Literature to 1865:A survey of American literature from early colonial
writings to some of the works that comprise the American Renaissance.
We will consider a broad range of genres and modes of writing, including
(but not limited to): colonial theory, ethnography, autobiography,
fiction, essays, poetry. A central concern of the course will be the
question of what constitutes American literature; or, indeed,
whether such a question even makes sense.
Writing: We will explore and define what is developing as an important
and popular literary prose genre in America, the nature essay/book.
Essentially, there are two directions in this genre: descriptions of
experiences "in" nature or what Krutch calls "witnessing," and discussions
of philosophical issues about the relationship between humans and nature.
These are not strictly divided, however: how humans negotiate their
"place" in nature, how science relates to literary art, ties between
subject and object, Western and Eastern thought, analysis and emotion,
wildness and civilization--all pose issues these prose writers, and we,
Romanticism:American romanticism, sometimes called the American
Renaissance, set the patterns, artistic and philosophical,
for much of the American literature to follow as well as much of what we
now consider distinctively American conflicts, ideals, and even terrors.
Therefore, we will approach the movement not in terms of history, author,
or genre, but through the range of connecting ideas and patterns.
Research and Communication in the Electronic Age: I've designed this
seminar's projects to give us an introduction to a variety of
technological issues--the role of computers in society; the
history and psychology of computer pioneers; virtual communities and their
discourse modes; issues of race, class, and gender; hypertext theory and
composition; writing and the teaching of writing; multimedia and art;
computers and education; computers and community service; and uses of the
Internet and its World Wide Web. Each student will select a project a make
in-progress presentations at each seminar meeting. The more students we
have, the more projects we'll carry out and present to each other. In some
cases, seminar projects will complement students' independent study
projects. Some projects may even be undertaken collaboratively.
Phonetics (Course description and Syllabus, MSU): In this course you
will gain familiarity with the theory, terminology, and practical
techniques for describing the sounds of spoken language. You will learn to
use the International Phonetic Alphabet for transcribing speech; learn to
interpret phonetic transcriptions; learn how to describe speech sounds by
articulatory descriptors; learn how to classify speech sounds; learn about
how phonological processes modify speech sounds; learn how to describe
dialectical and stylistic variation in speech; learn about applications of
phonetics in Speech-Language Pathology (diagnosis and therapy), Audiology,
Language learning, Voice Synthesis, Descriptive, Comparative and
Historical Linguistics, Theater, Augmentative Communication Systems
Web:English 100 is a college-level writing course which meets the
first semester English requirements of four-year colleges and
universities. As the catalog states, English 100 "is designed to develop
reading, critical thinking, and writing strategies necessary for academic
success" primarily through "reading and writing expository essays" as well
as through developing "research and documentation skills." In order for
the course to transfer successfully, I need to have you write four papers
of at least 750 words apiece, plus a Research Paper of at least 1500
words, as well as a variety of smaller in- (and out-of-) class
assignments. We will work on developing traditional library-based research
skills-as well as newer computer-based research skills-in order to help
you prepare adequately for future work in universities and the working
436: The Structure of English: At the end of the course you should be
able to identify sentences, phrases, and parts of speech, and have
a general understanding of the grammatical concepts of complementation,
subordination, apposition, and modification. This
course is not designed to help you speak or write "better" or "correctly,"
but rather to deepen your understanding of the
structure of language, providing you with a tool to analyze written and
(Short Course): Summary of Subject Contents: Area of Experience and
Topics, Language Tasks, Linguistic Structures, Communication
German (Short Course): Summary of Subject Contents: Area of Experience
and Topics, Language Tasks, Linguistic Structures, Communication
to Fiction: Students will be provided with opportunities to read
critically, to analyze carefully. and to communicate their insights in
both oral and written form. The readings selected include a variety of
texts from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. I shall consider the
influence of the original reader on the world,, yet keep in mind the fact
that we also form part of the author's audience and share the original
reader's quite human concerns.
Introduction to Humanities:
This is a basic introduction to the study of humanities. This course
focuses on concepts central to the disciplines of philosophy,
architecture, literature, music, religion and art; and the cultural
development of these concepts. Changes in the course design, objectives,
or schedule may be made at the discretion of the instructor .
Language in Segovia: Language and Culture in Segovia is an
international group dedicated to the promotion of Spanish language and
culture. We offer experienced, university trained teaching staff with wide
experience of teaching and the organization of cultural activities.
With our programme you can combine the study of Spanish language and
culture with a wide range of sports and leisure activities. Take advantage
of your summer holidays to get to know another country and its
inhabitants. This is an opportunity to acquire a good base for learning
more about Spanish culture while improving your linguistic fluency.
America in Fiction and Film:e aim of this seminar is to explore some
of the ways in which writers and filmmakers have tried to capture the
political, social, and cultural upheveals which have characterized
post-industrial America. The works included in this seminar cover appeared
during the second phase of the country's industrial revolution, and they
are all aesthetic responses to that period of social change. They are
divided between novels and plays generally described as examples of high
or serious culture and films which have been considered the product of
mass or popular culture. By examining the various ways in which these very
different narratives have responded to the same cultural forces, we may be
able to arrive at a better understanding of the differences between high
and popular culture.
Non-Western Literature: The course description for Lit. 208 states
that an instructor must select literary works from at least three
cultures/regions: Africa, India, Japan, China, and the Middle East. Since
I have been teaching the course, I have limited myself to modern
literature, mostly fiction, from Africa, India, and Japan.
(LIN 202, University of Western Australia): This unit, together with
LIN201 (Phonetics and Phonology), constitutes the ompulsory core for
students majoring in Linguistics. It is usually taken in second year, but
may be taken at third year with the permission of the Director of the
Centre for Linguistics.