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Spring 2016 – Graduate Seminars

ENG 607               Seminar: Environmentalism & Public Humanities

Instructor:           LeMenager, Stephanie


ENG 608               Workshop: Teaching Literature and Film

Instructor:           Laskaya, Anne
This one credit workshop prepares Graduate Teaching Fellows to teach in free-standing undergraduate courses.  It aims to provide concrete, practical advice on key aspects of teaching undergraduate classes in literature or film:  pedagogy; assisting in large classes; managing classes of 40 students; teaching literary or film/media texts; drawing up syllabi; making lesson plans; crafting paper topics.  For the first month, we will meet in a large group; the group will then be divided into two smaller sections, which will each meet three more times, on alternate weeks, for workshops on syllabi, lesson plans, and paper topics.


ENG 613               GTF Composition Apprenticeship

Instructor:           Gershow, Miriam

Prospective Composition GTFs 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 WR121 or 122. Grading option is P/NP only.


ENG 614               Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory

Instructor:           Pyle, Forest
This course will explore key theoretical works that shape and illuminate the study of literary and cultural texts. It will include three units. The first will take up semiotically-oriented accounts of symbolic formations including writings by Saussure, Barthes, The Frankfurt School, Althusser, Gramsci, Derrida. The second unit will be concerned with theories that explore the effects and affects of these formations and will include work by Benjamin, Arendt, Merleau-Ponty, Foucault, Deleuze. The third unit will focus on theories that are concerned with literary and cultural texts in relation to social and historical identities and will include work by Fanon, Djebar, Spivak, Mohanty, Gikandi, Gates, hooks and Butler.


ENG 615               Advanced Studies in Literary & Cultural Theory:  Affectivities

Instructor:           Pyle, Forest



ENG 630               Renaissance Literature: Shakespeare’s Contemporaries              

Instructor:           Rowe, George
This course attempts to provide a general overview of the drama of the English Renaissance.  It has several goals:  1) to explore the characteristics and cultural context of what is arguably the most successful commercial theater known to us; 2) to examine the dramatic accomplishments of some of Shakespeare’s contemporaries and rivals; and 3) to reclaim thereby a Shakespeare who neither arose out of, nor wrote within, a historical and literary vacuum.  (It thus assumes some familiarity with a representative selection of Shakespeare’s plays.)
We will also look briefly at some classical, Medieval, and Tudor antecedents (a tragedy by Seneca; Mankynd, perhaps Fulgens and Lucrece, the earliest secular drama in English that has survived), as well as consider the ways in which Early Modern drama might be viewed as an unacknowledged forerunner of the mixture of sexual obsession, violence, and grotesque humor characteristic of certain areas of popular culture today.


ENG 645               Theorizing Eco-criticism: Library of Life: Species, Reproduction, Extinction

Instructor:           Sayre, Gordon
Biodiversity and endangered species, native and invasive species, the threat of the sixth extinction; so much of today’s environmental politics relies upon species identity. This seminar examines the origins of species in the work of early modern naturalists, and proposes that the concept of species changes with the media available to describe, represent, and disseminate images of living organisms. From early print woodcuts, to drawings and paintings made in the field, to the type specimens in herbaria, to taxidermy and dioramas, to genomic databases, humans conceive and conserve natural diversity only through their ability to record, store, and catalogue the “library of life.” The course will direct special attention toward the problem of natural history in Colonial America, and will include research opportunities in the Knight Library Rare Books and Special Collections, in collaboration with the Oregon Rare Books Initiative lecture series for 2015-16.


ENG 695               Film Studies: Silent Film

Instructor:           Aronson, Michael
This seminar on early cinema focuses on international film history from the beginnings of the form in the 19th century to the coming of commercial synchronous sound in the late 1920s. This seminar will cover topics that include early motion picture technology, the development of commercial exhibition practices, the evolution of narrative and editing techniques, the growth of the Hollywood studio system, as well other significant national cinemas as they arose in the first decades of the twentieth century. The required work of the seminar will include a weekly evening screening, time and place tbd.