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FALL 2015 English Department Course Descriptions

EN 103:   Literary Culture of the East: Israeli & Arab

Instructor: Professor Louis Martin
An exploration of non-Western culture via literary forms such as film, prose, and poetry, this course places cultural understandings in context and relates the past to the present.  This semester the course will focus on Israeli and Arabic films and poetry.  (Core, Non-Western Cultural Heritage) 
MF 2:00-3:20

EN/HI 170  Introduction to Digital Humanities  
Instructor: Professor Matt Skillen and Professor David Kenley
Can you imagine what libraries will look like in 15 or 20 years?  Knowledge is now distributed, searchable and sharable across a vast digital landscape online. In this course students will engage in the digital humanities—a rapidly growing field of knowledge, research and theory.  Together we will investigate the trends in this new field and contribute our own knowledge and creative work to the growing digital catalogs. (English major; Core, Western Cultural Heritage; GWR)
T 9:30

EN 220: British Literature- 18th Century:  Wit and Wisdom
Instructor: Professor Suzanne Webster
This course examines seminal works of poetry and prose from the British Neoclassical and Pre-Romantic periods (c.1660-1770/1789). Works explored include representative examples of these periods’ most popular genres and forms (e.g., lyric poems, couplets, blank verse, magazines, the Gothic novel); and the works cover a wide range of subjects and themes, from voyeuristic creepings around a woman’s dressing room to biographical investigations of and experiments with consciousness and the imagination (English major; Core, Western Cultural Heritage; GWR)
WF 2:00-3:20

EN 230: British Literature- Modern: Literature and World Wars
Instructor: Professor Kimberly Adams
The twentieth century was marked by violence, upheavals, and the destruction of old worlds:  the first and second world wars, the “troubles” in Ireland, the revolutions in Russia and China, the atomic bomb. . .  In this course we will examine the impact of such cataclysmic events on British and Irish literature and culture.  The first unit of the course deals with responses to the world wars by soldier-poets, T. S. Eliot, Virginia Woolf, and Kazuo Ishiguro.  The second unit of the course, “The Irish and the British:  Home and Exile,” focuses on major writers such as W. B. Yeats, James Joyce, and Seamus Heaney, whose work was shaped by a century of civil and cultural conflict in modern Ireland.  “Book into film” will be an important topic of the course; we will analyze the cinematic “translations” of Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway,  Ishiguro’s The Remains of the Day, and Joyce’s “The Dead.”  The course assignments include a short paper, a course paper, group work, a midterm, and a final. (English major; Core, Western Cultural Heritage; GWR)
TH 2:00-3:20

EN 240: American Literature-Modern:  The World Turned Upside Down
Instructor: Professor John Rohrkemper
Students will read fiction, poetry, and drama written during the last hundred years. These have been turbulent years and the restless experimentalism of the writers we will examine reflect the age. Sample text: William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury. (English major; Core, Western Cultural Heritage; GWR)
MW 9:30-10:50

EN 281: Writing and Analyzing the Short Story
Instructor: Professor John Rohrkemper
Students will learn the art of storytelling by reading short stories, researching and writing about the craft and working habits of a particular writer, and writing their own short stories. (English major; Core, Creative Expression; GWR)
TH 9:30-10:50; TH 12:30-1:50

EN 319:   Themes: Mysterious & Altered States 1770-1835
Instructor: Professor Suzanne Webster   
This course explores texts, from the British Romantic period (1770-1835), that address or express mysterious and altered states of mind. The unifying theme of "mysterious and altered states" is approached via a series of sub-themes, including states of mind associated with, or provoked by, supernatural encounters, the Imagination, the Sublime, mental illness, philosophical exploration, drug use, God, and Nature. (English major)
WF 12:30-1:50

EN 370: Travel Writing
Instructor: Professor Matt Willen
This course is a study of travel writing as a contemporary sub-field of professional writing. I have organized the course around three units concerning the work that professional travel writers do. The first unit examines practices of fieldwork, including strategies for note-taking, documenting visual information, collecting archival data, and interviewing human subjects. The second unit looks at the different forms that travel writing takes, and we will study the organization and styles of travel blogs, guides, articles and essays as well as the emerging genre of the graphic travel book. The final unit will explore the forums where travel writers sell and disseminate their work, and the methods by which writers go about getting their travel writing published. Students will participate in several field trips and write several travel articles.  This course counts as a writing elective towards a major or minor in English, and will count as a workplace writing requirement for students in the Professional Writing track. Students taking this class and AN 370 Writing Ethnography are eligible to attend a May Term Seminar in Iceland with Drs. Willen and Wheelersburg. (English major)
TH 9:30-10:50

EN 420: British Authors Pre-1800: Shakespeare
Instructor:  Professor Louis Martin
This course will address Shakespeare’s plays as well as selected sonnets.   Using films of the plays, we will consider how choices in staging affect meaning.  We will also examine  the genres of satire, comedy, and tragedy, and we will consider the social, religious, and political values reflected in the plays. This course counts both as an author seminar and as a pre-1800 course.(English Major)
MF 9:30-10:50

EN 494: Seminar in Literary Theory
Instructor: Professor Kimberly Adams
Seminar in Literary Theory is the capstone course for English majors in the Literature concentration.  The course builds on students’ knowledge of literary texts while providing needed grounding in literary theory, a subject that has become central to the field.  Literary theorists address issues such as the role of the author, the relation of diverse readers to a text, the development of literary genres, the nature and function of language, and the interconnections of power, knowledge, and authority.  In every unit, we will use a particular theorist to interpret a novel.  The pairings include Foucault and Orwell, Bakhtin and Achebe, and Butler and Woolf.  Course assignments:  a presentation, a midterm, three short ungraded analyses, a course paper, and a final.  (English major)  
MT 6:00-7:20


EN 185: Introduction to Professional Writing
Instructor: Professor David Downing
This course is designed to introduce students to a variety of research, writing, and editing tasks most common to professional writers. We will discuss guidelines, contexts, and good and bad models of writing in the worlds of journalism, business and advertising, technical writing, book or magazine publishing, and webpage design.  (English major)
TH 12:30-1:50

EN 385:  Writing and Editing for Publication
Instructor: Professor Jesse Waters
The perfect feature piece about your year in Borneo, or a person-in-action on your day with Lady Gaga – but you have no idea where to take it. Better yet, you never really found out if a writer really can use the term ‘alright’. Here in EN 385, we’ll focus on writing and evaluating query letters; editing strategies in the professional publishing worlds, especially Chicago-style methods; and finding target audiences and creating magazine-need analyses. Additionally, we’ll have visits from working writers who deal with editing and publication on a daily basis. We’ll even pull apart a few book proposals – good and bad – to see what makes the good ones hum and the bad ones hoot. At the end of the semester we’ll submit our own work, and keep our fingers crossed! (English major) Register by Instructor
MF 2:00-3:20

EN 493: Seminar in Rhetorical Theory
Instructor: Professor Matt Willen
This seminar will focus on preparing Professional Writing majors to enter writing and editing related positions at the end of their senior year. In the seminar we will focus on developing on-line portfolios; preparing your work for professional presentation; reviewing, identifying and addressing gaps in your training and experience as professional writers; reviewing and developing professional editing and proofreading skills; developing your skills as peer reviewers; and surveying job and career opportunities in writing and editing--where they exist and how to get them. Readings for this seminar will consist of theoretical and practical articles which will support your work as professional writers and editors. Students will need to purchase a web domain and hosting service if they have not already done so. This seminar is intended only for English majors in the PW track during their senior year.  (English major)
W 2:00-5:00

LAT 111:  Elementary Latin I
Instructor:  Professor Jennifer Besse
This course is designed to introduce students to Latin.  Through a study of ancient Roman and Greek culture, students will make informed translations of Latin into English.  Acquisition of Latin vocabulary and grammatical concepts will enhance English skills. Class will include introductions to grammatical concepts, reading practice, review of homework assignments, and Socratic class discussions on cultural nuances.  In order to develop an ability to read Latin, quizzes and exams will emphasize translation from Latin into English. (Core, Power of Language)
MWF 2:00-3:20


EN 306:  Methods Seminar in Teaching Language and Composition

Instructor: Professor Matt Skillen
The purpose of this course is to prepare students for the opportunity to teach language and composition in a secondary education setting. The course emphasizes the teaching writing and language at the secondary (middle school or high school) level.  Students will engage in instructional application of various methodologies through research-based teaching demonstrations.  (English major, English education concentration) MW 12:30-1:50

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