Amy S. Li has taught a 200-level literature course and two composition (first-year writing) courses at Emory. In addition to the brief descriptions of each course listed below, you can click on the hyperlinks to view course descriptions and course syllabi for each course.
In Fall 2016, she taught a first-year writing course, ENG 101: Expository Writing – “Food, Feelings, and Film,” in which students explored the connections between food, feelings (both personal and communal), and films through weekly blog posts, essays (including a personal essay and research essays), a food blog final project (with a research component), and presentations accompanied by food that students brought in to share with classmates.
In Spring 2017, she taught another first-year writing course, ENG 181: Writing About Literature – “Diversity in Science Fiction.” In this class, students read and watched various works of science fiction, including Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818), Octavia Butler’s “Bloodchild” (1995), the film Alien (1979), episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series, and other science fiction short stories and media. Along with reading critical articles on science fiction studies, feminist/gender studies, and race, students discussed aspects of diversity and diverse representations in the science fiction genre. Throughout the semester students wrote blog posts in response to assignment prompts, presented and led discussion on our course texts, wrote papers comparing/contrasting characters utilizing close reading skills, and wrote a creative short story (utopian/science fiction) with a research component for their final project.
In Spring 2019, she taught a 200-level English literature course entitled ENG210W: Major Authors – “Shelley, Atwood, Le Guin.” Beginning with Mary Shelley, before then reading works by Margaret Atwood and Ursula K. Le Guin, students considered such questions as: What is science fiction? What is feminist science fiction? What social issues do our major authors explore, through literature? How do our major authors’ works relate, or differ, from one another? Throughout the semester students wrote two thesis-driven academic papers, used Zotero to create an annotated bibliography, and then proposed, designed, and wrote or made a creative final project of their choosing. Course texts: Frankenstein (1818), The Last Man (1826), The Handmaid’s Tale (1985/6), Oryx and Crake (2003), The Left Hand of Darkness (1969), and “The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas” (1973).