EH Courses Spring 2014 - page 3

THE GATEWAY COURSE FOR ENGLISH
EH 300: Theories and Methods of Literary Analysis (Required for the Major*)
Archer, MW 12:30-1:50
You will leave this class with a more practical and theoretically grounded sense of why, what, and
how we read as English majors. You will practice formalist reading and will work with
professional examples of interpretations exemplifying a number of alternative literary theories. In
addition, as a Writing Reinforcement course in the English major (WR), EH 300 aims to improve
your skills at formal analytic and researched writing, through the discussion of sample papers and
the workshopping and writing of original papers. The course should serve as preparation for the
Senior Seminar in English.
CATEGORY 1
EH 349: Literature and the Arts
Tatter, MWF 9:30-10:30
What does it mean to “get back to nature”? Does hiking the Appalachian Trail count? Does
pitching a tent in a state park campsite count? Does a walk through the botanical gardens count?
What about sitting on your porch and sipping iced tea, removed from the world of crickets,
cardinals, and copperheads by only a thin layer of screen?
Where do you draw the line between natural and artificial? Do you look natural in your high
school yearbook picture? Why or why not? When you take a picture of the sunset at the beach,
do you compose the shot to frame what’s important and screen out what’s not? Do you find a
relationship between a man and a woman the natural form of marriage? Do you find endings to
novels that bring the hero and heroine together to be artificial or contrived?
This course wrestles with such questions by focusing on the relationships between literature,
particularly poetry about nature, and the sister arts of landscape painting and landscape
gardening during the Restoration and 18
th
Century in Great Britain. Engaging in close readings
of works from each of these artistic genres, students in the class trace the changing definitions of
“nature” and “natural” as Britain moved from a neo-classical world view to a Romantic one. To
put it another way, we look at the human figure in the landscape and articulate the relationship
between them.
CATEGORY 2
EH 380: Romantic Prose and Poetry
Ullrich, TTH 9:30-10:50
EH 380 is designed to engage the student in the poetry, prose, and cultural milieu of the English
Romantic movement (roughly 1785-1832). The course is also designed to further the student's
understanding of how to interpret literature, especially poetry. The course is geared toward
junior and senior undergraduates who come to the class with a solid background knowledge of
literature.
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