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

ENG2001 D534 SPRING2017

ENG2001 D534 SPRING2017

ENG 2001: Introduction to Literature I: Fiction

ENG3403 D617 Fall2017

ENG3403 D617 Fall2017

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. Delany has written over 40 books thus far, so our reading will necessarily be selective. 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)

ENG2001 D532 FALL2016

ENG2001 D532 FALL2016

Da Art of Storytellin’ – ENG 2001: Introduction to Literature I: Fiction

ENG2000 D522 FALL2016

ENG2000 D522 FALL2016

The City and the Country – ENG 2000: Perspectives in Literature

ENG2001-D540-SPRING2016

ENG2001-D540-SPRING2016

ENG 2001: Introduction to Literature I: Fiction

My Projects

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.

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.

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

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

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