Spring 2018 Undergraduate Course Descriptions
ENGL 10: Great Works of Literature – Monsters, Murderers, & Scientists
Katherine Harris, TR 3:00-4:15
This course anchors the SJSU Bicentennial Celebration of the publication of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s masterful 1818 precursor to the horror story. The novel engages the limits of science, the ethics embedded within pushing forward with new technologies, and the relationship between and danger of trying to control the natural world. Other readings will provide context for the woeful creature (who most students don’t blame for murder!) and his creator’s madness, along with other literature, films, games about recalcitrant and unrepentant murderers and scientists. The novel, because it has been so popular for 200 years, lives on in the discussions about what it is to be human in a digital world. We’ll attend the on-campus movie nights in celebration of Frankenstein and collaborate with students at University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University through blogging and live-tweeting.
ENGL 20: The Graphic Novel
Edwin Sams, F 9:30-12:15
We take an historical approach tracing the growth of this genre from comic strips to comic books to underground comix to graphic novels. In English 20 we read such classics as Will Eisner’s A Contract with God and Art Spiegelman’s Maus, along with favorites like Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis and Gene Luen Yang’s American Born Chinese, as well as Michael Chabon’s literary novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay. There is a 3000-word writing requirement, two tests, and a final exam, a group PowerPoint assignment and various participation activities.
ENGL 22: Fantasy and Science Fiction
Paul Douglass, TR 10:30-11:45
We will read some of the foundational texts in both fantasy and science fiction. Authors may include: H. G. Wells, Karl Capek, Philip K. Dick, J.R.R. Tolkien, William Gibson, Ursula K. LeGuin, Neil Gaiman. We will also look at modern mythologies being developed in graphic novels and video games.
ENGL 50: Beginnings to the “American” Experiment
Nancy Stork, TR 1:30-2:45
Exploration of Anglo-Saxon, Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Colonial Writings in Britain and America. Class engages literary text, literary history, and historical events that shape the literature of the period.
ENGL 60: The Emergence of “British” and “American” Literatures (1680 to 1860)
Noelle Brada-Williams and Paul Douglass, TR 1:30-2:45
Exploring the genres and innovations of literature written in English from the Restoration period after the English Civil War up until the American Civil War 180 years later, this class will engage literary text, literary history, and historical events that shape the literature. English 60 examines literary innovation in the Neoclassical, Romantic, and early Victorian periods in both Britain and America, with a particular focus on colonialism and the transatlantic slave trade that binds the two sides of the Atlantic together during this era.
ENGL 70: Emerging Modernisms and Beyond
William Wilson, MW 4:30-5:45
Part of the new survey sequence, English 70 is a 3-credit course that explores Modernist and twentieth-century writings of Britain and America. The class will engage literary texts, literary history, and historical events that shape the literature of the period, 1860 to the present.
ENGL 71: Creative Writing
Sally Ashton, TR 12:00-1:15
So you want to write? Be sure you do, because write you will! This course will introduce you to techniques writers in all literary genres use to craft works of memorable non-fiction, fiction, and poetry. We will use short form readings, small group workshop, studio assignments, and your own experimental writing—lots of it—to discover strategies common to all three forms. Pre-requisite: At minimum the completion of English 1A. Excellent composition skills are the first step to any Creative Writing.
ENGL 71: Creative Writing
Jill Logan, MW 12:00-1:15
Selena Anderson, W 4:30-7:15
Robert James TR 10:30-11:45
David Perez TR 1:30-2:45
Alan Soldofsky, Online
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 100A: Writing Competency through Genres
Allison St. Dennis, MW 12:00-1:15
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 reflective 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 for English Majors
Katherine Harris, TR 10:30-11:45
English 100W is an integrated writing and literature course in which students will develop advanced proficiency in college-level writing. Beyond providing repeated practice in planning and executing essays, and advancing students’ understanding of the genres, audiences, and purposes of college writing developed in Written Communication 1A and 1B, English 100W broadens and deepens those abilities to include mastery of the discourse specific to the field of English studies, with an emphasis on close and careful reading of literary texts. Frankenstein, in celebration of the bicentennial, will cap our semester of study.
ENGL 100W: Writing Workshop
Dalia Sirkin, MW 1:30-2:45
Karen English, TR 9:00-10:15
Advanced workshops in Reading and Composition.
ENGL 100WB: Written Communication – Business
John Hessler, M 6:00-8:45; T 6:00-8:45; W 6:00-8:45; R 6:00-8:45
Sheree Kirby, M 9:00-11:45
Laimin Lo, W 9:00-11:45; F 9:30-12:15
Leanne Lindelof, T 6:00-8:45
Carlos Mujal, W 6:00-8:45
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 organizational 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
Revathi Krishnaswamy, MW 10:30-11:45
Study of various historical and contemporary approaches to literature, including New Criticism, structuralism and post-structuralism, New Historicism, Marxism, psychoanalysis, post-colonialism, feminism, queer theory, and ecocriticism. An emphasis will be placed on learning to apply these different methods of interpretation through a workshop format. Co-requisite: ENGL 100W
ENGL 101: Introduction to Literary Criticism
Katherine Harris, TR 9:00-10:15
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 foundational twentieth-century theory as well as contemporary approaches to literature (Feminist, Queer, Marxist, Post-Colonial, and Digital Humanities theories). 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 text. Co-requisite: ENGL 100W.
ENGL 103: Modern English
Nancy Stork, TR 9:00-10:15
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 correctness, 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 ReedKellogg Diagrams.
ENGL 105: Seminar in Advanced Composition
Ryan Skinnell, TR 10:30-11:45
Advanced expository writing.
ENGL 106: Editing for Writers
Mark Thompson, TR 12:00-1:15
In this class, we cover all the fundamentals that writers need to know about editing and working as a professional editor. This includes proofreading and copyediting, as well as sentence-level and document-level editing. The Basics? Fix gnarly sentences. Make ugly paragraphs pretty. Learn how to work with other writers. Learn how to get editing jobs. Gain the confidence to explain your edits and defend them against the howling mobs! Required class for Professional and Technical Writing concentration.
ENGL 110: Visual Rhetoric & Document Design
Mark Thompson, TR 10:30-11:45
Combines visual rhetorical theory with design techniques to teach writers about the visual aspects of written and digital communication. In this hands-on course, students will design documents, including a poster, a book chapter, and promotional materials for local nonprofits.
ENGL 112A: Children’s Literature
Roohi Vora, TR 9:00-10:15
Clare Browne, TR 4:30-5:45
Study of literature for elementary and intermediate grades, representing a variety of cultures. Evaluation and selection of texts.
ENGL 112B: Literature for Young Adults
Mary Warner, T 4:30-7:15
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 Meaning --introduce YA literature’s genres, demonstrate the complexity of the best YA lit, and provide author/book resources. Book Talks, a book to film paper, and a unit of study/annotated bibliography requirement deepen student knowledge of YA Literature. The 4th credit enhancement includes the options of field experience and creating a blog devoted to a sub-genre of YA Lit.
ENGL 123B: Literature for Global Understanding: Africa
Balance Chow, MW 10:30-11:45
Different regions of Africa will be visited by way of traditional and modern texts addressing topics such as Afrocentrism, slave trade, colonialism and decolonization, racism, genocide, language, class, gender, religion, modernity, globalization, war, political movements, and social activism. Presentations, short papers, research project, and exams required. Covers SJSU Studies in Area V.
ENGL 123C: Literature for Global Understanding: Oceania
Balance Chow, MW 1:30-2:45
Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, as well as New Zealand and Australia will be visited by way of texts addressing topics such as navigation, migration, colonialism, genocide, ethnicity, language, class, gender, religion, cultural hybridity, modernity, globalization, war, tourism, ethnology, mythology, and indigenous movements. Presentations, short papers, research project, and exams required. Covers SJSU Studies in Area V.
ENGL 125: European Literature: Homer to Dante
William Wilson, TR 4:30-5:45
Classical and medieval literature in translation: Homer, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Virgil, and Dante.
ENGL 130: Writing Fiction
Selena Anderson, MW 12:00-1:15
Tommy Mouton, TR 12:00-1:15
English 130 is a fiction workshop class in which each student will write two 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 two 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, MW 10:30-11:45
This course focuses on work: the work of the poet, and the work of the poem. The work of the poet 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. Let’s get to work writing, reading, and discussing poetry, poetic device, your work and discoveries including a visit to the San Jose Museum of Art.
ENGL 133: Reed Magazine
Cathleen Miller, T 3:00-5:45
As an encore to Reed Magazine’s 150th-anniversary edition, for No. 151 we will create our first-ever themed issue, an ode to California, both the state and the state of mind. Students produce each edition of Reed, and in the process, create the ultimate portfolio piece for their future job aspirations, a copy of the West’s oldest literary journal with their name on the masthead. 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: email@example.com.
ENGL 135: Writing Nonfiction
Thomas Moriarty, TR 3:00-4:15
In this writing workshop, we will read, discuss, and have the opportunity to write in all the genres of creative nonfiction, with a special emphasis on the short essay. We will discuss and critique each other’s work, read pieces from well-known practitioners, and explore nonfiction’s many shapes, forms, and possibilities.
ENGL 139: Visiting Authors
Alan Soldofsky, MW 1:30-2:45
Students will read the works of contemporary writers visiting the Center for Literary Arts during the current semester. Includes meetings with visiting authors and attending their various presentations. See www.litart.org for a calendar of events.
ENGL 141: Medieval Literature
Nancy Stork, TR 10:30-11:45
A wide range of texts from a wide range of cultures, all of them medieval. Texts may include the Volsung Saga, Njal’s Saga, Old English Riddles, Perceval, other Arthurian romances, Marie de France, The letters of Heloise and Abelard and the incorrectly-titled ―”Art of Courtly Love”. Learn how courtly love was invented in the 19th century and see what the Middle Ages is really about.
ENGL 144: Shakespeare I
Mark Dowdy, MW 9:00-10:15
This course will introduce you to some of the major plays of William Shakespeare. Each play will be considered both within the context of the cultural and political atmosphere in early modern England and through the critical lenses provided 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. 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 and Performance
Adrienne Eastwood, MW 1:30-2:45
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. 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. Students will respond to each Shakespearean play text through both writing and oral interpretation, integrating speech and dramatic performance with an understanding of the complexities of plot, characterization, and dramatic form. Required for the English Single-Subject Credential.
ENGL 163: American Literature 1865-1945
Samuel Maio, MW 12:00-1:15
Through close reading of selected works of American literature related to social issues, this course will cover the rise of realism and the beginnings of naturalism and modernism. Authors will include Walt Whitman, Edith Wharton, Kate Chopin, Charles W. Chesnutt, Frank Norris, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Zora Neale Hurston, Willa Cather, and John Fante. [Please note that the period for English 163 is 1865—1945, not 1865—1915 as incorrectly listed in the course schedule.]
ENGL 165: Topics in Ethnic American Literature
Selena Anderson, MW 3:00-4:15
ENGL 169: Ethnicity in American Literature
Jennifer Johnson, TR 12:00-1:15
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 Americans, Chicanos, Latinos and American Indians.