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Graduate Courses in English for 2012 Summer Sessions I & II

SESSION I:  23 May - 26 June 2012

ENGL 203 (A/B):  APPROACHES TO ENGLISH GRAMMAR                     
Prof. S. Harshbarger:      MW 6:00-8:40pm
Prof. L. Dresner:       TR 6:00-8:40pm

This class will explore the theory and practice of various approaches that use grammatical terms and concepts to improve writing. We will examine the history of grammar and grammar instruction, review pertinent research, and discuss the political and professional issues associated with this topic. There will be two exams and two writing projects: a series of short papers applying theory to practice, and a 15-page research paper on an aspect of grammar of your own choosing. You will also give a 15-minute oral presentation based on your research and paper. Required texts: The Writer's Options and Teaching Grammar in Context.

SESSION II:  28 June - 1 August 2012

ENGL 293X:  CLASSICAL BACKGROUNDS OF 17TH-18TH C. ENGLISH LIT
Dr. W. T. MacCary:    T/R  6-8:40pm 

The course will compare and contrast Greek and Latin texts - which have been translated into English - with texts written by English poets who were deeply influenced by the ancients. This will provide an introduction to many of our most important writers, as well as a critical analysis of generic expectations: what is a "pastoral"? how do comedy and tragedy differ? why was satire so fashionable in "The Augustan Age"?  This course proposes to approach works in tandem by genre, selected from the following:

I.   Epic: Homer, Virgil - Milton
II.  Lyric: Archilochos, Sappho, Catullus, Horace - Sidney, Campion, Marvell, Crashaw, Herbert
III. Tragedy: Sophocles, Seneca - Marlowe
IV. Comedy: Aristophanes, Menander - Shakespeare, Jonson
V.  Pastoral: Theocritus, Virgil - Milton
VI. Satire: Horace - Pope, Dryden

Students will write two ten-page compare and contrast papers requiring outside sources.

(NB:  For students working toward the M.A. degree in English, this course may be used to satisfy a pre-1800 requirement; for the MFA in Creative Writing, this course may be used to satisfy a pre-1900 requirement.)