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Karol Cooper

Associate Professor

310 Marano Campus Center

Office hours

Fall 2016
Tuesday & Thursday
12:45 - 2:00
or by appointment

Classes taught

Fall 2016 Schedule

ENG 102/400 TR 2:20-3:40 211 Park Hall
ENG 102/550 TR 9:35-10:55 231 Marano CC

ENG 204/800



231 Marano CC

ENG 102-Practice in college level writing, includes preparation of a research paper.

ENG 204/800-Topic:  Personal Identity and The Business of Cultural Myths. Literary Texts: Segment 1 - Myths of Latin Americans in the 1600s (The Indian Emperour, a play by John Dryden, 1667; poems by Sor Juana, 1689-92). Segment 2 - Myths of Black and White Americans (My Bondage and My Freedom, personal narrative by Frederick Douglass, 1855; Killers of the Dream, personal narrative by Lillian Smith, 1949). Segment 3 – Myths of Asians and Asian Americans (Groundwork of the Metaphysic of Morals a play by Young Jean Lee, 2009). Coursework: 1 short paper, several blog postings of critical analysis of cultural artifacts, several handwritten short interpretative analyses of passages from literary texts, 3 handwritten summaries of critical texts, 1 final research project involving relating the issues in the literary texts to issues of your life experience.

This is a very challenging course where students will learn and practice a style of reading, speaking and writing that is intensely analytical, creatively interpretive and argumentatively disciplined. ENG 204 is required for English majors and minors, Creative Writing majors, and English concentration majors in Education. Students who are not already in writing-intensive majors or minors who are planning to use ENG 204 to fulfill a General Education or elective requirement could benefit a great deal from the course, if they actively embrace the plentiful opportunities for developing a deeply thoughtful engagement with the reading assignments.

We will read poetry, prose and drama from current times, as well as from earlier historical periods. The texts from earlier periods will take more time to read, because the style of writing, historical issues being written about and the vocabulary are not as familiar.