ENG/EDC 509 401 Composition for Teachers
A course covering the basic studies helpful to teachers of composition at the secondary level. Focuses on the teaching of grammar, punctuation, usage, etc., and on theme planning, correction, and revision. Students are required to do quite a bit of writing. Same as EDC 509. Provides ENG Major Elective credit and ENG minor credit.
ENG/LIN 512 001 Analysis of English Syntax
ENG/LIN/ANT 515 001 Phonological Analysis
ENG/LIN/ANT 516 001 Grammatical Typology
ENG 609 001 Composition for Teachers
ENG 610 001 Studies in Rhetoric: Teaching Practicum
This section of ENG 610 is the required course for graduate students wishing to teach classes in the UK literature curriculum. The focus of the seminar will be both conceptual and practical. That is, we will consider the ideas and ideals of literary education (why teach literature? what do students learn? what skills does it involve? what goals does it achieve?) as well as the practical activities of literature teachers: syllabus design, assignments, teaching strategies, and more. Seminar participants will be required to participate in weekly discussions and exercises geared toward developing a teaching portfolio. Assigned readings will include texts and articles on composition, pedagogical theory, argumentation, and professional issues, as well as a few books to be read for case-study assignments. Grades will be based on mandatory attendance at every seminar session; participation in discussion and activities; and a teaching portfolio for literature classes.
ENG 722 001 Seminar in Renaissance Studies: Romance
Unfolding somewhere between epic and history and encompassing pastoral, Renaissance romance was a flexible and pervasive narrative and dramatic kind. In this course, students will read major works in English romance and focus as much on what romance does as on what it formally is. Thus, we will work toward understanding it as both as what critic Barbara Fuchs calls “a set of literary strategies” (Romance, 2) and as a distinct formal and aesthetic mode. Readings will be taken from both non-dramatic (e.g., The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia, The Faerie Queene, Robert Greene’s Pandosto, Drayton’s Poly-Olbion) and dramatic (Mucedorus, The Shoemaker’s Holiday, Cymbeline, Pericles, The Famous Victories of Henry V, Comus) works. Two papers and an oral presentation.
ENG 730 001 Seminar in 18th Century Literature
The eighteenth century, commonly associated with the rationalism of Enlightenment philosophy, was also a time of financial speculation, passion, and risk-taking. In this course, we will explore the connections that link contemporary accounts of commerce and financial instability to the rise of the British novel. Often aligned with the rise of the middle class, early novels were as likely to focus on the social and personal catastrophes caused by money as they were to highlight the advantages that wealth could bring. Examining this tension will be the central goal for this course, and to do so we will delve into an unfamiliar world of unregulated credit, class prejudices, and human trafficking (both in women and slaves). As we will see, such everyday experiences as marriage and courtship, travel, and rural and urban entertaining had financial ramifications that novels treated as foundational to social life. But for every successful encounter that novelists imagined characters having with money, there was a potential for tragic failure that reveals eighteenth-century Britain’s deep anxiety regarding commercial growth and the pursuit of money. Possible authors will include: Addison and Steele, Defoe, Richardson, Davys, Fielding, Sterne, Burney, Equiano, and Scott. Critical reading assignments and history reading will also be required.
ENG 751 001 Seminar in American Literature: 1800-1860
This seminar will explore the continentalization of U.S. culture during a period of rapid territorial and political expansion. As the United States more than doubled its physical size over the decades, its borders were constantly redrawn and Crevecoeur’s revolutionary 18th Century question of “What is an American?” gradually shifted onto a continental scale. We will study the writings of a wide range of authors, including Thomas Jefferson, Charles Brockden Brown, Lydia Maria Child, James Fenimore Cooper, Blackhawk, Caroline Kirkland, Herman Melville, and Martin Delany. This is an American Studies-style seminar so students will be reading across other fields and disciplines. As much as this seminar will provide students with an overview of the period, the seminar will also introduce students to some of the current critical and theoretical approaches that have been redefining conventional wisdom about the development of national identity in the early U.S. Students will be expected to write weekly 1-2 page response papers and a final “conference paper.”
ENG 771 001 Seminar in Special Topics: Rhetoric of Religion
ENG 781 001 Seminar in Film: Cold War Film
In the context of American Cold War culture, this course will explore the cultural narratives reflected by approximately twenty American films made between 1947 and 1961. Reading extensive selections from major non-fiction works of the period (including The Lonely Crowd, The Hidden Persuaders, Brainwashing, The Organization Man, The United Nations Charter, Modern Woman: The Lost Sex, the Taft-Hartley Act, the Brown v. Board of Ed. decision, and Europe on $5 Dollars a Day), we will examine how the films’ stylistic and thematic characteristics reflect their historical moment of production. The films we will discuss include: Singin’ in the Rain, Rear Window, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Searchers, West Side Story, The Manchurian Candidate, Blackboard Jungle, Niagara, Lady and the Tramp, Roman Holiday. Requirements include two short papers and a research paper.