Suzanne Barrett, A.B. Newton, M.A.T. Trenton State, A.M. Clark, Ph.D. Brown; Nina Bogdanovsky, M.L.S. Simmons, M.A. Moscow; Elisabeth Brink, A.B. Brown, Ph.D. Brandeis; Andrea Defusco, A.B., A.M. Boston College; Carol Fallon, B.S. Salem State, Verizon Certification; Robert Farrell, S.J., A.B., A.M., S.T.B. Boston College, A.M. Middlebury; Stephen Kurkjian, A.B. Boston University, J.D. Suffolk, Pulitzer Prize, '72, '80, '03; Terri Long, A.B. Boston College, M.F.A. Emerson; Andrew McAleer, A.B., Boston College, J.D. Mass School of Law; Ted Murphy, A.B. Boston College, Author Seven Books; Dustin Rutledge, A.B. Penn State, M.F.A. Notre Dame; Akua Sarr, A.B. Dartmouth, Ph.D. Wisconsin-Madison; Robert Sullivan, B.S. Bridgewater, A.M. Boston University, A.M., C.A.E.S. Boston College; Diane Thompson, A.B. Vassar, A.M. Iowa, M.F.A. Emerson.
EN 05201 Introductory College Writing
Class requires simultaneous registration in EN 12901
Course presents the basic techniques that are necessary for successful college writing. It provides the essential tools for clear, organized, effective analytical expression. Opportunities for revisions heighten self-confidence.
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 15–May 7, Professor Thompson
EN 12901 Informing Writers: Text and Tech
Class requires simultaneous registration in EN 05201
All good writing flows from good information. The four library sessions will familiarize students with the organization of libraries, the organization and presentation of information in print, online, and other formats and its importance to writers. A primary goal is for students to become more proficient at finding the information they need at libraries, on the Web, and from other sources. Students also learn about new tools and techniques that will inform their research and writing projects. Practical application is stressed.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Bogdanovsky
EN 05202 Introductory College Writing
Course inculcates the basic tenets of good writing to enable the student to write clear, expository prose. Besides regular practice in writing, collateral prose reading is assigned to illustrate the principles of composition.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Rutledge
EN 06001 Literary Works
Concentrated introductory study of a limited number of major authors. Purpose is to develop an ability to read literature with appreciation and to write intelligently.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Farrell, S.J.
EN 09601 Craft of Writing
Introductory course addressing frequent problems in writing. Students write short weekly papers that encourage the development of individual strategy and style. Class essays, as well as creative prose works, provide models. Course is an elective or alternative for Introductory College Writing.
Spring, Sat 12:30–3:30, Jan 19–May 4, Professor Murphy
EN 20301 Friendship in the Digital Age
Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have, for better or worse, changed the nature of friendship. Today friends meet, converse and interact online. Networks connect friends from afar, offer group support, and provide a vital means of communication for the elderly and the housebound. Social networking also raises many questions: among the troubling developments, power-users “collect” friends; digital conversations are easily misinterpreted; and conversations, once private, are now visible to entire networks. Readings, discussion and reflection explore friendship in the digital age, providing a rich palette for writing. Utilizes Blackboard Vista (available to the BC community) for collaborative projects and weekly online discussion.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Long
*Please note class meets on campus weekly*
EN 57501 Corporate Communication
In a globally competitive and technologically advanced world, the ability to convey ideas and persuade diverse audiences is critical to professional success in every organization. Course provides a learning environment which develops proficient communication skills. Focusing on business writing and oral presentations with attention to purpose and audience, the curriculum offers strategies for effective business communication in letters, memos, email, reports, proposals, resumes, meetings, and presentations. Classroom interaction, written assignments, collaborative media design, and team presentations provide multiple opportunities to demonstrate and enhance skills and to receive feedback on your professional communication style.
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 16–May 8, Professor Fallon
EN 21801 Postmodern Literary Laurels
A look at the best in postmodern fiction. Works by recent recipients of prestigious national and global literary awards including the Nobel Prize and National Book Awards. Course explores the social, historical and psychological issues in novels that examine the lessons of the near past, speak to changing times, and look to the future. Readings include: The Feast of the Goat, Mario Vargas Llosa; The Fifth Child, Doris Lessing; Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson; Beloved, Toni Morrison; Mister Pip, Lloyd Goods; Tree of Smoke, Denis Jonson and short works by Olga Grushin.
Spring, Thurs 6:30–9, Jan 17–May 9, Professor Defusco
EN 25101 Visual Storytelling
Fiction that combines text and art, sometimes called graphic fiction, has always been popular and is gaining increasing respect as an art form. Course looks closely at a variety of visual stories and analyzes their relationship to traditional, text-only works. Readings include Maus, Art Spiegelman; Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi; Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
Spring, Mon 6:30–9, Jan 14–May 6, Professor Barrett
EN 26401 Master Sleuths
Igniting our sense of intrigue and imagination, master detectives like Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, Fr. Brown and their illustrious colleagues; Poirot, Spenser, Inspector Maigret and the usual suspects, elevate crime fiction to a true art form. Through reading, guest appearances by experts in the field, classroom discussions, classic films, and creative writing, students become familiar with most forms of detective fiction including malice domestic, modern suspense, English cozy, amateur sleuth, hard-boiled, and police procedural.
Spring, Tues 6:30–9, Jan 15-May 7, Professor McAleer
EN 26601 Contemporary American Ethnic Literature
Ethnic difference has a profound effect on personal and social understandings of what it means to be an American. Multicultural fiction navigates the complex terrain of race and ethnicity in America. Fiction depicts a variety of experiences and suggests that what constitutes an American identity is far from settled. A discussion of the literature invites students to share their own personal narratives - stories of race, ethnicity, class, gender, faith, and nationality - to further uncover what it means to be “ethnic” in America. Writers include: S. Alexie, E. Danticat, J. Diaz, J. Eugenides, and J. Lahiri.
Spring, Wed 6:30–9, Jan 16–May 8, Professor Sarr
EN 41301 New World Classics
Course explores six classics of American fiction and the distinctive American form and style which emerges.
This course is now considered a Summer Session course only and subject to summer tuition (estimated $2200). Registration begins April 15.
May 13–June 20, Tues & Thurs 6:30–9:30, Professor Farrell, S.J.