Melissa Hendrickx-Solberg portrait

Melissa Hendrickx-Solberg

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 325
Hours
(Fall 2017) T 1:30-3:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5626

My areas of interest include minority American literature, writing pedagogy, and contrastive rhetoric.  I primarily focus on literature of the 20th and 21st centuries.  In my courses I like to pursue an interdisciplinary approach by exploring the intersections between literature and socio-political movements, and examining the relationship between globalization and art.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W23 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 SCB 326
CRN: 40984 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa J. Hendrickx 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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Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 121 - W28 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 SCB 325
CRN: 41765 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa J. Hendrickx 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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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 217 - L01 Multicultural Literature See Details * *
CRN: 10218 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Melissa J. Hendrickx What happens when race and sexuality collide? This course will explore literature from writers of color who are also members of the LGBTQ community. We will discuss the impact of having multiple minority statuses, and historic connections between racial and LGBTQ social justice movements. Potential authors include James Baldwin, Audre Lorde, Benjamin Alire Sáenz, Ryka Aoki, Deborah Miranda, and others. Through their poetry, novels, and essays, we will examine how these writers redefine our understanding of gender, ethnicity, and relationships, while simultaneously expanding the American Literary canon. Students' final project will consist of connecting one of these authors to a current cultural or political issue. This is a blended/hyrbid course that will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with students completing online assignments on Wednesdays and Fridays. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major, the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum, and counts as a Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn course. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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OEC 2100900-1200- T - R - - -
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
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