L.ENG-111: Critical Writing-FW
A writing course which includes the analysis of short and/or long fiction, creative nonfiction, and emerging forms of public and/or popular culture writing, this class also stresses persuasion, argumentation, and research. Fulfills college writing requirement for students of advanced standing in English. Prerequisite: advanced standing in English. 3 credits.
L.ENG-150: Composing with Video
A multi-modal composition course focusing on script writing and turning finished scripts into brief (4-8 minute) movies. It is a hands-on course that requires creativity. Students will create and edit movies using contemporary digital software. No prior knowledge of script writing and/or movie making is needed in order to enroll in the course. L.ENG-150 is not applicable to the creative writing major, literature major, or English major or minor. 3 credits. January term.
L.ENG-201: Poetry in Performance
This is an in-depth study of lyric poetry for students who want to approach the subject in an experiential way. Students will develop their understanding and appreciation for poetry by doing close readings of poems, writing critical essays based on these close readings, and making poetry physically part of themselves through memorization and performance. They will learn to read aloud and recite poems in a way that develops their expressiveness and other public speaking skills. Topics will include the application of fundamental topics in poetics, including imagery, trope, lineation, syntax, tone, sound, prosody, and the concepts of speaker and addressee. Prerequisites: L.LIB-105 or L.LIB- 110. Recommended: at least one college-level literature course. 3 credits. January term.
L.ENG-210: Literary Studies
In this course students will be stimulated to think about the purpose and value of studying literature, and introduced to the interpretive reading skills and critical vocabulary of basic textual analysis (i.e. close reading, and structural and formalist analysis). Students will learn to write about the elements of literature, including plot, character, setting, ideas, point of view, imagery, metaphor, symbolism, allegory, and prosody. The course also introduces students to contextual analysis. It emphasizes practical instruction in writing critical essays, and is writing-intensive. Newly declared English majors should take this course the first semester it is offered after they declare, if they have not taken it already. 3 credits.
L.ENG-221: World Literature: Beginnings to Middle Ages
Selected works from classical Greece, India and China, and from medieval Arabia, Europe and Japan. 3 credits. Spring semesters of odd numbered years.
L.ENG-222: World Literature: Renaissance to Modern
Selected works from European, Native and Latin American, African, South Asian and Asian cultures. 3 credits. Spring semesters of even numbered years.
L.ENG-224: African American Literature
This course surveys nineteenth- and twentieth- century African American literature. Poetry, speeches, fiction, folk tales, song, essays and autobiography will be examined, and an experiential, community-based component will be incorporated. 3 credits.
L.ENG-225: Literature of Oppression and Resistance-AC
This course examines literary works from various social and historical contexts that address issues of oppression and resistance, focusing especially on literature that reflects the experience of colonialism. Representative works include Shakespeare’s Tempest, Aime Cesaire’s A Tempest, Joyce’s Dubliners, Albert Camus’s A Plague, Conrad’s Heart of Darkness, Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart. Prerequisites: L.LIB- 100, L.LIB- 105, L.LIB-1 10, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-231: Short Fiction-AA
A course in the genre of short fiction: possibilities, varieties, structures and types. Authors vary. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-232: The Novel-AA
A course in the genre of the novel: possibilities, varieties, structures, and types. Authors vary. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
The course will provide students with an introduction to the reading and study of drama, including structure, dramatic strategies, symbolism, thematic analysis, and stage craft. Plays selected are at the discretion of the instructor. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-1 10, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-235: The Revisionist Superhero-AA
In this course students will first learn the boundaries and cultural expectations of elements of the traditional super-hero narrative; then, the course will engage some of the major texts that challenge those expectations, as well as the deep and rich body of associated criticism that places those texts in an aesthetic and cultural context. The texts used in this course have been selected specifically because they are widely-viewed as stories that transcend their genre, and thus are recognized as a fine art form in and of themselves. Students will examine the evolution of the super-hero genre that began with the inception of “superhero revisionism” in the early 1980s, particularly in terms of the way these former four-color characters have been transformed in terms of character, visual styling, and most importantly, the stories told about them. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-1 10, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-236: Writing the Midwest Landscape
An introductory creative nonfiction workshop course specifically focused on the Midwest landscape. Students will write, workshop, and revise two works of creative nonfiction, including one memoir/narrative and one literary journalism essay. In addition, students will read published works of creative nonfiction, write literary analyses focusing on techniques of creative nonfiction, participate in three required local winter hikes/photography shoots, and deliver a photo-essay presentation involving a reading of their creative work with a backdrop of digital photography. Prerequisite: L.LIB-105. 3 credits. January term.
L.ENG-237: Fiction Writing
An introductory creative writing class focused on the short story. The class is conducted as a workshop/seminar of approximately 15 students, with heavy emphasis on student-composed fiction. To complete the course, students must write three short stories for a cumulative total of at least 25 final pages, participate actively in class, and critique other students’ work in writing. Prerequisites: L.LIB-105 or L.ENG-111. 3 credits.
L.ENG-238: Poetry Writing
An introductory workshop course in the art of writing poetry, and an introduction to poetics. Students will develop techniques for writing vivid descriptions and figures of speech, using precise diction, achieving rhythm and other pleasurable sound effects, deploying the energy of syntax, choosing rhetorical moods for emotional effect, and writing satisfying endings. Prerequisites: L.LIB-105, or L.ENG-111. 3 credits
L.ENG-239: Creative Nonfiction Writing-AA
An introductory level workshop in which students write and receive feedback on creative nonfiction essay forms. Students also analyze the writing techniques of published authors. Editing workshops focus on stylistic polish. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-240: The Nature of Nature in Ireland-AI
This course examines how the people of Ireland have established identity in relation to the landscape they inhabit. Topics include the Neolithic, Celtic, and early Christian Irish people’s interactions with nature, and the impact of British colonial occupation and modern commercialism on Irish identity with the landscape. Sources are literary and informational. A final project has students examine identity and community in its relationship to their own local landscape. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-241: Writing the Mississippi-AA
Writing the Mississippi helps students establish a sense of local place focused around North America’s most prominent river as groundwork for developing a sustainability ethic. Students read both literary (mostly creative nonfiction) and informational works to understand the river’s impact on individual lives as well as the geology, ecology, human history and culture surrounding it. Students write in the creative nonfiction genre to communicate an informed understanding and personal interaction with the river. The course requires two out-of-class local environmental study trips led by a cooperating faculty member.
L.ENG-242: Chicago Literature-AA
Students will read, analyze, discuss, and study novels, stories, plays and poems set in whole or in large part in Chicago. Readings include primary nonfiction documents. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits. January term.
L.ENG-248: Caribbean, African, Asian Literature of Identity-AI
Literature in English from the current and former British Empire excluding the British Isles; emphasis on the Third World. Demonstrates how literature shapes and reflects the identities of emerging Caribbean, African, and Asian nations. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-250: Literary London and Beyond-AA
In the course, we will examine literary genres of theater, poetry and fiction through the lens of art, museums and historical landmarks. We will also compare literature with companion arts—namely visual art and architecture—to see how the arts inform each other. Our study will draw from authors such as William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, William Blake, Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes), Oscar Wilde, Virginia Woolf, and JK Rowling. Literature explores places both real and imagined. Our visit to London and surrounding sites will allow us to understand how stories relate to place, and how place can inspire, reflect, and influence literature. 3 credits. January term.
L.ENG-251: Literature of the Frontier & American West-AA
Students will focus on and discuss the aesthetic and cultural significance of the literature of discovery, conflict, adventure, and travel in the land west of the Mississippi River. They will examine the relationships between nonfiction (i.e., personal narratives, newspaper writing, diaries, letters, and travel logs) and fiction (short stories, myths and legends, oral narratives, and novels). Students will also explore the ways in which genre, environment, language and bilingualism, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and personal politics all shape, reflect, and restrict artistic expression during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. Representative authors: Bret Hart, Mark Twain, Willa Cather, Ambrose Bierce, Mary Hunter Austin, Stephen Crane, Zane Grey, Frank Norris, Hamlin Garland, Zitkala-Sa, Kate Chopin, and Laura Ingalls Wilder. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-252: The Law in American Film & Fiction-AA
Students will study the law in American literature and film, focusing on the issues and consequences of creating, breaking, enforcing, and challenging the law and/or legal system(s). They will consider the relationships between legal literature/film and such issues as humanity, justice, love, ethics, citizenship, community, criminality, victimhood, environment, revenge, and social responsibility. They will also participate in a mock trial. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-253: Native Voices, Native Lives
This experiential learning course engages students in reading, writing and reflecting upon a variety of Native American voices and experiences (Cherokee, Navajo, Lakota, Dakota, Ojibwe, Pah-Ute, Spokane, Ho-Chunk, etc.). Students will immerse themselves in the novels, short stories, myths, poetry, and oral histories of Native American people, in order to expand and deepen their understanding of cultural voice. Students will spend the second week learning directly from native people as the class travels to experience tribal history and culture first hand. Students’ final projects will integrate the texts and experiences of the course into a researched and reflective product. Daily discussions, journaling, and mini-service projects in the community will be part of the overall on-site learning experience. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100; either L.LIB-105 or L.LIB-110. Instructor’s permission required. 3 credits. January term.
L.ENG-254: Travel Writing: Guatemala & Int’l Service
This course is both a study travel course and a community-based learning course. This Travel Writing service course to Guatemala is an introductory level workshop in which students write and receive feedback on creative nonfiction essay forms based on primary and secondary research. The thematic focus for the course is on citizenship and international service. Students will analyze the writing techniques of published authors, research secondary sources related to ideas about service, citizenship, and Guatemala’s political and social experiences with foreign aid, and create a travel narrative that defines service and reflects on their service experiences. Editing workshops will teach stylistic elements and focus on the process of writing. Students will spend 10 days in Guatemala, five (5) of which will be spent in a Mayan village in the mountains near Semachaca (where we will be finishing a building project the construction of a medical clinic). The other five (5) days will be spent visiting cultural sites to gain more cultural context and to conduct research for your travel narrative. Our on-campus work five (5) days before and after our visit to Guatemala will include talks given by former Peace Corps volunteers and other service agencies; cultural and historical research on Guatemala discussions of travel narratives written by volunteers who worked in Guatemala, and writing and editing workshops that will walk you through the creative writing process. 3 credits. January term.
L.ENG-255: All for One, One for All-AI
An investigation into questions surrounding the responsibilities of the individual to the community as evident in the work of three Nobel prize-winning authors- Francois Mauriac, Albert Camus and Samuel Beckett. We will examine the notions of choice, free will, personal identity and faith, and discuss ways in which these notions function within the framework of the novels/plays chosen for the semester. This course is cross-listed as L.CTL-274. The courses are identical but transcripts will reflect the course number (L.ENG or L.CTL) that a student registers for and completes. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB105, L.LIB-1 10, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135 or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-264: American Literature: The Search for Identity-AA
A thematic course in American literature, focusing on the search for identity as evidenced in literature. Recent themes have included male/female identities, war and peach, healing and searching, and ego and shadow. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB- 105, L.LIB- 110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-270: Bleak House in Context
This course is an in-depth study course on a major British novel and author—Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. Students will read the novel in context: in the installment form (fortunately available in the Special Collections of Loras’ ARC), alongside other Victorian publications and cultural artifacts, and through “contact” with the Victorians via role play. The course will simulate the Victorian methodology of reading narratives in serial format. Students will generate a class e-periodical which involves assuming the “roles” or voices of particular Victorian figures as found through their wider reading in the Special Collections resources of All the Year Round and Household Words (both journals edited by Dickens), the Newgate Journal and other Victorian texts. They will also have the opportunity to present their research, role play, and reading experiences in the display cases outside of the Special Collections room in the ARC. 3 credits. January term.
L.ENG-273: The Gothic Imagination-AC
This course begins with a study of the cultural and historical events of the late eighteenth century that led into the development of the Gothic imagination, especially the rise of Romanticism and revolution. Specific primary works, including fiction, art, and film, will vary from semester to semester, but will be ordered chronologically to allow students to trace the evolution of the Gothic form. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-274: Irish Gothic-AC
This course will first explore the reasons for which the Gothic tradition, with its literary roots in Walpole and Radcliffe and its political roots in the French Revolution, found fertile ground in the Anglo-Irish culture of the nineteenth century. Then it will investigate the evolution of that tradition in the works of selected writers: Maria Edgeworth, Charles Maturin, Sheridan Le Fanu, and Bram Stoker. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB-105, L.LIB-1 10, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-275: Witchcraft in Early Modern British Literature
This is a single topic course designed as an initial immersion in the subject of the literary and cultural depiction of witchcraft and those accused of it in early modern Britain. Students will read and discuss primary texts (ranging from Shakespeare plays to early modern tracts on witchcraft) and secondary texts (historical research). The course’s experiential component is in the form of a witch trial reacting game. Prerequisite: L.LIB220. 3 credits. January term.
L.ENG-277: Rhetoric and Political Engagement. This course surveys the field of rhetoric (the study of argumentation), observing how these long-revered concepts come to life in political rhetoric of the twenty-first century. Prerequisites: L.LIB-105 or L.ENG-111. 3 credits.
L.ENG-278: Grant and Proposal Writing. In this course students explore and learn the complex process of securing funding for non-profit organizations. Students gain actual experience in grant writing through partnerships with community organizations. Prerequisites: L.LIB-105 or L.ENG-111. 3 credits.
L.ENG-279: Writing for New Media. This course focuses on concepts of effective online writing. Although specific writing platforms (websites, blogs, social media, etc.) change constantly, these concepts prepare students to adapt to these changes thoughtfully, ethically, and strategically. Prerequisites: L.LIB-105 or L.ENG-111. 3 credits.
L.ENG-285: Modern Irish Literature & Culture
The course undertakes a literary oriented investigation and interrogation of modern Irish culture. Through the reading and discussion of selected 19th and 20th century Irish literary works, students in the course will explore various essential aspects of Irish communal life in order to apprehend the continuity and transformation of Irish culture over the last two centuries. Topics covered will include family structure, religious practice, economic conditions, education, attitudes toward land and language, relationships between the colonized and the colonizers, between classes, and between sectarian groups. Representative authors include William Carleton, Lady Gregory, William Butler Years, J. M. Synge, James Joyce, Sean O’Casey, Brian Friel, Seamus Heaney, and Eavan Boland. 3 credits.
L.ENG-286: Ireland in Film
This course surveys a wide range of Irish-themed films in order to develop a deeper understanding of modern Irish cultural identity. Major thematic areas explored in the course include representations of the Irish West, the political struggle for independence, the role of Catholicism in Irish society, the status of minority groups such as the Irish travelers, and the urban working class in Ireland. 3 credits. January term.
L.ENG-287: Irish Women’s Writing-AC
In this course, we will focus completely on reading texts by Irish women writers, placing various literary genres within the context of the socio-political and religious experience of Irish women. The diverse narratives represented highlight particular themes that featured in Irish women’s experience: religious oppression, motherhood, sexual abuse, marriage, education and work, political activism and repression, and individual rebellion. We will look at the wider literary and cultural contexts as we seek to understand the history, contributions and influence of Irish women’s writing. 3 credits.
L.ENG-290: Canadian Imagination-AC
A study of how geography and history have influenced the development of Canadian culture. We will study literature and film from Canada’s diverse cultures, both in English and in translation from French and aboriginal languages, in relation to key concepts in Canadian cultural studies. Major themes include the various social and psychological effects of imperialism and colonialism, especially with regard to national identity, ethnic, religious and cultural minorities, and gender and class relations, as well as the various imaginative strategies Canadians have used to overcome these effects. Representative authors: Alice Munro, Mavis Gallant, Robertson Davies. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, L.LIB105, L.LIB-110, and one course from L.LIB-130, L.LIB-135, or L.LIB-220. 3 credits.
L.ENG-325: American Literature: 1820-1860
This course surveys the literature and culture of the American Renaissance, focusing on Romantic and Transcendental writers and texts, as well as on the literature of Abolition and of women’s rights. Short stories, novels, creative nonfiction, essays, and political documents will be examined. Representative authors: Hawthorne, Poe, Emerson, Sedgwick, Melville, Thoreau, Stowe, Dickinson, Fuller, Whitman. 3 credits.
L.ENG-326: American Literature: 1861-1900
This course surveys the literature and culture of the Civil War and Reconstruction era, focusing on the slave narrative, Realism, Naturalism, Children’s fiction, and the American Gothic. Psychology, gender, race, class, religion, and other themes are considered as they influenced writers and literature from the time period. Representative authors: Howells, Alcott, Twain, James, Crane, Chopin, Gillman. 3 credits.
L.ENG-328: American Literature: Modern & Contemporary Poetry Representative poets: Robert Frost, Marianne Moore, T.S. Eliot, Wallace Stevens, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Hayden, Amy Clampitt. This course uses experiential performance techniques as well as traditional scholarly analysis and context to engage with poetry in a fully human way, using intellect, imagination, emotion and the body. 3 credits.
L.ENG-329: American Literature: Modern & Contemporary Drama
Representative dramatists: O’Neill, Glaspell, Hellman, Williams, Shange, Miller, Albee, Rabe, Wilson, Howe, Wasserstein. 3 credits.
L.ENG-330: American Literature: Modern Prose, 1900-1945
Representative authors: Wharton, Dreiser, Cather, Stein, Anderson, Fitzgerald, Hemingway, Faulkner, Wright, Porter. 3 credits.
L.ENG-331: American Literature: Contemporary Prose, 1945-Present
Representative authors: Ellison, Baldwin, Malamud, Bellow, Welty, Carver, Cheever, Oates, Tyler, Mason, Walker, Morrison, Kincaid. 3 credits.
L.ENG-332: Major American Authors
A study of significant authors, their texts and recent critical biographies. Authors vary. Students may take this course twice, for different authors. 3 credits.
L.ENG-333: Shakespeare Before 1600
This is a chronologically-organized, cross-genre exploration of Shakespeare’s earlier drama. This course will cover his comedies, histories, and tragedies up to about 1600. The plays will be a selection (subject to change) from the following: The Comedy of Errors, Richard III, Titus Andronicus, The Taming of the Shrew, Romeo and Juliet, Richard II, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Merchant of Venice, Henry IV parts I and II, Much Ado about Nothing, Julius Caesar, and As You Like It. 3 credits.
L.ENG-334: Shakespeare After 1600
This is a chronologically-organized, cross-genre exploration of Shakespeare’s later drama. This course will cover his comedies, tragedies and romances starting at about 1600. The plays will be a selection (subject to change) from the following: Hamlet, Twelfth Night, Troilus and Cressida, All’s Well That Ends Well, Measure for Measure, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Antony and Cleopatra, Coriolanus, Cymbeline, The Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest. 3 credits.
L.ENG-337: Medieval & Renaissance British Literature
A study of British literature from Beowulf to Spenser, in modern translation from Irish, Welsh, Latin, French, and Old and Middle English, as well as some in the original Middle English and much in early modern English. Representative authors: Bede, the Beowulf-poet, Marie de France, Langland, Chaucer, the Gawain-poet, Malory, Julian of Norwich, More, Skelton, Wyatt, Surrey, Raleigh, Campion, Sidney, Spenser, Marlowe, Shakespeare. 3 credits.
L.ENG-340: Romantic Age: 1798-1832
A study of English romantic theory and practice. Representative authors: Blake, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Coleridge, P. Shelley, M. Shelley, Keats. 3 credits.
L.ENG-341: Victorian Age: 1832-1901
A study of the poetry and prose of the age. Representative authors: Carlyle, Mill, Tennyson, Browning, Barrett Browning, Arnold, C. Rossetti, Ruskin. 3 credits.
L.ENG-342: Victorian Age Novel
Focuses primarily on the Victorian Age novel. Representative authors: Brontes, Dickens, Collins, Eliot, Hardy. 3 credits.
L.ENG-343: British/Irish Poetry 1900-Present
Representative authors: W.B. Yeats, Wilfred Owen, T.S. Eliot, Patrick Kavanagh, W.H. Auden, Stevie Smith, Philip Larkin, Seamus Heaney, Eavan Boland. 3 credits.
L.ENG-344: British Fiction 1900-Present
Representative authors: Joyce, Lawrence, Woolf, Huxley, Greene, Rhys, Lessing, Fowles, Byatt. 3 credits.
L.ENG-345: British Drama 1890-Present
Representative authors: Wilde, Shaw, Osborne, Delaney, Beckett, Pinter, Stoppard, Shaffer. 3 credits.
L.ENG-346: Seminar: British Major Figures 1900-Present
A seminar focusing on one or several English writers of poetry, fiction or drama. 3 credits.
L.ENG-348: Post-Colonial Literature in English
Literature in English from the current and former British Empire excluding the British Isles; emphasis on the Third World. Representative authors: Achebe, Okri, Head, Naipaul, Narayan, Rushdie, Soyinka, Walcott. 3 credits.
L.ENG-349: Writers for the 21st Century
A focused study of 21st century writers through themes and/or genre. 3 credits.
L.ENG-351: Milton & 17th Century Literature
A survey of 17th century English poetry with emphasis on Milton’s Paradise Lost. Representative authors include Donne, Herbert, Jonson, Herrick, Lovelace, Marvell, Mary Sidney Wroth, and Katherine Philips. 3 credits.
L.ENG-352: 18th Century British Literature
A survey of 18th-century English literature. Representative authors include Dryden, Pope, Swift, Johnson, Blake, Mary Wortley Montagu and selected women poets. 3 credits.
L.ENG-355: English Novel: 1800-1840
A study of pre-Victorian trends in the novel. Representative authors include Austen, Edgeworth, Godwin, Scott, Shelley. 3 credits.
L.ENG-370: Fantastic Fiction
A creative writing workshop in which students will study, write, revise and critique genre fiction and/or literary fiction informed by genre tropes. Specifically, the course will focus on science fiction, fantasy, and horror, or work that combines elements of literary fiction with these genres. Students will write three original works which will be submitted to, and critiqued by, the class, in addition to reading a variety of genre fiction with the purpose of learning the conventions of each genre and critiquing one another’s work in formal assignments presented to the class. Lastly, students will learn the protocols of submitting genre work to reputable markets. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, and L.LIB-105 or L.ENG-111. 3 credits.
A writing workshop focusing on the creation, critique, and revision of an original screenplay in this case, for a short film. This will involve learning the industry-appropriate format and terms and learning the conventions of writing in screenplay form. ENG 371 also carries a critical component, in which students will analyze the themes, techniques, and style of a particular multi-credited screenwriter, and analyze the structure and strengths/weaknesses of an already-produced short film. Prerequisites: L.LIB-100, and L.LIB-105 or L.ENG-111. 3 credits.
L.ENG-380: Nature Writing
An advanced-level workshop course in nonfiction nature writing. Students write in various subgenres of creative nonfiction, and also study technique and theme in contemporary nonfiction nature writing. 3 credits.
L.ENG-383: Nonfiction Literature & Workshop
An advanced-level workshop in which students write memoir, meditative, and literary journalism essays while analyzing the works of published authors. 3 credits.
L.ENG-384: Advanced Fiction Writing
An advanced course in the art and craft of writing fiction. Prerequisite: L.ENG-237 or equivalent. May be taken twice. 3 credits.
L.ENG-385: Advanced Poetry Writing
An advanced course in the art and craft of writing poetry, intended for students with strong backgrounds in reading, writing and critiquing poetry. Prerequisite: L.ENG-238 or equivalent, or permission of the instructor. May be taken twice. 3 credits.
L.ENG-389: Revision, Editing & Publishing
An advanced workshop seminar devoted to a detailed study of writing style, grammar and mechanics, based on original and extensively revised student work. Prerequisites: LIB 105; at least one (1) 200-level writing class, one (1) 300-level writing class highly recommended. 3 credits. January term.
L.ENG-390: Writing as Social Action. In this course students learn how to apply rhetorical concepts to community needs by partnering with local organizations on projects related to social justice, civic engagement, and public dialogue. Prerequisites: L.LIB-105 or L.ENG-111. 3 credits.
L.ENG-391: Language Theory & Teaching of Writing
An exploration of language and composition theory, research and pedagogy. Prerequisites: L.LIB-105 or L.ENG-111. Intended for English/Secondary Education majors and others interested in the teaching of writing. 3 credits.
L.ENG-468: Literary Criticism
Theoretical explanation and practical application of central concepts from classical and contemporary literary criticism. Required for all English majors. Ordinarily taken in the junior year. 3 credits.
L.ENG-490: Senior Literature Capstone-PJ
This course is the required capstone for English literature majors. It is designed to assist students in demonstrating the transferable knowledge and skills that they have developed through their liberal arts education at Loras College. This is an opportunity for students to refine and expand an essay they have already written. In addition, the course provides students with the opportunity to professionally present their strengths and accomplishments through the development of a cover letter and resume. Completion of College portfolio. Culminates in Capstone Defense. 3 credits.
L.ENG-490D: Capstone Defense
Students should register for ENG 490D Capstone Defense in the fall or spring, whichever semester they will defend the Capstone Project undertaken in ENG 490. 0 credits.
L.ENG-491: Senior Thesis Seminar-PJ
Students will workshop thesis drafts and reflective essays in a workshop setting in consultation with a thesis director. Culminates in Thesis Defense. Restrictions: senior status, English: creative writing majors only. 3 credits.
L.ENG-491D: Thesis Defense
Students should register for ENG 491D Thesis Defense in the fall or spring, whichever semester they will defend the creative thesis undertaken in ENG 491. 0 credits.
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