Courses Offerings

Course Offerings

Courses offered vary by semester. The courses listed below are offerings for Spring 2019. You can browse all available English courses in LMU's Bulletin. Courses listed at 6000 or above are graduate courses; 5000 and above are courses open to undergraduate and graduate students.


  • ENGL 5603.01: English Literature of the Middle Ages

    Course Title: English Literature of the Middle Ages

    Section Times/Days: MWF 12:40 - 1:40 

    Instructor: Stephen Shepherd

    Course Description/Principle Topics:

    This course will examine English literature from its beginnings more than a thousand years ago through to the advent of the printing press in the late fifteenth century. With careful attention to detail, and a sensitivity to authorial intelligence in its critical, codicological, historical, theological, and philosophical contexts, we will study representative masterworks, including some by Chaucer and some about King Arthur.

  • ENGL 5658:01: Caribbean Literature

    Course Title: Caribbean Literature

    Section Times/Days: TR 11:20-12:50

    Instructor: Julia Lee

    Course Description/Principle Topics:

    This course surveys the literature of the Caribbean world in the 20th and 21st century. Topics include colonialism, creolization, migration, transnationalism, citizenship, and tourism.

  • ENGL 5662: Contemporary Rhetorical Theory: Popes and Presidents

    Course Title: Contemporary Rhetorical Theory: Popes and Presidents

    Section Times/Days: Tuesdays 4:30-7:00

    Instructor: Steven Mailloux

    Course Description/Principle Topics:

    How do words change individuals and whole societies? Can attention to how words are used influence the way political and religious issues are publicly discussed in the current era of so-called “fake news,” “alternative facts,” and hyper-partisan debates? We will address these questions by examining contemporary theories of rhetoric: the use of language in a context to have effects.

  • ENGL 5682: Poetry of Witness

    Course Title: Poetry of Witness

    Section Times/Days: Mondays 4:30 - 7:00

    Instructor: Gail Wronsky

    Course Description/Principal Topics: 

    A 500-level poetry writing workshop with an emphasis on writing activist/political poetry—poetry with a social justice agenda. Students will study poetry written in this genre, discuss the aesthetic complexities of the relationship between art and politics, write and revise their own poems of witness.

  • ENGL 5683.01: SS: The Poetry of Night

    Course Title: The Poetry of Night

    Section Times/Days: Tuesdays 7:10-10:10

    Instructor: Sarah Maclay

    Course Description/Principal Topics: 

    The poetry of silence, the poetry of night; the poem of the dream, the poem as dream: beyond nocturne, we can recognize a poetry of night by its embrace of threshold, space and silence; of the liminal and the surreal—less a terra firma than a terra unfirma. In this class, we’ll abandon the diurnal as we explore the writing of poems under the influence of masters of this terrain, following in their footsteps to create a final portfolio of revised work, several smaller studies on technique, and a final essay.

  • ENGL 5998.02: Digital Humanities

    Course Title: Digital Humanities

    Section Times/Days: Thursdays 4:20-7:20

    Instructor: Paul Harris & Melanie Hubbard

    Course Description/Principle Topics:

    This course engages upper-division undergraduate and graduate students in the emerging field of Digital Humanities (DH) through projects grounded in the study and analysis of literary texts.

  • ENGL 6605: Contemporary Critical Theory

    Course Title: Contemporary Critical Theory

    Section Times/Days: Tuesdays 4:30-7:10 PM

    Instructor: Dermot Ryan

  • ENGL 6694: Capstone Portfolio

    Course Title: Capstone Portfolio

    Instructor: Dermot Ryan

    Course Description/Principle Topics:

    The capstone portfolio is a culminating project that requires students to work under the supervision of an advisor to create a critical or creative portfolio that highlights his/her research or creative interests.

  • ENGL 5998.04: Telling L.A.'s Story

    Course Title: Telling L.A.'s Story

    Section Times/Days: Tuesdays 7:10-10:10

    Instructor: Rubén Martínez

    Course Description/Principle Topics:

    How to tell the story of a city whose power structures – which just happen to be among the most powerful media companies in the world – regularly deploy representations that elide the communities resisting those very structures? That is the key question at the heart of “Telling L.A.’s Story,” a course that braids together multiple historical and contemporary narratives and processes them through various critical lenses to produce a three-dimensional view of Los Angeles.

  • ENGL 6601: Seminar in a Literary Period: Early Modern Studies

    Course Title: Early Modern Studies

    Section Times/Days: Tuesdays 4:30-7:00

    Instructor: Judy Park

    Course Description/Principle Topics:

    The ‘human’ occupies a central place in early modern art and culture in Europe. In this seminar, we will explore the human as a political category in sixteenth- and seventeenth- century English drama and theories of governance.

  • ENGL 6603: Melville and Oceanic Studies

    Course Title: Melville and Oceanic Studies

    Section Times/Days: Wednesdays 4:30-7:00

    Instructor: Robin Miskolcze

    Course Description/Principle Topics:

    By reading diverse sea literature by international authors influenced by Melville and viewing contemporary films in conversation with Melville and oceanic studies, we will theorize about how and why intersections between Melville and oceanic studies regularly and prominently occur in the world around us.