ENG104 201902 Undergraduate

Term: 
Winter 2020
Course: 
ENG 104
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Introduction to Literature: American Literature from the Margins
Instructors: 

Anna Kovalchuk

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  • Title: Career Instructor
  • Phone: 541-346-1532
  • Office: 301A Tykeson Hall
  • Office Hours: Winter term: W 9-12
Department Section Description: 

This course considers, as its point of departure, bell hooks’ evocative quote that “to be in the margin is to be part of the whole but outside the main body.” This term,we’ll consider the peoples, places,and ideas that often exist in the margins of American literature. In this introduction to the study of fiction, we’ll aim to move beyond summary to learn how to critically analyze literary texts. We will read poetry, short stories, essays, and novellas written by writers whose complex identities respond to a matrix of language, race, nationality, geography, and class. While all thetexts in this course are set in America and written in English, our characters hail from all over the world, including Cuba, China, Haiti, Iran, Mexico, Nigeria, Russia, the former Yugoslavia, and Vietnam. Alongside our texts, we will consider how we makeour home in the world, discuss the promises and limitations of the American dream, and think about the relationship between language and nationality embedded in the very idea of American literature.

Fulfills: 

A & L

Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.

Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.  Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
 

Title: 
Introduction to Literature: Fiction
Instructors: 

Molly Hatay-Ferens

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  • Title: English Graduate Student / GE
  • Phone: 541-346-1496
  • Office: 335 PLC
  • Office Hours: Winter term: TUES/THUR 11:30-1:00
Department Section Description: 

This term, we will examine texts that feature hauntings, broadly defined, to consider the echoes of history, memory, and culture in literature. We will work to consider how these texts navigate race, gender, national identity, and cultural memory. We will additionally consider how formal elements shape our experiences of the texts. Students will practice their close reading skills with the goal of creating original arguments about the texts.

Fulfills: 

A & L

Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.

Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.  Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.
 

Title: 
Introduction to Literature: Fiction
Instructors: 

Elizabeth (Betsy) Wheeler

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, Disability Studies Minor
  • Phone: 541-346-3929
  • Office: 238 PLC
  • Office Hours: Winter term: MW 1:00-2:30 pm & by appt.
Department Section Description: 

Why do stories matter? In this class we will read novels of childhood and adolescence, both fantasy and realistic, and compare them to the stories that matter in our own lives and families. The novels come from India, England, South Korea, and the United States. By the end of the course you should be able to break down the fundamental components of fiction and you will have sharpened your writing skills. As a basic introduction to a major genre in the field of literary studies, this course satisfies the university’s Group Requirement in the Arts and Letters category. It also counts as a lower-division elective in the English major.

Fulfills: 

A & L

Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.

Lower-Division Elective

Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience.  Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.

English Minor

English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts.  The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.