Summer 2023

Summer 2023 Course Descriptions

 ENGL 202-50 Term 1; Intro to Creative Writing; Professor Stansel

In this course we will explore creative writing through the reading of contemporary work, as well as the writing and discussing our own work. The focus of the class will be on gaining an understanding of the conventions and “habits” of the literary genres, and gaining a deeper appreciation for the contemporary written word. Students will read assigned stories, poems, and essays and analyze them through written responses. This course will also allow students to try their hand at different genres and forms in a constructive and supportive atmosphere.  

 ENGL 300-50  Term 2; Intro to Literature; Professor Turner

Are you interested in becoming a better and more careful reader of literature? Would you like to become a better writer as well? This course will survey traditional, text-based literary genres (poems, short stories, novels) as well as image-based forms (comics). As you read thought-provoking and beautiful works of English literature, you will develop the vocabulary, interpretative methods, and writing skills for literary analysis. These skills will also help you to appreciate literature more deeply. 

This course is fully online, which means that you will receive guidance and feedback on your work that will be tailored to your own situation and skill-set. You should see me as your writing coach this semester. My role is to help you to improve your academic writing and your approaches to literary analysis. As a result, my feedback will be tailored to each individual student’s strengths and targeted to address areas of improvement. 

In this course, you should expect to read great works of literature, to write about them in longer writing tasks, and to respond to weekly writing prompts based on the works we read. You should also expect that the analytic and expressive skills developed in this course will help you in other coursework at UofL and in your life outside of the university. 


ENGL 309-50 Term 2; Inquiries in Writing; Professor Wilson

The focus of English 309 is recognizing differing rhetorical situations and responding to them at an advanced level in appropriate modes for diverse audiences. A student in English 309 should expect to create and revise compositions in multiple genres. Compositions should establish a clear purpose, exhibit audience awareness, and reveal a sense of the writer’s presence and position. A student in English 309 should expect to complete four to six projects of their own design. Themes may vary per section as determined by the instructor. 

 In this course, we will develop an understanding of writing through reading and inquiry focused on the intertwined themes of region and race. The city of Louisville exists at the crossroads of the U.S. South and Midwest. Along with the city’s distinctive regional identity, Louisville is marked by populations of various races and ethnicities: white, Black, Latinx, and significant immigrant populations have given Louisville a multiracial cultural identity even as conflicts, struggles, and triumphs stem from that same multiracial reality. We will explore this through various forms of writing, ranging from discussion board posts to traditional academic essays to multimodal composition. Our primary goal is to understand complex social realities through the mechanism of composition, in the process improving as readers and writers.  

ENGL 373-10/WGST-325-10 Term 1;Explorations of Identity; AHD2

We will be reading stories and poems about the lives of women and think about the roles community and place play in life-shaping. As we explore local and global consciousness and concerns, we will read fiction and poetry by Japanese writers Yoko Tawada and Takako Arai, Canadian writers Casey Plett and Marie-Andrée Gill, and Zimbabwean writer Yvonne Vera. Class members will have the opportunity to critically engage the texts through both scholarly and creative genres.