Books on Books: Films on Films 1001HProf. GeyhSec 261 M W 6:45-8:00Significant primary and secondary readings.
Please see the Class Schedule for the current semester’s offerings. A brief description of the honors courses for the coming semester is given below.
BIB 2540H: Ezekiel (pre-req: BIB 1000 or 1015; Satisfies a General Education BIB req)
Prof: Ari Mermelstein
Sec 311 T 1:05-2:45
BIO 4934H: Topics: Stem Cells
Prof. Yakov Peter
Sec 461 W 6:45-8:25
Topics in Stem Cells take a careful look at contemporary breakthroughs in stem cell research as reported in the scientific literature. Through these findings, students will be introduced to cutting-edge molecular and cellular research methods and versed in the interpretation of scientific data. Areas to be covered in this course include: embryonic stem cells and cloning, somatic and hematopoietic stem cells, and induced pluripotent stem cells and cellular reprogramming. The final portion of this course deals with ethics and legislation.
In this course we will be reading and writing at the boundaries between fiction and nonfiction, in the hybrid form sometimes referred to as the “fourth genre,” “literary nonfiction,” or the “lyric essay.” At that boundary, literary strategies (formal experimentation, imagination, metaphor, imagery, lyric language, nonlinear narrative, rhythm and repetition) traditionally associated with the created worlds of fiction, poetry and drama are used to treat subjects that have, traditionally, been thought of as the province of nonfiction; as obligated to “fact.” Our particular focus will be the personal essay: “a kind of essay,” as described by the writer Deborah Tall, “propelled not by its information, but rather by the possibility for transformative experience.” Requirements: three essays (2-3 pages, 3-5 pages, 5-8 pages); a series of writing exercises focusing sharply on different aspects (the sentence; word choice; revision) of your prose; a timed selection from one of your essays to be publicly presented at the end of the course; a writing portfolio of 20 pages of revised work. We will also be reading together examples of some of the most compelling and innovative creative nonfiction being written today. Finally, members of the class will regularly present their own writing, and constructively critique one another’s writing, in workshop sessions.Prerequisite: FYWR or ENG 1101 or 1931H
Science Fiction & Fantasy Literature 2805HProf. SteinbergSec 231 M W 3:00-4:15
This course explores two sub-genres of literature, science fiction and fantasy, from a variety of theoretical and interpretive angles. Although we will begin with foundational texts in each subgenre, we will quickly move to more contemporary works, examining how science fiction and fantasy are posited opposite “realistic” fiction. We will study the ways in which our texts connect with, grow from, and draw on realistic literary movements; the purposes and consequences of literary categorizations; and the ways in which our two subgenres are further subcategorized. Our investigations will focus on the texts themselves, on their contexts and subtexts, on secondary materials that can elucidate texts and contexts, and on escapist fictions’ relationships to readers.Primary texts for the course include Frankenstein (Mary Shelley), Kindred (Octavia Butler), The Handmaid’s Tale (Margaret Atwood), The Time Machine (H.G. Wells), The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkein), Neuromancer (William Gibson), To Say Nothing of the Dog (Connie Willis), Tarzan of the Apes (Edgar Rice Burroughs), 1984 (George Orwell), Alice in Wonderland (Lewis Carroll), The Golden Compass (Phillip Pullman), The Left Hand of Darkness (Ursula LeGuin), The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams), and short stories by Isaac Asimov, Kurt Vonnegut, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip Dick, Ray Bradbury, Edgar Allan Poe, Isaac Bashevis Singer, and T. H. White. We will also watch two films together as a class, TBD. Students will have the opportunity to write about works other than these in their essays if they wish.
Course work is as follows:
Significant primary and secondary readings.
Engagement with class materials and active participation in class discussions.
Five informal blog posts in response to specific assigned readings.
Two short argument essays (2-3 pages) that focus on film adaptations of science fiction and fantasy writings.
One five-page analysis essay that responds to a text and at least one secondary source.
A final researched essay (in place of an exam) of 10-12 pages.
HON 4979 H : Honors Thesis Seminar 2
HON 4980 H Honors Thesis Preparation
Variable 2-3 Credits
HON 4981 H Honors Thesis Writing
PHY 1051H: General Physics IProf. G. Cwilich 3 Credits MW 3:00-4:15pm M 5:50-6:40PM
SPA 1201H: Intermediate Spanish I Prof. G. Broitman 3 Credits Sec 231 MW 3:00-4:15PM
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