SPRING 2015 Course Descriptions

Introduction to the African American literary tradition from the 1600s to the present. This course will cover distinct periods in the development of the African American literary tradition, among them slave narratives, poetry, texts by women, sermons, and hip hop music. Students will learn to analyze both print and audio texts, while engaging in regular, thoughtful discussion with fellow classmates.

This course is required for students seeking a BA in English with a concentration in writing and for Secondary Education Language Arts majors. This course will focus on an array of social issues surrounding language use from notions of correctness and standard dialect to other cultural and political dimensions of the English language in action, both in education contexts and those of society at large. As well, the course will introduce basic linguistic concepts such as how languages evolve, how humans acquire language, and the relationship between language and thought.  

ENG-G 207 GRAMMAR & USAGE (Rodgers): MW 11 am-12:15 pm, CV 106
A brief look at English grammar, with emphasis upon current American usage; students will review verb usage, subject-verb agreement, pronoun usage, modifier usage, punctionation, and sentence structure

ENG-G 207 GRAMMAR & USAGE (Haulter): S 9:30 am-12 pm, KV 204
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Literary masterpieces from Homer to present. Aims to teach thoughtful, intensive reading, to introduce aesthetic values in literature, and to bring about awareness of the enjoyment derived from reading.

ENG-L 101 WESTERN WORLD MASTERPIECES (Patterson-Randles): KV 001
Exploration of literary masterpieces from the ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance civilizations of the Western World and of the cultures which gave rise to such works.  Focus on major authors such as Homer, Sophocles, Dante, and Shakespeare as well as works like Beowulf and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Literary masterpieces from about 1600 to present. The course aims to teach thoughtful, intensive reading, to introduce aesthetic values in literature, and to bring about awareness of the different historical contexts in which literature is generated. The course covers major literary periods from Neo-Classicism to Romanticism to Realism, Naturalism, Modernism, and Postmodernism/Post-colonialism. The list of writers may vary but generally includes Voltaire, Moliere, Goethe, Blake, Equiano, Shelley, Sand, Tolstoy, Flaubert, Ibsen, Chopin, Shaw, Joyce, Woolf, Mann, Kafka, Conrad, Fitzgerald, Pirandello, Larsen, and a few recent writers.

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ENG-L 104 INTRODUCTION TO FICTION (Patterson-Randles): TR 1:15-2:30 pm, KV 236
Exploration of a variety of fiction masterpieces from around the world with major focus on the novel, the short story, and their antecedents.

ENG-L 140 INTRODUCTION TO ENGLISH STUDIES (Reynolds): TR 6-7:15 pm, KV 103
This course introduces students to the heart and mind of the major, emphasizing self-scrutiny and high standards of writing and critical thinking. Students learn to practice close textual reading in a variety of genres and sub-genres and begin to develop strong analytical abilities and learning strategies that are applicable across a broad range of subjects. Addressing many sub-disciplines within the English Studies major, the course also explores academic and career pathways, focusing on self-discovery and the enormous potential for success for English majors in the global community. Guest presenters provide insight into areas of employment, life skills, and personal choice, allowing students to investigate the value of the major and their own individual objectives in the pursuit of the degree. The course is required for English majors but is open to anyone even remotely considering English as a major.

ENG-L 295 AMERICAN FILM CULTURE (Daly): MW 9:30-10:45 am, KV 015
Film in relation to American culture and society. Topic varies. Works of literature may be used for comparison, but the main emphasis will be on film as a narrative medium and as an important element in American culture.

ENG-L 298 ENGLISH LITERATURE FROM 1600 to 1830 (Daly): MW 11-12:15, KV 103
Representative selections, with emphasis on major writers from Donne to Byron and on their cultural context.

ENG-L 299 ENGLISH LITERATURE SINCE 1830 (Zorn): TR 6-7:15 pm, KV 001
This course covers major periods and authors in English literature from about 1800 to the present Periods and authors generally included are Romanticism (e.g.Wollstonecraft, Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge); the Victorian Age (e.g. Tennyson, .E.B. Browning, the Brontes, Dickens, the  Pre-Raphaelites, Pater, Wilde, Shaw);  World War I poetry; Modernism (e.g. Woolf, Joyce, Eliot, Conrad, or Bowen), and Postmodernism (e.g. Rhys, Smith, Kureishi, or Rushdie). Although the focus is on fiction, poetry, and drama, the course also includes other forms of writing, such as autobiography and criticism, exemplified in writers like Wollstonecraft, Mill, or Orwell. The course explores the way language and literature are related to social and political practices, cultural values, ideological assumptions, and aesthetic standards.

ENG-L 313 EARLY PLAYS OF SHAKESPEARE (Patterson-Randles): TR 4:15-5:30 pm, KV 001
A detailed study of seven or eight of Shakespeare's most popular plays from the first half of his dramatic career.  Focus on histories, comedies, and tragedies such as Henry IV, Part 1 and 2; A Midsummer's Night Dream; Romeo and Juliet; and Richard III.

ENG-L 351 AMERICAN LITERATURE TO 1865 (Emery): MW 1:15-2:30, CV 201
This course will cover the development of American literature until 1865, beginning with Native American stories and ending with Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin. In between, we will read poetry, novels, and short stories about the concepts of American community, and discuss what literature teaches us about the building of our nation. Special attention will be paid to the literature of marginalized American populations, including Native Americans and Black slaves.

ENG-L 354 AMERICAN LITERATURE SINCE 1914 (Emery): MW 2:45-4, KV 115
This course will study the literature of the 20th century, guided by questions of what borders separate us as Americans from one another. Our readings will span the breadth of 20th century literary styles, from Naturalism to Modernism to Post-Modernism; we will also read texts from the Harlem Renaissance and Beat Movement. Students will use the concept of borders as a lens to uncover what literature tells us about contemporary American life and culture.

Topic: WILLIAM FAULKNER This course will explore the writings of William Faulkner, the Mississippi-born novelist whose experiments in form and subject matter made him among the most influential American authors of the early twentieth century, especially to those who would later write about the South and the problems of race in U.S. history. Our goals in this course will be several. Above all, we will work to become adept readers of Faulkner’s fiction, which is no small goal, given its formal and thematic complexities. We will also engage questions of place, concentrating on the Yoknapatawpha County novels and how, in them, Faulkner explored the intersections of much larger social and historical forces.  Readings will include The Sound and the Fury, As I Lay Dying, Absalom, Absalom!, The Unvanquished, and Go Down, Moses.

ENG-L 371 CRITICAL PRACTICES  (Wells): TR 9:30-10:45 am, KV 006
This course is organized around several key questions that have occupied students of literature for the better part of the last century. What are the different ways in which we may interpret literature? What, for that matter, is literature?  To what extent can literature be bracketed off from culture more generally and regarded as timeless?  To what extent must it be seen as shaped by specific historical contexts, by a writer’s politics or subject position, and so on?  Asking these questions will allow us to think about the interpretive act itself—how and why we do what we do as students of literature.  It will also allow us to expand the range of papers we may write by requiring us both to identify our tendencies as critics and to try on new critical perspectives.

ENG-L 371 CRITICAL PRACTICES  (Wells): Online only
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ENG-W 203 CREATIVE WRITING (Jackman): TR 2:45-4 pm, KV 101
Exploratory course in writing in which students write both poetry and fiction. Taught as a workshop.

ENG-W 203 CREATIVE WRITING (Perry): MW 11 am-12:15 pm, KV 001
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ENG-W 231 PROFESSIONAL WRITING SKILLS: Multiple sections offered; check the IUS Registrar's Schedule of Classes for details
To develop writing skills requisite for most professional activities. Emphasis on methods of research, organization, and writing techniques useful in preparing business and professional memos, letters, reports, and proposals.

ENG-W 234 TECH REPORT WRITING: Multiple sections offered; check the IUS Registrar's Schedule of Classes for details
Instruction in preparing engineering and other technical proposals and reports, with an introduction to the use of graphics.

ENG-W 250 WRITING IN CONTEXT (Cox): T 5-7:30 pm, KV 003
A course designed to provide a subject-matter context for reading, writing, and research assignments of increasing complexity. Topics of general interest (e.g., autobiography, nature writing, science and society, teacher and child, American business, prison life, etc.) vary from section to section.

ENG-W 250 WRITING IN CONTEXT (Meyer): MW 1:15-2:30 pm, KV 204
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ENG-W 270 ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING (Russell): MW 11-12:15 pm, KV 110A
Offers instruction and practice in writing argumentative essays about complicated and controversial issues. The course focuses on strategies for identifying issues, assessing claims, locating evidence, deciding on a position, and writing papers with clear assertion and convincing arguments.

ENG-W 270 ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING (Jackman): MW 2:45-4 pm, KV 214
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ENG-W 270 ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING (Russell): Online only
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ENG-W 290 WRITING IN THE ARTS & SCIENCES: Multiple sections offered; check the IUS Registrar's Schedule of Classes for details
An introduction to academic writing as a means of discovery and record. Study of and practice in the procedures, conventions, and terminology in the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences.  Research-intensive.

ENG-W 301 WRITING FICTION (Jackman): TR 4:15-5:30 pm, KV 111

ENG-W 315 WRITING FOR THE WEB (Babb): Online only
This course introduces students to new forms of writing (beyond word processing and desktop publishing) made possible by computers--hypertext, electronic mail, and computer conferencing--and explores what impact these forms will have on literacy skills for writers and readers of such computer-delivered texts.

ENG-W 350 ADVANCED EXPOSITORY WRITING (Russell): 4:15-5:30 pm, KV 101
Close examination of assumptions, choices, and techniques that go into a student's own writing and the writing of others.

This course produces content for the School of Arts and Letters magazine, the Voice.  In this course you will learn to write human interest journalism covering the achievements of the faculty, students, staff, and alumni of the IU Southeast School of Arts and Letters.  For the major assignments in the course, you will interview various persons associated with Arts and Letters for the content of three articles, two of them written independently and one composed in collaboration with another student in the class.  As such the course enables you to learn to write for a client and thus affords the unique opportunity to shape your writing to clearly definable audience and purpose requirements. Because we must generate more content than we can use, publication is not guaranteed, but the possibility of seeing your classroom efforts translate to published articles with your name in the byline is an indispensable opportunity to gain professional writing experience. 

ENG-W 401 ADVANCED FICTION WRITING (Jackman): R 4:15-5:30, KV 111

ENG-W 405 WRITING PROSE-NONFICTION (Babb): TR 1:15-2:30, KV 215
Topic: MULTIMODAL COMPOSITION In 1964, Marshall McLuhan wrote in his Understanding Media: The Extension of Man a seemingly simple, straightforward statement: “The medium is the message.” McLuhan meant that the means by which a message is communicated becomes fundamentally intertwined with how that message is communicated and interpreted. Different forms of media, such as print, television, radio, and the Internet, are thus not neutral in the process of communicating an author’s meaning; media participate in the construction of meaning. In this class, we will study the impact of working with multiple modes and media to produce texts for various audiences, such as podcasts and video presentations, while remaining mindful of the effects of our choices in media. Students are encouraged to approach the course with curiosity about multimodality and the construction of meaning and with patience as we learn how to interact with different technologies and think about the implications of those technologies.

ENG-W 420 ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING (Russell): MW 11-12:15, KV 110A
Presents argument as a process of inquiry. Applies critical and creative thinking to analyzing and composing effective argument. Addresses contexts and ideologies as a component of audience receptivity to ideas. Writers form and test ideas from pluralistic perspectives on controversial issues about which reasonable people disagree, including culture-sensitive issues such as gender, race, ethnicity, etc.

ENG-W 420 ARGUMENTATIVE WRITING (Jackman): MW 2:45-4, KV 214
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ENG-W 490 WRITING SEMINAR (Perry): TR 11-12:15, KV 214