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Projects by Subject: English

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Dirt Poor English Mapping

Dr. Karen Gardiner's EN 455 (Advanced Studies in Writing) course has students recovering family stories from the Great Depression, contextualizing the person they study into their historical and cultural context, and then writing essays that convey that information to a wider audience. The class website maps these stories, as well as archiving the stories that the students crafted about their family members to serve as an archive of these stories of the Great Depression.

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Language in Alabama English Oral History Student Writing Mapping

Dr. Catherine Davies and her class of graduate and undergraduate students explore language in the state of Alabama. They examine the difference regionally in Alabama, as well as generationally to see how language changes in Alabama.

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EN Timelines English Timeline

This project engages students from English 205 (English Literature I) and English 215 (Honors English Literature 1) with Dr. Cordelia Ross to create contextual timelines for their course to better understand events surrounding the publication of works they read.

Global Foodways English Food Blog

This site is the work of Lauren Cardon's students in EN 455: Advance Studies in Writing. The theme of the course was Global Foodways. Each student chose a regional, national, or cultural cuisine to research for the entire semester. Their projects included oral histories, landscape analyses, informational overviews, recipe blogs, restaurant reviews, food memories, and literature reviews. The best part of this class? Getting to sample all the cuisines!  

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Crimson Fried English Food Blog

Crimson Fried is a student-authored forum for delicious recipes and contemporary food-related discourse. Contributors are currently participating in an Advanced Studies in Writing seminar at the University of Alabama, entitled “Discourses of Food: Growing, Cooking, Consuming,” taught by Prof. Lauren S. Cardon. The Crimson Fried website houses student-tested recipes, local restaurant reviews, and charming food-related anecdotes.

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Literary Landscapes English

The literary movements and periods featured on this site represent the broad spectrum of American literature after the Civil War. For each category, students in two sections of Honors American Literature have provided an introduction to the period, biographical information about several authors important to the period, and some contextual historical information to help viewers better understand the literature of the period––the broader “literary landscape.”

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Mapping the Tide English Mapping

Mapping the Tide is a project created and curated by Dr. Amber Buck and CRES students from the EN 639: Spatial Rhetorics course at the University of Alabama in Fall 2016. For this course, graduate students chose an aspect of a marginalized University of Alabama history/experience to research throughout the semester. Each student created a digital map using Google Maps to tell a story of campus history spatially and developed an interactive experience using augmented reality software in order to tell the story through geolocated, space-based media.

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Digitizing The Marginalia of John Stuart Mill English

This project is being conducted in partnership with the Special Collections division of the Library of Somerville College, Oxford, which houses the library of John Stuart Mill and his father, James Mill. We are working together to create a multi-faceted open access digital resource showcasing the manuscript marginalia written in texts by both J. S. Mill and his father, enabling researchers and students to read these alongside scholarly writing about these materials. The website will also furnish researchers with a suite of supporting materials giving context to the marginalia, and more broadly the rest of Mill’s holdings.

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Taste of the Tide English Food Blog

Taste of the Tide is a collaborative student guide to cooking and dining in college. The site includes dorm-friendly recipes, restaurant recommendations, tips for getting the most out of dining halls, and guidance on how to eat healthy as a college student.

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Voxology English

It is easier than ever to disseminate words and ideas expressed through the human voice. And of course, it is common practice in the literature classroom for teachers to read texts aloud and to ask students to do the same. However, there is little conversation in English departments about the skill it takes to read such literature aloud or about how the voice can influence our perspectives on literature. The UA Voxology seeks to address this gap, to begin to teach the voice in the literature classroom by compiling an audio anthology of local voices reading from classic American and British literature and by encouraging students and community members to contribute to that anthology. We envision an interactive hub for such content, similar to Pandora or Spotify, that situates new recordings within a larger whole and encourages listeners to browse and immerse themselves in the collection, creating their own recordings and adding their own voices. The UA Voxology will act both as a resource for the classroom and as another way the University can reach out to engage the larger community. The long-term goal of the project is to create a high quality audio database of English and American literature that students and teachers can use to experience and study how the human voice affects our experience of literature

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