For all English classes, registered students must be present at each of the first two meetings to claim their places. Any students who does not meet this requirement may be dropped from the course. NOTE: If you must miss a class due to religious observances, contact the instructor or leave a message for the instructor with the department. (764-6330)
125. College Writing. ECB writing assessment.
Section 201. The goal of this section of College Writing will be to develop in students the ability to produce clear, polished, analytical writing. The majority of class time will be devoted to student writing; other texts we'll be reading – essays, short stories, perhaps a film – will center around the theme of perspective or "ways of seeing." We will consider writing on a process of composing meaning, and strive to become aware of and responsible for the effects of our diverse perspectives on the meanings we make. Attendance and class participation will be crucial to success in this course since we will rely on class discussion and readings for generating paper topics. In addition, each student will provide one essay to be critiqued by the class as a whole. Required texts: Rules for Writers, Diana Hacker and a course pack. Required work: 5 papers, 1 required revision, 1-2 pp. critiques of peers' papers, and 1-2 pp. responses to other texts. WL:1 (Marren)
Section 202. This course will explore the ways in which language shapes and is shaped by the active myths of various communities, academic and otherwise. Our readings and discussions centering around this topic will provide us with new perspectives on our writing, the ways in which we organize our thoughts, and our critical assumptions. Assignments will include six essays and occasional informal writing assignments. Reading assignments will be frequent, varied (and interesting!) WL:1 (Martin)
Section 203. In this course, we will focus on developing and evaluating strategies for thinking / writing for a university audience. Some reading and writing will be required for every class meeting. Course work will require all students to focus on the same strategies while, at the same time, offering students a range of assignments (across academic disciplines) from which they may choose. We will consider questions of "strategy" and "effectiveness" as those questions help us both to evaluate academic writing and to write well, ourselves. Over the course of the term, students will develop five formal essays from their daily assignments. As we are covering thirteen weeks of material in eight weeks, the coursework will be intensive and active participation mandatory. Course grades will be determined by the quality of students' written work as well as the quality of students' participation. Required texts: Critical Strategies for Academic Writing, ed. Malcolm Kiniry, Mike Rose and Corbett's The Little English Handbook, and a good dictionary and thesaurus. WL:1 (Minter)
Section 204. This course will explore the dynamics of written expression. We will examine the relationship of the writer to the reader, and of the content to the form in well balanced arguments. We will also look at deductive, inductive, and comparative structures of argumentation in order to determine which forms are most appropriate to their purpose. Reviewing these formal principles of composition will help you read and write more effectively. We will also refresh our knowledge of grammar so that you leave this course confidant about its use. I will assign sections from our handbook according to individual need. In addition, we will learn to analyze visual forms of argumentation. Our culture demands that we interpret visual information quickly, often profiting unfairly from our uncritical conclusions. A trip to the U of M Art Museum, an oral report on a magazine advertisement, and a critical review of one film will invite us to experiment with some of the visual techniques of persuasion that bombard us in our daily lives. Required Texts: The Little, Brown Handbook, Fifth Edition (Scott, Freseman and Co.), Ways of Seeing (John Berger, ed.), and one course pack. Required Work: Five 4-5 page drafts and five 4-5 page revisions, one optional final revision, one individual workshop, 10-12 written critiques of student papers, one oral presentation, and active participation in class discussion and workshop sessions. WL:1 (Infante)
223. Creative Writing. Completion of the
Introductory Composition requirement. (Excl). May not be repeated
Section 201. This section will concentrate on writing poetry, short fiction and short drama in traditional and experimental forms. Class discussion will mainly concern writings by class members, but some pieces by other writers will also be considered. Weekly writing projects and journal explorations will be expected. Cost:1 WL:1 (Wright)
225. Argumentative Writing. Completion
of the Introductory Composition requirement. (Excl).
Section 201. This class is intended to hone students' writing skills and to develop the analytical and critical abilities necessary for the writing of successful college papers. Through the close examination of professional and student texts, we will explore various rhetorical strategies and methods of argumentation, always striving for the production of clear, imaginative, persuasive prose. Our main ally in this project will be classroom discussion: drafts of student papers will receive attention in both small- and full-group workshops (everyone will get, and give, plenty of written feedback as well). Outside readings for the course will be diverse, but most will center on contemporary issues, giving students additional practice in constructing and critiquing formal arguments. Requirements include five short essays (3-5 pages) and active contribution to group work. Required: course pack. Recommended: Rinehart's Guide to Grammar and Usage. WL:1 (Glenn Wright)
230. Introduction to Short Story and Novel. (HU).
Section 201. This summer we will read some short stories and narratives by Atwood, Baldwin, Borges, Chaucer, Chopin, Dinesen, Joyce, Lessing, Levi, Flannery O'Conner, Salinger, Vargas, Llosa, and Wharton. We will read three, or possibly four novels. I will be choosing from the following: Brontë, Wuthering Heights; Forster, A Passage to India or A Room with A View; Garcia Marquez, Chronicle of a Death Foretold; Conrad, Heart of Darkness; Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being; Nabokov, Lolita; Puig, Kiss of the Spider Woman; Sabato, The Tunnel. We will develop basic techniques of analyzing fiction. We will examine questions related to voice, theme, characterization, and style. Books will be available at Shaman Drum Bookshop (S. State St.). I may prepare a course pack, available at Accu-Copy (Maynard St.). Requirements: You are expected to write two short papers. We will have a final exam. I encourage and expect alert and lively class discussion. Needless to say, you will want to be there in order to participate. WL:1 (San Antonio)
240. Introduction to Poetry. Prerequisite
for concentrators in the Regular Program and in Honors. (HU).
Section 201. Major forms and themes in British and American poetry from the sixteenth century to the present. Opening sessions will cover the tools of poetry, such as form, meter, and figurative language. As tedious as it sounds, this work should pay off by making the poems we read understandable and maybe even fun. For the next several weeks, we shall survey some characteristic themes (love, sex, death, war, the country, the city), taking poems from various periods and differing traditions to comment on each theme. Although time restraints force us to concentrate on relatively short poems, I hope to spend the last two weeks studying a few longer texts, probably two epics of America such as Whitman's Song of Myself and Hart Crane's The Bridge. Besides two essays and a final, I shall require frequent in-class writing exercises. Some of these exercises will be short, informal mental warm-ups, not graded. Two or three others will be slightly longer and graded. Required texts: The Norton Anthology of Poetry. (Coltharp)
270. Introduction to American Literature. (HU).
We will study authors and traditions of American Literature from the mid-nineteenth century to the present, beginning with Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Whitman, and Dickinson. Written work will include journals, short reports, and a longer paper. Cost:2 WL:1 (Wright)
Primarily for Juniors and Seniors
367. Shakespeare's Principal Plays. (HU).
In this section, we will read six or seven of Shakespeare's major plays, examining them from a variety of critical perspectives. The plays will be (probably) The Merchant of Venice, Romeo and Juliet, Midsummer Night's Dream, 1 Henry IV, Hamlet, King Lear, and The Tempest. The class format will combine lecture and discussion; we will do some group reading of selected scenes and may even watch a film or two. There will be mid-term and final exams and a ten page (or so) term paper. We will use the inexpensive Signet editions. Satisfies the pre-1830 requirement for English concentrators. WL:1 Cost:1 (Beauchamp)
372. Studies in Literature, 1830-Present. (Excl). May be repeated for a total of 8 credits.
This course will examine the development of Modernist fiction in the early decades of the twentieth century, concentrating on six major representative works: Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Mann's Death in Venice, Joyce's Portrait of the artist as a Young Man, Woolf's To the Light House, Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, and Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover. Class size allowing, each student will make a 10-15 minute presentation on some aspect of one of these works. There will be a mid-term and a final exam and a term paper of about 10 pages. WL:1 Cost:1 (Beauchamp)
434. The Contemporary Novel. (Excl).
Section 201. This course covers a broad spectrum of contemporary writers and types of fiction. As well as establishing the specific themes and narrative methods of these literary figures and groups of works, we shall also seek to discover similar concerns, ideas, and techniques especially in relation recent social and cultural developments. Our goals, then, will be to define the nature of contemporary fiction and its relation to the world outside the text. We shall approach these works with traditional critical methods, but we shall also examine the ways recent critical theory opens up such texts for us. The class will read novels by such authors as Nabokov, Pynchon, Lem, Morrison, Atwood, and Gordimer. Written assignments will include a midterm and final examination as well as one paper of about eight pages. WL:1 Cost:2 (Konigsberg)
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