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SPRING 2020 COURSES

600 Level Courses

  • ENGL 601: Literary Theory and Interpretation (3)
  • ENGL 616: Advanced Topics in Literature and Other Arts (3)
    • How We Make Shakespeare Mean: Text and Stagecraft
      Four hundred years after his death, Shakespeare remains one of the greatest English writers, and his plays are among the most popular works staged worldwide. This course will start with the premise that the fullest appreciation of Shakespeare is achieved when literary study is combined with analysis of the plays as theatrical works. We will examine ways old texts are made new in contemporary productions, and how our culture’s fascination with Shakespeare contributes to meaning-making. Students will bridge textual and theatrical elements and engage with literary, performance, and cultural criticism in exploring the limitless attraction surrounding Shakespeare’s remarkable works. (Combined with ENGL 416) Fulfills: Category C
  • ENGL 625:  Material Culture and Production (3)
    • Edible Rhetoric: Food, Identity, and Persuasion
      Food shapes, quite literally, who we are and how we think about ourselves, our past, the world, and others. Many of these beliefs are communicated through the ways we use food–what we make and how we make it, as well as how we think, talk, and write about food. This course draws on a wide range of food-based texts (scholarly work in food studies, cookbooks, recipes, restaurant reviews, cooking blogs and videos) to explore connections between food, identity, and persuasion. Special attention will be paid to the rhetorical dimensions of food–to how it might be used to persuade, identify, explain, introduce, transform, comfort, confound, and to memorialize. (Combined with ENGL 493.03) Fulfills: Category A
  • ENGL 631: Contemporary Issues: Texts and Contexts (3)
    • Baltimore in Archive
      Archive can most simply be understood as the means by which to store, organize, and retrieve information. But archive is also more than this, revealing what Barbara Biesecker identifies as “the scene of doubled invention.” As inherently rhetorical work, this doubled invention not only produces knowledge about the past but also reveals what is and is not valued. Using the city as its object of study, this course will focus on theory of archive, methods of archival research, analysis of archives that constitute Baltimore, and the building of archives that unveil Baltimore in new and interesting ways. (Combined with ENGL 493.01) Fulfills: Category A or B
  • ENGL 648: Seminar in Literature and Culture (3)
    • Dangerous Reading in the Early U.S.
      From inciting revolution and challenging power to enflaming erotic desire and indoctrinating the young, reading was figured as a fraught and often dangerous act in early America. Measures like censorship and book banning as well as the criminalization of literacy among enslaved people demonstrate how reading was also viewed as a powerful personal and political act. This course will center on “dangerous” literatures and the discourse of reading from around 1750-1900, with emphasis on resistant, radical, secret, and transgressive reading. Authors may include Susanna Rowson, David Walker, Harriet Jacobs, Lydia Maria Child, Walt Whitman and Ida B. Wells. (Combined with ENGL 448) Fulfills: Category B
  • ENGL 692: Topics in Rhetoric and Composition (3)
    • The Discourses of Happiness
      In this course we will examine the concept of happiness from three perspectives: philosophic, psychologic, and literary. We will ask how happiness has been defined in these traditions and how practitioners in each believe it can be achieved. Throughout the semester students will work to develop their own theories of happiness. Among the philosophers we may read are Plato, Aristotle, Epictetus, and Dewey. Psychologists may include Argyle, Haidt, and Seligman. Works of literature may include pieces by Alice Walker, Leo Tolstoy, Albert Camus, and Willa Cather. (Combined with ENGL 493.02) Fulfills: Category A

700 Level Courses