Honors Courses

Honors students meet the same requirements as other English majors, but five of the courses in your curriculum will be distinctive. Three are courses directly related to the Senior Honors Project (ENGL370, ENGL373, ENGL495). The other two will be Senior Seminars on various topics. At least one seminar (428X or 428Y) will be offered each semester, and they are limited to 20 students. These advanced courses are intended for Honors Students and other high-achieving students in the major. Non-Honors students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0, must have completed ENGL 30, and must have taken at least one 400-level English course.

Currently offered seminars are:

Jane Donawerth, “Women's Utopia's and the Question of Gender”
Christina Walter, "Literature and Visual Culture"
 

Past seminars have included:

Spring 2013

Kent Cartwright, "Shakespeare and the Idea of Comedy"
Sangeeta Ray, “Postcolonial, Global, Transnational”

Fall 2012

Sheila Jelen, “Photography and Literature”

Spring 2012

Brian Richardson, “Ulysses”

Fall 2011

Ted Leinwand, “Shakespeare, Reviser”
Orrin Wang, “Culture and Ideology in Austen and Byron”

Spring 2011

Carla Peterson, "Representations of Black Culture in New York City, 1800-1900"

Fall 2010

Vincent Carretta, "Authors of the Early Black Atlantic"

Spring 2010

Ralph Bauer, "The 'Solitude' of the New World: The Marvelous, the Fantastic, and Magic Realism"
Kari Kraus, "Book 2.0: The History of the Book and the Future"

Fall 2009

Laura Rosenthal, "Gothic Literature: Darkness in the Enlightenment"
Maud Casey, "How to Tell a True War Story"

Spring 2009

Elizabeth Bearden, "Renaissance Romance: Subversion and Delight"
Jason Rudy, "Victorian Cosmopolitanisms"

Fall 2008

Ted Leinwand, "Shakespeare on War"

Other Past Seminars

Spring 2008
William Cohen, "Victorian Bodies"
Linda Kauffman, "Contemporary Literature, Media, and the State"

 

Fall 2007
Richard Cross, "Exile and Expatriate Writers"
Marshall Grossman, "Hamlet"

 

Spring 2007
Michael Israel, "Language, Sex, and Gender"
Robert Levine, "The Color Line and the American 1850s"

 

Fall 2006
Jane Donawerth, "Shakespeare in the Context of Renaissance Women's Culture"

 

Spring 2006
Shirley Logan, "The Rhetoric of Abolition"
Orrin Wang, "Gender, History, and Romantic Writing"

 

Fall 2005

Kent Cartwright, "The Presence of the Real in Renaissance Literature"
Matt Kirschenbaum, "Technologies of Literature/Literature of Technologies"

 

Spring 2005
Elizabeth Loizeaux, "Poetry, Painting, and Illustration"
Tom Moser, "The Idea of Love in the Middle Ages"

 

Fall 2004
Neil Fraistat, "Technoromanticism"
Jonathan Auerbach, "The American 1890s"

 

Spring 2004
Kandice Chuh, “Law and Literature”
Carla Peterson, “Texts of the Black Atlantic, 1600-1900”

 

Fall 2003
Richard Cross, “Vision and Tradition in Modern Poetry”
Marshall Grossman, “Hamlet”

 

Spring 2003
Elizabeth Arnold, “The Body in Extremis: The Portrayal of War and Other Forms of Political Violence from Homer to Komunyakaa”
Vincent Carretta: “Writers of the Early Black Atlantic”

 

Fall 2002
Brian Richardson, “The Fiction of James Joyce”
Orrin Wang, “Gothic Spaces: Gender, History, and Romantic Writing”