ENGL 2312-0011 (2214)—FICTION
M – F 2-3:50. 106 Dallas Hall. Newman.
Good stories entertain, provoke, and amuse us. They move us to laugh, cry, or think. They introduce us to odd, interesting, loveable, and detestable people; to strange, absurd, comic, and tragic situations; and to the meaning in the ordinariness and the everyday. By reading a variety of short stories and some novellas, traditional and contemporary, we’ll consider the different ways that imaginative writers turn the stuff of life into plot, imagine character, play with language, and tell us things about our world and ourselves in the medium of prose fiction. We will also work on writing and analytical skills.
Written work: Daily or almost-daily short writing, some of which will be built upon for 3-4 more formal short papers (3-4 pages). Fiction anthology: Charters, The Story and its Writer (ninth edition, compact); Rebecca Lee, Bobcat and Other Stories; Leila Aboulelah, Minaret; Joseph M. Williams and Joseph Bizerup, Style: Lessons in Clarity and Grace.
ENGL 3367-0011 (1602)— ETHICAL IMPLICATIONS OF CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
An opportunity to revisit childhood favorites and to make new acquaintances, armed with the techniques of cultural and literary criticism. Examination of children's literature from an ethical perspective, particularly notions of morality and evil, with emphasis upon issues of colonialism, race, ethnicity, gender, and class. Writing assignments: four essays, final examination. Texts: “Snow White,” accompanied by critical essays; picture books such as Where the Wild Things Are, The Giving Tree, Amazing Grace, Curious George, Babar; chapter books for young children such as Wilder, Little House on the Prairie; White, Charlotte’s Web; Erdrich, Game of Silence; books for young adults such as L’Engle, Wrinkle in Time; Alexie, The Absolute True Diary of a Part Time Indian; Yang, American Born Chinese; and one adult book, Morrison, The Bluest Eye.
ENGL 3379-0011 (1603)—CONTEXTS OF DISABILITY
M – F 10-11:50. 105 Dallas Hall. Satz.
This course deals with the literary and cultural portrayals of those with disability and the knotty philosophical and ethical issues that permeate current debates in the disability rights movement. The course also considers the ways issues of disability intersect with issues of gender, race, class, and culture. A wide variety of issues, ranging from prenatal testing and gene therapy through legal equity for the disabled in society, will be approached through a variety of readings, both literary and non-literary, by those with disabilities and those currently without them. Writing assignments: three short essays, one longer essay; mid-term, final examination.
Texts: Kupfer, Before and After Zachariah: A Family Story of a Different Kind of Courage; Haddon, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night; Rapp, Poster Chil ; Jamison, An Unquiet Mind; Lessing, The Fifth Child; Sarton, As We Are Now; Mairs, selected essays; O’Connor, selected stories; selected articles from a variety of disciplines.
ENGL 2302-0012 (2434)—BUSINESS WRITING
M – F 10-11:50. 143 Dallas Hall. Dickson-Carr, Carol.
This course introduces students to business and professional communication, including a variety of writing and speaking tasks. It covers the observation and practice of rhetorical strategies, discourse conventions, and ethical standards associated with workplace culture. The course includes much active learning, which means students will attend events on campus and off and will conduct a detailed field research project at a worksite. The course meets in a computer lab, and may not be counted toward requirements for the English major. Writing assignments: summaries, analyses, evaluations, letters, reports, memoranda, and individual and collaborative research reports, both oral and written. Text: Kolin, Philip C. Successful Writing at Work, 11th ed.