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Program Description

Literature at College of DuPage is a series of classes that explore literary texts from a broad range of cultures, geographies and time periods. Our faculty are published scholars and great teachers, committed to fostering in students a love for the written word and a keen, perceptive eye. We explore subtle nuance, but we discover it on a global, multicultural stage.

Program Philosophy

We assert that the value of literature goes far beyond the pages of a book or the walls of a classroom. We believe that students who study literature will develop versatile, 21st century skills that can be applied to a wide range of personal, professional and academic situations.

Program Outcomes

By studying Literature at College of DuPage, students will: 

  • Practice close reading in order to formulate interpretations of literature that are grounded in evidence from primary texts.
  • Apply terminology, practices, and theoretical methods associated with literary analysis.
  • Analyze literary works for artistic complexity, depth and nuance.

  • Analyze diverse literary works to develop social, historical and cultural comprehension.
  • Examine works that are diverse in terms of genre, time period, place and conditions of publication and/or authorship.
  • Communicate how the material conditions of publication, reception and dissemination affect literary works.

  • Formulate well supported arguments about literary works.
  • Express ideas using rhetorical strategies and technologies suitable to audience and purpose.
  • Articulate connections between literary texts and their various social and historical contexts.

Program Information

Jim Allen

  • PhD & MA: University of South Carolina
  • BA: University of South Carolina--Spartanburg

Aside from his concentration in Composition and Rhetoric, Dr. Allen has a background in Early American Literature and Science Fiction. He regularly teaches Science Fiction (1156) as well as World Literature (2226) as part of an Honors Learning Community Seminar on "Utopian and Dystopian Literature." In previous years has taught Introduction to Literature (1130).

Timothy Henningsen

  • PhD & MA: University of Illinois at Chicago
  • BS: University of Wisconsin

Dr. Henningsen has a background in transnational literary studies, with expertise in 19th century American & the origins of Caribbean literature. He regularly teaches Introduction to Literature (1130) and Short Fiction (1150), but also occasionally offers sections of Early American (2221) and Multicultural Lit (1161). Professor Henningsen is also COD's Chair of the Composition Program.

Melina Martin

  • PhD & MA: Northern Illinois University
  • BA: Elmhurst University

Dr. Martin has a research background in 19th-Century British literature, Early American literature, and transatlantic studies. Courses she teaches include Introduction to Literature (1130), Short Fiction (1150), Multicultural Literature (1161), and Masterpieces of World Literature (2226).

Nicole Matos

  • PhD: University of Massachusetts Amherst

Dr. Nicole Matos is a specialist in first-year or "beginner" approaches to literature as well as contemporary, multicultural, and non-Western literature (that is, literature from nations and regions beyond just the United States and Western Europe--think, Africa, Asia, South America and the Caribbean, the Middle East, and so on). She is also a creative writer, having published 3 books of poetry and numerous fiction, digital media, and non-fiction pieces.

Michelle E. Moore

  • Ph.D. and M.A. State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton
  • B.A.: Dickinson College

Dr. Michelle E. Moore is the author of the book Chicago and the Making of American Modernism: Cather, Hemingway, Faulkner, and Fitzgerald in Conflict (Bloomsbury Academic 2019) and coeditor of the collection Refocus: The Films of Paul Schrader (Edinburgh University Press, 2020). She has also published numerous articles in academic journals and chapters in academic collections. She gives papers regularly at national and international conferences on Modernism, American 19th and 20th century literature, and archival research. Her current research interests include the intersections of modern literature, film and architecture as well as online writing instruction and course design. She regularly teaches The Short Story, American Literature from the Civil War to the Present, Introduction to Film , and Film as Literature. She also teaches the Honors Composition sequence (1101, 1102).

Jason Snart

  • PhD: University of Florida
  • MA & BA: University of Alberta

Dr. Jason Snart has published a number of books including his first, entitled The Torn Book: UnReading William Blake's Marginalia, which focuses on the annotations left in the books owned and borrowed by British Romantic-era poet and printmaker, William Blake. Snart's current research interests include online writing instruction and course design as well as blended/hybrid teaching. He regularly teaches Poetry (1152), British Literature from 1800 through the Present (2221). He also teaches College of DuPage's only online Honors course: Introduction to Literature (1130). Professor Snart is COD's English Department Chair of Literature, Creative Writing, and Film.

Tom Tipton

  • PhD & MA: Northwestern University
  • BA: University of Chicago

Dr. Tipton has a research background in Old English and Middle English literature, with special focus on hagiographic poetry. Over the course of his 25 year career at the college, he has taught Introduction to Literature (1130), British Literature to 1800 (2220), and Shakespeare (2228).

Note that all Fall 2020 Literature classes are offered in one of two formats:

NET is virtual asynchronous instruction: there are no mandatory class meetings at a scheduled time or day

VCM stands for Virtual Classroom Meeting: there will be virtual, synchronous meetings required on at least some of the days/times listed for that section


ENGLI 1130 (IAI H3 900): Introduction to Literature

This course develops students' understanding of the elements of literature, including character, theme, point of view, symbol, imagery, tone and rhythm. Reading selections include short fiction, poetry and drama. The course emphasizes students' appreciation of literature as an art form. Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One. (3 lecture hours)

  • NET (1st 8 week) Professor Melina Martin
  • NET (16 week) Professor Tim Henningsen
  • NET (12 week) Professor Jason Snart
  • NET (2nd 8 week) Professor Melina Martin 

  • VCM (16 week) - Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:00AM - 9:50AM - Professor Tom Tipton
  • VCM (16 week) - Monday, Wednesday 10:00AM - 10:50AM - Professor Melina Martin

ENGLI 1150 (IAI H3 901): Short Fiction
A study of selected short stories. The stories are read and discussed to increase students' understanding and enjoyment of this literary form. Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One. (3 lecture hours)

  • NET (12 week) Professor Jackie McGrath

  • VCM (16 week) - Tuesday, Thursday 12:30PM - 01:45PM - Professor Elizabeth Kempton
  • VCM (16 week) - Monday, Wednesday 12:00PM - 12:50PM - Professor Tony Bowers

ENGLI 1152 (IAI H3 903): Poetry

Introduces students to the nature and elements of poetry through reading, analysis and discussion. Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One. (3 lecture hours)

  • NET (12 week) - Professor Jason Snart

ENGLI 1153 Honors (IAI H3 902): Drama

A study of selected plays. At least one of the plays will be currently in production in the area, and students will attend a performance. Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One. (3 lecture hours) 

  • VCM (16 week) - Tuesday, Thursday 12:30PM - 1:45PM - Professor Lisa Higgins

ENGLI 1157 (IAI H3 918): Children's Literature 

Introduction to literature for and by children, with emphasis upon imaginative literature, including fantasy, fairy tales, myths and legends, poetry and nonsense rhymes, adventure-quest narratives, as well as children's original poetry and fiction. Examines critical views of children's books. Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One. (3 lecture hours)

  • NET (12 week) - Professor Jill Salas
  • NET (2nd 8 week) - Professor Elizabeth Avery

ENGLI 1159 (IAI H9 901): Greek Mythology

An introduction to the mythology of Classical Greece (fifth century BCE) as it appears in narrative and dramatic forms. The myths and the ideas underpinning them are studied in relation to modern culture. Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One. (3 lecture hours)

  • VCM (16 week) - Monday, Wednesday 1:00PM - 2:15PM - Professor Bonnie McLean

ENGLI 1160 (IAI H3 910D): Native American Literature

Survey of Native American mythology, oratory, poetry, short fiction, nonfiction and the novel. Develops reading skills in analysis, interpretation and evaluation and examines values and themes common to Native American experiences. Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One. (3 lecture hours)

  • VCM (16 week) - Monday 6:30PM - 9:20PM - Professor Jackie McGrath

ENGLI 1165 (IAI H3 911D): Literature and Gender

Studies literature centering on women's experience, identity construction, gender epistemology, and feminist philosophy and scholarship. The course also examines subject-boundaries of traditional discipline and literary canonization from interdisciplinary and culturally inclusive perspectives. Prerequisite: Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One. (3 lecture hours)

  • VCM (16 week) - Tuesday, Thursday 11:00AM - 12:15PM - Professor Jacinta Yanders


ENGLI 2220 (IAI H3 912): British Literature to 1800

A survey of representative works illustrating the development of British literature from its beginnings to roughly 1800, with an emphasis on major literary movements understood in relation to their intellectual, social, and political contexts. Prerequisite: English 1101 with a grade of C or better or consent of instructor. (3 lecture hours)

  • VCM (12 week) - Monday, Wednesday 10:00AM - 11:50AM - Professor Tom Tipton


ENGLI 2262 (IAI H3 908N): Non-Western Literature

Examines and analyzes literary texts representative of the Non-Western world, including but not limited to Latin America, South America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and/or Oceania. Course requires Reading Placement Test Score-Category One. (3 lecture hours)

  • NET (12 week) - Professor Melina Martin

The communication and problem-solving skills learned through the study of literature are foundational to diverse career fields including:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Politics
  • Teaching
  • Business
  • Public Relations
  • Marketing
  • Writing

In Literature, I saw clearly for the first time the ways in which the literary knowledge, critical thinking skills, and communication skills I was getting from liberal arts classes could be translated into other areas of my life and into other fields.

Elly NalbachCOD Alumnus

Contact Information

Jill Salas
Chair of Developmental English

Tim Henningsen
Chair of Composition

Jason Snart
Chair of Literature, Creative Writing and Film