Anthony Caputa

Adjunct Instructor


Contact

240 Marano Campus Center
315.312.2150
anthony.caputa@oswego.edu

Office hours

FALL 2019


or by appointment

Classes taught

SPRING 2020 COURSES

ENG 101/810 TR 9:35-10:55 208 Marano CC
ENG 395/810 TR 12:45-2:05 211 Marano CC

ENG 101 COMPOSITION I: Review of fundamentals of writing for students with problems in writing skills so that they may continue successfully in ENG 102.

ENG 395 SPECIAL TOPICS: Hooked: The Literature and Cinema of Addiction- Beginning with the prohibition of alcohol, and later marijuana, heroin and cocaine, alcoholics and drug addicts have been largely viewed as morally week degenerates, violent criminals preying on society. The federal government even waged a “war on drugs.” Yet this war was not a war on drugs, but a war on people, and largely against race. How we collectively understand alcoholics and addicts was shaped through years of legislation fueled by stereotypes and lies, all but forgotten now.

Yet literature and cinema, writers and storytellers, have always challenged the stereotypes of alcoholics and drug addicts perpetuated by lawmakers and politicians. The class will explore such works while at the same time reading nonfiction accounts of just how and why the war on drugs began.

The movies, and literature, both fiction and nonfiction, are graphic and frank. Art often does, and probably should, look at the world as it is, and the world of alcoholics and addicts is often dark. Please be prepared to read texts that are often violent and sexual. Sadly, some of the most graphic writings are historical accounts.

Students will be challenged to explore their own beliefs, while forming a more informed perspective of alcoholism and addiction through journals, informal writing capsules, paper assignments, and presentations. Is alcoholism and addiction a disease? Should addicts be treated as criminals, or sick people? Is “harm reduction” a solution to the current opiate epidemic? Should the prohibition of drugs, like the prohibition of alcohol, be abandoned? These are some of the questions that will guide class discussions and projects.

We will read the work of George Cain, Denis Johnson, Nic Sheff, and Leslie Jameson, to name a few. Guest speakers will also visit the class. Some will represent drug and alcohol treatment facilities, and some will be in recovery from drugs and alcohol. By the end of the semester, students will have experienced the world of alcoholism and addiction, from the early days of legislation and criminalization, to the active use of and treatment for alcoholics and addicts.

FALL 2019 COURSES

ENG 101/840 TR 9:35-10:55 212 Park Hall
ENG 101/860 TR 12:45-2:05 118 Mahar Hall

ENG 101 COMPOSITION I-Review of fundamentals of writing for students with problems in writing skills so that they may continue successfully in ENG 102.