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Winter 2008


General Education Info: GFR | GEP (for students starting Fall 2007)



ENGL 190  The World of Language I                                 3 credits
Language as a distinctive characteristic of the human species. In this course, we examine the structure of both written and spoken forms of language across cultures, comparing them with animal communication and human gestural systems. We explore language's neurological basis, theories of origin, and first- and second-language learning. Note: Also listed as LING and MLL 190. Highly recommended: MLL 191. For more information contact westphal@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/P-F/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0020] 9101 Meets 01/02/2008 - 01/25/2008             WESTPHAL, G
            MTuTh......1:00pm- 4:10pm (ACIV150)


ENGL 243  Currents in American Literature American                3 credits
          Literature on the Road                            
Got a desire to travel? Feel constricted by responsibilities, expectations and lack of finances? Join forces with classic rebels in American literature and film – the road warriors of the past and present who battle with society and the environment in search of self and a better world. Travel with Huck Finn down the Mississippi River, with Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty in their 1948 Hudson as they explore the America of the beat generation in On the Road, take a journey in an old VW bug with Samantha Hughes to the Vietnam Memorial in DC (In Country) and try to figure out what really happed to Alex Super Tramp in Jon Krackauer’s Into the Wild. Watching classic road films like Easy Rider, Thelma and Louise, and newer ones like Harold and Kumar Go the White Castle, this class will examine the interconnections between road literature and film. This course, intended primarily for nonmajors, introduces students to past and present trends in American literature. Emphasis will be on major figures and/or important movements in American literature. For more information see blackboard.umbc.edu/ or contact benson@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0021] 9101 Meets 01/02/2008 - 01/25/2008             BENSON, L
            MWF........1:00pm- 4:10pm (ACIV015)


ENGL 271  Introduction to Creative Writing - Fiction              3 credits
HYBRID COURSE - An introduction to the writing of prose fiction. Prerequisite: ENGL 100 and a 200-level literature course with a grade of of "C" or better or permission of the instructor. For more information contact shivnan@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG/AUD
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0022] 9151 Meets 01/02/2008 - 01/25/2008             SHIVNAN, S
            MWF........1:00pm- 4:10pm (ITE 231)


ENGL 347  Contemporary Developments in Literature &               3 credits
          Culture                                           
This course will examine 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 will be given to the relative values our culture places on rationality vs. irrationality and conformity vs. difference. We will look at the madman as genius, savior, victim and threat. Prerequisite: Completion of 200-level literature course with a grade of of "C" or better. For more information contact nicolep@umbc.edu.
          Grade Method: REG
          GEP/GFR:Meets AH.
[0023] 9101 Meets 01/02/2008 - 01/25/2008             PEKARSKE, N
            MWF........1:00pm- 4:10pm (FA  215)


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