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ENGL 203. Introduction to Poetry and Short Fiction. (3) A study of the nature, types, and forms of poetry and short fiction, including both traditional and contemporary examples of each. No prerequisite.

ENGL 204. Novels around the World. (3) A study of the elements of the novel as a work of literature. No prerequisite.

ENGL 205. Vampires and Vixens in Gothic Literature and Film. (3) This course will analyze the beginnings of the traditional gothic in England, noting the origins of the vampire, then leap across the pond to explore the resurgence of Gothic literature in America, and finally, examine its explosion into popular culture in present day.

ENGL 206. Zombie Apocalypse. (3) This course will trace zombie genealogy from its earliest introduction in horror movies including Bela Lugosi's performance in White Zombie (1932) and George A. Romero's post-war Night of the Living Dead (1968), to present day apocalyptic zombie wars featured in novels and poems and other literature including Max Brooks' Zombie Survival Guide and excerpts from classic works including T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land, George Orwell's 1984, Haitian voodoo zombie lore, African cannibalism accounts, and Center for Disease Control guidelines for surviving a zombie apocalypse. From fictional depictions of zombies with their expressionless eyes, staggering bodies, and carnivorous desires, we will move beyond zombies as mere monsters, re-examining zombie lore through the lens of present day apocalyptic scenarios concerning old disease resurgence, drug addiction effects, increasing wars, violence, and exploring chances for human survival when resources are few and laws are non-existent. In a modern culture dominated by virtual reality and questions about "identity," students will engage in philosophical and ethical discussions about what it means to be fully alive, or human, in an increasingly desensitized society and how individuals would respond if faced with a real-life zombie apocalypse.

ENGL 209. Bad Girls in Literature: Speaking Up and Acting Out. (3) The girl next door, tomboys, good girls, bad girls — these familiar stereotypes point toward ways that females have been characterized and classified in literature and a variety of American cultures. But what defines a "bad girl?" This course will examine that term by exploring texts about females by women. How have conceptions of gender and race changed throughout U.S. history? How do different cultures define girls and women and their roles and value? What can cultural/historical contexts explain about the labeling of girls and women? What role does sexuality play in the labeling of females in a patriarchy? How does a writer convey values through characterizations, settings, and other tools of the craft? A series of critical reading and writing assignments will explore these questions.

ENGL 233. Medieval Life. (3) What was it like to live and believe in England in the Middle Ages (450-1500 A.D.)? How did the people who actually lived then and there deal with love, sex, religion, and monsters? Find the answers in their stories, poems, and plays translated into modern English about knights and ladies, warriors and lovers, pious Christians, and scoundrels. Beowulf fights the monster Grendel and a dragon. King Arthur enjoys Camelot while Queen Guinevere sneaks off with Sir Lancelot. The liberated Wife of Bath makes her happy way through five husbands and misogynist preaching, and much more.

ENGL 242. Shakespeare: Comedies and Selected Histories. (3) No prerequisite.

ENGL 245. Shakespeare: Tragedies and Selected Histories. (3) No prerequisite.

ENGL 250. Creative Writing. (3) Fiction, poetry, drama, or the personal essay. May be repeated for credit when topic changes. Prerequisite: COMP 131.

ENGL 252. Poetry Writing. (3) In this course, we will both read and write poetry. The class will introduce students to poetry from around the world. Students will discover the power and diversity of the written and spoken word. They will develop a vocabulary of literary terms and analytical skills to examine published poems as well as to critique their peers' poetry and their own. Writing and revising their original work throughout the semester, students will produce a portfolio of their own poems by the end of the semester.

ENGL 371. American Lives: Surviving and Striving in the Margins. (3) A course in contemporary autobiographies. Students will read the stories of gay, lesbian, and transgender teens who become homeless when their families kick them out. They will follow a Jesuit priest as he helps Los Angeles youths struggling to escape gang life. Readings will be supplemented by documentary films and guest speakers.