Announcement of Classes: Fall 2015

PLEASE READ CAREFULLY ALL THE PARAGRAPHS BELOW THAT APPLY TO ENGLISH COURSES IN WHICH YOU WANT TO ENROLL. SOME COURSES HAVE LIMITED ENROLLMENT AND/OR HAVE EARLY APPLICATION PROCEDURES.

ALL ENGLISH COURSES: Some courses are in such high demand that they will end up having wait lists on Tele-BEARS. If you end up having to put yourself on one for an English course, please log on to Info-BEARS (http://infobears.berkeley.edu) to check your advancing status on the wait list.

ENGLISH R1A AND R1B: Note that the book lists and course descriptions for individual sections of English R1A and R1B will be posted on the web and also on the SOUTHERN-most bulletin board in the hall across from the English Department office (322 Wheeler Hall) as of Friday, April 3.

BERKELEY CONNECT: Would you like to get together with your peers to talk about literature and books? Are you wondering what to do with your English major once you graduate? Do you want to hear about the books that most influenced your English professors? Do you want expert advice about which courses to take? Would you like to see your favorite professors debating about a great work of literature? If so, please join Berkeley Connect!

Berkeley Connect in English fosters community in the English Department and offers a space for “serious play”: small group discussions about ideas and texts, explorations of the many riches of the Berkeley campus, visits by department faculty and distinguished alumni, and one-on-one advice on courses and graduate programs from graduate students and professors.

Individual Berkeley Connect groups (each with about 14-20 students) meet every other week for one hour of “serious play.” On the off weeks, your graduate student mentor will hold office hours so that you can talk individually about issues important to you. Some of the small group meetings will be informal discussions of a range of literary issues, while others involve visits to places around campus (such as the Berkeley Art Museum and the Bancroft Library). On other weeks we will meet as a large group to hear from distinguished alumni, or to listen to Berkeley English professors talk about their own paths into literary study or debate key books in their field with other professors.

There are no essays, papers, exams, or outside reading for Berkeley Connect, just lots of good discussion, valuable advice, and all sorts of “serious play.” Although this is not a traditional course, each participant will enroll in and earn one unit for group independent study (as English 98BC or 198BC, on a Pass/NP basis). The program is not meant to offer extra help or tutoring on things like the mechanics of paper-writing or literary analysis; rather, it aims at providing a more relaxed and fun way to make the best of your Berkeley experience.

Berkeley Connect in English sections:  English 98BC sections 1-3 are intended for lower-division (freshmen and sophomore) students.  English 198BC sections 3, 4, 6, and 9 are intended for new junior transfer students.  English 198BC sections 1, 2, 5, 7, and 8 are intended for upper-division (junior and senior) students.

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP COURSES (English 143A, 143B, 143C, and 143N): These are instructor-approved courses, and enrollment is limited.  Only continuing UC Berkeley students are eligible to apply.  Only upper-division students should apply for these particular classes.  (Note that in Spring '16 we plan to also offer both lower-division and graduate-level creative writing workshops, but for Fall '15 we can offer only the above-mentioned upper-division workshops.)  In order to be considered for admission to any of these classes, you must electronically submit a writing sample AND an application form, using the link on the corresponding class entry on this "Announcement of Classes," BY 4:00 P.M., FRIDAY, APRIL 17, AT THE LATEST.  (If you are applying for more than one of these classes, you will need to submit an application and the corresponding writing sample for each of the classes/sections you are applying for.)  The instructors will review the writing samples and applications, and the class lists will be posted on the bulletin board in the hall directly across from the English Department office (322 Wheeler) on Tuesday, April 28. Please come on or shortly after Tuesday, April 28, to see if your name is on the class list for the section(s) you applied for; please check in person, as this information is NOT available over the phone. ONLY STUDENTS ON THESE CLASS LISTS WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE CORRESPONDING CLASSES, AND EACH ADMITTED STUDENT WILL NEED TO OBTAIN HIS/HER CLASS ENTRY CODE (CEC) FROM THE INSTRUCTOR AT THE FIRST CLASS MEETING. NO ONE WILL THEREFORE BE ABLE TO ENROLL IN THESE PARTICULAR CLASSES ON TELE-BEARS BEFORE THE FIRST DAY THESE CLASSES MEET IN THE FALL. ADMITTED STUDENTS WILL NEED TO LOG ON TO TELE-BEARS SOON AFTER CLASSES HAVE STARTED TO ACTUALLY ENROLL IN THESE COURSES.

ENGLISH 190 (RESEARCH SEMINAR): English 190 is intended for senior and junior English majors. Only already-declared fourth- and third-year majors may enroll directly on Tele-BEARS. Upper-division students who intend to major in English and have taken some courses that will count towards the major but who have not yet declared will need to put themselves on the wait list for the section of 190 they are interested in, and they will be admitted if and when there is space for them. Due to space limitations, students may enroll in or wait-list themselves for only one section of English 190. However, if it turns out that some sections still have room in them at or near the end of Phase II Tele-BEARS appointments, we may loosen the restrictions for admission to those sections.

ENGLISH H195A (HONORS COURSE): This is an instructor-approved course open only to senior English majors with an overall G.P.A. of 3.51 or higher and a G.P.A. of 3.65 or higher in courses taken at Berkeley in the major. In order to be considered for admission to H195A, you must electronically apply, using the link on the course listing in this "Announcement of Classes"; your submittal will need to include: (a) the on-line application form, along with PDFs of: (b) your college transcript(s); (c) a list of your spring 2015 classes; and (d) a critical paper (in a PDF or Word document) that you wrote for another class (the length of this paper not being as important as its quality). These applications must be submitted, via the corresponding link, BY 4 P.M., FRIDAY, APRIL 17. Since the department must review the G.P.A.s of H195A applicants for courses taken all the way through the Spring 2015 semester, and the instructors must carefully assess the applications, it will not be possible to determine who has been admitted until the fall semester is about to start. Therefore, applicants will be contacted by email sometime between late July and late August to be informed if they have been selected for admission, and, if so, to which section. (Since there might be more applicants for one section than the other, some students might end up being placed in the section that was not their first choice.) IF YOU ARE ADMITTED TO ONE OF THE H195A SECTIONS, YOU WILL NEED TO OBTAIN YOUR CEC (CLASS ENTRY CODE) AT THE FIRST CLASS MEETING FROM YOUR INSTRUCTOR, AND THEN YOU WILL NEED TO LOG ON TO TELE-BEARS AND ADD THE COURSE SOON AFTER THAT; NO ONE WILL BE ABLE TO ENROLL IN H195A BEFORE CLASSES START.

DE-CAL CLASSES: All proposals for Fall 2015 DE-Cal courses must be submitted to the English Department Chair’s office (in 322 Wheeler Hall) BY 4:00 P.M., FRIDAY, MAY 1. Please note that individual faculty members may sponsor only one DE-Cal course per semester. Students wishing to offer a DE-Cal course must provide, to the English Department Chair’s office, the following for approval: 1) a completed COCI Special Studies Course Proposal Form, available on DE-Cal’s website at http://www.decal.org, for 98 and 198 classes. Students must download and complete this form and obtain the proposed faculty sponsor’s signature on it before submitting it, along with the other necessary paperwork; 2) a copy of the syllabus of the proposed course; 3) a copy of the course description, including the criteria for passing the course. A few days after the May 1 submission deadline, the students whose proposals have been approved will be notified that they need to see Laurie Kerr, in 322 Wheeler, in order to arrange for a classroom for their course and to work out a few other details before the delivery of copies of their approved proposals to COCI and to the DE-Cal office.

INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES: These are instructor-approved courses and require a written application, available in the racks outside 319 Wheeler Hall. Completed applications should be signed by the instructor and returned by the student to the drop box inside 319 Wheeler Hall. Students will be emailed a course control number they will use to enroll in the class on Tele-BEARS. Often students will elect to wait until fall courses have started to apply for independent study courses.

UNDERGRADUATE AND GRADUATE STUDENTS INTERESTED IN BECOMING WRITING TUTORS (ENGLISH 310): This is an instructor-approved course with limited enrollment. In order to be considered for admission, you must pick up an application for an interview at the Student Learning Center, Atrium, in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, during the spring semester through finals week or during the week before fall semester classes begin. No one may apply after Wednesday of the first week of classes. Students admitted to 310 will need to appear in person at the Student Learning Center, at the time the Learning Center specifies, in order to obtain the course control number and then enroll. See the course description in this Announcement of Classes under English 310 for more details.


Course # Sec. Course Time Instructor
Course Area
R1A 1 Reading & Composition: Reading and Writing the City MWF 10-11 Wilson, Mary
Reading and Composition
R1A 2 Reading & Composition: Marginalia MWF 12-1 Diaz, Rosalind
Reading and Composition
R1A 3 Reading & Composition: Thinking ‘Bout Forever: Poetry and Pop Music MWF 2-3 Benjamin, Daniel
Reading and Composition
R1A 4 Reading & Composition: Literature of Environmental Instability and Hazard MW 4-5:30 Lewis, Rachel Thayer
Reading and Composition
R1A 5 Reading & Composition: The Art of Persuasion TTh 8-9:30 Mansky, Joseph
Reading and Composition
R1A 6 Reading & Composition: We, Myself, and Why: Individuals, Communities, and Outsiders TTh 9:30-11 Albernaz, Joe
Reading and Composition
R1A 7 Reading & Composition: "Something about the light": Urban Subjectivity in Los Angeles Film and Literature TTh 11-12:30 Muhammad, Ismail
Reading and Composition
R1A 8 Reading & Composition: The Ick Factor TTh 12:30-2 Clark, Rebecca
Reading and Composition
R1A 9 Reading & Composition: Writing About Television TTh 3:30-5 Chamberlain, Shannon
Reading and Composition
R1B 1 Reading & Composition: Work and Play MWF 11-12 Acu, Adrian Mark
Reading and Composition
R1B 2 Reading & Composition: Nineteenth-Century Monsters MWF 1-2 Heimlich, Tim
Reading and Composition
R1B 3 Reading & Composition: Post-1945 Deserts MW 4-5:30 Rahimtoola, Samia Shabnam
Reading and Composition
R1B 4 Reading & Composition: Break-Ups and Other Formal Ruptures TTh 9:30-11 Neal, Allison
Reading and Composition
R1B 5 Reading & Composition: Language and Power TTh 11-12:30 Wilson, Evan
Reading and Composition
R1B 6 Reading & Composition: Houses and Homes TTh 12:30-2 Young, Rosetta
Reading and Composition
R1B 7 Reading & Composition: Waking the Ghosts of Tom/ás Joad TTh 2-3:30 Cruz, Frank Eugene
Reading and Composition
R1B 8 Reading & Composition: Human Variability and the Idea of Progress TTh 3:30-5 Dimitriou, Aristides
Reading and Composition
R1B 9 Reading & Composition: What Is Literature? MWF 10-11 Ketz, Charity Corine
Reading and Composition
R1B 10 Reading & Composition: Life Writing MWF 12-1 Bauer, Mark
Reading and Composition
R1B 11 Reading & Composition: Under Constructions MWF 2-3 Kelly, Tyleen
Reading and Composition
R1B 12 Reading & Composition: Modernity and Objectivity MW 4-5:30 Rodal, Jocelyn
Reading and Composition
R1B 13 Reading & Composition: Living Photographically MWF 11-12 Yoon, Irene
Reading and Composition
24 1 Freshman Seminar: Shakespeare's Sonnets M 12-1 Nelson, Alan H.
Freshman Seminars
Shakespeare
26 1 Introduction to the Study of Poetry: The Reading of Poetry MWF 12-1 Francois, Anne-Lise
Poetry
27 1 Introduction to the Study of Fiction MWF 1-2 T. B. A.
Novel
27 2 Introduction to the Study of Fiction
Introductory Surveys
27 3 Introduction to the Study of Fiction TTh 3:30-5 Breitwieser, Mitchell
Novel
31AC 1 Literature of American Cultures: Immigrant Inscriptions TTh 11-12:30 Ellis, Nadia
American Cultures
American Literature
African American Literature
Chicana/o and/or Latina/o
Asian American Literature
45A 1 Literature in English: Through Milton MW 2-3; discussion sections F 2-3 Arnold, Oliver
Introductory Surveys
45A 2 Literature in English: Through Milton MW 3-4; discussion sections F 3-4 Nelson, Alan H.
Introductory Surveys
45B 1 Literature in English: Late-17th Through Mid-19th Centuries MW 12-1; discussion sections F 12-1 Blanton, C. D.
Introductory Surveys
British 18th-Century
British 19th-Century
American Literature
45B 2 Literature in English: Late-17th Through Mid-19th Centuries MW 1-2; discussion sections F 1-2 Puckett, Kent
Introductory Surveys
45C 1 Literature in English: Mid-19th Through the 20th Century MW 10-11; discussion sections F 10-11 Lee, Steven Sunwoo
Introductory Surveys
British 20th- and 21st-Century
American Literature
45C 2 Literature in English: Mid-19th Through the 20th Century MW 11-12; discussion sections F 11-12 Zhang, Dora
Introductory Surveys
British 20th- and 21st-Century
American Literature
C77 1 Introduction to Environmental Studies TTh 12:30-2 + 1-1/2 hours of discussion section per week Hass, Robert L.
Special Topics
84 1 Sophomore Seminar: The Coen Brothers W 2-5 Bader, Julia
Sophomore Seminars
104 1 Introduction to Old English MWF 10-11 Thornbury, Emily V.
Old English
C107 1 The Bible as Literature MW 3-4; discussion sections F 3-4 Goldsmith, Steven
Special Topics
115B 1 The English Renaissance (17th Century) MWF 12-1 Picciotto, Joanna M
Renaissance and Early Modern
117A 1 Shakespeare: Shakespeare before 1600 MW 11-12; discussion sections F 11-12 Landreth, David
Shakespeare
117S 1 Shakespeare TTh 12:30-2 Marno, David
Shakespeare
118 1 Milton MW 4-5:30 Turner, James Grantham
Renaissance and Early Modern
Poetry
125B 1 The English Novel: Dickens through Conrad MW 4-5:30 Puckett, Kent
British 19th-Century
Novel
125C 1 The European Novel: Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and the English Novel TTh 3:30-5 Paperno, Irina
Novel
125D 1 The 20th-Century Novel MWF 9-10 Jones, Donna V.
Novel
126 1 British Literature: 1900-1945 MWF 1-2 Gang, Joshua Steven
British 20th- and 21st-Century
Novel
130A 1 American Literature: Before 1800 McQuade, Donald
American Literature
130B 1 American Literature: 1800-1865 MW 1-2; discussion sections F 1-2 Otter, Samuel
American Literature
130C 1 American Literature: 1865-1900 MW 4-5:30 Wagner, Bryan
American Literature
131 1 American Poetry TTh 3:30-5 O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
American Literature
Poetry
134 1 Contemporary Literature Saha, Poulomi
British 20th- and 21st-Century
C136 1 Topics in American Studies: Mark Twain and the Gilded Age TTh 11-12:30 Hutson, Richard
American Literature
Special Topics
137B 1 Chicana/o Literature and Culture Since 1910: Migrant Narratives TTh 11-12:30 Gonzalez, Marcial
American Literature
Chicana/o and/or Latina/o
139 1 The Cultures of English: Literature of The Great War MWF 11-12 Jones, Donna V.
World Literature
Novel
Poetry
141 1 Modes of Writing (Exposition, Fiction, Verse, etc.) TTh 9:30-11 Chandra, Melanie Abrams
Novel
Drama
Poetry
Creative Writing Lecture Courses
141 2 Modes of Writing (Exposition, Fiction, Verse, etc.) TTh 9:30-11 Hass, Robert L.
Novel
Drama
Poetry
Creative Writing Lecture Courses
143A 1 Short Fiction MW 4-5:30 Chandra, Vikram
Creative Writing Workshops
143B 1 Verse TTh 11-12:30 Shoptaw, John
Poetry
Creative Writing Workshops
143B 2 Verse TTh 12:30-2 Giscombe, Cecil S.
Poetry
Creative Writing Workshops
143C 1 Long Narrative: The Novel TTh 2-3:30 Serpell, C. Namwali
Novel
Creative Writing Workshops
143N 1 Prose Nonfiction: The Personal Essay MW 9:30-11 Kleege, Georgina
Creative Writing Workshops
165 1 Special Topics: Contemporary Poetry MW 4-5:30 Gaydos, Rebecca
World Literature
Poetry
Special Topics
165 2 Special Topics Thomas-Bignami, Ian M.
Renaissance and Early Modern
British 18th-Century
Special Topics
165 3 Special Topics Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Special Topics
165 4 Special Topics: Longing and Belonging in Contemporary Writing MW 3-4:30 Langan, Celeste
American Literature
World Literature
Novel
Poetry
Special Topics
165 5 Special Topics: Hardly Strictly Lyric Poems TTh 2-3:30 Hanson, Kristin
Poetry
Special Topics
165 6 Special Topics Lavery, Joseph
Special Topics
165 7 Special Topics: Modern California Books and Movies Tuesdays 6-9 P.M. Starr, George A.
American Literature
Novel
Poetry
Film
Special Topics
165 8 Special Topics: Modern Medievalism: A Study of Medieval Poetry and Modern Fantasy TTh 9:30-11 Crosson, Chad Gregory
Special Topics
165AC 1 Special Topics in American Cultures Lye, Colleen
Special Topics
166 1 Special Topics: Epistles: The Letter in Life and Literature MWF 12-1 Thornbury, Emily V.
Literary Theory
Special Topics
166 2 Special Topics: Where the Wild Things Are: Empire and Travel Writing MWF 11-12 Saha, Poulomi
Special Topics
171 1 Literature and Sexual Identity: Gender, Sexuality, and Modernism TTh 12:30-2 Abel, Elizabeth
British 20th- and 21st-Century
American Literature
Novel
175 1 Literature and Disability MWF 12-1 Langan, Celeste
Novel
Poetry
Literary Theory
Special Topics
176 1 Literature and Popular Culture McQuade, Donald
Special Topics
180L 1 Lyric Verse TTh 9:30-11 Falci, Eric
Poetry
180R 1 The Romance MW 12:30-2 Turner, James Grantham
Renaissance and Early Modern
190 1 Research Seminar: Aesthetics and Enlightenment MW 9:30-11 Weiner, Joshua J
Literary Theory
Research Seminars
190 2 Research Seminar: Materialism: Ancient and Modern MW 11-12:30 Goldsmith, Steven
Research Seminars
190 3 Research Seminar: Henry James and Novelistic Aesthetics MW 2-3:30 Hale, Dorothy J.
Research Seminars
190 4 Research Seminar Blanton, C. D.
Research Seminars
190 6 Research Seminar: Emily Dickinson TTh 9:30-11 Shoptaw, John
American Literature
Poetry
Research Seminars
190 7 Research Seminar: Ethics and U.S. Fiction TTh 11-12:30 Serpell, C. Namwali
American Literature
Novel
Film
Research Seminars
190 8 Research Seminar: Reading Walden TTh 12:30-2 Breitwieser, Mitchell
American Literature
Research Seminars
190 9 Research Seminar: Ideology TTh 2-3:30 Gonzalez, Marcial
Literary Theory
Research Seminars
190 10 Research Seminar: Contemporary Native American Fiction Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Research Seminars
190 11 Research Seminar: Poetry and Poetics in the Middle Ages TTh 2-3:30 Garcia, Marcos Albert
Old English
Middle English
Poetry
Research Seminars
190 13 Research Seminar: Race and Rumors of Race in American Prose TTh 3:30-5 Giscombe, Cecil S.
American Literature
African American Literature
Research Seminars
190 14 Research Seminar: Modern Utopian and Dystopian Books and Movies Thursdays 6-9 PM Starr, George A.
Novel
Film
Research Seminars
190 15 Research Seminar: Film Noir MW 5:30-7 PM Bader, Julia
Film
Research Seminars
H195A 1 Honors Course MW 4-5:30 Otter, Samuel
Honors and Tutorial Courses
H195A 2 Honors Course TTh 11-12:30 Saul, Scott
Honors and Tutorial Courses
200 1 Problems in the Study of Literature MW 11-12:30 Hale, Dorothy J.
Graduate Courses
202 1 History of Literary Criticism Kahn, Victoria
Graduate Courses
203 1 Graduate Readings: Poetic Meter W 2-5 Hanson, Kristin
English Language and Linguistics
Poetry
Literary Theory
Graduate Courses
203 2 Graduate Readings: Henry James and After TTh 12:30-2 Goble, Mark
Graduate Courses
203 3 Graduate Readings: Victorian Literature from Hegel to Freud TTh 2-3:30 Lavery, Joseph
British 19th-Century
Literary Theory
Graduate Courses
203 4 Graduate Readings: Prospectus Workshop note new time: W 3-6 Abel, Elizabeth
Graduate Courses
205A 1 Old English
246L 1 Literature in English: 1945 to the Present Lye, Colleen
British 20th- and 21st-Century
American Literature
Graduate Courses
250 1 Research Seminar: Literature of the English Revolution M 2-5 Picciotto, Joanna M
Graduate Courses
250 2 Research Seminar: Medieval Literary Thought Tuesdays 9:30-12:30 Justice, Steven
Graduate Courses
250 3 Research Seminar: Black + Queer Thursdays 3:30-6:30 Ellis, Nadia
British 20th- and 21st-Century
American Literature
African American Literature
Graduate Courses
250 4 Research Seminar: John Donne and T.S. Eliot: Lyric Poetry and Society Thursdays 3:30-6:30 Marno, David
Graduate Courses
310 1 Field Studies in Tutoring Writing T. B. A. T. B. A.
Honors and Tutorial Courses
375 1 The Teaching of Composition and Literature Thursdays 10:30-12:30 Snyder, Katherine
Graduate Courses