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Brian Gastle

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Current Courses

Beginning fall 2010, WCU moved to BlackBoard for its Learning Management System (LMS). All my courses have moved to that system. Please feel free to email me for information regarding current courses I am teaching or courses I have taught.

Previous Courses

Western Carolina University

Graduate Courses
    • Engl 621 - Medieval Language and Literature
    • Engl 620 - Graduate Chaucer Seminar
    • ENGL 618 - Research Methods and Bibliography
    • ENGL 604 - Writing for Electronic Environments
    • Engl 480/580 - Independent Study: Intro to Latin
    • Engl 401/501 - Writing For Careers
Undergraduate Courses
    • Engl 498.01 - Senior Seminar in Literature
    • Engl 480/580 - Independent Study: Intro to Latin
    • Engl 467 - Film Genres: Science Fiction Film
    • Engl 420 - Chaucer and His Age
    • Engl 401 - Writing For Careers
    • Engl 305 - Technical Writing
    • Engl 304 - Writing for Electronic Environments
    • Engl 303 - Introduction to Professional Writing
    • Engl 251 - Survey of English Literature I
    • Engl 231 - Interpretation of Literature
    • Engl 209 - Past Times: Literature and History (Getting Medieval)
    • Engl 201 - Literary Landmarks of Western Culture
    • Engl 102 - Composition II

University of Delaware

    • ENGL205 - Great English Writers I: Anglo-Saxons to the English Renaissance
    • CMLT 207.010 - Masterpieces of the Western World I: 1100-1700
    • ENGL324 - Shakespeare
    • ENGL202 - Biblical and Classical Literature
    • ENGL312 - Written Communications in Business
    • Honors ARSC 390 - Medieval Culture--Daily Life
    • Honors ENGL110
      • Medieval--Fact, Fiction, & Fantasy
      • Gender and Myth in Speculative Fiction
      • Speculative Fiction and the Medieval
      • The Pen and the Sword: Representations of the Heroic

Sample Student Paper
This is an essay written by a student in one of my Freshman classes. The assignment was quite open-ended, requiring little more than a substantive argument (4-7 pages) which supported, defended, and clarified a contestable position (thesis). This paper received an "A", primarily because it presented an intelligent thesis clearly in the beginning of the essay and supported that position with analysis of specific textual passages. It is by no means a "perfect" paper (you'll find some formulaic construction of the argument indicative of inexperienced writers, as well as a few technical errors); but it is smart, well thought through, well supported, and develops a distinctive critical tone, all marks of an "A" paper.

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Department Head & Associate Professor English, 305 Coulter Hall
Western Carolina University
Cullowhee, NC 28722

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