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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

One Credit Seminars

English Department

Spring 2018


ENGL3316 Incendiary Poetics: Whitman and Ginsberg
Wednesdays at 2pm
(1 credit course)

Incendiary Voices: Whitman's Leaves of Grass and Ginsberg's Howl. This seminar will focus on the long poems of Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg, whose work arguably changed the course of American poetry. We'll look at the structure and content of the poems through close reading, with additional short readings to provide context and demonstrate both how revolutionary were the poems themselves, and the ways they continue to talk to each other about American ideals and exceptionalism. Students will be expected to lead discussions on self-selected topics, and to participate fully in dialogue about the poems, the poets, and their times. Short papers, one longer final paper of 5-7 pages.

Susan Roberts

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ENGL3324 Great Adaptations
Wednesdays 3-4:30pm
(1 credit course)

How does a writer make a new story out of someone else’s old story? And why?  Shakespeare did it, and James Joyce, and the author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies.  TV and film studios do it constantly.  Adaptations, versions, retellings with a different angle or flavor: what are the delights, and dangers?  This one-credit course will center on Dickens’s Great Expectations, move to Peter Carey’s “Neo-Victorian” adaptation Jack Maggs (1997), which features a version of Dickens himself as a character, and conclude with Alfonso Cuaron’s Americanized 1998 film of Great Expectations, which echoes both its source – and Huckleberry Finn. 

Judith Wilt

ENGL3001 Walking Infinite Jest (Spring:3.0)

David Foster Wallace describes Enfield, Massachusetts—an important setting in his 1996 novel Infinite Jest—as "a kind of arm-shape extending north from Commonwealth Avenue and separating Brighton into Upper and Lower, its elbow nudging East Newton's ribs and its fist sunk into Allston...". Sound familiar? In this course, we'll conduct a Bostonian's reading of Wallaces opus. Students will be required to write weekly critical reading responses, and should be prepared for the course's non-traditional structure: weekly meetings won't begin until week three, and will sometimes be canceled in lieu of weekend "on-site" meetings in Brighton and Boston.
Christopher Boucher
ENGL3001 Walking Infinite Jest (Spring:3.0)

David Foster Wallace describes Enfield, Massachusetts—an important setting in his 1996 novel Infinite Jest—as "a kind of arm-shape extending north from Commonwealth Avenue and separating Brighton into Upper and Lower, its elbow nudging East Newton's ribs and its fist sunk into Allston...". Sound familiar? In this course, we'll conduct a Bostonian's reading of Wallaces opus. Students will be required to write weekly critical reading responses, and should be prepared for the course's non-traditional structure: weekly meetings won't begin until week three, and will sometimes be canceled in lieu of weekend "on-site" meetings in Brighton and Boston.
Christopher Boucher
ENGL3004 Storytelling and Catholicism (Spring:1.0)

Within the field of religion and literature the newer field of ‘Catholic Studies’ has emerged, to pay close attention both to varieties of Catholic experience and to how the world at large experiences, or imagines, ‘the Catholic.’ We’ll look at four short stories suggesting a multicultural dimension to ‘the Catholic,’ and read two novels, A Flag for Sunrise, featuring Americans experiencing the political intrigue and spiritual intensity of Central America in the 1980’s, and Pearl, following the journey of an American into the still tense Ireland of the 2000’s. A final assignment is on a self-chosen film about ‘the Catholic.’
Judith Wilt
ENGL3004 Storytelling and Catholicism (Spring:1.0)

Within the field of religion and literature the newer field of ‘Catholic Studies’ has emerged, to pay close attention both to varieties of Catholic experience and to how the world at large experiences, or imagines, ‘the Catholic.’ We’ll look at four short stories suggesting a multicultural dimension to ‘the Catholic,’ and read two novels, A Flag for Sunrise, featuring Americans experiencing the political intrigue and spiritual intensity of Central America in the 1980’s, and Pearl, following the journey of an American into the still tense Ireland of the 2000’s. A final assignment is on a self-chosen film about ‘the Catholic.’
Judith Wilt
ENGL2225 War Stories (Spring:1.0)

Shakespeare told stories about war, and so did the Greeks. Common themes abound, and contradictions too. Battle traditionally can test, or even produce, honor/ horror, courage / carnage, Endurance / madness. War arises from love of country or cause…or from lies. The Human Condition. A 20th/21st century specialty is war’s aftermath --PTSD. We’ll read short stories from World War I (Hemingway) to Iraq (Phil Klay,) the novels The Return of the Soldier and Catch 22, with an occasional poem and a last class on war films. Writing: an occasional reflection paper and two take-home final essay questions.
Judith Wilt
ENGL2225 War Stories (Spring:1.0)

Shakespeare told stories about war, and so did the Greeks. Common themes abound, and contradictions too. Battle traditionally can test, or even produce, honor/ horror, courage / carnage, Endurance / madness. War arises from love of country or cause…or from lies. The Human Condition. A 20th/21st century specialty is war’s aftermath --PTSD. We’ll read short stories from World War I (Hemingway) to Iraq (Phil Klay,) the novels The Return of the Soldier and Catch 22, with an occasional poem and a last class on war films. Writing: an occasional reflection paper and two take-home final essay questions.
Judith Wilt
ENGL2225 War Stories (Spring:1.0)

Shakespeare told stories about war, and so did the Greeks. Common themes abound, and contradictions too. Battle traditionally can test, or even produce, honor/ horror, courage / carnage, Endurance / madness. War arises from love of country or cause…or from lies. The Human Condition. A 20th/21st century specialty is war’s aftermath --PTSD. We’ll read short stories from World War I (Hemingway) to Iraq (Phil Klay,) the novels The Return of the Soldier and Catch 22, with an occasional poem and a last class on war films. Writing: an occasional reflection paper and two take-home final essay questions.
Judith Wilt
     
     
ENGL2225 War Stories (Spring:1.0)

Shakespeare told stories about war, and so did the Greeks. Common themes abound, and contradictions too. Battle traditionally can test, or even produce, honor/ horror, courage / carnage, Endurance / madness. War arises from love of country or cause…or from lies. The Human Condition. A 20th/21st century specialty is war’s aftermath --PTSD. We’ll read short stories from World War I (Hemingway) to Iraq (Phil Klay,) the novels The Return of the Soldier and Catch 22, with an occasional poem and a last class on war films. Writing: an occasional reflection paper and two take-home final essay questions.
Judith Wilt
ENGL2225 War Stories (Spring:1.0)

Shakespeare told stories about war, and so did the Greeks. Common themes abound, and contradictions too. Battle traditionally can test, or even produce, honor/ horror, courage / carnage, Endurance / madness. War arises from love of country or cause…or from lies. The Human Condition. A 20th/21st century specialty is war’s aftermath --PTSD. We’ll read short stories from World War I (Hemingway) to Iraq (Phil Klay,) the novels The Return of the Soldier and Catch 22, with an occasional poem and a last class on war films. Writing: an occasional reflection paper and two take-home final essay questions.
Judith Wilt
ENGL2225 War Stories (Spring:1.0)

Shakespeare told stories about war, and so did the Greeks. Common themes abound, and contradictions too. Battle traditionally can test, or even produce, honor/ horror, courage / carnage, Endurance / madness. War arises from love of country or cause…or from lies. The Human Condition. A 20th/21st century specialty is war’s aftermath --PTSD. We’ll read short stories from World War I (Hemingway) to Iraq (Phil Klay,) the novels The Return of the Soldier and Catch 22, with an occasional poem and a last class on war films. Writing: an occasional reflection paper and two take-home final essay questions.
Judith Wilt
ENGL3317 Career Planning for English Majors (Spring:1.0)

English Major Career Planning is a 10-week, 1-credit, P/NP course designed to facilitate planning and preparations for English majors who want to explore career paths in business, public relations, marketing, government, non-profits, the tech industry, and entrepreneurship. Representatives and recruiters from a variety of industries will be guest speakers, Career Center professionals will present hands-on workshops on cover letter and resume writing as well as interview techniques, and students will identify specific internship opportunities and prepare to apply for them.
ENGL3317 Career Planning for English Majors (Spring:1.0)

English Major Career Planning is a 10-week, 1-credit, P/NP course designed to facilitate planning and preparations for English majors who want to explore career paths in business, public relations, marketing, government, non-profits, the tech industry, and entrepreneurship. Representatives and recruiters from a variety of industries will be guest speakers, Career Center professionals will present hands-on workshops on cover letter and resume writing as well as interview techniques, and students will identify specific internship opportunities and prepare to apply for them.
ENGL3317 Career Planning for English Majors (Spring:1.0)

English Major Career Planning is a 10-week, 1-credit, P/NP course designed to facilitate planning and preparations for English majors who want to explore career paths in business, public relations, marketing, government, non-profits, the tech industry, and entrepreneurship. Representatives and recruiters from a variety of industries will be guest speakers, Career Center professionals will present hands-on workshops on cover letter and resume writing as well as interview techniques, and students will identify specific internship opportunities and prepare to apply for them.