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Undergraduate Course Archive

Fall 2009 | 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.

Section 001

Studies in Selected Authors
John Donne

Lara Crowley

Samuel Johnson labeled John Donne and certain seventeenth-century poets influenced by Donne's verse “metaphysical poets,” claiming that they developed elaborate conceits (or extended metaphors) in which “the most heterogeneous ideas are yoked by violence together.” One might be surprised indeed to find two parted lovers compared to the “stiff twin” legs of a mathematical compass; yet, such unusual, memorable comparisons point to Donne's willingness to employ all available tools in his struggle to comprehend and to verbalize the nature of secular and sacred love. Though much has been made of Donne's own seeming distinction between young “Jack” Donne and mature “D[octor]” Donne, Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral, we frequently witness conflation of the bawdy and the spiritual in his works, often as he satirizes extremist Catholic and/or Protestant reformers or English court politics during the reigns of Elizabeth I, James I, and Charles I. In this course we study John Donne's poetry and prose. We read poems among his elegies, satires, songs and sonnets, and religious poems, among others, and we read prose compositions such as letters, sermons, and divine meditations. While studying an author who famously claimed that “No man is an island,” we enhance our readings by analyzing Donne's works within their political, religious, and cultural contexts and by considering a few contemporary analogues and responses in poems by Ben Jonson, William Shakespeare, and others. Bibliographical contexts for Donne's works prove important as well, for he primarily composed poems, not for print, but for circulation within the manuscript medium among friends, fellow poets, and potential and current patrons.

English 4313
Section 001

Studies in Fiction

Marta Kvande

No description available. 

English 4313
Section 002

Studies in Fiction
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century American Novels

John Samson

The course will cover American novels from the 1790s to the 1990s, thematically focusing on how women are depicted by female and male authors.

English 4315
Section 001

Studies in Film
African American and American Film

Michael Borshuk

No description available. 

English 4321
Section 001

Studies in Literary Topics
Gender, Race, and Nature in American Environmental Literature

Sara Spurgeon

This course will help students think critically about the ways “nature” and concepts of the natural are reflected, constructed, and deployed in American literature and culture, and how ideas about the natural differ historically and across ethnicities, gender and class boundaries. We will read some “classics” of nature writing as it has been traditionally defined, as well as novels, journals, poetry, and critical texts that challenge commonly held notions about this genre. Some questions that will guide our inquiries: How is the idea of the “natural” used to construct categories of gender, race, class, and sexuality? What are the origins for various American myths about nature, and what might the consequences be for the environment? How have notions about frontiers and empire impacted the way contemporary cultures view nature? Where, in fact, does nature begin and where does it end?

English 4351
Section 003

Advanced Creative Writing
Genre: Poetry

Jacqueline Kolosov-Wenthe

No description available. 

English 4360
Section 001

Advanced Exposition
Expository and Persuasive Writing

Kenneth Baake

The course will explore the goals and techniques of non-fiction writing, specifically expository and persuasive writing. Expository writing—also known as referential writing—is that which is used to inform the reader; examples include newspaper articles, online Wikipedia entries, business memos, or scientific reports. Persuasive writing can be anything from a sermon or an editorial to the typical freshman composition essay advocating legalization of drugs. In this course we will ask what characterizes these two types of non-fiction writing and how they function to inform us or move us to action. Included will be discussions of writing style and argumentative logic and strategies for teaching this kind of writing. We will analyze various examples as found in written and online texts.

English 4368
Section 001

Advanced Web Design

Craig Baehr

No description available. 

English 4369
Section 001

Interaction Design

Rich Rice

No description available. 

English 4374
Section 001

Senior Seminar

James Whitlark

No description available. 

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, 742-2501, EN 363E) on a form that may be obtained from him.