Fall 2018: EH 300/400-Level Courses

(CRN 91333) EH 305 01: INTRO TO ENGLISH MAJOR & MINOR, Maximum enrollment: 25, MW 09:40AM 11:00AM

Instructor: Dr. Chad Thomas

"Tools of the Trade" The English Department at UAH is home to four related (yet distinct) disciplines: Technical/Business Writing, Composition Studies, Creative Writing, and Literary Studies. In this class, we will spend time exploring all four of these areas. In addition to reading and writing in the disciplines of technical writing, pedagogical writing, and creative writing, we will examine three literary genres (fiction, poetry, and drama). As well, we may explore different schools of critical theory as we produce and interpret texts (e.g. feminism, Marxism, queer theory, post-colonialism), but our principle focus is to sharpen writing and close-reading skills.

(CRN 91335) EH 336 01: SURVEY AMERICAN LITERATURE, Maximum enrollment: 25, MW 11:20AM 12:40PM

Instructor: Dr. Joe Conway

In this class we will follow the development of several American literary traditions, very often in conflict with one another, as they emerge out of European New World contact narratives into the colonial era of the seventeenth and eighteenth century, and on through U.S. revolution and the early national period. We will then consider the poems, stories, autobiographies, and other forms of writing produced out of the Civil War, reconstruction, two world wars, postmodernism, and whatever-the-heck era it is we are living through now. In doing so, we will consider the social, religious, sexual, aesthetic, and racial ideas in that help to shape and contest the founding narratives of colonial North America and the United States. Throughout we will interrogate the phrase “American Literature,” and ask if it actually means anything.

(CRN 91413) EH 400 01: COMPOSITION STUDIES FOR TCHERS, Maximum enrollment: 15, TR 02:40PM 04:00PM

Instructor: Dr. Gaines Hubbell

This course is a survey of pedagogies for teaching writing. This includes practical ways of creating and implementing writing prompts, fostering writing as process, working with grammar in context, investigating response strategies or teachers and students, and developing and implementing assessment rubrics.

(CRN 91415) EH 401 01: THEORY & PRACTICE IN TECH COMM, Maximum enrollment: 15, T 05:40PM 08:40PM

Instructor: Dr. Ryan Weber

Course description TBA.

(CRN 91417) EH 411 01: POETRY WRITING, Maximum enrollment: 10, M 05:50PM 08:40PM

Instructor: Anna Weber

In Advanced Poetry Writing, students will read contemporary poetry, and will write several of their own poems, two of which will be critiqued by the instructor and class in a workshop setting.  Class will culminate in a final revision portfolio.  

(CRN 91419) EH 414 01: CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING, Maximum enrollment: 15, TR 04:20PM 05:40PM

Instructor: Dr. Billie Tadros

Embodied Narratives—Writing and (W)Righting Our Bodies. In this writing workshop course we will both write and read works of nonfiction. Your work will be “workshopped” twice this semester, and you’ll also meet with me in individual conferences at least twice. We all have, read, and write bodies, and in our discussions we will examine how language both represents and produces bodies as we engage with feminist, queer, disability, and trauma theories. Course texts will include works of memoir, essay, literary journalism, autoethnography, and hybrid nonfiction by writers such as Gloria Anzaldúa, Alison Bechdel, Joan Didion, Lucy Grealy, Leslie Jamison, Audre Lorde, Nancy Mairs, and Casey Plett.

(CRN 91421) EH 415 01: ANGLOPHONE/POSTCOLONIAL LIT, Maximum enrollment: 15 R 05:50PM 08:40PM

Instructor: Dr. Eric Smith

Course description TBA.

(CRN 91423) EH 434 01: SCIENCE FICTION, Maximum enrollment: 15 M 05:50PM 08:40PM

Instructor: Dr. Laurel Bollinger

More mode than genre, science fiction asks “what if?” questions that challenge our definitions of being human. Its speculative nature allows science fiction to envision an idealized future—perhaps one free of racism, sexism, and nationalism. Yet even future-oriented texts emerge from historical contexts, and sometimes reveal the very prejudices they hope the future will no longer contain. We will focus on three classic (and overlapping) concerns of science fiction: alien encounters, bio/ecology, and technology/artificial intelligence, seeing how the themes change across time and with male or female authors. This course also serves as a WGS elective.

(CRN 91425) EH 442 01: USABILITY STUDIES, Maximum enrollment: 15 R 05:50PM 08:40PM

Instructor: Dr. Joy Robinson

This course will introduce students to usability testing and research as a user-centered design strategy and familiarize students with user and task analysis, A&B testing, research-based heuristics, usability assessments, and lo-fi prototyping and evaluation using state of the art biometrics like eye tracking. Using a process approach, students will learn how to define audiences and issues, design an appropriate investigative procedure, administer the procedure, analyze the results, and report their findings effectively. Throughout the class, students will actively employ accepted rhetorical concepts, design principles, report writing, and other professional communication standards.

(CRN 91428) EH 470 01: MILTON, Maximum enrollment: 15 MW 04:20PM 05:40PM

Instructor: Dr. Angela Balla

Course description TBA.


For more information, contact the English Department at eh@uah.edu or 256.824.6320.