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Course Highlights

There is always something exciting going on in English classes at YHC. Check out these highlights from recent and upcoming classes:

  • Students in Dr. Jennifer Gianfalla's English 3006 course on Shakespeare participated in a program called "Reacting To The Past," which engages students in active learning by role playing. Students were assigned roles of real individuals from the late sixteenth century. They had to research their character, come to class in that character's persona with all of his or her biases on direct display, and participate in debates about the licensing of plays in 16th century England.
  • Staff members for the Corn Creek Review hosted a magazine release party to showcase the 2013 issue. Students whose work was featured in the magazine shared their writing and art with the group.
  • Students in Dr. Amanda Lawrence’s Spring 2013 English 1102 classes wrote short story cycles centering around themes of their own choosing. One class explored the nature of heroism in their book "A Hero Lies Within." Another class delved into the stories of prisoners and employees at San Quentin in "The Truth Trapped Behind Bars." A third class chose to discuss ethics through their stories in "Thoughts of a Troubled Mind."
  • Ten students in Janice Moore’s creative  writing class in poetry presented a showcase of their work on April 23, 2013 for members of the English Department and other creative writing faculty.
  • The students in Dr. Jim Bishop's in Fall 2012 course on African American Nature Poetry gave a reading in which they presented from memory poems they had read for the course, as well as some of their original poetry. In the spirit of George Moses Horton, a slave poet who recited memorized poems on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill every Sunday, YHC English majors recited their poems outside in the amphitheater behind Enotah.
  • Students in Dr. Amanda Lawrence’s Fall 2012 course on Women in Literature presented their work for interested faculty and students as their culminating experience in the course. Students wrote and read original creative works exploring themes studied in the course, analyzed literary works and used readings from the course to analyze interviews with women who influenced them.
  • Dr. Mark Rollins’ upper-level courses are taught seminar-style. Instead of desks, students sit around a conference table. Each class is discussion-based, and students are often asked to lead class discussions and deliver presentations. Dr. Rollins is teaching "Victorian Poetry and Prose" in Fall 2011 and "Introduction to Literary Criticism and Theory" in Spring 2012.