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Spring 2018 major requirement-satisfying ENG courses with open seats!


There is still room in three Spring 2018 major requirement-satisfying ENG courses!

ENG 399: LIVING THEATER (CRN 35975(, Prof. Wheeler. Major I: Upper-Division Elective; Major II: E: Gender, Ability, Queer Studies, and/or Sexuality

Spring 2018, 4 credits for UO Students, Free to Community Members with Disabilities. MW 3:30-5:50 pm, 123 Global Scholars Hall Great Room
Performance Friday June 8 and Sunday June 10.

This innovative class returns to UO, bringing together UO students and community members with disabilities to share stories and shape them into a performance. No previous theater experience required. We are looking for people who want to have fun and get involved in the community along with actors, screenwriters, lighting and sound techs, artists, publicists, musicians, and good listeners. No reading, papers, or exams. Living Theater fulfills the Fieldwork requirement for the Disability Studies Minor and the Gender/Ability/Sexuality category of the English major.

Watch a 20 minute video about our 2016 production, Life Stories: The Self-Made Musical:

ENG 410: Literature and the State (CRN 35983), Prof. Whalan. Major I & II: 1789+

Interested in the relationship between politics and literature? In how authors have imagined both ideal and horrifying political futures? In how the state has produced and controlled literature, but also in how literature has protested the expansive new powers developed by governments in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries? Then this could be the course for you.

We will examine a variety of texts that engage the modern state. This will look at the tradition of utopian and dystopian literature; how the state surveilled and monitored radical writing in the twentieth century; how writers wrote about war, healthcare, and even the federal mail; and how literature offers modes of resistance to state policies of racial inequality. We will also consider theoretical models which have mapped the relationship between culture and the state. Writing studied includes novels by Nobel prize-winning writers J.M. Coetzee and Kazuo Ishiguro; the feminist utopias of Charlotte Perkins Gilman; the queer black Marxist poetics of Claude McKay; and the stunning meditation on the politics of racist microaggression in Claudia Rankine’s recent collection _Citizen_.

The course is led by Professor Mark Whalan, Robert D. and Eve E. Horn Professor of English. In 2014, the last time the course ran, it received an overall course evaluation quality rating of 4.9/5 from its students. Student comments included the following: “This course was awesome, thought-provoking, and refreshingly human. I understand this course was new, but it was well-organized and forced us as students to acknowledge the capacities of human adaptation in both its depths and heights.” “[Professor Whalan] was amazing. He facilitated a learning experience with enthusiasm, objectivity, compassion, and most importantly questions.” “This is an extremely interesting topic and I would definitely recommend the class to a friend or even take it again myself if that was an option.”

ENG 399: Living Writers (CRN 35976), Prof. Gershow. Major I & II: Upper-Division Elective

In this course, we will study the works of contemporary fiction writers and then meet with the writers to directly engage them in ideas about their work.  Visiting writers to ENG 399 in Spring 18 include Danielle Evans, Andre Dubus III, Laila Lalami and Peter Hoffmeister.  Students will facilitate conversations with the writers in class and also attend campus readings and events.