Course Descriptions

ENG 4899

Senior Capstone in English

Tom Amorose

MWF 9:30–10:50 a.m.


UTOPIAN AND DYSTOPIAN LITERATURE

This course's content grows out of More's Utopia, through various texts dealing with the over-promoted promise of the so-called New World during the so-called Age of Discovery, then into some nineteenth-century novels treating American millenarianism, followed by the British Fabians and Neo-Pagans of the early twentieth.  Anti-totalitarian texts from the late twentieth century follow.  The course ends by treating "cli-fi"--speculative fiction addressed at the social and personal upheaval caused by the coming changes in climate.  Some of this last genre (novels by Margaret Atwood, David Mitchell, and Jeanette Winterson, for example) rises to the level of literary fiction. 

Writing on the window of an English classroom

How to Read a Poem

English Professor Susan Van Zanten gives you a quick guide on how to get the most out of reading poetry.

“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Jane Austen
Pride & Prejudice