Summer 2017 Course Descriptions

  *online*: ENGL 160A1-131/Mason *online*: ENGL 215-101/Sheehan ENGL 231-031/Staff
  *online* ENGL 248B/Zwinger ENGL 260-001/Staff *online*: ENGL 263-101/Pearmain
ENGL 265-001/Staff *online* ENGL 265-101/Staff   *online*: ENGL 270-101/Pearmain
*online* ENGL 280-131/Wilson ENGL 300-031.&*online*101/Staff *online* ENGL 302-101/Wells *online* ENGL 310-101/Abraham
*online* ENGL 310-102/Zwinger ENGL 311-031/Hendricks *hybrid* ENGL 373A-001/Mason ENGL 373B-001/Staff
*online* ENGL 373B-101/Staff *online* ENGL 380-131/Nathanson    

ENGL 160A1-131       Introduction to Colonial and Postcolonial Literature                  Mason

Pre-session (online)

A study of non-western texts (from Africa, India, or the Caribbean) that use English as a literary language while incorporating indigenous materials.

ENGL 215-101              Elements of Craft          Sheehan

Pre-Session (online) 

Elements of Craft is a reading and discussion course designed to introduce new or potential creative writing majors/minors to essential terms and concepts across three genres (fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry). We’ll read a range of contemporary authors who are using traditional and innovative formal approaches in their respective genres, as well as do creative writing exercises and reflective writing about literary craft.

ENGL 231-031         Shakespeare's Major Plays         Labiner

Pre-session: MTWRF  9:00-11:50 a.m. (In-Person)

This is a fast-paced course focused on Shakespeare’s major plays. Students will read seven of Shakespeare’s plays (see below), as well as selected secondary texts on the early modern era, the theater culture and community of Shakespeare’s time, and critical analyses of the works. The class will be largely discussion-based day to day, while short written responses and one long essay will be required in addition to the reading.
Shakespeare, William. As You Like It
---. Henry IV, Part 1.
---. Henry IV, Part 2.
---. Measure for Measure
---. Much Ado About Nothing
---. Titus Andronicus.
---. Twelfth Night.
Note: for all plays, the Folger Shakespeare Library editions are recommended; they’re easily found both new and used, are reasonably priced, and are well-edited. However, any version in the original early modern language is acceptable. Modern translations are not acceptable.
ENGL 248B-101            Introduction to Fairy Tales      Zwinger
Second Five Week Session                Fully Online

So many of us grew up on Disney's version of fairy tales; they are a part of people's childhoods and in fact are enjoyed by people well beyond their early years. Beautiful, witty, and timeless, for many people Disney means fairy tales. But fairy tales are very old forms of narrative entertainment, with some of them harking back to even older forms.And the older versions do not limit themselves to princesses in blue ball gowns and gruff but ultimately good-hearted bad guys.  In this section of "Introduction to Fairy Tales," we will view some of the iconic Disney versions of fairy tales, read the tales on which they are based, and think about what cultural and personal role these apparently deathless tales play, then and now. Work will consist of informal writing assignments and online discussion.  Please take a look at the link below for a brief taste of what we may be talking about.

"15 Disney Films and Fairy Tales That Have Extremely Morbid Origin Stories.


ENGL 260-001       Major British Writers               Staff

First Five Week Session         MTWRF    9-11:50 a.m. (in-person)

Intensive study of selected works by major British writers.

ENGL 280-131               Introduction to Literature           Wilson

Pre-session (online)

Close reading of literary texts, critical analysis, and articulation of intellectually challenging ideas in clear prose.

ENGL 300     Literature and Film                Staff

  • 300-031                        Pre-session                                MTWRF      9:00-11:50 a.m.
  • 300-101                        First Five Week Session           (online)
  • Modern/Contemporary

Comparative study of literature and cinema as aesthetic media.

ENGL 302-101     Magazine Writing Article Workshop       Wells

First Five Week Session (online)

Course covers publication for general audiences, including book reviews, scientific articles, profiles and features, and holiday articles.
ENGL 310-101        Studies in Genres: Minority Autobiography         Abraham
  • First Five Week Session (online)
  • Modern/Contemporary

This course will explore the genre of minority autobiography by considering selections from the following works: The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Angela Davis: An Autobiography, I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban, and Moustafa Bayoumi’s This Muslim American Life: Dispatches From the War on Terror. The course will introduce students to how people of color have used the autobiographical genre to create conceptions of agency and personhood, in the context of oppressive circumstance, to advance personal freedom and liberation. Students will write two short course papers during the summer session, in addition to writing D2L discussion posts in response to instructor and classmate prompts, as well as participating in synchronous discussions.

ENGL 310     Studies in Genres: Epic Fantasy Fiction          Zwinger

  • First Five Week Session 310-102   (online)
  • Modern/Contemporary

 This is a course on the wildly popular genre, Epic Fantasy Fiction. We will immerse ourselves in these fictions (feel free to cosplay--it's an online course and no one will be the wiser), reading major exemplars of the genre: The Return of the King (1955, Tolkien), A Game of Thrones (1996, Martin), Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (1997, Rowling), The Hunger Games (2008, Collins), Twilight (2008, Meyer).Your work will include informal writing assignments and online discussion posts.


ENGL 311-031     The Science Fiction Short Story        Hendricks

  • Pre-session: MTWRF  9:00-11:50 a.m.  (in-person)
  • Modern/Contemporary

Alien Encounters! – Artificial/Posthuman Life-forms! – Time Travel and Alternate History! –Utopias/Distopias! In this class we’ll investigate all these subjects and more, as we delve into the rich history of the science fiction short story. Along the way we’ll read such writers as Ray Bradbury, Philip K. Dick, J. G. Ballard, Ursula K. Le Guin, and Carol Emswhiller -- and in class (while the sun’s blazing outside) we’ll watch classic science fiction films based on short stories, including 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Thing, The Fly, and Total Recall.  The strangest staycation in all of summer session! The course requirements include two short writing assignments and assigned postings to the D2L Discussion Board.

ENGL 380-131          Literary Analysis     Nathanson

Pre-session (online)

Introduction to the various modes, techniques, and terminology of practical criticism.

ENGL 263-101    Topics in Children’s Literature: Children’s Literature Through the Ages      Pearmain

First Five Week Session (online)

From the “origins” of Children’s Literature to the current day call for diverse voices in the genre, this course examines the development of concepts of the child, children’s literature, and Western Culture. We will read a broad spectrum of historical and contemporary U.S., British, and world literature, and works representing a variety of genres and cultures. Through a survey of folk tales, picture books, middle grade novels, young adult novels, and graphic novels, we will consider the historical development of children’s literature as well as its dual agenda of instruction and amusement.

ENGL 265             Major  American Writers        Staff

  • 265-001     First Five Week Session: MTWRF (in-person)    11:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • 265-101     First Five Week Session (online)   

Intensive study of selected works by major American writers.

ENGL 270-101          Approaches to Lit: Exploring World of Children's Picture Books     Pearmain

First Five Week Session (online)

This course will explore the history and format of picture books and analyze how picture books work and why they are of value. While looking at the events (historical, political, economic) that have shaped the picture book industry, we will read old favorites and discuss why they stand the test of time. We will also read contemporary and award-winning picture books and consider what they reflect about today’s world.

ENGL 373A-001           British and American Literature: Beowulf-1660                 Mason

First Five Week Session  MTWR  (Hybrid)      9:00-10:45 a.m.

A survey of British and American literature to 1660, with emphasis on major writers in their literary and historical contexts.
ENGL373B   British and American Literature: Restoration through 19th Century      Staff
  • 373B-101    First Five Week Session (online)
  • 373B-001   Second Five Week Session  MTWRF  (in-person)   9:00-10:45 a.m.
A survey of British and American literature from 1660 to the Victorian period, with emphasis on major writers in their literary and historical contexts.


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