Course Offerings

Proposed Course Offerings Beginning Fall of 2021-2022 (*Subject to Change)

ENGL 5F01: Professional Skills and Development
Gale Coskan-Johnson

Topics such as the nature of graduate studies, pedagogy, advanced research skills and resources, the development of research and grant proposals, career preparation, and preparation for conference presentations and publishing.

ENGL 5P00Theoretical Foundations
Lynn Arner

Surveys a range of thinkers and theoretical schools structuring the current discipline of English, including critical race theory, psychoanalysis, postcolonial theory, feminist theory, queer theory, British cultural studies, Foucault, and Bourdieu. 

ENGL 5V20: Frantic and Sickly: Gothic Texts and Contexts
James Allard

Examinations of the emergence of and responses to gothic texts in the latter half of the eighteenth century in Great Britain. Special attention will be given to non-canonical works. Topics may include the politics of taste; criticism and the literary marketplace; popular rewritings; and the culture of “terror.”

ENGL 5V78: Literary Journalism and Ecocriticism
Rob Alexander

Examination of the unique prominence creative nonfiction generally, and literary journalism in particular, occupy in Ecocriticism. Special focus on works written after WWII and the questions they raise concerning genre, the factual, and literariness as a critique of and response to the anthropocentric bias of mainstream media representations of nonhuman animals and the environment.

ENGL 5V10: Early Modern Women’s Books and Reading 
Leah Knight

This inquiry-based course will study sixteenth- and seventeenth-century writers and readers, along with books from both early modernity and earlier yet; after a critical survey of relevant scholarly literature in the historiography of reading, students will develop individual case studies focused on early modern women’s books.

ENGL 5V60Female Superheroes and Supervillains in Popular Culture
Natalee Caple

Will examine representations of women, women’s violence, and women’s agency in self-creation through looking at stories about female superheroes in popular cultural objects such as novels, comics, movies, and TV series’. Characters examined will include Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan), Jessica Jones, She-Hulk, and others. Be prepared to analyze multiple iterations across different media through different theoretical lenses.  

Course Offerings 2020-2021

ENGL 5V37: Jane Austen

Austen’s six novels and “Sanditon” in the light of historical, feminist, queer, postcolonial, ecocritical, and cognitive approaches as well as an exploration of selected screen adaptations.

ENGL 5V45: Oulipo and Company

This course surveys and ventures critical responses to the literary experiments of the international group known as Oulipo (est. 1960), as well as those of certain of its precursors and inheritors. Will include study of works by such writers as Roussel, Queneau, Calvino, Perec, Garréta, and Mathews.

ENGL 5V68: How to Speak to Aliens: Contact Literature and Beyond

Explores limit cases of exploration narratives, including the representation of contact in Canadian contexts, contemporary science fiction, and the phenomenology of aliens. In order to address the future of transcultural exchange, course texts will compare Indigenous-settler interactions with examples of contemporary science-fiction that re-map the distinctions between self and other.

ENGL 5V72: Rewriting Elaine of Astolat

Study of adaptations of the Arthurian story of the Lily Maid. Use of adaptation theory, feminist theory, and theories of medievalism to explore medieval, nineteenth-, twentieth-, and twenty-first-century texts and the diverse communities they address.

ENGL 5F01: Professional Skills and Development

Topics such as the nature of graduate studies, pedagogy, advanced research skills and resources, the development of research and grant proposals, career preparation, and preparation for conference presentations and publishing.

ENGL 5P00: Theoretical Foundations

Survey and critical analysis of a broad range of theories bearing on the relation of literary texts to cultural formations.

Course Offerings 2019-2020

ENGL 5V36: Transnational, Hemispheric, and Diasporic Spaces of Freedom

Exploration of the literature and culture of the United States in the nineteenth century with a focus on racial, critically cosmopolitan, and hemispheric conceptions of space and nation. Consideration of the theoretical impact of geographic space on critical conceptions of the nation, and how authors imagine and experience free communities in the Pacific, New Orleans and the “global south,” Europe, Canada, Cuba, and Africa.

ENGL 5V66: Metabolic Poetics

Examines expanded approaches to reading and writing in contemporary poetry, particularly as these intersect with science and the concept of the Anthropocene.

ENGL 5V73 : Trauma Theory

Introduction to the history of trauma theory and overview of current trends in the field. Texts by Sigmund Freud, Cathy Caruth, Marianne Hirsch, Dominic La Capra, Ruth Leys and Roger Luckhurst.

ENGL 5V88: Protest/Resistance: Feelings, Opinions, Arguments, Acts

Examines the discursive topography of protest/resistance through figures such as the protester, the police, the sovereign subject, and public space. Will explore the politics, histories, geographies, arguments and practices enacted in texts such as Sara Ahmed’s Willful Subjects, Sophocles Antigone, the writings of anti-lynching activist/journalist, Ida B. Wells, and contemporary images circulated transnationally on social media platforms.

ENGL 5F01: Professional Skills and Development

Topics such as the nature of graduate studies, pedagogy, advanced research skills and resources, the development of research and grant proposals, career preparation, and preparation for conference presentations and publishing.

ENGL 5P00: Theoretical Foundations

Survey and critical analysis of a broad range of theories bearing on the relation of literary texts to cultural formations.