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Undergraduate Course Archive

Spring 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.

English 4301
Section 001

Studies in Selected Authors
The Works of J.R.R. Tolkien

Brian McFadden

With the recent release of the film adaptation of The Lord of the Rings, there has been a renewed interest in the life and work of J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien was a noted medieval scholar and philologist, but he was also a World War I veteran and a modern author writing The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings between the ‘30's and the ‘50's, and his Silmarillion was left unfinished at his death in 1973. Although his work reflects a number of postwar themes – distrust of technology, the senselessness of war, the loss of heroes, the passing of a perceived golden age – it also reflects a great deal of his personal and professional study of classical and medieval language, myth, religion, and literature, and it appeals to readers and scholars of both medieval and modern literature. This course will examine Tolkien's major fantasy works – The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillion – in addition to many of his biblical and medieval sources: Beowulf, the Exeter Book riddles, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Sir Orfeo, The Mabinogion, the Prose and Poetic Eddas, the Volsunga Saga, and the Kalevala. The course will also examine some of Tolkien's scholarly works, such as“Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics” and “On Fairy-Stories” to illuminate the use of the marvelous or the monstrous in medieval literature, as well as Tolkien's own works. Topics of discussion: What literary traits did Tolkien share with the World War I generation of authors? How did Tolkien's scholarship provide an impetus for his creative fiction? What did Tolkien feel that language was invented for narrative, and why did he feel he had to invent languages in which to tell his stories? What is “sub-creation”? Why does the children's-story tone of The Hobbit shift to the serious epic quality of Lord of the Rings? What does the genre of fantasy fiction allow an author to do that realistic fiction does not, and why is fantasy not always treated as a serious literary genre? How did Tolkien's Catholicism shape his depiction of a world that is for the most part without explicit religious practice or belief? Why has Tolkien been able to bridge the gap between medieval and modern literature?

English 4315
Section 001

Studies in Film
Film Comedy

Constance Kuriyama

No description available. 

English 4342
Section 001

Studies in Literary Theory
Literary and Narrative Theory

Bruce Clarke

We will begin with a brief and lively introduction to literary theory, then read Coleridge's Rime of the Ancient Mariner and examine a casebook of critical approaches to that Romantic narrative poem. We will proceed to an author, Jorge Luis Borges, who both wrote world-famous literature and theorized about it. We will spend the rest of the semester studying a new introduction to narrative theory, and testing its elements against Thomas Pynchon's spectacular novella The Crying of Lot 49.

English 4351
Section 002

Advanced Creative Writing
Genre: Poetry

William Wenthe

IMPORTANT NOTE: Permission of Instructor required to enroll. Submit four poems to Dr. Wenthe's English Department mailbox (Room 212) or by email attachment to william.wenthe@ttu.edu Make sure to include your contact information (your email and phone number) when submitting poems.

This is a poetry writing class. You will be expected to write a lot of poems, and revise them a lot, and write well. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, and I expect you to write on a pace of about one poem or major revision every third class session. I'll be grading you on quantity as well as quality. To help keep up the pace, I will assign some approaches to poems—these will be worthy strategies towards important aspects of poetry; but rest assured the bulk of the semester's work (and the bulk of what goes into these assignments) will be your own.

English 4351
Section 003

Advanced Creative Writing
Genre: Fiction

Pam Houston

Students please submit one short story or a chapter of a novel to Dr. Jill Patterson (EN 312E or take to EN 212 and ask that the staff place your writing sample in Dr. Patterson's mailbox.) Make sure you include your name and contact information. PLEASE do not apply for this course unless you have completed the prerequisites as stated above. It should be your very best work. Dr. Patterson is in contact with Ms. Houston and will act as liaison until she arrives. Dr. Patterson has indicated “This is [an] opportunity for students to work with a best-selling author who is quite famous. [Students] should read one of her books before the class starts, or they will look like idiots. Make sure you pass that advice along to them.”

English 4366
Section 001

Technical and Professional Editing

Angela Eaton

In this class, students will learn how to edit technical documents, from proofreading for errors at the surface to ensuring that the document contains appropriate content, organization, and visuals for its audiences. Students will also learn how to use traditional editing marks, editing functions within word processors, and principles of layout and design. Finally, students will learn about the profession of editing and develop pieces to support their careers. The course contains five major projects plus daily assignments, and each major project has a real client and a real deliverable.

English 4374
Section 002

Senior Seminar

Doug Crowell

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.

English 4380
Section 002

Professional Issues in Technical Communication

Brian Still

No description available.