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ENG3407 Gothic Lit., Sp2016

ENG3407 Gothic Lit., Sp2016

The purpose of this course is to gain a better understanding of the popular genre of the Gothic as it was developed and practiced in the late-eighteenth century and through to today in a variety of cultural contexts. An important foundation to this class is the idea that the Gothic is more than simply mysterious or strange; it is a transgressive and provocative sort of strange. The course will focus on key concepts such as horror, haunting, madness, monsters, and the undead, concepts that serve as entry points to theories such as the uncanny, queerness, and the sublime. Students will critically read, analyze, and write about the ways that the Gothic questions what it means to be normal or accepted. The class will learn about and practice using tools for reading, interpreting, and critically responding to fiction, film, poetry, and other cultural manifestations of the Gothic. In addition, students will participate in conversations about contemporary American identities and also engage in experiential learning through field trips to Gothic architectural spaces.

ENG2420 Science Fiction, SP2016

ENG2420 Science Fiction, SP2016

We will endeavor to locate the emergence of the Science Fiction (SF) genre and unravel how SF came to be the preeminent literature of the 20th and 21st centuries. To accomplish this, we will read and watch significant examples of SF from its long history beginning with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. To demonstrate what you have learned, you will have brief, daily writing assignments, three non-cumulative exams, and a research essay. In addition to the readings, viewings, and lectures, students are strongly encouraged to add their SF knowledge to our discussions.

Eng1121 D430 10-11:15am, Sp2015

Eng1121 D430 10-11:15am, Sp2015

This is an advanced course in communication skills, including the expository essay and the research essay. This course further develops students’ reading and writing skills through literary and expository readings. In this class students will write analytical essays on a variety of literary genres to cultivate interpretive skills. Using close reading, discussion and various writing techniques, you will consider language, details and style in order to develop your analytical and academic writing skills. This is a communications intensive course; you will be expected to participate actively in class discussions and presentations, write informal and formal essays, and respond to your classmates’ writing.

HIST 1102

HIST 1102

This course is an introduction to the history of Europe’s encounter with (discovery) with North and South America. It explores the world that developed as a result of this important encounter. The course will be both chronological and thematic in approach with global interconnectivity and globalization being prominent themes in the course. By the end of this course, students will have a good foundation for understanding major events, themes and players in world history as well how the west was connected to the rest of the world. The student will also be able to engage intellectually with primary source documents and write small concise analytical papers using those sources. They will read historical novels and biography to compliment information presented by the textbook and also engage in an oral history project. By the end of the course, students will be able to understand how historical events shape and change people politically, economically, socially and culturally. They will also learn how to think critically about history by considering competing ideas about historical developments such as nationalism, capitalism, colonialism, slavery and trade and be able to engage in basic historical research.

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Gothic Spaces Presentations: NYC And Beyond

Gothic Spaces Presentations: NYC And Beyond

Welcome to the Gothic Spaces Guide. Covering New York City and beyond, we have found all of the hidden gems for your creepy pleasure. Here you can meet Count Dracula, Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein’s creature, and all of the characters that arise in your nightmares. This site will map out some “Gothic” areas around town, around the world, and even in the spaces of video games, film and TV. Bring a friend or lover, O ye faint of heart! Enter at your own risk!

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