Brian Greening

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 308
Phone
(651) 962-5692

Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
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ENGL 203 - 15 Shades of Harlem in Contemp US - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OEC 212
CRN: 42705 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Brian W. Greening In 2008, the people of the United States elected Barack Obama President. In the aftermath of Obama’s victory, with our first black president ensconced in the White House, several pundits asserted that we are now living in a “post-racial era” in America. Though appealing, this flowery “post-racial” sentiment glosses over a complex history of American race relations following Reconstruction. In an effort to extend (rather than put an end to) the American discourse on race, this class will attend to the questions of how, where, and when race has and still matters in the United States. We will revisit several works of fiction and non-fiction from the Harlem Renaissance, including classic texts like Jean Toomer’s CANE, James Weldon Johnson’s THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF AN EX-COLORED MAN, and Zora Neale Hurston’s MULES AND MEN. We’ll also reach forward, incorporating more contemporary poets, playwrights, novelists, and cultural critics, including but not limited to Octavia Butler, Toni Morrison, Henry Dumas and Doris Betts. Finally, we will use W.E.B. DuBois’ s seminal text, SOULS OF BLACK FOLK, as a primary source for the work we will do throughout the semester. Students should be prepared to compose a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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J-Term 2016 Courses

J-Term 2016 Courses
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ENGL 217 - 01 Multicultural Literature - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200
CRN: 10217 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Brian W. Greening This course will focus on extensive reading of a broad selection of authors drawn from the literature of one of the following: (a) American communities of color; (b) postcolonial peoples; (c) diasporic peoples. Students will engage in close analysis of literary texts from at least one such literary tradition, with some attention to historical and cultural contexts. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

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