2014-2015 English Courses

Fall 2014


ENGL255 (958): Studies in Literature: War Stories
General Ed: Humanities Requirement/English Elective Credit
Instructor: Douglas Jones 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30-11:20 a.m. 
This course designed for General Education credit will take a look at literary texts that have emerged from war—both on the battlefront and at home. Fiction and non-fiction (and a smattering of poetry) will examine what it means to “go to war” and what it means to “wage” war. We’ll look at selections from classical literature (the Old Testament and Homer’s The Iliad), nineteenth-century texts like Stephen Crane’s The Red Badge of Courage and more contemporary works like Tim O’Brien’s The Things They Carried and Walter Dean Myers’s Sunrise Over Fallujah. Students will also view a couple films that have earned their place in the pantheon of memorable war stories. Students should expect tests and quizzes.

ENGL255 (959): Studies in Literature: Literature of Love
General Ed: Humanities Requirement/ English Elective Credit
Instructors: Meredith Jones Gray and Gary Gray 
Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m. 
Love at first sight, broken hearts, love letters, marriage proposals and more! Take ENGL255 Literature of Love from an old married couple and partners in love. Get both a his and hers perspective on the Western tradition of romantic love from the medieval romance to the modern short story. Exploring a variety of literary genres from Biblical poetry to film through a range of literary periods, read about and discuss how our culture and literary tradition record and shape our notions of romantic love. Texts include Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Requirements will include in-class quizzes, short creative and analytical projects, and two exams.

ENGL300 – 001 (960): Modern English Grammar
English Education Requirement/TESOL Minor Requirement/ Prerequisite for MA TESOL
Instructor: Asta Sakala LaBianca 
Fall Semester: Online 
Time TBD
If you’ve ever been curious about how the English language is constructed, this class is for you. Modern English Grammar looks at the basic elements of English syntax (the construction of sentences) from both a traditional, prescriptive perspective and a contemporary, descriptive one. You will not only learn how to use standard American English well, but also gain respect for the structures and patterns of other dialects of the language. The optional fourth credit exposes you to the history of the English language and the many dialects spoken across the United States. If teaching English at any level is part of your future plans, this class is a must for you.

ENGL371 (961): English Literature to 1600
English Major: Option for literary requirement
Instructors: Meredith Jones Gray and Gary Gray 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:30-9:20 a.m.
Become acquainted with the foundations of English literature in this class that begins in the medieval period and carries through to the Renaissance era. Learn about the genres, major authors and major works of each period and their thematic concerns. Investigate the historical, sociocultural, and philosophical context of the eras. Trace, through the literature, the development of English from Anglo Saxon to Early Modern English, the language of the King James Bible. Highlights will include Beowulf and selections from the Canterbury Tales, the art of the Renaissance sonnet and William Shakespeare’s drama. Students can expect quizzes, a midterm and final, and two analytical papers.

ENGL403 (962/3): 20th-century English and American Literature
English Major: Option for literary requirement
Instructors: Douglas Jones and Beverly Matiko Requirement for Eng. Ed emphasis
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-11:15 a.m. Graduate Credit
This team-taught course surveys notable literature from both sides of the Atlantic written in the last century. Primarily covering fiction, poetry, and drama, the class reads and discusses expected texts such as Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway before moving into the century to deal with later fiction as well as the work of T. S. Eliot, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost, and a host of other poets. Selections of drama include Williams’ The Glass Menagerie, O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night, and Friel’s Dancing at Lughnassa. A major paper is required along with tests and in-class essays.

ENGL410/510 ( ): Academic Writing for Advanced Study
Elective credit: Undergrad or Graduate
Instructor: E. Julia Kim 
Time TBD
Do you feel you could benefit from additional practice in academic writing beyond General Education writing courses? Are you an undergraduate or graduate student entering a new program, or from another country, and believe you could use a refresher course in academic writing? If so, this class is designed for you. We will review and complete various writing assignments including summary, proposal, critique, and research writing, while gaining the necessary skills and knowledge to become a junior scholar in your field.

ENGL 437-001 (964): Teaching and Tutoring Writing
English Major: Option for writing requirement
Instructor: Bruce Closser 
Monday and Wednesday, 2:00-3:15 p.m. Graduate Credit
If you like writing, if you see yourself as a writer, or if you enjoy reading others’ writing and helping them make it better, this class is for you. Teaching and Tutoring Writing introduces you to the theory and practice of teaching, tutoring, and responding to student writing. In this course you will do a bit of your own writing and you’ll practice strategies for evaluating and responding to each other’s work in class. You’ll spend twenty hours tutoring in the Writing Center, implementing the strategies you learn in class. This class is an opportunity for you to make a significant contribution to campus life by helping students become better writers. Many of the students in this class go on to work as tutors in the Writing Center.

ENGL450 (965): Literary Criticism and Theory
English Major: Core for Lit Emphasis/Grad Core Requirement
Instructor: Scott Moncrieff 
Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-4:45 p.m. 
Literary Criticism and Theory is an essential class for those who will teach literature or wish to study literature beyond the amateur level. It examines the way leading professionals think and write about literature. It is a challenging course for several reasons: many of the concepts will be new; many students are not used to thinking theoretically; it is interdisciplinary, involving terminology and concepts from social theory, psychology, and philosophy, to name just three areas; it is not as immediately fun as reading, say, Pride and Prejudice. However, students who put in the effort to diligently prepare for class day by day will be rewarded with a considerably more sophisticated approach to literature by semester’s end. Regular quizzes, midterm, final, and a paper of 8-10 pages.

ENGL460 (966): Linguistics
English Major: Core/ TESOL Minor Requirement/ Prerequisite for both MAs
Instructor: Dianne Staples 
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-1:45 p.m. 
What do you know when you know a language? We will explore the structure of human language, including the sound system, words, sentences, and meaning. And we will focus on the relationship between language and society, on how we use language differently in different situations, and on how we learn language. Students will analyze and write about their own language experience, and report on a short research project.

ENGL 464 (967): Major Literary Author: Shakespeare and Film
Undergraduate and Graduate Elective Credit
Instructor: L. Monique Pittman 
Monday and Wednesday, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
“O this learning, what a thing it is!” This course centers on the afterlives of William Shakespeare’s drama in film and televisual adaptation, examining how the distinctive languages of cinematic and televisual art transform the preoccupations of the text. Grounded in theories of the adaptative process, the course will compare and contrast multiple film versions of a given play, consider the shifting ontology of the text, investigate how adaptation shapes figures of gender, class, and ethnic Otherness, and result in a seminar paper suitable to Honors Thesis, graduate project paper, or conference presentation work

ENGL 467-001 (968): Creative Writing: Short Stories
English Major: Option for writing requirement/Graduate Credit
Instructor: Bruce Closser 
Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m. 
This version of creative writing provides you with an opportunity to write a series of short prose or fiction pieces. In this course we’ll explore the dynamic nature of plot, examine the significance of point of view, experiment with different ways to develop characters, test various story openings, learn to listen to and create effective dialogue, develop settings, discover how to move through time narratively, and learn how to develop stories around themes. You’ll produce several short stories of your own and publish your favorite in a class anthology.

ENGL550 (971): Study of Composition
Graduate Credit/Fulfills writing course requirement/ Prerequisite to application for teaching assistantship
Instructor: Ivan Davis 
Thursday, 5:00-7:30 p.m. 
“Introduction to rhetorical and other principles involved in the writing process and in the teaching of composition to secondary-school and college students.”  -AU Bulletin

ENGL561 (972): TESOL Theories and Methods
MA TESOL Requirement
Instructor: TBD
Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
“Critical survey of traditional and current theories and methods of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Includes supervised observation of ESL classes.” -AU Bulletin

ENGL589 (973): Graduate Seminar: Chaucer
Graduate Credit/Option for 2 required seminars
Instructor: Meredith Jones Gray 
Monday and Wednesday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
Geoffrey Chaucer is the dominant literary figure of the Middle English period, and some refer to him as the father of English literature. You will find him witty, versatile, curious and knowledgeable about his world, and an astute student of human nature. This in-depth seminar will give us the opportunity to read a substantial selection from his most famous Canterbury Tales, but we’ll also be able to explore works that are seldom read in undergraduate courses: Book of the Duchess, Parliament of Fowls, and Troilus and Criseyde. By the end of the course you will know a lot more about Middle English, 14th-century England, and the beginnings of English literature. The course is conducted seminar style with short student presentations and a 12-15 page source-based paper.

ENGL597 (974): Research Methods
Graduate Core
Instructor: Vanessa Corredera/Julia Kim
Tuesday, 2:00-4:30 p.m.
“Research materials, methods of research and documentation in English studies.” -AU Bulletin

Spring 2015

ENGL185 (853): Much Ado About English
English Major: Core Requirement
Instructor: Vanessa Corredera 
Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
This course is an introduction into the English discipline and its fascination with the human story by probing different time periods and genres. Sampling various sub-fields within English, we will examine differing perspectives on story-telling to answer some of the questions that shape the discipline: What do we tell? Why do we tell? How do we tell? And who do we tell? Additionally, this course explores career options and graduate school opportunities for English majors and minors and gives practical advice on how to accomplish these goals. Course requirements include three papers and a final exam as well as short reports on individual cultural outings. Texts include: Linda Brent’s Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and a play by Shakespeare, among others.

ENGL255/430 (859): Performing Literature
Gen Ed: Humanities Requirement/ English Major: Elective Credit 
Instructor: Beverly Matiko
Tuesday and Thursday, 10:00-11:15 a.m.
Performing Literature invites students to give voice to the words we find on the printed page. Students will analyze and critique a range of recorded readings, and will learn how best to perform a wide range of genres including biblical literature, modern and traditional poetry, fiction, non-fiction, letters, and drama for one or more voices. Practise in constructing programs around the spoken word will also be included in the course, as will opportunities for performing in and out of the classroom. Students will also learn how to work together as part of a speech choir. Students who are preparing for careers in education from the pre-school to university level will find many practical applications in this course that they can transfer into their own classrooms. Those interested in work in the media (radio, television, the stage) should also expect to benefit greatly from this course. This class moves beyond the skills developed in COMM280 Voice and Diction, although that class is not a pre-requisite.

ENGL267 (860): Approaches to Literature
English Major: Core Requirement
Instructor: Gary R. Gray
Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m.
This course introduces and explores literature through the three genres of short story, poetry and drama. It defines major literary terms and then applies them to actual pieces of literature in these three genres. It also briefly introduces some of the major schools of literary criticism. Students can expect some quizzes and in-class exercises, will write two short papers, and a mid-term exam and a final exam.

ENG404 (863): New Global Literature
English Major: one of literary requirements for all three emphases/Graduate Credit
Instructor: Vanessa Corredera 
Monday and Wednesday 2:00-3:15 p.m. 
From the novellas of the Caribbean to African drama, from Chicana short stories to a Middle Eastern graphic novel, this course examines modern literary texts from a range of countries and cultures that fall outside of the Western literary tradition. What unites the novels, drama, short stories, and poetry we read in this class, however, are their recurring interests in and exploration of postcolonial questions such as: Who is the Other and how is he or she defined? How can a person and a society construct a postcolonial future? Is there such a thing as distinct postcolonial writing and what does it look like? Course requirements include presentations, short writing assignments, and a 12-15 page paper. Texts include: Salman Rushdie’s Midnight’s Children, Jean Rhys’s Wide Sargasso Sea, and Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis, among others.

ENGL 345 (862): Intro to Rhetoric
English Major: Core Requirement
Instructor: Ivan Davis 
Tuesday/Thursday, 12:30-1:45 p.m.
What contributes to effective communication? What informs the decisions we make in our lives? How can we disentangle ourselves from manipulative messages that surround us? Some answers to these questions can be found by studying major rhetorical theories and theorists, including the ancient Sophists, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, and Kenneth Burke. We can also assess various contemporary rhetorical “artifacts” (speeches, advertising, political materials, entertainment, art, architecture, dance, etc.) using the methods of rhetorical criticism, an activity that can illuminate the various communicative strategies influencing our lives.

ENGL273 (861): American Literature to 1865
English Major: Option for literary requirement
Instructor: Gary R. Gray 
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 9:30-10:20 a.m.
This is a survey course that covers the earliest part of the American literary experience and divides it into three sections: the Puritans; the Revolutionary War and the formal founding of the nation; and finally the Transcendentalists Emerson and Thoreau and the run-up to the Civil War. To emphasize the importance of daily reading assignments, there are frequent quizzes and in-class assignments, one group project, one short paper, a mid-term and a final exam.

ENGL 407 (864): Literature for Children
English Major: Elective Credit/ Graduate Credit
Instructor: Meredith Jones Gray 
Monday/Wednesday for 2 credits
Also Fridays for a 3rd credit. 8:30-9:20 a.m.
In this class we will consider and discuss literary and pedagogical issues in children’s literature—works written for young readers up through middle school. It is ideal for elementary education students, future librarians, English majors, and people who just love a good read. You will never have better homework: curl up with books and read a whole variety of literature—fantasy, historical fiction, realistic fiction. The course requires two projects, a midterm and a final exam as well as frequent quizzes and in-class exercises. The third credit focuses on the theme of Fantasy Literature and Faith. We will read an additional 4 books of classic fantasy literature.

ENGL589 (873): Graduate Seminar: Jane Austen
Graduate Credit/One option for two required seminars
Instructor: Scott Moncrieff 
Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
A study of the novels of Jane Austen and selected critical works about Austen’s writing. We will read at least four of her six completed novels. Seminar format will emphasize graduate student participation in discussion and presentation, and will include writing an article length paper with critical sources (around 15 pages).

ENGL 440/540 (867/871): Language and Culture
Requirement for TESOL Minor and MA/Fulfills language course requirement for English MA
Instructor: Dianne Staples 
Tuesday and Thursday, 12:30-1:45 p.m. 
The course explores the relationship between language and culture from the perspectives of anthropology and linguistics, and focuses on current issues such as language and identity, language socialization, language and social hierarchy, literacy practices, and multilingualism and globalization. Students will interview someone from another culture, write a narrative essay, and write a research paper.

ENGL 438-001 (866): Advanced Composition
English Major: Writing Emphasis requirement
Instructor: Bruce Closser 
Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00-3:15 p.m. Fulfills writing requirement Graduate Credit
Think of this course as English Composition for advanced writers. While many of the essays you write in this course are similar to those you wrote in English Composition, in this course you will explore published essays and note how professional essayists use the genre to explore and present their ideas on favorite topics. We will re-examine writing theories and strategies you have already encountered, but we will move beyond freshmen level writing in terms of style, scope, and subject matter. You will have an opportunity to submit your work for publication as part of the class requirements.

ENGL498 ( ): Senior Seminar
English Major: Core Requirement
Instructor: Meredith Jones Gray
Time TBA
This capstone course emphasizes research in the field of English and career opportunities for English majors. There will be opportunities for students to choose their research topics and the class will culminate in a major paper and class presentation stemming from their research.

ENGL520 (870): The Christian Tradition
Fulfills Graduate religion requirement
Instructor: Andrea Luxton
Tuesday and Thursday, 3:30-4:45 p.m.
“The study of noteworthy Christian literature, including works by authors such as John Milton, C.S. Lewis, G.K. Chesterton, and Flannery O’Connor. Also may include focus on Christian perspectives in response to literature.” -AU Bulletin

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