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ENG 181 Syllabus – Diversity in Science Fiction

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ENG 181 Syllabus Annotation
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Assignment Sheet for 181 High-Stakes Assignment
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ENG 101 Syllabus – Food, Feelings, and Film

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ENG 101 Syllabus Rationale Memo
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First Draft of Course Description for ENG 101

Food & Feelings (and Film)

Our relationships to food often evoke a wide array of emotions and engage multiple senses, sometimes all five of them at once; food thus has the potential to play important roles in the formation of who ‘we’ are as people, on social, psychological, and even political levels. Through writing, students will explore questions such as: How do we write about food in an expressive mode? How can we think about food in conjunction with affect – including love, national or cultural pride, and anguish – through our exploration of food and feelings in writing? How can we use food to learn more about ourselves as well as other inhabitants of the world?

Over the course of the semester, students will write and manage their own food blog, which they will design according to their own academic, personal, and culinary interests. Students will write/compose in multiple modes, which can include photography, illustrations, and/or other audiovisual components. Other assignments might also include: writing a script for an episode of a TV show or cinematic scene about food; an online recipe review; free-writing about food that students bring to share with classmates. The course materials will include films such as Amélie (2001) and Waitress (2007), as well as short excerpts from books such as Monique Truong’s Book of Salt, Marcel Proust’s À la recherche du temps perdu, and The Alice B. Toklas Cookbook.

 

Sex in Science Fiction (tabled for ENG 181)

Many critics and aficionados alike agree that one strength of science fiction (SF) is its ability to ask important and imaginative questions. In this class, we will explore writing as a forum for experimentation (with form, content, and genre), argumentation, and inquiry. Through critical thought and engagement with SF texts, this class will particularly focus on how sex, gender, and sexuality are represented in writing (from essays by Ursula K. Le Guin to short stories by Robert Heinlein), and the ways in which both creative and academic writing can help us answer and/or further complicate such (among other) pressing questions.

Over the course of the semester, students will be asked to write in various genres and modes. These might include short response papers, free writing, an academic paper (making an argument or interrogating another text’s assertions and then providing relevant evidence for one’s own claims), and a SF short story accompanied by brief critical analysis of their own work. Students will thus engage critically with science fiction as both consumers (readers and fans) and producers (writers and critics).