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Moravian University

Spring 2021 English Course Offerings

Please see the Moravian University 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 MW (11:20-12:30) 101 B MW (1:00-2:10)

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.

American Literature: Short Story Cycles

Prof. Crooke — ENGL 101 C TR (1:00-2:10)

Modality: In-Person

One of the most popular and diverse, yet also least recognized and understood, genres of American literature is the short story cycle. As distinguished both from novels and collections of unrelated tales, cycles of short stories are held together by shared elements of fiction such as setting, characters, theme, and style. This course will appreciate and analyze American short story cycles by reading celebrated examples from the past century and discussing various linking devices that give them artistic coherence.

Experience of Literature: Examination of the Literary Witch

Prof. Tedesco — ENGL 104 A MW (9:40-10:50) ENGL 104 B MW (11:20-12:30)

Modality: Hybrid

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: Classic and Contemporary Worldbuilding

Prof. Hassay — ENGL 104 C MW (2:40-3:50)

Modality: Online Synchronous

Magic makes the world go round. In this course, students will use concepts of worldbuilding to explore how magic is represented in both classic and contemporary fiction including novels, short stories, poetry, and film. Through both creative and analytical writing projects, the class will examine how these methods of magic are informed by context and help to define the world of a given narrative

African American Literature

Prof. Waller-Peterson — ENGL/AFST 105 MW (1:00-2:10) 

Modality: Online Synchronous

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.

Notable IDIS Courses

Who Owns the Outdoors? 

Prof. Hinnefeld — IDIS 195  TR (2:40-3:50) 

Modality: Hybrid Online & In-Person

For this community-based, interdisciplinary course—which is cross-listed in Africana Studies, Environmental Studies, Peace and Justice Studies, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies—we will read, discuss and write about race, culture, incarceration, and the natural world Partner with community organizations and sites—including Afros in Nature, Community Bike Works, Karl Stirner Arts Trail, Lehigh Gap Nature Center/Color of Nature Initiative, and several community gardens—for outdoor activities and volunteer opportunities Share and discuss reading and writing assignments, through U.S. mail and online messaging, with inside students at Muncy State Correctional Institution for Women in Lycoming County Meet keynote speakers Camille Dungy and J. Drew Lanham during the (virtual) Moravian University Writers’ Conference, March 26-27, 2021 Students in this course will engage in InFocus-related research, and participate in the InFocus Town Hall on Monday, April 19.

200-Level English Courses

Creative Non-Fiction (WI)

Prof. Fodrey — ENGL 211 MW (1:00-2:10) 

Modality: Online Synchronous

Guided practice in public and personal essay writing. Workshop setting. Prerequisites: Writing 100 or LINC 101.

Work with Student Writers: Theory & Praxis

Prof. Mikovits — ENGL 213.2 

Modality: Online Synchronous

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

Writing Studies Research Seminar 

Prof. Fodrey & Prof Mikovits — ENGL 214.2 

Modality: Online Synchronous

One-half unit of credit given for self-guided study and four hours of tutoring per week. Student’s written proposal for study must be approved by Writing Center director. Prerequisites: English 213.2, QPA of 3.00, and approval of director.

Professional Writing 

Prof. Mikovits — ENGL 216 MW (9:40-10:50) Writing Arts Elective

Modality: Online Synchronous

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.

English Language 

ENGL 221 PM R (6:30-9:30) 

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 English Studies (WI)

Prof. Black — ENGL 225  WF (11:20-12:30)

Modality: Hybrid

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. Closed to non-English majors except by written permission of department chair or instructor. Writing intensive. Strongly encouraged as a pre-requisite for upper-level ENGL courses.

Modern Drama & Theatre 

Prof. Crooke — ENGL/THEA 233 TR (2:40-3:50) Literary Genre Course

Modality: In-Person

Development of dramatic literature and theatrical practice in the 20th century.

Environmental Writing (M6)

Prof. Harris — ENGL/ENVR 242 TR (11:20-12:30) 

Modality: Online Synchronous 

This writing course will survey a broad spectrum of environmental literature, from Thoreau’s Walden to Cheryl Strayed’s recent bestseller, Wild, as well as images, music, and cinema that address environmental themes. Through writing, class discussion and other assignments, students will reflect on our changing relationship with the natural world and consider what that engagement has meant for both the planet and its human inhabitants. The course follows a workshop format, so reading and critiquing other students’ writing is required.

ST: Shakespeare in Performance (M6)

Prof. Shorr — ENGL/THEA 290 TR (9:40-10:50) Literary Genre Course 

Modality: In-Person

Shakespeare in Performance offers a semester-long study in performing some of the most famous dramatic texts in Western literature. Students will learn how to “unpack” the dense language, find the music of the text, and bring centuries-old words to life on stage. Students will also be introduced to stage combat techniques (rapier) common in performance of Shakespeare, to the vocal and physical work required to perform on stage.

ST: Modern African Literature (M5)

Prof. LaRue — ENGL/AFST 291 TR (1:00-2:10) Modern Period Course, World/British Literature

Modality: Online Synchronous 

The title of this course is a bit misleading, as there is no such thing as “African Literature,” per se. It is perhaps more accurate to say that this course is interested in looking at the literature of the African continent. Even, this, however, comes with its own host of questions: Who can produce the literature of Africa? Where must this literature be produced in order to be considered “African”? What must literature look like to be considered “African”? Who or what is even meant by “African,” anyway? Focusing on the span of time from 1940 and 1980, this course offers an introduction to the literature that has come to be defined as African literature. With a particular interest in how the literature of this period has helped (re)establish and/or (re)position images of Africa, we will read and analyze the works of a few of the writers who paved the way for contemporary African writers like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Teju Cole, Taiye Selasi, and A. Igoni Barrett. Though it should go without saying, an interrogation and contextualization of issues of gender, sexuality, race/racism, and ethnicity will be crucial in fully making sense of the texts and their narratives.

300-Level English Courses

Poetry Writing (M6) 

Prof. Hinnefeld — ENGL 313 PM W (6:30-9:30) 

Modality: Online Synchronous

Focused study of contemporary poetry, writing of a range of complete poetic works. Workshop setting. Prerequisites: English 211 or 212; or permission of instructor. 


Prof. Black — ENGL/THEA 330 TR (1:00-2:10) 

Modality: Hybrid

The major plays. Prerequisite: ENGL 225 or permission of instructor. Spring, alternate years.

American Realism

Prof. Waller-Peterson — ENGL/AFST 341 MW (11:20-12:30) Premodern Period, American Literature

Modality: Online Synchronous

Development of realism in American literature from its late 19th-century beginnings to its height in the early to mid-20th century. Alternate years.

British Literature 1780-1830

Prof. Dougal — ENGL 352 TR (11:20-12:30) Premodern Period, British Literature

Modality: Online Synchronous

A study of literature by men and women of varying ethnicities and social classes, and of primary documents that reveal major historical conditions and social and cultural movements to which these writers responded. Some emphasis upon major Romantic poets. Prerequisite: ENGL 225 or permission of instructor.

Senior Seminar

Prof. Dougal — ENGL 371 PM M (6:30-9:30) Senior Capstone

Modality: Online Synchronous

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. Signature of instructor required. 

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: 21st Century Queer Minority Writing (U2)

Prof. LaRue — ENGL 395 TR (2:40-3:50) Modern Period Course, World/British Literature, Crosslisted - WGSS 396

Modality: Online Synchronous

Within the last two decades, there has been an exponential increase in mainstream discussions of LGBTQ issues. While shows like Modern Family, The Fosters, and, more recently, How to Get Away with Murder, have helped bring gay and lesbian faces into the homes of millions across the country, for many in the LGBTQ community, these mainstream images bring with them the sense that to be gay is to be white. Although a few exceptions exist (the most notable being, perhaps, Empire’s Jamal Lyons), minorities are still left asking: Where are all the black, brown, and yellow faces? This course works to answer this question, along with another equally important question: How do black, brown, and yellow gays and lesbians experience their sexualities in and apart from these mainstream images? Focusing on writings from the 21st-century, we will work towards a better understanding of what it means to be queer and a racial minority. In so doing, we will work towards a better understanding of what it means to belong to this (Queer) Nation. Juniors and Seniors only. 

ST: Contemporary Illness Narratives 

Prof. Waller-Peterson — ENGL 397 MW (2:40-3:50) Literary Genre Course 

Modality: Online Synchronous

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. Through our readings, writings, and discussions, we will explore some of the conventions writers use to express their experiences with illness, and the ways in which these illness narratives impact the readers’ understanding of their own stories of illness. Students will engage the illness narrative theories of Arthur Frank, Arthur Kleinman and Kathyln Conway alongside texts including: Audre Lorde’s The Cancer Journals. Juniors and Seniors only.

ST: Comics & Graphic Storytelling

 ENGL 399 PM  R (6:30-9:30) Writing Arts Elective, Major Elective 

Modality: Hybrid

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. Prerequisite: A creative writing course or signature from instructor.