Spring 2016 Graduate Courses

Graduate Courses

ENU 405WICT: Teaching Writing

This course focuses on the roots of composition in classical rhetoric, research into composition problems and devices and techniques that lead to effective instruction in composition.

ENG 438: Major Modern Dramatists

This course is a brief critical survey of British and American drama of the twentieth century with primary focus on the work of such major figures as Shaw, O’Neil, O’Casey, Miller, Williams, Albee and Pinter.
Prerequisites: ENG 23 or its equivalent

ENG 502: Introduction to English Studies

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. From the perspective of the outsider or newly initiated, the proliferation of areas of interest within English Studies can be confusing if not daunting. It is the goal of this course to familiarize new graduate students with the historical development of English Studies and the shape of English Studies today. Designed as one of the core courses for all English MA students, this course will include studies of the profession, experience in writing professional documents (such as conference proposals, abstracts, book reviews, thesis proposal), practical guidance in relevant research methods, and inquiry into the major theoretical and disciplinary issues and challenges of English Studies. This is a required course of all English MA students.

ENG 511: Contemporary Indigenous Rhetorics

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. The goal of this advanced course is to build on students’ existing knowledge about the rhetorical strategies, techniques, and tactics of contemporary indigenous peoples in several genres: creative nonfiction, academic scholarship, stand-up comedy, journalism, political and legal documents, and web presence. Specifically, students will engage with the works of writers, thinkers, performers, artists, and speakers in specific contemporary indigenous communities as these practitioners strive to carve space for their voices and perspectives in the crowded space of modern intellectual thought and practice. This course focuses primarily on Native American Rhetorics. This course is appropriate for those interested in Composition & Rhetoric, Literature and Media Studies. This class may also include the opportunity for digital storytelling, blogging, interviewing, and community engagement. This is an elective course for all English MA students.

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