Spring 2017 Graduate Courses

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ENG 551: Postcolonial Literary Theory and Texts
Dr. Colleen Clemens| Online

By the end of this session, students in ENG 550 should have a better understanding of the basic concepts and theories of postcolonial theory. We will use literature and film from around the world to explore these concepts. This course assumes that the student has no prior knowledge and will work quickly to introduce students to key terms and theorists. Issues of gender, hybridity, nationality, language, and identity will form the core of the course. Using mainly personal blogs for course discussion, students will hone their academic writing skills while writing for an audience. The final project will be either a conference paper that could be presented or a complete unit that could be used in a secondary classroom.

ENG 576: Seminar in Film History, Theory and Criticism
Dr. Bob Kilker | W 5:00-7:50 pm

Students will grapple with a wide variety of approaches to film and other media, including psycholanalytic theory, feminist theory, queer theory, genre theory, among others, as well as considerations of television and other visual media.​

ENG 583: Eighteenth-Century Studies
Dr. Raymond Tumbleson | TH 5:00-7:50 p.m.

Literature at the height of the neoclassical period is studied, with attention to social, historical, and philosophical background for the Augustans: Pope, Swift, and selected writings of DeFoe, Addison and Steele, and Gray. Pre-romantic themes and modes in poetry, prose, and drama of the Johnson era are analyzed.

WRI 400: Creative Writing: Theory and Practice
Prof. Jeffrey Voccola | TU 5:00-6:50 p.m.

This is a graduate level writing course which will focus on the production of texts of poetry, short fiction, drama and multi-genre forms of creative writing. Using the works of contemporary writers in these genres as models, students will explore various writing styles consistent with the practice of contemporary writing. Reading assignments will focus on technique and stylistic considerations. Writing assignments will focus on allowing each student to understand his/her own creative process in the development of a unique voice as he/she works toward producing an acceptable body of original work. Using models from various texts, students will be encouraged to develop their own prompts and methods of generating writing topics. This course may be appropriate for the undergraduate students who have taken all the undergraduate creative writing courses and are developing a portfolio of writing for admission to a graduate writing program.

WRI 410WI: Arts and Entertainment Writing
Prof. Melissa Nurczysnki | MWF 11:00-11:50 p.m.

Students enrolled in Arts and Entertainment Writing both study and practice the strategies of reviewing artistic performances and related cultural subjects for the general press. Students will learn the basic methodologies of analysis, interpretation and evaluation of artistic offerings.


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