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Literature



LIT 101
Introduction to Literature [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course acquaints students with the major literary genres: fiction, drama, and poetry. It is the recommended general education course for non-English majors. LIT 101 does not count toward the English major and should not be taken by students in that program.

LIT 201
Survey of English Literature I [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The first of a two-part sequence, this course provides a chronological overview of English literature from its beginnings to the Restoration of 1660. A goal of both LIT 201 and 202 is to familiarize students with the historical development of the ideas, styles, genres, and cultures embodied in the literature.

LIT 202
Survey of English Literature II [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The second of a two-part survey, this course explores English literature through three consecutive periods: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century, Romantic, and Victorian. Through reading, writing, lecture, discussion, and dramatic presentation, students respond to and interpret texts from these periods.

LIT 204
American Literature I [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The first of a two-part sequence, this course provides a chronological overview of American writers during the Colonial, Enlightenment, and Romantic eras. Poe and Hawthorne are emphasized in the latter part of the course.

LIT 205
American Literature II [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The second of a two-part survey, this course explores American literature from the Civil War to World War II. Through reading, writing, lecture, discussion, and dramatic presentation, students respond to and interpret texts from this era.

LIT 207
World Literature I [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Selected readings in the literature of the world from antiquity to the seventeenth century are considered. Though emphasis is placed on works in the Western tradition (excluding English and American texts), the course also includes a broad selection of texts from non-Western cultures, such as those of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. (Offered alternate years)

LIT 208
World Literature II [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This is a course of selected readings in the literature of the world from the seventeenth century to the present. Though emphasis is placed on works of Western tradition (excluding English and American texts), the course also includes a broad selection of texts from non-Western cultures, such as those of Asia, Africa, and Latin America. (Offered alternate years)

LIT 302
Chaucer & His Contemporaries [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The course provides a study of medieval English literature from Anglo-Saxon times through 1500, with special emphasis on Chaucer. Aims include perception of the historical reference of the early writers; a knowledge of medieval life, ideas, manners, and customs; and a finer appreciation of the English language. (Offered on demand)

LIT 303
Shakespeare [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course traces the growth and development of the achievement of the most significant writer in the English language. In addition to reading and studying a broad selection of plays and sonnets, students will view and discuss videos on the life of Shakespeare, the so-called mystery surrounding the authorship of the plays, and at least one video of his plays. Frequently the class has the opportunity to travel as a group to Stratford Ontario to view a Shakespearean play at the world-famous Festival Theatre. (Offered alternate years)

LIT 304
Short Story [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course offers an in-depth examination of an important literary genre. The course traces the growth and development of the short story form and examines its major elements: character, plot, point of view, setting, and theme. In addition to reading stories by major practitioners of the form, several cinematic adaptations of selected stories will be presented.

LIT 305
Major Author: Milton [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course traces the growth and development of the finest Christian poet in English. In addition to reading minor poems such as "Lycidas" and "Comus," students will read and discuss all the major poems, including "Paradise Lost," "Paradise Regained," and "Samson Agonistes." (Offered alternate years)

LIT 306
Eighteenth Century Literature [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is a study of literature of the Augustan age with emphasis on Dryden, Pope, Swift, Addison, Steele, and Johnson. (Offered on demand)

LIT 307
Literary Theory and Criticism [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course introduces students to literary theory, both by surveying major statements about poetry and interpretation and by focusing on sample critical issues. (Offered alternate years)

LIT 308
Nineteenth Century Literature [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course is a survey of selected major English writers of the Romantic and Victorian periods. Among those included are Wordsworth, Shelley, Keats, Tennyson, Arnold, and Browning. Emphasis is placed on major themes in nineteenth century literature and life. (Offered on demand)

LIT 309
Novel [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course explores an important literary genre-the novel. Included in the course are representative English authors of the nineteenth century, such as Austen, Eliot, and Dickens. The course considers not only the development of ideas within each novel, but also the historical background of the genre and period, as well as the traditional concerns of plot structure, narrative stance, style, characterization, setting, and theme. (Offered alternate years)

LIT 310
German Literature in Translation [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
The course introduces prose and poetry of selected German writers in English translation. Special attention is given to two historical figures of Western civilization (Luther and Goethe) and several modern literary figures (Brecht, Kafka, Mann, and Rilke). (Offered alternate years)

LIT 312
Major Author: Rotation [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course explores in depth the work of a major writer in English. Featured authors are rotated and are chosen by the instructors. Examples include Herman Melville and George Eliot.

LIT 314
Children's Literature [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Children’s Literature explores a variety of books written for children. The principal goals of the course are to deepen students’ understanding and appreciation of well-written children’s books and to help students recognize the value of such works as literature. Some of the books studied are established classics; others are more recent works of outstanding merit. Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors only.

LIT 315
Adolescent Literature [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course introduces students to the various kinds of writing that young adults are apt to read on their own. The course embraces more than books specifically marketed to adolescents (for instance, it includes mysteries and science fiction) and generally excludes materials covered in surveys of American and English literature. Since literature is sometimes controversial in the junior high and high school context, the issue of censorship is also addressed. (Offered alternate years)

LIT 361
Literature for Adolescence Teachers [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
To ensure each student seeking certification in Students with Disabilities 7-12 has 6 hours of English Language Arts content and linked pedagogical skills, this course will introduce students to the various kinds of writings that adolescents read on their own and in the classroom. It includes instructional strategies for teaching to the goals and content of the New York State learning standards for English Language arts, including preparation and use of materials used to teach adolescents to read and listen to oral, written and electronic texts, how to relate these texts to their own lives and to develop an understanding of the social, historical and cultural dimensions the texts represent.

LIT 402
Early Twentieth Century Literature [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course focuses on major American, British, and Continental writers from the turn of the century to the middle of the century. Major writers often include Housman, Hemingway, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Frost, Joyce, Camus, and Beckett. (Offered alternate years)

LIT 403
Contemporary Literature [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
This course examines the American literary scene from World War II to the present, featuring representative authors in a variety of genres and addressing the interaction of literature and contemporary culture. (Offered alternate years)

LIT 405
Special Topics in Literature [Lecture] (3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Special Topics is an upper-level seminar course designed for English majors and students from other disciplines interested in the serious pursuit of specified authors and topics. Such a course will enable students to explore literary concerns that are not a part of the Department's regular offerings. Content differs from year to year. (May be repeated if topic differs.)

LIT 495
Independent Study in Literature [Independent Study] (1.0-3.0)
(Liberal Arts)
Independent study provides opportunity to pursue advanced or special-interest topics not covered in the curriculum. Prerequisites: 1. Junior standing. 2. A minimum of 9 semester hours in the discipline of the Independent Study. 3. A minimum grade point average of 2.50 in the discipline. 4. Proof of motivation and ability to work independently. 5. Approval of the department in which the study is to be taken. 6. Permission from the student's advisor, the course instructor, the Department Chair, the Academic Dean, and the Registrar.


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The number in parentheses following the course title indicates the semester hours of credit assigned to the course.
An H following the course number indicates an honors level course.