English at Brown for First-Year Students

CHOOSING AN ENGLISH COURSE IN YOUR FIRST YEAR

The courses most suitable for first-year students—the ENGL 0100s through the ENGL 0900s--open up practices of reading and writing that examine how literature matters and how we write about it.

The numbering system does not necessarily indicate increasing difficulty, and you are invited to explore all of these courses.

Nonfiction writing courses suitable for first-year students are found at the beginning (ENGL 0900-1180) and intermediate levels (ENGL 1030 and 1050). All these courses except ENGL 0900 (formerly ENGL 0110) count towards the concentration in English.  For descriptions of individual sections of the courses page.

Our courses in literature offer you the chance to follow up on poems, fiction, and drama that you want to know more about and also to pursue literary studies in ways that will be new to you. 

Experiment with courses that draw your interest, whether it’s something tried and true or something that just makes you curious.

Courses in literature are grouped loosely by chronological periods. Some will be seminars limited in enrollment.  Many like ENGL 0310, 0510, and 0710 are open enrollment.  Some first-year students choose 1000-level courses in areas of special interest to them. Consult the course descriptions.

A brief listing of the titles of first year English courses is found below.

THE NEW CONCENTRATION IN ENGLISH

The Department of English has launched a new model for concentrating in English for the Class of 2016 and beyond. This new model will be the one members of your class (2019) follow when declaring the concentration as sophomores.  In addition to the standard English concentration, we offer a concentration track in the practice of Nonfiction Writing. The concentration in English and the English/Nonfiction track follow the same core requirements, and students in the English concentration may choose Nonfiction Writing courses as electives.  Qualified students may pursue honors concentrations in English and in English/Nonfiction. 

For more information, please see the concentration requirements.

FALL 2015 LITERATURE COURSE OFFERINGS

* indicates new course

ENGL 0100 How Literature Matters

  • ENGL 0100F, (formerly 0500F), Devils, Demons, and Do-Gooders (Egan)
  • ENGL 0100P, Love Stories (Kuzner)
    ENGL 0100S, (formerly 0510E), Being Romantic (Keach)
  • ENGL 0100T, (formerly 0510L), The Simple Art of Murder (Nabers)

ENGL 0150 First-Year Seminars

  • ENGL 0150C, (formerly 0360E), The Medieval King Arthur (Bryan)
  • ENGL 0150J, (formerly 0560E), Inventing America (Egan)
  • ENGL 0150Q, (formerly 0760H), Realism and Modernism (Armstrong)
  • ENGL 0200B, Queer and Feminist Poetics: Hybrid Forms, 1969 to Present (Apps)
  • ENGL 0200C, The Art of Catastrophe: Crisis and Collapse in the American Literary Landscape (Gullander-Drolet)
  • ENGL 0310E, Shakespeare: The Screenplays (Rambuss)
  • ENGL 0500P, The Examined Self: Lives of the Soul (Gould)
  • ENGL 0510G, New Worlds, New Subjects: American Fiction at the Dawn of the Twentieth Century (Burrows)
  • ENGL 0510X, Cultures of Vision in 19th Century America (Clytus)
  • ENGL 0511A, Dickens: The Novel and Society (Parker)*
  • ENGL 0700N, City Novels (Katz)
  • ENGL 0700Q, Poetic Cosmologies (Smailbegovic)
  • ENGL 0710B, African American Literature and the Legacy of Slavery (Murray)
  • ENGL 0710L, Ishiguro, Amongst Others (Bewes)
  • ENGL 1311L, From Mead-Hall to Mordor: The Celtic and Germanic Roots of Tolkien's Fiction (Jacobs)*
  • ENGL 1360H, Introduction to Old English Language (Jacobs)*
  • ENGL 1360U, Europe in the Vernacular (Bryan)
  • ENGL 1510A, Jane Austen and Her Predecessors: The Other History of the Novel (Rabb)
  • ENGL 1511L, On Being Bored (Khalip)
  • ENGL 1561D, Writing and the Ruins of Empire (Keach)
  • ENGL 1561K, Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Drama (Rabb)
  • ENGL1561U, Oedipus in Myth, Tragedy, and Theory (Parker)*
  • ENGL1710G, Faulkner (Weinstein)
  • ENGL1710J, Modern African Literature (George)
  • ENGL1710K, Literature and the Problem of Poverty (Murray)
  • ENGL1760U, American Modernism and its Aftermaths (Nabers)
  • ENGL1762A, Perverse Cinema (Rambuss)
  • ENGL1762E, Invisibility and Impersonality in Modern American Fiction (Burrows)
  • ENGL1900R, Queer Relations: Aesthetics and Sexuality (Khalip)
  • ENGL1900Z, Neuroaesthetics and Reading (Armstrong)

 

SPRING 2016 LITERATURE COURSE OFFERINGS

* indicates new course


ENGL 0100 How Literature Matters

  • ENGL 0100Q, How Poems See (Foley)
  • ENGL 0100R, American Histories, American Novels (Kim)

ENGL 0150 First-Year Seminars

  • ENGL 0150E, (formerly 0360H), Love and Friendship (Kuzner)
  • ENGL 0150S, (formerly 0760K), The Roaring Twenties (Katz)
  • ENGL 0150V, James and Wharton (Burrows)
  • ENGL 0150X, (formerly 0760R), Claims of Fiction (George)
  • ENGL 0200D, Intimate Horrors: Encountering the Uncanny in Literature & Film (Rada)
  • ENGL 0200E, Fictional Brains: Reading Artificial Intelligence and Cognition (Smith)
  • ENGL 0200F, The Spectacle of War in 20th-Century American Literature and Film (Snow)
  • ENGL 0200H, Writing the Black Diaspora: Speaking Truth to Power (Thomas)
  • ENGL 0200J, Violence and Secrecy in Victorian Fiction (Walker)
  • ENGL 0200K, Race, Dystopia, and Contemporary Fiction (Wang)
  • ENGL 0200L, Trial and Error: Law in American Literature and Film (Wasserman)
  • ENGL 0310A, Shakespeare (Kuzner)
  • ENGL 0500Q, Getting Emotional: Passionate Theories (Khalip)
  • ENGL 0510Q, Unstable Subjects: Race and Meaning in Contemp African American Literature (Clytus)
  • ENGL 0511B, The Nineteenth-Century British Novel (Parker)*
  • ENGL 0700J, Contemporary British Fiction (Bewes)
  • ENGL 0710E, Postcolonial Tales of Transition (George)
  • ENGL 0710F, Being There: Bearing Witness in Modern Times (Reichman)
  • ENGL 0710M, Impressionism, Consciousness, and Modernism (Armstrong)
  • ENGL 0710P, Home Made: American Modernism (Burrows)
  • ENGL 0710R, Poetry and Science (Smailbegovic)
  • ENGL 1310H, The Origins of American Literature (Egan)
  • ENGL 1310T, Chaucer (Bryan)
  • ENGL 1511N, Liberalism, Empire, and the American Novel (Nabers)
  • ENGL 1511V, Nature and the Self in Victorian Poetry (Parker)*
  • ENGL 1560B, Melville (Gould)
  • ENGL 1561G, Swift, Pope, Johnson (Rabb)
  • ENGL 1561M, American Literature and the Corporation (Nabers)
  • ENGL 1710I, Harlem Renaissance: The Politics of Culture (Murray)
  • ENGL 1710L, Modernism and Everyday Life (Katz)
  • ENGL 1710Z, Zoopoetics (Smailbegovic)
  • ENGL 1711A, American Poetry II: Modernism (Blasing)
  • ENGL 1761P, Yeats, Pound, Eliot (Blasing)
  • ENGL 1761V, The Korean War in Color (Kim)
  • ENGL 1900Y, Medieval Manuscript Studies: Paleography, Codicology, and Interpretation (Bryan)
  • ENGL 1901E, Literature and the Digital Humanities (Egan)


FALL 2015 NONFICTION COURSE OFFERINGS

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

  • ENGL 0900 S01, (section reserved for first-year students), (Stanley)
  • ENGL 0900 S02, (section reserved for first-year students), (Schapira)
  • ENGL 0900 S03, (DeBoer-Langworthy)
  • ENGL 0900 S04, (section reserved for first-year students), (Readey)
  • ENGL 0900 S05, (Ward)
  • ENGL 0900 S06, (section reserved for first-year students),(Golaski)
  • ENGL 0900 S07, (Golaski)
  • ENGL 0900 S08, (section reserved for first-year students), Walker
  • ENGL 0900 S09, (section reserved for first-year students), Snow
  • ENGL 0900 S10, Rada
  • ENGL 0900 S11, Wang
  • ENGL 0900 S12, Smith
  • ENGL 0900 S13, Wasserman
  • ENGL 0900 S14, Thomas

ENGL0930 (formerly 0180) Introduction to Creative Nonfiction 

  • ENGL 0930 S01, (section reserved for first-year students), (Stanley)
  • ENGL 0930 S02, (Resnick)
  • ENGL 0930 S03, (section reserved for first-year AND sophomore students), (Resnick)
  • ENGL 0930 S04, (Hardy)

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

  • ENGL 1030A, The Thoughtful Generalist (Taylor)
  • ENGL 1030B, Investigative Nonfiction (Stewart)

ENGL1050 Intermediate

  • ENGL 1050B, True Stories (Schapira)
    ENGL 1050G S01, (formerly 0160), Journalistic Writing (Breton)
  • ENGL 1050G S02, (formerly 0160), Journalistic Writing (Breton)
  • ENGL 1050J, Multimedia Nonfiction (Stewart)
  • ENGL 1050K, Flash Nonfiction (Taylor)

Advanced

  • ENGL 1160G, Literary Journalism: Writing About Politics and Culture (Sarwar)
  • ENGL 1180C, Advanced Creative Nonfiction: Writing with Food (DeBoer-Langworthy)
  • ENGL 1180K, The Art of Literary Nonfiction (Imbriglio)
  • ENGL 1180P, Further Adventures in Creative Nonfiction (Hardy)
  • ENGL 1190P, The Art of Memoir in Theory and Practice (Ward)


SPRING 2016 NONFICTION COURSE OFFERINGS

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

  • ENGL 0900 S01, CANCELLED
  • ENGL 0900 S02, Gullander-Drolet
  • ENGL 0900 S03, Apps
  • ENGL 0900 S04, (section reserved for first-year students), (Ward)

ENGL0930 (formerly 0180) Introduction to Creative Nonfiction 

  • ENGL 0930 S01, (Taylor)
  • ENGL 0930 S02, (section reserved for first-year students), (Golaski)
  • ENGL 0930 S03, (Hardy)
  • ENGL 0930 S04, (Hardy)
  • ENGL 0930 S05, (section reserved for first-year students), (Readey)
  • ENGL 0930 S06, (Resnick)
  • ENGL 0930 S07, (section reserved for first-year AND sophomore students), (Resnick)

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

  • ENGL 1030C, Science (DeBoer-Langworthy)
  • ENGL 1030D, Myth and the Modern Essay (Golaski)
  • ENGL 1030E, Literature (Ward)

ENGL1050 Intermediate

  • ENGL 1050H, (formerly 0160), Journalistic Writing, (Mooney)
  • ENGL 1050L, Writing in Place: Travels, Localities, Ecologies, (Schapira)

Advanced

  • ENGL1140A, Literary Scholar (Stanley)
  • ENGL1140B, The Public Intellectual (Imbriglio)
  • ENGL1160F, Reporting Crime and Justice (Breton)
  • ENGL1180B, Digital Nonfiction (Stewart)
  • ENGL1180G, Lyricism and Lucidity (Imbriglio)
  • ENGL1180H, Satire and Humor Writing (Readey)
  • ENGL1180I, Writing Medical Narrative (Schapira)
  • ENGL1180Q, Narrating History (Taylor)
  • ENGL1190C, Advanced Creative Nonfiction: Biography (DeBoer-Langworthy)