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

Expanded information about upcoming courses is offered by the professors who will teach them.


LIT 308E
6 Crs.
British Literature
Taught by: Dr. Keri Behre

More about this course from the instructor:

The British Literature survey is one of my favorite courses to teach. This particular version of the course has grown out of my enjoyment of teaching the material through the lens of a variety of digital adaptations and reflections. We’ll include clips of digital media to engage questions of relevance, theme, and critical issues of appropriation for each text. This course is designed to provide English majors with a broad understanding of early English literary history, an in-depth experience of many of its major works, and increased confidence with engaging literature in the digital realm and through digital tools. No prior background in the subject matter is required.
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LIT 357A
Lit in Translation
Taught by: Jay Ponteri

More about this course from the instructor:

With the understanding that literary translation is a journey to the other, this course explores contemporary and modern literature from around the world in recent English translations. We read fiction, poetry, memoir, and essay, along with theory about the practice of translation. Students are introduced to various small presses in the United States that specialize in publishing works in English translations. Also, considering a few historical periods of active translation (e.g., post-WW II, the ‘60s, and post-9/11), we tease out some of the social, political, and historical forces that send readers searching for literature outside of their native language.
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LIT 371A
Shakespeare in Performance  
Taught by: Dr. Perrin Kerns

More about this course from the instructor:

Shakespeare’s plays were performed in the Globe Theater, at a time when, indeed, all the world was considered a stage. We will journey down to Ashland to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to see two Shakespeare plays: Hamlet and Twelfth Night.
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LIT 405A
History of the Book
Taught by: Dr. Meg Roland

More about this course from the instructor:

The great mythical sea voyage recounted in Homer's The Odyssey is episodic, at times otherworldly, and can be read as a kind of reader's journey. But the story of The Odyssey is also a study of the material form of the book, from papyrus scroll to Kindle e-book. In this course, students will read The Odyssey and trace its material and cultural history as well as the social practices of writing, printing, reading and bookselling. Students will explore manuscripts, illumination, print technology, book illustration, book arts, the map as book, and rich websites such as the Perseus Digital Library. In addition, students will consider the "aura" of the book and ponder its future in the digital age. For the final project, students will curate their own exhibit of rare books that are held in the Shoen Library rare book room and in the Heritage Center at Maryswoods.
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Writing for Contemporary Media

Taught by: Ger Killeen

More about this course from the instructor:

The digital age has created more information, and more available information, than ever before. In the introduction to his book, Uncreative Writing, Kenneth Goldsmith writes about this “thicket of information” that “how I manage it, how I parse it, how I organize and distribute it -- is what distinguishes my writing from yours.” In other words, it isn’t writing itself anymore that is original, it is the composition of writing --  the compilation, re-organization, and distribution of writing wherein originality lies. The writing of digital work breaks the rules of composition as we’ve understood them until now, and it breaks the rules of process, authorship, and publication.
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Writing & Service
Taught by: Laura Moulton

More about this course from the instructor:

This summer, students will spend time at Street Books - a bicycle-powered mobile library for patrons who live outside in downtown Portland--days and times TBA. Students will also do a project that includes finding and documenting a story that might otherwise go untold.
Service-learning courses combine academic curriculum with meaningful service in the community. In this class, we will focus on writing that documents a particular time, place and people, seeking out the stories that are often overlooked. Our class will be compressed into six weeks, meeting Thursday nights during that time, and volunteering in downtown Portland for a few hours during the week. Our classroom exercises and discussions on campus will prepare us for our volunteer service downtown. Part seminar, part workshop, we’ll examine several different craft elements of nonfiction, and generate new writing. The service-learning course offered through the Literature & Writing Department is an exciting opportunity for students looking to expand their academic experience at the university. 
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Writing Sem I: Creative Nonfiction
Taught by: Dr. Perrin Kerns

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In this course we will explore multiple forms that creative nonfiction can take: memoir, personal essay, lyric, meditative. Each class will begin with generative writing in response to prompts. As the term progresses, we will respond to drafts of longer pieces in a workshop setting, offering insight and critique that will aid in final revision. This course is designed in collaboration with a similar course at Clackamas Community College, taught by Ryan Davis this year. Students from Clackamas will join us for our day spent with writer, Elena Passarello. We will also share the stage with CCC students for a group reading at the end of the term. 
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WR 467A
Writing Seminar II: Poetry 
Taught by: Ger Killeen

More about this course from the instructor:

Poetry is a written art form which engages our intelligence, knowledge, sensibility, creativity and linguistic skills at the highest levels of which we are capable. As poets sitting down to make a poem we ask a lot of ourselves, intellectually and emotionally. In the safe, encouraging and challenging space of our weekly seminar we will explore many ways in which we can learn both the ‘nuts and bolts’ of composition, as well as cultivating the openness and vulnerability which allows our best poetry to flourish. 
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WR 471A
Senior Creative Writing Workshop
Taught by: Jay Ponteri

More about this course from the instructor:

This course provides students with the opportunity to revise earlier work from Writing Seminars I and II in preparation for graduate school applications and/or publication. By the end of the course, students will have a polished manuscript to send to MFA programs, to send out for submission to literary journals, or to prepare as a chapbook. Students will develop skills in revision by revising their own pages and by discussing one another’s revised work in small workshops.
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