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  New and Special Course Offering - Fall 2013
ENG/WST 351-01: Feminist Theories - Dr. Maureen McDonnell

This course is designed as an introduction to feminist theories and practice. Feminist theories draw attention to the ways in which all our lives are shaped and interlinked by a range of social, economic, and political structures. Although gender plays a key component in these structures, we will also pay attention to different forms that sexual, racial, class and colonial hierarchies take.

*This course is required for all students majoring in Women’s and Gender Studies.

*Are you a Women's Studies minor? This elective is strongly encouraged.

Date/Time: Wednesdays, 7:00 - 9:45 p.m.


New Course Offering Spring 2013

ENG 348-01: Language & Society - Dr. Elena Tapia

We'll examine the relationships that exist between language and society.

  • Why does a person's or a group's language vary from situation to situation?
  • What are some attitudes toward languages and dialects that people form about themselves and about others?
  • Why do we form those attitudes?
  • How does language form our identity?

Each class is organized around a question or questions that tie the readings to theoretical issues, and students should come to class prepared to discuss the questions.

** This course fulfills the English Major "Language Studies" Requirement.
Great elective for language lovers!

Date/Time: Mondays & Wednesdays 4:00 - 5:15 p.m.

ENG 365-01: Classical Comedies - Dr. Miriam Chirico

Hello! Join your fellow students in this semester’s reading of comedies, featuring such literary “stars” as the Roman playwright Plautus, the political manipulator Machiavelli, and the playfully romantic Shakespeare. We will read various texts

closely for tricks and turns, to see how wily servants outsmart their masters, how men and women plot for their own advantage, and how fools proffer a philosophy of life.

As we delve into the roots of comedy, we will consider the present context as well –
¨ What sit-coms and romantic comedies do we find funny today?
¨ What tricks do we play on others and what masks do we wear?
¨ What is the modern-day equivalent of the fool or the zany?
¨ Does comedy reinforce stereotypes or challenge the status quo?

Finally, your instructor is interested in a particular pattern within comedy — the “trope of lost identity.” Thus, we will look for moments where a central character worries about losing his or her identity and wonders aloud “who am I?” In other words, the instructor is doing research for a book and will depend upon you for your creativity, hard work, and ideas.

Please join us! On with the Show!

**This course fulfills the English Major "Early Period" Requirement.

Date/Time: Mondays 4:00 - 6:45 p.m.

New Course Offering - Fall 2012 ENG 373-01: Studies in Rhetoric: The Rhetoric of Film - Dr. Stephen Ferruci

In ENG 373 we will examine films in order to understand how and why we identify with the characters in the films. We will consider, too, the story being told (the narrative structure) as a reflection of a particular set of cultural assumptions. No previous experience with film or rhetoric required, just a willingness to watch and discuss what you see.

“This class will change your life.” - Ebert
“A must take!” – L.A. Times
“If you take just one class next semester, take this one, but then you’ll be under‐enrolled, so take this one and 4 others.” – The Onion

** This course fulfills the Language Studies requirement and counts for the Writing minor.

Date/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays 2:00 - 3:15 p.m.



ENG 358-01: Literary Criticism - Dr. Meredith Clermont-Ferrand

In ENG 358 you will be introduced to many of the critical perspectives and theories that enliven contemporary literary and cultural studies. Included on our lit-crit-hit-parade will be Structuralism, Post-structuralism, Postmodernism, Feminist literary studies, Queer Studies, Ethnic and Race Studies, Postcolonialism, Marxism, Psychoanalytic literary studies, and Culture Studies. Sound intimidating? Don't worry--we will be testing these theories on short stories, novellas, films, pop culture, and each other. As we examine these different ways of reading, and thinking about reading, we will be asking ourselves: What is “literature”? Why do we study it? In what ways, if any, are literary texts different from other types of cultural productions? What is “theory?” Can literary theories be applied to non-literary texts? How do literature and criticism relate to other aspects of culture such as gender, race, class, and nation? What is at stake in choosing one critical/theoretical methodology over another?

Date/Time: Wednesdays 4:00 - 6:45 p.m.

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