Explores the writing process, providing practical strategies and techniques. Emphasis is on constructing texts with attention to various levels of organization and development.
Emphasizes college-level writing, reading, research and revision practices necessary for 21st century academic and civic engagement. Teaches students to use a variety of genres, rhetorical techniques, and sources of evidence to reach academic and civic audiences.
Explores personal essays from the classical era to the present. Uses a workshop format where students write a variety of personal essays, choosing from among meditation, confession, letter, memoir, portrait, prose poem, reportage and humor.
Explores the methodological and thematic evolution of American and Ethnic Studies. We will ask: Who is an American? What does it mean to be American? We will approach this task through a critical vantage point that considers the impacts of race, class, gender, and sexuality on "Americanness." We will also explore how economics, empire, racism, transnationalism, and imperialism all impact our definitions of "Americanness."
Experiments with various approaches to creative writing by focusing on questions of originality and creativity in language. Stresses the exploratory and playful approaches both to language itself and, more importantly, to the production of meaning in language which opens avenues to effective creative writing.
Focuses on film interpretation by emphasizing elements such as light, sound, composition, camera movement, acting, and direction. Initiates students into developments in film history, film genre and film theory.
Surveys the rich literature of creative nonfiction. Students read and analyze the work of several contemporary literary journalists such as John McPhee, Annie Dillard, Gretel Ehrlich and Joseph Mitchell, as well as a sampling of historical authors, such as Daniel DeFoe and Henry David Thoreau. Students identify themes and techniques of literary journalists and how these are similar to or different from fiction writers. They also have an opportunity to practice writing short pieces in this genre.
Explores the way words and symbols shape human thought, behavior and institutions. Traces how meanings arise, why communication is hazardous, and what makes messages subject to misinterpretation. Provides useful tools for functioning in a world in which language can be misleading and even destructive.
Seeks to develop each student's ability to understand and respond to a variety of literary texts by repeated practice in textual explication through discussion and written work. While most readings will be drawn from poetry, drama and prose fiction, the course will also embrace, where appropriate, texts drawn from mass media. (English/communications majors may not take ENGL 250 to fulfill their Creative Arts Core Curriculum requirement.)
Utilizes both primary and secondary literary and historical sources to explore ways in which a selected theme continually reappears in literature. Texts are examined, interpreted and evaluated within historical contexts; critical and comparative approaches are used to draw conclusions regarding content and context. The specific theme to be examined will vary and will be identified by subtitle.
Examines the question of how an author's choice of a single literary mode, genre, or type affects the meanings of a text. May focus on plays, short stories, song lyrics, comedy, romance, novels, myths, or other genres. The specific genre to be examined will vary and will be identified by subtitle.
Focuses on the craft of fiction and the student's own short stories. Literary works are analyzed for writing techniques, but the emphasis of the course is on constructive criticism of the student's work by peers and by the instructor and on exercises to help develop imagination and skill.
Features the art of writing poetry and a critique of the student's own poems. Literary works are analyzed for form and writing techniques, but the emphasis of the course is on constructive criticism of the student's work by peers and by the instructor.
Pursues the craft of scripting, focusing on the student's own writing of television, film, theatre, or slide/tape scripts. Published works are analyzed for writing techniques, but the emphasis of the course is on constructive criticism of student work by peers and by the instructor and on exercises that help to develop imagination and visual literacy in the creation of dialogue, characters and action.
Gives students who have completed their foundational studies additional practice and instruction in writing nonfiction prose. Explores the adaptation of such prose to specific contexts. Individual courses may focus on prose writing in a particular discourse community (e.g., business, science and technology, education), which will be identified by subtitle.
Develops and exercises story-telling abilities through the writing of dramatic works for the stage. Students will explore the Aristotelian elements of classical drama as well as the unities of time, place and action. Through activities designed to improve skills used to create these elements and through close textual analyses of successful models, students will work toward the goal of writing individual producible one-act plays.
Offers students who desire to work as writing associates both individual and group instruction in ways to respond to student writing. Serves as a forum for discussion of topics relating to being a writing associate at MCLA.
Analyzes Global Anglophone Literature and Postcolonial theory with a particular focus on writing from and about Africa, the Caribbean, and India. Discussions will center on questions of language, representation, and form. We will explore the various aesthetic strategies and techniques employed by writers to communicate contemporary postcolonial themes, such as neocolonialism, globalization, nationalism, imperialism, feminism, migration, hybridity, and diaspora.
Acquaints students with the various aspects of the film production process through the use of videotape. This course gives students an understanding of the kinds of decisions filmmakers encounter and the kinds of techniques they employ. Activities include preparing detailed shooting scripts, experimenting with photography, light, color, motion, sound and editing, and manipulating both live action and animated materials. Individually or in small groups, students will produce a 10-15 minute film.
Explores the history and development of the English language from the Anglo Saxon to its current evolution as a world language. Traces the growth of the language in historical, cultural and literary contexts, using diverse texts and films, with special emphasis on varieties of English spoken and written in the New World. Students research special topics.
Discusses and analyzes a variety of literary works that illuminate social issues. Integrates literature with other disciplines by focusing on several contemporary themes of social relevance.
Investigates a range of experimental literary texts that cross, blur, or recombine different modes and genres of writing, in order to invent new forms of expression. Students explore the porous borders between poetry and prose, the creative and the critical, the visual and the verbal, the oral and the written, the factual and the imaginative. In their own writing, students are invited to move between two types of writing, creative and analytical, that are ordinarily kept separate.
Explores different ways of reading a text. Students use diverse critical methods to consider the distinct understandings of a text produced by different reading methods. Examines connections between developments in critical theory and parallel developments in philosophy, art and film criticism and social theory. A variety of critical methods will be examined.
Considers such works as the Sonnets, Midsummer Night's Dream, Measure for Measure and The Tempest.
Studies the chief works of Nathaniel Hawthorne and Herman Melville with particular attention to their innovations in American letters. Includes such works as Typee, Moby-Dick, Billy Budd, The Scarlet Letter, and The Tanglewood Tales.
Considers the vision of the Nobel Prize-winning author of The Red Pony, Of Mice and Men and Travels with Charley. Examines texts drawn from throughout Steinbeck's career, with special attention to the common themes, preoccupations and narrative devices which characterize his works. Readings will be drawn from such works as Cannery Row, The Grapes of Wrath and The Winter of Our Discontent.
Examines a variety of travel literatures across multiple modes and genres - including essay, poetry, memoir and fiction - in order to spur students' own writing and thinking processes about how "traveling" happens, from the local to the global. Students explore not only the personal, ethical and ethnographic dimensions of travel, but will create exploratory texts that move and rove, cross borders, pitch questions and field discoveries in which the reader can participate as traveling companion.
Explores the graphic novel and related forms. Examines the meaning of the proliferation of this literary form as well as the perceptual mechanisms and processes involved in reading image.
Explores the literature of the Beat Generation, including its antecedents, influences, and lasting legacy. Authors include Ginsberg, Kerouac, Burroughs, Corso, Snyder, McClure, Ferlinghetti, DiPrima, Baraka, Cassady, Johnson, Jones, Bob Dylan, and others.
Studies Milton's major works, emphasizing the relation between his development as a poet and the intellectual and social currents of the Puritan Revolution and of the restoration of the monarchy. Includes such works as "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity," "L'Allegro," "II Penseroso," "Lycidas," "Samson Agonistes," and "Paradise Lost".
Studies Milton's major works, emphasizing the relation between his development as a poet and the intellectual and social currents of the Puritan Revolution and of the restoration of the monarchy. Includes such works as "On the Morning of Christ's Nativity," "L'Allegro," "II Penseroso," "Lycidas," "Sampson Agonistes," and "Paradise Lost".
Surveys texts from such authors as Emerson, Dickinson, Thoreau, Alcott, Fuller, Melville, Hawthorne, Whitman, Douglas.
Explores medieval and Renaissance British literature, history and culture. The course includes a spring break travel component. During travel students contextualize literature with the cultural heritage experienced via visual arts architecture, music, theatre, dance, fashion, food, and landscapes and cityscapes of Britain.
Explores medieval and Renaissance British literature, history and culture. The course includes a spring break travel component. During travel, students contextualize literature with the cultural heritage experienced via the visual arts, architecture, music, theatre, dance, fashion, food, and landscapes and cityscapes of Britain.
Explores, through literary study, the variety of ways that human beings have regarded our relationship to nature and the environment. Examines some of the many cultural factors conditioning these views, as well as the impact on the environment-and us-when these views are put into practice.
Considers texts which focus on the American Civil War for thematic and generic purposes.
Examines the genre of the novel written in English, setting it in historical and cultural context. Traces the development of the novel, locating in even its earliest examples characteristic methods and concerns. Explores the prose narratives and epistolary writing of the 17th century as influential predecessors of the novel genre, progressing from that base to studying key examples of novels from the 18th century through the present.
Surveys texts drawn from such writers as Hughes, Dubois, Wright, Morrison, Giovanni, Reed, Douglas, etc.
Studies texts focusing on the Latino/a experience in the United States. Considers the history of immigration, assimilation, resistance and bi-lingualism which have marked writers placing their vision within the frame of Latino/a history; it will pay particular attention to how such texts set forth a Latino/a experience as both part of and as also distinct from other cultural strands in the United States. Includes such writers as Villareal, Rodriguez, Perez-Firmat, Zamora, Alvares Islas, and Pena.
Surveys representative literary texts from the margins and boundaries of the American experience. Concentrates on familiarizing students with issues, questions and motifs that recur in works which diagnose ongoing conflicts in the American temper. Readings are drawn from both the margins and mainstream of American literary traditions and all eras. Content identified by subtitle.
Explores representations of queer identity by contemporary writers working in a variety of literary genres including short and novel-length fiction, the graphic novel, poetry, and memoir. Authors may include David Leavitt, Jeanette Winterson, Olga Broumas, Colm Toibin, Raphael Campo, Alan Hollinghurst, Leslie Fienberg, Mark Wunderlich, Alison Bechdel, or Michelle Tea.
Explores the reciprocal resonances between the writing of white southern modernist, William Faulkner, and the diverse literatures coming out of the Global South. Examines the ways in which Global South writers use experimental poetics to continue Faulkner's project and tell the stories of colonialism from the neocolonial present.
Provides students with help in completing a portfolio for experiential credit. Includes a rigorous essay-writing component.
Studies in-depth a specific issue in film and filmmaking linked by one or more common contexts, such as genre and subject matter, or historical, social, economic, philosophical or aesthetic concerns. Students will practice using evidence from those contexts to produce close, critical readings of films that reflect both an understanding of the context and an understanding of the visual and auditory languages of film. Content identified by subtitle.
Explores new forms, genres, and approaches to the craft of creative writing for advanced students looking to further their creative and critical artistic practices. Content identified by subtitle. Primarily for majors in the junior and senior year.
Studies in depth a number of films by one or a cluster of filmmaking professionals. The professionals may include directors, screenwriters, editors, cinematographers, producers or others. Guides students in understanding the aesthetic, technical, economic and other concerns of various film professionals, leading students to analyze and appreciate a filmmaker's body of work.
Focuses on the work of the individuals in the workshop. The work of established poets is analyzed for method and craft. Weekly writing assignments are critiqued by the class and the instructor for rewriting. There is a final portfolio of 12 to15 poems.
Focuses on creating finished short stories. As in ENGL 300, the major emphasis is on constructive criticism of student work by peers and by the instructor.
Studies in depth a specific aspect of literature. Designed to provide advanced work in literary analysis, interpretation and research. Primarily for majors in the junior and senior year. Content identified by subtitle.
Explores the landmark texts in British literature. Readings may include Beowulf and works by Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Johnson, Wordsworth, Austen, Dickens, Woolf or Joyce.
Explores the landmark texts in the traditions of American literature. Readings may be drawn from the Puritan and Colonial periods and from such writers as Emerson, Thoreau, Poe, Melville, Dickinson, Twain, James, Pound, Hughes, Eliot, Faulkner, Porter, Ellison and Walker.
Explores myths, epics and other important texts from around the world that have served as repositories of the values of their respective cultures. Also examines more recent texts that stand as efforts to shift those cultural values. Texts studied may include such Greek, Hebrew, Western African, Japanese, Mayan and Islamic texts such as The Odyssey, The Bible, The Epic of Son Jara, The Tale of Genji, Popul Vuh and The Koran.
Studies in depth a specific aspect of mass communications. Designed to provide advanced work in media analysis, interpretation and research. Primarily for majors in the junior and senior year. Content identified by subtitle.
Provides a capstone course in which majors meet in their final undergraduate year to explore a significant theme or topic. Students integrate what they have learned about language, literature and media, and together the students, pooling their special knowledge in these areas, respond to the specific theme, concept or topic.
Assists the instructor with the organization, implementation and assessment of individual English/Communications courses.
Open to juniors and seniors who wish to read in a given area or to study a topic in depth. Written reports and frequent conferences with the advisor are required.
Provides a practical, hands-on field experience to supplement classroom courses. The student works with an on-campus faculty advisor and usually with an on-site supervisor, and the two jointly evaluate the student's work.