English Courses

Descriptions and Schedule, Fall 2019

ENGL 1320-001—Cultures of Medieval Chivalry: Guts and Glory in the Middle Ages

TTh 11:00-12:20.  155 Fondren Science.  Keene.     2012: CA1, HC1, OC      2016: LL, HC, OC

Chivalry is (not) dead! In this course we will trace the development of the chivalric ethos, mentality, and code of behavior throughout the Middle Ages and into the modern era. As both a lived experience and an aspirational ideal, its various incarnations are revealed in medieval romances, epics, historical chronicles, and biographies. These readings, enlivened by class discussion, will bring chivalry to life through the examples of very real people and fictional characters.  

Readings: BeowulfThe History of William Marshal; Heldris of Cornwall, Silence; Chrétien de Troyes, The Knight of the Cart; Geoffroi de Charny, The Book of Chivalry; Christine de Pizan, The Book of Deeds of Arms of Chivalryand The Tale of Joan of Arc; Jean Froissart, Chronicles; Miguel de Cervantes, Don Quixote.

Course Requirements: Class participation, presentations, mid-term and final exams.

 

ENGL 1330-001—The World of Shakespeare 

MWF 10:00-10:50.  100 Hyer Hall.  Neel.    2012: CA1   2016: LL 

Introductory study of eight major texts, with background material on biographical, cultural, historical, and literary topics.  Five tests, written mid-term and final exams, and one extra credit opportunity.  Play texts from the free Folger Shakespeare Library Digital Archive; lecture templates posted electronically on Canvas.  Theme for the semester: Shakespeare’s use of Ancient Rome for his plays.  We will begin with “The Rape of Lucrece,” which recounts the founding of the Roman Republic in 509 BCE, and end with Titus Andronicus, which describes Rome at the collapse of the Roman Empire about 380 CE.  And by reading such plays as Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, and Cymbeline, we will trace the trajectory of Rome through the flourishing and collapse of the Republic followed by the expansion and collapse of the Empire.  Satisfies UC 2016 Breadth: Language and Literature; counts as an elective in both the English major and the English minor.

 

ENGL 1362-001—Crafty Worlds

MWF 11:00-11:50.  116 Dallas Hall.  Holahan.         2016: LL

An introductory study of selected twentieth-century novels emphasizing both ideas of modernity and the historical or cultural contexts of catastrophe that generated these ideas. Topics include traditions of family and wealth, representations of world war, new effects of capital and society, war and sensibility, race and the novel, Big D. Writing assignments: quizzes, one short essay, mid-term, final examination. Texts: TBD

 

ENGL 1365-001—Literature of Minorities: “Otherness” and Identity in American Culture

TTh 2:00-3:20.  110 Hyer Hall.  Levy.                 2012: CA1, HD     2016: LL, HD

The course interrogates questions of individual and collective identities from historical, contemporary and literary perspectives.  We look closely at the many categories that have constituted identity in the US, including race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and the myriad terms/categories that have come to constitute our cultural conversation about identity, including: “Whiteness,” “Blackness,” “White Supremacy,” “Identity Politics,” “Queerness,” “Pluralism,” etc.   We examine the ways these categories have been deployed to assert and marginalize both group self-selected and imposed, as both fixed and flexible, as located and displaced, as both secure and situational.  

 

ENGL 1400-001—Developmental Reading and Writing

TTh 8:00-9:20.  135 McElvaney Hall.  Pisano.        2012: OC   2016: OC

English 1400 is a class that has been created to respond to the unique needs of some students whose writing and reading skills suggest that they would have little chance of succeeding in the DISC series. In an effort to prepare them for that experience, these students take a 4-hour course, ENGL 1400, that offers intensive work  on reading and writing skills. Annie Maitland and Pat Pisano have crafted a class in which the students receive instruction in reading for 1 hour per week specifically in regard to the texts about which Pat Pisano is having them write in the writing portion of the class (3 hours per week). Writing instruction focuses on sentence-level correctness, vocabulary, paragraphing, and the thesis sentence.  Reading instruction is explicit and systematic, with a focus on the general outcomes of reading. Specific areas of instruction include comprehension strategies, fluency, vocabulary, and word study skills. The goal is for students to emerge from the class more fully prepared to tackle essay-length writing assignments with an understanding of critical reading and analysis of texts.

 

ENGL 2102-001—Spreadsheet Lit: Excel

M 3:00-3:50.  101 Dallas Hall.  Dickson-Carr, Carol.

An introduction to Excel as it is commonly used in the workplace. Students will learn to organize and analyze data, use and link worksheets, create tables & charts, and communicate results of their analyses in clear, readable prose. Laptops required.

 

ENGL 2102-002—Spreadsheet Lit: Excel

W 3:00-3:50.  101 Dallas Hall.  Dickson-Carr, Carol.

An introduction to Excel as it is commonly used in the workplace. Students will learn to organize and analyze data, use and link worksheets, create tables & charts, and communicate results of their analyses in clear, readable prose. Laptops required.

 

ENGL 2302-001—Business Writing

TTh 12:30-1:50.  351 Dallas Hall.  Dickson-Carr, Carol.

This course introduces students to business and professional communication, including a variety of writing and speaking tasks. It covers the observation and practice of rhetorical strategies, discourse conventions, and ethical standards associated with workplace culture. The course includes much active learning, which means students will attend events on campus and off and will conduct a detailed field research project at a worksite. Please note that this course may not be counted toward requirements for the English major, and that laptops are required. Writing assignments: summaries, analyses, evaluations, letters, reports, memoranda, and individual and collaborative research reports, both oral and written. Text: Kolin, Philip C. Successful Writing at Work, 11th ed.

 

ENGL 2302-002— Business Writing

TTh 2:00-3:20.  351 Dallas Hall.  Dickson-Carr, Carol.

This course introduces students to business and professional communication, including a variety of writing and speaking tasks. It covers the observation and practice of rhetorical strategies, discourse conventions, and ethical standards associated with workplace culture. The course includes much active learning, which means students will attend events on campus and off and will conduct a detailed field research project at a worksite. Please note that this course may not be counted toward requirements for the English major, and that laptops are required. Writing assignments: summaries, analyses, evaluations, letters, reports, memoranda, and individual and collaborative research reports, both oral and written. Text: Kolin, Philip C. Successful Writing at Work, 11th ed.

 

ENGL 2311-001—Introduction to Poetry

MWF 1:00-1:50.  102 Dallas Hall.  Holahan.            2012: CA2, W, OC     2016: LL, W, OC

Introduction to the study of poetry and how it works, examining a wide range of poems by English and American writers. Special attention to writing about literature.

 

ENGL 2311-002—Introduction to Poetry: A Poet-Guided Tour

MWF 10:00-10:50.  102 Dallas Hall.  Moss.              2012: CA2, W, OC     2016: LL, W, OC

In this course, the poets themselves guide us through the formal elements and literary-historical evolution of English and American poetry. During the first half of the semester, each week will emphasize a different technical or generic aspect of poetry, focusing on a representative poet in each case. We will learn rhythm with William Blake, rhyme with Emily Dickinson, sonnet-form with William Shakespeare, persona with Langston Hughes, free verse with Walt Whitman and Allen Ginsberg. The second half explores perennial themes: poets addressing and questioning God; poets protesting social injustice; poets in love; poets struggling with age and loss; poets pondering nature, art, and poetry itself. Guest speakers include John Donne, Ben Jonson, John Keats, Robert Frost, William Butler Yeats, Elizabeth Bishop, Sylvia Plath, Seamus Heaney, and many more. Who knew there were so many poets? Come meet them. Course requirements: two short papers, one longer paper, regular posts to an online discussion board, midterm exam, final exam, recitation. Course text: The Norton Anthology of Poetry, 5th edition.

 

ENGL 2312-001—Introduction to Fiction: Reader, I: Novels and Narrators from Austen to James.

MWF 9:00-9:50.  137 Dallas Hall.  McWilliams.     2012: CA2, W    2016: LL, W

How do authors shape their reading audience and to what extent does that audience, in turn, shape them?  Do writers intend for their texts to inform? Educate? Entertain? To what degree are authors allowed any say in the matter?  This introduction to fiction focuses on the ways in which writers attempt to negotiate the function of literature within the public sphere.  Throughout the semester, we will examine a range of works from the long nineteenth century, all of which concern themselves with the nebulous and occasionally unstable relationship(s) between readers, writers, and the written word.  Our class time will prioritize discussion and close reading, with an emphasis on critical thinking and class participation. Expect two essays, a midterm, a final, occasional reading quizzes, and robust classroom discussion. Possible texts include Jane Austen’sNorthanger Abbey, Charlotte Brontë’sJane Eyre,Charles Dickens’sHard Times,George Eliot’sSilas Marner, Robert Louis Stevenson’sStrange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde,and Henry James’sThe Turn of the Screw.

 

ENGL 2315-001—Introduction to Literary Study

TTh 12:30-1:50.  157 Dallas Hall.  Weisenburger.   2012: CA2, W    2016: CA, W

A course in the ways that skilled readers engage with, learn from, and take delight in literary texts--indeed, any written text. First we seek to sharpen close reading skills, and how to read and think critically about familiar literary forms: plays, poems and books of poems, the short story and the novel as kinds of fiction. Secondly our readings will also call on us to think critically about the ways that literary texts engage with their historical moment, with particular contexts of cultural and socio-political life and struggle. The traces left by texts and contexts will thus define our work in this course, and what we write about in scheduled essays. Indeed the third main goal of this class is to improve our writing—one sentence, page, and essay at a time. Our required texts: Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness,T. S. Elliott’s The Waste Landand Other Poems,Nathaniel Hawthorne’s The Scarlet Letter, James Joyce’s Dubliners, Denis Johnson’s Train Dreams, William Shakespeare’s The Tempest, and Natasha Trethewey’s Native Guard.  Expect to write four interpretive essays, a mid-term, and a final exam.

 

ENGL 2315-002— Introduction to Literary Study: Those Who Wander

TTh 9:30-10:50.  107 Hyer Hall.  Wilson.                 2012: CA2, W    2016: CA, W

Wanderers and wanderings have been literary staples from medieval quests to Oscar-winning films. In turn, the experience of reading a book or film for the first time can take on the quality of an unexpected journey, in which you are hopeful that the destination will be an interesting one, but you are not entirely sure either what it will be or how you will get there. This course will introduce methods of reading and approaches to texts that will help you to navigate a wide range of new literary landscapes by developing habits of wandering productively. Our journey will take us from the classical world to 21st-century America, through a wide array of genres, and accompanied by many different types of speaker. As we will seek to foster our individual literary critical voices, we may all end up at very different destinations but throughout we will be learning how best to make sense of even the most unexpected encounters.

 

ENGL 2318-001— Introduction to Digital Literature

TTh 11:00-12:20.  137 Dallas Hall.  Wilson.             2012: W    2016: LL, TM, W

What are digital humanities? What is the relationship between technology and the humanities?  How can technology advance our understanding of language, literature, and culture? These are some of the large-scale questions that we will explore in this course. We rely on technologies such as digital maps, e-books, search engines, and databases every day, and understanding them and being able to work with them is a vital part of preparing for professional life. This course offers a hands-on introduction to using these technologies in academic research to analyze literature, and as well as enhancing your skills in academic work, the skills you learn are of immediate value to employers in the job market.

There have been major advances in the application of digital tools to analyze literature, resulting in the creation of new online resources for literary study such as the Milton Reading Room and the Walt Whitman Archive, as well as new research into large-scale patterns of language, ideas, sounds, and images within huge bodies of literary texts. In this course you will have the opportunity to learn the technologies that make this literary scholarship possible, from digitization to creating metadata, making digital maps of literary works, and text mining novels to detect patterns of thoughts, words, phrases, sounds, ideas, and more. We will also think about the theoretical implications of using digital technologies to analyze, advance, and promote the humanities. What are we to make of these advances? What kinds of intellectual questions do they open up? What does it mean to be a digital humanist?

 

ENGL 2390-001H—Introduction to Creative Writing: Getting Started as a Poet

TTh 11:00-12:20. 120 Dallas Science. Brownderville.          2012: CA1, W   2016: CA, W

How do poets craft language so as to enhance the reader’s experience of imagery, voice, metaphor, scene, and persona? To begin answering this question, students will write and revise their own poems; respond both verbally and in writing to one another’s work; and analyze published poems in short critical essays. In-class workshops will demand insight, courtesy, and candor from everyone in the room, and will help students improve their oral-communication skills. There is no textbook; the instructor will provide handouts. As this is an introductory course, prior experience in creative writing is not necessary.

 

ENGL 2390-002—Introduction to Creative Writing

MWF 11:00-11:50.  102 Dallas Hall.  Smith.             2012: CA1, W   2016: CA, W

In this class students will write and revise stories, essays, and poems; respond to one another’s work; and analyze published texts in short critical essays. A significant portion of class time will be devoted to workshop. Toward the end of the semester, each student will be required to submit a carefully revised portfolio of his or her own writing in all three genres. Prior experience in creative writing is not necessary.

 

ENGL 2390-003—Introduction to Creative Writing

MWF 12:00-12:50.  138 Dallas Hall.  Smith.             2012: CA1, W   2016: CA, W

In this class students will write and revise stories, essays, and poems; respond to one another’s work; and analyze published texts in short critical essays. A significant portion of class time will be devoted to workshop. Toward the end of the semester, each student will be required to submit a carefully revised portfolio of his or her own writing in all three genres. Prior experience in creative writing is not necessary.

 

ENGL 2390-004—Introduction to Creative Writing

MWF 1:00-1:50.  137 Dallas Hall.  Smith.                2012: CA1, W   2016: CA, W

In this class students will write and revise stories, essays, and poems; respond to one another’s work; and analyze published texts in short critical essays. A significant portion of class time will be devoted to workshop. Toward the end of the semester, each student will be required to submit a carefully revised portfolio of his or her own writing in all three genres. Prior experience in creative writing is not necessary.

 

ENGL 2390-005—Introduction to Creative Writing

MWF 2:00-2:50.  137 Dallas Hall.  Smith.                2012: CA1, W   2016: CA, W

In this class students will write and revise stories, essays, and poems; respond to one another’s work; and analyze published texts in short critical essays. A significant portion of class time will be devoted to workshop. Toward the end of the semester, each student will be required to submit a carefully revised portfolio of his or her own writing in all three genres. Prior experience in creative writing is not necessary.

 

ENGL 2390-006—Introduction to Creative Writing

TTh 3:30-4:50.  101 Dallas Hall.  Staff.               2012: CA1, W   2016: CA, W

What does it mean to be “literary”? Of course, to be literary is to be engaged in the act of writing, and to be generating written expressions of both a particular quality and a certain constitution. But such expressions, as much as they are the product of any given writer’s innate talent, are also grounded in the writer’s attitudes, habits, proclivities, discipline, and familiarity with the raw materials of the craft of writing itself. As such, being literary entails more than writing. To be literary is to assume a disposition; to be literary is to care about language and its use; to be literary is to be conversant in a specific discourse and the vocabulary appropriate to that discourse; to be literary is to be analytical with respect to writing, both one’s own and others’; and to be literary is to declare one’s affiliation with a community of writers, one whose membership is local and contemporary even as it also ranges far back over a variety of traditions and projects itself forward into some barely glimpsed posterity.

Over the course of the semester, we will work together to gain a better understanding of the above definition of the literary. Via regular reading (of model texts; of each others’ texts, via workshop) and writing assignments (common, completed in class; individualized, completed on each student’s own time), we will familiarize ourselves with the essentials of the major literary genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction. We will each also commit to and reflect upon our own unique writing practices, and collaborate on addressing those pragmatic questions—e.g., “How do I find the time to write?”—that every author confronts.

 

ENGL 3310-001—Contemporary Approaches to Literature

TTh 12:30-1:50.   116 Dallas Hall.  Sudan.

This course considers basic questions about what it means to call something literature and how critics have interpreted those texts. From Plato to the Romantics to post-structuralism, readers have shaped and reshaped the nature of interpretation. We will focus on critics and theorists from the last several decades who have produced the contemporary discipline of English. Expect to write a series of short papers making use of recent approaches to reading.

 

CLAS 3312-001—Classical Rhetoric: Ancient Athens During the Rise and Fall of the World's First Democracy

MWF 1:00–1:50.  149 Dallas Hall.  Neel.      2012: HC2, W, KNOW 2016: HSBS, W, KNOW

Course introduces students to the study of Classical Athens from 509 BCE with the reforms of Ephialtes that began the world’s first formal democracy through the final defeat of Greek autonomy after the Lamian War in 322 BCE. Extensive readings from Thucydides, Lysias, Plato, Isocrates, Demosthenes, and Aristotle as the study of rhetoric and study of philosophy emerged into history. Two out-of-class papers, one in-class paper, and five reading quizzes. Satisfies three UC 2016 requirements: Writing Proficiency; Ways of Knowing; and Depth: History, Social, and Behavioral. Satisfies one course requirement for the Classical Studies program and one elective credit for both the English major and the English minor.

 

ENGL 3320-001—Topic in Medieval Literature: Fabulous Fictions and Troublesome Truths in Medieval English Literature

TTh 2:00-3:20.   357 Dallas Hall.  Keene.                2012: CA2, W  2016: HFA, W

Fabulous Fictions can reveal troublesome truths. This course studies the rich political, religious, intellectual, and cultural contexts that generated the literature of medieval England, paying particular attention to how it revealed, shaped, and responded to contemporary anxieties and agendas. In exploring this theme, students will gain an appreciation of how fiction becomes truth and truth becomes fictionalized in order to shape our understanding of events. Fake news is not new.

Readings: Bede,Ecclesiastical History of the English PeopleBeowulf; The Bayeux Tapestry; Geoffrey of Monmouth, The History of the Kings of BritainThe History of William MarshalThe Book of Margery Kempe; Turgot, The Life of Saint Margaret, Queen of the Scots; William Langland, Piers

Course Requirements: class participation, daily comments on the readings, a final paper.

 

ENGL 3346-001—American Literary History I

MWF 10:00-10:50.  116 Dallas Hall.  Cassedy.         2012: CA2, HC2, W   2016: HFA, HSBS, W

What is an American?  This question has been asked from the moment European settlers arrived on the continent in the early sixteenth century, and it has never been easy to answer.  Were Bostonians just English subjects who happened to live far away from England?  Or did the act of migration create a new type of person, not just a transplanted Englishman but something different?  What did it mean that North America was populated by Europeans of a dozen nations and ethnicities — French, German, Dutch, Jewish, Swedish, Spanish, English, Scottish, Irish, etc. — as well as millions of Africans and Native Americans, representing hundreds of distinct peoples, each with different histories, political structures, languages, and cultural practices?  This question — “what is an American?” — was not resolved in the seventeenth, eighteenth, or nineteenth century, but was asked and re-asked over and over again.  This course is an introduction to the stories and ideas through which the meanings of America and Americans were articulated from the first European contact to the Civil War, as seen through the major literary texts of the period.  Readings to include texts by Benjamin Franklin, Susanna Rowson, Frederick Douglass, Edgar Allan Poe, Phyllis Wheatley, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Horatio Alger, Emily Dickinson, and Walt Whitman.

 

ENGL 3360-001—Topics in Modern and Contemporary American Literature: Missing in Action: American World War I

TTh 12:30-1:50.   152 Dallas Hall.  Kiser.       2012: CA2, W  2016: HFA, W

WWI brought destruction as Americans had never before seen and it inspired soldiers, nurses, volunteers, and civilians alike to put their experiences on the page. This course will explore a variety of gendered and racial representations of American World War I Literature. Through a combination of canonical novels, poetry, and short stories, our class will explore the themes, tones, genres, and forms that writers from the “Lost Generation” used to depict the war. We will then place such narratives into conversation with understudied diaries, poetry, and novellas. Introducing a diary written by a Mexican-American soldier who fought on the front lines (that was only translated into English in 2014), and never before published poetry written by African American soldiers who fought in segregated troops, this class will progress towards asking what these recently recovered narratives can add to our understanding about war, representation, and nationhood.

 

ENGL 3390-001—Creative Writing Workshop: Make It New!

TTh 2:00-3:20. 137 Dallas Hall. Brownderville.      2012: CA2, W   2016: HFA, W

Percy Bysshe Shelley once wrote that poetry “purges from our inward sight the film of familiarity which obscures from us the wonder of our being. It compels us to feel what we perceive, and to imagine that which we know.” Ezra Pound, more succinctly, instructed his fellow poets to “make it new!” Pound believed that poets should make the world new—and make poetry new—by presenting life in bold, original verse. 

In this course students will write their own poems in an effort to “make it new.” Discussion will center on the students’ writing and on published poems that demonstrate effective technique. Successful students begin to imagine how their own voices might contribute to the exciting, wildly varied world of contemporary American poetry.

 

ENGL 3390-002 Creative Writing Workshop: New Perspectives on Point of View

TTh 11:00-12:20.  102 Dallas Hall.  Staff.           2012: CA2, W   2016: HFA, W

In both literary studies courses and creative writing workshops, point of view has long been held up as a narrative element worthy of close analysis. However, as notions of and attitudes towards consciousness, subjectivity, and representation have changed — especially in the last decade — the concept of point of view now merits a different kind of scrutiny.

In this course, we will work together to gain both a broad and deep understanding of how point of view has been defined, how fiction writers have advanced our notions of what point of view can encompass, and how to traverse a contemporary aesthetic landscape in which point of view is no longer treated as value-neutral.

Specifically, we will examine such topics as voice, self, mind, performance, psychic distance, generative constraint, and narrative ethics. In doing so, we will consider contemporary critical perspectives on these topics. We will also discuss the various tools and techniques that a diverse array of authors employ in order to construct convincing narrative consciousnesses. Further, we will practice certain of these techniques via in-class writing exercises, and focus our workshop sessions on further illuminating those authorial choices that become "rules" for determining how point of view might — or should — function. This course will also provide an opportunity to experiment with collaborative writing (the exact nature of this project TBD, pending student input, which will be solicited).

 

ENGL 4323-001—Chaucer: Playing in Poetry

TTh 11:00-12:20.  156 Dallas Hall.  Wheeler.           2012: IL, OC   2016: IL, OC

Geoffrey Chaucer’s corpus of prose and poetry, its literary, historical, philosophical contexts, served with a sprinkling of some of Chaucer’s favorite classics. Textbook: The Riverside or Wadsworth Chaucer. Other authors include Homer, Virgil, Boethius, and Ovid. Weekly commentaries, several oral presentations, one term paper.

 

ENGL 4333-001—Shakespeare: Fathers and Daughters, Husbands and Wives

MWF 12:00-12:50.  137 Dallas Hall.  Moss.              2012: IL, OC   2016: IL, OC

At the beginning of Shakespeare’s Tempest, the elderly wizard Prospero declares to his daughter Miranda, “I have done nothing but in care of thee.” So what does she do, and is it for him? While single women (sometimes disguised as boys) drive most Shakespearean comedy, his tragedies and late romances almost always center on the strong, complex, painful attachments of socially subordinate women to domineering men. The outrageous demands of fathers and jealous tirades of husbands elicit a range of extravagant responses from Shakespeare’s embattled female characters, from angelic chastity to bloody vengeance to Machiavelliancalculation to playing dead for decades. In this course, we will follow the unequal dance of Shakespeare’s heroes and heroines, alongside contextual readings on gender roles and domestic life from a variety of Renaissance genres, as well as modern criticism. Expect two short papers, one research paper, a creative exercise, a presentation, and about ten plays, including Titus AndronicusMacbethOthelloKing LearPericlesCymbelineThe Winter’s Tale, and The Tempest.

 

ENGL 4343-001—Studies in British Literature in the Age of Revolutions: Romance and Realism in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction

TTh 12:30-1:50.  156 Dallas Hall.  Murfin.        2012: IL, OC   2016: IL, OC

This course will explore the tensions between the traditions of romance and Romanticism, and those now associated with the emergence of realism and naturalism. Readings will include five novels by four of the following authors: Jane Austen, George Eliot, Thomas Hardy, George Meredith, Joseph Conrad.

 

ENGL 4346-001—American Literature in the Age of Revolutions: Nineteenth-Century Classic American Literature Re-examined

CANCELED

 

ENGL 5310-001—Seminar in Literary Theory: Theory, Story, Writing

TTh 3:30-4:50.  156 Dallas Hall.  Foster.

This is course fulfills the first part of the requirements for Distinction in English. If you wish to take the course and have not been invited, please contact our DUS, Professor Moss, or Professor Foster.

The center of the Distinction requirement is an independent study project in literature or creative writing that you undertake with a member of the faculty. Engl 5310 is intended to help prepare students for that course. This course will have several components. The first will be to develop some aspects of literary theory introduced in Engl 3310, spending more time with the primary texts that underlie the ideas. The second is to develop your research abilities, learning to use resources on campus and beyond, developing strategies for managing research, and incorporating research into your thinking. The third is to produce a number of writing and presentation projects ranging from a two minute oral report (your “elevator talk”) to a longer essay leading toward a distinction project. Expect to join the class with a couple of ideas in mind for topics you would like to pursue.

 

ENGL 6310-001—Advanced Literary Studies

M 3:00-5:50.  137 Dallas Hall.  D. Dickson-Carr.  

An introduction to advanced graduate work in literary studies. Our course will focus upon definitions of texts and the languages within them, standards and processes of careful literary scholarship, and the complexities of the profession. The first unit will comprise a short survey of book and manuscript history, including how oral and written texts become books, will the attendant authority and problems contained therein. The second unit will focus on scholarly indexes and databases, both analog and digital; archival research; creation and use of bibliographies. The final unit will focus upon our profession: how the study of literature developed into a profession; the roles of critical theory; professional organizations; developing and presenting scholarly work in professional settings; the paths to publication; the means to enter different levels of the professoriate. In addition to readings that explore all of these subjects, our course will make use of the DeGolyer and Bridwell Libraries, guest speakers, and participants’ regular short writings and in-class presentations. We will surround a number of short literary texts—stories and poems--and one longer work with secondary readings that define and challenge the goals of literary scholarship. The longer text is to be determined.

Texts: MLA Style Manual and Guide to Scholarly Publishing, Third Edition; Introduction to Scholarship in Modern Languages and Literatures, Third Edition; Handbook for Academic Authors, Fifth Edition, by Beth Luey.

 

ENGL 6311-001—Survey of Literary Criticism and Theory

TTh 12:30-1:50.  138 Dallas Hall.  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. Possible 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.

 

ENGL 6312-001—Teaching Practicum

F 1:00-3:50.  G1 Hyer Hall.  Stephens.

English 6312 (Teaching Practicum) is a year-long course designed to prepare graduate students in English seeking a Ph.D. to teach first-year writing at the college level and, in a larger sense, to design, prepare for, and teach college English classes at any level. During the fall semester, in addition to all of the texts assigned on the DISC 1312 syllabus, students will read and write critical responses to composition theory and the classroom (Erika Lindemann’s A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers and John C. Bean’s Engaging Ideas; The Professor’s Guide to Integrating Writing, Critical Thinking, and Active Learning in the Classroom). These texts provide an overview of the history of rhetoric and methods for fostering critical thinking and writing. Students will also critically assess and review contemporary criticism of rhetorical pedagogy.

 

ENGL 6370-001—African American Literature

T 3:30-6:20.  138 Dallas Hall. D. Dickson-Carr

Course Description TBA

 

ENGL 7340-001—Seminar in British Literature

W 3:00-5:50.  137 Dallas Hall.  Wheeler.

Philosophical Chaucer, playing in poetry, is in constant dialogue with his literary past.  Considering his work in light of what he himself read helps us to observe more about this powerful artist and his times. Weekly commentaries, several oral presentations, one term paper.

Books:

The Riverside or Wadsworth Chaucer.

Virgil, The Aeneid

R.K. Gordon, ed., The Story of Troilus

            Boethius, The Consolation of Philosophy

            Ovid, Metamorphoses

            Ovid, De Amore

Homer, The Iliad

12–14th c. French poems

 

ENGL 7350-001—Seminar in American Literature: Post-1965 American Historical Fiction

Th 3:30-6:20.  137 Dallas Hall.  Weisenburger.

The boom in American historical fictions—by one scholar’s reckoning, 1700-plus titles from 1980 to 2015—is a relatively unstudied territory. We know rather little about the historical novel’s interplay with ironic and satirical modes, for example. The historical novel’s relations with postmodern and contemporary narrative practices are also relatively unstudied. And the theory of historical fiction is rather impoverished; other than chapters in Frederic Jameson’s Antinomies of Realism (2013), there’s been little new work since a handful of Eighties and Nineties monographs.  In sum, this is a likely field for new critical and theoretical work.  Those who enroll will receive (before we leave for the summer) a list of forty-one texts worth considering for our studies. With your feedback, we’ll select 8 or 10 titles, and keep the remainder in reserve. Our aim for the course is, simply, to complete a draft-version of a scholarly essay that, with revision and polish, will be worthy of submission to a scholarly journal.

Cat #

Sec

Course Title

Instructor

Day

Start

End

Room

UC

1320

001

Cultures of Medieval Chivalry: Guts and Glory in the Middle Ages

Keene

TTh

11:00

12:20

FOSC 155

2012: CA1,
HC1, OC
2016: LL,
HC, OC

1330

001

World of Shakespeare

Neel

MWF

10:00

10:50

Hyer 100

2012: CA1 2016: LL

1362

001

Crafty Worlds

Holahan

MWF

11:00

11:50

DH 116

2016: LL

1365

001

Literature of Minorities: “Otherness” and Identity in American Culture

Levy

TTh

2:00

3:20

Hyer 110

2012: CA1, HD
2016: LL, HD

1400

001

Dev Reading and Writing

Pisano

TTh

8:00

9:20

MCEL 135

2012: OC 2016: OC

2102

001

Spreadsheet Lit: Excel

C. Dickson-Carr

M

3:00

3:50

DH 101

 

2102

002

Spreadsheet Lit: Excel

C. Dickson-Carr

W

3:00

3:50

DH 101

 

2302

001

Business Writing

C. Dickson-Carr

TTh

12:30

1:50

DH 351

2012: IL, OC, W 2016: IL, OC, W

2302

002

Business Writing

C. Dickson-Carr

TTh

2:00

3:20

DH 351

2012: IL, OC, W 2016: IL, OC, W

DISC 2305

001H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Arbery

MWF

9:00

9:50

LDRC 104

 

DISC 2305

002H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Arbery

MWF

10:00

10:50

LDRC 104

 

DISC 2305

003H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Arbery

MWF

11:00

11:50

LDRC 104

 

DISC 2305

004H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Hopper

MWF

11:00

11:50

VSNI 303

 

DISC 2305

005H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Hopper

MWF

12:00

12:50

VSNI 303

 

DISC 2305

006H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Hopper

MWF

1:00

1:50

VSNI 303

 

DISC 2305

007H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

McConnell

TTh

9:30

10:50

BOAZ 136

 

DISC 2305

008H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

McConnell

TTh

11:00

12:20

BOAZ 136

 

DISC 2305

009H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

McConnell

TTh

12:30

1:50

BOAZ 136

 

DISC 2305

010H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

McConnell

TTh

2:00

3:20

BOAZ 136

 

DISC 2305

011H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Atkinson

TTh

11:00

12:20

CMRC 132

 

DISC 2305

012H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Spencer

TTh

2:00

3:20

LDRC 104

 

DISC 2305

013H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Bozorth

TTh

12:30

1:50

MCEL 137

 

DISC 2305

014H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Miller

MWF

1:00

1:50

ARMS 126

 

2311

001

Intro to Poetry

Holahan

MWF

1:00

1:50

DH 102

2012: CA2, W, OC 2016: LL, W, OC

2311

002

Intro to Poetry: A Poet-Guided Tour

Moss

MWF

10:00

10:50

DH 102

2012: CA2, W, OC 2016: LL, W, OC

2312

001

Intro to Fiction: Reader, I: Novels and Narrators from Austen to James.

McWilliams

MWF

9:00

9:50

DH 137

2012: CA2, W
2016: LL, W

2315

001

Intro to Lit Study

Weisenburger

TTh

12:30

1:50

DH 157

2012: CA2, W
2016: CA, W

2315

002

Intro to Lit Study: Those Who Wander

Wilson

TTh

9:30

10:50

Hyer 107

2012: CA2, W
2016: CA, W

2318

 

 

 

 

 

12:20

 

2012: W 2016: LL, TM, W

001

Intro to Digital Lit

Wilson

TTh

11:00

DH 137

2390

001H

Intro to Creative Writing: Getting Started as a Poet

Brownderville

TTh

11:00

12:20

DH 120

2012: CA1, W
2016: CA, W

2390

002

Intro to Creative Writing

Smith

MWF

11:00

11:50

DH 102

2012: CA1, W
2016: CA, W

2390

003

Intro to Creative Writing

Smith

MWF

12:00

12:50

DH 138

2012: CA1, W
2016: CA, W

2390

004

Intro to Creative Writing

Smith

MWF

1:00

1:50

DH 137

2012: CA1, W
2016: CA, W

2390

005

Intro to Creative Writing

Smith

MWF

2:00

2:50

DH 137

2012: CA1, W
2016: CA, W

2390

006

Intro to Creative Writing

Staff

TTh

3:30

4:50

DH 101

2012: CA1, W
2016: CA, W

3310

001

Contemporary Approaches

Sudan

TTh

12:30

1:50

DH 116

 

CLAS 3312

001

Classical Rhetoric: Ancient Athens During the Rise and Fall of the World's First Democracy

Neel

MWF

1:00

1:50

DH 149

2012: HC2, KNOW, W 2016: HSBS, KNOW, W

3320

001

Topics in Medieval Lit: Fabulous Fictions and Troublesome Truths in Medieval English Literature

Keene

TTh

2:00

3:20

DH 357

2012: CA2, W
2016: HFA, W

3346

001

American Lit History I

Cassedy

MWF

10:00

10:50

DH 116

2012: CA2, HC2, W
2016: HFA, HSBS, W

3360

001

Topics in Modern and Contemporary American Literature: Missing in Action: American World War I Literature and its Lost Narratives

Kiser

TTh

12:30

1:50

DH 152

2012: CA2, W
2016: HFA, W

3390

001

Creative Writing Workshop: Make It New!

Brownderville

TTh

2:00

3:20

DH 137

2012: CA2, W
2016: HFA, W

3390

002

Creative Writing Workshop: New Perspectives on Point of View

Staff

TTh

11:00

12:20

DH 102

2012: CA2, W
2016: HFA, W

4323

001

Chaucer: Playing in Poetry

Wheeler

TTh

11:00

12:20

DH 156

2012: IL, OC
2016: IL, OC

4333

001

Shakespeare: Fathers and Daughters, Husbands and Wives

Moss

MWF

12:00

12:50

DH 137

2012: IL, OC
2016: IL, OC

 4343  001 Studies in British Literature in the Age of Revolutions: Romance and Realism in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction  Murfin  TTh 12:30  1:50 DH 156

2012: IL, OC
2016: IL, OC

4346

001

Studies in American Lit in Age of Revs: Nineteenth-Century Classic American Literature Re-examined

Canceled
Canceled

Canceled

Canceled

Canceled

2012: IL, OC
2016: IL, OC

5310

001

Seminar in Literary Theory: Theory, Story, Writing

Foster

TTh

3:30

4:50

DH 156

 

6310

001

Advanced Literary Studies

D. Dickson-Carr

M

3:00

5:50

DH 137

 

6311

001

Survey of Lit Crit

Foster

TTh

12:30

1:50

DH 138

 

6312

001

Teaching Practicum

Stephens

F

1:00

3:50

Hyer 00G1

 

6370

001

African American Lit

D. Dickson-Carr

T

3:30

6:20

DH 138

 

7340

001

Seminar in British Lit

Wheeler

W

3:00

5:50

DH 137

 

7350

001

Seminar in American Lit: Post-1965 American Historical Fiction

Weisenburger

Th

3:30

6:20

DH 137

 

Cat #

Sec

Course Title

Instructor

Day

Start

End

Room

UC

DISC 2305

001H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Arbery

MWF

9:00

9:50

LDRC 104

 

2312

001

Intro to Fiction: Reader, I: Novels and Narrators from Austen to James.

McWilliams

MWF

9:00

9:50

DH 137

2012: CA2, W
2016: LL, W

1330

001

World of Shakespeare

Neel

MWF

10:00

10:50

Hyer 100

2012: CA1 2016: LL

DISC 2305

002H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Arbery

MWF

10:00

10:50

LDRC 104

 

2311

002

Intro to Poetry: A Poet-Guided Tour

Moss

MWF

10:00

10:50

DH 102

2012: CA2, W, OC 2016: LL, W, OC

3346

001

American Lit History I

Cassedy

MWF

10:00

10:50

DH 116

2012: CA2, HC2, W 2016: HFA, HSBS, W

1362

001

Crafty Worlds

Holahan

MWF

11:00

11:50

DH 116

2016: LL

DISC 2305

003H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Arbery

MWF

11:00

11:50

LDRC 104

 

DISC 2305

004H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Hopper

MWF

11:00

11:50

VSNI 303

 

2390

002

Intro to Creative Writing

Smith

MWF

11:00

11:50

DH 102

2012: CA1, W
2016: CA, W

DISC 2305

005H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Hopper

MWF

12:00

12:50

VSNI 303

 

2390

003

Intro to Creative Writing

Smith

MWF

12:00

12:50

DH 138

2012: CA1, W
2016: CA, W

4333

001

Shakespeare: Fathers and Daughters, Husbands and Wives

Moss

MWF

12:00

12:50

DH 137

2012: IL, OC
2016: IL, OC

2311

001

Intro to Poetry

Holahan

MWF

1:00

1:50

DH 102

2012: CA2, W, OC 2016: LL, W, OC

2390

004

Intro to Creative Writing

Smith

MWF

1:00

1:50

DH 137

2012: CA1, W
2016: CA, W

CLAS 3312

001

Classical Rhetoric: Ancient Athens During the Rise and Fall of the World's First Democracy

Neel

MWF

1:00

1:50

DH 149

2012: HC2, KNOW, W 2016: HSBS, KNOW, W

DISC 2305

006H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Hopper

MWF

1:00

1:50

VSNI 303

 

DISC 2305

014H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Miller

MWF

1:00

1:50

ARMS 126

 

2390

005

Intro to Creative Writing

Smith

MWF

2:00

2:50

DH 137

2012: CA1, W
2016: CA, W

2102

001

Spreadsheet Lit: Excel

C. Dickson-Carr

M

3:00

3:50

DH 101

 

6310

001

Advanced Literary Studies

D. Dickson-Carr

M

3:00

5:50

DH 137

 

2102

002

Spreadsheet Lit: Excel

C. Dickson-Carr

W

3:00

3:50

DH 101

 

7340

001

Seminar in British Lit

Wheeler

W

3:00

5:50

DH 137

 

6312

001

Teaching Practicum

Stephens

F

1:00

3:50

Hyer 00G1

 

1400

001

Dev Reading and Writing

Pisano

TTh

8:00

9:20

MCEL 135

2012: OC 2016: OC

DISC 2305

007H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

McConnell

TTh

9:30

10:50

BOAZ 136

 

2315

002

Intro to Lit Study: Those Who Wander

Wilson

TTh

9:30

10:50

Hyer 107

2012: CA2, W
2016: CA, W

1320

001

Cultures of Medieval Chivalry: Guts and Glory in the Middle Ages

Keene

TTh

11:00

12:20

FOSC 155

2012: CA1,
HC1, OC
2016: LL,
HC, OC

DISC 2305

008H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

McConnell

TTh

11:00

12:20

BOAZ 136

 

DISC 2305

011H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Atkinson

TTh

11:00

12:20

CMRC 132

 

2318

001

Intro to Digital Lit

Wilson

TTh

11:00

12:20

DH 137

2012: W 2016: LL, TM, W

2390

001H

Intro to Creative Writing: Getting Started as a Poet

Brownderville

TTh

11:00

12:20

DH 120

2012: CA1, W
2016: CA, W

3390

002

Creative Writing Workshop: New Perspectives on Point of View

Staff

TTh

11:00

12:20

DH 102

2012: CA2, W
2016: HFA, W

4323

001

Chaucer: Playing in Poetry

Wheeler

TTh

11:00

12:20

DH 156

2012: IL, OC
2016: IL, OC

2302

001

Business Writing

C. Dickson-Carr

TTh

12:30

1:50

DH 351

2012: IL, OC, W 2016: IL, OC, W

DISC 2305

009H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

McConnell

TTh

12:30

1:50

BOAZ 136

 

DISC 2305

013H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Bozorth

TTh

12:30

1:50

MCEL 137

 

2315

001

Intro to Lit Study

Weisenburger

TTh

12:30

1:50

DH 157

2012: CA2, W
2016: CA, W

3310

001

Contemporary Approaches

Sudan

TTh

12:30

1:50

DH 116

 

3360

001

Topics in Modern and Contemporary American Literature: Missing in Action: American World War I Literature and its Lost Narratives

Kiser

TTh

12:30

1:50

DH 152

2012: CA2, W
2016: HFA, W

 4343  001 Studies in British Literature in the Age of Revolutions: Romance and Realism in Nineteenth-Century British Fiction Murfin  TTh 12:30
1:50
DH 156
 

2012: IL, OC
2016: IL, OC

4346

001

Studies in American Lit in Age of Revs: Nineteenth-Century Classic American Literature Re-examined

Canceled

Canceled

Canceled

Canceled

Canceled

2012: IL, OC
2016: IL, OC

6311

001

Survey of Literary Criticism

Foster

TTh

12:30

1:50

DH 138

 

1365

001

Literature of Minorities: “Otherness” and Identity in American Culture

Levy

TTh

2:00

3:20

Hyer 110

2012: CA1, HD
2016: LL, HD

2302

002

Business Writing

C. Dickson-Carr

TTh

2:00

3:20

DH 351

2012: IL, OC, W 2016: IL, OC, W

DISC 2305

010H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

McConnell

TTh

2:00

3:20

BOAZ 136

 

DISC 2305

012H

Honors Humanities Seminar I

Spencer

TTh

2:00

3:20

LDRC 104

 

3320

001

Topics in Medieval Lit: Fabulous Fictions and Troublesome Truths in Medieval English Literature

Keene

TTh

2:00

3:20

DH 357

2012: CA2, W
2016: HFA, W

3390

001

Creative Writing Workshop: Make It New!

Brownderville

TTh

2:00

3:20

DH 137

2012: CA2, W
2016: HFA, W

2390

006

Intro to Creative Writing

Staff

TTh

3:30

4:50

DH 101

2012: CA1, W
2016: CA, W

5310

001

Seminar in Literary Theory: Theory, Story, Writing

Foster

TTh

3:30

4:50

DH 156

 

6370

001

African American Lit

D. Dickson-Carr

T

3:30

6:20

DH 138

 

7350

001

Seminar in American Lit: Post-1965 American Historical Fiction

Weisenburger

Th

3:30

6:20

DH 137