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Born and raised in New Zealand, Elizabeth Fow immigrated to the U.S. in 1990 and has been teaching at BMCC since then. She completed an MFA in Creative Writing at Brooklyn College with a concentration in Playwriting but these days mostly writes fiction. Links to her creative work can be found at eafow.com. She is currently working on a book reapproaching Joseph Campbell’s masculine monomyth for female heroes in the 21st century.
Mythology in Contemporary Culture, Modern World Literature, Creative Writing, Composition
- B.A. University of Waikato, New Zealand, Philosophy,1989
- M.F.A. Brooklyn College, CUNY, Creative Writing / Playwriting,1993
- English Composition is the standard freshman writing course. The course introduces students to academic writing. By its conclusion, students will be ready for English 201 and for the writing they will be asked to do in advanced courses across the curriculum. Students completing ENG 101 will have mastered the fundamentals of college-level reading and writing, including developing a thesis-driven response to the writing of others and following the basic conventions of citation and documentation. They will have practiced what Mike Rose calls the "habits of mind" necessary for success in college and in the larger world: summarizing, classifying, comparing, contrasting, and analyzing. Students will be introduced to basic research methods and MLA documentation and complete a research project. Students are required to take a departmental final exam that requires the composition of a 500 word, thesis-driven essay in conversation with two designated texts.
Prerequisite: Pass the CAT-R and CAT-W or Accuplacer tests
- This is a course that builds upon skills introduced in English 101. In this course, literature is the field for the development of critical reading, critical thinking, independent research, and writing skills. Students are introduced to literary criticisms and acquire basic knowledge necessary for the analysis of texts (including literary terms and some literary theory); they gain proficiency in library and internet research; and they hone their skills as readers and writers. Assignments move from close readings of literary texts in a variety of genres to analyses that introduce literary terms and broader contexts, culminating in an independent, documented, thesis-driven research paper. By the conclusion of English 201, students will be prepared for the analytical and research-based writing required in upper-level courses across the curriculum; they will also be prepared for advanced courses in literature.
Prerequisite: ENG 101
- The objective of this course is to sharpen students' creative writing skills in the genres of the short story, poetry and drama, depending on students' interests and ability.
Pre-Requisite: ENG121 or ENG201
- This course acquaints students with the wide range and varied forms of the short story as it developed in America, Europe, and other continents. Readings will include works by male and female authors of different periods and nationalities, and some attention may be paid to the historical development of the short story as a genre, as well as the cultural contexts in which the assigned stories were written.
Pre-Requisite: ENG101 and ENG201 or ENG121
- This course presents a global approach to literature by introducing prose, poetry and drama representative of different cultures and historical periods, from the 17th century to the present. Students engage in close readings of individual texts and contextual/comparative analyses. Written and spoken activities are designed to enhance students? appreciation of literature and their awareness of the ways it arises from, shapes, and reflects the world?s cultures.
- This is a lower-level remedial writing course in which students are introduced to the fundamentals of writing, including punctuation, spelling, grammar, word choice, sentence structure, and paragraphing. Students are given frequent in-class writing exercises that focus on narration and description as modes of developing ideas. Conferences with instructors are frequent. This course is for students who score below 43 on the CATW, and it prepares them for English 095.
- This is an upper-level intensive developmental writing course for students scoring between 43 and 55 on the CATW. Students are instructed in basic components of effective writing, including word selection, punctuation, spelling, grammar, sentence structure and paragraph development. Students are given frequent in-class writing exercises that focus on argumentation, narrative, and description as modes of developing ideas. Individual conferences with instructors are frequent.
Research and Projects
- Feminist Approaches to the Hero’s Journey
Joseph Campbell’s monomyth described the heroic pattern that flowed through world mythology, but that pattern is described in masculine language and through male life stages. This is project is looking at that underlying pattern and its connection to individuation as androgynous and rethinking its depiction, thus dissolving the default that “real” heroes are male and “female” heroes an anomaly.
- “The Play’s the Thing: Creative Writing and Performance for Critical Thinking in Freshman English”, Univesity Press, Banja Luka
- “The Hollywood Lama” chapter in Star Power: The Impact of Celebrity Brands (a Cultural Studies anthology), Praeger
- “Books Not Screens For Remedial College Writers” , International Journal of the Book
- Links to short fiction and poetry and a full bibliography can be found at eafow.com,