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Interim 2007


CANCELED W40 Shusaku Endo's Mudswamp Faith. Th e late Japanese novelist Shusaku Endo often acknowledged the cultural tensions he experienced between what he called his Catholic and Japanese selves, metaphorically calling the latter his “mudswamp” self. In this course, we decode this metaphor of “mudswamp” through the interpretive framework of Tetsuro Watsuji's controversial theories in Climate and Culture , and we explore how Endo's use of this metaphor evolves over his career. His early fiction uses swamp and sea imagery to symbolize irreconcilable differences between East and West and between pantheism and Christianity. Late in his career, however, the water imagery changes to reveal culturally-relevant glimpses of the unconditional love of the fellow-suffering Jesus. Readings include several short stories, Endo's provocative biography of Jesus ( The Life of Jesus ) and the following novels: The Sea and the Poison, Wonderful Fool, Silence, The Samurai, and Deep River . Course requirements include an oral report and two short papers. J. Neltand . 8:30 a.m. to noon.

W41 Writing Books for Children. In this workshop students write short books for children in any number of genres – poetry; realistic, fantastic, or historical fiction; non fiction. Students read many examples of all of these genres as well as a number of essays about writing by established writers for children. Writers and editors visit the class as guest speakers. Students are expected to write extensively, to critique each other's work, and to make at least one presentation. Students should come with a willingness to take risk, to accept criticism, and to work hard. Evaluation is based on participation and on the quality of the work produced. D. Hettinga . 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

W42 Faith & Fiction. American literary critic Lionel Trilling argues that the fundamental subject of American literature is salvation. For more than a decade we have explored that notion at Calvin College in the form of our Festival of Faith & Writing. This course will look at a selection of novels and short stories by contemporary writers with a particular focus on the ways in which faith informs the fiction. Considering the phenomenon of the Christian Bookseller's Association alongside the American Bookseller's Association, the class will visit with local editors of religiously oriented publishing houses, read novels and short fiction from writers who have published on both sides of the aisle, view film adaptations of some of their assigned reading, and discuss the faith and fiction project in terms of many of the writers who have visited Calvin College in the past 14 years. A partial list of writers under consideration for the course includes Doris Betts, Fred Buechner, Elizabeth Dewberry, Clyde Edgerton, Ernest Gaines, Denise Giardina, Ron Hansen, Jon Hassler, Jan Karon, Janet Peery, and Lee Smith. Students will be evaluated through their contributions to class conversation, quizzes, and a course project. A reading list will be available in December. A. Brown, J. Holberg. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

W43 Arguments that Beat Jim Crow. In this course, students analyze the arguments in the civil rights movement, a movement that spans the breadth of American history and culminates in the social activism of the 1960's. Students trace the development and refinement of the arguments that ultimately defeated both slavery and Jim Crow, focusing especially on how civil rights leaders like Ida B. Wells, Frederick Douglass, Fannie Lou Hammer, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Malcolm X used language to change the hearts and minds of Americans. E. Vander Lei. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

W44 Utopian Literature. Human history began in one utopia, Eden , and it will end in another, the New Jerusalem. In the mean time, humans have busily invented utopias of their own, usually in order to make some comment on the actual societies surrounding their authors. Utopian literature is thus not merely playful fantasy, but also social satire. It offers itself as a contrast to the reader's own world, inviting comparison and—perhaps—demanding change. Students in this course explore several literary utopias, including (but not limited to) parts of Milton 's Paradise Lost , Thomas More's Utopia , and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Herland . The course also includes anti-utopias such as Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground and Yevgeny Zamyatin's We . Brief lectures situate each work in its historical context, but most of the class is devoted to discussing the literary qualities of each work and the ways in which the literature challenges or changes the way we see our own world. Students are evaluated on their preparation, participation, and brief written assignments. C. Engbers. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

W45 English Literary Psalms. The Psalms have been called the “sweet voice” of the church, “a little Bible,” and an “anatomy of all the parts of the soul.” This collection of poems has been the prayer book of Jews and Christians for thousands of years. When the English Reformers began translating the Psalms into English, they knew they were introducing spiritual dynamite into the language, and English poets and writers have since never tired of retranslating and adapting the Psalms for literary and spiritual purposes. This course invites students to spend three weeks immersed in English Psalms from the Reformation to the present. Students consider the critical place of the Psalms in literary history as a training ground for poets; read a wide variety of contemporary translations and adaptations of the Psalms with an eye to literary and theological issues; and write in response to the Psalms. Thus this course is part literary history, parting writing workshop, and part spiritual formation. Class time will be devoted to discussions of the readings, brief lectures, and writing exercises. Students are evaluated on participation, a class presentation, a short critical analysis paper, and a portfolio of original pieces which could include prayers, songs, poems, or prose meditations based on the Psalms. D. Rienstra. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

W46 New England Saints. In the mid-nineteenth century, a group of New England writers created a body of literature dealing with significant religious, philosophical, and artistic questions. This course deals with these writers and their questions. It studies Hawthorne and his reaction to the Puritan tradition, the transcendentalists and their uneasy union of philosophy and literature, and the Romantics and their departure from the traditions of Emerson. After reading and considering Thoreau, Emerson, Alcott, Longfellow, Whittier, Dickinson, Hawthorne, and the seventeenth century Bradford, the group travels to Maine and then on to Concord, Massachusetts, for on-site discovery, examination, and discussion of these writers. The group remains in New England for a little over two weeks, visiting Hawthorne 's Salem , Bradford's Plymouth , Dickinson 's Amherst , Whittier 's Haverhill , the town of Lowell , and the city of Boston . Students are evaluated on presentations, discussions, and journals. Fee: $1,975. G. Schmidt, G.Fondse. Off campus.

W47 Native American Literature. This course will focus on oral traditions and the later narrative, prose, and poetry of Native (North) Americans. Students will learn the richness and diversity of various American Indian peoples, traditions, and beliefs as well as similarities in themes and storytelling styles. The literature will be examined in relation to the values (including Christian) and “history” of dominant Anglo culture, which the voices of the authors resist, affirm and/or illuminate. Students will thereby better understand American literature and history and the role Christianity played and continues to play in Native American identity. Readings will include, among others, the writings of Occum, Appes, Zitkala-Sa, Waters, Momaday, Edrich, Harjo, Alexie, and Silko. Students will examine the literature in relation to the course. L. Naranjo-Huebl. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

W48 Jacques Derrida for Beginners. Many have argued that Jacques Derrida is one of the most important thinkers of the twentieth-century. This course will serve as a broad introduction to his work. Best known for the development of "deconstruction," Derrida was trained as a philosopher, but his work engages numerous other disciplines such as literature, politics, law, religion, psychoanalysis, and ethnography. The range of his writings makes Derrida of interest to students of literature, philosophy, religion, and poli sci, to name a few. Students will begin by reading Jim Powell's comic book Derrida for Beginners and viewing Dick and Kofman's movie Derrida (2002). From there, students will explore a selection of Derrida's most important works and the lexicon of concepts he uses to articulate his ideas about philosophy, literature, and culture. Students will engage with the tenents of deconstruction, consider how it has changed over time and in the hands of other thinkers, and explore the various permutations deconstruction has taken as it was exported from philosophy to other disciplines. The course will conclude with a viewing of Safaa Fathy's D'ailleurs Derrida (1999), a beautiful and evocative documentary very different in feel from Dick and Kofman's movie. Evaluation will be based on class presentations and a seminar paper. J. Hardy Williams . 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

CANCELED W80 Poetry of T.S. Eliot. This course examines T.S. Eliot's poetry and poetic beliefs in their chronological development. We give close attention to historical, religious, intellectual, and biographical contexts. Evaluation is based on group work, research, and presentations. Prerequisite: one course in literature. J. Timmerman. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

W81 Editors and Editing. Editors and Editing. This course introduces students to various publishing opportunities and to the professional skills of editing. The course introduces students to various types of editors, their roles, and their responsibilities. Students practice various forms of editing (including copy and layout) and complete both an individual and group project. Guest speakers from the publishing industry will present on their areas of specialization. Evaluation is based on daily in-class work and homework, an individual project, and a substantial group project. Prerequisite: ENGL-101. M. Berglund. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

262 Business Writing (3). F and I. A course introducing students to the kinds of writing and computer presentations that are required in business-related fields. Students collect examples of and practice composing the types of professional communication that they are likely to craft on the job. The class is conducted as a workshop; students consult with each other and with the instructor. Each student submits several projects. The class also includes a group report (with written, multi-media, and oral portions), in-class writing and computer exercises, and the use of word-processing and presentation software. Prerequisite: Completion of English 101 with a grade of C+ or above. S. LeMahieu Dunn. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

339 English Grammar. This study of traditional grammar focuses on its history, its system, its applications, its competitors, and its place in the middle school and high school classroom. Special emphasis is given to the system and terminology of this grammar. Evaluation is based on daily assignments, in class projects, and test. W Vande Kopple, J. Vanden Bosch. 8:30 a.m. to noon.

355 Creative Writing. A course in the principles and practice of fiction or poetry, with the emphasis to be announced prior to registration each time the course is offered. Students will examine a variety of models and engage in extensive practice. Special emphasis will be given to the relationship of faith and art for the writer. Students may take both the fiction and the poetry version of the course for credit. J. Timmerman. 8:30 a.m. to noon.


Interim 2007 Subjects

Interdisciplinary (IDIS)
Communcation Arts & Sciences
Computer Science
Germanic & Asian Languages
International Development
Political Science
Science Education
Sociology & Social Work