Literature Brochure  

  Professors of Literature

Beth Baldwin ● Abby Bardi ● Bridget Brennan  ● Michael Gavin ● Robert Goldberg ● Sarah Gottschall

Mary Greene ● Michele Hardy ●  Mahbub Jamal ● Selina Jamil ● Leela Kapai ● Melinda Kramer ● Odeana Kramer●  Paul Madachy  Wendy Perkins ● Mary Stevenson ● Gledy Wariebi ● Earl Yarington

ENGLISH 2030: BRITISH LITERATURE OF THE 19th AND 20th CENTURIES                                                                                        

This course will explore British literature of the 19th and 20th century. A selection of poetry, short fiction and short novels will help students investigate literary conventions and questions of gender, class, race, starting in the Romantic period and moving through the Victorian, Modern, and Post-Modern periods. Students will participate in creative group projects, watch films, write several short papers, take a midterm and final, and perhaps go on a field trip.

ENGLISH 2050: American Literature FROM THE BEGINNINGS TO THE LATE 19th CENTURY                                                                                                                   

This course will trace revolution and change in America from the earliest inhabitants through the age of exploration, the colonial period, the writers of 1776, culminating in the Romantic period in New England and the writers of the Civil War. It will also examine some writings by women of the period, explorers’ journals, slave narratives, autobiography, letters, captivity tales and Native American tradition to see how women’s, men’s, slaves’ and masters’ lives changed in   America.

ENGLISH 2070: AMERICAN LITERATURE FROM THE LATE 19th CENTURY TO THE PRESENT                                                                                                                     

This course is a survey of American writers from the late 19th century to the present. Lectures will give the context of the time in which the writers produced their work and emphasize other aspects of our cultural heritage as reflected in their writing. This course will cover writers from Walt Whitman to Toni Morrison and other contemporary writers.                      



The course will focus primarily on selected representative works of the modern period from Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Western hemisphere. Among many writers to be studied are Balzac, Dostoevsky, Ibsen, Achebe, Soyinka, Gordimer, Mishima, Beckett, Walcott, Naipaul, Rushdie, Mahfouz, Neruda, and Marquez. Discussion of selections from all genres-poetry, fiction, drama, and essays-will help us identify important literary movements-romanticism, realism, naturalism, symbolism-and explore themes, such as imperialism, colonialism, human rights, women’s rights, and cultural perspectives on interpersonal relationships.

ENGLISH 2130: AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE I:  Pre-1800s to 1920s                                                                      

The course is designed to expose students to the early literary richness of African Americans before the Harlem Renaissance, providing a literary journey from Africa via the Caribbean to the shores of America through the use of African epic, folklore (orature), narratives, essays, speeches, letters, and documents. Work may include a combination of essays, quizzes and a technology-based research project.


This course will begin with the writers of the Harlem Renaissance, explore the literature of War, Peace, Protest and Resolve in the ‘60’s, and provide an emphasis on black nationalist poetry. A formal research project is required, as are essays, quizzes and oral presentations. Authors covered may include Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larson, Sonia Sanchez, LeRoi Jones, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, and Maya Angelou.

ENGLISH 2150: CREATIVE WRITING                                                                         

Creative Writing is an intensive writing workshop in which students will explore the genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry and drama. Class will consist of lecture, discussion, exercises and peer-led critiquing. An emphasis will be placed on the importance of revision of original work. This workshop will be supplemented with the distribution of appropriate handouts to be decided by the instructor. Prerequisite: Successful completion of EGL 1020, EGL 1100, EGL 1320, or EGL 1340.  This course does not fulfill the Humanities general education requirement.

ENGLISH 2210: THE SHAKESPEARE PLAYS                                                        

This is an immersion course that provides an introduction to Shakespearean drama and poetry. Through the study of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Coriolanus, and The Tempest, the subgenres of comedy, tragedy, history and romance will be explored. Apart from the six representative plays, we will also study a handful of sonnets. It is expected that the close reading of the plays and sonnets will lead to a clear understanding of the changing interest, themes and dramatic skills of William Shakespeare.

ENGLISH 2230: CHILDREN’S LITERATURE                                                          

This course will examine a wide variety of children’s books, classic and contemporary. This course will also examine and discuss the genres of children’s literature such as picture books, fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, biography, information, mystery, and realistic contemporary fiction. Additionally, students will learn to evaluate children’s books using relevant literary criteria, and consider some of the theoretical problems and issues in the discipline of children’s literature.

NOTE: EGL 2230 will fulfill the EDCI 443 requirement for Elementary Education majors at UMCP. It will not fulfill the required EDCI 443A for Early Childhood Education. For this program, it will transfer as an elective only.

ENGLISH 2320: LITERATURE AND FILM                                                                        

This course will explore the various relationships between film and literature with a thematic emphasis on self and society. We will be reading selected novels (Frankenstein, Heart of Darkness), short stories, and a play (Romeo and Juliet) and examining how these works have been adapted to film. Students will complete a research project that incorporates film theory.

ENGLISH 2390: STUDIES IN BIBLICAL LITERATURE:  THE NEW TESTAMENT                                                                                      

This course offers an analysis of the Bible as literature with emphasis on major ideas and characters of the New Testament.

ENGLISH 2410: MYTHOLOGY, LEGEND, FOLKLORE                                         

This class examines the mythological underpinnings of Western civilization and its literature as well as myths, legends, and folklore of other cultures.  Beginning with the myths of the Greeks, we will focus on the influence of myth on literature from ancient times to the present, including Arthurian legend and comparative folklore.                

ENGLISH 2430: SURVEY OF SCIENCE FICTION                                         

Skeptics say Science Fiction is dead. What do you say? Some of the greatest writers in the world have written superbly crafted and wonderfully entertaining Science Fiction, built from a foundation of mythology and folklore. In our journey through the realms of Sci-Fi, in print and film, we will discuss history, themes, and forms, including  “hard” SF (focusing on science and technology), “speculative” SF (looking at the human condition”), and SF that encounters the problems of time travel, future, Utopias, and aliens, concluding our voyage with cyberpunk fiction. Come and explore the fantastic worlds of science fiction with me, and let’s see where it will take us.


Study of the literary genre of mystery and detective fiction, presenting an historical overview of the genre from its 19th century beginnings through the “golden age” of the early 20th century and the “hard boiled” detectives of the 1930s to contemporary writers as well as ethnic, regional, and international authors.  Students will read the fiction and also view selected films, analyzing the elements of mystery, its literary roots, and its reflection of cultural contests and issues. Authors include Edgar Allan Poe, Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Dashiell Hammett, Walter Mosley, Sue Grafton, Tony Hillerman, and Laurie R. King.

ENGLISH 2500: WOMEN IN LITERATURE                                                        

Before this course begins, you will read four paperback novels: The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood),  Frankenstein (Mary Shelley), Parable of the Sower (Octavia Butler), and The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula leGuin). During the week, the group will read some short stories and articles. Grades will come from quizzes, tests, and creative or scholarly papers.  Group projects and film viewings, as well as lively discussions, will culminate two weeks after the course ends in the submission of a special project or paper on some aspect of women in science fiction, or “feminist fabulation” as Maureen Barr calls it.  For more information, call 301-322-0594. 

Most 200-level English courses fulfill PGCC’s literature requirement and transfer to the University of Maryland and to colleges across the country.  For clarification and/or information about the transfer of these courses, please see a counselor.  All courses are three credits.

See Department’s brochure “Which 2000-Level English Course Should I Take?” for details about the current semester’s offerings.


* Weekend class.

Because of the reading required before the first meeting of a weekend class, students will not be permitted to register for that section after class starts.  Required texts will be announced by the instructor.


EGL 1020; 1000; 1320 or 1340

If you have questions about the courses listed or the English department in general, you may contact us at:

Prince George's Community College English Department (301) 322-0561