ENG104 202102 Undergraduate

Term: 
Winter 2022
Course: 
ENG 104
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Course Description: 

Works representing the principal literary genres.

Sections: 
Title: 
Introduction to Literature: Fiction
Instructors: 

Abigail Johnson

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  • Title: English Graduate Student / GE
  • Phone: 541-346-0052
  • Office: 212 PLC
Department Section Description: 

Utopia/Dystopia

What would be the perfect place to live? And how could we create heaven—or hell—on earth? These and other questions will be our focus as we examine fictional texts representing the idea of the utopia (or “ideal society”) as well as its unsettling mirror image: the dystopia.

Beginning with the book that introduced both the term and the idea of utopia to the English language, we will then move to various representations of life as it should be—and how it should never be. We will also consider the ways utopias and dystopias express desire, horror, and other feelings that so often become wrapped up in this notion of a society that is, above all else, “ideal.”

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.

Title: 
Introduction to Literature: Fiction
Instructors: 

Michael Jarvis

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  • Title: Instructor of English
  • Phone: 541-346-1528
  • Office: 301D Tykeson Hall
Department Section Description: 

This section of ENG 104 will focus on detective fiction and the archetypal figure of the detective, situating its development within social and historical contexts. We will begin by thinking about the genre as a reactionary mode for expressing anxieties about race, gender, and nation, later examining authors and texts that develop this figure and genre beyond a normative tradition. We will engage with a diverse representative selection of short stories, novellas, and novels as we consider the formal elements of one of the most enduring modes of popular literature and culture.

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.