ENG 390, ENG 488 Senior and Junior Honors: Selected Classics

Both juniors and seniors in the Honors Program take part in the same fall semester honors seminar, in which students strengthen and refine their skills in conducting research and in writing the extended literary essay. The course explores a range of classic literary works that have had a profound influence on American and/or European cultures, and in some cases, world cultures.

ENG 489 Honors Thesis

This tutorial allows seniors in the Honors Program to engage in intensive research and sustained critical writing. Under the supervision of one or more English faculty, students prepare senior theses on subjects of their choice.  A departmental committee evaluates these theses.  Students may also share their work with other thesis writers and faculty at informal gatherings during the semester and eventually present their research in a roundtable discussion.

ENG 341 Shakespeare 4cr * (2003-04)

Close study of the texts of selected plays - comedies, tragedies, and late romances - together with a more cursory examination of a few examples of later adaptations, including cross-cultural and cross-genre works, as well as some of the music and visual art that Shakespeare's works have inspired. Students will encounter a sample of a variety of critical and scholarly approaches to Shakespeare, including stage history and performance studies. This course satisfies the Triad Education Literature course requirement.

THR 275-278 Shakespeare in Performance 2cr

The aim of this course is to provide the student with an understanding of ways in which Shakespearean (and occasionally non-Shakespearean) texts are realized in production, enhancing the student's appreciation of plays not only as literature but also as performance events. The course is structured around (but not confined to) productions offered by the North Carolina Shakespeare Festival, a professional repertory company based in High Point, North Carolina. Students read and analyze the plays, watch videotapes of productions (when possible), make their own proposals for production concepts involving set, lighting, costume, and other choices, and then attend live performances where they may have the opportunity to discuss the plays with the actors and directors. Finally, they critique production choices in class and offer their own suggestions for hypothetical productions. Students may also have the option of performing scenes from the plays they study and attend. There is a fee to cover the cost of theatre tickets. This course may be used for partial fulfillment of the Triad Education Artistic Expression course requirement. This course may be repeated for credit.

ENG 347 Colonial and Postcolonial Literature 4cr * (2001-02)

Students explore the development and legacy of British imperialism by reading the work of a variety of major Anglophone (i.e., English-language) novelists, playwrights, and poets. Students also read essays about the colonial and postcolonial conditions by some of the leading thinkers on this subject. Texts include works by authors from India, South Africa, Nigeria, and other postimperial nations from around the world. This course satisfies the Triad Education Literature or Language/Global Issues course requirement.

ENG 129 Religion in Literature 4cr **

This course concerns the ways in which authors address diverse religious issues that theologian Paul Tillich called fundamental matters of "ultimate concern." Students read selected plays, poems, essays, short fiction, and novels in which writers wrestle with controversies concerning science and the spiritual, determinism and free will, humanity and divinity, the sacred and the secular, reason and revelation, nature and the supernatural, and sinful action and authentic existence. Through reading and seminar discussion, students explore how authors adapt religious traditions as they define humankind as homo religiosus, or essentially religious in nature. This course satisfies the Triad Education Literature course requirement.

ENG 279 Literature and Philosophy 4cr * (2002-03)

This interdisciplinary course will explore mutually illuminating works of literature and philosophy. Readings are divided into eight topics: Platonic Idealism, Enlightenment Rationalism, Religious Faith, Marxism, Nietzschean Thought, Feminism, Psychology, and Existentialism. Philosophical expositions will be read as well as works of fiction, poetry, and/or drama that explore the guiding ideas of each of these topics. A major aim of the course is to enrich the understanding of both literature and philosophy by engaging with texts from each of these disciplines in a way that transcends the traditional boundaries between the fields. This course satisfies the Triad Education Literature course requirement.

INT 316 Medieval Islamic Cultures 4cr **


An overview of the development of Islamic cultures from the time of the Prophet to the beginnings of Ottoman hegemony, with special focus on seminal works of religious thought and secular literature in cultural context. Readings in modern English translation. This course satisfies the Triad Education Language/Global Issues course requirement.