Daniel Jones

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 325
Hours
(Fall 2017) M/W/F 3:15-4:30pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5626

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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ENGL 201 - W02 Sleuth: Mystery Literature M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 212
CRN: 42557 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Jones From its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century, mystery fiction has been a highly formulaic genre. Add a dead body, sprinkle in a handful of usual suspects, provide a quirky detective/police officer to solve the case, occasionally mix in a guilty butler, and you have a proven formula for a potential best-seller. However, a close examination of mystery fiction reveals that there’s more than meets the (private) eye. The authors in this genre often have their fingers on the pulse of the society from which they come, as their texts reflect and critique notions of race, class, gender, social institutions, and more. Additionally, the genre has expanded from the locked-room format employed by writers such as Conan Doyle and Christie and the shady back alleys employed by hard-boiled writers like Hammett and Chandler to focus on things like international politics and espionage, featured in the works of writers like le Carre. Throughout the semester, we’ll examine a handful of texts from the perspective of how these fit with the mystery fiction genre and what these texts have to say about the world they come from, and possibly our own world. 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 201 - W03 Sleuth: Mystery Literature M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 212
CRN: 42558 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Jones From its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century, mystery fiction has been a highly formulaic genre. Add a dead body, sprinkle in a handful of usual suspects, provide a quirky detective/police officer to solve the case, occasionally mix in a guilty butler, and you have a proven formula for a potential best-seller. However, a close examination of mystery fiction reveals that there’s more than meets the (private) eye. The authors in this genre often have their fingers on the pulse of the society from which they come, as their texts reflect and critique notions of race, class, gender, social institutions, and more. Additionally, the genre has expanded from the locked-room format employed by writers such as Conan Doyle and Christie and the shady back alleys employed by hard-boiled writers like Hammett and Chandler to focus on things like international politics and espionage, featured in the works of writers like le Carre. Throughout the semester, we’ll examine a handful of texts from the perspective of how these fit with the mystery fiction genre and what these texts have to say about the world they come from, and possibly our own world. 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 201 - W07 Sleuth: Mystery Literature M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 MCH 231
CRN: 43423 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Jones From its beginnings in the mid-nineteenth century, mystery fiction has been a highly formulaic genre. Add a dead body, sprinkle in a handful of usual suspects, provide a quirky detective/police officer to solve the case, occasionally mix in a guilty butler, and you have a proven formula for a potential best-seller. However, a close examination of mystery fiction reveals that there’s more than meets the (private) eye. The authors in this genre often have their fingers on the pulse of the society from which they come, as their texts reflect and critique notions of race, class, gender, social institutions, and more. Additionally, the genre has expanded from the locked-room format employed by writers such as Conan Doyle and Christie and the shady back alleys employed by hard-boiled writers like Hammett and Chandler to focus on things like international politics and espionage, featured in the works of writers like le Carre. Throughout the semester, we’ll examine a handful of texts from the perspective of how these fit with the mystery fiction genre and what these texts have to say about the world they come from, and possibly our own world. 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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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
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ENGL 202 - W01 Business and American Identity - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22386 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Jones This fully online course--which students will be required to participate in six synchronous (live, real-time) discussions throughout the semester--will examine literary texts which feature the connection between the world of business and American culture. Work has always been an integral part of American society, and individuals often identify themselves with the work that they do. Students will closely read a handful of texts--Willa Cather's A LOST LADY, Solomon Northup’s 12 YEARS A SLAVE, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s THE GREAT GATSBY, Mario Puzo’s THE GODFATHER, Arthur Miller’s DEATH OF A SALESMAN, and Colson Whitehead’s APEX HIDES THE HURT--to explore how the dominant cultural narratives behind common perceptions of American business (such as the American Dream and the self-made person) shift from the pre-Civil War era through the early twenty-first century. 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 - W03 Sports and Social Justice M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 222
CRN: 22388 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Daniel G. Jones Why did two men walk, shoeless, to the medal podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and raise black-gloved fists during the playing of the U.S. national anthem? Who stood beside them in solidarity? Why does a poem about the first Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Marathon in 1984 end with the line, “and standing”? What basketball team was declared World Champion following the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904? These and other questions highlight the convergence of sport, culture, and social justice, an intersection that is embedded in our history and lauded in our literature. In this class, we will investigate the literature of sport and social justice via interdisciplinary perspectives. Sport provides a lens through which we can see the values of America more clearly. It can show us the best we have to offer . . . and sometimes, unfortunately, the worst. We will consider it all, focusing on the ways that sport has become an arena for politics, culture, and social justice. To accomplish this we will read the work of sports writers, essayists, poets, novelists and playwrights, but we will also engage productions of contemporary culture such as photographic images, social media, videos, and memes. Through all of these we will seek to consider sport not as an apolitical pastime, but as a complex and fraught landscape where the issues and problems that our country grapples with are present in numerous and fascinating ways. 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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