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~ Jimmy Daly
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~ Michael A. Iannucci
"My studies provided a solid background in literature and honed my critical skills for my own writing."
~ Catherine Carter
"I made lifelong friends and I got my butt kicked intellectually. I’m eternally grateful for both."
~ Alexander Long
"The friendship and support of my mentors helped me to grow tremendously as a writer."
~ Erinn Batykefer
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~ Rachel A. Gearhart
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~ Mary Akhimien
"I honed my writing & research on diverse issues of the human condition, focusing on ethics and civic justice."
~ Brian Byrd
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~ Rachel Eliza Griffiths
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~ Wallace McKelvey
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~ Matt O'Donnell
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~ Sara Linton
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~ Kelly Emery
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~ Danielle Allen
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Welcome to the world of literary genres including short fiction, poetry, and drama. Learn various techniques that writers use in creating and communicating their vision. Let’s discuss the significance of literature in the way it represents reality and the way it becomes reality.
ENGL 101 satisfies a Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities Requirement.
From Beowulf through Godzilla, texts have used monsters to process society's hopes and fears. This themed survey course will connect classic novels like Frankenstein with recent texts like Netflix's "Stranger Things" to explore our ongoing relationship with monstrosity.
“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.
How do you define your identity? What forces enable and/or complicate its formation? Looking beyond yourself, how do you define the identity of others? How do the intersections of gender, ethnicity, and religion factor in the process? And what role has the novel form played in articulations and negotiations of identity in different cultural contexts? Our survey of the novel will begin with these animating questions. We will examine the ways that writers from different regions--including Latin America, Africa, and South Asia—have used this art form to explore and grapple with the forces that shape identity for both individuals and communities.
ENGL 209 counts to satisfy the Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities requirement.
How does culture “work”? How do attitudes about race, class, gender and/or sexuality shape the movies and TV you watch, the music you listen to, and the online media you view? We will analyze culture and you will produce works of cultural criticism that express your unique views of your world. ENGL 215 satisfies the university Multicultural requirement.
Learn the concepts of cinematic literacy and explore how we watch films, why our viewing habits seem so natural and inevitable, and how films affects us. We will consider the different techniques that films use to shape our thoughts and emotions such as: acting, mise-en-scene, cinematography, editing, sound, color, and special effects. Weekly screenings of films will illustrate each filmmaking technique and provide material for discussion. The goal is to encourage you to watch movies more thoughtfully and critically.
ENGL 217 satisfies the Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities Breadth requirement.
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