Language & Literature

Contact Information

Marilyn Durham
Department Chair
Phone: (262) 472-5050
Location: Laurentide 3110

Peter Hoff
Foreign Language Coordinator
Phone: (262) 472-1591
Location: Laurentide 3209

English Courses

  • FRESHMAN ENGLISH
    English 101, Credits: 3

    An introduction to the reading and writing of college-level prose. Study of short stories, novels and essays. Composition of short papers and essay examinations. Restricted to students with ACT English subscore of 17-29 (SAT verbal 430-699) or completion of English 90.

  • FRESHMAN ENGLISH
    English 102, Credits: 3

    A continuation of English 680-101. Study of plays, poems and essays. Composition of substantial papers and a library research paper.

  • FRESHMAN ENGLISH HONORS
    English 105, Credits: 3

    An accelerated course in the reading and writing of college-level prose that satisfies the Proficiency writing requirement for students in the University Honors program. Study of the major literary genres, and composition of substantial papers and a library research paper. NOTE -- students will be able to receive AP or other test credit for English 101 and ENGLISH 102, but they may not enroll in English 101 or ENGLISH 102 for credit after completing this course.

  • GRAMMAR REVIEW FOR FORMAL WRITING
    English 111, Credits: 1

    A five week intensive review of the principles of grammar, punctuation, and usage that are associated with formal English for future educators and business, and other professionals.

  • ADVANCED ACADEMIC READING IN ESL
    English 161, Credits: 4

    Development of critical thinking skills in reading and ability to express complex, academic arguments for participation in university courses. Students must pass this course with a C- or better to exit the IEP. This course satisfies the English 101 University Proficiency Requirement.

  • COLLEGE WRITING IN ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
    English 162, Credits: 4

    Students learn the fundamentals of writing an academic research paper. Students conduct a brief literature review, design and conduct a group research project to address a research question, and write a paper. Students must pass this course with a C- or better to exit the IEP.

  • INTRODUCTION TO U.S. CULTURE FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS (GH)
    English 163, Credits: 4

    Study of U.S. culture from interdisciplinary perspectives by examining cultural topics (such as the changing form of the family, educational opportunity, economic change) to come to a deeper understanding of U.S. and the students' home cultures. Students must pass this course with a C- or better to exit the IEP. Prereq: Based on placement criteria, and/or successful completion of previous level of instruction.

  • SPECIAL TOPICS
    English 164, Credits: 2-4

    English 164 is a special topics course in English for specific purposes, repeatable by change in topic. If enrolled in the IEP, students must pass this course with a C- or better. Prereq: Based on placement criteria, and/or successful completion of previous level of instruction.

  • CHICAN@ LITERATURE TO 1980 (DV)(GH)
    English 200, Credits: 3

    Identifies and interprets Chican@ literature in a social and historical context with emphasis on texts written befor 1980. All Spanish language texts are provided in translation.

  • CONTEMPORARY CHICANO LITERATURE (DV)(GH)
    English 201, Credits: 3

    Analyzes contemporary Chicano drama, fiction and poetry within their cultural and historical context, examined from a traditional formalist approach and as a human expression.

  • INTRODUCTION TO U.S. LATINO/A LITERATURE (DV)(GH)
    English 202, Credits: 3

    The course will present students with the diverse U.S. Latino experiences, by introducing them to texts that examine literary works by authors of Latino/Latina backgrounds, in their historical context and cultural context.

  • BRITISH LITERATURE SURVEY I (GH)
    English 206, Credits: 3

    A survey of British literature from the Old English period through the eighteenth century.

  • BRITISH LITERATURE SURVEY II (GH)
    English 216, Credits: 3

    A survey of British literature from the Romantic period to the present.

  • AMERICAN LITERATURE SURVEY I (GH)
    English 226, Credits: 3

    A survey of American literature from the seventeenth century through the Civil War to acquaint the student with the foremost writers of our literary culture.

  • FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL WRITING AND EDITING
    English 230, Credits: 3

    Students will be introduced to current practices in and theories behind what makes a good editor and writer and learn to read as editors, paying attention to the details of writing professionally. They will learn the processes of revising, fully correcting, and preparing a manuscript for publication.

  • AMERICAN LITERATURE II (GH)
    English 236, Credits: 3

    A survey of American Literature from the Civil War to the present to acquaint the student with the foremost writers of our literary culture.

  • CLASSICAL MYTH AND LEGEND AS SOURCES FOR LITERATURE (GH)
    English 251, Credits: 3

    An examination of classical myths and legends and how they are used in various periods and genres of English literature.

  • THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE (GH)
    English 252, Credits: 3

    This course will survey the Bible and some other related Near Eastern literature, focusing on the development of genres, motifs, and other literary forms that have influenced the form and content of Western literature, including the parable, the proverb, the loss of Eden, exile and return, origin stories, and hero stories.

  • AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE (GH)
    English 260, Credits: 3

    Explore American environmental literature (creative non-fiction/fiction/poetry) from its orgins, with special attention to key authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold, Leslie Silko, Rachel Carlson, Annie Dillard and Bill McKibben.

  • THE CONTEMPORARY NOVEL (GH)
    English 263, Credits: 3

    A study of significant British and American novels and novelists of the last decade.

  • MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE OF THE UNITED STATES (DV)(GH)
    English 265, Credits: 3

    Multicultural Literature of the U.S. offers a wide range of literary texts (dramas, essays, novels, poetry and short stories) by people of color to offer students the opportunity to study and appreciate the experiences and challenges of diverse groups of people in American society: African-American, Asian American, Native American, and Latino/a. This body of literary works will be studied through the historical/political prism of each group so that students will be acquainted with the background of the literature.

  • GENDER AND FILM (GE)
    English 266, Credits: 3

    Students will learn to critically view, consider, and describe films, with special attention to representations of sexuality and gender. The course will include instruction in gender theory and methods for deploying gender analysis in the context of film studies.

  • CRITICAL WRITING IN THE FIELD OF ENGLISH
    English 271, Credits: 3

    This course will help students become proficient in the skills of research, organization, writing, and revising that they will need in upper-division English courses. Students will learn both the general conventions of academic writing about literature (literary criticism) and the specific methods of some of the most important kinds of literary criticism.

  • CRITICAL WRITING IN MULTIMEDIA CONTEXTS (GH)
    English 272, Credits: 3

    In this course, students will learn to conceptualize, structure, and produce analytical writing in multiple forms within digital contexts. Since such contexts are often multi-modal--layered with visual images as well as sound--instruction will include the analysis and appropriation of the visual and auditory in critical writing.

  • CREATIVE WRITING (GH)
    English 274, Credits: 3

    Study, discussion and writing of description, narration, verse and the short story.

  • READING AS WRITERS
    English 276, Credits: 3

    Study of craft and aesthetic form in contemporary literary works.

  • INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE STUDY (GH)
    English 281, Credits: 3

    An introduction to the basic tools and concepts for the study of language through study of the sounds, grammar, vocabulary, history, and cultural context of English.

  • SPECIAL STUDIES
    English 296, Credits: 1-5

    Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable only with change of topic.

  • SPECIAL TOPICS
    English 300, Credits: 3

    Analysis and discussion of a cultural, social, moral, philosophical or other significant topic, as expressed in a variety of literary forms, in relation to the individual and society; the particular topic to be published before registration. Repeatable only with change of topic.

  • LITERATURE OF DISABILITY (GH)
    English 305, Credits: 3

    This course is designed to introduce the students to thinking about disability as a rhetorical and cultural phenomenon. The students will explore how disability has been imagined in western culture through an examination of literature, and they will also consider how disabled people have themselves sought to represent their own experience in defiance of established norms.

  • LITERATURE FOR ADOLESCENTS
    English 310, Credits: 3

    This course will explore the history and development of adolescent literature, with special emphasis on the period since 1960. Recent novels which have proven popular and influential with young people and teachers will be analyzed using literary and educational criteria. Participants will consider works within the context of intellectual freedom and potential censorship.

  • ANCIENT WESTERN LITERATURE (GH)
    English 321, Credits: 3

    A rapid survey of world literatures other than English and American covering major literary periods from ancient times through the Renaissance.

  • MODERN WESTERN LITERATURE (GH)
    English 322, Credits: 3

    A rapid survey of world literatures other than English and American covering major literary periods from Neoclassicism (seventeenth century) to present.

  • ASIAN LITERATURES (GH)
    English 323, Credits: 3

    This course is an introduction to the literary and cultural tradition of three Asian civilizations: China, India, and Japan. Students will read a selection of classical and modern works from various genres in the three national literatures. The literary texts will be discussed in their cultural and historical contexts.

  • POSTCOLONIAL LITERATURES
    English 324, Credits: 3

    This couse introduces students to new literatures in English and to new ways of reading canonical British/American literature. The focus is on developing an understanding of colonial discourse through a study of its literary manifestations, its impact on colonized cultures, and the resistance strategies of colonized peoples to subvert colonial power.

  • LITERATURE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST (GH)
    English 325, Credits: 3

    Students will learn how to critically read, research, and write about contemporary Middle Eastern literature in English translation. Different genres will be covered by authors from different countries, including Iran, Egypt, Turkey, and Syria.

  • MANUSCRIPT EDITING
    English 330, Credits: 3

    Apply and further develop the basic skills needed to prepare a book or scholarly manuscript for publication. The focus will be on the conventions and procedures of editing a manuscript, particularly editing for correctness and style, following the conventions of The Chicago Manual of Style, the bible of book publishers.

  • WRITING FOR THE WEB
    English 332, Credits: 3

    Writing for the Web is designed to survey the many forms of online writing, focusing on community contributions, blogs, Web pages, Wikis and writng for the Web in students' particular academic disciplines. Students will examine each of these forms' conventions, create and contribute to such texts, and reflect upon the cultural significance of those forms.

  • JAPANESE LITERATURE
    English 333, Credits: 3

    This course surveys Japanese Literature, providing study of classical literature and how this past is reconsidered by modern writers. Group projects will include study of key issues in Japanese cultural history, such as folktales, garden, tea and verse aesthetics, court, samurai and merchant culture, and international contact and war.

  • THE AMERICAN RENAISSANCE
    English 341, Credits: 3

    An exploration of major works by writers of mid-nineteenth-century America, such as Emerson, Thoreau, Whitman, Melville, and Dickinson, with consideration of their historical context.

  • AMERICAN REALISM AND NATURALISM
    English 342, Credits: 3

    An exploration of developments in American literature in the period following the Civil War to 1910. In addition to naturalism and realism, the course will include more recent additions to the canon: women's fiction and African-American writing of the period.

  • AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1800 TO PRESENT (DV)
    English 345, Credits: 3

    A survey of essays, prose fiction, drama, and poetry written by African-Americans from the Colonial period to the present.

  • SURVEY OF MODERN DRAMA
    English 346, Credits: 3

    Analysis of trends and developments in the modern theatre from Ibsen's realistic plays to off-off-Broadway drama with emphasis on literary history and staging problems. May be taught with Theatre faculty.

  • BRITISH MODERNISM
    English 347, Credits: 3

    A survey of the major developments in British Literature from 1900 to World War II, with an emphasis on the rise of modernism.

  • AMERICAN MODERNISM
    English 348, Credits: 3

    A survey of the major developments in American Literature from 1900 to World War II, with an emphasis on the rise of Modernism.

  • LITERATURE ON FILM (GH)
    English 352, Credits: 3

    This course examines the complex cultural work of adapting literature to film. Through critical analysis of narrative fiction - short stories, novels, plays, graphic novels - and the films they inspire, students will investigate the history, narrative, conventions, iconic elements, and cultural significance of literary adaptations to film. Repeatable with topic change.

  • SHAKESPEARE ON FILM (GH)
    English 354, Credits: 3

    In this course, students will study in depth the history, narrative conventions, iconic elements, and cultural significance of Shakespearean films.

  • POSTWAR BRITISH LITERATURE (1945-PRESENT)
    English 360, Credits: 3

    This course is designed to deepen students' engagement with the rich tradition of British fiction, drama, and poetry of the last fifty years. Focusing on such writers as Orwell, Beckett, Drabble, Churchill, and Gordimer, it invites students to debate the role literature plays within a rapidly changing British society. We will also consider the significance of such postwar developments as: the demise of imperialism, the rise of postmodernism, and diversification of British society.

  • THE GRAMMAR OF STANDARD WRITTEN ENGLISH
    English 362, Credits: 3

    This is a course in the grammar of relatively formal and planned written English. We will review a vocabulary for talking about the structural choices that are available to writers of English, and use this vocabulary to practice analyzing and constructing sentences and parts of sentences. The course is meant primarily for people whose professional plans include writing or editing.

  • AMERICAN LITERATURE IN THE POSTMODERN AGE (1945-PRESENT)
    English 363, Credits: 3

    This course is designed to acquaint students with the rich tradition of American fiction and poetry of the last fifty years. Focusing on such figures as Ellison, Plath, Morrison, Pynchon, Baraka, and Delillo, this course invites students to debate the role that literature plays in a postwar American society. In doing so, we will focus on how writers address such postwar developments as: dawn of the nuclear age, Vietnam, the rise of mass culture, and rapid technologizing of American society.

  • STYLE: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
    English 364, Credits: 3

    Introduction to analysis and revision of texts for their style by a) assessing the rhetorical situations of these texts and b) becoming conversant and widely accepted principles and categories of style. Focus is on stylistic concerns such as clarity, coherence, cohesion, emphasis, concision, shape, and elegance.

  • TOPICS IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING
    English 366, Credits: 3

    Variable topics course that will focus on particular subsets of professional writing, editing, or rhetorical analysis relevant to these fields. Topics might include discourse analysis, argumentation, technical editing, content strategy, translation studies, or writing and editing for specific fields (e.g. science, medicine, environmental studies, etc.).

  • AMERICAN MINORITY WOMEN WRITERS (DV)
    English 368, Credits: 3

    A survey of poetry, fiction, drama, and essays written by African-American, Hispanic-American, Native American and Asian-American women.

  • MULTICULTURAL DRAMA OF THE UNITED STATES (DV)
    English 369, Credits: 3

    The course examines the theatrical forms and the dramatic literature of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans, and places them in the context of American theatre and U.S. social/political history.

  • ADVANCED COMPOSITION
    English 370, Credits: 3

    A course in advanced exposition and argumentation. Conventional grade basis only if course is required in the College of Business for major.

  • WRITING IN THE SCIENCES
    English 371, Credits: 3

    Instruction on the nature of writing in the sciences, including features of scientific genres and strategies for producing effective texts.

  • TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING
    English 372, Credits: 3

    Practice in expository, descriptive, and report writing, with special application to technical and scientific subject matter.

  • POETRY WRITING
    English 373, Credits: 3

    An intensive course in the writing of poetry requiring a minimum of 250 lines of good verse (after revision). The course will consider examples from some of the best contemporary verse, as well as criticism by students and the instructor of student work.

  • FICTION WRITING
    English 375, Credits: 3

    Theory, techniques, and practice of the writing of fiction. Requires a minimum of 50 pages of student writing, after careful revisions.

  • SCREENWRITING
    English 376, Credits: 3

    Practical experience in writing scripts for cinema and/or television, with special emphasis on the creative, theoretical, and critical processes.

  • PROSE STYLISTICS
    English 378, Credits: 3

    Introduction to analysis of prose style through intensive study of a broad range of contemporary styles ranging from popular to business, technical and academic styles. Application of the principles of style in student writing. PREREQ: Completion of upperclass writing requirement in your major.

  • CREATIVE NONFICTION
    English 380, Credits: 3

    This workshop introduces students to the history, theory, tradition and practice of creative nonfiction in its many forms, including the edited journal, personal essay and memoir, nature essay, literary journalism, and academic/cultural criticism. Through a mix of seminar-style discussions, graduated writing assignments, and intensive workshop response and revision, students work to develop a substantive portfolio (40-50 pages) of their own work by the end of the semester.

  • HISTORY OF THE LANGUAGE
    English 382, Credits: 3

    A detailed study of change and the conditions for change in the sounds, vocabulary, and grammar of English from its first records through the present.

  • MODERN GRAMMATICAL THEORY
    English 383, Credits: 3

    A study of traditional, structural and transformational-generative grammars.

  • TOPICS IN LINGUISTICS
    English 385, Credits: 3

    Advanced study of a branch of linguistics or of the application of a branch of linguistics to a cognate field, e.g., pedagogy or literary criticism, the particular topic to be published before registration. Repeatable only with change of topic. Either English 382 or English 383 is strongly recommended as preparation for this course.

  • NATURE WRITING
    English 386, Credits: 3

    An intensive writing workshop that provides students with an introducion to the history, theory, techniques, and practice of American nature writing in its many forms.

  • SPECIAL TOPICS WRITING WORKSHOP
    English 387, Credits: 3

    Creative writing workshop, variable topics.

  • THE CURRENT WRITING SCENE
    English 388, Credits: 3

    An intensive study of the range of current writing, with practice in written composition which may qualify students for professional employment.

  • THE HEROIC AGE
    English 401, Credits: 3

    This course will introduce students to the literary and socio-cultural milieu of anglo-saxon and medieval Britain. Through analysis of major figures of the period, including the Beowulf poet and Chaucer, the students will better appreciate the period in which the English language and British literature was formed.

  • RENAISSANCE AND REFORMATION
    English 402, Credits: 3

    Sixteenth Century British Literature introduces the students to literature of all genres written in Britain during the period. The course will acquaint students with the historic, philosophical, political and aesthetic principles in this period to enlighten and interest students and to develop their critical thinking skills.

  • SHAKESPEARE
    English 404, Credits: 3

    A study of the works of Shakespeare which will include representative genres and which will not duplicate works studied in 680-405.

  • SHAKESPEARE
    English 405, Credits: 3

    A study of the works of Shakespeare which will include representative genres and which will not duplicate works studied in 680-404.

  • REVOLUTION AND RESTORATION
    English 412, Credits: 3

    This course will introduce students to the literacy and socio-cultural milieu of seventeenth-century Britain. Through analysis of authors such as John Milton and Aemelia Lanyer, the student will come to better appreciate a vital period in the formation of our modern selves.

  • ENLIGHTENMENT AND EMPIRE
    English 414, Credits: 3

    Eighteenth Century British Literature introduces students to literature of all genres written in Britain during the Restoration and eighteenth century. The course should acquaint students with, among others, the historic, philosophic, political and aesthetic principles in this literature to enlighten and interest students, and to develop their critical thinking skills.

  • THE AGE OF ROMANTICISM
    English 416, Credits: 3

    A study of the prose and poetry of the major writers of the Romantic period in English literature.

  • VICTORIAN AND EDWARDIAN LITERATURE
    English 420, Credits: 3

    A survey of Anglo-Irish literature in the Victorian and Edwardian periods (c. 1830-1914), emphasizing the movement of ideas in the period from romanticism to modernism.

  • PUBLICATION DEVELOPMENT
    English 430, Credits: 3

    The course will survey the function of the editor in planning and developing a major publication. The course examines different editorial roles, gives an overview of publishing processes, and focuses on acquiring texts, developing the author-editor relationship, organizing and restructuring texts, checking facts, and developing production specifications.

  • GRANT/PROPOSAL WRITING
    English 435, Credits: 3

    This is an advanced writing course on the genre of the proposal, pairing students with clients to produce a grant. The course benefits students who will write proposals for their own work as well as students who wish to add the proposal genre to their portfolio of professional writing skills.

  • TOPICS IN PUBLICATION DEVELOPMENT
    English 436, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics course that will focus on development of a professional-quality publication of substantial complexity. Students will take a writing or editing project from conception to polished text and develop specifications for its production (or actually produce it).

  • MAJOR AUTHORS
    English 460, Credits: 3

    Intensive study of the works of a major writer or related writers and their contributions to literature and culture, the particular topic to be published before registration. Repeatable only with a change of topic.

  • 19TH CENTURY WOMEN WRITERS
    English 463, Credits: 3

    A survey of the works of American and English women writers of the 19th century.

  • CURRENT THEORIES OF COMPOSITION FOR TEACHERS
    English 471, Credits: 3

    A course in theories and methods of teaching composition, including practice in the evaluating of student writing. Recommended for Juniors and Seniors only.

  • APPLIED PROSE WRITING FOR DESKTOP PUBLISHING
    English 478, Credits: 3

    A practical course in preparing writing for printing and publication. Students will learn how to edit and proofread prose to make it readable and stylistically appropriate for its readership and purpose. Using desktop publishing technology, students will produce camera-ready publications combining text and illustrations.

  • CONTROVERSIES IN CRITICISM
    English 483, Credits: 3

    As the capstone course for English Literature and English Education majors, Controversies in Criticism is a seminar that focuses on a major critical debate. The students will examine a cluster of critical responses to a specific controversy and draw on their knowledge of literature to shed discipline. The specific controversy addressed will vary.

  • ADVANCED WRITERS' STUDIO
    English 488, Credits: 3

    A closely guided program of instruction in writing, determined in consultation with the instructor, ranging from creative writing to scholarly analysis. Repeatable two times for a maximum of 6 credits in major.

  • WORKSHOP
    English 49, Credits: 1-3

    Variable credit course offering with a defined topic. Repeatable with a change of topic.

  • WORKSHOP
    English 490, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics published prior to registration.

  • TRAVEL STUDY
    English 491, Credits: 1-3

    Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.

  • APPLIED STUDY: INTERNSHIP IN WRITING
    English 493, Credits: 1-6

    Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Internships, as available, in business or government for suitably prepared students wishing to make careers as writers. Repeatable for a maximum of six credits in degree.

  • SPECIAL STUDIES
    English 496, Credits: 2-4

    Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable only with change of topic.

  • EXCHANGE STUDY
    English 497, Credits: 1-12

    Variable topics.

  • INDEPENDENT STUDY
    English 498, Credits: 1-3

    Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.

  • INDEPENDENT STUDY - UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH
    English 498R, Credits: 1-3

    Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.

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College of Letters & Sciences
Laurentide Hall 4100
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
800 W. Main Street
Whitewater, WI 53190-1790

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Phone: (262) 472-1621
E-mail: reicherr@uww.edu

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