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English Introductory Courses

ENGLISH 14Q. Tis All in Pieces: John Donne and the Early Modern World

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. Situating Donne's work within his historical and cultural milieu; how his writing reflects changes on the threshold of the modern era. The historical, scientific, and cultural milieu of the early modern world. Related developments in mathematical perspective and early modern art. The influence of his dramatic realism on modern poets such as Browning, Eliot, and Rich, and composers such as Benjamin Britten and Bob Dylan. GER:DB-Hum

4-5 units, Win (Brooks, H)

ENGLISH 51N. Drama Queens: Powerful Women on Stage

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Eight strong women at the center of works of Greek, Shakespearean, and modern theater in the context of social misogyny. How they enact the social and spiritual visions of their creators. Sources include film performances. Students perform simple scene work. No acting experience required. GER:DB-Hum

3 units, Aut (Friedlander, L)

ENGLISH 52N. Ten Top Books

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. The books most frequently taught in U.S. English departments including classics by Nathaniel Hawthorne and F. Scott Fitzgerald and recent works by minority writers such as Toni Morrison and Maxine Hong Kingston. Cultural and historical contexts, and the aesthetic and social factors that canonize these literary supertexts. GER:DB-Hum

3 units, Win (Jones, G)

ENGLISH 53N. Aesthetic Taste and Gastronomy

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. A sampling of aesthetics and gastronomy as defined by 18th-century British essayists and their heirs from England and France. Focus is on the development of middle class taste, figurative as well as food-oriented, and manners, snobbery, and sensibility. GER:DB-Hum

3 units, Win (Gigante, D)

ENGLISH 65N. Contemporary Women Fiction Writers

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Novels and story collections by women writers whose work explores: domestic and global politics; love, sexuality, and orientation; and spirituality and its meanings. Readings includes Dandicant, Eisenberg, Munro, Morrison, O'Brien, and Erdrich. GER:DB-Hum

3 units, Aut (Tallent, E)

ENGLISH 69Q. Sources of Global Challenges Today, Possibilities for Global Solutions: A Literary Exploration

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. Concerns central to literary study, comparative study in race and ethnicity, and African and African American Studies as expressed in fiction from Africa, the Caribbean, the U.S., and Hawai'i. Issues include: relations between the West and the Muslim world; class and race in the U.S.; the shift of world populations from rural society to the metropolis; international immigration and refugee situations; and how women's lives are impacted by society, and how they shape and change it. Opportunities for dialogue with members of local ethnic and religious communities. GER:DB-Hum

3-5 units, Spr (Drake, S)

ENGLISH 70N. Shakespeare on Film

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Premises of film criticism. Films include A Midsummer Night's Dream directed by Max Reinhardt and Peter Hall; Romeo and Juliet by Franco Zefirelli and Baz Luhrman; Henry V by Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh; and Hamlet by Sven Gade, Olivier, Grigori Kozintsev, Zefirelli, Branagh, and Michael Almereyda. GER:DB-Hum

3 units, Aut (Riggs, D)

ENGLISH 77N. Living in the Past: Italy in the Anglo-American Imagination

(F,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to freshmen. Italy as metaphor, in depictions by British and American writers from Shakespeare and Byron to D.H.Lawrence and Robert Hellenga. GER:DB-Hum

3 units, Aut (Evans, M)

ENGLISH 82Q. Shakespeare's Plays

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. Eight representative plays; sonnets. Student papers provide topics for discussion. Students direct and perform scenes from the plays studied. GER:DB-Hum

5 units, Spr (Rebholz, R)

ENGLISH 85Q. The Brontės: A Victorian Family

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. The Brontė children's stories of personal power and political intrigue, based on the the news of the period. Readings include Charlotte Brontė's Jane Eyre, Emily Brontė's Wuthering Heights, and Anne Brontė's Agnes Grey focusing on the tedium, aspirations, and frustrations of these gifted women. Historical, cultural, and autobiographical questions in these novels, the juvenilia, and a representative later work. Prerequisite: PWR 1. GER:DB-Hum

3-4 units, Win (Paulson, L)

ENGLISH 87N. The Graphic Novel: Word, Image, Sound, Silence

(S,Sem) Stanford Introductory Seminar. Preference to sophomores. The evolution of funnies to comics and graphic novels. How definitions and representations of this genre have changed over the last century. The controversy over the status of the graphic novel. GER:DB-Hum

5 units, Win (Lunsford, A)

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