Spring 2018 Graduate Courses

Check out the Spring 2018 course offerings for new and returning M.A. in English graduate students:
ENG 545: Studies in Post-Modern Fiction
Dr. Jonathan Shaw | W 5:30-8:20 p.m.

Spring semester’s version of the course comprises three foci, or units:

First, we’ll study a selection of texts that we might group under the heading late modernism, in which the textual and formal strategies of modernism are stretched and strained to points of maximum tension, in an attempt to contain the socio-cultural tumult of the post-war period. We’ll watch Antonioni’s great film La Notte, we’ll read a selection of Jorge Luis Borges’ dizzyingly innovative short fictions (“The Library of Babel,” “The Garden of Forking Paths,” “Tlon, Uqbar, Orbus Tertius,” and others), and we’ll work through Cormac McCarthy’s stunningly bleak biblical allegory Outer Dark. :

Following that, we’ll read a number of texts from the nineteen-sixties and the early nineteen-seventies, in which we can see the postmodern emerge, slowly and strangely, from the wreckage of the modern. We’ll read Diane DiPrima’s Dinners and Nightmares, an experimental collage of poetry, journals, and short fiction; a number of metafictions by Donald Barthelme, Grace Paley, and Robert Coover; Ishmael Reed’s furious metaphysical detective novel Mumbo Jumbo; and a string of science fiction narratives: William Burroughs’ The Soft Machine, Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Lathe of Heaven, and Samuel R. Delany’s short stories.

We’ll finish the semester with two massive and massively important documents of the postmodern fully ascendant: Robert Altman’s remarkable film Nashville, and Thomas Pynchon’s epically scaled novel Gravity’s Rainbow. Pynchon’s novel is notorious for its difficulty, but I think it’s the best novel of the twentieth century. Certainly it’s magisterial, farcical, and philosophically dense—often on the same page. We’ll spend three weeks on the novel.

Theoretical texts include Andreas Huyssen’s After the Great Divide, Phillip Brian Harper’s Framing the Margins, Linda Hutcheon’s The Poetics of Postmodernism, Alan Wilde’s Horizons of Assent, Madhu Dubey’s Signs and Cities, Marianne DeKoven’s Utopia Limited, and selections from Fredric Jameson’s voluminous work on the postmodern.

Questions? Contact me at: jshaw@kutztown.edu

ENG 593: British and Irish Novels of the 20th Century
Dr. Curt Herr| M 5:30-8:20 pm
This class is a detailed study on some of the most influential writers of the 20th Century: Virginia Woolf, D.H. Lawrence, James Joyce, Iris Murdoch, Somerset Maugham, Paul Kingsnorth and A. S. Byatt among others. We will examine narrative form, experimentation in voice and structure, the shifting landscape of culture, class, gender, identity, and sexualities.

ENU 405: Teaching Writing
Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek| T 6:00-8:50 pm
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.

WRI 400: Creative Writing—Theory & Practice
Prof. Jeffrey Voccola| T 5:30-8:20 pm
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.

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