English and Comparative Literature

http://english.columbia.edu/

Departmental Office: 602 Philosophy; 212-854-3215
http://www.english.columbia.edu

Director of Undergraduate Studies: Prof. Molly Murray, 406 Philosophy; 212-854-4016; mpm7@columbia.edu

Departmental Advisers:
Prof. Molly Murray, 406 Philosophy; mpm7@columbia.edu

Mr. Aaron Robertson, 602 Philosophy, ar3488@columbia.edu

The program in English fosters the ability to read critically and imaginatively, to appreciate the power of language to shape thought and represent the world, and to be sensitive to the ways in which literature is created and achieves its effects. It has several points of departure, grounding the teaching of critical reading in focused attention to the most significant works of English literature, in the study of the historical and social conditions surrounding literary production and reception, and in theoretical reflection on the process of writing and reading and the nature of the literary work.

The courses the department offers draw on a broad range of methodologies and theoretical approaches, from the formalist to the political to the psychoanalytical (to mention just a few). Ranging from the medieval period to the 21st century, the department teaches major authors alongside popular culture, traditional literary genres alongside verbal forms that cut across media, and canonical British literature alongside postcolonial, global, and trans-Atlantic literatures.

At once recognizing traditional values in the discipline and reflecting its changing shape, the major points to three organizing principles for the study of literature—history, genre, and geography. Requiring students not only to take a wide variety of courses but also to arrange their thinking about literature on these very different grids, the major gives them broad exposure to the study of the past, an understanding of the range of forms that can shape literary meaning, and an encounter with the various geographical landscapes against which literature in English has been produced.

Advising

Students are not assigned specific advisers, but rather each year the faculty members serving on the department’s Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE) are designated undergraduate advisers (see above). Upon declaring a major or concentration in English, students should meet with the director of undergraduate studies or a delegated faculty adviser to discuss the program, especially to ensure that students understand the requirements.

Students must fill out a Major Requirements Worksheet early in the semester preceding graduation. The worksheet must be reviewed by an adviser and submitted to 602 Philosophy before the registration period for the final semester. The worksheet is available in the English Department or on-line at http://english.columbia.edu/undergraduate/major-requirements. It is this worksheet—not the Degree Audit Report (DAR)—that determines eligibility for graduation as an English major or concentrator.

Course Information

Lectures

Generally, lectures are addressed to a broad audience and do not assume previous course work in the area, unless prerequisites are noted in the description. The size of some lectures is limited. Senior majors have preference unless otherwise noted, followed by junior majors, followed by senior and junior non-majors. Students are responsible for checking for any special registration procedures on-line at http://english.columbia.edu/courses.

Seminars

The department regards seminars as opportunities for students to do advanced undergraduate work in fields in which they have already had some related course experience. With the exception of some CLEN classes (in which, as comparative courses, much material is read in translation), students’ admission to a seminar presupposes their having taken ENGL UN3001 Literary Texts, Critical Methods. During the three weeks preceding the registration period, students should check http://english.columbia.edu/courses for application instructions for individual seminars. Applications to seminars are usually due by the end of the week preceding registration. Students should always assume that the instructor’s permission is necessary; those who register without having secured the instructor’s permission are not guaranteed admission.

Departmental Honors

Writing a senior essay is a precondition, though not a guarantee, for the possible granting of departmental honors. After essays are submitted, faculty sponsors deliver a written report on the essay to the department’s Committee on Undergraduate Education (CUE), with a grade for the independent study and, if merited, a recommendation for honors. CUE considers all the essays, including sponsor recommendations, reviews students’ fall semester grades, and determines which students are to receive departmental honors. Normally no more than 10% of graduating majors receive departmental honors in a given academic year.

The Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS)

The DAR is a useful tool for students to monitor their progress toward degree requirements, but it is not an official document for the major or concentration, nor should it replace consultation with departmental advisers. The department’s director of undergraduate studies is the final authority on whether requirements for the major have been met. Furthermore, the DAR may be inaccurate or incomplete for any number of reasons—for example, courses taken elsewhere and approved for credit do not show up on the DAR report as fulfilling a specific requirement.

Online Information

Other departmental information—faculty office hours, registration instructions, late changes, etc.—is available on the departmental website.

Professors

  • James Eli Adams
  • Rachel Adams
  • Branka Arsic
  • Christopher Baswell (Barnard)
  • Sarah Cole
  • Nicholas Dames
  • Jenny Davidson
  • Andrew Delbanco
  • Kathy Eden
  • Brent Edwards
  • Stathis Gourgouris
  • Farah Jasmine Griffin
  • Jack Halberstam
  • Saidiya Hartman
  • Marianne Hirsch
  • Jean E. Howard
  • Sharon Marcus
  • Edward Mendelson
  • Robert O’Meally
  • Julie Peters
  • Ross Posnock
  • Austin E. Quigley
  • Bruce Robbins
  • James Shapiro
  • Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (University Professor)
  • Alan Stewart
  • Colm Toibin
  • Gauri Viswanathan
  • William Worthen (Barnard)
  • David M. Yerkes

Associate Professors

  • Julie Crawford
  • Denise Cruz
  • Patricia Dailey
  • Michael Golston
  • T. Austin Graham
  • Erik Gray
  • Matt Hart
  • Eleanor Johnson
  • Molly Murray
  • Frances Negrón-Muntaner
  • Cristobal Silva
  • Joseph Slaughter
  • Maura Spiegel
  • Dennis Tenen
  • Jennifern Wenzel

Assistant Professors

  • Joseph Alvarez
  • Lauren Robertson
  • Dustin Stewart
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Guidelines for all English and Comparative Literature Majors and Concentrators

Declaring a Major in English

Upon declaring a major in English, students should meet with either the director of undergraduate studies or a departmental adviser to discuss the program. Students declaring a major should obtain a Major Requirements Worksheet from 602 Philosophy or on-line, which outlines the requirements.

Additional information, including events and deadlines of particular relevance to undergraduates, is provided at http://english.columbia.edu/undergraduate, the department’s undergraduate homepage. The sidebar on this page provides links to pages with details about undergraduate advising, major and concentration requirements, course options and restrictions, registration procedures, the senior essay, and writing prizes, as well as links to downloadable worksheets for the major and concentration and to course distribution requirement lists, past and present. For detailed information about registration procedures, students should consult http://english.columbia.edu/courses, which explains the requirements and enables students to monitor their own progress.

Newly declared majors should contact the undergraduate assistant in 602 Philosophy Hall and request that their names be added to the department’s electronic mailing list for English majors and concentrators. Because important information now routinely is disseminated through e-mail, it is crucial that students be on this list.

Literary Texts, Critical Methods

The introductory course ENGL UN3001 Literary Texts, Critical Methods, together with its companion seminar, ENGL UN3011 Literary Texts, Critical Methods seminar, is required for the English major and concentration. It should be taken by the end of the sophomore year. Fulfillment of this requirement is a factor in admission to seminars and to some lectures. This once-a-week faculty lecture, accompanied by a seminar led by an advanced graduate student in the department, is intended to introduce students to the study of literature. Students read works from the three major literary modes (lyric, drama, and narrative), drawn from premodern to contemporary literature, and learn interpretative techniques required by these various modes or genres. This course does not fulfill any distribution requirements.

Senior Essay

The senior essay program is an opportunity for students to explore in depth some literary topic of special interest to them, involving extensive background reading and resulting in an essay (8,000–15,000 words) that constitutes a substantial and original critical or scholarly argument. Students submit proposals in September of their senior year, with acceptance contingent upon the quality of the proposal and the student’s record in the major. Students who are accepted are assigned a faculty sponsor to supervise the project, from its development during the fall semester to its completion in the spring. It is for the spring semester, not the fall, that students officially register for the course, designated as ENGL UN3999 Senior Essay. Senior essays are due in early April.

Course Options and Restrictions

  1. No course at the 1000-level may be counted toward the major.

  2. Speech courses may not be counted toward the major.

  3. Two writing courses or two upper-level literature courses taught in a foreign language, or one of each, may count toward the major, though neither type of course fulfills any distribution requirement. Writing courses that may be applied toward the major include those offered through Columbia’s undergraduate Creative Writing Program and through Barnard College.

  4. Comparative literature courses sponsored by the department (designated as CLEN) may count toward the major. Those sponsored by other departments (e.g. CLFR - Comp Lit French, CPLS - Comp Lit and Society) are not counted toward the major without permission of the director of undergraduate studies. Literature courses taught in English in language departments do not count toward the major.

  5. No more than two courses taken during the summer session may be counted toward the major.

  6. Courses offered through the Barnard English Department may count toward the major or concentration. Before taking Barnard courses, students should verify with the director of undergraduate studies whether and how such courses may count toward the major.

  7. For courses taken abroad or at other American institutions to count toward the major, students must obtain approval of the director of undergraduate studies.

  8. To register for more than 42 points (including advanced standing credit) in English and comparative literature, a student majoring in English must obtain permission of the director of undergraduate studies.

  9. No more than five courses taken elsewhere may be applied to the major, four to the concentration.

  10. One independent study (for at least 3 points) may count toward the major but cannot satisfy any distribution requirements; likewise, the Senior Essay may count toward the major but fulfills no requirements. Students may not count both an Independent Study and the Senior Essay toward the major.

  11. Courses assigned a grade of D may not be counted toward the major.

  12. Only the first course taken to count toward the major can be taken Pass/D/Fail.


Major in English

Please read Guidelines for all English and Comparative Literature Majors and Concentrators above.

Ten departmental courses (for a minimum of 30 points) and, in the process, fulfillment of the following requirements. See course information above for details on fulfilling the distribution requirements.

  1. ENGL UN3001 Literary Texts, Critical Methods and ENGL UN3011 Literary Texts, Critical Methods seminar
  2. Period distribution: Three courses primarily dealing with periods before 1800, only one of which may be a course in Shakespeare
  3. Genre distribution: One course in each of the following three generic categories:
    • Poetry
    • Prose fiction/narrative
    • Drama/film/new media
  4. Geography distribution: One course in each of the following three geographical categories:
    • British
    • American
    • Comparative/global (comparative literature, postcolonial, global English, trans-Atlantic, diaspora)

Course Distribution Lists are available in the department and on-line at http://english.columbia.edu/course-distribution-lists to help students determine which courses fulfill which requirements. A single course can satisfy more than one distribution requirement. For example, a Shakespeare lecture satisfies three requirements at once: not only does it count as one of the three required pre-1800 courses it also, at the same time, fulfills both a genre and a geography distribution requirement (drama and British, respectively). Courses not on the distribution list may count toward the major requirements only with the permission of the director of undergraduate studies. Two writing courses or upper-level literature courses taught in a foreign language, or one of each, may count toward the ten required courses.


Concentration in English

Please read Guidelines for all English and Comparative Literature Majors and Concentrators above.

Eight departmental courses and, in the process, fulfillment of the following requirements. See course information above for details on fulfilling the distribution requirements.

  1. ENGL UN3001 Literary Texts, Critical Methods and ENGL UN3011 Literary Texts, Critical Methods seminar
  2. Period distribution: Two courses dealing with periods before 1800, only one of which may be a course in Shakespeare
  3. Genre distribution: Two courses, each chosen from a different genre category (see above)
  4. Geography distribution: Two courses, each chosen from a different geography category (see above)

See the Course Distribution Lists, available in the department or on-line at http://english.columbia.edu/course-distribution-lists, to determine which courses fulfill which requirements. All of the restrictions outlined for the English major also apply for the concentration in English.


Comparative Literature Program

Students who wish to major in comparative literature should consult the Comparative Literature and Society section of this Bulletin.

Fall 2018

Introduction to the Major

ENGL UN3001 Literary Texts, Critical Methods. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Students who register for ENGL UN3001 must also register for one of the sections of ENGL UN3011 Literary Texts, Critical Methods.

This course is intended to introduce students to the advanced study of literature. Students will read works from different genres (poetry, drama, and prose fiction), drawn from the medieval period to the present day, learning the different interpretative techniques required by each. The course also introduces students to a variety of critical schools and approaches, with the aim both of familiarizing them with these methodologies in the work of other critics and of encouraging them to make use of different methods in their own critical writing. This course (together with the companion seminar ENGL UN3011) is a requirement for the English Major and Concentration. It should be taken as early as possible in a student's career. Fulfillment of this requirement will be a factor in admission to seminars and to some lectures.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3001 001/61494 W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
517 Hamilton Hall
Edward Mendelson 4 75/80
Spring 2019: ENGL UN3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3001 001/11770 F 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Erik Gray 4 71/86

ENGL UN3011 Literary Texts, Critical Methods seminar. 0 points.

Prerequisites: Students who register for ENGL UN3011 must also register for ENGL UN3001 Literary Texts, Critical Methods lecture.

This seminar, led by an advanced graduate student in the English doctoral program, accompanies the faculty lecture ENGL UN3001. The seminar both elaborates upon the topics taken up in the lecture and introduces other theories and methodologies. It also focuses on training students to integrate the terms, techniques, and critical approaches covered in both parts of the course into their own critical writing, building up from brief close readings to longer research papers.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3011 001/17984 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Li Qi Peh 0 14/20
ENGL 3011 002/10179 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Nicholas Mayer 0 17/20
ENGL 3011 003/13805 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Daniella Cadiz Bedini 0 14/20
ENGL 3011 004/14933 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
607 Hamilton Hall
Jonathan Reeve 0 14/20
ENGL 3011 005/67286 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
303 Hamilton Hall
Jessica Engebretson 0 16/18
Spring 2019: ENGL UN3011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3011 001/25669 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Meadhbh McHugh 0 12/18
ENGL 3011 002/27401 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Kevin Windhauser 0 10/18
ENGL 3011 003/29052 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Chelsea Spata 0 13/18
ENGL 3011 004/22614 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Alexis Fabrizio 0 6/18
ENGL 3011 005/16413 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Olivia Rutigliano 0 18/18

Medieval

ENGL BC3154 Chaucer Before Canterbury. 3 points.

Chaucer's innovations with major medieval forms: lyric, the extraordinary dream visions, and the culmination of medieval romance, Troilus and Criseyde. Approaches through close analysis, and feminist and historicist interpretation. Background readings in medieval life and culture.

Fall 2018: ENGL BC3154
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3154 001/01268 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
409 Barnard Hall
Christopher Baswell 3 9

ENGL GU4793 English Translations of the Bible. 3 points.

English translations of the Bible from Tyndale to the present.

Fall 2018: ENGL GU4793
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4793 001/72546 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
503 Hamilton Hall
David Yerkes 3 32/40

ENGL GU4789 Writing the Nation: Ethnicity & Identity in Early Medieval England. 4 points.

Anglo-Saxon England was a political fiction, an imagined community of a single, distinct nation unified in identity by descent and religion that proved useful justification for rulers with expansionist aspirations and conquerors alike, but also for religious communities. This course will explore how authors of early Medieval England exploited history and literature to define social identities and make claims about their present moment through a range of materials, including vernacular poetry, chronicles, law, saints’ lives, and homilies.

Fall 2018: ENGL GU4789
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4789 001/12696 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Jay Gates 4 7/25

Renaissance

ENGL UN3335 Shakespeare I. 3 points.

Enrollment is limited to 60.

(Lecture). This course will cover the histories, comedies, tragedies, and poetry of Shakespeare’s early career. We will examine the cultural and historical conditions that informed Shakespeare’s drama and poetry; in the case of drama, we will also consider the formal constraints and opportunities of the early modern English commercial theater. We will attend to Shakespeare’s biography while considering his work in relation to that of his contemporaries. Ultimately, we will aim to situate the production of Shakespeare’s early career within the highly collaborative, competitive, and experimental theatrical and literary cultures of late sixteenth-century England.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3335
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3335 001/24711 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
602 Hamilton Hall
James Shapiro 3 55/60

ENGL UN3406 English Prose Fiction in the Renaissance . 4 points.

The rise of the English novel is routinely dated to the early eighteenth century, but there had been a thriving market for prose fiction for at least two centuries. This seminar course tracks the experiments in English prose fiction in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, through such genres as utopian travel narrative, picaresque, romance, spiritual autobiography, and criminal biography. Authors to be studied include Thomas More, George Gascoigne, Thomas Nashe, Philip Sidney, Francis Bacon, Margaret Cavendish, John Bunyan, Aphra Behn, and Daniel Defoe.


Each seminar will be based on one primary text that everyone should read. Secondary reading will be made available via Courseworks: designated students will take responsibility for presenting this material each week.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3406
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3406 001/88531 T 8:10am - 10:00am
612 Philosophy Hall
Alan Stewart 4 7/25

CLEN UN3806 Renaissance Women Writers: Gender, Sexuality, Textuality. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

(Seminar). This course examines literary and artistic works by and about women from the 16th and 17th centuries alongside recent historical and theoretical criticism on gender and sexuality in the Renaissance. We will cover a range of literary genres that reflect and produce early modern notions of sex and gender in England, France, Italy and Spain, as well as medical guides, self-portraits, conduct manuals, and scurrilous tracts on females behavior. Topics include Queens (rulers) and Queens (prostitutes); cross-dressing and biological difference; the status of work and school; separatist communities and same-sex eroticism; kinship, patronage and domesticity; the gender and economics of authorship; the sexuality of racial and national identity. Readings in the original language provided and strongly encouraged. Secondary readings or films will be provided each week. 

Fall 2018: CLEN UN3806
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 3806 001/23198 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Bianca Calabresi 4 18/25

18th and 19th Century

ENGL UN3823 Jane Austen and the Enlightenment Mind. 4 points.

This course explores the conceptual origins of "sense" and "sensibility" in the work of the eighteenth-century's most radical thinkers. We will discover how Jane Austen responded to and reformulated major intellectual and political debates of the Enlightenment, and so brought the novel to full fruition as a philosophical medium. We will ground our approach to Austen's novels in contemporary theories of human behavior, psychology, and right--from Jean-Jacques Rousseau, who devised a system of education which might utterly subject the female spirit to male desire; to Mary Wollstonecraft and Ottobah Cugoano, whose philosophies respectively equate marriage with slavery, and urge slaves to rise and destroy their captors.  We will read in full most of Austen's completed novels and a sampling of her juveneilia, as well as extensive excerpts from major philosophical works of the Enlightenment. Interspersed throughout the course will be a handful of landmark critical texts addressing the role of gender and race in Austen's works. Students will leave the course Austen experts! They will also emerge well-versed in certain major arguments of Hume, Rousseau, and Wollstencraft, as well as a number of less-widely canonized authors whose works were nevertheless high highly influential in their time. The critical methods learned will provide students with a launching point for sophisticated, historically-based study of fascinating and challenging authors from any place and time.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3823
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3823 001/88746 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
313 Pupin Laboratories
Katherine Bergevin 4 5/15

ENGL UN3855 Early American Ecologies. 4 points.

The course is a survey of the canonical texts of the Early Americas, with emphasis on how those writers experienced the natural world of their new country. Some of them had to cope with extreme cold, others with tropical heat. Some of them encountered abundance, others sparsity and famine. They all encountered new life forms – from marine life to birds, reptiles and animals. They had to cope with frequent earthquakes and hurricanes, and classify newly discovered species of vegetal life. What they saw, however, they read not only through the lenses of natural history, but also theologically and politically. For some, the natural world was rich with signs sent by God for them to interpret, for others it was a political space that they organized according to the logic either of a theocracy or the plantation. Addressing the early natural histories of the Americas, the class will also pay special attention to their politics, and investigate how the ecological spaces that the colonist encountered shaped their politics and ethics.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3855
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3855 001/85279 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Branka Arsic 4 13/25

ENGL UN3705 Sonnets and Elegies. 4 points.

This course examines two of the most important genres of Western lyric poetry.  We will begin our study of the elegiac tradition with classical pastoral elegies (Theocritus, Moschus, Bion, Virgil) before continuing with major English-language elegies from the seventeenth to the twentieth centuries, including works by Milton, Shelley, Whitman, Hardy, and Auden.  The second half of the course will explore the tradition of the amatory sonnet sequence that begins with Petrarch; we will read works by Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.  The course concludes with Alfred Tennyson’s In Memoriam, which offers a combination of both genres.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3705
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3705 001/86396 F 10:10am - 12:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Erik Gray 4 9/25

ENGL GU4402 Romantic Poetry. 3 points.

Open to all undergraduates and graduate students.

(Lecture). This course examines major British poets of the period 1789-1830. We will be focusing especially on the poetry and poetic theory of William Blake, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, and John Keats. We will also be reading essays, reviews, and journal entries by such figures as Robert Southey, William Hazlitt, and Dorothy Wordsworth.

Fall 2018: ENGL GU4402
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4402 001/18348 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
633 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Erik Gray 3 48/70

ENGL UN3994 Romanticism and the Experience of Freedom. 4 points.

“Freedom” was perhaps the central watchword of Romantic-era Britain, yet this concept remains exceedingly, notoriously difficult to pin down. Taking a cue from the sociologist and historian Orlando Patterson, who writes that “freedom is one those of values better experienced than defined,” this seminar will explore the variegated experiences of freedom (and its opposites) in the literature of British Romanticism. Romanticism unfolds alongside major revolutions in America, France, and Haiti, and we will begin by examining how the differing conceptions of freedom offered in the wake of these revolutions and their receptions galvanized writers and thinkers in Britain. From here, we will probe the expressions, possibilities, implications, and limits of freedom as outlined in various domains: political, individual, aesthetic, economic, philosophical, religious, and beyond. What does, say, Wordsworth’s claim to freedom to experiment in poetic form have to do with political and social freedom? In situating Romanticism alongside developments like revolution, the rise of globalization, and the Atlantic slave trade, we will be particularly interested in confronting how the explosion of claims to freedom in this period emerges together with and in response to the proliferation of enslaved, colonized, and otherwise constrained or hindered bodies.


As we read poems, novels, slave narratives, philosophical essays, political tracts, and more, a fundamental question for the course will concern the relation between seemingly oppositional terms: to what extent, and how, do notions of freedom in Romanticism depend on the necessary exclusion of the unfree? Since the Romantic age sees the birth of concepts of freedom still prevalent in our own day, this course will offer an opportunity to reflect critically on the present. To that end, we will take up some contemporary theoretical analyses and critiques of freedom, both directly in relation to Romanticism and reaching beyond.

ENGL GU4408 19th C British Novel. 3 points.

The nineteenth century is considered the heyday of the novel. By the end of this course, you will understand why. Novels to be read: Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey; Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist; Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre; Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers; Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White; George Eliot, Daniel Deronda; Bram Stoker, Dracula. Our goals in this course will be:


1) to discuss what these novels teach us about life;


2) to learn how to relate literary works to their historical circumstances;


3) to define the novel as a genre;


4) to explore the relationship between realism and counter-realisms (gothic, melodrama, sensation, fantasy, the supernatural);


5) to acquire a technical understanding of novelistic form by analyzing how novelists use point of view and narrative voice; construct character, delineate space, and represent time; and establish symmetries that give even the baggiest monsters coherence.

Fall 2018: ENGL GU4408
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4408 001/19694 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
503 Hamilton Hall
Sharon Marcus 3 29/50

CLEN UN3934 The Bildungsroman in 19th C. 4 points.

The Bildungsroman (the novel of education or formation) was a dominant genre of nineteenth-century literature. Tracing the lives of characters through familiar coming-of-age plots—growing up, leaving home, and making one’s way in the world—the Bildungsroman showcases the novel’s ability to express both individual hopes and social constraints, youthful ideals and mature realizations, “great expectations” and “lost illusions.” In this seminar, we will undertake an in-depth study of several classics of the genre by Goethe, Austen, Charlotte Brontë, Flaubert, Hardy, and Wharton. Along the way we will touch on many of the topics and essential tensions of the Bildungsroman: love, desire, and courtship; the family and its substitutes; class, money, and social mobility; the shaping role of gender and the limited social choices afforded to women; and the vocation of art or writing as an alternative to more mainstream careers. We will read a selection of critical materials on the Bildungsroman, and on style and genre more broadly. We will also consider accounts of social and moral development as a way to think about the relationship between literature and historical change.

Fall 2018: CLEN UN3934
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 3934 001/64030 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Daniel Williams 4 14/25

ENGL GU4593 Seduction, Slavery, Sublimity: The Early American Novel. 3 points.

We’ll trace the remarkable developments of the novel form in the U.S, from the decade after the Revolution (when Americans first begin to write long prose fictions) to the decade before the Civil War (when the American novel claimed its ascent to literary Art). All along the way, we will be reading “novels,” yes, but it will quickly become apparent how varied a thing this noun actually names; we’ll read a broad range of the novel’s different modes (the epistolary novel, the novel of seduction, the gothic, the historical novel, sentimental-domestic fiction, the Romance). We begin in the 1780s, when the American novel is just trying to find its feet, and yet sees itself as having a profound political duty to serve the national interest. Even fictional writings about sexual conduct—the seduction novels with which we begin the course—charged themselves with this grave nationalist purpose. We then follow the form through the early nineteenth century, as it becomes obsessed with the topics of race and violence that threaten to destroy the young nation. As strange as it may sound, these novelists seemed to believe that they could resolve massive real-world crises, particularly those surrounding slavery and white-Indian conflicts over land ownership, in fictional terms. We end in the 1850s, when American novels instead began to insist on their separateness and autonomy from poltics and the world as it is, boasting of their ability to transcend everyday life to achieve “Literature” with a capital L. We thus spend the last month of the course with the widely advertised literary masterworks of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville, asking ourselves how the novel had progressed from an openly didactic form of social consciousness to a species of writing that could open a world of sublime aesthetic experience. Readings will include works by: Hannah Webster Foster (The Coquette), Charles Brockden Brown (Edgar Huntly), James Fenimore Cooper (The Last of the Mohicans), Harriet Beecher Stowe (Uncle Tom’s Cabin), Martin Delany (Blake), Nathaniel Hawthorne (The Scarlet Letter), and Herman Melville (Moby-Dick and “Benito Cereno”). 

Fall 2018: ENGL GU4593
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4593 001/92546 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
503 Hamilton Hall
Ezra Tawil 3 15/50

ENGL GU4299 London 1729-1779: Journalism, Empire, Theater. 4 points.

These days, the ubiquitous nexus of news and entertainment can elicit reactions ranging from an exasperated scowl to a surrendering shrug. But the phenomenon has a long history. When newspapers first appeared, in the early 1600s, the theater reacted with alarm, terrified that this upstart medium would deprive it of its status as sole oracle. In the 1700s, though, the two media discovered nearly limitless possibilities for synergy, collusive and competitive: ads, reviews, celebrity profiles, stage satires of news stories, show business, the news business, and the wide, overwhelmed, and overwhelming worlds—of power, commerce, and politics; of Britain, Europe, and empire—to which news-page and live stage laid equal, topical claim. We'll track these transactions in newspapers spanning half a century; in plays by John Gay, Henry Fielding, David Garrick, Elizabeth Inchbald, Richard Brinsley Sheridan, and Hannah Cowley; and in all the circumambient media that at once consumed, and were eagerly consumed by, steadily proliferating London publics. For better and for worse, infotainment begins here.

Fall 2018: ENGL GU4299
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4299 001/66597 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
304 Hamilton Hall
Stuart Sherman 4 17/25

20th and 21st Century

ENGL UN3712 Henry James & Edith Wharton. 4 points.

James & Wharton, America's two greatest novelists in the half century after the civil war and the eve of the first world war, were friends and fellow cosmopolitans, at home in the US  & Europe, chroniclers of an emerging transatlantic urban modernity traversing New York, London, Paris, Rome, Geneva. Their fiction often portrays glamorous surfaces and intricate social texts that their brilliant heroines --Isabel Archer  of The Portrait of a Lady & Lily Bart of The House of Mirth,  for example--negotiate with wit and subtlety, confusion and daring,  amidst fear and fascination. They find themselves immersed in bruising plots--crafted by society's disciplinary imperatives and by their creators, the latter standing in uneasy complicity with the social order even as they seek its transformation.  Giving female protagonists unprecedented boldness and ambition, Wharton & James chart how intense exertion of will and desire collides with "the customs of the country," to cite the title of a great Wharton novel. We will read the three novels mentioned above as well as Wharton's Summer & Ethan Frome and James's "Daisy Miller," Washington Square & The Ambassadors.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3712
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3712 001/96796 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Ross Posnock 4 17/25

CLEN UN3740 The Thirties: Metropole and Colony. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Instructor's permission.

(Seminar). This course focuses on the tumultuous 1930s, which witnessed the growth of anticolonial movements, the coming to power of totalitarian and fascist regimes, and calls for internationalism and a new world vision, among other developments. Even as fascism laid down its roots in parts of Europe, the struggle for independence from European colonial rule accelerated in Asia and Africa, and former subjects engaged with ideas and images about the shape of their new nations, in essays, fiction, poetry, and theater. Supporters and critics of nationalism existed on both sides of the metropole-colony divide, as calls for internationalism sought to stem the rising tide of ethnocentric thinking and racial particularism in parts of Europe as well as the colonies. We'll read works from the metropole and the colonies to track the crisscrossing of ideas, beginning with writers who anticipated the convulsive events of the 1930s and beyond (E.M. Forster, H.G. Wells, Gandhi), then moving on to writers who published some of their greatest work in the 1930s (Huxley, Woolf, C.L.R. James, Mulk Raj Anand), and finally concluding with authors who reassessed the 1930s from a later perspective (George Lamming). Application Instructions: E-mail Professor Viswanathan (gv6@columbia.edu) by noon on Wednesday, April 13th, with the subject heading, "The Thirties seminar." In your message, include basic information: name, school, major, year of study, and relevant courses taken, along with a brief statement about why you are interested in taking the course.

Fall 2018: CLEN UN3740
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 3740 001/26541 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Gauri Viswanathan 4 10/25

CLEN UN3933 Postcolonial Literature. 4 points.

In this course, we will consider postcolonial literary texts through three main lenses: how they narrate the nation, how they negotiate the idea of displacement, and how they rewrite dominant European narratives. We will consider tropes such as family, exile, hybridity, and marginality as we investigate texts through these lenses. Some organizing questions for our investigations include—but are not limited to—the following: how is the idea of national belonging figured in these texts? How are ideas of home and its loss configured in these contexts? How do they interrogate “master texts,” and what do these interrogations accomplish? What can we understand by considering the interplay of these questions? Throughout the semester, we will reflect on what makes “postcolonial literature” cohere as a field of inquiry.


Authors we will read include Salman Rushdie, V.S. Naipaul, Derek Walcott, Yvette Christiansë, Bapsi Sidwa, and Jean Rhys. While this course’s primary focus is literature, we will also read selections from postcolonial theorists such as Edward Said, Homi Bhabha, Gayatri Spivak, Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, Paul Gilroy, and Chandra Mohanty to direct and deepen our readings of literary texts.

Fall 2018: CLEN UN3933
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 3933 001/87797 W 2:00pm - 4:00pm
303 Union Theological Seminary
Sailaja Sastry 4 18/25

ENGL UN3662 African American Novelists and the Question of Justice. 4 points.

This course asks, “What conceptions of Justice emerge from a selection of works by canonical African American writers?  Are there other moral/ethical/social values that emerge as more significant than Justice ?” We open with an exploration of Justice in the works of the Greek dramatist, Aeschylus, the Hebrew Bible and recent scholarship on Pre-Colonial West Africa in order to consider what concepts of Justice African-American writers have inherited or that have informed them in less formal ways.  We then turn to texts by Charles Chesnutt, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ernest Gaines, James Baldwin and Toni Morrison,  to examine the way these writers engage, negotiate and critique the relationship between Justice and Race in the United States. 

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3662
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3662 001/75881 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
224 Pupin Laboratories
Farah Griffin 4 24/25

ENGL UN3635 Speculative Fiction and the Environment in 20th-Century America. 4 points.

The act of speculation is central to our thinking about the environment, be it through projections of catastrophe, visions of a more sustainable society, or conceptualizations of vast and complex planetary systems. This course will explore this form of speculation by tracing the intersection of speculative fiction and environmentalism in the American twentieth century, the setting for the maturation of the genre and the movement alike. For the purposes of this course, “speculative fiction” (SF) will be taken to include the commonly accepted genre of science-fiction and fantasy as well as any work of fiction based on a counterfactual present world, an extrapolative future, an alternative past, or a reality entirely imagined. More conceptually, we will consider SF in the expansive sense Donna Haraway proposes: “science fiction, speculative fabulation, string figures, speculative feminism, science fact, so far,” asking what these distinct but related acts of mind can reveal about environmental thought. The semester will be divided into pre-1960 and post-1960 works, a boundary that on one hand divides the Golden Age and New Wave periods of science fiction, and on the other hand roughly marks the birth of the modern environmental movement. As the course moves chronologically through representative works of environmental SF, it will also trace the development of foundational concepts in ecology and environmentalism by cross-referencing works of SF with texts in ecology and environmentalist theory that either established or discuss contemporaneous theories. This exploration will touch on topics such as: ecofeminism, ecological economics, ecological succession and the climax community, the Gaia hypothesis, environmental justice, and early recognitions of climate change.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3635
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3635 001/28279 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
307 Pupin Laboratories
Phillip Polefrone 4 13/15

CLEN UN3771 The Literary History of Atrocity. 3 points.

Sometime around the publication of Garcia Marquez’s classic novel One Hundred Years of Solitude in 1967, novelists who wanted to make a claim to ethical and historical seriousness began to include a scene of extreme violence that, like the banana worker massacre in Garcia Marquez, seemed to offer a definitive guide to the moral landscape of the modern world. This course will explore both the modern literature that was inspired by Garcia Marquez’s example and the literature that led up to this extraordinary moment—for example, the literature dealing with the Holocaust, with the dropping of the atomic bomb, with the Japanese invasion of China in the 1930s, and with the Allied bombing of the German cities. It will also ask how extraordinary this moment in fact was, looked at from the perspective of literature as a whole, by inspecting earlier examples of atrocities committed in classical antiquity, in the Crusades, against Native Americans and (in Tolstoy) against the indigenous inhabitants of the Caucasus. Before the concept of the non-combatant had been defined, could there be a concept of the atrocity? Could a culture accuse itself of misconduct toward the members of some other culture? In posing these and related questions, the course offers itself as a major but untold chapter both in world literature and in the moral history of humankind.

Fall 2018: CLEN UN3771
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 3771 001/82996 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
516 Hamilton Hall
Bruce Robbins 3 44/54

ENGL UN3520 Introduction To Asian American Literature and Culture. 3 points.

This course is a survey of Asian North American literature and its contexts.  To focus our discussion, the course centers on examining recurring cycles of love and fear in Asian North American relations from the late nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries. We will first turn to what became known as “yellow peril,” one effect of exclusion laws that monitored the entrance of Asians into the United States and Canada during the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the corresponding phenomenon of Orientalism, the fascination with a binary of Asia and the West. The second section of the course will focus on how Asian North American authors respond to later cycles of love and fear, ranging from the forgetting of Japanese internment in North America and the occupation of the Philippines; to the development of the model minority mythology during the Cold War. The final section will examine intimacies and exclusions in contemporary forms of migration, diaspora, and community communities.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3520
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3520 001/60030 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
517 Hamilton Hall
Denise Cruz 3 44/60

ENGL GU4603 Urban Modernism: Realism & Naturalism. 3 points.

(Lecture). The course will provide a trans-atlantic comparative perspective on the emergent world of urban modernity and mass market capitalism, including the pleasures and perils of city life--department stores, prostitution, hotels, railway cars. In addition to some of the great American novelists after the Civil War--Henry James,Stephen Crane, Frank Norris, Theodore Dreiser, Edith Wharton--we will also read the great French novelist Emile Zola and Georg Simmel, the Berlin theorist of urban phenomenology.

Fall 2018: ENGL GU4603
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4603 001/98147 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
503 Hamilton Hall
Ross Posnock 3 28/54

ENGL GU4708 British Modernist Novel. 3 points.

Against the backdrop of dizzying advances in technology, an array of newly emerging social and political forces, and an unprecedented wave of invention across the arts, the first decades of the twentieth century witnessed a series of dramatic innovations in the novel form. This course examines some of the most compelling representatives of this transformation from Britain and its empire. Close examination of these texts’ formal intricacies will be complemented by attention to the history and theory of prose fiction and to intellectual, artistic, and other historical developments these works address. Authors studied may include Joseph Conrad, James Joyce, Rebecca West, E. M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Elizabeth Bowen, Raja Rao, George Lamming, and Samuel Beckett.

Fall 2018: ENGL GU4708
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4708 001/96999 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201a Philosophy Hall
Douglas Mao 3 20/30

ENGL UN3850 Fiction, Intersubjectivity, and Relationality . 4 points.

We begin in relation, helpless and dependent. "You, reader, are alive today, reading this, because someone once adequately policed your mouth exploring," writes Maggie Nelson. This course will explore the "relational turn," which proposes a shift from the model of an autonomous, discrete, self-determining individuality, to an understanding of the self as comprehensible only within a tapestry of relationships, past and present, historical and contextual. In this light, the basic '"unit of study" is not the individual as a separate entity, but as an interactional field, one that craves mutual recognition. In a parallel move, Mikhail Bakhtin offers that every utterance is a "two-sided act;" it is a "territory shared," the product of "the reciprocal relationship between the addresser and addressee."  As we read, we too are read. Indeed, stories, novels and films present us with complex interactional fields in which we learn to ruminate on the subjective meanings humans attach to their behavior.  Reading fiction is one of the ways we develop intersubjective capacities, what Max Weber calls interpretive understanding or Verstehen.  Fictions have much to teach us about the under-examined relational features of our own lives.  They locate readers in a shaped world where we feel the cumulative weight of things left unsaid, where we fill in the narrative gaps, where we are confronted with the dynamics of self and other, connection and rupture, perception and evaluation. This course offers a deep dive into theories of intersubjectivity and psychoanalytic writings on object relations and relational theory.  We will single out works by Max Weber, Martin Buber, Mikhail Bakhtin, D.W. Winnicott, Franz Fanon, Judith Butler, Stephen A. Mitchell, Edouard Glissant and a few others toward readings of fictions by Bechdel, Coetzee, Dostoevsky, Ishiguro, Kurtz, Morrison, Sebald, Rankine, Woolf, and films by Michael Roemer, Mike Leigh, Spike Jonz, and Lance Hammer. 

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3850
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3850 001/69695 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Maura Spiegel 4 9/25

Special Topics

ENGL UN3002 Humanities Texts, Critical Skills. 4 points.

This course aims to equip students with critical tools for approaching, reading, and striving with literary and philosophical texts—ancient as well as modern. To this end, we will be working closely with a set of texts that range in date from the 8th/7th c. BCE to the 20th century C, including: Homer, Sophocles, Shakespeare, Dostoevsky, Du Bois, Nabokov and Rankine. Our seminar will operate on the assumption that we cannot know “what” these texts say or “what” their authors mean unless we come to grips with how they say what they say and how they mean what they mean. In pursuit of some answers, we will master the skill of reading quickly but carefully, balancing attention to the literary craft of our texts with scrutiny of their underlying arguments and agendas.
Requires Instructor’s permission— please write to Richard Roderick rr3059@columbia.edu to set up a meeting with instructors

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3002 001/12847 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Emily Bloom 4 18/25

ENTA UN3701 Drama, Theatre, Theory. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Instructor's permission.

(Seminar). Theatre typically exceeds the claims of theory. What does this tell us about both theatre and theory? We will consider why theatre practitioners often provide the most influential theoretical perspectives, how the drama inquires into (among other things) the possibilities of theatre, and the various ways in which the social, spiritual, performative, political, and aesthetic elements of drama and theatre interact. Two papers, weekly responses, and a class presentation are required. Readings include Aristotle, Artaud, Bharata, Boal, Brecht, Brook, Castelvetro, Craig, Genet, Grotowski, Ibsen, Littlewood, Marlowe, Parks, Schechner, Shakespeare, Sowerby, Weiss, and Zeami. Application Instructions: E-mail Professor Austin Quigley (aeq1@columbia.edu) with the subject heading "Drama, Theatre, Theory seminar." In your message, include basic information: your name, school, major, year of study, and relevant courses taken, along with a brief statement about why you are interested in taking the course. Admitted students should register for the course; they will automatically be placed on a wait list, from which the instructor will in due course admit them as spaces become available.

Fall 2018: ENTA UN3701
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENTA 3701 001/18523 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Austin Quigley 4 11/20

CLEN UN3983 WRITING ACROSS MEDIA. 4 points.

This course is structured as a comparative investigation of innovative modernist and postmodernist strategies for conjoining or counterpoising literature with other media, such as photography, painting, film, music, and dance. We will focus on experimental writing practices that deliberately combine disciplines and genres — mixing political commentary with memoir, philosophy with ethnography, journalism with history — with special attention to the ways that formal innovation lends itself to political critique. The course will be especially concerned with the ways that the friction among media seems to allow new or unexpected expressive possibilities. The syllabus is structured to allow us to consider a variety of edges between literature and other media — spaces where writing is sometimes taken to be merely raw material to be set, or ancillary comment on a work already composed (e.g. libretto, screenplay, gloss, caption, song lyric, voiceover, liner note). Examples may include lecture-performances by Gertrude Stein, John Cage, Spalding Gray, and Anne Carson; talk-dances by Bill T. Jones and Jerome Bel; sound poems by Kurt Schwitters, Langston Hughes, and Amiri Baraka; graphic novels by Art Spiegelman, Joshua Dysart, and Alison Bechdel; language-centered visual art by Vito Acconci, Carl Andre, Martha Rosler, and Jean-Michel Basquiat; texts including photographs or drawings by Wallker Evans and James Agee, Roland Barthes, W. G. Sebald, Aleksandar Hemon, Theresa Cha, John Yau, and John Keene; and hypertext/online compositions by Shelley Jackson, among others. Requirements will include in-class presentations and regular short structured writing assignments, as well as a 10-12 page final research paper. 

Fall 2018: CLEN UN3983
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 3983 001/86346 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Brent Edwards 4 16/17

ENGL BC3151 Bad Feelings: The Uses of Literature in Difficult Times. 4 points.

This course will explore the purposes of literary study--and, by extension, humanistic education--during periods of turmoil. Working in sustained dialogue with one another, we will explore the treatment of emotions such as despair, anxiety, loss, fury & ecstasy in a wide variety of literary texts, ranging from literature that is ancient (e.g., Sophocles, Euripides) to early modern (William Shakespeare, Margaret Cavendish) to modern (Virginia Woolf, Ralph Ellison, Elena Ferrante). In the process, we will explore various schools of critical theory, such as Aristotle’s Poetics (including the ancient theory of catharsis), psychoanalysis, and feminism, in a context where the stakes of these intellectual traditions will come to the fore. ​

ENGL UN3950 Poetics of the Warrior. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Instructor's permission.

(Seminar). This course of distinguished poetry about warriors and warfare goes to the intersection of disciplines, where warrior and poet together compete and excel--ingeniously, formally, passionately, consequentially--as allies in dire contest against annihilation and despair. Homer's Iliad heads our list of exemplary titles selected from ancient and classical, mediaeval and early modern sources, including, among others, Sophocles' Ajax, and Philoctetes; Beowulf; Song of Roland; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight; The Tale of the Heike; Shakespeare's Henry V; and Milton's Paradise Lost. We also will read histories, memoirs, oratory, and guidebooks, from Yuzan's Budoshoshinshu to General Patton's "The Secret of Victory," from Vegetius' De Re Militari to U.S. Army Field Manual (FM) 6-22. Our reading is historically broad enough to prove the range of virtues, precepts, codes and rules of martial character and action. Yet our poetry also excels in vision and in virtuosity quite apart from how it might cultivate the norms of aristeía, chivalry, or bushido, so that certain of our questions about form and style or imaginative effects might differ in kind from other questions about the closeness or disparity of the practical warrior and the poetic warrior, and the extent to which the latter elevates and inspires the former's conception of himself in times of war and peace. We shall consider how battle narratives which excel as poetry and ring true for the warrior, appealing to his wit and outlook, might replenish the aggrieved and battle-weary mind; how a war poem's beautifully formed and lucidly rendered chaos remembers and regains for him the field of action. Toward my interest in the range of possibilities for military literature as a discipline of study, I welcome not only the novice whose interest is avid but the student knowledgeable about military topics in literature, history, political and social philosophy, and especially the student, who, having served in the Armed Forces, can bring to the seminar table a contemporary military perspective and the fruits of practical wisdom. Application instructions: E-mail Professor Giordani (mg2644@columbia.edu) with the subject heading "Poetics of Warrior seminar." In your message, include your name, school, major, year of study, relevant courses taken, and a brief statement about why you are interested in taking the course. Admitted students should register for the course; they will automatically be placed on a wait list, from which the instructor will in due course admit them as spaces become available.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3950
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3950 001/13396 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
212d Lewisohn Hall
Marianne Giordani 4 16/15

CLEN GU4559 Literature and Intersectional Feminisms. 4 points.

The term “intersectional feminism” has seen renewed currency in the last year or so, but the methodologies and theories of intersectional feminisms have a much longer history. Kimberlé Crenshaw first theorized “intersectional feminism” as a critical framework in the 1990s. Crenshaw’s initial formation, however (as she herself has recognized), was conversant with a longer history of woman-of-color, transnational, and postcolonial feminisms. This seminar focuses on historicizing and examining contemporary literature through an intersectional approach that combines woman-of-color feminisms, transnational and global feminisms, postcolonial studies, queer studies, and disability studies. How do these texts imagine these crossings? What possible complexities, conflicts, or coalitions emerge? Since formal innovation has long been critical to foundational work in gender and sexuality studies scholars and writers, who often weave together art, practice, and politics, we will read theory as literature and literature as theory, and we will closely analyze links between intersectional feminisms and form, aesthetics, and genre.

Fall 2018: CLEN GU4559
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 4559 001/66246 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Denise Cruz 4 15/25

ENTA UN3973 WAR PLAYS. 4 points.

Dramatic art arose as a means of reckoning with war. The first known plays dramatized episodes from the Trojan War, for ancient Athenian festivals celebrating the city-state's territorial expansion, and promoting universal military conscription. Renaissance drama, emerging shortly after the invention of state-centered "modern war," took the "war story" as its meta-plot, and helped construe war as an intelligible, rule bound, and legitimate means of defining and defending the early modern state. More recently, the rise of "New Wars," which blur the distinction between inter-state war, organized crime, and human rights violations, has been a primary subject for the "Post-Dramatic Theatre" that decomposes the traditional logics and structures of dramatic narratives, characters, and worlds. This course proceeds from the premise that drama -- which typically involves dialogic conflict in a bracketed space, lasting a certain duration and leading to recognition, purgation, and the establishment of a new order -- has always been a privileged form, site, and medium for thinking through a culture's relationship to war. And it surveys major works from 2500 years of theatre history, to interrogate how the artform has been used to stage, aestheticize, exact, critique, and come to terms of war -- in its complex interplay of violence and imagination, affect and structure, narrative and space. 

Fall 2018: ENTA UN3973
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENTA 3973 001/26396 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Warren Kluber 4 9/15

ENGL UN3792 Film and Law. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

From its beginnings, film has been preoccupied with law: in cops and robbers silent films, courtroom drama, police procedural, judge reality show, or all the scenes that fill our media-saturated world. What do films and other audio-visual media tell us about what it’s like to come before the law, or about such substantive issues as what counts as murder, war crimes, torture, sexual abuse? How do films model the techniques that lawyers use to sway the passions of their audiences? How do they model the symbolism of their gestures, icons, images? If films and other audio-visual media rewrite legal events, what is their effect: on law? on legal audiences? How is the experience of being a film spectator both like and unlike the experience of being a legal subject? This course investigates such questions by looking at representations of law in film and other audio-visual media. We will seek to understand, first, how film represents law, and, second,how film attempts to shape law (influencing legal norms, intervening in legal regimes). The seminar’s principal texts will be the films themselves, but we will also read relevant legal cases and film theory in order to deepen our understanding of both legal and film regimes.

ENTA GU4732 American Plays and Musicals, 1940-Present. 3 points.

Cultural education usually occurs piecemeal: a novel from this period, a poem from that. Cultural works are not, however, truly isolated from each other, but rather appear as artifacts of cultural systems. This course uses cultural works to understand a single cultural system: Broadway since 1940. Comparative analyses of musical and non-musical plays will illuminate how Broadway has changed over the past 75 years. We will attend to economic, social, technological, and other transformations in how Broadway makes, markets, and measures its shows. Through our explorations of some of those shows, we will grasp the system’s effects on major dramaturgical strategies including approaches to plot, characterization, and staging. The course thus simultaneously surveys major works of the commercial American theater, narrates a history of Broadway since 1940, and models how to think about the relationship between that history of the Broadway system and the works it produces.

Fall 2018: ENTA GU4732
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENTA 4732 001/22698 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
516 Hamilton Hall
Derek Miller 3 21/40

University Writing

ENGL GS1010 University Writing. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Non-native English speakers must reach Level 10 in the American Language Program prior to registering for ENGL GS1010.

University Writing helps undergraduates engage in the conversations that form our intellectual community. By reading and writing about scholarly and popular essays, students learn that writing is a process of continual refinement of ideas. Rather than approaching writing as an innate talent, this course teaches writing as a learned skill. We give special attention to textual analysis, research, and revision practices. University Writing offers the following themed sections, all of which welcome students with no prior experience studying the theme. Students interested in a particular theme should register for the section within the specified range of section numbers. UW: Contemporary Essays (sections from 001 to 069). Features contemporary essays from a variety of fields. UW: Readings in Music (sections in the 070s). Features essays that analyze the politics, histories, communities, philosophies, and techniques of music-making, from the classical to the contemporary. UW: Readings in American Studies (sections in the 100s). Features essays that explore the culture, history, and politics that form American identity. UW: Readings in Gender and Sexuality (sections in the 200s). Features essays that examine relationships among sex, gender, sexuality, race, class, and other forms of identity. UW: Readings in Human Rights (sections in the 400s). Features essays that investigate the ethics of belonging to a community and issues of personhood, identity, representation, and action. UW: Readings in Data Sciences (sections in the 500s). Features essays that study how our data-saturated society challenges conceptions of cognition, autonomy, identity, and privacy. UW: Readings in Medical-Humanities (sections in the 600s). Features essays that explore the disciplines of biomedical ethics and medical anthropology, to challenge our basic assumptions about medicine, care, sickness, and health. University Writing for International Students (sections in the 900s). Open only to international students, these sections emphasize the transition to American academic writing cultures through the study of contemporary essays from a variety of fields. For further details about these classes, please visit: http://www.college.columbia.edu/core/uwp.

Fall 2018: ENGL GS1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 001/65498 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
307 Mathematics Building
Gianmarco Saretto 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 003/68388 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
411 Hamilton Hall
David Jamieson 3 15/14
ENGL 1010 011/12164 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Katherine McIntyre 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 012/23542 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
325 Pupin Laboratories
Valerio Amoretti 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 022/73948 M W 7:10pm - 8:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Marcus Creaghan 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 023/75900 T Th 7:10pm - 8:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Theresa Jefferson 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 117/29284 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Allen Durgin 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 215/97198 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Chelsea Spata 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 216/89033 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
308a Lewisohn Hall
Jack Lowery 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 304/92097 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
337 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Allaire Conte 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 313/72199 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Simon Porzak 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 405/87530 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 408/28550 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Ameya Tripathi 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 418/13013 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Kevin Windhauser 3 15/17
ENGL 1010 502/19696 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Abigail Nehring 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 506/15897 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
507 Philosophy Hall
Shelby Wardlaw 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 513/82601 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Simon Porzak 3 0/14
ENGL 1010 607/22746 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Avia Tadmor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 709/20957 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Valerie Jacobs 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 710/27533 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Buck Wanner 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 719/87599 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
405 Kent Hall
Elleza Kelley 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 914/86098 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Vanessa Guida 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 920/62700 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Yea Jung Park 3 11/14
ENGL 1010 921/71949 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
405 Kent Hall
Anya Lewis-Meeks 3 13/14
Spring 2019: ENGL GS1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 001/11586 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Daniella Cadiz Bedini 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 008/69452 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Buck Wanner 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 010/26732 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Katherine McIntyre 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 015/69041 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Walter Gordon 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 017/22359 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Meadhbh McHugh 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 018/76556 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Rebecca Sonkin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 021/17664 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
David Jamieson 3 7/14
ENGL 1010 023/25265 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Synne Borgen 3 5/14
ENGL 1010 024/20432 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Justin Snider 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 026/70499 T Th 7:10pm - 8:25pm
Room TBA
Theresa Jefferson 3 3/14
ENGL 1010 119/20864 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Allen Durgin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 213/70856 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Glenn Gordon 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 225/29425 M W 7:10pm - 8:25pm
Room TBA
Jack Lowery 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 304/67951 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Allaire Conte 3 8/14
ENGL 1010 309/19207 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Simon Porzak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 312/74168 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Milan Terlunen 3 4/14
ENGL 1010 403/75155 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 407/22516 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Ameya Tripathi 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 502/24886 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Charlee Dyroff 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 605/63368 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Shelby Wardlaw 3 7/14
ENGL 1010 616/74322 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Avia Tadmor 3 6/14
ENGL 1010 714/76979 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Valerie Jacobs 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 720/28958 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Elleza Kelley 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 906/28230 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Vanessa Guida 3 0/14
ENGL 1010 911/70833 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Anya Lewis-Meeks 3 0/14
ENGL 1010 922/72336 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Yea Jung Park 3 0/14

ENGL CC1010 University Writing. 3 points.

University Writing helps undergraduates engage in the conversations that form our intellectual community. By reading and writing about scholarly and popular essays, students learn that writing is a process of continual refinement of ideas. Rather than approaching writing as an innate talent, this course teaches writing as a learned skill. We give special attention to textual analysis, research, and revision practices. University Writing offers the following themed sections, all of which welcome students with no prior experience studying the theme. Students interested in a particular theme should register for the section within the specified range of section numbers. UW: Contemporary Essays (sections from 001 to 099). Features contemporary essays from a variety of fields. UW: Readings in Music (sections in the 070s). Features essays that analyze the politics, histories, communities, philosophies, and techniques of music-making, from the classical to the contemporary. UW: Readings in American Studies (sections in the 100s). Features essays that explore the culture, history, and politics that form American identity. UW: Readings in Gender and Sexuality (sections in the 200s). Features essays that examine relationships among sex, gender, sexuality, race, class, and other forms of identity. UW: Readings in Film and the Performance Arts (sections in the 300s). Features essays that analyze the politics, histories, communities, philosophies, and techniques of the various art forms. UW: Readings in Human Rights (sections in the 400s). Features essays that investigate the ethics of belonging to a community and issues of personhood, identity, representation, and action. UW: Readings in Data Sciences (sections in the 500s). Features essays that study how our data-saturated society challenges conceptions of cognition, autonomy, identity, and privacy. UW: Readings in Medical-Humanities (sections in the 600s). Features essays that explore the disciplines of biomedical ethics and medical anthropology, to challenge our basic assumptions about medicine, care, sickness, and health. UW: Readings in Law and Justice (sections in the 700s). Features essays that study core questions of law and justice and that have important implications for our lives. University Writing for International Students (sections in the 900s). Open only to international students, these sections emphasize the transition to American academic writing cultures through the study of contemporary essays from a variety of fields. For further details about these themes, please visit: http://www.college.columbia.edu/core/uwp.

Fall 2018: ENGL CC1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 002/12850 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
201b Philosophy Hall
Gabrielle DaCosta 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 003/64200 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
201d Philosophy Hall
Laura Gruszka 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 007/25926 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201b Philosophy Hall
Ami Yoon 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 011/16179 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Akua Banful 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 015/72516 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Synne Borgen 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 018/17413 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Zoe Pollak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 021/16252 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Sonkin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 022/69042 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Veronica Belafi 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 023/70954 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Christina McCausland 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 024/15008 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Brianne Baker 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 025/71136 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Emily Hunt Kivel 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 026/74548 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Theresa Lin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 027/29259 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
201b Philosophy Hall
Patrick Moran 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 028/60792 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
201d Philosophy Hall
Austin Mantele 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 029/72374 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
307 Mathematics Building
Sumati Dwivedi 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 033/65417 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
201b Philosophy Hall
Meadhbh McHugh 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 037/15575 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Milan Terlunen 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 041/13118 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Walter Gordon 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 044/14661 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Nitzan Rotenberg 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 045/14027 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Adam Horn 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 047/68552 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Emma Styles-Swaim 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 048/26860 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Lindsey Cienfuegos 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 049/12218 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Anna Waller 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 051/11436 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Francois Olivier 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 052/18986 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Samuel Grabiner 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 053/22786 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Naomi Michalowicz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 101/88015 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Lisa Foad 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 140/16398 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Olivia Rutigliano 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 143/28250 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Dennis Tang 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 146/87697 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Emily Weitzman 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 213/78747 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Lisa Del Sol 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 217/13787 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Samuel Carpenter 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 230/62049 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
201d Philosophy Hall
Frances Wood 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 235/65896 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Diana Newby 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 238/95948 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Allen Durgin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 308/13446 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Anne Potter 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 331/73497 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
408a Philosophy Hall
Alessia Palanti 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 404/64532 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201d Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 409/62699 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Chloe Howe Haralambous 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 419/60849 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Taleen Mardirossian 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 505/97049 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
408a Philosophy Hall
Brianna Williams 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 512/68699 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Simon Porzak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 532/77530 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
307 Mathematics Building
Charlee Dyroff 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 536/81049 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Marianna Staroselsky 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 614/16996 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Antoinette Bumekpor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 639/82780 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Tibo Halsberghe 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 642/67447 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Avia Tadmor 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 650/13280 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Shoshana Akabas 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 716/62784 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Valerie Jacobs 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 720/96898 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Daniel Lefferts 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 906/11346 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
307 Mathematics Building
Lauren Horst 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 910/75516 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Hannah Kauders 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 934/16447 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Vanessa Guida 3 14/14
Spring 2019: ENGL CC1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 001/21177 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Gabrielle DaCosta 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 002/17719 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Gianmarco Saretto 3 11/14
ENGL 1010 003/15413 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Emma Styles-Swaim 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 006/10369 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Akua Banful 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 007/21348 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Anna Waller 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 015/65416 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Laura Gruszka 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 019/22352 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Christina McCausland 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 022/15561 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Veronica Belafi 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 023/25079 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Samuel Grabiner 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 024/17348 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Theresa Lin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 025/12215 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Zoe Pollak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 026/70756 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Emily Hunt Kivel 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 027/61500 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Patrick Moran 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 028/22382 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Austin Mantele 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 029/19350 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Sumati Dwivedi 3 3/14
ENGL 1010 037/62476 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Phillip Polefrone 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 045/61734 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Lindsey Cienfuegos 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 047/66743 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Adam Horn 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 048/75480 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Francois Olivier 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 049/20481 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Jason Ueda 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 050/63998 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Valerio Amoretti 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 051/66557 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Naomi Michalowicz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 052/20589 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Brianne Baker 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 105/14039 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Ami Yoon 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 133/18801 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Lisa Foad 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 143/14783 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Dennis Tang 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 146/61053 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Emily Weitzman 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 214/28840 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Lisa Del Sol 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 217/66587 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Samuel Carpenter 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 230/67838 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Frances Wood 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 238/26578 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Allen Durgin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 241/70828 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Diana Newby 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 309/73735 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Anne Potter 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 316/26829 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Simon Porzak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 331/15544 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Alessia Palanti 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 408/68227 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 410/77440 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Chloe Howe Haralambous 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 418/73001 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Taleen Mardirossian 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 421/20052 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Jessica Engebretson 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 504/25959 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Brianna Williams 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 532/22857 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Abigail Nehring 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 535/76262 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Marianna Staroselsky 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 540/14724 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Jonathan Reeve 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 613/70393 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Antoinette Bumekpor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 634/62437 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Avia Tadmor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 639/22106 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Tibo Halsberghe 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 644/61121 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Marcus Creaghan 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 712/15181 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Valerie Jacobs 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 720/26570 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Daniel Lefferts 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 911/75792 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Hannah Kauders 3 10/14
ENGL 1010 936/23348 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Lauren Horst 3 2/14
ENGL 1010 942/25972 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Vanessa Guida 3 14/14

Spring 2019 - please see the department website for curriculum summary. 

Introduction to the Major

ENGL UN3001 Literary Texts, Critical Methods. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Students who register for ENGL UN3001 must also register for one of the sections of ENGL UN3011 Literary Texts, Critical Methods.

This course is intended to introduce students to the advanced study of literature. Students will read works from different genres (poetry, drama, and prose fiction), drawn from the medieval period to the present day, learning the different interpretative techniques required by each. The course also introduces students to a variety of critical schools and approaches, with the aim both of familiarizing them with these methodologies in the work of other critics and of encouraging them to make use of different methods in their own critical writing. This course (together with the companion seminar ENGL UN3011) is a requirement for the English Major and Concentration. It should be taken as early as possible in a student's career. Fulfillment of this requirement will be a factor in admission to seminars and to some lectures.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3001 001/61494 W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
517 Hamilton Hall
Edward Mendelson 4 75/80
Spring 2019: ENGL UN3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3001 001/11770 F 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Erik Gray 4 71/86

ENGL UN3011 Literary Texts, Critical Methods seminar. 0 points.

Prerequisites: Students who register for ENGL UN3011 must also register for ENGL UN3001 Literary Texts, Critical Methods lecture.

This seminar, led by an advanced graduate student in the English doctoral program, accompanies the faculty lecture ENGL UN3001. The seminar both elaborates upon the topics taken up in the lecture and introduces other theories and methodologies. It also focuses on training students to integrate the terms, techniques, and critical approaches covered in both parts of the course into their own critical writing, building up from brief close readings to longer research papers.

Fall 2018: ENGL UN3011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3011 001/17984 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Li Qi Peh 0 14/20
ENGL 3011 002/10179 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Nicholas Mayer 0 17/20
ENGL 3011 003/13805 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
413 Hamilton Hall
Daniella Cadiz Bedini 0 14/20
ENGL 3011 004/14933 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
607 Hamilton Hall
Jonathan Reeve 0 14/20
ENGL 3011 005/67286 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
303 Hamilton Hall
Jessica Engebretson 0 16/18
Spring 2019: ENGL UN3011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3011 001/25669 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Meadhbh McHugh 0 12/18
ENGL 3011 002/27401 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Kevin Windhauser 0 10/18
ENGL 3011 003/29052 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Chelsea Spata 0 13/18
ENGL 3011 004/22614 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Alexis Fabrizio 0 6/18
ENGL 3011 005/16413 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Olivia Rutigliano 0 18/18

Medieval

ENGL UN3920 MEDIEVAL ENGLISH TEXTS. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

(Seminar). Application Instructions: E-mail Professor David Yerkes (dmy1@columbia.edu) with the subject heading "Medieval English Texts." In your message, include basic information: your name, school, major, year of study, and relevant courses taken, along with a brief statement about why you are interested in taking the course. Admitted students should register for the course; they will automatically be placed on a wait list from which the instructor will in due course admit them as spaces become available.

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3920
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3920 001/70090 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
David Yerkes 4 6/18

ENGL UN3895 Fantasy in Medieval Romance . 4 points.

What kinds of fantastic creatures and supernatural wonders fill the medieval imagination? What do these strange marvels say about medieval desires, fears, and beliefs? This course examines the supernatural in medieval romance, the most popular genre of the middle ages. Throughout the semester, we will investigate a wide-range of romances from early Breton lais to modern film adaptations, and we will identify the primary conventions and concerns that define the genre, such as waste lands, witches, demons, chivalry, identity, and sexual desire. We will pay particularly close attention to how fantasy works in these romances, considering what about the genre makes it particularly receptive to magic and what kinds of magical motifs recur throughout romance. We will contemplate how the supernatural works in these romances to articulate other pressing medieval concerns, such as religion, science, gender, politics, and culture. Most of our texts will be in the original Middle English, and you will achieve a proficient reading level of the language by the end of the course. 

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3895
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3895 001/77496 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Jenna Schoen 4 17/15

Renaissance

ENGL UN3336 Shakespeare II. 3 points.

(Lecture). Shakespeare II examines plays from the second half of Shakespeare’s dramatic career, primarily a selection of his major tragedies and his later comedies (or “romances”).

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3336
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3336 001/70387 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Alan Stewart 3 54/54

ENGL UN3922 Renaissance Comedy. 4 points.

This course will investigate the comedy of the early modern English theater. Taking as a premise that the genre of comedy was ever-evolving and always in process on the stage, we will examine plays from the late-sixteenth century to the opening decades of the seventeenth, in order to ask how comedy both changed and reflected upon itself in this period. In focusing on the carnival, the pastoral, the romantic, and the grotesque, we will ask how these plays grappled with issues of gender, sexuality, and the body, as well as structures of economic and political power. We will also consider classical and Continental influences on English drama, with a focus on a wide array of playwrights: Shakespeare, Jonson, Dekker, Middleton, and Fletcher, among others.

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3922
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3922 001/83279 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Lauren Robertson 4 10/18

CLEN GU4122 The Renaissance in Europe II. 3 points.

Major texts of the Renaissance both south and north of the Alps, including those of Petrarch, Valla, Machiavelli, Castiglione, Erasmus, Thomas More, and Montaigne, with special emphasis on diverse style of early modern writing and the habits of reading they encouraged. 

Spring 2019: CLEN GU4122
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 4122 001/71960 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Kathy Eden 3 37/54

18th and 19th Century

ENGL UN3254 Bad Research and the Victorian Novel. 4 points.

Today we tend to think of research--the stuff of labs, libraries, and data--as something quite separate from what a novel is or does. But during the mid-to late nineteenth century, the concept of research loomed large over the period's signature literary form. Novelists, as well as investigative journalists and scientists, sought new techniques to gather the phenomena of the external world into prose: they conducted fieldwork, kept writer's journals, consulted libraries and record offices, and experimented with the print infrastructures for producing, consuming, and circulating knowledge. Taking "research" and "the novel" as our organizing principles, this course will examine how new conceptions of knowledge––imagined as storable, exchangeable, sortable, and concealable––shaped the narrative forms of British fiction during the 1830s-1900s as writer sought ways to narrate the period's increasingly expansive scales of social and scientific inquiry. We'll focus on the particular kinds of research that fascinated Victorian novelists––"bad," deviant, minor, pathological, everyday––and the relation of this research to the construction of evidence, the scientific self, labor, and gender as social, historic, and economic processes. Over the course of the semester, we will consider how the conceptual crises and contradictions in the production of knowledge spurred on literary forms (blackmail plots, "omniscient" narrators, melodrama, realism), and how novelists conceptualized their own work as research (in the form of notebooks, personal archives, fieldwork), as we read fiction by Brontë, Gaskell, Dickens, Eliot, Stevenson, social theory by foundational thinkers of the nineteenth-century (Marx, Simmel, Martineau) and our own (Foucault, Barthes, Said, Steedman). As a part of the course, we will also extend the conceptual questions raised by research to our own work, as we explore a range of scholarly tools and methods––from special collections archives to digital databases–in reflecting on the practices and infrastructures of research. 

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3254
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3254 001/75504 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Sierra Eckert 4 9/15

ENGL UN3252 After Nature: Victorian Literature and the Environment. 4 points.

With our present realities of climate change and ecological crisis in the background, this course returns to a major inflection point in humanity’s relationship with the natural world: the British nineteenth century. We’ll examine Victorian ideas about (and representations of) nature and the environment that continue to inform our own. We’ll look at different senses of “nature” as a source aesthetic wonder and moral value, and as a zone of alterity and violence: “red in tooth and claw.” We’ll consider advances in, and literary responses to, sciences like geology, evolutionary biology, and climatology that remain vital for understanding humanity’s roles and effects in the natural world. We’ll read about how human activity was seen as entangled with nature as an extractable resource and sink for waste products, both in Britain and across the territories of its empire. Finally, we’ll contemplate alternative visions of human/nature interaction: rural landscapes that nostalgically record vanishing ways of life; and apocalyptic visions that look ahead to a world actually existing “after nature.” Readings include novels (Dickens, Hardy, Haggard), poetry (Wordsworth, Clare, Tennyson, the Brownings, Hopkins, Emily Brontë), scientific writing (Lyell, Darwin, Huxley, Somerville), art criticism (Ruskin), and social theory (Mayhew, Mill).

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3252
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3252 001/88030 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Daniel Williams 4 10/18

ENGL UN3626 Great Short Works of American Prose. 4 points.

The aim of this course is to read closely and slowly short prose masterworks written in the United States between the mid-19th century and the mid-20th century, and to consider them in disciplined discussion.  Most of the assigned works are fiction, but some are public addresses or lyrical or polemical essays.  We will read with attention to questions of audience and purpose: for whom were they written and with what aim in mind: to promote a cause, make a case for personal or political action, provoke pleasure, or some combination of all of these aims? We will consider the lives and times of the authors but will focus chiefly on the aesthetic and argumentative structure of the works themselves.

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3626
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3626 001/82280 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
317 Hamilton Hall
Andrew Delbanco 4 0/18

ENGL GU4597 LITERATURE OF COLONIAL AMERICA. 3 points.

This is a survey of American literatures and cultures ranging from the colonial era to the early Republic. Although most of the texts on the syllabus were written in colonies that would eventually become part of the U.S., the course itself is not designed to be a literary history of the United States. Instead, we will consider these texts in their local, regional, and Atlantic contexts, and inquire into the theological, political, and literary issues that framed the colonial experiences they describe. We will examine major concepts and themes that include Exploration and Captivity, Puritan theology, Antinomianism, the rise of the Enlightenment, Slavery and Emancipation, and the Age of Revolutions. Our investigations will push us to test the conceptual limits of these categories as we trace their place in emerging discourses of nationhood.

Spring 2019: ENGL GU4597
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4597 001/97197 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Cristobal Silva 3 23/35

ENGL GU4308 Explaining the Supernatural. 3 points.

This is a course about the early English novel’s traffic in the supernatural and the fantastic. It tests the hypothesis that the most pressing challenge facing that emergent literary form across the eighteenth century was how to explain the supernatural. This claim makes the concerns of Gothic fiction more central than historians of the novel typically suppose. The phrase explained supernatural itself comes from the Gothic, specifically from the work of Ann Radcliffe, whose influential novels of the 1790s find natural causes for seemingly otherworldly incidents. Matthew Lewis represents a different alternative from the same period. His sensationalistic work The Monk (1796) keeps the supernatural obscure, inexplicable, and perverse. Since the Romantic era, readers have frequently distinguished between Radcliffe’s approach and Lewis’s, with significant consequences for the gendering of the Gothic. But we won’t take this distinction for granted, and we will trace novelistic efforts to explain the supernatural back through earlier novels. While these narratives appeared before Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otranto (1764)—almost universally called the first Gothic novel in English—they already ask recognizably Gothic questions about how to account for the unaccountable. Of special interest to us will be moments when these early novels can’t quite decide what they want to do with the fantastic or the marvelous: enjoy it, seal it off elsewhere (in a Catholic past or an exoticized East, for instance), rationalize it, or redeem it.


Instead of sticking to strict chronology, we’ll start with some concepts and theoretical problems from the period and read an early Radcliffe novel together. Then we’ll circle back and briefly acquaint ourselves with some different channels through which the supernatural fed into English prose fiction of the eighteenth century. Working our way forward to the late-century Gothic craze and Jane Austen’s reaction to it in Northanger Abbey, we’ll study two long, influential novels that expose deep insecurities about the modernizing process of excluding spirits and devils, or even knights and damsels, from the realm of imaginative possibility.

Spring 2019: ENGL GU4308
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4308 001/88397 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Dustin Stewart 3 44/50

ENGL GU4404 Victorian Poetry. 3 points.

Open to all undergraduates (regardless of major) and graduate students.

(Lecture). This course examines the works of the major English poets of the period 1830-1900. We will pay special attention to Alfred Tennyson and Robert Browning, and their great poetic innovation, the dramatic monologue. We will also be concentrating on poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Christina Rossetti, Matthew Arnold, A. E. Housman, and Thomas Hardy.

Spring 2019: ENGL GU4404
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4404 001/62944 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Erik Gray 3 54/54

20th and 21st Century

ENGL UN3227 James Joyce. 4 points.

This seminar explores the endlessly involving oeuvre of James Joyce, including Dubliners, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Ulysses, and sections of Finnegans Wake. We will also examine other Joycean texts, selected writings by other authors, relevant historiography, and critical takes on Joyce from the years in which he published to the present day.

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3227
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3227 001/93631 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Douglas Mao 4 15/18

ENGL UN3968 IRISH LIT:20TH C.IRISH PROSE. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

This seminar course looks at the idea of Language and Form in Irish writing in the Twentieth Century. It will examine writing from the Irish Literary Renaissance, including work by Yeats and Synge, and writing by Irish Modernist writers, including Joyce, Beckett and Flann O’Brien. It will also study certain awkward presences in the Irish literary canon, such as Elizabeth Bowen. The class will then read work from later in the century, including the novels of John Banville and John McGahern and the poetry of Seamus Heaney and Eavan Boland.

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3968
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3968 001/18887 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Colm Toibin 4 16/18

ENGL UN3228 Aldous Huxley. 4 points.

The course proposes to examine the major works of Aldous Huxley as vital contributions to the emerging 20th century canon of modernism, internationalism, pacifism, spiritualism, and the psychology of modern consciousness. Critical studies of Huxley have typically split his work into two phases—social satire and mysticism—that roughly correspond to Huxley’s perceived oscillation between cynicism and religiosity. This course proposes a less disjunctive approach to his writings. Huxley’s starkly dystopian vision in Brave New World often overshadowed his earnest endeavors to find a meeting point between mainstream Western thought and the philosophical traditions of the non-Western world, particularly of Hinduism and Buddhism. His early novels, including Brave New World, bear traces of his deep-seated spiritual quest, even as his works were steeped in critiques of the ominous trends towards regimentation and authoritarian control of the social body. 


As a novelist of ideas, Huxley gave voice to the most vexing intellectual and moral conflicts of his time, refusing to retreat into the solipsism of experimental writing while at the same time searching for wholeness in Eastern meditative systems. This course probes Huxley’s writings from a multitude of angles, examining his works (both fiction and nonfiction) in the context of evolutionary, secular thought, while also reading them as strivings towards models of world peace inspired, to some extent, by mystical thought. The latter invoked concepts drawn from Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain thought, alongside Christian mysticism and Taoism, in an eclectic practice that Huxley called “the perennial philosophy.” Organized chronologically, course readings include Point Counter Point (1928), Brave New World (1932), Eyeless in Gaza (1936), Time Must Have a Stop (1944), The Perennial Philosophy (1944), Ape and Essence (1948), The Devils of Loudun (1952), The Doors of Perception (1954), The Genius and the Goddess (1955), Island (1962), and The Divine Within (1992). This course will be of importance especially to students interested in the intersections of 20th century British modernist literature and non-Western philosophical and religious systems, as well as more generally to students interested in an intensive study of one of the 20th century’s most prolific authors.

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3228
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3228 001/66396 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Gauri Viswanathan 4 10/18

ENGL UN3225 Virginia Woolf. 3 points.

(Lecture). Six novels and some non-fictional prose: Jacob's Room, Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Orlando, The Waves, Between the Acts; A Room of One's Own, Three Guineas.  Applications on paper only (not e-mail) in Professor Mendelson's mailbox in 602 Philosophy, with your name, e-mail address, class (2017, 2018, etc.), a brief list of relevant courses that you've taken, and one sentence suggesting why you want to take the course.

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3225
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3225 001/61565 T 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Edward Mendelson 3 19/18

CLEN UN3944 The Big Ambitious Novel. 4 points.

Critic James Wood has cast doubt on the accomplishment of those contemporary novelists who have tried to carry what Wood calls the "Dickensian" ambition of 19th-century realism to the higher geographical scale of today's globalized society. This seminar will try to assess both their ambition and their success. Readings by Kazuo Ishiguro, Roberto Bolaño, Elena Ferrante, Karl Ove Knausgaard, and Chimimanda Ngozi Adicihie. 


This seminar proposes to read 5 works of important recent world fiction that are so long, so ambitious, and in some cases so forbidding that they are difficult to work into an ordinary syllabus. The seminar will give each one 2-3 weeks, thereby permitting students the time both to read them with care and to discuss them in detail.

Spring 2019: CLEN UN3944
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 3944 001/17449 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Bruce Robbins 4 5/18

ENGL UN3287 Hauntings: American Poetry in the 1980s. 4 points.

This seminar explores the relationship between history and poetry. Focusing on the 1980s, also known as the Reagan era, we will privilege poetic production as a vantage point to think about this tumultuous period in the U.S. What is the relationship between this historical conception of the Reagan era and the poetic sensibility fostered in and against those social political conditions? By focusing on reading poetry books published in the 1980s, we will think through post-NY school, language, eco-, improvisational, confessional, avant-garde, feminist, visual, and performance poetry. What the political stakes of formal poetic concerns?

ENGL UN3633 Literature and American Citizenship. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

(Seminar). Who is a citizen? How has the notion of citizenship changed in American history? Questions of American citizenship - who can claim it and what it entails -- have been fiercely contested since the founding of the United States. Scholars have articulated various ways of conceptualizing citizenship: as a formal legal status; as a collection of state-protected rights; as political activity; and as a form of identity and solidarity. In this seminar, we'll explore the role that literature and literary criticism have played in both shaping and responding to the narratives and civic myths that determine what it means to be an American citizen.

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3633
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3633 001/27212 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Aaron Ritzenberg 4 9/18

ENGL UN3636 COLLECTIONS: CONTEMPORARY AMERICAN SHORT STORIES. 4 points.

In this course, we will examine short stories as a particularly American form. The short story has been notoriously difficult to define, but one key characteristic of the genre is its presumed compact form alongside its compelling expansiveness. Short stories constantly toggle back and forth between the compressed and the broad. In the United States, the genre of short story has a long history of articulating and imagining an individual or community’s changing and fraught relationship to transnational, national, and local dynamics (represented, for example, nineteenth and early twentieth-century authors such as Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Mary Wilkins Freeman, Sui Sin Far, Washington Irving, Charles Chestnutt, Mark Twain, Sarah Orne Jewett, Tillie Olsen, José García Villa, and Carlos Bulosan). Today, this catalog of writers can be matched with another list of contemporary North American short story authors featured on our syllabus: Jhumpa Lahiri, Chimamanda Adichie, Daniel Alarcón, Mohsin Hamid, George Saunders, Ted Chiang, Mona Award, Lydia Davis, Vanessa Hua, R. Zamora Linmark, Otesha Moshfegh, and Leanne Simpson. Some of the writers on this list are veterans of the short story form. Others are authors who recently published debut collections. As we work through our reading list, we will attempt to analyze not only individual short stories, but also what marks these books as collections. What might hold these texts together? What disrupts the unifying principles of a collection? And most importantly, what do short stories offer—in terms of representations of American life and culture and its complexity—that other forms do not?

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3636
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3636 001/20954 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Denise Cruz 4 9/18

ENGL UN3985 Film Noir. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor.

This course will consider Hollywood’s noir films of the 1940s and 1950s as urban narratives that simultaneously resisted and enabled the U.S.’s post-WWII superpower status and its internal ethnic and gender norms; examples of French film noir and film criticism will be used as a comparative model. Readings will include original documents, histories, and urban, gender, and film theory; films will include Double Indemnity, Gilda, The Big Heat, Cause of Alarm, The Sweet Smell of Success, In a Lonely Place, Pickup on Main Street, Panique, A Bout de Souffle (Breathless), and On the Waterfront.

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3985
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3985 001/10100 W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
Room TBA
Ann Douglas 4 0/18

CLEN GU4727 COMPARATIVE MODERNISMS. 4 points.

Modernism, the most significant aesthetic movement of the twentieth century, found expression across a range of forms.  While participants and critics associated the movement with innovation and the disruption of traditional aesthetic conventions, there is considerable dispute today about what modernism was. For example, did it focus on internal formal qualities or did it explore and disrupt the boundaries of disciplines, calling for the dissolution of art itself?  Was it involved with fragmentation or pastiche (qualities now often associated with postmodernism), or did it seek to attain a new form of aesthetic unity or order, which in turned imposed new compositional constraints?  Was it concerned with “truth” and “essence” or rather with multiple realities and appearances?  Was it elitist in its formal abstraction and experimentation, or was it democratic and populist in its engagement with everyday life and mass culture? 

Spring 2019: CLEN GU4727
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 4727 001/93648 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Victoria Rosner 4 17/20

ENGL GU4612 Jazz and American Culture. 3 points.

(Lecture). An overview of jazz and its cultural history, with consideration of the influence of jazz on the visual arts, literature, and film.  The course will also provide an introduction to the scholarship and methods of jazz studies.  We will begin with Ralph Ellison's suggestive proposition that many aspects of American life are "jazz-shaped." How then might we define this music called jazz? What are its aesthetic ingredients and forms? What have been its characteristic sounds? How can we move toward a definition that sufficiently complicates the usual formulas of call-response, improvisation, and swing to encompass musical styles that are very different but which nonetheless are typically classified as jazz? With this ongoing problem of musical definition in mind, we will examine works in literature, painting, photography, and film, which may be defined as "jazz works" or ones that are "jazz-shaped.”  What is jazz-like about these works? What's jazz-like about the ways they were produced? And how, to get to the other problem in the course's title, is jazz American? What is the relationship of art to nation? What is the logic of American exceptionalism? What do we make of the many international dimensions of jazz music such as its many non-American practitioners?  And what do representations of jazz artists in literature and film tell us about what people have thought about the music?

Spring 2019: ENGL GU4612
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4612 001/19551 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Krin Gabbard 3 36/54

ENGL GU4622 African-American Literature II. 3 points.

(Lecture). This survey of African American literature focuses on language, history, and culture. What are the contours of African American literary history? How do race, gender, class, and sexuality intersect within the politics of African American culture? What can we expect to learn from these literary works? Why does our literature matter to student of social change? This lecture course will attempt to provide answers to these questions, as we begin with Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) and Richard Wright's Native Son (1940) and end with Melvin Dixon's Love's Instruments (1995) with many stops along the way. We will discuss poetry, fiction, drama, and non-fictional prose. Ohter authors include Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Malcom X, Ntzozake Shange, Audre Lorde, and Toni Morrison. There are no prerequisites for this course. The formal assignments are two five-page essays and a final examination. Class participation will be graded.

Spring 2019: ENGL GU4622
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4622 001/23582 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Farah Griffin 3 54/54

Special Topics

ENGL UN3394 How Writers Think: Pedagogy and Practice. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

(Seminar). This course uses contemporary philosophies of research and writing to train students to become writing center and library consultants. Readings will highlight major voices in rhetoric and composition research, with an emphasis on collaborative learning theory. We will ground our study in hands-on teaching experiences: students will shadow Columbia Writing Center consultants and research librarians and then practice strategies they learn in consultation with other students. Those who successfully complete this course will be eligible to apply for a peer writing consultant job in the Columbia Writing Center. This course is co-taught by the director of the Writing Center and the undergraduate services librarian.

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3394
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3394 001/23498 F 10:10am - 12:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Susan Mendelsohn 4 14/18

CLEN UN3720 Plato the Rhetorician. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Instructor's permission

(Seminar). Although Socrates takes a notoriously dim view of persuasion and the art that produces it, the Platonic dialogues featuring him both theorize and practice a range of rhetorical strategies that become the nuts and bolts of persuasive argumentation. This seminar will read a number of these dialogues, including Apology, Protagoras, Ion, Gorgias, Phaedrus, Menexenus and Republic, followed by Aristole's Rhetoric, the rhetorical manual of Plato's student that provides our earliest full treatment of the art. Application instructions: E-mail Prof. Eden (khe1@columbia.edu) with your name, school, major, year of study, and relevant courses taken, along with a brief statement about why you are interested in taking the course. Admitted students should register for the course; they will automatically be placed on a wait list from which the instructor will in due course admit them as spaces become available.

Spring 2019: CLEN UN3720
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 3720 001/69371 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Kathy Eden 4 18/18

ENGL UN3397 The Athlete in the American Imagination. 4 points.

In the 21st century, the lines continue to blur between people who engage in physical activities and sporting events and “athletes”—those people whose public and private identities are shaped by commitment to their sports. The figure of the star athlete, the character of professional and amateur athletes, and questions about the roles that athletes play in American culture and politics have preoccupied American artists across media since at least the Gilded Age. This course will explore how writers and filmmakers have imagined the figure of the athlete and the significance of sports in the 20th and 21st century. We will study American works of fiction, nonfiction, film, and graphic novels centered on the figure of the athlete. How do writers and filmmakers represent the figure of the athlete and the forces that shape their experiences both when involved in their sports and in other aspects of their lives? How do athletes represent themselves in works of nonfiction (in both writing and film) when they tell their own stories? How do writers and film-makers explore questions about gender, race, class, sexual orientation, and political ideology through their depictions of American athletes?

Spring 2019: ENGL UN3397
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3397 001/62298 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Nicole Wallack 4 6/18

CLEN UN3223 Medical Fictions, Romantic to Modern. 4 points.

Literature and medicine have always been in dialogue: Apollo was the god of physicians and poetry, while some of the greatest writers, such as John Keats and Anton Chekhov, were trained as doctors. In our time, literature and medicine have become ever more entwined in Susan Sontag’s formulation of “illness as metaphor,” and in the emergent fields of “medical humanities” and “narrative medicine” that bridge the practices of writer and doctor. This course, which is open to students in both medicine and literature, aims to introduce students to how literary fiction—from the 19th century to the present day—reveals the historical interplay between physicians and writers. We examine how medical professionalism is portrayed in literature, how writers and doctors negotiate the clinical encounter, and how narrative shapes the physician’s practice. As we move through shifting paradigms in both medical and literary history, we explore how thematic, generic, and ethical concerns transcend the divisions between the disciplines: new fields like epidemiology, pathology, and psychiatry influenced the familiar form of the novel, while the case history and gothic fiction display unexpected commonalities. We consider, too, how problems of gender and sexuality recur across medical fictions, and how medical ways of knowing lend themselves to great artistic movements. As we read, we will strive to answer a broader question: why is medicine so often represented through tropes of the supernatural? Writers include Edgar Allan Poe, Charlotte Brontë, Anton Chekhov, Arthur Conan Doyle, Sylvia Plath, and Kazuo Ishiguro, as well as critical readings by Virginia Woolf, Sigmund Freud, Oliver Sacks, Michel Foucault, and Donna Haraway.  Both literature and medical (or pre-med) students are invited to apply; medical students may take this course for R-credit. This seminar will particularly suit students who are interested in British literature, literature post-1800, prose fiction, social justice, and the medical humanities.  To apply, write to the course instructor with a brief statement of interest.

Spring 2019: CLEN UN3223
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 3223 001/68696 Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Arden Hegele 4 17/15

University Writing

ENGL CC1010 University Writing. 3 points.

University Writing helps undergraduates engage in the conversations that form our intellectual community. By reading and writing about scholarly and popular essays, students learn that writing is a process of continual refinement of ideas. Rather than approaching writing as an innate talent, this course teaches writing as a learned skill. We give special attention to textual analysis, research, and revision practices. University Writing offers the following themed sections, all of which welcome students with no prior experience studying the theme. Students interested in a particular theme should register for the section within the specified range of section numbers. UW: Contemporary Essays (sections from 001 to 099). Features contemporary essays from a variety of fields. UW: Readings in Music (sections in the 070s). Features essays that analyze the politics, histories, communities, philosophies, and techniques of music-making, from the classical to the contemporary. UW: Readings in American Studies (sections in the 100s). Features essays that explore the culture, history, and politics that form American identity. UW: Readings in Gender and Sexuality (sections in the 200s). Features essays that examine relationships among sex, gender, sexuality, race, class, and other forms of identity. UW: Readings in Film and the Performance Arts (sections in the 300s). Features essays that analyze the politics, histories, communities, philosophies, and techniques of the various art forms. UW: Readings in Human Rights (sections in the 400s). Features essays that investigate the ethics of belonging to a community and issues of personhood, identity, representation, and action. UW: Readings in Data Sciences (sections in the 500s). Features essays that study how our data-saturated society challenges conceptions of cognition, autonomy, identity, and privacy. UW: Readings in Medical-Humanities (sections in the 600s). Features essays that explore the disciplines of biomedical ethics and medical anthropology, to challenge our basic assumptions about medicine, care, sickness, and health. UW: Readings in Law and Justice (sections in the 700s). Features essays that study core questions of law and justice and that have important implications for our lives. University Writing for International Students (sections in the 900s). Open only to international students, these sections emphasize the transition to American academic writing cultures through the study of contemporary essays from a variety of fields. For further details about these themes, please visit: http://www.college.columbia.edu/core/uwp.

Fall 2018: ENGL CC1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 002/12850 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
201b Philosophy Hall
Gabrielle DaCosta 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 003/64200 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
201d Philosophy Hall
Laura Gruszka 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 007/25926 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201b Philosophy Hall
Ami Yoon 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 011/16179 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Akua Banful 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 015/72516 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Synne Borgen 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 018/17413 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Zoe Pollak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 021/16252 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Sonkin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 022/69042 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Veronica Belafi 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 023/70954 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Christina McCausland 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 024/15008 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Brianne Baker 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 025/71136 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Emily Hunt Kivel 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 026/74548 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Theresa Lin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 027/29259 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
201b Philosophy Hall
Patrick Moran 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 028/60792 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
201d Philosophy Hall
Austin Mantele 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 029/72374 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
307 Mathematics Building
Sumati Dwivedi 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 033/65417 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
201b Philosophy Hall
Meadhbh McHugh 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 037/15575 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Milan Terlunen 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 041/13118 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Walter Gordon 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 044/14661 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Nitzan Rotenberg 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 045/14027 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Adam Horn 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 047/68552 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Emma Styles-Swaim 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 048/26860 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Lindsey Cienfuegos 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 049/12218 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Anna Waller 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 051/11436 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Francois Olivier 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 052/18986 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Samuel Grabiner 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 053/22786 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Naomi Michalowicz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 101/88015 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Lisa Foad 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 140/16398 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Olivia Rutigliano 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 143/28250 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Dennis Tang 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 146/87697 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Emily Weitzman 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 213/78747 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Lisa Del Sol 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 217/13787 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Samuel Carpenter 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 230/62049 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
201d Philosophy Hall
Frances Wood 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 235/65896 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Diana Newby 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 238/95948 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Allen Durgin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 308/13446 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Anne Potter 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 331/73497 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
408a Philosophy Hall
Alessia Palanti 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 404/64532 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201d Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 409/62699 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Chloe Howe Haralambous 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 419/60849 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Taleen Mardirossian 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 505/97049 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
408a Philosophy Hall
Brianna Williams 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 512/68699 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Simon Porzak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 532/77530 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
307 Mathematics Building
Charlee Dyroff 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 536/81049 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Marianna Staroselsky 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 614/16996 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Antoinette Bumekpor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 639/82780 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Tibo Halsberghe 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 642/67447 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Avia Tadmor 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 650/13280 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Shoshana Akabas 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 716/62784 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Valerie Jacobs 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 720/96898 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Daniel Lefferts 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 906/11346 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
307 Mathematics Building
Lauren Horst 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 910/75516 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Hannah Kauders 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 934/16447 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Vanessa Guida 3 14/14
Spring 2019: ENGL CC1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 001/21177 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Gabrielle DaCosta 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 002/17719 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Gianmarco Saretto 3 11/14
ENGL 1010 003/15413 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Emma Styles-Swaim 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 006/10369 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Akua Banful 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 007/21348 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Anna Waller 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 015/65416 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Laura Gruszka 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 019/22352 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Christina McCausland 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 022/15561 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Veronica Belafi 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 023/25079 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Samuel Grabiner 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 024/17348 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Theresa Lin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 025/12215 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Zoe Pollak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 026/70756 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Emily Hunt Kivel 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 027/61500 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Patrick Moran 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 028/22382 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Austin Mantele 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 029/19350 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Sumati Dwivedi 3 3/14
ENGL 1010 037/62476 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Phillip Polefrone 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 045/61734 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Lindsey Cienfuegos 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 047/66743 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Adam Horn 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 048/75480 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Francois Olivier 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 049/20481 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Jason Ueda 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 050/63998 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Valerio Amoretti 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 051/66557 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Naomi Michalowicz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 052/20589 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Brianne Baker 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 105/14039 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Ami Yoon 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 133/18801 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Lisa Foad 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 143/14783 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Dennis Tang 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 146/61053 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Emily Weitzman 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 214/28840 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Lisa Del Sol 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 217/66587 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Samuel Carpenter 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 230/67838 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Frances Wood 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 238/26578 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Allen Durgin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 241/70828 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Diana Newby 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 309/73735 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Anne Potter 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 316/26829 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Simon Porzak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 331/15544 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Alessia Palanti 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 408/68227 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 410/77440 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Chloe Howe Haralambous 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 418/73001 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Taleen Mardirossian 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 421/20052 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Jessica Engebretson 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 504/25959 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Brianna Williams 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 532/22857 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Abigail Nehring 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 535/76262 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Marianna Staroselsky 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 540/14724 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Jonathan Reeve 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 613/70393 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Antoinette Bumekpor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 634/62437 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Avia Tadmor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 639/22106 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Tibo Halsberghe 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 644/61121 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Marcus Creaghan 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 712/15181 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Valerie Jacobs 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 720/26570 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Daniel Lefferts 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 911/75792 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Hannah Kauders 3 10/14
ENGL 1010 936/23348 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Lauren Horst 3 2/14
ENGL 1010 942/25972 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Vanessa Guida 3 14/14

ENGL GS1010 University Writing. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Non-native English speakers must reach Level 10 in the American Language Program prior to registering for ENGL GS1010.

University Writing helps undergraduates engage in the conversations that form our intellectual community. By reading and writing about scholarly and popular essays, students learn that writing is a process of continual refinement of ideas. Rather than approaching writing as an innate talent, this course teaches writing as a learned skill. We give special attention to textual analysis, research, and revision practices. University Writing offers the following themed sections, all of which welcome students with no prior experience studying the theme. Students interested in a particular theme should register for the section within the specified range of section numbers. UW: Contemporary Essays (sections from 001 to 069). Features contemporary essays from a variety of fields. UW: Readings in Music (sections in the 070s). Features essays that analyze the politics, histories, communities, philosophies, and techniques of music-making, from the classical to the contemporary. UW: Readings in American Studies (sections in the 100s). Features essays that explore the culture, history, and politics that form American identity. UW: Readings in Gender and Sexuality (sections in the 200s). Features essays that examine relationships among sex, gender, sexuality, race, class, and other forms of identity. UW: Readings in Human Rights (sections in the 400s). Features essays that investigate the ethics of belonging to a community and issues of personhood, identity, representation, and action. UW: Readings in Data Sciences (sections in the 500s). Features essays that study how our data-saturated society challenges conceptions of cognition, autonomy, identity, and privacy. UW: Readings in Medical-Humanities (sections in the 600s). Features essays that explore the disciplines of biomedical ethics and medical anthropology, to challenge our basic assumptions about medicine, care, sickness, and health. University Writing for International Students (sections in the 900s). Open only to international students, these sections emphasize the transition to American academic writing cultures through the study of contemporary essays from a variety of fields. For further details about these classes, please visit: http://www.college.columbia.edu/core/uwp.

Fall 2018: ENGL GS1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 001/65498 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
307 Mathematics Building
Gianmarco Saretto 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 003/68388 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
411 Hamilton Hall
David Jamieson 3 15/14
ENGL 1010 011/12164 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Katherine McIntyre 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 012/23542 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
325 Pupin Laboratories
Valerio Amoretti 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 022/73948 M W 7:10pm - 8:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Marcus Creaghan 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 023/75900 T Th 7:10pm - 8:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Theresa Jefferson 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 117/29284 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Allen Durgin 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 215/97198 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Chelsea Spata 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 216/89033 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
308a Lewisohn Hall
Jack Lowery 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 304/92097 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
337 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Allaire Conte 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 313/72199 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Simon Porzak 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 405/87530 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 408/28550 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Ameya Tripathi 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 418/13013 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Kevin Windhauser 3 15/17
ENGL 1010 502/19696 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Abigail Nehring 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 506/15897 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
507 Philosophy Hall
Shelby Wardlaw 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 513/82601 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Simon Porzak 3 0/14
ENGL 1010 607/22746 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Avia Tadmor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 709/20957 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Valerie Jacobs 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 710/27533 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Buck Wanner 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 719/87599 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
405 Kent Hall
Elleza Kelley 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 914/86098 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Vanessa Guida 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 920/62700 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Yea Jung Park 3 11/14
ENGL 1010 921/71949 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
405 Kent Hall
Anya Lewis-Meeks 3 13/14
Spring 2019: ENGL GS1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 001/11586 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Daniella Cadiz Bedini 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 008/69452 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Buck Wanner 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 010/26732 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Katherine McIntyre 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 015/69041 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Walter Gordon 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 017/22359 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Meadhbh McHugh 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 018/76556 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Rebecca Sonkin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 021/17664 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
David Jamieson 3 7/14
ENGL 1010 023/25265 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Synne Borgen 3 5/14
ENGL 1010 024/20432 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Justin Snider 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 026/70499 T Th 7:10pm - 8:25pm
Room TBA
Theresa Jefferson 3 3/14
ENGL 1010 119/20864 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Allen Durgin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 213/70856 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Glenn Gordon 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 225/29425 M W 7:10pm - 8:25pm
Room TBA
Jack Lowery 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 304/67951 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Allaire Conte 3 8/14
ENGL 1010 309/19207 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Simon Porzak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 312/74168 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Milan Terlunen 3 4/14
ENGL 1010 403/75155 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
Room TBA
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 407/22516 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Ameya Tripathi 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 502/24886 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
Room TBA
Charlee Dyroff 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 605/63368 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Shelby Wardlaw 3 7/14
ENGL 1010 616/74322 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Avia Tadmor 3 6/14
ENGL 1010 714/76979 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Valerie Jacobs 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 720/28958 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Elleza Kelley 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 906/28230 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
Room TBA
Vanessa Guida 3 0/14
ENGL 1010 911/70833 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Anya Lewis-Meeks 3 0/14
ENGL 1010 922/72336 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
Room TBA
Yea Jung Park 3 0/14