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

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
20797 LIT3368 Magical Realism in Literature Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM 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 Web Web 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 Rdce Time M,W 1:30PM - 2:20PM 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 Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM 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 Web Web 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?
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
51083 LIT3381 Women Writers of Color Web A Web Not Online
LIT 3381.AW61: Women Writers of Color
(Cato)

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
11549 LIT3368 Magical Realism in Literature Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
LIT 3368.0001: Magical Realism in Literature
(Cato)

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.
11551 LIT3932 Topics in Popular Fiction Web Web Not Online
LIT 3932.0W61: Topics in Popular Fiction
(Cato)

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
81661 AML3031 American Literature Ⅰ Face2Face Tu,Th 10:30AM - 11:45AM Not Online
AML3031.0001: American Literature I
(Cato)

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

Major American writers from beginning through Whitman.
92232 CRW3610 Writing Scripts Web Web Not Online
No Description Available
80399 LIT2110 World Literature Ⅰ Web Web Not Online
LIT2110.0W61: World Literature I
(Cato)

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

Poetry, prose, and drama selected from ancient Hebrew, Greek, and Oriental literature and from that of Renaissance Europe.
Course Number Course Title Mode Session Date and Time Syllabus
61211 LIT3381 Women Writers of Color Web B Web Not Online
LIT3381.BW61: Women Writers of Color
(Cato)

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

Examines the cultural productions of women writers of color in the Americas with a particular focus on literature, theory, and film.

Updated: Oct 27, 2016

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