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English (M.A.)

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Summer 2017 English Course Descriptions

ENL 6335 Studies in Shakespeare (CRN 50703)
Dr. Totaro, Summer B Tuesday/Thursday 3:00-5:25 pm
“Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks!” (King Lear) Aiming to expand our understanding of the early modern world view that charged winds with personified power, comets with prodigious meaning, and tempests with preternatural and sometimes supernatural consequence, this course will take as its focus the material composition of the early modern sublunary ecosystem and its literary and cultural representation. Appropriating terms borrowed from the NASA definition of earth system science, we will attend to “the processes within and interactions among the atmosphere, hydrosphere, cryosphere, biosphere, and geosphere from a global and local point-of-view”—what in early modern terms comprised the study of physics, meteorology, and biology. In our discussions, we will explore literary, cultural, and didactic treatments of the early modern sublunary realm; the religious, philosophical, and literary critical significance associated with such treatments; and, time permitting, the relationship between current ecocriticism and early modern writing about Earth’s interdependent spheres. Readings of Shakespeare will be diverse and survey-like in our focus on 5-6 plays including at least one each from the genres history, comedy, tragedy, and romance, as well as on the poetry including Venus and Adonis, The Rape of Lucrece, and the sonnets. Written work will include in-class writings, 2 papers, an annotation of a scholarly source, and a short exam at ¾ through the course.

English M.A. Courses – Fall 2017

Language, Literature, and Society: ENG 6058 Language, Literature, and Society, CRN 80301
Dr. Jackson, Tuesday 5:30-8:15pm
This course is the introduction to the MA in English program. As such, we will focus on producing graduate-level analyses and research essays; the various schools of literary criticism, including feminism, gender studies, Marxism, postcolonial theory, and psychoanalytic theory; and preparation for further graduate study and/or entering the job market.

Faulkner, Hemingway, Fitzgerald – Their 1930s: AML 6305 Major U.S. Authors, CRN 82431
Dr. Sugimori, Monday 5:30-8:15
This course explores Faulkner’s, Hemingway’s, and Fitzgerald’s works from the 1930s, attending to their complex intertextuality as well as negotiation with the decade’s cultural, social, economic, and political contexts. In the process of such an inquiry, we will also examine literary and cultural criticisms—not only those that informed literary works at the time of their production, but also more recent critical theories such as reception theory, structuralism, poststructuralism, and psychoanalysis. Required coursework includes essays, exams, presentations, and a variety of in-class assignments.

Women Writers of the Middle Ages: ENL 6507 British Literature before 1900, CRN 801286
Dr. Tolhurst, Wednesday 5:30-8:15pm
This course will introduce you to some key texts written in English, French, and Latin by medieval women. By reading the works of an abbess, a court poet, a wife and mother, a mystic, and a widow who earned her living as a writer, you will discover the challenges that female writers posed to orthodox Christianity, gender stereotypes, and medieval social norms. By studying the letters of Heloise, the Lais of Marie de France, The Book of Margery Kempe, Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love, and Christine de Pizan’s The Book of the City of Ladies within their historical and cultural contexts, you will consider modern debates about gender roles and the education of women in relation to the writings of medieval women.

Body Functions: Interdisciplinary Explorations of the Body: LIT 6806 Literature as Cultural Study, CRN 82430
Dr. Mendible, Thursday 5:30-8:15
The human body has been subjected to various technologies, medical interventions, scientific expectations and disciplinary controls throughout history. This interdisciplinary course explores the ways that the body has been regulated, conceptualized, represented, and incorporated into discourses of production and consumption in American culture. Topics include the construction and representation of raced, gendered bodies; the relationship between the body’s signifying role and the performance of violence; the role that violence against the body plays in religious practice, State authority, and group identity formation. We will examine a variety of novels and visual texts, as well theorists Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Elizabeth Grosz, Sander Gilman, Rose Weitz, Sara Ahmed, Mikhail Bakhtin, and Elaine Scarry.