ENGLISH 140 - First-Year Seminar on English Language and Literature
Section: 001 Our Heroes: What's the Story?
Term: WN 2013
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
Requirements & Distribution:
Theme, FYSem
Waitlist Capacity:
With permission of instructor.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Enrollment restricted to first-year students, including those with sophomore standing.
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

In this course, we’ll watch a sports movie about Nelson Mandela. We’ll Google Amelia Earhart and skim the top twenty hits. We’ll study photographs of Mahatma Gandhi. We’ll compare obituaries of Shirley Chisholm and Bella Abzug. We’ll have fun with, and take very seriously, kids’ books about Jackie Robinson. Among other activities, likely we’ll also watch Erin Brockovitch and The Tillman Story, listen to some Melissa Etheridge and Eminem, and read a United States president’s autobiography. There are lots of ways we get to know our heroes. Is there a “real person” who can emerge from representations in film, fiction, photography, biography, autobiography, and the web? We’ll use our heroes (and the heroes of other people) to examine the relationships between “reality” and representation, authenticity and argument, truth and fiction, stories and, well, stories. We’ll talk a lot about story, in fact, and I’ll make the argument that story is all we’ve got, so we’d better be really, really good at thinking, talking, and writing critically about it.

Course Requirements:

Course requirements include two or three papers, a poster presentation, and active participation.

ENGLISH 140 - First-Year Seminar on English Language and Literature
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
002 (SEM)
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9781400082773
Dreams from my father : a story of race and inheritance, Author: Obama, Barack., Publisher: Three Rivers Press 2004
ISBN: 0061905267
Heroes for my daughter, Author: Meltzer, Brad., Publisher: HarperStudio 2012
ISBN: 0061905283
Heroes for my son, Author: Meltzer, Brad., Publisher: HarperStudio 2010
ISBN: 9780876140420
Jackie Robinson, Author: Walker, Sally M., Publisher: Carolrhoda Books 2002
ISBN: 9781599052250
Jackie Robinson., Publisher: Saddleback Educational Pub. 2008
ISBN: 9780448447216
Jackie Robinson : he led the way, Author: by April Jones Prince ; illustrated by Robert Casilla with photographs., Publisher: Grosset & Dunlap 2008
ISBN: 0823413047
Jackie Robinson., Author: David A. Adler ; illustrated by Robert Casilla., Publisher: Holiday House/New York Pbk. 2005
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