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Introduction to Literature

Instructor
Varies (See below)
English 110 satisfies the Literary Studies, Creative Writing, and Rhetoric distribution requirement.

 

ENG110 Gesture
Instructor
Fackler

(Offered Spring 2016.)
 

ENG110 Graphic Medicine:  Drawing Disability
Instructor

Fox

Why is the graphic novel literary? And why has it become an immensely popular site for the representation of illness, disability, and medicine?  In this Introduction to Literature class, we'll start with the premise that the unique intersection of word, color, image, text, and juxtaposition offered by the graphic novel offers authors singular opportunities for storytelling. We will further ask: what do comics, zines, and graphic novels have to teach us about our varied kinds of embodiment, particularly about disabled bodies? We will consider how these visual texts teach us about how bodies engage with the social and medical contexts surrounding them. Encompassing everything from bipolar disorder to cancer, depression to HIV/AIDS, epilepsy to deafness, and end-of-life issues to amputation, possible course works may include Epileptic, Cancer Vixen, Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?, and Marbles: Mania, Depression, Michaelangelo, and Me. 

(Not offered Fall 2015.)


ENG110 Introduction to Comedy
Instructor

Ingram

(Offered Spring 2016.)


ENG110 Introduction to Environmental Literature (=ENV 210)
Instructor

Staff

(Cross-listed as Environmental 210.)  An introduction to environmental literature covering poetry, short fiction, novels, and non-fiction prose.)  Topics include nature and wilderness, justice, place, food, and activism, with particular attention to literary responses to significant environmental issues.

 Satisfies depth or breadth course requirement in Humanties Track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.

(Offered Fall 2015.)


ENG 110 Introduction to Environmental Literature: Food Literature (= ENV 210)
Instructor
Merrill

(Cross-listed as Environmental 210).

This course is for Foodies, Ag Activists, Farm Fans, and anyone who is interested in literature about food from a variety of perspectives.  We'll read fiction, poetry, and nonfiction about the pleasures of eating, the cultural and aesthetic significance of food, rural and urban agriculture, and food justice.  Field trips will include farm visits, and students will participate in hands-on, community-based assignments connected to the college's Food and Sustainability project. 

Satisfies depth or breadth course requirement in Humanities Track of the Environmental Studies major or interdisciplinary minor.

(Not offered Fall 2015.)


ENG 110 Introduction to Literature
Fox

(Offered Sspring 2016.)
 

ENG 110 Introduction to Shakespeare
Instructor
Ingram

This course is designed for students who have encountered at least a little Shakespeare-in a book or on a stage or on a screen-and who have enjoyed those encounters. It surveys a selection of Shakespeare's plays, including comedies (Much Ado about Nothing), histories (Henry V), tragedies (Othello), and hybrids of several genres (The Tempest). We will approach the plays primarily through close-reading and spirited conversation, but also through in-class performances, film adaptations, and occasional critical texts. At the end of the semester, students enrolled in the course will choose our final play, as a step out of the classroom and toward a lifetime relationship with the writer who most shaped our words and still shapes our world.

(Not offered Fall 2015.)


ENG 110 Literature of Celebrity
Instructor
Staff

An introduction to literary thought, including attention to the tasks of close reading and of building sustained arguments in written form about texts. Focuses on writing about the idea of fame, both in the contemporary world and throughout the past. Includes attention to a variety of literary forms, including novels, short stories, poetry, drama, film, and creative nonfiction. Major credit.
 

Grading: 25% papers, 25% tests and quizzes, 25% final exam, 25% consistency and thoughtfulness of class participation and discussion.

(Not offered Fall 2015.)

 

ENG 110 Literature and Medicine
Instructor
Vaz

Science and medicine have indelibly influenced how we understand and respond to the physical and mental state of being human.  We will consider how an appreciation of literary texts and the questions they broach give us a different insight into the human condition and affect our awareness of health, addiction, illness, disease, suffering, recovery, and death.  In doing so, we will also pay close attention to the cultural coding of these issues, as we examine how gender, class, race, sexual orientation, or other cultural biases color our perceptions of health, disease, suffering and death.

(Offered Fall 2015.)
 

ENG 110 Literature & Social Change
Instructor

Parker

An exploration of the ethics of art-making amid current social issues, in conversation with the authors studied-all of whom will either visit class or video-conference with the class.

Major credit.

(Offered Fall 2015.)


ENG 110  Media and Community
Instructor
Churchill
 
From Walt Whitman's broad embrace of American readers in the 1860s to the digital social networks of today, this course examines how various media form communities of readers and writers. We will investigate how lyric poetry creates one kind of intimacy between author and reader, how blogs establish another, and how the NBC television comedy Community builds its own cult following. Davidson College meets Greendale Community College in a course that teaches you how to read, analyze, and respond critically and creatively to various forms of media. 

(Not offered Fall 2015.)
 

ENG 110 The Front Porch: 2x4
Instructor
Staff

This course invites non-majors interested in a literature course to enter the house of southern fiction.  During this semester, we will study two works (a novel and a collection of short fiction) by four authors from the American South.

Authors and works include the following:

     Flannery O'Connor:  Wise Blood and A Good Man is Hard to Find and Other Stories
    
Ernest Gaines:  A Lesson Before Dying and Bloodline
    
Lee Smith:  Fair and Tender Ladies and Mrs. Darcy and the Blue-eyed Stranger
    
Tony Earley:  Jim the Boy and Here we are in Paradise

If you like good stories filled with uncommon characters and want to experience four powerful voices from the American south, please join the class.

(Not offered Fall 2015.)