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Winter 2019 Courses
ENG-251-EL1. Flash Nonfiction & Prose Poetry. Nester. ONLINE COURSE
Flash nonfiction, prose poetry, lyric essay: no matter what we call it, writing that combines the qualities of poetry and prose has gained prominence in recent years, winning prizes and even landing on bestseller lists. In this workshop course, we will discuss the traditions and impulses that inform prose poetry, flash nonfiction, and other lyric essay forms, such as the aphorism, braided essay, and collage memoir. We will read and write pieces that experiment with form, embrace fragments and sections, avoid easy or smooth narrative, leap and juxtapose language, and even imitate other forms. Prerequisite: ENG105 or equivalent. (L05)
ENG-260-EL1. Earlier Shakespeare. Sperry. ONLINE COURSE
This course will address, in the context of early modern English society and culture, histories and comedies written during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603).The exploration of Shakespeare’s language and literary devices, of genres, and of theatrical practices will be supplemented by attention to early modern social issues and ideology, as well as to present-day critical trends. (L04)
Spring 2020 Courses
ENG 105. Multiple listings
An introduction to college-level writing and research. Emphasis on informative and persuasive writing and speaking across a range of situations, audiences, and forms. Instruction in substantial research paper. Students must receive a grade of C or better to satisfy this Liberal Education requirement. (L01)
ENG 106.01 Texts and Contexts: Eco-Writing. Ungar. TH 11:15-12:57.
Our environment is threatened in so many ways, and the matter is urgent. This class will be devoted to reading prose and poetry about the natural world, from The Norton Anthology of Nature Writing and the Eco-poetry Anthology. Students will have the opportunity to choose the environmental issue they care most about, to write a research paper and deliver an informative and/or persuasive talk on that subject. Our focus throughout will be on how we can most effectively use our own words, as individuals and in groups, to help preserve our natural world. (L04)
ENG 106.02 Texts and Contexts: Lesbian Literature. Paster-Torres. TH 9:25-11:07.
Introduction to lesbian literature through fiction, poetry, essays, and more. We will explore literature written by, about, and for lesbians. We will examine these writings within their social, political, and cultural contexts, including the intersections of race, class, and gender. Readings may include works by Leslie Feinberg, Virginia Woolf, Nancy Garden, and Alice Walker. (LO4)
ENG 106.03 Texts and Contexts: Ecofeminism. Paster-Torres. TH 11:15-12:57.
Introduction to ecofeminist literature through fiction, poetry, essays, and more. We will explore the origins and theories of ecofeminism; examine women’s connection to the earth and its non-human life; and discuss the relationship between the treatment of our planet and the treatment of its women. Readings may include works by Ursula Le Guin, Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, and Margaret Atwood. (LO4)
ENG 106.EL1 Texts and Contexts: Social Commentary in Contemporary Horror Media. T 6:15-8:45.
Horror holds a unique position among genres; its aggressive, often gruesome representation of the world we live in elicits a different kind of pleasure from its viewing audience, and, likewise, presents its commentary on our shared social spaces by means and strategies that differ drastically from other forms of literature. This course will investigate the ways in which contemporary horror film, literature, and media speak to the world, drawing upon formal elements, tropes, and social symbolism to reflect the darker sides of (social) reality back to us. Whether the reckoning of modernity and empirical hubris in Shelley’s Frankenstein or the moral and ethical judgments nascent in Poe’s tales of murder and revenge, the horror story emphasizes the ways in which society thinks and feels, evaluating social positions, forcing a reconsideration of the reality we take for granted, and showing us that what hides under the bed, beneath the floorboards, and out in the darkness will never stay put for long. This course will pivot between the development of an analytical apparatus by which students investigate, research, and articulate the formal functions of the horror text (close-reading and visual analysis) and meditation on what it means to live or die in such horrific worlds as these, the latter unveiling the social, historical, and political implications of the genre’s form. Ultimately, we will consider the way in which horror, past and present, makes use of its visual and literary devices to subvert, reinforce, and/or reimagine social and political agency. One credit of this course is ONLINE. (L04)
ENG 106.EL2 Texts and Contexts: Superheroes and the Millennial. Seelow. TR 9:25-10:40.
The film and video game industries has helped reimagine American superheroes for the millennial generation. This course explores the significance superheroes from the transmedia perspective of cinema, television, video games, comics, graphic novels, fan culture, and the web. This course is designed in an innovative game-based format. One credit of this course is ONLINE. (LO4)
ENG 106.EL3 Texts and Contexts: Coming of Age. Fitzsimmons. MW 1:15-2:30
This class will examine selections that explore personal and cultural rituals and rites of passage negotiated on journeys of self-discovery during this transition into adulthood. The course will include attention to diverse communities, addressing social, political, and historical themes expressed in the works. We will examine issues of race, gender, and multicultural perspectives. One credit of this course is ONLINE. (LO4)
ENG 106-EL4 Texts and Contexts: Games and Modern Culture. Seelow. TR 1:05-2:20
Games both shape and are shaped by culture. Video games are now the largest form of mass entertainment in the world, but they are also applied to education, health, training and battle readiness. This course will be a combination hands on-discussion/theory-based course on the emergence of modern games from the early 1970s arcade games to contemporary Multiple Massive Online Role-Playing Games. We will explore games through the lens of play theory, culture studies, game studies, psychoanalysis, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and formal design. During the course will both play and study a variety of games including board games, card games, mobile, online, console, and virtual reality games. Additionally, the course will discuss games in learning, games for change, games and scientific research, and games for health. It will be also be taught in a gamified fashion. One credit of this course is ONLINE. (LO4)
ENG 114 Introduction to Literary Genres and Traditions.
EL1 MW 11:50-1:05 Chan
EL 2 MW 10:25-11:40 Butler
Introduction to a number of the central concepts and concerns of literary study, with specific attention to genre conventions and interpretive methodologies. Students work across historical eras and cultural traditions to develop the reading, writing, research, and oral communication skills necessary for further literary study. Course intended for English and English: Adolescence Education majors; should be taken as early as possible. Students may not take both ENG 112 and ENG 114. One credit of this course is ONLINE.
ENG 116 Professional Writing. Laity. ONLINE COURSE.
This course will help students think about writing as a profession as well as an art, to learn how to seek out markets and to develop an adaptive flexibility in their writing styles, while building an online portfolio of work to showcase those skills. This course is fully ONLINE. (L05)
ENG 126 Diverse Voices: Disability Studies. Weiss. MW 4:15-6:00
This course addresses issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. in literature and/or film. Attention will be given to historical, socio-cultural, and political factors that inform these issues and texts. This course may be taken more than once, provided it addresses a different topic when taken again. Fulfills diversity requirement. (L04)
ENG 126 Diverse Voices: African American Women’s Literature. Jefferson. TH 2:30-3:45
This course addresses issues of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, etc. in literature and/or film. Attention will be given to historical, socio-cultural, and political factors that inform these issues and texts. This course may be taken more than once, provided it addresses a different topic when taken again. Fulfills diversity requirement. One Credit of this course is ONLINE. (L04)
ENG 134 Visualising Medieval Lives. Laity. MW 10:25-11:40
A study of literary and historical texts written during the Middle Ages as well as music and even films inspired by the period. Texts are in Modern English translations. Students explore the early contexts and ongoing influence of these tales in written and oral presentations. One Credit of this course is ONLINE. (L04)
ENG 180 Theatre Arts. Hoskins. TR 1:05-2:20
An introduction to drama and the theatre. Course explores theatrical experience from the various points of view of those who participate in it, such as the playwright, director, actors, designers, and audience. Class activities include reading dramatic literature, learning about the theatre, experimenting through performance, and attending dramatic performances. One credit of this course is ONLINE. (L05)
ENG 201 Language and Linguistics. Marlow. ONLINE COURSE.
Introduction to recent developments in language study and to the principles of linguistics. Course examines the structure of the English language including phonology, morphology, semantics, and pragmatics, as well as traditional descriptive, prescriptive, and generative-transformational grammars. Students will engage in guided research, writing, and oral presentations focused on language use in its everyday form and related social variables. This course is fully ONLINE.
ENG 206 Creative Writing. Ungar. TR 4:15-6:00
We will practice self-expression in four genres: fiction, nonfiction, poetry and drama. Class will be conducted largely as a workshop. Weekly prompts will be given, and students will share their work with one another in each class. Our main text will be Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft, by Janet Burroway. No prior creative writing experience necessary. A good time will be had by all. (L05)
ENG 206 Creative Writing. Nester. ONLINE COURSE.
An introductory course in creative writing with practice in and critique of fiction, creative nonfiction, drama, and poetry, as well as readings in and discussions of each genre. Recommended for students with any level of creative writing experience. Prerequisite: ENG 105 or equivalent. This course is fully ONLINE. (L05)
ENG 212 Survey of American Literature. Rice.
Building on ENG 112‘s (or 114’s) emphasis on literary genres and interpretive methods, Survey of American Literature continues to prepare students for literary study at the 300 level. Through the study of a range of texts, students will become better acquainted with significant movements and periods in colonial American and U.S. literary history. Transatlantic and global literary and cultural relations will be explored. English and English Adolescence Education majors are required to take ENG 210, ENG 211 or ENG 212 and are urged to do so in the second year. Prerequisite: ENG 112 or 114.
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