ENGL W40 War and Peace. This course will consist of an intensive investigation of Tolstoy's great novel, including attention to historical context, philosophical themes, major critical studies of the book, and various film adaptations. The reading load will be demanding (approximately 70 pages per class session), and students will be asked to read a portion of the novel over the Christmas break, but no previous experience with Russian literature is required. Class time will consist primarily of guided discussion, and students will be evaluated on regular quizzes, brief written assignments, and a final exam. The course may fulfill an elective for the Literature or Linguistics major. C. Engbers.
ENGL W41 Writing Books for Children. In this workshop students write short books for children in a number of genres—poetry; realistic, fantastic, or historical fiction; and nonfiction. Students read many examples of all of these genres as well as a number of essays about writing by established writers for children. 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 risks, to accept criticism, and to work hard. The course will include a trip to a children's literature museum in Ohio. This course may fulfill an elective in the writing major or minor and in the Language Arts major or minor. Fee: $85. D. Hettinga, G. Schmidt. 8:30 a.m to noon.
ENGL W42 Meta-Movies: Film as Interpretation. Movies give us some of the most compelling stories of our time--but how do we know how to interpret them? And what can they teach us about interpretation more generally? Film often foregrounds the act of interpretation, giving us models for analyzing narrative, as in The Usual Suspects or Stranger than Fiction, but it also dramatizes the limits of interpretation, as in Inception or Tree of Life. Students in this interim, then, will examine film in order to hone their skills in interpretation and discernment. This course may fulfill an elective for English majors. J. Holdberg, J. Zwart.
ENGL W43 Human Creativity & The Literary Arts. This course is designed for, but not limited to, writers interested in exploring the creative process as well as looking for inspiration for their art. Throughout the course, students investigate answers to a variety of questions: What is the source of human creativity and how do writers tap into it? What can be learned from pioneers in and outside the literary arts—their methods, their studios, their habits of thought? What does creativity have to do with godliness? The primary text for the course is Peter Turchi’s Maps of the Imagination: The Writer as Cartographer, but students watch and discuss documentaries of various artists reflecting on their art—architects such as Frank Gehry, musicians such as Les Paul, photographers such as Annie Liebovitz, and others. The course approaches creativity in a multi-sensory, multimedia way. Class periods not only provide opportunities for the mind to roam in conversation but also hands-on exercises, mini-field trips, and invitations to play. Throughout the course, students reflect, dabble, scheme, and dream in a sketchbook—blank pages for their observations, questions, and creative responses, including the rough beginnings of stories, poems, or compositions. The course counts as an elective in the Writing Minor. With consultation of the student’s faculty advisor, the student may choose to substitute this interim for a class that fulfills a line in the Writing Major. L. Klatt. 8:30 a.m. to noon.
ENGL 262 Business Writing. This course introduces students to the kinds of written communication and oral 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 and a final portfolio. The class also includes a presentation (with written, multimedia, and oral portions), in-class writing exercises, and the use of wordprocessing and presentation software. Prerequisite: English 101 with a grade of C+ or above. S. LeMahieu Dunn. 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
ENGL 374 English Grammar. A study of traditional grammar, focusing on its history, its system, its applications, its competitors, and its place in the middle-school and high-school classroom; special emphasis will be given to the system and terminology of this grammar. J. Vanden Bosch, E. Vander Lei. 8:30 a.m. to noon.