Summer Courses


Summer 2021

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5/17/2021 7/14/2021
Online - synchronous TR 9:00 AM 10:00 AM
Online - asynchronous MWF
Shanita Jackson

ENG 107 is an introductory creative writing course that explores three genres of creative writing: poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Students will learn the basics of creative writing, practice their creativity through prompts, and engage in peer critiques. Students will also study published creative writers, respond to different artistic works with their writing, and attend literary engagements. This course will meet both asynchronously (MWF) and synchronously (TR). Classes will consist of writing bootcamps, video lectures, quizzes, discussions, peer-review workshops, and revisions. This course fulfills/provides the following: the UK Core requirement for Intellectual Inquiry in Arts & Creativity, the ENG pre-major requirement, and an ENG minor credit. 
ENG 180 Great Movies: Heroes and Heroism
5/17/2021 7/14/2021
Online - synchronous TR12:00 PM 1:00 PM
Online - asynchrnous MWF
Katie McClain

Heroes in film are meant to be courageous and noble, idealized individuals because they embody the best possible qualities of humanity. But heroism becomes a complicated concept as a result of diverse expectations, and heroes cannot simply fit a particular mold. In this course, we will examine representations of heroes and heroism in 20th and 21st century films and television. Students will consider topics such as social expectations, race, identity, gender, and nationality in order to understand historical and cultural contexts of heroism. As a final creative project, students will craft a film “trailer” for an imagined film hero based in our discussions of narrative structure and film terminology. Content will include work from directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Kasi Lemmons, Paul Thomas Anderson, and Barry Jenkins.  

ENG 180 Great Movies: Stories We Love
MTWR 9:00 - 10:40
Matt Godbey

If the pandemic has taught us anything it’s the importance of movies to American culture. For many of us, stuck at home, they’ve offered an escape from the daily reality of lockdown life. This semester, we’ll work to better understand the movies we watch by focusing on our relationship to the stories they tell. This course is designed to answer two simple questions: What are the kinds of movies we love to watch over and over and why do we keep coming back? Whether we’re talking about underdog films where an individual or a team overcomes great odds to achieve success, or romantic comedies where love triumphs over everything, there are certain storylines audiences can’t get enough of. Over the course of the semester, we’ll examine some of these storylines and work to understand their basic structures. In particular, we’ll examine the cultural archetypes and myths on which they’re built and use these discussions as springboards for critical analysis and for your own creative productions.

ENG 230 Intro to Literature: Vampire Literature and Film
6/30/2021 8/11/2021
In-Person MTWR 9:00 - 10:40
Michael Carter

Blood. Seduction. Sex. Eternal life. What more could describe the appeal of the vampire in today’s popular culture? From the folktales of the Carpathian Mountains, and early 19th century literature comes one of the most enduring creatures to capture the audiences: vampire, Dracula, night walkers. This undead creature has its roots in Romanian folklore and history as Vlad Tepes, or Vlad the Impaler, and found its way into short stories and novels, early and recent films, and television. This class will examine the roots and the ongoing literature and visual media that indeed gives the vampire life eternal. This shortened term’s coursework will include readings, three short essays, and weekly quizzes and writing exercises. 
This course fulfills UK Core, Inquiry into the Humanities.
ENG 280 Introduction to Film
5/17/2021 7/14/2021
Online - synchronous TR 1:00 PM 2:00 PM
Online - asynchronous MWF
Jenn Murray

Hamilton to Hoop Dreams, film representations of American dreams are as diverse and varied as the American dreamers they present on the silver screen. This is a basic introduction to the study of film. We will learn to analyze mise-en-scène, editing, cinematography, sound, film genres, and narrative structure through our consideration of a number of films representing different portrayals of the mythic and yet not at all monolithic “American Dream.” In addition to the textbook study of formal elements of film and film-making indicated above, this class will require students to view approximately one film per week outside of class and participate in large and small group discussions that move beyond the plot of the film and into a consideration of its form and the ways in which the film represents (or misrepresents) course themes. Graded work in the course will include written critical and analytical responses, quizzes and exams, and a final project portfolio. 

ENG 440G STUDIES IN BRITISH LIT: Shakespeare Aloud
6/15/2021 7/14/2021
Online - synchronous MTWRF 9:10 - 11:20
Walt Forman

Though Shakespeare designed his plays to be spoken aloud and understood aloud, John Heminges and Henry Condell, two of his longtime partners in the theater business, thought they were also valuable texts for private reading so they published a collected edition several years after their friend's death.  This course is founded on the notion that these forms of encounter with the plays—private reading (whether silent or—as would have been far more common in Shakespeare's day than in ours—aloud) and communal reading and speaking aloud (and thus listening)—are mutually illuminating and provide a way into a capacious understanding and appreciation of the interacting emotions and arguments of the characters, their ideas and doubts, their desires and needs, their griefs and joys.  To read a Shakespearean role as if you knew what it meant is a great start toward finding out what in fact it does mean, or rather what it can mean, as is hearing other people read other characters' parts as if they too knew what they meant by what they said.  We will look at how different oral performances find different meanings in the same works.  We will use two plays, one a tragedy and one a comedy: Macbeth and Twelfth Night.  We will read lots of Shakespeare's words in class, tinkering with rhythm, stress, and silence, and we will look at video and listen to audio versions of our plays to get a sense of how other people think they should sound.  The aim of the course is not to produce actors for public consumption but to provide readers with a more vital connection to Shakespeare's words—a performance for oneself.  NOTE:  ENG 330 is NOT a required prerequisite for this section of ENG 440G.  Anyone interested in the topic is welcome to enroll (i.e., has the "consent of the instructor," who may be reached at


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