Not every course listed here can be offered every year; students should consult the class schedule.
104, 105, 106 Introduction to Literature (4,4,4) Works representing the principal literary genres. 104: fiction. 105: drama. 106: poetry. Bayless, Ford, Gage, Shapple, Witte, Wood.
107, 108, 109 World Literature (4,4,4) Reading and analysis of selected works in a global survey from ancient to modern. 107: ancient literatures, 2500 B.C.E.–300 C.E. 108: middle period, 300 C.E.–mid-17th century. 109: late 17th century–present. Laskaya, Shankman, Wood.
110 Introduction to Film and Media (4) Basic critical approaches to film and media studies. Analysis and interpretation of film and media. Aronson, Karlyn, Ovalle.
199 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R)
200 Public Speaking as a Liberal Art (4) Study and practice of public speaking as grounded in the five rhetorical canons of invention, arrangement, style, delivery, and memory. Prereq: WR 122 or equivalent. Frank, Wheeler.
207, 208 Shakespeare (4,4) The major plays in chronological order with emphasis in the first term on the early and middle plays through Hamlet and in the second term on the later plays beginning with Twelfth Night. Bovilsky, Freinkel, Rowe, Saunders.
210, 211 Survey of English Literature (4,4) The principal works of English literature selected to represent major writers, literary forms, and significant currents of thought. 210: to 1789. 211: 1789 to the present.
215, 216 Survey of American Literature (4,4) American literature from its beginnings to the present. 215: to 1850. 216: 1850 to the present. Carruth, Gage, O’Fallon, Rossi, Sayre, Wood.
220, 221, 222 Introduction to the English Major (4,4,4) Chronological study of literary works in English considered in the context of cultural histories. 220: beginnings to 17th century. 221: 17th to 19th centuries. 222: 19th century to present. Prereq for 222: ENG 220 or 221. Bovilsky, Ginsberg, Quigley.
225 Age of King Arthur (4) Introduction to the literature of the Middle Ages set against the backdrop of medieval culture. Bayless.
230 Introduction to Environmental Literature (4) Introduction to literature that examines the human place in the natural world. Consideration of how writers understand environmental crises and scientific ideas of their generation. Carruth, Rossi, Sayre, Westling.
241 Introduction to African American Literature (4) African American literature and culture in relevant intellectual, social, and historical contexts. Thorsson.
242 Introduction to Asian American Literature (4) Asian American literature and culture in relevant intellectual, social, and historical contexts. Li, Tolentino.
243 Introduction to Chicano and Latino Literature (4) Chicano and Latino literature and culture in relevant intellectual, social, and historical contexts. Vazquez.
244 Introduction to Native American Literature (4) Native American literature and culture in relevant intellectual, social, and historical contexts.
245 Introduction to Ethnic American Literature: [Topic] (4R) American ethnic literature and culture in relevant intellectual, social, and historical contexts. R once when topic changes for a maximum of 8 credits. Ford, Gopal, Li, Sayre, Thorsson, Tolentino, Vazquez.
246 Introduction to Global Literatures in English: [Topic] (4R) World Anglophone literature presented as literary responses to colonial history, displacement, and exile in order to understand English as a global language of literary expression. R once when topic changes for a maximum of 8 credits. Gopal, Li.
260 Media Aesthetics (4) Conventions of visual representation in still photography, motion pictures, and video. Aronson, Karlyn, Ovalle.
265, 266, 267 History of the Motion Picture (4,4,4) The historical evolution of cinema as an institution and art form from its origins to present. Sequence. Aronson, Gopal, Karlyn, Ovalle.
270 Introduction to Narrative Cinema Production (4) Focuses on basic theory and practice of digital video for narrative production. Aronson, Ovalle.
280 Introduction to Comics Studies (4) Introduction to the art of comics and the methodologies of comics studies.
300 Introduction to Literary Criticism (4) Various techniques and approaches to literary criticism (e.g., historical, feminist, formalist, deconstructionist, Freudian, Marxist, semiotic) and their applications. Crosswhite, Laskaya.
313 Teen and Children’s Literature (4) Books for young readers, their social implications and historical context, from the 19th century to the present. Coreq: ENG 404 Community Literacy. Wheeler.
315 Women Writers’ Cultures: [Topic] (4R) Women’s writing in a particular cultural matrix (race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, region, religion) examined in the context of feminist literary theories. R thrice for a maximum of 16 credits. Clark, Karlyn, Laskaya, Wood.
316 Women Writers’ Forms: [Topic] (4R) Women’s writing in a particular genre or form (prose, fiction, drama, poetry, autobiography, folksong) examined in the context of current feminist literary theories. R thrice for a maximum of 16 credits. Dugaw, Ford, Gopal, Wood.
321, 322, 323 English Novel (4,4,4) 321: rise of the novel from Defoe to Austen. 322: Scott to Hardy. 323: Conrad to the present. Bohls, Quigley, Shapple.
325 Literature of the Northwest (4) Survey of significant Pacific Northwest literature as set against the principles of literary regionalism. Clark, Witte.
330 Oral Controversy and Advocacy (4) In-depth study of the habits of research, reasoning, selection, and presentation necessary for ethical and effective oral advocacy on contested topics. Not open to freshmen. Prereq: WR 122 or equivalent.
335 Inventing Arguments (4) Analysis and use of patterns of reasoning derived from the disciplines of rhetoric, informal logic, cognitive science, and the theory of argumentation. Prereq: WR 122 or equivalent. Crosswhite, Gage.
340 Jewish Writers (4) Forms and varieties of fiction, poetry, and drama by Jewish writers from the 19th century to the present.
352 Shakespeare on Page and Stage (4) Intermediate-level study of Shakespeare’s plays and poems. Supplements traditional lectures and texts with acting workshops, film, live theater viewings, and student performances. Freinkel.
360 African American Writers (4) Examines the origins and development of African American writing in relevant cultural, social, and historical contexts.
361 Native American Writers (4) Examines the origins and development of Native American literature and culture in relevant intellectual, social, and historical contexts. Sophomore standing required. Sayre.
362 Asian American Writers (4) Examines the origins and development of Asian American literature and culture in relevant intellectual, social, and historical contexts. Sophomore standing required. Li, Tolentino.
363 Chicano and Latino Writers (4) Examines the origins and development of Chicano and Latino literature and culture in relevant intellectual, social, and historical contexts. Prereq: sophomore standing. Vazquez.
364 Comparative Ethnic American Literatures (4) Comparative examination of major issues in African, Asian, Chicano, and Native American writing in relevant contexts. Prereq: sophomore standing. Li, Sayre, Tolentino, Vazquez.
380 Film, Media, and History (4) Study of the history of institutions and industries that shape production and reception of film and media. Aronson, Karlyn, Ovalle.
381 Film, Media, and Culture (4) Study of film and media as aesthetic objects that engage with communities identified by class, gender, race, ethnicity, and sexuality. Aronson, Karlyn, Ovalle.
385 Graphic Narratives and Cultural Theory (4) Survey of 20th- and 21st-century graphic novels in the context of cultural theory. Offered alternate years.
391, 392 American Novel (4,4) Development of the American novel from its beginnings to the present. 391: beginnings to 1900. 392: 1900 to present. O’Fallon, Sayre, Wood.
394, 395 20th-Century Literature (4,4) Modern literature from American, British, and European cultures. Significant works of poetry, fiction, drama, and nonfiction in relation to intellectual and historical developments. 394: 1890 to 1945. 395: 1945 to present. Carruth, Gage, O’Fallon, Pyle, Quigley.
399 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R)
Junior standing is a prerequisite for 400-level courses.
401 Research: [Topic] (1–21R)
403 Thesis (1–12R)
404 Internship: [Topic] (1–6R) On- or off-campus internship in a variety of writing or literacy-related settings in connection with designated courses.
405 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–21R)
407/507 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R)
408/508 Workshop: [Topic] (1–21R)
410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–5R)
411/511 Dramatic Screenwriting (4) Writing of dramatic screenplays for film and television. Prereq: ENG 260.
412/512 Literary Editing (4) Study of principles and practices of editing contemporary literature. Prepares the student for work in the trade. Witte.
413/513 Theories of Literacy (4) Approaches to literacy through literary theory, rhetoric, and cultural studies. Examines issues involved with school and community literacy. Pre- or coreq: ENG 404, 604 Community Literacy. Clark.
417/517 History of Literary Criticism (4) Studies in the theory and practice of literary criticism from Plato and Aristotle through the New Critics. Clark, Crosswhite, Pyle, Shankman.
420/520 The Art of the Sentence (4) Analysis of English grammar and style in literary and academic contexts. Junior standing required. Offered alternate years.
419/519 Contemporary Literary Theory (4) Developments in critical thinking after the New Criticism. Crosswhite, Pyle.
421/521 The Bible and Literature (4) The Bible, Old and New Testaments, as a model for and influence on secular literature. Earl.
423 The Age of Beowulf (4) A reading of Anglo-Saxon literature and culture as the intersection of Germanic, Celtic, and Christian traditions. Readings include Irish epic, Welsh romance, Norse mythology, and Icelandic saga. Earl.
425 Medieval Romance (4) Study of selected romances in the context of European intellectual and social history. May include elementary linguistic introduction to Middle English. Laskaya.
427 Chaucer (4) Close textual study of selected Canterbury Tales in Middle English; instruction in the grammar and pronunciation of Chaucer’s language. Bayless, Earl, Ginsberg, Laskaya.
428/528 Old English I (4) Introduction to the Old English language. Bayless, Earl.
429/529, 430/530 Old English II,III: [Topic] (4,4) 429/529: study of Old English prose or poetry in the original language. 430/530: study of Beowulf or works by other major Old English authors in the original language. Pre- or coreq for 429: ENG 428/528. Pre- or coreq for 430: ENG 429/529. R twice when topic changes. Bayless, Earl.
431/531 Renaissance Thought (4) Major Continental and British theorists in aesthetics, metaphysics, theology, and statecraft such as Petrarch, Pico della Mirandola, Machiavelli, Castiglione, Boccaccio, Erasmus, Montaigne, More, and Francis Bacon. Freinkel, Rowe.
434/534 Spenser (4) Examines the works of Edmund Spenser. Rowe.
436/536 Advanced Shakespeare (4) Detailed study of selected plays, poetry, or both. Freinkel, Rowe, Saunders.
438/538 Shakespeare’s Rivals (4) Representative plays by Ben Jonson, Thomas Middleton, John Webster, and other early 17th-century dramatists. Rowe.
440/540 17th-Century Poetry and Prose (4) Poetry from the Metaphysicals and Jonson to the Restoration; prose from Burton and Bacon to Hobbes and Milton. Rowe, Saunders.
442/542 Milton (4) Paradise Lost, Paradise Regained, and Samson Agonistes. Bovilsky.
447/547, 448 Restoration and 18th-Century Literature (4,4) 447/547: primarily Swift, Gay, Defoe, and Pope. 448: Johnson and his circle; classic to romantic; relations between England and the Enlightenment in France. Bohls, Dugaw, Shankman.
451/551 19th-Century Studies: [Topic] (4R) Comparative studies of selected problems and figures on both sides of the Atlantic; treating topics in literature, the fine arts, and social history. R when topic changes. Pyle, Rossi, Shapple, Wood.
452/552 19th-Century British Fiction: [Topic] (4R) Close study of selected novels. R once when topic changes for maximum of 8 credits. Shapple.
455/555 English Romantic Writers (4) Romantic thought and expression of the second generation, including Byron, Keats, Mary and Percy Bysshe Shelley.
461/561 American Literature to 1800 (4) Readings in American poetry, nonfiction prose, drama, and fiction. Rossi, Sayre.
462/562 American Literature, 1800–1900 (4) Readings primarily in American poetry, nonfiction prose, drama, and fiction. Rossi, Wood.
467/567 American Literature, 1900–Present (4) Readings in American poetry, nonfiction prose, drama, and fiction. Ford, Gage, Tolentino, Wickes.
468/568 Ethnic Literature: [Topic] (4R) Advanced study of one or more authors or literary genres related to ethnic literature including African, Native, Asian, or Chicano American. R twice when topic changes for a maximum of 12 credits. Ford, Li, Sayre, Thorsson, Tolentino, Vazquez.
469/569 Literature and the Environment: [Topic] (4) In-depth study of various topics related to literature and the environment including Bioart/Bioethics, Biosemiotics, Critical Animal Studies, Food Culture, Ideas of Wilderness, Rhetoric of Nature Writing, Virtual Ecologies. R thrice when topic changes for maximum of 16 credits. Carruth, Crosswhite, Rossi, Westling.
475/575 Modern Poetry (4) 20th-century British and American poetry with emphasis on the modernist period, 1910–45. Representative authors include Yeats, Stein, Pound, Eliot, H. D., Williams, and Stevens. Ford.
479/579 Major Authors: [Topic] (4R) In-depth study of one to three major authors from medieval through modern periods.
480/580 Modern American Superhero (4) Examination of the path of the American comic book superhero and an exploration of the ways in which that journey reflects large processes of social change.
481/581 Theories of the Moving Image: [Topic] (4R) Film, television, and video theory and criticism from formative film criticism to the present. Aronson, Karlyn, Ovalle.
485/585 Television Studies (4) Study of television’s institutional contents and representational practices, including such television genres as serials, news, and reality TV. Offered alternate years. Ovalle.
486/586 New Media and Digital Culture (4) Study of media emerging from computer-based and digital techniques, including digital cinema, cyborgs, interactive games, multiplayer online simulations, and viral videos. Offered alternate years. Aronson, Stabile.
490/590 Film Directors and Genres: [Topic] (4R) Aesthetic, historical, and theoretical analysis of films, video, and television. Aronson, Karlyn, Li.
491/591 Rhetoric and Ethics (4) Investigation of historical and contemporary theories of ethical rhetoric in both written and oral arguments. Prereq: WR 122 or 123. Gage.
492/592 History of Rhetoric and Composition (4) History of rhetoric as related to the theory and practice of writing, relations between rhetoric and poetics, and rhetorical criticism through the 19th century. Crosswhite, Gage, Laskaya.
493/593 Modern Rhetorical Criticism (4) Theoretical topics addressed by 20th-century rhetorical critics. Varieties of rhetorical interpretation, from neo-Aristotelian to reader-response, postmodernist views of metaphor. Crosswhite, Gage, Laskaya.
494 Reasoning, Speaking, Writing (4) Application of advanced study in argumentation theory, particularly procedural standards of rationality developed in recent argumentation studies, to selected public policy controversies. Gage.
496/596 Feminist Film Criticism: [Topic] (4R) Critical analysis of film and television texts from a feminist perspective. R when topic changes. Karlyn.
497/597 Feminist Literary Theory (4) Current and historical schools of literary theory that depend primarily on gender analysis.
498/598 Studies in Women and Literature: [Topic] (4R) Topics vary from year to year. The following list is representative: African American Women Writers, Gender of Modernism, Lesbian Literature and Theory, Renaissance Women, Women’s Autobiography. Thorsson, Wood.
503 Thesis (1–16R)
Instructor’s consent is required for 600-level courses.
601 Research: [Topic] (1–16R)
602 Supervised College Teaching (1–5R)
603 Dissertation (1–21R)
604 Internship: [Topic] (1–6R) On- or off-campus internship in a variety of writing or literacy-related settings.
605 Reading and Conference: [Topic] (1–16R)
607 Seminar: [Topic] (1–5R)
608 Workshop: [Topic] (1–16R)
609 Terminal Project (1–16R)
610 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–5R)
611 Composition Graduate Teaching Fellow Seminar I (1–3) Issues in pedagogy related to the university’s writing requirement. Bergquist, Gage.
612 Composition Graduate Teaching Fellow Seminar II (1–3) Discussions designed to increase the effectiveness of first-year graduate teaching fellows as teachers of courses that fulfill the university’s writing requirement. Bergquist, Gershow.
613 Graduate Teaching Fellow Composition Apprenticeship (1–3) Supervised practical experience in all aspects of teaching WR 121, 122. Prereq: ENG 611 or equivalent. Gershow.
614 Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory (5) Introduces students to a number of the most important and influential developments in 20th-century literary and cultural theory. Graduate seminar. Sayre, Vazquez.
615 Advanced Studies in Literary Theory: [Topic] (5R) Intensive study of one to three major theorists or a significant theoretical problem. Gilman, Li, Sayre.
620 Medieval Literature: [Topic] (5R) Recent offerings include Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, Humor and Vulgarity in Medieval Literature. Bayless, Earl, Ginsberg, Laskaya.
630 Renaissance Literature: [Topic] (5R) Recent offerings include Hamlet, Jacobean Potboilers, Renaissance Irrationalities. Bovilsky, Freinkel, Rowe, Saunders.
645 18th-Century Literature: [Topic] (5R) Intensive study of one to three major authors or selected topics from the 18th century. Recent offerings include Enlightenment and Revolution. Bohls, Dugaw, Sayre, Shankman.
650 19th-Century Literature: [Topic] (5R) Recent topics include Scottish Fiction and Cultural Nationalism, Heroine and the English Novel. Pyle, Shapple.
660 American Literature: [Topic] (5R) Recent offerings include African American Women Writers, Evolutionary Theories and Narrative, Sentimental Novel, V. Deloria and Native American Cultural Values. Ford, Lima, Rossi, Thorsson, Vasquez, Wheeler, Wonham, Wood.
670 Modern Literature: [Topic] (5R) Recent offerings include H. James, Modernist Politics, Environmental Humanities, Postmodernism. Carruth, Gage, Peppis, Quigley, Westling.
690 Introduction to Graduate Studies in English (5) Examination of selected professional, methodological, and theoretical issues. Bovilsky, Peppis.
691 Composition Theory: [Topic] (5R) Intensive study of topics related to rhetorical theory and the teaching of writing. Crosswhite, Gage, Laskaya.
695 Film Studies: [Topic] (5R) Intensive study of selected topics related to film studies and literature. Recent topics include Introduction to Film Theory; Feminism, Comedy, and the Carnivalesque; Melodrama. Aronson, Gopal, Karlyn, Li, Ovalle.
Expository Writing Courses (WR)
AEIS 110, 111, 112 Written Discourse I,II,III (4,4,4) See Linguistics
121 College Composition I (4) Written reasoning as discovery and inquiry. Frequent essays explore relationship of thesis to structure and audience. Strong focus on the process of revising. Regular work on editing. Prereq: SAT verbal score below 710 (650 if taken before April 1995), ACT verbal score below 32, or equivalent.
122 College Composition II (4) Written reasoning as a process of argument. Developing and supporting theses in response to complex questions. Attention to critical reading in academic setting. Continuing focus on revising and editing. Prereq: WR 121 or equivalent.
123 College Composition III (4) Written reasoning in the context of research. Practice in writing documented essays based on the use of sources. Continuing focus on revising and editing. Prereq: WR 121 or equivalent.
195 Writing Tutorial (1R) Provides students concurrently enrolled in WR 121 with one-on-one tutoring. Enrollment priority based on entrance exam (SAT or ACT) scores. Coreq: WR 121. R once.
198 Independent Writing Project (1–3R) Supervised writing projects in nonfiction prose. Prereq: WR 122 or equivalent, composition director’s consent.
199 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R)
312 Principles of Tutoring Writing (4) The practice and ethics of tutoring writing in the context of writing in various academic disciplines. Theories of teaching, tutoring techniques, and assessment of writing.
320 Scientific and Technical Writing (4) Emphasis on form, function, and style of scientific, professional, and technical writing; weekly writing assignments include proposals, reports, definitions, instructions, summaries. Use of documentation in publication. Junior standing required. Prereq: completion of UO writing requirement.
321 Business Communications (4) Practice in writing and analyzing internal and external messages common to business, industry, and professions. Suggested for business and management students. Junior standing required. Prereq: completion of UO writing requirement. McBride.
399 Special Studies: [Topic] (1–5R) Sophomore standing required.
408/508 Independent Writing Projects (1–3R) Supervised writing projects in nonfiction prose. Prereq: composition director’s consent.
410 Experimental Course: [Topic] (1–5R) Junior standing required.
423 Advanced Composition (4) Emphasis on critical thinking skills and rhetorical strategies for advanced written reasoning in different academic disciplines. Junior standing required. Prereq: completion of UO writing requirement. Crosswhite, Gage.