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Fall 2014 Course Offerings
MWF 10:00-10:50pm Dukes 152
MWF 1:00-1:50pm Dukes 152
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?). 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 Margaret Atwood, Flannery O’Connor, Tim O’Brien 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.
Course Tags: #1 Effective Communication—Writing; #7 Aesthetics in Art and Nature
MWF 2:00-2:50p Dukes 153
Day/Time TBD Dukes 151
MWF 9:00-9:50am Dukes 151
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
MWF 1:00-1:50pm Dukes 151
What does it mean to be a “professional writer”? What will I actually be doing if a get a job in this field? Where ARE the jobs in this field? How do I get started?
It all begins with English 2051: Introduction to Professional Writing, where you will learn about the profession, explore new technologies in communication, new trends in business, develop persuasive communication techniques to meet the needs of a specific audience, collaborate with other students on writing projects, and hone your writing skills.
The course will begin with an introduction to the field of professional writing. We will also cover grammar, ethics, and various forms of work communication. There will be four projects completed during the semester—one of these will be a group project. Three grammar quizzes will round out the grading component.
This course fulfills the following ONU General Learning Outcome: #1--Effective communication—writing; #5—Integration of Disciplines
Prerequisites: Writing Seminar
MWF 11:00-11:50am Dukes 153
Exploration of thematic and stylistic elements in fiction from a variety of cultures and periods.
MWF 10:00-10:50am Dukes 130
MWF 2:00-2:50am Dukes 152
MWF 1-1:50pm Dukes 112
This course, "Growing Pains," will examine the ways in which the coming of age process is depicted in nine American novels. In particular, we will look closely at the tensions inherent in this literary genre, namely between youth and experience, self and society, and innocence and awareness. In addition, we will also consider the following questions: How do the coming of age experiences of male protagonists differ from those of female protagonists? How do such factors as race and class affect the maturation process? Why is mental instability a frequent component in these novels?
Written work will include two critical essays. In addition to these essays, you will also take a midterm and final examination.
This course fulfills the following ONU General Education Learning Outcomes: Effective communication-Writing; Informed responses to aesthetics in art and nature
TR 1:30-2:45pm Dukes 112
MWF 10:00-10:50am Dukes 150
The goal of English Studies is to create the awareness that we read—from words on the page to the world around us—with methods that invest our reading with meaning. To encourage this awareness, we will survey the various schools of literary theory to get a sense of what those schools find to be important ways of reading, why they do so, and perhaps most important, the presumptions and methods they use to create their distinct ways of reading.
The course benefits students as an introductory survey of theory, but also as an introductory overview of the English department, its distinct culture, and your role as students within it. We will periodically reflect on the nuts-and-bolts processes of the English major: in particular, how theory appears in the assignments you may be asked to write. We will focus on how theory works for you, in terms of articulating a personal theoretical identity with practical and professional merits.
Robert Dale Parker, How to Interpret Literature, Second Edition.
A selection of poems and short stories will be available through the course Moodle page.
50% = Five Brief Essays
20% = Two Drills
20% = Participation
10% = Preparation
TR 8:00-9:15am Dukes
Many of us who are Americans may assume that we know what America is and what Americans are. However, as we explore the roots of American culture before 1870 through its literature, we often find ourselves in an unfamiliar world. In this world, social disruption and cultural uncertainty are as common as the proverbial apple pie. Physical boundaries of the emerging nation were fluid for an extended period of time. Individual and shared identities of Americans were equally changeable.
In American Literature I we will discover or rediscover a written heritage of many American voices: young, old, rich, poor, well educated, poorly educated, man, woman, Native American, European, African, mixed, born here, born elsewhere. These diverse people wrote diaries, journals, letters, autobiographies, biographies, political discourse, social commentary, poetry and fiction that still merit attention. In our reading of these textual voices we will discover much about American cultural history—and about ourselves as well.
The Norton Anthology of American Literature, eighth edition, volumes A and B
Volume A ISBN: 978039393476 Volume B 978039393477
This course includes a great deal of discussion of our shared reading and a variety of writing experiences, from informal reflective notes to a longer researched essay. We will also have a midterm and final exam.
This course is tagged for #1 Effective Written Communication and #2 Critical and Creative Thinking.
MWF 1:00-1:50pm Dukes 153
MWF 2:00-2:50pm Dukes 152
In this course, we will study classic and contemporary literature about the natural world. We will examine literature as an exploration of the cultural construction of the environment: how literature works to distinguish man from animal; civilization from nature; city from country; the pristine from the polluted. Further, we will also examine how literature calls such distinctions into question: doing so encourages us to think more critically about the natural world and our precarious place in it. Finally, we will examine how literature functions as a response to contemporary environmental issues.
Suzanne Antonetta, Body Toxic: An Environmental Memoir
Sarah Orne Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs
John Krakauer, Into the Wild
Annie Proulx, Brokeback Mountain
Luis Sepulveda, The Old Man Who Read Love Stories
H.G. Wells, The Island of Doctor Moreau
A selection of poems, short stories and excerpted nonfiction texts will be available through the course Moodle page.
General Education Outcomes: #1 Effective Communication Writing; #7 Informed Responses to Aesthetics
MWF 1:00-1:50pm Dukes 150
T 4:30-5:45pm Dukes 151
This 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 Scary Rapid Fire Reading and the Winter Wheat Festival), and attending to the duties of maintaining and promoting Polaris through various media and social outlets. Students will work collaboratively to solicit creative work, develop promotional materials, and learn how to design and maintain a production schedule, all with an eye toward publication in the Spring semester.
Day/Time TBD Dukes 151
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 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 semester.
MWF 11:00-11:50am Dukes 152
English 2601 Introduction to Shakespeare will focus on Shakespeare’s drama, covering plays from each of the genres—tragedy, comedy, history, and romances. We will look closely at performance qualities of these works as well as character development, plot and imagery related to themes, and internal stage directions. To understand Shakespeare’s poetics and the importance of language we will do close readings and watch films of some plays; groups will perform staged readings of scenes. This will be an on-your-feet Shakespeare class.
#5: Integration of concepts across disciplines, percentage of course: 20%
#7: Informed responses to aesthetics in art or nature, percentage of course: 20%
MWF 8:00-8:50am Dukes 112
This course, "On the Road to the Cuckoo's Nest," will examine the recurrent themes of flight and madness in nine postwar American novels. We will begin by exploring the prevalence of the journey motif, in both the physical and non-physical sense, as well as the ultimate ramifications of these journeys. We will then turn our attention to the pervasive theme of mental instability, focusing on the sense of alienation felt by many of the protagonists in these works. Throughout the course, our emphasis will be on the various ways in which characters struggle with roles assigned to them by society.
You will write two critical essays and take a final examination. In addition to the essays and exam, you will also be responsible for an oral presentation.
This course fulfills the following ONU General Education Learning Outcomes: Informed responses to aesthetics in art and nature; An understanding of diverse cultures and their effects on human interaction.
MWF 1:00-1:50pm Dukes 254
MWF 11:00-11:50am Dukes 150
In this course we will explore how the lyric poem has evolved throughout the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, examining collections that engage with, revise, or extend the parameters of the lyric genre itself. Looking at both critical and creative work of American poets, we’ll consider how collections of poetry function as such, as well as the relationship between a poet’s critical stance and creative output. That is, we will read and write about poems by examining them through the lens of each author’s own (and in some cases, other writers’) critical perspective, considering how each informs, or speaks to, the other.
In addition to exploring the interconnectedness of form, content, context, authorship, and audience, we will explore the lyric as it fits into current understandings of what literature is and does, who gets to decide and why, and what all of these concerns might have to do with contemporary students of literature. Course texts include but are not limited to T.S. Eliot’s Prufrock and Other Observations, Carl Sandburg’s Chicago Poems, Gwendolyn Brooks’ A Street in Bronzeville, Sylvia Plath’s Ariel, Allen Ginsberg’s Howl and Other Poems, John Berryman’s 77 Dream Songs, as well as collections from Mina Loy, Louise Glück, Tao Lin, and Kevin Young. Course requirements include but are not limited to a class presentation, an analysis paper, and a research project.
Course Tags: #1 Effective Communication—Oral; #7 Aesthetics in Art and Nature