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English and Comparative Literature

CMPL 122: Great Books I: Visual Arts and Literature from Antiquity to 1750

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-december 11)

This course offers its students a diverse survey of the fine arts and literature from Classical Antiquity to 1750; thereby enabling students to cultivate a historical awareness of literary works foundational to humanity’s most beloved explorations on themes such as: lust, medicine, religion, existence, morality, and mortality. Additionally, students will develop their own toolbox in understanding art history that, too, comments on such themes. We will seek to answer questions such as are there any similarity between literary and visual representations, what is the relationship between the bodily and metaphysical, and so on.

Required Text

Assigned readings will be selected from the following works, and will be made available at no cost on the course website by the instructor:

  • Plato, Phaedrus
  • Ovid, The Art of Love
  • Confessions of St. Augustine
  • Khayyam, Rubā‘iyyāt
  • Dante, The New Life
  • Rousseau, Confessions
  • Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote

All texts will be read in English translation. If you prefer paper copies, you may purchase any editions of the books listed above.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Adair Rispoli, PhD
  • Department: English and Comparative Literature
  • Credit hours: 3
  • UNC-Chapel Hill requirements fulfilled: For the 2013-2015 academic years, this course fulfills either the “World before 1750 (WB)” or the “Literary Arts (LA) for Humanities and Fine Arts” general education requirements for degree-seeking students. Non-degree students are enthusiastically welcomed in the course as well. You may find additional information regarding requirements fulfilled in the Undergraduate Bulletin.
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ENGL 121: British Literature, 19th and Early 20th Century

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-december 11)

This course is a survey of the drama, poetry, and prose of the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods. This course covers some of the best and best-known works from the Romantic, Victorian, and Modern periods of British literature. You will study not only how and what writers from each period wrote, but why they wrote what they did. Gaining insight into the historical and social contexts of these periods will help you appreciate the works you like least—and will help you articulate better the qualities of the works you love.

Required Texts

  • Abrams and Greenblatt, The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. 2, 8th edition (2005)
  • Dickens, Hard Times
  • Woolf, To the Lighthouse

You may purchase the textbooks at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Required Software

  • Students must have Microsoft PowerPoint or other means for creating a presentation.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Lara Kees, PhD
  • Department: English and Comparative Literature
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: a second-semester college-level composition course or permission of instructor
  • UNC-Chapel Hill perspectives/requirements fulfilled: The Office of Undergraduate Curricula has links to information about which perspectives this course fulfills under the “Pre-2006 Curriculum” and which requirements it fulfills under the new curriculum (see “2006 Curriculum”).
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ENGL 123: Introduction to Fiction

OFFERED 2nd Summer Session 2015 (5½ WEEKS: June 22–JULY 28)

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-december 11)

This course introduces students to fiction writing through novels and short stories by Hemingway, Faulkner, Wharton, Baldwin, Ellison, Oates, Erdich, Morrison, and others.

Required Texts

  • Charters, ed., The Story and Its Writer, 8th edition (2010)
  • Carver, Where I'm Calling From
  • Morrison, Beloved
  • Minot, Monkeys

You may purchase the textbooks at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Course Details

  • Summer Instructor: Heather Ross, PhD
  • Fall Instructor: Elizabeth Gualtieri-Reed, PhD
  • Department: English and Comparative Literature
  • Credit hours: 3. This course does not count toward the undergraduate minor in Creative Writing at UNC Chapel Hill. Students interested in the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill should refer to the Creative Writing Program's Web site for information.
  • Prerequisites: a second-semester college-level composition course or permission of instructor
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ENGL 128: Major American Authors

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-december 11)

This course is a study of major American authors, mainly from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Through the readings, we will focus on exploring questions of individualism in America—the quest for self-knowledge, self-expression, and personal freedom.

In this course you will be expected to

  • read all required texts
  • participate in online discussions via the discussion forum
  • complete several papers
  • complete a final exam.

Required Texts

  • Chopin, The Awakening ISBN 978-1936594498
  • Hawthorne, House of the Seven Gables ISBN 978-0486408828
  • Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises ISBN 978-0743297332
  • Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 ISBN 978-0060931674
  • Whitman, Leaves of Grass ISBN 978-0486456768
  • Morrison, Beloved ISBN 978-1400033416

You may purchase the textbooks at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Heather Ross, PhD
  • Department: English and Comparative Literature
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: a second-semester college-level composition course or permission of instructor
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ENGL 130: Introduction to Fiction Writing

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-december 11)

This course examines the basic techniques of fiction, with related writing exercises involving elements such as point of view, characterization, and dialogue. The course includes discussion of student exercises and readings in short fiction.

Required Texts

  • Burroway, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 9th edition (2014), ISBN 978-0321923165
  • Cassill and Bausch, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, 7th edition (2005), ISBN 978-0393926118

You may purchase the textbooks at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Richard Krawiec, MA
  • Department: English and Comparative Literature
  • Credit hours: 3. This course does not count toward the undergraduate minor in Creative Writing at UNC Chapel Hill. Students interested in the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill should refer to the Creative Writing Program's Web site for information.
  • Prerequisites: a second-semester college-level composition course or permission of instructor
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ENGL 206: Intermediate Fiction Writing

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-december 11)

This course builds on the short story writing skills introduced in ENGL 130. Exercises allow students to develop the beginning, middle, and end of stories, to work with imagery, and to listen for their own voice and style. In addition to these exercises, students write two complete short stories and revise one.

Required Texts

  • Burroway, Writing Fiction: A Guide to Narrative Craft, 9th edition (2014), ISBN 978-0321923165
  • Cassill and Bausch, The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction, 7th edition (2005), ISBN 978-0393926118

You may purchase the textbooks at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Richard Krawiec, MA
  • Department: English and Comparative Literature
  • Credit hours: 3. This course does not count toward the undergraduate minor in Creative Writing at UNC Chapel Hill. Students interested in the Creative Writing Program at UNC-Chapel Hill should refer to the Creative Writing Program's Web site for information.
  • Prerequisites: a second-semester college-level composition course and ENGL 130 or permission of instructor
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ENGL 313: Grammar of Current English

Offered Fall semester 2015 (August 18-december 11)

This course is a study of modern English grammar (traditional, structural, and transformational) with special attention to such current problems as the confusion of grammatical terminology, attacks on traditional rules, and conflict between prescriptive and descriptive grammar. The course is designed for prospective English teachers, but others may take it.

Required Texts

  • Kolln and Funk, Understanding English Grammar, 8th edition (2009)
  • A hardback college dictionary, such as the American Heritage College Dictionary

You may purchase the textbooks at Friday Center Books & Gifts in person, online, or by mailing or faxing in the book order form. Refer to the online ordering site for current book prices. Please see Textbooks for textbook purchase dates.

Special Course Requirement

This course includes three oral exams. Students will be required to call the instructor at a prearranged time to take exams. Long-distance costs will be the responsibility of the student.

Course Details

  • Instructor: Charley Rowe, PhD
  • Department: English and Comparative Literature
  • Credit hours: 3
  • Prerequisites: a second-semester college-level composition course or permission of instructor
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