Choosing an Introductory English Course

There are several ways to enter the English curriculum at Brown. The preferred way is to enroll in a section of ENGL0100, How Literature Matters, which is the new core course for the recently revised English concentration.  Another option is to take one or more introductory English courses below the 1000-level (see the English Department fall 2015 prospectus or spring 2016 prospectus for complete descriptions); first-year students may want to take a first-year seminar (ENGL0150).  A third is to take a course that focuses entirely on academic writing for the university; ENGL0900 (formerly 0110) or ENGL1030 (formerly 0130).  And, finally, a fourth is to take an introductory course in writing for the world outside the university; ENGL0930 (formerly 0180) or ENGL1050 Journalistic Writing sections (formerly 0160).

English Literatures: Under 1000-level Literature Course Offerings for Spring 2016

How Literature Matters Courses:

ENGL 0100, How Literature Matters, is the new core course for the recently revised English concentration.  All sections of this course explore questions about how literature works, how we understand it, and how we write about it through an examination of form, genre, and critical method.  They aim to help students develop their skills as close, careful readers of literary form and language.

  • ENGL 0100Q, How Poems See
  • ENGL 0100R, American Novels

Other Courses below 1000-level to be offered during Spring 2016:

These courses are designed for students who are interested in taking introductory literature courses at Brown. ENGL 0150 (formerly 0360, 0560, 0760) are introductory seminars restricted to first-year students. All of these courses count toward concentration requirements in English.

  • ENGL 0150E, (formerly 0360H), Love and Friendship
  • ENGL 0150S, (formerly 0760K), The Roaring Twenties
  • ENGL 0150V, James and Wharton
  • ENGL 0150X, (formerly 0760R), Claims of Fiction
  • ENGL 0200D, Intimate Horrors: Encountering the Uncanny in Literature & Film
  • ENGL 0200E, Fictional Brains: Reading Artificial Intelligence and Cognition
  • ENGL 0200F, The Spectacle of War in 20th-Century American Literature and Film
  • ENGL 0200H, Writing the Black Diaspora: Speaking Truth to Power
  • ENGL 0200J, Violence and Secrecy in Victorian Fiction
  • ENGL 0200K, Race, Dystopia, and Contemporary Fiction
  • ENGL 0200L, Trial and Error: Law in American Literature and Film
  • ENGL 0310A, Shakespeare
  • ENGL 0310F, Prose Sagas of the Medieval North *
  • ENGL 0500Q, Getting Emotional: Passionate Theories
  • ENGL 0510Q, Unstable Subjects: Race and Meaning in Contemporary African American Literature
  • ENGL 0511B, The Nineteenth-Century British Novel *
  • ENGL 0700J, Contemporary British Fiction
  • ENGL 0710E, Postcolonial Tales of Transition
  • ENGL 0710F, Being There: Bearing Witness in Modern Times
  • ENGL 0710M, Impressionism, Consciousness, and Modernism
  • ENGL 0710P, Home Made: American Modernism
  • ENGL 0710R, Poetry and Science *

* designates new course

Nonfiction Writing Course Offerings for Spring 2016

The Nonfiction Writing Program at Brown is committed to the principle that writing is integral to learning. The program uniquely links academic writing and creative nonfiction and journalism; this integration offers a comprehensive and flexible approach to prose writing. All courses are conducted in small seminars. For complete course descriptions and for section information, please consult the English Department fall 2015 prospectus or spring 2016 prospectus. Full descriptions for ENGL 0900, 0930, 1030, and 1050 for Spring 2016 can be found here. FAQs for Nonfiction Writing are linked here.

Writing for the University

These are introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses in nonfiction writing for students who wish to improve skills of composing and revising critical essays. Although many of these courses focus on literary subject matter, their purpose is to prepare students for writing at the college level in the entire range of the courses they are likely to take at Brown. Enrollment in each section is limited to 12 or 17. S/NC.

ENGL0900 (formerly 0110) Critical Reading And Writing I: The Academic Essay

An introduction to university-level writing. Students produce and revise multiple drafts of essays, practice essential skills of paragraph organization, and develop techniques of critical analysis and research. Readings from a range of texts in literature, the media, and academic disciplines. Assignments move from personal response papers to formal academic essays. Section 4 is reserved for first-year students.

ENGL1030 (formerly 0130) Intermediate Critical Reading And Writing II: The Research Essay

For the confident writer. Offers students who have mastered the fundamentals of the critical essay an opportunity to acquire the skills to write a research essay, including formulation of a research problem, use of primary evidence, and techniques of documentation. Individual section topics are drawn from literature, history, the social sciences, the arts, and the sciences. Writing sample may be required.

Writing for the World Outside the University

These are courses in various genres of nonfiction prose writing that supplement the English Department's offerings in literature and creative writing. They help students acquire skills in specialized areas of writing. While they may include literary subject matter, these courses are not designed to help students master the writing skills required for their academic assignments as much as to give them some preparation for critical thinking and writing tasks in their extracurricular and service activities and even in life after Brown. These courses are for students who have mastered basic writing skills. Enrollment limited to 12 or 17. Writing sample required. S/NC.

ENGL0930 (formerly 0180) Introduction To Creative Nonfiction

Designed to familiarize students with the techniques and narrative structures of creative nonfiction. Reading and writing will focus on personal essays, memoir, science writing, travel writing, and other related subgenres. Writing sample may be required. May serve as preparation for ENGL1180.  Sections 2 and 5 are reserved for first-year students.  Section 7 is reserved for first-year AND sophomore students.

ENGL1050 Intermediate Creative Nonfiction

For the more experienced writer. Offers students who show a facility with language and who have mastered the fundamentals of creative nonfiction an opportunity to write more sophisticated narrative essays. Sections focus on specific themes (e.g., medicine or sports; subgenres of the form) or on developing and refining specific techniques of creative nonfiction (such as narrative).  Sections also focus specifically on journalism.  Enrollment limited to 17. Writing sample required. Banner registrations after classes begin require instructor approval.  S/NC.