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Woods College of Advancing Studies

English

SPRING 2015

ADEN 105201  Introductory College Writing
Class requires simultaneous registration in ADEN 112901.
ADEN105201 Syllabus
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 13–May 5, Diane Thompson

ADEN 112901  Informing Writers: Text and Tech
Class requires simultaneous registration in ADEN 105201.
ADEN112901 Syllabus
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.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 12–May 11, Nina Bogdanovsky

ADEN 105401  College Writing
ADEN105401 Syllabus
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.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 12–May 11, Cindy Jones

ADEN 106001  Literary Works
ADEN106001 Syllabus
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 12–May 11, 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 17–May 9, Ted Murphy

ADEN 120301  Social Networking in the Digital Age
ADEN120301 Syllabus
Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have, for better or worse, changed the nature of friendship. Today people meet, converse and interact online. Networks connect people across continents, enable collaboration from afar, facilitate sharing of news and information, 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; news is sometimes skewed and traditional news outlets undermined; and conversations, once private, are now visible to entire networks. Readings, discussion and reflection explore the positive and negative aspects of social networks, providing a rich palette for writing.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 12–May 11, Thomas MacDonald

ADEN 121301  Cityscapes: Literary Portraits
Cities offer authors rich geographic and imaginative space in which to explore quests for life, love, happiness, excitement and success. This 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 selected poetry and drama.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 15–May 7, Andrea Defusco

ADEN 126401  The Master Sleuths
ADEN126401 Syllabus
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.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 14-–May 6, Andrew McAleer

ADEN 126601  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.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 14–May 6, Akua Sarr

ADEN 137201  Film Adaptation of Fictional Works
ADEN137201 Syllabus
Many films take their plots, characters and inspiration from novels and short stories. These adaptations are often very successful films, but they frequently differ greatly from the original works of fiction. This class examines what is lost and what is gained in the transition from page to screen. We carefully read the original works and then compare the movies. Includes Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote; The Road, Cormac McCarthy; The Color Purple, Alice Walker; Watchmen, Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 12–May 11, John Michalczyk and Susan Michalczyk

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: short stories (1955-1965) by Flannery O'Connor, the memoir Redeemed (2008) by Heather King, the play Good People (2011) by David Lindsay-Abaire, and the essay collection The Thorny Grace of It (2013) by Brian Doyle. What is Catholic literature? How does it provide unique opportunities for reflection, even inspiration? How do art, spirituality, and human experience intersect? As students learn about Catholicism to better understand Catholic literature, they explore the themes, questions, and formal and linguistic literary techniques that inform the Catholic imagination.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 14–May 6, Dustin Rutledge

 


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