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Miscellaneous English


  • ENGL 1500 Pro Lit: Literary Ideals

    1230-1345 TR - RUFFNER G004C

    Instructor: Mark Edmundson

    This course will be an inquiry into the deep form of four ideals central to the Western tradition.  These are courage, contemplation, compassion and imagination.  We will explore heroic courage through a reading of Homer’s “Iliad,” and consideration of the different forms of courage embodied by Hector and by Achilles.  We will study two different forms of the philosophical or contemplative ideal, Socrates’ in “The Apology” and Plato’s in “The Republic” and trace Plato’s ideal into a more recent work, Emerson’s “American Scholar.”   To understand the ideal of compassion we will read the Gospels of Mark and Luke and focus on the teachings of Jesus, but we will also consider the thought of Buddha and Confucius and of the Indian sages.  We will approach the imaginative or artistic ideal through the works of William Blake and Virginia Woolf.  We will also train critical guns against these ideals: Freud and Nietzsche will play a central part in the course, and we will hear from Machiavelli and Balthasar Gracian as well.   (For comic relief: the anti-idealizing humor of Woody Allen and Groucho Marx.)   We will attempt to understand the ideals analytically, but we will also try to see what application they might have to our own lives.  We’ll be after knowledge of the Western tradition, but seeking self-knowledge as well.

  • ENGL 2559 Global Journeys, Human Travel

    1530-1645 MW - WILSON 301

    Instructor: Jennifer Wicke


  • ENGL 3810 History of Literatures in English I, section 0001

    1200-1250 MWF - WILSON 402

    Instructor: Bruce Holsinger

    Severed limbs, singing monks, and runes etched in stone. Tales of love and lust, a city of boastful poets, and monsters cowering in the margins of vellum manuscripts.  A Reformation, a Renaissance, and the most sublime poetry ever written.  ENGL 3810 covers nearly a millennium of literary invention on the British Isles.  Beginning with a legendary lyric composed by a seventh-century cowherd and closing with John Milton’s great epic Paradise Lost, this gateway course for UVA’s English major introduces students to a variety of literary works in multiple forms and genres—alliterative epic and romance, lyric poetry, stanzaic narrative, drama, and many others--while honing their skills as close readers of poetry and literary prose.  Required of all majors.

  • ENGL 3830 History of Literatures in English III, section 0001

    1000-1050 MWF - WILSON 402

    Instructors: Michael Levenson and Stephen Cushman

    The final stage of the English Department's three-part sequence of literary history, ENGL 3830 will follow the fate of a long tradition as it crossed the twentieth century. The course will begin with the modernist achievement of James Joyce, William Butler Yeats, Virginia Woolf, Ernest Hemingway, William Faulkner, and T.S. Eliot. It will then widen its scope to engage important writing from Africa, India and the Caribbean, including the work of Derek Walcott, Chinua Achebe, Junot Diaz, and Arundhati Roy. ENGL 383 attempts to reflect the rich literary legacy that our new millennium inherits.