English Literature

Jeremy C. Justus, Film Analysis, Summer 2016

Course Description

This course introduces students to the art of cinema and to the techniques for its formal and iconographic analysis. It examines the nature of shot composition and visual framing, the use of color, the role of lighting as a pictorial element, the potentials of camera movement, the modes of editing and the nature of image/sound montage. It also introduces students to dominant cinema forms—narrative, experimental, documentary, etc.—and connects the cinema to visual arts (like painting and sculpture).

Required Texts:

None

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Catherine S. Cox, Reading Poetry, Summer 2016

Course Description

By studying various kinds of poetry from a number of sources, this course introduces students to particular forms of poetry and kinds of poetic language. Because poetry invites very close reading, students will explore various techniques for making sense of poems.

Required Texts:

-Poetry: An Introduction, ed. Michael Meyer (Bedford , 6th or 7th edition)

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Catherine S. Cox, Narrative Literature, Summer 2016

Course Description

Traces the course of narrative literature from the epic through the novel, with an emphasis on the search for form.

Required Texts:

-Bantam/Mandelbaum edition of Virgil's Aeneid
-Norton Critical Don Quijote
-Bantam/Ginsburg Notes from Underground
-Alison Bechdel's Fun Home

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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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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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Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff, Global Literature 2, Spring 2016

Course Description:

A course that draws on literary texts from around the world, with a focus on their universal value that transcends time, geography, social systems, and spiritual backgrounds.

Required Texts:

-UNESCO, Memory of the World: General Guidelines to Safeguard Document Heritage (Revised Edition, 2002)
-UNESCO, Protecting and Promoting Global Recorded Knowledge
-Popol Vuh: The Scared Book of Maya (translated by Allen J. Christenson)
-Abolqasem Ferdowsi’s Shanameh: The Persian Book of Kings (translated by Dick Davis)
-Wu Cheng’en’s The Monkey King's Amazing Adventure: A Journey to the West in Search of Enlightenment (translated by Daniel Kane)
-Wole Soyinka’s Death and the King’s Horseman
-Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”

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Tuangtip Klinbubpa-Neff, Narrative Literature, Spring 2016

Course Description:

Traces the course of narrative literature from the epic through the novel, with an emphasis on the search for form.

Required Texts:

-Mary Prince’s History of Mary Prince
-Khaled Hosseini’s And the Mountain Echoed
-Patricia McCormick’s Sold
-Octavia Butler’s Blood Child
-Sir Hugh Clifford’s “Flight of the Jungle Folks”

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