2015 English Courses

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