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)


Fall 2019 Graduate Course Offerings

Graduate Writing for English - EH 502 | Cesarini
T, 6:00 to 8:30

Our work as researchers and teachers does not necessarily make us good writers. There are varieties of academic writing in English, all with their own conventions that can be learned. Students in EH 502 will study representative examples of scholarly writing in English, so that we can understand its diversity over time, across sub-fields, and in different venues. Students will also undertake their own projects, in studied steps, from project proposal, to literature review, to annotated bibliography, culminating with a conference paper.

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

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.

Medieval Literature - EH 570 | Halbrooks
W, 6:00 to 8:30

This course will consider various forms of self-construction in ancient, medieval, and early modern texts. Our main focus will be the "heroic" self in medieval literature, its roots in both the ancient epic and confessional literature, and its radical reshaping in the early modern period. We will read major texts by Sir Thomas Malory, Augustine, the "Gawain Poet," and Chaucer, along with other contextual selections.

Contemporary Fiction - EH 573 | St. Clair
M, 6:00 to 8:30

Nothing essential happens in the absence of sound. In this graduate seminar we’ll listen to a handful of contemporary novels and discuss the ways in which music, sound technology, and audible culture increasingly shape the literary fiction of the twenty-first century. In addition to the readings, coursework will include presentations and a seminar paper as the cumulative final project.

Madness in Conrad - EH 577 | Harrington
TR, 2:00 to 3:15

“Ever any madness in your family?” the doctor asks Marlow in Heart of Darkness, gesturing toward the Victorians’ fears of hereditary madness and setting up the madness of this dark tale. Unexpectedly, the fiction of Joseph Conrad features urban as well as colonial and shipboard settings and developed portrayals of women as well as introspective sailors. He draws on adventure and sensational fiction to consider the instability of narrative, race and evolution, sexuality, and women’s liberation, offering a fascinating perspective on late Victorian period while engaging the themes of modernism.

Graduate Fiction Workshop I/II - EH 583/4 | Prince
R, 6:00 to 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 that leads to 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.

Topics in Creative Writing - EH 591 | Poole
M, 6:00 to 8:30

What is the difference between plagiarism and appropriation? In this graduate special-topics course, there isn’t one. We will be cheats and scoundrels. We will learn the art of the takeover as we write poems, essays, and stories. We will also read contemporary literature in which authors intentionally retell, rework, and reuse things they did not invent, including advertisements, Greco-Roman myths, news reports, found documents, literary characters, and fictional settings. We will follow their lead as we pluck things from the culture around us to revise, decontextualize, and remake. We will get away with it all red-handed.

Thesis Hours - EH 599

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