Fall 2013

Novels, Plays, Poems

Listed in: English, as ENGL-115

Formerly listed as: ENGL-01  |  FYSE-20

Moodle sites: Section 01 (Guest Accessible)   |  Section 02  |  Section 03  |  Section 04  |  Section 05


Peter Berek (Section 01)
Anston L. Bosman (Section 02)
Alicia J. Mireles Christoff (Section 03)
C. Rhonda Cobham-Sander (Section 04)
Christopher A. Grobe (Section 05)


A first course in reading fictional, dramatic, and lyric texts: stories, a major novel, one or more plays by Shakespeare, poems by Donne, Dickinson, Frost, and others.

Why does any writer–an Amherst College student, Philip Roth, Emily Dickinson, Shakespeare–say what he or she says one way rather than another?  And what in the expression itself makes a story, a play, a poem effective, something a reader might care about, be moved or delighted by? We will try to answer these questions by reading primary examples of each genre, including much recent work, with close and sustained attention to details of expressive language.  There will be frequent writing exercises.

Each section limited to 15 students.  Fall semester.  Visiting Professor Berek, and Professors Bosman, Christoff, and Cobham-Sander, and Grobe.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to first-year students.


2022-23: Offered in Fall 2022
Other years: Offered in Fall 2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2009, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013, Fall 2013, Fall 2022