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Studies in English at Ohio State prepare students to think critically about texts; to construct sound arguments based on evidence; to write elegantly and persuasively; and to understand the historical and cultural contexts in which texts are produced, disseminated and received.
Students take courses on Richard II and Game of Thrones, on Pride and Prejudice and The Mindy Project. They study 1984 and Halo, the rhetoric of human rights and the speeches of Barack Obama. They write sonnets and short stories. They write research papers. They write grant proposals. They publish blog posts. They produce two-minute videos for YouTube and hour-long webinars. They organize technical reports and social media campaigns. They understand the industrial revolution and new media technologies. They are persuasive speakers, empathetic listeners, critical readers and sophisticated writers. They are trained in critical thinking and effective communication. Most importantly, they are prepared to thrive in the fast-paced, ever-changing professional environments of the 21st century.
Undergraduate students have access to more than 120 courses through the Department of English. Topics range from: Shakespeare to digital media studies, Romanticism to popular culture, twentieth-century fiction to contemporary disability studies, traditional grammar to literary publishing, folklore to narrative theory, creative nonfiction to business and professional writing, rhetoric to film analysis. Course credits also are available to students involved in internships, study abroad programs, community service work and independent research projects.
English majors have interned at McGraw Hill, "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," Nationwide Insurance, the Columbus Museum of Art, the Red Cross and the fabulous Columbus book publisher, Two Dollar Radio, to name just a few.
Storytellers have long used monsters not only to frighten us but to jolt us into thinking more deeply about ourselves, others, and the world we live in. No film can be totally faithful to a written source as filmmakers use different methods than do writers to tell their stories, to thrill and provoke. However, this course focuses on films that aggressively transform their literary sources — reinterpreting characters and retooling plots to create monsters that offer different visions of what we have to fear and of how we can (or cannot) overcome the monsters without and within.
This upper-level Special Topics in Shakespeare course is designed to give students an opportunity to explore the relationship between literary texts, criticism and performance through the hands-on experience of working on a live Shakespeare production. Students will work in groups to learn hands-on basics of theatrical adaptation — from concept and script development to — casting, costumes, lighting and sound design; promotion, budgeting, and dramaturgy.
How is literature translated from one language to another? This is a course in literary translation — which is to say, at its most fundamental level — how literature is made accessible to readers across languages and cultures. It will focus on translation as a creative writing form as well as the theory of translation, and includes a general introduction/overview of theories of translation and how they have been applied to various classical and contemporary works — from Borges translating feminism out of Virginia Woolf — to J.K Rowling's untranslatable English foods.
What notions of religion, gender, nation, class and sexuality govern Asian identities? Where have South Asian Americans fit in terms of the racial and ethnic dynamics of American society? How have ideas about the "exotic" or "spiritual" East and the "materialist" West shaped the image (and self-image) of this group? Course focuses on problems and themes in Asian American literature and culture from the late nineteenth century to the present.
The Bible contains some of the weirdest and most wonderful literature you will ever read, and there is certainly no book that has had a greater influence on English and American literature. We will read a selection of biblical books in order to gain some appreciation of the Bible's wide range of literary genres, forms, styles and topics. Our discussion will include the nature of biblical narrative and characterization, the function of prophecy and its relation to history and the peculiar nature of biblical poetry.
Students share their plans for life after graduation from Ohio State.