English Courses Fall 2024


Fall 2024 English Classes Offered 

  • 100  Intro to Literary Analysis            MWF 10:40 - 11:30am         Robert Gorsch
    • Do you enjoy reading stories, novels, poems . . .?  This is an introductory course in close reading and textual analysis. You will learn to read texts slowly and carefully, paying attention to details and patterns within texts, and to understand how literary texts make meaning. The beginning of the journey into English studies. All English Majors begin here but this course is open to all students.
  • 280  Intro to Digital Humanities            T/Th 10:05 - 11:20am    Sunayani Bhattacharya
    • New Course! Are you curious about the digital world and its relationship to the humanities? Do you wish to acquire digital skills and be more competitive in the job market for culture industries? Or perhaps you want to know more about all the work that goes into designing a digital platform? This course will help answer all these questions, and introduce you to the world of doing humanities, digitally. You will investigate case studies, learn to use digital tools, and develop evidence-based arguments and interpretations about and using digital technologies.
  • 304    Restoration and 18th Century Lit.        MWF    9:15 - 10:20am    Yin Yuan 
    • Jane Austen in her historical context and in our contemporary moment. We will use her writings to examine key issues of the long eighteenth century, including gender politics, land ownership, sociality, consumerism, trade, and empire. As someone whose life and work famously troubles the 18th/19th-century divide, Austen provides a compelling case study for interrogating the problem of literary periodization. We will examine the continuities and discontinuities between Austen and earlier 18th-century writers. We will also grapple with the significance of Austen’s enduring popularity by examining screen adaptations of her work, in order to consider the ways in which the eighteenth century continues to be here, right now, with us. 
      • This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement and Arts and Humanities analysis. 
  • {CUT DUE TO ENROLLMENT) 308    American Literature 1900 - Present    MWF    10:40 - 11:45am     Molly Metherd
    • (Course is no longer being offered) Taylor Swift and American Storytelling! Taylor Swift’s newest album, The Tortured Poets Society, absolutely calls for her work to be studied in an English class, right? Why does Swift's storytelling connect so deeply with her audiences of all ages? And, how can we understand her work in a larger context of American literary expression? We will draw thematic and stylistic connections between her catalog and works by tortured poets and writers including Willa Cather, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Sylvia Plath and Audre Lorde. We will study narrative strategies like testimony, intertextuality and closure and explore common themes including American childhood, nostalgia, gender empowerment, and more. This course will appeal to Swifties and literature buffs alike. 
      • This course satisfies the core curriculum requirement for Arts and Humanities analysis. 
  • 350    Intro to Drama: Classics to Cutting Edge     T/Th    11:40 - 1:20pm           Emily Klein
    • Classics to Cutting Edge. In this class, we’ll ask what distinguishes drama from literature, television, & film. Have the Internet & YouTube hijacked essential elements of the drama or revived them…or both? What qualities does a text need to have to be considered a drama? And most crucially, how do the elements of presence, liveness, orality and embodiment make the drama unique? Starting in ancient Greece, and speeding our way through the Renaissance and modernism, we'll land in the postmodern funhouse of contemporary theatre, all while examining how BIPOC, LGBTQIA, and women playwrights, took on the issues of their time. 
      • This course satisfies the core curriculum requirement for Arts and Humanities analysis. 
  • 354    Topics in Film                 MWF    12:05 - 1:10pm    Kathryn Koo
    • Black Lives in Film. We will critically examine the representation of Black lives in film, from the first films on the silent screen to contemporary films of the past twenty years. We will learn to understand the “language” of film by reading film theory, with a specific focus on spectatorship, agency, and the dynamics of race and power, all the while tracing the history of Black cinema and the achievements of Black filmmakers throughout the twentieth century. By the end of this course, students will be able to analyze film as a powerful form of representation, a critique of the existing social order, and a means of furthering the aims of social justice. Join us as we examine the richness and diversity of Black lives in film. 
      • Satisfies the Humanities and Identity, Power, and Equity (IPE) requirements of the Core Curriculum.
  • 366    Public History and the Power of Narrative  T/Th    1:30 - 2:45pm       Lisa Manter
    • Saint Mary’s history of diversity organizations and cultural clubs. “Why are we [historians] so boring?” asked Director for the Center for the American West Patty Limerick. One way to increase the engagement and impact of history is through the power of story. The first half of the course will focus on understanding how stories work and what stories have to offer the field of public history. We will then apply these narrative elements to Saint Mary’s own history of its diversity organizations and cultural clubs. Who started them and why? What were their struggles? Their triumphs? You will work with Saint Mary’s archival material as well as reach out to present and past members of these groups to gather their memories with the goal of preserving and showcasing their history. 
      • Satisfies the Engaged Learning core requirement, must be taken concurrently with the Engaged Learning Requirement below.
  • 366EL    Public History and the Power of Narrative     TBA             Lisa Manter
    • Engage Learning Component. This course must be taken concurrently with ENGL 366. A minimum of 20 hours working for the SMC archives, directed by archivist Kate Wilson. An additional 17 hours will be spent on Engaged Learning-related assignments.


For Creative Writing Courses in Fall 2024 please click this link https://www.stmarys-ca.edu/academics/liberal-arts/creative-writing/creative-writing-courses