Course Spotlight: American Literature 1865-1920


This class covers American fiction written during the latter half of the nineteenth century and the first years of the twentieth century, roughly the period spanning from after the Civil War up through World War I. Scholars of this period have long noted a rapidly expanding yet increasingly diverse nation that arose from advances in industrialization, urbanization and immigration. This course examines the artistic strategies (realism, naturalism, the stirrings of modernism) by which writers of fiction represented a growing multiplicity of points of view among different communities as well as the tensions that arose from competing needs and desires. Writers studied include Edith Wharton, Henry James, Mark Twain, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kate Chopin, Zitkala-Sa, and Theodore Dreiser. MW 11:20-12:50

Course Spotlight: Covering Latino Communities

Covering Latino Communities

If you still are looking for a Winter term class, consider Prof. Escalona’s Covering Latino Communities. The class is an amazing opportunity to learn about Latinx in the media from a journalism perspective, but you do not have to be a journalism major to take it. It is also an excellent opportunity to improve your writing, build your portfolio and network with the amazing professional speakers that will visit the class.

Class meets Thursday nights 5:45 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. in the Daley Building (14 E Jackson).

Please contact Prof. De Moya (director of the Latino Media and Communication program) at  if you have any questions.

Course Spotlight: Science & Nature Writing


Science and Nature writing is an immersion in the fun of writing about the natural world with the art of the novelist. We meet scientists and hear from guest professionals, reading works covering the inner and outer realms of the mind and body. It’s a great course for well-paying jobs with travel, every bit as creative as fiction and poetry. Absolutely no prior science background is necessary. If you liked Cosmos, The Jinx or Serial, this is a little-known writing field looking for you.
MW 2:40-4:10

Course Spotlight: Shakespeare & Rome

ENG328_Shakespeare and Rome

This course fulfills the Research-Intensive requirement for English majors.

A study of Shakespeare’s career-long engagement with Roman literature, mythology, and history. As a research-intensive course, we will use both primary source archives and recent criticism to consider Rome as not only a source for Shakespeare’s poetic and dramatic writing, but also a unique experiment in defining the success of English literature at the turn of the seventeenth century. Activities include visits to Special
Collections, curating a digital exhibit of images from books that are more than four centuries old, analyzing the film history of Shakespeare’s Rome, and a group-oriented approach to research methods.

MW 2:40-4:10

Course Spotlight: Melville & Ellison


Moby-Dick (1851) has been called the greatest American novel, yet in the nineteenth century, it was a critical and commercial flop. Just over a century later, Ralph Waldo Ellison published Invisible Man and it was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. In considering the opposite trajectories of these two ambitious novels as we read them closely over the course of the semester, we also will consider the relationship between politics and art, and race and representation, in the mid-nineteenth and –twentieth centuries, the ongoing evolution of the American literary canon, and continuing debates about “great” literature. Additional writings by Melville and Ellison as well as literary criticism and theory will contextualize our focus on the two substantial novels.

This course is cross-listed as ENG 382 and ENG 371. As 371, it will satisfy the RES or DT requirement. MW 2:40-4:10

Course Spotlight: Grammar & Style


This course provides an examination of the elements of grammatical structure as they are employed to create stylistic effect in writing. The course begins with the structure of American English, including types of words, types of simple sentences, verb phrases and compounding. Attention then turns to transformations and other sources of complexity. Throughout the course, we will examine the use of the structures being studied as they are deployed and adapted by published authors. NOTE: This is not a remedial course in grammar; students entering the course should be familiar with the conventions of Standard Edited English. TTH 2:40-4:10

Course Spotlight: Irish Film & Literature


EN 275 / IRE 204 Irish Literature & Film (W 6:00 – 9:15) seeks to examine works of Irish cinema in light of a selection of writings from major twentieth century Irish authors. Our study will begin with the writings of the Irish Revival and move on to contemporary works so as to establish a scholarly understanding of recent interpretations and adaptations of these materials. After addressing the fundamental questions regarding
how to study Irish narratives, we will go on to topical analysis of works dealing with central issues in Irish Studies and Irish cinema, including: the War of Independence and Civil War (Michael Collins, The Wind That Shakes The Barley); The Northern Irish Crisis / Anglo-Irish Relations (The Crying Game, The Boxer), urban life / dystopia (Adam & Paul, Intermission) and other topics as appropriate.