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600 Level Courses

  • ENGL 601: Methods of Interpretation (Core Course)

This course offers an advanced study of contemporary literary theory as well as its methods and practices. It also offers an investigation of its value for research in the discipline and for the practice of literary criticism.

  • ENGL 604: Advanced Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Literature (Category C Graduate)
    • Representing Islam

Medieval and early modern British and European authors (mis-) represented Islamic faith and practice within their works in a range of ways. Muslims made extensive contributions to premodern culture in the areas of philosophy, science, medicine, and literature, yet western  writers often demonized the “idols” and peoples of this “other” tradition.  The course will include the Qur’an, Crusades, Saracens, Orientalism, and the diaspora of Moors. We will read Marco Polo, Wolfram von Eschenbach, Arabian Nights, Ganjavi’s The Haft Paykar, Ibn Hazm’s Ring of the Dove, Usama ibn Munqidh, the Song of Roland, Chaucer, Mandeville, Othello, and Marlowe’s Jew of Malta.

  • ENGL 631: Contemporary Issues: Texts and Contexts (Category A Graduate)
    • Topic: Theories of Creativity and Play

Albert Rouzie argues that “the deeply entrenched divisions between work and play, seriousness and frivolity, and order and chaos. . .ultimately impoverished our culture’s approach to literacy” (27). This course examines how these divisions came about and explores how recent attempts to anneal the work/play split (i.e., to take play seriously and recognize its connections to critical engagement), facilitate our abilities to make and negotiate meaning in a rapidly-changing world. The course will also focus on myths about, and approaches to, creativity. Throughout the semester we will be exploring ways that theories of play might inform and transform creative-critical practice.

  • ENGL 648: Seminar in Literature and Culture (Category B Graduate)
    • Topic: Literature and Myth

This course explores the relationship between literary expression and the prominent myths of western culture. Students will compare the poetry, novels, memoirs, and drama that fuse fiction and belief in supernatural myth, blood or genealogical myth, and myths of racial superiority. The syllabus reaches across historical periods from antiquity to the present and will include examples of Greco-Roman, Judeo-Christian, and Muslim literature. The class will examine how these broad socio-religious categories can be manipulated to support such tyrannies as the Roman Empire, the British Raj, the Ottoman Empire, and Nazism. Background authors will include Freud, Jung, Cassirer, Eliade, Blumenberg, and Barthes.

  • ENGL 669: Advanced Topics in Literature, Race, and Ethnicity (Category B Graduate)
    • Topic: Afrofuturism

From slave narratives to science fiction, black literature contests the boundaries of the real. Otherworldly visions, tales from the underground, sounds from the future, and alien bodies recur in black writing, music, visual art, and performance. What is it about the black experience that solicits the fantastic? This course examines the futurist, speculative, and fantastic in the Black Arts. We will draw from a range of fiction, theory, visual art, and music to explore Afrofuturism as aesthetic, cultural movement, subjectivity, and literary genre. Possible authors include Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, George Schuyler, Chester Himes, and Samuel Delany.

  • ENGL 686: Teaching Composition: Theory and Practice (Category A Graduate)

This course examines our changing understanding of the teaching of composition during the past thirty years by tracing key theories and pedagogies across this period. These sometimes-conflicting approaches to teaching writing include the following orientations: cognitive, expressivist, social constructionist and political. The course is intended for current and prospective teachers of English at elementary, secondary and post-secondary levels. Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor.

700 Level Courses

  • ENGL 798: Portfolio Independent Study

In this independent study course, the Masters’ Portfolio is created under the directed of a graduate faculty member. Three credit hours are required for the Masters’ degree with portfolio.

  • ENGL 799: Master’s Thesis Research

Master’s thesis research is conducted under the direction of a faculty member. Six credit hours are required for the Master’s degree with thesis.

Recommended Courses

  • LLC 750: Electracy (Category A Graduate)

Electracy describes the broader cultural, institutional, pedagogical, and ideological implications inherent in the transition from a culture of print literacy to a culture saturated with electronic media.  Electracy describes the kind of “literacy” (or skill and facility) necessary to exploit the full communicative potential of new electronic media such as multimedia, hypermedia, social software, and virtual worlds.

Please also check other graduate offerings in MLLI, GWST, AMST, and LLC for courses relevant to your interests.