Course Spotlight: American Literature 1865-1920


This class covers American fiction written during the latter half of the nineteenth century and the first years of the twentieth century, roughly the period spanning from after the Civil War up through World War I. Scholars of this period have long noted a rapidly expanding yet increasingly diverse nation that arose from advances in industrialization, urbanization and immigration. This course examines the artistic strategies (realism, naturalism, the stirrings of modernism) by which writers of fiction represented a growing multiplicity of points of view among different communities as well as the tensions that arose from competing needs and desires. Writers studied include Edith Wharton, Henry James, Mark Twain, W.E.B. Du Bois, Kate Chopin, Zitkala-Sa, and Theodore Dreiser. MW 11:20-12:50

Course Spotlight: Covering Latino Communities

Covering Latino Communities

If you still are looking for a Winter term class, consider Prof. Escalona’s Covering Latino Communities. The class is an amazing opportunity to learn about Latinx in the media from a journalism perspective, but you do not have to be a journalism major to take it. It is also an excellent opportunity to improve your writing, build your portfolio and network with the amazing professional speakers that will visit the class.

Class meets Thursday nights 5:45 p.m.- 9:00 p.m. in the Daley Building (14 E Jackson).

Please contact Prof. De Moya (director of the Latino Media and Communication program) at  if you have any questions.

Course Spotlight: Science & Nature Writing


Science and Nature writing is an immersion in the fun of writing about the natural world with the art of the novelist. We meet scientists and hear from guest professionals, reading works covering the inner and outer realms of the mind and body. It’s a great course for well-paying jobs with travel, every bit as creative as fiction and poetry. Absolutely no prior science background is necessary. If you liked Cosmos, The Jinx or Serial, this is a little-known writing field looking for you.
MW 2:40-4:10

Course Spotlight: Shakespeare & Rome

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This course fulfills the Research-Intensive requirement for English majors.

A study of Shakespeare’s career-long engagement with Roman literature, mythology, and history. As a research-intensive course, we will use both primary source archives and recent criticism to consider Rome as not only a source for Shakespeare’s poetic and dramatic writing, but also a unique experiment in defining the success of English literature at the turn of the seventeenth century. Activities include visits to Special
Collections, curating a digital exhibit of images from books that are more than four centuries old, analyzing the film history of Shakespeare’s Rome, and a group-oriented approach to research methods.

MW 2:40-4:10

Course Spotlight: Melville & Ellison


Moby-Dick (1851) has been called the greatest American novel, yet in the nineteenth century, it was a critical and commercial flop. Just over a century later, Ralph Waldo Ellison published Invisible Man and it was immediately hailed as a masterpiece. In considering the opposite trajectories of these two ambitious novels as we read them closely over the course of the semester, we also will consider the relationship between politics and art, and race and representation, in the mid-nineteenth and –twentieth centuries, the ongoing evolution of the American literary canon, and continuing debates about “great” literature. Additional writings by Melville and Ellison as well as literary criticism and theory will contextualize our focus on the two substantial novels.

This course is cross-listed as ENG 382 and ENG 371. As 371, it will satisfy the RES or DT requirement. MW 2:40-4:10

Course Spotlight: Grammar & Style


This course provides an examination of the elements of grammatical structure as they are employed to create stylistic effect in writing. The course begins with the structure of American English, including types of words, types of simple sentences, verb phrases and compounding. Attention then turns to transformations and other sources of complexity. Throughout the course, we will examine the use of the structures being studied as they are deployed and adapted by published authors. NOTE: This is not a remedial course in grammar; students entering the course should be familiar with the conventions of Standard Edited English. TTH 2:40-4:10

Course Spotlight: Irish Film & Literature


EN 275 / IRE 204 Irish Literature & Film (W 6:00 – 9:15) seeks to examine works of Irish cinema in light of a selection of writings from major twentieth century Irish authors. Our study will begin with the writings of the Irish Revival and move on to contemporary works so as to establish a scholarly understanding of recent interpretations and adaptations of these materials. After addressing the fundamental questions regarding
how to study Irish narratives, we will go on to topical analysis of works dealing with central issues in Irish Studies and Irish cinema, including: the War of Independence and Civil War (Michael Collins, The Wind That Shakes The Barley); The Northern Irish Crisis / Anglo-Irish Relations (The Crying Game, The Boxer), urban life / dystopia (Adam & Paul, Intermission) and other topics as appropriate.

Course Spotlight: Introduction to Screenwriting

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This course is an introduction to and overview of the elements of theme, plot, character, and dialogue in dramatic writing for cinema. Emphasis is placed on telling a story in terms of action and the reality of characters. The difference between the literary and visual medium is explored through individual writing projects and group analysis. Development of synopsis and treatment for a short theatrical screen play: theme, plot, character, mise-en-scene and utilization of cinematic elements. Questions? Contact instructor Ben Kumming:

Course Spotlight: Monsters, Gaming, and More


English majors: consider registering for one of these fascinating courses taught by Professor Paul Booth in Media and Cinema Studies!

MCS 364: Monsters in Pop Culture
In this course, students will examine monsters, spooks, scares, and–above all–fear. Through informed viewing of television, film, radio, literature, and graphic novels, we will explore the evolution of some of the most well-known monsters, including vampires, zombies, and aliens, as well as less-known varieties, like the Golem, the cyborg, and even the human being. Screenings will be paired with discussion and class activities. The concept of the monster itself will be interrogated, and we will explore how the monster reflects humanity’s fears as well as its desires. This is the one class that proves college is scary as hell.

Winter Quarter
MCS 260: Introduction to Transmedia Storytelling
Transmedia storytelling, or the distribution of narrative content across multiple technologies and media, is rapidly becoming a common trend in contemporary media making. Whether it’s television series sharing content with video games, films’ narratives continued (or begun) in graphic novels, or media systems in which no one medium takes precedence in telling the story, transmediation can take many forms. This class will introduce the concept of transmedia from a media studies viewpoint, will examine transmedia’s history, contemporary usage, and creation, and will have students work together to construct a transmediated narrative. Transmedia storytelling is an art form in the 21st century, but in this class we will also explore historical parallels, including very old forms of art and storytelling.

MCS 352: Alternate Reality Games
This course examines how games can make the world a better place. We will discuss games and play as concepts, analyze new types of games, and examine the “gamification” or the world. Students will design a game and learn how to manipulate variables to create a stronger play session. At the end of the course, we will play an Alternate Reality Game, a new form of game that involves multiple mediations and ubiquitous gameplay. We will look at the evolution of games as role-play, from tabletop simulations to MMORPGs and beyond. The concept of “gaming” will be interrogated for both its critical function in today’s society as well as its cultural role in the solution of social problems. Students will create their own ARG and will be encouraged to attend a gaming environment in the process of this class. Collaboration between students, the instructor, and the Chicago community will be encouraged.

Course Spotlight: Exploring Teaching in the Urban High School


This course serves as the gateway to the TEACH program, a 5-year BA/MA combined degree program offered through the College of Education and the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences.

The course (TCH 320) is an invitation to secondary education as a profession, an opportunity for students considering education as a career to explore the reality of teaching and learning a disciplinary content area in a variety of Chicago-area schools. Students will become familiar with different narratives of teaching through teacher and student biographies, testimonials, literature, film, and classroom observations. They will explore the interrelationships between, for example, popular cultural beliefs about schooling; teacher and student identities; and classroom interaction. The instructor will coordinate observations in several classrooms as the basis for intensive, guided reflective work, aimed at supporting students’ initial and subsequent efforts of developing identities as disciplinary content educators (25 hours of high school classroom observation required). Course is also an introduction to the TEACH Program.

Winter 2018: Tuesday/Thursday 11:20-12:50
Also offered Spring 2018

Learn more about the TEACH program.

Questions? Contact Dr. Robert Meyer: