Spring 2016 Course Offerings

Spring 2016 English Department Course Offerings

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ENG 10: 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 22: Introduction to College Composition

This is an introductory writing course designed to increase students’ writing proficiency and prepare them for the work of ENG 23. ENG 22 focuses on the writing process and provides an introduction to critical thinking and analytical writing. Students gain experience in writing in variety of genres which may include, but are not limited to, proposals, reviews, personal narratives, digital texts, rhetorical analyses, persuasive essays, reports, and critical analysis. Readings are assigned to provoke discussions, provide opportunities for the analysis and synthesis of arguments, and to generate essay topics. Particular attention is paid to topic generation, focus, purpose and development. In addition, mechanics of Standard Edited American English, which may include diction, grammar, syntax, usage, and structure, are addressed as part of the process of writing; however, the focus of this course is not grammar instruction. Students completing this course must still complete ENG 23 or ENG 25 to fulfill the General Education requirement in composition.

ENG 23: College Composition I

This is a sustained examination of and practice with college-level writing. Students will generally take ENG 023 in their first year of college. The course focuses on the writing process and provides sustained practice in critical thinking, reading, and writing demanded by academic, public, and professional writing. Students gain experience in writing in a variety of genres which may include, but are not limited to, proposals, reviews, personal narratives, digital texts, rhetorical analyses, persuasive essays, reports, and critical analysis essays. Readings are assigned to provoke discussions, provide opportunities for the analysis and synthesis of arguments, and finally to generate essay topics. Particular attention is paid to research processes and the conventions of including research in texts. In addition, the mechanics of good writing, which may include diction, grammar, syntax, usage, and structure are addressed as part of the process of writing; however, the focus of this course is not grammar instruction. ENG 023 (or ENG 025) is a General Education requirement for all students in all majors. In addition, ENG 23 is a prerequisite for all upper-division English department courses.

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 105CDCT: 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 106CDCT: 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 111: The Bible as Literature

This course offers a study of the Bible from a secular, literary perspective. The Bible contains an astonishingly rich variety of genres including narrative fiction, history, lyric poetry, wisdom literature, prophecy, parable, apocalyptic writing, and letters. Students in this course will gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of this extremely important and influential part of Western literary heritage.

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 120WI: Apocalyptic Fiction

This course explores fiction about global catastrophes and the struggle to survive and rebuild civilization following them. This course is aimed at non-majors and fills basic literature requirements.

ENG 125WI: Detective Fiction

This course teaches critical analysis, interpretation, and evaluation of novels and stories of detection. This course is aimed at non-majors and fills basic literature requirements.

ENG 129CDWI: Jazz Culture

This course explores the special relationship shared by Jazz and Literature. The course will put the literature about jazz culture into conversation with jazz music, jazz film, jazz dance, jazz theater, and other jazz arts.
Prerequisites:ENG 23,ENG 24, or ENG 25

ENG 137CDCT: 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 139CTWI: Literature & 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 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 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 225CDWI: Teaching of Adolescent Literature

This course will include the study of several classic literary works commonly read by high school students but will focus more intensively on the study of modern and contemporary works written for adolescents.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

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 234: Ethnic American Literature

This course is an introduction to selected literary writings by 20th century Asian-American, Native American, and Latino authors, with a critical survey of major themes as well as narrative techniques and strategies.
Prerequisites:ENG 23 or its equivalent

ENG 238: African Diasporic Literature

African Diasporic Literature will introduce students to a broad sampling of the literature written originally in French, Spanish, and Portuguese, and translated into English, by people of African descent dispersed in such places as Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guadeloupe Haiti,Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela. These, and other, places where people tracing their descent to Africa reside, constitute the African Diaspora. The course will be found useful by students in English,Secondary Education, Modern Languages, Women Studies, and General Education.

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 255CD: Masterpieces in Russian Literature in English Translation I

This course entails an in-depth study in English translation of selected masterpieces of Russian literature. This course deals with Russian literature from Pushkin through Tolstoy.

ENG 272: Women and Violence in Contemporary Literature and Film

This course will investigate the complex relationship women around the world have with violence. Though formerly only regarded as those in need of protection, women who perpetrate violence have forced a shift in gender roles ascribed to violence. Looking at written and visual texts that depict women as both victims/survivors and perpetrators of violence will allow students to discuss the ways women’s shifting role in violent movements and in texts has changed both the gender ideology and the political climate in a rapidly globalizing world. This course work will look at the ways women’s relationship to violence is constructed and question ideas that women are “naturally” non-violent. While this course does not condone the use of violence, it does study ways women use violent tactics to resist oppression, enact revenge, and find a voice.
Prerequisites: ENG 23, ENG 24, or ENG 25

ENG 274CDWI: Women, Writing, and Rhetoric

While the spoken and written word have long been studied for their rhetorical intent and success, this study has been conducted primarily through a male lens. As such, women’s contributions to rhetoric throughout history, like so many other aspects of women’s experience, have yet to be fully explored. Women, Writing, and Rhetoric seeks to expand the study of rhetoric with a multi-layered consideration of how rhetoric has been informed by, and informs, a female consciousness. This is an elective course for English majors and Women’s Studies minors.
Prerequisites:ENG 23, ENG 24, ENG 25

ENG 317CTWI: From Science to Séance – Pseudoscience and Spiritualism in Nineteenth Century Literature

This course examines the 19th century fascination with bizarre phenomena such as mesmerism, séances, and weird science of all kinds. Students will read British and American literary and theoretical texts that engage with contemporary scientific, pseudoscientific, and spiritualist theories and practices, including evolution, phrenology, and mediumship.
Prerequisites: ENG 23, ENG 24, or ENG 25

ENG 332CTWI: Shakespeare’s Later Plays

A study of a selection of Shakespeare’s later plays including among others, Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, Macbeth, Troilus and Cressida, the Winter’s Tale and The Tempest, 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 334: Introduction to English Linguistics

A comprehensive study of the grammar of American English: its sound system, its morphological system, and its syntax from the structural and generative-transformational standpoints.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

ENG 353CTWI: Development of the Drama

A comprehensive study of world drama from its beginnings to the late 19th century.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

ENG 360CTWI: Contemporary British & Irish Literature

The Rocky Horror Picture Show as social commentary??? Feminist fairy tales that have been banned in schools??? A drunken youth tossing typewriters off of a bridge and modern disillusioned hero set 1000 years in the past? It’s all in Contemporary British and Irish Literature. This class will explore the exciting world of contemporary writers. We will focus on the high creativity and important social questions that form the body of this current literature. Beginning with the Angry Young Men movement on the 1960’s, we will explore social displacement and rebellion against the status quo. We will then move on the the feminist fairy tales and high creativity of Angela Carter- an incredible writer who broke through the patriarchal walls of contemporary literature to create fantastical tales that continue to inspire. We’ll explore communal living and the escape from repression in Iris Murdoch’s magical novel, The Bell. We’ll uncover the ancient bog bodies in the poetry of Seamus Heaney and examine how these ancient bones reflect our current problems with violence. We will study the highly challenging new novel by Paul Kingsnorth,The Wake. Written in what the author calls a “shadow language” this incredible book is a post-apocalyptic story set 1000 years in the past. And, yes, we’ll study the social significance and cult popularity of The Rocky Horror Picture Show… ‘nuff said?
Prerequisites: ENG 23

ENG 370-10: Punk Culture in America

Punk—as style, genre, attitude—is most frequently recognized as a musical phenomenon, which emerged in the mid-1970s as an anarchic, sometimes satiric, always disruptive force. This course broadens that popular concept, engaging a series of cultural moments—1968-1975 and 1979-1984—that are crucial for our understanding of punk’s appearance and elaboration in the United States. The course will examine a number of artifacts that articulated and incorporated punk’s style and energy: records and reviews, but also prose fiction, film, visual arts, graphic narrative, and theoretical discourse. Authors and artists that will be given significant attention include the Stooges, Lester Bangs, Samuel R. Delany, Patti Smith, Black Flag, Los Bros. Hernandez, Kathy Acker, X, Linda Hutcheon, Greil Marcus, Fredric Jameson, and Raymond Williams.

ENG 370-20: Comics Studies

This class is an exploration of the medium of comics in its various forms, from the comic strip to the comic book to the graphic novel to the web comic. Students will investigate historical and contemporary, independent and mainstream, and American and international comics; develop a vocabulary for examining the specific features of the medium; and examine how authors and artists have deployed those features in a range of different contexts.

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 380: Senior Seminar in English

A study of special topics in English and American Literature in preparation for the comprehensive examination. Required of all students in the B.A./English General program.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

ENG 438: Major Modern Dramatists

Think you know Ibsen from reading A Doll’s House?  Think you know Tennessee Williams from The Glass Menagerie? Think again! Tired of reading the same classics over and over? Fasten your seatbelts, for your assumptions will be rocked when you discover what lies beyond the typical, over anthologized, drawing-room Modern Dramas.  Avoiding the ‘tried-and-true’ plays, this class will dive into chosen writers’ lessor known works, giving our MA students and educators a stronger knowledge beyond the typically taught dramas. We explore the rise of Modern Drama by intensely focusing our studies on the works of the most creative and exciting playwrights of the Modern era including Ibsen, Strindberg, Pirandello, and Brecht. Trouble is, they’re only known by one or two works! These playwrights’ oeuvres develop stylistically from traditional naturalism into expressionistic dream-worlds of searing beauty, at times impossible to stage in their lifetimes. This semester, we’ll focus on the playwrights lesser known plays and examine the stylistic changes from naturalism to haunting expressionism. Additionally, we’ll read some turbo-charged dramas and innovative, experimental dream-plays, the foundation of today’s politically charged avant-garde theatre.  Furthermore, we will explore their influences on contemporary theater by studying 2 non-traditional musicals by the innovator of the modern musical, Stephen Sondheim.  We’ll even take a trip to a hip theater company in NYC! 2 papers,1 final, and lots of dynamic discussions!​
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

Secondary Education

ENU 405WICT: Teaching Writing

This course focuses on the roots of composition in classical rhetoric, research into composition problems and devices and techniques that lead to effective instruction in composition.

Professional Writing

WRI 100WICT: Contemporary Issues in Professional Writing

This course introduces students to the range of career opportunities and responsibilities within the field. Faculty members from the professional writing staff will assist the professor of record in developing and presenting an introduction to their respective areas of expertise. Other working professionals – including faculty from other departments, alumni, and area writers and/or employers interested in developing writing talent and/or in sharing their expertise – will be invited to participate when appropriate. Because the course provides an introduction to and overview of professional writing, students should complete the course early in their program.

WRI 205WI: Scientific Writing

The writing of formal reports and technical and scientific papers.

WRI 207WICT: Writing for the Workplace

Theory of and practice in written business communication. Letters and memoranda, reports, and a research paper are required. Models and case studies are used extensively.

WRI 208WI:Creative Writing – Exploring Form

This course explores the various forms of creative writing through practical examination of the writing process, writing practice in multiple genres, and experiments in the transformations of familiar forms. While the course is useful particularly to creative writers, it is also designed to develop and sharpen academic or professional writing through creative practice. The course will be modeled as an apprentice workshop. In addition to writing, students will read poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama.

WRI 211WI: Journalism I

A study of the methods and philosophy of good journalism. A general survey of the development of journalism in this country and a study of the organization, management, and supervision of the content of school publications are included.

WRI 212WICT: Introduction to Mass Communications

A study of the method and philosophy of mass communications. Historical growth of the mass media is described. Interrelationships of present forms of mass communication are linked to the underlying necessity to write, speak, and think clearly and honestly.

WRI 213WI: Copy and Line Editing

Students in this course edit and re-write manuscript copy as well as their own writing. Emphasis is placed on identifying and correcting errors in grammar, punctuation, sentence structure, and essay structure to produce clear and polished copy.

WRI 214WICT: Magazine Writing

This basic course introduces students to magazine writing. Students learn what constitutes magazine style writing by studying magazine articles from a wide range of publications intended for diverse markets. Students examine the growth and development of the medium, the current state of the industry and trends for the future. Students write magazine articles and study the processes by which articles may be sold to appropriate publications.

WRI 216WICM: Writing for Public Relations

Students in this course analyze and compose various documents related to the field of public relations. Emphasis is placed on shaping perception through crafting clear, direct, and accurate prose.

WRI 220WI: Technical Writing and Communication

Technical Writing and Communication teaches writers how to explain in simple language technical and scientific concepts (or processes) that are difficult for the average reader to understand. Toward that end, students will produce articles and reports on current trends in fields such as science and engineering. In addition, non-scientific fields may be covered, such as medicine, law, music, education, insurance, and banking. Instruction manuals may also be covered, as well as help documents and other process-oriented materials for private companies or governmental agencies. This course in technical writing requires familiarity with the World-Wide Web and some experience with word-processing software.

WRI 226WICP: Desktop Publishing – Writing and Editing

Students in this course write and design short and long newsletters. Publications are created about current issues and for professional organizations. Emphasis is placed on positioning the organization through interesting, newsworthy articles and also on the interaction of text and graphics and the value of clean document design.

WRI 308: Rhetoric and Writing

What is rhetoric? According to Aristotle, it is the ability to see all of the possible means of persuasion in any given situation. So, rhetorical skills and knowledge help you express yourself effectively, whether you are writing an email to a professor, an article for a non-profit newsletter, or an application for graduate school. You may associate the word “rhetoric” with shady arguments and unethical politics. It is true that some practitioners of rhetoric use their skills for unethical purposes, but rhetoric is about way more than the unsavory actions of a few. In Rhetoric and Writing, we will study rhetorical terms and concepts so that you have a vocabulary for discussing the kinds of choices you make in every writing situation. We’ll also study a little of the history of rhetoric to give you a sense of thinking and working within a well-established tradition. Finally, we will examine the use of rhetoric in contemporary situations, potentially to include music, politics, and other cultural issues. Just as importantly, the writing assignments will allow you to practice your rhetorical skills and become more effective rhetors.

WRI 311WI: Creating Writing – Short Fiction

Students in “Creative Writing: Short Fiction” develop writing skills as will enable them to produce original works of fiction. Students read, analyze, and critique each other’s stories as well as those by accomplished fiction writers, and ideas, techniques, and aesthetic concepts are discussed in a workshop setting.

WRI 312WI: Creative Writing – Poetry

Students in “Creative Writing: Short Fiction” develop writing skills as will enable them to produce original works of fiction. Students read, analyze, and critique each other’s stories as well as those by accomplished fiction writers, and ideas, techniques, and aesthetic concepts are discussed in a workshop setting.

WRI 318WI: Sports Writing and Reporting

Sports writing provides students with the tools to write legitimate sports stories worthy of publication. Journalistic fundamentals such as research, interviewing, storytelling, accuracy, editing, and ethics will be stressed. The course will also involve photojournalism and the development of an online sport-related presence. This course requires familiarity with the Internet, access to a digital camera, and experience with word processing and slide show software.

WRI 325WICD: Travel Writing

This course will enable students to write newspaper, magazine and online articles about specific destinations that inform the reader about the culture, history and landscape of a place. This class will not only focus on broader issues like research methods, tone and market appropriateness but also micro-techniques regarding word choice and sentence structure. Students will produce a number of articles of varying styles, including travelogues, travel features, adventure stories and guidebook entries as well as read fine examples of each type of writing. Like most professional travel writers, the student will begin by seeking out inexpensive, close-to-home destinations that might appeal to a broader audience.

WRI 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.

WRI 370-20: Breaking News

This course provides undergraduate students with a more detailed study in the reporting and writing about breaking news, planned and unplanned events that happen and develop quickly in our communities every day. Students will engage with, analyze and respond to breaking stories that develop around them – locally, nationally and internationally – monitoring social media, websites, radio, TV outlets and print news sources. Students will also work in their communities, reporting on and writing about breaking news (small and large, planned and unplanned) as it happens around them. They will report and write short news stories using social media, online and print platforms. There will also be the opportunity to post photographs, sound clips and short video of the news they cover.

WRI 370-30: Personal PR – Marketing the Writer

This course will teach self-marketing strategies for professionals hoping to enter the workplace as full-time or freelance writers. Students will create professional identities for themselves in an online environment. A keystone project of the course will be to design a professional, online portfolio of work. This course will also require students to create a blog about a professional topic with the larger goal of positioning themselves as contributing members of online professional communities.

Graduate Courses

ENG 502: Introduction to English Studies

This course is a revision of and replacement for ENG 502 Problems of Research in English. This course provides beginning graduate students an introduction to the history, traditions, issues, problems, and debates of English Studies. From the perspective of the outsider or newly initiated, the proliferation of areas of interest within English Studies can be confusing if not daunting. It is the goal of this course to familiarize new graduate students with the historical development of English Studies and the shape of English Studies today. Designed as one of the core courses for all English MA students, this course will include studies of the profession, experience in writing professional documents (such as conference proposals, abstracts, book reviews, thesis proposal), practical guidance in relevant research methods, and inquiry into the major theoretical and disciplinary issues and challenges of English Studies. This is a required course of all English MA students.

ENG 511: Contemporary Indigenous Rhetorics

This course provides graduate students with an introduction to the field of Indigenous Rhetorics, including its rhetorical traditions and practices, issues, problems, history, and cultural contexts of various indigenous communities. The goal of this advanced course is to build on students’ existing knowledge about the rhetorical strategies, techniques, and tactics of contemporary indigenous peoples in several genres: creative nonfiction, academic scholarship, stand-up comedy, journalism, political and legal documents, and web presence. Specifically, students will engage with the works of writers, thinkers, performers, artists, and speakers in specific contemporary indigenous communities as these practitioners strive to carve space for their voices and perspectives in the crowded space of modern intellectual thought and practice. This course focuses primarily on Native American Rhetorics. This course is appropriate for those interested in Composition & Rhetoric, Literature and Media Studies. This class may also include the opportunity for digital storytelling, blogging, interviewing, and community engagement. This is an elective course for all English MA students.

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