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viewed as illuminating the imperatives of desire, or as windows into the history of
childhood and the family, or as emancipatory dreams, or as creative powerhouses.
Typically ending with a happy resolution, they are nonetheless full of danger and
violence. Case in point: their role in Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, the focal text of this
First-Year Writing course, which reworks the familiar “Beauty and the Beast” tale,
contains echoes from “Bluebeard,” and fragments from tales featuring slaves and
cannibals, an Egyptian witch, a maid from Barbary, and a conniving devil. Othello itself
has been re-worked in a variety of media and we will explore the narrative pleasures and
cultural critique afforded by two of these transformations: Bulgarian film-maker Ivan
Mladenov’s 2005 documentary Othello, shot in the prison of Varna, Bulgaria, with a cast
of the inmates, and the award-winning 1997 play Harlem Duet, by African-Canadian
feminist playwright Djanet Sears. Written assignments, including a paper involving
library research, will challenge your creativity and hone your analytical and critical
reading skills. Plan on daily writing, reflection on the writing process, and thoughtful,
transformational revision. Not open to students who have previously completed a First-
Year Writing Course. (Writing Requirement) STAVREVA

ENG 111-5. Topic: Be Transformed: Fairy Tale Transformations, Cultural
Critique, and the Creative Process (W)
Fairy tales have ignited the imagination of children and salon readers, storytellers and
political activists, authors and film-makers. They have provoked vigorous critical
arguments: they have been dismissed as trite little (girl) stories or escapist fantasies,
viewed as illuminating the imperatives of desire, or as windows into the history of
childhood and the family, or as emancipatory dreams, or as creative powerhouses.
Typically ending with a happy resolution, they are nonetheless full of danger and
violence. Case in point: their role in Shakespeare’s tragedy Othello, the focal text of this
First-Year Writing course, which reworks the familiar “Beauty and the Beast” tale,
contains echoes from “Bluebeard,” and fragments from tales featuring slaves and
cannibals, an Egyptian witch, a maid from Barbary, and a conniving devil. Othello itself
has been re-worked in a variety of media and we will explore the narrative pleasures and
cultural critique afforded by two of these transformations: Bulgarian film-maker Ivan
Mladenov’s 2005 documentary Othello, shot in the prison of Varna, Bulgaria, with a cast
of the inmates, and the award-winning 1997 play Harlem Duet, by African-Canadian
feminist playwright Djanet Sears. Written assignments, including a paper involving
library research, will challenge your creativity and hone your analytical and critical
reading skills. Plan on daily writing, reflection on the writing process, and thoughtful,
transformational revision. Not open to students who have previously completed a First-
Year Writing Course. (Writing Requirement) STAVREVA

ENG 111-5. Topic: Beats, Dylan and the American Dream (W)
In the 1950s, a period of American prosperity and social contentment and conformity,
the “Beats” rejected traditional American values. Writers such as Jack Kerouac, Allen
Ginsberg, and William Burroughs sought out a new version of the American Dream. In
the early 1960s, Bob Dylan followed in their footsteps and went on to become one of the
most radical, influential voices of the 20th century. This class will explore the work of the
Beats and Dylan through aesthetic, historical, political and cultural lenses as a way to
explore our own sense of American values. Do these artists have anything to say to
Americans in the 21st century? What is the American dream now? We will focus on

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