This course presents an overview of American Literature from the end of the Civil War to 1945. It may include authors and works from the Gilded Age, Progressivism, World War I, the Expatriates, the Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance. The course studies the role of literature to express and influence social, economic, and cultural realities of the United States. Specific topics and texts vary according to instructor and student preference and may include Twain, Bierce, Dickinson and Whitman.
This course provides a study of canonical authors and works of the British Isles from medieval times to the modern era. Depending on instructor and student preference, texts and authors may include Beowulf, Chaucer, Langland, Malory, Donny, Shakespeare, Milton, Swift, Austen, Wordsworth, the Brontes, Tennyson, Arnold, Conrad and Woolf.
This course surveys British literature from 1660 to the present. It will combine historical, cultural, and linguistic approaches in the study of various literary genres, considering along the way what shapes definitions of language, tradition, nation, and literature. Readings, class discussions, research and writing assignments aim to give students a broad look at a number of canonical writers, intellectual movements, and influential changes that have accompanied the development of British writing since the Restoration. The course is intended for majors and non-majors alike.
This course surveys significant writings in Eastern and Western tradition, from ancient Babylonian civilization to the English Restoration. Selected texts depend on instructor and student interest and may include Gilgamesh, Greco-Roman mythology, Homer's Odyssey, the Old and New Testaments, Indian epic, Dante's Divine Comedy and Japanese haiku.
The second of two world literature surveys, this course concentrates on literary works from the English Restoration to the modern era. The primary goal for the course is to define the role of literature as it occurs through a wide range of social, cultural and geographical contexts. Selected texts depend on student and instructor interest and may include Voltaire, Borges, Mahfouz, Tagore, Mishima, Garcia Marquez and Achebe.
This course is an introduction to the writing of creative short fiction, poetry, and personal essay. As students workshop their own writing and offer feedback to the writing of classmates, they are exposed to a variety of writing techniques in all three genres in order to help develop their own writing style and voice. Emphasis is placed on the importance of revision and writing as a process.
This course will investigate literacy from a sociocultural and linguistic perspective. Students will be defining and operationalizing the term "literacy" and striving to understand the various types of literacy that currently exist in American society. Furthermore, students will study how being adept in various literacies define group membership and serve as a gateway of access to various levels of American social stratification. Furthermore, beginning with pre-school aged children, students will investigate how literacy and the value of literacy is transmitted culturally and how that transmission weighs heavily on future involvement in literacy events.
This course examines the novel as it develops in western and European culture from about 1800 through the present. Students will read approximately eight to ten novels per semester from a variety of cultural and historical periods. Students will become acquainted with the relevant historiographical sources, theory and issues pertaining to the period and write a variety of short papers for this course.
This survey course will introduce students to the study of the nature of human language. During the course, students will be exposed to origins of human language, myths about language, language principles, writing systems, phonology/phonetics, morphology, syntax, psycholinguistics, social linguistics, first and second language acquisition, historical linguistics, and language and politics, semantics and pragmatics. The goal of this course is to expose the students the complexity of human language.
This course will focus on the major thematic concerns that have shaped Canadian literature from the pre-Confederation era to the present day. Literary examples will be drawn from works concerned with ethnicity, colonization, the wilderness, identity formation, and the Francophone/Anglophone divide. Primary attention will be given to texts focusing on the world of work as it has been envisioned by Canadians. Selected poetry and prose from diverse, canonical authors such as Frances Brooke, Susanna Moodie, Isabella Valancy Crawford, Charles Sangster, John Richardson, Joy Kogawa, Alice Munroe, Margaret Atwood, David Adams Richard, and Yann Martel will be examined. Depending on the season, a day trip to King's Landing -- a living museum of Canadian history about three hours from Bangor -- could be undertaken.
This course builds upon the rhetorical foundation established in Eh 123 and Eh 124 to introduce students to the skills central to effective professional writing. These skills include an ability to apply composition theory and advanced rhetorical strategies to various professional contexts, such as business, engineering, and professional publishing. In addition, students will learn how to conduct research in a variety of professions, communicating these findings in specific professional genres, which include short stories, poems, novels, business letters, memos, internal and external proposals, analytic reports, and scientific articles.
This course is intended as an introduction to film studies course. Students will learn to read film by analyzing structure, narrative form, diegetic and non-diegetic elements, mise en scene, generic conventions, motifs, cinematography and editing techniques as they pertain to a given theme followed through a chronological development of film in a given cultural context,(this varies depending upon instructor). The course will stress writing about film through scene analysis papers, journals, and midterm and final essay exams. A formal presentation is also required.
This course approaches ethical, social, and psychological issues in health care through the study of literature. Texts from various genres will frame exploration of the caregiver-patient relationship from alternating perspectives and in diverse social environments, historical contexts, and cultural surroundings. The course emphasizes skills of critical close-reading, research, oral and written argument through class discussion, essays, and presentations.
The goal of this course is to introduce students to the theories upon which advanced literary and cultural analyses are founded. These theories help scholars discover and articulate the role literature plays in our understanding of social associations and cultural tradition, institutions that shape the values and norms through which we define truth and, so, meaning.
Students will examine Native American Literatures, including traditional stories, non-fiction, fiction and poetry from authors of different Native American tribes. A variety of themes, including Native American identity and the role literature plays in cultural change, will be covered. Students will investigate these issues through a series of reading journals, two longer response papers, a significant research essay, and two formal presentations.
The History of the English Language offers a historical study of the English language including consideration of Old, Middle, Modern, and American English. Furthermore, the course will address the nature and mechanisms of language change over time as well as social, political, and other historical conditions related to such changes. The course will also attend to phonology, morphology, syntax, lexicon, and semantics as well as to the culture of the different historical periods as these things relate to the development of the language.
This course is designed to combine training for writing tutors with practical experience in the Writing Center. Students will study rhetoric and composition theory and explore issues that interfere with successful student writing, both their own and that of others. Acquired knowledge will be applied in both classroom role-playing situations and actual tutorial experiences in the Writing Center. Emphasis will be on preparing students for possible future roles as peer tutors in the Writing Center.
Writing in the Health Professions is designed to introduce you to various techniques and methods of communicating within the health professions. The required assignments expose you to the documents you will encounter in your physical therapy, occupational therapy, or other health science courses and careers. Through these assignments, the readings, and class discussions, you will develop the clear and focused writing style required in a technical or scientific context.