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ENC 3250: Professional Writing
The Professional Writing course prepares students to be successful communicators in their chosen careers. A balance of theory and practice ensures students can apply and adapt the knowledge they develop in today’s changing workplace. Students learn a variety of communication strategies that emphasize promoting both efficiency and goodwill in workplace communication. Additionally, students learn the conventions of professional writing genres such as email, memos and letters, reports, proposals, and social media. Finally, students work on developing an appropriate writing style with an emphasis on professionalism as well as writing with precision.
ENL 4930 Special Topics In Literature: The Fantastic in Eighteenth-century Gothic Literature (Pre-1800)
This course examines the fantastic in Gothic and Romantic literature of the late eighteenth century. We will consider how the use of the fantastic in this period is distinctive from other eras and explore the social, political, and psychological implications of the fantastic in Romantic poetry and prose. Topics of discussion will include the emergence and development of the Gothic novel, the Romantic appropriation of folk culture, and the fantastic as a potential subversion of socio-political norms. Our approach to these topics will be informed by brief selections of secondary scholarship. Possible primary readings may include Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otranto; Anne Radcliffe’s A Sicilian Romance; M.C. Lewis’s The Monk; William Beckford’s Vathek; William Godwin’s Caleb Williams; and poetry by Robert Burns, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lord Byron, John Keats, Anne Bannerman, and Mary Robinson.
LIT 3301 Cultural Studies and PopulaR Arts
vILLains and Bombshells: The Global Politics of Film
Focusing primarily on Hollywood, this course will explore cinema’s role in shaping national identity and political culture. We will analyze a range of films that have challenged or reinforced collective mythologies of ethnicity, race, gender, class, region, and sexuality in America. We will begin with a glimpse at the Silent film era (pre-Hollywood) then trace these early representations as they are recycled and revised in contemporary films. Using a “cultural studies” approach to the subject, students will evaluate the relationship between politics and popular culture; consider the reception and impact of selected films in their historical contexts; analyze how popular films frame public debates; and consider the extent to which they legitimize notions about America’s role on the world stage.
AML 3213: Early American Literature and Culture (pre-1800)
Dr. Masami Sugimori
A survey of major developments in American literature and culture from the beginnings to the Civil War. Required coursework includes essays, exams, group presentation, daily quizzes, and in-class assignments.
AML 3242: 20th Century U.S. Literature and Culture: Literary and Critical Movements
Dr. Masami Sugimori
This course explores how twentieth-century American literature and culture interacted with each other. Accordingly, we will examine literary texts not only in their own terms but also in their complex negotiation with the country’s cultural, social, and historical contexts. As the course’s subtitle indicates, our engagement with the subject’s challenging multidimensionality will involve a close investigation of literary-critical movements--not only those that informed literary works at the time of their production, but also more recent theories such as reader-response, psychoanalytic, gender, and Marxist criticisms. Required coursework includes essays, exams, group presentation, daily quizzes, and in-class assignments.
AML 4930: American Poetry: The Poetry of Recklessness in the 21st Century
Dr. Jim Brock
M/W 2:00 – 3:15
This class explores a selection of 21st-century poetry through some of the ideas and challenges about poetry set by Dean Young in his book The Art of Recklessness. We’ll read individual books of poetry by a half dozen poets, including Young, Richard Blanco (who will be at this year’s Sanibel Island Writers Conference), Anne Carson, Denise Duhamel, Aimee Nezhukumatahil, and T. Zachary Cotler, crossing gender and generation, to consider how some contemporary poets write with and against tradition, with and against formal constraints, with and against polemics. Deeply, and I think happily, marginalized in our culture, poets among other artists have a necessary obligation toward recklessness, and we will consider the aesthetic, psychological, and political dimensions of that necessity.
ENG 3014 Intro to Literature & Cultural Studies
ENG 3014 is an introduction to the English Major at FGCU that explores current theoretical approaches, practices, and values related to the professional/academic study of literature. During the course, you will build a foundation for further learning experiences in the English Program, exploring critical theory and its implications; applying contemporary approaches; creating and sharing close analyses of a literary work; and developing and refining your critical thinking and writing skills.
ENL 3230: Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature and Culture (Pre-1800)
This course provides an overview of major authors, genres, and works from the historical period spanning from the Restoration of Charles II (1660) to the beginning of the French Revolution (1789). We will read poetry, drama, and prose (both fiction and non-fiction) by a diverse range of British authors in order to examine the ways in which these texts participate in and/or challenge the major political, social, economic, and literary developments of the period. Topics for discussion will include Court culture; the emergence of modern notions of gender, marriage, and family; constructions of authorship and celebrity; satire; the cult of sensibility; colonialism; and the rise of the novel.
ENL 3251: Victorian Literature and Culture
In this course, we will study works of British literature from the Victorian period (1837-1901).We will also take into account the cultural climate of the time, as well as the social, philosophical, scientific, and political revolutions that occurred during Victoria’s reign and how the literature both reflected and influenced these revolutions. Through careful analysis of both literary and non-literary sources, we will look at how the works both typify and, sometimes, defy the conventions of the literary movements of which they are a part.
ENL 3720 20th Cent British Lit &Culture
Sutton, Timothy J.
This course will consider the most important novels, plays, and poems written on the British Isles in the 2oth Century. The first part of the class will focus on issues of Irish independence, and will include short stories by James Joyce, a play by Brian Friel, and poetry by W. B. Yeats. We will then study English modernism, including the poems of T. S. Eliot and W. H. Auden, as well as a novel by Virginia Woolf. We will also read late-century poetry and a novel by a contemporary novelist.
ENL 4295 Literature of the Plague (pre-1800)
We begin this class in a post-September 11th 2001 United States of America, well aware that contagious diseases can come to us as the result of terrorism; from unfortunate encounters with birds, mosquitos, and other creatures—including our pets; and even from our care providers or just a simple ride on an airplane. Our fears about contagion, however, pre-date recorded history. In this course, we will examine some of our founding beliefs and longstanding practices related to infectious disease, using for the focus of most class discussion and written work our close readings of medical, political, religious, literary, and social documents written in late medieval and early modern England. The years 1558-1603 in particular are those in which plague writing emerged as a genre in the English language and the plague crept into all imaginations, spreading by words like these of Mercutio’s in Romeo and Juliet: “A plague on both your houses.” In these writings, we get a glimpse back again at ourselves, at our own deepest fears regarding the threat of contagious disease. Class discussion will be enhanced by the contributions of several guest speakers. Assignments will include quizzes, a research paper, and exams.
IDH 2933 Honors Great Books: Literature and The Fantastic
This course will explore representations of the fantastic in literature of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. We will begin by learning about the development of Gothic literature in the mid and late 18th century in England and then explore how great literary works of the following two centuries revise, adapt, or re-invent the role of the fantastic in narrative. In particular, we will consider the relationship between textual occurrences of the fantastic and the historical and cultural contexts of the text’s production. Possible readings may include Horace Walpole’s Castle of Otranto; poems from Lyrical Ballads by William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge; Mary Shelly’s Frankenstein; short stories by Alexander Pushkin, Nathaniel Hawthorne, ETA Hoffman and Edgar Allen Poe; Robert Louis Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Ana Castillo’s So Far from God, or Yann Martel’s Life of Pi
IDS 3332: Storytelling and Performance
Dr. Karen Tolchin and Prof. Dean Davis
What goes into the writing of the best true stories? What makes the best storytellers so powerful? This team-taught seminar will facilitate learning on two parallel tracks: 1) Crafting meaningful, effective creative nonfiction narratives, and 2) Developing strategies for creating a vibrant stage presence. Students will read, view, and discuss prose and filmic models of creative nonfiction storytelling guided by faculty with expertise in both written and oral communication. Students will learn how to repurpose moments from their own life experiences into art. The creative nonfiction genre allows writers to avail themselves of (almost) all of the tools in the fiction writer’s kit—including setting, tone, language, descriptive imagery, plot and character development, and dialogue—all in the service of relating true stories. Using these tools, students will develop their own works of creative nonfiction; workshop their pieces with peers both on the written page and on the classroom stage; participate in exercises designed to help them develop dynamic oral communication skills; and perform original works at a “Moth”-style end-of-semester event.
LIT 3381 Literature of Women of Color: In Search of Our Sisters: Remembering and Remembrance in Contemporary Black Fiction
This course explores the topic of remembering in texts written by Black women writers in 20th-century literatures of the Americas. As we investigate this theme, we will ask what is at stake in addressing this issue and try to account for such an emphasis on revisiting and/or reimagining the past. Additionally, we will look at how these texts might not only document but also operate acts of remembering and remembrance. Texts studied will include Maryse Condé’s I, Tituba, Witch of Salem, Shay Youngblood’s The Big Mama Stories, Octavia Butler’s Kindred, and Nancy Morejón’s Looking Within.
This course counts toward the World Literature minor and the Gender Studies minor.
LIT 3400: Interdisciplinary Topics: Body Functions: Interdisciplinary Explorations of the Body
Embodiment studies inform a range of investigations in psychology, feminist philosophy, gender and race, semiotics, and emotion theory. This interdisciplinary course explores the ways in which the body has been represented, regulated, and restrained; the means by which it is gendered and racialized; and its aesthetic representation and social meanings. Topics discussed will include the construction of the “social” body: i.e. the “docile” body, the “natural” body, gendered/transgendered body; the “healthy” or “diseased” body as metaphor; the “body politic” and the “alien” body. We will examine a variety of novels and visual texts, as well theorists such as Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Elizabeth Grosz, Sander Gilman, Freud, Sandra Bartky, Sara Ahmed, and Giorgio Agamben.
LIT 4934: Advanced Topics in Critical Theory – Contemporary Theories of the Image
In this course, we will study late twentieth and early twenty-first century philosophic and theoretical works on the status of the image/visual representation in the face of technological reproduction and commercialization. Course texts will include Jean Baudrillard’s The Perfect Crime, Jean-Luc Marion’s The Crossing of the Visible, Jacques Rancière’s The Future of the Image, and Jean-Luc Nancy’s The Ground of the Image. We will also view contemporary films that deal specifically with anxieties concerning the power and ubiquity of technologically-reproduced images, the ways that they influence our understanding of the social and symbolic structures that comprise reality. This course counts towards completion of the Critical Theory minor.