Fall 2013

English 200 (Section 1647)
Issues in Medicine and Health Care: Then and Now
Dr. Rubens

Are you considering a career in nursing, medicine, public health, or the health sciences? Perhaps you’re studying biology, psychology, or business and want to work in health care? Consider enrolling in section 1647 of English 200. Here, you will develop the writing, research, and critical thinking skills needed for success in college and the larger world while considering subjects relevant to your major or desired profession.

In this section of English 200, we’ll cultivate vital writing, research, and critical thinking skills by discussing contemporary and historical issues in medicine and health care. Topics to be addressed include (but aren’t limited to) the:

  • Impact of race, class, ethnicity, and gender on health care
  • Relationship between writing about illness and healing
  • Increase in e-patients and the sharing of health information online
  • Use of TB, cancer, and HIV as metaphors
  • Role of big business in “awareness” campaigns
  • Visual rhetoric of public health posters

To explore these issues from multiple perspectives, including those of patients, caregivers, and medical practitioners, we’ll read:

  • Academic articles
  • Documentary films
  • Iconic photographs, paintings, and illustrations
  • Memoir, blogs, and other first-person narratives
  • Newspaper and magazine articles
  • Research reports
  • Short fiction and poetry

For more details or if you’d like to contact Dr. Rubens regarding the course, download this PDF flyer.

English 435:  The American Novel
Dr. Flannagan

In this survey course, we will consider the genre of “novel,” and how this particular genre has evolved within the framework of American literature. We will trace the development of the novel in America from its beginnings as a hybrid form toward its more contemporary forms in later centuries. I hope we will see how the novel changes to accommodate other movements in American literature such as romanticism, realism, naturalism, modernism, and post modernism. We will look at the relationship of novels to other cultural and historical phenomena, as well as impose a variety of perspectives on the texts. Novels on the syllabus include Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter; Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn; Wharton’s The Age of Innocence; Hemingway‘s The Sun Also Rises; Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying; Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; Morrison’s Beloved; and Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone.