Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

Fall 2014 Graduate Courses
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ENGL 5001 Pro Sem: Research Methods Kim, Julie T  4:00 - 6:30 Dealy 208A
ENGL 5002 Critical Theory Walsh, K. R  5:30 - 8:00 Dealy 208A
ENGL 5208 The English Language 1154-1776 Chase, M. M  2:30 - 5:00 Dealy 105
ENGL 5264 Chaucer
Yeager, S. R  2:30 - 5:00 Keating B13
ENGL 5747 Late Modernism
Sanchez, R. M  5:30 - 8:00 Dealy 208A
ENGL 5989
Major Renaissance Texts: Space & Theory
Dubrow, H. T  4:00 - 6:30 Keating B13
ENGL 6004 Colloquium: Pedagogy Theory / Practice
Gold, M. / Fernald, A. T  2:30 - 4:30 Dealy 115
ENGL 6356 Shakespeare's History Plays
Sherman, S. R  2:30 - 5:00 Keating 208
ENGL 6506 The Joseph Johnson Circle
Bugg, J. R  5:30 - 8:00 Dealy 206
ENGL 6914 Asian American Literature
Kim, James F  2:30 - 5:00 Dealy 208A
ENGL 7829 Fictions of the Public Sphere: American Literature and Culture 1776-1900
Hendler, G. M  2:30 - 5:00 Dealy 107
ENGL 8935 Dissertation Writing Seminar Bugg, J. W  5:30 - 8:00 Dealy 208A
ENGL 8936 Issues in Scholarship and Academia
Cahill, E. R  2:30 - 5:00 Dealy 107
ENGL 5700 Playwriting Workshop  Cusi C. Cram R  1:30 - 4:30 Primary Stages
307 W 38 St Suite 1510
ENGL 5965
Master Class: Writing for the Big Screen
 TBD W  4:00 - 6:00 Lowenstein 417
COURSE NO. / CRN / Description / Req. & PreREQ. / Instructor
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ENGL 5001

CRN 13250
Pro. Sem: Research Methods
An introduction to English studies at the graduate level, emphasizing bibliography, scholarly writing, and critical intervention. Although the emphasis of the course will vary according to the aims of the instructor, areas covered may also include book history, textual editing, historical research, and other issues of professional concern to graduate students. All incoming doctoral students must take this course during the fall semester of their first year.
NOTE: First year English Ph.D. students are required to take this course in their first semester. One of the two courses, Research Methods or Critical Theory, is required for M.A. Students; Ph.D.'s must take both Research Methods and Critical Theory. This course is restricted to Ph.D. and M.A. Students only.
Required    Kim, Julie 
ENGL 5002

CRN 24217
Critical Theory
A representative but not inclusive sampling of key theoretical studies from roughly the past seventy-five years. After reading a series of now classic essays to lay a foundation, the course will consider closely the writings of a small number of influential thinkers, possibly including Walter Benjamin, Jacques Derrida, Judith Butler, and Slavoj Zizek, among others.
NOTE: One of the two courses, Research Methods or Critical Theory, is required for M.A. Students; Ph.D.'s must take both Research Methods and Critical Theory. This course is restricted to Ph.D. and M.A. Students only.
Required  Walsh, K.
ENGL 5208

CRN 24218
The English Language 1154-1776
This course will deal with the linguistics and sociolinguistics of Middle English and Early Modern English. The beginning date, 1154, is the year of the last entry in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle and the year Henry II, the first Angevin king, acceded to the throne. It is as good a date as any to mark the demise of Old English and the beginning of the Middle English period. 1776, the year of the American Declaration of Independence, marks another turning point, when Early Modern English began to become the English(es) of the present day. This course, which should be of special interest to students of medieval and early modern literature, will examine the ways in which the language developed from the twelfth through the eighteenth centuries. Topics will include dialects and standardization, lexicon, grammar and syntax, phonological change (The Great Vowel Shift), stress and prosody, palaeography and codicology of Middle English manuscripts, and early printing, all with an aim to better understanding and appreciating the literature of these periods. 
British 1
  Chase, M.
ENGL 5264

CRN 24265
This course is an introduction to Chaucer’s poetry as well as to trends in medieval literary criticism. Our goal is not coverage by any means, but to touch on some of the concerns that have animated Chaucer studies: Chaucer’s representation of the social world, religion, gender, and the self. Any analysis of Chaucer’s writing implicitly or explicitly raises a question about the most responsible approach to texts that are now over 600 years old. Indeed, this question has remained constant since the beginning of Chaucer studies. We will, therefore, be very interested in what it has meant and what it means now to read Chaucer historically. We will begin with a discussion of what constitutes historical criticism, both for Chaucer studies and for literary criticism more broadly, then we will turn to the subtleties of the texts themselves, which stand, of course, at the center of our investigation. No prior knowledge of Middle English or medieval history is assumed, but I recommend that those of you who are unfamiliar with this time period take a look at Maurice Keen's English Society in the Later Middle Ages orMay McKisack's The Fourteenth Century before the class begins.
British 1    Yeager, S.
ENGL 5700

CRN 23166

Playwriting Workshop
The primary goals of the course are to hone basic craft and to create an environment that will guide the writers’ exploration of their individual voices. We will concentrate on four major issues: storytelling, character, structure, and the poetic voice. The course is taught from overlapping perspectives of traditional and alternative techniques. Exercises are rooted instorytelling techniques and character development.
Elective or Writing-Crosslisted with MFA Playwriting  Cram, C.
ENGL 5747

CRN 24266

Late Modernism
Focusing on works produced between the 1930s-60s, this seminar will explore how writing in various genres during the latter part of the modernist period responded to ideas and formal techniques that emerged in the first decades of the twentieth century. Interrogating works that often do not neatly fit into received notions of high modernism will enable us to interrogate critical questions of reinvention, disillusionment, lateness and periodicity.
British 3 or American 2
  Sanchez, R.
ENGL 5965

CRN 24267

Master Class: Writing for the Big Screen
This course offers an introduction to the fundamentals of screenwriting: scenes, acts, narrative structure, character development, genres, and dialogue, through intensive study of major, award-winning Hollywood films, classics in their genre. Students will read and analyze five outstanding screenplays, and watch films made from them. The final requirement for this course is a completed first act (20-30 pages) of a feature film, as well as weekly assignments.
This course is open to five undergraduate students with the a recommendation and five Master's with Writing Concentration or regular Master's graduate students for a total of ten students. For more information on undergraduate enrollment in the class, please click here: Applying to Master Class.
Elective or Writing for 5 M.A.'s / 5 Nominated Undergraduates   Instructor TBD


CRN 24268
Major Early Modern Texts and the Dynamics of Space and Place
Who “owns” the forest in As You Like It or the island in The Tempest—and how and why does ownership take different forms in such terrains? In what ways do space and place within a poem differ if it is read in print, or circulated in manuscript or sung? How do stanzas and similar poetic practices inflect concepts of space and place? How is that process accomplished by culturally specific paradigms and practices--the gendering of certain spaces, the development of nationalism, the reading of NeoPlatonic texts, and so on. This course has two related aims. In discussing questions like those, it will explore developments in space-place theory using methods ranging from intellectual history to materialist analyses to phenomenology to genre theory. But we will also engage with major early modern dramatic and non-dramatic texts from a number of perspectives besides space-place theory. Thus, this class is designed to be rewarding for a wide range of students, including people launching their graduate careers, advanced graduate students in early modern, those doing advanced work in other specialities who want to learn more about the early modern period and space-place theory. Students who are specializing in other fields will have some opportunities to read in and write on those fields. The reading will be about 2/3 lyric and narrative poetry and will also include a few plays by Shakespeare (probably comedies and romances) and possibly one other playwright, as well as a prose romance. Like all my graduate courses, it will include attention to “professionalizing”: we will, for example, practice the effective delivery of conference papers and think about our own roles as current or potential teachers.
British 2  Dubrow, H.
ENGL 6004

CRN 13269
Colloquium: Pedagogy Theory / Practice
Once students receive a grade of Pass for ENGL 5999, they will be approved to take the second part of the course in the fall semester (when English Ph.D. students begin to teach). The second part, ENGL 6004 Colloquium: Ped Theory/Pr (taken in the fall of the English Ph.D. student's 3rd year), introduces students to different pedagogical approaches and methods.
PhD Req-Teaching; Pass in ENGL 5999  Gold, M. / Fernald, A.
ENGL 6356

CRN 24269
Shakespeare's History Plays
Shakespeare’s first great hit was a series of history plays about the kings who ruled, and the wars they waged, a century and more before his birth. The eight plays produced (Harry Potter-style) over the course of eight years, gave London audiences then-and will give us now-a chance to watch Shakespeare becoming Shakespeare: to see him learn how to pack plays with a pleasure, impact, and amazement, a scene by scene and line by line, with a density and intensity no playwright before or sincehas ever managed to match.
British 2   Sherman, S.  
ENGL 6506

CRN 24271
The Joseph Johnson Circle
This survey course takes shape around the British bookseller and publisher Joseph Johnson, whose five-decade career stretched from the Seven Years’ War to the dawn of the Regency. Johnson published over four thousand titles during this time, in fields ranging from reform politics to children’s literature, from zoology to Baptist dissent, and from lyric poetry to visionary manifestos. His authors included Mary Wollstonecraft, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Sydney Owenson, William Cowper, Maria Edgeworth, Erasmus Darwin, Joseph Priestley, William Hazlitt, Charlotte Smith, and hundreds more. Attending to what has been referred to as the “Johnson Circle,” we will trace broad orbits in British writing across the late-eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, with topics including aesthetics, religious debate, the American and French Revolutions, women’s rights, war, slavery, popular societies, science, and education. In this regard, this course will function as a broad survey of British writing from 1760 to 1820. Along the way, in studying the radiating influence of the imprint “J. Johnson, London,” we will also pay attention to the field of Book History and how it has energized and expanded eighteenth-century and Romantic-era studies.
British 2 or British 3  Bugg, J.
ENGL 6914

CRN 24272
Home, Exile & Diaspora in Asian American Literature
This course will introduce students to major works of contemporary Asian American Literature. Possible authors include John Okada, Carlos Bulosan, Maxine Hong Kingston, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Chang-rae Lee, Li-Young Lee, Gish Jen, Jessica Hagedorn, Lois Ann Yamanaka, Jhumpa Lahiri, Marilyn Chin, and many others.
American 2   Kim, James
ENGL 7829

CRN 24289
Fictions of the Public Sphere:
American Literature and Culture 1776-1900
Using concepts of the public sphere drawn from critical theory, feminism, and political philosophy, this course will examine the development in late eighteenth- and nineteenth-century American literature and culture of the gendered distinctions between public and private, domesticity and the market, reason and sentimentality. Several historical problems will structure our theoretical, critical, and literary readings, including: the development of the doctrine of separate spheres, or domestic ideology; the effect of counter-publics, or alternative models of the public sphere, based in social movements such as temperance, feminism, and abolitionism; the political meanings of emotions, especially the key sentimental concept of sympathy; and shifting notions of how the practices of reading and writing literature were supposed to prepare citizens-especially boys and men-for participation in politics and civil society..
American 1   Hendler, G. 
ENGL 8935

CRN 19290
Dissertation Writing Seminar
Designed as a resource for all doctoral students who have passed the comprehensive exam. Students working on the dissertation proposal are encouraged to take this class. During each meeting students will present and respond to work in progress. Across the semester, the seminar will treat challenges of bibliographic research and strategies of effective writing specific to large projects. Attention will also be given to the preparation of material for academic publication.
Prerequisite: Post Comps Ph.Ds     Bugg, J.
ENGL 8936

CRN 14025
Issues in Scholarship and Academia
This 0-credit seminar, open to all doctoral students, will provide a forum in which to discuss the issues that shape the pursuit of a career professing literature as well as the pursuit of a career outside of the academy. Each semester’s combination of guest-presentations and brief, selected readings will vary according to participants’ desires, but typical topics might include the following: General Education and the English Department; Journal Editing and the Intellectual Life; Humanities Education and Globalism; and The Ph.D. in English and the World Outside. Selected readings might include excerpts from Louis Menand, The Marketplace of Ideas (2010); Stanley Fish, Save the World on Your Own Time (2008); Frank Donoghue, The Last Professors: The Corporate University and the Fate of the Humanities ; and Katherine N. Hayles’ Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary.
Highly recommended for Ph.Ds     Cahill, E.


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