2023 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.
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 BIBLE AS LITERATURE
This course will survey the Bible and some other related Near Eastern literature, focusing on the development of genres, motifs, and other literary forms that have influenced the form and content of Western literature, including the parable, the proverb, the loss of Eden, exile and return, origin stories, and hero stories.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MULTICULTURAL DRAMA OF THE UNITED STATES
The course examines the theatrical forms and the dramatic literature of African-Americans, Asian-Americans, Latinos/as, and Native Americans, and places them in the context of American theatre and U.S. social/political history.
A course in advanced exposition and argumentation. Conventional grade basis only if course is required in the College of Business for major.
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.
SEMINAR IN LITERATURE AFTER 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 after 1800, including a semester-long research project and an oral presentation. Topics will vary.
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.
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).