Fall 2020 Course Descriptions

Below is a partial listing of English Department courses—both ENGL and WRTG—for the Fall 2020 semester. We'll continue updating this page as we receive more descriptions. You can find a complete listing of courses at the UAF Course Finder webpage. Registration for Fall 2020 opened on April 6 for UAF degree students and April 20 for all others, including nondegree students.

ENGL 201X, F01
Texts and Contexts:  Contemporary Science Fiction
Instructor: Eric Heyne
Tuesdays/Thursdays, 2–3:30pm
This class will look at very recent science fiction and use it to talk about the fears and dreams of the American reader in 2020.  We will read short stories and a few novels that have been singled out as exceptional by other science fiction writers and critics, all published in the last few years.  Cli-fi, fantasy cross-over, magical realism, post-apocalypse, alternate history—how does it help us think about where we’re at right now, in a world that is increasingly virtual and impossible?

ENGL F611, F01
Studies in American Literature 1865-1918:  California Here We Come:  The Birth of Left-Coast Literature
Instructor: Eric Heyne
Wednesdays, 2:15–5:15pm

We will read early fiction (and some poetry and nonfiction) about the U.S. West Coast, primarily California but including some Washington and Alaska.  We’ll read The Life and Adventures of Joaquin Murieta, The Luck of Roaring Camp, Ramona, The Land of Little Rain, The Spoilers, Burning Daylight, and Mrs. Spring Fragrance, among other things.  We’ll talk about San Francisco and Seattle, gold mines and haciendas, deserts and snowy mountains, and everything that went into the mythology of an American utopia at the end of the westward trail.

ENGL F671, FE1
Writers' Workshop
Instructor: Joseph Holt
Wednesdays, 6–9 p.m.
In this graduate-level course, we will write and critique original works of fiction, nonfiction and possibly poetry or other forms. Students will submit two or three full-length works (i.e., 8–30 pages), as well as some shorter, more experimental exercises. We'll conduct weekly readings from a craft book or creative anthology. Students will also complete a professionalization assignment like presenting a guest lecture, composing a book review, or writing a job letter. Our ulitmate goal in the workshop is to improve as readers, writers, critics and literary citizens.