English Literature

Amy J. Yanity, Literature and The Environment, Fall 2013

Course Description:

In this course, students will read and write about the environment and its issues as expressed through literature. Readings in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction will explore how the geography of a location influences the character of its inhabitants and how the forces of nature affect their lives and fortunes. Writing will consist of personal and critical short essays as well as a longer essay/project involving independent readings and research.

Required Texts:

Literature and The Environment, A Reader on Nature and Culture (2nd Edition.)

Amy J. Yanity, Literature And The Environment, Spring 2014

Course Description:

In this course, students will read and write about the environment and its issues as expressed through literature. Readings in fiction, poetry, and nonfiction will explore how the geography of a location influences the character of its inhabitants and how the forces of nature affect their lives and fortunes. Writing will consist of personal and critical short essays as well as a longer essay/project involving independent readings and research.

Required Texts:

Literature and The Environment, A Reader on Nature and Culture (2nd Edition.)

Ann Rea, Detective Fiction, Spring 2014

Course Description:

This course examines detective fiction in terms of its history, its social meaning and as a form of philosophizing. It also seeks to reveal the place and values of popular fiction in our lives.

Required Texts:

Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes: Complete Novels & Stories Vol. 1, Publisher: Bantam

Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone, Penguin

Dorothy Sayers, Strong Poison, Bourbon Street Books

P. D. James, An Unsuitable Job For A Woman, Touchstone

Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep, Vintage

Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon, Vintage

Tony Hillerman, Skinwalkers, Harper

Kathleen George, Taken, Dell

Tana French, In the Woods, Penguin

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, 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, Literature and the Contemporary, Fall 2013

Course Description

This course examines contemporary cultural expression across a range of forms and media. It investigates the contemporary as both a complex reworking of past narratives and traditions and as the production of the experimental and the new.

Required Texts:

Jeannette Winterson, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit
Hanif Kureishi, The Buddha of Suburbia
Ian McEwan, Atonement
Pat Barker, Regeneration
Graham Swift, The Light of Day
William Boyd, Restless

Ann Rea, Literature for Adolescents, Fall 2012

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
-S. E. Hinton, The Outsiders
-Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass
-Sharon Flake, The Skin I'm In
-Joyce Lee Wong, Seeing Emily
-Walter Dean Myers, Monster
-Nick Hornby, Slam
-Jack Gantos, Desire Lines
-Veronica Roth, Divergent
-Chris Crutcher, Whale Talk

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Ann Rea, Literature for Adolescents, Spring 2011

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
-Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia
-Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl
-S. E. Hinton, The Outsiders
-Philip Pullman, The Golden Compass
-Sharon Flake, The Skin I'm In
-Joyce Lee Wong, Seeing Emily
-Walter Dean Myers, Monster
-Nick Hornby, Slam
-Jack Gantos, Desire Lines

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Ann Rea, Literature For Adolescents, Spring 2014

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

S. E. Hinton, The Outsiders

Sharon Flake, The Skin I'm In

Joyce Lee Wong, Seeing Emily

Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games

Jack Gantos, Desire Lines

Orson Scott Card, Enders Game

Nick Hornby, Slam

Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

Jandy Nelson, The Sky is Everywhere

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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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