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)


Summer 2016 Graduate Course Offerings

Special Topics:  Jane Austen - EH 590 | John Halbrooks
MW, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Humanities 0264

In this course we will read the novels of Jane Austen, survey the history of Austen criticism, and consider Austen's influence on culture and film history.

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.

Fall 2016 Graduate Course Offerings

Graduate Writing - EH 502 | Steve Trout
M, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Students in EH 502 will learn how to write literary analysis at an advanced level and how to present their work at a professional forum. Readings will include numerous samples of quality scholarship and a variety of primary texts, including works by Willa Cather, Joseph Conrad, H.G. Wells, and Ernest Hemingway.   

Teaching College Writing - EH 505 | Patrick Shaw
MW, 1:00 pm to 2:15 pm

This course examines issues in composition history, theory, and pedagogy in the context of teaching first-year composition.  Students will use this knowledge to develop course material appropriate to teaching first-year composition.  Topics include syllabus and assignment design, lesson planning, course management, teaching in the linguistically and culturally diverse classroom, and assessment. Pre-requisite/Co-requisite: EH 502.

Studies in Shakespeare II - EH 517 | Richard Hillyer
R, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

We will study a handful of Shakespeare's histories and tragedies under the rubric "Shakespeare and Film," which is also the title of a book we will use as a guide.  In addition to reading that and seven plays, we will be watching six films during class-time.  The writing assignment will consist of a 20-25 page research paper developed in stages. 

Victorian and Edwardian Prose - EH 538 | Ellen Burton Harrington
MW, 2:30 pm to 3:45 pm

What it means to be British becomes a defining issue in the Victorian and Edwardian periods, encompassing class, race, ethnicity, and difference both within Britain and in the colonies.  Contemporary concerns about evolution and interest in the developing fields of criminal anthropology animate the discussion about nation, class, and race.  This class will focus on the figure of the detective in relation to these issues of nation and empire. We will read Dickens’s Bleak House alongside Dickens’s journalism; Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone with a selection from Harriet Martineau’s travel narratives; Stevenson’s The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and the two Sherlock Holmes novellas “A Study in Scarlet” and “The Sign of Four” with contemporary criminal anthropologist Cesare Lombroso’s problematic theories; Kipling’s Kim with a range of contemporary and current perspectives on empire; and Joseph Conrad’s The Secret Agent in relation to prevailing interest in anarchism, empire, and criminal anthropology.  While looking at the larger issue of being subject to British rule within and outside of Britain, we will consider the ways in which class differences and Irish, Jewish, African, and Indian identity complicate the idea of being British.

Monstrous Births, Erroneous Opinions, and Unsavory Speeches: Religious Commotions in Early American Literature - EH 590 | Becky McLaughlin
W, 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm

Beginning with the Antinomian Controversy of 1636-38 as documented by David Hall, this variable content course will explore the impact of religion on American literature from the 17th through the 19th century.  The story we generally tell ourselves about our Puritan forbears is one in which a courageous band of faithful Christians create a “city upon a hill” to be a beacon of religious tolerance and good will for the whole world to model itself upon.  But, in fact, from the 17th century’s three “crime waves”--the Antinomian Controversy, the Quaker Persecutions, and the Salem Witch Trials--to the three Great Awakenings of the 18th and 19th centuries, religious controversy and intolerance have been the order of the day.  To see the highs and the lows of our spotted religious history, or “the sluce, through which so many flouds of Error flow in,” we will read the sermons of John Wheelwright, Jonathan Edwards, George Whitefield, and Charles Chauncy; novels such as Wieland, The Damnation of Theron Ware, The Leatherwood God, and The Bostonians; short stories such as Melville’s “The Apple-Tree Table” and Hawthorne’s “Young Goodman Brown”; and the autobiographies of Jarena Lee, Zilpha Elaw, and Julia Foote.

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.