English Current 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 - 2022

ENG-120-01 Literary Analysis - S. Sutaria

ENG-120-02 Literary Analysis - S. Sutaria

ENG-120-03 Literary Analysis - M. Lavan

ENG-120-04 Literary Analysis - C. Jacobson

ENG-121-01 Introduction to Shakespeare - E. Simpson

ENG-205-01 Craft of Fiction - S. Sanchez

ENG-206-01 Craft of Poetry - R. Savarese

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

ENG-210-01 Studies in Genre - M. Lavan

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

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

ENG-229-01 Tradition of African American Lit - M. Lavan

ENG-231-01 American Lit Traditions III - H. Phan

ENG-240-01 Digital Methods Lit Studies - E. Simpson

ENG-303-01 Chaucer - S. Abdelkarim

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

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

ENG-385-01 Writing Seminar: Fiction - A. Nutting

ENG-395-01 ST: Queer & Trans Literatures - L. Allen

Fall 2021

ENG-120-01 Literary Analysis - S. Sutaria

ENG-120-02 Literary Analysis - A. Nikolopoulos

ENG-120-03 Literary Analysis - C. Jacobson 

ENG-121-01 Introduction to Shakespeare - E. Simpson

ENG-205-01 The Craft of Fiction - S. Sanchez

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

ENG-223-01 Tradition of English Lit I - S. Abdelkarim

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

ENG-230-01 English Historical Linguistics - T. Arner

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

ENG-295-01 ST: Fugitvity & Racial Cptism - A. Nikolopoulou

ENG-295-02 ST: Global Creative Writing - T. Dema

ENG-295-03 ST: Intermed Fiction Workshop - C. Lombardo

ENG-329-01 Studies African American Lit - M. Lavan

ENG-331-01 Studies in American Prose II - R. Savarese

ENG-332-01 The Victorians - C. Jacobson

ENG-337-01 The British Novel I - E. Simpson

ENG-386-01 Writing Seminar: Poetry - H. Phan

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