First Session, May 13-June 8

ENSP 3860 The Game of Thrones [3]

Lisa Woolfork

A course devoted to exploring George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones universe from the novels (book 1) and the HBO television adaptation. We will compare the ways in which HBO’s approach to the Game of Thrones phenomena both changes and cements aspects that Martin created.

ENWR 2610 - Writing with Style [3]

Keith Driver

Develops an understanding of the wide range of stylistic moves in prose writing, their uses, and implications. Students build a rich vocabulary for describing stylistic decisions, imitate and analyze exemplary writing, and discuss each others writing in a workshop setting.

Satisfies the second writing requirement.


Second Session, June 10-July 6

ENLT 2555 Popular Song Lyrics [3]

Jon D'Errico

This section of ENLT 2555 considers popular song lyrics of the rock era. Among the issues we'll attend to are commercialism, racial tropes, gender politics, traditional poetics, popular and enduring themes, and tensions between imitation and "authenticity."

As befits the study of a gloriously mongrel genre like the rock song, the course itself is a hybrid: part close reading practicum, part general introduction to cultural studies, and part survey of rock history. This course fulfills the Second Writing and Humanities Area Requirements. It can also serve as the pre-requisite to the English Major.

ENMD 3510 Love and Death [3]

Peter Baker

In this course we'll read a selection of works from the European Middle Ages, concentrating especially on those in which the themes of love and death intersect. Works will include Chrétien de Troyes's Yvain and The Saga of Kormak the Skald as well as selections from such longer works and collections as the Mabinogion, Boccaccio's Decameron, Malory's Le Morte Darthur, and The Nibelungenlied

Satisfies the literature before 1700 requirement for the English major.

ENSP 1060 Public Speaking [3]

Claire Chantell

Through theoretical instruction and practice, students will learn to prepare and deliver public presentations, including techniques for handling speech anxiety, analyzing audience, organizing and composing an effective argument, and improving diction, projection and delivery.


Third Session, July 8 to August 2

ENLT 2526 Science Fiction [3]

Charity Fowler

Space travel, time travel, apocalypses, technology and science at its best and worst, alternative pasts, parallel universes, speculative futures, human, aliens, artificial intelligences, cyborgs and more. We will read novels and short stories that are classified loosely as science fiction, though there may be some overlap with other subgenres such speculative fiction or fantasy fiction. We may also read some literary criticism that analyzes and comments on various science fictions texts. Along the way, we will consider key aspects of narrative literature, questions of social relevance (science fiction is often read allegorically) and other various ways of interpreting the past, present, and future of science fiction.

Satisfies the second writing requirement and the prerequisite for the English major.

ENMC 3559 Global Identities [3]

Christopher Krentz

In this seminar we will survey a wide variety of short fiction in English from Asia, Africa, and the Caribbean, as well as a feature film or two.  Authors we study will likely include Achebe, Soyinka, Coetzee, Desai, Lahiri, Danticat, and Abani.

Satisfies the non-western perspectives area requirement for the College.

ENWR 1510 Writing about Culture (Sports and Society) [3]

Marcus Meade

This section of ENWR 1510 helps students develop importance writing knowledge, skills, dispositions, and habits of mind by focusing on the them of “Sports and Society.” Students have the opportunity to develop rich, thoughtful writing related to the issues of sports and sports culture. As a result, students enhance their abilities to undertake the process of critical inquiry, analyze genres and rhetorical situations, compose for various audiences, and creatively subvert genre conventions.

Satisfies the first writing requirement.

ENWR 2700 Introduction to News Writing [3]

Charles Kelly

Enrollment limited to 22 students.

Intermediate-level writing in news-media format, beginning with traditional hard-news stories and progressing to political stories and features.  Both overnight and in-class writing assignments.  Workshop environment.  

Satisfies the Second Writing Requirement.


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