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ENGL 2307 Introduction to Fiction: Award-Winning Contemporary American Women's Voices

Dr. Marjean D. Purinton
Section D01 (CRN 29677): Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
Section D03 (CRN 57922): Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM


We will read award-winning novels written by American women published during the decade 2010-2020.

Voices representing Native Americans, Cuban Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Arab Americans, White Americans and recognized as National Book Award, Pulitzer Prize, International Latino Book Award, Women's Prize, Lambda Literary Award winners will examine contemporary themes of sexism, racism, immigration, misogyny, toxic masculinity, dysfunctional families, and social justice. We will explore how these diverse women's voices redefine the American Dream in the twenty-first century.

Among our readings, you will find. Trust Exercise by Susan Choi, Make Your Home Among Strangers by Jennine Crucet, An American Marriage by Tayari Jones, A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum, A Study in Honor by Claire O'Dell, and The Round House by Louise Edrich.

Our leaning environment, informed by feminist pedagogy, will include a discussion forum, class discussions, and short critical essays.

This course satisfies the core curriculum requirement in language, philosophy, and culture. The prerequisites for this course are English 1301 and English 1302.

ENGL 2307 Introduction to Fiction: Women and Magic in Fantastic Literature

Jessie Rogers
Section 005 (CRN 29667): Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Section 010 (CRN 29695): Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 12:00 - 12:50 PM

Magic has been a staple of fantastic literature throughout the centuries, and female magicians have come to occupy a significant role in popular culture. In this course we will analyze various aspects of female magic and female magicians. How does magic provide women with agency? How does it contribute to their characterization in either a feminist or a misogynistic way? How does female magic and the description of witches compare to descriptions and reception of male magicians? How has the role of the witch changed over time, and what do these changes reflect about popular culture? Answers to these questions may stem from intersections of feminist and gender theory, race theory, popular culture studies, and medieval studies. As such, this course serves to fill gaps in students' knowledge of Early British literature, modern women writers, and feminist studies.

ENGL 2307 Introduction to Fiction

Dr. Ben Rogerson
Section 160 (CRN 29797): Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays 10:00 - 10:50 AM
Section D02 (CRN 54674): Online, Asynchronous


Re-animated corpses. Stolen purses. Plane crashes. Homicidal identity thieves. Gossipy socialites. Cyberpunks. Post-apocalyptic cannibals. It's Introduction to Fiction. Spanning three centuries and two 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 2308 Intro to Non-Fiction: Sports & Adventure Literature

Dr. Ryan Hackenbracht
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 - 9:50 AM
CRN: 29850 (004)


Reading should be fun! This basic idea will drive our exploration of books that excite us, motivate us, and remind us why we enjoy reading in the first place. From the football fields of Odessa to the heights of Mt. Everest, and from the tennis court to the boxing ring, we will discuss what it is about sports that grips the imagination and sticks in our memory for years to come. Assignments will consist of two multiple-choice exams.

ENGL 2308 Introduction to Non-fiction: Man's Search for Meaning

Dr. Roger McNamara
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 12:00 - 12:50 AM
CRN: 29867 (009)


The title of this course, “Man's Search for Meaning,” is borrowed from Victor Frankl's book which has the same name. During World War II, Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychiatrist, was a prisoner at Auschwitz. In his time there he discovered that many of those who survived the concentration camp were able to do so because they were committed to a purpose beyond themselves. He published his findings in his best-seller Man's Search for Meaning. Beginning with this text, we'll explore how two or three contemporary writers and intellectuals have pursued “meaning” in their own lives. We'll look at individuals who see the value of physical labor, the importance of nature, the role of intellect, and social activism to understand who they are and where they are going.

Tentative texts we'll be reading:

    • Man's Search for Meaning by Victor Frankl
    • The Art of the Common Place: The Agrarian Essays of Wendell Berry
    • Lost in Thought: The Hidden Pleasures of an Intellectual Life by Zena Hitz
    • Selections from The Story of My Experiments with Truth: An Autobiography by Mohandas Gandhi

ENGL 2310 Literature, Social Justice, & Environment: Ruined Landscapes of Cli Fi

Dr. Cordelia Barrera
Mondays and Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:20 AM
CRN: 57450 (001); 64947 (D01 Online)


In this course, we will study landscape, space, and place as concepts that shape the ways we think about the natural world, or “the environment.” As we explore how the environment has informed fiction and non-fiction narratives about humanity's place in the natural world, we focus our attention on perceptions, policies, and ways of life that shape identity and patterns of belonging. We begin by discussing early forms of “nature writing” and move into the 21st century to consider the thriving genres of Climate Fiction (Cli Fi) and dystopia that reflect some unsettling realities of climate change. Some questions that will frame our discussions include: how has the nature of our humanity altered in our age of commodification, cybernetics, and catastrophe? Can the environment withstand our relentless abuse of it? How do social justice concerns inform dystopia, Cli Fi, and environmental writing? In our attempt to answer these questions (and others) we will develop critical perspectives integral to becoming competent thinkers, readers, writers, and conscientious citizens for the planet.

Course readings are drawn from literature, philosophy, ecology, film, and cultural studies and include authors like Margaret Atwood, J.G. Ballard, Octavia E. Butler, and Cherie Dimaline.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302. Fulfills core Language, Philosophy, and Culture, requirement. Fulfills Multicultural requirement.




ENGL 2322 Global Literature II

Dr. Nesrine Chahine
Thursdays, 6:30 - 8:50 PM
CRN: 57511 (001); 57937 (D01 Online)

From the “global war on terror,” to global warming and global recessions, the global has been recently linked to various catastrophes that often seem disparate and sudden. This course examines modern and contemporary works that highlight the cultural memory and legacies of empire with the ongoing emergence of globalization. We will consider the ways in which authors from around the world struggle to re-write, and thereby, redefine, their respective localities and cultures. How do their texts grapple with our increasingly globalized economies and lives? What do they teach us about the longer history of the present era of globalization? Readings may include, butare not limited to, literary texts by E.M. Forster, Joseph Conrad, Naguib Mahfouz, Ghassan Kanafani, Laila Lalami, and Kamila Shamsie as well as documentary films such as Mai Iskander's Garbage Dreams.

ENGL 2326 American Literature II: Experiencing Diversity

Dr. John Samson
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 2:00 - 2:50 PM
CRN: 60683 (001)


American literature from 1865 to the present has significantly involved experiencing the increasing diversity of our culture. The works we will study will introduce us to a range of literature across this period, reflecting various literary movements (realism, modernism, postmodernism, etc.) and genres (fiction, nonfiction, drama, poetry, etc.). We will read works demonstrating the variety of the American experience by authors such as Mark Twain, Langston Hughes, Sandra Cisneros, Maxine Hong Kingston, and others.

ENGL 2371 Language in a Multicultural America

Dr. Khaleel Abusal
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 11:00 - 11:50 AM
CRN: 55246 (001)


“…But linguistic theory can no more ignore the social behavior of speakers of a language than chemical theory can ignore the observed properties of elements”. - William Labov. Sociolinguistic Patterns, 1972.

Natural language is fundamentally a human phenomenon. Social groups vary in a plethora of ways and their languages are not an exception. Languages vary across geographic region, gender, race, social relationship, and identity. While variation is not limited to those ways, they are prime examples of how linguistic choices of speech communities are perceived by conversation partners. In this course, we will examine how social background and culture affect speakers' language use and how they are perceived by listeners.

ENGL 2382 Heroes and Antiheroes: Quests for Knowledge

Dr. John Samson
Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, 1:00 - 1:50 PM
CRN: 64950 (001)


Heroes in literature are more than those who win battles and conquer enemies; some are those who engage in heroic quests for knowledge. We will begin with some classic English heroes/antiheroes: William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. We will read and discuss a variety of 20th- and 21st-century heroes in the works of such authors as Willa Cather, Herman Hesse, Rudolfo Anaya, and others.

ENGL 2388 Introduction to Film Studies: Don't Believe Your Eyes

Dr. Fareed Ben-Youssef
Asynchronous Online
CRN: 64963 (D01)


“Suddenly something somewhere scrapes loudly, the picture lurches and you don't believe your eyes.”

So wrote Maksim Gorky upon first experiencing the wonders of the Lumiere Brothers' Cinematograph in 1896. His stunned response to the motion picture grounds our investigation into the medium as we ask: how do movies draw us in, hypnotize us, and even deceive us? This interdisciplinary Introduction to Film Studies offers a salient overview of film history and film theory. It considers television and video games to underline that Film Studies encompasses far more than just cinema. Guest filmmakers will reveal, step by step, how an idea is brought to the screen. Guest scholars will share insights into how they understand and interpret a film.

Our attentions will move from silent film to sound, from avant-garde cinema to Hollywood blockbusters. We will study influential film directors (like Alfred Hitchcock), foundational cinematic genres (like film noir, the Western, and the Superhero film) as well as different national cinemas. To sense how even the brightest films can touch on troubling histories, we will analyze Disney cartoons and the anime of Japan's Studio Ghibli. Finally, we will explore documentary and mockumentary to perceive the contradictions of a form that promises a glimpse of “real life” through highly conventionalized, artificial tropes.

Spirited dialogue and collaboration lie at the center of this asynchronous class. Students converse with each other on Blackboard discussion boards, and the course lectures are built upon student questions. Assignments include short creative and analytical work around the featured films and media. A final group assignment—an adaptation of a scene using Zoom—will demonstrate students' understanding of the different genres we have studied. Moreover, they will experience what it is like to be in front of and behind the camera.

Following this class, students will be ready to pursue more advanced film and media courses, and, ultimately, they will see film with sharper, more critical eyes.

Note: Enrollment is now open to all online students. On-site students will only be able to enroll 30 days before classes start. If you are on-site and interested in enrolling, please email the instructor (fbenyous@ttu.edu). He will send you a reminder when enrollment opens up to the general student population.

ENGL 2388 Introduction to Film Studies

Dr. Wyatt Phillips
Lecture Section 160: Mondays and Wednesdays, 12:00 - 12:50 PM (CRN: 56364)
Discussion Sections:
    • 701: Fridays, 9:00 - 9:50 AM (CRN: 56367)
    • 702: Fridays, 10:00 - 10:50 AM (CRN: 56368)
    • 702: Fridays, 11:00 - 11:50 AM (CRN: 56369)
    • 702: Fridays, 11:00 - 11:50 AM (CRN: 56370)
    • 702: Fridays, 11:00 - 11:50 AM (CRN: 56371)
    • 702: Fridays, 1:00 - 1:50 PM (CRN: 56372)


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 3303 Medieval Literature in England: Magic, Miracle, and Martyrs; Queens, Pilgrims and Knights

Dr. Julie Couch
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3:30 - 4:50 PM
CRN: 64958 (001); 64959 (D01 Online)


In this course, we will read and delight in early literature of England 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 and ideological contexts of early writings, including their original placement in handwritten manuscripts.

ENGL 3309 Modern British Literature

Dr. Jen Shelton
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 11:00 - 11:50 AM
CRN: 51670 (001)


“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 British Victorian Literature: The Weird Victorian Period

Dr. Bruce Clarke
Wednesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
CRN: 60697 (D01 Online)


In England, during the long life of Queen Victoria (1819-1901), the social stresses of industrial modernization, colonialism, imperialism, and scientific developments such as the theory of evolution, threw many peculiar shadows over the literature of the time. The British literary works we will read this semester capture a number of these shadier hues. A misunderstood monster pieced together from cadavers and imbued with life. A doomed romance with a dark lover of obscure origins. An explorer who discovers an advanced civilization beneath the surface of the Earth. A scientist who fatally transforms himself into a murderous hedonist. Another scientist who visits the far future and returns with a flower. Still another scientist who hunts vampires through hypnosis. A ship captain in search of a colonial adventurer who puts shrunken heads on fence posts. While filling in a picture of the wider national culture producing these weird tales of the fantastic, wondrous, and horrendous, we will concentrate in particular on what makes all of these novels tick as works of literature through an introduction to narrative theory.

Texts: Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights; Edward Bulwer-Lytton, The Coming Race; Robert Louis Stevenson, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; H. G. Wells, The Time Machine; Bram Stoker, Dracula; Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness.

Assignments: two class reports, two essays, a midterm and a final.

ENGL 3313 Film Studies

Dr. Allison Whitney
Mondays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
CRN: 64952 (D01 Online)


From the earliest “trick films” to the latest cutting-edge digital simulations, motion pictures have had a paradoxical reputation as both a realistic representation of the physical world, and as a medium of illusion, deception, and magic. This course will explore what is so special about special effects, examining their technical properties, artistic uses, and philosophical implications. How do special effects draw upon, and influence, our ideas about realism? What are the implications of creating and using digital actors? How do different genres, including science fiction, fantasy, and horror, use effects to create new worlds and experiences? Course topics will include the history and artistry of wide range of practical, optical, and digital techniques, including camera tricks, makeup, puppetry, stop-motion, stunts, the evolution of mattes and composites, and the influence of experimental cinema, while also considering the industrial, cultural, and ethical factors that informed their development. We will also address sound design, and the shifting relationships among sound and visual effects. Our global selection of films will cover a wide range of historical periods and national cinemas, from the French and Spanish trick films of the 1890s to Metropolis (1927, Germany), Godzilla (1951, Japan), Star Wars (1977, USA), Jurassic Park (1993, USA), Robot/Enthiran (2010, India), and many more.

ENGL 3350 Book History and Digital Humanities

Dr. Marta Kvande
Mondays and Wednesdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
CRN: 60692 (001)


Have you ever judged a book by its cover? It's okay – we all do it! In this course, we will actively learn why and how it might be valuable and interesting to judge books by their covers, pages, and typefaces – as well as how these material facts fit into the larger history of how humans make and use texts. We'll begin with an overview of material text production across history and cultures, examining early writing and publishing technologies. We'll move through the transition from scribal to print cultures and the hand press period, through the nineteenth-century industrialization of print, and end with digital texts and the internet. We'll learn about the relationships between texts and their material embodiments, from stone to screen, papyrus to paper, codex to Kindle. And we'll learn hands-on by visiting Special Collections and the Letterpress Studio&emdash;you'll have the chance to work with a printing press and to make your own book! This course is the foundational course in the undergraduate minor in Book History and Digital Humanities.

ENGL 3351 Creative Writing: Fiction

Dr. Katie Cortese
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 - 10:50 AM
CRN: 55214 (010); 64953 (D01 Online)


This course is for people who like to read and write stories, and want to share their own work and critique the work of others 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, Jhumpa Lahiri, Gish Jen, and more. As we learn to read, write, and respond to short stories, we'll broaden our understanding of what it means to be human in a diverse, changing, and interconnected world.

ENGL 3351 Creative Writing: Nonfiction - Experiments at The Edge of The Essay

Dr. Noam Dorr
CRN: 31675 (002), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4:30 - 5:50 PM
CRN: 60699 (D04 Online), Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM

If we think of the essay as “seeing the writer's mind at work unfolding on the page” this class will allow us the opportunity to explore the far reaches of our minds. This course is about the process of asking questions, of experimenting with our writing in order to see what we can learn when we push our creative boundaries. Even if you're interested in more conventional nonfiction writing, the tools you learn through these experiments will serve you in honing your writing skills and allow you to see what's possible before choosing your form. The class exercises and readings will help us rethink the possibility of the essay, and in turn consider how expansive the essay form can be. Through these attempts we will work towards writing and revising publishable work, work that you can return to, work that you can send out into the world.

ENGL 3362 Rhetorical Criticism

Dr. Ken Baake
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 AM
CRN: 64907 (001); 64908 (D01 Online)

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

Dr. Beau Pihlaja
Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 - 11:20 AM
CRN: 62286 (D01 Online)


Professional Report Writing is an opportunity to prepare for the kinds of writing you will do in your future work, whether in the private or public sector, in for-profit or non-profit ventures. While some forms of reporting are standardized in an industry or field, reporting practices can vary significantly and change over time.

Our course will explore specific genres and conventions for report writing, but more importantly will encourage you as writers to think “rhetorically” about the reporting you do. This means that, as you write, you will need to think about the goals and objectives of your reporting, the audience for your writing, their expectations for your writing, and so on.

In our course, we will practice asking these questions as we learn to write various kinds of reports. The course will also require you to consider the research process you use as you write reports, the kinds of sources you use, as well as how you use information to make a report. We will consider design questions, how to format reports to be maximally effective. Finally, we will practice developing digital presentations on report material. Throughout we will consider the larger socio-cultural, political, and ethical concerns that confront us as we write reports in professional settings.

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ENGL 3366 Style in Technical Communication

Dr. Angela Eaton
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
CRN: 49631 (001); 57905 (D01 Online)

In Style in Technical Communication, we will examine what constitutes a style and identify characteristics of the most frequently used styles in technical and professional communication. We will study discourse communities, how they determine which styles are appropriate for which contexts, and how we as authors can determine the appropriateness of a certain style for a situation. Finally, you will learn how to modify a style in existing writing and create multiple styles in your own writing.

ENGL 3372 History of the English Language

Dr. Brian McFadden
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
CRN: 64954 (001)


This course will examine the development of the English language from its origins in early medieval 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; McCrum, Globish; Wilton, Word Myths; and various PDF documents to be delivered via Blackboard.

ENGL 3373 How Syntax Works

Dr. Min Joo Kim
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM
CRN: 62362 (001); 62363 (D01 Online)


Did you ever wonder why the grammar of any language works the way it does? Also, did you ever wonder why English adjectives almost always occur before the noun they modify but their Spanish counterparts almost always occur after it (e.g., a big house vs. una casa grande)? If your answer is ‘yes' to either of these questions, then this course is for you! This course provides an overview of the structure of present-day English, but it will shed light on the syntax of other languages as well. Topics will include (i) prescriptive vs. descriptive approaches to grammar; (ii) syntactic categories (a.k.a. “parts of speech”); (iii) the internal structure of various types of phrases; (iv) Tense, Aspect, and Mood; (v) dialectal variation in English; and (vi) grammaticalization and language change.

Note: There will be no required textbook for this course.

ENGL 3384 Religion and Literature: Conflict, Religion, and Epiphany

Dr. Roger McNamara
Mondays and Wednesdays, 3:00 - 4:20 PM
CRN: 65043 (D01 Online)

The 20th century has witnessed large scale conflicts and violence from the two World Wars, through anti-colonial movements, to civil wars and ethnic conflicts. This course examines how writers explore religion's role in helping people deal with the trauma that they experience. The meaning of religion varies for many of these writers. Some focus on “strong” religion that entails a strict adherence to beliefs and practices of specific faith communities (Judaism, Islam, Christianity, etc.), while others are more concerned with “weak” religion—the fusion of different faith traditions and the hesitant and tentative acceptance that secular (non-religious) people make towards religious systems. Finally, we'll also examine how these writers explore the role of epiphany (a religious or spiritual revelation or awakening) in these texts.

Course attributes: Communication Literacy, Multicultural Requirements

Possible Texts:

    • The Chosen by Chaim Potok (Judaism, US, context: WWII)
    • The Hungry Tide by Amitav Ghosh (Hinduism/Islam, India, context: state violence in independent India)
    • Anil's Ghost by Michael Ondaatje (Buddhism/Christianity, Sri Lanka, context: civil war in Sri Lanka)
    • The Complete Short Stories by Flannery O'Connor (Christianity, US, context: individual violence in the American South)

ENGL 3391 Literature and War: The Great War

Dr. Jen Shelton
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 12:00 - 12:50 PM
CRN: 60704 (001)


The First World War was the first modern war, but the tactics the armies used were based on 19th century ideas of warfare. Thus, the Great War — the first time the whole globe was involved in simultaneous conflict — entailed great suffering and loss of life, but also required shifts in ways people and nations thought and wrote about war. Ideals of honor and glory, long associated with literature of warfare, seemed quaint when contrasted with the maelstrom of destruction that ensued when accurate, high-explosive artillery, flamethrowers, poison gas, and machine guns encountered the frail human forms of soldiers and noncombatants. In this course, we will read a variety of texts from multiple genres — some well-known, such as Erich Maria Remarque's All Quiet on the Western Front, and others less familiar, including war memoirs and diaries, poetry and songs. Written work will include both formal and informal, ongoing writing, including researched writing.

ENGL 3394 Asian American Literature

Dr. Yuan Shu
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:20 PM
CRN: 64956 (001); 64957 (D01 Online)

This course investigates Asian American literature and culture in terms of identity formation, community development, and transpacific movements. We begin by examining the notion of “Asian American” politically and historically. Who are Asian Americans? How have Asian American authors defined their 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 and culture, we not only discuss texts by writers of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Indian, Filipino, Vietnamese, and Iraqi descent, but also engage films and videos that explore their specific experiences from the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II to the struggles of Southeast Asian refugees after the Vietnam War, from Hong Kong Kung Fu cinema to Asian American youth culture that encompasses anime, manga, and K-pop. 

We cover a wide range of texts: prose fiction (Jessica Hagedorn's Dogeaters and Charles Yu's Interior Chinatown), memoirs (Maxine Hong Kingston's China Men and Le Ly Hayslip's When Heaven and Earth Changed Places), plays (David Henry Hwang's M. Butterfly), graphic novels (Gene Luen Yang's American Born Chinese), feature and documentary films (Rumble in the Bronx and From Hollywood to Hanoi), and videos featuring BTS and Blackpink. 

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

ENGL 4313 Studies in Fiction: Native American Sci-Fi and Indigenous Futurism

Dr. Sara Spurgeon
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
CRN: 64961 (001); 64962 (D01 Online)

This course will explore creative and scholarly works in the fast-growing field of speculative fiction (sci-fi, fantasy, futurism, etc.) by Native American writers and artists. We will read a Native American supernatural horror novel, a post-apocalyptic fiction set on the Navajo reservation after global climate collapse when the gods, heroes, and monsters of Navajo legend have returned, a collection of Native American spec fiction comics, an award-winning African-Futurism novella, and a rollicking futuristic Chicano cyberpunk novel in which Mexico City has returned to its Aztec roots and is battling a hyper-contagious virus.

ENGL 4321 Studies in Literary Topics: “Womanism,” Black Feminism, and African American Women's Writing, 1969-1985

Dr. Mike Borshuk
Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:00 - 2:20 PM
CRN: 62360 (001)


Writing in 1987 about the notable absence of African American women writers in too many critics' formulation of the Black literary canon, Mary Helen Washington asked, “How does the heroic voice and heroic image of the black woman get suppressed in a culture that depended on her heroism for survival?” Indeed, as Washington argued, Black women had been central to any historical nexus between African American writing and civil rights politics. In addition, as Washington and her Black feminist critical contemporaries also noted, African American women writers had been central to an assertive reconsideration of gender, womanhood, and sexuality during the rise of second wave feminism in the late twentieth century. With these two important contexts in mind, this course looks at a plentiful and noteworthy historical period in African American women's writing, to consider the important intellectual, aesthetic, and ideological interventions this body of writing inaugurated. We will study writing in several genres, and alongside contemporaneous critical and theoretical texts, to consider in detail the late-twentieth-century legacy of now-canonical figures like Maya Angelou, Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, and Audre Lorde, among others.

Tentative Reading List: Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (1969); Toni Cade Bambara, ed., The Black Woman (1970); Toni Morrison, Sula (1973); Gayl Jones, Corregidora (1975); Ntozake Shange, for colored girls who have considered suicide / when the rainbow is enuf (1975); Michele Wallace, Black Macho and the Myth of the Superwoman (1978); Angela Davis, Women, Race, & Class (1981); Alice Walker, In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose (1983); Audre Lorde, Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches (1984)

Plus selected readings by various Black feminist scholars, including Patricia Hill Collins, Mae G. Henderson, bell hooks, Barbara Smith, and Mary Helen Washington.

ENGL 4351 Advance Creative Writing: Poetry

Dr. Jacqueline Kolosov
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2:00 - 3:20 PM
CRN: 57465 (002); 57934 (D02 Online)


This capstone workshop in poetry is designed to galvanize and build upon your abilities as a practicing poet. Expect to write about a poem a week alongside more informal writing exercises. We will explore traditional forms including the sonnet and villanelle and play with variations. We'll also explore the relation between poetry and visual art via ekphrasis. Along with writing poems, plan to read, read, read poems and selected craft essays by practicing poets. By semester's end, you should have a portfolio that includes several publishable poems--we will discuss venues for publication.

ENGL 4360 Studies in Composition: Fake News and Post-Truth Rhetoric and Composition

Dr. Michael Faris
Mondays and Wednesdays, 2:00 - 3:30 PM
CRN: 62311 (001); 62312 (D01 Online)


This class will explore the phenomenon of fake news and our current “post-truth” era. We will explore together central questions such as the following: What is fake news, misinformation, and disinformation? How does fake news circulate? What motivates people to create and share fake news? What is the history of fake news? How has it changed and amplified in response to (or because of) social media? How might we best confront or challenge the problems of fake news and disinformation? How do we teach people to research in ways that they're less susceptible to fake news? How does fake news relate to other problems in democracies, such as demagoguery, conspiracy theories, disintegrating trust in expertise, and hyperpartisanship? To explore these questions, we will read some rhetorical, political, and technological theory to help us understand these phenomena; explore case studies and examples together from popular (and not so popular) online sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, blogs, reddit, and more; and explore together potential technological, social, and civic solutions to these problems. Students in the course will identify and research case examples of fake news and write responses to fake news in a variety of genres and media.

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ENGL 4367 Developing Instructional Materials: Interaction Design

Dr. Rich Rice
Thursdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
CRN: 62314 (001); 62313 (D01 Online)

The rhetorical triangle has traditionally included reader, writer, and text. The convergence of new media and the rise of transactional rhetoric has added interaction to the forefront, impacting ways in which we develop instructional materials. Many new media scholars add location and modality. As Lowgren and Stolterman suggest, instructional design "refers to the process that is arranged within existing resource constraints to create, shape, and decide all use-oriented qualities (structural, functional, ethical, and aesthetic) of a digital artifact for one or many clients" (5). Producing instructional materials, ultimately, is the investigation of the relationship between how content is created and how it is used, both process and product, recursive and iterative, with attention to interaction and measurements.

ENGL 4373 Advanced Studies in Linguistics: Phonology

Dr. Aaron Braver
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 - 1:50 PM
CRN: 57466 (001); 64955 (D01 Online)


No prior linguistics knowledge required! 

Why is "blik" a possible word of English, but not "bnik"? Why can we have [tl] in the middle of a word (e.g., "butler"), but not at the start or the end? (And how come some languages, like the modern Aztec language Nahuatl, are perfectly content with [tl]-final words?) 

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, including how to make "unusual" sounds like clicks, ejective consonants, and implosives. 

The remainder of the semester will be dedicated to linguistic puzzles—trying to figure out why languages show the patterns that they do with their sounds, for example, why some sounds are allowed in certain parts of a word but not others (e.g., no English word starts with "ng" [ŋ]), and how sounds change based on their surroundings (why do you pronounce "prints" and "prince" the same?). 

Both linguists and non-linguists are encouraged to join this course. Knowledge of sound patterns has important applications across disciplines, including literature, creative writing and poetry, and technical communication. 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.

ENGL 4380 Professional Issues in Technical Communication

Dr. Scott Weedon
Tuesdays, 6:00 - 8:50 PM
CRN: 55720 (001); 45565 (D01 Online)

This capstone builds on the coursework that you have already completed in this degree program and will help you to familiarize yourself further in the field of technical communication as you prepare to begin your career or continue to graduate school. We will discuss the job search process, and you will create cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, résumés, and, most importantly, a professional website with a portfolio of your best technical communication writing samples. We will conduct research on how to best position yourself for technical communication careers. Finally, you will also add a new technical communication skill and deliverable as part of a collaborative client-based project.