Arts, Sciences, and Engineering English
CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
76743 ENG 242 DREAM OF THE RED CHAMBER Spring 2016 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
MW 1400 1515 B&L 269
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
3
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
11
Total Cap     
No Cap
Cross Listed: CHI 214 (P), CLT 214, ENG 242
Instructors: SCHAEFER W
Description: This course is devoted to an intensive reading of the greatest work of Chinese prose fiction, the eighteenth-century novel, Dream of the Red Chamber (Hongloumeng). We will pay close attention to the novel’s extended reflection on the relations between illusion, reality, and fabrication; its subversion of historical narrative; its construction of architectural and “natural” spaces; its intense obsession with the sensuousness of material culture; and its powerful narration of desire in early modern China. No background in Chinese literature, culture, or language assumed. All readings in English.

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
77136 ENG 242 DANGEROUS CHILDREN Spring 2016 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
TR 1525 1640 LCHAS 181
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
21
Section Cap     
No Cap
Instructors: GROSS K
Description: This course will explore a tradition of stories that center around troubled fictions of childhood, in particular works that focus on the figure of the dangerous or haunted child. The fascination of such children in these books comes from their strange joining together of innocence and knowledge, vulnerability and power—hence the often vexed nature of these children's encounters with the adult world. These stories emerge especially in Romanticism, with its re-evaluation of the nature of childhood, and its feeling for the buried or unconscious powers of the human mind more generally. They continue to grip modern writers. Readings will include William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience; poems by William Wordsworth; Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland; Henry James, The Turn of the Screw; J. M. Barrie, Peter and Wendy; Richard Hughes, High Wind in Jamaica; Elizabeth Bowen, The Death of the Heart; Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita; and shorter works by Kafka, Freud, and Angela Carter. Fits the post-1800 requirement.
Clusters: H1POL002
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/college/eng/courses/index.html
Offered: Fall Spring

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
24891 ENG 242 AUTHORS, EDITORS, AND THE LITERARY MARKETPLACE Fall 2016 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
MW 1400 1515 MOREY 303
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
9
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
11
Total Cap     
No Cap
Cross Listed: ENG 242 (P), ENG 442
Instructors: LONDON B
Description: What is an author? This course begins with the premise that the answer to this question is anything but self-evident. Does the idea of the author as solitary genius correspond to the actual practices of ordinary writers? And does it correspond to the practice of even the “great” authors like Shakespeare? Was such an ideal ever anything but a myth? What role do editors play in the practice of authorship? Should they count as co-authors? How do market factors and modes of publication affect what and how an author writes? How has our understanding of authorship changed in a world of virtual authors and virtual texts? Looking at a wide range of examples, we will examine a number of sites of debate: collaborative authorship; ghost writing; forgeries and hoaxes; plagiarism; celebrity authorship; bestsellers; film, electronic and digital media; self- and on-demand publishing; copyright. Students will have the opportunity to do original research on topics of their own choosing.
Clusters: H1POL002
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/College/ENG/undergrad/undergraduate_courses.html
Offered: Fall Spring

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
41774 ENG 242 IDEA OF AMERICA Fall 2015 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
T 1400 1640 RRLIB 362
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
6
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
16
Total Cap     
20
Cross Listed: AMS 200 (P), ENG 242, HIS 264
Instructors: RUBIN J; TAWIL E
Description: What is America? A country? A continent? A political ideal? A culture? This course traces the development of ideas about America, from its historical beginnings to our own time, from European fantasies about the New World and its possibilities to the experiences of settlers and citizens facing its realities. We will explore the competing and even contending narratives of America in a wide variety of cultural documents, from orations, sermons and political tracts to novels, poems, photographs, and films. The course is open to all interested students and required for all American Studies majors.
Offered: Fall

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
83813 ENG 242 DISABILITY STUDIES: RETHINKING DIFFERENCE & DIVERSITY Fall 2015 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
MW 1400 1515 MEL 219
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
3
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
16
Total Cap     
20
Cross Listed: CLT 101C (P), ENG 242
Instructors: JORGENSEN B
Description: People with disabilities constitute the world’s largest, most stigmatized, and most marginalized “minority,” and yet many of us don’t include this identity in our thinking when we speak of and celebrate human diversity and inclusion. The field of disability studies has, since the 1980s, examined and theorized the complex meanings of disability throughout history. Work by DS scholars offers insights into disability identities as both embodied realities, and social and cultural constructions. This course will provide an introduction to disability studies, and an exploration of the literary representations of physical, intellectual and psychosocial disability in works chosen from a variety of national traditions. Reading journal, short essays, research paper.
Clusters: H1FMS010