Twilight Zone, The

"The Twilight Zone" was ostensibly 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.

Course Details
Prefix: 
UCO
Course Number: 
1200
Section Number(s) and Day/Times Taught: 
111: TR 9:30am - 10:45am
169: MW 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Term: 
Fall 2021
Categories: 
The Arts
Student Success
Instructor(s)

Donald Presnell

Donald Presnell

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); The Twilight Zone (First Year Seminar); and Doctor Who: TARDIS Travels in General Education (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, 2017, 2018) at Appalachian State University. He is currently the Director of the Common Reading Program and a Lecturer with First Year Seminar. His interests include multimodality; literature; comics and graphic novels; film and television studies; English and Spanish; pedagogy and instructional design; educational leadership; and baseball.