Department Website: english.sewanee.edu/
Professor Prunty, Director of the Certificate in Creative Writing
Professor J. Grammer
Associate Professor Malone, Chair
Assistant Professor Tucker
Assistant Professor Irvin
Assistant Professor Wilson
Assistant Professor Macdonald
Visiting Assistant Professor E. Grammer
Visiting Assistant Professor Craighill
Tennesse Williams Playwright-in-Residence and Visiting Assistant Professor Wilder
Visiting Assistant Professor Lewin
Visiting Instructor Hensel
Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce
Major in English:
English majors must plan their academic curriculum carefully with their advisor. All majors are expected to take English 357 and 358 (Shakespeare) and at least two other courses in English literature before 1750. Potential or actual English majors are strongly urged to take English 200: Representative Masterpieces. Almost all majors take the full complement of eleven courses in English.
A student majoring in English is required to complete successfully a minimum of eight full courses in English. In addition, majors must pass a written comprehensive examination, which must be taken in the final semester of enrollment. At the beginning of the final semester, an English major with an average of 3.5 or better in English courses may, at the discretion of the chair, elect a course of independent study — the English Tutorial. The student must be enrolled in English 452, assigned a tutor for direction, and write a major essay as a step toward departmental honors. Students enrolled in English 452 who demonstrate excellence in their tutorial papers and in the written comprehensive examination are invited to take a one-hour oral examination in order to qualify for departmental honors.
The beginning and advanced creative writing courses (English 409, 410, and 411; and English 419, 420, and 421) are excluded from coverage on the comprehensive examination, and they count as courses outside the major.
Certificate in Creative Writing: Any undergraduate, regardless of the major field of study, may earn a bachelor’s degree (B.A. or B.S.) with a Certificate in Creative Writing noted on the transcript by fulfilling these requirements.
1. Three of the following seminars in Creative Writing:
Writ 205: Creative Writing: Poetry
Writ 206: Creative Writing: Fiction
Writ 207: Creative Writing: Playwriting
Writ 305: Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry
Writ 306: Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction
Writ 307: Advanced Creative Writing: Playwriting
Writ 413: Creative Writing: The Song Lyric
2. One designated course in literature:
a. English majors must present a single literature course offered through a department of classical or modern languages that has the prior approval of the Director of the Certificate in Creative Writing. Courses designated Engl may not be used. The course may be either in the original language or in translation; if the course is in the original language, the course must surpass the minimal standards of the General Distribution Requirements.
b. For non-English majors the course must be in twentieth-century or post-twentieth-century literature, selected from among the following:
Engl 381: Modern British Poetry
Engl 382: Modern British Fiction, 1900-1930
Engl 383: Contemporary British Fiction, 1930-present
Engl 386: Joyce
Engl 390: Modern Drama
Engl 391: Modern American Poetry
Engl 392: Modern American Fiction
Engl 393: Faulkner
Engl 394: Literature of the American South
Engl 395: African American Literature
Engl 397: Contemporary American Fiction
Engl 398: Contemporary American Poetry
Engl 399: World Literature in English
3. A Capstone Project. The Capstone Project could be a sheaf of poems or short stories, a more substantial single piece of fiction such as a novella, or a one-act play. Students must present the Capstone Project in the third Creative Writing seminar taken, demonstrating thereby their mastery within and critical self-consciousness regarding a particular genre.