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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 19–May 10, Anne Pluto

ADEN 105401  College Writing
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 25–May 16, Dustin Rutledge

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 25–May 16, Robert Farrell, S.J.

ADEN 109601  Craft of Writing
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 23–May 14, Ted Murphy

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 19-–May 10, 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 25–May 16, Thomas MacDonald

ADEN 121801  Postmodern Literary Laurels
Hybrid course, combines in-person and online class meetings. Refer to the course syllabus on the Course Information & Schedule page in AGORA and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.
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.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 21–May 12, 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.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 19–May 10, John Michalczyk and Susan Michalczyk

ADEN 139001  Global Literature: Cultures of the World
Global literature goes beyond the notion of the globe as a physical geographic entity and transcends national boundaries to comment on the most prevailing aspects of the human condition. This course will attempt to redefine the borders of the world we live in through narratives that recognize the many conflicting issues of race, language, economy, gender and ethnicity, which separate and limit us, while also recognizing that regardless of the differences in our stories, we are united by our humanity. Through literature, students will journey across continents, countries, cultures and landscapes, to reflect on various renditions on the human experience. Writers will include:  Aravind Adiga (India), NoViolet Bulawayo (Zimbabwe), Edwidge Danticat (Haiti), Yu Hua (China), Dinaw Mengestu (Ethiopia), and Marjane Satrapi (Iran).
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 20–May 11, Akua Sarr

ADEN 350001  Writers and the Catholic Imagination
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 20–May 11, Dustin Rutledge


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