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|English 203||11:10-12:35 MW
|English 205||7:00 - 10:10 pm M||Jodi Johnson
|English 206||3:45 - 6:55 W
|English 207||9:35 - 11:00 MW||Larry Krikorian|
|English 211||9:35 - 11:00 TuTh||Karin Burns
|English 215||11:10-12:35 TuTh
|English 218||8:00 - 9:25 am TuTh||Mickey Harrison|
This course studies the ways to process poetry and prose submitted to the editor of the literary magazine (Direction), including critical evaluation of short stories and poetry, rewriting, editing, and copy reading. In addition, it includes print shop experience doing make up and proof reading, study and evaluation of other college literary magazines, and training in magazine promotion and sales.
A creative writing workshop in which students read their original compositions in prose or poetry, to be critiqued by their peers. Students also generate work through writing exercises which are designed to expand their talents as writers. Students produce a portfolio of work by the end of the semester and are graded on the completion of this portfolio.
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Considers selected masterpieces of world literature from ancient times to the late Middle Ages. It includes Ancient Greek, Roman, and Asian classics as well as Medieval romances, lyrics, and plays up to the Renaissance. Accepted for credit at UC and CSU.
Introduces selected great literary works of the world from the Renaissance to modern times. English 203 is not a prerequisite. Accepted for credit at UC and CSU.
Do you like stories of adventure and seduction, stories that range in scope from epic battles on a grand scale to contests of will in the bedroom? Would you face the dragon with Beowulf, or confront the Spanish Armada with Elizabeth I? Would you remain chivalrous and chaste or risk your neck to the Green Knight’s axe? Or would you seize the day with Andrew Marvell or John Donne? Learn about the greatest works of literature in the English language from the Middle Ages to the eighteenth century—Take English 205 and read the poetry, prose, and drama from a thousand years of human experience and witness the search for understanding of nothing less than the meaning of life. Accepted for credit at UC and CSU.
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In the second half of the English Literature series, we move from the Early Romantic period, through the Victorian and Modern periods, tasting a wide range of works by Britain's greatest writers and thinkers along the way. Since much of who we are today has been shaped by the forces of these periods, we will be exploring not only the works of these figures, but also the ideas that helped shape them and the impact of those ideas on the evolution of contemporary perceptions of reality. Accepted for credit at UC and CSU.
In addition to the reading of oral texts by Native Americans and narratives by women and by former slaves, this course introduces students to the early formation through literature of America's values, virtues, and vices. The course will consider colonialism, racism and slavery, sin and depravity, revivalism, individualism, wealth and morality, westward expansion, abolitionism, feminism, environmentalism, and democracy. Accepted for credit at UC and CSU.
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Examine the major American literary movements from 1865 to the present, as writers confront industrialization, urbanization, immigration, integration, evolutionary theory, 2 world wars, modernism, and the re-evaluation of American cultural identity. Read prose (short story and novel), poetry, drama, non-fiction, including two Nobel laureates: Faulkner and Morrison. Accepted for credit at UC and CSU.
20th Century Novel
Come read some of the most important novels of the twentieth century. English 210 explores landmark works by authors you've probably heard of, including Joseph Heller, Virginia Woolf, and Joseph Conrad.
Why do we tell stories? What do stories tell us? English 211 explores the storied world, covering classic and contemporary short stories and novels primarily from the Western tradition.
Accepted for credit at UC and CSU.
We will examine and revel in the early comedies of William Shakespeare. Come and laugh at love. Accepted for credit at UC and CSU.
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This course will examine the true heart of Shakespeare's drama: passion, love, hate, and redemption. We shall read the later plays and focus on the characters' humanity, villainy, and humor. Come see why Shakespeare attracts audiences world wide centuries after he lived. Accepted for credit at UC and CSU.
A survey of literature suitable for children of different age levels. Emphasis will be placed on story telling, acquaintance with authors and the development in children of appreciation of literature. Recommended for prospective parents, elementary and secondary teachers. Accepted for credit at CSU.
A study of the literature of American ethnic writers: stories, novels, plays, poems, essays, and other prose works. Works are examined in the context of traditional and contemporary problems of American ethnic groups.
WOMEN IN LITERATURE
Read, discuss, and write about how women are represented in literature, especially fiction, from classical myths to classic novels to contemporary works (male authors included).
*This course is part of Pierce’s Women’s Studies Certificate Program!*
Students can integrate G.E. courses in several disciplines and achieve a broad understanding of the complex roles of women in American society: past, present, and future.
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LITERATURE AND MOTION PICTURES
This class explores how stories are told, both in great literature and on the screen. We will study classic and contemporary literary works and their film adaptations. We will discuss narrative elements of both forms of media, exploring ways in which film adaptations of literary works both enrich and limit our understanding of those works. If you love reading books and you love watching movies, this is the class for you!
How can you know where you're going if you don't know where you've been! Learn the lore of earlier times, the stories of heroes and villains, of magical creatures and ordinary mortals, of deities and supernaturals. We will read myths, epics, poetry, and prose from Sumer, Egypt, India, Greece, Rome, Scandinavia, and Celtic lands. The class includes a visit to the Getty Museum. Accepted for credit at UC and CSU. Here's the syllabus from an earlier semester, soon to be updated.
English 251 covers classic, experimental, and contemporary short stories of all kinds, especially works by American authors. Through lectures and discussions, this course will sample many of the world's greatest storied inventions, with an inside look at the writers' own perspective of their craft. Accepted for credit at UC and CSU.
THE BIBLE AS LITERATURE
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This class is so fun, you'll forget you're earning THREE INEXPENSIVE, TRANSFERABLE ELECTIVE UNITS. Seriously. J.R.R. Tolkien's The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are considered by many readers today to be the "Ur" fantasy books--the origin of fantasy. And the science fiction novels--Out of the Silent Planet, Solaris, and Snow Crash--explore outer space, inner space, and cyber space, respectively. Accepted for credit at UC and CSU.
Mr. K has traveled to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, for a decade to study the manuscripts of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien, and published "Realism in Fantasy" in Mallorn The Journal of the [British] Tolkien Society in 2013.
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English 185, 285 and 385: Directed Study.