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ENGL 2307.160 Introduction to Fiction

Dr. Ben Rogerson
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM
CRN: 11885

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 2322.001 Global Literature II

Dr. Roger McNamara
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM
CRN: 39524

Three images, all suggesting global locations and different cultures.

“Modernity”—in its technological, intellectual, economical, and cultural manifestations—radically transformed the globe, first in Europe, and then through colonization, the rest of the world. While critics agree that Modernity completely changed how people understood themselves, their relationships with others, and their understanding of the world, they disagree over whether it was a positive or negative influence. Some critics celebrate Modernity for bringing “light,” “civilization,” and “progress,” while others consider it to “disruptive,” “invasive,” and “traumatic”. This course uses literature (fiction, poetry, drama, and non-fiction) to understand through “first-hand” experience of people from the 16th century to our contemporary present grappled with Modernity across the world including: Europe, South America, Asia, and Africa.

ENGL 2323.001 British Literature I

Dr. Julie Nelson Couch
TR 12:30-1:50 PM
CRN: 39525

A painting depicting a young woman strangling a man, as an old woman watches.

This course offers a survey of the literature of England, from the Middle Ages to the Eighteenth Century, from beheading women to dissenting women, from Chaucer to Shakespeare to Frances Burney, from battle to love, from poetry to plays. In this course, students will learn to interpret and write about literature, and literature will provide students exciting access into past cultures.

Fulfills sophomore ENGL and ENGL Major distribution requirement.

ENGL 2326.001 American Literature II

Dr. Michael Borshuk
TR 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
CRN: 39527

Three United States flags of different sizes are stacked one on top of the other.

In this course we will explore American literature from the Civil War through to the late 20th century. In order to focus our examination, we will investigate the ways in which American writers interrogate national identity and consider the relationship (both culturally and politically) of the United States to the rest of the world. Our discussions will contemplate these ideas with specific attention to articulations of race, gender, sexuality, and class, and with an eye to the myriad ways American writers have used expressive style to register a distinctly American character.

ENGL 2383.160 Bible as Literature

Dr. Ryan Hackenbracht
MW 10:00-10:50am
CRN: 39528
Linked Discussions: *You must register for the course and discussion section.*

Discussion: 701 (F 9-9:50am) CRN 39544 Discussion: 704 (F 11-11:50am) CRN 39547
Discussion: 702 (F 10-10:50am) CRN 39545 Discussion: 705 (F 11-11:50am) CRN 39548
Discussion: 703 (F 10-10:50am) CRN 39546 Discussion: 706 (F 12-12:50pm) CRN 39549

 An engraving of Moses holding 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 cover such genres as Jesus' parables, Paul's letters, wisdom literature, Jewish epic, and apocalypse, and we will discuss topics like grace, sacrifice and the scapegoat, just war theory, 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. Ben Rogerson
MW 11:00-11:50 PM
CRN: 39529
Linked Discussions: *You must register for the course and discussion section.*

Discussion: 701 (F 2-2:50pm) CRN 39550 Discussion: 704 (F 11-11:50am) CRN 39553
Discussion: 702 (F 10-10:50am) CRN 39551 Discussion: 705 (F 11-11:50am) CRN 39554
Discussion: 703 (F 10-10:50am) CRN 39552 Discussion: 706 (F 12-12:50pm) CRN 39555

A still from Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times

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: Fantastic Landscapes

Dr. Cordelia Barrera
MW 2:00 – 3:20 pm
CRN: 36583

An image of a woman that suggests fantastic landscapes and cultures.

This course introduces students to the practical study of literature by focusing and developing the critical research and writing skills necessary for success across all majors and disciplines. We will engage key concepts and methods of literary theory by studying literature and poetry that that overlaps genres. Our focus will be works of speculative fiction, horror, science fiction, magical realism, and the gothic. We will focus on landscape and the environment and read short stories, long fiction, poetry and essays that include the works of Stephen King, Ursula K. Le Guin, Gloria Anzaldúa, Juan Pablo Villalobos, Rudolfo Anaya, and Cormac McCarthy, among others. Assignments include: weekly journals, short research projects, and an oral report.

ENGL 2391 fulfills core Language, Philosophy and Culture requirement.

ENGL 3303 Medieval Lit In England: Book History -
Evolution of the Page from Scribe to Print

Sarah J. Sprouse
Section 001 (MWF 10:00-10:50 AM)
CRN: 39926

Sarah Banschbach Valles
Section 002 (MWF 12:00-12:50 PM)
CRN: 39927

An image of a quill and ink pot

Who is the author? What is a book? When is a “text” complete? And how do the book practices of the past affect the book experience of the present day? The answers may surprise you! This class will explore the medieval scribal community and the rise of printing companies in the Renaissance. Categories of texts, the social impact of manuscripts and print, and the continued significance of these materials will be key components of our studies this semester. Because we will study the material culture of manuscript and print cultures, we will learn through hands-on activities which will transform us into our own communities of scribes, printers, editors, and scholars.

This course satisfies a 3000-level distribution requirement (Early British Literature) for the undergraduate degree of English as well as an elective for the Book History minor.

ENGL 3308 British Romantic Literature

Dr. Marjean Purinton
TR 12:30-1:50PM
CRN: 13461

Three paintings of Romantic authors

The British Romantic period (1780-1830) was a time of social upheaval, political change, religious uncertainty, familial disruptions, class destabilizations, scientific and educational revolutions, explorations, commercialism, industrialization, and colonial activity. At the heart of all tensions was the question of human rights—for women, for slave, for the working poor, for the disabled, for the elderly, for the colonized.

It was a revolutionary time when literature challenged and championed the prevailing attitudes, customs, laws, and lifestyles. Literature itself joined the socio-political turbulence by redefining content, style, form, and readership with experimental and innovative expressions. It is, for example, the period of the Gothic and the beginnings of science fiction. Women writers challenge sexist notions of literary production and consumption. Popular literary forms displace conventional genres, as readers demanded novels, for example, as much as they did poetry. And poetry is recast in the language of the common person and for the common readers.

Following the American and French Revolutions and prior to the British Empire, this era reflects remarkable transformations that underpin both modern and post-modern thought. You will be amazed at the connections between Romanticism and contemporary culture and writing.

We will survey representative and diverse literary selections from British Romanticism that address these historical and cultural issues. Our learning activities will include short, primary-source essays; a brief annotated bibliography; group work; a researched , analytical final essay; and ample discussion. Because my scholarship and my pedagogy are informed by feminist theory, you will encounter a learning environment with de-centralized authority and an invitation to participate in your own learning/discovery process.

English 3309.001 Modern British Literature

Dr. Jen Shelton
TR 11-12:20
CRN: 33008

A still from Charlie Chaplin's Modern Times

“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 Victorian Literature (Hybrid)

Dr. Alison Rukavina
Section 001 (M 6:00-8:50PM)
CRN: 40072
Section D01 (M 6:00-8:50 PM)
CRN: 39214

Engraving of a Victorian woman

“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 distance course will read Victorian literary works by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Charlotte Brontë, Robert Louis Stevenson, Joseph Conrad and others that engaged with these transformations.

ENGL 3324 Nineteenth-Century American Literature: The Gilded Age

Dr. John Samson
MWF 12:00-12:50 PM
CRN: 13533

An illustration depicting robber barons lounging on the backs of workers and industry

Rich robber barons, corrupt politicians, oppressed workers, disenfranchised women, crusading reformers – these populate the literature of America's Gilded Age. In this course, we will read and discuss novels concerning the politics, economics, and gender relations of this fascinating period, which ranged from 1870 to 1900. From Horatio Alger's archetypal story of American success to criticisms of that possibility by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps, Henry Adams, and Mark Twain, from the metropolis of William Dean Howell's New York to the wild west of Frank Norris's San Francisco, we will gain a wide-ranging perspective on an age that strikingly resembles the age we are living now.

ENGL3325.002 Modern and Contemporary American Literature: from Postmodernism to Post-9/11 Globalism

Dr. Yuan Shu
TR 11:00-12:20 PM
CRN: 13554

An illustration of Superman holding a ragged American flag. The Twin Towers are in the background.

This course explores how contemporary American authors articulate their visions and senses of American culture and society in response to the social, political, economic, cultural, and technological changes in the U.S. and around the globe since the 1960s. Beginning with an examination of the postmodernist concept, we read texts that engage formalistic experimentation and innovation and feel the ways in which these authors negotiate and represent our changing senses of humanity in our culture and society. We then scrutinize the writing of ethnic minorities and women and explore the new critical vigor and sensibilities that they have brought to U.S. literature and culture. As a gesture of conclusion, we finally investigate work that reflects a sense of post-9/11 globalism in the U.S. in the twenty-first century.

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

ENGL 3325.D01 Modern and Contemporary American Literature: Imagining America: (Im)migration Narratives of American Literature, 1900-1960 (Distance)

Taryn Gilbert Howard
T 6:00-8:50 PM
CRN: 35482

An illustration of Uncle Sam, whose face is created by immigrants

This section of Modern and Contemporary Literature focuses on the preoccupation in American literature with movement—with population shifts, immigration and migration, displacement, and with making new homes in a new place. What, if anything, does “home” mean in such context? Where, if anywhere, can Americans locate their “roots”? We will explore how mobility, stemming from advances in technology as well as shifting social, economic, and political conditions, has shaped the way Americans define themselves and each other and, in turn, has altered twentieth-century literary expression.

ENGL 3338 Global South Literatures: Hemispheric Latinx Literatures

Dr. Daniel Hutchins
TR 12:30-1:50 PM
CRN: 35483

A map of Central and South America, with the words "Latina, Latino, Latinx" words to the left.

This course offers a survey of Latinx literature from a hemispheric perspective. Engaging texts from colonial times to the present day, we will ask ourselves how the histories of the US, Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia come together to produce novels, poems, essays and films that are now referred to as distinctly Latinx. In addition to exploring the integrated global histories that produce Latinidades, we will analyze how race, class, gender and sexuality impact Latinx literature and other artistic forms.

ENGL 3351.004 Creative Writing: Nonfiction

Dr. D. Gilson
MW 12:00 – 1:20 pm
CRN: 13628

An image filled with food items.

“There's no sincerer love than the love of food,” the playwright George Bernard Shaw claims. We've all got something to say about food: through the pictures we post on Instagram, through the Yelp reviews we consult or write, through the dollars we spend at farmers markets or in drive-thrus. In this course we'll learn to better write and think about food. The art of food writing requires an ability to translate your experiences and bring them alive for the reader through evocative language that appeals to the five senses. Whether you write about producing, preparing, or partaking of food, this course will show you how to make mouths water as you inform, educate, and persuade. We will explore local food cultures and discuss a spectrum of food writing — restaurant reviews, magazine articles, personal essays, recipe-centered pieces, and social and cultural commentary — and you will try your hand at a variety of forms.

ENGL 3351 Creative Writing: Reading, Writing & Printing Poetry— A Course in Practice

Dr. Curtis Bauer
T 6:00-8:50PM
CRN: 13647

Two images: one of a design in the letterpress and the other the pressed product: a bird caged in a jug.

In this course we will study the craft of Poetry Writing and Reading, as well as the practice of Letterpress Printing. We will do so always with an eye on the places we inhabit, whether in the macro or micro sense, the exterior or interior, the global or local. Although we will read broadly, both poetry and prose, our main course texts will be several poetry collections, an online anthology of contemporary American poetry (free), several essays available on our course Blackboard site (free), and selections of poetry by our visiting writers in the fall, selected primarily so we can consider not only the role and place of the poet in contemporary poetry, but also how race and gender influence our perspective of the world(s) we inhabit. In addition to the course outline listed above, we will study the fundamentals of letterpress printing, using as a resource the Department of English's Letterpress Studio. We will not only practice writing, but also the art of letterpress printing.

ENGL 3351 Creative Writing: Reading, Writing & Printing Poetry— A Course in Practice

Dr. Curtis Bauer
Th 9:30-10:50AM
CRN: 13641

Two images: one of a design in the letterpress and the other the pressed product: a bird caged in a jug.

In this course we will study the craft of Poetry Writing and Reading, as well as the practice of Letterpress Printing. We will do so always with an eye on the places we inhabit, whether in the macro or micro sense, the exterior or interior, the global or local. Although we will read broadly, both poetry and prose, our main course texts will be several poetry collections, an online anthology of contemporary American poetry (free), several essays available on our course Blackboard site (free), and selections of poetry by our visiting writers in the fall, selected primarily so we can consider not only the role and place of the poet in contemporary poetry, but also how race and gender influence our perspective of the world(s) we inhabit. In addition to the course outline listed above, we will study the fundamentals of letterpress printing, using as a resource the Department of English's Letterpress Studio. We will not only practice writing, but also the art of letterpress printing.

ENGL 3371 Linguistic Science: How Does Language Work? (Distance)

Dr. Aaron Braver
Monday 6:00p–8:50PM
CRN: 35024

A world map of major language groups

What does it means to have a command of language—do animals have it? Infants?

By examining the structures of the world's languages, we will discover why linguists believe in a “universal grammar” in spite of the world's rich linguistic diversity.

We'll also learn how to make the sounds of the world's languages— from the clicks of Africa's Bantu languages to Native American ejective consonants.

This course is suited to anyone interested in language, how the mind works, or the characteristics that make us uniquely human.

ENGL 3373 How Syntax Works

Dr. Min-Joo Kim
TR 12:30-1:50 PM
CRN: 33095

A magnifying glass sharpening the word Grammar from a blurred page

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 (e.g., noun phrases, verb phrase, adjective phrase); (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 textbooks for this course.

ENGL 3384.001 Religion and Literature

Dr. Roger McNamara
MWF 2-2:50 PM
CRN: 39928

Three images suggesting major religions: Hinduism, Christianity, and Buddhism

Life is tough! Whether we are dealing with personal problems, inter-ethnic strife, or war, we need the strength to deal with traumatic experiences. This course examines how religion—especially as it is explored in literature—can give people the stamina to deal with the traumatic. To this effect we'll be exploring fiction from across the world, ranging from the US through Sri Lanka to South Africa, and even in the futuristic worlds in science fiction.

ENGL 3386. Literature and Science

Dr. Bruce Clarke
TR 2:00-3:20 PM
CRN: 33017

A futuristic image suggesting human settlement in space.

Our introduction to planetary science will be David Grinspoon's Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet's Future (2016). Grinspoon treats astrobiology in relation to the concept of the Anthropocene, showing how the scientific study of life in the universe can help us to better grasp how human activities on this planet have shifted the Earth system into a regime that may constitute a new geological epoch. Within this nexus of scientific and environmental concerns we will read four major works of science fiction, the celebrated Polish author Stanislaw Lem's last novel Fiasco (1986), the Chinese author Liu Cixin's The Three-Body Problem (2006), and two works by American authors, Joan Slonczewski's The Highest Frontier (2011) and Kim Stanley Robinson's Aurora (2015). Course work will consist of several class presentations and writing assignments culminating in a class project and a final essay.

ENGL 3388 Film Genres: Star Wars and Media Culture

Dr. Allison Whitney
Section 004 (MWF 11:00-11:50 AM)
CRN: 34250
Section H01 (MWF 1:00-1:50pm)
CRN: 14001

A photograph of stormtroopers

This course will offer a survey of methods and issues in media studies using the Star Wars franchise as the central object of study. Students will draw upon over forty years worth of Star Wars transmedia texts to learn approaches to media studies including textual analysis, sound studies, adaptation, media archaeology, material culture and ephemera, industrial history, and fan culture. In addition to the Star Wars films, students will study radio plays, comic books, toys and games, actors' star personae, costume and production design, and primary sources such as industrial patents and oral histories.


Dr. Wyatt Phillips
Section 002 (TR 9:30-10:50 AM)
CRN: 13998
Section 003 (TR 11:00-12:20 PM)
CRN: 34222

A poster of Hollywood looking out onto the valley

This course will investigate three of Hollywood's most dominant genres. Starting with WESTERNS and MUSICALS, the class will arrive at today's Hollywood titan: the COMIC-BOOK SUPERHERO FILM. How did these film genres develop? What led to their domination? How did they transform over time? How do issues of culture, audience, industry, and technology impact these genres? How are they changed outside of Hollywood? Why did the first two ‘die' and how and where have they survived? This course will explore these questions and more! Both canonical films and lesser-known gems will be featured.

ENGL 3390.D01 Literature of the American Southwest: In Desolation

Dr. Cordelia Barrera
Wednesday 6:00 – 8:50 PM
CRN: 38641

A photograph of a religious statue (carved stone suggesting people robed in white) in front of a green mountain.

The American Southwest is a border territory where cultures meet and mix. The region brings to mind open spaces, American exceptionalism, and historical clashes between cowboys and Indians. A frontier spirit lives here, but so do stories of alien colonization, gothic terror, and surreal, magical worlds. There is ambiguity and ambivalence in the desert landscapes of the southwest. We will explore these literary portrayals of the Southwest by focusing on desert spaces as we consider Anglo, Latinx, and American Indian cultures of the region. In our efforts to capture the essence of landscape, region, and place we'll discuss novels, essays and short stories by Ray Bradbury, Larry McMurtry, Luis Alberto Urrea, Rudolfo Anaya, Leslie Marmon Silko, Dorothy Scarborough and Claire Watkins. Assignments include several short writing responses, a group project, and two research essays.

ENGL 3392 African American Literature

Dr. Michael Borshuk
TR 2:00-3:20PM
CRN: 35486

A photograph of James Baldwin.

This course will examine the development of African American literature from the slave narratives of the nineteenth century to postmodern fiction at the turn of the twenty-first. We will begin with a discussion of critical approaches to African American literature, and then proceed chronologically through the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Among our topics for interrogation and discussion will be: the influence of oral and musical traditions on the development of African American writing; the intervention(s) into traditional constructions of the American canon that black literature inaugurates; the ways that African American writers redress stereotypes and problematic representations of black Americans; and the “alternative” histories that African American literature proposes alongside America's dominant historical records.

English 4301 Studies in Selected Authors: Shakespeare and the Scene of Female Eloquence

Dr. Matthew Hunter matthew.hunter@ttu.edu
TR 9:30-10:50am
CRN: 14706

A screenshot from Romeo and Juliet

From Juliet to Cleopatra, from Portia to Volumnia, Shakespeare's celebrated capacities of expression are concentrated most often in women whose place in the world is precarious at best. Why should the eloquence of women be of such abiding interest to Shakespeare and his audiences? This seminar poses this question in order to draw together two objects of longstanding interest for scholars of Shakespeare's work: Shakespeare's remarkable mastery of the arts of language and his enduring fascination with the performance and the politics of gender.

Over the course of our readings, we will consider both of these topics in detail, placing them in the context of Shakespeare's historical moment, the England of the 1590-1620. We will analyze the ways Shakespeare depicts women on the stage, and we will place those depictions in conversation with early modern discourses on gender, femininity, and social power. Along the way, we will supplement our readings with plays by Shakespeare's contemporaries, for whom female eloquence was no less interesting as an object of theatrical exploration.

ENGL 4321 Studies in Literary Topics: LoRvGoT

team-taught by Dr. McFadden & Dr. Baugh
MWF 10:00-10:50am
CRN: 14762

Infograph for LOR versus GOT

English 4321.003 Literature of the Great War

Dr. Jen Shelton
TR 12:30-1:50
CRN: 39531

Propaganda from World War 1

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. Fall 2018 marks the centenary of the end of the Great War; the class will take advantage of public commemorations of the war's ceasefire in November 1918.

ENGL 4371 Language and Community

Dr. Min-Joo Kim
TR 9:30-10:50 AM
CRN: 56403

An image of multi-colored paper figures holding hands

Why is it important that we speak and write in Standard English? What would go “wrong” if we don't? What is our attitude toward people who speak English with an “accent”? Does it usually mean a positive thing or a negative thing? And are there any correlations between people's “accent” and our positive or negative attitudes towards them? If so, what are they? But can there also be political factors playing a role in our attitudes towards speaking “Standard” or “proper” English?

In this course, we will theorize about such controversial topics, as we learn about multiculturalism and language in the Southwest U.S. and perform an internship in the local community.

This course has a service-learning component, and this means that students will apply what they learn in the classroom to what they actually do in a community-based teaching project sponsored by Literacy Lubbock, a United Way non-profit organization whose goal is to create a more literate community.

More specifically, students will form teams of tutors to teach English as Second Language (ESL) classes offered by Literacy Lubbock and in so doing, they will serve individuals in our community who are in a dire need of language related skills. Students will also meet with the instructor and other students during class in order to learn about theoretical concepts in sociolinguistics and other sub-areas of linguistics as well as to discuss, debrief, and debate over theory versus practice.

One crucial component of this course will be reflection. Therefore, a large proportion of this course will be devoted to reflecting on your own growth as an individual and as an educated person who wishes to contribute to building a more just and equitable society.

Note: There will be no textbooks for this course.

English 4351 Advanced Creative Writing: Poetry

Dr. John Poch
TR 11:00-12:20pm
CRN: 14784

A man sleeping on a group of trees growing from inside a bed frame.

This is a dynamic, intimate, and imaginative class in the writing of poems. We'll write about a poem per week and workshop these poems in an atmosphere of encouraging fellowship. We'll begin by looking at some formal strategies for writing in traditional forms: blank verse, sonnets, sestinas, prose poems, etc. By the end of the semester, you should have a portfolio of at least a handful of publishable poems. We'll discuss publication in literary journals and beyond and also the possibility of graduate school studies for those interested. We'll also get our hands dirty (inky) to produce a broadside of one of your own poems in concert with the TTU Letterpress Studio.