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 301, and must have taken at least one 400-level English course.

Currently offered seminars are:

Randy Ontiveros,"Literary Maryland" (see this article about the course's content and impact on students)

Next semesters seminars:

Jonathan Auerbach, "Birth of Modern American"
Oliver Gaycken, "Fantastic Voyages: modern Media of Exploration and Discovery"

Past Seminars

Spring 2014

Amanda Bailey, "Shakespeare and the Age of Globalization"
Ralph Bauer, "The Literature of Discovery"
Gerard Passannante, ”Literature in the Age of the Scientific Revolution"

Fall 2013

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

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"

Other Past Seminars

Fall 2008

Ted Leinwand, "Shakespeare on War"

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”