Alison Underthun-Meilahn

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 310
Hours
(Fall 2017) R 1:00-2:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5657

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W13 Wartime:Literature vs. Reality See Details * *
CRN: 42554 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Alison L. Underthun-Meilahn When writing about war, authors who have served in the military have a few literary options: a memoir, poetry, essays, or a work of fiction. This course will focus on exemplary literature written by those who have been in war mainly through fiction, but we will also read poetry and essays as well. We specifically will investigate how veterans have differing perspectives on warfare and the return back to civilian life, while at the same time how many of them share similar perspectives and grapple with the recalibration into civilian life. Through literature we will come to understand how the psyche of veterans is altered via warfare and the impact it has on their lives and families, as well as society at large. We will also look at how contemporary culture, and historically, veterans have been received or perceived as they return home and how their voice has been implicit/explicit in cultural movements (specifically the counter cultural movement of the 1960’s). How society interacts and supports veterans will be linked to our discussions, and highlighted through a service learning component. Veterans will be invited into our classroom to foster and promote dialogue and understanding on how veteran's voices are heard, what they think we hear, and how we, civilians can better be aware or shift our perspective to best support them in society. Guest speakers may include veterans from the Vietnam War, Iraq War(s), Afghanistan War, and perhaps those currently enlisted. We may also have speakers from professionals who work with veterans. Literature we will focus on in this course includes: Erich Maria Remarque's ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT, Kurt Vonnegut's SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE, Tim O'Brien's THE THINGS THEY CARRIED, and Phil Klay's REDEPLOYMENT. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. NOTE: This class is considered a blended/hybrid course, meaning that students meet once a week as a class and then work online for the remainder of the course time.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
OEC 3111525-1700- - - R - - -
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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W07 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing See Details * *
CRN: 20821 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Alison L. Underthun-Meilahn Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. Please note that this course is half in-class (meets weekly on Thursdays from 3:25-5:00pm) and half online.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
OEC 2101525-1700- - - R - - -
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