New Spring 2015 Courses

Dr. Coxe’s new Film Genre class will examine film genre from a contemporary perspective, with a focus on film productions from the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Work will include understanding the historical and cultural contexts that gave rise to the multiple genres that still entertain and challenge us to this day: the gangster film, the musical, the romantic comedy, the horror film, the slapstick comedy. Each week, students will focus on one genre and its origins, and read about its development from the invention of cinema to the present, and watch a recent release in the genre explored.

Prof. Coxe’s Screenwriting course will look at the elements of screenwriting from a number of perspectives. Not only will students watch segments of a variety of films, analyze dialogue, and read scripts, they will also break down the component elements of a successful script: plot, foreshadowing, suspense, conflict, dialogue (among others), and locate them in the sequences they read and watch. Students will also work on developing and writing original sequences and using the appropriate formatting for a successful script.

Prof. Giles is teaching Contemporary Literature: American Women Writers, MSU’s first Postfeminist theory and literature course. Students will explore a diverse array of contemporary texts such as Theresa Hak Kyung Cha’s Dictee, Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands / La Frontera, Kathy Acker’s Blood and Guts in High School, and Sonya Sanchez’s Homegirls and Handgrenades. Students will also examine the feminist art of Cindy Sherman, Barbara Kruger, Jenny Holzer, and others, as well as discuss Madonna and Lady Gaga. A gaga good time!

Prof. Jun’s new special topics course, Jewish Philosophy, is a historical and theoretical survey of the Jewish philosophical tradition from antiquity to the present. Figures to be discussed include, but are not limited to, Philo of Alexandria, Moses Maimonides, Judah Halevi, Hasdai Crescas, Martin Buber, Franz Rosenzweig, and Emmanuel Levinas.  

The Origins of European Modernism, 1855-1915, Prof. Lodge’s new course offering this spring, will focus on nineteenth- and early twentieth- century works that laid the ground for the European avant-garde movements of the 1910s. Students will discuss trends in literature and the arts such as Naturalism, Impressionism, Aestheticism, Symbolism, Decadence, Primitivism, and Expressionism, locating them within their historical, cultural, and philosophical contexts.

Prof. Lodge has also modified her World Literature II survey to focus on themes of crime and punishment, guilt and sin, justice and injustice, and good and evil.

Mrs. Nivens's new course called Elementary Education Writing Pedagogies will offer education majors strategies for teaching writing in the elementary classroom. The course will include a study of sites for literacy as well as an examination of writing as a process. Students will evaluate effective writing prompts and rubrics while mastering Vicki Spandel's 6 Traits writing vision as they connect to Texas Essential Knowledge objectives.