Graduate Course Offerings

Graduate Course Offerings

Fall 2015 will soon be here, and the English Department has a range of great course offerings led by really terrific faculty. We’ll look forward to seeing you in class! You can view a complete listing of existing graduate courses and their descriptions here.

Fall 2015 Courses
ENG 550—American Romanticism
Dr. John Ronan
Between 1836 and 1861, American Romantics Emily Dickinson, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Margaret Fuller, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Henry David Thoreau, and Walt Whitman produced writings that helped thrust American literature onto the world stage…(more)
ENG 560—Critical Writing
Dr. Janice Chernekoff
The goal of the class is to help you develop a greater understanding of and confidence in your academic writing voice. Toward this goal, we will read and discuss rhetorical, composition, and genre theory…(more)
ENG 595—Victorian Prose (Online)
Dr. Anne DeLong
This course will engage with some of the major novelists and prose writers of the Victorian era, including Anne Brontë’s The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist, Elizabeth Gaskell’s North and South, William Makepeace Thackeray’s Vanity Fair, and George Eliot’s Middlemarch, as well as essays and short stories by other eminent writers and figures of the period…(more)
ENU 405—Teaching Writing
Dr. Patricia Pytleski
Teaching Writing is open to graduate students and advanced, talented undergraduates. Conducted as a workshop, we will explore what it means to be an effective teacher of composition and ways in which to enhance writing skills in English classes in general…(more)
Spring 2015 Course Descriptions
ENU 405—Teaching Writing
Dr. Patricia Pytleski
Teaching Writing is open to graduate students and advanced, talented undergraduates. Conducted as a workshop, we will explore what it means to be an effective teacher of composition and ways in which to enhance writing skills in English classes in general…(more)
ENG 510—The Rhetoric of Style
Dr. Moe Folk
This course examines the idea of style from its ancient understandings rooted in orality up to modern iterations rooted in multimodal composition and digital writing. We’ll examine (and produce!) a broad range of 21st Century texts.
ENG 567—Seminar in American Literature
Dr. Carissa Pokorny-Golden
Major themes, genre, and resource works are examined, and against their background class members present individual studies for general discussion.
ENG 575—Seminar in Literary Criticism
Dr. Jonathan Imber Shaw
Spring semester’s version of the seminar will favor focus, rather than variety. We’ll read deeply in three very influential movements that have informed American literary scholarship over the last hundred or so years…(more)
ENG 595—Victorian Prose
Dr. Anne DeLong
Studies of the important prose writers who flourished during the period from approximately 1832 to 1900 in England, the era generally known as the Victorian Age…(more)
Fall 2014 Course Offerings
WRI 400—Creative Writing: Theory and Practice
Prof. Jeffrey Voccola
This is a graduate-level writing course that will focus on the production of short fiction. Using the works of contemporary writers as models, students will explore various writing styles consistent with the practice of contemporary writing…(more)
ENG 493—The Twentieth Century British Novel
Dr. Curt Herr
This class will take a readerly approach to studying some of the most prestigious writers and influential novels in the canon of 20th Century British literature. We will explore sexualities, sensuality, and the modern relationship with D. H. Lawrence and Somerset Maugham, the lyrical firmament of Virginia Woolf, and the prosaic search for power versus the human spirit…(more)
ENG 502—Introduction to English Studies: Traditions, Boundaries, and Change
Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek
This course is a revision of and replacement for ENG 502 Problems of Research in English. This course provides beginning graduate students an introduction to the history, traditions, issues, problems, and debates of English Studies.
ENG 511—Contemporary Indigenous Rhetorics
Dr. Amanda Morris
This course provides graduate students with an introduction to the field of Indigenous Rhetorics, including its rhetorical traditions and practices, issues, problems, history, and cultural contexts of various indigenous communities…(more)
ENG 551—Postcolonial Literary Theory and Texts (Online)
Dr. Colleen Clemens
This course provides an overview of the leading currents, issues, and debates in Postcolonial theory, including the definition of field, gender, political, and resistance issues and an in-depth look at Postcolonial literary texts…(more)
ENG 591—Shakespeare
Dr. Jennifer Forsyth
For a number of controversial subjects, Shakespeare’s works have been volatile, high-stakes sites of debate in performance, debate, and pop culture. Through, I hope, vigorous and rigorous classroom discussions and writing about Shakespeare’s plays and poems…(more)