English and Reading

We all write our own histories.



ENGL 235: Literature and Film (Native American)

This class will explore the cinematic depiction and literary tradition of Native American peoples. We will watch and read about constructions of Natives, father/son relationships, coming of age, boarding school zombies, traditional stories, gender, and the unique experiences of contemporary Native Americans.

  • Literature and Film
  • ENGL 235
  • Fall 2018
  • CRN: 20551
  • Rockville campus
  • Prerequisite: a “C” or better in ENGL 101/A
  • Monday 2 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.
  • For a printable flyer, click here.
  • Questions? Contact Prof.
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Artificial Humans 2

Humans have imagined making artificial versions of themselves, from monsters to robots to AI, for thousands of years. Studying written and film examples of these creations helps us understand shared human concerns ranging from the nature of the divine to the desires of the flesh; from the power of the artist to the responsibilities of the parent. Join us as we explore those we make in our own image, out of whatever materials we can find: from clay to flesh to silicon–and beyond.

  • ENGL 235, Film and Literature
  • Spring 2018
  • CRN: 31090
  • Rockville campus.
  • Wed. 1:00 to 3:40 p.m.
  • Prerequisite: ENGL 101/A
  • Questions? Contact Prof.

Click here for a printable/downloadable flyer.

Phoning It In

Prof. Howard, Students Create “Cell Phone Theatre” in ENGL-235

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For the next month, students in ENGL-235, Film and Literature, are working in groups to create their own video adaptation of a short story.

The assignment, “Cell Phone Theatre,” asks that each group select a short story to adapt, which they will turn into a script, a 10-minute video, a poster and a summary/analysis, all of which will be uploaded on to a wiki page in Blackboard.

And yes, this means that each student takes a turn at acting and directing and working with a budget of nothing to produce 10 minutes of entertainment for an audience of peers.

Have a look as two groups begin planning and plotting and using their cell phones as auteurs. Updates to follow . . .

Fall 2016: Take Film and Literature


If you’ve always argued about whether the book was better or worse than the movie… If you’ve always been convinced that you could’ve adapted the story better… THEN THIS COURSE IS FOR YOU!

  • Mondays 2 – 4:45
  • Sept. 12 -Dec. 18
  • SB 117
  • ENGL 235
  • CRN 20777, 3 Credits
  • Arts Distribution, General Elective, Upper Level Requirement
  • Professor Joanna Howard – contact me if you have any questions

Popcorn Provided

All the Fun Dystopia Can Offer

Interested in exploring the rich worlds of literature and film all while fulfilling your Gen Ed Humanities Distribution? Prof. Matthew Decker’s ENGL 235 this semester on the Takoma Park/ Silver Spring campus.

This spring semester, the focus of this class will be on feature films adapted from novels that either explore or take place within dystopian worlds.  Emphasis will be on developing critical reading, viewing, and analytical skills by comparing and contrasting the literary texts and the film adaptations of the texts. 

 This class meets once a week on Wednesday from 2:00 – 4:55 PM and fulfills a General Education Program Humanities Distribution requirement. Want to know more?

Email Prof. Decker at


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