ASIA 100: Foundations of Asian Studies
This course provides an introduction to the broad historical, cultural and philosophical events and traditions of this important geopolitical region that includes China, Japan, and Korea among other important states. Attention to major historical developments over time, as well as to the cultural and philosophical underpinnings that characterize the region. The course raises questions about the roles and interactions of Asian countries internationally in the 21st century global context.
CW 210 - Form in Poetry
This foundation course is a critical study of the essential poetic forms (villanelle, sonnet, sestina, etc.) and how the forms relate to the contemporary voice through critical reading of established writers and appropriate texts. Through both seminars and writing workshops, the class combines the critical study of published writing and the development of student work to learn how form and the history of form creates the basis for all poetry. Students will be exposed to essential works by writers such as John Berryman, Elizabeth Bishop, T.S. Elliot, Phillip Larkin, Robert Lowell, Sylvia Plath, Frank O’Hara, Theodore Roethke, and William Carlos Williams. Creative expectations are no more than three revised poems that fully reflect the focused study of the course.
CW 360 - Writers Reading Fiction Seminar
It is a tried and true maxim that the best way to learn to write is to read. In this course, students will learn to “read as writers.” Through studying writers that compose the contemporary canon, students will learn to read a work by its various technical craft elements. This class helps students bridge the critical analysis of the writing process with the development of their own writing skills. Students will be exposed to essential works of writers such as, Toni Morrison, Junot Diaz, Sherman Alexie, Chang-Rae Lee, and Sandra Cisneros.
THEAT 334 - Contemporary Drama
Concentrated study of major trends in the contemporary theatre. Each semester the class will focus on the work of one playwright or one aspect of the current theatre. Students are expected to do extensive research and analysis for seminar presentations.
WTING 301 - The Rhetoric of Narrative
This course explores storytelling as a rhetorical act that functions to persuade others, build knowledge, fashion identities, and create audiences. Students learn to use rhetorical concepts like ethos and identification to interpret a variety of narratives – such as fables, fairy tales, and parables; white papers, constitutions, and other claims to political autonomy; testimony taken from war crimes trials, tribunals, and truth commissions; literacy narratives; and their own family stories. Throughout this course of study, students have opportunities to critically reflect upon and write about narratives that have shaped their own identities and/or moved them to action.
WTING 302 - Art of Writing: Forms of the Essay
This course broadens students’ understanding of the essay as a genre, with emphasis on analyzing and writing the personal essay. Through a socio-cultural perspective, students investigate why the personal essay is persuasive discourse that parallels pathos in argument. Readings proceed from the historical to the contemporary in the arts and sciences.
WTING 303 - Environmental Rhetoric
This course will examine important writers and thinkers from Henry David Thoreau to William McKibben for ways in which arguments about human/nature relationships have evolved. The tensions in these relationships, this course argues, have forged environmentalism into a counter-hegemonic discourse that challenges fundamental assumptions about the centrality of man, the role and value of “progress,” and the utility of nature.
WTING 305 - Writing the City
In this course, students analyze and write about the city – a complex, multilayered environment that includes densely textured landscapes, platforms for creativity and innovation, sites of systemic injustice and political struggle, as well as homes, haunts, houses of worship, etc. Built upon the metaphor of the city-as-text, the course prompts students to explore – physically, emotionally, intellectually, socially, and rhetorically – the discourse communities of the city; the situatedness of knowledge; concepts such as nostalgia and homesickness; the relationships between design, identity, and power; questions of displacement/dislocation, representation (e.g., map-making), tourism, and globalization; and the creation of publics and counter publics. Readings include sections such as Paula Mathieu’s Tactics of Hope, Virginia Woolf’s “Street Haunting,” and Michel de Certeau’s The Practice of Everyday Life; and students write reflective essays, local histories/ethnographies, and walking tours.
WTING 322 - Advancing Public Argument
Equality. Knowledge. Happiness. Freedom. The public sphere is where the meaning and implications of these words are constantly defined, contested and renegotiated. Beginning with readings that offer definitions of rhetoric role in the public sphere itself, students read a wide range of historical and contemporary public discourses that have sought to advance persuasive arguments to the American citizenry. By analyzing a variety of public genres (letters, photographs, speeches, film, statistics, art installations) with attention to the ways authors deploy the rhetorical appeals of ethos, logos, and pathos, students gain fluency as critically engaged citizens, able to participate in the reading, writing, and resisting of on-going public arguments. Writing projects privilege student interest but emphasize the development of visual, cultural, and quantitative rhetoric’s.