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Literature

Program Description

Literature at College of DuPage is a series of classes that explore literary texts from a broad range of cultures, geographies and time periods. Our faculty are published scholars and great teachers, committed to fostering in students a love for the written word and a keen, perceptive eye. We explore subtle nuance, but we discover it on a global, multicultural stage.

Program Philosophy

We assert that the value of literature goes far beyond the pages of a book or the walls of a classroom. We believe that students who study literature will develop versatile, 21st century skills that can be applied to a wide range of personal, professional and academic situations.

Program Outcomes

By studying Literature at College of DuPage, students will: 

  • Practice close reading in order to formulate interpretations of literature that are grounded in evidence from primary texts.
  • Apply terminology, practices, and theoretical methods associated with literary analysis.
  • Analyze literary works for artistic complexity, depth and nuance.

  • Analyze diverse literary works to develop social, historical and cultural comprehension.
  • Examine works that are diverse in terms of genre, time period, place and conditions of publication and/or authorship.
  • Communicate how the material conditions of publication, reception and dissemination affect literary works.

  • Formulate well supported arguments about literary works.
  • Express ideas using rhetorical strategies and technologies suitable to audience and purpose.
  • Articulate connections between literary texts and their various social and historical contexts.

Program Information

Jim Allen

  • PhD & MA: University of South Carolina
  • BA: University of South Carolina--Spartanburg

Aside from his concentration in Composition and Rhetoric, Dr. Allen has a background in Early American Literature and Science Fiction. He regularly teaches Science Fiction (1156) as well as World Literature (2226) as part of an Honors Learning Community Seminar on "Utopian and Dystopian Literature." In previous years has taught Introduction to Literature (1130).

Timothy Henningsen

  • PhD & MA: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BS: University of Wisconsin

Dr. Henningsen has a background in transnational literary studies, with expertise in 19th century American & the origins of Caribbean literature. He regularly teaches Introduction to Literature (1130) and Short Fiction (1150), but also occasionally offers sections of Early American (2221) and Multicultural Lit (1161). Professor Henningsen is also COD's Chair of the Composition Program.

Lisa Higgins

  • PhD, MA, & BA: University of Illinois at Chicago

Dr. Higgins has a background in American Literature and British Modernism. Prior to coming to COD, she taught at four universities and was a grant writer. She has taught the American Literature survey, Drama, Multicultural Literature, Short Fiction, Greek Mythology, Introduction to Literature, Bible as Literature and Poetry. She also teaches the Composition sequence. She is currently the Faculty Chair of the Honors Program. She is an advisor for the Honors Student Advisory Committee and The Page Turners, COD's book discussion club.

Melina Martin

  • PhD & MA: Northern Illinois University
  • BA: Elmhurst University

Dr. Martin has a research background in 19th-Century British literature, Early American literature, and transatlantic studies. Courses she teaches include Introduction to Literature (1130), Short Fiction (1150), Multicultural Literature (1161), and Masterpieces of World Literature (2226).

Nicole Matos

  • PhD: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Nicole Matos is a specialist in first-year or "beginner" approaches to literature as well as contemporary, multicultural, and non-Western literature (that is, literature from nations and regions beyond just the United States and Western Europe--think, Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and so on). She is also a creative writer, having published 3 books of poetry and numerous fiction, digital media, and non-fiction pieces.

Michelle E. Moore

  • Ph.D. and M.A. State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton
  • B.A.: Dickinson College

Dr. Michelle E. Moore is the author of the book Chicago and the Making of American Modernism: Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald in Conflict (Bloomsbury Academic 2019) and coeditor of the collection Refocus: The Films of Paul Schrader (Edinburgh University Press, 2020). She has also published numerous articles in academic journals and chapters in academic collections. She gives papers regularly at national and international conferences on Modernism, American 19th and 20th century literature, and archival research. Her current research interests include the intersections of modern literature, film and architecture as well as online writing instruction and course design. She regularly teaches The Short Story, American Literature from the Civil War to the Present, Introduction to Film , and Film as Literature. She also teaches the Honors Composition sequence (1101, 1102).

Jason Snart

  • PhD: University of Florida
  • MA & BA: University of Alberta

Dr. Jason Snart has published a number of books including his first, entitled The Torn Book: UnReading William Blake's Marginalia, which focuses on the annotations left in the books owned and borrowed by British Romantic-era poet and printmaker, William Blake. Snart's current research interests include online writing instruction and course design as well as blended/hybrid teaching. He regularly teaches Poetry (1152), British Literature from 1800 through the Present (2221). He also teaches College of DuPage's only online Honors course: Introduction to Literature (1130). Professor Snart is COD's English Department Chair of Literature, Creative Writing, and Film.

Tom Tipton

  • PhD & MA: Northwestern University
  • BA: University of Chicago

Dr. Tipton has a research background in Old English and Middle English literature, with special focus on hagiographic poetry. Over the course of his 25 year career at the college, he has taught Introduction to Literature (1130), British Literature to 1800 (2220), and Shakespeare (2228).

 

ENGLI 1130 (IAI H3 900): Introduction to Literature

Introduces students to the artistic complexity, depth, and nuance of literature and develops the important skills of critical thinking and effective communication. Students analyze literary works from diverse historical, cultural, and literary contexts to build cultural awareness and capacity for ethical and socially responsible reasoning. Through close reading, students practice literary analysis and argumentation. Students examine literature with reference to how publication and reception influence literary works at the time of publication and beyond. Students explore how literature can reflect, but also challenge, cultural, social, and literary norms. (3 lecture hours)

Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One.

  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00AM - 9:50AM | Professor Tom Tipton
  • Monday, Wednesday 12:00PM - 12:50PM | Professor Tim Henningsen
  • NET (1st 8 week) | Professor Melina Martin
  • NET (12 week) | Professor Melina Martin
  • NET (2nd 8 week) | Professor Melina Martin
  • Virtual Class Meetings (16 week) - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:00AM - 10:50AM | Professor Bonnie McLean

ENGLI 1150 (IAI H3 901): Short Fiction

Introduces students to short fiction's artistic complexity, unique formal elements, depth, and nuance and develops the important skills of critical thinking and effective communication. Students study short fiction from diverse historical, cultural, and literary contexts to build cultural awareness and capacity for ethical and socially responsible reasoning. Through close reading, students practice literary analysis and argumentation. Students examine short fiction with reference to how publication and reception influence literary works at the time of publication and beyond. Students explore how individual works of short fiction can reflect, but also challenge, cultural, social, and literary norms. (3 lecture hours)

Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One.

  • Monday, Wednesday 12:00PM - 12:50PM | Professor Tony Bowers
  • NET (12 week) | Professor Jackie McGrath
  • NET (2nd 8 week) | Professor Wendolyn Tetlow 
  • VCM (16 week) Tuesday, Thursday 12:30PM - 01:45PM | Professor Elizabeth Kempton

ENGLI 1152 (IAI H3 903): Poetry

Introduces students to the artistic complexity, unique formal elements, depth, and nuance of poetry and develops the important skills of critical thinking and effective communication. Students analyze poetry from diverse historical, cultural, and literary contexts to build cultural awareness and capacity for ethical and socially responsible reasoning. Through close reading, students practice analysis and argumentation. Students examine poetry with reference to how publication and reception influence poetic works at the time of publication and beyond. Students explore how poetry can reflect but also challenge cultural, social, and literary norms. (3 lecture hours)

Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One.

  • NET (12 week) | Professor Jason Snart

ENGLI 1153 (H3 902): Drama

Introduces students to the artistic complexity, unique formal elements, depth, and nuance of drama and develops the important skills of critical thinking and effective communication. Students analyze drama from diverse historical, cultural, and literary contexts to build cultural awareness and capacity for ethical and socially responsible reasoning. Through close reading, students practice literary analysis and argumentation. Students examine drama with reference to how publication and reception influence literary works at the time of publication and beyond. Students explore how works of drama can reflect, but also challenge, cultural, social, and literary norms. (3 lecture hours)

Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One.

  • Honors - Tuesday, Thursday 12:30PM - 1:45PM | Professor Lisa Higgins

ENGLI 1157 (IAI H3 918): Children's Literature 

Introduces students to the artistic qualities of literature for children and adolescents to develop students' critical thinking and effective communication skills. Students study children's literature and adolescent literature from diverse historical, cultural, and literary contexts, in order to build cultural awareness and capacity for ethical and socially responsible reasoning. Through close reading, students practice literary analysis of works from many genres of children's literature and adolescent literature and they consider the relationship between literacy and literature. Students examine literature both for children and adolescents with reference to how creation, publication, and reception influence those works at the time of creation and beyond. Students also explore how children's literature and adolescent literature can reflect, but also challenge, social norms, especially how children's literature and adolescent literature reflects and shapes any culture's understanding of children and childhood. (3 lecture hours)

Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One.

  • NET (12 week) | Professor Latrice Ferguson
  • NET (2nd 8 week) | Professor Latrice Ferguson 

ENGLI 1159 (H9 901)
Greek Mythology

Introduces students to the artistic complexity, unique formal elements, depth, and cultural relevance of Greek mythology as represented in both Classical and contemporary literature. Students develop critical thinking and effective communication skills. Students build cultural awareness and capacity for ethical and socially responsible reasoning by considering Greek mythology. Students explore how works of Greek mythology can reflect but also challenge cultural, social, and literary norms. (3 lecture hours)

Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One.

  • Virtual Class Meetings Monday, Wednesday 1:00PM - 2:15PM | Professor Bonnie McLean

ENGLI 1160 (H3 910D)
Native American Literature

Introduces students to Native American mythology, oratory, poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and novel literature from diverse historical, cultural, and literary contexts. Students develop the important skills of critical thinking and effective communication. Students analyze Native American literature to build cultural awareness and capacity for ethical and socially responsible reasoning. Through close reading, students practice literary analysis and argumentation. Students examine Native American literature with reference to how publication and reception influence literary works at the time of publication and beyond. Students explore how individual works of Native American literature can reflect, but also challenge, cultural, social, and literary norms. (3 lecture hours)

Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One.

  • Monday 6:30PM - 8:00PM | Professor Jackie McGrath

ENGLI 1165 (H3 911D)
Literature, Gender, and Sexualities

Surveys literature focusing on narratives, experiences, and theories of gender and sexualities. Students develop the important skills of critical thinking and effective communication. Students study literature from diverse historical, cultural, and literary contexts to build cultural awareness and capacity for ethical and socially responsible reasoning. Through close reading, students practice literary analysis and argumentation. Students examine limitations of the discipline and literary canonization from interdisciplinary and culturally inclusive perspectives. Students examine works with reference to how publication and reception influence literary works at the time of publication and beyond. Students explore how individual works of literature can reflect, but also challenge, cultural, social, and literary norms. (3 lecture hours)

Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One.

  • Tuesday, Thursday 9:30AM - 10:45AM | Professor Jacinta Yanders

ENGLI 2223 (H3 914)
American Literature From the Colonial Period to the Civil War

A survey of works illustrating the development of American literature from its beginnings up to the Civil War. Individual works are analyzed for artistic complexity, depth, and nuance as students refine critical thinking and effective communication skills. Diverse literary works from the beginnings of the American literary tradition up to the Civil War will be studied to build students' cultural awareness and capacity for ethical and socially responsible reasoning. Through close reading, students practice literary analysis and argumentation. Students examine American literature with reference to how publication and reception influence literary works and for how literary traditions and/or movements are formed and how they change. Students explore how literature from this time period can reflect but also challenge cultural, social, and literary norms. (3 lecture hours)

Prerequisite: Reading Placement Test Score Category 1.

  • Monday, Wednesday 10:00AM - 11:55AM (12 week) | Professor Timothy Henningsen

ENGLI 2262 (H3 908N)
Non-Western Literature

A survey of literature that represents Non-Western cultures, authors, and themes. Individual works are analyzed for artistic complexity, depth, and nuance as students refine critical thinking and effective communication skills. Diverse literary works from various Non-Western literary traditions will be studied to build students' cultural awareness and capacity for ethical and socially responsible reasoning. Through close reading, students practice literary analysis and argumentation. Students examine texts from literary traditions outside the Western canon with reference to how publication and reception influence literary works at the time of publication and beyond, how their literary tradition determines their status in Western cultures, and how literary traditions and/or movements are formed and change. Students explore how literature reflects but also challenges cultural, social, and literary norms of the culture in which it is written as well as of Western cultures. Students identify the problematic term Non-Western as a false binary between the West and the rest of the world and the oversimplification and generalization of this genre. (3 lecture hours)

Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One.

  • NET (12 week) | Professor Melina Martin

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In Literature, I saw clearly for the first time the ways in which the literary knowledge, critical thinking skills, and communication skills I was getting from liberal arts classes could be translated into other areas of my life and into other fields.

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English Department Chairs

Jill Salas
Chair of Developmental English

Tim Henningsen
Chair of Composition

Jason Snart
Chair of Literature, Creative Writing and Film