Those registering for the Fall 2011 session, English 302N11, 302N12, and English 302N15 may want to have an idea of what we will read and watch, and what we will write about. I provide the following for
anyone who registers for these sections and wants to read ahead. Come fall the Library for my students will include the
list below and other practices and online links we will need.
Advanced Composition in the Natural Sciences and Technology
- English 302N11 (T/R: 09:00 am-10:15 am, East Bldg 134)
- English 302N12 (T/R 10:30 am-11:45 am, Kruge 210)
- English 302N15 (T/R 12:00 pm-01:15 pm Kruge 205)
- Trimble, John. Writing with Style: Conversations on the art of writing. NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1999. Second edition. ISBN 0-13-025713-3.
- Feynman, Richard and Ralph Leighton. Surely You're Joking, Mr Feynman! NY: Norton, 1997. ISBN 0-393-31604-1.
- Feynman, Richard and Ralph Leighton. "What Do YOU Care What Other People Think?" NY: Norton, 2001. ISBN 0-393-32092-8
- Montgomery, Sy. Walking with the Great Apes: Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas. Chelsea Green Publishing, ISBN 13: 978-1603580625 (or Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1991, ISBN 0395611563): a used book is fine
- Olson, Steve. Mapping Human History: Genes, Race, and Our Common Origins. NY: Mariner, 2002. ISBN: 0618352104
- Mahair, Maggie. Money-Driven Medicine: The Real Reason Health Care Costs So Much. New York: Harper Business, 2006. ISBN-10: 006076533X
- Gawande, Atul. Complications: A Surgeon's Notes on an Imperfect Science. New York: Picador, 2002. ISBN 0312421702.
- Caine, Jeffrey. The Constant Gardener: The Shooting Script (Newmarket Shooting Script) [Paperback]. New York: Newmarket, 2006. ISBN-13: 978-1557047120
Possible Essays we'll read parts or the whole of
- Marcia Angel "Drug Companies and Doctors: A Story of Corruption", New York Review of Books, 56:1(January 15, 2009) The state of medicine in the US today
- Helen Epstein, "Flu Warning:
Beward the Drug Companies!", New York Review of Books, 58:8 (2011):57-61.
- Marcia Angell, "Your
Dangerous Drugstore", New York Review of Books, 53:10 (June 8, 2006).
- Atul Gawande, The Bell Curve: What happens when patients find out how good their doctors really are?", The New Yorker, December 6, 2004.
- Atul Gawande, "The Score: How childbirth went industrial", The New Yorker, October 9, 2006, 59-67.
- Hilary Mantel, "Some Girls Want Out",, London Review of Books, 5:26 (2004).
- Atul Gawande, "The Way We Age Now", The New Yorker, April 30, 2007.
- Atul Gawande, "Sick and Twisted",The New Yorker, July 23, 2007
- Atul Gawande, "Hellhole" an essay on medical and human rights about the torture of solitary confinement, The New Yorker, March 30, 2009
- Marcia Angell "The Body Hunters", New York Review of Books, 52:15, October 16, 2005. A review of The Constant Gardener, book and film and
researched essay on politics and the pharmaceutical industry.
Required and Possible Films
- Ralph Leighton's The Last Journey of a Genius. Produced by Christopher Sykes. A BBC/NOVA film, January 1989. This is a film portrait biography of Richard Feynman by Christopher Sykes and Ralph Leighton. It contains interviews of Richard Feynman (plus news film clips). 54 minutes.
- Jane Goodall's Chimps: So Like Us. 1990 Documentary. 30 minutes.
- Christopher Hale's In Search of the First Language. A 1997 Horizon, WGBH, BBC-TV film. Narrated Peter Thomas. Editors include Adam de Van, Jana Bennet. 60 minutes.
- Frederick Wiseman's Near Death. A 1989 documentary of 358 minutes or 8 parts. We'll see Part One and (possibly) part
of Part Eight.
- The Constant Gardener, from screenplay by Jeffrey Caine (based on LeCarre's novel), directed by Fernando Meirelles, produced by Simon Channing-Williams. A Scion and UK Film. Starring Ralph Fiennes as Justin Quayle, Rachel Weisz as Tessa Quayle, Hubert Kounde as Arnold Bluhm, Danny Huston as Sandy Woodrow, Bill Nighy as Sir Bernard Pellegrin. 129 minutes.
- (If time permits): Wit, HBO film, made for TV, from a screenplay by Emma Thompson and Mike Nichols, adapted from the Pulitzer Prize winning play by Margaret Edson. Directed by Mike Nichols, starring Emma Thompson as Vivan Bearing, Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Kelekian, Eileen Atkins as E.M. Ashford, Audra McDonald as Susie Monahan, Jonathan M. Woodward as Jason Posner, Harold Pinter as Vivian's Father, and Rebecca Laurie as Vivian aged 5. A professor is diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. 98 minutes.
- (If time permits, segments from): The Doctor. A 1991 Warner Bros film. Directed by Raina Haines, screenplay Robert Caswell based on a book by Ed Rosenbaum, starring William Hurt as Dr Jack McKee, Christine Latkee as Anne McKee, Elizabeth Perkins as June Ellis, Mandy Patkinin as Dr Murray Kaplan, and Alan Arkin as Dr Eli Blumfield, Wendy Crewson as Dr Leslie Abbot. 122 minutes.
- Edson, Margaret. Wit: A Play. New York: Faber and Faber, 1999. ISBN 0-571-19877-5
- Ed Rosenbaum, A Taste of My Own Medicine (New York; Random House, 1988), memoir upon which the film, The Doctor is based.
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