Michael Raicht

Visiting Assistant Professor


Contact

318 Marano Campus Center
315.312.2624

Office hours

FALL 2019
Monday, Wednesday & Friday
10:15-11:15 & 2:00-3:00
or by appointment

Classes taught

SPRING 2020 COURSES

CRW 201/830 MWF 9:10-10:05 223 Marano CC
CRW 330/800 MWF 10:20-11:15 211 Marano CC
CRW 395/800 MWF 12:40-1:35 132 Marano CC

CRW 201 SCREENWRITING: INTRODUCTORY - This introductory course explores the screenwriting genre as it applies to a visual medium.  Students will engage in writing exercises to learn the elements of story, character development, structure, scene study and dialogue.  Students will also analyze professional screenplays, learn to pitch and write their own short film script. No prerequisite.

CRW 330 FORM AND THEORY OF GENRES: HORROR - Created to evoke nightmares and to push boundaries, the horror genre serves an important societal function. It is a barometer for all our social anxieties. The purpose of this course is to examine American horror in all its forms: novels, short stories, graphic novels, urban legends, as well as short and feature films. We will explore how this genre has reflected America through the decades, its taboos and monsters, and how these scary stories continue to influence our fears. Graded work will include a midterm and multiple essays or creative alternatives.

CRW 395 SPECIAL TOPICS: THE HISTORY OF COMICS - The History of Comics will be an exploration of the comic book industry as a reflection of America. From the rise of Superman in the 30s, the evolution of the Marvel Age in the 60s, the creator driven and emotional story of struggle in Maus during the 80s, to today's diverse reinvention of the form with Miles Morales and Into the Spider-verse, comic books have grown just as quickly as the ever changing American landscape. These American myths have shaped the lives of millions and transformed into the Hollywood behemoth we see today. Along the way, this seemingly niche industry went through the same growing pains as the world surrounding it. This course will attempt to examine the thin line between fact and fiction in one of America’s most influential forms of art and literature and discuss what it truly means to be a hero in American culture.  

FALL 2019 COURSES

CRW 201/800 MWF 9:10-10:05 258 Marano CC
CRW 210/800 MWF 12:40-1:35 225 Marano CC
ENG 204/7CF MWF 11:30-12:25 223 Marano CC

CSS 395/810
ENG 395/800

M 3:15-5:15 202 Mahar Hall

CRW 201 SCREENWRITING: INTRODUCTORY-This introductory course explores the screenwriting genre as it applies to a visual medium.  Students will engage in writing exercises to learn the elements of story, character development, structure, scene study and dialogue.  Students will also analyze professional screenplays, learn to pitch and write their own short film script.  No prerequisite.

 

CRW 330 FORM/THEORY GENRE: GRAPHIC NOVEL-This class will explore the Graphic Novel's place in the ever evolving American entertainment landscape. We will not only discuss this art form's ability to communicate stories of the most personal nature, but also as a launching point of entertainment franchises which inspire millions. Whether it is a story of high flying superheroes saving the world, a young girl's memoir detailing the loss of her father, or a frightening exploration of Gothic horror, we will discover all of these tales begin with a writer and artist working together to create new and exciting worlds of their own. Our readings will span multiple genres and attempt to expose students to the wide variety of storytelling possibilities the graphic novel presents. 

ENG 204 WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE-This introductory course in expository and critical writing about literary works is reserved for freshmen who are CRW majors. Attempting to understand literature from the point of view of the author, we will read texts closely, critically and accurately in a variety of genres. We will also write effectively in interpretation and response to those texts as we explore what it means to be writer ourselves.