The Twilight Zone

Donald Presnell
Day/Time Taught: 
R 5:00 – 6:15 pm
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“The Twilight Zone” was ostensible a science-fiction show, but it actually encompassed an array of genres, topics and themes.  The show explored such issues as racism, death and dying, families, aging, time travel, the effects of technology on society, and many  more.  Rod Serling’s immensely popular anthology always relied on great writing, and we will discuss particular episodes as literature (themes, point-of-view, symbolism, etc.)  Further, we will examine not only episodes but also works of literature to which they relate or allude.

Instructor Bio: 

Dr. Don Presnell holds MA degrees in English and Spanish from Appalachian State University. His doctoral dissertation—written in fulfillment of the Ed.D. degree in Educational Leadership in Appalachian State’s Reich College of Education—is titled “ ‘Visitor to all, native to none’: How Digital-native teacher education students use bricolage and multiple modalities to construct knowledge” (2012). For two years, he taught elementary Spanish (K-8) for two schools in the Watauga County school system. He is the co-author of A Critical History of Television’s The Twilight Zone, 1959-1964 (McFarland, 1998) and has taught multiple sections of college English, Spanish, and humanities courses, including Basic English; Expository Writing; Introduction to Literature; Literature-Based Research; Writing Through Rhetoric; Writing Through Perception; British Literature; American Literature; World Literature; Introduction to Film; Elementary Spanish; Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age; The Narrative Art of Comics (First Year Seminar); and The Twilight Zone (First Year Seminar). He has been nominated for both the Brantz Award for Outstanding Teaching in First Year Seminar (2012) and the Harvey R. Durham Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award (2014) at Appalachian State University. He is currently the Associate Director of Academic Advising in University College at Appalachian. His interests include multimodality; literature; comics and graphic novels; film and television studies; English and Spanish; pedagogy and instructional design; educational leadership; and baseball.

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The First Year Seminar is part of the General Education Program located in Anne Belk Hall, Room 250.

Phone: 828-262-2028

Our mailing address:
First Year Seminar
ASU Box 32065
Appalachian State University
Boone, NC 28608

Director of First Year Seminar:
Rick Klima

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