Winter 2013 Course Spotlights

Attention DePaul English Majors: Haven’t signed up for classes yet? Haven’t fully decided on what you want next quarter? Consider these great courses for Winter 2013!

ENG 382: The Brontë Sisters
MW 4:20-5:50, J. Conary
Since the publication of their first novels in 1847 under the pseudonyms of Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, the Brontë sisters have drawn a great deal of public attention because of both their remarkable fiction and their status as one of the most famous literary families in the history of English literature.  This course will explore the major novels of Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Brontë in their historical context.  The reading list will include Charlotte’s Jane Eyre and Villette, Emily’s Wuthering Heights, and Anne’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.  This course will also serve as an introduction to literary research in which students will learn how to interpret, evaluate, and locate scholarly criticism.  In addition to learning how to work with literary criticism, students will learn strategies for formulating research questions, honing arguments, and creating effective outlines for analytical essays.  Students will work closely with the instructor to develop their own research projects, which they will complete in steps over the second half of the quarter; students should leave the course with a 10-12 page researched essay that can serve as a sample of their best writing.

EN 288: Autobiography and Biography
MW 4:20-5:50, G. Diliberto
Make it new! That was the rallying cry of Jazz Age artists and writers who overturned the old style of story telling (think Charles Dickens) and painting (think John Singer Sargent) to forge radical new modes of expression (think Hemingway and Picasso). Modernism, as their movement was known, grew from a widespread upheaval of society brought on by the howling horrors of World War I. In this course we will explore such modernist themes as violence, loss, despair and the drive toward reinvention – themes that still resonate in today’s culture – through the biographies and autobiographies of some of the era’s most fascinating figures. Texts include A Moveable Feast, by Ernest Hemingway, The Autobiography of Alice B. Toklas by Gertrude Stein, and Some Sort of Epic Grandeur: The Life of F. Scott Fitzgerald by Matthew Broccoli.

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