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Summer 2020

  • ENG 2512 The Rhetoric of Social Media with Dr. Jane Chapman Vigil: Do we control social media, or does social media control us?

  • ENG 3875E Science Fiction Cinema with Dr. Vincent Piturro: Our subjects include the various social representations, the audience reactions, and the actual science in the science fiction films.

Fall 2020

  • ENG 2170 Medieval Mythologies with Dr. Pam Troyer, MW 3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.: In this course, students study mythologies of the world as circulated in the period 500 - 1500, including stories about the Asian Monkey King, the Aztec Queztalcoatl, Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, Japanese samurai, and Arabian jinn. It considers these legends in their sacred contexts and looks at transmission and changes across cultures and across time. These mythologies are part of contemporary culture.

  • ENG 2220 American Literature 1865 - Present with Dr. Chereka Dickerson, TR 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. synchronous: In this course, we will study American literature, poetry, drama, fiction, and nonfiction written between the Civil War and present day by American writers who, for a long time, were considered minor voices within the American literary canon. This means that we will investigate literature written mostly by women and people of color. Through their respective lenses, we will discuss issues as they pertain to race, class, gender, and sexuality. As we investigate American Literature through these minor voices, we will also historically situate the literature to understand how these different literary forms were influenced by their respective literary movements, realism, naturalism, modernism, and postmodernism, the proceeding literary movements, and how their literary productions influenced future literary movements. 

  • ENG 2500 50239 Introduction to Creative Writing with Prof. Renée Ruderman, MW 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.: Enjoy letting loose your creative juices, your joys and sorrows. Join your peers to share your writing in workshops. Experiment in creative nonfiction, fiction, poetry, and drama.

  • ENG 2505 Rhetorics of War with Dr. Elizabeth Kleinfeld, TR 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.: Explore how different representations of war affect our views of conflict, soldiers, citizens, and society.

  • ENG 372G Asian Cinema with Dr. Vincent Piturro, online: Japan, China, South Korea and Hong Kong have produced some of the most interesting, provocative, and innovative films in history. We will cover films from Gojira to Oldboy, including great directors Kurasowa, Ozu, Takahata, and Bong Jooh-Ho. And oh yeah, Anime and Bruce Lee!

  • ENG 375B Westerns with Dr. Vincent Piturro, online: Think you don't love your granddaddy's cinema? Thank again - Westerns are more than just cowboys and gunfights - they include allegories for America, comments on the Red Scare, and explorations of masculinity, American expansion, and varied representations of women, Native Americans, and people of color. You will be surprised and delighted.

  • ENG 3527 - 55012 Professional Writing with Dr. Jane Chapman Vigil, TR 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.: What does it mean to write for multiple professional audiences and situations? What do tone and register mean? Is team writing possible? These questions and more will be addressed in this interactive class where you’ll practice various genres including proposals, policy documents, funding documents, internal/external communications. Prepare yourself for writing after graduation.

  • ENG 3670 Writing Center Theory and Practice with Dr. Elizabeth Kleinfeld, TR 11:00 a.m. - 12:25 p.m.: Explore writing centers as more than tutoring places; look at them as places of inquiry, action, dialog, change, indoctrination, colonization, and more. Grapple with social aspects of writing, authority in writing instruction, and writing & identity.

  • ENG 3722 Native American Cinema with Dr. Jason Miller, online: Students examine films in several contexts, including the use of film by the dominant society as a means of creating a national identity, socializing Indians, and reinforcing power relationships in the political arena as well as the use of films by Native American filmmakers as an affirmation of identity.

  • ENG 4114 Multiethnic Women's Literature with Dr. Chereka Dickerson, MW 12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m., synchronous: In ENG 4114 we delve into literature written by women from different ethnic American groups to investigate the different ways in which race, class, gender, sexuality, and religion intersect to shape the narratives that each woman has written. This intersectional perspective allows us to consider the various nuances that exist within the literature and also to recognize the different voices that have long been silence by multiple and intersectional oppressions. 

  • ENG 4115 Hip-hop Lit with Dr. Chereka Dickerson, MW 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m., synchronous: Explore the literary influence on hip-hop as an art form, and hip-hop’s influence on literature as an art form. Discuss both the literature and the lyrics in context of the larger pressing social conditions of Black Americans.

  • ENG 4116 Harlem Renaissance with Dr. Jessica Parker, online: Learn about the birth of American cool and African American Modernists; get a new perspective on writers like Zora N. Hurston and Langston Hughes while you learn about history, culture, race and intersectionality in 20th c. America.

  • ENG 4670 Cinema Theory and Criticism with Dr. James Aubrey, online: Formalism, Realism, Feminism, Marxism, Deconstruction, and Psychoanalytic theory as applied to film makes for an interesting and challenging semester of study. You will never again look at film the same way.



Monsoon Wedding Film Showing 

Thursday, Feb. 27, 7 p.m.
Sie Film Center, 2510 E Colfax Ave.

Free Admission

Discussion to follow with Dr. Vincent Piturro.





CANCELLED MSU Denver English Conference

Friday, April 3, Sessions run 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Plaza Building


Continental breakfast, Lunch with keynote speaker Ben Markus, Investigative Journalist, Colorado Public Radio/National Public Radio.

Accepting proposals through March 1, 2020. To submit a proposal, please email Dr. Pam Troyer or Dr. Andrew Pantos.

Online registration ends March 30.


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