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Literature Program

Learn more about the diverse and exciting literature courses offered by SMC's English Department!

SMC's English department offers a wide range of courses on literature, from broad surveys of historical time period to themed classes on everything from Afro-American literature to fairy tales.  No matter what your literary preference, you are sure to find a cource that is enjoyable and rewarding.

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Here are just a few of the upcoming courses we are excited to offer.

Literature Courses [Accordion Style]

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ENGL 3, World Literature 1 3 units Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: English 1. This course is a study of some of the masterpieces of world literature from Homer to Cervantes.

ENGL 4, World Literature 2 3 units Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: English 1. The course explores significant works of fiction, poetry, and drama from the Enlightenment to the present. In addition, the course examines the social, intellectual, and historical foundations that have shaped the literature of this period.

ENGL 5, English Literature 1 3 units Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: English 1. • Advisory: English 2. This course traces the historical development of English literature from the Anglo-Saxon period through the end of the Neo-Classical Period in 1798.

ENGL 6, English Literature 2 3 units Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: English 1. A continuation of English 5, this course covers English literature from the Romantic Age to the 20th Century.

ENGL 7, American Literature 1 3 units Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: English 1. This course surveys American literature from its beginnings to the Civil War.

ENGL 8, American Literature 2 3 units Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: English 1. This course covers the period from the Civil War to World War II. This is a survey course in American literature, designed to introduce the students to a variety of the novels, short stories, and poems that make up the best of that literature.

Themed Courses:

ENGL 10, Race and Ethnicity in Literature of the U.S. 3 units Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) Satisfies Global Citizenship • Prerequisite: English 1. • Advisory: English 2. This course focuses on the literature written by and about United States’ ethnic groups, including European Americans, Native Americans, Asian Americans, African Americans, Latinx-Americans, Jewish Americans, and others. Students will analyze representative works from major genres and explore both the commonalities and differences among the works, including the uniquely American confusion and conflict around race and ethnicity. The course also examines the influence of these writers on the course of American literature.

ENGL 14, Contemporary American Literature 3 units Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: English 1. This course surveys contemporary American literature since World War II, with special emphasis on the novel. The selected texts include some of the essential and recurring themes in the history of American literature reflecting a diverse and evolving landscape of gender, ethnic and race relationships. The course content also aims to closely examine current literary criticism and cultural studies in order to familiarize students with different approaches to the interpretation of texts.

ENGL 15, Shakespeare 3 units Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: English 1. In this course, students read and analyze seven or eight of Shakespeare’s most popular plays, as well as study his life, times, and theatre.

ENGL 17, Contemporary British Literature 3 units Transfer: UC, CSU IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: English 1. This course introduces the students to the variety and wealth of British literature since 1945. The course will focus on novels, short stories, plays, and poetry from among such authors as Angela Carter, Salman Rushdie, Seamus Heaney, and Jeanette Winterson. The course will cover topics such as gender, race, sexuality, and class as well as explore changes in style, genre, and literary experimentation. Discussion of relevant British music, films, fashion, and art will also be introduced.

ENGL 18, Children’s Literature 3 units Transfer: CSU C-ID: ENGL 120. IGETC AREA 3B (Humanities) • Prerequisite: English 1. This course focuses specifically on Children’s Literature, including the value of children’s books to child psychology and development, and the historical construction of childhood. It introduces representative works from major genres, develops students’ close reading and analytical writing skills, and promotes appreciation and critical understanding

 

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Scholarships & Clubs

 

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