Daniel Jones

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 325
Hours
(Fall 2016) M/W/F 1:45-3:45pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5626

Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W04 Literary Villians M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 212
CRN: 42612 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Jones In most cultures, readers tend to identify with heroes and hope that their goodness will triumph over the evil antagonist. However, every now and then, readers find the villain of the text far more appealing than its hero or heroine – the villain could be more intriguing than a hero, feature more human, relatable characteristics, could provide a reader with an opportunity to live vicariously through them, or a number of other reasons. Throughout the semester, we’ll read texts that future both classic and contemporary texts that are well-known for their villains, such as Iago (William Shakespeare’s OTHELLO), Tom Ripley (Patricia Highsmith’s THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY), Brigid O’Shaughnessy (Dashiell Hammett’s THE MALTESE FALCON), and Anton Chigurh (Cormac McCarthy’s NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), examine the cultural context for each text and villain, and analyze what it is about these characters that makes readers want to root for them. 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.

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ENGL 203 - W07 Literary Villains M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 212
CRN: 42613 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Jones In most cultures, readers tend to identify with heroes and hope that their goodness will triumph over the evil antagonist. However, every now and then, readers find the villain of the text far more appealing than its hero or heroine – the villain could be more intriguing than a hero, feature more human, relatable characteristics, could provide a reader with an opportunity to live vicariously through them, or a number of other reasons. Throughout the semester, we’ll read texts that future both classic and contemporary texts that are well-known for their villains, such as Iago (William Shakespeare’s OTHELLO), Tom Ripley (Patricia Highsmith’s THE TALENTED MR. RIPLEY), Brigid O’Shaughnessy (Dashiell Hammett’s THE MALTESE FALCON), and Anton Chigurh (Cormac McCarthy’s NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN), examine the cultural context for each text and villain, and analyze what it is about these characters that makes readers want to root for them. 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.

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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
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ENGL 203 - W08 Laugh 'Til It Hurts: Humor M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 313
CRN: 22265 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Jones Course Description: In THE MYSTERIOUS STRANGER MANUSCRIPTS, Mark Twain wrote that humanity "has unquestionably one really effective weapon" against the injustices and inequalities of the world--"laughter," as "[a]gainst the assault of Laughter nothing can stand." Some of the best known American authors have used literary devices such as satire, irony, and dark humor to examine, question, and undermine a variety of social and cultural subjects. In this course, we will examine how the subversive nature of American humor is used as an instrument of social change by looking at texts that challenged preconceived notions and long-held beliefs about politics, war, historical figures and events, social conventions, cultural trends, and class, racial, and gender issues. Texts include Mark Twain's PUDD'NHEAD WILSON, Kurt Vonnegut’s SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE, Percival Everett’s ERASURE, Gillian Flynn’s GONE GIRL, and Chuck Palahniuk’s FIGHT CLUB. 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.

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