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Heather McNiel

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 351
Hours
(Fall 2018) M 2:45-3:45pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5656

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W10 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 SCB 107

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

SCB 107

Course Registration Number:

40945 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Heather M. McNiel

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 121 - W17 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 OEC 210

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

OEC 210

Course Registration Number:

40952 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Heather M. McNiel

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 203 - W12 Clones, Doubles, & Alter Egos M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 210

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OEC 210

Course Registration Number:

42702 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Heather M. McNiel

Whether it’s the idea of an evil twin, a shadow self, or an exact replica, the figure of the double has long fascinated humankind. More than just a staple of science fiction or daytime soap operas, doubles may express deep-seated fears about losing our sense of self or our capacity for self-determination and control. Doubles can also be figures of fascination and desire: the power to create, control, or extend life through a second self is a tantalizing prospect. In this course, we will examine a variety of narratives that feature doppelgangers, alter egos, clones, or related figures, and explore different moral, psychological, literary, and cultural frameworks for understanding the figure of the double. Potential texts may include DR. JEKYLL AND MR. HYDE, THE DOUBLE, HER FEARFUL SYMMETRY, NEVER LET ME GO, and selected films. 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 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W04 Vengeance is Mine: Revenge Lit M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22450 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Heather M. McNiel

Payback. Settling scores. Taking justice into our own hands — from contemporary films to ancient literature, the quest for revenge has been explored in multiple genres, time periods, and cultures. What makes this quest so intriguing and appealing? Why are we fascinated with individuals who enact their own forms of justice or retribution, often going against social, moral, and legal codes? Is revenge an act of intense passion, a doomed act of honor, or twisted desire to inflict suffering? In this course, we will examine a variety of texts that focus on revenge, and consider how the quest for revenge relates to questions of justice, the rule of law, and beliefs about divine and human roles in punishing wrongdoers. We will also explore how cultural ideals of duty, honor, and shame have shaped perspectives on revenge in Western culture, and examine how gender roles and social structure influence our assessment of those who avenge personal or public wrongs. Texts may include Medea, The Oresteia, V for Vendetta, and True Grit, among others. 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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