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SPRING 2017 COURSES

600 Level Courses

  • ENGL 692: Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (Graduate Category A/B)
    • Topic: Baltimore Race, Rhetoric, and Technology: What does The Negro Motorist’s Handbook, a travel guide published during the Jim Crow era, have to do with the 2015 Baltimore uprising? Why do some in Baltimore have a life expectancy that is 14 years shorter than others in different areas of the city? How does physical mobility affect the economic lives of those living in Baltimore? Questions like these will motivate this course. We will take a historical perspective that aims to unravel the complex intersections among rhetoric, race, and technology in the United States so that we can better understand Baltimore today. Consequently, we will examine how race was constructed rhetorically and technologically not only from the abolition of slavery through the Civil Rights Movement but also in the digital era through apps like Twitter and YouTube.
  • ENGL 666: World Literature in English (Graduate Category B/C)
    • Topic: Literature and Colonization: Our objective in this course is to understand how authors struggle to represent not only the complex justifications for colonization but also the injustices and the ethical cost of conquest and exploitation. First we will cover narratives written by enthusiastic participants in the European colonizations of the fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries, narratives often justifying oppression, enslavement, and even extermination of the native peoples of conquered lands. Then we will jump to the nineteenth and twentieth centuries to examine works written by inheritors of the latter-day empires, analyzing authors’ mixture of nationalistic pride, uneasiness, and bitter triumph as their countries’ world dominance declines.
  • ENGL 664: Advanced Topics in Women and Literature 
    • Topic: Women in Medieval Literature and Culture: A time of silence for women? This course focuses on medieval medical and cultural views of women and the debate over their spiritual, intellectual, and physical “deficiencies.”  We will read Anglo-Saxon female saints’ lives and a Beguine mystic, Mechthild of Magdeburg’s erotic visionary work.  We will consider the vexed issues of textuality and power in the love letters between Peter Abelard and his pupil Heloise. Asking whether and how medieval feminine agency and subjectivity were even possible, we will examine acts of female initiative, defiance, and conformity in Chretien de Troyes’ romances, Boccaccio’s racy Decameron, Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, and Christine de Pizan’s Vision.
  • ENGL 648: Seminar in Literature and Culture (Graduate Category B)
    • Topic: “Scribbling Women” and the American Periodical: Many of the early United States’ most influential women writers first published their work in American newspapers and magazines. These writers—whom Nathaniel Hawthorne notoriously labeled “a damned mob of scribbling women”—were crafting serial novels, advocating abolition and enfranchisement, discussing fashion and child-rearing, agitating for laborers’ rights, and provoking political debate in the space of the periodical. This course will consider how periodical writers harnessed this print medium’s distinctive potential to challenge conceptions of womanhood and experiment with literary form. Authors may include Judith Sargent Murray, Margaret Fuller, Pauline Hopkins, Louisa May Alcott, Ida B. Wells, and Zitkala-Ša.
  • ENGL 607: Language in Society 
    • In this course, students will study written texts and oral language exchanges in order to learn how language functions in various social settings. They will master skills and methods of sociolinguistic inquiry in the context of actual discourse communities. Students will produce research findings that contribute to current debates in sociolinguistics.
  • ENGL 605: Advanced Topics in Eighteenth-Century & Romantic-Era Literature (Graduate Category B/C)
    • Topic: Romanticism’s First Family: This course will explore the family dynamic of one of the most notorious literary families (Mary Wollstonecraft, William Godwin, and the Shelleys) in the Romantic age, reading their prose and poetry in the context of the family unit in which they were created. What these four major figures in Romanticism shared beyond their family connection was a deep and abiding belief in the power of the written word as a political tool, as one of the purest forms of the expression of love, and as a profound source of comfort in a time of need.

700 Level Courses

  • 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.

  • 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 700: Independent Study (Graduate Category A, B, or C)

This course provides students with the opportunity to study independently any aspect of texts, technologies, and literature not covered by regular course offerings.

Recommended Courses

  • LLC 750: Digital Rhetorics (Category A Graduate)

This course provides a graduate-level study of methods in digital rhetoric and humanities. Our major objectives include understanding the components of digital rhetoric; learning new types of analysis and modes of rhetoric; learning how types of analysis and modes of rhetoric appear in relation to the electronic ecology of contemporary culture; appreciating the values, politics, and ethics in digital “rhetorical appeals” and composition; and learning how to write and design our own digital rhetoric projects, including publishable reviews of scholarship in that area.

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