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Creative Writing
ENCW 2200Introduction to Creative Nonfiction (3.00)
Creative non-fiction encompasses a variety of genres - personal essays, travelogues, memoir, nature writing, literary journalism - that present factual information from a personal perspectives. We will read works by writers either hailing from or intimately familiar with each of countries we are visiting. attending to how these authors use elements of fiction, such as scene, dialogue, character, story, and metaphor, to tell their "true" stories.
ENCW 2300Poetry Writing (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
An introduction to the craft of writing poetry, with relevant readings in the genre. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENCW 2530Introduction to Poetry Writing - Themed (3.00)
An introduction to the craft of writing poetry, with relevant readings in the genre. Both readings and writing assignments will be on topics that vary. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENCW 2560Introduction to Fiction Writing - Themed (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
An introduction to the craft of writing fiction, with relevant readings in the genre. Both readings and writing assignments will be on topics that vary. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENCW 2600Fiction Writing (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
An introduction to the craft of writing fiction, with relevant readings in the genre. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENCW 3310Intermediate Poetry Writing I (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
For students advanced beyond the level of ENWR 2300. Involves workshop of student work, craft discussion, and relevant reading. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 3320Intermediate Poetry Writing II (3.00)
For students advanced beyond the level of ENWR 2300. Involves workshop of student work, craft discussion, and relevant reading. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 3350Intermediate Nonfiction Writing (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
For students advanced beyond the level of ENWR 2600. Involves workshop of student work, craft discussion, and relevant reading. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 3559New Course in Creative Writing (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer new topics in the subject of Creative Writing.
Course was offered Fall 2015
ENCW 3610Intermediate Fiction Writing (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
For students advanced beyond the level of ENWR 2600. Involves workshop of student work, craft discussion, and relevant reading. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 4350Advanced Nonfiction Writing (3.00)
For advanced students with experience in writing literary nonfiction. Involves workshop of student work, craft discussion, and relevant reading. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 4810Advanced Fiction Writing I (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Devoted to the writing of prose fiction, especially the short story. Student work is discussed in class and individual conferences. Parallel reading in the work of modern novelists and short story writers is required. For advanced students with prior experience in writing fiction. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 4830Advanced Poetry Writing I (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
For advanced students with prior experience in writing poetry. Student work is discussed in class and in individual conferences. Reading in contemporary poetry is also assigned. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 4993Independent Project in Creative Writing (3.00)
For the student who wants to work on a creative writing project under the direction of a faculty member. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 5310Advanced Poetry Writing II (3.00)
Intensive work in poetry writing, for students with prior experience. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENCW 5610Advanced Fiction Writing II (3.00)
A course for advanced short story writers. Student manuscripts are discussed in individual conference and in class. May be repeated with different instructor. For instructions on how to apply to this class, see www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
Course was offered Spring 2015
ENCW 7310MFA Poetry Workshop (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Graduate-level poetry writing workshop for advanced writing students. A weekly 2.5 hour workshop discussion of student poems. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENCW 7559New Course in Creative Writing (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of academic, professional, and creative writing. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENCW 7610MFA Fiction Workshop (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
A course devoted to the writing of prose fiction, especially the short story. Student work is discussed in class and in individual conferences. Parallel reading in the work of modern novelists and short story writers is required. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Instructor permission. Limited enrollment.
ENCW 8559New Course in Creative Writing (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of academic, professional, and creative writing. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENCW 8993Independent Writing Project (3.00)
Intended for graduate students who wish to do work on a creative writing project other than the thesis for the Master of Fine Arts degree under the direction of a faculty member. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Permission of the chair.
ENCW 8995Research in Creative Writing (3.00)
Research in creative writing for M.F.A. students. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
Course was offered Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
ENCW 8999MFA Non-Topical Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Non-topical research hours taken as part of the Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
English-Literature
ENGL 1500Masterworks of Literature (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
An introduction to the study of literature. Why is imaginative literature worth reading and taking seriously? How do we prepare ourselves to be the best possible readers of imaginative literature?
ENGL 1550Literature and the Professions (3.00)
An introduction to the study of literature that focuses on the intersections between imaginative literature and other fields of human endeavor. Why is imaginative literature worth reading and taking seriously? How can becoming a better reader enhance other aspects of our careers and our lives?
Course was offered Fall 2017, Fall 2014
ENGL 1559New Course in Miscellaneous English (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of miscellaneous English. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
Course was offered Fall 2013
ENGL 2010History of European Literature I (4.00)
Surveys European literature from antiquity to the Renaissance, with emphasis on recurring themes, the texts themselves, and the meaning of literature in broader historical contexts.
ENGL 2020History of European Literature II (4.00)
Surveys European literature from the Renaissance to the twentieth century, with emphasis on recurring themes, the texts themselves, and the meaning of literature in broader historical contexts.
ENGL 2506Studies in Poetry (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Examines the poetic techniques and conventions of imagery and verse that poets have used across the centuries. Exercises in scansion, close reading, and framing arguments about poetry. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 2559New Course in Miscellaneous English (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of miscellaneous English. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
Course was offered Spring 2019, Spring 2018, Spring 2016
ENGL 2657Routes, Writing, Reggae (3.00)
In this course, we will trace the history of reggae music and explore its influence on the development of Jamaican literature. With readings on Jamaican history, we will consider why so many reggae songs speak about Jah and quote from the Bible. Then, we will explore how Marcus Garvey's teachings led to the rise of Rastafarianism, which in turn seeded ideas of black pride and black humanity into what would become reggae music.
ENGL 3030Global Cultural Studies (3.00)
The course analyzes our global cultural condition from a dual historical and literary perspective and follows a development stretching over the last 60 years, beginning with the period just after WW II and continuing to the present day. Of central concern will be the varieties of cultural expression across regions of the world and their relation to a rapidly changing social history, drawing upon events that occur during the semester.
Course was offered Spring 2019, Spring 2018
ENGL 3559New Course in Miscellaneous English (1.00 - 4.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of miscellaneous English. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
Course was offered Spring 2017
ENGL 3610The English Novel in the Nineteenth Century (3.00)
This course will examine the major British novels of the 19th Century in the context of their setting in London and British culture. The course will include visits to London sites presented in the works that will be read. Readings include such major novelists as Dickens, Bronte, Wilde, Stoker, and others.
ENGL 3810History of Literatures in English I (3.00)
A two-semester, chronological survey of literatures in English from their beginnings to the present day. Studies the formal and thematic features of different genres in relation to the chief literary, social, and cultural influences upon them. ENGL 3810 covers the period up to 1800; ENGL 3820, the period 1800 to the present. Required of all majors. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu.
ENGL 3820History of Literatures in English II (3.00)
A two-semester, chronological survey of literatures in English from their beginnings to the present day. Studies the formal and thematic features of different genres in relation to the chief literary, social, and cultural influences upon them. ENGL 3810 covers the period up to 1800; ENGL 3820, the period 1800 to the present. Required of all majors. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu.
ENGL 4559New Course in Miscellaneous English (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of miscellaneous English. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 4993Independent Study (1.00 - 3.00)
For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: third year, fourth year, English major or minor, AAS major or minor.
ENGL 4998Distinguished Majors Program (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Directed research leading to completion of an extended essay to be submitted to the Honors Committee. Both ENGL 4998 and 4999 are required of honors candidates. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 4999Distinguished Majors Program (1.00 - 3.00)
Directed research leading to completion of an extended essay to be submitted to the Honors Committee. Both courses are required of honors candidates. Graded on a year-long basis. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 5830Introduction to World Religions, World Literatures (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
An interdisciplinary course that includes the following elements: studies in the textual traditions of particular religions; studies in literary theory; studies in literary traditions; the application of literary theory to studies in religious text traditions; and the application of the history of religions to the study of literary canons.
Course was offered Spring 2019
ENGL 5831Proseminar in World Religions, World Literature (1.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
This monthly seminar explores methods and issues vital to the combined study of literatures and religions. It brings all MA students together, under faculty guidance, to attend to the broad range of individual projects and to foster a rich conversation that traverses the emergent field of study.
Course was offered Spring 2019, Fall 2018
ENGL 6500Topics in English (for teachers) (1.00)
Courses in subject areas of relevant to middle and high school English teachers, each meant to provide such teachers with a sense of the state of the sub-field, with a focus on the central authors, texts, and approaches, and on challenges that might face a first-time teacher of the particular subject area.
ENGL 8559New Course in Miscellaneous English (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of miscellaneous English. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 8993Independent Study (3.00)
A single semester of independent study under faculty supervision for MA or PhD students in English doing intensive research on a subject not covered in the usual courses. Requires approval by a faculty member who has agreed to supervise a guided course of reading and substantial written exercise, a detailed outline of the research project, and authorization by the Director of Graduate Studies in English. Only one may be offered for Ph.D credit. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 8998M.A. Thesis (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
M.A. students in English may choose to write a substantial thesis directed by a faculty member. Students opting for a thesis should draw up a proposal and secure a director to supervise the project. Students choose between a critical thesis of 10,000-15,000 words and a pedagogical thesis (described on our website). Students enroll in this three-credit course for a single semester, either fall or spring; it is not available during the summer. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 8999Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Students taking this course are expected to prepare for their M.A. oral examination and proceed with their M.A. research. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/graduate/current.
ENGL 9559New Course in Miscellaneous English (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject of miscellaneous English. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 9899Woodson Institute Fellows Pre- and Post-Doctoral Research (12.00)
This is a supervised research course without formal classroom instruction.
ENGL 9995Dissertation Seminar (3.00)
Required of students in the Department's PhD program who are at or near the beginning of the dissertation writing process. Addresses the problems encountered by students as they begin to tackle the dissertation. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 9998Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Students taking this course are expected to prepare for their preliminary qualifying oral examinations for the doctorate. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENGL 9999Non-Topical Research (1.00 - 12.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a dissertation director. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
Writing and Rhetoric
ENWR 1505Writing & Critical Inquiry Stretch I (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Part I of the two-semester option for meeting the first writing requirement. For placement guidelines see http://professionalwriting.as.virginia.edu/requirements. Topics vary each semester and can be found using the SIS Class Search.
ENWR 1506Writing & Critical Inquiry Stretch II (3.00)
Part II of the two-semester option for meeting the first writing requirement. For placement guidelines see http://www.engl.virginia.edu/undergraduate/writing/placement. Topics vary each semester and can be found using the SIS Class Search. Prerequisite: ENWR 1505.
ENWR 1507Writing & Critical Inquiry Stretch I for Multilingual Writers (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Part I of the two-semester ESL option for meeting the first writing requirement. For placement guidelines see http://www.engl.virginia.edu/undergraduate/writing/placement. Topics vary each semester and can be found using the SIS Class Search.
ENWR 1508Writing & Critical Inquiry Stretch II for Multilingual Writers (3.00)
Part II of the two-semester ESL option for meeting the first writing requirement. For placement guidelines see http://www.engl.virginia.edu/undergraduate/writing/placement. Topics vary each semester and can be found using the SIS Class Search. Prerequisite: ENWR 1505
ENWR 1510Writing and Critical Inquiry (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
The single-semester option for meeting the first writing requirement-- intended to be taken during the first year of study-- this course approaches writing as a way of generating, representing, and reflecting on critical inquiry. Graded A, B, C, or NC. Students whose last names end in A-K must take ENWR 1510 in the fall; those with last names ending in L-Z take it in the spring.
ENWR 1520Writing and Critical Inquiry: Community Engagement (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Requires off-grounds work with local non-profits. A single-semester option for meeting the first writing requirement-- intended to be taken during the first year of study-- approaches writing as a way of generating, representing, and reflecting on critical inquiry. Graded A, B, C, or NC. Students whose last names end in A-K must satisfy the first writing requirement in the fall; those with last names ending in L-Z in the spring.
ENWR 1559New Course in Academic and Professional Writing (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of academic, professional, and creative writing. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
Course was offered Spring 2018, Fall 2009
ENWR 2150Pavilion Writers I (1.00)
Part I of a two-semester workshop option for completing the first writing requirement. Focusing on framing and developing effective academic arguments. Both ENWR 2150 and ENWR 2160 must be completed to receive credit for either course and to complete the first writing requirement. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
Course was offered Fall 2009
ENWR 2160Pavilion Writers II (1.00)
Part II of a two-semester workshop option for completing the first writing requirement. Focusing on advanced argument patterns, syntax, and cohesion. Both ENWR 2150 and ENWR 2160 must be completed to receive credit for either course and to complete the first writing requirement. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
Course was offered Fall 2010, Spring 2010, Fall 2009
ENWR 2510Advanced Writing Seminar (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
A single-semester option for meeting the first writing requirement-- intended to be taken during the first year of study-- this course approaches writing as a way of generating, representing, and reflecting on critical inquiry. Enrollment limited to students meeting benchmarks determined by the Writing Program.
ENWR 2520Special Topics in Writing (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Includes courses on writing studies, corporate communications, and digital writing. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: Completion of first writing requirement.
ENWR 2559New Course in Academic and Professional Writing (3.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of academic, professional, and creative writing. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
Course was offered Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Summer 2012
ENWR 2610Writing with Style (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Develops an understanding of the wide range of stylistic moves in prose writing, their uses, and implications. Students build a rich vocabulary for describing stylistic decisions, imitate and analyze exemplary writing, and discuss each others writing in a workshop setting.
ENWR 2620Reviewing Popular Culture (3.00)
A writing workshop that focuses on critical approaches to popular culture. Students will read, analyze, and write a variety of critical essays on pop culture artifacts.
Course was offered Spring 2019
ENWR 2630Writing About Work (3.00)
We will use inquiry-based writing to explore the role that work plays in the good life. We'll critically analyze how and why we write about work to refresh our thinking about real-world experiences both familiar and unfamiliar to us. We will develop as writers by generating and exploring complicated questions. Why do we do the things that we do? What work do we value, and how do we communicate that?
Course was offered Fall 2017
ENWR 2640Composing Digital Stories and Essays (3.00)
A workshop in which students produce stories and essays as both conventional print texts and multimodal electronic texts. Through a mix of theory and example students explore how emerging technologies changed the genres and modes of writing inside and outside the academy.
Course was offered Spring 2017
ENWR 2700News Writing (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Introductory course in news writing, emphasizing editorials, features, and reporting. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENWR 2800Public Speaking (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
An inquiry-based approach to the development of a confident, engaging, and ethical public speaking style. Beyond practical skills, this course emphasizes rhetorical thinking: what are the conventions of public speaking? Where are there opportunities to deviate from convention in ways that might serve a speech's purpose? How might we construct an audience through the ways we craft language and plan the delivery of our speech?
Course was offered Spring 2019, Fall 2018
ENWR 3500Topics in Advanced Academic Writing (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
A course for students who are already proficient academic writers and wish to develop their writing skills further in a workshop setting.
Course was offered Spring 2019, Spring 2016
ENWR 3559New Course in Academic and Professional Writing (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of academic, professional, and creative writing. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENWR 3640Writing with Sound (3.00)
This course trains students to become attuned, thoughtful listeners and sonic composers. In addition to discussing key works on sound from fields such as rhetoric and composition, sound studies, and journalism, we will experiment with the possibilities of sound as a valuable form of writing and storytelling. Students will learn how to use digital audio editing tools, platforms, and techniques for designing and producing sonic projects.
ENWR 3650Digital Writing: Remix Culture (3.00)
This course explores the remix as a transformative compositional practice. Remix culture raises poignant questions about originality, creativity, and the ethical and legal implications of twenty-first century forms of composition. Students will examine remixing through theoretical, historical, aesthetic, and political lenses in order to cultivate a deep understanding of the rhetorical and affective power of this genre.
Course was offered Fall 2017
ENWR 3660Travel Writing (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
This course will explore travel writing using a variety of texts, including essays, memoirs, blogs, photo essays, and narratives. We will examine cultural representations of travel as well as the ethical implications of tourism. Students will have the opportunity to write about their own travel experiences, and we will also embark on "local travel" of our own.
Course was offered Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Fall 2017
ENWR 3665Writing about the Environment (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
This course focuses on creating meaningful, responsible, and engaged writing in the context of significant environmental issues. Analysis of representative environmental texts, familiarity with environmental concepts, examination of ethical positions in private and public spheres of writing, and sustained practice with form, style, medium, and genre will drive a variety of writing projects.
Course was offered Fall 2018, Fall 2017
ENWR 3700Intermediate News Writing (3.00)
Writing news and feature stories for magazines and newspapers. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses. Prerequisite: ENWR 270 or instructor permission.
ENWR 3710News Magazine Writing (3.00)
A course in weekly news magazine writing. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENWR 3720Magazine Writing (3.00)
A course in writing non-fiction articles for general magazines. Prerequisite: Instructor permission.
ENWR 3800Academic and Professional Writing (3.00)
Prepares students for professional or advanced academic writing; also prepares students to manage (assign, edit, supervise, and coach) the writing of others. Lectures present principles based on research in writing studies; seminars allow students to master those principles in the context of projects keyed to their specific interests and career plans. Meets second writing requirement. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENWR 3900Career-Based Writing and Rhetoric (3.00)
Offered
Fall 2019
Develops proficiency in a range of stylistic and persuasive effects. The course is designed for students who want to hone their writing skills, as well as for students preparing for careers in which they will write documents for public circulation. Students explore recent research in writing studies. In the workshop-based studio sessions, students propose, write, and edit projects of their own design.
ENWR 4559New Course in Academic, Professional, and Creative Writing (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of academic, professional, and creative writing. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.
ENWR 5559New Course in Academic, Professional, and Creative Writing (1.00 - 4.00)
This course provides the opportunity to offer a new topic in the subject area of academic, professional, and creative writing. For more details on this class, please visit the department website at http://www.engl.virginia.edu/courses.