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Doug Phillips

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 349
Phone
(651) 962-5655

Writers whose sentences sparkle on the page -- Shakespeare, Virginia Woolf, Samuel Beckett, James Baldwin, David Foster Wallace -- are the likely stars of the classes I teach. I'm also interested in philosophy and critical theory, from the Ancients to Simone de Beauvoir to Adorno to Zizek. My publications include pieces on Shakespeare, Beckett, Wittgenstein, Zizek, Heidegger, Harold Pinter, David Foster Wallace, Alan Bennett, T.S. Eliot, and, most recently, Wallace Stevens.

 

Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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ENGL 121 - W16 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MCH 235
CRN: 40975 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Doug P. Phillips 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.

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ENGL 201 - W01 The Sentence is a Lonely Place M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 JRC 222
CRN: 42608 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Doug P. Phillips The title of this course is taken from Gary Lutz's essay of the same name, the upshot of which (both this course and Lutz's essay) is to focus our attention on fashioning sentences that hook, dazzle, surprise, spur double-takes, stab, make weak-kneed, and seduce. We will find our inspiration in a whirligig of writers (novelists, poets, dramatists, and essayists) whose syntactical moves and amped-up diction are worthy of thieving: Joan Didion, David Foster Wallace, Virginia Woolf, William Gass, Nicholson Baker, Colson Whitehead, Will Eno, and Elizabeth Hardwick -- to name but a possible few. Plus we'll supplement our study and practice with a critical and theoretical examination of style, using Ward Farnsworth's CLASSICAL ENGLISH RHETORIC, as well as essays by the aforementioned Didion, Wallace, Gass, and Lutz. 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 202 - W01 Existential America M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 JRC 222
CRN: 42542 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Doug P. Phillips In this course we will examine a body of work that traffics in such existential themes as freedom and responsibility, authenticity and bad faith, anguish and abandonment, identity and subjectivity, and choice and commitment. While some of our readings will reach beyond our own shores (Sartre, Beauvoir, Camus, Kafka, Nietzsche, Dostoevsky, and Kierkegaard), we will mostly focus on works by 20th-century American writers: Palahniuk's FIGHT CLUB, Krakauer's INTO THE WILD, O'Connor's A GOOD MAN IS HARD TO FIND, Baldwin's THE FIRE NEXT TIME, Salinger's The CATCHER IN THE RYE, McCarthy's NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN -- to name but a possible few. In the words of Zadie Smith, we're going to read a selection of very good books in this course, concentrating on whatever is most particular to them in the hope that this might help us understand whatever is most particular to us. 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 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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