Announcement of Classes: Spring 2018

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. If you end up having to put yourself on one for an English course, please attend the first few classes, as space might open up for you after classes have started.

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 15-20 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 1-2 and 5-9 are intended for upper-division (junior and senior) students, while English 198BC sections 3 and 4 are intended for new (spring) junior transfer students.

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP COURSES (English 43B, 143A, 143B, and 143N): These are instructor-approved courses, and enrollment is limited.  Only continuing UC Berkeley students are eligible to apply.  Only lower-division students should apply for 43B; only upper-division students should apply for 143A, 143B, and 143N.  In order to be considered for admission to any of these courses, 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 11 P.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26, 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 just across from the entrance to the English Department main office (322 Wheeler Hall) on Thursday, November 2. Please come on or shortly after Thursday, November 2, 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 INDIVIDUAL PERMISSION CODE FROM THE INSTRUCTOR AT THE FIRST CLASS MEETING. NO ONE WILL THEREFORE BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY ENROLL IN THESE PARTICULAR CLASSES BEFORE THESE CLASSES START MEETING IN THE SPRING.

ENGLISH 190 (RESEARCH SEMINAR): English 190 is intended for senior and junior English majors. During at least Phase I of enrollment, only already-declared majors who will be in their fourth or third year as of Spring '18 will be able to enroll in this course; 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 of the section they are interested in taking, and they will be admitted later (probably towards the end of Phase II) if and when there is still room for them. Due to space limitations (maximum enrollment is 18 students per section), students may initially 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 appointments, we may loosen the restrictions for admission to those sections.

ENGLISH H195B (HONORS COURSE): This course is open only to students who are enrolled in a Fall 2017 English H195A section. Your H195A instructor will give each of you a permission code for H195B in class sometime in November.

DE-CAL CLASSES: All proposals for Spring 2018 DE-Cal courses must be submitted to the work-study student at the front desk of the English Department main office (322 Wheeler Hall), addressed to the attention of the Chair of the English Department, BY 4:00 P.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26. 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, the following for approval: (1) a completed COCI Special Studies Course Proposal Form, available on the COCI website at http://academic-senate.berkeley.edu/committees/coci/sfc, for 98 and 198 classes. (Note that the form has been recently revised, and there are some new requirements, so please be sure to use this latest version.) 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 letter of support from the faculty sponsor; (3) a copy of the syllabus of the proposed course; (4) a copy of the course description, including the criteria for passing the course; (5) a unit value worksheet (obtainable by following these steps: log onto: academic-senate.berkeley.edu; click "committees" [in the left-hand toolbar]; click "COCI"; click "Information on student-facilitated courses"; scroll down and click "unit value worksheet"). A few days after the October 26 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 submission of copies of their approved proposals to COCI and to DE-Cal.

INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES: These are instructor-approved courses and require a written petition, available from the front desk in the English Department's advising office (319 Wheeler). Completed petitions should be signed by the instructor and returned by the student to the "undergraduate petitions" drop box on the same counter as the rack containing the blank petition forms. Students will subsequently be emailed the Class Number that they will use to actually enroll in the class. Often students will elect to wait until spring 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 fall semester through finals week or during the week before spring 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 Class 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 and Composition: Making Heirs and Heirlooms MWF 10-11 Lorden, Jennifer A.
Reading and Composition
R1A 2 Reading and Composition: Nostalgic Notions: Feeling How the Past Persists in the Present MWF 11-12 Artiz, Ernest T.
Reading and Composition
R1A 3 Reading and Composition: Media, Old and New MWF 12-1 Lesser, Madeline
Reading and Composition
R1A 4 Reading and Composition: Transpacific Routes and Asian America MWF 1-2 Choi, Jeehyun
Reading and Composition
R1A 5 Reading and Composition: Stranger than Fiction: Metafiction MWF 2-3 Ripplinger, Michelle
Reading and Composition
R1A 6 Reading and Composition: The Muslim-American Experience MW 5-6:30 Rajabzadeh, Shokoofeh
Reading and Composition
R1A 7 Reading and Composition: The Sound of Modern American Literature TTh 8-9:30 Neal, Allison
Reading and Composition
R1B 1 Reading and Composition: Nature Poetry Before and After the Industrial Revolution MWF 9-10 Heimlich, Timothy
Reading and Composition
R1B 2 Reading and Composition: The Booker Prize, Literary Speculation, and the Global Anglophone Novel MWF 10-11 Hu, Jane
Reading and Composition
R1B 3 Reading and Composition: The Cultural Lives of Higher Education MWF 11-12 Greer, Erin
Reading and Composition
R1B 4 Reading and Composition: Blank Generation: The Changing Arts in 1970s New York City MWF 12-1 Alexander, Edward Sterling
Reading and Composition
R1B 5 Reading and Composition: Persona, the Personal and Personality in the English Essay MWF 12-1 Swensen, David
Reading and Composition
R1B 6 Reading and Composition: American Fugitives MWF 1-2 Johnson, Sarah Jessica
Reading and Composition
R1B 7 Reading and Composition: Media Fictions / Fictional Medias MWF 1-2 Wilson, Mary
Reading and Composition
R1B 8 Reading and Composition: Sympathy and Identification "After" the Affective Turn MWF 2-3 Ding, Katherine
Reading and Composition
R1B 9 Reading and Composition: Realism TTh 8-9:30 Ling, Jessica
Reading and Composition
R1B 10 Reading and Composition: Tricksters and Transformations in the Old, Weird America TTh 5-6:30 McWilliams, Ryan
Reading and Composition
R1B 11 Reading and Composition: Queer, LGBT, and Chicanx/Latinx Cultural Work TTh 5-6:30 Trevino, Jason Benjamin
Reading and Composition
R1B 12 Reading and Composition: Music and Noise MWF 9-10 Stancek, Claire Marie
Reading and Composition
R1B 13 Reading and Composition: Started from the Bottom: Masculinity, the American Dream, and the Myth of Starting Over from Jay Gatsby to Jay Z MWF 10-11 Cruz, Frank Eugene
Reading and Composition
R1B 14 Reading and Composition: Gender and Culture: Psychological and Literary Perspectives on Social Hierarchy MWF 12-1 Carr, Jessica Reading and Composition
R1B 15 Reading and Composition MWF 1-2 Greenwald, Jordan Reading and Composition
R1B 16 Reading and Composition MWF 2-3 No instructor assigned yet. Reading and Composition
R1B 17 Reading and Composition Note new time: MW 11-12:30 Thow, Diana Reading and Composition
R1B 18 Reading and Composition TTh 8-9:30 No instructor assigned yet. Reading and Composition
26 1 Introduction to the Study of Poetry MWF 2-3 Schweik, Susan
Poetry
43B 1 Introduction to the Writing of Verse MW 9-10:30 Gaston, Lise
Creative Writing Workshops
45A 1 Literature in English: Through Milton Lectures MW 3-4 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 3-4; sec. 103: Thurs. 10-11; sec. 104: Thurs. 11-12; sec. 105: F 12-1; sec. 106: F 1-2) Marno, David
Introductory Surveys
45B 1 Literature in English: Late-17th Through Mid-19th Centuries Lectures MW 10-11 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 10-11; sec. 102: F 1-2; sec. 103: Thurs. 9-10; sec. 104: Thurs. 10-11) Tamarkin, Elisa
Introductory Surveys
45B 2 Literature in English: Late-17th Through Mid-19th Centuries Lectures MW 12-1 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 201: F 10-11; sec. 202: F 12-1; sec. 203: Thurs. 1-2; sec. 204: Thurs. 2-3) Turner, James Grantham
Introductory Surveys
45C 1 Literature in English: Mid-19th Through the 20th Century Lectures MW 1-2 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 12-1; sec. 102: F 1-2; sec. 103: Thurs. 9-10; sec. 104: Thurs. 10-11; sec. 105: F 11-12; sec. 106: F 12-1; sec. 107: F 10-11; sec. 108: F 1-2) Zhang, Dora
Introductory Surveys
84 1 Sophomore Seminar: High Culture / Low Culture: Woody Allen W 1-4 Bader, Julia
Sophomore Seminars
102 1 Topics in the English Language: The Structure of English MWF 11-12 Hanson, Kristin
English Language and Linguistics
107 1 The Bible as Literature Lectures MW 12-1 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 10-11; sec. 102: F 12-1; sec. 103: F 12-1; sec. 104: F 2-3) Goldsmith, Steven
112 1 Middle English Literature TTh 2-3:30 Miller, Jennifer
Pre-1800 Requirement
Middle English
117S 1 Shakespeare Lectures MW 2-3 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 11-12; sec. 102: F 2-3) Altieri, Charles F.
Shakespeare
Drama
117S 2 Shakespeare TTh 12:30-2 Knapp, Jeffrey
Shakespeare
Drama
118 1 Milton Lectures TTh 11-12 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 1-2) Picciotto, Joanna M
Pre-1800 Requirement
Renaissance and Early Modern
Poetry
125A 1 The English Novel (Defoe through Scott) TTh 12:30-2 Sorensen, Janet
Pre-1800 Requirement
British 18th-Century
Novel
125B 1 The English Novel (Dickens through Conrad) TTh 3:30-5 Puckett, Kent
British 19th-Century
Novel
125E 1 The Contemporary Novel: The Latest Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novels Lectures MW 9-10 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 11-12; sec. 103: Thurs. 9-10; sec. 104: Thurs. 11-12) Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
American Literature
Novel
130A 1 American Literature: Before 1800 MWF 2-3 Donegan, Kathleen
Pre-1800 Requirement
American Literature
131 1 American Poetry Note new time: TTh 12:30-2 O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
American Literature
Poetry
133T 1 Topics in African American Literature and Culture: The African-American Essay TTh 2-3:30 Best, Stephen M.
American Literature
African American Literature
134 1 Contemporary Literature Lectures MW 11-12 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 11-12; sec. 103: Thurs. 9-10; sec. 104: Thurs. 1-2) Falci, Eric
British 20th- and 21st-Century
Novel
Drama
Poetry
137B 1 Chicana/o Literature and Culture Since 1910: Chicanx Novels TTh 11-12:30 Gonzalez, Marcial
American Literature
Chicana/o and/or Latina/o
Novel
138 1 Studies in World Literature in English: Orphans, Feral Children, Runaways—Strange Childhood in World Literature TTh 2-3:30 Saha, Poulomi
British 19th-Century
British 20th- and 21st-Century
World Literature
143A 1 Short Fiction MW 1:30-3 Chandra, Melanie Abrams
Creative Writing Workshops
143A 2 Short Fiction TTh 11-12:30 Chandra, Vikram
Creative Writing Workshops
143A 3 Short Fiction Thurs. 3:30-6:30 Oates, Joyce Carol
Creative Writing Workshops
143B 1 Verse TTh 9:30-11 Hass, Robert L.
Creative Writing Workshops
143B 2 Verse TTh 12:30-2 Shoptaw, John
Creative Writing Workshops
143N 1 Prose Nonfiction: Food Writing TTh 3:30-5 Kleege, Georgina
Creative Writing Workshops
152 1 Women Writers: Studies in Prose Fiction: Isak Dinesen TTh 11-12:30 Sanders, Karin World Literature
Special Topics
160 1 Special Topics: Methods and Materials of Literary Criticism TTh 12:30-2 Puckett, Kent
Literary Theory
165 1 Special Topics: H.P. Lovecraft in His Tradition MW 3-4:30 Breitwieser, Mitchell
Special Topics
165 2 Special Topics: Handel's Art in Setting English Words to Music MW 3:30-5 Hanson, Kristin
English Language and Linguistics
British 18th-Century
Poetry
Special Topics
165 3 Special Topics: Is It Useless To Revolt? MW 9:30-11 Goldsmith, Steven
Special Topics
165 4 Special Topics: Neo-Slave Narratives TTh 3:30-5 JanMohamed, Abdul R.
African American Literature
Special Topics
165 5 Special Topics: Incarcerations: The Literature of (Physical, Mental, Spiritual) Imprisonment TTh 3:30-5 Padilla, Genaro M.
Special Topics
166 1 Special Topics: Comedy & Violence MWF 2-3 Flynn, Catherine
British 20th- and 21st-Century
Novel
Drama
Special Topics
166 2 Special Topics: Romantic Science Note new time: TTh 2-3:30 Goldstein, Amanda Jo
British 18th-Century
British 19th-Century
Special Topics
166 3 Special Topics: Classical & Renaissance Drama TTh 3:30-5 Knapp, Jeffrey
Pre-1800 Requirement
Renaissance and Early Modern
Drama
Special Topics
166 4 Special Topics: Marxism & Literature TTh 3:30-5 Lye, Colleen
Novel
Literary Theory
Special Topics
166 5 Special Topics: Emily Dickinson TTh 11-12:30 Shoptaw, John
American Literature
Poetry
Special Topics
166 6 Special Topics: Speculative Fiction Lectures MW 1-2 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 10-11; sec. 102: F 1-2) Jones, Donna V.
Novel
Special Topics
170 1 Literature and the Arts: Moving Through Loss; or, The Space and Stage of Mourning Note new time: MW 5-6:30 Xin, Wendy Veronica
Special Topics
173 1 The Language and Literature of Films: (Post)colonial Film Lectures TTh 11-12:30 + film screenings W 6-9 PM JanMohamed, Abdul R.
Film
Special Topics
174 1 Literature and History: The 1970s TTh 11-12:30 Saul, Scott
American Literature
Film
Special Topics
174 2 Literature and History: History as Literature TTh 3:30-5 Thornbury, Emily V.
Pre-1800 Requirement
Old English
Middle English
Renaissance and Early Modern
Literary Theory
Special Topics
177 1 Literature and Philosophy: Surveillance, Paranoia, and State Power TTh 9:30-11 Saha, Poulomi
British 19th-Century
British 20th- and 21st-Century
American Literature
World Literature
180A 1 Autobiography: Disability Memoir TTh 12:30-2 Kleege, Georgina
Special Topics
180R 1 The Romance MW 5-6:30 Turner, James Grantham
Pre-1800 Requirement
Renaissance and Early Modern
190 1 Research Seminar: Trials of Literature: Romanticism, Justice, and the Law MW 9:30-11 Langan, Celeste
British 19th-Century
Novel
Drama
Poetry
Research Seminars
190 2 Research Seminar: James Joyce MW 10:30-12 Flynn, Catherine
British 20th- and 21st-Century
Novel
Research Seminars
190 3 Research Seminar: Hawthorne & Melville MW 2-3:30 Tamarkin, Elisa
American Literature
Novel
Research Seminars
190 4 Research Seminar: Reading Walden Carefully MW 5-6:30 Breitwieser, Mitchell
American Literature
Research Seminars
190 5 Research Seminar: Harlem Renaissance MW 5-6:30 Wagner, Bryan
American Literature
African American Literature
Research Seminars
190 6 Research Seminar: Sixty Years Since: The Historical Novel TTh 9:30-11 Kolb, Margaret
Novel
Research Seminars
190 7 Research Seminar: Contemporary Historical Fiction TTh 9:30-11 Yoon-Milner, Irene
British 20th- and 21st-Century
Research Seminars
190 8 Research Seminar: Literary Theory and Its Objects TTh 12:30-2 Creasy, CFS
Novel
Drama
Poetry
Literary Theory
Research Seminars
190 9 Research Seminar: The Faerie Queene: The Ethics of Imagination TTh 2-3:30 Landreth, David
Pre-1800 Requirement
Renaissance and Early Modern
Research Seminars
190 10 Research Seminar: Pagan Fictions in Christian Literature TTh 5-6:30 Hobson, Jacob
Pre-1800 Requirement
Middle English
Renaissance and Early Modern
Poetry
Literary Theory
Research Seminars
190 11 Research Seminar: Andrew Marvell TTh 5-6:30 Picciotto, Joanna M
Pre-1800 Requirement
Renaissance and Early Modern
Poetry
Research Seminars
190 12 Research Seminar: California Books and Movies Since World War I Tues. 5-8:30 (incl. 1/2 hr. break) Starr, George A.
American Literature
Film
Research Seminars
190 13 Research Seminar: Alfred Hitchcock W 4-7:30 (incl. a 1/2-hour break) Bader, Julia
Film
Research Seminars
H195B 1 Honors Course TTh 3:30-5 Hale, Dorothy J.
Honors and Tutorial Courses
H195B 2 Honors Course MW 12:30-2 Serpell, C. Namwali
Honors and Tutorial Courses
203 1 Graduate Readings: Radical Enlightenment? Note new time: TTh 9:30-11 Goldstein, Amanda Jo
British 18th-Century
British 19th-Century
Poetry
Literary Theory
Graduate Courses
203 2 Graduate Readings: The Novel in Theory TTh 11-12:30 Hale, Dorothy J.
Literary Theory
Graduate Courses
203 3 Graduate Readings: Prospectus and Grant Workshop TTh 11-12:30 Thornbury, Emily V.
Graduate Courses
203 4 Graduate Readings: Digital Humanities for Medieval Studies Note new time: TTh 2-3:30 Nolan, Maura
Graduate Courses
203 5 Graduate Readings: Contemporary Chicanx/Latinx Novels TTh 2-3:30 Gonzalez, Marcial
American Literature
Chicana/o and/or Latina/o
Novel
Graduate Courses
250 2 Research Seminar: Ways of Knowing, Ways of Representing in Eighteenth-Century English Fiction Tues. 3:30-6:30 Sorensen, Janet
British 18th-Century
Graduate Courses
250 3 Research Seminar: Milton and the English Civil War W 3-6 Kahn, Victoria
Renaissance and Early Modern
Graduate Courses
250 4 Research Seminar: The Rhetoric of Technique Thurs. 3:30-6:30 Lavery, Jos
British 19th-Century
Novel
Literary Theory
Graduate Courses
250 5 Research Seminar: Black Abstraction F 12-3 Best, Stephen M.
American Literature
African American Literature
Graduate Courses
310 1 Field Studies in Tutoring Writing TBA No instructor assigned yet. Honors and Tutorial Courses