Fall 2014 ENG 101 Course Descriptions

Posted on May 9th, 2014 by

Professor: Sun Hee Lee

ENG-101-001: Read: Search of the American Dream

In this course students will learn about the immigrant experiences of various peoples in different historical periods in search of the ever-changing, often-elusive American Dream. Through literature, film, and historical documents, students will learn about how immigrants envisioned America, which benefits were associated with living in this country, and how they struggled to achieve those goals. Students will also have the chance to bring themselves into the conversation by investigating their immigrant histories and exploring what the American Dream means in the present.

CON – Confer Hall 126 Lecture 10:30AM – 11:20AM 09/02/2013 – 12/18/2013 Monday, Wednesday and Friday


Professor: Donald Scheese

ENG-101-002 & 101-003: Read: Lit and Culture of Sport

This course explores the various roles & functions that sport plays in society. What is it about sport that generates so much interest, revenue, acclaim, & controversy, & that inspires people to participate in and/or become a fan of so many different forms of sporting activity? We will analyze sport from the various perspectives of players, managers & coaches, as well as of fans. Reading numerous works of both fiction & nonfiction, we will use sport as both a window through which we view & interpret cultures around the world, and as a mirror reflecting some of a culture’s most important values & traditions. Issues of race, class, gender, region & nationalism will certainly be considered. Some of the sports to be focused on will include baseball, basketball, football, soccer, cycling, mountain climbing, & fly fishing.

002: VH – Vickner Hall 303 Lecture 10:30AM – 11:50AM 09/02/2013 – 12/18/2013 Tuesday and Thursday

003: VH – Vickner Hall 303 Lecture 12:00PM – 1:20PM 09/02/2013 – 12/18/2013 Tuesday and Thursday


Professor: Phil Bryant

ENG-101-004: Read: Book Burning

This course will explore the question of why literature incites people to ban, outlaw and burn it (often times burning the authors along with their books). We will read a wide selection of literatures from different countries, societies, historical periods, both past and present. We will first read them as literary works of art, examining them through close, critical readings to ascertain their form and substance as literature. We will then bring these works of literature into the larger, broader social, political, religion context where as works of literature they have been deemed by the authorities, dangerous and unsuitable for persons in that particular society to read. We will look at why this happens, specifically and generally, throughout human history, occurring in almost all societies. The underlying question in this course could be: What makes literature so dangerous?

CON – Confer Hall 332 Lecture 12:30PM – 1:20PM 09/02/2013 – 12/18/2013 Monday, Wednesday and Friday


Professor: Gaywyn Moore

ENG-101-005: Read: Old Tales Retold

The strange, the supernatural, and the scary populate stories told and retold for ages, embodying the fears of a specific culture while also sharing those fears with future generations. Beginning with Beowulf, this class will consider the context and legacy of ‘old stories’. We will examine adaptations of the Old English epic, including Tolkien’s The Hobbit, Gaiman’s The Monarch of the Glen, film adaptations of Beowulf, and a children’s series, Kid Beowulf. We then consider fairy tales and adaptations, including western and global original tales, modern retellings through short story, poetry, film, and even commercials. What are we still afraid of? Who are our monsters? Through these texts, we can identify the allure and staying power of old tales, and we can also interrogate the ways these texts adapt for later audiences.

CON – Confer Hall 334 Lecture 12:30PM – 1:20PM 09/02/2013 – 12/18/2013 Monday, Wednesday and Friday


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