Course Descriptions (GSAS Bulletin)
Introduction to Advanced Literary Study for M.A. Students
ENGL-GA 2980 Required for the M.A. degree. McLane, Crain, Fleming, Siskin, Maynard, Vargo. 3 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
An introduction to major methodological and theoretical approaches to literature and culture through the close reading and contextualization of select literary works.
Workshop on Professional Practices
ENGL-GA 3980 Parikh, Augst. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
The Workshop on Professional Practices is intended to acquaint advanced Ph.D. students with the protocols of the profession and to offer them some experience in crafting four kinds of documents crucial to advancement in the profession, such as the curriculum vitae (cv), the conference paper, the fellowship application, the dissertation abstract, and the job letter.
Dissertation Seminar I
ENGL-GA 3981 Required for the Ph.D. Parikh. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Prepares doctoral students in their third year for submission of the dissertation proposal.
Dissertation Seminar II
ENGL-GA 3982 Required for the Ph.D. Parikh, 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Oral defense of the Dissertation Proposal and beginning of writing and research of dissertation.
ENGL-GA 3985 Required for the Ph.D. Baker, Parikh. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Provides a basic foundation in pedagogy and a forum for doctoral students to learn elements of effective teaching of undergraduates at the university level.
Language And Linguistics
Introductory Old English
ENGL-GA 1060 Hoover, Momma. 4 points. 2016-17
This course is designed for students who are interested in the language, literature, and culture of England up to the Norman Conquest of 1066. It will provide solid practice in the language and close reading of texts, both canonical and not-quite-canonical, while introducing students to cultural and historical backgrounds, representative secondary material, and the reception of the Middle Ages in the modern era.
Introductory Middle English
ENGL-GA 1061 Dinshaw, Rust. 4 points. 2016-17
Study of representative prose and verse texts from 1100 to 1500, read in the original dialects, with emphasis on the continuity of literary traditions and creative innovation.
Development of the English Language
ENGL-GA 2044 Hoover, Momma. 4 points. 2016-17
History of the English language from its beginnings in the fifth century to the present, with special emphasis on the Indo-European origins of English; Old and Middle English; internal developments in phonology, morphology, syntax, and vocabulary; and the rise of a standard dialect.
Studies in Early Medieval English Literature
ENGL-GA 2270 Momma, Cannon. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
This course will examine various early medieval literature of Britain, composed in English, Latin, and possibly one or more other languages, to consider the cultural construct of England prior to 1300. The focus of the investigation will be the modal of will, as it is applied to linguistic (modal auxiliary), literary (will and desire), theological (free will), pastoral (confession and penitence), and legal issues (intention, bequeathal).
Topics in the English Language
ENGL-GA 2072 Hoover, Momma. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Are literary criticism and language theory two separate fields of research, or can they inform each other in such a way that we may gain new perspectives through exploring the intersection of literary and linguistic issues? This course will set out to answer these questions by reading various literary texts in conjunction with linguistic thoughts from Plato to contemporary philosophers and linguists.
ENGL-GA 1345 Archer, Gilman, Halpern. 4 points per term. 2016-17
Shakespeare’s major comedies, histories, and tragedies.
World Literature in English
ENGL-GA 1764 Gajarawala, Rajan Sandhu, Watson. 4 points. 2016-17
Literature that emerged with the breakup of the British Empire, with representative works from India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada.
Topics in Digital Humanities
ENGL-GA 1972 Blake, Hoover, Siskin, Augst. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Introduction to scholarly field of digital humanities focusing on particular aspects of discipline-based and cross-disciplinary applications of tools and concepts.
Paleography and Codicology
ENGL-GA 2200 Rust. 4 points. 2016-17
A survey of Latin scripts of the European Middle Ages and Renaissance (500-1550) and of methods and materials of medieval book production, introducing the world of the handwritten book and uses of manuscript evidence in literary study. Attention will be given to scripts, to the materials and methods of book production, to developments in page layout and decoration as well as to a series of book genres: from the Bible and Books of Hours, to student notebooks and household miscellanies.
Chaucer I, II
ENGL-GA 2266, 2267 Dinshaw, Rust. 4 points per term. 2016-17
First term: reading and discussion of the text of Canterbury Tales. Second term: Troilus and other works. Situates Chaucer’s poety it in the context of diverse genres, historical contexts, and ideas about writing, including the genres of dream vision, romance, and fabliau and the still-tenuous status of a poet writing in the vernacular.
Topics in Medieval Literature I, II
ENGL-GA 2270, 2271 Cannon, Dinshaw, Momma, Rust. 4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in Renaissance Literature
ENGL-GA 2323 Archer, Fleming, Gilman, Guillory, Halpern, Wofford. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama
ENGL-GA 2333 Archer, Gilman, Guillory. 4 points. 2016-17
Marlowe, Jonson, Kyd, Marston, Tourneur, Webster, Middleton, Rowley, Ford, Chapman.
Restoration and Early 18th-Century Literature
ENGL-GA 2521 McDowell, Siskin, Starr. 4 points. 2016-17
The major works of Dryden, Swift, and Pope, together with the works of such contemporaries as Bunyan, Butler, Rochester, Marvell, Behn, Astell, Addison, and Steele.
Topics in 18th-Century Literature I, II
ENGL-GA 2540, 2541 Lee, McDowell, Siskin, Starr. 4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
The Romantic Movement
ENGL-GA 2620 Lockridge, McLane. 4 points. 2013-14, 2014-15
British Romantic writers such as Burns, Blake, Wollstonecraft, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Mary Shelley, Percy Bryce Shelley, Keats, De Quincey, Hazlitt, and Clare are considered in light of genre and formal innovation, literary relationship within this circle of writers, historical and political trends, and modern to contemporary critical reconsiderations of Romanticism.
Topics in Romanticism
ENGL-GA 2626 Lockridge, McLane, Siskin, Ziter. 4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics within the field of British Romantic literature vary from semester to semester, depending on the instructor. They would characteristically focus on issues associated with critical, historical, and philosophical approaches to Romanticism.
Topics in Victorian Literature
ENGL-GA 2650 Freedgood, Maynard, Poovey, Robson, Spear, Vargo. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Modern British Novel
ENGL-GA 2720 Deer, Meisel. 4 points. 2016-17
The problem of modernism in English prose fiction from Pater to Joyce and Woolf.
Early American Literature
ENGL-GA 2802 Baker, Crain, Waterman. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
American literature, 1607-1800, in its cultural setting. Topics include the literature of exploration and promotion; American Puritan poetry and prose; writing in the early South and the middle colonies; rise of the epic, the novel, and the theatre during the American Revolution, with related study of music and painting of the period; the beginning of American romanticism.
American Literature: 1800–1865
I, II ENGL-GA 2810, 2811 Baker, Crain, Waterman. 4 points per term. 2016-17
Poetry, fiction, and nonfiction prose of the United States, from the early national period to the Civil War.
American Literature: 1865-1900
ENGL-GA 2820 Baker, Crain, McHenry, Patell. 4 points. 2016-17
The poetry and fiction of the post-Civil War era, including Dickinson, De Forest, Howells, Twain, Garland, James, Crane, Frederic, Chopin, and Norris.
Topics in American Literature I, II
ENGL-GA 2838, 2839 Baker, Crain, Harper, Hendin, McHenry, Patell, Waterman. 4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
Studies in major authors and themes.
American Fiction: 1900-1945
ENGL-GA 2841 Hendin, McHenry, Patell. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Readings in 20th-century Amreican fiction and nonfiction prose, with empahsis on theoryof fictional genres literary innovation, stylistic experimentation, and recurrent theme in the modern novel: Theodore Dreiser, John Dos Passos, Willa Cather, Ernest Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald, William Faulkner, and Ralph Ellison.
American Fiction 1945-Present
ENGL-GA 2843 Harper, McHenry, Patell. 4 points. 2016-17
Examines works of prose fiction produced in the United States since the end of World War II in 1945.
Topics in Postcolonial Literature
ENGL-GA 2900 Gajarawala, Sunder Rajan, Watson, Young. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Intermediate-level study of literary and theoretical works pertaining to the eras of decolonization and globalization.
Topics in Postcolonial Theory
ENGL-GA 2901 Gajarawala, Sunder Rajan, Watson, Young. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Introduces M.A. and Ph.D. students to advanced study of postcolonial theory, its forms of philosophical and cultural analysis, and its theoretical advances and difficulties.
Topics in Black Literature
ENGL-GA 2902 Harper, McHenry, Posmentier. 2015-16, 2016-17
Literature and Philosophy
ENGL-GA 2912 Halpern, Lee, Lockridge. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Mutual influence of “literary” and philosophical texts; philosophical and rhetorical terminology; poetics, politics, and law; poetics, aesthetics, and hermeneutics; critique, criticism, and deconstruction; theories of fiction and memory.
Modern British and American Poetry
ENGL-GA 2924 McLane, Nicholls. 4 points. 2016-17
Studies in major poets, with emphasis on the intrinsic character of poems; Hardy, Hopkins, Yeats, Pound, Stevens, Williams, Eliot, Crane, Auden, Thomas, Lowell, and Hughes.
ENGL-GA 2927 McLane, Nicholls, Noel, Shaw. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Approaches to the work of contemporary poets. Context varies yearly.
ENGL-GA 2930 Blake, Chaudhuri, Jarcho, Ziter. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Representational drama of Scribe, Hauptmann, Ibsen, Strindberg, Gorki, Chekhov, Wilde, Shaw, O’Casey, O’Neill, Williams, Miller, Albee, and Osborne; nonrepresentational drama of Büchner, Strindberg, Kaiser, O’Neill, Jarry, Apollinaire, Ibsen, Yeats, Eliot, Brecht, Pirandello, Artaud, Genet, Ionesco, Beckett, and Pinter.
The Politics of Culture
ENGL-GA 2934 Parikh. 4 points. 2016-17
This course considers human rights discourses as an interpretive framework for literary and cultural production, emphasizing perspectives from postcolonial and critical American studies.
The Social Life of Paper
ENGL-GA 2944 Fleming, Gitelman. 4 points. 2015-16
Considers the history, production, circulation, and use of paper in the social production of knowledge, the shared imagination of value, and the mutual relations of consumers and commodities.
ENGL-GA 2954 Gilman, Harper, Meisel. 4 points. 2016-17
Comparative examination of major schools of contemporary criticism, American and European, describing the variety of critical perspectives and how they are interrelated.
Topics in Criticism I, II
ENGL-GA 2955, 2956 Donoghue, Harper, Maynard, Meisel. 4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
Application, exemplification, and reception of literary theory; history of criticism and theory. Critical configurations like the division of the public sphere and private space.
Topics in Literary Theory I, II
ENGL-GA 2957, 2958 Freedgood, Guillory, Harper, Meisel. 4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
History of the Book
ENGL-GA 2970 Augst, Crain, McDowell, McHenry, Siskin. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Historical, theoretical, and critical approaches to diverse topics relating to literacy, media, and the production and dissemination of knowledge.
Practicum in Digital Humanities
ENGL-GA 2971 Engel, Hoover, Blake, Augst. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Introduction to web development and digital publication for students in the Humanities. Surveys principles of current technologies for the creation of digital editions and applies them through practice as they learn the skills and techniques for formatting and publishing archival materials in a web-based environment.
ENGL-GA 3001, 3002, 3003, 3004 Parikh. Prerequisite: permission of the director of graduate studies. 1-4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in Medieval Literature
ENGL-GA 3269 Cannon, Dinshaw, Momma, Rust. 4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in Renaissance Literature I, II
ENGL-GA 3323, 3324 Archer, Fleming, Gilman, Halpern, Guillory, Wofford.
4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in 18th-Century English Literature
ENGL-GA 3536 Lee, McDowell, Siskin, Starr. 4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in Romantic Literature I, II
ENGL-GA 3626, 3627 McLane, Lockridge, Siskin. 4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in Victorian Literature
ENGL-GA 3650 Freedgood, Maynard, Poovey, Robson, Spear, Vargo. 4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in British Fiction from 1890 to the Present
ENGL-GA 3720 Deer, Meisel. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in Early American Literature
ENGL-GA 3802 Baker, Waterman. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in American Literature: 1800-1865
ENGL-GA 3810 Augst, McHenry, Waterman. 4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in American Literature: 1865-1900
ENGL-GA 3820 Baker, McHenry, Patell, Trujillo. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in American Literature Since 1900 I, II
ENGL-GA 3840, 3841 Harper, Hendin, McHenry, Noel, Parikh, Patell, Trujillo.
4 points per term. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in Postcolonial Literature
ENGL-GA 3900 Gajarawala, Sunder Rajan, Watson, Young. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Advanced study of literary and theoretical works pertaining to the eras of decolonization and globalization.
Topics in the History of Rhetoric
ENGL-GA 3918 Guillory. 4 points. 2016-17
History of the Book
ENGL-GA 3940 Augst, Crain, McDowell, McHenry, Siskin. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Topics in the History of the Production of Knowledge
ENGL-GA 3951 Poovey, Siskin. 4 points. 2015-16, 2016-17
Archival Practices and Politics
ENGL-GA 3975 Augst, McHenry. 4 points per term. 2016-17