Spring 2015

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
WRPG 200-01 Advanced Critical Thinking and U.S. Academic Writing for International Students
Instructor: Lisa Wolff
Course Description:
For non-native English speakers only.
1330:MR   ALTHSE 207
WRPG 211-01 From Book to eBook: Writing About Media Change
Instructor: Gregory Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-01 and FLST 210-04. Over the last two decades, traditional media forms, such as the book, the newspaper, and the film, have undergone significant change as new technologies altered both the business and the cultural spheres in which they are produced and consumed. At the same time, newer media forms, such as the video game, the search engine, and the social media site, have become prominent aspects of our media landscape. In this class we will examine the process of media change: Where do new media come from? How do old media change? And is there ever really a time when media arent changing?
1030:TR   EASTC 312
WRPG 211-02 Writing, Identity, & Queer Studies: In & Out, Either/Or, and Everything in Between
Instructor: Sarah Kersh
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-02. Kate Bornstein writes: "I know I'm not a man...and I've come to the conclusion that I'm probably not a woman either. The trouble is, we're living in a world that insists we be one or the other." In this reading and writing intensive course, students will investigate how we approach the space outside of one or the other through literature, film, and narrative more generally. Throughout the semester we will explore and engage critically with established and emerging arguments in queer theory, as well as read and watch texts dealing with issues of identity and identification. Although queer is a contested term, it describesat least potentiallysexualities and genders that fall outside of normative constellations. Students will learn how to summarize and engage with arguments, and to craft and insert their own voice into the ongoing debates about the efficacy of queer theory and queer studies. Moreover, well take on questions that relate word to world in order to ask: How might our theory productively intervene in LGBTQ civil rights discourse outside our classroom? How do we define queer and is it necessarily attached to sexual orientation? How do our own histories and narratives intersect with the works we analyze? Our course texts will pull from a range of genres including graphic novels, film, poetry, memoir, and fiction. Some texts may include Alison Bechdels Fun Home, Audre Lordes Zami, Jackie Kay's Trumpet, David Sedaris _Me Talk Pretty One Day_, and films such as _Paris is Burning_ and _Boys Dont Cry_.
0900:TR   EASTC 406
WRPG 211-03 Writing About Nature
Instructor: B Ashton Nichols
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-03. This course is designed to improve your skills as a writer of expository prose by emphasizing the genre of nature writing. We will concentrate on a variety of writing problems and techniques, emphasizing specific skills necessary to a wide range of writing tasks: description, summary, narration, argumentation, analysis, and interpretation. In all cases, our focus will be on the natural world and human connections to that world. Discussions of essay reading assignments will be supplemented by workshop sessions and individual tutorials. Students will have the opportunity to critique work by their classmates and to compare their own essays to works by nature writers of the past two centuries. The course aims to concentrate your attention on the precise stylistic details that lead to effective writing.
1500:MR   KAUF 178
WRPG 211-04 Writing about the Past/Writing about the Future
Instructor: Leah Orr
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-04. How do we imagine the future? How does our perspective in the present impact how we see the past? In this course, students will study different ways to write about the past and the future. Readings will include examples of historical and futuristic writing as well as alternate history and speculative fiction (sci-fi). Students will have the opportunity to write in a variety of formats, including memoirs, proposals, and interpretive essays.
0900:TR   EASTC 312
WRPG 211-05 Writing About the "Exotic": Colonialism, Postcolonialism, Diaspora and Globalization in Lit & Film
Instructor: Rebekah Linh Collins
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-05. In this writing intensive course we will examine literature and films by Europeans and Americans who travel, in fact and fiction, to exotic destinations in Asia and the Caribbean. Alongside colonial narratives, we will read postcolonial writing by young authors of the global Anglophone diaspora who are radically transforming our understanding of English literature today. Works by Joseph Conrad, Zadie Smith, Marguerite Duras, Nam Le, Danny Boyle, Rattawut Lapcharoensap and others may be included. We will also read some classic and contemporary theoretical writing on colonialism and postcolonialism by Edward Said, Frantz Fanon, Aim Csaire, Albert Memmi, Paul Gilroy, Ania Loomba, Vilashini Cooppan, and possibly others. Students will write copiously and spend significant time revising and critiquing their and others writing.
1330:MR   EASTC 312
WRPG 214-01 Working with Writers: Theory and Practice
Instructor: Noreen Lape
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 214-01.Permission of Instructor Required.
1330:TF   ALTHSE 08