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Summer 2017 Undergraduate Course Descriptions

Summer 2017

The following information is subject to change.

For the most up-to-date and comprehensive course schedule, including meeting times, course additions, cancellations, and room assignments, refer to the Banner Class Schedule on the Registrar’s website.

For curriculum information, see the Undergraduate Full-Time Day Programs catalog, also on the Registrar’s website.

Summer 1 2017

ENGL 2700 Creative Writing

Instructor: Ellen Noonan
CRN: 41202
Sequence: Online
Course Attibutes: NUpath Creative Express/Innov

In an online writing workshop setting, we will explore what it means to immerse yourself in a writing project, and how to conceptualize, draft, workshop, and polish a piece that is personal and that takes up issues of social justice. Writers will present individual final projects as well as collaborate on a class-wide project, while offering and receiving feedback on work in a digital composition space.  This is a course for writers who want to develop their voice(s), and, perhaps, give voice to those who have been silenced.

ENGL 3384 The Writer’s Marketplace

Instructor: Jeremy Bushnell
CRN: 41203 
Sequence: 1:30-3:10 p.m. MTWR
Course Attibutes: NUpath Creative Express/Innov, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, NUpath Writing Intensive

Explores how creative writers negotiate the world of literary publishing. Focuses on producing publishable work in the genre of the student’s choice (fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction), submitting work to appropriate venues, and working with publication professionals such as editors and agents.

ENGL 3663 The African-American Novel

Instructor: Melissa Pearson
CRN: 41204 
Sequence: 9:50- 11:30 a.m. MTWR

The “African American Novel” is a survey course that attempts to define and organize the ways that the African American literary tradition maintains humanity from the period enslavement through the nadir to contemporary revolution.  Additionally, the course will pay close attention to the discursive practices of African American discourse communities, such as, the enslaved, abolitionists, black feminists, nationalist/revolutionaries, and artists; to engage discussions about freedom, access to democracy, racial uplift, gender identity and equity, and the recursive nature of racial identity. 

The course will also introduce specific African American rhetorical effects such as, the African principle of Nommo, the power of the “Word,” the act of speaking truth to power or “Parreshia,” and the concept of securing and passing of wisdom or “Phronesis.”  Consequently, the course reinforces that to be well versed in African American literate traditions is to adequately and intentionally pursue a liberal education, which is practically the most direct answer to social justice.


Summer 2 2017

ENGL 2400 Modern Poetry

Instructor: Frank Capogna
CRN: 60963 
Sequence: 9:50 – 11:30 a.m. MTWR

“Things fall apart / the centre cannot hold”: so wrote W.B. Yeats of the sense of radical change that suffused the first half of the twentieth century and the emergence of modernism. In this course, we will study the beautiful, difficult, innovative, and sometimes bizarre poetry of modernism, seeking to understand why and how poets sought to make their art “new” in response to events such as two world wars, the emergence of the New Woman, industrialization and consumer capitalism, the Great Depression, the Harlem Renaissance, and the rise of new art forms such as photography and film. We will explore the degrees to which traces of these changes are visible in the emerging techniques, priorities, and forms of modernist poetry, and as poets variously engage with questions of race, class, gender, and sexuality. Readings will include Robert Frost, T.S. Eliot, Edna St. Vincent Millay, H.D., Marianne Moore, Hart Crane, William Carlos Williams, Wallace Stevens, Langston Hughes, W.H. Auden, and Frank O’Hara. Students will hone their skills reading and writing about poetry through class discussions, research, critical papers, and visits to local poetry readings.

ENGL 2430: Contemporary Fiction

Instructor: Bret Keeling
CRN: *updated* 61028
Sequence: ONLINE

While we’ll read U.S. and British authors in this course, its focus is less on identifying differences between national literatures than it is on identifying diverse characteristics of a sort of “global” Anglophone literature.  In their Introduction to /Facing the Crises: Anglophone Literature in the Postmodern World/ (2014), Ljubica Matek and Jasna Poljak Rehlicki argue, “Understanding Anglophone literature requires a deeper understanding of current cultural, economic and social processes in the globalizing and globalized culture of the West.”  They insist that we “read and interpret” literature not only “for its own sake” but also because literature “becomes a means of understanding our existence in the … world.”

It’s questions regarding our ability to “understand[] our existence” that will provide the point of entry for our readings this semester.  Of course, as I hope will become clear, the very notion of existence is something we’ll have to re-think.  Over the weeks of this online and fast-paced Summer course, we’ll read a number of short novels (as well as a few short stories and novellas) in which our authors will likely demonstrate that the alienation and cultural estrangement of numerous social groups from a variety of hegemonic systems may make it impossible for us to understand “our” existence in a monolithic way—but it may help us to understand what Judith Butler means by calling for a way of imagining ourselves so that “the human stands a chance of coming into being anew.”

Course requirements seek to appeal to diverse learning styles, and graded assignments will include: a group presentation, a multimedia project, an analytic / reflective letter, and frequent participation in online class discussion forums.  Authors we’ll read may include: Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor, Toni Morrison, E. L. Doctorow, Julian Barnes, Ben Okri, Cormac McCarthy, Sherman Alexie, Yann Martel, and Zadie Smith.

ENGL 3380 Topics in Writing: Personal Memoir

Instructor: Sebastian Stockman
CRN: 60965
Sequence: 11:40 a.m. – 1:20 p.m. MTWR
Course Attributes: 
NUpath Creative Express/Innov, NU Core Writing Intsv in Majr, NUpath Writing Intensive

Allows writers to hone their skills as readers and writers and to develop their interests in personal memoir writing.