S23 Upper Division English Classes


Required Courses
Intro to Literary Studies
ENG 3822.002|T. Frost|Req|SUM 3|Boca Raton|In-Person|M/W|1:15pm-4:25pm
As a foundational gateway to the study of literature for English majors, this course “prepares students to enter the field of literary studies by introducing three genres, key concepts, and two-to-three critical approaches to literature.” To achieve these outcomes, students will read texts from the genres of poetry, fiction, and graphic narrative, and they will consider and apply theoretical approaches, including Formalism, Structuralism, New Historicism, Marxism, Postcolonial Studies, Gender Studies, and Deconstruction. We will consider the ways literature is shaped by society, and how we, as readers, situate ourselves within both literary and cultural texts. Students who take this course will learn essential terms of literary discourse, consider several critical and theoretical approaches to literature, attain and practice strategies of literary research, and apply these skills in the analysis of texts.
Literary Theory
LIT 3213.003|O. Buckton|Req|SUM 2|Distance Learning|Fully Online Class
As Jonathan Culler writes in Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, since the 1960s “writings from outside the field of literary studies have been taken up by people in literary studies because their analyses of language, or mind, or history, or culture, offer new and persuasive accounts of textual and cultural matters. Theory in this sense is not a set of methods for literary study, but an unbounded group of writings about everything under the sun.” This fully-online course will seek to explore this “unbounded” scope of critical theory, by focusing on the application of various critical and theoretical discourses to the interpretation of influential—and widely read--literary texts. We will be sampling a range of critical approaches and methodologies including feminism, psychoanalytic theory, postcolonial theory, queer theory, and Marxism. Two celebrated novels will serve as case studies for our applications of critical theory: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818/1831) and Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart (1958).


Category 1
Florida Women Writers
AML 3264.001|S. Dagbovie-Mullins|Cat 1|SUM 2|Distance Learning|Online Live Lecture|M/W|4:45pm-7:55pm
The course examines primarily fiction by Florida women writers and pays close attention to the ways place and gender inform their writing. We will read several texts by Floridians that take place in Florida and other texts simply written by Floridians. Drawing on ecocriticism and feminist theory, we will consider the role of gender, nature, race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality in Florida women’s writing.
As we read texts by writers with different social, racial, and geographic roots, we will consider the question: what constitutes a Florida woman writer?
Maj Writers Wrld Lit in Englsh
LIT 4244.001|A. Kini|Cat 1|SUM 2|Boca Raton|In-Person|T/R|9:45am-12:55pm
This course offers a critical introduction to the cultural politics of South Asian diasporas. We will engage literature and cinema by South Asian-origin writers and filmmakers from Britain, Canada, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Guyana, Trinidad, Uganda, and the United States. Our study will address the literary conventions and representational forms employed by South Asian cultural works, as well as how these works engage larger political and cultural questions about empire, migration and identity. We will pay particular attention to how South Asians have been racialized in various colonial and diasporic contexts, as well as how racial identities intersect with gender, class, sexuality, caste, nation and religion. Topics of discussion will include the conflicts and contradictions of migration and displacement; colonial indenture in the Caribbean; postcolonial migrations to the U.S., Canada, and United Kingdom; the legacies of British empire; and queerness and Afro-Asian intimacies.


Category 2
American Literature from 1865
AML 2020.001|T. Hagood|Cat 2|SUM 2|Distance Learning|Fully Online Class

When you have finished reading the literature in this course, your grasp of our present world will be more profound than ever. The tropes that define practically every aspect of contemporary life aesthetically, socially, politically, economically, and linguistically were all shaped in the works of literature produced since the Civil War. From W. E. B. Du Bois and Booker Washington to Gertrude Stein and William Faulkner to the poets and comics of our moment, the literature of the United States since 1865 shows us how we have become who we are. 

ENL 2022
British Literature Since 1798
ENL 2022.002|J. Ulin|Cat 2|SUM 3|Distance Learning|Fully Online Class
While yet a boy I sought for ghosts, and sped / Through many a listening chamber, cave and ruin, / And starlight wood, with fearful steps pursuing / Hopes of high talk with the departed dead. 
— “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty,” P.B. Shelley
This course will cover major works of British and Irish literature from the Romantic period through the present with a focus on representations of the gothic and the supernatural.
Literature of Adolescence
LIT 3333.001|R. Fox|Cat 2|SUM 2|Boca Raton|In-Person|T/R|1:15pm-4:25pm
The aim of this course is to explore representations of adolescence, in literary texts classified as “YA” and texts that take up adolescence as theme. Participants will assess texts (drawn primarily from Black and Latinx cultural contexts) to examine conditions of adolescence and their effects. We will uncover how adolescence intertwines with matters of friendship, sexuality, and violence, as well as ways in which it involves processes of nation, including immigration and assimilation. We will also interrogate renderings of young adulthood as innocent, ignorant, even disposable. Other questions orienting this course include: How is adolescence evoked by the body? How do devices, such as flashback, mediate adolescent longings? How do religion and education regulate adolescent self-expression? In what ways does class privilege inform naiveté? In what respects do gender and race influence one’s upbringing? How might those circumstances be reimagined to alternate ends?
Fantasy Literature
LIT 3312.001|I. MacDonald|Cat 2|SUM 3|Distance Learning|Online Live Lecture|T/R|4:45pm-7:55pm
This course will trace the emergence of western fantasy literature from its roots in folklore and the chanson de geste of the Middle Ages through its development by nineteenth-century writers like George MacDonald and a William Morris into its pulp phase with Robert Howard, Fritz Lieber, and CL Moore, and finally to more recent works by Ursula LeGuin, Sam Delaney, Michael Moorcock, and Nnedi Okorafor. Attending to literary criticism focused on the genre, this class will gauge when and where fantasy arises and the myriad forms with which it continues to garner popular attention.
21st Century medieval Monstrosity
ENL 4930.001|C. Thomas|Cat 2|SUM 2|Distance Learning|Fully Online Class
21st-Century Medieval Monstrosity will explore adaptations of medieval monstrosity based on the primary early medieval text Beowulf, which arises from the Old English and Old Norse warrior cultures and collective imagination from over 1,000 years ago. We will read two different translations of the poem, one by a man and another by a woman, and two novel adaptations (*Grendel * by John Gardner and The Mere Wife by Maria Dahvana Headley) while also viewing films and considering game adaptations (video games and tabletop games). What constitutes a monster or the monstrous? Then and now?


Category 3
Creative Writing
CRW 3010.001|J. Henson.|Cat 3|SUM 3|Boca Raton|In-Person|M/W|9:45am-12:55pm
Guidance and criticism for beginners in writing prose fiction and poetry.
Creative Writing
CRW 3010.002|R. McKay.|Cat 3|SUM 1|Distance Learning|Fully Online Class
The writer Toni Morrison once said, “If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” And, similarly, the poet Ezra Pound said, “Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery is of little worth.” The best kind of creative writing—poem, story, essay—comes when we can find fresh and unexpected ways to present language. Stories and poems are only as strong and fresh as the language they contain, and only through strength and originality of language we can achieve depth in our writing. In this course we will approach creative writing in several ways:
  • Through exercises designed to help you find new approaches to writing prose and poetry
  • By reading and discussing works of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry
  • By spending significant time on writing as well as on the revision process
  • By developing your critical eye and ear as you read and critique each other’s work.
Creative Writing
CRW 3010.003|D. Miller|Cat 3|SUM 2|Boca Raton|In-Person|M/W|9:45am-12:55pm
Guidance and criticism for beginners in writing prose fiction and poetry.
Professional Writing
ENC 3213.001|A. Stagliano|Cat 3|SUM 3|Distance Learning|Fully Online Class
This course assumes that every act of communication is an act of articulation. When you communicate in your profession, you articulate who you are as a professional in your field, the character of the organization of which you are a part, and even what your profession is on the whole. Even the most mundane communicative acts in your profession, like sending an email or composing your resume, either reproduce or reinvent what your profession is, what your organization is, and who you are as a professional.
This course will equip you to research, critique, and decide how to emulate or innovate on prevailing communicative standards in your field. You will leave this course with a sense of what your profession is, why it is important, and your own personal vision for its future and your contributions to that future. Likewise you will leave with a sense of how you want to present yourself as a professional in your field, and how to participate in the organizations that make it up.
Professional Writing
ENC 3213.002|J. Borsi | Cat 3|SUM 2|Distance Learning|Fully Online Class
Professional writing is a necessity.
Regardless of field, you write to get a job, to communicate with others, and to make your ideas heard. From resumes to rebuttals, writing has the power to shape our professional lives. ENC 3213 introduces you to the expectations of writing in the professional world, focusing on audience analysis, persuasion strategies, ethics, and collaborative work.
We approach writing from a practical standpoint, and while we will be exploring "traditional" business genres, we will also examine how technology and media have shaped professional communication. Assignment topics are based on students' major, career goals, and interests.
Professional Writing
ENC 3213.003|J. Cohen|Cat 3|SUM 3|Distance Learning|Fully Online Class
ENC 3213: Professional Writing will teach students the basics of professional composition, which entails specific formatting requirements and stylistic nuances that vary from academic writing. This course will provide instruction on common types of professional documents, such as emails, formal reports, job application letters, résumés, and web-oriented materials. The course will also include instruction on conducting job searches, completing workplace research, designing appealing documents, and providing constructive peer feedback. Many assignments will have a connection to the student’s chosen career field.
The course will help students hone important professional writing skills, such as critical thinking, proofreading, concision, organization, audience consideration, outlining, and revision. Students will learn to harness their own voices for workplace success. The overall goal of the course is to prepare students to write confidently and competently in a professional setting.
Professional Writing
ENC 3213.004|J. Mason|Cat 3|SUM 2|Boca Raton|Mixed Online and Classroom|M|1:15pm-4:25pm
(Half Online / Half On-Campus: Class meets only on Mondays, 1:15-4:25pm. The rest of the week's material will be asynchronous online).
Writing as a professional entails learning the forms of writing—or genres—that professionals in the field commonly write. In this class, you will be introduced to the various types of and techniques for producing professional writing, including correspondence, proposals, reports, presentations, and other texts often found in business and professional communities. But more than this, being a professional means being able to read and write effectively in any professional situation. For that reason, this class will focus on reading and writing rhetorically—taking a rhetorical approach.
In addition to practicing professional communication in situations similar to those found in the professions, students may also analyze and write about business issues, which will demand thoughtful analysis of content areas, organizational patterns, point of view, and of document layout and design.
ENG 4020.001|A. Stagliano | Cat 3|SUM 2|Other|In-Person
Join us in Barcelona for a 3-week Rhetoric and Writing course studying urban technologies in one of the world’s most vibrant cities. This course meets the Gordon Rule/WAC requirement. In this course, you will practice writing about urban spaces, and your experience of the city and its technologies.
Specifically, this program will examine the relationships between urban space, technology, and the rhetorical strategies employed by various community members and leaders in efforts to navigate and to change those spaces. We will do this by examining the “Smart City” phenomenon as it occurs in Barcelona, one of the world’s foremost laboratories for urban digitization. Barcelona’s efforts at digitization are unique, as they take place in a city with more than 2,000 years of continuous human civilization. Many of our engagements within the city will consider the tension between old and new, analogue and digital. NB: THIS PROGRAM IS ALREADY FULL