Heather McNiel

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 308
Hours
(Fall 2014) M/W/F 10:45-11:15am; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5692

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - 03 Playing God: Humans & Biotech M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OEC 305
CRN: 42495 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Heather M. McNiel As far back as Ancient Greece, literature imagined and explored the possibility of using artificial means to create human (or human-like) bodies. From Hephaistos, the Greek god of artifice and metalworking, who fashioned his servants' bodies out of metal, to contemporary portrayals of cyborgs and clones in film and fiction, the idea that technology could be used to produce, shape, or enhance the human body has elicited both excitement and fear. Drawing on both literary and cinematic portrayals of artificially produced bodies, this class will examine some of the perennial questions surrounding bodies that are produced by such "unnatural" means. Possible texts may include such novels as Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, Ishiguro's NEVER LET MET GO, Piercy's HE, SHE, AND I and such films as Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER and Michael Bay's THE ISLAND. Short stories and essays will also be examined. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 203 - 04 Playing God: Humans & Biotech M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 305
CRN: 42494 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Heather M. McNiel As far back as Ancient Greece, literature imagined and explored the possibility of using artificial means to create human (or human-like) bodies. From Hephaistos, the Greek god of artifice and metalworking, who fashioned his servants' bodies out of metal, to contemporary portrayals of cyborgs and clones in film and fiction, the idea that technology could be used to produce, shape, or enhance the human body has elicited both excitement and fear. Drawing on both literary and cinematic portrayals of artificially produced bodies, this class will examine some of the perennial questions surrounding bodies that are produced by such "unnatural" means. Possible texts may include such novels as Shelley's FRANKENSTEIN, Ishiguro's NEVER LET ME GO, Piercy's HE, SHE, AND I and such films as Ridley Scott's BLADE RUNNER and Michael Bay's THE ISLAND. Short stories and essays will also be examined. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - 02 Monsters, Inc. M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OEC 208
CRN: 22464 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Heather M. McNiel Monsters are a big business: from Disney’s cute, cuddly monsters to nightmarish versions of zombies, vampires, and giant lizards, huge franchises have been built around monsters and the terror or fascination they inspire in us. Our obsession with monster stories and their adaptations may seem to be a recent phenomenon, but history is full of examples of monster stories that have been reinterpreted and reformulated for new purposes and audiences. This course will examine some of the most influential literary works featuring monsters, and trace how they were adapted and reinterpreted for various artistic and commercial purposes, often using different genres or formats. Texts may include FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, BEOWULF, as well as films and other media. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 203 - 03 Monsters, Inc. M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 208
CRN: 22465 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Heather M. McNiel Monsters are a big business: from Disney’s cute, cuddly monsters to nightmarish versions of zombies, vampires, and giant lizards, huge franchises have been built around monsters and the terror or fascination they inspire in us. Our obsession with monster stories and their adaptations may seem to be a recent phenomenon, but history is full of examples of monster stories that have been reinterpreted and reformulated for new purposes and audiences. This course will examine some of the most influential literary works featuring monsters, and trace how they were adapted and reinterpreted for various artistic and commercial purposes, often using different genres or formats. Texts may include FRANKENSTEIN, DRACULA, BEOWULF, as well as films and other media. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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