ENG399 201503 Undergraduate

Spring 2016
ENG 399
Applies To: 
Sp St Life Stories

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: S20 MW 12-1:30
Department Section Description: 

In this class we will meet at Reality Kitchen every Monday from March 28 through
May 30 to get to know the other people in the group, play acting games, tell
stories from our lives in story circles and audio recorded interviews, eat dinner,
and turn these experiences into a play that we will act for the public on Friday,
June 3 at 7:30 pm. Our director is Professor Stanley Coleman. We will also have
several guest speakers and volunteers who will add their gifts to the class. I
expect you to come to class every week unless you are sick or have an
emergency. If something unexpected happens that stops you from coming to
class, please email or call me. May 30 is the Memorial Day holiday, but please
come to class anyway if you can because we will need the rehearsal time for the

Special Topic: Crime Noir

Brendan O'Kelly

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  • Title: Career Instructor
  • Phone: 541-346-5935
  • Office: 206 PLC
  • Office Hours: Winter 2021: W 10-1
Department Section Description: 

This class will focus on a genre of American fiction, comic, and film somewhat loosely defined as crime
noir. Distinct from detective fiction, hardboiled crime noir centers on criminal protagonists, often of the
“career” variety. Tracing the trajectory of such a genre from its inception in 1920s hardboiled crime
fiction through the 20th century and into the present reveals the philosophical stances, the cultural and
social prejudices, and the economic and historic contexts from which the texts and films emerge. We will
explore the formal and structural range of this genre through a wide range of novels, films, and graphic
texts: foundational hardboiled novels by Dashiell Hammett and Paul Cain, and midcentury noirs from
Dorothy B. Hughes and Horace McCoy; classic film noir from Frank Tuttle and Anthony Mann, and
abstractly stylized neo-noir from Michael Mann; graphic texts ranging from Drake Waller’s 1950 “picture
novel” It Rhymes with Lust to Frank Miller’s neo-noir Sin City, and the recent turn to crime noir
conventions in Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillip’s Criminal.


Comics Studies Minor

Comics Studies Minor courses present students with an international, historical, and critical perspective on the art of editorial cartoons, comic books, and graphic novels, and how these forms communicate, inform, and emotionally engage their audiences.  Students will be required to think outside of accustomed disciplinary boundaries, and to analyze and experiment with the interaction of both visual and linguistic systems of meaning.