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English-2202: Selected Works of British Literature—1800 to Present
Instructor: Staff
 
An introductory critical study of the works of major British writers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. 
GE: Literature
GE: Diversity (Global Studies)

English-2202 (10): Selected Works of British Literature—1800 to Present
Instructor: Jill Galvan
 
This course will introduce you to some of the major British texts, authors, and literary forms and trends of the last two centuries. In the process, you will be learning about diverse perspectives on important cultural developments over the past two centuries, including the French Revolution, the abolition of slavery, the Industrial Revolution, imperialism, debates over gender roles and sexuality, the rise of scientific values, the twentieth-century world wars and decolonization. We will study major literary modes such as the Romantic lyric, the Gothic novel, the dramatic monologue, World War I poetry, postcolonial narrative, and the Bildungsroman (or "coming-of-age novel"). Our fiction and drama will include Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol, Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest and Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go
GE: Literature
GE: Diversity (Global Studies)

English-2202H: Selected Works of British Literature—1800 to Present
Instructor: David Riede
 
We will be looking at some of the greatest and most influential works of English literature from William Blake's "Songs of Innocence" (1789) to Zadie Smith's "White Teeth" (2000). We will study the works in terms of historical and cultural context and of literary craft, and will look particularly to distinguish the Romantic, Victorian, Modern and post-colonial periods. 
GE: Literature
GE: Diversity (Global Studies)

English-2220: Introduction to Shakespeare
Instructors: Christopher Highley and staff
 
Study of selected plays designed to give an understanding of drama as theatrical art and as an interpretation of fundamental human experience. 
GE: Literature
GE: Diversity (Global Studies)

English-2220: Introduction to Shakespeare—Reading Shakes in Performance
Instructors: Manuel Jacquez
 

Although they are more often read as books today, Shakespeare’s dramatic works were initially viewed and interpreted as plays performed on a stage. In this class, we will read a handful of plays: Richard II, A Midsummer Night’s DreamThe Merry Wives of WindsorMacbeth, Othello and The Tempest. These plays all engage modern topics ranging from the acquisition of political power to assumptions about gender. We will consider how the medium of performance informed Shakespeare’s exploration of these topics. As you learn about Shakespeare’s London, his dramatic worlds and the performance practices that materialized them, you will hone your ability to think, read and write critically.


English-2220: Introduction to Shakespeare
Instructors: Jennifer Higginbotham
 
In late sixteenth-century London, on the south bank of the Thames, amongst bear--baiting rings and brothels stood a round wooden theater that brought together people from all walks of life-aristocrats and merchants, cobblers and tailors, seamstresses and fishwives. It was for this space and for these people that William Shakespeare first wrote his influential plays, and in this course, we'll be imagining what it was like to stand with them and watch Shakespeare's theater in action.
This particular section of Introduction to Shakespeare will be experimenting on occasion with cutting edge techniques for facilitating embodied learning through the combination of rehearsal room techniques modeled on professional theater companies with close textual analysis of Shakespeare's language. Our in-depth exploration will include comedies, tragedies and a few of his poems,  not to mention a lot of fun along the way.
GE: Literature
GE: Diversity (Global Studies)

English-2220H: Introduction to Shakespeare
Instructor: Alan Farmer
 
In this course we will read several plays written by Shakespeare and consider how they both conform to and work against the genres of comedy, tragedy, history, and romance. Looking at the plays as works to be both performed and read, we will pay particular attention to the politics of gender, religion and kingship in the plays, topics that Shakespeare returned to again and again and that were vitally important, and indeed controversial, in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries.
In addition to some critical and historical essays on the early modern theater and culture, we will read some combination of the following plays: Henry V, Two Gentlement of Verona, The Twelfth Night, Measure for Measure, Much Ado About Nothing, Othello, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Coriolanus, The Tempest and The Winter's Tale.
GE: Literature
GE: Diversity (Global Studies)

English-2260: Introduction to Poetry
Instructor: Staff 
 
*This course is intended as an introduction to major poems and poets in the English language and will examine poems in historical, literary-historical and broader cultural contexts. We will be concerned especially with poetic form and craft and the many and various uses of such forms as sonnets, ballads, odes, blank and rhymed verse and so on, and we will also focus on the crafting of voice, tone, imagery, sound and rhythm. 
GE: Literature

English-2260 (30): Introduction to PoetryLove, Eroticism and Renaissance Poetry
Instructor: Benjamin Moran
 
In this iteration of "Introduction to Poetry," we will explore a seemingly narrow selection of verse: the love and erotic poetry of the English Renaissance (1500-1700). These parameters will, however, lead us to encounter what is considered some of the greatest poetry ever written, including William Shakespeare's Sonnets, John Milton's Paradise Lost, the lyrics of John Donne and George Herbert, as well as poems by lesser known writers like Aemelia Lanyer and and Mary Wroth. As we read this remarkably diverse writing, we will learn about the formal qualities of these poems while also reading them for their varied expressions of love, sex, desire and emotion. Often challenging, often weird, but always sexy, the poetry of this course will prove an exciting introduction to the study of verse. 
GE: Literature

English-2260H: Introduction to Poetry
Instructor: David Riede 
 
This course is intended as an introduction to major poems and poets in the English language, and will examine poems in historical, literary historical and broader cultural contexts. We will be concerned especially with poetic form and craft and the many and various uses of such forms as sonnets, ballads, odes, blank and rhymed verse and so on, and we will also focus on the crafting of voice, tone, imagery, sound and rhythm.
GE: Literature

English-2261: Introduction to Fiction
Instructors: Roxann Wheeler and staff
 
Examination of the elements of fiction—plot, character, setting, narrative, perspective, theme, etc.—and their various interrelations. Comparisons with nonfictional narrative may be included. 
GE: Literature

English-2261 (20): Introduction to Fiction
Instructors: David Brewer
 
This course will examine the central building blocks of fiction:  plot, character, narration/point of view, and setting.  We'll also explore how style connects with and contributes to these various building blocks. Our emphasis throughout will be on how fiction works and why we should care about its workings. Likely readings include Donna Tartt's The Secret History, Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, Truman Capote's In Cold Blood, Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and a range of short stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, Lee K. Abbott, Donald Ray Pollock, Flannery O'Connor, Shirley Jackson, James Thurber, Viet Thanh Nguyen, H. P. Lovecraft, and Claire Vaye Watkins. Likely assignments include a weekly reading journal, four short descriptions of how our building blocks work in a passage from our readings, and your choice of a short paper on how the style of one of our authors connects to these building blocks OR a short piece of fiction with commentary on how you're approaching our building blocks
GE: Literature

English-2261 (30): Introduction to Fiction
Instructors: Zoe Thompson
 
This course begins with the assumption that fictions are at the heart of human existence, that stories are our way of making sense of the world. Tracing the novel from the nineteenth century to today, the course explores the stories we tell ourselves about love, identity and sexuality, covering some of the greatest books of all time from The Great Gatsby to Gone Girl.
GE: Literature

English-2263: Introduction to Film
Instructor: Staff
 
Introduction to methods of reading film texts by analyzing cinema as technique, as system and as cultural product. 
GE: VPA

English-2263 (10): Introduction to Film
Instructor: David Brewer
 
This course will explore the formal and technological means through which stories are told on film, and how those techniques interact with the film industry and the viewers on which it relies.  Among other things, we'll consider cinematography, editing, mise-en-scene, sound, genre, distribution, exhibition venues, and the star system. Throughout, our emphasis will be on bringing out and building upon the skills as a viewer that you've already developed over two decades or more of watching. Likely viewing will include Some Like It Hot, The Silence of the Lambs, The Palm Beach Story, Kick-Ass, Rope, Moonrise Kingdom, Singin' in the Rain, Dazed and Confused, Star Wars, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, High Society, something quite recent and internationally successful, and a documentary (The Story of Film), along with a wide range of clips.
GE: VPA

English-2264: Introduction to Popular Culture Studies
Instructor: Staff
 
Introduction to the analysis of popular culture texts. 
GE: Cultures & Ideas
This is a combined section class

English-2265: Introductory Fiction Writing
An introduction to the fundamentals of technique, craft and composition; practice in the writing of fiction; and analysis and discussion of student work as well as published stories by masters of the genre.

English-2266: Introductory Poetry Writing
An introduction to the fundamentals of technique, craft, composition, and prosody; practice in the writing of poetry; and analysis and discussion of student work as well as published poems by established poets.

English-2267: Introduction to Creative Writing
Instructor: Allison Talbot
 
An introduction to the writing of fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction. Analysis and discussion of student work, with reference to the general methods and scope of all three genres. 

English-2268: Introductory Creative Nonfiction Writing
Instructor: Steffan Hruby
 
An introduction to the fundamentals of technique, craft, and composition; practice in the writing of creative nonfiction; and analysis and discussion of student work as well as published essays by masters of the many forms of creative nonfiction.

English-2269: Digital Media Composing
Instructor: Staff
 
A composition course in which students analyze and compose digital media texts while studying complex forms and practices of textual production. 
GE: VPA

English-2270: Introduction to Folklore
Instructor: Staff
 
Folklore theory and methods explored through engagement with primary sources: folktale, legend, jokes, folksong, festival, belief, art. Folklore Minor course.
GE: Cultures & Ideas
This is a combined section class

English-2276: Arts of PersuasionCultural Rhetorics
Instructor: Gavin Johnson
 

Rhetoric is cultural and culture is rhetorical. In this course, we will explore and practice the arts of persuasion by learning about frameworks for both analyzing and producing arguments for different media, audiences and cultures. Through assigned readings and “real world” examples, the course will introduce students to classical and contemporary rhetoric, cultural rhetorics and digital and multimodal rhetorics. Students will produce a final critical-creative project on a topic of their choice in consultation with the instructor.

GE: Cultures & Ideas
Professional Writing Minor Requirement or Elective. 

English-2277: Introduction to Disability Studies (online)
Instructor: Jessie Male
 
This on-line course investigates the ways that disability is composed in contemporary life. We’ll think about disabled people in terms of identity and culture, but we’ll also think about the way disability itself functions to shape our ideas about ourselves, and others. What does it mean when you taste food and say, “That’s crazy good”? What does it mean when you break your ankle and spend a few months using crutches?  Our purpose is not to say, “This way of speaking or behaving is good, and that other way of speaking or behaving is bad.” Rather, our purpose is to ask, over and over again: How does disability make meaning in contemporary life?  We will explore various models of disability, paying attention to the ways that each model intersects with race, gender, class, and sexuality. We’ll theorize concepts such as normal, passing, inspiration, and access, and consider how these concepts both emerge and are contested through individual authors’ and artists’ composing practices. 
GE: Cultures & Ideas

English-2280: The Bible as Literature
Instructor: Bethany Christiansen
 
In this class, students will approach the Bible as a literary text, rather than as a religious text, though naturally, the theological and the spiritual will be part of the discussions. This is not a course in religion, but in literature, and particularly, on the interpretation of the Bible through history. The Jewish and Christian scriptures contained in the Bible, in various forms, are perhaps the most important writings of the Western world. Students will examine how the texts included in the Bible came to be as historical artefacts, and will analyze the wild and wonderful stories it contains as fundamental to western literary and cultural heritage. The objectives of this course are for students to gain an understanding of Biblical literary forms (poetry, mythology, eyewitness testimony), and an understanding of the Bible as interpretable through the ages (spanning from Jewish biblical commentaries through biblical literalists of the present-day US). Assignments seek to engage students in analysis of Biblical interpretations, and include a film review and an essay on an aspect of Biblical translation, and culminating in a creative project. 

English-2281: Introduction to African-American Literature
Instructor: Martin Ponce
 
This course introduces students to the major periods and authors of the African American literary tradition from the colonial period to our contemporary moment. In this survey, we will read texts in a wide range of genres (poetry, autobiographies, novels, short stories, nonfiction essays) that engage with an equally broad array of topics and issues, including slavery and freedom, orality and literacy, music and literature, gender and sexuality, political protest and artistic innovation and the persistence of structural racism and racial violence into the present. We will examine literature from the period of chattel slavery in the Americas, through Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, the Harlem Renaissance, the Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, the Black Arts Movement, postmodernism and the contemporary.
GE: Literature
GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the U.S.)
This is a combined lecture class

English-2282: Introduction to Queer Studies—Queer & Trans Cultures and Movements
Instructors: Jian Chen
 
This course explores queer and trans politics from the emergence of counter-cultural protest, critique, and community building in the late 1960s to the networked and embedded practices, relationships, and identities of the first decades of the twenty-first century. As a derogatory term turned back against those using it, queer has been claimed as a perversely “negative” descriptive that rejects common-sense ideas of heterosexual (and sometimes gender) normality, while also creating different ways of desiring, relating, and being in the world. The course tracks the shifting social conditions that continue to energize queer dis-identification and ways of living as political strategies that work through cultural transformation. At the same time, the course resists reactionary tides of white cis-hetero-patriarchal fundamentalism and lesbian and gay liberal (homo)nationalism to focus on the racially, colonially, and economically dispossessed and gender nonconforming origins of queer politics. The second half of the course will focus on the embodied struggles and cultural and political strategies of trans communities, especially trans people of color. Trans struggles and practices will be considered both emerging and foundational in relationship to the past, present, and future of queer politics.
GE: Cultures & Ideas
GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the U.S.)
This is a combined section class

English-2367.01: Language, Identity and Culture in the U.S. Experience
Instructors: Martha Sims and staff
 
Extends and refines expository writing and analytical reading skills, emphasizing recognition of intertextuality and reflection on compositional strategies on topics pertaining to education and pop culture in America. 
GE: Writing & Communication (Level Two)
GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the U.S.)

English-2367.01 (120): Language, Identity and Culture in the U.S. Experience
Instructors: Edgar Singleton
 
As students at The Ohio State University, you encounter on a daily basis people who do not share your particular racial identity, national or ethnic background, language, gender, social class, or other characteristics of your identity.  As you can see in the GE expectations for this course, it will be a place for examination of this remarkable diversity in the context of the U.S. experience. To that end, we will be reading, writing, and thinking about diversity as we explore how the country has (and is currently being) shaped by the wide range of people who live and work here. In addition, in light of the current national conversation about immigration, we will explore the very notion of what it means to be a citizen of any country. How does the US determine who is and who is not a citizen? Through reading, discussion, and writing, you will pose questions about an aspect of citizenship that will develop into a researched essay and presentation over the course of the semester.
GE: Writing & Communication (Level Two)
GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the U.S.)

English-2367.01H: Language, Identity and Culture in the U.S. Experience
Instructor: Nancy Johnson and staff
 
Extends and refines expository writing & analytical reading skills, emphasizing recognition of intertextuality and reflection on compositional strategies on topics pertaining to education and pop culture in America. 
GE: Writing & Communication (Level Two)
GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the U.S.)

English-2367.01S: Language, Identity and Culture in the U.S. Experience—Literacy Narratives of Black Columbus
Instructor: Beverly Moss
 
Participants in this course will read about the importance of undertaking life-history and literacy narrative projects, with a particular focus on preserving the history of Columbus-area Black communities.  Collecting (and analyzing) literacy narratives-or literacy stories-is an important research strategy that can be used to document the history and current activities of any community.  It is especially important in Black communities where their/our literacy practices have often been under-reported or negatively characterized.  Collecting literacy narratives also provides an opportunity for community members to have a voice in telling their stories.  In this course-which welcomes community members and volunteers-students will learn about collecting and preserving the life-history narratives of Black Columbus, focusing specifically on stories having to do with literacy practices occurring in the Black business and activist communities. Some of the questions that we will explore this semester are what literacy practices do black business owners and/or activists from a variety of fields engage in as part of their work?  What specialized literacy practices did the community members acquire to enter into their specific line of work or community activism?  What is the relationship between their everyday literacy practices and their work-related literacy practices?  What is the relationship between school-based literacy practices and their community-based literacy practices?  What kind of reading and writing do they do?  How do they use technology? Class members will learn about interviewing techniques, view/listen to life history/literacy narrative recordings, and reflect on such texts as a medium of social activism.  Participants will also learn how to use digital audio recorders, digital still cameras, and digital video cameras to record the stories of research participants in Black Columbus, and all participants will conduct a series of life-history/literacy narrative interviews with members of the community.   You will work in groups to identify people and sites for collecting literacy narratives.  Guest speakers who have participated in similar projects will also be invited to speak to the class.  The course will culminate in a public reception at which each group?s final project will be shown.
GE: Writing & Communication (Level Two)
GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the U.S.)

English-2367.02: Literature in the U.S. Experience
Instructor: Jennifer PattonAdeleke Adeeko and staff
 
To improve students’ analytical reading, writing, thinking, and research skills, this course focuses on creative nonfiction published in the Best American series—essays that reflect the experiences of and issues concerning people living in the United States. Because English 2367.02 is a writing course—and necessarily also a reading course—students can expect to build on the skills they learned in their first-year writing course to improve composition, analysis, logical construction of arguments, use of evidence, and cohesion. The class gives students the opportunity to deepen their thinking about their selected topic through in-class writing exercises, class discussions, and peer review. At the end of the term, students will verbally present their research during our in-class Colloquium.
GE: Literature
GE: Writing & Communication (Level Two)
GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the U.S.)

English-2367.02 (110): Literature in the U.S. ExperienceCanonical Works:  The "Great" Literary Tradition
Instructors: Jessica Prinz
 
All sessions of English 2367 have the same subject: diversity in U.S. Literature. This class has not only a subject but also a thesis. While the up-to-date concern for  diversity would seem apt for new forms of literature and contemporary modes of art, I will argue that diversity has always been a subject for Twentieth-Century U.S. authors. Such "canonical" works (those texts deemed to be part of the "great" tradition)  have always treated the theme of diversity. Thus, such writers like Hemingway and Faulkner, Morrison and Ellison all address the diverse nature of life in the U.S. This quarter we?ll see some of the following: ethnic diversity (African-American, Native American, Asian American, and  Jewish); literature about disabilities (injured veterans; blindness, autism, depression; alcoholism); the insane and the temporarily insane; the victims of racism, prejudice, and violence. Many works also consider traditionally denigrated groups, like women and homosexuals. The conclusion here is  that such diversity in literature (as in life) calls for a good deal of tolerance and compassion, and  it exercises our capacity for empathy and understanding.
GE: Literature
GE: Writing & Communication (Level Two)
GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the U.S.)

English-2367.02: Literature in the U.S. Experience
Instructor: Pranav Jani
 
Discussion and practice of the conventions, practices and expectations of scholarly reading of literature and expository writing on issues relating to diversity within the U.S. experience.
GE: Literature
GE: Writing & Communication (Level Two)
GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the U.S.)

English 2367.03: Documentary in the U.S. Experience
Instructor: Staff
 
An intermediate course that extends and refines skills in critical reading and expository writing through analysis of written texts, video and documentaries. 
GE: Writing & Communication (Level Two)

English 2367.03: Documentary in the U.S. ExperienceThe Rhetoric of Documentary Filmmaking
Instructor: Roger Cherry
 
We will watch several film documentaries, examining the rhetorial strategies employed by the filmmakers. The class focuses on rhetorical analysis and persuasive writing and employs a discussion format for discussing course readings and documentaries. 
GE: Writing & Communication (Level Two)

English-2367.05: The U.S. Folk Experience
Instructor: Staff
 
Concepts of American folklore and ethnography; folk groups, tradition, and fieldwork methodology; how these contribute to the development of critical reading, writing and thinking skills. 
GE: Diversity (Social Diversity in the U.S.)
GE: Writing & Communication (Level Two)

English-2463: Introduction to Video Games Analysis
Instructor: Staff
 
An introduction to humanities-based methods of analyzing and interpreting video games in terms of form, genre, style and theory. No background in video game play is necessary. All students will have regular opportunities for hands-on experience with different game types and genres in both the computer-based classroom and the Department of English Video Game Lab.
GE: VPA
 
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