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Woods College of Advancing Studies

English

SPRING 2017

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 17–May 9, 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 23–May 15, Cindy Jones

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 23–May 15, 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 21–May 13, Ted Murphy

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 23–May 15, Thomas MacDonald

ADEN 126401  The 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.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 17–May 9, Andrew McAleer

Shakespeare I - The Author and His Times: Comedies and Dark Humor
This is a hybrid course, which combines some in-person and some online class meetings. Please refer to the course syllabus on the Course Information and Schedule page in AGORA and on the Woods College website for more detailed information.

In this study of selected plays from the Shakespearean canon, we shall learn that his comedies are far more than “the plays which end in marriages”. As our cornerstone, students will understand Elizabethan culture, and become familiar with Renaissance theories of love (including Plato, Christian ideals, and courtly love). We will also examine the deft use of humor in the plays, including the roots of what we enjoy in contemporary comedy: puns, double entendres, gender confusion, and slapstick physical comedy. Finally, we will analyze darker themes shared in common with his tragedies: oppression, the dangers of urban life, loneliness, marginalization and social injustice. We will evaluate selected plays as exemplars of his best work: A Midsummer Night's Dream; The Tempest; Much Ado about Nothing, and one darkly humorous tragedy - Hamlet.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 19–May 11, Andrea Defusco

ADEN 137201  Film Adaptation of Fictional Works

This course will focus on literary works that have been adapted to the screen, analyzing various approaches in style and technique. At times content and thematic focus remain similar, while for other adaptations, there can be significant changes from the written word to the cinematic image.  Plays, short stories and novels for the course include, among others, The Conformist by Alberto Moravia, In the Bedroom by Andre Dubus, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt, Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury and The Lottery by Shirley Jackson.
Tues 6:15–9:15, Jan 17–May 9, John Michalczyk and Susan Michalczyk

ADEN 302501  From Gothic to Sublime: A Survey of 19th Century British Literature
Coinciding with the expanding Imperial Empire, 19th century Britain experienced great advances in both education and technology, leading to greater literacy among the populace, as well as mass production in the publishing industry. As such, popular literature emerged. This course explores the poetry and  short fiction of the Romantic and Victorian eras, considering how the literature of the period reflects the social and political sensibilities of the age.  Highlighted authors include Wordsworth, Keats, Browning, Rossetti, Tennyson, Wilde, Dickens and Kipling.
ONLINE, Jan 17–May 15, 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 326001  Survey of African Literature
An introduction to the major writers and diverse literary traditions of the African continent. We will study the historical and cultural contexts of fiction from different regions, and themes from various periods: colonialism and cultural imperialism, nationalism and independence, post-colonialism, and contemporary voices of African writers in America. Writers include Chinua Achebe (Nigeria), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigeria), J.M. Coetzee (South Africa), Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe), Laila Lalami (Morocco), Ngugi wa Thiongo (Kenya).
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 18–May 10, 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 18–May 10, Dustin Rutledge


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