Audrey Becker

Assistant Professor of English

Audrey Becker, Associate Professor of English, joined the faculty of Marygrove College in 2008 after teaching in the Great Books Program at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and at Bowling Green State University. Her teaching specialties include medieval and Renaissance literature, the history of the English language, Shakespeare, women writers in pre-modern Europe, and museum studies. Her research includes a focus on theories of adaptation of medieval and early modern texts, specifically adaptations the Mabinogi, a medieval Welsh text. Her co-edited book Welsh Mythology and Folklore in Popular Culture: Essays on Adaptations in Literature, Film, Television, and Digital Media was published by McFarland in 2011. Dr. Becker has led two Marygrove College study abroad programs in England.

 
 

ENG 108 Academic Writing

Concentration on developing students' abilities to produce analytical academic writing. Special attention to developing research skills and strategies. Students will be engaged in reading and discussing texts and writing within complex rhetorical situations. Students will work on a variety of types of written assignments ranging from short writing activities to fully-developed essays. Individual tutorial sessions will supplement class work. Students will learn to use technology as an aid to writing. Students must receive a final grade of at least C or retake the course. Credits from this course are not counted toward the English major.

 

  • Hours: 4
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Fall 13, Winter 14, Summer 14, Fall 14, Winter 15, Summer 15
  • Prerequisite: Placement recommendation

ENG 160 Introduction to Literature

Study and discussion of a variety of literary forms, including poetry, fiction, and drama, with emphasis on critical analysis.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Fall 13; Winter 14, Summer 14, Fall 14, Winter 15, Summer 15
  • Prerequisite: General Education requirement

ENG 241 History of the Drama

Study of major playwrights of the western world; emphasis on human self-expression through drama.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisite: One literature course

ENG 317 The English Language: History, Structure, and Grammar

Required for secondary teacher certification.

Study of the development of the English language and an introduction to structural principles and current linguistic theories. Topics include phonetics, language origin and history, word structure, syntax, dialects, language in social interaction, grammar and usage for teachers.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisite: ENG 108

ENG 331 Contemporary Drama

Studies in drama from the 1950s to the present.

  • Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: One literature course and ENG 108

ENG 351 Shakespeare

Study and discussion of selected plays from major periods of Shakespeare's development.

  • Hours: 3
  • Offered: Fall
  • Prerequisite: One literature course and ENG 108

ENG 496 Senior Seminar

In-depth critical reading, research, and analysis of a specific theme or the works of a single author. An extensive written research project and an oral presentation are required.

  • Hours: 3
  • Fee: Yes
  • Offered: Fall, Winter
  • Prerequisite: English or Language Arts majors only, three literature courses at the 300 level, ENG 260, ENG 312, ENG 314, 20-22 hours in the major

English Overview

English Overview

Marygrove's English program is designed to help students better examine and engage with the world through the development of high-level writing, reading, and critical thinking skills.

Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (CAALS)

Contemporary American Author Lecture Series (CAALS)

The CAALS brings a nationally-known author to Marygrove College each year for a public lecture and a seminar with students.

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