Literature

GOT LIT?

Need general education courses?

Oakton offers a complete selection of English courses at both campuses this summer and fall, including specialized sections (Great Books, Peace and Social Justice, etc.). Courses fulfill the IAI and general education requirement in the Humanities. For the most current list of course offerings see the class schedule.

SPRING 2018

Des Plaines Campus

Introduction to Fiction (Great Books and Environmental Studies sections)
EGL 115 0G2 (CRN: 10324), Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (see EGL 115 generic syllabus)
This course focuses on narratives of Dystopia and the Post-Apocalypse. Authors include George Orwell, Margaret Atwood and Octavia Butler.

Introduction to Poetry (Great Books, Peace & Social Justice and Environmental Studies sections)
EGL 117 0G2  (CRN: 11110), Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (see EGL 117 generic syllabus)
This course will focus on poets who interrogate and critique the human relationship to and impact on Nature. Poets include W.S. Merwin, Lucille Clifton, Gary Snyder, and others who make up the genre of “ecopoetry.”

Introduction to Literature (Great Books section)
EGL 129 0G3 (CRN: 11412), Tuesday & Thursday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (see EGL 129 generic syllabus)
Read world literature that thematizes cultural conflict, anxiety and trauma. This course will focus on 20th-century World literature under the themes of trauma, social conflict, and cultural anxiety and taboo. Authors include American confessional poets, Transatlantic modernists, and postmodern and postcolonial writers.

Women and Literature (Global Studies and Women & Gender Studies sections)
EGL 133 001 (CRN: 11947), Monday & Wednesday, 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. (see EGL 133 generic syllabus)
This course will introduce students to literature by women of the Arab World who share local concerns as well as refute Western stereotypes of being submissive and passive. Authors include Leila Simani and Lela Abouzeid.

Introduction to African-American Literature (Great Books and Peace & Social Studies sections)
EGL 134 0G1 (CRN: 11948), Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (see EGL 134 generic syllabus)
This course will cover the rich history of literature on Black Power, Resistance and Identity in the face of white supremacy in America. Authors include Richard Wright, James Baldwin, Toni Morrison, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and others.

Masterpieces of Western Literature II (Great Books section)
EGL 242 0G1 (CRN: 11795), Tuesday & Thursday, 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. (see EGL 242 generic syllabus)
This course will examine concepts of utopia and dystopia in Western fiction from the Renaissance to the present. Works include Voltaire's Candide, Perkins-Gilman's Herland, Orwell's 1984, and Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?

British Literature II (from 1800 to the Present) (Great Books section)
EGL 232 0G1 (CRN: 11796), Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (see EGL 232 generic syllabus)
This course will cover the "monstrous" in British literature from 1800 to the present. We will discuss the monster as character type with Frankenstein, the monster as narrator with A Clockwork Orange, and the monstrous society with 1984.

Skokie Campus

Introduction to Fiction (Great Books and Women & Gender Studies sections)
EGL 115 0G1 (CRN: 10409), Monday & Wednesday, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. (see EGL 115 generic syllabus)
This course will focus on women’s speculative fiction, including science fiction, fantasy and horror. Authors include Ursula K. Le Guin, Nnedi Okorafor, Octavia Butler, N. K. Jemesin, Ellen Kushner, and Charlie Jane Anders.

Introduction to Literature (Great Books section)
EGL 129 0G1 (CRN: 10995), Monday & Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. (see EGL 129 generic syllabus)
Read world literature that thematizes cultural conflict, anxiety and trauma. This course will focus on 20th-century World literature under the themes of trauma, social conflict, and cultural anxiety and taboo. Authors include American confessional poets, Transatlantic modernists, and postmodern and postcolonial writers.

Online

Introduction to Literature 
EGL 129 0C1 (CRN: 11041), Fee $50.00 (see EGL 129 generic syllabus)

Spring classes begin Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Register now at my.Oakton.edu.

Note: A generic syllabus shows the general outline of a course; for the syllabus of a specific course section, please contact the instructor.

For more information contact the Literature & Creative Writing Coordinator, Madhuri Deshmukh, Professor of English, at mdeshmuk@oakton.edu.