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 Spring 2015 Course Descriptions

 Following are descriptions for courses being offered in the Spring 2015 semester. Please contact the professor with any questions. 

English 107: Introduction to Literary Studies I

Dr. Michael Bibby
MW 3:30-4:45

English 107: Introduction to Literary Studies I

Dr. Cathy Dibello
TR 9:30-10:45

English 111: Introduction to Literary Studies II
Dr. Rich Zumkhawala-Cook
TR 11:30-12:15

English 233: American Literature I 
Dr. Nathan Mao
TR 9:30-10:45

English 234: American Literature II

Dr. Michael Bibby

MW 2:00-3:15

English 236: British Literature I
Dr. Shari Horner

MWF 11:00-11:50

Catalogue Description:

First part of a two-part, chronologically-based survey of British literature. Works of drama, prose, and poetry by major British writers of this period are studied.  Representative writers include Chaucer, Jonson, and Milton.  In addition, some attention will be given to the history ofideas  associated with the writers of this period. Students should expect to write at least one analytic paper dealing with one or more of the works read for the course. 

Course Description:

This course surveys English literature from its earliest 8th century beginnings through the 18th century.  That means we will cover 1,000 years of literature written (mostly) in English, and we'll go fast.  Our goal will primarily be "breadth"-- you will (I hope) gain a clear understanding of the history of early English literature, its landmarks and lesser-known works, its movements and patterns, and its socio-cultural contexts.  In addition, you will work on "English major" skills:  careful critical analysis of literature through reading, writing, thinking, and talking. I will occasionally lecture, but there will be many opportunities for you to talk in class, and such talking is expected.  You will also have the opportunity to lead a class discussion.

 Assignments may include:

At least two analytical essays (with research)

Class discussion leader

Reading quizzes


English 237: British Literature II
Dr. Mary Libertin
TR 2:00 - 3:15

English 238: Technical/Professional Writing I 
Dr. Carla Kungl
TR 9:30 - 10:45

Dr Laurie Cella
11:00 - 12:15

English 307: Poetry Writing
Dr. Nicole Santalucia
MW 2:00-3:15

English 308: Fiction Writing
Prof. Neil Connelly

MWF 12:00-12:50

English 323: Reviewing the Arts for Publication
Dr. Carla Kungl
MWF 10:00-10:50

English 330: Shakespeare
Dr. Deb Montuori

TR 11:00-12:15

English 335: Creative Nonfiction Writing
Dr. Kim van Alkemade
T 6:30 - 9:15

English 343: Film Criticism

Dr. Michael Pressler
WF 10:00- 10:50 AND M 10:00-11:50

English 366: History and Structure of English Language

Dr. William Harris
TR 5:00-6:15

English 370: Queer Studies

Dr. William Harris
W 6:30-9:15

English 375: African-American Literature

Dr. Raymond Janifer, Sr.

TR 12:30-1:45 

Covers the origins and development of literary works by African-Americans from the 18Th century to the present day. Students will read autobiographies, poems, novels, short stories, and essays by Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. DuBois, Claude McKay, Zora Neale Hurston, Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Alice Walker, and Toni Morrison. 

Course Objectives:

Familiarize students with a generalized overview of African American experience.  

Familiarize students with a representative sampling of work by writers.

Familiarize students with the evolving role of literature written by African American writers.  

Familiarize students with the theoretical construct of voice in relation to African American writers.      

Required Text:

Gilyard and Wardi, Eds. African-American Literature. New York: Pearson and Co., 2004.


English 377: Studies in Restoration/18th Century Literature
Dr. Sharon Harrow
TR 12:30-1:45

English 383: 20th-Century American Literature
Dr. Erica Galioto
TR 9:30-10:45

English 385: Studies in Literature of the Post-Colonial World
Dr. Cathy Dibello
TR 12:30-1:45

ENG 394: Selected Topics in English
Dr. Matthew Cella
MWF 1:00-1:50

English 426: Teaching Adolescent Literature

Dr. Shannon Mortimore-Smith
W 6:30-9:15

English 427: Advanced Poetry Workshop
Dr. Nicole Santalucia
MW 3:30-4:45

English 438: Technical/Professional Writing II 
Dr. Carla Kungl
TR 11:00 - 12:15

This seminar tackles some practical and theoretical issues raised in all types of professional communication: ethical and legal considerations, writing for various audiences, persuasive strategies, and research methodology.  Reflecting actual workplace strategies, much of the work we do this semester will be collaborative, with each group member actively creating and contributing to the larger project. This project entails identifying a community or university presence in need of a web site. Your team will then collaboratively write a proposal to build a website (or a portion of a larger one), and upon approval from the community contact, will build that site. The site will then get presented to the client at the end of the semester.

By the end of the semester, you’ll learn how to make clean, navigable sites using Adobe Dreamweaver, improve clarity and coherence in your writing across different platforms, understand thoroughly how purpose and audience affect your work, and develop greater skill in document design. In this small seminar-style course, students get individual attention and have freedom to work on projects meaningful to them.

Students who have gotten jobs in the fields technical writing, editing, or web site building tell me that this was one of the most valuable courses they took here at Ship. This class is also part of the Technical/Professional Communications Minor and can fill up fast! Technical/Professional Writing I is being offered Winter Term; students can register for both courses at the same time.

Text: Markel, Mike. Technical Communication. 10th ed. Bedford/St Martins, 2012.
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English 466: Seminar in Literary Theory
Dr. Rich Zumkhawala-Cook
TR 9:30 - 10:45

English 469: Seminar in Poetry
Dr. Dawn Vernooy
T 6:30 - 9:15