English Courses

Fall 2014

ENGL 1302-001 (6042) – Chivalry

8:00 TTH – 306 DH – Wheeler




ENGL 1330-001 (3316) – The World of Shakespeare

10:00 MWF – 100 Hyer – Neel


Introductory study of nine major plays, including comedies, histories, tragedies, and occasionally romances, with background material on biographical, cultural, historical, and literary topics. Lectures include taped professional performances of scenes; required or recommended viewing of selected performances on stage, film, and television. Writing assignments: frequent detailed quizzes, two one-hour essay tests, final examination, optional extra paper.

Texts: The Norton Shakespeare, Second Edition, 2008 & Arp’s Synopses of the Plays



ENGL 1362-001 (3480) – Crafty Worlds

1:00 MWF – 110 Hyer – Holahan


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 1363-001 (6043) – The Myth of the American West

11:00 MWF – 116 DH – Weisenburger


In this course we study how the realities of conquest in the nineteenth century American West were transformed into twentieth century legend and myth.  Our case studies include Texas emigrant Cynthia Ann Parker’s captivity among the Comanche, as presented in factual, fictional, and cinematic versions; the late-19th phenomenon of Buffalo Bill Cody’s celebrity; the romance of horse culture and gunfighters in mid-20th century novels and films; and late-20th century revisions to that tradition.  Readings will include biographical and historical sources, representative novels, and a selection of classic Western films from the Silent Era to the present.  Course requirements: evening viewing of 3 feature films, several brief response papers, a mid-term and final exam. 



ENGL 1365-001 (3168) – Literature of Minorities

3:30 TTH – 107 Hyer – Levy


The course interrogates from historical and literary perspectives the category of "minority" as a cultural paradox, one that simultaneously asserts and marginalizes identity. Particular attention will be paid to the issue of identity as both self-selected and imposed, as both fixed and flexible, as located and displaced, as both local and global.



ENGL 1400-001 (6199) – Reading and Writing

9:30 TTH – 138 DH – Pisano


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 2302-001 (2907) – Business Writing

12:30 TTH – 351 DH – Tongate


This course introduces students to business and professional communication, including a variety of writing and speaking tasks, and 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. The course meets in a computer lab, and may not be counted toward requirements for the English major. Writing assignments: summaries, analyses, evaluations, letters, reports, memoranda, and individual and collaborative research reports, both oral and written. Texts: Kolin, Philip C. Successful Writing at Work, 10th ed. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage, 2013.



ENGL 2302-002 (2908) – Business Writing

2:00 TTH – 351 DH – Tongate


This course introduces students to business and professional communication, including a variety of writing and speaking tasks, and 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. The course meets in a computer lab, and may not be counted toward requirements for the English major. Writing assignments: summaries, analyses, evaluations, letters, reports, memoranda, and individual and collaborative research reports, both oral and written. Texts: Kolin, Philip C. Successful Writing at Work, 10th ed. Boston: Wadsworth Cengage, 2013.


ENGL 2310-001 (2993) – Imagination and Interpretation

11:00 MWF – 120 DH – Booker


Working Girls in British Fiction

When Facebook CFO Sheryl Sandberg recently told women to “lean in” at work, she entered a centuries-old conversation about gender and labor.  This course examines stories of women working in England during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, a time of major changes in the English economy.  What can these maids, actresses, prostitutes, governesses, and mothers tell us about changing attitudes toward gender and social class?  We will explore these questions through a variety of materials from the period, including novels, conduct manuals, art, poems, and essays.

UC: CA2, W



ENGL 2311-001 (2750) – Poetry

11:00 MWF – 138 DH – Holahan


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.

 Texts: TBA.



ENGL 2311-002 (2909) – Poetry

2:00 TTH – 110 Hyer – Moss


An introduction to the study of poetry and how it works, examining a wide range of poems by English and American writers, and attending to the form, history, analysis, and interpretation of poetry. Special attention to writing about literature. Evaluation: brief response exercises, 15-20 pages of writing, midterm and final exams, class participation. Texts: Vendler, Poems, Poets, Poetry (third edition).


ENGL 2312-001 (2436) – Fiction

9:30 TTH – 149 DH – Sae-Saue


This course is an introduction to fiction with an emphasis on U.S. ethnic novels. The primary goal of the class is for students to learn to recognize a range of narrative elements and to see how they function in key U.S. fictions. Each text we will read represents a specific set of historical and social relationships and they imagine particular U.S. identities and cultural geographies. Yet how does a text construct a cultural landscape and organize human consciousness? How does a work of fiction comment on a determinate historical moment? How does it articulate political, social, and cultural dilemmas? And how does it structure our understandings of social interaction? As these questions imply, this course will explore how fiction creates and then navigates a gap between art and history in order to remark on U.S. social relations. We will investigate how literary mechanisms situate a narrative within a determinate social context and how the narrative apparatuses of the selected texts work to organize our perceptions of the complex worlds that they imagine. As such, we will conclude the class having learned how fiction works ideologically and having understood how the form, structure, and narrative elements of the selected texts negotiate history, politics, human psychology, and even the limitations of textual representation. Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will be able to: identify several formal elements in a work of literature. Write an analysis of an interpretive problem in a work of literature. Texts: Maxine Hong Kingston: The Woman Warrior, John Okada: No-No Boy, Karen Tei Yamashita: Tropic of Orange, Junot Díaz: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Oscar Casares: Brownsville, Luis Alberto Urrea, Devil’s Highway


ENGL 2312-002H (3614) – Fiction

12:30 TTH – 149 DH – Foster


"This introduction to narrative fiction takes as its premise the idea that narratives provide a way of understanding the world, other people, and ourselves. The theme of the course is “cover stories,” a title suggesting that we come to know the world better not by stripping away the covers, but by learning to read the stories the world tells. Fiction's representations enable us to see what otherwise remains cloaked in the ordinariness of daily life. Like history, law, psychology, and biology, fiction questions and analyzes the appearances of things, revealing connections, motives, and patterns in the seeming chaos of the world, while it also reveals mysteries where the world seems all too immediately comprehensible. The course is intended to sensitize you to the designs of narrative literature so that you will see its effect in other literature and in other aspects of your life. Writing assignments: four short papers and a final exam.

Possible Texts: Julio Cortazar, Blow Up and Other Stories, Sigmund Freud, Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, Kazuo Ishiguro, Remains of the Day, Henry James, "The Turn of the Screw"" and other short Novels, Susanna Kaysen, Girl, Interrupted, Nabokov, Lolita, Vintage, and Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye.”



ENGL 2314-001 (2968) – Doing Things with Poems

12:30 MWF – 137 DH – Bozorth


"Now in 3D: how to do things with poems you never knew were possible, and once you know how, you won’t want to stop. You’ll learn to trace patterns in language, sound, imagery, feeling, and all those things that make poetry the world’s oldest and greatest multisensory art form, appealing to eye, ear, mouth, heart, and other bodily processes. You will read, talk, and write about poems written centuries ago and practically yesterday. You will learn to distinguish exotic species like villanelles and sestinas. You’ll discover the difference between free verse and blank verse and be glad you know. You will impress your friends and family with metrical analyses of great poems and famous television theme songs. You’ll argue (politely but passionately) about love, sex, the sinking of the Titanic, witches, God, Satan, and trochaic tetrameter. You’ll satisfy a requirement for the English major and a good liberal-arts education. Shorter and longer papers totally approximately 20 pages; midterm; final exam; class presentationTexts: Helen Vendler, Poems, Poets, Poetry (3rd ed); Andrea Lunsford, EasyWriter (recommended).


ENGL 2315-001 (2865) – Introduction to Literary Study

10:00 MWF – 102 DH – Dickson-Carr


ENGL 2315 is an introduction to the pleasing art of literary study and to the English major. We will read, contemplate, and discuss poetry, short stories, essays, and novels from different nations and literary traditions to enjoy their many rich complexities. We will begin with different ways of defining literature, then proceed to examine how and why we read various genres and the roles that literature may play in our world. In addition, we will discover and discuss a few of the more prominent issues in contemporary literary studies. By the end of the course, the student should be able to read and write critically about literary works. This skill will serve each student well in other courses in English and elsewhere. Regular writings (in class and at home), three papers, and five short benchmark exams will be required.  Texts: Handbook to Literature, William Harmon and Hugh Holman. Other texts TBD.


ENGL 2315-002 (3333) – Introduction to Literary Study- : "Imagining America"

11:00 TTH -- 149 DH – Ards


 This course introduces students to the study of literature by developing skills in formal analysis, or “close-reading.”  We will ground our critical practice by exploring the idea of the New World: its landscapes, character, and promises.  We will read classic texts that have been central to the definition of what it means to be American in crucial periods of national transformation, from “discovery” to globalization, along with writers preoccupied with changing conventional ideas about the American identity and experience.  Through reading and writing about texts that span a range of genres and historical periods, students will be able to locate major works of literature in their specific cultural contexts.  They will also understand how texts are influenced by significant historical events and how literature in turn shapes the way we understand and imagine those events. Sample texts: The Tempest, Shakespeare; Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman; Daisy Miller, Henry James; The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man, James Weldon Johnson; To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee; Americanah, Chimamanda Adichie.




ENGL 2390-001 (3495) – Introduction to Creative Writing

3:00 MW – 101 DH – Brownderville


In this course students write poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Class time is devoted to writing exercises and to the discussion of published pieces and students' work.


ENGL 2390-002 (3496) – Introduction to Creative Writing

11:00 TTH – 156 DH – Diaconoff


Introduction to Creative Writing. This course introduces students to the practice of writing poems, short stories, and creative essays. Class time is devoted to the study of published pieces, workshop discussion of students' pieces, and in-class writing exercises. Texts: Richard Hugo, THE TRIGGERING TOWN; Jeff Knorr and Tim Schell, eds, A WRITER’S COUNTRY.



ENGL 2390-003 (3497) – Introduction to Creative Writing

12:30 TTH – 156 DH – Haynes


This course will introduce the techniques of writing fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.  The semester will be divided between the three genres; in each students will study the work of published writers and create a portfolio of their own original writing in each genre. 



ENGL 2390-004 (3498) – Introduction to Creative Writing

3:30 TTH – 156 DH – Haynes


This course will introduce the techniques of writing fiction, poetry and creative nonfiction.  The semester will be divided between the three genres; in each students will study the work of published writers and create a portfolio of their own original writing in each genre. 


ENGL 3308-P23 (2758) – English Studies Internship

12:00 ARR – Crusius


"Unpaid work experience (minimum of 120 hrs.) at business and institutions related to English major.

Junior standing required and at least 3.0 GPA. Written account of experience also required.”


ENGL 3310-001 (2437) – Contemporary Approaches to Literature

9:00 MWF – 137 DH – Crusius


An introduction to literary theory. It is taken by most English majors because theory has assumed an importance in our field it did not have only a few decades ago. One cannot now be a well-educated person in English--or for that matter, in the liberal arts generally--without a basic knowledge of theory. We shall cover many approaches to contemporary criticism, each with its own theory of what interpretation should be and do. Of necessity, we shall only scratch the surface of a complicated and intriguing subject, but the surface is interesting, and should lead you to further reading in more depth on your own, some of which I shall suggest as we go along.


ENGL 3310-002 (2967) – Contemporary Approaches to Literature

3:30 TTH – 106 DH – Murfin


What is literature? How do we read it, and why? What counts as "literature"? How can students make sense of and make use of literary criticism? This course addresses these questions by introducing the linguistic, cultural, and theoretical issues informing contemporary literary discourse, as well as by studying some literary texts and contemporary interpretations of them. Writing assignments: weekly in-class short exercises, one short essay, one longer essay, final examination. Texts: Brontë, ‘Wuthering Heights’: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism; Conrad, ‘Heart of Darkness’: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism and ‘The Secret Sharer’: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism; Shelley, ‘Frankenstein’: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism.


ENGL 3332-001 (6060) – Shakespeare

11:00 TTH – 102 DH – Rosendale


A midlevel introduction to Shakespeare’s plays (and their subgenres of tragedy, comedy, history, and romance), as well as his nondramatic poetry.  Our goal will not be to bow before The Bard, but rather to read his work and see what’s interesting about it, in our own time as well as his.  Fortunately for us, Shakespeare lived in an era of extraordinary cultural, political, social, and religious flux, and was in fact a great genius and insightful analyst of humanity, so we’ll have a lot to think, talk and argue about. 


ENGL 3341-001 (6063) – British Literary History II

2:00 MW – 157 DH – Bozorth


"Introduction to British and Irish fiction, poetry, and drama since the end of the eighteenth century, focusing on Romanticism, the Victorian Age, and Modernism.  We'll look at key writers from these periods—poets like Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Tennyson, Christina Rossetti, Yeats, Eliot, Owen, and Auden; novels by writers like Emily Bronte and Virginia Woolf; and drama by Oscar Wilde.  We'll read the things that readers and writers have come back to again and again to this day.  British society, culture, and politics changed rapidly over these last two centuries, with the Industrial Revolution and urbanization and rapidly evolving modern technology; with Britain's rise (and decline) as a world power; with the democratization of government and radical shifts in people's understandings of gender, sexuality, and the family; with the unsettling scientific ideas from Darwin to Freud to Einstein that threw into crisis people's beliefs about themselves, about God, and about the environment around them.  We'll see how writers revolutionized poetry, drama, and fiction, as they sought to respond to these historical changes around them, as well as to the great cataclysms of the French Revolution and world wars in the 20th century. Roughly one third of classes will involve lecture, the rest discussions. Writing assignments: three short (4-6-page) essays, two in-class tests, frequent one-to-two-page response papers or quizzes, final examination.

Texts: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, Vol. II (9th edition); Bronte, Wuthering Heights; Wilde, Salome; Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway; Lunsford, EasyWriter (recommended).”



ENGL 3346-001 (3503) – American Literary History I

12:00 MWF – 200 Hyer – Cassedy


An introduction to American literature from European contact to the Civil War.  The course will survey well-known texts from the American literary canon as well as less familiar texts.  Major themes and topics will include: the shifting meanings of "American" identity; the conflicting demands of radical individualism and social cohesion, especially as they intersect with gender, race, slavery, and abolition; and the relationship between literacy and citizenship.  Readings will include autobiographical texts by Mary Rowlandson, Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Jacobs, Frederick Douglass, and Henry David Thoreau; sermons by John Winthrop, Jonathan Edwards, and others; fiction by Susanna Rowson, Edgar Allan Poe, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Herman Melville; and poetry by Phillis Wheatley, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson.


ENGL 3362-001 (6103) – I, Too, Sing America: Survey of African American Literature

2:00 TTH – 357 DH – Ards


This course familiarizes students with the major authors who have come to define the African American literary tradition.  We will consider a range of canonical works within their historical and cultural contexts, examining how genres like the slave narrative and passing novel, events such as the Middle Passage and Great Migration, and themes like masking and migration resurface throughout African American literary history.  By weighing the relationship between the oral tradition (sacred and secular songs, toasts and folktales) and the literary one (fiction and poetry, drama and essays), we will consider how writers such as Phillis Wheatley, Charles Chesnutt, and WEB Du Bois; Frederick Douglass, James Weldon Johnson, and Toni Morrison; Amiri Baraka, Lorraine Hansberry, and August Wilson engage, revise, and riff on their literary predecessors.


ENGL 3366-001 (6104) – American Literary History II

12:00 MWF – 101 DH – Dickson-Carr


In ENGL 3366-001, we shall study the construction and revision of America and American cultures conducted by some of the most famous authors in modern America. This course is designed to provide an overview of both the historical and cultural information surrounding outstanding American literary works even as we discover the forms American authors have used to express different facets of American life. Our overarching goal will be to construct for ourselves definitions of what it means or has meant, in practical terms, to be an American, whether through the artists we study or our own knowledge and experiences. In the process, we shall continuously engage these texts via careful, close analysis of them as literature and as documents of American culture.


ENGL 3369-001 (6184) – Native-American Authors

11:00 MWF – 101 DH – Crusius


Study of Native American authors, their works, and various social and historical influences. Prerequisites: DISC 1313 or 2306; English 1302 or 2306; or department approval. Novels for Fall 2014:N. Scott Momaday, House Made of Dawn; Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony; Louise Erdrich, Tracks. Short stories from Sherman Alexie, The Toughest Indian in the World. Four tests, 3 papers.

ENGL 3340-001 (6137) – Topics in British Literature in the Age of Revolutions—The Industrial Novel

9:00 MWF – 357 DH – Booker


As England transitioned into the industrial age, major Victorian writers used the novel to comment on the social and economic changes brought about by industrialization.  This course examines these “industrial novels” as transitional texts that look forward to economic and social progress and look backward with nostalgia for a simpler rural past. These nineteenth-century stories explore the changing relationship between employers and workers, the conditions of the working poor, and the debate over personal responsibility and the social safety-net—issues with which we still struggle today. We will supplement our reading of four industrial novels with influential texts by Frederick Engels, John Ruskin, Thomas Carlyle, John Stuart Mill, and Karl Marx to understand how literary texts contribute to social critique. UC: CA2, W


ENGL 3379-001C (3647) – Contexts of Disability

10:00 MWF – 357 DH – Satz


This course deals with the literary and cultural portrayals of those with disability and the knotty philosophical and ethical issues that permeate current debates in the disability rights movement. The course also considers the ways issues of disability intersect with issues of gender, race, class, and culture. A wide variety of issues, ranging from prenatal testing and gene therapy through legal equity for the disabled in society, will be approached through a variety of readings, both literary and non-literary, by those with disabilities and those currently without them. Writing assignments: three short essays, one longer essay; mid-term, final examination.  Texts: Kupfer, Fern, Before and After Zachariah: A Family Story of a Different Kind of Courage; Haddon, Mark Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night; Rapp, Emily, Poster Child ; Jamison,Kay Redfield, An Unquiet Mind; Lessing, Doris, The Fifth Child; Sarton, May, As We Are Now; Mairs, selected essays; O’Connor, selected stories; selected articles from a variety of disciplines.



ENGL 3383-001 (3380) – Imagination/Capital Punishment

10:00 MWF – 116 DH – Holahan


A study of the literary treatment of capital punishment. The aim is to locate a social issue of continuing importance within literary traditions that permit a different kind of analysis from that given in moral, social, and legal discourse. The literary forms include drama, lyric, novel, and biography; the periods of history represented range from the English Reformation and the Elizabethan Renaissance to the English Civil War, the French Revolution, and contemporary America. Writing assignments: three short essays, final examination.

Texts: TBA.



ENGL 3390-001 (3877) Studies in Creative Writing

10:00 MWF – 120 DH – Diaconoff


"Reading and Writing Fan Literature. In this course, we’ll explore every aspect of fan literature for instruction and delight. Our guide will be the book Fic: Why Fanfiction Is Taking over the World by critic Anne Jamison and a cohort of other fan and professional writers. We’ll read canonical “fan fiction” including Jean Rhys’ novel Wide Sargasso Sea and Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead as well as a large selection of stories of Sherlock Holmes, one of the greatest generators of fan fiction over the past century and more. Students are likely to write a short (2000-2500 words) critical paper, but the bulk of the writing assignments will be creative fan fiction—and/or nonfiction—of their own, which they will be encouraged to post online or to disseminate/revise further/use as future inspiration in any other way they see fit. We will have regular workshop discussions of drafts of “fanfic” student stories and essays. Those who have no previous experience of writing fan lit will be as welcome in the class—and should find it as useful—as those who are experienced “fic” writers already. Anne Jamison, ed. FIC: WHY FANFICTION IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD; Jean Rhys, WIDE SARGASSO SEA; Tom Stoppard, ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD; collection of A.C. Doyle’s SHERLOCK HOLMES stories; an array of online fan-writing sites.


ENGL 3390-002 (3878) Studies in Creative Writing

12:00 MWF – 138 DH – Brownderville


In this course students write and discuss poems. Discussion centers on the students’ writing and on published work that demonstrates effective technique. Successful students begin to imagine how their own voices might contribute to the exciting, wildly varied world of contemporary American poetry.


ENGL 4323-001 (6114) – Chaucer

9:30 TTH – 156 DH – Wheeler

Readings of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales from perspectives of medieval thought and contemporary criticism. Open to majors and non-majors. Writing assignments: 3 short essays, commentaries.

Text: TBD


ENGL 4330-001 (6115) – Renaissance Writers

11:00 TTH – 137 DH – Moss


"The Faerie Queene—Edmund Spenser’s endlessly imaginative allegory for the English nation and Queen Elizabeth—and Paradise Lost—John Milton’s epic portrayal of satanic vengeance, human frailty, and promised redemption—remain the most rewarding and influential long poems of the English Renaissance. We will begin by grounding ourselves in their common classical sources—Virgil, Ovid, and the Bible—and will then read both of these monumental poems alongside extensive coverage of the religious, political, and social controversies of the early modern period.  Writing assignments: weekly quizzes, brief creative exercises, two short essays, research paper and presentation, final examination.  Texts: Virgil, Aeneid (selections); Ovid, Metamorphoses (selections); Geneva Bible (selections); Spenser,Muiopotmos; The Faerie Queene, Books I and III; Milton, “Lycidas”; “Comus”; Paradise Lost; selected criticism.



 ENGL 4340-001 (3022) – British Literature in the Age of Revolutions

12:30 TTH – 138 DH – Murfin


A consideration of six works of fiction dating from the nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries. Some of these texts include important secrets known to the narrator and some characters (but not others, sometimes including the protagonist). Others contain information unknown by the narrator and/or reader until revelatory turning points in the plot. Still other works seem to involve additional secrets that are never revealed, except through what J. Hillis Miller calls “traces or marks,” “indirect signs announcing their hidden existence”—secrets perhaps unknown at any conscious level by the authors themselves. Such fictions often involve real or phantasmal doubles (twins) or Doppelgängers (counterparts); their plots often contain instances of what Freud termed the “uncanny” and are typically conveyed through complex, achronological narrative structures. (These include twice-told tales, interpolated stories, and so-called “Chinese box” narratives that at once invite readers to be “in on” the secret and that, at the same time, keep readers at a distance.) Works covered will include Anne Radcliffe’s The Mysteries of Udolpho, Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, Thomas Hardy’s The Mayor of Casterbridge, Joseph Conrad’s Lord Jim and The Secret Sharer, Henry James’s The Turn of the Screw, and Ford Madox Ford’s The Good Soldier. In addition to writing a short paper and a longer paper involving secondary sources, students will complete three in-class writing assignments and lead a discussion.


ENGL 4356-001 (6130) – Modern and Contemporary American Writers

2:00 TTH – 102 DH – Siraganian


American poetry after World War II is inventive, strange, silly, topical, abstract, irreverent, and—more recently—composed with an eye to social media. How do poets speak to and for our neoliberal era? What does poetry look like when the 140-character Tweet “replaces" the sonnet? We will consider these questions by exploring the work of both well-known poets writing during the Cold War era (Bishop, Plath, Olson, Rich), avant-garde poets writing in the 1980s and 1990s (Ashbery, Howe, Palmer), and relatively unknown contemporary Millennial and Generation Y poets writing now (Lin, Minnis, Leidner, Lockwood). Creative thinking will be encouraged. Requirements: several papers, at least one or more with an optional creative component, and a final exam.


ENGL 4360 (3883) – Studies in Modern American Literature

1:00 MWF – 149 DH – Weisenburger


A survey of eight classics in modern and contemporary American literature:  works of drama, poetry, autobiography and fiction that figure imaginatively the troubled relations between public history and private memory.  Each of our texts considers what counts, or is discounted, as History; and what are the psychological and social costs of forgetting or misremembering; and how lost pasts may be recuperated.  We will necessarily confront the role of violence in that forgetting and misremembering, and how writers present kinds of physical, social, and cultural wounding and recovery.  Our studies will concentrate on the ways that our texts—each an acknowledged classic, nearly all of them award winning works—are concerned with the ways violence has shaped the ongoing experiment named “America.”   Our writers:  William Faulkner, Richard Wright, Lorraine Hansberry, Scott Momaday, Cormac McCarthy, Toni Morrison, Sherman Alexie, and Natasha Trethewey.  Course requirements:  2 short response papers, a research paper, and a final exam. 



ENGL 5310-001 (2438) – Seminar in Literary Theory

2:00 TTH – 101 DH –Schwartz


An introduction to some of the philosophical and theoretical writings necessary to understand current critical practice.  We shall examine assumptions underlying traditional critical methods and then work toward some of the critical modes that have come into practice in the last half of the 20thC and the first decade of the 21stC, including deconstructive, psychoanalytic, feminist, New Historical, queer, ethnic, and cultural approaches to literature.  The emphasis throughout the course will be on the ways in which a non-foundationalist “semiotic” linguistics has provided ways of understanding literary works and other systems that constitute our culture.  In addition to the texts listed below, we shall read essays by Foucault, Saussure, Derrida, Barthes, Gates, Hall, Sedgwick, Silverman, and Badiou, among others.  Writing assignments: several short papers and one seminar essay. Enrollment limit: By invitation only. Texts: Brontë, Jane Eyre; Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents; Heidegger, Poetry, Language, Thought; James,Eight Tales from the Major Phase; Plato, Phaedrus. Silverman, The Subject of Semiotics. Badiou, The Foundation of Universalism


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 – 128 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




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.