Courses at the 200-level are open to all students as electives. Although 300-level courses are designed for majors and minors, non-majors are eligible to take these courses as elective and core requirements where appropriate.
All 200- and 300-level courses in the Department of English are writing intensive and represent an excellent learning opportunity for any student, regardless of ability, who wants to develop this essential proficiency.
ENG 100 - Introduction to Basic Writing 3 credits; Offered fall and spring
ENG 100 is a developmental writing course that introduces students from any discipline to the fundamentals of composition including considerations of audience, thesis development, organization of ideas, methods of argument, revision, and copy-editing for grammatical correctness.
Assignments include common forms of college writing—such as the personal, expository, and argumentative essays and are designed to support student writing in other academic courses. The use of various instructional modalities (including computer-based instruction) will apply.
While especially valuable for first-year writers, ENG 100 can be taken by upperclass students who would benefit from enhanced writing instruction.
ENG 200 - Basic Writing II 3 credits; Offered fall and spring; Permission Prerequisite: ENG 100 or permission of instructor
ENG 200 builds upon the skills developed in ENG 100, providing continued support for college writing for students of all majors. Students in ENG 200 will continue to develop the fundamentals of written composition taught in ENG 100, while developing a more refined sense of voice and audience.
Students in ENG 200 will also practice the assessment, use, and integration of scholarly sources across a variety of disciplinary settings with an emphasis on proper citation of sources.
ENG 201 - Special Topics in Humanities 3 credits; Interdepartmental credit may be granted in cooperation with other departments and majors, subject to approval.
This course investigates a wide variety of humanities topics. Topics and themes are determined each semester by the instructor and explored through both literature and other media, e.g., film, television, art, music.
ENG 206 - Film History: The First 50 Years 3 credits
Film is a unique art form, a revolutionary mode of communication, and an expansive industrial enterprise that has made an indelible mark on world culture since its introduction at the end of the nineteenth century.
In part, this course is a chronological journey through world cinema’s first half-century, though it also requires students to think critically about the themes and aesthetics of the films, movements, and national cinemas discussed, and how they at once helped to shape and were products of the cultural, historical, and industrial moments in which they were made.
Topics include cinema’s precursors, early documentary forms, the emergence of sound cinema, German expressionism, and early Hollywood classics.
ENG 207 - The Creative Eye: Writing with Style 3 credits
This class is about the craft of writing. Students will read mostly contemporary essays to study how an author’s subject—and a reader’s understanding of it—can be shaped and illuminated by diction, syntax, tone, form and structure. Through assigned readings, students will explore how techniques such as description, dialogue, digression, anecdote, narrative and setting are used to convey information with power and style.
Students will take the insights gleaned from class readings and discussion and apply them to their own writing projects. As a result, students in The Creative Eye will become more accomplished writers capable of producing sophisticated and compelling written work.
ENG 208 - Film History: The Last 60 Years 3 credits
In part, this course is a chronological journey through world cinema after World War II, though it also requires students to think critically about the themes and aesthetics of the films, movements, and national cinemas discussed, and how they at once helped to shape and were products of the cultural, historical, and industrial moments in which they were made.
Topics include Italian neorealism, film noir, the Hollywood blacklist, the French new wave, and new Hollywood.
ENG 210 - Alienation: The Literature of Love and Longing 3 credits
This “Values” course explores alienation in the modern and postmodern worlds. Students will investigate how the experience of a profound loss of meaning is articulated and communicated via literature, art, philosophy, the media, and other cultural expressions.
The course will examine how love and longing together contribute to the complex nature of human relationships and the experience of anxiety and alienation in the contemporary era.
ENG 211 - Modern Literature: A Question of Values 3 credits
This “Values” course examines texts—e.g., novels, short stories, non-fiction, and film—to survey the remarkably diverse assumptions that have defined good and evil in the last 100 years.
Through a rigorous sequence of reading and writing assignments, students in this course will develop a more informed appreciation of the contemporary world-view and the expressive forces (social, cultural, religious, political) that shape it.
ENG 212 - The Hero 3 credits
Through the lens of literature, film, and cultural politics, this “Values” course critically interrogates the ideology of heroism from the ancient world to the present.
It explores how notions of heroism have been transformed in response to the implicit and explicit assumptions that define our evolving ideas of greatness. Both western and non-western ideals will be examined.
ENG 213 - The Aesthetics of Film 3 credits
Film is a unique art form with its own language, techniques, and practitioners. In this “Aesthetics” class students will learn to become engaged with and think critically about film as film—as well as how to communicate clearly, thoughtfully, and convincingly about it.
Students will learn the language of film and be introduced to some of the techniques by which we, as both viewers and scholars, interpret film. Topics include aspects of film aesthetics such as cinematography, acting, editing, sound, and screenplays.
ENG 215 - Voices of Other Cultures 3 credits
This “Individual and Society” course explores other cultures as a way of enriching our sense both of where we come from as interpreters of culture and where others find themselves in the dynamic process of coming to terms with the world.
The course is a passport to understanding cultural paradigms different from our own through novels, short stories, essays, films, and cross-cultural activities. A fieldwork project investigating one or more aspects of cultural difference is required.
ENG 216 - Folklife Studies 3 credits
This course is an introduction to everyday artistry around the world. It explores how food, architecture, festivals, games, beliefs, landscapes, and narratives can be read as cultural texts and what these texts mean to cultural insiders and outsiders alike.
Because much of the course deals with the breadth of vernacular culture, course participants will write several papers and read several specific book-length studies to gain depth in the field. Additionally, course participants will conduct a small-scale fieldwork project.
ENG 217 - Myths, Folktales, and Legends 3 credits
In this folklore and folklife studies course, students will be exposed to familiar cultural texts (popular fairytales and legends), as well as texts that will seem exotic because they are produced in cultures removed from our own.
In both cases, students will encounter narratives that are startlingly different and yet eerily the same—narratives that suggest there are common cultural characteristics that bind us to our fellow man. Looking for these connections—and understanding them in their specific social, political, and historical contexts—will enlighten students to the diversity that exists within the human family around the globe and throughout time.
ENG 219 - Contemporary African-American Literature 3 credits
Students in this “Individual and Society” course explore fiction, drama, essays, and poetry by twentieth and twenty-first-century African American authors.
Students will develop a critical appreciation for the role of diversity in American cultural life through an examination of essential texts in the African American tradition.
ENG 220 - Creative Writing 3 credits
Students enrolled in this course create poetry and prose for Woodcrest, the literary and visual arts journal of the Cabrini College Department of English. This “Aesthetics” course, conducted as a workshop, assists students in bringing their writing from conception through publication.
As one would expect in a creative writing class, students will be asked to both write and evaluate their work in a cooperative setting. Additionally, students will support editorial staff for the magazine and will have the opportunity to participate in all phases of its production.
ENG/COM 221 - The Writing Process: Theory and Tutoring 3 credits; Offered spring
In order to prepare students for careers in secondary English education, this course addresses critical components of written English. Students will practice various modes of writing as a means to strengthen their understanding and experience of writing as a process; improve their consideration of audience and purpose; provide evaluative feedback on drafts; and strengthen skills in grammar, mechanics, and usage.
By studying research on writing, analyzing one’s own writing and that of others, and tutoring students in the Writing Center, students in this course will improve their own writing and help others to improve theirs.
ENG 222 - Writing Center Practicum Credit to be arranged; Offered fall and spring; Course may be repeated for creditPrerequisite: ENG 221
This practicum course provides opportunities to English majors seeking advanced work in tutoring students in the Writing Center.
ENG 225 - Experiential Poetry: Writing in the World 3 credits
Over the course of the semester, students in Experiential Poetry will study various schools of poetry and produce their own poems based on these models.
This “Aesthetics” course is organized around a series of field trips to Philadelphia area cultural attractions (including the Brandywine River Museum, the Wharton Esherick Museum, and Longwood Gardens) with the expectation that these experiences, coupled with students’ own personal journeys, will help them to make the connection between art, life, and inspiration.
Designed as an experiential course, students will be encouraged to ask questions about how other poets and artists found inspiration and meaning in their work, as students are themselves experimenting with the art of creative writing.
ENG 228 - Social Realism in Literature and the Media 3 credits
This “Individual and Society” course looks at social realism as an artistic mode and philosophical approach to subjects, themes, and social issues that most people do not wish to acknowledge, let alone see or transform.
The raw materials of this course are literary and media representations of socio-economic and political injustices that would otherwise go unnoticed or misunderstood. These materials can include novels, journalism, music, film, or television; non-fiction works in other disciplines (sociological studies, etc.) may be incorporated. Contemporary materials also may be complemented with historical examples.
ENG 229 - Immigrant Authors: The Literature of Transition 3 credits
This “Individual and Society” course focuses on the culture shock experienced by immigrants to America and on the tension between foreign-born parents and their American-born children.
Many of the readings reveal the conflicts generated by the parents’ desire to hold on to their homeland’s culture as opposed to their American-born children who, in the face of discrimination, struggle to become assimilated into mainstream American life.
ENG 234 - Writing for Leadership 3 credits
Writing for Leadership is a writing intensive course “Values” course designed for students of all majors. In this course, students will study a variety of modes of professional communication—including leadership statements, mission statements, email, performance reviews, and SWOT analyses—to communicate in ways that are complementary to both organizational mission and leadership style.
Applying contemporary case studies, students will learn how to communicate with a variety of stakeholders, relay important information, address conflict, evaluate employees, and articulate important plans and projects from multiple organizational positions.
ENG 236 - 21st-Century Workforce Writing for Pre-professionals 3 credits
This course is designed to equip students with the written communication skills necessary to their chosen professions. In this class, students will be presented with vocational case studies and will learn how to respond to a variety of stakeholders through the lens of roles and positions identified with the professional workplace environment, e.g., administrator, consultant, mediator.
Students will become familiar with the most common written forms in their professions, and they will learn to tailor their messages in ways that are appropriate, expedient, and understandable to a variety of audiences.
ENG 253 - Bodies of Literature: Women’s Studies in the Arts and Humanities 3 credits
In this “Heritage” course students will survey many women’s studies issues, such as work, sexuality, violence, and gender roles.
By examining the tradition of women’s writing, deconstructing the controlling images of women in the media, and analyzing how women define their experiences through language, we will contemplate how a tradition of women’s literature has evolved—one that both reflects and impacts the place of women in contemporary Western and non-Western societies.
ENG 254 - African-American Literature 3 credits
In this “Heritage” course, students will trace the ethos of African-American literature from roughly pre-Civil War to the present day by examining a variety of genres, such as narratives of slavery, poetry of the Harlem Renaissance, protest essays of the Black Arts Movement, and modern African-American novels.
Throughout the semester, the class focuses on the cultural importance of literary, artistic, and musical production and consumption throughout African-American history.
ENG 263 - Book to Film 3 credits
This “Aesthetics” course helps students develop an appreciation of contemporary film adaptations and the literary texts on which they are based.
Screening of films by both American and foreign directors will complement course discussion and writing about screenplay adaptations of literary sources, the novels and short stories students will read in this class.
ENG 273 - The Epic 3 credits
This “Heritage” course introduces students to literary epics drawn from diverse cultural contexts, historical moments, and creative traditions. Attention will be given not only to the literary dimensions of the epic, but also to the epic’s role as an anthropological touchstone and artifact. Read and interpreted closely, epics reveal the ideological assumptions and cultural practices of the societies that gave rise to them.
Examples of the kinds of texts read in this course include, but are not limited to: Homer’s Odyssey, Virgil’s Aeneid, Tasso’s Jerusalem Delivered, Eliot’s The Waste Land, and other texts that aspire to the epic form and scope.
ENG 274 - The Short Story 3 credits
In this “Heritage” course students will read short stories focusing on the art of storytelling and the defining characteristics of the genre as it has manifested in a variety of historical and social contexts. Students will have the opportunity to screen cinematic interpretations of some stories, and will consider how different narrative styles contribute to the ethos of the genre, as well as explore the historical dimensions of literary practice.
In addition to the course reading, students will concentrate on a single short story writer of their choice for purposes of guided research.
ENG 275 - Drama 3 credits
In this “Heritage” course students study several classic plays from the dramatic heritage of Western civilization. Students will explore the impact of the theatrical traditions those plays represent, especially as they impact American drama, culture, and history.
Students will additionally explore American theatrical works that are unique to and illuminate our national life and art.
ENG 276 - Poetry 3 credits
This “Heritage” course focuses on the history of poetry. Students read a wide range of poems in order to understand how the formal principles of poetic composition have been used to reflect specific historical and cultural contexts.
Students in this course also will come to see how everything from religious liturgy to pop and rap lyrics is a function of poetic innovation. Select examples will be drawn from a variety of periods and authors to illustrate the remarkable influence of poetry in various media.
ENG 277 - The Novel 3 credits
This “Heritage” course treats the history and development of the novel as a genre with its own distinctive features. Novels from a range of national traditions and historical periods will be read with an eye toward how the novel form reflects both aesthetic choices and cultural contexts.
Different sub-genres of the novel—stream of consciousness, historical, romance, psychological, detective—will also be explored with the aim of placing each within the broader historical traditions of world literature.
ENG 280 - Acting 3 credits
This “Aesthetics” course provides an introduction to the art of acting and the College theater program. Emphasis is placed on developing self-awareness of and confidence in physical relaxation, vocal production, concentration, and imagination.
Students work on freeing inhibitions, creative exploration, basic acting fundamentals, and beginning characterization.
ENG 289/CCA 213 - On Stage—Live 3 credits
This “Aesthetics” course offers an experiential study of contemporary English-speaking theatre. In a series of weekly on-campus seminars in the spring semester, students will Englishexplore the traditions and nature of British and American theatre.
The course will culminate with a week of seminars and performances in London during which students will experience and analyze a variety of dramatic and musical-dramatic works from both the West End and Broadway.
ENG 290 - Literary Theory and Cultural Studies 3 credits
This cornerstone course provides an introduction to key concepts and developments in contemporary literary theory, from the “linguistic turn” to deconstruction, new historicism, and beyond. Students in the course also will meet the interdisciplinary challenges posed by “cultural studies” as a new mode of analysis that can be brought to bear not only on literature, but on other cultural “texts” such as films, television, the Internet, music, “found artifacts,” school textbooks, marketing campaigns, and many other products of high or popular culture.
In the course of wrestling with these various perspectives, students will be exposed to a range of classical, modern, and postmodern contributions to the most essential and heated debates in the humanities today. This course will also train students in the essentials of research methods and information literacy in the discipline.
H-ENG 292 - Honors English: Reacting to the Past: Advanced Master Class 3 credits; Course enrollment is limited to Honors students.
This course engages students in “Reacting to the Past,” a teaching method developed originally at Barnard College and now used in college classrooms across the country. “Reacting” calls on students to play out the parts of historical figures in key moments of cultural and political crisis. Students inhabit their roles, getting into the minds and hearts of those historical individuals they portray.
Public speaking and writing “in character” are essential features of the “reacting” method. This course is primarily designed for veterans of “reacting” who have worked with the pedagogy in other courses; however, motivated students who are new to “Reacting” are also welcome.
ENG 299 - Sophomore Professional Development Seminar 1 credit
This course assists students in thinking critically about their place within the field of English and will allow students to develop a greater understanding of the various career options available to English and English education majors.
The class will develop practical skills such as resume/vita and cover letter writing, as well as introduce proven job search strategies. This course serves as a primer for the Senior Capstone course and prepares students for entering either the work force, professional school, or graduate study in the humanities.
ENG 301 - Special Topics in Literature 3 credits
This course investigates a wide variety of humanities topics at an advanced level with English majors and minors specifically in mind. Topics and themes are determined each semester by the instructor and explored through both literature and other media, e.g., film, television, art, music.
The work of single authors—such as Toni Morrison, Samuel Beckett, and Dante—are sometimes explored in detail. Interdepartmental credit may be granted in cooperation with other departments and majors, subject to approval.
ENG 302 - British Literature I: Old English to Neoclassic 3 credits; Offered fall
This “Heritage” survey course introduces students to the complexities of the English literary tradition, from its origins to the eighteenth century, with significant attention paid to medieval and early modern England. Particular emphasis will be placed on the historical and social contexts of literary production over a range of representative genres and periods.
As students explore the possibilities of literary history and textual analysis, they will take into account their own distance from the texts at hand, be it temporal, cultural, or linguistic. Students are introduced to some of the most important English authors including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Donne, Milton, Pope, and Swift.
H-ENG 305 - Honors English: Creation, the Fall and Redemption in Poetry, Painting, and Music 3 credits Course enrollment is limited to Honors students.
Throughout the centuries, biblical stories have been the inspiration for great art in a variety of media, most especially literature, music, and the visual arts.
This course will focus on the story of the Creation, the Fall, and Redemption as it is treated in John Milton’s Paradise Lost, George F. Handel’s Messiah, the paintings of William Blake and Gustave Dore, and other artistic interpretations of both Old and New Testament biblical narratives.
ENG 306 - Advanced Creative Writing 3 credits Prerequisite: ENG 220 or permission of instructor
Students enrolled in Advanced Creative Writing will have the opportunity to both write and evaluate (critique) poetry and prose in a rigorous setting. Students in the course will undertake discussion of one another’s work for the purpose of our shared enrichment.
Class discussion also will focus on guided reading of poetry and prose by sage and contemporary writers of note, as well as writing about the world of small press publication in the arts. We will interrogate the assumptions that prescribe our responses to the literary arts in the attempt to introduce your work into the public sphere, e.g., readings and publication.
ENG 307 - Literature for Young Adults 3 credits; Offered fall
This course offers a survey of literature appropriate to the secondary school curriculum. The course is designed primarily for students seeking certification in secondary education in English. This course does not fulfill a major requirement for students who are not pursuing a career in secondary education.
ENG 313 - Chaucer 3 credits
From courtly to earthly and in between, Chaucer’s wise and witty portrayals of the human comedy have enriched and entertained readers for centuries. Students read from The Book of the Duchess, The Canterbury Tales, and Troilus and Criseyde. Students also will gain an appreciation for Middle English as it is experienced through their encounter with these works.
H-ENG/HIS 314 - Honors English/History: The European Renaissance 3 credits Course enrollment is limited to Honors students.
This Honors “Heritage” course provides a detailed examination of the European Renaissance from its Italian origins to its unique manifestation in the literature and culture of England. Students will explore the dynamic cultural history of a watershed moment in the transformation of the western world.
They will interrogate important yet controversial notions of art, culture, and historical periodization—seen through the linked lenses of primary, secondary, and interdisciplinary sources.
ENG 315 - Shakespeare 3 credits; Offered fall
Students in this course will read, analyze, and discuss the major poems and plays of this renowned English author. Students will develop their own interpretations after comparing and contrasting the interpretations of various directors, actors, and critics of Shakespeare’s work.
Students will explore the context of Shakespeare’s time as it relates to their understanding of his broad contributions to the arts.
ENG 316 Milton 3 credits
This course aims at a historically informed understanding of one of English literature’s most controversial poetic innovators, John Milton. We will not only read Milton’s poetic masterpieces such as Paradise Lost and Samson Agonistes, but we will also examine his political prose and his career in the Republican regime of Cromwell.
A key goal will be to contextualize Milton’s literary efforts by looking at other political writing of the period. The course also will touch on subsequent appropriations of Milton in literature and film.
ENG 319 - Romantic Literature 3 credits
Every list of favorite, most often quoted, and best-known poems includes works by the poets read in this course.
The course reviews the major romantic poets (including Blake, Wordsworth, Shelley, Byron, Coleridge, Keats) and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein—and introduces students to the broad nineteenth-century cultural movement that inspired a later generation of modernist artists and writers in England, America, and Europe.
ENG 321 - Contemporary British Literature 3 credits
This course encompasses representative examples of the major works by English, Irish, Scottish, and Welsh writers from approximately 1945 through the present.
Students will consider the extent to which twentieth-century British authors were influenced by the international modernist movement, while still retaining the distinctive character of their national literary traditions.
ENG 323 - British Literature II: Romantic, Victorian and Modern 3 credits; Offered spring
This “Heritage” survey course introduces students to the complexities of the English literary tradition, from the Romantic and Victorian periods to the groundbreaking revolutions in literary practice that emerge in the modernist era. Particular emphasis will be placed on the historical and social contexts of literary production over a range of representative genres and periods.
As students explore the possibilities of literary history and textual analysis, they will take into account their own distance from the texts at hand, be it temporal, cultural, or linguistic. Representative authors include Wordsworth, Shelley, Coleridge, James, Yeats, and Eliot.
ENG 328 - Asian-American Women Writers 3 credits
This women’s studies class will focus on the idea of femininity and of a woman’s place in the family and in society from an Asian perspective. Students will read Asian-American authors such as Maxine Hong Kingston, Amy Tan, Hisaye Yamamoto, Genny Lim, Velina Hasu Houston, Wakako Yamamuchi, Elizabeth Wong, and others.
Students will read short stories, novels, poetry, plays, and will examine film adaptations of some of our readings. Through reading, class discussion, and opportunities for undergraduate research, students will develop an appreciation for Asian-American women’s unique contributions to world literature.
ENG 329 - Women and Sexuality 3 credits
In this women’s studies class, students will explore how women’s sexuality has been a site of abuse, reproduction, pleasure, political control, perversion, and subversive agency. Students will consider how theories and viewpoints on women’s sexuality and violence against women are shaped by cultural assumptions about race, class, gender, religion, and sexual orientation.
The course will engage the study of theoretical texts like Foucault’s The History of Sexuality, literature like Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, and Kate Chopin’s The Storm, and current issues in women’s sexuality such as human trafficking and sex work that has enslaved millions of young women worldwide.
H-ENG 330 - Honors English: Theorizing Beauty in Literature and Culture 3 credits Course enrollment is limited to Honors students.
In this “Individual and Society” course students will examine various arguments about what and who defines beauty in America. Students will also explore how a culturally constructed standard of beauty becomes complicated by questions about race, class, and gender.
Student researchers will gather data on subjects such as the impact of media on perceptions of physical attractiveness, body satisfaction in English different cultures, and the relationship between beauty and justice. The class will develop a consensus theory of beauty that will be applied to texts—material and literary—to see how those texts both express and shape an evolving culture of beauty in America.
ENG 335 - Images of Women in Literature and Media 3 credits
This course will focus on typical portrayals of women in literature and the media, such as woman as wife and mother, woman as sex object, woman as artist, and woman as professional. Readings will include classic and controversial portrayals of women such as Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire and Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House.
Through works by well-known and little-known male and female writers, students will come to appreciate the evolving and multiple roles available to women over time.
ENG 336 - African-American Women Writers 3 credits
This course will focus on archetypal African-American women writers such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, and Gloria Naylor.
Students will read novels, short stories, poems, and essays to gain an understanding of the importance of these significant women of color and their influence upon the fabric of American life.
ENG 338 - Feminist Theory and Gender Studies 3 credits
This theory course will examine several frameworks for thinking about sex, gender, and power that inform the scholarship of Women’s Studies. Students will study the theoretical essays that reflect the multiple waves of feminism, along with key texts about gender and queer theories.
Examining key feminist debates regarding race, class, essentialism, and the politics of sameness and difference, students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical texts to their reading of literature, art, and film.
ENG 339 - Toni Morrison 3 credits
In this course, students will read the work of the first African-American woman to win the Nobel Prize in literature, Toni Morrison. Students will critically study her texts in light of Black feminist theory, new historicism, cultural studies, psychoanalysis, and contextually in popular reception.
By examining the recurring themes in her novels such as (re)memory, migration, good vs. evil, community responsibility, and loss of innocence, students will develop an appreciation for Morrison’s contributions to modern literature.
ENG 340 - Public Speaking 3 credits
This course reviews basic skills of speech composition and delivery. Students learn about audience analysis, organization and outlining, and the effective use of non-verbal materials for different types of vocal presentations. These techniques are applicable to a variety of settings in business or education.
Student progress is enhanced by periodic instructor evaluation, peer feedback, and frequent recording of speeches.
ENG 341 - In My Body: The Beauty and Aesthetics of Bodies 3 credits
This women’s studies course focuses specifically on body image, self-perception, and body work/changes. Students in this course will deepen their understanding of body image as they study literature, art, film, and material culture in order to examine the diversity of human experience related to our bodies. The course will explore biological, sociological, and feminist perspectives on body image and beauty culture, focusing on how race, class, and the media influence self-perception and our perceptions of others.
The course will culminate with the creation of a collaborative, co-curricular project to share publically student research findings about body image and the challenges and triumphs associated with it in our contemporary culture.
ENG 342 - The Politics of Film 3 credits
This course explores films that are themselves controversial or ideological—some obviously, others less so. Beyond individual examples, we will examine the nature of film as a medium for political discourse, as well as the politics of film production, distribution, and interpretation.
ENG 343 - The Art of Film Directing 3 credits
This course explores the art of film direction through a close analysis of the career of one or more of the masters of world cinema. The directors studied will vary each time the course is offered, and the course can be repeated by interested students.
Examples include but are not limited to Welles, Kubrick, Hitchcock, the Coen Brothers, Scorsese, Fellini, Kurosawa, Herzog, Almodovar, Bergman, Godard, and Kiarostami. Directors selected in a given term will be assessed in terms of technical innovation, cultural and political significance, and key trends in the history of national and international cinema.
H-ENG 344 - Honors English: Television as Narrative Art 3 credits Course enrollment is limited to Honors students.
From the 1990s to the present, critics and scholars have noted a revolution in long-form storytelling on television, both in drama and comedy. Groundbreaking and ambitious series such as The Sopranos, Seinfeld, Six Feet Under, Arrested Development, Deadwood, The Wire, 24, Lost, and Mad Men have irrevocably transformed the media landscape.
What many have termed a new “golden age” of television has emerged to challenge the traditional artistic dominance of cinema. We now find television, at its best, claiming the status of art and discovering in its narratives the richness of character and plotting once assumed to the be the domain of novels.
This “Aesthetics” course endeavors a scholarly appraisal of television, with special attention to how the medium not only emulates literary narrative, but is in fact transforming narrative as we know it.
ENG 345 - Film Genre: A Work in Progress 3 credits
This course assesses the evolution and influence of a particular film genre, with special attention paid to the difficulties of defining and working within a genre. The genre studied will vary each time the course is offered, and the course can be repeated by interested students.
Examples include, but are not limited to film noir, documentary, the period film, cyberpunk, comedy, the political thriller, the war film, western, superhero film, science fiction and fantasy, and the gangster film. In each case, the ways in which genres cross-pollinate and transform one another will also be explored.
ENG 350 - Early American Literature 3 credits
The course reviews major texts from early Spanish, French, and British colonization of the Americas, the Puritan period, the Virginia experience, the American Revolution, and the early Republic.
In each semester, the course will focus on a unique facet of the American literary tradition, such as indigenous voices, slave narratives, the sermon, and political tracts.
ENG 351 - Nineteenth-Century American Literature 3 credits
In this “Heritage” course students will examine American literature in the nineteenth century to discover the literary practices that distinguish nineteenth-century American writers from their English and European counterparts.
Classic American writers like Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Walt Whitman, and Emily Dickinson will be studied, as will signature historical events influencing writers of the American Romantic period.
ENG 352 - Modern American Literature 3 credits
This “Heritage” course examines American literature in the early 20th century to reveal the remarkably diverse literary practices that define the American Modernist era. Specifically, our consideration of early-century poetry, prose, and drama will suggest that American Modernism is not so much an artistic movement as it is an expression of avant-garde trends we are only beginning to understand.
Works by Gertrude Stein, William Carlos Williams, Marianne Moore, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, and others will be considered.
ENG 353 - Contemporary American Literature 3 credits
By looking at contemporary American literature (1945-present), students in this course will better understand the experimental impulses that define the American postmodernist era.
Specifically, our consideration of late-century poetry, prose, and drama will suggest that American postmodernism—like the Modernism that preceded it—does not so much refer to an artistic movement as it does reflect the broad constellation of socio-cultural trends that compose American culture today. In each semester, the course will focus on a unique cohort of twentieth- and twenty-first-century writers.
H-ENG 355 - Honors English: Literature of the Holocaust 3 credits Course enrollment is limited to Honors students.
This Honors course examines the literature of the Jewish Holocaust and, specifically, writing by Holocaust survivors (Jewish and non-Jewish) whose work defines the culture of remembrance we associate with this historical event.
By looking at the work of writers like Elie Wiesel, Anne Frank, Viktor Frankl, Primo Levi, and others—and by examining other media (shtetl diaries, photographs, and film)—we will, as a class, develop an understanding of the political, spiritual, and aesthetic dimensions of this work and its informing influence on cultures around the world.
Through committed study of the period, students will better appreciate our human capacity for hate and the redemptive powers of love, forgiveness, and art.
ENG 356 - Woodcrest Practicum Credit to be arranged; May be repeated for credit
This practicum course is designed for students interested in participating in the publication of Woodcrest, the Cabrini College literary journal.
Students will have the opportunity to contribute to all phases of the magazine and online publication including writing, copyediting, layout, distribution, as well as development of the English Department programming associated with the each issue.
ENG 358 - The Harlem Renaissance 3 credits
In this course students will study literary, musical, film, and artistic productions of the Harlem Renaissance. As W.E.B. Dubois pondered the power of “Negro Art,” prolific authors such as Claude McKay, Countee Cullen, Langston Hughes, Jean Toomer, and Zora Neale Hurston created works that gave expression to the diverse and complex African American experience.
Students will analyze these works and genres in the context of major debates, social movements, political shifts, and intellectual transformations of the modern era. The course will focus specifically on the construction of black identity and modern black aesthetics through jazz music, avant-garde texts, and blues women.
Through study, the class will explore the rich cultural history of the Harlem Renaissance Movement and how it continues to influence our culture today.
ENG 363 - Alternative Genres: Science Fiction, Horror, and Fantasy 3 credits
This course explores literary genres that have challenged our traditional notions of literature and society. The science fiction, horror, and fantasy short story and novel have deeply informed the creation of a mass market for imaginative art, including film and other media.
Through a rigorous sequence of reading and writing assignments, students in this course will develop a more informed appreciation of these popular genres.
ENG 365 - The Beat Movement: Writing and the New Revolution 3 credits
This course examines the poetry and novels of the so-called “Beat Generation.” Examining the works of William Burroughs, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg, Gary Snyder, and other artists of the post-war era, students will develop an appreciation for the broad contribution (social, political, and artistic) of these writers to the counter-cultural revolution of the time.
Students will have the opportunity to research the work of a Beat writer of their choice. This work will inform their production of creative writing in the Beat mode.
ENG 366 - The Graphic Novel 3 credits
This cultural studies course focuses on the graphic novel as pop culture product and literary practice. Students will explore how meaning (linguistic and artistic) is created in celebrated examples of the form, as well as in emerging classics. Our reading will be informed by contemporary theoretical perspectives as we interrogate the relationships that exist between the concepts of the “graphic novel,” the “comic book,” and the “storyboard.”
Through in-depth study of primary texts including Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, Joe Sacco’s Journalism, and other examples of the form, we will better appreciate the unique achievement of this relatively new literary genre.
ENG 367 - Travel Writing 3 credits
This experiential course is designed for students who have an interest in writing about travel. Students will explore the different types of travel writing, including first-person memoirs, creative non-fiction travel pieces, destination guides, and travelogues.
Using the world as a text, the course will be enhanced with a series of short trips to Philadelphia-area cultural destinations, after which students will be asked to develop a narrative lens through which to write about their experiences. An emphasis will be placed upon producing publication-quality works for inclusion in the Woodcrest magazine and website.
ENG/HIS 368 - The Classical World 3 credits
Through the lens of cultural history, this course explores the rich life and heritage of the ancient Mediterranean world, with special attention to Greece and Rome.
The approach of the class is fundamentally interdisciplinary in scope, with an eye toward how developments in politics, art, education, literature, philosophy, and technology mutually inform one another in any proper assessment of the classical world.
ENG 378 - Literary Journalism 3 credits
This course examines the rise of the “New Journalism” that blends non-fiction writing with traditional and experimental literary devices.
Students will study representative examples of the form (such as the work of James Agee, Truman Capote, and Tom Wolfe) and will develop their own writing projects for the course. Special emphasis is placed on the unique ethical challenges that literary journalists face.
ENG 379 - Introduction to the Study of Language 3 creditsCourse required for Secondary Education certification in English.
The course examines the ways in which the English language has developed and changed over the past 1,500 years.
Students acquire an understanding of some basic linguistic principles (morphological, phonological, syntactic, and semantic), paying attention to the nature and problems of contemporary English grammar and the history and structure of American English.
ENG 380 - Scriptwriting 3 credits
In this “Aesthetics” course the study of a variety of dramatic forms and techniques leads to students writing scenes on subjects of their choice.
Students will work as authors, editors and critics as they work toward creating a short- or full-length stage, screen, or television play. All facets of script development (from conception to production) will be explored.
ENG 381 - Improvisation: Creative Drama 3 credits
This experiential course presents a variety of theater games, scenes, and challenges that are performed without scripts. Improvisation develops quick thinking, involves solving problems “on one’s feet,” and challenges students to develop their imaginations.
This course is a good background for acting, public speaking, and public relations and advertising. Student participation in the course will culminate in a public performance of a collaborative improvisational theater work developed over the course of the semester.
ENG 382 - Theater Practicum Credit to be arranged; May be repeated for credit
This practicum course involves advanced work in connection with a theater production.
ENG 384 - Theater Directing 3 credits
This “Aesthetics” course is offered for students interested in learning the fundamentals of theater directing. The class combines lectures and discussions with hands-on experience.
Students will discover what a director does from choosing a script, researching the production, and developing a concept, to casting and directing the play. Students create director’s books for one play during the semester and have the opportunity to direct other students in scenes from dramatic literature.
ENG 385 - Musical Theater 3 credits
From Cohan to Sondheim, from Kern to Lloyd Webber, the musical theater remains America’s greatest contribution to theatrical literature. In this “Aesthetics” course students will study musicals through a variety of media, as many musicals have been adapted from literature and film to stage and screen.
Students will read, discuss, experience, and write about this unique American art form and study musical theater’s broad scope from dramatic operas to modern rock musicals.
ENG 386 - Musical Theater Choreography 3 credits
In this course, students will develop a vocabulary of basic, commonly used dance steps in musical theater choreography and explore a variety of dance styles that are used in contemporary musicals.
Students will study famous Broadway choreographers, from Bob Fosse to Jerome Robbins, to better appreciate the nuances of this uniquely American dance form. Students will apply technique, vocabulary, and composition to create a choreographed piece that demonstrates their understanding of how dance can progress to convey a story in a musical-theater production.
ENG 387 - Acting in New Plays 3 credits Prerequisite: ENG 280 or permission of instructor
Conducted in conjunction with ENG 380, Scriptwriting, this course allows selected actors the opportunity to appear in a scene from new plays. Students will explore various acting styles and genres, with an emphasis on performance in student-authored scripts.
ENG 388 - Advanced Acting 3 credits Prerequisite: ENG 280 or permission of instructor
This course continues the work of ENG 280 and also offers specialized study in a particular area of theater and acting relevant to student interests. The course will include advanced study of acting in the classics, acting for the musical theater, and acting in comedy.
ENG 399 - Professional Development Seminar 1 credit
This course assists seniors in thinking critically about their place within the field of English and will allow students to refine the proficiencies most relevant to their post-undergraduate plans.
The class will further develop the practical skills introduced in ENG 299, and will complement individual preparation for the work force, professional school, or graduate study in the humanities.
ENG 403 - Senior Capstone/Thesis Experience 3 credits; Offered fall Course required for all senior English majors.
The English capstone experience has two essential goals. First, students will reflect extensively and systematically on the importance of their academic discipline, with an eye toward what their individual and collective experiences as English majors suggest about their professional development (be it entering the workforce, teaching, further study at the graduate level, or other pursuits).
The second goal is each student’s development and refinement of a significant senior project or other achievement that explicitly integrates their disciplinary and core studies. Examples of this include the senior research thesis, a vocation-specific portfolio (such as a teaching or creative writing portfolio), or any other project approved by the instructor that demonstrates the student’s intellectual growth and readiness for professional life after college.
ENG 420 - Writing, Editing, and Publishing (Digital Media) 3 credits; Offered fall
Students in this advanced writing course will assume primary editorial responsibilities for the Department of English digital publication program. Work on the Woodcrest website—and related internet media endeavors—will provide students with real-world experience in the professional fields of publishing and editing.
In addition to refining their fundamental skills for the fields—including the development of publishable writing samples—the course provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the unique opportunities, considerations, and challenges present in the emergent world of digital publication.
ENG 423 - Writing, Editing and Publishing (Print Media) 3 credits; Offered spring
Students in this advanced writing course will assume primary editorial responsibilities for the Department of English print publication program. Work on the Woodcrest magazine—and related print media endeavors—will provide students with real-world experience in the professional fields of publishing and editing.
In addition to refining their fundamental skills for the fields—including the development of publishable writing samples—the course provides an opportunity for students to reflect on the cultural role of publishing, the history of the book, and the unique role of print publications in a varied and evolving publishing environment.
ENG/COM 489 - English/Communication Curriculum and Methods 3 credits; Offered fall Course is required for Secondary Education certification in English. Course should be taken in conjunction with ENG 307.
Students are introduced to methods and materials of instruction for teaching literature, composition, speech, and related English and communication skills on the secondary level.
The development of useful lesson plans, and an appreciation for the value of research and information literacy in the high school classroom will be discussed by prospective teachers enrolled in this course.
ENG 499 - Independent Study Credit to be arranged; Fee; Offered fall and springPrerequisite: Approval of instructor, department chair, and Dean for Academic Affairs
Independent study of course content determined in consultation with the supervising instructor.