May Term 2020 English Department Course Descriptions
MAY TERM COURSES
Introduction to Creative Writing (AR)
In this course, we will focus on how writers use the generic structures of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction to explore human experiences in imaginative ways. Through our careful reading of published poetry and prose, discussion on the craft of writing, and weekly workshops of your writing, this course will introduce questions that any writer of prose or poetry must address: How do writers transform complex emotional and intellectual experiences into art? What are the different formal demands of poetry and prose? How do music and metaphor work together to make a poem? How does character determine the conflict in a short story? How do we understand what’s “real” or “true” in creative nonfiction? We will also consider the crucial importance of revision in the creative process, and how challenging and satisfying that process can be. Prerequisite(s): none
ENGL 101: Intro to Creative Writing (AR)
Examines theory and practice of writing creatively. Reading combined with practice in the basic processes of and strategies for writing fiction, poetry, or drama. Prerequisite(s): none
ENGL 132: The Healing Art (LIT)
In this course, students will critically examine the methods through which writers and filmmakers explore the intersectionality of race and gender in relation to illness. This course asks: how do writers use figurative language, shifts in perspective, and filmic and literary topoi to negotiate questions about the racialized/ gendered body? Fictional and nonfictional readings and films include the play Nurse Evers Boys by David Feldshuh, the play Wit by Margaret Edmondson, and the autobiographical text The Diary of Alice James. Other required reading and viewing will be provided. Prerequisite(s): none
ENGL 170: New Views of the Old West (LIT)
Critical reading and interpretation of literary texts. Encourages close reading as well as oral and written work in articulating understanding. May be repeated for credit if subject matter is not duplicated; does not count toward the English-Writing major. Offered occasionally.
Americans are becoming increasingly dependent upon social media for the news. This course will introduce students to the fundamentals of social/new media for journalists, including (but not limited to) research techniques, professional responsibilities, best practices, and storytelling across multiple platforms. Prerequisite(s): None.