Course Descriptions

English

ENGL 121 Composition and Literature (3)

Vivienne MacAdam

vsaad@sandiego.edu

CRN 24 Limit 23
6-week Mid Session (6/26 – 8/4)
M-Th
1 – 2:40 p.m
SCST-230

Fulfills the core curriculum requirement in lower division written literacy, and should be taken within the first four semesters. Practice in developing skills of close observation, investigation, critical analysis, and informed judgment in response to literary texts. Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Monday, June 12.

ENGL 223 Short Forms (3)

Lisa Hemminger

hemmin@sandiego.edu

CRN 25  Limit 32
3-week Pre Session (6/5 – 6/23)
M-Th  
1 – 4:15 p.m.  
KIPJ-219
               
Haiku, micro-fiction, songs, texts…all share the common aspect of brevity. Through reading, writing, and activities, in Short Forms we’ll explore the power of brevity in expressed language and writing.  Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Monday, May 15.

ENGL 224 Contemporary Graphic Novels (3)

Jason Crum

jason.crum@sandiego.edu

CRN 26 Limit 32
6-week Mid Session (6/26 – 8/4)
TTh (& Fri 6/30)     
9 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.    
SCST-231

The course is a survey of the emerging genre of graphic novels. We will analyze the ways in which graphic novelists use and manipulate historical and contemporary social issues in their literature, and we will trace the rise of the graphic novel from its early use to its current manifestations. Our readings will be grounded in such theoretical perspectives as cultural studies, visual culture theory, poststructuralism, and postmodernism. Students will work critically and creatively with the material to consider the oftentimes contradictory ways in which popular culture struggles with difference, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, & sexuality. We will read such works as Alan Moore’s Watchmen, Grant Morrison’s Arkham Asylum, Marjane Satrapi’s Perespolis, Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, Shaun Tan’s The Arrival, Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Art Spiegelman’s Maus, Craig Thompson’s Blankets, Joe Sacco’s Safe Area Gorazde, Rutu Modan’s Exit Wounds, Tsugumi Ohba’s Death Note (manga & anime), and Charles Burns’ Black Hole. Additionally, we will read substantial critical and theoretical material, including works from Mikhail Bakhtin, Michel Foucault, Scott McCloud, Fredric Jameson, Adrienne Rich, Judith Jack Halberstam, and Raymond Williams. Assignments will include both critical essays and creative collaborations.  Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Monday, June 12.

ENGL 228 Studies in World Cinema (3)

Joseph McGowan

mcgowan@sandiego.edu

CRN 27 Limit 32
3-week Post Session (8/7– 8/25)
M-F
9 - 11:40 a.m. 
KIPJ-218

Readings in some period or aspect of literature outside England and the United States. Works not originally in English will be read in translation. Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Monday, July 24.

ENGL 304W Advanced Composition: Writing Autobiography (3)

Tim Randell

trandell@sandiego.edu

CRN 28 Limit 20
3-week Pre Session (6/5 – 6/23)
M-F                
9 – 11:40 a.m.            
KIPJ-220A

In this class you will learn how to write active, analytical, descriptive, structure prose through writing about a complex subject that you know a great deal about, more than anyone else in your life so far. This is not a course in learning how to write an autobiography, nor in studying the genre, but in advanced composition. It is run as a workshop, with students reading aloud from a series of essays on their upbringing. This course is designed to fulfill the upper-division written literacy requirement for non-English majors; it will fulfill the upper-division elective for English majors. Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Monday, May 15.

ENGL 357W Modern U.S. Autobiography (3)

Irene Williams

iwillms@sandiego.edu

CRN 29 Limit 20
3-week Post Session (8/7 – 8/25)
M-Th
1 – 4:15 p.m.
MRH-135

Potential readings include Whitman, SPECIMEN DAYS; Gilman, THE LIVING OF CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN; Smith, M TRAIN and WOOLGATHERING; Dahlberg, BECAUSE I WAS FLESH; Baldwin, COLLECTED ESSAYS; Rankine, CITIZEN; and Feldman, GIVE MY REGARDS TO EIGHTH STREET.   Course is seminar style.  Prepare by reading and rereading, writing and rewriting, and making time in your schedule for analysis and reflection as well as reading, so that you may participate enthusiastically in discussion.  Independent thinkers welcome! Note: Course will be canceled if there are fewer than six (6) paid students enrolled as of Monday, July 24.