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