English and Media Studies (ENMS)
Cynthia M. Nearman, Assistant Professor, Chair
James Hood, Professor
Heather R. Hayton, Professor
Diya Abdo, Associate Professor
Mylène Dressler, Associate Professor
Tracie Fellers, Visiting Assistant Professor
Jennie Malboeuf, Visiting Assistant Professor
Parag Budhecha Parker, Visiting Assistant Professor
Rod B. Spellman, Writing Director and Visiting Instructor
Choose your own adventure.
Expect many paths to choose from and a wide array of courses in literature and writing: rich fare for mind, heart and soul.
We will help you outfit yourself with provisions and the skills you will need:
- How to sharpen your intellect for the literary trail, enabling you to comprehend, assess and appreciate life’s complexity
- How to read maps and theory with acumen and imagination, maps that will guide you through the terrain
- How to interpret and use the cultural codes and conventions of your time in history, and others
- How to cross borders and learn from the diversity that you encounter
- How to speak your truth while sharing your discoveries with fellow explorers, always loving language for its potential to express nuance and beauty
- How to report on your journeying in pellucid prose or verse: clearly, coherently, artfully
- How to synergize creatively with others in using what you have learned to transform the world
The results? Once you complete your Guilford journey as an English major, you’ll have prepared yourself for an equally wide set of life paths with your new expertise – especially in critical thinking, empathy, tolerance for ambiguity, communication – expertise that can serve as a universal key to the professions.
And those who know you will appreciate you for the thoughtfulness, creativity and richness of the inner life you’ll have cultivated, traits you will carry forward as a lifelong learner and change agent.
Sample paths those before you have chosen:
- Yale professor,
- National Public Radio national correspondent,
- peace worker in Haiti,
- Random House production manager,
- documentary filmmaker,
- “Charlie Rose” show assistant producer,
- CNN staff,
- U.S. Air Force intelligence analyst,
- magazine editor,
- Bank of America diversity recruiter,
- community college instructor,
- canoe and kayak outfitter,
- Tarheel Monthly publisher,
- Shakespearean actor,
- London-based technical writer,
- recording studio production manager,
- Stanford digital information systems developer,
- BBC publicity coordinator,
- Screen Gems Studio producer,
- primary and secondary teachers,
- Congressional staff member,
- investigative reporter,
- Corcoran Gallery writing and research director,
- communication specialist, and
- video game developer.
Guilford English and creative writing majors have attended a variety of graduate schools:
- University of California,
- Berkeley; Columbia University;
- Harvard University;
- University of Colorado;
- City University/London;
- University of Southern California;
- Brown University;
- University of North Carolina,
- Chapel Hill;
- City University of New York;
- University of Missouri, Columbia;
- State University of New York at Albany;
- Emerson College;
- University of Texas, Austin;
- North Carolina State University;
- University of Essex, England;
- University of Alaska;
- Brooklyn College;
- University of Pittsburgh;
- Pennsylvania State University; and
- New York University.
Focuses on active reading comprehension strategies. Students examine claims, evidence, and rhetorical strategies, and learn to write for specific audiences and purposes in genres that value their own experiences and observations as evidence. They develop strategies for improving sentence and paragraph structure, revision and editing practices, collaboration with other writers, reflection on their own writing processes, and understanding of how others’ ideas are used and attributed in different writing contexts. Minimum grade to move on to ENGL 102: C-. Fulfills English 101 requirement (2019).
Gives students practice in reading and analyzing texts in a variety of genres and disciplines and in listening to the voices of authors from diverse backgrounds who represent a wide range of experiences and identities. Students learn to examine the contexts within which written communication takes place and craft their own communication in genres that value the use of multiple and credible sources. This course also builds students’ skills in research, genre-appropriate conventions of documentation and citation, organization and sentence structure, and revision and editing strategies. Normally required in first year. Fulfills College Reading and Writing Requirement (1998). English 102 requirement (2019).
This course is for students who wish to reinforce the academic reading, writing and thinking skills introduced in ENGL 101 and ENGL 102. Emphasizing analysis, persuasion and revision, it builds on basic knowledge of academic writing conventions and strengthens students’ ability to compose clear, concise and coherent prose in the writing situations they face in other courses and beyond college. The course also includes significant research.
May also be offered at 250, 350 and 450 levels.
Introduction to the study of English; a survey of historical periods and major critical schools. Required of all sophomore majors. Must be taken at Guilford College.
Introduction to the fundamentals of writing creatively in various genres.
Focus on analysis of poetry with attention to both formal and interpretive issues.
Study of narrative conventions in the short story and novel.
Reading, analysis and writing in various prose nonfiction genres, including memoir, personal essay, lyric and invested forms. Emphasis on peer-review and workshopping of student manuscripts, as well as on genre-specific questions of accuracy, authenticity and artful design.
Twelve weekly scenes read and critiqued in class and a one-act play as a final project. Exploration of various elements of playwriting such as conflict, manipulation of chronology, life studies, character exposition and development, “found” language, passive participation in and transcription of actual events.
In-class critiques of student poems, reviews of contemporary poetry magazines and collections, craft discussions with visiting writers, evolution of literary principles, manuscript preparation.
In-class critiques of student writing, reviews of contemporary literary magazines and short story collections, craft discussions with visiting writers, evolution of critical principles, manuscript preparation.
Explores the methodology of script analysis used by actors, designers and directors as they prepare to execute a stage production. Techniques at the heart of the course lay the foundation for thoughtful understanding of literature and perceptive creativity in productions that effectively serve a text. Students also develop the interpretive skills needed by artists working in a theatre that responds to and addresses issues of oppression and social justice.
Intensive study of representative works and survey of issues from the Anglo-Saxon period through the 18th century. Recommended for all beginning majors and prospective majors.
Intensive study of major literary figures and changing forms from the Romantic period to the present.
General introduction to the comedies, histories and/or tragedies.
The American mind in literature from the Puritans to the Civil War.
The American literary tradition from the Civil War to the present.
Examines literary nature writing in America from the 19th century to the present, with a primary focus on the different ways writers have presented the natural world as sacred. Writings consider both individuals’ current estrangement from the natural world and possibilities for developing intimacy with the earth through a deep sense of “place.”
Literary study focusing on major figures of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Wheatley, Douglass, Hughes, Wright, Hurston, Walker and Morrison.
May also be offered at 360 and 460 levels. Work at the 460 level may apply toward departmental honors if prior arrangement is made by student.
Study of selected literature from the seven continents.
Explores the craft and cultural significance of contemporary films from East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America.
Study and performance of publication processes leading to the production of the campus literary magazine, including writing, editing, design, layout, digital media, promotion and distribution.
A hands-on introduction to journalistic writing. All students will be working Guilfordian staffers while learning the fundamentals of news, feature and opinion writing as well as newspaper style. No journalistic experience required.
Workshop options include editing, website management, layout, graphic design, photography and video. Advanced writing option available to ENGL 282 veterans.
Study of the craft and cultural significance of key films of the 1930s through the mid-1950s, the golden age of Hollywood.
Studies the role of cult movies in American culture from the 1930s through the 1990s. Themes include social Darwinism, the Other, conformity, Freudian thanatos, feminism vs. patriarchy and the nature of consciousness. Fulfills humanities requirement (1998). Arts/humanities requirement (2019).
Explores Shakespearean plays in relation to films that reconstruct a Shakespearean narrative in an entirely different imaginary realm.
May also be offered at the 390 level.
Studies texts from the earliest period of English literary production (roughly from the fall of Rome to 1485). Genres may include epic, romance, drama, lyric, allegory, hagiography. May also include developing introductory skills in Anglo- Saxon, history of the English language, Middle English or paleography.
Examines one of the most prolific literary periods in the English tradition (roughly 1485- 1700). Texts may include epic or lyric poetry, fiction, essays and tragic, comedic or closet drama. Special emphasis will be given to non- Shakespearean texts.
Selected British poetry, fiction and non-fiction prose written between 1780 and 1832 with special attention to intellectual and cultural issues such as imagination and perception, nature, aesthetic theory and industrialization, and/ or the relationship between literature and the political/historical issues of the period. These include human rights, abolition and the slave trade, the French Revolution, the Napoleonic Wars, and reform.
Selected British poetry, fiction and non-fiction prose written between 1832 and 1901 with special attention to intellectual and cultural issues such as the divided self, gender, childhood, science and religion, and sexuality. The course also draws attention to the relationship between literature and the political/historical issues of the period including imperialism, the monarchy and the rise of the middle class.
Explores a cross-section of the contemporary and historical writings produced by women of African descent primarily in North America but also in South America, Europe, the Caribbean and Africa. Includes the novel, short story, poetry, drama, autobiography, narrative, essay, interview, letters, reviews and literary criticism.
Explores classic and contemporary novels, short stories, drama, poetry, literary criticism, essays and issues by writers such as Ralph Ellison, Richard Wright, Amiri Baraka, August Wilson, Randall Kenan, James Baldwin, Yusef Komunyakaa and Nathan McCall.
Explores a range of literary voices from black and white women writers born in countries such as Ghana, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Senegal, Egypt, Algeria, Botswana and Uganda.
This course centers on the political, religious and cultural changes in the British Isles between the reign of Henry VIII and the Glorious Revolution. Main topics of discussion include the Reformation and the Civil War (1642- 45).
Study of Irving, Cooper, Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville and Whitman as well as the painting of the era.
Significant 20th century poetry in British and American literature. Includes forms, techniques and themes; addresses poets such as Pound, Eliot and Williams.
Survey course that engages students in reading works written in the years following the end of the Vietnam War by authors who live and work outside the United States and who come from a variety of nationalities and ethnicities.
A history of rhetorical studies and a survey of major schools of thought, with emphasis on the practice of teaching writing. Includes study of grammar and the history of the English language.
Introduction to the practice of professional communication and document design for public audience. Students learn to shape writing and apply visual strategies to create user-centered documents in multiple genres. Includes off-campus work with community partners and training in advanced design software.
Required of all senior English majors. Rotating seminars in special themes and literary figures. Sample topics include Violence in Early Modern Drama, Melville, and Literature and Ethics. Must be taken at Guilford College.
Work may apply toward departmental honors if prior arrangement is made by student.