Courses for Spring, 2013
102: Introduction to Literature (4 credits)
Pre- or Co- requisite: ENGL 101. An introduction to literary appreciation, analysis, and interpretive techniques with an emphasis on close reading enhanced by class discussions and expository essays. Required for major and minor. Humanities Core. Major/Minor Requirement.
Professor: Steve Shelburne. MWF 11-11:50
172: Introduction to Visual Culture (4 credits)
This course introduces issues and debates about how we shape, and are shaped by, different forms of visual culture such as film and video, television, painting, photography, performance art, the built environment, and information technology. Issues such as the role of visual cultures in (re)producing ideas about race, identity, sexuality and gender will also be explored.
Professor: Jeff Hendricks. T 1-3:45
201: Intro Seminar in Lit & Culture (4 credits)
Pre- or co-requisite: ENGL 101-102. Intensive readings of literary masterworks in such generically and topically oriented subjects as autobiography, biography, comedy, tragedy, the novel, the short story, myth, poetry, and satire.
Professor: George Newtown. MW 2:30-3:45, F 2:00-2:50
This reading-intensive course addresses the 21st century challenge of “living a meaningful life.” It will include a historical overview of the essay (from Montaigne to the present), a genre conceived as a vehicle for understanding the human condition. We will look at important preoccupations of the genre, such as discovering the self, testing the limits of subjectivity, examining the physical and mental worlds we inhabit, developing cultural insights, and expressing social concerns.
211: Introduction to Scriptwriting (4 credits)
This course is primarily a writing workshop in which students are introduced to writing for film, television, and the stage. Emphasis is on creating believable settings, fluid dialog, memorable characters, and strong storylines. Students will produce four-five short scripts (4-8 pages) to be critiqued in class as well as analyze scripts by such writers as Thornton Wilder, Eugene Ionesco, and Quentin Tarantino. For a final project each student must submit 24-28 pages of edited writing.
Instructor: Jeffrey Kallenberg. M 6:30-9:30
262: Shakespeare in Film (4 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. This course is the meeting ground of the single most influential English author, Shakespeare, and the most distinctive and pervasive modern artistic form, the film. From its beginnings, film recognized Shakespeare as one of its most reliable and popular sources of material, and Shakespeare remains a potent presence in contemporary film. In this course investigates this peculiar dedication to Shakespeare by considering both film versions of Shakespeare's plays ("Shakespeare on Film") and the frequent presence of Shakespearean material in films that have only the most tenuous connection to the actual playwright ("Shakespeare in Film").
Professor: Steve Shelburne. MW 1-2:15, F 1-1:50
278: Literary Theory and Criticism (4 credits)
This course introduces the history and current practices of literary criticism. The course uses a variety of literary texts for testing and exploring each method. Major/Minor Requirement. Humanities Core.
Professor: Jeff Hendricks. W 1-3:45
312: Literary Journalism (4 credits)
A seminar and workshop for writing literary journalism. Students will survey the genre from a historical perspective, analyze contemporary examples that may serve as models, and produce substantial work of their own. Students will gain experience in interviewing and research as well as employing literary techniques such as narrative, description, and dialogue. Spring of alternate years (same as COMM 312).
Professor: David Havird. TR 9:45-11:00
316: Writing for Convergent Media (4 credits)
Students study basic techniques and formats used in print and broadcast journalism, along with the similarities and differences in style among them. Grammar, syntax, accuracy, logical construction, and other elements of good writing are emphasized, along with learning to write, under deadline pressure, basic, error-free copy. Additional emphasis on keeping up with current events and trends in the world through improved research skills.
Instructor: Michael Laffey. MW 1:00-2:15
323: American Literary Traditions (4 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. An intensive survey of significant cultural and literary forces in American literature. Major/Minor Requirement. Humanities Core.
Professor: Jeanne Hamming. MW 11:30-12:45
341W: Seminar in Major Southern Authors (4 credits)
Prerequisite: ENGL 101. An intensive study of authors whose work has significantly affected the traditions of literature written in English. A class might focus on one author – for instance, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, or Faulkner – or might examine several authors whose works are historically linked or mutually illuminating – for example, Johnson and Boswell, Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group, or Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelites. May be taken three times as topic changes. Humanities Core. The topic this semester is Southern Authors.
Professor: David Havird. MWF 9:00-9:50
382: Radio Broadcasting (4 credits)
Instructor: Michael Laffey. MWF 9:00-9:50
383: Digital Rhetoric and Cultures (4 credits)
This course explores the intersections of contemporary critical theory, new digital technologies, and literature. By examining computer-mediated cultures and major topics through these lenses, students develop sophisticated, scholarly and critical analyses of this rapidly-developing world.
Professor: Jeanne Hamming. M 6:30-9:30