Michigan State University
Michigan State University
Department of English
Summer 2017


ENG 130 (Section 731):
Film and Society Summer Session I (May 15-June 29)
Online

ENG 130 (Section 732): Film and Society
Amrutha Kunapulli
Summer Session II (July 5-Aug 18)
Online

ENG 140 (Section 731): Literature and Society
Summer Session I (May 15-June 29)
Online Focus: “Sports, Literature, and Society”

Sports fan? Need an English course with a different kind of focus? This section of ENG 140 is an online course that introduces students to the genre of sports literature: novels, memoirs, essays, poems, and films that take sports as their focus. Our focus will be on contemporary literary works and films such as Friday Night Lights, Why We Run: A Natural History of Running, and Breaking Away. We will look at contemporary literary texts/films by athletes, fans, journalists, coaches, and spectators. We will have time in this first summer session course to look at six different sports (probably football, cricket, boxing, running, swimming, and hockey). Students will take up questions about play, work, gender, race, evolution, identity, discipline, and community, as they focus on these texts in terms of literary form, genre, style, and theme. Each week’s work will include one primary text (reading), one film (screening), two worksheets (writing), and several short online lectures (note-taking). Assessed work will include two essays (one critical and one creative) and a final exam. In addition to typical coursework (reading, screening films, viewing lectures, etc.), students will need to attend and write about two live sporting events, which might range from the national and professional (e.g., the Lugnuts, the Tigers) to the local and spontaneous (e.g., friendly cricket matches on a local ballfield). ENG 140 has no prerequisites, but a passion for sports is needed! The instructor is a professor in the English department, as well as a competitive athlete and a USATF certified track coach.

ENG 153 (Section 731): Introduction to Women Writers
Jessica Kane
Summer Session I (May 15-June 29)
Online

ENG 206 (Section 731): Topics in Global Literatures
Leila Tarakji
Summer Session I (May 15-June 29)
Online

ENG 210 (Section 731): Foundations of Literary Studies I
Briona Jones
Summer Session I (May 15-June 29)
Online

ENG 226 (Section 732): Introduction to Creative Writing
Gordon Henry
Summer Session II (July 5-Aug 18)
Online Focus: Working through the Intersections of Genre

This course will involve directed practice in creative writing. In the process, students will become with familiar with forms, structures, conventions and creative extensions of work associated with various genres of creative writing, including poetry, fiction, drama, narrative essays and screenwriting. For much of the course we will discuss and work with elements of creative writing to enhance student awareness of literary arts and to help students develop means, methods and possibilities for developing and improving their writing. Assigned readings, in writing theory, in creative writing technique and creative invention will inform lectures, discussion and student assignments. Readings for the course will also include weekly genre specific examples, from writers of diverse backgrounds Further, as the course title suggests, lecture, discussion and directed practice will bridge genres by highlighting the formal and technical intersections between genres. At times the course will be run as small group zoom workshops, in which we will read, evaluate, and constructively discuss drafts of student work. Assigned readings, in writing theory, in creative writing technique and creative invention will inform workshop critique. Students will submit weekly writing assignments, participate in online discussion forums, engage in creative writing zoom workshops and submit a final portfolio.

ENG 232 (Section 732): Writing as Exploration
Sandy Burnley
Summer Session II (July 5-Aug 18)
Online

ENG 308 (Section 731): Readings in Young Adult Literature
Tamara Butler
Summer Session I (May 16-June 30)
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:40-3:30 304 Bessey

ENG 315 (Section 732): Readings in British Literature
William Johnsen
Summer Session II (July 5-Aug 18)
Online

ENG 318 (Section 731): Readings in Shakespeare
Session I (May 15-June 29)
Online

ENG 320B (Section 732): Methods of Literary History: Region, School, Movement
Jim Seaton
Summer Session II (July 5-Aug 18)
Online

ENG 342 (Section 731): Readings in Popular Literary Genres
Steve Rachman
Session I (May 15-June 29)
Online Focus: Crime Fictions

This online course is a brief survey of crime fiction covering the many of the signal developments within the various Anglo-American popular literary genres encompassed by it, tailored for the summer session. The course will concern itself with both the works on their own terms and the literary culture and the broader society to which the selections address themselves. I am currently revising the course but to give you a sense of things, here are the books we read last year. Paul Auster, City of Glass (1985) Graphic Novel Version Agatha Christie, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926) Arthur Conan Doyle, Six Great Sherlock Holmes Stories (1887-1900) Patricia Highsmith, The Talented Mr. Ripley (1955) Walter Mosley, Devil In A Blue Dress (Easy Rawlins Mysteries) (1990) Mary Roberts Rinehart, The Circular Staircase (1908)

ENG 353 (Section 731): Readings in Women Writers
Yomaira Figueroa
Session I (May 15-June 29)
Online

ENG 360 (Section 732): Postcolonial and Diaspora Literature
Salah Hassan
Summer Session II (July 5-Aug 18)
Online

FLM 230 (Section 731): Introduction to Film
Session I (May 15-June 29)
Online

FLM 334 (Section 732): Introduction to Screenwriting
Jeff Wray
Summer Session II (July 5-Aug 18)
Online

In this course you will learn terms and concepts of screenwriting, develop screenwriting skills, and complete a script up to, but no more than no more than 65 pages. In this class you will write script pages every week and critique writing every week as well. This simple formula works well if all do their part. Please make the effort to be engaged in the work of others in the course. Final Draft software is highly recommended for this course.