courses taught

Cecilia A. Feilla
Department of Literature & Language
Marymount Manhattan College
221 East 71st Street
New York, NY 10021

ART 288/ENG 298: Visual Arts Abroad: The Artist & Writer in Paris

Paris: one of the most exciting cities in the world and an endless source of inspiration for generations of artists and writers. During this eight-day trip, we will explore the works of art, sites, and ideas that gave rise to some of the finest creative expressions in the world. Each day will be based on a theme, such as “Gothic: Object and Myth,” “The Nineteenth-century Flâneur,” “Early Modern Impulses,” and “The Surrealist Gesure.” Students will read assigned texts in advance of the trip, explore works of art and architecture in Paris, and engage in topical discussions.

COR 300: The Gothic in Literature and Culture

This course introduces students to the Gothic as both a literary genre and a form of cultural expression. From its beginnings in the Gothic novels and fantastic tales of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, we will explore whether the notion of the Gothic might be useful in illuminating the aesthetic, epistemological, and ethical projects informing practices in cultural genres and media ranging from nineteenth-century architecture and journalism to wax museums, cinema, and psychoanalytic theory.

ENG 401: Romantic Literature

This course explores the development of English literature from 1780 to 1830, including poetry, drama, and prose fiction.

ENG 382: Classical Literature

The major authors of ancient Greece and Rome have influenced subsequent Western literature and thought, and they retain their imaginative vitality today. This course will study the epics of Homer, Virgil, and Ovid, the development of tragedy in Aeschylus and Euripides, the comedy of Aristophanes, the lyric poetry of Sappho, Catullus, Horace, and Ovid, and the verse essays and satires of Lucretius, Horace, and Juvenal. This course will study the literature in translation.

ENG 353: Modern European Fiction

This course will study a representative selection of 19th and 20th century European novels and stories. Such authors as Stendhal, Dostoyevsky, Flaubert, Kafka, Proust, and Mann will be included.

ENG/THTR 311: Shakespeare

Shakespeare's work is explored in the context of Elizabethan culture and theatre. A study of selected histories, comedies, romances, and tragedies will reveal how Shakespeare gave dramatic expression to his understanding of human experience.

ENG 307: Restoration & Eighteenth-Century Literature

This course offers an exploration of selected writers of Restoration and eighteenth-century Britain, from Aphra Behn and John Dryden, through Pope, Lady Montagu, Swift, Fielding, and Johnson, with focus on the many purposes, genres, and styles that characterize the era. The aim is for students to develop an understanding of some of the major works of the eighteenth century while also examining the links between the literature and the complex intellectual, social, and cultural changes of the age, including: the beginnings of the modern novel, the flourishing of satire and wit, the emergence of forms of popular culture and media, the rise of the woman author, and the growing interest in nature, the imagination, and sensibility.

ENG 305: Renaissance Literature

This course offers a thorough exploration of the literature produced in Great Britain from 1500 to 1660, the period known as the English Renaissance. In doing so, it has two specific aims: first, we will focus on “texts.” We will spend the majority of our time together reading, analyzing, and discussing selected poetry, drama, and literary criticism of the period. Through close readings of these primary texts, we will gain insight into the literary and cultural issues that concerned Renaissance authors. Second, we will consider “contexts.” Recognizing that literature is always written and read within a wider cultural context, we will consider the social, political, and economic conditions against which these literary texts were written and read. In doing so, we will discuss the extent to which these literary texts support or challenge prevailing cultural attitudes and expectations. Our ultimate goal, then, is to end the semester with an in-depth knowledge of the literary works of the Renaissance and an understanding of the historical context within which this literature was produced.

ENG 185: Introduction to Literary Studies

This course introduces students to the field of literary studies. It examines such concepts as genre and period, introduces research tools and methodologies, including selected critical theories of literature. We consider the history of English and American literature, highlighting the development of literary criticism and theory as a tool for reading and interpreting texts. By the end of the semester, students will be well prepared to move into higher level English courses, to engage in the kind of reading and writing that will be expected of them in such courses, and to demonstrate the kind of critical thinking skills that will serve them academically, professionally, and personally.

ENG 110: Story, Play & Film

This course is a writing workshop in the analysis of "story." The goal for the semester is to strengthen students’ reading and writing skills as they explore different ways in which stories convey meaning. We will focus specifically on fiction (short stories and the novel), drama, and film. In addition to analyzing these separate genres individually, we will also be interested in thinking about the similarities and differences in these various kinds of storytelling. We will spend most of our class time reading and analyzing specific literary and cinematic works while also producing a substantial amount of written material.

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