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Get Lit! Masterpieces of Asian Literature

After a lengthy absence, Masterpieces of Asian Literature is now being offered. Students will read core texts, including, but not limited to: The Art of War, The Ramayana, and The Tale of Genji.

As this is a “Z” course, all materials will be provided to students electronically. No textbook purchases required!

Students will complete journal entries, engage in spirited (respectful) discussions, and submit a final project on a topic of their choice (related, of course, to an Asian literary text discussed in class.)

The course will be taught using high interest films and audio materials.

Students must have regular access to the internet and have some proficiency in working with cloud documents.

Click here for a printable/downloadable flyer.

  • Masterpieces of Asian Literature
  • ENGL 205
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 34389
  • Rockville campus
  • M/W 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
  • z-course (zero- or very low-cost textbook materials)
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Come on, get lit! You won’t regret it!


English 102 and Biology 101 Paired Courses: Special Spring’18 ONLY Opportunity

English 102, Critical Reading, Writing and Research is joined with Biology 101, General Biology as paired courses in spring 2018. Team taught by Professors Christina Devlin (English) and Carol Allen (Biology) the course focuses on communication, not just in writing, but through all the means available to living organisms of all kinds.
Special paired course benefits include:

  • Compact Monday-Wednesday schedule for all 7 credits with
    coordinated due dates
  • Germantown campus
  • Readings about critical issues in biology
  • Lab science and transfer composition requirements met

Students in this course pairing will:

  • Acquire critical thinking skills in science and the humanities
  • Practice study skills which apply to any course
  • Discover how lab and library research connect to each other

Students should register for:


Travel Through Time and Space in the World of Short Stories

A study of the short story in world literature with emphasis on the literary form. Students will examine the basic elements of fiction as they appear in short stories. Concentration will be on the literary analysis of short stories from a variety of critical perspectives. (HUMD) PREREQUISITE: A grade of C or better in ENGL 101 or ENGL 101A or consent of department.

This is a z-course: all textbook materials are available at no cost for this section. Regular internet access is required for access to materials. For more information see

  • ENGL 233
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 34572
  • Germantown Campus
  • Mondays 6:30 – 9:10 p.m.
  • HUMD, Humanities Distribution
  • Z-course (free, or very low cost, textbook materials)
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 101/A
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Spring ’18: Survey of Brit Lit II

Do you want to:

  • Read poetry that is intense, emotional, rebellious, and enigmatic?
  • Experience life through pleasure and pain, tears and laughter, joy and suffering, mysteries and adventures?
  • Understand why race relations are so complex?
  • Find out why our modern existence is so puzzling and confusing?

Learn why in ENGL 214, Survey of British Literature II, literature from the mid-18th to the 20th century.

  • Survey of British Literature II
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 33928
  • Distance Learning (online)
  • Honors module is also available under CRN: 36016.
  • HUMD: Humanities Distribution requirements and is transferable to other institutions.
  • You can take Brit Lit II without taking Brit Lit I.
  • For a printable flyer, click here
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

It took a while, but we’re finally on instagram: @englishreadingmc/

The ENGL-READ Department is on twitter @MC_ENGLREAD, find us!

Prof. Marianne Szlyk’s poem “The Summer After the Bridge Closed,” published by Duane’s PoeTree blog. (The link is updated, sorry for the confusion.)

“Fat black crows strut down/
quiet streets, across matted grass.”

Spring’18: Intro. to Literature

Explore the human experience through fiction, poetry, and drama.

Join ENGL 190:

  • Intro. to Literature
  • T/R 12:30 – 1:45 p.m.
  • CRN: 31078
  • Rockville campus

Questions? Contact:

Spring’18: The U.S. through Literature

Read, discuss, and consider great American authors from 1865 through the present. Through literature, we’ll consider what kind of country America was, is, and should be.

Take ENGL 212:

  • American Literature II
  • CRN: 31086
  • Fulfills HUMD requirement
  • TR, 3:30-4:45
  • Spring 2018
  • Rockville Campus
  • Questions? Contact Prof. Rebecca Eggenschwiler

Spring’18: Women in Literature

“When I say storytelling, I don’t just mean sitting down and telling a once-upon-a-time kind of story. I mean a whole way of seeing yourself, the people around you, your life, the place of life in the bigger context, not just in terms of nature and location, but in terms of what has gone on before and what’s happened to other people.” – Leslie Marmon Silko, Laguna Pueblo

Questions? Contact:

Spring’18: American Lit & Nature

ENGL 241: American Literature of Nature and the Environment

Throughout the semester, we will explore important questions: How has our connection with nature changed over time, and how have such changes affected us culturally, spiritually, ethically, and nationally? Can we still maintain our connection with nature in a technologically saturated society?


Questions? Contact:

Spring’18: Introduction to Literature

Sample some literature this spring. Explore a play by August Wilson; poetry by Gwendolyn Brooks, Sherman Alexie, Li Young Lee, and others; short stories by Ha Jin, Edgar Allan Poe, Joyce Carol Oates, and others; and flash fiction.

Watch an amazing movie. You may even attend a poetry reading!

Questions? Contact:

  • Prof. Marianne Szlyk

Spring’18: Preserve the “Blue Marble”

Preserving the Blue Marble: Environmental Sustainability Through Chemistry and Writing.

Sustainability involves not only how humanity lives in such a way that the resources used exceed those that are available, but also steps we can take to curb or reverse that trend. In this learning community, we will join CHEM 109 and ENGL 103 in order to learn more about local, national, and global sustainability and how to make it part of our daily lives and work.

By enrolling in this learning community, you will work more closely with professors and your fellow students, see the connections between chemistry and technical writing, go on intriguing field trips, and explore how you can make a difference in your own and others’ lives for years to come. You may just find your future career!

Join this learning community:

  • ENGL 103/CHEM 109
  • ENGL fulfills the English Composition requirement
  • T/Th 11-12:15 & 12:30-1:45
  • CRN: 31073
  • For a printable flyer, click here
  • Questions? Contact:
    • Prof. Szlyk at (ENGL103)
    • Prof. Benson at (CHEM 109)

Event: Handwriting the Constitution

All are welcome to participate on Friday Oct. 27, 9:30-11 a.m. as the college celebrates the U.S. Constitution by handwriting it verbatim.

We will have copies of the Constitution, pens, and paper to share! Everyone is welcome.

Room 205, South Campus Instructional Building (SB, the “Welcome Center Building”)

More info:

Click here for a flyer with more infoLink to a national #handwritingtheconstitution group for more info.

Professors: joanna.howard @; sara.ducey @

Prof. David Lott’s book of poetry New to Guayama got a very favorable review in the Washington Independent Review of Books.

Sligo Literary Journal: Student Contest

Gift Certificates and Publication to the best student writers

The Sligo Journal, a literary publication featuring the work of poets and authors local to the Takoma Park/Silver Spring area, is sponsoring a poetry contest for any Montgomery College student.

The first place winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to the college bookstore, with the runner-up awarded a $50 gift certificate — and publication in The Sligo Journal for both!

Faculty, please tell your students;  click here to see the contest flyer.

Read on for the Contest Rules: Continue reading “Sligo Literary Journal: Student Contest”

Prof. Howard Reading at Kensington Row Bookshop

Poets Joanna Howard and Jean Nordhaus will be reading their work at Kensington Row Bookshop, 7p.m. Oct. 25.

Joanna Howard, a poet and Montgomery College professor, coordinates Splendid Wake, a volunteer-based group working with George Washington University to archive the history of poetry in the DC Metro area from about 1900 on. Her work appears in a variety of magazines, and she was a 2016 finalist in Arlington’s Moving Words contest for Poetry on Buses.

Jean Nordhaus’ six books of poetry include Innocence (Wheeler Prize, Ohio State Univ. Press 2006), The Porcelain Apes of Moses Mendelssohn, and My Life in Hiding (Quarterly Review of Literature vol. 30). Her work appears in American Poetry Review, Poetry, Best American Poetry; and her new book, Memos from the Broken World. She is the review editor of Poet Lore.

  • Kensington Row Bookshop
  • 3786 Howard Ave.
  • Kensington, MD 20895
  • 301 949 9416
  • Come early to browse & chat.
  • Wednesday, 25 Oct. 2017, at 7:00 pm
  • Free & open to all with an open reading to follow.


Great long-read in the Guardian, an interview with George Saunders (author of the new book Lincoln in the Bardo).

Students: Summer ENGL-101 Online (DL) Orientation Announced

STUDENTS: ENGL-101, Distance Learning Orientations for Summer 2017:

  • Monday, June 57-8 p.m. (HU313 Rockville)
  • Saturday, June 1011-12 p.m. (PK177 Germantown)
  • Monday, June 197-8 pm (ST328 Takoma Park)

Questions? Contact Prof.

Women in Lit: Fine Reading, Fulfills Requirements

Germantown, ENGL208, Summer 2

Have fun exploring the work of famous writers such as Mary Shelley, Sojourner Truth, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Dickinson, Maya Angelou, Virginia Woolf, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, and Amy Tan. This is a great opportunity to read wonderful literature and satisfy a General Education and graduation requirement at the same time!

  • ENGL 208: Women in Literature
  • 3 credit hours
  • 5-week course, July 10- August 10, 2017
  • Monday – Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 12:25 p.m.
  • Germantown campus, PK180
  • Fulfills General Education Humanities Distribution requirement and the Global and Cultural Perspectives requirement for graduation

Questions? Contact professor

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