Graduate Courses


Fall 2019 Graduate Courses


ENG 518 - ADV History of English Language                                            
R 2:00-4:30pm
Giancarlo, Matt                     
This course explores the development of English from its roots in Indo- European, through Old, Middle, and Early Modern English(es), culminating with a review of the English languages of today. It focuses on the phonological, grammatical, and lexical changes of the language, as well as on the social contexts of the rise and spread of English as a contemporary world language. Special emphasis is given to a linguistically informed understanding of how the language has changed in response to political and historical pressures. Fulfills the ENG Early Period requirement. Provides ENG Major Elective Credit and ENG Minor credit.

ENG 607- Fiction

M 5:00-7:50pm          

Wilkinson, Crystal

This course is an intensive  study of the art of writing fiction. We will write approximately 45-60 pages of fiction (three stories) during the semester. Novel chapters can also be submitted. The primary emphasis of the course will be on the analysis and discussion of student works in progress but we will also be reading published work for insight into craft. “How did reading this contribute to my education as a writer” will be the core reflection on each published piece. You will also give a presentation on a project that explores a topic of interest that is relevant to your own writing which can take the form of an author interview, a brief craft talk/essay, a media presentation, an intense study of one writer’s body of work or some other form. Outside readings may be in the form of a course packet or an entire book (to be decided)


ENG 607- Fiction

M 2:00-4:30pm          

Pittard, Hannah                     


This course will focus heavily on student writing. As such, students will be expected to write and workshop three wholly new short stories over the course of the semester – four if time allows. Note: This is not a workshop in novel or novella writing. This is a workshop whose focus is on The Short Story. All work will be written during the semester. No previously workshopped or previously written material will be accepted. Enrollment restricted to students who have been admitted into the MFA Program in Creative Writing in Fiction and by permission of the instructor.



ENG 607- Poetry         

M 5:00-7:30pm

Walker, Frank 

A course for experienced writers who have some knowledge of contemporary American literature. Equal emphasis on students' original work and outside reading. Each student will produce a chapbook of poems or stories and write a short introduction to it. May be repeated with the same subtitle to a maximum of fifteen credits.



ENG 608-SR – Poetic Forms                            

R 5:00-7:30pm

Johnson, Julia              

This course examines the craft, emphasizing techniques, style, and structure. May be offered in each genre offered in the MFA degree program. At least 6 hours of courses related to the study of creative writing genres, such as: Craft of Poetry, Fiction, or Nonfiction, with emphasis on themes such as: Ekphrastic Writing, Experimental Forms, Working Class Themes, etc.



ENG 653                                            

F 2:00-4:30pm

James, Pearl              

This course will provide an in-depth consideration of American writing of the modernist period.  We will begin by attempting to define “modernism” and to consider the influences that have determined, and revised, the shape of the American modernist canon.  We will consider American modernism in conjunction with both historical contexts and international artistic movements.  We will spend about half of the semester thinking about World War I and its relationship to American writing, which may or may not qualify as “modernist.” 



ENG 656: The Black Intellectual              

TR 11:00am-12:15pm  

Wright, Nazera            

An in-depth study of black American literature, with concentration on major texts by major black writers.



ENG 700                                             

T 2:00-4:30pm

Doolen, Andy              

This course allows Ph.D. candidates who have completed all course work requirements to work together under the direction of a senior faculty member in preparing for and taking the Qualifying Examination. May be repeated to a maximum of twelve credits.



ENG 781-SR                                       

M 5:00-7:30pm

Brower, Jordan

This course will introduce students to the coordination of art and enterprise within what has been variously called “Old Hollywood,” “The Golden Age of American Cinema,” and, perhaps most famously and most interestingly, “Classical Hollywood.” We will begin with two weeks of theoretical reflection. First, we will query the notion of classicism by engaging theories of the era (however it is chronologically defined) developed by David Bordwell, Janet Staiger, and Kristen Thompson (1985) and Miriam Hansen (1999). Then, we will reflect the source of the meaning of Hollywood movies by investigating the notion of film authorship. Subsequently, the course will proceed roughly chronologically, engaging critical and historiographical debates about the industry and its products from the transition to sound to the collapse of the studio system.
We will watch two movies each week, one canonical, one likely less so. Prior experience with film analysis will be helpful but is not required. The first two weeks will, if necessary, provide a crash course in the vocabulary of cinematic techniques. Topics of conversation will be largely determined by student interest as framed by response papers and presentations. Each student will be responsible for a substantial project (possibly but not necessarily a research paper) tailored to each student’s needs/desires.
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