2012 Summer & Fall Course Descriptions Announced

March 27, 2012

May I Semester

ENG 130: Introduction to Native American Literatures (Online Course)
Professor Brill de Ramirez
What is the relationship between human persons and studies? Why do we read literatures and tell and listen to stories? In this May interim course, you will be learning how stories (oral, written, lived) powerfully communicate the realities of the world to their readers (and, in the case of films, their viewers) as demonstrated in the work of Native American writers and filmmakers. We will explore issues of great relevance to the problems, struggles, and achievements of people around the world because Native American literature requires that we face head on the painful histories of colonization, European and Euro-American empire building, racism, and Manifest Destiny, along with the attendance themes of survivance, endurance, indigenous sovereignty, and the re-indigenization of North America. Additionally, you will learn the broad relevance of your studies in Native American Literatures. The material you study this semester and the cultures and histories that you learn about will be directly relevant to your understandings of contemporary international and global relations, and the legacies of that past as it impacts today. Counts for NW gen. ed. credit.

Fall Semester

ENG 101-15: English Composition
Professor Brill de Ramirez
In this Freshman Composition section: "Ecocomposition," you will be fine-tuning your writing abilities as you craft essays about some of the most pressing issues of the day. Whether you arrive in this class already enjoying the writing process or whether you have found writing to be challenging in the past, you will develop your skills, habits, and understanding of writing to produce thoughtful, organized and polished papers. The course is centered in various environmental topics with different foci so that each student will be able to find specific topics of interest. Readings range from the health impact of environmental toxins, media deception and misinformation along with strategies to discriminate between reliable and unreliable information, and Rachel Carson's classic text Silent Spring that fifty years ago almost single-handedly saved our national symbol the eagle from extinction!

ENG 115-01: Introduction to Literature
Professor Patricia Dahlquist
Here's your chance to read a wide variety of writing and share your reactions. This course approaches literature thematically. Within each theme, a variety of genres is covered - short story, poetry, essay, drama - a little bit for everyone. While there are daily journals and a couple of papers to turn in, the focus of the course is the daily discussion. You will be expected and encouraged to participate in the discussion of the selections. That is where the true learning will take place - in the daily give and take of thoughts and ideas generated and shared by the students.

ENG 115-02: Introduction to Literature
Professor Michelle Cusack
English 115 offers students a chance to explore the written word. Literary study engages skills that are relevant in all aspects of everyday life: interpretation, evaluation, critical thinking (questioning) of the world. But, literature also provides pleasure and pain that affect our lives in powerful ways. To study literature is to study human life. Literary study taps into philosophy, history, culture, and psychology among many other disciplines. Our journey this semester will center around the triangle of the text (and context), the writer, and the reader. We will explore how personality difference in readers, writers, and characters tells us more about ourselves and about the ways that society works or fails to work. We will also inform our discussions by looking at the conflicts within the study of literature. This course will satisfy the General Education Human Values/Literature (HL) requirement.

ENG 115-03: Introduction to Literature (Gen. Ed. HL)
Instructor: Dr. Melinda McBee Orzulak
Students in this course will engage in thematic study of literary work - including fiction, drama, and poetry - in relation to human values. The goals of the course include developing students' abilities to read literature that represents aesthetic and ethical dilemmas, and to apply analytical and rhetorical skills necessary for functioning in a diverse society. Participation and attendance are vital to success in this course; work will be done individually and in groups.

ENG 123: European Writers: Austrian Literature
Professor Timothy Conley
Course objectives: This course will satisfy the General Education Human Values/Literature (HL) requirement and the World Literature requirement for English Education majors.
Course goals include:

  1. to become familiar with modern and contemporary Austrian literature;
  2. to analyze the inter-relationships among fiction, history, and culture;
  3. to acquire skills in close reading, critical thinking, and clear communication about literary texts;

ENG 127-01: British Writers
Professor Caitriona Moloney
English 127 fulfills the General Education Human Values-Literature requirement (HL). This class will examine short stories, poems, and novels from Ireland, Africa, the Caribbean, and India, countries whose identity has been shaped by their history as British colonies. We will read the fiction of writers of different races, classes, and nationalities in an attempt to understand the full complexity of the post-colonial world. This course will have an in-depth focus on Irish literature and will examine such themes in Irish literature and culture as identity, conflict between the North and South, exile and emigration. We will look at issues that differentiate the "New Ireland" from traditional Ireland in terms of sexual preference, women's rights, marriage and divorce, and the changing role of the Catholic Church. Texts: An Anthology of Colonial and Postcolonial Short Fiction [Paperback] Dean Baldwin (Author), Patrick J. Quinn (Author), Houghton Mifflin Co., 2007; James Joyce, The Dubliners; V.S. Naipaul, Miguel Street

ENG 129-01: Introduction to African American Literature
Professor Herbert
This introductory course traces themes of African-American literary discourse through an exploration of the strong "autobiographical impulse" that characterizes this literature. Focusing on black rhetorical traditions, both oral and written, students read slave narratives, sermons, folklore, poetry, essays, short fiction, and drama to explore the ways African American writers use black cultural forms to express visions of self, social justice, and survival.

ENG 190-01: Women in Literature
Instructor: Dr. L. Vickroy
ENG 190 fulfills the General Education Human Values - Literature requirement. In this course you will read, discuss and write about literary novels from the 20th century. We will focus specifically on how these texts represent significant issues and values of literature by women. The works will range from realism to fantasy to eco-fiction. We will explore themes such as: formation of women's and individual identity, idealism, survival in adversity, and challenging social and family relations and their psychological consequences.

ENG 190-02: Women in Literature
Professor Brill de Ramirez
What does it mean to be women? What are our stories? And what does it mean to be women in a globalized 21st century? This course will center around the intertwined themes of women's struggles, survival, joys, and empowerment as manifested in women's stories. This course will include a mix of classic readings and films by and about women, along with important recent work addressing issues of women's health and the environment, girl bullying and violence by/against women, women and girls in the Middle East, struggles of Indigenous (Native American and Australian Aboriginal) women and girls, and the distinctive challenges of poverty and racism as experienced by women. While most of the readings and films depict women's struggles, many will present women and girls who are able to triumph and contribute in important ways to the world. You will be inspired by these uplifting stories! This course fulfills the HL gen. ed. requirement.

ENG 207-01: Creative Writing I
Professor Demetrice Worley
In this course we will examine, analyze, and participate in the craft of creative writing. We will read creative texts by professional and nonprofessional writers. We write creative texts in two genres (poetry and prose), and we will share our understandings of our creative writing self/selves with each other orally and in written form.

ENG 233: American Literature to 1865
Professor Timothy Conley
ENG 233 is one of two required survey courses in American Literature, intended as introductory courses for English majors. As such, the course provides an overview of literary texts and movements from Native American oral literatures to the poetry of Whitman and Dickinson. We will focus on both culturan and aesthetic issues: our goal will be to examine the terms by which "America" and "literature" have been understood by diverse writers for diverse communities. In addition, we will explore the ways contemporary readers/writers have interpreted these texts. Writing/reading/interpretation are themselves considered as negotiations of meaning and effect within particular groups. We will make frequent use of computer-assisted technologies, both in and out of class, and so you must have an active e-mail account and be (or become) familiar with Sakai, Bradley's web-based teaching/learning program. I usually answer e-mail very promptly; take advantage of this opportunity to extend our exchanges beyond the given office hours. Note: the course does not satisfy the General Education-Human Values requirement.

ENG 239-01: British Literature Since 1800
Professor Caitriona Moloney
This course will examine a number of the works of British Romantic, Victorian, Modern, Postmodern and Postcolonial authors in an attempt to understand how historical movements and issues help shape literature and to examine how literature expands our understanding of culture, history and humanity. The course is structured as lecture, discussion, and group work, so participation is essential. Study questions will be available on Sakai for many of the texts we are reading; these questions can be used for studying for exams, reading responses and general discussion. Texts: English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology (Dover Thrift Editions) [Paperback]; Dracula, Bram Stoker, Norton Critical Edition; Greenblatt, ed The Norton Anthology of English Literature, W.W. Norton Publishers, 9th edition [Paperback], Volume(s): Package 2: F (the 20th century)

ENG 300-01: Advanced Writing - Exposition
Professor Michelle Cusack
ENG 300 is designed to offer students intensive practice in the major techniques of expository, i.e., informative, writing. This course will be conducted as a writing and discussion workshop, so strong attendance and participation are necessary. We will focus on all aspects of the writing process and develop critical thinking skills as readers and writers. Instruction includes a review of mechanical issues along with many practical tools guaranteed to improve style. Students will read, present, and discuss a variety of non-fiction essays to learn to read as writers. Writing consists of a Writer's Notebook, four major essays with diverse purposes, a variety of smaller writing projects, and a final portfolio of the student's best work. Students will have time for feedback and revision before publishing their writing projects on Sakai. This course fulfills the General Education C2 requirement.

ENG 301-02 & 03: Advanced Writing - Argumentative Writing
Professor Herbert
This on-line course focuses on an exploration of public literacy and critical engagement with current public discourse. Students analyze and apply argumentative language and style, argumentative claims, and organizational patterns of both print and visual argumentative rhetoric.
Analysis of visual rhetoric on the Internet and in a 3-D virtual environment (SECOND LIFE) is a significant focus of this course. This course requires extensive use of all features of Sakai to complete weekly assignments, including readings from on-line texts, video or audio lectures/presentations, as well as group discussion board activities. Most assignments are asynchronous, with firm due dates. Second Life (a 3-D virtual environment) is a major component of this course. In addition to a one-hour orientation session in the Bradley Library (early in the semester), students will meet three hours a semester in Second Life for mandatory synchronous activities. Enrollees must have reliable, high-speed Internet access. Laptops loaded with Second Life can be checked out and used in the BU Library to complete assignments in Second Life. Personal computers must meet the system requirements for Second Life: http://secondlife.com/support/system-requirements/

ENG 304-40: Research in Individual Disciplines
Professor Timothy Conley
In ENG 304 students develop strategies for and successfully complete an upper-level research project: the course fulfills the General Education C2 requirement. Section 40 is limited to students enrolled in the Honors Program.

ENG 305, Sections 1-3: Technical Writing (Gen. Ed. C2)
Professor Patricia Dahlquist
After graduation, students will be expected to write for people who will use the information to make decisions, to perform actions, to enrich understanding,...; therefore, ENG 305 introduces students to writing effectively on the job or in professional settings. Specifically, ENG 305 trains students

  • to determine the proper organizational context of a piece of technical writing - writing addressed to a specific audience for a specific purpose;
  • to organize and lay out technical information - including illustrations - so that information is immediately useful to the audience;
  • to write in an effective style (words, sentences, paragraphs) as directly, economically, and clearly as possible;
  • to become familiar with the conventions of various kinds of technical writings (letters, memos, proposals, procedure reports, ...) so that these conventions can be adapted easily to a variety of writing problems and situations.

In addition to a variety of shorter assignments, students will design and develop a significant and comprehensive final paper that will include both a literature review and an empirical project report.

ENG 305-05: Technical Writing (Gen. Ed. C2)
Instructor: Eric Kumpf
ENG 305 Technical Writing will explore ways to improve your ability to communicate technology to users who must make decisions based on your writing. We'll focus on the textual, visual, and subject domains of documents and how skill in these three areas can construct your identity as a professional. During the semester we'll read articles, websites, and chapters that should change the way you think about technical writing and your role as a writer and presenter of information. Once you think differently, your finished product, the text and document, should change accordingly, presenting not mere facts, but a text that considers the needs of your readers and helps identify you as a contributing member of your professional field.

ENG 306-06: Business Communication
Professor Demetrice Worley
Principal types of letters and reports. This course fulfills the General Education C2 requirement. This section of the course will be taught in the English Department Computer Lab (BR 388).

ENG 306-07: Business Communication
Instructor: Dr. Melinda McBee Orzulak
This is a rigorous writing course (Gen. Ed. C2) that will provide students with experiences and strategies for effective writing related to their future professional goals. Students will have opportunities to practice creating professional materials, such as letters, reports, resumes, proposals, and other types of writing used in professional contexts. The course focuses on key business writing concepts that will help students make meaningful decisions as they write for various purposes and audiences. This section will offer professional writing support for students going into all fields, but can provide specific support for those in education, not-for-profit, and business related fields. Participation and attendance are vital to success in this course; work will be done individually and in groups.

ENG 320-01: Young Adult Literature
Instructor: Dr. Melinda McBee Orzulak
With more books being published annually for teens than ever before, the field of adolescent literature, or YA lit, is flourishing. Books written and published expressly for teens are attracting a growing amount of attention among teachers, parents, and teens themselves, particularly as YA novels are assigned in middle and high school English classrooms, showing up on best-seller lists, and being turned into popular movies. Students in this course will engage in intensive study and analysis of YA lit. The course includes exploration of trends and issues in YA lit, from its modern origins in the 1960s to its most recent thematic and literary innovations. The course is designed with beginning teachers in mind but also is intended to meet the needs of English majors and others with a general interest in the topic. Participation and attendance are vital to success in this course; work will be done individually and in groups.

ENG 322: Early American Literature
Professor Peter Dusenbery
We will study the development of the American novel in the colonial and early national period of the 18th Century. In our quest to discover whether there was an "American" novel in the 18th Century, we'll focus on narrative techniques (for example, "epistolary" and "picaresque") and cultural contexts (such as "Gothic Romance"). Given the nature of the Atlantic community in this era, we'll read novels by and about people from both the new and old worlds. Here's the preliminary list: Behn, Oroonoko; Bunyan, The Pilgrim's Progress; Fielding, Joseph Andrews; Walpole, The Castle of Otranto; Foster, The Coquette; Rowson, Charlotte Temple; Brown, Wieland, Edgar Huntly.

ENG 330-01: Native American Literature
Professor Brill de Ramirez
What is the relationship between human persons and stories? What is the relationship between oral storytelling and written literature? Why do we read literatures and tell and listen to stories? In this course, you will look at 21st century issues through the lens of contemporary Native American literature and the work of two of our country's greatest writers: poet Simon J. Ortiz and novelist Leslie Marmon Silko. We will explore issues of great relevance to the problems, struggles, and achievements of people around the world because Native American literature requires that we face head on the painful histories of colonization, European and Euro-American empire building, racism, and Manifest Destiny, along with the attendant themes of survivance, endurance, indigenous sovereignty, and the re-indigenization of North America. The assigned readings and films address many of the issues crucial to Native peoples today: education, health care, alcoholism, diabetes, economic self-sufficiency, tribal sovereignty, tribal history, representations of American Indians in the media, Indian mascots and athletic team names, and NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act).

ENG 373-01: Genres: the Novel
Instructor: Dr. L. Vickroy
We will examine the 18th to 20th century novel as a multi-voiced, multiform and psychologically revealing genre. Our approach to the novel will be guided by different theories of the novel and narrative that will highlight concepts of narrative voices, discourses (social languages spoken by representative individuals) and focus our attention on storytelling strategies and their effects. We will also study the history and development of this genre with regard to its formal flexibility and variability, with attention to the innovations and purposes involved in the use of different narrative forms and strategies. Our reading list will include novels by Austen, Dickens, Balzac, James, Woolf, and Morrison.

ENG 378-01: Individual Author - Alice Walker
Professor Demetrice Worley
In this course we will read texts written by Alice Walker to analyze the role of and the impact of womanism, "silence," spirituality, eco-literature, "Blackness," heritage, and ancestors in Walker's poetry, novels, and essays.

ENG 380: Men, Women, and the Family in American Literature and Culture
Instructor: Dr. Kevin Stein
This course examines the evolution of social and gender roles revealed in American literature and culture of the late-nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries. We'll focus on the intersection of aesthetic, social, and cultural notions in works regarded as quintessentially "A'murkin." We'll do so partly by sampling traditional modes such as short fiction, nonfiction essays, novels, and poetry collections. We'll supplement our study with nontraditional modes by drawing examples from television shows depicting men, women and the family through decades ranging from the 1950's "Father Knows Best" all the way to current fare such as "Modern Family." Among the authors we will read are William Dean Howells (who wrote the first American book dealing with the subject of divorce), Ernest Hemingway, Raymond Carver, Kim Addonizio, Flannery O'Connor, Tony Hoagland, Beckian Fritz Goldberg, John Updike, and Susan Hahn.

ENG 385: Literatures of Europe (HL)
Professor Thomas Palakeel
My section of Literatures of Europe will approach the Bible as an integral part of the European literary heritage and examine the ways various translations and versions of the Bible have shaped not only literature but also other expressions of modernity such as cinema and art. Specific goals for the course include the following: 1) to be able to recognize Biblical references and allusions; 2) to develop an understanding of the art of the Biblical narrative and poetry; 3) to become familiar with the Hebrew, Greek, and Roman cultures underlying the Biblical literature; 4) to develop students' ability to interpret and appreciate literary texts in terms of the genres and styles; 5) to be able to discuss, analyze, and write about literature in an academic setting.