Announcement of Classes: Fall 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 1-2 are intended for lower-division (freshmen and sophomore) students.  English 198BC sections 1, 2, 5, 7, 8, and 9 are intended for upper-division (junior and senior) students.

CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP COURSES (English 143A, 143B, 143N, 243A, and 243B):  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 143A, 143B, and 143N; graduate students and highly qualified undergraduates can apply for 243A and 243B. 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 11 PM, THURSDAY, APRIL 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 wall in the hall across from 322 Wheeler on Thursday, May 3. Please come on or shortly after Thursday, May 3 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 OR SECOND CLASS MEETING. NO ONE WILL THEREFORE BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY ENROLL IN THESE PARTICULAR CLASSES BEFORE THESE CLASSES START MEETING IN THE FALL.

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 fall '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 on 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 during Phase II of enrollment, 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 submission will need to include: (a) the on-line application form, along with PDFs of: (b) your Academic Summary (go into Cal Central, click your "My Academics" tab, then click "View Academic Summary" and "Print as PDF"); (c) your non-UC Berkeley transcript(s), if any; (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); and (e) a personal statement (in a PPF or Word document), including why you are interested in taking this course and indicating your academic interest and, if possible, the topic or area you are thinking of addressing in your honors thesis. These applications must be submitted, via the corresponding link, BY 11 PM, FRIDAY, MAY 11. Since the department must review the G.P.A.s of H195A applicants for courses taken all the way through the Spring 2018 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.)  EACH STUDENT ADMITTED TO H195A WILL NEED TO OBTAIN HIS OR HER INDIVIDUAL PERMISSION CODE AT THE FIRST CLASS MEETING FROM THE CORRESPONDING INSTRUCTOR.  NO ONE WILL THEREFORE BE ABLE TO ACTUALLY ENROLL IN THIS PARTICULAR COURSE BEFORE INSTRUCTION BEGINS IN THE FALL.

DE-CAL CLASSES: All proposals for Fall 2018 DE-Cal courses must be submitted at the front desk in the English Department main office (322 Wheeler) BY 4:00 P.M., THURSDAY, APRIL 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 office, the following for approval: 1) a carefully completed COCI Special Studies Course Proposal Form, available at: academic-senate.berkeley.edu/committee/coci/339, for 198 classes. Students must download and complete the newest version of 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 fully developed syllabus of the proposed course; 3) a copy of the course description, including the criteria for passing the course; 4) a completed Unit Value Worksheet; and 5) the faculty sponsor's letter of support. A few days after the April 26 submission deadline, the students whose proposals have been approved by the Department Chair 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 proposals to COCI (for its final approval) and to the DE-Cal office.

INDEPENDENT STUDY COURSES: These are instructor-approved courses and require a written application, available from the rack on the front desk in 319 Wheeler. Applications should be signed by the instructor and returned by the student to 319 Wheeler. Students will be emailed the class number that they will use to enroll in the class on Cal Central. 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 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: Party Time MWF 9-10 Hu, Jane
Reading and Composition
R1A 2 Reading and Composition: Persona and Personality in the English Essay MWF 10-11 Swensen, David
Reading and Composition
R1A 3 Reading and Composition: No Laughing Matter MWF 11-12 Eisenberg, Emma
Reading and Composition
R1A 4 Reading and Composition: Something Resolutely Indefinable: The African-American Novel, the Individual, and Sociological Thought MWF 12-1 Creasy, CFS
Reading and Composition
R1A 5 Reading and Composition: Materialist Aesthetics MWF 1-2 Barbour, Andrew John
Reading and Composition
R1A 6 Reading and Composition: Pre-Raphaelite Art and Literature MWF 1-2 Forbes-Macphail, Imogen
Reading and Composition
R1A 7 Reading and Composition: The Personal Essay MWF 2-3 Stevenson, Max
Reading and Composition
R1A 8 Reading and Composition: Cold War Literature and Culture MW 5-6:30 Gaydos, Rebecca
Reading and Composition
R1A 9 Reading & Composition: Identity as Performance MWF 9-10 Ghosh, Srijani
Reading and Composition
R1A 10 Reading & Composition: Cold War Literature and Culture MWF 1-2 Gaydos, Rebecca
Reading and Composition
R1B 1 Reading and Composition: The Marriage Plot and Its Afterlife MWF 9-10 Mittnacht, Veronica Vizuet
Reading and Composition
R1B 2 Reading and Composition: Comic Relief MWF 10-11 Chiang, Cheng-Chai
Reading and Composition
R1B 3 Reading and Composition: Utopian and Dystopian Fictions MWF 10-11 Homans-Turnbull, Marian
Reading and Composition
R1B 4 Reading and Composition: Staging Desire: Sex and Sexuality in Renaissance Drama MWF 11-12 Scott, Mark JR
Reading and Composition
R1B 5 Reading and Composition: Started From the Bottom: Masculinity, the American Dream, and the Myth of Starting Over from Horatio Alger to Jay-Z MWF 11-12 Cruz, Frank Eugene
Reading and Composition
R1B 6 Reading and Composition: Stories of Exile and Dislocation MWF 12-1 Cho, Jennifer
Reading and Composition
R1B 7 Reading and Composition: Nature on the Page MWF 12-1 Tomasula y Garcia, Alba
Reading and Composition
R1B 8 Reading and Composition: Conspiracy and Detection MWF 12-1 Cohan, Nathan
Reading and Composition
R1B 9 Reading and Composition: Romantic Self / Romantic Others MWF 1-2 O'Connor, Megan
Reading and Composition
R1B 10 Reading and Composition: Tricksters and Transformations in the Old, Weird America MWF 1-2 McWilliams, Ryan
Reading and Composition
R1B 11 Reading and Composition: The Feeling of Labor MWF 1-2 Walton, Alex
Reading and Composition
R1B 12 Reading and Composition: Riddle Me This: Puzzles, Puns, and Palimpsests MWF 2-3 Clark, Amy
Reading and Composition
R1B 13 Reading and Composition: Re-Visioning the "Sixties" MWF 2-3 Koerner, Michelle
Reading and Composition
R1B 14 Reading and Composition: When Reading Goes Wrong MW 5-6:30 Bauer, Mark
Reading and Composition
R1B 15 Reading and Composition: Decadent Poetry MW 5-6:30 Viragh, Atti
Reading and Composition
R1B 16 Reading and Composition: Books with Pictures Note new time: MWF 3-4 Hobson, Jacob
Reading and Composition
R1B 17 Reading & Composition: Stories of Exile and Dislocation MWF 1-2 Cho, Jennifer
Reading and Composition
R1B 18 Reading & Composition: When Reading Goes Wrong MWF 8-9 Bauer, Mark
Reading and Composition
R1B 19 Reading & Composition: Re-Visioning the "Sixties" MWF 12-1 Koerner, Michelle
Reading and Composition
17 1 Shakespeare Lectures MW 11-12 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 10-11; sec. 103: F 11-12; sec. 104: F 12-1) Landreth, David
Shakespeare
Drama
20 1 Modern British and American Literature: Reliving the Past: Art and the Historical Imagination TTh 9:30-11 Cordes Selbin, Jesse
British 20th- and 21st-Century
American Literature
African American Literature
Novel
24 1 Freshman Seminar: Emily Dickinson Tues. 3:30-4:30 Wagner, Bryan
Freshman Seminars
24 3 Freshman Seminar: The Films of Alfred Hitchcock W 2-3 Goble, Mark
Freshman Seminars
24 4 Freshman Seminar: Graphic Journalism: Reading Joe Sacco’s Palestine Note new time: Tues. 2-4 on the following dates: August 28, September, 4, 11, 18, 25, October 9, 16 Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Freshman Seminars
24 5 Freshman Seminar: The Handmaid's Tale on Stage, Page, and Screen Tuesdays 1:30-3:30 (Aug. 28 to Oct. 9 only) Snyder, Katherine
Freshman Seminars
45A 1 Literature in English: Through Milton Lectures MW 1-2 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 1-2; sec. 102: F 2-3; sec. 103: F 1-2; sec. 105: Thurs. 2-3; sec. 106: Thurs. 4-5; sec. 107: Thurs. 2-3; sec. 108: Thurs. 4-5) Arnold, Oliver
Introductory Surveys
45B 1 Literature in English: Late-17th Through Mid-19th Centuries Lectures: MW 9-10 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 10-11; sec. 104: F 12-1; sec. 105: F 9-10; sec. 107: Th 9-10; sec 108: Th 11-12; sec. 109: Th 9-10; sec. 110: Th 11-12) Sorensen, Janet
Introductory Surveys
45C 1 Literature in English: Mid-19th Through the 20th Century Lectures: MW 12-1 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 102: F 12-1; sec. 103: F 9-10; sec. 104: F 1-2; sec. 105: F 12-1; sec. 107: Thurs. 1-2; sec. 108: Thurs. 2-3; sec. 109: Thurs. 1-2; sec. 110: Thurs. 2-3) Goble, Mark
Introductory Surveys
84 1 Sophomore Seminar: The Coen Brothers Mon. 12-3 Bader, Julia
Sophomore Seminars
101 1 History of the English Language TTh 11-12:30 Hanson, Kristin
English Language and Linguistics
104 1 Introduction to Old English MWF 11-12 Hobson, Jacob
Pre-1800 Requirement
Old English
110 1 Medieval Literature MWF 2-3 Miller, Jennifer
Pre-1800 Requirement
Middle English
117T 1 Shakespeare in the Theater: Cymbeline Lectures MWF 2-3 in 310 Hearst Mining, plus rehearsals MW 3-4:30 in 300 Wheeler Marno, David
Shakespeare
118 1 Milton MW 5-6:30 Goodman, Kevis
Pre-1800 Requirement
Renaissance and Early Modern
Poetry
121 1 The Romantic Period TTh 12:30-2 Francois, Anne-Lise
British 19th-Century
122 1 Victorian Period Lectures MW 12-1 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 12-1; sec. 102: F 2-3) Lavery, Grace
British 19th-Century
Novel
Poetry
125C 1 The European Novel: Society and Desire TTh 2-3:30 Flynn, Catherine
Novel
125C 2 The European Novel: The Many Faces of the 19th-Century European Novel TTh 5-6:30 Golburt, Luba
Novel
125D 1 The 20th-Century Novel TTh 11-12:30 Jones, Donna V.
Novel
125E 1 The Contemporary Novel: The Latest Pulitzer Prize-Winning Novels Lectures MW 11-12 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 11-12; sec. 102: F 2-3; sec. 103: Thurs. 9-10; sec. 104: Thurs. 10-11) Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Novel
126 1 British Literature, 1900-1945 MWF 2-3 Gang, Joshua
British 20th- and 21st-Century
Novel
Drama
Poetry
127 1 Modern Poetry TTh 11-12:30 Blanton, C. D.
British 20th- and 21st-Century
American Literature
Poetry
130B 1 American Literature: 1800-1865 TTh 12:30-2 Breitwieser, Mitchell
American Literature
133A 1 African American Literature and Culture Before 1917 TTh 2-3:30 Wagner, Bryan
American Literature
African American Literature
133T 1 Topics in African American Literature and Culture: The Art of Black Diaspora -- Do What You Gotta Do TTh 9:30-11 Ellis, Nadia
African American Literature
World Literature
139 1 The Cultures of English: Cultures of the Great War: Art in the Age of Decline TTh 2-3:30 Jones, Donna V.
World Literature
141 1 Modes of Writing (Exposition, Fiction, Verse, etc.) MW 5-6:30 Giscombe, Cecil S.
Creative Writing Lecture Courses
143A 2 Short Fiction TTh 11-12:30 Serpell, C. Namwali
Creative Writing Workshops
143A 3 Short Fiction TTh 3:30-5 Chandra, Melanie Abrams
Creative Writing Workshops
143B 1 Verse TTh 2-3:30 Nicholson, Sara
Creative Writing Workshops
143B 2 Verse Tues. 3:30-6:30 O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
Creative Writing Workshops
143N 1 Prose Nonfiction: Culture Writing and Life Writing MW 3-4:30 Saul, Scott
Creative Writing Workshops
143N 2 Prose Nonfiction: The Personal Essay TTh 12:30-2 Kleege, Georgina
Creative Writing Workshops
161 1 Introduction to Literary Theory: Free Speech, in Theory TTh 2-3:30 Langan, Celeste
Literary Theory
165 1 Special Topics: Oscar Wilde and the Nineteenth Century MW 3-4:30 Lavery, Grace
British 19th-Century
Special Topics
165 2 Special Topics: The English Department MW 5-6:30 Marno, David
Special Topics
165 3 Special Topics: Literature and Media Theory TTh 9:30-11 Langan, Celeste
Novel
Drama
Poetry
Literary Theory
Special Topics
165 4 Special Topics: The Ecology of Utopia TTh 2-3:30 Goldstein, Amanda Jo
Special Topics
165 5 Special Topics: Reading Walden With Care TTh 3:30-5 Breitwieser, Mitchell
American Literature
Special Topics
165 6 Special Topics: Hardly Strictly Lyric Poems TTh 3:30-5 Hanson, Kristin
Poetry
Special Topics
165 7 Special Topics: Utopian and (mostly) Dystopian Movies Tues. 5-8:30 (incl. 1/2-hr. break) Starr, George A.
Film
Special Topics
166 2 Special Topics: Alfred Hitchcock Mon. 4:30-9:00 (incl. half-hour break) Bader, Julia
Special Topics
166 3 Special Topics: Journeys: British World-Building, c. 700-1700 TTh 11-12:30 Miller, Jasmin
Pre-1800 Requirement
Old English
Middle English
Renaissance and Early Modern
Special Topics
166 4 Special Topics: "this morning's minion": Sonic Mysticism in Gerard Manley Hopkins and Emily Dickinson TTh 3:30-5 Stancek, Claire Marie
Poetry
Special Topics
166 5 Special Topics TTh 9:30-11 Le, Serena
Special Topics
166AC 1 Special Topics in American Cultures: Race & Revision in Early America Lectures MW 1-2 + one hour of discussion section per week (sec. 101: F 10-11; sec. 102: F 1-2; sec. 103: Thurs. 10-11; sec. 104: Thurs. 1-2; sec. 105: Thurs. 1-2; sec. 106: Thurs. 4-5) Donegan, Kathleen
Pre-1800 Requirement
American Cultures
American Literature
Special Topics
170 1 Literature and the Arts Cordes Selbin, Jesse
Special Topics
172 1 Literature and Psychology: Literatures of the Self TTh 11-12:30 Zeavin, Hannah
Special Topics
173 1 The Language and Literature of Films: The Film Essay: James Baldwin, Roland Barthes, Susan Sontag Lectures TTh 3:30-5 + film screenings Thurs. 5-8 Best, Stephen M.
Young, Damon
Film
Literary Theory
Special Topics
174 1 Literature and History: Culture in the Age of Obama MWF 12-1 Saul, Scott
African American Literature
Special Topics
175 1 Literature and Disability TTh 3:30-5 Kleege, Georgina
Novel
Drama
Special Topics
180A 1 Autobiography: Chicanx Autobiographies TTh 11-12:30 Gonzalez, Marcial
Chicana/o and/or Latina/o
Special Topics
180E 1 The Epic TTh 12:30-2 Nolan, Maura
Pre-1800 Requirement
Middle English
Renaissance and Early Modern
Poetry
180H 1 The Short Story MWF 10-11 Chandra, Vikram
Special Topics
190 1 Research Seminar: Melville in the 50s MW 9-10:30 Goldsmith, Steven
American Literature
Novel
Research Seminars
190 2 Research Seminar: Laughter and Vision: Explorations in the Novel of Ideas Note new time: Tuesdays 2-5 Danner, Mark
Novel
Research Seminars
190 3 Research Seminar: Representations of Coercion and Resistance in African American Slave, Jim Crow, and Neo-slave Narratives MW 5-6:30 JanMohamed, Abdul R.
American Literature
African American Literature
Research Seminars
190 4 Research Seminar: William Blake TTh 9:30-11 Goldstein, Amanda Jo
British 18th-Century
British 19th-Century
Poetry
Research Seminars
190 5 Research Seminar No instructor assigned yet.
Research Seminars
190 6 Research Seminar No instructor assigned yet.
Research Seminars
190 7 Research Seminar: The Urban Postcolonial TTh 12:30-2 Ellis, Nadia
African American Literature
World Literature
Research Seminars
190 8 Research Seminar: Repression and Resistance TTh 2-3:30 Gonzalez, Marcial
Novel
Research Seminars
190 9 Research Seminar: Mark Twain TTh 2-3:30 Griffin, Ben
Research Seminars
190 10 Research Seminar No instructor assigned yet.
Research Seminars
190 11 Research Seminar No instructor assigned yet.
Research Seminars
190 12 Research Seminar: California Books and Movies Since World War I Thurs. 5-8:30 (incl. 1/2-hr. break) Starr, George A.
Research Seminars
190 13 Research Seminar: The Jamesian Novel MW 10:30-12 Hale, Dorothy J.
Research Seminars
190 14 Research Seminar MW 5-6:30 Miller, Jennifer
Pre-1800 Requirement
Research Seminars
H195A 1 Honors Course MW 1:30-3 Sorensen, Janet
Honors and Tutorial Courses
H195A 2 Honors Course TTh 12:30-2 Abel, Elizabeth
Honors and Tutorial Courses
200 1 Problems in the Study of Literature MW 12-1:30 Goldsmith, Steven
Graduate Courses
202 1 History of Literary Criticism W 2-5 Kahn, Victoria
Literary Theory
Graduate Courses
203 1 Graduate Readings: Allegorical Moments: Public, Private, and the Writing of Everyday Life MW 10:30-12 Hejinian, Lyn
Literary Theory
Graduate Courses
203 4 Graduate Readings: American Genres TTh 2-3:30 Serpell, C. Namwali
American Literature
Graduate Courses
203 5 Graduate Readings: Prospectus Workshop W 3-6 Abel, Elizabeth
Graduate Courses
211 1 Chaucer: Early Chaucer M 3-6 Nolan, Maura
Middle English
Graduate Courses
243A 1 Fiction Writing Workshop MW 1:30-3 Chandra, Vikram
Creative Writing Workshops
243B 1 Poetry Writing Workshop Thurs. 9:30-12:30 Giscombe, Cecil S.
Creative Writing Workshops
250 3 Research Seminar: Textual Communities and the Modern Tues. 3:30-6:30 Picciotto, Joanna M
Renaissance and Early Modern
British 18th-Century
Graduate Courses
250 4 Research Seminar: Evolution and Literary Form, 1800-1900 Thurs. 3:30-6:30 Duncan, Ian
British 19th-Century
Novel
Poetry
Research Seminars
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 Tues. 10:30-12:30 Klavon, Evan
Snyder, Katherine
Graduate Courses