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Spring 2020 Courses: The Woman Writer and Her World

Check out this series on upcoming spring 2020 courses! Remember to check in with your adviser for TAP numbers before your registration date

This spring, Dr. Baldys is teaching a course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:35-3:50pm about British women writers as they navigated the world of the “New Woman.”

Course Attributes:

  • 200-level
  • G1 – Arts & Humanities Area
  • W – Writing Component
  • WSTU – Women’s & Gender Studies Minor
  • Counts for British Literature Requirement
  • Prerequisites: ENGL 110 or 110H

The “New Women”: British Girls Who Ran the World

In Britain, the decades spanning the late nineteenth- and early-twentieth centuries were a pivotal time for women. Technological advances and the relaxation of conventions meant that women saw increased social opportunities: they could ride bicycles, work in department stores, wear bloomers, and even smoke in public! Yet many disapproved of the “New Woman,” and her modern ways gave rise to both caricature and controversy as the nation lurched toward the enactment of women’s suffrage in 1918. This course will explore the broad influence of the “New Woman” controversy as it played out in literature of the era. We’ll read works of poetry, prose, fiction, and drama written by and about “the girl of the period”—works that encouraged readers to re-examine conceptions of marriage, gender, sexuality, and social mobility, even as early feminists struggled to balance their claims against those of other marginalized groups, like the colonized, the lower-class, and the disabled.

Texts studied will include:

  • Henry James’s story “Daisy Miller,”
  • Virginia Woolf’s feminist manifesto A Room of One’s Own,
  • novelists Sarah Grand and Mona Caird,
  • suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst, and
  • explorer Mary Kingsley, whose best-selling nonfiction work Travels in West Africa led many of her contemporaries to re-evaluate British imperialism,
  • along with the works of lesser-known poets, novelists, and suffragettes.

Please send any questions to Dr. Baldys at emily.baldys@millersville.edu.

Fall 2019 Classes

Check out these highlighted classes for Fall 2019! Make sure to check out the registration schedule and meet with your adviser to get your TAP number before your registration time.

ENGL 274 The Craft of WritingDr. Bill Archibald

  • MW 3pm (the schedule says MWF, but it’s MW)
  • This course will focus on writing for television this semester.
  • Prereq: ENGL 110

ENGL 429 Seminar: Killers and ThrillersDr. Carla Rineer

  • TR 9:25 am
  • This class will focus on American Crime Fiction and it satisfies the American Literature requirement.
  • Prereq: ENGL 110, 237 (contact the instructor if you need special permission)

ENGL 450 British Literature Since 1914 – Dr. Katarzyna Jakubiak

  • TR 2:35-3:50pm
  • This course will consider literary figures and works against the background of crisis in the 20th century from the onset of World War I to the present. Students will read and experience new movements, attitudes, and experimental techniques.
  • Prereq: ENGL 110, 237

ENGL 451 Literary CriticismDr. Jill Craven

  • Monday 6-9pm (schedule says Tuesday, but it’s Monday night)
  • This course is a seminar on major critics and theorists from Plato to selected modern critics and will explore critical trends and controversies within literary criticism.
  • Prereq: ENGL 110, 237 (contact the instructor if you need special permission)

ENGL 242 Reading Our World: Unruly BodiesDr. Emily Baldys

  • MW 3-4:35pm or MW 4:30-5:45pm
  • Disability can be a powerful symbol in literature (think Tiny Tim), but what does it mean to be “disabled”? How do the stories that we tell about disabled people’s “unruly bodies” influence society’s expectations about what it means to be a “normal” citizen, subject, and human being?  This course will examine representations of disability in contemporary literature and popular culture. With the help of some readings in critical disability theory, we’ll explore what disability does for literature, and what literature does for disability. We’ll analyze the emotional and political impact of representing disability in a diverse selection of modern narratives, including short stories by Flannery O’Connor and Raymond Carver, Mark Haddon’s novel The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and an episode from the Netflix series “Atypical.”  Readings will also include poetry, videos, and memoir by disabled authors and activists such as Anne Finger, Stella Young, Stephen Kuusisto, and Neil Hilborn.
  • Prereq: ENGL 110 and SPED 237 (which may be taken as a co-requisite)

ENGL 242 Reading Our World: Bible as Literature – TBD

  • W 6-9pm
  • This class will examine the Bible from a literary and cultural perspective. We will consider the Bible itself as a literary text, reading it closely, and the issues this perspective raises. These include canon formation, the aesthetic forms of the Bible, and its impact on the literary, historical, and religious traditions of diverse peoples for several millennia.
  • Prereq: ENGL 110

ENGL 471 Creative WritingDr. Judy Halden-Sullivan

  • TR 7:30-8:45pm
  • Creative Writing Fall 2019 Flyer
  • This section will emphasize contemporary innovative styling with an invitation to invent hybrid genres of creative writing. Students will explore their relationships with language, notions of what texts can be, and connections with readers.
  • Prereq: ENGL 110

ENGL 318: Web Writing — Community Service Learning Project

Dr. Pfannenstiel’s Web Writing class participated in a community service learning project with the Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation–read more below! 

Fall 2018 ENGL 318 Web Writing and Content Management engaged in a community service-learning project. This Friday November 16th is ExtraOrdinary Give day in Lancaster County, and I’m happy to announce that students of ENGL 318 created the web content and web content strategy that will be used by Lancaster Osteopathic Health Foundation (LOHF). Visit their website at lohf.org and their ExtraGive page.

As an AW course, a mix of students from various backgrounds and various majors register for and complete the course. Their enthusiasm for creating web content, with real impact in the community was amazing. I’m sharing a few samples of their work here, to both raise awareness for LOHF and the amazing community work they engage with in creating scholarship for organization supporting mental health in Lancaster County, and for the hard work of students across various disciplines who used web writing and web writing strategy to help further LOHF’s mission to support mental health awareness in Lancaster County.

The work completed by students in the course showcases the real work of web content in a 21st century digital world!

-Dr. Pfannenstiel

Image Created By Karen Layman, Karlee Rice and Vanessa Schneider
Image Created By Amanda Mooney and Leah Hoffman

Reading Our World: Masculinity

ENGL 242: Reading Our World is one of the core classes of the English major that is almost comparable to an advanced book club. Each section of Reading Our World focuses on a different theme  explored through a section of texts on that theme. Critical lenses are applied across the field of English Studies to explore different perspectives by learning methods for critiquing texts.

Of the many sections of ENGL 242 offered next semester, one of the newest to look out for is Reading Our World: Masculinity.

Toxic masculinity is a buzzword in 2018, but the concept certainly isn’t new. In academic circles, the preferred term is hegemonic masculinity. Simply put, this term refers to any practice that attempts to justify male dominance over women and “weaker” types of men. We see this not only in the male/female binary, but also in the straight/gay and alpha/beta binaries. These biases are deeply ingrained, even in our language. Honorific language is used to describe highly “masculine” traits, whereas pejoratives are used for most characteristics deemed “feminine,” especially when referring to less “masculine” men.

This course will examine Western literature through the lens of various masculinities in an effort to unveil the toxic ideology that contributes to social ills, including domestic violence, rape culture, gay-bashing, and the abuse of power, among others. Ultimately, students will leave this course able to recognize the ideology of hegemonic masculinity when they encounter it in music, film, television, and literature so that they can begin to dismantle it.


  • Wednesday from 6-9pm at the Ware Center
  • Counts as a G1 and a W
  • If you have already taken ENGL 242, you can take it again for elective credit

Spring Course Registration

Spring courses are available and listed on the Registrar’s website.  Students should visit with their advisers (listed on their DARS report in MAX) to obtain a TAP number to be able to register at their allotted appointment times (also available on the Registrar’s website).

This spring, Dr. Pfannenstiel will be offering a new course, Web Writing (ENGL 318), which is now an option to fulfill English majors’ Advanced Writing requirement (instead of ENGL 311 or a thesis).

Our thematic core course, Reading Our World (ENGL 242), will feature these themes:

  • Hip Hop Culture
  • American Identity
  • The Bible as Literature
  • Social Justice
  • Storybuilding (requires clearances for secondary school visits)

Students can retake ENGL 242 when the themes differ, so it’s great for an elective too!

Dr. Ording will be teaching a new Comparative Literature seminar on Ernest Hemingway and Virginia Woolf.  If you are interested in these masters of the novel, be sure to check out this course.

Dr. Corkery will be teaching ENGL 347: Studies of Ethnicity in Film which will focus on African Americans in film throughout the Twentieth and Twenty-first centuries.  This course is offered bi-annually, so take it now if you minor in film or are interested in African American cultural studies.  Dr. Corkery can let you in if you don’t meet the prerequisites (ENGL 311).

Students on the Writing Studies track should take note of The Craft of Writing (ENGL 274), Web Writing (ENGL 318), Science Writing (ENGL 319), and Reading and Writing for Civic Change (ENGL 342).

Journalism students should consider taking ENGL 315: Advanced Reporting and  ENGL 330: Computer Assisted Journalism if they have taken ENGL 313 already.

Students who have ESL concentrations should take ENGL 460: Teaching ESL: Speaking and Listening this semester.

Please note that English BSE students who are preparing to register for Sophomore Bloc must have their clearances to register.