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Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

English 4300/4390

Note:  Each section of Eng 4300 has a parallel section of the honors version of the class, Eng 4390.  Students in departmental honors should register for 4390 instead of 4300 by contacting the Chair of the English Department.
Note:  English 4300/4390 are the English Department's seminars for English majors.  They are NOT EIU Senior Seminars.  English majors must take BOTH English 4300/4390 and an EIU Senior Seminar outside the English Department.

English 4300 Section 001       CRN 31637
English 4390 Section 099       CRN 31640
Senior Seminar:  Belief in Fiction & Nonfiction   1100-1150 MWF

Belief is such an integral part of our lives. It shapes who we are and influences what we do as well as how we perceive and respond to others. We will use the term belief in the broadest sense to cover all dimensions of the term—personal, religious, social, and political. Exploring how belief is represented in a variety of texts--short stories, novels, essays, and films—can help us understand the multidimensional nature of belief and its impact on our lives. Course requirements include reading responses, reading quizzes, two papers, an oral presentation, and a final exam.  Students will also be responsible for leading class discussion. Some of the texts we will be reading are Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, Leslie Marmon Silko’s Ceremony, Leo Tolstoy’s Confession, Barbara Kingsolver’s The Poisonwood Bible, and Hermann Hesse's Siddhartha.  (Group 4)