English Graduate Courses for Summer and Fall 2011

Summer—First Immersion Session—May 16-June 3

ENG 590  IM Seminar in Faulkner (3)  Dr. Eurie Dahn   MTWR  6-9:10 pm.

In this seminar, we will read some of William Faulkner’s best-known works. While emphasizing rigorous close readings of his texts, we will also work to contextualize Faulkner’s oeuvre within conversations and debates about class, race, modernism, Southern regionalism, and American citizenship of the time.  Fulfills literature requirement.

FALL 2011

ENG 520  E1 Work and Play in Early Modern English Culture (3)

Dr. David Morrow    Thurs.  6:15-8:45

Here we will study works in a variety of literary forms (including lyric and narrative poetry; prose fiction; drama) in relation to struggles over emerging modes of labor and social life. Framing texts within the festive, peasant culture of the era and inherited social structures at the start of the semester, we will move on to explore how authors engage with changes to traditional culture. Our emphasis on labor will include much attention to different forms of women’s labor—both as men represent it, and as it is represented and embodied by female writers. Primary texts will include work by Thomas Dekker, Thomas Deloney, Amelia Lanyer, John Marston, William Shakespeare, Edmund Spenser, Isabella Whitney. Secondary texts by Mikhail Bakhtin, Peter Burke, Alice Clarke, Karl Marx, Max Weber, Ellen Wood, and many literary critics.  Fulfills literature or theory requirement.

ENG 559 E1 Writing: Four Genres (3)  Dr. Barbara Ungar

Thurs.  6:15-8:45

Practice in the theory and critical analysis of a variety of literary genres, which will include poetry, fiction, drama, and creative nonfiction.  Study of theories of poetics and some attention to teaching strategies related to imaginative writing.  Open to graduate students from all disciplines.  Writing sample may be required to enroll; contact instructor.

ENG 564 E1 Fiction Writing (3)  Dr. Ronald Shavers    Wed.  6:15-8:45

The primary focus of this course will be short fiction and novel excerpts written by students in the class.  Besides production of their own material, students will analyze literary and theoretical texts in order to gain a better understanding of fiction structure, aspects of style, and other elements of a fiction writer’s craft.  Some attention to publication processes and possibilities for fiction writers.    May be taken twice, if space allows, by written consent of instructor only.  Fulfills writing requirement.

ENG 579 Early American Literature  (3)  Tues. 6:15-8:45

Critical reading and discussion of various works of writers from the pre-colonial period to the early nineteenth century, possibly including selections from oral traditions of native peoples and writers from British and other colonial perspectives, as well as writers such as Bradford, Bradstreet, Wheatley, Franklin, and Irving.  Fulfills literature requirement.

ENG 566 E1 Literature, Performance, and Visual Narrative in the Digital Age (3)  Dr. Kathryn Laity  Mon. 6:15-8:55

How has the digital age effected a sea change in the way we interact with narrative, with literature, with visual images (moving and still) and with ourselves?  How do we use digital space?  How do we read images? How do we negotiate the bricolage world of the web where file sharing, sampling and retweeting are the order of the day?  How do we present ourselves on the web?  How do we read others’ performances of self?  Is it possible to “know” anything anymore? Do we really need books anymore? Is anything “original” or “authentic” at all?  Fulfills literature or theory requirement.

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