ENG205 201901 Undergraduate

Term: 
Fall 2019
Course: 
ENG 205
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Sections: 
Title: 
Genre: Testimonio
Instructors: 

José Cortez

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-0069
  • Office: 319 PLC
  • Office Hours: Fall Term: Monday, Wednesday 3:30-5pm
Department Section Description: 

This course will introduce students to the genre of testimonial literary discourse, or testimonio: an authentic narrative, told by a witness who is moved to narrate by the urgency of a situation (e.g., war, oppression, revolution, etc.). Emphasizing popular oral discourse, the witness portrays his or her own experience as a representative of a collective memory and identity. Truth is summoned in the cause of denouncing a present situation of exploitation and oppression or exorcising and setting aright official history. In addition to reading through important testimonial fiction in Latin American literature, students will study the social and political contexts of Latin America from which the testimonio form emerged.

Fulfills: 

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.

Genre

Genre courses address a single literary/cinematic genre or “kind.”-- such as tragedy, autobiography, lyric, romance, etc.-- with the purpose of teaching students to read and perform critical, formal analyses of literary, cinematic, and cultural texts.  These courses help prepare students for the backbone of our curriculum: the Foundations of the English Major sequence (ENG 301-2-3).

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.
 

Old Major: 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.

Title: 
Genre: Slave Narratives
Instructors: 

Faith Barter

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  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-1510
  • Office: 320 PLC
  • Office Hours: Fall Term: Tuesday 11:30am-1:30pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm
Department Section Description: 

Though the slave narrative genre reached its peak in the mid-19th century, this mode of autobiography has a history that stretches from the 1700s to the present across numerous oceans, islands, and continents. We will take seriously the historical origins of the slave narrative, while also examining the ways in which it isn’t just autobiography—how its autobiographical function is often inseparable from its work to protest, resist, and evade oppressive structures. This course also considers how the generic conventions of the slave narrative operate in fiction, speculative fiction (including neo-slave narratives), film, and legal testimony or confession. In studying the slave narrative as a genre, we will address the material conditions that influence this form of Black authorship, and we will critique the ways that this genre has historically been appropriated, mediated, circulated, and studied.

Fulfills: 

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.

Genre

Genre courses address a single literary/cinematic genre or “kind.”-- such as tragedy, autobiography, lyric, romance, etc.-- with the purpose of teaching students to read and perform critical, formal analyses of literary, cinematic, and cultural texts.  These courses help prepare students for the backbone of our curriculum: the Foundations of the English Major sequence (ENG 301-2-3).

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.
 

Old Major: 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.

Title: 
Genre: Blurbs
Instructors: 

Quinn Miller

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-3968
  • Office: 447 PLC
  • Office Hours: Fall term: MON 3:00-5:00, WED 11:30-12:30
Department Section Description: 

This course examines the pithy praise appearing on book jackets and other product packaging. Blurbs are quick descriptions. They encourage consumption and a culture of evaluating texts for their artistry and importance. How far back in time does “blurbing” go? How big can a blurb be before it ceases to be a blurb? What distinctions exist among blurbs, the texts they address, reviews, and other forms of criticism? This course uses queer media studies and transgender studies to consider such questions. Emphasis will be on pushing the limits of the category, including through a focus on music distribution and capsule summaries of sitcoms. We will discuss issues of style, representation, and power by studying the form of this type of writing, by looking at endorsements (of varying lengths, in a range of venues) of everything from performance art to pop-up restaurants.

Fulfills: 

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.

Genre

Genre courses address a single literary/cinematic genre or “kind.”-- such as tragedy, autobiography, lyric, romance, etc.-- with the purpose of teaching students to read and perform critical, formal analyses of literary, cinematic, and cultural texts.  These courses help prepare students for the backbone of our curriculum: the Foundations of the English Major sequence (ENG 301-2-3).

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.
 

Old Major: 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.