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Karol Cooper

Associate Professor


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310 Marano Campus Center
315.312.2614
karol.cooper@oswego.edu

Classes taught

Fall 2016 Schedule

ENG 102TR9:35-11:10
ENG 204/800TR11:10-12:30231 Marano CC

ENG 265/800

TR2:20-3:40231 Mahar Hall

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.

ENG 265/800-If you enjoy exploring the history of gender issues in literature, you will likely be interested in this course. We are going to read works from different genres, including poetry, drama, a conduct manual and the novel, written in Britain from the late 1600s to the mid 1700s. Towards the end of the course, we will focus mostly on the genre of the satirical novel, which was a popular way for British writers, particularly women writers, to critique gender roles, romance, marriage and rape. 

Critical readings will discuss the predominant themes of social rank, wealth, violence, virtue, truth and the sexual double standard that permitted a man to have sex outside of marriage, while casting the woman out of society if she was caught doing the same thing. How did the debate about sex roles contribute to the development of different literary genres, particularly the development of the modern novel?  To answer that question, we’ll approach the literary texts from a formal perspective, looking for moments when writers use literary self-reflexivity to call into question the genre’s own formal traditions and moral function. Coursework: 1 short paper, several blog postings of critical analysis of literary artifacts, several handwritten short interpretative analyses of passages from literary texts, 3 handwritten summaries of critical texts, 1 presentation, 1 final research project involving relating the issues in the literary texts to issues of your life experience.