LITERATURE

LITR 203 - AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1900

This course surveys the voices of North America up to and beyond the Civil War. It covers Indians, explorers, slaves and pioneers. Students are introduced to philosophical and political pondering, the birth of the short story, and the forging of the North American character.

Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101 3 credits (3 lecture hours), fall semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities.

LITR 204 - AMERICAN LITERATURE 1900 TO PRESENT

Step into a time machine and witness the unfolding of Modern America, from the 1870’s to the 1970’s and beyond. This course surveys the writers who influenced and echoed the culture that shapes our times. Meet immigrants, flappers, beatniks and more, in poems, stories, etc.

Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101 3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities.

LITR 205 - ENGLISH LITERATURE TO 1800

This survey course brings to life monsters, dragons, knights, poets, angels and actors from English literature and culture of the eighth through eighteenth centuries. Watch Beowulf fight Grendel, take a journey to Canterbury with Chaucer’s  pilgrims, see a Shakespearean play  at the Globe  Theatre, gasp   as Milton’s angels fall from heaven, visit exotic lands with Gulliver, and more.

Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101 3 credits (3 lecture hours), fall semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities.

LITR 206 - ENGLISH LITERATURE 1800 TO PRESENT

Murderers, monsters, lovers and lunatics stalk the pages of British literature since the eighteenth century. This survey starts with the revolutionary ideas of Wordsworth, Coleridge, and other Romantics. The Victorian period that follows reveals surprising contrasts such as Tennyson’s practical analysis of issues and Morris’s artistic rejection of meaning. Finally, the survey shows how modern authors such as Yeats and Pinter build upon or reject the heritage of the past.

Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101

3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities.

LITR 207 - WESTERN WORLD LITERATURE

This is a Western literature course which examines literature in translation from South, Central and North America, as well as the Caribbean and from Africa and Europe. Students will research, read, discuss, and write about early and modern texts from countries within the western bioregion, such as Italy, France, Russia, Chile, Argentina, Cuba, Canada, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, and others. Students will be introduced to a broad survey of literature that will provide a window on the culture, history, and geography of the regions in their texts.

Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101

3 credits (3 lecture hours), fall semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities.

LITR 208 - EASTERN WORLD LITERATURE

This is a world literature survey course that examines literature in translation from the Middle East, Asia, Australia and the Eastern Pacific Basin. Students will read, discuss, and write about early, middle period, and modern text selections from regions including Israel, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, India, Tibet, China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Singapore, Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa. Students will be introduced to a broad survey of literature that will provide a window on the culture, history, and geography of the regions in the texts.

Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101

3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities and Other World Civilization.

LITR 211 - BLACK AMERICAN WRITERS

Chronological survey of the contribution of the Black American writer from the days of slavery to the present. Slave narratives, novels, plays, short stories, and poems.

Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101

3 credits (3 lecture hours), fall or spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities.

LITR 221 - LITERATURE OF GENDER

Reading, discussion, and written analysis of literature emphasizing the significance of changing gender roles portrayed in various genres, in different cultures and in different eras.

Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101

3 credits (3 lecture hours), offered on a rotating basis

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities.

LITR 231 - MODERN LITERATURE

Reading, discussion, and written analysis of 20th century novels, short stories, poetry, plays, and nonfiction with a multicultural emphasis.

Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101

3 credits (3 lecture hours), offered on a rotating basis

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities.

LITR 232 - MAJOR AMERICAN NOVELS

Reading and discussion of novels which have had an impact in American literature, of their authors, and of the changes in American literature as evidenced through these novels. Concepts of the novel explored through criticism and explication.

Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101

3 credits (3 lecture hours), offered on a rotating basis

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities.

LITR 233 - LITERATURE AND THE ENVIRONMENT

A chronological survey of North American writers on the environment from the Colonial period to the present. Special attention is paid to H.D. Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, Rachel Carson, Edward Abbey, Barry Lopez, and others.

Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101

3 credits (3 lecture hours), spring semester

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities.

LITR 234 - ASPECTS OF CONTEMPORARY LITERATURE

Reading, discussion, and writing about fiction, drama, poetry, and nonfiction produced since World War II. Emphasis on developments in literary genres and criticism, as well as on social and cultural developments as reflected in the texts. Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101

3 credits (3 lecture hours), offered on a rotating basis

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities.

LITR 342 - SCIENCE FICTION

This course will cover the scope and definition of a huge genre relating to many aspects of current life and interest. Topics will cover all levels of the area from horror to time and space literature. Emphasis will be on the rich and classis history which includes movement from books to television and movies. The literary elements and rationale for such writing will also be discussed along with an opportunity to begin understanding of the many choices and future of this writing.

Prerequisite: C or better in COMP 101; COMP 102 recommended

3 credits (3 lecture hours)

This course satisfies the Liberal Arts and Sciences requirement and the SUNY General Education Requirement for Humanities.