Fall 2017

Introduction to Literary Criticism (Engl. 101) T/R 10:30-11:45am, Clark 111

British Novel before 1900 (Engl. 153 – as substitute for majors needing Engl. 56B) T/R 1:30-2:45pm, Sweeney 444

Writing Workshop for English Majors (Engl. 100W – General Education Area C2) T/R 9-10:15am, Clark 111

Spring 2018

Gaming & Narrative (Engl. 108), Tues/Thur, 1:30-2:45pm, Clark 238 — Description: This course studies the relationship between literary narrative theory and games, especially plots that branch and fork to produce different stories with different endings. We begin with House of Leaves and wander through experimental writing to video games to ask how have game/books changed or reinvented the possible spaces of narrative? How can knowledge of narrative possibilities (theory) enrich our understanding of games? This course surveys a wide variety of interactive narrative material, including print, film, and software, engaging students in analyzing and attempting to create branching narrative structures. Check out the reasons for taking this course: https://gamingnarrative108.wordpress.com/

Writing Workshop for English Majors (Engl. 100W – General Education Area C2), Tues/Thurs 10:30-11:45am, Clark 111 — Description: English 100W is an integrated writing and literature course in which students will develop advanced proficiency in college-level writing. Beyond providing repeated practice in planning and executing essays, and advancing students’ understanding of the genres, audiences, and purposes of college writing developed in Written Communication 1A and 1B, English 100W broadens and deepens those abilities to include mastery of the discourse specific to the field of English studies, with an emphasis on close and careful reading of literary texts. Frankenstein, in celebration of the bicentennial, will cap our semester of study.  Pre-requisites: Passage of WST, Upper Division standing and completion of CORE GE.

Great Works of Literature: Monsters, Murderers, & Scientists (Engl. 10) Tues/Thur 3-4:15pm, Clark 111 — Description: This course anchors the SJSU Bicentennial Celebration of the publication of Frankenstein, Mary Shelley’s masterful 1818 precursor to the horror story. The novel engages the limits of science, the ethics embedded within pushing forward with new technologies, and the relationship between and danger of trying to control the natural world. Other readings will provide context for the woeful creature (who most students don’t blame for murder!) and his creator’s madness, along with other literature, films, games about recalcitrant and unrepentant murderers and scientists. The novel, because it has been so popular for 200 years, lives on in the discussions about what it is to be human in a digital world. We’ll attend the on-campus movie nights in celebration of Frankenstein and collaborate with students at University of San Francisco and Santa Clara University through blogging and live-tweeting.

1 course release (RSCA College Award) to work on Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities project — building a digital publication platform in collaboration with the Modern Language Association