Winter 2023: English 1B and Bridge to Transfer English
Barnet, Sylvan and Hugo Bedau.From Critical Thinking to Argument.6th ed. Bedford/St. Martin's; 6th edition (September 27, 2013) ISBN-13:978-1319194437
Jennifer Finney Boylan.She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders. Crown, 2013. ISBN: 978-0385346979
Theme: Sex, Lies and Advertising
Our full-length work focuses on transgender experience as described in Jennifer Finney
Boylan's memoir, She's Not There: A Life in Two Genders, so we will examine gender and other issues surrounding gender and transgender experiences.
We will also learn about different types of propaganda, identifying these in U.S.
Presidential campaign ads found at The Living Room Candidate, evaluating their truthfulness and persuasiveness in the process. This will be followed
by a unit on information literacy, including the nature, causes and possible solutions
to fake news on the Internet and elsewhere; and finally we will consider the best
ways to protest in order to achieve your goals, having a debate and writing a Rogerian
Argument in the process.
Fall 2023: English 22--Women Writers
Woolf, Virginia. A Room of One's Own.Harvest-Harcourt, 2005. ISBN-978-0-15-603041-0 (Recommended) Note: There are free online versions of this book.
Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar. The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women(The Traditions in English). 3rd edition. Volume 1: ISBN-9780393930139 (Recommended but not required). Gilbert, Sandra M. and Susan Gubar. The Norton Anthology of Literature by Women (The Traditions in English). 3rd edition. Volume 2: ISBN-9780393930146 (Recommended but not required).
Theme: The Woman, the Time, the Art
We will examine women as writers not only for their beautiful literary innovations,
but also for the ways that they have changed the world. Covering 4 Units (What is
a Feminist? What Might Liberation Look Like? Colonization and Protest, and Adventures
of Your Own), read two full-length works, one of which together: the non-fiction full-length
essay, Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, and another full-length work you will choose from a list. You will also write one
research literary analysis essay. In the process we willdelve into the works of writers all over the world and at different times in history,
feminists, abolitionists, humanists, environmentalists, and Afrofuturists, to name
a few. If you aren’t sure what Afrofuturism is, see this Ytasha Womack talk:
I designated all three of the English 22 texts that I ordered for the bookstore as
"recommended" because you don't need to buy them to succeed in the class. However,
since some research suggests that reading away from a computer is more effective (you
understand and remember what you read better), and some of us like to read print media,
you might want to purchase or rent the books to enhance your understanding. The literature
textbooks are huge, so we will definitely not be reading everything in them, but having
the chance to peruse these books away from your computer, and possibly reading texts
I don't assign out of curiosity, could prove invaluable to you. These textbooks will
also be on reserve at the library for you to check out and read for short periods
of time (an hour) in library.