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Hope College
Department of English
126 E. 10th St.
Holland, MI 49423

english@hope.edu
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Spring 2013 English 113 Courses

English 113, Expository Writing I, encourages students to explore ideas through reading, discussion, and writing. The emphasis is on development of writing abilities; the area of exploration varies with individual instructors.

All English 113 sections fulfill the Core Requirement, but are not counted toward an English major. The English Department encourages each student to select the section which best meets his/her needs.

Here is the list of this semester’s variants; see below for each course description.

113.01 Writing and Argument Peschiera MW 8:30-10:20 AM
113.02
Amer. Mashup: Disct. Pop Cultr Aslanian MW 11:00-12:50 PM
113.03 And the Winner Is... Bauman TR 12:00-1:20 PM
113.04 Writing Your Life James TR 12:00-1:20 PM
113.05
Academic Writing Seminar Cole MW 9:00-10:20 AM
113.06
Writing Workshop 2013 Lewison TR 3:30-4:50 PM
113.07
Creative Impulse Rappleye MW 4:00-5:50 PM
113.08
Wit, Wisdom, Wizardry Lunderberg TR 9:00-10:50 AM
113.09
Writing Workshop 2013 Lewison TR 1:30-2:50 PM
113.10
America's War in Vietnam Emerson TR 9:30-11:20 AM
113.11
American Lives Dykstra TR 8:00-9:20 AM
113.12
Perception, Power & Difference Cho TR 12:00-1:20 PM
113.13
Rethinking Health Douglas TR 1:30-3:20 PM
113.14
The Geography of Writing Kenagy MWF 12:00-12:50 PM
113.15 Who Are You? Clark TR 3:00-4:50 PM
113.16 The Geography of Writing Kenagy MWF 1:00-1:50 PM
113.17 Crichton's Jurassic Park Smith TR 6:30-8:20 PM
113.18 The Will to Survive Moreau MWF 8:30-9:20 AM
113.19 The Will to Survive Moreau MWF 9:30-10:20 AM
113.20 The Will to Survive Moreau MWF 11:00-11:50 AM

Course Descriptions

ENGL 113 01 Writing and Argument
Peschiera, Pablo MW 8:30 AM 10:20 AM

This course develops your skills as a writer of clear, solid expository writing, and provides a solid base for the writing assignments you will encounter at Hope College. Our work together will emphasize writing as a process. This means a focus on exploring, planning, and organization of complex ideas; editing and revising of several drafts; and developing writing skills through effective means of organization, support, and justification of ideas. We will read intellectually intriguing essays, and craft individual, critical responses to those essays. Students will partner in writing workshops that will develop a clear and coherent expository style of writing, and write critical responses to each others' essays. We will develop the ability to write unified and coherent paragraphs and sentences, and contribute to the dialogue about writing that will emerge from our classroom responses and discussions. By the end of the semester, you should have advanced your skills in writing, and produced at least 25 pages of polished prose.

ENGL 113 02 American Mashup: Dissecting Our Popular Culture
Aslanian, Janice MW 11:00 AM 12:50 PM

In this course, you will analyze aspects of our popular culture, then use a “mashup” approach to hone your critical thinking skills. A “mashup” essay uses multiple writing strategies and incorporates various media to produce thoughtful, engaging essays.

The four areas of our popular culture we will explore are:

  • Identity: How do we form our identity as Americans? What forces form our individual identities? What part does the media play in defining our gender identity?
  • Social Media: How has social media altered the way we interact with one another both virtually and physically? Has digital media made the concept of privacy extinct?
  • Violence: When is fighting okay, and when is it morally incorrect? What purpose do fight clubs serve? How can the more dangerous sports, such as football, remain interesting without permanently injuring those who play them?
  • Work and Careers: Is a steady job with benefits still a part of the American Dream, or is it a concept to which your generation should cease to aspire? Will your identity be forever tied to your job title?

You will read a wide variety of thought provoking articles. These readings will be a springboard for discussion and serve as models for your essays. In addition to in-class workshops, you will spend time in the computer lab learning to apply writing style and revision techniques to your papers. You will polish your “works in progress” throughout the semester and submit them in a portfolio for a final grade at the end of the term.

ENGL 113 03 And the Winner Is…
Bauman, Elisabeth TR 12:00 PM 1:20 PM

Nobel, Pulitzer, Man Booker, Orange, PEN/Faulkner, Commonwealth...the list seems to be ever expanding.

In this course, we’ll be looking at the politics and possibilities created by literary prizes around the globe. Who and what determines which books and authors receive these honors? How do literary prizes exclude lesser-known writers and in what ways do they champion new voices? Do international prizes like the Man Booker and Commonwealth echo the dynamics of empire or can they be forces of decolonization? How do prizes shape our ideas of literary value amidst the proliferation of online reviews and rankings on sites like Amazon.com? How do prizes help determine the literary canon and which books actually “make it” onto the syllabus of the college classroom?

Throughout the semester, we’ll be following the award cycle in the media as judges narrow their lists and choose the winners. We’ll discuss controversies like novelist and poet Mo Yan’s recent Nobel Prize. We’ll be reading and writing about winners’ and finalists’ speeches, interviews, and, of course, their prizewinning contemporary fiction. Authors will include Orhan Pamuk, Marilynne Robinson, Kiran Desai and Aminatta Forna, among others.

ENGL 113 04 Writing Your Life
James, David TR 12:00 PM 1:20 PM

Relative freedom of choice, plenty of interaction among peers and between students and prof, and multiple opportunities to revise writings before final evaluation will headline this workshop-driven writing course. Choices will include what to write about and how much to revise after initial submissions. With final works to be collected in a portfolio at semester’s end, students will not only learn more about themselves by writing, but also about the worlds of others around them and how to communicate effectively in various modes (narrative, informative, investigative, and persuasive), for various audiences (informal to formal), and to serve various purposes (to entertain, inform, persuade, inspire). The course’s readings and activities will suggest many options and inspire creative possibilities. People who like, or are willing to learn to like, examining and expressing what is important to them; who, with acclimation and practice, will not be bashful about discussing such things in critically thoughtful ways; and who do not procrastinate will thrive best in this self-motivated course.

ENGL 113 05 Academic Writing Seminar
Cole, Ernest MW 9:00 AM 10:20 AM

This course will orient you to the world of expository writing and will provide a solid preparation for the written assignments you will encounter throughout your course work at Hope College. Our work together will emphasize writing as a process and it will focus on exploring, planning, and organization of complex ideas, editing and revising of drafts, and developing writing skills through effective means of organization, support and justification of ideas. As such, students will read intellectually intriguing essays, engage in writing workshops that focus on developing a clear and coherent expository style of writing, craft individual and critical responses, construct unified and coherent paragraphs, and contribute to the dialogue that about writing that would emerge from our classroom responses. By the end of the semester, you should have generated at least 28 pages of polished prose.

ENGL 113 06 Writing Workshop 2013
Lewison, Mark TR 3:30 PM 4:50 PM

It takes practice and it takes patience to hone writing skills. In this workshop-oriented section of English 113, we explore your interests and experiences to develop a series of essays during the term. We also use several novels and the textbook Concise Guide to Writing as a baseline for our work together. Often, you will find, the writing process is not magic, it's mechanics -- plus a dash of inspiration. With the benefit of the instructor's longtime experience as a writer and editor in the workplace, you will learn about crafting communication for today's audiences, from on paper to online, and from the academic essay to the casual-yet-concise communication of websites and blogs.

ENGL 113 07 Creative Impulse
Rappleye, Gregory MW 4:00 PM 5:50 PM

Why do writers, painters, sculptors, playwrights, musicians and dancers do what they do? Are creative artists different from the rest of us? How do they nurture their creativity? What are their creative habits? In “The Creative Impulse” we will explore these and related questions. Our reading will include The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use it for Life by Twyla Tharp and The Collected Works of Flannery O’Connor, as well as several handouts. We will watch two films, and you will be encouraged to attend exhibitions, readings, concerts and plays. We will have lively class discussions, and you will write four short essays, participate in a group presentation, and write a longer research paper. We will utilize the “workshop” format for the discussion of each other’s work. Each student will assemble a final portfolio that will contain all five papers and a very brief introductory statement. We will also receive some expert training in how to use the Van Wylen Library. The ultimate objective of this course is to make you a better writer and critical thinker.

ENGL 113 08 Wit, Wisdom, Wizardry
Lunderberg, Marla TR 9:00 AM 10:50 AM

When you have to make a difficult decision, how do you proceed? Do you carefully analyze the circumstances and rationally weigh your options? Do you cry, “It’s not my fault!” and lash out at the world that forced the decision upon you? Do you close your eyes, grit your teeth, and just accept whatever wild ride you’re on, vaguely hoping for the best?

In this class, we’ll read several novels together, looking at how different characters approach the process of decision-making. We’ll discuss different factors that affect their decisions, from family expectations and gender issues, to friendships and special talents. We’ll write about ourselves and how we make our own decisions, as well as about these characters and what we can learn from them. Writing for this course will include daily reading responses, several short essays and a research paper.

ENGL 113 09 Writing Workshop 2013
Lewison, Mark TR 1:30 PM 2:50 PM

It takes practice and it takes patience to hone writing skills. In this workshop-oriented section of English 113, we explore your interests and experiences to develop a series of essays during the term. We also use several novels and the textbook Concise Guide to Writing as a baseline for our work together. Often, you will find, the writing process is not magic, it's mechanics -- plus a dash of inspiration. With the benefit of the instructor's longtime experience as a writer and editor in the workplace, you will learn about crafting communication for today's audiences, from on paper to online, and from the academic essay to the casual-yet-concise communication of websites and blogs.

ENGL 113 10 America’s War In Vietnam
Emerson, Derek TR 9:30 AM 11:20 AM

The American War in Vietnam was a controversial time in the United States. While soldiers were entrenched in a deadly war in Vietnam, the population at home was torn apart in their views on the war. In this class we approach the war through the words of those actively involved, with one novel by an American solider and one by a North Vietnamese soldier. In between we read many smaller excerpts from other writers, discuss different viewpoints, write responses to specific questions, and research and write longer papers.

ENGL 113 11 American Lives
Dykstra, Natalie TR 8:00 AM 9:20 AM

This course explores American lives, our American lives, by exploring a key theme – the American Dream and its many meanings. We say that the American Dream is freedom, the opportunity for success, the ability to make one’s own choices. But what is the American Dream, really? How did it develop over time, and who is included or excluded and why? Who is a citizen and what does citizenship require of us? To engage these questions and more, we will be drawing from history, literature, film, and art.

The main task of the course is to learn to write clearly, persuasively, and with authority in preparation for your future courses. Class time is devoted to lively discussion and writing workshops. Come join us!

ENGL 113 12 Perception, Power & Difference
Cho, David TR 12:00 PM 1:20 PM

This section of English 113 will be focusing on the over-arching theme of differing "Theories of Perception, Power, and Difference." Along with examining various issues in Composition and Rhetoric, to help prepare us for writing academic essays, we will also be looking at essays written by individuals like John Berger, Mary Louise Pratt, and Michel Foucault, respectively, to give us a very broad and challenging range of ideas, definitions, terms, to grapple with intellectually, and for their many applications to other academic and "real-life" contexts. These essays can be found in Gail Stygall's Reading Context. Also, in light of Hope College's commitment to researching and teaching on issues of culture, diversity, and race, (Phelps Scholars Program, IDS Courses, Mission Statement), we will also use our essays as a foundation for us to help in considering issues of race, ethnicity, and difference, using Beverly Daniel Tatum's somewhat oxymoronic title, Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting in the Cafeteria Together?, along with a novel, John Okada's No-No Boy, which fictionally delves into a very non-heralded portion of American history and letters, namely the "internment" of Japanese Americans across the West Coast, during WWII and afterwards.

ENGL 113 13 Rethinking Health
Douglas, Kim TR 1:30 PM 3:20 PM

One out of three children born in the year 2000 and after is expected to have diabetes. 70 per cent of 12-year-olds have the beginning stages of hardening of the arteries. Half of all men and one-third of all women are diagnosed with cancer at some time in their life. The United States is one of the wealthiest countries in the world, yet suffers from what experts label as “diseases of affluence.” So, what can we do? If we have a genetic predisposition for a particular disease, can we make nutritional, exercise, and other lifestyle choices that reduce the chances of the expression of that gene? Everyday, new claims are made about all kinds of diets, fasting, juicing, and exercise that indicate we might even be able to reverse disease. How accurate are these claims? How do we know which claims to believe? How can we make scientifically-informed decisions to preserve our health?

Throughout the semester, we will investigate a topic that is featured in the news and drives many of the cultural and scientific debates of our day—from national concerns about the rise in obesity and food-related diseases like diabetes, to local issues like school lunch programs and farmers’ markets, to family matters like “What’s for dinner?” We will explore controversies around wellness to make educated and intelligent decisions about how to eat and maintain fitness levels so that we live healthy lives. Class activities will involve viewing relevant films, writing essays and conducting collaborative or individual research. Writing workshops and peer reviews will help us revise our essays in order to create a portfolio to showcase our own original writing.

ENGL 113 14 The Geography of Writing
Kenagy, Robert MWF 12:00 PM 12:50 PM

“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” John Steinbeck begins his great novel Cannery Row with a thoughtful, lyrical description of a place – a place that becomes the setting for his rambling, wild story, and more importantly, a central character. The importance of place rings true in our lives, too. Our country and region, state and town, neighborhood and homes provide us with community and personal identity. Where we live, where we vacation for a week, where we dream of visiting, and where we imagine hanging our hats give us a deeper appreciation of others. The geography of our lives influences not only how we interact with the world, but also how we speak and write.

In this English 113 class, we’ll look at a variety of writings that wrestle with place. We’ll read, analyze, and discuss a range of pieces that persuasively and often creatively recreate unique, interesting locations. You’ll have opportunities, too, to write and explore what place means for you in your life. As a class, we’ll work thoroughly through the writing process as a large group, in small groups, and one-on-one. We’ll practice writing in a variety of genres that you’ll encounter in college, and learn how best to approach any writing assignment. Personal experience essays, travel writing, blogs, and even formal research papers require writers to understand the fundamentals of writing, and use strong precise language to transform the page into place. In this class you’ll be encouraged to use your unique voice to interact with each other and to understand the places that have shaped us

ENGL 113 15 Who Are You?
Clark,Linda TR 3:00 PM 4:50 PM

Though forty years or more have traveled by – mostly in the fast lane – we could still say that in 2013 much insightful language we might use to describe ourselves and our life views may be expressed in song titles of The Who from the 1960’s and 1970’s. “Who Are You?” continues to have more importance than just as a “CSI” theme song, and consider “Don’t Get Fooled Again,” “How Can You Do It Alone?” “Disguises,” and “I Don’t Even Know Myself.” This expository writing course may allow you to articulate a little of who you are and what you have to say while adding to your preparation for the academic writing requirements at Hope College. Stressing the methods of the writing workshop process, our work will focus on clarity, depth of thought, voice, organization, and language effectiveness. Plan to read a variety of essay samples, write both formally and informally, engage in critical evaluation of your own products and those of others, research and cite thoroughly, and make valuable contributions within the group. Hopefully the class will help with the realization that sincere, fluent thought and writing can occur “Anyway, Anyhow, Anywhere.”

ENGL 113 16 The Geography of Writing
Kenagy,Robert MWF 1:00 PM 1:50 PM

“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” John Steinbeck begins his great novel Cannery Row with a thoughtful, lyrical description of a place – a place that becomes the setting for his rambling, wild story, and more importantly, a central character. The importance of place rings true in our lives, too. Our country and region, state and town, neighborhood and homes provide us with community and personal identity. Where we live, where we vacation for a week, where we dream of visiting, and where we imagine hanging our hats give us a deeper appreciation of others. The geography of our lives influences not only how we interact with the world, but also how we speak and write.

In this English 113 class, we’ll look at a variety of writings that wrestle with place. We’ll read, analyze, and discuss a range of pieces that persuasively and often creatively recreate unique, interesting locations. You’ll have opportunities, too, to write and explore what place means for you in your life. As a class, we’ll work thoroughly through the writing process as a large group, in small groups, and one-on-one. We’ll practice writing in a variety of genres that you’ll encounter in college, and learn how best to approach any writing assignment. Personal experience essays, travel writing, blogs, and even formal research papers require writers to understand the fundamentals of writing, and use strong precise language to transform the page into place. In this class you’ll be encouraged to use your unique voice to interact with each other and to understand the places that have shaped us

ENGL 113 17 Crichton’s Jurassic Park
Smith,Richard TR 6:30 PM 8:20 PM

Like the movie? Want to read the book? In this course we'll read Jurassic Park and at least one other novel by Michael Crichton, and we'll see the film adaptations of them. We'll use the stories themselves as a way to generate topics for a series of essays; and we'll use novel/film comparison as the basis for a discussion of the sorts of things that control the process of revision. Students will have the opportunity to revise their papers throughout the semester (but not, I think, into cinematographic form).

ENGL 113 18 The Will to Survive
Moreau,William MWF 8:30 AM 9:20 AM

ENGL 113 19 The Will to Survive
Moreau,William MWF 9:30 AM 10:20 AM

ENGL 113 20 The Will to Survive
Moreau,William MWF 11:00 AM 11:50 AM

After all, isn’t that what life is all about anyway—surviving? To what extent do human beings fight to survive? To what lengths and extremes will we go to cling to life? What is the limit of our hanging on?

In this English 113 section, participants will read, discuss, and be asked to write in response to literature that exemplifies humankind’s desire to survive. To inspire our discussing and writing, we will explore three pieces of “survival” literature. Titles include In Harm’s Way by Doug Stanton (nonfiction), Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody (nonfiction), and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (dystopian fiction).

And, speaking of survival, a major goal of this class will be to help you “survive” the writing that will be demanded of you in the real world of college and beyond; therefore, we’ll explore and practice writing that narrates, informs, persuades, reviews, responds, shares, and/or entertains.

Class time will be spent discussing the assigned literature and (to a greater extent) responding to and helping each other with the writing we create—in pairs, in small groups, and as a whole class. We will also spend time learning together through informal lectures, student presentations, in-class writing, and individual student-teacher conferences. We’ll choose from different types of writing in order to create some final products, and eventually, we’ll create a more in-depth research project.