Michael Stoneham

Michael Stoneham, Senior Seminar, Spring 2016

Course Description:

Intensive study of a single topic or figure that assumes previous work in related literary historical and critical areas. Each seminar moves toward a final paper that integrates earlier literary study with the specific critical perspective developed in this course. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Phillip K Dick
-Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
-Moby Dick, Hermann Melville
-Hard Times, Charles Dickens
-Erehwon, Samuel Butler
-Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig

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Michael Stoneham, American Dream, Spring 2016

Course Description:

An interdisciplinary examination of the American dream of success and the myth of the self-made individual. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0004 or ENGCMP 0006.

Required Texts:

-Billy Lynn’s Long Half-time Walk, Ben Fountain
-The Monkey Wrench Gang, Edward Albee
-On the Road, Jack Kerouac
-Moby Dick, Hermann Melville
-Memoirs of Stephen Burroughs, Stephen Burroughs
-The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, Benjamin Franklin
-Letters from an American Farmer, J. Hector St John de Crevecouer

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Michael Stoneham, Literature And The Environment, Fall 2015

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:

“Nature,” Ralph Waldo Emerson
Walden and Other Writings, Henry Thoreau
Nature Writings, John Muir
Sand Country Almanac, Aldo Leopold
Silent Spring, Rachel Carson
Desert Solitaire, Edward Abbey
A House Made of Dawn, M. Scott Momaday,
Wilderness and the American Mind, Roderick Nash

Michael Stoneham, Composition 2, Fall 2015

Course Description:

In this course, a companion course to Freshman Writing Seminar and Composition 1, students study and practice essay writing in more depth. The course also includes an introduction to researching and writing from sources. Required of all freshmen. Prerequisite: ENGCMP 0002 or ENGCMP 0003 or ENGCMP 0005.

Required Texts:

Willa Cather, My Antonia (1918)
Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time (1925)
Jack Kerouac, On the Road (1957)
John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany (1989
Tim Obrien, The Things They Carried (1990)
Sherman Alexie, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist-fight in Heaven (1993)

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