Fall 2016 Undergraduate Course Descriptions

ENGL 10: Great Works of Literature: TechnoLiterature

Harris, Katherine, TR 9:00-10:15
Technology has completely overtaken our lives, from interaction between and manufacture of human beings to the daily use of technology. How has this shifted our culture, our literature, our legacy? This semester, we will explore literary representations of biotechnology (mad scientists!), society’s reactions to technological impositions (Luddites and punks!) and techno un-literature (hypertextual madness!). Along the way, we will discuss literary elements, historical context, readers’ reactions, and the techno/digi/cy-borg world of TechnoLiterature. GE Area C-2 (Letters)

ENGL 20: The Graphic Novel

Brada Williams, Noelle, F 9:30-12:15
This class focuses on the interplay of written and visual forms of narration in the illustrated texts that have come to be called “graphic novels,” the styles and methods of which have come to have a profound im-pact on both literature and film production in the 21st century. English 20 will focus on a few of the graphic novel’s obsessions: autobiography, war, and family—and the surprising frequency in which these three themes intersect.

ENGL 22: Fantasy and Science Fiction

Stork, Nancy P, T 15:00-17:45
English 22 covers historical works of fantasy from the Norse, Celtic, and Chinese traditions: Sigurd the Drag-on-Slayer, King Arthur, and King Monkey. We will also consider seminal works of science fiction: The Time Machine, Rossum’s Universal Robots, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. Shorter works will cover early Dracula and cyberpunk.

ENGL 56A: English Literature to the Late 18th Century

Stork, Nancy, MW 10:30-11:45
This course is a survey of British Literature from its earli-est works through the eighteenth century. The goals of the course are to help students to gain an overview of the major literary periods, genres, authors, and works of English literature. We will discuss these texts from a va-riety of perspectives, including the dynamic relationship between heroes and villains throughout early English history, considering what these representations reveal about the various societies that produced them.

ENGL 56B: English Literature Late 18th Century to Present

Wilson, William, MW 16:30:00-17:45:00
Major literary movements, figures, and genres from the Romantic age to the present. Writers may include Austen, the Romantics, Tennyson, Browning, Arnold, Dickens, the Brontes, George Eliot, Hardy, Yeats, Joyce, Lawrence, Forster, Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Auden, Beckett.

ENGL 68A: American Literature to 1865

English, Karen, TR 9:00-10:15
A survey of major and significant texts, movements, and writers exemplifying the literature of the United States of America, from colonial days to the period of the Civil War. Required: Student presentations, short papers, and exams.

ENGL 68B: American Literature 1865 to Present

Maio, Samuel J, MW 10:30-11:45
A survey of major and significant texts, movements, and writers exemplifying the literature of the United States of America, covering the period from the end of the Civil War to the present. Required: Student presentations, short papers, and exams.

ENGL 71: Creative Writing

Engell, John F, TR 10:30-11:45; 12:00-13:15
English 71 is a workshop class and an introduction to writing and reading fiction, poetry, and creative non-fic-tion at the university level. Each student will write a short story, several poems, and a creative essay. All student writing will be workshopped in class.

ENGL 71: Creative Writing

Schragg, E.D., MW 12:00-13:15
An introductory creative writing class that will focus on using universal elements of all great creative writ-ing—moving images, energetic words, tension, pattern, and insight—to write, critique, and perform song lyrics. The class will analyze the building blocks of word play, rhythm, and rhyme in culturally diverse examples of rap, rock, and folk songs, and students will learn how to use those building blocks to create their own stories.

ENGL 71: Creative Writing

Ashton, Sally, TR 13:30-14:15
This course will introduce you to techniques writers
in all literary genres use to craft works of memorable non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. In an era of so much competition for a reader’s attention, how can you make words on a page or screen come alive? What are the strategies common to all effective creative writing? We will use short form readings, workshop, studio assign-ments and your own experimental writing to find out.

ENGL 71: Creative Writing

Goebel, Luke B., MW 15:00-16:15
Kirby, Sheree, W 18:00-20:45
Lindelof, Leanne, MW 16:30-17:45
Mouton, Tommy, TR 9:00-10:15
Examinations of works of poetry, creative nonfiction and short fiction as expression of human intellect and imagination, to comprehend the historic and cultural contexts, and recognize issues related to writing by men and women of diverse cultural traditions. Students will also write poetry, creative nonfiction, and a short fiction. 

ENGL 78: Introduction to Shakespeare’s Drama

Eastwood, Adrienne, MW 12:00-13:15
In this course we will grapple with the question: does Shakespeare still matter in the twenty-first century? Students will study several of Shakespeare’s plays in depth, and then analyze modern film adaptations of those same works. Some of the pairings we will discuss include: The Taming of the Shrew – 10 Things I Hate About You (Dir. Gil Junger); Othello – “O” (Dir. Tim Blake Nelson); Macbeth – Scotland PA (Dir. Billy Morrissette); Romeo and Juliet – Romeo + Juliet (Dir. Baz Luhrmann) Hamlet – Hamlet (Dir. Almereyda, with Ethan Hawke). In each case, we will tease out the decisions made by each director in their attempt to remake or reinterpret Shakespeare’s work.

ENGL 100A: Writing Competency Through Genres

St. Dennis, Allison R., TR 7:30-8:45
Sonntag, Owen, MW 12:00-13:15
Satisfies the WST requirement if passed with a C or better (C- or lower will not satisfy the WST). Prepares students for 100W through drafting, feedback, and revision to demonstrate writing competency. Develops ability to analyze written genres used in the students’ chosen disciplines as well as write analytical and reflec-tive essays. Prerequisite: Must have failed the WST at least twice. Note: A CR/NC option may not be used to satisfy the WST requirement.

ENGL 100W: Writing Workshop

Sparks, Julie, MW 10:30-11:45
Stork, Nancy P, MW 15:00-16:15
Advanced workshops in Reading and Composition, Cre-ative Arts, English Studies, and Technical Writing.

ENGL 100W: Writing Workshop

Wilson, William A, TR 16:30-17:45
English 100W is an integrated writing and literature course designed to provide English majors with a firm foundation for the study of literature. Through close and careful reading of literary texts, students will develop the following: The ability to read, analyze, and interpret literary texts intelligently, and to respond to them criti-cally both orally and in writing Advanced proficiency in both traditional and contemporary research strategies and methodologies necessary for writing research-in-formed papers that communicate complex ideas effec-tively and appropriately to both general and specialized audiences; a rhetorically sophisticated writing style appropriate to upper-division university discourse; mas-tery of the conventions of standard English and manu-script format.

ENGL 100WB: Written Communication: Business

Kirby,Sheree, M 9:00:00 11:45:00
Hessler,John, M 18:00-20:45; T 18:00-20:45 W 18:00-20:45; R 18:00-20:45
Mujal,Carlos, R 18:00-20:45
Lindelof,Leanne, T 18:00-20:45
Landau,Linda, W 9:00-11:45
Lo,Laimin, F 9:30-12:15
This hands-on course is designed to simulate actual business communication scenarios (oral and written) that are encountered by business professionals daily during the course of their careers. Assignments will enable students to practice and immediately apply both practical and theoretical aspects of organization-al communication directly in real-life work situations. Communication mechanics and style (practical), and the appropriateness of messages and methods based on specific organizational situations (theoretical) will be emphasized.

ENGL 101: Introduction to Literary Criticism

Harris, Katherine D, TR 10:30-11:45
Do you see hidden meanings in literary texts? Movies? Games? There are many possible readings of all literary and visual texts. Even your own identity governs your interpretation of the material. For this course, we will discover and apply critical models to various literary, visual, and digital texts. Critical models will include foun-dational twentieth-century theory as well as contempo-rary approaches to literature (Feminist, Queer, Marxist, Post-Colonial, and Digital Humanities theories). Though we will apply these critical models to texts across sever-al historical periods and literary genres, Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness will be our ur-text. Co-requisite: ENGL 100W

ENGL 103: Modern English

Mitchell, Linda C, MW 9:00-10:15; MW 13:30-14:45

This course provides a survey of Modern English pho-nology, morphology, syntax, semantics, transformational grammar, and the universality of linguistic structures. Material in the course will also focus on some recurring problems of usage and/or correctness, regional and social varieties of English, the role of pragmatics in using language to communicate, and the historical develop-ment of English, especially as it affects the language today. The course also includes Reed-Kellogg Diagrams.

ENGL 105: Seminar in Advanced Composition

McNabb, Richard, TR 9:00-10:15
Advanced expository writing.

ENGL 106: Editing for Writers

Thompson, Mark A, MW 15:00-16:15
In this class, we cover all the fundamentals that writers need to know about editing and working as a profes-sional editor. This includes proofreading and copy-editing, as well as sentence-level and document-level editing. The Basics? Fix gnarly sentences. Make ugly paragraphs pretty. Learn how to work with other writ-ers. Learn how to get editing jobs. Gain the confidence to explain your edits and defend them against the howl-ing mobs! Required class for Professional and Technical Writing concentration.

ENGL 107: Professional Technical Writing

Thompson, Mark A, TR 12:00-13:15
In this survey of technical and professional writing, you’ll learn how to write and design persuasive doc-uments that get real things done in the real world. Projects include resumes and cover letters, proposals, instructions (video and writing), presentations, and user manuals for phone apps. We also learn a number of digital tools used to author and publish writing in the current tech landscape, such as Adobe InDesign, SnagIt, and Madcap Flare. Required class for Professional and Technical Writing concentration.

ENGL 108: Gaming and Narrative

Harris, Katherine D, TR 13:30-14:45
This course studies the relationship between literary narrative theory and games, especially plots that branch and fork to produce different stories with different end-ings. From experimental writing to video games, how have game/books changed or reinvented the possible spaces of narrative? How can knowledge of narra-
tive possibilities (theory) enrich our understanding of games? This course surveys a wide variety of interactive narrative material, including print, film, and software, to engage students in analyzing and to creating branch-ing narrative structures. Requirement: Upper division standing.

ENGL 109: Writing and the Young Writer

Johnson, Jennifer, M 16:30-19:15
This course is designed to strengthen participants’ writing skills in both creative and expository genres, and to develop participants’ knowledge and skill as future teachers of writing.

ENGL 112A: Children’s Literature

Krishnaswamy, Revathi, MW 9:00-10:15; 10:30-11:45

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

ENGL 112B: Literature for Young Adults

Warner, Mary, T 16:30-19:15
In ENGL 112B, we read After the First Death, Speak, Whale Talk, Witness, Prisoner of Azkaban, and We Were Here. Two additional texts --Literature for Today’s Young Adults and Adolescents in the Search for Mean-ing --introduce YA literature’s genres, demonstrate the complexity of the best YA lit, and provide author/book resources. Book Talks and a unit of study/annotated bibliography requirement deepen student knowledge of YA Literature.


ENGL 117A: American Literature, Film, and Culture

Engell, John F, R 15:00-17:45
The focus of this class will be California Noir and Neo-noir, though strictly speaking not every literary work and film we will study in the class is “noir.” These works are typically “dark” in tone and subject. We will cover novels and their film adaptations, an original screen-play, a collection of essays and stories, and other works. NOVEL Frank Norris. MCTEAGUE (1899), FILM: Erich von Stroheim, director GREED (1925); NOVEL: Dashiell Hammett. THE MALTESE FALCON (1929), FILM: John Huston, director. THE MALTESE FALCON (1941); NOVEL: Raymond Chandler, THE LONG GOODBYE (1953), FILM: Robert Altman, director. THE LONG GOODBYE (1973); FILMS: David Lynch, director. MULHOLLAND DRIVE (2001), Roman Polanski. CHINATOWN (1974).

ENGL 123A: Literature for Global Understanding: The Americas 

Karim, Persis M, TR 12:00-13:15
Course promotes global understanding by examining the cultures and literary arts of a selected region of the world, the Americas, and covers representative texts and authors from Latin America and the Caribbean/West Indies.

ENGL 123C: Literature for Global Understanding: Oceania

Mesher, David R, TR 15:00-16:15
Writers from the South Pacific (including Australia, New Zealand, Samoa, Fiji, and other island nations) have produced some of the most impressive fiction written in English over the past century or so. We will read six or seven novels or story collections by authors such as Miles Franklin, Joséph Furphy, Patrick White, David Ma-louf, Mudrooroo, Peter Carey, Witi Ihimaera, Keri Hulme, Albert Wendt, Sia Figiel, and others. (GE Area V, as well as World Lit for English majors.)

ENGL 125: European Literature: Homer to Dante

Mitchell, Linda C, MW 10:30-11:45
This course offers an introduction to some of the major literary works of the first 2,000 years of Western Cul-ture—works of great genius and superb craft. They
are as much a part of our heritage as that which we receive from our parents. Our goal this semester is to take possession of that heritage—like heirs who have come of age—by understanding how these works are connected to each other and to us via a series of parallel and contrasting patterns of ideas and experiences that form a path of human continuity across time and place. Students will engage and explore the texts from a vari-ety of contexts and viewpoints: textual, literary, political, social, and cultural; become familiar with a range of crit-ical approaches to the texts; and demonstrate a working knowledge of the texts’ influences within the Western literary tradition.

ENGL 129: Introduction to Career Writing & Digital Publishing

Thompson, Mark A, TR 10:30-11:45
In this course, students write to get published in the places that they read, drafting and revising about what-ever they’re into: food, video games, fashion, high-tech, science—whatever. Students also write and produce English Department magazines, an in-class podcast se-ries, the ProfTech website, and their own blog. Expand your portfolio, learn some new skills, and march boldly forth with a publishable work in hand. Required class for the Professional and Technical Writing concentration.

ENGL 130: Writing Fiction

Maio, Samuel J, MW 13:30-14:45
English 130 is a fiction workshop class in which each stu-dent will write short stories. Each of these short stories will be workshopped in class, after which each story will be rewritten. Both drafts—pre- and post-workshop—will be included in each student’s end-of-semester Portfolio. In addition to writing short stories and revising them, each student will be responsible for helping to work-shop all stories written by classmates. And each student will be responsible for reading a number of assigned, published short stories that will serve as models for writing successful short fiction.

ENGL 130: Writing Fiction

Taylor, Nick, TR 13:30-14:45
Prerequisite: English 71. This workshop focuses on the craft of fiction writing. We will begin the semester by reading works of contemporary short fiction. You will learn to read as writers, not critics (there is a differ-ence!). Each student is required to submit two original short stories for review by the class. Lively participation and written commentary is required. In lieu of a final exam, you will turn in a substantial revision of one story.

ENGL 131: Writing Poetry

Karim, Persis M, TR 10:30-11:45
This course focuses on the work of the poet and the work of the poem. The poet’s task is to envision, write, and revise using all the poetic tools necessary. What are they? Why choose one over the other? What are contemporary poets using today? The work of the poem is to become more than the sum of its parts, not merely well-chosen words, but art. Great expectations all the way around, but we’ll get to work writing, reading, and discussing poetry, poetic device, your work and discov-eries.

ENGL 133: Reed Magazine

Miller, Cathy A, T 15:00-17:45
Would you like to be part of Reed Magazine’s 150th An-niversary issue? Students produce each edition of Reed, the West’s oldest literary journal, founded in 1867. This course is ideally a two-semester sequence starting in the Fall term, when we’ll focus on editorial duties, reading submissions, reviewing art, and communicating with submitters to gain hands-on experience in publishing. Note: enrollment is by instructor permission only. Please contact Prof. Miller to apply: cathleen.miller@sjsu.edu.

ENGL 140A: Old English

Stork, Nancy P, MW 13:30-14:45
Wēs hæl! Your chance to study the actual language spoken in early medieval England. (History Channel “Vikings” fans take note—there has been some real Old English in this show). We will learn the basics of OE grammar and read selections from the Anglo-Sax-on Chronicle, Riddles and elegiac poetry as well as the Runic alphabet and an introduction to culture. Learn the language that inspired Tolkien to create the land of Rohan. This class is normally offered every other year so be sure to sign up now. If you complete this class and Beowulf in the spring, these two semesters can count as your language requirement for the English degree.

ENGL 144: Shakespeare I

Miller, Shannon M, TR 12:00-13:15
This course will introduce you to some of the major plays of William Shakespeare. Each play will be consid-ered both within the context of the cultural and political atmosphere in early modern England and through the critical lenses provided by postmodern theories of lit-erature. Students will gain a basic knowledge of Shake-speare’s thematic questions and a solid understanding of the language he used to explore these themes. For example, we will discuss the construction of the family as a mini-commonwealth and the political impact that added to Shakespeare’s dramatic productions. Similarly, we will consider the relationship between patriarchal and monarchal authority, and the ways in which related ideologies circulated among Elizabethans.

ENGL 145: Shakespeare & Performance

Eastwood, Adrienne, MW 9:00-10:15
In this course, we will examine in-depth several of Shakespeare’s plays, specifically addressing issues of performance and interpretation. Placing each play in the context of its original performance during Shake-speare’s time, and its life on stage and screen in the ensuing centuries, encourages an engagement with the ways in which re-imagining Shakespeare’s works helps them retain their vitality and cultural relevance. Paying particular attention to modern productions, we will analyze the ways in which production elements such as setting, casting, staging, costumes, editing, and individual performances shape and create meaning (or fail to do so) for the audiences of today. Placing these plays within this context of performance will raise larger issues about the complex relationships between the Shakespearean canon and its ever changing audiences.

ENGL 166: American Literature Since 1945

Soldofsky, Alan D MW 13:30-14:45
Major works of American literature since 1945, possibly including writers such as Barth, Reed, Kingston, Lowell, Rich, Pynchon, and Ozick.

ENGL 167: Steinbeck

Shillinglaw, Susan, TR 12:00-13:15
Steinbeck. This course considers Steinbeck’s ecologi-cal awareness and social vision, both growing out of a layered sense of place. We will discuss the contempo-rary relevance of his critiques of/love of America and Americans. Texts: To a God Unknown, The Long Valley, Tortilla Flat, Of Mice and Men, The Grapes of Wrath, The Moon is Down, Cannery Row, East of Eden and Journal of a Novel.

ENGL 169: Ethnicity in American Literature

Karim, Persis M, TR 15:00-16:15
Study of race and ethnicity in the literary arts of North America. Selected works of authors from such groups as African Americans, European Americans, Asian Ameri-cans, Chicanos, Latinos and American Indians.

ENGL 176: The Short Story

Maio, Samuel J, MW 12:00-13:15
Analysis and interpretation of selected short stories from the 19th century to the present. ENGL 178: Reading /Writing Creative Nonfiction Shillinglaw, Susan, TR 10:30-11:45
This course focuses on the art of creative nonfiction, what it means, who writes it well, and how to do it. Texts include: Joan Didion, Slouching Toward Bethle-hem; Hunter S. Thompson, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Miriam Pawel, The Crusades of Cesar Chavez: A biography; John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley; Wil-liam Zinsser, On Writing Well, 30th Anniversary Edition; Course reader.

ENGL 180: Individual Studies Arranged with Instructor

ENGL 183: Jane Austen

Brada, Angela N, MW 12:00-13:15
We will both examine the work of Jane Austen in its late 18th and early 19th century contexts and explore why her work has become some of the most widely adapted and imitated of all time.

ENGL 190: Honors Colloquium

Mesher, David R, TR 13:30-14:45
The Man-Booker Prize, awarded annually to the out-standing English-language novel from around the world (since 1969, and including American works since 2014) is perhaps the world’s most prestigious literary award, after the Nobel Prize. The winners, and many of the nominees, become instant best-sellers in the UK, Aus-tralia, and elsewhere. We will be reading some of the greatest Booker Prize winners, from Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children (1981, “The Booker of Bookers)” and A. S. Byatt’s Possession (1990), to Yann Martel’s Life of Pi (2002) and Marlon James’ A Brief History of Seven Killings (2015). Prerequisite: permission. Earn honors at graduation by completing this course with a B or better, having a 3.5 major and 3.0 overall GPA, and being ad-mitted to the departmental honors program. In the past, students have been able to use this course to substitute for any major requirement.

ENGL 193: Capstone Seminar

Shillinglaw, Susan, TR 15:00-16:15
Seven ways of looking at an English Major: As essayist, as creative writer, as reader, as critic, as researcher, as book group participant, as graduate-with-a B.A.-in-liter-ature-and-highly-employable. Texts include Anne Fadi-man, At Large and At Small; Ismael Beah, A Long Way Gone; Joan Didion, The Year of Magical Thinking; Gerald Durrell, My Family and Other Animals; Alison Bechdel, Fun Home.

ENGL 199: Professional/Technical Writing Internship

Thompson, Mark (Arranged)
This independent study requires that students secure a writing internship with a local business (while the department can’t guarantee an internship, we can put students in touch with companies that have expressed an interest in SJSU interns). 120 hours of workplace experience are combined with academic readings in professional writing. In a final essay, students compare their workplace experience to the academic literature on workplace writing.