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~ Kelly Emery
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You spend so much time on the internet, but how much time do you spend thinking about the internet? Congress just voted to make it easier for telecomm companies to collect and sell your online search activity, without your consent. Do you agree with this policy? Do you know what net neutrality is and how it affects your online privacy? Swipe right on this opportunity to explore the digital tools and communities that are an integral part of your online life. Learn some digital basics and best practices that help you to answer: What is the internet actually? How can we best use it? Learn to think conceptually about digital habits. How are we being changed by computers? How are evolving technologies helping or harming us? We will survey a wide variety of approaches, ideas, and artifacts: from media theory to memes; from fiction to online games. Digital studies involves examining primary and secondary texts as well as doing experiments and building digital artifacts. By the end of the semester, you will challenge your creative and critical abilities with a final digital project.
ENGL 101 does not count toward the English major, the English Education majors nor the English minor and is not open to English majors, English Education majors, nor English minors.
ENGL 101 satisfies a Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities Requirement.
You will be introduced to several literary genres. While exploring short fiction, poetry, and drama, we analyze various techniques that writers use in creating and communicating their vision. We’ll also discuss the significance of literature, the way it represents reality, the way it becomes reality. You will learn to identify the elements of fiction, poetry, and drama; develop skills in close readings of texts; and respond to those readings in discussions, online postings, and formal papers.
ENGL 101 counts toward the Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities requirement.
Enroll in Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! Finish your 7 years in just one semester. We will read all seven books in the series and hold lively discussions.
ENGL 151 does not count toward the English major, the English Education major, nor the English minor. It is not open to English majors, English Education majors, nor English minors.
English majors and minors who want to take a Harry Potter course should enroll in ENGL 371-010 - Studies in Fiction: "Harry Potter: N.E.W.T. Level"
ENGL 151 satisfies the Group A-Creative Arts and Humanities Breadth Requirement.
“Ancestral texts” are those myths and story cycles that we return to again and again in our culture as we quest to understand who we are and what our place in the world might be. We will explore the four different (and at times related) traditions of the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, of Greece, and of Rome which will raise many fascinating questions: What are the values these works and traditions establish? What do they say about the relationship between men, women, and the forces that shape our lives? What are the conceptions of the world that these texts make possible? How did later writers boldly revise and add to the stories found in older texts in order to fit new modes of experience and understanding? The answers to these important questions strengthen our understanding about the relationships between literary representation, reality, culture, and society. Ancestral texts live on in many ways in the present, 21st century moment. Come join us in brief lectures, class discussion, group work, exams, short papers, and a creative project.
ENGL 202 satisfies:
A soldier returns to the mid-West scarred by war, a woman loses her child while in captivity, a sleep-walker commits a crime, a woman discovers her sexuality, a sensitive man cannot make a decision, a woman poisons her lover, a drunken man takes a gangster’s girlfriend outside at a party: from the first American woman poet to Hemingway and the hungover fiction of the 1930s, this course traces major themes in American literature such as women’s narratives of captivity by Native Americans, the Gothic and horror writing, the emergence of the feminist heroine in the nineteenth century, writing slavery, writing the Civil War, the city in fiction, literature from the deep South, and others. Together these themes build up a vision of the American imagination and its history giving you a close and inner look at American life over time.
ENGL 204 fulfills the Group B: History & Cultural Change Breadth Requirement.
Imagine a world in which it was okay to write on walls; in which you might leave someone a message by scratching it on their desk, their door, or on a pane of glass, but the only book you had was, perhaps, a Bible; when books, let alone a library, were something you had heard of, but seen only at a distance. Writing was everywhere; but books were not. Imagine also that just because you knew how to read did not mean that you knew how to write—but that if you did, you might know how to write in several different scripts or “hands” that you would use for different purposes. Mind you, writing was painful. Your hands would be covered in cuts from having to sharpen your own pens from a quill. Writing was messy - you had to mix your own ink; and you’d re-use every last scrap of paper because there was so little of it, writing in all directions. Imagine also that you were brimming over with ideas, stories, plots, and somehow had to get them out. How might you do it? Where might you go? Who would ever know? Or stranger still, what if you didn’t even care if anyone ever knew your name—all you wanted was for someone to remember the story you had written. The world you are asked you to imagine is essentially the world writers inhabited from 900-1660 C. E., close to a thousand years of what today we call British Literature. You will inhabit the world of writing from this period, and investigate what writing was, how it came to be, who and what it was for, and why we should care about it today.
ENGL 205 fulfills the Group B: History & Cultural Change Breadth requirement.
Imagine all of the novels, poems, and plays that British authors have written from the 17th Century to today. The works would literally fill the streets of London and beyond. We will sample these works to see how they reflected the culture of their times or advanced philosophical thought and social opinion. We will ask, what characteristics are unique to a particular literary period? How has literature changed or, in some ways, remained the same? Why do certain works have a more lasting impact than others? In the end, you’ll practice the skills that help you to become a more critical reader as well as a more responsive writer.
ENGL 206 counts toward satisfying the Group B. History & Cultural Change Breadth Requirement.
What is poetry? Why do we write it and why should we study it? Along the way, we’ll look at the various tools poets use as they work their art. Discover the ways poets and poetry work. ENGL 207 will teach you to identify and use poetic terms, recognize poetic forms and techniques, read a poem closely, and respond to poetry in discussions, online postings and papers.
ENGL 207 satisfies a Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities Requirement.
Drama is one of the oldest forms of storytelling, combining the written word with live performance. Drama can unite or divide; comfort or provoke; and reflect or challenge social norms. We will study and discuss a range of plays that exemplify a variety of dramtic structures.
ENGL 208 satisfies a Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities Requirement.
Many psychologists believe that people who don’t read fiction have a narrower outlook on life, are less imaginative, and find it hard to put themselves in other people’s shoes. Studies have also shown that reading fiction makes you a better problem-solver because, through fiction, you already have experience interacting with a wider variety of people, places and situations than you ever would in real life. Fiction helps you to, “think outside the box.” You’re invited to build your creative-thinking skills through the exploration of masterworks of fiction.ENGL 209 counts toward satisfying the Group A: Creative Arts and Humanities Breadth requirement.
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