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by 周 廷戎 -

Welcome to Ron's Moodle! I created this site because, after nearly 15 years, my old free site is nearly full and I need somewhere to park my class info, share media with you (students), organize assignments, etc. etc. So please create an account and login (upper righthand corner) and check out our course(s). 

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Available courses

This course offers and introduction to the genre of science fiction focused mainly on United States and China, focusing primarily on the major themes and concerns it frequently deals with (dystopia, aliens, time travel, space exploration, etc). 

Course Goals:
1. Cultivate an understanding of the history of early English Lit. history.
2. Ability to analyze texts, reason effectively, and do close readings of texts.

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the genre of detective fiction in a globalized cultural field. Since this genre tends to focus on the individual (the detective) and has taken on so many different localized forms in countries around the world, the course also tries to explore the ways detective fiction can be understood from a number of interesting comparative standpoints. The structure of the course (see below) also tries to give a (roughly chronological) overview of detective fiction first, as it has grown up in the United States, and second, as it has developed outside the US, from England to Argentina, and Japan. 

This course is designed as an introduction to psychoanalytic theory through the study of literature, film, and other cultural activities. The approach we’ll follow is to read and discuss the major essays of Freud (and some Lacan, Zizek, et al) alongside selected works of short fiction and film. The course goals are to a) familiarize students with the concepts and analytic vocabulary of psychoanalysis, b) enable their further research into literature/the arts using psychoanalytic theory, c) to become more familiar with Freud’s work as the context for much later theory.

-Research paper/thesis chapter: 50%
-Research paper outline & bibliography: 20%
-Participation/discussion: 30%

This course is intended as a survey of 20th century postmodernist fiction, mainly from the United States but also, in the latter part of the semester, in East Asia as well. In order to survey as many authors as possible we will focus mainly on short stories, although a couple of novels will also be read. Basically the course is divided into half "postmodern" and half "post-postmodern." In addition to fiction, we will also read and discuss the theory of postmodernist culture and literature.