Spring 2016 Undergraduate Course Descriptions

ENGL 10: Great Works of Literature

Mary Williams, TR 10:30-11:45

Oh, the monstrosity! Ever wanted to read about monsters? Now’s your chance! Readings will cover a variety of genres, times, and cultures. We’ll explore cultural contexts that gave birth to the things that go bump in the night, tracing changes in monsters and their presentations. Several short papers, two formal essays, a final exam. No credit in the major, but satisfies Area A2. And, besides, MONSTERS!


ENGL 20: The Graphic Novel

Noelle Brada-Williams, 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 impact 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

Paul Douglass, TR 13:30-14:45

A survey of important works of science fiction and fantasy over the last 200 years, including such authors as, H.G. Wells, C.S. Lewis, Kurt Vonnegut, Ursula K. Le Guin, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Ray Bradbury, Connie Willis, Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Philip K. Dick, Paolo Bacigalupi, James Tiptree Jr., and Mary Shelley.


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

Adrienne Eastwood, MW 12:00-13:15

This course is a survey of British Literature from its earliest works through the eighteenth century. The goals of the course are to help students gain an over-view of the major literary periods, genres, authors, and works of English literature. We will discuss these texts from a variety 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

William Wilson, TR 16:30-17:45

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

Balance Chow, MW 9:00:00 10:15:00

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 Balance Chow, MW 13:30-14:45

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 (ONLINE)

Alan Soldofsky

An online introductory creative writing class using Canvas, the eCampus learning management system. Students will draft and revise original works of poetry, creative nonfiction, and short-fiction, learning the basic craft of writing these genres through reading the work of published poets and writers. In workshops and small writing groups, students will discuss each other’s work, making revision suggestions facilitated by the instructor and TA’s. During the semester, every-one will participate in the workshops as both an author and a peer-critic.


ENGL 71: Creative Writing

Nick Taylor, MW 9:00-10:15

Sally Ashton, TR 12:00-13:15

Linda Lappin, F 9:30-12:15

Robert James, TR 13:30-14:45

Jessy Goodman, MW 13:30-14:45

Kirstin Chen, TR 15:00-16:15

Tommy Mouton, MW 12:00-13:15

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. Stu-dents will also write poetry, creative nonfiction, and short fiction.


ENGL 100W: Writing Workshop

Karen English, TR 13:30-14:45

Writing Workshop satisfies the English major requirement for learning how to write critical analysis of a variety of works of literature. This section focuses on the topic of Literature & Medicine. Texts include Lying Awake by Mark Salzman, Wit, A Play by Margaret Edson, Can’t We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast, and The Best of the Best American Poetry, 25th Anniversary Edition, ed. Robert Pinsky.


ENGL 100W: Writing Workshop

Adrienne Eastwood, MW 10:30-11:45

Avantika Rohatgi, F 9:30-12:15

Mark Dowdy, 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 critically both orally and in writing Advanced proficiency in both traditional and contemporary re-search strategies and methodologies necessary for writing research-informed papers that communicate complex ideas effectively and appropriately to both general and specialized audiences; a rhetorically sophisticated writing style appropriate to upper-division university discourse; mastery of the conventions of standard English and manuscript format.


100WB: Written Communication, Business

Laimin Lo, 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

Noelle Brada-Williams, MW 12:00-13:15

This course will study various historical and contemporary approaches to literature, including New Criticism, structuralism and post-structuralism, New Historicism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, post-colonialism, feminism, queer theory, and eco-criticism. An emphasis will be placed on learning to apply these different methods of interpretation through a workshop format.


ENGL 103: Modern English

Linda Mitchell, MW 13:30-14:45; MW 15:00-16:15

This course provides a survey of Modern English phonology, 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 correct-ness, regional and social varieties of English, the role of pragmatics in using language to communicate, and the historical development of English, especially as it affects the language today. The course also includes Reed-Kellogg Diagrams.


ENGL 106: Editing for Writers

Robert James, TR 9:00-10:15

Interested in the art of words and sentences? In this class, we will work on copyediting, proofreading, designing documents, editing and placing graphics, and organizational editing. We will focus on learning grammatical standards while also discussing changes in usage. Though this course is designed for students interested in the fields of professional editing and technical writing, it is beneficial for all who are interested in honing their language skills. Strongly recommended prerequisite/Co-requisite: English 103


ENGL 107: Professional and Technical Writing

Mark Thompson, MW 10:30-11:45

In this survey of technical and professional writing, you’ll learn how to write and design persuasive documents 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.


ENGL 110: Visual Rhetoric and Document Design for Writers

Mark Thompson, TR 10:30-11:45

This course begins with readings in rhetorical theory and social semiotics to help students “read” visual design. We then move to the principles of document de-sign, bringing theory and practice together in projects that draw upon digital tools like Photoshop, InDesign, and Dreamweaver. We’ll work within genres of digital communication students will encounter as they move into the workplace. Throughout the process, students will engage in usability studies of their documents, letting them test the effectiveness of their documents in real-world use.


ENGL 112A: Children’s Literature

Clare Browne, MW 15:00-16:15

Roohi Vora, TR 9:00-10:15

Step into a world of imagination! From fairytales to works of fantasy, historical and realistic fiction, we will delve into that special world of children’s literature. We take a close look at plot development, characters, set-tings, themes, and authors’ styles. You have the opportunity to create your own book for children, and you’ll leave this class enriched with ideas.


ENGL 112B: Literature for Young Adults

Shannon Hervey, T 18:00-20:45

Study of selected literary material representing a variety of cultures, chosen to motivate secondary school readers.


ENGL 117B: Global Film, Literature, and Culture

Julie Sparks, F 9:30-12:15

The focusing theme of this course will be journeys, especially journeys by young people. We will watch films from all over the world and read stories that depict people leaving home to seek their fortune, to escape strife or chase adventure, to find their father or a seek a lover, or just to see the world beyond their little village. By experiencing these vicarious adventures, students will learn to appreciate and understand the narratives that create and define cultural identity, explore cultural interaction, and illustrate cultural preservation and cultural difference over time.


ENGL 123D: Literature for Global Understanding: Asia

Balance Chow, MW 15:00-16:15

English 123D examines the literary production and cultural heritage of Asia. In this semester we will focus on modern works of fiction representing India, China, Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries, paying particular attention to social, economic, and political forces (esp. globalization) transforming the region. Students interested in any aspect of Asia will be able to study appropriate works of their choice. Knowledge of Asian and/or other modern languages will be most welcome. Presentations, short papers, research project, and exams.


ENGL 125: European Literature: Homer to Dante

Linda Mitchell, 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 Culture—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 variety of contexts and viewpoints: textual, literary, political, social, and cultural; become familiar with a range of critical approaches to the texts; and demonstrate a working knowledge of the texts’ influences within the Western literary tradition.


ENGL 129: Intro to Career Writing

Mark Thompson, TR 13:30-14:45

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 series, and their own blog. Expand your portfolio, learn some new skills, and march boldly forth with a publish-able work in hand. Required class for the Professional and Technical Writing concentration.


ENGL 130: Writing Fiction

Nick Taylor, MW 12:00-13:15

Luke Goebel, MW 13:30-14:45

English 130 is a fiction workshop class in which each student 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 workshop 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 131: Writing Poetry

Sally Ashton, 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 con-temporary 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 discoveries.


ENGL 133: Reed Magazine

Cathy Miller, T 15:00-17:45

Reed Magazine is the oldest literary journal west of the Mississippi. In the spring semester we’ll focus on the production aspects of publication: copyedit and proof-read the submissions chosen in the fall, then design, layout, and print the journal. We’ll also look at ways to market Reed by tabling at events and selling advertising. And last but not least, we’ll host a launch party to celebrate the debut of our new issue! You must receive instructor permission by contacting Prof. Miller to en-roll in this course.


ENGL 135: Writing Creative Nonfiction

Cara Bayles, R 18:00-20:45

Advanced writing workshop in creative nonfiction. In this class we’ll experiment with four subgenres of nonfiction: the personal essay, travel writing, profiles, and feature articles. You will learn how to combine the reportage of journalism with the narrative techniques of fiction. In addition, we’ll discuss strategies for publishing your work.


ENGL 139: Visiting Authors

Luke Goebel, TR 13:30-14:45

Students will read works of poetry, fiction and nonfiction by writers who are visiting campus this spring of 2016 (and who visited fall of 2015) as well as inter-act with these authors through our Center for Literary Arts (and other campus literary events). In addition to critical discussion of their work, we will also explore their biographies and writing processes to see what it might mean to live life as a writer. Students will give group presentations. Students will have the option of completing literary research or creative assignments.


ENGL 145: Shakespeare and Performance

Adrienne Eastwood, 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 Shakespeare’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.

ENGL 147: Milton

Shannon Miller, TR 12:00-13:15

This course focuses on Paradise Lost, a wonderful epic poem that offers us a heroic Satan, a vengeful God, and occasionally a willful Eve. We will consider the poem alongside Milton’s other writings, within the literary tradition of epic, and in relation to the turbulent historical and personal events in Milton’s life, including his involvement in the execution of the English king. Major topics will include: governmental organization, gender, and the growth of the individual.


ENGL 163: American Literature: 1865-1945

Karen English, TR 10:30-11:45

American Literature 1865-1945 is a course that will focus on women writers of the 1920s and 1930s. Texts include The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton; Plays by Susan Glaspell; One of Ours by Willa Cather; Complete Poems by Dorothy Parker; Bread Givers by Anzia Yezierska; Pale Horse, Pale Rider by Katherine Anne Porter; Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston.


ENGL 165: African-American Literature and the Discourses of Race—From the Emancipation Proclamation to Ferguson, Missouri

Persis Karim, TR 12:00-13:15

In this upper-division English course, we’ll explore the ways that authors and critics have shaped the conversation about race in the United States. We will read seminal works that show the evolution of thinking about race and racism, as well as explore differ-ent genres such as poetry, fiction, drama, and essays including texts such as W.E.B. DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk, August Wilson’s “Fences,” Toni Morrison’s Beloved, and Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man as well as works by bell hooks, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, Audre Lorde, James Baldwin, and Ta-Nehesi Coates. We will also discuss the recent events in Ferguson, New York, and Texas, and the ways that current events and the Black Lives Matter Movement are shaping the discourse about race in the 21st century.


ENGL 177: Topics in Fiction Since 1900

Revathi Krishnaswamy, MW 9:00:00-10:15

Course will focus on different topics in modern fiction. Novels and short stories will be examined as works of art and as expressions of intellectual and social movements. May be repeated when course content changes.


ENGL 180: Individual Studies

By arrangement with instructor and department chair approval.


ENGL 181: Special Topics: Satire in Age of Terror

Revathi Krishnaswamy, MW 10:30-11:45

Would you find a cartoon or a story depicting President Obama as an ape, the Prophet Mohammed as a dog, or the Pope as a goat hilarious, witty, provocative, outrageous, insulting, or blasphemous? In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo terror attacks in Paris, the role of satire and its relationship to free speech, hate speech, blasphemy, national identity, race, culture, and politics has become a hotly debated issue. Al-though this ancient genre has served as a powerful instrument for challenging authority and undermining the status quo, it is unclear how satire will survive in the age of terror. Is global terror altering satire’s critical terrain? What remain as targets for satire? Are there limits to satire? We will explore these questions by studying modern satire from across the world. As some students may find some course material offensive, participant discretion is advised.


ENGL 193: Capstone Seminar in Literature and Self-Reflection

Paul Douglass, TR 9:00-10:15; TR 15:00-16:15;

In this culminating course for English majors, students will be asked to reflect on their experiences and their progress toward meeting their own goals as well as the Department’s. They will 1) participate in reading groups, writing workshops, and other activities; 2) write critical essays and other pieces; 3) submit a portfolio of writing from previous courses taken in the major with an introduction and notes; and 4) give feedback on the major. This should be a banquet celebrating the conclusion of a “major” journey.


ENGL 193C: Capstone Seminar in Creative Writing and Self-Reflection

Alan Soldofsky, MW 16:30-17:45

In this course, students will prepare for a career as a professional creative writer or prepare to apply for admission to a Creative Writing MFA program. Stu-dents will bring to the course a small portfolio of their previously written creative writing, preferably in two genres. Class members will revise older work as well as write new poems, short stories, and/or works of creative nonfiction. By the end of the course, class members will have completed a short manuscript in two genres (one a primary focus, the other a secondary focus), which can be used to apply to an MFA pro-gram or submit to publications.