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Courses in LSA English Language & Literature
English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
ENGLISH 406 / LING 406. Modern English Grammar
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course explores the structure and function of words, phrase, clauses, and sentences in the English language and how they can be interrelated and interconnected in discourse.

ENGLISH 408 / LING 408. Varieties of English
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course examines topics such as American English, English as a world language, and dialects in English. It also studies the ways speech reflects our personal views about national and regional origins, race, class, ethnicity, religion, age, gender, and sexual orientation.

ENGLISH 411. Art of the Film
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 418. The Graphic Narrative
(3). May not be repeated for credit. Rackham credit requires additional work.

This is a general term for Comic Books, Graphic Novels, Manga, Bandes Dessinees, Novelas Em Quadrinhos, Sequential Art, and even the Bayeux Tapestry. Students use both primary and secondary readings to explore the modern history and theory of the field, the sociology of the field, and a rich assortment of excellent examples of many literary types within the field.

ENGLISH 424. Advanced Poetry Writing
Consent of instructor required. (3). May be repeated for credit.

Practice in the analysis of poetic forms and the writing of poetry.

ENGLISH 427 / THTREMUS 427. Advanced Playwriting
Consent of instructor required. ENGLISH 327. (3; 2 in the half-term). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Students write a full-length play. Skills are developed through technique assignments, rewrites, class readings and discussions, viewing of local plays.

ENGLISH 440. Modern Poetry
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 441. Contemporary Poetry
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 447. Modern Drama
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

Considered are the great dramatic movements of the last hundred years, selected from the naturalistic theatre of Ibsen and Chekhov, symbolism after Strindberg, expression in Pirandello and O'Neill, the epic theatre of Brecht, and the theatre of the absurd's after Beckett.

ENGLISH 449. Medieval Drama
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

A study of the English mystery plays and morality plays, with some coverage of related continental drams (such as commedia del arte).

ENGLISH 461. English Romantic Literature
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 463. Modern British Literature
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

Studies in literature of the modern period in Britain. Readings are drawn from the works of authors, such as Conrad, Woolf, Forster, Lawrence, Auden, Orwell, Bowen, Greene, Rhys, DuMaurier, Sillitoe, Osborne, Selvon, and Hitchcock.

ENGLISH 464. Studies in Individual Authors
(3). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Course is in the works of a major author.

ENGLISH 465 / MEMS 465. Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

This course is an intensive study of Chaucer's major works. It includes reading in Middle English and background lectures covering as many tales as possible at the instructor's discretion.

ENGLISH 469. Milton
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 470. Colonial and Revolutionary American Literature
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

A study of colonial and revolutionary literature and literary history from their origin to the 19th century.

ENGLISH 471. Nineteenth-Century American Literature
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

A study of representative literary texts and significant cultural movements of the nineteenth century.

ENGLISH 472. Twentieth-Century American Literature
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

A study of the evolution of American literary modernism.

ENGLISH 473. Topics in American Literature
(3; 2 - 3 in the half-term). May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Intensive study of particular periods and essential issues in American literature.

ENGLISH 490. History of Literary Criticism and Theory
(3). May not be repeated for credit.

A study of representative critics from classical times to the present.

ENGLISH 493. Topics in Great Works of Literature
(1). May be repeated for a maximum of 4 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Concentrated study of a single major literary work.

ENGLISH 503. Middle English
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 505. History of English
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 508. Discourse and Rhetoric
ENGLISH 506. Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 516. Literary Research and the Computer
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 520. Introduction to Graduate Studies
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing in English or Women's Studies and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit. A required course for first-year Language & Literature and English & Women's Studies Graduate students only.

ENGLISH 521. History of Literary Theory
Graduate standing. (3; 2 in the half-term). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 526. Literature and Culture
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 528 / ARCH 609 / EDUC 580 / KINESLGY 505 / PMR 580 / RACKHAM 580 / SOC 580 / SW 572 / WOMENSTD 590. Topics in Disability Studies
Graduate standing. (1 - 3). May be repeated for a maximum of 9 credits.

An interdisciplinary approach to disability studies, including focus on the arts and humanities, natural and social sciences, and professional schools. Some topics include history and culture representation of disability, advocacy, health, rehabilitation, built environment, independent living, public policy. Team taught with visiting speakers. Accessible classroom with real-time captioning.

ENGLISH 535. Contemporary Poetry
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 540. Topics in Language and Literature
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 541. Literature of the Medieval Period
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 548. Literature of the Modern Period
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 549. Contemporary Literature
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 551. Colonial and Republican American Literature
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 552. Nineteenth Century American Literature
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 553. Twentieth Century American Literature
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 569. Writing Workshop in Creative Non-Fiction
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

The boundaries of creative prose have been massively reconfigured in recent decades. The memoir, the speculative biography, the case study, the investigative essay: all have experimented with new voicings and have unsettled old boundaries. Students in this workshop will produce a substantial portfolio of their own nonfiction writing. Workshop strategies may vary from term to term and from instructor to instructor, but will always include reading and discussion of published work in a variety of modes. This course is open to graduate students both within the MFA Program and without.

ENGLISH 570. Research in Composition
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 571. Workshop in Writing Fiction
Consent of instructor required. MFA students only; permission of instructor. (6). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 572. Workshop in Writing Fiction
Consent of instructor required. MFA students only. ENGLISH 571 and permission of instructor. (6). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 574. Workshop in Writing Poetry
Consent of instructor required. MFA students only; permission of instructor. (6). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 575. Workshop in Writing Poetry
Consent of instructor required. MFA students only; ENGLISH 574 and permission of instructor. (6). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 577. Independent Study-Creative Writing
Consent of instructor required. MFA students only; permission of instructor. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 578. Creative Writing-Fiction
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 579. Creative Writing-Poetry
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 590. Independent Study for M.A. Students
Consent of instructor required. Permission of instructor. English Language and LIterature, English and Education, Women's Studies and MAC students only. (1 - 4). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Student will do independent reading and research with a faculty member.

ENGLISH 627. Critical Theories and Cross-Cultural Literature
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 630. Special Topics
(1 - 3). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

Course description will vary depending on instructor. This will be a general rubric in our mid-level course offerings, similar to ones that we have already for 500-level courses (see English 540); this allows courses to be offered that span historical periods, genres, authors, etc. Subtitles will change from term to term. Different topics might be offered by different faculty in the same term.

ENGLISH 632. Topics in Drama
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 635. Topics in Poetry
Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 638. Topics in Fiction
Consent of instructor required. A 500-level course in fiction or the equivalent. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 640. Studies in Genre
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 641. Topics in the Medieval Period
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 642. Topics in the Renaissance
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 646. Topics in the Romantic Period
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 647. Topics in the Victorian Period
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 648. Topics in the Modern Period
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 649. Topics in Contemporary Literature
Graduate standing. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 653. Topics in Twentieth Century American Literature
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 675. Creative Writing Project - Thesis
Consent of instructor required. MFA students only; ENGLISH 571 or 574 and permission of instructor. (6). May not be repeated for credit. Course Restricted to Second Year MFA Poetry Students.

ENGLISH 695. Pedagogy: Theory and Practice
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. This course is required of all 2nd year Language & Literature and English & Women's Studies Graduate students. Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit. Limited to 2nd year PhD English and English & WS students.

ENGLISH 799. Departmental Colloquium
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 821. Seminar: Critical Theory
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 822. Seminar: Critical Theory
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

ENGLISH 832. Seminar: The Study of Genre
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor. (3). May be repeated for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.

ENGLISH 841. Seminar: An Historical Period
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 842. Seminar: An Historical Period
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 851. Seminar: American Literature
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 852. Seminar: American Literature
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 861. Seminar; Authors
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing in English, Women's Studies, or English and Education Program. Permission of instructor. (3). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 990. Dissertation/Precandidate
Election for dissertation work by doctoral student not yet admitted as a Candidate. Graduate standing. (1 - 8; 1 - 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

ENGLISH 992. Directed Study for Doctoral Students/Precandidate
Consent of instructor required. Graduate standing and permission of instructor. (1 - 3). (INDEPENDENT). May not be repeated for credit.

ENGLISH 993. Graduate Student Instructor Training Program
Consent of instructor required. Must have a GSI Award. Graduate standing. Permission of instructor. (1). May not be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

ENGLISH 995. Dissertation/Candidate
Graduate School authorization for admission as a doctoral Candidate. (Prerequisites enforced at registration.) (8; 4 in the half-term). (INDEPENDENT). May be repeated for credit. This course has a grading basis of "S" or "U".

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