li></ul><p> </p><p> </p>0
ENGL225 Intro to Rhetoric & Writing<div class="ExternalClassB5282AE2B84045938D3D2F482DCAA88A"><p>What's your favorite hobby? What activity do you consider yourself better at than others? How did you get to that level of success? Time, practice, and learning from your mistakes. We'll use time, practice to explore how writing and rhetoric impact every part of our lives and how we can be better in both. If you've ever voiced an opinion about anything or tried to persuade someone to do something, you've used rhetoric. If you use social media, you're a writer. Learn how to improve expressing your unique point of view both in your personal life and professional life.<br>This section of ENGL 225 satisfies the Second Writing requirement. </p></div>0
ENGL217 Introduction to Film<div class="ExternalClassFC906D83D848452FB3DDE97C2F9F9918"><p>Learn the concepts of cinematic literacy and explore how we watch films, why our viewing habits seem so natural and inevitable, and how films affects us. We'll consider the different techniques that films use to shape our thoughts and emotions such as: acting, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound, color, and special effects. Weekly screenings of films will illustrate each filmmaking technique and provide material for discussion. The goal is to encourage you to watch movies more thoughtfully and critically. </p> <p>ENGL 217 satifies the Creative Arts & Humanities Breadth Requirement.</p></div>0
ENGL215 Introduction to Ethnic & Cultural Studies<p>​How does culture work? How do attitudes about race, class, gender and/or sexuality at the local, national and international level shape the movies and TV you watch, the music you listen to, and the online media you view, as well as your attitudes about people at home and abroad? Through a variety of short writing assignments, as well as a final project of your choosing, we'll develop our understanding of how culture circulates globally.</p><p>ENGL 215 satisfies:</p><p>The university Multicultural requirement</p><p>The History & Cultural Change Breadth requirement</p><p>The Textual Analysis & Production requirement in the English major</p>0
ENGL207 Introduction to Poetry<div class="ExternalClassC468500BFE1D4DCF84130986B01E6D62"><p>What is poetry? Why do we write it and why should we study it? Along the way, we'll look at the various tools poets use as they work their art. Discover the ways poets and poetry work. ENGL 207 will teach you to identify and use poetic terms, recognize poetic forms and techniques, read a poem closely, and respond to poetry in discussions, online postings and papers. </p> <p>ENGL 207 satisfies a Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities Breadth Requirement. </p></div>0
ENGL205 British Literature to 1660<p>Imagine a world in which it was okay to write on walls; in which you might leave someone a message by scratching it on their desk, their door, or on a pane of glass, but the only book you had was, perhaps, a Bible; when books, let alone a library, were something you had heard of, but seen only at a distance. Writing was everywhere; but books were not. Imagine also that just because you knew how to read did not mean that you knew how to write but that if you did, you might know how to write in several different scripts or "hands" that you would use for different purposes. Mind you, writing was painful. Your hands would be covered in cuts from having to sharpen your own pens from a quill. Writing was messy - you had to mix your own ink; and you'd re-use every last scrap of paper because there was so little of it, writing in all directions. Imagine also that you were brimming over with ideas, stories, plots, and somehow had to get them out. How might you do it? Where might you go? Who would ever know? Or stranger still, what if you didn't even care if anyone ever knew your name all you wanted was for someone to remember the story you had written? The world you are asked you to imagine is essentially the world writers inhabited from 900-1660 C. E., close to a thousand years of what today we call British Literature. You will inhabit the world of writing from this period, and investigate what writing was, how it came to be, who and what it was for, and why we should care about it today. </p><p> </p><p>ENGL 205 satisfies:</p><p>·the History & Cultural Change Breadth requirement</p><p>·the Literary History requirement in the English major</p><p>·the British Literature requirement in the English Education major</p><p> </p>0
ENGL204 American Literature<p>​Telltale hearts, white whales, down-and-out salesmen: what do these things have in common? You might already know that they are iconic figures from American literature, but do you know what makes American literature American? This survey course will help answer that question.  We'll cover a selection of great works, from the early colonial period to the present. Our goal is to gain an understanding of the major threads of American literary history and to investigate how American writers responded to political, social, and aesthetic challenges over time. We'll explore how American literature becomes a prime space in which fundamental national questions get worked out:  Can literature speak for a nation made up of many different groups?  How is American literature different from the literature of other nations? What does American literature look like today? ENGL 204:</p><ul><li>Satisfies the Literary History requirement in the English major</li><li>Satisfies a core requirement in the English Education major</li><li>Counts as a History & Cultural Change Breadth requirement<br></li></ul>0
ENGL202 Biblical & Classical Literature<div class="ExternalClassB3B463F68B084D60A22748F69581A757"><p>"Ancestral texts" are those myths and story cycles that we return to again and again in our culture as we quest to understand who we are and what our place in the world might be. We will explore the four different (and at times related) traditions of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, of Greece, and of Rome which will raise many fascinating questions: What are the values these works and traditions establish? What do they say about the relationship between men, women, and the forces that shape our lives? What are the conceptions of the world that these texts make possible? How did later writers boldly revise and add to the stories found in older texts in order to fit new modes of experience and understanding? The answers to these important questions strengthen our understanding about the relationships between literary representation, reality, culture, and society. Ancestral texts live on in many ways in the present, 21st century moment. Come join us in brief lectures, class discussion, group work, exams, short papers, and a creative project.<br></p> <p>ENGL 202 satisfies:</p> <ul><li>The Creative Arts and Humanities Breadth Requirement</li> <li>The university Multicultural Requirement</li></ul></div>0

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