Special Topics and Course Descriptions

Winter 2019


EN 345: The Teaching of Literature (for all Secondary English Education majors and minors)
Instructor: Wendy Farkas

 Prerequisites for this course are having already taken/passed EN 304 and admission to the pre-methods phase of teacher education or with permission of instructor. Note: EN 345 cannot be applied toward a non -teaching major or any minor in English. Remember that EN 350 (English Methods) will not be offered again until the Fall 2019 term. Please plan accordingly.

EN 495W/595: The Writer’s Room: Episodic Screenwriting in the Age of Prestige Television
Instructor: Monica Robinson

This course will serve as an introduction into the process of pitching and writing episodic television. Students will analyze recent critically-acclaimed shows to better understand the craft, scope, and possibilities of episodic scriptwriting. Because television shows are written collaboratively, students will practice working in a “writers’ room” environment by brainstorming, writing, and story-building in groups. By the end of the class, students will write a spec script for an existing show as well as create an original pilot concept. Students will also learn how to pitch and market scripts, and how to build a career writing for television.

EN 595: Introduction to the Digital Humanities
Instructor: Caroline Krzakowski

 This course offers students a historical and thematic overview of the various research approaches and methodologies broadly construed as the digital humanities. Students will become familiar not only with approaches, but with the lively ideological debates currently informing this emergent field of study. Students will also critically examine a variety of DH projects, become familiar with the tools used to create those projects, and develop their own projects in turn. We will read a variety of theoretical and critical texts that variously define and frame the subject of inquiry of the digital humanities and its applications in literary studies. We will think about the ways in which debates in the digital humanities have been conducted alongside debates in literary and cultural studies and have shaped contemporary interpretive practices.

EN 495/595: Ecocriticism and Environmental Justice
Instructor: Amy Hamilton

While the study of literature in relation to land and environment has long been integral to literary scholarship, in recent decades the interrelated fields of Literature and Environment, Ecocriticism, and Environmental Justice have grown exponentially. This course introduces students to key movements within ecocriticism and environmental justice scholarship, with a keen eye to how the fields balance theoretical frameworks with the material realities of climate change and environmental inequality. In addition to studying how ecocritics engage with theoretical approaches such as New Materialism, Feminism, and Affect Theory, students will consider the complex and often conflicted relationships between theoretical concepts and the lived reality of the human and nonhuman world, from habitat loss to genetic engineering.