Sampling of English Electives

As part of our dedication to teaching excellence, our faculty not only continually develop new, fresh, and often cutting–edge courses, but, in tried–and–true liberal arts fashion, also diligently revise and update existing courses in order to maximize their pedagogical and intellectual possibilities, and in order to better engage students. More, by trying to keep our class sizes down, we seek to maximize the attention each student receives; decidedly old–fashioned, and steeped in the best traditions of the liberal arts, we believe in the benefits of face–to–face communication, in–class discussions, timely lectures, accommodating office hours–in short, we believe in working on the basics and in pushing our students (whose names we know and in whose success we are clearly invested) to be the best readers, thinkers, and writers they can be.

To give you an idea of the curricular diversity we offer, here is a sampling of new and often innovative courses we´ve offered in recent years:


Romanticism and Social Justice; Literature and the Environment: The Wilderness Debate; Samuel Beckett´s Fiction; Literary Modernism; Gothic Fiction and Film; Victorian Literature and Culture; Crime and Detection in Victorian Fiction; Adventures in Pynchon; Major Authors: Faulkner; Canadian Literature; American Film; Trial in Literature; Topics in Critical Theory: Judith Butler and Gender Studies; Pre–Stonewall Gay and Lesbian Literature; Shakespeare and Film; Northern Ireland´s "Troubles"; Contemporary Irish & N. Irish Literature; Multicultural British Literature; Literature and Music; Contemporary Caribbean and Island Literature; Life of Poetry; Chaucer; Medieval Literature: the Language of Love; Anglo–Saxon Literature; Medieval Frame Narrative; Medieval Storytelling; Death and Literature; Medieval Lyric; English Lexicography; Artes Poeticae: Lyric Theory and Practice; Literature and the Environment; American Renaissance; Ecocriticism and Montana Literature; Montana: Poetics of Place; Jane Austen and Henry James; Virginia Woolf & Penelope Fitzgerald; Robert Frost, T. S. Eliot, Marianne Moore and Wallace Stevens; Contemporary Women Fiction Writers: Penelope Fitzgerald, Marilynne Robinson, Lydia Davis, Kathryn Davis and Lorrie Moore; Studies in Film: Woody Allen; Literature, Media, and the Public Sphere; Seduction, Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries.


Eco–phenomenology; Romanticism and Eco–Criticism; Milton and the Romantics; Re–thinking the Animal; Eco–feminism; The Question of Modernity; Darwin and the Novel; Imperialism and Romance; India and the English Novel; Documentary and Docudrama; Salman Rushdie; Medieval Theories of Love; Art and Literature in Late Medieval England; Leslie Marmon Silko; Ecocriticism; The Ecology of Native American Literatures; Critical Theories in Native American Literatures; Henry James & T. S. Eliot; Virginia Woolf & Penelope Fitzgerald; Penelope Fitzgerald; The Play of the Unsaid: Apophaticism in Twentieth–Century Literary & Intellectual Culture; Milton and the Romantics.