Winter 2017 university and major requirement-satisfying ENG courses with open seats!
ENG 199 Special Studies: Digital Literature (Will become part of the new minor in Applied Digital Cultures), Professor Kaufman,
Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective
What happens when digital tools meet literary studies? What can the “digital turn” in literary studies help us to understand about literary history, language, aesthetics, form, cultural networks, adaptation, rhetoric, and the transmission of the written word? In this course you’ll learn how to use digital tools to read and analyze literature. At the same time, we will focus on the ways that literary analysis can help us to evaluate the power of digital tools. As we visualize features of a literary text as printed or electronic texts, word clouds, social networks, maps, and blogs, we’ll consider a host of new ways of reading and understanding literary texts.
The digital tools we study and use in this class will be applied to a selected cluster of literary works about nineteenth-century London. In addition to studying Arthur Morrison’s nineteenth-century realist novel about the East End of London, Child of the Jago, the class will also read the successful blog, Spitalfields Life. The blog focuses on the art, culture, history, and life of Spitalfields, a region in the East End of London with an (in)famous nineteenth-century history. While reading this blog you will also have an opportunity to keep a blog of your own. The combination of reading and writing a blog will create ways of thinking about digital publishing, public literary culture, and this new form of digital research narrative we call, “the blog.”
This course will draw from our knowledge of and experiences with physical research tools (books, articles, encyclopedias, dictionaries, etc.) and digital tools to prompt thinking about new e-literary form(s), digital publishing, and the intersection of digital culture and print culture.
ENG 199 Special Studies: Craft of the Sentence (will show up in Degree Audit as ENG 209), Professor Sayre
Major I: Lower-Division Elective; Major II: Writing Requirement; Lower-Division Elective
We will study sentences very closely to see how they work, how the individual parts of speech draw together into syntax, and what effect (artistic and otherwise) these patterns of syntax create. We will explore sentence structures with diagramming, to develop a clear sense of sentence structure, and reflecting upon the artful potential of those sentence elements. In individual projects, pooling observations and ideas in Blackboard discussion, and in-class discussions, we will develop a critical language based in grammar for describing style. Students will study their own sentences and academic writing style in order to gain more artistic and technical control. Throughout, we will reflect on the process of learning and engaging with sentences at this level of detail. Graduate students will complete additional readings and a substantial style project. We may also, perhaps, enjoy the possibilities of English and have some fun with words.
ENG 330 Oral Controversy and Advocacy, Professor Gage
Gen Ed (A&L); Elective; Major I: Upper-Division Elective; Major II (D): Theory/Rhetoric
In this course we will examine theories of argumentation in the oral mode, and then incorporate those theories into the practice of making effective speeches that advocate for particular positions on arguable issues of public concern. We will analyze and critique oral arguments as they function in the realm of public debate. We will develop in class assessment criteria for effective oral advocacy, and students will be asked to use those criteria to evaluate themselves and their peers.
ENG 362 Asian American Writers, Professor Li
Gen Ed (Multicultural: Identity, Pluralism, Tolerance); Major I: 1789+, FEW; Major II (C, G): 1789+, Empire/Race/Ethnicity
Reading Asian American texts as a form of cultural representation, the class will be concerned with the following: 1. Where is Asian America? What are its geographical, social, and epistemological boundaries? 2. What is Asian American? Is it a racial concept, cultural construct, biological determinant, historical condition, individual choice, political collectivity or a varying combination of these possibilities? 3. Who are determining the meanings of Asian America or what it means to be Asian Americans? The ideal class will be an engaged intellectual dialogue between students and the professor through interpretations of the assigned texts. We hope to gain both a deeper appreciation of Asian American literature as a means of imagining community and a deeper understanding of language and discourse in the shaping of individual, ethnic, and national identities.