- Course Number: ENGL 25S
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- Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 25S
- Quarter: Spring 2023
GauchoSpace site for course [TBD]
This honors section for English 25 is designed for a small group of motivated students in UCSB’s Honors program to meet together with Professor Liu once a week (in addition to activities for their regular sections in the main English 25 course).
Students will have a chance to delve more deeply into specific topics in the course as well as range widely to other topics of their choice that are conceptually, historically, socially, or otherwise related.
Each student will have a chance to serve as the intellectual leader of one or more classes in the quarter by drawing the seminar’s attention to textual passages, digital material, online sites, images, or other material and setting the direction of discussion about them. (See description of “exhibit” assignments below.)
Students will also be asked to be creative by “remaking” one of the materials they thus exhibit as an inventively transformed artifact for a final assignment at the end of the quarter.
- The first meeting of this honors section will be Monday, April 4th (at beginning of second week of the quarter).
“Exhibit Assignments” for One or More Classes (by rotation among students)
After the initial introductory class, each class will start with a brief, unstructured discussion of recent readings and lectures in English 25. This is a chance for Professor Liu to touch bases with students about what interests or puzzles them.
Then each class will center on an “exhibit” curated by one of the students (with students assigned to one or more classes, depending on the number of students in the course). An “exhibit” consists of the following parts, which the student makes available by the end of the Saturday (by 11:59 pm) before their turn on a Monday class.
Submit the exhibit in the form of a post in the GauchoSpace discussion forum below for Exhibits. The easiest way to do this is to put everything into single document added as an “attachment” to your post in the discussion forum. (Depending on the nature of their materials, some exhibits may need you to upload multiple files as attachments.)
Parts of an “Exhibit” —
1. An artifact from the course readings — An “artifact” is a passage, image, or other material from the course readings that the student would like the honors section to discuss together. (Identify, quote, link to, or reproduce the material in your exhibit, depending on its nature.)
2. A secondary artifact from outside the course — The secondary “artifact” is a passage, image, or other material from outside the course readings that the student finds interesting because it relates to the first artifact above in some way — whether to confirm, deepen, expand, complicate, or challenge it.(Identify, quote, link to, or reproduce the material in your exhibit, depending on its nature.)
3. A question — a single interesting question about the artifacts or the issue they represent that the student thinks would be a good way to open class discussion. The best question is one that is relatively short and pointed, but in a way that suggests a rich area of thought, a new perspective, a contradiction or problem, or some other angle on the issues. (This question should be uploaded as part of the post or attachment for the exhibit.)
End-of-quarter “Remaking Assignment” (by all students)
The last honors section class of the quarter will be devoted to a show-and-tell by everyone of their “remaking” of one artifact from their earlier exhibits. Students must choose one of the artifacts they previously exhibited (whether one from the English 25 course readings or from outside the readings) and “remake” it in a way that is motivated by a thesis or line of thought about it (in other words, by some reason for making changes in the original). For example:
Rewrite or remediate a passage, an image, Web page, etc. (you can do this in a low-tech style if you wish, e.g., by drawing on a piece of paper)
Hybridize one artifact with another; collage together images and text; or “link” from words or parts of a Web site to other online sites (you can just underline where you want to put links on a print-out if you wish, with URLs identified for each link)
Make a physical model or sculpture representing an idea, a passage or scene in a work, etc.
Revise a passage from a different perspective (as if taking a different “role” in a role playing game). For instance, rewrite a passage from the point of view of someone living in a different historical epoch; someone who is of a different gender, nation, race, ethnicity, class, or age. Or, another example: take the imaginary viewpoint of someone who has never before seen a particular form of media, information, or communication technology or anything like it–for instance, someone who has never seen a book, listened to a recording, or been online. How would that person describe what they are seeing or hearing in their terms?
“Deform” or “glitch” an artifact, taking your inspiration from the readings for Lecture 29 in the English 25 course (especially the essay by Lisa Samuels and Jerome McGann on “Deformance and Interpretation”).
In addition to “remaking” your artifact of choice, add a short 1-2 page commentary laying out the rationale for your remaking.
The “remade” artifact and commentary must be uploaded to GauchoSpace by the end of Saturday (11:59 pm) before the last section meeting of the quarter.