ENG205 202002 Undergraduate

Term: 
Winter 2021
Course: 
ENG 205
Applies To: 
Undergraduate
Course Description: 

Traces the historical development and transformations of key genres for the study of English and American literature and culture, including canonical and popular literary as well as media forms. Repeatable once for a maximum of 8 credits when topic changes.

Sections: 
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Genre: Topic: Tragedy
Instructors: 

Paul Peppis

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  • Title: Professor
  • Additional Title: Director, Oregon Humanities Center
  • Phone: 541-346-7017
  • Office: 154 PLC
  • Office Hours: Spring 2021: Wednesdays, 12-3 pm.
Department Section Description: 

Genre courses focus on particular genres and forms crucial for the study of English, American, and Anglophone literature and culture and are aimed primarily at English majors. This course on tragedy traces the historical development and transformation of the genre and places strong emphasis on close reading and critical analytic skills.  The course studies a variety of examples of and responses to tragedy across literary history from ancient Greece to the present.  It aims to help students develop the ability to read tragedies with discernment and comprehension and to understand their conventions and perform critical formal analyses of tragedies as writers adopt and adapt the genre across time.  The course assumes that any history of tragedy is at root a history of forms and conventions rather than a comprehensive survey of canonical works and authors.  It emphasizes the idea that each tragedy can be approached as an encounter with previous tragedies, whose formal patterns and assumptions it repeats, modifies, or rejects.  Tentative Reading List: Sophocles, Oedipus Rex; William Shakespeare, Hamlet; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein; Nella Larsen, Passing; Wole Soyinka, Death and the King’s Horseman; Brian Vaughan, Pride of Baghdad

Fulfills: 

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.
 

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Genre: Topic: Robot Stories
Instructors: 

Lara Bovilsky

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-1309
  • Office: 246 PLC
  • Office Hours: S21: W 10:45-noon, Th 10-11:15, and by appointment
Department Section Description: 

This course will survey the long history of stories about the creation of artificial people. We’ll look at the desires expressed by this genre, most of all, the desire to perfect or eliminate what is most human. Familiar questions – can robots feel? can we tell who is a robot? what traits are human? – will be considered alongside traditional uses of robots to understand or emblematize justice, sin, progress and modernity, self-awareness or simplicity, indifference, skill, invention, emotion, and art itself. Examples will be drawn from both real and fictional robots in literature and in film. Texts will include: Homer, Hesiod, Spenser, Descartes, Shelley, Hoffmann, Capek, Lem, Metropolis, Terminator 2, and Blade Runner.

Fulfills: 

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.
 

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Genre:Topic: Life Writing
Instructors: 

Helen Southworth

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  • Title: Professor
  • Phone: 541-346-2642
  • Office: 323 Chapman Hall
  • Office Hours: S21: M 12-2 & by appt.
Department Section Description: 

In this class we’ll consider life-writing as a form, focusing on auto/biography and memoir.  We’ll read a selection of life stories by modernist writers, including Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, James Baldwin, Gertrude Stein, Virginia Woolf and Jean Rhys, and explore how they present themselves and what their self-portraits reveal.  Topics will include the challenges and possibilities of autobiography and the deceptive nature of memory and how these issues are inflected by race, class and gender.

Fulfills: 

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.