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 2015

English 426--20th Century Dystopian Novels

In this class we will read and discuss some of the classic and more recent versions of Dystopian Literature. Each of the texts that we will study has varying elements of stylistic and thematic significance, but all will be considered as artifacts of their particular historical era. We will begin with a fundamental review of dystopias and all of our readings and discussions will focus on how these texts reflect that genre. From what particular cultural milieu did these novels develop? How did they emerge? What were the central characteristics of those times, those authors, those works, and how may we relate them to our world today? We will read such classics as Brave New World, 1984, Lord of the Flies, and I will also select other readings from among such works as The Lathe of Heaven, The Handmaid's Tale, V for Vendetta, Neuromancer, and others.

English 428 -- Science Fiction

"If science fiction is the mythology of modern technology," Ursula Le Guin observes, "then its myth is tragic." The mythology that science fiction weaves is more than just tragic, however: it is cautiously hopeful, strangely beautiful, funny, and more often than not, crucial to understanding humanity's immediate past and its possible futures. The literature featured in this course showcases the depth of a genre too often dismissed by some as trivial, campy, overwrought, but as Isaac Asimov points out, "the core of science fiction, its essence has become crucial to our salvation if we are to be saved at all." Our "salvation" will take us to writers that may include, but are not limited to, Ray Bradbury, Pat Cadigan, China Mieville, Nnedi Okorafor, Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick, Ursula Le Guin, William Gibson, Stanislaw Lem, Murray Leinster, Joanna Russ, H.G. Wells, and James Tiptree, Jr. Learn about the various sub-genres of science fiction, such as the space western, the space opera, the alternate history, and cyberpunk; go time traveling, make first contact, and explore strange new worlds. Register today for English 428: Science Fiction, with Dr. Ericka Hoagland, MW 1-2:15, Spring 2015. For more information, contact Dr. Hoagland at hoaglande@sfasu.edu.

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