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Woods College of Advancing Studies

English

SPRING 2018

ADEN 105201  Introductory College Writing
This 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.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 16–May 8, Anne Pluto

ADEN 1054  College Writing
ADEN105401 Syllabus - Prof. Jones
ADEN105402 Syllabus - Prof. Minonne
This course, which introduces flexible strategies for approaching each stage of the writing process, prepares students to succeed in their college-level writing. Students learn from readings that illustrate conventions and techniques of composition and from their own regular practice in drafting, revising, and editing.
ADEN105401 Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 22–May 14, Cindy Jones
ADEN105402 ONLINE, Jan 22–May 14, Francesca Minonne
FULLY ONLINE SECTION - Asynchronous. No days or times are specified; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

ADEN 106001  Literary Works
Concentrated introductory study of a limited number of major authors. The purpose is to develop an ability to read literature with appreciation and to write intelligently.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 22–May 14, Robert Farrell, S.J.

ADEN 109601  Craft of Writing
ADEN109601 Syllabus
This is an 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. The course is an elective or alternative for Introductory College Writing.
Sat 12:30–3:30, Jan 20–May 12, Ted Murphy
NOTE - Saturday class

ADEN 116101  Crime, Criminals, and the Courts
Real life crime captivates our sense of intrigue, imagination and our investigative nature. The Whitey Bulger saga, the Lindbergh kidnapping, the Lizzie Borden case, the Boston Strangler murders and the Charles Manson family, and are just some of the fascinating cases that enthrall the public. Analyzing alleged criminals, their suspected motives, and the justice system, students discover how true crime writers master the art of recreating and retelling notorious crimes. Videos and guest lecturers supplement class discussions.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 16–May 8, Andrew McAleer

ADEN 120301  Social Networking in the Digital Age
Writing well in a social media milieu is important especially in the digital age. Students will explore the freedom and the challenges that come with this new era, and learn to write and present compelling narratives across digital platforms. There will be assigned readings for each class. Ethical and other considerations of this medium will be considered, eg., bullying, “collecting” friends, etc. As this class includes social aspects of on-line forms, reflecting on and discussing dimensions of this are essential. Students will need to bring a laptop or tablet to class.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 22–May 14, Thomas MacDonald

ADEN 121301  Cityscapes: Literary Portraits
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Woods College website or on the course Canvas page for more detailed information.
Cities offer authors rich geographic and imaginative space in which to explore quests for life, love, happiness, excitement and success. Course explores how authors invest the urban landscape with symbolic meaning so that the setting almost becomes another character in the text. Discussion focuses on how setting affects character, including urban socialites, capitalists, gangsters and entrepreneurs. Readings include Edith Wharton’s House of Mirth, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Ralph Ellison’s Invisible Man, Toni Morrison’s Jazz, Ron Suskind’s A Hope in the Unseen, and select poetry and drama.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, Andrea Defusco

ADEN 124401  Film: Literature and Law
Interest in the rapport between film and literature as it relates to the law intrigues us as much today as ever. Literature captures the drama of a legal trial or an investigation into a brutal, racial murder. Film then takes this rich material and shapes it into a compelling form with dynamic visuals and other narrative techniques. The course explores the power of story-telling and the impact of film to embody and inhabit law and its relationship to ideas about inferiority, liberty, citizenry, race, justice, crime, punishment, and social order. Film adaptations from short stories, plays, and novellas will comprise the body of the curriculum.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, John Michalczyk and Susan Michalczyk

ADEN 128701  Popular Fiction: Action Thrillers
James Patterson has defined action thrillers by the “intensity of emotions they create ... of apprehension and exhilaration, of excitement and breathlessness. ... By definition, if a thriller doesn’t thrill, it’s not doing its job.” John Grisham, Dan Brown, Stieg Larson, Michael Crichton, Tess Gerritson, Thomas Harris - whether legal, political, military, medical, psychological or sci-fi writers - nonstop action, precarious situations, hair-raising suspense, and heroic characters all exemplify the best thrillers. Course examines the various thriller genres, the control of pacing, the treatment of time, the use of language, and the manipulation of event. Students come to understand and work with the ways authors tell a story and sense what is essential for making fiction.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 16–May 8, Akua Sarr

ADEN 223301  The Road Trip in Literature and Film
In both literature and film, the road trip offers opportunities to reflect upon life’s journey, across familiar and unknown pathways. Literary and cinematic techniques engage both reader and viewer on issues of the universal experience in this variation of the traditional symbolism for recognizing patterns on a journey that is both individual and collective. Travel, constant movement and change, provide an alternative way of seeing life and challenging established conventions. Whether by plane, train, boat, car, or on foot, following the road trip in literature and film presents another means of seeing patterns along life’s pathways. The course will compare traditional and modern interpretations of the genre through works, at times poignant, at times light-hearted, that revolve around personal search for identity and meaning, as well as broader socio-political issues. Examples include: The Odyssey/O Brother Where Art Thou, Chef/The Hundred-Foot Journey, El Norte/The Golden Door, Motorcycle Diaries, Breaking Away, Little Miss Sunshine and On the Road/ Easy Rider.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 16–May 8, John Michalczyk and Susan Michalczyk

ADEN 305001  19th Century American Frontier Literature
This course considers the literature of the U.S. westward expansion (“Manifest Destiny”), from James Fenimore Cooper’s New York wilderness to the expeditions of Lewis & Clark’s Pacific Northwest. Through a literary lens, this course explores the mythic notion of the fortune seeker and cowboy versus the realities of frontier settlements; and the unique notion of Americanism that emerged through these themes.
ONLINE, Jan 16–May 14, William Boozang
FULLY ONLINE COURSE - Asynchronous. No days or times are specified; students must participate weekly per all communications and instructions from the professor, must adhere to course schedule, and submit all course work on time.

ADEN 350001  Writers and the Catholic Imagination
ADEN350001 Syllabus
Boston College’s Jesuit Catholic tradition encourages students to “find God in all things.” This course examines spiritual expression in a sample of modern and contemporary Catholic literature, including short stories, poetry, film, and creative nonfiction. How does Catholic literature provide unique opportunities for reflection, even inspiration? How do spirituality, art, and human experience intersect? As students learn about Catholicism to better understand literary texts, and vice versa, they explore the themes, questions, and formal and literary techniques that inform the Catholic imagination.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 17–May 9, Dustin Rutledge


 


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