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DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH


LIT 308E
British Literature: Manuscripts, Monsters & Media
Spring 2015
Keri Behre


More about this course from the instructor:

The British Literature survey is one of my favorite courses to teach. This particular version of the course has grown out of my enjoyment of teaching the material through the lens of a variety of digital adaptations and reflections. We'll include clips of digital media to engage questions of relevance, theme, and critical issues of appropriation for each text. This course is designed to provide English majors with both a broad understanding of early English literary history and an in-depth experience of many of its major works. No prior background in the subject matter is required.
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LIT 328
The Short Story: Contemporary American Literature and the Rise of the Short Story
Spring 2015
Jay Ponteri


More about this course from the instructor:

Why have so many North American writers embraced the short story form despite the fact that New York publishing houses buy fewer story collections? What does the short story offer the reader the novel cannot? What makes a short story short? This course focuses on the magnificent rise of the short story form over the last 30 years in North America. While reading a variety of acclaimed short story collections, we tease out the form's particular qualities and pleasures. Furthermore, we visit the writers (e.g., Carver, Munro) who have largely influenced this surge in short story writing. The class provides students with a decent grasp of the field of contemporary American writers.
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LIT 371A
Shakespeare in Performance
Spring 2015
Perrin Kerns and Meg Roland


More about this course from the instructor:

Shakespeare's plays were performed in the Globe Theater, at a time when, indeed, all the world was considered a stage. We will journey down to Ashland to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to see three Shakespeare plays: Pericles, Antony and Cleopatra, and Much Ado about Nothing.
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LIT 378A
Medieval Literature and Culture
Spring 2015
Meg Roland

More about this course from the instructor:

The literature of the medieval period is extraordinarily diverse. Specific course content may vary from term to term. Course topics may include topics such as Arthurian Romance, Imagining East, and Literature and Cartography. May be repeated for credit.
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LIT 359
Service-Learning I: Writing & Service
Spring 2015
Laura Moulton

 

More about this course from the instructor:

This course examines the history and theories of service and experiential learning. Students will study examples of service learning projects as they begin to develop and implement their own project. The course will emphasize the public humanities and ask students to connect their evolving project to what they are learning in their other coursework.

This course is a creative nonfiction class, with a service-learning component. This means that alongside an examination of various forms and techniques of contemporary nonfiction, students will develop a plan for a service-learning opportunity in their city. Weekly readings and online discussions will explore the personal essay, memoir, and other subgenres, and students will keep a writer's notebook and become keen observers of their own particular worlds, using the raw material from these experiences to create their own writing.

Annie Dillard writes "Never ever get yourself into a situation where you have nothing to do but write and read. You'll go into a depression. You have to be doing something good for the world, something undeniably useful; you need exercise, too, and people." While I won't require you to exercise for this class, I do subscribe to the idea that staying connected to the world (i.e. people) and reaching beyond your own writing/reading life is a very good thing to do. Service-learning courses combine academic curriculum with meaningful service in the community. In this class, we will focus on writing that documents a particular time, place and people, seeking out the stories that are often overlooked. Our class will be online for ten weeks.
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WR 353
Book Arts and Print Publication
Spring 2015
Drew Swenhaugen

More about this course from the instructor:

Most publications from books to blogs negotiate the blank space of the page with text and image; the seeds of a well-designed book, zine or online publication are the choices made in the layout and production of a single page. This course tracks the creation of the book from writing to publication and gives artists and writers the tools they need to gain their publishing independence. Students will examine typography, text as image, book cover and page design, and various techniques of bookbinding. In addition, there will be instruction in typesetting and letterpress printing, as well as practical guidance in today's ever-changing publishing environment, with specific concentration on how to legitimately publish one's own and others' work. Students will create a work to publish in a bound form.
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WR 366A
Writing Seminar I: Creative Nonfiction
Spring 2015
Perrin Kerns

More about this course from the instructor:

In this course we will explore multiple forms of creative nonfiction: memoir, personal essay, the lyric. Each class will begin with generative writing in response to prompts. As the term progresses, we will respond to drafts of longer pieces in a workshop setting, offering insight and critique that will aid in final revision. This course is designed in collaboration with a similar course at Clackamas Community College, taught by Ryan Davis this year. Students from Clackamas will join us for our day spent with writer, Elena Passarello. We will also share the stage with CCC students for a group reading at the end of the term.
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WR 471A
Senior Creative Writing Workshop
Spring 2015
Jay Ponteri

More about this course from the instructor:

This course provides students with the opportunity to revise earlier work from Writing Seminars I and II in preparation for graduate school applications and/or publication. By the end of the course, students will have a polished manuscript to send to MFA programs, to send out for submission to literary journals, or to prepare as a chapbook. Students will develop skills in revision by revising their own pages and by discussing one another's revised work in small workshops.
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WR 498A
Senior Thesis
Spring 2015
Meg Roland & Perrin Kerns

More about this course from the instructor:

In addition to producing a work of original scholarship this term, we will also ask you to practice some form of public scholarship in which you translate your scholarship in some way for the general public, perhaps via digital technologies. This will become a piece of your final presentation portfolio, an assignment that is aimed to help you look outward, past graduation, to the way your English degree will serve your future path. A panel of alumni will visit us one night to discuss their trajectory post-graduation, as well.
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