Department of English

Literature

The English-Literature track at Auburn seeks to provide a student with various tools to read critically works of diverse periods, genres, and authors. While we do offer advanced courses in literatures written originally in languages other than English, the focus of the Major is English-Language Literature.

As a Literature Major, he or she will learn to improve writing skills by developing the ability to construct arguments from the texts he or she is studying, be conversant in the terms of a particular genre and the historical period in which a work was written, and be able to write using a critical methodology. The research project in the Seminar (ENGL 4800) provides the student with the opportunity to pull all these skills together in order to produce a document that can serve as a writing sample for a job or for graduate admission.

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Last Updated: October 13, 2016

English-Literature Track (36 credit hours)

  • At least 18 credit hours must be completed at Auburn.
  • At least 18 credit hours must be at the 4000 level or above.
  • No more than 6 credit hours may be at the 2000 level.
  • At least two literature courses must cover material produced before 1800 and at least two cover material produced after 1800. See department advisor for approved list of pre-1800 courses.
  • Effective Fall 2014, students must earn a ‘C’ or better in any course counted toward the English major.

 

Gateway Course: Literary Survey (3 hours)

  • 2230 British Literature Before 1789
  • 2240 British Literature After 1789
  • 2250 American Literature Before 1865
  • 2260 American Literature After 1865

Major Core (9 hours)

  • Group I: Globalism, Sustainability and Diversity Course  (3)
    • 3710 Survey of African American Literature
    • 3850 Study in London
    • 3870 World English Literature
    • 4160 Technology, Literacy and Culture
    • 4450 African American Literature
    • 4710 Topics in Gender and Literature
    • 4720 Topics in Minority Voices and Literature
    • 4740 Environment, Literature and Culture
  • Group II: Linguistics or Rhetoric Course  (3)
    • 3110 Survey of Linguistics
    • 3120 Survey of Rhetoric
    • 4140 Language Variation
    • 4150 Topics in Language Study
    • 4160 Technology, Literacy and Culture
    • 4180 Rhetorical Theory and Practice
    • 5410 History of the English Language
  • 3130 Survey of Critical Theory  (3)

Major Track (15 hours)

  • 4300-level British Literature Course  (3)
  • 4400-level American Literature Course (3)
  • 4500-level Genre Course (3)
  • 4600-level Author or 4700-level Topics Course (3)
  • Capstone Course: 4800 Seminar in English (3)

Major Electives (9 hours)

Three additional English courses, at least two of which must be at the 3000-level or above

British Literature Faculty

Medieval

Renaissance/Early Modern

Restoration/18th-Century

  • Paula Backscheider

    Paula Backscheider

    Philpott-Stevens Eminent Scholar
    Restoration and eighteenth-century literature, feminist criticism, and cultural studies
    pkrb@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9091
    9082 Haley Center
  • Emily Friedman

    Emily Friedman

    Associate Professor
    Eighteenth-century British literature and culture, the novel, history of the book, textual criticism
    ecfriedman@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9002
    9002 Haley Center
  • Don Wehrs

    Don Wehrs

    Hargis Professor of English Literature
    The novel, eighteenth-century British literature, critical theory
    wehrsdr@auburn.edu
    (334) 844-9056
    9056 Haley Center

Nineteenth-Century

Twentieth-Century/Contemporary

American Literature Faculty

Early American

Nineteenth-Century

Twentieth-Century/Contemporary

World Literature

For more information

Betsy Panhorst
Academic Advisor
panhoec@auburn.edu
9030 Haley Center

Robin Sabino
Director of Undergraduate Studies
sabinro@auburn.edu
8064 Haley Center

 

Last Updated: October 13, 2016