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)


Spring 2020 Graduate Course Offerings

Introduction to Critical Theory - EH 501 | Vrana
T, 6:00 to 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 a primary text (or two) of African American literature. Discussion, written responses, presentations, and two papers will develop students’ facility at and comfort with engaging theory going forward, regardless of the particular object of analysis.

Rhetoric and Religion - EH 507 | Shaw
TR, 2:00 to 3:15

This course explores the relationship between rhetoric and religion. It is not a course on theology. Rather, it is an inquiry into how two powerful cultural elements inform each other. We will begin by examining the influence that classical Greek rhetoric has on the formation of early Christianity, and we will end by examining how Christianity informs language theory in the modern and postmodern eras. While the greater part of the course will focus on rhetoric and Christianity, the connections between rhetoric and Judaism and rhetoric and Islam will also be explored.

Early Romantics - EH 532 | Hollingsworth
W, 6:00 to 8:30

We will approach Romanticism as a literature of transformation, power, and the dangerous pursuit of truth and authenticity through extremity, the primitive, and the occult. Our focus will be the role of folk and Gothic themes in foundational British and American Romantic texts. In addition to examples of the German Romantic fairy tale tradition, and Horace Walpole’s elemental Gothic, The Castle of Otranto, we will read works by writers such as William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Thomas De Quincey, Mary Shelley, Emily Bronte, Edgar Allen Poe, and Frederick Douglass.

Grad Poetry Writing Workshop I/II - EH 585/6 | Pence
W, 6:00 to 8:30

This advanced poetry writing course examines the contemporary lyric and asks what are its craft elements that create what Auden defines poetry to be: “memorable speech.” We will study a range of contemporary poets to understand our role within the lyrical tradition. To help us gain an understanding of this vibrant field, our class has the opportunity to meet guest poets this semester who include James Davis May and Chelsea Rathburn. A final portfolio of original poetry will constitute the course’s major requirements.

American War Fiction - EH 590 | Trout
R, 6:00 to 8:30

What is a true war story? And who gets to tell it? This course will explore these questions by examining a compelling assortment of texts, including Willa Cather's One of Ours, Ellen La Motte's The Backwash of War, William Faulkner's Flags in the Dust, Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, Kurt Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse-Five, and Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried.

Screenwriting for Television - EH 591 | Prince
R, 6:00 to 8:30

This class focuses on the fundamentals of screenwriting for television. 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 one research paper and work on both an hour and a half-hour TV pilot.

Native American Literature - EH 592 | Cesarini
M, 6:00 to 8:30

Students will read novels and short stories by Native American writers active from about 1940 until the present, such as Darcy McNickle, N. Scott Momaday, Leslie Marmon Silko, Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, and LeAnne Howe. Our study will be to understand as much of each writer's Native/national culture and history as needed to understand and appreciate their works of fiction. Graded work will consist of weekly quizzes and two essays.

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.