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Freshman Courses Fall 2016

ENGL 200
Literature in English
TTh  5:30—6:45                                                                                              Horton

What, if anything, distinguishes literature from other forms of writing? What forms of thought, experience, and perception does literature make available to us? How does literature encourage us to see aspects of our world more closely, to imagine difference, or to gain critical distance on what we take for granted? This course will familiarize you with four major literary genres—short fiction, poetry, the novel, and drama. In the process, we will consider these and other questions at length, examining how a range of writers employ the conventions of these genres as technologies for extensive and intensive thinking. No previous experience in literary study will be presumed. Recommended preparation: Concurrent enrollment in ENGL 150 or USFS 100.

ENGL 203
Introduction to Creative Writing    
MW 5:30—6:45                                                                                             Staff                           

A course exploring basic issues and techniques of writing narrative prose and verse through exercises, analysis, and experiment. For students who wish to try their abilities across a spectrum of genres.

ENGL 204
Introduction to Journalism
MWF 10:35—11:25                                                                                      Sheeler

Students will learn the basics of reporting and writing news stories, but also the traditions behind the craft and the evolving role of journalism in society. Instruction will include interviewing skills, fact-checking, word choice and story structure—all framed by guidance on making ethically sound decisions. No prerequisites.      

ENGL 213
Introduction to Fiction Writing
M 4:25—6:55                                                                                                 Umrigar

In this introductory class, students will learn the basics of writing a short story. This includes the elements of fiction writing–character development, plot, point of view, sense of place and dialogue. To this end, students will be expected to do a lot of in-class and out-of-class writing exercises.  They will also write two longer pieces of fiction, which will be workshopped by the class. This class is writing and reading intensive and students will also be expected to learn the skills of constructive criticism and analysis of what constitutes a good work of fiction. Grades will be determined by a final portfolio to be submitted at the end of the semester.

ENGL 214
Introductory Poetry Workshop
Th 4:00-6:30                                                                                                  Gridley

This is a course for students who are new or somewhat new to the practice of poetry. It aims to engage students—creatively and critically—with the primary elements of a poem: its diction, syntax, tones, sonic textures, imagery, tropes, and form. As a workshop, it will set student poems as the focus of weekly critical attention from peers and professor. Students can expect to write and critique poems; engage in writing exercises and the close study of poetic models; read about poetic craft and theory; memorize and recite 2 poems; complete a midterm project and a final portfolio. Students will receive regular feedback in the form of written comments and conference sessions. Grading determined by portfolio evaluation. No pre-requisite. Class size limited to 15, no exceptions.

ENGL 367/467
Introduction to Film
TuTh 1:00—2:15 (class time)
Tu 7:00—9:30     (film viewing)                                                                               Spadoni

An introduction to the art of film. Each week we’ll take an element of film form (editing, cinematography, sound, etc.) and examine how filmmakers work with this element to produce effects. Most weeks we’ll also screen a whole film and discuss it in light of the week’s focus. Films screened will include masterworks of the silent era, foreign films, Hollywood studio-era classics, and more recent U.S. cinema. Students will write two essays (5-6 and 8-10 pages) and take a scheduled quiz, midterm, and final exam. Grad students write a longer second essay and, in connection with it, submit a proposal and annotated bibliography.


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