Summer 2010 Courses: Graduate Level
ENG 5013.01S: TOPICS IN LITERARY GENRES: THE SHORT STORY (SUMMER II)
Instructor: Jeanne Reesman
Class Time: MTWRF 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Class Location: MB 1.208
This course is a survey of the genre of the short story, featuring short fiction by not only British and American authors but authors from many nations and cultures. Our focus will be upon narrative: that is, how the story is told. We will also explore diverse critical approaches to fiction. We will read stories by such artists as Chinua Achebe, Jorge Luis Borges, Raymond Carver, John Cheever, Joseph Conrad, Stephen Crane, William Faulkner, Ernest Hemingway, Henry James, Ha Jin, Flannery O’Connor, John Updike, Alice Walker, and Edith Wharton, among others.
- The Art of the Short Story, ed. Dana Gioia and R. S. Gwynn (New York: Pearson Longman), 2006. ISBN: 978-0-321-36363-3.
- A Handbook of Critical Approaches to Literature, 6th edition. Ed. Wilfred Guerin, et al New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN: 978-0-19-539472-6
Students will be provided a bibliography of critical and theoretical books and articles on the short story to aid in their understanding and research.
Requirements and Grades
- Two in-class or take-home exams (40%)
- One in-class report on a critical approach to a story (10%)
- Research paper prospectus (10%)
- Discussion (10%)
- Research paper of 12 pages with external sources (30%)
ENG 5173.01F: THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TEACHING LITERATURE (SUMMER I)
Instructor: Linda Woodson
Class Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Class Location: MTWRF 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
This graduate seminar will examine the theory and practice of teaching literature at university, college, and secondary levels. Included will be some attention to the present theories in teaching literature and how they developed historically, best practices in instruction, ways to include multicultural perspectives, use of internet technology, and the role of literature teachers professionally. This course satisfies graduate English credit requirements.
- Making American Literatures in High School and College. Ed. Anne Ruggles Gere and Peter Shaheen
- Critical Literacy and the Aesthetic: Transforming the English Classroom. Ray Misson and Wendy Morgan
- Authorizing Readers. Peter J. Rabinowitz and Michael W. Smith
- The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald
- Passing. Nella Larsen
- The Grapes of Wrath. John Steinbeck
Mid-term examination (30%), weekly annotated “practice” summaries (10%), a group project (10%), and an individual project (50%).
ENG 6023.01S: RHETORIC AND COMPOSITION: POPULAR CULTURAL STUDIES (CROSSLISTED WITH ENG 7063.01S SEMINAR:POPULAR CULTURAL STUDIES) (SUMMER II)
Instructor: Sue Hum
Class Time: MTWRF 12:45 - 2:15 p.m.
Class Location: MB 1.206
What do Twilight, Harry Potter, and The Hulk have in common? They populate a dynamic and vastly fascinating terrain of American popular culture, which this course explores. Beginning with an introduction to rhetorical criticism and cultural studies frameworks, the course emphasizes media literacy, critical thinking, and pedagogy by exploring a wide variety of popular media forms, including film, television, advertising, music, and digital culture. After the theoretical overview, the application section of the course is divided into three units: (a) writing about popular culture emphasizes critical strategies for analyzing and evaluating popular culture; (b) reading and writing with popular culture uses popular culture as generative devices for reading and writing; and (c) producing popular culture demonstrates ways for communicating and even changing the world by inventing, remixing, and constructing popular culture. Students are encouraged to integrate their own popular culture interests and match them with concepts being covered in the classroom. Students will serve as “experts” on a specific area or genre of popular culture.
Course Texts (tentative)
- Brummett, Barry. Rhetoric in Popular Culture. 2nd. ed. Sage, 2006.
- Gibson-Graham, J. K. A Post-Capitalist Politics. U of Minneapolis P, 2006.
- Kress, Gunther. Multimodality: a Social Semiotic Approach to Contemporary Communication. Routledge, 2010.
- Stafford, Barbara Maria. Echo Objects: The Cognitive Work of Images. U of Chicago P, 2007.
- Each student chooses one other text.
Course Assignments for 6023 (tentative)
- Two Unit Projects and Presentations (50%)
- Quizzes (30%)
- Semester Paper (20%)
Course Assignments for 7063 (tentative)
- One Unit Project and Presentations (25%)
- Book Review and Presentation (20%)
- Quizzes (30%)
- Semester Paper (25%)
Note: ENG 6023 is a prescribed elective for the doctoral program.ENG 7063is a required seminar for the doctoral program. Both courses may be repeated for credit when topics vary.