English majors at Xavier study a wide variety of literature by men and women from various periods in Britain, the United States and the rest of the world.

Four Cool Classes

ENGL 364: Jane Austen Then and Now

This course explores the historical context and enduring popularity of the works of Jane Austen. We will discuss Austen's six novels, five film adaptations, some contemporary criticism, and some other recent adaptations of her work.

ENGL 373/573: War and Peace in American Literature

Study of selected representations of war and the pursuit of peace in American literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. Topics include the abolitionist movement and the Civil War, postwar visions of peace and justice, the World Wars, the civil rights movement, the Vietnam War and the concurrent peace movement, and later conflicts and visions of peace and justice.

ENGL 305: Professional Writing

This course teaches students the rhetorical principals and writing practices necessary for shaping their professional writing ethnically, for multiple audiences, and a variety of professional situations. It begins with a short introduction to rhetorical theory, examining how the concepts of writer, audience, purpose, and language interact in public and professional rhetorical situations.

ENGL 468: Transatlantic Literature

Study of British and American texts from the 19th and early 20th centuries, with particular emphasis on artistic, theoretical, and formal exchanges of influence between these two national literary traditions.