J-Term 2017 Courses

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Spring 2017 Courses

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GENG 507 - 01 Teaching College English - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 401

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- - W - - - -

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1800 - 2100

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JRC 401

Course Registration Number:

21875 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3

Instructor:

Lucia Pawlowski

What is English studies for—to appreciate art, develop empathy, construct self or national identity, make social change? Given that, how do we teach it? This seminar will explore the debates and controversies in the research on teaching English at the university level. We will hone in on key terms and threshold concepts in both Composition Studies and Literary Studies (including literacy studies, cultural studies, literary theory, pedagogy, and rhetoric), and translate what we learn in these debates to actual classroom practices that reflect both our evolving pedagogical values, and the current research in English studies pedagogy. Topics include: the colonial history of our discipline, process and post-process theories of writing, critical pedagogy, feminist rhetorics, and translingualism. In their assignments, 507 students will explore and apply concepts to classroom practice. These assignments consist of short written responses to weekly readings, 2-3 longer written pieces synthesizing themes in the seminar, and a longer, written final project. This course is designed to prepare future university professors in English as well as current high school English teachers who teach in the College in the Schools program.

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GENG 514 - 01 Genre: Literary Nonfiction - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481

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- - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

JRC 481

Course Registration Number:

21865 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3

Instructor:

Matthew C. Batt

While the form of the essay is millennia old, the field of literary or creative nonfiction has barely escaped its infancy. In this study of genre, we will investigate both the roots of the essay as well as the ever-emerging new iterations of the form. We will read widely among contemporary nonfiction writers such as Roxane Gay, Cheryl Strayed, Ta- Nehisi Coates, Dave Eggers, and many others. We will participate in the form as well, by writing both critically and creatively about and in the form of literary nonfiction in sub-genres such as the personal essay, travel writing, nature writing, the ekphrastic essay, immersion journalism, the lyric essay, and even the most contemporary forms such as the podcast and the video essay.

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GENG 532 - 01 20th-Century British Lit M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481

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M - - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

JRC 481

Course Registration Number:

21866 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3

Instructor:

Emily M. James

This course surveys twentieth-century literary experiments alongside innovations in painting, music, dance, film, and other arts. We'll consider how writers and artists navigated the century's historical and cultural upheavals (including industrialism, women's suffrage, empire, war, and civil rights) and worked to redefine Britain's national and cultural identities along the way. Key writers may include Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Evelyn Waugh, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Zadie Smith.

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GENG 647 - 01 Emily Dickinson in Context - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481

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- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

JRC 481

Course Registration Number:

21867 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3

Instructor:

Erika C. Scheurer

In this seminar we will focus on the poetry, letters, and life of Emily Dickinson in their cultural context and in the context of contemporary critical theory. Throughout the semester, we will work on close, critical readings of Dickinson's poems and letters. As we do so, we will study topics such as the following: what is currently known of her life, as distinguished from popular myth; 19th-century Amherst and New England history and culture; the publishing history and reception of her work; her female poet contemporaries; different critical approaches to her poems (including feminist, psychological, Marxist, post-structuralist, cultural); and the implications of various poetic, artistic, musical, and dramatic interpretations of her life and work. In addition to preparing a traditional seminar paper for academic audiences, participants will bring Dickinson to the general public by helping to host and prepare displays for the April 2016 marathon reading of all Dickinson’s poems. This course satisfies the pre- 1900 American Literature distribution requirement and counts as a 600-level seminar. Prerequisite: ENGL 513 or permission of the instructor.

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GENG 658 - 01 Lit in the Age of Human Rights - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481

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- - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

JRC 481

Course Registration Number:

21868 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3

Instructor:

Kanishka Chowdhury

In The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History, Samuel Moyn argues that the discourse of human rights since the 1970s is a specific practice of naming forms of injustice, violence, and servitude. Over the last few decades, the discourse of human rights has arguably become the primary way to categorize conflicts and acts of injustice, often dividing the world into “savages,” saviors, and the saved. In this course, we will examine the language of rights, paying special attention to the ways in which this language has become even more fraught with contradictory expressions since 9/11 and the inauguration of the endless War against Terror. Although we will begin our study with the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights document of 1948 and reflect on famous “rights” texts such as Marx’s The Jewish Question and Hannah Arendt’s “The Decline of the Nation-State and the End of the Rights of Man,” our focus will be on a set of post-9/11 cultural texts, exploring the ways in which these texts play a significant role in negotiating the language of rights, often perpetuating, challenging, or recasting existing ways of understanding acts of injustice. We will read works by a range of writers, including Judith Butler, Edwidge Danticat, Óscar Martínez, Shailja Patel, Indra Sinha, as well as cultural texts such as Sebastião Salgado’s photographs of migrant workers, recent documentary films on the Syrian refugee crisis, and NGO publicity materials related to “building gender literacy and equality” in the Global South. This course satisfies the multicultural distribution requirement and counts as a 600-level seminar. Prerequisite: ENGL 513 or permission of the instructor.

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Summer 2017 Courses

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GENG 573 - 01 Professional Writing M - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 MHC 211

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M - - R - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

MHC 211

Course Registration Number:

30252 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3

Instructor:

Fernando Sanchez

Professional writing is tied inherently to individuals and communities. This course examines professional writers' evolving roles as their public audiences become more heterogeneous. It also emphasizes the responsiblity that all writers have for making their texts and documents inclusive. More specifically, we will consider accessibility issues for individuals with disabilities, feminist approaches to critiquing language and knowledge, and power differences in representations of ethnic and cultural minority groups in public documention.

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