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Department of English Language and Literature

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Undergraduate Course Descriptions - Summer 2020

6 Week Summer Sessions

ENGL 102.J11     RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION     WEB     BROCK
Instruction and intensive practice in researching, analyzing, and composing written arguments about academic and public issues.

ENGL 102.J14     RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION     WEB     RULE
Instruction and intensive practice in researching, analyzing, and composing written arguments about academic and public issues.

3 Week Summer Sessions

ENGL 101.001     CRITICAL READING AND COMPOSITION     MTWR 8:30 – 12:00     LEE
Instruction and intensive practice in researching, analyzing, and composing written arguments about academic and public issues.

ENGL 102.001    RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION     MTWR 12:20 – 3:50     STERN
Instruction and intensive practice in researching, analyzing, and composing written arguments about academic and public issues.

ENGL 102.J10     RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION     WEB     CROCKER
Instruction and intensive practice in researching, analyzing, and composing written arguments about academic and public issues.

ENGL 200     CREATIVE WRITING, VOICE, AND COMMUNITY     WEB     BARILLA
Creative Writing, Voice, and Community is an introduction to writing as a form of social engagement, in which we will consider the ways our own aesthetic choices engage with the world. The course will be divided into three units:

(1) Self-discovery and Questioning Known Values,
(2) Writing a Community, and
(3) the Value of Attention/What We Value Through Attention.

In addition to creating work of our own through exercises and assignments, we will read and analyze outside texts as models. We will also become accustomed to describing and helping further the development of our classmates’ writing, the ultimate goal being the creation of a workshop community in which everyone feels able to take risks in their writing. This course fulfills both VSR and AIU requirements.

ENGL 432.001    YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE     8:30 – 12:00     JOHNSON-FEELINGS
This course introduces students to the field of contemporary children’s literature, encompassing picture books as well as short novels written for audiences of young people. Topics of exploration include (but are not limited to) the history of children’s literature, the world of children’s book prizing, the legacy of Dr. Seuss, the disturbing image in children’s books, and literary/artistic excellence in children’s literature. In some ways, this is an American Studies course; students will consider ways in which children’s literature infuses our culture—“There’s no place like home.” Students will leave the course with an understanding of central issues and controversies in the industry of children’s book publishing and the literary criticism of children’s books. Most importantly, students will explore the relationship between children’s literature and the idea of social justice.

ENGL 102.J15     RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION      WEB      JARRELLS
Instruction and intensive practice in researching, analyzing, and composing written arguments about academic and public issues.

ENGL 102.J16     RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION      WEB     WOERTENDYKE
Instruction and intensive practice in researching, analyzing, and composing written arguments about academic and public issues.

ENGL 385.001    MODERNISM      MTWR 8:30 – 12:00     GLAVEY
This course will provide a survey of the twentieth-century literature that scholars have retrospectively labeled modernist. Our primary goal will be to understand the specific features of the literature we will be studying: how the texts are put together as works of art, what they attempt to achieve, how they may or may not challenge twenty-first century readers. My own interest is in what we might learn about modernity’s “structures of feeling” (What it feels like to be modern) and the various ways in which the aesthetic has enabled people to engage creatively with these structures, especially as they relate to the experience of race, gender, and sexuality. In thinking through what literature tells us about such questions, we will consider the artistic, technological, epistemological, psychological, and sociological facets of modernity as mediated by the particular formal and thematic choices of our authors.

ENGL 428B.001     AFRICAN AMERICAN LIT II     MTWR 12:20 – 3:50     TRAFTON
Representative works of African-American writers from 1903 to the present. For additional information, contact the instructor.

ENGL 102.J12     RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION      WEB     BAJO
Instruction and intensive practice in researching, analyzing, and composing written arguments about academic and public issues.

ENGL 437.001     WOMEN WRITERS     MTWR 12:20 – 3:50     GULICK
ENGL 437 will focus primarily on contemporary women writers who hail from the Global South—that is, parts of the world that exist on the margins of the world’s political and economic centers of power. We will explore a wide range of literary forms and styles that women writers deploy and have often, indeed, invented. We will encounter texts that illuminate a diversity of perspectives and life experiences, as well as multiple definitions of, and relationships to, the concept of “feminism.” We will pay special attention to how non-western writers tackle themes of migration, hybridity, and globalization in their work. Throughout, we will adopt an intersectional approach to issues of gender, class, race, and sexuality—that is, we will recognize that none of these identity categories exist in a vacuum, and are thus best analyzed together. Authors will likely include Audre Lorde, Jamaica Kincaid, Tsitsi Dangarembga, Jhumpa Lahiri, Marjane Satrapi, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

You do not need to be an English or Women’s and Gender Studies major in order to take this course.  But you should plan to read voraciously, write carefully, engage with textual material that may be personally as well as intellectually challenging, and approach discussions with inquisitiveness, candor and generosity.


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