Course Descriptions

English (ENGL)

ENGL A100 Expository Writing
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course is an introduction to English composition that focuses on grammar, paragraph and essay structure, and critical reading skills. This course is for students who are not yet ready to take ENGL T122. Students are assigned to the course on the basis of a placement test administered by the English department. Students may not take ENGL A100 for degree credit after successful completion of ENGL T122.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL A120 Magis Composition Enrichment
Credit Hours:
1.00

ENGL A120 offers enhanced instruction for Magis students enrolled in ENGL A100.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL A205 Writing about Texts
Credit Hours:
3.00

This is the introductory composition course for English majors and minors substituting for ENGL T122; other interested students must receive permission from the department chair. It covers rhetorical, argumentative, and representational dimensions of literary and non-literary texts, and serves as a general introduction to the practice of literary criticism. 

Please note: ENGL-A205 is required of all English majors, regardless of AP or other credit by examination or of transfer credits equivalent to ENGL-T122. Students changing their majors to English who have already taken ENGL-T122 are still required to take A205. All such credits for ENGL-T122 will be counted as general elective credit for English majors.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL A206 Reading Poetry
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course is an introduction to the basic tools needed to read and write about English and American poetry, including the concepts of genre, form, meter, figurative representation, and history.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A207 Reading Film
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course introduces students to reading films and gives some familiarity with film criticism.  Students focus on different aspects of film, such as mise en scene, acting, editing, sound, photography, and ideology in order to understand both the aesthetic and the political role film plays in modern life.

This course replaces ENGL A370, How To Read A Film

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A208 Writing from Sources
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course focuses on the research process, evaluation of sources, and in-depth writing assignments with emphasis on primary research.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A211 Introduction to Creative Writing
Credit Hours:
3.00

This is a multi-genre introductory course in the theory and practice of creative writing.  Students learn critical reading skills, writing skills, and the elements of creative writing by reading and analyzing a wide range of literature across genres including poetry, short fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and screenplay. Student work is read and critiqued in a workshop setting. Students complete a portfolio of revised original creative work.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A217 Reading Historically I
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course provides a foundation in English literary history from the medieval period through the 17th century. Reading works across contiguous historical periods, students explore their significance in historical, formal, and aesthetic contexts, and we consider how contemporary critical approaches enhance our understanding of this material.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A218 Reading Historically II
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course explores developments in English literary history from 1700 to the present. Reading works across contiguous historical periods, we consider their significance in historical, formal, and aesthetic contexts, and we experiment with critical approaches to enhance our understanding of this material.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A220 Media and Mediation
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course provides an introduction to the means by which creative narratives are being re-interpreted through film and other digital media.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A222 How to Do Things with Video Games
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course considers video games as a cultural form. It prepares students to analyze and compare the ways video games make meaning and participate in the social lives of their players.  It introduces students to critical discussions surrounding video games and some methodologies for interpreting them. 

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A241 Modern Nonfiction
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course provides a history and survey of American creative nonfiction, with the emphasis on its development into a major genre in the second half of the twentieth century.  Assignments focus on both writing nonfiction as well as crafting critical analyses of its techniques, themes, and impact.  

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A242 Contemporary Nonfiction
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course is an introduction to contemporary nonfiction writing in a variety of forms including autobiography, travel writing, and the personal essay.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A246 Modern Short Fiction
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course introduces the student to modern short fiction, beginning with Chekhov. The emphasis is on authors writing in languages other than English.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A255 Intro to Shakespeare
Credit Hours:
3.00

This courses acts as a student's introduction to Shakespearean drama. In addition to covering the cultural and thematic content of the plays, close attention is given to Shakespeare's use of the visual, spatial, and temporal elements of stagecraft that distinguish his drama as a performance art.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A270 History of Film
Credit Hours:
3.00

History of Film is an introduction to the rich history and legacy of the motion picture as a commercial art form. The goal of the course is to educate students on the major figures and developments in cinema. Students who successfully complete the course will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of major events, figures, and films in the history of cinema and will be comfortable with writing about film as a narrative art.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A306 Professional Writing
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course explores the art of generating texts in professional settings. This class focuses on the writing skills necessary to produce clear, concise, appropriate, and well organized writing on the job. We will be examining audience awareness, different document formats, and the impact of technology on writing practices. Throughout this eight-week course, we will work on harnessing your attention to detail, organizing documents, revising, and creating texts written towards your intended audience.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts
ENGL A311 Writing Fiction
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course offers intermediate instruction in writing short fiction. Focusing on the form and theory of the genre, the course employs a workshop format and individual conferences with the instructor to critique student writing. Students read widely and analyze published short stories as well as peer work.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Creative Writing Sophomore, or permission of instructor
ENGL A312 Writing Poetry
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course offers intermediate instruction in writing poetry. Focusing on the form and theory of the genre, the course employs a workshop format and individual conferences with the instructor to critique student writing. Students read widely and analyze published poems as well as peer work.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Creative Writing Sophomore, or permission of instructor
ENGL A313 Screenwriting I
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course is the first in a two-part sequence on screenwriting. Students learn formatting and elements of screenwriting by adapting a short story into a script for a short film. Each student also develops a story and completes as the final project a treatment for an original feature-length screenplay to be written in ENGL A314. Upon completion of the course, students have a foundation in the craft of screenwriting necessary to complete a feature-length screenplay.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Creative Writing Sophomore, or permission of instructor
ENGL A314 Screenwriting II
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course is the second in a two-part sequence on the craft of feature screenwriting. In the first weeks of the semester, students begin writing a screenplay based on the treatment they wrote and revised in ENGL A313. Each student writes an original feature-length screenplay as the final project, a draft of which is completed by mid-term. These drafts are critiqued in a workshop and revised over the second half of the semester.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Creative Writing, Screenwriting I Sophomore, or permission of instructor
ENGL A316 Medieval Literature
Credit Hours:
3.00

This courses offers a broad introduction to texts written in the British Isles between the beginning of the eighth century and the end of the fifteenth. Students study a wide array of medieval literary genres and their conventions. Further reading and discussion are devoted to the literary, historical, political, cultural, artistic, philosophical, and theological contexts for the various modes of written expression studied in the course.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A317 Writing the Short Script
Credit Hours:
3.00

Writing the Short Script focuses on monologues, dialogues and short scripts. Designed to strengthen the dialogue and blocking skills of students interested in writing fiction, nonfiction, screenplays and stage plays, the course combines readings of modern and contemporary literature with workshop discussions and individual conferences with the instructor about writing assignments.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A324 Early Shakespeare
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course provides an introduction to the dramatic and poetic works from Shakespeare's literary “apprenticeship” of the early 1590s to 1600. Situating Shakespeare’s works in their dynamic historical context—including the Protestant Reformation, the age of exploration, the rise of capitalism, the urban landscape of London, and the popular new public theatres—we study how these plays and poems spoke to Renaissance auditors and how they pose timeless questions for new audiences.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A325 Late Shakespeare
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course focuses on Shakespeare's works after 1600. Established by this time as a successful playwright and poet, Shakespeare takes greater risks with language, form, and themes in this second half of his career. Tracking these innovations through his late comedies and the genres of tragedy and romance that he preferred during this time, we attend to Shakespeare's work in its broader cultural and artistic context.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A330 Modern European Fiction in Translation
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course is an introduction to the modern European novel. Attention is given to the major writers in French, German, Russian, and Spanish. (European writers most notable for their shorter fiction are covered in ENGL A246 Modern Short Fiction.)

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Sophomore
ENGL A331 Introduction to African-American Literature
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course is a survey of African-American literature from the late 18th-century through Reconstruction to 1900.  The course examines various types of African-American literary and cultural productions, including folk narratives, autobiographies, slave narratives, essays, speeches, poetry, and short fiction, as well as the historical, cultural, socio-political and literary contexts in which they were produced.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A332 African-American Literature Since 1900
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course is a survey of African-American literature after 1900, providing an historical and cultural study of the foundational writers, themes, and genres of African-American literary production of the era. The course provides a conceptual framework for this literature, evaluates key terms, ideas, literary periods, constructions and representations of African-American identity and race, and the contributions of African-American writers to American literature and culture.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A333 Narrative Across Media
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course tracks narrative across multiple media forms. It prepares students to analyze and compare the ways narrative gets implemented by different media, as well as chart stories that extend beyond individual media objects. In the process, they will consider narrative's media-specificity even as it seems to transcend media.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A335 Postcolonial Literatures
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course is a survey of postcolonial literatures from Africa, India, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Postcolonial literature largely emerged in the second half of the twentieth century, after people across the global South gained political independence from Western colonizers.  Readings focus on both the counter-narratives of history, memory, and identity that were central literary concerns after independence and more recent literary trends that explore globalization, cosmopolitanism, multilingualism, and migration.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A336 Indigenous Literatures of the Americas in Translation
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course examines the literary and cinematic works of indigenous authors across the Americas. In this writing intensive course, students learn how to read, think and write critically about literature while exploring the historical and cultural realities of indigenous peoples in the Americas. The study of this literature adds nuance to the anthropological, sociological and historical “facts” to these different groups and their literatures. A focus on translation theory as the point of departure allows students a critical approach to these texts. This course is cross-listed with LAS-A336: Students only receive credit for successfully completing the first instance of the course/s.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A340 Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course explores the variety and complexity of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Students approach the Tales as an anthology of literary forms current in fourteenth-century England and consider Chaucer’s genius in subverting the conventions of these forms. Students analyze selected tales from a variety of critical positions while also attending to the influence of 14th-century politics, religion, science, and art on the development of Chaucer’s poetry.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A346 Renaissance Poetry
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course surveys English lyric poetry of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries by poets such as Wyatt, Sidney, Spenser, Whitney, Donne, Herbert, and Wroth. We consider how poets imagine, structure, and transform their craft at this time of both classical revival and extraordinary innovation.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A348 Modern Poetry
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course surveys the major figures in England and America from Whitman to the beginning of World War II, such as Yeats, Pound, Eliot, Frost, Stevens, Williams, and Auden.

Prerequisite(s): Reading Poetry Sophomore
ENGL A349 Twentieth-century American Fiction
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course examines American novels and short stories from 1900 to the turn of the twenty-first century, exploring such movements as realism, naturalism, regionalism, modernism, ethnic writing, and postmodernism.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A352 Literature and Environment
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course explores shifting definitions and concepts of nature, environment, and ecology in a range of literary texts across different time periods, forms, and modes of aesthetic experimentation.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A372 Studies in American Cinema
Credit Hours:
3.00

This is a special topics course that offers students the opportunity to study film directors, genres, or ideological films.  This course may be repeated when topics change.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A373 The Black Writer in America
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course highlights the contributions of African-American writers to the literary traditions of the United States. Those contributions are virtually contemporary with the colonization of North America and shapes the themes and genres of American literature for the next three hundred years: from the slave narrative to local color fiction, from the Harlem Renaissance and the Civil Rights movement to contemporary writers.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Sophomore, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A376 Studies in Technoculture
Credit Hours:
3.00

This special topics course investigates the ways culture shapes and is shaped by technology.  It explores the reception, theory, and representation of technology and treats, but is not limited to, questions of poetics, aesthetics, history, politics and the environment.  Specific topics change each semester. This course may be repeated with permission.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Senior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A385 Women Writers
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course explores the literary tradition of women writers, reading a variety of texts and genres across a range of history and cultural backgrounds, primarily British and American, considering such issues as the relationship between gender and culture and the impacts of race, class, and sexuality on literary achievement.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A404 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Credit Hours:
3.00

This is an advanced writing workshop on the art and craft of creative nonfiction in which students read and write in a wide range of genres such as memoir, autobiography, narrative journalism, personal essay, travel and food writing, profiles, reviews, science and nature writing. Students complete a portfolio of revised original short creative nonfiction.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Writing from Sources, Introduction to Creative Writing, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Either ENGL T122 or ENGL A205 AND either ENGL A208 or ENGL A211
ENGL A405 Editing and Publishing
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course introduces the student writer to the world of contemporary editing and publishing, print and digital, with an emphasis on an understanding of these as they affect both the creative writer and the writer of nonfiction.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A406 Internship: Editing and Publishing
Credit Hours:
3.00

In this course students work on the editing and publication of the New Orleans Review, a nationally-distributed literary journal published at Loyola since 1968. Students work with the editorial staff to produce an issue of the print journal and to maintain the journal’s website.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A408 Writing: Technique and Technology
Credit Hours:
3.00

This class addresses the ways in which the task of composition changes in digital and online contexts. It is divided equally between tutorials on digital composition best practices and historical and theoretical perspectives on writing and technology. The course requires substantial computer work, but no prior experience is necessary.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A411 Fiction Workshop
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course examines advanced topics in the writing of fiction, with special attention to contemporary trends in the genre. Some attention is paid to publishing. The course employs a workshop format and individual conferences with the instructor to critique student writing. In addition to writing short fiction, students read extensively and analyze contemporary fiction.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Creative Writing Junior
ENGL A412 Poetry Workshop
Credit Hours:
3.00

The course examines advanced topics in the writing of poetry, with special attention to contemporary trends in the genre. Some attention is paid to publishing. The course employs a workshop format and individual conferences with the instructor to critique student writing. In addition to writing poems, students read extensively and analyze contemporary poetry.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Creative Writing Junior
ENGL A415 Creative Writing Workshop
Credit Hours:
3.00

This is an advanced special topics workshop that focuses on a select topic or genre such as film writing, nature writing, travel writing, flash fiction/prose poetry, and experimental writing. In addition to writing, critiquing, and revising their own work, students read widely and critique published work related to the topic. Students complete a portfolio of revised original creative writing related to the topic. This course may be repeated with permission.

Prerequisite(s): Introduction to Creative Writing Junior
ENGL A420 Tudor and Stuart Drama
Credit Hours:
3.00

From magic and mistaken identity to revenge and jealousy, English Renaissance playwrights created a vibrant theatrical world that defined an age. This course explores non-Shakespearean drama spanning from the 1550s, before the first public theaters were built, through the tense moments before Parliament closed them in 1642. We consider how dramatists engaged the conventions of classical drama and used their craft to confront changing attitudes about religion, politics, gender, and economy.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A422 Studies in Renaissance Literature
Credit Hours:
3.00

This seminar explores the development of a specific theme or genre in a transnational early modern context. Topics include Renaissance Women Writers, Renaissance Epic, The Literature of Empire, or Gender and Sexuality in Renaissance Literature. Primary texts are drawn from both English and continental literatures, while secondary readings include current critical and theoretical approaches, making this course excellent preparation for graduate study in literary and cultural fields. This course may be repeated with permission.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A427 Romanticism
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course in British Romanticism is fundamentally about revolution. It begins with the historical context of revolution in France, America, and industrial production, and examines shifting conceptions of society and the self in the aftermath of those revolutions. It focuses on revolutions in poetry and the novel in texts by Wordsworth, Coleridge, Austen, Byron, Keats, the Shelleys, and more.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A428 Victorian England
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course examines Victorian England, which saw major changes in structures of class, ethnicity and gender, an expanding empire, and a revolution in how things were made and who made them. The course looks at innovations in narrative and poetic form at the intersection of what Victorians called “Life and Art,” in essays by Arnold, Pater, and Wilde; poetry by Tennyson, the Brownings, the Brontës, the Rossettis, Hopkins, and Hardy; and fiction by Dickens, George Eliot, and Thackeray, and more.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A429 19th-century British Fiction
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course is a continuation of A426, examining the development of the novel in the 19th century with study of the works of Austen, the Brontës, Thackeray, Dickens, George Eliot, Hardy, among others.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A438 Southern Literature
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course examines the literature of perhaps the most distinctive region of the United States: the American South. From its colonial roots, through slavery and secession and civil war and reconstruction, from its twentieth-century renascence to its presumed disappearance into the homogeneity of twenty-first century America, this literary tradition offers a peculiarly rich perspective on our national identity.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A444 Posthumanism
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course is a comparative media investigation of a variety of topics under the heading of posthumanism. Focusing on a selection of novels, film, and video games concerned with technological and/or biological augmentations, we will explore such questions as what does it mean to be human or is "human" even a meaningful category, what is the relationship between science and nurture, and what is the work of the humanities in a posthuman condition.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A466 Southern Women Writers
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course explores the contributions of women writers to the distinctiveness of the South, the range of their achievement as artists, and the complex relationships they developed with each other and to the structures of their singularly traditional culture.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A470 Film and the Art of Literary Adaptation
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course provides students with an understanding of how a work of literature is translated into a film. The core material for the course varies from semester to semester, but is comprised of fiction that has successfully been adapted to the screen, especially short stories, novels, and theatrical plays. The course also deals with films created from classic drama, including Shakespeare, as well as folklore and historical records.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A472 Studies in Global Cinema
Credit Hours:
3.00

This is a special topics course exploring European cinemas, including Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, in relation to the individual cultures from which they arise. Aesthetic and sociocultural differences between these national cinemas and Hollywood are stressed. The specific topic changes each term. This course may be repeated with permission.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A474 Studies in Global Literature
Credit Hours:
3.00

This seminar explores the development of a specific theme or genre in contemporary global literature and/or cinema. Topics vary by semester, but might include Magical Realism, the African Novel, or Global Human Rights Literature.  Primary texts are drawn from African, Asian, Caribbean, and/or Latin American traditions. Students gain facility with theoretical trends that challenge traditional critical perspectives and foreground those that emerge from the global South. This course may be repeated with permission.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A478 Great Figures– 19th-century
Credit Hours:
3.00

This special topics course is an intensive study of one or two great literary figures from the 19th century. The course traces the development of the author’s art, noting influences, historical and philosophical contexts, critical receptions, and modern assessments. This course may be repeated with permission.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A479 Great Figures - American Pre-1900
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course offers an intensive study of one or two great American literary figures of the pre-1900s. The course traces the development of the author’s art, noting influences, historical and philosophical contexts, critical receptions, and modern assessments. Authors may include, Melville, Hawthorne, Thoreau and Emerson, and Henry James.This course may be repeated with permission.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A485 Interpretive Approaches
Credit Hours:
3.00

This course looks at influential developments in literary theory and cultural criticism across the twentieth century and up to the present.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A487 Contemporary Critical Issues
Credit Hours:
3.00

This is a special topics course focusing on different contemporary issues in literary criticism, such as environmental theory, new media, food studies, and post-humanism.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A490 Great Figures
Credit Hours:
3.00

This special topics seminar is an intensive study of one or two influential literary figures. It traces the development of the author’s art, noting influences, historical and philosophical contexts, critical receptions, and contemporary assessments. This course may be repeated with permission.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Junior, Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL A491 Practicum in Teaching Writing
Credit Hours:
1.00

This practicum focuses on methods and materials for teaching writing. Students work in the Writing across the Curriculum lab.

Prerequisite(s): Writing about Texts, Critical Reading and Writing Any of the prerequisites are accepted, Permission of instructor
Corequisite(s):
ENGL A493 Directed Readings
Credit Hours:
3.00

Course content varies and is keyed to the participants' interests in relevant professional topics.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL A495 Special Project
Credit Hours:
1.00, 3.00

This project focuses on the creative or productive efforts of one or more students.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL A496 Seminar/Workshop
Credit Hours:
1.00, 3.00

A seminar is a supervised group of students sharing the results of their research on a common topic. A workshop is a supervised group of students participating in a common effort.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL A497 Internship/Practicum
Credit Hours:
1.00, 3.00

An internship is supervised practical experience. A practicum is supervised practical application of previously studied theory.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL A498 Research Project
Credit Hours:
1.00, 3.00

This project focuses on empirical or historical investigation, culminating in a written report.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL A499 Independent Study
Credit Hours:
1.00, 3.00

This course includes work leading to the English Honors thesis or the University Honors senior thesis, as well as work done independently under professorial supervision.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL N200 WAL: Autobiography
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This course uses critical reading as a foundation for developing critical thinking and writing skills while exploring autobiography in a broad context, looking at a wide range of approaches to the construction and presentation of the self in literature, in different literary forms and cultural traditions. Students begin by reading carefully and making observations about the way in which the self, and the text itself, are constructed, and arrive through critical thinking and writing at interpretations of these observations about the texts.
 

This course replaces ENGL T125

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N202 WAL: Barbarism
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This course uses critical reading as a foundation for developing critical thinking and writing skills. Reading literary representations of “the barbaric,” from its classical origins as a linguistic category to contemporary representations in the discourse of terrorism, we trace the representation of the “barbarous” other alongside the “civilized” self. Students learn to fashion their own ideas about what they read and to argue those ideas persuasively in writing.

This course replaces ENGL T125

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N204 WAL: Cyberpunk and Apocalyptic Fiction
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This course uses critical reading as a foundation for developing critical thinking and writing skills by reading and analyzing cyberpunk and apocalyptic literature. The course examines how images of the future evoked in this literature can help us face the cultural, political, and environmental problems of today.

This course replaces ENGL T125

 

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N205 WAL: Video Games and Literature
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This course focuses on the relationship between video games and literature. Though some have suggested video games supposedly threaten the long-term future of reading good literature, the two have much more in common than one would first expect. Students in this course will encounter games that aspire to be literature and literature that aspires to be game-like as well as games about writing fiction and fiction about playing games, as they explore how these different narrative media conceive of each other.

This course replaces ENGL T125

 

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N206 WAL: Form & Adaptation
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This course uses critical reading as a foundation for developing critical thinking and writing skills. The course involves literary texts drawn from the genres of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and film. Students read works in English or translated into English from the original language in order to gain a broad understanding of literary devices and to develop the practice and learn the terminology of literary analysis. Form and Adaptation requires that students demonstrate their understanding of the material through the composition of papers and participation in class discussion.

This course replaces ENGL T125

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N208 WAL: Genre and the Hybrid
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This course uses critical reading as a foundation for developing critical thinking and writing skills paying particular attention to genre. Beginning with a brief survey of the traditional genres of short stories, poetry, and the novel, the course then considers nontraditional cross-genre texts that have emerged in the postmodern literary world. These hybrid texts challenge the way students read, encourage a deeper appreciation of non-traditional writing, provide tools for analyzing a broad range of literary texts, and raise the following question: Why do some contemporary writers gravitate toward hybridity in genre, and how might their choices reflect other changes in our postmodern society?

This course replaces ENGL T125

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N210 WAL: Global Identities
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This course uses critical reading as a foundation for developing critical thinking and writing skills. This course takes as its starting point the contradictions that ground our experiences of globalization and explores how the globalization of economic, political, and cultural systems produces at the same time a euphoric sense of freedom and unbounded possibility and a fear of dislocation and loss.

This course replaces ENGL T125

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N212 WAL: How to Tell a True War Story
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This course uses critical reading as a foundation for developing critical thinking and writing skills to examine written and visual representations of WWI, WWII, and the wars in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan to gain an understanding of how politics, social values, and the culture in which films and texts are produced shape the retelling of the war experience. The course explores combat trauma, shifting definitions of courage, the process of defining the enemy, heroism, gender identity, the language of war, the experience of soldiers returning from war and the importance of narrative and community in healing trauma.

This course replaces ENGL T125

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N214 WAL: Interpreting the Other
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This course uses critical reading as a foundation for developing critical thinking and writing skills. The goal of this class is to examine literature with a critical eye and apply what we learn to our own lives by examining literary conventions, especially the idea of the "other," and how these conventions developed over time. Students discuss the importance of placing stories into a broader context, compare how a character or author operates within his or her context, and apply this knowledge to our own cultural, historical and political context.  Students learn why the study of literature is crucial in developing critical thinking skills and why these skills are important in creating our own "stories."                  

This course replaces ENGL T125

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N220 WAL: Texts & Textuality
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This course uses critical reading as a foundation for developing critical thinking and writing skills and focuses on reading literary texts, on examining literary conventions, and on writing analytically about literature.

This course replaces ENGL T125

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N222 WAL: Thinking Critically about Food
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This course uses critical reading as a foundation for developing critical thinking and writing skills. The guiding theme of this course is food: how we talk about and represent it, how it influences culture and shapes our individual and collective identities, and how it reflects and affects the physical, psychological, and ecological health of our nation and globe.

This course replaces ENGL T125

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N224 WAL: Work and the City
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This course uses critical reading as a foundation for developing critical thinking and writing skills. The course explores how Americans of different times and places have considered work in the sense of remunerative employment. In modern literature, city settings have often been the scene of critiques of the modes of labor (types of jobs) and the focus of how people have felt about them in industrial capitalist societies.

This course replaces ENGL T125

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N236 WAL: Coming of Age in the South
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This section of Writing About Literature examines Southern literature about adolescence. By reading poetry, novels, plays, essay, and film, we learn what it means to grow up in the South and how class, race, gender, violence and sexuality shape coming of age.

This course replaces ENGL T125

 

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N238 WAL: New Orleans Literature
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Writing About Literature

This Writing about Literature course focuses on literature about New Orleans. We will read fiction, drama, and verse set in the city, from the early 19th century to the present. Writing assignments will ask students to compare the works of imaginative literature to each other, to the historical record, and to theories regarding New Orleanian society and aesthetics.

This course replaces ENGL T125

 

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL N240 Reading Black Public Culture
Credit Hours:
3.00

As historically disenfranchised people of color have been collectively occupied with attaining recognition as citizens and with determining how to exercise this citizenship, they have been represented politically, socially, and artistically in ways that work both within and against the boundaries of Americanness. We will explore the ways in which notions of public blackness have been constructed, commodified, challenged, and redefined in literature and in other contemporary media.

Course satisfies Writing About Literature requirement in the Loyola Core. 

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing
ENGL O206 Deconstructing Superheroes
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Creative Arts and Cultures

Superhero stories appeal to us because they work through relevant concepts, such as identity, morality, power, and citizenship. These stories explore meaningful questions: What does it mean to be good? What is the nature of evil, and how is it vanquished? What balance should we strike between personal freedom and group security? We will investigate the ways in which specific superheroes have taken up these and other social questions, and we will study the superhero's flip side, the super villain.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts
ENGL O210 Narratives: Illness & Trauma
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Creative Arts and Cultures

This course examines narratives that attempt to make sense of the problem of disease. Readings and films focus on physical traumas such as cancer, Alzheimer's Disease, amputation, and paralysis as a way of exploring larger themes such as radical body transformation, the sense of the loss of self, and empathy. Is disease salvific? Is it meaningless? The texts explore an array of emotional and ideological responses to human frailty.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL O236 Anime: Cinema and Culture
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Creative Arts & Cultures

Anime encompasses history, literature, culture, politics, religion, technology, and aesthetics. this course focuses on anime from Anime that sparked American interest and analyzes the impact of anime on American popular culture and high art.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL O242 Ireland Through Film
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Creative Arts & Cultures

Ireland Through Film introduces students to the world of Irish film. The course is designed to provide students with a way to see the relationship between Irish film and the creation of an Irish political and cultural identity. The class looks at images of the Irish from the stock Irishman to more complex contemporary versions of the Irish. Ireland Through Film will help students understand the historical, political, cultural, and religious conflicts that have made modern Ireland.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL O252 New Orleans as Myth, Perform
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Creative Arts & Cultures

New Orleans is one of the United States' most mythologized places. Its long history of representation in the national culture affects the way locals, visitors, and distant onlookers perceive the city today. New Orleans as Myth and Performance will look at the ways in which New Orleans functions as a myth in the national culture, and the ways in which New Orleanian identity is performed in multiple genres, including the mass public spectacle of carnival.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL O256 American Regionalism
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Creative Arts and Cultures

This course traces the role of place in the literary traditions of North America, questioning the continuity and significance of regionalism as a defining element of our cultural and literary heritage--and of our future in increasingly global and diverse contexts.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL O288 Vikings: Warrior-Poets
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Creative Arts and Cultures

This course introduces the literature, history, and culture of medieval Scandinavia. It opens with readings in Norse mythography and legendary history before turning to the portrayal of the Viking Age in the Old Norse sagas. Half of the semester is devoted to a careful reading of these complex narratives of politics, love, adventure, and violence, which comprise Europe’s first great corpus of prose literature.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL O299 Arthurian Legend
Credit Hours:
3.00

Knowledge-Values Courses: Creative Arts and Cultures

This course introduces students to the Arthurian tradition through a study of the origins and development of the Arthurian narrative, situating it within the historical, religious, and social context of Medieval Europe. The course begins with a survey of both the development and influence of Arthurian themes in early musical, visual, and literary traditions. Then the course proceeds to present the Perceval/Grail tradition from the 12th to the 20th century in literature, music and film.

Prerequisite(s): Critical Reading and Writing, Writing about Texts Any of the prerequisites are accepted
ENGL T121 First-Year Seminar
Credit Hours:
3.00

Foundation Courses: First Year Seminar

All first-year students take a 3-credit First-Year Seminar (FYS) during their first semester as part of the Loyola Core. First-Year Seminars at Loyola are small, discussion-based seminars that introduce new college students to academic inquiry at the university level by investigating a relevant topic. Specially-trained faculty lead these seminars in a way that instills in students the academic skills necessary to become successful Loyola students. Course titles may differ from section to section based on the instructor's focus for the course.

Prerequisite(s):
ENGL T122 Critical Reading and Writing
Credit Hours:
3.00

Foundation Courses: Critical Reading and Writing

This is a writing instructive course that focuses on critical reading and analysis of arguments to help students to think and write analytically. Reading critically and writing analytically train students to make their own effective written arguments using sources

Prerequisite(s):