Literature in English
TTh 4:00 to 5:15 Derbesy
This course introduces students to the reading of literature in the English language. Through close attention to the practice of reading, students are invited to consider some of the characteristic forms and functions imaginative literature has taken, together with some of the changes that have taken place in what and how readers read.
Introduction to Creative Writing
MWF 12:45 to 2:00 Verdi
TTh 10:00 to 11:15 Staff
This course acquaints students with opportunities for creative expression across genres. The course primarily focuses on poetry and short fiction – though playwriting, screenwriting, and genres of creative nonfiction will also be explored. We will attend to those elements that make for vivid, effective writing, including relevant detail, lyrical language, and memorable images; inventive metaphor and simile; and authentic voice, setting, and characterization. Taking this course will help us to further develop an understanding and practice of creativity in the medium of language and to distinguish among the creative opportunities and constraints of different literary genres.
Introduction to Journalism
MWF 11:40 to 12:30 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. Students will also periodically interact via Skype with journalists from newsrooms throughout the country including the New York Times and the Washington Post. No prerequisites.
Introduction to Fiction Writing
M 4:25PM to 6:55PM Umrigar
In this class you will learn to write short stories that are original, have a distinctive voice, crackle with wit and tension, feature characters who are dynamic and unique speak in realistic and interesting ways. We will focus on elements of writing such as character and plot development, point of view, sense of place and dialogue. To this end, we will do many in-class and out-of-class writing exercises. You will also gain a critical vocabulary as you critique one another’s stories in a workshop format. This is also a reading-intensive class and there will be weekly readings.
Introduction to Poetry Writing
W 2:15 to 4:45 Gridley
This introductory poetry workshop is for students who are new, or somewhat new, to the practice of writing poetry. It aims to engage students creatively and critically with the primary elements of a poem: diction, syntax, tonal colorings, sonic textures, imagery, tropes, and formal organization. Course work will include: writing and responding to poems in rigorous and respectful workshop atmosphere; writing exercises tied to the close study of poetic models and theory; memorization and recitation of two poems; a final portfolio including revised poems and critical introduction. Professor provides regular written comments and midterm letter grade. Final grade determined by portfolio evaluation. No pre-requisite. Class size limited to 15.
Introduction to Film
TTh 1:00 to 2:15 (class)
T 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, and so on) 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 cinema. Students write two essays (5-6 and 8-10 pages) and take a scheduled quiz, midterm, and final exam. Grad students (registered for ENGL 467) satisfy the same requirements as the undergrads, but their final essay will be an extended research project, in connection with which they’ll submit an outline and other, related documents.
ENGL 368/468 and WLIT 368/468
Topics in Film
Storytelling and Cinema
TTh 10:00—11:15 (class)
Th 7:00—9:30 (film viewing) Spadoni
Films tell stories differently than any other medium, and they do so in uniquely powerful ways. In this course we’ll examine the process by which films narrate stories to viewers. Most weeks we’ll screen a film—from Hollywood classics to recent blockbusters to more challenging films—and discuss it together, asking how the film manipulates time and space to create a world in which its story unfolds. Some films are “tight,” while others contain gaps that leave viewers with basic questions about what went on—what happened to this character, why that one did what she did, etc. Both sorts of films invite us to ask questions about meaning. We’ll examine not only how contemplating a film’s narrative can lead to a consideration of themes, but also how understanding the way a film tells a story involves looking at all aspects of a film, including those specific techniques that make up its style. Students write two essays (5-6 and 8-10 pages), take part in a group presentation, and take occasional brief quizzes (lowest is dropped). Grad students (registered for ENGL 468) satisfy the same requirements as the undergrads, but their final essay will be an extended research project, in connection with which they’ll submit an outline and other, related documents.