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ENGL480 Literary Seminar<p>​What does it mean to study literature in a moment of global crisis? It can be hard to insist on the value of books when wildfires and hurricanes are raging, a pandemic has altered global reality, and anti-Black violence continues to rupture society. And yet, in times of crisis, literary study might be more important than ever. We’ll consider how contemporary literature and humanistic scholarship confront urgent issues including migration, racism, xenophobia, and climate justice. We’ll then use this framework to develop independent research projects. ENGL 480 provides a supportive workshop environment in which you’ll hone your skills as a researcher and writer in dialogue with others. You’ll pursue your choice of a literary-critical essay or a public humanities project, culminating with a symposium at the end of the semester.</p><p>ENGL 480 satisfies:</p><p>The English Capstone requirement</p><p>The University Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) requirement</p><p>The University Capstone requirement</p>0
ENGL462 Experiential Learning<p>Whether you want a career in marketing, public relations, technical writing/editing, publishing, social media management, or you plan to go to graduate school or law school, an e-portfolio helps you tailor your materials to showcase your best writing and media samples.  We’ll craft, develop, and edit your work while also analyzing job ads, resumes, cover letters, and how to create a professional social media presence.  At the end of the semester, UD alumni will visit to review and workshop your portfolios. ENGL 462:</p><ul><li>Is reserved for Senior/Junior English majors to satisfy the English Capstone requirement.  </li><li>Satisfies the university Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) requirement and the univeristy Capstone requirement.<br></li></ul><p>  </p>0
ENGL397 Digital Rhetoric<div class="ExternalClassCE3C42A91B504A189232A33B275A294A"><p>Writing doesn't only happen on the printed page. It happens in all of the various modes and media you access every day: The pictures you post on Instagram - the podcasts you listen to - the video games you play. ENGL397 helps guide you through what it means to "write" in the age of digital data: screens, Twitter, Facebook, Snapchat and smart phones. We'll explore how digital technologies and the Internet affect the way we read, write, and think. To expand the concept of writing as more than text, we'll compose and analyze images, videos, and podcasts to learn how they all work together to create meaning.</p> <p>For Fall 2020, ENGL 397 substitutes the ENGL 416 requirement in the Interactive Media minor.<br></p></div>0
ENGL394 English Language: Rhetorical and Cultural Contexts<div class="ExternalClassD1D313A603DD4C9F87837993E477AAB3"><p>ENGL 394 inquires into the English language: age; how it evolves; how it affects and is affected by socio-cultural, economic, political, and historical factors; and how we can use this knowledge productively when interacting with others and with all manner of texts. You will gain an appreciation of diversity in language across time periods, cultures, ethnic groups, geographic regions, and social roles. This knowledge is essential for any aspiring professional; for example, teachers need this awareness when planning for instruction and responding to student work. In a project designed to help you put your knowledge into practice, we will examine the notion of culturally relevant pedagogy and consider how it can guide us in crafting critical readings of and response to student writing. Course requirements include homework assignments such as conducting rhetorical analyses; co-teaching class; researching and making an oral presentation on an aspect of the English language that is of particular interest to you; and compiling a course portfolio and end-of-semester reflection.<br></p><p>English Education majors are urged to take LING101 and ENGL294 before ENGL394.<br></p><p>ENGL394 satisfies the Social & Behavioral Sciences Breadth requirement.</p></div>0
ENGL376 World Literature<p>World literature brings unexpected lessons. Promising to take us beyond our own nation space to the global stage, it often returns to us the complexity of our own situation, asking us to engage with our own frames of reference and our own perspectives. Attending closely to narrative and style, we'll explore how world literature negotiates this distance between us, entangling literary and historical cultures, crossing genres, and blending times and places.</p><p>ENGL 376: </p><ul><li>Satisfies the Cultural Diversity requirement in the English major.  </li><li>Satisfies the Diverse Literature requirement in the English Education major.  </li><li>Satisfies the College Second Writing requirement.</li></ul>0
ENGL373 Studies in Poetry<p>​We're living in Interesting Times. Our spirits are battered and our hearts are hungry. Poetry is one of the ways humans, religious or not, feed their spirits. We'll read spirit-filling poems, write to help us process our hearts' bruises, and talk about how to use poetry to find peace in a wounded world, or use it to heal the world. Sometimes those poems will shout, sometimes they will whisper, sometimes they will laugh, sometimes they will cry. Sometimes they will pray, and sometimes they will howl. The heart needs its own voice, as well as a chorus of voices surrounding it. The times need witnesses. Poetry is one of the best witnesses, and poets are a great chorus. Expect to write daily, read aloud often, and learn poems by heart. </p><p>ENGL 373 satisfies the Second Writing requirement.</p>0
ENGL371-011 Studies in Fiction<p>Why does Stephen King’s earliest work continue to be retold and reimagined in film and television? What does he masterfully reveal about us at our best…and at our nastiest worst? We’ll explore the fiction and film of one of America’s greatest storytellers. </p><p>Open to English majors and minors only.<br></p><p><br></p>0
ENGL371-010 Studies in Fiction<div class="ExternalClass426E61CF00BF4ED48C6553FFEFF10374"><p>Do you consider yourself a Harry Potter expert? Well, only those who could achieve an Outstanding or Exceeds Expectations can handle this N.E.W.T. level exploration of Harry Potter's literary world. Through critical analysis as well as in-depth writing and discussion, you will develop a deeper understanding and appreciation of these texts that many consider modern-day classics.<br>Open to English majors and minors only.</p></div>0
ENGL368 Studies in Literature & Science<p>​When Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution in 1859, his controversial ideas sparked a broad popular debate about how humans should treat each other and the natural world. We’ll track reactions to Darwin’s theory to understand how a non-scientific public interacts with scientific ideas. We’ll explore how a range of works, from Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s feminist utopia <em>Herland</em> to John Wyndham’s postapocalyptic novel <em>The Chrysalids</em>, use evolutionary theory to express their authors' opinions about race, gender, class, and environmental domination. And we’ll question how Darwin and his ideas have been understood, misunderstood, and manipulated from the nineteenth century to now.</p><p>ENGL 368 satisfies the Second Writing requirement.</p>0
ENGL348 Contemporary Jewish-American Literature<p>​What does it mean to be a Jew in America? Since the beginning of the 20th century, Jewish Americans have been major players in our culture yet have often remained invisible or marginal. In music, film, and literature, Jewish stories have become American stories whether we know it or not. Are Jews ethnic outsiders or American insiders?  From Bob Dylan to Steven Spielberg; Bernie Sanders to Sarah Silverman, Jewish Americans give us some of our most influential and popular visions of this country. In this class, we will track those visions through 20th and 21st century literature. We will pay attention to the special brand that is Jewish humor, the experience of immigration and upward mobility, and the fragility of assimilated life in America. Our texts will include short stories, novels, graphic novels, popular music, and films. We will read literature by writers such as Saul Bellow, Philip Roth, Deborah Eisenberg, and Art Spiegelman alongside popular media from 1900 to today.ENGL 348 satisfies:</p><p>•The College Second Writing requirement</p><p>•The Creative Arts & Humanities requirement</p><p>•The Cultural Diversity requirement in the English major</p><p>•The Diverse Literature requirement in the English Education major</p>0
ENGL334 Studies in Environmental Humanities<p>The last several years have focused the country's attention on the parallel crises of environmental catastrophe (especially climate change) and systemic racial injustice. How have the two issues been tangled up together, with similar roots and dire (and predictable) consequences? In addition to examining a variety of environmental issues, from land use and industrial food production to species collapse and public policy, we'll especially explore Native American and African-American history to see how we've arrived at a time in which both social and ecological systems have been damaged, and how we might envision a more just, equitable, and sustainable future. </p><p>ENGL 334:</p><ul><li>Satisfies the Second Writing requirement</li><li>Satisfies an elective in the Environmental Humanities minor </li></ul>0
ENGL318 Studies in Film<p>Cartoons tend to be the movies you’re normally least likely to encounter as objects of analysis. In fundamental ways, then, this topic is counter-intuitive, because you’ll be asked to think hard about some things that don’t want you to think about them. Beginning with the two most obvious questions to ask about cartoons—why do things happen the way they do, and why don’t they happen the same way in every cartoon? We’ll focus on the paramount importance of three abstract ideas cartoons succeed in making concrete: the necessity of rules that govern action, characters, sound, even physics; the way the rules in any given cartoon work to establish a world that feels like a world; and the ways cartoons play with the rules, and ultimately with the world, they establish. The primary goal is to enable you to identify which rules are at work in different cartoons, how the world of one cartoon differs from that of another, and how different cartoons play with their rules and worlds. Because rules, worlds, and play are concepts vital to all fiction, an aim is to develop some analytical skills that will help you understand how all fictional stories work.</p><p>ENGL 318 satisfies the College Second Writing requirement and can be taken up to 3 times when topics vary.</p>0
ENGL317 Film History<p>​The standard histories of Hollywood filmmaking marginalize films made by and about numerous minority groups—African Americans, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and even women, the majority minority—and end up with a canon of movies made mostly by and about able-bodied straight white men. This course develops several alternate histories of American cinema, placing those marginalized voices at the center by considering the ways Hollywood has treated characters who are Black, LGBTQ+, disabled, female, or more than one of these. In addition to watching movies streamed through Morris Library, you'll watch films you've chosen yourself in preparation for writing your own alternate chapters in Hollywood history. </p>0
ENGL308 Reporter's Practicum<p class="ExternalClass7749715A54F945D8BEDFA521DD4C1EB2">Builds on ENGL307 with extensive reporting and writing for the campus newspaper. Attention to libel and privacy issues.</p><p class="ExternalClass7749715A54F945D8BEDFA521DD4C1EB2">ENGL 308 satisfies:</p><div class="ExternalClass7749715A54F945D8BEDFA521DD4C1EB2"><ul><li>The Second Writing Requirement<br></li><li>The university Discovery Learning Experience (DLE) Requirement<br></li></ul></div>0
ENGL306-012 Topics in Writing<p>You'll pair your own creative writing with sequential art that comments on cultural and social issues, and there'll be room for humor too! Finding a graphic style that works well with your written creative work is supported by the examination of language, storytelling, and social justice issues at the center of some of the best examples of a variety of current, graphic novels including: <em>The Oven,</em> a futuristic dystopia set in severe climate change, and <em>A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge</em>, which focuses on the complexity of social outcomes after Hurricane Katrina. If you're a "non-artist", the art component can be handled in a number of ways, from collage to stick figures…just be willing to try.</p><p>ENGL 306 satisfies the College Second Writing requirement. </p>0
ENGL306-011 Topics in Writing<p>As the world is on lockdown, there's never been a higher demand for streaming media entertainment. All small-screen comedies, dramadies, action, sci-fi, detective shows, horror, docu-drama,s and any other genres you can think of, start in a Writers Room (even Zoom writing rooms) with a show-runner and group of writers developing characters, story lines, and dialogue. You'll share that experience in this script workshop where your ideas and talent compete, clash, complement, and ultimately mesh with the talent of others. </p><p>This ENGL 306 section is by department consent to English majors. Seats might also be available for English minors and Writing minors graduating in Spring 2021 or Summer 2021. </p>0
ENGL306-010 Topics in Writing<p>So, before you win your Pulitzer or option your novel into a Netflix series, you'll likely have to earn a living writing a bunch of stuff for other people. You might, as a copywriter, have to make foot cream sound sexy or, as a social media manager, need to make your company or product a viral topic on Twitter or Buzz Feed. This class gives the tools needed to do that and to maybe even get your parents off your back about choosing an "impractical" (not!) major. </p><p>This ENGL 306 section is by department consent to English majors. Seats might also be avaialable for English minors and Writing minors graduating in Spring 2021 or Summer 2021. </p>0
ENGL305 Fiction Writing<div class="ExternalClass7B47F9B8AF25489B8A312AC14EBA2076"><p>You will create and improve your fiction writing the short story in particular and receive guidance in both writing and revising your work. In addition to writing short stories, you'll also read and respond to the writings of workshop peers. Together, we'll work towards developing the sensibility to offer tactful and valuable aesthetic responses to the writing of others, both published writers and your peers in the workshop. You'll learn to respond to your own writing as objectively as possible. The aim is to grow in your knowledge of contemporary writings, authors, and journals in the field.</p><p>ENGL 305 reserved for English & English Ed majors only.<br></p></div>0
ENGL304 Poetry Writing<div class="ExternalClass7037D9CA251346C1890E54AA23362049"><p>We will read, commit to memory, and recite poems. We'll examine and discuss poetic techniques. Over the semester, you'll draft, workshop, revise, and complete a portfolio of 12 poems. Revision emphasis will be on shaping and opening your poems to make art with words.</p><p>ENGL 304 reserved for English majors and English Ed majors only.<br></p></div>0
ENGL295 Introduction to English Education<div class="ExternalClass4EEEBC75645C4BEF9948C858A8BEFD2D"><p>ENGL295 will provide you with an overview of current debates, theories, and promising practices in secondary English education. It will help you explore the idea that what happens inside secondary English classrooms in America is intertwined with what happens outside them, including political climates, population trends, and educational reform strategies. The field experience component will provide a place for you to teach and learn from local students, improve your instructional skills, and enrich your understanding of the course concepts. </p></div>0
ENGL294 English Language: Grammar and Usage<div class="ExternalClassA14CBDF53E3C408EBF0D05DC6356B54A"><p>ENGL 294 involves descriptive study of patterns and structures of language use, with an emphasis on standard written and spoken English; attention to punctuation, mechanics, and style. Intended for prospective English teachers.</p></div>0
ENGL230 Introduction to Environmental Literature<p>What role does literature play in allowing us to appreciate the complex beauty of the natural world? How can art help us to both understand and feel the impacts of a changing climate? Our exploration of humanity's ethical and artistic connections to local and global environments offers reflection on our relationship to animals, plants and the places we call home. We'll read and respond to work reflecting a diverse range of perspectives influenced by race, gender, ethnicity, and sexuality.</p><p>ENGL 230: </p><ul><li><p>Counts as a Group A: Creative Arts & Humanities Breadth Requirement.</p></li><li><p>Satisfies a required core course in the Environmental Humanities minor.</p></li></ul>0
ENGL227 Introduction to Creative Writing<p>Creative writing is not just for personal pleasure. It's a valued skill in all careers and medias. Whether you're a corporate or marketing executive, a science professional, a public servant, or a social media producer, you're challenged to write interesting content that captures your audience's attention and compels them to engage in your message and point of view. Intro to Creative Writing helps you to:</p><ul><li>Understand the craft of creative writing and its vocabulary</li><li>Read as a writer</li><li>Think critically by reading contemporary authors, poets, classmates, and your own writing</li><li>Practice creative ways to think and write </li><li>Establish intellectual discipline in daily writing </li><li>Learn strategies of revision </li><li>Use language rhetorically and effectively</li></ul><p> </p><p>  </p>0
ENGL217 Introduction to Film<div class="ExternalClassFC906D83D848452FB3DDE97C2F9F9918"><p>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'll 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. </p> <p>ENGL 217 satifies the Creative Arts & Humanities Breadth Requirement.</p></div>0
ENGL206 British Literature 1660 to Present<div class="ExternalClass59B9D10F09BC40C5AF96DB261C87EC86">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'll sample these works to see how they reflected the culture of their times or advanced philosophical thought and social opinion.? We'll 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.</div><div class="ExternalClass59B9D10F09BC40C5AF96DB261C87EC86"><br>ENGL 206:<br></div><ul><li><div class="ExternalClass59B9D10F09BC40C5AF96DB261C87EC86">Counts satisfies the History & Cultural Change Breadth Requirement<br></div></li><li><div class="ExternalClass59B9D10F09BC40C5AF96DB261C87EC86">Satisfies the Literary History requirement in the English major<br></div></li><li><div class="ExternalClass59B9D10F09BC40C5AF96DB261C87EC86">Counts as a British Literature Requirement in the English Education major</div></li></ul>0
ENGL205 British Literature to 1660<p>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. </p><p>  </p><p>ENGL 205 satisfies:</p><p>·the History & Cultural Change Breadth requirement</p><p>·the Literary History requirement in the English major</p><p>·the British Literature requirement in the English Education major</p><p>  </p>0
ENGL204 American Literature<p>​Telltale hearts, white whales, down-and-out salesmen: what do these things have in common? You might already know that they are iconic figures from American literature, but do you know what makes American literature American? This survey course will help answer that question.  We'll cover a selection of great works, from the early colonial period to the present. Our goal is to gain an understanding of the major threads of American literary history and to investigate how American writers responded to political, social, and aesthetic challenges over time. We'll explore how American literature becomes a prime space in which fundamental national questions get worked out:  Can literature speak for a nation made up of many different groups?  How is American literature different from the literature of other nations? What does American literature look like today? ENGL 204:</p><ul><li>Satisfies the Literary History requirement in the English major</li><li>Satisfies a core requirement in the English Education major</li><li>Counts as a History & Cultural Change Breadth requirement<br></li></ul>0
ENGL202 Biblical & Classical Literature<div class="ExternalClassB3B463F68B084D60A22748F69581A757"><p>"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.<br></p> <p>ENGL 202 satisfies:</p> <ul><li>The Creative Arts and Humanities Breadth Requirement</li> <li>The university Multicultural Requirement</li></ul></div>0

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