Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 6W1 (May 18, 2015 - June 26, 2015)

Interpreting Literature (UCLR 100)

Section: 01L #1002
Instructor:  Conner, M. Shelly
3.0 credit hours Lecture
MTWR 10:25 a.m. – 12:05 p.m., LSC

This course will provide a broad introductory survey African American literature from the 1700s to the present with particular emphasis on the 20th century.  We will examine social, political, and economic ramifications of race, gender, disability, and sexuality marginalization by asking:

What role has writing by African Americans played in the long fight for political freedom and equality? How has that writing changed over time—stylistically or otherwise—to reflect the different political needs of its historical moment? How has that writing been shaped by different ways of thinking about race? How has race, in turn, been shaped or constructed by that writing? And how do representations of gender and sexuality participate in a literary construction of race?

This course satisfies the first tier of Loyola University’s core Knowledge Area requirement in “Literary Knowledge.”

Advanced Writing:  Business Writing (ENGL 210)

Section: 20W #1003
Instructor:  Meinhardt, Michael
3.0 credit hours Lecture
TR 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., WTC 

 Business Writing is a seminar designed to build and improve effective communication practices for use in the business community. The ideas of “personal professionalism” and “priority of purposes” guide an exploration of business writing genres ranging from correspondence to memos, and from employment documents to executive summaries. Collaboration, peer interaction, and individual economy direct the creation of a series of writing projects that use revision and research as a necessary step in the writing process.

ENGL 210-20W is a writing intensive class.

Exploring Poetry (ENGL 271)

Section: 100 #1014
Instructor: Masello, Steven
3.0 credit hours Lecture
TWR 1:00 p.m. – 3:20 p.m., LSC

In this introductory course we will read a wide and varied selection of poetry. Naturally, as in any introductory survey course, one must be highly selective—particularly within the summer session time frame. For that reason, I have determined to focus on major poets in various—but clearly defined-- time periods and genres in hopes of introducing to students a broad range of poetic expression.  Our selections will include, among others, some early medieval lyrics, selected sonnets by Shakespeare, and a special concentration on some of the great English Romantic and Victorian poets: Byron, Shelley, Keats, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Browning, and Tennyson-- and whomever else we can fit in.

Exploring Drama (ENGL 272)

Section: 90W #1005
Instructor:  Boyle, Terence
3.0 credit hours Lecture

This course is an introduction to classical and modern theatre. In this course we will endeavor analyze the structure and philosophical preoccupation of the authors. We will compare and contrast the classical format with the radically different modern approach. A selection of works, from different genres, will provide the basis of our investigation. We will analyze and discuss the style, structure, and theme in each of these works, focusing on the technical language and a critical analysis of each drama.

ENGL 272-90W is a writing intensive and ONLINE class.

Exploring Fiction (ENGL 273)

Section: 101 #1007
Instructor:  Quirk, Kevin
3.0 credit hours Lecture
MTWR 12:20 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., LSC

In this course we will read works of fiction that are particularly concerned with the themes of crime and punishment. We will shuttle between short stories, novels, and a film or two that examine the nature of crime and criminality, as well as questions about punishment, guilt, forgiveness, morality, and knowledge. Readings will cover both classic and popular works and will include fiction by writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Raymond Chandler, Patricia Highsmith, Flannery O’Connor, Joyce Carol Oates, and Ursula LeGuin. There will be two essays of modest length, a midterm and a final. Grading will be based primarily on papers and exams but will also include class participation, quizzes, and informal written exercises.

Exploring Shakespeare (ENGL 274)

Section:  02W #2437
Instructor:  Biester, James
3.0 credit hours Lecture
TWR 10:45 a.m. – 12:55 p.m., LSC

In this course we will study several of Shakespeare's plays, including plays from a variety of genres--comedy, history, tragedy, romance--and from various stages of his career as a playwright. We will consider the plays in relation to the intellectual, political, and social contexts in which they were produced, the theatrical practices and conventions of the age, and Shakespeare's own development as a playwright. We will also explore ways in which the plays allow for a variety of interpretations and kinds of performance, and consider various critical approaches. Because this course is writing intensive, there will be frequent brief writing assignments, both in and out of class. Requirements will include papers, response papers, and quizzes.

Please note: English majors should take English 326, not English 274.

ENGL 274-02W is a writing intensive class.

The Writing of Poetry (ENGL 317)

Section:  102 #1008
Instructor:  Goldstein, Laura
3.0 credit hours Lecture
TWR 3:35 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., LSC

This course approaches the writing of poetry as both a study and craft that requires reading, exploration, practice, and sharing. We will read a wide range of mostly contemporary poetry in order to discuss its role as a cultural form of expression and its multiple manifestations as an art form. Readings include experimental verse, prose poetry, hybrid writing, and digital literature, all meant to encourage the young writer to consider different avenues of creativity and expression that could benefit their own writing. The workshop element of the course includes prompts for writing in class and between classes, presentations of student poetry to the group with the expectation of respectful and productive responses that will encourage writers to build upon their ideas for subject, form, and style, and in-class collective writing experiments. Students produce a final collection of poetry presented as a self-published chapbook in a final reading.

Internship (ENGL 394)

[Prerequisite for ENGL 394 is permission]

Section: 01E #1025
Instructor: Cragwall, Jasper
3.0 credit hours Internship

English 394 provides practical, on-the-job experience for English majors in adapting their writing and analytical skills to the needs of such fields as publishing, editing, and public relations.  Students must have completed six courses in English and must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher before applying for an internship. Qualified second semester juniors and seniors may apply to the program.  Interested students must arrange to meet with the Internship Director during the pre-registration period and must bring with them a copy of their Loyola transcripts, a detailed resume (which includes the names and phone numbers of at least two references), and at least three writing samples.  Students may be required to conduct part of their job search on-line and to go out on job interviews before the semester begins.  Course requirements include: completion of a minimum of 120 hours of work; periodic meetings with the Internship Director; a written evaluation of job performance by the site supervisor; a term paper, including samples of writing produced on the job.

Special Studies in Literature (ENGL 399)

Section: 103 # 1099
Instructor: Cragwall, Jasper
3.0 credit hours Lecture

Students arrange for this course on an individual basis by consulting a faculty member who agrees to supervise the independent study. When the student and the faculty member have agreed on the work to be done, the student submits the plan to the director of undergraduate programs for approval and registration. Usually students will work independently and produce a research paper, under the direction of the faculty member.