Registration for Spring 2019 will open on November 12, 2018
This page contains the listing for both English and WRTG.
We thought that you might like to see descriptions of a few of the courses we are offering. Please make return visits to this site as changes are often made to course details. If one or more of these descriptions catch your eye and you would like to register for them, please go to http://www.uaf.edu/coursefinder/ to see if they fit into your schedule.
WRTG F214 F01 Arguing Across Context
Subtitle: Life on Mars: Inventing Our Future Through Science Fiction
Instructor: Andrew Luft
Do you believe the only way for humans to avoid extinction is for us to become a space-faring race? Are you simultaneously thrilled and freaked out by the societal, biological, and technological advances that are becoming a part of our daily lives? Dr. Etienne Augé, founder of the Community for Histories of the Future, believes that science fiction has the ability to both prevent and invent the future. In this class, we will examine and follow sci-fi stories as they lead humanity to Mars and beyond. Featured works will include the film Ex Machina, an episode of the Netflix show Black Mirror, the hit graphic novelSaga, and much more. Your writing will take many forms, but ultimately you will be using these gems of popular culture to aid you in your argument for humanity’s future. This class will ask you to consider the bigger picture of human existence as you argue and write within contexts that are both familiar and strange.
WRTG F214X F02 Arguing Across Contexts
Subtitle: From Page to Screen and Especially In-Between: A Critical Examination of Text-to-Film Adaptations
Marilyn Monroe once said, “Hollywood is a place where they’ll pay you a thousand dollars for a kiss and fifty cents for your soul.” This class will explore the souls of various short stories and novels, focusing on the themes they contain and the messages they convey. We will then take a critical look at their movie adaptations—What is sacrificed during their transition to film? What is gained? Among others, we will be reading (and watching!) “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” by James Thurber, “The Story of Your Life” by Ted Chiang, and “Brokeback Mountain” by Annie Proulx. Assignments will include writing a 500-word critical review for each film, researching a short story or novel of your choosing, writing a proposal about adapting your chosen text into a film, “pitching” your movie adaptation idea, and adapting a scene into script format. Popcorn not included, but welcome.
WRTG F214X F03 Arguing Across Contexts
Instructor: James Ruppert
Instructor: Cheyenne Corty
“Are you a good witch or a bad witch?” Surely Glinda the Good Witch is a good witch...or is she? In this class, we will explore female villains in fantasy literature and pop culture. We will aim to answer the questions that arise when interacting with female villains through varying academic theories, namely the question of what makes them “bad.” As a class we will examine the impact the vilification of women in literature has had on pop culture, as well as contemporary societal norms, and the implications of the vilification process. Throughout the course of the semester we will interact with texts such as, but not limited to–– selections from “Beowulf,” selections from “Grimm’s Fairy Tales,” and Marissa Meyer’s 2016 novel “Fairest.” Your writing will take on many forms, but ultimately you will be asked to critically analyze female villains in fantasy literature and pop culture through various academic lenses; these lenses will include Women Gender Studies, Queer theory, and cultural studies
relationship literary criticism has to your writing? Join us this semester as
we try to answer these questions and many more. Throughout the course,
we’ll explore the development of literary criticism over time, discussing
different ways of reading and understanding texts. We’ll also talk about
some of the more current schools of thought developed by scholars
interested in cultural and environmental studies. And we’ll discuss
strategies for working with literary criticism in your own research-based
"Grammar" means different things to different people, but in this course we'll focus mainly on how English words are put together into phrases and sentences. In fancier words, we'll study the syntactic and morphological structure of the language. Students will learn some terms and methods for describing a variety of phrase and sentence structures, learn how to argue for or against different grammatical analyses, learn how to diagram sentences, and occasionally stop to look at some practical applications of these ideas. Students should gain a greater appreciation for the grammatical complexity and systematicity of English. Some very basic grammatical knowledge is assumed: basic terms such as subject, verb, preposition, and tense will be reviewed early on, but the course may be challenging for those who have never been exposed to these concepts.
Subtitle: “Seafaring Adventure”
whales, walruses, or wobbegongs? Or do you just like to mess about in
boats? Then, you should take this course! This semester we will examine
nautical literature written by such famous eighteenth- and nineteenth-
century authors as Olaudah Equiano, Edgar Allan Poe, Herman Melville
(we’re not doing Moby-Dick), and Jack London. We will also take up the
works of several lesser known authors. And we will complete a research
project in an online archive of nineteenth-century dime novels (some of
which represent very early examples of science-fiction, fantasy, and horror).
ENGL/WGS 433: Women on Trial
Instructor: Sarah Stanley
This multidisciplinary, collaborative course will study public and imagined trials of women through the lens of race, class, gender, nationality and sexuality constructs. We will be collaborating with women who are willing and able at Fairbanks Correctional Center as we decide on our course goals, scope, and capstone project. Each week we hope to host a diverse set of perspectives brought in by UAF faculty expertise and interest in a specific trial and inquiry. That is, the course will ultimately take the shape of the participants and collaborators. Students will be expected to agree to background checks for access and class held at Fairbanks Correctional Center three times over the semester. Transportation provided.
This course will be facilitated by Sarah Stanley with collaboration from the Learning Inside Out Network. Maximum participants 20 students.
This is a course on the origins and development of the English language, from its prehistory as a Germanic dialect in Europe to its development as Old English (the language of Beowulf) in the early Middle Ages, to Renaissance English in Shakespeare's time, on through to its modern forms and its spread as a global language. We will pay some attention both to external historical events that have influenced the way people speak and write (wars, migrations, inventions, etc.) and to internal details of the language as they have changed through the centuries. These internal details include features such as pronunciation, meaning, the way words are formed, the way phrases and sentences are formed, and the ways the language differs among different groups of speakers. Along the way, we'll look at examples of writing and (where possible) speaking from different periods and places, to get a sense of the language in use.
As seminar participants, you will guide a discussion, write three short papers—a response to an assigned text, a film review, and an essay exploring an aspect of pacific culture—and a longer piece addressing one or more of the authors or literary texts assigned. AND—you will discover a whole new world of literature.
Barclay, Robert. Melal: A Novel of the Pacific.
Duff, Alan. Once Were Warriors.
Flanagan, Richard. Gould’s Book of Fish.
Figiel, Sia. Where We Once Belonged.
Frame, Janet. Scented Gardens for the Blind.
Grenville, Kate. Lilian’s Story.
Hau’ofa, Epeli. Tales of the Tikongs.
Hooper, Chloe. The Tall Man.
Jones, Lloyd. Mister Pip or Book of Fame.
Scott, Kim. That Dead Man Dance.
Wendt, Albert. Leaves of the Banyan Tree.
Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. Saturday Night at the Pahala Theatre.
Stories by Robert Louis Stevenson, W Somerset Maugham, Katherine Mansfield