Literature Courses

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PROGRAM COORDINATOR

Sarah Martin, Literature Coordinator

Sarah Martin

 

 

In addition to our standard literature courses, which are given at least once a year, many other literature offerings have been designed to accommodate different kinds of literature appreciation as well as the many different interests students may bring to their college experience.  Although not all courses in our catalog are available each semester, their breadth of themes, topics, and perspectives demonstrates the many intellectually enjoyable and personally fulfilling ways students may explore literature.  Find out more below.

 


COURSES

 


ENGLISH 122: INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
3 units, 3 hours lecture
Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 120 or equivalent. Introduces literature through the reading, analysis, and discussion of various genres such as short stories, poetry, drama, novels, myths, essays and folktales. Literature encompasses different time periods and a variety of male and female authors from around the world. Students will use the literature to write critical and appreciative essays. Recommended for English Majors. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C2; CSU C2; IGETC 3B Transfers to: CSU, UC.

 


ENGLISH 201: IMAGES OF WOMEN IN LITERATURE
3 units, 3 hours 
Designed to examine the portrait which literature, past and present, gives of women and to examine such literature from the historical, literary and woman’s point of view. English 201 is a course in literature, focusing on fictions about women--fictions which sometimes project myths both men and women, themselves, perpetuate (often as a result of socialization and lack of knowledge of woman’s historical roles). English 201 is not a feminist course. Any and all viewpoints will be acceptable; proof, however, will be drawn from the texts themselves. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C2; CSU C2; IGETC 3B Transfers to: CSU, UC.

 


ENGLISH 203: CHILDREN’S LITERATURE

3 units, 3 hours 
A survey of children’s literature, from folktales to current realism, including historical and cultural diversity. Emphasis upon definition and application of literary elements and differentiating qualities between “good” and “poor” children’s books. The course will prepare students to hook children on books, cultural literacy and great ideas. Satisfies General Education for Grossmont College C2. Transfers to CSU.

 


ENGLISH 215: MYTHOLOGY
3 units, 3 hours 
Recommended preparation: 
A “C” grade or higher or “Pass”in English 120. Designed to explore the similarities among the myths of widely separated peoples as a means not only of interpreting their literature and art, but of understanding the basic inter- relationships among all people of the great civilizations of the world. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C2; CSU C2; IGETC 3B. Transfers to: CSU, UC.

 


ENGLISH 217: FANTASY AND SCIENCE FICTION

3 units, 3 hours 
Recommended preparation: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 120. An introduction to literature, ranging from gothic romance to heroic and other fantasies and from space-adventure to socially critical contemporary science fiction. Course will examine the traditional, canonical, and historical backgrounds from which popular literatures derive, and explore the place of science fiction and fantasy in popular culture. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C2; CSU C2; IGETC 3B. Transfers to: CSU, UC.

 


ENGLISH 218: SHAKESPEARE AND THE THEATRE OF HIS TIME
3 units, 3 hours 
Recommended preparation: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 120. Reading and discussion of six to seven selected Shakespeare plays—including the play(s) being produced or viewed locally, that represent the full range of his works. The point of the course is to prepare students to understand and appreciate more fully the experience of seeing, reading, and discussing Shakespeare. The course will make apt use of actors in the classroom, good films, videotapes, recordings of the plays and theatre tours. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College, C2, CSU C2. Transfers to CSU, UC.

 


ENGLISH 219: VIEWS OF DEATH AND DYING IN LITERATURE
3 units, 3 hours 
Recommended preparation: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 120. 
This course is designed to examine a diverse selection of literary texts representing a range of practical and philosophical concerns about death and dying, including topics such as apocalypse and extinction, the Gothic temperament, illness as metaphor, loss and companion animals, war and casualty, and end-of-life care.  In its consideration of literature’s views of death and dying, the course provides opportunities for students to explore their humanity and their own mortality. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C2, CSU C2 or E; IGETC 3B. Transfers to: CSU, UC.

 


ENGLISH 221: BRITISH LITERATURE I
3 units, 3 hours 
Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 120 or equivalent. Recommended preparation: English 122. Surveys British literature from the Old English Period to the Romantic Period. Students will read and interpret literature against a background of the historical, social, and philosophical developments of the time. Reading selections may consist of poetry, plays, novels, satires, and nonfiction prose, including letters and essays. Authors sampled may include Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, Edmund Spencer, William Shakespeare, Ben Johnson, John Milton, Lady Mary Wroth, Aphra Behn, and Jonathon Swift. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C2; CSU C2; IGETC 3B. Transfers to: CSU, UC.



ENGLISH 222: BRITISH LITERATURE II
3 units, 3 hours 
Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 120 or equivalent. Recommended preparation: English 122. Surveys British literature from the Romantic Period to the present. Students will read and interpret literature against a background of the historical, social, and philosophical developments of the time. Reading selections may consist of poetry, short stories, plays, novels, and nonfiction prose, including letters and essays. Authors sampled may include William Blake, Mary Wollstonecraft, William Wordsworth, Samuel Coleridge, Lord Byron, Percy Shelley, John Keats, Robert Browning, Emily Bronte, Oscar Wilde, Jane Austen, Thomas Hardy, William Yeats, Virginia Woolf, James Joyce, Doris Lessing, and Derek Walcott. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C2; CSU C2; IGETC 3B. Transfers to: CSU, UC.


ENGLISH 231: AMERICAN LITERATURE I
3 units, 3 hours 
Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 120 or equivalent. Recommended preparation: English 122. First course in the study of American literature which explores literary works and their political, religious, economic, and aesthetic context from pre-Colonial American to the Civil War. Reading selections may consist of poetry, short stories, novels, and nonfiction prose, including essays, letters, political tracts, and autobiographies. Authors such as the following will be read, analyzed, discussed, and written about in essays and exams: pre-Colonial Native American authors, Anne Bradstreet, Benjamin Franklin, Washington Irving, Nathaniel Hawthorne, James Fenimore Cooper, Sojourner Truth, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Edgar Allan Poe, Walt Whitman, Frederick Douglass, Emily Dickinson, and Herman Melville. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C2; CSU C2; IGETC 3B. Transfers to: CSU, UC.



ENGLISH 232: AMERICAN LITERATURE II
3 units, 3 hours 
Prerequisite: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 120 or equivalent. Recommended preparation: English 122. Second course in the study of American literature which explores literary works and their political, religious, economic, and aesthetic context from the Civil War to the present. Reading selections may consist of poetry, short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction prose, including letters and essays. Authors such as the following will be read, analyzed, discussed, and written about in essays and exams: Mark Twain, Henry James, Walt Whitman, Kate Chopin, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, Langston Hughes, Tennessee Williams, Allen Ginsberg's, Alice Walker, and Leslie Marmon Silko. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C2; CSU C2, IGETC 3B. Transfers to: CSU, UC.



ENGLISH 236: CHICANO LITERATURE
3 units, 3 hours 
Recommended preparation: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 120 or equivalent. A survey of folk, traditional, and contemporary Chicano/Chicana literature. Literary works originally written in English and the Chicano/a bilingual idiom as well as English translations of works written in Spanish will be taught. Students examine the literature as a reflection of Chicano/a experience in the world and the effects of the literature on American culture and politics. Reading selections may consist of poetry, ballads, short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction prose. Authors such as the following will be read, analyzed, discussed, and written about in critical essays and exams: Rudolfo Anaya, Lorna Dee Cervantes, Helena Maria Viramontes, Sandra Cisneros, Jimmy Santiago Baca, Luis J. Rodriguez, Luis Alberto Urrea, Dagoberto Gilb. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C2; CSU C2; IGETC 3B.



ENGLISH 237: AMERICAN INDIAN LITERATURE
(Cross-Cultural Studies 237)
3 units, 3 hours 
Recommended preparation: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 120 or equivalent. A survey and literary analysis of American Indian literature; folk, creation and origin stories, legends, and poetry from the oral tradition to contemporary American Indian authors. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C2; CSU C2; IGETC 3B Transfers to: CSU, UC (credit limited: see Catalog).



ENGLISH 238: BLACK LITERATURE
(Cross-Cultural Studies 238)

3 units, 3 hours 
Recommended preparation: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 120 or equivalent. Course provides in-depth study of a literary period. Readings selected will cover a body of literature drawn from one literary period (e.g., The Beat Generation, Contemporary World Poetry, Naturalism, or Postmodern Fiction) in addition to at least one secondary work focusing on the literature. Oral and written discussion of such readings and their relevance to the period will be emphasized. Satisfies General Education for: Grossmont College C2. Transfers to: CSU.

 


ENGLISH 277: LITERARY THEME

3 units, 3 hours 
Recommended preparation: A “C” grade or higher or “Pass” in English 120. Course provides in-depth study of a theme in literature. Readings selected will cover a breadth of literature representative of a major theme (e.g., Images of War, Isolation/Exile, Coming of Age, or Diversity) in addition to at least one secondary work focusing on the literature. Oral and written discussion of such readings and their relevance to the period will be emphasized. Satisfies General Education for Grossmont College C2. Transfers to CSU.