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David Wilson-Okamura, East Carolina University
Courses
7 January 2014


  Droeshout portrait of W. Shakespeare
Spr. 2014, Spr. 2013, Spr. 2011, Spr. 2010, Spr. 2009
Shakespeare's Comedies
Midsummer Night's Dream, Merchant of Venice, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, and The Tempest.

Spr. 2014, Aut. 2011, Spr. 2003, Spr. 2006
ENGL 1200: Research Writing
The second half of ECU's required composition sequence.

Aut. 2013, Aut. 2012, Aut. 2010, Aut. 2006
Shakespeare's Histories
Five Shakespeare plays and the films they inspired.

Aut. 2013, Aut. 2012, Aut. 2011, Aut. 2009, Aut. 2004, Aut. 2003
Classics: Homer to Dante
The Odyssey, Aeneid, and Divine Comedy in English translation.

Aut. 2013
The Meaning of Life
Anyone who calls War and Peace dreary obviously hasn't read it.

Spr. 2013, Spr. 2012, Spr. 2010, Spr. 2007
Bible as Literature
Approaching the Bible with fresh eyes in big, book-length chunks.

Aut. 2012, Aut. 2003, Spr. 2002, Aut. 2000, Spr. 2000
Introduction to Poetry
An introduction to poetry and poetic forms.

Spr., 2012, Aut. 2011, Spr. 2011, Spr. 2009, Aut. 2008, Spr. 2008, Aut. 2007
Shakespeare's Tragedies
Romeo and Juliet, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth.

Aut. 2010, Aut. 2006, Aut. 2002
Renaissance Poetry and Prose
Nondramatic literature from English poetry's Great Decade, the 1590s.

Aut. 2009
Interpreting Literature
Slow reading, writing intensive.

Aut. 2008
Great Books of War
Homer's Iliad, Thucydides' History of the Peloponnesian War, Tolstoy's War and Peace, and Michael Shaara's The Killer Angels.

Spr. 2008, Aut. 2006, Aut. 2005, Aut. 2004, Spr. 2003, Aut. 2003, Spr. 2003, Aut. 2002
Appreciating Literature
Poetry and fiction for non-English majors.

Aut. 2007, Aut. 2005
Religion and Literature
Lions face off with Christians in fiction and poetry.

Spring 2007
Bible as Literature
Approaching the Bible with fresh eyes in big, book-length chunks.

Spring 2007
Works of Virgil
Eclogues, Georgics, and Aeneid in English translation. Co-taught with Dr. John Stevens (Classics).

Spr. 2003
Queen Elizabeth and the Faerie Queene
We will begin by looking at Elizabeth herself: in biography, in film, and in her own speeches. The rest of the course will be devoted to Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene and, in particular, to Spenser's images of the Virgin Queen.

Spr. 2003
Composition II: Writing the Research Paper

Spr. 2003
Period Styles in Renaissance Poetry
Official title: "Shakespeare and the Renaissance." This a master's-level course on period styles in Elizabethan and Jacobean literature. Over the course of the semester, we look at paired readings from both periods, e.g., an early Shakespeare tragedy and a late Shakespeare tragedy; a play by Marlowe and a play by Ben Jonson; love poems by Samuel Daniel and love poems by Michael Drayton; satires by Spenser and satirical epigrams by Jonson; and lots of Donne.

Aut. 2002
Honors Composition
With readings on C. P. Snow's The Two Cultures and the rationale for a liberal arts education in an age of science.

Spr. 2002
Medieval Visions
This course traces the visionary tradition in medieval poetry and fiction from the Quest of the Holy Grail and the Divine Comedy to the Vision of Piers Plowman and the Shewings of Julian of Norwich. The final weeks of the course will consider what happened to the visionary tradition in English poetry after the Middle Ages.

Aut. 2001, Spr. 2001
Shakespeare Survey
An introductory survey of Shakespeare's plays and poetry. Instruction will also be given in the proper conduct of foreign wars and coups d'état.

Aut. 2001
Milton
Best known for his epic poem Paradise Lost, John Milton was also a forceful advocate of free speech who lost his eyesight arguing for the overthrow of the English monarchy. This course will explore the full range of Milton's writings in prose and verse, from Comus and the early lyrics to the monumental works of his final decades.

Aut. 2001, Aut. 1999, Aut. 1998
Medieval and Renaissance Culture
A survey of European art and thought from Beowulf to Paradise Lost, this course will explore the relationship between intellectual movements (e.g., the Reformation) and period styles in painting and literature (e.g., mannerism and the baroque). In the process, we will look at a broad variety of writings and images, including works by Dante, Petrarch, and Chaucer; Spenser, Shakespeare, and Milton; Luther, Burckhardt, and Huizinga; Jan van Eyck, Hieronymous Bosch, and Michelangelo; along with the portraits of Elizabeth I.

Spr. 2001
Arthurian Romance
Traces the evolution of Arthurian legend (including the legend of the Holy Grail) from its sources in Celtic mythology. Includes works by French and Welsh authors in translation.

Aut. 2000
The Novel
Stendahl, The Red and the Black; Feodor Dostoevski, Crime and Punishment; George Eliot, Middlemarch; Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady; Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse; Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea; Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon.

Aut. 2000
Chaucer
The Canterbury Tales in the context of medieval culture (including the Roman de la rose and Boccaccio's Decameron).

Spr. 2000
The Masque of Blackness
Race, religion, and sexuality in renaissance poetry from Wyatt to Milton.

Aut. 1999
Epic and the Art of Fiction
Homer's Odyssey, Virgil's Aeneid, Tasso's Jerusalem Delivered, and Milton's Paradise Lost, with an emphasis on the techniques of historical narrative.

Aut. 1999
College Writing Workshop
Writing workshop, with emphasis on argumentation.

Grading Standards for College Papers
What I look for in an A paper, in a B paper, etc.