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Introduction to Critical Theory/ EH 501 - 501
This course will survey major movements, statements, and interconnections among a range of critical and theoretical approaches to the study of literature, aesthetics, and culture, such as formalism, structuralism, post-structuralism, psychoanalysis, and political criticism, as well as newer developments such as 'evocriticism' and the digital humanities. In addition, we will discuss the relations between the study of literature and the humanities within larger institutional and nationalist frameworks. Our guiding (and deceptively simple) question will be: what is literature good for, and who says?
Sexual Economies in the Eighteenth-Century Novel / EH 526 - 501
This course will survey constructions of gender in eighteenth-century narrative in the context of the radical cultural shifts during the period. We will also consider the transformation of troubling economies of sex into an idealized narrative form, a form that departs from older structures of romance and becomes something new: the modern novel. As we will see from cinematic adaptations and revisions of our primary texts, film has both codified and deconstructed these kinds of narratives. Primary texts will include Defoe's Moll Flanders, Fielding's Tom Jones, and Austen's Sense and Sensibility.
Modern American Fiction/ EH 572 - 501
Steven Trout's course will focus on a variety of modernist writers whose works respond to the violence and cultural upheaval of the Great War. We will pay particular attention to the treatment of gender in works that helped shape popular memory of the conflict. Primary texts will include Willa Cather's One of Ours and The Professor's House, Dos Passos's 1919, Faulkner's Flags in the Dust, Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms. Critical readings will include Pearl James's The New Death: American Modernism and World War and Trout's Memorial Fictions: Willa Cather and the First World War.
Studies in Genre: Writing Creative Nonfiction / EH 577 - 101
In this class, students will write and critique short nonfiction, chapters, or on-going projects. Students will sharpen their writing skills while learning the elements of good nonfiction with an emphasis on craft and structure.
Grad Fiction Writing Workshop I and II / EH 583- 501/584 - 501
In this class, 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.
Grad Poetry Writing Workshop I and II / EH 585- 501/586 - 501
Sue Walker's course will ask you to define what heights you would like to reach – and make getting there a reality. So you always wanted to write a novel? Well why not a Verse Novel? You always wanted to be an entomologist; then write the ant hill, the hive – or cook like Julia Child. Then write food poems like Pablo Neruda. Write history in verse. Write fables, murder, a myth, write a comic, write vispo. Write the music of poetry, the poetry of music. Write Jazz.
Special Topics: The History of Rhetoric/ EH 590 - 101
This course explores contemporary rhetorical theory and its development from classical rhetoric with emphasis on the differences between philosophical and rhetorical approaches to speeches and the written word. Because principles taught and employed by classical and enlightenment rhetoricians largely underscore modern pedagogical methods of oral, written, and visual communication, students will create a poster, an annotated bibliography, and three short papers about historical, cultural, linguistic, and social intersections of rhetoric.
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.