Professor Juda Bennett
ENGL550: Seminar in Poetry (5pm to 7:30pm)
Intensive study in the close reading of poetry. The course emphasizes the tools necessary for the explication of poems. Topics include prosody and form, metaphor and figurative language, and the history of major movements, styles, and genres.
Professor Monica Jacobe
ENGL597: Global Narratives (5pm to 7:30pm)
In this course, students will explore contemporary (twentieth and twenty-first century) authors and texts that they may not have encountered but that may be valuable in their future careers in English studies or education. Texts will include narratives of a variety of genres and world cultures–including a variety of literature in translation, extending from novels, plays, memoir, and beyond. Narrative theory will allow us to explore the construction of narratives through a theoretical lens, asking students to consider genre expectations and violations thereof, all sorts of angles of culture and beyond.
Professor Lisa Ortiz
ENGL505: Literary Theory (5pm to 7:30pm)
An introduction to the scholarly methods necessary for graduate work in literature and to the study of theoretical frameworks important to contemporary literary criticism, including formalism, structuralism, Marxism, deconstruction, feminism, post-colonial studies, cultural studies, new historicism, and psychoanalysis. The course exposes students to the primary texts from which those theoretical frameworks are derived and requires students to critique and construct applications of those theories to specific literary texts.
Professor Catie Rosemurgy
ENGL670: Gender and Genre: Contemporary Women’s Writing (5pm to 7:30pm)
This class will focus on contemporary women writers who intervene in dominant literary and cultural narratives. We will study the relationship between the reconstruction of gender and the reconstruction of story. Readings will include Octavia Butler, Claudia Rankine, Sarah Waters, and Maggie Nelson.