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Fall 2022 English Course Offerings

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

100 Level Courses

American Literature: Roots & Routes

Prof. Crooke — ENGL 101 A  

Modality: In-Person 

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. (M2)

American Literature: The Gothic Movement and Its Ghosts

Prof. Tedesco — ENGL 101 C 

Modality: In-Person

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. (M2)

British Literature: Truth & Beauty

Prof. Dougal — ENGL 102 A

Modality: In-Person 

How have writers shared their perceptions on the human condition in literary works ranging from Beowulf, epic story of a hero, to modern expressions of love, loss, frustration, and ambition? This course provides an introduction to distinctive British works, emphasizing analytical and communication skills, and celebrating the ways in which literature of various eras and genres appeals to the human mind and heart. (M2)

Experience of Literature: Examination of the Literary Witch

Prof. Tedesco — ENGL/WGSS 104 A 

Modality: In-Person 

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. (M2)

Experience of Literature: Introduction to Latino Literature

Prof. Roibal Fernandez — ENGL 104 B &  ENGL 104 C

Modality: In-Person 

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. (M2)

African-American Literature

Prof. LaRue — ENGL/AFST 105 A 

Modality: In-Person 

African-American Literature. Introduction to the poetry, non-fiction, fiction, and drama of the African-American tradition in literature from the beginnings of the Colonial period to the present day, emphasizing analytical and communication skills through written and oral projects. (M2)

Introduction to Performance

Prof. Shorr — ENGL 135 A 

Modality: In-Person 

This course will introduce students to the craft of stage performance and provide them with hands-on experience and a usable approach to acting. Students will participate in exercises to develop performance techniques applicable to Theatre, Television, Film, Radio and persuasive communication. (M6)

ST: Monsters in Modern Asian Culture

Prof. Hou — ENGL 198 A 

Modality: In-Person 

Godzilla, Pokémon, vengeful ghosts, serpentine seductresses, green and red ogres: monsters in modern and contemporary Asian cultures have frightened and fascinated audiences across time and borders. The monstrous, the supernatural, and the uncanny are that which transgress, transform, and destabilize existing cultural norms, providing nuanced insights into the collective psyche of a society. This course explores the many ways monsters symbolize and personify issues, problems, fears and hopes that have shaped modern Asian societies, including Japan, China, and Korea. We will also consider how these otherworldly creatures were perceived by early Western scholars – how they at once helped advance the studies of Asian cultures and catered to a growing foreign appetite for the image of a “mysterious Orient.” Lastly, we will discuss the global popularity of monster movies, manga, and video games, how they shape the world’s perception of Asia, and through which, how Asian societies remake their own cultural images. Students will gain a basic understanding of the course of modernization (and in most countries, Westernization) in Asia, including the changes of religious beliefs and cultural traditions, as well as the making of everyday life. (M2)

200 Level Courses

WI: Introduction to Creative Writing 

Prof. Crooke — ENGL 212 

Modality: In-Person 

Guided practice in poetry and fiction. Prerequisites: LinC 101 or equivalent. (M6)

WI: Introduction to Creative Writing 

Prof. Joella — ENGL 212 B

Modality: Online Asynchronous 

Guided practice in poetry and fiction. Prerequisites: LinC 101 or equivalent. (M6)

Work with Student Writers: Theory & Praxis

Prof. Mikovits — ENGL 213.2 (Half-Unit)

Modality: By Arrangement 

This course offers a broad overview of composition and writing tutoring pedagogy and covers best practices for working with student writers. Students will gain practical teaching, presentation, and leadership skills through extensive practice with student writing samples and a range of reflective and research-based assignments. We will also address considerations broadly related to student success and academic readiness. This course is designed to support students who wish to become Writing Fellows or Writing Center Tutors. Prerequisites: LinC F1 and permission of instructor.

WI: Introduction to Writing Arts

Prof. Mikovits — ENGL 217 A

Modality: In-Person

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. (WI)

The English Language

Prof. Black — ENGL 221 A

Modality: Hybrid

Introduction to phonology, grammar, and lexicon of English from its beginning to the present, with an emphasis on current language issues.

Introduction to Journalism

Prof. Alu — ENGL 224 PM

Modality: In-Person

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).

Introduction to English Studies

Prof. Crooke — ENGL 225 A

Modality: In-Person

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. Writing intensive. Strongly encouraged as a prerequisite for upper-level English courses.

Public Speaking

Prof. Egging — ENGL 230 A

Modality: In-Person

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

Writing as Activism

Staff — ENGL 263 PM

Modality: In-Person

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). Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing. (U2) Please note that, as Dr. Hinnefeld has retired, the component of this class that has featured letter-writing activities with women in the Northampton Co. Jail will not be a part of the FA22 iteration of the course. We do intend, however, that the new instructor will incorporate some analogous "writing as activism" work for students."

Internship

Staff — ENGL 288 A

Modality: By Arrangement

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: 288 and one 200-level writing course approved by the English major advisor or English Dept. Chair; plus one additional English course.

ST: Introduction to Queer Theory

Prof. LaRue — ENGL/WGSS 290 A

Modality: In-Person

This course serves as an introduction to some of the key arguments within the field of Queer Theory. Though initially aimed at critiquing the ways in which concepts of “normal” have been maintained by certain expressions and experiences of sex, gender, and desire, Queer Theory has more recently expanded its focus to the critique of identity itself. It now serves as a useful way of considering and (re)thinking the connections between sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, and other modes of identity as they intersect in diverse contexts. This course brings together these various concerns (i.e., sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, erotic pleasure, etc.), exploring how the field of queer theory analyzes and challenges them, so as to better understand the world in which we live.

ST: Contemporary Masculinities 

Prof. LaRue — ENGL/WGSS 291 A

Modality: In-Person

Through a reading of various texts, such as novels, short stories, films, songs, and advertisements, we will explore the ways in which masculinity is and has been defined, and what non-traditional expressions of masculinities mean for both that definition and society. Or, to put this differently, throughout this course we will question how something like the selection of Jaden Smith as the face of Louis Vuitton’s womenswear collection reflects and/or challenges how we’ve come to conceptualize of masculinity in the twentieth- and twenty-first centuries. Hopefully, from what we learn, we can begin rethinking what we expect from others and from ourselves and begin easing some of the anxieties over “properly” fitting into society.

ST: Black Feminist Thought

Prof. Waller-Peterson — ENGL/WGSS/AFST 293 A

Modality: In-Person

This course examines speeches, essays, music, art, primary documents and literature as a means of tracing the social justice contours of black feminist thought. The course adopts a historical and chronological approach to black women who made powerful interventions into black feminist thought and theory. Course texts include content from: Sojourner Truth, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Angela Davis, bell hooks, Kimberlé Crenshaw, and others.

300 Level Courses

Fiction Writing 

Staff — ENGL 311 A

Modality: In-Person

Focused study of contemporary fiction, writing of several complete fictional works. Workshop setting. Prerequisites: Writing 100; English 225; English 211 or 212 or 215; or permission of instructor. (M6)

The Rhetorics of Everyday Life 

Prof. Fodrey — ENGL 316 A

Modality: In-Person

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 A

Modality: In-Person

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.

American Realism

Prof. Crooke — ENGL 341 A

Modality: In-Person

Development of realism in American literature from its late 19th-century beginnings to its height in the early to mid-20th century. Prerequisite: ENGL 225 or permission of instructor.

Literature & Culture of Medieval Britain

Prof. Black — ENGL 355 A

Modality: In-Person

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. Prerequisite: ENGL 225 or permission of instructor.

Senior Seminar 

Prof. Dougal — ENGL 371 A

Modality: In-Person


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 incldue an extended written work in a student's chosen genre, as well as a portfolio. Prerequisites: English 225 or permission of instructor.

Internship

Staff — ENGL 386 A

Modality: By Arrangement

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: 288 and one 200-level writing course approved by the English major advisor or English Dept. Chair; plus one additional English course.

Honors Project

Staff — ENGL 400 A

Modality: By Arrangement