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ENGL 2305 Introduction to Poetry

Dr. John Poch

Section 006: TR 9:30am-10:50am 
CRN: 11399

Section 007: TR 11:00am -12:50pm 
CRN: 11467

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A poem doesn't have a meaning. Every good poem has a multiplicity of meaning that complicates the way we see things through metaphor, rhyme, syntax, grammar, allusion, alliteration, assonance, hyperbole, diction, rhythm & meter, and a host of other tools and techniques. A poem is a language machine made up of a combination, a sum of these parts working in harmony. We will study a diverse range of poems from Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman to present-day poets who, as Ezra Pound suggested, "make it new." Through experiencing the beauty and complexity of language of poetry, you will not only better appreciate the world around you, but you will learn to read and write more clearly and succinctly in order to succeed in any field of study.

ENGL 2307.160 Introduction to Fiction

Dr. Ben Rogerson

Section 160: MWF 10:00am - 10:50am
CRN: 11885

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Re-animated corpses. Stolen purses. Plane crashes. Homicidal identity thieves. Gossipy socialites. Post-apocalyptic cannibals. No, it's not Introduction to TV—it's Introduction to Fiction. Spanning three centuries and three continents, this course will enable students to understand and analyze the fundamental characteristics of fiction—everything from the plot-story distinction to different types of narration—and to consider how these elements help to shape meaning. In addition, we will also consider how fiction shapes broader social and political questions: Are new scientific or technological advances always good? Was the “American Dream” ever achievable? Is stability possible in the aftermath of 9/11? Above all, we'll think about how fiction serves as a storehouse of attitudes for how we want to live our lives.

ENGL 2307.001 Introduction to Fiction: Tricksters, Devourers, and Demons: Indigenous Literatures and Social Justice

Bernadette Russo

Section 001: MWF 9:00am - 9:50am
CRN: 36497

What is a Trickster? A cannibal spirit? A skin-walker? Have they changed in form or function over the years? If so, how and why? We will explore contemporary Native American Literatures and examine issues of social justice through the various lenses of Indigenous Studies.

ENGL 2307.002 Introduction to Fiction: Spiritual Quests

Dr. John Samson

Section 002: MWF 9:00am - 9:50am
CRN: 38501

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Consider life as a spiritual quest that can take many forms: sometimes it is a quest for connection, for relationships; sometimes for a special place, a haven; sometimes for something transcendental, beyond this world; or sometimes for fulfillment, for that part of the self not bound by habit or convention. We will read and discuss fiction that follows these paths—short stories by Jhumpa Lahiri and Edgar Allan Poe, and the novels Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, The Dalai Lama's Cat by David Michie, Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse, and To a God Unknown by John Steinbeck.

ENGL 2307.D03 Introduction to Fiction

Dr. Yuan Shu

Section D03: W 6:00pm - 8:50pm
CRN: 40067

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The purpose of this course is to advance your abilities in reading and appreciating prose fiction. In scrutinizing various short stories and novels, we not only discuss the formal elements of fiction such as plot, character, and theme but also examine the historical and cultural contexts in which these texts are situated. We emphasize both critical analysis and literary interpretation of works of fiction.

ENGL 2307.004 Introduction to Fiction: Tricksters, Devourers, and Demons: Indigenous Literatures and Social Justice

Bernadette Russo

Section 001: MWF 10:00am - 10:50am
CRN: 11624

What is a Trickster? A cannibal spirit? A skin-walker? Have they changed in form or function over the years? If so, how and why? We will explore contemporary Native American Literatures and examine issues of social justice through the various lenses of Indigenous Studies.

ENGL 2311 Introduction to Technical Writing

Multiple instructors/times Available
Offered both Onsite and Online

Technical writing is kind of misnomer for what we will do in this class. Writing is certainly involved; however, so is utilizing design, image, media, and other communication skills. We will learn to communicate effectively by using strategies closely linked to the workplace. Most importantly, we will think about writing and communication differently from how you may have considered them in the past: we will learn to view technical writing as a means for solving problems. We will use writing and documents to “get work done,” whatever your field or discipline.

ENGL 2312 Texts and Technologies that Change the World

Section 001: (TR 3:30pm -4:50pm)
CRN: 38491

Section D01: (TR 3:30pm - 4:50pm)
CRN: 32553

An introduction to the role of culture in the design of texts and technologies and methods of cross-cultural technical communication. The world is a big place. However, technology increasingly extends the reach of individuals and groups across borders: national/political borders, linguistic borders, and cultural borders. Engineers, technical communicators, and professionals are asked more and more to design texts and technologies that reach and work across those borders. In this class we will explore the definition and role of "culture" and what it means to be "culturally competent." We will learn about the ways writing and writing technologies shape and are shaped by the cultures in which they are used. This class will challenge you to understand that technologies are developed for particular users in particular contexts and that in order to effectively design technologies and documents, technical communicators must become invested in cross-cultural communication and mindfulness. We will consider, for example, how we use our cell phone as a local activities but also how our cell phone use reflects global activities, institutions, and cultures.

ENGL 2321 Global Literature 1: Poetry, Drama, and Narrative

Dr. Roger McNamara

Section 001: TR 12:30pm - 1:50pm 
CRN: 40748

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This course focuses on some of the earliest and foundational texts of World Literature. We will traverse the world in this class, from reading the ancient myths of Creation through discussing the classical epics of Ancient Greece (The Iliad), Rome (The Aeneid), and India epics (Ramayana), to studying the Medieval poetry of the Africa, Middle East, Europe, and East Asia. We will also read selections from religious texts including the Hebrew and Christian Bibles, the Koran, and the Bhagavad Gita.

ENGL 2323 British Literature I: The Battle of the Sexes, 700-1800

Dr. Brian McFadden

Section 001: T 6:00pm - 8:50pm 
CRN: 39525

Section D01: M 6:00pm - 8:50pm 
CRN: 40746

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This course will teach the basics of reading texts critically, writing examinations and essays, citation and research, and the examination of early English literature and culture. The question driving this course: while men often appear to dominate medieval, Renaissance, and early modern culture, how have women asserted and reasserted themselves as authors and as human beings in that time? We will discuss such texts and authors as Beowulf, Judith, The Husband's Message and The Wife's Lament, Dream of the Rood, the lais of Marie de France, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, medieval mystery plays, Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich, and Shakespeare, as well as various shorter lyric poems and prose pieces by both male and female authors through the 18th century; we will see that what is often depicted as a battle for control yields in fact reveals many cases where the feminine equals or overcomes the masculine, and that the need for some kind of balance and harmony is constantly demanded (if not always achieved). Requirements: two short essays, midterm examination, final examination, and annotated bibliography.

ENGL 2325.001 American Literature I

Dr. Elissa Zellinger
Section 001: TR 11:00am - 12:20pm 
CRN: 40747

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Survey of American literature from beginnings to the Civil War, including representative genres from each period.

Body parts and physical experiences—such as hunger strikes, drunkenness, bug bites, cramped quarters, monstrous births, and beautiful imperfections—feature prominently in the texts we will discuss for this class. But what do we make of all these embodied states? To answer this question, we will explore diverse literary representations of bodies and the problems, contradictions, and criticisms that individual and collective bodies can pose to systems of power.

ENGL 2371 Language in Multicultural America

Dr. Min-Joo Kim
TR 9:30am  – 10:50am
CRN: 13140

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Many people say that America is a melting pot. But is that really true? If so, what does it mean in the context of language and language use? Also, how does our culture or cultural heritage influence our language and our identity formation? Conversely, how does our own language use influence our culture? In this course, we will be addressing such questions while examining the role of language in a multicultural America. And in this context, we'll look at how social factors like race, gender, ethnicity, and social class impact language and the way people interact with each other using language.

(Fulfills TTU Core Multicultural requirement)

ENGL 2383.160 Bible as Literature

Dr. David Roach
Section 160: MWF 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
CRN: 39528

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"Till heaven and earth pass," Jesus declared, "not one jot or tittle shall pass from the law," and two thousand years later, the Bible continues to be read, studied, and taught in cultures across the world. Yet the Bible is in fact composed of many different books, and our objective over the course of the semester is to learn about the genres and styles of scriptural writing. We will explore such genres as Jewish epic, Jesus' parables, Paul's letters, and wisdom literature, and we will discuss topics like grace, sacrifice and the scapegoat, redemption, mercy, justice, service, and religious environmentalism. Examining the Bible's beautiful language, brilliant imagery, and fascinating symbolism offers us an exciting, new way of understanding the most popular book in human history.

ENGL 2388.160 Introduction to Film Studies

Dr. Ben Rogerson

Lecture
Section 160: MW 10:00am - 10:50am
CRN: 39529

Below are the Discussion sections which take place on Fridays:

Discusson CRN
701 (11 - 11:50am) 39550
702 (1 - 1:50pm) 39551
703 (1 - 1:50pm) 39552
704 (11 - 11:50am) 39553
705 (1 - 1:50pm) 39554
706 (11 - 11:50am) 39555

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As regular moviegoers and avid binge-watchers, we intuitively respond to the "grammar," of film. Our pulse quickens when the monster nears its hapless victim; we get lumps in our throats when the hero finally wins the heart of the one s/he loves. But how exactly do films make us laugh, cry, and scream? The course draws on examples from U.S. and global cinema in order to explore the film techniques that produce such complex effects—we'll cover everything from mise-en-scene to cinematography, from editing to sound. Then we will build on those fundamentals to consider different modes of cinema such as narrative, documentary, and experimental. Ultimately, the course asks what distinguishes film from all the other arts, and what makes this "Seventh Art" at once so conceptually rich and so potentially deceptive. Popcorn not included.

ENGL 2391.001 Introduction to Literary Studies: Fantastic Landscapes

Dr. Cordelia Barrera
Section 001: R 2:00pm – 3:30pm
CRN: 13287

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This course introduces students to the applied study of literature by focusing and developing the critical research and writing skills necessary for success across all majors and disciplines. We will engage key concepts and methods of literary language and introductory theory by studying literature that overlaps genres. Our focus will be speculative and visionary works, gothic, horror, and sci fi. We will focus landscape the environment and social justice and read short stories, long fiction, drama and essays that include the works of, Ursula K. Le Guin, Jose Rivera, Kelly Link, Juan Pablo Villalobos, Rudolfo Anaya, and Carmen Maria Machado, among others.

Assignments include: Daily quizzes and weekly journals, short research projects, and a final exam.

ENGL 2391 fulfills core Language, Philosophy and Culture requirement and this course satisfies requirements for the LSJE Minor.

 

ENGL 3302.001 Anglo-Saxon Literature: Learning Literature in Anglo-Saxon England

Dr. Brian McFadden
Section 001
TR 3:30pm - 4:50pm
CRN: 33007

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This course will look at three major figures and literary moments in Anglo-Saxon England to analyze how the scholarly translation and transmission of early texts affected the English literary milieu. The first section of the course will look at the age of Bede and representative Old English and Anglo-Latin texts from the eighth to the mid-ninth centuries; it will include Bede's Ecclesiastical History of the English People, Gildas's On the Fall of Britain, the Life of St. Wilfrid, The Life of St. Cuthbert, and The Life of St. Ceolfrid, as well as the Liber Monstrorum(Book of Monsters), Beowulf, and The Voyage of St. Brendan.

The middle section of the course will look at the impact of the reign of Alfred the Great and his translation project on English letters; readings will include selections from Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, Augustine's Soliloquies, and Gregory the Great's On Pastoral Care, and selected Psalms, in addition to Asser's Life of Alfred and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle.

The last section of the course will examine the Benedictine Reform of the late tenth and early eleventh centuries, with its focus on increasing Latin learning and language skills in the monastic community, as well as translations and/or compositions in English for the purpose of preaching. We will examine homiletic and social works of Ælfric and Wulfstan, as well as adapted and translated scholarly and scriptural texts such as Judith, The Letter of Alexander to Aristotle, Physiologus, the Exeter Book Riddles, the Wonders of the East, The Wanderer, The Seafarer, and Dream of the Rood.

Course requirements will be a midterm examination, a final examination, three response papers, and an annotated bibliography with a short explanatory essay.

ENGL 3304.001  Medieval and Renaissance Drama

Dr. Matthew Hunter
MWF 12:00pm - 12:50pm
CRN: 13420

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From Thomas Kyd and Christopher Marlowe to Ben Jonson and John Webster, the English Renaissance is full of playwrights who dared to shock, to amaze, and to push the envelope of acceptable art. This course offers students an introduction to some of the major authors of English Renaissance drama by considering the relationship between performance and critique. How do Renaissance playwrights dramatize the beliefs of their moment--and how do they critique them? To answer this question, we will consider the generic conventions and the historical conditions of the early English stage, alongside notions of spectacle, revenge, taboo, and dissent. Major works will include The Spanish Tragedy, Dr. Faustus, and The Duchess of Malfi.

ENGL 3307 Eighteenth-Century British Lit

Dr. Marta Kvande
TR 2:00pm - 3:20pm
CRN: 13449

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How did black lives matter in the eighteenth century? In this course, we'll read poetry, fiction, letters, and treatises from the eighteenth century that take black lives as their focus. Long predating movements for civil rights or political equity, the social, colonial, and economic conditions of this era make blackness an embattled category. The "triangular" slave trade between Europe, Western Africa, and the North American colonies flourished in this time, as did the English wealth that depended on slave labor in the Caribbean. Many Britons celebrated this prosperity, considering people of African descent the rightful property of white plantation-owning classes. Others decried the violence and injustice of slavery on ethical and religious grounds, calling for its abolition. The voices of black individuals themselves are less numerous than their European-born counterparts, but even more powerful, speaking from first-person experiences of enslavement and manumission. Our readings will take us through the variety of these perspectives on black lives to pursue two main questions. One, how was black life—personhood, value, sovereignty, humanity, gender—defined in this period? And two, what, if anything, can this distant historical past tell us about our present, punctuated as it is by racialized police violence, mass incarceration, and political and economic underrepresentation?

ENGL 3308 Studies in Nineteenth-Century British Literature Romanticism

Dr. Marjean Purinton
MWF 2:00pm - 2:50pm
CRN: 13457

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The British Romantic Period (1780-1830) was a time of social upheaval, political change, religious uncertainty, familial disruptions, class destabilizations, scientific and educational revolutions, explorations, commercialism, industrialization, and colonial activity. At the heart of all tensions was the question of human rights—for women, for slaves, for the working poor, for the disabled, for the elderly, for the colonized.

It was a revolutionary time when literature challenged and championed the prevailing attitudes, customs, laws, and lifestyles. This era reflects remarkable transformations that underpin both modern and postmodern thought, and you will be amazed as the connections between Romanticism and contemporary culture and writing.

We will survey representative and diverse literary selections from British Romanticism that address the period's historical and cultural issues.

Our learning activities will include discovery activities, short reflection essays, group work, a secondary source analysis, and discussion generated by an engaged learning community informed by feminist pedagogy.

ENGL 3312 Film and Media History: 1970's Cinema - The Hollywood Renaissance

Dr. Wyatt Phillips
MWF 11:00am - 11:50am
CRN: 40751

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Civil Rights, youth culture, political assassinations, the ERA, drug culture, the Vietnam War, Apollo missions; home video; Watergate, and the end of Hollywood as it had run for 40 years. What happens to film, or any media, when industry change, audience change, cultural change, and political unrest occur simultaneously? This course will look at Hollywood cinema of the late 1960s and throughout the 1970s in this light. We will pay particular attention to the cultural zeitgeist and period of political upheaval that contributed to the emergence of a youth-based Hollywood cinema. Which cinematic traditions were challenged and which were carried over? In addition to the canonical films of this era, we will also consider other modes of filmmaking that were influential and other voices and perspectives that expanded the purview of American audiences. Viewings will include such films as Night of the Living Dead; The Graduate;Shaft; Taxi Driver; Mikey and Nicky;The Godfather; Jaws; Harlan County, USA;Magnum Force; Killer of Sheep; Girlfriends; and Apocalypse Now.

ENGL 3313 Dream Machines: Film and Technology

Dr. Allison Whitney
TR 11:00am - 12:20pm
CRN: 40752

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Students will learn about how filmmakers, historians, and critics have used and understood the technologies of motion pictures, from the earliest camera designs to the latest special effects. Our classroom sessions and assignments will often incorporate hands-on activities, from playing with 19th Century visual toys to experimentation with sound design. We will ask questions like: What makes a movie "realistic" and how does that concept change over time? What are the ethics of using digital actors? What happens when moving picture systems move into our homes, our classrooms, and our pockets? From the biggest IMAX cinemas to the smartphone, we will discuss how and why images are produced, modified, and shared. We will also think about how these technologies shape our understanding of the past, looking at the preservation, restoration, and archiving of film history.

ENGL 3324.001 Nineteenth Century American Literature: Novels of the American Renaissance

Dr. John Samson
MWF 11:00am - 11:50am
CRN: 13533

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The course will focus on classic novels of the American Renaissance (1840-1860), classic because they engage many of the major issues of their (and our) time—religion and metaphysics, social class and identity, women's roles and rights, racism and slavery, democracy and tyranny. The texts also represent various novelistic forms, such as historical fiction, exploration narrative, romance, and realism. The texts we will read and discuss are: Nathaniel Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter; Edgar Allan Poe, Narrative of Arthur Gordon Pym of Nantucket; Herman Melville, Moby-Dick; Fanny Fern, Ruth Hall; and Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom's Cabin.

ENGL 3351.005 Creative Writing: Fiction

Dr. Katie Cortese
TR 9:30am - 10:50am
CRN: 13641

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"A short story is the ultimate close-up magic trick—
a couple of thousand words to take you around the universe or break your heart."
-Neil Gaiman

This course is for people who like to read and write stories, and want to share and critique their own work in a large-group format. In addition to writing short works of fiction, we'll read and discuss stories and craft essays by such authors as Roxane Gay, Tommy Orange, Randa Jarrar, Karen Russell, Gish Jen, and more. As we learn to read, write, and critique short stories, we'll broaden our understanding of what it means to be human in a diverse, changing, and interconnected world.

Required Texts: Flash Fiction Forward ed. by James Thomas and Robert Shapard & Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott.

This course fulfills the multicultural requirement.

ENGL 3351.006 Creative Writing: Poetry

Dr. Jacqueline Kolosov
TR 12:30pm - 1:50pm
CRN: 13642

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Well, write poetry, for God's sake, it's the only thing that matters—e. e. cummings.

In every human Breast, God has implanted a Principle, which we call Love of Freedom; it is impatient of Oppression, and pants for Deliverance—Phillis Wheatley

...No two snowflakes are alike, and it is possible, if you stand tippy-toe, to walk
between the raindrops---Nikki Giovanni

 

Though this has been said at other points in history, I will say it again: there has never been a more promising time to read and write poetry in this country. Poetry is gaining momentum in the wider society, and young poets are waking people up to what matters through verse, whether it be in centuries' old forms like the sonnet, the myriad possibilities of free verse, and more experimental, visually impactful forms like erasure.

This course will focus on building a toolbox for developing poets. What will that toolbox include? An understanding of the flexibility and integrity of the line in relation to the sentence; what poet Gregory Orr calls the 4 temperaments, which including story and story, imagination and music. Ideally, a poem brings all 4 together, but each poet brings to the table his/her inherent gift for imagination or story or.... Lyric privilege's the individual's voice and experience, and the earliest lyric poet is Sappho who believed what I say or believe is beautiful. This way of seeing is as liberating and radical as it was in ancient Greece....

We will read widely in poetry, concentrating primarily on contemporary poetry but also poets of the 20th century and deeper in this country's history, as well as in the UK and elsewhere (often in translation). In this way, we will familiarize ourselves with the deep, deep roots of poetry, and in the process be able to situate poetry within traditions, not so as to write within a tradition dating back 300 years (though that can be instructive!), but to understand the ways in which lyric poetry engages with issues such as love, grief, "ordinary" experience, as well as social and environmental justice which, as we know, have never been more crucial than they are today. Among the poets: James Wright, Robert Hayden, Natasha Trethewey, Ishion Hutchinson, John Keats, Paul Celan, e. e. cummings, Mary Szybist, Stanley Plumly, Emily Dickinson, Pablo Neruda....
Plan to read a lot, write a lot, and revise a lot within a dynamic, supportive community of writers.

ENGL 3351 Creative Writing: Nonfiction: Writing True Crime

Dr. Leslie Jill Patterson

Section 012: M 6:00pm - 8:50pm
CRN: 13647

Section D12: M 6:00pm - 8:50pm
CRN: 13622

(Hybrid)

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In 1959, The New York Times ran a small 300-word article in its back pages: "A wealthy wheat farmer, his wife and their two young children were found shot to death today in their home. They had been killed by shotgun blasts at close range after being bound and gagged. . . . There were no signs of a struggle, and nothing had been stolen. The telephone lines had been cut." The article caught the eye of Truman Capote and led him down the path toward nowhere Kansas, six years of research, 8,000 pages of notes, and a nonfiction book about two capital murderers, a tale so compelling that America kicked it to the NY Times Bestseller List in a matter of days.

The best true crime narratives do not sensationalize violence, appropriate suffering, or hyperbolize the author's role in the story. Instead, they provide context and approach crime as a lens through which to study humanity. This workshop will teach the artistry of writing essays, memoirs, and book-length narratives that cover the "crime beat" in America. How do good writers narrate stories about Justice, Guns, Sex Crimes, Terrorism, or Misdemeanors?

We'll read texts by Hanif Abdurraqib, Derf Backderf, Lina Maria Ferreira Cabeza-Vanegas, Kashana Cauley, David Dow, Tim Z. Hernandez, Monica Hesse, Skip Hollandsworth, Toni Jensen, Lacy M. Johnson, Maggie Nelson, Emily Raboteau, Bryan Stevenson, Michelle Thomas, Sarah Viren, Wendy S. Walters, Elissa Washutta, and Kevin Young, among others. Students will write two three-page flash essays and one ten-page nonfiction narrative.

ENGL 3360 Issues in Composition (Online)

Section D02: (M 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
CRN: 38773

Exploration of principles and practices in rhetoric and writing. Substantial writing required.

ENGL 3362 Rhetorical Criticism

Dr. Ken Baake

Section 001: (T 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
CRN: 27695

Section D01: (T 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
CRN: 39484

This is a class that looks at the history of rhetoric, how speakers and writers have developed arguments from Classical Greek and Roman times to the present. Aristotle defined rhetoric as the art of finding the best available means of persuasion. For the Greeks rhetoric was primarily oral, although it is obviously found in all forms of human communication—especially writing and visual media. In this course we will survey of rhetorical theory from the Sophists through Aristotle and fellow Greeks, Romans, Medieval theologians, Enlightenment scholars and others to 20th century thinkers. We will consider everything from Cicero's blistering attack on a fellow countryman accused of conspiracy in first century B.C.E. Rome to Dr. Martin Luther King's speech proclaiming his dream for civil rights in 20th century America. The class will cover all aspects of rhetoric, but focus mainly on invention, arrangement, and style. We will study how rhetoric functioned in these historic periods and how it functions today.

Students will post reading responses to Blackboard, engage in practice developing arguments using Classical techniques, and conduct a research project.

ENGL 3365 Professional Report Writing

Multiple instructors/times available
Offered both onsite and online

Preparation of professional and academic reports and publications through the use of communication analysis. This class will look at reports in society and the workplace.

ENGL 3366 Style in Technical Writing

Section 002: (R 6:00pm – 8:50pm) 
CRN: 13759

Section D01: (R 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
CRN: 27688

This course focuses on the varieties, characteristics, and function of style in prose writing. Students in this class will cultivate a range of styles by experimenting with and analyzing the effects of such variables as word choice, sentence structure, rhythm, punctuation, grammar, and usage. We will also read and discuss arguments about writing style (both scholarly and otherwise), examining the politics and values that style communicates. We'll observe how style shapes what can be said and to whom, and describe how different styles suit different audiences. The goal is to develop keener senses of the rhetorical force of style, and to exercise writing as a way of tapping into the power and charm of language.

ENGL 3367 User Experience Research

Section 001: (MW 2:00pm – 3:20pm)
CRN: 13775

Principles and techniques of testing online and print documents, using video and digital equipment, with emphasis on rhetorical effectiveness and usability of graphics, text, and format.

ENGL 3368 Web Design

Section 001: (TR 11:00am – 12:20pm)
CRN: 37874

Principles and techniques of designing usable Web sites, with emphasis on needs assessment, information architecture, and navigation.

ENGL 3371 How Language Works

Dr. Aaron Braver

Section 001: M 6:00pm – 8:50pm
CRN: 33013

Section D01: M 6:00pm - 8:50pm
CRN: 35024

(Hybrid)

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What does it mean to have a command of language—do animals have it? Infants?

By examining the structures of the world's languages, we will discover why linguists believe in a "universal grammar" in spite of the world's rich linguistic diversity.

We'll also learn how to make the sounds of the world's languages—from the clicks of Africa's Bantu languages to Native American ejective consonants.

This course is suited to anyone interested in language, how the mind works, or the characteristics that make us uniquely human.

ENGL 3373.001 How Syntax Works

Dr. Min-Joo Kim
TR 11:00am - 12:50pm
CRN: 33095

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Did you grow up learning English or taking English classes, wondering why the grammar of English works the way it does? Also, did you ever wonder why we cannot end our sentences with prepositions but we always do? In addition, have you ever been told that you cannot say, "Can I go to the restroom?" (rather, you must say, "May I go to the bathroom?") and wondered why that has to be the case? If you fit any of these descriptions, then, this course will be perfect for you!

This course provides an overview of the structure and usage of present-day American English. The material covered will equip the students with a basic knowledge of the form and function of what is known as Standard American English. It will be useful and relevant to anyone interested in English grammar and linguistics but in particular to future English teachers at all levels and those who want to teach ESL either in the US or abroad.

Topics include but are not limited to (i) prescriptive vs. descriptive approaches to grammar; (ii) syntactic categories (i.e., what are traditionally known as parts of speech); (iii) the internal structure of various types of phrases; (iv) the underlying principles of human language; (v) Tense/Aspect/Mood of present-day English; (vi) dialectal variation in English syntax; and (vii) grammaticalization and language change.
Note: There will be no textbook for this course.

ENGL 3386 Literature and Science

Dr. Alison Rukavina

Section 001: W 6:00pm - 8:50pm
CRN: 33017

Section D01: W 6:00pm - 8:50pm
CRN: 40375

(Hybrid)

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"The old order changeth, yielding place to new." —Alfred, Lord Tennyson "Idylls of the King"

This course explores how literature engaged with the advances in science and technology that transformed society in the nineteenth century. Authors in novels like Frankenstein, Dracula, and Time Machine wrestled with the ideas of whether scientific progress was a good thing or even potentially dangerous. In "Stanzas from the Grand Chartreuse," Matthew Arnold writes of being caught "between two worlds, one dead,/ The other powerless to be born,/ With nowhere yet to rest my head." If one response dominated among authors of the nineteenth century it was anxiety and worry at how inventions like steam technology, photography, and electricity, as well as developments in biology, psychology, and sociology, were remaking the world at such a rapid pace that they felt displaced and disoriented. Students in the course will learn about how nineteenth-century authors turned to the genres of science fiction, horror, and mystery as venues for exploring the possible consequences and effects of these tumultuous changes on society. Assignments will include participation, discussions, short literary analysis, presentation, and research essay.

ENGL 3388 Film Genres: Border Westerns: Ghosts and Drones Over the Frontier

Dr. Fareed Ben-Youssef

Section 002: MWF 9:00am - 9:50am
CRN: 13998

Section 004: MWF 10:00am - 10:50am
CRN: 34250

The US-Mexico border has been framed as a national vulnerability. Although this political discourse has a long history, it gained a currency following 9/11. After the attacks, the border became increasingly militarized and the undocumented migrant was conflated with the Near Eastern terrorist. This rhetoric has inspired a different kind of Western film, what could be known as the Border Western.

This course explores this understudied subgenre where the shadowy iconography of film noir merges with the landscapes of the Western. Our films shift vantage points on the border, moving from the United States' dehumanizing drone eyes to the eyes of teenage Guatemalan migrants who attempt a crossing. We also traverse national boundaries to see the banlieues of France transformed into Ghost Towns and the Red-Light Districts of 19th century Japan fashioned into gateways between the Old West and the Far East, between Hell and Earth.

This course acts as an introduction to global genre film study. Cultural and legal studies will help contextualize these films' critiques of the human costs of immigration policy. Students will write a sequence analysis and a research paper. Ultimately, this course will give students strategies to perform research that traverses disciplinary borders and boundaries.

ENGL 3387.001 Multicultural Literatures of America 

Dr. Michael Borshuk
MWF 1:00pm - 1:50pm
CRN: 39931

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In this course we will read contemporary American literature from a variety of perspectives, in a range of genres, and with an eye to loosening the American canon from its historically white heterosexual male point of view. What does it mean to read American literature only through the example of women writers or queer writers or writers of color? Our class will consider the different picture of American literature and history we walk away with when reading exclusively from these historically marginalized vantage points. Possible writers include Claudia Rankine, Solmaz Sharif, Jaime Hernandez, Layli Long Soldier, Hilton Als, Maggie Nelson, Kathleen Collins, and Eve Ewing.

ENGL 3388 Film Genres: 'science/fictions'

Dr. Scott Baugh

Section D01: T 6:00pm - 8:50pm
CRN: 40766

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'Science/Fictions' will offer an introduction to undergraduate film/media studies with a steep learning curve to consider how science is treated in contemporary fictive-narrative movies. Beyond 'science fiction' as a genre, this course will pose as research question how science [scientia] presumes certain 'ways of knowing' that some contemporary cinema interrogates. Our movies will likely include 2001: A Space Odyssey, Tron, Crash, Gravity, Inception, Interstellar, Ready Player One, Scott Pilgrim, & more.

ENGL 3394 Asian American Literature

Dr. Yuan Shu

Section D01: M 6:00pm - 8:50pm
CRN: 40753

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This course investigates Asian American literature in terms of identity formation and cultural location. We begin by examining the notion of "Asian American" politically and historically. Who are Asian Americans anyway? How have Asian American authors defined their own identities, communities, and cultural locations at different historical moments? What roles have gender, class, and sexuality played in shaping Asian American identities and communities? To fully understand the multiplicity and heterogeneity of Asian American literature, we not only discuss texts by writers of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Iraqi descent, but also explore texts that narrate the specific experiences varying from the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II to the struggles of Southeast Asian refugees and immigrants in the decades since the Vietnam War.

As the term, "Asian American," designates both the U.S.-born and the immigrant, we also interrogate the transnational dimension of Asian American experiences. How do Asian American authors engage Asian histories and cultures in an American context? How do they understand American political and military interventions in Asia? What impact does the current process of globalization have upon Asian American identity and community formations? In considering these questions, we develop a sense of how Asian Americans have documented their experiences and articulated their sensibilities at different historical and political junctures.

Requirements: Two essays, five quizzes, a midterm, and a final.

ENGL 4301 Studies in Selected Authors: Jane Austen and Mary Shelley

Dr. Marjean Purinton
MWF 3:00pm - 3:50pm
CRN: 14706

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Austen and Shelley were shaped by similar cultural and gender restrictions, and both responded to those strictures in unconventional ways. In this course, we will examine the fascinating lives and literature of these two remarkable women. Austen has often been cast as a respectable "old maid," and Shelley has been portrayed as a promiscuous woman who engaged in "free love." Let's see whether we can confound these pejorative and incomplete understandings of these women.

We will explore the ways their writings engaged with the revolutionary and gender politics of the Romantic age. Both women's writings were inflected with gothic trappings, and both writers were iconoclastic in their treatment of woman's place in the world.

We will read short fiction by both women, Austen's Lady Susan and Shelley's Mathilda. We will read their novels, Austen's Northanger Abbey and Mansfield Park and Shelley's Frankenstein and Faulkner. We will watch BBC adaptations of their fiction.

Our learning activities will include discovery activities, short, primary-text-based essays, an analysis of an extra-literary resource, and discussions generated by an engaged learning community informed by feminist pedagogy.

English 4311 Modern British Poetry

Dr. William Wenthe

Section 001: TR 3:30pm-4:50pm

CRN: 14724

This course will explore the major movements and figures in British Poetry for much of the twentieth century. The majority of our readings will cover the rapid changes in English poetry from about 1910 to World War II, when poets were working to revise the English poetic tradition into deliberately "modern" forms. Among the poems we read are some of the most engaging and important poems in the language. This course is geared for those pursuing an English Major or Minor; however, I do not intend to discourage any other interested undergraduate from exploring some of the richest, most exciting, and controversial writings in our language. I do require that all students be committed to the readings in this course. The readings are by no means great in quantity, but they will demand to be read differently than one would read prose. Thus we will be examining poems not only for what they say, but for what they do—that is, what effects, what possible meanings, are created by the formal qualities of the poem.

English 4313 Studies in Fiction: James Joyce

Dr. Jen Shelton

Section 002: R 6:00pm-8:50pm
CRN: 35487

Section D02: R 6:00pm -  8:50pm
CRN: 40754

(Hybrid)

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This course will explore historical and critical approaches to motion pictures from the perspective of exhibition – the how, where and why of watching films. Students will learn about audience demographics, the cultural significance of film-going, comparisons of exhibition practices across cultures and historical periods, dynamics of race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status in cinema spaces, and film in the domestic realm. We will also discuss selected texts that offer narratives of film viewing—films that take place in cinemas, film libraries, or video stores, and discuss what they have to teach us about spectatorship. Much of our focus will be on local film exhibition, including behind-the-scenes visits at Lubbock cinemas. For our major assignment we will conduct research in the archives of Texas Tech and interview Tech alumni in order to reconstruct the University's history of student film societies, and the ways films have been used for both entertainment and education on this campus.

English 4315 Studies in Film: Going to the Movies - Studies in Exhibition

Dr. Alison Whitney
TR 12:30pm -  1:50pm
CRN: 35488

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This course will explore historical and critical approaches to motion pictures from the perspective of exhibition – the how, where and why of watching films. Students will learn about audience demographics, the cultural significance of film-going, comparisons of exhibition practices across cultures and historical periods, dynamics of race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status in cinema spaces, and film in the domestic realm. We will also discuss selected texts that offer narratives of film viewing—films that take place in cinemas, film libraries, or video stores, and discuss what they have to teach us about spectatorship. Much of our focus will be on local film exhibition, including behind-the-scenes visits at Lubbock cinemas. For our major assignment we will conduct research in the archives of Texas Tech and interview Tech alumni in order to reconstruct the University's history of student film societies, and the ways films have been used for both entertainment and education on this campus.

English 4351 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

Dr. Katie Cortese

Section 003: T 6:00pm - 8:50pm
CRN: 14785

Section D03: T 6:00pm - 8:50pm
CRN: 40756

(Hybrid)

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"The universe is made of stories,
not of atoms."
- Muriel Ruykeser

 

This course aims to deepen the knowledge and ability of students who aspire to professional proficiency in fiction writing, and potentially to pursue the subject in grad school, or as a career. With a dual focus of reading published stories (many of which will break convention), and writing polished, potentially-publishable short stories, our discussions will complicate and deepen students' knowledge of storytelling elements, including aspects of character, plot, setting, and more. While many of the stories we'll read and write will fall into the category of "literary" fiction, our primary goal will be to create stories that move readers to empathy regardless of genre or style. Beyond writing and critiquing fiction, students will deliver a presentation, review a recent issue of a literary magazine, respond to a live reading, and assemble a creative portfolio.

Required texts: (1) The Best American Short Stories 2018, ed. Roxane Gay, (2) Steering the Craft, by Ursula K. Le Guin, (3) Convenience Store Woman, by Sayaka Murata, (4) When Mystical Creatures Attack! by Kathleen Founds, (5) Assigned PDFs/Handouts

Please email katie.cortese@ttu.edu for permission to enroll. Attach a sample of your fiction not to exceed a total of 12 double-spaced pgs in a readable format.

ENGL 4360 Studies in Composition

Section 001: (M 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
CRN: 14790

Section D01: (M 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
CRN: 37084

Intensive examination of one or more issues in the study of writing. May be repeated once for credit when topics vary. Substantial writing required.

ENGL 4369 Interaction Design

Section 001: (T 6:00pm -8:50pm)
CRN: 35498

Section D01: (T 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
CRN: 40763

The study of information gathering for design of efficient user interaction with software and hardware through adaptive interfaces, dynamic text structures, and single-sourcing methodologies.

ENGL 4380 Professional Issues in Technical Communication

Section 001: (W 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
CRN: 37086

Section D01: (W 6:00pm - 8:50pm)
CRN: 35499

*Graduating Seniors Only - Permit Required*
Required for all declared Technical Communication majors and minors.
Advanced study of trends in technical communication, application of theory in a community service-learning project, and preparation of a professional portfolio.