Fall 2009 Courses - Undergraduate

Spring 2010 Upper-Division Course Descriptions
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Fall 2009 Upper-Division Course Descriptions

Note: See MySJSU for listings of lower-division English courses, including Composition (English 1A and 1B).

ENGL 100W, Section 1

Advanced workshops in Reading and Composition, Creative Arts, English Studies, and Technial Writing. Prerequisite: Completion of Core GE, satisfaction of WST, and upper division standing. The English Studies Writing Workshop is required of all English majors before they achieve senior standing. English majors cannot receive credit for the Technical Writing Workshop.

MW: 0900-1015 Krishnaswamy

T: 1630-1915 Wilson

ENGL 100W, Section 2

This course will focus on close and careful reading of literary texts from a range of periods and locations of English literary production. We will take the same care in reading and apply it to our own writing and argumentation as we develop persuasive, polished, and well-supported essays of literary analysis.

MW: 1200-1315 Brada-Williams

ENGL 100W, Section 3

Students will engage in the reading, thinking, researching, and writing processes that produce clear and purposeful critical essays that demonstrate an understanding of and illuminate for others how literature contains and conveys its effects and meanings. Approximately one half of the semester will be spent on the study of poetry. Prerequisite: Passing score on WST.

TR: 0900-1015 Harris

ENGL 101. Intro to Literary Criticism, Section 1

Study of various historical and contemporary approaches to literature, including New Criticism, structuralism and post-structuralism, New Historicism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, post-colonialism, feminism, and queer theory. An emphasis will be placed on learning to apply these different methods of interpretation through a workshop format. Prerequisite: ENGL 100W

F: 0900-1145 Brada-Williams

ENGL 101. Intro to Literary Criticism, Section 2

Application of critical models to various literary, visual, and digital texts. Critical models will include foundational twentieth-century theory, feminism, Queer theory, Marxism, post-colonialism, etc. Though we will apply these critical models to texts across several historical periods and literary genres, Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness will be our urtext. Prerequisite: ENGL 100W

TR: 1030-1145 Harris

ENGL 103. Modern English Grammar

Material covers standard American English sounds, word forms, sentence patterns, regional and social dialects, issues of usage and/or correctness, punctuation, and those aspects of its historical development that are pertinent to its current forms and functions. Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

MW: 0900-1015 Cox

TR: 1030-1145 Stork

ENGL 106. Editing for Writers

Copy editing, substantive editing and reorganization of technical documents. Review of grammar and punctuation to ensure technical mastery and ability to justify editing decisions. Graphics editing, access aids and professional skills of an editor. Prerequisite: ENGL 1A and ENGL 1B.

MW: 1330-1445 TBA

ENGL 109: Writing and the Young Writer

This course is designed to strengthen participants' writing skills in both creative and expository genres and to develop students' knowledge and skill as future teachers of writing. The course includes a field experience component allowing students to observe the teaching of writing in middle and high schools and to work with adolescent writers.

M: 1630-1915 TBA

ENGL 112A. Children's Literature

Study of literature for elementary and intermediate grades, representing a variety of cultures. Evaluation and selection of texts.

TR: 1500-1615 Rice

M: 1630-1915 Krishnaswamy

ENGL 112B: Literature for Young Adults

This course will acquaint students with YA books and authors. We will read six books as a class: After the First Death, Speak, Whale Talk, Witness, Prisoner of Azkaban and First Crossing. The texts for the class are Literature for Today's Young Adults and Adolescents in the Search for Meaning: Tapping the Powerful Resource of Story.

W: 1630-1915 Warner

ENGL 116. Myth in Literature

Relations between archetypes, artistic style and cultural context in masterworks, ancient through modern. Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

TR: 1200-1315 Stork

ENGL 117: Film, Literature, and Culture, Section 1

Will focus on English-language fiction from outside the United States as a context for films that are in some way connected. The relative strengths and weaknesses of fiction and film as art forms will be discussed, as will the achievements and insights of each particular work, and the cultural background against which it can be seen.

T: 1630-1915 Mesher

ENGL 117: Film, Literature, and Culture, Section 2

An exploration and comparison of narrative in film and literature, the focus of the class will be on cultural definition, change and the interaction between cultures. We will examine film and literature from five different continents and compare their representations of colonialism, gender, sexuality, and their use of narrative form.

W: 1800-2045 Brada-Williams

ENGL 118. Modern European Fiction

Representative European novels in English translation from the French, German, Scandinavian, Russian, Central European, Spanish and Italian. Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

R: 1800-2045 Wilson

ENGL 123C: South Pacific Literature

Writers from the South Pacific have produced some of the most impressive fiction written in English over the past century. We will read six or seven novels or story collections by authors such as Miles Franklin, Joseph Furphy, Patrick White, David Malouf, Peter Carey, Witi Ihimaera, Keri Hulme, Albert Wendt, Sia Figiel, and others.

R: 1630-1915 Mesher

ENGL 123D. Literature for

Global Understanding Ð Asia

Examines the cultures and literary arts of Asia, covering representative texts and authors from various subregions of Asia. Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of WST, and upper division standing. Students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in, a 100W course is required. GE: V

MW: 1030-1145 Krishnaswamy

ENGL 125A: European

Literature: Homer to Dante.

Euro-lit's classic hits, from Homer and Sappho to Dante's Inferno. An epic course of drama queens and poetic justice.

TR: 1030-1145 Mesher

ENGL 129. Intro to Career Writing

Practice in professional writing (please note that this is NOT a creative writing course). We will create two newsletters and students will participate in a variety of tasks aimed at producing both the literary content and the publication's production, e.g. editing, proofreading, layout, photography. Prerequsite: Upper division standing.

TR: 1330-1445 Miller

ENGL 130. Writing Fiction

Workshop in short stories or other short fiction. Beginning the novel in individual cases. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 71 (or equivalent) or instructor consent.

MW: 1330-1445 Taylor

T: 1630-1915 TBA

ENGL 131. Writing Poetry

Workshop in verse forms. Study of traditional and contemporary models. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: ENGL 71 (or equivalent) or instructor consent.

R: 1630-1915 Karim

ENGL 133. Reed Magazine

Student-edited and managed literary magazine. Contents selected from local, national and international submissions. Students urged to work on the magazine for the two semesters required for publication. Open to all majors. May be repeated once for credit.

M: 1630-1915 Taylor

ENGL 135. Writing Nonfiction

Advanced writing workshop in creative nonfiction. In this class we will experiment with four subgenres of nonfiction: the personal essay, travel writing, profiles and feature articles. Prerequisite: ENGL 71, 100W, 105, 129, or instructor consent. Repeatable once for credit.

T: 1800-2045 Miller

ENGL 140A. Old English

Introduction to the language, with short selections for translation.

TR: 0900-1015 Stork

ENGL 144: Shakespeare I

This course will introduce some of the major plays of William Shakespeare. Play will be considered within the context of the cultural and political atmosphere of Elizabethan England and by postmodern theories of literature. Students will gain a basic knowledge of Shakespeare's thematic questions and a solid understanding of the language he used to explore these themes.

MW: 1030-1145 Eastwood

TR: 1500-1615 Fleck

ENGL 145: Shakespeare and Performance

We will examine in-depth several of Shakespeare's plays, specifically addressing issues of performance and interpretation. Paying particular attention to modern productions, we will analyze the ways in which production elements such as setting, casting, staging, costumes, editing, casting, staging, costumes, editing, and individual performances shape and create meaning (or fail to do so) for the audiences of today. Required for the English Single-Subject Credential.

MW: 0900-1015 Eastwood

ENGL 146. The Later English Renaissance

English poetic forms and prose styles from the accession of James I to the fall of the Commonwealth. Writers may include Donne, Bacon, Wroth, Lanyer, Browne and Marvell.

TR: 0900-1015 TBA

ENGL 149, Techno Romanticism

The British Romantic-era was the most intellectually and technologically productive era in all of England: The Industrial Revolution forced citizens to abandon agrarian life and embrace an urban existence that was full of prostitutes, raw sewage, cholera, and scientific experimentation. To capture this, we'll focus our semester on Mary Shelley's novel, Frankenstein. Prerequisites: WST & 100W

TR: 1330-1445 Harris

ENGL 166: American Lit Since 1945

We will read works of modern and contemporary American drama, fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, beginning with the post-World War II era. We will continue reading works depicting social and cultural conditions in the 1960s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. We will also read writers who reconceive and rework literary styles and genres, culminating with representations for the new millennium.

MW: 1330-1445 Soldofsky

ENGL 167. Steinbeck

Major works of John Steinbeck. Use of Steinbeck Center for research.

MW: 1030-1145 Shillinglaw

ENGL 168. The American Novel

Selected American novels from the Revolution to the present.

TR: 1030-1145 TBA

ENGL 169. Ethnicity in American Literature

Study of race and ethnicity in the literary arts of North America. Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of WST, and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in a 100W course is required. GE: S

TR: 0900-1015 Chow

ENGL 174. Literature, Self, and Society

Study of literary works written throughout our national history in order to explore depictions of self, society, equality, and structured inequality. Prerequisite: Completion of core GE, satisfaction of WST, and upper division standing. For students who begin continuous enrollment at a CCC or a CSU in Fall 2005 or later, completion of, or co-requisite in a 100W course is required. GE: S

TR: 1500-1615 Chow

ENGL 180. Individual Studies,

Sections 1 Ð 3

By arrangement with instructor and department chair approval. Prerequisite: Upper division standing. Repeatable for Credit/No Credit


ENGL 190: Honors Seminar Ð Pride and/or Prejudice: The

Emergence and Suppression of Queer Identities in Literature.

This course will trace the emergence of what we now proudly (post Stonewall) claim as “homosexual” identities as they have appeared in literature from the sixteenth century to today. The central discussion will take shape around the consideration of the ways in which literature serves both to express and to suppress homosexual desire.

MW: 1200-1315 Eastwood

ENGL 193: Senior Seminar

This course invites students to reflect on their experiences in the English major and in light of the department's Learning Goals. Assignments will include: A portfolio, revisions and expansions on previous works, writing a research paper, read and respond to regularly assigned texts, and write a research-informed critical or creative paper. Readings will focus on representation of the self and self-evaluation.

MW: 1030-1145 Cox

W: 1630-1915 Douglass

ENGL 199. Writing Internship and Seminar, Sections 1 Ð 3

Internship at a local industry, publisher, arts or public agency. Discussion of experiences and problems in the internship. Study of professional practices and demands, including those of career preparation and development. Prerequisite: 3.0 GPA both overall and in English; no credit in English major. Repeatable for Credit/No Credit