Graduate Courses

Spring 2021 Graduate Courses


EH 501: INTRODUCTION TO CRITICAL THEORY | Vrana
R 6:00 - 8:30

EH 501 provides an introduction to some of the most essential debates within and approaches to critical theory and literary criticism. We will read excerpts by important theorists grouped topically and focus on effective methods of bringing these wide-ranging lenses to two primary texts of contemporary African American literature. Discussion, written responses, presentations and two papers will develop students' facility and comfort with engaging theory going forward, regardless of the particular object of analysis.


EH 507: TOPICS IN RHETORIC / COMPOSITION | Shaw
TR 3:30 - 4:45

This course inquires into rhetorical constructions of identity of race and sex. Through reading, writing, and discussion, we will study racial and sexual identities as discursive and historical formations, and we will inquire into the cultural assumptions surrounding notions such as whiteness, racial and sexual otherness, and cultural normativity. We will examine the power relations at work in the discourses that construct these identities and consider how such identities have implications for social, cultural, and political power. Our analytical starting points will be both practical – by looking at recent events – and theoretical.


EH 521: 17th CENTURY POETRY | Hillyer
M 6:00 - 8:30

We will be studying representative poems by Ben Jonson and by some of the men of letters more or less closely associated with him: the so-called Cavalier Poets. The main assignment will be a research paper of 20 pages developed in stages. I will also require each student to give at least one oral report, based on the critical essays included in the same anthology we will be using for the primary texts.


EH 573: CONTEMPORARY FICTION | St. Clair
T 6 - 8:30

Who killed JFK? Why'd they fake the moon landing? How were the Masons involved in 9/11? Does 5G cause coronavirus? Will Bill Gates microchip everyone? Can Q save us? Is St. Clair part of the Deep State? In this graduate seminar on contemporary fiction, all things hidden shall be revealed. Focusing on postmodern paranoia and the role of conspiracy theories in contemporary culture, we'll read works by Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, Umberto Eco, and a handful of other writers guaranteed to discomfit and unsettle.


EH 583/4: GRAD FICTION WRITING WORKSHOP I/II | Poole
T 6 - 8:30

This course is a seminar, writing workshop, and directed-study for intermediate and experienced writers of fiction. Through tailored writing projects that range from short stories, novellas, and novel excerpts, students will learn to utilize peer and instructor feedback toward stronger, more original work. Students will also develop a greater understanding of the critical and cultural lineage of their work. Discussions and assignments will address the craft of writers foundational to the study of fiction. Conferences and independent projects will focus on literary journals and the submission process, when appropriate.


EH 585/6: GRAD POETRY WRITING WORKSHOP | Pence
W 6:00 - 8:30

This graduate writing course explores different styles that currently define the American contemporary poem and engages with how these styles are responses to Romantic and modern literature. We will explore political, narrative, surreal and other approaches from the best poets writing today. In fact, we will host a poet every other week (over Zoom) and read that poet's latest book. The guest will provide a prompt, which will begin our poems that we submit for workshop. In so doing, the class will examine the contemporary lyric from a variety of viewpoints and techniques.


EH 591: SCREENWRITING FOR FILM | Prince
TR 11:00 - 12:15

This class focuses on the fundamentals of screenwriting for film. We will study character development, conflict, structure, formatting, and so on as we explore how to write screenplays. Our focus will be as expansive as possible, covering drama, comedy, and action genres. Students will write at least one close analysis of a screenplay in addition to extensive work in beginning two original screenplays. Screenplays will be workshopped in class and revised accordingly.


EH 599: THESIS HOURS

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