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Spring 2019 English 102 Offerings

ENGL 102 A - Grinnell – Folk and Fairy Stories

English 102 is a course normally taken by Wofford students in the spring of their first year. The course combines an in-depth study of some topic in fiction with college-level composition, including knowledge of research and documentation. The topic for my section is fairy tales, their origin, tradition and transformation.

ENGL 102 B - Dinkins – Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and the Problem of Identity

In this class, we will read comic books and graphic novels that address questions of identity and explore why the medium is particularly well-suited to these questions. Texts may include Bechdel’s Fun Home, Mazzuchelli’s Asterios Polyp, and Moore and Lloyd’s V for Vendetta.  

ENGL 102 C - Singleton – Grit Lit

In the Grit Lit class, students will read a number of short stories, essays, and a novel written by contemporary southern writers. It’s about regular people doing the best they can with what they’ve been offered in life.

ENGL 102 D - Singleton – Grit Lit

In the Grit Lit class, students will read a number of short stories, essays, and a novel written by contemporary southern writers. It’s about regular people doing the best they can with what they’ve been offered in life.

ENGL 102 E - Hitchmough – Classic Short Fiction

This course is an introduction to the study of short fiction and writing about literature. Students will read stories by a wide variety of authors from the nineteenth to the twenty-first centuries, from Europe to America, from Anton Chekhov to Alice Munro.

ENGL 102 F - Trakas – F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Twenties and Thirties

We’ll read Fitzgerald’s two most important novels, a half dozen of his best short stories, and a novel by his contemporary, Ernest Hemingway. We’ll discuss the texts, the lives of the authors, and the historical/literary contexts of their work.

ENGL 102 G - Trakas – F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Twenties and Thirties

We’ll read Fitzgerald’s two most important novels, a half dozen of his best short stories, and a novel by his contemporary, Ernest Hemingway. We’ll discuss the texts, the lives of the authors, and the historical/literary contexts of their work.

ENGL 102 H - Pesch – Looking at Animals

This class explores representations of animals across a variety of media, ranging from documentary and fiction film to animation and user-generated media. We will meet familiar faces such as King Kong, Nemo and YouTube star Maru the cat, and also encounter some lesser known creatures. In addition to written responses to course films and readings, students will produce a research paper.  

ENGL 102 I - Pesch – Looking at Animals

This class explores representations of animals across a variety of media, ranging from documentary and fiction film to animation and user-generated media. We will meet familiar faces such as King Kong, Nemo and YouTube star Maru the cat, and also encounter some lesser known creatures. In addition to written responses to course films and readings, students will produce a research paper.

ENGL 102 J - Sweitzer – Fantastic Fictions

In this class, we will read short stories influenced by non-realistic narrative traditions such as folktales, fairy tales, ghost stories, science fiction, and the grotesque. We'll consider how to think and write about stories that use odd or dream-like elements to show us an altered reality, and we'll consider what we expect of stories, as well as what stories might expect of us. 

ENGL 102 K - Ware – Horror Film

This course focuses on a selection of Anglo-American horror films produced during the last half-century. As we study the conventions, continuities, and variations within the genre, we will also attend to some of the particular techniques employed in film studies

ENGL 102 L - Neighbors – Detective Fiction

In this course, we'll study what makes a good detective story. The figure of the detective goes back to ancient Greece -- Oedipus Rex is an early example -- and it's remained of more or less consistent interest since. We'll focus our efforts on more recent examples and work across a few different sub-categories within the genre.

ENGL 102 M - Rostan – Magical Realism

This course will explore the convergence of what we perceive to be real, normal, or everyday and what we consider unreal, mind-bending, and downright wacky. Our forays into this genre will take us on imaginative journeys through Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Nigeria, Japan, and back to the U.S. We’ll encounter strange realities, fantastical plot-occurrences, and frequent transformations of the average and ordinary into the awesome and extraordinary.

ENGL 102 N - Dinkins – Comic Books, Graphic Novels, and the Problem of Identity

 In this class, we will read comic books and graphic novels that address questions of identity and explore why the medium is particularly well-suited to these questions. Texts may include Bechdel’s Fun Home, Mazzuchelli’s Asterios Polyp, and Moore and Lloyd’s V for Vendetta.

ENGL 102 O - Whitfill – American Poetry and American Identity

 In this course, we will look at a handful of books written by contemporary American poets. Our goal is not to begin with a definition of American identity, but to arrive at one (or many) based on how these particular poets present the culture back to us. Our hope is to learn about ourselves in the process.

ENGL 102 P - Kocher – Into the Wild

In this course we will read a variety of texts, from popular best sellers to provocative works of philosophical investigation, that explore the intersection between human and non-human worlds. In doing so, we will seek to understand how literature not only informs our personal views of “nature” but helps shape public policy, activism, and the many human behaviors that impact environments, ecologies, and landscapes. Our goal will be to use this understanding as a way to develop a set of personal philosophies regarding our roles as individuals within a complex ecosystem.

ENGL 102 Q - Kocher – Into the Wild

In this course we will read a variety of texts, from popular best sellers to provocative works of philosophical investigation, that explore the intersection between human and non-human worlds. In doing so, we will seek to understand how literature not only informs our personal views of “nature” but helps shape public policy, activism, and the many human behaviors that impact environments, ecologies, and landscapes. Our goal will be to use this understanding as a way to develop a set of personal philosophies regarding our roles as individuals within a complex ecosystem.

ENGL 102 R - Hall – Gender & Media

In this class we'll examine the relationship between gender and media in contemporary American culture. We will pay particular attention to recent debates about gender and power and consider how gender norms are both established and challenged in different media platforms. Our readings and screenings will include graphic novels, television, film, social media, journalism, and personal essays. 

ENGL 102 S - Chalmers – The Long and Short of It: A Selection of Novellas

This course aims to enhance students’ critical reading, speaking and writing skills while exploring a selection of distinguished novellas from all over the Western world, and going back several centuries. The focus is primarily on the genre of the novella, rather than any central theme, although students will be encouraged to observe thematic or other connections amongst these books. The course will be both reading and writing-intensive.

ENGL 102 T - Grinnell – Folk and Fairy Stories

English 102 is a course normally taken by Wofford students in the spring of their first year. The course combines an in-depth study of some topic in fiction with college-level composition, including knowledge of research and documentation. The topic for my section is fairy tales, their origin, tradition and transformation.

ENGL 102 U - Miles – Everything's an Argument

This course will aim to help students understand the rhetorical nature of a variety of texts. We will explore fiction, non-fiction, speeches, films, podcasts, television shows, and other texts, in order to determine how they make arguments. Doing so, we will discover how best to persuade in different situations and create our own texts along the way. 

 ENGL 102 V - Kelly – A Study of Social and Political Speeches

In this class, we will survey influential speeches that have illuminated social injustices and sought political change. We will pay particular attention to the impact of argumentation on public consciousness.