Announcement of Classes: Fall 2009

The Announcement of Classes is available one week before Tele-Bears begins every semester. Creative Writing and (for fall) Honors Course applications are available at the same time in the racks outside of 322 Wheeler Hall.
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Early Modern Bogeymen

MWF 12-1

Renaissance drama is rife with what can be called blocking figures—the doddering father who refuses to let his daughter marry her true love, the pesky servant who keeps an overly protective eye on our young hero. These characters are not quite enemie...(read more) Drosdick, Alan


The Power of I: Literary Constructions of the Self

MWF 2-3

What are the different ways that we come to understand first person narration? How are different selves created and chosen through texts and textual choices? How do issues of memory and claims to authenticity affect the way that we read different ki...(read more) Bednarska, Dominika
Bednarska, Dominika


American Elegy

MW 4-5:30

In this class, we will study the American elegy, following its development from the 17th century to the present. Reading poems in conjunction with essays in literary criticism and cultural history, we will ask the following question: How did elegiac...(read more) Auclair, Tracy


Green Reading

TTh 8-9:30

The aims of this course are ecological literacy and clear argumentative prose. On a field trip to the UC Botanical Garden, and as homework, you will begin by observing and naming birds, trees, and flowers. You will keep an environmental journal to pra...(read more) Legere, Charles
Legere, Charles


Modern Selves and Others

TTh 11-12:30

Many storytellers have suggested that “our stories tell us who we are.” How, then, do our stories tell us who we are not? How do we create define, and identify ourselves and others? During the twentieth century in particular, creative writers grapp...(read more) Hausman, Blake M.
Hausman, Blake


America in the 1930s

TTh 11-12:30

By the relief office I seen my people;As they stood there hungry, I stood there asking Is this land made for you and me? —Woody Guthrie In the 1930s, as economic crisis brought new attention to the struggles of working men and women, Americans aske...(read more) Pugh, Megan
Pugh, Megan


Work in Progress

MWF 9-10

Although our ultimate goal as writers is to finish our work, we can learn a great deal from the process of working through an idea. As Haruki Murakami suggests about his running, sometimes the process of a work is even more meaningful than the end pro...(read more) Oyama, Misa
Oyama, Misa


Conspiracy Fiction

MWF 9-10

In his essay “The Paranoid Style in American Politics,” Richard Hofstadter identifies the distinguishing feature of a conspiracy theory not in “the absence of verifiable facts,” but rather in the “curious leap in imagination…from the undeniable to the...(read more) Seidel, Matthew


Apocalyptic and Dystopian Literature

MWF 12-1

War, environmental disaster, moral decadence, pervasive governmental intrusion into private life—we’ve learned to live with it. But a rich history of dystopian and apocalyptic literature continues to play a crucial role in awakening us to the horrors...(read more) Goodwin, Peter
Goodwin, Peter


Seeing Double

MWF 12-1

Although cases of mistaken identity often result in comedy, the figure of the “double” or “doppelgänger” tends to have more sinister associations. As a literary motif, the double can be an omen of doom, a deliberate exercise in role playing, or a psyc...(read more) Knox, Marisa Palacios
Knox, Marisa


Contemporary American Narrative

TTh 12:30-2

This course will focus on strengthening your critical reading and writing skills through the study of contemporary American narrative. While the overarching thematic concerns of the course will be our texts’ self-conscious engagements with history, id...(read more) Gordon, Zachary
Gordon, Zachary
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Freshman Seminar: Shakespeare's Sonnets

M 12-1

Shakespeare's sonnets were first published in 1609. Although little is known about how they were first received by the reading public, they are known to have caused delight and puzzlement since their second edition in 1640. Over the course of the seme...(read more) Nelson, Alan H.
Nelson, Alan


Freshman Seminar: Hamlet

W 2-4 (Aug 26 to Oct. 14 only)

Hamlet is perhaps the greatest, the most challenging, and at times the most frustrating play in the English language. In this course we will concentrate intensively on the text (which will be the only assigned reading). We’ll consider questions of i...(read more) Paley, Morton D.
Paley, Morton D.


Freshman Seminar: Animal Rights and Disability Studies

M 5-6

This seminar will examine the intersections between two concepts and two movements: animal rights and disability rights. Exploring work done in gender and women's studies, critical race studies, disability studies, and thinking on animal rights, we...(read more) Schweik, Susan
Schweik, Susan and Taylor, Sunaura


Freshman Seminar: The Mystery of Edwin Drood

M 3-5 (Sept 14 to Nov. 2 only)

Dickens's last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, is the most successful mystery story ever written. Dickens died before finishing it or solving the mystery. Unlike other mystery stories, it fails to reassure us that justice is done, and forces us to ...(read more) Tracy, Robert
Tracy, Robert


Freshman Seminar: California and Ethnicity -- Fiction and Film

Wed. 4-6 (Aug. 26 to Oct. 14 only)

We will read and view a group of narratives (in fiction and film) that delineates the California experience across ethnicity, race, gender, and class. This seminar is part of the Food for Thought Seminar Series. This course may not be counted as on...(read more) Padilla, Genaro M.
Padilla, Genaro


Literature in English: Through Milton

MW 9-10 + Discussion F 9-10

This course will concentrate on Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, Spenser’s Faery Queene (Book I), and Milton’s Paradise Lost; additional works in the Norton Anthology will be read for the sake of historical context. If this course has a thesis, it is that ...(read more) Nelson, Alan H.
Nelson, Alan H.


Literature in English through Milton

MW 12-1 + Discussion F 12-1

This class introduces students to the production of poetic narrative in English through the close study of major works in that tradition: the Canterbury Tales, The Faerie Queene, Doctor Faustus, Donne's lyrics, and Paradise Lost. Each of these texts r...(read more) Landreth, David
Landreth, David


Literature in English: Late 17th- Through Mid-19th Century

MW 11-12 + Discussion F 11-12

This course will provide a survey of many of the most important imaginative writings in Britain and the U.S. from about 1680 to 1860. My primary interest is in providing the critical and social frameworks that will help you not only enjoy what you ar...(read more) Altieri, Charles F.
Altieri, Charles


Literature in English: Late 17th- Through Mid-19th Centuries

MW 2-3 + Discussion F 2-3

This course is an introduction to British and American literature from the eighteenth through the mid-nineteenth century. We'll read works from that period (by Pope, Sterne, Franklin, Equiano, Wordsworth, Austen, Shelley, Melville, Dickinson, Whitman,...(read more) Puckett, Kent
Puckett, Kent


Literature in English: Mid-19th Through the 20th Century

MW 1-2 + Discussion F 1-2

Some works of literature this professor believes you absolutely must read before you graduate, also known as a survey of British and American literature in the last century. We will investigate forms, techniques, ideas, cultural context, and intertext...(read more) Serpell, C. Namwali
Serpell, C. Namwali


Mid 19th Through the 20th Century

MW 3-4 + Discussion F 3-4

Intended as a general survey of imaginative responses to the not always positive progress of modernity, this course will examine works produced by an array of prominent figures and representatives of some of the principal Modernist and Postmodern move...(read more) Hejinian, Lyn
Hejinian, Lyn


Introduction to Environmental Studies

TTh 12:30-2 + 1-1/2 hours of discussion per week

This integrative course, taught by a humanities professor and a science professor, surveys current global environmental issues; introduces the basic intellectual tools of environmental science; investigates ways the human relationship to nature has be...(read more) Hass, Robert L.
Hass, Robert and Sposito, Garrison


Children's Literature

MWF 12-1

This introductory course looks at children's literature in several genres, historically and culturally.  Readings will include fairy tales, The Princess and the Goblin, Charlotte's Web, and other novels, as well as picture books and poetry.  There wil...(read more) Wright, Katharine E.
Wright, Katharine


Sophomore Seminar: Food and Film

W 6-9 PM

We will examine the representation of food and meals in the setting and narrative structure of films in contemporary cinema in various genres from comedy to horror, looking at Woody Allen, Bunuel, Ang Lee, Hitchcock and others. Connections to et...(read more) Bader, Julia
Bader, Julia


Sophomore Seminar: Contemporary Native American Short Fiction

Tues. 3:30-5:30 (Sept. 1 to Oct. 20 only)

Contemporary Native American stories are survival stories, reckonings with the brutal history of colonization and its ongoing consequences: they calculate indigenous positions, settle overdue accounts, note old debts, and demand an accounting. These...(read more) Wong, Hertha D. Sweet
Sweet Wong, Hertha


Sophomore Seminar: Socrates as a Cultural Icon

F 12-2

Socrates has often been compared to Jesus, an enigmatic yet somehow unmistakable figure who left nothing in writing yet decisively influenced the mind of his own and later ages. We read Aristophanes' comic send-up of Socrates in Clouds and the Platoni...(read more) Coolidge, John S.
Coolidge, John
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English Bible as Literature

MWF 2-3

In this class, we will read a selection of biblical texts as literature; that is, we will read them through many interpretive lenses, but not as divine revelation. We will take up traditional literary questions of form, style, and structure, but we w...(read more) Goldsmith, Steven
Goldsmith, Steven


Medieval Literature: The Alliterative Line, Tradition and Innovation

TTh 11-12:30

This course will explore the poetic, political, and cultural significance of writing in, adapting, or alluding to the alliterative tradition. We will trace the ancestry of the alliterative line through Old, Middle, and Modern English, challenging the...(read more) Ecke, Jeremy S
Ecke, Jeremy



TTh 12:30-2

In this course we will analyze a selection of Shakespeare's plays, arranged both by genre and chronologically, in order to explore not only what is peculiar to each play but also what links the plays to each other and to the culture and the psyche tha...(read more) Adelman, Janet
Adelman, J.



TTh 2-3:30

John Milton has too often been represented as the mainstay of an entrenched canon, a “required” author. However, as we follow Milton’s carefully orchestrated career, from the shorter and earlier work, through some of the controversial prose of the En...(read more) Goodman, Kevis
Goodman, Kevis


The Victorian Period

TTh 12:30-2

A survey of and introduction to the writing produced in the years between 1837 and 1901, when Victoria presided over the apparent apogee of British cultural power and (formally at least) over a very large portion of the planet. We will explore this lo...(read more) Blanton, C. D.
Blanton, C.D.


The English Novel (Defoe through Scott)

MW 3-4 + Discussion F 3-4

As we read a variety of novels from the period credited with the “rise of the novel,” we shall consider what it was that might have been new about this form of writing. We shall be especially interested in tracking what it was that some found quite da...(read more) Sorensen, Janet
Sorensen, Janet


The European Novel

TTh 2-3:30

Focusing on key texts from English, French, and Russian, literatures, this course traces the development of the modern novel in Europe, from the early 19th- to the early 20th century. The texts are chosen to allow us to follow a specific thread: the n...(read more) Paperno, Irina
Paperno, Irina


The 20th Century Novel

TTh 2-3:30

This course is a general survey of the 20th century novel. The novel is the quintessential form of expression of modernity and modern subjectivity. In this survey of key works of the century, we will explore the novel form as it is framed by these thr...(read more) Jones, Donna V.
Jones, Donna


American Literature: 1800-1865

TTh 12:30-2

In the mid-nineteenth century, the U.S., a nation that had barely come together, was splitting apart. The fission helped to produce the remarkably energetic works we will be studying over the course of the semester. I will focus primarily on questio...(read more) Breitwieser, Mitchell
Breitwieser, Mitchell


American Poetry

TTh 9:30-11

A survey course in the history of American poetry, we will look at the beginnings, Walt Whitman and Emily Dickinson, the modernists, two middle generation poets (George Oppen & Sterling Brown), the surge of post WWII poets including the Beat Gener...(read more) Hass, Robert L.
Hass, Robert


American Novel

MWF 3-4

Rather than define a canon, this survey will trace how the novel has contributed to nation-formation in the U.S. How has the novel helped to define what it means to be American, starting from the country’s fledgling days as an outpost of Europe? To ...(read more) Lee, Steven S.
Lee, Steven


Topics in American Studies: The Literature and History of Mexican American Farm Workers

TTh 12:30-2

In this course we will study the social movements, political aspirations and cultural expressions of Mexican farm workers in the U.S. during the twentieth century, focusing on the period from 1930-1980. The methodological approach will be interdiscip...(read more) Gonzalez, Marcial
Gonzalez, Marcial


Topics in American Studies: A Gallery of Wonders, Curiosities, Spectacles, Cynics, and Suckers: Consumer Culture in Post-Civil War America

MW 4-5:30

This course will focus on the interrelations of the rise of consumerism and the culture industry in post-Civil War America. We will examine a wide range of materials, including advertisements (especially patent medicine ads), trade cards, commercial ...(read more) McQuade, Donald
McQuade, Donald


Modes of Writing

MWF 1-2

This course will introduce students to the study of creative writing – fiction, poetry, and drama. Students will learn to talk critically about these genres and begin to feel comfortable and confident with their own writing of them. Students will wr...(read more) Abrams, Melanie
Abrams Chandra, Melanie


Short Fiction

TTh 9:30-11

A short fiction workshop. Over the course of the semester, each student will write and revise two stories. Each participant in the workshop will edit student-written stories, and will write a formal critique of each manuscript. Students are require...(read more) Chandra, Vikram
Chandra, Vikram


Short Fiction

TTh 12:30-2

This limited-enrollment workshop course will concentrate on the form, theory and practice of short fiction. To be considered for admission to this class, please submit 12-15 photocopied pages of your fiction, along with an application form, to Profes...(read more) Mukherjee, Bharati
Mukherjee, Bharati (a.k.a. Blaise, Bharati)



M 3-6

I’ll ask students to be interested in form as a site, as a point of disembarkation for talking about that other stuff, for the ongoing work of investigation and experiment. Poems can be formally navigated but the point, in all my classes, is not to g...(read more) Giscombe, Cecil S.
Giscombe, Cecil


Verse: Poetry in Practice and in Theory

W 3-6

Poets can’t just write their poetry. Ever since the beginnings of Western thought, poets have had to defend themselves and their art form, both explicitly and implicitly – yet almost always evasively. It was Plato, two millennia ago, who charged the p...(read more) Bouvier, Geoff
Bouvier, Geoff



TTh 11-12:30

In this course you will conduct a progressive series of experiments in which you will explore the fundamental options for writing poetry today – aperture, partition, closure; rhythmic sound patterning; sentence & line; stanza; short & long-lin...(read more) Shoptaw, John
Shoptaw, John


Prose Nonfiction: Traveling, Thinking, Writing

TTh 2-3:30

Much of American literature has had to do with a sense of motion. Note the journeys, e.g., in the best known texts of Melville and Twain. But note also that Harlemite Langston Hughes’ autobiography, The Big Sea, begins on a boat and details his advent...(read more) Giscombe, Cecil S.
Giscombe, Cecil


Special Topics: Scotland and Romanticism

TTh 11-12:30

Between 1760 and 1830 Scotland was one of the generative centers of the European-North Atlantic “Republic of Letters.” Here were invented the signature forms and discourses of both the “Enlightenment” and “Romanticism” (terms for cultural movements an...(read more) Duncan, Ian
Duncan, Ian


Special Topics: American Postmodernism--Olson and the Black Mountain School

TTh 12:30-2

This course will look at the development of American Postmodernism (in poetry, painting, music, dance, etc.), focusing on the artistic and institutional influence of one of its founding figures: the poet, Charles Olson. In many ways Charles Olson pro...(read more) Campion, John
Campion, John


Special Topics: The Global South: Faulkner, Garcia Marquez, Morrison, and Cisneros 

TTh 11-12:30

A detailed trans-American study of William Faulkner, Sandra Cisneros, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and Toni Morrison's imaginative writings in the aesthetic and geopolitical contexts of the South and the Global South. Topics include the significance of Fau...(read more) Saldivar, Jose David
Saldivar, Jose David


Special Topics: Readings for Fiction Writers

TTh 3:30-5

This course will focus on each novelist’s invention of, or critique of, national identity myths in a time of national crisis. Students will explore the intimate connection between narrative strategy and construction of meaning....(read more) Mukherjee, Bharati
Mukherjee, Bharati (a.k.a. Blaise, Bharati)


Special Topics: British Cinema

MW 4-5:30 + films Tues. 6-9 P.M. in 300 Wheeler

François Truffaut once observed “a certain incompatibility between the terms ‘Britain’ and ‘cinema.’” Certainly, in its main traditions, this cinema exhibits a defining tendency to resist its status as cinema, whether by downplaying cinematic specific...(read more) Miller, D.A.
Miller, D.A.


Special Topics in American Cultures: Race and Revision in Early America

TTh 11-12:30

In this course, we will read both historical and literary texts to explore how racial categories came into being in New World cultures, and how these categories were tested, inhabited, and re-imagined by the human actors they sought to define. Our stu...(read more) Donegan, Kathleen
Donegan, Kathleen


The Language and Literature of Films: Meta-Cinema and the Hollywood Novel

TTh 3:30-5

Hollywood is traditionally conceived as a “dream factory,” the place where common cultural fantasies are articulated. Books and films about filmmaking, however, tend to associate it with superficiality, immorality, and even violence and death. In th...(read more) Clowes, Erika
Clowes, Erika


Literature and Disability

TTh 3:30-5

We will examine the ways disability is portrayed in a variety of works of fiction and drama. Assignments will include two short (5-8 page) critical essays, a take-home final examination and a group presentation or rehearsed reading from one of the pl...(read more) Kleege, Georgina
Kleege, Georgina


The Epic: Imagined Communities and the Classical Epic

MW F 1-2

Our fields of expertise are medieval writing and modernism. But we are convinced that the classical epic is crucial for a literary education whatever field you specialize in—for the profound experiences it offers and for the range of influences and c...(read more) Nolan, Maura
Altieri, Charles F.
Altieri, Charles and Nolan, Maura


Lyric Verse

TTh 12:30-2

We will spend much of the semester trying to figure out what the title of this course means. We’ll start by thinking about the so-called “roots of lyric,” not only Sappho and Greek lyric, but other forms and shapes that are deeply buried within the m...(read more) Falci, Eric
Falci, Eric


The Romance

TTh 9:30-11

For more information on this course, please see professor Miller during her office hours on Fridays from 2-4. This course satisfies the pre-1800 requirement for the English major. ...(read more) Miller, Jennifer
Miller, Jennifer


Research Seminar: Close Reading

MW 12-1:30

It may be argued that close reading is literary criticism. Certainly, it is its only technique and its most widely shared belief. Although it is central to literary criticism, however, close reading is marginal almost everywhere else in the culture, w...(read more) Miller, D.A.
Miller, D.A.


Research Seminar: Avant-Gardes

TTh 9:30-11

In the early years of the twentieth century, a generation of young artists began organizing itself under the metaphorically (or perhaps not merely metaphorically) militant sign of an avant-garde: an advance guard or vanguard, dedicated variously to re...(read more) Blanton, C. D.
Blanton, C.D.


Research Seminar: Film Noir.

TTh 9:30-11 + mandatory attendance at film screenings on Tuesdays, 5-8, 206 Wheeler.

An introduction to a gloomy set of films from the late 40s (mostly), set in a dark American (mostly) dream world suffused with war hangover, erotic bewilderment, lethal and uninhibited (but intriguing) menaces, and demented fantasies of innocence. We’...(read more) Breitwieser, Mitchell
Breitwieser, Mitchell


Research Seminar: The Contemporary Novel

TTh 11-12:30

A selection of novels written in the last 20 years. I’ve chosen novels that tend to think of themselves as hugely socially ambitious, interrogating the big questions of our time: the nature of evil; the urbanization of human life; scientific discovery...(read more) Rubenstein, Michael
Rubenstein, Michael


Research Seminar: Fictions of Los Angeles

TTh 11-12:30

Los Angeles has been described, variously, as a "circus without a tent" (Carey McWilliams), "seventy-two suburbs in search of a city" (Dorothy Parker), "the capital of the Third World" (David Rieff), and "the only place for me that never rains in the ...(read more) Saul, Scott
Saul, Scott


Research Seminar: The Urban Postcolonial

TTh 12:30-2

In this seminar we will think about recent issues in postcolonial studies by focusing on cities. Moving through a diverse set of texts and very different cities—London and Lagos, Kingston and Mumbai, New York and Cape Town among them—we will wonder: W...(read more) Ellis, Nadia
Ellis, Nadia


Research Seminar: Flannery O’Connor

TTh 12:30-2:00

Many consider Flannery O’Connor to be one of the foremost writers of short fiction in American literature. Though her work is sometimes dismissively categorized as regional, her favorite themes include religion, race, and disability. In this course, w...(read more) Kleege, Georgina
Kleege, Georgina


Research Seminar: Chicana Art, Fiction and Film-making

TTh 2-3:30

This research seminar will primarily focus on women’s narratives –novels, poetry,art, film and theory. I am interested in comparing gendered self-representations with (sometimes without) representations of men (and all we stand for) in the work of a ...(read more) Padilla, Genaro M.
Padilla, Genaro


Research Seminar: The Seventies

TTh 2-3:30

As one historian has quipped, it was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. “The ’70s” routinely come in for mockery: even at the time, it was known as the decade when “it seemed like nothing happened.”Yet we can see now that the ’70s was a ti...(read more) Saul, Scott
Saul, Scott


Research Seminar: The Writings of Daniel Defoe

TTh 2-3:30

Reading and discussion of representative works in various genres, treating Defoe’s career and writings as of interest in themselves, and as offering direct (if slanted) access to all the major cultural issues of his day, political, economic, and relig...(read more) Starr, George A.
Starr, George


Research Seminar: Visuality, Textuality, and Modernity

TTh 3:30-5

We inhabit image-saturated social and literary worlds. If, as Walter Benjamin predicted in the 1930s, ‘The illiteracy of the future … will be ignorance not of reading or writing, but of photography,” it is a form of illiteracy that urgently solicits r...(read more) Abel, Elizabeth
Abel, Elizabeth


Research Seminar: Shakespeare's Versification

TTh 3:30-5

This course will explore Shakespeare's artistic use of the formal resources of verse, especially meter, rhyme, alliteration and syntactic parallelism. We will consider what defines these forms; how they vary across lyric, narrative and dramatic genre...(read more) Hanson, Kristin
Hanson, Kristin


Research Seminar: Literature of California and the West pre-1920

TTh 5-6:30

Besides reading and discussing fiction and poetry with Western settings, and essays attempting to identify or explain distinctive regional characteristics, this course will include consideration of some movies shaped by and shaping conceptions of Cali...(read more) Starr, George A.
Starr, George


Dystopian Fiction and the Fate of the Body

MW 1:30-3

Dystopian fiction often radically redefines the body, both euphorically imagining its future and registering anxieties about the decline of more traditional bodily forms. The body, redefined through forces such as technology, environmental changes, s...(read more) Edwards, Erin E
Edwards, Erin E.


Honors Course

MWF 11-12

By the end of the two-semester H195 sequence you will have conceived, designed, and executed a substantial piece of original literary scholarship. The fall semester of the course serves as a staging ground for this task. We will read widely in promine...(read more) Premnath, Gautam
Premnath, Gautam


Honors Course

TTh 3:30-5

In the fall semester of this year-long course, we will study a broad range of literary and cultural theories. As the semester progresses, however, we will concentrate on theories of subjectivity and otherness, especially as they relate to race, ethni...(read more) Gonzalez, Marcial
Gonzalez, Marcial


Honors Course

TTh 3:30-5

This course is designed to facilitate the writing of a senior honors thesis by deepening students’ engagement with literary theory and critical methodology. To that end we will explore some key critical texts that found and inform various schools of ...(read more) Rubenstein, Michael
Rubenstein, Michael

Graduate students from other departments and exceptionally well-prepared undergraduates are welcome in English graduate courses (except for English 200 and 375) when space permits. Please contact the instructor if you have questions.

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Problems in the Study of Literature

MW 10:30-12

Approaches to literary study, including textual analysis, scholarly methodology and bibliography, critical theory and practice....(read more) Goldsmith, Steven
Goldsmith, Steven


Problems in the Study of Literature

MW 10:30-12

Approaches to literary study, including textual analysis, scholarly methodology and bibliography, critical theory and practice....(read more) Puckett, Kent
Puckett, Kent


The Strange Career of Jim Crow

Tues. 3:30-6:30

Major novels written in the United States between the end of slavery and the start of the Civil Rights Movement. Weekly reading responses, one project on reception history, and one essay....(read more) Wagner, Bryan
Wagner, Bryan


Graduate Readings: Modernism, Race and Modernity

TTh 11-12:30

In this prose seminar we will focus on recent attempts in cultural criticism to shift the study of modernism beyond Anglo-American works and formalism. We will begin with an examination of questions about race and ‘otherness’ in modernist literature, ...(read more) Jones, Donna V.
Jones, Donna


Graduate Readings: Edmund Spenser

M 3-6

Sidney wrote that a poet's task was to "grow in effect another nature." No poet in English has fulfilled that charge more luxuriantly than Spenser. The plan of the semester will be to roam around in the leisurely, delight-filled capaciousness of The F...(read more) Landreth, David
Landreth, David


Graduate Readings: Prospectus Workshop

W 3-6

This will be a hands-on writing workshop intended to facilitate and accelerate the transition from qualifying exams to prospectus conference, from prospectus conference to first dissertation chapter, and from the status of student to scholar. The work...(read more) Abel, Elizabeth
Abel, Elizabeth


Graduate Readings: British Empiricism, the Novel, and the Science of Man

TTh 2-3:30

The course will examine the conjunction of the novel and the main tradition of philosophical empiricism in Great Britain. In A Treatise of Human Nature (1739-40) David Hume gave the general project of Enlightenment philosophy the title “the Science of...(read more) Duncan, Ian
Duncan, Ian


Graduate Readings: Poetics and Theories of Poetry

Tues. 3:30-6:30

This course will attempt to provide a general introduction to poetics, to sketch a more detailed history of the ways in which poetry has been theorized since the nineteenth century, and to think through some of the more recent trends in scholarship o...(read more) Falci, Eric
Falci, Eric


Old English

TTh 9:30-11

This class introduces students to the language, literature, and modern critical study of the written vernacular culture of England before the Norman Conquest—an era whose language and aesthetics now seem radically foreign. By the end of the semester, ...(read more) Thornbury, Emily V.
Thornbury, Emily V.


Chaucer: Canterbury Tales

W 3-6

In this course, we will read all of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, along with relevant sources and other contemporary texts. We will also read current scholarship on the Tales, with the goal of attaining a reasonably complete knowledge of the different ...(read more) Nolan, Maura
Nolan, Maura


Fiction Writing Workshop

TTh 2-3:30

A graduate-level fiction workshop. Students will write fiction, produce critiques of work submitted to the workshop, and participate in discussions about the theory and practice of writing. We’ll also read published fiction and essays about writing fr...(read more) Chandra, Vikram
Chandra, Vikram


Graduate Proseminar: The Later-Eighteenth Century

MW 12-1:30

In this survey of British literature post 1740, we shall consider the ways in which literature responded to and at times facilitated and shaped major transformations in the period’s print culture and market relationships. This broad organizing princip...(read more) Sorensen, Janet
Sorensen, Janet


Research Seminar: Postwar British Literary Culture at Mid-Century

W 3-6

1945 continues to serve as the central periodizing marker of twentieth-century literary history, separating the long arc of high modernism from a sprawling expanse of time loosely understood as “contemporary.” This course will attempt to develop a mor...(read more) Premnath, Gautam
Premnath, Gautam


The Teaching of Composition and Literature

Thurs. 3:30-5:30

This course will explore the theory and practice of teaching literature and writing. Designed as both a critical seminar and a hands-on practicum for new college teachers, the class will cover topics such as course design; leading discussion; teaching...(read more) Beam, Dorri
Infante-Abbatantuono, Jhoanna
Beam, Dorri and Infante, Jhoanna


Field Studies in Tutoring Writing (tutoring for credit through the Student Learning Center)


Through seminars, discussions, and reading assignments, students are introduced to the language/writing/literacy needs of diverse college-age writers such as the developing, bi-dialectal, and non-native English-speaking (NNS) writer. The course will p...(read more) Staff