Undergraduate Courses

Spring 2015

ENG 102 | College Writing and Research

See UWM Online Schedule for a list of days and times.

Extensive engagement with academic research writing and reflective analysis. Students will produce a portfolio of revised writing.

For more information, contact professor of specific section.


ENG 192 | First Year Seminar

Applied Philosophy & Creating Your Life’s Meaning
Prescott Sobol
Section 1 | MW, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

In this course, we will assume that at UWM, and in life in general, it is not merely what you do, but how, why, and with whom you do it, that creates a sense of purpose and meaning. We will study a wide variety of sources that describe how we can make our lives more meaningful and satisfying. Most importantly, we will apply those ideas to our lives, using them to create more meaning in our work, our play, our social relationships, our family relations, and other aspects of existence. Assessment consists of brief daily responses, two take-home exams, and a presentation.

For more information, contact Prescott Sobol at cpsobol@uwm.edu.


ENG 205 | Business Writing

See UWM Online Schedule for a list of days and times.

Instruction and practice in writing and designing business reports, emails, memos, letters and social media posts. Particularly appropriate for students in business and related areas.

For more information, contact professor of specific section.


ENG 207 | Topics in Advanced Writing

Health Science Writing
Sonia Khatchadourian
Section 1 | MW, 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
Section 2 | MW, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

This course is particularly appropriate for students in the English Department’s Professional Writing Program, the College of Health Sciences, and the College of Nursing.

The primary learning objectives of this course are the following:

  • Address various purposes (to inform, to instruct, to persuade)
  • Adapt to various audiences (cultural considerations, level of technicality, tone)
  • Organize documents based on types of messages
  • Format professional documents
  • Construct precise and concise sentences
  • Use medical and other scientific databases effectively to conduct research
  • Analyze and evaluate sources
  • Incorporate research into documents
  • Document sources
  • Convey written data orally

The types of assignments that students will be asked to write to achieve the learning objectives include: writing short professional documents, researching and writing a report based on a topic related to the Health Sciences, giving an oral presentation based on the report, and preparing a literature review and annotated bibliography.

For more information, contact Sonia Khatchadourian at soniak@uwm.edu.


FLM STD 212 | Intermediate Topics in Film Studies

Introduction to the Road Film
Molly McCourt
Section 1 | TR, 2 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.

This course focuses on the study of the road genre in film. Over the semester, we will use these films as a lens through which to view history and culture as it connects to movement, identity, progress, and nostalgia. In looking at this genre in depth, we will investigate the formations of the journey narrative as well as the aesthetic of the road film. While this course will feature mostly U.S. films, we will also study road films produced in Latin America, Europe, and Australia as well.

As we study these films, I encourage you to keep the following questions in mind: What are the criteria for a road film? What kinds of roots does it have in cinematic history? Why does this genre focus so much on masculine journeys? What role do women play in these films? How do these films represent gender and how does this depiction change over the decades? What is the difference between journey and travel? Is it possible to understand people of different class, race, or sexuality by encountering them during a journey? How does nostalgia function in these narratives? How does the force of restlessness battle the desire for home? Why are many of the film’s protagonists resistant to progress, yet hungry for change?

Students are not required to buy any text books for this course. Assigned readings will be available on D2L.

For more information, contact Molly McCourt at mmm72@uwm.edu.


Film, Television, and Sexuality
Bridget Kies
Section 2 | TR, 10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

This course will look at the relationship between representations of sexuality and American film and television. In particular, we will examine how sexuality and gender expression are often conflated, how “normal” gender and sexuality are depicted on screen, and how throughout the last fifty years various films and television series have upheld or challenged ideals of normativity.

This course is organized into three units, loosely based around moments of social change that also coincide with major changes in the television and film industries. We will begin with the sexual revolution of the 1970s, which coincided with the dawn of the modern LGBT rights movement, and the women’s rights movement and second-wave feminism. We then move into the 1990s, when the rise of cable television led to more provocative images of sex and sexuality on screen, and conclude our semester in the contemporary moment, when new forms of media are challenging film and television’s dominance as forms of entertainment and as the American cultural landscape is changing with breakneck speed. During each unit students will read texts from a variety of disciplines and watch films or episodes of television series relating to a particular time and theme.

For more information, contact Bridget Kies at bkies@uwm.edu.


ENG 224 | American Writers: 1900 to the Present

Mark Heimermann
Section 1 | MW, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

In this course, we will examine some of the central figures and movements in American literature since the beginning of the 20th century. The course situates authors and movements within specific cultural and historical contexts to help us better consider how literature and culture intersect. We will emphasize looking beyond the surface meanings of texts in order to arrive at deeper, more nuanced understandings. Lectures, discussions and assignments will focus on producing close readings and critical interpretations of the texts.

For more information, contact Mark Heimermann at heimerm5@uwm.edu.


ENG 229 | Introduction to Modern Literature

Irish Modernism
Michael E. Beebe
Section 1 | MW, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Centuries of colonization, provincialization and political strife inflicted by the British Empire came to define Irish national awareness and motivated generations of Irish rebels. Irish independence finally arrived in the 20th century, albeit a complicated, compromised version of freedom that continues to haunt Irish memory and politics. In the midst of the Irish 20th century, a national modernist literature developed that now stands as one of the towering artistic cultures in the world. The origins, ideas and evolution of this literature are the terrain explored in this course. The work of Irish writers is remarkable for its poetry, learning, wit, humor, and intensity of thought – all in the language of another island that, for so long, oppressed them. The course traces the development of Irish literary and cultural modernism from its roots in the Celtic Revival up through the middle of the 20th century, lingering over James Joyce’s aesthetic revolution, marching through the hard realities of wartime Ireland, and finally arriving at Samuel Beckett’s meditations on a modern world become provisional.

For more information, contact Michael E. Beebe at mebeebe@uwm.edu.


ENG 233 | Introduction to Creative Writing

Kristin Fay
Section 7 | MW, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

This course introduces the craft of poetry and short fiction and reviews common and divergent elements between the two. Students read one textbook incorporating creative writing techniques with sample poems and stories. Students also practice writing individually, respond to peers’ submissions, workshop those in group settings, and critique their own works. This class engenders a safe community of support for play and experimentation, while celebrating imagination and exploring traditions both long-established and newly constructed by literary artists.

Required Textbook:
“Imaginative Writing: The Elements of Craft,” Fourth Edition.
Burroway, Janet. (2014, Pearson, 978-0-134-05324-0)

For more information, contact Kristin Fay at kafay@uwm.edu.


ENG 235 | Writing Poetry: Forms, Styles, Voices

Jim Chapson
Section 1 | TR, 2 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Students will be encouraged to discover and explore new ways of writing. There will be close readings of poems from the 17th through the 20th centuries, but the focus will be on student work composed during the course of the semester. Each student will produce a portfolio of about twenty pages by the end of the semester.

For more information, contact Jim Chapson at jchapson@uwm.edu.


ENG 277 | Introduction to Ethnic Minority Literature

Irish American Literature
Leslie Singel
Section 1 | MW, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

In this class, we will examine the field of Irish American Literature, a collection of texts that is often neglected when we look at Irish or American texts alone. In order to better understand the massive influence of the Irish in America, we will study noteworthy Irish American writers, such as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Flannery O’Connor, Eugene O’Neill and Alice McDermott, among others. In doing so, we will be better able to discuss and question how Irish American identity appears in our culture.

Classes will be discussion-based with daily readings assigned. Students will be expected to complete several short responses on the assigned texts as well as a midterm paper and a final paper on the topic of their choice.

For more information, contact Leslie Singel at lsingel@uwm.edu.


ENG 280 | Introduction to Asian American Literature

Asian American Women Writers
Mary Louise Buley-Meissner
Section 1 | TR, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Asian American women writers have made significant and enduring contributions to the multicultural literary heritage of our country. In this course, we will focus on the distinct voices, engaging narrative styles, and thought-provoking themes of four writers – Maxine Hong Kingston,Yoshiko Uchida, Thi Diem Thuy Le and Kao Kalia Yang – who creatively explore the experiences of first- and second-generation immigrants to the US from China, Japan, Vietnam and Laos. Highlighting the complexities of immigration and assimilation from the 1900’s to the present, their chosen forms of literary expression reflect the writers’ unique approaches to understanding how diverse family histories shape American dreams. Overall, our goals will be enhanced skill in literary analysis; investigation of themes related to self-identity, family relationships, America as a homeland and other subjects of continuing relevance; and better understanding of how Asian American authors have enriched our literary heritage.

Prerequisites: Completion of English 102 with a grade of C or higher (or score at level 4 of EPT).

GER: This course fulfills General Education Requirements (GER) for both Humanities (HU) and Cultural Diversity (CD).

Course Books: The four required course books, available at the University Bookstore, include The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts by Maxine Hong Kingston; Picture Bride by Yoshiko Uchida; The Gangster We Are All Looking For by Thi Diem Thuy Le; and The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang.

Course Requirements: Basic course requirements include class participation (15%); written responses to initiate discussion of the required reading (10%); two major essays (50%) to demonstrate your abilities in literary analysis and interpretation; and a research presentation (25%) related to Asian American history, culture or contemporary life.

For more information, contact Mary Louise Buley-Meissner at meissner@uwm.edu.


 

ENG 291 | Introduction to Television Studies

Bridget Kies
Section 201 | Online

For decades the television set has been an important fixture in many people’s daily lives. Today we also increasingly watch television on the go, using computers, cell phones, DVRs, and DVDs to keep up with our favorite shows. This course provides an introduction to television studies by looking back and by looking forward. We will learn more about television’s past and the different factors shaping what television shows look like today. We will also discuss more recent technological changes, including the digitization of television, and how these things may affect what television will look like in the years to come. Due to its presence in our homes and as part of our daily lives, television has also become a way for us to study our society, to think about the ways television represents the world to its viewers, and to consider how viewers engage with television. In this class we will watch a variety of television programs, learn more about different approaches to studying of television, and consider television’s larger role in popular culture and society.

For more information, contact Bridget Kies at bkies@uwm.edu.


ENG 305 | Survey of English Literature: 1900-Present

José Lanters
Section 1 | T, 3:30 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

This course is an introduction to British literature written between 1900 and the present through a close reading of fiction, drama, and poetry. Placing the texts in a social and historical context, we will consider how the definition of “Englishness” has shifted in the course of the twentieth century and has become more inclusive, and how the changing position of Britain in the world is reflected in the literature.

For more information, contact José Lanters at lanters@uwm.edu.


ENG 342 | Comedy

Shakespeare to Chappell
Mauricio Kilwein Guevara
Section 1 | M, 11 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.

This should be a very enlightening and enjoyable class. We’ll focus on comedy in performance: plays, sketch comedy, improv, stand-up comedy, movies, television, and websites such as funnyordie.com and theonion.com. As a companion critical text, we’ll read The Cambridge Introduction to Comedy. We’ll focus on how genres share certain comical features as well as how genres foster certain differences in audience expectation and reception. Based on past experience, I expect we’ll laugh, think, feel, and learn a lot along the way. I hope you can join us!

For more information, contact Mauricio Kilwein Guevara at maurice@uwm.edu.


 

ENG 372 | Survey of American Indian Literature

Native American Story from Pictograph to Hypertext
Kimberly Blaeser
Section 1 | T, 11 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.

“You don’t have anything if you don’t have the stories,” claims Laguna writer Leslie Marmon Silko. This class will explore the storytelling aesthetic that informs much of Native American Literature and even informs Native critical theory. The primary materials for this course will include many “containers” of story not generally understood as “text.” We begin, for example, with images of Native pictographs and samples of early and contemporary oral storytelling. The class will also consider the special storytelling layers accessible in Native ledger art, both ledger art from the 19th century and that of the more recent revival of the form. We will, of course, look at more traditional samples of American Indian stories—fiction, life stories, and narrative poetry. Finally, we will view and discuss examples of other story methods such as film, Native hip-hop, and video poems. Critical texts, too, will include work from scholars like Gerald Vizenor, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, and Gordon Henry who understand story as a key aesthetic component of Native theory.

Required Texts:

  • “Nothing But the Truth: An Anthology of Native American Literature,” eds. John Purdy & James Ruppert
  • “The Round House,” Louise Erdrich
  • “Storyteller,” Leslie Silko.
  • “The Way to Rainy Mountain,” N. Scott Momaday

Additional materials will be available in a Course Reader, on D2-L, and as handouts in class.

Students will complete the readings and participate in class discussions, give one short (10 minute) in-class presentation, complete several short assignments, and complete a final term paper or project.

For more information, contact Jocelyn Kimberly Blaeser at kblaeser@uwm.edu.

ENG 380 | Media and Society

Special Effects
Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece
Section 1 | MW, 10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

In this course, we will study the development of special effects, from early camera tricks by Georges Méliès, to Ray Harryhausen’s stop-motion monster effects, to matte painting in science fiction and Black Narcissus, to the creature effects perfected by John Carpenter in The Thing, to cheap but effective blood and guts in 1970-1980s horror like Re-Animator, to bullet time in The Matrix, to make-up in Planet of the Apes, to today’s motion capture and CGI. Since this class will be invested in questioning whether film can or should be a visceral medium, primary focus of the course will be on analog effects rather than digital. We will study the historical contexts of changing effects technologies, but will maintain a focus on theories of the body, gender, and sexuality, among others. We will continually ask the question of how special effects transform film, a visual and aural medium, into an illusion of depth, materiality, touch, and immersion.

Note: This class will of necessity involve scary, upsetting, and gory films. If you do not have the stomach for such imagery, please refrain from taking the course.

Reading: All readings will be chapters or articles posted in PDF format to the D2L site or the library’s electronic reserve. There are no books or course packets to purchase for the course.

Requirements: Weekly reading and screening reports; midterm exam; final paper; participation and attendance.

For more information, contact Jocelyn Szczepaniak-Gillece at szczepan@uwm.edu.


ENG 414 | Special Topics in Creative Writing

Literary Journal Production
Liam Callanan
Section 1 | W, 11 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.

This course puts you in command of one of the area’s more exciting literary endeavors: Furrow, UWM’s premier and recently rejuvinated undergraduate literary magazine. Students in this class will tackle all parts of putting out a world-class literary journal, from soliciting and selecting creative work, to designing a publication suitable for showcasing that work, to sourcing, printing, and distributing the magazine to an eager literary world. No experience required, but enthusiasm and commitment are, from semester launch to the concluding publication “launch party” (to which you’re encouraged to invite friends and/or family!).

For more information, contact Liam Callanan at liam@uwm.edu.


Jim Chapson
Section 2 | TR, 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Students will study and practice the art of literary satire. Several representative works of satire will be read and analyzed to provide a sense of the tradition. Students will submit to the class about twenty pages of their own satires in poetry and/or prose.

For more information, contact Jim Chapson at jchapson@uwm.edu.


ENG 416 | Poetry Workshop

Brenda Cárdenas
Section 1 | T, 3:30 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

When we write poems, we often explore various means of working within, stretching, and transcending boundaries/constrictions via our attention to particular aspects of craft and approaches to writing. With this in mind, students will draft and revise poems outside of class, as well as engage in various in-class writing exercises. Assignments will include experimenting with various patterns of sound and repetition, line and syntax, extended metaphor, persona, formal verse, non-literary forms, ekphrasis, and collage, among other approaches. Students will also read, analyze, and discuss both published contemporary poems and their peers’ poems-in-progress, paying attention to what the poem aims to achieve or evoke and how the poet has constructed and crafted the poem toward this end. Students will critique each other’s work, offering suggestions for how their peers might alter various aspects of the poem to achieve the desired effect. Our culminating project will be a portfolio of revised poems with a reflective introductory essay.

The only required textbook is Diane Lockwood’s The Crafty Poet (Nicholasville, KY: Wind Publications, 2013, ISBN-13: 978-1936138623, List Price: $20.00), but students will also be required to print and read a number of sample poems as well as a few excerpts from other poetry writing textbooks posted on D2L.

For more information, contact Brenda Cárdenas at cardenab@uwm.edu.


ENG 427 | Writing for Nonprofits

Theories & Techniques of Writing for the Nonprofit Sector
Sally Stanton
Section 201 | Online

This course explores the theory, practices, lore, and written communication used by professional writers in nonprofit or social sector workplaces, such as theatres, museums, libraries, social service agencies, art centers, humane societies, and other community organizations.

Students will:

  • Learn about the purpose and defining characteristics of the nonprofit sector.
  • Understand the role of written messages in communicating social sector values and results.
  • Explore persuasive writing strategies for nonprofits (including donor and constituent messages, annual reports, and proposal-related communications).
  • Adapt business communication theories and strategies to the nonprofit sector.
  • Apply sector-specific theory and approaches to producing annual reports, websites, social media, grant reports, and other documents.
  • Gain practical experience in researching, designing, and writing documents commonly prepared by nonprofit professionals. Assignments will also require learning effective strategies for managing group writing projects, audience analysis, and collaboration. A group service-learning project is included.

For more information, contact Carolyn Sally Stanton at stanton@uwm.edu.


ENG 431 | Topics in Advanced Writing

Global Business Communication
Sonia Khatchadourian
Section 1 | MW, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

This course will introduce and familiarize students with fundamental aspects of global business communication. Topics that will be included are:

  • Values, attitudes, and practices of our own and other cultures that affect communication styles
  • Appropriate format, organization, and writing style of documents (letters, emails, memos) for an international audience (region/culture specific)
  • Appropriate communication channels for an international audience (region/culture specific)
  • Role of technology in global business communication
  • Oral and non-verbal communication
  • Other topics that may be included are: a comparative analysis of business ethics and website analysis

For more information, contact Sonia Khatchadourian at soniak@uwm.edu.


ENG 434 | Editing and Publishing

Carolyn Kott Washburne
Section 1 | W, 4 p.m. – 6:40 p.m.

This class will focus on revising essay drafts. Students will revise to improve their writing, to revise in a different mode/genre, and to prepare a text for publication. To do this, students will read theory and practical guides about revising, revise their own essays, and reflect on those revisions. In addition, students will practice giving feedback on each other’s writing and considering feedback from others when revising. Students will also research one other mode/genre of their choice and identify suitable publication venues for their work.

For more information, contact Carolyn Kott Washburne at ckw@uwm.edu.


ENG 430 | Advanced Writing Workshop

Carol Ross
Section 1 | TR, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

English 430 is a small, 15-member advanced composition workshop, designed for already capable writers who have done considerable writing in the past and who want to further develop their prose style. Its focus is literary/creative nonfiction–that is, writing in which the content is based on experience and observed or researched facts (nonfiction) and writing in which the style is creative (narrative). How writers say something will be as important as what they say. Students will have the opportunity to read and write short narratives in different genres of literary nonfiction: memoir, character story, and essay of place.

Students are expected to have very good control of grammar and mechanics since these are the basics of writing.

Required textbooks: a class reader prepared by the instructor (estimated cost $10); Strunk and White’s _The Elements of Style_ (ca. $11 new). All other texts are optional; other required readings are on D2L.

My section is intended for juniors, seniors, and university special students and does not carry graduate credit.

For more information, contact Carol Ross at cross@uwm.edu.


Vicki Bott
Section 2 | MW, 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

This class will focus on revising essay drafts. Students will revise to improve their writing, to revise in a different mode/genre, and to prepare a text for publication. To do this, students will read theory and practical guides about revising, revise their own essays, and reflect on those revisions. In addition, students will practice giving feedback on each other’s writing and considering feedback from others when revising. Students will also research one other mode/genre of their choice and identify suitable publication venues for their work.

For more information, contact Vicki Bott at vlbott@uwm.edu.


ENG 443 | Grant Writing

Proposal Writing Geared for the Nonprofit Sector
Sally Stanton
Section 201 | Online

The aim of English 443: Grant Writing is to help students develop a reader-centered approach to researching and producing grant proposals and related documents, using an integrated Service Learning approach – the experience of working directly with and writing for a nonprofit organization – as the primary vehicle for your learning. More specifically, the course is designed to help develop students’ ability to:

  • Research and write about an nonprofit’s mission, programs, and activities.
  • Research, analyze, and report on the range of funding sources available to an organization.
  • Produce reader-centered grant proposals and related documents.
  • Incorporate constructive comments from others to effectively revise draft documents.
  • Offer colleagues helpful feedback on their writing.

Students who complete this course will be prepared to research and produce basic documents used in nonprofit fundraising, including print and online proposal narratives, cover letters and letters of intent, memos, and analytical reports.

For more information, contact Carolyn Sally Stanton at stanton@uwm.edu.


ENG 444 | Technical Editing

Rachel Spilka
Section 201 | Online

This course is a hands-on practicum in which students are responsible for both individual and collaborative editing projects. Students learn that in work contexts, the scope of editing tasks can vary dramatically: In some cases, editors “fix up” minor grammatical and usage errors (copyediting); in other cases, editors question, “re-envision,” and then reshape major aspects of a document such as its purposes, target audiences, content, style, organization, and design (comprehensive editing).

The primary goal of this course is to prepare students to handle both copyediting and comprehensive editing tasks in future work contexts. A secondary emphasis is on helping students better understand the roles and responsibilities of editors, the ethical dimensions of editing, how editors contribute to document effectiveness, how editors relate to writers during a document’s life cycle, and what is involved in becoming a successful editor.

Weekly course assignments are likely to include discussion forum posts on ethical issues and the editor-writer relationship, in addition to “mini assignments” aimed at developing skills and practice in copyediting; relearning (or learning for the first time) fundamentals of English grammar, spelling, mechanics and usage; and gaining competence in proofreading and editing visuals and quantitative material. Major editing assignments are likely to include copyediting and comprehensive editing tasks on actual work documents in a variety of content areas (such as public policy, science, and health/medicine). A final collaborative course project will involve working in a team to conduct a comprehensive edit on an actual organization’s document, website, or set of documents.

By the end of this course, students are well positioned to apply competitively for part- or full-time editing positions and to excel in this type of work.

For more information, contact Carolyn Rachel Spilka at spilka@uwm.edu.


ENG 449 | Writing Internship in English

Rachel Spilka
Section 1-4 | no formal classes will be held for this course

This flexible-credit internship is an invaluable opportunity for students to gain “real world” writing, editing, or related experience that can supplement their academic credentials and broaden their marketability for postgraduate positions in both academia and industry. Internship placements are available in publishing, public relations/advertising, and non-profit agencies and in larger businesses or corporations. Students might be called upon to complete a variety of tasks in an internship placement, but typically their work involves research, writing, editing, design, proofreading, and other activities related to communication.

You can enroll for ENG 449 for 1 credit (you would need to average at 5 or fewer hours spent on internship work each week), 2 credits (5-10 hours each week); 3 credits (10-15 hours each week); or 4 credits (15-20 hours each week). You can take ENG 449 for more than one semester or summer if you wish; students are eligible to earn between 1-4 credits per term and a total of 9 credits in the course across terms.

70% of each intern’s grade is based on the internship supervisor’s evaluations; the other 30% is based on two descriptive/analytical reports submitted to the instructor. Each intern is also required to meet in person or on the phone with the instructor around the fifth week of the semester to discuss options/strategies for handling problems and concerns.

If you are interested in setting up a spring 2015 internship, contact Rachel Spilka at spilka@uwm.edu in November, if possible, so that she can start working closely with you to set up a spring internship by the end of the fall term.

For more information, contact Rachel Spilka at spilka@uwm.edu.


ENG 547 | Studies in Theory and Criticism

Culture and Identity in Late Capitalism
Annie McClanahan
Section 1 | TR, 12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

What does it mean to live in a period of capitalist crisis? What does it mean to forge one’s identity according to the imperatives of efficiency, self-management, and profitability? How does it feel to be raced and/or gendered in a culture that is ostensibly “post-racial” and equitable? How is the experience of education transformed by the debt you incur to pay for it? We’ll discuss these questions and many more by reading both critical theory and personal essays on the experience of daily life in contemporary “late capitalism.” Topics will include: RACE, SEX & GENDER, WORK, MONEY, SCHOOL, and RIOTS & REVOLUTIONS.

For more information, visit http://pantherfile.uwm.edu/mcclanah/www/ or contact Annie McClanahan at mcclanah@uwm.edu.


ENG 615 | Advanced Workshop in Fiction

Creative Writing Fiction Majors Capstone
Liam Callanan
Section 1 | T, 11 a.m. – 1:40 p.m.

This is the capstone course of the undergraduate creative writing program. It is intended for undergraduates finishing their writing career, and for graduate students beginning theirs. You must have taken introductory (English 233) and intermediate workshops (English 415, twice) before enrolling for this course. Anyone unable to read, write or critique at this level will have difficulty completing the course. If you have any questions about your ability to succeed in this course, please contact me as soon as possible. Please note: as has become tradition, to prepare writing majors for a professional writing life, a short daily writing assignment will be required.

For more information, contact Liam Callanan at liam@uwm.edu.


ENG 616 | Advanced Workshop in Poetry

Poetry of Place
Kimberly Blaeser
Section 1 | R, 3:30 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

While studying the craft of poetry, we will give particular attention to poetry of place, including those kinds of works that have at various times been understood as nature poetry, ecopoetry, pastoral, or post-pastoral. Students will read poems from a range of fine writers and our engagement with poetry will also include examples of ekphrastic poems and hyper-text. During the semester, each student will also read and give a presentation on a collection of poetry not read by the whole class, thus broadening the classes’ range of exposure to practicing poets. As we read and experiment with writing poems, students will keep a journal and will have a number of assignments that involve that writing tool. Members of the class will write, revise, and critique poems throughout the semester, experimenting with forms, techniques, and voice. Since poetry depends so utterly upon sound, we will use various media to hear and see the performance of poetry, practice the presentation of our own poetry, and attend at least one live reading. During the course of the semester students will workshop their writing and, for a final project, will compile a portfolio of their best work. As a course finale, we will offer a public reading.

Required Texts:

  • Sarah Busse, et. al., “Echolocations: Poets Map Madison”
  • Susan Firer, “Milwaukee Does Strange Things to People”
  • Ted Kooser, “The Poetry Repair Manual”
  • N. Scott Momaday, “Again the Far Morning”

Additional materials will be available in a Course Reader, on D2-L, and as handouts.

For more information, contact Jocelyn Kimberly Blaeser at kblaeser@uwm.edu.


 

ENG 624 | Seminar in Modern Literature

21st Century Experimental Fiction
Annie McClanahan
Section 1 | TR, 3:30 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

The 21st-century literary scene was witness the explosion of what might most broadly be called “experimental literature”: narratives with non-realist plots, unbelievable characters, and unconventional language. In this class, we will read some of these novels, and we will think about the relationship between fiction and consciousness, between language and violence, between representation and power. We’ll also discuss what it means to read literature that is so decisively “of our moment,” including what it means that our choices constitute an act of canon formation. Writers will include Tom McCarthy, George Saunders, Ben Lerner, Helen Oyeyemi, Lynn Tillman, Ben Marcus, and China Mieville.

For more information, visit http://pantherfile.uwm.edu/mcclanah/www/ or contact Annie McClanahan at mcclanah@uwm.edu.


ENG 627 | Seminar in Literature and Culture

Race in White Popular Fiction and Film
Gregory Jay
Section 1 | W, 4:30 p.m. – 7:10 p.m.

From the beginning of American literature, white writers have frequently produced influential works intending to protest against slavery, racial bigotry, and discrimination. I call this tradition “racial liberalism,” and it forms a fascinating history from Stowe to Stockett. Racial liberalism has also been an important genre in popular film, including many movies made from best-selling novels, such as To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help. This seminar will examine the tradition of racial liberalism, exploring its achievements and limitations.

For more information, contact Gregory Jay at gjay@uwm.edu.


ENG 632 | Seminar in American Indian Literature

Louise Erdrich Seminar
Margaret Noodin
Section 1 | T, 3:30 p.m. – 6:10 p.m.

This seminar will focus on the work of Louise Erdrich including her fiction for both adults and children, her poetry and her non-fiction about family, culture and language revitalization in the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe / Chippewa) community. Methods of literary analysis will be modern traditional close readings, post-modern literary criticism and Anishinaabe aesthetic exploration. Students do not need any prior knowledge of Erdrich, American Indian literary history or the Anishinaabe language, but can expect to learn about each of these subjects and how they relate to the author as part of this course. Ambe, gindaasodaa (so, let’s read!)

For more information, contact Margaret Noodin at noodin@uwm.edu.