Ann Rea

Ann Rea, Literature for Adolescents, Spring 2016

Course Description:

This course will read classics as well as modern works written specifically for an adolescent audience. We will also read and discuss sociological and psychological constructions of adolescents and books on pedagogy. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 and ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
-Katherine Paterson, Lyddie
-Eilis Dillon, The Island of Horses
-S. E. Hinton, The Outsiders
-Sharon Flake, Who Am I Without Him?
-Joyce Lee Wong, Seeing Emily
-Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
-Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
-Jack Gantos, Desire Lines
-Nick Hornby, Slam
-Chris Crutcher, Whale Talk

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Ann Rea, Short Story in Context, Spring 2016

Course Description

This course studies short stories that explore a variety of themes. It seeks to define the short story as a specific literary genre and to distinguish it from earlier forms of short narrative literature. It then examines the effects of literary, cultural, and historical traditions on these stories and their reception.

Required Texts:

-Ann Charters, The Story and Its Writer: An Introduction to Short Fiction
-Frank O’Connor, Collected Stories

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Ann Rea, Survey of English Literature 2, Spring 2016

Course Description:

Traces the development of English literature from the beginning of the romantic period to the present. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Concise Edition, Volume B, (Second Edition) OR The Broadview Anthology of British Literature Volumes 4 (The Age of Romanticism), 5 (The Victorian Era), and 6 (The Twentieth Century and Beyond) (Second editions)
-Thomas Hardy, Far from the Madding Crowd, Penguin (1814)

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Ann Rea, Composition 1, Spring 2016

Course Description

In this course, students study and practice the essentials of essay writing, with an emphasis on producing clear, correct prose.

Required Texts:

- anthology The Best American Essays of the Century, edited by Joyce Carol Oates
-The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher by Lewis Thomas
-A Writer’s Reference by Diana Hacker
-Please also buy a cheap dictionary and bring it to each class.

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Ann Rea, World Literature in English, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course examines contemporary literature, primarily in English, written in Eastern Europe, Africa, Latin America, etc. It pays particular attention to its depiction of social, political, and moral concerns. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

Jamaica Kincaid, A Small Place
Aravind Adiga, The White Tiger
Kiran Desai, The Inheritance of Loss
Eavan Boland, Object Lessons
Doris Lessing, The Grass is Singing
J. M. Coetzee, Waiting for the Barbarians
Nadine Gordimer, The Pickup

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Ann Rea, Introduction to Shakespeare, Fall 2015

Course Description:

This course will focus on a number of Shakespeare's major plays from all phases of his career. Class discussion will consider the historical context of the plays, their characterization, theatrical technique, imagery, language, and themes. Every attempt will be made to see the plays both as poems and as dramatic events.

Required Texts:

The Riverside Shakespeare or The Wadsworth Shakespeare

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Ann Rea, Literature of Science, Fall 2015

Course Description

This course will allow students to read and appreciate the many texts in which scientists explain and meditate upon what they do.

Required Texts:

Richard Dawkins, (ed) The Oxford Book of Modern Science Writing
Edward O. Wilson, The Diversity of Life
Barbara Kingsolver, Flight Behavior

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Ann Rea, Spy Fiction Film and Digital Archives, Spring 2015

Course Description:

In the early decades of the twentieth century, what critics refer to as “genre fiction” emerged in Britain. The French word “genre” means “kind” or “type,” and when it was used to refer to the fiction we will examine it referred to detective novels, science fiction, among others, as well as spy fiction

Required Texts:

John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1915)
Eric Ambler, Background to Danger (1937)
Helen McInnes, Above Suspicion (1941)
Graham Greene, The Third Man (1949)
John Le Carré, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1963)
John Banville, The Untouchable (1998)
William Boyd, Restless (2006)

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Ann Rea, Jane Austen: Books and Film, Spring 2015

Course Description:

We will read four of Austen’s novels and watch film adaptations, reading the works’ depths and examining them in their social and historical contexts so that we can understand the influence of Austen’s contemporaries on her thinking.

Required Texts:

Sense and Sensibility, Harper, (1811)
Pride and Prejudice, Penguin (1813)
Mansfield Park, Penguin (1814)
Emma, Penguin (1815)

Ann Rea, Survey of English Literature 2, Spring 2015

Course Description:

Traces the development of English literature from the beginning of the romantic period to the present. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-Course packet, available at the bookstore
-The Broadview Anthology of British Literature, Volumes 4 (The Age of Romanticism), 5 (The Victorian Era), and 6 (The Twentieth Century and Beyond).
-Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, Penguin (1814)
-Graham Greene, The End of the Affair, Penguin

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