Descriptions from Faculty

May Interim 2016

ENG 130-01  Introduction to Native American Literatures  Online Course
Dr. Brill de Ramírez

What is the relationship between human persons and stories? What is the relationship between oral storytelling and written literature?  Why do we read literatures and tell and listen to stories?  In this January Interim course, you will be learning how stories (oral, written, lived) powerfully communicate the realities of the world to their readers (and, in the case of films, their viewers) as demonstrated in the work of Native American writers and filmmakers.

We will explore issues of great relevance to the problems, struggles, and achievements of people around the world because Native American literature requires that we face head on the painful histories of colonization, European and Euro-American empire building, racism, and Manifest Destiny, along with the attendant themes of survivance, endurance, indigenous sovereignty, and the re-indigenization of North America.

Additionally, you will learn the broad relevance of your studies in Native American Literatures. The material you study this semester and the cultures and histories that you learn about will be directly relevant to your understandings of contemporary international and global relations. In many ways, the realities of the 21st century are defined in terms of the interactions between the West and the Non-Western world, their past historical relations, and the legacies of that past as it impacts today. Counts for NW gen.ed. credit.

Note that this is an online class. There will be three scheduled synchronous online exams. Students will need to make sure that their schedules will accommodate the dates and times for the scheduled exams; otherwise students will need to take the class during another term when the scheduled exams will fit into their schedules:

Three synchronous exams will be held on May 20 from 3-4 pm, May 27 from, 3-4 pm; and the final exam will be held June 3 from 3-5 pm.

Fall Semester 2016

ENG 101 English Composition

English 101 prepares students to
1. write accurately, clearly, and effectively;
2. achieve an acceptable level of competency in grammar, punctuation, and 
3. complete all stages of the writing process successfully;
4. execute the major forms of expository writing effectively; and
5. demonstrate an acceptable level of competency in research techniques and 

ENG 115-03 Intro to Literature
Professor Tricia Dahlquist

Here's your chance to read a wide variety of writing selections and share your reactions. This course approaches literature thematically. Within each theme, a variety of genres is covered - short story, poetry, essay, drama - a little bit for everyone. While there are daily journals and a couple of papers to turn in, the focus of the course is the daily discussion. You will be expected and encouraged to participate in the discussion of the selections. That is where the true learning will take place--in the daily give and take of thoughts and ideas generated and shared by the students.

ENG 127 British Writers
Dr. Caitriona Moloney

This course will examine a number of the works of British Romantic, Victorian, Modern, Postmodern and Postcolonial authors in an attempt to understand how historical movements and issues help shape literature and to examine how literature expands our understanding of culture, history and humanity. The course is structured as lecture, discussion, and group work, so participation in class and on Sakai is essential. 

 Texts: The Romantics , Dover Press; Henry James, The Turn of the Screw. The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Ninth Edition, Vol F The Twentieth Century (there are many editions of the Norton 20th century, but be prepared to have different page #s in another edition.)

ENG 129 Introduction to African American Literature
Professor Anne Herbert

This introductory course traces themes of African-American literary discourse through an exploration of the strong “autobiographical impulse" that characterizes this literature.  Focusing on black rhetorical traditions, both oral and written, students read slave narratives, sermons, folklore, poetry, essays, short fiction, and drama to explore the ways African American writers use black cultural forms to express visions of self, social justice, and survival. 

Method of Instruction/Assignments:  Lecture, discussion (in class and on line), short writing assignments, group poetry performance project (great fun!), literary analysis essay  

Midterm and Final Essay Exams.

Text:     Norton’s Anthology of African American Literature, 2-volume 3rd edition

ENG 207-04 Creative Writing
Dr. Thomas Palakeel

This course introduces students to the possibilities of aesthetic expression through the written word. Our focus will be the art of the short story, although we will work on techniques of poetry and conclude the semester with a one-act play/or script for a short film. Structured as a writing workshop, the class will provide opportunities for giving and taking constructive criticism and encouragement essential for beginning writers. Our course also seeks to help writers develop editorial skills necessary for lifelong engagement with language.

Texts: Imaginative Writing by Janet Burroway. Third Edition

Workshop/Reading/Discussion/Final portfolio/No exams

ENG 233 American Literature to 1865
Dr. Timothy Conley

ENG 233 is one of two required survey courses in American Literature, intended as introductory courses for English majors. As such, the course provides an overview of literary texts and movements from Native American oral literatures to the poetry of Whitman and Dickinson. We will focus on both cultural and aesthetic cultural issues: our goal will be to examine the terms by which "America" and "literature" have been understood by diverse writers for diverse communities. In addition, we will explore the ways contemporary readers/writers have interpreted these texts. Writing/reading/interpretation are themselves considered as negotiations of meaning and effect within particular groups.

We will make frequent use of computer-assisted technologies, both in and out of class, and so you must have an active e-mail account and be (or become) familiar with Sakai, Bradley's web-based teaching/learning program. I usually answer e-mail very promptly; take advantage of this opportunity to extend our exchanges beyond the given office hours. Note: the course does not satisfy the General Education-Human Values requirement.

ENG 235 American Literature 1865 to the Present
Dr. Kevin Stein

This survey introduces English majors to American literature from 1865 to the Present. We’ll do so by focusing on writers embodying aspects of notable literary movements of the era, including Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism. Our primary goal is to provide the foundation for majors' upper-level courses in specific topics, movements, and aesthetics of American literature. Students are therefore expected to become familiar with the aesthetic, cultural, social, and literary history of the period. This admittedly daunting task will be made easier by a mixture of lecture, lively discussion, and group work. We'll also indulge ourselves by reading the work of Visiting Writers and by attending Visiting Writers Series events. In addition, this course introduces students to matters of appropriate format and style employed when writing about American literature.

ENG 237 British Literature to 1800
Dr. Caitriona Moloney

In this class we will read significant extracts from the major English epics, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, and Milton's Paradise Lost. The class will consider how the epic tradition has been shaped by these important works into romance, Christian and popular comedic modes. We will also study the sonnet tradition as it has been created and shaped by Petrarch, Wyatt, Sidney, Spenser, Shakespeare, Donne and Wroth.

Texts: Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, Eds Hieatt & Hieatt

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, trans. Marie Boroff

The Norton Anthology: The Renaissance, Vol. B

The objectives of the course include: 1. developing students' skills for creative, academic or professional purposes; 2. strengthening students' critical thinking skills; 3. increasing students' knowledge and appreciation of the literatures of diverse periods and cultures; and 4. broadening students' understanding of and facility with language.

ENG 239 British Literature: 1800-Present
Dr. Martha Craig

In English 239 you will study a variety of literary texts dating from the 19th Century to the present. These texts will include poetry, drama, short stories, and novels. Emphasis is placed on discussion and several short analytical papers and and one long analytical or creative project. There will be a written midterm and a discussion final exam. 

ENG 301-01 & 02 Advanced Writing - Argumentative Writing
Professor Anne Herbert

This on-line course focuses on an exploration of public literacy and critical engagement with current public discourse.  Students analyze and apply argumentative language and style, argumentative claims, and organizational patterns of both print and visual argumentative rhetoric.  Analysis of visual rhetoric on the Internet and in a 3-D virtual environment (SECOND LIFE) is a significant focus of this course.

Method of Instruction:  

Asynchronous Assignments:  This course requires extensive use of all features of Sakai to complete weekly assignments, including readings from on-line texts, video or audio lectures/presentations, as well as group discussion forum activities. Most assignments are asynchronous, with firm due dates.

Synchronous Assignments:  Second Life (a 3-D virtual environment) is a major component of this course.  In addition to a one-hour face-to-face orientation session in the Bradley Library (early in semester), students will meet mid-semester in the Second Life virtual world for a mandatory one-hour presentation.  All other Second Life assignments are asynchronous activities and independent research within the virtual world.

Enrollees must have reliable, high-speed Internet access.   Laptops loaded with Second Life can be checked out and used in the BU Library to complete assignments in Second Life.   Personal computers must meet the system requirements for Second Life:

Texts: No print textbook – all instructional materials will be accessible through Sakai, Second Life, or the Internet. 

ENG 301-03 Advanced Writing - Argumentative Writing
Dr. Thomas Palakeel

This English Composition (C2) course focused on persuasive writing draws on the work of great thinkers, ancient and modern, on topics such as education, language, mind, nature, gender, ethics, and government. As envisioned by BU Gen Ed Program (, this class seeks to help you develop “intellectual tools necessary to explore the best that civilization has produced” and to send you off at the end of this semester with the critical thinking and writing skills necessary to respond to “political, social, cultural, technological and natural environment.”

Discussion/journal/Five essays and a final exam essay.

ENG 304-40 Advanced Writing - Research in Individual Disciplines 
Dr. Timothy Conley

Course Description:  In ENG 304 students develop strategies for and successfully complete an upper-level research project:

Required Text: No text


#1 Proposal for Research Project: detailed description and justification of research project, see Bookmarks, 39-43, for list of the parts to the proposal; may be revised for higher grade, 10%/20 points.

#2 Comparative Analysis of Articles: comparison/evaluation of two articles related to your research topic;; 10%/20 points.

#3 Summary of Article: detailed summary of article related to your research topic; 10%/20 points

#4 Progress Report: detailed report on work completed, work planned, and problems encountered and anticipated; 10%/20 points

#5 Research Project: final draft exam will be a detailed response to another project; project=45%/90 points; exam=5%/10 points

Participation: in-class memos and daily assignments (no make up) 10%/20 points

Extra credit: if you participate in the Student Research Exposition and submit a brief (2 pages) report on your participation, you may receive up to 20 extra credit points.

ENG 307 Intermediate Poetry Workshop
Dr. Kevin Stein

This is a writers’ workshop. It operates under the assumptions that fuel the engine of writerly community: that the private act of writing can be aided, induced, encouraged, cajoled, and emboldened by the communal act of sharing that work with other writers.

The primary activity of the workshop is, of course, writing your own work as well as reading and commenting on the work of your classmates. To that end, you’ll learn and employ appropriate poetic terms to discuss workshop submissions. We’ll complement these goals by reading the work of other authors, by attending Visiting Writers Series events, and by your “discovering” a contemporary poet and critiquing her/his work. (More information on this last assignment appears on a separate assignment sheet).

Finally, please note that this is a poetry workshop. Our emphasis will thus be on the process of writing and revising POETRY (as opposed to fiction, non-fiction, or drama).

ENG 311 Intro to Language
Dr. Seth Katz

ENG 311 works to fulfill the Mission of the Department of English by helping to broaden students' understanding of and facility with language.  ENG 311 will examine various approaches to understanding language variation among different social, ethnic, and racial groups; language differences between the genders; language change; child language acquisition; issues in language, reading, and writing; and a basic introduction to the basic fields of linguistic study: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics.


  • Barry, Anita K. Linguistic Perspectives on Language and Education. Columbus, OH: Pearson-Merrill-Prentice Hall, 2008. ISBN-13: 978-0131589285
  • Gee, James Paul. Social Linguistics and Literacies: Ideology in Discourses. 5th ed. NY: Routledge, 2015.  ISBN-13: 9781138853867
  • Mooney, Annabelle, and Betsy Evans. Language, Society and Power: An Introduction. 4thed. NY: Routledge, 2015. ISBN-13: 9780415740005

ENG 347 Shakespeare
Dr. Martha Craig

In this course you will read and discuss Shakespeare's sonnets and five or six of his plays, including comedies, tragedies, romances, and histories; view films of the plays; and study Shakespeare's cultural context and scholarly criticism of his work. This is a writing-intensive course; you will write several short essays and a longer analytical or creative project. No previous study of Shakespeare is required, but writing experience and literary studies in 200- and 300-level courses is helpful.

ENG 370 Literary Criticism and Theory
Dr. Laurie Vickroy

This course will revisit many of the critical theories that were introduced in Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory. We will read original critical works by contemporary theorists and apply their analysis to literary texts.

This course will cover contemporary theories and criticism and will examine the various ways we can approach, interpret, and evaluate literary “texts.” We will inquire into how these approaches help us draw meaning from texts, art and daily life, and how they are connected to forces determining which works have been considered worthy of study. These theories will also enable us to explore why we are drawn to good stories—what are the unique qualities of literary writing that bring readers into their “storyworlds”? And why have stories (written, film, oral) had very important and enduring roles in shaping and being shaped by culture? 

Lecture, discussion, exams and papers.

ENG 381 Literatures of Asia
Dr. Thomas Palakeel

This course will focus on the intellectual and aesthetic aspects of key literary works produced by the Indian, Chinese, and the Japanese cultures. Through a close study of major texts in English translation, the course explores the nexus between culture, literature, history, and modernity. We are also interested in the study of non-Western notions of genres, literary conventions and literary periods. The texts under study represent Asia’s uniquely Hindu, Buddhist, and Taoist heritage.

Texts: The Mahabharata, Trans. John D. Smith; Anthology of Japanese Literature Edited by Donald Keene; Hesse’s Siddhartha/Dammapada New Directions edition; Chinese Poems and Sakuntala and the Ring of Recognition (both Dover thrift editions); Analects of Confucius (Norton Critical Edition)    

Lecture/Discussion/Writing/Midterm and Final Exams

ENG 385 Literatures of Europe: 20th-Century Viennese Fiction
Dr. Timothy Conley

The course will focus on some of the 20th-century’s best fiction, set in the cultural and historical context of modern Vienna. We’ll study how literature reflects, modifies, and shapes and is shaped by the cultures from which it emerges. Students will acquire skills in reading and analyzing modern fiction, in understanding the relationship between literature and culture, in discussing and writing about significant issues in modern societies, and in understanding modern European society. This course fulfills the Human Values/Literature requirement in the General Education program; it also fulfills the World Literature requirement for English Education majors.


Bernhard, Thomas. Woodcutters (1984)
Bachman, Ingeborg. Malina (1971)
Canetti, Veza.   Yellow Street (1932-33)
Jelinek, Elfriede. Wonderful, Wonderful Times (1980)
Musil, Robert. The Man without Qualities: Vol. I (1930-1943
Roth, Joseph. The Emperor’s Tomb
Vienna: Cultural and Historical Notes (see Sakai course site; Resources)

ENG 650 Shakespeare and Marlowe
Dr. Martha Craig

In this course you will study works of popular early-modern writers Shakespeare and Marlowe that relate to each other, including their long and short poems and plays. You will study scholarly criticism on both writers and the cultural context they shared. Emphasis will be on class participation and your analytical writing in several short essays and a longer analytical paper.