ENG104 201904 undergraduate

Term: 
Summer 2020
Course: 
ENG 104
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Introduction to Literature: Fiction
Instructors: 

Kristy Bryant-Berg

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  • Title: Career Instructor
  • Phone: 541-346-3975
  • Office: 343 PLC
  • Office Hours: Summer term: THUR 11-12 via email
Department Section Description: 

This course offers a broad introduction to literature via examination of the American short story. We will begin in the 19th century with several of Poe’s short stories and examine samples of his work to appreciate his innovations in genre and form, and then trace these developments to his 20th century successors, both modern and contemporary, sampling various genres including gothic, horror, fantasy, detective mysteries, and science fiction. We will explore both the psychological and social underpinnings that motivate fanciful, mysterious, surprising, disturbing and even horrific tales to examine their disruption of status quo assumptions and explore their representations of submerged cultural anxieties. Brief biographies and timetables of key events will provide background about each author’s larger work and contextualize each short story, online discussions and peer responses will be geared to strengthen close reading skills through careful attention to form as content, and secondary analyses of the short stories will be examined to discover diverse interpretations and reactions to each text. Narrative technique, point of view, figurative language, plot structure and character development will be covered in this course, and the midterm and final essays will require both careful close reading and supplementary research. Students will be held accountable for solid reading comprehension via weekly quizzes and discussion entries, as well as a Reading Comprehension & Accountability Exam that tests both text identification and close reading skills. This course satisfies the University of Oregon’s Group Requirement in the Arts and Letters category for non-majors and could be an enjoyable elective for prospective English majors.

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: 

Helen Huang

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  • Title: Career Instructor
  • Phone: 541-346-1542
  • Office: 301C Tykeson Hall
  • Office Hours: S20 W 10-12
Department Section Description: 

This course investigates how contemporary female writers of color represent diaspora, immigration, and inequality in transnational contexts. Through reading Michelle Cliff, “White Chocolate,” and Jhumpa Lahiri’s “A Real Durwan,” we will explore how contemporary short stories reconsider ethical and unsolvable dilemmas a modern-day subject faces in cross-national circuits. Moreover, relevant criticisms on global inequality and refugee crisis help us approach these tough topics with critical thoughts.

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.