ENGL 631 - Literacy as Distributed Cog (#5145)
W 6:00-8:50 p.m.
The goal of English 631 is to familiarize ourselves with a body of sociocultural theory known as distributed or situated cognition, which arises out of influential scholarship by educational theorist Lev Vygotsky and continues in conversation with work in cultural and material approaches to language and learning from activity theory and situated learning/communities of practice to newer approaches such as object-oriented ontology. We will use these theories to analyze literate practices, literacy events, and stances toward inquiry in their broadest sense. And my hope is that through this work we can come to an applied understanding the workings of literacy in the material world—how cognition is not just mediated through but dependent upon material and social resources around us. We’ll also ask big questions about what implications for literacy and learning you see in de-centering our notions of the human with an ontology of “things.” Several short papers, used as an opportunity for you to develop and test your understanding of the material we are reading; and a long paper in which you apply some aspect of the theory we have read and discussed to a teaching or learning situation. In class you will be responsible for leading discussion on one or more articles from course texts, and will work collaboratively to present on Communities of Practice, Cognition in Practice, or some other approved book.
ENGL 634 - Teaching Composition (#3102)
R 3:00-5:50 p.m.
ENGL 642 - Renaissance British Literature (#5069)
M 4:00-6:50 p.m.
In this seminar, after briefly surveying the history of Shakespeare on film, we'll examine the work of four mid-twentieth-century directors: Laurence Olivier, Grigori Kozintsev, Akira Kurosawa, and Orson Welles. We'll finish with films by Julie Taymor, perhaps the most creative recent director of Shakespeare movies.
Besides a final paper, the requirements will include several presentations and vigorous participation in the discussions. Our texts will be Orson Welles's Chimes at Midnight screenplay, a course packet, and a range of Shakespeare plays. I've ordered the Norton Shakespeare, but you may use any good recent edition.
Before our first meeting, please read (1) the last scene of King John, (2) the January 20th post "The First Shakespeare Movie," on www.shakespeareflix.net, and (3) the last two acts of A Midsummer Night's Dream. Please bring a copy of Midsummer to class.
ENGL 654 - Seminar in American Literature (#5061)
T 3:00-5:50 p.m.
ENGL 657 - Comparative Literature (#4713)
W 3:00-5:50 p.m.