Fall Courses

FALL 2014

ENG/EDC 509 401  Composition for Teachers
T 6:00-8:30
Brandon Abdon

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 510 001  Studies English for Teachers: Vernacular Englishes
W 5:00-7:30pm
Vershawn A Young

Global and world Englishes have become need-to-know topics for teachers and the educated public. This course surveys imaginative literature, conversations, and debates, about what can be called vernacular Englishes, Englishes spoken by a range of everyday folk from various ethnicities, Englishes that tend to be undervalued in academic and professional settings. While multifarious Englishes will be examined and discussed, particular attention will be given to Applachian, African American, Affrilachian, American Pidgins, and U.S. Creoles.

ENG/LIN 512 001  Analysis of English Syntax
MWF 9:00-9:50


ENG 607 001  Grad Writing Workshop- Fiction
T 5:00-7:30
Gurney Norman

ENG 609 001  Composition for Teachers
TR 9:30-10:45
Bill Endres

ENG 611 001  Literature Teaching Seminar
W 5:00-7:30
Matthew Giancarlo

This seminar prepares graduate students to teach literature classes at the University of Kentucky and elsewhere. It offers instruction and guidance in curriculum design, syllabus creation, reading and work exercises, and more. Students develop a portfolio of course materials and refine skills for teaching literature and film at the introductory as well as advanced levels of an undergraduate curriculum. This course is not a requirement for completing the Ph.D. degree, but it is required for graduate instructors to be approved to teach their own introductory- level literature and film classes in the University of Kentucky English Department curriculum.

ENG 612 001  Structure/Stylistics of French
R 3:30-6:00
Sadia Zoubir-Shaw

ENG 642 001  Studies in Modern British Literature
TR 3:30-4:45
Jonathan Allison

“After us the Savage God:” Modernist Poetry. A course on Modern Poetry and the rise of modernist poetics in the first decades of the twentieth century, through the 1930s. Poets to include W.B.Yeats, T.S.Eliot, Ezra Pound, Mina Loy, H.D., and “second generation” modernists such as David Jones, W.H. Auden and Louis MacNeice. An exploration of some of the most exciting poetic writing of the 20th century and of some of the most celebrated formulations of modernist doctrine. Major themes to be explored include theories of modernity and modernism; modernist aesthetics and the uses of history; the representation of war and social decline; imagined communities: transatlantic cosmopolitans and cultural nationalists; gender and sexuality; occultism; and poetry and life-writing.  Texts to include The Yeats Reader; Eliot, Collected Poems and The Waste Land: Facsimile and Transcripts; Ezra Pound, Selected Poems, and The Cantos [excerpts]; H.D., Trilogy; Auden, Selected Poems; Louis MacNeice, Autumn Journal. Selected essays by all of the above, and others. Requirements to include oral reports, one shorter and one final research paper.

ENG 651 001 Studies in American Literature Before 1860
R 5:00-7:30
Marion Rust

Philip J. Deloria claims that early American studies began as an interdisciplinary act of political protest. It came into being as “a point of resistance against the domination of British letters within the American academy” by offering “a place from which to infuse historical context into literary studies.” And yet the term “historical context” remains an unstable staging ground for acts of resistance.  As Hayden White wrote in The Content of the Form, “the text/context relationship, once an unexamined presupposition of historical investigation, has become a problem.”  Might it be, then, that early American studies is ready for another act of academic resistance, this time against the very field that once shaped it?  What benefits could accrue from disavowing the “empirical discipline” (Richard Evans) in favor of what Dominick LaCapra calls the scholar’s “implication in the . . . object of study”? What forms of scholarship do we expect to emerge from such a departure or challenge?  Where has this disavowal already begun? These are some of the questions we will ask in a seminar dedicated to pairing new scholarly works in the field with key texts they discuss.  Scholarly studies to include: Ken Warren, What Was African American Literature?; Aaron Sachs, Arcadian America; Jill Lepore, The Story of America; and C.L.R. James, Beyond a Boundary.

ENG 691 001  Readings in Rhetoric- Consulting Pract
Adam Banks

ENG 691 002  Readings in Rhetoric- C&C Practicum
Adam Banks

ENG 691 003 TA Prep Intensive

Adam Banks


ENG 700 001 Tutorial PhD Candidates
T 2:00-4:30

Peter Kalliney

ENG 700 002 Tutorial PhD Candidates

Peter Kalliney

ENG 738 001  Seminar in Victorian Literature- Poetic Transformations, 1830-1900  
M 2:00-4:30
Jill Rappoport

This course explores the ways in which Victorian poetic forms dealt with and deflected the challenges of modernity. The nineteenth century was a time of startling and dramatic changes: railroads and industry gave England a new pace; colonial projects expanded its sense of space; and scientific discovery gave it a new idea of its place in history. We will examine the roles that poetry played and the forms that it took as it sought to respond to these transformations. Poets borrowed, rejected, or sought to surpass the past by grappling with their individual, national, and poetic inheritance. In the process, they created a wealth of poetry that was both intimate and innovative, moving and remarkably modern.

Reading works by Barrett Browning, Tennyson, C. Rossetti, Arnold, D. G. Rossetti, R. Browning, Meredith, and others, we’ll explore ballads, dramatic monologues, and lyric and narrative verse, paying careful attention to the sounds as well as the sense of Victorian poetry. Contemporary literary criticism will inform and challenge our discussions of both genre and ideology in Victorian poetry. Our particular emphasis on the nineteenth-century “verse novel” should give all of you—whether poetry enthusiasts or die-hard novel readers—something to sink your critical teeth into. Course requirements include response papers, presentations, and a seminar paper. 

ENG 753 001  Seminar in American Literature Since 1900
T 5:00-7:30
Michael Trask

This class will read a series of novels published in the immediate past (from a few years back to just yesterday).  We’ll be guided by methodological questions occasioned by recent creative work.  Can such work submit readily to the historicist or formalist frameworks of literary studies?  Is it even useful to force such terms on very recent fiction?  What is the difference between academic criticism and (evaluative) reviewing—or a culture of argument and a culture of evaluation?  How is our reading practice shaped or modified by taking up as objects of analysis books that we might otherwise read for “pleasure”? Can we make plausible inferences about the “periodization” of books written in the last five years? Is it reasonable or wishful thinking to assume that very disparate texts have something in common other than their copyright dates? To approach these questions, we’ll look not only at some very recent fiction but also at some very recent criticism aimed at contemporary literature.  Readings include Rachel Kushner, The Flamethrowers; George Saunders, Tenth of December; Colson Whitehead, Zone One; Chang Rae Lee, On Such a Full Sea; Adam Johnson, The Orphan Master’s Son; Tao Lin, Tai Pei; Jumpa Lahiri, The Lowland; Alissa Nutting, Tampa; Zack Parsons, Liminal States.

ENG 771 001  Seminar in Special Topics- Democracy
M 3:00-5:30
Andy Doolen

This interdisciplinary Social Theory seminar addresses current concern with the future of Democracy in an age of globalization. We will explore Democracy from a range of contexts: historical (understanding participatory politics in other times and places), theoretical (studying the different ways theorists have redefined the concept and practices of Democracy), cultural (examining how literature and media inform conceptions of citizenship and national belonging), and transnational (considering the effects of globalization and empire on Democracy).  To this end, we will study the relationship between Democracy and more radical forms of politics, community, and difference. Across historical periods and in different parts of the world, struggles for power, property, and rights have altered the ideas and practices of Democracy. This seminar will examine at once the inclusive potential of Democracy and its tendency to perpetuate exclusion and create difference. Readings will likely include works by Michelle Alexander, Hannah Arendt, Wendy Brown, Jacques Derrida, Paul Gilroy, Michael Hardt, Bonnie Honig, Chantelle Mouffe, Antonio Negri, Michael Warner, Sheldon Wolin, and Iris Marion Young.



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