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Spring 2018 English 102 Offerings

ENGL 102 A - Grinnell - Women in Comics

English 102 is a course normally taken by Wofford students in the spring of their freshman 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 women, both authors and characters, in the sequential art of graphic storytelling–that is, comics.

ENGL 102 B - Dinkins - Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

In this course, we will read texts in which people experience the end of life as they know it. We will consider questions of ethics and morality related to survival and attempts to rebuild. Texts will be drawn from the genres of science fiction and horror in addition to more traditional works. 

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: Seminar in Literature and Composition

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 Anton Chekhov to Alice Munro, and develop skills in oral communication and critical thinking through discussion and writing.

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 - 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.

ENGL 102 H - Blouke - Global Graphic Novels

In this course we will be reading graphic novels set in and written by authors from around the world (the Middle East in particular). We’ll be investigating the ways that the form provides insights into the authors’ relationships to historical events, cultural norms, and the places where the novels are set.

ENGL 102 I - Voeller - The American Short Story

This class seeks to help students create effective arguments and improve close reading skills by reading and writing about a wide variety of American short stories ranging from Washington Irving to Jhumpa Lahiri.

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 - “There Will Be Blood”: A Study of 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 - Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

In this course, we will read texts in which people experience the end of life as they know it. We will consider questions of ethics and morality related to survival and attempts to rebuild. Texts will be drawn from the genres of science fiction and horror in addition to more traditional works. 

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 - Working/Class Literature

In this class we'll survey fiction and nonfiction texts that consider the world of work and changing notions of class in the 21st century. We will pay particular attention to the role of technology and the increasing economic and cultural significance of Silicon Valley on these two key aspects of our lives.

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 - Sexeny - Holocaust Literature

The Holocaust, in which 6 million European Jews were exterminated in a systematic, bureaucratic fashion by Nazi Germany, raises fundamental questions about our humanity—who we are, what we value, and how we perceive others. In this course, we will look at texts written by survivors and the children of survivors as they struggle to represent their experiences and how they signify. We’ll consider the ways in which Holocaust narratives compel us to interrogate the meanings of history, memory, and identity, as well as our understanding of genocide more broadly.