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ENG3403FitzgeraldSpring2020

ENG3403FitzgeraldSpring2020

One of America’s most interesting and versatile of writers is F. Scott Fitzgerald. Over the course of a highly productive career, Fitzgerald rode to fame on four novels and almost 160 stories published in the leading magazines of the 1920s, 30s, and 40s. Today, he is primarily remembered for his recounting of the rollicking, jazz-infused “Roaring Twenties” in his literary classic The Great Gatsby, published in 1925. As this course will demonstrate, Fitzgerald should be remembered for much more of his work, including his short stories, later novels, work in Hollywood, and the many films made of his work and life.

ENGLISH2200, FA2019

ENGLISH2200, FA2019

In this course, we will explore the history and literature of the United States from its first settlement by Europeans until the end of the Civil War. We will discuss the political, economic, and philosophical roots of democracy, migration, and religion; contact between Native American and European populations; race, class, gender, war, nature, and expansion. Our readings, including firsthand accounts, poetry, short stories, slave narratives, political writing, sermons, and letters, will raise a variety of ethical, social, and aesthetic problems that we will examine. I welcome and encourage you to draw connections with other contemporaneous disciplines (science, art, etc), American and otherwise, as well as with current political events.

ENG 1101, D355, Spring 2018

ENG 1101, D355, Spring 2018

English 1101 is a course in effective essay writing and basic research techniques, including the use of the library. The goal is to prepare students not only for success in academic writing but also for effective participation in and critical understanding of the public and professional discourses of the world beyond the classroom.

English 1121 Composition 2, Section D432

English 1121 Composition 2, Section D432

This is one of several sections of a new curriculum for English 1121 that is beginning this semester. In English 1121, we will continue the work we had begun in English 1101. This class aims to take the fundamental tools of writing, reading, research, and critical analysis further. The class will practice close reading and will learn how to approach texts from a variety of genres as well as learn about the idea of discourses and discourse communities. The class will involve assignments that allow us to engage with many types of media, including digital, and we will be asked to explore issues and problems that matter to us in our modern world. We will explore writing and research as a process and build research skills that can be applied to all areas of study. We will be able to develop our own ideas about writing that we can take with us into future academic and professional experiences. Students will engage in class discussion to strengthen critical thinking and develop the language to respond to a wide variety of texts, ideas, and societal issues.

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