General Education Requirements in English

Students can take several courses offered by the English Department to fulfill their Area II (Humanities and Fine Arts) General Education Requirements (Charger Foundations):

EH 207
Readings in Literature and Culture I - Critical analysis of texts from ancient times through the Age of Discovery.
EH 208
Readings in Literature and Culture II - Critical analysis of texts from the Age of Discovery through the present.
EH 242
Mythology - Archetypal, metaphorical, and historical significance of deities and myths. (Counts as EH 207 in the lit sequence.)
or
EH 209
Honors Seminar in Literature and Culture I - Critical analysis of texts from ancient times through the Age of Discovery.
EH 210
Honors Seminar in Literature and Culture II - Critical analysis of texts from the Age of Discovery through the present.

Although any EH 207 (or EH 242)/209 or 208/210 section will fulfill Area II requirements, the sections offered each semester will have specific themes and contents from which students can choose.

Fall 2018: EH 200-Level Courses

EH 207: READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE I (Semester Hours: 3). Critical analysis of texts from ancient times through the Age of Discovery. The course introduces students to the methods of literary study through an examination of works in their social, historical, and philosophical contexts. Prerequisite: EH 102, EH 103, or EH 105. Maximum enrollment: 35 per section.

EH 207-01 (CRN 91388), MWF 09:40AM-10:35AM

EH 207-02 (CRN 91389), ONLINE

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Taylor

“Monsters and Premodern Culture”: This course explores how and why our ideas of the monster (including werewolves, witches, and monstrous races) shape and govern what we take to be normal or abnormal within our cultures, religions, and even our politics. Readings include The Epic of Gilgamesh, Oedipus Tyrannus, Beowulf, the Lais of Marie de France.

EH 207-03 (CRN 91390), MWF 11:20AM-12:15PM

Instructor: Dr. Angela Balla

"Unruly Passions":  This course investigates how humans attempt to control their appetites, whether emotional, physical, intellectual, or spiritual.  Readings include selections from Aeschylus' The Oresteia, Plato's Phaedrus, Ovid's Metamorphoses, Genesis, Paul's epistles, Abelard's and Heloise's letters, Dante's Inferno, Elizabeth I's speeches, Shakespeare's Macbeth, and Milton's Paradise Lost.

EH 207-04 (CRN 91391), MW 09:40AM-11:00AM

Instructor: Dr. Laurel Bollinger

“The Hero”: This course examines heroes, both male and female, in their specific cultural contexts. Readings include The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Medea, The Recognition of Śakuntala, The Koran, The Thousand and One Nights, poems from The Kokinshu, Tale of Genji, Sonjata, Popul Vuh, and Hamlet.

EH 207-05 (CRN 91392), MW 11:20AM-12:40PM

Instructor: Dr. Chad Thomas

"LOVE HURTS!" In this course, we will read and respond to a variety of texts that deal with love (romantic, erotic, familial, spiritual, cultural, social, physical, psychic, etc.)  At the same time, we will consider the implications of love and desire in and for political, social, and cultural contexts more generally. We will pay special attention to the development of drama, with popular depictions of performative identity, and to the ongoing rewriting of epic and poetic traditions, with shifting cultural representations of normative gender and desire.

EH 207-06 (CRN 91393), ONLINE

Instructor: Dr. Laurel Bollinger

“The Hero”: This course examines heroes, both male and female, in their specific cultural contexts. Readings include The Epic of Gilgamesh, The Odyssey, Medea, The Recognition of Śakuntala, The Koran, The Thousand and One Nights, poems from The Kokinshu, Tale of Genji, Sonjata, Popul Vuh, and Hamlet.

EH 207-07 (CRN 91394), ONLINE

Instructor: Dr. Chad Thomas

"LOVE HURTS!" In this course, we will read and respond to a variety of texts that deal with love (romantic, erotic, familial, spiritual, cultural, social, physical, psychic, etc.)  At the same time, we will consider the implications of love and desire in and for political, social, and cultural contexts more generally. We will pay special attention to the development of drama, with popular depictions of performative identity, and to the ongoing rewriting of epic and poetic traditions, with shifting cultural representations of normative gender and desire.

EH 207-08 (CRN 91395), MW 02:40PM-04:00PM

EH 207-09 (CRN 91396), TR 11:20AM-12:40PM

Instructor: Dr. Suzy Friedman

In this survey course, students will read poetry, nonfiction and fiction by writers from around the world, beginning in the 17th century with the Enlightenment, and ending in the 20th century with Postwar, Postmodern, and Postcolonial Literature.  In addition, students will view one film by acclaimed filmmaker Charles Chaplin that brilliantly satirizes the political and social concerns of the World War II era. To better understand literature from this expansive period, students will read a variety of texts, including classics and less widely known, but nevertheless significant works. Class discussion will examine various ways that these writers’ texts represent their personal philosophies, their historical time period, and their countries of origin. We will also explore how these texts are relevant for today’s 21st century readers.

 

EH 208: READINGS LITERATURE/CULTURE II (Semester Hours: 3). Critical analysis of texts from the Age of Discovery through the present. The course introduces students to the methods of literary study through an examination of works in their social, historical, and philosophical contexts. Prerequisite: EH 102, EH 103, or EH 105. Maximum enrollment: 35 per section.

EH 208-01 (CRN 91397), ONLINE

Instructor: Dr. Joe Conway

Few literary works have had as much impact on modern culture than Mary Shelley’s 1818 masterpiece, Frankenstein. In this class we will immerse ourselves in the monstrous legacy of Shelley’s classic and the many cultural products it has inspired. Readings may include stories of mad scientists by old masters of the weird like E.T.A. Hoffmann, Nathaniel Hawthorne, H.G. Wells, and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as classic Yiddish tales featuring the Golem of Prague, an "artificial man" who in Eastern European Jewish folk lore saves his people from Anti-Semitic persecution. More contemporary materials might encompass the steampunk stories of Ted Chiang, 2017 Nobel Prize winner Kasuo Ishiguro’s heartbreaking "clone memoir" Never Let Me Go, Iraqi novelist Ahmed Saadawi’s dark, absurdist tale of war and memory Frankenstein in Baghdad, and graphic novelist Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer, a story focused on the monstrous legacy of racism in America from slavery times to the age of Black Lives Matter. We’ll also watch and respond to the films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), as well as episodes from classic television shows like The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The course will consider the many contexts that have influenced Frankenstein stories over the years, including the politics of feminism, anarchism, imperialism, and anti-racism; a survey of cultural movements like romanticism, modernism, and postmodernism; and formal genres like the Gothic tale, the Victorian adventure yarn, and German Expressionist film.

EH 208-02 (CRN 91398), ONLINE

Instructor: Dr. Holly Jones

"The Empire Writes (Back)": Students will engage six such major texts, three that are artifacts of past colonialisms (A Narrative of the Captivity, Sufferings and Removes of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, Heart of Darkness, and A Passage to India) and three more that participate in postcolonial responses to these instances of colonialism (Flight, Nervous Conditions, and Fasting, Feasting). Our aim will be to examine these works in conversation with one another while at the same time learning more about each work’s contextual colonial (and at times neocolonial) histories.

EH 208-03 (CRN 91399), ONLINE

Instructor: Dr. Julie Naviaux

“Humanity Unleashed!” We will examine how society often creates groups--forcing individuals into scripted community expectations. But what happens when individuals don’t follow the rules? Students will question how communities are formed through commonalities and how an individual is accepted (or rejected) within a community, covering time periods from the Industrial Revolution’s beginnings to the 21st century. Unleashed behaviors include issues of religious morality, ruling political powers, race, gender and sexual inequalities, mental illnesses, and individual desires for power.

EH 208-04 (CRN 91400), TR 09:40AM-11:00AM

Instructor: Dr. Jim Coby

In this section of English 208 we will chart the trajectory of comics and graphic narratives “from underground to everywhere” (to borrow Hillary Chute’s phrase). Beginning with Rodolphe Töpffer’s sketches and William Blake’s illustrated poetry, we will interrogate questions of both form and content of these works, paying close attention to cultural and political influences on the “invisible art” of these works. Readings to include Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Lynda Barry’s One! Hundred! Demons! Alan Moore’s Watchmen, John Lewis’ March, and selections from Frederic Wertham’s polemic Seduction of the Innocent in addition to other readings.

EH 208-05 (CRN 91401), ONLINE

Instructor: Dr. Joe Conway

Few literary works have had as much impact on modern culture than Mary Shelley’s 1818 masterpiece, Frankenstein. In this class we will immerse ourselves in the monstrous legacy of Shelley’s classic and the many cultural products it has inspired. Readings may include stories of mad scientists by old masters of the weird like E.T.A. Hoffmann, Nathaniel Hawthorne, H.G. Wells, and H.P. Lovecraft, as well as classic Yiddish tales featuring the Golem of Prague, an "artificial man" who in Eastern European Jewish folk lore saves his people from Anti-Semitic persecution. More contemporary materials might encompass the steampunk stories of Ted Chiang, 2017 Nobel Prize winner Kasuo Ishiguro’s heartbreaking "clone memoir" Never Let Me Go, Iraqi novelist Ahmed Saadawi’s dark, absurdist tale of war and memory Frankenstein in Baghdad, and graphic novelist Victor Lavalle’s Destroyer, a story focused on the monstrous legacy of racism in America from slavery times to the age of Black Lives Matter. We’ll also watch and respond to the films Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935), as well as episodes from classic television shows like The X-Files and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The course will consider the many contexts that have influenced Frankenstein stories over the years, including the politics of feminism, anarchism, imperialism, and anti-racism; a survey of cultural movements like romanticism, modernism, and postmodernism; and formal genres like the Gothic tale, the Victorian adventure yarn, and German Expressionist film.

EH 208-06 (CRN 91402), TR 01:00PM-02:20PM

Instructor: Dr. Eric Smith

“The End of the World as We Know It”:  This course will consider the emergence and development of the dystopia as a prominent expression of the contemporary social imaginary from a variety of national and cultural perspectives. We will discuss writers and filmmakers including Orwell, Bacigalupi, Atwood, London, Zamyatin, Padmnabhan, Lawrence, Beukes, Kahiu, and Cuarón.

EH 208-07 (CRN 91403), TR 01:00PM-02:20PM

Instructor: Dr. Holly Jones

"The Empire Writes (Back)": Students will engage six such major texts, three that are artifacts of past colonialisms (A Narrative of the Captivity, Sufferings and Removes of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson, Heart of Darkness, and A Passage to India) and three more that participate in postcolonial responses to these instances of colonialism (Flight, Nervous Conditions, and Fasting, Feasting). Our aim will be to examine these works in conversation with one another while at the same time learning more about each work’s contextual colonial (and at times neocolonial) histories.

EH 208-08 (CRN 91404), ONLINE

Instructor: Dr. Julie Naviaux

“Humanity Unleashed!” We will examine how society often creates groups--forcing individuals into scripted community expectations. But what happens when individuals don’t follow the rules? Students will question how communities are formed through commonalities and how an individual is accepted (or rejected) within a community, covering time periods from the Industrial Revolution’s beginnings to the 21st century. Unleashed behaviors include issues of religious morality, ruling political powers, race, gender and sexual inequalities, mental illnesses, and individual desires for power.

EH 208-09 (CRN 91405), ONLINE

Instructor: Dr. Jim Coby

In this section of English 208 we will chart the trajectory of comics and graphic narratives “from underground to everywhere” (to borrow Hillary Chute’s phrase). Beginning with Rodolphe Töpffer’s sketches and William Blake’s illustrated poetry, we will interrogate questions of both form and content of these works, paying close attention to cultural and political influences on the “invisible art” of these works. Readings to include Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Lynda Barry’s One! Hundred! Demons! Alan Moore’s Watchmen, John Lewis’ March, and selections from Frederic Wertham’s polemic Seduction of the Innocent in addition to other readings.

EH 208-10 (CRN 91406), TR 02:40PM-04:00PM

Instructor: Dr. Anna Foy

“Enlightenment and Its Legacies”:  Who first proposed that we conduct scientific experiments with a “method”?  What cultural and intellectual changes laid the groundwork for the American Revolution?  This class will examine classic, consequential texts from the European Enlightenment and consider its lasting, global impact.  Authors may include Bacon, Voltaire, Equiano, Ibsen, Conrad, and Woolf.

 

EH 209: HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL I (Semester Hours: 3). Critical analysis of texts from ancient times through the Age of Discovery. The course offers an in-depth examination of important works and their cultural contexts in a seminar format. Prerequisite: EH 101/101S and EH 102 OR EH 105. Maximum enrollment: 16 per section.

EH 209-H1 (CRN 91407), MW 02:40PM-04:00PM

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Taylor

Reading in Literature and Culture teaches critical analysis of texts from ancient times through the Age of Discovery. This course introduces students to the methods of literary study through an examination of works in their social, historical, and philosophical contexts. We will examine different genres such as poetry, prose fiction, and drama and oral literatures. Our readings will consist mainly of works in translation but will also include texts first written in English. We will explore modes of normative identity set against the abnormal and the monstrous. We will examine how these texts, and the cultures that produced them, establish and/or call into question various political, religious, and cultural systems from ancient times to the sixteenth century. We will question how and why our ideas of the monster shape and govern our own normative models and how movement across diverse cultural spaces destabilize these models in profound moments of cultural contact. Our texts will include the ancient Mesopotamian epic Gilgamesh, the fifth-century BCE drama Oedipus Tyrannus, the eleventh-century French Song of Roland, and the fourteenth-century frame narratives the Arabian Nights and The Canterbury Tales.

 

EH 210: HONORS SEM READINGS LIT/CUL 2 (Semester Hours: 3). Critical analysis of texts from the Age of Discovery through the present. The course offers an in-depth examination of important works and their cultural contexts in a seminar format. Prerequisite: EH 101/101S and EH 102 OR EH 105. Maximum enrollment: 16 per section.

EH 210-H1 (CRN 91408), TR 09:40AM-11:00AM

EH 210-H2 (CRN 91409), TR 11:20AM-12:40PM

Instructor: Dr. Anna Foy

“Enlightenment and Its Legacies”:  Who first proposed that we conduct scientific experiments with a “method”?  What cultural and intellectual changes laid the groundwork for the American Revolution?  This class will examine classic, consequential texts from the European Enlightenment and consider its lasting, global impact.  Authors may include Bacon, Voltaire, Equiano, Ibsen, Conrad, and Woolf.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to take EH 207 (or EH 242)/209 before I can take EH 208/210?

No. They can be taken in either order, though you must be enrolled in the Honors College to enroll in either EH 209 or 210. Consult your Program of Study to see if one or both courses are needed.

What if I already completed part of my Area II requirements before these new courses were introduced?

EH 207 (or EH 242) and 208 will substitute for what was previously EH 205, 206, 230, 231, 240, and 241. If you have already taken EH 205, 230, or 240 and need to complete the sequence, you should register for EH 208. If you have already taken EH 206, 231, or 241 and need to complete the sequence, you should register for EH 207 (or EH 242). Similarly, EH 209 and EH 210 will substitute for what was previously EH 250 and 251.

For more information, contact the English Department at eh@uah.edu or 256.824.6320.