Lavelle Porter’s Profile

Faculty
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Lavelle Porter
Title
Assistant Professor
Department
English
Academic interests

Higher Education, African-American Literature, The Academic Novel, History of New York, Gender & Sexuality

Bio

Courses Taught:

ENG 1101
ENG 1121
ENG 2000
ENG 2001
ENG 2200
ENG 3771

My Courses

ENG3403 D617 Fall 2017 – One Major Writer: Samuel R. Delany

ENG3403 D617 Fall 2017 – One Major Writer: Samuel R. Delany

ENG 3403 One Major Writer – Samuel R. Delany: Science Fiction and the City Credit Hours: 3 credits (3 hours) Prerequisite: ENG 1121 Course Description In this course we will examine the life and work of one of America’s great science fiction writers, Samuel R. Delany, Jr. This course will provide an introduction to Delany’s writing in science fiction and other genres, and we will examine the literary, cultural, and historical influences behind his writing. Students will investigate Delany’s conception of science fiction and fantasy as “paraliterary” genres, as forms of writing which have often been constructed by academic critics as outside, beyond, or beneath, proper “literary” fiction. We will consider Delany’s role in the development of Afrofuturism, a field comprised of black artists whose work engages with themes of science fiction, fantasy, speculation and futurism (in visual art, literature, music, film and other media). Delany has also won awards for his writing on LGBTQ issues and the HIV/AIDS crisis, and often depicts transgressive sexuality in his work. His work serves as an important record of queer life before and after Stonewall, and he was one of the earliest fiction writers documenting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The texts assigned for this course represent a cross-section of Delany’s writing in science fiction, literary fiction, memoir, cultural studies and criticism. In particular we will focus on Delany’s contributions to science fiction, and the significance of his hometown, New York City, in his writing. (Profile picture: Painting of the author by Mia Wolff. From Bread and Wine by Samuel R. Delany)

ENG2200 E244 Fall 2017 – American Literature I

ENG2200 E244 Fall 2017 – American Literature I

American Literature I American Literature I is a survey of American Literature from the origins of the nation to 1865. In this course we will interrogate the very concept of an “American” Literature, and explore some of the theoretical and historical questions about what defines the nation, its writing and its traditions. There are many possible texts to choose from in this designated period, so our reading will necessarily be selective. Historically, we will begin with the early days of the Republic and continue through the Civil War (and beyond). In particular we will spend quite a bit of time discussing the institution of chattel slavery, the importance of slave labor in the global economic market during the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, the struggle over abolition that led up to the Civil War, and the importance of race in the formation of American citizenship and identity. By reading a short list of selected authors, writing about their work, and discussing this work together in class, it is my hope that you will come away from this class with a better understanding of American literature and the complex history of the nation in which this body of work was produced.

ENG 1101 D408 Fall 2017

ENG 1101 D408 Fall 2017

Reading and Writing About New York City This is a writing intensive course designed to strengthen your ability to read critically, and to be effective in written communication. Over the course of this term we will study numerous essays, stories and films related to the history of New York City. Studying these works will help you to develop your own ideas and improve your writing skills. You will write several short essays, and one longer research essay. These projects will help you to develop research writing skills such as building an argument, referring to other texts, using secondary material effectively, and mastering the mechanics of quoting, citing, and documenting sources. The main readings from the course will come from The Place Where We Dwell, an excellent anthology with writings about the city of New York from a diverse range of writers in many different genres and disciplines. These readings will be supplemented with film clips, websites and handouts. It is my hope that this class will help you to develop valuable skills in written communication and research methodology, while also giving you a greater appreciation for the rich history and culture of the city around you.

INACTIVE – ENG2200-E244-Fall2015

INACTIVE – ENG2200-E244-Fall2015

American Literature I

ENG1121 (D469) – English Composition II

ENG1121 (D469) – English Composition II

Literature, Composition and the University

My Projects

First Year Writing @ City Tech

First Year Writing @ City Tech

FYW@City Tech is a program and a digital forum for sharing curricular and pedagogical resources related to teaching and learning about writing at City Tech

English Department

English Department

Online space for faculty members of the English Department to collaborate, share resources, have conversations, and archive departmental materials. *Avatar Photo Credit: magnetic fridge poetry, Steve Johnson, July 3, 2007: https://flic.kr/p/86hhuk

Open Pedagogy on the OpenLab

Open Pedagogy on the OpenLab

The purpose of this project is to create a forum to ask questions, generate discussion, and share teaching materials, resources, and ideas about teaching and learning on the OpenLab. Avatar and site header image from Flickr user opensourceway.

Literary Arts Festival

Literary Arts Festival

Each year, the English Department at New York City College of Technology organizes the Literary Arts Festival. This event highlights the work of students, staff, and faculty, as well as accomplished writers outside of the City Tech community. There is also a writing competition that awards prizes to students in a variety of writing categories, as well as to faculty and staff in their own category.

Literature at City Tech

Literature at City Tech

This is a site to showcase all things literature here at City Tech: the literature courses the English Department offers each semester, the various events that happen (e.g., Literature Roundtable, Literary Arts Festival, Science Fiction Symposium), and the publications we offer (e.g., ‘City Tech Writer). *Avatar Photo Credit: Reading, Katy Tresedder, August 17, 2010: https://flic.kr/p/8tc9a8

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