Books that Cook
Professor of English Jennifer Cognard-Black's new book, Books that Cook: The Making of a Literary Meal, is being published by NYU Press this August.

Program Information

Ben Click, Chair
Professor of English

Office staff: 240-895-4225

Alumni—where are they now?

Monica Powell

Monica Powell (class of 2011) graduated with an English major and a WGSX minor. She currently lives in Washington DC, where she works in theatre education with the Young Playwright's Theatre and the Shakespeare Theatre Company.


Student Spotlight

Maria Smaldone

Maria Smalldone finds doors opening for her in Oxford, while studying at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Summer 2010 Courses

Either of the following two options, taken as ENGL 230, satisfies the Core Arts requirement. At either the 200-level or the 300-level, they may also be taken as electives for the English major.

Kid lit

ENGL 230.01/390: Children's Literature and Film

Dr. Ruth Feingold

This course will cover the gamut of children's and adolescent literature, from picture books and fairytales to young adult fiction. We'll be reading books ranging from classics such as Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Where the Wild Things Are, Charlotte's Web, and The Secret Garden, to more recent works by authors including Phillip Pullman, Cynthia Kadohata, and Neil Gaiman. Topics to be considered include the interplay of image and text, the role of fantasy, historical fiction (and non-fiction), and cinematic adaptation. Throughout, we will be keeping in mind the special balance that children's literature is traditionally expected to maintain between entertainment and education: what is it, exactly, that these texts are trying to teach their readers or viewers? How do they go about doing so? What makes them appealing, or even subversive, despite their occasional didacticism? Some creative work (writing and design) will be incorporated. Assignments will include daily reading questions, one presentation, and a term paper (due after the conclusion of the class).

May 17-June 4
M,T,W,R 1:00-5:10 pm

Meets WGSX minor requirement

ENGL 230.02/365: Southern Literature

Dr. Ben Click

This course will be a brief, yet representative, introduction to what is known as "Southern Literature" in American literary study.  We will read mostly short fiction, but will also read some poetry and drama.  Some of the writers (note the variety) you will encounter include Edgar Allan Poe, Mark Twain, Katherine Anne Porter, Tennessee Williams, Maya Angelou, Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, Carson McCullers, James Agee, Molly Ivins, James Dickey, Alice Walker, Fanny Flagg, William Styron, and more.  We will examine issues (self, race, religion, region) and aspects (humor, dialect, grotesque, female/male personae) of what constitutes "Southernness" by reading primary texts, watching film (adaptations of written texts), listening to music (ballads, gospels, blues, and work songs), and having rousing discussions about all of the above.  There will be daily "festivals of learning" (quizzes), one major "celebration of your knowledge" (a mid-term), and one short "what'd I say" (paper/presentation).  The reading and graded requirements for this condensed summer course will be extremely manageable.

June 7-25
M,T,W, R 1:00-5:10 pm

Take one! Take both!

You may register for these classes via the Portal, or by going to the front desk at Glendening. For more information about tuition and requirements, please see the Summer Session website, at

For more information about course content, please contact the individual professors.

And, if you're interested in English study abroad, consider:

ENGL 230.03/355: Shakespearean Studies in Britain

Drs. Jennifer & Andrew Cognard-Black

Summer Shakespeare