EMLLA News – Shorter University

EMLLA Courses

ENG 2111: Intro to Literature: French Influences in African-American Literature

African-American authors have been crossing the Atlantic since the end of the 18th century. This course will retrace the steps, contacts, impressions, and influences authors such as F. Douglass, W. E. Dubois, R. Wright, J. Baldwin, A. Walker had during their visit to Europe, France, and notably Paris, the city of Lights.
Dr. Poussin, TR 11:00AM – 12:15PM

ENG 2151: Children’s Literature

This course is an introduction to genres of children’s literature, including fairy tales, picture books, poetry, children’s media, and historical, multicultural, and current prose. The purpose of this course is to expose students to a variety of texts, genres, and literary theories relating to the field of Children’s Literature and to instruct students in how to analyze them critically. Students will develop their ability to read, write, and think critically and to consider multiple viewpoints on the way we think about children and childhood.
Dr. Julie Pond, TR 12:30-1:45

ENG 2115: Introduction to Literature, American Literature II

For this course, we will be conducting a survey of American literature: fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. We will cover such writers as Mark Twain, Robert Frost, Sylvia Plath, and Flannery O’Connor.
Dr. Z. Strait, MWF 1:30PM – 2:20PM

ENG 2145: Introduction to Literature: World Literature II

A great way to know the world is through literature. Since most of us will never travel to these far-away places, and most certainly not explore their pasts, this course will give us a glimpse into their history. Culture, and ideas. We will focus on literature from the 17th to the 21st centuries. Authors considered will be Moliere, Voltaire, Kafka, Dostoyevsky, Tolstoy, Conrad, Pirandello, Neruda, Achebe, Rushdie.
Dr. F. Poussin, MWF 12:30PM – 1:20PM

ENG 2172: Introduction to Literature, American Business Culture and the Novel

American Business Culture and the American Business Novel examines changing American attitudes toward business as represented in literature and film. Students will analyze novels, plays, short fiction, and movies covering periods from the Gilded Era to present. Through studying these cultural representations of American workers, students will consider the principles, values, and events that made up each era of American business history.
Ms. J. Goad, MWF 1:30PM – 2:20PM

ENG 2180: Introduction to Literature, French and Colonial Literature

When speaking of colony most would likely refer to the colonization of the Americas, Africa, Asia, or Australia, as a fairly recent phenomenon. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Colonization began some 10,000 years ago when nomadic people began growing crops and settling down. In the 3rd century B.C. the Romans created colonies along the seas of their newly acquired territories. The focus of this course is on the presence of colonial ideas in French literature, beginning in the middle-ages until the 20th century and the de facto end of French colonialism worldwide. We will read works by Camus (Noble Prize winner), Malraux (one minister of culture in France), and Chateaubriand (author of a collection of stories published under the title The Genius of Christianity).
Dr. F. Poussin, TR 9:30AM – 10:45AM

ENG 3095: Creative Writing: Fiction

For this course, we will be reading the work of some of our greatest contemporary fiction writers, including Cormac McCarthy and Emily St. John Mandel. We will also be sharing and workshopping our own work, as well as discussing what it means to be a fiction writer in the world today, in the hope of further unlocking our creative potential.
Dr. Strait, TR 12:30PM – 1:45PM

ENG 3115: British Literature II

The goal for this course is to provide a solid foundation in English literary history from the last-18th century (the Romantic Period), through the 19th century (the Victorian period), and proceeding into the early-20th Century (the Modern Period).
Dr. A. O’Neal, TR 11:00AM – 12:15PM

ENG 3080: Digital Composition

This course will focus on the fundamentals of writing with an emphasis on paper construction, grammar, and APA documentation as necessary for the social science environment.
Dr. M. Bost, MWF, 2:30PM – 3:20PM

English 3100: Young Adult Literature

Through the reading of novels and essays, students will consider the trajectory of young adult literature since its inception. The study will cover a wide range of genres in which adolescence is reflected and created for readers of multiple ethnicities. Students will learn to read for and to recognize implicit and explicit ideologies in texts written for young adults.
Dr. J. Pond, TR 8:00AM – 9:15AM

Alumni News

Nikki Sanchez

Nikki Sanchez (English 2010). Nikki is an English Honors Teacher at Spartanburg Country District 5 Schools in Spartanburg, SC. She received her M.Ed. from The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 2013, her Educational Specialist degree from Converse College in 2017, and is currently pursuing a M.A. in English Literature from Northern Arizona University.

Anna Dulaney

Anna Dulaney received her B. A. in Liberal Arts in May, 2019. She is now the Assistant Athletic Director and Middle School Volleyball Coach at Unity Christian School. She is in awe and humbled by the opportunities that God has placed in her life! Anna absolutely loves her new job! Go Lions!

Emily Thomas

Emily Thomas is in her fifth year of teaching 7th grade ELA at Bay Springs Middle School in Villa Rica, GA. She has completed two masters degrees since leaving Shorter, a M.A. in English from Jacksonville State and a M.A.T. in Secondary English Education from the University of West Georgia. she is now working on her doctor of arts in English Pedagogy and Technology from Murray State University!

Leah-Joy Smith

Leah-Joy Smith (English 2017) divides her time between her burgeoning business, Violet & Sparrow Pottery, and working with a local artist at Cabell’s Designs. She has had three short stories and one poem accepted for publication by Georgia Backroads Magazine, appearing in their soon-to-be-released August issue. All four pieces are about her late grandmother.

Becca Newell Taylor

Since graduating, Becca Newell Taylor (English 2015) has worked at a non-profit children’s home before deciding to travel. She moved to Sydney, Australia where she worked a a nanny for a year. Now she has begun a M.A. at Morgridge College of Education at the University of Denver.

Sarah Geil Bramblett

Sarah Geil (English 2016), now Sarah Bramblett, has completed her M.A. at Georgia State and has embarked on her next adventure: a Ph.D. in Rhetoric & Composition.