Graduate Courses

"The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid." - Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey (1817)

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Summer 2015 Graduate Course Offerings

17th Century Poetry - EH 521 | Richard Hillyer
TR (full session), 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Humanities 0266

We will be studying a wide range of English poetry from the late 16th and early 17th centuries, through the lens supplied by two broad divisions (neither co-extensive with the other): authors of secular or sacred verse and followers of Ben Jonson ("cavalier") or John Donne ("metaphysical"). Requirements involve plenty of close reading from three anthologies and a research paper of 15-20 pages developed in stages.

Fall 2015 Graduate Course Offerings

Graduate Writing for English - EH 502 | Becky McLaughlin
W, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Humanities 0146

EH 502 is required of all M.A. students in their first year of course work.  The purpose of this course is to prepare students for research and academic writing at the graduate level, and thus the course will be writing intensive.  Graduate-level study of English means a direct engagement with the academic conversations, discourses, institutions, and practices that circulate around and through the study of literature.  In this course, for example, we will be focusing on the relationship between cinema (text) and psychoanalysis (theory) or what Derrida calls the "Science of Ghosts."  Put colloquially, we will do a little Jacques Lacan filtered through New Lacanian Bruce Fink and a lot of David Lynch as we address the question of how narrative deals with reflection that is image- rather than word-based.

Teaching College Writing - EH 505 | Patrick Shaw
MW, 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm, Humanities 0264

This course examines issues in contemporary composition theory and interrogates what it means to do pedagogical theory.  Students will use this knowledge to develop course material appropriate to teaching first-year composition.  Topics may include: syllabus design, lesson planning, course management, teaching in the linguistically and culturally diverse classroom, and assessment. Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: EH 502. 

Early Romantics - EH 532 | Cristopher Hollingsworth
T, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Humanities 0264

This course explores aspects of the shift in English letters from an aesthetic emphasis on light and line to one on suggestion and shadow; in generic terms, this shift was one from sentiment and social drama to psychology and the drama of the individual’s self making. Through close attention to selected works including Rousseau’s Reveries of a Solitary Walker, Wordsworth’s Prelude, De Quincey’s Confessions and Dacre’s Zofloya, students taking this course will discover for themselves, and discuss and write about, the complex, contradictory and often Gothic-inflected project of inventing the Romantic subject and his/her art of being. Evaluation will include a project proposal, oral report and response, and research essay.

Modern American Fiction - EH 572 | Christopher Raczkowski
R, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Humanities 0264

Recent scholarship tends to view Anglo-American modernism as a diverse phenomenon, a cultural movement whose multiple expressions permeate and crossover standard artistic mediums, genre divisions, cultural categories and political formations.  In this class, we will study four central veins of modernism in American fiction: the elite or experimental modernist novel; the popular modernist novel, the left or proletarian modernist novel and the Harlem Renaissance modernist novel. Through close readings of primary literary texts supplemented by essays in criticism and theory on modernist literary production, we will investigate these different modernisms with an eye for both what makes them aesthetically/politically distinct from each other—indeed, at times, deeply hostile towards each other—and what makes them identifiable or coherent as part of a broader modernist literary engagement with the social-historical tumult of American modernity in the first half of the twentieth century.

Graduate Fiction Writing Workshop I & II - EH 583 & 584 | Carolyn Haines
M, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Humanities 0144

Students will write and critique short fiction, chapters, or on-going projects. The course is writing intensive, and the goal is to produce publishable work in the student’s preferred fiction genre. Students will sharpen their writing skills while learning the elements of good fiction with an emphasis on plot and structure.

Graduate Poetry Writing Workshop I & II - EH 585 & 586 | Mira Rosenthal
T, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Humanities 0266

Many poets writing today have an overarching poetic project that unifies their work, be it a series of sonnets on farming or a scientific inquiry into the natural world. In this workshop, we will discover what poetic preoccupations propel us as writers: cadence, image, memory, association, idea, narrative, or lack thereof. The quirkiness of a writer's preoccupations and voice draw us in as readers. Dean Young’s associative ramblings, Billy Collins’ humor, Kay Ryan’s quick wit—a distinctive voice represents the poet’s gift at its most inventive and inspiring. We will investigate not only the traditions and techniques that define writers’ voices, but also how they surprise us and remain innovative at the same time. We will do the same in giving feedback on the work of our peers with an eye toward focusing on the resonances between a given author’s poems—how they might work in unison to build a voice. Our readings are drawn from recent first books and books in translation to give us a glimpse of new voices in the field of contemporary American and world poetry. We will also research avenues for continuing the writer’s life after the MA.

The Spirituals and 20th Century Black Novel - EH 592 | Kern Jackson
M, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Humanities 0142

This course explores the themes of desperation to return and loss of meaning in one’s life expressed in the songs known traditionally as "Negro Spirituals." Students explore these themes through the Spirituals, slave narratives and other prose in order to develop an understanding of an aesthetic that began on the decks of the ships that brought enslaved Africans to North America.  Students apply how these songs are central in the works of four prominent descendants of the sorrow song singer prophets: Zora Hurston, Richard Wright, James Baldwin and Toni Morrison.  The course will explore how these modern artists continue the tradition using the same aesthetic principles that can be discovered in the Spirituals, and utilizing these artistic principles for the same reasons: to lead their companions on that dreadful journey out of the wilderness and into homeland.  

Thesis Hours - EH 599

Please see Dr. Harrington if you would like to register for thesis hours and have not already discussed your committee, graduation requirements, etc.


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