Telling Tales: A Chaucer Remix

Dr. Martin Warren, Spring 2019

Transnational Lit: Age of Neoliberalism

Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury, Spring 2019

Victorian Literary Genres

Dr. Alexis Easley, Summer 2019

Modernism and its Afterlives

Dr. Emily James, Fall 2019

Tolkien: Middle Ages, Middle Earth

Dr. Martin Warren, Fall 2019

Summer 2019 Courses

The Victorian age was a period of literary innovation. With the rise of periodicals came the serial novel, which soon became a ubiquitous part of everyday life. The three-volume realist novel emerged with the proliferation of lending libraries, which imposed a censoring effect on literary production. The sensation novel, New Woman novel, and detective serial genres were all born in the Victorian period, and the epic poem, fairy tale, and gothic novel were reinvented in ways that spoke to the scandals and social controversies of the modern age. New genres arose alongside other new technologies and innovations – e.g., the railway, illustrated advertisements, film, mass-market journalism, and photography – which intersected with literary genres in exciting ways. The reading list will include works by Charles Dickens, Alfred Tennyson, Mary Braddon, and Frances Browne. This is a hybrid course. We will meet three hours per week for ten weeks. The other four weeks will be dedicated to conferencing and independent research. This course satisfies the Early British Literature requirement (previous curriculum) or the Early British/American requirement (new curriculum).

GENG 630-01 Victorian Literary Genres Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Alexis Easley OEC 208

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When The Awakening appeared in 1899, it was widely condemned by reviewers as vulgar and sordid, and then largely forgotten for decades.  Today Chopin’s once controversial novel is a classic of American literature, immensely popular with both literary and nonliterary readers alike.  In this course, we will study Chopin’s masterpiece together with her short stories, exploring what she has to tell us about gender, sexuality class, and race in her time.  And how her writings of over a century ago still speak to these same issues in our own time. THIS COURSE IS ONE-CREDIT.

GENG 572-01 Kate Chopin's The Awakening and Selected Stories TR (05/30-06/14), 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Kelli Larson JRC 481

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Fall 2019 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 Grad Studies in English Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Laura Zebuhr Room TBD

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In this course, we will examine the border both as geographical line and limit and imaginative space and method. How might the current regimentation of borders work on and against the increasing dispersal of global culture and capital? How might our analysis of the border as an epistemic framework shape the way we read texts? This class will consider the ways in which writers and theorists are rethinking notions of the border as a political and aesthetic category. This course is required for all students entering the program in the summer of 2018 and beyond.

GENG 516-01 Questions in Literary Theory: Borders Wednesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Kanishka Chowdhury Room TBD

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J.R.R. Tolkien, an Oxford professor and eminent medievalist, is best known for The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, works that have been popular since they were first published. One of Tolkien’s distinctive contributions to fantasy writing lies in the example he set as a builder of worlds. Fantasy and science-fiction novelists, game designers, and role-play enthusiasts all acknowledge Tolkien as a master in the art of constructing a universe with its own history and geography, flora and fauna, cultures and languages, magic and physics. Tolkien rooted his fictional works in the language and traditions of the Anglo-Saxon, Norse, Gothic, and Celtic cultures that he studied as a medievalist. The class examines his major, seminal fantasy fictions through these cultures, traditions, and languages alongside the theories he himself developed of fantasy world-building. The labor of creating Middle-earth, in its various phases, revisions and versions, has become a subject of study, to which much academic attention has been devoted. Questions that guide this class are: What are the implications and ramifications of the act of worldbuilding, especially as it was conceived and practiced by Tolkien? How do we situate Tolkien's creation within the context of Tolkien’s work as both artist and medievalist and alongside its medieval sources and modern parallels, the uses of tradition, the nature of history and its relationship to place? What does Tolkien’s work teach us about storytelling, art and imagination? How are Tolkien’s works repurposed in modern media (a children’s play, spoken word poetry, visual art, film, radio, song cycle, Aubusson tapestries, dialect literature and YouTube videos)?

GENG 521-01 Tolkien: Middle Ages, Middle Earth, Building Worlds Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Martin Warren Room TBD

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This graduate course in the writing of poetry will include practical, theoretical and creative explorations of poetry writing and publishing. A combination of readings, workshop experiences, and writing exercises designed to facilitate exploration of subject matter and technique, this course welcomes students exploring the genre of poetry for the first time, as well as students continuing studies in poetry writing. Readings will include practical, theoretical and creative texts, and address poetry writing in publishing contexts-- how poetry collections are written, revised, organized, submitted, acquired, edited, and marketed. Students will also gain insight into broader issues in the publishing world such as the roles of small and independent presses, university presses, traditional major presses, online publishing, audience development, and issues of access and diversity in the literary marketplace.

GENG 601 Writing Poetry Mondays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Leslie Miller Room TBD

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Beginning with the turn of the twentieth century, this class will look closely at modernist experiments across the arts and then turn to the homages and reactions they inspired later in the century. Writers may include E.M. Forster, Virginia Woolf, Mina Loy, Roddy Doyle, Kazuo Ishiguro, Zadie Smith, Helen Oyeyemi, and Ali Smith. This course satisfies the Transnational Literature requirement of the new curriculum.

GENG 632-01 Modernism and its Afterlives Tuesdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Emily James Room TBD

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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 wil 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).

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

 

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 Room TBD

Middle grade children’s literature and young adult literature are vibrant areas in writing and publishing right now; and almost any genre open to adults is also open to MG and YA authors: fantasy, sci fi, poetry, literary realism, mystery, humor, and so on. In this course, we’ll read widely in both MG and YA; try our hand at writing in both categories; and learn about the many issues that currently face authors, publishers, agents, and editors—not to mention readers and various gatekeepers—in MG and YA literature. Finally, you’ll choose one area (MG or YA) to focus on for your final creative project of the semester: a 4000-6000 word opening (minimum two chapters) to a MG or YA novel.

GENG 603-01 Writing for Young People Thursdays, 6:00 - 9:00 pm Dr. Heather Bouwman Room TBD

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, Anne Radcliffe's The Italian, 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 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 Room TBD