Summer 2021

Summer 2021

ENGL 280-30 Graphic Novels: Exploring Popular Culture & Genre-AH  Prof. Willey (Term 3)

In this section of ENGL 280, we will be exploring the genre of Graphic novels through developing an understanding of the technical vocabulary for analyzing how they make meaning as well as tracing their recent development as a genre of “serious literature.”  How do they function like more traditional narratives?  How are they different?  Are they the same things as comics or cartoons?  If not, how are they different?  What’s at stake in the label “graphic novel” vs. a comic book?  In this section students will:

 --Develop and utilize a critical vocabulary for studying graphic novels

--Gain familiarity with some of the history around the rise of the graphic novel and it’s relation to early forms of cartooning and comics

--Examine a variety of texts from different global traditions to discuss how they represent history, coming of age stories, and the uses of narrative

Required Texts:

Abouet, Marguerite.   Aya

Bechdel, Allison.          Fun Home

Satrapi, Marjane         Persepolis

Speigelman, Art.          Maus

Yang, Gene.                 American Born Chinese

Ware, Chris.                Jimmy Corrigan


ENGL 300-20 INTRO TO LITERATURE-WR  Prof. Adams (Term 2)



ENGL 303-50 SCI & TECH WRITING  Prof. TBA (Term 2)






ENGL 373-30 WOMEN & GLOBAL LIT AHD2  Prof. Sheridan (Term 3)

This section of English 373 focuses on contemporary writings by and about women, always asking, who can tell what story? Although we’ll privilege contemporary work, we’ll often compare theseto canonical writings, which allows us to see how intersectional understandings of gender are constructed across time and place.  Readings will cross genres, likely including: fiction (Brit Bennett’s The Vanishing Half;), memoir via a graphic novel (either Marjane Satrapi’s Persepolis or Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home), poetry (the “poetress of instagram,” Rupi Kaur,” Sarah Kay’s TED talk “If I Should Have a Daughter,” Adrienne Rich’s “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”), fractured fairytales (Angela Carter’s Bloody Chamber, narratives by and about women in video games), and short stories (Jacqueline Woodson’s “Trev,” Susan Glaspell’s “A Jury of Her Peers,” Jamaica Kincaid’s “Girl”). At the end of the class, generally we read one novel chosen by the class (e.g. Angie Thomas’ The Hate You Give).



ENGL 373-50 WOMEN & GLOBAL LIT AHD2 Prof. Hadley (Term 1)

This course addresses a number of issues as they are represented in selected short stories by Anglo-American women writers of the late 20th & early 21st centuries. Where questions of gender and sexuality thread throughout the semester’s reading, the course units are loosely framed around three general topic areas: “Marriage/Family/Community,” “Race/Culture/Immigration,” and “Romance/Sexuality/The Body.” In addition, we will be looking at the ways in which women experience and represent an increasing awareness of their many forms of “difference” in the period, particularly in context of African-American, Chinese-American, Indian-American, Haitian, and post-colonial literary traditions. 



ENGL 374-50 GENDER & CHILDREN’S LIT AHD1  Prof. White (Term 2)



ENGL 425-50 LIT & ENVIRONMENT  Prof. Clukey (Term 2)

This class will examine recent environmental literature and culture. First, we will establish a shared critical vocabulary drawn from ecocriticism to discuss important concepts, such as “nature,” “environmental racism,” “sustainability,” and “wilderness,” among others. Then, we will cast a wide net — geographically, theoretically, aesthetically — to consider how contemporary literature, film, and media registers shifts in environmental thought and culture. Discussion topics will likely include imperialism and ecological destruction; environmental justice; climate change and the Anthropocene; capitalism, oil culture, and extractivism; animality; indigenous ecology; queer ecology; and climate migration and refugees. Course readings might include Roy Scranton Learning to Die in the Anthropocene; Tommy Pico Nature Poem; Rebecca Dunham Cold Pastoral; Jesmyn Ward Salvage the Bones; Lauren Groff Florida;  Lydia Millet Children’s Bible; Jeff VanderMeer Borne; Patricia Smith Blood Dazzler; and Mark Martin et al I’m With The Bears: Stories From A Damaged Planet, among others.



ENGL 491-10 INT THEORY NEW CRIT-PRES  Prof. McDonald (Term 1)



ENGL 506-50 TEACHING OF WRITING WR;CUE  Prof. Turner (Term 3)

English 506 is an introduction to theories, research, and practices of teaching writing. We’ll examine perspectives on what writing is, how people develop as writers, and how writing can be taught. We’ll also explore various approaches to teacher and peer response, assessment, and other aspects of writing pedagogy. Ultimately, students will leave the course with the ability to connect theory and practice, a deeper understanding of their own philosophy of writing and writing pedagogy, and materials to use in future classroom settings.