Spring 2014 Course Offerings
MWF 11:00-11:50pm Dukes 153
MWF 2:00-2:50pm Dukes 153
This course is designed to introduce students to the elements of fiction, poetry, and drama through reading, writing, and discussion of texts. As a survey of literature from the mid-19th century to the present day, we will come to understand the forms, contents and contexts of such literature, asking questions concerning genre (What makes a poem different from a short story or a play?), technique (What choices has an author made and why?), and history (How does an author’s situation inform the text that author produces?), among other ideas. Students will develop a vocabulary with which to discuss texts, develop critical analysis skills, and construct arguments. We will look at the work of poets including Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Langston Hughes, and Sylvia Plath; fiction from Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Margaret Atwood, Flannery O’Connor and others, and Tennessee Williams’ play A Streetcar Named Desire. Requirements include but are not limited to two short papers, a midterm and a final exam.
General Education Tags: #1 Effective Communication Writing; #7 Informed Responses to Aesthetics
MWF 10:00-10:50am Dukes 112
MWF 11:00-11:50am Dukes 153
MWF 10:00-10:50am Dukes 153
Science Fiction, a genre of fiction that developed during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, served as a means for writers to explore hopes, fears, and experiences of people as their lives were transformed by new technologies. It continues to serve those purposes today. This course will look at some of the landmark works of science fiction, including novels, films, and television shows.
General Education tags: #7 Aesthetics; #1 Effective Communication—Writing
Texts include: Jules Verne, Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea; Ray Bradbury, The Illustrated Man; Phillip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?; Arthur C. Clarke, “2001: A Space Odyssey”; Star Trek: Original Series, “What Are Little Girls Made Of?”; Isaac Asimov, “Robbie” and “The Three Laws of Robotics”; Tobias Buckell, Arctic Rising.
MWF 10:00-10:50am Dukes 152
MWF 11:00-11:50am Dukes 152
This course will explore how authors create humor and address ethical problems through literary elements in fiction. We will study such ethical problems as commercialization and environmental degradation, the treatment of others, behavior on spring break trips, sexuality, the uses of offensive language, and conduct in academia. Readings will likely include Carl Hiaasen, Skinny Dip; Tim Dorsey, Gator A-Go-Go; Richard Russo, Straight Man; Bill Bryson, A Walk in the Woods; Christopher Moore, Coyote Blue; and short writings from The New Yorker. Course requirements include careful reading of all course material and participation in every class; two essays; two exams; and a group-led discussion.
General Education tags: #6 Informed and ethical responses to personal, civic, and global needs; and #7 Informed responses to aesthetics in art or nature.
MWF 8:00-8:50pm Dukes 112
The purpose of this survey course is to sharpen your personal response to British literature from the late eighteenth century through to the present by teaching you to read with attentiveness and critical discernment. Through this course you will further develop and refine your critical and analytical reading skills, and your ability to write about fiction, poetry, and drama should therefore also improve. This class will also prepare you for advanced literary study by acquainting you with the literary conventions used by Romantic, Victorian, and twentieth-century writers and by providing you with the critical vocabulary for interesting and adept analysis.
Written work will include two critical essays. In addition to these essays, you will also take a midterm and final examination.
General Education tags: Diversity-Human Interaction, Informed Responses-Aesthetics
T 12:00-1:15pm Dukes 151
This one-credit course is for students who are interested in engaging in publication activities for ONU’s student-run literary journal, Polaris. Weekly meetings will involve reading and reviewing submissions of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and art, planning for upcoming events (our annual Valentine’s Rapid Fire Reading and Polaris release party), and attending to the duties of maintaining and promoting Polaris through various media and social outlets. Students will work collaboratively to read and select creative work, learn basic copyediting and proofreading skills, and learn how to design and maintain a production schedule, all with an eye toward publication at the end of the semester.
R 7:00-7:50pm Dukes 151
Re:Media is Ohio Northern University's new all digital, web-based publication for critical and creative new media writing. Starting in the Spring of 2013, Re:Media will publish undergraduate student work from ONU and other area universities. Students in this practicum will have two opportunities: first, they will learn the basics of shooting and editing video, recording and editing audio, and composing web-based critical arguments; second, they will participate in the design and maintenance of a web-based publication. A wide range of digital tools and technologies will be available for creating projects. All students will participate in editorial review. No experience with technology is required to join Re:Media, but you must be willing to learn! Check out the web publication at www.remediadigital.net.
R 12:00-1:15pm Heterick Library
Every week ONU students gather in Heterick Library to enjoy a stimulating group experience, exploring both the art and skill of creating screenplays of various kinds. As part of our exploration, we examine the intersections of this art with other genres of writing such as stage plays, fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. We also collaborate with the actors of the university’s theater department who do periodic readings of our scripts. In addition we make connections between screenplays/film/video and other artistic forms such as music and visual arts. Some members of the workshop collaborate in creating short videos of the workshop material. Complementing these creative activities, we also examine some of the business aspects of the craft, such as marketing, copyright protection of scripts, and effective networking.
R 3:00-4:15pm Dukes 150
This one-credit workshop is primarily intended to give creative writers of all genres and levels a space in which to actively experiment with different forms and ideas through various writing prompts, to engage with one another in a workshop atmosphere, and to produce a handful of pieces as a result of these activities. Requirements include but are not limited to participation in weekly writing activities, thoughtful commentary on peers’ work, and the composition and revision of a few pieces over the course of the term.
TR 12-1:15 Dukes 151
Looking for a great way to complete your Practicum requirements? Well, we’re looking for a few good writers and editors (maximum of 15) to work on the English department newsletter, “Ethos.” We need students majoring OR MINORING in all five areas of English, from LAE to Creative Writing. We could also use budding photographers. We have the cameras. You provide the talent.
This year’s newsletter will be created in InDesign. No previous experience necessary, just a willingness to learn. We also cover design basics and Photoshop in class.
2014 brings a change to the newsletter—we will be creating a web version of it—as well as a paper one—so join us and help create this new forum.
You no longer need to get approved to work on the newsletter! Just register for it with the rest of your classes. Email Dr. Bauer with questions about the newsletter (firstname.lastname@example.org).
MWF 9:00 a.m.-9:50 a.m. /11:00-11:50 Dukes 112
The purpose of this course is to sharpen your personal response to American multicultural fiction by teaching you to read with attentiveness and critical discernment. Through this course you will further develop and refine your critical and analytical reading skills, and your ability to write about fiction should therefore also improve. This class will also prepare you for advanced literary study by acquainting you with the narrative conventions used by writers of multicultural fiction and by providing you with the critical vocabulary for interesting and adept analysis.
Written work will include two critical essays. In addition to these essays, you will also take a midterm and final examination.
General Education tags: Diversity-Human Interaction, Effective Communication-Writing
MW 6:30-7:45pm Dukes 151
This course offers students an introduction to the goals and strategies of writing in and for business environments. We will adopt a rhetorical approach to business communication focused on evaluating audience, purpose, genre and context in any given writing situation. Students in this class can expect to gain practical experience (individually and collaboratively) drafting, revising and presenting formal documents. A portion of the course will be location-based, meaning students will work with constituents in the ONU or wider Ada community. There will be individual and group assessments. Students in the course can expect to learn how to read, evaluate and produce the following writing genres: Resume, Cover Letter, Email, Memo, Proposal, Formal Report, Presentation, and Website.
General Education Tags: #1 Effective Communication—Non-writing; #2 Creative, Critical Thinking.
MWF 9:00-9:50a Dukes 153
The goals and strategies of writing in technical contexts. We will adopt a rhetorical approach to technical communication focused on evaluating audience, purpose, and genre. Students in this course can expect to gain practical experience in the individual and collaborative drafting, revising, and presentation of a range of technical documentation and projects in multimedia forms, including user testing, technology white papers, online software help, feasibility studies, and product specifications. There will be individual and team assessments.
Prerequisite: English 1221
General Education Tags: #1 Effective Communication--Writing.
TR 3-4:15 pm Dukes 151
“Feature writing” can be defined as creative, subjective articles that are designed to inform AND entertain readers. Feature articles are emotional, and they involve readers. Feature writing is not fiction writing. It deals with reality. However, some of the best feature writers incorporate the styles and techniques of fiction writers in their work. We will be investigating not only the various types of feature writing, but also the various platforms where your work might be published and techniques for pitching your articles in a freelance market.
This course has been designed for professional writing, public relations, multimedia journalism, and creative writing majors. It is writing intensive, so there will be no exams. We will also focus on your writing skills and bumping up your creativity with Working With Words.
TR 3:00-4:15p Dukes 152
TR 1:30-2:45pm Dukes 150
MWF 1:00-1:50pm Dukes 150
While enjoying relative political stability, Victorian Britain (1832-1901) experienced great changes that provoked considerable anxiety and the desire to turn back to earlier periods of time. This course will focus on changing conceptions of class, race, and gender; new developments in science and the accompanying questioning of religious faith; and new ideas about seeing and feeling. In doing so, we will examine such authors and texts as Dickens, A Christmas Carol; Darwin, The Origin of Species; Marx and Engels, The Communist Manifesto; Wells, The Time Machine; Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray; and Shaw, Mrs. Warren’s Profession. We will also read poetry by Matthew Arnold, Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Christina Rossetti, Michael Field, and Alfred Tennyson.
Course requirements include careful reading of all course material and participation in every class; two short essays; a longer essay and paper proposal; a group-led discussion; and a final exam. Students may write their capstone projects in conjunction with this course.
General Education tags: #4 understanding of diverse cultures and their effects on human interaction; #5 Integration of concepts across disciplines.
TR 9:30-10:45am Dukes 150
In The Art of the Poetic Line, James Longenbach writes that “Poetry is the sound of language organized in lines. More than meter, more than rhyme, more than images or alliteration or figurative language, line is what distinguishes our experience of poetry as poetry” (xi). It’s this phenomenon we’ll explore over the course of the semester, considering how poems use line and syntax to create meaning and resonance. In addition to composing and workshopping original pieces of poetry, students will be asked to consider their own aesthetic stance and the choices that inform that stance. To that end, we’ll develop poetics statements which will accompany revised poems submitted at the end of the term, along with a rationale regarding revision strategies. Course texts include but are not limited to James Longenbach’s The Art of the Poetic Line, Helen Vendler’s Dickinson: Selected Poems and Commentaries, and Roger Reeves’ King Me.
MWF 3-3:50pm Dukes 151
This course introduces students to Rhetoric as a tool for creating and understanding persuasive communication in academic and professional settings. While students will gain insights into rhetorical performance (i.e. how they can be more persuasive in their own speaking and writing), the functional goal of the course is to learn strategies for rhetorical analysis, a set of methods by which we come to better understand how any communication “works” on a given audience within a given context. We will consider the history and development of rhetorical theory as a system for breaking down and analyzing specific strategies speakers or writers employ in crafting persuasive discourse. Students will leave this course equipped to read and understand difficult texts, to decipher complex meanings and to replicate persuasive strategies in their own written work. Additionally, students will work in traditional print-based and digital writing formats.
Course materials will be balanced between theory and practice, including:
- The history rhetoric, in which we will consider the development of this idea from the Greeks to the 21st century;
- And, the application rhetorical theory, in which we will “practice” rhetorical analysis in a range of settings, including: education, politics, architecture and design, and web-based communication.
General Education tags: #5 Integration Across Disciplines.
MWF 2-2:50p Room TBD
This course is a broad survey of the intersections of literature and law, of literary and legal study. We will begin by examining literary representations of the law: how literature uses law and legal issues to tell stories. We will study the confluence of literature and law: how both work in tandem to define ethical issues, such as right and wrong, human and inhuman. We will then turn to the literary elements of law: how the law tells stories with real—life and death—consequences. We will study how lawyers use literature in the legal process and judicial opinion, and the effects of their use of literature.
General Education tags: #1 Effective communication; #2 Critical and creative thinking; #5 Integration of concepts across disciplines.