Stephen F. Austin State University

Department of English

Welcome to the Department of English at Stephen F. Austin State University!

The Department of English offers a variety of courses in world, British, and American literature; writing; creative writing; film studies; linguistics; and literary criticism. We house a variety of majors and minors in these and related fields, and we instruct both undergraduate and graduate (MA) students. Our faculty members are productive and creative scholars; they teach with enthusiasm and skill and hold degrees from universities all across America.

Please use the navigational links on the left to learn more about the department and its offerings. You will also find our contact information on the right. We hope that you will make courses from the Department of English a vital part of your college career!

Highlights of Some English Courses in Spring 2017

ENG 427 Dante -- This course concentrates on Dante's Divine Comedy (the Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso) as both the summation of medieval Christian thought and as a daring poetic work that helps to usher in the Renaissance. As background to the Commedia, we will first consider the stil novisti poets and the Vita nuova (New Life) for its portrayal of Dante's love for Beatrice. As we proceed into and through the Commedia, we will read the "Letter to Can Grande," selections from Virgil, medieval apocalypses, and a variety of relevant biblical passages, patristic/scholastic exegeses, and critical comments. Topics will include the nature of the otherworld, apocalypticism and visionary literature, the poetics of ineffability, and Florentine culture of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. We will conclude by considering Dante's enduring influence.

Contact:

Dr. Kevin R. West

Department of English

Stephen F. Austin State University

Box 13007, SFA Sta.

Nacogdoches, TX 75962

westkr@sfasu.edu

ENG 448: Women Writers - Women Satirists of the Modern Era. Satire is often considered a masculine genre. Yet women writers have been wielding their own satiric pens since at least the seventeenth century. This course will survey female-authored satire in verse, drama, and fiction, beginning with 17th and 18th century British women writers, such as Aphra Behn, Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Frances Burney, and Jane Austen, and then moving to contemporary female authors, including Helen Fielding, Nora Ephron, and Tina Fey, among others.

Contact:

Dr. Elizabeth Tasker Davis

Associate Professor

Stephen F. Austin State University

Department of English

(936) 468-2487

taskerea@sfasu.edu