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Graduate Courses



FALL 2023

W 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Matt Giancarlo

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.

ENG 601 001 Essays and Creative Nonfiction
R 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Hannah Pittard

Technically, this is a course in the study and practice of nonfiction. Our emphasis will be on creative nonfiction and the personal essay. Students will be asked to read and write a variety of essays over the course of the semester. Though this could, in part, be considered a generative workshop, students will be responding only to prescriptive course-specific writing prompts. In other words, this is not a "freewriting" workshop. New material only may be submitted. As time permits, we will read essays and excerpts from writers such as Melissa Febos, Alexander Chee, Deborah Levy, Erika Simpson, Teju Cole, Annie Ernaux, and others. May not be repeated for graduate credit. 

ENG 607 001 Graduate Writing Workshop: CNF
M 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Andrew Malan Milward

This is a graduate level course in creative nonfiction writing open only to MFA students. The class will follow the workshop model, and therefore student work, and the intensive discussion of same, will be our main focus; however, we will supplement this with careful study of professional writers and/or craft essays. Students will be required to share at least two new pieces, as well as a revision and a paper about the revision process.  

ENG 607 002 Graduate Writing Workshop: Poetry
M 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Julia Johnson

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.

ENG 607 402Graduate Writing Workshop: Fiction
T 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Crystal Wilkinson

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. 

ENG 608 001 Craft of Writing: Craft of the Senses
W 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Shauna Morgan

This course will challenge writers to intentionally immerse in the sensate world and call on sensual realities to create layers of meaning and experience in their writing. We will focus on sensory imagery—including and beyond the visual, tactile, auditory, etc.—to invigorate our language. 

ENG 656 001 Black American Literature
R 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Shauna Morgan

An in-depth study of Black American literature, this course will provide a critical overview of the writings of Toni Morrison. Along with critical essays and interviews, we will read one novel per week with an emphasis on close reading and cultural analysis. We will also consider Morrison’s impact as a creative, intellectual, and editor in the African American literary tradition and beyond. Students will participate in guiding weekly discussions. 

ENG 700 001 Tutorial for Ph.d. Candidates
M 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Jill Naomi Rappoport

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 722 001 Seminar in Renaissance Studies: Early Modern Revenge Tragedy
M 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Emily E Shortslef

In this graduate seminar we’ll study a cluster of plays written and performed between the 1580s and 1630s that have come to be known as revenge tragedies, with particular focus on the theatrical, political, and religious environment in which they flourished. Authors will include Shakespeare, Thomas Kyd, and Thomas Middleton. 

ENG 753 001 Seminar in American Literature since 1900: Speculative, Utopian, Apocalyptic: Science Fiction from the New Wave to the Present
R 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm | Patterson Office Tower Rm.108 
Michael A Trask

This class will explore the work of the most influential (chiefly American) writers of science from the 1960s to the present. We begin with works by Ursula Le Guin, Philip Dick, Samuel Delany, and Thomas Disch, continue with works by Octavia Butler, Margaret Atwood, and William Gibson, and move finally into more recent works by Ted Chiang, Paolo Bacigalupi, and N.K. Jemisin.  We’ll look at how post-1945 science fiction comes to understand itself as a distinctive lineage, calling back to the longer tradition that comprises the genre.  We’ll also pay attention to how the concerns of literary science fiction both shift and persist over the decades with regard to concerns of gender, technology, race, ecology, and the political possibilities imaginable beyond the late capitalist nation-state. We’ll also mark the various subgenres that arise within the tradition in the last half-century, like afrofuturism, alternate history, and cli-fi.

ENG 780-005 Directed Studies: Old English Reading Group, Fall 2023
W 1:00 - 1:50

A weekly one-hour reading group for a basic introduction to Old English grammar and reading. Readings will include basic prose and some poetry. All textbooks optional; readings will be done via online texts and handouts. Grades based on attendance, participation, and one final simple open-book translation exercise. 1 credit-hour. Meets Wednesdays, 1:00-1:50 pm., location TBD. Open to Graduates via ENG 780-005 Directed Studies, and to Undergraduates via ENG 395 Independent Work. Contact the Instructor, Dr. Giancarlo, for direct enrollment: