Courses

Every English major at Grinnell receives a thorough grounding in the tools of literary analysis, studies the literary traditions of a variety of ages and places, and completes ambitious research projects. The department offers students a range of choices as they pursue those ends; the flexible curriculum allows students to read American, British, Irish, and postcolonial literatures from a variety of critical and theoretical perspectives. We represent the relationships among our courses, requirements, and departmental goals on our English curricular map.

Within this curriculum, every English major develops his or her own questions and interests. The major begins with a 100-level course in which students develop their analytical skills by paying close attention to texts and developing an awareness of contemporary approaches to literary study. The 200 level includes courses that introduce students to the practices of creative and argumentative writing; the traditions of American, African-American, ethnic American, British, Irish, and postcolonial literatures; and the theoretical tools of historical linguistics and gender studies. Those courses provide the necessary background for the three 300-level seminars that every English major completes. Courses at the 300 level require more advanced work in literary study and creative writing; these courses train students in advanced skills of self-directed research and writing. To complement this intensive study of English as a discipline, English majors also complete at least introductory study of a foreign language and one course that involves an interdisciplinary approach to humanistic inquiry.

The English section of the course catalog offers more information about all these courses and details of the department’s major requirements.

Spring 2015

ENG-120-01 Literary Analysis - G. Barlow

ENG-120-02 Literary Analysis - C. Shanafelt

ENG-120-03 Literary Analysis - G. Barlow

ENG-120-04 Literary Analysis - C. Jacobson

ENG-121-01 Introduction to Shakespeare - J. Lee

ENG-121-02 Introduction to Shakespeare - J. Lee

ENG-204-01 The Craft of Argument - T. Arner

ENG-206-01 The Craft of Poetry - H. Phan

ENG-207-01 Craft of Creative Nonfiction - R. Savarese

ENG-210-01 Studies in Genre - C. Shanafelt

ENG-215-01 Reading & Writing Youth Cult - J. Ketter

ENG-223-01 Tradition of English Lit I - J. Lee

ENG-226-01 Tradition of English Lit III - E. Simpson

ENG-228-01 American Lit Traditions II - S. Benjamin

ENG-229-01 Tradition African Amer Lit - S. Benjamin

ENG-274-01 Sex, Gender, & Critical Theory - T. Geller

ENG-295-01 ST: Slavery & Human Rights - C. Shanafelt

ENG-325-01 Studies in Ethnic Am Lit - H. Phan

ENG-330-01 Studies in American Prose I - R. Savarese

ENG-360-01 Seminar in Postcolonial Lit - S. Kapila

Fall 2014

ENG-120-01 Literary Analysis - S. Kapila

ENG-120-02 Literary Analysis - C. Jacobson

ENG-120-03 Literary Analysis - C. Jacobson

ENG-120-04 Literary Analysis - E. Simpson

ENG-120-05 Literary Analysis - S. Benjamin

ENG-121-01 Introduction to Shakespeare - T. Arner

ENG-205-01 The Craft of Fiction - C. Bakopoulos

ENG-205-02 The Craft of Fiction - C. Bakopoulos

ENG-205-03 The Craft of Fiction - C. Bakopoulos

ENG-206-01 The Craft of Poetry - G. Barlow

ENG-224-01 Tradition of English Lit II - C. Shanafelt

ENG-224-02 Tradition of English Lit II - C. Shanafelt

ENG-225-01 Intro to Postcolonial Lit - S. Kapila

ENG-232-01 Traditions of Ethnic Am Lit  - H. Phan

ENG-295-01 ST: Adv Fiction Workshop - T. Johnson

ENG-314-01 Milton - J. Lee

ENG-327-01 The Romantics - E. Simpson

ENG-329-01 Studies African American Lit - S. Benjamin

ENG-349-01 Medieval Literature - T. Arner

Spring 2014

ENG 120-01  Literary Analysis - Benjamin

ENG 120-02  Literary Analysis - Barlow

ENG 120-03  Literary Analysis - Phan

ENG 120-04  Literary Analysis - Shanafelt

ENG 120-05  Literary Analysis - Shanafelt

ENG 121-01  Introduction to Shakespeare - Simpson

ENG 205-01  The Craft of Fiction - Bakopoulos

ENG 206-01  The Craft of Poetry - Savarese

ENG 207-01  Craft of Nonfiction - Bakopoulos

ENG 210-01  Studies in Genre - Phan

ENG 223-01  Tradition of English Lit. I - Lee

ENG 227-01  American Lit. Traditions I - Andrews

ENG 230-01  English Historical Linguistics - Arner

ENG 232-01  Traditions of Ethnic American Lit. - Phan

ENG 274-01  Sex, Gender & Critical Theory - Geller

ENG 295-01  ST:  How to Be an Elizabethan - Staff

ENG 295-02  ST:  Fiction Workshop - Ingram

ENG 310-01  Studies in Shakespeare - Lee

ENG 329-01  Studes in African American Lit - Benjamin

ENG 337-01  The British Novel - Shanafelt

ENG 346-01  Studies in Modern Prose - Simpson

Fall 2013

ENG-120-01  Literary Analysis - Andrews

ENG 120-02  Literary Analysis - Phan

ENG-120-03 Literary Analysis - Shanafelt

ENG-120-04 Literary Analysis - Simpson

ENG 121-01  Introduction to Shakespeare - Arner

ENG 121-02  Introduction to Shakespeare - Lee

ENG 205-01  The Craft of Fiction - Bakopoulos

ENG 205-02  The Craft of Fiction - Bakopoulos

ENG 206-01  The Craft of Poetry - Barlow

ENG 224-01  Tradition of English Lit. II - Shanafelt

ENG 225-01  Introduction to Postcolonial Lit. - Kapila

ENG 228-01  American Lit. Traditions II - Andrews

ENG 229-01  Tradition African American Lit. - Benjamin

ENG 290-01  Introduction to Literary Theory - Andrews

ENG 295-01  ST: New Media Writing & Art of Sound - Porter

ENG 3030-01  Chaucer - Arner

ENG 316-01  Studies in English Renaissance Lit. - Lee

ENG 325-01  Studies in Ethnic American Lit. - Phan

ENG 331-01  Studies in American Prose - Savarese

ENG 332-01  The Victorians - Simpson

Spring 2013

ENG-120-01 - Literary Analysis - Khactu

ENG-120-02 - Literary Analysis - Phan

ENG-120-03 - Literary Analysis - Phan

ENG-120-04 - Literary Analysis - Staff

ENG-121-01 - Introduction to Shakespeare - Lee

ENG-121-02 - Introduction to Shakespeare - Lee

ENG-206-01 - The Craft of Poetry - Barlow

ENG-207-01 - Craft of Creative Nonfiction - Bakopoulos

ENG-224-01 - Tradition of English Lit. II - Staff

ENG-232-02 - Traditions of Ethnic American Lit. - Phan

ENG-290-01 - Intro to Literary Theory - Andrews

ENG-295-01 - ST: Gandhi: Yogi/Hero/Activist - Kapila/Dobe

ENG-314-01 - Milton - Lee

ENG-323-01 - Studies English Lit.: 1660-1798 - Staff

ENG-326-01 - Studies American Poetry - Andrews

ENG-329-01 - Studies African American Lit. - Benjamin

ENG-360-01 - Seminar in Postcolonial Lit. - Kapila

ENG-385-01 - Writing Seminar: Fiction - Bakopoulos

Spring 2012

English 120-01- Literary Analysis - Khactu

English 120-02 -Literary Analysis - Khactu

English 120-03 - Literary Analysis - Huang

English 121-02 - Literary Analysis - Simpson

English 224-01 - Tradition of English Lit. II - Jacobson

English 225-01 - Intor to Postcolonial Lit. - Kapila

English 227-01 - American Lit. Traditions I - Andrews

English 230-01 - English Historical -Arner

English 231-01 - American Lit. Traditions III - Savarese

English 232-01 - Traditions of Ethnic Am. Lit. -  Khactu

English 295-01 - Craft of Creative Non-Fiction - Savarese

English 332-01 - Going to Town: Urbanization and Victorian Literature - Jacobson

English 346-01 - Studies in Modern Prose - Simpson

English 385-01 - Writing Seminar Fiction - Bakopoulos

English 390-01 - Writing Seminar: Fiction -  Andrews

English 395-01 - Indian Modernity -  Huang

Fall 2012

ENG-120-01 - Literary Analysis - Barlow

ENG-120-02 - Literary Analysis - Kapila

ENG-120-03 - Literary Analysis - Phan

ENG-120-04 - Literary Analysis - Shanafelt

ENG-120-05 - Literary Analysis - Shanafelt

ENG-120-06 - Literary Analysis - Khactu

ENG-121-01 - Introduction to Shakespeare - Arner

ENG-205-01 - The Craft of Fiction - Bakopoulos

ENG-205-02 - The Craft of Fiction - Bakopoulos

ENG-206-01 - The Craft of Poetry - Barlow

ENG-223-01 - Tradition of English Lit. I - Lee

ENG-226-01 - Tradition of English Lit. III - Simpson

ENG-227-01 - American Lit. Traditions I - Andrews

ENG-228-01 - American Lit Traditions II - Khactu

ENG-229-01 - Tradition African American Lit. - Benjamin

ENG-274-01 - Sex, Gender, & Critical Theory - Geller

ENG-295-01 - ST: New Media Writing & Art of Sound - Porter

ENG-295-02 - ST: The Writer in the World - Tanenhaus

ENG-295-03 - ST: Theory to Post Theory - Bhaduri

ENG-325-01 - Studies in Ethnic American Lit. - Phan

ENG-327-01 - The Romantics - Simpson

ENG-331-01 - Studies in American Prose II - Henry

ENG-349-01 - Medieval Literature - Arner

ENG-386-01 - Writing Seminar: Poetry - Whiteman

Fall 2011

ENG 120-01 - Literary Analysis - Khatcu

ENG 120-02 - Literary Analysis - Huang

ENG 120-03 - Literary Analysis - Bakopoulos

ENG 120-04 - Literary Analysis - Huang

ENG 120-05 - Literary Analysis - Huang

ENG 205-01 - Craft of Fiction - Bakopoulos

ENG 205-02 - Craft of Fiction - Bakopoulos

ENG 206-01 - Craft of Poetry - Savarese

ENG 223-01 - Tradition of English Lit I - Arner

ENG 227-01 - American Lit. Traditions - Andrews

ENG 229-01 Tradition Africa Amer. Lit - Andrews

ENG 273-01 Feminism/Gender/Lit Theory - Kapila

ENG 303-01 Chaucer - Arner

ENG 325-01 Studies in Ethnic Am. Lit - Khactu

ENG 331-01 Studies in American Prose II - Savarese

ENG 360-01 Seminar in Postcolonial Lit - Kapila

ENG 386-01 Writing Seminar Poetry - Barlow 

Spring 2011

ENG 204-The Craft of Argument – Arner

ENG 206-The Craft of Poetry – Barlow

ENG 223-Traditions of English Literature I – Shore

ENG 225-Intro to Postcolonial Literature – Kapila

ENG 227-Traditions of American Literature I – Andrews

ENG 228-Traditions of American Literature II – Benjamin

ENG 229-Traditions of African American Literature – Benjamin

ENG 231-Traditions of American Literature III – Savarese

ENG 295-The Craft of Creative Nonfiction – Savarese

ENG 310-Studies in Shakespeare – Shore

ENG 325-Studies in Ethnic American Literature – Ma

ENG 327-The Romantics – Simpson

ENG 329-Studies in African American Literature – Benjamin

ENG 331-Studies in American Prose II – Henry

ENG 360-Postcolonial Literature – Kapila

ENG 385-Fiction-Writing - Jackson

ENG 390-Literary Theory - Andrews

Fall 2010

ENG 205-The Craft of Fiction – Jackson

ENG 206-The Craft of Poetry – Savarese

ENG 223-Traditions of English Literature I – Arner

ENG 224-Traditions of English Literature II – Jacobson

ENG 226-Tradition of English Literature III – Simpson

ENG 228-Traditions of American Literature II – Benjamin

ENG 232-Traditions of Ethnic American Literature – Ma

ENG 295-Advanced Poetry Seminar –

ENG 297-Mellon Mays Seminar – Benjamin

ENG 316-Studies English Renassance Literature – Shore

ENG 328-Studies in American Poetry II – Andrews

ENG 346-Studies in Modern Prose – Geller

ENG 349-Medieval Literature – Arner

Spring 2010

• ENG 205 – The Craft of Fiction – Emmons

• ENG 206 – The Craft of Poetry – Barlow

• ENG 223 – Tradition of English Lit. I – Shore

• ENG 224 – Tradition of English Lit. II – Lobban-Viravong

• ENG 226 – Tradition of English Lit. III – Simpson

• ENG 228 – American Lit Traditions II – Benjamin

• ENG 230 – Eng. Historical Linguistics – Arner

• ENG 273 – Feminism/Gender/Lit. Theory – Geller

• ENG 295 – ST: Advanced Fiction Seminar – Harding

• ENG 314 – Milton – Shore

• ENG 329 – Studies African American Lit. – Benjamin

• ENG 332 – Haunted Victorians – Simpson

• ENG 386 – Writing Seminar: Poetry - Savarese

• ENG 390 – Literary Theory – Andrews

Fall 2009

• ENG 205 – The Craft of Fiction – Emmons

• ENG 206 – The Craft of Poetry – Savarese

• ENG 223 – Tradition of English Lit. I – Arner

• ENG 227 - American Literary Traditions I – Andrews

• ENG 229 – Tradition African American Lit. – Benjamin

• ENG 303 – Chaucer – Arner

• ENG 323 – Studies English Lit: 1660-1798 – Lobban-Viravong

• ENG 328 – Studies American Poetry II – Andrews

• ENG 331 – Studies American Prose II – Savarese

• ENG 346 – Studies in Modern Prose – Simpson

• ENG 385 – Writing Seminar - Emmons

Spring 2009
  • ENG 204 - The Craft of Argument - Arner
  • ENG 205 - The Craft of Fiction - Domini and Ho
  • ENG 223 - The Tradition of English Literature I - Odom
  • ENG 224 - The Tradition of English Literature II - Lobban-Viravong
  • ENG 226 - The Tradition of English Literature III - Bremm
  • ENG 227 - American Literary Traditions I - Andrews
  • ENG 228 - American Literary Traditions II - Benjamin
  • ENG 273 - Feminisms, Gender, and Literary Theory - Geller
  • ENG 295 - SpTp: Craft of Creative Non-Fiction - Domini
  • ENG 325 - Studies in Ethnic American Literatures - Ho
  • ENG 326 - Studies in American Poetry I - Andrews
  • ENG 329 - Studies in African American Literature - Benjamin
  • ENG 338 - The British Novel II - Lobban-Viravong
  • ENG 345 - Studies in Modern Poetry - Bremm
  • ENG 360 - Seminar in Postcolonial Literature - Kapila
  • ENG 386 - Writing Seminar: Poetry - Barlow
  • ENG 390 - Literary Theory - Andrews
Fall 2008
  • ENG 205 - The Craft of Fiction - Domini
  • ENG 206 - The Craft of Poetry - Barlow
  • ENG 223 - The Tradition of English Literature I - Arner
  • ENG 224 - The Tradition of English Literature II - Lobban-Viravong
  • ENG 225 - Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures - Kapila
  • ENG 226 - The Tradition of English Literature III - Bremm
  • ENG 229 - The Tradition of African American Literature - Benjamin
  • ENG 232 - Tradition of Ethnic American Literatures - Ho
  • ENG 295 - SpTp: Advanced Poetry Seminar - Kuusisto
  • ENG 310 - Studies in Shakespeare - Odom
  • ENG 323 - Studies in English Literature: 1660-1798 - Lobban-Viravong
  • ENG 346 - Studies in Modern Prose - Bremm
  • ENG 349 - Medieval Literature - Arner
  • ENG 385 - Writing Seminar: Fiction - Ho
Spring 2008
  • ENG 205 - The Craft of Fiction - Ho
  • ENG 206 - The Craft of Poetry - Savarese
  • ENG 223 - The Tradition of English Literature I - Ainsworth
  • ENG 224 - The Tradition of English Literature II - Simpson
  • ENG 227 - American Literary Traditions I - Nestor
  • ENG 230 - English Historical Linguistics - Dobbs
  • ENG 231 - American Literary Traditions III - Savarese
  • ENG 273 - Feminisms, Gender, and Literary Theory - Kapila
  • ENG 295 - Advanced Non-fiction Seminar - Kuusisto
  • ENG 303 - Chaucer - Dobbs
  • ENG 325 - Studies in Ethnic American Literatures - Ho
  • ENG 332 - The Victorians - Simpson
  • ENG 337 - The British Novel I - Lobban-Viravong
  • ENG 360 - Seminar in Postcolonial Literature - Kapila
  • ENG 386 - Writing Seminar: Poetry - Savarese
  • ENG 390 - Literary Theory - Kapila
Fall 2007
  • ENG 206 - The Craft of Poetry - Barlow
  • ENG 223 - The Tradition of English Literature I - Dobbs
  • ENG 224 - The Tradition of English Literature II - Lobban-Viravong
  • ENG 225 - Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures - Kapila
  • ENG 228 - American Literary Traditions II: Renaissance, Romance, Realism - Nestor
  • ENG 232 - Traditions of Ethnic American Literatures - Ho
  • ENG 295 - Advanced Poetry Seminar - Rumsey
  • ENG 316 - Studies in English Renaissance Literature:Fools and Tricksters - Ainsworth
  • ENG 323 - Studies in English Literature: 1660-1798 - Simpson
  • ENG 329 - Studies in African American Literature - Simmons
  • ENG 330 - Studies in American Prose I - Nestor
  • ENG 349 - Medieval Literature: Riddle, Romance, and Dream Vision - Dobbs
Spring 2007
  • Eng 120-01 - Literary Analysis - Ho
  • Eng 120-02 - Literary Analysis - Simpson
  • Eng 120-03 - Literary Analysis - Prendergast
  • Eng 120-04 - Literary Analysis - Kapila
  • Eng 120-05 - Literary Analysis - Simawe
  • ENG 121-01 - Intro to Shakespeare - Simpson
  • ENG 121-02 - Intro to Shakespeare - Prendergast
  • ENG 204-01 - The Craft of Argument - Dobbs
  • ENG 205-01 - The Craft of Fiction - Ho
  • ENG 205-02 - The Craft of Fiction - P. Smith
  • ENG 206-01 - The Craft of Poetry - Barlow
  • ENG 223-01 - The Tradition of English Literature I - Prendergast
  • ENG 224-01 - The Tradition of English Literature II - Lobban-Viravong
  • ENG 227-01 - American Literary Traditions I: Contact, Colony, Republic - Andrews
  • ENG 228-01 - American Literary Traditions II: Renaissance, Romance, Realism - Andrews
  • ENG 229-01 - The Tradition of African American Literature - Simawe
  • ENG 231-01 - American Literary Traditions III - Savarese
  • ENG 295-01 - SpTp: Advanced Poetry Seminar - Bell
  • ENV 295-01 - SpTp: Writing the Land - O'Brien
  • ENG 325-01 - Studies in Ethnic American Literatures - Ho
  • ENG 331-01 - Studies in American Prose II - Savarese
  • ENG 338-01 - The British Novel II: Imperial Aspirations and Domesticity in the British Novel - Lobban-Viravong
  • ENG 360-01 - Seminar in Postcolonial Literature - Kapila
  • ENG 390-01 - Literary Theory - Kapila
  • HUM 101-02 - Hum I: Ancient Greek World - Dobbs
  • HUM 395-01 - SpTp: Criticism and Writing for Public Media - Giddens
Fall 2006
  • Eng 120-01 - Literary Analysis - Dobbs
  • Eng 120-02 - Literary Analysis - Ho
  • Eng 120-03 - Literary Analysis - Simawe
  • Eng 120-04 - Literary Analysis - Barlow
  • Eng 120-05 - Literary Analysis - Savarese
  • Eng 205-01 - The Craft of Fiction - Smith
  • Eng 206-01 - The Craft of Poetry - Savarese
  • Eng 223-01 - The Tradition of English Literature I- Dobbs
  • Eng 225-01 - Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures - Kapila
  • Eng 226-01 - The Tradition of English Literature III - Simpson
  • Eng 228-01 - American Literary Traditions II - Andrews
  • Eng 232-01 - Traditions of Ethnic American Literatures - Ho
  • Eng 295-01 - Special Topic: Melville - Jedrzejko
  • Eng 314-01 - Milton - Prendergast
  • Eng 326-01 - Studies in American Poetry I - Andrews
  • Eng 327-01 - The Romantics - Simpson
  • Eng 329-01 - Studies in African American Literature - Simawe
  • Eng 345-01 - Studies in Modern Poetry - Savarese
  • Eng 349-01 - Medieval Literature - Dobbs
  • Eng 385-01 - Writing Seminar: Fiction - Smith
  • Eng 386-01 - Writing Seminar: Poetry - Barlow
Spring 2006
  • Eng 120-01 - Literary Analysis - Prendergast
  • Eng 120-02 - Literary Analysis - Wee
  • Eng 120-03 - Literary Analysis - Andrews
  • Eng 120-04 - Literary Analysis - Barlow
  • Eng 120-05 - Literary Analysis - Andrews
  • Eng 121-01 - Intro to Shakespeare - Prendergast
  • Eng 205-01 - The Craft of Fiction - Smith
  • Eng 206-01 - The Craft of Poetry - Barlow
  • Eng 223-01 - The Tradition of English Literature I- Moore
  • Eng 224-01 - The Tradition of English Literature II - Wee
  • Eng 225-01 - Intro to Postcolonial Literature - Kapila
  • Eng 228-01 - American Literary Traditions II - Savarese
  • Eng 229-01 - The Tradition of African American Literature - Simawe
  • Eng 230-01 - English Historical Linguistics - Dobbs
  • Eng 295-01 - Special Topic: Advanced Poetry Seminar -Wilson
  • Eng 303-01 - Chaucer - Dobbs
  • Eng 310-01 - Studies in Shakespeare - Prendergast
  • Eng 331-01 - Studies in American Prose II - Savarese
  • Eng 360-01 - Seminar in Postcolonial Literature - Kapila
  • Eng 385-01 - Writing Seminar: Fiction- Smith
  • Eng 390-01 - Literary Theory - Andrews
Fall 2005
  • Eng 120-01 - Literary Analysis - Dobbs
  • Eng 120-02 - Literary Analysis - Prendergast
  • Eng 120-03 - Literary Analysis -
  • Eng 120-04 - Literary Analysis - Cavanagh
  • Eng 121-01 - Intro to Shakespeare - Prendergast
  • Eng 205-01 - The Craft of Fiction - Smith
  • Eng 205-02 - The Craft of Fiction - Smith
  • Eng 206-01 - The Craft of Poetry - Savarese
  • Eng 223-01 - The Tradition of English Literature I- Dobbs
  • Eng 224-01 - The Tradition of English Literature II - Staff
  • Eng 227-01 - American Literature Tradition I - Andrews
  • Eng 295-01 - Special Topic: Advanced Fiction Seminar - Brockmeier
  • Eng 314-01 - Milton - Cavanagh
  • Eng 328-01 - Studies in American Poetry II - Andrews
  • Eng 329-01 - Studies in African-American Literature - Simawe
  • Eng 332-01 - The Victorians - Wee
  • Eng 337-01 - The British Novel I- Lobban-Viravong
  • Eng 386-01 - Writing Seminar: Poetry - Savarese