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So many interesting courses this term — how will you choose?

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LIT 223A
Introduction to Literary Genre
Winter 2015
Ger Killeen

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This term is all about FORM and the literary terminology we use to talk about the different forms. We will be asking questions about how literary terminology about form can aid us in discussing how a piece of literature does its work in making meaning. Form and content are never far apart from each other in a discussion of literature. We will be looking at four genres (fiction, poetry, drama and film) for each of their uniquely shaped histories and for their shared and unshared formal qualities. What are the conventions that have defined each literary form through time? How do authors play with these conventions and stretch the boundaries of a form? How do formal expectations on the part of the reader drive our understanding of a piece of literature? How have literary formal conventions shifted in response to political/social/cultural/technological influences?


LIT 301E
Survey of American Literature: American Gothic
Winter 2015
John Caruso

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This survey course will focus on "American Gothic," a genre of fiction that combines horror with romance, as expressed in a range of U.S. literature from early national roots to contemporary. Regional, ethnic, and gender diversity will be emphasized. Authors studied include Irving, Hawthorne, Melville, Alcott, Dickinson, and Chopin.
This course will peek through the keyhole of gothic literature to examine a wide range of U.S. literature including early national roots, inventing nationhood, confrontations with race and gender, and anxieties about individuality, voice and democracy. As a method for exploring the literature of the American Republic, we will focus on the variety of rhetorical strategies these writers use to convey textual meaning—either asserting authority or undermining it. The use of "close reading" strategies will be emphasized throughout the course.


LIT 306
Digital Humanities & New Media
Winter 2015
Trevor Dodge

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This course introduces students to, digital-born literary texts, new reading practices, online communities and the growing field of digital humanities.
Students will: experiment with ways of reading electronic literature
discover the unique capacities of storytelling platforms
write creatively and analytically study the book, web browser, app and platform as "interfaces" where our bodies and reading habits collaborate to make meaning; probe how the literary canon changes when we include stories that are digital-born; encourage each other.


LIT 361A
Women's Literature and Feminist Theory: Maternity, the Body, and Language
Winter 2015
Dr. Perrin Kerns

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This term our explorations into women writers and feminist theory will lead us into explorations of the intersections between language and style, and the issues of maternity, the body, and the performance of gender. We will start the term with Virginia Woolf and Simone de Beauvoir, then read selections from some of the following theorists: Helene Cixous, Monique Wittig, Judith Butler and others. Our literary texts will include: To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf, The Bell Jar, by Sylvia Plath, The Passion by Jeannette Winterson, Woman at Point Zero, by Nawal El Saadawi, Antigonick by Ann Carson.


Lit 370E
Winter 2014
Meg Roland

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"In Shakespeare's time, Italy was a place where anything could happen," Francesco da Mosto.

Shakespeare was the consummate Londoner—writing, performing, and producing plays in London's court and theaters. And yet of his 38 plays, a third are set in Italy in a variety of locations that reveal Shakespeare's passion for Italy. The settings range from the pre-Christian Roman Republic to Renaissance Venice, allowing for an exploration of belief, politics, and love outside the confines of the charged religious and political atmosphere of Reformation England. Influenced by Italian literary models, Shakespeare chose Mediterranean settings for a selection of his comedies, tragedies, histories, and romance.

We will also consider the imaginative and cultural impact of the Roman Wall of London, built in Roman "Londinium" in the first century A.D., during the Roman occupation of Britain and remaining as a major urban boundary in Shakespeare's London. The online Map of Early Modern London will provide a way for us to think about the cultural and spatial influences of the ancient Roman heritage of Shakespeare's London. In all, we will do as Shakespeare did—curl up in our rainy or wintry cities and dream of exotic Italian locales.


LIT 387A
Contemporary Literature
Winter 2015
Jay Ponteri

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Why study contemporary literature? How do we define "contemporary"? How do we consider our present literary period in relationship to past literary periods? What is the relationship between contemporary American and world literature translated by American writers and translators? This course focuses on literature and literature in translation by living American writers and translators. While reading poetry, fiction, and nonfiction by American writers and translators, we tease out the various literary movements in present-day American letters. Furthermore, we consider the complicated relationship between American letters and American culture. The class provides students with a fine grasp of the field of U.S. contemporary letters. A period studies course.


WR 215E
Basic Expository Writing and Critical Thinking
Winter 2015
Cara Hubbell

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In this course, students learn strategies for writing sound sentences and focused, well-developed paragraphs. Highly recommended for students who want to refresh their writing skills. Taken to prepare for WR 221 or as an elective.

WR 223E
Persuasive Writing & Argument
Winter 2015
Cara Hubbell

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What is stated in an argument and what is implied? Students in this course will learn to analyze the craft of argument and persuasion. This course continues WR 221's focus on critical thinking skills and will emphasize the practice of writing well-reasoned argumentative essays. What sequence of ideas, facts, and emotional appeals most effectively persuade readers? Students will develop an effective thesis and support their claim with powerful and persuasive writing.


WR 323 A
Academic Writing: The Research Paper
Winter 2015
Mary Coté & Kirk Howard

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Welcome to WR 323! Mary Coté will instruct the writing part of the course. Using writing assignments and readings, students will engage and explore the writing process, develop a topic and formulate research questions, devise strategies for research, compose a tentative thesis, produce a working bibliography and a prospectus, and then write various drafts for workshops, seek tutoring or otherwise work on writing fundamentals, as recommended, and present for grading a polished academic research paper and report their research results to their classmates.

Kirk Howard, reference librarian from Shoen Library, will instruct the research portion of the course, which covers research methods and systems, locating and evaluating sources, and producing citations and bibliographies.

Following research in the library, students return to the classroom for writing workshops that help them through drafting, editing, and polishing their research papers in stages, so as to meet academic standards. Including the Writing Center tutors in their writing process is recommended for the finished paper. Finally, one additional note: Academic contexts require the ability to consider thoughtfully a variety of viewpoints and approaches to discussion, to demonstrate consistent respect for each person involved in classroom and out of class conversations, and to maintain a commitment to the writing exercises. The calm exploration of the viewpoints of others is the foundation of research, and this is the least that is expected of all students. Nothing in this course syllabus should be construed as indicating a tolerance of inappropriate or hateful discourse, including discourse framed as an "alternate" viewpoint. Students should observe and quietly own their personal biases.


Academic Writing: The Research Paper
Winter 2015
Tiffany Kraft & Nancy Hoover

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In this advanced course, students will meet online with Tiffany Kraft for the writing part of the course. We will read from The Curious Researcher and A Writer's Reference and use writing to explore and produce focus. Tiffany's lessons will cover the writing process, choosing and developing a topic, strategies for research, thesis, and prospectus, among others. Students will then meet with Nancy Hoover for the research section of the course, where they will cover research methods and systems, locating and evaluating sources, citations, bibliographies, ethics. Students will then take the writing through drafting and workshops to produce a final paper that will meet academic standards.
College writers are expected to produce academic research papers on a variety of subjects. This advanced class will help students fulfill the requirements for professional and academic writing. The course teaches essential skills in finding and managing information. Students will learn how to define and focus their information needs in a subject area, how to access and evaluate information, and how to transform information into the foundation for original academic writing. The course reviews and implements the writing process as it applies to the conventions for various academic disciplines. Thesis, organization, process, and documentation will be emphasized; issues such as writing across the disciplines and plagiarism will also be included.


WR 325A
Environmental Writing
Winter 2015
Simeon Dreyfuss

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The pen is mightier than the sword as the saying goes. Writing is one of the most powerful tools we have for cajoling people into caring about the human species relationship with the rest of creation. This course surveys the enormous variety in forms for serious environmental writing from academic discourse, fiction, formal literary and personal essays, poetry, or journalism to environmental impact statements.

There are no prerequisites. However the course assumes some familiarity with the central ideas of the environmental movement, a comfort with reading academic and/or literary prose, and an interest in writing well.


WR 367A
Writing Seminar I: Poetry
Winter 2015
Emily Kendal Frey

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Throughout the last century, poets have questioned style, construction and the role of poetry in society. Many poets wrote about these ideas in addition to poems that incorporated their investigations. We will delve into some of the records alongside reading the poems they affected. This course involves students and participants in the study of selected poets whose works reveal the dynamics of poetic expression. Through the readings, writing assignments, classroom discussions and poetry workshops, students identify and shape their own voice, poetic style and writing techniques.

WR 468A
Writing Seminar II: Fiction
Winter 2015
Jay Ponteri

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Students write short stories and brief critical essays on craft. This year the seminar focuses on the art of particularity and related craft issues: methods of characterization, voice, character development, sentence writing, use of details, etc... Our reading will include short fiction that swells with particularity. Student work is discussed in a supportive atmosphere that encourages risk-taking in the creative process and respect for the writer.


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