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Please see the Moravian College Course Catalog for full English course offerings.

100-Level English Courses (M2)

These courses do not count as English major courses, except as needed for Education Certification students.

American Literature: Roots and Routes

Prof. Crooke — ENGL 101 A TR (10:20-11:30) 101 B TR (11:45-12:55)

An introduction to the development of the American literary heritage, this course focuses on works that either remain deeply rooted in a single place or chart routes to new destinations. In addition to considering why some writers and characters prefer the comforts (or challenges) of home while others are lured (or forced) on the road, we will also explore tensions between region and nation throughout American literature. Emphasis on analytical, written, and oral skills.

American Literature: Gothic Movement & Ghosts

Prof. Tedesco — ENGL 101 C MW (11:45-12:55)

Students in this course will explore some of America’s most celebrated (and spine-chilling) Gothic fiction, poetry, and film from the 19th century to present day, specifically examining narratives centered upon ghosts and hauntings. Through a combination of written, oral, and analytical practices, we will delve deeper into the social, historical, and psychological implications revealed through these literary hauntings and determine what meaning, symbolic or otherwise, lingers beyond the veil.

Experience of Literature: Introduction to Literature and Health Humanities

Prof. Waller-Peterson — ENGL 104 A MW (1:10-2:20)

This course introduces students to the Health Humanities through historical, literary, and bioethical approaches to health. Students will engage a wide range of fiction and non-fiction literature that defines and depicts the health humanities, patient-clinician relationships, mental illness, and epidemics. Readings will focus on the history of the heath humanities, individual perspectives of illness and well-being, and ethical issues related to compassionate care. Emphasis on analytical, written, and oral skills.

Experience of Literature: Examination of the Literary Witch

Prof. Tedesco — ENGL 104 B MW (1:10-2:20)

What do you imagine when you hear the word “witch”? In this course, students will closely examine the archetype and evolution of the witch through a variety of literary mediums such as fiction, poetry, film, drama, and excerpts from graphic novels. Additionally, major concepts such as Spiritualism, Revisionism, Occultism, and Gender Theory will be introduced in order to contextualize the witch within each assigned text. The course objective is to answer larger questions such as why the witch is ever-present in literature across time and space, and how the witch constantly evolves to reflect societal shifts and tensions.

Experience of Literature: Introduction to Latino Literature

Prof. Roibal Fernandez — ENGL 104 C MW (2:35-3:45)

Introduction to Latino literature through its major literary genres—fiction, poetry, and drama—from a variety of times and voices, emphasizing analytical and communication skills through written and oral projects.

African American Literature

Prof. LaRue — ENGL 105 A TR (1:10-2:20)

This course introduces students to African American Studies through various depictions of the lived experiences of African Americans. These depictions emerge in historical discourses, art, language, literature, cultural studies, film, music, poetry, and drama. This course outlines the various subjects of African American Studies through the historical, literary, aural, and oral texts that reflect the culture of Black folk in the United States.

200-Level English Courses

Introduction to Creative Writing (WI) (M6) 

Prof. Crooke — ENGL 212 WF (2:35-3:45) Study of Writing

Guided practice in poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Prerequisites: Writing 100 or LINC 101, and permission of instructor. 

Introduction to Creative Writing - OL (WI) (M6)

Prof. Joella — ENGL 212 - ONLINE Study of Writing

Guided practice in poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction. Prerequisites: Writing 100 or LINC 101, and permission of instructor. 

Professional Writing 

Prof. McClelland — ENGL 216 A MW (8:55-10:05) Writing Arts Elective

Introduction to business and technical composing practices and genres with an emphasis on audience awareness, project development and management, document design and visual rhetoric, professional editing, and usability testing. Includes critical rhetorical study and creation of job and application materials, proposals, technical instructions, print and digital marketing materials, and other deliverables requested as part of this class’s service learning collaboration with local organizations. (Internship prerequisite option for Writing Arts students)

Introduction to Writing Arts (WI)

Prof. Mikovits — ENGL 217 A MW (10:20-11:30) Study of Writing suggested course for Writing Arts students and English Education Majors. WI

Students explore foundational concepts in writing studies in order to understand writing as both a subject of study and a significant symbolic activity in our everyday lives.

Introduction to Journalism 

Prof. Alu — ENGL 224 PM M (6:30-9:30) Writing Arts Elective

An integrative journalism course in which students will learn how to write, edit, pitch and publish news and features for a variety of media outlets; taught by an active media professional, with assistance and resources from Moravian's new David Zinczenko Center for Integrative Media. Prerequisites: Sophomore class standing; B or higher in LINC 101 or Writing 100 (or equivalent) LINC 101 (First-Year Seminar). (Internship prerequisite option for Writing Arts students)

Introduction to English Studies (WI)

Prof. Black — ENGL 225 A WF (11:45-12:55)

Introduction to English Studies. Introduction to various aspects of the discipline, including analysis of literature, bibliographic and research techniques, critical thinking and writing, various literary approaches, literary theory, and history of the field. Strongly encouraged as a prerequisite for upper-level English courses.

Public Speaking

Prof. Ward — ENGL 230 A TR (10:20-11:30) English Elective

Basic theory of public speaking with emphasis on developing skills essential to effective interpersonal communication in industrial, business, and academic settings.

American Drama & Theatre 

Prof. Crooke — ENGL 234 WF (1:10-2:20) Literary Genre Course

Development of dramatic literature and theatrical practice in America, 1665 to the present.

Contemporary Native American Literature 

Prof. Tabor — ENGL 244 A MW (8:55-10:05) Post 20th C. American Lit. 

This course will provide students with an opportunity to closely read poetry, fiction, drama, and essays written by and about Native Americans. To truly understand these literary texts, we will need to learn about native peoples’ history, cultural contexts, oral traditions, and identity. Developing and interrogating questions regarding Native American identity will complicate our understanding of fixed literary genres and the power relations they encode. Our readings, discussions, and writing assignments will offer the opportunity to develop questions at issue for our discourse community. Writing especially will provide the chance to develop your own line of inquiry regarding specific texts. Prerequisite: English 225 or permission of instructor.

Writing as Activism (U2) 

Prof. Hinnefeld — ENGL 263 PM W (6:30-9:30) Writing Arts Elective

To what can extent can, or should, writing (and also reading) function as a kind of activism? Can written work change minds and hearts? Should it be designed to do so? Can writing be more than a hobby--but also more than a vocation? That is, can the acts of writing and reading be seen as moral acts, as part of living a fully engaged life? In this course we will examine these and other questions as we read, view, discuss, and emulate both factual/documentary and imaginative works (ranging from op-ed pieces and documentaries to poems and short stories). 

The course includes a civic engagement component: three visits to the Northampton County Jail in Easton, PA, for a tour and two story-exchange meetings with incarcerated people, during class time. The $15 course fee is for related transportation costs.

ST: Narrating Blackness: Film and Fiction

Prof. LaRue — ENGL 294 A TR (11:45-12:55) Literary Genre Course

In general, this course seeks to continue the work of thinkers like W.E.B. DuBois, who have sought both to understand and to reconcile the relationship between black individuals and the cultures of their times. More specifically, this course is aimed at exploring the experiences of blackness as they have been imagined, lived, and narrated in our contemporary world and across the globe. Focusing on black film and fiction from the late-twentieth-century to the present, the course will pay particular attention to issues of gender and sexuality within the framework of black experiences, and will also incorporate discussions of media representations of blackness, alongside academic and popular thought on these experiences as they are variously manifested.

ST: Literature and the Medical Humanities (U1)

Prof. Waller-Peterson — ENGL 295 A M (4:00-6:15) English Elective

Lucille Clifton states, “I don’t write because I have a mission to heal the world. My mission is to heal Lucille if I can, as much as I can.” Writing offers Clifton a medium through which she can enact a form of healing and self-preservation. Similarly, illness narratives communicate the embodied and disembodied experiences of people living with sickness, disease, and illness in an effort to make sense of their changing bodies, lives, and identities. This reading intensive course explores health, wellness, and illness narratives through a sustained engagement with non-fiction and imaginary literature. Prerequisite: LinC 101 or equivalent plus junior or senior class standing.

300-Level English Courses

Rhetorics of Everyday Life

Prof. Fodrey — ENGL 316 A MW (10:20-11:30) Writing Arts Elective

Students analyze contemporary everyday discourses through rhetorical lenses, focusing on the ways language and other symbols function to persuade and/or to promote or prohibit understanding across differences. Students study theories of rhetorical analysis and practice those theories by analyzing self-selected contemporary discursive artifacts from pop culture, politics, and other aspects of everyday life. Students learn methods for critiquing the relative effectiveness of discourses within certain contexts as well as how to use that knowledge to better assess the effectiveness of their own writing.

The Art of Poetry

Prof. Dougal — ENGL 320 W (11:45-2:15) Genre Course

Designed to provide the student of literature with theories and techniques for understanding, appreciating, and evaluating poetry. Prerequisite: ENGL 225 or permission of instructor. Alternate years.

Literature and Culture of Medieval Britain

Prof. Black — ENGL 355 A TR (1:10-2:20) Pre 20th C British Lit.

Study of selected major and minor texts (mostly in translation) from Old English and Middle English literature, with corresponding interdisciplinary study of their cultural contexts. Examination of the evolution of literary genres, styles, and audiences. Exploration of the approaches and perspectives of contemporary scholarship to topics and issues in medieval studies, with a consideration of the links between contemporary and medieval cultures.

Senior Seminar

Prof. Dougal — ENGL 371 A W (4:00-6:00) Senior Capstone

This course will synthesize and expand upon what students have learned throughout their major. Weekly meetings will consist of readings, discussion, and writing on topics within English Studies. Course requirements will include an extended written work in a student's chosen genre, as well as a portfolio. Prerequisites: English 225 or permission of instructor.

English Internship 

Prof. Hinnefeld — ENGL 288/386-88 *By arrangement) Writing Arts Requirement

Practical field experience in writing for mass media, business, industry, or nonprofits. Designed in consultation with director of internship program and field supervisor. By arrangement. Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing; for 288: 200-level writing course approved by the English major advisor or English Dept. Chair; for 386-388: 200-level writing course approved by the English major advisor or English Dept. Chair; plus one additional English course.

ST: 20th Century African American Women's Literature

Prof. Waller-Peterson — ENGL 390 A MW (2:35-3:45) Post 20th C. American Lit.

Alice Walker concludes her four-part definition of womanist with the following: “Womanist is to feminist as purple is to lavender”. Kimberlé Crenshaw says, “In every generation and in every intellectual sphere and in every political moment, there have been African American women who have articulated the need to think and talk about race through a lense that ooks at gender, or think and talk about feminism through a lens that looks at race. So this is in continuity with that.” This course explores themes of womanism and intersectionality in the works of writers including Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, Gloria Naylor, and Ann Petry.

ST: Narrating Film

Prof. LaRue— ENGL 393 A T (4:00-6:15) Literary Genre Course

Through close analyses of contemporary imaginative films like Her, like Tiny Houses, and short films like "Squared," this course examines the narrative qualities of films. As we look for answers to the questions, "How do films narrate, and what do they narrate?," we will also work towards an understanding of the medium's relation to more traditional narrative forms (e.g. novels, short stories, drama, etc.). How, for instance, does the medium of film challenge us to reimagine the limits of what a text might be?

Advanced Public Speaking/Professional Presenting

Prof. Ward — ENGL 398 A TR (1:10-2:20) Writing Arts Elective

This course covers advanced public speaking techniques for effective informative and persuasive speaking, speech organization, and audience connection. Prerequisites: English 230 or permission of instructor.

ST: Comics & Graphic Storytelling 

Prof. McClelland — ENGL 399 PM T (6:00-9:00) Writing Arts Elective

This course focuses on the history, rhetorical analysis and practical application of graphic storytelling in comic books and graphic novels, with a primary spotlight on understanding, discussing and creating graphic memoirs. Students critique contemporary works, write in both an academic and professional fashion, and better understand the field of professional comic writing.