Jane J Lee
Study and practice of good writing; topics derived from reading and discussing stories, poems, essays, and plays. Cannot be taken if student has already received a grade of 2.0 or higher in either ENGL 111, ENGL 121, or ENGL 131.
Victorian Monsters, Modern Villains
English 111 is about developing the writing skills you already possess in order to prepare you for college-level writing. Your writing is your voice in academic discourse, and understanding how to read and make critical arguments about texts is crucial to establishing that voice in whatever discipline you select. Through the examinination of historical, critical, literary, an contemporary works, 111 asks you to approach writing as the way you engage with the world, by cultivating skills that you can transfer to other fields and majors.
This particular section of 111 will center on examining incarnations of the “monster” figure. Paying attention to what seems to define the monster, what characteristics it holds, what threats it represents, how it is dealt with, and how notions of the monstrous transform as time and culture also change, we will attempt to critically examine the monster as a concept that exists in relation to the social, historical, and cultural contexts in which it is produced. To do so, we will be looking at famous literary representations of monsters like Mr. Hyde, more contemporary reimaginings of the monster in film and television, and real-life people who are dubbed monsters in the press and media. Thinking about these figures will help us to consider how they might represent and embody bigger “monstrous” developments: capitalism, urbanization, scientific discovery, imperial expansion, and even changes in the perception of everyday life. Ultimately, we will explore how the monster works in our materials in order to think about the persistence of the monster figure in broader social and political contexts.
Student learning goals
Demonstrate an awareness of the strategies that writers use in different contexts.
Read, analyze, and synthesize complex texts and incorporate multiple kinds of evidence purposefully in order to generate and support writing.
Produce complex, analytic, persuasive arguments that matter in academic contexts.
Develop flexible strategies for revising, editing, and proofreading writing.
General method of instruction
Please be certain you are both able and willing to make the class's meeting time.
Class assignments and grading
This class requires active participation with readings and discussions. Expect to write 4-6 pages per week.
Participation 30% Final Portfolio 70%