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Past Courses (Summer 2015)

L204 Introduction to Fiction

GenEd A&H

First 8 Weeks (May 12 - July 2)
section 3877 10:20a-11;20a daily 3cr.
section 3875 11:30a-12:30p daily 3cr.
section 3876 12:40p-1:40p daily 3cr.

Second 8 Weeks (June 8 - July 31)
section 3873 9:10a-10:10a daily 3cr.
section 3874 12:40p-1:40p daily 3cr.

Representative works of fiction; structural techniques in the novel. Novels and short stories from several ages and countries.

L260 Introduction to Advanced Study of Literature
Ed Comentale
TOPIC: "Zombies, Literature, and the Cultures of Fear"

GenEd A&H

Second 6 Weeks (June 22 - July 31)
section 14037 10:20a-11:35a daily 3cr.

Zombies are everywhere these days, both inside and out of the classroom. Stalking the cultural horizon, they pose grave threats to human identity and human civilization. They wreak havoc on notions of selfhood and agency, beliefs about life and death, mechanisms of production and consumption, concepts of race and class. This course introduces students to advanced literary studies by exploring representations of zombies in poetry, fiction, and films. Students will develop their skills in reading, writing, and analysis as they explore methods from a range of disciplines, including media studies, cultural studies, race studies, history, philosophy, anthropology, medicine, and economics. At the same time, we will pay close attention to literary form and genre as modes of undeadness, aesthetic traditions that are revived across time and space for different audiences and cultural contexts. Some critical questions: How does the significance of the zombie change over time? Why do zombies appear in specific cultures and at specific historical moments? What emotional and physical effects do zombies produce in spectators? How do zombies reflect social concerns about disease and infection? How do they reflect changes in the economy and patterns in labor and consumerism? Course requirements include two essays and a series of short written answer tests.

Likely texts: poetry by Virgil, Coleridge, and T. S. Eliot; Zora Neale Hurston, Tell My Horse: Voodoo and Life in Haiti and Jamaica; Richard Matheson, I Am Legend; Jack Finney, Invasion of the Body Snatchers; Colson Whitehead, Zone One; Aristotle, Nichomachean Ethics; Spinoza, Ethics; Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny; Robert Kirkman et. al., Walking Dead; Susan Sontag, Illness as Metaphor and AIDS and Its Metaphors; I Walked With A Zombie; Night of the Living Dead; Dawn of the Dead; REC.; 28 Days Later; Pontypool.

L314 Late Plays of Shakespeare
Linda Charnes


First 6 Weeks (May 12 - June 19)
section 14040 11:45a-1:00p daily 3cr.

This course will examine literature and political psychology. Concentrating on Shakespeare's most political plays-Antony and Cleopatra, Richard II, Henry IV parts 1 and 2, Henry V, and Coriolanus-we will examine how the playwright anatomizes power politics and the dynamics of getting to be, being, or staying, "in charge." The seminar will spend considerable time looking at the historical conditions that organize Shakespeare's political thinking. Since it is an election year, we will also make connections between the politics of Shakespeare's day and our own, to see what Shakespeare can teach us about our own political psychology. Although we will conduct deep, complex and respectful political conversations with each other, the seminar will be run in a "non-partisan" manner and will remain focused on how Shakespeare himself understood and represented power dynamics. This course is NOT an introduction to literary study; it is designed only for upper-division students who have already satisfied their composition requirements and who have experience studying literature at an advanced level. Majors in Political Science, English, History, Psychology and other cognate fields are encouraged to apply, as are students of all political backgrounds and sensibilities.

L316 Literary History 3
Scott Herring


Second 8 Weeks (June 8 - July 31)
section 14042 9:10a-10:10a daily 3cr.

We will read classics by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Willa Cather, Zora Neale Hurston, and James Baldwin as well as recently lauded works by Edwidge Danticat, R. Zamora Linmark, Alison Bechdel, Dave Eggers, and Cormac McCarthy. Along the way, we will discuss a range of modern and late modern literary writing across the U.S. and the globe: from New York City to the Great Plains, from the swamplands of Florida to the streets of Paris, from Haiti to Honolulu, and from pre-Katrina New Orleans to the end of the world. We'll also cover major genres such as modernism, regionalism, African-American literature, the gay and lesbian novel, diasporic literature, and dystopian fiction. Assignments include weekly quizzes, a midterm, a final, and two papers.

L391 Literature for Young Adults
Romayne Rubinas Dorsey


First 6 Weeks (May 12 - June 19)
section 5642 1:10p-2:25p daily 3cr.

L391 is an upper division English Literature course designed to introduce adult readers to young adult literature, literature often written for and read by people between 12 and 18 years old. We will read six to eight texts from various genres as well supplementary materials, and students will read two additional texts from a selected list for the research paper. As we read this material we will formulate our own definition of young adult literature. Topics we will explore will revolve around the role of the imagination in adolescent life and development, and will include: notions of adolescence and young adulthood; the role of imagination and fantasy in the lives of adolescents and their relationship to literacy both cultural and textual; forms of censorship; and issues of representation concerning age, ability, class, gender, race and sexuality.

Course work: two course papers; regular discussion prompts; quizzes (if necessary); & two course exams on the readings.

Possible texts include: The Giver; To Kill a Mockingbird; Black Swan Green; Long Division; A Wrinkle in Time; and Cruddy.

R224 Persuasion
Katherine Lind

TOPIC: "Persuasion: Identifying the Animal"


Second 6 Weeks (June 22 - July 31)
section 14016 3:00p-4:50p MTWR 3cr.

Typically, persuasion is understood as a tool for influencing the actions or beliefs of others. While generally considered a human endeavor, persuasion should not be limited to bipeds. Through scholars such as Kenneth Burke, George Kennedy, and others, we will shift the notion of persuasion as a human-centered practical tool to focus on the role of communication, identification, and empathy that concern non-human species. We will examine persuasive rhetoric concepts, theory, and rhetorical strategies by exploring topics such as tourism, marine wildlife films, local (Indiana/Bloomington) issues involving animals, and lifestyle choices (animal consumption practices, for instance). As a fundamental component of persuasion, the role of advocacy will extend our discussions of animal rights and civic engagement. Thus, final projects will demonstrate the ways animals and animal advocates engage rhetorical appeals and perhaps foster a new form of civic identity.

R228 Argumentation and Public Advocacy
Bridget Sutherland


First 6 Weeks (May 12 - June 19)
section 15125 3:00p-4:50p MTWR 3cr.

R228 Argumentation and Public Advocacy is an intensive introductory level course on the theory, practice, and criticism of public advocacy—the use of propositions, evidence, practical reason, and the general rhetorical strategies of symbolic action to promote and advance one’s public or civic interests. The course operates with the assumption that a liberal-democratic polity relies on the ability of its citizens to be active and critical producers and consumers of public arguments as part of a reasoned process of collective decision-making. As a class, we will analyze arguments made in political campaigns, film, television shows, and news stories. Additionally, we will discuss local issues that affect Bloomington and the IUB campus. We will use argumentation theory as a way to think about how local, national and global communities go about creating social and political change. To that end, we will practice argumentation. That means you will read and study argumentation theory, you will learn to analyze the arguments of others, and you will craft arguments of your own. In this class, you will take on the role of public advocates and craft your own arguments about issues you think are important. Accordingly, the course will require all students to be active participants. Although there will be some lectures designed to identify and elaborate the theoretical precepts of public advocacy, this is not solely a lecture course and you are expected to be actively engaged with the material and the lesson. In addition to lectures, there will be written in-class exercises, small group work and class discussions that will allow you to practice the fundamental skills of public argumentation while deepening your theoretical understanding.

W103 Introductory Creative Writing

GenEd A&H

First 6 Weeks (May 12 - June 19)
section 3894 1:10p-2:26p daily 3cr.

Introduction to the art of creative writing. Short assignments, independent work, and classroom discussion of the fundamentals of writing fiction, poetry, and drama. Does not satisfy English composition requirement.

W203 Creative Writing (Fiction)


Second 6 Weeks (June 22 - July 31)
section 7386 11:45a-1:00p daily 3cr.

P - ENG-W 103 or English major/minor or MFA Director permission

W 203 : Students who have not met prerequisite may request permission by submitting form at

Above class is part of the "Transfer Indiana" (transferIN) Initiative. For additional information, link to

W231 Professional Writing Skills

First 6 Weeks (May 12 - June 19)
section 3898 10:20a-11:35a daily 3cr.

Second 6 Weeks (June 22 - July 31)
section 7143 10:20a-11:35a daily 3cr.
section 3897 1:10p-2:25p daily 3cr.

Designed to develop research and writing skills requisite for most academic and professional activities. Emphasis on methods of research, organization, and writing techniques useful in preparing reviews, critical bibliographies, research and technical reports, proposals, and papers.

W350 Advanced Expository Writing MULTILINGUAL

First 8 Weeks (May 12 - July 2)
section 3900 12:40p-1:40p daily 3cr.

NOTE: This section is for multilingual speakers.

Advanced writing course focuses on the interconnected activities of writing and reading, especially the kinds of responding, analyzing, and evaluating that characterize work in many fields in the university. Topics vary from semester to semester.

W350 Advanced Expository Writing
Michael Adams


Second 8 Weeks (June 8 - July 31)
section 7383 11:30a-12:30p daily 3cr.

The world abounds with interesting subjects, and one way of experiencing the world we encounter is to write about it. This course blends three aspects of writing practice: (1) we will spend considerable time cultivating style, through a series of short essays and imitations; (2) members will write two long-form essays, not opinion pieces or intellectual arguments or analyses of texts or other objects, but well-researched, complex reports anchored in events and in facts, articles of the kind you might find in The New Yorker or any other magazine dedicated to the art of exposition; and (3) members will copy-edit one another's work, learning in the process how to check facts as well as propose changes in focus, structure, style, and the evidentiary basis of an essay. Time flies quickly in an eight-week term -- members of the course should expect to write every day. There will also be some reading assigned from magazines available through the library. The only required book -- the one you'll buy -- is Joseph Mitchell's Up in the Old Hotel (Vintage, 1993; ISBN 978-0679746317; $18.00).