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*ENG 101-102. Reading and Composition. 3 credits each semester. Year course.
Reviews the principles of grammar and usage in standard written English, directs reading and analysis of selected examples, and in frequent compositions stresses logical relation and arrangement of ideas, clarity and interest. Procedures are introduced for using the library efficiently and for preparing a research paper. (Students must earn credit for ENG 101 before they are eligible to take ENG 102. Both of these courses or the equivalent are Prerequisites for all courses in English numbered 200 or above.)
*ENG 231. Survey of Poetry. 3 credits.
Introduction to literature through selected examples of poetry.
*ENG 232. Survey of Drama. 3 credits.
Introduction to literature through selected examples of drama.
*ENG 233. Survey of Prose Fiction. 3 credits.
Introduction to literature through selected examples of prose fiction.
*ENG 235. Survey of English Literature: From Beowulf to the 18th Century. 3 credits.
A general survey presented chronologically.
*ENG 236. Survey of English Literature: From the 18th Century to the Modern Period. 3 credits.
A general survey presented chronologically.
*ENG 238. Survey of World Literature: From the Ancient World Through the Renaissance. 3 credits.
Introduction to masterpieces of world literature through the 17th century, with emphasis on non-Western literature.
*ENG 239. Survey of World Literature: From the Enlightenment Through the Modern Age. 3 credits.
Introduction to masterpieces of world literature since the 17th century, with emphasis on non-Western literature.
*ENG 247. Survey of American Literature: From the Beginning to the Civil War. 3 credits.
A general survey presented chronologically.
*ENG 248. Survey of American Literature: From the Civil War to the Modern Period. 3 credits.
A general survey presented chronologically.
*ENG 250. Literature and Values. 3 credits.
A study of critical value problems facing humanity as expressed in selected literary works. Themes such as individual vs. society, Utopian explorations, alienation and community will provide the focus.
*ENG 260. Survey of African-American Literature. 3 credits.
Survey of literature by African-American authors from the 18th century to the present.
ENG 290. Intermediate Composition. 3 credits.
This courses stresses the argumentative and persuasive essay as well as grammar and usage.
ENG 302. Special Topics in Literature and Language. 3 credits.
Study of a particular literary or linguistics topic. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes but not more than once, except with the approval of the department head.)
ENG 305. Mythology. 3 credits.
Study of the nature and meaning of Greek myths as interpreted and reinterpreted in significant works of ancient and modern literature.
*ENG 306. The Bible for Students of Literature. 3 credits.
Study of Hebrew and Christian scripture as literary and cultural texts which have influenced subsequent literature and culture.
ENG 307. Medieval Literature. 3 credits.
307A: Study of works by selected medieval poets with emphasis on historical context. 307B: Development of British drama from its liturgical foundation to the morality play. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 310. Renaissance and 17th-Century British Literature. 3 credits.
310A: Poetry and prose of the early British Renaissance. 310B: Chief prose writers of the 17th century. 310C: Chief poets of the 17th century from Donne to the Restoration. 310D: Major works of British dramatists, excluding Shakespeare, from 1500-1660. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 320. Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature. 3 credits.
320A: Literature from 1660 to 1798 with emphasis upon Dryden, Swift, Pope, Johnson, Boswell and Blake. 320B: Dramatists from Dryden and Wycherley to Goldsmith and Sheridan. 320C: Origins and development of the novel from its beginnings through late 18th century. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 325. Romantic Poetry. 3 credits.
A study emphasizing selected works of major Romantic poets. Attention given to critical theories, intellectual and cultural movements, and poetic forms.
ENG 327. The Gothic: Change and Continuity. 3 credits.
A study of the origins, influence and transformations of Gothic fiction from the 18th century to the present, with emphasis on the literary uses of the supernatural.
ENG 329. Victorian Literature. 3 credits.
Study of British literature of the Victorian period with primary emphasis on poetry and nonfiction prose.
ENG 330. The 19th-Century English Novel. 3 credits.
The development of the English novel in the 19th century and the study of representative works.
ENG 335. Modern and Contemporary Poetry. 3 credits.
335A: British and American poetry from 1900 to 1945. 335B: British and American poetry from 1945 to the present. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 336. Modern and Contemporary Drama. 3 credits.
336A: Drama from 1900 to 1945. 336B: Drama from 1945 to the present. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 339. Modern and Contemporary British Novel. 3 credits.
339A: The British novel from 1900 to 1945. 339B: The British novel from 1945 to the present. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 345. Pre-Twentieth-Century American Literature. 3 credits.
345A: Significant genres, writers and literary movements of the 17th and 18th centuries. 345B: Selected works of major figures such as Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Poe, Melville and Whitman. 345C: Selected works of major figures such as Dickinson, Twain, Howells, James, Crane, Norris, and Dreiser. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG/THEA 347. Playwriting. 3 credits.
Study of the process of writing plays. Consideration of plot, character, thematic material, conflict and dramatic structure. Emphasis on individual writing assignments.
ENG 352. The American Novel to 1914. 3 credits.
A study of the development of the American novel from its beginnings to the modern period.
ENG 353. Modern and Contemporary American Fiction. 3 credits.
353A: The American novel from 1914 to 1945. 353B: A study of contemporary American novels and short stories written since 1945 with emphasis on current fiction. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 355. Southern Literature. 3 credits.
Southern authors, especially those of the 20th century.
ENG 360. Major Black Writers. 3 credits.
360A: Selected works of fiction by major African-American writers of the 20th century. 360B: Selected works of poetry by major African-American writers of the 20th century. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 365. Women's Literature. 3 credits.
365A: Literature by and about women. 365B: A study of the poetry of women which may be focused by time period and theme. 365C: A study of novels and stories by British and American women. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 373. Anglo-Irish Literature. 3 credits.
373A: Selected writings in English by outstanding Irish poets, playwrights and novelists. 373B: Study of the works of one or more Anglo-Irish writers. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 380. Film as a Narrative Art. 3 credits.
380A: Introduction to film which applies the concepts of literary study to an analysis of film as a form of narrative. 380B: Literary or critical study of major film genres. 380C: Literary or critical study of several major directors. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 390. Literary Research Writing. 3 credits.
This course is a lecture/workshop on gathering information for developing scholarly papers about literature, organizing research for written presentation and writing research papers using Modern Language Association style.
ENG 391. Introduction to Creative Writing. 3 credits.
391A: A basic workshop in reading and writing poetry. 391B: A basic workshop in reading and writing fiction. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 393. Magazine Editing and Design. 3 credits.
393A: Magazine Management and Editorial policy ­ the process and principles behind effective magazine management: determining editorial policy; acquiring manuscripts; screening, reviewing, and editing manuscripts; and collaborating with authors. 393B: Magazine Design and Production ­ the process of designing and producing technical and scientific publications, including magazines, journals, formal research reports, professional articles, newsletters, and other specialized documents. Prerequisite: ENG 396 or 398. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes).
ENG 395. Computers in Literary Analysis. 3 credits.
Computer applications and methods in literary research.
ENG 396. Advanced Composition. 3 credits.
Extensive exercises in expository writing, with emphasis on rhetorical types of composition, designed to develop sophistication of style in the student.
ENG 397. Special Topics in Technical Writing. 3 credits.
397A: Technical writing for government publications. 397B: Literary responses to technology, exploring the effects of machine production, urbanization, and the alienation of the worker. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 398. Technical Writing. 3 credits.
Basic principles in the objective reporting of factual information are applied to a wide variety of assignments from brief memos and summaries to detailed formal reports.
ENG 401. Workshop: Cultural and Professional Studies in English and American Language and Literature. 1-3 credits.
Workshops designed to enhance present curriculum through study tours, technical writing courses, programs on contemporary issues in scholarship in English and American literature and linguistics, and practica in secondary and freshman teaching. (1-3 credit hours, depending on topic, may be allowed toward English major.)
ENG 403. Studies in Old English. 3 credits.
The Old English language with readings in selected poetry and prose of the period. (Credit may not be earned in both ENG 403 and 503.)
ENG 405. Studies in Comparative Literature. 3 credits.
Comparative study of selected world literature.
ENG 408. Literary Criticism. 3 credits.
408A: Survey of the nature, function and development of literary criticism from Aristotle to Eliot. 408B: Study of the major debates in current critical discourse. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes; credit may not be earned for both 408A and 508 or 408B and 509.)
ENG 410. Major British or American Authors. 3 credits.
Study of the works of one or more major British or American authors. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes; credit may not be earned in both ENG 410 and 510 unless course content changes.)
ENG 412. Special Topic Seminar. 3 credits.
Study of a literary school, movement, genre or some other significant literary or linguistic topic. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes; credit may not be earned in both ENG 412 and 512 unless course content changes.)
ENG 417. English Linguistics. 3 credits.
417A: Introduction to English linguistics including socio-linguistics and psycholinguistics. 417B: Introduction to the historical study of English including its Indo-European origins. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 420. English Grammar. 3 credits.
420A: Introduction to traditional grammar, probing its logic, system and history, with an examination of modern applications of conventional rules. 420B: Introduction to modern English grammar. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 421. Studies in Caribbean Literature. 3 credits.
A survey of the literary achievement of novelists, poets and dramatists of the Caribbean.
ENG 430. Advanced Technical Writing. 3 credits.
An advanced course with emphasis on theory, rhetoric and research. Prerequisite: ENG 398 or permission of instructor.
ENG 451. Chaucer. 3 credits.
The Canterbury Tales and other major works of Chaucer.
ENG 455. Shakespeare. 3 credits.
455A: A study of selected comedies and tragic histories; nondramatic work may be considered. 455B: A study of selected tragedies and comic histories; nondramatic work may be considered. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 458. Shakespeare on the Page and Stage in London. 3 credits.
Students will study the plays of Shakespeare currently in production in London and England with special emphasis on the productions of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the National Theatre. Course can be substituted for either 455A or 455B but may not be taken for credit in addition to both.
ENG 461. Milton. 3 credits.
Major prose and poetical works of John Milton with special emphasis on Paradise Lost.
ENG 465. Women's Studies. 3 credits.
465A: Women's literary achievements in several cultural and historical contexts. 465B: An intensive study of feminist literary theory. Prerequisite: ENG 365. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 481. Literary Form. 3 credits.
481A: Poetic forms for writers, with emphasis on theory and current practice. 481B: Narrative theory and current practices for writers. 481C: The history, development and meaning of poetic technique. Prerequisite: ENG 391 or permission of instructor. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 485. Technical Editing. 3 credits.
Editorial principles and specific editing skills required for technical writing.
ENG 490. Special Studies in English. 3 credits.
Independent study for students with high academic standing. Students may select work in (1) a literary type, period, or author; (2) imaginative writing; or (3) linguistics. (Approval of department head required; may be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 491. Advanced Creative Writing. 3 credits.
491A: An advanced workshop with emphasis on developing sound poetic form, voice and vision. 491B: An advanced workshop with emphasis on developing sound narrative prose form, style and vision. Prerequisite: corresponding section of ENG 391 or permission of instructor. (May be repeated for credit when course content changes.)
ENG 499. Honors. 6 credits. Year course.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University