Summer 2013

Summer course registration begins February 19, 2013. All registration is now done by phone (617-373-8000) or through the myNEU Web Portal.  Juniors and seniors who need to complete their major requirements are strongly advised to register at the first opportunity or they may find themselves unable to meet graduation requirements.  Please note: ENGL 1111 (or the equivalent) is a prerequisite for all ENGL courses.  Check the registrar’s listings on-line for the most up-to-date information about course scheduling.  You can find these at:  Please see the English Department Faculty Mentor, Professor Beth Britt, in 409 Holmes (x5170) if you have any questions.


ENGL3372:  Creative Writing
CRN: 40379
Ellen Noonan
Sequence 1 (MTWR 8:00-9:40 am)

Fulfills an elective.

This creative writing course will be organized around using “research” to inform your creative writing.  In a workshop setting (where the writing community will read and comment upon written work), students will draft and polish a major creative project in any genre (or in a variety of genres).  A creative group project will also be required.  Students can expect class “field trips” (for research purposes), and to write smaller weekly assignments.  Readings will include Kyoko Mori’s “Yarn” and Eula Biss’ No Man’s Land, as well as readings of the students’ choosing.  Sending out work for publication will also be addressed (and encouraged!).

ENGL4672: The Modern Novel
CRN: 60680
Bret Keeling
Sequence 1 (MTWR 8:00-9:40 am)
Fulfills Literature in the 20th/21st Century Period Requirement.
Hungarian-born scholar and Marxist critic Georg Lukacs argued for a fiction of “realism” that could inspire social transformation.  According to Astradur Eysteinsson, when Lukacs called for this “realism” in his studies of European literature of the early twentieth century, Lukacs was already anticipating some of the distinctions later critics have made between “aesthetic” modernism and the “political” avant-garde.

Throughout this term, we’ll consider the ways that what is “aesthetic” and what is “political” converge in the modern novel.  Modern writers sought to alter the appearance of commonplace “reality” as well as to alter the appearance of “realistic” literature.  The novels they wrote attempted to be new — new both in the worlds they portrayed and in the techniques the authors used to portray such worlds.  Given its refusal to conserve what was, and its commitment to radical newness, the modern novel delivered new visions and new experiences.

One goal of this course is to continue practicing facets of critical reading.  In exploring the ways texts are both aesthetically and politically challenging, we’ll become more aware of word function, of narrative style, and of technical device.  Course requirements seek to appeal to diverse learning styles, and graded assignments will include: a group presentation, a multimedia project, an analytic paper, several quizzes on character and passage identifications, and daily participation in class discussions.

Our readings may include novels by James Joyce, D. H. Lawrence, Virginia Woolf, Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, Andre Gide, Robert Musil, and Nella Larsen.