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Spring 2020

190/9

Research Seminar:
Victorian Versification

TTh 3:30-5

The Victorian period (1837-1901) is striking for its social, political, economic, technical and scientific developments that seem at once old-fashioned and recognizably modern.  Its formal poetic achievements are no exception to this character...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2019

170/1

Literature and the Arts:
Rhythm, Riot, Revolution

TTh 11-12:30

What allows language to inspire change? To what extent is the power of a word rooted in its perception as sound and rhythm, shaped and reshaped by the individual histories and trainings of those who hear it? In this class, we will break down some o...(read more)

Gaydos, Rebecca
Spring 2019

190/7

Research Seminar

 This section of English 190 was canceled on November 2.

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Stancek, Claire Marie
Fall 2018

101/1

History of the English Language

TTh 11-12:30

This course surveys the history of the English language from its Indo-European roots, through its Old, Middle and Early Modern periods, and up to its different forms in use throughout the world today. Topics include changes in its core grammatical ...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2018

102/1

Topics in the English Language:
The Structure of English

MWF 11-12

This course is an introduction to linguistic analysis of present-day English.  The focus will be on phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure), syntax (sentence structure) and semantics (linguistic meaning); some attention will a...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2018

165/2

Special Topics:
Handel's Art in Setting English Words to Music

MW 3:30-5

Rhythm is a significant source of artistic effects in both poetry and music.  However, while the forms it can take in the two arts are similar in some ways, they are different in others.  An interesting window into these similarities and ...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Fall 2017

179/1

Literature and Linguistics

TTh 11-12:30

The medium of literature is language.  This course aims to deepen understanding of what this means through consideration of how certain literary forms can be defined as grammatical forms.  These literary forms include meter; rhyme and all...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Fall 2017

190/11

Research Seminar:
Nonsense

TTh 3:30-5

This course will explore nonsense as a literary genre, connecting its distinctive linguistic form to the ideas it takes up.   In nonsense, conventional meanings of linguistic forms are prevented from arising, but the forms themselves are ...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Fall 2016

104/1

Introduction to Old English

MWF 10-11

Canst þu þis gewrit understandan? Want to? “Introduction to Old English” will give you the tools to read a wide variety of writings from among the earliest recorded texts in the English language. What is there to r...(read more)

O'Brien O'Keeffe, Katherine
Spring 2016

101/1

History of the English Language

TTh 11-12:30

This course surveys the history of the English language from its Indo-European roots, through its Old, Middle and Early Modern periods, and up to its different forms in use throughout the world today. Topics include changes in its core grammatical...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2016

172/1

Literature and Psychology:
Literature and the Brain

TTh 3:30-5

What can the scientific study of mind tell us about literature? And what can literature tell us about the ways our minds and brains do—and do not—work? Looking at literature, philosophy, and the sciences of mind from the past three hun...(read more)

Gang, Joshua
Fall 2015

203/1

Graduate Readings:
Poetic Meter

W 2-5

This course will provide a basic introduction to the major meters of the modern English poetic tradition from the perspective of a theory of poetic meter rooted in generative linguistics.  Taking the "strict" iambic pentameter of Sh...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2015

179/1

Literature and Linguistics

TTh 11-12:30

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Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2015

190/8

Research Seminar:
Shakespeare’s Versification

TTh 3:30-5

This course will explore Shakespeare's artistic use of the formal resources of verse, especially meter, rhyme, alliteration and syntactic parallelism, as well as, by way of contrast, some of his use of music.  We will consider what define...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2014

102/1

Topics in the English Language:
The Structure of the English Language

TTh 11-12:30

This course will be an introduction to linguistic study of modern English.  We will explore English phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure), syntax (sentence structure), and semantics (l...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2014

202/1

History of Literary Criticism

W 2-5

An introduction to Western literary theory from antiquity to the present, focusing on the historical shift from the disciplines of poetics and rhetoric to that of aesthetics, with special attention to the concept of mimesis and the discourse of th...(read more)

Kahn, Victoria
Spring 2013

102/1

Topics in the English Language:
Meters of English Poetry

MWF 1-2

This course is an introduction to the major meters of the English poetic tradition from a linguistic perspective. Beginning with the iambic pentameter of Shakespeare's Sonnets, we will explore its defining constraints on stress, sylla...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Fall 2012

179/1

Literature and Linguistics

TTh 12:30-2

The medium of literature is language. This course will explore this relationship through a survey of literary forms defined by linguistic forms, and through consideration of how these literary forms are both like and unlike forms of non-literary l...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2012

101/1

History of the English Language

MWF 1-2

This course surveys the history of the English language from its Indo-European roots, through its Old, Middle and Early Modern periods, and up to its different forms in use throughout the world today.  Topics include changes in its core gramm...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2012

118/1

Milton

TTh 3:30-5

The most influential and famous (sometimes infamous) literary figure of the seventeenth century, John Milton has been misrepresented too often as a mainstay of a traditional canon, rather than the rebel he was. Or he is assumed to be a remote reli...(read more)

Goodman, Kevis
Goodman, Kevis
Spring 2012

190/3

Research Seminar:
Nonsense

MW 4-5:30

This course will explore the relationship between two characteristics of these classic works of nonsense literature for children. One is their foregrounding of linguistic form, shared with language games and of obvious special interest to children...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2012

212/1

Readings in Middle English:
The Auchinleck Manuscript

W 3-6

This course will consider a wide range of Middle English writing through examination of a single manuscript book surviving to us from the early fourteenth-century:  Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates' MS 19.2.1, now known ...(read more)

Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer
Fall 2011

179/1

Literature and Linguistics

TTh 11-12:30

The medium of literature is language. This course will explore this relationship through a survey of literary forms defined by linguistic forms, and through consideration of how these literary forms are both like and unlike forms of non-literary l...(read more)

Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2010

179/1

Literature and Linguistics

MW 4-5:30

The medium of literature is language. This course will explore this relationship through a survey of literary forms defined by linguistic forms, and consideration of how these literary forms are both like and unlike forms of non-literary language. T...(read more) Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2009

101/1

History of the English Language

TTh 11-12:30

This course is designed to introduce you to the historical development of the English language, from its earliest recorded appearance to its current state as a world language. It will cover the ways in which languages are written down and how English ...(read more) O'Brien O'Keeffe, Katherine
O'Brien O'Keeffe, Katherine
Fall 2008

179/1

Literature:
Literature and Linguistics

MWF 2-3

It is a commonplace that the medium of literature is language. This course will develop a substantive understanding of this relationship through a survey of literary forms defined by special linguistic structures, and an exploration of how these struc...(read more) Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2008

25/1

Freshman Seminar:
English as a Language

TTh 11-12:3

This course examines the English language as a particular instance of the general phenomenon of human language. We will consider aspects of its phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure), syntax (sentence structure) and semantics (lingui...(read more) Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
Fall 2007

102/1

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Topics in the English Language

MWF 11-12

An introduction to syntactic theory with a focus on English syntax. ...(read more) Banfield, Ann
Banfield, Ann
Spring 2007

101/1

Junior Coursework:
History of the English Language

TTh 5-6:30

This course surveys the history of the English language from its Indo-European roots, through its Old, Middle and Early Modern periods, to its different forms in use throughout the world today. Topics include changes in the core grammatical systems of...(read more) Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2007

179/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Literature and Linguistics

TTh 3:30-5

This course will examine the linguistic features which mark a specifically ?poetic? or ?literary? use of language from those uses of language which are not literary. The topics covered will include meter, rhyme, repetitions, or grammatical patterns as...(read more) Banfield, Ann
Banfield, Ann
Spring 2006

25/1

Lower Division Coursework:
English as a Language

TTh 11-12:30

This course examines the structure of modern English, including its phonology (sound structure), morphology (word structure), syntax (sentence structure) and semantics (linguistic meaning), as well as some aspects of pragmatics (contextual meaning). T...(read more) Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
Fall 2005

102/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Topics in the English Language: English Phonology

MWF 2-3

Phonology is the part of grammar which involves the structure of sound in language. It has three principal components: melody, the qualitative aspects of sounds which distinguish for example a [p] from an [f], or an [i] from a [u]; rhythm, the organiz...(read more) Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
Spring 2005

101/1

Upper Division Coursework:
History of the English Language

TTh 11-12:30

"This course surveys the history of the English language from its Indo-European roots, through its Old, Middle, and Early Modern periods, to its different forms in use throughout the world today. Topics include changes in the core grammatical systems ...(read more) Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin
Fall 2004

102/1

Upper Division Coursework:
Topics in the English Language

TTh 3:30-5

This course will focus on the structure of English. There will be a dual emphasis on a rich array of constructions and on the grammatical theories proposed to account for them. While the primary focus is on the grammar of spoken English, some attentio...(read more) Banfield, Ann
Banfield, Ann