English

English courses at Oxford offer a broad range of study, from writing to literature in its many forms.

English 184

Introductory Writing for Multilingual Students

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. This course will be required only for students whose native language is not English and who need a full year of writing.

English 185

Critical Reading and Writing

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Principles of effective reading skills and written expression. Analysis of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and/or drama and development of successful academic arguments. This course does not satisfy any requirements beyond First-Year Writing requirements.

English 186

Critical Reading and Writing for Multilingual Students

Fall. Credit, Four hours. Principles of effective reading skills and written expression. Analysis of nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and/or drama and development of successful academic arguments. For students whose native language is not English. This course does not satisfy any requirements beyond First-year Writing requirements.

English 205

Poetry

(HAP)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: English 185. Analysis and appreciation of poetry as an art form. Primary emphasis on the critical essay. Required of English majors and minors.

English 215

History of Drama and Theater I

(HSC)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. A general history of the theater from its origins through the 18th century, focusing on representative dramatic works and on the actor, staging, and audience as they have influenced  the development of drama and the theater. May be taken without English 216. Required of theater studies majors. (Same as Theater 215)

English 216

History of Drama and Theater II

(HSC)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. A general history of the theater from the 18th century through the 20th century, focusing on representative dramatic works and on the actor, staging, and audience as they have influenced the development of drama and the theater. May be taken without English 215. Required of theater studies majors. (Same as Theater 216)

English 250

Survey of American Literature: Beginnings to 1865

(HSC)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Readings in significant American literature to 1865 with attention to cultural and historical backgrounds.

English 251

Survey of American Literature: 1865 to Present

(HSC)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Readings in significant American literature since 1865 with attention to cultural and historical backgrounds.

English 255

Survey of English Literature to 1660

(HSC)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Readings in significant English literature since 1660 with attention to cultural and historical   backgrounds.

English 256

Survey of English Literature since 1660

(HSC)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Readings in significant English literature since 1660 with attention to cultural and historical   backgrounds.

English 260

Survey of World Literature

Spring. Credit, four hours. Readings in significant works of the Western literary tradition with attention to cultural and historical backgrounds.

English 270

Introduction to Creative Writing

(HAP)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Introductory workshop in creative writing. Normally covers two genres, most often fiction and poetry. Not designed as a sequential prerequisite for other creative writing courses. May not be repeated for credit.

English 311

Shakespeare

(HAP)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Selected plays from the histories, comedies, tragedies, and romances.

English 330

Romanticism

(HAP)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Selected poems of Romantic poets such as Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, and Keats. Selections from Romantic prose writers such as Hazlitt, DeQuincey, and Lamb.

English 336

The 19th-century British Novel

(HAP)

Spring. Credit, four hours. The development of the English novel from the early 19th century through the Victorian period, with representative works from novelists such as Austen, the Brontes, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, and Conrad.

English 345

Contemporary World Literature

(HAP)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: English 185. World Literature in English since 1950. Selected works may include texts on African, Caribbean, Indian, Pacific, and Canadian literatures.

English 348

Contemporary Literature

(HAP)

Fall. Credit, four hours. Selected works from various genres by British and/ or American writers from the 1950s to the  present.

English 357

Southern Literature

(HAP)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Selected works of major contemporary Southern writers, including Faulkner, Wolfe, Warren, and  Welty.

English 359

African American Literature since 1900

(HAP)

Fall, every two years. Credit, four hours. Prerequisite: English 185 or equivalent credit. Major literary traditions of African American writers from 1900 to the present.

English 381R

Topics in Women's Literature

(HAP)

Spring. Credit, four hours. Topics and perspectives vary, but may include the political novel or feminist poetics. May be repeated for credit when topic varies. This course will be accepted toward a major or minor in women’s studies.

English 384RQ

Criticism

(HAP)

Fall (alternate years). Credit, four hours. The relationship of critical theory to various literary forms. Specific material for analysis will vary in successive offerings of this course (writing course).

English 389R

Special Topics in Literature

(HAP)

Fall, Spring. Credit, four hours. Individual literary topics and problems vary. May be repeated for credit when topic changes.

English 399R

Independent Study

Fall, Spring. Variable credit. For students desiring to pursue a specific individual project of their own design. Students must have project approved by the instructor in advance of preregistration. This course does not satisfy distribution requirements in humanities.