Fall 2018 Graduate Courses

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Check out the Fall 2018 course offerings for new and returning M.A. in English graduate students:
ENG 560: Critical Writing
Dr. Amy Lynch-Biniek | M 5:30-8:20 p.m.
This course invites graduate students to examine writing as an essential tool for exploring, questioning, and creating intellectual knowledge in academic and public spaces. Students will develop a conceptual framework for critical writing through the study of rhetorical theory, genre theory and composition theory. Central to the course are writing workshops in which students share drafts of course assignments. In these workshops, students develop and understanding of themselves as writers, while exploring a variety of styles and rhetorical approaches for communicating with specific audiences both within and beyond the graduate classroom. As students explore the new genres and increased expectations that come with advanced scholarly writing, they will practice: choosing a point of inquiry; gathering research; developing a position; choosing style and voice; using readers’ feedback effectively; and editing and revising as a recursive process.
ENG 575: Seminar in Literary Criticism
Dr. Jonathan Shaw | W 5:30-8:20 p.m.
This fall’s iteration of the course focuses on the writing of three crucial thinkers: Marx, Freud, and Saussure. We’ll examine major concepts and discursive structures formulated and theorized by those pathbreakers. We’ll then read texts by later twentieth theorists who have elaborated and critiqued the work of those seminal three; we’ll read Jakobson, Althusser, Adorno, Lacan, Irigaray, Kristeva, and Derrida. We’ll close the semester with considerations of canonical and contemporary texts—including “The Waste Land,” Barnes’s Nightwood, and Stoppard’s Rock and Roll—reading literature from political economic, structural, psychoanalytic, feminist, narratological, and post-structural perspectives.
ENG 591: Shakespeare
Dr. Jennifer Forsyth | TR 5:30-8:20 p.m.
Although Shakespeare is perhaps the iconic figure of the western literary tradition, Shakespeare studies tend to embrace new theoretical approaches and methodologies. Today, Shakespeare scholars work in the digital humanities; examine global, postcolonial, and indigenous Shakespeares; study how reading Shakespeare’s texts cognitively affects our brains; teach Shakespeare in the prisons; implement crowd-sourced archival projects; promote project-based learning for students; write creative non-fiction pieces; and engage on social media as public academics, for instance, in addition to performing more traditional kinds of literary, historical, and cultural analysis. In this class, we will draw upon this broad-based approach to Shakespeare studies while considering a diverse group of Shakespeare’s texts, from his “greatest hits” to some of his lesser-read works. I will be circulating a survey to registered students regarding their preferences for which plays we read and what approaches we emphasize as I construct my syllabus over the summer. No prior knowledge of any of the fields listed above is required.

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