About ENGL 1120 A

Subjects vary by semester. Representative topic: Reading the American Wilderness. May be repeated for credit with different content. Topics vary by offering; periodic offering at intervals that may exceed four years.


Open to degree and PACE students

Section Description

Ask any student who is an alumni of this class: the best course you will take at UVM. Since the release of Brian DePalma's film Carrie, Hollywood's involvement with adapting Stephen King's fictional universe into film has been nothing less than obsessive. ENGS 1120 seeks to engage some of the best of these films, including: Carrie, Stand by Me, The Shining, Dolores Claiborne, The Shawshank Redemption, The Dead Zone, The Green Mile, and IT. Be sure to register quickly for this course as it closed the very first day of pre-registration the last time it was offered.

Section Expectation

Professor will provide occasional lectures and presentations, but the course will be primarily discussion-based. Students are responsible for viewing films in advance of the week when they will discussed and for reading material assigned to accompany each film. Attendance is mandatory; more than 3 misses will adversely affect final grade.


A five-page analysis essay examining a two-minute scene from one of the films studied in the course (midterm). A cumulative final take-home exam that will ask students to address 2 of 5 questions. Participation in class discussions and attendance will make up the other grade for the class.

Important Dates

Note: These dates may change before registration begins.

Note: These dates may not be accurate for select courses during the Summer Session.

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