English Department Courses by Level

Fall 2020 Courses

100-Level: Close Reading and Frequent Writing in Small Sections

105. Engaging Literature:  Close Reading  (Sanborn)

117. Arthurian Literature  (Nelson)  [also EUST 117]  [before 1800]

125. Representing Illness  (Frank)

150. Amherst Poets  (Worsley)

New:  162. Black (on) Earth: Introduction to African American Environmental Literature
(Cobham-Sander)  [also BLST 162]

180. Film and Writing  (Hastie)  [also FAMS 110]

200-Level: Foundation Courses in Literary, Film, and Cultural Studies, and in Creative Writing

New: 212. Storytelling Arts in Mesoamerica  (Couch)  [also ARHA 212]  [before 1800]

New: 214. Re-imagining American Literature, A Survey:  Pre-Conquest to 1865  (O’Connell)
[before 1800]

221. Writing Poetry I  (Kapur)

222. Playwriting I  (Carneiro)  [listed as THDA 270, also ENGL 222]

225. Non-Fiction I or Personal Story  (Lee)

226-01. Fiction Writing I  (Frank)

226-02. Fiction Writing I  (Lee)

238. Shakespeare  (Henrichs)  [before 1800]

250. Reading the Novel  (Sanborn)

253. Modernists: In Their Words and In Their Worlds  (Abramson)

276. Black Feminist Literary Traditions  (Henderson) 
[listed as SWAG 208, also BLST 345, ENGL 276, and FAMS 379]

New: 287. Introduction to Film Studies: The History of American Cinema, 1895-1960  (Sanders)
[also FAMS 212]

300-Level: Topics in Film and Cultural Studies, Individual Authors, Literary History, Criticism, Theory, and Advanced Creative Writing

300-level courses have no prerequisites, and welcome both majors and non-majors from across the college.

310. Interpretation in Law & Literature  (Douglas)  [listed as LJST 341, also ENGL 310]

315. Nabokov’s Art and Terrors  (Barskova)  [listed as RUSS 225, also ENGL 315]

322. Playwriting Studio  (Carneiro)  [listed as THDA 370, also ENGL 322]

326. Fiction Writing II–Moving Beyond Plot  (Myint)

New: 375. Victorian Sensations, Or, When Old Media Were New  (Sanders)  [also FAMS 317]

New: 391. Literature of Everyday Life  (Abramson)

400-Level: Seminars for Junior and Senior Majors. Independent Inquiry, Critical and Theoretical Issues, and Extensive Writing

These courses teach students the vital intellectual skills of how to frame a research question and conduct independent research. Majors might want to consider taking more than one of these challenging courses.

445. British Romantic Poetry:  Nature and the Imagination  (Worsley)

449. Avant-Garde Poetry  (Nelson)

New: 484. “It was the ’70s”: US Film, History, and the Cultural Imagination  (Hastie)  [also FAMS 424]

New: 497. Critical Thesis-Writing Workshop  (Grobe)

Related Courses in Fall 2020:

FYSE 106. Language Crossing and Living in Translation  (B. Sánchez-Eppler)

New: FYSE 126. Polemical Women Writers of the Premodern Era  (Henrichs)

January 2021 Courses

100-Level: Close Reading and Frequent Writing in Small Sections

No 100-level courses will be offered in the January term

200-Level: Foundation Courses in Literary, Film, and Cultural Studies, and in Creative Writing

270. Letter Writers and Epistolarity  (B. Sánchez-Eppler)

275. Whodunit?  Thinking with Detective Fiction  (Henrichs)

300-Level: Topics in Film and Cultural Studies, Individual Authors, Literary History, Criticism, Theory, and Advanced Creative Writing

New: 392. The Performance of Politics  (Grobe)

400-Level: Seminars for Junior and Senior Majors. Independent Inquiry, Critical and Theoretical Issues, and Extensive Writing

No 400-level courses will be offered in the January term

Spring 2021 Courses

100-Level: Close Reading and Frequent Writing in Small Sections

111. Having Arguments  (Lieber)

New: 114. Narratives of Migration and Transformation  (Kapur)

116. Literary Storms  (Abramson)

150. Amherst Poets  (Worsley)

200-Level: Foundation Courses in Literary, Film, and Cultural Studies, as well as in Creative Writing

New: 215. Re-imagining American Literature, A Survey:  1865 to the Present  (O’Connell)

217. Making Literary Histories I  (Nelson)  [before 1800]

New: 224. Creative Nonfiction  (Sweeney)

226. Fiction Writing I  (Myint)

240.  Reading Poetry  (Worsley)

272. A Primer to Children’s Literature  (K. Sánchez-Eppler)

New: 283-01. Television Narratives  (Hastie)  [also FAMS 234]  (spring)

New: 283-02. Television Narratives  (Hastie)  [also FAMS 234]  (spring)

New: 289. Moving Pictures:  The History of Silent Cinema  (Sanders)  [also FAMS 227]

300-Level: Topics in Film and Cultural Studies, Individual Authors, Literary History, Criticism, Theory, and Advanced Creative Writing

300-level courses have no prerequisites, and welcome both majors and non-majors from across the college.

New: 316. Immersive Accompaniment:  Reading the Bildungsroman  (B. Sánchez-Eppler)
[also SWAG 316]

323. On The Edge: Writing for Performance  (Carneiro)  [listed as THDA 272, also ENGL 323]

324. Writing Poetry II–Poetry in Translation  (Kapur)

330. Race and Otherness in the Middle Ages  (Nelson)  [also EUST 330]  [before 1800]

New: 366. Asian-American Writing Across/Between Genres  (Myint)

368. Bad Black Women  (Henderson)  [listed as SWAG 329, also BLST 377 and ENGL 368] 

372. Reading the Romance  (Shandilya)  [listed as SWAG 365, also ENGL 372]

400-Level: Seminars for Junior and Senior Majors. Independent Inquiry, Critical and Theoretical Issues, and Extensive Writing

These courses teach students the vital intellectual skills of how to frame a research question and conduct independent research. Majors might want to consider taking more than one of these challenging courses.

New: 418. Computing Fiction:  Books in a Digital Age  (Henrichs)  [before 1800]

435. The Play of Ideas  (Grobe)

New: 485. The City in Literature and Early Film  (Sanders)  [also FAMS 438]

New: 494.  Globe and Planet in Contemporary Literature  (Abramson)