Arts, Sciences, and Engineering English
CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
24941 ENG 245 Literature and the Modern Environmental Imagination Fall 2016 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
MW 1230 1345 MEL 206
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
9
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
13
Total Cap     
15
Cross Listed: CAS 245 (P), ENG 245
Instructors: NADIR L
Restrictions: [A] Instructor's permission required
Description: This course studies American writers’ engagement with shifting experiences of environment, nature, and place during the period of intense modernization from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Reading slave narratives, nature writing, novels, and essays, we will study how writers imagine human-environment relationships amidst social, economic, and technological changes, such as urbanization, colonization, industrialization, and the civil rights and social justice movements. A guiding question raised by the artworks is, How to create a meaningful connection to the planet in a time of so much injustice, destabilization, delocalization, mobility, and flux? Close attention will be paid to how literature can help us elucidate historical erasures of environmental relationships in modern times, such as experiences of racial oppression, eco-tourism, exoticism, trauma and war, exile, alienation, among others.
Clusters: N1SUS001

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
81029 ENG 245 THE MODERN NOVELLA Fall 2016 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
MW 1025 1140 HYLAN 105
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
9
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
9
Total Cap     
No Cap
Cross Listed: ENG 245 (P), ENG 445
Instructors: SCHOTTENFELD
Description: More broadly, a study of the gray zone between short story and novel, containing many ambiguous labels (long short story, novella, short novel). The course will interrogate various boundaries -- When does a short story become a novella? When does a novella become a novel? -- and locate answers not merely in word count, but in reader experience and expectation. Because of the (relative) brevity of these in-between texts, the course will cover much stylistic and geographic ground. Author list may include: Franz Kafka, Philip Roth, Don DeLillo, Carson McCullers, Nathanael West, Gabriel García Márquez, Henry James, George Saunders, Ethan Canin, Aleksandar Hemon, William Gass, Flannery O'Connor, Cynthia Ozick, and Joseph Conrad.
Clusters: H1ENG009, H1ENG012
URL: http://www.rochester.edu/College/ENG/undergrad/undergraduate_courses.html
Offered: Fall Spring

CRN Course Course Title Term Credits Status
41795 ENG 245 Literature, Media, and the Modern Environment Fall 2015 4.0 Open
Schedule:
Day Begin End Building Room
MW 1230 1345 MEL 206
Enrollment: Section Enroll     
4
Section Cap     
No Cap
Total Enroll     
9
Total Cap     
15
Cross Listed: CAS 245 (P), ENG 245, FMS 274
Instructors: NADIR L
Restrictions: [A] Instructor's permission required
Final Exam Schedule: DEWEY 4162 on 1216 at 1915
Description: We live the entirety of our lives on the earth, whether we dwell in urban, suburban, natural, or virtual spaces. For the most part, we do this without considering the full impact of our surroundings. In this course, we will study the work of creative writers and media practitioners to understand the role of place, space, nature, and environment in our daily lives. Our investigation will focus on how modern life and processes of modernization (such as urbanization, media, travel, industrialization, technology, consumerism, and colonialism) have drastically transformed humanity's relationships to land and earth. We will read diverse works, including slave narratives, nature writing, novels, and manifestos, relating them to contemporary film and media. Students will come away from this course with new critical awareness of the ways in which the environment profoundly shapes our identities even while it is rendered invisible by the accelerating social, economic, and technological upheavals of modern times.
Clusters: N1SUS001