Emery C. Mollenhauer, FSC, Ph. D.

English Department
La Salle University
Philadelphia, Pa., 19141



Brief Bio

Fall 1999 Syllabi:

English 150: The Literary Experience

English 166: American Dreams and Nightmares

English 313: Contemporary Poetry



Vatican Library


Courses: FallSemester, 1999

English 150 - 08 (MWTH, 11:30 and 150 - 12 *MWTH, 1:30): The Literary Experience Geared to promote individual student growth in perceptive reading, as well as in appreciation of recognized literature, this introductory course will feature close reading of classic stories by authors such as Hawthorne, Joyce, Melville, Mason, O'Connor, Updike, as well as plays (e.g., "Hedda Gabler" and " The Glass Menagerie"), and of memorable poems. Tim O'Brien's Vietnam War novel "The Things They Carried" will also be featured. In order to promote lasting, rewarding interpretive skills, emphasis will be on the students' responses, rather than the instructor's. Requirements: logs, group discussion, two short papers.


"The Championship Sculler," Thomas Eakins," 187l, Metropolitan Museum, NYC

Philadelphia Museum of Art griffin's view of out city.


English 166 - 01: American Dreams and American Nightmares (MWTH 9:30)

An excursion into dreams and nightmares in American literature. In the context of cultures of the times, this thematic journey will include a brief stride through colonial lit (1-2 weeks), a stroll through short fiction and poetry of the nineteenth century (3- 4 weeks), and then will advance to the present era (9 - 10 weeks), culminating with Sam Shepard's vividly imagined play "True West" and Don DiLillo's novel "White Noise," the most acclaimed novel of the 80s. Short papers and student presentations. Counts toward Core IB, Core II, Major, Minor, and/or as elective, worthwhile especially for those seeking to enhance their perspective of American literature.



Empire State Building from the Village

313 - 01: Contemporary Poetry (MWTH 8:30): Why not enter the new millennium with a better appreciation of why this century has been characterized as "the American century for poetry in English"? This "Contemporary Poetry" course starts with post-WWII poets like Bishop, Roethke, and Jarrell and ends with poets like Gluck, and Piercy whose poems are published in 1999 issues of "The New Yorker." Among the three generations of poets discussed will be Confessionalists like Lowell, Plath, and Merrill, Beats like Ginsberg, Formalists like Wilbur and Dickey, as well as other diverse, spirited American contemporaries. The final month of the course will feature Brits like Larkin and Hughes, and, of course, the Irish Nobelist Seamus Heaney. Brief analyses, presentations, and one short documentation paper.