Donald E. Levin

Professor of English

Donald E. Levin received his B.A. in English from Oakland University in 1971, his M.A. in English from the University of Detroit in 1974, and his Ph.D. in English education from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1996. He has served as chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages since 2007, and was the first director of the Marygrove Honors Program and the first coordinator of the master of arts in English program. He was co-director and principal writer of the 2007 Higher Learning Commission accreditation project. He has published on film and rhetoric and composition. Prior to returning to academia he was a professional writer with more than twenty years' experience, working jobs ranging from speechwriter for the commissioner of the Department of Health in New York City to freelance video scriptwriter of projects for clients including IBM and General Electric. He is widely published as a poet and fiction writer in print and electronic journals; his short story, ""Midnight at the Oasis,"" won the Detroit Metro Times Summer Fiction Contest in 1998, and his poem, "Sestina: The Cleaners," won the Metro Times Grand Prize for poetry in 2005. He is the author of a mainstream novel, The House of Grins, and two books of poetry, In Praise of Old Photographs and New Year's Tangerine. A novel, Crimes of Love, the first of a projected series, is slated for publication in fall 2011.

 

 
 

ENG 107 Introduction to Writing

Concentration on the concepts of focus, organization, and development of expository writing. Introduction to research skills and writing, and the use of technology in composition. One additional weekly period of tutoring is required. Students must receive a final grade of at least C or retake the course. Credits from this course are not counted toward the English major.

  • Hours: 4
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Fall 13, Winter 14, Fall 14, Winter 15
  • Prerequisite: Placement recommendation

 

ENG 108 Academic Writing

Concentration on developing students' abilities to produce analytical academic writing. Special attention to developing research skills and strategies. Students will be engaged in reading and discussing texts and writing within complex rhetorical situations. Students will work on a variety of types of written assignments ranging from short writing activities to fully-developed essays. Individual tutorial sessions will supplement class work. Students will learn to use technology as an aid to writing. Students must receive a final grade of at least C or retake the course. Credits from this course are not counted toward the English major.

 

  • Hours: 4
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Fall 13, Winter 14, Summer 14, Fall 14, Winter 15, Summer 15
  • Prerequisite: Placement recommendation

 

ENG 160 Introduction to Literature

Study and discussion of a variety of literary forms, including poetry, fiction, and drama, with emphasis on critical analysis.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Fall 13; Winter 14, Summer 14, Fall 14, Winter 15, Summer 15
  • Prerequisite: General Education requirement

 

ENG 206 Introduction to Poetry

Introduction to the skills required to read poetry, and to a variety of poets and poetic forms.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Summer 13, Summer 15
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108

 

ENG 264 Introduction to Creative Writing

Introduction to the principles and practices of writing poetry and fiction. Students will develop their skills as writers of imaginative literature by becoming conscious of craft, becoming effective critics of each other's works, and improving their abilities to judge quality writing.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108

 

ENG 301 British Writers I

Survey of British writers from medieval times to the Romantic period, including Chaucer, Donne, Milton, Shakespeare, Pope, Bronte, Austen, and the Romantic poets.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisite: One literature course and ENG 108

 

ENG 308 Business and Professional Writing

Underlying principles and techniques for effective communications in business and professional settings. Emphasis on audience analysis, purpose, and organization of various types of letters, reports, and memoranda

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108 and several courses in the student's major field.

 

ENG 310 American Literature to 1900

Survey of American writers of the early period, including Bradstreet, Dickinson, Douglass, Emerson, Hawthorne, Melville, Thoreau, and Whitman.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: One literature course and ENG 108

 

ENG 311 American Literature: 1900 to the Present

Survey of American writers of the later period, including Ellison, Faulkner, Fitzgerald, Frost, Hurston, Morrison, Stevens, and Wharton.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: One literature course and ENG 108

 

ENG 312 Advanced Written and Oral Communications

Focus on writing and speaking situations in the student's major field. Special attention is given to increasing sophistication in style, organization, development, and research strategies. Credits from this general education requirement are not counted toward the English major.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108 and at least two courses in students' major

 

ENG 314 Literary Theory and Criticism

Study of the major trends in contemporary literary theory. Course also provides for practical experience with current methods and assumptions guiding the analysis and interpretation of literary texts.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108, ENG 260, and at least two literature courses

 

ENG 317 The English Language: History, Structure, and Grammar

Required for secondary teacher certification.

Study of the development of the English language and an introduction to structural principles and current linguistic theories. Topics include phonetics, language origin and history, word structure, syntax, dialects, language in social interaction, grammar and usage for teachers.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108

 

ENG 319 Writing Creative Nonfiction

Instruction in the techniques of writing varieties of nonfiction beyond the traditional academic essay.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108

 

ENG 362 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry

Advanced instruction in the writing of poetry. Writing workshop with student conferences. Students take part in public presentation/publication of their work.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Winter
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108, ENG 264

 

ENG 363 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

Advanced instruction in the techniques of short story and longer fiction writing. Writing workshop with student conferences. Students take part in public presentation/publication of their work.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108, ENG 264

 

ENG 496 Senior Seminar

In-depth critical reading, research, and analysis of a specific theme or the works of a single author. An extensive written research project and an oral presentation are required.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Fall, Winter
  • Prerequisite: English or Language Arts majors only, three literature courses at the 300 level, ENG 260, ENG 312, ENG 314, 20-22 hours in the major

English Overview

English Overview

Marygrove's English program is designed to help students better examine and engage with the world through the development of high-level writing, reading, and critical thinking skills.

Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (CAALS)

Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (CAALS)

The CAALS brings a nationally-known author to Marygrove College each year for a public lecture and a seminar with students.

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