Graduate Course Index

Course Offerings Fall 2014

ENGL 6310-001 (3883) – Advanced Literary Studies

2:00 W – 137 DH – Cassedy

This course is an introduction to advanced graduate work in literary studies.  We will approach literary studies both as an intellectual activity and as a profession.  Issues will include: the distant and recent history of literary studies; the place of “literature” in literary studies; methods and tools of literary research; physical and digital archives; textual materiality; the digital humanities; major and minor genres of scholarly performance including the journal article and the conference paper.  In addition to short primary and secondary texts that foreground various interpretive strategies or problems, we will read Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick.



ENGL 6311-001 (3953) – Survey of Literary Criticism

11:00 TTH – 120 DH – Siraganian

A survey of literary criticism and theory from some of the ancient roots of critical thought to contemporary literary practice, from Aristotle to Moretti. The purpose of the course is to provide the theoretical background necessary to understand the discipline of literary study. The course will require regular critical responses and multiple essays analyzing both critical and literary texts. Enrollment limit: Graduate Students only. Texts: TBA.


ENGL 6345-001 (6133) – American Literature in the Age of Revolutions

2:00 M – 138 DH – Greenspan

This course will survey nineteenth-century U.S. literary and cultural history. Central topics: authorship, print and the press, ethnicity in writing, painting and photography, dime fiction, cultural formations, and media past and present. Central authors: James Fenimore Cooper, William Apess, William Wells Brown, Fanny Fern, Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Horatio Alger, Henry James, Mark Twain, Abraham Cahan.



ENGL 7340-001 (3893) – Seminar in British Literature

2:00 T – 137 DH – Sudan

Description coming soon.


ENGL 7370-001 (6136) – Seminar in Minority Literature

2:00 R – 137 DH – Sae-Saue

With an emphasis on Chicana/o narratives, this course seeks to understand how foundational minority texts anticipate the interethnic turn in contemporary minority literatures. We will investigate how key minority texts imagine the particularities of racial difference in the US and abroad; and we will study how these literatures negotiate complex flows of cultural values in order to articulate transformative identity politics.  Students should note that this course will emphasize a cultural studies and formalist approach to understanding how minority texts imagine a broad spectrum of ethnic and spatial difference.  That is, we will not only examine the thematic relationships between a range of minority literatures, but also we shall investigate their formal innovations and investigate how certain narrative features may be read as literary abstractions of multiracial social relations on a global scale. How do ethnic narratives at the borderlands negotiate and represent fields of racial differences in order to assert a particular minority consciousness? Can a formal argument be made in order to theorize the aesthetic, rather than the thematic, relationships between seemingly diverse minority texts? What do such investigations lend to current trends in “transnational” and “interethnic” scholarship on US minority letters? As these questions imply, this class will map past and contemporary arguments in ethnic literary scholarship; it will seek to make interjections by proposing formalist readings of interethnic contact and transnational cultural traffic, thereby complicating standing theories that suggest that early ethnic narratives are linear stories of a racial subject in transit between the borders of two distinct nations and two competing cultural discourses.