1. Intercultural Communication by Houman Sadri and Madelyn Flammia
  2. Oye What I'm Gonna Tell You by Milanés
  3. Transversal Ecocritical Praxis by Patrick D. Murphy
  4. Everyday Chica by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  5. The Zero Theorem by Pat Rushin
  6. The Heaven of Animals by James Poissant
  7. The Season of Risks by Susan Hubbard
  8. Elegant Punk by Darlin Neal
  9. Problem Novels by Anna Maria Jones
  10. The Flight of the Kuaka by Donald Stap
  11. Writing for the Web: Composing, •Coding, and Constructing Web Sites
  12. Virtual Teams in Higher Education by Flammia
  13. Crossing The Creek by Anna Lillios
  14. The Society of S by Susan Hubbard
  15. Rattlesnakes and the Moon by Darlin Neal
  16. The Terrible Wife by Terry Thaxton
  17. Marielitos, Balseros and Other Exiles by Cecilia Rodríguez Milanés
  18. Collecte Writings of Charles Brockden Brown edited by Mark L. Kamrath
  19. As If, poems by Russ Kesler
  20. Innocence, Heterosexuality, and the Queerness of Children’s Literature by Tison Pugh
  21. Getaway Girl by Terry Thaxton
  22. Ecocritical Explorations in Literary and Cultural Studies by Patrick D. Murphy
  23. The Rhetorical Nature of XML by J.D. Applen and Rudy McDaniel
  24. Getaway Girl by Terry Thaxton
  25. Drawing on the Victorians, edited by Anna Maria Jones
  26. The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard
  27. Lizard Man by David James Poissant
  28. People Get Ready by Kevin Meehan
  29. According to the Gospel of Haunted Women
  30. The Historicism of Charles Brockden Brown by Mark L. Kamrath
  31. Mud Song by Terry Thaxton

Farrah Cato

Research Interests

  • World Literature
  • American Literature, especially 19th-century slave and women's literature
  • Women's Studies & Feminist Theory
  • Womanist Studies
  • Magical Realism
  • Speculative Fiction, Sci-Fi, & Fantasy

Awards

  • 2016 CAH Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award
  • 2015 UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award
  • 2012 Online Schools Top 20 Latin & Hispanic Professors in Florida
  • 2010 UCF Teaching Incentive Program Award
  • 2010 CAH Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award

Courses

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
19291 LIT3932 Topics in Popular Fiction Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Not Online

This section of Topics in Popular Fiction is subtitled “Tales from the Other(ed) Side: Literary Re-visions.” We will read works that are based on a variety of literary texts; fairy tales, Greek & Roman epics (including, but not limited to, Homer), and even Shakespeare are all fair game. Our course theme will work in two ways: not only are these literary reimaginings of well-known literature, but they are also texts that emphasize the voice of the racialized, gendered, or sexualized “Other.” We will consider what it means to re-envision a text in such a way, why it might be important to do so, and how these re(en)visionings change the ways we read and think about “classic” literature.

19292 LIT3933 Literature and Law World Wide Web (W) Not Online

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102

This section of Literature and Law will examine textual representations of literary (in)justice.  We’ll encounter vigilantes, avengers, and other provocative figures who urge us to think critically about how we define justice, how we put those definitions into practice, and what happens when those definitions are challenged.  Through novels, short stories, and essays, we will wrestle with a host of ethical and moral conundrums, such as: 

  • What counts as justice? 
  • To what extent is justice “blind”?
  • Who determines fair and just punishment for lawbreakers?  Who determines fair and just payment for victims?
  • Who determines the value of human life?  Who decides which lives are worth saving?
  • How do we decide which laws are worth following?
  • What is an “unjust” law?  What, if any, consequences should there be for someone who breaks one?
Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81732 AML3031 American Literature Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Not Online

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102

In this course, we will survey American literature from its beginnings to the middle of the nineteenth century.  We will consider the voices of men and women, the enslaved and the free, the colonized and the colonizer.  Through first-hand accounts, journals, lectures, novels, and poetry, we will:

  • explore how early Americans viewed and responded to the various events of their day,
  • consider how these writers try to make sense of their world and their roles within it,
  • examine how these texts reflect Pratt’s notion of the “contact zone,”
  • consider how these texts reflect a constantly-evolving definition of what counts as “America” and what it means to be an American,
  • reflect on the continued relevance (and impact) of these texts today
80362 LIT2110 World Literature Ⅰ World Wide Web (W) Not Online

Renegades, rebels, rogues, tricksters, and the like will be the focus of this survey of early world literature. We will examine the evolution of this complicated character at various times, spaces, and places, from the Greeks to the Mayans to Shakespeare. We will investigate how these figures work within and against the prevailing ideas of their day, and what their tricks, cons, and/or challenges mean in their varied cultural contexts. Sometimes, our discussion will focus on individual characters, sometimes it may focus on authors, and sometimes the trickster element will be more implicit than explicit.

Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
50882 LIT3381 Women Writers of Color World Wide Web (W) A Not Online

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102

This course will examine theory, poetry, and fiction produced by women writers of color in the Americas.  We will investigate how these writers grapple with complex ideas about gender, ethnicity, class, and sexuality while also thinking about how they engage with one another (and us) across time, space, and genre.  We will begin by reading the words of writer-theorists like Alice Walker, Audre Lorde, and Gloria Anzaldúa as a way to start understanding key concepts like Womanism and intersectionality.  We'll then use those theories to examine more closely works from writers like Octavia Butler, Ana Castillo, and Nalo Hopkinson, and we'll dabble in everything from the dystopic, to the mythical, the legendary, and the quixotic.  And we'll do it all in six very short weeks. 

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
20797 LIT3368 Magical Realism in Literature Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Not Online

LIT 3368.0001: Magical Realism in Literature (Cato)

Spring 2018

This course will examine magic(al) realism in a variety of ways, with particular attention to its cultural, social, and postcolonial contexts.  We will read many Latin American writers (including Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Isabel Allende), and we will also explore magical realism as a global phenomenon via the works of writers like Salman Rushdie and Naguib Mahfouz.  We will begin by familiarizing ourselves with some definitions of magical realism; from there, we will think about how these definitions emerge in the texts, while also investigating their popularity, influence, and larger significance.  For much of the course, we will also grapple with the question of what’s at stake in using the “magical” to confront pressing, “real world” issues.

20809 LIT3932 Topics in Popular Fiction World Wide Web (W) Not Online

LIT 3932.0W61: Topics in Popular Fiction (Cato)

Spring 2018

This online section of Topics in Popular Fiction will focus on Speculative Fiction (fantasy, science fiction, magical realism, and more) written by women authors such as Ursula Le Guin, Margaret Atwood, Octavia Butler, and N.K. Jemisin.  Writers such as these typically ask “what if?” about various social and political issues, and our primary role this semester will be to consider the larger implications of their questions, typically—though not exclusively—through discussions about power, politics, community & the individual, gender, race & ethnicity, or how we use language.  We will think about what it means to read popular fiction today (in a college course, no less) as well as its larger cultural, social, and political implications.

Course Number Course Title Mode Date and Time Syllabus
81551 AML3031 American Literature Ⅰ Mixed-Mode/Reduce Seat-Time(M) M,W 01:30 PM - 02:20 PM Not Online
AML 3031.0002: American Literature I
(Kamrath)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102

This survey course is designed to introduce you to a wide and rich variety of literature from the period of colonization to the mid-19th century, including works representing some of the diverse ethnic and racial strands of our literary heritage as well as texts by women writers frequently excluded from literary collections. Since this course covers writings from Native American sources through the Civil War, we will become familiar with the historical circumstances surrounding the production of a given text and explore the development and expression of some fundamental ideas—-assumptions, myths, and beliefs—that still influence the ways Americans think about themselves and their society. In addition to studying a range of prose, poetry, and fictional works, we will also closely examine their aesthetic or rhetorical dimensions and practice ways of identifying representative issues and themes. The course uses You Tube, film, and other media as part of its instruction.

Course requirements include weekly reading and discussion; several brief essays, along with a 6-7 page critical paper, and a mid-term and final examination. (Note: To enroll in this course you must have previously taken ENC1101 and ENC 1102. ENG 3014 is highly recommended. This course satisfies the “Literary History” requirement)
91258 AML3031 American Literature Ⅰ Face to Face Instruction (P) Tu,Th 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM Not Online
AML3031.0003: American Literature I
(Cato)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102

In this course, we will survey American literature from its beginnings to the middle of the nineteenth century. We will consider the voices of men and women, the enslaved and the free, the colonized and the colonizer. Through first-hand accounts, journals, lectures, novels, and poetry, we will:
• explore how early Americans viewed and responded to the various events of their day,
• consider how these writers try to make sense of their world and their roles within it,
• examine how these texts reflect Pratt’s notion of the “contact zone,”
• consider how these texts reflect a constantly-evolving definition of what counts as “America” and what it means to be an American,
• reflect on the continued relevance (and impact) of these texts today
81403 LIT3933 Literature and Law World Wide Web (W) Not Online
LIT 3933.0W61 Literature and Law
(Cato)

PR: Grade of C (2.0) or better required in ENC 1102
This section of Literature and Law will examine textual representations of literary (in)justice. We’ll encounter vigilantes, avengers, and other provocative figures who urge us to think critically about how we define justice, how we put those definitions into practice, and what happens when those definitions are challenged. Through novels, short stories, and essays, we will wrestle with a host of ethical and moral conundrums, such as:
• What counts as justice?
• To what extent is justice “blind”?
• Who determines fair and just punishment for lawbreakers? Who determines fair and just payment for victims?
• Who determines the value of human life? Who decides which lives are worth saving?
• How do we decide which laws are worth following?
• What is an “unjust” law? What, if any, consequences should there be for someone who breaks one?

Updated: Sep 19, 2018

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