2021 Fall 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.
FRESHMAN ENGLISH HONORS
An accelerated course in the reading and writing of college-level prose that satisfies the Proficiency writing requirement for students in the University Honors program. Study of the major literary genres, and composition of substantial papers and a library research paper. NOTE -- students will be able to receive AP or other test credit for English 101 and ENGLISH 102, but they may not enroll in English 101 or ENGLISH 102 for credit after completing this course.
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.
INTRODUCTION TO U.S. LATINX LITERATURE
The course will present students with the diverse U.S. Latinx experiences, by introducing them to texts that examine literary works by authors of Latino/Latina backgrounds, in their historical context and cultural context.
BRITISH LITERATURE SURVEY I
A survey of British literature from the Old English period through the eighteenth century.
AMERICAN LITERATURE SURVEY I
A survey of American literature from the seventeenth century through the Civil War to acquaint the student with the foremost writers of our literary culture.
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.
CLASSICAL MYTH AND LEGEND AS SOURCES FOR LITERATURE
An examination of classical myths and legends and how they have been used in various periods and genres of English literature.
AMERICAN ENVIRONMENTAL LITERATURE
Explore American environmental literature (creative non-fiction/fiction/poetry) from its orgins, with special attention to key authors such as Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Emily Dickinson, John Muir, Teddy Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold, Leslie Silko, Rachel Carlson, Annie Dillard and Bill McKibben.
THE CONTEMPORARY NOVEL
A study of significant British and American novels and novelists of the last decade.
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.
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.
This course explores the rich and varied field of European literature from its beginnings in Greek and Roman literature to present-day continental European literature, through studies of theme, genre, theory, or cultural analysis; topics will vary by instructor.
NINETEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
An exploration of topics, periods, or genres in British literature from the Romantic through the Edwardian eras. Themes will vary and may include women's writing, colonial authors, children's literature, or periodicals; or address contemporary issues such as science, religion, socioeconomic class, gender, race, and empire; or focus on genre (poetry, drama, prose) or mode (sentimentalism, realism, sensationalism, fantasy, or aestheticism).
LITERATURE ON FILM
This course examines the complex cultural work of adapting literature to film. Through critical analysis of narrative fiction - short stories, novels, plays, graphic novels - and the films they inspire, students will investigate the history, narrative, conventions, iconic elements, and cultural significance of literary adaptations to film. Repeatable with topic change.
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.
AMERICAN LITERATURE IN THE POSTMODERN AGE (1945-PRESENT)
This course is designed to acquaint students with the rich tradition of American fiction and poetry of the last fifty years. Focusing on such figures as Ellison, Plath, Morrison, Pynchon, Baraka, and Delillo, this course invites students to debate the role that literature plays in a postwar American society. In doing so, we will focus on how writers address such postwar developments as: dawn of the nuclear age, Vietnam, the rise of mass culture, and rapid technologizing of American society.
STYLE: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES
Introduction to analysis and revision of texts for their style by a) assessing the rhetorical situations of these texts and b) becoming conversant and widely accepted principles and categories of style. Focus is on stylistic concerns such as clarity, coherence, cohesion, emphasis, concision, shape, and elegance.
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.).
A course in advanced exposition and argumentation. Conventional grade basis only if course is required in the College of Business for major.
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.
An intensive course in the writing of poetry requiring a minimum of 250 lines of good verse (after revision). The course will consider examples from some of the best contemporary verse, as well as criticism by students and the instructor of student work.
Practical experience in writing scripts for cinema and/or television, with special emphasis on the creative, theoretical, and critical processes.
This workshop introduces students to the history, theory, tradition and practice of creative nonfiction in its many forms, including the edited journal, personal essay and memoir, nature essay, literary journalism, and academic/cultural criticism. Through a mix of seminar-style discussions, graduated writing assignments, and intensive workshop response and revision, students work to develop a substantive portfolio (40-50 pages) of their own work by the end of the semester.
SPECIAL TOPICS WRITING WORKSHOP
Creative writing workshop, variable topics.
A study of the works of Shakespeare which will include representative genres and which will not duplicate works studied in 680-405.
CURRENT THEORIES OF COMPOSITION FOR TEACHERS
A course in theories and methods of teaching composition, including practice in the evaluating of student writing. Recommended for Juniors and Seniors only.
SEMINAR IN LITERATURE BEFORE 1800
As the capstone course for English Literature and English Education majors, this senior seminar will offer the student an intensive study of a topic in literature before 1800, including a semester-long research project and an oral presentation. Topics will vary.
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.
FUNDAMENTALS OF ENGLISH
A course for students whose reading and writing skills need improvement through study of basic grammar and rhetoric before they attempt other English courses. This course does not count toward the 120 credits required for graduation, nor does it fulfill General Studies requirements, nor may it be counted toward the English major or minor. It may not be taken by students who are simultaneously taking or have satisfactorily completed another English course on this campus. Required for students with an ACT English subscore of 16 or lower (SAT verbal 429).