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. Michael Golston, 407 Philosophy; 212-854-4707; mg2242@columbia.edu

Departmental Advisers:
Prof. Michael Golston, 407 Philosophy; mg2242@columbia.edu
Prof. Farah Griffin, 508B Philosophy; fjg8@columbia.edu
Prof. David Yerkes, 615 Philosophy; dmy1@columbia.edu
Prof. Eleanor Johnson, 408J Philosophy; ebj2117@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.

On-Line 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
  • Susan Crane
  • Nicholas Dames
  • Jenny Davidson
  • Andrew Delbanco
  • Kathy Eden
  • Brent Edwards
  • Stathis Gourgouris
  • Farah Jasmine Griffin
  • 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
  • Gauri Viswanathan
  • Jennifer Wenzel
  • William Worthen (Barnard)
  • David M. Yerkes

Associate Professors

  • Marcellus Blount
  • Julie Crawford
  • Patricia Dailey
  • Michael Golston
  • Erik Gray
  • Eleanor Johnson
  • Molly Murray
  • Frances Negrón-Muntaner
  • Joseph Slaughter
  • Maura Spiegel

Assistant Professors

  • Katherine Biers
  • John Gamber
  • Austin Graham
  • Matt Hart
  • Cristobal Silva
  • Dustin Stewart
  • Dennis Yi Tenen

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 2017

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 2017: ENGL UN3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3001 001/62539 W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
602 Hamilton Hall
Jenny Davidson 4 70/80
Spring 2018: ENGL UN3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3001 001/75492 W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
717 Hamilton Hall
Michael Golston 4 80/80

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 2017: ENGL UN3011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3011 001/21435 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Sierra Eckert 0 14/20
ENGL 3011 002/17754 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Katherine Bergevin 0 16/20
ENGL 3011 003/20144 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
309 Hamilton Hall
Will Glovinsky 0 16/20
ENGL 3011 004/14561 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
224 Pupin Laboratories
Eugene Petracca 0 11/20
ENGL 3011 005/70512 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
307 Mathematics Building
Meredith Shepard 0 12/18
Spring 2018: ENGL UN3011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3011 001/10067 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Martin Larson-Xu 0 16/18
ENGL 3011 002/67812 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Bernadette Myers 0 16/18
ENGL 3011 003/69683 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Therese Cox 0 16/18
ENGL 3011 004/72232 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
313 Pupin Laboratories
Tiana Reid 0 9/18
ENGL 3011 005/20843 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
412 Pupin Laboratories
Danielle Drees 0 8/18

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.

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3920
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3920 001/70001 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
David Yerkes 4 14/25

ENGL GU4091 Introduction to Old English Language & Literature. 3 points.

(Lecture). This class is an introduction to the language and literature of England from around the 8th to the 11th centuries. Because this is predominantly a language class, we will spend much of our class time studying grammar as we learn to translate literary and non-literary texts. While this course provides a general historical framework for the period as it introduces you to the culture of Anglo-Saxon England, it will also take a close look at how each literary work contextualizes (or recontextualizes) relationships between human and divine, body and soul, individual and group, animal and human. We will be using Mitchell and Robinson's An Introduction to Old English, along with other supplements. We will be looking at recent scholarly work in the field and looking at different ways (theoretical, and other) of reading these medieval texts. Requirements: Students will be expected to do assignments for each meeting. The course will involve a mid-term, a final exam, and a final presentation on a Riddle which will also be turned in.

Fall 2017: ENGL GU4091
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4091 001/75076 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
707 Hamilton Hall
Patricia Dailey 3 10/25

ENGL GU4791 Visionary Drama. 3 points.

(Lecture). This class is designed to interrogate the genre-boundary that has traditionally separated visionary writings from dramatic ones in the study of English medieval literature. Although this separation has long existed in scholarship, it is deeply problematic, and produces an understanding of the relationship between private devotion and publically performed religious ritual that is untenable, and does considerable violence to our understanding of the medieval imagination. As we will see, notionally "private" visionary writings and notionally "public" dramatic writings have a great deal in common, not just in terms of their overt content, but also in terms of their formal construction, their poetic devices, their favorite rhetorical maneuvers, and their articulated relationship with history and English literature. The works we will read this term are all phenomenally strange, many of them extremely difficult because of their unfamiliarity. For this reason, we will divide the semester into three sections: the first will deal with the famous medieval cycle dramas, which narrate events from the New Testament. The second section will transition to examine three important visionary texts that were written between 1370 and 1430, contemporaneous with the efflorescence of dramatic composition and performance in England, and two late Antique visionary texts that inspired them. The final section of class will turn to examine the so-called "morality plays," which emerge just slightly after the cycle dramas and after the visionary works we will have read. Since all of these works are linguistically challenging, we will work with translations in certain instances (Piers Plowman, Julian of Norwich, Margery Kempe). For all of the other works, we will be reading in Middle English, but you are welcome to consult translations, online summaries, or anything else that helps you get up to speed on what´s going on in the plays. Bear in mind, however, that your midterm and final will be based on the Middle English texts, so you do need to make a serious effort to read them (except in the case of Piers Plowman, which will be in modern English).

Fall 2017: ENGL GU4791
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4791 001/76359 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
703 Hamilton Hall
Eleanor Johnson 3 33/54

ENGL UN3992 Call to Adventure: The Lure of Romance from Camelot to Star Wars. 4 points.

Immensely popular and highly derided, romance as a genre has captivated audiences for centuries. Romance enchants, seduces, and ensnares its audience with narratives that envision a world that is at once fantastical and familiar, distant and immediate, impossible and yet full of endless possibilities. Over the course of the semester, we will explore romance conventions—such as the quest and venturing out into the unknown, love and desire, honor and chivalry—that persist from the medieval period to the present day, attempting to identify what exactly makes romance so appealing. We will read a wide cross-section of medieval verse romances from the French, German, and English traditions. While some of the texts will be provided for you in translation, we will make a concerted effort to learn Middle English as we examine the various poetic forms of insular romance. Toward the end of the semester, we will turn our attention to post-medieval iterations of the genre in gothic fiction, courtship novel, and romantic comedy.  Assignments include short response papers, in-class presentations, an analytical essay, and a final project on a modern romance text. Application Instructions: E-mail Aaron Robertson (ar3488@columbia.edu) with the subject heading "Romance Seminar Application" 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 2017: ENGL UN3992
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3992 001/62447 W 10:10am - 12:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
Lydia Kertz 4 13/25

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 2017: ENGL UN3335
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3335 001/15836 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
601 Fairchild Life Sciences Bldg
Lauren Robertson 3 42/70

ENGL GU4210 Writing Early Modern London. 3 points.

(Lecture) This course explores the literature that represented, was created for, and was inspired by the city of London in the early modern period.  It will encourage students to analyze the ways in which literature relates to its geographical, social, cultural, religious and political contexts -- in this case, the very specific contexts provided by a single city in the period from 1500 to 1700. It will cover such topics as London's experience in the Reformation; London's suburban expansion; the Civil War and Restoration; the Great Fire and the subsequent rebuilding; London's government, and relations with the Crown; social issues including immigration, unrest, the place of women, the place of strangers, the plague and prostitution.  The course will highlight the importance of London as the hub of print publication, and as the site for the public theatre -- it will therefore deal predominantly with drama but also draw on prose pamphlets, entries, maps, diaries, prospects and poetic mock-will.

Fall 2017: ENGL GU4210
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4210 001/15988 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
612 Philosophy Hall
Alan Stewart 3 12/50

ENGL GU4211 Milton in Context. 3 points.

(Lecture). This course will look at the major works of John Milton in the context of 17th-century English religious, political and social events. In addition to reading Milton's poems, major prose (including The Doctrine and Discipline of Divorce, Areopagitica, and The Ready and Easy Way to Establish a Free Commonwealth), and the full texts of Paradise Lost and Sampson Agonistes (the course text will be Orgel and Goldberg, eds. John Milton), we will look at the authors and radicals whose activities and writings helped to provide the contexts for Milton's own: poets and polemicists, sectarians and prophets, revolutionaries and regicides, Diggers and Levelers. Requirements for this course include two short primary research papers (3 pp.) and an exam. Graduate students will also be required to write a seminar paper.

Fall 2017: ENGL GU4211
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4211 001/70508 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
227 Seeley W. Mudd Building
Julie Crawford 3 32/48

ENGL UN3341 Law and Disorder in Early Modern England. 4 points.

This seminar course examines representations of early modern Engish law, primarily on the English Renaissance stage.  We will explore the investigation, prosecution and punishment of crimes including treason, petty treason, adultery, witchcraft, sodomy, rape, and usury in their early modern contexts, and pay attention to the debates surrounding marriage and sumptuary legislation.   Dramatic texts will include works by William Shakespeare, Thomas Heywood, Thomas Dekker, William Rowley, and John Webster; we will also be reading broadsheets, legal documents, statutes, ballads, and real court cases, alongside wide-ranging critical literature. Application instructions: E-mail Professor Stewart (ags2105@COLUMBIA.EDU) with the subject heading "Law and Disorder 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 t

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3341
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3341 001/80946 T 8:10am - 10:00am
612 Philosophy Hall
Alan Stewart 4 10/25

18th and 19th Century

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 2017: ENGL GU4402
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4402 001/74433 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
517 Hamilton Hall
Erik Gray 3 75/90

ENGL UN3451 Imperialism and Cryptography. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

(Seminar). This course focuses on plots of empire in the British novel of the 19th and early 20th centuries. It examines not only how empire was represented but also how the novel form gave visibility to the strategies of empire and also showed the tacit purposes, contradictions, and anxieties of British imperialism. The seminar is structured around the themes of: the culture of secrecy; criminality and detection; insurgency, surveillance, and colonial control; circulation and exchange of commodities; messianism and political violence. Specifically, the course will focus on how the culture of secrecy that accompanied imperial expansion defined the tools of literary imagination in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. While most studies of culture and imperialism examine the impact of colonial expansion on the geography of narrative forms, this seminar looks more closely at the language of indirection in English novels and traces metaphors and symbols to imperialism's culture of secrecy. It begins with the simple observation that both colonizers and colonized felt the need to transmit their communications without having their messages intercepted or decoded. Translated into elusive Masonic designs and prophecy (as in Kim), codes of collective action (as in Sign of Four), or extended dream references (as in The Moonstone), the English novel underscores the exchange of information as one of the key activities of British imperialism. Forcing hidden information into the open also affects the ways that colonial ‘otherness' is defined (as in The Beetle). How espionage and detection correlate with impenetrability and interpretation will be one among many themes we will examine in this course. The seminar will supplement courses in the nineteenth-century English novel, imperialism and culture, and race, gender, and empire, as well as provide a broad basis for studies of modernism and symbolism. Readings include Rudyard Kipling, Kim and "Short Stories"; Arthur Conan Doyle's Sign of Four; Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone; Richard Marsh, The Beetle; RL Stevenson, Dr Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Rider Haggard, She; Haggard, King Solomon's Mines; Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent. Course requirements: One oral presentation; two short papers, each 4-5 pages (double-spaced); and a final paper, 7-10 pages (double-spaced). Application instructions: E-mail Professor Viswanathan (gv6@columbia.edu) with the subject heading "Imperialism and Cryptography 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.

ENGL UN3933 Jane Austen. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

(Seminar). An intensive study of the career of Jane Austen, including important recent criticism. We’ll be especially interested in the relations between narrative form and the social dynamics represented in her fiction. We’ll try to cover all six novels, but we can adjust our pace in response to the interests of seminar members.

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Application instructions: E-mail Prof. Adams (jea2139@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.

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3933
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3933 001/13314 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
707 Hamilton Hall
James Adams 4 10/25

ENGL UN3946 Movement and Feeling in the 18th Century. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

Literature, we like to say, moves us. We also say that it makes us feel for others, moved on their behalf. This seminar asks what it means to think of literary experience as both feeling for someone (but whom?) and traveling to someplace (but where?). We will trace the history of this connection between motion and emotion back to the Restoration and eighteenth century, an age of remarkable expansion for the British Empire. Though travel and sentiment are often kept separate in studies of this exuberant period, we will find that British writers working across a range of genres—novels, plays, poems, sermons, journals, and philosophical treatises—frequently drew the two together. Their works raise questions about empire and relocation even as they contribute to a new psychological and textual emphasis on the sympathetic heart. Slaves, prisoners, servants, and political or religious outliers test this emphasis, and we’ll discuss how our authors by turns facilitate and foreclose emotional identification with them.

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3946
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3946 001/70656 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
317 Hamilton Hall
Dustin Stewart 4 8/14

ENGL GU4801 History of Novel I. 3 points.

(Lecture). When people talk about the “rise” of the novel, where do they imagine it rose from and to? We will read some of eighteenth-century Britain's major canonical fictions alongside short critical selections that provide vocabularies for talking about the techniques of realism and the connections between literature, history and culture; other topics for discussion include identity, sex, families, politics— in short, all the good stuff. 

Fall 2017: ENGL GU4801
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4801 001/17650 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
413 Kent Hall
Jenny Davidson 3 27/60

ENGL UN3991 Romantic Margins. 4 points.

British literature of the Romantic period, from the late eighteenth to the early nineteenth century, displays a fascination with what is on the margins.  This manifests itself most memorably in the unprecedented focus on socially marginalized figures – the beggars, madmen, abandoned women, and solitary wanderers who populate the pages of Romantic poetry and fiction.  The author too is often figured as an outsider in this period, someone whose authority derives specifically from his or her position of marginality, looking in from the fringes.  Geographically, the peripheries of the island of Great Britain (Wales and especially Scotland) were major sites of literary experimentation in the Romantic era, while the south coast of England attracted particular interest because of the constant threat of invasion from France during these years.  And of course Romantic writers famously exploited textual margins: many of the major literary works of the period make innovative use of footnotes, glosses, and other paratextual apparatus.  This course considers these various aspects of Romantic marginality and the intersections between them.  In addition to the work of more canonical authors (William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Walter Scott, Mary Shelley), we will be reading poems, novels, essays, and letters by writers, especially women, whose work has historically been marginalized.  Application instructions: E-mail Prof. Gray (eg2155@columbia.edu) with your name, school, major, year of study, and relevant courses taken, along with a statement (one paragraph, no more than one page) about why you are interested in taking the course. Please also attach a recent paper from a literature course — or, if this is your first such course, on any humanities subject. (**NOTE: Please do not spend any time or effort worrying about or revising the paper you submit. It will be consulted ONLY if the course is oversubscribed, so please just attach whatever you have.) 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 2017: ENGL UN3991
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3991 001/77646 F 12:10pm - 2:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Erik Gray 4 9/25

ENGL GU4512 Dickens, Thackeray, Eliot. 3 points.

This course will investigate the three Victorian novelists who were most successful in imagining how to narrate the new, complex forms of social interaction that emerged most fully in the nineteenth century, and that we live with still.  Their essential questions— how are individuals altered by such facts as credit economies and finance, rapid scientific progress, more fluid class boundaries, technologies of rapid transport and rapid information dispersal (the railroad, telegraphs, newspapers and mass media), imperial rule?— required the large, multiplot, serially-published novel format that was the Victorian period’s primary way of confronting modernity and modern consciousness.  At the heart of the course are the three most notable examples of the genre: Thackeray’s Vanity Fair (1847-8), Dickens’s Little Dorrit (1855-7), and Eliot’s Middlemarch (1871-2).  The recurrent topics of these novels, such as financial fraud, debt, crime, social ambition, class conflict, and the role of women in modernity, will be described in detail, as will the formal solutions— the intertwined set of multiple plots, the analytic narrator, the sketch set-piece— that expressed them.  Our concern throughout, however, will be how these novels imagine the possible shapes of human interaction and human self-consciousness in a society governed above all not by family, or nation, or religion, but by money and its exchange.  We will therefore be looking at these novelists as, in the largest sense, the storytellers of capitalism, intent on finding the right combination of themes and formal means by which to express the shape of the world capitalism creates.

Fall 2017: ENGL GU4512
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4512 001/11096 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
516 Hamilton Hall
Nicholas Dames 3 26/54

20th and 21st Century

ENGL GU4628 U.S. Latinx literature. 3 points.

This course will focus on Latinx literature in the United States from the mid-twentieth century to the present and provide a historical, literary, and theoretical context for this production. It will examine a wide range of genres, including poetry, memoir, essays, and fiction, with special emphasis on works by Cubans, Dominicans, Mexican-Americans and Puerto Ricans. Among the authors that the course will study are Richard Rodríguez, Esmeralda Santiago, Rudolfo Anaya, Julia Alvarez, Cristina García, Gloria Anzaldúa, and Piri Thomas.

Fall 2017: ENGL GU4628
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4628 001/21001 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
603 Hamilton Hall
Frances Negron-Muntaner 3 35/50

CLEN GU4550 Narrative and Human Rights. 3 points.

(Lecture). We can't talk about human rights without talking about the forms in which we talk about human rights. This course will study the convergences of the thematics, philosophies, politics, practices, and formal properties of literature and human rights. In particular, it will examine how literary questions of narrative shape (and are shaped by) human rights concerns; how do the forms of stories enable and respond to forms of thought, forms of commitment, forms of being, forms of justice, and forms of violation? How does narrative help us to imagine an international order based on human dignity, rights, and equality? We will read classic literary texts and contemporary writing (both literary and non-literary) and view a number of films and other multimedia projects to think about the relationships between story forms and human rights problematics and practices. Likely literary authors: Roberto Bolaño, Miguel de Cervantes, Assia Djebar, Ariel Dorfman, Slavenka Drakulic, Nuruddin Farah, Janette Turner Hospital, Franz Kafka, Sahar Kalifeh, Sindiwe Magona, Maniza Naqvi, Michael Ondaatje, Alicia Partnoy, Ousmane Sembène, Mark Twain . . . . We will also read theoretical and historical pieces by authors such as Agamben, An-Na'im, Appiah, Arendt, Balibar, Bloch, Chakrabarty, Derrida, Douzinas, Habermas, Harlow, Ignatieff, Laclau and Mouffe, Levinas, Lyotard, Marx, Mutua, Nussbaum, Rorty, Said, Scarry, Soyinka, Spivak, Williams.

Fall 2017: CLEN GU4550
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 4550 001/16203 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
310 Fayerweather
Joseph R Slaughter 3 51/90

ENGL GU4635 Science Fiction Poetics. 3 points.

(Lecture). "A book of philosophy should in part be a kind of science fiction. How else can one write but of those things which one doesn't know, or knows badly? It is precisely there that we imagine having something to say. We write only at the frontiers of our knowledge, at the border which separates our knowledge from our ignorance and transforms the one into the other." -- Gilles Deleuze, Difference and Repetition.

Fall 2017: ENGL GU4635
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4635 001/70174 T Th 6:10pm - 7:25pm
413 Kent Hall
Michael Golston 3 48/71

ENTA UN3948 African Drama. 4 points.

This seminar is an introduction to writing for the theater by African dramatists, from the mid 20th Century to the present. Assigned readings are mainly major plays by canonical Anglophone writers. Primary texts are read in conversation with secondary readings which introduce major critical debates in the study of African literature and provide cultural and political context. Surveys of African literature typically center the novel. This course instead takes drama as the starting point for engaging key questions about modern African literary production. The major theme of the class is the relationship between work by African dramatists and oppressive social structures. Students are encouraged to reflect on different theories of theater as articulated by African writers.  Readings are organized more or less chronologically around a series of topics. These include the lived experience of colonialism, anti-colonial thought, the emergence of new nation states, neo-colonialism, gender and sexuality, the problem of apartheid, the antiapartheid struggle, transitional justice, human rights and humanitarianism. No specific prior training or expertise in these areas is required.

Fall 2017: ENTA UN3948
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENTA 3948 001/61446 Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
502 Northwest Corner
Elliot Ross 4 12/15

ENGL UN3269 British Literature 1900-1950. 3 points.

(Lecture). The beginning of the twentieth century ushered in a feeling of excitement and transformation, a desire to break with the past, and an optimism about how technology would shape the future. At the same time, devastating political and social events contributed to a sense that everything was falling apart, falling into fragments. Modernism was a movement born of crisis and conflict, and its literature struggled to redefine what art could mean in times of anxiety, alienation, or even madness. Writers to include Woolf, Joyce, Eliot, Ford, Rhys.

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3269
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3269 001/73357 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
703 Hamilton Hall
Victoria Rosner 3 21/60

CLEN GU4550 Narrative and Human Rights. 3 points.

(Lecture). We can't talk about human rights without talking about the forms in which we talk about human rights. This course will study the convergences of the thematics, philosophies, politics, practices, and formal properties of literature and human rights. In particular, it will examine how literary questions of narrative shape (and are shaped by) human rights concerns; how do the forms of stories enable and respond to forms of thought, forms of commitment, forms of being, forms of justice, and forms of violation? How does narrative help us to imagine an international order based on human dignity, rights, and equality? We will read classic literary texts and contemporary writing (both literary and non-literary) and view a number of films and other multimedia projects to think about the relationships between story forms and human rights problematics and practices. Likely literary authors: Roberto Bolaño, Miguel de Cervantes, Assia Djebar, Ariel Dorfman, Slavenka Drakulic, Nuruddin Farah, Janette Turner Hospital, Franz Kafka, Sahar Kalifeh, Sindiwe Magona, Maniza Naqvi, Michael Ondaatje, Alicia Partnoy, Ousmane Sembène, Mark Twain . . . . We will also read theoretical and historical pieces by authors such as Agamben, An-Na'im, Appiah, Arendt, Balibar, Bloch, Chakrabarty, Derrida, Douzinas, Habermas, Harlow, Ignatieff, Laclau and Mouffe, Levinas, Lyotard, Marx, Mutua, Nussbaum, Rorty, Said, Scarry, Soyinka, Spivak, Williams.

Fall 2017: CLEN GU4550
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 4550 001/16203 M W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
310 Fayerweather
Joseph R Slaughter 3 51/90

ENGL UN3305 Gender and Sexuality in the Irish Novel. 4 points.

This course will chart changing attitudes towards gender and sexuality from the nineteenth to the twentieth century in terms of the development of novelistic genres. These genres include marriage plot novels in which the 1800 Act of Union was figured as a marriage between a feminized Ireland and a masculine England, the Big House novel—an Irish variant of the country house novel—pioneered by women writers, the gothic novel by writers like Oscar Wilde, the modernist novels of James Joyce and Elizabeth Bowen, banned books that were silenced by national censorship boards, and finally the queer Irish novel of the late twentieth century. 

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3305
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3305 001/22646 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
303 Hamilton Hall
Emily Bloom 4 10/25

ENGL UN3726 Virginia Woolf. 4 points.

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. Attendance at the first class is absolutely required; no one will be admitted who does not attend the first class.

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3726
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3726 001/88946 Th 10:10am - 12:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Edward Mendelson 4 23/25

American

ENGL GU4619 African-American Literature I. 3 points.

(Lecture). This lecture course is intended as the first half of the basic survey in African-American literature. By conducting close readings of selected song lyrics, slave narratives, fiction, poetry, and autobiography, we will focus on major writers in the context of cultural history. In so doing, we will explore the development of the African- American literary tradition. Writers include, but are not limited to, Wheatley, Equiano, Douglass, Jacobs, Harper, Dunbar, Chestnutt, Washington, Du Bois, and Larsen. Course requirements: class attendance, an in-class midterm exam, a five-page paper, and a final exam.

Fall 2017: ENGL GU4619
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4619 001/12357 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
603 Hamilton Hall
Saidiya Hartman 3 44/60

ENGL GU4604 American Modernism. 3 points.

(Lecture). This course surveys cultural responses to the historical, technological, intellectual, and political conditions of modernity in the United States. Spanning the period from the turn of the century to the onset of World War II, we will consider the relationship between key events (U.S. imperialism, immigration, World War I, the Jazz age, the Great Depression); intellectual and scientific developments (the theory of relativity, the popularization of Freudian psychoanalysis, the anthropological concept of culture, the spread of consumer culture, Fordism, the automobile, the birth of cinema, the skyscraper); and cultural production. Assigned readings will include novels, short stories, and contemporary essays. Visual culture--paintings, illustrations, photography, and film--will also play an important role in our investigation of the period. Past syllabus (which will be somewhat revised).

Fall 2017: ENGL GU4604
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4604 001/71235 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
413 Kent Hall
Ross Posnock 3 29/60

ENGL UN3506 Sexuality in America: Poetic Encounters. 4 points.

This course views American poetry through the lenses of formal questions and issues of identity politics.  It also combines a number of theoretical approach from New Criticism to Deconstruction to a more socially informed political formalism.  Focus on issues of sexual identities, adding to Adrienne Rich’s famous formulation--in Of a Woman Born--about gender and race this complex question of why sexuality matters in American poetry. We will proceed in terms of what I’m calling “poetic encounters’--moments of intertextuality and influence from Whitman to Audre Lorde.  Along the way we as readers we ourselves will encounter Whitman (again and again as a site of “adhesive” relations.   Poets include Hart Crane, Elizabeth Bishop, Langston Hughes, Mae Cowdery, Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, T. S. Eliot, Gwendolyn Brooks, Adrienne Rich, Marilyn Hacker, Cheryl Clarke, Melvin Dixon, Essex Hemphill, Paul Monette, John Ashbery,  Elizabeth Alexander, and Audre Lorde. Application instructions: E-mail Professor Blount (mb33@columbia.edu) with the subject heading "Poetic Encounters 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 2017: ENGL UN3506
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3506 001/83442 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Marcellus Blount 4 10/25

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 2017: ENGL UN3662
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3662 001/73197 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
313 Pupin Laboratories
Farah Griffin 4 20/25

ENGL UN3716 American Literary Realism. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

(Seminar). In this course we encounter a variety of nineteenth and twentieth century American literary works that have a strong comic edge. We also read a few critical works, both by writers and by scholars, which explore the forms and functions of American humor. Henry James has called humor “our native gift,” a stance toward life that compensates for what he detected to be the nation’s drastic lack of cultural traditions. Can one still speak of an “American character?” If so, what makes this character (or this cast of American characters) —as presented by Mark Twain, Ralph Ellison, and Mary Gordon—so distinctive and so laughable? What makes him and her so very ready to “crack corn,” to break into the comic mode? What is the relation of American humor to the tragic sense of life that also seems to define the national type? These questions define this course as an exploration of American identity, which, as many observers have noted, stands at the center of American intellectual and aesthetic life. Application Instructions: E-mail Professor O'Meally (rgo1@columbia.edu) with the subject heading, "American Humor 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.

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3716
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3716 001/25075 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
501 Hamilton Hall
Robert O'Meally 4 11/25

ENGL UN3852 Temporal Relocations: Narrations of Time and Body in Early American Literature. 4 points.

This course begins with texts from the first wave of European colonists, moving from exploration of what is now Texas with de Vaca to Ralph Lane’s and Thomas Harriot’s Virginia and William Bradford’s Plymouth. We will then focus our attention on the space of Massachusetts, theorizing how the religious narratives of women and native peoples written by Mary Rowlandson, John Eliot, and Thomas Shepard demonstrate the limitations of the governing Puritan male order. In the weeks following, we will turn to the genre of natural history in the space of the Caribbean and Virginia, where we will probe the relationship of the body and the natural in the works of Hans Sloane, James Grainger, and Thomas Jefferson. The course will close with an examination of narratives of slavery with the works of Aphra Behn, Britton Hammon, James Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, and William Earle, as well as Édouard Glissant’s more contemporary Poetics of Relation.

ENGL UN3734 American Literature and Corporate Culture. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

(Seminar). "It is not expected of critics as it is of poets that they should help us to make sense of our lives; they are bound only to attempt the lesser feat of making sense of the ways we try to make sense of our lives." - Frank Kermode This seminar will focus on American literature during the rise of U.S. corporate power in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The legal and economic entity of the corporation established new social hierarchies and systems of power, changed the roles of government and families, and wrought new forms of relationships between individuals. American culture demonstrated both an enchantment with the possibilities of a growing economy and a looming anxiety about the systematization of personal relationships. Authors and critics grappled with an American society that seemed to offer unprecedented opportunity for social rise but only within a deeply threatening and impersonal structure. We'll examine the ways that literary and popular culture depicted corporations and the ways that corporate structure influenced literary aesthetics and form. Application instructions: E-mail Professor Aaron Ritzenberg (ajr2186@columbia.edu) with the subject heading "American Literature and Corporate Culture 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. Admitted students should register for the course; they'll automatically be placed on a wait list, from which the instructor will in due course admit them as spaces become available.

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3734
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3734 001/18986 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
347a Macy Hall
Aaron Ritzenberg 4 13/25

ENGL UN3744 Edgar Allan Poe. 4 points.

The course will examine in detail the poetry and prose of Edgar Allan Poe. We will look at different facets of Poe's brief, remarkable career, from his role as magazine editor and reviewer in Richmond, Baltimore, Philadelphia, and New York, to his relation to slavery and abolition, and his influence on French poetry and aesthetics in the years following his death. We will proceed more or less chronologically, from his early contributions to the Southern Literary Messenger (with some comparison of Poe's work in this magazine with British magazines like Blackwood's), to major tales like “The Black Cat,” The Pit and the Pendulum,” “the Fall of the House of Usher,” and the first detective story “The Murders in the Rue Morgue.” We will also read a good amount of Poe's practical criticism, from his influential book reviews of Nathaniel Hawthorne, to his attacks on the poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to his often scathing incidental pieces on the “New York Literati”. We will also spend time looking closely at Poe's only novel-length work, The Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym . Finally we will turn to Poe's poetry and poetics, and consider in detail his literary theory, as put forth in “The Rationale of Verse” “The Philosophy of Composition” and “The Poetic Principle”, in relation to the metrical innovations of poems like “Annabel Lee” “The Bells” and “The Raven”. 

ENGL UN3984 Film and Politics. 4 points.

A survey of American film and politics.

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3984
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3984 001/76896 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
301m Fayerweather
Maura Spiegel 4 14/25

Special Topics

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 2017: ENTA UN3701
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENTA 3701 001/72362 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
104 Knox Hall
Austin Quigley 4 17/25

CLEN UN3775 Narrating Rape: Testimony, Gender and Violence. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

(Seminar). Despite the fact that intimate violence destroys the frameworks of identity and community, testimony and truth, memory and justice, rape has been a fundamental and globally pervasive literary theme and trope, often the very act that engenders narrative and plot. This seminar will explore how rape has been written in the face of its unspeakability and the silences surrounding it, and how the act of bearing witness can become an act of resistance, rebuilding voice, subjectivity and community. Literary texts will be read alongside feminist theoretical work on embodiment, trauma, testimony, and law. Requirements: class attendance and participation, weekly one-page postings on the readings, two 8-10 page papers. Application instructions:E-mail Professor Marianne Hirsch (mh2349@columbia.edu) with the subject heading "Narrating Rape 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.

ENGL UN3689 The Logic of the Secular Confession. 4 points.

Confession is everywhere today. From the pages of the NY Times, to TV shows and magazines, the value that our culture places on the practice of baring one’s sins, shame and desire in public seems limitless. But what is confession? What does it mean to ‘confess’ in a secular context, and why does confessional narrative have such aesthetic power over us? In this course, we trace the history of secular confession as a literary genre from Rousseau to today, and explore its logic and aesthetics through novels, philosophy and psychoanalysis. We also ask how confessional discourse and its peculiar relation to the concept of ‘truth’ can inform our understanding of the present historical and political moment. Readings from Rousseau, Tolstoy, Dostoevsky, Svevo, Mishima, Duras, Szabó, Coetzee, Freud, Foucault. No pre-requisites.

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3689
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3689 001/21697 T 6:10pm - 8:00pm
408 Hamilton Hall
Valerio Amoretti 4 13/15

ENGL UN3950 Poetics of the Warrior. 4 points.

Prerequisites: Instructor's permission.

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 PhiloctetesBeowulfSong of RolandSir Gawain and the Green KnightThe 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 t

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3950
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3950 001/61444 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
222 Pupin Laboratories
Marianne Giordani 4 18/25

ENTA UN3338 Shakespeare and Film. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

(Seminar). Hamlet as a video student whose uncle has become CEO of “Denmark Corporation.”  As You Like It in nineteenth-century Japan after the Meiji Restoration.  A voodoo Macbeth in Haiti during the reign of the slave-turned-emperor Henri Christophe.  Antony and Cleopatra in a village in Karala, where antagonists stage a cock fight to win a local beauty with magical powers.  In this course, we will examine a wide array of film versions of Shakespeare’s plays, looking at them in relationship to Shakespeare’s texts and traditional interpretations of the plays.  We will investigate the ways in which large-scale transformations (for instance, location, historical period, or narrative order) alter the meaning of the plays.  At the same time, the course will help students develop tools for the close reading of performance (gesture, expression, movement) and of the particular language of film (image, scenography, camera work, sound, and more).  Discussion will be supplemented by creative exercises (dramatic readings, brainstorming directorial ideas, the creation of short films, etc).  Previous familiarity with the plays we’ll be examining is helpful but not required.

Fall 2017: ENTA UN3338
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENTA 3338 001/82779 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
602 Northwest Corner
Julie Peters 4 18/25

CLEN GU4560 Backgrounds to Contemporary Theory. 3 points.

Intended for both undergraduates and graduate students.

(Lecture). In chapter 4 of Hegel’s Phenomenology of Mind, a story is told about a confrontation between a Lord (Herr) and a Bondsman (Knecht). The story conveys how consciousness is born. This story, subsequently better known as the confrontation between Master and Slave, has been appropriated and revised again and again in figures like Marx and Nietzsche, Sartre, De Beauvoir, and Fanon, Freud and Lacan, Emmanuel Levinas, Carl Schmitt, Slavoj Zizek, and Judith Butler. The premise of this course is that one can understand much of which is (and isn’t) most significant and interesting in contemporary cultural theory by coming to an understanding Hegel’s argument, and tracing the paths by which thinkers revise and return to it as well as some of the arguments around it. There are no prerequisites, but the material is strenuous, and students will clearly have an easier time if they start out with some idea of what the thinkers above are doing and why. Helpful preparatory readings might include Genevieve Lloyd, The Man of Reason: “Male” and “Female” in Western Philosophy and Judith Butler, Gender Trouble. Requirements: For undergraduates: two short papers (6-8 pages). For graduate students, either two short papers or one longer paper (12-15 pages).

Fall 2017: CLEN GU4560
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 4560 001/28380 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
603 Hamilton Hall
Bruce Robbins 3 18/60

ENGL GU4911 Technologies of Dissent. 3 points.

(Lecture). Our engagement with technology entails political, not just instrumental choices. Email clients, social networks, and word processors have a profound effect on the way we relate to each other: work, organize, relax, or make art. Yet, we rarely have a chance to reflect on the civic, cultural virtues implicit in numerous everyday acts of computation: connecting to a wi-fi access point, sending a text message, or sharing a photograph online.

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This course will introduce humanities students to foundational concepts in computer literacy. We will pry open many “black boxes”---personal computers, routers, mobile phones---to learn not just how they work, but to interrogate them critically. Readings in ethics, philosophy, media history, and critical theory will ground our practical explorations.

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This course advances research in computational culture studies understood both as the study of computational culture and as computational approaches to the study of culture and society. In addition to traditional reading, discussion, and writing components of the class, participants are expected to work on a semester-long data-driven lab-based research project. Students and scholars from any field, at any stage of their academic or professional career, and at all levels of technical and critical proficiency are welcome to attend.

Fall 2017: ENGL GU4911
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4911 001/25948 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
603 Hamilton Hall
Dennis Tenen 3 22/54

ENGL UN3203 The Sonnet in English. 4 points.

The sonnet form has captured the imagination of so many of the great poets composing in English from the time the form was imported into England in the sixteenth century to the present day among poets composing in English around the globe. This seminar will focus on the close-reading of sonnets composed in English from a wide range of periods and nationalities, as well as on questions of why the sonnet tradition in English has been so vibrant for so long and why it developed in the ways it has. The syllabus will include sonnets by poets such as Spenser, Sidney, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, E.B. Browning, Poe, Millay, Yeats, Cummings, Bishop, Moore, Stevens, Lowell, Walcott and Heaney. 

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3203
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3203 001/90942 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
509 Hamilton Hall
Richard Sacks 4 14/25

ENTA UN3338 Shakespeare and Film. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

(Seminar). Hamlet as a video student whose uncle has become CEO of “Denmark Corporation.”  As You Like It in nineteenth-century Japan after the Meiji Restoration.  A voodoo Macbeth in Haiti during the reign of the slave-turned-emperor Henri Christophe.  Antony and Cleopatra in a village in Karala, where antagonists stage a cock fight to win a local beauty with magical powers.  In this course, we will examine a wide array of film versions of Shakespeare’s plays, looking at them in relationship to Shakespeare’s texts and traditional interpretations of the plays.  We will investigate the ways in which large-scale transformations (for instance, location, historical period, or narrative order) alter the meaning of the plays.  At the same time, the course will help students develop tools for the close reading of performance (gesture, expression, movement) and of the particular language of film (image, scenography, camera work, sound, and more).  Discussion will be supplemented by creative exercises (dramatic readings, brainstorming directorial ideas, the creation of short films, etc).  Previous familiarity with the plays we’ll be examining is helpful but not required.

Fall 2017: ENTA UN3338
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENTA 3338 001/82779 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
602 Northwest Corner
Julie Peters 4 18/25

ENGL UN3853 Narratives of Contagion. 4 points.

(Seminar) This seminar asks us to consider what a literary history of early America looks like if we pay as close attention to the bodies and pathogens that bound Native American, African, and European communities as we do to their writings. In doing so, we will inquire into the specific relations between immunology and theology, science and exploration, liberty and violence—all with an eye to theorizing the narrative forms and conventions that gave voice to American and Creole identities in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The class will necessarily be transatlantic and interdisciplinary in scope, so we will build a critical framework to guide our readings, while attending to the rigors and rewards of such work. We will read a range of texts, including exploration narratives, journals, diaries, pamphlets, poems, and novels focusing on continental North America and the Caribbean. Application instructions: E-mail Professor Silva (cs2889@columbia.edu  ) with the subject heading "Seminar application." 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.

Fall 2017: ENGL UN3853
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3853 001/68596 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
612 Philosophy Hall
Cristobal Silva 4 6/25

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 2017: ENGL GS1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 001/84782 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
201d Philosophy Hall
Emily Kuntz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 003/12194 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
425 Pupin Laboratories
Matthew Fernandez 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 004/11996 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201d Philosophy Hall
Jeremy Stevens 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 005/16001 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
201d Philosophy Hall
G'Ra Asim 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 006/17896 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 008/22748 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
423 Kent Hall
Adam Winters 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 009/27248 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 011/61532 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Montana Ray 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 013/83032 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Simon Porzak 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 016/93637 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Avia Tadmor 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 017/86147 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Allen Durgin 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 018/92296 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
405 Kent Hall
Leah Zander 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 019/95797 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Heather Radke 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 020/97396 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Amanda Lowe 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 022/77533 M W 7:10pm - 8:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Michael Darnell 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 023/86031  
3 0/14
ENGL 1010 101/75514 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
253 Engineering Terrace
Trevor Corson 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 201/92076 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Glenn Gordon 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 401/62547 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Valerie Jacobs 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 501/12646 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
317 Hamilton Hall
Susan Mendelsohn 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 601/18646 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Nicole Wallack 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 901/63048 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Vanessa Guida 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 902/73147 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Mor Sheinbein 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 903/82596 T Th 7:10pm - 8:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Yea Jung Park 3 13/14
Spring 2018: ENGL GS1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 001/69656 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
502 Northwest Corner
Matthew Fernandez 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 002/28620 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
502 Northwest Corner
Allaire Conte 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 003/63608 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
502 Northwest Corner
Jeremy Stevens 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 004/21487 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
502 Northwest Corner
Elizabeth Bowen 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 007/70858 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
253 Engineering Terrace
Will Glovinsky 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 008/68556 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
407 Hamilton Hall
Kent Szlauderbach 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 010/11754 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Eugene Petracca 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 014/16274 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
253 Engineering Terrace
Amanda Lowe 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 015/60526 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Brian Bartell 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 018/14456 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Mor Sheinbein 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 019/27530 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Michael Darnell 3 8/14
ENGL 1010 020/29345 M W 7:10pm - 8:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Katherine Bergevin 3 5/14
ENGL 1010 021/10740 T Th 7:10pm - 8:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Valerio Amoretti 3 4/14
ENGL 1010 075/24761 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Simon Porzak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 101/71804 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Trevor Corson 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 201/13056 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Allen Durgin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 401/12675 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 501/77056 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Sierra Eckert 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 601/73692 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Abigail Rabinowitz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 901/21458 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Vanessa Guida 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 902/61249 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
423 Kent Hall
Yea Jung Park 3 14/14

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 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 2017: ENGL CC1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 002/17848 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
201b Philosophy Hall
Bernadette Myers 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 003/16798 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Anya Lewis-Meeks 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 005/22346 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
408a Philosophy Hall
Nitzan Rotenberg 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 006/28098 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
616 Hamilton Hall
Akua Banful 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 008/92081 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Iris Cushing 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 009/60286 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Theresa Jefferson 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 012/26032 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Walter Gordon 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 013/83782 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Jessica Engebretson 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 014/11283 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Shoshana Akabas 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 015/16552 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Adam Horn 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 017/25998 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Kent Szlauderbach 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 018/25782 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Nicholas Mayer 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 020/93636 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Elleza Kelley 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 023/60031 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Jack Lowery 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 024/82282 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Daniel Lefferts 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 025/88779 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Elizabeth McIntosh 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 027/13034 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
201b Philosophy Hall
Allaire Conte 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 029/72349 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
307 Mathematics Building
Meadhbh McHugh 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 032/76797 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
201b Philosophy Hall
Ameya Tripathi 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 036/81451 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Olivia Rutigliano 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 039/90800 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Marcus Creaghan 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 040/98148 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Synne Borgen 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 044/85284 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Julia Sirmons 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 046/11351 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Nolan Gear 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 047/16000 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Francois Olivier 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 049/23397 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Therese Cox 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 051/27347 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Shelby Wardlaw 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 053/13015 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Li Qi Peh 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 075/21099 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Simon Porzak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 076/21549 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
408a Philosophy Hall
Aidan Levy 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 101/87782 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Lisa Foad 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 102/86704 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Samuel Carpenter 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 103/14697 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Dennis Tang 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 104/62288 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Trevor Corson 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 201/12400 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
307 Mathematics Building
Chelsea Spata 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 202/20798 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Alessia Palanti 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 203/21197 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
522b Kent Hall
Emma de Beus 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 204/21550 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Olivia Ciacci 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 205/21848 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
412 Pupin Laboratories
Allen Durgin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 401/67746 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201b Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 402/68198 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Timothy Lundy 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 403/68449 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
201d Philosophy Hall
Stephen Preskill 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 404/70998 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Kevin Windhauser 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 501/98746 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Marianna Staroselsky 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 502/88012 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
425 Pupin Laboratories
Jonathan Reeve 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 503/86206 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Jenna Schoen 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 601/22797 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
412 Pupin Laboratories
Tibo Halsberghe 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 602/23099 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Abigail Rabinowitz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 603/23299 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Kent Hall
Abigail Rabinowitz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 901/29031 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Sonkin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 902/23448 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Justin Snider 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 903/93442 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Vanessa Guida 3 14/14
Spring 2018: ENGL CC1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 001/14709 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
201b Philosophy Hall
Theresa Jefferson 3 9/14
ENGL 1010 002/65664 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
201d Philosophy Hall
Nicholas Mayer 3 4/14
ENGL 1010 003/70127 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Meadhbh McHugh 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 005/71728 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201b Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 006/73734 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201d Philosophy Hall
Akua Banful 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 007/10986 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
408a Philosophy Hall
Olivia Rutigliano 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 011/70006 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Daniella Cadiz Bedini 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 015/77282 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Montana Ray 3 4/14
ENGL 1010 017/68951 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Elleza Kelley 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 019/76536 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Daniel Lefferts 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 025/64082 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Jack Lowery 3 10/14
ENGL 1010 026/15001 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Elizabeth McIntosh 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 027/21383 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Julia Sirmons 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 028/74990 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
201b Philosophy Hall
David Jamieson 3 9/14
ENGL 1010 029/29773 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
201d Philosophy Hall
Adam Winters 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 030/71150 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Iris Cushing 3 11/14
ENGL 1010 032/64568 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
201b Philosophy Hall
Ameya Tripathi 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 035/64032 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Jessica Engebretson 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 037/63498 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Vanessa Guida 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 038/28566 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Francois Olivier 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 040/11789 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Walter Gordon 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 042/21500 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Nitzan Rotenberg 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 046/75251 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Jason Ueda 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 047/24870 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
G'Ra Asim 3 11/14
ENGL 1010 048/20067 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Adam Horn 3 11/14
ENGL 1010 049/19020 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Shoshana Akabas 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 051/15669 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Marcus Creaghan 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 054/23029 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Synne Borgen 3 10/14
ENGL 1010 075/12635 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Simon Porzak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 076/11815 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
201d Philosophy Hall
Aidan Levy 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 091/18709 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Aaron Ritzenberg 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 092/64583 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Avia Tadmor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 101/61087 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Trevor Corson 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 102/10979 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Samuel Carpenter 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 103/24530 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Lisa Foad 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 104/12575 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Dennis Tang 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 201/12193 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Alessia Palanti 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 202/25399 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Chelsea Spata 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 203/77730 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Olivia Ciacci 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 204/13047 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Emma de Beus 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 205/69513 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Allen Durgin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 401/73978 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Valerie Jacobs 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 402/13294 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Timothy Lundy 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 403/62812 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Kevin Windhauser 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 404/72301 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Stephen Preskill 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 501/75858 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Marianna Staroselsky 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 502/77601 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Jonathan Reeve 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 503/71726 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
307 Mathematics Building
Jenna Schoen 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 504/72205 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Shelby Wardlaw 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 601/17047 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Tibo Halsberghe 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 602/29114 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Abigail Rabinowitz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 603/74819 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Li Qi Peh 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 901/65018 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Rebecca Sonkin 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 902/61287 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
307 Mathematics Building
Anya Lewis-Meeks 3 14/14

Spring 2018 - 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 2017: ENGL UN3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3001 001/62539 W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
602 Hamilton Hall
Jenny Davidson 4 70/80
Spring 2018: ENGL UN3001
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3001 001/75492 W 6:10pm - 7:25pm
717 Hamilton Hall
Michael Golston 4 80/80

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 2017: ENGL UN3011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3011 001/21435 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Sierra Eckert 0 14/20
ENGL 3011 002/17754 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Katherine Bergevin 0 16/20
ENGL 3011 003/20144 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
309 Hamilton Hall
Will Glovinsky 0 16/20
ENGL 3011 004/14561 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
224 Pupin Laboratories
Eugene Petracca 0 11/20
ENGL 3011 005/70512 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
307 Mathematics Building
Meredith Shepard 0 12/18
Spring 2018: ENGL UN3011
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3011 001/10067 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Martin Larson-Xu 0 16/18
ENGL 3011 002/67812 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
609 Hamilton Hall
Bernadette Myers 0 16/18
ENGL 3011 003/69683 M 6:10pm - 8:00pm
402 Hamilton Hall
Therese Cox 0 16/18
ENGL 3011 004/72232 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
313 Pupin Laboratories
Tiana Reid 0 9/18
ENGL 3011 005/20843 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
412 Pupin Laboratories
Danielle Drees 0 8/18

Medieval

ENGL BC3155 Canterbury Tales. 3 points.

Chaucer as inheritor of late-antique and medieval conventions and founder of early modern literature and the fiction of character.  Selections from related medieval texts.

Spring 2018: ENGL BC3155
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3155 001/00414 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
Room TBA
Christopher Baswell 3 44

ENGL UN3919 English Translations of the Bible. 4 points.

A survey on English translations of the Bible from Tyndale to the present.

Spring 2018: ENGL UN3919
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3919 001/10529 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
511 Hamilton Hall
David Yerkes 4 20/25

ENGL GU4790 Advanced Old English: Anglo-Saxon Spirituality. 3 points.

Prerequisites: Students must have previous knowledge of Old English -- minimum one semester.

The aim of this course is twofold: one, to provide an advanced-level course in Old English literature involving weekly translation; and two, to explore the shape and possibilities of what “Anglo-Saxon spirituality” might be. The primary texts we will be translating will consist in homilies, poetry, treatises, sermons, hymns, prayers, penitentials, letters, and so called “secular” poetry like riddles. We will aim at covering selected materials from the four main manuscripts of Anglo-Saxon poetry (Vercelli, Junius, Nowell, and Exeter) to examine the extent to which they celebrate or veil theological interests. Part our time will involve assessing the prevalent distinction between secular and religious cultures, the relation between materiality and the spiritual, the role of affect in cultivating belief and piety, and the relation between Christian and non-Christian cultures and beliefs. Secondary theological materials will be read in translation including Paschasius Radbertus, Ratramnus, Hincmar, Alcuin, Aldhelm, Jerome, Gregory, and Augustine. Selections of Old Norse mythology and runic texts will also be included. The class will explore the of the role of the church in Anglo-Saxon England, debates about the impact of the Benedictine Reform, and the relation between art and theology.

Spring 2018: ENGL GU4790
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4790 001/92399 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
424 Pupin Laboratories
Patricia Dailey 3 5/25

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 2018: ENGL UN3336
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3336 001/62165 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
717 Hamilton Hall
Jean Howard 3 49/80

ENGL UN3343 The Surveillance of Women in Renaissance Drama & Culture. 4 points.

Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Concentrating on the drama of early modern England, this course will investigate a culture of surveillance regarding women’s bodies in the period. We will give special focus to the fear of female infidelity, the theatrical fascination with the woman’s pregnant body, and the cultural desire to confirm and expose women’s chastity. We will read plays in which women are falsely accused of adultery, in various generic contexts (such as William Shakespeare’s 


Cymbeline and Much Ado About Nothing), along with plays in which women actually commit infidelity (such as the anonymous Arden of Faversham and Thomas Middleton’s A Chaste Maid in Cheapside). Focusing on a different play each week, we will ask: what does it take, ultimately, to believe women about their fidelity? At the same time, what is the effect of being doubted on women themselves? We will also give consideration to the particular resources of dramatic form, paying attention to moments in plays that coerce spectators themselves into mistaken judgments about women.


We will supplement our reading of drama with pamphlets, advice literature, poems, church court cases, and ballads, in order to place these plays within a broader and more varied culture of female surveillance in early modern England. Finally, we will work to recover past strategies of liberation from this surveillance in the plays we read, in women’s writing that warns against male betrayal, and in dramatic and historical instances of female cross-dressing.

Spring 2018: ENGL UN3343
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3343 001/88398 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Lauren Robertson 4 23/25

ENGL GU4104 Pre-Modern Literature and the (History) of Sexuality. 4 points.

This class is an introduction both to the study of the literature of the English Renaissance or early modern period, and to the study of the history of sexuality. While we will be looking at issues of sexuality in the literary texts that are at the center of this class, we will also be thinking about the history of sexuality as a field of study in its own right, how it’s been conceived of and practiced, its promises and pitfalls. We will be examining the humanist histories and methodologies that inform much Renaissance thought about  human sexuality – theories about bodies, desire, relationships between and among the sexes, materialism, and spirituality – as well as more recent critical approaches. We will think closely about the genres that (we think) privilege sexuality – eclogues, plays (especially those performed by boy players), erotic verse, verse letters, utopia and creation stories.

Spring 2018: ENGL GU4104
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4104 001/90948 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
424 Pupin Laboratories
Julie Crawford 4 19/25

ENGL GU4209 16th Century Poetry. 3 points.

This lecture class offers an introduction to the century that witnessed the flowering of vernacular poetry in English.  We will read shorter poems in their cultural and historical contexts, as well as considering their formal and theoretical innovations.  The first half of the course will cover a wide range of poets, both canonical and lesser-known, while the latter half will focus on the four most significant poets of the century:  Marlowe, Sidney, Shakespeare, and Spenser.

Spring 2018: ENGL GU4209
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4209 001/86848 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
Room TBA
Molly Murray 3 38/90

18th and 19th Century

ENGL UN3852 Temporal Relocations: Narrations of Time and Body in Early American Literature. 4 points.

This course begins with texts from the first wave of European colonists, moving from exploration of what is now Texas with de Vaca to Ralph Lane’s and Thomas Harriot’s Virginia and William Bradford’s Plymouth. We will then focus our attention on the space of Massachusetts, theorizing how the religious narratives of women and native peoples written by Mary Rowlandson, John Eliot, and Thomas Shepard demonstrate the limitations of the governing Puritan male order. In the weeks following, we will turn to the genre of natural history in the space of the Caribbean and Virginia, where we will probe the relationship of the body and the natural in the works of Hans Sloane, James Grainger, and Thomas Jefferson. The course will close with an examination of narratives of slavery with the works of Aphra Behn, Britton Hammon, James Ukawsaw Gronniosaw, Olaudah Equiano, Mary Prince, and William Earle, as well as Édouard Glissant’s more contemporary Poetics of Relation.

CLEN UN3741 Literature of Lost Lands. 4 points.

This course hopes to entice you into readings in the literature of lost and submerged continents, as well as of remote lands hidden from history. While now often relegated to the stuff of science fiction, accounts of submerged land-masses were among the most serious popular literature of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and readers were riveted by the enduring mystery about the lost continents of Atlantis and Lemuria. Works about these and other lost lands inspired a form of “occult ethnography.” Novels such as The Coming Race (1871) drew on the popular fascination with buried land-masses in order to re-imagine alternative narratives in which the “imperial English” would be colonized by a new race of people rising from the forgotten depths of the earth. At one level, the use of ethnographic details in such novels provided an ironic commentary on the European ethnographies of colonized peoples. But at another level it also offered a visionary description of a world as yet unseen and unknown, so that the idea of the past itself becomes less stable in the cultural imagination.


In animating the details of a rediscovered people, occult ethnography both drew on and subverted evolutionary models of development by showing these “lost” people, in some instances, to have reached the highest perfection possible, both in technological capability and human potential. The unsettling of established and familiar conceptions of nation, history, and cultural identity through the exploration of lost or drifting lands reaches an apex in José Saramago’s The Stone Raft (1986). In probing the enduring fascination with lost or separated lands in the cultural imagination, the course hopes to illuminate the importance of such literature in unveiling the processes of colonization, ethnography, nationalism, evolution, and technology, as well as understanding the writing of history itself: i.e., what is included in mainstream accounts and what is left out.

Spring 2018: CLEN UN3741
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 3741 001/61197 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Gauri Viswanathan 4 12/25

ENGL UN3932 The American Renaissance. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

In this seminar, we will aim to do two things at once: first and most importantly, to read the literary texts inside--and one or two lying outside--the tradition of the "American Renaissance" or the category of "Classic American Literature." But we will also analyze some works of recent criticism that have produced, defended, and/or contested this tradition. What texts, or parts of texts do critics valorize or emphasize, or devalue and ignore, in order to make and maintain a tradition such as this one? When and with what effects are works of literary criticism themselves structured and emplotted like the literary texts they describe?

Spring 2018: ENGL UN3932
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3932 001/64694 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
420 Pupin Laboratories
Branka Arsic 4 9/25

ENFR GU4800 The Writer in 19th-C British & French Fiction. 4 points.

A study of what it meant to write— or to be a writer— at the moment when the novel began to stake its claim to be a major or high art form, seen through the lens of British and French realist novels that tell the story of a writer’s personal and career development.  At the center of the seminar will be the question of the novel and its relation to the worlds of journalism and art, and how novels negotiated (through the figure of the writer) their overlap with the newspaper and the lyric poem, or exterior and interior worlds. Class to be conducted in English, with readings from Balzac, Dickens, Maupassant, and Gissing, and possibly other examples.

Spring 2018: ENFR GU4800
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENFR 4800 001/26282 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Elisabeth Ladenson, Nicholas Dames 4 21/25

ENGL UN3948 19th Century Thrillers. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

(Seminar). This seminar will investigate the ways in which the nineteenth-century novel is shaped by the forces of horror, sensation, suspense and the supernatural. We will ask how the melodramatic imagination, the rhetoric of monstrosity and the procedures of detection mark high narrative realism with the signs of cultural anxieties building up around nineteenth-century revolution, industrialization, capitalism, Catholicism, bigamy and immigration. Looking at representative samples of the Romantic neo-gothic novel, mid-century ghost stories, the highly popular and controversial sensation novels of the 1860s, aestheticism, and fin-de siècle psychological thrillers, we will come away with a deeper and more nuanced understanding of the intersection between the novel and popular entertainment. Readings will include Austen's Northanger Abbey, Brontë's Villette, Braddon's Lady Audeley's Secret, Collins's The Woman in White, Dickens's Bleak House, Du Maurier's Trilby (or Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray), Stoker's Dracula, James's Turn of the Screw, and a selection of ghost stories by Gaskell, Mulock, Hood, Edwards and Riddell. Application Instructions: E-mail Professor Monica Cohen (mlf1@columbia.edu) with the subject heading "19thC Thrillers 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.

Spring 2018: ENGL UN3948
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3948 001/13903 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
303 Hamilton Hall
Monica Cohen 4 23/25

ENGL GU4601 Early Caribbean Literature. 3 points.

This course is an introductory survey of early Caribbean Literature. Focusing primarily on the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century Anglophone Caribbean, we will ask what the region signified for writers across the Atlantic world and how it shaped natural and political spaces in that world. Given that the Caribbean was a rapidly shifting zone of economic, linguistic, racial, and class interests, we will consider the various ways that we might narrate a literary history of the region— either distinct from or conjoined with familiar histories of England and the United States. While working toward this goal, we will be conscious of the national, generic, and temporal frameworks that have traditionally shaped literature departments, and ask how our texts resist or reaffirm those frameworks. How and to what degree, we will ask, does the Caribbean disrupt our modes of literary analysis?

Spring 2018: ENGL GU4601
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4601 001/16396 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
603 Hamilton Hall
Cristobal Silva 3 15/40

ENGL GU4300 Religion and the Novel 1660-1840. 4 points.

Literary historians often insist that the novel is a secular form. Yet authors of early novels in English claimed to be motivated by religious reasons, and many defenders of these fictional works described the experience of reading them (and their affection for them) in religious terms. A whole host of English novels from the long eighteenth century also took religion as a topic, imagining religious characters and wrestling with religious subjects. In this seminar, we will read Enlightenment-era narratives that consider the problem of evil, the challenge of modern faith, the drama of conversion, the frustrations of religious history, the dangers of religious institutions, and the difficulties of interfaith exchange. We will learn about some different categories of religious identity and about the historical and political circumstances that intensified the process of religious self-definition. We will also try out some different strategies for using religion to interpret novels. But mostly we’ll immerse ourselves in the rich and varied religious worlds of the novels themselves, where we will encounter devils as well as angels, the skeptical as well as the faithful, unabashed sinners as well as reluctant saints. Some figures in these books come out strongly against religion, but more of them call for new ways of defining religion or putting it into practice, sometimes for radical political ends. We will frequently see that these early novels didn’t simply inherit religious sensibilities from the past; they also had to invent new forms of religious life and practice, including new ways of reading. More than a few of these patterns are still with us. Some people still agree that reading a novel can be a religious experience, even if they disagree about what that means.

Spring 2018: ENGL GU4300
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4300 001/27198 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Dustin Stewart 4 10/16

CLEN GU4822 19th Century European Novel. 3 points.

The 19th Century European Novel in the field of the emotions and in the cultural context of the major thinkers and the major historical events of the era.We will examine feelings, emotions, and passions in the novels from the perspectives of affective neuroscience, psychoanalysis, and philosophy in order to lay bare more clearly what is known and believed versus what is unknown, ignored or latent about human emotional reality at this time.  Reading: Austen, Kleist (novella), Emily Bronte, Dickens, Dostoevsky, Hardy, D.H. Lawrence.  No reading outside of the novels will be required on your part.

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Further, my aim is to expand our cultural knowledge of the era by including the conceptual contributions and formative ideas of major 19th century thinkers in my lectures on the novels. Optional Reading of short selections from: Kant, Hegel, Feuerbach, Marx, Darwin, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, and Freud. Those who wish to read and write in a comparative way or on any of the optional writers will be able to do so in lieu of one or, possibly, two novels.

Spring 2018: CLEN GU4822
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 4822 001/05719 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
503 Hamilton Hall
Maire Jaanus 3 12/50

ENGL GU4858 Multimedia Blake. 3 points.

A close study of the historic and material conditions, readerly effects, and subsequent influence of William Blake's illuminated books. This course examines the interplay of poetry and illustration in these remarkable works, paying close attention to Blake's idiosyncratic method of self-publishing. Approaching Blake's plates through digital technology, we will be particularly attuned to the ways they seem to welcome and resist new forms of representation and engagement. Illuminated works we will study in depth include The Book of Thel, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell, Visions of the Daughters of Albion, America a Prophecy, Songs of Innocence and of Experience, Europe a Prophecy, The First Book of Urizen, and extracts from Milton a Poem and Jerusalem. We will trace allusions that these works make to the Bible, Dante, Milton, and eighteen-century mystics, writers, and artists; we will also consider later evocations of Blake by poets, filmmakers, musicians, and online communities. To facilitate close reading and collaboration, this seminar will make use of Mediathread, a multimedia analysis platform developed at Columbia by the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Spring 2018: ENGL GU4858
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4858 001/78282 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
503 Hamilton Hall
Mark Phillipson 3 10/50

20th and 21st Century

ENGL UN3739 Memoir & Social Justice. 4 points.

The rise of social media has proliferated new forms of life writing inflected with the rhetoric of social justice as individuals broadcast their concerns to “friends” and “followers.” This contemporary phenomenon has precedent in a long history of life writing that normalized social justice ideals. In reading memoirs of the twentieth and twenty-first century, we will ask what social justice has meant during different eras and for different groups while thinking critically about the problems and possibilities of identity politics. Particular attention will be paid to how social justice narratives are inflected by indigeneity, race, class, gender, sexuality, and (dis)ability. The course is equally invested in the formal qualities of narrative; we will consider testimonial, diary, poetry, personal essay, graphic memoir, speech, social media entries, and the more traditional book-length prose. Each week we will read one memoir paired with scholarly articles and commentary on current social justice movements. In addition to more traditional academic writing, students will also have opportunities to experiment with their own life writing. There are no prerequisites for the course. 

Spring 2018: ENGL UN3739
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3739 001/83529 M 12:10pm - 2:00pm
607 Hamilton Hall
Meredith Shepard 4 9/15

CLEN UN3904 Cinematic Modernism. 4 points.

Virginia Woolf famously opined that “on or about December 1910, human character changed.” In this class, we will drag the clock back to 1895 (or thereabouts), when the first moving images were successfully projected: an event singularly plural, as it occurred near-contemporaneously in Germany, France, England, and New Jersey. What we (tenuously) call Modernism has been revised many times over, with ever more elastic parameters proposed for period, place, and idiom. But only recently have scholars such as Laura Marcus and David Trotter begun to think of the cinema as essentially constitutive of, rather than merely adjacent to, the new grammars, styles, and ambitions of literary modernism. In short: those we call Modernists were also the first generation of moviegoers, yet little has been done with this extraordinary historical fact.


In addition to analyses of critical films (at least one per week), we will take “the cinematic” as an invitation, puzzle, problem, and principle for writers of the early twentieth century. Some, like Richardson and H.D., exuberantly lauded and incorporated film. Some, like Woolf, had greater caution, ambivalence, sometimes disdain. Taking the cinematic as both dispositif and inclination, both system and idea, we will be examining the implicit and explicit engagements writers staged with the vocabulary, syntax, and atmosphere of cinema – while familiarizing ourselves with filmmakers such as Eisenstein, Chaplin, Méliès, and Micheaux.


We will be asking questions big and small, concrete and abstract. How do close-ups and soft focus, montage and tracking, the ticket-vendor and the nickelodeon surface or remain submerged in literature of the era? What brought people to the movies, and what kept them in their seats? Who wrote about the cinema first, and why? What ethical imperatives did warfare, routinization, and other aspects of modernity pose for filmmakers? How did race and racism impact the production and reception of cinema? How did femininity and feminism, queers and queerness, immigrants and immigration alter audiences and expectations? How did novelists and poets make use of the movies while investigating interiority, authenticity, desire, and perception?

Spring 2018: CLEN UN3904
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 3904 001/23319 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Nolan Gear 4 12/15

ENTA UN3970 Ibsen and Pinter. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

(Seminar). The course will trace the pattern of the evolving theatrical careers of Henrik Ibsen and Harold Pinter, exploring the nature of and relationships among key features of their emerging aesthetics. Thematic and theatrical exploration involve positioning the plays in the context of the trajectories of modernism and postmodernism and examining, in that context, the emblematic use of stage sets and tableaux; the intense scrutiny of families, friendships, and disruptive intruders; the experiments with temporality, multi-linearity, and split staging; the issues raised by performance and the implied playhouse; and the plays' potential as instruments of cultural intervention. Two papers are required, 5-7 pages and 10-12 pages, with weekly brief responses, and a class presentation. Readings include major plays of both writers and key statements on modernism and postmodernism.  Application Instructions: E-mail Professor Austin Quigley (aeq1@columbia.edu) with the subject heading "Ibsen and Pinter 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.

Spring 2018: ENTA UN3970
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENTA 3970 001/77288 W 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Austin Quigley 4 8/25

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 2018: ENGL UN3968
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3968 001/63490 T 12:10pm - 2:00pm
222 Pupin Laboratories
Colm Toibin 4 14/25

ENGL UN3286 Freaks & Aesthetes in Fifties Families. 4 points.

Prerequisites: E-mail Professor Ross Posnock (rp2045@columbia.edu ) with the subject heading "seminar application." 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.

We will read J.D. Salinger's Glass Family fiction, which features a group of hyper-articulate New York prodigies who experiment with Eastern religion, Robert Lowell's prose and poetry in  Life Studies, a breakthrough in "confessional" subject matter, and Carson McCuller's novel A Member of the Wedding,about the coming of age of a Southern tomboy. We will also watch and discuss Nicholas Ray's film Rebel Without a Cause with James Dean, the most famous portryal of teenage rage and angst. All these works narrate crises of conformity in postwar America--the much advertised sense of "alienation"--and dramatize the possibility of alternative values and improvised families.

Spring 2018: ENGL UN3286
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3286 001/67247 Th 4:10pm - 6:00pm
Room TBA
Ross Posnock 4 5/25

ENGL UN3396 Literature of Fact in a Postfactual World. 4 points.

In 2016, the Oxford Dictionary chose as its word of the year, “post-truth,” which it defines as “relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public opinion than appeals to emotion and personal belief.” Since the country’s founding, American writers have troubled the relationship between gathering facts from first-hand experiences and representing them in both nonfiction and fictional works. In his posthumously published Autobiography (1793), Benjamin Franklin advises those seeking to contribute to public knowledge to offer their ideas with diffidence and leave plenty of room for disagreement: “If you wish information and improvement from the knowledge of others, and yet at the same time express yourself as firmly fix'd in your present opinions, modest, sensible men, who do not love disputation, will probably leave you undisturbed in the possession of your error.” In the 20th and 21st centuries, writers and scholars of creative nonfiction’s many subgenres continue to explore the ethical and aesthetic risks and obligations in the enterprise of writing truth. In this course, we will study American literary works primarily from the 20th and 21st centuries that enact and reflect on the problems for writers and readers in representing the truth of their experiences. How do American writers of nonfiction and fiction signal, occlude, or complicate readers’ sense of the truth in a story or event? How do writers craft a presence for themselves and others in their texts with which to test warrants about the facts they are communicating? How can theories of authorship, approaches to nonfiction storytelling, and publics formation help us to account for writers’ strategies in their works? Finally, what can an examination of these questions tell us about the roles and value of truth-telling in imaginative works across genres in the 21st century?

Spring 2018: ENGL UN3396
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3396 001/62049 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
Room TBA
Nicole Wallack 4 4/25

CLEN UN3935 Third World Bildungsroman. 4 points.

This course in the contemporary international novel looks at the rise of the bildungsroman, the novelistic genre in some sense defined by the development and maturation of the protagonist, in the context of twentieth-century political, cultural, and social developments of (post)colonialism, imperialism, human rights discourse, and globalization. This course will trace some of the philosophical formulations of the teleology of human development, and the attendant notions of individuality and sociality, to study the ways in which these novels from the so-called "Third World" variously, and sometimes simultaneously, subscribe to, resist, and renegotiate the fundamental conceptions of human development through creative engagement with the bildungsroman and its generic formulations.

ENTA UN3939 Caryl Churchill. 4 points.

A survey of playwright Caryl Churchill.

ENGL UN3710 The Beat Generation. 4 points.

Limited to seniors. Priority given to those who have taken at least one course in 20th-century American culture, especially history, jazz, film, and literature.Not offered during 2017-18 academic year.

Prerequisites: Permission of instructor.

(Seminar). Surveys the work of the Beats and other artists connected to the Beat movement. Readings include works by Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs, Amiri Baraka, and Joyce Johnson, as well as background material in the post-World War II era, films with James Dean and Marlon Brando, and the music of Charlie Parker and Thelonius Monk. Application instructions: E-mail Professor Ann Douglas (ad34@columbia.edu) with the subject heading "The Beat Generation". 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 2018: ENGL UN3710
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3710 001/20996 W 6:10pm - 8:00pm
313 Pupin Laboratories
Ann Douglas 4 16/25

CLEN UN3930 Caribbean Diaspora Literature. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

This course will examine texts by writers from the Spanish, French, and English-speaking Caribbean whose work has been in some way marked by exile, emigration and colonial migration. Additionally, the course will investigate the impact of displacement and transculturation on the production of new cultural subjects, the articulation of alternative definitions of nationhood, citizenship and/or sovereignty, and the contradictions of literary reception in metropolitan capitals. Among the writers that the course will engage with are Reinaldo Arenas, Piri Thomas, Maryse Condé, Edwidge Danticat, V.S. Naipaul, and Jamaica Kincaid.

Spring 2018: CLEN UN3930
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 3930 001/60596 M 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Frances Negron-Muntaner 4 35/35

ENGL GU4504 Yeats, Eliot, Auden. 3 points.

(Lecture). Many poems and a few essays by W. B. Yeats, T. S. Eliot, and W. H. Auden.

Spring 2018: ENGL GU4504
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4504 001/17808 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
702 Hamilton Hall
Edward Mendelson 3 80/80

ENGL UN3270 BRITISH LITERATURE 1950-PRES. 3 points.

This course examining post-war British literature, film and music builds a narrative of post-war Britain by looking at the tensions, battles and struggles between white Britons and immigrants of color from the Caribbean, Africa, and South Asia. Black British cultural production (denoting work by peoples of South Asian as well as African and Caribbean origin) both challenged traditional conceptions of the nation and offered creative and transformative responses to a mounting atmosphere of racism and xenophobia. The materials I have assembled for class – novels, music, films – depict not only the immigrant experience but also the bleakness of postwar Britain and the subcultural movements among both Black and white youth that opposed and challenged the rigid class system, the monarchy, patriarchal family structures and post-imperial illusions of grandeur.

ENGL GU4625 Ralph Ellison . 4 points.

In this seminar we will read virtually everything by Ralph Ellison—leaving aside for now the posthumous novel published as Three Days Before the Shooting. We will concentrate on his achievements as an essayist, short story writer, and novelist. We will explore his literary training and aesthetic values as well as his shifting political philosophies and--to use a keystone Ellisonian word--his stances. As we read Ellison’s fiction and his essays, let us be watchful for Ellison’s positions on current cultural questions: parody and pastiche; technology and the modern; the importance of place—region, city or country, nation; internationality; complex definitions of individuality and sociality; race; vernacular art and culture; and the role of the politically engaged artist.

Spring 2018: ENGL GU4625
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4625 001/75946 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
307 Pupin Laboratories
Robert O'Meally 4 14/25

ENGL GU4613 The 1960s. 3 points.

This course is devoted to “literature of the 1960s,” in both senses of the phrase: in the semester ahead, we will study authors who wrote during and about that most tumultuous of decades. We will approach the period thematically, reading texts that address distinct historical topics from week to week (the civil rights movement, the war in Vietnam, drugs, environmentalism, and so on). We will also take a broad view of what constitutes the “literature of the 1960s,” reading works in familiar literary genres like poetry, drama, and the novel, but additionally making time for essays, journalism, and songs. 

Spring 2018: ENGL GU4613
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4613 001/93197 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
517 Hamilton Hall
Austin Graham 3 70/70

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 2018: ENGL GU4622
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4622 001/71294 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
702 Hamilton Hall
Farah Griffin 3 57/60

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

Spring 2018: ENGL UN3002
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3002 001/66297 T Th 6:10pm - 8:00pm
424 Pupin Laboratories
Nicole Callahan 4 9/25

ENGL UN3724 Melodrama, Horror, Crime, Vaudeville. 4 points.

The great pioneer of early film, Georges Méliès, claimed that his principal aim was the creation of “stage effects” in his films.  In their 1920 manual, How to Write Photoplays, John Emerson and Anita Loos imagine motion pictures as a sequence of “scenes” modeled on stage plays.  In the first decades of the twentieth century, the new medium of cinema attempted to replicate such popular theatrical genres as melodrama, horror, crime, vaudeville, and circus.  But it also transformed these through its distinctive apparatus.  In this seminar we will study the first half century of (largely) British and American cinema, analyzing popular films (most of them classics of their genre) as they both emerged from and broke with the theatre.  With a focus on narrative and genre (and the ideologies embedded in these), we will be asking broad questions about popular and mass culture, the politics of spectatorship, medium and technology, the psychology of social space, the representation of identity (national, racial, sexual...), and more.  At the same time, much of the work of the seminar will be devoted to close reading—both of the films’ theatrical features (mise-en-scène, pictorial composition, gesture, facial and bodily expression, blocking...) and of their specifically cinematic features (light and shadow, camera movement, editing and sound effects...)—treating these as keys to understanding both technique and broader meaning.  While our primary texts will be the films themselves, we will also read selected works of film history and criticism in order to gain an understanding of current debates, assess critical methodologies, and develop analytic tools.

Spring 2018: ENGL UN3724
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3724 001/61146 Th 12:10pm - 2:00pm
222 Pupin Laboratories
Julie Peters 4 19/25

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 2018: ENGL UN3394
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3394 001/72175 M 4:10pm - 6:00pm
414 Pupin Laboratories
Susan Mendelsohn 4 11/15

ENGL UN3738 Philanthropy and Social Difference. 4 points.

Philanthropy and Social Difference will introduce students to the history of Anglo-American philanthropy, as described in both historical and literary texts by writers including Jane Addams, James Agee, Andrew Carnegie, and George Orwell.  Through reading these texts, students will receive an experiential perspective on the social problems that philanthropy seeks to address.  The course will also focus on best practices in contemporary philanthropy, teaching students how to make informed decisions in making grants to nonprofit organizations.  In addition, students will have the opportunity to practice philanthropy directly by making grants from course funds to nonprofit organizations selected by the class.

Spring 2018: ENGL UN3738
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3738 001/14095 W 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Victoria Rosner, Rachel Adams 4 12/25

ENTA UN3972 Disaster Plays. 4 points.

With the onset of the Great War of 1914-19, the human race entered an historical period characterized by the very real possibility—and, therefore, insistent imagination—of disaster on an apocalyptic scale. Not only nations but entire peoples, and even the species itself, began to see themselves under threat from total warfare, totalitarianism, genocide, nuclear holocaust, global warming, and more. This course will consider theatrical attempts to reckon with this newly fragile world, to give shape and meaning to a modernity characterized by total disaster. With the exception of a brief detour to Japan, our texts will derive from twentieth and twenty-first century European and U.S. drama. Because catastrophe is by definition the transformation of what is real, normal, and everyday into something impossible to imagine, much of this course will be devoted to experiments beyond dramatic realism. Questions we will ask include: How do these artists understand the role of theatre in the face of such dire threats, and what role can it play in our own attempts to live with these threats? What techniques does catastrophe demand from designers, actors, directors, writers, and even publishers of playtexts? What sorts of political claims do these plays make, and how do they make them? What does the source of the catastrophe being represented (bomb, climate change, dictatorship) determine about theatrical form, theme, and plot? How has the age of disaster forced theatremakers to reconsider their understandings of the future, history, war, the body politic, human nature, the role of the intellectual in the public sphere, science, art, and other topics?

Spring 2018: ENTA UN3972
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENTA 3972 001/11246 Th 2:10pm - 4:00pm
304 Hamilton Hall
Jason Fitzgerald 4 0/25

ENGL UN3980 Writing Machines. 4 points.

Prerequisites: the instructor's permission.

(Seminar). In Jack London's 1906 short story "The Apostate," an exposé of child labor, the narrator notes of a young millworker: "There had never been a time when he had not been in intimate relationship with machines." Drawing on novels, short stories, dramas, and essays by American and English writers from 1880 to WWII, this course seeks to understand what it means to become "intimate with machines." How did technology shape perception, consciousness, identity, and the understanding of the human in fin de siècle literature? What were the effects of new "writing machines," like the telegraph, phonograph, and typewriter, on traditional conceptions of authorship? How did technology intersect with class, race, and gender politics? What fears and fantasies did new inventions inspire? We will discuss how writers represented the cultural and social impact of technology and why they often felt compelled to invent new literary styles, forms, and movements--such as realism, aestheticism, and modernism--in order to do so. Texts by Herman Melville, Bram Stoker, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Jack London, Sophie Treadwell, Thomas Alva Edison, Henry James, Virginia Woolf, and others. Application Instructions: E-mail Professor Biers (klb2134@columbia.edu) with the subject heading, "Writing Machines 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.

Spring 2018: ENGL UN3980
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3980 001/61285 W 12:10pm - 2:00pm
201 80 Claremont
Katherine Biers 4 5/25

CLEN GU4199 Literature and Oil. 3 points.

This course will investigate the connections between literary/cultural production and petroleum as the substance that makes possible the world as we know it, both as an energy source and a component in the manufacture of everything from food to plastic. Our current awareness of oil's scarcity and its myriad costs (whether environmental, political, or social) provides a lens to read for the presence (or absence) of oil in texts in a variety of genres and national traditions. As we begin to imagine a world "beyond petroleum," this course will confront the ways in which oil shapes both the world we know and how we know and imagine the world. Oil will feature in this course in questions of theme (texts "about" oil), of literary form (are there common formal conventions of an "oil novel"?), of interpretive method (how to read for oil), of transnational circulation (how does "foreign oil" link US citizens to other spaces?), and of the materiality (or "oiliness") of literary culture (how does the production and circulation of texts, whether print or digital, rely on oil?). 

Spring 2018: CLEN GU4199
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 4199 001/22750 T 2:10pm - 4:00pm
Room TBA
Jennifer Wenzel 3 4/25

CLEN GU4414 History of Literary Criticism: Plato to Kant. 3 points.

The principal texts of literary theory from antiquity through the 18th century, including Plato, Aristotle, Horace, Longinus, Augustine, Aquinas, Boccaccio, Sidney, and Kant.

Spring 2018: CLEN GU4414
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 4414 001/89695 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
517 Hamilton Hall
Kathy Eden 3 29/80

ENGL GU4561 Children's Literature. 3 points.

This is a historical survey of literature written principally for children (primarily narrative), which will explore not only the pleasures of imagination but the varieties of narrative and lyric form, as well as the ways in which story-telling gives shape to individual and cultural identity. Drawing on anonymous folk tale from a range of cultures, as well as a variety of literary works produced from the late 17 th century to the present, we’ll attend to the ways in which changing forms of children’s literature reflect changing understandings of children and childhood, while trying not to overlook psychological and formal structures that might persist across this history. Readings of the primary works will be supplemented by a variety of critical approaches—psychoanalytic, materialist, feminist, and structuralist—that scholars have employed to understand the variety and appeal of children’s literature.

Spring 2018: ENGL GU4561
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 4561 001/22298 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
503 Hamilton Hall
James Adams 3 18/50

CLEN GU4565 Postcolonial Theory. 4 points.

This course will examine the major debates, contested genealogies, epistemic and political interventions, and possible futures of the body of writing that has come to be known as postcolonial theory. We will examine the relationships between postcolonial theory and other theoretical formations, including post-structuralism, feminism, Marxism, and Third Worldism. We will also consider what counts as “theory” in postcolonial theory: in what ways have novels, memoirs, or revolutionary manifestos, for example, offered seminal, generalizable statements about postcoloniality? How can we understand the relationship between the rise of postcolonial studies in the United States and the role of the U.S. in the post-Cold War era? How do postcolonial theory and its insights about European imperialism contribute to analyses of contemporary globalization?

Spring 2018: CLEN GU4565
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 4565 001/94696 T 4:10pm - 6:00pm
303 Hamilton Hall
Joseph R Slaughter 4 5/25

CLEN GU4905 The Antigone Project. 4 points.

Colm Toibin and the actress Lisa Dwan will be examining the various translations of Antigone and the way that this text and story have been dealt with over the centuries. The class will analyze some translations of the play and also versions by Seamus Heaney, Anne Carson, Brecht, Anouilh and Athol Fugard. We will also work with creative writing students as they make their own versions, and performance students as they work out how the play in its versions could be produced. The class will be inviting in teachers from classical studies and other disciplines, including classical studies, literary studies and law.

Spring 2018: CLEN GU4905
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 4905 001/11000 M 10:10am - 12:00pm
Room TBA
Colm Toibin, Lisa Dwan 4 6/20

CLEN GU4910 Metaphor and Media. 3 points.

This course offers a survey of major works on metaphor, beginning with Aristotle and ending with contemporary cognitive and media theory. Appropriate for both undergraduate and graduate students, our sessions will involve weekly discussion and an occasional “lab” component, in which we will test our theoretical intuitions against case studies of literary metaphor and metaphor in the fields of law, medicine, philosophy, and design.


I am particularly interested in ways metaphors “break” or “die,” whether from disuse, overuse, or misapplication. In their classical sense, metaphors work by ferrying meaning across from one domain to another. For example, by calling a rooster “the trumpet of the morn,” Shakespeare means to suggest a structural similarity between horn instruments and birds. Note that this similarity cannot pertain to the objects in their totality. The analogy applies to the call of the bird only or perhaps to the resemblance between a beak and the flute of a trumpet. The metaphor would fail yet again if there were no perceivable analogies between birds and trumpets. Similarly, computer users who empty their virtual “trash bins,” are promised the erasure of underlying data. The course will conclude by examining the metaphors implicit such media transformations.

Spring 2018: CLEN GU4910
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
CLEN 4910 001/25785 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
516 Hamilton Hall
Dennis Tenen 3 11/50

ENGL UN3999 Senior Essay. 3 points.

Open to those who have applied and been accepted into the department's senior essay program only.

Prerequisites: the department's permission.

This course is open only to those who have applied and been accepted into the department's senior essay program. For information about the program, including deadline for application, please visit http://english.columbia.edu/undergraduate/senior-essay-program.

Spring 2018: ENGL UN3999
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 3999 001/25945  
Michael Golston 3 7/25

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 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 2017: ENGL CC1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 002/17848 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
201b Philosophy Hall
Bernadette Myers 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 003/16798 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Anya Lewis-Meeks 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 005/22346 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
408a Philosophy Hall
Nitzan Rotenberg 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 006/28098 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
616 Hamilton Hall
Akua Banful 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 008/92081 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Iris Cushing 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 009/60286 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Theresa Jefferson 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 012/26032 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Walter Gordon 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 013/83782 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Jessica Engebretson 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 014/11283 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Shoshana Akabas 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 015/16552 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Adam Horn 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 017/25998 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Kent Szlauderbach 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 018/25782 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Nicholas Mayer 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 020/93636 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Elleza Kelley 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 023/60031 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Jack Lowery 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 024/82282 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Daniel Lefferts 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 025/88779 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Elizabeth McIntosh 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 027/13034 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
201b Philosophy Hall
Allaire Conte 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 029/72349 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
307 Mathematics Building
Meadhbh McHugh 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 032/76797 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
201b Philosophy Hall
Ameya Tripathi 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 036/81451 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Olivia Rutigliano 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 039/90800 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Marcus Creaghan 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 040/98148 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
315 Hamilton Hall
Synne Borgen 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 044/85284 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Julia Sirmons 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 046/11351 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Nolan Gear 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 047/16000 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Francois Olivier 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 049/23397 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Therese Cox 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 051/27347 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Shelby Wardlaw 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 053/13015 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Li Qi Peh 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 075/21099 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Simon Porzak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 076/21549 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
408a Philosophy Hall
Aidan Levy 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 101/87782 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
613 Hamilton Hall
Lisa Foad 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 102/86704 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Samuel Carpenter 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 103/14697 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Dennis Tang 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 104/62288 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Trevor Corson 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 201/12400 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
307 Mathematics Building
Chelsea Spata 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 202/20798 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Alessia Palanti 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 203/21197 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
522b Kent Hall
Emma de Beus 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 204/21550 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Olivia Ciacci 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 205/21848 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
412 Pupin Laboratories
Allen Durgin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 401/67746 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201b Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 402/68198 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Timothy Lundy 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 403/68449 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
201d Philosophy Hall
Stephen Preskill 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 404/70998 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Kevin Windhauser 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 501/98746 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
507 Hamilton Hall
Marianna Staroselsky 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 502/88012 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
425 Pupin Laboratories
Jonathan Reeve 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 503/86206 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Jenna Schoen 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 601/22797 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
412 Pupin Laboratories
Tibo Halsberghe 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 602/23099 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Abigail Rabinowitz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 603/23299 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
405 Kent Hall
Abigail Rabinowitz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 901/29031 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Sonkin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 902/23448 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Justin Snider 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 903/93442 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Vanessa Guida 3 14/14
Spring 2018: ENGL CC1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 001/14709 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
201b Philosophy Hall
Theresa Jefferson 3 9/14
ENGL 1010 002/65664 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
201d Philosophy Hall
Nicholas Mayer 3 4/14
ENGL 1010 003/70127 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Meadhbh McHugh 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 005/71728 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201b Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 006/73734 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201d Philosophy Hall
Akua Banful 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 007/10986 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
408a Philosophy Hall
Olivia Rutigliano 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 011/70006 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Daniella Cadiz Bedini 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 015/77282 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
Room TBA
Montana Ray 3 4/14
ENGL 1010 017/68951 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Elleza Kelley 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 019/76536 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Daniel Lefferts 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 025/64082 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Jack Lowery 3 10/14
ENGL 1010 026/15001 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Elizabeth McIntosh 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 027/21383 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Julia Sirmons 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 028/74990 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
201b Philosophy Hall
David Jamieson 3 9/14
ENGL 1010 029/29773 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
201d Philosophy Hall
Adam Winters 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 030/71150 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
408a Philosophy Hall
Iris Cushing 3 11/14
ENGL 1010 032/64568 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
201b Philosophy Hall
Ameya Tripathi 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 035/64032 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Jessica Engebretson 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 037/63498 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Vanessa Guida 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 038/28566 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Francois Olivier 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 040/11789 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Walter Gordon 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 042/21500 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Nitzan Rotenberg 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 046/75251 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Jason Ueda 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 047/24870 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
G'Ra Asim 3 11/14
ENGL 1010 048/20067 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Adam Horn 3 11/14
ENGL 1010 049/19020 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Shoshana Akabas 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 051/15669 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Marcus Creaghan 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 054/23029 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Synne Borgen 3 10/14
ENGL 1010 075/12635 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Simon Porzak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 076/11815 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
201d Philosophy Hall
Aidan Levy 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 091/18709 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Aaron Ritzenberg 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 092/64583 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Avia Tadmor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 101/61087 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Trevor Corson 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 102/10979 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Samuel Carpenter 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 103/24530 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Lisa Foad 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 104/12575 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Dennis Tang 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 201/12193 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Alessia Palanti 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 202/25399 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Chelsea Spata 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 203/77730 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Olivia Ciacci 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 204/13047 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Emma de Beus 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 205/69513 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Allen Durgin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 401/73978 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Valerie Jacobs 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 402/13294 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Timothy Lundy 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 403/62812 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Kevin Windhauser 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 404/72301 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Stephen Preskill 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 501/75858 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Marianna Staroselsky 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 502/77601 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Jonathan Reeve 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 503/71726 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
307 Mathematics Building
Jenna Schoen 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 504/72205 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Shelby Wardlaw 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 601/17047 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
502 Northwest Corner
Tibo Halsberghe 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 602/29114 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Abigail Rabinowitz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 603/74819 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Li Qi Peh 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 901/65018 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Rebecca Sonkin 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 902/61287 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
307 Mathematics Building
Anya Lewis-Meeks 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 2017: ENGL GS1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 001/84782 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
201d Philosophy Hall
Emily Kuntz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 003/12194 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
425 Pupin Laboratories
Matthew Fernandez 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 004/11996 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
201d Philosophy Hall
Jeremy Stevens 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 005/16001 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
201d Philosophy Hall
G'Ra Asim 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 006/17896 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 008/22748 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
423 Kent Hall
Adam Winters 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 009/27248 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 011/61532 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Montana Ray 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 013/83032 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Simon Porzak 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 016/93637 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Avia Tadmor 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 017/86147 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Allen Durgin 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 018/92296 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
405 Kent Hall
Leah Zander 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 019/95797 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Heather Radke 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 020/97396 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Amanda Lowe 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 022/77533 M W 7:10pm - 8:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Michael Darnell 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 023/86031  
3 0/14
ENGL 1010 101/75514 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
253 Engineering Terrace
Trevor Corson 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 201/92076 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Glenn Gordon 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 401/62547 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Valerie Jacobs 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 501/12646 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
317 Hamilton Hall
Susan Mendelsohn 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 601/18646 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Nicole Wallack 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 901/63048 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Vanessa Guida 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 902/73147 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
201d Philosophy Hall
Mor Sheinbein 3 13/14
ENGL 1010 903/82596 T Th 7:10pm - 8:25pm
408a Philosophy Hall
Yea Jung Park 3 13/14
Spring 2018: ENGL GS1010
Course Number Section/Call Number Times/Location Instructor Points Enrollment
ENGL 1010 001/69656 M W 8:40am - 9:55am
502 Northwest Corner
Matthew Fernandez 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 002/28620 T Th 8:40am - 9:55am
502 Northwest Corner
Allaire Conte 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 003/63608 M W 10:10am - 11:25am
502 Northwest Corner
Jeremy Stevens 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 004/21487 T Th 10:10am - 11:25am
502 Northwest Corner
Elizabeth Bowen 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 007/70858 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
253 Engineering Terrace
Will Glovinsky 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 008/68556 M W 1:10pm - 2:25pm
407 Hamilton Hall
Kent Szlauderbach 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 010/11754 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
307 Mathematics Building
Eugene Petracca 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 014/16274 T Th 4:10pm - 5:25pm
253 Engineering Terrace
Amanda Lowe 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 015/60526 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
502 Northwest Corner
Brian Bartell 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 018/14456 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Mor Sheinbein 3 12/14
ENGL 1010 019/27530 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Michael Darnell 3 8/14
ENGL 1010 020/29345 M W 7:10pm - 8:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Katherine Bergevin 3 5/14
ENGL 1010 021/10740 T Th 7:10pm - 8:25pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Valerio Amoretti 3 4/14
ENGL 1010 075/24761 M W 2:40pm - 3:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Simon Porzak 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 101/71804 M W 4:10pm - 5:25pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Trevor Corson 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 201/13056 T Th 1:10pm - 2:25pm
652 Schermerhorn Hall
Allen Durgin 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 401/12675 M W 11:40am - 12:55pm
201b Philosophy Hall
Rebecca Wisor 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 501/77056 M W 5:40pm - 6:55pm
401 Hamilton Hall
Sierra Eckert 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 601/73692 T Th 11:40am - 12:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Abigail Rabinowitz 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 901/21458 T Th 2:40pm - 3:55pm
307 Mathematics Building
Vanessa Guida 3 14/14
ENGL 1010 902/61249 T Th 5:40pm - 6:55pm
423 Kent Hall
Yea Jung Park 3 14/14