Graduate Studies

12370

Clark, Stephanie

ENG 428/528 is a course in learning to read and understand Old English, the earliest written form of the English language, and one of the languages spoken in England between the 5th and 11th centuries. We will concentrate on language basics, creating a firm foundation for reading Old English... (read more)

12385

Wald, Sarah D

This interdisciplinary graduate seminar explores the intersections of environment and race in the United States. We read scholarship that seeks to understand how racial projects articulate with changing cultural constructions of nature. How have representations of nature, land, or the... (read more)

16693

Pyle, Forest

What is Romanticism?

This course will be a sustained examination of the question: “What is Romanticism? This is a question which has no single or ultimate answer given that there seem to be as many answers as there are “askers.” There is, however, a rich and complex body of literature and... (read more)

16695

Sayre, Gordon

English 461 is an introduction to the literature of colonial North America and the Early United States, from the 1530s to the 1820s. This course is designed around four feature films: Cabeza de Vaca, Black Robe, Pocahontas, and Jefferson in Paris. These movies were based on the... (read more)

16696

Dawson, Brent

This seminar will read the Henriad--a connected series of Shakespearean history plays—alongside some early modern political philosophy, Shakespearean scholarship, and 20th-21st century theory. We will be interested in the ways these plays have been seen as works of “political materialism," a... (read more)

16697

Miller, Quinn

Pop art and popular culture at the intersection of queer representation, trans studies, music, and media theory, with a focus on historiography of the 1950s and 1960s global US. 

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17060

Bovilsky, Lara

In this course we will read Macbeth, King Lear, Coriolanus, and Antony and Cleopatra to think about how they represent cultural crisis at every scale: the large scale of a society, country, city-state, or empire in turmoil, the small scale of individual errors,... (read more)

32079

Simnitt, Emily

Theories of Literacy explores the history of and current ways in which reading and writing work in our global, digital world and what that means for diverse stakeholders in local communities. In the university, we tend to privilege academic literacy. What can we learn by examining community... (read more)

32083

Burkert, Mattie

This course is the capstone for the Digital Humanities minor. In it, students will develop an original, term-length digital research project of their own design, bringing together all the skills and knowledge they have developed as they have taken other classes toward the minor. The project... (read more)

32084

Thorsson, Courtney

In this course, we will study selected writings of Toni Morrison in their historical, political, and literary contexts. In addition to Morrison's work as a novelist, we will consider her work as a literary scholar, editor, and advocate for and representative of contemporary African American... (read more)

32092

Gershow, Miriam

Prospective Composition GEs who are Writing Center Tutors or who have completed ENG 611 spend one term working with an experienced teacher in a section of a WR course. The apprenticeship is set up to complement the theoretical work in ENG 611 with practical experience for teaching WR 121 and 122... (read more)

32093

Cortez, José

This course will provide students an overview of the dominant strands of contemporary theoretical discourse relevant to multiple areas within the Humanities. The objective of the course is to provide introductory knowledge in these intellectual discussions and to facilitate their incorporation... (read more)

32095

Bovilsky, Lara

This course acquaints students with early modern systems of gender and sexuality, as represented in literary and popular texts. We will focus on examples put in productive relation to contemporary concepts of gender, queerness, and gender queerness. While some elements of early modern... (read more)

32096

LeMenager, Stephanie

ENG 660 Theories of the Commons introduces graduate students to the concept of the commons as it has been theorized within the interdisciplinary field of Environmental Humanities. As Arctic territories and Pacific island states recede to sea level rise, as wildfires burn through suburban... (read more)

35819

Brown, Kirby

There is perhaps no image more widely recognized yet more grossly misunderstood in American popular culture than the “Indian.” Whether viewed as irredeemable savages and impediments to progress or as idealized possessors of primitive innocence and new-age spiritualism, “the Indian” stands as an... (read more)

35821

Southworth, Helen

Virginia Woolf and the Making of Modernism. On the eve of the centenary of Modernism's annus mirabilis, 1922, we'll consider Virginia Woolf's contribution to the making of modernism.  We'll explore her work as writer, as editor at the Hogarth Press, as journalist, and as celebrity, and her... (read more)

35822

Instructor:  Sharon Luk

This course is an introduction to historical materialist methods of cultural studies. We will examine language and aesthetics as “constitutive human processes” in the modern world, with particular attention to relations of capital, race, nation-state, and social... (read more)

35828

Saunders, Ben

In the England of 1601, the disciplines of politics, philosophy, science, medicine, law, and literature were all to some degree subsumed by the master discourse of religion.  But by 1701, the human and the natural sciences had begun to emerge in something like their modern forms, while (at least... (read more)

36121

Gopal, Sangita

This course will examine feminist film criticism from multiple theoretical perspectives and diverse geo-political contexts. We will study how feminists have not only critiqued media and its representations of gender but also how the institution of cinema and media itself is gendered in terms of... (read more)

36208

Instructor: Staff

In this course, currently dissertating students in the Politics, Culture, and Identity graduate specialization meet regularly with a faculty mentor to learn techniques for successful and contented writing and goal-setting. Students share goals, learn to plan at different... (read more)

36209

Instructor:  Staff

In this colloquium, each student will attend at least three and ideally four lectures from a list of eligible events. We will meet three times to discuss the lectures students attended; the final meeting will include opportunity for methodological reflection related to... (read more)

36608

Clark, Stephanie

Old English III will use the tools and knowledge acquired in previous terms of Old English to read the monsters section of Beowulf with critical and philological skill. We will pay attention to language, literary, and scholarly issues, including more in-depth study of Old English poetic... (read more)

36967

Bohls, Elizabeth

This one-credit workshop prepares graduate teaching fellows to teach as instructor of record in undergraduate classes. It aims to provide concrete, practical advice on key aspects of teaching undergraduate classes in literature or film and media: pedagogy; assisting in large lecture classes;... (read more)

22097

Clark, Stephanie

OEII: The Adventure Continues! In OEII we’ll read a varied selection of shorter poems and prose in Old English and perform a (virtual) reenactment of The Battle of Maldon. You’ll get some of the finer points of OE grammar and we’ll review other grammatical concepts as needed. The course... (read more)

22110

Simnitt, Emily

The Composition GE Seminar is the theoretical component of the three-course pedagogy sequence designed to prepare graduate students to teach in the Composition Program's writing courses. Successful completion of this course is a necessary prerequisite for appointment as a GE to teach composition... (read more)

22111

Simnitt, Emily

The Composition GE Seminar is the theoretical component of the three-course pedagogy sequence designed to prepare graduate students to teach in the Composition Program's writing courses. Successful completion of this course is a necessary prerequisite for appointment as a GE to teach composition... (read more)

22112

Gershow, Miriam

Prospective Composition GEs who are Writing Center Tutors or who are in the first year of the Composition Training Program spend one term observing an experienced teacher in a section of a WR course. The apprenticeship is set up to complement the theoretical work in ENG 611 with practical... (read more)

22113

Bohls, Elizabeth

Paul Gilroy’s 1993 book launched a critical conversation about the Black Atlantic, the areas of Africa, Europe, and the Americas historically connected by the Atlantic slave trade and the African diaspora. We are living the legacy of slavery in the 21st century, as recent events make... (read more)

22114

Wood, Mary

This seminar examines autobiographical genres, with a focus on modern and contemporary literature. We will discuss key theoretical questions in autobiographical theory, including: What defines the subject of autobiography? What is distinctive about autobiography, testimony, memoir, diary, and... (read more)

22116

Hanna, Erin

While it has become increasingly difficult to delineate between practices of production and consumption in the digital age, it is important to remember that media industries and fans have long been deeply intertwined. This course will examine texts and contexts that illuminate the complexities... (read more)

22340

Wojcik, Daniel

Explores the role of folklore in people's religious lives with particular emphasis on narrative, beliefs, rituals, celebrations, otherworldly encounters, pilgrimage, and ecstatic states.

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26414

Bergquist, Carolyn

We are going to look very closely at sentences to see how they work, how the individual parts of speech draw together into syntax, and what effect (artistic and otherwise) these patterns of syntax create. The course will mix technical study of sentence structure and reflection upon their artful... (read more)

26418

Pyle, Forest

This course will be a sustained examination of the question: “What is Romanticism? This is a question which has no single or ultimate answer given that there seem to be as many answers as there are “askers.” There is, however, a rich and complex body of literature and critical commentary to... (read more)

26423

Miller, Quinn

This class introduces students to TV as a way of studying the power dynamics of popular culture—with special attention to the 1950s and 1960s, unconventional forms of art, the overlaps of the music and television industries, and previous student research in this and other queer transgender media... (read more)

26425

Crosswhite, James

How are we persuaded? What is rhetoric? What is rhetorical criticism? What can rhetorical criticism do? How can it help us? In this course, we will explore the potential of rhetorical criticism. You will gain knowledge of rhetorical theory and rhetorical criticism, and you will gain experience... (read more)

26427

Cortez, José

This course will offer a critical overview of three of the most pivotal theoretical concepts within critical theory over the last forty years, including coloniality, subalternity, and decoloniality. It will provide students with the background, disciplinary stakes, and seminal readings in... (read more)

26443

Saunders, Ben

Once upon a time, the four-color world of the superhero was a comfortingly simple place.  Whether they came from distant galaxies or our home planet, the super-powered beings of the 1940s and 50s were secure in their sense of righteousness and generally saw no contradiction between truth,... (read more)

12514

Gershow, Miriam

Prospective Composition GEs who are Writing Center Tutors or who have completed ENG 611 spend one term working with an experienced teacher in a section of a WR course. The apprenticeship is set up to complement the theoretical work in ENG 611 with practical experience for teaching WR 121 and 122... (read more)

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