2021 Spring Term
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INTENSIVE COLLEGE WRITING AND READING
An intensive introduction to college writing and reading for students with appropriate placement scores. Emphasis on textual analysis of a variety of genres (both fiction and nonfiction), critical argumentation, the writing process, conventions of academic prose, and improvement of grammatical control and proofreading skills.
INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING AND READING
Critical reading and writing with emphasis on textual analysis of a variety of genres (both fiction and nonfiction), critical argumentation, the writing process, and conventions of academic prose.
INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING, READING, AND RESEARCH
Continuation of ENGLISH 100/ENGLISH 101 with additional emphasis on modes of inquiry, the research process, and the completion of a formally documented, argument-based research paper.
POPULAR CULTURE AND LITERATURE
This course introduces students to the textual study of popular culture in such forms as film, television, video games, or comics by pairing such texts with literary periods and/or movements that inform them. Students will question the boundaries between "high culture" and popular culture as reflected in the mass media.
BRITISH LITERATURE SURVEY II
A survey of British literature from the Romantic period to the present.
FOUNDATIONS OF PROFESSIONAL WRITING AND EDITING
Students will be introduced to current practices in and theories behind what makes a good editor and writer and learn to read as editors, paying attention to the details of writing professionally. They will learn the processes of revising, fully correcting, and preparing a manuscript for publication.
AMERICAN LITERATURE II
A survey of American Literature from the Civil War to the present to acquaint the student with the foremost writers of our literary culture.
THE CONTEMPORARY NOVEL
A study of significant British and American novels and novelists of the last decade.
MULTICULTURAL LITERATURE OF THE UNITED STATES
Multicultural Literature of the U.S. offers a wide range of literary texts (dramas, essays, novels, poetry, and short stories) written by people of color. This class offers students the opportunity to study and appreciate the experiences and histories of diverse groups within the U.S., including African-American, Asian American, Native American, and Latinx cultures.
GENDER AND FILM
Students will learn to critically view, consider, and describe films, with special attention to representations of sexuality and gender. The course will include instruction in gender theory and methods for deploying gender analysis in the context of film studies.
CRITICAL WRITING IN THE FIELD OF ENGLISH
This course will help students become proficient in the skills of research, organization, writing, and revising that they will need in upper-division English courses. Students will learn both the general conventions of academic writing about literature (literary criticism) and the specific methods of some of the most important kinds of literary criticism.
CRITICAL WRITING IN MULTIMEDIA CONTEXTS
In this course, students will learn to conceptualize, structure, and produce analytical writing in multiple forms within digital contexts. Since such contexts are often multi-modal--layered with visual images as well as sound--instruction will include the analysis and appropriation of the visual and auditory in critical writing.
Study, discussion and writing of description, narration, verse and the short story.
READING AS WRITERS
Study of craft and aesthetic form in contemporary literary works.
INTRODUCTION TO LANGUAGE STUDY
An introduction to the basic tools and concepts for the study of language through study of the sounds, grammar, vocabulary, history, and cultural context of English.
LITERATURE FOR ADOLESCENTS
This course will explore the history and development of adolescent literature, with special emphasis on the period since 1960. Recent novels which have proven popular and influential with young people and teachers will be analyzed using literary and educational criteria. Participants will consider works within the context of intellectual freedom and potential censorship.
LITERATURE FROM THE MIDDLE EAST
Students will learn how to critically read, research, and write about contemporary Middle Eastern literature in English translation. Different genres will be covered by authors from different countries, including Iran, Egypt, Turkey, and Syria.
Apply and further develop the basic skills needed to prepare a book or scholarly manuscript for publication. The focus will be on the conventions and procedures of editing a manuscript, particularly editing for correctness and style, following the conventions of The Chicago Manual of Style, the bible of book publishers.
This course deepens students' knowledge of the literatures produced by U.S. citizens and/or U.S. residents of Latinx descent. It considers the complex ways in which 1) history, 2) group and individual experience, 3) cultural values and traditions, and 4) collisions and collaborations with other cultures in the US come together to shape Latinx identity, writing and overall literary expression.
EARLY BRITISH LITERATURE
The course covers the cultural and literary periods from the beginning of writing in English to the late seventeenth century. Courses will rotate in theme or approach, and students will emerge with a firmer understanding of the literary and cultural heritage that informs subsequent literature.
AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1890
An exploration of topics, periods, or genres in American literature from its origins through the Gilded Age. Themes will vary by term, but the course may consider Native American literature; colonial and early national literature; the American Renaissance; African American literature; women's writing; the Civil War; or regionalism, realism, and naturalism.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN LITERATURE, 1800 TO PRESENT
A survey of essays, prose fiction, drama, and poetry written by African-Americans from the colonial period to the present.
THE GRAMMAR OF STANDARD WRITTEN ENGLISH
This is a course in the grammar of relatively formal and planned written English. We will review a vocabulary for talking about the structural choices that are available to writers of English, and use this vocabulary to practice analyzing and constructing sentences and parts of sentences. The course is meant primarily for people whose professional plans include writing or editing.
TOPICS IN PROFESSIONAL WRITING
Variable topics course that will focus on particular subsets of professional writing, editing, or rhetorical analysis relevant to these fields. Topics might include discourse analysis, argumentation, technical editing, content strategy, translation studies, or writing and editing for specific fields (e.g. science, medicine, environmental studies, etc.).
WRITING IN THE SCIENCES
Instruction on the nature of writing in the sciences, including features of scientific genres and strategies for producing effective texts.
TECHNICAL AND SCIENTIFIC WRITING
Practice in expository, descriptive, and report writing, with special application to technical and scientific subject matter.
Theory, techniques, and practice of the writing of fiction. Requires a minimum of 50 pages of student writing, after careful revisions.
Practical experience in writing scripts for cinema and/or television, with special emphasis on the creative, theoretical, and critical processes.
Introduction to analysis of prose style through intensive study of a broad range of contemporary styles ranging from popular to business, technical and academic styles. Application of the principles of style in student writing.
THE CURRENT WRITING SCENE
An intensive study of the range of current writing, with practice in written composition which may qualify students for professional employment.
A study of the works of Shakespeare which will include representative genres and which will not duplicate works studied in 680-404.
The course will survey the function of the editor in planning and developing a major publication. The course examines different editorial roles, gives an overview of publishing processes, and focuses on acquiring texts, developing the author-editor relationship, organizing and restructuring texts, checking facts, and developing production specifications.
ADVANCED WRITERS' STUDIO
A closely guided program of instruction in writing, determined in consultation with the instructor, ranging from creative writing to scholarly analysis. Repeatable two times for a maximum of 6 credits in major.
APPLIED STUDY: INTERNSHIP IN WRITING
Offered on a satisfactory/no credit basis only. Internships, as available, in business or government for suitably prepared students wishing to make careers as writers. Repeatable for a maximum of six credits in degree.
Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member. Repeatable.