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ENGL 2307.160 Introduction to Fiction

Dr. Ben Rogerson
MWF 11:00-11:50 PM
CRN: 29797

An image of a typewriter. In it, there is a page with "It really was a dark and stormy night" typed onto it.

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.D02 Introduction to Fiction

Dr. Curtis Bauer
*No Meeting Time*
Distance CRN: 54674

Image of Harry Potter, Hermoine Granger, and Ron Weasley screaming in terror.

This course will examine the generic conventions of fiction through a sub-genre developed in the mid-Victorian age and aimed at young readers, the school story. Best known to modern readers through the Harry Potter books, school stories have a long tradition in England reaching back to the 18th century. Initially, these stories were considered appropriate for young people, and thus had to be acceptable to their elders. Later, after the genre had established itself as popular among young readers, it began to appear in cheap forms that could be purchased from a student's pocket money, and thus had to appeal to the young buyers rather than their parents. We'll think about some of the implications of that as we read Sarah Fielding's The Governess; the first widely popular school story, Tom Brown's Schooldays; Kipling's Stalky and Co. stories; the book you will love to hate, Eric, or Little by Little; Frances Hodgson Burnett's A Little Princess; a serialized detective/school story from schoolboy paper The Magnet; and, of course, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

ENGL 2307.019 Introduction to Fiction: American Cultures

Dr. John Samson
TR 2:00-3:20 PM
CRN: 29711

Image of the Statue of Liberty and a quote by Emma Lazurus

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to the literary interpretation and analysis of fiction: to determine what details in a text are significant, to find and develop topics from the texts, and to write analytical essays. We will read short stories and novels that concern diverse American cultures, including African American, Latina American, Asian American, and Native American.

ENGL 2307.001 Introduction to Fiction

Dr. Jen Shelton
MW 12:00-1:20 PM
CRN: 29657

Image of a Victorian Era Woman with an open book

This course will examine conventions of fiction through an in-depth study of the marriage plot novel. In this course, we will read favorite authors like Jane Austen and Charlotte Bronte while contemplating the connection of the marriage plot to the rise of modern capitalism, thus enabling us to see the political impulses behind seemingly personal choices. What cultural pressures brought about beliefs that middle class women's social roles should shift from production to consumption? How did English society, in particular, begin to value decorative wives understood as wells of virtue, over the more active wife of earlier times?
This class fulfills the core requirement for language, philosophy, and culture, and/or the College of Arts and Sciences' sophomore literature requirement.

ENGL 2310.001 Literature, Social Justice, and Environment

Dr. Sara L. Spurgeon
MWF 1:00-1:50 PM
CRN: 57450

Image of people on a beach fist pumping and holding a sign that reads "Protectors"

What do Native American protests at Standing Rock have to do with climate change? How is police violence in Ferguson, Missouri connected to lead-poisoned children in Flint, Michigan? Does the experience of growing up poor and white in rural West Texas or Carolina Coal Country have anything to do with growing up as a migrant farm worker in California, growing up black in inner-city Baltimore, or with the images in a dystopic sci fi film by a Native American director? And what does any of this have to do with literature? It turns out that the ways we think about race, sexuality, violence, human rights, and the environment have always been entwined. Literature can help us see these connections and what they mean to us in our everyday lives.

ENGL 2322 Global Literature II

Dr. Kanika Batra
Section 001 (R 6:00-8:50 PM) CRN: 57511
Section D01 (R 6:00-8:50 PM) CRN: 57937

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Epics narrate the story of nations, civilizations, and people. Travel, adventure, magic, and mystery characterize the epic tradition in Europe, Asia, and Africa. In this course we will travel many different countries and continents to talk about the representation of Greece in Homer's Odyssey, India in the Ramayana, the African country of Mali in Sundiata, and Germany in Mother Courage. We will explore various forms taken by the epic such as travel narrative, myth, oral tale, and drama to examine their distinctive literary features. The course will also feature contemporary adaptations of epics such as Andrey Konchalovskiy's The Odyssey, Disney's The Lion King, loosely based on the Malian epic Sundiata, and Nina Paley's adaptation of the Ramayana titled Sita Sings the Blues.

ENGL 2325.001 American Literature I

Dr. Elissa Zellinger
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM
CRN: 57455

Old picture of Walt Whitman and a young man in period specific attire.

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 2371.002 Language in Multicultural America

Dr. Aaron Braver
TR 12:30 PM – 1:50 PM
CRN: 55246

Diverse array of hands in a huddle

How does our culture influence our language? How does our language influence our culture? In this course, we will examine the role of language in the melting pot of America. We'll look at language as influenced by race, gender, sexual and gender identity, and power structures in order to see how social dynamics affect the way people speak—and the way people interpret what they hear.

We'll learn about the methods involved in gathering sociolinguistic data, and even engage in some hands-on research ourselves.

(Fulfills TTU Core Multicultural requirement)

ENGL 2381.160 Fantasy and Science Fiction

Dr. Ben Rogerson
MW 10:00-10:50am
CRN: 57944

 Image of an astronaut venturing in to a black hole

Science fiction offers something fun to imagine—whether it's time travel, maleovolent artificial intelligences, alien encounters, dystopias, space voyages, cyborg ninjas, or the end of the world—for everyone. But science fiction is about more than just entertainment. Drawing on novels, short stories, films, and even TV shows, this course investigates the complex ways in which the genre has grappled with science and technology. In so doing, we'll consider how cultures across three centuries have responded to and speculated about the pressing questions that science and technology pose: for instance, what limits, if any, should societies impose on scientific inquiry? How does science commit us to certain ways of life or worldviews? Who would win in a battle royale between Star Wars fans and Trekkies? In what ways does technology liberate and constrain us? Does the Predator use shampoo and conditioner?

ENGL 2383.160 Bible as Literature

Dr. David Roach
TR 11:00 AM-12:20 PM
CRN: 56403

Image of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments

"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. Wyatt Phillips
MW 12:00-12:50 PM
CRN: 56364

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Image of moviegoers wearing 3D glasses

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 Introduction to Literary Studies

Dr. John Samson
TR 3:30 – 4:50 pm
CRN: 56235

Image of an old fashioned bookstore

The purpose of this course is to provide students with an introduction to literary interpretation and analysis: to determine what details in a text are significant, to find and develop topics from the text, and to write analytical essays. Students will read texts in the three major genres—fiction, drama, and poetry—and be introduced to some of the major concerns of literary studies: gender, class, and ethnicity; the modern and postmodern worlds, and romanticism and realism.

ENGL 3303 Medieval Literature In England: Magic & Miracle, Heroes & Saints

Dr. Julie Nelson Couch
Section 001 (TR 9:30 -10:50 AM) CRN: 57456
Section D01 (TR 9:30 -10:50 AM) CRN: 57936

Image of a vellum page with people holding weapons and riding horses

In this course, we will read and delight in early English literature from circa 1066 to 1400 AD, from King Arthur to Chaucer, from battle to love, from saints to lovers. We will read these literary works analytically, paying particular attention to the overlap between the features of history, romance, and saint's life. We will also explore the cultural contexts of early writings, including their original placement in handwritten manuscripts.

ENGL 3304.001  Medieval and Renaissance Drama

Dr. Matthew Hunter
MWF 11:00-11:50 AM
CRN: 57457

Image of a man doing medieval magic

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 3309.001 Modern and Contemporary British Literature

Dr. Jen Shelton
MW 2:00-3:20 PM
CRN: 51670

Image of Charlie Chaplin on a cog inside of a giant clock

"Make it new," Ezra Pound declaimed, and Modernist artists from Picasso to Virginia Woolf made it so. Faced with a technological world more like the one we live in than the ones their parents knew, Modern writers sought innovative forms to capture the experience of living in a cosmopolitan, industrialized world. This world offered opportunity, such as votes for women and struggles against imperialism, but it also offered disconcerting change as societies moved away from their agrarian pasts into a new world whose structure and meaning they did not yet understand. World War I was a modern war; the wristwatch was a modern invention. Modern people experienced a radical, exciting, terrifying shift in the world as the 20th century was born. In this course, we will read major works of the period, setting them into their sociohistorical context.

This course fulfills Communications Literacy and Writing Intensive requirements.

ENGL 3311.001 Victorian Literature

Dr. Alison Rukavina
MWF 1:00-11:50 AM
CRN: 57459

Image of a woman wrapped in a loom in Victorian garb

"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness." While Charles Dickens wrote the opening lines of his novel Tale of Two Cities about the French Revolution, these lines also described the Victorian era (1830-1901) with its profound social, political, and cultural upheaval that transformed British society. The Industrial Revolution led to rapid economic and social changes, including demands for labor reform, Darwin's theory of evolution challenged religious faith, and developments in medicine and psychology introduced new ways of understanding mental illness. Developments in social and political thought led to debates about a woman's place in society, and the rapid growth of the British Empire spread Victorian values globally and introduced foreign cultures and concepts at home. Students in this course will read Victorian literary works by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charlotte Brontë, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Joseph Conrad and others that engaged with these transformations.

ENGL 3313 Topics in Film and Media Studies: There and Back Again - Fantasy cinema & political realities

Dr. Scott Baugh
Section 001: (TR 11:00-12:20 PM) CRN: 57536
Section H01: (TR 9:30-10:50AM) CRN: 57535

Image of the ring to rule them all

In this course we will begin with a survey of concepts and methods in
film & media studies and establish ways for smartly reading movies.
Students with no prior experience in film & media studies but keen
interest are welcome! With some attention to the Fantasy Film genre,
we will examine as our special topic the tensions around 'epic fantasy' and
the political realities it might inform. We will begin with the Lord of the Rings
film franchise and explore comparisons in contemporary cinema.
How might extraordinary characters & great adventures reflect on our
beliefs & everyday lives today? Do movies like Inception and Gravity
unfold the complications of our everyday lives or fold on top of themselves?

ENGL 3324.001 Nineteenth Century American Literature: Bootstrappers and Born Losers

Dr. Elissa Zellinger
MWF 1:00-1:50 PM
CRN: 49628

Image of a political cartoon depicting the fallout of gold speculation

American poetry, prose, and drama from 1800 to 1900. Writing required.
In this course, we will explore American literature 1800 to 1900, a period of massive change in the United States. In order to focus our examination, we will investigate the supposed relationship between hard work and success in American culture. Do self-reliance and a good work ethic necessarily meet with achievement in the United States? Are some people born to lose, and is it their fault? We will invoke our current economic climate as a reference point in order to compare contemporary experiences of prosperity and ruin with our selected readings.

ENGL 3325.003 Modern and Contemporary American Literature - The American Family

Taryn Gilbert Howard
TR 11:00-12:20 PM
CRN: 49629

Image of a family tree with authors and their work featured

More specifically, this course will examine the salient characteristics of the family in modern and contemporary American literature. Writers have always been fascinated with the complex dynamics within families. Over the course of the semester, we will explore various narratives regarding family: emotional, social, and political contexts that cause unavoidable or inherent dysfunction, shifting ideologies concerning motherhood, the struggle between individual versus family loyalty and responsibility, the effect of immigration and migration, the effect of race and racism on parenting, the presence and absence of parents, and individual dynamics between family members.

Finally, our course will consider how the portrayal of family evolves throughout the twentieth century, paying particular attention to similarities and differences between literary forms and texts.

ENGL 3351.012 Creative Writing: Poetry

Dr. John Poch
TR 12:30-1:50 PM
CRN: 55216

Image of a man sleeping on a bed supported by roots

This is a dynamic, thoughtful, and imaginative class in the writing of poems. After spending the first few weeks getting acquainted with some amazing poems, we'll write about a poem per week and workshop these poems in an atmosphere of encouraging fellowship. We'll begin by thinking about how lines and images work in poetry to create great-sounding language. By the end of the semester, you should have a portfolio of at least a handful of quality poems that you should be proud enough to show anybody. This class is valuable for any student who wants to enjoy language at its most profound, to develop critical thinking skills, and also to use your best and most effective words in all walks of life.

ENGL 3351.003 Creative Writing: Poetry

Dr. William Wenthe
MW 12:00 – 1:50 PM
CRN: 50429

Image of handwritten notes on a poem

This is a small class dedicated to careful discussion of poems—both by published, established, even "famous" poets, as well as new poems you yourself will write. We will study how poems are made, both in terms of general techniques and strategies that poets use, and also in terms of how each poem becomes its own, unique, invention.
To succeed in this class, it is not necessary to have previously studied poetry. It is necessary that you want to study poetry seriously: successful poetry writing means successful reading of other poets, a steady practice of writing poems, a willingness to revise poems. In this way, the class models the threefold practice of professional writers.
You will be required to complete a series of poetry exercises and short (one-page) informal essays that I call "response papers," to write original poems, and discuss poems—including your own—in class. Each student will create a final portfolio, which will include seven original poems, and a 4-5 page statement describing what you learned and how you learned it.
The course requires imagination, openness to new things, and creativity; as well as self-motivation, self-discipline, and persistence.

ENGL 3372.001 History of the English Language

Dr. Brian McFadden
MWF 10:00-10:50 AM
CRN: 57461

Image of an ancient piece of paper written in Old English

This course will examine the development of the English language from its origins in Anglo-Saxon England through changes in the later medieval and Early Modern periods to the attempts to codify the language in the eighteenth century and the development of modern language study in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will examine both the internal history (the linguistic changes that occur within the language over time) and the external history (the effects of social and political events on the language) of English in order to answer such questions as: Why do English words often resemble words from other languages? Why are there so many "irregular" verbs in English? Why don't we spell words as they sound? Why aren't we supposed to split infinitives or put a preposition at the end of a sentence when other Germanic languages do? We will also examine contemporary issues in English to see how the language has implications for our political and social lives. We will also learn to use online tools such as the Oxford English Dictionary to assist in language research. Texts will include Gramley, The History of English: An Introduction; Gilliver, Marshall, and Weiner, Tolkien and the Ring of Words; McCrum, Globish; Wilton, Word Myths; and various PDF documents to be delivered online.

ENGL 3373.001 How Syntax Works

Dr. Min-Joo Kim
TR 9:30-10:50 AM
CRN: 49635

Image of a magnifying glass over the word grammar

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 about 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) basic word structure; (iii) syntactic categories (i.e., what are traditionally known as parts of speech); (iv) the internal structure of various types of phrases; (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 3385.001 Selected Plays of Shakespeare

Dr. Matthew Hunter
MWF 12:00–12:50 PM
CRN: 32215

Image of a Shakespearian play

Shakespeare's career begins with a story of frustrated love, and since the publication of the Venus and Adonis in 1593, there has perhaps been no subject more central to Shakespeare's works than love. This course will introduce students to Shakespeare's dramaturgy by examining Shakespeare's shifting depictions of love--love before marriage, love within families, love between friends, and love between enemies. Is loving another the same as knowing another? What is the difference between love and desire? Is there a right way to love? What is the dividing line between amour fou and a bad romance? These questions will preoccupy us throughout the term Major texts will include Romeo and Juliet, Othello, King Lear, and Antony and Cleopatra.

ENGL 3387.D01 Multicultural Literatures of America 

Dr. Cordelia Barrera
T 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 49639

Image of diverse hands reaching for an american flag umbrella

What's it like to walk in the shoes of someone completely different from yourself? Growing up in an in a rapidly changing, increasingly multicultural society demands that we understand and appreciate different cultures and ways of living as we strive to become conscientious 21st century global citizens. Our focus in "Coming of Age in America" will be social, cultural, and ecocritical. This means we will read texts that help us understand how individuals develop, mature, and come to terms with their identities. We will discuss how societies and groups exclude those who do not traditionally "fit". An ecocritical approach demands we understand the relationships between humans and the many landscapes and terrains they find themselves navigating. Finally, we will engage ideas of "Otherness" to help us to understand the nature of our own identities and ways of living in the world, as well as how people from different cultures function within US culture, society, and institutions. Some authors we'll discuss include Rudolfo Anaya, Ann Petry, Leslie Silko, Larry McMurtry, and Octavia E. Butler.

ENGL 3391.D01 Literature and War

Dr. Cordelia Barrera
*No Meeting Time*
CRN: 56189

Image of an eagle fighting a vulture in a propaganda poster

This class examines the literature of warfare through a special concentration on World War I, when writing about war changed forever due to the particular conditions of the first modern war. Students can expect to read literature from a variety of genres including poetry, prose fiction, and nonfiction texts, and to examine war from a variety of national perspectives.
This asynchronous online course does not have regular class meetings, but you will have the opportunity to get to know and work with other members of the course through assignments including writing a Great War Wikipedia.

This course also satisfies TTU's multicultural requirement.

ENGL 4301.002 Studies in Selected Authors: Just Who is the Real Jane Austen?

Dr. Jacqueline Kolosov
TR 11:00 - 12:20 PM
CRN: 49643

Jane Austen

"Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything"—Anne Elliott in Austen's Persuasion

"The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love"

—Jane Austen

These quotes reveal a woman and a thinker much more complicated and worldly than the prettified "Lady Novelist Writing Only of Love and Marriage in a Rather Pastoral England."

Austen, as her dates note, lived through the French Revolution and its aftermath. England was undergoing immense social change as well. Austen's first cousin and close friend married a Frenchman who died at the guillotine. Thanks to her wealthy older brother, from her mid 30s on, Austen rode around London in a fancy barouche (rather like a Regency Mercedes Benz). As for being a spinster, Austen received a serious proposal of marriage, which she turned down, and much, much earlier, she fell head over heels with an Irish law student who returned her affections but was indebted to an uncle who would never approve of a wife with very little dowry or connections to recommend her. And did you know that Austen was athletic and played well with boys, given that her parents ran a boys school out of their home. Though this class will not be devoted to Austen's life, we will read her novels (and view several of her films) while reading selections from Claire Tomalin's Jane Austen: A Life as well as Helena Kelly's Jane Austen, Secret Radical. Our reading list will include Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Pride & Prejudice & Persuasion, as well as the unfinished and most sensational "Lady Susan." Emma may also wind up here, but the emphasis will be close reading and intensive discussion rather than 1500 of pages to plough through in 14 weeks. Course requirements include 2 short essays of 3-5 pages and a longer research paper of 8-10 pages. Students will have a great deal of freedom re. the topics they choose to pursue. Plan to see Jane Austen through new eyes and to deepen your understanding of why she remains contemporary more than 200 years after her death.

English 4311.001 Studies in Poetry: Poetry and Politics: Subversions of the State from Ancient Greece to World War II

Dr. Ryan Hackenbracht
MW 3:00-4:20 PM
CRN: 57531

Image that reads "Poetry is a political act because it involved telling the truth." by June Jordan

This course will explore the role of poetry as a discursive mode of political critique. From antiquity to modernity, poetry has served as an expedient tool for probing a government's flaws, dismantling its ideological structure, and investigating its public face. Over the course of the semester, our goal will be to analyze how poetry disrupts the political status quo, as well as to appreciate how certain genres facilitate certain types of critiques. Our survey will include epic, lyric, elegy, ode, georgic, and panegyric. We will discuss such literary traditions as Augustan-age satire of the early Roman imperium, the Protestant epic tradition in England, and second-wave British modernism.

ENGL 4314.001 Studies in Nonfiction: Autobiography and Empire

Dr. Yuan Shu
TR 3:30-4:50 PM
CRN: 57463

Image of the Statue of Liberty holding a globe with different countries on it

In engaging what Lisa Lowe theorizes as “intimacies of four continents,” which makes critical connections among transatlantic slave trade, import of Asian indentured labor into the Americas, settler colonialism in the Americas, and emergence of Anglo-American liberalism, this course examines the role that autobiography plays in the imagining of empire and explores the specific ways in which autobiography intimates, negotiates, and subverts imperial visions and practice. We begin by reading Yung Wing's My Life in China and America (1909) in juxtaposition with Henry Adams's The Education of Henry Adams (1907) and consider the differences that education facilitates for the two authors to imagine the self and the nation against the background of the rise of the U.S. empire. We then scrutinize Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men (1976) and Le Ly Hayslip's When Heaven and Earth Changed Places (1989) in terms of US Cold War exceptionalism and Brain Turner's My Life as a Foreign Country (2014) in the context of culmination of the US-centered global order, which Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri call “Empire.” We conclude by examining Wen Ho Lee's My Country versus Me and rethinking about the crisis and the decline of empire in the age of globalization. Requirements: 10 journal entries, class presentation, and two research papers.

English 4351.001 Advance Creative Writing: Nonfiction

Dr. D. Gilson
MW 2:00-3:20 PM
CRN: 55221

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This course will focus on the sub-genre of the flash essay or micro memoir. Situated somewhere between prose poem and micro-narrative, flash essays provide us the path to lyrically explore a topic while taking both narrative and syntactical leaps. Or, as Bernard Cooper says, the flash essay teaches us "an alertness to detail, a quickening of the senses, and a focusing of the literary lens until one has magnified some small aspect of what it means to be human." During the course of the semester, we will approach our classroom like a writing lab, conducting in-class writing experiments and workshops of each other's work. We will write six flash essays — 1,000 words or less — to be revised in a final portfolio.

ENGL 4351 Advanced Creative Writing: Fiction

Dr. Leslie Jill Patterson
Section 002 (M 6:00-8:50 PM) CRN: 57465
Section D02 (M 6:00-8:50 PM) CRN: 57934

Image of Red Riding Hood

This workshop will focus on the advanced art of storytelling—we'll rewrite some of the most famous stories ever told; we'll situate characters in historic moments, reapprais-ing our past; and we'll write stories disguised as maps, instructions, Q&A sessions, dictionaries, Tweets, etc. We'll push the boundaries of what short fiction can do. By the end of the semester, you'll have two polished stories to submit for publication, as well as one video story, and you'll have solid knowledge of some of America's most respected writers working today.

English 4373.001 Advanced Studies in Linguistics: Phonology 

Dr. Aaron Braver
TR 2:00-3:20 PM
CRN: 57466

Image of a child screaming into a microphone

Why is "blick" a possible word of English, but not "bnick"? Why do foreign accents persist even after years of language learning?

Speech sounds are perhaps the most basic building blocks of spoken language, but how do they work? This course provides an overview of the field of phonology—how languages organize, represent, and manipulate their sounds.

We will begin by discussing the sounds of the world's languages and their articulatory, acoustic, and distributional properties. We will examine why some sounds are allowed in certain parts of a word but not others, how sounds change based on their surroundings, and what sorts of sounds are impossible in human language.

Both linguists and non-linguists are encouraged to join this course. Knowledge of sound patterns has important applications across disciplines, including language teaching, literature, and poetry. If you have ever wondered how the sounds of language work—or how to manipulate them for various effects—this course will be of interest to you.