Fall 2016 Literature & Rhetoric Course Offerings

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English Literature and Rhetoric Courses Fall 2016 – Rev

ENG 10CT: Introduction to Literature

This course is designed to develop and intensify the student’s aesthetic, intellectual, and emotional response to imaginative literature. It is designed as an introductory course in literature for students who are not majoring or minoring in literature, is intended to be used almost exclusively as a course in General Education, and is not applicable to the Major in the B.A. in English/General or Professional Writing, to the specialization in the B.S. in Secondary Education/English, or to the Minor in Literature.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

ENG 100WI: Principles of Literary Analysis

This course will examine basic literary terms and genres and their manifestation in the theme and form of selected works of poetry, drama, and fiction. Required for English General and Secondary Education/English majors, and Literature minors.
Prerequisites: ENG 23

ENG 101CDCT: World Literature I

World Literature I surveys literary masterpieces from the Ancient period to the Renaissance, focusing on texts outside the traditional canons of American and British Literature. Particular attention will be given to those texts and authors that have had the greatest impact on our literary world.
Prerequisites: ENG 23

ENG 102CDCT: World Literature II

Intensive reading of selected masterpieces of world literature which reflect the evolution of human thought, to develop in the student the power of discrimination and the habit of evaluating. Either semester may be taken independently.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

ENG 105CTCD: Experiences in American Literature

This course covers representative and foundational period writings in American literature. Particular attention is given to works that illuminate national literary development, intellectual and cultural history, and ideals.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or ENG 25

ENG 106CTCD: Experiences in British Literature

This course draws upon texts of the British Isles from the earliest known writing through the present and includes a variety of genres. In this wide-ranging course, students will read (or otherwise experience) a focused selection of British literature that explores the connections and innovations of the literature that continues to shape the world.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or ENG 25

ENG 119CTVL: American Genre Film

A genre approach to film study designed to introduce the general student to basic concepts in film criticism, aesthetics and history.
Prerequisites:ENG 23 or its equivalent (May not be used to fulfill General Education requirement in Literature.)

ENG 121: Current Themes in Literature – Science Fiction

Critical analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of modern science fiction, novels and shorter works.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

ENG 127CTWI: Current Themes in English – Ghost Stories

This course examines the ghost story as a literary genre from its earliest manifestations in myth and legend through contemporary times, including local ghost lore of the Kutztown area.
Prerequisites: ENG 23, ENG 24, or ENG 25

ENG 128: Current Themes in Literature – The Thriller

This course introduces students to popular novels best categorized as thrillers. Thrillers feature heart-gripping suspense and heroic people struggling to survive and often save lives or even the world. Students will read and discuss representative novels from such sub-genres as psychological thrillers, supernatural thrillers, spy thrillers, and military thrillers. Some may be current, while others may be of historical interest, as well. Students may also be asked to watch and discuss films that are categorized as thrillers. This course is particularly for non-majors who need to fulfill a general education humanities requirement.

ENG 132CTCD: Contemporary Gay and Lesbian Literature

This course will focus on contemporary gay and lesbian literature with an emphasis on fiction written after the 1969 Stonewall riots. As a relatively new field of literary studies, gay and lesbian literature represents a wide, creative and challenging oeuvre. Novels, poetry, and drama written by and/or about gay men and women will be examined in connection with identity and gender politics, social movements, camp, feminist and queer theory, and the influence of the AIDS epidemic.
Prerequisites:ENG 23

ENG 137CDCT: Experiences in African American Literature

Students of this course will be challenged as they intensively survey the oral and literary tradition of literature and music written and performed by African Americans from the eighteenth century to the present. Students will read works in different literary and musical genres as they survey African-American literature from its beginnings through the 21st century poetry, prose, slave narratives, and fiction, including the corresponding history that encourage the literary production and movements in and by Black Americans.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or ENG 25

ENG 139: Current Themes in Literature – Literature and Psychology

In this course, students will use concepts from contemporary psychology to analyze literary works from a variety of genres. Approaching literature through psychology can add greatly to our understanding of literary creation and consumption, and it can teach us about social dynamics and human motivations. This course will consider how authors create their identities, how literary works change our ways of thinking, and how the exchange between literature and psychology increases our understanding of human nature.

ENG 141CTVL: Literature and Film

Designed to give the student an opportunity to consider the similarities and dissimilarities between literature and film. The focus for such a consideration is several literary works that have been made into
films or upon which films have been based. Specific attention is given to structural aspects common to both, such as imagery, language, theme, and point of view. Critical theories relevant to literature and film provide the student with additional areas of study.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

ENG 145: Fairy Tale

Why do we still care about fairy tales? What makes them so popular and so relatable to our modern lives? To answer these questions, this course examines classic fairy tales, from their earliest oral and written roots to current representations and transformations. It explores the origins of fairy tales and traces their continual evolution in response to their cultural settings. We will study a number of individual tales in depth, read fairy tales and poetry by contemporary authors, and views films that both depict traditional tales and re-interpret them.

ENG 219CTVL: Culture and Media

A course designed to apply a group of diverse texts in cultural criticism and theory to the discursive practices of particular media, specifically public relations and advertising.
Prerequisites:ENG 23

ENG 221: Jane Austen – Early Woman Novelist, Modern Media Property

This course examines the work of Jane Austen in her multiple roles as the pioneering woman novelist of two centuries ago, the major canonical novelist she became recognized as in the twentieth century, and the living presence in contemporary culture that she remains. Approaches will include historicist, feminist, and multimedia.
Prerequisites:ENG 23 or equivalent

ENG 222: Conventions of English Grammar

This course surveys the fundamentals and conventions of English grammar and syntax. Topics include lexical categories, phrase structure, clause structure, modification, subordination, punctuation, and language acquisition. Additional attention is given to stylistic concerns in order to sharpen students’ prose. This course is recommended for those pursuing degrees in Professional Writing, English, Elementary Education, and Secondary Education/English although it is open to any student wishing a deeper understanding of English grammar.

ENG 227: American Poetry in the Long 1960’s

This course is devoted to analysis of poetry and poetics written by American authors during the period currently referred to as the long 1960s, encompassing the late 1950s’ intensification of the Cold War through the mid 1970s, when the Vietnam War and the Watergate hearings drew to a close. Students will read closely a wide variety of poetical forms, both free verse and conventional, produced by authors associated with numerous schools and movements, including (though not limited to) the Beats, the confessional poets, the New York School, the language poets, and the Black Arts Movement. Students will examine significant poetics theory produced during the period, and will discuss those theories alongside of popular cultural appropriations of poetical form. Students will read canonical and non-canonical texts, and will think through the texts’ social, political, and aesthetic contexts, situating the works within two turbulent decades of American culture.
Prerequisites:ENG 23, ENG 24 or ENG 25

ENG 230WICT: Advanced Composition

This course invites students to examine and practice writing as an essential tool for exploring, questioning, and creating knowledge in academic, professional and public spaces. Through advanced study in genre conventions, rhetorical tools, grammatical choices and style, students will be better prepared to analyze and respond to academic, professional or public writing tasks. Students will practice sustained research, close reading, deep revision and reflection on writing processes.
Prerequisites: ENG 23, ENG 24 , or ENG 25

ENG 242CTVL: International Cinema

This course is designed to explore the underlying structures of film as a communications medium and as an art form. This course will include both foreign and American films.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

ENG 256CD: Russian Masterpieces in Translation II

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ENG 265WICP: Research Writing in the Humanities

This course provides advanced study of research and research writing in the humanities that will inform students’ work across disciplines, professions, and contexts. Moving beyond the basics of using search engines, students will develop information literacy as they navigate databases and web spaces, closely read academic studies from across disciplines, and interpret visual representations of data. The course moves beyond “library research,” as students conduct first –person research, such as ethnography, case study, oral history, interview, or survey. Students will draft, revise, and present their original research. This course is an elective in the English major.
Prerequisites: ENG 23, ENG 24, or ENG 25

ENG 278CDWI: Women Writers around the World

The focus of this course is modern and contemporary literature by women around the world. Students will read selected fiction, non-fiction and poetry, and examine these works primarily, but not exclusively, from the perspectives of Feminist Critical Theory.
Prerequisites: ENG 23, ENG 34, or ENG 25

ENG 323: Native American Women Writers

This course provides undergraduate students an introduction to selected Native American Women Writers across several genres. Students will experience a variety of writings which move across traditional boundaries (such as nonfiction, poetry, fiction, theory, activist, and so on). The course also provides students an opportunity to consider Indigenous Feminism in theory and practice. Students will consider issues of gender, identity, cross-cultural understanding, individuality and community by intellectually engaging with the texts and performances of Native American women.

ENG 331CTWI: Shakespeare’s Earlier Plays

A study of a selection of Shakespeare’s earlier plays, including among others, The Comedy of Errors, Richard II, Richard III, Henry IV Parts I and II, Henry V, Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night, and of the social, historical, and literary background necessary for their understanding and appreciation. Recordings, movies, and, when possible, “live” and TV productions are utilized.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

ENG 333: Digital Rhetoric and Writing

This course focuses on honing the analysis and production of contemporary digital texts by extending longstanding academic conceptions rooted in the printed word alone. Specifically, the course examines how emerging areas within Rhetoric and Composition such as visual rhetoric, digital writing, and multimodal style are vital in cultivating sophisticated, responsive methods of analysis and production in a variety of online texts. Students will familiarize themselves with issues surrounding the creation, revision, and deployment of digital texts to better understand the complex rhetorics involved when arranging words, images, sounds, coding languages, available designs, fonts, colors, and spaces to make new kinds of 21st century texts and arguments.

ENG 341CDWI: Introduction to Afro-Caribbean Literature

Students of Introduction to Afro-Caribbean Literature study various genres and authors from West Indian countries, including Cuba, Haiti, Martinique, Jamaica, and Trinidad. Authors’ works were originally written in English or translated into English. While students will examine selected Afro-Caribbean texts from within the traditional model of literary criticism, including writing style and skill, content significance, and thematic representation, they will also engage the text’s informing agents, including the critical, socio-political, cultural, and historical motivations that influence the authors’ texts.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or ENG 25

ENG 343CTWI: Nineteenth Century Studies – Poetry 1840-1890

The major Victorian poets, Browning, Tennyson, and Arnold, are studied in detail, and certain minor poets are examined.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

ENG 348WI: Contemporary Drama

Contemporary Drama examines works in English of the previous twenty years. The course includes original plays written in English, translations of plays from other languages into English, as well as new interpretations of revived works. The course discusses themes and subjects in plays relevant to contemporary life: the portrayal of politics, economics and business, treatment of the individual and family, philosophy, religion, sexuality, gender, ethnicity and race, for some examples. The course will also note developments in and illustrations of dramatic theories.
Prerequisites: ENG 23, ENG 24, or ENG 25

ENG 354: Literacy Studies

This course provides undergraduate students with an introduction to the field of Literacy Studies, including its scientific and theoretical foundations, historical and current perspectives on literacy practices, research methods, and implications for teaching reading and writing. A special emphasis is placed on digital literacies. This course is aimed at deepening and complicating students’ understandings of literacies, as they learn to investigate personal and community assumptions about reading and writing, conduct primary and secondary research, and consider the consequences of Literacy Studies for learning, teaching and critically navigating culture. This is an elective course for the undergraduate English major.

ENG 379CTWI: Literary Theory

This course examines the major critical and theoretical texts of western civilization along with the major modern critical approaches to the study, interpretation, and evaluation of literature, and applies such theory to literary works from primarily western writers. This course explores a number of questions and issues that are central to literary studies. Namely, what is literature? What is the function of literature? Is it an aesthetic object that embodies universal truths or a socially constructed text that participates in the cultural discourses and power relations that create it. How do we analyze and evaluate literature in terms of what it represents? What is the role of the literary critic? Are there correct and incorrect ways to read literature? What is the relationship between writers, readers, society, and literature? What do our individual understandings of literature say about each of us as writers, readers, teachers, and literary scholars?
Prerequisites: ENG 23 and ENG 100, or permission of the instructor and the department chair

ENG 430: Rhetorical Traditions and Contemporary Renditions

This course studies the histories of rhetoric as well as contemporary intersections and applications across disciplines. Depending on the particular interests of the professor, one or more specific area(s) such as media, popular culture, sciences, feminisms and gender studies, composition studies, literary theories, literacies, global issues, pedagogy, arts, and political discourse will be chosen for a more detailed study. Critical to the course are the writing assignments that allow students to examine issues in more depth and explore alternative rhetorical stances and situations.


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