Graduate Studies

Course Offerings

Fall 2013

ENGL 6310 (5995). Advanced Literature Studies. 2 T. 137 DH.  Sudan.


ENGL 6311 (6430). SURVEY OF LITERARY CRITICISM. 11 TTH.  120 DH.  Foster.

A survey of literary criticism and theory from some of the ancient roots of critical thought to contemporary literary practice: from Heraclitus to Badiou.  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 several essays analyzing both critical and literary texts. Enrollment limit: Graduate Students only. Texts:  Giorgio Agamben, Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life; Alain Badiou, Saint Paul: The Foundation of Universalism; Ian Bogost, Unit Operations; Don DeLillo, The Names; Sigmund Freud:, Civilization and Its Discontents; Michele Foucault:, Discipline and Punish; Henry James, Eight Tales from the Major Phase; Plato,Phaedrus; Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things.


This course will focus on major and minor poems by at least six Victorian poets:  Matthew Arnold; Alfred, Lord Tennyson; Robert Browning; Dante Gabriel Rossetti; Christina Rossetti; and Thomas Hardy.  Concurrently, we will be (re)reading influential works by at least three Romantic precursors, including William Wordsworth, John Keats, and Percy Bysshe Shelley, plus “classic” scholarly studies of Victorian poetry and the Victorian period by Douglas Bush, A. Dwight Culler, Graham Hough, Robert Langbaum, Jerome McGann, Misao Miyoshi, Christopher Ricks, Lionel Trilling, and so forth.  Some attention will be paid to Victorian nonfiction prose, but only insofar as it involves literary criticism (e.g., Arnold’s “The Study of Poetry”) that responds to Romantic precedents (“Wordsworth’s “Preface to Lyrical Ballads, Shelley’s “Defense of Poetry”).  

ENGL 7340 (6006). Seminar in British Literature. 2 TH. 137 DH.  Wheeler.


ENGL 7350 (3958). Media Ideologies in the Eighteenth-Century Anglophone Atlantic. 2 M. 138 DH.  Cassedy.

In this course, we will seek to understand the spread of print and reading into new areas of social and personal life in the eighteenth century, while also studying how eighteenth-century Britons and Americans made sense of this "media shift."  Although eighteenth-century observers were no doubt correct in their sense that an exponential growth in printed materials was having significant effects on their world, it has never been easy to specify what those changes were, or why they happened.  Print and literacy altered existing ideologies, but were also vehicles for them; they seemed to have their own determining logic, but that logic was also socially constructed.  Encounters with printed words also reshaped the meanings of unprinted words: as print and reading became more important, the oral and the scribal acquired a countervailing significance.  Whereas Western intellectuals had previously denigrated oral speech as vulgar noise, the eighteenth century saw the valorization of certain kinds of orality as cultural forms that preserved desired premodern values and that were purportedly on the brink of being lost.  The course will explore the eighteenth century's relationships to texts through readings in poetry, drama, travel narratives, fiction, and pedagogy by British and American writers such as Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Pope, Hannah Foster, Charles Brockden Brown, James Macpherson, and William Wordsworth.  Critical readings will include selections from major theorists of media history, Atlantic studies, and book history, including Walter Ong, Elizabeth Eisenstein, Adrian Johns, and William St. Clair.

Professor P#
Ards P05
Bozorth P12
Brownderville P14
Cassedy P20
Crusius P23
Dickson-Carr P28
Dumitrescu P30
Foster P32
Sae-Saue P33
Greenspan P34
Haynes P35
Holahan P40
Moss P52
Murfin P54
Neel P56
Newman P58
Rosendale P59
Satz P60
Schwartz P63
Siraganian P63
Smith P67
Spiegelman P70
Sudan P75
Swann P78
Weisenburger P84
Wheeler P85