Spring 2014

Course Code Title/Instructor Meets
WRPG 211-01 From Book to eBook: Writing About Media Change
Instructor: Gregory Steirer
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-01 and FLST 210-03. 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? Through a variety of formal and informal writing assignmentssome utilizing new mediastudents will also hone their expository and analytical writing skills.
1030:MWF   EASTC 312
WRPG 211-02 Where the Wild Things Are: Writing About Travel
Instructor: Poulomi Saha
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-02. This course journeys to the far-flung places where wild things roam. Our itinerary takes us through novels, travel narratives, journalism, and online sources that depict fantastical lands populated by wild beasts, "savage" peoples, and strange (or not so strange) customs. Beginning with early exploration narratives, the course considers how the genre of travel writing, in making distant sites and subjugated peoples at once alluringly dangerous and intimately familiar, has played a crucial role in the consolidation of imperial power. We then travel to the postcolonial era where once exotic colonies have become familiar sites of tourism and trade. The course will consider contemporary accounts of tourism and travel to ask how globalization has changed the contexts, styles, and forms of travel and its description. Through informal and formal writing assignments, students will hone their expository and analytical writing skills, and develop a familiarity with the process of revision. Syllabus may include writing by Christopher Columbus, Joseph Conrad, Italo Calvino, and Kira Salak.
1330:MR   DENNY 204
WRPG 211-03 Writing about the Past/Writing about the Future
Instructor: Leah Orr
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-03. 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 102
WRPG 211-04 Writing for Digital Media
Instructor: Matthew Kochis
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-04. This course will emphasize the process, conventions, and production of academic writing, albeit in a digital space. Students will learn how to conduct primary research by examining print magazines from the early twentieth century as source material. Through annotation, students will place their magazines in an appropriate context and develop a scholarly argument based on careful analysis. Throughout this semester, blog posts, podcasts, and films will require thorough and frequent revisions. In essence, this course will introduce students to the various forms of digital media, supply them with the skills necessary to professionally display their digitized material, and train them to become literate producers and consumers of new media.
1030:TR   EASTC 312
WRPG 211-05 In & Out, Either/Or, and Everything In Between: Writing, Identity, and Queer Studies
Instructor: Sarah Kersh
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 212-05.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.
1330:MR   BOSLER 213
WRPG 214-01 Working with Writers: Theory and Practice
Instructor: Lisa Wolff
Course Description:
Cross-listed with ENGL 214-01.Permission of Instructor Required
1330:MR   ALTHSE 204