Prerequisites English 111 and 112 or their equivalents
305-001 The Art of the Essay MW 3-4:15 CRN: 40844
505-001 CRN: 41907
Feeding the Sea of Words and Ideas in the 21st Century
The Top Ten reasons why good essay writing is cool:
10. You have abundant options for developing your topic w/ flair. 9. Good essay writing’s sexy....classic. 8. You can write anywhere, anytime, on any topic. 7. A stylish essay can make people believe that any subject is exciting. 6. A well-argued essay can give you seismic power! 5. Writing’s cheaper than therapy. 4. “I’m a writer” can be a good pick-up line. 3. YOUR writing connects you to millions of people who’d otherwise never hear what you have to say. 2. Writing can make you immortal! 1. Sticks and stones can break one’s bones but writing can change the world! We’ll look at how others have used expository writing to “feed the sea” of knowledge, wisdom, belief, experience, creationin dangerous, smart, therapeutic, entertaining, controversial, life-changing ways, beginning with Julia Alvarez’s autobiographical collage about her life as a writer, Something to Declare. We’ll look back on great essays from the 20th century; we’ll learn from Peter Elbow and Arthur Plotnik about writing w/ power and spunk. We’ll explore essays on peace from throughout history. We may even join the blogosphere w/ our essays! A word-centered service-learning component will serve as the basis for a collaborative essay anthology students create and present to the class at the end of the semester.
310-001 Fiction Workshop TR 1-2:15 CRN: 40852
510-001 CRN: 40853
Do you have a storymaybe more than oneyou want to tell? This realistic short-fiction-writing workshop is an opportunity to explore how to write those stories. We will write flash fiction and longer drafts and then take some of those “drafts” to “stories.” We’ll participate in reader-response workshopping of our original fiction and revise that fiction in light of the responses. We’ll read short story selections from award-winning contemporary fiction writers, as well as examine both the stories read and our own stories in light of a guide, John Dufresne’s The Lie that Tells a Truth. We’ll learn about publishing through panel discussions with published writers and experience the publishing process as a class. This course is for people who would like to become stronger at writing fiction and/or would like a reason to write regularly.
325-001 Technical Communication TR 8-9:15 CRN: 40845
325-002 TR 9:30-10:45 CRN: 40846
In this course, Technical Communication is another term for business communication it is the way we communicate at work. Many people, when they hear the term Technical Communication, think of that horrid manual that came with the lawnmower. And yes, that is a form of Technical Communication but it is by far not the only kind. Technical Communication can be written or spoken. It can consist of sentences or graphics or a combination of both. It can be static a book or it can be interactive a website with animation and sound. The overall objective of Technical Communication is to present information in a way so that people can understand it easily, and use it safely, effectively, and efficiently. This course will prepare you to do just that. You will be provided with skills and strategies to help you address a variety of communication tasks in workplace environments and will learn how to understand the symbiotic relationships among form and content, and audience and purpose. My goal for this course is to prepare you to communicate effectively, ethically, responsibly, and professionally in the career path of your choosing.
335-001 Literature of the Holocaust TR 9:30-10:45 CRN: 40847
In September, 1939, Nazi Germany invaded Poland, thus beginning World War II. When the war ended nearly six years later, tens of millions of European civiliansseen as subhuman obstacles to the Nazi agenda of racial purification and territorial expansionwere dead. Our class will focus on the most familiar of the victim groups, the Jews, and their experience of Nazi genocide, which we now know as the Holocaust. We'll read internationally acclaimed works of literature by Holocaust survivors, their children, and their children's children, including Arnost Lustig's The House of Returned Echoes and The Unloved; Imre Kertesz's Fatelessness; and Maus, by Art Spiegelman. They will raise obvious questionshow could the Holocaust occur? Could it have been prevented? What can we learn from the Holocaust? And for us, as students of literature, there will be other, more profound, questions: What does literature do for our understanding of the Holocaust that the work of other disciplines does not? Can literature be beautiful, even when it evokes one of the most horrifying acts of violence in history? Getting answers to these questions, and others, is the work of our class.
Students in this course will, on a weekly basis, post questions on Blackboard, discuss during class time, and react in writing to the assigned reading. There will also be two exams with in-class objective and take-home essay components. The research project is a work of New Historicist criticism that juxtaposes one of the books from our syllabus with another text.
341-001 Topics American Literature before 1900 MWF 9-9:50 CRN: 40832
This course explores specific texts between 1850 and 1900. Beginning with 1850 is not an arbitrary date for it serves as the racial shift in American society. In 1850, the U.S. Congress passed the notorious Fugitive Slave Law that extended the principle of slavery to the entire nation. It is here, where, the course will begin exploring and examining the social and political climate that forged a significant body of work. In order to have a critical engagement, we will, first, familiarize ourselves with key concepts in moral philosophy, including virtue ethics, deontological ethics, and utilitarian ethics. Then, we will study the ethical turn in literary criticism and examine its debts to and repudiations of moral philosophy. Finally, we will use selected American literary textsmeticulously placed in their social, political, and cultural contexts-to test the meaning and applicability of the various ethical frameworks described above. This course is reading intensive.
350-001 Women Writers: Gender, Race, and Class MWF 2-2:50 CRN: 40849
550-001 CRN 40850
You could subtitle this course “some of the best books you have probably never heard of.“ All too often works by women writers fall out of style because they are “too domestic,” “too caught up in their time,” “too sentimental,” or because they address topics that “don’t include men.” Yet many of the works written by women are arguably better reads than comparable books by male writers and often deal with similar topics, just from a slightly different perspective. This fall we will read about early interactions between settlers and American Indians in Sedgwick’s Hope Leslie, examine British labor issues through Gaskell’s Mary Barton, and see an example of African American naturalism in Petry’s The Street. And we will talk about why you probably have never heard of these books.
355-001 Folklore: The “Stories” We Tell MWF 11-11:50 CRN: 40835
If folklore is the study of “human creativity in its own context” (Henry Glassie), then a wide range of our culture’s performative and material creations deserve closer examination. This class looks at a variety of folk expressions as types of “stories” that our culture tells about its unexpressed values and hidden anxieties. We’ll look at fairy tales, literature, urban legends, internet hoaxes, music, and even food as coded messages that give us a nuanced view of the very human need for creative expression. Students will write shorter papers and conduct a final folklore documentary project in which they collect and examine “stories” from a distinct folk.
380-001 Modern Drama TR 11:-12:15 CRN: 40854
580-001 CRN: 40855
Modern Drama offers intensive study in plays from the late 19th century through the present. Much of our reading will focus on early to mid-20th century drama, though we will explore a few contemporary plays as well. Taking an historical approach to plays by Anton Chekhov, Henrik Ibsen, W.M. Synge, Eugene O'Neill, Sophie Treadwell, Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, Tom Stoppard, Caryl Churchill, Suzan-Lori Parks, and others, we'll study drama in a critical context that will include discussions of the well-made play, the problem play, expressionism, realism, naturalism, Theater of the Absurd, alternative theater, and contemporary critical theory. We will see several films, and if the opportunity is available, we will attend a play. Students will give presentations (including a staged reading of selected scenes), complete a research project, write regular response papers, take quizzes and take two exams.
401-001 Studies in British Commonwealth Literature TR 2:30-3:45 CRN: 40856
601-001 CRN: 41899
“Troubles: Contemporary Irish Literature & Culture”
Cad mle filte (A hundred thousand welcomes)! This section of English 401 will focus on four of the most prominent Irish writers from the post-World War II period: Seamus Heaney (Nobel prize winning poet), Edna O’Brien, John Banville, and Eavan Boland. We will read authors from Northern Ireland and the Republic, poets as well as novelists, providing a variety of perspectives on a complex but fascinating chapter in Anglo-Irish history. In addition to our primary texts from the four authors listed above, we will also watch one or two contemporary Irish films (The Magdalene Sisters and/or In the Name of the Father), discuss the influence of Irish musicians (such as U2) on the world stage, and read a play by Brian Friel called Translations.
425-001 Advanced Grammar MWF 11-11:50 CRN: 40836
625-001 CRN: 40837
Would you like to know more about the English languagebasics of grammar, use of standard English, an overview of how people learn language through both structured and inherent processes, and the relationship of grammar to the process of writing? Discover the system and pattern implicit in the English languagebasic sentence patterns, inflections, determiners, parts of speech, expansions, complementation, and usagewhile exploring social and economic implications of grammar, the significance of dialects and regionalisms, grammar demons, grammar software, and the effects of technology on language. This course will encourage and help you to undertake an analysis of grammar as it relates to your professional field and your career aspirations.
480-001 Chaucer MWF 1-1:50 CRN: 40841
680-001 CRN: 40842
English 480 considers one of the greatest writers in the canon of British literature: Geoffrey Chaucer. As a writer, Chaucer was experimental in his use of various literary forms (romance, fabliau, saint's legend, lyric, and epic). Readers have been fascinated by his depictions of life from the time that he wrote them to the present. Most readers now are drawn to the sense of irony and humor that he develops in his texts concerning the state of the world and human actions. Chaucer is a poet of his agethe late fourteenth centurybut his works also transcend those bounds. We will consider not only his well-known Canterbury Tales, but also his romance epic Troilus and Criseyde and the elegiac Book of the Duchess. Chaucer will be seen both as a typical medieval poet as well as an exemplary writer.
485-001 Shakespeare MWF 10-10:50 CRN: 40833
685-001 CRN: 40834
This will be a broad introduction to Shakespeare's dramatic writing, focusing on a few political tragedies as well as some of the more complicated problem comedies. The centerpiece of the course will be three history plays that examine political lessons from the reigns of Richard II and Henry IV. Our texts will include useful ancillary materials to discuss as a class, and we will use film adaptations to talk about choices of staging and interpretation. Students can expect to do both formal and informal writing about the plays.
494-001 Internship in English By arrangement CRN: 40860
The Internship in English is an opportunity for students to gain experience in the use of both written and oral communications in the world of work. This internship is not monetarily compensated. Course performance is based on an agreement between the interning student and the Chair of the Department of English and Modern Foreign Languages. The student will submit a portfolio of work to be evaluated. See the UT Martin Catalogue for further information. Please see the EMFL Department Chair to be enrolled in this course.
496-001 Special Topics: Fantasy Literature MWF 12-12:50 CRN: 40838
A Return Engagementfrom Erewhon to the East Farthing, from Morris's Mirkwood to the other one with a Necromancer, from Jadis's Charn to the Undying Lands of Aman beyond the Sundering Seas
Students in English 496 will begin by reading two early fantasy worksSamuel Butler's Erewhon and William Morris's The House of the Wolfings. These pieces influenced the directions of fantasy literature generally and the imaginations of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien especially. The course will then shift to its primary focus: a selection of Lewis's Narnia books and a close study of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings trilogy together with specific readings from his full Legendarium.
Our discussion will be guided by the overarching goal to understand both why and how the most successful fantasy stories captivate so many readers, and is there a difference between fantasy fiction and fantasy literature? Answering those questions will require students to consider not only the language and themes involved in the works we read, but also the ways in which those works draw on specific spiritual, mythological, and literary sources to shape the worlds they present.
The bulk of the course will be spent looking at Tolkien's trilogy, but students will finally be asked to consider how what they find contained in The Lord of the Rings compares to the worlds of later writersto Le Guin's Earthsea trilogy, Rowling's Harry Potter series, or Peake's Gormenghast novels among others.
Students will write two papers and take a mid-term and a final.
Students in any year and pursuing any major are welcome and encouraged to consider this elective in the Fall of 2013.
498-01 Seminar in Rhetoric & Writing T 5-8:20 CRN: 40858
698-01 CRN: 41900
“Say you want a revolution? / Well, you know . . . we all want to change the world.” The Beatles
In this seminar, we will take a close look at arguments that have changed the world, from Galileo’s evisceration of the Ptolemaic universe to 2011’s Arab Spring. Through engaging readings, lively discussions, and a variety of writing assignments, we will explore the art of persuasion over time, especially as it applies to major revolutions in human thinking. Students completing the course will gain a better understanding of how arguments are won . . . and lost.
499-001 T 9:30-10:45 CRN: 40848
As the final course required of all English majors, Capstone gives you the opportunity to create a portfolio of your best writing as the culmination of your English studies. Constructed as a process-oriented class, Capstone will help hone critical thinking, research, writing, and editing skills as you expand and revise writing from previous classes, and it will help you craft a graduate-length paper project under the direction of department faculty. Whether you are preparing for graduate school, a career in teaching or writing, or if you’re looking to hone some of the skills you’ve developed over your college career, this course will give you some concrete evidence of your writing prowess!