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Winter Intersession 2014 Course Descriptions

100-Level
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150.003: Study of Literature: Children's Books & Censorship

MTWRF 0800-1430 December 12-19 UNM West 
Sheri Karmiol, metzger@unm.edu

In this English 150 course we will focus on censorship of children's literature. In this fast-moving class, we will try to answer these questions--should children's books focus on topics such as child abuse? Should books for young children include homosexuality? Is it okay to be critical of American government and history? Should fairy tales be censored? While we may not be able to resolve these issues, we will emerge from this class with a better understanding of the interaction between community values, censorship, and children's books.  

Texts: JK Rowling's Harry Potter, Judy Blume's Blubber, Sherman Alexie's Diary Of a Part-Time Indian.  I have included a selection of fairy tales, short stories, poetry, and drama, all of which is available online. Assignments: 2 essays and 4 short exams.     

200-Level
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219.018: Technical and Professional Writing

MTWRF 0900-1300 December 15-19 UNM West
Natasha Jones, nnjones@unm.edu 

219.030: Technical and Professional Writing

MTWR 0900-1645 December 15-18; MT 0900-1545 January 5-6
David Dunaway, dunaway@unm.edu 

219.041: Technical and Professional Writing

Online, December 15-January 9
Deborah Paczynski, dpaczyns@unm.edu 

219.042: Technical and Professional Writing

Online, December 15-January 9
Sam Tetango Ocena, tetangco@unm.edu 

220.020: Expository Writing

MTWRF 1000-1800 January 5-9
Julie Shigekuni, jshig@unm.edu 

224.011: Intro to Creative Writing

MTWRF 1235-1635 January 5-9 and 20 hours online
Diane Thiel, dthiel@unm.edu

This intersession course offers a fun and innovative way to complete the introductory creative writing course before next semester. It will be an intensive course, providing a foundation of techniques in writing fiction, poetry and nonfiction, and even some discussion of drama as well, particularly in terms of trying different genres for a chosen subject matter. The course will include a number of exercises in each genre and will provide an introduction to workshop methods. Short readings of fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and some drama by authors of various backgrounds will enrich discussions about culture, form, and subject matter. Portfolios of about 20 pages will contain responses to exercises, one longer piece, and revisions of exercises.  For more information about Diane Thiel (a UNM Full Professor and author of books in several genres) please see her webpage: www.dianethiel.net 

300-Level
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315.007: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literature

MTWRFS 0830-1530 December 15-20 
Ann Skinner Jones, askins@unm.edu

315.010: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Literature

Online December 15-January 9
Finnie Coleman, coleman@unm.edu 

388.001: Dickens and Film

Online December 15-January 9
Gail Houston, ghouston@unm.edu

One of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Sergei Eisenstein, wrote that what "links Dickens to cinema" is the "astonishing visual and optic quality" of his novels. It's no wonder, then, that so many film versions of fiction by Dickens have been made, right from when films started being made. In this class we will read three of Dickens's novels (Great Expectations, Christmas Carol, and Oliver Twist) and watch film versions of these great novels, while learning the basic elements of film and literature.

400-Level
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417.010: Editing

MTWRF 1000 - 1800 January 5-9
Stephen Benz, sbenz@unm.edu

This course focuses on editing as a professional skill. Along with practicing advanced copyediting skills, you will learn about "information design": the creation of documents that are complete, accurate, correct, comprehensible, usable, and appropriate for readers. Because editors must often be responsible for a document from its inception to its presentation as a finished product, you will also learn about layout and document design, as well as contemporary production processes. Successful completion of this course will provide you with the foundation necessary for a future career in the field.  

Department of English Language and Literature
Humanities Building, Second Floor
MSC03 2170
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001

Phone: (505) 277-6347
Fax: (505) 277-0021

english@unm.edu