Arts, Sciences, and Engineering English
CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
39968 ENG 242 AUTHORS, EDITORS, AND THE LITERARY MARKETPLACE Spring 2015 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
TR 1105 1220 LCHAS 182
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
15
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
20
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, H1SUS001
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/College/ENG/undergrad/undergraduate_courses.html
Offered: Fall Spring

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
39973 ENG 242 Narratives of Slavery Before and After Emancipation Spring 2015 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
MW 1400 1515 LATT 413
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
3
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
5
Total Cap     
No Cap
Cross Listed: AAS 229 (P), ENG 242, HIS 214
Instructors: PEARSON E
Description: William Faulkner wrote that “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” Perhaps more than any other aspect of national history, slavery has continued to haunt political and cultural life in the United States and Caribbean. This course explores the evolution of narratives of slavery from the nineteenth to twenty-first centuries, paying particular attention to the ways generic features, rhetorical goals, and literary style adapted to new historical conditions. Although this course recognizes significant connections between the pre- and post-emancipation eras, it also disrupts any sense of straightforward continuity. Reading pre-emancipation texts will establish the major contours of the genre at a time when narratives were responding to the immediate crisis of slavery within the complicated context of the abolition movement. As the course moves into post-emancipation texts, we will trace how communal memory changes the cultural meaning of slavery.
Clusters: H1AAS001
Offered: Spring

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
41774 ENG 242 IDEA OF AMERICA Fall 2015 4.0 Closed
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
T 1400 1640 RRLIB 362
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
7
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
20
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     
1
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
10
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

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
40312 ENG 242 IDEA OF AMERICA Fall 2014 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
T 1400 1640 RRLIB 362
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
8
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
18
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