Shakespeare Gone Global

Dr. Amy Muse, Spring 2020

The Gothic Novel

Dr. Alexis Easley, Spring 2020

Teaching College English

Dr. Fernando Sánchez

Indians in Unexpected Places

Dr. Elizabeth Wilkinson

Workshop on the Novel

Dr. Heather Bouwman

Spring 2020 Courses

This course explores the history, theory, practice, and pedagogy of English studies as a field. We will focus on how English is taught at the college level across a variety of sub disciplines such as Literature, Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition, Second Language Writing, and Professional Writing. Students will reflect on the connection between research, theory, and practice in English pedagogy.

GENG 507-01 Teaching College English Mondays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Fernando Sánchez Room TBD

Taking a cue from Dr. Philip Deloria (Dakota), this class will survey the "unexpected" long history of indigenous North American fiction, essay, poetry, and theory from the 18th Century to the present. From the gynocratic (Paula Gunn Allen - Laguna Pueblo) roots of Native women's writing to the survivance (Gerald Vizenor - Anishinaabe) rhetoric deployed pan-tribally over centuries, we will look at the many ways Native writers show us that sometimes "the body needs a story more than food to survive (Barry Lopez from Crow and Weasel).

This course satisfies the multicultural distribution requirement and the early American literature requirement.

GENG 559-01 Indians in Unexpected Places Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Elizabeth Wilkinson JRC 481

Though Shakespeare himself probably never left the shores of England, his imagination roamed widely, exploring fears and fantasies of Africa, the Mediterranean, and the New World, and his plays ventured from the Globe to circumnavigate the globe in dramatic, literary, and cinematic adaptations from India, Nigeria, the Caribbean, the Balkans, Japan, Iran, and present-day refugee camps (to name just a very few). We will examine Shakespeare as an author with global reach, both in the seventeenth century and today, reading plays such as HamletKing LearOthello, and The Tempest and modern rewritings of them, engaging with theories of adaptation, translation, and “writing back,” of globalization and decolonization, local and universal culture. Writing projects will include dramaturgical analysis, a theoretical essay, and an adaptation.

This course satisfies both the early literature and global literature requirements. 


GENG 522-01 Shakespeare Gone Global Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Amy Muse JRC 481

In this creative writing course we will study the form and structure of the novel, project planning techniques for novel drafting and revising, publication and professional issues for fiction writers; and elements of craft in fiction writing. In addition to reading and discussing approximately six novels, we’ll also read a variety of books and essays about the novel. And we will write—a lot! If you are currently drafting or revising a novel (or want to), we can work your project into the final writing requirement for the course. For others, we will find a way to customize the final assignment so that you can work on a long project that fits with your interests (e.g., drafting a section of memoir using fiction-writing techniques that you learned in this course; or drafting part of a novel in verse; or conducting a research project on how to construct a book-length collection of poems).

GENG 603-01 Workshop on the Novel Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Heather Bouwman JRC 481

Vampires, ghosts, murders, madness, living portraits, dungeons, secret passageways, sexual deviance, forbidden romance, and hysteria. The sensationalism of the Gothic novel made it one of the most popular -- and controversial -- genres in British literary history. This course will begin with the roots of the Gothic novel in the late eighteenth century and will then trace the development and transformation of gothicism over the course of the nineteenth century.  Following current scholarship, we will pose questions about belief in the supernatural, representations of violence, the significance of fantasy and fear, and the role of gender, race, class, and sexuality in the literature of terror. Course texts will include Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto, Matthew Lewis's The Monk, Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey, and Bram Stoker's Dracula. Novels will be supplemented with readings in recent theory and criticism as well as a selection of cultural materials, including nineteenth-century poetry, journalism, and visual arts. This course will meet in class for the first 10 weeks, followed by 3 weeks of independent study and advising, and a final presentation week at the end of the semester.

This course counts as an early literature distribution requirement and a 600-level course.

GENG 630-01 The Gothic Novel Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Alexis Easley JRC 222

Summer 2020 Courses

This course investigates a concept that is very intimately tied to commonplace narratives about the United States: freedom. Specifically, we will ask 19th-century literary and philosophical texts to help us think through the relationship between freedom and constraint. We will look at how 19th-century texts theorize and represent what it might mean to be free. Secondary readings that introduce transnational philosophical and political debates about freedom and free will in the late 18th and 19th centuries, as well as slavery and emancipation, Indian Removal, immigration, and industrialization will frame our discussions. The course will culminate in a final project tailored to students' professional and intellectual needs: a conference paper, a lesson plan, a writing sample, etc. This course satisfies the multicultural literature requirement.

GENG 558-01 Freedom and Constraint Hybrid on campus/online Dr. Laura Zebuhr Room TBD

Fall 2020 Courses

This course provides an introduction to the expectations and conventions of graduate study, including research and writing methodology. In addition, it will introduce students to the field of English studies: its areas of specialization, key issues, and genres of writing. This course must be taken as one of the first three courses in the MA in English program.

GENG 513-01 Intro to Graduate Studies in English Mondays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Laura Zebuhr Room TBD

Introduction to Creative Writing and Publishing provides a primer to the expectations and conventions of graduate study in the field of creative writing, including creative writing pedagogy and practice, the running of a literary reading series, innovative forms of creative writing such as podcasting and interactive writing, as well as the study of the publishing world from the point of view of a writer, reader, and editor. Additionally, it will introduce students to the academic field of creative writing: its area of specialization, key issues, and forms of writing. How do writers orient themselves and their work in 21st century workshops? What are the tools that govern print design, interactive prose, or literary podcasts? What is the history of the publishing industry and how does that inform our present moment? This course is required for the Master of Arts in Creative Writing & Publishing and is an elective for the Master of Arts in English.


GENG 501-01 Intro to Creative Writing & Publishing Mondays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Heather Bouwman Room TBD

How do we write about—or from—perspectives that differ greatly from our own? Is doing so an “act of ethical urgency” (Hari Kunzru), or is it cultural appropriation? In this hybrid creative writing/literature course, we will write from places of discomfort and unfamiliarity. We will write from positionalities of gender, (dis)ability, sexuality, age, religion, class, and race that differ from our own. Before doing so, we will read broadly and discuss theories of otherness, normativity, craft, research, and writing; we will also read recent examples of both ethical and problematic fiction, poetry, and nonfiction, and the discourses that surround them. The course will be approximately fifty percent creative writing & fifty percent craft/critical theory, with an eye toward balancing Kunzru’s call for “humility in the face of otherness” with Toni Morrison’s injunction to “[t]hink of somebody you don’t know.” Students are encouraged to write creative work in any of the major genres, including genre hybrids.

This course satisfies a writing workshop for MA Creative Writing & Publishing students as well as the multicultural literature requirement.

GENG 558-01 Otherness & Appropriation: Writing Outself the Self Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Chris Santiago Room TBD

This course will focus on Byron, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Felicia Hemans, Letitia Landon, and other writers  of the Romantic era. We will explore Romantic cosmopolitanism and the European expansion(ism) during this time.

A longer course description is forthcoming.

This course satisfies the early literature requirement and the global, transnational, and transatlantic requirement.

GENG 629-01 Transnational Romanticisms Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Young-ok An Room TBD

In the twenty-first century, celebrities are a ubiquitous feature of everyday life—in part due to the rise of new media, which allow for the viral transmission and re-circulation of news across culture. The expansion of new media has also allowed writers to fashion their own identities and to reach new audiences for their work. The postmodern idea of the literary celebrity as someone whose identity is constructed via new media got its start during the nineteenth century with the development of new communication technologies: film, photography, illustrated advertising, and mass-market newspapers. In this course, we will explore case studies from the nineteenth century—e.g., Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, and Oscar Wilde—and then jump forward to the present moment, where writers such as Danez Smith and Mary Oliver use new media in ways that build upon and transform the strategies pioneered by their predecessors. We will also examine the fan groups and literary tourism industries that sprang up in response to writers’ celebrated book publications, both past and present. In the process, we will study literary works, new media texts, and recent theory and criticism on literary celebrity. We will meet in class for 9 weeks, then have four weeks of independent study, followed by a final day in class sharing our research.


GENG 672-01 Literature & Celebrity Culture Hybrid online/on campus, Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Alexis Easley Room TBD