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Undergraduate Course Archive

Fall 2008 | 4000 Level

English 4300

Individual Studies in English

Course number normally used for individual/independent studies arranged between an English professor and a student. Students must have already completed a course with the instructor. The instructor is not obligated to agree to supervise the independent study. The student will normally have a topic in mind and will approach the instructor for feasibility. A form, which may be picked up in EN 211C, must be filled out and approved by the Chair of the English Department. The form is then delivered to 211C and the advisor enrolls the student. The teacher submits the grade to the Chair for posting.

English 4301
Section 001

Studies in Selected Authors
Shakespearean Comedy and Romance

Marliss Desens

This class will examine the broad range of Shakespearean comedy, beginning with selected comedies of love: The Comedy of Errors, The Taming of the Shrew, The Merchant of Venice, Much Ado about Nothing, A Midsummer Night's Dream, As You Like It, and Twelfth Night. We will then explore the so-called “dark” or “problem plays, All's Well That Ends Well and Measure for Measure, before ending with two of the romances, most likely The Winter's Tale and The Tempest, although if time allows, I may include Pericles. Shakespeare is a highly experimental dramatist, and although he may have explored some of the same themes in these plays, he never did so in the same manner from one play to another. His approach to comedy over the course of his career also reflects change within the theatrical climate; the invasion of romantic comedy by the forces of satire in the drama of his contemporaries is reflected in Shakespeare's comedies, and the movement toward tragicomedy (in some ways a reworking of an older dramatic form) inspired the kind of comedy he wrote toward the end of his career.

English 4312
Section 001

Studies in Drama
Small Acts/Big Scenes: Politics & Postcolonial Drama

Kanika Batra

The Kenyan playwright and novelist Ngugi wa Thiong'o has suggested that drama arising from formerly colonized nations is engaged in a struggle for control over the performance space with the postcolonial state. Starting from this idea, our focus in this course will be on drama emerging from Britain's former colonies in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean. During the struggle for independence from colonial rule and after it – in the postcolonial era, so to speak -- Asian, African, and Caribbean dramatists developed innovative forms of performance that included indigenous as well as Western models of drama and theatre. In many of these nations there existed strong performance traditions related to rituals, festivals, and other religious ceremonies. While some playwrights preferred to use these forms to express contemporary political conditions in their nations, others relied on a more syncretic approach that combined indigenous with Western forms.

Taking a broad conception of performance as involving cultural and political acts, this course will focus on a selection of postcolonial drama that consciously engages with national and international politics. To this end we will begin the course by reading an introductory account of post-colonial literatures and theory. We will then move on to an examination of plays such as Ti-Jean and his Brothers, Once Upon Four Robbers, Harvest, and others by African, Caribbean, and Asian dramatists. A course packet containing essays by Western will supplement these readings and non-Western theatre practitioners that will help us assess the important concerns articulated by postcolonial dramatists. These include examination of the social impact of colonialism, according recognition to local cultures through the use of myth and folklore, commenting on state policies of social welfare, and analyzing the capital-driven global inequities that impact on postcolonial nation-states. This course will thus enable you to perceive the intersection of drama criticism with postcolonialism as a theoretical and political mode of analysis.

English 4314
Section 001

Studies in Nonfiction
Chicana/o Memoir

Priscilla Ybarra

Present-day readers seem to like memoirs, but do they have an understanding of the memoir or autobiography as a genre? How have different writers and critics approached this way of writing? How does writing from the margins differ from mainstream memoirs? This course will engage a range of Chicana/o memoir ranging from very traditional to more experimental versions in order to explore autobiography as a genre. Along the way we will read current criticism of the genre as well as Padilla's landmark text about Mexican American autobiography. The readings are organized in a chronological order according to the time period in which they occur (although some are published much later). This course will offer students the opportunity to discuss landmark Chicana/o texts as well as memoirs that they might not otherwise find on a course syllabus. Several of the readings concern the Mexican American relationship to place and the natural environment; this will be another overriding theme in the course. Requirements for the course will include various quizzes, two research papers, and one creative project. My attendance policy includes an “F” after six absences. I start recording attendance during the second week of classes.

English 4315
Section 001

Studies in Film
Film in a Cultural Context: The 1970s

Mike Schoenecke

No description available.

English 4321
Section 001

Studies in Literary Topics
The Harlem Renaissance

Michael Borshuk

In 1925, the African American intellectual Alain Locke boldly announced: “[T]he younger generation is vibrant with a new psychology; the new spirit is awake in the masses, and under the very eyes of the professional observers is transforming what has been a perennial problem into the progressive phases of contemporary Negro life.” Locke's pronouncement advertised a palpable shift in African American sensibility following the First World War, and gave name to the emerging black generation: the New Negro. This course will study the writers and artists who defined the New Negro sensibility amidst the 1920s and 30s, in the period that came to be known as the Harlem Renaissance. Our survey will include the work of young writers like Countee Cullen, Jessie Redmon Fauset, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, Nella Larsen, Claude McKay and Jean Toomer; their intellectual mentors Locke, W.E.B. Du Bois, and James Weldon Johnson; visual artists like Aaron Douglas and Augusta Savage; and musicians, composers, and performing artists like Louis Armstrong, Josephine Baker, Duke Ellington, William Grant Still, and Bert Williams.

Throughout we will consider the major intellectual debates of the period, most notably a collective faith in racial uplift through artistic excellence, and a proud rediscovery and celebration of African American culture and history. We will also pay attention, though, to schisms among the major figures of the Harlem Renaissance, including generational tensions between older intellectuals looking to put boundaries around representations of black life, and their younger counterparts, who sought complete freedom in subject and style; differences in style and self-presentation between intellectuals and performing artists; and conflicts between the African American cultural elite and populist black leaders like Marcus Garvey.

English 4342
Section 001

Studies in Literary Theory
Feminist Theories

Sara Spurgeon

This class will introduce students to the major fields of feminist theory and criticism, examining the historical development of basic ideas and approaches within the various streams of feminist thought. The course seeks to enable students to read, synthesize, and critique across the spectrum of feminist theorizing.

English 4351

Advanced Creative Writing
Genre: Poetry

John Poch

Please email for permission to enroll in the course.

This is a poetry writing class. We will intensely read and write poems, in strict and looser forms, paying special attention to form and function. We will imitate strong poems and craft techniques. We will workshop/critique each other's work each week. Students will write approximately 14 poems and will turn in roughly half of these for the final portfolio along with a statement of aesthetics.

English 4360
Section 001

Advanced Exposition

Rich Rice

No description available.

English 4367
Section 001

Developing Instructional Materials

Susan Lang

No description available.

English 4368
Section 001

Advanced Web Design

Rich Rice

No description available.

English 4373
Section 001

Studies in Linguistics
Phonology

Colleen Fitzgerald

Phonology is the study of sound patterns. We will look at how sounds are organized, at high levels of prosody like feet (as in poetry) and syllables, and at more abstract levels like segment and feature. We will also cover meter in one of our class units, so that students can see how the study of language and literature intersect. No linguistics background is necessary.

English 4374

Senior Seminar
Literary Community

Julie Nelson Couch

Dept. Permission Req.

For permission to enroll in the course, please contact English undergraduate advisor Suzi Duffy: suzi.duffy@ttu.edu, 742-2500, EN 211C

This seminar constitutes the capstone course for English Majors doing Literature & Language or Teacher Certification for Grades 8-12 in English/Language Arts. We will explore the diverse and multiple literary communities in which you will conduct your professional, vocational, and/or graduate work. We will discover what opportunities exist for graduates with a Bachelor's degree in English, whether you pursue teaching, graduate school, community service, publishing and editing, business, or government work. As we review and synthesize your undergraduate knowledge and experiences in English, we will interrogate cultural, pedagogical, and practical implications of what it means to contribute to literary communities. This course will engender critical thinking about where you have come and where you intend to go with your major in English. We will attempt to create a literary community within this class, enjoying the intellectual exchange that is excited by curiosity and reading. We will benefit from guest speakers and from direct experience with literary communities in our local area.

English 4378

Internship in Technical Communication

Course number used for internships in technical writing. Internship proposals may be submitted to the director of the Technical Communication program, Dr. Thomas Barker (thomas.barker@ttu.edu, 742-2500 ext 2779, EN 363E) on a form that may be obtained from him.