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Winter 2005




ENGL 190  The World of Language I (AH or C)                       3 credits

          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H or C. GDR:Meets H.  THIS
          IS  A CROSS-LISTED COURSE. SEE MLL 190 FOR
          COURSE DESCRIPTION.
[0021] 9101 TuWTh......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ACIV011)       WESTPHAL, G


ENGL 226  Grammar and Usage of Standard English (AH)              3 credits
Introduces students to the history of conventional usage in written form. Standard "prescriptive" rules of grammar are examined to determine their origins and to assess their current significance for acceptable formal expression in prose. Although this course is not appropriate for students who need instruction in remedial grammar, it will help those who wish to become better writers as they become more informed about the etiquette of writing. Prerequisite: ENGL 100. Note: This course combines online instruction with traditional classroom meetings. For more information contact rochsner@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0022] 9101 MTuW.......9:00am-12:10pm (SS  110)       OCHSNER, R


ENGL 347  Contemporary Developments in Literature &               3 credits
          Culture (AH)                                      
Madness and Mental Illness in Modern Film This course examines the theme of insanity in films from the last three decades as it reflects and critiques popular views of American society and selfhood. Special attention is given to the relative values our culture places on rationality vs. irrationality and conformity vs. difference. We’ll look at the madman as genius, savior, victim and threat. Madness has been used as a lens through which to examine cultural standards of normality and sanity, defining these by their supposed opposite. In addition, the diagnosis of mental illness has been used to draw lines of right and wrong, normal and abnormal, and to isolate those expressing subversive views and to designate difference as something to be cured. Nearly 30% of Oscar-winning films since 1975 have taken insanity as a major theme, with many more nominated and more winners making minor references to madness, using the figure of the mad person to express our deepest fears about human nature (unrestrained) and about the effects of living in an increasingly technological and "soulless" culture where the Self is marginalized. Films may include Equus, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ordinary People, The Fisher King, Six Degrees of Separation, Silence of the Lambs, Blue Sky, Heavenly Creatures, Don Juan DeMarco, 12 Monkeys, Velvet Goldmine, Total Eclipse, Shine, Good Will Hunting, Girl Interrupted, A Beautiful Mind, and Gothika, with supplementary readings from Foucault, Sass, and Gilman. For more information contact nicolep@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GFR/GER:Meets A/H. GDR:Meets H.
[0023] 9101 MWF........1:00pm- 4:10pm (ITE 237)       PEKARSKE, N


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