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ENGLISH 15SC: The New Millennium Mix: Crossings of Race & Culture

Recently, The New York Times and the National Geographic have hailed the "new face of America" as young, global, and hybrid. The NY Times gave this demographic a name: Generation E.A. (Ethnically Ambiguous). Our course examines the political and aesthetic implications of Generation E.A., and the hot new vogue for all things mixed. Galvanized by the 2000 census with its "mark one or more" (MOOM) racial option, dozens of organizations, websites, affinity and advocacy groups, modeling and casting agencies, television pilots, magazines, and journals--all focused on multi-racial/multi-cultural experiences--have emerged in the last few years. We will analyze representations of mixed race and multiculturalism in law, literature, history, art, performance, film, comedy, and popular culture. These cultural and legal events are changing the way we talk and think about race. nImportantly, our seminar also broadens this discussion beyond race, exploring how crossings of the color-line so often intersect with other aspects of experience related to gender, religion, culture, or class.nField trips, films, communal lunches, and interactive assignments help us explore the current controversies over mixed-race identification and, more generally, the expressive and political possibilities for representing complex identities. Requirements include three two- to three-page analytical writing assignments, a presentation that can include an optional artistic or media component, and a final group-designed project. nIf you are a citizen of the 21st century, this class is for and about you. Sophomore College Course: Application required, due noon, April 7, 2015. Apply at http://soco.stanford.edu.
Terms: Sum | Units: 2 | Grading: Letter (ABCD/NP)
Instructors: Elam, M. (PI)

ENGLISH 90: Fiction Writing

The elements of fiction writing: narration, description, and dialogue. Students write complete stories and participate in story workshops. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PWR 1 (waived in summer quarter).
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-CE | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

ENGLISH 90V: Fiction Writing

Online workshop course that explores the ways in which writers of fiction have used language to examine the world, to create compelling characters, and to move readers. We will begin by studying a selection of stories that demonstrate the many techniques writers use to create fictional worlds; we'll use these stories as models for writing exercises and short assignments, leading to a full story draft. We will study figurative language, character and setting development, and dramatic structure, among other elements of story craft. Then, each student will submit a full draft and receive feedback from the instructor and his/her classmates. This course is taught entirely online, but retains the feel of a traditional classroom. Optional synchronous elements such as discussion and virtual office hours provide the student direct interaction with both the instructor and his/her classmates. Feedback on written work ¿ both offered to and given by the student ¿ is essential to the course and creates class rapport.
Terms: Sum | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: WAY-CE | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Pufahl, S. (PI)

ENGLISH 91: Creative Nonfiction

(Formerly 94A.) Historical and contemporary as a broad genre including travel and nature writing, memoir, biography, journalism, and the personal essay. Students use creative means to express factual content.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-CE | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

ENGLISH 92: Reading and Writing Poetry

Prerequisite: PWR 1. Issues of poetic craft. How elements of form, music, structure, and content work together to create meaning and experience in a poem. May be repeated for credit.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 5 | UG Reqs: WAY-A-II, WAY-CE | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

ENGLISH 125B: Make It New: Literature of the Jazz Age

Introduction to modernism through a survey of its major writers and the world in which they wrote. We will look at poets like T.S. Eliot and Gertrude Stein who changed the language, prose-writers like James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway who changed the story, painters like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse who changed the view, and populists like Louis Armstrong and Charlie Chaplin who changed the scene. Along the way we will think about the basic questions of modernism: Who was involved? How did they interact? And perhaps most importantly, what features make their work modernist? With brief but lively introductions to this world, students will gain entry into academic habits of mind through authors and artists they already love.
Terms: Sum | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Porter, J. (PI)

ENGLISH 399: Thesis

For M.A. students only. Regular meetings with thesis advisers required.
Terms: Aut, Win, Spr, Sum | Units: 1-10 | Repeatable for credit | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit

ENGLISH 154J: Prep Schools, Frat Houses, and Hogwarts: The Campus in 20th & 21st Century Literature

This course examines the representation of campus life across a variety of media and genres: from Willa Cather¿s The Professor¿s House (1925) to Todd Phillips¿s Old School (2003) to Vampire Weekend¿s ¿Campus¿ (2008) and beyond. By studying the evolution of the campus over the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, we will explore how artists dealt with the school as an increasingly unavoidable part of modern experience. Why do artists rebel so vehemently against the school system? Why do schools like teaching novels that are all about how terrible schools are? What can and can¿t we learn in class?
Terms: Sum | Units: 3-5 | UG Reqs: GER:DB-Hum | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Frank, M. (PI)

ENGLISH 157E: Murder: A Course on Narrative Representation

While murder often kicks off light, popular fictions like Sherlock or Poirot, it is also often central to more philosophical representations of the darkest, most antisocial extremes of the human psyche. In this course, we consider this intriguing range of murder¿s narrative function and meaning. We study how representational strategies and genre conventions inform audience expectations and responses; analyze how plot and style interact; and discuss the slippery lines between nonfiction, true crime, and fiction. By the end of the course, students should have a working understanding of key concepts from narratology, genre studies, and reader response criticism.
Terms: Sum | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Walker, M. (PI)

ENGLISH 189A: Dead White Men on Trial: Feminism and the Novel

The determination of gender is a form of reading: reading bodies, reading gestures, reading histories. In the spirit of that feminist insight, this course will offer an introduction to feminism through fiction and criticism that thematizes reading in its diverse forms. Students will explore the relationship between interpretation and experience, identity and performance, from both the social feminist angle and the literary-critical angle. We will acquaint ourselves with foundational feminist novels, from Jane Eyre to To the Lighthouse to Their Eyes Were Watching God, and pair them with critical theory that addresses feminism in conversation with race, class, ability, and sexual orientation. Students will be encouraged to consider contemporary applications of the historical thought, and will have the option of writing a final paper that analyzes a contemporary text of their choice. The class will also require short writing assignments that will develop students¿ facility with argumentation and academic essay forms.
Terms: Sum | Units: 3-5 | Grading: Letter or Credit/No Credit
Instructors: Atura, A. (PI)
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