Announcement of Classes: Spring 2019

Course # Sec. Course Time Instructor
Course Area
R1A 1 Reading and Composition:
Reformations, Luther to Marx
MWF 9-10 Walton, Alex
R1A 2 Reading and Composition:
Fiction's Swarm
MWF 10-11 Tomasula y Garcia, Alba
R1A 3 Reading and Composition:
Not Another Love Song: Poetic Cultures Medieval and Modern
MWF 11-12 Stevenson, Max
R1A 5 Reading and Composition:
Crazy Rich Asians? Minority Models in the Literature of the Asian Diaspora
MWF 1-2 Chiang, Cheng-Chai
R1A 6 Reading and Composition:
Modernism's Apocrypha
MWF 1-2 Cohan, Nathan
R1A 7 Reading and Composition:
Creation Stories of the Premodern World
MW 5-6:30 Homans-Turnbull, Marian
R1B 1 Reading and Composition:
MWF 9-10 Su, Amanda Jennifer
R1B 2 Reading and Composition:
The Sword and the Screen: New Tricks with Old Texts
MWF 9-10 Clark, Amy
R1B 3 Reading and Composition:
Machines Made of Words
MWF 10-11 Forbes-Macphail, Imogen
R1B 4 Reading and Composition:
Berkeley Literature
MWF 10-11 Hobson, Jacob
R1B 5 Reading and Composition:
Living Pasts: Cultural Memory and Historical Narrative
MWF 11-12 Cho, Jennifer
R1B 6 Reading and Composition:
Unreliable Friends
MWF 11-12 Catchings, Alex
R1B 7 Reading and Composition:
Fake/News: New Journalism, the War on Truth, and Democracy in Peril
MWF 12-1 Cruz, Frank Eugene
R1B 8 Reading and Composition:
Prison Sentences: Reading Mass Incarceration
MWF 12-1 Koerner, Michelle
R1B 9 Reading and Composition:
Berkeley Literature
MWF 12-1 Hobson, Jacob
R1B 10 Reading and Composition:
Style and Being Singular
MWF 1-2 Eisenberg, Emma
R1B 11 Reading and Composition:
Varieties of Confession in American Poetry
MWF 1-2 Swensen, David
R1B 12 Reading and Composition:
The Crisis in Humanities
MWF 2-3 Viragh, Atti
R1B 13 Reading and Composition:
Situated Narratives: Finding a Sense of Place in the Novel
MWF 2-3 Artiz, Ernest T.
R1B 14 Reading and Composition:
Literary and Scientific Knowledge
MW 5-6:30 Barbour, Andrew John
R1B 15 Reading and Composition:
Who's to Blame? Agency and Determinism in the 19th-Century Crime Novel
MW 5-6:30 Mittnacht, Veronica Vizuet
R1B 16 Reading and Composition:
Something Resolutely Indefinable: The African-American Novel, the Individual, and Sociological Thought
TTh 12:30-2 Creasy, CFS
20 1 Modern British and American Literature:
Post-Apocalypse Now
MW 1:30-3 Snyder, Katherine
24 1 Freshman Seminar:
Emily Dickinson
M 1-2 Wagner, Bryan
26 1 Introduction to the Study of Poetry:
The Reading of Poetry
TTh 5-6:30 Francois, Anne-Lise
43B 1 Introduction to the Writing of Verse TTh 11-12:30 Wilson, Mary
45A 1 Literature in English: Through Milton Lectures MW 1-2 in 3 LeConte + one hour of discussion section per week in various locations (sec. 101: F 1-2; sec. 102: F 1-2; sec. 103: F 2-3; sec. 104: F 2-3; sec. 105: Thurs. 11-12; sec. 106: Thurs. 2-3) Landreth, David
45B 1 Literature in English: Late-17th Through Mid-19th Centuries Lectures MW 11-12 in 3 LeConte + one hour of discussion section per week in various locations (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 9-10; sec. 103: F 11-12; sec. 104: F 11-12; sec. 105: Thurs. 9-10; sec. 106: Thurs. 10-11) Duncan, Ian
45C 1 Literature in English: Mid-19th Through the 20th Century Lectures MW 2-3 in 159 Mulford + one hour of discussion section per week in various locations (sec. 101: F 9-10; sec. 102: F 12-1; sec. 103: F 12-1; sec. 104: F 2-3; sec. 105: Thurs. 9-10; sec. 106: Thurs. 10-11) Flynn, Catherine
80K 1 Children's Literature TTh 9:30-11 Creasy, CFS
84 1 Sophomore Seminar:
High Culture / Low Culture: Woody Allen
Note new time: W 6:30-9:30 PM Bader, Julia
107 1 The Bible as Literature TTh 3:30-5 Goldsmith, Steven
111 1 Chaucer:
Canterbury Tales
MW 5-6:30 Nolan, Maura
114A 1 English Drama to 1603 TTh 12:30-2 Miller, Jennifer
115A 1 The English Renaissance (through the 16th Century) TTh 3:30-5 Marno, David
115B 1 The English Renaissance (17th Century) MWF 1-2 Picciotto, Joanna M
117S 1 Shakespeare Lectures MW 12-1 in 2060 Valley LSB + one hour of discussion section per week in various locations (sec. 101: F 10-11; sec. 102: F 12-1; sec. 103: Thurs. 1-2; sec. 104: Thurs. 3-4; sec. 105: Thurs. 4-5; sec. 106: Thurs. 4-5) Arnold, Oliver
119 1 Literature of the Restoration and the Early 18th Century TTh 11-12:30 Sorensen, Janet
121 1 The Romantic Period:
Romantic Voices
MWF 2-3 Langan, Celeste
125C 1 The European Novel:
Lost Illusions
Thurs. 2-5 Puckett, Kent
130A 1 American Literature: Before 1800 TTh 12:30-2 Tamarkin, Elisa
130C 1 American Literature: 1865-1900 TTh 5-6:30 Tamarkin, Elisa
131 1 American Poetry TTh 3:30-5 O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
132 1 American Novel TTh 12:30-2 Goble, Mark
133B 1 African American Literature and Culture Since 1917:
African American Fiction
MWF 2-3 JanMohamed, Abdul R.
133T 1 Topics in African American Literature and Culture:
The Novel and the Idea of Black Culture
MWF 11-12 Best, Stephen M.
134 1 Contemporary Literature:
Poetry in the Twenty-First Century
Lectures MW 9-10 in 56 Barrows + one hour of discussion section per week in different locations (sec. 102: F 10-11; sec. 104: F 1-2) Falci, Eric
135AC 1 Literature of American Cultures:
Race, Class, & Disability in American Cultures: American Foundlings
Lectures MW 10-11 in 141 McCone + one hour of discussion section per week in different locations (sec. 101: F 10-11; sec. 102: F 12-1) Schweik, Susan
C136 1 Topics in American Studies:
Harlem Renaissance
MW 5-6:30 Wagner, Bryan
C136 2 Topics in American Studies:
Noir: Films, Fiction, Criticism
TTh 3:30-5 Moran, Kathleen and Greil Marcus
137T 1 Topics in Chicana/o Literature and Culture:
Workers and Rebels in U. S. Latinx Novels
MWF 11-12 Gonzalez, Marcial
141 1 Modes of Writing (Exposition, Fiction, Verse, etc.):
Writing Fiction and Poetry
MW 5-6:30 Chandra, Melanie Abrams
143A 1 Short Fiction TTh 11-12:30 Chandra, Vikram
143A 2 Short Fiction W 3-6 Oates, Joyce Carol
143B 1 Verse MW 9-10:30 Reed, Ishmael S.
143B 2 Verse TTh 9:30-11 Shoptaw, John
143B 3 Verse TTh 12:30-2 Hass, Robert L.
143D 1 Expository and Critical Writing :
The Art of the Critical Essay
TTh 11-12:30 Donegan, Kathleen
143N 1 Prose Nonfiction M 3-6 Giscombe, Cecil S.
165 1 Special Topics:
Global Tudors
Honig, Elizabeth
165 2 Special Topics:
21st-Century U. S. Poetry
M 2-5 O'Brien, Geoffrey G.
165 3 Special Topics:
John Milton's Last Poems
MW 5-6:30 Picciotto, Joanna M
165 4 Special Topics:
The Art of Writing: The Visible Made Verbal
W 3-6 Kleege, Georgina
165 5 Special Topics:
Note: See English 165 section 6
Danner, Mark
165 6 Special Topics:
Nabokov and Naipaul
TTh 3:30-5 Hass, Robert L.
Danner, Mark
165 7 Special Topics:
The Materialist Epic
TTh 12:30-2 Goldsmith, Steven
165 8 Special Topics:
American Humor
Tues. 5-8:30 (incl. 1/2 hr. break) Starr, George A.
165 9 Special Topics:
The 1890s
Thurs. 5-8 Puckett, Kent
166 1 Special Topics:
MWF 2-3 Duncan, Ian
166 2 Special Topics:
Marxism and Literature
MWF 2-3 Gonzalez, Marcial
166 4 Special Topics:
Poetry and Prose of Race and Social Class
TTh 2-3:30 Giscombe, Cecil S.
166 5 Special Topics:
Asian American Literature - World, Nation, Locality
MWF 1-2 Leong, Andrew Way
166 6 Special Topics:
Realism, Then and Now
MW 5-6:30 Cordes Selbin, Jesse
166 7 Special Topics:
Anton Chekhov
MWF 3-4 Muza, Anna
170 1 Literature and the Arts:
Rhythm, Riot, Revolution
TTh 11-12:30 Gaydos, Rebecca
172 1 Literature and Psychology:
Literatures of the Self
MW 9-10:30 Zeavin, Hannah
173 1 The Language and Literature of Films:
Postcolonial Film
MWF 10-11 JanMohamed, Abdul R.
176 1 Literature and Popular Culture:
The Sitcom
Lectures MW 3-4 + one hour of discussion section per week in various locations (sec. 101: F 2-3; section 102: F 3-4; sec. 103: Thurs. 10-11; sec. 104: Thurs. 11-12; sec. 105: Thurs. 12-1; sec. 106: Thurs. 12-1; sec. 107: F 11-12; sec. 108: F 10-11) Lavery, Grace
180E 1 The Epic: Imagined Communities and the Classical Epic TTh 5-6:30 Altieri, Charles F.
180N 1 The Novel No instructor assigned yet.
180Z 1 Science Fiction MWF 12-1 Jones, Donna V.
190 1 Research Seminar:
Flann O'Brien and Irish Literature
MW 10:30-12 Flynn, Catherine
190 2 Research Seminar:
Transsexual Literatures and Cultures
MW 12-1:30 Lavery, Grace
190 3 Research Seminar:
James / Baldwin
MW 5-6:30 Best, Stephen M.
190 5 Research Seminar:
California Books and Movies Since World War I
Thurs. 5-8:30 (incl. 1/2 hr. break) Starr, George A.
190 6 Research Seminar:
Carnal Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Literature
TTh 9:30-11 Miller, Jasmin
190 7 Research Seminar Stancek, Claire Marie
190 8 Research Seminar:
Edgar Allan Poe
TTh 12:30-2 Breitwieser, Mitchell
190 9 Research Seminar:
Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln
TTh 12:30-2 Otter, Samuel
190 10 Research Seminar:
Emily Dickinson
TTh 2-3:30 Shoptaw, John
190 11 Research Seminar:
Willa Cather
TTh 3:30-5 Breitwieser, Mitchell
190 13 Research Seminar:
Sixties Cinema
TTh 5-6:30 Knapp, Jeffrey
H195B 1 Honors Course TTh 3:30-5 Sorensen, Janet
H195B 2 Honors Course MW 5-6:30 Abel, Elizabeth
201A 1 Topics in the Structure of the English Language:
Introduction to Linguistics for Graduate Students in the Humanities
W 3-6 Hanson, Kristin
203 1 Graduate Readings:
William Faulkner and the Historical Novel
TTh 9:30-11 Goble, Mark
203 3 Graduate Readings:
The Queer and the Oriental
Tues. 12:30-3:30 Leong, Andrew Way
203 4 Graduate Readings:
Renaissance Drama
TTh 2-3:30 Knapp, Jeffrey
203 5 Graduate Readings:
Nineteenth-Century U. S. Historical Poetics
Tues. 3:30-6:30 Otter, Samuel
218 1 Milton W 12-3 Turner, James Grantham
243N 1 Prose Nonfiction Writing Workshop W 3-6 Farber, Thomas
246C 1 Graduate Proseminars (Renaissance):
the End of Scholarism
MW 3-4:30 Landreth, David
246L 1 Graduate Pro-seminar (Literature in English, 1945 to the Present):
British Fiction Since 1945
W 9-12 Gang, Joshua
250 1 Research Seminar:
Philosophical Idealizations of Art and Modernist Practices
Thurs. 12:30-3:30 Altieri, Charles F.


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, 4, and 5 are intended for upper-division (junior and senior) students, while English 198BC sections 3 and 6 are intended for new (spring) junior transfer students as well as other juniors and seniors.

ENGLISH 43B (Introduction to the Writing of Verse):  This lower-division writing workshop, unlike the other writing workshops being offered this semester, does not require an application or writing sample from prospective students in order to be considered for admission.  Instead, students will  enroll directly, and all the seats in the class will be (at least initially) reserved for freshmen and sophomores. 

UPPER-DIVISION AND GRADUATE-LEVEL CREATIVE WRITING WORKSHOP COURSES (English 143A, 143B, 143D, 143N, and 243N): 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, 143D, and 143N; graduate students and (in exceptional cases) upper-division students may apply for 243N.  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 25, 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 1. Please come on or shortly after Thursday, November 1, 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 mainly for senior and junior English majors. During at least Phase I of enrollment, only majors who will be in their fourth or third year as of Spring '19 will be able to enroll directly into most sections of 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 (as well as non-majors) will need to put themselves on the wait list of the section they are interested in taking, and they will be admitted if and when there is still room for them. Due to space limitations (maximum enrollment is normally 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 late in Phase I and during Phase II of enrollment, we may loosen the restrictions for admission to sections of 190 that are not yet full.

ENGLISH H195B (HONORS COURSE): This course is open only to students who are enrolled in a Fall 2018 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 2019 DE-Cal courses must be submitted to the work-study student at the front desk of the English Department main office (322 Wheeler Hall) BY 4:00 P.M., THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25. 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 for 98 and 198, available at: (Click "Committees", then "COCI," and scroll down to "Committee Resources" and click "Student-Facilitated Course Information" and select "Required Documents.") 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 October 25 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 approved 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 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.