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ENGL 31: WRITING ABOUT LITERATURE AND CULTURE: MONSTERS IN LITERATURE AND FILM

DR. SIMONE BILLINGS

 

This guide will help you do research on monsters for Dr. Billings' ENGL 31 class.  Once you decide on a possible topic, click on the gray tabs near the top of this guide to learn more about the different sources of information that you will want to use as you research your topic.

 

About ENGL 31

Monsters - - Why do they fascinate us? Why have stories always existed about creatures such as the chupacabra or zombies or minotaurs? Do certain times in history or in life increase the interest in stories about monsters? Are they Not Us or Us? 
 
In this course, students will read some essays that suggest answers to these questions and others, and students will write about some monster tales that they are familiar with from literature and film. Students will research specific types of monsters (of their choice) and decades (again, of their choice) to reconsider some of the ideas in their earlier major papers.  Through online instruction and readings on writing, consulting secondary sources available via the SCU library, and interaction with each other on discussion board and in peer critiques, and revisions of ideas and papers, students will not only arrive at some answers to the above questions but improve their writing.

 

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