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ENGL 265: Literature and Race, Literature and Ethnicity, Dr. Elyse Crystall

This course takes as its primary objects of analysis novels, poetry, and visual texts; historical and government documents; personal memoir, music, journalism, and interviews; and literary criticism to map selected events and issues from the past 100 years in order to understand how and why we have created a world that divides us into various groupings and along many lines. As we explore the borders that divide and define us, we will also consider the bridges that we build – or can build – in order to move across the lines of demarcation.”


Summer I

ENGL 164, Introduction to Latina/o Studies, Dr. Geovani Ramírez

“In this class, we will examine literature from multiple genres alongside visual art, film, and music by a variety of ethno-racial Latinx subjects to help us expand and re-shape our notions about Latinidad(es), Latinx histories, and Latinx identities and gender. Toward this end, we will pay close attention to the specific ethnic histories as well as genre and medium conventions that inform our texts. We will answer such questions as what is the relationship between histories and national, cultural, and personal identities?”

ENGL 149: Digital Composition, Dr. Guillermo Rodriguez-Romageura

In this class, you will…

  • Practice composing in contemporary digital writing spaces.
  • Develop your own multimedia projects using images, audio, video, and words through asynchronous online learning.
  • Put into practice what you are learning:
      • how to engage in online communities
      • navigating the internet, analyzing its rhetorical practices
      • compose multimedia projects for digital and online audiences, like podcasts, you-tube seminars, and short narrative audio-visual storytelling

 “Through pre-recorded tutorials and lecture videos, exchanging drafts and projects in Sakai forums and/or through VoiceThread, you will not only craft your own multimedia projects but also use the site to engage with each other online as you learn the theories and practice of contemporary digital composition.”


Summer II

English 123: Introduction to Literature, Dr. Cynthia Current

This class will cover:

How do 20th and 21st century authors

  • Explore the continuity of lived experience, across genres?
  • Blur the boundaries between genres? 

“How do they make use of what we know and think about genre (the gothic is weird and spooky, science fiction is the future, literary realism is “real”), and change those perceptions to create unique truths about our world?”

The course is divided into four overlapping units:

  • Gothic literature
  • Science fiction
  • Gender and literature
  • Afrofuturism in contemporary fiction

English 141: World Literatures in English, Dr. Cohen

This course will cover three acclaimed works of global literature in English!:

  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga (India)
  • Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia)
  • Binti by Nnedi Okorafor (Nigeria)

 “Join us as we co-create a synchronous online classroom characterized by a welcoming culture, skill-building writing assignments, and electric discussions. 

ENGL 155: Reading Graphic Novels: Visual Literacy and the Art of Memory, Elyse Crystall

“You can get credit for reading comic books? Whether new to this form or a long-time comics fan, you will learn about the techniques used in the popular genre of graphic novels where language & image combine to offer new ways of seeing. 

Why do writers use comics to explore the Holocaust, the bombing of Hiroshima, revolution in Iran, & the Taliban in Afghanistan?  Can comics teach us anything about how we see the world, each other, and ourselves? Let’s find out!!”

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