Graduate Studies

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Advanced study of one or more authors or literary genres related to ethnic literature including African, Native, Asian, or Chicano American. Repeatable twice when topic changes for a maximum of 12 credits.
In depth study of one to three major authors from medieval through modern periods. Repeatable.
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22263

Theoretical topics addressed by 20th-century rhetorical critics. Varieties of rhetorical interpretation, from neo-Aristotelian to reader-response, postmodernist views of metaphor.
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22266

Repeatable. On- or off-campus internship in a variety of writing or literacy-related settings.
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22270

Issues in pedagogy related to the university's writing requirement.
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22271

Supervised practical experience in all aspects of teaching WR 121, 122.
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22272

Recent offerings include Hamlet, Jacobean Potboilers, Renaissance Irrationalities. Repeatable.
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22273

Intensive study of one to three major authors or selected topics from the 18th century. Recent offerings include Enlightenment and Revolution. Repeatable.
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22274

Recent topics include Scottish Fiction and Cultural Nationalism, Heroine and the English Novel. Repeatable.
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22275

Recent offerings include African American Women Writers, Evolutionary Theories and Narrative, Sentimental Novel, V. Deloria and Native American Cultural Values. Repeatable.
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22276

Recent offerings include H. James, Modernist Politics, Environmental Humanities, Postmodernism. Repeatable.
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12146

Bayless, Martha

This is the first in a three-course sequence aimed at reading and understanding Old English, the language of the Anglo-Saxons (the English between 449 and 1066... (read more)

12152

Quigley, Mark

This workshop is designed to de-mystify the academic job market and help develop application materials for post-doctoral fellowships,... (read more)

12154

Clevinger, Kara; Recktenwald, Nick

This course is designed to support GEs teaching in the University of Oregon’s Composition Program for the first time. We will discuss ways to foster an... (read more)

12155

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... (read more)

12156

Clark, Stephanie

This course will use scholarly analysis of gift exchange from several disciplines (anthropology, philosophy, economics, medieval studies) that consider how and... (read more)

12157

Fickle, Tara

This course introduces students to the Digital Humanities (DH) — broadly defined as the use of digital tools, platforms, and critical perspectives to address... (read more)

12159

Wood, Mary

This course provides a rigorous introduction to scholarly writing and speaking through the process of conceiving, researching, writing... (read more)

12160

Crosswhite, James

This seminar will examine the idea and the substance of the rhetorical tradition. We will study a careful selection of some of the main texts of that tradition—from... (read more)

16489

Cortez, José

This course will examine the cultural and literary discourses emerging from the locus of the U.S./Mexico border, a space of postnational political conflict... (read more)

16794

Kaufman, Heidi

This course will delve deeply into George Eliot’s last multi-plot novel, Daniel Deronda (1876). On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of... (read more)

16942

Rossi, William

This course will survey several of the greatest literary hits of nineteenth-century America, including poetry, short fiction, nonfiction, and the novel. Some... (read more)

16943

Pyle, Forest

The title of this seminar should be presented with a question mark: is there a theory or theoretical impulse that characterizes the 21st century in... (read more)

32035

Dawson, Brent

This course is an introduction to some of the major movements that have shaped literary and cultural studies. We begin with influential ideas about language... (read more)

36169

Dawson, Brent

Spenser claims the goal of his epic, The Faerie Queene, is “to fashion a gentleman”—that is, to make a person from a poem. What would it mean to think of reading as an exercise in self-creation? The Faerie Queene explores these questions through its knightly protagonists,... (read more)

36179

Cortez, José

This course will examine the cultural and literary discourses emerging from the locus of the U.S./Mexico border, a space of postnational political conflict that has extended deep into both nations. The course will survey non-fiction, literature, and political theory as avenues for thinking... (read more)

36449

Wojcik, Daniel

Participants in this class will explore current and longstanding issues in the study of "folk" or vernacular art. The first portion of the course will be devoted to an examination of the terminological distinctions, research methods, and theoretical orientations used by folklorists in the study... (read more)

36712

Pyle, Forest

This course in contemporary literary theory is organized according to the four dominant paradigms of critical debate over the past century: language, history, ethics, aesthetics. Each of these “units” offers a concentrated engagement with many of the most influential literary theorists of the... (read more)

36748

Barter, Faith

Feminist Jurisprudence provides an analysis and critique of women's position in patriarchal society and examines the nature and extent of women's subordination. It explores the role of law in maintaining and perpetuating patriarchy. This course will trace literary representations of women over... (read more)

22838

Cortez, José

One of the analytical and political goals of the field of rhetoric is to describe the power relations of the social text—to explain the rhetorical and linguistic nature of power relations—with the goal of constituting change. As such, this course intends to provide students with a broad... (read more)

23091

Dugaw, Dianne

This course traces ethnicity, cultural interaction, and forms of folkloristic expression in the British Isles and Ireland. Britain and Ireland possess a complex cultural history. Beginning with the prehistoric Celts, we will trace interactions and identities of historically documented base... (read more)

27070

Dawson, Brent

Students in this course will closely read Shakespeare’s plays and poems, attending to Shakespeare’s rich language, nuanced characters, and persistent fascination toward topics of the self, desire, imagination, and group identity. In the first half of the course, students will look at examples... (read more)

27085

Wonham, Henry

Students in this class will read and discuss the major works of Samuel L. Clemens, aka Mark Twain. Readings will include Roughing It, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Prince and the Pauper, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and Pudd’nhead... (read more)

12209

Quigley, Mark

This workshop is designed to de-mystify the academic job market and help develop application materials for post-doctoral fellowships, academic jobs, and “alt-ac” (or alternatives to academia) positions. 

For the most part, the workshop will be “hands-on” with a lot of ongoing discussion... (read more)

12210

Bovilsky, Lara

Taken during the final year of doctoral coursework, this workshop familiarizes students working on the journal article requirement with basic practices related to publication: revision/expansion of essays; rhetorical forms and structures of essays; selection of journals; submission to journals;... (read more)

12212

Clevinger, Kara

Discussions designed to increase the effectiveness of first-year graduate teaching fellows as teachers of courses that fulfill the university’s writing requirement.

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12213

Simnitt, Emily

Supervised practical experience in all aspects of teaching WR 121, 122.

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12216

Wood, Mary

This course provides a rigorous introduction to scholarly writing and speaking through the process of conceiving, researching, writing, and revising one long paper and presenting this work as a conference paper at the end of the term. We will also analyze, discuss, and workshop components of... (read more)

16086

Kaufman, Heidi

Novels written by the Brontë sisters—Jane Eyre and Villette by Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855), Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1818-1848), and Agnes Grey and The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë (1820-1849)—have remained a significant part of... (read more)

16555

Rossi, William

According to Wendell Berry, “You don’t know who you are until you know where you are.” Yet, for other people in our history and in our own day, the lived experience of place that Berry rightly values varies according to who other people think you are and where they think you should... (read more)

32062

Prospective Composition GTFs who have completed or are currently enrolled in ENG 611 spend one essay-cycle (up to five weeks) working with a mentor teacher in a WR121, WR122 or WR123 classroom. The apprenticeship is set up to complement the theoretical work in ENG 611 with practical experience... (read more)

32063

Gopal, Sangita

The goal of this course is straightforward. We will sample here – following a rudimentary chronology – some of the movements in thought that have shaped the study of literary and other cultural works. These movements have all been involved to a lesser or greater degree with some basic questions... (read more)

32065

Fickle, Tara

This course offers an introduction to Asian North American Literature and Culture from the late 19th century to the present. Students will become conversant in the historical and cultural contexts of Asian America (and learn why that term itself is highly contested); the major themes, tropes,... (read more)

35993

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)

36005

Saunders, Ben

The origins of the modern superhero are generally located in comic books of the 1930s, but the concept quickly migrated to radio, film, and television.  The first transmedia superhero franchises were centered on white, male, and (officially) straight protagonists, but there have been many... (read more)

36013

Vázquez, David J

During the past 20 or so years, we’ve seen a radical increase in the use of the monster figure in contemporary U.S. literature. Whether it’s the vampires of Justin Cronin’s The Passage Series or the zombies of Colson Whitehead’s Zone One, monsters have increasingly served as a mode through which... (read more)

22771

Clark, Stephanie

OEII puts the grammatical concepts learned in OEI to use as we read shorter poems and prose, some famous, some delightfully obscure, in Old English. Adding to students’ knowledge of Anglo-Saxon literature and culture, the course culminates with a reenactment of the Battle of Maldon. OEII will... (read more)

22786

Bergquist, Carolyn

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)

22787

Gershow, Miriam

Prospective Composition GEs who are currently enrolled in or have successfully completed ENG 611 spend one term working with an experienced teacher in a section of WR121 or WR122. The apprenticeship is set up to complement the theoretical work in ENG 611 with practical experience for teaching... (read more)

22788

Dawson, Brent

In formulating her theory of vital materiality, Jane Bennett claims Renaissance philosophy as a “touchstone.” The desire to return to the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries has been a recurrent pattern in the new materialisms and ecocriticism. This course follows the contours of that desire by... (read more)

26859

Wood, Mary

This course will explore the ways that literary and cultural texts from the nineteenth century to the twenty-first have engaged with bioethical dilemmas and discourses. We will work with a broad definition of “bioethical” but will focus on two main areas: 1) medical and bio-technological... (read more)

26860

Thorsson, Courtney

In this course, we will study contemporary African American fiction in its historical, political, and literary contexts. As we read these works and relevant scholarly texts, we will consider questions of periodization, genre, and literary tradition. We will study the function of genres such as... (read more)

26861

Peppis, Paul

This seminar participates in the current reassessment of relations between aesthetic modernism and popular culture. The rise of “New Modernist studies” over the past twenty years, with its expansive historical orientation and interest in modernism’s original cultural contexts, has led to a... (read more)

27110

What is “Black marxism”: How does such a perspective define “marxism,” and what makes Black radicalism different? How does the latter define, and how is it defined by, Blackness? How are the limits of the Black radical tradition defined against marxism? This course explores these... (read more)

27608

In this interdisciplinary seminar students will be introduced to historical, theoretical, social, and cultural approaches to understand the multiple meanings and articulations of blackness across time and space. To study blackness is to study how race suffuses social, cultural, political,... (read more)

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Bovilsky, Lara

This course provides a rigorous introduction to scholarly writing and speaking through the process of conceiving, researching, writing, and revising one long paper and presenting this work as a conference paper at the end of the term. We will also analyze, discuss, and workshop components of... (read more)

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LeMenager, Stephanie

The course explores the dynamic interdisciplinary field of the Cultures of Energy or Energy Humanities, with an emphasis upon the methods of literary and cultural studies. This is a reading course, meaning that there are extensive expectations for weekly reading and/or film viewing.

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Clark, Stephanie

In a quiet corner of the Natural History Museum’s instrument gallery, you find an unassuming object, graphite grey, small enough to fit in the hand, on a small pedestal. The placard reads: “Musical Instrument? Date: Unknown. Provenance: Unknown.” The placard directs you to hold it up to your ear... (read more)

12165

Clark, Stephanie

Introduction to Old English, the language in which Beowulf was written. OEI is the first of a three-course sequence studying the language and culture that flourished in England from the 5th-11th centuries. In this class, you’ll learn the basic grammar and... (read more)

12177

Simnitt, Emily

This course supports GEs who are teaching in the University of Oregon’s Composition Program for the first time. We will discuss ways to foster a good learning environment for your students, specific aspects of the Program’s pedagogy, and review Program and campus-wide resources for you and your... (read more)

12178

Myers, Kate

Prospective Composition GEs who are currently enrolled in or have successfully completed ENG 611 spend one term working with an experienced teacher in a section of WR121 or WR122. The apprenticeship is set up to complement the theoretical work in ENG 611 with practical experience for teaching... (read more)

12180

Brown, Kirby

Bildungsroman. Arguably one of the most widely recognized and hotly contested critical terms in literary studies, it has been read as everything from an organic, mimetic allegory of national community to an insidious instrument of social discipline. Its coincidence with the emergence of... (read more)

12182

Bovilsky, Lara

This course provides a rigorous introduction to scholarly writing and speaking through the process of conceiving, researching, writing, and revising one long paper and presenting this work as a conference paper at the end of the term. We will also analyze, discuss, and workshop components of... (read more)

12184

Ovalle, Priscilla Peña

TV Aesthetics focuses on the formal analysis of mainstream U.S. television and the production practices that support these aesthetics. While we will take an “introductory” look at television form, this course will use specific case studies—such as commercials, sitcoms, and music videos—to... (read more)

16557

LeMenager, Stephanie

The Energy Humanities is an interdisciplinary field drawing from the humanities, arts, and social sciences and focused on energy systems (e.g. fossil fuel, solar, hydro) as fundamental aspects of culture. The seminar will read historians, geographers, anthropologists, and literary and cultural... (read more)

16894

Gage, John

Kenneth Burke (1897–1993) is among the foremost literary and rhetorical critics of the twentieth century.  His ideas transformed the field of rhetoric by redefining its scope, informed by his expansive theory of “dramatism,” or “language as symbolic action.”  His work explores human motive in... (read more)

16952

Pyle, Forest

This seminar will explore nineteenth-century British culture as an extended response to the following question: how does this historical period — one that includes cultural forms we call Romantic as well as those we classify as Victorian — become the epoch of feeling? To respond to this question... (read more)

22278

Clark, Stephanie

OEII builds on the grammatical foundations learned in OEI and adds to students’ knowledge of Anglo-Saxon literature and culture through reading a varied selection of shorter poems and prose in Old English and performing a reenactment of the Battle of Maldon. In addition, OEII continues to... (read more)

22294

Bergquist, Carolyn

The Composition GTF Seminar provides a theoretical framework for teaching courses in the Composition Program. It is one of the three courses in the pedagogy sequence designed to prepare graduate students to teach the Composition Program’s writing courses. Successful completion of this course is... (read more)

22295

Gershow, Miriam

Prospective Composition GTFs who have completed or are currently enrolled in ENG 611 spend one essay-cycle (up to five weeks) working with a mentor teacher in a WR121, WR122 or WR123 classroom. The apprenticeship is set up to complement the theoretical work in ENG 611 with practical experience... (read more)

22505

This course introduces students to ethnographic fieldwork in folklore by integrating research practice with methodological and theoretical readings. Topics include identifying a subject of study, developing appropriate research strategies, initiating fieldwork, establishing rapport, reflexivity... (read more)

27007

Pyle, Forest

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 which we assign the adjective “Romantic.” I’ve organized our readings of some of the... (read more)

27011

Gage, John

All Students will
• Become familiar with the major theories of rhetoric in the European tradition
• Understand these theories culturally through comparison
• Read primary and secondary sources critically as a basis for writing about issues in the history of rhetoric
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27012

Bovilsky, Lara

This seminar will explore various scenes and models of pedagogy and learning found within Shakespeare’s writings, in the sixteenth-century humanism and rhetorical theory that structured education and thinking for Shakespeare and other students in the early modern period, and in our own present... (read more)

27149

Wood, Mary

This course examines American literature in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, with a focus on the diversity of voices that have made American literature what it is during this period of modernist and post-modernist writing. Looking at a range of genres (novel, drama, short story, essay,... (read more)

27276

Shankman, Steven

The recent presidential election has highlighted the dangers of cultural and sexual stereotyping, and confirmed them, with the majority of white Americans and men having lined up with one major candidate and most of the so-called melting pot of non-white Americans and women with the other. We... (read more)